4. Emad Azmy, president, ASGC Construction (Power 100 ranking: 4)

As president of ASGC Construction, Emad Azmy is leading the company’s continued endeavours to expand and invest in its more than 11,000-strong workforce.

“The key initiative for 2018 is the launch of the ASGC Labour Training Academy,” Azmy tells Construction Week.

“The academy delivers training and knowledge upgrades for all of ASGC’s workforce. It hosts new joiners for job training; offers health, safety, and environment training; and delivers development training programmes that lead to career progression for workers and supervisors.”

Indeed, prioritising professional development is a strategy that appears to be delivering results for the firm. ASGC’s recent portfolio of projects, for which it was engaged as main contractor, includes an $81.7m (AED300m) contract for the Green Community Expansion Phase 1, and a deal worth $398m (AED1.5bn) for the Bluewaters Island project in Dubai.

This is in addition to a $165.4m (AED608m) contract for Bloom Marina in Abu Dhabi; and contracts in Cairo, Egypt, worth $17.2m (AED63.1m) for the Mivida Park Residence and $26.7m (AED97.9m) for the Festival Living Apartments.