Regional News

Doka said it can take on the challenges of the many railway projects planned in the region, given its wide experience in delivering formwork expertise and high-performing systems for rail programmes across the world.

Kanoo Machinery, one of the leading materials handling solutions providers in the GCC, is set to sign a new partnership deal with IPS, the largest independent full service distributor of powered access platforms (aerial lifts) in the UK.

The GCC region is expected to spend more than $90 billion on education-related construction projects by the end of 2014, according to a report. This high spending makes the education sector one of the biggest for contractors and suppliers with the population in the GCC forecast to increase from 50.6 million in 2014 to 55.

Oman plans to build its first major wind farm at a cost of $200 million to generate electricity in its southern governorate of Dhofar, as part of efforts to limit the use of oil and gas in power generation.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held last month for a $100-million project to develop King Faisal Corniche into a prime leisure spot in Bahrain. Bahrain’s Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa laid the foundation stone for the public-private partnership project, which will see the development of a 1.

Omagine’s Omani subsidiary has signed an agreement with the government of Oman to develop its $2.5-billion waterfront tourism and leisure hub.

Motorcity has launched a first-of-its-kind  truck-mounted aerial platform in Bahrain. The CO.ME.T. X4 pick-up mounted aerial platform has already gained wide acceptance in Europe and parts of the Middle East, says Motorcity, which distributes a wide range of commercial vehicles in the kingdom. The model combines  a CO.ME.

Work is now under way on five 2022 Fifa World Cup venues that are in different stages of construction in Qatar, The Peninsula said in a report. Demolition has begun on Al Rayyan Stadium that will be rebuilt to increase seating capacity from 22,000 to 40,000. In addition, construction work is in progress at four more venues.

Hasan Juma Backer Trading and Contracting (HJB) has secured a RO19.8-million ($51.42 million) infrastructure development contract, which is part of Phase Seven expansion of the Sohar Industrial Estate in Oman.

Rail and metro projects worth a total of $300 billion are under way or being planned in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, said an expert.

Grohe, one of the world’s leading providers of sanitary fittings, is currently supplying its innovative design faucets and water fittings to a five-star hotel in Qatar. The 281-room Marsa Malaz Kempinski is being developed by Alfardan Hospitality in co-operation with Kempinski Hotels.

The Kuwait government had awarded more than KD6 billion ($20.7 billion) worth of contracts by the end of August, almost twice as much as last year, making the country’s projects market among the fastest growing in the region, said a report. With at least KD4.

Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has started work on the Al Wakrah parallel road extension project which will see the laying of a 11-km stretch from Al Mashaf to the Mesaieed area of Qatar at a cost of QR2.18 billion ($577 million).

Qatar has awarded $22.5-billion contracts in the first nine months and with several infrastructure projects lined up for launch in the final quarter, the value could swell up to $30 billion for the very first time, said a report. The value of contracts awarded in the nine months to September is much greater than the $22.

A leading engineering construction company will use Rubber World Industries’ (RWI) diverse range of rubber insulation products, particularly its ‘Gulf-O-Flex’ line across all its projects, under an agreement signed recently.

Tower Light wins Qatar rail order Tower Light, the Italy-based manufacturer of commercial lighting towers, has secured a number of new orders in Qatar through its distributor Mannai Corporation – the latest among them being the supply of a fleet of its VT8 lighting sets to Qatar Rail Development Programme (QRDP) project.