The Top 50 Architecture Firms in the Middle East

Architecture in the Middle East: it's got form

The Middle East’s long legacy of architectural excellence still stands today in the form of ancient structures like Egypt’s Pyramids, Petra in Jordan and in Islamic architectural masterpieces such as the Taj Mahal in India.

In more recent years, the region has, once again, captured the world’s attention through ambitious development projects and iconic structures, with the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia emerging as global hubs for innovative and ground-breaking architecture.

So, what’s driving this architectural renaissance?


The economic boom, increased urbanisation and a surge in tourism to the region all combine to make the construction pipeline across the Middle East over the next few years nothing short of mind-blowing. In the UAE alone, the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 and Dubai 2040 Urban Masterplan are creating a framework for over 1800 major projects worth just over $700billion.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is ramping up its diversification efforts under Vision 2030, leading to a surge in the rollout of huge-scale, or “giga” projects. Funded mainly by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), such ventures signal significant economic development, infrastructure enhancement and job generation.

And, in the thick of it, the world’s biggest and best architecture and construction firms are expanding, innovating and establishing themselves in the region as they do all they can to deliver their clients’ mega-ambitious visions. And it’s these companies that we bring into focus as we put forward our own Top 50 Architecture Firms in the Middle East.

The Top 50 Architecture Firms in the Middle East

Any ‘Top 50’ is always going to be a bit contentious. But, every year, our best people spend months researching and talking to people we know on the ground (architects, developers and manufacturers) to come up with our very own top 50. These are the architecture firms who, right now, have their names next to the headline-grabbing projects that ambitious building product and materials manufacturers would love to be a part of.

So, we publish our Top 50, knowing that, every company listed has a highly dynamic portfolio of large-scale commercial projects throughout the Middle East region. And, whilst it might not be the Top 50 in terms of total global revenue, it lists the companies which should be on your list, if major commercial projects in the Middle East are your target. In short, the most in-demand architecture and construction firms in the Middle East in 2024.

(Confidential project details have been removed - if you want the full Arc Middle East 2024 Project list, please email us)

The Top 50


1. 10 Design

10 Design is a leading international partnership of architects, urbanists, landscape designers and CGI specialists. The studio works at all scales and sectors. 10 Design has offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Miami, Dubai, London and Edinburgh. Recent wins include, new hospitality awards in Seychelles, KSA and Edinburgh.

Company Stats
Architects/Designers in Region: 100
Architects/Designers in World: 380
Area of Projects in Region: 375,000 sq.ft
Area of Projects in World: 1,000,000 sq.ft

2. ACG - Architectural Consulting Group

Established in 1976, Architectural Consulting Group (ACG) has built an impeccable track record in the Gulf region proven by a long list of successfully completed architectural projects covering the full spectrum of building types. ACG’s diverse portfolio includes residential, commercial, retail, office, entertainment, hospitality, leisure, educational and industrial projects. ACG provides consultancy services in master planning, architecture, structure, mechanical, electrical, interior design, landscape architecture, cost control, as well as project and construction management services.

ACG is an ISO certified firm with over 200 skilled professionals, ACG’s team combine international consultancy skills with strong knowledge of local culture and markets to successfully materialize our client’s vision and turn it into reality. We implement a Principal-in-Charge methodology and assign an ACG executive level principal to lead, manage and deliver each and every project from inception through handing over.

We design for a better kind of living.

3. Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture LLP

Our firm is dedicated to the creation of new paradigms for sustainable development. We employ a holistic, integrated design approach that emphasizes symbiotic relationships with the natural environment - a philosophy we have termed “global environmental contextualism.”

Our human-centric approach takes into consideration cultural, social, passive design, and renewable energy systems that represent an advanced shift in the life-cycle embodied carbon design process, where Form Facilitates Performance. It’s predicated on the understanding that everything within the built and natural environment is connected, and that a building or city’s design should stem from an understanding of its role within that context- locally, regionally, and globally.

