Sunday 18 August 2019

Dewan expands footprint in South East Asia

DUBAI, April 21, 2019

Dubai-based Dewan Architects and Engineers, a leading architectural engineering studio, recently inaugurated an office in Hong Kong as part of its expansion in South East Asia.
The practice, which already has an office in Manila, also plans to establish an office in Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam, in late 2019.
The company is committed to leveraging the firm’s experience in the Middle East to expand its footprint in South East Asia, a statement said.
With South East Asian countries experiencing record growth and development and setting new standards for design and hospitality concepts, Dewan Architects and Engineers is keen to actively participate in the success of these economies and to tap into the wealth of experience and expertise it has amassed during its 35 years of operation, it said.
With the vast majority of its work over the past 35 years focused on the Middle East, with key markets in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, Dewan Architects and Engineers is also known for its extensive work in Europe, Africa and parts of Asia. 
Established in 2007, the Manila office is staffed with over 60 BIM-qualified architects. With its comprehensive experience in the Philippines, the firm points out that practices there are similar to those in the UAE. 
“Philippines is a steady growth market with a fast-developing design scene, a readily available source of skilled technicians, and a similar work structure to the UAE,” says Ammar Al Assam, executive director of Dewan Architects and Engineers.
As a global practice that caters for an ever-unified user base, directors at Dewan say that every market they enter enriches their design ethos and that they are always careful to apply local cultures and knowledge, said the statement.
Commenting on their future expansion plans in Asia, Al Assam said: “Our mid-term plan is to handle four to five projects a year from our existing design hubs, and at a later stage to establish a local office that would be self-sufficient in both business development and design, either organically or through acquisition of established local practices.”
A multi-disciplinary architectural and engineering consultancy firm which regularly crosses not just borders, but boundaries of innovation, Dewan Architects and Engineers has offices in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, and Barcelona. Along with East Asia, future expansion plans include Africa and Central Asia. - TradeArabia News Service


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