Construction Week Qatar 2016 Power List: 11-20

The following article contains details of the individuals ranked 11 to 20 on the Construction Week Qatar 2016 Power List

Samsung C&T, Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Executive Vice President.
Samsung C&T, Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Executive Vice President.
ASTAD, Ali Al-Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer.
ASTAD, Ali Al-Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer.
Al Jaber Engineering, Osama Hadid, Chief Executive Officer.
Al Jaber Engineering, Osama Hadid, Chief Executive Officer.
Parsons, Gary Adams, MEA President.
Parsons, Gary Adams, MEA President.
Bechtel, David Welch, President EMEA.
Bechtel, David Welch, President EMEA.
Arab Engineering Bureau, Ibrahim Mohamed Jaidah, GCEO and Chief Architect.
Arab Engineering Bureau, Ibrahim Mohamed Jaidah, GCEO and Chief Architect.
Projacs International, Ashraf Al-Garf, CEO.
Projacs International, Ashraf Al-Garf, CEO.
Qatar Engineering and Construction Company, Mazen Abu Naba’a, Managing Director.
Qatar Engineering and Construction Company, Mazen Abu Naba’a, Managing Director.
Gulf Contracting Company, Grahame McCaig, General Manager.
Gulf Contracting Company, Grahame McCaig, General Manager.
Arabian MEP Contracting, M. Vasanth Kumar, Chief Executive Officer.
Arabian MEP Contracting, M. Vasanth Kumar, Chief Executive Officer.

11. Samsung C&T

Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Executive Vice President

South Korean contracting giant Samsung C&T achieved revenues just shy of $12bn in its last financial year. As executive vice president and head of the firm’s building sales team, Ahmad Abdelrazaq has made an important contribution to this figure. Between June 2015 and May 2016, Samsung C&T completed its works as main contractor for Dubai’s DTS T-01 road project.

This year, Abdelrazaq’s team will continue to support construction at a Dubai theme park and Barakah Nuclear Power Plant in the UAE; Doha Metro and Umm Al Houl Integrated Water and Power Plant in Qatar; and Riyadh Metro, Rabigh 2 Integrated Power Plant, and Al Rajhi Bank HQ in Saudi Arabia.


Ali Al-Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer

Having studied mechanical engineering in the United States, followed by an MBA, Al-Khalifa embarked on a career spanning almost two decades working in Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia and China. He 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.

“At ASTAD, we have been managing a project portfolio in excess of QAR130bn (about $35,7bn) both completed and on-going work,” he says.

ASTAD is involved in numerous CSR initiatives “strengthening and contributing to the economic and environmental improvement of societies” and is a member of both the Association of Project Management (APM) and the Qatar Green Building Council.

ASTAD has a proven track record of delivering complex mega-projects with international partners across a broad range of sectors. It delivered the Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya Arena and the Lusail Sports Arena, the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS) and the Qatar Foundation Headquarters.

Currently it is managing the delivery of the Hamad Bin Khalifa Sports Complex and the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex. Other projects include the Sidra Medical Research Centre, the National Museum of Qatar and the QP District.

“We continue to work on the entire master plan of Education City which also includes individual works on projects which include the Qatar National Library and the QF Tram - Qatar’s first battery-powered tram system and the first rail project of its kind in Qatar.”

13. Al Jaber Engineering

Osama Hadid, Chief Executive Officer

Osama Hadid, a Palestinian born in Damascus – Syria in 1956, grew up and spent most of his life in Qatar. He obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas, USA in 1981, and immediately joined MANCO Contracting Company as a site engineer. Over the years, Hadid proved himself to be capable of handling the challenges of construction just as notably as he excelled scholastically. He climbed up through the ranks to become manager, Civil Division in 1987.

In 1995, he joined forces with Mohammed Sultan Al Jaber and Zeyad Abou Ajina to create AlJaber Engineering, now one of the top contracting firms in Qatar, winning more value projects in 2014 than any other contractor in Qatar – both locally and internationally.

As the CEO at the helm of AlJaber Engineering (JEC) for the past 21 years, Hadid invested his time, effort and experience to grow the firm to over 10,000 employees, which also operates and maintains
the largest fleet count of machinery and plant equipment in the State of Qatar.

JEC has 20 affiliates in the construction field and its current goal is to expand regionally starting with the GCC.

Under his leadership, JEC has been successful in completing numerous projects efficiently including the environmental cleanup of the New Doha International Airport (NDIA). JEC has also been recently awarded and is participating in several mega and complex projects, including the Doha Metro Gold Line and the New Orbital Highway.

By attracting highly qualified talent, Hadid managed to position JEC favourably to handle the next phase of challenges – both locally and regionally – by building on its past experiences, creating and updating their systems and procedures to a world-class level while focusing on quality, health, safety and environment.

14. Parsons

Gary Adams, MEA President

Parsons MEA achieved solid results during 2015 and, reflected at a global level the US-based construction corporation achieved total revenues of $3.2bn last year.

