Construction activity in Qatar remains robust, despite some challenges, and the country is forging ahead with some incredibly exciting plans with just over five years to go before the first ball is kicked at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The list of world class projects recently completed or under construction is long and varied. To name just a few they include the hugely ambitious Doha Metro project; the $45bn Lusail Real Estate development which will eventually be home to half a million people; The expansion of Hamad International Airport to more than 65 million passengers. And let’s not forget all the venues and infrastructure related to the World Cup, the greatest sporting show on earth. Qatar is expected to welcome 1 million visitors during the tournament which will require huge investments in infrastructure, hotels and other projects.
Last month’s Construction Innovation Awards Qatar 2017 demonstrated that there is much to celebrate about Qatar’s construction scene right now. Doha Festival City, the country’s latest mega-project, emerged as the big winner at the awards which were presented at a glittering ceremony at the Grand Hyatt hotel Doha to celebrate the achievements of the construction industry’s finest.
His Excellency Muhammed Bin Ahmad bin Tower Al Kuwari (pictured centre left above) – Vice Chairman of Qatar Chamber, was on hand to present all of the awards alongside Sheikh Khaled bin Nasser, Chairman of KBN Group (ictured centre right above). Both gentlemen were presented with special awards in recognition of their great contributions to business in Qatar.
Doha Festival City walked away with the award for Project of the Year as well as Commercial Project of the Year and also garnered the coveted Construction Executive of the Year award for its evergreen project manager, Peter Leitner of GCC/ALEC JV, the main contractor that built the mall. Even the award for Health and Safety Initiative of the Year, won by Arab Engineering Bureau, was linked to this great project which opened in April.
Another big winner on the night was Faithful+Gould which had a big hand in the award for Hospitality Project of the Year which went to The Shaza Hotel Doha, set to be a game changer when it opens later this year. The consultant also played an important role in Doha Festival City alongside the contractor GCC/ALEC JV.
The Contractor of The Year award, however went to Multiplex which recently handed over the Qatar National Library in Education City and is also a main contractor on the huge Msheireb Downtown Doha project. Shah Memon, Multiplex’ construction manager on the QAR 2bn mixed use mega project, also walked away with the award for Engineer of the Year.
Other big awards handed out on the night included Infrastructure Project of the Year which went to the Gabbro Berth Terminal, BMHS Project. Eisa Al Hammadi, CEO of Qatar Primary Materials Company (QPMC), collected the award for the port expansion project which was project managed by Aurecon and built by a contracting joint venture of Six Construct and FLSmidth.
Just Real Estate clinched the award for Real Estate Innovation of the Year for the company’s brand new sales centre in Doha. Hill International bagged Project Management Firm of the Year, local firm ASTAD claimed Consultancy of the Year and Formwork Company of the Year went to DOKA for its involvement in the Doha Metro project.
The Polysilicon Solar Panel Manufacturing Facility in Qatar won Sustainable Project of the Year while the award for Most Innovative Project went to Khatib & Alami for its Schools Master Plan for the State of Qatar.
Local group Alsarh Holding Group claimed the award for Construction Company of the Year for the many projects it has contributed in Qatar in recent years while Daemaar Group beat off stiff competition to bag the award for MEP Contractor of The Year.
SAK Holding claimed the Ecosystem Innovation award for its Sharekna initiative, which has helped to see many Qatari big projects through to completion despite challenging times in the construction scene.
BNC Publishing and Construction Business News Middle East magazine would like to thank everyone that made the construction Innovation Awards a big success, especially its allies, Cimolai Rimond, Multiplex, Shaikhani Group, Hill International, Raimondi Cranes, Al Shafar United, and category sponsors Faithful + Gould.
The list of awards winners in full:
Engineer of the Year – Shah Memon, Multiplex
Sustainable Project of the Year – Polysilicon Solar Panel Manufacturing Facility
Formwork Company of the Year – DOKA
Health and Safety Initiative of the Year – Arab Engineering Bureau
Hospitality Project of the Year – The Shaza Hotel Doha
Most Innovative Project – Schools Master Plan for the State of Qatar
Construction Company of the Year – Alsarh Holding Group
Infrastructure Project of the Year – Gabbro Berth Terminal, BMHS Project
Project Management Firm of the Year – Hill International
Commercial Project of the Year – Doha Festival City
MEP Contractor of the Year – Daemaar Group
Consultancy of the Year – ASTAD
Project of the Year – Doha Festival City
Real Estate Innovation of the Year – Just Real Estate
Construction Executive of the Year – Peter Leitner, GCC/ALEC JV
Contractor of the Year – Multiplex
Ecosystem Innovation – SAK Holding for the Sharekna Initiative