Over the last 10 years, EHAF has been consistently listed in both Engineering News Record (ENR) magazine’s top 225 International Design Firms and the top 20 non-U.S. International Construction Management Firms’ lists. In the latest ranking, it has been positioned at 77th in the top 225 International Design Firms.
This long-term, ongoing recognition, has had a lot to do with EHAF’s exceptional company leaders since establishment. Mr Mohamed El Taher, EHAF’s current Senior Vice President and General Director, who started work with EHAF in 2005, is one of those influential leaders with the ability to fuel EHAF’s success through his well-developed interpersonal skills and strong financial acumen. This, and his ability to take calculated risks, has allowed EHAF to grow significantly, building successful relationships with a large number of developers and clients.
Leading from the Front
As with all businesses, though, it is not just plain sailing. At the present time, challenges faced by Taher and EHAF include continuous economic changes in UAE due to being based in a very dynamic country, fierce competition, and being able to always attract the right quality of employees, especially when employment turnover is relatively high due to the continuous relocation of residents.
Nonetheless, EHAF has always been blessed with excellent engineers, architects, and project managers who are educated in the most prestigious universities. Most importantly, they have worked extensively overseas, as well as locally. This not only renders the firm capable of being an integral and effective part of any multicultural team, but also allows it to deliver key and special projects to the very highest of standards.
EHAF’s proven expertise in supervising and designing prime projects, its highly professional staff, in addition to running local offices with regional experience, are added values to any project it embarks on. A few of EHAF’s distinguished projects that are worth mentioning are: The Grand Egyptian Museum and Greater Cairo Metro in Egypt, Jabal Omar Development in Mekka and King Abdullah Economic City in Jeddah, KSA, United Square Development, Al Marasy Development and Park Hyatt Hotel in Abu Dhabi.
EHAF’s successful delivery of complex projects, of course, requires a set of top-notch skills, extensive experience, and a commitment to quality outcome, resulting in unrivalled client satisfaction and credibility in the marketplace. Indeed, the EHAF team is always ready with the required knowledge, the expertise, and the attitude to take on any challenge.
Currently, one of EHAF’s most prestigious projects is the Intercontinental Residence in Abu Dhabi. This luxurious development, close to the Gold Souk, Abu Dhabi Corniche, and Marina Mall, boasts a prime location with a panoramic view of the Arabian Gulf. It is situated just 1,200m away from Abu Dhabi Breakwater and the Emirates Palace.
This deluxe hotel apartment building located next to Abu Dhabi Intercontinental, has a built-up area of 48,000m² and comprises of 17 floors with two basements and 130 keys.
EHAF was responsible for the complete architecture design services, beginning from the schematic phase, as well as the whole engineering scope of works, starting from concept. The firm also carried out the construction management and supervision consultancy.
Working for the Good of Society
EHAF provides assistance and support to international clients in managing their projects throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Across nine locations in six different countries, the firm’s multicultural team provides a global network of experts to offer dynamic designs and quality management that meets challenges and responds to clients’ changing needs.
EHAF enjoys documented success in aligning global concepts with local project needs, with efficient planning and coordination giving EHAF a competitive advantage. Creating better environments, where integrated cross-disciplinary thinking, engagement with local knowledge, and robust organisational skills combine to transform the urban fabric into a healthy and sustainable world, EHAF’s designers work on bringing developers, local shareholders, and community together for the good of society. The firm strives to ensure that new interventions are connected to the existing fabric, reflecting the needs of the local population, satisfying the vision and polices of local authorities, and ensuring profitability for the developer.