The vision and energy to deliver great projects

From the smallest house extension to the biggest megaproject, construction companies and construction professionals are daily creating and reshaping the world in which we live and are, literally as well as figuratively, laying the foundations for the future. The sector is also the region’s largest employer and wealth creator.

But it is, without question, the most challenging industry to work in. Even the most routine construction scheme raises technical challenges ranging from structural engineering through to project management and site logistics.

From a business perspective, construction seems perpetually locked in a cycle that twists between overheating boom markets that overstretch resources and corporate cash flow, and severe market contractions that destroy profits and shed talent. In an industry that is constantly shifting focus from one type of project, say commercial real estate, to another, such as rail, it is extremely difficult to ensure that the right resources are in the right place at the right time.

Perhaps the biggest challenge of all is managing the key relationship between the client and the construction contractor delivering the scheme. 

When client and contractor are working with the same aims, projects succeed and everybody benefits, while the fallout from projects teams in conflict can run for years, damaging businesses, relationships and ultimately the projects themselves. That is why the construction leaders profiled in this special MEED supplement are so important.

The individuals appearing in MEED’s Construction Leaders 2013 list are the people whose vision and energy enable them not only to navigate the many challenges, but also to thrive and drive the region forwards through their shared desire to deliver great schemes.

This list is not exhaustive; there are currently more than 1,000 companies delivering some $389bn-worth of major projects across the Middle East and North Africa region, and there is no question that many other great construction leaders can be added to the list. However, a detailed analysis of the numbers reveals that almost half the work is being delivered by just 50 firms, less than 5 per cent, while the 25 clients featured in the list account for 41 per cent of the investments.

But the Construction Leaders 2013 list also raises an important question that must be addressed by the people featured this year. Why are there so few women on the list? The construction and engineering sector around the world has long struggled to attract women, but times are changing. Failing to address this issue is a great disservice to construction and to the region as it would deny this vital industry some of the strongest talent the region has to offer.

I hope this Construction Leaders 2013 supplement provides you with information and inspiration that is valuable to you. If you wish to nominate other great construction leaders for the list, please email your suggestions to me at my email address below, along with a 150-word description of their role and achievements.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Richard Thompson
Editorial Director

Profiled contractors by company
Contractors Person profiled Title
ABV Rock Group Sadoun bin Bargash al-Sadoun President
Ahab Construction Company Humayun Arvmchy Manager
Alexandria Construction Company Tarek Talaat Moustafa Executive chairman
Al-Bawani Company Fakher al-Shawaf General executive manager
Al-Jaber Group Fatima Obaid al-Jaber Chief operating officer
Al-Naboodah Construction Group Gary Wells Chief executive officer (CEO)
Al-Rajhi Construction Hesham Taha Muqbel CEO
Arabian Construction Company Ghassan Merehbi Founder and chairman
Arab Contractors (Osman Ahmed Osman & Company) Ossama Mohammed el-Husseiny Abdel Salam Chairman
ArabtecHolding Hasan Abdullah Ismaik Managing director
Bechtel David Welch Senior vice-president
Brookfield Multiplex John Ferguson Managing director
China Railway Construction Corporation Meng Fengchao Chairman
China State Construction Engineering Corporation (Middle East) Yu Tao President and CEO
Citic Group Corporation Chan Zhenming Chairman
Combined Group Contracting Company Abdulrahman al-Marouf Chairman
Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) Samer Khoury Executive vice-president of operations
Drake & Scull International Khaldoun Tabari Vice-chairman and CEO
Dubai Contracting Company Abdallah Yabroudi CEO
El-Seif Group Khaled al-Seif Chairman and CEO
Galfar Engineering & Contracting Salim bin Said bin Hamad al-Fannah al-Araimi Chairman
Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) Jose Antonio Lopez-Monis CEO and managing director
Hyundai Engineering & Construction Jung Soo-Hyun President and CEO
Khatam Al-Anbia Construction Base Abadollah Abdollahi Commander
Mohammed Abdulmohsin Al-Kharafi & Sons Nasser Mohammed al-Kharafi President
Musanada (Abu Dhabi General Services Company) Mohamed Rashid Khalifa al-Fahed al-Mehairi CEO
Orascom Construction Industries Nassef Sawiris Chairman and CEO
Qatari DiarVinci Construction Yanick Garillion CEO
Samsung Engineering Steve Fludder Senior executive vice-president
Saudi BinladinGroup Bakr Binladin Chairman
Saudi Oger Ayman Rafic Hariri Vice-chairman and deputy CEO
Shapoorji Pallonji International Steven Miller Senior vice-president of business development
Six Construct (Besix) Philippe Dessoy Middle East general manager
TAV Construction Yusuf Akcayoglu Middle East director
Profiled clients by company
Project owner Profile Title
Abu Dhabi Airports Company Tony Douglas Chief executive officer (CEO)
Agence Nationale des Autoroutes, Algeria Amar Ghoul Public works minister
Damac Properties Hussain Sajwani Chairman
Dubai Pearl Abdul Majeed al-Fahim Chairman
Emaar Properties Mohamed Alabbar Chairman
General Presidency for the Holy Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque Sheikh Abdul Rahman al-Sudais Minister
Iraq Ministry of Construction & Housing Mohammed Darraji Minister of construction and housing
Kuwait Municipality (master planning department) Saad al-Muhaliby Director of master planning deparment
Kuwait Public Works Ministry Fadel Safar Ali Safar Minister of public works
Mubadala DevelopmentCompany Kaldoon Khalifa al-Mubarak CEO
Oman Transport Ministry Ahmed Mohammed Salem al-Futaisi Transport and communications minister
Omran Ammar al-Kharusi Construction manager
Qatar Foundation Sheikha Moza bint Nasser al-Missned Chairwoman
Qatar Public Works Authority (Ashghal) Nasser Ali al-Mawlawi President
Qatari Diar Mohammed bin Ali al-Hedfa CEO
Rayadah Investment Company Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Kharashi Chairman
General Authority For Civil Aviation, Saudi Arabia Faisal al-Sugair Vice-president
Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Rabeeah Minister of health
Saudi Arabia Ministry of Higher Education Khalid Mohammed al-Ankary Minister of higher education
Saudi Arabia Interior Ministry Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud Interior minister
Saudi Arabia Transport Ministry Jubarah bin Eid al-Suraiseri Transport minister
Saudi Arabia National Guard Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud Commander
Saudi Oger Ayman Rafic Hariri Vice-chairman and deputy CEO
Saudi Railways Organisation Hamad Abdulrahman Alabdul Kader Acting president
Shapoorji Pallonji International Steven Miller Senior vice-president of business development
Six Construct (Besix) Philippe Dessoy Middle East general manager
Sorouh Real Estate Abubaker Seddiq al-Khouri Managing director
Special Economic Zone Authority Duqm Yahya Kamis Juma al-Zadjali Head of planning and engineering
TAV Construction Yusuf Akcayoglu Middle East director
Tehran Urban and Suburban Railway Company Mohammad Montazeri Deputy managing director
The Arab Contractors (Osman Ahmed Osman & Company) Ossama Mohammed el-Husseiny Abdel Salam Chairman
Trac Development Group Hassan Mutlu President for Europe and the Middle East
Source: MEED