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Turkish firms dominate Mecca metro prequalification list Subscription

17 April 2014, 8:43 GMT | By

First phase civil works of Mecca Metro will include underground and above ground packages

Consultancy team wins Doha metro management contract

16 April 2014, 8:29 GMT | By

US/French joint venture will project manage Doha metro systems and rolling stock

New closing date for Dubai Metro tender Subscription

16 April 2014, 7:09 GMT | By

Dubai Metro tender contract covers engineering for Expo rail link

Contractors submit bids for more Doha Metro work Subscription

15 April 2014, 5:37 GMT | By

Contracts cover elevated sections of the urban rail network

Mecca prequalifies 10 consortiums for metro project Subscription

10 April 2014, 12:35 GMT | By

Prequalified groups have until 6 July to submit bids for first phase of metro scheme

Kuwait seeks firms for metro design Subscription

7 April 2014, 13:09 GMT | By

Rail project was previously planned to be developed under Kuwait’s public-private partnerships body

Rolling stock and systems bidders give presentations for Doha Metro Subscription

7 April 2014, 11:47 GMT | By

Firms submitted bids for the multibillion-dollar Doha Metro contract in March

Dubai Metro extension plans

Consultants prepare Dubai Expo rail bids Subscription

7 April 2014, 7:24 GMT | By

New line is one of the new urban rail links planned in Dubai

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Market news

French-Saudi team selected for Riyadh bus network Subscription

12 February 2014, 10:27 GMT | By

Letter of award expected in weeks

Dubai to tender Green Line metro extension in late 2015 Subscription

28 January 2014, 12:27 GMT | By

Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority also planning to extend the Red Line

Dubai targets 20 per cent public transport share by 2020

28 January 2014, 12:17 GMT | By

Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority will extend the existing Red and Green metro lines

UAE signs agreement with Thales to develop rail academy Subscription

22 January 2014, 8:37 GMT | By

Academy will provide professional and academic training for the UAE’s planned rail schemes

Etihad Rail plans to tender phase 3 in second half of 2014 Subscription

9 December 2013, 12:54 GMT | By

Rail company is planning to award phase 2 by second quarter of 2014

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Rail trends

Serco is the service provider for the Dubai Metro

Bringing the region's services to life Subscription

10 April 2014, 13:21 GMT | 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, 11:05 GMT | 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, 5:48 GMT

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

MEED Quality Awards

Focus returns to quality projects

2 January 2014, 11:36 GMT

The MEED Quality Awards for Projects will once again look to recognise the projects executed with the highest quality

Contract awards

Middle East contracts awarded: October 2013 Video Subscription

17 November 2013, 12:37 GMT

Over $7bn awarded in October in the Middle East

Top 100 Projects Q3 2013 by sector

Rail awards push up value of Top 100 Middle East Projects Subscription

24 October 2013, 6:39 GMT | By

Value up 5 per cent as transport awards dominate the listing

Middle East contract awards September 2013

Middle East contracts awarded: September 2013 Video Subscription

20 October 2013, 7:57 GMT | By

Over $8bn awarded in September in the Middle East

Contract awards Aug 2013

Middle East contracts awarded: August 2013 Video Subscription

2 September 2013, 10:58 GMT | By

Over $10bn awarded in August in the Middle East region

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MEED comment

Private funding

Dubai looks to private funding

10 April 2014, 15:16 GMT

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


Next hurdle for key rail market

27 March 2014, 13:46 GMT | 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

20 March 2014, 16:26 GMT

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


Riyadh metro makes progress

27 February 2014, 12:58 GMT

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


Rail boom spreads across the region Subscription

14 November 2013, 14:24 GMT

Several light rail schemes are being fast-tracked in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi


Rail driving project boom Subscription

24 October 2013, 15:12 GMT

Transport contract awards, particularly for rail and metro projects, are indicating a shift in government priorities


Muscat pushes on transport upgrade

30 August 2013, 8:19 GMT | By

Despite a new wave of transport infrastructure schemes, Oman still lags behind neighbouring GCC states

Plus: Riyadh and Doha's metro schemes will create jobs

Metro projects look daunting

7 August 2013, 15:15 GMT | By

While the contractors working on the Riyadh and Doha metros may be facing unknown risks, the benefits make them worthwhile

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Special reports


Middle East rail revival gathers pace in 2013 Subscription

28 October 2013, 7:00 GMT | 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


Etihad Railway sets example for region

30 May 2013, 8:34 GMT | By

The lack of rail infrastructure in the GCC reflects the way the region’s economy has developed

Etihad Rail

Transport & Logistics: GCC reconsiders PPP Subscription

22 May 2013, 13:26 GMT

This year should see several major rail contracts awarded as the GCC rail sector gathers momentum

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Rail presentations

Qatar metro

Webinar: GCC metro and rail projects Subscription

12 September 2013, 6:53 GMT

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

Lusail Iconic stadium

Webinar: Qatar Projects Subscription

8 April 2013, 8:50 GMT

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, 8:32 GMT

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

Arab uprising: Facebook gave power to protesters

The impact of the Arab uprisings on business growth Subscription

27 July 2011, 12:50 GMT

MEED’s webinar is a mid-year review that assesses the consequences of protests in the region on project plans

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Projects trends

Gulf projects index

GCC growth pushes up projects market Subscription

13 March 2014, 6:46 GMT

Increases in Saudi Arabia and UAE ensure growth of overall index

Gulf projects index

Oman growth lifts Gulf index Subscription

30 January 2014, 11:59 GMT

Iraq and UAE only other countries to record increases in project market value

Gulf projects index

Gulf Projects Index sees further fall Subscription

9 January 2014, 11:49 GMT

Second week of decline as only Qatar and Iraq markets show positive movement

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In focus: Riyadh Metro

Dubai: Infrastructure requires new sources of funding

Race for Mecca metro deals

17 April 2014, 13:50 GMT

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

Turkish firms dominate Mecca metro prequalification list Subscription

17 April 2014, 8:43 GMT | By

First phase civil works of Mecca Metro will include underground and above ground packages


Qatar Railways Company logo

Qatar Railways Company Subscription

Set up to support Qatar’s rail industry, QRail is owned by the Qatar Railways Development Company, a joint venture between Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company and Deutsche Bahn

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John Lesniewski Subscription

17 December 2013, 7:24 GMT

John Lesniewski is acting commercial executive director, Etihad Rail

Miguel Jurado Subscription

7 October 2013, 11:11 GMT

Miguel Jurado is general manager, FCC Construccion

Samer Tamimi Subscription

1 October 2013, 8:26 GMT

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

Amjad Bangash Subscription

1 October 2013, 7:55 GMT

Amjad Bangash managing director, global rail business, Bechtel Group

Paul Abbosh Subscription

30 May 2013, 8:11 GMT

Paul Abbosh is project director, Atkins

Nasser Saif al-Mansoori Subscription

30 May 2013, 8:00 GMT

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

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Egypt: Basalt rocks Subscription

16 April 2014, 15:01 GMT | By

Supply of 400,000 cubic metres of broken basalt rocks

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Research reports


Morocco Projects Market Report 2014

A comprehensive overview of the fast-emerging Morocco projects market

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