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New projects

Mecca prequalifies 10 consortiums for metro project Subscription

10 April 2014, 12:35 GMT | 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, 13:09 GMT | By

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

Dubai Metro extension plans

Consultants prepare Dubai Expo rail bids Subscription

7 April 2014, 7:24 GMT | By

New line is one of the new urban rail links planned in Dubai

Egypt issues new tenders for port projects Subscription

31 March 2014, 9:10 GMT | By

New terminals to be built at Safaga, El-Tor and Alexandria Port

Dubai plans more road bridges Subscription

30 March 2014, 9:25 GMT | By

Two links will connect to Nakheel’s Deira Islands in Dubai

Saudi Arabia seeks project managers for metro schemes Subscription

25 March 2014, 11:00 GMT | By

Firms sought for major light rail projects in Jeddah, Mecca and Medina

Abu Dhabi to select design for new cruise terminal in April Subscription

25 March 2014, 5:50 GMT | By

Construction tender expected soon after design award

Bidders sought for Saudi Arabian airport expansion projects Subscription

5 March 2014, 9:46 GMT | By

Seven domestic airports are being expanded

Project bids

Contractors submit bids for more Doha Metro work Subscription

15 April 2014, 5:37 GMT | By

Contracts cover elevated sections of the urban rail network

Rolling stock and systems bidders give presentations for Doha Metro Subscription

7 April 2014, 11:47 GMT | By

Firms submitted bids for the multibillion-dollar Doha Metro contract in March

Contractors prepare to bid for more work on Doha Metro Subscription

30 March 2014, 10:31 GMT | By

Packages cover elevated and at-grade sections of rail line

Bids in for second phase of Dubai Water Canal infrastructure Subscription

25 March 2014, 9:39 GMT | By

Dubai transport agency received Dubai Water Canal bid offers with financing and for construction only

Qatar invites contractors to prequalify for long distance rail Subscription

24 March 2014, 7:03 GMT | By

The railway lines will be part of the GCC rail network

Dubai tenders creek canal excavation package Subscription

23 March 2014, 10:04 GMT | By

Contract is the third phase of major infrastructure scheme

Saudi Arabia extends bid deadline for airport projects Subscription

23 March 2014, 7:18 GMT | By

Bidders given more time for Al-Jouf and Qassim airport expansions in Saudi Arabia

Prequalification opens for Mecca metro systems works Subscription

17 March 2014, 8:53 GMT | By

Contractors invited to prequalify for work on first phase of Mecca metro project

Project awards

Consultancy team wins Doha metro management contract

16 April 2014, 8:29 GMT | By

US/French joint venture will project manage Doha metro systems and rolling stock

WSP wins design contract for Qatar road project Subscription

2 April 2014, 11:53 GMT | By

Canada-based firm to design roads for phase one of Orbital Expressway scheme

Dubai awards contract for canal project Subscription

27 March 2014, 7:05 GMT | By

Joint venture of Parsons/Halcrow to supervise construction of Dubai Water Canal Project

Qatar awards road contracts worth $2.86bn Subscription

24 March 2014, 6:23 GMT | By

New contracts awarded as part of Qatar’s New Orbital Highway project

Sixco wins more Qatar port work Subscription

23 March 2014, 10:04 GMT | By

Deal involves building a new substation

Qatar selects consortium for Doha Metro Gold Line Subscription

20 March 2014, 5:24 GMT | By

Doha Metro Gold Line contract award is expected to be signed soon

Dubai awards Bluewaters bridge contract Subscription

18 March 2014, 11:28 GMT | By

Project involves building access link from Sheikh Zayed Road to reclaimed island

Larsen & Toubro wins $600m Qatar road contract Subscription

13 March 2014, 10:21 GMT | By

Ashghal awards contract for Al-Wakrah bypass road

Financing

Dubai prepares to appoint advisers for metro extensions Subscription

16 December 2013, 5:50 GMT | By

Role covers extensions to the Red and Green lines

Dubai seeks investors for public-private metro project Subscription

12 December 2013, 7:23 GMT | By

RTA looking for firms to develop land above Union station in Deira

Arab rail network to cost $90bn to deliver Subscription

29 October 2013, 7:03 GMT | By

Priority phase is expected to cost $30bn

Oman set to invest more than $50bn on megaprojects Subscription

29 October 2013, 6:34 GMT | By

Challenge will be ensuring expenditure results in value for sultanate

Governments back rail boom Subscription

28 October 2013, 9:37 GMT

Attempts to raise private sector funds for rail schemes have not succeeded

Dubai to explore funding options for metro extensions Subscription

8 October 2013, 7:53 GMT | By

Adviser will be asked to study whether extensions can be structured using PPP model

