CWO Awards: Simon Karam wins Lifetime Achievement

Al Taher Group founder and Oman Society of Contractors stalwart receives honour for his services to the Sultanate's construction sector

Simon Karam of Al Taher Group with his Lifetime Achievement award
Simon Karam of Al Taher Group with his Lifetime Achievement award

Simon Karam was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Construction Week Oman Awards for his services to the Sultanate's construction industry, as well as his involvement in trying to develop the skills of Omani managers.

Karam is a founder of the Al Taher Group of companies that includes Sarooj Construction Co, the Synergy Petroleum EPC contracting business, the Electro Mechanics MEP business and marine contracting company Masirah International, among others.

He is also a founder member of the Oman Society of Contractors, the Oman Society for Petroleum Services and the Omani Society of Water.

He has been based in Oman for more than 45 years and in 2013 became a naturalised Omani.

Speaking to CW after receiving his award, he said: "I'm really touched. It's a very emotional moment. I was not expecting it at all - especially as all I had to do was wait until I was 72.

"Maybe for my next lifetime achievement award, phase two, I will do much more. Passionate people are always like this. It never ends. We keep going until the last moment.

"I must thank Construction Week because you have brought all of these people together and it's a great recognition. After all, we remain like children - we like to be recognised and rewarded."

The Construction Week Oman 2015 Awards took place at the Muscatt Grand Hyatt on 30 March. The awards were sponsored by platinum sponsor Aecom, gold sponsors Famco, Oman Electromechanical Company and Logical Decking, category sponsors CCC, Services & Trade Co and Alemco Zawawi, as well as by aluminium extruder Napco.

The full list of winners is listed below, with links.

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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