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  • 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).

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Construction to restart on stalled Dubai Water Land project

    United Arab Emirates January 12 , 2017

    Construction on Dubai’s mixed-use Wonder Land project is expected to start in Q1 this year following its restructuring by investment company Ento Capital.

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  • 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.

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  • Italian firm awarded Kind Fahd International Stadium contract

    Saudi Arabia January 08 , 2017

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

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

    United Arab Emirates January 05 , 2017

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

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

    United Arab Emirates December 14 , 2016

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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  • Three new properties announced by Ascott in Saudi

    Saudi Arabia October 18 , 2016

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • Two Bridges will connect Saudi with Bahrain and Qatar

    Saudi Arabia August 23 , 2016

    The Kingdom is building up for massive GCC development

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  • 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

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  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 GCC Transport Projects in 2017

    August 07 , 2016

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

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  • 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

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  • Project awards halt for Saudi Oger over wages

    Saudi Arabia August 02 , 2016

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

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  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 biggest castles in the world

    July 31 , 2016

    Castles were meant to be unbeatable structures that showed off the power of the Empire. Here's a list of the top ten biggest castles in the world.

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  • 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

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  • Thyssenkrupp bags Riyadh Metro contract

    Saudi Arabia July 10 , 2016

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

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  • UAE hotels in talks to open near Jeddah Tower

    Saudi Arabia June 26 , 2016

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

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  • Saudi land tax to reduce prices by 40%

    Saudi Arabia June 21 , 2016

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

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  • Cayan’s CMC Tower ahead of schedule

    United Arab Emirates June 13 , 2016

    Structural package completed mixed-use commercial tower in Riyadh

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  • Riyadh metro 36% complete

    Saudi Arabia June 12 , 2016

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

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

    Saudi Arabia June 06 , 2016

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

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  • 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

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  • Dubai’s going solar

    United Arab Emirates May 22 , 2016

    The global solar market is doing well. But it is changing, and the main reason for this is a shift in geographical focus. The Big 5 Hub talks to Hadi Tahboub, Vice President of the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) about Dubai’s role as a leader...

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  • 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

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  • SITE VISIT: Al Zorah mixed use development in Ajman

    United Arab Emirates May 18 , 2016

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

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  • Airolink Building Contracting main contractor for Art Centre project

    United Arab Emirates May 17 , 2016

    The mall will become the first and only specialised mall in the GCC region dedicated to the furniture market

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

    United Arab Emirates May 11 , 2016

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

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  • 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.

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  • Follow the leader

    United Arab Emirates May 10 , 2016

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

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  • 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

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  • Binladin crisis will be resolved, says Saudi minister

    Saudi Arabia May 04 , 2016

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

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  • Oman delays ambitious GCC rail project

    Oman May 03 , 2016

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

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  • 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.

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  • Emirates Building Systems bags Riyadh Metro deal

    Saudi Arabia May 01 , 2016

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

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  • 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.

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  • IN PICTURES: Award-winning Dubai Expo 2020 designs

    United Arab Emirates April 27 , 2016

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

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  • GCC Rail project to create 80,000 jobs

    April 26 , 2016

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

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  • 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

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

    United Arab Emirates April 13 , 2016

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

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  • 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.

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  • Saudi Arabia lifts cement export ban

    Saudi Arabia April 12 , 2016

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 rides at Motiongate Dubai

    United Arab Emirates March 30 , 2016

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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

    March 23 , 2016

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

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

    Saudi Arabia March 22 , 2016

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

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  • Saudi Aramco to keep investing in downstream sectors

    United Arab Emirates March 22 , 2016

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

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

    United Arab Emirates March 17 , 2016

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

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  • IN PICTURES: Top 10 African building & infrastructure projects

    March 16 , 2016

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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).

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  • 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."

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  • Alstom starts building train manufacturing site in South Africa

    United Arab Emirates March 07 , 2016

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

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  • Riyadh Metro, Haramain Rail to get power from SEC

    Saudi Arabia March 06 , 2016

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

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  • New timeline for 2,177km GCC rail project

    Saudi Arabia February 28 , 2016

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

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  • 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

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  • Dubai ranked best city for expats in MENA

    United Arab Emirates February 24 , 2016

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

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  • 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.

