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New projects

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

Egypt issues new tender for port project Subscription

26 May 2014 | By

New terminal to be built at Damietta port

Saudi Arabia seeks bidders for airport project Subscription

20 April 2014 | By

King Fahad International airport in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, to be expanded

Mecca prequalifies 10 consortiums for metro project Subscription

10 April 2014 | By

Prequalified groups have until 6 July to submit bids for first phase of metro scheme

Kuwait seeks firms for metro design Subscription

7 April 2014 | By

Rail project was previously planned to be developed under Kuwait’s public-private partnerships body

Project bids

Rail

Oman tenders first railway section Subscription

2 September 2014 | By

There are 18 groups prequalified for design and build package

Mecca

Mecca sets new metro tender deadline Subscription

25 August 2014 | By

Bid are now due in late October

Oman has invited contractors to submit bids for package 10 on the Batinah Expressway

Oman tenders package 10 of Batinah Expressway Subscription

12 August 2014 | By

Almost $2.1bn-worth of contracts have already been awarded on road project

Firms express interest in new Dubai creek crossing

Firms express interest in Dubai creek crossing Subscription

30 July 2014 | By

Ittihad Bridge will be tendered in October

Qatar transport projects

Firms submit revised bids for Doha metro deal Subscription

30 July 2014 | By

Initial prices to supply and install systems and rolling stock were submitted in March

Oman road

Oman tenders package eight of Batinah Expressway Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Companies have also been invited to bid for package seven of Oman road scheme

Kuwait prequalifies three more firms for port dredging

More firms prequalified for Kuwait port dredging Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Seven companies prequalified in 2012 for work at Bubiyan port

Dubai creek

Dubai seeks contractors for new creek crossing Subscription

21 July 2014 | By

Dubai creek tender is expected to attract interest from new international players

Project awards

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

Algiers’ Houari Boumediene International airport

Chinese win Algeria airport construction deal Subscription

16 July 2014 | By

Contract covers the construction of a new terminal building at Algiers’ Houari Boumediene International airport

Financing

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

Elevated road

Contractor secures Qatar interchange work Subscription

27 August 2014 | By

New interchange in Qatar will provide access to a new shopping mall

Cairo metro

Bidders given new closing date for Cairo metro Line 3 tender Subscription

25 August 2014 | By

Seven groups prequalified for third phase of Cairo metro Line 3

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

Port

Doha evaluates bids for port construction package Subscription

19 August 2014 | By

Seven groups submitted prices for naval infrastructure package at new port

Port

Kuwait prequalifies consultants for Bubiyan port design deal Subscription

18 August 2014 | By

Work will involve designing main buildings and additional infrastructure for new port

Oman has invited contractors to submit bids for package 10 on the Batinah Expressway

Oman tenders package 10 of Batinah Expressway Subscription

12 August 2014 | By

Almost $2.1bn-worth of contracts have already been awarded on road project

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

Transport market news

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

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

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

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

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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Aviation & airports

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

Airport

Low bidder emerges for domestic Saudi airport Subscription

18 August 2014 | By

Project covers expansion of Qassim airport

Air Arabia

Air Arabia’s second quarter profits boosted by cost management Subscription

10 August 2014 | By

Airline opened second UAE hub earlier in year

Emirates Boeing aircraft

Emirates airline orders 150 Boeing planes for $56bn Subscription

9 July 2014 | By

Emirates includes the right to purchase an additional 50 planes

Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways reveals strong first half growth Subscription

9 July 2014 | By

Etihad Airways’ revenue rises 28 per cent year-on-year to $3.2bn in first half

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Ports & shipping

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

Market reaction in Egypt to plans for a new Suez Canal development has been upbeat

Upbeat market reaction to Suez Canal project Subscription

6 August 2014 | By

Egypt president launches plans to build new waterway

Es Sider Port

Libyan rebels lift port blockade Subscription

2 July 2014 | By

Rebels announce handover of Libyan ports amid concerns over continuing disruptions

