Saturday 25 June 2016

Anel Mepa wins $66m Doha metro project deal

Turkish-based Anel Mepa has been awarded a 66.5 million building automation and management and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contract for the Red Line of Doha Metro project. The company has received a letter of conditional award from main contractor FCC-Yuksel-Arch


Qatar uses 3D printers to make 'desert-proof' stadiums

Scientists at Qatar University are testing 3D-printed models of football stadiums that Qatar is building for the 2022 World Cup to see if they can endure the country's desert climate. Qatar has sought to allay concerns about its summer heat and moved the competition to the co


Portacool eyes solid growth as region simmers

Portacool, a US-based manufacturing leader in the portable evaporative cooling industry, is forecasting double digit sales growth in the GCC this year with summer temperatures reaching as high as 50 deg C. The company said there has been a solid response from Qatari construction


Bee’ah rolls out wi-fi bins in Sharjah

Bee’ah, a leading integrated environmental and waste management company, has installed wi-fi supported, solar-powered bins in the Heart of Sharjah, UAE, in partnerships with telecom provider Du and investment firm Shurooq. Designed and built by BigBelly, a leading provider


Al Zamil, Swiss International in Saudi hotel deal

Al Zamil real estate group, one of the arms of the Zamil Group, has signed an agreement with hospitality chain Swiss International for a new hotel at Al Qassim Touristic City project in Saudi Arabia. Al Zamil real estate group develops residential communities and office commercia


Agility mulls investment in Kuwaiti construction firm

Kuwait's Agility said on Thursday it was in preliminary talks about potentially investing into construction firm Kharafi National. Agility, the Gulf's largest logistics firm, was reviewing all possible investment opportunities in the Kuwaiti company, it said in the bourse


GCC to pump $100bn into airport construction projects

With the International Air Transport Association projecting Middle East passengers to grow by 4.9 per cent per year to 2034, the GCC is fuelling $100 billion in airport expansion and construction projects in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and UAE, according to industry experts.


Saudi white land tax 'to cut property prices by 40pc'

The introduction of the 2.5 per cent annual tax on unused land by the Saudi government is likely to bring down the property prices by up to 40 per cent in areas outside the main cities, said a report. The new 'white land tax' is also expected to increase investment in the


Waha secures funding for Abu Dhabi industrial project

Waha Land, a wholly owned company of Waha Capital, has signed a Dh426-million ($116 million) financing package with Emirates Islamic Bank for further development of its Almarkaz light industrial real estate project, following the successful leasing of existing facilities. Stage T


Bahrain plans hi-tech stadium

Plans  are under way to build Bahrain’s biggest integrated sports stadium featuring a football pitch, an underground shopping complex and Cineplex, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication. To read further, please visit

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