Dutch architecture firm, OMA whose regional office is currently based in Qatar, is relocating its Middle East headquarters to Dubai, UAE.
OMA partner and director of AMO, Reinier de Graaf (pictured) explained: “We are relocating to Dubai because we think it is important that we see the Middle East as a hemisphere and not just as a city state so we have big plans for the office in Dubai.”
He added that the office in Dubai will become “our base in dealing with parts of Africa, with the Middle East and parts of India as a conveniently located hub where, after Asia, the next wave of economic development in bound to happen.
“Our Qatar office was focused on Qatar, almost by default, so the relocation of the office has to do with broadening the view, now that the Emirates and a lot of other areas are having economic recovery,” he said.
De Graaf was in Dubai attending the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) where he gave a talk about sustainable urban planning.
The exact date for the opening of OMA Dubai is yet to be announced.
Image courtesy of OMA. Photo by Ekaterina Izmestieva, Strelka Institute.