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Ports & shipping projects news

Oil tanker

Companies prequalified for Duqm liquids terminal Subscription

26 May 2015 | By

Tender expected to be floated in third quarter of 2015

Egypt Suez Canal

Suez Canal investment laws to be finalised Subscription

20 May 2015 | By

Suez Canal Zone investment laws to be revised before sent to president for ratification

Egypt Suez Canal

Suez Canal expansion to open ahead of schedule Subscription

17 May 2015 | By

Suez Canal expansion work to be completed ahead of schedule


Jordan invites port interest Subscription

7 April 2015 | By

Capacity to be increased by a third

Aqaba container port in Jordan

Jordan moves on port extension Subscription

25 March 2015 | By

Prequalification to begin in quarter two of 2015

The Suez Canal in Egypt

Interest soars in Suez Canal Zone project Subscription

17 March 2015 | By

Amendments to special economic zone law boost project appeal

Local firms to join Arabtec Egypt housing scheme

Suez Canal Zone masterplan unveiled Subscription

15 March 2015 | By

Scheme involves six ports along canal in Egypt

Completion of Qatar's Hamad Port brought forward 10 years

Completion of Hamad Port brought forward 10 years Subscription

11 March 2015 | By ,

First cargo expected at Qatari facility as early as July next year

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Market news

Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi

Saudi Arabia expected to place $1bn South Korean order Subscription

23 April 2015 | By

National shipping company expected to order 10 vessels to transport liquid hydrocarbon products


DP World tenders port dredging Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

Access channel will connect to under construction terminal

Dubai Ports Customs & Free zone Corporation

Dubai launches new port operator Subscription

25 March 2015 | By

New company will manage small and medium size facilities


Singapore eyes up port investment in Egypt Subscription

15 March 2015 | By

Singapore identifies port development as the main area of interest for Singaporean investment in Egypt

Investment Ministry and Suez Canal Authority sign cooperation agreement

Investment Ministry assists SCZone Subscription

15 March 2015 | By

Ministry and Suez Canal Authority sign cooperation agreement


Qatar awards port contract Subscription

19 February 2015 | By

Chinese-led consortium awarded contract for work on Qatar’s port project


Abu Dhabi Terminals signs new financing deal Subscription

5 January 2015 | By

Loans and cash management services to be provided by ADCB

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Ports & shipping 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

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World

Interview: Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman, DP World Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

International ports operator DP World is cementing itself as a global trade player with major plans for future growth, according to its chairman. Rebecca Spong reports

Middle East contracts October 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: October 2014 Subscription

1 December 2014

Over $13bn of contracts awarded in October in the Middle East

November contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: November 2014 Subscription

1 December 2014

Over $3bn of contracts awarded in November in the Middle East

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

Middle East contracts awarded June 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: June 2014 Subscription

31 July 2014

Over $6bn of contracts awarded in June in the Middle East

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MEED comment

Hossam Abougabal

Suez Canal area encouraged by investment laws Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

The waterway expansion and development of the surrounding area could transform Egypt’s economy

Port operations

New port operator leverages Dubai experience Subscription

31 March 2015 | By

New port operator will help emirate’s maritime sector keep growing

Egypt's Capital City project

Cairo awakens with ambitious plans Subscription

17 March 2015 | By

Egypt is beginning to look like a lucrative market for contractors

Suez Canal

Egypt seeks to revamp its reputation Subscription

16 October 2014 | By

Suez Canal projects are playing a symbolic role in kick-starting the Egyptian economy

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Special reports

Suez Canal

Ports & Shipping: Gulf ports buck global trend Subscription

3 March 2015

Weak crude prices are providing an uplift for the regional tanker market and triggering a more active sea trade

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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

Kuwait five-year plan boosts index Subscription

3 March 2015

Six per cent rise in Kuwait market contributes to Gulf Projects Index growth

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Heisco Subscription

Heavy Engineering Industries and Shipbuilding Company (Heisco) is a public company, located in Kuwait, since 1974 the industrial company has expanded and services the oil and gas and marine industry as a EPC contractor

National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) logo

National Marine Dredging Company Subscription

The UAE-based dredging firm is looking beyond its home market to increase revenues

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Stuart Bowie Subscription

16 October 2014

Stuart Bowie is managing director at GAC Dubai

Nicholas Browne Subscription

16 October 2014

Nicholas Browne is global director at GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd.

Meena Mathews Subscription

16 October 2014

Meena Mathews is Gulf Agency Company’s regional manager, P&I for the Middle East Region

Bengt Ekstrand Subscription

12 July 2014

Bengt Ekstrand is GAC group president

Marco Mignogna Subscription

11 September 2013

Marco Mignogna is chief executive officer and president, Eurogate Tanger

Hartmut Goeritz Subscription

11 September 2013

Hartmut Goeritz is director-general of APM Terminals, Tanger Med

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Saudi Mega Projects Summit 2015

12 - 14 October 2015 | Focus on the core sectors that are driving the massive growth in construction activity in Saudi Arabia

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