AS+GG's practice includes experience in distinctive design solutions, technical architecture, interior design, urban planning, and sustainable carbon design. We have expertise in city planning as well as a range of building types including supertall towers, large-scale mixed-use developments, corporate offices, exhibition centers, cultural facilities and museums, civic and public spaces, hotels and residential complexes, and institutional facilities.

4. AE7 Consult

AE7 are a full-service planning, architecture, and engineering firm with hundreds of employees collaborating across dozens of cities around the world. They have created a global team of ambitious professionals advocating for their clients and for the values of the firm.

Stats & Ranking

54 largest AE firm by BD+C

30 hospitality ranking

50 multi-family ranking

24 retail ranking

350 sqkm area master planned

$12 bil value of work constructed

75 sqkm built-up area

500 + team members

More on areas of expertise here


Company Stats

AECOM is a fully integrated professional services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate around the world. The firm’s global staff, including architects, designers, engineers, planners and construction professionals, serves clients in over 150 countries. The firm is a leader in all key markets that it serves, including corporate, transportation, facilities, healthcare, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government.

Architects in Region: 50

Architects in the world: 300

Total area of Projects in Region: 1,000,000 sqm

Total area of Projects in World: 3,000,000 sqm

6. APG - Architecture & Planning Group

APG provides a wide range of services from Master Planning, Architecture and Interior Architecture, to Civil, Structural & MEP Engineering. Strategically located in the MENA region, with HQ based in Abu Dhabi, APG now operates through 8 additional certified offices in Dubai, Al Ain, Cairo, Alexandria, Riyadh, Jeddah, Doha & Khartoum.

  • Founded in Egypt in Late'60 s
  • Active Presence In UAE Since 1973
  • 500+ Professionals in the MENA Region Operating Through 9 Certified Offices
  • 45+yrs experience in the Construction Industry

Recent Projects

  • Mangroove one Compound, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Marine Square Zone A&D, Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Al Jadaff Mosque, Dubai, UAE
  • Long Term Custodian Care Centre, Mafraq, Abu Dhabi, UAE


Arkiteknik International Consulting Engineers is a multi-disciplined Architectural and Engineering practice.

Since 1991, the firm has completed several major landmark projects in Dubai. Its vast portfolio includes a wide range of project type including Luxury Hotels, Public Buildings, Corporate Headquarters, Regional Shopping Malls and large scale Residential developments.

Specializations: Academic, Commercial, Hospitality, Mixed Use, Planning, Residential, Retail, Transportation

Company Stats

Architects/Designers in Region: 13
Architects/Designers in World: 13

8. Atkins

The UK’s Atkins has a massive presence in the region with 2,000 permanent staff and 213 architects. It has played a key role in the emirate for a number of years, most notably as designer for the iconic Burj Al-Arab, which helped define Dubai on the international stage.

9. Burns and McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is a full service planning, architecture, engineering, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm. With more than 50+ offices world-wide, our multi-disciplined staff of over 10,000 employee-owners includes planners, architects, interior designers, engineers, construction professionals, estimators, economists, technicians and scientists, representing all design disciplines. We design, engineer, construct and manage facilities all over the world with one mission in mind: Make our clients successful.

We provide solutions-led design-build. We are a fully integrated, single-source design and construction partner, focused on project's goals, leading to spaces and facilities that meet our client's needs across a broad range of project types, from commercial offices and healthcare facilities to lab/research and academic buildings. As a single source of project responsibility we deliver design for the best value for construction budgets.

10. Dabbagh Architects

Academic, Civic, Mixed Use, Planning & Residential, Dabbagh Architects is an award winning architectural and interior design practice, recognized regionally for its sensitive,
contemporary design and quality-driven service.

Established in 2008, Dabbagh has more than 20 years of UAE experience. Since its inception, it has become highly respected in the regional community. It is listed in Middle East Architects’ Top 40 Power List since 2015.

