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  • Allegion to acquire door maker QMI

    United Arab Emirates December 04 , 2017

    UAE-based QMI is one of the region’s largest manufacturers of commercial steel and wood doors and frames

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  • Solar in the Spotlight at The Big 5

    November 28 , 2017

    His Excellency Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Energy opens The Global Solar Leaders Summit at The Big 5

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  • HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum opens The Big 5

    United Arab Emirates November 26 , 2017

    Largest construction event in the Middle East gets underway in Dubai

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  • The Big 5 Solar prepares for launch

    United Arab Emirates November 25 , 2017

    The event will be co-located with The Big 5 at Dubai World Trade Centre for the first time

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  • Exploring New Technologies in the DBFO Model

    November 13 , 2017

    Ranya Metwalli Shields, head of Sustainability at Al Hamra Kuwait will highlight the ’Sustainable Achievements and Lessons Learned on Live LEED Projects in the GCC Region’ during her session on the first day of The Big 5 Dubai.

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  • Leminar pens exclusive deal with Canada’s Flo Fab

    United Arab Emirates November 07 , 2017

    Agreement covers distribution of Flo Lab HVAC products in the UAE, Qatar and Kuwait

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  • Is the Future Bright for Solar in Saudi?

    Saudi Arabia November 05 , 2017

    The kingdom must incentivise private investment in the solar market

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  • Currie & Brown opens Riyadh office

    Saudi Arabia October 28 , 2017

    Consultant has 50 staff offering project and cost management and contract advisory

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  • Solar key to achieving UAE’s 2050 Energy Strategy

    United Arab Emirates October 11 , 2017

    The Big 5 Solar 2017 gets UAE Ministry of Energy patronage

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  • Viega opens new Middle East office in Dubai

    United Arab Emirates September 27 , 2017

    German pipe system manufacturer strengthens footprint in the region.

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  • VAT to bring massive changes to UAE solar industry

    August 27 , 2017

    Expert sheds light on VAT legislation and its impact on the growing solar industry in the UAE

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  • Potain Tower Cranes: Helping build a landmark

    United Arab Emirates August 21 , 2017

    Abu Dhabi-based NFT is helping build one of UAE's upcoming landmarks on The Palm Jumeirah Island in Dubai, with the help of a fleet of 10 Potain MR 418 tower cranes.

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  • Middle East fire protection market sees double digit growth

    United Arab Emirates August 13 , 2017

    The Middle East fire protection systems market is witnessing double-digit growth, driven by growing construction activities, technology innovation, and accelerated fire protection spending.

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  • What to look for when hiring an engineer

    United Arab Emirates August 08 , 2017

    Yara Matar, HR representative at DC PRO Engineering, talks about the approaches that recruiters need to take in hiring engineers today.

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  • What to look for when hiring an engineer

    United Arab Emirates August 08 , 2017

    Yara Matar, HR representative at DC PRO Engineering, talks about the approaches that recruiters need to take in hiring engineers today.

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  • Chestertons appoints new MD for MENA

    United Arab Emirates August 03 , 2017

    International property specialist, Chestertons, has appointed Nick Witty as managing director to oversee operations in the Middle East and North Africa.

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  • Potain Tower Cranes: Helping build a landmark

    United Arab Emirates July 31 , 2017

    Abu Dhabi-based NFT is helping build one of UAE's upcoming landmarks on The Palm Jumeirah Island in Dubai, with the help of a fleet of 10 Potain MR 418 tower cranes.

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  • Powering solar with tailored regulations

    United Arab Emirates July 27 , 2017

    Tailoring global regulations for the MENA landscape is the key to encouraging a mass adoption of BiPV in the region, says an expert ahead of a key solar event to take place this year.

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  • Powering solar with tailored regulations

    United Arab Emirates July 27 , 2017

    Tailoring global regulations for the MENA landscape is the key to encouraging a mass adoption of BiPV in the region, says an expert ahead of a key solar event to take place this year.

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  • Qatar awards contracts for FIFA training sites

    Qatar May 30 , 2017

    Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has awarded two contracts to build team training sites for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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  • Market focus: Powering Qatar

    Qatar May 29 , 2017

    Qatar plans to increase its power generation capacity by 50% in the next 2 years, with plans in place to raise the country's power capacity to 13.1GW by 2018.

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  • First 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium launched

    Qatar May 23 , 2017

    Qatar has officially opened the first of the 8 expected stadiums to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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  • Qatar to record 12.1% growth rate up to 2021

    Qatar May 21 , 2017

    Qatar will be among the fastest-growing construction markets globally over the next 5 years up to 2021, recording double-digit growth as the government work to tackle its “significant” infrastructure needs, a new report has shown.

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  • Gravel and cooking oil as building materials

    May 18 , 2017

    Recycled steel slag, wadi gravel and used cooking oil are some of the building materials that construction companies in Qatar are hoping to incorporate into its building activities, in a bid to support the government’s aim to encourage green construction in...

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  • $85.6 billion new building contracts expected in the GCC

    United Arab Emirates May 17 , 2017

    The overall value of new building contracts awarded in the GCC in 2017 is expected to reach $85.6 billion, according to a new report.

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  • Construction margins affected due to low oil prices

    United Arab Emirates May 17 , 2017

    Lower oil prices are pushing construction firms’ margins down in the Middle East, forcing several companies to reduce prices in order to get work.

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  • Showtime in Qatar

    Qatar May 08 , 2017

    Supporting major events in Qatar such as the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the Qatar Vision 2030, a brand new event has been launched, Building Services Qatar, set to debut in January 2018.

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  • Qatar turns to solar energy to meet demand for power

    Qatar May 01 , 2017

    A series of public and private investments are driving new developments in Qatar's solar sector, which aims to produce 20% of its electricity using solar energy by 2030, a report has announced.

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  • HVACR market in the MEA to increase to 10,000 thousand units by 2022

    United Arab Emirates May 01 , 2017

    The HVACR market in the MEA region is expected to increase to 10,086.31 thousand units by 2022.

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  • Positive outlook for the GCC construction sector in 2017

    United Arab Emirates April 30 , 2017

    The outlook for construction companies in the GCC will improve in 2017, a recent industry research has reported.

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  • The Middle East is ready for global contractors

    United Arab Emirates April 25 , 2017

    Private investor confidence is expected to increase as oil prices stabilise, setting 2017 on course to be a significant year for the Middle East construction sector, according to industry experts.

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  • South Korean construction firm signs $270 million deal with Qatar

    Qatar April 20 , 2017

    Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co has signed a $270 million financing deal with Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) to support the company’s current projects in the State including the construction and upgrading of the E-Ring Road.

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  • Investments of $302 billion needed to meet MENA power demands

    Saudi Arabia April 19 , 2017

    The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are prioritising investments in the power sector and need to invest $302 billion over the next 5 years to feed the rapidly rising demand for electricity, according to a recent industry report.

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  • Construction begins at Qatar’s 2022 World Cup inauguration stadium

    Qatar April 16 , 2017

    Organisers of the Qatar 2022 World Cup have announced that work has begun on the 80,000-seater Lusail Stadium which will host the opening of the tournament.

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  • Qatar signs deals worth $2.27 billion for power infrastructure

    Qatar April 12 , 2017

    Kahramaa, the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation, has signed contracts worth $2.27 billion as part of its plan to develop and strengthen the country’s power infrastructure.

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  • Qatar slashes FIFA budget to half & reduces number of stadiums

    Qatar April 09 , 2017

    Qatar will spend significantly less than originally intended to deliver the World Cup in 2022, according to a senior official.

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  • The Big 5 Saudi 2017 opens today in Jeddah

    Saudi Arabia March 27 , 2017

    Architects, engineers, developers, manufacturers, suppliers and contractors from around the globe are converging at the 7th edition of The Big 5 Saudi 2017 at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events.

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  • MENA energy investments aim to draw $1 trillion in 5 years

    United Arab Emirates March 22 , 2017

    Total energy investments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) could approach the $1 trillion mark over the course of 5 years.

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  • Combined construction in the GCC is valued close to $1.1 trillion

    United Arab Emirates March 22 , 2017

    The value of ongoing urban construction projects across the GCC has exceeded the $1 trillion mark, indicates new research findings.

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  • $64 million for Abu Dhabi infrastructure projects approved

    United Arab Emirates March 20 , 2017

    As part of the Abu Dhabi Plan, projects worth a total of $64 million has been approved by the Executive Committee.

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  • QRAIL awards $76 million contract for Phase 1 of Doha Metro

    Qatar March 19 , 2017

    Qatar Rail Company (QRAIL) has awarded a $76 million contract to L&T Electrical & Automation for the Phase 1 of Doha Metro.

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  • New automated bus networking system for Dubai project

    United Arab Emirates March 15 , 2017

    Dutch technology firm, 2getthere, has been awarded a contract to deliver a new automated bus networking system that will link the emirate’s Bluewaters Island with Dubai Metro.

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  • Qatar - Renovation of water proof works

    Qatar March 14 , 2017 Read More
  • Qatar Rail signs deal with Ooredoo for network infrastructure

    Qatar March 09 , 2017

    Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) has signed an agreement with telecom company Ooredoo for the implementation of their next-generation In-Building Solution (IBS) across the Qatar Rail Red Line Metro network.

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  • GCC VAT framework to be announced soon

    Oman March 09 , 2017

    GCC countries will announce the unified VAT framework within the next 10 days, according to officials at Ernst & Young.

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  • Qatar’s $481 million desalination project nears completion

    Qatar March 07 , 2017

    Qatar’s first desalination project to use reverse osmosis, Ras Abu Fontas A3 is nearing completion. The final phase of the $481 million project is expected to be completed during Q1 this year.

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  • Two new cement plants for QNCC as infrastructure spend continues

    Qatar March 06 , 2017

    According to Qatar’s Finance Minister, the country is spending almost $500 million a week on major infrastructure projects as it prepares for the FIFA World Cup in 2022. It is expected that spending will continue at that level for 3-4 years, as new stadiums,...

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  • Refurbished Khalifa International Stadium to open mid-2017

    Qatar February 27 , 2017

    One of the major venues for the FIFA Wold Cup 2022 in Qatar, Khalifa International Stadium (KIS), is expected to open by the end of Q2 2017.

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  • Msheireb awards mega car park contract to Mawaqif Qatar

    Qatar February 26 , 2017

    Mawaqif Qatar will operate and manage car parking facilities at Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD), an urban regeneration development, as per a new contract.

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  • Qatar to increase spend on smart infrastructure development

    Qatar February 22 , 2017

    Qatar is currently spending $500 million per week on capital projects in preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and plans to boost its expenditure on smart infrastructure developments over the next five years, says an industry report.

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  • $320 billion worth power projects in the GCC pipeline

    United Arab Emirates February 22 , 2017

    The GCC currently has in its pipeline more than $320 billion worth of power projects in various stages, out of which more than $100 billion are projects with renewable and alternative sources, according to an industry report.

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  • Construction equipment rental in Qatar to cross $1.9 billion

    Qatar February 20 , 2017

    Qatar's construction equipment rental market is projected to cross the $1.9-billion mark over the next 5 year, an industry report says.

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  • Qatar to finance $150 million dam in Morocco

    Morocco February 20 , 2017

    Qatar will finance the construction of a dam in Guelmim, a province in southern Morocco, which is expected to cost $150 million.

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  • Transportation projects valued at $11 billion are on schedule in Qatar

    Qatar February 14 , 2017

    Projects at the airport and the port as well as roads and transportation in general are progressing as planned, according to Qatar’s Minister of Transport and Communications HE Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti.

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  • Construction starts at Majid Al Futtaim’s $39.5 million community mall in Oman

    Oman February 14 , 2017

    Majid Al Futtaim Properties has broken ground on its new community mall in Oman, My City Centre Sur, following the appointment of Oman Shapoorji Company LLC (OSCO) and Shapoorji Pallonji Mideast LLC (SPML) as the project’s main contractor.

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  • GCC states to adopt 5% VAT from January 2018

    United Arab Emirates February 14 , 2017

    All six nations of the GCC are planning to implement a 5% value added tax (VAT) by January 2018, a senior UAE official said.

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  • 90% of all Qatar World Cup infrastructure projects awarded

    Qatar February 12 , 2017

    About 90% of FIFA World Cup projects across all sectors have been awarded and are expected to be executed within schedule.

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  • New building block to help increase sustainability

    Qatar February 12 , 2017

    Global innovation centre, TRL, and Qatar's Ministry of Municipalities and Environment (MME) have launched ‘VegeBlock’, a building block designed to help increase sustainability across the country's construction segment, in a special seminar held at the...

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  • Daewoo wins $590 million contract to build expressway in Qatar

    February 08 , 2017

    Daewoo Engineering & Construction (E&C) has been awarded a $590 million contract to build an expressway in Qatar.

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  • Saudi registers highest rail project value in the GCC

    United Arab Emirates February 07 , 2017

    The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar accounts for 85% of the $69 billion worth of rail projects under construction in the GCC.

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  • Smart grids can save GCC $10 billion by 2020

    United Arab Emirates February 07 , 2017

    One of the most important steps towards improving electricity diversification and conservation in the GCC is to develop smart grid and smart metering roll-out under the overall umbrella of demand side management.

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  • Imdaad taps into FM growth with $16.34 million investment plan

    United Arab Emirates January 31 , 2017

    Dubai-based integrated facilities management company, Imdaad, has announced plans to invest $16.34 million this year to achieve growth via targeted acquisition of local firms.

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  • Italian firm to build a Transportation Education Centre in Doha

    Qatar January 30 , 2017

    Italian architectural firm, ONE WORKS, has been chosen by Qatar Rail to design a Transportation Education Centre (TDC) by in Doha, a news report has announced.

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  • Middle East will be the fastest growing construction market in the world

    United Arab Emirates January 22 , 2017

    The Middle East’s construction market is set to grow at a faster pace than any other region in the world this year, according to analysts BMI Research.

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  • Construction work on Qatar's Dukhan Highway East project on track

    Qatar January 15 , 2017

    Senior officials from Qatar's Public Works Authority (Ashghal) have announced that nearly 40% of work on Dukhan Highway East development is already competed and the project is on track for launch by Q2 2019.

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  • Real estate in the GCC is the fastest growing sectors in the world

    United Arab Emirates January 12 , 2017

    Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha have emerged as the top three real estate markets in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, as per an industry report.

