United Arab Emirates: Upcoming Projects In MEA Region

Last Updated: 26 January 2017
Article by Neil Cuthbert and Udayan Mukherjee



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Umm Al Quwain Waste

A new waste management facility in Umm Al Quwain, part of the Northern Emirates, capable of processing between 1,000 and 1,500 tonnes per day. It will house a materials recycling facility of waste, a composting site and a residue-derived fuel facility, which will convert non-recyclable waste into fuel. This fuel will then be used to power a waste-to-energy incineration plant proposed under the second phase of the project
As per the integrated waste management strategy of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, further construction and waste-handling facilities may be built

UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment

Energy and Waste Management

Not Reported

Request for Proposals for project managers released in June 2016

Mohammed bin Rashid Stadium

A 60,000-seat, fully air-conditioned stadium in the Al-Awir area of Dubai. It will be raised off the ground, and will comply with FIFA standards. The venue will also include a training hall, 5,000-space car park, a sports museum and conference halls

Government of Dubai

Real Estate – Leisure and Entertainment

$817 million

Under design

Dubai Taxi PPP

A development involving three adjacent plots of land as part of a real estate and employee accommodation project

Dubai Roads & Transport Authority – Dubai Taxi Corporation

Real Estate – Residential, Commercial

Not reported

Advisers are being appointed to undertake a feasibility study


Kuwait National Railroad

An integrated rail network with a total length of 511km, to link Kuwait City to Kuwait airport, seaports and the other GCC countries as part of the wider Gulf Railway Network. The project will be implemented under a BOT agreement

Partnerships Technical Bureau, together with the General Authority for Roads and Transport

Transport – Rail

$2 billion

In feasibility study phase. Issuance of EOI: Q2 2016 Issuance of RFQ: Q3 2016
Issuance of RFP: Q4 2016
Announcement of preferred bidder: Q3 2017

Kuwait Metropolitan Rapid Transit (KMRT) System

A full metro network comprised of 69 stations (16% underground) with a total length of 160 km. The project will be developed over five phases, with Phase 1 operations expected to commence in 2020

Partnerships Technical Bureau, together with the Ministry of Communications

Transport – Metro

$18.5 billion



Port Sultan Qaboos Waterfront

The project consists of the redevelopment of Port Sultan Qaboos for tourism, with plans for a marina, five star hotels and luxury shopping

Oman Tourism Development Company

Infrastructure – Urban Development

Not reported

In planning

Al Batinah Coastal Road

A 240km carriageway with four lanes

Ministry of Transport and Communications

Infrastructure – Roads

$1.5 billion

Tendering and bidding process for Phase 2, sections 1 and 2 to be launched Q4 2016

Oman National Railway

A 2,244km railway to link the governorates of Muscat and Buraimi, including 25 stations to be used for passenger and freight transport

Oman Railway Company, together with the Ministry of Transport and Communications

Transport – Rail

$15.4 billion

Designs expected to be completed by end of Q4 2016

200MW Solar Project

One or more solar-based electricity generation plants with an aggregate capacity of up to 200 MW, at Adam and Manah in the Governorate of Dakhiliyah. The plants will be grid-connected and based on a combination of concentrated solar power and photovoltaic technologies
Likely to be procured under an Independent Power Project model, similar to conventional gas-based power projects

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP)

Power and Water – Solar Energy

$600 million

On hold

200MW Solar Project

One or more solar-based electricity generation plants with an aggregate capacity of up to 200 MW, at Adam and Manah in the governorate of Dakhiliyah. The plants will be grid-connected and based on a combination of concentrated solar power and photovoltaic technologies
Likely to be procured under an Independent Power Project model, similar to conventional gas-based power projects

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP)

Power and Water – Solar Energy

$600 million

On hold


Abu Tartour Port Expansion

The project involves the expansion of Abu Tartour Port, located in South Safaga city. This is a mining and industrial-focused port, used for the export of Egyptian phosphate and packed cement. The expansion will see the development of additional industrial facilities including warehouses and auxiliary buildings

Ministry of Finance – PPP Central Unit

Infrastructure – Transport

$319.33 million

Advisers sought

Stadiums in Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Matrouh and Luxor

Each stadium will have a capacity of either 25,000 or 45,000 seats and will include football fields, training sub-fields, sports halls, catering services, gym rooms and physiotherapy rooms

Ministry of Finance – PPP Central Unit

Real Estate – Leisure and Entertainment

$360 million

Study expected to be completed Q2 2016. Invitations to bid expected to be issued Q3 2016


