The project's industry is vital to the MENA region. It creates the infrastructure that improves life, supports the economy, and lays the foundations for future growth.
As well as enabling other areas to succeed, projects themselves drive growth. They create jobs, provide training, support local businesses support consumer and business spending, enable knowledge transfer and they foster innovation.
Celebrating excellence in MENA projects
The purpose of MEED Projects Awards is to celebrate the best that the MENA projects industry has to offer. MEED’s aim is to support the development of the region by supporting this crucially important sector.
The MEED Projects Awards has become the leading stamp of quality and achievement for anyone operating in the MENA projects sector. The awards not only recognise the construction element of project delivery but also consider 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.
More than 2,301 projects with a combined value of more than $243bn were completed across the MENA region since 1st Jan 2020. The total active size of the MENA projects market (projects planned and underway) is $4.23tn with Saudi Arabia being the biggest market at $1.36tn.
The 2021 edition anticipates a high volume of entries as new projects and teams demonstrate their contribution to the MENA economy, environmental awareness, and success in architecture, engineering, and construction.
The MEED Projects Awards is the event of the year for the MENA projects industry providing an annual get together for the region’s projects community.
The MEED Projects Awards are independently judged and every project is assessed purely on the merits of its entry.
This is your opportunity to Improve employee motivation and engagement: awards are a fantastic way to acknowledge the hard work of your employees and recognise your industry partnerships or collaborations. A very visible way of showcasing teams and individuals alongside their skills and expertise.
Customer recognition: a fantastic way to enrich your relationship with the client and improve retention. Sharing the story of your joint activity shows clients you value your relationship with them and believe that by working together you can achieve great things.
Networking/Influencer marketing and business development: from judging through to the ceremony awards offer unprecedented access to the very upper echelons of the projects market c-suite influencers and decision-makers.
Brand enhancement/endorsement: external reputational benefits from the independent endorsement of your project adds immeasurable benefits. Moreover, we closely manage and measure our PR coverage and reach offering a tangible return on investment when you taking part.
The opportunity to benchmark against your industry peers: awards are the perfect platform to do this and represent an opportunity to take stock, benchmark your work and congratulate not just employees and clients, but the entire projects industry.
Open to real estate developments for commercial property including offices and mixed-use schemes with commercial office space..
The development of digital infrastructure in the GCC is among the highest priorities facing the region. Installing resilient, high-speed digital infrastructure such as data centres, 5G telecoms network, command & control centres for smart transport networks, smart grids and other digitally enabled infrastructure, will enable the transition to an efficient and competitive knowledge economy in the region.
Although it is one of the newest categories of the MEED Projects Awards. It is already among the most important, and a tremendous accolade for any company able to win it, or be shortlisted.
The MEED Projects Award for the GCC Digital Infrastructure Project of the Year 2021 will be presented to the digital infrastructure project that demonstrates excellence in its vision and real added value in its purpose. It will demonstrate innovation and excellence in delivery. And above all, it will be a beacon of excellence and learning for others.
Open to education projects including schools and universities.
The Engineer of the Year Award is awarded to an engineer whose engineering achievements have made a significant and lasting contribution to improving the life and wellbeing of people living and working in the GCC. The award is open to all branches of engineering.
Open to healthcare projects including hospitals and clinics.
Open to industrial developments including mining, manufacturing, factories, warehouse and distribution centres.
The Innovation Medal recognises innovations or changes developed by a person, company or project in the GCC that has made a significant contribution to improving project delivery or advancing new technology and innovation in the GCC. Winners should be able to demonstrate that the innovation was developed in the GCC.
Open to any project with a capital investment value of over $1bn.
Open to oil, gas and petrochemicals projects across upstream, downstream, processing, pipelines transportation.
Open to power generation projects including conventional and renewable power plants, as well as transmission and distribution schemes.
Selecting the GCC Power Transmission & Distribution Project of the Year is one of the most difficult challenges faced by the MEED Projects Awards each year.
