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New projects

Aqaba container port in Jordan

Jordan moves on port extension Subscription

25 March 2015 | By

Prequalification to begin in quarter two of 2015

Rail

Kuwait rail projects transferred to PPP body Subscription

2 February 2015 | By

Kuwait’s PPP bylaws to be issued in March 2015

Tunisia to study transport options

Tunisia to study transport options Subscription

13 January 2015 | By

Trans-Maghreb rail link under consideration

Third phase of new facility for Emirates Flight Catering to be built at Dubai International airport

Habtoor Leighton in front for Emirates flight catering Subscription

16 December 2014 | By

Contract involves significant specialist work

Container port

Morocco opens prequalification for Nador West Med Port Subscription

4 December 2014 | By

Deadline on 22 December for Nador West Med Port construction and infrastructure package

CH2M Hill wins Al-Ain carriageway contract

CH2M Hill wins Al-Ain carriageway contract Subscription

1 December 2014 | By

US consultancy will carry out design and feasibility studies for Sarooj-Sanaiya project

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, in Dubai

Dubai awards road upgrade contract Subscription

27 November 2014 | By

Work will involve upgrading roundabout on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road

Oman invites bids for package 11 of Batinah Expressway

Oman invites bids for package 11 of Batinah Expressway Subscription

16 November 2014 | By

Sultanate has already awarded $2.1bn of contracts on road project

Project bids

Dubai receives bids for new creek crossing

Dubai receives bids for new creek crossing Subscription

30 March 2015 | By

Bridge could be standard or iconic structure

rail

Oman receives bids for national railway Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Eleven international consortiums submitted commercial bids

Dubai creek

Dubai seeks proposals for Shindagah crossing Subscription

23 February 2015 | By

New bridge will cross Dubai creek

Oman's planned railway

Bids in for Oman rail network Subscription

18 January 2015 | By

Contractors submit technical offers for first section of Oman’s national railway

Oman tenders logistics zone maintenance

Oman tenders logistics zone maintenance Subscription

15 January 2015 | By

Zone will act as link between Muscat and Sohar port

Oman seeks lawyers for rail scheme

Oman seeks lawyers for rail scheme Subscription

6 January 2015 | By

Legal services bids due on 20 January

Dubai tenders Al-Maktoum airport terminal expansion

Dubai tenders Al-Maktoum airport terminal expansion Subscription

14 December 2014 | By

Contract involves mostly mechanical, electrical and plumbing work

Al-Maktoum International airport, in Dubai

Dubai plans to award first part of $33bn airport expansion Subscription

8 December 2014 | By

Contract covers enabling works at Al-Maktoum International airport

Project awards

Jeddah in Saudi Arabia

Jeddah appoints UK firm for transport plan Subscription

31 March 2015 | By

City-wide transportation planning contract awarded to UK firm

Saudi Arabia awards rail contract

Saudi Arabia awards rail contract Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Saudi Railways Organisation signs agreement with Chinese firm

UK firm wins Al-Maktoum airport contract

UK firm wins Al-Maktoum airport contract Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

Dubai Airports appoints firm for design work

Riyadh Metro

Eversendai wins Riyadh metro work Subscription

23 March 2015 | By

Contract covers the construction of depots

Talgo secures Saudi rail deal

Talgo secures Saudi rail deal Subscription

22 March 2015 | By

Trains will be used on Riyadh-Dammam line

Highway

Oman awards another Batinah Expressway deal Subscription

18 March 2015 | By

Transport & Communications Ministry signs almost $1bn in construction contracts

metro

Cairo Metro awards contract for latest phase Subscription

12 March 2015 | By

Deal follows construction award in early March

Metro

Cairo metro contract awarded Subscription

1 March 2015 | By

French firms awarded latest Cairo metro construction contract

Financing

Al-Maktoum International airport, in Dubai

Al-Maktoum International tenders expected in 2015 Subscription

6 November 2014 | By

Al-Maktoum International will be capable of handling 255 million passengers

Port of Fujairah to tap banks for expansion plans

Port of Fujairah to tap banks for expansion plans Subscription

6 November 2014 | By

Loan will support new jetty construction

Given the rising volumes of passengers travelling on the Dubai Metro, the region is beginning to establish a track record that lenders and bankers could use to predict whether project finance debts can be repaid

Project financing could be used for Gulf railways Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

