Judging the awards

MEED’s core values of integrity, honesty and transparency are central to the MEED Quality Awards for Projects in association with Ernst & Young. It is also important that the awards programme is representative of the GCC and its expertise, and celebrates the talent within the region as much as it lauds international standards of excellence.

The MEED Quality Awards panel of judges represents the six states of the GCC. The judges are all important figures in their countries’ engineering communities and have followed robustly defined criteria in guiding the selection of national winners showcased in this supplement.

When examining Awards entries, the judges looked at the economic and social feasibility of the projects, their design and architecture, as well as their engineering and sustainability.

When looking at the feasibility of the schemes, each judge examined the project’s impact on employment and job creation, as well as other economic and social benefits to local communities. The innovative nature of each scheme was noted, as were the use of traditional methods and materials, new technologies, and sustainability of the architecture installed.

The engineering innovations, methodology and problem-solving that went into the development of each project were also evaluated by the judges. Sustainability, an aspect emphasised by many entrants, was measured through each project’s impact on the local environment and population over time. The judges looked at how well schemes handle their waste management, power generation needs and water reuse, and how they measure up to international standards.

Abdul Majeed Basheer al-Gassab Bahrain

Abdul Majeed Basheer al-Gassab is general manager of Bahrain Aviation Fuelling Company and is responsible for the management and operations of the firm’s assets and staff. Al-Gassab is a mechanical engineer and has been president of the Bahrain Society of Engineers since 2008, as well as being president of the local branch of the US-based Project Management Institute. A former member of the National Measurement and Standardisation Committee of Bahrain’s Commerce & Industry Ministry, he acts as an engineering expert for the Committee for Organising Engineering Professional Practices at the Works Ministry. Al-Gassab is a registered arbitrator in Bahrain’s courts and has organised and chaired more than 30 engineering conferences.

Matar Ali al-Mutairi Kuwait

Matar Ali al-Mutairi is an engineer and project manager with extensive experience development major projects in Kuwait. After working with Kuwait National Petroleum Company as a mechanical engineer, Al-Mutairi was appointed supervision and design engineer with Kuwait’s Ministry of Social Affairs & Labour. From 2000-04, he was project manager for the South Sabahya Mental Disability Clinic. Since then, he has been chairman and head of the construction committee for the Sulaibikhat and Doha Cooperative. Al-Mutairi has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, as well as a master’s and a doctorate degree in industrial psychology. He is a member of the Kuwait Society of Engineers.

Sulaiman al-Hudhaili Oman

Sulaiman al-Hudhaili is a chartered member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the Engineering Council, both based in the UK. He has more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, and has worked with Petroleum Development Oman in various positions. Al-Hudhaili was employed by Netherlands-based Tebodin Consultants & Engineers (Oman) in 2006-09. He now manages his own consultancy advising international clients and runs a health and safety services company. Al-Hudhaili is a member of the industrial advisory board for the mechanical department of the College of Engineering at the local Sultan Qaboos University, and is secretary-general of the Oman Society of Engineers.

Ahmad Jassim al-Jolo Qatar

Ahmad Jassim al-Jolo has more than 25 years’ experience in the construction industry. A civil engineer by profession, he is now chairman of the Qatar Society of Engineers, and is a founding member of the Qatar Green Building Council. A former chairman of the Professional Engineers Committee at the country’s Urban Planning & Development Authority, Al-Jolo is a member of the accreditation board for the engineering programme at the College of Engineering in Qatar University. He is also an evaluator for graduate student projects, and lectures frequently at the Qatar branch of Texas A&M University. Al-Jolo is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Ghazi Mohammed Alahmadi Saudi Arabia

Ghazi Mohammed Alahmadi has worked in various sectors of Saudi Arabia’s economy, including oil & gas, information technology and communications, banking, defence and real estate development. In 1990, Alahmadi graduated with a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, located in Dhahran. He completed a master’s degree in information technology and systems engineering at the University of Strathclyde in the UK in 1997. Alahmadi also has an executive master’s degree in business administration from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, and has spoken at regional and international conferences.

Ahmad Jassim al-Jolo Qatar

Ahmad Jassim al-Jolo has more than 25 years’ experience in the construction industry. A civil engineer by profession, he is now chairman of the Qatar Society of Engineers, and is a founding member of the Qatar Green Building Council. A former chairman of the Professional Engineers Committee at the country’s Urban Planning & Development Authority, Al-Jolo is a member of the accreditation board for the engineering programme at the College of Engineering in Qatar University. He is also an evaluator for graduate student projects, and lectures frequently at the Qatar branch of Texas A&M University. Al-Jolo is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Ali Mohammed al-Mazyood UAE

Ali Mohammed al-Mazyood is currently the director of engineering at Dubai Health Authority. His previous positions include project manager at Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum’s (the ruler of Dubai’s) Office, Ruler’s Court. Al-Mazyood has a degree in architectural engineering from the United Arab Emirates University in Al-Ain. His achievements include overseeing the construction of the Zabeel Grand Mosque (also known as the Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed al-Maktoum Grand Mosque), a landmark project in Dubai. Al-Mazyood is a member of the building department committee at Dubai Municipality, and is a member of the UAE Society of Engineers.