Construction Week Power 100: 31-40


CW Staff , September 26th, 2010

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31. Falah Mohammed Al Ahbabi
General Manager
Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council was established in 2007 and has wasted little time in embracing its roles and responsibilities.

The man at the coal-face is General Manager Falah Mohammed Al Ahbabi, and under his leadership, the Vision 2030 and Abu Dhabi 2030 Urban Structure Framework Plan, a strategy formulated to optimise the emirate’s development through a 25-year programme of urban evolution, have been drafted, approved and put into place.

Al Ahbabi’s department has also been deeply involved in the implementation of the Estidama sustainability initiatives which are designed to reflect more regionally appropriate ratings than other broadbrush international systems. Unlike LEED or BREEAM, the Estidama system is a collection of ideals that are imposed in an elective building code type of format. Within Estidama is a green building rating system called the Pearl Rating System, used to evaluate sustainable design in Abu Dhabi.

Al Ahbabi says, “We are proud of what we have achieved so far, yet we constantly strive to reach new heights of excellence by introducing new concepts, technologies and innovations, always remaining respectful of our Arab culture.”

“It has been a life-enhancing journey, a travel littered
with soul-discovering experiences, a distance so long
yet still far from the final destination. Our horizon is clear,
our directions chartered, and our compass, the
Plan Abu Dhabi 2030, firmly guides our steps.”

Falah Mohammed Al Ahbabi

Next: Ammar Mikati, Qatari Arabian Construction Company

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32. Ammar Mikati
General Manager
Qatari Arabian Construction Company

General Manager of construction giant Qatari Arabian Construction Company, a subsidiary of Arabian Construction Company, Ammar Mikati is certainly a powerful player in the GCC building industry today.

As one of the main contractors for First Qatar Real Estate Development Company’s residential project, the Pearl Qatar, (working on phase one, Porto Arabia, as well as the Viva Bahriya district) the company is widely recognised for its expertise in a variety of sectors. With Mikati’s expertise and leadership, the company has managed to build up a strong clientbase, making a name for itself as a quality local contractor.

The company also has its fingerprints on Saadiyat Island, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi International Airport, Dubai Marina mall, and the Mirdif City Centre. An open, modest man, Mikati says 2010 has been a big year and an overall template for fast-growing contractors.

Next: Bob Willett, Al Futtaim

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33. Bob Willett
CEO
Al Futtaim

Robert (Bob) Willett has earned a spot on CW’s Power 100 after being appointed CEO of one of the most progressive regional business houses in the world, in June this year. Leading the Al-Futtaim Group from its headquarters in Dubai, Willett is a significant driving force for the company, with previous experience in group CEO and managing director positions in major companies across Europe, and an ambition to lead the group into a new era of positive change.

He is currently in charge of 20,000 people across the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Pakistan, Singapore and Europe, and has overall responsibility for each of the firm’s seven operational divisions operating more than 65 companies across a wide range of sectors. Al Futtaim Engineering and Al Futtaim Real Estate particularly have had a key role in the development of large scale and prestigious projects across the MENA region.

Next: Sultan Faden, Saudi Green Building Council

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34. Sultan Faden
Chairman
Saudi Green Building Council

As founder of the non-profit SGBC organisation, Sultan Faden has been outspoken over the last 12 months about the need to impose stricter regulations on contractors and architects working in Saudi Arabia. As well as publicising the work of the SGBC in the media, Faden also travels widely in the Gulf to learn about environmental initiatives that could be brought back to Saudi Arabia.

Prior to his work with the SGBC, Faden obtained a Bachelor of architecture from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, a diploma in architecture and design from the Architecture Association in London, and gained seven years experience at three Saudi firms, including ZFP Consultants.

Faden is currently helping authorities draw up a ranking system that will be unique to the Kingdom. “The world has gone through a green awakening and Saudi Arabia has a chance to have a big impact,” he said.

Next: John Bullough, Aldar Properties

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35. John Bullough
CEO
Aldar Properties

John Bullough was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the well-known Middle Eastern developer Aldar Properties PJSC in October 2008. He now has overall executive responsibility for the Aldar business, leading the team in the delivery of the company’s extensive development programme and the diversified wider business.

