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Aviation & airports projects news

Bahrain International airport

Bahrain tenders airport expansion Subscription

9 April 2015 | By

Contracting teams compete for construction contract

Bahrain International airport

Bahrain airport tender imminent Subscription

2 April 2015 | By

Bahrain airport expansion project presses ahead as authorities look to launch tender for the main contract in the next few weeks

GCC transport projects

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

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

Hamad International airport in Doha, Qatar

Programme manager sought for Hamad airport Subscription

8 March 2015 | By

Major construction contract due to be tendered this year


Kuwait airport bids to be rejected Subscription

9 February 2015 | By

Ministry recommends bids for airport work to be rejected

Dubai international airport

Al-Maktoum airport expansion delayed Subscription

1 February 2015 | By

Enabling works contract for Al-Maktoum International in Dubai was due to be signed by the end of 2014

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Market news

Emirates signs $9.2bn deal for Rolls-Royce engines

Emirates signs $9.2bn deal for Rolls-Royce engines Subscription

19 April 2015 | By

Airbus A380 engines contract is largest ever order for UK-based group

Yu Tao

Stable countries key to long-term plans Subscription

2 April 2015

China State Construction planning to increase workforce in region if contracts come through

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

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Aviation trends

Middle East contracts March 2015

Middle East contracts awarded: March 2015 Subscription

15 April 2015

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

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

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

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

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MEED comment


UK plays increasing role in Dubai aviation

19 April 2015 | By

Government funding support is creating opportunities for UK businesses

Etihad Airways

Gulf aviation hub to be largely unchallenged Subscription

11 March 2015 | By

Demands from US airlines have been raised in Washington

Kuwait’s projects market is enjoying a long-awaited period of high activity

Bright future for Kuwait projects market Subscription

27 November 2014 | By

While contract awards are expected to keep flowing in 2015, the country is little prepared for the surge in activity


Middle East aviation remains resilient Subscription

20 November 2014 | By

Airlines must invest to meet rising demand

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

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

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Special reports

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

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Aviation presentations

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

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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

Oman leads Gulf index growth Subscription

17 February 2015

UAE and Qatar only other countries to record increases in value

Gulf projects index

Qatar the worst performer on Gulf index Subscription

20 January 2015

Qatar’s project market declines by 2.1 per cent after the scrapping of Al-Karaana project

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Aeroports de Paris logo

Aeroports de Paris Subscription

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

Air Arabia Subscription

Air Arabia was the region’s first low-budget airline, flying from Sharjah, and is now also the official carrier for Ras Al Khaimah

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Suzanne al-Anani Subscription

22 January 2015

Suzanne al-Anani, CEO, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects

Hani el-Assaad Subscription

6 July 2014

Hani el-Assaad is president, Middle East, India & Africa, SITA

Faisal al-Sugair Subscription

7 May 2013

Faisal al-Sugair is vice-president, General Authority of Civil Aviation

Mustafa Sani Sener Subscription

28 January 2013

Mustafa Sani Sener

Andrew Gower Subscription

9 December 2012

Andrew Gower is CEO, Ras al-Khaimah International airport

Saif Mohammed al-Suwaidi Subscription

9 December 2012

Saif Mohammed al-Suwaidi is director general, UAE General Civil Aviation Authority

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