Regional News

Doha Festival City, described as the largest entertainment and retail hub in the Gulf, has entered into its final phase of development and is set to open its doors to the public next month (March).   The giant mixed-use development is located in the north of Doha on Al Shamal Road, and is being built at an estimated cost of QR6.5 billion ($1.

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has signed a $1.2-billion contract for the supply of pipes for its drilling operations through Duqm.

Bahrain Aluminium Extrusion Company (Balexco) recently conducted a workshop for Bahrain-based fabricators at its office in Sitra as part of the company’s customer development initiative.

Kone Corporation, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, said it has won a major contract to supply 145 elevators and escalators for the new passenger terminal building at Bahrain International Airport (BIA).

A water park with a five-star hotel, a mall and five wedding and conference halls will be built in Salalah, Oman, according to a report.

General Electric (GE) has secured more than $1.4 billion in orders from Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity to set up power plants as well as provide technology upgrades and maintenance services.

With nearly 40 per cent of the work on Dukhan Highway East development already completed (including the construction of bridges, tunnels and asphalt laying work), the project is on track for launch by the second quarter of 2019, said senior officials from Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal).

Eagle Hills announced the launch of Marassi Boulevard, a mixed-use development located within Marassi Al Bahrain, a premier urban waterfront project in Bahrain.

Diyar Al Muharraq, a leading urban developer in Bahrain, said the work on Deerat Al Oyoun, its flagship social housing project coming up on a 1.2-million-sq-m area, was progressing well and on track for completion as per schedule. The project is located in the northwestern side of Diyar Al Muharraq, a masterplanned city off Muharraq.

GE Power, a division of GE, has received an order from Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) for a turnkey combined-cycle power plant, including three GE HA gas turbines, which will power the world’s largest single-site smelter.

Strategic Housing Group has partnered with Oman-based Sandan Development to set up a first-of-its-kind off-campus student housing complex in capital Muscat, said a report. It is the Middle East, Asia and Africa partner of Asset Campus International, the US’s largest student-housing firm.

Qatar has approved plans for the expansion of the new Hamad International Airport (HIA) in the capital Doha that will help boost its ultimate capacity to more than 65 million passengers a year.

Kuwait is set to spend about KD4.74 billion ($15.6 billion) on infrastructure and other projects in fiscal year 2017-2018 with the private sector contributing 16.9 per cent of the spend, said a report in a local daily.

Egyptian authorities will deliver more than 7,000 homes to slum dwellers across Cairo over the coming months as part of the capital city’s ambitious housing development project, said a report.

Muscat Water completes desal plant Muscat Water, a joint venture between Al Sulaimi Group Holding and AquaSwiss, has completed the construction of its 8,000-cu-m water desalination plant in Qurayat, Oman, a report said.

Oman Rail has achieved several key project milestones on its Mineral Line railway network with the completion of its concept design, corridor identification, and technical and operational parameters besides acquisition of land for the project, said a report.

Qatar is set to give final shape to its ‘2017 Parking Master Plan’ which will see introduction of a new parking policy as well as bring plans for new parking lots and the adoption of sophisticated multi-level automated parking systems.