MEED Quality Awards for Projects opens for entries

20 October 2013

The GCC is home to some of the world’s most impressive and unique buildings

The MEED Quality Awards for Projects is the first awards programme in the GCC to recognise completed projects. It is, therefore, distinct from other awards programmes, as it evaluates the outcome of the construction process, rather than the process itself.

MEED is proud to have created an independent judging process, with the help of the Society of Engineers in each of the six GCC member states.

The awards programme allows projects to be benchmarked against their own sectors and recognises the valuable addition schemes make to that community, be that sector oil & gas, power & water, industrial, transport, residential, or a project that has shown outstanding sustainable impact.

New for 2014, MEED is launching the Award for Innovation to recognise the key differentiators project teams have created to ensure their project success.

Senior figures from the region’s projects sector gathered in May 2013 to celebrate the National Winners from each GCC country and find out which entrant had succeeded to become the GCC Winner for the year.

The award entrants had completed a rigorous entry form that allowed the judging panel to discuss each submission and evaluate the information supplied in order to decide the winning entries.

The winners for 2013 included: Dubai International Airport – Concourse A; Doha Tower; and the Development of King Abdul Aziz Endowment Project (Makkah). All were chosen for their contribution to the economy, environmental achievements and success in engineering, design and construction. 

Rewarding Quality

According to MEED’s Gulf Project Index, more than $1.2 trillion-worth of projects are planned or under way in the GCC. This is a staggering amount of investment for the region and thousands of project teams will play their part to ensure these projects are completed at the highest quality.

As chair of the judging panel, Edmund O’Sullivan says: “Delivering quality is always a challenge. But nothing is more important when it comes to delivering major projects”.

Enter the MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2014, in association with Mashreq

MEED is pleased to announce the launch of the MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2014, in association with Mashreq and invites you to enter. The awards aim to raise standards through benchmarking the best practice specified in the project brief and excellence provided in the project delivery. Winning an award sends a message to the market that quality is essential in all parts of the project management process; from design planning to engineering and construction. The benefits of entering:

  • Gain unparalleled recognition for your project through an international platform
  • Reward and evaluate your achievements through an independent judging process
  • Associate with the programme’s core values of integrity, accuracy and innovation
  • Celebrate your team’s achievements
  • Network with the region’s leaders in projects

How to enter the MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2014, in association with Mashreq

The judging panel is looking forward to receiving entries from teams who have completed projects in the past two years (January 2012 to December 2013) and have the confidence they can win an award, based on their entry being evaluated against the judging criteria.

The awards programme is designed so that entrants take a minimal amount of time to complete an entry submission. The content asked for is compulsory information needed for the judging panel. All information supplied by entrants is confidential and only the award winners will be published. Register your details online at as soon as possible to gain access to the entry form for your specific category.

Key dates

  • 30 January 2014 Entry deadline
  • March 2014 National winners announced
  • May 2014 Ceremony and GCC winners announced

Judging Criteria

  • Economic and social impact
  • Environmental impact
  • Engineering achievements
  • Design achievements
  • Construction achievements

Awards for 2014

1. Small Project of the Year Entries for this category must have a project value of $35m or under and can be projects in any sector

2. Award for Innovation in Project Delivery The Innovation (not limited to technological Innovations) can be nominated by participants in any stage of the project delivery supply chain

3. Oil and Gas Project of the Year Offshore and onshore recovery, exploration and production facilities for oil and gas, refineries, distribution, pipelines, product distillation and petrochemicals

4. Industrial Project of the Year Manufacturing, material, mining, metals (excluding petrochemicals)

5. Power and Water Desalination Project of the Year Energy, power, hydroelectric, desalination, infrastructure

6. Water Reuse Project of the Year Water usage, public supply, waste and recycling, sewage and treatment

7. Leisure and Tourism Project of the Year Attractions, heritage, leisure, entertainment and tourism. Malls, hotels, theme parks, resorts and facilities

8. Transport or Road Project of the Year Ports, airports, rail and road infrastructure

9. Social Project of the Year Public spaces, education, healthcare, social housing, community, cultural and religious centres

10. Building Project of the Year Mixed developments, commercial, residential and business building projects

11. Sustainable Project of the Year Any project that has shown a tangible and proven approach to sustainability

12. MEED Quality Project of the Year 2014* Awarded to the project from any category that has risen above all the projects submitted for entry as the outstanding example of what quality in construction, engineering and innovation represents

*=The MEED Quality Project of the Year 2014 award is not open for entries, as the winner is chosen from the National Winners stage of the competition.

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