Regional News

Consultants looking to specify a state-of-the-art stormwater drainage system for Qatar’s Lusail Expressway project turned to ACO for a solution, said an official for the leading supplier of water management and stormwater control systems.

Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) is to start work on its ambitious RO500-million ($1.3 billion) Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront Project next year. Aimed at transforming Port Sultan Qaboos into a major mixed-use waterfront destination, the project will be developed in four phases.

Work has started on a BD185-million ($483 million) Bahrain sewerage network project to link 52 residential units in the Muqaba area of the kingdom to the network. The scope of work includes the extension of 680-m-long main connections along with 727-m-long sub-connections besides the construction of 105 inspection chambers.

Qatar has set an ambitious target to develop the highest number of ‘green or carbon-neutral’ buildings across the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region by 2030, said a report.

Kone has won an order for 139 elevators, escalators and autowalks from Qatar Rail to be installed at the Lusail Light Rail Transit system. Developed by Qatar Rail, the Lusail Light Rail Transit network will comprise 10 km of underground track, four main tram lines, of ground level and elevated tracks and  passenger stations.

Serka Taahhut Insaat, the construction unit of Turkish conglomerate Adali Holding, has been awarded a RO107-million ($276 million) contract to build the infrastructure of the commercial quay at the Port of Duqm in Oman. The Infrastructure Package 2 (IP2) involves the construction of terminals along the length of the 2.

Linesight, formerly Bruce Shaw International, recently hosted a client and partner event in Bahrain to celebrate the launch of its new name and identity.

Oman Railway has floated a tender for picking a consultant for its ambitious rail project that will link all the three major ports in the country: Salalah, Sohar and Duqm. The consultancy contract will be for 15 years, reported the Oman Daily Observer.

Al Rayyan Stadium, the proposed host venue through to the quarter-finals for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar, achieved a major milestone last month (October) as the first concrete was poured at the stadium’s west stand five weeks ahead of schedule.

China Fortune Land Development Company (CFLD) has entered into a deal with the Egyptian government to develop the second phase of the country’s new administrative capital east of Cairo at an estimated cost of $20 billion.

Bahrain-based Sika Gulf, a joint venture between Swiss construction materials group Sika and Saudi Sumam Chemicals, aims to double its turnover in the next five years through organic growth and key acquisitions.

Thyssenkrupp wins airport order Thyssenkrupp has clinched a multi-million-dollar contract from Turkish builder IGA Havalimani for supply of 143 passenger boarding bridges (PBBs) to the Istanbul New Airport. Thyssenkrupp said this was the biggest passenger boarding bridges contract in the company’s history.

The Gulf states have agreed in principle to delay the completion date of a 2,100-km transnational rail network stretching from Kuwait to Oman by three years to 2021.

Nearly one in four public private partnership (PPP) projects launched in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region are abandoned owing to poorly structured deals and lack of detailed feasibility, according to a report.

Qatar Rail has completed all tunnelling work on the Doha Metro with the final breakthrough having taken place at Terminal One of Hamad International Airport (HIA). The first tunnel boring machines (TBMs) started the work in July 2014 and the final 111th km was crossed by TBM Msheireb on the southern part of Red Line of the landmark mega project.

Bahrain Real Estate Investment (Edamah) showcased five major projects coming up in the kingdom at the sixth BCCI Business Roundup at the Bahrain Exhibition and Convention Centre. These include Sa’ada, a BD45-million ($117.

Mall of Qatar (MOQ) has pushed its soft launch back to December 10, a week before Qatar National Day, to ensure a higher percentage of fitted out shops for a more comprehensive list of offerings, the mall said. It was earlier scheduled to open on October 29.

Manitowoc has made two senior appointments for the Asia and Middle East region. The new roles have been created in alignment with Manitowoc’s recent reorganisation, which saw its tower crane activities operated independently from its mobile crane and crawler crane operations.

Rexel IPG, part of the Rexel Group, says it has been helping Chinese engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies to establish a foothold in the region by providing them with knowledge of the Middle East market.

Terex Equipment Middle East has boosted its sales and service coverage for Genie products in Qatar by adding Manlift Qatar to its distributor network. Under the agreement, Manlift Qatar will supply the full range of Genie equipment within the region, including Genie aerial work platforms and telehandlers as well as Terex light towers.

Oman Investment Fund (OIF) plans to develop iconic residential and leisure destinations on Muscat’s coastline, aiming to set up the sultanate’s own version of the Riviera. “We visited the first designs of this area that is located near Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort.

Bahrain has launched a tender to build 1,246 homes within the first phase of the Al Ramli Housing Project being funded by the Gulf Development Programme.