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dmg events named Employer of the Year at Middle East Event Awards 2012
The Middle East Events Awards 2012 is the annual showpiece event of the Middle East events industry, and on the night of May 2, the best in the industry gathered to celebrate excellence. dmg events Middle East was named winner of Employer of the Year, beating Action Impact, Harlequin Event Services and IIR Middle East to this prestigious new award...Read More


Over US$4.2 tr ongoing construction projects in MENA
There is currently an estimated US$4.2 trillion of ongoing construction projects in the MENA region, with the UAE representing the biggest slice of that, at US$698 billion . With sectors such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), expecting to see annual growth of nine per cent over the next three years, the opportunities being presented across the region continue to remain at the forefront of the world's construction industry. This has never been more true than for this year's edition of The Big 5, taking place from 5-8 November at Dubai World Trade Centre. An event with more than 30 years of history, it has grown to become the largest of its kind for the building and construction industry, and a truly international stage for the Middle East industry...Read More
Select Group to build latest InterContinental hotel
InterContinental Hotels Group Plc (IHG), the world's largest provider of hotel rooms, has agreed with Dubai-based developer Select Group to open a new hotel property at Dubai Marina in the UAE, Bloomberg reported. The InterContinental hotel, scheduled to open by the end of next year, will comprise of 132 rooms and 196 residential suites as well as spa, club, restaurants and bars, IHG said. This will be the third InterContinental property in the UAE after InterContinental Abu Dhabi and InterContinental Dubai Festival City...Read More
Saudi Ports signs USD4.8 bn development contracts
The Saudi Ports Authority has landed contracts to develop the master plans for Saudi ports, it said in a press release. The authority's President Eng. Abdulaziz Al-Tuwaijri has signed two contracts worth a total of USD4.8 billion. The signing of these contracts comes as part of the planning process for Saudi ports to fulfill the future needs and achieve the objectives of the Saudi ports, the statement said. The first contract, worth USD2.49 billion, was signed with W.S. Atkins & Partners Overseas Engineering Investments and is aimed to develop King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam and Jubail Commercial Port. The contract period is for eight months...Read More


Kemet develops curvier profile for lapping
Kemet International Ltd, world leaders in surface finishing, have been building on the success of their spherical polishing machines with a new range of lapping machines designed specifically for non flat profiles. In today's world, engineers/designers are asking for cylindrical and spherical surfaces which may appear flat to the naked eye, but in reality, are perfect geometrically spherical or cylindrical forms. In some cases, convex and concave surfaces need to be lapped together to form a perfectly matched bearing surface. Until recently the matching of surfaces has been a laborious manual operation, but with Kemet's new Kemtech 15 Match Lapping Machine, all the hard work is performed automatically, at the push of a button...Read More
Oman offers up block 66 to MOL
Oman has awarded Hungarian oil and gas firm MOL a new exploration and production sharing agreement where MOL Oman Ltd. - the company's local arm - will be the operator of the lightly-explored onshore block 66 in the western region of the country, on the Saudi border. The block is located within the Al-Wusta and Dofhar region covering an area of 4,898 square kilometres where the company will have the right to explore, develop and produce oil and gas resources, according to Oman's Ministry of Oil and Gas. Oman's oil and gas minister, Dr. Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhy and MOL Oman's executive vice president for exploration and production, Sándor Fasimon signed...Read More
Lamprell makes strategic Saudi O&G services JV
Lamprell has entered into a three-way joint venture with Saudi energy services provider Shoaibi Group and Al Yusr Townsend and Bottum (AYTB), a Saudi integrated industrial, technical and logistics provider, to form Lamprell Arabia Ltd. The joint venture, which will be based in Al Khobar in the oil rich Eastern province of Saudi Arabia, intends to establish a presence for new build fabrication, refurbishment and repair of land drilling rigs in the Kingdom, according to Lamprell. The venture will combine Lamprell's own expertise with Shoaibi Group's experience in the Saudi onshore and offshore market and AYTB's operational support facilities and multi-disciplinary workforce. Lamprell Arabia Ltd. will offer new build fabrication...Read More


Completed GCC Construction Projects Register a 27% Increase in Value in 2013
Construction projects across all building sectors worth US$69.91bn were completed in the GCC in 2013 according to a study conducted by Ventures ME and commissioned by dmg events. The research also looks into 2014 and estimates projects for US$83.41bn (+17.43%) to be completed and US$82.2bn to be awarded across the year. US$7.81bn is the value of the related 2013 GCC Interior Contracting and Fit-out Market that registered an 8 per cent increase compared to 2012 and is expected to increase by another...Read More
Artists Avenue at INDEX International Design Exhibition 2012
Melissa O'Gorman, Project Manager of Index Exhibition explains, "Having worked with art groups in Europe and Asia and based now in Dubai for 10 years, I really understood the need for the opportunity for up and coming and established artists to get together with interior design professionals, art procurement managers, consumer and commercial art buyers. There is a gap in the interior design industry for art appreciation and a lack of places where the two can meet. We aspire to bridge that gap and take the business 'headache' out of uniting the two." Naqsh Design House participated in the Artists Avenue in 2011 and was the first re-book for this year's event. Their work reflects modern oriental functional art using mixed media. Currently they are creating...Read More
INDEX Surfaces & Finishes – Brand new sector launch at INDEX 2012
INDEX Surface & Finishes - as one of the highlight of this year, brand new product sector under INDEX portfolio – will be launched first time, as region's only trade event dedicated to surface and finishes products. Architects, interior designers, contractor specifiers, industry professionals and consumers are expect to see innovative surface materials, decorative paints, flooring, parquet, marble & ceramics, metal and glass finishes and natural stone finishes products in the upcoming INDEX 2012 in Dubai World Trade Center throughout Sep 24 -27th."I am delighted to work on the region's only dedicated show for surface and finishes products, as first year launching within INDEX show, the sector will showcasing some of the most exciting, unique...Read More
Innovative products' launches at Kitchen & Bathroom 2012
The event is dedicated specifically for region's most important interior industry trade buyers to source and be inspired by the latest innovation technologies and design trend in a comprehensive range of products from kitchen appliances, sanitary fittings, bathroom design, kitchen furniture and kitchen design."Since the debut of INDEX Kitchen & Bathrooms sector in 2011, the event is recognized by leading companies in sanitary ware and kitchen field as well as regional market indicators as a regional platform in Dubai catering to interior and architectural design-oriented solutions. The event is dedicated to showcase cutting-edge design and quality to the expanding portfolio of signature projects within the region and reflects the market's demand for high-end, quality driven and innovative solutions. "INDEX Kitchen & Bathrooms sector provides the perfect platform for international brands to make their entry to Middle East market and establish their distribution networks / retails channels etc" said Ms. Yan Wang, project manager of INDEX Kitchen & Bathrooms...Read More