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Aviation & airports projects news

Qatar confirms plans to open long-delayed airport Subscription

23 April 2014, 8:43 GMT | By

Hamad International Airport to be fully open to all carriers on 27 May

Saudi Arabia seeks bidders for airport project

20 April 2014, 9:30 GMT | By

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

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

Qatar’s Hamad International airport unlikely to open in summer Subscription

26 March 2014, 10:08 GMT | By

Airport may be able to partially open to host budget flights by July

Kuwait gives bidders more time for airport project Subscription

24 March 2014, 10:41 GMT | By

Contractors bidding to build new terminal at Kuwait International airport

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

Contractors bid for Oman airport project Subscription

11 March 2014, 7:57 GMT | By

Seven companies submit technical bids for package 3 of Sohar airport

Gulf projects index

Iran and Iraq bolster Gulf index Subscription

6 March 2014, 10:47 GMT

Saudi Arabia only GCC country to record rise in value of projects market

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Market news

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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Aviation trends

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

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

MEED Quality Awards

Focus returns to quality projects

2 January 2014, 11:36 GMT

The MEED Quality Awards for Projects will once again look to recognise the projects executed with the highest quality

Middle East contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: November 2013 Subscription

5 December 2013, 8:15 GMT

Over $11bn awarded in November in the Middle East

Bumper deals

Boeing and Airbus vie for supremacy Subscription

21 November 2013, 13:11 GMT | By

Rival aircraft manufacturers are battling to dominate the rapidly growing Middle East aviation market

Contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: October 2013 Subscription

17 November 2013, 12:37 GMT

Over $7bn awarded in October in the Middle East

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MEED comment

Dubai Airshow

Pilot shortage looms in region Subscription

21 November 2013, 14:53 GMT

While the Gulf’s aviation sector is continuing to boom, the long-term future of the industry will rely on investment in people, not just planes

Al-Maktoum airport

A fresh take on airport design Subscription

31 October 2013, 13:45 GMT

Dubai is looking to expand the Al-Maktoum airport with a greater focus on passenger comfort

Abu Dhabi: Racing to boost airport passenger capacity

Intense focus on airport deadlines Subscription

24 October 2013, 15:17 GMT

Abu Dhabi has set a strict schedule to complete the international airport’s new Midfield Terminal

Etihad: Growing through equity and codeshares

Etihad growth strategy is risky

10 October 2013, 13:59 GMT | By

The carrier is expanding using codeshares, but it is unable to guarantee service standards

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Special reports


Aviation & Airports: Passenger growth increases Subscription

10 October 2013, 9:23 GMT

Aviation passenger traffic is on the up in the region

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Aviation presentations

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


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

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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

GCC growth pushes up projects market Subscription

13 March 2014, 6:46 GMT

Increases in Saudi Arabia and UAE ensure growth of overall index

Gulf projects index

Iran and Iraq bolster Gulf index Subscription

6 March 2014, 10:47 GMT

Saudi Arabia only GCC country to record rise 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

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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Faisal al-Sugair Subscription

7 May 2013, 10:04 GMT

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

Mustafa Sani Sener Subscription

28 January 2013, 10:03 GMT

Mustafa Sani Sener

Andrew Gower Subscription

9 December 2012, 6:57 GMT

Andrew Gower is CEO, Ras al-Khaimah International airport

Saif Mohammed al-Suwaidi Subscription

9 December 2012, 6:56 GMT

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

Mohammed al-Rais Subscription

1 October 2012, 12:36 GMT

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

Majed al-Mansoori Subscription

1 October 2012, 12:24 GMT

Majed al-Mansoori is chairman, Abu Dhabi Airports Company

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Saudi Arabia: Baggage inspection system Subscription

5 April 2014, 9:00 GMT | By

Replacement of a passenger baggage inspection system

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