Bahrain’s Airport Expansion 

    Bahrain’s airport expansion will increase capacity threefold, and significantly boost economic activity and growth, said the Crown Prince. Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, made his remarks when he visited Bahrain International Airport Expansion Project. The Crown Prince emphasized that the project will boost economic activity and strengthen growth in the kingdom’s tourism and local aviation sectors. “It will also support Bahrain’s position as a central regional network route,” he said. The Crown Prince asserted that the expansion project will support Bahrain’s strong proposition in the transport and logistics sector, which already offers competitive costs, strong human capital and a robust regulatory environment. The Crown Prince announced the formation of a committee, headed by the Transport and Telecommunications Ministry, to prepare for the operations of the new passenger terminal, and stressed the need to integrate jobs for young Bahrainis into the airport’s development. 


    Clifford Chance Advises Financiers 

    International law firm Clifford Chance advised the financiers, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), on the financing for six solar projects in Egypt. The six solar projects will be owned by Norwegian solar developer, Scatec Solar jointly with their development partners. In April 2017, the project companies entered into 25-year Power Purchase Agreements for six photovoltaic (PV) plants totaling 400MW. The facilities are located in the Ben Ban area near Aswan in Upper Egypt and are expected to generate around 870GWh of solar electricity per year. The solar projects form part of the 2GW solar FiT program launched by the Egyptian Government in 2015. The electricity produced by the solar FiT program will help Egypt to meet its emission reduction targets under the Paris Climate Agreement by replacing about 350,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year and further diversify the Egyptian power sector by exploiting the country's renewable energy potential. 


    Sohar Port Kicks Off First Phase of Expansion

    Oman’s Sohar Port and Freezone has revealed that the first phase of its mega expansion plans is set to get under way. The expansion is part of the freezone's long-term move to grow the vital industrial and maritime hub by as much as 50 per cent, a report said. According to officials, the current expansion project, dubbed Sohar Port South, envisages the dredging and reclamation of a waterfront area (formerly known as the Majees Reclamation Project) on the southern boundaries of the hub, added the Oman Daily Observer report. As a first step in the implementation of this landmark development, Sohar Port and Freezone floated a tender last week inviting local and international consultants to prequalify for its contract to provide consultancy services as well as the front end engineering design (FEED) on its Sohar Port South expansion. Significantly, the expansion will add a further 200 hectares of land to Sohar Port’s present capacity of around 2,000 hectares — almost all of which has already been leased to tenants and service providers.


    ASC Joins Metso's Network 

    Metso and Arabian Supply Center (ASC) strengthen their cooperation by signing a new distribution contract. ASC will offer the full range of Metso's crushing and screening products to the construction segment in Qatar. "We are proud to welcome ASC to our expanding distributor community. We have already been working with ASC for some time and have been impressed by their industry experience and commitment to quality and customer success. We are delighted to know they will continue to provide Metso equipment users with first-class service and support" says Josh Meyer, Senior Vice President, Africa Middle East and Turkey at Metso. "We are happy to deepen our cooperation with Metso. Metso is an established manufacturer known for high-quality equipment and services. Complementing our offering with Metso's crushing and screening portfolio will help us continue to offer the best possible value to our customers," says Darwish Arigat, Commercial manager at ASC. Arabian Supply Center has been supplying spare parts, generators, pumps, lubricants, batteries, tires and heavy equipment to the construction industry and transportation sector, since 2008.

    Saudi Arabia

    Saudi’s Zamzam Renovation

    The General President of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais announced the start of the Zamzam well processing project. He pointed to the importance of this project in terms of Zamzam water, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The water of Zamzam is (good) for whatever it is intended.” Al-Sudais praised the state’s interest in Zamzam water since its establishment by King Abdul Aziz. He dedicated the Zamzam well to benefit Muslims, and his sons have followed his steps and are exerting more efforts to serve this blessed well. The project consists of two sections. The first section includes the construction of the five-service bridges to Zamzam from the eastern side, with a total width of eight meters and a length of 120 meters. The second section is to complete the final phase of sterilization and handling of the environment surrounding Zamzam well that includes remains of concrete and iron vaults of the old Grand Mosque, to reduce the proportion of harmful substances in Zamzam water as much as possible.


    AUSE Launches Workshops 

    To support the growing construction industry, which presently accounts for 11% of the UAE’s gross domestic product (GDP) and in cooperation with Oulu University of Applied Sciences (OAMK), one of Finland’s largest universities of applied sciences, the American University of Sharjah Enterprises (AUSE) has launched a series of workshops to explore the pivotal role of robotics and 3D printing in Sharjah’s construction sector. The workshops on ‘The Importance of Robotics and 3D Printing in Developing the Construction Sector in Sharjah’ were designed to bring the local construction community, a main pillar of the UAE’s economic diversification policy, to the next level in keeping with the 21st century requirements. The first workshop hosted by the American University of Sharjah (AUS) revolved around the latest innovations in the world of robotics and 3D printing in relation to the construction industry.
    Leading architects led the discussions that also focused on the AUS’s major contributions to 3D printing technology development in support of the UAE’s sustainable development efforts.