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EDITOR’S NOTE This year has seen the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries reboot their economies with improved business reforms. A World Bank report (p26) tracks the growth. As the GCC countries of the UAE and Saudi Arabia continue with diversification, North Africa’s leading economy – Egypt – is transforming from being a ‘tourist destination’ to a ‘business hotspot’. Indeed, the country has witnessed positive GDP growth in 2018. Meanwhile, German tunneling experts such as Herrenknecht and SENNEBOGEN are busy fulfilling government projects in Egypt and the UAE respectively. Elsewhere in this issue, we have news from the HVACR industry (p32), developments from the Communications & IT sector (p33), and the latest industrial innovations from across the globe (p42).

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CONTENTS bUSINESS & MANAGEMENT

Market News

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New Saudi Arabia mining project to increase non-oil GDP by three per cent; Morocco unveils country’s first high-speed rail line; Iraq’s US$600mn ‘Power Up Plan’; ISO releases first worldwide drone standards

TRANSPORTATION

Driving Sustainable Goals

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The Heavyweight

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Current global trends are shaping the UAE’s future transportation segment

Spain’s COORDINADORA is making headway in the GCC’s freight services sector

ANALySIS

Eye on Egypt

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Many structural reforms are having a positive impact on the North African nation’s economic transition

CONSTRUCTION

Passage to Development

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Making the Cut

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Herrenknecht’s tunneling expertise will help open new opportunities in Egypt

Towering Success

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NFT Specialized in Tower Cranes’ Nawar Al Zahlawi talks about the brand’s success

HVACR

Partnering with Petra

Firas Abu Wisah talks about the Jordanian manufacturer’s ‘in-demand’ stature

EVENTS

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Saudi Arabia Smart Grid

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bauma 2019

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The big 5

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WFES 2019

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INNOVATIONS

Products and Progress

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Featuring Consolidated Contractors Company, Liebherr, Doosan Bobcat, Eaton, Cummins, Caterpillar, Danfoss, COMANSA, Fugro, SENNEBOGEN, Rotork, Endress+Hauser

ARAbIC

Analysis

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A World Bank report on how the MENA countries have advanced their business reforms

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