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  • Saudi Arabia has 47,000 hotel rooms under development

    February 17 , 2016

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

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  • An expert’s eye on contract matters

    Saudi Arabia February 16 , 2016

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

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

    Qatar February 15 , 2016

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • Dubai to start building the world’s largest mall in 2017

    United Arab Emirates February 10 , 2016

    The $21.8bn (AED80bn) Mall of the World project was first launched as the world’s largest shopping mall.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Consultancy lays off 100 staff across Middle East

    United Arab Emirates February 04 , 2016

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

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

    Saudi Arabia February 03 , 2016

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

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  • Saudi-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."

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

    Saudi Arabia January 28 , 2016

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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Lights, camera, action for newest hotel brand

    United Arab Emirates January 03 , 2016

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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • Saudi Arabia needs 3 million new homes by 2025

    December 16 , 2015

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • @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

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  • 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

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  • GCC hosts $115bn worth of rail projects

    November 17 , 2015

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 24% of Riyadh Metro work done

    Saudi Arabia November 12 , 2015

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

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  • 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

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  • Gulf train designs to be ready by year-end

    November 05 , 2015

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

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  • GE finalises Alstom power deal

    November 03 , 2015

    Alstom focuses on its rail transport sector as shareholders prepare to share $3.5 billion from power sell off

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  • New record for healthcare construction awards

    United Arab Emirates October 29 , 2015

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

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  • 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

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  • New Jeddah airport to be ready by mid-2017

    Saudi Arabia October 25 , 2015

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

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  • 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.

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

    Saudi Arabia October 12 , 2015

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

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

    Saudi Arabia October 11 , 2015

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

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  • Saudi to build $1.3m footbridge in Makkah

    Saudi Arabia October 11 , 2015

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

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  • Saudi ministry awards $293m in municipal contracts

    Saudi Arabia October 08 , 2015

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

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

    Saudi Arabia October 07 , 2015

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

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

    October 05 , 2015

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

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  • Standard GCC building code to launch by year-end

    Qatar October 04 , 2015

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

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

    United Arab Emirates October 01 , 2015

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

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  • 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.

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  • Metro projects dominate railway developments in the GCC

    September 01 , 2015

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

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  • Streets Development

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  • US solar firm lands Saudi finance deal

    Saudi Arabia August 18 , 2015

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Saudi Arabia approves $267m municipal contracts

    Saudi Arabia August 02 , 2015

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • SITE VISIT: Sobha Hartland - Mohammed bin Rashid City

    United Arab Emirates June 29 , 2015

    Sobha Hartland project is on track with one of the schools set to open in September 2015 and all other properties to be delivered between 2017 and 2020. The Big 5 Hub went along to see work in progress.

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  • Damac launches Paramount Residences in Dubai

    United Arab Emirates June 28 , 2015

    Units are available in one, two and three bedroom options, in addition to two exclusive penthouses.

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  • Dubai leads hospitality market in MENA

    United Arab Emirates June 24 , 2015

    Dubai leads Middle East and Africa hotel construction with more than 100,000 rooms forecast for 2020

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  • 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).

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  • 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.

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  • Almost 7% annual growth for MEA construction sector

    June 08 , 2015

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

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

    United Arab Emirates June 06 , 2015

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

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

    Saudi Arabia June 03 , 2015

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

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

    United Arab Emirates June 01 , 2015

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

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

    June 01 , 2015

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

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  • GCC elevator industry lifts off

    United Arab Emirates May 26 , 2015

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

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  • 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

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

    United Arab Emirates May 14 , 2015

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

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  • The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2015 opens in Jeddah

    Saudi Arabia May 04 , 2015

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

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  • New 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

    April 27 , 2015

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

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  • Saudi Arabia and Ireland sign $100m deal for industrial project

    Saudi Arabia April 26 , 2015

    “Waste management in Saudi Arabia is a growing issue.”

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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

    Saudi Arabia April 15 , 2015

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • ‘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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Malaysian construction firm gets Riyadh Metro contract

    Saudi Arabia March 26 , 2015

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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

    United Arab Emirates March 18 , 2015

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

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  • Honeywell solutions for rail networks support passenger safety

    United Arab Emirates March 17 , 2015

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

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  • 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.

