In memoriam: Reem Dayoub, MEP director, Lacasa

Construction Week remembers the late Reem Dayoub, whom Lacasa's founder Emad Jaber describes as being "full of ambition" and a role model for her team

Reem Dayoub was Lacasa's MEP director.
Reem Dayoub was Lacasa's MEP director.

On 31 August, 2018, Lacasa announced the passing of its mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) director, Reem Dayoub.

In an eventful career spanning more than 15 years, Dayoub ensured that her work would dot the Middle East’s dazzling skylines, and she was behind some of the region’s most successful real estate assets – such as Dubai’s Prive Serviced Apartments Business Bay, Paramount Hotel, The Trump Estates, and Maritime City, in addition to work in Saudi Arabia.

After being ranked in the top five of her mechanical engineering graduating class (1999) at a Syrian university, she took up a teaching job at her alma mater, and simultaneously pursued a master’s degree in solar systems.

She arrived to Dubai during the construction boom in 2003, working “on hundreds of projects with various consultants and contractors”, before joining Lacasa’s sister company, Hydro, in 2008. In 2012, she took over as assistant MEP manager at Lacasa – an opportunity that she said allowed her to “further refine” her skills. In 2016, she was promoted to the MEP director post, following which she expanded Lacasa’s portfolio of MEP services, as well as its team of electrical and mechanical engineers.

Dayoub was an influential member of the UAE’s construction community, and took every opportunity she found to give back to the industry. Be it as a panellist at the MEP Middle East Conference 2017 in Dubai, or as an interviewee with Construction Week and MEP Middle East, Dayoub remained approachable for assistance and insights alike. That she was a woman leader in a male-dominated industry never stopped her – if anything, her achievements at Lacasa and beyond served to inspire the numerous other women engineers that worked with her, as Emad Jaber, founder and managing partner of Lacasa, says, adding: “Reem, rest in peace as you deserve it after the continuous pain and struggle you faced for the last four years.

“She had millions of good qualities worth talking about today – as a director and team leader, as a qualified mechanical engineer, and as a person,” he adds in an email shared with Construction Week.

“She left us so early – she was full of ambition, and in a rush to achieve the maximum for the MEP department and the office. Her dream was to reach a stage where clients come to Lacasa because of our excellent MEP department work – I used to tease her, saying ‘we are architects and your dream is impossible’. She would confidently reply, ‘I am all for the impossible’. That was enough for me to see it happening someday.

“Thousands of pages will not be enough to give Reem what she deserves, but we, her family at Lacasa, will never forget her,” Jaber adds.

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