Regional News

Bahrain has launched a $1.1-billion project to expand its international airport and increase its capacity to accommodate 14 million passengers a year.

Oman Tourism Development Corporation (Omran) has invited bids for the construction of the new headquarters for Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel) at its upcoming convention and exhibition centre in capital Muscat.

Crystal Lagoons, the patented technology developer of giant crystalline lagoons, said it has won two prestigious contracts at developments worth nearly $2 billion in Egypt, including a deal to develop the largest-ever water-based leisure attraction in the North Africa region.

Power management company Eaton has launched its inaugural Eaton Middle East Tech Days, a roadshow which will take its products virtually to the doorstep of its customers in the region. As part of the Tech Days, a 40-ft specially fitted out container is being driven around the region, according to Frank Ackland, general manager, Eaton Middle East.

The Oman government is set to start work on the country’s first integrated residential complex by the end of this year, said a report.

Oman’s government is presently working on 49 road projects worth RO2.1 billion ($5.43 billion), in addition to roundabouts, flyovers and tunnels, said a report, citing official data.

The $2.5-billion Bahrain Bay development has entered a key phase with more than 86 per cent of plots sold, the infrastructure complete and projects of third-party developers nearing completion, it has emerged.

The Special Economic Zone Authority in Duqm (Sezad) and Marina Duqm Company of the Golden Group in Oman have signed a usufruct land agreement for a major tourism complex with an investment of RO283 million ($731.6 million), said a report.

A new multi-million-dinar marina project that will include an aqua park will be constructed in Bahrain. The new project to come up on the coastline of Budaiya is initiated by the Bahrain Marina Development Company, and will include an area for jet skis, scuba diving and ferry services.

Kaleseramik, a leading ceramic tiles manufacturer, has opened a new showroom in Qatar’s capital Doha in partnership with Al Farman Group, a major supplier and distributor of construction and interior finishes materials.

Ansari Engineering Services (AES), one of Bahrain’s leading Grade ‘A’ multi-discipline engineering consultancies, has been awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification for its quality management system, making it one of a handful of companies in the country to achieve this distinction.

SSH wins Northern Town deal SSH, a leading design, construction supervision and project management firm in the Middle East, has been appointed as the contract manager and site supervision consultant for Al Madina Al Shamaliya (Northern Town), a major islands project in Bahrain.

The region is showing significant interest in the role played by wet washing plants in the construction and demolition (C&D) waste recycling sector, said a senior official of CDE Global, a materials washing specialist.

Initial work on Stage One of the Ras Al Hadd tourism project in Oman will begin soon through a joint venture between the sultanate’s government, represented by Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) and Al Diar Real Estate Investment Company of Qatar. The project, which will stretch over 1.