The Gulf Projects Index shed 0.2 per cent on the week ending 14 August. Gains made by the project markets in Iran and to a lesser extent Saudi Arabia, at 2.7 and 0.26 per cent respectively, failed to avert the index from falling due to the dismal performance made by the rest of the Gulf countries.

In numbers

47 New projects announced in the UAE

$6.5bn Value of new projects announced in Iran

16 Projects where the value has been revised in Saudi Arabia

Major new projects announced in Iran during the week include the new terminal at Imam Khomeini International airport, the masterplanned community at Imam Khomeini Airport City (IKAC) and the redevelopment projects for Mashhad and Shiraz international airports.

The project management consultancy package for the IKAC is being tendered with submissions due on 26 August. Prequalified consultancies for the project include Naco of the Netherlands, Brazil’s Progen, Italy’s One-works, Germany’s Obermeyer, Canada’s Zas Group and South Korea’s Heerim.

Project updates this week
  Project Name Project Status
Iran Immam Khomeini International airport expansion Study
Qatar Doha City Centre Expansion Complete
Saudi Arabia Mecca Taif Tunnel On Hold
UAE Dubai Art Centre Design
UAE Perfect City Study
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French companies Adpi and Buoygues, along with their local partners, are among the companies that have expressed an interest in the airport expansion projects, which could be developed using a build-lease-transfer (BLT) option.

The Saudi Arabia projects market grew only marginally on account of $3bn-worth of new projects and an upward budget revision amounting to $624m.

The UAE was the weakest-performing market, with total net project value contracting by 1.5 per cent. New projects totalling 124 with a combined value of $3.6bn were easily overwhelmed by the $14.8bn downward budget revision across 77 projects and $695m-worth of projects that were put on hold, $744m completed and $184m that have turned inactive.

Upcoming tender deadlines
  Client Contract Submission date
Saudi Arabia Metro Jeddah Company Obhur Bridge 10-Sep
UAE Dubai Electicity & Water Authority Hassyan 400kV substation 30-Sep
Qatar Kahramaa Phase 13 transmission and distribution programme 01-Oct
Saudi Arabia Saudi Electricity Company/Saudi Aramco Fadhili independent power project 01-Nov
UAE Roads & Transport Authority Route 2020 metro extension 06-Dec
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Qatar was the second-weakest performing projects market shedding 0.6 per cent week-on-week. Downward budget revisions by $1.7bn, led by Qatar Public Works Authority’s (Ashghal’s) specialist clinic centre, triggered Qatar’s less then sterling performance.  

Qatar was followed by Oman’s projects market, which contracted by 0.3 per cent. Three projects worth $550m were put on hold in Oman during the week, including the first phase of the Sur steel plant, the Muscat Municipality’s workers residential city, and the Al-Sarooj mixed-use project.

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