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  • "Engineering marvel" Saudi-Oman link road expected to open shortly

    Oman December 19 , 2016

    A 680 km-long road linking Oman with Saudi Arabia via the Empty Quarter is expected to open early 2017, the Saudi Transport Ministry has confirmed.

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  • Emaar launches third project in Saudi’s Jeddah Gate

    Saudi Arabia December 12 , 2016

    Emaar has announced the launch of its third luxury residential project in Jeddah Gate, under its Emaar Residences brand of homes.

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  • Three new properties announced by Ascott in Saudi

    Saudi Arabia October 18 , 2016

    CapitaLand’s wholly owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), continues to extend its footprint in the Middle East announcing new contracts to manage three properties in Saudi Arabia, including its first in the Islamic holy city of...

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  • Malaysia sets its sights on new infrastructure development projects in Saudi

    Saudi Arabia October 13 , 2016

    Several new infrastructure development projects in Saudi Arabia have been identified by Malaysia which it believes can be developed in partnership by companies in both nations.

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  • Saudi Binladin seeks second loan extension on Grand Mosque

    Saudi Arabia September 21 , 2016

    The ban on SBG was lifted in May but a cash squeeze has left it struggling under an estimated $30 billion in debt owed to local and international lenders, an amount large enough to cause potential stress for the Saudi banking system

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  • Sheraton Hotel to be built in Holy City

    Saudi Arabia August 16 , 2016

    Al Tayyar Travel Group will build Sheraton Makkah by the end of the year

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  • Jeddah builds 2,800 new hotel rooms

    Saudi Arabia August 16 , 2016

    Jeddah aims to boost investments in infrastructure for Vision 2030

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  • Project awards halt for Saudi Oger over wages

    Saudi Arabia August 02 , 2016

    The government of Saudi halts all prohects of Saudi Oger when they received 31,000 complaints from workers on nonpayment of wages

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  • Binladin group coming out of financial crisis

    Saudi Arabia July 24 , 2016

    The government has allowed the company to begin pushing for new biddings to deal with issues caused by falling oil prices

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  • Penspen and Dar Al Handasah JV clinches Kuwait pipeline deal

    Kuwait July 11 , 2016

    The joint venture will manage the engineering, procurement and construction of a new gas and condensate pipeline

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  • UAE hotels in talks to open near Jeddah Tower

    Saudi Arabia June 26 , 2016

    Jumeirah Group and Rotana Hotels are some of the hotels in negotiations to open in the new district near the new tower

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  • Saudi land tax to reduce prices by 40%

    Saudi Arabia June 21 , 2016

    It has already resulted in a 25 per cent drop in prices

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  • Workers burn Saudi Oger vehicles over late salaries

    Saudi Arabia June 09 , 2016

    "They were protesting against nonpayment of salaries for six months,” Jeddah police say.

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  • Saudi Real Estate, U.S. Starwood agree on Riyadh project

    Saudi Arabia June 06 , 2016

    The new project will be adjacent to the multibillion-dollar King Abdullah Financial District.

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  • Binladin pays more workers their salaries

    Saudi Arabia June 06 , 2016

    A senior official said so far the company has laid off more than 69,000 of its workers.

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  • Test runs of Saudi Arabia’s Haramain train on track

    Saudi Arabia May 30 , 2016

    Twelve Spanish companies are currently involved in completing the second stage of the project, which includes several suspension bridges of 2,500 meters in length and 24 meters high.

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  • SITE VISIT: Al Zorah mixed use development in Ajman

    United Arab Emirates May 18 , 2016

    The UAE's smallest emirate, Ajman is seeing a boom in development as it focuses on tourism and industry growth. It is proving to be one of the most exciting development destinations in the GCC.

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  • IN PICTURES: Dubai Ruler reviews Mohammed bin Rashid Stadium designs

    United Arab Emirates May 11 , 2016

    Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum looked at a number of designs

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  • Indian developer reveals plans for eight GCC properties

    United Arab Emirates May 11 , 2016

    The hotel group has appointed Australian real estate franchise Raine & Horne to support eight hotel openings across the GCC by 2019.

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  • Saudi Arabia lifts bidding ban on Binladin group

    Saudi Arabia May 10 , 2016

    Among the reasons for lifting the ban is the importance of some of the projects Binladin is involved in.

