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Celebrating excellence in GCC construction

For millions of people around the world, the month of December is often a time for reflection and celebration over the year just past and the year just ahead.

That spirit of celebration was certainly on display as the great and good of the industry came together on 18 November, at the Conrad Hotel in Dubai, to celebrate their achievements in GCC construction.

By all accounts, it was a night enjoyed by all who attended, with the Big Project ME team getting some very positive feedback, as well as some constructive insights (pun fully intended) aimed at making next year’s event an even bigger success.

This year’s winners represent an intriguing snapshot of the construction industry. Some of them are familiar, but quite interestingly, there were more than a few new entries to the roll call. It’s heartening to see this, as I believe that it shows that innovation and fresh thinking are alive and well in our industry.

As we look ahead to 2015, there’s plenty to be excited about.

We’re in the midst of conducting an extremely interesting survey, the results of which shall have been released when you read this. What we hope for is that this survey will provide an insight into whether industry salaries are keeping pace with growth, which countries are the most desirable to work in for construction professionals, and what the general mood of the industry is.

The survey will be a precursor to our Construction Intelligence Report, the first one we’ve ever done. With it, we hope to marry insight and analysis from across our stable of magazines and produce a report that will become a reference point for the construction industry.

For the magazine itself, we’ve got a lot planned for the year ahead, and while I can’t reveal too much about it just yet, suffice to say I’m very excited by what we’ve got in store for you all.

As is traditional at this time of the year, I’d like to wish all of our readers a very Happy New Year and on behalf of the entire Big Project ME team, may you all have a fantastic 2015!

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