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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

Qatar to tender airport expansion next year

Qatar to tender airport expansion next year Subscription

3 November 2014 | By

Work involves development of concourses D and E

The Iraqi governorate of Basra is considering plans for a tramway

Basra plans light rail network Subscription

20 October 2014 | By

Budget for tramway design expected to be released in 2015

Algeria plans to tender Oran metro

Algeria plans to tender Oran metro Subscription

20 October 2014 | By

Client yet to decide on packaging strategy

Oman road

Oman invites bids for road upgrade project Subscription

17 August 2014 | By

Work will involve dualising road in southern governorate of Dhofar

Oman road scheme

Oman receives bids for road dualisaton scheme Subscription

13 August 2014 | By

UAE’s Ghantoot Transport & General Contracting submitted low bids for both road dualisation packages

Bahrain invites companies to prequalify for bridges project Subscription

19 June 2014 | By

New bridges will be built to connect Al-Madina al-Shamaliya islands in Bahrain

Oman seeks consultants for project to redevelop Muscat port Subscription

27 May 2014 | By

Sultan Qaboos Port to be converted to integrated tourism hub

Project bids

Airport

Firms invited to prequalify for Kuwait airport runways Subscription

10 November 2014 | By

Contractors submitted bids for terminal building in early November

Aircraft tow tractor at Kuwait International airport

Limak submits lowest bid for Kuwait airport terminal Subscription

3 November 2014 | By

Turkish firm’s price is nearly $1bn lower than second-lowest bidder

Kuwait International airport

Kuwait receives airport terminal bids Subscription

2 November 2014 | By

The $3.2bn terminal was designed by a team led by Foster & Partners

Ashghal plans to reconfigure and develop the port area so it can be used by cruise liners visiting the country

Ashghal tenders old port construction work Subscription

29 October 2014 | By

Port to be reconfigured for use by cruise liners

Metro

Contractors bid for Cairo metro work Subscription

28 October 2014 | By

Work covers third phase of Line 3

Saudi Arabia planned rail networks

Saudi Railway Company to prequalify contractors for Landbridge Subscription

21 October 2014 | By

Tenders expected in late 2015 or early 2016

Doha

Contractors to submit Sharq Crossing prequalifications Subscription

15 October 2014 | By

There has been much speculation about the future of the project in recent months

Saudi Rail Projects

Contractors submit bids for Mecca Metro Subscription

14 October 2014 | By

Deals cover above and underground works for light rail network

Project awards

Local contractors win New Doha Port deal

Local contractors win New Doha Port deal Subscription

17 November 2014 | By

Firms will build customs area and associated infrastructure

Metro

Joint venture wins more work on Doha Metro Subscription

25 August 2014 | By

Team secures contract for elevated sections of railway

Runway

WSP wins Oman airport work Subscription

20 August 2014 | By

Canadian firm appointed by J&P for detailed design work on Muscat and Salalah airport projects

Road to Sur in Oman

Hill International wins Oman road contract Subscription

11 August 2014 | By

US firm Hill International will manage construction of the 247-kilometre road scheme

India’s Nagarjuna Construction Company has been awarded a contract to build the second package of the Batinah Expressway project in Oman

Nagarjuna wins $371m Oman road contract Subscription

5 August 2014 | By

Indian contractor will build package 2 of the 265-kilometre road project

Hill appointed project manager for Cairo airport Terminal 2

Hill project manager for Cairo airport Terminal 2 Subscription

31 July 2014 | By

US-based firm wins $1.9m contract lasting for 15 months

Atkins wins more Doha Metro design work

Atkins wins more Doha Metro design work Subscription

30 July 2014 | By

Firm appointed as lead designer for Gold Line

Runway

Hochtief team selected for Riyadh airport expansion Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Consortium submitted the lowest bid for the project in May

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

United Arab Shipping Company signs $190m loan Subscription

28 May 2014 | By

United Arab Shipping Company will use funds to finance the acquisition of two vessels

Updates

Kuwait International airport

Kuwait tenders new airport terminal project management deal Subscription

19 November 2014 | By

Fourteen international consultants have been invited to bid

Local contractors win New Doha Port deal

Local contractors win New Doha Port deal Subscription

17 November 2014 | By

Firms will build customs area and associated infrastructure

Dubai tram

Dubai Tram ready to roll Subscription

11 November 2014 | By

The network serves Dubai Marina, Media City and Al-Sufouh road

Qatar long-distance rail project

Qatar yet to tender long-distance rail project Subscription

4 November 2014 | By

Contractors for the first phase were prequalified in mid-2014

Cairo in Egypt

Firms compete for Cairo Metro project management Subscription

3 November 2014 | By

Contract covers phase three of line three

Aviation

Bahrain receives airport prequalifications Subscription

29 October 2014 | By

Project is being funded by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development