Company Stats:

Architects/Designers in Region: 6
Architects/Designers in World: 6

11. Dar Al-Handasah

Dar Al-Handasah provides planning, design, management and consultancy for the world’s most important and exciting projects. With a team of 7,860 staff members, Dar Al-Handasah operates in 47 offices in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. Dar’s five principal design centers are located in Beirut, Cairo, London, Pune and Amman.

Company Stats
Architects/Designers in Region: 372
Architects/Designers in World: 612
Area of Projects in Region: 200,000 sq.ft
Area of Projects in World: 280,000 sq.ft

12. Dewan Architects

Dewan Architects + Engineers has been at the forefront of the Middle East’s booming architectural and engineering design sector for almost three decades. Today Dewan is recognized as a global multi-disciplinary practice and is ranked as one of the top three firms regionally.

Company Stats
Architects/Designers in Region: 100
Architects/Designers in World: 400

13. DLR Group

Core areas of design expertise include Civic, Courts, Detention, Energy Services, Federal Markets, Higher Education, Hospitality, Housing, K-12 Education, Museums, Performing Arts, Retail/Mixed-Use, Sports, and Workplace.

DLR Group is a passionate advocate for sustainable design. The outcome is a high-performance building for a sustainable future.


14. ECG - Engineering Consultants Group

Founded in 1969 in Egypt, ECG is a multi‐disciplinary Architectural and Engineering firm with a total workforce of over 3100 full‐time employees. ECG has successfully completed over 2000 projects in in Egypt and the MENA region covering all key engineering fields. Head Quartered located in Cairo the firm has 13 regional offices.

Company Stats
Architects/Designers in Region: 6
Architects/Designers in World: 100

15. Foster+Partners

Foster + Partners is a global studio for sustainable architecture, urbanism and design, founded by Norman Foster in 1967. Since then, he, and the team around him, have established an international practice with a worldwide reputation. With offices across the globe, we work as a single studio that is both ethnically and culturally diverse.

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we undertake. To build sustainably requires us to design holistically, and our unique integrated design approach enables us to develop innovative strategies that have a firm focus on the future of the environment. From within the practice, various engineers and specialist teams, work alongside the architects to develop fully integrated design solutions. Every project starts with fresh thinking, leading to a solution that is tailor-made to both site and user. We always consider the built environment as a totality and to apply a truly integrated approach to responsible design.


Global architecture, design and planning firm founded in 1965 with 53 locations and 7,000 professionals networked across the Americas, Europe, Greater China, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

In 2023, Gensler was recognized as the #1 architecture firm in the world by Interior Design magazine and the #1 architecture firm in the U.S. by Architectural Record and Building Design+Construction. This year, Gensler was also recognized as the #1 firm on Interior Design’s list of the top 100 sustainable design firms.

17. Ghafari Associates

Ghafari Associates is a leading architecture, engineering, consulting and construction services organization with a long-standing history of client focus, quality design and technological innovation. With offices in North and South America, the Middle East and India, Ghafari serves a diverse client base across a variety of technically intensive market sectors.

The firm distinguishes itself as an operations-focused practice with experienced management leadership, expert technical resources and an impressive portfolio of projects. Regardless of project size or complexity, we follow an integrated approach to deliver solutions that synergize building systems and operations.

Ghafari was founded on innovation, and is recognized as a pioneer in adopting the latest technologies in real project applications. That tradition continues today. Our 3D building information modeling (BIM) experience, combined with our expertise in integrated and lean project delivery and high definition laser scanning capabilities, is transforming the industry.

18. Grimshaw

Grimshaw is a place of ideas and invention, driven by a desire to connect people to each other and the world around us. We recognise the urgency of the challenges that face our planet, and our duty to deliver architecture and design best suited for a flourishing future.

19. Gulf Consult

Founded in 1967, Gulf Consult is one of Middle East’s leading multidisciplinary firms providing consultancy services in planning, architecture, landscaping, structural and building services engineering, infrastructure, quantity surveying and construction supervision. 

