Our MENA studio combines the benefits of a global interdisciplinary practice with the practicality of a local firm. Working in the region since the 1970s, our team of dedicated professionals create progressive places that deliver design value.
Suite 2604, Shining Tower,
PO Box 41670,
Abu Dhabi, UAE
T +971 2 627 6033
Abu Dhabi contact Gary Dicken
We work across the MENA region on a variety of building typologies and in a range of sectors including education, sport, leisure, culture, hospitality, retail, workplace, housing and urbanism.
Our diverse and growing team comprises architects, townplanners, project managers and interior designers. As a global practice, we have the advantage of accessing the expertise of our international sustainability, engineering, landscape architecture, acoustics, lighting, inclusivity and graphic design teams to offer a truly integrated approach.
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.
In line with the UAE-France strategic partnership and as part of the Ghadan 21 accelerator programme, the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) collaborated with 42 to launch the new ground-breaking coding school, the first of its kind in the GCC.
BDP designed the Bateen Liwa Resort and thus created an oasis in the desert.
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.
Located in Dubai’s Knowledge Park, the new 218,000 sqft Heriot-Watt University campus will serve nearly 4,000 students - representing 105 nationalities from around the world - seeking research-informed, industry-focused, British education of the highest standard in the UAE.
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.
Steve is a main board director, principal of our Manchester studio, chairman of our Shanghai and MENA studios, and director of architecture for Shanghai.
Gary is an architect director and leads our studio in Abu Dhabi.
The completed refurbishment of the Electrical Supply Board’s 45,000m² office building within a famous Georgian streetscape, has seen BDP’s building services engineers and sustainability consultants create one of the most sustainable workplaces in Ireland.
Kisho Kurokawa Architect and Associates (KKAA) and LAETOLI Corporation will recreate the Nakagin Capsule Tower currently under demolition, for auction utilising NFT technology.
We were delighted to celebrate the topping out milestone at Google’s new King’s Cross Building last week and see the final steel beam put into place.
BDP has recorded strong growth and positive financial results for the financial year ended 30 June 2021. The practice achieved an operating profit of £13.6million - an increase of 2% on the previous year.
Our groundbreaking coding school, 42, for the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) has won the Commercial Interior Design award for a public sector building.
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.