Construction Week Power 100: 41-50

CW's inaugural list of the GCC's most powerful people in construction

Talal Saeed, Managing director, Fino International
Talal Saeed, Managing director, Fino International
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Eng. Mohamed H. Al-Mady CEO, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)
Eng. Mohamed H. Al-Mady CEO, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)
Bob Vincent, CEO Bahrain Bay
Bob Vincent, CEO Bahrain Bay
Bassam Abu-Hijleh, Professor, British University in Dubai
Bassam Abu-Hijleh, Professor, British University in Dubai
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Jamal Abdulla Lootah, CEO, Imdaad
Jamal Abdulla Lootah, CEO, Imdaad
Mohamed Al Assam, Chairman and founder, Dewan
Mohamed Al Assam, Chairman and founder, Dewan

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41. Talal Saeed Managing director Fino International

Talal Saeed runs Fino International, the fit-out company behind two of Dubai’s most audacious projects — the Dubai Metro stations and the much anticipated Armani Hotel Dubai. Located in the world’s tallest skyscraper, Armani Hotel Dubai was the most challenging and impressive project that any company could hope to work on, Saeed insists. Time restraints were the biggest challenge that Fino faced with this iconic project, which was completed in 36 months by a team of 2,500 people.

“Almost everything was doable – it just took a while and some real guts. Difficult decisions had to be made. You had to meet the criteria of the Armani ‘look’ but you still had to look at safety standards and water proofing and durability and acoustic standards. We had to translate it into a constructible site that met the standards of the world’s tallest building,” he explained.

Next: William Haddad, MACE

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42. William Haddad
Chairman
MACE

You don’t have to look around too many construction sites in the region to see the MACE logo emblazoned on countless project site hoardings.

Established by William Haddad in Libya in 1968, Mechanical and Civil Engineering (MACE) Contractors Company opened its Abu Dhabi office in 1974. The company is now based in the UAE, though it has completed projects throughout the GCC, MENA and wider region.

MACE provides a vast range of its services covering all areas of oil field development and maintenance for cross country pipelines, flow lines, pump stations and plant turn around.

The company’s policy of regional expansion has seen them move into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Eastern Province, where in 1979 it began major pipeline work for gas, oil and water for government ministries and Aramco.

Mace’s scope of work includes civil and building works such as power and desalination stations, structural steel warehouses and pumping stations requiring multistage dewatering. The group also builds hospitals, residential buildings requiring high quality finishing, parks and decorative fences, concrete and storage pumps

It has served the MENA region for more than 40 years – and Haddad remains at the helm of the company which has provided him with a lifetime of achievements.

Next: Mohamed H. Al-Mady, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)

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43. Eng. Mohamed H. Al-Mady
CEO
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)

Al-Mady has been vice-chairman and CEO of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) since July 1998. He joined SABIC in 1976 with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in the US and a Master’s degree from the University of Wyoming in the US, with both degrees in chemical engineering. He has held various key positions within the company.

Additionally, Al-Mady has delivered many keynote speeches and specialised work papers at various industrial and economic conferences and forums of global, regional and domestic stands. He has been honoured at the Middle East CEO Awards 2005, the International Petrochemical Heritage Award 2009 and was elected by Colorado Engineering & Applied Sciences College for global scientific and industrial contributions in 2010.

As an international company with over 33 000 employees taken from many different countries and cultures, SABIC’s business meets the needs of customers in over 100 countries. SABIC is a leading global manufacturer of chemicals, fertilisers, plastics and metals.

Next: Bob Vincent, Bahrain Bay

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44. Bob Vincent
CEO
Bahrain Bay

In a region where urban master planning, and investment opportunities are abound, it takes a special project to stand out from the rest. It also takes a special level of leadership to bring the project to fruition – and that is something project CEO Bob Vincent has in spades.

Designed to begin phased implementation from 2012 onwards, the US $2.5 billion Bahrain Bay project is a 45 hectare site which has been master-planned by international consultants Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM). Vincent has more than 25 years of experience in major development projects throughout the world.

Next: Bassam Abu-Hijleh, British University in Dubai

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45. Bassam Abu-Hijleh
Professor
British University in Dubai

Professor Hassam Abu-Hijleh is involved with one of the most innovative education programmes in the Middle East when it comes to the research and the application of sustainable building methods and techniques.

He is currently assigned as the Atkins Chair and Head of the Sustainable Design of the Built Environment (SDBE) programme at The British University in Dubai (BUiD) and holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University (USA).

His main research interests include computational fluid dynamics (CFD), simulation and optimisation of heat transfer, experimental and simulation study of solar energy, renewable/alternative energy sources, advanced energy production practices and energy auditing, conservation and management.

Next: Andrew Elias, Kele Contracting LLC

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46. Andrew Elias
CEO
Kele Contracting LLC

With an order book of contracts worth more than AED 2.5 billion currently, Dubai-based Kele Contracting, established in partnership with Enshaa PSC and the Australian affiliate Kele International Holdings, is a strong competitor in today’s GCC building market. Leading the company is CEO Andrew Elias, under who’s authority the company won the main contract for Hydra Towers in Business Bay Dubai last year.

