2015 Construction Week Qatar Power List: 1-30

This year, in order to level the playing field, CWQ has done its best to highlight the influence of those without direct ruling family connections

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Each year Construction Week Qatar compiles a Power List of the country’s most influential construction companies and leaders.

This year, in order to level the playing field, CWQ has done its best to highlight the influence of those without direct ruling family connections.

An open and positive relationship with the media is an important aspect of industry influence, so companies who participated and shared information about themselves have achieved a relatively higher position on the Power List than those who did not – and we make no apologies for that. We believe that the creation of the Power List remains a largely subjective exercise.

We have also inlcuded a separte mention for the top developers in the country as they reasonably, cannot be likened to either contractor or consultants.

While you will probably disagree with parts of, or the entire list, we believe it remains a valid and valuable contribution to the industry’s development, a fair representation and reflection of Qatar’s construction sector, and a worthwhile talking point.

Congratulations to all who have made it on to the list and thank you to our power players for contributing to the buoyant growth of the construction sector that Qatar continues to enjoy.

So onto the list...

1) Nasser Al Ansari, Chairman, QDVC

QDVC is one of Qatar’s largest contractors and combines the not insignificant power of Qatari Diar and French construction powerhouse Vinci. Heading the company is Chairman Nasser Al Ansari who has previously held the position of CEO of Qatari Diar.

Among the organisation’s projects is the LRT in Lusail, North Doha, which will accommodate between 250,000 and 400,000 people a day when completed. Other high profile contracts include the PS70 water treatment facility and the Qatar Bahrain Causeway.

Last year, Qatar Rail awarded the southern works package of the Doha metro red line to the consortium led by QDVC. This package comprises approximately 13.8 km twin bored tunnel at an average depth of 25 metres below ground level utilising five tunnel boring machines.

The contract, with a value of about $2.5 billion, covers design and construction of a dual-tube underground line between the Doha airport and the Msheireb neighbourhood in the historic centre of the Qatari capital.

Added to the list of projects is the New Orbital Highway 2, the latest contract awarded by Ashghal to QDVC’s Joint-venture with Bin Omran, a local contracting company, specialising in earth and road works and is worth over QAR4bn.

Also, the company won the Sheraton Park Project which calls for the design-construction of a landscaped park, an underground four-levels parking for 2800 cars, a 66 KV/ 11KV substation and a tunnel below the corniche road linking the car parks of the SPP and the Doha Convention Centre.

2) Dr Abdullatif Merii, managing director Atkins, Qatar

Abdullatif Merii is managing director for the infrastructure sector across the Middle East and country managing director for the UAE.

He is also a member of the Atkins Middle East senior leadership team. He gained his PhD from Imperial College before joining Atkins in the UK in 1991. He is a chartered structural engineer with more than 20 years of design and construction experience.

Merii says of the present construction climate: “During the past year we’ve seen strong progress in Qatar’s construction market, with a number of major projects and programmes moving from planning and design to construction. This has very much been the case for some of the projects our metro and roads specialists are working on.

It makes it a really exciting time for all those involved – these are career defining moments which they’ll be able to look back on with a great deal of pride.

“The mature and well considered way in which projects are being delivered in Qatar is going to have a significant impact on the quality of the finished product, and that sets a valuable precedent for others to learn from.”

At present, Atkins is providing client QDVC with multidisciplinary services – including station planning, architecture, tunnel design, and track alignment – for Qatar’s 12km, five-station Doha Metro Red Line South.

Atkins is lead design consultant for the $3.85bn (QAR14.02bn) Doha Metro Gold Line, the largest package of Doha Metro works to be awarded; and the FAST consortium working on three of Riyadh Metro’s six lines, in a joint venture with Spanish consultancy, Typsa.

Its UAE property projects, meanwhile, include: Dubai Opera; Al Habtoor Residences; Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club; and Suites in the Skai.

Moreover, Atkins is involved in the UAE’s nuclear construction programme as technical adviser for the power project at Barakah, where four reactors are being procured from a South Korean consortium led by Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco).

3) Khaldoun Tabari, vice Chairman and CEO, Drake & Scull International Qatar

Khaldoun Tabari has moulded Drake & Scull International Qatar into a leader in design, engineering and construction across the GCC, North Africa and South Asia.

Founded in 2006 and based in Doha, Qatar, the firm provides mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services.

As of March 31, 2010, Drake & Scull International Qatar operates as a subsidiary of Drake & Scull International PJSC.