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  • Petrofac wins $600 million contract for Salalah LPG project

    Oman January 12 , 2017

    UK-based oilfield services company Petrofac said it has secured an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract worth nearly $600 million from Salalah LPG.

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  • Qatar to float tenders for airport expansion in 2017

    Qatar January 10 , 2017

    Qatar will be floating tenders this year for the expansion of the new Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Doha aimed at boosting its ultimate capacity to more than 65 million passengers.

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  • Global firm keen to tap into Qatar’s tourism potential

    Qatar January 09 , 2017

    Crystal Lagoons has revealed details of its strategy to capitalise on growth within Qatar’s tourism sector.

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  • Expert predicts a favourable construction sector in 2017 for Qatar

    Qatar January 08 , 2017

    The construction sector in Qatar is expected to peak this year amid a raft of projects and a favourable budget statement for 2017, a senior expert has predicted.

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  • Italian firm awarded Kind Fahd International Stadium contract

    Saudi Arabia January 08 , 2017

    The General Authority of Sports in Saudi Arabia has awarded a contract to Italian firm Schiattarella Associati for the modification of the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh.

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  • Mega projects worth $208 billion planned for MENA this year

    United Arab Emirates January 05 , 2017

    A pipeline of about $208 billion of major contracts is scheduled to be awarded across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) this year, a new report has shown.

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  • Qatar’s IHG announces IPO plans, plans to raise $138 million

    Qatar January 03 , 2017

    Investment Holding Group (IHG) plans to float on the country’s stock exchange, representing one of the first attempts by a family-owned firm to be listed on it.

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  • Structural work begins at Qatar tower project

    Qatar December 30 , 2016

    Gulf Contracting Company (GCC) has started the structural concrete works for the first phase of the Al Majed Tower, a 50-storey building located at the West Bay Area in Lusail City, Qatar, said a report.

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  • Qatar - Maintenance of lighting system

    Qatar December 30 , 2016

    Maintenance of lighting system at Katara cultural village

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  • $3 billion Kuwait causeway to open in 2018

    Kuwait December 29 , 2016

    Nearly 70% work is complete on the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah causeway, one of the largest infrastructure projects being constructed in the GCC at an estimated cost of $3 billion.

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  • Rising construction activities in MEA drives demand for asphalt additives

    United Arab Emirates December 28 , 2016

    According to Transparency Market Research (TMR), the rising demand from the construction sector in the Middle East and Africa provides attractive opportunities for asphalt additives producers.

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  • Qatar develops cooling helmets for construction workers for the summer months

    Qatar December 20 , 2016

    Researchers at Qatar University has designed and developed an innovative cooled helmet which is claimed to have the potential to significantly reduce the skin temperature of construction workers by up to 10 degrees centigrade, allowing for safer and more...

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  • Pearl-Qatar developer to build 2 towers on the island

    Qatar December 20 , 2016

    Developer pf the Pearl-Qatar, UDC, has secured financing of up to $200.5 million from Qatar’s Commercial Bank to construct two towers on the man-made island.

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  • Qatar - Road improvement works

    Qatar December 20 , 2016

    Road improvement works in the northern areas of the State

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  • GCC pumps $100 billion investments in airport expansion projects

    United Arab Emirates December 18 , 2016

    With Middle East passengers projected to double by 2035, the GCC is fuelling $100 billion in airport expansion and construction projects in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, according to industry experts.

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  • 218,800 hotel rooms under construction in MEA

    United Arab Emirates December 18 , 2016

    The Middle East and Africa hospitality market is witnessing solid growth with a total of 218,800 rooms under construction in the region, a report by global hotel data provider STR indicates. The November 2016 Pipeline Report shows 159,922 rooms in 560 projects...

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  • Students boost innovation in GCC’s $2 trillion construction industry

    United Arab Emirates December 14 , 2016

    The Dubai Design Museum, Islamic Animation Center in Riyadh, and Muscat Viewer and Exposition Center were named as among the GCC’s most innovative projects in the Archiprix International 2017 competition, which was announced ahead of November’s Big 5...

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  • New project to boost supply of primary building materials in Qatar

    Qatar December 12 , 2016

    A recently-opened conveyor belt project at Mesaieed Port will enable Qatar to increase the supplies of primary building materials from 17 million tonnes to 34 million tonnes a year, Qatar Primary Materials Company (QPMC) Chief Executive Officer, Eisa Al...

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  • Qatar to invest up to $13 billion on construction mega projects in 2017

    Qatar December 07 , 2016

    Ali Shareef al-Emadi, Finance Minister of Qatar, reiterates the country's commitment to achieving its goals with increased investment in major infrastructure projects.

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  • British Prime Minister to be the first female leader to attend the Gulf Co-operation Council in Bahrain

    December 05 , 2016

    The UK will enjoy £30 billion post-Brexit trade with the Middle East by relaxing work visa restrictions and trade barriers, according to the UK government.

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  • Qatar promises $1.25 billion to support Tunisian economy

    Qatar November 30 , 2016

    Sheikh Thani says Qatar will provide assistance to support Tunisian economy and strengthen its process of development.

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  • Lusail World Cup Stadium signs new JV contract

    Qatar November 30 , 2016

    Qatar’s flagship World Cup stadium, Lusail, has announced its main contractor – a joint venture between Qatari firm HBK Contracting Co. (HBK) and China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC).

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  • $100 billion in airport projects underway in Middle East

    Oman November 16 , 2016

    More than $100 billion worth of airport projects are either underway or planned throughout the Middle East right now.

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  • UDC plans $197 million new projects in The Pearl-Qatar

    Qatar November 15 , 2016

    Qatar-based shareholding company United Development Company (UDC) has signed contracts worth $197 million to develop three new projects at its flagship development, The Pearl-Qatar.

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  • How does the US election result affect the GCC construction industry?

    United States November 09 , 2016

    Donald Trump has littered his presidential campaign with truly shocking moments that have engaged the attention of the world.

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  • 15 new bridges for Qatar, featuring shops, restaurants and amenities

    Qatar October 19 , 2016

    The Ministry of Municipality and Environment has announced that it will construct 15 pedestrian bridges in Doha and its suburbs.

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  • Work starts on Doha Metro underground stations

    Qatar October 19 , 2016

    After the recent completion of the 53.25 kilometre tunnel, work is now starting on multiple the underground stations of the Doha Metro.

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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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  • QATAR: Top 3 inspirational green building projects

    Qatar October 17 , 2016

    We bring to the spotlight, three inspirational green building projects in Qatar that highlight the country’s commitment to sustainable practices in construction and infrastructure development.

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  • KONE to equip Lusail Light Rail Transit System

    Qatar October 17 , 2016

    Qatar’s Lusail Light Rail Transit (LLRT) system will be equipped with 139 elevators, escalators and auto-walks by KONE, the elevator and escalator solutions specialists.

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  • Jordan launches new 52.5 MW Shams Ma’an solar power project

    Jordan October 12 , 2016

    The largest photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant in the Middle East, the 52.5 MW Shams Ma’an in Jordan, has been officially launched ahead of schedule.

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  • Developer inviting bids for new hotel design and building in Qatar in new Special Economic Zone

    October 05 , 2016

    Plans are afoot to build three Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in Qatar. The SEZs under construction near to Hamad International Airport will incorporate five new hotels.

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  • Qatar to lead Middle East & North Africa in green buildings by 2030

    October 04 , 2016

    Qatar expects the highest number of green / carbon-neutral buildings in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by 2030.

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  • Tunnelling work complete for Phase One of Doha Metro

    October 04 , 2016

    Qatar Rail has completed 111 kilometres of the tunnelling work needed to deliver the first phase of the Doha Metro project.

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  • Qatar to have highest number of 'green' buildings in MENA by 2030

    Oman September 29 , 2016

    The country has accelerated its efforts to build greener and more sustainable buildings in the last 10 years

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  • Access control market in the MEA to reach $500 million in 2018

    September 29 , 2016

    The Middle East and Africa access control market is projected to reach $500 million in 2018, representing 15% in growth.

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  • Qatar to build Bedouin camp for 2,000 World Cup fans

    Qatar September 28 , 2016

    The country is planning to build alternative methods for visitor accommodation beyond hotels and apartments

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  • The UAE maintains top position in the GCC in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017

    September 28 , 2016

    The UAE has maintained its top position for competitiveness in the GCC, moving up one position to 16th in the Global Competitiveness ranking in the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017.

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  • Qatar on track with $200bn infrastructure upgrade

    Qatar September 21 , 2016

    Official says Qatar's real GDP grew 6 per cent annually between 2010 and 2015 (base year 2013) to reach $217bn in 2015

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  • ‘Brexit’ move tips scale in GCC’s favor

    September 21 , 2016

    New report sheds light on new economic reality for GCC countries after Brexit

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  • GCC delivers on $2 trillion mega-projects with European best practices

    September 05 , 2016

    GCC planners and developers are localising best practices from Europe to enhance the worker and visitor experience

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  • Brookfield Multiplex re-brands to Multiplex

    August 31 , 2016

    The contracting company will remain under the ownership of Brookfield Business Partners (BBU)

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  • Over 500 hotels currently in the pipeline in the Middle East

    August 30 , 2016

    About 501 hotels, totalling 144,321 rooms, are in various stages of development pipeline in the region

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  • Oman rail on track, officials say

    Oman August 28 , 2016

    The rail network will link three major ports and will provide a vital boost to the country's logistics sector

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  • Korea's LED project in Qatar is making progress

    Qatar August 25 , 2016

    South Korea is building up in Qatar from LED plants to research institutes and many other infrastructure projects

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  • Tekfen construction firm to build Al Khor Expressway in Qatar

    Qatar August 24 , 2016

    Qatar signs $2 billion agreement with Turkish construction company on highway project

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  • Two Bridges will connect Saudi with Bahrain and Qatar

    Saudi Arabia August 23 , 2016

    The Kingdom is building up for massive GCC development

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  • GCC to have near-term relief from oil spike, says Moody's

    August 23 , 2016

    GCC's funding shifts more towards debt issuances this year

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  • Qatar's $2bn power project to pick up next phase

    Qatar August 22 , 2016

    Qatar is expected to generate about 11,000 MW of electricity and 490MGID of water by the end of 2018

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  • Ashghal making progress on Dukhan Highway project

    United Arab Emirates August 16 , 2016

    Qatar's Public Works Authority has opened a 3.3km stretch of the road to traffic in both directions

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  • Qatar resets its property market

    Qatar August 11 , 2016

    A fall in Qatar's real estate sector has the country reconsidering its property market course

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  • Transco preparing to float number of power and water tenders

    United Arab Emirates August 10 , 2016

    Abu Dhabi Transmission & Despatch Company is looking for companies to provide consultancy, supply and modification services

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  • High-profile Doha project enters final stages

    Qatar August 09 , 2016

    Ashghal says final stage of the conversion of the Civil Defence Roundabout into a signal-controlled intersection in Doha has kicked off

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  • Qatar's first theme park hotel resort scheduled to open next year

    Qatar August 08 , 2016

    Qatar will open its first theme park hotel resort beside its Aqua Park in 2017

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  • Hill International JV bags 30 month Doha Metro contract extensions

    Qatar August 08 , 2016

    Partnership between Hill and ASTAD will to continue providing project management services in connection with the Green Line

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  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 GCC Transport Projects in 2017

    August 07 , 2016

    Rail infrastructure is emerging as a heavyweight sector in the Gulf. With 19% of $2trn net value of GCC projects in pre-execution for the transport industry, it comes second only to construction, with Saudi Arabia and the UAE coming out as the strongest...

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  • Egypt issues $25bn PPP bid for real estate developers

    Egypt August 07 , 2016

    Egyps seeks to develop eight plots of land with a total area of 2.855 fedans in four new cities

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  • SSH Kuwait wins supervision contract for Al Adan Hospital expansion

    Kuwait August 04 , 2016

    Project awarded by Ministry of Health and is expected to take 42 months to complete

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  • Ashghal launches tender for design and construction of Doha sewer network

    Qatar August 01 , 2016

    This facility will provide a complete collection of sewage generated from various areas in Central part of Inner Doha such as Al Muntaza and Rawdat al Khalil Street

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  • Ashghal launches tender for work on roads in Qatar

    Qatar July 28 , 2016

    Scope of works comprise the reconstruction, rehabilitation and maintenance of road works

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  • SNC-Lavalin awarded five-year contract by Oryx in Qatar

    Qatar July 27 , 2016

    The company has been awarded an engineering consultancy agreement at Ras Laffan Industrial City

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  • Ezdan installs water saving devices at Al Wukair residential project

    Qatar July 24 , 2016

    Company has been installed about 262,000 water saving devices in more than 15,000 residential units

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  • GCC spending on facades to grow to $12bn by 2024

    United Arab Emirates July 20 , 2016

    Architects and developers need to prioritise lower heating and air conditioning costs to achieve energy efficiency, report finds

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  • Ashghal announces long-term road closures in Doha

    Qatar July 19 , 2016

    The Public Works Authority said the diversion would help with the implementation of phase two of its roads and infrastructure programme

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  • Barwa awards Motor City project to INSHA Contracting

    Qatar July 14 , 2016

    The contract is worth $272.4mn and will see the contractor build 60 car showrooms, as well as apartments and workshops

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  • Two of Zaha Hadid's final grand designs to be developed

    Qatar July 13 , 2016

    The first of the designs - commissioned by Al Alfia Holding - will be a 70,000m2 hotel with residential apartments

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  • Dubai Silicon Oasis completes new $15.25mn student accommodation

    United Arab Emirates July 11 , 2016

    The project was undertaken after analysis found 'definite shortage in supply' in Dubai

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  • Arch of Khalifa International Stadium completed

    Qatar July 10 , 2016

    Last 22m segment of arch of the new stadium has been installed at a height of 120m

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  • Ashghal announces road closures over Eid break

    Qatar July 04 , 2016

    Qatar's Public Works Authority has announced that it will close roads in order to complete its E-Ring and Najma roads development project

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  • New commuter bridge opened in Doha

    Qatar July 03 , 2016

    The new bridge is part of Ashghal's wider traffic and infrastructure programme that is taking place in Doha

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  • Consortium wins $2.89bn deal to build Dubai Metro extension

    United Arab Emirates June 29 , 2016

    The 'Route 2020' line project will add 15km to the emirate's metro network, and will begin before the end of the year

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  • Ashghal floats tender for Orbital Highway road

    Qatar June 26 , 2016

    The new 21km road is expected to take around a year to complete, including 15km of dual carriageways

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  • GCC Fuels $100bn in airport construction projects

    June 23 , 2016

    Comfortable airport terminals key for growing passenger numbers, announces airport consultancy

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  • Ashghal announces road openings in Doha

    Qatar June 08 , 2016

    New roads are part of the wider Expressway Programme, with more roads scheduled to open by the end of Q3

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  • India's L&T wins $135m Qatar World Cup stadium contract

    Qatar June 07 , 2016

    The group has been commissioned to build the Al Rayyan Stadium

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  • Ashghal completes a number of projects for Qatar's Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs

    Qatar June 06 , 2016

    Some 22 projects - including mosques, teaching centres and prayer rooms - have been completed, with another 15 in the pipeline

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  • Work ramps up ahead of Mall of Qatar opening

    United Arab Emirates June 06 , 2016

    Hundreds of shops are expected to fit out their premises at the mall in the coming weeks

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  • 11 killed in fire at Qatar labour camp

    Qatar June 05 , 2016

    The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

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  • Companies sign major deals at Community Management Week

    United Arab Emirates June 05 , 2016

    Ras Al Khaimah Waste Management Authority and Al Qamra Facilities Management ink 15-year healthcare waste deal

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  • UDC signs MoU to sell Qatar tower to ‘prominent property investor’

    Qatar June 01 , 2016

    AQ-02 is one of the commercial towers situated at the entrance of The Pearl-Qatar

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  • REPORT: GCC projects worth $2trn in pipeline

    United Arab Emirates June 01 , 2016

    Construction, transport and power are forecast to be the leading sectors, with shares of 52 per cent, 19 per cent and 11 per cent.