This, in addition to its other projects, which include the 35-48 storey Residential Towers and Podium in Dubai Marina, the Burj Residences, the ACICO Twin Towers and a number of others. Operating in Dubai since 2004, Elias’ company today has vast experience in high-rise and low-rise residential and commercial towers, hotels and infrastructure work, as well as an unlimited construction license that permits the company to build a project of any height in the UAE.

“Hydra Towers has a unique architectural design
and we feel privileged to be able to add it
to our portfolio of projects.”

Andrew Elias

Next: Osama Hadid, Al Jaber Engineering

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47. Osama Hadid
Managing director

Al Jaber Engineering

Osama Hadid is the Managing Director of one of the best-known engineering companies in Qatar. On his watch, the company has very successfully taken advantage of the country’s decision to expand and develop its infrastructure, building up a strong portfolio of projects in the region.

Specialising in power and desalination, waste treatment and pumping, pipelines and landmark buildings, the firm, as led by Hadid, has executed contracts or acted as a subcontractor on EPC projects for international contractors. It has been involved in major expansion and development projects in Qatar with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture (MMAA), Qatar General Electricity & Water Company (Kahramaa), the Public Works Authority as well as Overseas Bechtel Incorporated and Qatar Petroleum(QP) and its affiliated companies.

With Hadid’s leadership, it managed to achieve one million man-hours without lost time due to accident or injury when working on the New Doha International Airport. “We have been continuously striving to meet our goal: ‘to provide contracting services of optimum quality’,” Hadid says on the company’s website.

“The inception of Al Jaber Engineering as a general
contractor in 1995 was in anticipation of
the expansion and development currently taking place in Qatar”

Osama Hadid

Next: Dr Marcus George, Engineering Consortium (EC)

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48. Dr Marcus George
CEO
Engineering Consortium (EC)

EC is an association of qualified, highly-trained industry experts from various engineering disciplines – hence the name Engineering Consortium Consulting Engineers.

“Since its inception in 1997, we have grown from strength to strength, and have evolved into one of the region’s leading engineering consultants,” says CEO Dr Marcus George.

Clients include Nakheel, Damac, Dana Property Development, Azizi Investment LLC, Deyaar, Emaar Properties, HH The Ruler’s Court, Dubai Real Estate Corporation and the Dubai Police.

“EC strives to be the region’s most respected and professional consultancy firms delivering timely, high-quality and cost-effective projects through motivated, flexible and focused experts. Environmentally-responsible architecture is a global strategy for reducing the environmental impact of the entire building and construction process,” says Dr George.

“We take the time to understand our clients’ needs and the forces driving their decisions. We then work hard to bring projects to fruition, adding as much value as possible along the way.”

CEO Dr George has a PhD in Civil Engineering (UK), a MSc Eng (Civil) and a BSc Civil Eng (US).

“We believe the best building comes from close co-operation
and dialogue between clients and advisors.”

Dr Marcus George

Next: Jamal Abdulla Lootah, Imdaad

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49. Jamal Abdulla Lootah
CEO
Imdaad

CEO of the award-winning FM firm Imdaad, Jamal Abdulla Lootah is highly regarded in his industry. During Lootah’s time as head of the company, the firm has landed a three year deal for waste management and recycling services to the Burj Khalifa, as well as scooping several industry awards.

In May this year the company was named ‘Overall GCC FM Company of The Year’ at the annual Facilities Management Middle East awards ceremony, following up on its 2009 titles for Awareness, Training, Education and Development Award and the Partners in FM Award.

Lootah has also been key in expanding the company client base, which includes major corporate and service establishments such as Nakheel, DP World, Dubai Customs, Limitless, Barclays Bank, Manazel, and Tamweel.

Its major projects include The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai World Trade Centre, The Gardens, Atlantis The Palm, Jumeirah Golf Estate, International City, Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone, as well as shopping malls such as Ibn Batutta and Dragon Mall and, of course, the Burj Khalifa.

Next: Mohamed Al Assam, Dewan

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50. Mohamed Al Assam
Chairman and founder,
Dewan

Iraqi architect Mohamed Al Assam founded Dewan in Baghdad when he was just 23 years old. Four decades later the firm has become one of the best known in the Middle East, with projects stretching from Abu Dhabi to Saudi Arabia to Iraq.

Al Assam runs Dewan alongside his sons, Ammar and Haider, from a modest villa behind Safa Park and a modern office in Abu Dhabi, two cities in which the firm has the bulk of its work. In 2008, Al Assam re-opened Dewan’s Iraq office permanently after more than three decades of exile from his own country.

Al Assam has been rewarded with a number of high profile projects in Iraq, including the restoration and development of Shiite Shrines at Karbala. Speaking to MEA about his background last month, Al Assam said: “It is known in the Arabic world that the best designers are the Iraqis and the Lebanese, which is something we are very proud of.”

Next: Federico Tauber, Tameer

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