Saudi Aramco and Total have signed a joint development agreement in Dhahran for front-end engineering and design (FEED) of a $5bn petrochemical complex in Jubail, on Saudi Arabia’s eastern coast.
Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded two contracts worth AED630m ($171.5m) for the last two phases (5 and 6) of the Roads leading to Expo Project.
BIC Contracting (BICC) has secured the first infrastructure package, worth AED103m ($28m), from real estate developer ARADA for Phase 1 of Sharjah megaproject, Aljada, as part of the AED1bn ($272m) infrastructure package for the 24 million ft² project designed by engineering contractor Jacobs.
A consortium comprising Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas and Abu Dhabi’s Target Engineering Construction has won an AED3.16bn ($860m) EPC contract from ADNOC LNG for the second phase of the Integrated Gas Development Expansion (IGD-E) project in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
UAE-based developer Nakheel has signed a construction contract for Dragon Towers, a new, twin-building residential complex with a total development value of AED713m ($194m), to be built at Dubai’s Dragon City mixed-use community in Dubai.
FLOW consortium has secured a $2.9bn contract from ArRiyadh Development Authority (ADA) for the operation and maintenance (O&M) services of Lines 3, 4, 5 and 6 of Riyadh Metro.
Aldar Properties has launched The Cedars, a new luxury residential community within its golf and waterfront development, Yas Acres, on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, as part of a strategy to create distinct communities within the overall masterplan.
The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has announced plans for the expansion of Ruwais City, a 6.9km² community near the Ruwais Industrial Complex in Abu Dhabi’s Al Dhafra region.
China State Construction Engineering (CSCEC) has secured a contract worth $140m from DAMAC Properties to build tower C of Aykon City, DAMAC’s luxury mixed-use project on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai.
Public works authority Ashghal has signed contracts worth $275m for the construction of six new health projects in Qatar.
UAE-based DAMAC Properties has signed an agreement with Radisson Hotel Group (RHG) to launch Radisson Hotel, Dubai DAMAC Hills, on the Trump International Golf Club Dubai at DAMAC Hills.
UAE-based Azizi Developments is set to complete the AED265m($72m) Shaista Azizi, one of the five projects in Al Furjan due for completion, by the end of 2018.
Nakheel and Centara Hotels & Resorts have awarded a contract worth AED290.5m ($79.09m) to Parkway International Contracting to construct a beachfront resort at Deira Islands in Dubai.
India-based JSW Cement is set to build a new clinker unit and a captive power plant in Fujairah, UAE that will involve an investment of nearly $150m.
Dubai Holding and Emaar Properties have unveiled Dubai Square, a tech-driven retail destination in Dubai Creek Harbour.
UAE-based Damac Properties has completed the construction of Damac Heights tower in Dubai Marina and announced the handing over of the luxury waterfront living to its new tenants.
China Machinery and Engineering (CMEC) has secured a $150m turnkey engineering, procurement and contracting (EPC) contract from Bahrain-based GFH Financial Group (GFH) for the construction and financing of up to 85% of California Village, its Dubailand-based project.
BGP, a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Company (CNPC), has won a $1.6bn (AED5.88bn) contract from the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) for the world’s largest continuous 3D onshore and offshore seismic survey in 53,000km² to identify new hydrocarbon resources and deliver on its 2030 smart growth strategy.
Emaar Properties will construct the Middle East’s largest Chinatown in the retail district of Dubai Creek Harbour to honour Chinese expatriates and strengthen UAE-China relations, coinciding with the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the UAE.Dubai Creek Harbour, a 6km² mega-development, is located only 10 minutes from the Dubai International Airport and the Burj Khalifa.The retail precinct will be established in a central location in Dubai Creek Harbour, which will be home to the Dubai Creek Tower.Set by the Dubai Creek waterway, homes in Dubai Creek Harbour will offer spectacular views of the city’s skyline, the waterfront and the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.Emaar will also open three pavilions in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou in China to promote tourism, education, trading and investment between the UAE and China. All three cities are served by direct daily flights to Dubai on Emirates Airline.In another announcement, Emaar said that it will expand its premium luxury hotel and serviced residences brand, Address Hotels + Resorts, to China.The company said it is holding discussions to develop and operate Address branded hotels in key cities in China.Emaar Properties chairman Mohamed Alabbar said: “The visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the UAE is historic and will further strengthen UAE-China relations, underpinned by initiatives such as the UAE-China Week announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.“The development of the new Chinese retail and lifestyle district at Dubai Creek Harbour – as well as Emaar’s expansion into China, both in property and hospitality – highlight our commitment to the country, and our focus on contributing to the strength and success of UAE-China relations.”Emaar marked the Chinese New Year with a dragon-themed light and sound show on Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai, and hosted festivities at The Dubai Mall.___________________________________________________________________________________________Image: Chinatown at Dubai Creek Harbour. Photo: courtesy of Emaar Properties PJSC.
Spanish company Acciona Agua has won a €200m EPC contract from Saudi Arabian government’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) to build the Al Khobar desalination plant in Khobar, on the country’s east coast, about 400km from Riyadh.The contract, which includes a one-year warranty, is SWCC’s first design and build project with a Spanish company.The facility will have a capacity of 210,000m³ per day, making it one of the largest desalination plants in Saudi Arabia.The plant, which will also supply water to Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, is expected to be completed in two years.Acciona Agua has been involved in the water treatment business in Saudi Arabia since 2012. Earlier, the company was awarded the contract to design, build and commission the Al Jubail RO4 seawater desalination plant for Marafiq along with SBG-PCMC, which serves the city and the industrial complex in the Eastern Province on the Arab Sea coast.Acciona Agua head of business development in the Middle East Julio de la Rosa said: “I think Acciona Agua was selected as the most favourable contractor by SWCC because of the highly efficient design, which enabled us to offer not only a very competitive price for EPC but to optimise the OPEX and the Specific Power Consumption, not to mention our proven track record worldwide and in the GCC.“This project will be our sixth seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant in the Gulf. Working with SWCC is a major leap for Acciona Agua since SWCC is the largest desalination company in the world. In the future, we expect to offer our high-end solutions to SWCC and to other clients in the region.”Acciona Infrastructure Middle East managing director Jesús Sancho said: “This remarkable project for Acciona Agua in the Gulf is a strategic milestone for our company. It shows our technical capabilities as well as our competitive cost structure.“Acciona has a magnificent team with a solid record of delivering sustainable growth in the Gulf.”____________________________________________________________________________________________Image: SWCC and Acciona Agua officials sign a contract for the Al Khobar desalination plant. Photo: courtesy of Acciona.