MEED names the region’s best projects

25 March 2020
Seventy national winners and 27 finalists from across the GCC have been honoured for projects that demonstrate excellence in architecture, construction and engineering

MEED has announced the finalists and national winners for the 10th edition of its MEED Project Awards in association with Mashreq.

These awards celebrate the GCC’s dynamic projects industry, which is valued at $3.1tn, according to MEED’s project database.

A total of 88 projects from across the region have been honoured across 19 separate categories including Transport Project of the Year, Healthcare Project of the Year and Digital Infrastructure Project of the Year, among others.

UAE-based projects dominate the honours, with projects such as The Address Sky View Project, CLYMB Abu Dhabi and Al-Seef receiving National Winner status in the Mega Project of the Year, Tourism and Leisure Project of the Year, and Social, Cultural and Heritage Project of the Year categories, respectively.

Projects in Saudi Arabia have also received multiple honours, and excelled within the Tourism and Leisure categories, as well as Social, Cultural and Heritage categories, moving the country one step closer to realising its Vision 2030 goals.  

From the Al-Zour Refinery in Kuwait, to the Aluminium Bahrain Line 6 Expansion Project and the Mazoon Dairy Project in Oman, the entire region is striving towards contributing to the GCC’s economic success and continued development. 

With an estimated 6,722 active projects planned or under way in the region, this market is seen as strategically vital to the development of the GCC as it seeks to drive growth, provide new jobs, drive economic diversification, increase productivity, and place a greater focus on sustainability and social cohesion. 

Key players in the GCC projects industry including ASGC, Lalbuksh Voltas, Emirates Steel and Pace constitute some of the shortlisted organisations that were selected out of hundreds of entries for their significant contribution to the region’s top-quality projects.

Companies across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman were honoured across numerous categories for their extensive efforts in delivering some of the GCC’s best projects.

The shortlisted companies have demonstrated ambition and innovation, and have achieved brilliance across architecture, engineering and construction

“Project owners, contractors and consultants across the region have delivered an extremely successful portfolio of projects amidst challenging economic conditions," said MEED editorial director Richard Thompson. "The shortlisted companies have demonstrated ambition and innovation, and have achieved brilliance across architecture, engineering and construction.  We are thrilled to recognise the organisations that have been shortlisted and given National Winner status, and congratulate all the individuals and teams that have contributed to delivering these exciting projects that drive development in the region.”

The 88 shortlisted projects will go through a second round of judging before the winners are announced on 10 June. 

“We are delighted to be a part of MEED’s tenth year of recognising the very best projects in the region," said Mohammad al-Shouli, managing director and head of contracting finance at Mashreq Bank. "The MEED Project Awards truly represent a diverse range of sectors, encompassing everything from travel and tourism, to oil and gas, as well as digital architecture. The many companies that have been shortlisted as part of this year’s awards are a testament to the originality, variety and technical achievement of the GCC’s project market.”

Overall winners will be awarded at a gala dinner ceremony, hosted on 10 June 2020 at the Address Hotel, Dubai Marina, Dubai.

To view the complete list of national winners and finalists, please click here


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