MEED and Mashreq Bank celebrate a decade of recognizing project excellence in the region

Entries are open for the 11th annual MEED Projects Awards 2021 in association with Mashreq to find the region’s best projects

Dubai, UAE, 02 June 2021 – MEED has announced the launch of its long-running initiative to recognize and award the region’s best and most dynamic projects. The MEED Projects Awards 2021 in association with Mashreq invites organizations from across the MENA region to submit their best projects completed in 2020 and 2021 and gain recognition for their efforts.

The MENA region is home to one of the most dynamic project markets around the world, with more than 2,301 projects with a combined value of $243bn completed across the region since January 2020. Project owners, contractors and consultants can submit their nominations by 19 August 2021, and regional winners will be announced at an awards reception held on December 16, 2021. 

Launched in 2010, the MEED Projects Awards are the leading benchmark of quality in the region’s projects industry. In 2020, Mediclinic Parkview Hospital was awarded Healthcare Project of the Year, with judges commending how sustainability was a priority in the design of the hospital. Ismailia Road Tunnels, the largest tunnel in the Middle East, was awarded 2020’s International Project of the Year, as judges praised the project for its innovative approach to achieve a rapid schedule and completion in only 5 years. Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, The Address Sky View Project, CLYMB Abu Dhabi and Noor Abu Dhabi Solar Plant, were amongst the other previous winners.

The independently judged MEED Projects Awards aim to support best practice in the regional projects industry. The awards recognise the value and quality of a project throughout its entire life cycle from the design concept through to engineering and construction and its wider contribution to society and to the environment.

“Ten years ago, MEED launched its annual awards recognising the region’s best projects,” says MEED editorial director Richard Thompson. “At the time, we saw the projects being built across the region as the foundation stones of this region’s future success. Our mission was to support that success by celebrating best practice in the region’s projects industry. Today, as the world starts its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, that mission is more critical than ever. But our success factors are changing.”

“As well as excellence in architecture, engineering and project delivery, success today is about sustainability and the need to limit the effects of climate change in the future by reducing carbon dioxide emissions,” says Thompson. “The most successful  projects today will reflect the best environmental, societal and governance (ESG) criteria. They will promote sustainable development by harnessing clean energy, reducing waste and promoting a circular economy. And they will showcase the benefits of collaboration and innovation in delivering projects on time, on budget and safely.”

“Whether you are working in renewables, oil & gas, technology, water, or construction, winning a MEED Projects Award 2021, or being shortlisted for an award, is an achievement that marks your company as one that is contributing to the future success of this region, and in the sustainability of our planet,” says Thompson. “I encourage everyone involved in the regional  project industry to get involved in the awards, and I look forward to hearing all of your success stories. Good luck to all of you.”       

Arun Mathur, Senior Vice President, Mashreq Bank, said: “We are pleased to continue working with MEED to recognize the innovative projects that are supporting the development of the region, while creating positive social, community and environmental impacts. With groundbreaking mega projects and major infrastructure development plans picking up pace to realise the region’s future economic vision, we are positive about the outlook for GCC’s construction sector. We look forward to recognizing some great projects for the 2021 edition of the MEED Projects Awards in association with Mashreq and set a powerful precedent for construction companies to adopt a more ambitious and dynamic approach. ”

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
  • Mega Project of the Year
  • Oil & Gas Project of the Year
  • Power Generation Project of the Year
  • Power Transmission Distribution & Substation 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

To submit your entry, please visit:

About MEED

MEED is a remarkable senior management media brand that encompasses a subscription website,, the flagship publication MEED Business Review, MEED Projects, the projects tracking platform, and MEED Events and Communities. MEED’s goal has always been to help you succeed in the Middle East. For more than 63 years, MEED has been the number one source of news, analysis and projects intelligence for anyone doing business in the Middle East. 

In the current challenging conditions, it is more important than ever to have instant access to accurate, up-to-date information on the latest opportunities, trends and challenges in the Middle East. is a business intelligence platform providing latest news, market trends, and expert analysis. Premium package also gives you access to five exclusive interactive datasets that allow you to conduct your own detailed research into market trends, deals and companies.

MEED Projects is a premium subscription-only online service providing the most in-depth project tracking solution. MEED Projects provides the most comprehensive market, project, company and macro data for companies to create a successful strategy, driven by detailed robust data and intelligence for the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia markets. The database was launched in 2001 and has been a powerful resource for executives across multiple industries in the region for two decades.

MEED also runs highly popular monthly briefings, which offer exclusive access to MEED experts and the opportunity to network with your peers. Our high-value monthly magazine, meanwhile, provides a strategic review for senior executives of everything that is happening in the region.

To further our purpose of providing actionable business insights to our community to C-suite executives and regional influencers, the MEED Events and Communities division will host all events virtually until the pandemic-related restrictions on gatherings are eased. We aim to deliver highly focused programmes of activity on the key themes driving the region forward. Each programme will include a virtual conference offering exclusive industry insight and analysis, plus hyper-targeted opportunities to interact with potential business partners, clients and peers.

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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