The World's Mega-Projects

Mega-projects are happening across the world. Stay informed and gain insight into the latest global developments.

What is a mega-project?

A megaproject is defined as a construction project that costs over US$1 billion.

Latest figures from analysts value the total global construction market at over $11 trillion, set to rise to around $14 trillion by 2025.

With this massive growth comes major investment opportunity.

Below you’ll find the latest news and views on the rapidly evolving global megaproject scene. Find out what the media is saying about this growth and development. And contact us to discover more about how your investment portfolio can flourish on the back of such rapid, major-scale construction.

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Hong Kong- Zhuhai Macau Bridge

  • The largest ocean crossing in the world consisting of:
    1. Three cable-stayed bridges
    2. Three man-made islands
    3. One of the world’s longest undersea tunnels
  • Cost: over $15 billion USD

Purpose: connecting Hong Kong with Macau and Zhuhai which can reduce journey times between 3 cities and standing as a testament to the engineering might of the Chinese.

Water Diversion Project

  • The world’s largest water-diversion project.
  • Cost: $172 billion USD

Purpose: to channel 44.8 billion cubic meters of fresh water annually from the Yangtze River in southern China to the more arid and industrialized north through three canal systems.

Craziest Engineering Projects in China

  • Wuhan Railway Station – Cost: $2.12 billion USD
  • Shanghai Tower – Cost: $2.4 billion USD
  • Beijing Capital International Airport – Cost: $13.6 billion USD
  • Nanhui new city – Cost: $4.5 billion USD
  • Jiangya Dam – Cost: $6.3 billion USD
  • Beijing South Railway Station – Cost: $6.3 billion USD
  • Three Gorges Dams – Cost: $6.76 billion USD
  • Sutong Yangtze River Bridge – Cost: $7.89 billion USD
  • Jiaozhou Bay Bridge – Cost: $16 billion USD

Jubail II

  • Cost: $11 billion USD

Jubail is a city in the Eastern province on the Persian Gulf coast of Saudi Arabia. It is home to the largest industrial city in the world. It is also home to the Middle East’s largest and world’s fourth largest petrochemical company SABIC.

Beijing Daxing International Airport

  • Cost: $13 billion USD

The second airport for China’s capital will be able to handle up to 100 million passengers a year. It is made up of 1.6 million cubic metres of concrete, 52,000 tonnes of steel and covers 47sqkm, including runways.


  • Cost: $64 billion USD

It will cover 173sqkm with theme parks, sport venues and the world’s biggest hotel by 2025.

The park, which will equal London’s Hyde Park for size, will include 30km of pedestrian pathways, 20km of jogging track, more than 14km of cycle tracks and 7km of nature trails.

Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai

  • Cost: $82 billion USD

Once finished, Dubai’s second airport will be the world’s biggest and service 160 million travellers a year.

The first phase includes adding two new runways and two large concourses housing dozens of aircraft gates each.

The new airport will eventually boast five parallel runways spaced far enough apart so they can all be used at the same time, and have enough gates for hundreds of wide-body planes.

International Space Station

  • Cost: $150 billion USD

Officially completed in 2011, proposed expansion includes adding four new modules this year and in 2019.

The ISS is the largest human-made body in low Earth orbit and can often be seen with the naked eye from Earth.


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