RAFFLES / DUBAI / UAE

A prestigious recognition
of excellence of the foremost
building contractors in the region

24 January 2022
2021 Awards

Categories

Companies must have an office in the Middle East to be eligible for these awards

Construction Awards


  • Contractor of the Year
  • MEP Contractor of the Year
  • Sustainable Contractor of the Year
Contractor of the Year
  • This category is aimed at companies that are appointed as main contractors on major projects. While overseeing the successful delivery of a range of projects is one part of these companies’ remit, they also must prove they can operate as a business that can flourish in a highly competitive market. Judges will consider candidates based on the quality of their work, their scope of operations, and their ability to be a leader within the construction industry when it comes to implementing sustainability, technology, labour welfare and skill development of staff
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here
MEP Contractor of the Year
  • The region’s most efficient, respected and professional MEP contractors will be considered for this category. Operating in a specialist role, MEP contractors nominating for this category will be judged on their abilities and offerings, their operations as a company, and the quality of their work on projects, both large and small. Judges will consider candidates based on the quality of their work, their scope of operations, their performance as a business, their willingness to embrace new technologies and methodologies and their ability to work within the supply chain of a project.
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here
Sustainable Contractor of the Year
  • This award goes to contractors who have shown leadership in implementing sustainability across the board – both within their company, and on their projects. Judges will consider these contractors – from any sector of the industry and of any size – on the basis of their sustainability policies, their commitment to sustainability and their ability to deliver a high-level of sustainability on their projects.
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here
  • Fit-Out Contractor of the Year
  • Civil Contractor of the Year
Fit-Out Contractor of the Year
  • The region’s most efficient, respected and professional fit-out contractors will be considered for this category. Operating in a specialist role, fit-out contractors nominating for this category will be judged on their abilities and offerings, their operations as a company, and the quality of their work on projects, both large and small. Judges will consider candidates based on the quality of their work, their scope of operations, their performance as a business, their willingness to embrace new technologies and methodologies and their ability to work within the supply chain of a project.
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here
Civil Contractor of the Year
  • This category is aimed at contractors that specialise as civil contractors on infrastructure projects. While overseeing the successful delivery of a range of projects is one part of these companies’ remit, they also must prove they can operate as a business that can flourish in a highly competitive market. Judges will consider candidates based on the quality of their work, their scope of operations, and their ability to be a leader within the construction industry when it comes to implementing sustainability, technology, labour welfare and skill development of staff.
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here

