Search by

  • Saudi and Egypt to float tenders for $1.6 billion power project

    Egypt April 26 , 2017

    Saudi Arabia and Egypt are set to finalise tenders for transformers and lines for a jointly-developed $1.6 billion electricity interconnection project next month.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • New projects worth $293 million for Saudi’s healthcare sector

    Saudi Arabia April 24 , 2017

    The Ministry of Health has launched health projects worth more than $293 million aimed towards providing comprehensive and integrated health care services to its citizens.

    Read More
  • Dubai to add a new 2.3 million sq ft mall to its portfolio

    United Arab Emirates April 24 , 2017

    Dubai is nowhere near saturation with multiple business possibilities expected to arise ahead of the Expo 2020 Dubai, a senior entrepreneur says.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Saudi seeks private sector investments for airport infrastructure

    Saudi Arabia April 18 , 2017

    Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) plans to ensure more private sector involvement in developing airports across the Kingdom, a top official has announced.

    Read More
  • Saudi plans to build a gigantic entertainment city in Riyadh

    Saudi Arabia April 12 , 2017

    Saudi Arabia has announced plans to build the kingdom’s largest entertainment, cultural and sports city, the latest in the nation’s ambitious infrastructure projects across various sectors as part of its Vision 2030 strategy.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Omani side of Empty Quarter link road is complete

    Oman April 09 , 2017

    Oman has completed its portion of a 726 km-long road linking the Sultanate to Saudi Arabia via the Empty Quarter road.

    Read More
  • Saudi Aramco anticipating $1 trillion valuation after tax cut

    Saudi Arabia March 29 , 2017

    Saudi Aramco anticipating $1 trillion valuation after governmental tax cut lowering their tax to 50% from 85% as kingdom plans to sell shares in world’s largest oil exporter.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Etihad Rail updates network plan with additional lines

    United Arab Emirates March 27 , 2017

    Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE federal rail network, has updated its design to extend the rail project, adding freight lines as well as passenger lines that were not included in earlier versions of the map.

    Read More
  • Construction begins on $6.8 million recycling plant in Dubai

    United Arab Emirates March 26 , 2017

    Advancing in line with their forecast of a strong market potential for waste management in the region, Dulsco has started construction works on the first phase of a 46,452 sqm recycling facility at Dubai Industrial Park.

    Read More
  • New policy to tighten rules on foreign workers in Saudi

    Saudi Arabia March 22 , 2017

    Saudi Arabia plans to tighten restrictions on foreign workers from September 3 to pressure companies into hiring more of its citizens, aimed to help ease unemployment among Saudis from the current 12.1% to 9% by 2020.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • The Big 5 Saudi 2017 will offer 48 complementary workshops

    Saudi Arabia March 21 , 2017

    The upcoming edition of The Big 5 Saudi will be offering a record of 48 free to attend and CPD (continuous professional development) - certified workshops.

    Read More
  • Phase 2 of MBR Solar Park inaugurated, works begins on Phase 3

    United Arab Emirates March 21 , 2017

    The second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) Solar Park at Seih Al Dahal has been unveiled by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

    Read More
  • PPP can help solve Saudi housing shortage

    Saudi Arabia March 16 , 2017

    Key insights into public private partnerships’ benefits in the Kingdom by National Director and Country Head Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), Jamil Hassan Ghaznawi, who will present a workshop on the first day of The Big 5 Saudi, on March...

    Read More
  • Deals worth $65 billion signed between Saudi and China

    Saudi Arabia March 16 , 2017

    Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud oversaw the signing of deals potentially worth $65 billion during a visit to Beijing today as the world's largest oil producer looks to cement ties with China, the world's second-largest economy.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Riyadh leads Saudi hotel development with 48 projects

    Saudi Arabia March 13 , 2017

    Riyadh is Saudi Arabia’s busiest city for hotel construction with almost 50 hotel projects underway. The 2017 Saudi Arabia Hotel Construction Overview report by TOPHOTELPROJECTS prepared exclusively for The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia, found that the Kingdom’s...

    Read More
  • MENA rail market to see 3% annual growth over the next 4 years

    United Arab Emirates March 13 , 2017

    The railway supply market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is expected to grow at over 3% annually for the next 4 years, owing to the many big-ticket projects currently developing in countries around the region.

    Read More
  • G20 nations will meet this week to discuss global trade

    Germany March 13 , 2017

    Finance ministers and central bankers from the G20 group of leading industrialised nations meet in Germany this week for the first time since Donald Trump was elected president of the US.

    Read More
  • McDermott signs MoU with Saudi Aramco to build offshore platforms

    Saudi Arabia March 12 , 2017

    US-based construction and engineering firm McDermott International has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Saudi Aramco for a long-term land lease at the new maritime facility at Ras Al Khair, located in the east coast of Saudi Arabia.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Saudi to consider PPP investments for major rail projects

    Saudi Arabia March 08 , 2017

    Saudi Arabia is likely to rely on public private partnerships to build some of its major new metro and train projects, including the Saudi Land Bridge intercity train development.

    Read More
  • Saudi Aramco awards $91million contract for Jizan Port project

    March 08 , 2017

    Saudi Aramco has awarded China Harbour Engineering Company a $91 million contract for the construction of a commercial port at Jazan Economic City, located southwest of Saudi Arabia.

    Read More
  • Infrastructure pipeline supports Bahrain’s 4.7% non-oil growth

    Bahrain March 08 , 2017

    An unprecedented pipeline of large-scale infrastructure projects, the implementation of which has accelerated over the last year, is a key factor underpinning the momentum in the non-oil economy.

    Read More
  • Wood product imports top $1.2 billion in Saudi market

    Saudi Arabia March 01 , 2017

    Value of the wood sector spurs launch of Wood Tech & Design Expo, debuting in Jeddah on 22 - 24 January 2018.

    Read More
  • Abu Dhabi to build largest NGV service station in the region

    United Arab Emirates March 01 , 2017

    ADNOC Distribution plans to construct the Arabian Gulf’s largest service station natural gas for vehicles (NGV), advancing in its mission to offer alternative low-emissions fuels.

    Read More
  • Construction of $89 million hospital to be financed by Ajman Bank

    United Arab Emirates February 28 , 2017

    Ajman Bank has signed a financing agreement with Saudi German Hospitals Group for the construction of a 50-bed hospital in Ajman, according to media reports.

    Read More
  • Siemens will supply 5 gas turbines to new Saudi power plant

    Saudi Arabia February 26 , 2017

    Siemens has received an order for five F-class gas turbines for a combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Saudi Arabia.

    Read More
  • Saudi calls bids for 700MW energy projects

    Saudi Arabia February 23 , 2017

    Saudi Arabia is inviting pre-qualification bids to develop 700 MW renewable energy projects which form part of Phase 1 of the Kingdom’s National Renewable Energy Programme.

    Read More
  • 68 new hotels to open in Saudi this year

    Saudi Arabia February 22 , 2017

    Saudi Arabia will see a record 68 new hotels and 29,033 hotel rooms open across its major cities in 2017.

    Read More
  • $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.

    Read More
  • Bechtel wins Saudi project management office contract

    Saudi Arabia February 21 , 2017

    US-based construction and project management firm Bechtel will facilitate the establishment and operations of Saudi Arabia’s National Project Management Office (NPMO).

    Read More
  • Saudi to allot 120,000 residential units to citizens this year

    Saudi Arabia February 19 , 2017

    The Saudi government is set to hand over 120,000 residential units to its citizens across the Kingdom under a housing programme named ‘Sakani’, recently launched by the Ministry of Housing.

    Read More
  • Riyadh metro will be operational in two years

    February 19 , 2017

    The Riyadh metro project is on schedule to be fully-operational by 2019, officials from the High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh have announced.

    Read More
  • $313.6 billion worth of active projects currently in Dubai

    United Arab Emirates February 19 , 2017

    A total of 4,000 active projects worth an estimated Dh1.15 trillion ($313.6 billion) are currently underway in Dubai, indicating that the projects trends look set to remain upbeat throughout 2017, a new report has revealed.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Land approved for two airport projects in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia February 12 , 2017

    The Saudi government has approved two locations - Sudair City for Industry and Businesses and Riyadh-Hawtat Rani Tamim Road - for two domestic airport projects.

    Read More
  • Construction begins on new purpose-built factory at Dubai Investment Park

    United Arab Emirates February 09 , 2017

    Clima Uno, a brand of air handling units and fan coil units, is set to start construction of its new purpose-built facility in Dubai Investment Park (DIP).

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • The region's largest IKEA is on schedule for completion by Q2 2018

    Bahrain February 06 , 2017

    The iconic IKEA store will open as per schedule in Q2 2018, a senior official has confirmed.

    Read More
  • Saudi construction market to reach $96.52 billion in 2025

    Saudi Arabia February 02 , 2017

    Advanced construction technology will be vital for delivering Saudi Vision 2030 mega-projects on time and on budget, experts announced ahead of The Big 5 Saudi Arabia.

    Read More
  • Saudi to invite bids for renewable energy projects in April

    Saudi Arabia February 02 , 2017

    Saudi Arabia will invite international and domestic companies to bid for renewable energy projects in April, the Energy Minister has announced, adding that he expected to award the deals in September.

    Read More
  • 'New Kuwait' to transform economy by 2035

    Kuwait February 01 , 2017

    Kuwait has unveiled a new plan to transform the country into a regional financial and cultural hub by 2035 through 164 strategic development programmes.

    Read More
  • French firm awarded $1.2 billion Saudi power plant contract

    Saudi Arabia January 31 , 2017

    French electric utility, Engie, in partnership with Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, has been awarded a $1.2 billion engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Fadhili independent power project (IPP) in eastern Saudi Arabia.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Kier Group wins $187 million contract to build a housing project in Dubai

    United Arab Emirates January 30 , 2017

    A joint venture between UK-based contractor Kier Group and the UAE’s Arabian Construction Company (ACC) has won a $187.2 million contract for a housing project in Dubai.

    Read More
  • Makkah has MEA's highest number of rooms under construction

    Saudi Arabia January 29 , 2017

    Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Makkah has the most hotel rooms under construction in the Middle East and Africa.

    Read More
  • Bahrain awards $150 million contracts to Saudi Development Fund

    Bahrain January 29 , 2017

    The government of Bahrain has signed a $150 million contract with Saudi Development Fund (SDF) to build 1,265 units, type D11 as part of the Al Ramli housing project.

    Read More
  • NPCC awarded two contracts by Aramco

    Saudi Arabia January 26 , 2017

    Saudi Aramco has awarded National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) two new contracts for 17 jackets in the Berri and Marjan Oilfields.

    Read More
  • Infrastructure freezing eases in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia January 24 , 2017

    Saudi Arabian authorities have announced three public transport projects in the port city of Jeddah, a sign that a freeze on new infrastructure work in the kingdom may be easing as the government slows its austerity drive.

    Read More
  • Kuwait plans $15.6 billion infrastructure spent this year

    Kuwait January 24 , 2017

    A recent report reveals that Kuwait plans to spend $15.6 billion on infrastructure this fiscal year on projects like roads, the electric grid, and installations like airports and seaports as well as housing, new residential construction and additional...

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Work begins on Saudi’s $32 billion housing project

    Saudi Arabia January 17 , 2017

    Saudi government has started construction work on a $32 billion residential project to build 280,000 residential units over the next 3 years.

    Read More
  • Saudi facilities management show officially opens

    Saudi Arabia January 16 , 2017

    Industry professionals turned out in force to learn more about this growing market on day 1 of the FM EXPO Saudi 2017 and Saudi Clean Expo which opened its doors to thousands of yesterday.

    Read More
  • New solutions and technologies on heating, air-conditioning at the HVACR Expo Saudi

    January 16 , 2017

    More than 80 exhibitors have gathered to showcase their latest products and technology at the HVACR Expo Saudi 2017, the country’s largest dedicated air-handling and refrigeration event, taking place at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events.

    Read More
  • Saudi hires HSBC for advise on privatising construction of school buildings

    Saudi Arabia January 12 , 2017

    Saudi Arabia has hired HSBC as financial advisor for its plans to privatise construction and management of school buildings, as it seeks to cut state spending in an era of low oil prices, a Saudi executive told Reuters.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Majid al Futtaim to build $81.7 million community mall in Masdar City

    United Arab Emirates January 12 , 2017

    UAE-based Majid Al Futtaim has announced plans to build a new community mall in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City with a total investment of $81.67 million.

    Read More
  • Riyadh rail and bus system on track despite infrastructure cuts

    Saudi Arabia January 11 , 2017

    Despite Saudi government cuts to infrastructure last year after oil revenues fell, Riyadh's $22.5 billion urban rail and bus system is on track, a major contractor has confirmed.

    Read More
  • PwC to advise on Saudi’s plans to cancel projects worth $20 billion

    Saudi Arabia January 10 , 2017

    Saudi Arabia is working with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on plans to cancel about $20 billion of projects as the kingdom seeks to shore up its finances, Bloomberg has reported.

    Read More
  • Saudi government awards $18.4 million contract to Khodari

    Saudi Arabia January 10 , 2017

    Saudi Arabian construction firm Abdullah Abdul Mohsin al-Khodari and Sons has secured an $18.40 million contract with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Sharjah to begin work on 8 power stations this year

    United Arab Emirates January 08 , 2017

    Development work for 8 power stations is planned to start in Sharjah this year, an official source has revealed.

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia - Supply and installation of power plants

    Saudi Arabia January 05 , 2017

    Supply and installation of power plants in the Western region

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Sharjah approves $6 billion infrastructure budget for 2017

    United Arab Emirates January 03 , 2017

    Sharjah has approved a record $5.99 billion budget for this year as the emirate increases infrastructure spending to fuel growth.

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia - Power distribution to Al Wasl mountain

    Saudi Arabia December 30 , 2016

    Distributing power to Al Wasl mountain in the King Khalid air base

    Read More
  • Work begins on Phase 2 of new 5 million sqm Saudi smart city

    Saudi Arabia December 30 , 2016

    Phase one of a new smart industrial city in Asfan, on the outskirts of northern Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, is complete and work has commenced on phase two, according to a news report.

    Read More
  • Adaptive Architecture: convertible structures

    December 30 , 2016

    Mustafa Rasch, Managing Director of SL-RaschOne, a company that creates unique convertible structures and lightweight architecture, explains this technology that has been revolutionising the business of adaptive architecture.

    Read More
  • Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone launches second phase of expansion

    United Arab Emirates December 30 , 2016

    The Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone is set to launch the second phase of expansion following the completion of infrastructure works.

    Read More
  • Islamic Development Bank agrees $434 million funding for MENA projects

    Saudi Arabia December 28 , 2016

    Saudi-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has approved $434 million funding for development projects in the MENA region.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 1,148 projects worth $800 million planned for Madinah in 2017

    Saudi Arabia December 21 , 2016

    Thirty two government directorates are working to achieve a total of 1,148 projects worth around $800 million in Madinah in 2017, officials have announced.

    Read More
  • 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...

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

    Oman December 19 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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...

    Read More
  • Implementation of sewage networks at Madinah Al Monawarah

    Saudi Arabia December 14 , 2016 Read More
  • 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...

    Read More
  • Riyadh Metro awards material testing contract to ACTS

    Saudi Arabia December 13 , 2016

    Construction consultancy Advanced Construction Technology Services (ACTS) was awarded the material testing contract for the Riyadh Metro project lines 1 and 2.

    Read More
  • New $500 million chemical complex at Jubail Industrial City

    Saudi Arabia December 13 , 2016

    Rufayah Chemicals Company (RCC) is building a new $500 million chemical complex in PlasChem Park in Saudi’s Jubail Industrial City.

    Read More
  • Emaar launches third project in Saudi’s Jeddah Gate

    Saudi Arabia December 12 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Tender issued for major infrastructure works at Yanbu, Saudi

    December 12 , 2016

    The Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu (RCJY) has issued a tender for the provision of infrastructure for a city centre and heavy industrial area as part of phase 1 at Yanbu.

    Read More
  • $80 billion Saudi construction boom to drive its $3.2 billion HVAC market

    Saudi Arabia December 08 , 2016

    Saudi Arabia’s HVACR (heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration) market is poised for solid growth over the next five years mainly driven by the $80 billion Saudi construction boom, said a report.

    Read More
  • New $108.90 million mixed-use project in Fujairah

    United Arab Emirates December 07 , 2016

    Al Taif Investment, a joint venture of Dubai Investments PJSC and Fujairah Investment Establishment Ltd, is planning to develop the $108.90 million mixed-use Fujairah Business Centre UAE.

    Read More
  • Construction begins on Emaar’s The Address Residences Jumeirah Resort and Spa

    United Arab Emirates December 06 , 2016

    Emaar has announced that construction work has begun on its new development in Dubai Marina, The Address Residences Jumeirah Resort and Spa.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 52 hotels planned for Morocco by 2020; 3171 rooms by 2017

    Morocco December 05 , 2016

    Aggressive hotel construction projects are on the pipeline for Morocco, with 52 hotels being planned by 2020.

    Read More
  • Construction work begins on $4.3 billion shipyard in Saudi

    United Arab Emirates December 04 , 2016

    Hyundai Heavy Industries has begun work on a $4.3 billion ship building complex in Saudi Arabia, being developed as a joint venture between the Korean engineering firm and Saudi’s state-run oil firm Aramco.

    Read More
  • Saudi Aramco plans to start new mega projects

    November 28 , 2016

    Saudi Arabia is set to commence a number of new “mega development projects”.

    Read More
  • $90 million RAK housing project begins work

    United Arab Emirates November 28 , 2016

    A $90 million housing project has been announced for UAE nationals in Ras Al Khaimah.

    Read More
  • New Taif Airport will begin work in two months

    Saudi Arabia November 15 , 2016

    Work is set to begin in a couple of months on the new Taif Airport in Saudi Arabia, through which the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) aims to meet the growing demand for flights to and from Taif throughout the year.

    Read More
  • Saudi awards $900 million construction contract to South Korea’s Posco E&C

    Saudi Arabia November 09 , 2016

    Global steelmaker Posco Engineering & Construction Co has been awarded a construction contract for a hotel project in Saudi Arabia.

    Read More
  • Oman’s $1.3 billion Mina Al Sultan Qaboos Waterfront project to begin work

    Saudi Arabia November 09 , 2016

    Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) will start work on the first phase of its ambitious $1.29 billion Mina Al Sultan Qaboos Waterfront project, a report has announced.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • The Dubai Canal opens today

    United Arab Emirates November 09 , 2016

    The $735 million Dubai Water Canal will officially open today, three years after it was first announced and initiating a new dimension in Dubai’s lifestyle.

    Read More
  • A view from space of the Dubai Canal

    United Arab Emirates November 08 , 2016

    A photograph of the Dubai Canal has been taken from space by DubaiSat-2, a satellite operated by Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre.

    Read More
  • $100 million pledge by Saudi Aramco towards climate initiative

    Saudi Arabia November 07 , 2016

    The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) has secured $1 billion of investment for the next 10 years, in a bid to develop and accelerate the commercial deployment of low-emission technologies.

    Read More
  • Saudi's Ewaan keen on prefabricated housing projects

    Saudi Arabia November 06 , 2016

    Saudi-based Ewaan Global Residential Company is looking at implementing projects that focus on precast and prefabricated houses as well as greenhouses in the kingdom, said a report.

    Read More
  • World's tallest, largest, smartest government building is taking shape in Dubai

    United Arab Emirates November 06 , 2016

    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has started construction of a new headquarters in the Cultural Village in Al Jadaf - Al-Sheraa, which will be the tallest, largest and smartest net Zero Energy Building (ZEB) in the world.

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia approves rules for real estate funds

    Saudi Arabia November 02 , 2016

    Saudi Arabia's capital markets regulator approved rules for exchange-listed real estate funds this week, as part of efforts to ramp up investment in the country’s housing market.

