Editor's Letter: Power 100 ranking provides welcome distraction

After months of facing the impact of COVID-19, the Power 100 ranking puts the focus back onto the successes of the industry

Ashley Williams, Editor of Construction Week
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Ashley Williams, Editor of Construction Week

There we have it. The 11th annual Power 100 list is finally revealed for all to see after a significant amount of preparation and deliberation.

For this year’s list, I wanted to shake things up from previous Power 100 editions with some surprises and several new names that will hopefully turn heads.

The individuals included in the 2020 Power 100 – and their respective positions – have been selected based on publicly available information and details submitted directly to Construction Week.

The editorial team has spent months discussing who deserves to be featured, and in what order. The final rankings reflect our collective decision, which was made based on the most pertinent information available.

The Power 100 brand has established itself as a celebration of those most influential in shaping the future of the Middle East’s cities, and through this list, continues its endeavour to identify, promote, and appreciate the region’s excellent construction leaders.

As we look back over the past 12 months, it’s one that has been filled with many successes and recognitions, but as we know, 2020 has been a year to remember for the wrong reasons.

As we enter into almost our third month of lockdown, the Power 100 issue, on a personal note, has been pivotal in turning the attentions away from the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic that has swept headlines.

The experience of putting together a complex list for the very first time in my career has been a challenge, but one that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

After beginning the process around the end of April, many of you have shown how much the Power 100 list really means to you with several queries, phone calls and the odd individual asking for a spoiler on the rankings.

While reviewing all the submissions, it was fascinating to see the amount of high-profile projects that our participants have been involved in and the direction that companies are heading towards as it looks to overcome the challenges that they have faced.

Construction Week’s team is confident that the readers and viewers of the 2020 Power 100 will receive an education in how industry leaders take critical decisions – be it about which disruptive technology to adopt, or which contract model to follow – that affect construction workforces across the region.

I would like to thank all the companies that took part in the listing, and it was certainly a close call between ALEC’s Kez Taylor and China State’s Yu Tao for the top spot.

The Power 100 list will return for next year and we look forward to see what the future holds for the Middle East’s construction industry.

To view the full 2020 Construction Week Power 100 ranking, click here

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