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2011 Construction Week Power 100: 51-60

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

Power 100
Power 100
Power 100
SHAUKAT ALI MIR
SHAUKAT ALI MIR
ZIAD EL CHAAR
ZIAD EL CHAAR
IBRAHIM MOHAMMED AL JAIDAH
IBRAHIM MOHAMMED AL JAIDAH
TOM BOWER
TOM BOWER
Power 100
Power 100
TONY DOUGLAS
TONY DOUGLAS

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51. KHALIL SHOLY MANAGING DIRECTOR UNITED DEVELOPMENT COMPANY

Khalil Sholy has been the MD of United Development Company (UDC) since its inception in 1999 as a Qatari Public Shareholding Company.

He was appointed by the board as its MD, charged with the initial organisation and business development activities of the overall company.

Sholy ensured the successful investment and financing of major innovative projects, such as the The Pearl Qatar artificial island project and the greenfield establishment of such subsidiaries as the Middle East Dredging Company (MEDCO), Qatar District Cooling Company (QC) and Ronáutica Middle East, among others.

Sholy graduated with a degree in structural engineering from the University of Evansville in Indiana in the US. He established the Construction Development Company (CDC) in 1982 and developed it into one of the top companies in Qatar, credited with the construction of several famous landmarks such as the Four Seasons Hotel Complex, which includes the Qatar Telecom (Q-Tel) Tower and two residential towers.

Sholy is actively involved in investments and project development in the real estate, banking and retail sectors in Qatar, the UAE and Lebanon.

Next: IAN CLARKE

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52. IAN CLARKE
REGIONAL MANAGING DIRECTOR
MOTT MACDONALD MIDDLE EAST

The breadth of Mott MacDonald’s contract successes across many specialist sectors in the Middle East bears testimony to the company’s status as a leading light in GCC construction.

Regional managing director Ian Clarke has steered the company across projects relating to buildings, water, environment, energy, education, health and transport, in addition to being lead designer for all infrastructure at Masdar City. Other notable projects have included the Palm Jumeirah monorail in Dubai and Dilmunia Health Island in Bahrain.

At the beginning of this year, Mott MacDonald was appointed detailed design engineer for the first phase of the Dubai Pearl development in Dubai.

It will provide services for all mechanical (HVAC), electrical, public health, fire, communications and security systems on the $6bn mixed-use project.

“Dubai Pearl’s guiding philosophy is to re-draw the global blueprint for the future of multi-faceted mixed-use developments,” says Mott MacDonald project director Lars Caneborg, citing the company’s local presence, strong experience in high-rise buildings, retail and its experience on the green-intensive Masdar City sustainability development as key strengths to winning this contract.

Next: HASSAN ALI SALMAN

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53. HASSAN ALI SALMAN
CHAIRMAN, AL HASSAN GROUP

Hassan Ali Salman assumed full time chairmanship of the Al Hassan Group in 1995. Prior to his current position, he served as senior VP at the Central Bank of Oman. Salman has enjoyed a long career in banking, with stints at leading institutions such as Citibank and Standard Chartered Bank.

Salman is an active member of the Contractors Committee of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI). A native of Oman, he is a graduate in economics.

Al Hassan Engineering Company (AHEC) SAOG has honed its expertise in the execution of complex contracts in the harsh desert conditions of the Sultanate of Oman.

Proven technical expertise, strong infrastructure facilities, pragmatic and commitment oriented management and an excellent track record on HSE and quality have all enabled AHEC to emerge as a leading engineering, procurement and construction contractor in Oman.

AHEC was also the first Omani contracting company to be listed on the Muscat Securities Market in 1998.

Next: SHAUKAT ALI MIR

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54. SHAUKAT ALI MIR
COO
VOLTAS

Part of the $70bn Tata Group, Voltas has been providing turnkey MEP solutions in the Middle East for three decades. Recent high-profile projects completed successfully are the Formula One race track on Yas Island, a $122m, 18-month project, and Ferrari World, a $150m, 34-month project.

Ongoing projects include Central Market in Abu Dhabi, a $177m MEP works contract scheduled for completion in 2012, Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, a $128m MEP works (build only) contract scheduled for handover in June this year, and the Sidra Medical Research Centre in Doha, Qatar, a $214.2m JV MEP works (design and build) contract due for completion in 2013.

“We have already set up JVs in Saudi and also in Oman, with recognised, respected local partners, so we will have revenues coming from these two territories starting from 2011,” says Mir. “We will continue to have a major focus in our traditional markets of Abu Dhabi and Qatar. We are well-placed in Qatar because we have been there for the last nine years.”

Next: ZIAD EL CHAAR

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55. ZIAD EL CHAAR
GENERAL MANAGER
DAMAC PROPERTIES

Damac Properties, part of Damac Holdings, was established in 2002 as a private residential, leisure and commercial developer in Dubai and the Middle East. Since then it has expanded rapidly into North Africa, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Damac Properties has completed 28 buildings to date with 6,045 units and spanning 10,619,469 square feet, with projects such as The Crescent and Lago Vista at IMPZ, Executive Heights and Smart Heights in Tecom, Lake View and Lake Terrace at Jumeirah Lake Towers, Business Tower and XL Tower at Business Bay and Ocean Heights, The Waves and Marina Terrace at the Dubai Marina.