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  • Follow the leader

    United Arab Emirates May 10 , 2016

    Senior Managing Director Dawood Bin Ozair talks about how Al Futtaim Engineering is perfectly placed to capitalise on GCC markets, specifically Qatar and Saudi Arabia

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  • Binladin crisis will be resolved, says Saudi minister

    Saudi Arabia May 04 , 2016

    Labour minister Mufrej al-Haqbani said that a wage protection system safeguarded employees' salaries and foreign workers would receive their salaries even if they left the country.

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  • Saudi Binladin workers set company buses ablaze

    Saudi Arabia May 02 , 2016

    The attack comes a day after the company terminated employment for 50,000 foreign workers and issued them exit visas.

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  • IN PICTURES: Award-winning Dubai Expo 2020 designs

    United Arab Emirates April 27 , 2016

    Thirteen of the world's leading architectural firms took part in the Expo 2020 pavilion design competition. We look at the winners.

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  • Saudi Arabia will demolish unplanned districts near Haram

    Saudi Arabia April 13 , 2016

    The authority will meet with owners of real estate properties in the unplanned districts to discuss ways and means to develop them.

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  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 facts about Emaar’s The Tower

    United Arab Emirates April 13 , 2016

    Emaar Properties has unveiled plans for a $1bn tower in Dubai, which is set to be taller than the Burj Khalifa. Dubbed simply ‘The Tower’, it is to be the centrepiece of Dubai Creek Harbour development. Here is what we know so far.

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  • Saudi Arabia introduces safety panel for Haram projects

    Saudi Arabia April 11 , 2016

    The permanent technical committee will supervise expansion projects of the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s mosque in Madinah.

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  • Madinah governor launches $107m education projects

    Saudi Arabia April 10 , 2016

    The projects include facilities for more than 26,000 students in the cities of Jamawat and Hanakiyyah.

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  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 rides at Motiongate Dubai

    United Arab Emirates March 30 , 2016

    Motiongate Dubai looks set to open in October this year. It will have 27 rides and attractions in total, all centred around 13 Hollywood films. The Big 5 Hub lists ten of the best rides the theme park is set to offer.

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  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 landmarks switch off for Earth Hour

    March 23 , 2016

    From Sydney to Singapore, millions of people in 178 countries reportedly switched off lights for an hour starting at 8:30 local time in support of the campaign, which was started in 2007 by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

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  • Makkah leads Saudi hotel construction with 24,000 rooms in the pipeline

    Saudi Arabia March 22 , 2016

    Riyadh follows with 10,053 rooms and Jeddah with 6,980 rooms under development, with the majority of rooms forecast to open to the public over the next 5 years.

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  • Saudi contractors welcome construction materials price drop

    Saudi Arabia March 22 , 2016

    “The 2.5 per cent tax on undeveloped land enacted by the Saudi government late last year will create a new private sector market.”

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  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 African building & infrastructure projects

    March 16 , 2016

    Africa is fast becoming a key market for the building sector and forecast to present massive opportunities over the next few years. The Big 5 Hub looks at ten of the biggest construction and infrastructure projects being carried out in the continent.

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  • Saudi starts building world's largest umbrella in Makkah

    Saudi Arabia March 14 , 2016

    Manufactured in Germany, each canopy will consist of a giant clock, screens of guidelines for worshippers, air-conditioners and surveillance cameras.

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  • Reduced working hours will cost Saudi Arabia $27bn each year

    Saudi Arabia March 09 , 2016

    Saudis and expatriates have welcomed the proposed change to Saudi law that would see a 40-hour week and two days off. The current work week is 48 hours with one day off.

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  • Riyadh Metro, Haramain Rail to get power from SEC

    Saudi Arabia March 06 , 2016

    The project plans would be based on growth in demand by Riyadh Metro, Haramain Railway and those other projects in the Kingdom that are in need of electricity

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  • Saudi Binladin reaches agreement on salary issue

    Saudi Arabia February 28 , 2016

    The agreement was reached between the Ministry of Labour and Saudi Binladen to provide a solution for disgruntled employee protests due to salary delays

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  • Saudi Arabia has 47,000 hotel rooms under development

    February 17 , 2016

    A record number of hotel rooms and 124 hotels are being developed in the kingdom, according to a new report.

