Contract awards

Biggest contract: $18m

Awarded to Riviera Boat Industrial Investment to supply tug and pilot boats for the first phase of the new Khalifa Port

$18m:Value of major contract awards

2: Number of contracts awarded

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Political unrest continues to cause uncertainty in the region’s projects market, leading the total value of projects planned or under way in the region to fall by 0.6 per cent for the week to 30 March.

With the exception of UAE and Iran, every market in the region suffered a drop in the value of their projects market as the value of new projects announced was outnumbered by the value of projects put on hold or cancelled.

A total of 18 projects worth $2.9bn were completed, and 15 projects worth $8.8bn were put on hold or cancelled. Eight new projects worth $1.4bn were added to the index.

Project updates
  Project Name Project Status
Kuwait Khiran Power & Desalination Plant Study
Saudi Arabia Al-Hayer Wastewater Conveyor (Tunnel) Tender
Kuwait Al Zour North Pipelines Construction
UAE Marfa Security Search Department (K9) Design
Qatar Doha Convention Tower On Hold
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The GCC projects market, which accounts for about 73 per cent of the Gulf projects market, fell by 0.6 per cent. Despite so far being immune to the protests, Qatar’s index recorded the biggest drop with the value of projects falling by 1.9 per cent. This can be explained by four real-estate projects worth a total of $3.4bn being put on hold.

Saudi Arabia, the Gulf’s largest projects market, recorded a 0.7 per cent drop in its index, which fell as oil and gas schemes worth $3.4bn were cancelled. The kingdom’s market was further lowered by the completion of the $1.2bn Saudi Kayan Jubail Phenolics Plant.

Upcoming tender deadlines
  Client Contract Submission date
UAE Aldar Properties Yas Mall 7 Apr
Saudi Arabia Saudi Aramco King Adbullah Sports City Stadium 14 Apr
Kuwait                   Kuwait University College of Science and Faculty Club 26 Apr
UAE Etihad Rail Company Civil engineering work 4 May
UAE Abu Dhabi Airport Company Midfield terminal  10 Jul
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Outside the GCC, Iraq’s projects market recorded a fall of 1.2 per cent due to a substantial budget change on the Shell Basra crude oil export terminal project. Iraq maintains its position as the region’s strongest-growing market, with a 55.5 per cent year-on-year increase.

The current political unrest continues to affect the growth opportunities for the region’s projects market, with the index 10.8 per cent down on the same period last year. The GCC projects market recorded an 18.2 per cent year-on-year fall.