There were 140 companies shortlisted across various award categories

The unprecedented growth of the infrastructure sector across the GCC over the past six decades has been one of the most significant achievements of the region in modern times.

Guided by the ambitious national visions set by the leadership of each GCC state, the world has witnessed the transformation of the region from humble beginnings into a vibrant, modern and forward-looking market, where key cities have grown to become important global business and trading hubs.

The MEED Awards 2017 finalists from the UAE
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Advisory Services Company of the Year Award Ethics Plus Public Accountants
Advisory Services Company of the Year Award HVS
Advisory Services Company of the Year Award Synergy Consulting
Architectural/Design Practice of the Year Award Distance Studio Middle East Engineering Consultancy
Architectural/Design Practice of the Year Award Gensler
Architectural/Design Practice of the Year Award Interact Group International
Architectural/Design Practice of the Year Award DUFIT Interiors
Architectural/Design Practice of the Year Award JT & Partners
Architectural/Design Practice of the Year Award Kohn Pedersen Fox
Architectural/Design Practice of the Year Award Kristina Zanic Consultants
Business Innovation of the Year Award ASGC
Business Innovation of the Year Award Aster DM Healthcare
Business Innovation of the Year Award De Boer Middle East
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Business Innovation of the Year Award Dubai Multi Commodities Centre
Business Innovation of the Year Award Emirates National Oil Company
Business Innovation of the Year Award Imdaad
Business Innovation of the Year Award IMG Worlds of Adventure
Consultant of the Year Award (Construction, Engineering) AECOM
Consultant of the Year Award (Construction, Engineering) Parsons
Consultant of the Year Award (Construction, Engineering) Ramboll
Consultant of the Year Award (Construction, Engineering) RMD Kwikform Middle East
Consultant of the Year Award (Construction, Engineering) Sargent & Lundy
Contractor of the Year Award Airolink Construction
Contractor of the Year Award Al-Futtaim Carillion
Contractor of the Year Award ASGC
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Contractor of the Year Award Multiplex Constructions
Contractor of the Year Award S&T Interiors and Contracting
Energy Provider of the Year Award Emirates National Oil Company
Energy Provider of the Year Award ENGIE
Energy Provider of the Year Award Enviromena Power Systems
Female Leader of the Year Award Hibah Shata, Managing Director, Child Early Intervention Medical Centre
Female Leader of the Year Award Rania Rostom, Chief Innovation and Communications Officer, GE
Female Leader of the Year Award Caroline Kehoe, Partner and Head of Middle East Energy, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Financial Institution of the Year Award Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
Financial Institution of the Year Award Ahli United Bank
Financial Institution of the Year Award Mawarid Finance
Financial Institution of the Year Award UAE Exchange
Financial Institution of the Year Award United Insurance Broker
Financial Institution of the Year Award Dubai Islamic Bank
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Contractor of the Year Award Multiplex Constructions
Contractor of the Year Award S&T Interiors and Contracting
Energy Provider of the Year Award Emirates National Oil Company
Energy Provider of the Year Award ENGIE
Energy Provider of the Year Award Enviromena Power Systems
Female Leader of the Year Award Hibah Shata, Managing Director, Child Early Intervention Medical Centre
Female Leader of the Year Award Rania Rostom, Chief Innovation and Communications Officer, GE
Female Leader of the Year Award Caroline Kehoe, Partner and Head of Middle East Energy, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Financial Institution of the Year Award Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
Financial Institution of the Year Award Ahli United Bank
Financial Institution of the Year Award Mawarid Finance
Financial Institution of the Year Award UAE Exchange
Financial Institution of the Year Award United Insurance Broker
Financial Institution of the Year Award Dubai Islamic Bank
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Freezone/Special Economic Zone Authority of the Year Award Dubai Multi Commodities Centre
Freezone/Special Economic Zone Authority of the Year Award Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone
Healthcare Company of the Year Award Cambridge Medical and Rehabilitation Centre
Healthcare Company of the Year Award Cerner Middle East
Healthcare Company of the Year Award Child Early Intervention Medical Centre
Healthcare Company of the Year Award Eternity Medicine
Healthcare Company of the Year Award Manzil Health Care Services
Healthcare Company of the Year Award NMC Healthcare
Healthcare Company of the Year Award University Hospital Sharjah
Healthcare Company of the Year Award WMC Services DMCC
Hospitality Company of the Year Award Louvre Hotels Group MENA
Hospitality Company of the Year Award Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai
Hospitality Company of the Year Award Gates Hospitality
Industrial Company of the Year Award GE
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Industrial Company of the Year Award Stevin Rock
Law Firm of the Year Award Al Tamimi & Company
Law Firm of the Year Award Clyde & Co
Law Firm of the Year Award Eversheds Sutherland
Law Firm of the Year Award Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants
Logistics Company of the Year Award Bollore Logistics
Logistics Company of the Year Award Gulftainer
Logistics Company of the Year Award Maersk Line
Logistics Company of the Year Award RSA Logistics
Logistics Company of the Year Award Agility (Abu Dhabi) PJSC
Male Leader of the Year Award Jesus Sancho, Managing Director Middle East, Acciona
Male Leader of the Year Award Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO, ACWA Power
Male Leader of the Year Award Michael Pomerance, VP and MD, Cerner Middle East
Male Leader of the Year Award Joe Tabet, Managing Director, JT & Partners
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Male Leader of the Year Award Adel Al Awadhi, Founder, The Corporate Group
Male Leader of the Year Award Promoth Manghat, Chief Executive Officer, UAE Exchange
Male Leader of the Year Award Adnan Chilwan, Group CEO, Dubai Islamic Bank
Male Leader of the Year Award Waqas Al Adawi, Vice Chairman, S&T Interiors and Contracting
Manufacturer of the Year Award Dow Chemical IMEA GmbH
Manufacturer of the Year Award El Sewedy Electric
Manufacturer of the Year Award Jotun UAE
Oil & Gas/Petrochemicals Company of the Year Award Emirates National Oil Company
Oil & Gas/Petrochemicals Company of the Year Award Emirates National Oil Company
Power/Water Company of the Year Award Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company
Power/Water Company of the Year Award ENGIE
Power/Water Company of the Year Award GE
Power/Water Company of the Year Award Xylem
Real Estate Developer of the Year Award Bloom Properties
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Renewables Company of the Year Award ABB
Renewables Company of the Year Award Phanes Group
Renewables Company of the Year Award Sterling and Wilson Pvt. Ltd.
Rising Star of the Year Award Lachlan Jackson, Managing Director, Ecocoast Contracting
Rising Star of the Year Award Benjamin Casey, Project Manager, Multiplex Constructions
Rising Star of the Year Award Rahul Pai, Chief Operating Officer, UAE Exchange
Rising Star of the Year Award Jon Richards, CEO, yallacompare
Specialist Contractor of the Year Award Acciona
Specialist Contractor of the Year Award Al Arabia for Safety and Security – Juma Al Majid Group
Specialist Contractor of the Year Award Ecocoast Contracting
Specialist Contractor of the Year Award FK Construction
Specialist Contractor of the Year Award Serco Middle East
Specialist Contractor of the Year Award Twintec Middle East
Supplier of the Year Award Dulsco
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Supplier of the Year Award El Sewedy Electric
Supplier of the Year Award Rapid Access
Supplier of the Year Award RMD Kwikform Middle East
Sustainable Business of the Year Award Al Futtaim Carillion
Sustainable Business of the Year Award Bee’ah
Sustainable Business of the Year Award TIME Hotels
Transport Company of the Year Award ATS Shipping LLC
Transport Company of the Year Award Carlease Rent a Car

