MEP Middle East Awards 2019: Judges' Notes Part 2

Thoughts of Nerissa Deoraj, Mandarr Agshikar, Omnia Halawani, Ahmed Abou Alfa, Majd Fayyad, and Vasanth Kumar were exchanged during a lively and informative discussion.

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Expert insight, critical comment, and professional opinion were the order of the day as the judging panel for this year’s MEP Middle East Awards convened to discuss the 2019 shortlist.

Assembling at MEP Middle East HQ, the thoughts of Nerissa Deoraj, Mandarr Agshikar, Omnia Halawani, Ahmed Abou Alfa, Majd Fayyad, and Vasanth
Kumar were exchanged during a lively and informative discussion.

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Each had favourites they deemed worthy of walking away with top prize in each of the annual awards’ 16 categories, and their job on the day was to settle on the lucky winners.

Of course, the judges came to their final results independently, their professionalism during the judging process a credit to themselves and the organisations they represent.

Read what the judges had to say in Part 2 of our Judge's Notes feature. 

Omnia Halawani
Director & Partner
Griffin Consultants

Looking at the different entries, what each one of them highlighted in terms of innovation, digitalisation, and highlighting what they did for the community and how they give back [was my favourite facet of the process].

Also, seeing what companies and engineers are striving for in terms of adding to the industry and in terms of digitalisation – which is very much needed.

Definitely meeting the other judges and hearing their perspectives – each of us had a different perspective and it was enlightening. There were different perspectives on the table.

For senior engineers, executives and such [I looked for] how they influence their communities – giving back is a big thing, while for the project submissions I was looking for how they differed.

It is easy to submit a project, but when a project offers something that is different, innovative or really needed in this region, that definitely stood out for me.

The Young Engineer of the Year category was an interesting one, there was a very high calibre from all applicants.

Everyone was striving for their own personal developments while also being involved with associations and programmes within their respective companies.

Majd Fayyad
Technical Manager
Emirates Green Building Council

The MEP Middle East Awards provide a significant platform to celebrate and showcase the successes and achievements of the MEP industry in the region.

This year, many entries demonstrated high standards in terms of design and construction, as well as the types of technologies and systems used in these projects.

The Sustainability Project, Retrofit Project, and GCC Project categories were the closest to my heart due to the unique entries and their contribution to sustainability.

In addition to evaluating the sustainability standards implemented, my evaluation was also based on how well the projects consider the impacts on occupant’s health and wellbeing.

For company categories, I was also looking at the entries’ corporate social responsibility and staff professional development programmes.

It was not difficult to select a winner in some categories due to outstanding entries which demonstrated best MEP practices and high level of innovation.

However, in the other categories, the competition was higher where many nominees demonstrated similar standards. This indicates the market growth and the strive of many companies towards improved efficiency, profitability, and performance.

I was very pleased to be part of the judging panel of the MEP Middle East Awards and witness the contribution of many projects and companies to our green agenda in the region.

The MEP industry has demonstrated its pivotal role in the transition towards the decarbonisation of the built environment.


M. Vasanth Kumar
Ex-Group CEO & Co-founder
Arabian MEP

Congratulations to all the nominees for making it to the final shortlist of the prestigious MEP Middle East Awards.

That is no easy feat and, like everyone, I am excited to be there at the awards night and be part of the celebrations.

Many thanks to the editorial team at MEP Middle East for giving me this opportunity to be part of the judging panel for the third time – it has been a great experience to know more about the innovation, progress, developments and achievements across the entire spectrum of the MEP industry.

As this premier awards programme is set up to recognise and reward individual excellence, corporate prowess, and project success, it can broadly be classified under three groups, namely people, projects and companies; there is no one size fits all approach to make decisions.

As we all have the desire to take this MEP industry to the next level, we need more and more innovative minds, efficient and professional companies, and landmark projects. 

By bringing together all the stakeholders of the MEP industry, event organisers are doing a commendable job and I am confident this event will inspire everyone to scale more heights and move towards a common goal of making the MEP industry itself a winner.

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