Drake & Scull International PJSC (DSI), reported revenue of AED 2.39 billion and net profit AED 34 million for the first half of 2015, ended June 30th.

The company achieved a 2% year-on-year growth in revenue in H1 2015. 37 % of the consolidated group revenue was generated in KSA which remains the largest market for DSI in H1 2015.

While operations in the UAE picked up momentum and contributed 28% of the group revenue, up by 7% as compared to the same period in 2014, operations in Qatar contributed to 16% of the group revenue for the period, up by 8% compared to last year.

Total new project awards for the first half of the year reached AED 1.42 billion, taking the group Backlog value to AED 13.24 billion as of June 30th 2015. The Engineering and General Contracting businesses constituted 87% and 13% of the new project awards secured in the first half of the year respectively.

The majority of the new awards were secured in the hospitality sector which accounted for 58% of the group awards while the commercial and residential sectors stood at 24% and 18% respectively.

Commenting on the results, Khaldoun Tabari, CEO and vice-chairman of Drake & Scull International PJSC, said, “We have met our top line target for the first half of the year; however, we continue to face pressure on our margins as a result of the delays on several projects.

“Despite the bearish business sentiment across the sector, we’ve started Q3 2015 on a positive note with AED 305 million worth of new projects in Kuwait and we remain focused on improving our operational efficiency and increased focus on collections across all markets.”

4) Jason Kroll, vice president and MD, Aecom Qatar.

Jason Kroll’s management and communication skills continue to drive successful project outcomes for Aecom’s clients.

The firm’s global staff — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serves clients in over 150 countries around the world.

With over 800 staff in country, Aecom is changing the face of construction by advancing the most essential city infrastructure projects, such as the $7.4bn Hamad Port (Doha’s New Port Project) and Ashghal’s Expressways program whose contract value of all projects currently under construction is estimated at QR 16 billion - in addition to the management of Al Rayyan and design of Al Wakrah FIFA 2022 World Cup stadia and precincts.

A Fortune 500 firm, Aecom companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, had revenue of approximately $19 billion during the 12 months ended June 30, 2015.

Annual Revenue: $19.5 billion during the 12 months ended June 30, 2015.

5) Wael Allan Middle East CEO, Arcadis

In a recent re-branding, Arcadis has consolidated its brand identity by launching a single operating model for global markets.

In total there are 28,000 people active in over 70 countries that generate more than €3 billion in revenues, of which 26% constitutes emerging markets.

The new brand will be adopted across the 70 countries in which Arcadis operates, and will see legacy brands such as Langdon & Seah, Hyder Consulting, ARCADISLogos, and EC Harris, being phased out. Arcadis’s architectural brands, Callison and RTKL, will merge to create CallisonRTKL.

Commenting on the new brand identity, Neil McArthur, chief executive officer of Arcadis, said: “Our clients tell us that the challenges they face call for their business partners to adapt and innovate, to bring their best ideas and expertise from around the world.

“We have aligned our global and regional operating models, thereby facilitating innovation and easing knowledge transfer, while enabling sharing of best practices and the use of global design.”

The announcement follows two years of investment from Arcadis in joining up its 28,000 people in a single operating model. The firm has said that the move will bring its “very best knowledge and technical expertise to clients wherever they need help”.

Offering a regional perspective, Wael Allan, Middle East chief executive officer of Arcadis, said: “In the Middle East, we will see our expert teams from EC Harris and Hyder Consulting come together and go to market as one powerful, integrated Arcadis brand. This will help to provide a clarity and consistency of approach to our clients, who are already benefiting from our global collaboration.

“In the past year alone, we have seen our rail team in Doha, Qatar collaborating with their counterparts in Europe to win the Qatar Metro Gold Line project. Similarly, our rail team in Saudi Arabia [is] working together with the UK team to design a new transport system in Jeddah, along with an array of other projects and programmes across our buildings, environment, and water business lines,” he concluded.

6) Tom Bower, MD, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Middle East

Tom Bower is managing director at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in the Middle East, a professional services consulting firm, with 32,000 staff, based in more than 500 offices, across 39 countries.

Bower was previously managing director of Middle East & India, WSP, and to date, he has 16 years within the firm. Having led the WSP Middle East operation for four years, Bower’s first role in 1999 was as assistant to the chief executive, which he held for four years.

He was then appointed commercial management of one of WSP’s divisions in the UK, then becoming UK commercial director and holding that position for a further four years. In 2009 he had the opportunity to lead the Middle East operation and refocus a business that had been hit badly by the downturn

In first quarter 2015, the company realised revenues and net revenues of $1,403.7mn and $1,024.8mn, up 174.6% and 132.6%, respectively, mainly as a result of business acquisitions, along with global organic growth of 14.2%; 11.8% organic growth on a constant currency basis and 2.4% owing to the impact of favourable foreign exchange.

