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2011 Construction Week Power 100: 91-100

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

Power 100
MICEAL SAMMON
MICEAL SAMMON
MICHELLE MCDOWELL
MICHELLE MCDOWELL
Power 100
MOHAMMAD SADIYYAH
MOHAMMAD SADIYYAH
Power 100
RIZWAN SHAIKHANI
RIZWAN SHAIKHANI
ROGER NICKELLS
ROGER NICKELLS
SHATHA & NADA  AL-FAHAD
SHATHA & NADA AL-FAHAD
Power 100

2011 CONSTRUCTION WEEK POWER 100

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91. MAHER MEREHBI CEO ARABIAN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY (ACC)

ACC operates across seven countries, with 12 offices throughout the Middle East, 2,500 professional staff, 25,000 workers and a $1bn turnover in 2007.

“Travelling across the various ACC areas of operation, from Lebanon to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, coming across such diverse markets as Kurdish territory and Upper Egypt, one realises better the tremendous diversity in construction techniques,” says ACC CEO Maher Merehbi.

In February this year it was announced that ACC, in a JV with Simplex Infrastructures, had been awarded a contract to construct World One in Mumbai, India. At 117 storeys, World One will be the tallest building in India, and the second-tallest residential building in the world upon completion in 2015, standing at 442m.

In March this year it was announced that ACC had won a $24.5m contract to build Masdar City’s first commercial building. This follows a $205m deal to expand the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology campus.

Currently in its first phase, which includes the construction of buildings and infrastructure over a 100ha area by 2015, Masdar City is set to be the world’s first city powered solely by renewable energy.

Next: MICEÁL SAMMON

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92. MICEÁL SAMMON
FOUNDER & CEO, SAMMON GROUP

For Sammon Group founder and CEO Miceál Sammon, winning a third of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) project (Phase 1), the equivalent of five main construction contracts and over 93,000m2 worth of schools, was in fact the company’s biggest achievement in 2010.

“To some extent, our focus on school building has been our saviour during this downturn,” Sammon says confidently.

“In any country where they have an economic downturn, governments put money into the education and medical sectors. This is where we have won out – we have grown our business every year, including the last two years during the recession, because we concentrate primarily on educational and social infrastructure.”

Incidentally, the group had already been working in the UAE well before the downturn. Having been observing the UAE education market for some time, in 2006 company executives decided it was time to be part of this market, and risky as it was, made a bold move.

Next: MICHELLE MCDOWELL

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93. MICHELLE MCDOWELL
CHAIR OF CIVIL & STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
BDP

Michelle McDowell is Chair of Civil and Structural Engineering at international design and engineering firm BDP. She recently won the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award, and was the first woman to chair the Association for Consultancy and Engineering in the UK.

McDowell fell into her career by chance. Her father brought home a leaflet from the Construction Industry Training Board, where they ran annual courses for girls doing maths and physics. As part of the course, McDowell spent a week at Sheffield University, visiting a design office, a construction site, a steel fabrication shop and a glass furnace. Shortly afterwards she decided that engineering was the path for her.

Next: SAMIR BARRAJ

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94. SAMIR BARRAJ
GENERAL DIRECTOR
FIRST SAUDI CONTRACTING COMPANY

The First Saudi Contracting Company was established in Riyadh in 1980 as a general contractor specialising in the construction of commercial, office and residential buildings, including high-specification villas and palaces. The company has also undertaken other projects such as roads and bridges. Since then it has emerged as a leading contractor in the Saudi Arabian market.

The company’s ‘Second Degree’ classification awarded by the Ministry of Public Works entitles it to participate in bidding for projects up to $53m in the government sector, and higher in the private sector.

The management and supervisory staff are all competent Saudi and Lebanese nationals with experience ranging from ten to 35 years in their respective fields.

The company’s highly-qualified team of over 800 skilled and semi-skilled craftsmen hails from the Philippines and the Indian subcontinent.

“We are dedicated to building high-quality residential and commercial buildings to satisfy the needs of our customers, and to this end our quality policy is reviewed constantly to ensure its continuing suitability and effectiveness,” says general director Samir Barraj.

Next: MOHAMMAD SADIYYAH

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95. MOHAMMAD SADIYYAH
AREA GM, KHATIB & ALAMI

In almost 40 years, Mohammad Sadiyyah has helped drive Khatib & Alami to be one of the most successful consultancies in the Middle East. He was recently appointed to the board as area GM.