Company Stats
Area of Projects in Region: 1,200,000 sq.ft
Area of Projects in World: 1,200,000 sq.f

Architects/Designers in Region: 30
Architects/Designers in World: 80

20. HDR Inc

HDR is a global A/E design firm with over 10,000 employees worldwide.   We are an integrated, multidisciplinary design practice dedicated to creating places and spaces that elevate the human spirit and inspire human endeavors. We are inspired to design buildings and evolve space typologies to provide solutions to societal challenges and create stronger, more vibrant communities.  By uniting bright minds and diverse perspectives, we have successfully designed projects at every scale, from community centers to state-of-the-art labs to paradigm-shifting hospitals.  Clients appreciate our data-driven methodology during early design and planning stages of complex projects, an approach that reduces the traditional and lengthy iterative design cycles of trial and error. Within the Middle East region, our focus is on front-end design services for healthcare, education, science & technology projects.

21. HKS

An architectural design firm leader, HKS operates through 26 worldwide offices. Since its founding in 1939, the firm has completed construction projects totalling more than $84 billion in more than 1,498 cities in 84 foreign countries. Established UAE Offices in 2008. HKS Specializations: healthcare, hospitality, sports and entertainment along with aviation, education, mixed use and master-planning.

Company Stats
Architects/Designers in Region: 86
Architects/Designers in World: 1,540

22. HOK

Global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. 1,600 staff across 23 offices on three continents. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable,
high-performance design and technology innovation.

 Company Stats
Architects/Designers in Region: 10
Architects/Designers in World: 1,600
Area of Projects in Region: 100,000 sq.ft

23. Jacobs

At Jacobs, we're challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world's most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With approximately $15 billion in annual revenue and a talent force of approximately 60,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.

24. James Cubitt & Partners Ltd

An international multidisciplinary consultancy in the fields of health, education, tourism, commerce, retail, industry and housing. Head office in London with branches in the Middle East, West and East Africa and Australia.

Specializations: Academic, Civic, Commercial, Healthcare, Hospitality, Mixed Use, Residential, Science

Company Stats
Architects/Designers in Region: 140
Architects/Designers in World: 280
Area of Projects in Region: 100 sq.ft
Area of Projects in World: 500 sq.ft

25. KEO

Est. over 57 years, an interdisciplinary AEP firm, KEO offer an end-to-end planning & development solution through allied specialist firms: InSite, for urban planning and landscape, and; C-Quest, the quantity surveying. Globally ranked, with offices in 7 countries.

Specializations: Academic, Civic, Commercial, Healthcare, Hospitality, Mixed Use, Planning, Residential, Retail, Science, Sports, Transportation.

Company Stats
Architects/Designers in Region: 50
Architects/Designers in World: 100
Area of Projects in Region: 4m sq.ft
Area of Projects in World: 4m sq.ft 

26. Khatib & Alami

An international multidisciplinary consultancy comprising architects, engineers, planners, project finance professionals and other technical specialists. We offer deep expertise, combined with a broad understanding of delivering complex major projects within agreed timeframes and budget.

K&A is among the Top 50 international design firms in the world and the Top 10 in the Middle East, according to ENR.

Recent Projects

  • Qeshan Kempiniski Hotel, Riyadh, KSA 39,000sqft, 2024
  • Hail Tower, Hail Kingdom, KSA 15,000sqft, 2024

27. Kieferle & Partner

Est. 1958 with 500+ completed projects. Specialize in hospitality, residential, commercial and education

28. Lacasa

An international Architectural & Engineering firm based in Dubai and Qatar, founded in 2006 by Emad Jaber & Nabil Al Khaja, LACASA. An accomplished multidisciplinary Architectural Design firm with a diverse portfolio spanning all types of developments. Over 250 projects completed

Mr. Emad Jaber, Managing Partner and Mr. Ihab Nayal, Principal Designer, have been identified as two of the '50 Most Influential Architects 2019' in the MEA region by Middle East Architect.

