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Aviation & airports projects news

Iran Air

Iran plans seven new airports Subscription

7 October 2015 | By

New airports to be constructed around Tehran

Kuwait airport

Kuwait extends deadline for airport tender Subscription

30 September 2015 | By

Bids are now due to be submitted in November

Local joint venture wins Egypt military airport deal

Local joint venture wins Egypt airport deal Subscription

27 September 2015 | By

Three military airports will be built by contracting team

Hamad International airport in Doha, Qatar

Doha unveils airport expansion plans

16 September 2015 | By

Budget of $8bn for Hamad International airport project

Qatar project spending on track

Qatar project spending on track Subscription

15 September 2015 | By

Doha is focused on delivering infrastructure programme despite oil price drop

Al-Maktoum International airport, in Dubai

Firms prepare Dubai airport expansion bids Subscription

3 September 2015 | By

Al-Maktoum International expansion to accommodate FlyDubai

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

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

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Market news

On 1 September, a water salute welcomed an Airbus A380 owned by Dubai’s Emirates airline, as it made its inaugural landing at Orlando International airport in the US

Middle East leads global air travel demand Subscription

4 October 2015 | By

Growth is nearly double the international average

Sukhoi Superjet 100

Iran orders $21bn of Russian aircraft Subscription

27 September 2015 | By

Passenger jets and satellite equipment contract signed

Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways raises $500m Subscription

17 September 2015 | By

Funds to be spread among Abu Dhabi airline’s partners

Sharm el-Sheikh airport

Contractors prepare bids for Egypt airport Subscription

16 September 2015 | By

Airport expansion co-financed with the Islamic Development Bank, African Development Bank group and the government

Consultancies to submit their financial proposals for airport city

South Korean firm withdraws from Iran airport tender Subscription

15 September 2015 | By

Financial proposals expected on 19 September from five project management consultancies


Firms sought for Kuwait airport runway Subscription

15 September 2015 | By

Date of submissions set for 10 October

Bahrain airport

Contractors prepare to submit Bahrain airport bids in October Subscription

15 September 2015 | By

Firms had been preparing to submit offers on 13 September

Nominal defence spending is estimated to have risen by close to 40 per cent since 2010 in the region

Kuwait finalising $9bn Eurofighter deal Subscription

13 September 2015 | By

Contract is expected to be signed by early October

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Aviation trends

Airport control tower

Thales wins Iraq air navigation contract Subscription

7 October 2015 | By

Firm to supply crucial navigation equipment to Najaf International airport

Middle East contract awards August 2015

Middle East contracts awarded: August 2015 Subscription

13 September 2015

Kuwait dominates awards again

Kuwait International airport

Transport projects need major technology investments Subscription

9 September 2015 | By

Planned airport, seaports, rail and metro projects across the GCC require at least $16bn worth of ICT solutions

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

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MEED comment

Philippa Wilkinson

Middle East shrugs off Exim Bank shutdown Subscription

8 September 2015 | By

The Middle East is unconcerned at the export credit agency’s problems, but US will suffer

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

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Special reports

Open Skies

Aviation & Airports: Catching up with the Gulf’s big three

9 September 2015

The US Big Three should have stepped up their game to compete with Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways, but now their chance to succeed seems lost forever

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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


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

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MEED events

Saudi Mega Projects

Saudi Mega Projects Summit 2015

8 - 10 December 2015 | Major opportunities within the kingdom’s project pipeline and mega project programmes

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