Currently, over $2 trillion worth of active projects are in the pipeline across the GCC, according to MEED Projects data, with the majority being infrastructure-related schemes that are crucial to the economic diversification of the region as well as its future prosperity.

To celebrate this incredible achievement, MEED Awards selected and evaluated thousands of companies and stakeholders to recognise their contribution to the region’s amazing growth story. The jury looked at how each company has contributed to this success through its business achievements, environmental sustainability programmes, workforce culture, innovative practices, and client service in delivering the region’s ambitious projects programme. In parallel, individual achievements among the leadership of companies and stakeholders have also been assessed for their impact on spearheading various infrastructure schemes from development through to execution and successful operations.

A total of 140 companies were shortlisted across various award categories including Advisory Services Company of the Year, Architectural/Design Practice of the Year, Business Innovation of the Year, Consultant of the Year (Construction, Engineering), Contractor of the Year, Energy Provider of the Year, Financial Institution of the Year, Freezone/Special Economic Zone Authority of the Year, Healthcare Company of the Year, Hospitality Company of the Year, Industrial Company of the Year, Law Firm of the Year, Logistics Company of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year, Oil & Gas/Petrochemicals Company of the Year, Power/Water Company of the Year, Real Estate Developer of the Year, Renewables Company of the Year, Specialist Contractor of the Year, Supplier of the Year, Sustainable Business of the Year and Transport Company of the Year.