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  • Ascott sees growth in serviced apartments industry for GCC

    Saudi Arabia March 11 , 2015

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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

    March 04 , 2015

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • Knauf Exeed introduces sustainable products to Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Arabia February 26 , 2015

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

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  • Louis Berger awarded $79 million contract for Doha Metro

    United Arab Emirates February 24 , 2015

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

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  • 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

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  • Antara project underway in Saudi by Gulf Related

    Saudi Arabia February 17 , 2015

    520 new homes for the Riyadh expatriate residential market completed by October 2016

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  • Work on Riyadh Metro tunnel to start in April

    Saudi Arabia February 15 , 2015

    Riyadh Metro work is expected to start in two months as the tunnel boring machine (TBM) parts from Germany have arrived, a report said.

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  • REPORT: GCC needs more green building products to meet construction demand

    Saudi Arabia February 12 , 2015

    “The GCC market still needs more building product options, with sustainable solutions, in order to meet the upcoming demand,” says new Ventures ME report.

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  • Dubai ranked most sustainable city in the GCC

    February 11 , 2015

    Dubai was ranked first within the GCC and 33rd overall on Arcadis’ Sustainable Cities Index of 50 prominent cities

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  • Sobha Hartland project in Mohammed bin Rashid City on track

    United Arab Emirates February 04 , 2015

    Sobha Hartland project is on track with one of the schools set to open in September 2015 and all other properties to be delivered between 2017 and 2020.

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  • King Abdullah Economic City showcases Golf Community properties

    United Arab Emirates February 03 , 2015

    Luxury villas and plots in prestigious golf community set to launch in Jeddah and Riyadh soon

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  • Central Markets Maintenance and Restoration Works

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  • Joint venture to build world’s first solar desalination plant in KSA

    Saudi Arabia January 27 , 2015

    Al Khafji desalination plant will be the first solar powered desalination plant in the world located in northwestern Saudi Arabia

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  • Joint venture to build world’s first solar desalination plant in KSA

    Saudi Arabia January 27 , 2015

    Al Khafji desalination plant will be the first solar powered desalination plant in the world located in northwestern Saudi Arabia

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  • Official: Riyadh Metro ‘ahead of schedule’

    January 18 , 2015

    Riyadh Governor Prince Turki said progress for the metro was ahead of schedule during an inspection of the cities construction progress

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  • Saudi Arabia captures 15% of MidEast green building projects

    January 18 , 2015

    Saudi Arabia currently has more than 300 projects out of 2,000 green projects spread throughout the Middle Eastern countries

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  • Saudi housing minister aims to tax undeveloped land

    January 15 , 2015

    Move is due to a shortage of homes as most urban land is currently owned by wealthy individuals or companies

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  • Saudi Arabia approves $85 million in school projects

    January 14 , 2015

    The Kingdom has approved $85 million in funding to build new and complete existing schools in several cities and provinces

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  • Cayan Group plans $327 million projects in UAE and Saudi in 2015

    United Arab Emirates January 12 , 2015

    Cayan Group will develop $327 million (AED1.2bn) projects in UAE and Saudi in 2015.

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

    January 11 , 2015

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

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  • Al Jaber Group wins Abha Airport development project

    Saudi Arabia January 06 , 2015

    The project is worth an estimated price of SR1.8 billion ($480 million)

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  • Damac Properties to float Paramount Hotel Dubai tender early 2015

    December 29 , 2014

    The 1,250-key luxury hotel will be located along the Sheikh Zayed Road in Downtown Dubai

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  • Rail projects make up 32% of GCC’s total transportation developments

    December 17 , 2014

    A Saudi exhibition will build on the GCC transportation developments currently valued at $298 billion

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  • GCC rail link to be completed in 2018

    December 10 , 2014

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

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  • High land prices affect investment returns in Dubai

    United Arab Emirates December 01 , 2014

    Hospitality Management Holdings (HMH) CEO Laurent A Voivenel explained how the rising land prices and construction costs are affecting tourism and investment returns in Dubai

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  • Renovation work starts at Qatar’s Khalifa International Stadium

    Qatar November 14 , 2014

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

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