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Ports & shipping projects news

New Suez Canal

Suez Canal reaches 80 per cent Subscription

14 June 2015 | By

Egypt hopes the canal redevelopment will attract investment

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

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Aqaba port, Jordan

Work on new Aqaba LNG terminal completed Subscription

28 June 2015 | By

Project helps ensure consistent supply of energy fuels into Jordan


Egypt seeks further port investment Subscription

16 June 2015 | By

Cairo keen on port investment as part of efforts to revive the country’s economy

The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) is planning to issue its debut sukuk (Islamic bond)

Bahri prepares to issue Islamic bond Subscription

2 June 2015 | By

Saudi shipping company’s plans approved by Capital Markets Authority

Oil tanker terminal

Saudi Arabia's Bahri confirms $1bn tanker order Subscription

1 June 2015 | By

Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) wins contract for five very large crude carriers

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

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Ports & shipping 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

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

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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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