Most Powerful Expats in Construction

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20. (New entry) P Mohamed Ali

Founder, Galfar Engineering

As the founder of Galfar Engineering and Contracting Co, Dr P Mohamed Ali has earned his stripes as one of the Gulf’s leading entrepreneurs. From its start in 1972, the firm has grown into the single largest private sector employer in Oman, with an annual turnover of more than $1bn and more than 27,000 staff.(Image from
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22. (New entry) Thomas Barry

CEO, Arabtec

Thomas Barry, who took the top spot at Arabtec Construction in February 2009, was given a brief to diversify the giant’s Dubai base and resuscitate its order book. This task Barry has performed with aplomb, landing contracts as far afield as Turkmenistan and Angola. Last month, Arabtec inked an initial $680m deal to build Ras Al Khaimah’s long-delayed La Hoya Bay project. (ITP Images)