From incredible overhead power transmission line projects traversing vast distances across difficult terrain, to pioneering smart grids in remote locations, this category covers a vast array of projects in terms of scale, and in terms of technology, and is always one of the most competitively fought categories.
The MEED Award for Power Transmission & Distribution Project of the Year 2021 will be awarded to the distribution grid, transmission line, substation or control centre projects that demonstrates innovations, excellent delivery and which provides a benchmark for others to follow.
Open to housing and residential developments, including apartment blocks and community/district masterplans.
Open to road and highway projects including bridges, tunnels, interchanges, and networks.
Open to projects with a capital investment value of under $50m.
Open to community projects, religious centres, museums, theatres, art galleries, monuments and installations, historic building restorations, sports facilities, parks, and community facilities.
The Sustainability Medal recognises the contribution of a person, company or project to promoting environmental sustainability in the GCC.
Open to tourism and leisure projects including hotels, resorts, tourist attractions, theme parks, exhibition centres, race tracks, stadium, and hospitality facilities.
Open to all transport and logistics projects including airports, ports, rail, logistics free zones, terminals and shipping facilities.
Open to all water and wastewater schemes including desalination projects, water supply, canals, wastewater, sewerage, storage, water conservation, water resource management and irrigation and agricultural.
“Every year we see new examples of successful entrepreneurs. This year we have seen a lot of new success stories, and these represent successful SME’s in the region.”
Its always good to recognize good effort. The award is the best way to show them that we recognize their hard work and they are on the right track.
The presentations are really magnificent on different topics of businesses. It shows that the entire region is heading towards the right direction.
“The quality of the participants were very impressive. It was hard for us to normalize the score and to provide the right feedback for all of them”
“There was a terrific pool of candidates who were innovative and all very focused on what they were doing. They were great group of examples of entrepreneurs operating in the region. People will be very impressed by looking at the work of the ones who will be declared as winners on the day of the ceremony”
Who can enter the MEED Projects Awards?
Project owners and / or any member of the project team who have completed a project within the time period 1st January 2020 to 30th June 2021. Project teams can include any project stakeholder (Engineering Firms, Architects, Construction Contractors and Consultants).
What countries are eligible to participate in the MEED Projects Awards?
Entries are open for projects in all of the MENA countries, namely Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
The awards process from entry through to post-event coverage opens doors primarily to win more work by showcasing your business excellence. In addition and at varying stages of the awards cycle you can expect to…
How can I enter?
Please register online by clicking on "SUBMIT/MANAGE YOUR ENTRIES" on the main menu bar above.
Following your registration, you will be able to author entries for the relevant categories on behalf of the project and your firm. Work in progress can be saved before you submit when completed.
If you have any questions on the process or need clarification on the questions, please email Marissa Bautista at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who are the Judges of the 2021 MEED Project Awards?
2021 Judges to be updated soon.
What is the Judging Process?
The judging will take place in two stages:
Stage 1: Regional judging days hosted by MEED. Chaired by our established team of regional Head Judges alongside hand-picked regional industry experts we will spend a day vetting the entries from each country and selecting our Finalists and National Winners.
Stage 2: The regional Head Judges meet in Dubai with additional industry recognised experts to debate and discuss each entry and its suitability to win the overall GCC award in each category.
Is there an entry fee?
There is no entry free for the 2021 edition.
How do I choose the best category for an entry?
Each category drop-down includes a short description. However, we have analysed the completed projects within the eligibility time period and are ready to help you select your category should you need it. Do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
May I submit the same entry in different categories?
It is unlikely that your project will be relevant to multiple sectors but if applicable yes. It is worth checking the project credibility against the Innovation/Sustainability Medal and Engineer of the Year categories too.
How can I associate my company with the MEED Projects Awards if my company does not have an eligible project for this year’s edition?
The campaign unites the industry with a full marketing communications campaign from January 2020 through to the summer of 2021. Moreover, in December 2021 we will bring together the best of the industry for one night, making it an absolute must-attend for anyone looking to network or any organisation looking to engage with these leading firms and individuals. For more information on participation and / or sponsorship please send an enquiry to Marissa Bautista at firstname.lastname@example.org