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MEED Names National Winners In Search For GCC’s Best Projects
2014-03-31

MEED Names National Winners In Search For GCC’s Best Projects

MEED has announced the national winners of the MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2014, in association with Mashreq, the only GCC-wide recognition programme that recognises completed projects.
After a rigorous judging process, thirty two of the highest quality projects emerged as national winners, with the UAE leading the awards haul in the GCC with ten winners, followed by Qatar and Saudi with seven apiece, then Oman with six; and Bahrain with two.
“We congratulate the national winners on their success. They deserve commendation, not only for adhering to the highest quality standards in project development and execution, but also for their socio-economic contributions, which will have a far-reaching impact on the future success of the nation,” said Julio Armando De Quesada, Head of Corporate and Investment Banking Group, Mashreq; Headline sponsor of the awards.
The UAE national winners include MERAAS’ CityWalk project (Small Project of the Year); Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) Dubai’s Comprehensive Improvement of Parallel Road projects (Transport Project of the Year); Ruwais Fertilizer Industries (Fertil) FERTIL-2 Ammonia Urea Expansion project FERTIL-2 Ammonia Urea Expansion project (HLG Oil and Gas Project of the Year); ADNOC’s Integrated Gas Development project (Industrial Project of the Year); Tourism Development and Investment Company’s (TDIC) Saadiyat Island St. Regis Resort project (Leisure and Tourism Project of the Year); and the Ministry of Public Works’ Sheikh Khalifa Specialist Hospital Project (Social Project of the Year).
Cayan Group Real Estate Investment & Development scooped two awards with its Cayan Tower project (Award for Innovation and Louis Berger Building Project of the Year); while Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) achieved the same feat with its Sustainable Building project (Sustainable Project of the Year) and Phase I of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park project (Power Project of the Year).
In Saudi Arabia, the national winners are Rafal Real Estate Development Co. Ltd.’s Burj Rafal project (Award for Innovation); Saudi Aramco’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre Phase 1 project (Louis Berger Building Project of the Year); MARS Inc.’s MARS Chocolate Factory (Industrial Project of the Year and Small Project of the Year); King Fahad National Library’s King Fahad National Library project (Social Project of the Year); Arriyadh Development Authority’s Extension of Roads of Arriyadh Old Airport (Transport Project of the Year); and the National Water Company’s Riyadh Water Supply project (Water & Water Reuse Project of the Year).
Qatar’s award-winning projects include the Baytna project, jointly owned by the Qatar Green Building Council, Barwa Real Estate Group and Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Award for Innovation); The Cultural Village Foundation’s Construction of the Infrastructure for the Residential Area at the Katara project (Social Project of the Year); Qatar Government’s Hamad International Airport (Transport Project of the Year); and Qatar Foundation’s The Male and Female Student Housing project (Louis Berger Building Project of the Year and Sustainable Project of the Year).
Qatar Petroleum (QP) scooped two national awards for its Route Survey, Design, Construction & Hook-up of Oil Flow Lines, GasliftFlowlines and PWI Spurlines in Dukhan Field project (HLG Oil and Gas Project of the Year) and the High Voltage Network Upgrade at Qatar Petroleum Dukhan project, both entered by Galfar Al Misnad (Power Project of the Year).
In Oman, the national winners are: Duqm Development Company’s Duqm Frontier Town project (Louis Berger Building Project of the Year); United Real Estate Company’s Salalah Gardens Mall and Residences (Leisure and Tourism Project of the Year); Petroleum Development Oman’s SaihNihayda Depletion Compression [SNDC] Phase-1 project (HLG Oil and Gas Project of the Year); Technical Trading Co. and APR Energy’s Oman 32MW Peak Shaving Power project (Power Project of the Year); Oman Educational Service’s German University of Technology in Oman (Social Project of the Year); and Petroleum Development Oman’s (PDO) Solar EOR Project (Sustainable Project of the Year).
Finally, the award-winning projects in Bahrain are The Ministry of Works’ North Manama Causeway project (Transport Project of the Year) and Bahrain Petroleum Company’s (BAPCO’s) Install Refinery Waste Water Treatment Plant project (Sustainable Project of the Year).
These award-winning projects will now compete on the regional level, competing with national winners from around the Gulf across 10 different categories. Two other projects were given Highly Commended citations – from the UAE, Aldar Properties’ Yas Mall (Louis Berger Building Project of the Year); and from Oman, the Royal Court Affairs’ Majlis Oman (Social Project of the Year).
“The national winners in the GCC are a testament to the high quality of work produced in the region’s projects market. The high quality standards they have achieved have raised the bar for other projects in the region, and the rest of the world,” said Edmund O’Sullivan, Chairman of the judging panel of the MEED Quality Awards for Projects, in association with Mashreq.
The GCC winners of the annual MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2014, in association with Mashreq will be announced on 12 May 2014 at Sofitel Dubai, The Palm Resort & Spa, Dubai, UAE. This year’s category sponsors include Louis Berger for Building Project of the Year and HLG for Oil and Gas Project of the Year. For more information on the awards, please visit www.meedawards.com.

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