Project Awards


  • Project of the Year
  • BIM Project of the Year
  • Sustainable Project of the Year
  • Best Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai
  • Fit-Out Project of the Year
Project of the Year
  • This award recognises the top Middle East construction project. Judges will consider the size, scale and complexity of the project nominated, while also assessing the work that has gone into it from all stakeholders – from developer, consultant, contractor and subcontractors
  • Projects that have been completed in the last year (December 2020 – December 2021) and ongoing projects that are more than 50% completed will be considered for this award.
  • Nominations for this award can be made by consultants, contractors and developers. However, the nominations should include acknowledgment and details about the work carried out by all project stakeholders
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here
BIM Project of the Year
  • This category focuses on how a project team has implemented BIM on a particular project, to the highest standards. Nominees for this award should showcase how they have utilised BIM technology on one project only, highlighting how it has helped improve the performance of teams onsite, and speed up delivery of the project.
  • Projects that have been completed in the last year (December 2020 – December 2021) and ongoing projects that are more than 50% completed will be considered for this award.
  • Nominations for this award can be made by consultants, contractors and developers. However, the nominations should include acknowledgment and details about the work carried out by all project stakeholders
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here
Sustainable Project of the Year
  • This award goes to the project that best exemplifies the principles and practices of sustainability, whether it’s through the use of green building materials, environmentally friendly building methodologies, or through the achievement of green building ratings, both local and international.
  • Projects that have been completed in the last year (December 2020 – December 2021) and ongoing projects that are more than 50% completed will be considered for this award.
  • Nominations for this award can be made by consultants, contractors and developers. However, the nominations should include acknowledgment and details about the work carried out by all project stakeholders
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here
Best Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai
  • This award recognises the best completed pavilion delivered by a contractor or design firm at the Expo 2020 Dubai megaevent. This one-off award will be presented to the pavilion that best showcases the key themes of the Expo – Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity. While the judges will consider the size, scale and complexity of the project, they will also look at how the delivery of the pavilion was in line with the standards and requirements of Expo 2020 Dubai, and at the collaboration and coordination processes put in place to ensure the on time, successful handover to the respective expo operational teams. Pavilion projects will have to be completed and operational by the nomination submission deadline date, to be eligible for the award.
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here
Fit-Out Project of the Year
  • This award recognises a project that displays exemplary standards of Fit-Out Contracting work. Judges will consider the size, scale and complexity of the project nominated, while also assessing the work that has gone into it from a design, engineering and delivery point of view.
  • Projects that have been completed in the last year (November 2020 – November 2021) and ongoing projects that are more than 50% completed will be considered for this award.
  • Nominations for this project should be submitted by the Fit-Out contractor or the main contractor of a project, on behalf of the Fit-Out contractor.
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here
  • HSE Project of the Year
  • Infrastructure Project of the Year
  • MEP Project of the Year
  • Energy Project of the Year
  • Smart Project of the Year
HSE Project of the Year
  • This award focuses on the implementation of HSE policies on a particular project, to the highest standards. Nominees for this award should showcase how they have maintained and implemented HSE standards and regulations on one project only, highlighting the number of manhours without incident, the number of individuals kept safe, and how the implementation of HSE standards improved performance and morale onsite.
  • Projects that have been completed in the last year (December 2020 – December 2021) and ongoing projects that are more than 50% completed will be considered for this award.
  • Nominations for this award can be made by consultants, contractors and developers. However, the nominations should include acknowledgment and details about the work carried out by all project stakeholders in achieving the targets and aims of the HSE policies.
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here
Infrastructure Project of the Year
  • This award recognises the top Middle East infrastructure construction project. Judges will consider the size, scale and complexity of the project nominated, while also assessing the work that has gone into it from all stakeholders – from client, consultant, contractor and subcontractors
  • Projects that have been completed in the last year (December 2020 – December 2021) and ongoing projects that are more than 50% completed will be considered for this award.
  • Nominations for this award can be made by consultants, contractors and government authorities. However, the nominations should include acknowledgment and details about the work carried out by all project stakeholders
  • Projects considered for this award include roadworks, hospital, schools, cooling plants, airports, seaports, and other critical social and economic infrastructure
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here
MEP Project of the Year
  • This award recognises a project that displays exemplary standards of MEP contracting work. Judges will consider the size, scale and complexity of the project nominated, while also assessing the work that has gone into it from a design, engineering and delivery point of view.
  • Projects that have been completed in the last year (December 2020 – December 2021) and ongoing projects that are more than 50% completed will be considered for this award.
  • Nominations for this project should be submitted by the MEP contractor or the main contractor of a project, on behalf of the MEP contractor.
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here
Energy Project of the Year
  • This award recognises the top Middle East energy-focused project. Judges will consider the size, scale and complexity of the project nominated, while also assessing the work that has gone into it from all stakeholders – from developer, consultant, contractor, and subcontractors
  • A strong emphasis must be placed on sustainability when considering whether to nominate your energy project for this award
  • Projects that have been completed in the last year (December 2020 – December 2021) and ongoing projects that are more than 50% completed will be considered for this award.
  • Nominations for this award can be made by consultants, contractors, and developers. However, the nominations should include acknowledgment and details about the work carried out by all project stakeholders
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here
Smart Project of the Year
  • This award focuses on projects that represent the convergence of data, design, and technology. Nominees for this award should showcase how they have designed, developed, and delivered a project that is intuitive, efficient, productive, and sustainable – one that represents the best innovation and insights that the industry has to offer.
  • Projects that have been completed in the last year (December 2020 – December 2021) and ongoing projects that are more than 50% completed will be considered for this award.
  • Nominations for this award can be made by consultants, contractors, and developers. However, the nominations should include acknowledgment and details about the work carried out by all project stakeholders
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here

