MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2012 Announced

Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan honoured with Outstanding Achievement of the Year Award

The high standard of nominees and winners for MEED Quality award for Projects 2012 is a testament to the standard of projects taking place in the GCC. 

UAE leads winners at MEED Quality Awards for Projects with four regional awards. 

Abu Dhabi, UAE; 24 May 2012 – MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2012, in association with Ernst & Young, has announced the winners of its annual search for the region’s best projects.

The UAE led the region with four awards, including Industrial Project of the Year for Emirates Aluminium Smelter Complex, Transport Project of the Year for the Road and Transport Authority’s Dubai Metro Green Line, Metito Social Project of the Year for Abu Dhabi Tourism Development & Investment Company’s Saadiyat Construction Village, and the Emirates Steel Building Project of the Year for Damac’s Ocean Heights.

The highly coveted MEED Quality Project of the Year Award, in association with Ernst & Young, went to Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Shell’s Pearl GTL joint venture project which also won the HLG Leighton Contracting Oil & Gas Project of the Year honours.

The other GCC winners include Saudi Electricity Company’s Riyadh Power Plant #10 in the Power & Water Desalination Project of the Year category; Kuwait Ministry of Public Works Sanitary Engineering Department’s Pumping Station and Waste Water Treatment Plant which won the Water Reuse Project of the Year Award; Petroleum Development Oman’s NIMR Produced Water Treatment Project, winner of the KIMMCO Sustainable Project of the Year award; and the Royal Court Affairs’ Royal Opera House, Oman and Qatar’s Extension to the Qatar National Convention Centre and Link Bridge, joint winners of the Leisure and Tourism Project of the Year award.

“After a rigorous screening and judging process, our esteemed panel of judges has finally chosen the region’s best projects, which stood out from the hundreds nominated to this year’s edition of the MEED Quality Awards for Projects. We salute them for their outstanding achievements in design, engineering and construction, as well as for the economic, social and environmental contributions of their respective projects,” said Edmund O’Sullivan, chairman of the judging panel of the MEED Quality Awards for Projects, in association with Ernst & Young.

MEED Quality Awards for Projects, in association with Ernst & Young, also recognised two outstanding individuals for their contributions to raising quality benchmarks in the projects industry in the region. The MEED Editor’s Outstanding Achievement of the Year was awarded to His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development & Investment Company; and the MEED Editor’s Award for Leadership was given to His Excellency Majed Ali Al Mansouri, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipal Affairs.

Abraham Akkawi, Partner and Head of Infrastructure and PPP Advisory Services, MENA, Ernst & Young, congratulated the winners and commended the MEED Quality Awards for Projects organizers for inspiring projects stakeholders across the region to aspire for excellence in quality. “It is important to recognize quality achievements in the projects industry because of the tremendous economic, social and environmental impact that they have on the GCC as a whole. We commend the winners for ensuring strict adherence to the highest quality standards and may their outstanding practice be an inspiration for others.”

In addition to headline sponsor Ernst & Young, as well as category sponsors Metito, KIMMCO, HLG Leighton Contracting and Emirates Steel; reception Sponsor, Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC); and Official Carrier, Cadillac, the MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2012 is endorsed by the Society of Engineers in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and the UAE.

About MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2012, in association with Ernst & Young

For a second year, MEED, the leading supplier of business intelligence in the Middle East, will celebrate the amazing success of the projects sector in the GCC at the MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2012. The awards aim to raise standards through benchmarking best practice specified in the project brief and excellence provided in the project delivery. Winning an award will send a message to the market that quality is essential in all parts of the project management process; from design planning to engineering and construction. The 5 criteria are economic impacts, environmental considerations, engineering, design and construction challenges.

About Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 152,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. The MENA practice of Ernst & Young has been operating in the region since 1923.  For over 88 years, we have evolved to meet the legal and commercial developments of the region. Across the Middle East, we have over 4,200 people united across 20 offices and 15 Arab countries, sharing the same values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential. For more information, please visit

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