Khalifa bin Salman Port to list on Bahrain bourse Subscription

27 May 2014 | By

Khalifa bin Salman Port listing will be Bahrain’s first big offering since 2010

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Rail

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

Qatar considers using solar technology for rail projects

Qatar considers solar technology for rail projects Subscription

27 July 2014 | By

Solar panels at depot could provide up to 80MW of power for proposed rail system

Railway

Al-Jaber signs distribution deal with Etihad Rail Subscription

8 July 2014 | By

Etihad Rail network will transportAl-Jaber Crushers & Quarries’ products across the UAE

Atkins names new head of rail systems for Middle East Subscription

24 June 2014 | By

Abdeljabbar ben Salem to help develop new rail system centre of excellence

Bureau Veritas wins Riyadh metro contract Subscription

9 June 2014 | By

French company Bureau Veritas will provide independent engineering oversight for Riyadh Metro

Qatar sets new deadline for long-distance rail prequalification Subscription

26 May 2014 | By

Prequalification deadline for Qatar long-distance rail pushed back to 1 June

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Roads

Qatar roads

CH2M Hill Halcrow secures Qatar road services contract Subscription

25 August 2014 | By

Consultancy deal will help improve road safety in Qatar

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

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Transport trends

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

High-yield traffic: The Gulf’s carriers have different strategies to attract premium-class travellers

Airline services at a premium Subscription

15 May 2014 | By

As one regional airline launches a new class segment, the Gulf carriers are entering a premium war

Top 100 projects index, Q1 2014

Kuwait’s Clean Fuels Project edges Top 100 Projects value higher Subscription

24 April 2014 | By

A busy first quarter for 2014 saw 15 entrants in the MEED Top 100 Projects index

March contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: March 2014 Subscription

17 April 2014

Over $12bn of contracts awarded in March in the Middle East

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MEED comment

Dubai airport

UAE firms have edge for Bahrain airport

1 September 2014 | By

Dubai and Abu Dhabi-based firms will receive preferential treatment

Dubai Metro: Expansion could link to more areas

Metro progress is a promising sign

17 July 2014 | By

Both Dubai and Doha will benefit in the long term from the metro projects under way for World Cup and Expo

Freight: Emirates carries the most cargo globally

Dubai the hub of cargo industry Subscription

3 July 2014 | By

The Middle East is leveraging its geographic location to develop its air and sea cargo industry

Aviation

Airport projects make progress Subscription

29 May 2014

Governments across the GCC are ramping up aviation infrastructure, with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE all making significant strides

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Special reports

Hamad International airport

Aviation and Airports: Region steps up investment

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

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

Illustration

Middle East rail revival gathers pace in 2013 Subscription

28 October 2013 | By

This year has been a turning point for the Middle East and North African rail market as the region’s ambitions to build metro systems and overland rail networks start to become a reality

Planes

Aviation & Airports: Passenger growth increases Subscription

10 October 2013

Aviation passenger traffic is on the up 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 Ajman International Airport UAE 3,267
Click through to the full data table on the biggest projects in the transport sector
Click through to MEED's Q4 2014 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: April 2014; All projects are underway

Projects trends

Gulf Projects Index

Gulf Index sees its worst week in nearly two years Subscription

27 August 2014 | By

All markets declined apart from those of Qatar and Saudi Arabia

Gulf projects index

Iraq’s project market continues to slide as US steps up intervention Subscription

14 August 2014

The contraction in Iraq’s projects market weighed on the regional index for the Gulf as a whole

Gulf Projects Index

Iran market expansion shores up index Subscription

7 August 2014

With a market growth of 3.8 per cent, Iran offers the main support for the Gulf Projects Index

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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

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

Amjad Bangash Subscription

1 October 2013

Amjad Bangash managing director, global rail business, Bechtel Group

Marco Mignogna Subscription

11 September 2013

Marco Mignogna is chief executive officer and president, Eurogate Tanger

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Tenders

Kuwait: Vehicle leasing Subscription

2 September 2014 | By

Leasing of vehicles

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Research reports

Egypt Report

Egypt Projects Market Report 2014

A comprehensive overview and assessment of the projects market in Egypt

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MEED events

Kuwait Projects 2014

Kuwait Projects 2014

Exploring project opportunities in the Kuwait Market

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