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Outstanding Contribution To Businesses" Award

“Sheikh Thani Receives Outstanding Contribution in Business Award” Arabian Business Presents to Valley City a New Award. • Sheikh Thani: "Valley City" project reflects “SAK Holding” future strategy.”
• Valley City showcases high end engineering specifications, creativity and traditional architecture.
• Implementation of top international standards in contemporary and modern projects.

Doha, 25 September:

SAK Holding Group attained a local and global distinctive demission by clinching many regional and global high rankings and appraisals. Its first project, “valley city”, started a unique track record of winning awards, “it bagged 7 international awards this year alone from France, Italy, Canada, and the United States and finally London.

SAK Holding came back home from London last week to win the Best Architectural Project Award in the Arabian Business 2013 Awards Ceremony held at Grand Hyatt-Doha on September 24. The award was received by SAK Holding Group Chairman of the Board Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Al Thani, and CEO Engineer Hesham Al Sahtari, and Deputy CEO Mr. Abdul Rahman AlNajjar. Also attending the ceremony, Mr. Nasser AlJaber, Chief Logistics and Administration Development Officer, Mr. Adel Hassan, SAK Partnerships Company General Manager, one of SAK Holding Subsidiaries, and a number the company executives and officials

Outstanding Contribution in Business Award

ITP Group presented the 2013 Outstanding Contribution in Business Award to his Excellency Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah, one of its high ranking awards presented to personalities who left an outstanding mark in the business world, and key players in various economy sectors, in recognition of his remarkable role in the businessmen community in Qatar and the GCC, through his foundations and establishments and many projects and mega financial and commercial and real estate activities.

Sheikh Thani is one of the top contributors in the real estate development in the state of Qatar and the region, and in one of the most deep rooted real estate company in the country, Ezdan Company, founded in the sixties of the last the century, that turned into a holding group working in multiple disciplines and various activities. Sheikh Thani is also a major contributor in the Islamic banking and finance sector and financial services and many other sectors, giving his Excellency an elevated position amongst business men, in view of his insight and his leadership in the investment and business sector.

The annual Arabian Business Awards ceremony is a highly anticipated prominent economic event locally and regionally. The business community in the GCC countries such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates awaits this occasion; Over the past fourteen years "Arabian Business "a subsidiary of ITP group honored, a number of prominent figures of different sectors in the Middle East. It attracts senior eminent economists in the region and the world, including foreign investors. Arabian Business honors companies and individuals who have contributed effectively and made significant achievements during the past year in about19 different sectors; in addition to the companies that led the business sectors. Some other awards of Arabian Business are "Life Achievement" award and "Business of the year" award.

A short presentation was given during the ceremony on "Valley City" project explaining the special features that made the project gets nominated for local and regional reputed architectural awards, making it eligible it to win 7 world renowned awards in less than one year, namely won the MIPIM architectural future projects award for the best master plan, held in Cannes – France. The “A” Design Award for the best urban planning design which was held in Como, Italy.

The 2013 AZ Award held in Canada for the best engineering concept described by the judges as the ideal example of future cities. The International Architecture 2013 Award organized by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, in collaboration with the European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Iconic 2013 Award for best concept design for architectural planning organized by German Design Council, and finally “LEAF Award 2013" for the best architectural design, last week.

“Valley City” projects complies with top norms of Quality, Sustainability, Health and Safety adopted in execution distinguished future projects, which contribute positively and effectively in social development. “Valley City” project was designed by renowned Architect Engineer Marwan Zugheib from MZ Architects – Lebanon, whose works has received many global awards and accreditations such as Al Dar head office in Abu Dhabi, “Al Ain Stadium” and Park Hotel in Jeddah and Riyadh and many other projects.

