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Aviation & airports projects news

King Khaled International airport expansion

Hochtief confirms Riyadh airport award Subscription

1 July 2015 | By

Joint venture will upgrade terminals 3 and 4

Bahrain airport

Bahrain gives airport bidders more time Subscription

24 June 2015 | By

Major international consortiums have been invited to submit offers


Saudi Arabia seeks investors for next airport PPP Subscription

11 June 2015 | By

Prequalification closes on 8 JulyInternational Finance Corporation lead adviser for the project

Kuwait airport extends prequalification

Kuwait airport extends prequalification Subscription

9 June 2015 | By

2 June deadline has been moved to 16 June


Saudi contractor wins Qassim airport expansion Subscription

8 June 2015 | By

Al-Muhaidib wins in spite of placing a higher bid than competing groupsNew terminal to accommodate 1.4 million passengers

Region’s first airport PPP enters full operation

Region’s first airport PPP enters full operation Subscription

3 June 2015 | By Jennifer Malapitan-Aguinaldo

Construction of $1.2bn Saudi airport expansion completed on time

Al-Hajar mountains

Runway extension for Fujairah Airport Subscription

25 May 2015 | By

Work being done as part of the international airport’s expansion plans

UK firm wins Al-Maktoum airport contract

Export credit agencies teaming up for Dubai airport funding Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

UK offered $2bn of export credit guarantees in 2014

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Market news

US airlines investigated for collusion

US airlines investigated for collusion Subscription

2 July 2015 | By

Move comes as Emirates hits back at allegations of unfair competition


Emirates turns the tables against the Big 3 Subscription

1 July 2015 | By

CEO of Dubai flag carrier says it is financially transparent and has nothing to hide

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

Aircraft manufacturers prepare for Iranian orders Subscription

30 June 2015 | By

European and US suppliers look to capture market share in Iran’s sanctions-ridden aviation sector


Kuwait prequalifies firms for airport package Subscription

30 June 2015 | By

Runway and infrastructure package tendered and stalled in 2013

Saudi Arabia air travel beats forecasts

Saudi Arabia air travel beats forecasts Subscription

24 June 2015 | By

Number of passengers grows by 10 per cent in 2014

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

Saudi Arabia and UAE buck decline in global defence spend Subscription

23 June 2015 | By

Global aerospace and defence revenue decline by $8.2bn in 2014

Emirates airline

Emirates airline expects sane response on US dispute Subscription

14 June 2015 | By

Clark insists fair practices underpin their enormous success

Emirates airline

FedEx and Jetblue speak out in support of Gulf airlines Subscription

11 June 2015 | By

Dispute with US carriers outshines 80 per cent profit forecast on back of falling oil prices

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Aviation trends

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

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

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MEED comment

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

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

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Special reports

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

Qatar leads Gulf index growth Subscription

31 March 2015

Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain also record expansions in value

Gulf projects index

Oman leads Gulf index growth Subscription

17 February 2015

UAE and Qatar only other countries to record increases in value

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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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Bahrain: Carpets Subscription

2 July 2015 | By

Supply of check-in carpets

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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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