Obhur creek in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Jeddah prepares to start Obhur Bridge prequalification Subscription

27 October 2014 | By

Obhur Bridge scheme could cost $1bn to build

Saudi Arabia’s Umm al-Qura for Development & Construction Company is expected to award the the estimated SR6bn ($1.6bn) contract to design and build infrastructure for the King Abdul Aziz Road development project by the end of October

Saudi Arabia to award King Abdul Aziz Road in October Subscription

21 October 2014 | By

Two bidders shortlisted for infrastructure contract

Transport market news

Kuwait’s Partnerships Technical Bureau is unable to issue tenders until the Council of Ministers issues executive regulations for two laws relating to public-private partnerships

Kuwait on hold for PPP bylaws Subscription

23 November 2014 | By

Project delays caused by wait for Council of Ministers to agree new regulations

FlyDubai raises debut sukuk

Flydubai raises debut sukuk Subscription

20 November 2014 | By

Islamic bonds becoming more attractive funding option in UAE

The number of passengers travelling to and from the Middle East is growing strongly despite the global slowdown in aviation travel

Middle East air routes buck global slowdown Subscription

19 November 2014 | By

Regional economic growth underpins increase in passenger numbers

Air Arabia raises Islamic loan to fund new aircraft

Air Arabia raises Islamic loan to fund new aircraft Subscription

19 November 2014 | By

$230m deal arranged by Dubai Islamic Bank

DP World

DP World to acquire Jebel Ali Freezone Subscription

16 November 2014 | By

Port operator will also delist from London Stock Exchange

Air Arabia profit up 46 per cent for first nine months

Air Arabia profit up 46 per cent for first nine months Subscription

11 November 2014 | By

Passenger numbers continue to rise

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

GCC high-speed rail is too fast

GCC high-speed rail is too fast Subscription

20 October 2014 | By

Cost and safety concerns mean slower speeds should be considered

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Aviation & airports

FlyDubai raises debut sukuk

Flydubai raises debut sukuk Subscription

20 November 2014 | By

Islamic bonds becoming more attractive funding option in UAE

The number of passengers travelling to and from the Middle East is growing strongly despite the global slowdown in aviation travel

Middle East air routes buck global slowdown Subscription

19 November 2014 | By

Regional economic growth underpins increase in passenger numbers

Air Arabia raises Islamic loan to fund new aircraft

Air Arabia raises Islamic loan to fund new aircraft Subscription

19 November 2014 | By

$230m deal arranged by Dubai Islamic Bank

Air Arabia profit up 46 per cent for first nine months

Air Arabia profit up 46 per cent for first nine months Subscription

11 November 2014 | By

Passenger numbers continue to rise

Bahrain's Gulf Air

Bahrain’s Gulf Air cuts losses in first half Subscription

1 September 2014 | By

Bahrain airline benefits from restructuring of business

Queen Alia International airport in Jordan

Louis Berger secures Jordan airport role Subscription

1 September 2014 | By

US consultant Louis Berger will provice engineering services for Jordan airport

Bahrain airport

Bahrain starts airport prequalification Subscription

1 September 2014 | By

Abu Dhabi is funding the development programme

Runway

WSP wins Oman airport work Subscription

20 August 2014 | By

Canadian firm appointed by J&P for detailed design work on Muscat and Salalah airport projects

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Ports & shipping

DP World

DP World to acquire Jebel Ali Freezone Subscription

16 November 2014 | By

Port operator will also delist from London Stock Exchange

Djibouti Port

DP World eyes Nigerian port projects Subscription

1 October 2014 | By

Port operator DP World not put off by Djibouti container terminal dispute

Suez Canal

New Suez Canal project could use foreign funding Subscription

2 September 2014 | By

Canal expansion intended to be financed by the Egyptian people

Port

DP World revises spending plans Subscription

28 August 2014 | By

Dubai port operator forecasts even stronger second half profits

Container traffic

DP World’s profits rise on back of container traffic growth Subscription

28 August 2014 | By

Operator will add 8 million TEUs of capacity in next two years

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Rail

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

GCC high-speed rail is too fast

GCC high-speed rail is too fast Subscription

20 October 2014 | By

Cost and safety concerns mean slower speeds should be considered

Dubai Expo metro line expected to run along utility corridor

Dubai Expo metro line expected to run along utility corridor Subscription

19 October 2014 | By

Line will start from Nakheel Harbour and Tower station area

Quarry

National Quarries signs Etihad Rail deal Subscription

7 October 2014 | By

Railways will transport its construction products

Dubai metro station

Consultants compete for Dubai Metro upgrades Subscription

23 September 2014 | By

Stations and rolling stock studies are aimed at increasing capacity

Dubai Metro rolling stock

Dubai to buy more metro rolling stock Subscription

8 September 2014 | By

Transport authority says multibillion-dollar investment is needed in metro

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

Dubai tram

Extra safety measures push Dubai’s tram over budget Subscription

25 August 2014 | By

Transport authority says additional features have been added to prevent collisions with cars and pedestrians

