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Who to check out at Cityscape Abu Dhabi

Ten companies to look for at this year's Cityscape Abu Dhabi

SPECIAL REPORTS, CITYSCAPE 2009

1. RWDI Anemos
Rep. on the stand: CEO
Web: www.rwdi-anemos.com
Stand: 7A38

RWDI Anemos is an international specialist engineering consulting firm that offers wind engineering and environmental services to its clients in Europe and the Middle East. The RWDI Anemos Consultative Approach is to be more than a test facility. We strive to meet exact client needs and to provide value added services. When involved early in a projectRWDI Anemos has proven that it can save clients time, money and risk. Using advanced engineering tools, deep knowledge and broad resources we deliver understandable and useful results.

2. Draw link group
Rep. on the stand: CEO
Web: www.drawlinkgroup.com
Stand: 1D25

Spearheaded by award winning architect and interior designer, Daousser Chennoufi, Draw Link Group offers a range of services including architecture, interior design, project management and IT/technology. Since launching in Dubai in 2001, Draw Link Group has been responsible for creating myriad signature projects in the UAE and Tunisia and has become one of the ultimate concept creators in the region. With its blend of creativity and innovation Draw Link has won a number of accolades including a  Commercial Interior Design award for the Best Project of the Year (2008) for Les Celebrities’, JAL Hotel and a Cityscape Architectural Award (2008) for Bab B’Har Hotel & Resort, Fujairah.

3. Ghesa S.A.
Rep. on the stand: Gen. Manager
Web: www.ghesafuentes.com
Stand: 2D01

Ghesa is an internationally renowned designer and builder of large-scale iconic water fountains. More than 3,000 global installations by Ghesa has seen the company become one of the premier suppliers in this specialised sector. In 2007, Ghesa received a Certificate from Guinness World Records, for the development of La Reserva Fountain Park in Peru, the World’s largest fountain complex in a public park. This magic water circuit constitutes an 80m fountain and 12 spectacular cybernetic fountains.

As its latest innovation in the UAE, Ghesa has introduced a re-engineering solution that will enable developers, municipalities and clients to continue works of iconic fountain installations through economic difficulty. In the words of Ghesa’s UAE CEO, Carlos Pissara, the message is clear: Even in challenging economic conditions, superior quality and design is achievable at more cost-effective prices.

4. Mott MacDonald
Rep. on the stand: Gen. Manager
Web: www.mottmac.com
Stand: 9A20

Mott MacDonald’s £900 million business spans 120 countries with 14,500 staff working in all sectors from transport, energy, buildings, water and the environment to health and education, industry and communications. “People that know Mott MacDonald might know we’re in the building industry but they might not know we’re in the oil and gas business.

Our aim is to man the stand with all types of people from a variety of different sectors,” says Keith Macklin.

Its breadth of skills, services and global reach makes it one of the world’s top players in delivering management, engineering and development consultancy solutions for our customers. “We don’t really treat one Cityscape different from the next. We’re not a developer so we’re not there selling our wares. We’re there to sell services, not products,” says Macklin.

5. Halcrow
Rep. on the stand: Gen. Manager
Web: www.halcrow.com
Stand: 5A01

Halcrow specialises in the provision of planning, design and management services for infrastructure development worldwide. With interests in transportation, water, maritime and property, the company is undertaking commissions in over 80 countries from a network of more than 90 offices. Halcrow’s internal infrastructure enables it to develop project teams that precisely match the needs of its clients. With an integrated approach, it is able to draw from the pool of skills and experience throughout the whole company and benefit from the flow of knowledge and people around the business.  According to its website, Halcrow “invests heavily in the systems to support our clients, and are committed to staff training, quality, and developing appropriate IT infrastructure.”

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6. Buro Happold
Rep. on the stand: Country Director
Web: www.burohappold.com
Stand: 4E40

Buro Happold is a multi-disciplinary international practice of consulting engineers. It boasts an in-depth knowledge of the Middle East market as it celebrates 30 years of experience in urban planning, sustainable construction and environmental consultancy from offices in Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait and Riyadh. “We’ve been here 30 years and we’re committed to staying here,” says Marco Malpiedi, country director of Buro Happold.

“We’re not tourists. We’ve seen hard times and good times. But even in the roughest of times, engineering here is cutting edge.” Buro Happold’s work in the region has spanned projects covering a wide spectrum, from expanding the coastline to its research into future low-energy desert living; from protecting the rich cultural and architectural heritage of the Arabian Peninsula to nascent developments in technology and construction methods.

Buro Happold believes that there is a positive aspect to the current economic climate. “Clients are increasingly demanding quality consultancy and that’s good news for reputable and long-standing practices like ours,” says Malpiedi.

7. Yamasaki
Rep. on the stand: CEO
Web: www.yamasakiinc.com
Stand: 3A01

For over 50 years, Yamasaki’s architects, designers, planners and engineers have designed some of the world’s foremost commercial, education, government, healthcare, residential and transportation buildings. Yamasaki holds architectural registration with USGBC and employs members of ASID, AIA and LEED APs.

“Cityscape Abu Dhabi is always exciting because you’re dealing with the capital of the UAE, which is always the busiest hub,” says Nader Ayoub. “[The recession] is just growing pains. Cityscape allows smart players to face these challenges, learn from their mistakes and gain the trust of future clients. Winners never quit and quitters never win.”  



8. fewer
harriNgton & partners 
Rep. on the stand: Principal ARC
Web: www.fhp-architects.com
Stand: 8B30

Fewer Harrington & Partners is a large, progressive, design-led Irish architectural firm. The firm has offices in Waterford, Dublin, and Warsaw, Poland. The firm has grown exponentially in the last few years, now employing staff of 50. Fewer Harrington has a philosophy of design, based on composing spaces in response to the urban conditions in the existing environment and we select the most appropriate materials to create high quality structures that create a balance between aesthetics and functionality.

9. Cottee Parker Architects
Rep. on the stand: CEO
Web: www.cotteeparker.com.au
Stand: 8F25

Intelligence, creativity, conscience. Cottee Parker combines its intellect and creativity with a skilful, sensitive approach. Careful thought and creative dialogue enables it to identify opportunities and be innovative. Cottee Parker considers culture, environment and the human condition in designing responsive, sustainable solutions.

Artistic judgment and state-of-the art technology is brought together to realise innovative concepts that create a sense of place, identity and connectivity.

10. John Robertson Architects
Rep. on the stand: CEO & founder
Web: www.jra.co.uk
Stand: 4B39

JRA works collaboratively with clients, we seek to understand their goals and strategies and add value to their business through our award winning design work. The firm is currently working on major redevelopment, masterplanning and delivery projects in London, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Copenhagen, Delhi, and Chandigarh in India. JRA is developing carefully referenced contextual designs for these projects with particular focus on the use of advanced alternative technologies including renewable and sustainable energies.

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