Construction Week Oman Awards 2015: The winners

Simon Karam honoured with lifetime achievement award; Carillion scoops three awards for initiatives while Towell Construction & Co named Contractor of the Year

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A key figure in Oman’s construction sector and founder of the Al Taher Group, Simon Karam was honoured with a lifetime achievement award during the Construction Week Oman Awards 2015 last night.

The Awards were held at the Grand Hyatt in Muscat, and Karam was there to accept the award.

Karam, who first visited the Sultanate in 1970 as a temporary replacement for a project manager on an airbase, never went home and instead, three years later, founded his own construction company which grew to become the Al Taher Group, a conglomerate covering civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, the petroleum sector, real estate, trading and investments.

The company has become a major player in the Sultanate’s construction market, building prestigious residential complexes such as Madinat Al Sultan Qaboos, multi-storey buildings, industrial facilities and over 520 filling stations. Karam is a founding member of the Oman Society of Contractors, Oman Society for Petroleum Services and the Omani Society of Water.

It was a big night for Oman construction’s elite.

Towell Construction & Co picked up the award for Contractor of the Year while SSH was named Consultant of the Year, chiefly for its work on the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Tom Whitehead of ALEC was named as Construction Executive of the Year, while Gerold Bickert of Hoehler + Partner was Project Manager of the Year and Daniel Schulze-Wethmar, also from Hoehler + Partner was Engineer of the Year.

Carillion Alawi picked up three awards; those for Health and Safety Initiative of the Year; Sustainability Initiative of the Year, and Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year.

The event was sponsored by Aecom, Famco, Oman Electromechanical Contracting, Logical Decking, CCC, Services & Trade Company, Alemco Zawawi and NAPCO

The full list of winners appears below:

Health and Safety Initiative of the Year
Carillion Alawi

Sustainability Initiative of the Year
Carillion Alawi

Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year
Carillion Alawi

Engineer of the Year
Daniel Schulze-Wethmar - Hoehler + Partner

Project Manager of the Year
Gerold Bickert - Hoehler + Partner

Construction Executive of the Year
Tom Whitehead, ALEC

Infrastructure Project of the Year
Larsen & Toubro
Design & Construction of Underpasses and Flyovers along Darsait - Al Wadi Al Kabir Road

Commercial Project of the Year
The Walk - The Wave, Muscat

Hospitality Project of the Year
Atana Musandam Resort by Omran

Residential Project of the Year
Dolphin Village Residential Resort by Yahya Group Holding

Sustainable Project of the Year
Ras Al Hamra Development Project by Petroleum Development Oman

Consultant of the Year

Contractor of The Year
Towell Construction & Co

Construction Week lifetime achievement award for Oman
Simon Karam of Al Taher Group


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