Head quartered in Sharjah, with 1,450 people in the Middle East, the company is involved in numerous high profile projects across the region.

In 2014 it won the Construction Week’s Consultancy of the Year award and in 2015 it was named 12th best company to work in the UAE by the Great Places to Work Institute.

7) Ali Al-Khalifa CEO, ASTAD Project Management

 Engineer Ali Al-Khalifa is a leading executive at the forefront of the project management business in the Middle East. He has a proven track record of delivering complex mega-projects with international partners across a broad range of sectors. Al-Khalifa studied mechanical engineering in the United States, and gained an MBA before embarking on a career spanning almost two decades, working in Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia and China.

Since joining ASTAD in 2010, Al-Khalifa has developed ASTAD’s dynamic and visionary approach to corporate management, which has resulted in the company becoming one of the largest project management consultancies in the region. It provides a wide spectrum of world-class services including project and program management, client representation, design management, construction management, contract and commercial management, planning and scheduling, and claims management.

Under Al-Khalifa’s leadership, the company has pioneered the delivery of many of the region’s most recognizable buildings across a broad range of sectors including, commercial, residential, cultural, education, health care, museums, hospitality, sports and leisure, mixed use, infrastructure and transport and public buildings.

ASTAD continues to grow with its team of highly experienced professionals drawn from over 50 countries. In 2015, the company announced the launch of its global arm – ASTAD International – which will be offering services to clients around the world.

 

8) Mazen Abu Naba’a, MD Qatar Engineering and Construction Company

Since the company’s conception in 1975, Qatar Engineering & Construction Company (Qcon) has become a leading national EPC and maintenance contractor in the oil and gas, petrochemical, fertilizer and power industries.

The company offers a number of different services including the deliveries of EPC and construction projects in civil, mechanical, electrical and instrumentation disciplines.

Throughout its wide range of disciplines, the company remains committed to excellence in safety and quality: “Today, when we say we are the leaders in the market and maintain global standards, it has been built over time with a key focus on quality and safety,” says Mazen Abu Naba’a, company managing director.

In terms of projects, Abu Naba’a says, “We can handle any project up to $500 million and therefore clients choose us for big projects and we compete among international players.”

When it comes to construction and EPC, Qcon is positioned between $200 million and $500 million and it has an advantage when dealing with international players.

“We are not competing on a local level, we are competing on international and regional level,” says Abu Naba’a.

Qcon employs over 5,000 skilled personnel on permanent basis that are supplemented by short-term personnel as required to meet project needs.

9) Nazih Abdul Kader, executive VP operations, Consolidated Contractors Company

From its beginnings in 1952 CCC, has become the largest engineering and construction company in the Middle East. Today CCC embraces the ambitions and welfare of over 110,000 employees composed of over eighty nationalities.

The GCC’s largest construction company, Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), is led by executive vice president, Nazir Abdul Kader.

CCC’s reputation was established in oil & gas in the early 1960s, securing a contract to build oil pipe storage facilities for the Iraq Petroleum Company, which entailed working with the Bechtel Group, the world’s largest construction company.

Operating not only in the Middle East but across the world, it has worked on some of Qatar’s biggest projects, including the Ras Laffan extension, the Peral gas-to-liquid plant in Ras Laffan, Qatar Faculty of Studies and the Dukan Highway.

It ranks among the top 20 international contractors with revenues of $5.2bn in 2011, offices and projects in more than 50 countries and a workforce of 150,000 employees.

Kader believes that “Every project that we do at CCC is of the utmost importance. In this industry, and in particular the GCC, you are only as good as your last project.”

10) Renier Breitenbach, GM, Brookfield Multiplex Medgulf in Qatar

Renier Breitenbach is the general manager of Brookfield Multiplex Medgulf in Qatar, where he has been responsible for managing the daily operations and rapid growth of Brookfield Multiplex Medgulf, since relocating to Qatar in 2009.

With over 15 years’ construction experience in the United Kingdom, the UAE and Qatar, he has managed numerous large scale residential, commercial and hospitality projects, working closely with clients and subcontractors alike to develop effective working relationships that ensure successful project outcomes for all involved.

Recognising the opportunities in Qatar, Brookfield Multiplex formed a joint venture company with Ensrv, the parent company of Medgulf, in 2005.

