Regional News

THE OMAN Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) will shortly name contractors for two five-star and four-star hotel projects to be built within its precinct, according to a senior official.

THE real estate sector constitutes the largest volume of the $2.5 trillion worth of projects currently under way in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, according to a report published by Citi Research. Of the total of volume of projects, those that are currently under development are worth $1.

SARAYA Bandar Jissah, Oman’s latest integrated tourism complex (ITC), broke ground on the second major construction phase of the project, following the completion of site preparatory works. Taking shape on the outskirts of the capital Muscat, the $600-million project will be built over an area of 2.

A TOTAL of QR87.5 billion ($24 billion) has been earmarked for large-scale projects in Qatar’s latest budget – its largest ever – which was endorsed at the end of March. This marks a 16.8 per cent increase over the previous year, the Qatar News Agency reported.

A JOINT venture of QVDC and Bin Omran Trading and Contracting has been awarded Phase Two works of a key motorway on the outskirts of Doha, Qatar. The $1.4-billion deal for the New Orbital Highway project covers the design and construction of 47 km of motorways, six viaducts, 17 bridges and underpasses and a 320-m cut-and-cover tunnel.

WITH the recent launch of three new, top-of-the-range truck models in the Middle East, Volvo Trucks is looking forward to a year of growth with a projected 20 per cent increase on deliveries across the region in 2014.

DELTA Faucet Company, which witnessed solid double-digit growth in the Middle East last year in terms of sales figures, continues to make further inroads in the region through strengthening its partnerships and introducing a number of innovative solutions.

WORK on the Sheraton flyover in Muscat, Oman, will start this month as part of a project to ease traffic flow between two areas in the capital city.

TEKLA Middle East last month honoured companies that demonstrated the best use of its Tekla Structures software at an awards ceremony in Dubai, UAE.

Qatar to build labour complexes QATAR’S Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning has invited tenders for the design, construct and management of six residential complexes that can accommodate 28,000 labourers.

A RECORD 102 civil and engineering construction firms from around the world have submitted bids to prequalify for the first main construction package for Oman’s multimillion-dollar railway project, according to the Oman Observer.

TRL of the UK won a prestigious Green Mind Award for the best Green Innovation project in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena), beating more than 720 other entries from 12 countries across the region.

POWERSCREEN, a leading provider of mobile crushing and screening equipment in the world, has ranked Genserv of Oman as its top distributor worldwide for 2013.

DRAKE and Scull Kuwait (DSI Kuwait), a subsidiary of Drake & Scull International (DSI), has won a contract worth $18.51 million for Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre in Kuwait City. The company also won mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) deals worth $16.

A contract worth $236 million for conducting design and technical tests on Phase One of the Doha Metro has been awarded to two foreign firms, according to a report in the Al Sharq newspaper.

Wacker Chemie of Germany will aim to expand its supplies of polymer and silicone products for the GCC market, as more than 60 per cent of its business in the region is construction-related.

As Paschal-Werk G Maier marks 50 years of success in the formwork industry this July, the German firm’s regional office in Bahrain – Paschal Concrete Forms – is gearing up to introduce its latest products in the region.