Posted on November 22, 2016

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Doha, as Qatar’s “smartest” building at the Middle East’s first-ever smart building awards presentation at the Innovation Live! Summit today in Dubai.The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel also picked up the award for the Middle East’s smartest “hotel” building.In addition, Doha’s leading sports and education destination, Aspire Zone Foundation, was named as the region’s smartest educational facility.

The Honeywell Smart Building Score™ Awards program, developed by Honeywell, a Fortune 100 global technology and Internet of Things (IoT) leader, assessed the smartness of buildings across the region based on how green, safe and productive they are. The awards recognize the leading smart buildings in Qatar, the UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, and assessed hotels, hospitals, educational and retail facilities as well as the leading high-rise office and residential buildings across the region.

The awards are designed to help drive innovation and the ‘smart cities’ agenda in Qatar and across the Middle East in line with regional development strategies. Shortlisted entries for the Honeywell Smart Building Score™ Awards were independently audited by global advisory firm Ernst & Young, where DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel achieved the highest evaluation amongst all entries from Qatar, with impressive scores across all three smart building categories.

“As Qatar’s smartest building, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Doha is setting the benchmark and is a best practise example for building innovation not only in Qatar but also across the Middle East,”said Norm Gilsdorf, president for Honeywell’s Middle East, Russia and Central Asia regions. “Qatar is well on its way to meeting the smart city ambitions outlined in the Qatar National Vision 2030, the result demonstrates that the country encompasses innovation into the very foundations of its cities.”

The 2016 awards are the culmination of the Middle East’s first Honeywell Smart Building Score™ (HSBS) – the first-of-its-kind universal framework designed for the comprehensive assessment of any building – launched in March of this year. The HSBS framework was used to evaluate 620 buildings across seven major Middle East cities: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Doha, and Kuwait City.

As well as buildings in Qatar, the Honeywell Smart Building Score™ Awards also recognized smart building successes across the region, including:

  • UAE:BurjKhalifa – Winner, Smartest Building in the UAE and Region’s Smartest High-Rise Residential, Latifa Maternity &Paediatric Hospital – Winner, Region’s Smartest Hospital; City Centre Deira– Winner, Region’s Smartest Retail Facility;
  • Kuwait:Al Hamra Business Tower and Luxury Center – Winner, Smartest Building in Kuwait;
  • Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) – Winner, Smartest Building in Saudi Arabia.

“It is exciting to see cutting-edge building technologies being adopted across the Middle East, putting the region at the forefront of global Smart City development,” said Pete Costa, vice president, Honeywell Building Solutions, High Growth Regions. “There is a growing demand from building operators across the region for closer integration of building management systems such as energy control, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, access control, security and fire safety, to help meet their smart building objectives.”