The JV brought together Medgulf ’s 30 years of experience in Qatar, with Brookfield Multiplex’s 50 years’ experience in delivering major projects across the globe. The company is proudly celebrating 10 years of operation in Qatar this year.

The firm’s inaugural project in Qatar was the design and construction of the iconic ‘W’ Doha Hotel & Residences and, under Renier’s guidance, is currently undertaking such projects as the National Library in Education City, and Phase 1C of Msheireb's Downtown Doha (Construction Week Qatar's 2014 Sustainable Project of the Year).

It has also recently completed the Consolidated Rental Car Facility at Hamad International Airport and was also the proud winner of the prestigious Contractor of the Year Award 2015 award in Construction Week Qatar’s annual Awards event.

11) Donna Sultan, CEO KEO International Consultants

Donna Sultan is the CEO of KEO International Consultants and has held that title since 1991.

She has almost 40 years of professional experience in the Middle East and has been ranked amongst the Top 10 Most Powerful Women in MENA Construction, the 100 Most Powerful Women in the Arab World, and has also been named Construction Executive of the Year.

In addition, she has played an active role as a mentor and supporting initiatives of peace and goodwill such as the United Nations supported Forum of Tolerance and Peace Organization.

She has fostered and developed the firm’s renowned blend of design innovation, technical aptitude, sustainability principles, local knowledge and global insights, enabling the highest levels of client confidence and industry respect.

The firm has continued to see double digit turnover growth through its expansion of services and markets. She has managed to keep KEO ranked as one of the top consulting firms in the world.

Today, KEO has 12 offices and more than 2,500 employees actively involved in the management, design or engineering of some of the most prestigious and largest building and civil projects in the MENA, Asia and North African regions. Under her stewardship, KEO delivers multi-faceted consultancy solutions to a wide array of public and private sector clients.

The firm’s success has been recognised at the Construction Week Qatar Awards over the years, where it scooped a hat-trick of wins, including Consultant of the Year (2013), and multiple Project Manager/Engineer of the Year awards (2013-15).

“You just have to look at what an illustrious shortlist there is for these awards to see what it means, we respect all of them so much,” Sultan commented. “So to be recognised by your peers – I don’t think it gets much better than that.“

12) Omar Bin Laden, CEO, Qatar Bin Laden

Qatar BinLadin Group is headed by CEO Omar BinLadin, an industry professional with years of experience in building, construction, excavation and reclamation. With the success of his family company in Saudi Arabia, and additional projects in Sudan, Omar brought the quality of BinLadin Construction to Qatar.

Omar Bin Laden created the Qatar Bin Laden Group (QBG) five years ago after successful ventures in Sudan, Oman and, most notably, Saudi Arabia.

With his eye set on the lucrative public and private sector contracts, both in preparation for the World Cup 2022, as well as for the country’s general infrastructure plans, he worked on creating a Doha-based conglomerate to handle any project, as well as offer services or equipment locally through its affiliates.

Bin Laden explained that, by forming an umbrella company combining Gulf construction experience with the readiness of large international firms, this vision could be achieved.

The foundation of QBG is a partnership with Spanish construction giant Coprosa, which has 51% and 49% stake respectively in Bin Ladin Company Group (BCG). This is complemented by partnerships with a number of other firms, many from Europe, but also other parts of the world, across a spectrum of construction sector specialties.

13) David Welch, president EMEA, Bechtel

Including a previous career in the US diplomatic service and his current role at Bechtel, David Welch has been working in the Middle East for nearly 40 years now. “It has been a time of great change, particularly in the GCC,” he remarks.

“Infrastructure development has had a transformational impact, coupling the GCC to emerging markets in Africa and Asia, in addition to traditional trading partners in Europe and the Americas. An emerging middle class in the region has also driven the demand for health, education, and services.

“My focus remains firmly on helping our teams serve our customers, and playing our part in delivering the infrastructure that is having such a positive impact on economies and societies in the region,” Welch adds.

Bechtel’s most notable project from recent times is the Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, which opened last year to positive feedback from the construction community.

Bechtel is currently involved with infrastructure projects such as Riyadh Metro, Jubail Industrial City, and new economic cities and industrial areas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Muscat airport in Oman; and the Shaheen Alumina Refinery and Borouge 3 petrochemicals complex in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

14) Campbell Gray, MD, Faithful + Gould

Campbell Gray say’s Faithful+Gould’s commitment to the Middle East is stronger than ever.

