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Revealed: 2023 Big Project ME Award winners

Over 150 nominations were received across 31 categories when nominations closed in early December 2023

28 winners were recognised at the 14th edition of the Big Project ME Awards, with the 2023 edition hosting over 160 guests from across the GCC. The event took place at the Ritz Carlton JBR in Dubai and was attended by international and local delegates from government organisations, developers, operators, contractors and suppliers.

With over 150 submissions received when nominations closed, the editorial team and the judges had a tough job on their hands to choose winners from a bouquet of quality nominees, the Big Project ME team said.

The judging process was split in two parts – an initial process that saw the Big Project ME team vetting all the nominations to ensure that they met nomination guidelines and standards, and that they were appropriate for the focus of the awards.

The second part of the judging process took place on 5 January and involved a panel of industry experts, who deliberated over the nominations that made it through to the second round. The judges were:

  • Christopher Fanin, Senior Principal, Managing Director, InSite
  • Hesham Nour Eldeen, Practice Director, Structures, Civil Infrastructure, Transportation, UAE, AECOM
  • Majd Fayyad, DSM Strategy & Policy Lead, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
  • Nivine Issa, Founder & Managing Director, Terra Nexus
  • Jason Saundalkar, Head of Content, Big Project Middle East

The Big Project ME Awards 2023 were supported by:

  • Gold Sponsor: Engineering Contracting Company
  • Silver Sponsor: Procore
  • Supporting Partners: Compass Project Consulting, Kingspan, and RIB Software

The full list of winners and shortlisted nominees for the Big Project ME Awards 2023 are:

Big Project ME’s Young Professional of the Year

  • Ahmad Sharjeel – Al Khoory Solutions
  • Ahmed Abou Al Yousr – Parsons
  • Ross Hopwood – ISG

Winner: Ahmad Sharjeel – Al Khoory Solutions

Big Project ME’s Mentor of the Year

  • Ahmed Maged Mohamed Ali – VE Experts
  • Amr Metwally – Engineering Contracting Company

Winner: Amr Metwally – Engineering Contracting Company

Big Project ME’s Woman of the Year

  • Rana Nassar – Parsons
  • Rexy Seema Machado – Dutco Interiors
  • Sheikha Ali – ALEC Engineering & Contracting

Winner: Rana Nassar – Parsons

Big Project ME’s Team of the Year

  • Connect Conference Centre Expo City Team – ISG
  • Khazna Data Centre, AUH6, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi – McLaren Construction Group
  • MEP BIM Team – INNOVO

Winner: MEP BIM Team – INNOVO

Big Project’s Executive of the Year

  • Barry Lewis – ALEC Engineering & Contracting
  • Hussain Sajwani – DAMAC Properties
  • Maryam Almheiri – Dubai Municipality

Winner 1: Hussain Sajwani – DAMAC Properties

Winner 2: Maryam Almheiri from Dubai Municipality

Supply Chain Sustainability Initiative of the Year

Winner: Desert Board

Sustainable Contractor of the Year

  • ACCIONA
  • The Arab Contractors (Osman Ahmed Osman & Co.)

Winner: ACCIONA

Sustainable Developer of the Year

  • Abu Dhabi Ports Group
  • Fakhruddin Properties

Winner: Abu Dhabi Ports Group

Sustainable Project of the Year

  • Restoration of Burullus Lake – The Arab Contractors (Osman Ahmed Osman & Co.)
  • The Red Sea Destination – Red Sea Global
  • Solar PV Energy System for RTA Buildings & Facilities – Roads and Transport Authority

Winner 1: The Red Sea Destination – Red Sea Global

Winner 2: Solar PV Energy System for RTA Buildings & Facilities – Roads and Transport Authority

Skills Development Programme of the Year

Winner: Sobha Constructions

Fit-Out Contractor of the Year

  • ALEC FITOUT
  • Depa
  • ISG

Winner: Depa

MEP Contractor of the Year

  • ALEMCO
  • LASCO JV SSG
  • Sobha Constructions
  • United Masters Electromechanical

Winner: LASCO JV SSG

Infrastructure Contractor of the Year

  • China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East)
  • The Arab Contractors (Osman Ahmed Osman & Co.)

Winner: China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East)

Mid-sized Contractor

Winner: McLaren Construction

Luxury Residential Development

Winner: Keturah Reserve – MAG (Editor’s Choice Award)  

Large Contractor of the Year

  • ALEC Engineering & Contracting
  • Sobha Constructions
  • The Arab Contractors (Osman Ahmed Osman & Co.)

Winner: ALEC Engineering & Contracting

Project of the Year: Fit-Out

  • One & Only One Za’abeel – ALEC FITOUT
  • Intercontinental Residences – Depa

Winner: One & Only One Za’abeel – ALEC FITOUT

Project of the Year: Offsite Construction

  • The Crest – Sobha Constructions
  • The Point – DBB Contracting

Winner: The Point – DBB Contracting

MEP Project of the Year

  • New Delta Wastewater Treatment Plant – The Arab Contractors (Osman Ahmed Osman & Co.)
  • SeaWorld Abu Dhabi Animal Life & Safety Systems – ALEMCO & Miral
  • Skylight – Al Wathba – LASCO JV SSG
  • The Crest, Sobha Hartland – Sobha Constructions

Winner: New Delta Wastewater Treatment Plant by The Arab Contractors (Osman Ahmed Osman & Co.)

Project of the Year: Refurbishment & Retrofit

  • AT.MOSPHERE – ALEC FITOUT
  • Restoration of Amr Ibn Al-Aas Mosque – The Arab Contractors (Osman Ahmed Osman & Co.)
  • Unified 7 UAE Customer Happiness Centres – Ministry of Health & Prevention

Winner: Unified 7 UAE Customer Happiness Centres – Ministry of Health & Prevention

Project of the Year: Energy

Winner: Khalifa Port Admin Building – Abu Dhabi Ports Group

Project of the Year: Water

  • New Delta Wastewater Treatment Plant – Arab Contractors-Metito-Orascom-Hassan Allam JV
  • Shuqaiq 3 RO Desalination Plant – ACCIONA

Winner: New Delta Wastewater Treatment Plant by Arab Contractors, Metito, Orascom and Hassan Allam

Project of the Year: Infrastructure & Transport

  • Greater Cairo Metro Line 3 – Phase 3A – The Arab Contractors (Osman Ahmed Osman & Co.)
  • LRT – The Arab Contractors (Osman Ahmed Osman & Co.)
  • UAE National Railway – Etihad Railway

Winner: UAE National Railway – Etihad Rail

Project of the Year: Leisure, Retail and Hospitality

  • SeaWorld Abu Dhabi – ALEC Engineering & Contracting
  • The Islamic Cultural Centre in the New Administrative Capital – The Arab Contractors (Osman Ahmed Osman & Co.)

Winner: SeaWorld Abu Dhabi – ALEC Engineering & Contracting

Project of the Year: Residential

  • Intercontinental Residences – DEPA
  • Seef Lusail Residential Development – Parsons

Winner: Seef Lusail Residential Development – Parsons

Efficiency in Construction

  • Winner: Waves Grande by Sobha Constructions

To learn more about the Big Project Middle East Awards, click here.

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