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  • Dubai Parks & Resorts raises $460mn for Six Flags project

    United Arab Emirates May 31 , 2016

    The oversubscribed rights issue will be used to fund new park that will open in Q4 2019

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  • Ashgahl and Bin Omran celebrate LTI achievement

    Qatar May 29 , 2016

    Contractor and govenement body have registered two million man hours without an LTI on the Interim Upgrade of E-ring road and Najma street project

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  • Doha Metro completes 90% of tunneling

    Qatar May 26 , 2016

    Qatar Rail expects to move from construction into systems installation as track, power supply and signalling starts to be installed by the end of the year.

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  • Rock solid outlook for Middle East stone industry

    United Arab Emirates May 26 , 2016

    Experts at this week's Middle East Stone event believe the future is bright, as companies look to expand at home and abroad

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  • Solar energy student contest in Dubai to build on COP21

    United Arab Emirates May 25 , 2016

    Competition will seek to bridge gap between education and industry, trip to Munich and cash prizes await winning teams

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  • FM industry shows positive growth despite challenging market, report says

    May 24 , 2016

    Results indicate that the FM industry has reason to expect long-term growth that will come hand-in-hand with a more demanding customer base.

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  • Dubai expects 2.5m Saudi tourists in 2020

    United Arab Emirates May 22 , 2016

    Visitors from the GCC countries topped the list of Dubai tourists, making up 25 per cent of the total number of tourists from around the world in Q1 2016.

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  • FIFA says Qatar on track with stadium and infrastructure preparations

    Qatar May 19 , 2016

    The tournament in Qatar would employ the latest technology and give fans a futuristic match-day experience

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  • Energy efficient buildings could save GCC billions of dollars

    United Arab Emirates May 18 , 2016

    New energy efficient technology could save the region as much as $3.5bn, a report has found

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  • Healthcare projects to drive investment in GCC

    United Arab Emirates May 18 , 2016

    Healthcare industry is expected to need an additional 1500 beds by 2020

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  • Dubai to build new $3.4bn sewage system by 2021

    United Arab Emirates May 17 , 2016

    This project will save millions annually spent by the government on operating and providing maintenance works for ageing infrastructure.

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  • Drake & Scull reports 7% decline in revenue

    May 16 , 2016

    DSI will continue focusing on its Rail business with the Qatar Rail Depot and Yards projects as well as its projects in Saudi Arabia

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  • Hamad bin Khalifa Medical City Hospitals construction completed

    Qatar May 12 , 2016

    The new hospitals stretch over a build-up area of 227,000 m2, and they include 559 beds

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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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  • Ashghal finishes construction on operating rooms at Hamad General Hospital

    Qatar May 09 , 2016

    The new surgery building includes 20 operating rooms, 17 of which are general operation rooms

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  • Algeria's Sonatrach awards $180m in oil service contracts

    Algeria May 09 , 2016

    Schlumberger was awarded a $75 million contract and Weatherford a $11 million contract

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  • Qatar Rail sacks consortium from Doha Metro project

    Qatar May 08 , 2016

    Consolidated Contractors will take over the station building project

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  • VP views designs of Mohammed bin Rashid Stadium

    United Arab Emirates May 08 , 2016

    The stadium will include a training hall, 5,000 car park, a sports museum and conference halls

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  • Danube strengthens affordable housing segment with $82m Glamz Residence

    United Arab Emirates May 04 , 2016

    Danube had successfully floated the idea of home ownership two years ago as record numbers of customers joined the sustainable affordable housing bandwagon

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  • Oman delays ambitious GCC rail project

    Oman May 03 , 2016

    Senior official did not confirm when the project would be re-launched

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  • GE Oil & Gas breaks ground on new manufacturing centre

    Saudi Arabia May 02 , 2016

    Facility is based in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, and will create 100 new jobs

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  • PwC Middle East acquires HLP Consulting

    United Arab Emirates May 02 , 2016

    HLP to improve PwC’s ‘existing capabilities in the region’

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  • Emirates Building Systems bags Riyadh Metro deal

    Saudi Arabia May 01 , 2016

    Company will provide steel structures for second phase of the mega-project

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  • KONE wins major order for Qatar’s Doha Metro project

    Qatar April 28 , 2016

    The contract includes the supply of over 500 pieces of equipment for Doha Metro’s Red Line South and Gold Line and a 20-year maintenance agreement.

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  • GCC Rail project to create 80,000 jobs

    April 26 , 2016

    Beginning from Kuwait City and ending in Muscat, the total cost of the 2,117-km railway is estimated at $15.4 billion, including the cost of two new causeways.

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  • FIFA to set up worker welfare panel in Qatar

    Qatar April 25 , 2016

    FIFA President Gianni Infantino announced the creation of an oversight body with independent members to monitor the systems in place at all World Cup stadiums.

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  • Qatar’s projects will not be affected by oil slump, says official

    Qatar April 24 , 2016

    HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah said that Qatar had foreseen the current market conditions and had started planning for the post-oil era much earlier.

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  • Krantz air units chosen for Louvre Abu Dhabi

    United Arab Emirates April 19 , 2016

    Al Futtaim Engineering is supplying Louvre Abu Dhabi with Krantz air outlet units.

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  • Qatar Rail reveals Doha Metro designs

    Qatar April 18 , 2016

    The unveiling of the exterior designs of the upcoming railway vehicles, 'Al Faras' for the Doha Metro and 'Al Mehmel' for the Lusail tram will give the public a glimpse of what the new systems will look like when they open in 2020

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  • Doha Festival City Mall delayed four months

    Qatar April 18 , 2016

    The mall is being developed by a consortium that includes Dubai-based Al Futtaim Group and Qatar Islamic Bank

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  • Arabian horse inspires Doha Metro train design

    Qatar April 17 , 2016

    Doha Metro as one of the fastest driverless trains in the world and the fastest in the region at 100km per hour.

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  • Qatar’s Doha Metro 37% complete

    Qatar April 13 , 2016

    The first and second phases of Doha Metro would have total of about 100 stations, covering about 215km.

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  • Saudi firm signs $122.6m deal for London building

    Saudi Arabia April 12 , 2016

    The landmark property located on Trafalgar Square was purchased from German fund manager GLL Real Estate.

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  • Saudi Arabia lifts cement export ban

    Saudi Arabia April 12 , 2016

    The Saudi government imposed a ban on cement exports in 2008 to push prices down and accommodate demand from large government-funded infrastructure projects.

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  • Siemens signs MoU for UAE power plant

    United Arab Emirates April 11 , 2016

    Siemens will submit a 2,200 megawatt (MW) turnkey solution under the terms of the agreement

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  • Qatar plans 560 humanitarian projects in 39 countries

    Qatar April 10 , 2016

    The highest number of projects was proposed to execute in African countries at 270, 254 projects in Asian countries and at least 36 projects in Europe.

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  • African auto parts market to be worth $15.3bn by 2020

    Kenya April 10 , 2016

    Nearly 22 million vehicles are on Africa’s roads, creating demand for parts and accessories worth more than $8 billion per year. Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda are leading growth.

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  • Qatar to become London’s mega landlord

    Qatar April 06 , 2016

    Qatari Diar has signed a $2bn deal for more than 4,000 homes and plans to convert the US embassy into a hotel.

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  • Amnesty report blasts Qatar workers’ living conditions

    Qatar April 04 , 2016

    Authorities in Qatar agreed with some of the issues raised by Amnesty International but said many of the concerns have already been addressed.

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  • Damac reveals possible US expansion plans

    United Arab Emirates April 04 , 2016

    The Dubai-based developer also said it will further expand into the London market with a new up-scale project

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  • Saudi Arabia’s $2trn mega-fund to transform its economy

    Saudi Arabia April 03 , 2016

    Saudi Arabia has suffered since prices started to crash in mid-2014. Oil has fallen to less than $40 (£27.94) a barrel from more than $100 (£70) a barrel.

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  • Qatar Rail completes tunneling on Doha Metro's Green Line

    Qatar March 31 , 2016

    Towards the end of this year, Qatar Rail expects to move from construction into systems installation as track, power supply and signaling starts to be installed.

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  • Dubai’s new law could address affordable housing woes

    United Arab Emirates March 30 , 2016

    A proposed law by Dubai Municipality calls for mandatory 15-20 per cent affordable housing in future residential developments across the emirate.

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  • Qatar to build ‘Bedouin-style tents’ for World Cup visitors

    Qatar March 24 , 2016

    “With six years to go, all options are still being explored but we are excited by the possibility of supporters enjoying a range of accommodations designed for all needs.”

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  • Drake & Scull wins $93m Doha Metro contract

    United Arab Emirates March 24 , 2016

    The contract was awarded by the Japanese contractor Fujita Corporation. Drake & Scull Rail division will undertake MEP works and delivery is scheduled for 2019.

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  • Mall of Qatar reveals first in-house entertainment venue

    Qatar March 23 , 2016

    The MOQLIVE venue will host concerts, entertainment, and mall activities, covering 52 weeks of programming.

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  • Saudi Aramco to keep investing in downstream sectors

    United Arab Emirates March 22 , 2016

    "It is our estimate that by the end of the year, the price will start to adjust upward," said Saudi Aramco Chief Executive Amin Nasser

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  • Indian industrialist set to revolutionise GCC steel sector

    India March 22 , 2016

    According to market analysts in India, the $6 billion construction market in the GCC requires around 15 million tonnes of steel annually.

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  • Doha Metro completes tunnelling of Northern section

    Qatar March 21 , 2016

    Qatar Rail reported that overall progress was moving ahead with more than 85 per cent of tunnelling for the Doha Metro project finished

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  • GCC construction salary increases slow to 6.1 per cent

    United Arab Emirates March 20 , 2016

    An increasing number of firms have been reducing headcount, particularly in energy and construction, the report noted.

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  • Passenger car numbers on GCC roads to hit 19m by 2020

    United Arab Emirates March 17 , 2016

    Saudi Arabia will hold the lion’s share of cars and the UAE is expected to have 3.53 million vehicles running on its roads by 2020.

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  • ENOC to begin construction of Project Falcon extension to Al Maktoum International Airport

    United Arab Emirates March 17 , 2016

    Emirates National Oil Company reveals construction of an underground 16km jet fuel pipeline expansion linking its storage terminal in Jebel Ali with Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South.

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  • Dubai's Meydan gets $476m in financing for projects

    United Arab Emirates March 15 , 2016

    This is seen as a clear sign that the emirate is still pushing through with new projects despite an economic slowdown

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  • ME reports nearly 43% increase in hotel room construction in February

    March 15 , 2016

    There were 151,454 rooms in 538 hotels under contract in the Middle East, an increase of 40.7 per cent

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  • Dubai show’s brush with sustainable coatings

    United Arab Emirates March 15 , 2016

    Thousands have arrived in Dubai for one of the biggest events in the paint and coatings sector in the region.

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  • Qatar's investment in infrastructure to reach $150bn

    Qatar March 14 , 2016

    New report signals continued growth for Qatar's construction market despite fall in oil prices

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  • Five companies bid for Dubai Route 2020 metro link

    United Arab Emirates March 13 , 2016

    The new route will extend from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Metro station and ends at Expo 2020 venue

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  • Transforming concrete with colour

    United Arab Emirates March 13 , 2016

    One of the biggest trends in construction over the past year has been the interest in coloured concrete. Simple to use, cost effective and, when used in collaboration with designers and architects, can transform a construction project. We spoke to Peter...

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  • Al Maha Ceramics makes big business in Saudi

    Saudi Arabia March 10 , 2016

    The company displayed its attractive eye-catching designs of "Digiplus" range of Ceramic tiles using contemporary Digital printing technology with a variety of shades to suit every décor and cater to the needs of its customers

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  • Red Sea Housing wins $39m accommodation contract in Qatar

    Qatar March 08 , 2016

    Construction will begin with immediate effect and completion is expected on 24 July 2017

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  • The Big 5 Saudi 2016: Geometrik flooring solutions

    Saudi Arabia March 08 , 2016

    "Placed in the middle of three continents, the Arabian Peninsula is one of the most demanded markets in the world, with all kind of exporters trying to reach it.”

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  • Alstom starts building train manufacturing site in South Africa

    United Arab Emirates March 07 , 2016

    The site will be used to manufacture 580 suburban trains for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).

