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.
Abu Dhabi’s oldest building Qasr Al Hosn, also known as the White Fort, underwent ten years of restoration work and is now a museum.
The Mivida retail district is part of the Emaar Mivida masterplan and is located approximately 28km east of downtown Cairo.
The aspiration is to create a dynamic commercial destination in the heart of Abu Dhabi.
Dubai Hills is set to be one of the most prestigious lifestyle communities in the city.
The Boardwalk Mall will be a new district shopping centre servicing the prosperous Dubai Hills community within the Al Quoz area.
Following our successful work on the Courtyard, the Marriott Hotel Group commissioned us to design a new rooftop bar ‘Up & Below’.
A new cruise terminal that houses all of the key passenger facilities together with retail and restaurant offerings. Traditional Arabic elements combine with modern architecture in the distinctive design of this building.
The complex contains three main school groups: foundation, primary and secondary, which are designed as schools within schools.
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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.
Principal Alistair Kell is our Information Technology and Process director and has a thorough understanding of the design process and the most appropriate application of new technologies.
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