    Read More
  • Turkey targets $1 trillion worth of projects for investment in the GCC

    Turkey November 02 , 2016

    Turkey has expressed their keen interest in investing into construction projects in the Middle East.

    Read More
  • Lulu announces $544.49 million plan to build three new malls in the UAE

    United Arab Emirates November 01 , 2016

    Line Investments & Property, mall development and management division of the Lulu Group International, aims to develop operate three malls in Umm Al Quwain, Sharjah and Dubai over the next two years, its biggest ever one-off investment in the UAE.

    Read More
  • Hyundai E&C wins $727 million contract to build gas treatment facility in Saudi

    Saudi Arabia October 31 , 2016

    South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering and Construction (Hyundai E&C) has signed a contract to build a project for Saudi Aramco's Uthmaniyah plant for $727 million.

    Read More
  • Zaha Hadid to design Diriyah heritage centre in Saudi

    Saudi Arabia October 30 , 2016

    The Urban Heritage Administration Centre in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, will be designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA).

    Read More
  • Nakheel to open The Boardwalk at Palm Jumeirah shortly, Dubai’s latest shop & dine destination

    United Arab Emirates October 30 , 2016

    Nakheel’s $40.84 million Boardwalk at Palm Jumeirah, that stretches 11 km, is gearing up for its grand opening in November, aiming to become a new destination in Dubai to stroll, shop and dine.

    Read More
  • MENA prepares for mega events with $245 billion railway projects

    United Arab Emirates October 26 , 2016

    Gearing up for mega events such as the Expo 2020 Dubai and 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, railway and metro schemes worth $245 billion are currently being planned in Middle East and North Africa.

    Read More
  • SAR to open North-South railway line early next year

    United Arab Emirates October 25 , 2016

    Saudi Arabia’s North-South Railway Line is expected to launch early next year, following a trial run from Riyadh to Al Majma’ah last week.

    Read More
  • Saudi to increase tourism revenue to 18% of GDP by 2020, as world’s largest independent hotel brand moves in

    Saudi Arabia October 24 , 2016

    The world’s largest independent hotel brand, Preferred Hotels & Resorts, has announced plans to add two new five-star properties in Riyadh, supporting Saudi’s ambitious plans of increasing the number of visitors to the kingdom from 200,000 to 1.5 million by...

    Read More
  • $136.13 million development to become new social and retail hub in Dubai, opening next year

    United Arab Emirates October 20 , 2016

    A new shopping mall and hotel are set to open in Motor City early next year, as part of an investment worth $136.13 million.

    Read More
  • $1 billion steel complex to be built by Saudi and Egypt

    Egypt October 19 , 2016

    Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has signed a partnership agreement with a yet-unnamed Saudi organisation on forming a joint-stock company to establish iron and steel factory in Ain Sukhna.

    Read More
  • 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...

    Read More
  • New 45-storey residential tower in Downtown Dubai by SP International

    United Arab Emirates October 18 , 2016

    Shapoorji Pallonji (SP) International Property Developers has announced the launch of Imperial Avenue in Downtown Dubai, its first real estate project outside India.

    Read More
  • Saudi plans to build 340 MW wind plant in Turkey

    Turkey October 16 , 2016

    Saudi Arabia-based power and water project developer, ACWA Power, aims to build a 340 MW wind power plant in Turkey.

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

    Saudi Arabia October 13 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • 80,000 jobs by 2021 for mega maritime yard in Saudi

    Saudi Arabia October 12 , 2016

    Expected to be the largest in the world, the Ras Al Khair maritime yard in Saudi Arabia is moving forward, with the front-end engineering design (FEED) contract now awarded to JV partners, HaskoningDHV UK and Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co.

    Read More
  • China raises $35 billion for the construction of Egypt’s new capital city

    Egypt October 11 , 2016

    China has committed to investing $35 billion to support Egypt in building its new capital city. China Fortune Land Development (CFLD) plans to invest $20 billion for the as-yet unnamed $45 billion new Egyptian capital city over the next 10 years.

    Read More
  • First Bahrain appoints contractor to build $30 million villa project at El Mercado Village

    Bahrain October 09 , 2016

    First Bahrain Real Estate Development Company has announced their appointment of Decorators, part of Promoseven Holdings, to construct residential villas for the El Mercado Village project. The project comprises the construction of eight villas and 34...

    Read More
  • Oman’s Duqm Authority invites private sector to invest in commercial centre

    Oman October 06 , 2016

    Investment opportunities have been made available for the private sector to have direct participation in the development of a major commercial centre (and its associated facilities) within Oman’s Duqm Special Economic Zone Authority (SEZAD).

    Read More
  • Bahrain launches tender to build 1,246 housing units & infrastructure tender to be awarded later this year

    October 05 , 2016

    A tender to implement the first phase of the Al-Ramli Housing Project, comprising 1,246 units and funded by the Gulf Development Programme, has been launched at the Tender Board’s headquarters in Manama.

    Read More
  • Middle East awards construction contracts worth over US$500 million to Indian infrastructure firm

    October 03 , 2016

    Larsen & Toubro, a leading Indian infrastructure company, has announced their win of projects worth US$530 million from the Middle East, according to the RTN.Asia website.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Saudi Aramco budgeted to spend $334 billion on infrastructure by 2025

    Saudi Arabia September 27 , 2016

    Saudi Government-owned oil company’s plans to invest approximately $334 billion by 2025, specifically for infrastructure and projects to maintain oil capacity.

    Read More
  • Cayan Group breaks ground on billion dollar Saudi project

    Saudi Arabia September 26 , 2016

    The mixed-use residential Samaya project is located in the western region of Riyadh

    Read More
  • PPPs to provide greater opportunities for GCC contractors

    September 25 , 2016

    Study reveals that the adoption of the PPP model has proven strongest in the UAE, Kuwait and Egypt as the countries with the most developed project pipelines

    Read More
  • Saudi finance ministry resumes payments to Binladen Group

    Saudi Arabia September 22 , 2016

    SBG's chairman has reportedly reassured employees about the future of the company

    Read More
  • Six Construct completes marine works project at The Port of Fujairah

    United Arab Emirates September 22 , 2016

    The company was awarded the contract to design and construct a very large crude carrier (VLCC) jetty at the port

    Read More
  • Saudi Binladin seeks second loan extension on Grand Mosque

    Saudi Arabia September 21 , 2016

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

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

    September 21 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Alumil provides platinum service

    September 18 , 2016

    The company will provide insight and expertise at this year’s event as an industry leader in aluminium systems

    Read More
  • REPORT: Riyadh needs more affordable housing

    Saudi Arabia September 05 , 2016

    Chestertons KSA has released its Q2 2016 report for Riyadh, the first ever analysis of the Saudi capital by the leading property consultant.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Green Technologies for greener facades

    September 04 , 2016

    Green Technologies is a boutique high-end MEP consultancy company, specialising in Energy and HVAC systems in buildings, especially as it relates to optimizing energy and sustainability

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Saudi's Sadara starts up region's first mixed-feed cracker

    Saudi Arabia August 29 , 2016

    The facility can process both ethane and naphtha and is the first mixed-feed cracker in the GCC

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Meet one of Saudi's largest Bitumen manufacturers at The Big 5

    Saudi Arabia August 25 , 2016

    SABIT is a company in Riyadh that manufactures Bitumen and various waterproofing products

    Read More
  • Two Bridges will connect Saudi with Bahrain and Qatar

    Saudi Arabia August 23 , 2016

    The Kingdom is building up for massive GCC development

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Tamleek Real Estate Co. over sees sales of Kempinski Residences

    United Arab Emirates August 21 , 2016

    Gemstone Real Estate Development appoints Tamleek Real Estate Co. to handle marketing and sales of Kempinski Residences in Business Bay

    Read More
  • Saudi signs contract with ITC for high voltage cable factory

    Saudi Arabia August 17 , 2016

    King Abdullah Economic City's new cable factory will be the first of its kind in the Industrial Valley

    Read More
  • UAE's Construction job sector is trending

    United Arab Emirates August 17 , 2016

    Online job postings in the sector has seen a 6% increase

    Read More
  • Sheraton Hotel to be built in Holy City

    Saudi Arabia August 16 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Jeddah builds 2,800 new hotel rooms

    Saudi Arabia August 16 , 2016

    Jeddah aims to boost investments in infrastructure for Vision 2030

    Read More
  • Iraq operates new natural gas plants for oil fields

    Iraq August 15 , 2016

    The plant will be located in Misan Province and will process gas associated with crude

    Read More
  • Arabtec announces half year losses of $62.4mn

    United Arab Emirates August 15 , 2016

    Figure is significantly improved on same period last year, when developer reported losses of $353mn

    Read More
  • Saudi sets solar projects in line for Vision 2030

    Saudi Arabia August 14 , 2016

    Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) have started on technical studies to reap renewable energy in various location in the Kingdom

    Read More
  • 50 firms willing to employ Saudi Oger's unpaid employees

    Saudi Arabia August 14 , 2016

    Around 50 Saudi firms express interest to take in Saudi Oger's 2,500 Indian employees whose salaries have been delayed

    Read More
  • Dubai Parks and Resorts to open its doors on October 31st

    United Arab Emirates August 14 , 2016

    The much-anticipated destination will include three theme parks and a retail, dining and entertainment 'experience'

    Read More
  • Saudi Oger owes staff $800 million, according to reports

    Saudi Arabia August 09 , 2016

    Saudi Oger construction company owes its employees nine months worth of salary at $800 million, says Arab News

    Read More
  • Saudi looks to 3D-printing to solve housing crisis

    Saudi Arabia August 07 , 2016

    WinSun Decoration Design Engineering hopes to harness 3D technology and embrace sustainable construction in Saudi

    Read More
  • Saudi Aramco completes fabrication of Marham TP-9 Deck

    Saudi Arabia August 07 , 2016

    This covers the fabrication and installation of four oil producing platforms and associated pipelines and power cables

    Read More
  • 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...

    Read More
  • Saudi strives to bring Saudi Oger back on its feet

    Saudi Arabia August 04 , 2016

    Saudi government is doing everything in its power to help labourers suffering from Saudi Oger hit

    Read More
  • Saudi urges banks to finance construction projects

    Saudi Arabia August 04 , 2016

    Four-year decline in construction investments leaves Saudi's construction sector at value of $680

    Read More
  • Number of tenders floated for construction work in Abu Dhabi

    United Arab Emirates August 03 , 2016

    Construction of stormwater drainage system and ladies beach in Al Sila among the projects open for bidding

    Read More
  • Project awards halt for Saudi Oger over wages

    Saudi Arabia August 02 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Saudi's SABIC extends earnings slump as Q2 net profit falls

    Saudi Arabia July 28 , 2016

    Falling oil prices continue to take a toll on the company's earnings for the year

    Read More
  • Saudi, South Africa lead power generation construction in MEA

    Saudi Arabia July 27 , 2016

    “Gas, oil and coal power continues to play a significant role in the power strategy for most of the countries studied as ongoing power demands from growing populations and increased industrialization drive investment in these sectors," said Neil Martin,...

    Read More
  • Siemens ships its first "Made in KSA" gas turbine to power Jazan Economic City

    Saudi Arabia July 26 , 2016

    The turbines will power the 4000 MW power plant and generate 600 tonnes of high pressure steam per hour to Saudi Aramco's refinery

    Read More
  • Binladin group coming out of financial crisis

    Saudi Arabia July 24 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Saudi Aramco awards four construction projects for Fadhili project

    Saudi Arabia July 21 , 2016

    National oil company is spending in excess of $13bn on the project, which will boost the country's production

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Jezeera Airways given permission to build new terminal at Kuwait International Airport

    Kuwait July 19 , 2016

    The request was approved by the Kuwait Council of Ministers, with the intent of helping to ease passenger congestion at the country's only primary airport

    Read More
  • Reports: Saudi Binladin seeking extension on $217.8mn loan

    Saudi Arabia July 18 , 2016

    The loan is being used to fund construction on the kingdom's Grand Mosque site, according to anonymous sources

    Read More
  • Labourers paid less than $544 a month to get free accommodation

    United Arab Emirates July 18 , 2016

    The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation said the ruling would be rubber-stamped by the end of year.

    Read More
  • Emirati HSE officers to become mandatory from 2017

    United Arab Emirates July 18 , 2016

    Department of Human Resources and Emiratisation says that local officers will be situated on all sites with more than 500 workers from the beginning of next year

    Read More
  • Report: Saudi prosecutors to bring charges over Mecca crane collapse

    Saudi Arabia July 13 , 2016

    A number of engineers and two government officials are amongst those who are to face trial over the disaster that killed 107 people

    Read More
  • Construction begins on Aramco's $2.1bn Jazan refinery

    Saudi Arabia July 13 , 2016

    ACWA Holding and Air Products by Saudi Aramco formed Jazan Gas Projects Company to build, own and operate the world's biggest industrial gas plant

    Read More
  • Dubai's observation wheel given new name

    United Arab Emirates July 13 , 2016

    The soon-to-be world’s highest observation wheel has hit a new construction milestone, and been given a rebrand

    Read More
  • Penspen and Dar Al Handasah JV clinches Kuwait pipeline deal

    Kuwait July 11 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Thyssenkrupp bags Riyadh Metro contract

    Saudi Arabia July 10 , 2016

    Firm will design, manufacture, supply, install and maintain 641 elevators and escalators

    Read More
  • Dubai Opera House work to complete in August

    United Arab Emirates July 10 , 2016

    The project is showing ‘good progress’ with the concrete and steel structure works completed.

    Read More
  • EPC contract awarded for Phase 1 of Hassyan clean energy project

    United Arab Emirates July 04 , 2016

    The first unit of the breakthrough projectis expected to be operational by March 2020 - before Expo 2020 in Dubai

    Read More
  • Aramco's Midyan Gas Plant to complete before end of 2016

    Saudi Arabia July 03 , 2016

    The project broke ground in 2013, and will produce power that is vital to keep up with growing demand in Saudi Arabia

    Read More
  • Najibi launches 'active lifestyle' theme park in Australia

    United Arab Emirates July 03 , 2016

    The $297mn project will be located on Australia's sunshine coast, with construction slated to begin in 2017

    Read More
  • Dubai Parks to waive rights to Six Flags exclusivity in Saudi

    Saudi Arabia June 29 , 2016

    Saudi Arabia is in talks with Six Flags to open theme parks in the Kingdom, a plan that is part the country's Saudi vision 2030 to increase tourism

    Read More
  • Aramco and Sabic sign feasibility agreement to develop oil-to-chemicals complex

    Saudi Arabia June 29 , 2016

    Two energy heavyweights have signed agreement to look into possibility of developing a fully integrated crude oil-to-chemicals complex to be located in Saudi Arabia

    Read More
  • Brexit unlikely to have much effect on Middle East markets, say industry figures

    United Arab Emirates June 28 , 2016

    Masdar has signalled its intent to continue with its UK investments, while property firm Cluttons believes Middle East investors could benefit from falling value of sterling

    Read More
  • ACC to build new Mashreq HQ in Downtown Dubai

    United Arab Emirates June 27 , 2016

    Contractor will complete the 35-storey tower in 28 months, with the completion date pencilled in for April 2019

    Read More
  • UAE hotels in talks to open near Jeddah Tower

    Saudi Arabia June 26 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Cayan Group eyes plots in Dubai South

    United Arab Emirates June 26 , 2016

    The group is looking at buying land after a decree was issued last week allowing non-UAE citizens full ownership of land for three plots in Dubai South

    Read More
  • GCC Fuels $100bn in airport construction projects

    June 23 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Six Flags announces theme park in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia June 21 , 2016

    A senior official has announced plans for the Kingdom's first theme park as yet another step in support of "Vision 2030"

    Read More
  • Saudi land tax to reduce prices by 40%

    Saudi Arabia June 21 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • 'Energy City' announced to help realise Saudi Vision 2030

    Saudi Arabia June 20 , 2016

    A top official has confirmed plans to set up a new city to help the kingdom focus on its renewable energy initiative as part of the new vision 2030

    Read More
  • Land tax to stimulate growth in Saudi housing sector

    Saudi Arabia June 19 , 2016

    Expert says there will be a fundamental shift in Saudi Arabia's real estate market, stimulating development

    Read More
  • Bahrain's Bapco seeks bids for oil refinery expansion

    June 19 , 2016

    The award of the contract is expected to be made in the first quarter or second quarter of 2017

    Read More
  • ACC awarded contract to expand Children's Cancer Hospital Egypt

    Egypt June 16 , 2016

    The Children's Cancer Hospital Egypt is one of the largest children's cancer hospitals in the world

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia in talks to introduce dancing fountains

    Saudi Arabia June 14 , 2016

    Company that designed the Dubai Fountain in talks with Saudi officials for Jeddah Economic City Mall

    Read More
  • Saudi cabinet approves land tax, foreign investment rules

    Saudi Arabia June 14 , 2016

    Saudi Arabia is keen to attract more foreign investment to help its economy cope with low oil prices

    Read More
  • Saudi seeks international investors for two solar plants

    Saudi Arabia June 13 , 2016

    Each plant might cost between $100 million and $120 million to build, sources say.

    Read More
  • Official: No plan to reduce Saudi expat workers

    Saudi Arabia June 12 , 2016

    "The presence of expatriates is very important for the economy."

    Read More
  • Riyadh metro 36% complete

    Saudi Arabia June 12 , 2016

    The metro network constitutes the backbone of the public transport system in Riyadh.

    Read More
  • Saudi to announce final tax rules on undeveloped land

    Saudi Arabia June 09 , 2016

    Analysts estimate that 40 to 50 per cent of the land inside major cities remains vacant

    Read More
  • Workers burn Saudi Oger vehicles over late salaries

    Saudi Arabia June 09 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Saudi's Dar Al Arkan discussing housing with government

    Saudi Arabia June 08 , 2016

    The Ministry of Housing will spend a total of $15.8 billion over the five years through 2020 to ease the country's shortage of affordable housing

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

    Saudi Arabia June 06 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Binladin pays more workers their salaries

    Saudi Arabia June 06 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • DAMAC offers Phase 2 of Ghalia Hotel

    United Arab Emirates June 06 , 2016

    Located in Dubai South, Ghalia's units are designed to provide a contemporary living experience that combines the comforts of home with the service standards of a hotel

    Read More
  • Middle East a hotbed for construction disputes

    United Arab Emirates June 05 , 2016

    The value of construction disputes rose to 7% in 2015, up to a value of $82mn

    Read More
  • MoU signed for $400m Joint investment supporting Saudi Vision 2030

    Saudi Arabia June 02 , 2016

    The new facility will be located in Ras Al-Khair under the Royal Commission of Jubail and Yanbu industrial area

    Read More
  • Binladin may sell assets to pay off debt

    Saudi Arabia June 02 , 2016

    Some workers claim that they have not been paid in six months

    Read More
  • REPORT: Sale prices in Saudi residential market continue to fall

    Saudi Arabia June 01 , 2016

    Main Saudi Arabian cities have seen a shift in demand from sales to rentals

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Aramco to press ahead with new manufacturing facility

    United Arab Emirates June 01 , 2016

    Energy giant signs MoU with GE and Italy’s Cividale SpA to build forging and casting manufacturing facility

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

    Saudi Arabia May 30 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Abu Dhabi gov't may act to address oversupply in property market

    United Arab Emirates May 30 , 2016

    Unit completions are at a 10-year low, a situation experts attributed to wariness on the part of developers, tightening liquidity and stiffer regulation.

    Read More
  • REPORT: Abu Dhabi’s new property supply at 7-year low

    United Arab Emirates May 29 , 2016

    “The slowdown in new supply will counter some of the downward pressure on rents, although a marginal correction is expected in the months ahead.”

    Read More
  • RTA awards $191m deals for Dubai Water Canal

    United Arab Emirates May 29 , 2016

    Work on phase 4 and 5 is expected to be completed by September this year.

