In 2010, MEED launched the Quality Awards for Projects, an initiative aimed at recognising the personnel responsible for the best quality projects recently completed across the GCC region. According to regional projects tracker MEED Projects, more than $1.2 trillion-worth of new projects are scheduled to be delivered in the GCC over the next decade.

The awards honour project teams that demonstrate a commitment to quality, from planning and design stages through to the completion stage. Submissions for the 2013 awards programme are now being sought.

The awards programme is the first in the GCC to recognise completed projects and is distinguished from rival events in that it evaluates the outcome of the construction process, rather than the process itself. 

National winners are selected by an independent panel of judges with the support of the Society of Engineers in each GCC country. The programme benchmarks winning projects against others in their respective sectors. The awards programme culminates with a gala event each year that honours national award winners and the overall regional winner.

In 2012, the massive Pearl GTL complex in Qatar was named GCC Quality Project of the Year in association with Ernst & Young, while other regional winners included Emirates Aluminium Smelter Complex for GCC Industrial Project of the Year, and the Nimr Produced Water Treatment Project in Oman, which won the GCC Sustainable Project of the Year award.

Each winner was chosen for its contribution to its national economy and the region as a whole, its environmental and commercial sustainability, as well as its overall achievement in engineering, design and construction.

How to enter the MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2013

Projects completed in the past two years from January 2011 to December 2012 can be submitted for consideration. The awards programme is designed to ensure the entry process is as efficient as possible for nominees. All information supplied during the entry process is confidential and only the award winners’ names will be published. 

Interested parties should register their details online at www.meedawards.com, where they can gain access to an entry form.

Good luck to all our entrants

Entering the MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2013

The MEED Quality Awards for Projects, in association with Ernst & Young, aims to raise standards through benchmarking the best practice specified in the project brief and excellence provided in the project delivery.

Category entrants will:

  • Gain unparalleled recognition for their projects through an international platform
  • Be able to evaluate their achievements through an independent judging process
  • Associate with the programme’s core values: integrity; accuracy; and innovation
  • Celebrate their team’s achievements
  • Network with regional leaders within the projects sector

For entries: Tel: +971 4 433 1425
Email: info@meedawards.com
Online: Entries can be submitted online at www.meedawards.com
For sponsorship: Tel: +971 (0) 50 559 0713 Email: becky.crayman@meed.com

Key Dates:
Entries open – NOW
Entry deadline – 31 January, 2013
National winners announced – March 2013
Awards dinner – May 2013

Judging criteria:

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

Categories for MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2013

GCC Oil & Gas Project of the Year

Offshore and onshore recovery, exploration and production facilities for oil and gas, refineries, distribution, pipelines, product distillation and petrochemicals

GCC Industrial Project of the Year
Manufacturing, material, mining, metals (category excludes petrochemicals)

GCC Power and Water Desalination Project of the Year
Energy, power, hydro-electric, desalination, infrastructure

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

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

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

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

GCC Building Project of the Year
Mixed-use developments, commercial, residential and business construction projects

GCC Sustainable Project of the Year
Any project that has taken a tangible and proactive approach to embracing sustainability

MEED GCC Quality Project of the Year 2013, in association with Ernst & Young*
Awarded to the project deemed an outstanding representation of quality in construction and engineering, and innovation
*The award is not open for entries, as the winner is chosen from the National Winners list.

Winners of the MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2012

GCC Oil & Gas Project of the Year
Pearl GTL
, Qatar
Entrant: Qatar Shell
Project owner: Qatar Petroleum and Shell
Project contractor: KBR, JGC and others
Engineering consultant: KBR, JGC and others
Architect: Shell

GCC Industrial Project of the Year
Emirates Aluminium Smelter Complex
, UAE
Entrant: SNC Lavalin
Project owner: Emirates Aluminium Company (Emal)
Project contractor: SNC Lavalin, WorleyParsons

GCC Power & Water Desalination Project of the Year
Riyadh Power Plant 10
, Saudi Arabia
Entrant: Arabian Bemco Contracting
Project owner: Saudi Electricity Company
Project contractor: Arabian Bemco Contracting
Engineering consultant: Arabian Bemco Contracting
Architect: Arabian Bemco Contracting

GCC Water Reuse Project of the Year
Pumping Station
, Wastewater Treatment Plant and Pressure Mains in Jahra, Kuwait
Entrant: Mushrif Trading & Contracting Company
Project owner: Public Works Ministry – Sanitary Engineering Department
Project contractor: Mushrif Trading & Contracting Company
Design consultant: Associated Consulting Engineers
Supervision consultant: KEO International, Parsons International

GCC Transport Project of the Year
Dubai Metro Green Line
, UAE
Entrant: Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) – Rail Agency
Project owner: RTA – Rail Agency
Project contractor: DURL Construction Consortium
Engineering consultant: Systra, Parsons
Architect: Aedas
Lead designer: Atkins

GCC Leisure & Tourism Project of the Year (joint winners)
Royal Opera House
, Oman
Entrant: Carillion Alawi
Project owner: Royal Court Affairs
Project contractor: Royal Court Affairs
Engineering consultant: Wimberly, Allison, Tong & Goo
Architect: Wimberly, Allison, Tong & Goo

Extension to Qatar National Convention Centre and Link Bridge, Qatar
Entrant: Six Construct
Project owner: Qatar Foundation – Astad
Project contractor: Midmac Contracting, Six Construct
Engineering consultant: Burns & McDonnell
Architect:
Burns & McDonnell

Metito GCC Social Project of the Year
Saadiyat Construction Village
, UAE
Entrant: Leighton Contracting (Abu Dhabi)
Project owner: Tourism Development & Investment Company
Project contractor: Leighton Contracting (Abu Dhabi)
Engineering consultant: Leighton Contracting (Abu Dhabi)
Architect: Surbana International

GCC Building Project of the Year
Ocean Heights
, UAE
Entrant: Arabtec Construction
Project owner: Damac Gulf Properties
Project contractor: Arabtec Construction
Engineering consultant: ECG Engineering Consultants Group
Architect: Aedas

Kimmco GCC Sustainable Project of the Year
Nimr Produced Water Treatment Project
, Oman
Entrant: Bauer Nimr
Project owner: Bauer Nimr, Petroleum Development Oman
Project contractor: Bauer Nimr
Engineering consultant: Bauer Nimr
Architect: Bauer Nimr

MEED GCC Quality Project of the Year in Association with Ernst & Young
Pearl GTL
, Qatar
Entrant: Qatar Shell
Project owner: Qatar Petroleum and Shell
Project contractor: KBR, JGC and others
Engineering consultant: KBR, JGC and others
Architect: Shell