Oh, what a night. And what a pleasure it was, too, to share the stage with the very best the sector has to offer at our annual MEP Middle East Awards ceremony.
I hope all our guests enjoyed themselves as much as I did – making my debut as MEP Middle East editor was a memorable experience and one I can truly say I am proud of.
There could be no doubt our deserving winners in particular revelled in their success; a fitting conclusion to what has been a testing year for many in the industry.
There may still be a busy few weeks ahead of us as 2019 reaches its crescendo, but no doubt attention is already turning to Q1 2020 and the countdown to a somewhat anticipated event in October.
But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves just yet. Our shared night at the Waldorf Astoria on 6 November dominates the pages in this final edition of 2019, and putting this issue together has allowed me to relive all the highlights of the big night over and over.
I need to give a couple of special mentions to our Young Engineer of the Year Mahmoud Hameed, who spoke in his post-award interview with a maturity that defies his years.
It has been a mission of mine since taking this job to connect with as many future leaders as possible, and clearly Mahmoud fits the bill with his enduring pursuit of excellence.
And secondly to Mechanical Engineer of the Year Stephen Page who, despite our reassurance, could not quite believe he had scooped the coveted accolade.
Stephen, who has been in the Middle East since 2014 and works for Atkins, was so taken aback by the award that he struggled to gather his thoughts and articulate his feelings during his interview with me backstage. To be able to recognise and reward someone who is so committed to their craft filled me with colossal pride.
Congratulations to Mahmoud, Stephen, and all our winners and highly-commended nominees.
There is plenty to look forward to in 2020, but don’t forget to take stock before the end of the year and realise how far you have come in the past 12 months.