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Doha metro train

Consortium wins Doha metro contract Subscription

9 December 2014 | By

Lotte Engineering & Construction wins Red Line North elevated works

Oman extends bid deadline for railway contract

Oman extends bid deadline for railway contract Subscription

30 November 2014 | By

Proposals for first section now due on 18 January 2015

Dubai tram

Dubai Tram ready to roll Subscription

11 November 2014 | By

The network serves Dubai Marina, Media City and Al-Sufouh road

Cairo in Egypt

Firms compete for Cairo Metro project management Subscription

3 November 2014 | By

Contract covers phase three of line three


Contractors bid for Cairo metro work Subscription

28 October 2014 | By

Work covers third phase of Line 3

Obhur creek in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Jeddah prepares to start Obhur Bridge prequalification Subscription

27 October 2014 | By

Obhur Bridge scheme could cost $1bn to build

Saudi Arabia planned rail networks

Saudi Railway Company to prequalify contractors for Landbridge Subscription

21 October 2014 | By

Tenders expected in late 2015 or early 2016

The Iraqi governorate of Basra is considering plans for a tramway

Basra plans light rail network Subscription

20 October 2014 | By

Budget for tramway design expected to be released in 2015

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Market news

Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Boulevard as seen from the top of the Burj Khalifa

Emaar launches Dubai Trolley Subscription

11 December 2014 | By

Tramway project in Downtown finally materialises

Stevin Rock will use the UAE’s under-construction rail network to distribute products from its three quarries

Stevin Rock signs Etihad Rail deal Subscription

8 December 2014 | By

National railway will transport firm’s construction products

Given the rising volumes of passengers travelling on the Dubai Metro, the region is beginning to establish a track record that lenders and bankers could use to predict whether project finance debts can be repaid

Project financing could be used for Gulf railways Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

New funding options for metro and rail projects under consideration

GCC high-speed rail is too fast

GCC high-speed rail is too fast Subscription

20 October 2014 | By

Cost and safety concerns mean slower speeds should be considered

Dubai Expo metro line expected to run along utility corridor

Dubai Expo metro line expected to run along utility corridor Subscription

19 October 2014 | By

Line will start from Nakheel Harbour and Tower station area


National Quarries signs Etihad Rail deal Subscription

7 October 2014 | By

Railways will transport its construction products

Dubai metro station

Consultants compete for Dubai Metro upgrades Subscription

23 September 2014 | By

Stations and rolling stock studies are aimed at increasing capacity

Dubai Metro rolling stock

Dubai to buy more metro rolling stock Subscription

8 September 2014 | By

Transport authority says multibillion-dollar investment is needed in metro

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Rail trends

Top 100 projects, Q2 2014

Top 100 projects index dips Subscription

14 August 2014 | By

Small fall in the total value of the Middle East’s biggest projects, but further pressure expected due to fighting in Iraq

Middle East contracts awarded July 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: July 2014 Video Subscription

11 August 2014

Over $8bn of contracts were awarded in July in the Middle East

Middle East contracts awarded June 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: June 2014 Video Subscription

31 July 2014

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

Middle East contract awards May 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: May 2014 Video Subscription

2 June 2014

Over $8bn of contracts awarded in May in the Middle East

Middle East contract awards April 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: April 2014 Video Subscription

31 May 2014

Over $23bn of contracts awarded in April in the Middle East

March contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: March 2014 Video Subscription

17 April 2014

Over $12bn of contracts awarded in March in the Middle East

Serco is the service provider for the Dubai Metro

Bringing the region's services to life Subscription

10 April 2014 | By

Facilities management firm Serco works quietly in the background, providing major services across various sectors in the region, but its CEO is looking to extend its reach

Atiya: The region is a greenfield opportunity for Siemens

Integrating transport networks Subscription

4 March 2014 | By

Gulf countries need to interlink their new transport systems to attract more passengers and reduce traffic congestion, says Sami Atiya, head of Siemens’ mobility and logistics division

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MEED comment

Possible end in sight for Iran rail projects funding drought

Possible end in sight for Iran rail funding drought

23 October 2014 | By

Easing of international sanctions will allow stalled projects to make progress

Dubai Metro: Expansion could link to more areas

Metro progress is a promising sign Subscription

17 July 2014 | By

Both Dubai and Doha will benefit in the long term from the metro projects under way for World Cup and Expo

Dubai: Infrastructure requires new sources of funding

Race for Mecca metro deals Subscription

17 April 2014

Competition for Mecca metro contracts heats up as Turkish firms dominate the field in the prequalification round

Private funding

Dubai looks to private funding Subscription

10 April 2014

The emirate is seeking to involve the private sector in its power and transport infrastructure sectors


Next hurdle for key rail market Subscription

27 March 2014 | By

While billions of dollars are being invested in rail infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, it still faces a challenge in attracting the necessary expertise

Regional metro schemes

New players to fill metro void Subscription

20 March 2014

With the region’s metro boom gathering pace, competition for resources is also mounting


Riyadh metro makes progress Subscription

27 February 2014

While similarities exist, the Doha and Riyadh metro projects are being delivered using quite different procurement methods

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Special reports


Rail Projects

12 October 2014 | By

Rail boom dominates GCC construction spending


Rail: Region benefits from pioneering technology Subscription

18 June 2014

Being so late to develop railways and metro systems compared with other regions carries a distinct advantage

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Rail presentations

Dubai creek

Managing the Boom: The Outlook for the Middle East Subscription

23 July 2014

Opportunities and challenges for businesses in the region created by the new projects boom

Qatar metro

Webinar: GCC metro and rail projects Subscription

12 September 2013

MEED’s analysis and forecast presentation on the metro projects in the region

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

Little change as states remain cautious Subscription

11 December 2014

Governments are engaging in more strategic planning to counter the impact of falling oil prices

Gulf projects index

Market eases for Eid break Subscription

9 October 2014

Oman is only projects market to record significant movement

Gulf projects index

Conflict weighs on Gulf index Subscription

25 September 2014

Large declines in Iraq and Iran drag down value of region’s projects market

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Oman Transport & Communications Ministry Subscription

The Ministry of Transport and Communications in Oman is responsible for projects including Duqm Port and Dry Dock, Muscat International Airport, the Oman National Broadband Strategy Project and the Oman National Railway

Islamic Republic of Iran Railways Subscription

The Islamic Republic of Iran Railways is responsible for the development of passenger and cargo rail services

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John Lesniewski Subscription

17 December 2013

John Lesniewski is acting commercial executive director, Etihad Rail

Miguel Jurado Subscription

7 October 2013

Miguel Jurado is general manager, FCC Construccion

Samer Tamimi Subscription

1 October 2013

Samer Tamimi is vice-president of operations, Abu Dhabi, Hill International

Amjad Bangash Subscription

1 October 2013

Amjad Bangash managing director, global rail business, Bechtel Group

Paul Abbosh Subscription

30 May 2013

Paul Abbosh is project director, Atkins

Nasser Saif al-Mansoori Subscription

30 May 2013

Nasser Saif al-Mansoori is chief executive officer, Etihad Rail

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Egypt: Railway line ground control instruments Subscription

2 December 2014 | By

Supply of ATC ground control instruments for railway lines

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Research reports

Morocco Report 1152x640

Morocco Projects Market Report 2014

A comprehensive overview of the fast-emerging Morocco projects market

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