Driven by the launch of 10 new projects worth a total of $25.9bn, Saudi Arabias projects market has seen its biggest expansion of 2014, increasing by 2.1 per cent over the week ending on 17 September.
The schemes include the planned $5bn King Hamad Causeway, which will provide a rail link between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and will form part of the larger GCC-wide rail network, which is targeted to be operational by 2018.
Plans to build a 480-kilometre rail line between Riyadh and Dammam are also among the raft of new projects. The scheme has an estimated budget of $14bn and aims to cut journey times between the two cities from four and a half hours to less than three hours.
|Project name||Project status|
|Iraq||High-speed railway network: Baghdad to Mosul||Study|
|Iraq||Khormala 640MW open-cycle power plant||Complete|
|Saudi Arabia||King Hamad Causeway||Study|
|Saudi Arabia||Riyadh to Dammam high-speed rail||Study|
|UAE||Shuweihat 3 independent power project||Complete|
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Saudi Arabias expansion helped to push up the Gulf Projects Index by 1 per cent for the week.
Iraqs projects sector grew 1.3 per cent, after suffering months of steep decline. More than $66.4bn has been wiped off the market since the extremist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) swept through the country in June.
The latest expansion in Iraqs projects market comes after 24 countries met in Paris and pledged to use whatever means necessary to defeat the jihadist group, and the US escalated its campaign against Isis.
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|Oman||Transport & Communications Ministry||Batinah Expressway: package 8||Sep-14|
|Kuwait||Ministry of Electricity & Water||Overhead lines various locations||Sep-14|
|Saudi Arabia||Mecca Municipality||Mecca Metro: phase 1||Oct-14|
|Dubai||Dubai Electricity & Water Authority||M station expansion||Oct-14|
|Oman||Oman Power & Water Procurement Company||Salalah 2||24-Oct|
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Iran and Oman also saw growth, with their projects markets expanding by 1.4 per cent and 0.5 per cent respectively.
The Gulfs smallest projects market, Bahrain, remained little changed for the week, declining by just 0.1 per cent. Qatar saw a similar trend, with its projects market staying flat at about $280.5bn.
The UAE saw the biggest decline of the week, falling by 0.3 per cent as schemes worth a total of $2.6bn were completed.
$25.9bn The value of new projects launched in Saudi Arabia
10 Number of new projects in Saudi Arabia
72 Total number of new Gulf projects
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