Revenue for 2014 stood at £42.4m. While in the last few years the firm has grown a more diverse workload, providing more project and programme management consultancy services in addition to cost management.

The regional headcount stands at 500, a 20% increase over the past two years. However, Gray says that a big challenge it faces over the next 12 months is resourcing and attracting people to the business and this region, as labour wars ensure between the UAE and Qatar due to major events such as EXPO 2020 and FIFA World Cup 2022.

Nevertheless, Faithful+Gould is in a healthy position work-wise. Between June 2014 and May 2015 it was involved with two megaprojects.

The first, the $10bn Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) scheme which envisages a total of 86 towers catering for a population of 120,000 people. Faithful Gould was appointed by Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) to provide integrated project and cost management services for construction and engineering projects.

The second project was with Kuwait’s Ministry of Public Works (MPW) to establish a world class Project Management Office (PMO) to oversee its multi-billion dollar infrastructure development programme.

Furthermore, over the next 12 months, it will be involved in major project across the region including Jeddah Airport, Riyadh Metro, Citywalk Dubai, Al Maryah Central, Abu Dhabi, Royal Atlantis Resort in Dubai, and Bvlgari resort and residence also in Dubai.

15) Ahmed Abdulrazaq, executive VP, Samsung C&T

In the role of executive VP, Ahmed Abdelrazaq heads the high-rise and complex building division at Samsung C&T in South Korea.

Since joining Samsung in 2004, he has been involved in the design and construction planning, including structural design, of a range of projects, from the Burj Khalifa in Dubai to the Incheon Tower in Seoul.

Presently, he wears more than one hat as he is also serves as the project director on several high-rise and complex projects domestically in Korea and around the world, including the Worli mixed-use development in Mumbai; the UIC project in Singpoare; the Rasuan Tower in Indoensia and the Yongsan Land Mark Tower in Seoul.

Samsung C&T has developed a reputation for tackling challenging jobs – it built the world’s biggest independent power plant, at Qurrayah in Saudi Arabia, and is part of a consortium that has won a $1.4bn deal to deliver the two major station hubs for Doha’s new Metro system in Qatar – the Mhseireb Downtown Doha station through which all three lines will run.

16) Lee Jai-Seong, chairman and inside director, Hyundai Heavy Industries

With a footprint covering the entire globe, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has a presence on five continents.

Since its establishment in 1972, the huge business has grown into the world’s leading heavy industries company by successfully diversifying from shipbuilding into offshore and engineering, industrial plant and engineering, engine and machinery, electro electric systems, construction equipment, and green energy businesses.

At the helm is Lee Jai-seong, who serves as the president of Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Previously he served as the chief executive officer of Hyundai Heavy Industries and as its president until November 2013.

The company enjoys a strong presence in Qatar including work on the Rasgas Barzan project, which includes a natural gas offshore production system with conventional wellhead platforms, intra-field pipelines and export pipelines to the onshore Barzan Gas Plant, the site for two newly constructed gas trains, located in Ras Laffan. The platform wellhead was fabricated at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

The company employs about 26,000 people in production, as well as in R&D and management and administration position, globally.

17) Raghib Kublawi, CEO/GM, Midmac

Raghib Kublawi holds a combined role of CEO and general manager of Midmac.

The organisation has been operating in Qatar since mid-1960s, under different identities, until 1975 when Midmac was formed and continues to carry on business until today.

The company’s involvement in the Qatari construction boom includes some of Qatar’s biggest projects, including the iconic Tornado Tower and the Doha Convention Centre. Midmac boasts an average annual turnover in excess of $500m and a workforce of more than 6,000.

In a recent JV with Turkish firm Yuksel, Midmac received funds to the value of $460m from Al Khaliji Commercial Bank, to support its infrastructure work at Lusail City. The funds covered work on the CP4 road and development package.

The company also has a JV with Tarmac, which produces and lays asphalt for roads; a block factory; a plant and equipment hire arm and a steel fabrication arm.

Specialising in general contracting, the types of projects executed and in progress include residential and commercial buildings, high rise, hospitals, universities, stadiums, hotels, shopping centres, road works and bridges, heavy infrastructure works, utilities projects, electromechanical installations, civil and military airport facilities, civil works related to oil and gas and petrochemical projects.

With an average annual turnover in excess of $500 million, MIDMAC is poised for potential growth in line with the substantial development plans in Qatar and other regional countries in the years to come.

18) Ali Mustafawi, MD, Qatar Building Company

Qatar Building Company (QBC) is a privately firm of civil engineering, materials production and heavy equipment trading, serving government entities, international contractors and private developers.

