2014 Construction Week Power 100

CW provides most influential people in the GCC’s construction industry

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Welcome to the fifth Power 100 list produced by Construction Week, our annual review of the region’s most influential figures.

This list aims to build on the tradition of our previous rankings, and is dominated by the leaders of the major players from the construction industry in the GCC, although some also have responsibility for territories that are further afield.

The first thing that seasoned watchers of these rankings will notice is the considerable number of new entries. There are two main reasons for this.

The first is that we’ve changed our approach compared to previous years, where we attempted more of a collegiate list by including people from related fields such as facilities management, MEP and the plant and machinery sector.

Yet since our sister titles fmME, MEP Middle East and PMV Middle East now produce their own, individual Power Lists, we felt that this year’s ranking should therefore reflect the figures who are most important to our core audience – the contracting community, as well as the key consultancies who work with them, and the government agencies most responsible for commissioning them.

The second reason for the change is that there are a number of major players who have featured in the magazine over the past 12 months, who perhaps should have featured within earlier editions, but once relationships were formed it became much easier to get a better idea of the depth and scope of their activities.

This could be seen as taking an approach that favours firms who have talked to us over those who haven’t. While this isn’t entirely the case (there are a few highly-ranked entrants who have eschewed past interview requests), there may be a ring of truth to this. However, this isn’t something for which we should apologise.

This is, after all, our own ranking of the people we consider to be the industry’s heavyweights. Yet as anyone who has attended any of our conferences or been to an awards event knows, Construction Week is far from a closed shop. We look to provide a voice for the entire industry, and will go anywhere in the GCC to visit sites and conduct interviews with companies who we feel will help us achieve that.

If, for whatever reason, you feel your firm has been overlooked in this ranking, get in touch. We know that as the market grows, there are plenty of other success stories out there.

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