New funding options for metro and rail projects under consideration

Al-Maktoum International airport, in Dubai

UK in front for world's largest airport Subscription

18 September 2014 | By

New airport, not the Expo, is the largest Dubai construction scheme

Suez Canal

Egypt’s Central Bank predicts huge turnout for Suez Canal project Subscription

3 September 2014 | By

Project involves 34-kilometre-long parallel channel

The planned Union Oasis development at Union Station of the Dubai Metro

Dubai’s Union Oasis project pending RTA approval Subscription

31 August 2014 | By

Metro station area to be developed as a public-private partnership scheme

Updates

Hamad International airport in Doha, Qatar

Firms compete for Doha airport expansion Subscription

1 April 2015 | By

Qatar’s new international airport opened in 2014

UK firm wins Al-Maktoum airport contract

UK firm wins Al-Maktoum airport contract Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

Dubai Airports appoints firm for design work

Riyadh Metro

Eversendai wins Riyadh metro work Subscription

23 March 2015 | By

Contract covers the construction of depots

Metro design

French team wins Medina metro design role Subscription

22 March 2015 | By

Contract covers preparing plans for three rail lines

Tunnel boring machine

Flooding stops Doha Metro tunnelling machine Subscription

18 March 2015 | By

Underground cavities are a major cause of concern for contractors

Al-Maktoum International location

Fly Dubai terminal among first Al-Maktoum airport projects Subscription

18 March 2015 | By

UKEF expects first contracts to be linked to design

Expressway

Qatar to tender six expressway deals in 2015 Subscription

12 March 2015 | By ,

Much of expressway programme still in design phase

Completion of Qatar's Hamad Port brought forward 10 years

Completion of Hamad Port brought forward 10 years Subscription

11 March 2015 | By ,

First cargo expected at Qatari facility as early as July next year

Transport market news

Emirates airline

Emirates airline sukuk is oversubscribed Subscription

30 March 2015 | By

UK Export Finance provides guarantee on deal

Port

DP World tenders port dredging Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

Access channel will connect to under construction terminal

Tony Douglas resigns as Abu Dhabi Airports Company CEO

Abu Dhabi airport head steps down Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

Tony Douglas resigns as Abu Dhabi Airports Company CEO

Dubai Ports Customs & Free zone Corporation

Dubai launches new port operator Subscription

25 March 2015 | By

New company will manage small and medium size facilities

Airbus A380

Emirates sets price guidance for sukuk Subscription

23 March 2015 | By

Airline is raising funds with UK export credit guarantees

Yousef AlHorr, Gulf Organisation for Research and Development

World Cup stadiums to conform to green standards Subscription

22 March 2015 | By

Metro stations, stadiums and government buildings must hit minimum sustainability standards

Roger Cruickshank, Atkins

Metros need revenue from surrounding land Subscription

19 March 2015 | By

Authorities must create ‘zones of attraction’ to fund rail systems

Mission to Mars

UAE begins developing space policy Subscription

18 March 2015 | By

Space Agency Working Group’s first meeting focuses on policy and frameworks

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Aviation & airports

Emirates airline

Emirates airline sukuk is oversubscribed Subscription

30 March 2015 | By

UK Export Finance provides guarantee on deal

Saudi Arabia carries out air strikes in Yemen

Saudi Arabia suspends flights Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

Airports in south of kingdom suspend flights amid military action

Tony Douglas resigns as Abu Dhabi Airports Company CEO

Abu Dhabi airport head steps down Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

Tony Douglas resigns as Abu Dhabi Airports Company CEO

Airbus A380

Emirates sets price guidance for sukuk Subscription

23 March 2015 | By

Airline is raising funds with UK export credit guarantees

Mission to Mars

UAE begins developing space policy Subscription

18 March 2015 | By

Space Agency Working Group’s first meeting focuses on policy and frameworks

Dubai International airport

Dubai International to handle 100 million passengers in 2020 Subscription

17 March 2015 | By

Masterplan for airport being reviewed to find ways to increase passenger throughput

US airlines' demands challenge Gulf aviation hub

US airlines' claims challenge Gulf aviation hub Subscription

9 March 2015 | By

Trio say Gulf airlines received $42bn of state support

Airport

Bids submitted for Bahrain airport enabling work Subscription

23 February 2015 | By

Local firms dominate bids for enabling work on airport expansion project in Bahrain

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Ports & shipping

Port

DP World tenders port dredging Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