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  • An expert’s eye on contract matters

    Saudi Arabia February 16 , 2016

    We speak to Andrew Jones, Partner and Head of Construction - Middle East at Dentons prior to his seminar at Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events as part of The Big 5 Saudi 2016.

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  • Abu Dhabi’s Rotana to open nine hotels in UAE by 2020

    United Arab Emirates February 11 , 2016

    The new properties will add 3,598 keys to the company’s existing 9,584-strong room count in the UAE.

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  • Saudi governor to ‘name and shame’ contractors delaying projects

    Saudi Arabia February 03 , 2016

    Names of contractors implementing and delaying the projects, either individuals, government or private companies, will made public.

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  • Saudi Arabia: 85% workplace injuries in construction, trade & industry sectors

    Saudi Arabia January 28 , 2016

    There were 7,179 injuries in the construction sector during the third quarter of 2015.

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  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 projects in Makkah and Madinah

    Saudi Arabia January 27 , 2016

    Saudi Arabia's construction industry is preparing for yet another busy year with several housing, healthcare and transport projects. The Big 5 Hub looks at the ten most important projects under construction in Makkah and Madinah.

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  • Jeddah development projects progress despite slowdown

    Saudi Arabia January 24 , 2016

    Officials say that billions worth of projects, both completed and ongoing, will continue as planned

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  • World's biggest hotel set to open in KSA next year

    Saudi Arabia January 18 , 2016

    The $3.5 billion hospitality project is just 2.2km from the Grand Mosque comprising 12 towers with a total of 10,000 rooms, 70 restaurants, rooftop helipads, royal floors and a full size convention centre, all roofed under what will become one of the largest...

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  • The name’s Bond…

    United Arab Emirates January 05 , 2016

    For nearly three decades, Bond Interiors has been providing a full range of planning and turnkey fit-out services to the interior contracting industry. Founder and Managing Director Saad Moaswes talks honestly about its development, reveals the secret of...

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  • Saudi Arabia needs 3 million new homes by 2025

    December 16 , 2015

    Saudi housing ministry has 95 projects under designing phase, 25 under awarding stage, and 67 under implementation.

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  • Haramain train station in Jeddah nears completion

    Saudi Arabia December 07 , 2015

    The second phase of the Haramain High Speed Rail project will be complete by the end of 2016

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  • Twin towers contract signed on behalf of charity in Makkah

    Saudi Arabia December 01 , 2015

    King Salman laid the foundation stone for the twin towers last Ramadan and also donated $13 million to support the charity project

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  • Saudi Binladin to sack 15,000 employees

    Saudi Arabia November 29 , 2015

    Some of the 15,000 staff will be laid off immediately, while others will be temporarily transferred to work on a multi-billion dollar airport project in Jeddah.

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  • Starwood’s 1,139-room hotel in Makkah to open next year

    Saudi Arabia November 05 , 2015

    The hotel operator currently has ten operating hotels in the country and nine in the pipeline.

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  • Gulf train designs to be ready by year-end

    November 05 , 2015

    A senior official says Saudi Arabia will implement its part of the project by 2016

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  • Saudi Arabian construction equipment market to grow by 50% in five years

    Saudi Arabia November 01 , 2015

    A new report says Saudi Arabian construction equipment market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 8.75 per cent during 2015-2021.

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  • New record for healthcare construction awards

    United Arab Emirates October 29 , 2015

    GCC hospital contract awards to rise to $7.3bn in 2015, a new report says. Saudi Arabia is the region's largest market while the UAE and Qatar offer fastest growth. Nearly 70 mega hospital projects worth $100m-plus are currently under construction.

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  • Hajj 2015 quota cuts cost $533m loss to building owners

    Saudi Arabia October 12 , 2015

    Spending levels during Hajj season, which usually reached $7bn (SR26bn) each year, have declined by 20 per cent to just $4.5bn (SR17bn) since the expansion work began.

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  • Saudi to build $1.3m footbridge in Makkah

    Saudi Arabia October 11 , 2015

    Saudi municipality is also building the Duqum Al-Wabar overpass, linking Al-Haram Road and Muzdalifah Road with King Abdulaziz Road.