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  • Salaries to increase in UAE construction market this year

    United Arab Emirates March 06 , 2016

    Despite a market slowdown amid low oil prices, the salaries in the UAE construction sector may still edge up throughout the year

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  • Doha cable failure throws prestigious Pearl into darkness

    Qatar March 02 , 2016

    Around 12,000 people on Qatar's Pearl man-made island spend the night with air-con and electricity after a damaged cable cut supply to hundreds of homes failure. Power finally restored at 8am local time - 20 hours after it went off.

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  • New timeline for 2,177km GCC rail project

    Saudi Arabia February 28 , 2016

    As part of an ambitious plan to go ahead, GCC transport ministers will meet in Riyadh next month to discuss plans to go ahead with the GCC railway project in a more realistic manner despite weak global oil prices.

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  • Dubai ranked best city for expats in MENA

    United Arab Emirates February 24 , 2016

    Dubai and Abu Dhabi rank at the top of the list for quality of life in the GCC, as Muscat, Oman listed 107th followed by Doha, Qatar in 110th place. Kuwait City came in 124th, closely followed by Saudi cities like Riyadh and Jeddah ranking at 164th and 165th...

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  • Pipe producer’s move to fight counterfeits

    United Arab Emirates February 23 , 2016

    “The depth of the counterfeit steel industry in the UAE remains unquantified, however its existence presents a significant challenge.”

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  • REPORT: GCC construction firms urged to cut staff

    United Arab Emirates February 23 , 2016

    Spending has declined due to low oil prices and companies are required to hire more nationals, which increases labor costs. These factors have forced GCC contractors to suddenly cut costs and tighten their operations.

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  • Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre claims huge boost to city's economy

    United Arab Emirates February 22 , 2016

    ADNEC has exceeded its Emiratisation target, created 18,600 jobs, and is responsible for $945m to Abu Dhabi's economy, says ADNEC Acting CEO Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri

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  • Construction firm fined $3.2m over UAE bribery offence

    United Arab Emirates February 22 , 2016

    The UK-based company pleaded guilty to the charge of failing to prevent an act of bribery, which took place in the UAE.

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  • Dubai's biggest engineer launches fire safety division

    United Arab Emirates February 17 , 2016

    Al-Futtaim Engineering has introduced The Control and Life Safety division to carry out design, installation and maintenance of fire protection and detection systems.

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  • Qatar Rail reveals progress on Doha Metro's green line

    Qatar February 15 , 2016

    Two Tunnel Boring Machines are among 21 used in the first phase of the Doha Metro. Qatar was recognised by Guinness World Records for having the largest number of tunnel boring machines operating simultaneously in a single project.

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  • Dubai construction costs fall in 2015

    United Arab Emirates February 15 , 2016

    New report reveals that the indicator for construction costs in Dubai for 2015 was 100.60, down 0.37 per cent compared to 2014

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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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  • Dubai's Falcon City seeks investment to boost ailing project

    United Arab Emirates February 10 , 2016

    The main developer says that the company aims to complete the project by its original 2020 date despite set-backs

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  • Abu Dhabi rents begin to fall as oil slump kicks in

    United Arab Emirates February 10 , 2016

    It was the second most expensive place in the world to rent according to the CBRE – now job cuts are driving rents and property prices down.

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  • Caterpillar cuts 670 more jobs after sales losses

    United Arab Emirates February 07 , 2016

    Caterpillar cuts jobs at home as revenues continue to slide due to its struggling mining sector

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  • Sheikh Mohammed announces new tower in Dubai Creek area

    United Arab Emirates February 07 , 2016

    Sheikh Mohammed has approved a design by the Spanish-Swiss neo-futuristic architect Santiago Calatrava. Construction starts in a few months.

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  • Qatar’s real estate transactions reach $115m in a week

    United Arab Emirates February 04 , 2016

    The increase in the transaction value during January 24-28 was triggered by a mega deal worth $27.7m (QR100m).

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  • Consultancy lays off 100 staff across Middle East

    United Arab Emirates February 04 , 2016

    Some of the projects it is currently working on include the Port Sultan Qaboos redevelopment in Oman and the Riyadh and Doha metro lines.

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  • DBMT to set up facility in Hamriyah Free Zone

    United Arab Emirates February 03 , 2016

    This new facility will provide easy access to all the emirates as well as the international markets due to the strategic position of Hamriyah Free Zone in the UAE

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  • Dubai visitor numbers soar in 2015

    United Arab Emirates January 28 , 2016

    Dubai welcomes record 14.2 million overnight visitors , double the growth of the global tourism industry. Growth is forecast to continue as emirate boosts hotel rooms and increases leisure attractions

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  • Central Doha development on track for FIFA 2022

    Qatar January 26 , 2016

    Qatar's Minister of Municipality and Urban Planning said that partnership with the private sector was very important for development of projects in central Doha

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  • DEWA awards $35.4m contract to extend major water networ

    United Arab Emirates January 20 , 2016

    The project is expected to be completed within 30 months of its start date. The NDRC network will be launched and will be fully-operational once all extension work has been completed.

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  • Why the GCC must move quickly to embrace sustainability

    United Arab Emirates January 19 , 2016

    Following the success of COP21, the UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference held in Paris in December 2015, the sustainability industry in the Middle East is set to gain prominence through 2016, says one of the UAE's most high profile green...

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  • Why coatings' success in the MENA region must include green chemicals

    United Arab Emirates January 19 , 2016

    Paint and coatings suppliers, the chemicals producers and the government must work hand-in-hand for a sustainable future

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  • Emirates Insolaire to see high demand for its solar technology in 2016

    January 17 , 2016

    "The solar PV industry is booming with the photovoltaic market growing 40 per cent year-on-year and Emirates Insolaire's end-market demand is hitting rapid growth levels almost every quarter," said Rafic Hanbali, Managing Partner of Emirates Insolaire

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  • UAE and Qatar remain among the world's cheapest places to build

    January 11 , 2016

    New report says "The relative cost of construction across 44 major cities, finds that the local labour markets and resource availability have positively benefited cities in the GCC."

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  • HVAC R Expo Saudi starts today

    Saudi Arabia January 11 , 2016

    About 70 per cent of electricity consumption in the kingdom is used powering of air conditioners and with another half million homes needed in the country the demand for energy is also set to double.

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  • @HVACRSaudi: Danfoss unveils integrated solutions in the Saudi market

    Saudi Arabia January 11 , 2016

    ‘Engineering Tomorrow’, the new global branding of Danfoss, will soon make its debut at the HVACR Expo Saudi 2016, which opens today at 4pm and runs until January 13 under a joint participation from three segments of Danfoss: Cooling, Heating and Drives.

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  • UAE district cooling industry to grow by 18% as demand surges

    United Arab Emirates January 10 , 2016

    One of leading players, Emicool, to boost market share to 20% in the UAE, with plans to expand capacity to 500,000 TR and foray into Saudi Arabia and Qatar

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  • Qatar to issue tenders for $36bn Doha metro and $2.7bn Lusail Tram

    Qatar January 05 , 2016

    The first phase of the Doha Metro project is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2019, while completion of the Lusail Tram is set for 2020.

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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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  • New UAE labour contracts come into effect

    United Arab Emirates January 04 , 2016

    The Ministry of Labour said it will not be issuing new work permits to overseas workers, nor renewing current residents’ permits, where the employer fails to provide a signed unified contract.

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  • Lights, camera, action for newest hotel brand

    United Arab Emirates January 03 , 2016

    In the competitive world of hospitality building a brand is as important as building the resort complex. And that brand must be more more than image alone: it is about the creation of a unique experience. Thomas Van Vliet is the CEO of Paramount Hotels &...

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  • Bentley to achieve savings of $190m by 2019 for network rail

    December 16 , 2015

    Linear Asset Decision Support (LADS) project is the largest implementation of Bentley’s Optram in the world, designed to improve the safety, performance, and reliability of railway networks.

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  • Future of aerospace design with 3D printed partition

    December 16 , 2015

    Designed in a structurally-strong, but lightweight micro-lattice shape, Airbus’ new bionic partition is 45 per cent (30 kg) lighter than current designs.

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  • Qatar’s Shell awards $4m contracts

    December 15 , 2015

    The contracts were awarded to six businesses as part of Qatar Shell’s commitment to support the local SME sector.

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  • Construction in the Middle East will continue to grow in 2016 despite low oil prices

    December 15 , 2015

    The Big 5 Hub Editor Gary Wright looks back at 2015 and, despite the negative effect of tumbling oil prices on government spending across the construction sector, believes 2016 will still see growth.

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  • $10bn in UAE-Turkish trade expected in 2016

    December 14 , 2015

    Turkey registered a 15% increase in new exhibitors at The Big 5 this year with more Turkish contractors showing interest in investing over the next five years

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  • FM provider lands silver service award

    December 14 , 2015

    Imdaad has been given a Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award (SKEA) in the Silver category in recognition of its consistent performance in the service sector over the past years.

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  • QPMC inaugurates new stock pile and floating jetties in Ras Laffan

    December 13 , 2015

    QPMC will now be able to secure primary materials from its Ras Laffan port facility, with a potential volume of nine million tonnes annually for the next five years.

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  • New move to reduce waste from construction sites

    United Arab Emirates December 10 , 2015

    Abu Dhabi's waste managers reveals plan to end the construction site waste being dumped in landfill. GCC countries are among the worst in the world for failing to minimise waste.

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  • Khalifa Port ready for next phase of expansion

    December 09 , 2015

    Capacity will increase by more than a million containers by 2017 and the port will continue to develop to handle 5 million

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  • Non-oil exports from the UAE increase $3.2bn in first six months of 2015

    United Arab Emirates December 06 , 2015

    Exports from UAE up 2 per cent year on year showing "direct non-oil trade is considerably stable despite the economic crisis witnessed by many countries around the world" Meanwhile imports are slightly down with gold and cars topping the list.

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  • UAE state airline steps up its East Africa links with new flights

    United Arab Emirates December 06 , 2015

    New Tanzanian route is Etihad's third East Africa route alongside along with Nairobi and Entebbe, and the operator's ninth destination to the continent.

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  • Qatar University invites tenders for new college buildings

    Qatar November 29 , 2015

    New College of Education and College of Law to be ready in 24 months

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  • @The Big 5: Turkish Ambassador sees his country flourish

    November 26 , 2015

    There is currently about $8 billion in trade volume, including imports and exports, between the UAE and Turkey and a more than $10 billion expected in the next year

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  • @The Big 5: Laticrete’s $2m palace deal

    United Arab Emirates November 26 , 2015

    Laticrete has also worked on Sheikh Mohammed’s palace in Dubai, in addition to royal residences in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

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  • @The Big 5: FORD TRUCKS REVEAL GCC EXPANSION PLAN

    United Arab Emirates November 23 , 2015

    Ford displays its newest construction vehicles at The Big 5, revealing that it will expand into new markets in 2016

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  • The Big 5 officially opens in Dubai

    United Arab Emirates November 23 , 2015

    His Excellency Dr Rashid Ahmad bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water for the UAE performs the official opening ceremony

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  • Qatar's economy to grow by 6.8% next year

    Qatar November 19 , 2015

    Qatar has no plans to scale back major projects despite economic uncertainties and budget cuts elsewhere in the region

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  • First phase of Doha Metro to be completed by 2019

    Qatar November 18 , 2015

    The first phase will see the Red, Gold, and Green Lines opening in 2019, with 37 stations and 75km of revenue lines

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  • GCC hosts $115bn worth of rail projects

    November 17 , 2015

    The GCC hosts rail, tram, light rail, metro, and monorail projects, with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia leading at $45bn, followed by Qatar at $35bn, the UAE and Kuwait at $15bn and Bahrain at $10bn, according to a report by the German Near and Middle East...

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  • GCC construction industry set to reach record of nearly $130bn in 2016

    November 15 , 2015

    Mega-events drive urgency for adopting latest construction software includng projects like the Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal in the UAE, King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Saudi Arabia, and National Museum of Qatar

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  • Qatar to build slavery museum

    Qatar November 10 , 2015

    The new museum, one of four built as part of a downtown project in the capital Doha.

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  • Qatar's private sector pumps $8.2bn into government projects in a year

    Qatar November 10 , 2015

    “There is virtually no tax for the local companies,” said HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, Minister of Economy and Commerce.

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  • Drake & Scull opens new Dubai HQ

    United Arab Emirates November 10 , 2015

    Official opening of engineer and construction company's UAE base in the International Media Production Zone

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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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  • “Construction workers to benefit most from Qatar’s Wage Protection System”

    Qatar November 03 , 2015

    Qatar’s new Wage Protection System (WPS), which comes into effect this month, is set to bring much needed transparency to the payments of low-income employees, particularly in the construction sector.

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  • Qatar opens Labor City for 100,000 migrant workers

    Qatar November 03 , 2015

    The 1.1 million sqm development to accommodate labourers is said to be the largest of its kind in the Gulf region.

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  • Qatar offers growth potential for affordable hotels

    Qatar November 02 , 2015

    Approvals are currently in place for more than 120 hotels, which if realised will increase the level of supply to approximately 35,000 keys.

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  • New FM provider for Doha Exhibition Centre

    Qatar November 02 , 2015

    UAE FM company Macro lands three-year service contract for Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre in Qatar

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  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 GCC healthcare projects

    United Arab Emirates November 02 , 2015

    A record $5.9bn in contracts was awarded in 2014 and this year it is set to hit $7.3bn – an increase of $1.45bn. Here are the 10 biggest healthcare projects under development in the GCC.

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  • New world-class golf club unveiled in Qatar

    Qatar October 29 , 2015

    An 18-hole championship golf course, five-star hotel and public park are part of a massive new luxury development in Doha's Education City

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  • RasGas awards two major contracts for Helium 3 Project

    Qatar October 29 , 2015

    The Helium 3 Project will be managed and operated by RasGas on behalf of Barzan shareholders, QP and ExxonMobil in recognition of RasGas' vast experience in the execution and operation of Helium plants in the State of Qatar

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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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  • Westin Doha Hotel opening postponed to 2016

    Qatar October 27 , 2015

    This is the fourth time the opening of the Westin Doha has been postponed though all major building work on the 365-room hotel was completed in December 2014

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  • New Green Deal website is latest step in Dubai's campaign to be a leading sustainable city

    United Arab Emirates October 27 , 2015

    Government leaders in Dubai have backed a new ‘Green Deal’ online portal to encourage residents to adopt sustainable products which went live today

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  • Improved performance in Qatar construction sector

    Qatar October 26 , 2015

    "Thanks to large capital spend, improving technology and exposure to international best practice through tie-ups with international contractors, overall maturity of the construction sector in Qatar has improved over time” KPMG report

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  • Importance of independent building commissioning increasing in GCC

    United Arab Emirates October 26 , 2015

    Sinan Rasheed says time and costs important factors and commissioning a specialised skill is in short supply in GCC. Expert speaker will address The Big 5 on industry trends this year.

