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    Sumaya Dabbagh

    Principal, Dabbagh Architects & President of RIBA Gulf

    Dabbagh Architects is a privately held architectural design firm,recognized regionally for its contemporary design and quality-driven service.

    It was established in 2008 by Sumaya Dabbagh, a Saudi Architect educated in the UKwith more than 25 years of experience. In 2015 she was listed as no. 26 of the top 40 Architects in the Middle East Architects’ Power List. Sumaya began her career in London and Paris working for internationally renowned companies such as Arup Associates and Polshek et Solomon Architects.  Her return to the Gulf region was part of a quest to gain a deeper understanding of her own identity, a unique mix of influences and sensitivity towards both Western and Middle Eastern cultures.

    Dabbagh is a Chartered member of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). and has served in the RIBA Gulf chapter since its inception in 2009. She was recently elected as the Honorary Chair of the Steering Committee for the RIBA Gulf Chapter for 2016. Through her work in architecture and design Dabbagh strives to fulfill her goals: of creating a positive impact on the world and bridging the cultural and gender-gaps in the industry