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2011 Construction Week Power 100: 21-30

CW's list of the most influential people working in GCC construction

PHILLIPE DESSOY
PHILLIPE DESSOY
Power 100
Power 100
Power 100
WAEL ALLEN
WAEL ALLEN
ABDULLAH M. AL ZAMIL
ABDULLAH M. AL ZAMIL
Power 100
MOHAMMED SAIF MOHAMMED BIN SHAFAR
MOHAMMED SAIF MOHAMMED BIN SHAFAR
AHMED HUSSAIN AL KHALAF
AHMED HUSSAIN AL KHALAF
MOHSIN AL-RAISI
MOHSIN AL-RAISI

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21. PHILLIPE DESSOY GENERAL MANAGER BESIX

Phillipe Dessoy has spurred BESIX into becoming one of the most respected and competitive foreign firms in the region, efficient as both sole contractor and JV partner.

With the company’s expertise stamped all over the Burj Khalifa and the Downtown Burj Dubai residential towers – it was co-builder on the project along with Arabtec – Dessoy has helped drive BESIX to prominence across the region.

Sheikh Zayed Bridge, one of the most eye-catching infrastructure projects in the region, further showcased both the company’s capability and its efficiency, as it completed the project in just eight months.

Other important contract wins include the $797m Doha Convention Centre, a project won with MIDMAC in 2009, that beat Hyundai and another JV; the $265m contract to build Bahrain’s North Manama Causeway; and Abu Dhabi’s Cleveland Clinic.

Innovation is a strong part of the BESIX philosophy, as with the controversial spire that went on top of the Burj Khalifa. Through customary good teamwork with other engineers, in this case from Samsung, the challenge was overcome.

Next: NASSER ABDUL RAHMAN KAMAL

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22. NASSER ABDUL RAHMAN KAMAL
CEO
QATAR PROJECT MANAGEMENT (QPM)

Nasser Abdul Rahman Kamal is the CEO of one of the region’s premier project management companies, Qatar Project Management (QPM), and has helped forge the organisation’s regulatory and strategic frameworks, which situate the company as the first Qatari firm in the field.

In a region demarcated by relatively young companies, QPM adheres to this trend, having only been established in 2008. However, despite the organisation’s perceived youth, Kamal’s strategic business development initiatives and cross-sector experience tells a different story – one which is imbued with decades of expertise and an expanding portfolio of international mega projects.

Kamal’s career spans 27 years and focuses on project management, engineering, design and maintenance in diverse industries, including oil, gas, infrastructure and real estate.

Between 1995 and 2001, he managed various oil and gas projects, including the Dukhan Arab ‘D’ Gas Recycling Project, the largest condensate processing plant in Qatar.

Kamal holds a BEng. from Huddersfield Polytechnic in the UK, and a host of specialised management certificates.

It is the diversity and depth of Kamal’s qualifications and experiences which fortify, and perpetuate, his ongoing achievements at QPM.

Between 2001 and 2008, Kamal refined his expertise as a project manager in the development of Qatar Petroleum’s headquarters, which has a 600,000m2 footprint. This complex is designed to stand as a unique landmark of modern design, accommodating 3,100 associates.

Under Kamal’s guidance, QPM provides leading real-estate and infrastructure project management services that perpetuate world-class standards, while ensuring project efficiency and focus for civil infrastructure, commercial, leisure and residential projects within the growing global marketplace.

Inherent in the company is its impetus to serve Qatar’s growing need for quality project management, while directly supporting the nation’s 2030 vision.

Next: ALI HASSAN KOLAGHASSI

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23. ALI HASSAN KOLAGHASSI
CEO, SARAYA HOLDINGS

As vice chairman and CEO of Jordan-based Saraya Holdings Ltd., Ali Hassan Kolaghassi has many roles. A master of multi-tasking, Kolghassi is chairman of property behemoth Saraya Real Estate MENA, as well as being in charge of airline Saraya Skies.

He is also vice president of Saudi Oger, the Riyadh-based corporation with a major construction arm and banking operation, and chairman of Oger Abu Dhabi and Oger Jordan, as well as a board member of Saudi Oger Telecom.

At Saraya Holdings Ltd., Kolaghassi aided in the expansion of the company’s core operations, including contracting, FM and banking, while breaking new ground for the company by making investments in the telecoms and real-estate sectors.