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  • New Jeddah airport to be ready by mid-2017

    Saudi Arabia October 25 , 2015

    The building will be part of a strategic programme that will include fleet development, expansion of its flight network and installation of the latest information technology

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  • Pushing the envelope: indoor air quality and sustainability

    United Arab Emirates October 20 , 2015

    In soaring GCC temperatures, there is increasing concern about the quality of air breathed by those living and working inside AND the effect the building has on the global environment. The building envelope is the total physical barrier between the conditioned...

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  • Green Deal platform makes ‘greening’ home easy

    United Arab Emirates October 20 , 2015

    A new website is promising to make it easier to find products that will make homes more sustainable, from solar water heaters, to electricity-saving tech.

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  • 56 plots to go on sale on The Pearl-Qatar

    Qatar October 13 , 2015

    Early buyers can benefit from an incentive plan designed to reward investors coming forward in week one by offering a 15 per cent discount on the original set price of a given plot, while the discount for second and third week buyers will be 10 and 5 per...

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  • More hires expected for ME construction sector over next 6 months

    October 13 , 2015

    90 per cent of companies intend to hire in general, or for existing vacant positions, with the majority in the construction industry

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  • Tenders floated for 12 Metro stations in Qatar

    Qatar October 11 , 2015

    Qatar Rail is currently looking for competent consultants and contractors to carry out the project

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  • Dubai property prices continue to fall and now rents are following

    United Arab Emirates October 07 , 2015

    An estimated 5,000 homes due for delivery this year have been delayed as apartment prices in Dubai fall 11 per cent so far this year. And property analysts predict a fall of up to 10 per cent in rental return in the next 12 months.

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  • UAE completes 264km of Etihad Rail network

    United Arab Emirates October 06 , 2015

    The 1,200-km line, originally planned to be completed in 2018, will link major industrial zones, cities and ports in the UAE

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  • Kuwait starts expansion of its popular 360 MALL

    Kuwait October 06 , 2015

    New and improved mall will open in 2019. New features include more development of retail space, multi-purpose indoor sports and entertainment facilities and a 5-star hotel.

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  • UAE's DC Pro Engineering eyes five-fold growth by 2020

    October 05 , 2015

    New Managing Director Fouad Younan sets sights on Expo 2020 Dubai and Qatari World Cup to further advance the company’s business targets

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  • Official UAE statistics: 16 of 21 building materials are cheaper than 12 months ago

    United Arab Emirates October 05 , 2015

    Marble, glass and wood are more expensive, while uPVC piping, sand, aggregates and diesel fuel are cheaper, according to latest UAE government Materials Price Statistics. But it also found construction labour costs jumped 6 per cent month on month.

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  • Standard GCC building code to launch by year-end

    Qatar October 04 , 2015

    The code will be unveiled on December 28 in Doha in the presence of GCC housing ministers.

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  • Qatar contractor wins €550m sewage tunnel deal

    Qatar October 01 , 2015

    Bouygues Travaux Publics and UrbaCon Trading & Contracting has won two Ashgal contracts to build sewage tunnels in the south of Doha.

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  • Survey reveals the top shopping city in the world for Muslims

    United Arab Emirates October 01 , 2015

    MasterCard survey rates the city number one for Islamic shoppers... just months after it was named the fifth most popular shopping destination in the whole world

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  • Qatar Rail presents Doha Metro architectural finishes at awareness day

    Qatar September 30 , 2015

    The day-long internal event provided open dialogue and business opportunities for Qatar's private sector

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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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  • Qatar expects a surge in new project contracts in 2016

    Qatar September 28 , 2015

    About $135bn worth of contracts is due to be awarded in Qatar between 2015 and 2020 with $30bn expected next year alone

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  • Drake & Scull wins $33.5m contract for beachfront project

    United Arab Emirates September 28 , 2015

    DSE will develop over 72,000 sqm of food and beverage (F&B) concepts and the project is expected to be completed by 2016.

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  • Khalifa Port Container Terminal among fastest growing worldwide

    United Arab Emirates September 28 , 2015

    The Top 120 World Container Ports ranking lists KPCT as the third fastest growing container port in the world and the fastest growing port in the Middle East based on its 26% volume growth in 2014.

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  • Why new Fifa corruption allegations threaten Qatar's World Cup

    Qatar September 27 , 2015

    Swiss authorities have started criminal proceedings against Fifa President Sepp Blatter. The man seen as most likely to succeed him was UEFA's Michel Platini a firm supporter of Qatar. But he's just admitted pocketing two million Swiss francs in 2011. A fresh...

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  • Qatar World Cup 2022 tournament dates announced amid new corruption allegations against Blatter

    Qatar September 27 , 2015

    World football governing body FIFA finally revealed dates for the first winter World Cup and within hours was engulfed in another wave of corruption allegations against its president

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  • Best ever compliance for firms allowing workers midday heat breaks

    September 27 , 2015

    Just one in 1,000 Dubai companies ignored the summer law that keeps workers indoors and doctors say fewer people were treated for heat exhaustion this year

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  • Pakistan has embarked on a solar future

    Pakistan September 22 , 2015

    Pakistan ends import tax on solar equipment and allows homeowners to borrow cheap money to introduce renewable sources of energy

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  • Falling gas price will not halt Qatar's massive infrastructure investment

    September 21 , 2015

    Qatar’s plans to award $220bn worth of large-scale investment projects over the next 10 years, according to new report by Standard & Poor’s.

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  • REPORT: Qatar to spend $220bn on development projects

    Qatar September 20 , 2015

    A new report by global credit rating agency Standard and Poor says Qatar's investment programme will focus on infrastructure, education and health.

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  • Saudi Arabia & Bahrain sign $300m deal for new oil pipeline

    Bahrain September 20 , 2015

    The new pipeline will replace an ageing 230,000 bpd link and enable Bahrain Petroleum Company to expand the processing capacity of its 267,000 bpd Sitra refinery.

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  • UAE mourns Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, aged 33

    United Arab Emirates September 20 , 2015

    Expressions of sorrow and condolence have been received by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his family following yesterday’s tragedy

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  • Qatar to build 8,500km of new highways

    Qatar September 17 , 2015

    Qatar has allocated 95 per cent of its infrastructure investments to road transport.

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  • Construction starts on 2022 World Cup final venue

    Qatar September 17 , 2015

    Lusail stadium, which will seat 80,000 spectators, is set to be completed in 2016. Twelve stadiums will be used for the World Cup in 2022.

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  • Qatar's planned transport projects will not be affected by falling oil

    Qatar September 16 , 2015

    With massive investments in rail and port projects, Qatar aims to continue to develop its transport sector with $38bn planned for the future

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  • IN PICTURES: 10 of the best new construction products

    United Arab Emirates September 16 , 2015

    The Big 5 Hub selects 10 new construction products that are worth a closer look and now available on the MENA market from September.

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  • The Big 5 Kuwait celebrates record opening day

    Kuwait September 15 , 2015

    "This is my first visit to The Big 5 Kuwait - it has a great layout which includes all the elements of the construction sector I will come back next year," Eng. Sachin Tomar, Director, GFS Group

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  • Joint venture lands $137m MEP contract for new mall in Qatar

    Qatar September 09 , 2015

    Qatar success continues for Al-Futtaim Engineering, which celebrates JV MEP contract at Doha Festival City's new mall

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  • Dubai developer shows $136m luxury project in Ras Al Khaimah

    United Arab Emirates September 08 , 2015

    Diamonds International Corporation has revealed a $136m (AED500m) luxury project on Ras Al Khaimah’s Al Marjan Island. Construction will start in 2016 and complete in 2019.

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  • Qatar’s Msheireb Properties launch its first Downtown Doha building

    Qatar September 07 , 2015

    The new building is a school named Qatar Academy Msheireb. It occupies 12,754 square metres with the capacity of 450 students.

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  • Dubai comes in last place on Knight Frank global house price index

    United Arab Emirates September 02 , 2015

    Year-on-year decline in prices placed Dubai behind Ukraine, Cyprus and Greece as having the sharpest annual drop in property values.

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  • REPORT: GCC states must prioritise more efficient energy use

    September 02 , 2015

    Although the recent drop in oil prices has made conventional sources of energy cheaper in the GCC, a new report says it should not discourage investment in alternative energy supplies

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  • Qatar issues tender for GCC rail network’s Phase 1

    Qatar September 01 , 2015

    Phase 1 will constitute around 148 kilometers of freight and passenger line to Saudi Arabia’s border, while passenger trains on this line will also be connected to Education City and the Doha Metro.

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  • Lebanon spends $7.2bn on greenfield projects abroad

    Lebanon September 01 , 2015

    Lebanon is the seventh largest source of greenfield investment among 19 Arab countries, after the UAE ($297bn), Bahrain ($68bn), Kuwait ($67bn), Qatar ($48bn), Saudi Arabia ($41bn) and Egypt ($20bn) approximately.

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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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  • Shortages may pose a challenge for GCC construction industry in next 2 years

    United Arab Emirates September 01 , 2015

    Population growth has created a large demand for more building and development in GCC countries, but shortages for materials and labour may cause delays

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  • GCC undergoing one of the world's biggest infrastructure transformations

    August 31 , 2015

    Huge investment attracting biggest global machinery manufacturers cutting-edge concrete technology suppliers also being attracted global construction equipment market to hit $240bn by 2020

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  • UAE building owners can now install solar panels

    United Arab Emirates August 31 , 2015

    The solar panel invitation is one of three smart initiatives being offered as part of the Smart Dubai project launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

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  • Declines in Dubai property prices forecast to slow in H2 2015

    United Arab Emirates August 31 , 2015

    Apartment asking rents dipped by 2% in comparison to the same period last year, and villa rents were down by 3%, the data showed – although rents remained unchanged since the beginning of 2015.

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  • DEWA receives youth group at its sustainable building

    United Arab Emirates August 31 , 2015

    DEWA’s Sustainable Building is the first sustainable government building in the UAE and the largest government building in the world to receive a Platinum Rating for green buildings from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

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  • Qatar construction chemical market to grow by 13%

    Qatar August 30 , 2015

    The market is driven by increasing government spending on building highways, drainage systems, stadiums and hotels, among others.

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  • Iran, Serbia sign $1.3m railway parts contract

    Iran, Islamic Republic of August 30 , 2015

    The contract entails procurement of bogie parts used in railway industry.

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  • Construction contracts in Gulf could cross $194 billion

    United Arab Emirates August 30 , 2015

    Positive outlook on the horizon for GCC construction markets as many sectors defy oil prices amid renewed confidence

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  • Work on 2022 World Cup stadium to start in September

    Qatar August 26 , 2015

    The 60,000-seat Al Bayt Stadium is the proposed venue for the 2022 FIFA World Cup semi-finals. Currently, accommodation for 2,700 workers is being built on site.

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  • Al Meera continues to expand in Qatar with new stores

    Qatar August 25 , 2015

    In line with the National Vision 2030, the company will open direct commercial lines with leading countries in the field of manufacturing

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  • India, GCC countries aim to build lasting partnerships through economic forum

    August 25 , 2015

    The forum will bring together political and business leaders from across the Middle East who shall discuss strategies and solutions to investor challenges in India

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  • Engineering executives, other positions in high demand for Dubai market

    United Arab Emirates August 25 , 2015

    Executives from US, UK , Canada, Australia, France, Netherlands, India and 13 other countries from different continents eyeing Dubai's job market

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  • Kuwait to focus on affordable housing for next 10 years

    Kuwait August 24 , 2015

    The residential market of Kuwait is currently undersupplied, with the demand for the government-funded housing units to reach 110,300 units by the end of 2015 and 175,000 units by 2020

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  • Siemens wins $523m contract for Qatar substations

    Qatar August 20 , 2015

    Qatar is building substations for infrastructure development projects prior to upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 and Qatar National Vision 2030.

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  • REPORT: GCC retail market to reach $221bn in 2015

    United Arab Emirates August 20 , 2015

    GCC retail sales are forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3 per cent between 2013 and 2018 to reach $285 billion.

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  • REPORT: Dubai Expo 2020 expected to generate $23bn

    United Arab Emirates August 20 , 2015

    Dubai Expo 2020 is forecast to boost economic growth to an average 6.4% a year until 2016, and as high as 10.5% by 2020, according to a report analysing the impact of the event.

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  • Qatar's Labour City now ready to house 50,000 workers

    Qatar August 18 , 2015

    The Labour City is all set to be a model accommodation in the entire region with star amenities for migrant workers

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  • Developer promotes new Indian projects in Doha

    Qatar August 18 , 2015

    Demand for real estate in Mumbai has registered 97% growth from Q1 in 2008 to Q1 in 2015

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  • US solar firm lands Saudi finance deal

    Saudi Arabia August 18 , 2015

    Thin-silicon solar cell producer Solexel signs extra finance deal with the investment arm of King Saud University "to help transition Solexel into revenue".

