2021 U.S. Green Building Council Middle East Leadership Award Recipients Announced

Deisy Verdinez
June 10, 2021

Local leaders recognized for contributions to sustainable, healthy, equitable and resilient buildings and communities

10 June, 2021 (Dubai, UAE) – Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced its 2021 USGBC Leadership Award recipients in the Middle East during its USGBC Live virtual conference. The USGBC Leadership Awards recognize the exemplary leadership of individuals and organizations contributing to the creation of sustainable, healthier, equitable and resilient buildings, cities and communities.

“At USGBC, we believe that healthy people in healthy places equals a healthy economy and it is only because of the leadership of organizations and individuals like our award recipients that this vision can become a global reality,” said Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan, Managing Director, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. “In what has been a very challenging year for everyone around the world, the green building industry has continued to carry on. In the Middle East, organizations, governments and private industry are continuing to think about innovative ways to create green projects that lower carbon emissions and contribute to a healthier society. USGBC is proud to partner with them to advance our collective mission of a sustainable future for all.”

The 2021 USGBC Leadership Award recipients for the Middle East are:

  • Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) - DEWA has played a major role in creating the more efficient, resilient, and sustainable infrastructure that led to Dubai achieving LEED for Cities Platinum certification as well as the highest levels of LEED Certification for most of DEWA’s flagship assets. Among the early adopters of green buildings in Dubai, DEWA currently has six green buildings with LEED rating, including the largest sustainable government building in the world, Al Quoz, which was certified in 2012;

  • Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry – The Dubai Chamber of Commerce’s HQ building has one of the first buildings in the region to certify under LEED EB O+M followed by LEED Platinum re-certifications over the years. Their major pillar of work, the University of Dubai, has achieved LEED Gold certification for New Construction, achieved LEED Platinum certification for Existing Building Operations and Management following the completion of a solar project, and is currently pursuing LEED Zero certification;

  • Msheireb Properties – Msheireb Properties in Qatar joined the LEED Earth campaign in 2019 and have since certified a number of projects including, its Doha headquarters, Msheireb Station, the first LEED Gold certified underground metro station in the world, and Msheireb Downtown Doha, the world’s first sustainable downtown regeneration project.

  • King Abdullah Financial District – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Financial District achieved LEED for Neighborhood Development Stage 2 Platinum certification in 2020 using a combination of ancient regional practices with modern sustainable technology to provide the best possible space for residents and visitors.

  • Majid Al Futtaim – Majid Al Futtaim properties is marking progress in achieving its long-term target to produce more energy and water than it consumes, reaching a Net Positive business model by 2040. Their latest achievement is the LEED v4.1 O+M Platinum certification of 10 hospitality projects at 13 hotels in the Middle East region.

  • ALARGAN – One of Kuwait’s leading real estate development companies, Alargan has pioneered the concept of sustainability and green buildings in its own headquarters and recently recertified their headquarters as LEED v4.1 Platinum;

  • Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority - The Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, a LEED Earth recipient, achieved LEED v4.1 Platinum certification for Operations and Maintenance and has succeeded in reducing its cumulative energy consumption by 33 percent, surpassing its target of 30 percent.

  • King Salman Energy Park (SPARK) - Strategically located at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, the King Salman Energy Park (SPARK) Phase One has become the first industrial city in the world to achieve LEED for Cities Silver certification, with a vision to become the primary gateway to the regional energy sector.

The USGBC Leadership Awards featured at USGBC Live recognize these notable green building projects, companies and individuals in the region over the last year and recognize the hard work put forth to create healthy, sustainable spaces.

USGBC Live is a new event that combines the expertise of the largest community of green building leaders with the data, insights, stories and leadership from the thousands of LEED and green building projects around the globe to produce insightful and engaging conversations about the future of buildings, cities and communities. Held virtually, the three-day event features localized content channels across different regions in the U.S. and abroad, offering sessions on topics that provide innovative ways to push the industry.