Qatar Building Co (QBC) has been in business since 1971 and one of the country’s main construction players. The firm, run by managing director Ali Mustawafi is on the consortium that is building the major stations for the Doha Metro, alongside Samsung C&T and Obrascon Haurte Lain.

Mutsawafi secured a deal with HBK Contracting for the final infrastructure package of Lusail City’s waterfront.

Among the civil construction projects it has been contracted to develop are Salata Corniche Park and Msheireb Downtown area.

Additionally, the company became involved in Ashghal's large-scale Expressway Programme after being awarded a contract in December 2014 and in 2015, a $157.6m (QAR573.48m) central market project in Doha's Al Sailiya suburb, north of Salwa Road.

With more than 45 offices, workshops, plants, showrooms and factories, it is a staunch advocate of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

19) Dr. Fouad Al Momen, vice president at Hill International

Hill International has won several major contracts in Qatar, including one to provide project management services in connection with the construction of the Mall of Qatar in Doha, value to Hill of QR35mn ($9.6mn), the project management contract for Salwa Resort in Doha, approximately $2.3m, as well as $3 million recently awarded for the Boulevard Mall.

50% of revenues is generated from the Middle East market. One of their current flagship project is Dubai Parks and Resorts, Hill is looking after the overall attraction construction management of the theme park.

20) Ibrahim Mohamed Jaidah, GCEO and chief architect, Arab Engineering Bureau

Ibrahim Mohamed Jaidah is the director of the influential Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB) and has been a key figure in the Doha-based firm’s progress and expansion to Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Abu Dhabi as well as Muscat, Oman and Bangkok, Thailand.

Jaidah has showcased his eloquent ability to reach out to the Middle East population by publishing a book on Qatar’s architectural history and also presented multiple lectures on regional architecture to students in the Middle East.

He has found a niche market in designing embassies and ambassadorial buildings and is responsible for the Qatar embassies in Ankara, Beirut, Manama, Nicosia, Nouakchott to mention a few.

Moreover, he is also recognised for the outreach programme at his firm, the social sphere outreach program at AEB lead by Jaidah himself, started over 10 years ago when the first international students joined AEB for their internship program.

Since then, internship placements have become part of the firm’s continuing commitment to sharing its vast experiences and knowledge with a young and enthusiastic generation of architects and designers. The practice has accommodated internship placements for students from Qatar, Canada, France, India, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Malaysia and in 2013 for the first time, Palestine.

In addition to internships, Jaidah and AEB also offer Awards for design excellence to junior and senior students at VCUQatar and work closely with Qatar University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Georgetown University in Qatar in assisting them to design relevant course programmes (which have a focus on Gulf architecture and the regional and cultural customs), and by organising lectures and exhibitions.

The company recently won Architecture firm of the Year at the Construction week Qatar Awards 2015, for the third consecutive year.

21) Luay Khoury, CEO and president, Projacs

Projacs International, under the leadership of CEO and president Louay Khoury, is preparing for a major business expansion by diversifying its portfolio, beyond its core building projects into new markets, after achieving 12% revenue growth over the past year.

Says Khoury: “Our focus would be infrastructural types of projects including transportation, water and power. To do this, we have been entertaining the idea of a strategic alliance/partnership with a well reputed international company specialising in this field. I feel that this will create a big opportunity for Projacs over the coming year and would reflect positively on the overall business.”

The company does not underestimate the task of forming a new partnership/strategic alliance. “Merging two cultures and operations to execute one unified business plan and creating a profitable business come with many challenges that we have to face,” adds Khoury.

“We also continue to face other external challenges that are natural consequences of the current economic and political situation in the Middle East. Obviously, those challenges have been considered in our business plan and we are well prepared to handle them.”

The company’s main Middle East markets are currently KSA, Qatar and the UAE, followed by Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain – but the company has a broad spread of recently completed, ongoing and future works right across the region, including hotels and resorts, retail, residential, healthcare and public sector buildings.

Corporate social responsibility is taken seriously at Projacs. Its most visible CSR initiative is the company’s involvement with the Palestinian Museum, which it is alongside other donors to be a centre for the promotion of culture, history, peace and education in Palestine.

22) Eng. Anwar Moh’d Al Qawasmi, president, Ramco Group

Eng. Anwar Moh. Al-Qawasmi is the founder of Ramco Group and has enjoyed the position as president of the company and its subsidiaries since its founding in 1984.

A well-known businessman in Qatar and the Middle East, he is proudly known as a contracting and trade leader.

