Regional News

Daimler Commercial Vehicles Mena and Mercedes-Benz Trucks have reached a major milestone with the sale of the 100,000th Mercedes-Benz Actros in the Middle East and in North Africa (Mena) region over the past 20 years.

Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) is working on projects worth $200 billion as the country races to boost its infrastructure ahead of the Qatar 2022 Fifa World Cup, said a report.

Qatar’s government has allocated more than QR12 billion ($3.29 billion) to develop 29 major infrastructure projects across the country over the last two-and-a-half years, said a report. Of these projects, three are coming up in the Doha Industrial Area involving infrastructure development worth QR3.88 million ($1.

Oman’s $600-million mixed-used development Saraya Bandar Jissah is set to house its first residents early next year. Being developed by Omran, the tourism development and investment arm of Oman, the project spans 2.

Seven international firms have submitted final bids for the Phase One development of the bulk liquid terminal at the Port of Duqm in Oman. The $1-billion project is a key component of the infrastructure being developed by the Omani government to support the growth of a liquids hub in the Duqm Special Economic Zone.

More than 700 healthcare construction projects, with a combined estimated value of $65 billion, are currently being developed in the GCC, said a report. Of these, 133 projects are worth more than $100 million each, stated a BNC report on GCC healthcare commissioned by The Big 5 Kuwait 2016.

Majid Al Futtaim is moving ahead with the final phases of Mall of Egypt in preparation for the opening of the super-regional shopping destination on March 2 next year. The first shopping destination of its kind in Egypt, the Mall of Egypt is located in 6th of October City on Al Wahat Road.

Having enjoyed success in Europe with its Unity campaign, Danish acoustic ceiling manufacturer Knauf Danoline is replicating the promotional programme in the Middle East.

Rexel International Projects Group (Rexel IPG), part of the Rexel Group, sees the GCC as a hotbed of opportunity as the region steps up its diversification drive.

Van Oord completes reclamation Van Oord has successfully executed an impressive ground improvement project for Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC). The project, which started in 2014, involved the reclamation of 65 million cu m of sand and extensive soil improvement.

Qatar has given the go-ahead for two expressway projects – the Al Khor and the E-Ring upgrade – worth a total of $2.83 billion, according to news reports.

Al Namal Group of Bahrain has signed an agreement with Zamil Air Conditioners for the supply of air-conditioning solutions at the Atrium Mall, an upcoming project in the kingdom’s Northern Governorate. Al Namal has businesses covering real state, property development and management, construction and health and hospitality.

Egypt’s El Mostakbal for Urban Development is in talks with two regional players for setting up a public-private partnership (PPP) project at its flagship mixed-use development in the capital Cairo, called Mostakbal City.

Kuwait Projects Company (Kipco) has begun construction on an ambitious $2.5-billion mixed-use real estate project in Kuwait.

Thyssenkrupp has been awarded a contract to manufacture, supply, install and maintain more than 500 elevators and escalators for the Red Line North, Green Line and two additional major stations of Doha Metro network in Qatar.

Bahrain’s Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning has invited prequalification bids from Saudi/Bahraini contractors or Saudi-led consortiums for the second phase of its North Manama Causeway (fourth Muharraq Bridge) and Busaiteen Link project.