Posted on September 17, 2015

ASTAD Project Management, Qatar's premier project management consultancy has received two awards recognizing skill, innovation, and hard work in projects across different sectors.

The two projects were recognized at the “Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets in Dubai”. ASTAD nominated the two projects, which were the only shortlisted projects representing Qatar, to compete with 39 projects from across the world including finalists from Russia, Brazil, India, Turkey, China, and the GCC. Commenting on the occasion, Ali al-Khalifa, ASTAD’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “These awards are yet another testament to our continuous efforts in achieving excellence and demonstrating our focus on reliability, availability, and efficiency. These world-class specialized projects we are delivering will serve as a great example and set the benchmark for others to follow”.

The National Museum of Qatar won the Community, Culture, and Tourism Project Award. The museum, designed by renowned architect Jean Nouvel, features a series of interlocking disks that mimic the sand rose, a mineral formation created by salt evaporation in sand layers beneath the deserts of the Gulf region, won the Community, Culture & Tourism Project Award. The museum will comprise thirteen permanent galleries which will occupy the interior like nomad camps, telling the story of Qatar’s natural, cultural, and political history from ancient times to the present.

ASTAD National Museum of Qatar 2 [].jpgMansour bin Ibrahim Al Mahmoud, Acting CEO, Qatar Museums said, "We recognize that the design of the National Museum of Qatar is unique and very challenging to construct. We wanted to build a recognizable national landmark that would inspire generations to come. We are proud of this award that recognizes the hard work put into this by every party."

Qatar’s Lusail Sports Arena, the flagship venue selected to host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship edged out the Chinese competition to win the Leisure & Hospitality Project Award. The venue is designed to host world-class sporting events for Handball, Volleyball and Basketball, with the capacity to host over 15,000 spectators on a site of over 400,000 square meters. Among its key characterizes is its 3 star GSAS certified sustainability standard  for features such as  the efficient building envelope designed to reduce cooling demand by using fritting, shading and bright colored finishes to minimize heat island effect.

This year ASTAD has already won five awards at the MEED Quality Awards, 2015. Three awards went to the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies including the GCC Quality Project of the Year and the GCC and National Winner for Social Infrastructure Project of the Year. Ali Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah Arena was recognized as the National Winner for Building Project of the Year while the Energy Management System -Solar Micro Grid was recognized as the National Winner of Sustainable Project of the Year.