REVEALED! The shortlisted nominees for the Big Project ME Awards 2019

Judges highlight the diversity and strength of this year’s nominations

Following an extensive and thorough judging process by a team of hand-picked experts from the regional construction industry, the shortlisted nominees for the Big Project ME Awards 2019 can finally be revealed.

With more than 20 categories up for grabs, this year saw more than 140 nominations by contractors, subcontractors, developers and specialist firms. With submissions ranging from large-scale, iconic megaprojects, through to highly technical and complex design and build projects, the judges had their work cut out when it came to choosing the shortlisted nominees.

“This year’s nominations are really strong. I understand that the number of entrants is higher and that’s a good sign. It shows that the industry is still vibrant and that there’s a lot of activity there,” said Chris Seymour, managing director – Mott MacDonald Middle East.

“What we’re seeing is greater focus on sustainability and on off-site construction, which is a trend we’re seeing in the market,” he added, when discussing the nominations on the sidelines of the judges meeting at Studio One Hotel in Dubai Studio City.

The judges noted that the categories that had the most nominations were the ones that were project focused, with Roger Griffiths from Heriot-Watt University Dubai pointing out that this year’s nominated projects were amongst the strongest he had seen in years.

“The Big Project ME Awards are very important for developers and contractors alike. It’s an opportunity to set out their stall and demonstrate what they’ve been up to in the last year, and make sure that the industry is familiar with the products they’re putting out to market,” concluded Nicholas Harris, managing director at Omnium International.

The Big Project ME Awards 2019 are supported by our Platinum Sponsor – Ithra Dubai; our Gold Sponsors – Airolink, ALEC, ASGC, Eltizam Asset Management Group; Silver Sponsors – CCS, Hadley Group, Hill International, Voltas; Bronze Sponsors – 12d Model; our Intelligence Partners – ProTenders; and our Knowledge Partners – CIOB and RICS.

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The shortlisted nominees for the Big Project ME Awards 2019 are:

Project of the Year:

  • Mobility Pavilion, Expo 2020 – ALEC
  • Al Wasl Plaza Trellis Structure, Expo 2020 – Cimolai Rimond Middle East
  • Coca-Cola Arena – ASGC
  • 25 Hours Hotel and Offices 4 & 5 – Dubai World Trade Centre

Infrastructure Project of the Year:

  • Dubai International Airport Improvement Works – ASGC
  • Parallel Roads Project – China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East
  • Al Madinah Al Munawwarah Wastewater Treatment and Sludge Management Project – Khatib & Alami

Sustainable Project of the Year:

  • Mohammed Bin Rashid Library – ASGC
  • Tilal Al Ghaf – Majid Al Futtaim Properties
  • Al Maha Factory – Nestlé Middle East

Design and Build Project of the Year:

  • Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport – HPBS
  • The Residences at Marina Gate I & II and Jumeirah Living Marina Gate – ALEC
  • Al Karamah Private School – McLaren Construction

Excellence in HSE on a Project:

  • Oman Convention Centre, Package 3 – Shapoorji Pallonji Mideast
  • Mall of Oman – Majid Al Futtaim Properties
  • Dubai Harbour Infrastructure and Logistics – Kier Dubai
  • Dubai Creek Horizon – AF Construction

Excellence in BIM Implementation on a Project:

  • Mobility Pavilion, Expo 2020 – ALEC
  • The Address Harbour Point – KEO International Consultants
  • Yas Arena – BAM International

Contractor of the Year:

  • ALEC
  • China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East
  • ASGC

MEP Contractor of the Year:

  • China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East – MEP Division
  • Emirates Falcon Electromechanical Company
  • Voltas

Fit-Out Contractor of the Year:

  • ALEC Fit-Out
  • A&T Interiors
  • Depa Interiors
  • Pinnacle Interiors

Sustainable Contractor of the Year:

  • Ssangyong Engineering & Construction Company
  • Multiplex

Developer of the Year:

  • Select Group
  • Sobha Realty
  • Ithra Dubai
  • Lootah

Excellence in BIM:

  • ALEC
  • HPBS
  • ASGC

Skills Development Programme of the Year:

  • Employee Happiness Strategy 2019 – Eltizam Asset Management Group
  • Skills Development Program of the Year – Al Ghurair Group

Sustainability Programme of the Year:

  • UAE’s Green Key Program – Emirates Green Building Council
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative – Al Futtaim Construction
  • Science Based Targets – Multiplex

Sustainable Government Department:

  • Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority
  • Department of Sewage Treatment Plants and Networks, Dubai Municipality

Product Innovation Award:

  • Prefabricated Multi-Service MEP Modules – Emirates Falcon Electromechanical Company
  • GTL-1000 by Topcon Positioning Middle East and Africa

Big Project ME Woman of the Year Award:         

  • Nadia Zaal, CEO, Al Barari
  • Eman Al Mansoori, Director of Tenders and Contracts Department, Ministry of Infrastructure Development
  • Farah Zafar, Chief Legal Officer, AMAALA

Big Project ME Executive of the Year:

  • Kenneth Rob Davies, Managing Director, Depa Interiors
  • Yu Tao, President and CEO of China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East
  • Hercu Viljoen, Managing Director – Related Businesses, ALEC






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