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UAE’s 43 projects worth $3.1 billion win ‘Quality Awards’
By our business bureau March 19, 2017
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DUBAI: Forty-three of the UAE’s highest quality projects have won national honours in the 2017 MEED Quality Awards for Projects. The combined value of the Emirates’ winning projects is estimated at $3.1 billion.

Now in its seventh year, MEED Quality Awards for Projects programme has become the leading stamp of quality and achievement for top teams operating in the GCC projects sector. 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 to the environment.

The national winners in the UAE include ADMARES’ Burj Al Arab Terrace Project (Besix Innovation Project of the Year), Bombardier Transportation’s Dubai Airport T1-CD Automated People Mover Project (Besix Innovation Project of the Year and Transport Project of the Year), Consolidated Contractors Company’s Dubai Opera Project (Besix Innovation Project of the Year, Leisure & Tourism Project of the Year and Social, Culture & Heritage Project of the Year), Parson’s Dubai Water Canal Project (Besix Innovation Project of the Year and Leisure & Tourism Project of the Year), Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Road Project (Road, Bridge, Tunnel Project of the Year), Al Futtaim Carillion’s One Central Phase 1, The Offices 1 Project (Commercial Project of the Year), Al Sahel Contracting Co’s PT-122 - DMC Butterfly Building Project (Commercial Project of the Year) Goettsch Paortners’ Al Hilal Bank Tower Project (Commercial Project of the Year) and McLaren Group’s Chef Middle East HQ and Food Cold Storage, Production & Distribution Facility Project (Commercial Project of the Year, Logistics Project of the Year and Small Project of the Year).

Three Emirates-based projects scooped the Hotel Project of the Year national winner award including Faithful+Gould’s Four Seasons Abu Dhabi Project, China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East & P&T Architects and Engineers Ltd’s Viceroy Hotel Resorts & Residences Palm Jumeirah Project and Al Jihan Gulf Horizon General Contracting LLC’s Nurai Island Resort by Zaya Project.

The Award for Sustainability category also had three national winners from the UAE, among them ASGC’s Waldorf Astoria, The Palm Jumeirah Project, Atkins’ Al Ain Bus Station Project and Six Construct’s Sewage Treatment Plant at Ruwais Project, which also won in the Water Project of the Year.

Other national winners from the UAE are Al Amal Psychiatric Hospital project (Healthcare Project of the Year) of China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East, Al Habtoor Group’s Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club Project (Leisure & Tourism Project of the Year), Al Hosn Gas’ Al Hosn Gas Shah Project (Oil and Gas Project of the Year), Hyatt Regency Creek Heights Project (Mixed-use Project of the Year), Dewan Architects & Engineers’ Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) Phase 3 project (Education Project of the Year), Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (Dewa) SGT5-4000F GT Outage Period Project (Small Project of the Year), IMG Worlds of Adventure’s IMG Worlds of Adventure Project (Building Project of the Year, Besix Innovation Project of the Year, Leisure & Tourism Project of the Year, Mega Project of the Year), Larsen & Toubro Limited-Power Transmission & Distribution’s N6977B - Supply and Installation of 220/33 kV New Grid Station in Ain Al Faydha and all Related 220 kV OHL/Cable Works Project (Power Project of the Year), Nakheel’s Dragon Mart 2 Project (Retail Project of the Year) and Six Construct’s The Green Planet Project (Leisure & Tourism Project of the Year)

Parson’s City Walk Project won multiple honours, including Mixed-use Project of the Year and Residential Project of the Year. Meanwhile, Al Futtaim Carillion’s City Walk Phase 2 Retail Development Project (Retail Project of the Year).

ASGC’s Etihad Museum Project received national winner awards in four different categories, namely the Building Project of the Year, Besix Innovation Project of the Year, Leisure & Tourism Project of the Year and Social, Culture & Heritage Project of the Year.

“The GCC projects market continues to be a key driver for regional growth, and part of its success in contributing to economic development in the region has been its continuing focus on developing high quality projects that generate jobs, contribute to the efficient delivery of infrastructure and utility services as well as ensuring sustainability by incorporating safety and environment-friendly measures in project development and execution. We commend the national winners for their commitment to project excellence and hope that their unwavering commitment to quality will inspire others to follow their lead as more projects are developed and completed in the future,” says Richard Thompson, Editorial Director, MEED.

Three other winners were named Supplier of the Year, including Almajdouie Logistics Co, Hempel Paints Qatar WLL and MVP Tech.

MEED would like to thank Besix, Gold Sponsor and our partners, Society of Engineers UAE, Kuwait Society of Engineers, Oman Society of Engineers, Bahrain Society of Engineers and Qatar Society of Engineers for their long-standing support.

As well as competing for the GCC award in their specific sectors, the national winners are in with a chance to win the coveted title of the MEED Quality Project of the Year. Regional winners will be announced on 3 May 2017 at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, United Arab Emirates.

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