The consultancy, more frequently known as K&A, has become so embedded in the fabric of the Middle East through its breadth of projects and decades in the business that pointing out all the iconic developments it has been involved with still provokes surprise. K&A has a history of growing fast, moving into new areas around the Middle East and executing new projects in the half century plus since the company’s formation in 1959 in Lebanon.

Founded as Consolidated Engineering Company by Mounir El Khatib and partners, who were later to be replaced by Dr. Zuheir Alami as sole partner to El Khatib by 1968, the company had expanded to working in Saudi Arabia, the Emirates (prior to unification) and Bahrain and Oman.

Next: OMAR HAMAD ALMANA

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96. OMAR HAMAD ALMANA
FOUNDER
ALMANA GROUP

Omar Hamad Almana established the Almana Group in 1961 in Qatar upon graduating in business administration from the UK.

The group has 18 diversified subsidiaries and more than 22 affiliated companies and partnerships, many of which have been active over the last half century.

One of the largest business houses in Qatar, the group has made a significant contribution to developing the industrial infrastructure of the country.

Major projects include a mill for the Qatar Steel Company, a Qatar Fertiliser Company plant, the Ras Abu Fontas power station, the Qatar Gas LNG plant and Trains 3 & 4 at the RasGas LNG plant.

“The Almana Group is one of Qatar’s oldest and largest business entities, encompassing several divisions across a spectrum of industries, and a portfolio that includes several internationally acclaimed brands,” says Almana.

“Through re-investment of profits, recruitment of talented professionals and embarking on several JV schemes with leading global enterprises, it offers diverse services to overseas companies with interests in Qatar and across the Gulf. Currently the group boasts a substantial turnover. Its varied commercial activities have resulted in its recognition as a successful and dynamic regional corporation,” he says.

Next: RIZWAN SHAIKHANI

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97. RIZWAN SHAIKHANI
MD
SHAIKHANI CONTRACTING

Shaikhani Contracting is a member of the Shaikhani Group, which includes Memon Investments, a leading developer of such projects as Champions Towers I ($20.4m), II ($30m), III ($39.4m) and IV ($122.5m) and Frankfurt Sports City ($92m) in Dubai Sports City.

It also has Gardenia I and II, Gardenia Residency III and IV and Frankfurt Tower in Jumeirah Village South on its roster of current projects. The group’s inaugural commercial development is the Cambridge Business Centre in Dubai Silicon Oasis. Shaikhani Contracting recently announced that it would establish a presence in Abu Dhabi as it looks to take advantage of the UAE capital emerging as one of the most important construction markets in the GCC region.

With Abu Dhabi stepping up development as it looks to meet its goals in terms of the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, the Shaikhani Group said it wants to “reinforce its presence in the region and remain close to partners and customers involved in different projects in Abu Dhabi.”

Next: ROGER NICKELLS

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98. ROGER NICKELLS
MIDDLE EAST MD
BURO HAPPOLD

Winning its first project in Saudi Arabia more than 30 years ago, engineering and design firm Buro Happold is well-established in the MENA region, with offices in Riyadh, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Middle East MD Roger Nickells says: “The first quarter of this year has been fantastic. We continue to win a significant number of projects and deliver work in our markets. Saudi Arabia continues to grow in an infrastructure-led way; Qatar is an interesting market , and we are gaining some good traction there, particularly with Gensler and the Heart of Doha scheme. So all in all, we are having a good start to the year.”

Next: SHATHA & NADA AL-FAHAD

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99. SHATHA & NADA  AL-FAHAD
FOUNDERS
GEC DAR

Established in November 2008, GEC DAR is a professional architecture and engineering firm in Kuwait.

Founders Shatha and Nada Al-Fahad explain that “it is dedicated to providing high-quality professional services to our clients while remaining within their design budgets. We offer creative and iconic ideas through the project process with fresh minds for futuristic vision.”

The company’s specialities are architecture, structural engineering, civil engineering, MEP, interior design and project management.

Next: SUSHIL KHER

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100. SUSHIL KHER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
MOHAMED SALAHUDDIN CONSULTING ENGINEERING BUREAU

Sushil Kher is executive director at Mohamed Salahuddin Consulting Engineering Bureau, an architectural consultant contracted to design Phase 2 of the Majaal warehousing project at the Bahrain Investment Wharf. The consultancy used the project to showcase some innovative construction technology from Europe.

“Slab floors are traditionally made from concrete reinforced by a steel mesh. In this case, it is a particular grade of concrete combined with steel fabric rather than mesh. The overall effect is that it can take a much heavier load,” says Kher.

First Bahrain awarded the design of the second phase to the consultant in August 2010. This comprises a single 13,000m2 warehouse.

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