Industry comments on the importance of CWQ Awards

The Construction Week Qatar Awards is merely a month away and a few of the nominations share their thoughts around the event

The Construction Week Qatar Awards are a month away, with entries now closed.
The Construction Week Qatar Awards are a month away, with entries now closed.

The Construction Week Qatar (CWQ) Awards celebrates the achievements of the country’s construction companies, and will be held for the sixth year in a row, on 28 September, 2016 (Wednesday).

With the CWQ Awards merely a month away, the nominations have already rolled in, with entries now closed.

This year’s categories are:
• Construction Executive of the Year
• Engineer of the Year
• Project Manager of the Year
• Contractor of the Year
• Consultant of the Year
• Sub-Contractor of the Year
• Architecture Firm of the Year
• Hospitality Project of the Year
• Commercial Project of the Year
• Infrastructure Project of the Year
• Sustainable Project of the Year
• Sustainability Initiative of the Year
• Health and Safety Initiative of the Year
• CSR Initiative of the Year

The excitement is mounting with the industry sharing its thoughts around the event.

CWQ spoke with a few nominators alike to get an understanding of how winning in any of the 13 categories would impact on individuals and companies alike.

Dr Racha Chahrour, Hochtief Vicon, nominated as Project Manager of the Year, says that winning the award “would make me feel considerably honored”, while UCC commented: “We would be honoured to be the recipients of such a prestigious award, as being named Construction Week’s Contractor of the Year is a testament to the hard work of our high-spirited teams and a recognition of their efforts.”

Last year’s winner of Consultant of the Year, Campbell Gray, managing director, Faithful+Gould Middle East, says: "Winning again will not only serve to recognise the hard work and innovation our employees have put forward in the past year, but it will also honour our clients and their distinctive visions as well as assist us in our ambition to attract and develop the future leaders of the industry.”

As the launch date for Doha Festival City draws closer, and has been nominated for Commercial Project of the Year, Kareem Shamma, CEO, BASREC says: “We are confident that Doha Festival City will become the region’s top leisure destination of choice.”

Asking Aecom’s Jason Morris to comment on what winning Construction Executive of the Year would mean to him and his career, he answered that not only would it do the company proud, but “on a personal level it would be an honour to be recognised by Construction Week as a leader within Qatar’s construction industry”.

And Parson’s Mohamed Boutaleb, nominated for Project Manager of the Year, said: “It will be an award shared by my team; any individual recognition is only achieved by a strong team behind the individual.”

The awards also look at innovations and formwork company. Peri’s Faiz Ahmad, senior business development manager, says: “[Winning]......this would afford us the recognition we feel we deserve and encourage the industry to consider more innovations.”

We can only wait and see whose dreams will become a reality when the Awards take place on the 28th September.

Good luck to each and every nomination, may the best project, person or company win!

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