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  • Saudi's total value of projects worth $9.9bn

    Saudi Arabia October 11 , 2015

    Strongest sectors include transport and aviation with large-scale projects, including international airports and metros, currently planned or underway

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  • Saudi ministry awards $293m in municipal contracts

    Saudi Arabia October 08 , 2015

    Ministry of municipal and rural affairs has awarded 156 sanitation and public improvement projects worth $293m (SR1.17bn) to several contractors.

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  • Saudi Arabia contract awards reach $22bn in Q2 2015

    Saudi Arabia October 07 , 2015

    There has been a significant surge in the value of awarded contracts in Saudi Arabia during the second quarter of 2015.

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  • Haramain railway to replace pilgrim buses in 2016

    Saudi Arabia September 29 , 2015

    There will be 35 trains operational by next year to serve more than 2 million pilgrims

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  • UPDATE: Saudi insurance firm receives claim for collapsed crane

    Saudi Arabia September 21 , 2015

    United Cooperative Assurance has received a claim from Saudi Binladin Group about the collapsed crane that killed more than a 100. Insurer says its coverage related to the client was more than 98 per cent covered by reinsurers.

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  • UPDATE: Saudi Binladin’s suspension will not affect ongoing projects

    Saudi Arabia September 20 , 2015

    Saudi Arabia’s King barred the Saudi Binladin Construction Group from any further construction contracts after the Makkah crane collapse, which killed 107 pilgrims.

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  • Saudi Bin Ladin Group barred from construction contracts after killer crane collapse

    Saudi Arabia September 16 , 2015

    King Salman bans SBG senior executives from leaving the country and orders immediate compensation to families of the 107 dead and 238 injured

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  • "Weather caused Saudi crane crash" which killed 107

    Saudi Arabia September 13 , 2015

    King Salman bin Abdulaziz has visited some of the 240 injured pilgrims and promised a full investigation. Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense Authority has blamed strong winds for the deadly crash in Makkah which killed 107 pilgrims in the holy mosque.

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  • Chinese contractor completes holy sites railway

    Saudi Arabia September 09 , 2015

    The contract covered design, supply, construction, operation and maintenance for the Mashaer Railway

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  • Metro projects dominate railway developments in the GCC

    September 01 , 2015

    "Despite years of talks and planning, we are still no closer to the development of a GCC rail network even though we are just three years away from the official opening date," says Ed James, Director of Content & Analysis at MEED Projects.

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  • Jeddah Metro to reduce 30% of traffic by 2040

    Saudi Arabia August 17 , 2015

    Jeddah's population is expected to reach 6.2 million by 2033 as the metro system becomes a vital source of transport throughout the city

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  • Saudi Arabia approves $267m municipal contracts

    Saudi Arabia August 02 , 2015

    The projects include storm water drainage systems, walkways, environmental health projects, seafront development and construction of municipal buildings and public facilities as well as several consultancy contracts.

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  • Saudi cement companies report profit declines in Q2

    Saudi Arabia July 16 , 2015

    The decline is said to be a result of increased costs due to a maintenance shutdown and a decrease in production volumes

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  • Makkah projects expected to spur an economic boom

    Saudi Arabia July 15 , 2015

    "What we are witnessing today is a huge developmental revolution in Makkah, which takes into account the state's five-year development plans and raises the level of services to pilgrims and visitors," said Maher bin Saleh Jamal, chairman of the Makkah Chamber...

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  • Spanish-Turkish consortium set to secure $2.5bn Makkah Metro contract

    Saudi Arabia July 07 , 2015

    Isolux Corsan appointed as "preferred bidder" for the construction of lines B and C in Holy City

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  • Garden Sunshades

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  • Intersection Improvement & Beautification Works

    Saudi Arabia June 22 , 2015 Read More
  • Doha metro completes 30km of tunnelling works

    Qatar June 14 , 2015

    The breakthrough was made at Msheireb station, where a tunnel boring machine called Al Mayeda dug 1.6km of tunnel so far.

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  • Saudi Arabia’s contract awards reach $15.3bn in Q1 2015

    Saudi Arabia June 03 , 2015

    Healthcare was the main contributing sector, accounting for 26 per cent of awarded contracts at $4bn (SR15bn), followed by residential real estate $3.2bn (SR12bn) and industrial $1.6bn (SR6bn).