MEA president Gary Adams and his team have succeeded in winning work over the past 12 months on a selection of high-profile developments, completing around 50 Middle East projects, including several Transportation and Roads Improvement Programme (TRIP) contracts in Abu Dhabi; infrastructure construction supervision at Ras al Khor in Dubai; infrastructure design at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre; design and construction supervision at Qatar’s Al Shamal Sewerage Treatment Plant; and the design of Bahrain’s Alba Interchange.

During the coming year, Parsons will work to expand both its geographical and sectoral footprint in the region.

“Parsons has a strong market position in the UAE, Qatar, Oman, and Saudi Arabia, where we have delivered landmark projects in aviation, roads and highways, bridges and tunnels, and land development,” Adams said.

15. Bechtel

David Welch, President EMEA

As president of Bechtel’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) operations, David Welch boasts experience on some of the region’s most notable projects. Bechtel’s historic portfolio includes Hamad International Airport in Qatar and Jubail Industrial City in Saudi Arabia. A Bechtel-led consortium is currently working on a new terminal at Oman’s Muscat International Airport. Due to be handed over later this year, the structure was commissioned as part of a $1.8bn (OMR693m) upgrade of the sultanate’s main airport. The contractor is also working on Aluminium Bahrain’s Line 6 project.

16. Arab Engineering Bureau

Ibrahim Mohamed Jaidah, GCEO and Chief Architect

Arab Engineering Bureau’s (AEB) influence is felt throughout Doha, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Oman, Bangkok, Thailand.

Over the past years Jaidah’s firm has grown at an average rate of 10 to 15 percent, and expects to maintain this rate for the foreseeable future. The company recently won Architecture firm of the year at the Construction Week Qatar Awards, for the third consecutive year.

“Being focused on our customers, we never fail to deliver, and draw on the diverse backgrounds, experience and know-how of our multinational teams. Indeed, the trust our customers have in our organisations can be associated with a notion to which our organisation subscribes, namely, that your offerings are only as good as your last project.

“The more than 60 towers and 1,500 projects we have built are a testament both to our success and quality,” says Jaidah.

17. Projacs International

Ashraf Al-Garf, CEO

Projacs International has certainly had an interesting 12 months. In Q3 2015, the GCC-headquartered project management company became part of Egis. The French engineering giant acquired a 51% stake in Projacs, which boasts a workforce of more than 600 people in the Middle East.

During the past year, Projacs has fulfilled its role as project manager in a selection of GCC developments, including various Aabar projects in the UAE; a Millennium Hotel in Kuwait; Entertainment City and Dana Club in Qatar; Dar Al Qibla and Al Hayat Regency Hotel in Saudi Arabia; and ABG Towers in Bahrain.

The project management company’s notable historic projects include contracts with the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) and Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK), City Stars Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt, Qatar Entertainment City, Katara in Qatar – ongoing since 2007, $1,5bn, Aspire in Qatar and Balqis Residence Palm Jumeirah in the UAE.

Despite a tough economic climate, Projacs told CWQ that it succeeded in exceeding its financial targets in 2015.

18. Qatar Engineering and Construction Company

Mazen Abu Naba’a, Managing Director

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 delivery 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.

19. Gulf Contracting Company

Grahame McCaig, General Manager

For the past three years, MCaig has led GCC and over the past 12 months has worked on landmark projects as the main contractor: Doha Festival City, Al Majed Commercial Complex and Phase 12 Substations as the subcontractor.

GCC has a strong strategy for CSR with numerous comprehensive initiatives, including: Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) through ‘Reach Into Qatar Initiative’ delivering comprehensive house renovations for Qatari families living in a number of areas in Qatar.

Staff development is key to the company and McCaig says: “In the year 2016 so far, we have spent QAR 2.7mn (about $742,000) on our employees training.”

Looking ahead he adds: “We are expecting, awards amounting to 900 Million in the coming year, project names cannot be disclosed.”

20. Arabian MEP Contracting

M. Vasanth Kumar, Chief Executive Officer

Arabian MEP, over the last two decades of operation in Qatar has successfully completed 650 plus projects without any single case of major contractual default.

Arabian MEP has delivered over 15 projects during last 12 months including Hamad Medical City (four hospitals), Al Ahli Sports Club, Centro Rotan a Hotel, Souq Waqif underground carparks and tunnels, headquarter building for Al Malki Holding, 42 storey Gateway Tower and several Kahramaa substations under Phase-10 & 11 expansion programme.

The company is currently involved in the final stages of of Le Boulevard for Commercial Bank; Tawar Mall; Al Meera Stores at Wakra and Umm Slal; Medium Scale Industrial City for Qatar Development Bank; Lusail Com 20 Tower and West side Souq Waqif underground carparks and cinemas.

The company has signed up several new projects including a high-rise hotel tower at Westbay, Milaha Logistics City; Internal Security Force - Package 7b and infrastructure works at Lusail Islands.

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