    Read More
  • New Muscat airport project to complete in 2016

    Oman May 29 , 2016

    Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Salim al Futaisi, Omani Minister of Transport and Communications, says 91% of work on MC3 package is complete

    Read More
  • Amec Foster Wheeler wins engineering contract to work on Cilacap Refinery upgrade project

    Saudi Arabia May 26 , 2016

    PT Pertamina and Saudi Aramco joint project will increase capacity of the Cilacap Refinery's to 370,000 barrels per day

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 to enable sustainable development

    Saudi Arabia May 25 , 2016

    Vision 2030 and public investment fund reform could be a unique opportunity to reduce oil dependence and contribute to global effort for carbon emissions reduction, says London Business School expert

    Read More
  • Mecca metro project delayed indefinitely

    Saudi Arabia May 25 , 2016

    The delay is due to financial restructuring, said the CEO of Mecca Mass Rail Transit

    Read More
  • Saudi-Egyptian joint venture to build $3.6bn project

    Egypt May 25 , 2016

    The development will include 2 sq km of residential units and create more than 200,000 jobs.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Commercial Cleaning & Hygiene: Paper towels becoming obsolete

    United Arab Emirates May 24 , 2016

    The Dyson Airblade hand dryer produces up to 71 per cent less CO2 than paper towels and is able to dry 18 pairs of hands for the price of a single paper towel.

    Read More
  • Saudi Aramco and SABIC say no plans to merge petrochems

    Saudi Arabia May 22 , 2016

    "Both companies will continue to explore mutually beneficial opportunities," a statement said

    Read More
  • GCC awarded construction contract for Emaar Residences

    Saudi Arabia May 22 , 2016

    Three towers featuring 283 properties will be built on the project, which is situated in Jeddah Gate

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Elevators & Access Control 2016 to offer insight on green mobility solutions

    United Arab Emirates May 22 , 2016

    Middle East High Rise Summit to focus on innovative designs for construction of sustainable buildings

    Read More
  • Honeywell, Bayer Pearl to support Saudi Arabia's Montreal protocol commitments

    Saudi Arabia May 19 , 2016

    Spray foam insulation key to more energy efficient buildings in Saudi Arabia

    Read More
  • Saudi's Binladin secures bank loan to ease financial troubles

    Saudi Arabia May 19 , 2016

    Arab National Bank and Saudi British Bank are providing the loan, sources say

    Read More
  • RAK Bayti townhouse project completed, says Al Hamra

    United Arab Emirates May 19 , 2016

    A total of 118 townhouses have been built with phase one currently being handed over

    Read More
  • World’s tallest building delayed by a year

    Saudi Arabia May 18 , 2016

    The 1km tower will be the world’s tallest building once completed. Jeddah Economic Company exec says project delayed following funding issues with contractor Saudi Binladin Group.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Dubai firm launches $136m residential project in Morocco

    United Arab Emirates May 17 , 2016

    The City of Green Valley Marrakech will extend over 410,000 sqm and comprise 350 villas.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • REPORT: Private funding critical for big GCC projects

    May 15 , 2016

    Governments in the region are increasingly looking at the private sector as a partner to operate and finance infrastructure assets.

    Read More
  • Middle East Waste and Recycling to kick off as Dubai targets Zero Waste by 2030

    United Arab Emirates May 15 , 2016

    The UAE has adopted specific measures to achieve the ‘zero waste’ objective and successfully divert 75 per cent of waste from landfills by 2021.

    Read More
  • ACC wins Boulevard Point contract

    United Arab Emirates May 15 , 2016

    The 63-Storey Tower will be built in Downtown Dubai

    Read More
  • More expats considering buying property in UAE

    United Arab Emirates May 12 , 2016

    Two thirds of expatriates said they would consider splashing out on property in the emirates

    Read More
  • dmg events launches successful Dubai event in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia May 11 , 2016

    Saudi Arabian facilities management industry set to touch $29 billion by 2017 at 10 per cent year-on-year growth

    Read More
  • Indian developer reveals plans for eight GCC properties

    United Arab Emirates May 11 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Saudi Binladin pays delayed salaries to 10,000 workers

    Saudi Arabia May 10 , 2016

    The company has laid off thousands of foreign workers in Saudi Arabia and others have staged public protests after going unpaid.

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia sets rules for tax on undeveloped land

    Saudi Arabia May 10 , 2016

    The tax has been set at 2.5% of the value of land held by individuals or non-government entities.

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia lifts bidding ban on Binladin group

    Saudi Arabia May 10 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Egyptian banks arrange biggest ever loan to build 500,000 homes

    Egypt May 09 , 2016

    NBE, Banque Misr, and Banque Du Caire will contribute EGP6.33bn each to the loan while the HDB's share amounts to EGP1bn.

    Read More
  • Abu Dhabi to Saudi Arabia road progressing well

    United Arab Emirates May 08 , 2016

    The project is scheduled to complete by mid-2017 and will link the two countries

    Read More
  • Elevator installations for Kingdom Tower to begin this month

    Saudi Arabia May 08 , 2016

    The installation of the KONE elevator cars is expected to begin in June

    Read More
  • Riyadh Metro to create 23,000 jobs for citizens, says governor

    Saudi Arabia May 08 , 2016

    The project is expected to create jobs for Saudis and would include training and technology transfers and a cooperation programme with universities

    Read More
  • Binladin crisis will be resolved, says Saudi minister

    Saudi Arabia May 04 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Orascom Construction appoints new Non-Executive Chairman

    Egypt May 04 , 2016

    Jérôme Guiraud currently sits on the Board of OCI N.V. and is a former board member of Orascom Construction Industries S.A.E. and Lafarge

    Read More
  • Solar-powered plane departs California on round-the-world flight

    May 04 , 2016

    Piccard completed the trans-Pacific crossing last month, reaching San Francisco after a flight of nearly three days.

    Read More
  • Saudi Binladin terminates 77,000 jobs, plans to lay off Saudis

    Saudi Arabia May 03 , 2016

    A local newspaper has reported that Saudi Binladin is expected to lay off 12,000 of 17,000 Saudis in supervisory, administrative, engineering and management jobs.

    Read More
  • Oman delays ambitious GCC rail project

    Oman May 03 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Majid Al Futtaim $1.3bn investments to create jobs

    Oman May 03 , 2016

    The company will be investing heavily in new projects over the next five years as part of new strategy

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia to provide housing to 100,000 low-income families

    Saudi Arabia May 02 , 2016

    The assistance to the families, in the form of land, villas, apartments or financing, will be extended over a year starting on May 8, 2016.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Saudi Binladin workers set company buses ablaze

    Saudi Arabia May 02 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • PwC Middle East acquires HLP Consulting

    United Arab Emirates May 02 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Saudi Binladin terminates 50,000 workers

    Saudi Arabia May 01 , 2016

    Saudi newspaper reported that all terminated employees are foreigners, and have been given permanent exit visa to leave the country.

    Read More
  • Emirates Building Systems bags Riyadh Metro deal

    Saudi Arabia May 01 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Atlantis The Palm to get $100m revamp

    United Arab Emirates May 01 , 2016

    The hotel is currently in the mock-up stages to finalise the new room designs.

    Read More
  • Riyadh property prices stabilise in Q1 2016

    Saudi Arabia April 28 , 2016

    Around 6,000 residential units entered the Riyadh market during the first quarter of 2016, bringing the total stock to 995,000.

    Read More
  • Abu Dhabi Ports launches truck driver safety campaign

    United Arab Emirates April 28 , 2016

    The campaign will impart safe driving tips to about 2,000 people who regularly drive inside port premises.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Construction professionals welcome easing of Saudi visa restrictions

    United Arab Emirates April 27 , 2016

    Green cards could still be linked to the Nitaqat system, which tracks levels of Saudi employment in companies, and only those within the “green zone" would be allowed to apply.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Emaar reveals plans for 35 new hotels & residences

    United Arab Emirates April 26 , 2016

    The new openings will take the total number of new hotel rooms being added by Emaar Hospitality Group in the UAE to 3,835 and the number of new serviced residences to 4,249.

    Read More
  • Building materials made from waste products

    April 26 , 2016

    A new book featured cheap, durable and sustainable building materials made entirely from materials found at a landfill site.

    Read More
  • Troubled Arabtec hires AlixPartners for review

    United Arab Emirates April 25 , 2016

    Arabtec has recorded five constant quarters of losses and is aiming to cut costs which could include job cuts.

    Read More
  • REPORT: Saudi construction industry to reach $148bn in 2020

    Saudi Arabia April 20 , 2016

    The residential construction market is expected to remain sizable over the forecast period, with 29.3 per cent of the industry's total value in 2020.

    Read More
  • SABIC Q1 sales drop 12.4%

    Saudi Arabia April 20 , 2016

    The firm had slashed costs at its steel unit to cope with a slowdown in the sector

    Read More
  • Emaar to pay 15% dividend after ‘severe’ cost cuts

    United Arab Emirates April 20 , 2016

    Mohamed Alabbar says he was ‘really scared’ of the market conditions this year.

    Read More
  • Saudi Cement Q1 net profit falls

    Saudi Arabia April 19 , 2016

    Saudi Cement expects the fuel and electricity price hikes announced in the 2016 government budget to increase its production costs by 68 million riyals this year

    Read More
  • Compass PM hands over region's first Weslodge Saloon

    United Arab Emirates April 19 , 2016

    Key features include a $60,000, 4m-long, custom-made Grillworks grill, which is the largest of its kind in the Middle East

    Read More
  • UAE completes 90% of its work on the world's largest suspension bridge

    Turkey April 19 , 2016

    NFT Cranes is supplying giant tower cranes for the new $7bn bridge over the Bosporus Strait.

    Read More
  • dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa expands into North Africa

    Morocco April 18 , 2016

    INDEX North Africa & The Big 5 Construct North Africa launch in a regional economy poised to record growth rate of 4 to 5 per cent by 2020

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • The Big 5 Outdoor Design & Build Show brings sustainable solutions for UAE’s outdoor spaces

    United Arab Emirates April 17 , 2016

    Dedicated landscaping platform debuts at first-ever Community Management Week with industry-oriented summit & CPD-certified workshops

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia will demolish unplanned districts near Haram

    Saudi Arabia April 13 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Dubai’s Cayan receives go-ahead for $267m Riyadh project

    Saudi Arabia April 12 , 2016

    The mixed-use Samaya project in north western Riyadh is spread over an area of one million sqm.

    Read More
  • Kuwait’s Integrated Logistics buys 24 Grove cranes

    Kuwait April 12 , 2016

    Kuwaiti company ordered the 24 units during a visit to Grove’s factory in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia introduces safety panel for Haram projects

    Saudi Arabia April 11 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Saudi company plans up to $12bn power investment in Egypt

    Saudi Arabia April 10 , 2016

    ACWA Power’s projects in Egypt until 2021 are forecast to add around 10,000 megawatts to Egypt's national electricity grid.

    Read More
  • Madinah governor launches $107m education projects

    Saudi Arabia April 10 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Emaar unveils $1bn tower taller than Burj Khalifa

    United Arab Emirates April 10 , 2016

    Called ‘The Tower’, it is to be the centrepiece of Dubai Creek Harbour, Emaar’s chairman Mohamed Alabbar revealed.

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia increases construction of housing units by 50%

    Saudi Arabia April 07 , 2016

    The programme continues to follow up and supervise the implementation of 29,000 real estate off-plan sales units in various regions of the Kingdom

    Read More
  • Sheikh Mohammed approves 6 Dubai megaprojects

    United Arab Emirates April 07 , 2016

    As part of Dubai’s goal to become a sustainable city by 2021, Sheikh Mohammed also signed the ‘palm document regulations’ yesterday, which will evaluate green buildings.

    Read More
  • Bahrain retail rents stable despite economic slowdown

    Bahrain April 05 , 2016

    Office rents remained unchanged between Q4 2015 and the first quarter of 2016, with the Financial Harbour and World Trade Centre retaining the top spots as the most expensive buildings for occupiers.

    Read More
  • Saudi authority plans houses near Riyadh Metro stations

    Saudi Arabia April 04 , 2016

    The initiative is part of Riyadh housing ministry’s tenth development plan, which will be carried out in cooperation with Riyadh Development Authority.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City reveals 5-year expansion

    United Arab Emirates April 04 , 2016

    Masdar City said around 35 per cent of the planned built-up area of the zone will be completed over the next five years.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • UAE signs contracts worth $170m for housing schemes

    United Arab Emirates April 03 , 2016

    The first contract includes construction and maintenance of 320 houses in Ras Al Khaimah. The second contract is for building and maintaining 232 houses in Umm Al Quwain.

    Read More
  • Two new wind plants in Jordan to be ready by 2019

    Jordan April 03 , 2016

    Construction will begin in 2017 and will be connected to the grid by 2019

    Read More
  • Dubai’s DEWA develops drones to improve infrastructure

    United Arab Emirates April 03 , 2016

    Sirb initiative comprises a fleet of high-end drones used to support Dubai’s infrastructure and contribute to providing efficient and easy-to-use services.

    Read More
  • Town Square ready to welcome first residents in 2017

    United Arab Emirates April 03 , 2016

    The town houses have been launched to overwhelming investor response

    Read More
  • Eight UAE universities confirmed for Intersolar’s green challenge

    United Arab Emirates April 03 , 2016

    Young Leaders’ Innovation Challenge will involve choosing a government building and retrofitting renewable components to achieve at least 25 per cent reduction in the energy consumed.

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabian regulator approves Yamamah Steel IPO

    Saudi Arabia March 29 , 2016

    The Saudi stock index has swung wildly this year in response to low oil prices, but in the last few weeks has regained some strength, permitting IPO activity to resume

    Read More
  • Korea-led consortium signs $20bn Saudi housing MoU

    Saudi Arabia March 29 , 2016

    The development will reportedly represent the largest ever project that a Korean builder has clinched from a foreign country

    Read More
  • Riyadh metro work 30% complete

    Saudi Arabia March 27 , 2016

    Workflow for the project includes construction in more than 184 locations along the tracks and the bus networks planned for the city

    Read More
  • Oman to build new airport city at Seeb

    Oman March 27 , 2016

    Oman Airports Management Company said the project is a key part of the company's five-year strategic growth Plan (2016-2020).

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Plans revealed for Al Maktoum International Airport’s expansion

    United Arab Emirates March 23 , 2016

    Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) appoints Al Jaber LEGT Engineering and Contracting [ALEC] to undertake development.

    Read More
  • Saudi contractors welcome construction materials price drop

    Saudi Arabia March 22 , 2016

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

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

    Saudi Arabia March 22 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • UAE's Arabtec wins $463m government contract

    United Arab Emirates March 21 , 2016

    Construction of 1,100 houses for Emirati nationals in Fujairah will begin immediately and complete in 2019.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • RTA opens Dubai Canal project bridge

    United Arab Emirates March 20 , 2016

    Bridge completion rate has reached 90 per cent on Al Wasl Rd and 35 per cent on Jumeirah Road

    Read More
  • Jordan's first nuclear plant to be operational in 2024

    United Arab Emirates March 20 , 2016

    The project entails building two nuclear reactors with a total capacity of 2,000 megawatts at a total cost of $1.4bn (JD7bn).

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Iran approves over $2.6bn investment for new projects

    Iran, Islamic Republic of March 17 , 2016

    Deputy Minister of Economy said the total cost of the projects approved for the year will be about $7bn.

    Read More
  • World’s tallest tower reaches 37th floor

    Saudi Arabia March 16 , 2016

    Kingdom Holding revealed that the 1km tower had reached its 37th floor. It will overtake the 830-metre Burj Khalifa once complete with a gross floor area of 245,000 sqm.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Saudi starts building world's largest umbrella in Makkah

    Saudi Arabia March 14 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Saudi investor acquires stake in Jordan green energy project

    Jordan March 13 , 2016

    The project will house two other renewable energy power plants, each of which has the same capacity of Sunrise

    Read More
  • Nakheel signs MOU with KSA's Al Akaria for new real estate projects

    Saudi Arabia March 13 , 2016

    "We are delighted to take our unrivalled know-how, experience and expertise to KSA and to work with another leader, Al Akaria , as it expands its development project portfolio," said Ali Rashid Lootah, Chairman, Nakheel

    Read More
  • 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...

    Read More
  • Arabtec wins work on $300m twin towers in Dubai

    United Arab Emirates March 13 , 2016

    The project, situated in the central Dubai area, consists of two 50-storey twin towers covering a total built up area of 227,800sqm.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • The Big 5 Saudi: Day 3 in pictures

    Saudi Arabia March 10 , 2016

    Inaugurating The Big 5 Saudi, Jeddah Mayor Hani Abu Ras noted the large number of regional and international companies exhibiting. Today is the last day of the event.

    Read More
  • NRI launches $160m Burj Ramla tower project

    Saudi Arabia March 10 , 2016

    Burj Ramla will reach more than 150 metres and is expected to be completed by 2018

    Read More
  • The Big 5 Saudi: Leading Turkish actor surprises fans at the show

    Saudi Arabia March 10 , 2016

    There are more than 65 Turkish companies exhibiting at The Big 5 Saudi this year.

    Read More
  • The Big 5 Saudi: Top-quality building materials

    Saudi Arabia March 10 , 2016

    "We have been in business in Saudi for the better part of 50 years now, and we feel that the opportunities presented by the construction sector that we cater to are immense.”

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

    Saudi Arabia March 09 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • The Big 5 Saudi 2016: Day 2 in pictures

    Saudi Arabia March 09 , 2016

    The Big 5 Saudi exhibition in Jeddah arrived as a downturn was expected in the Kingdom's construction sector. And the event's uptake has surprised all.

    Read More
  • The Big 5 Saudi 2016: Pozzolan at its best

    Saudi Arabia March 09 , 2016

    Micrasil has the unique properties of a superior pozzolana which is also cost effective.

    Read More
  • The Big 5 Saudi 2016: Where the rubber meets the floor

    Saudi Arabia March 09 , 2016

    "We have provided 27 units of park flooring to King Faisal University and we are hoping to do more and have a greater exposure in the market.”

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 projects in Riyadh and Jeddah

    Saudi Arabia March 09 , 2016

    The Big 5 Hub looks at the ten most important projects under construction in Riyadh and Jeddah, according to a Ventures Onsite report commissioned by The Big 5 Saudi (FREE downloads below).

    Read More
  • ‘Charity City’ launches in Saudi

    Saudi Arabia March 09 , 2016

    The $13 million (SR52m) complex will have state-of-the art facilities that would streamline services to the needy

    Read More
  • Mapei lands at The Big 5 Saudi

    Saudi Arabia March 08 , 2016

    “This year marks our first-time attendance of The Big 5 Saudi. This is definitely the best place to be to provide customers with an invaluable touch-point with our brand."

    Read More
  • 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.”

    Read More
  • The Big 5 Saudi 2016: Solutions to build on

    Saudi Arabia March 08 , 2016

    Command Alkon couples innovative technologies and over 37 years of industry expertise to deliver products and services that improve business operations in plants and quarries around the globe.

    Read More
  • The Big 5 Saudi 2016: Record-breaking attendance on Day 1

    Saudi Arabia March 08 , 2016

    Thousands have arrived in Jeddah for first day of the country's biggest construction show, with the the finest building suppliers from around the world and the strongest conference and seminar programme ever staged in the kingdom (see images below).

    Read More
  • The Big 5 Saudi 2016 begins in Jeddah

    Saudi Arabia March 07 , 2016

    Thousands arrive in Jeddah for first day of the country's biggest construction show, with the the finest building suppliers from around the world and the strongest conference and seminar programme ever staged in the kingdom.

    Read More
  • Dubai taxis reveals record profit for 2015

    United Arab Emirates March 07 , 2016

    Roads & Transport Authority backed taxi operator records strong profit from its 3,900 cabs and almost 8,000 drivers.

