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WME is licensed to act as the Architect of Record (AOR) in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Saudi Arabia. 

In the UAE and KSA, applying for permits of all types requires the right kind of license. Our licenses enable us to act as AOR for project delivery. 

WME’s AORs have established strong relationships with the relevant authorities, based on the successful delivery of projects in a range of sectors. We have in-depth knowledge of the local markets, their regulatory controls, and permit application processes. As is true everywhere, the approvals process is sequential, requiring the co-ordination of permit applications to specific organisations. 

WME’s architect of record service includes…

  • Co-ordination with key people in regulatory bodies throughout Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and the Riyadh area, including the local municipality, the roads department, the civil defence, and the utility authorities.
  • Approvals process tracking, from project start to building permit, helping clients through each step. 
  • Creating and monitoring flow charts to assist in tracking progress. 
  • Application for approvals early in a project’s timeline, where possible. 
  • Defending the design while ensuring compliance. 
  • Daily and weekly follow-ups by our dedicated in-house team. 
  • Whole-team working to ensure correct permit execution. 

Recent AOR Projects

Marina Mall

The project under NINC is being led by KKD architects The mission is to upgrade the Mall into a new exciting retail and entertainment destination.

Cheltenham Muscat

Cheltenham Muscat provides state-of-the-art facilities for boys and girls aged 3 to 18 in the Al Bandar area of the city.

Holiday Inn & Staybridge Suites

The Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites development combines two similarly sized buildings, one for four-star hotel accommodation and the other for residential use.

Gate Avenue DIFC

The Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) is an established economic development zone of approximately 45 hectares in central Dubai. Its masterplan includes a central linear retail area known as Gate Avenue.

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