29. Leo A Daly

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

LEO A DALY reaffirms our commitment to make our projects, workplaces, communities and world more diverse, equitable and inclusive. This is a natural outcome of living the values inspired by our belief that everything we do is for the enrichment of the human experience.

We commit to:

  • Improving our individual and institutional understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion through self-education, discussion and firm-wide training, including the impact of the built environment on marginalized communities.
  • Increasing opportunities within our industry for underrepresented populations through community outreach, a robust supplier diversity program, internships and our recruitment and retention efforts.
  • Improving our communities by examining the environmental and social impact of our work and by volunteering our time and talents to benefit our neighbors.
  • Holding ourselves accountable to embrace behaviors that drive a culture of empathy and to measuring and reporting the outcomes of our efforts.

To move forward, we must leverage what we are: an international team of problem solvers. Our calling to enrich the human experience compels us to work that much harder to improve the lives of our friends, family, colleagues and neighbors affected by an unequal world.

Recent Projects

  • Fatima bint Mubarak Center at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi: 15,000 SQM (161,458 SF) Oncology addition
  • Zayed Military Hospital Campus: 1,255,692 SF (116,700 SM)
  • Al Ain Fertility Clinic: 73,600 SF (6,840 SM)
  • Abu Dhabi Police GHQ- Clinic and Hospital Complex: 169,000 total SF
  • New England Children’s Clinic (NECC) – Abu Dhabi Campus: 125,800 SF
30. LOCI
LOCI is an international multidisciplinary design practice operating in the fields of contemporary architecture, urban planning, interior, landscape and product design.
Established in 2012, LOCI is a culturally driven design-led studio that believes in the importance of context and the power of the locus to inform its design process and architecture.
In an increasingly global world, it’s important that projects built in different places resonate with the history, environment and culture of the place in a meaningful way so that the people who live there feel that the building belongs there. Combining a clear and elegant vision of pure, rational form and spatial quality, LOCI seek to instill in every aspect of our work an uncompromising dedication to quality. Functionality, durability and comfort are prime components within an architectural language that is aesthetic but resists fashion and trends, employing where possible locally sourced and produced materials. The driving forces behind our passion to produce good architecture and design include providing our clients with consulting that makes a real difference to their success, designing projects that are timeless, elegant, environmentally sensitive and that seek to increase the quality of life for the occupant and end-user.
Recent Projects
  • Meydan HQ, 18285 m²
  • Motor City Community Center
  • J3 Villa
  • District 1 Clubhouse
  • Emirates Towers Office
  • Khalifa City Community Center
  • Tashkeel Garden
  • Khalifa City Nursery


LWK + PARTNERS is a leading architecture and design practice rooted in Hong Kong. Its 850+ creative minds collaborate across a network of 11 offices around the globe delivering world-class solutions to the built environment. Its wide range of services include architecture, planning & urban design, interiors, landscape, heritage conservation, building information modelling (BIM), brand experience and lighting design.

With over 38 years of growth, the practice has completed many outstanding projects across different sectors, such as mixed-use, commercial, residential, education, transit-oriented developments, and leisure and public facilities developments.

Recent Projects

  • DIFC Living and Innovation Two, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 9,675 sqm
  • Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), 571,000 sqft
  • Abu Dhabi Maritime’s ‘Community Activation Programme’ pilot projects, Abu Dhabi Dubai, 1-2 Ha over five sites, GFA: Rabdan: 381.12 sqm | Al Aliah: 681.88 sqm | Saadiyat : 1014.56 sqm | Jebel Dhanna : 3009.86 sqm
  • Burj Crown, Dubai, UAE, GFA 47,000 sqm
  • Hanging Garden Bridge (Sky Garden), Dubai, UAE, GFA 3,422 sq m

32. National Engineering Bureau (NEB)

Headquartered in Dubai since 1984, NEB is home to more than 500 architects, engineers and project managers in the UAE alone, with branches in Alain City, United Arab Emirates & Egypt. NEB has completed a wide range of diverse projects throughout the UAE and Egypt including residential towers, villas, resorts, hotels, hospitals, retail projects, commercial offices, labour camps & industrial projects and factories etc.

