7. Ghassan Merehbi, Arabian Construction Company

Arabian Construction Company (ACC) saw revenues of $1.3bn (AED4.8bn) in 2017, tackling projects such as the 37-storey Link Tower residential project in Abu Dhabi, the Address Residence Sky View Towers in Downtown Dubai, and Al Meena Residential Towers in Abu Dhabi.

Other projects for which ACC is working as the main contractor include Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, located in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, and Al Dabb’iya Surface Facilities for Adco, a unit of the UAE’s Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.

As chairman, Ghassan Merehbi oversees the Lebanese company’s large workforce, which comprises about 25,000 unskilled labourers and approximately 1,000 qualified engineers. ACC is very particular about the competencies of its manpower, says Merehbi: “Different types of training programmes are proposed and carried out at various levels.

“Training programmes are classified into multiple levels and are often carried out based on the needs and skill-set requirements of a specific project or department,” he tells Construction Week.

The chairman says that growth represents the main challenge facing ACC in the coming 12 months, but it is hoped that the company’s focus on upskilling its staff will support the business as it looks to seize new opportunities in key regional markets such as the UAE, Egypt, and in particular, Saudi Arabia.