200MW Noor Atlas Solar Complex

The 200MW Noor Atlas project involves the construction of eight ground-mounted PV plants, expected to be between 10-30MW each. The plants will be located at Tata, Tahla (Bouizakarne), Tan Tan, Ain Beni Mathar, Boudnib, Bounanaek, Outat El Haj and Boulemane (Enjil)

Office National de l'Electricité et de l'Eau Potable

Power and Water – Solar Energy

$332.57 million

Not reported

200MW Noor Argana Solar Complex

This project represents the third phase of Morocco's photovoltaic programme. The selected locations for the complex are Boumalen, Province de Tinghir, Errhamna and Essaouira

Office National de l'Electricité et de l'Eau Potable

Power and Water – Solar Energy

$273 million

Call for Pre-Qualification Bids: end of 2016/start of 2017


Kampala-Jinja Expressway

A new 77km expressway connecting Kampala and Jinja, including a 17.8km southern bypass between Butabika and Munyonyo. The road will be operated on a pass-through toll basis

Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA)

Infrastructure – Roads

$1.1 billion

Not reported

Kampala-Mpigi Expressway

An upgrade of the existing 32km road located in Central Uganda, from the present two lane highway to a dual carriageway

Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA)

Infrastructure – Roads

$100-$350 million

Not reported

Kampal-Bombo Expressway.

A 30km four-lane, dual carriageway

Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA)

Infrastructure – Roads

Not reported

Designs to be completed later in 2016

Kampala Southern Bypass

An 18km road starting at Butabika and connecting the new Kampala-Jinja Expressway and Munyonyo

Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA)

Infrastructure – Roads

Not reported

Pre-feasibility and full feasibility studies have been conducted

Kampala Flyover

Two flyovers at Kitgum House and Clock Tower Junctions. The flyovers will involve the widening of Mukwano Road and improvements to interfacing roads and junctions

Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA)

Infrastructure – Roads

Not reported

Designs to be released in December 2016


Mombasa-Nairobi Highway

An expansion of the 485km Mombasa-Nairobi highway (A109) into a dual carriageway, to ease the traffic to Mombasa port which is the main gateway to East Africa

Kenya National Highways Authority/Kenya PPP Unit

Infrastructure – Roads

$1.3 billion

Not reported

Nairobi Commuter Rail

An upgrade of the Nairobi commuter rail service, including the rehabilitation of stations as well as 60 km of existing railway lines, introduction of new purpose-built rolling stock and new rail transport services to new areas such as the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and the integration of a new signalling system

Kenya Railways Corporation

Transport – Rail

$325-350 million

Not reported

Second Nyali Bridge

A second bridge connecting Mombasa Island to the North Coast in Kenya, spanning 600m and with four lanes. It will ease traffic congestion on the existing Nyali Bridge

Government of Kenya

Infrastructure – Roads

$100 million

Not reported


Africa Renaissance Gas Pipeline

A 2,600 km pipeline to link the gas reserves of the Rovuma Basin in Palma, northern Mozambique to the Gauteng industrial hub. Gas would be supplied to Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and parts of the DR Congo. The project would include downstream industry projects for petrochemicals, fertilisers etc. It represents China's largest-ever investment in Mozambique. The Chinese Petroleum Pipeline Bureau is planning to do a pipeline feasibility study

Mozambique (56%)
South Africa (24%)
China (20%)

Oil and Gas – Industrial

$6 billion

Press release issued on 22 April 2016


Accra-Takoradi Highway Rehabilitation and Dualisation

A 245 km coastal highway along national route N1. The project is expected to follow a DBFOM or BOT structure, and will include toll plazas and the collection of toll revenue

Ministry of Roads and Highways/Ghana Highway Authority

Infrastructure – Roads

$600 million

Pre-feasibility and full feasibility studies have been conducted

Sogakope-Lomé Transboundary Water Supply PPP

A pipeline to transport drinking water from the lower Volta River in Ghana to the city of Lomé in Togo as well as various Ghanaian communities. The project will include a water treatment plant and an 82 km water transmission pipeline between Sogakope in Ghana and Segbe in Togo

Ghana Water Company

Water and Sewerage

Not reported

A memorandum of understanding was signed in December 2014 between Ghana, Togo and the African Development Bank


Mahé Sustainable Water Augmentation Project

The project works will include raising the height of the La Gogue Dam by six metres, the construction of a new downstream water treatment plant, and an upgrade to the islands' water pipe network

Government of Seychelles

Water – Desalination, Distribution, Treatment

$26 million

RFQ issued on 1 March 2016

Note: The information in the above table has been compiled from various public sources. We make no representation about the accuracy of this information, or whether it is up to date at the time of publication.

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