Regional News

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa has officially inaugurated Aluminium Bahrain’s (Alba) brownfield Line 6 Expansion Project, making Bahrain the home of the world’s largest aluminium smelter outside China.

SSH, the design consultant for the Hessah Al Mubarak  district project in Kuwait, said Packages 8 and 9 of the mega mixed-use development have now reached the tendering stage. Hessah Al Mubarak is the first  comprehensive, mixed-use district in Kuwait, said the company.

With the technical and financial studies related to the Alexandria Metro already completed, the construction work on the E£17 billion ($1.05 billion) project is likely to begin in the first quarter of 2020, reported Daily News Egypt, citing a top official.

DP World Sokhna, the principle port for the Suez Canal Economic Zone, said that it is near completion of a major $520-million port expansion project that will bring DP World’s total investment in Egypt to $1.6 billion. Basin 2 of the port will be operational by Q2 of 2020 and nearly double its capacity to 1.75 million TEUs per year.

Suhar Industrial City, which falls under the umbrella of the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (Madayn), has signed recently an investment pact with Keryas Paper Industry.

Building on Bahrain’s 2,000-year-old trading legacy, Export Bahrain has just completed one year of operation in helping boost exports for the Kingdom of Bahrain’s  small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by identifying and capitalising on global market opportunities.

Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) has signed up Hafeera Contracting Company for carrying out the restoration and renovation work at the Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) building, which once served as the kingdom’s main airport. The restored building will be transformed into a private aviation terminal to cater to VIPs and business leaders.

Saudi-based The National Project Management, Operation and Maintenance Organization in Public Entities (Mashroat) and King Fahd Causeway Authority (KFCA) have signed an agreement to raise the efficiency of KFCA’s facility and asset management as well as its overall operation and maintenance practices as the latter embarks on ambitious plans t

Limak Insaat Kuwait, a subsidiary of Turkish builder Limak Group, has emerged as the lowest bidder for Phase Two of the new Kuwait Airport project with a figure of KD169 million ($555 million), said a report. The second best contender for the project was another Turkish company Kolin with a bid amount of KD193.

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy and a leading global developer of utility-scale renewable projects, has inaugurated the Mafraq I and Empire photovoltaic (PV) solar plants of 50 MW AC each in Jordan.

Diyar Al Muharraq, one of the leading developers in Bahrain, has appointed CCT as the main contractor for Al Naseem, its 328,000-sq-m villa development which will offer residents an exceptional modern waterfront lifestyle in Bahrain.

434 hotel projects under way A total of 434 hotel projects accounting for 119,991 rooms were under construction in the Middle East and 135 projects and 24,939 rooms under construction in Africa during October, said hospitality sector analytics provider STR in a new report. The Middle East total represented a 5.