King Salman launches US$22bn worth of projects in Riyadh

King Salman launches US$22bn worth of pr…

Sunday, 17 February 2019 06:41

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has launched an ambitious programme of projects in Riyadh worth billions, which is expected to enhance the living standards of residents

Investcorp and ASI launch JV for GCC infrastructure investing

Investcorp and ASI launch JV for GCC inf…

Sunday, 17 February 2019 04:32

Bahrain’s Investcorp and Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) have launched a joint venture that will invest in social and core infrastructure projects in GCC countries

Cat updates M Series wheel loaders

Cat updates M Series wheel loaders

Friday, 15 February 2019 06:56

Caterpillar has announced Cat M Series wheel loader product update (950M-982M) with an aim to provide reduced maintenance costs, improved operator comfort, payload management enhancement and new configurations

Topcon introduces new HiPer VR versatile GNSS receiver

Topcon introduces new HiPer VR versatile…

Friday, 15 February 2019 05:37

California-headquartered Topcon Positioning Group has unveiled HiPer VR, the latest addition to its HiPer series of integrated receivers, aiming to provide a versatile solution with the most advanced GNSS technology...

Wacker’s new solutions will promote standardisation of construction paints

Wacker’s new solutions will promote stan…

Thursday, 14 February 2019 04:29

Germany-based international chemical company Wacker has announced to introduce its sustainable construction solutions project at the Middle East Coatings Show (MECS) from 26-28 February 2019 in Dubai, aiming to promote...

Etihad ESCO completes Hatta Solar retrofit project

Etihad ESCO completes Hatta Solar retrof…

Thursday, 14 February 2019 03:34

With DEWA’s support, Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO) has announced the successful completion of the Hatta solar retrofit project, which included installation of 7,756 PV solar panels over the...

Extending the durability of reinforced concrete with AkzoNobel’s Intercrete

Extending the durability of reinforced c…

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 06:54

Chloride attack is one of the most important factors when considering the durability of reinforced concrete, especially for structures in water and wastewater and other chloride-laden environments. Chloride attack leads...

Siemens to maintain and digitalise Shuweihat project

Siemens to maintain and digitalise Shuwe…

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 04:49

Siemens has signed an extension of an 18-year maintenance service agreement with Shuweihat S2 Operation and Maintenance Company (S2O&M) to maintain and digitalise 1,500MW Shuweihat S2 independent water and power...

Averda wins 20-year waste recovery contract in Morocco

Averda wins 20-year waste recovery contr…

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 05:51

Averda has won a 20-year contract with Tangier city in Morocco for advanced waste treatment services

‘Oman’s industrial sector contributed US$14.54bn to GDP’

‘Oman’s industrial sector contributed US…

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 04:26

Oman’s industrial sector contributed US$14.54bn to the GDP in 2017, said Dr Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidi, minister of commerce and industry

DEWA announces 98 per cent completion of M-Station project

DEWA announces 98 per cent completion of…

Monday, 11 February 2019 05:27

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has completed 98 per cent of the M-Station expansion project, one of the leading power generation and water desalination plants in the UAE

Japanese energy firms to showcase innovations at 24th World Energy Congress

Japanese energy firms to showcase innova…

Monday, 11 February 2019 04:37

The 24th World Energy Congress (WEC) will be held in Abu Dhabi from 9-12 September 2019, exploring new energy futures, critical innovation areas and new energy strategies across the globe

Niger SMEs to get Khalifa Fund support

Niger SMEs to get Khalifa Fund support

Thursday, 07 February 2019 06:39

Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger, met with Hussain Jasim Al Nowais, chairman of the UAE-based Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, in the Capital Niamey to discuss growing relations and strong...

UAE’s MOCCAE issues resolution on construction waste

UAE’s MOCCAE issues resolution on constr…

Thursday, 07 February 2019 06:30

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has issued the Ministerial Resolution No 21 of 2019 on the use of recycled aggregates from construction and demolition waste for road...

Bentley Systems announces OpenUtilities for grid modernisation

Bentley Systems announces OpenUtilities …

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 06:49

Bentley Systems has announced OpenUtilities solutions for distributed energy resources (DER) planning and design assessment in grid modernisation

Increasing focus on affordable housing in GCC

Increasing focus on affordable housing i…

Tuesday, 05 February 2019 06:50

GCC countries are strengthening their efforts to further enhance the accessibility to affordable housing for low- and middle-income households as part of government efforts to address rapid urbanisation and growing...

Qatar’s railway projects largest among GCC countries

Qatar railway10Qatar’s railway projects are estimated to top all GCC countries. (Image source: blue_quartz/Flickr)Qatar's railway projects are estimated to be the most ambitious of all GCC countries, with an estimated US$41.8bn in the pipeline

Across the GCC as a whole, as much as US$149bn worth of rail projects are in the planning or construction stages over the next decade, according to a report by Zawya.

Among the GCC countries, Qatar remains one of the most buoyant and has many ongoing projects at various stages of development, many of which are scheduled to be ready in time to host the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Rail projects include national and inner-city railway systems, some of which will ultimately converge to form part of the ambitious GCC Rail project, which aims to unify the region and enhance connectivity and freight movement.

The project is expected to generate significant employment for GCC nationals, promote social integration and economic development, advance the GCC initiatives on the common market and facilitate trade.

It will also support building national railway industries in the GCC member states, alleviate congestion and reduce maintenance costs on roads.

This impending expansion is reflected in the rise in participation from rail related service providers and Qatar-based business at The Big 5, taking place from 5-8 November at Dubai World Trade Centre.

The Big 5 is one of the largest event for the building and construction industry in the Middle East and will host some of Qatar’s key industry players.

“With numerous multi-billion projects related to the GCC rail underway, The Big 5 exhibition offers an ideal platform for global and local companies to tap on new regional business opportunities and benefit from specialised services, product offerings and partnerships,” said event director, Andy White.

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