    Read More
  • The Big 5 Saudi 2016: Best ever seminars at kingdom's biggest construction show

    Saudi Arabia March 06 , 2016

    Register to gain free entry to 38 educational events and 3,000+ construction products

    Read More
  • Riyadh Metro, Haramain Rail to get power from SEC

    Saudi Arabia March 06 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Indian vehicle giant plans $25m UAE expansion

    United Arab Emirates March 06 , 2016

    Ashok Leyland plans to expand its production capacity at its Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) facility and building a new design and service training centre.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Al-Futtaim to build logistics facility at KAEC

    Saudi Arabia March 03 , 2016

    The companies already operating in the industrial valley have been exporting their products through the adjacent King Abdullah Port since the port became operational in January 2014.

    Read More
  • Property sales soar in Oman despite oil price fall

    Oman March 03 , 2016

    Oman's real estate transactions registered a rise of 31 per cent in January 2016, reaching $911m (OMR350.8m) compared to $697m (OMR268.4m) recorded in the same period last year

    Read More
  • Iran presents $1.5trn investment opportunities in the next 10 years

    Iran, Islamic Republic of March 03 , 2016

    The Iranian Government is planning on progressively increasing its net investment in manufacturing to $25.5bn by early 2018, $35bn by 2020, and $62bn by 2025.

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Ten of the best beach resorts in the UAE

    United Arab Emirates March 02 , 2016

    Summer is just around the corner and Dubai’s beaches are ready for an action-packed season. You will find these hotspots crowded with people playing beach games, picnicking, jet-skiing, jogging, swimming in the warm Gulf waters or topping up their tans. The...

    Read More
  • Japan firms to participate in Egyptian projects worth $18bn

    Egypt March 01 , 2016

    Japan's Foreign Ministry said that Japanese and Egyptian companies are scheduled to sign more than 10 memorandums of agreement on Wednesday.

    Read More
  • Intersolar launches Young Leaders’ Innovation Challenge

    United Arab Emirates February 29 , 2016

    Intersolar Middle East’s competition for students will involve choosing a government building and retrofitting renewable components to achieve at least 25 per cent reduction in the energy consumed.

    Read More
  • Egypt seeks $24bn investment in power projects

    Egypt February 29 , 2016

    Power projects worth $70 billion that are expected to be carried out in the next six years in Egypt.

    Read More
  • Saudi Binladin reaches agreement on salary issue

    Saudi Arabia February 28 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Masharie to increase aluminium production to meet demand in downstream, industrial fields

    February 28 , 2016

    Masharie subsidiary's are targeting new markets as part of their international expansion strategy, with a strong focus on Africa, GCC and Middle East

    Read More
  • RTA awards $41m contract for Deira Palm Entrance Bridge

    United Arab Emirates February 28 , 2016

    The 17 million sqm project, which is includes the bridge and the waterway under the bridge, is the biggest development in Deira.

    Read More
  • Saudi internet gets US tech boost

    United Arab Emirates February 24 , 2016

    US tech giant backs new high-speed internet access for the kingdom

    Read More
  • 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...

    Read More
  • 84% of Riyadh housing projects completed

    United Arab Emirates February 24 , 2016

    The ministry of housing said that it is currently working to provide more residential homes for Riyadh residents

    Read More
  • Dubai FM company lands lucrative three-year New York deal

    United States February 24 , 2016

    Macro provided project management and FM support for IT provider Verint Systems' move of 186 employees to new HQ, and marks start of three-year deal.

    Read More
  • Green building made easy

    Saudi Arabia February 23 , 2016

    We speak to Eng. Omar Mohamed Al-Touqi, Technical Manager, King Abdulaziz University Projects – Jeddah prior to his seminar at Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events as part of The Big 5 Saudi 2016.

    Read More
  • 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.”

    Read More
  • Electric and hybrid vehicles become popular in the UAE

    United Arab Emirates February 23 , 2016

    Earlier this month, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that half the emirate’s cabs would be hybrid cars by 2021.

    Read More
  • Why Mammoet is the heavy duty transporter of choice

    United Arab Emirates February 23 , 2016

    If it’s big, heavy and needs moving, there is one name that has earned a mighty reputation: Mammoet, operating in the GCC for more than 40 years. Regional Commercial Director Mike Abbas talks to The Big 5 Hub about the challenges of being the heavy lifting...

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 most influential architects in the Middle East

    February 22 , 2016

    From sky-scrapers to museums and parks, take a look at the ten architects bringing ground-breaking designs to cities across the Middle East

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Caterpillar excavator hits bridge in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia February 21 , 2016

    The bridge, which had a height restriction of 5.5 metres, was apparently struck from below by the arm of the CAT excavator.

    Read More
  • Damac unveils $2bn Aykon City at Dubai Canal

    United Arab Emirates February 21 , 2016

    The project sales value is AED7.4bn ($2bn), Damac said, with completion scheduled for 2021.

    Read More
  • RTA opens widening of 7 km-long sector of major road

    United Arab Emirates February 21 , 2016

    With 60 per cent of Al Houdh Junction completed, the project is set to open in the last quarter of this year

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia: 1,000 construction workers strike over unpaid wages

    Saudi Arabia February 18 , 2016

    Employees of a Jeddah company have refused to work, with some disconnecting the electricity to protest not being paid for six months.

    Read More
  • Arabian Cement Company launches Al Nasr cement in Egypt

    United Arab Emirates February 18 , 2016

    Al Nasr cement is projected to penetrate new segments of the market, increasing ACC's market competitiveness, and accordingly its growth as one of the main cement producers in Egypt.

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Ten Middle East hotels opening in 2016

    February 18 , 2016

    The Big 5 Hub selects ten of the best hotel properties completing construction this year across the Middle East region.

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia has 47,000 hotel rooms under development

    February 17 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Saudi electrical market expected to grow 10.4% by 2023

    Saudi Arabia February 16 , 2016

    New standards and product innovations are expected to trigger the Saudi Arabia electrical market in the years to come

    Read More
  • An expert’s eye on contract matters

    Saudi Arabia February 16 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Letter of the construction law

    Saudi Arabia February 16 , 2016

    We speak to Hussain S. Al-Shammari, Construction Engineer, Royal Commission in Jubail before his seminar at Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events as part of The Big 5 Saudi 2016.

    Read More
  • Al Habtoor Group aquires Vienna hotel from Starwood

    February 16 , 2016

    The Connecticut-based Starwood has been selling its assets to stem costs and drive growth with many buyers originating from the Arabian Gulf region

    Read More
  • Oman to focus on domestic rail system

    Oman February 15 , 2016

    Technical and bureaucratic delays have pushed expected completion of the GCC rail project past the original target of 2017. So Oman has shifted its focus towards a domestic rail system.

    Read More
  • dmg events' latest construction venture in Africa

    United Arab Emirates February 14 , 2016

    The Big 5 North Africa will take place in May 2017 at Parc des Expositions de l'Office des Changes, Casablanca, Morocco.

    Read More
  • Upward progress - an insight into elevator giant KONE's new test tower in China

    China February 14 , 2016

    Asia leads the world in new high-rise construction and the world’s biggest elevator manufacturer has just opened a new test facility in China. We speak to Santeri Suoranta, who is Head of Technology, Major Projects, to find out why the new Chinese facility is...

    Read More
  • New test facility elevates KONE to new heights

    China February 14 , 2016

    China is home to a new 235m tower, which will be a testbed for some of the fastest lifts in the world.

    Read More
  • REPORT: Saudi construction sector strong despite oil price fall

    Saudi Arabia February 11 , 2016

    The building and infrastructure sectors in Saudi Arabia are forecast to record the highest contractor awards in 2016, according to a new report. Free download available

    Read More
  • Riyadh Metro project on track

    Saudi Arabia February 11 , 2016

    One of the world’s largest metro projects, Riyadh metro is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Egypt signs four contracts for projects worth $25bn

    Egypt February 11 , 2016

    The ministry has signed two contracts with Mountain View in addition to two contracts with Arabia Group for Development & Urban progress company and Palm Hills.

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Ten of Zaha Hadid’s greatest buildings

    February 10 , 2016

    The Big 5 Hub selects ten of the best buildings designed by Zaha Hadid, the first female recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

    Read More
  • Business as usual in the kingdom

    Saudi Arabia February 08 , 2016

    One of Saudi Arabia’s leading contractors is preparing for 2016 with a clear plan amid plunging oil revenues for the state. The Big 5 Hub speaks to the IKK Group Chairman Hassan Isam AlKabbani, By Jumana Abdel-Razzaq.

    Read More
  • Half of Saudi green building projects facing delays

    United Arab Emirates February 08 , 2016

    The faltering of green building projects is due to a lack of clarity in aspects on the application of guidelines to the owner, the consultant and the contractor

    Read More
  • Majid Al Futtaim to spend $3.7bn building two malls in Riyadh

    Saudi Arabia February 08 , 2016

    The 300,000-sqm Mall of Saudi will be the kingdom's largest and the 100,000-sqm City Centre Ishbiliyah will have 250 stores.

    Read More
  • Expansion of Saudi airports on track

    Saudi Arabia February 08 , 2016

    President of the General Authority for Civil Aviation said that 27 airports in Saudi Arabia which are currently being expanded will be completed within the next five years.

    Read More
  • Saudi power projects need $133bn over 10 years

    Saudi Arabia February 08 , 2016

    Minister Abdullah al-Hussayen said the country expects peak electricity to hit 90,000 megawatts (MW) in 2022. Installed capacity is around 70,000 MW currently.

    Read More
  • Dubai property market to continue decline through to 2017

    United Arab Emirates February 08 , 2016

    New report indicates continued property market declines as more residential projects come into the pipeline in 2016

    Read More
  • RTA plans to convert 50% of Dubai Taxi fleet to hybrid cabs by 2021

    United Arab Emirates February 07 , 2016

    The plan envisages the deployment of 4750 hybrid taxicabs and 34 per cent reduction in carbon emission

    Read More
  • Saudi labour ministry to simplify work visa procedures for housing projects

    February 04 , 2016

    The Ministry of Labour will accelerate, among other things, procedures for recruiting workers for housing projects in the country.

    Read More
  • 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.

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

    Saudi Arabia February 03 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 world’s fastest growing megacities

    February 03 , 2016

    According to United Nations, these are the ten most rapidly expanding megacities (cities with more than 10 million inhabitants). The UN has also provided estimates for urbanisation up to 2025.

    Read More
  • Egyptians for Housing plans $102m tower project

    Egypt February 03 , 2016

    Egyptians Housing has delivered 50 per cent of the residential villas compound in New Cairo with total investments worth EGP220m.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Saudi-Indonesian pact eyes construction projects

    Saudi Arabia February 02 , 2016

    "This is proof of this market’s continued growth with huge projects despite recession in many international markets."

    Read More
  • BIM and sustainable building

    Saudi Arabia February 02 , 2016

    We talk to Ayman Ahmed Hassan, Senior Projects Manager and Head of Architecture at Al-Naim Consultants who is conducting two sessions at The Big 5 Saudi, on BIM and another one on sustainable building envelop design.

    Read More
  • LEED experts at your service

    Saudi Arabia February 02 , 2016

    We talk to Tanvi Jaganath Manager of Education and Development at Green Technologies, which is organising interactive sessions where participants can put their technical inquiries through to LEED experts.

    Read More
  • Dubai is busiest international airport for second year running

    United Arab Emirates February 02 , 2016

    78,014,838 used the UAE's biggest airport in 2015 l- that's 9 million more than its nearest rival, London Heathrow.

    Read More
  • RAK ceramics completes European acquisitions

    United Arab Emirates February 01 , 2016

    RAK Ceramics deepens stake in Europe with full acquisition of its British and German entities and new leadership team

    Read More
  • Report: Record year for Abu Dhabi International Airport

    United Arab Emirates January 31 , 2016

    The airport experienced a 17.2% increase in passenger traffic compared to 2014, with 23 million passengers passing through its terminals.

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

    Saudi Arabia January 28 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 projects in Makkah and Madinah

    Saudi Arabia January 27 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Low oil prices will not impact Riyadh Metro project

    Saudi Arabia January 27 , 2016

    The project is currently 26 per cent complete, an official says

    Read More
  • Etihad Rail suspends tendering for phase 2 of UAE rail network

    United Arab Emirates January 27 , 2016

    The announcement comes amid reports of restructuring as government spending slows due to oil prices

    Read More
  • New pool & spa partnership will offer new construction opportunities

    United Arab Emirates January 26 , 2016

    Piscine Global, Lyon, partners with leading Dubai exhibition organiser dmg events to bring Piscine Middle East from Abu Dhabi to the Dubai World Trade Centre

    Read More
  • Arabtec, TAV win Bahrain airport contract

    Bahrain January 25 , 2016

    The scope of the contract includes the construction of the terminal, a services building and aircraft bay.

    Read More
  • MENA’s healthcare real estate sector continues to grow

    United Arab Emirates January 25 , 2016

    “Healthcare real estate is an untapped asset.''

    Read More
  • Jeddah development projects progress despite slowdown

    Saudi Arabia January 24 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Global solar PV installations to reach 321 gigawatts by year-end

    Saudi Arabia January 24 , 2016

    New research forecasts 64 gigawatts of solar PV to be installed globally in 2016, led by the United States and China.

    Read More
  • Bahrain’s stalled tower construction to resume in April

    Bahrain January 24 , 2016

    Cityview is tendering for the remaining construction works with a view to complete the full project in December 2016.

    Read More
  • Vietnam signs $2.2bn power project with Saudi, Korean firms

    Saudi Arabia January 21 , 2016

    The pact comes as Vietnam faces a shortage in power supply amid the developing country's ever-increasing demand for electricity to fuel economic expansion, which hit a five-year high of 6.7 percent in 2015.

    Read More
  • Dubai’s Burj Al Arab about to get bigger

    United Arab Emirates January 20 , 2016

    The unique concept - believed to be a global first in resort hotel design – will accommodate 32 beach cabanas, 400 sun loungers, two swimming pools, a restaurant and a bar. It will be called Burj North Deck.

    Read More
  • Foreign investment in Dubai real estate up 24% in 2015

    United Arab Emirates January 19 , 2016

    New report says foreign property investors spent $36.8bn last year with Indians second only to Emiratis. Brits were the top European investors, Jordanians were the biggest non-GCC Arab investors while investment by Saudi nationals almost doubled year on year.

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 Dubai megaprojects 2016

    United Arab Emirates January 19 , 2016

    We choose 10 of the most exciting projects currently underway in Dubai, UAE, which are set to make development headlines in 2016.

    Read More
  • 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

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

    Saudi Arabia January 18 , 2016

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

    Read More
  • Etihad Rail lays off 30% of its workforce

    January 18 , 2016

    Etihad Rail has cut nearly a third of its workforce, as Abu Dhabi seeks to trim costs after the slump in oil

    Read More
  • RCJ approves $35m new projects in Jubail

    Saudi Arabia January 17 , 2016

    The projects will develop factories across Jubail Industrial City for the production of plastic polycarbonate panels and other construction materials

    Read More
  • Imdaad renews FM contract with Hamdan Sports Complex

    January 17 , 2016

    Company promises "innovative, sustainable & integrated FM solutions for two years"

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Saudi to spend more than $100bn on renewable energy projects

    Saudi Arabia January 14 , 2016

    According to a recent report by Frost & Sullivan, the kingdom’s energy demand is expected to grow by 45 per cent from 69 gigawatts (GW) in 2014 to 100 GW in 2040.

    Read More
  • Top 10 Saudi Arabian Megaprojects 2016

    January 13 , 2016

    We choose 10 of the biggest projects currently underway in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which will dominate the development headlines in 2016.

    Read More
  • @HVACRSaudi: Special York Saudi chiller revealed in Jeddah

    January 13 , 2016

    We meet Dr Anwar Hasan, ASJC VP of Sales at this year's HVACR Saudi 2016 show, which runs still has one day to run and the doors open this afternoon a 4pm in the Jeddah Centre for Forums & Events

    Read More
  • @HVACRSaudi: European delegation visits HVACR Saudi Expo

    Saudi Arabia January 12 , 2016

    A delegation of 15 people visit the first Ever HVAC and refrigeration Expo alongside Eurovent, the official partner association

    Read More
  • @HVACRSaudi: Green means to a cool end

    Saudi Arabia January 12 , 2016

    We talk to Nader Antar, Managing Director, OTIS & UTC Climate, Controls & Security in the run up to HVACR Expo Saudi 2016, which opens on Monday January 11 in Jeddah

    Read More
  • @HVACRSaudi: An ugly truth behind closed indoors

    Saudi Arabia January 12 , 2016

    A dangerous global practice for reducing the energy bill is threatening the very fabric of society

    Read More
  • Dubai World Trade Centre signs FM deal for new office

    January 12 , 2016

    UAE-based FM provider Macro wins contract to provide facility management and helpdesk services at DWTC's first completed office building in the Dubai Trade Centre District (DTCD)

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • @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.

    Read More
  • @HVACRSaudi: Finding your comfort ozone

    Saudi Arabia January 11 , 2016

    Trane, an HVAC R show exhibitor, is aiming for 50 per cent reduction in the direct Green House Gas (GHG) potential for its HVAC products by 2030. The show opens today at 4pm and runs until January 13 in Jeddah.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Dubai Canal project now 61% complete

    United Arab Emirates January 10 , 2016

    The Dubai Canal, which is split into three contracts, is now more than half-way complete with all work finishing mid-year 2016

    Read More
  • Green means to a cool end

    Saudi Arabia January 07 , 2016

    We talk to Nader Antar, Managing Director, OTIS & UTC Climate, Controls & Security in the run up to HVACR Expo Saudi 2016, which opens on Monday January 11 in Jeddah

    Read More
  • Saudi Prince cancels plans to consider investments in Iran

    Iran, Islamic Republic of January 07 , 2016

    Alwaleed also said he had refused the Iranian ambassador's request for a meeting and stopped all flights to Iran by the budget carrier Flynas.

    Read More
  • Etihad Rail partners with CEVA Logistics

    United Arab Emirates January 07 , 2016

    Once ready, the Etihad Rail network will span approximately 1,200 kilometers across the UAE, providing both freight and passenger services.

    Read More
  • Insurers to review premiums at 500 Dubai skyscrapers over flammable cladding fears

    January 06 , 2016

    Insurers in Dubai reconsider premiums for pre-2012 composite clad buildings following devastating fire at The Address. Manufacturer of aluminium-polyurethane panels used at the 302m hotel says it met fire standards in 2006. UAE's National newspaper releases...

    Read More
  • Dur Hospitality, GACA sign $32m hotel development deal

    Saudi Arabia January 05 , 2016

    The Makarem Arriyadh Hotel deal will include an extension of the current agreement for a period of 20 years starting this year

    Read More
  • Saudi's Artar launches first project in Dubai

    United Arab Emirates January 05 , 2016

    Mada Residences will be a residential building located in the heart of Downtown Dubai

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Ten of the most beautiful mosques in MENA

    January 05 , 2016

    The Big 5 Hub selects 10 of the region's finest religious buildings, which have attracted some of the highest levels of investment in the world over the past 20 years

    Read More
  • 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...

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • UAE to hire consultant for $212m road projects

    United Arab Emirates January 04 , 2016

    UAE Ministry of Public Works is in the process of hiring a consultant to study implementation of seven key road projects in Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.

    Read More
  • Emaar hires contractor to restore fire-ravaged hotel

    United Arab Emirates January 04 , 2016

    A team of international consultants has already been mobilised by a local contractor as restoration work commences

    Read More
  • 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 &...

    Read More
  • Dubai ruler visits Address hotel fire site

    United Arab Emirates January 03 , 2016

    Sheikh Mohammed praised emergency services for their efficient work in putting out the fire. Dubai authorities have set up a special hotline number for those who were evacuated from the hotel.

    Read More
  • Developer Emaar shares fall following New Year's Eve blaze

    United Arab Emirates January 03 , 2016

    Emaar chairman, Mohamed Alabbar, said that the company intends to restore the building “to all its glory and even surpass the splendid architectural standards".