Specialising in earthwork, decorative site grading, excavation of detention ponds, installation of geotextile fabric, with total contract values over $800mn — of which over $400mn is regional contracts alone — the firm is an ever-expanding entity in the region.

It delivers integrated services covering the lifecycle of infrastructure projects, real estate and facilities, with a strong emphasis on sustainable growth.

“Ramco is prepared to respond to the challenges ahead. We rely on existing systems and solutions implemented over the years and improve the bottom up on the job continuously. We have every reason to be proud of what we do and how we do it,” he states.

23) Ayman Ahmed, managing director, Jaidah Group (Jaidah Equipment)

The Jaidah Group was established more than 100 years and has been passed down through the generations.

The business’ initial focus was importing food from around the Middle East and Asia, but it has since expanded considerably, and is currently active in a number of key sectors such as heavy industry, automotive and industrial supply.

Ayman Ahmed is managing director for Jaidah Equipment, enjoying the position of major supplier for all categories of equipment and industrial products within Qatar

The group has completed the supply of many major projects during the last year, such as to the Metro 3 lines, Orbital roads, the renovation of the Doha Park, Sheraton Hotel, Kahrama expansion projects and the expansion of Khalid Cement.

Ahmed is looking forward to the next 12 months and the opportunities it will bring: “The next year will bring further projects as the company will be involved in the ambitious Lusail project, mega-reservoirs, the Six Islands, the three Manateq projects, and the Hilton Resort, Salwa Road.

“There are multiple opportunities such as the continues expansion projects with Ashghal and Kahrama, as well as the new World Cup stadiums,” he adds.

24) Padraig Nagle, MD, Action International Services

Padraig Nagle is the managing director and co-founder of Action International Services, the Regions leading Specialist Pumping Solutions provider.

Having graduated in Ireland with a B-Mech Eng, Padraig first travelled to the UAE in 1996 and has since acquired some 20 years’ experience establishing himself as a Leader in the pumping and ground water control industry. Known as an Innovator and industry pioneer Padraig has helped reshape the regions pumping industry.

Headquartered in Dubai, with offices in Abu Dhabi, Qatar, KSA and Bahrain, Action is known as for its technical competence, creative problem solving and operational excellence.

Over the past two decades the company has grown to be the established leader in its field, providing services on some of the region’s most complex and challenging projects.

Action prides amongst its customer’s national oil companies, municipalities, international and regional contractors.

25) Vasanth Kumar, CEO, Arabian MEP Contracting

Established 18 years ago in Qatar, Arabian MEP Contracting currently has a workforce of over 5,000 employees and has completed 600 plus projects since its inception.

In the past year, the company successfully completed several high profile projects including Qatar's largest integrated hospital complex - Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City, 4 Star Centro Rotana Hotel, Souq Wafiq underground car park, high rise towers in Pearl and Phase 11 and Phase 12 Kahramaa substation projects.

The company claims that 2014 was a hugely successful year for them in terms of market leadership.

This is visible particularly with project completion, new project award and in the formation of alliances and joint venture partner in preparation for complicated and contemporary pipeline projects.

Arabian MEP are the proud winners of this year’s Subcontract of the Year award at the Construction Week Qatar Awards, 2015.

26) Shaukat Ali Mir, CEO, ETA Engineering

ETA Engineering’s MEP Qatar arm has been busy tackling Phase 1B of Msheireb Downtown Doha Development and it has also been extending its GCC operations in Saudi Arabia.

Shaukat Ali Mir, CEO, ETA Engineering, explains that the company has executed and handed over a number of projects in Qatar during the last 12 months.

Included in this is the MEP works of Lusail Multi-Purpose sports facility, Doha (valued at QAR335m) and the MEP of Al Baraha Phase 2 building works (valued at QAR125m)

The future holds goodprospects for the company and Ali Mir shares: “The projects that we would be involved in next 12 months in Qatar include the MEP works of Mshreib Downtown Doha Land (contract value QAR506m) the MEP works of New College of Engineering (contract value QAR144m) and the MEP works of a worker’s hospital (contract value QAR230m).”

He elaborates that the single biggest opportunity in the next 12 months is to capitalise on new project announcements in the UAE and Qatar for building Expo 2020 and FIFA World Cup infrastructure, thus enhancing our market share.

He believes the key to this success is “by having right partnerships and by utilising project capabilities”.

Ali Mir adds: “ETA Engineering is extremely committed and focused towards improving the HSE framework. To this effect, the company has worked seven million man hours without a lost time incident.”

