Elie Mrad
Head of Architecture and Design,Arada

Elie Mrad is a qualified architect with more than 20 years of experience working in markets as diverse as Australia, the UAE and South Sudan. As Head of Architecture and Design at Arada, Mrad has been instrumental in the creation of the masterplan and villa design for the developer’s record-breaking first project, Nasma Residences. More recently, he has been responsible for the design of key residential blocks in Phases 1 and 2 of Aljada, and is working closely with Zaha Hadid Architects on the delivery of the Central Hub, a bold new leisure and entertainment district for the UAE. He previously served as Head of Architecture at Arcadia Middle East, and as Senior Architect at Dewan Architects & Engineers. Mrad’s other roles have included Managing Director of Venture International, and Senior Architect at Kann Finch. The projects he has worked on include Reem Mall in Abu Dhabi, Dubai Festival City and the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Yas Island. Mrad holds a BSc in Architectural Engineering from Beirut Arab University and an MSc in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Sydney.


Founded in December 2016, Arada is dedicated to building breathtaking communities that inspire, enrich and engage their residents. The UAE’s newest developer leverages the strength and experience of its two founding companies, Basma Group, led by His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, and KBW Investments, founded by His Royal Highness Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Alsaud. Arada is a driver of economic growth and is perfectly positioned to contribute to the rapid development of Sharjah, in line with the government’s commitment to ensure a better life for everyone.


“Arada is delighted to be taking part in an event that is a rare opportunity for architects and those associated with this innovative and rapidly changing industry to come together, discuss and learn from each other.”