GCC projects win quality awards at top-level construction summit
Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 29 May 2016 – The GCC’s highest quality projects received the region’s top honours for projects excellence at the 2016 MEED Quality Awards for Projects, in association with Mashreq.
Saudi Arabia was the standout performer, picking up five awards, followed by the United Arab Emirates and Oman with three apiece. Bahrain and Qatar scooped two awards each, while Kuwait received one trophy at this year’s edition of the annual awards programme, the only one to recognise completed projects in the GCC.
John Iossifidis, Executive Vice-President and Head of Corporate & Investment Banking Group, Mashreq says: “We are proud to support the awards programme for the past four years now. The awards have definitely shed the spotlight not just on excellence and quality, but also on the award-winning projects’ valuable contribution to the economic development of the Region; and the long-term viability of the projects sector by sending a clear message to the market, that quality is essential in all parts of the project management process; from design planning to engineering and construction. We wish all participants all the very best.”
The award programme’s most coveted trophy – the MEED Quality Project of the Year 2016, in association with Mashreq – went to Saudi Aramco’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Centre (Kapsarc) Project (nominated by Drake & Scull), which was also awarded the title GCC Sustainable Project of the Year, sponsored by Six Construct.
The kingdom’s other double winner was the Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company (Yasref) Refinery Project, which received the GCC Oil & Gas Project of the Year, sponsored by Parsons; and the GCC Mega Project of the Year trophies. Yasref is a joint venture of Saudi Aramco (62.5%) and Sinopec (37.5%).
Completing Saudi Arabia’s five-trophy haul was the Rehabilitation, Expansion and Development of the Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport Project in Medina, which won the GCC Airport Project of the Year category. Nominated by TAV Construction, the project is owned by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (Gaca), represented by Tibah Airports Development Company.
Winning projects from the UAE included the Taweelah Aluminum Extrusion Plant Project for TALEX - a JV between Senaat, the industrial arm of Abu Dhabi Government and Gulf Extrusions of Dubai’s Al Gurair Group (nominated by AECOM) – which won the GCC Industrial Project of the Year.
The Zoo & Aquarium Public Institution in Al Ain’s Wildlife Park & Resort (AWPP) – World Deserts Project (nominated by Hilal Bil Badi & Partners Contracting Company) was selected the best in the region in the Social, Culture & Heritage Project of the Year category. The GCC Rail Project of the Year honour was given to Etihad Rail Stage 1 – Shah‐Habshan‐Ruwais Railway Project (nominated by Parsons and Saipem).
Oman continued its winning ways in this year’s edition of the awards, scooping the GCC Power & Water Project of the Year with the Public Authority for Electricity & Water’s Construction of Emergency Water Storage Reservoirs Project (nominated by Al Hassan Engineering Co. SAOG).
Muscat Municipality’s Design & Construction of Underpasses & Flyovers Darsait-Al Wadi Al Kabir Road Project (nominated by Larsen & Toubro-Oman) won the GCC Road & Bridge Project of the Year.
The final winner from Oman was Al Taher Group Company’s Oman Avenues Mall Extension to Lulu Hypermarket in Bausher- Stage 2 Project (nominated by SAM Engineering), which received the GCC Retail Project of the Year award.
Qatar projects figured prominently in two categories: Qatar Foundation’s HQ Project won the GCC Building Project of the Year; and the Al Rayyan Hospitality’s Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara Project (nominated by UrbaCon Trading & Contracting) scooped the GCC Leisure & Tourism Project of the Year award.
Bahrain-based projects received the region’s top honour in two categories, with Bahrain Property Musharaka Trust’s Danaat Al Madina Project (nominated by Eskan Properties Company) receiving the GCC Mixed-Use Project of the Year award; and the Ministry of Youth & Sports Affairs’ Demolishing and Re-Build of Hala Club Project winning the GCC Small Project of the Year.
Kuwait won one of the new award categories introduced this year: the GCC Residential Project of the Year, sponsored by VitrA which went to the Wall House Project (nominated by AGi Architects).
The MEED Editor’s Special Commendation was presented to the UAE’s Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) for the Thermal Energy Storage Turbine Inlet Air Cooling (TESTIAC) Project; and Saudi Arabia’s Maaden Gold and Base Metals Co.’s Ad'Duwieh Gold Project Electrical Distribution and E House Project (nominated by Schneider Electric).
Now in their sixth year, the MEED Quality Awards for Projects, in association with Mashreq, have established themselves as the leading stamp of quality and achievement for stakeholders in the GCC projects sector. It is supported by Mashreq Bank (headline sponsor), Six Construct (Gold and Category Sponsor), Parsons and Vitra (Silver and Category Sponsors) and Al Shaffar General Contracting (Reception Sponsor).
Part of the MEED Construction Leadership Summit, the awards not only recognise the construction element of project delivery but also consider the value and quality of a project throughout its entire life-cycle, from the design concept through to engineering and construction and its wider contribution to society and the environment.