CW Awards Oman: Oman Holdings Int' lifetime award
Chairman Maqbool bin Hameed Al Saleh gets Lifetime Achievement award
Maqbool bin Hameed Al Saleh, Chairman of Oman Holdings International (OHI) was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award at last night's Construction Week Awards: Oman.
This was a special presentation made by the Construction Week editorial team to an individual who has given decades to the local construction industry.
Saleh heads a company that believes in the power of partnerships. From modest beginnings three decades ago , his organisation has been growing it has developed strong relationships with local partners and overseas principals to create enduring results. These partnerships, which include well-known construction names such as Drake & Scull, RMD Kwikform and Fugro, have brought international brands and services to Oman.
The company he has built is a powerful corporate house in the Sultanate, with business interests ranging from contracting, telecommunications, hospitality, real estate, communications and IT solutions to marine, petroleum and energy services in the core industrial sector.
Al Saleh was presented with his award by the Paul Floyd, managing director of gold sponsor Famco.
“It is a honour to be recognised,” said Al Saleh. “I am not a boss to my colleagues – unless they misbehave – I believe in partnership.”
He refused tob e drawn on whether or not he considered himself a good boss but he said: “I do think that I am a good person. I dream about things, then set out to achieve them.”
Al Saleh, chairman of Iman Holdings, joined the army when he was 13, played hockey to national standard then turned his attention to squash in later years, puts his continued energy and enthusiasm for business down to exercise. “I cannot go to the office without 45 minutes otherwise I feel lethargic.”
His company was established in 1975 and went public in 1997 and employs around 10,000 people. He was Undersecretary at the Ministry of Palace Affairs for 12 years until 1983, when he moved to the Ministry of Social Affairs. In those days you could run a company and be part of the Omani government, he explained. “That’s not allowed any longer, which is the right thing though,” he said.
The award was announced announced at a gala ceremony held in Muscat, which saw 12 accolades presented to a selection of industry-leading companies, projects and individuals.
Selected finalists from the Construction Week Awards: Oman, will get a further chance to claim success at the GCC edition of the Construction Week Awards, to be held in Dubai, on 11 December.
Entries to the awards were submitted online and winners were selected by a panel of nine judges.
This is the second year Construction Week has run an awards programme in Oman.
A full review of all the winners will appear in the March 30 issue of Construction Week.
For a full list of winners from CW Awards Oman 2013 click here