Regional News

Bahrain is working on an ambitious plan to build the region’s biggest water sports and maritime facility in the kingdom. Land has already been earmarked for the project at Salman Town, a major urban development on the north coast, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.

The detailed masterplan of Khazaen Economic City (KEC), a new 52-million-sq-m integrated economic city in Barka, Oman, will be unveiled soon by its master developer. Khalid bin Awadh Al Balushi, CEO of KEC, was quoted by Oman News Agency as saying that work on the detailed designs of the city has reached a very advanced stage.

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company has signed an agreement with Qatar Petroleum (QP) to jointly develop, construct and operate a petrochemicals complex in Ras Laffan, Qatar. As per the deal, Qatar Petroleum will own a 70 per cent stake in the joint venture facility that will produce ethylene and high-density polyethylene (HDPE).

Work is progressing at a steady pace on Egypt’s New Administrative Capital project with nearly 70 per cent of the infrastructure already completed, said a report.

Manara Developments Company, a leading real estate developer in Bahrain, has launched Phase Two of its large-scale Investment Gateway – Bahrain to move in line with the project schedule. The early works are progressing well with around 26 per cent of its landfill target of Phase Two completed, said Manara.

Bahrain’s Ministry of Works, Municipal Affairs and Urban Planning, has signed an agreement with leading Emirati company, Western Bainoona Group for the construction of  Phase One of the Sheikh Zayed Highway development project in the kingdom. Part of the Gulf Development Programme, the BD23.

Construction of a new sports medicine hospital in Bahrain, which will provide treatment and sports rehabilitation services to athletes and the public, will begin shortly, following the go-ahead given to the project by Supreme Council for Youth and Sports (SCYS) first deputy chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) president Shaikh Khalid bin Ha

Shinas Generating Company (SGC) has announced the commencement of commercial operations at its power plant in Oman’s Sohar Industrial Port Area. The power plant (Sohar-3), the second largest power plant in the sultanate, generates 1,710 megawatts (MW), said an Oman News Agency report.

Duqm Refinery and Petrochemicals Industries Company (DRPIC) has awarded the front-end engineering design (Feed) work of its petrochemicals complex to Wood UK.

Bahrain is planning to potentially have a second airport within the next 15 years for better connectivity, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.

SSH, a leading masterplanning, infrastructure, building design and construction supervision firm in the region, has announced the opening of the Late Salwa Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah Stem Cell and Umbilical Cord Centre in Kuwait, designed by the practice.

Bahrain’s Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) has announced the launch of a 12-km-long vital 220-kV power line linking the Seef district and Salman Town. This comes as part of the kingdom’s ambitious BD473-million ($1.

Kuwait’s Ministry of Public Works (MPW) has started the construction work on one of its ambitious healthcare projects – a 780-bed maternity hospital – in the Al Sabah Medical Area. The giant facility will boast 60 delivery rooms and 28 operation theatres besides 240 units, reported Al Jarida daily.

Oman’s Sohar Port and Freezone plans to set up four new hydrocarbon and petrochemical projects worth around $2.5 billion in investments on a new parcel of land to be reclaimed from the sea as part of its ambitious Sohar South expansion project, said a report.

Chinese group ZL EOR Chemicals has joined hands with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) to launch the first polymer manufacturing plant in the sultanate at Raysut industrial zone in Salalah.

Duqm harbour to increase depth Oman’s Special Economic Zone Authority of Duqm (Sezad) recently revealed that it has decided to increase the depth of the fishing harbour to 10 m instead of 6 m in order to prepare the port to attract large fishing vessels operating on high seas, said a report.