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  • Saudi's biggest hotelier reveals $400m investment in hospitality

    United Arab Emirates June 01 , 2015

    "The Saudi Economy is stable and Dur targets emerging cities," says Dr Badr Al Badr, CEO, Dur Hospitality

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  • GCC elevator industry lifts off

    United Arab Emirates May 26 , 2015

    Three factors are pushing the elevator market in the GCC: growing construction, urbanisation and development of energy efficient technology.

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  • World’s largest hotel in Saudi Arabia to cost $3.5 billion

    Saudi Arabia May 21 , 2015

    Saudi Arabia’s holy city Makkah is building the Abraj Kudai which will have 10,000 rooms.

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  • Samsung supplies 10 giant units to Rabigh 2 power project

    United Arab Emirates May 05 , 2015

    The received units weigh 20,000 tons, and this handling is considered as a unique leap in the works of freight and handling services at King Abdullah Port in Jeddah.

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  • The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2015 opens in Jeddah

    Saudi Arabia May 04 , 2015

    “Saudi Arabia expects to complete 16,000 new hotel rooms in Riyadh and Jeddah by 2018, and a 400% increase in domestic tourism by 2019.”

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  • New report highlights Saudi Arabia's three year hotel building boom

    April 27 , 2015

    Riyadh and Jeddah will add 16,000 hotel rooms by 2018 according to new report

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  • Saudi government to pay $124m to buy homes to make way for improvements

    Saudi Arabia April 15 , 2015

    Saudi Ministry will pay $124 million to expropriate 749 properties across the country to make way for new roads and flood projects

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  • Saudi Arabia's 453km Haramain Railway ready for trial run

    Saudi Arabia April 13 , 2015

    The train will cross the distance between Jeddah and Makkah in 30 minutes and the distance between Makkah and Madinah in two and a half hours.

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  • Makkah's Grand Mosque expansion project in final stages

    Saudi Arabia April 12 , 2015

    Work on Phase 2 of the Grand Mosque expansion project in Makkah set to be completed by June

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  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 GCC hotels under construction

    United Arab Emirates March 25 , 2015

    Tourism is big business across the GCC and the UAE and Saudi Arabia are spearheading GCC’s growth in the hospitality sector. Here is The Big 5 Hub’s pick of 10 hotels under construction.

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  • Drake & Scull Rail targets major rail project awards in 2015

    United Arab Emirates March 18 , 2015

    Drake & Scull Rail projects include underground metro networks, high speed rail, urban commuter rail and iconic rail terminus and rolling stock maintenance depots.

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  • Saudi investment amounts to $268 million in Tunisia

    Tunisia March 11 , 2015

    Tunisia’s new government received $268 million from Saudi Arabia, $1.2 billion from World Bank, $500 million from Qatar National Bank and $318 million from European banks in 2014.

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  • Bargain pickup trucks and the Chinese buses have driven Mercedes out of the Kingdom

    Saudi Arabia March 11 , 2015

    Vehicles are an essential part of The Big 5 Saudi show, whether it’s giant loaders or robust pickup trucks. We look at some of the cheaper options and discover a growing list of converts to Chinese brands

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  • Makkah’s Grand Mosque Expansion underway

    Saudi Arabia March 01 , 2015

    The ongoing expansion of the Grand Mosque is now in its second phase and is scheduled for completion for next June, according to senior Saudi officials

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  • Madinah officials urged to complete projects on time

    Saudi Arabia February 19 , 2015

    The Saudi leadership has urged officials and companies to finish projects in Saudi cities on time and without delay

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  • Swiss-Belhotel expands with 10 new hotels in the GCC

    January 11 , 2015

    The Group plans to open new hotels in the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Iraq

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  • Saudi Binladin Group awards $77m deal for Abraj Kudai Towers

    December 14 , 2014

    Mystas Infra Saudi Arabia (MISA) has won a $77 million contract from Saudi Bin Ladin Group.

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  • Saudi firm inks agreement to channel cloud technology for construction projects

    December 14 , 2014

    Major Saudi construction firm signs corporate agreement with Aconex for Jabal Omar Phase 4 and other megaprojects.

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  • Hydro International provides stormwater solutions for Al Haramain stations

    December 03 , 2014

    Hydro International has provided stormwater attenuation and underground storage as part of the Al Haramain Makkah to Madinah rail project.

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