The Jordan-based businessman has won an array of awards, including the title of ‘Real Estate Industry Champion,’ awarded in 2005 by the Young Arab Leaders Organisation.

Kolaghassi says the company has underlined its commitment to Jordan and Oman, and that it looks forward to expanding its portfolio of tourist and leisure real-estate developments into other countries throughout the MENA region and beyond.

Next: KHALID AL MALIK

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24. KHALID AL MALIK
GROUP CEO, DUBAI PROPERTIES GROUP

Khalid Al Malik is responsible for directing developer Dubai Properties Group’s (DPG’s) strategy of delivery, growth and operations within the UAE. He also works on behalf of all DPG entities to expand new business markets.

The company recently announced plans to spend what it termed “millions of dirhams” in upgrading facilities at the $1.6bn Jumeirah Beach Residence, after it signed a memorandum of understanding with On-Time Management to provide services for the development.

Last year, the company, a member of Dubai Holding, won the Dubai Quality Award in the ‘Real Estate’ category at the 13th cycle of the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED), endorsing both Malik’s and the firm’s business excellence and quality strategies in the real-estate sector.

The company has many prestigious projects under its belt, including the Layan community in Dubailand, Al Razi at Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) and Cordoba Residence in Dubai Knowledge Village, among others.

Malik joined DPG in July 2009 from Tatweer, where he was CEO, and where he had the responsibility of driving the company’s expansion and development.

Malik obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, where he completed a double major in Management Information Systems and Production and Operations Management. He later earned an MBA from Zayed University.

Next: WAEL ALLAN

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25. WAEL ALLAN
REGIONAL MD, HYDER CONSULTING
MIDDLE EAST

Wael Allan, who has a strong background in multinational business management, became Hyder’s Regional MD in April 2009, having worked for major engineering and construction companies such as Raytheon Engineers and Constructors.

He is a chartered scientist and engineer with more than 20 years’ experience in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and process engineering.

“I have worked in a number of countries, starting with the UK and Europe, especially Germany and Switzerland. I moved to the Far East for a while, working in China and Japan, and then I ended up in the US for ten years. Being an Arab speaker, I was always very keen to come to the region and actually work here, and Hyder Consulting offered me a golden opportunity to do so,” says Allan.

“We really do not see the Middle East as very different to any other market. Each market has its distinctive local flavour, but as a multinational we are familiar with dealing with different types of projects in different environments.”

Hyder Consulting has been commissioned by Samsung Engineering to provide detail design services for the Muharraq sewage treatment plant and flow conveyance scheme in the Muharraq area Bahrain for the Ministry of Works. The project is a 27-year build own operate and transfer (BOOT) scheme.

Next: ABDULLAH M. AL ZAMIL

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26. ABDULLAH M. AL ZAMIL
CEO
ZAMIL INDUSTRIAL

Abdullah M. Al Zamil is CEO of what is safe to say is one of Saudi Arabia’s biggest companies. It is one of the region’s major conglomerates for steel, glass, mirrors and air-conditioners.

As well as CEO, Zamil is a member of the executive committee and a board member, who has achieved an increase in capacity for certain business lines, and the restructuring of Zamil Steel and Zamil Air Conditioners into limited liability companies.

His influence does not stop there, as he is also a member of the executive board of the Saudi Export Development Centre (SEDC). A graduate in industrial engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle in the US, Zamil also holds an MBA in Finance and Business Administration from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

The company has completed the merger of its insulation business with Gulf Insulation Group (GIG) to create a new entity worth $221m. The new company expands Zamil’s offering in the insulation market, and will give it partnership stakes in Arabian Fiberglass Insulation, Armacell Zamil Middle East Company, Saudi Rockwool Factory Company and Saudi Pre-Insulated Pipes Industries.

Next: WAIL FORSAKH

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27. WAIL FARSAKH
GENERAL MANAGER
DUTCO BALFOUR BEATTY

Dutco Balfour Beatty (DBB) LLC is a major participant in the Middle East construction industry. It is one of the largest civil engineering, building and marine contractors in the UAE, and also offers clients the focus and expertise of specialist scaffolding, formwork, interiors and plant.

DBB LLC was established originally in 1976 when Dubai Transport Company (Dutco) and UK–based Balfour Beatty joined forces to undertake the $4bn mega-project that was the construction of Mina Jebel Ali for the Dubai government.

Upon completion of the project, DBB LLC then engaged in major civil works projects, which included the Arrivals Terminal at Dubai International Airport, ‘G’ station power and water desalination facility and, more recently, the construction of the Dubai Mall, the largest shopping mall in the world.

