The Gulf Projects Index continued its Eid lull, with only a 0.2 per cent rise in the value of schemes planned or under way. The growth was mainly due to Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Oman’s projects market recorded the biggest expansion, with its index increasing by 1.6 per cent. This was driven by the revival of a $2.2bn waterfront mixed-use scheme and related infrastructure.

In real terms, Saudi Arabia, recorded the largest growth. It added $2,287m to its projects sector, mainly in the oil and gas industry, as the kingdom recovers from a summer dip and returns to strong year-on-year growth of 20.2 per cent. Saudi Basic Industries Corporation’s proposed steel plants remain on hold, however.

Project updates
  Project name Project status
Oman Omagine project Revived
Qatar Fifa-compliant prototype training site On hold
Saudi Arabia Jubail steel plant On hold
Saudi Arabia Master gas system expansion: phase 1 New project
Saudi Arabia Master gas system expansion: phase 2 New project
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The UAE projects market recorded a modest increase of 0.4 per cent to remain at its highest value since 2011. In the past week, 52 new construction schemes, worth more than $2.5bn, were announced, including ports, airports and road upgrades.

Qatar also recorded gentle growth, with the launch of 55 new construction projects worth more than $1.5bn. The new schemes are predominantly based around the Lusail city development.

Upcoming tender deadlines
  Client Contract Submission date
Oman Oman Power & Water Procurement Company Salalah 2 Oct-14
Saudi Arabia Saudi Aramco 11 stadiums Oct-14
UAE Nakheel Palm Hotel tower Nov-14
Kuwait Kuwait National Petroleum Company New Refinery Project Nov-14
UAE Dubai Electricity & Water Authority Hassyan power plant 26-Jan
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Meanwhile, Iraq’s index freefall slowed, with its projects market dropping only 0.6 per cent. However, further oil and public works schemes were put on hold in all regions of the country, as clashes continued between the government, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) and Kurdish forces.

Iran’s projects market continues its gradual decline, down 3.4 per cent year-on-year as it continues to suffer from the effects of harsh international sanctions.

The value of the overall Gulf projects market is up 6 per cent year-on-year.

Contract awards

Biggest contract $100m

Awarded to the US’ Chevron Lummus Global for design and engineering work on Bahrain Petroleum Company’s Sitra refinery

$230m Value of major contract awards

4 Number of contracts awarded

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