Before the end of 2011, Damac Properties will complete a further eight buildings comprising 1,329 units spanning 2,513,015 square feet, says Lebanon born-and-bred GM Ziad El Chaar. In June 2010, it launched Damac Tower in Beirut, Lebanon. A 28-storey iconic tower, this project is in association with Italian design group Versace.

Next: IBRAHIM MOHAMMED AL JAIDAH

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56. IBRAHIM MOHAMMED AL JAIDAH
PRINCIPAL
ARAB ENGINEERING BUREAU

As director of veteran Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB), Ibrahim Mohammed Al Jaidah has taken the Doha-based firm from half-a-dozen architects in a one-room office to a regional architecture giant with offices in Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Abu Dhabi.

Al Jaidah is an expert in Gulf vernacular, and has published a book about Qatar’s architectural history, while giving regular lectures on the subject to architecture students of the region. AEB’s niche is in designing embassy buildings, and the firm can take credit for Qatar’s embassies from Morocco to Havana.

For all his travelling, however, it is of Qatar that Al Jaidah is most proud. “In a decade’s time you will be able to take students from any architecture school in the world and show them the most contemporary architecture in Doha. Qatar is going to become an encyclopaedia of architecture,” he says.

Meanwhile Stantec and Burt Hill, two consultancies that were recently in a global merger, were reported to be working with AEB on a $6.5m drug-rehabilitation clinic in Doha.

Next: TOM BOWER

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57. TOM BOWER
MANAGING DIRECTOR
WSP MIDDLE EAST

Appointed MD for WSP Middle East in early 2010, Tom Bower headed up of one of the region’s most well-known and influential engineering consultancies. Leading a team of 350 experts, he has played an important role in driving the company’s expansion, both geographically and in terms of sectors and public awareness.

As well as being responsible for gradually increasing the number of internal specialists and expanding the range and portfolio of projects, he has had the added task of ensuring the company capitalises on the burgeoning opportunities in Qatar and Saudi Arabia. At the beginning of 2011, chairman David Turner said: “I am pleased to report that the group produced a 2010 trading performance in line with our expectations.

“While we are anticipating that our markets and trading patterns will be broadly maintained in 2011, the group remains well-placed both to manage difficult market conditions and to benefit quickly from opportunities as trading conditions improve,” said Turner.

Next: YASSER HEJAZY

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58. YASSER HEJAZY
FOUNDER & DIRECTOR,
YASSER HEJAZY CONSULTING ENGINEERS

A founder of the engineering firm that bears his name, Yasser Hejazy has been one of a number of Saudi Arabian architects to benefit from the construction boom in the Kingdom.

Established in Jeddah three years ago, it quickly entered into a partnership with Lebanese engineering company DEP to target high-profile projects in western Saudi and Riyadh.

As Hejazy’s name suggests, his background lies firmly in the Hejaz region, and despite a number of modern, contemporary projects, the architect is keen to retain elements of local design. The firm’s recent work includes a block of villas at Knowledge Economic City and the Jeddah Gate Twin Towers.
Hejazy believes that a local firm’s knowledge about design and Islamic architecture is an asset to any firm that is new to the region. This is particularly true in Jeddah, where a unique ‘Hejazi’ strain of architecture has evolved.

“The architecture of the area has a mixture of different cultures, because of Islam and even before Islam pilgrims used to come to this area from all over the world,” says Hejazy.

Next: DAVID BARWELL

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59. DAVID BARWELL
REGIONAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE
AECOM

AECOM “has not skipped a beat” in the first four months of 2011, and has brought in Davis Langdon, the company it acquired last year, onto existing projects to boost client service, according to the regional CEO.

David Barwell, who oversees the operations of the two companies, which completed a merger last October, said that the UK company it bought for $324m has been an extra pair of eyes to assess projects in which AECOM is programme manager, particularly with regard to cost management.

Davis Langdon’s use as a value engineering consultancy adds to AECOM’s holistic work with the client, which includes designs, structuring contracts for tenders and assessing the commercial options.

Barwell achieved an engineering degree from Brighton University in the United Kingdom, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia as well as a corporate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He moved to Abu Dhabi to assume his current role in January 2009.

Next: TONY DOUGLAS

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60. TONY DOUGLAS
CEO
ABU DHABI PORTS COMPANY

Tony Douglas was only appointed CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) in June last year, and already has a certain influence over the GCC construction market. Formerly the COO and Group Chief Executive designate of Laing O’Rourke, the UK’s leading privately-owned international construction company, Douglas was taken on to steer the development of ADPC’s extensive portfolio of developments, including the flagship Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone (KPIZ).

As one of the GCC’s biggest developments since the recession, the multi-billion dollar project is currently one of the most significant projects in the region. As well as being critical in allowing Abu Dhabi to realise its 2030 economic vision, it will, under Douglas’ leadership, induce a series of high-value contract awards over the next 20 years to a range of GCC specialist contractors. In his role as CEO and the group chief executive designate for Laing O’Rourke, Douglas had a broad executive remit covering strategic business development.

Next:  RAMSAY ABBASSI

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