Regional News

Leading Dutch dredging group Boskalis Westminster Contracting and its joint venture partner Saudi-based Boskalis Westminster Al Rushaid Company were due to start dredging and reclamation work for the North Manama Causeway Phase Two and Busaiteen Package Two late last month.

The Egyptian government is building a total of 765,000 housing units across the country at a total investment of E£165 billion ($10.3 billion) under the One Million Housing Initiative, reported Amwal Al Ghad. Of these, work will commence on 310,000 units over the next three years.

Signify (formery Philips Lighting), a global industry leader, has announced plans to increase its UV-C lighting production capacity and expand its UV-C product portfolio with the launch of 12 new additions for the professional markets.

Kuwait has cancelled plans to construct the Al Dabdaba solar plant, which would have provided 15 per cent of the oil sector’s needs from renewable sources, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, reported Reuters.

Oman’s Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (Madayn) has officially begun work on the establishment of the Ibri Industrial City in the Al Dhahirah governorate over a 10-million-sq-m area. Work is currently under way to develop the masterplan for the industrial city through the appointed consultancy company.

With the construction sector in the Mena region hit by the triple whammy of big production cut, low oil prices and contracting non-oil sectors, top data and analytics company GlobalData has further cut its construction output growth forecast for the region for 2020 to -2.4 per cent.

Kuwait has announced plans to build ‘labour cities’ in various parts of the country for low-paid workers, preferably with the help of the private sector, reported Arab Times.

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has announced that requests for proposals have been issued to all prequalified bidders to participate in a competitive tender for two co-located independent power projects (IPP) coming up in the sultanate.

Qatar’s public works authority Ashghal has awarded nine new contracts worth QR3.6 billion ($981 million) to local companies for road and infrastructure development projects in new citizens’ sub-divisions across the country. These projects will serve a total of 5,111 residential plots in various areas in Qatar, said Ashghal.

British oilfield services firm Petrofac said it has provided engineering, procurement, construction management and commissioning support services for the major Rabab Harweel Integrated Project (RHIP) developed by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) at an investment of $1.25 billion.

Oman’s Salalah Free Zone has signed an agreement with a UAE investor for the establishment of a Technology City at an investment of around $350 million, reported Oman Observer. Spread over a 500,000-sq-m area, the technology city will feature a data park, technology academy and other support facilities.