Pioneering woman 'opening doors' in construction


First-ever Excellence in Construction Award winners unveiled at CityBuild Abu Dhabi

A pioneering senior executive who has broken male domination of the region’s building industry boardrooms has received the first-ever Woman in Construction Award.

Receiving the award at CityBuild Abu Dhabi, a new trade show for the Middle East building and construction industry, Fatima Obaid Al Jaber, Chief Operating Officer of Al Jaber Group, said: “By receiving this award I hope to be opening the doors for more women to follow.”

Al Jaber was among a number of winners to receive CityBuild Excellence in Construction Awards during the show at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre which runs until 21 April 2010.

“The judges were looking for an individual who has overcome the real and perceived obstacles of working within a male-dominated industry,” said Graham Wood, Group Director of CityBuild Abu Dhabi organisers IIR Middle East. “Fatima Al Jaber has forged a successful career in this competitive industry, providing a pioneering role model and inspiration for future generations of women working in construction.”


Fatima Al Jaber has been voted by Forbes Arabia among the top most influential women in the Arab world. She sits on Al Jaber Group’s board as an Executive Director and her key responsibilities include overseeing the management of contracting, logistics, industrial, trading, investment and real estate subsidiaries. She is also on the boards of the National Investor and Abu Dhabi Takaful Company.

The CityBuild Excellence in Construction Awards have been introduced to recognise outstanding performance and excellence in the industry with all entries reviewed by an advisory board composed of leading names in the industry, the organisers said.

The CityBuild Honorary Award, made to an individual or organisation that has made a significant contribution and demonstrated outstanding service to the construction industry, went to the Department of Economic Development, Abu Dhabi.