Company Awards


  • Skills Development Programme of the Year
  • Sustainable Government Department of the Year
  • Product Innovation of the Year
  • Digital Transformation Champion of the Year
Skills Development Programme of the Year
  • This award focuses on companies’ personnel skill development and career advancement programmes. It is an opportunity to showcase how a company values and develops its staff through the use of education and training.
  • Nominations should include examples of success from the programmes, along with testimonies of staff that have utilised them.
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here
Sustainable Government Department of the Year
  • This category will focus on a government department that has embraced the principles of sustainability, has shown leadership and developed strategies and policies for its projects that enforce its commitment to sustainability
  • Nominees for this category can come from across the Middle East region, and across a wide range of government sectors related to infrastructure development.
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here
Product Innovation of the Year
  • This award recognises suppliers and manufacturers that have developed products that push the boundaries of innovation and ingenuity in the construction industry. These products must showcase how they can help contractors build their projects better, whether through their physical application onsite, or through their utilisation in the office.
  • Products nominated for this category must be released to market within the nomination period of December 2020 to December 2021.
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here
Digital Transformation Champion of the Year
  • This award focuses on construction contractors that have undertaken a digital transformation journey in the last year (December 2020 – December 2021). The emphasis should be on showcasing the planning and processes that have gone into the nominee’s digital transformation, while also focusing on the results generated by this process.
  • Nominations for this award can only be made by developers, and subcontractors.
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here
  • Sustainability Programme of the Year
  • Excellence in BIM Implementation for the Year
  • Developer of the Year
Sustainability Programme of the Year
  • This award focuses on how construction firms are implementing sustainability principles and programmes across the entire organisation. It is an opportunity to showcase how the company values sustainability and how it is preparing itself for a greener future. Nominations should include examples of success from the programmes, along with testimonies from those involved in the programmes.
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here
Excellence in BIM Implementation for the Year
  • This award recognises those companies that have embraced the utilisation of BIM throughout their organisation. The nominations must highlight how BIM is being utilised from start to finish on all their projects, while also showcasing how the company is looking to expand and enhance their understanding of BIM and their own capabilities with the technology.
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here
Developer of the Year
  • This category focuses on real estate developers that are helping to build and expand the cities of the region. Nominees should showcase how their projects are forward-thinking, exciting developments that will push their cities forward. Nominations can include both masterplan projects and individual standalone structures/towers
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here

Individual Awards


  • Big Project ME Executive of the Year
  • Big Project ME Under-30 Champion of the Year
Big Project ME Executive of the Year
  • This award honours an executive (male or female) who has exceeded expectations and garnered the attention of their colleagues and peers in the twelve months leading up to the awards.
  • Nominee must hold a senior management or executive level position to be eligible for this award
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here
Big Project ME Under-30 Champion of the Year
  • This award recognises up and coming talent within the Middle East construction industry.
  • The nominee must be under 30 years old and have less than five years of experience within the firm to be eligible.
  • Previous winners of this award are not eligible for nomination
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here
  • Big Project ME Woman of the Year
Big Project ME Woman of the Year
  • This award recognises a female professional who has been delivering exceptional work and earned the attention of her colleagues, peers and clients, in the twelve months leading up to the awards. This nominee must be directly involved on regional construction projects. Professionals in the HR, PR and marketing fields are not eligible.
  • Construction professionals in management and executive level positions would be preferred for this award
  • To enter your nomination in this category, click here

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