Infrastructure

Infrastructure an inflation risk

22 September 2013, 6:28 GMT | By

Plans to increase infrastructure development will require capping the cost of implementing them

Study to launch into reconstruction of Tripoli-Beirut railway Subscription

25 August 2013, 8:23 GMT | By

Feasibility study tender to be issued in September for Tripoli-Beirut rail link

Updates

Turkish firms dominate Mecca metro prequalification list Subscription

17 April 2014, 8:43 GMT | By

First phase civil works of Mecca Metro will include underground and above ground packages

Consultancy team wins Doha metro management contract

16 April 2014, 8:29 GMT | By

US/French joint venture will project manage Doha metro systems and rolling stock

New closing date for Dubai Metro tender Subscription

16 April 2014, 7:09 GMT | By

Dubai Metro tender contract covers engineering for Expo rail link

WSP wins design contract for Qatar road project Subscription

2 April 2014, 11:53 GMT | By

Canada-based firm to design roads for phase one of Orbital Expressway scheme

Egypt to tender $1.2bn phase of Cairo metro in first week of April Subscription

31 March 2014, 6:10 GMT | By

Tender to be issued for phase three of metro Line 3

Contractors invited to express interest in Doha bay crossing Subscription

30 March 2014, 11:06 GMT | By

The Sharq Crossing is one of Qatar’s largest infrastructure schemes

Dubai awards contract for canal project Subscription

27 March 2014, 7:05 GMT | By

Joint venture of Parsons/Halcrow to supervise construction of Dubai Water Canal Project

Consultants prepare Sheikh Zayed road double-decking proposals Subscription

26 March 2014, 10:17 GMT | By

Ambitious double-decking scheme will be one of the biggest road projects in the region

Transport market news

Jebel Ali Port’s Terminal 3 to be operational by July Subscription

15 April 2014, 13:23 GMT | By

Terminal will add 4 million TEUs of capacity to mega port

Drydocks’ North Sea rig to be delivered by June Subscription

15 April 2014, 12:40 GMT | By

Dubai World unit Drydocks World will also deliver wind power platform in the third quarter

Dubai airport to see reduced flights during runway project Subscription

13 April 2014, 13:39 GMT | By

Many planes to be diverted to Al-Maktoum International during 80-day overhaul

Dubai receives bids for double-decking of Sheikh Zayed Road Subscription

8 April 2014, 13:33 GMT | By

Sheikh Zayed Road double-decking project is one of the most ambitious in the emirate

Rebel groups to open two Libya oil ports Subscription

7 April 2014, 11:22 GMT | By

Zuetina and Hariga oil terminals to be re-opened

Waha Capital sells stake in AerLift Leasing Subscription

6 April 2014, 11:48 GMT | By

Waha Capital owned 60.7 stake in AerLift

Parsons International acquires Canada’s Delcan Subscription

2 April 2014, 11:38 GMT | By

New acquisition aimed at expanding US firm’s footprint in transportation market

Able Logistics seeks Dubai listing Subscription

31 March 2014, 7:24 GMT | By

Group has mandated Shuaa Capital to manage public share offering

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Aviation & airports

Dubai airport to see reduced flights during runway project Subscription

13 April 2014, 13:39 GMT | By

Many planes to be diverted to Al-Maktoum International during 80-day overhaul

Waha Capital sells stake in AerLift Leasing Subscription

6 April 2014, 11:48 GMT | By

Waha Capital owned 60.7 stake in AerLift

Etihad Airways takes 49 per cent stake in Air Serbia Subscription

27 March 2014, 13:52 GMT | By

UAE carrier Etihad Airways in discussions with other European airlines

Profits grow at Etihad Airways Subscription

5 March 2014, 5:19 GMT | By

Equity partnerships benefit Abu Dhabi-based carrier

Etihad forms new group to support broader aviation activities Subscription

4 March 2014, 8:08 GMT | By

Etihad Airways new structure for group includes partner airlines and other tourism operations

Qatar Airways adds two new UAE destinations Subscription

2 March 2014, 11:01 GMT | By

Qatar Airways announces additional routes to Sharjah and Dubai World Central airports

Kuwait Airways buys 25 Airbus aircraft Subscription

20 February 2014, 14:42 GMT | By

New planes will be used on Kuwait Airways’ long haul and regional routes

Air Arabia posts fourth-quarter profits Subscription

18 February 2014, 5:05 GMT | By

Passenger numbers for Sharjah-based Air Arabia increase by 15 per cent in 2013

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Ports & shipping

Jebel Ali Port’s Terminal 3 to be operational by July Subscription

15 April 2014, 13:23 GMT | By

Terminal will add 4 million TEUs of capacity to mega port

Drydocks’ North Sea rig to be delivered by June Subscription

15 April 2014, 12:40 GMT | By

Dubai World unit Drydocks World will also deliver wind power platform in the third quarter

