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Rail project news

First contract of Qatar's long-distance railway involves 146 kilometres of line

Qatar to finalise rail prequalification Subscription

28 May 2015 | By

First contract involves 146 kilometres of line

The market for tunnelling in the GCC is experiencing a major boom

Flooded Doha Metro tunnelling machine restarts Subscription

28 May 2015 | By

The TBM hit a pocket of water earlier this year

Dubai Metro

Dubai delays Expo metro submission date Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

Local and international firms are forming bidding teams

Dubai Metro

Bidding teams form for Dubai Metro Expo link Subscription

19 May 2015 | By

Prequalification documents are due to be submitted at end of May

Mecca light rail system and example for Jeddah Metro

Dutch firm joins Jeddah masterplan team Subscription

13 May 2015 | By

Arcadis subsidiary joins team working on Jeddah transport masterplan

Oman Rail opens prequalification

Oman Rail opens prequalification Subscription

13 May 2015 | By

Next segments to be tendered on $15bn project

Dubai Metro

Financing not mandatory for Dubai Expo metro link Subscription

10 May 2015 | By

Funding proposals will be considered for design-and-build contract

Route 2020

Dubai starts prequalification for Expo metro link Subscription

4 May 2015 | By

Interested firms have been invited to a briefing

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Market news

10 biggest transport projects due for award

Saudi Arabia remains focused on transport development Subscription

20 May 2015 | By

Kingdom has said it will increase transport investment over the next 10 years

Top 100 projects Q1 2015

Top 100 projects hits new high Subscription

14 May 2015 | By

Index rises, but may soften later in the year


Investment drive for northern emirates Subscription

13 May 2015 | By

The UAE Minister of Public Works Abdullah Belhaif al-Nuaimi on connecting the northern emirates

Bahrain considers light rail network

Bahrain considers light rail network Subscription

28 April 2015 | By

Study due into building country-wide railway


Cautious optimism on Kuwait PPP bylaws Subscription

27 April 2015 | By

Developers and financiers study new regulations

Neil Reynolds CH2M Hill

Rail projects attracting skilled workers Subscription

9 April 2015 | By

No glut in qualified people despite the number of metro and rail schemes planned or underway

Yu Tao

Stable countries key to long-term plans Subscription

2 April 2015

China State Construction planning to increase workforce in region if contracts come through

Yousef AlHorr, Gulf Organisation for Research and Development

World Cup stadiums to conform to green standards Subscription

22 March 2015 | By

Metro stations, stadiums and government buildings must hit minimum sustainability standards

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Rail trends

Hamad al-Bishri, deputy CEO, Qatar Rail

Interview: Hamad al-Bishri, Qatar Railways Company Video Subscription

29 April 2015 | By

Qatar Rail’s deputy CEO discusses the Doha Metro, the Lusail light rail project and the country’s tranche of the GCC railway project

Middle East contracts March 2015

Middle East contracts awarded: March 2015 Video 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 Video Subscription

23 March 2015 | By

Around $30bn-worth of awards are expected to be made in 2015

Gulf projects index

Middle East contracts awarded: February 2015 Video Subscription

1 March 2015

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

Middle East contracts awarded Jan 15

Middle East contracts awarded: January 2015 Video Subscription

3 February 2015

Over $7bn of contracts awarded in January in the Middle East

Railway construction

Rail projects safe from oil price drop Subscription

19 January 2015 | By

No sign of delays for existing rail and metro projects across the GCC although new project plans unlikely to materialise this year

Middle East contract awards December 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: December 2014 Video Subscription

7 January 2015

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

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MEED comment

Elevated railway could be built across the desert to mitigate the impact of sand storms

Saudi Landbridge could be more than just a name Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

Elevated railway could be built across the desert to mitigate the impact of sand storms

Possible end in sight for Iran rail projects funding drought

Possible end in sight for Iran rail funding drought Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

Easing of international sanctions will allow stalled projects to make progress

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Special reports


Rail Projects Subscription

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

Gulf index sees biggest fall in months Subscription

21 April 2015

Only three countries post expansions in value

Gulf projects index

Iraq conflict weighs on Gulf index Subscription

3 February 2015

Saudi Arabia, Oman and Iran only countries to record increases in value

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

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In focus: Riyadh Metro


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: Train wheel lathe works Subscription

20 May 2015 | By

Overhauling and revamping of lathing machines for train wheels

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