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Glory days ahead

Did you win an MEP Middle East Award in 2007? If not, you now have another chance to pick up one of the coveted trophies in the second annual awards ceremony.

Did you win an MEP Middle East Award in 2007? If not, you now have another chance to pick up one of the coveted trophies in the second annual awards ceremony.

Get ready for another night of celebration of all things mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) related. Following the success of last year's inaugural MEP Middle East Awards, the event has been announced as an annual date in the sector's calendar.

The MEP Middle East Awards is your chance to get the recognition that you deserve for the hard work and dedication that you've put into making the Middle East's MEP sector a success over the past year. With the number of developments under way and planned for the region into the future, it's the efforts that individuals and firms make now that will ensure their long-term success.

The importance of the MEP sector is continuing to grow and with the increasing focus on sustainable building, the knowledge and experience of MEP professionals is being recognised on a wider scale by the day. No other sector can provide as wide a range of vital services to the construction industry, with MEP firms offering design and installation expertise in everything from the efficient supply of air conditioning and electricity to security systems and renewable energy solutions.

The MEP Middle East Awards aim to ensure that those in the industry are publicly rewarded for their efforts. The prestigious trophies will be presented at a gala dinner which is due to be held on 3 December in the Mina A' Salam, Dubai. After a full house for the 2007 event, more than 250 top professionals in the MEP sector are expected to attend this year.

But before the fun can start on the night there is still some work to be done. To ensure that you have a chance to be welcomed onto the stage to applause from your peers, you need to let us know about your achievements over the past year. There is just over a month left to get your entries in for the 2008 Awards before the judging process begins.

So log onto www.itp.net/events/mepawards now for the nomination form, mark 3 December in your diary and get ready to party.

The entry process

The MEP Middle East Awards 2008 are open to individuals, companies and organisations that have operated in the Middle East's MEP sector over the past year. Entries can be made via the official awards web site (www.itp.net/events/mepawards) by completing the downloadable nomination form and submitting it with the appropriate material as listed.Individuals and firms can enter as many categories as they wish up until the nominations closing date of 18.00h on 2 November 2008.

There is no charge for entering the awards, the event is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors, which this year include Ducab and Faisal Jassim Trading, with Drake & Scull the event's Platinum Sponsor.

Following the closing date a panel of independent judges will assess the applications. Judging will be based on the strength of the submissions, together with a review of the nominee's activities in the area of nomination. Each award winner will be decided by consensus among the judges and no correspondence will be entered into by outside parties.

The winners will be announced and presented with a trophy at a gala dinner due to be held on 3 December 2008 in Mina A' Salam, Dubai.

For a nomination form see: www.itp.net/events/mepawards/nominations_process.php

The Awards categories

• Major MEP Contractor of the Year - the category is open to MEP contractors that have delivered high quality projects in the region during the past year valued at over US $35 million.

• MEP Contractor of the Year - open to all firms that have delivered high-class MEP projects in the region during the past year that are valued at up to US $35 million.

• Specialist Contractor of the Year - will be awarded to a contractor that has consistently delivered world-class projects in project areas, including but not limited to building services, hvac, fire engineering, and district cooling.

• MEP Consultancy of the Year - open to consultancy firms that have been involved in the design of MEP installations in the Middle East market over the past year.

• MEP Project Manager of the Year - this award will be presented to an individual that has made a real difference in completing a project.

• Young Engineer of the Year - the award is open to those under 30 years old and candidates should be able to demonstrate their commitment to a long-term future in the industry as well as their current role.

• Health and Safety Award - intended to reward a firm that has made a special effort to improve project health and safety standards.

• Training Award - this award will recognise the organisation that has best begun preparing for the future by investing in staff training.

• Innovation of the Year - awarded to a firm or individual that has created or championed an innovation that has made a real difference to the Middle East MEP sector.

• Sustainable Design of the Year - this award aims to recognise a firm that is truly committed to ensuring their projects meet the latest environmental standards.

• Small MEP Project of the Year - entries will be accepted for projects completed within the year before the awards and valued at up to US $15 million.

• Medium MEP Project of the Year - entries will be accepted for projects completed within the last year and valued at between US $15 million and $35 million.

• Major MEP Project of the Year - entries will be accepted for projects completed within the year before the awards and valued at over US $35 million.

• Supreme Judges Award - to be chosen by the judges from the winners of the other 13 categories as the overall winner of the MEP Middle East Awards 2008.

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