33. NEOM

Changing the Future of Design & Construction

Merging digital end-to-end design with sustainable construction in a fourth industrial revolution to ensure NEOM is the standard by which the industry measures itself. A retooled economic model built on advanced technology, best-in-class efficiency, worker welfare and competency – in order to deliver livability and capital projects standards never before witnessed. Not just in NEOM, but in the global market beyond. This is a game-changing circular economy with digital prototyping, built in parallel with a fundamentally progressive society – at a scale and speed previously not thought possible. In short, a new ecosystem to help build smarter, more ethical and highly-profitable industries. Join our transformational movement, be the change.

34. Nikken Sekkei

Founded in 1900, NIKKEN SEKKEI LTD is Japan’s largest architectural firm, and ranks among the world’s top industry practices in number of employed architects. Its global reach includes NIKKEN SEKKEI LTD - Dubai Branch Office, and NIKKEN SEKKEI DUBAI (NIKKEN SEKKEI FZ-LLC), which together solidify its 35-year history in the region. The company is a pioneer in advanced resource conservation and building technologies, and aims to contribute to the quality of life by designing more resilient, accessible, and amenity-filled cities, buildings and spaces. Its 3,000-strong global staff engages in multidisciplinary planning, architectural and engineering designs as well as consulting that includes masterplans, residential, hospitality, transportation, landscape architecture, facade design and more. All Nikken employees work together under the corporate ethos “EXPERIENCE, INTEGRATED.”


・Tadawul Tower
Award-winning centerpiece of Riyadh’s new King Abdullah Financial District.

・One Za’abeel
Twin-tower, cantilevered luxury urban resort in Dubai.

・Forte Tower
High-end residential towers located in Dubai’s downtown opera area.

・52 I 42
Twin-tower Dubai waterfront luxury residential development.


2-18-3 Iidabashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tel: +81-3-5226-3030

・NIKKEN SEKKEI LTD - Dubai Branch Office
Address: Office #2903, The Burj Al Salam Tower, Trade Center First, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, P.O. Box 27120, UAE
Tel: +971-43434269

Address: Office A209, Building 6, Dubai Design District, Dubai, UAE
Tel : +971-4338831

35. NORR

NORR is an employee-owned, fully integrated A&E firm. Our professional team of 800 architects, engineers, planners and interior designers work collaboratively across 12 market sectors from offices located in Canada, the US, UK and UAE.

Specializations: Commercial, Education, Health Sciences, Hospitality, Industrial, Justice, Public Buildings, Residential, Restaurants, Retail, Science & Research and Transportation.

36. Pace

Pace is a leading multidisciplinary consultancy firm based in the Middle East, providing architecture, engineering and planning services to a wide range of public and private sector clients. We are one of the region's largest privately owned design and engineering consultancies and operate internationally. Whether it’s the concept for a new city, the detailed design of a rail network, a skyscraper, the design of a rail network, the modelling of a flood defence system or the improvement of a management process, we plan, design, manage and construct solutions.

37. Page

Page Southerland Page international, limited, (Page) is a top-ranked architecture, engineering, and consulting firm headquartered in Washington, DC, USA. We have offices in Austin, Dallas, and Houston, Texas; Denver, Colorado; and San Francisco, California; with international office in Dubai and affiliation in other Middle East countries. We work on a variety of facility project types in six primary market sectors, including Academic, Civic/Government, Corporate/Commercial, Healthcare, Housing/Hospitality, and Science and Technology.

