Welcome to the Construction Week Power 100 List for 2013, an annual review of individuals who influence and guide the industry across the GCC.
Some of the choices will be obvious, as this region has a handful of big contractors that dominate the mega projects, turnover millions of dollars a year and command a staff of many thousands. Their chairman, CEOs and MDs wield enormous influence and they are here.
But power is not simply about money; ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship are also the currency of influence. There are people from small, or new, enterprises who have growing influence over the way construction is carried out.
Sustainability, for example, affects every one of us and there are individuals whose knowledge is transforming the way contractors will have to work. We have reflected their influence in this year’s list; we have no doubt it will grow further in years to come.
Another area is the pressure by governments to ensure their own nationals find gainful employment in the booming construction sector. In the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Oman, companies are under a legal obligation to employ nationals. Some have made it a priority and are reaping subsequent contract rewards; our list reflects their success.
It’s a collection of individuals who have made a difference to the industry through their own sector, their own company, or through influencing the work of others. One common factor ties them together: they’ve all made a difference.
Of course, the very nature of our media-centric outlook means the Power 100 leans towards individuals with a high public profile, a profile that has often given them an influential voice.
The team at Construction Week, a sister publication of Arabian Business, has spent hours considering each individual and arguing over placement. We hope you enjoy our examination. We are also sure many of you will disagree with the people, their placement and our view of power; we welcome your thoughts. And of course, there’s always next year.