The Gulf Projects Index rose by 2.4 per cent in the week ending 4 November, buoyed by a 7.4 per cent expansion in the UAE, the region’s second-biggest market.

The UAE projects market grew by $55.3bn, its biggest increase since December 2012. Over the week, 38 new schemes worth a total of $34.4bn were launched in the country and projects worth a combined $22.7bn were revived.

Project updates this week
  Project name Project status
Iraq Akkas field development project Revived
Iraq Basra steel mill complex rehabilitation Revived
Iraq Kut Tourist City On hold
Saudi Arabia Shoaiba 2 combined-cycle power plant Completed
UAE Innovation Hub New project
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Among the new schemes was a $1.2bn innovation hub planned by Dubai Holding, which is due to be constructed in Dubai’s Internet City and Media City districts.

The project will focus on technology, new media, smart education and sciences, according to Dubai Holding. Phase one is due to be delivered in the first quarter of 2017.

Saudi Arabia was the second-biggest gainer over the week, rising 2.1 per cent as several large oil schemes had their budgets revised upwards.

Upcoming tender deadlines
  Client Contract Submission date
Kuwait Kuwait National Petroleum Company New Refinery Project 09-Nov
UAE Tameer Holding Tameer Towers 13-Nov
Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy Al-Wakrah stadium 21-Dec
Qatar Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) Ras Laffan independent water project 06-Jan
UAE Dubai Electricity & Water Authority Hassyan power plant 26-Jan
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Only two countries saw their projects markets contract over the week. Kuwait’s projects market recorded a decline in value of 1 per cent, while Iraq decreased by 0.4 per cent.

The drop in Iraq comes amid continued fighting between Kurdish soldiers and the jihadist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis).

Iraq’s projects market has lost $100.8bn since Isis swept through the country in June, seizing control of Mosul, the second-biggest city. One of the latest schemes to be put on hold is Kut Tourist City, a $1bn development that was due to be built overlooking the Tigris River in the Wasit province.

The project was billed as the first major tourism development in the eastern region of Iraq and was planned to include a five-star hotel with swimming pools and an amusement park.

In numbers this week

$100.8bn Contraction in value of Iraq’s projects market since Isis took Mosul

$55.3bn Value of the UAE’s projects market growth this week

December 2012 The last time the UAE saw its biggest weekly expansion

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