MEED launches 2020 initiative to find the GCC’s best projects

The MEED Projects Awards 2020, in association with Mashreq, recognise the best projects in the GCC

Dubai, UAE, 17 December 2019 – The Middle East’s leading business information service MEED has launched the 2020 round of its long-running initiative to identify the GCC’s best projects.  

The MEED Projects Awards 2020, carried out in association with Mashreq, are inviting project companies across the GCC to nominate the best projects completed in the GCC in 2018 and 2019.  

Project owners, contractors and consultants have until 30 January 2020 to submit nominations for the prestigious awards, which will be announced at a gala dinner in Dubai on 10 June 2020.      

Launched in 2010, the MEED Projects Awards in association with Mashreq have become firmly established over the past 10 years as the leading benchmark of quality in the GCC projects industry.

Previous winners include Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Haramain High-Speed Railway in Saudi Arabia.

With an estimated 6,722 active projects with a combined value of more than $3.1tn planned or underway, according to MEED’s projects database MEED Projects, the GCC is one of the most dynamic projects markets anywhere in the world.

Many of the projects being developed are seen as strategically vital to the development of the region as it seeks to drive growth, provide new jobs and create happier societies through economic diversification, increased productivity and increasing focus on sustainability and social cohesion.      

The MEED Project Awards in association with Mashreq aim to support the region’s strategic goals by promoting best practice in the GCC projects industry by recognising and celebrating the finest achievements in the region.

MEED’s influential panel of independent judges assess projects in their entirety, from the design concept through to engineering, construction and project delivery. They also consider the wider contribution of a project to society and to the environment.

“The GCC is home to some of the best and most exciting projects seen anywhere in the world,” says MEED editorial director Richard Thompson. “These projects demonstrate brilliance in architecture, engineering and construction. The MEED Project Awards in association with Mashreq seek to recognise the best of the best projects, and also the people leading project delivery in the GCC. Winning a MEED Projects Award is an incredible accolade and a great way to tell the world about your achievements.

“2020 is a great year to be recognised,” says Thompson. “2020 is the year of Dubai Expo, and of Saudi Arabia having the chair of the G20. I encourage companies across all sectors to submit their entries for the 2020 awards and to gain recognition for their efforts.”

Mohammad Al Shouli, Managing Director and Head of Contracting Finance at Mashreq Bank, said: “The MEED Project Awards highlight those ambitious and innovative projects that are not only contributing to the GCC’s  economic success, but are also creating a positive social and environmental impact. We are delighted to partner with MEED to honor the projects that have upheld business best practices and achieved project excellence, while driving further growth and development in the region.”

Entries are now open for organisations to submit their nominations by the 30th January, 2020.

Firms can now apply in the following categories:

  • Commercial Property Project of the Year
  • Digital Infrastructure Project of the Year
  • Education Project of the Year
  • Engineer of the Year
  • Healthcare Project of the Year
  • Industrial Project of the Year
  • Innovation Medal
  • International Project of the Year
  • Mega Project of the Year
  • Oil & Gas Project of the Year
  • Power Generation Project of the Year
  • Residential Project of the Year
  • Road Project of the Year
  • Small Project of the Year
  • Social, Cultural & Heritage Project of the Year
  • Sustainability Medal
  • Tourism & Leisure Project of the Year
  • Transport Project of the Year
  • Water Project of the Year

Winners will be awarded at a gala event dinner and ceremony, hosted on the 10th of June 2020 at The Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Dubai.

To submit your entry, please visit the webpage:

About MEED

MEED is a senior management media brand, its flagship subscription products are the MEED Business Review publication and website, As well as organising the MEED Projects Awards, Gulf Capital SME Awards, Daman Corporate Health Awards and the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC).

 MEED also has two high-value content businesses, MEED Projects and MEED Premium Insight Reports. MEED Projects is the Middle East’s premium project tracking database and MEED Premium Insight Reports offer tailored research and in-depth analysis. Established in 1957, MEED, has been integral to delivering business information and news, intelligence and analysis on the Middle East economies and activities ever since.   
MEED celebrated its 60th birthday in 2017. From small beginnings in a London flat on 8 March 1957, MEED has grown with the region, to become the Middle East’s most-trusted source of business information.

About Mashreq

One of the UAE’s best performing banks for five decades, Mashreq is a leading financial institution with an expanding footprint across the Middle East. We have international offices across Europe, Asia, Africa and the US, and a strong presence in all the financial capitals of the world.

As the oldest bank in the UAE, our 51-year old journey can be traced back to humble beginnings in 1967, followed by periods of rapid growth and strategic expansion. Throughout our history, Mashreq has differentiated itself by pioneering new-to-market concepts and launching unique products and services.

Our innovative approach sets us truly apart. It also continues to win us numerous awards and accolades in all the fields of banking we operate in – Digital, Corporate, Retail, International, Treasury and Islamic, and across the multiple banking channels we deploy – mobile, digital, online, traditional and telephony.

Mashreq is proud to be the only institution in the UAE to be awarded the Gallup Great Workplace Award for six consecutive years from 2014 to 2019.


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