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Aviation & airports projects news

Kuwait makes progress with major infrastructure schemes

Kuwait makes progress with major infrastructure schemes Subscription

25 August 2015 | By

Airport contract approved days after final deal was awarded for Al-Zour North refinery

Mecca in Saudi Arabia

Prequalifiers for Saudi airport scheme to be announced soon Subscription

24 August 2015 | By

Deadline for submissions has been moved to 26 August

Kuwait International airport

Kuwait prequalifies firms for airport building Subscription

23 August 2015 | By

15 joint ventures have been invited to bid on the project

Kuwait International airport

Kuwait awards multibillion-dollar airport contract Subscription

18 August 2015 | By

Low bidder wins deal two weeks after bids submission

Egypt airports to overhaul IT systems

Egypt airports to overhaul IT systems Subscription

13 August 2015 | By

Five airports adopting solutions for flights, gates, baggage and people management

Tehran in Iran

Iran airport prequalifies consultancy firms Subscription

12 August 2015 | By

Bids are due on 26 August for the development of the 14,000 hectare airport city

Dubai tenders Al-Maktoum airport terminal expansion

UK still waiting for Dubai airport funding decision Subscription

12 August 2015 | By

Export credit agency offered $2bn in 2014

Joint venture bids low for Kuwait airport

Joint venture bids low for Kuwait airport Subscription

3 August 2015 | By

The $4.3bn bid is 6 per cent lower than offers submitted last year

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Market news

Kuwait International airport

Contractors prepare to bid for Kuwait airport contract Subscription

1 September 2015 | By

Passenger support terminal to be constructed within 450 days

Queen Alia International airport

Jordan records growth in air passenger traffic Subscription

31 August 2015 | By

Year-on-year passenger traffic in July for main airport rises almost 30 per cent

With the US Congress and Senate returning for their autumn sessions in September, the business community is hopeful that a renewal of Exim Bank’s authorisation can be passed

US Exim Bank shutdown affects Middle East projects Subscription

26 August 2015 | By

Paralysis at export credit agency will damage US more than Middle East

Until 2007, state-backed Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) had a monopoly of the market

Saudi airlines get ready for competition Subscription

24 August 2015 | By

New entrants face double effect of low oil prices and strong dollar

Oman seeks firms for regional airport

Oman seeks firms for regional airport Subscription

18 August 2015 | By

Two-phased consultancy work required for Musandam airports

National carrier Iran Air’s Boeing fleet has an average age of more than 35 years

Iran expecting proposals from aircraft manufacturers Subscription

17 August 2015 | By

Tangible change in fleet status expected within a year’s time


Emirates to serve second Iranian city Subscription

16 August 2015 | By

Flight to Mashhad one of several new routes for the airline in 2015

Cargo handling

Dubai air services provider pursues global acquisitions Subscription

13 August 2015 | By

Dnata in advanced talks with companies in Europe and Americas

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Aviation trends

Etihad Rail awards employee housing deal

Transport awards dip as decision making slows in 2015 Subscription

7 July 2015 | By

Project awards value during the first half of 2015 contracts by 36 per cent compared to figures from the same period last year

Middle East contract awards June 2015

Middle East contracts awarded: June 2015 Subscription

6 July 2015

More than $13bn-worth of contracts awarded in June

While other Arab nations adopt firm stances on regional politics, Muscat is content to straddle the fence

Oman prepares to borrow to keep project programme on track Subscription

29 June 2015 | By

Sultanate has more than $100bn-worth of schemes in the pipeline, but it needs banks and investors to finance at least part of this sum

Emirates airline

Emirates rises on falling oil Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

Strong financial performance lifts carrier’s mood as it seeks to tackle head on the accusations of unfair government support by US rivals

Flanagan: I knew Emirates was going to grow

Obituary: Maurice Flanagan Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

The former executive vice-chairman of Emirates airline talked to Austyn Allison in January about the carrier’s spectacular growth through the years. He passed away on 7 May

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

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MEED comment

Andrew Roscoe

Kuwait must maintain momentum Subscription

25 August 2015 | By

Government cannot let lower oil prices derail vital infrastructure schemes

Jennifer Aguinaldo

Fighting a war against inefficiency Subscription

16 August 2015 | By

Three different laws within six years do not bode well for Kuwait Airways’ privatisation plans

Jennifer Aguinaldo

Escalating open skies dispute begs resolution Subscription

30 June 2015 | By

Dispute distracts and divides aviation industry players

Hossam Abougabal

Expansion illustrates Bahrain’s economic vision Subscription

4 June 2015 | By

The airport could be the driver for Manama to reemerge as a favourable business environment


UK plays increasing role in Dubai aviation Subscription

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

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Special reports

Aviation presentations

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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


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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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Bahrain: Self-service kiosks Subscription

16 July 2015 | By

Installation and configuration of common-use, self-service kiosks

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Qatar Transport Conference 2015

14-16 September | Moving forward: Providing business opportunities and stimulating Qatar’s transport sector

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