38. Perkins and Will

Est. 1935, named by Fast Company as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in Architecture. Global team of 2,700 creatives and critical thinkers providing worldwide interdisciplinary services in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and more including subsidiary companies PYR Design (hospitality interior design) and Portland Design (retail strategy and user experience specialists).

Recent Projects

  • Almoosa Specialist Hospital, Dharan, Saudi Arabia, 900,000sqft, Completion: 2024
  • Four Seasons Cairo Capital at Madinaty—350 key resort including 100 villas and 120 private residences; conference center, and spa
  • Central Business District at the New Administrative Capital, Egypt, including a 385 m high skyscraper to be identified as the Tallest Tower in Africa, BUA of 241,500 m²
  • Detailed Master Plan for Riyadh Biotech City

39. Perkins Eastman

Perkins Eastman is a global design firm founded on the belief that design can have a direct and positive impact on people’s lives. The firm’s award-winning practice draws on its 1,000 professionals networked across 24 studios worldwide. By keeping the user’s needs foremost in the design process, the firm enhances the human experience across the spectrum of the built environment. For more information, visit

40. Red Sea Global

Red Sea Global (RSG) is one of the world’s most visionary developers, wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia. We are spearheading a new model of development, putting people and planet first and leveraging the most innovative concepts and technologies to deliver projects that actively enhance the well-being of customers, communities and environments.

A cornerstone of Vision 2030, RSG will help transform KSA, creating significant economic opportunities and actively enhancing the Kingdom’s rich environmental and cultural heritage.

41. RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Pte. Ltd

RSP is a Singapore-based multi-national corporation which started out as a small partnership in 1956 and has since then grown in scope and scale to become one of the largest and most established practices globally. RSP has gained international recognition as an industry leader in Masterplanning, Architecture and Interior Design with well established offices in China, India, Malaysia, UAE, and Vietnam; in addition to operations in numerous countries in South East Asia and Africa.

In 2010, RSP launched a dedicated Design Hub in Dubai, to serve their fast expanding portfolio of Clients and projects within the Middle-East & North African (MENA) region.

Specializations: Hospitality, Civic

42. Saudi Diyar Consultants (Riyadh)

Diyar Consultants is one of the leading multidiscipline design firms in the Middle East with a diverse portfolio of commercial, institutional, residential, hospitality, health care, as well as urban design projects. Founded in 1985, Diyar’s Head office is located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and has branches located in Cairo, Beirut, Manila, Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah and Al-Khobar.

Recent Projects

  • GOLDEN TOWER. Saudi Arabia | High Rise. ...
  • AL-MIKWAH AT AL-BAHA UNIVERSITY. Saudi Arabia | Educational. ...
  • AL-MANDAQ AT AL-BAHA UNIVERSITY. Saudi Arabia | Educational. ...
  • BAKA TOWERS. ...

43. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the largest and most influential architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world. Founded in 1936, we have completed more than 10,000 projects in over 50 countries. We are renowned for our iconic buildings and our commitment to design excellence, innovation, and sustainability.

44. SSH

SSH was founded in Kuwait in 1961 and is now established as one of the leading Master Planning, Infrastructure, Building Design, Construction Supervision and Project Management firms in the MENA region. SSH employs over 800 people with offices in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, UAE, KSA, Bahrain and South Africa. SSH is ranked within the Top 100 Global Consultancies by World Architecture Magazine and currently ranks third in the Middle East region.

Specializations: Academic, Commercial, Healthcare, Mixed Use

Company Stats
Architects/Designers in Region: 180
Architects/Designers in World: 300
Area of Projects in Region: 15,000,000 sq.ft

45. Stantec

Stantec is an international engineering and architecture firm with over 26,000 employees in 400+ locations around the globe, Stantec provides services in Buildings, Community Development, Environmental Services, Mining, Energy, Transportation and Water.