    Read More
  • Saudi plans to build 72 judicial buildings

    Saudi Arabia December 21 , 2015

    The buildings will also be in-line with the needs of the judiciary of these regions of the Kingdom

    Read More
  • Saudi minister says Riyadh Metro will be completed on time

    December 17 , 2015

    The work on the 176.7km six-line automated Metro network project began in April 2014 after the Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) awarded design and build contracts.

    Read More
  • Al Barari announces 75% of Its Ashjar Luxury Residences sold out

    December 17 , 2015

    Ashjar delivers intimate and serene community living amongst the tree tops of Dubai's premier desert oasis

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia needs 3 million new homes by 2025

    December 16 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Ten GCC projects set for completion in 2016

    December 16 , 2015

    Throughout the Middle East, engineers and architects are pushing the boundaries of possibility as they strive to create the biggest and the best. The Big 5 Hub takes a look at ten of the best projects expected to complete in 2016.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Bahrain’s $100m Dragon City to open on December 27

    December 15 , 2015

    Spread over a total land area of 115,000 sqm with a built up area of 56,000 sqm, Dragon City is the first of its kind development in Bahrain.

    Read More
  • $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

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 ports in the Middle East

    December 14 , 2015

    Ports in the Middle East are some of the busiest and most dynamic in the world. Take a look at the top 10 ports in the region.

    Read More
  • Trump signage returns on Damac project in Dubai

    December 14 , 2015

    After appearing to have removed real-estate mogul turned presidential hopeful Donald Trump's name of its $6 billion Akoya project, reports indicate that it has been restored

    Read More
  • Kuwait sets the standard by awarding $30bn projects while other GCC countries cut back, amid falling oil prices

    Kuwait December 13 , 2015

    And Kuwait has more than $25bn development schemes planned or underway with $90bn in the construction sector, oil and gas projects were worth $69bn, transport, $49bn and power $26bn

    Read More
  • Why saving energy can make you ill

    Saudi Arabia December 11 , 2015

    Dangerous chemical emissions from modern home and office furnishings have proven to affect pupils' ability to learn as well as the performance of workers. Prof Dr Geo Clausen, from Denmark, will visit Saudi Arabia's HVACR show next month to highlight the risks...

    Read More
  • Dubai International on target for record year as passenger numbers top 6.25 million in October

    United Arab Emirates December 10 , 2015

    "Traffic continues its steady climb as we approach the end of what will be another record year for both cargo and passenger numbers," Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports

    Read More
  • dmg events appoints new Vice President for energy division

    December 09 , 2015

    As the head of the region’s Energy portfolio, Cossé will oversee ADIPEC, Middle East Heavy Oil Congress, and the Middle East Refining & Petrochemical Conference along with the region’s leading audited oil and gas publication ‘Pipeline Middle East’.

    Read More
  • Egypt real estate to receive $12.8bn investment in 7 years

    Egypt December 08 , 2015

    Egyptian government is going to sign final agreements of two partnership projects announced during the country's Economic Development Conference.

    Read More
  • Tasneef signs contract for floating villas

    December 08 , 2015

    Contract enables Kleindienst to obtain exclusive standards issued by Tasneef for the first of its kind project in the world

    Read More
  • Haramain train station in Jeddah nears completion

    Saudi Arabia December 07 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • FM operator Macro wins three year contract with Abu Dhabi park

    United Arab Emirates December 07 , 2015

    Macro has signed a three year Facilities Management (FM) contract with Al Ain Properties to operate the newly opened Mushrif Central Park in Abu Dhabi.

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: 10 of the world's finest concert venues

    United Arab Emirates December 07 , 2015

    This week we offer our pick of the world's finest concert venues - from the spectacular to the unique. For architects and builders the challenge is greater than almost any other public building: not only must it be beautiful, it need to accommodate an audience...

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabian government to tax owners of undeveloped housing land

    Saudi Arabia December 06 , 2015

    New White Land Tax targets speculators who buy and sell urban development sites but never build. KSA capital Riyadh has an estimated 40 per cent of suitable housing sites with utilities and roads connected. Developer share prices take a tumble

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Twin towers contract signed on behalf of charity in Makkah

    Saudi Arabia December 01 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • Turkey tops world ranking with 18.9% house price growth

    Turkey December 01 , 2015

    Global house prices rose by 2.7 per cent in the year to September, far higher than the 0.1% annual increase seen the previous quarter.

    Read More
  • JEC & Alinma investment in an $2.2bn real estate fund deal

    Saudi Arabia November 30 , 2015

    The fund's objective is to develop Jeddah Tower and the Jeddah Economic City infrastructure

    Read More
  • UAE on target for full nuclear power by 2020

    United Arab Emirates November 30 , 2015

    Chiefs in Abu Dhabi reveal latest milestone completions at the four reactors at the $2bn Barakah Nuclear Power Plant. The first is due to come on stream within two years.

    Read More
  • Saudi Binladin to sack 15,000 employees

    Saudi Arabia November 29 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • @The Big 5: one day, two crushers sold for $85,000

    United Arab Emirates November 26 , 2015

    Najmeddine Sahraoui from MB said that the company has sold two of its crushers, with a combined value of about $85,000.

    Read More
  • @The Big 5: Harwal says show will return business up to $5m

    United Arab Emirates November 26 , 2015

    Harwal Group has had a great show with the company hoping to project business worth $2m to $5m, according to Adeel Muhammad.

    Read More
  • @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

    Read More
  • @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.

    Read More
  • @The Big 5: Saudi to boost export potential

    Saudi Arabia November 25 , 2015

    More than a 100 Saudi companies are at the show, assembled by Saudi Exports (SEDA), working under the Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

    Read More
  • @The Big 5: Al Tayer urges building industry to invest in renewable resources

    United Arab Emirates November 25 , 2015

    The man in charge of Dubai's power and water has called on contractors, architects and suppliers to support his country's drive towards a sustainable future

    Read More
  • @The Big 5: Building the MENA region

    Turkey November 25 , 2015

    Turkish construction companies have been working on massive projects in the GCC countries for more than a decade. Expotim has organised a 4,843 sqm pavilion for more than 250 exhibitors at this year’s show.

    Read More
  • @The Big 5: Unigulf presents new insulation panels

    United Arab Emirates November 24 , 2015

    These sheets are covered on one side with factory laminated aluminium and are available self-adhesive variety as well.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • @TheBig5: Exhibitor Capson lands half million dollar order on first day

    United Arab Emirates November 23 , 2015

    An Indian tile manufacturer is celebrating after securing orders worth $600,000 plus on the first day of The Big 5 2015 in Dubai

    Read More
  • New partnership between SABIC & Philips SLC to address demand for energy

    Saudi Arabia November 22 , 2015

    A recent study by the Saudi Centre for Energy Efficiency confirmed that Saudi Arabia's energy consumption is among the highest in the world, with an average per capita consumption of electricity that is twice the global average

    Read More
  • @TheBig 5: Dubai Investments targets strong growth amid construction boom in UAE and GCC

    United Arab Emirates November 22 , 2015

    Company to showcase innovative products and technology at Big 5 exhibition

    Read More
  • More than $250k free training offered to professionals at The Big 5

    November 18 , 2015

    Industry trends highlight importance of training as 3,800 visitors set to attend 75 free CPD-certified workshops at MENA's largest construction show

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 world’s largest construction markets in 2020

    November 18 , 2015

    The Big 5 Hub looks at the ten construction markets predicted to be the world’s largest in 2020. The countries’ global share in the construction market by 2020 has been obtained from a Bruce Shaw report.

    Read More
  • 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...

    Read More
  • MAN Truck & Bus will reveal new vehicles at The Big 5

    November 17 , 2015

    MAN EcoStyle will reduce overall operating costs, emissions, fuel usage in addition to improving driving standards and vehicle wear and tear

    Read More
  • Dubai's Arabtec to build 13,000 homes in Egypt

    United Arab Emirates November 17 , 2015

    Arabtec had signed an agreement last year to build 1 million homes in Egypt by 2020, equal to about 550 per day.

    Read More
  • Majid Al Futtaim plans GCC expansion

    November 16 , 2015

    The company is currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first shopping centre — Deira City Centre — this month

    Read More
  • Alstom begins train production for the Riyadh Metro

    Saudi Arabia November 16 , 2015

    The overall contract value for the consortium is €5.8 billion. Contract for Alstom is worth more than €1.2 billion.

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia to have four industrial cities for women

    Saudi Arabia November 15 , 2015

    The Council of Ministers issued a new decision to allocate lands and areas inside cities for the establishment of industrial projects specifically to employ more women

    Read More
  • Dayton Superior wins forming systems contract for Riyadh Metro

    Saudi Arabia November 15 , 2015

    Package One of the project has two metro lines. Line 1, with a length of 38km, will include 26 stations and the 25km Line 2 will have 15 stations.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Hill International wins $108.5m Oman airport contract

    Oman November 15 , 2015

    The expansion of Salalah Airport, the second largest airport in Oman, involved upgrading it from domestic to international.

    Read More
  • 24% of Riyadh Metro work done

    Saudi Arabia November 12 , 2015

    Fifth of seven digging machines arrives in the Saudi capital as officials celebrate

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Dubai theme park to build 56-metre freefall tower

    United Arab Emirates November 09 , 2015

    Two new rides include Zombieland, a 56-metre high free fall tower and Underworld, a multi-sensory 4D theatre where guests are caught between vampires and lycans.

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 longest road tunnels

    November 09 , 2015

    Tunnels have connected people and cities for decades, becoming longer and more intricate through time. Today, some of the longest tunnels in the world have become instrumental in simplifying transportation around the globe.

    Read More
  • EmiratesGBC 'Energy Efficiency Programme' online database goes live

    United Arab Emirates November 09 , 2015

    All building industry stakeholders in the UAE are invited to register on the online database

    Read More
  • New Riyadh projects to provide 8,000 jobs

    Saudi Arabia November 08 , 2015

    The HCRD is aiming to turn Riyadh into a smart city by investing in major projects

    Read More
  • Muscat airport to award contracts worth $260m

    Oman November 08 , 2015

    Oman Airport Management Company is planning to float around 40 tenders by Q3 next year.

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

    Saudi Arabia November 05 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • RAK Ceramics shows year-on-year profit increase of 42%

    United Arab Emirates November 04 , 2015

    RAK Ceramics, UAE, has announced its results for the third quarter of 2015 and shows strong growth, especially in Saudi.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Will India really build the world's tallest building?

    India November 02 , 2015

    Indian minister wants to build tallest tower in the world - but it is not just Dubai's Burj Khalifa he'll need to beat

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

    Saudi Arabia November 01 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • Dubai’s infrastructure projects on track

    United Arab Emirates November 01 , 2015

    A network of highways, entry and exits leading to the Expo site, parallel roads project at the Gardens, Academic City Road improvement project and Al Fay Street improvement project are among the major infrastructure projects ahead.

    Read More
  • UAE's Etihad Rail project completes Shah and Habshan line

    United Arab Emirates October 29 , 2015

    Phase 1 is complete and Phase 2 will involve the completion of the rail network in the Abu Dhabi Emirate by connecting to the Saudi border at Ghweifat and the Omani border at Al Ain, and by connecting areas such as Mussaffah, Khalifa Port and Jebel Ali Port in...

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 GCC maritime projects

    October 28 , 2015

    Estimates put the region’s investment in port facilities at more than $35bn. Saudi Arabia has a five-year plan to expand its ports capacity with an estimated $30bn to be invested and Egypt has spent $8.5bn for the expansion of Suez Canal. The Big 5 Hub looks...

    Read More
  • Zamil Steel wins $5.2m contract for Saudi exhibition pavilion

    Saudi Arabia October 27 , 2015

    The scope of the contract includes the design, fabrication, supply and erection of pre-engineered steel buildings as well as the provision of all EPC works

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • UAE worker dies in scaffolding collapse

    United Arab Emirates October 25 , 2015

    Four workers, including the victim, were widening the 18-metre-deep well on the farm of their Emirati employer.

    Read More
  • dmg events launches new show for MENA’s $50bn windows and doors market

    United Arab Emirates October 22 , 2015

    Windows, Doors and Façades 2016 will feature CPD-accredited workshops, conferences and live demonstrations.

    Read More
  • DEWA receives positive response for third Phase of Solar Park project

    United Arab Emirates October 22 , 2015

    International companies have shown great interest following a tender request for the 800MW third Phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: 10 of the worst construction accidents in the past decade

    October 21 , 2015

    From crane malfunctions to building collapses, The Big 5 Hub looks at construction accidents over the last 10 years that have made safety experts reassess the way sites operate

    Read More
  • Construction worker killed by falling wood

    United Arab Emirates October 21 , 2015

    Police say a load of planks fell from a crane as it was being moved across the construction site

    Read More
  • Saudi Electric wins $1bn utility contract for housing projects

    Saudi Arabia October 20 , 2015

    The contract, signed between the firm and the Ministry of Water and Electricity, is for 29 projects being implemented by the Ministry of Housing.

    Read More
  • SURVEY: Only one in ten public sector projects meet its deadline

    Bahrain October 20 , 2015

    In the past three years, less than one-third of all respondents' projects managed to come within 10 per cent of the planned budget and just a quarter of construction projects came within 10 per cent of their original deadlines.

    Read More
  • ACWA Power consortium lands Hassyan clean coal power plant project

    United Arab Emirates October 20 , 2015

    The project will be the first coal based power plant in the GCC region, designed to be a "best in class" facility with full adherence to global environmental best practices

    Read More
  • Aldar showcases projects to US Department of Commerce led delegation

    October 19 , 2015

    Nine engineering and architecture companies are undertaking a tour of the UAE and Saudi Arabia as part of trade mission

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: 10 bridges that set a new engineering standard

    October 19 , 2015

    Check out the top 10 bridges that set a new standard in bridge construction over the past several decades

    Read More
  • Oman’s $1,039m electrical contracts short of bidders

    Oman October 18 , 2015

    Among the 195 electrical contractors registered with the DCRP, only 15 are in the Grade A category, deemed qualified to undertake technically challenging contracts.

    Read More
  • Kuwait company buys $34.6m tower in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia October 14 , 2015

    The new tower is the second investment for Al Mazaya in Saudi Arabia, following the Al Ma'dhar Towers that comprises of three buildings for commercial use.

    Read More
  • DEWA awards first $1.8bn clean coal power plant to consortium

    United Arab Emirates October 14 , 2015

    Hassyan clean coal power plant is ready to feature carbon capture storage and will be the first clean coal power plant in the Middle East

    Read More
  • Madinah completes the construction of $6.7m pedestrian bridges

    Saudi Arabia October 13 , 2015

    Bridges about 360 metres long are located in a number of areas that have a high pedestrian density.

    Read More
  • 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...

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

    Saudi Arabia October 12 , 2015

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

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

    Saudi Arabia October 11 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • Saudi to build $1.3m footbridge in Makkah

    Saudi Arabia October 11 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • New Saudi-Oman highway to reduce distance by 800 km

    October 08 , 2015

    The $426m motorway passes through the eastern Saudi province of Al-Ahsa and the Rub' al-Khali desert through to the Oman border.

    Read More
  • Saudi ministry awards $293m in municipal contracts

    Saudi Arabia October 08 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 Saudi Arabian infrastructure projects

    Saudi Arabia October 07 , 2015

    Take a look at the Middle East’s biggest market which has some of the biggest infrastructure projects in the world with almost $50 billion invested.

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

    Saudi Arabia October 07 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • Bahrain will invest $20bn in industrial and infrastructure projects

    Bahrain October 07 , 2015

    Bahrain’s open business environment has attracted international business from around the world looking to access the fast-growing GCC market, currently worth $1.6 trillion and expected to reach $2trn by 2020.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Alba announces new Chief Marketing Officer

    Bahrain October 05 , 2015

    Alba remains committed to develop Bahraini nationals to take-up key leadership positions

    Read More
  • Top 10 GCC green building projects

    October 05 , 2015

    Demand for more environmentally-friendly buildings and construction materials has increased dramatically over the past decade, with major companies, universities and research institutions taking on the responsibility to build a greener future in the region...

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • GARMCO signs remelt expansion contract with Fives

    Bahrain September 30 , 2015

    The project will create 50 new jobs, further bolstering GARMCO's position as one of the biggest employers in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and will generate significant cost savings.

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 road infrastructure networks

    United States September 30 , 2015

    Billions of dollars is being spent across the world on new roads. Take a look at some of the spectacular and unique highways around the world, which transport billions of people and tonnes of goods by car, bus and truck

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • UAE hotel and visitor attraction revenues forecast to double by 2019

    United Arab Emirates September 29 , 2015

    A new report for The Hotel Show and The Leisure Show Dubai reveals that the UAE is leading the Middle East and North Africa for hotel room revenues

    Read More
  • Etihad rail transports 2m tonnes of sulphur, trials running daily

    United Arab Emirates September 29 , 2015

    Two million tonnes of sulphur have been transported in the past 12 months during trial operations on Stage One of the network.

    Read More
  • Skills shortages a major challenge for MENA construction industry

    United Arab Emirates September 28 , 2015

    Delays and cost overruns possible risks as labour demand peaks in the region.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Jordan opens new $287m wind farm

    Jordan September 22 , 2015

    The $287 million project, built in the southern governorate of Tafilah, will account for 3% of the total energy currently produced in Jordan.

    Read More
  • Kuwait’s new development plan to boost economy

    Kuwait September 22 , 2015

    The Development Plan (DP) seeks to boost aggregate investment, pledging to spend about $106bn (KD32bn) between 2015 and 2019.

    Read More
  • UPDATE: Saudi insurance firm receives claim for collapsed crane

    Saudi Arabia September 21 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • Dubai's DEWA to issue tender for 800MW Phase 3 of solar park

    United Arab Emirates September 21 , 2015

    Dubai's strategic plans envision 7 per cent of power generation from renewables by 2020 and 15 per cent by 2030.

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 UAE projects revealed in 2015

    United Arab Emirates September 21 , 2015

    The UAE has announced a series of high-profile new developments this year and we take a look at 10 of the best...so far. Investments totalled $39.5bn in 2014, this year that is set to reach $42.2bn.

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

    Saudi Arabia September 20 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • A glimpse at the future of hotel design

    United Arab Emirates September 17 , 2015

    "A young population and significant capital resources of the MENA states are key advantages. Hotels are scrambling to anticipate travelers’ future needs, and some changes already taking effect can help us get glimpse of what’s to come"

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

    Saudi Arabia September 16 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Construction experts still in high demand across GCC construction sector

    United Arab Emirates September 16 , 2015

    The UAE is the easiest market for hiring expatriate talent, while Saudi Arabia is the most challenging, according to an industry panel.

    Read More
  • Drake & Scull International Standardises on Aconex

    September 16 , 2015

    The enterprise subscription agreement covers construction projects throughout MENA

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • $133 billion Madinah projects currently on track

    Saudi Arabia September 15 , 2015

    Approvals for a number of projects are expected to ensure unprecedented development in the city

    Read More
  • UAE housing development to remember the fallen

    United Arab Emirates September 15 , 2015

    The UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain has ordered a new development be named in honour of the nation's servicemen who died in Yemen

    Read More
  • Dubai launches 3 smart apps for real estate and construction sectors

    United Arab Emirates September 15 , 2015

    Following up on status of projects, obtaining government approvals, No-Objection Certificates (NOC) for construction permits and connections are now a click away.

    Read More
  • Ritchie Bros. sells $42m of equipment and trucks at Dubai auction

    United Arab Emirates September 15 , 2015

    Buyers from outside Dubai purchased approximately $19 million (45%) of equipment and trucks. Online bidders purchased approximately more than $5 million (12%) of equipment.

    Read More
  • "Solar energy is an opportunity not a threat to business"

    United Arab Emirates September 14 , 2015

    Global Solar Leaders Summit's final panel discussion was the Action Roadmap Round Table: Aligning policy, investment and infrastructure development to drive solar market outcomes.

