Populous, Stadium design, Office opening

Global architecture firm Populous opens Dubai office

Global architecture and design practice Populous - known for its extensive portfolio of stadium projects worlwide - has opened its office in Dubai, making it the firm's first physical office in the MENA region. 

The opening of its Dubai office has now established its presence in 15 locations across the globr, with over 600 staff members across its various offices. 

Populous' Dubai office in located at the Dubai World Trade Centre, and is set to act as a regional hub for the Middle East and Africa regions, co-ordinating a full range of the firm's services including architecture, masterplanning, interior design, event planning, and brand activation services. 

The firm has become increasingly active in the Middle East in recent years, with existing projects including Dubai Arena, Qadsiya stadium in Kuwait, and Al Ahly Stadium in Egypt. 

Ben Vickery, senior principal at Populous, will oversee the development of the office as well as its business operations in the region. Vickery has been responsible for delivering projects such as the Sydney Olympic Stadium, the London Olympic Event Overlay, as well as the Wembley Stadium. 

He said: "Establishing an office in the Gulf will enable Populous to be closer to our clients, consultants and contractors in the region, improving communication and co-ordination for current and future projects in the Middle East.

"I’m very excited about the opportunity to bring Populous unsurpassed experience to our Middle-East clients. A strong regional presence will enable Populous to offer our truly worldclass, cutting-edge design experience with local knowledge, experience and support," he added.

Managing director, Christopher Lee also commented on the opening, saying: “We’re excited about the opportunity to offer our world-class design experience in designing stadia, arenas, convention centres, equestrian facilities and motorsports facilities to our Middle-Eastern clients.

"Led by one of our most experienced stadium architects Ben Vickery, we believe Populous will offer an unparalleled service bringing world-class experience to the region to help our clients deliver truly world-class facilities for all people of the Gulf.”

Some of Populpus' well-known projects include Wembley Stadium, Emirates Stadium, Royal Ascot racecourse, The International Convention Centre in Sydney  and Silverstone’s Formula 1 Circuit.