Valley City Project reflects high-class engineering characteristics stemming from creativity and attractive local architecture, it also fulfills the residents basic and future needs and requirements, it aims to create a perfect residential and working environment spread over 3m sq meters near one of the many future major stadiums to host World Cup 2022 events. It will comprise of thousands of residential units divided into different sized apartment, houses and villas, it will has a resort attached to a 4 stars hotel, and a 250,000 sq meter central park, a mall, a cultural village, and different markets and business hubs and commercial offices in addition to entertainment and service amenities and various other facilities. H.E Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Al Thani, the Chairman of SAK Holding Group dedicated the new accomplishments achieved by “Valley City” project in international circles to H. H. Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, and to his wise leadership under which the country is moving towards a promising future and unprecedented development boosting the cultural, economic and urban development.

He continued by saying that this project expresses the future strategy of SAK Holding Group and is to contribute in the real estate development fulfilling the objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030, and in line with the county’s unremitting efforts for the preparations to host FIFA World Cup 2022. Sport is expected to play vital role in the urban, cultural and economical development of the country, attracting many promising projects and foreign investments. Sheikh Thani stressed: "SAK Holding Group has a deliberate and a firm strategy that led it to win this series of international awards for "Valley City" project which will give a unique architectural tag and a considerable achievement in the real estate sector of the country. He pointed out that "SAK Holding Group" has a long real estate experience founded over five decades that had a significant role in the country’s real estate sector, and in fulfilling the requirement of many important events held in the country; most notably the 2001 World Trade Organization Conference, when we provided 30% of the required housing units, and also in 2006 during the Asian Games, we provided 40% of the total required housing units. In 2010, the company signed an agreement with FIFA and Qatar's 2022 World Cup Committee, to provide 50 thousand units of the total housing units required, right down to hosting over six thousand guests partaking in the XII Arab Games during December 2011.

H.E Sheikh Thani said, "SAK Holding Group wants to become one of the leading companies in Qatar, the region, and the world, enhancing urban development and achievements, stressing the importance and the growing role of sports locally, regionally and globally, and projects related to it, in Urban, Economic and Cultural development in countries hosting similar significant regional and global sporting matches and events, which was the basic idea behind "Valley City" project. We took into account the necessity to fulfill the requirements needed to host FIFA 2022, in line with the development in Qatar and the basic principles of Qatar Vision 2030. As well as Sustainability which is one of the main considerations underlying the Concept Design of the project, in tune with and guided by Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) and its relevant concepts such as 'Solar Energy Conservation', 'Eco Friendly Buildings', and Low- Carbon Transport Systems, High-Quality Building Materials from local sources, Waste Management, and Water Consumption Reduction."

It is worth mentioning that the SAK Holding top priority is Qatar’s future needs development which led to designing "Valley City” project based on the principles of sustainability and eco-friendly architecture. The design employed environmental and climatic components and the site's unique features; it also utilized natural elements like wind, water and sun in order to minimize the financial costs of construction and use it all to preserve and minimize consumption of energy, whether in the designs that have been developed, or in building materials to be used in the project, and green transport systems, water treatment plant, narrow roads that can provide shadow and alleviate the impact of harmful sunlight, in addition to use of windows largely to allow fresh air. As well as highly relying on solar panels and systems, materials and plants that consume less water, specifically for green spaces, which occupies a big part of the total area of the project.

Valley City project is inspired by the unique characteristics of Qatar's environment. He did not resort to the same trending tendencies worldwide adopted in designing future cities completely reliant on modern technology. The Valley City design stems from Qatar's traditional Islamic architecture giving the city a unique identity. Green open spaces played a major role in designing the project, it fills and surrounds the city yards and squares, and areas designated to cultural, artistic, entertainment and sports activities, and also in the commercial districts and open markets and public transport stations, turning it to a special city offering an environment to live, work and play in perfect harmony, combining luxury, sophistication and comfort all in the same place, giving the residents a strong sense of living in a healthy eco-friendly oasis like environment.

"Valley City" project comprises of 3 major areas dedicated to sports, entertainment and culture. Each area include a chain of neighborhoods with specially designed houses, VIP Villas, Luxury Apartments and Offices featuring a Hotel, Resort, and Entertainment, Sports, Cultural Facilities, in addition, to restaurants and commercial shops. There are also buildings suitable for a wide range of divergent use choices. Landscaping and merging nature with construction is given proper attention to make “Valley City” a highly luxurious integrated breathing outlet and not only a residential place