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Mecca light rail system and example for Jeddah Metro

Systra appointed for Jeddah Metro engineering work Subscription

20 July 2014 | By

Jeddah’s urban rail network is one of three new metro systems planned in Saudi Arabia

Dubai gives metro bidders more time Subscription

15 July 2014 | By

Study will look at increasing the capacity of the rail system

Joint venture wins Dubai Expo metro line contract Subscription

14 July 2014 | By

Parsons and Systra to complete preliminary engineering for rail project

Tarmac Middle East signs UAE rail distribution deal Subscription

2 July 2014 | By

Aggregate and asphalt supplier will use Etihad rail network to distribute products

Frontrunner emerges for Dubai Expo rail link Subscription

30 June 2014 | By

Consultancy team will complete preliminary engineering for new metro line

Dubai seeks metro consultants to increase passenger capacity Subscription

29 June 2014 | By

Urban rail network served 40.7 million passengers in the first quarter of this year

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Alstom wins $1bn rail contract in Qatar Subscription

24 June 2014 | By

Alstom-led consortium to build Lusail tram system in Qatar

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Al-Jaber signs distribution deal with Etihad Rail Subscription

8 July 2014 | By

Etihad Rail network will transportAl-Jaber Crushers & Quarries’ products across the UAE

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Atkins names new head of rail systems for Middle East Subscription

24 June 2014 | By

Abdeljabbar ben Salem to help develop new rail system centre of excellence

Bureau Veritas wins Riyadh metro contract Subscription

9 June 2014 | By

French company Bureau Veritas will provide independent engineering oversight for Riyadh Metro

Qatar sets new deadline for long-distance rail prequalification Subscription

26 May 2014 | By

Prequalification deadline for Qatar long-distance rail pushed back to 1 June

Cairo plans $11bn rail investment drive Subscription

13 May 2014 | By

Overhaul of Egypt’s 3,500km rail network will improve safety, efficency and quality

MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2014

Bahrain water treatment project named GCC project of the year

13 May 2014 | By

Bahrain Petroleum Company sustainability project heads the list of winners at the MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2014

TUV Rheinland opens office in Doha Subscription

11 May 2014 | By

Qatar aims to spend $35bn on rail projects in next few years

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Rail trends

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

MEED Quality Awards

Focus returns to quality projects

2 January 2014

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

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 | By

Value up 5 per cent as transport awards dominate the listing

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MEED comment

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


Rail boom spreads across the region Subscription

14 November 2013

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


Rail driving project boom Subscription

24 October 2013

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

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Special reports


Rail: Region benefits from pioneering technology

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

Dubai’s Mall of the World boosts index Subscription

17 July 2014

UAE and Bahrain are the outstanding markets of the week

Gulf Projects Index

Four Gulf states keep index stable Subscription

10 July 2014

Growth in Oman, Iraq, the UAE and Saudi Arabia cancels out decline in Kuwait

Gulf Projects Index

Kuwait leads growth in Gulf Index Subscription

19 June 2014

UAE, Qatar and Iraq only other countries to record increase in value

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In focus: Riyadh Metro

Mecca light rail system and example for Jeddah Metro

Systra appointed for Jeddah Metro engineering work Subscription

20 July 2014 | By

Jeddah’s urban rail network is one of three new metro systems planned in Saudi Arabia

Construction contractors in Saudi Arabia can be optimistic again Subscription

19 June 2014 | By

Saudi Arabia’s construction market is booming after a slow 2012, with multibillion-dollar contract awards on metro schemes and the Housing Ministry set to bring in the private sector to build homes


Etihad Rail Subscription

Etihad Rail is managing the development, construction and operations of the UAE’s national freight and passenger railway network, established in June 2009 it will form part of the planned GCC railway network linking the six GCC states

Saudi Railway Company Subscription

Saudi Railway Company previously know as the North-South Railway (NSR) will be over 2,750 kilometres long, running from Riyadh to the border of Jordan.

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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 Cover

Morocco Projects Market Report 2014

A comprehensive overview of the fast-emerging Morocco projects market

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