Regional News

Construction of Saraya Bandar Jissah, a $600-million mega tourism project in Oman, is on track with rapid progress being made on site, the developer has revealed.

Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) plans to double its production capacity of high-quality treated water from 183 million cu m to 366 million cu m over the next five years. The news was revealed by Ashghal president Nasser bin Ali Al Mawlawi during a wastewater seminar in Doha, the Gulf Times reported.

Parsons has won a traffic consultancy services contract for the improvement of the Bahrain Gas Interchange in Bahrain. One of the major traffic bottlenecks in the kingdom, the interchange is located between the Salmabad Interchange and Isa Town Gate Interchange, along the Sheikh Salman Highway.

Omani developer Badr Group has awarded a contract to Unique Contracting Company to build an integrated tourism complex (ITC) in the capital Muscat. The turnkey contract award comes following the completion of the extensive substructure works at The Links at Muscat Hills,  reported the Oman Observer.

The Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the managing body and operator of the kingdom’s airport, has signed up Al Yusuf Décor to design its new headquarters in Manama, Bahrain. The scope of work includes supervision of the entire project including construction work, fit-outs and interior design.

Qatar Kentz, a unit of Canadian construction group SNC Lavlin, has won a $125-million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from Qatargas to build a water recycling facility at Ras Laffan Industrial City, located 80 km north of Doha. Besides the EPC contract, Qatar Kentz will also help in commissioning the facility.

Seven pre-qualified applicants have been invited to submit tenders for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for the Duqm Refinery in Oman. The Duqm Refinery is a key project being constructed in a 900 hectare-area with an investment of more than $6.5 billion. The capacity of the facility will be 230,000 barrels per day.

Foster + Partners, a leading UK-based architectural firm, said it has secured a major contract to design the masterplan for the Maspero Triangle District, a mixed-use project featuring residential, commercial and retail developments in downtown Cairo, Egypt.

Energy infrastructure group Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I) said its joint venture with Taiwanese group CTCI Corporation has won a $2.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the end of October for a new British naval base in Bahrain that is expected to open next year. Named HMS Juffair, the base is a major overseas commitment for the UK, which aims to protect maritime interests and deter looming threats from the conflicts in Yemen, Syria and Iraq.

Blue Star buys into Omani firm India’s leading engineering conglomerate Blue Star has acquired a 51 per cent stake in Oman Electro Mechanical Contracting Company (OEMC) as part of its regional expansion strategy.

Qatar Rail, the company overseeing the construction of the country’s integrated railway network, said the work at the Doha Metro line was progressing well with a first-phase operational launch on track in 2019 involving three lines – Red, Green and Gold.

Kuwait’s iconic 360 Mall  has kicked off a major expansion that includes a new state-of-the-art tennis complex which will put the country firmly on the world’s professional tennis map. The mall is being expanded at a cost of KD100 million ($) and is expected to open its doors by 2019.

Bahraini real estate developer Naseej has announced the signing of an agreement with Ithmaar Development Company (IDC) kickstarting a project valued at BD24 million ($63.61 million). Naseej is acquiring a 13,068-sq-m plot of land in Dilmunia at Bahrain Island to develop a mixed-use project called Canal View at Dilmunia.

South Korea’s Doosan and China’s Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation (Sepco III) have won a contract to deliver 90 MW-class steam turbines and generators for the Salalah Two independent power project (IPP) in Oman.

A multi-purpose hospital to be constructed near Oman’s capital Muscat will open in 2018.

Leading Omani firms Taameer Investment and Golden Group of Companies (GGC) are to build a chain of hotels across Muscat, Sohar and Salalah which will be managed by the UAE’s Rotana group.

Several local and international firms are in the fray for three survey contracts linked to two independent water projects (IWPs) in the Salalah and Sharqiyah areas of Oman, the Oman Observer reported. The IWPs are being developed by the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP).

Qatar has officially opened the region’s largest labour accommodation facility, which officials say is capable of housing up to 100,000 workers. The $825-million Labour City, built over an area of 1,100 sq m at Musaismeer near the industrial zone, took three years to build, according to Qatar News Agency.

The new Terex Explorer 5500 has won a key award in recognition of its innovative engineering and design features. Terex Cranes received the Silver Award for Cranes in Lift and Access magazine’s 2015 Leadership in Lifting Equipment and Aerial Platforms (LLEAP) competition.