    Read More
  • Ecomagic brings the safest kind of paint to the market

    United Arab Emirates September 14 , 2015

    Paint company makes huge splash at Gulf Glass Exhibition with water-based paint application, the first of its kind in the Middle East

    Read More
  • The eyes of the world focus on Dubai for solar energy summit

    United Arab Emirates September 14 , 2015

    More than $50 billion will be invested in solar power in the next five years in across MENA and this morning leaders from across the region meet in the UAE for the biggest solar conference ever

    Read More
  • "Weather caused Saudi crane crash" which killed 107

    Saudi Arabia September 13 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • Life-size dinosaurs arrive at Dubai theme park

    United Arab Emirates September 13 , 2015

    IMG Worlds of Adventure has completed the installation of 69 life-size dinosaurs in its Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure zone as the world’s largest indoor theme park nears completion.

    Read More
  • The Big 5 Kuwait 2015 opens today

    Kuwait September 13 , 2015

    This year’s edition has more exhibition space exclusively for Building Interior Products and a bigger open-air Plant, Machinery and Vehicle (PMV) Product Zone.

    Read More
  • The Big 5 opens its doors in India today

    India September 10 , 2015

    Leading architects, builders, consultants, designers and engineers from all over India and the Asian peninsula arrive Mumbai for three days of The Big 5 Construct India 2015

    Read More
  • Theme parks will add $400 million to UAE tourism income

    United Arab Emirates September 10 , 2015

    A new report published by Euromonitor International forecasts that UAE theme park revenues will increase by 78% from $470m in 2015 to $837m in 2019.

    Read More
  • Chinese contractor completes holy sites railway

    Saudi Arabia September 09 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: 10 of India’s biggest infrastructure projects

    India September 09 , 2015

    India is planning to invest $1 trillion on infrastructure between 2012 and 2017. The Big 5 Hub selects 10 of India’s biggest ongoing and completed infrastructure projects.

    Read More
  • Artglass at the show

    United Arab Emirates September 08 , 2015

    Artglass offers unparalleled design possibilities, superior clarity and renowned durability.

    Read More
  • GCC megaprojects report show 30 major project opportunities for contractors

    United Arab Emirates September 08 , 2015

    Megaprojects worth hundreds of billions of dollars are creating enormous opportunities for contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers, and manufacturers in the Middle East.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia’s $320m Riyadh Walk to start construction in 2016

    Saudi Arabia September 06 , 2015

    The project will cover an area of 137,000 sqm with a 650-metre façade, and is located in northern Riyadh.

    Read More
  • Jordan's first nuclear power plant on track

    Jordan September 06 , 2015

    The deal was signed by Jordan and Russia's state-owned Rosatom company in March to build two nuclear reactors by 2022

    Read More
  • UAE’s Barakah nuclear energy construction site reaches milestone

    United Arab Emirates September 03 , 2015

    Four identical reactors have been safely constructed simultaneously in Barakah's nuclear construction site.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Town Square unveils new affordable residential apartments

    United Arab Emirates September 02 , 2015

    Sales launch of the Jenna apartments will commence on September 5, 2015 with 2-bedroom prices starting from $204,165

    Read More
  • Fire kills 10 at Saudi Aramco oil workers’ residence

    Saudi Arabia September 01 , 2015

    Approximately 80 people of different nationalities are still receiving hospital treatment, while 179 injured people have been discharged in Khobar City, Saudi Arabia.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • King Abdullah Economic City to launch ready homes this week

    Saudi Arabia August 31 , 2015

    Villas, townhouses, paired homes and apartments will be made available to the public on September 3-5 in Jeddah.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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).

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • GCC to focus on cyber-security for national infrastructure

    United Arab Emirates August 31 , 2015

    The manufacturing and energy/utilities sectors reported 23% of all cyber security infringements in 2014

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Abu Dhabi’s Midfield Terminal Building project on track

    United Arab Emirates August 30 , 2015

    Abu Dhabi Airports has started the de-propping process for the roof structure which will make the structure look like it is floating on 18 steel arches.

    Read More
  • Saudi launches $53m Red Sea Mall expansion

    Saudi Arabia August 27 , 2015

    Expansion will add 145,000 sqm of leasable space to Jeddah’s largest mall. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

    Read More
  • Hotel construction in Turkey reaches an all-time high

    Turkey August 27 , 2015

    Hotel construction in Turkey is booming with 75 projects and 12,968 new rooms in the pipeline.

    Read More
  • Sharjah Waterfront City to launch in September

    United Arab Emirates August 27 , 2015

    Spread across 36km of coastline, Sharjah Waterfront City will be the largest commercial, residential and tourism development in the rapidly developing Emirates of Sharjah.

    Read More
  • Salas to direct Crystal Lagoons projects worth over $13bn

    August 26 , 2015

    As new Regional Director, Salas aims to identify new opportunities to take patented mega-lagoon technology to key Gulf destinations

    Read More
  • The Big 5 Hub Quarterly #3 launched today

    United Arab Emirates August 26 , 2015

    The third issue of The Big 5 Quarterly is distributed today with 20,000 printed copies and an e-edition distributed worldwide to more than 350,000 construction professionals

    Read More
  • Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah expansion to complete this year

    United Arab Emirates August 26 , 2015

    The resort also plans to launch Jumeirah Al Naseem, a 430-room hotel that is set to open in 2016.

    Read More
  • Streets Development

    Saudi Arabia August 25 , 2015 Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • A fresh look at affordable housing

    United Arab Emirates August 25 , 2015

    For Dubai, affordable housing has never been a priority. But with a saturated luxury sector and increased demand, developers are finally addressing the shortfall. One of the pioneers is the MAG Group. CEO Talal Al Gaddah explains how it needs to work.

    Read More
  • Town Square awards contract for Zahra and Hayat Townhouse communities

    United Arab Emirates August 24 , 2015

    Nshama's affordable housing community has awarded construction contracts to Beaver Gulf Group

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia starts construction of $40m labour camp

    Saudi Arabia August 23 , 2015

    A new 104,000 sqm labour camp in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) will house more than 4,000 labourers working on nearby projects.

    Read More
  • UAE real estate companies suffer as shares plummet

    United Arab Emirates August 23 , 2015

    Emaar’s share price fell 8.6 per cent, Damac Properties fell 8.73 per cent and Arabtec fell 8.59 per cent. Shares in Abu Dhabi’s Aldar dropped eight per cent. Declines have pushed Dubai Financial Market index by more than six per cent.

    Read More
  • Work on Jumeirah flyover begins as part of Dubai Canal project

    United Arab Emirates August 23 , 2015

    Work on the six-lane flyover on Jumeirah Road has begun, after a detour was put in place last week

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Dubai District cooling giant reveals its strategy to clear debts early

    United Arab Emirates August 20 , 2015

    The provider of air-con for more than 50,000 people in Dubai, UAE, has paid more than $50m to creditors six months earlier than planned

    Read More
  • Arabian Construction Company wins $78.5m contract for India project

    India August 19 , 2015

    The Supertech Hues residential project, located near New Delhi, will cost $320m to build and is due for completion in 2016.

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: 10 of the world’s great megaprojects

    August 19 , 2015

    10 of the world's most spectacular construction projects, which cost billions of dollars. A look at the bridges, buildings and rail projects that made headlines around the globe.

    Read More
  • Al Habtoor City set to open by year-end

    United Arab Emirates August 19 , 2015

    The city will be located within a 15 minute radius of all major attractions in Dubai

    Read More
  • 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".

    Read More
  • Jeddah Metro to reduce 30% of traffic by 2040

    Saudi Arabia August 17 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • European distributor buys majority share in Drywall Qatar

    Qatar August 16 , 2015

    SIG purchase is part of increased Middle East expansion

    Read More
  • Dubai expands waterway public transport

    United Arab Emirates August 16 , 2015

    Road Transport Authority announces 12 new marine transport stations in the centre of the city at the nbew Business Bay Canal and the Dubai Water Canal

    Read More
  • ABB lands $150m Saudi sub-station expansion contract

    Saudi Arabia August 13 , 2015

    ABB technology to upgrade five GIS substations to increase electricity transmission capacity in Saudi Arabia

    Read More
  • Experts focus on UAE ambition to be world's top tourist destination by 2020

    August 12 , 2015

    Hospitality professionals reveal their themes for this year's Dubai conference Full details of the Vision Conference 2015, part of The Hotel Show and The Leisure Show, September 28-30 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

    Read More
  • Starwood signs four hotel deal to make stays in Dubai cheaper

    United Arab Emirates August 11 , 2015

    New deal brings 816 mid-price rooms to the emirate as Dubai government focuses on cheaper hotel costs ahead of the Dubai World Expo 2020.

    Read More
  • RAK Ceramics continues global expansion

    United Arab Emirates August 10 , 2015

    The company sees a promising outlook on solid restructuring and expansion in high margin sanitaryware and tiles

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • RAK ceramics $146m net profit in first six months of 2015

    United Arab Emirates August 10 , 2015

    From the start of 2015, RAK Ceramics made eight new senior appointments in the UAE and Asia, aimed at strengthening the implementation of its corporate strategy and driving growth across core businesses of tiles, sanitaryware, tableware and taps and faucets.

    Read More
  • Kuwait's total spending on energy projects expected to reach $100bn over next five years

    Kuwait August 09 , 2015

    Energy projects constitute 40 per cent of the total construction projects in Kuwait as of May 2015

    Read More
  • Saudi diesel generators market to hit $700m

    Saudi Arabia August 06 , 2015

    Diesel generators market in Saudi Arabia is projected to cross $700 million by 2020, "Saudi Arabia Diesel Gensets Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2020" report said.

    Read More
  • Riyadh company on track with $80m villa project

    Saudi Arabia August 06 , 2015

    Riyadh has a requirement for around 50,000 housing units per annum over the next five years and an estimated housing inventory of just 1.15 million units.

    Read More
  • Asphalting & Lighting

    Saudi Arabia August 06 , 2015 Read More
  • Entries Beautification

    Saudi Arabia August 06 , 2015 Read More
  • Civil & Support Warehouses

    Saudi Arabia August 06 , 2015 Read More
  • Waste Disposal & Swamp Backfilling

    United Arab Emirates August 06 , 2015 Read More
  • 'New' Suez Canal opens today as Egypt celebrates

    Egypt August 06 , 2015

    Egypt's year-long widening and dredging project, which cost $8bn will double the country's revenues from shipping by 2023, says leader

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Dubai Investments Park attracts 436 new companies in the first five months of 2015

    United Arab Emirates August 05 , 2015

    Dubai Investments' business park in the south of Dubai reveals the number of new businesses, which have moved in this year

    Read More
  • Riyadh property prices drop, rents increase in Q2 2015

    United Arab Emirates August 04 , 2015

    A new report by JLL says that a new tax on undeveloped land in Saudi Arabia will encourage the construction of more residential units in Riyadh.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Dubai giant Emaar Properties sees profits hit $600m in H1 2015

    United Arab Emirates August 03 , 2015

    Profits up 12 per cent on revenue of $1.77bn, an increase of 13 per cent compared with the same period last year.

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia approves $267m municipal contracts

    Saudi Arabia August 02 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Dubai’s RTA to build 10 new pedestrian bridges

    United Arab Emirates August 02 , 2015

    The 10 new bridges will bring the total number of pedestrian bridges to 120 by 2017.

    Read More
  • Students Transportation

    Saudi Arabia July 29 , 2015 Read More
  • Central Zone Development

    Saudi Arabia July 29 , 2015 Read More
  • Kuwait awards $11.5bn contracts to build Saudi refinery

    Kuwait July 29 , 2015

    Construction of the 615,000 barrel per day refinery is expected to be a major boost to Kuwait's economy.

    Read More
  • Dubai’s theme parks sector to reach $1.4bn by 2020

    United Arab Emirates July 29 , 2015

    The GCC is investing millions in the entertainment sector with new project launches including Saudi Arabia’s $133m KidzMondo theme parks and Oman’s $120m Majarat Oman.

    Read More
  • Abu Dhabi builds more hotels as visitor number soar

    United Arab Emirates July 29 , 2015

    Tourist and business visitors to the UAE capital's hotels were 20 per cent up in the first three months of 2015 as constructors concentrate on meeting demand with 2,300 rooms set to open this year and more than 5,000 already planned within two years.

    Read More
  • UTC Building & Industrial Systems gets LEED Gold certification

    United Arab Emirates July 28 , 2015

    The company’s regional headquarters in Dubai met LEED Gold criteria in a number of areas, including its site development, water and energy efficiency, indoor air quality and innovation.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Saudi’s King Fahd Airport signs aviation building contract

    Saudi Arabia July 26 , 2015

    The new building follows increased demand from private jet owners.

    Read More
  • India to build wind power farms in Iran

    Iran, Islamic Republic of July 26 , 2015

    India-based Suzlon’s managing director has arrived in Iran to negotiate plans to build wind farms across the country, according to an Iranian economic activist.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • American firm wins $3.96m order for energy saving technology

    Oman July 26 , 2015

    US-based Energy Recovery will deploy its PX Pressure Exchanger technology in an independent water plant in Oman.

    Read More
  • 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...

    Read More
  • Emirates Green Building Council continues to strengthen UAE's sustainable built environment

    United Arab Emirates July 22 , 2015

    EmiratesGBC has been prime driver in facilitating UAE's vision to be a global leader in sustainable built environments

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Emaar Malls records 37% growth in half-year 2015

    United Arab Emirates July 22 , 2015

    Revenue for the first six months of 2015 hit $398 million, 16 per cent higher than H1 2014

    Read More
  • Advance permission now mandatory for transporting heavy equipment in Jeddah

    Saudi Arabia July 21 , 2015

    The decision comes from a need to provide more safety regulations as Saudi's population continues to expand

    Read More
  • SeaWorld faces opposition to potential Middle East expansion

    United Arab Emirates July 21 , 2015

    An online petition has seen 32,663 signatories so far to shut-down potential plans to open a Dubai-based theme park

    Read More
  • Saudi King approves revised plan for Prophet's Mosque

    Saudi Arabia July 19 , 2015

    Phase 1 of the development will be implemented on the eastern side of the Prophet's Mosque, followed by the western side in Phase 2.

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia cancels $201m train contract

    Saudi Arabia July 16 , 2015

    Spanish company Talgo had won the $201m contract in February, following a feasibility study into building a high-speed rail line between Riyadh and Dammam.

    Read More
  • Saudi cement companies report profit declines in Q2

    Saudi Arabia July 16 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • External Facades Rehabilitation Works

    Saudi Arabia July 16 , 2015 Read More
  • Gardens, Pedestrian Passageways & Yards

    Saudi Arabia July 16 , 2015 Read More
  • Central Zone Improving & Developing

    Saudi Arabia July 16 , 2015 Read More
  • Gardens, Pedestrian Passageways & Yards

    Saudi Arabia July 16 , 2015 Read More
  • Fences Completion

    Saudi Arabia July 16 , 2015 Read More
  • Urban Center Construction

    Saudi Arabia July 16 , 2015 Read More
  • Al Arda Abu Areesh Road Repair Works

    Saudi Arabia July 16 , 2015 Read More
  • Roads Completion Works

    Saudi Arabia July 16 , 2015 Read More
  • Roads Completion Works

    Saudi Arabia July 16 , 2015 Read More
  • Fencing Graves & Washers Construction

    Saudi Arabia July 16 , 2015 Read More
  • Entries Developing & Aesthetic Models Construction

    Saudi Arabia July 16 , 2015 Read More
  • Reverse Osmosis Plant Rehabilitation & Restoration

    Saudi Arabia July 16 , 2015 Read More
  • Swamp Backfilling

    Saudi Arabia July 16 , 2015 Read More
  • Railway Road

    Saudi Arabia July 16 , 2015 Read More
  • Saudi Arabia orders inquiry into stalled projects worth $18m

    Saudi Arabia July 15 , 2015

    The decision was taken following a number of complaints from citizens about various projects that have been stalled in Al-Ahsa and Madinah.

    Read More
  • Makkah projects expected to spur an economic boom

    Saudi Arabia July 15 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • KidzMondo to build 7 theme parks for $133m in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia July 14 , 2015

    The first branch is expected to open by Q1 2017 in Riyadh.

    Read More
  • Large potential for GCC 3D building printing industry

    United Arab Emirates July 13 , 2015

    Middle East could witness a revolutionary construction era in the next decade

    Read More
  • Healthcare Centers Furnishing

    Saudi Arabia July 13 , 2015 Read More
  • Natural Parks Development

    Saudi Arabia July 13 , 2015 Read More
  • Roads, Streets & Squares

    Saudi Arabia July 13 , 2015 Read More
  • Tourist Zones Development

    Saudi Arabia July 13 , 2015 Read More
  • Big Mosques Maintenance & Cleaning

    Saudi Arabia July 13 , 2015 Read More
  • New projects announced for KFIA

    Saudi Arabia July 12 , 2015

    Strategic projects have been planned for Saudi's King Fahd International Airport's continued development

    Read More
  • King launches key Grand Mosque expansion projects

    Saudi Arabia July 12 , 2015

    The king was briefed on the model of the entire expansion project, which is tipped to be "the Project of the Century."

    Read More
  • dmg events to launch The Big 5 for East African construction sector

    Kenya July 12 , 2015

    The inaugural event will take place from November 2-4, 2016 in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.

    Read More
  • University Intersections

    Saudi Arabia July 09 , 2015 Read More
  • Farnek biogas initiative to help families in Nepal

    Nepal July 09 , 2015

    UAE-based FM leader begins rollout of innovative programme to isolated rural communities across Nepal as part of its 2015 corporate social responsibility mandate

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 construction machinery manufacturers

    Saudi Arabia July 08 , 2015

    Construction equipment worth $145.3 billion will be sold worldwide in 2015. But who is the world's biggest construction machinery manufacturer?

    Read More
  • Damac continues to focus on high-end projects in GCC

    United Arab Emirates July 08 , 2015

    The Dubai-based property developer aims to have a compititive advantage in the luxury residential market in the UAE and abroad

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

    Saudi Arabia July 07 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Nurse Dormitory Development

    Saudi Arabia July 07 , 2015 Read More
  • Purification Plants Maintenance

    Saudi Arabia July 07 , 2015 Read More
  • Roads & Intersections Construction

    United Arab Emirates July 07 , 2015 Read More
  • 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,...

    Read More
  • Saudi's SABIC unit, South Korea's SK form polyethylene project

    Saudi Arabia July 06 , 2015

    The joint venture will be based in Singapore

    Read More
  • New terminal opens at Prince Mohammed Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport

    Saudi Arabia July 05 , 2015

    The new 156,940 sqm terminal comprises three floors, 16 aircraft stands served by passenger boarding bridges and 20 remote apron stands.

    Read More
  • Zamil Steel wins $5.5m factory project in Jeddah

    Saudi Arabia July 02 , 2015

    The contract includes design, fabrication, supply and erection of more than 340 metric tons of pre-engineered steel buildings. And all EPC and finishing works for the new water tanks production facility.

    Read More
  • Kuwait construction sector thriving with $188bn projects underway

    Kuwait July 01 , 2015

    Kuwait has a combined value of retail, interior and fit-out market standing at $31 million.

    Read More
  • Alstom & National Grid sign deal to develop electricity infrastructure

    Saudi Arabia June 30 , 2015

    The two companies will cooperate in developing and advancing electricity infrastructure in Saudi Arabia on a long-term basis.

    Read More
  • Storm Water Disposal System

    Saudi Arabia June 29 , 2015 Read More
  • Public Buildings & Facilities

    Saudi Arabia June 29 , 2015 Read More
  • Garden Sunshades

    Saudi Arabia June 29 , 2015 Read More
  • Consultancy Services

    Saudi Arabia June 29 , 2015 Read More
  • Water Branch Building Construction

    Saudi Arabia June 29 , 2015 Read More
  • Dubai developer Limitless to repay $564m to creditors

    United Arab Emirates June 29 , 2015

    The cash payment amounts to 42 per cent of its $1.21bn (AED4.45bn) total debt pile.

