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We are the Royal Institute of British Architects

Our mission is to guide and drive excellence in architecture in the region. We cover seven Gulf countries, including the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Sultanate of Oman and Jordan.

Who we are

We opened our office in the Gulf in December 2019. This was the first RIBA office outside of the UK, across our four international regions. With a growing membership of over 400 members, we have hosted a number of events and seminars, including the RIBA and Geberit seminar series and the RIBA Gulf live lunch talks.

A presence in the Gulf for the past 10 years, the RIBA Gulf chapter is managed by our members. The chapter provides a range of activities for members and non-members, including events, discussion forums and networking opportunities.

In 2021, we signed an agreement with the American University in Dubai and the American University of Sharjah in 2022, to host joint programmes for the architectural community in the United Arab Emirates. This is in order to align with, and expand our growing international network, allowing RIBA to continue to support architectural students in the UAE. In 2019, we agreed a five year memorandum of understanding with the Dubai Land Department. This agreement involves collaboration on areas including professional standards and support as well as opportunities for architects working in Dubai.

In 2024, RIBA agrees a new partnership with The Society of Engineers in the UAEThis MoU will provide the vehicle for both institutes to share knowledge, expertise, memberships and offer training and development opportunities for architects and engineers, as well as establish UAE and Gulf-contextualised CPD to appeal to regional architects.

Across the region, Abu Dhabi University and Heriot-Watt University Dubai are the only RIBA validated schools with Part 1 architecture degree programmes in the Gulf.

Get in touch

Upcoming Gulf events

Stay tuned for the latest activities and news in the region.

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Be a part of the RIBA Gulf WhatsApp community to receive curated RIBA updates regarding upcoming Gulf events, competitions and resources.

Key events

What our members say

Diba Salam, Principal Founder, Studio DS

A RIBA member since her student days, Diba worked on high profile projects, such as Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, before starting her own practice. We spoke to her about her route into the profession, sustainability and how being a RIBA member represents a gold standard for her practice.

Amy Lam, Founder, Alam Creative Design Studio

Based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the past eleven years, we spoke to Amy about her Jeddah based practice, inspirations and how RIBA promotes the reputation of the architect profession internationally.

How to join the Royal Institute of British Architects in the Gulf region

Chartered Membership

Exclusive to qualified architects, a Chartered Membership enables you to use the letters RIBA after your name.

Key benefits

  • Use the RIBA red site signboard if you are a partner or director of your own practice
  • Get discounts to events and a digital version of the RIBA Journal
  • Get access to a range of RIBA digital publications, digital events, expert guidance and industry based reports

Find out more about RIBA Chartered Membership.

International Chartered Membership

You can join RIBA as an International Chartered Member, if you have more than five years' architectural education and more than five years of professional architectural experience.

To become an International Chartered Member, apply through the Member Eligibility Assessment Panel (MEAP).

If MEAP doesn't apply to you, there are other routes to RIBA membership.

Affiliate Membership

If you have a professional interest in or passion for architecture and want to become part of the RIBA, you can join as a RIBA Affiliate Member.

Key benefits

  • Get access to specialist knowledge resources, expertise and advice
  • Receive 50% off cost of CPD programmes
  • Receive 50% off cost of professional events
  • Get RIBA Journal in print and/or digital free

Find out more about RIBA Affiliate Membership.

RIBA Gulf office

Address: Al Qasba Business Centre, Block F, Room 115, P. O. Box 67888, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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