He also shared that despite the tough market conditions its financial position remains healthy with around AED3.2bn worth of projects booked in FY14.

27) Mohamed Jassim Al-Othman, CEO, Qatar Project Management

Qatar Project Management (QPM) is one of Qatar’s premier project management organisations with a strong mission to help the country achieve its 2030 National Vision.

Under the direction of CEO, Mohamed Jassim Al-Othman, QPM is active in numerous ongoing and planned projects within Qatar – such as the development of stadiums and infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA World Cup – and overseas, with current multi-million dollar developments underway in several countries such as Egypt, Sudan, Morocco, Yemen and Libya.

In Qatar, its presence is felt on major protects including: QP District (formerly Barwa Financial District), the Lusail Highway Project, the Lusail Entertainment Island, the ISF -Duhail Camp Development, the Barwa Commercial Avenue and the Barwa City project.

While there are huge opportunities for QPM to provide Project Management and affiliated services within Qatar, the company’s current strategy is seeking to emerge as a big player in the Saudi Arabian market with the opening of an office in Riyadh.

“QPM's achievements to date scooped numerous international awards but this is only the beginning for a truly ambitious, capable and international company that constantly strives for excellence,” says Al-Othman.

With an estimated project cost of QAR 6.5 billion, QPM has provided project management, design management, construction management and cost management services.

28) Turgut K. Dizdaroğlu, regional director, commercial, STFA

Founded in 1938 by pioneering contractors Sezai Türkeş and Feyzi Akkaya, STFA is a recognised leader in the construction industry in Turkey, with operations in the country and abroad.

It has enjoyed a presence in the Qatar market for 16 years where it has completed numerous projects. STFA is one of the JV members that was awarded the largest underground package of Doha Metro, namely the Gold Line, in 2014.

“Considering that there will be projects worth $200 billion for the construction of railways in the Gulf area in the coming 10 years, this experience can add value to STFA in the whole region,” Dizdaroğlu, commented.

STFA's mission is to sustain its position as a leading construction group in the MENA region, with the vision of developing innovative engineering solutions and services.

According to Dizdaroğlu, the company is “Proud to have contributed to the development of the countries in the MENA region for nearly 50 years; touching the social and economic lives of all countries where it operates.”

Dizdaroğlu stated that STFA is keen to continue its achievements and play an active role in the design and construction of infrastructure works, roads and highways, bridges, tunnels and dams, marine structures such as, but not limited to jetties, quay walls, breakwaters, intake and outfalls.

STFA has experience in 24 countries and a total contract value over $25 billion.

29) Gary Adams, MENA president, Parsons

Gary Adams was appointed Parsons’ president of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in 2014. With 35 years of industry experience – 23 of which have been spent at Parsons – Adams is responsible for the company’s operations throughout the region.

During his time at the company, Adams has held positions with increasing levels of responsibility. Prior to his appointment as MENA president, he served as executive vice president of global operations for Parsons Transportation Group.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a master’s degree in transportation engineering from the University of California, Berkley.

With a multi-disciplinary background, combining engineering, traffic engineering, highway design and transportation planning work, an American native, Adams leads a team of 6,000 people across the region, with his primary strategy being the introduction of new market lines.

Adams is looking at taking Parsons into the oil and gas sector, with greater penetration into KSA, where the company has existing projects such as the Riyadh Metro.

So too, Egypt has been mooted for further exploration to grow the business footprint and it already enjoys a presence in Qatar, working with Qatar Rail on the Qatar Long Distance Rail network as well as the Lusail Lght Rail Transit system.

30) José Antonio López-Monís, CEO and managing director, Habtoor Leighton Group

One of the leading diversified international contractors in the Middle East and North Africa, Habtoor Leighton Group employs more than 20,000 people in the region.

The company was formed in 2007 and has an extensive track record of working on large scale projects across the region.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the construction sector, José Antonio López-Monís joined the company as CEO and managing director in October 2012.

Things started looking up for the company when they bagged the contract to provide mechanical, electrical and plumbing works for the latest part of one of Dubai’s largest construction projects, Jewel of the Creek.

The company describes Qatar to be a very important market for them.

Over the past twelve months, the contractor has picked up several new projects in Qatar, including the $59.9m road project in Qatar, the Azizya east, located about 9km west of Central Doha, a $608m worth contract by the Qatar General Electricity And Water Corporation (Kahramaa) to build the world’s largest reinforced concrete reservoirs in the country.

Earlier this year, HLG has also won a $95m contract to develop the Saraya Bandar Jissah hotel in Oman.

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