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Once operational, one of the major issues for the Landbridge will be maintenance of the line and constantly clearing sand off the tracks in remote areas

Saudi Railway Company to prequalify contractors for Landbridge

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

20 October 2014 | By

Budget for tramway design expected to be released in 2015

Algeria plans to tender Oran metro

Algeria plans to tender Oran metro

20 October 2014 | By

Client yet to decide on packaging strategy

Saudi Rail Projects

Contractors submit bids for Mecca Metro Subscription

14 October 2014 | By

Deals cover above and underground works for light rail network

K metro network

Tendering to start for K-Metro Subscription

8 October 2014 | By

Consultants invited to prequalify for project management and design roles

Morocco train

Morocco tenders railway upgrade Subscription

6 October 2014 | By

Infrastructure work is split into six packages

Qatar projects by sector and project status

Giant rail projects dominate Qatar market Subscription

2 October 2014 | By

Massive transport infrastructure developments are required to support Doha’s ambitious plans

Saudi and Bahrain causeways

Firms prepare bids for Saudi-Bahrain causeway Subscription

15 September 2014 | By

Marine works involve building a new island

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Market news

GCC high-speed rail is too fast

GCC high-speed rail is too fast

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

The planned Union Oasis development at Union Station of the Dubai Metro

Dubai’s Union Oasis project pending RTA approval Subscription

31 August 2014 | By

Metro station area to be developed as a public-private partnership scheme

Dubai tram

Extra safety measures push Dubai’s tram over budget Subscription

25 August 2014 | By

Transport authority says additional features have been added to prevent collisions with cars and pedestrians

Qatar considers using solar technology for rail projects

Qatar considers solar technology for rail projects Subscription

27 July 2014 | By

Solar panels at depot could provide up to 80MW of power for proposed rail system

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Rail trends

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

MEED Quality Awards

Deadline nears for MEED Quality Awards for Projects entries

21 January 2014

The awards will once again look to recognise the projects executed with the highest quality

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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


Middle East rail revival gathers pace in 2013 Subscription

28 October 2013 | By

This year has been a turning point for the Middle East and North African rail market as the region’s ambitions to build metro systems and overland rail networks start to become a reality

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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


Kuwaiti projects market 2012 Subscription

6 March 2012

MEED’s online seminar on the Kuwiat projects market, providing a comprehensive forecast and review of opportunities in the country

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Projects trends

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

Gulf projects index

Saudi Arabia sees biggest expansion Subscription

18 September 2014

Kingdom’s surge pushes Gulf Projects Index up by 1 per cent

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In focus: Riyadh Metro


Mecca sets new metro tender deadline Subscription

25 August 2014 | By

Bid are now due in late October

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


DB International Subscription

DB International is an engineering, system and business consulting firm specialised in rail mobility, logistics and life cycle management

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Yapi Merkezi Subscription

Yapi Merkezi was founded in 1965 in Turkey, it provides contracting services in the Middle East to the rail sector

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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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Research reports

Morocco Report 1152x640

Morocco Projects Market Report 2014

A comprehensive overview of the fast-emerging Morocco projects market

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