The MEED Awards 2017 finalists from Saudi Arabia

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Advisory Services Company of the Year Award KPMG in Saudi Arabia
Business Innovation of the Year Award KPMG in Saudi Arabia
Contractor of the Year Award Al Bawani Company Limited
Contractor of the Year Award AlKifah Contracting Company
Hospitality Company of the Year Award Dur Hospitality Company
Industrial Company of the Year Award FS-Elliott Saudi Arabia
Logistics Company of the Year Award Almajdouie Logistics Company
Logistics Company of the Year Award Bahri
Male Leader of the Year Award Abdullah AlFozan, Chairman of KPMG of
Middle East and South Asia
Manufacturer of the Year Award FS-Elliott Saudi Arabia
The MEED Awards 2017 finalists from Saudi Arabia
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Power/Water Company of the Year Award ACWA Power
Oil & Gas/Petrochemicals Company of the Year Award Advanced Petrochemical Company
Real Estate Developer of the Year Award Jabal Omar Development Company
Renewables Company of the Year Award ACWA Power
Rising Star of the Year Award Khalil Al Sedais, Office Managing Partner – Riyadh and

Head of Audit, KPMG in Saudi Arabia

Rising Star of the Year Award Driss Berraho, Business Development Manager, ACWA Power
Rising Star of The Year Award Wael Al Sarhan, Bahri
Supplier of the Year Award FS-Elliott Saudi Arabia
Sustainable Business of the Year Award KPMG in Saudi Arabia
Transport Company of the Year Award Bahri
Transport Company of the Year Award Budget Rent A Car, Saudi Arabia

Outstanding individual achievers will also be recognised through the Female Leader of the Year, Male Leader of the Year and Rising Star of the Year awards.

The UAE dominated the shortlist of the inaugural edition of the awards with 102 finalists, followed by Saudi Arabia with 20 and Oman with seven. Bahrain was next with the most number of finalists with six, followed by Kuwait with four and Qatar with one.

The MEED Awards 2017 finalists from Kuwait
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Female Leader of the Year Award Donna Sultan, CEO and President, KEO International Consultants
Financial Institution of the Year Award Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait ( ABK)
Financial Institution of the Year Award Dimah Capital Investment
Financial Institution of the Year Award Kuwait International Bank

“The next phase of the GCC’s incredible story will be defined by how well the government and private sectors can work together. The MEED Awards celebrate the very best success stories of the past year, recognising the greatest commercial and environmental achievements as well as the most valuable innovations and client service,” said Richard Thompson, Editorial Director, MEED, the region’s leading business intelligence service provider.

The finalists will undergo another round of screening to determine this year’s winners which will be announced on 29 November 2017 at The Conrad Hotel, Dubai, UAE. The full list of shortlisted companies is available at www.meedawards.meed.com.

The MEED Awards 2017 finalists from Oman
CATEGORY FINALIST
Architectural/Design Practice of the Year Award 23 Degrees North
Female Leader of the Year Award Nadia Maqbool Al-Lawatiya, Architect, Founder and CEO, 23 Degrees North
Female Leader of the Year Award Seeniya Biju, CEO, Aster Al Raffah, Oman
Financial Institution of the Year Award Fund for Development of Youth Projects SAOC
Freezone/Special Economic Zone Authority of the Year Award OSS Oman (SOHAR Port and Freezone)
Hospitality Company of the Year Al Siraj Holdings (Bait Al Luban )
Rising Star of the Year Award Ammar Al Kharusi, Director of Development, Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran)
The MEED Awards 2017 finalists from Bahrain
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Architectural/Design Practice of the Year Award MSCEB (Architects and Engineers)
Architectural/Design Practice of the Year Award Neo Designs Architecture & Interior Design
Consultant of the Year Award (Construction, Engineering) MSCEB (Architects and Engineers)
Healthcare Company of the Year Award Royal Bahrain Hospital
Real Estate Developer of the Year Award Bin Faqeeh Real Estate Investment Company SPC
Real Estate Developer of the Year Award Diyar al-Muharraq
The MEED Awards 2017 finalists from Qatar
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Contractor of the Year Award Galfar al-Misnad Engineering & Contracting