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  • Qatar Rail unveils architectural works opportunities for Doha Metro stations

    Qatar August 17 , 2015

    Mohamed Timbely, Senior Director, Architecture and MEP at Qatar Rail, briefed attendees during a conference on the Doha Metro's architectural works

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  • Emicool plans capacity expansion of 500,000 tonnes of refrigeration by 2020

    United Arab Emirates August 17 , 2015

    The construction boom in the UAE, especially near the Expo 2020 site, has increased demand for more district cooling services

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  • European distributor buys majority share in Drywall Qatar

    Qatar August 16 , 2015

    SIG purchase is part of increased Middle East expansion

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  • Qatar to decide on World Cup stadiums by year-end

    Qatar August 12 , 2015

    Plans for five stadiums have been announced as well as the main contractors for two of the venues

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  • GEZE slim line range installed at Al Jalila Children's Speciality Hospital in Dubai

    United Arab Emirates August 12 , 2015

    Blending artistic design with the prerequisite of door automation and control, GEZE Slim Line products were chosen to be installed at a Dubai hospital

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  • Dubai Holding brings in new leadership team at Dubai Properties Group

    United Arab Emirates August 11 , 2015

    "These strategic appointments of industry experts come in line with the business growth plans of DPG, and strengthen its leadership position," Fadel Al Ali, CEO of Dubai Holding

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  • Regional lighting market estimated to be worth $3.5 billion by 2020

    August 10 , 2015

    Economic diversification and 'green' infrastructure investments guide GCC lighting systems market to double-digit growth

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  • $604m deal signed for Qatar reservoir project

    Qatar August 09 , 2015

    The new mega reservoirs will be the largest reinforced concrete reservoirs in the world once complete

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  • Laws issued on setting up Museum of the Future, innovation dirham fee

    United Arab Emirates August 09 , 2015

    HH Mohammed bin Rashid has issued three new decrees to support the museum and its projects

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  • Indians ranked top foreign investors in Dubai property

    United Arab Emirates August 06 , 2015

    Indian investors carried out $2.12bn worth of transactions in the first half of 2015, followed by British, Pakistanis and Canadians

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  • Dubai real estate investment reaches $14.4bn in H1 2015

    United Arab Emirates August 04 , 2015

    Dubai Land Department said that 20,000 investors collectively contributed $14.4bn (AED53bn) and UAE nationals topped the list with $3bn (AED11.5bn) Dubai property market transactions.

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  • US louvre company reveals Dubai distributor deal

    United Arab Emirates August 02 , 2015

    Air Louvers, best-known for an extensive line of fire-rated vision lites to fit a range of glass and door thicknesses, has signed a new distribution deal with a partner in Dubai

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  • US louvre company reveals Dubai distributor deal

    United Arab Emirates August 02 , 2015

    Air Louvers, best-known for an extensive line of fire-rated vision lites to fit a range of glass and door thicknesses, has signed a new distribution deal with a partner in Dubai

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  • What the construction sector needs to do next as house prices fall in Dubai

    United Arab Emirates July 30 , 2015

    This week the full effects of government mortgage controls and lower oil prices were seen in Dubai where 66 per cent fewer home retail sales took place in the first six months of the year compared with 2014. Gary Wright considers what is next for the...

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  • Qatar joint venture to build 57-storey tower in London

    Qatar July 29 , 2015

    Designed by world-renowned Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron who created the Beijing Olympics' Bird's Nest stadium and the Tate Modern, the cylindrical residential tower will comprise 468 apartments.

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  • VIDEO: UrbaCon wins $466m build contract in Qatar

    Qatar July 28 , 2015

    Qatar-based UrbaCon Trading & Contracting will design and build an urban area in Ras Bufontas of Qatar next to Hamad International Airport.

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  • REPORT: Qatar construction industry wants stress-free banking

    Qatar July 28 , 2015

    Qatari banks have “restrictive” regulations which have "knock-on effects" on Qatar’s construction sector, according to a new report by the International Quality and Productivity Centre (IQPC).

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  • Qatar awards $57m contract for new market

    Qatar July 27 , 2015

    Souq Haraj, a popular second-hand market in Qatar will open in a new location near Hamad International Airport by Q2 2017.

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  • Why UAE hospital closures are good news for the region

    United Arab Emirates July 26 , 2015

    Healthcare investment in the region is currently around $40 billion which will ensure the finest facilities in the world. But you need great management too and today the Abu Dhabi government showed it will accept only the best by closing five facilities. Gary...

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  • Five healthcare facilities closed in Abu Dhabi for series of cleanliness violations

    United Arab Emirates July 26 , 2015

    As GCC hospital sector undergoes massive construction investment, Abu Dhabi health chiefs are ensuring standards remain high

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  • Pakistan will train 200,000 blue collar workers for Qatar's World Cup construction programme

    Qatar July 23 , 2015

    Pakistani blue-collar workers will be trained in their home country before being sent to Qatar as part of a new government initiative aimed at stopping unscrupulous agencies who charge for visas and increasing its ties between the two nations

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  • Kuwait's construction sector continues to flourish

    Kuwait July 22 , 2015

    Plans to deliver more roads, residential units and infrastructure projects by 2020 will keep the sector on a growth path, despite challenges presented by reduced oil revenues and the rising cost of raw materials

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  • Qatar unveils large-scale logistics project

    Qatar July 16 , 2015

    The logistic committee has drafted a general policy to launch the project in the southern part of country to attract investment from all investors

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  • Qatar ranks richest country in the world

    Qatar July 15 , 2015

    Qatar ranks as world's richest country with Luxemburg coming in second and the Democratic Republic of Congo coming in as the poorest

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  • Italian company wins $855m Al Khor 2022 stadium deal

    Qatar July 09 , 2015

    Set to be completed in 2018, the construction of the stadium will accommodate 70,000 spectators and has an area of 200 thousand square metres

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  • Geological, Geophysical Study & Survey works

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  • Qatar to be among leading contributors in GCC HVAC market

    Qatar July 07 , 2015

    “In Qatar, centralised and split air conditioners have driven the growth of the overall market though the share of window air conditioners is expected to decline in the coming years," says Avishrant Mani, Senior Research Analyst, Research and Consulting,...

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  • UAE and Qatar’s infrastructure development strongest in MENA

    United Arab Emirates July 07 , 2015

    BMI Research named the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia as the the fastest growing and most stable construction and infrastructure markets in the MENA region.

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  • Mall of Qatar to be as big as 50 football fields

    Qatar July 02 , 2015

    Mall of Qatar is set to open next year and will be the largest mall in the country

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  • Major project to develop Al Sailiya

    Qatar July 02 , 2015

    The area houses the sprawling Barwa Housing Complex, Masaken Sailiya and other residential units but lacks proper infrastructure

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  • Are high costs of mega sporting events preventing host cities from applying?

    Qatar July 01 , 2015

    Researchers propose long-term changes to prevent the adverse effect of “mega-event” syndrome

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  • Qatar fastest growing construction market in GCC

    Qatar June 30 , 2015

    "We note growth will accelerate in the run-up to 2022, but will falter in the aftermath of the World Cup - although Qatar's Vision 2030 should keep growth positive," BMI says.

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    Qatar June 28 , 2015 Read More
  • Arabian MEP wins 16 substation contracts in Qatar

    Qatar June 25 , 2015

    The company will provide building engineering services including HVAC, lighting, small power, plumbing and drainage works

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  • Qatar building materials costs to triple by 2018

    United Arab Emirates June 25 , 2015

    Qatar is spending more than $200m on infrastructure ahead of FIFA World Cup 2022. Inflation in the construction sector stands at 3% this year and is expected to reach 15-20% by 2018.

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  • ARCADIS wins design work for new Doha metro system

    Qatar June 24 , 2015

    ARCADIS, the world's leading natural and built asset design & consultancy firm has been appointed to do multiple design services

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  • Report: Qatar's oil & gas sector holds strong amid crisis

    Qatar June 23 , 2015

    Qatar is likely to remain vital to global hydrocarbon markets for a number of years to come

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  • REPORT: Qatar’s ongoing infrastructure expenditure reaches $200bn

    Qatar June 23 , 2015

    Costs linked to the FIFA World Cup are about $15.4bn, which represents only 7.5% of the capital expenditure.

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  • S&P: UAE property market is prepared for the correction that's underway

    June 22 , 2015

    New report expects the UAE's property market to continue to decline in the next two years, pushed by low oil prices

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  • Lusail offers 35 residential villas for sale at Qetaifan Islands

    Qatar June 21 , 2015

    Clients will be briefed about the project at a pavilion to be held at Sheraton hotel from June 22 until June 24

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  • PM orders completion of Qatar health projects on time

    Qatar June 18 , 2015

    The Qatari Prime Minister visited and was briefed on the current status and future development of three major clinics in Doha

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  • New sun control fabric can scratch 25% off your energy bill

    United Arab Emirates June 17 , 2015

    GCC has more than 1,200 sustainable projects, with Dubai spending $820m to make 30,000 buildings energy-efficient by 2030, according to a report by Ventures Middle East.

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  • Nakheel approves first floating island project on The World Islands

    United Arab Emirates June 16 , 2015

    OQYANA Real Estate signed a deal with Amillarah Private Islands earlier this year to create a series of Floating Private Islands within the 'OQYANA World First development' on 'The World Islands' project in Dubai

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  • Saudi SEDCO awarded contract for construction of Gardenia Residence

    Saudi Arabia June 16 , 2015

    The investment fund was closed successfully after its investors' shares exceeded the targeted amount of $93 million

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  • How Qatar is driving renewable energy solutions

    Qatar June 15 , 2015

    Qatar has witnessed a significant increase in energy consumption per capita leading to an average annual growth of about 70 per cent in power generation

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  • Qatar will build another 25,000 homes in 2015

    Qatar June 15 , 2015

    And five-year real estate investment in Qatar is forecast to reach $68.65bn

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  • Design & Build Services

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  • Qatar government allots five plots to build new hospitals

    Qatar June 14 , 2015

    The hospitals will be built in the areas North of Qatar University, Ain Khaled, Abu Hamour and Al Furoush

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  • 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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  • Cleaning, Preserving and Conservation Services

    Qatar June 14 , 2015 Read More
  • Alstom launches Attractis, an integrated tramway system

    Qatar June 14 , 2015

    It can offer up to 20% savings in investment compared to a traditional tramway system.

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  • Why falling property prices in Dubai mean developers must reconsider their construction plans

    United Arab Emirates June 14 , 2015

    House prices in Dubai fell 6 per cent in the year to March putting its property market on par with debt-laden Greece. Does a strong dirham mean foreign investors see the emirate as less attractive? And is affordable housing the way ahead? Editor Gary Wright...

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  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 Middle East museums and gallery projects

    June 10 , 2015

    Countries across the Middle East are experiencing a cultural renaissance with some of the most iconic museums flourishing from Jordan to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Here is The Big 5's pick of the finest museums across the region, focusing on its heritage

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  • Qatar will offer $45 billion in rail project over next 16 years

    Qatar June 09 , 2015

    Middle East rail infrastructure contracts are already worth $176 billion and Qatar is set to award billions more in the next decade making up more than half of its construction investment

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  • Almost 7% annual growth for MEA construction sector

    June 08 , 2015

    Kingdom Tower, Lamar Towers, Damac Heights and ADNOC Headquarters have been identified as some of the leading projects currently contributing to growth in the region

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  • Bahrain is home to the Best Hotel in the Middle East 2015

    United Arab Emirates June 06 , 2015

    Hospitality sector celebrates with the biggest award ceremony in the region at The Middle East Hotel Awards 2015 with winner in 21 categories.

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  • Saudi scraps proposed plans to build 11 stadiums

    Saudi Arabia June 04 , 2015

    It would have built 11, 45,000 capacity grounds based on $427 million, 60,000-capacity King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah that opened in May 2014

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  • New IRENA headquarters inaugurated in Abu Dhabi

    United Arab Emirates June 04 , 2015

    Due to passive design and smart energy management systems, the building demands 42 per cent less energy than global energy-efficiency standards.

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  • Blatter's gone now Qatar must begin its fight to keep World Cup 2022

    Qatar June 03 , 2015

    FIFA President stepped down yesterday as President amid arrests and corruption allegations against officials. And that means Qatar's successful bid to host World Cup 2022 is under serious threat, says Gary Wright

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  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 projects

    Qatar June 02 , 2015

    Since June 2015 the world regulating body of football Fifa has been engulfed in scandal and on September 25 Swiss authorities announced its President Sepp Blatter was under criminal investigation. As pressure mounts from around the world for a fresh look at...

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  • Extension and Renovation Works

    Qatar June 02 , 2015 Read More
  • Cleaning Services

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  • High land prices may destabilise property sector in Qatar

    United Arab Emirates June 01 , 2015

    Qatar's real estate sector remains in its infancy while local investors often prefer to trade land rather than develop plots

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  • REPORT: GCC construction projects valued at $172bn in 2015

    United Arab Emirates June 01 , 2015

    Region's biggest project is $32b Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai. Countries are embarking on the biggest development boom in history, with upcoming global events and infrastructure building driving major projects from Saudi Arabia to Qatar and the...

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  • Dubai will build 28,000 new hotel rooms by 2018

    June 01 , 2015

    Top hotel chiefs reveal their plans for hospitality expansion as hoteliers across the Middle East prepare for this week's Middle East Hotel Awards 2015, which is being held in Dubai

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  • Project Management Consultancy Services

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  • Development at Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City - District One on track

    United Arab Emirates May 31 , 2015

    Phase I villas on schedule for handover by mid-2016

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  • Official: Qatar's UDC to focus on finishing 60-tower Pearl development

    Qatar May 28 , 2015

    The half-finished development has faced issues from rising construction costs and low vacancy rates

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  • Salaries skyrocket in GCC construction sector where 'CEOs earn more than bankers'

    United Arab Emirates May 28 , 2015

    Construction sector tops salary league with senior bosses raking in up to $1.2million in "basic pay" says industry analyst. Executive search firm Rasf reveals latest pay scales for top-tier professionals in region

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  • Qatar offers cash grant for new tech to give early warning of structural failure

    United Arab Emirates May 27 , 2015

    Team secures the Qatar Foundation grant to design sensors that warns of structural failure in old buildings, tunnels, bridges and off-shore drilling rigs

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  • Ashghal plans 40 multi-level interchanges in Qatar

    Qatar May 26 , 2015

    Senior official a series of multi-million dollar road improvements across the state

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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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  • Retrofitting buildings for greater energy-efficiency

    United Arab Emirates May 26 , 2015

    Event to bring together industry professionals and government bodies, including Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Etihad ESCO and RSB, among others

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  • High rents in Qatar due to housing shortage

    Qatar May 25 , 2015

    Housing prices have been rising significantly over the past two years with high construction costs as a factor, experts say

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  • Shangri-La hotel chain makes its first move into Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia May 24 , 2015

    The first Shangri-La hotel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is set to open in 2018 after an agreement was signed last week by Assila Investments

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  • Viking Gulf sets its sights on the FM sector in the UAE

    United Arab Emirates May 20 , 2015

    Facilities management is the industry to look at says Viking Gulf Chairman, stating that the business is the most professional in the UAE

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  • FM Expo 2015: Seasoned FM services by OCS

    Saudi Arabia May 19 , 2015

    Ongoing Saudi projects mean that the demand for topnotch facilities management will accelerate. OCS has spread its operations to Saudi Arabia through a joint venture with Zahid Group.