Access channel will connect to under construction terminal

Dubai Ports Customs & Free zone Corporation

Dubai launches new port operator Subscription

25 March 2015 | By

New company will manage small and medium size facilities

Port

Singapore eyes up port investment in Egypt

15 March 2015 | By

Singapore identifies port development as the main area of interest for Singaporean investment in Egypt

Investment Ministry and Suez Canal Authority sign cooperation agreement

Investment Ministry assists SCZone

15 March 2015 | By

Ministry and Suez Canal Authority sign cooperation agreement

Port

Qatar awards port contract Subscription

19 February 2015 | By

Chinese-led consortium awarded contract for work on Qatar’s port project

Port

Abu Dhabi Terminals signs new financing deal Subscription

5 January 2015 | By

Loans and cash management services to be provided by ADCB

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Rail

Yousef AlHorr, Gulf Organisation for Research and Development

World Cup stadiums to conform to green standards Subscription

22 March 2015 | By

Metro stations, stadiums and government buildings must hit minimum sustainability standards

Roger Cruickshank, Atkins

Metros need revenue from surrounding land Subscription

19 March 2015 | By

Authorities must create ‘zones of attraction’ to fund rail systems

metro

Cairo Metro awards contract for latest phase Subscription

12 March 2015 | By

Deal follows construction award in early March

Metro

Cairo metro contract awarded Subscription

1 March 2015 | By

French firms awarded latest Cairo metro construction contract

UK team wins Saudi railway deal

UK team wins Saudi railway deal Subscription

23 February 2015 | By

Technical support contract awarded for North-South Railway

Doha metro

Doha metro systems contract awarded Subscription

22 February 2015 | By

A Japanese-led consortium is set to be awarded the systems contract for the Doha Metro

Rail

RTA signs agreement with Etihad Rail Subscription

19 February 2015 | By

Eithad Rail and RTA sign agreement to ensure cooperation and non-objection to roads and station locations

Oman awards rail management contract

Oman awards rail management contract Subscription

11 February 2015 | By

Oman Railway Company appoints Spanish-led consortium to oversee sector A of national railway project

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Roads

Bahrain road projects for 2015 on track

Bahrain road projects for 2015 on track Subscription

23 December 2014 | By

Authorities confirm series of transport schemes

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Transport trends

Iran transport projects

Iran's transport sector in need of sanctions relief Subscription

30 March 2015 | By

Islamic Republic will have better access to finance and international technical expertise if embargoes ease

Qatar projects update

Qatar project awards to increase Subscription

23 March 2015 | By

Around $30bn-worth of awards are expected to be made in 2015

Gulf projects index

Middle East contracts awarded: February 2015 Subscription

1 March 2015

Over $8bn of contracts awarded in February in the Middle East

Middle East contracts awarded Jan 15

Middle East contracts awarded: January 2015 Subscription

3 February 2015

Over $7bn of contracts awarded in January in the Middle East

Railway construction

Rail projects safe from oil price drop Subscription

19 January 2015 | By

No sign of delays for existing rail and metro projects across the GCC although new project plans unlikely to materialise this year

Middle East contract awards December 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: December 2014 Subscription

7 January 2015

Over $6bn of contracts awarded in December in the Middle East

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World

Interview: Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman, DP World Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

International ports operator DP World is cementing itself as a global trade player with major plans for future growth, according to its chairman. Rebecca Spong reports

Middle East contracts October 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: October 2014 Subscription

1 December 2014

Over $13bn of contracts awarded in October in the Middle East

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MEED comment

Port operations

New port operator leverages Dubai experience

31 March 2015 | By

New port operator will help emirate’s maritime sector keep growing

Colin Foreman

Testing times for Qatar construction

29 March 2015 | By

The country’s infrastructure development plans have reached a pivotal period

Egypt's Capital City project

Cairo awakens with ambitious plans

17 March 2015 | By

Egypt is beginning to look like a lucrative market for contractors

Etihad Airways

Gulf aviation hub to be largely unchallenged Subscription

11 March 2015 | By

Demands from US airlines have been raised in Washington

Philippa Wilkinson

Oman continues high capital spend Subscription

3 March 2015

Key projects will go forward in 2015

The supply chain in Qatar will continue to be tested this year as other more essential projects continue to be built, such as the main stadiums

Sharq Crossing delay good for Qatar Subscription

20 January 2015 | By

Construction market already overheating as other more essential projects continue to be built

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Special reports

Suez Canal

Ports & Shipping: Gulf ports buck global trend

3 March 2015

Weak crude prices are providing an uplift for the regional tanker market and triggering a more active sea trade

