Top Saudi firms selected for contributions to GCC’s infrastructure growth

Updated 06 October 2017
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Top Saudi firms selected for contributions to GCC’s infrastructure growth

The unprecedented growth of the infrastructure sector across the GCC over the past six decades has been one of the most significant achievements of the region in modern times.
Currently, over $2 trillion worth of active projects are in the pipeline across the GCC, according to MEED Projects data, with the majority being infrastructure-related schemes that are crucial to the economic diversification of the region as well as its future prosperity.
To celebrate this achievement, MEED Awards selected and evaluated thousands of companies and stakeholders to recognize their contribution to the region’s amazing growth story. The jury looked at how each company has contributed to this success through its business achievements, environmental sustainability programs, workforce culture, innovative practices, and client service in delivering the region’s ambitious projects program. Individual achievements among the leadership of companies and stakeholders have also been assessed for their impact on spearheading various infrastructure schemes from development through to execution and successful operations.
A total of 140 companies were shortlisted across various award categories including Advisory Services Company of the Year, Architectural/Design Practice of the Year, Business Innovation of the Year, Consultant of the Year (Construction, Engineering), Contractor of the Year, Energy Provider of the Year, Financial Institution of the Year, Freezone/Special Economic Zone Authority of the Year, and Healthcare Company of the Year, among others.
Outstanding individual achievers will also be recognized through the Female Leader of the Year, Male Leader of the Year and Rising Star of the Year awards.
The UAE dominated the shortlist of the inaugural edition of the awards with 102 finalists, followed by Saudi Arabia with 20 and Oman with seven. Bahrain was next with the most number of finalists with six, followed by Kuwait with four and Qatar with one.
“The next phase of the GCC’s incredible story will be defined by how well the government and private sectors can work together. The MEED Awards celebrate the very best success stories of the past year, recognizing the greatest commercial and environmental achievements as well as the most valuable innovations and client service,” said Richard Thompson, editorial director, MEED.
The finalists will undergo another round of screening to determine this year’s winners which will be announced on Nov. 29 at The Conrad Hotel, Dubai. The full list of shortlisted companies is available at www.meedawards.meed.com.


HIGER to improve public transport

Updated 21 April 2018
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HIGER to improve public transport

Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery has announced a new strategic partnership with HIGER Bus, a leading Chinese bus and coach manufacturer, to support the development of public transportation in Saudi Arabia.
Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery will now offer various types of HIGER Bus vehicles to customers in Saudi Arabia, including coaches, city buses, school buses, electric, hybrid and clean energy buses and high capacity articulated buses designed to operate in bus rapid transit system (BRT).
The partnership aims to expand and deepen HIGER’s presence in Saudi Arabia and meet rising public demand for safe, accessible transport — a key objective of Saudi Vision 2030.
The announcement was made at a special event at Hussein Jameel Hall in Jeddah, attended by officials from the Ministry of Hajj, Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery, HIGER Bus, and executives from bus operators in Makkah. Guests included Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister for transportation affairs, Ministry of Hajj and Umrah; Osama Samkari, general director assistant for transport, Naqaba; and Hamza Ghulman, dean of College of Engineering and Islamic Architecture, Umm Al-Qura University; and Marwan Sulaimani, director, Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.
Hassan Jameel, deputy president and vice chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel, said: “Abdul Latif Jameel is pleased to announce this partnership with HIGER Bus, the world’s third largest bus manufacturer. This is another demonstration of our position as an investment partner of choice for international businesses operating in Saudi Arabia and the region.
“Although this is the first time we have partnered with a bus company, we have achieved a high-quality level of after-sales services in automotive parts and machinery trade over the last 70 years. Combined with our best-in-class support, we will continue our commitment to improving and enhancing our services. The new partnership creates a strong and reliable contribution for Saudi Arabia as it looks to improve its public transportation, while supporting the increase of pilgrims visiting the country.”
Gary Jiang, general manager overseas of HIGER Bus, said: “Established in 1998, HIGER Bus has manufactured more than 250,000 vehicles over the last 20 years. It is the world’s third largest manufacturer of buses, with vehicles exported to 130 countries. HIGER’s partnership with Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery will further strengthen the brand and will provide customers peace of mind.”