The GCC is home to some of the world’s most innovative buildings and MEED has set out to find the projects that were leading the way in each country.

The MEED Quality Awards for Projects inaugural awards programme was launched in 2011 to recognise and reward the project teams that showed their commitment to quality, from the planning and design stage right through to completion. Submissions for the 2012 awards programme are now being sought.

The MEED Quality Awards for Projects is the only awards programme in the GCC to recognise completed projects and it evaluates the outcome of the construction process, rather than the process itself. The programme allows projects to be benchmarked against their own sectors and it recognises the valuable addition the scheme makes to the industry be it oil and gas, power and water, social, infrastructure, or real estate.

Stakeholders gathered from across the region in March 2011 to celebrate all the national winners of MEED Quality Awards for Projects and find out who had emerged as the overall GCC winners. More than 30 projects succeeded in becoming national winners and were rewarded for the challenges they had overcome and outstanding successes in quality achieved during the delivering of the project.

Entrants completed a rigorous entry form, which allowed the independent judging panel to discuss each project in detail and evaluate the information supplied in order to select winning projects. The 2011 award winners included the UAE’s Burj Khalifa; Kuwait’s National Library; and Qatar’s Mesaieed A, independent power project. The winners were chosen for their contribution to the economy, environmental achievements and success in engineering, design and construction.

Rewarding excellence

According to regional projects tracker MEED Projects, more than $1 trillion worth of major new projects will be completed in the GCC between now and 2020. This is a staggering amount of investment for the region and thousands of project teams will play their part to ensure that these schemes are completed to the highest quality. As the chairman 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 2012

MEED is pleased to announce the launch of the MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2012. The MEED Quality Awards for Projects aims to raise standards through benchmarking 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 and planning to engineering and construction.  

  • 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

Judging Criteria:

  • Economic and social impact
  • Environmental impact
  • Success in design, engineering and construction

For entries: Tel: +971 4 433 1425  


For sponsorship: Tel: +971 4 368 1635   Email:

Key Dates:

Entries Open – NOW

Entry Deadline – 31 January

Awards Dinner – 21 May 2012, Abu Dhabi


  • UAE Rashad Bukhash, director, architectural heritage department at Dubai Municipality
  • Kuwait Matar Ali Almutairi, department of engineering, Kuwait University
  • Bahrain Abdul Majeed al-Gassab, president, Bahrain Society of Engineers
  • Oman Sulaiman al-Hudhaili, representative, Oman Society of Engineers
  • Qatar Ahmad Jassim al-Jolo, chairman, Qatar Society of Engineers


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

Industrial Project of the Year

Manufacturing, material, mining and metals (excluding petrochemicals)

Power & Water Desalination Project of the Year

Energy, power, hydroelectric, desalination and infrastructure

Water Reuse Project of the Year

Water usage, public supply, waste and recycling, sewage and treatment

Leisure & Tourism Project of the Year

Attractions, heritage, leisure, entertainment and tourism. Malls, hotels, theme parks, resorts and facilities

Transport or Road Project of the Year

Ports, airports, rail and road infrastructure

Social Project of the Year

Public spaces, education, health care, social housing, community, cultural and religious centres

Building Project of the Year

Mixed developments, commercial, residential and business building projects

Sustainable Project of the Year

Any project that has shown a tangible and proven approach to sustainability

Outstanding Achievement of the Year*

Awarded to an individual who has contributed most to best practice over the previous year

MEED Quality Project of the Year 2012*

Awarded to the project from any category which has risen above the rest as the outstanding example of what quality in construction, engineering and innovation represents

*The winners of these categories are chosen by MEED and our judging panel, and cannot be entered into.


Oil and Gas Project of the Year

Refinery Gas Desulphurisation Project, Bahrain

Entrant & client: Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco)

Main contractor: Foster Wheeler Italiana

Power & Water Project of the Year

Mesaieed A, Independent Power Project, Qatar

Client: Mesaieed Power Company

Entrant: Iberdrola

Main contractor: Iberdrola Ingenieria y Construccion

Water Reuse Project of the Year

Al-Ghubrah Mobile Water Treatment Plant, Oman

Entrant: Septech Emirates

Client: Public Authority for Electricity and Water

Main contractor: Septech Muscat

Cadillac Transport Project of the Year

Dubai Metro, Red Line, UAE

Entrant & client: Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), Rail Agency

Consortium: Durl Construction

Engineer: Systra/Parsons

Architect/Designers: Atkins/Aedas

Leisure & Tourism Project of the Year

Ferrari Experience, Yas Island, UAE

Entrant & Main Contractor: Six Construct

Client: Aldar

Project/programme manager: Aldar-Besix

AMEinfo Social Project of the Year

Kuwait National Library, Kuwait

Entrant: The Associated Engineering Partnership (TAEP)

Client: Ministry of Public Works, Special Projects Administration and National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters

Main contractor: Al-Hani Construction & Trading Company

Project/programme manager: Charles Haddad, TAEP Kuwait

Technal Building Project of the Year

Burj Khalifa, UAE

Entrant: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill/Arabtec Construction

Main Contractors: Arabtec Construction, Samsung Corporation, Belhasa Six Construct

Client: Emaar Properties

Designer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Project manager: Turner Construction International

Consultant: Hyder Consulting

Sustainable Project of the Year

Carbon Dioxide Recovery Plant, Bahrain

Entrant and Client: Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company

CDR plant technology: MHI, Japan

Main contractor: Tecnimont ICB

MEED Editor’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Culture

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, UAE

Entrant: Hill International

Client: Government of Abu Dhabi

Main contractor:

Phase 1: Impregilo & Rizzani De Eccher joint venture

Phase 2: Six Construct & Arabian Construction Company joint venture

MEED Editor’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Heritage

Revitalisation of the Old Suq of Dubai, UAE

Entrant & Client: Dubai Municipality

Main Contractor: Architectural Heritage Department

MEED GCC Project of the Year

Burj Khalifa, UAE

Entrant: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Chicago/Arabtec Construction

Main Contractors: Arabtec Construction, Samsung Corporation, Belhasa Six Construct

Client: Emaar Properties

Designer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Project Manager: Turner Construction International