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  • German cleaning services provider showcases award-winning products at Dubai show

    United Arab Emirates May 18 , 2015

    Karcher ‘s Managing Director in the Middle East gave the Big 5 Hub an insight into the cleaning service provider’s newest products at FM Expo 2015

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  • Swiss-Belhotel International signs five-star hotel in Bahrain

    United Arab Emirates May 14 , 2015

    Leading global hospitality management chain furthers its expansion into the GCC with new hotel

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  • Qatar green building council guides citizens to healthy living

    Qatar May 13 , 2015

    A new guide will highlight the importance of living in a healthy environment for Qatari citizens

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  • Take a look into the future with our latest magazine

    United Arab Emirates May 06 , 2015

    The Big 5 series of construction shows is the key to success in the region with thousands of satisfied exhibitors. Our magazine brings together our commercial shows and all the news and insight from across the region. You can read the latest issue for free.

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  • Renault Trucks Middle East introduces flexible financing programme for construction businesses

    United Arab Emirates May 06 , 2015

    The new finance programme will assist ‎businesses to manage projects without strain on their budgets. ‎

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  • SSH Qatar wins new specialist clinical centre for dental, dermatology and diabetes Services

    Qatar May 05 , 2015

    SSH will lead the development of the design from concept on behalf of Hamad Medical Corporation

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  • SSH Bahrain wins Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah Highway project

    Bahrain May 04 , 2015

    The project aims to reduce traffic congestion and delays during peak hours by upgrading the current highway to a motorway standard.

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  • World's finest surface design at first-ever Middle East Covering Exhibition

    United Arab Emirates May 04 , 2015

    Middle East Covering will bring the best in coverings, finishes and surface design to facilitate the current $2.5tn worth of projects in the region

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  • 20 companies bid for Qatar's Al Gharafa stadium contract

    Qatar May 03 , 2015

    The project will see the expansion of the stadium to 44,740 seats to meet FIFA World Cup capacity from its current 21,175

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  • Msheireb Properties and Meeza partner for smart city solutions

    Qatar May 03 , 2015

    Msheireb Properties’ flagship project, Msheireb Downtown Doha, will regenerate and preserve the historical downtown of Doha.

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  • Qatar Green Building Conference attracts key construction industry stakeholders

    Qatar April 30 , 2015

    The conference featured presentations, workshops and discussions on various aspects of sustainable operations.

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  • Prysmian’s Cables: The region’s favorite

    April 30 , 2015

    Jumana Abdel-Razzaq speaks to Prysmian Group’s Managing Director of the Middle East on how his company has been bringing industry cables to the region for more than 30 years

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  • Hansgrohe Middle East achieves record sales revenues this fiscal year

    April 29 , 2015

    Hansgrohe Middle East achieves record sales revenues this fiscal year

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  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 GCC railway projects

    April 28 , 2015

    The GCC is undergoing a rail revolution, unmatched anywhere in the world, that will see a dedicated network linking six countries operational before the end of the decade

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  • UDC announces a net profit of $75mn for Q1 2015

    Qatar April 27 , 2015

    The company behind the Pearl-Qatar sees consistent year-on-year improvement with an increase in net profit from the same period last year

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  • Msheireb wins accolades for conservation & energy efficiency

    Qatar April 26 , 2015

    The competition was run by Kahramaa’s Tarsheed, the National Campaign for the Conservation and Efficient Use of Water and Electricity in Qatar.

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  • Green building projects driving GCC stone market to $5.4 billion

    United Arab Emirates April 23 , 2015

    Stone is one of the most environmentally friendly products used in construction and is also durable and easy to re-use.

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  • Qatar Rail 20km of Doha Metro tunneling works

    Qatar April 22 , 2015

    Qatar Rail has assigned 21 Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) for the Doha Metro project and nearly 20km of tunnels have been completed out of 113km.

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  • New $3m bottle crusher will cut glass waste to landfill by 80 per cent in Dubai

    United Arab Emirates April 21 , 2015

    Deal announcement revealed during Irish trade delegation visit to GCC

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  • Aluminium industry size to double in 10 years, say industry experts

    United Arab Emirates April 19 , 2015

    International industry players expect aluminium industry market worldwide to double within the next 10 years.

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  • Large-scale infrastructure development in western Qatar

    Qatar April 12 , 2015

    Massive new road schemes be carried out across more than 16 million sqm in western areas of Wakrah and south of Wukair in Qatar.

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  • Huawei stresses future-ready solutions for Qatar's rail projects

    Qatar April 09 , 2015

    With Qatar focusing on its integrated railway projects, Huawei has stressed the importance of deploying 'Future-ready' GSM-R solutions to maximise safety while protecting long term investment.

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  • Habtoor Leighton wins Qatar’s $608m reservoir project

    Qatar April 09 , 2015

    The world's largest reinforced concrete reservoirs will have a capacity of 100 million gallons each.

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  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 GCC artificial islands

    United Arab Emirates April 08 , 2015

    Alongside its stunning designs and soaring skyscrapers, the GCC has become a world leader in artificial islands. We look at the billion-dollar islands in the sea that have transformed the Gulf coastline.

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  • GCC Construction Market to hit record high in 2016, says Tekla

    Saudi Arabia April 08 , 2015

    Tekla’s Structural Designer Software for the Middle East will help support technological Innovation for the GCC's $1 trillion mega-project market

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  • Tekla: GCC construction market to hit record high in 2016

    United Arab Emirates April 07 , 2015

    Structural designer software seeking a slice of the GCC’s $1 trillion project market by 2030

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  • World Bank: $15.5 billion GCC Rail project on track

    United Arab Emirates April 02 , 2015

    More than $200 billion will be invested to develop about 40,000 kilometres of rail network across the GCC.

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  • Air-conditioned football pitches may be dumped after World Cup 2022 moved to winter

    Qatar April 01 , 2015

    Qatar's bid promised revolutionary air conditioning for players and fans during matches but FIFA announcement of new dates means the plan is probably unnecessary, say organisers

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  • French company plans bid for next phase of Etihad Rail

    United Arab Emirates March 30 , 2015

    Keolis hopes to tap into the GCC's booming transport industry, currently worth $3 billion

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  • New Qatar cement storage and conveying plant to be operational by year-end

    Qatar March 26 , 2015

    New cement and conveying plant will provide future importers, regional traders and producers with a storage hub for cement re-export

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  • Malaysian construction firm gets Riyadh Metro contract

    Saudi Arabia March 26 , 2015

    Eversendai Corporation will carry out steel works and cladding for lines 1 and 2 of Riyadh Metro.

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  • Middle East roads to become safer for cyclists

    United Arab Emirates March 26 , 2015

    This is driven by a push to change the emphasis of the region's cities to support alternative modes of transport, stronger communities and healthier lifestyles which are less dependent on cars.

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  • Indian Nuberg secures $35 million contract for turnkey Saudi Arabia chemical plant

    United Arab Emirates March 26 , 2015

    Saudi Arabia's First Greenfield Sulfolane Manufacturing Plant contract secured by growing Indian supplier Nuberg EPC

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  • Qatar to prioritise health, education, transport projects

    Qatar March 23 , 2015

    Qatari officials have said they planned to spend as much as about $200 billion on transport, electricity generation, water supply, housing and other projects between 2013 and 2018

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  • CPC invests $500 million in Egypt

    Egypt March 23 , 2015

    The agreement builds on Egyptian government’s initiatives to support SMEs in Egypt's private sector.

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  • GCC accounts for 20% of the global market for natural stone

    United Arab Emirates March 22 , 2015

    The show includes 40 certified seminars about stone design, technologies, methodologies of testing and maintenance.

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  • French Thales wins security contract for Qatar's new port

    Qatar March 19 , 2015

    Facilities at the New Port will stretch over 20km²

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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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  • Qatar’s economy expected to rise 7% in 2015

    Qatar March 17 , 2015

    Prime Minister says Qatar will continue with its $200bn plan to build infrastructure projects, promoting growth in the non-oil sector

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  • Honeywell solutions for rail networks support passenger safety

    United Arab Emirates March 17 , 2015

    Honeywell provides solutions such as energy management, surveillance and access control, fire detection and alarm, public address and voice alarm systems, in addition to project design, engineering, systems integration, maintenance and servicing.

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  • IN PICTURES: 10 GCC healthcare projects

    Saudi Arabia March 11 , 2015

    Saudi Arabia is expected to spend 18.6% of its total 2015 budget on healthcare.

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  • Ascott sees growth in serviced apartments industry for GCC

    Saudi Arabia March 11 , 2015

    The hospitality sector in the GCC continues to grow, with an increasing demand for international branded serviced apartments.

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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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  • Swiss-Belhotel International debuts in Abu Dhabi with newest launch

    United Arab Emirates March 10 , 2015

    The launch of the new hotel in Abu Dhabi brings the company's portfolio in the Middle East to up to eleven hotels and projects

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  • Falling oil prices and emerging real estate markets

    United Arab Emirates March 10 , 2015

    How the oil price drop is affecting property in the top five emerging markets.

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  • Investment in power, infrastructure & construction fuels ME power cables market

    United Arab Emirates March 05 , 2015

    The GCC interconnection power grid project to open up lucrative opportunities for market participants, says Frost & Sullivan.

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  • Bahrain Steel completes $340m term, revolving facilities synd loan

    Bahrain March 05 , 2015

    Norton Rose Fulbright advises HSBC, Mashreqbank and Arab Banking Corporation in relation to a $340 million term and revolving facilities for Bahrain Steel.

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  • Qatar aims for 80% of 2022 World Cup projects to be sustainable

    Qatar March 04 , 2015

    Qatar is on track to ensure the overwhelming majority of the projects to be used in the 2022 FIFA World Cup will achieve world-class standards of sustainability.

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  • Why lower oil prices are a great opportunity for savvy contractors and suppliers

    March 04 , 2015

    While the oil industry is turbulent, little has changed in the construction sector if you speak to those involved

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  • IN PICTURES: GCC flagship green building projects

    Saudi Arabia March 04 , 2015

    A picture gallery of the top sustainable buildings in the GCC from the Ventures ME report 'Focus on Sustainability in Construction'

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  • GCC healthcare investment boom continues with a new $272m hospital tender in UAE

    United Arab Emirates March 04 , 2015

    Abu Dhabi unveils plan for biggest healthcare facility - part of GCC's predicted $133 billion spend by 2018

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  • Barry Clarke: 'Why quality is the key to FM success in Saudi Arabia'

    Saudi Arabia March 03 , 2015

    FM is well established in the UAE and Qatar but Saudi Arabia still has some way to go. Barry Clarke is Macro International’s General Manager for the Kingdom and here he talks about the opportunities for 2015.

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  • Saudi Arabia to become largest FM market in the region

    Saudi Arabia March 03 , 2015

    The Kingdom's FM market is currently worth more than $20bn and is growing at more than 10% as year, according to a new report

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  • Ducab new campaign promotes standards and safer building practices

    United Arab Emirates March 03 , 2015

    Ducab, UAE-based manufacturer of high-quality cables and cabling products, is attempting to drive conversation around safer building practices and fire safety.

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  • Qatar construction materials to face pressure in next two years

    Qatar March 02 , 2015

    Delivering quality projects on time with minimum future maintenance cost is the key challenge to Qatar's construction sector in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup in 2022

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  • Japanese consortium receives Conditional Acceptance for Doha Metro construction

    Qatar March 02 , 2015

    A consortium of five Japanese companies led by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has received a Letter of Conditional Acceptance by Qatar Rail for Doha Metro construction.

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  • Qatar to spend $225bn on development projects

    United Arab Emirates March 01 , 2015

    Due to investments in FIFA 2022-linked infrastructure projects, Qatar's non-hydrocarbons sector has been growing rapidly as part of an economic diversification strategy, according to a Senior Qatari official

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  • Qatar’s GORD lays foundation stone of EcoVilla

    Qatar February 26 , 2015

    Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD) has laid the foundation stone of its pioneering 6 star sustainable project the EcoVilla.

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  • Qatar’s GORD launches a 6 star sustainable project

    Qatar February 26 , 2015

    Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD), the authority for sustainability in the MENA region, has launched its pioneering 6 star sustainable project the EcoVilla.

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  • Knauf Exeed introduces sustainable products to Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia February 26 , 2015

    Knauf highlights sustainable insulation to Saudi construction companies in their quest to go 'green'

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  • World Cup 2022 in Qatar now set for winter

    Qatar February 25 , 2015

    Final could be played two days before Christmas Day and may be shorter as Task force recommends move to avoid summer heat

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  • World Cup 2022: it doesn't matter when, just where

    Qatar February 25 , 2015

    Never mind the politics take a look at the business opportunities for construction suppliers in Qatar as World Cup 2022 moves to November

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  • Dewan Architects & Engineers begin work on Abu Dhabi’s Reem Mall

    United Arab Emirates February 25 , 2015

    Dewan Architects & Engineers have started work on the design of Reem Mall in Abu Dhabi.

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  • Multi-use development worth $191 million launches in Sharjah

    United Arab Emirates February 25 , 2015

    Sharjah’s first mixed use development, Al Rayyan covers 251,000 sqm and offers leaseholds to non-GCC expatriates for the first time.

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  • Qatar Rail restarts tendering for long-distance network

    Qatar February 24 , 2015

    Pre-qualification tenders have once again been launched for civil work on the first phase of Qatar’s long distance passenger and freight rail network, casting the 2018 completion date on the project into serious doubt.

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  • Louis Berger awarded $79 million contract for Doha Metro

    United Arab Emirates February 24 , 2015

    Louis Berger and Qatar Railways Company enter joint venture for a project management contract for the Doha Metro

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  • Oman invests $2.6m in power plants due to growing demand

    Oman February 22 , 2015

    The electricity sector has continued its projects and introduced new investments to meet the anticipated annual increase in power consumption

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  • DAMAC Properties awards more than $327m construction contracts in 2015

    United Arab Emirates February 22 , 2015

    The Dubai-based property developer has so far awarded five major contracts in 2015 showing high optimism for luxury developments

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  • Laundry & Dry Cleaning Services

    Qatar February 20 , 2015 Read More
  • Design, Furniture Selection, BOQ, & Consultancy Services

    Qatar February 20 , 2015 Read More
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    Qatar February 20 , 2015 Read More
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    Oman February 20 , 2015 Read More
  • The Italian job: how one nation's relationship with the UAE is set to grow

    Italy February 19 , 2015

    Italian trade minister praises UAE reception for 55 leading construction companies after a three-day trade mission to forge new partnerships for future projects

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  • Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation says rail development is key for Qatar's growth

    Qatar February 18 , 2015

    Rodney Slater, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation expressed the need for more rail development in Qatar during a conference on Tuesday

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  • UAE developer awards $327 million of contracts in the past month

    United Arab Emirates February 18 , 2015

    In past month DAMAC has appointed five contractors for additional work on its two luxury master developments, AKOYA by DAMAC and AKOYA Oxygen in addition to main works packages on three of its serviced hotel apartment's projects, Privé by DAMAC, Celestia and...

