Construction Week Power 100

The 100 people shaping the future of the GCC construction industry



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Welcome to the first ever Construction Week Power 100 – our inaugural list of the most influential people working in the industry across the GCC.

So how was the list put together? Well, we have defined power as influence. Put simply, the more people you can influence, the more powerful you are.

In May this year, the CW team began the process with a shortlist of over 500 names. We looked at every sector of the industry: developers, contractors, engineers, architects, designers, material suppliers – even academics and scientists.

Our panel of editors has studied closely the work they have been doing – the number of staff employed, revenues generated, profits earned, contracts won and projects in the pipeline. We have examined the impact of technology and innovation by some company bosses, their leadership qualities and their status both in the region and on a global scale. In some cases, we have examined how they have reacted to the financial crisis, and the impact this has had on both their staff and the industry.


In July this year, we refined our list to 100 names. The positions between 11-100 were chosen by the CW panel. However, for the exact placings of the top ten, we used a voting system, with each member of our panel scoring 10 points for the individual they felt should be No.1, nine points for No.2. etc. The more points, the higher the placing.

We should make clear that the Power 100 is not scientific and purely represents our analysis and breakdown of power in the construction industry.

So who’s on the list? Topping the tree in the inaugural CW Power List is Emaar chairman Mohammed Alabbar. In the past year, Alabbar has put the company – if it wasn’t already – on a truly global stage, with the openings of both the Burj Khalifa tower in January, and later the Armani Hotel inside the tower. Our panel felt that Alabbar had done more than any individual to promote the GCC’s construction industry, and hence deserved the top slot.

In second place is Ayman Hariri, who is deputy general manager of one of the most famous construction dynasties in the region, Saudi Oger. Ranked third was Bakr Bin Laden, who heads up the massive Saudi Binladin Group.

Our top ten is completed by Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company and one of the leaders behind Masdar, while propping up the list at 100 is Ilham Kadri, general manager for Dow’s advanced materials division in the Middle East and Africa

Power 100 Research Team: Anil Bhoyrul, Elizabeth Broomhall, Dan Canty, Orlando Crowcroft, Selina Denman, Carlin Gerbich, Gerhard Hope, David Ingham, Stuart Matthews and Ben Roberts.

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