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Aviation & airports projects news

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


Amman airport rehires consultants Subscription

8 January 2015 | By

Local firm Consolidated Consultants reappointed to consult on airport redevelopment in Jordan


Al-Jaber wins Abha airport deal Subscription

5 January 2015 | By

UAE-based Al-Jaber group has been awarded another contract as the firm continues to recover


Bidders asked to lower Kuwait airport costs Subscription

31 December 2014 | By

Turkey’s Limak submitted the lowest bid for the contract in November

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Market news

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

US airlines' demands challenge Gulf aviation hub

US airlines' claims challenge Gulf aviation hub Subscription

9 March 2015 | By

Trio say Gulf airlines received $42bn of state support


Bids submitted for Bahrain airport enabling work Subscription

23 February 2015 | By

Local firms dominate bids for enabling work on airport expansion project in Bahrain

Air Arabia

Air Arabia posts 30 per cent profit increase Subscription

15 February 2015 | By

Annual passenger numbers climb to 6.8 million in 2014

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Aviation trends

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

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

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

Gulf projects index

Gulf index records modest growth Subscription

13 January 2015

Saudi Arabia’s projects market sees sole decline in region

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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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Saudi Arabia: Aircraft coach works Subscription

23 March 2015 | By

Rehabilitation of aircraft coaches and facilities

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