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  • Completed 2014 GCC construction projects register a total value of $67.6bn

    United Arab Emirates February 17 , 2015

    Residential, Commercial and Education were the leading sectors with $28bn, $11.46bn, and $7.13bn respective profit, according to a new report

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  • Bloomberg: 2015 is the ideal time to invest in Qatar

    Qatar February 16 , 2015

    Qatar was ranked second in Bloomberg Markets' fourth annual ranking of the most-promising emerging markets in which to invest in.

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  • ACSRN announces its eighth Arabia CSR Awards

    United Arab Emirates February 16 , 2015

    The Arabia CSR Awards 2015 is being held under the auspices of The League of Arab States. The programme is the first CSR and sustainability initiative to be recognised by the League and the 2015 event is the second consecutive year that it has been officially...

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  • Qatar to add 12,000 jobs through diversification projects

    Qatar February 08 , 2015

    266 non-energy contracts were issued last year to support the government’s efforts of expanding the non-oil sector

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  • Commercial Bank in joint $275m finance deal for Ashghal project

    Qatar February 05 , 2015

    The contract was awarded to the joint venture of Joannou & Parakskevaides (Overseas) for the East-West Corridor Expressway

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  • Saudi grants $176m for Jordan’s healthcare projects

    Jordan February 04 , 2015

    Saudi Fund for Development and the government of Jordan have signed five grant agreements worth a total of $176 million aimed at promoting Jordan’s healthcare sector.

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  • Qatar Green Building Council announces inaugural annual conference

    Qatar February 02 , 2015

    The two-day event will take place on 27-28 April 2015 at The Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC)

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  • Dr Wael Khalil : Contributing to a greener Jeddah

    Saudi Arabia February 02 , 2015

    It’s the biggest environmental project ever for the city: The Jeddah Environmental Master Plan. Country Manager Dr Wael Khalil will explain its implementation during a presentation on the third day of The Big 5 Saudi.

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  • Barwa signs expansion project deal

    United Arab Emirates February 01 , 2015

    Barwa Real Estate has signed an agreement with Arab Engineering Bureau for the second phase of an expansion project for Barwa Village.

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  • Qatari Diar gets approval for new tourism project in Egypt

    Egypt January 28 , 2015

    The projects will include hotels, shopping malls and residential homes

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  • Qatar to float solar energy tender soon

    January 26 , 2015

    Qatar's water and electricity authority will tender a solar energy project in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030

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  • Kempinski Hotels unveils Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl - Doha

    January 26 , 2015

    Kempinski's flagship Qatari hotel will offer an impressive blend of Arabian elegance and European grandeur

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  • Arabtec engineering arm lands $94m ADNOC housing contract

    January 25 , 2015

    Target engineering, an Arabtec subsidiary, was awarded the expansion of the Ruwais housing complex in Abu Dhabi

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  • Qatar's Sharq Crossing first major project delayed

    January 22 , 2015

    The crossing includes three bridges which stretch across 600 metres and 1,310 metres linking Doha’s major roads and destinations

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  • First Downtown Doha CEO Forum hosted by Msheireb Properties

    January 22 , 2015

    Gathering of leading contractors and consultants creates industry benchmark for closer collaboration

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  • Qatar Petroleum, Shell halt $6.4 bn petrochemical project

    January 15 , 2015

    Qatar Petroleum and Shell agreed on the project in December 2011 to build a petrochemical complex

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  • Qatar PM sets mid-2015 deadline for launch of three new Hamad hospitals

    Qatar January 13 , 2015

    Qatar's prime minister, Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani has announced that three new hospitals in Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City must be completed by mid-2015.

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  • Hospital building continues to grow as GCC healthcare investment reaches record levels

    January 12 , 2015

    Demand for better healthcare promotes increased spending and development of new medical facilities in the GCC

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  • GCC rail projects will attract $200 billion of investment

    January 12 , 2015

    Massive investment in the GCC Rail project is attracting billions of dollars of investment from governments and the private sector

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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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  • Qatar to open six new healthcare centres

    Qatar January 07 , 2015

    Some healthcare centres will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet high demands from a growing population

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  • Barwa Real Estate completes purchase of Lusail Golf Development

    Qatar January 07 , 2015

    Barwa now owns 100% of the 38 km2 community development planned around a major golf course in Doha

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  • Steel project to be launched by Qatar and Algeria in January

    Algeria January 05 , 2015

    Qatar and Algeria will launch a new steel project in January.

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  • Rubber World wins Dubai sustainable city contract

    December 29 , 2014

    The closed-cell rubber insulation manufacturer was awarded the contract by Diamond Developers for a $300 million project in Dubailand

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  • Ashghal closes Katara entrance for $961m Lusail Expressway

    Qatar December 23 , 2014

    The closure will allow a work-zone for the construction of the Lusail Expressway and the metro station

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  • Snow scheme revealed for The World Island, Dubai

    United Arab Emirates December 23 , 2014

    Top developer announces plans for full outdoor climate control in The Heart of Europe development

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  • Qatar's affordable housing demand may grow at 3.75% until 2022

    December 18 , 2014

    The demand for "affordable housing" in Qatar has been projected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.75% until 2022, a new study has shown.

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  • GWC to develop $188mn Bu-Sulba Logistics Hub in Qatar

    December 17 , 2014

    Gulf Warehousing Company will develop the Bu-Sulba Logistics Hub for SMEs in Qatar.

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  • Brazilian building material exports to GCC reach $25.6 million in first three quarters of 2014

    December 16 , 2014

    Brazilian building material exports to GCC reach $25.6 million in first three quarters of 2014

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  • DLA Piper advises on Qatari investment into Spanish construction group

    December 15 , 2014

    Law firm DLA Piper has advised Qatari company Al Afia Holding on its $49.8 million investment in a Spanish Construction Group.

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  • Dubai’s bourse posts biggest daily drop in six years

    December 15 , 2014

    Other GCC countries experienced the trend as panic selling spread throughout the region due to falling oil prices

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  • Ashghal to start new infrastructure projects

    Qatar December 11 , 2014

    The development of roads and infrastructure in the Industrial area is one of several projects Ashghal will conduct under several phases which began this year

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  • GCC rail link to be completed in 2018

    December 10 , 2014

    The GCC summit in Doha closes today with the 2018 completion date of the GCC railway link project revealed.

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  • Leminar Commences Operations in Kuwait

    December 08 , 2014

    Leminar Air Conditioning Company, the leading HVAC distribution company in the GCC, recently inaugurated their office and showroom in Kuwait City.

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  • GCC construction firms remain optimistic about 2015, despite a decrease in enthusiasm

    December 08 , 2014

    A snapshot of opinion from the GCC's construction sector - the majority of which are involved in larger projects with a value of over AED100 million - has indicated that optimism amongst the construction sector has been tempered over the last year.

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  • Barwa announces sell-off in construction firms

    Qatar December 07 , 2014

    Company raises $18.9mn through sale in Qatari Diar-Saudi Binladin joint ventures

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  • Qatar to remain largely unaffected by falling oil prices

    Qatar December 04 , 2014

    Qatar will remain unaffected by tumbling world oil prices as the country sets to focus largly on economic diversification and the non-oil sector

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  • Ashghal completes Salwa-Lusail temporary truck route

    December 04 , 2014

    The Salwa-Lusail temporary truck route stretches 41km and connects Salwa road with Lusail development.

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  • Plans for fifth 2022 Qatar World Cup stadium unveiled

    Qatar December 03 , 2014

    The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) have unveiled plans for a fifth stadia set to be completed in 2018

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  • Qatar’s Barwa Signs Deal To Sell Land Plots For $1.47bn

    December 03 , 2014

    Barwa revealed that it will deliver two plots of land at a combined price of $1.47bn to an unidentified buyer in 2014 and 2015

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  • Top Qatari contractor praises The Big 5 Dubai 2014

    December 01 , 2014

    Urbacon supports growth of The Big 5 series of events in the GCC.

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  • Construction investment at all-time high in retail sector

    December 01 , 2014

    A new report says tourism remains the primary driver for retail growth in the region

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  • Qatar contractor estimates infrastructure spend to reach $200bn in the next decade

    November 30 , 2014

    A leading contractor based in Doha sees total infrastructure investments in Qatar breaching the $200bn mark in the next 10 years.

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  • Steel companies in the Free Zone record over 20% growth in 2013

    November 30 , 2014

    Steel industry in Jafza has seen a robust growth of more than 20% in 2013, which is more than the rate of industry growth in the UAE.

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  • IQ to showcase top interior and architectural design solutions

    November 26 , 2014

    IQ, the new design exhibition for Qatar, is gearing up for a successful first edition.

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  • Arafat Assfour: PALESTINIAN STONE MADE INTERNATIONAL

    Palestinian Territory, Occupied November 26 , 2014

    The Big 5 Hub interviewed Chief Marketing Manager of Nassar Stone Group, Arafat Assfour, on his company's expansion from a local Palestinian business to a global exporter of the finest stones in the world.

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  • Imdaad Qatar wins three-year Facility Management contract for The Pearl Qatar

    November 25 , 2014

    The company will provide detailed cleaning services to Master Community infrastructure, buildings and facilities.

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  • Shaikha Al-Sulaiti: DESIGNING A FUTURE THROUGH THE INFLUENCE OF THE PAST

    November 25 , 2014

    Shaikha Al-Sulaiti presented at a Big 5 workshop on interior designs inspired by the Middle East’s past. In her quest for a culturally-contemporary future her presentation explored the differences between modern and regional design styles. By Jumana...

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  • AED1.8 billion funding deal for London redevelopment

    United Kingdom November 25 , 2014

    Abu Dhabi investors have announced a AED1.8 billion financial deal for a major, high-end redevelopment project in central London

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  • Doha awarded hosting rights to 2019 World Championships

    Qatar November 24 , 2014

    Doha has been awarded the hosting rights to the 2019 World Championships of Athletics, one of the largest sporting events in the world.

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  • Doha awarded hosting rights to 2019 World Championships

    November 24 , 2014

    Doha has been awarded the hosting rights to the 2019 World Championships of Athletics, one of the largest sporting events in the world.

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  • New report says GCC’s green construction programme is a great business opportunity

    November 24 , 2014

    With governments fully behind sustainable building a new report examines how developers and contractors can meet new standards and how suppliers can benefit.

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  • Schneider Electric expands its Juno Lighting Group Brand into Middle East markets

    November 24 , 2014

    Juno Lighting Group joins Schneider Electric's significant market presence in the Middle East; the company's innovative luminaires will be distributed by Lumasense.

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  • Renovation work starts at Qatar’s Khalifa International Stadium

    Qatar November 14 , 2014

    Renovation on Khalifa International Stadium will see the seating capacity increased to 40,000 according to the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) and the ASPIRE Zone Foundation

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  • Alstom’s delivers ahead of schedule for Dubai tram

    November 13 , 2014

    Alstom’s tramway system starts operation on the world’s first 100% catenary-free line.

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  • Qatar builds first recycled road

    Qatar November 10 , 2014

    As part of a new environmental initiative, a road has been constructed using reclaimed and recycled stones from a construction site in Doha

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  • Mannai Heavy Equipment launches JCB's most powerful tracked excavator in Qatar

    November 08 , 2014

    Mannai Auto Group's Heavy Equipment Division (HED) announced the launch of the brand's most powerful tracked excavator in Qatar at a special ceremony held at Regency Hall in Doha.

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  • Renault Trucks launches full new range of trucks in the Middle East

    November 08 , 2014

    Renault Trucks has launched the new C and K ranges in Doha, Qatar.

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  • Two new stadiums added to the list of Qatar World Cup venues

    November 06 , 2014

    Two stadiums have been added to the list of World Cup Venues in Qatar, bring the total to seven

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  • Al Khaliji extends financing to Al Rayyan Road construction project

    November 04 , 2014

    Al Khaliji Commercial Bank (al khaliji) QSC has extended financing facilities for a contract awarded to a joint venture between Boom Construction Company and Six Construct Qatar.

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  • Ashghal awards $290mn worth of healthcare contracts in Qatar

    Qatar November 03 , 2014

    Qatar Public Works Authority (Ashghal) awarded healthcare projects for expansion of medical facilities in the country

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  • Drake and Scull start work on DH172 million district cooling project

    November 03 , 2014

    Drake and Scull Engineering start work on a new district cooling plant in Abu Dhabi

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  • MENA invests $121.3 billion in land and transport infrastructure

    October 28 , 2014

    The GCC has recently committed to investing approximately $121.3bn in improving its land transportation infrastructure.

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  • New report says GCC's green construction programme is a great business opportunity

    October 28 , 2014

    Demand may outstrip the supply of vital sustainable materials to meet green building regulations in the GCC, according to a new report.

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  • New report says GCC’s green construction programme is a great business opportunity

    October 27 , 2014

    Demand may outstrip the supply of vital sustainable materials to meet green building regulations in the GCC, according to a new report.

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  • Motor city development planned in Qatar

    October 26 , 2014

    New Motor City to open in Doha, Qatar in 2019

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  • Hörmann to display latest innovations at Big 5 2014

    October 22 , 2014

    Hörmann, the leading global door and frame manufacturer is returning to Big 5 exhibition for the sixth year running and will unveil a new range of doors and components for industrial, commercial and residential usage.

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  • The Rub of the Green

    United Arab Emirates June 07 , 2014

    The Oman Tourist Development Company (Omran) recently revealed plans to develop 12 new tourist sits aimed at improving the tourism revenue of the country. Among the potential sites are water parks, castles, forts and the building of eco-tourism resorts.Omran...

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