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Cairo metro Line 3 opens

The 4∙2 km five-station Phase I of Cairo metro Line 3 was opened on February 21, linking the eastern part of the capital from the city centre.

Bid to cut metro costs gathers steam

The Bangalore metro project has employed this technique successfully. The monopile has been successful for the Dubai metro rail and in a south east country, according to MEGA officials.

Abu Dhabi metro funding approved

The emirate is planning to build a 131 km metro network and no less than 300 km of tram routes.

Saudi Binladin Group wins Mecca rail contract, Eqtisadiah says

The Saudi Binladin Group won a contract to build a rail line linking the Haramain train route with a metro in Mecca

Kuwait’s $7bn metro gets green light

Kuwait is pushing ahead with its new metro rail system, with the company in charge of building the first phase of the project announcing that it will begin procurement “shortly”.

Qatar’s Doha Metro construction to start at beginning of 2013

Drilling work for Qatar’s Doha Metro will start at the beginning of 2013, Saad Al Mohannadi, Qatar Railway Development Co.’s chief executive officer said.

Al Tayer discusses coop with German official

His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board & Executive Director of the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), has recently received H.E. Rainer Bomba, State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building & Urban Development, and H.E.

Iraq seeks bidders on $450M Kerbala rail project

Iraq has invited foreign companies to compete for a $450 million monorail project in the southern holy city of Kerbala, which hosts millions of Shi'ite pilgrims each year. Iraqi officials have ambitious plans for rail lines, including one for a multibillion-dollar Baghdad metro. None has yet been built as the government struggles to provide basics like electricity and water.

Qatar railway project restructured

The organisations responsible for developing rail transport in the emirate have been restructured, with the aim of shortening decision making processes. Planning is underway for a passenger rail network as well as a metro which would connect central Doha with the airport and football stadia which will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Alstom awarded $550 mln Iraq power contract

The award of the Mansuriyah plant contract to Alstom, which is already taking part in Iraq projects such as the Nineveh power plant and the Baghdad metro, was announced as part of a visit to Iraq by French Trade Minister Pierre Lellouche.