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CW Awards 2015: Time is running out

With less than two weeks left to submit your nominations for ConstructionWeek Awards 2015, the time has come to celebrate all that is good within Middle East construction

COMMENT, Business, CW Awards 2015

It’s that time of year again. Awards season is upon us. It seems like only yesterday that I was reporting from Construction Week Awards 2014, but nine months have passed and preparations are already underway for the event’s 11th iteration.

On 9 December, more than 450 of the Middle East construction industry’s biggest players will gather in Dubai, UAE for Construction Week Awards 2015. As ever, this will be a no-holds-barred celebration of sector’s latest achievements.

Of course, this event is the culmination of months of behind-the-scenes toil. Before the winners can be announced, nominations must be submitted, judges must preside, and the resultant data must be collated.

We’re still in the formative stages of this process, but be warned – time is running out. There are less than two weeks to go before the CW Awards 2015 nominations deadline passes, which means that if you haven’t started already, it really is time to begin putting together your entry.

Fortunately, if you do happen to fall into the ‘slow coach’ category, there’s no need to panic. Help is at hand in the form of the CW team’s handy nominations guide (page 34). Yes, you’ve left it a little later than most, but if you follow our five steps to success, there is still plenty of time to put together an award-winning submission.

Once this task has been completed, it will simply be a matter of biding your time until the awards ceremony itself, at which point you will find out whether or not your entry has been favoured by our panel of judges.

But right now, I would like to focus on one of our five steps to success in particular; namely, that which advises participants not to be shy. I am by no means decrying the merits of modesty, but there is a time and a place. The CW Awards is neither. On the contrary, this is an opportunity for the region’s construction community to shout about all of the things that it is doing so well.

As a mouthpiece for the industry, it is Construction Week’s duty to report on the challenges that are being faced, and the areas in which improvement is required. With your support, we do this week in week out. But as important as it is to focus on such aspects, it is also necessary to communicate the many achievements of the sector.

On a personal note, this is exactly why I am looking forward to this year’s CW Awards. The Middle East might not be the largest global construction market, but it boasts projects – both planned and underway – that are unparalleled on the international stage.

Aside from the myriad construction-related world records held – and set to be broken – in the region, governments and developers of the Gulf are building and planning communities on an unprecedented scale. Even at a smaller level, the innovation that is taking place here is as impressive as anywhere else on the planet.

Communicating this message is the entire purpose of the CW Awards. But before this can happen, you need to nominate your companies, initiatives, projects, and people.

The deadline for submissions is 14 October, 2015. The clock is ticking.

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