AMMAR AL ASSAM
Previously executive director at regional architecture practice, Dewan Architects + Engineers, Ammar Al Assam has been with the firm for 15 years. While Dewan continues to focus on the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Iraq as its main markets, Al Assam, who was appointed CEO five years ago, has been responsible for growing the company internationally, particularly into Southeast Asia and Africa. Dewan’s main projects that were completed in 2018 include Fountain Views by Emaar, First Avenue Mall, Riverwalk and Lapita Hotel at Dubai Parks & Resorts, and ENOC Tower in Business Bay. Moving forward, the firm looks to complete its design and supervision services for Port de la Mer, Fly Dubai Headquarters, Kempinski Hotel Congo, and Mamsha Saadiyat. Under Al Assam’s leadership, Dewan has assumed a number of corporate social responsibilities, including blood donation drives, waste recycling, food drives during Ramadan, tree planting, donation of computer equipment to schools, corporate marathons for charity and participation in the United Nations Global Impact. The firm also works closely with Tamayouz Excellence Award, an international awards competition that recognises architects and projects from the Middle East and elsewhere. Dewan has provided internships for Tamayouz’s winners, and recently launched its own award with Tamayouz, which advocates architectural solutions for urban issues in Iraq.