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Philippines bans workers to Qatar
Philippines bans workers to Qatar

The Philippines has banned workers from travelling to Qatar after four neighbouring Gulf States imposed a blockade on the tiny emirate in protest at alleged links to terrorist funding at the start of June. There are over 140,000 documented Filipino workers reside in Qatar, with many working on huge construction and infrastructure projects related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.  The government of the Philippines has imposed the ban out of fears for the safety and well-being of its citizen Read More


Thailand seeks private investment for airports
Thailand seeks private investment for airports

Thailand is seeking private investment to expand 28 regional airports and develop one new site in an effort to become the main aviation hub in Southeast Asia. The Department of Airports will draw up business plans for each of the 800 hectare sites to be published at the end of July.  The public sector budget for refurbishment in 2018 has been set only at USD195m, with priority being given to upgrading Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Khon Kaen, all of which need larger passenger termina Read More


False concrete tests nab 21
False concrete tests nab 21

21 people have been arrested in Hong Kong for corruption after allegedly submitting false concrete strength tests on the 30km-long mega bridge being built to connect Hong Kong to Zhuhai and Macau.  The 55km project involves a 29.7km bridge, artificial islands and a 6km+ section of underwater tunnel beneath one of the world’s busiest shipping channels. The first ever Pearl River Estuary road connection will eventually join together more than 22 million people in one of the region&rs Read More


Thai government orders rail start
Thai government orders rail start

Construction on the Chinese-funded cross-country rail link in Thailand will be kick-started by a special executive order by the nation’s military leader.  Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha will invoke Article 44 which is an emergency security order which gives him the authority to push through the policy.  Construction on the first phase of the 873km line will now reportedly begin in August or September. Phase one is a 250km stretch of line between the capital Bangkok a Read More


China pledges USD122bn at Silk Road
China pledges USD122bn at Silk Road

As world leaders gathered in Beijing for the Silk Road Summit in May, Chinese president Xi Jinping pledged USD122bn for infrastructure projects under the ‘One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative. The Chinese strategy sees high-speed railways, bridges, roads, ports, industrial parks, oil pipelines and power grids now being built across the ancient Silk Road routes from Mongolia to Malaysia, Thailand to Pakistan and Laos.  ASEAN nations, including Cambodia, have been key recip Read More


From overpass to botanical garden
From overpass to botanical garden

An innovative project in Seoul, Korea has seen an ugly 1970s overpass transformed into a stunning botanical garden where residents can now enjoy walking high above the streets.  The 983-metre long “Seoullo 7017”  - which translates to ‘skygarden’ – features over 200 species of trees, shrubs and flowers and allows people to walk peacefully in a city which is famous for its hectic streets.  Designed by Dutch architecture firm MVRDV, the botanical Read More


Atkins to develop Vietnam twin towers
Atkins to develop Vietnam twin towers

Atkins has been contracted to provide architecture and interior design services for Cocobay Towers which will soar 200m above the Da Nang skyline.  The luxury entertainment and hospitality condo hub by Vietnamese developer Empire Group will cover 31 hectares of landmass providing an area of 145,000 square metres.  The towers are connected at their pinnacles by two 52-metre-long, curved glass sky bridges that are looped on the 48th floor and provide stunning views along the coast. Read More


World’s 5th tallest building opens in Seoul
World’s 5th tallest building opens in Seoul

    Construction on the world’s fifth tallest building and the tallest in South Korea has finished with the Lotte World Tower in Seoul now standing 555m high.     Designed by US architect Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), the stunning skyscraper has pushed Kuala Lumpur’s 452m Petronas Twin Towers out of the top 10.     The Lotte World Tower will boast a seven-star hotel, the world’s highest swimming pool, the world’s fastest lift Read More


Lao press ahead with Mekong dam
Lao press ahead with Mekong dam

The Laotian government has announced it is to begin construction on the controversial USD2.3 million Pak Beng hydropower project in 2017. According to Lao Energy Minister Viraphonh Viravong, Lao intends to become the “Kuwait of hydropower in Southeast Asia”. The 912MW scheme is the third of up to eleven dams that the government of Lao is considering for the Mekong and is expected to generate power by 2024. Chinese company Datang Overseas Investment was awarded the construction Read More


Chinese to invest USD10bn in Philippines
Chinese to invest USD10bn in Philippines

The Philippines Board of Investment has announced that five China-based firms have made applications to establish local companies, investing USD10 billion and aiming to create 15,500 jobs. Huili Investment Fund Management Co Ltd wants to construct a steel mill facility where its Chinese partners can build local factories.  YDT International hopes to build a USD1.5 billion shipbuilding and ship repair facility. Liaoning Bora Enterprise Group Co Ltd. intends to construct oil projects i Read More


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