    Read More
  • Landmark Hotels & Suites to expand in 2016

    United Arab Emirates June 29 , 2015

    The Dubai-based hotel chain will be opening new hotels across the UAE, including in Dubai and Fujairah

    Read More
  • Aramco to begin $50bn expansion at Saudi oil field

    Saudi Arabia June 28 , 2015

    The Shaybah field expansion will increase oil production by 250,000 barrels per day (bpd).

    Read More
  • Structural Roads

    Saudi Arabia June 28 , 2015 Read More
  • Central Zone Development

    Saudi Arabia June 28 , 2015 Read More
  • Intergraph® Solutions used in Saudi refinery project

    United Arab Emirates June 25 , 2015

    SmartPlant® Enterprise solutions selected for integrated data and optimal plant operation and maintenance.

    Read More
  • Saudi officials meet to discuss progress of new Kingdom Tower

    Saudi Arabia June 25 , 2015

    Prince Alwaleed: "World's tallest Tower cost construction work picking up pace."

    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

    Read More
  • Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower named MENA’s best skyscraper

    United Arab Emirates June 25 , 2015

    It was named the 2015 winner in the Middle East and Africa category ahead of another Abu Dhabi tower, the new Al Hilal Bank headquarters on Al Maryah Island.

    Read More
  • Honeywell launches new security camera series in the Middle East

    United Arab Emirates June 25 , 2015

    New series provides simpler and more effective solutions for smaller scale and entry-level security requirements.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 richest MENA construction moguls

    United Arab Emirates June 24 , 2015

    The Big 5 Hub selects the top 10 richest construction moguls in the MENA region, according to their net worth.

    Read More
  • REPORT: GCC construction industry witnessing a growth phase

    June 24 , 2015

    "The GCC governments challenge to diversify their economies from oil & gas and their consistent focus on infrastructure development across sectors has kept the construction industry in focus," says Sanjay Bhatia, Managing Director, Alpen Capital Investment...

    Read More
  • First Solar Modules to power 200mw solar photovoltaic project in Dubai

    United Arab Emirates June 24 , 2015

    Consortium led by ACWA Power establishes global cost benchmark with Middle East's largest PV plant

    Read More
  • Cleaning Works

    Saudi Arabia June 23 , 2015 Read More
  • Municipality Buildings & Facilities Construction

    Saudi Arabia June 23 , 2015 Read More
  • Gardens, Yards & Pedestrian Passageways

    Saudi Arabia June 23 , 2015 Read More
  • Rainwater Drainage Network

    Saudi Arabia June 23 , 2015 Read More
  • Water Networks Construction

    June 23 , 2015 Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Unilever launches $272m industrial project in Dubai

    United Arab Emirates June 23 , 2015

    Dubai Industrial City offers duty-free import facilitation for machinery and a tariff-free access to the GCC and MENA markets.

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia’s largest airport project on track

    Saudi Arabia June 22 , 2015

    The new KAIA airport will serve 80 million passengers once all three phases are complete, at a cost of $7.2bn.

    Read More
  • Intersection Improvement & Beautification Works

    Saudi Arabia June 22 , 2015 Read More
  • Nursery Maintenance & Operation

    Saudi Arabia June 22 , 2015 Read More
  • Gardens, Parks, Yards and Pedestrian Passageways Construction

    Saudi Arabia June 22 , 2015 Read More
  • High Security Facilities Construction

    Saudi Arabia June 22 , 2015 Read More
  • Bridges, Tunnels and Intersections Construction - Stage 3

    Saudi Arabia June 22 , 2015 Read More
  • Kuwait inks $1.4bn gas deal, project to complete in 2019

    Kuwait June 22 , 2015

    The project will link Kuwait's eastern onshore Burgan field and northern fields with Al-Ahmadi refinery in the southeast.

    Read More
  • Organizing Conferences & Shows

    Saudi Arabia June 21 , 2015 Read More
  • Markets & Slaughterhouse Construction

    Saudi Arabia June 21 , 2015 Read More
  • Municipality Building Construction

    Saudi Arabia June 21 , 2015 Read More
  • Studies & Designs

    Saudi Arabia June 21 , 2015 Read More
  • Sewage Treatment Plant Rehabilitation

    Saudi Arabia June 21 , 2015 Read More
  • Charts Dividing & Downloading

    Saudi Arabia June 21 , 2015 Read More
  • Sand Buffers Construction

    June 21 , 2015 Read More
  • Abu Dhabi City Municipality constructs jogging, cycling tracks

    United Arab Emirates June 21 , 2015

    Tracks underway extend more than 80 km in length, more tracks, walks planned at Khalifa city, Mohammed bin Zayed city and Shakhbout city

    Read More
  • Saudi King approves revised plan for Prophet's Mosque

    Saudi Arabia June 19 , 2015

    Phase 1 of the refurbishment will take place on the eastern side of the Prophet's Mosque, followed by Phase 2 on the western side.

    Read More
  • Saudi authority signs $421m contract for Riyadh residential project

    Saudi Arabia June 18 , 2015

    The contract by General Organisation for Social Insurance (GOSI) is part of a plan to invest in Riyadh and improve its economy, according to General Organisation for Social Insurance (GOSI).

    Read More
  • Report: Kuwait's five-year plan to boost infrastructure projects

    Kuwait June 18 , 2015

    A new report by Ventures highlights Kuwait’s focus on diversification by moving from a predominately oil-based economy and increasing spending in other sectors including infrastructure

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 MENA renewable energy projects

    United Arab Emirates June 17 , 2015

    Despite its oil and gas wealth, the GCC is leading the world in renewable energy projects. We take a look at 10 of the best across MENA.

    Read More
  • Chinese lead 20% boost to hotel visitor numbers in UAE capital

    United Arab Emirates June 17 , 2015

    Good news for the UAE's expanding hotel sector as visitor numbers increase for first four months of 2015 and compared with 2014's figures show 11 per cent increase

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Urban Center Restoration

    Saudi Arabia June 15 , 2015 Read More
  • Green Fields & Playgrounds Construction

    Saudi Arabia June 15 , 2015 Read More
  • Events Automatic Monitoring

    Saudi Arabia June 15 , 2015 Read More
  • Sewage Water Treatment Plant Construction

    Saudi Arabia June 15 , 2015 Read More
  • Transitory Plant Construction

    United Arab Emirates June 15 , 2015 Read More
  • Training Halls Development & Rehabilitation

    United Arab Emirates June 15 , 2015 Read More
  • Serenia Residence 70% sold in one month

    United Arab Emirates June 15 , 2015

    Exclusive residential community on Palm Jumeirah Crescent records strong demand

    Read More
  • Saudi government reveals plans for homes on 18,000 designated sites

    Saudi Arabia June 14 , 2015

    The projects supervised by the ministry of Commerce include villas, apartments, office units, commercial units and land development

    Read More
  • Environmental Sanitation Services

    Saudi Arabia June 14 , 2015 Read More
  • Residency Construction

    Saudi Arabia June 14 , 2015 Read More
  • Valleys Protection & Bridges Construction

    Saudi Arabia June 14 , 2015 Read More
  • Site Abrasion Asphalting

    Saudi Arabia June 14 , 2015 Read More
  • Roads, Streets and Squares Development

    Saudi Arabia June 14 , 2015 Read More
  • Valleys Protection & Support Bridges Construction - Stage 7

    Saudi Arabia June 14 , 2015 Read More
  • Olympic Complex Maintenance

    Saudi Arabia June 14 , 2015 Read More
  • Petrofac wins $900mn Oman contract

    Oman June 11 , 2015

    The total contract value is expected to be around $900 million with around one-quarter of the revenues relating to professional services including engineering, construction and commissioning management

    Read More
  • Remal Mall awards FM contract to Cofely Besix Facility Management

    United Arab Emirates June 11 , 2015

    The contract also includes operations and maintenance of electrical systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, fire and life systems, as well as potable water and other amenities

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia spends $1.06trn in five years, 30% on capital projects

    Saudi Arabia June 10 , 2015

    Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency chief presented two reports on development projects at Al Salam Palace this week. King Salman expressed satisfaction with the country’s financial situation.

    Read More
  • Egypt inks $4.6bn development contract with Arabia Group

    Egypt June 10 , 2015

    Initial agreement for the project in the Cairo suburb of 6th of October City was inked earlier this year at an investment summit in Egypt where billions of dollars of deals and pledges were signed.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Dubai is home to best new hotel in the Middle East 2015

    United Arab Emirates June 10 , 2015

    "With 4,000 new rooms entering the Dubai market by the end of this year and the refurbishment of existing properties, the level of competition has never been higher," said Christine Davidson, Event Director, DMG Hospitality Portfolio

    Read More
  • Turkey’s Yuksel wins $614m Saudi rapid bus transit system contract

    Saudi Arabia June 08 , 2015

    The project will accelerate the shift from private car to public transportation systems and play a major role in Saudi-Turkish bilateral relations.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Luxury RAK development on target for early completion

    United Arab Emirates June 08 , 2015

    • AED250 million project ahead of schedule, with first homes ready by Q4 2015 • Community site visit and focus group held with residents providing feedback • Development packed with green features, aiming for LEED Certification

    Read More
  • Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Real Estate awards AVENUE 353's construction contract to McFadden International

    United Arab Emirates June 08 , 2015

    AVENUE 353 offers buyers the opportunity to take advantage of the booming touristic rental market - the fastest growing investment sector in the Middle East

    Read More
  • Summer peak hour work ban to raise project costs in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia June 07 , 2015

    New ban may delay projects with contractors losing out on six to nine months of efficient daytime labour

    Read More
  • Saudi authority signs $395m contract for airport expansion

    Saudi Arabia June 07 , 2015

    Muhaidib Contracting won the three year contract to expand Prince Naif Regional Airport in Al-Qassim, which is expected to serve 3 million passengers.

    Read More
  • Ultramodern floor coatings used at Jeddah airport

    Saudi Arabia June 07 , 2015

    Flowcrete Middle East has supplied 600,000 sqm of its high performance deck coating systems Deckshield ID and Deckshield ED to the airport.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Singapore’s Hyflux wins $48m Saudi desalination project

    Saudi Arabia June 04 , 2015

    New desalination plant in Yanbu will have ten units, each with a capacity of 3,000 cubic meters per day.

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

    Saudi Arabia June 03 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • Transport links contribute to higher property values and hotel rates in Dubai

    United Arab Emirates June 03 , 2015

    A new report has found that properties closer to metro stations in the city reflect a 10 per cent premium

    Read More
  • dmg events appoints new Vice President of Design & Hospitality Division

    United Arab Emirates June 03 , 2015

    Andy Stuart has worked on several show launches, awards, publications and digital communities with operational experience throughout the UK & Europe, India, Russia, UAE, China and the USA.

    Read More
  • Waste Recycling Factory Construction

    Saudi Arabia June 02 , 2015 Read More
  • Presidency Department of Criminal Court Expansion

    Saudi Arabia June 02 , 2015 Read More
  • Roads & Parks Protection

    Saudi Arabia June 02 , 2015 Read More
  • Parks & Greenfield Maintenance

    Saudi Arabia June 02 , 2015 Read More
  • Mosque Demolition & Construction

    Saudi Arabia June 02 , 2015 Read More
  • Squares Construction & Intersections Improvement

    Saudi Arabia June 02 , 2015 Read More
  • Road Completion

    Saudi Arabia June 02 , 2015 Read More
  • Secondary Industrial Institute Maintenance

    United Arab Emirates June 02 , 2015 Read More
  • 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...

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

    United Arab Emirates June 01 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • 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...

    Read More
  • Development of Park

    Saudi Arabia May 31 , 2015 Read More
  • Warding Off Dangers of Floods and Rainwater Drainage

    Saudi Arabia May 31 , 2015 Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Give a Ghaf campaign kicks off, to plant 5,000 trees this year

    United Arab Emirates May 31 , 2015

    Drought - tolerant, evergreen Ghaf tree, possibly the sturdiest plant in the harsh desert environment is now endangered, thanks to urbanisation and rapid infrastructure development.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Dubai’s Business Bay continues to flourish with new AG Tower

    United Arab Emirates May 27 , 2015

    “Business Bay is now in the spotlight and is currently being described as Dubai's new Manhattan." - Prem Gopalani, Executive Chairman, Fortune 5

    Read More
  • Nakheel Ibn Battuta Mall extension opens for lease

    United Arab Emirates May 27 , 2015

    Developer launches another 71,000 sqm of shop and restaurant space at world's largest themed mall

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 Indian megaprojects

    United Arab Emirates May 26 , 2015

    Our choice of the megaprojects in India, a country undergoing one of the biggest infrastructure and construction investment programmes in the world.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • dmg events unveils two new shows for Saudi Arabia’s $732bn construction sector

    Saudi Arabia May 25 , 2015

    Industry-focused HVACR Expo Saudi and Stone and Surface Saudi Expo will offer platform for regional buyers to meet global suppliers

    Read More
  • Emaar chairman sets sights on Jordan

    Jordan May 25 , 2015

    Mohammed Alabbar, Emaar properties chairman, has said that it is the “right time” to invest in Jordan during the World Economic Forum in the Dead Sea.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • ACTS introduces advanced quality control software system

    United Arab Emirates May 24 , 2015

    ACTS Online Concrete Pouring & Quality Control System eliminates manual data entry, reduces delays and transposition errors

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

    Saudi Arabia May 21 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • Dubai Canal is 33% complete

    United Arab Emirates May 21 , 2015

    The completion rate of Dubai Canal has touched 33 per cent and all phases of the project are on schedule, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Ten of the best ME Stone 2015 exhibitors

    United Arab Emirates May 19 , 2015

    The Middle East Stone show 2015, which runs until Thursday May 21 at the World Trade Centre in Dubai has attracted 230 exhibitors from 22 countries showing some of the most remarkable stone and tile building materials ever seen under one roof.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Building sector consumes 80% of electricity generated in Saudi Arabia

    United Arab Emirates May 13 , 2015

    Calls for stricter regulations have been made to curtail high electricity consumption

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Ten of the GCC's most iconic buildings

    May 13 , 2015

    For our latest gallery, The Big 5 Hub takes a look back over the past 15 years to remember some of the region’s most recognisable buildings. These are our current Top 10 favourites. You may have your own favourite...let us know.

    Read More
  • RAK Ceramics profits soar to $20.5m in first quarter of 2015

    United Arab Emirates May 11 , 2015

    UAE tile and ceramic manufacturer's adjusted profit figures for the first quarter of 2015 is up 22% year on year following strong sales and restructure of its company commitments

    Read More
  • Aldar launches sales for Nareel Island development

    United Arab Emirates May 11 , 2015

    Sales of exclusive Emirati development brings in $136mn in reservations

    Read More
  • World’s fastest doubledeck elevators installed in Saudi Kingdom Tower

    Saudi Arabia May 10 , 2015

    Leading elevator company to begin installation activities at Kingdom Tower construction site

    Read More
  • ACC honoured for high project safety standards

    United Arab Emirates May 10 , 2015

    The British Safety Council’s International Safety Awards honours Arabian Construction Company for third consecutive year of exceptional workplace safety standards

    Read More
  • Arabtec names new chairman

    United Arab Emirates May 07 , 2015

    The contractor is currently in the middle of senior management changes in an aim to stabilise the company amid recent upheavals

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 Middle East theme park projects

    United Arab Emirates May 06 , 2015

    New theme parks and leisure facilities that will boost tourism and attract visitors from around the world make this region one of the most exciting in the world

    Read More
  • Jeddah’s $460m Lamar Towers project on track

    Saudi Arabia May 05 , 2015

    Lamar Investment & Real Estate Development Company and Drake & Scull International have awarded a $53m external façade contract to UAE-based Technical Glass and Aluminium Company.

    Read More
  • Samsung supplies 10 giant units to Rabigh 2 power project

    United Arab Emirates May 05 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • Saudi pulls 26 delayed projects for education sector

    Saudi Arabia May 04 , 2015

    Officials have introduced stricter regulations in the kingdom from the beginning of the year to urge contractors to finish all projects on time

    Read More
  • The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2015 opens in Jeddah

    Saudi Arabia May 04 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • Foundation stone laid for $32m food plant in King Abdullah Economic City

    Saudi Arabia May 04 , 2015

    Industrial Valley within King Abdullah Economic City is developing Infrastructure on an area of more than 25 million sqm to cope with the increased demand.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • France’s Moviken delivers a Marine Passenger Information System for Dubai’s RTA

    United Arab Emirates May 03 , 2015

    The system called Naviboat provides information to passengers on the Dubai Ferries by means of large screens installed in the passenger cabins.

    Read More
  • Where now for air-conditioning in the Middle East?

    May 01 , 2015

    The worldwide ban on refrigerant gas R-22 to protect the environment will have a dramatic effect on both the new supply and servicing sectors of the HVAC industry. Stuart Corr, Mexichem Fluor Techno Commercial Director, offers advice for both manufacturers and...

    Read More
  • New technologies to launch at The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2015

    Saudi Arabia April 30 , 2015

    Global technology giants LG Electronics is capitalising on the increase of premium hotels in Saudi by introducing advanced new technology products designed specifically for the hotel market.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Jeddah's north beachfront to get $213m makeover

    Saudi Arabia April 29 , 2015

    Jeddah Corniche's northern beachfront will have water fountains, waterfalls and lakes, all made in different designs.

    Read More
  • Hansgrohe Middle East achieves record sales revenues this fiscal year

    April 29 , 2015

    Hansgrohe Middle East achieves record sales revenues this fiscal year

    Read More
  • The 'Bill Gates' of sustainable construction reveals his vision

    United Arab Emirates April 29 , 2015

    We meet the man behind the first sustainable city in the Middle East - people move into their villas in July

    Read More
  • Seven dead in Saudi construction collapse

    Saudi Arabia April 28 , 2015

    The collapse of a convention centre being built northwest of the Saudi capital killed seven and left several workers trapped under rubble yesterday.

    Read More
  • Action Hotels Announces Three-Star Hotel In Riyadh

    Saudi Arabia April 28 , 2015

    A conversion project, estimated at $8 million, funded by existing cash and debt facilities.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Hoehler & Partner receives sustainability award

    Oman April 28 , 2015

    Hoehler & Partner Architects and Engineers won accolades for sustainability in architecture at the IAIR Awards held in New York.

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

    April 27 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia and Ireland sign $100m deal for industrial project

    Saudi Arabia April 26 , 2015

    “Waste management in Saudi Arabia is a growing issue.”

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 Indonesian mega projects

    Indonesia April 22 , 2015

    Indonesia’s construction market and building materials sector is undergoing huge growth in a country of 250m people with a government committed to growth. May 7 is the launch of the latest in The Big 5 series of show in the capital Jakarta and here we look...

    Read More
  • Dubai skyscrapers earn top 20 place in world's costliest rentals

    United Arab Emirates April 22 , 2015

    New report places the city at number 16 in the world's most expensive rentals for buildings over 350ft. Dubai has completed nearly 190 skyscrapers since 2000 and Shanghai 90.

    Read More
  • New Airedale facility will reduce lead times for Saudi customers

    Saudi Arabia April 21 , 2015

    The Saudi facility will form the blueprint for Airedale's expansion plans throughout the GCC countries in the next three to five years.

    Read More
  • Water & sanitation projects worth $7.7m signed for Saudi’s Eastern province

    Saudi Arabia April 21 , 2015

    Saudi Arabia’s Water and Electricity Minister, Abdullah Al-Hussayen signed contracts with several companies for water and sewage projects in the Eastern Province.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Construction to begin at new $272m Abu Dhabi steel plant

    United Arab Emirates April 20 , 2015

    Steel cold rolling factory will produce up to 250,000 tons of galvanised steel per year for customers in Middle East, Europe& Africa.