US firm to upgrade Basra port Subscription

15 April 2014, 9:06 GMT | By

Nawah Port Management to expand Iraqi container terminal

Rebel groups to open two Libya oil ports Subscription

7 April 2014, 11:22 GMT | By

Zuetina and Hariga oil terminals to be re-opened

Shahama port contract faces delay Subscription

30 March 2014, 11:04 GMT | By

Abu Dhabi Ports Company plans to upgrade Western region ports

DP World remains ‘on track’ with expenditure plans Subscription

20 March 2014, 12:54 GMT | By

Dubai’s port operator spent $1.06bn in capital expenditure last year

Ports key to Iraq’s development Subscription

27 February 2014, 9:54 GMT | By

MEED event told designing and operating efficient ports key to development plans

Japan loans $380m to Iraq Subscription

19 February 2014, 10:53 GMT | By

Agreement signed for rehabilitation of Khor Al Zubayr Port

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Rail

French-Saudi team selected for Riyadh bus network Subscription

12 February 2014, 10:27 GMT | By

Letter of award expected in weeks

Dubai to tender Green Line metro extension in late 2015 Subscription

28 January 2014, 12:27 GMT | By

Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority also planning to extend the Red Line

Dubai targets 20 per cent public transport share by 2020

28 January 2014, 12:17 GMT | By

Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority will extend the existing Red and Green metro lines

UAE signs agreement with Thales to develop rail academy Subscription

22 January 2014, 8:37 GMT | By

Academy will provide professional and academic training for the UAE’s planned rail schemes

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Roads

Kuwait fills key roles in Public Works Ministry Subscription

9 April 2014, 8:13 GMT | By

Kuwaiti cabinet has approved appointment of undersecretary and assistant undersecretary

Dubai receives bids for double-decking of Sheikh Zayed Road Subscription

8 April 2014, 13:33 GMT | By

Sheikh Zayed Road double-decking project is one of the most ambitious in the emirate

Dubai plans city-wide traffic command and control centre Subscription

27 February 2014, 13:12 GMT | By Jennifer Malapitan-Aguinaldo

Dubai Roads & Transport Authority revists transport system roadmap

French-Saudi team selected for Riyadh bus network Subscription

12 February 2014, 10:27 GMT | By

Letter of award expected in weeks

Qatar launches new tender for road improvement works Subscription

30 January 2014, 7:50 GMT | By

Contractor sought for maintenance of expressways

Renewed focus on easing travel between Dubai and Abu Dhabi

28 January 2014, 12:18 GMT | By

Urban sprawl between Dubai and Abu Dhabi emirates is creating a need for alternative routes

Low bid in for Dubai's Bluewaters access bridge Subscription

28 January 2014, 12:06 GMT | By

Closing date for bidding was today

Qatar seeks contractor for highway maintenance Subscription

21 January 2014, 7:09 GMT | By

Two-year contract includes emergency repairs on ad-hoc basis

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Transport trends

March contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: March 2014 Subscription

17 April 2014, 12:23 GMT

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

Serco is the service provider for the Dubai Metro

Bringing the region's services to life Subscription

10 April 2014, 13:21 GMT | By

Facilities management firm Serco works quietly in the background, providing major services across various sectors in the region, but its CEO is looking to extend its reach

Middle East contracts awarded: February 2014 Subscription

20 March 2014, 12:58 GMT

Over $17bn of contracts awarded in February in the Middle East

Event: Volvo Trucks launches models at Yas racetrack

Opportunities keep trucks on track Subscription

6 March 2014, 8:06 GMT | By

Volvo Trucks is keen to expand its presence in the Middle East and North Africa to capitalise on population growth and upcoming infrastructure projects across the region

Atiya: The region is a greenfield opportunity for Siemens

Integrating transport networks Subscription

4 March 2014, 11:05 GMT | By

Gulf countries need to interlink their new transport systems to attract more passengers and reduce traffic congestion, says Sami Atiya, head of Siemens’ mobility and logistics division

Contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: January 2014 Subscription

16 February 2014, 11:13 GMT

Over $17bn awarded in January in the Middle East

MEED Quality Awards

Deadline nears for MEED Quality Awards for Projects entries

21 January 2014, 5:48 GMT

The awards will once again look to recognise the projects executed with the highest quality

