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Aviation & airports projects news

Kuwait International airport

Kuwait tenders new airport terminal project management deal Subscription

19 November 2014 | By

Fourteen international consultants have been invited to bid


Firms invited to prequalify for Kuwait airport runways Subscription

10 November 2014 | By

Contractors submitted bids for terminal building in early November

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

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

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

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


Bahrain receives airport prequalifications Subscription

29 October 2014 | By

Project is being funded by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development

Dubai will accept the UK government’s offer of up to $2bn of export credit guarantees for work on airport projects

Dubai to accept UK funding for airport projects Subscription

22 September 2014 | By

UAE emirate to use $2bn of export credit guarantees for work that has yet to be determined

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Market news

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


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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Aviation 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

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 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

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

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MEED comment


Middle East aviation remains resilient

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


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

Business class: Rivalry between Gulf airlines is intense

Etihad pushes the boundaries Subscription

15 May 2014 | By

While luxury offerings on board the region’s flagship airlines have garnered attention, competing for first-class travellers is a risky strategy

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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


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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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

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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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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

Mohammed al-Rais Subscription

1 October 2012

Mohammed al-Rais is senior vice-president and managing director, Middle East, Hill International

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