ME Projects

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46. Tabanlioglu

Est. 1990 by Murat Tabanlioglu and his father Hayati Tabanlioglu. Tabanlioglu Architects develop innovative, yet efficient and economically viable design alternatives for residential buildings, offices, industrial facilities, shopping malls and transformation projects. Tabanlioglu renders services of projects and counselling in architecture, urban planning, and interior design in national and international scales.

Specializations: Commercial, Civic, Residential, Mixed Use, Hospitality, Transportation

Recent Projects

  • Al Fattan Crystal Towers, Dubai.
  • Emaar Dubai Creek Mosque, Dubai.
  • Dubai Discover Centre, Dubai.

47. Typsa

Est. 1966, TYPSA is a group of independent consulting engineering firms working as one in civil engineering architecture, building technology, energy and the environment. TYPSA Group is active on every continent. International contracts currently represent 90% of the Group’s workload.

Over 70% of the Group’s 3,000 professionals are engineers, architects or other university
graduates who work together in highly skilled multidisciplinary teams.

Specializations: Civic, Transportation

Company Stats
Architects/Designers in Region: 8
Architects/Designers in World: 80
Area of Projects in Region: 1,500,000 sq.ft
Area of Projects in World: 2,000,000 sq.f

48. UNStudio

A full-service architecture design network in six locations. UNStudio, founded in 1988 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, is an international network specialising in architecture, interior architecture, product design, urban development and infrastructural projects.

Six offices: Amsterdam, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Shanghai with over 300 employees from 27 countries.

Specializations: Academic, Civic, Commercial, Hospitality, Mixed Use, Planning, Residential, Retail, Science, Sports, Transportation

49. Wanders Wagner Hussain

WANDERS WAGNER HUSSAIN - founded and based in Dubai - offers integrated design and engineering services in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design, and Project Management.

An interdisciplinary team of international architects, designers, and engineers creating sustainable and holistic concepts for residential, commercial, and cultural projects.

Recent Projects

  • Villa K48, 2019 - 2023 Private Villa Dubai ​GFA : 1,100 sq.m
  • Villa P39 2018 - under construction Private Villa Dubai ​GFA : 1,050 sq.m
  • Villa N37 - 2018 - under construction Private Villa Dubai ​GFA : 950 sq.m
  • Villa LV45 - 2018 - under construction Private Villa Dubai ​GFA : 2,400 sq.m
  • Bentley Showroom - 2017 - 2018 Abu Dhabi U.A.E GFA :
  • ASWAAQ Distribution Center - 2017 Nad Al Hamar GFA : 205,246 sq.ft.

50. Woods Bagot

Woods Bagot is a People Architecture company. We place human experience at the centre of our design process in order to deliver engaging, future-oriented projects that respond to the way people actually use space.

We do this as a global design and consulting studio with a team of over 850 experts working across 15 studios in Australia, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America.
Our Global Studio model allows us to work collaboratively across time zones and borders, using the latest technology to share design intelligence and strengthen our knowledge base around the world.

Specializations: Commercial, Residential, Villa/Residences, Boutique Hotel

Company Stats
Architects/Designers in Region: 70
Architects/Designers in World: 1,000

Meet the True Commercial Project Leaders from The Top 50 Firms


Once a year, these prolific architecture and construction firms get one or two of their top regional people to down tools and head to Arc Middle East. Away from project pressures for 3 whole days and nights, they relish the chance to spend some quality time with each other and to see what’s new in the world of building products and solutions.

These time-pressured project leaders need to develop their networks of trusted solutions providers if they are to deliver what their exacting clients want. Arc Middle East delivers these solutions experts with the rare commodities of time and space to allow them to get to know the person behind the product so that essential thing called trust can start to build with the very real prospect of meaningful business in the long term.


If you are passionate about your product and have a team behind you who are set up to deliver at scale throughout the Middle East region, we suggest this is your window.


Arc Middle East is happening on Feb 9-12, 2024 in Oman. For more info. on who’s coming, how it works and what you could achieve, just get in touch:

Mike McCaffrey

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