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

Opec sets the tone for 2015

15 December 2014 | By

Regional producers are not about to cut oil production and the assumptions that have underpinned forecasting in recent years have to be revisited

Cover

Rail Projects Subscription

12 October 2014 | By

Rail boom dominates GCC construction spending

Hamad International airport

Aviation and Airports: Region steps up investment Subscription

3 July 2014

The rapid rise of Emirates has spurred the growth of other world-leading airlines in the Gulf

Rail

Rail: Region benefits from pioneering technology Subscription

18 June 2014

Being so late to develop railways and metro systems compared with other regions carries a distinct advantage

Port

Ports & Shipping: GCC ports compete for trans-shipment business Subscription

23 April 2014

Maritime infrastructure is still in the early stages of development in the region

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Transport presentations

Dubai creek

Managing the Boom: The Outlook for the Middle East Subscription

23 July 2014

Opportunities and challenges for businesses in the region created by the new projects boom

Qatar metro

Webinar: GCC metro and rail projects Subscription

12 September 2013

MEED’s analysis and forecast presentation on the metro projects in the region

Lusail Iconic stadium

Webinar: Qatar Projects Subscription

8 April 2013

There are more than $220bn-worth of projects planned or under way in Qatar, as it pushes forwards with major infrastructure developments

Top 100 projects 2012

Top 100 projects: The Middle East market gains momentum Subscription

3 February 2013

This webinar examines projects market trends in the region and forecasts which countries and sectors will grow in 2013

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Top 10 projects

Rank Project Name Country Contract value ($m)
1 Riyadh Light Rail Transit (Riyadh Metro): Lines 1 & 2 Saudi Arabia 9,450
2 Haramain High-Speed Rail Network: Phase 2 Saudi Arabia 8,396
3 Riyadh Light Rail Transit (Riyadh Metro): Lines 4, 5 & 6 Saudi Arabia 7,820
4 Riyadh Light Rail Transit (Riyadh Metro): Line 3 Saudi Arabia 5,942
5 East-West Motorway Highway: Package 3 Algeria 5,340
6 King Abdulaziz International Airport: Phase 1: New Terminal: Package 1 Saudi Arabia 4,034
7 Tehran Metro: Line 6 Iran 4,000
7 Tehran Metro: Line 7 Iran 4,000
9 Qatar Integrated Rail Project: Doha Metro: Gold Line (Tunnelling Works) Saudi Arabia 3,300
10 King Abdulaziz International Airport: Phase 1: New Terminal: Package 2 Saudi Arabia 3,194
Click through to the full data table on the biggest projects in the transport sector
Click through to MEED's Q3 2014 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: November 2014; All projects are underway

Projects trends

Gulf projects index

Qatar leads Gulf index growth Subscription

31 March 2015

Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain also record expansions in value

Gulf projects index

Kuwait five-year plan boosts index Subscription

3 March 2015

Six per cent rise in Kuwait market contributes to Gulf Projects Index growth

Gulf projects index

Oman leads Gulf index growth Subscription

17 February 2015

UAE and Qatar only other countries to record increases in value

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Companies

Aeroports de Paris logo

Aeroports de Paris Subscription

Aeroports de Paris is engaged in airport design, construction, planning, management and operations

Agence Nationale des Autoroutes Subscription

The Agence Nationale des Autoroutes (ANA) is responsible for the design, development and construction of highway infrastructure projects in Algeria

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People

Suzanne al-Anani Subscription

22 January 2015

Suzanne al-Anani, CEO, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects

Stuart Bowie Subscription

16 October 2014

Stuart Bowie is managing director at GAC Dubai

Nicholas Browne Subscription

16 October 2014

Nicholas Browne is global director at GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd.

Bengt Ekstrand Subscription

12 July 2014

Bengt Ekstrand is GAC group president

John Lesniewski Subscription

17 December 2013

John Lesniewski is acting commercial executive director, Etihad Rail

Miguel Jurado Subscription

7 October 2013

Miguel Jurado is general manager, FCC Construccion

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Research reports

Saudi Transport

Saudi Arabia Transport Intelligence Report

This report provides a holistic view of the various transport sector components while defining the challenges and opportunities that are driving the growth in Saudi Arabia.

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MEED events

Kuwait Projects 2014

Kuwait Projects 2015

23 - 25 November 2015 | Exploring project opportunities in the Kuwait Market

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