A chartered surveyor by profession, he was previously Retail Director with the Grosvenor group in London and has 35 years experience in the property development and investment field. In his previous role as COO, Bullough saw the delivery of substantial development programmes including a number of major residential, retail and leisure led projects. He has also headed large developments in the UK in Cambridge, Basingstoke, Dublin and Liverpool.

Next: Issa Mohamed Al Mohannadi, Dohaland

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36. Issa Mohamed Al Mohannadi
CEO
Dohaland

 

As well as being the CEO of Dohaland, Issa Mohamed Al Mohannadi has held a variety of front line leadership positions, primarily in oil and gas and real estate sectors. He started his career in 1997 as Process Engineer, with a BSC in Natural Gas Engineering from Texas A&M University, and an MA in Project Management from the George Washington University.

Prior to Dohaland he held an important role in RasGas Company Ltd and played a vital part in setting up new projects such as the Ras Laffan Helium Project, LNG Venture Terminal Business Group, RasGas Capital Projects Department, and National Development Team (NDT).

He is the Founder and Chair of Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), a Board Member of Turner International Middle East Qatar, a Board Member of Qatar Academy-Al Khor, and VP of Al Thakhiera Youth Center.

Next: Richard Barrett, Atkins

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37. Richard Barrett
Managing Director for the Middle East and India, Atkins

Richard Barrett is a Group Executive Board member and managing director at Atkins - the UK’s largest engineering and design consultancy and the world’s 11th largest design firm. He joined Atkins in 1983 after graduating from the University of Nottingham in the UK, but has been present in the Middle East since April 2010.

Since this time, the firm has won a contract to design a sustainable water park in Abu Dhabi as well as being assigned to shape Bahrain’s economic growth after being appointed by the Ministry of Municipalities and Agriculture (MoMA) to implement the Kingdom’s National Planning and Development Strategy.

As a Chartered Engineer, and previously MD of Atkins Europe which included businesses in Ireland, Portugal, Poland, Denmark and Sweden, Barrett has extensive international experience which he has brought with him to the GCC.

Next: Hussain Al-Nowais, Emirates Steel

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38. Hussain Al-Nowais
Chairman, Emirates Steel

Hussain Al-Nowais, as the Chairman of Emirates Steel Industries, has a substantial amount of power in the region, and particularly within the UAE. As the only significant domestic supplier of deformed reinforcing steel bars (rebar), with a rolling mill producing up to 600,000 tonnes of rebar annually, his company is one of the most important suppliers to the modern construction market. Al Nouwais has a CV that is the envy of almost everyone on this power list.

Next: Abdullah Mohammed Juma Al Naboodah, Saeed and Mohammed Al Naboodah Group

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39. Abdullah Mohammed Juma Al Naboodah
Chairman, Saeed and Mohammed
Al Naboodah Group

The highest ranking within the Saeed and Mohammed Al Naboodah Group, Abdullah Mohammed Juma Al Naboodah has landed a number 39 ranking on the CW power list. Running a company with more than 50 years of history and more than 25,000 employees, Al Naboodah has helped secure a broad range of clients in each of the company’s four core business sectors – construction, commercial, investments and real estate.

Under Al Naboodah and his colleagues, the construction division particularly, operating through a number of companies to offer civil engineering, building works, mechanical, electrical and plumbing works, has become widely known across the GCC.

Next: Andrew Shaw, Ducab

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40. Andrew Shaw
Managing director
Ducab

With 10 years of expertise in the power cables industry, Managing Director of the Middle East’s leading cable manufacturing company Ducab, has earned himself a strong reputation in the region. During his time at Ducab, Andrew Shaw has spearheaded a new direction for the firm whilst focusing on business growth and geographical expansion.

As a graduate from the Imperial College London, with an MBA from London Business School, Shaw is certainly qualified for the post. His past experience includes a stint as China CEO for Italian multinational Prysmian Cables & Systems, and a spell as MD of Prysmian’s affiliate in Malaysia.

Next: Talal Saeed, Fino International


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