    Read More
  • Saudi to tender three desalination projects

    United Arab Emirates April 19 , 2015

    Saudi Arabia plans to tender three large desalination projects in 2015 and 2016 as part of an investment programme for the utilities sector.

    Read More
  • Saudi industrial cities attract $267 billion in investments

    Saudi Arabia April 19 , 2015

    Industrial projects in the RCJY cities produce 10% of the global petrochemical products and contribute 12% of the Saudi Arabia's GDP.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Saudi land tax to ease housing shortage

    Saudi Arabia April 16 , 2015

    The new land tax will spur the real estate construction market, making homes more affordable and easing the housing crisis

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 mega mall projects in the Middle East

    April 16 , 2015

    The Big 5 Hub looks at the region's top 10 mall construction projects in the region. From brand new mega-malls to massive extensions to existing high-profile shopping destinations.

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

    Saudi Arabia April 15 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • DuPont Titanium Technologies Introduces Ti-Pure® One Coat™

    United Arab Emirates April 15 , 2015

    Ti-Pure® Select TS-6300 is a breakthrough in our titanium dioxide technology that enables paint manufacturers to create formulations with superior hiding in flat- and low-sheen coatings, plus optimal TiO2 efficiency.

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia’s $213m corniche expansion under way

    United Arab Emirates April 14 , 2015

    Phases 4 and 5 of the project involve 4.5km of waterfront areas.

    Read More
  • ZAC inks $92.8 million contract with Al Fouzan

    Saudi Arabia April 14 , 2015

    Zamil Air Conditioners will supply custom chiller systems for Dar Al Hijrah project being developed by the Saudi Real Estate Development Company.

    Read More
  • Report: Dubai house prices fall, rents remain flat

    United Arab Emirates April 14 , 2015

    Dubai housing prices fell slightly and rents were flat in the first quarter of 2015 compared with the final three months of last year

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

    Saudi Arabia April 13 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • Cayan Group announces three new projects worth $952mn

    United Arab Emirates April 13 , 2015

    Saudi headquartered-Cayan Group, best known for the Cayan Tower, announced new developments in Dubai and Riyadh

    Read More
  • ‘Spiderman’ scales world’s largest twisted tower in Dubai

    United Arab Emirates April 13 , 2015

    Dare devil ascends the Cayan twisted tower on Sunday during a promotional event for the company’s new project launch

    Read More
  • Makkah's Grand Mosque expansion project in final stages

    Saudi Arabia April 12 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • Saudi Binladen Group wins contract for Town Square project

    United Arab Emirates April 12 , 2015

    The agreement covers excavation and back filling for district cooling piping network, storm drainage and main sewers to be completed over 180 days

    Read More
  • Jeddah to build $40 million mixed-use towers

    Saudi Arabia April 09 , 2015

    The two towers are being developed by the Sabban Group of Companies and to offer 272 luxury apartments in total.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Lawyers reveal Bahrain agreement to meet social housing needs in the kingdom

    Bahrain April 07 , 2015

    Bahrain's largest contract agreed for the development of social and affordable housing to help meet the country's needs for 50,000 people

    Read More
  • Saudi to float Jeddah metro contract tender in Q2 2016

    Saudi Arabia April 02 , 2015

    New project involves the construction of a 149km network, including around 18km underground rail in the town center.

    Read More
  • Madinah authority signs $100 million contract for transport project

    Saudi Arabia April 02 , 2015

    With a major expansion of both the Prophet’s Mosque and to the city’s airport, projections indicate as many as 8.6 million Umrah visitors and 3.6 million Hajj pilgrims will visit the city by 2040.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Clifford Chance advises on $10 billion Saudi Aramco facility

    Saudi Arabia April 01 , 2015

    The international law firm has been advising Saudi Aramco's lenders since 1979.

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 GCC airport projects

    April 01 , 2015

    The Middle East is the air travel crossroads for the world and billions of dollars is being invested in airport expansion. Take a look at our Top 10.

    Read More
  • Designer for new Dubai “Museum of the Future” announced

    United Arab Emirates March 31 , 2015

    Former Atkins architect Shaun Killa will be the designer for the new Dubai Museum of the Future

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Saudi rail firm signs contract to renew Phase 2 of the main freight route

    Saudi Arabia March 29 , 2015

    Saudi Railways Organisation has signed a contract with China Railway Construction Corporation to renew the second phase of its 91km main freight route between Dammam and Riyadh.

    Read More
  • Report: Oil prices may impact hospitality sector

    United Arab Emirates March 29 , 2015

    New report by Ernst and Young says the hospitality sector in the MENA region may see a decline from the previous year if oil prices continue to slump

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia’s commercial vehicle spare parts market to value $3.65 billion by 2020

    Saudi Arabia March 25 , 2015

    Sales of commercial vehicles are on an upward drive in the Gulf region, with Saudi Arabia at the forefront of increased opportunities for the lucrative CV spare parts market.

    Read More
  • New Saudi land tax will support housing boom but developer shares tumble

    Saudi Arabia March 25 , 2015

    Saudi Arabia’s decision to levy undeveloped land in urban areas is seen as a bold move to meet its need for one million new homes. But it sent shares of real estate firms falling following the announcement. Many investors continued to hold land simply for...

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 GCC hotels under construction

    United Arab Emirates March 25 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • Saudi Aramco awards $283m residential contract to Dubai’s Arabtec

    Saudi Arabia March 24 , 2015

    The residential project in Al Dhahran will take 28 months to complete.

    Read More
  • Dubai's Arabtec seeks to sell four Saudi units

    United Arab Emirates March 24 , 2015

    Despite earlier claims of expansion, Arabtec will sell all but one of its Saudi Arabian subsidiaries

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Dubai Investments announces joint venture with RED House to manage development projects in Saudi Arabia

    United Arab Emirates March 22 , 2015

    New company to begin operations with iconic business park in Riyadh

    Read More
  • New home building system will be showcased in India later this year

    March 22 , 2015

    How Gremound, the inventors of a revolutionary new way to build cheaper homes, enjoyed success in Saudi Arabia and now have their sights set on India

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Arabtec sees Q4 2014 net profit loss

    United Arab Emirates March 22 , 2015

    Arabtec profits were hit by non-recurring general and administrative expenses, which jumped 75 per cent to an estimated AED800 million

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: The 10 most exciting skyscraper projects in the GCC

    United Arab Emirates March 18 , 2015

    The Big 5 Hub selects 10 amazing building projects under construction in the GCC: there are restarted megaprojects, fresh designs and what will be the world's tallest building by the end of this decade where work is already well underway.

    Read More
  • Affordable housing projects in Dubai will 'overtake luxury segment' in 2016, says leading developer

    United Arab Emirates March 18 , 2015

    Dubai Investments' chief says there will be an increase in developments for cheaper homes in the emirate over the next 18 months, offering even more options for contractors and suppliers

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Saudi BinLadin wins contract for $35 million butterfly sanctuary

    Saudi Arabia March 16 , 2015

    The German-designed Butterfly Dome in King Abdullah Financial District with its own micro climate is expected to be a major tourist attraction

    Read More
  • Egypt to build new $45 billion capital city

    Egypt March 16 , 2015

    Government of Egypt and Capital City Partners are collaborating with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for the landmark development.

    Read More
  • The Big 5 Saudi concludes another successful show

    Saudi Arabia March 15 , 2015

    With more than $3 trillion worth of development projects due to start in the Kingdom by 2020, The Big 5 Saudi provided direct access to international firms.

    Read More
  • Bin Lahej Crushers partners with Etihad Rail for transport solutions

    United Arab Emirates March 15 , 2015

    Network routes for the national network have been designed to accommodate all key customer sectors, with stations positioned to connect production hubs with points of import and export.

    Read More
  • Dubai Canal Phase 1 work 40% complete

    United Arab Emirates March 15 , 2015

    Works include elevating Sheikh Zayed Road above the Canal course

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia’s non-oil imports exceeded $12 million in January 2015

    Saudi Arabia March 12 , 2015

    Plastics and rubber products topped the list of non-oil commodity exports during the month of January, according to the Central Department of Statistics and Information (CDSI).

    Read More
  • "Hands down the best show that we have visited," Joe Rose at The Big 5 Saudi 2015

    Saudi Arabia March 12 , 2015

    UK company Big Foot Systems discovers the realities of the Saudi Arabian construction market after being directed there by its government's department of Trade and Investment.

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: The Big 5 Saudi 2015 Days 1, 2 & 3

    Saudi Arabia March 12 , 2015

    With 545 exhibitors from 52 countries and an expected 17, 000 visitors, this year’s The Big 5 Saudi is the largest till date. See image galleries below

    Read More
  • Report: Contract awards to reach $63.7 billion in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia March 11 , 2015

    The investment climate is seen as very favourable over the medium to long-term supported by Saudi government's desire to enhance its economy by investing heavily in its industries.

    Read More
  • Already successful in Saudi with one product - then add a new one too

    Saudi Arabia March 11 , 2015

    The Big 5 Saudi exhibitor Spanos has sold concrete batching plants across Saudi Arabia. This year it is building on that success in a new area with its steel and galvanisation skills.

    Read More
  • Quality product is the reason Rajhi Steel looks forward to a great year following The Big 5 Saudi

    Saudi Arabia March 11 , 2015

    Steel is a cornerstone of the construction industry and one of the biggest suppliers, in one of the biggest construction countries in the world, believes the key to success is to make sure you produce the best

    Read More
  • A giant of the construction sector continues to lead at The Big 5 Saudi

    Saudi Arabia March 11 , 2015

    Saudi Liebherr is one of the Kingdom's top vehicle and crane suppliers and once again arrives at the Jeddah show with a couple of unique vehicles

    Read More
  • Doing business in Saudi is more straightforward than you think, says Greek coatings company after securing first deal

    Saudi Arabia March 11 , 2015

    Exhibitor at The Big 5 Saudi 2015 Vernilac knows the kingdom offers great opportunity and offers a few words of advice to anyone looking to succeed there

    Read More
  • 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.

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

    Saudi Arabia March 11 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • Guaranteeing concrete strength... automatically

    Saudi Arabia March 11 , 2015

    German Testing is at The Big 5 Saudi with its specialised kits, which means everyone can check the strength of their concrete mix

    Read More
  • Air-conditioner gas is the latest target for counterfeiters and Mexichem is on a mission to educate the industry

    United Arab Emirates March 11 , 2015

    Saudi Arabia will implement the worldwide ban on the use of air-conditioning refrigerant R22 from 2018 and Mexichem FLUOR is at The Big 5 Saudi 2015 promoting the alternative from the biggest producer in the world. And it brings a warning to beware counterfeit...

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Sharjah to attract investors from Portugal

    United Arab Emirates March 11 , 2015

    Delegates from SAIF Zone and Shurooq organised a trip to Portugal to attract more foreign investment

    Read More
  • Saudi Arabia's biggest show is attracting the biggest water tanks in the Middle East

    Saudi Arabia March 10 , 2015

    FEA Water Tank from the UAE knows The Big 5 and is a regular at the Dubai show. But this year it's showing at The Big 5 Saudi for the first time. Here's why

    Read More
  • Indian Mewar promises to provide the 'king of stone crushers' at The Big 5 Saudi 2015

    Saudi Arabia March 10 , 2015

    With Saudi Arabia's plans for a cross country rail line and full network within 10 years, one Indian company is hoping its crushing machines will find a welcome market.

    Read More
  • Saudi developers encouraged to offer alternative building designs

    Saudi Arabia March 10 , 2015

    The Sustainable Design & Construction Seminar series begins today at The Big 5 Saudi 2015

    Read More
  • New low-cost housing solution on show at The Big 5 Saudi 2015

    Saudi Arabia March 10 , 2015

    With an estimated 1.5 million new homes needed in the kingdom, Gremound, an exhibitor at The Big 5 Saudi, is offering a revolutionary solution, which is fast, innovative, sustainable and can cut build costs by half.

    Read More
  • Why heavy-duty construction vehicles are just like your laptop computer

    Saudi Arabia March 10 , 2015

    A first-time exhibitor from China at The Big 5 Saudi 2015 has explained why the Kingdom is so important to his company’s growth

    Read More
  • Old and new come together at The Big 5 Saudi 2015

    Saudi Arabia March 10 , 2015

    Amini Building Materials offers the Tupy pipe fittings for the first time in Jeddah

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Final preparations underway for The Big 5 Saudi 2015

    Saudi Arabia March 09 , 2015

    The biggest construction show in Saudi Arabia opens in just over four hours and more than a thousand people are at The Jeddah Center for Forums and Events completing those last minute touches.

    Read More
  • Vitrified clay pipes at The Big 5 Saudi 2015

    Saudi Arabia March 09 , 2015

    Jeddah-based Advanced Industrial Company will showcase its vitrified clay pipes at The Big 5 Saudi 2015 from March 9-12, 2015.

    Read More
  • Painting a green Saudi

    Saudi Arabia March 09 , 2015

    Colorificio MP’s product range includes the MP Colorplus® tinting system which is made from eco-friendly raw materials and 10 alternative external thermal insulation cladding systems which come with 10-year insurance.

    Read More
  • LEED for Ladies at The Big 5 Saudi 2015

    Saudi Arabia March 09 , 2015

    The Big 5 Saudi 2015 will offer a special LEED training day for women on Wednesday at at The Holiday Inn, Jeddah Gateway.

    Read More
  • Knauf to highlight ECOSE® Technology at The Big 5 Saudi 2015

    Saudi Arabia March 09 , 2015

    Knauf’s new generation of mineral wool truly represents a step change in sustainability for the insulation industry.

    Read More
  • ACO System to present top drainage solutions at The Big 5 Saudi 2015

    United Arab Emirates March 09 , 2015

    ACO Systems will showcase corrosion-resistant polymer concrete and stainless steel drainage systems at Saudi Arabia’s biggest construction and build show, The Big 5 Saudi 2015 from March 9-12, 2015.

    Read More
  • The Big 5 Saudi 2015 opens

    United Arab Emirates March 09 , 2015

    The Jeddah Municipality Deputy Mayor, Eng. Abdullah Mohammed Al-Qarni officially inaugurates The Big 5 Saudi 2015 (picture gallery below)

    Read More
  • Big Foot Systems top HVAC trends

    Saudi Arabia March 09 , 2015

    Big Foot Systems will showcase the latest in freestanding systems to support plant equipment and services installed on flat roofs at The Big 5 Saudi 2015.

    Read More
  • Pre-cast concrete technology at The Big 5 2015

    Saudi Arabia March 09 , 2015

    Quadra will present the latest in pre-cast concrete technology at Hall 1 Stand F36 during The Big 5 Saudi 2015.

    Read More
  • UAE minister says GCC rail's 2018 deadline may not be met

    United Arab Emirates March 09 , 2015

    Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi said that GCC leaders knew that some countries may face challenges meeting the deadline when they met in Kuwait three years ago.

    Read More
  • $41m contract awarded for $272m Falcon Island marine works

    United Arab Emirates March 09 , 2015

    Venice-like canal and private beaches are among features to be developed

    Read More
  • The Big 5 Saudi 2015 opens tomorrow

    Saudi Arabia March 08 , 2015

    It is the 5th year anniversary of the international building and construction show, taking place in Jeddah from 9th to 12th March.

    Read More
  • Abu Dhabi Ports and Gulf Precast sign $13.6m agreement

    United Arab Emirates March 05 , 2015

    Khalifa Port has signed an investment-related agreement with Gulf Precast, the UAE's largest precast concrete company.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Yokogawa wins DCS orders for two large combined cycle power plants in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia March 04 , 2015

    Japan’s Yokogawa has delivered over 30 systems to power and desalination plants in Saudi Arabia.

    Read More
  • 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'

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Infrastructure Restoration & Development

    Saudi Arabia March 02 , 2015 Read More
  • Valleys Development & Refinement

    Saudi Arabia March 02 , 2015 Read More
  • Building Construction

    Saudi Arabia March 02 , 2015 Read More
  • Municipality Building & Facilities Construction

    Saudi Arabia March 02 , 2015 Read More
  • Municipality Building & Facilities Construction

    Saudi Arabia March 02 , 2015 Read More
  • Warehouse & Workshop Maintenance

    Saudi Arabia March 02 , 2015 Read More
  • Saudi sets world record in its quest for water storage

    Saudi Arabia March 02 , 2015

    Phase one of the project to meet Jeddah's spiralling water needs has been completed at a cost of more than $1m and earned the city a Guiness World Record

    Read More
  • Hilton Worldwide expands Hilton Garden Inn in the Middle East with three new signings

    Saudi Arabia March 02 , 2015

    Mid-Market brand additions for Dubai and Al Ahsa and Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia

    Read More
  • Tourist Views Development & Protection

    Saudi Arabia March 02 , 2015 Read More
  • SNC-Lavalin secures $71 million district cooling contracts in KSA

    Saudi Arabia March 01 , 2015

    One of world's largest engineering and construction firms SNC-Lavalin will begin work on district cooling projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on both the east and west coasts.

    Read More
  • Makkah’s Grand Mosque Expansion underway

    Saudi Arabia March 01 , 2015

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

    Read More
  • Red Sea Housing forges strategic alliance with Brazilian developer

    Saudi Arabia March 01 , 2015

    New partnership between Red Sea Housing and a Brazilian developer, Direcional Engenharia includes signing of technical services and joint venture agreements.

    Read More
  • 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'

    Read More
  • Serco consortium wins $185m Saudi rail contract

    Saudi Arabia February 26 , 2015

    A consortium led by Serco Group has signed a contract with the Saudi Railway Company to provide management and technical support for its operations on the North South Railway (NSR).

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • Renaults Trucks reveals details of special Middle East testing

    Oman February 25 , 2015

    Renault Trucks K range was tested over 100,000km of challenging terrain in Oman.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • IN PICTURES: 10 UAE PROJECTS

    United Arab Emirates February 24 , 2015

    Here is The Big 5 Hub’s pick of the projects around the UAE, some are new, some are the re-launches of pre-crash plans, but all are spectacular.

    Read More
  • Dubai $350m three-tower development will start off-plan sales next month

    United Arab Emirates February 23 , 2015

    Structural work will complete at The Onyx next month and as fit out begins, private buyers will be invited to put down a deposit on homes forecast for completion next year

    Read More
  • 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

    Read More
  • Asteco: New supply could soften Dubai rental rates in 2015

    United Arab Emirates February 22 , 2015

    A new report by Asteco, Dubai’s premier real estate firm says that the supply of 13,000 new homes in 2015 will soften Dubai market.

    Read More
  • Global director at RICS MENA to speak at Big 5 Saudi

    Saudi Arabia February 21 , 2015

    RICS to address Dispute Prevention and Conflict Avoidance Panels in the MENA region at the Big 5 Saudi in Jeddah, 9-12 March 2015 at the Jeddah Centre for Forums & Events

    Read More
  • UPDATE: Dubai blaze residents allowed back inside the 86-storey Torch Tower

    United Arab Emirates February 21 , 2015

    More than 1,000 people were evacuated from The Torch tower in Dubai Marina, UAE, this morning as a blaze took hold in the 86-storey building. It looks set to reignite the debate about the safety of composite panels used to clad an estimated 500 buildings in...

    Read More
  • Ring Road Construction Project - Jeddah

    Saudi Arabia February 20 , 2015 Read More
  • Sports Hall Completion Works

    Saudi Arabia February 20 , 2015 Read More
  • Ring Road Development

    Saudi Arabia February 20 , 2015 Read More
  • Healthcare Centers Construction

    Saudi Arabia February 20 , 2015 Read More
  • Asphalting, Paving and Lighting Works

    Saudi Arabia February 20 , 2015 Read More
  • Streets Labeling and Numbering Works

    Saudi Arabia February 20 , 2015 Read More
  • Gardens, Pedestrian Passageways, & Yards - Stage 2

    Saudi Arabia February 20 , 2015 Read More