Top GCC firms honoured for business excellence
Source: Design Unlimited Partners for MEED , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Sun December 2, 2018 1:51 pm

UAE. The top 17 firms which have contributed to the development of the GCC have been revealed at the recently concluded MEED Awards, a premier recognition programme honouring the contributions of individuals and organisations toward the socio-economic progress of the region.

The United Arab Emirates dominated the awards with 14 trophies, followed by KSA with three. Bahrain had two winners, while Oman received one award.

“We congratulate the winners of this year’s edition of the awards, and salute their unwavering commitment to business excellence, quality and innovation. Through the MEED Awards programme, we hope to put their achievements in the spotlight not only to celebrate their success, but also become an inspiration to others,” said Louise Baird, Head of Events, MEED.

Among the big winners from the UAE include Dulsco (Manufacturer/Supplier of the Year), Distance Studio International Civil Engineering Consultancy (Architect of the Year), Clyde & Co (Law Firm of the Year), Sterling & Wilson International Solar (Specialist Contractor of the Year), Siemens (Energy Company of the Year), Black & White Engineering (Consultant of the Year), ASGC (Contractor of the Year), Pentagon (Logistics/Transport Company of the Year), FIVE Real Estate Development (Developer of the Year) and Sanofi (Healthcare Company of the Year).

Ecocoast was the only double winner amongst all firms, receiving awards for Sustainability Initiative of the Year, in association with SNC-Lavalin; and Business Innovation of the Year, in association with Arabtec.

Among the Saudi-based firms which won awards were Samba Financial Group (Bank/Financial Institution of the Year) and ACWA Power (Renewables Company of the Year).

Meanwhile, Bahrain’s top awardees were CTM360 (Technology Company of the Year and Royal Bahrain Hospital (Healthcare Company of the Year).

Omani businessman Waqas Al Adawi, Vice Chairman, S&T Group, has been recognised as the GCC’s Male Leader of the Year.

Three distinguished female executives were likewise given recognitions, among them Saudi national Dr. Hibah Shata, Managing Director & Co Founder of Dubai Healthcare City-based Child Early Intervention Medical Centre, who was presented with the Female Leader of the Year award, in association with NMC, for her visionary leadership and exceptional contributions to helping achieve meaningful change in Saudi society. Katherine Borge, of the NMC ProVita International Medical Centre was recognised as the Rising Star of the Year.

Finally, MEED Awards honoured an outstanding individual who has played a pivotal role in delivering some of the most innovative transport projects in the region. Engineer Maitha bin Adai, CEO of the Traffic & Roads Agency at Dubai’s Road & Transport Authority, was presented with the MEED Editor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement.

In giving the award to bin Adai, the judges recognised her significant contributions to helping position the UAE as one of the world’s most innovative and competitive economies. 

“Over the past 14 years alone, as a leader within Dubai’s roads & Transport Authority – the RTA - she has delivered over 170 projects costing over A$ED 60bn that have resulted in more than 5,000km of new roads, 450 new bridges and 54 new tunnels.  Among a very long list of pioneering projects, the flagship achievements have included the introduction of smart road systems in Dubai, the Dubai Water canal, and Corniche Jumeirah. It is almost impossible to quantify the enormous contribution to society of these projects. But one vital measure is road safety.   Over the past 14 years, Eng. Maitha has overseen huge reductions in road accidents in the uAE, while at the same time the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report has ranked the UAE’s road network as the best in the worked for the past four years,” said Richard Thompson, Editorial Director, MEED and member of the awards jury panel.

Photo Caption: Richard Thompson, Editorial Director, MEED



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