Middle East contract awards December 2013

Middle East contracts awarded: December 2013 Subscription

8 January 2014, 8:16 GMT

Over $7bn awarded in December in the Middle East

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MEED comment

Dubai: Infrastructure requires new sources of funding

Race for Mecca metro deals

17 April 2014, 13:50 GMT

Competition for Mecca metro contracts heats up as Turkish firms dominate the field in the prequalification round

Dubai road plans

Double vision for Dubai road link

10 April 2014, 15:33 GMT

Dubai’s main highway is the focus of a feasibility study looking at adding an elevated level in a bid to ease cross-emirate traffic congestion

Private funding

Dubai looks to private funding

10 April 2014, 15:16 GMT

The emirate is seeking to involve the private sector in its power and transport infrastructure sectors

Rail

Next hurdle for key rail market

27 March 2014, 13:46 GMT | By

While billions of dollars are being invested in rail infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, it still faces a challenge in attracting the necessary expertise

Regional metro schemes

New players to fill metro void

20 March 2014, 16:26 GMT

With the region’s metro boom gathering pace, competition for resources is also mounting

Doha

Riyadh metro makes progress

27 February 2014, 12:58 GMT

While similarities exist, the Doha and Riyadh metro projects are being delivered using quite different procurement methods

Ambitious

Road upgrades to ease Dubai traffic Subscription

16 January 2014, 15:55 GMT

As road congestion ever-increases, Dubai is undertaking grandiose schemes for a solution

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Special reports

Illustration

Middle East rail revival gathers pace in 2013 Subscription

28 October 2013, 7:00 GMT | 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, 9:23 GMT

Aviation passenger traffic is on the up in the region

Rail

Etihad Railway sets example for region

30 May 2013, 8:34 GMT | By

The lack of rail infrastructure in the GCC reflects the way the region’s economy has developed

Etihad Rail

Transport & Logistics: GCC reconsiders PPP Subscription

22 May 2013, 13:26 GMT

This year should see several major rail contracts awarded as the GCC rail sector gathers momentum

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Transport presentations

Qatar metro

Webinar: GCC metro and rail projects Subscription

12 September 2013, 6:53 GMT

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

Lusail Iconic stadium

Webinar: Qatar Projects Subscription

8 April 2013, 8:50 GMT

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, 9:23 GMT

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, 8:32 GMT

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

Arab uprising: Facebook gave power to protesters

The impact of the Arab uprisings on business growth Subscription

27 July 2011, 12:50 GMT

MEED’s webinar is a mid-year review that assesses the consequences of protests in the region on project plans

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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 8,216
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 King Abdulaziz International Airport: Phase 1: New Terminal: Package 2 Saudi Arabia 3,194
10 Abu Dhabi Airport Expansion: Midfield Terminal Complex UAE 2,960
Click through to the full data table on the biggest projects in the transport sector
Click through to MEED's Q3 2013 Top 100 Projects report
Source: MEED Projects; Data compiled: October 2013; All projects are underway

Projects trends

Gulf projects index

Iraq and UAE lead Gulf index growth Subscription

17 April 2014, 11:01 GMT

Kuwait, Qatar and Iran record largest declines in value

Gulf projects index

Iran records biggest decline Subscription

27 March 2014, 8:24 GMT

Kuwait and Iraq top gainers in the Gulf Projects Index

Gulf projects index

GCC growth pushes up projects market Subscription

13 March 2014, 6:46 GMT

Increases in Saudi Arabia and UAE ensure growth of overall 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

Agility

Agility Subscription

Kuwait based, Agility is a global logistics leader with two main lines of business: commercial logistics and a portfolio of logistics-related businesses.

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People

John Lesniewski Subscription

17 December 2013, 7:24 GMT

John Lesniewski is acting commercial executive director, Etihad Rail

Miguel Jurado Subscription

7 October 2013, 11:11 GMT

Miguel Jurado is general manager, FCC Construccion

Samer Tamimi Subscription

1 October 2013, 8:26 GMT

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

Amjad Bangash Subscription

1 October 2013, 7:55 GMT

Amjad Bangash managing director, global rail business, Bechtel Group

Marco Mignogna Subscription

11 September 2013, 11:04 GMT

Marco Mignogna is chief executive officer and president, Eurogate Tanger

Hartmut Goeritz Subscription

11 September 2013, 10:57 GMT

Hartmut Goeritz is director-general of APM Terminals, Tanger Med

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Tenders

Jordan: Septic tank vehicles Subscription

17 April 2014, 9:15 GMT | By

Supply of 12-cubic-metre septic tank vehicles

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Research reports

Exclusive pre-launch offer: Qatar Projects Market Report 2014

A comprehensive overview of the region’s fastest growing projects market

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