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RIBA Gulf Chapter

​RIBA Gulf Chapter

The RIBA Gulf Chapter supports members across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states including the UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Sultanate of Oman.

The Chapter has been created to promote design excellence in the delivery of architecture in the Gulf and to add relevance to members working in the region. It is actively engaged with a very significant and diverse number of RIBA and non-RIBA practitioners, to recognise and celebrate the diversity and local culture of members and co-professionals working in the Gulf.

This wide focus has resulted in a variety of thought-provoking events and discussion forums, as well as networking opportunities, all with the aim of raising the profile of the profession regionally.

The Gulf Chapter programme aims to include:

  • Support and communication with RIBA overseas members and other existing Chapters
  • Range of activities/services (networking events, building tours, CPD, web forum, student workshops)
  • Maintaining links with national universities and schools. The Chapter has chosen educational institutions as a primary vehicle through which to consolidate ideas and hold discussions
  • RIBA-related services including provision of the Part 3 course in the UAE since 2014 and the introduction of the MEAP access course which is gaining popularity and momentum.

The RIBA Gulf Chapter represents a platform for RIBA members and the architectural community at large. If you would like to take part or initiate in future events and share your design aspirations, please get in touch with the Chapter Committee who will be pleased to advise you.


RIBA Gulf Chair: Sumaya Dabbagh

Site visit to Addiriyah Development project, Saudi Arabia
Majestic Muscat lecture series, Oman
RIBA Gulf student exhibition, Abu Dhabi
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