Start digging out your best evening wear from the wardrobe because the biggest night in the MEP calendar is upon us.
Yes, the MEP Awards are returning to Dubai for their 13th edition on 6 November, and this year’s salute to the sector’s leading lights promises to be bigger and better than ever – not least because I’m in the picture this time around.
But in all seriousness, fresh off the back of the big reveal of 2019’s Top 25 MEP Contractors list, the excitement at MEP Middle East HQ is palpable.
Such has been the demand for more time for nominees to submit their applications we’ve had to extend the deadline twice; testament to the enduring pursuit of excellence that dominates the sector despite the well documented challenges that have punctuated the past 12 months.
The submissions have been mightily impressive, ensuring this year’s shortlist – covering prizes in 16 categories – is packed with talented individuals, pioneering firms, and projects that make you say ‘wow’.
I took a particular interest in the MEP Contractor of the Year category, and paid close attention to judges’ views, and how they stacked up next to the recent Top 25 rankings.
The same can be said of the Top 20 MEP Consultants of the Year list published in April. This may have been produced long before I arrived in the MEP Middle East hotseat, but I was again fascinated to observe how our independent judges assessed the worth of nominees, and in which facets of operation they placed most value.
With such a diverse group running the rule over applicants, just getting them all in the same room proved to be an educational experience.
I do have one final word before I leave you to scan the shortlist and discover who is in with a shot of landing one of our industry leading accolades.
Those who missed out on making the shortlist should take heart in their efforts. Without the entire sector driving towards better ways of working progress is stifled.
You may not be in the running this time out, but your quest for quality pushes the standard up across the board, and that can only be a good thing for the industry.