The gas desulphurisation refinery in Bahrain topped the list for the ‘Oil and Gas’ category at the recent Meed Quality Awards for Projects in the GCC.

Meed, the Middle East’s leading business intelligence provider, held a gala awards ceremony to recognise top projects across eight different categories at the first independently-judged excellence recognition competition for projects completed in the GCC.

Qatar’s Mesaieed-A IPP won the ‘Power’ category at the awards. Al Ghubrah-5 in Oman and the GPIC carbon dioxide recovery plant in Bahrain emerged winners in the ‘Water Reuse’ and ‘Sustainable Project’ categories respectively.

Kuwait National Library was selected for the ‘Social Project of the Year’ award that was sponsored by AMEinfo.

Projects from the UAE took away the maximum awards with five distinctions.

Burj Khalifa was the undisputed winner in the ‘Building Project of the Year’ category sponsored by Technal Middle East, while the ‘Transport Project of the Year’ sponsored by Cadillac was picked up Dubai Metro Red Line. ‘Ferrari Experience’ won the leisure and tourism category for the UAE.

Additionally, the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque in Abu Dhabi received a special award titled the ‘Meed Editors Outstanding Achievement for Culture Award’, while ‘Meed Editors Outstanding Achievement Award for Heritage’ went to the ‘Revitalisation of the Old Souq of Dubai’ project.

“The 32 projects that were nominated for the GCC Awards have gone through a rigorous selection process at the national level. Each project was undoubtedly the result of a significant amount of planning and collective effort on behalf of the teams that have created them. The entries demonstrated an immense amount of maturity and each of them answers a specific need within the country where it exists,” stated Edmund O’Sullivan, chairman, Meed Quality Awards for Projects.