Kingdom cancels out gains made by Bahrain and Qatar
The Gulf Projects Index showed little change in the week ending 20 March, falling 0.1 per cent as all eyes focused on Egypt.
Saudi Arabias projects market slumped by 0.9 per cent, its lead as the regions largest market driving the Gulf index down slightly. The completion of schemes including the $20bn Sadara petrochemicals project in Jubail was the main cause. A total of $550m of new infrastructure schemes was not enough to compensate.
|Project name||Project status|
|Iran||South Pars gas field development: phase 12 offshore||Complete|
|Iraq||Basra to Imam Khomeini rail link: phase 2||Revived|
|Kuwait||Shuaiba lube oil re-refining plant||New project|
|Saudi Arabia||Jubail petrochemicals complex: aromatics package||Complete|
|Saudi Arabia||Rawabi Rumah in Riyadh||On hold|
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Bahrains projects market made the largest gain, 1.9 per cent, as Manama laid out its plans for billions of dollars worth of public-private partnership housing in Muharraq and other areas, and GCC-funded infrastructure development such as the airport expansion. An 11.3 per cent year-on-year gain suggests the Bahraini market is, not for the first time, promising a possible recovery from years of political instability.
Qatar recorded a 1.4 per cent expansion as it received news that it could hold the Fifa World Cup in December 2022. Doha can now move forward in earnest with World Cup schemes, which go well beyond stadium construction. Transport and infrastructure works such as water reservoirs contributed more than $800m of the $4bn increase. Real estate projects contributed another $260m.
|Upcoming tender deadlines|
|Saudi Arabia||Saudi Electricity Company||Duba power plant||2 Apr|
|Saudi Arabia||Saudi Electricity Company||Waad al-Shamal power plant||5 Apr|
|UAE||Nakheel||Al-Furjan community centre||5 Apr|
|Oman||Raeco||Harweel wind farm||12 Apr|
|Qatar||Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa)||Ras Laffan independent water project||10 May|
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Kuwaits projects market grew by 0.2 per cent, on $850m in new schemes. This makes the country the largest growth area year-on-year, with an 11.7 per cent rise.
The UAEs projects market also grew by 0.2 per cent, despite predictions of a slowdown. This was based on real estate activities, as well as the $133m award to build Dubais Union Museum.
Iran stabilised, with a 0.1 per cent increase in the value of its projects market, as the oil sector prepares for a hoped-for nuclear deal.
$550m Value of new infrastructure projects in Saudi Arabia
$4bn Growth in Qatars projects market
11.7% Year-on-year growth in Kuwaits projects market
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