Regional News


March 2016

SSH wins Northern Town deal

SSH, a leading design, construction supervision and project management firm in the Middle East, has been appointed as the contract manager and site supervision consultant for Al Madina Al Shamaliya (Northern Town), a major islands project in Bahrain.

A mixed-use development project, Northern Town aims at creating a new urban town located on reclaimed land off the northern coast of Bahrain.

As per the deal, SSH will supervise the construction of the primary infrastructure and bridges on Islands 13 and 14 (East), which are expected to deliver 2,000 housing units under an affordable housing scheme by the Bahrain’s Ministry of Housing.

The scope of work includes primary infrastructure networks along with the development of over 5.5-km-long roads, installation of utilities such as storm water, potable water, electrical, irrigation and telecommunications network, along with the construction of vehicular and pedestrian bridges to connect the two islands.


Qatar STP goes onstream

Qatar’s Doha North Sewage Treatment Works (STW), which was developed at a cost of QR3.63 billion ($995 million), has entered the operational stage. Located in Umm Salal Ali, north of Doha, it is the first sewage treatment plant (STP) in Qatar to use advanced techniques such as ultrafiltration and ultraviolet technologies. 


Mall of Qatar to open in Q3

Qatar-based UrbaCon Trading and Contracting has announced that the Mall of Qatar in Doha will be opened in the third quarter of this year.

Moataz Al Khayyat, CEO of UrbaCon, said that the construction of the mall, one of the largest shopping centres in the world, will be completed in August 2016.

The expansive 450,000-sq-m Mall of Qatar provides visitors with 7,000 parking spaces, a premium Carrefour hypermarket, and a family entertainment area covering 16,500 sq m. It will also have a Cinemacity complex of 19 cinema screens, two signature restaurants and a five-star Fashion Hotel composed of 210 rooms operated by Curio Collection Hilton.


Kuwait palace set for major revamp

The Al Salam Palace in Kuwait is undergoing a major revamp in order to be transformed into a state-of-the-art museum to represent the country’s national history, said a report.

The renovation work, on a 32,000-sq-m site, is due to be completed by April 2017, reported the Arabic daily Alanba. The two-storey redesigned building will include halls to showcase documents, lobbies for guests, cafes and gift shops. A three-storey underground parking has also been added to the original palace.

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