MUSCAT, MAY 5 – The Gulf region’s highest quality projects were announced at the recently concluded 2018 MEED Projects Awards, in association with Mashreq. Oman emerged as one of the top countries in the GCC with the most number of award-winning projects, receiving five trophies in various categories. The UAE won eight, while Kuwait and Saudi Arabia had four and two winners, respectively. The winning projects from Oman are part of the $11.7bn worth of projects completed in the country in 2017, according to the latest data from MEED Projects.
“This year’s GCC Project Award Winners are an inspiration to project stakeholders globally. The main themes which have shone through in the winning projects have included success in sustainability and health and safety. MEED congratulates all the GCC winners and their projects teams,” said Becky Crayman, Programme Director, MEED. Oman-based projects that won regional honours include Omran Tourism Development Company’s Construction of Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Package-7, Hotel#2, entered by Larsen & Toubro-Oman, which won GCC Commercial Project of the Year; the Al Batina International School Project, nominated by Design Group Engineering Consultants, which received the GCC Education Project of the Year trophy; and the Ministry of Defence Pension Fund’s Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, jointly entered by Atelier Pod and Engineering Innovation Design & Consulting, which was picked as GCC Hotel Project of the Year.
BP’s Khazzan Project was the winner in the GCC Oil & Gas Project of the Year category, while the Public Authority for Electricity & Water’s Construction of Extensions to the Water Supply Network at Nizwa was the jury’s choice as the GCC Water Project of the Year.
“Recognising quality projects is not just about winning an award, but a means by which we ensure project excellence is kept at very high standards across all projects, either completed or even those in the pipeline, because of their invariable socio-economic and environmental impact on the region. This year’s winners must be congratulated for their commitment to quality and their projects’ contributions to society,” said Mohammad Khader al Shouli, Senior Vice President, Mashreq Bank, headline sponsor of the awards.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi, owned by the Department of Culture and Tourism and nominated by Buro Happold Consulting Engineers, received the highest honour by winning the MEED Quality Project of the Year, in association with Mashreq. It was a double celebration for the team behind the project as it also won the GCC Leisure & Tourism Project of the Year award.
Meanwhile, the MEED Editor’s Award for Innovation was given to the Dubai Opera (owned by Emaar and entered by Consolidated Contractors Company).
The winners of the 2018 MEED Projects Awards, in association with Mashreq, were honoured at a ceremony, with the reception sponsored by ASGC, held at the Westin Mina Seyahi Resort and Marina in Dubai which was attended by the project industry’s top stakeholders.