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Roads

Dubai roads

Dubai receives bids for Green Community junction Subscription

6 October 2014 | By

Contract will improve access to Dubai Investment Park

Parking in Dubai

Dubai developing 22 smart city initiatives Subscription

10 September 2014 | By

Emirate’s Smart City programme cover traffic control, smart parking and public transport services

Qatar roads

CH2M Hill Halcrow secures Qatar road services contract Subscription

25 August 2014 | By

Consultancy deal will help improve road safety in Qatar

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Transport trends

Top 100 contract awards Q3 2014

Market cools in latest top 100 contract awards Subscription

4 November 2014 | By

Value of top 100 flat despite new entrants to the index

Waleed Youssef

Waleed Youssef, Middle East director at TAV Airports Subscription

27 October 2014 | By

Waleed Youssef is bullish about the Turkish firm’s prospects for investment in the region, given its resilient aviation sector

Middle East contracts awarded August 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: August 2014 Subscription

14 October 2014

Over $3bn of contracts awarded in August in the Middle East

Top 100 projects, Q2 2014

Top 100 projects index dips Subscription

14 August 2014 | By

Small fall in the total value of the Middle East’s biggest projects, but further pressure expected due to fighting in Iraq

Middle East contracts awarded July 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: July 2014 Subscription

11 August 2014

Over $8bn of contracts were awarded in July in the Middle East

Middle East contracts awarded June 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: June 2014 Subscription

31 July 2014

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

Middle East contract awards May 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: May 2014 Subscription

2 June 2014

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

Middle East contract awards April 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: April 2014 Subscription

31 May 2014

Over $23bn of contracts awarded in April in the Middle East

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MEED comment

Aviation

Middle East aviation remains resilient

20 November 2014 | By

Airlines must invest to meet rising demand

Al Maktoum International airport, in Dubai, arrivals entrance

Dubai growth is a nice problem to have

6 November 2014 | By

Dubai’s construction companies returning to 2008 levels

Elevated railway could be built across the desert to mitigate the impact of sand storms

Saudi Landbridge could be more than just a name

23 October 2014 | By

Elevated railway could be built across the desert to mitigate the impact of sand storms

Possible end in sight for Iran rail projects funding drought

Possible end in sight for Iran rail funding drought

23 October 2014 | By

Easing of international sanctions will allow stalled projects to make progress

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

Dubai airport

UAE firms have edge for Bahrain airport Subscription

1 September 2014 | By

Dubai and Abu Dhabi-based firms will receive preferential treatment

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Special reports

Cover

Rail Projects

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

Kuwait

Kuwaiti projects market 2012 Subscription

6 March 2012

MEED’s online seminar on the Kuwiat projects market, providing a comprehensive forecast and review of opportunities in the country

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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

Gulf projects market remains flat Subscription

13 November 2014

Gains by Oman and Kuwait cancelled out by losses in Iraq and Iran

Gulf projects index

Gulf index rises on Qatar growth Subscription

23 October 2014

Gas-rich state records expansion of 3.4 per cent in value of projects market

Gulf projects index

Market eases for Eid break Subscription

9 October 2014

Oman is only projects market to record significant movement

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Companies

Abu Dhabi Airports Company

Abu Dhabi Airports Company Subscription

Wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government, it was created in 2006 to own, manage, develop and run the emirate’s airports and aviation infrastructure

Aeroports de Paris logo

Aeroports de Paris Subscription

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

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People

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

Samer Tamimi Subscription

1 October 2013

Samer Tamimi is vice-president of operations, Abu Dhabi, Hill International

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Tenders

Kuwait: Transport vehicles Subscription

20 November 2014 | By

Supply of vehicles for the transport of soldiers and weapons

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Research reports

Egypt Report 1152x640

Egypt Projects Market Report 2014

A comprehensive overview and assessment of the projects market in Egypt

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Qatar Projects 2015

Qatar Projects Conference 2015

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