Saudi airport wins GCC award for projects excellence

At the annual MEED awards Saudi Arabia picked up five awards, followed by the United Arab Emirates and Oman with three apiece, while Bahrain and Qatar scooped two awards each and Kuwait received one
TAV Construction executives receiving the award (from left): Devrim Omer, TAV Construction, Hassan Hammadeh and Ismail Erturk
TAV Construction executives receiving the award (from left): Devrim Omer, TAV Construction, Hassan Hammadeh and Ismail Erturk

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Saudi Arabia’s Rehabilitation, Expansion and Development of the Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport Project in Medina won the GCC Airport Project of the Year at the recently concluded MEED Quality Awards for Projects.

Nominated by TAV Construction, the project is owned by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (Gaca), represented by Tibah Airports Development Company.

At this year’s edition of the annual awards programme Saudi Arabia picked up five awards, followed by the United Arab Emirates and Oman with three trophies apiece. Bahrain and Qatar scooped two awards each, while Kuwait received one trophy.

Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE's national rail network was crowned GCC Rail Project of the Year Award for 2016 for Stage One of its project.

Etihad Rail CEO Faris Saif Al Mazrouei commented: "Since beginning construction, Etihad Rail remains committed to ensuring the highest design and construction standards as part of an iconic project that will revolutionise the UAE’s logistics and transportation infrastructure.”

The award-winning project is being delivered in three key stages of development, with the 1,200-km-long rail network forming part of the vital GCC Railway Network that links the UAE to Saudi Arabia through Ghweifat in the West and Oman through Al Ain in the East.

Now in their sixth year, the MEED Quality Awards for Projects, 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 the environment.

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