OMA opens Dubai office

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is now operating in the UAE, having opened its Dubai office last week to design and oversee projects in the Middle East and Africa region.

Along with its headquarters in Rotterdam and offices in New York, Beijing and Doha, OMA Dubai is set to strengthen the practice’s presence in the Middle East. OMA Dubai is also planned to provide a connection point for future Africa and India projects.

Located in Al Warsan Tower in TECOM, OMA Dubai currently has approximately a staff of 20 architects, urban planners and researchers and is headed by OMA partner Iyad Alsaka (pictured), who will also continue to manage OMA’s office in Doha, Qatar.

“The Dubai office will become a major platform for OMA to increase our client base, sustain current growth, and attract local and regional talents. The city serves as the regional industry hub and it will enable us to remain close to our clients while expanding our presence in the UAE, The Gulf Region, Africa and India,” he said.

Alsaka had joined OMA in 2007 and led the design on the Dubai Waterfront City masterplan. He is currently overseeing projects in Doha, including the Qatar National Library, the Qatar Foundation Headquarters, as well as a masterplan for the Hamad International Airport.

DesignMENA has currently no information on OMA’s projects in Dubai.

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