Top 25 MEP Contractors 2016
Who made it to the MEP Middle East Power List for this year?
Putting together any sort of ‘listing’ feature is a fraught process. The challenges stem partly from the intangible nature of what we are trying to measure: namely influence, and are then compounded by the quality of information we can draw upon.
Most of it is inconsistent, incomplete and entirely unverifiable; making it much harder to draw a like for like comparison between different companies.
Some companies failed to respond, others declined to participate, some pulled out at the last minute and most firms didn’t complete all fields of our questionnaire. Our form was designed to create a level playing field – as much as possible we wanted to be comparing apples with apples. Our initial focus area was on revenues achieved in 2015, and the forecasts for 2016, trying as much as possible to separate global and regional sums. However, that alone failed to provide an accurate measuring stick across all companies.
Consequently, we also looked at the team size of the operation, asking about the number of MEP and BIM engineers based in the region, as well as the number of GCC nationals and women working at the company.
Other information was requested, including recent project wins, the profit of the company as a percentage of company revenue, the amount a firm has invested in training in the last 12 months, the areas it has invested in, and how the company has embraced sustainable business practices. We also gave recognition and weighting to the companies which triumphed at the 2015 edition of the MEP Middle East Awards last November. The second half of the brief survey focused on the company leadership.
Overall the results have been fascinating and it is a shame that we don’t have the pages available to reproduce all the information we received.
The published results are dependent on the quality of information we received. Those companies that were more open tended to fair better on the list.
In the absence of locally available listed information, an element of subjective judgement in the listing becomes inevitable. If you don’t agree with the list please feel free to get in touch.
Please bear in mind what I said earlier about the quality of information; with better data we could compile an infallible list. However, we have tried to do the best job with the tools, or rather, information we have.
Finally, we hope you enjoy the Power List.