Our MENA studio combines the benefits of an international interdisciplinary practice with the practicality of a local firm. Working in the region since the 1970s, we officially opened the Abu Dhabi studio in 2010. We have a diverse and growing team of dedicated professionals working across many sectors.
Abu Dhabi contact Gary Dicken
We work across the MENA region in a variety of sectors including education, hospitality, retail, commercial office interiors, residential and urbanism. Our Abu Dhabi team comprises architects, townplanners, project managers and interior designers.
As an international practice, we have access to the combined expertise of all of BDP’s professions including sustainability experts, landscape architects, lighting designers and acoustics specialists. When required, we tap into our global resources to deliver desired specialties within an integrated approach that results in high quality, effective, and inspiring built spaces.
With the winning combination of a talented and diverse staff and a strong global framework, we can be nimble, adapting to the needs of the client, while maintaining the high level of quality for which BDP is known internationally.
Key projects to date include the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal, GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai and the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Abu Dhabi.
We work closely with users, clients and the community to create special places for living, working, shopping, culture and learning. Our expertise covers leisure, commercial, residential, education, retail, transport, and healthcare sectors.
We adhere to a very simple design approach placing the user at the heart of the design process which shapes the architectural, functional and social concept within each project.
As the importance of integrating social value into design increases Beth Bourrelly explores its effects on social cohesion, wellbeing and happiness.
Ged Couser looks at the challenges of designing cancer hospitals that facilitate the concept of team science in both research and treatment.
Gary Dicken explains how Qasr Al Hosn has been restored and now stands as its nation’s living memorial and the narrator of Abu Dhabi’s history.
Abu Dhabi’s oldest building Qasr Al Hosn has reopened to the public as a museum, following a ten year restoration project.
The first purpose-built cruise terminal in Abu Dhabi has opened at Port Zayed. BDP designed the new building which houses all of the key passenger facilities together with souvenir shops, restaurants and offices on a mezzanine level.
Abu Dhabi studio design director Firas Hnoosh is a panellist at Leaders in Design MENA, a 5th Global Edition summit hosted by the International Business Council.
BDP’s Abu Dhabi studio is a joint sponsor, along with M&N Place, of the Building Knowledge Forum which is open to designers, consultants, public sector agencies, developers and land owners in Abu Dhabi.
BDP has been commissioned by Kuwait Municipality to undertake the country’s Commercial Land Use Background Study.