1. Kez Taylor, CEO, ALEC (Power 100 ranking: 2)

Taking the top spot in the Construction Week Power 100 for the second year in a row is Kez Taylor, chief executive officer of ALEC Engineering and Contracting. In the 17 years that he has held the role, Taylor has led ALEC’s work on some of the Gulf’s most high-profile projects, especially in its home market, the UAE.

With its focus firmly on commercial, hospitality, retail, and exhibition projects, the firm saw revenue of more than $1bn (AED3.7bn) in the last financial year and expects income of $1.1bn (AED4bn) for 2018–19, with a backlog worth over $2.72bn (AED10bn).

In the past year, Taylor’s team has worked as principal contractor on some of Dubai’s most high-profile projects, including the Bluewaters Island retail district; the Bulgari Resort, Dubai; Holiday Inn, Dubai Festival City; the expansion of Al Maktoum International Airport; and Marina Gate I Residences. ALEC’s pipeline of ongoing developments, meanwhile, includes Emaar’s Dubai Hills Mall, One Za’abeel, and the Deira Waterfront Office & Hotel at Ithra Dubai.

This is in addition to the Conference & Exhibition Centre Campus and Emaar’s Mobility Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai.

The growth of the contractor’s workforce demonstrates its success in the UAE market. ALEC currently employs 252 full-time qualified engineers, 2,656 unskilled labourers, and a total of 205 women.