MEP Middle East - - EDITOR'S NOTE - Ra­jiv Ravindran Pil­lai

This year the MEP Awards event was even big­ger and bet­ter. It’s great to see the MEP Awards event out­do­ing and out­grow­ing it­self ev­ery year. Well, for a fact, it was a much big­ger venue and this year we had around 450 par­tic­i­pants, while last year it was 400. This year, we have had more com­pa­nies par­tic­i­pat­ing, com­pared to last year. We have also had com­pa­nies nom­i­nat­ing more in­di­vid­u­als, which goes to say an or­gan­i­sa­tion con­sid­ers peo­ple as its big­gest as­set.

The MEP Mid­dle East Awards 2018 cel­e­brated its twelfth year this year, and we recog­nised some of the best projects, ini­tia­tives, in­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies. Have a look in­side to see some of the most happy faces in the MEP in­dus­try (page 16). This is­sue is an ex­clu­sive awards is­sue.

We had China State Con­struc­tion En­gi­neer­ing Cor­po­ra­tion Mid­dle East (CSCEC ME) bag the cov­eted MEP Con­trac­tor of the Year award. The cur­rent value of the projects in hand at China State stands at AED2bn and ac­cu­mu­lated rev­enue from com­pleted projects reached AED2.747bn. Since 2010, its rev­enue has grown strik­ingly at 30% an­nu­ally.

The MEP con­sul­tancy of the year was bagged by Black & White En­gi­neer­ing, with Lem­i­nar Air Con­di­tion­ing tak­ing away the Sup­plier of the Year award. A to­tal of 16 win­ning awards were handed out on the night of 7 Novem­ber at JW Mar­riott Mar­quis, Dubai Ball­room. I want to thank all the spon­sors of this event. I also want to thank the ITP team for putting in the ef­fort to de­liver such a great show. And last but not the least, I want to thank the MEP Awards judges, who took the time out in go­ing through var­i­ous nom­i­na­tions to de­cide on that one unique en­try.

As I had men­tioned in my speech at the awards, the in­dus­try is tough as we all know. It is a time of sur­vival. It is a time of change and in­no­va­tion. The idea is to al­ways think long-term. The MEP and con­struc­tion in­dus­try as a whole, has had its fair share of chal­lenges such as project and pay­ment de­lays.

This is a time to be cau­tious and a time to take risks. This is also a time for change and in­no­va­tion. We have seen the in­dus­try em­brace more in­no­va­tive con­struc­tion meth­ods such as pre­fab­ri­ca­tion and 3D mod­el­ling which has made over­all op­er­a­tions ef­fi­cient and cost-ef­fec­tive.

Let us all look to­wards the fu­ture not as a time of chal­lenges but as a time of end­less op­por­tu­ni­ties and in­no­va­tions!

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