GCC’s Best Completed Projects


MEED-GlobalData has revealed the winners of its 10th annual MEED Project Awards at an awards ceremony in Dubai. The awards celebrate the GCC’s best projects completed in 2018 and 2019. 

25 organizations from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Oman were commended for their achievements across 19 unique categories – including Commercial Property Project of the Year, Digital Infrastructure Project of the Year, Healthcare Project of the Year and more – in delivering some of the GCC’s best projects, reiterating the efforts that the entire region is taking to develop projects that are strategically vital to the growth of the region, driving the GCC’s projects market forward. 

The 2020 edition of the awards received over 130 entries from leading organisations, project owners, contractors and consultants. ASGC received the coveted Education Project of the Year Award, while King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia received the Sustainability Medal 2020 for its Innovative Hybrid Solar Desalination Cycle. Projects were judged on aspects from the design concept through to engineering, construction and project delivery, as well as environmental and societal impact.  Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. was presented with the Industrial Project of the Year, while other key players in the projects industry including ACWA Power, Saudi Water Partnership Company, ALEC Engineering and Contracting were also awarded at the ceremony. 

As part of the editors special awards, Sachin Watarkar of Lalbuksh Voltas Engineering Services & Trading LLC was awarded Engineer of the Year. Khatib & Alami, AF Construction and Kuwait Oil Company were also recognized as part of the awards.

“Over the past two decades, the GCC has delivered some of the most outstanding projects ever built,” says MEED editorial director Richard Thompson. “These projects are delivering national visions and are laying down the foundations for the future success of this region. And with nearly 6,700 projects planned or underway across the region, with a combined value that is close to $3tn, there is a vast pipeline of future projects.”

“But the world is changing, and the key success factors of future projects will be different to those of the past,” says Thompson. “The drive to limit the effects of climate change will see increasing focus on decarbonisation and energy efficiency, while commercial and economic pressure will demand ever-greater value from projects through their whole life cycle. The demand for smart cities and smart infrastructure requires greater flexibility from our built environment, at the same time as the fourth industrial revolution and a new generation of young people is forcing the digitalisation of the way projects are delivered.”

“Change is already underway,” says Thompson. “And the winners and shortlisted finalists of the MEED Project Awards 2020 shine a spotlight on the projects that are at the cutting edge of that change. The MEED Project Awards celebrates the greatest achievements of the GCC projects industry, and promotes innovation and best practice in project delivery. Even amid the Covid-19 pandemic and through challenging economic conditions, this year’s entries were of the highest calibre we have seen in the ten years of these awards, and they have demonstrated brilliance in architecture, engineering and construction. Congratulations to all of the organisations behind the winning projects, which come from a diverse range of sectors from travel and tourism, to oil and gas and even digital architecture.”

The complete list of winners include:


Project Name


2020 MEED Project of the Year

Noor Abu Dhabi

EWEC & Sterling and Wilson Solar 

Commercial Property Project of the Year

The Galleria Al Maryah Island

Gulf Related

Digital infrastructure Project of the Year 

SWCC Water Dispatch Centre

Khatib & Alami

Education Project of the year 

Mohammed Bin Rashid Library


Healthcare Project of the year 

Mediclinic Parkview Hospital


Healthcare Project of the year 

Mediclinic Parkview Hospital


Hotel Project of the Year

The Address Sky View 

Arabian Construction Company (ACC)

Industrial Project of the year 

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. Line 6 Expansion Project

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C.

Innovation Medal 2020

3D Printed Single Family House under the Building Technology Stimulus Initiative for the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Housing

Consolidated Contractors Company

International Project of the year

Ismailia Road tunnels (Tahia Masr Road Tunnels)

The Petroleum Projects and Technical Consultation Company (Petrojet)

Mega Project of the Year 

Noor Abu Dhabi Solar Plant 

Sterling and Wilson Solar 

Oil & Gas Project of the Year 

ENOC Processing Company Refinery Expansion

ENOC Group

Power Generation Project of the Year 

Noor Abu Dhabi


Power Transmission Distribution & Substation Project of the Year

Construction of 400KV underground cable and overhead lines from 400KV Sohar IPP-3 GS to 400 KV Sohar freezone GS

Larsen and Toubro (India) Limited and Larsen and Toubro (Oman)

Residential Project of the Year

The Residences at Marina Gate I & II

ALEC Engineering and Contracting 

Road Project of the Year 

Haradh & Hawiyah Highway Improvements

China Harbour Engineering Arabia 

Small Project of the Year 


TP3 & Sela-Sport

Social, Cultural & Heritage Project of the Year 

Atturaif Living Museum 

Buro Happold 

Sustainability Medal 2020  

An Innovative Hybrid Solar Desalination Cycle

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Tourism & leisure Project of the Year 

CLYMB Abu Dhabi


Transport Project of the Year

Dubai International Airport Improvement Works


Water Project of the Year 

Shuaibah 3 Expansion 2 Independent Water Project

ACWA Power

Water Project of the Year 

Shuaibah 3 Expansion 2 Independent Water Project

Saudi Water Partnership Company

Water Project of the Year 

Shuaibah 3 Expansion 2 Independent Water Project


Editor’s Special Awards 

Engineer of the Year

Sachin Watarkar

Lalbuksh Voltas Engineering Services & Trading LLC 

MEED Award for Excellence in Civil Engineering

Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah Wastewater Treatment and Sludge Management, KSA

Khatib & Alami

MEED Award for Enabling  Diversification

Expo 2020 Thematic Districts & Plaza Pavilions.

AF Construction

MEED Award for Environmental Protection

Kuwait Environmental Remediation Program (KERP)

Kuwait Oil Company


The MEED Projects Awards is supported by Construction Partner Al Bawani, Steel Manufacturing Partner Emirates Steel, Supporting Partner Khatib & Alami, Strategic Partners DUPOD by Amana, VVIP Partners AFC, ALEC, Al Salam Palace Museum, Samsung Engineering and VIP Partners ACE, ASGC, ENOC Group, GHD and Petrojet.



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