In addition, DBB has been involved in many major infrastructure projects, including Sheikh Zayed Road Interchanges 3, 4 and 5.

Other projects are the Business Bay development, the Dubai Airwing Facilities at Dubai International Airport, the Marina Bridge package and the development of Qaffay Island, as well as major building projects such as Marina Heights, the Sheikh Hamdan Awards Building, the Emirates Airlines Training Centre and the IBIS and Holiday Inn Express hotels on Sheikh Zayed Road.

DBB maintains a high degree of health and safety awareness with a ‘zero tolerance’ target. In 2010 it won two major awards at Construction Week’s annual awards ceremony, including the prestigious Contractor of the Year prize.

Next: MOHAMMED SAIF MOHAMMED BIN SHAFAR

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28. MOHAMMED SAIF MOHAMMED BIN SHAFAR
CHAIRMAN
AL SHAFAR GENERAL CONTRACTING COMPANY

Al Shafar General Contracting Company (ASGC), is one of the leading special-grade contractors in the UAE. It has construction expertise of over 23 years in building works.

The company has completed over 250 projects, from multi-storey commercial and office towers to residential buildings, hotels, villa complexes and shopping malls.

ASGC has more than 18 sister companies producing different types of construction materials and performing specialised works, in addition to offices in Egypt, KSA, Kuwait, Qatar, Syria, Oman and Libya.

ASGC Chairman Mohammed Saif Mohammed Bin Shafar plays a crucial role in the UAE construction industry. ASGC is the flagship company of Bin Shafar Holding.

Current projects include Emirates Crown Tower for consultant DAR Consult in Dubai Marina, Oceanscape for consultant Khatib & Alami at Al Reem in Abu Dhabi and Al Wifaq Tower for consultant Northcroft/Mayer Consulting Engineers at Shams Abu Dhabi.

Next: AHMED HUSSAIN AL KHALAF

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29. AHMED HUSSAIN AL KHALAF
CHAIRMAN, INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS DEVELOPMENT COMPANY (IPDC)

In his 45 years at the centre of the Qatari business world, Ahmed Hussain Al Khalaf has witnessed the transformation of his country’s economy.

As chairman of the International Projects Development Company (IPDC), Al Khalaf is playing a major part in bringing in the foreign companies, expertise and capital which are powering that transformation.

In fact, it is now hard to find a sector of the Qatari economy where Al Khalaf does not have a foothold. IPDC provides business and project development services in all areas of the economy, including engineering, fabrication, design, construction, dredging, infrastructure, pipelines, water transmission lines, sewage, telecoms and food.

The group operates either through strategic alliances with its foreign partners, or by establishing JVs. “By working together with our partners, we can serve as a gateway to Qatar for them, and then combine our resources into one single entity, to target one particular sector of the market.”

Al Khalaf says that this sort of international relationship is essential, both to the future development of the Qatari economy, and to the growth of Qatari companies, inside and outside the country. The group’s JVs include DEBAJ, a partnership with German engineering giant Babcock Borsig Service, which has become one of the leading contractors across the Gulf area, as well as the Qatari subsidiaries of international oil and gas contractor Saipem and Australian engineers Kempe.

Next: MOHSIN ALRAISI

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30. MOHSIN ALRAISI
ACTING GENERAL MANAGER
AL MUKHTAR CONTRACTING & TRADING (CONSTRUCTION DIVISION)

Mohsin Alraisi has steered Al Muktar’s construction division to earn a high reputation in the company’s home market.

His division’s mark is all over the country, from housing and villa projects to oilfield supplies, civil contracting and infrastructure, as well as building maintenance.

The company is also one of the most trusted at the highest levels, counting the ministries of education, the interior and foreign affairs among its clients, as well as individual members of the Qatari Royal Family.

Always taking opportunities, the acting division manager has been adept at reaching out to working with the industrial, energy and FM divisions of the Al Mukhtar Group, as well as forming JVs with other contractors.

Today the civil engineering graduate is relishing the chance to work with some of the biggest contractors and consultants from around the world as it enters the country to bid for the unprecedented construction work needed to host the 2022 FIFA Football World Cup, using a local partner.

A modest man by nature, Alraisi claims the construction market in Qatar will go through a necessary stage of maturity from the influx of international expertise.

Next: GUY MEHULA

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