Ramboll appointed lead consultant for major AED 2 billion project in Abu Dhabi, UAE

12 September 2017

The project is a major waterfront community comprising a mix of residential, hospitality, commercial and retail space spread across 18 hectares.

Model of the Makers District

Model of the Makers District


Richard Beard, Managing Director, Middle East and Asia

Richard Beard

Managing Director, Middle East and Asia
T: +971 4 3343616
Lisa Christowitz, Head of Communications, Middle East and Asia

Lisa Christowitz

Head of Communications, Middle East and Asia
T: +971 4 334 3616

Ramboll has secured a major win as a lead consultant for IMKAN’s “Makers District” development in Abu Dhabi.  The waterfront community comprises a mix of residential, hospitality, commercial and retail space spread across 18 hectares of land on Reem Island, and is set to become one of Abu Dhabi’s most iconic projects.

Ramboll will provide lead consultancy services on the first phase of Makers District, working alongside international architects BIG and MVRDV.

Soren Holm Johansen, Group Executive Director at Ramboll, stated “This is a significant win for our team in the UAE.  Our multi-disciplinary buildings team are involved in several high-rises, and mixed-use projects in the region and this high profile win cements our position as one of the leading engineering design companies. With the consultancy contract valued at AED 120 million, the ‘Makers District’ is a very challenging project, and we are excited to utilise our knowledge and expertise to deliver a project of this scale successfully.”

Commenting on the announcement, Walid El Hindi, CEO of IMKAN, said: “We are delighted to appoint Ramboll as the lead consultant for the first phase of Makers District. This is testament to our approach of entering partnerships with global firms with a proven track record in delivering truly outstanding projects.

“Makers District is the first development of its kind in the region. We conducted extensive research on the needs and aspirations of young, highly networked and creative workers who currently have a limited choice in where they live and work.  Makers District is a community that fills this gap by responding to the rise of the maker movement - a social movement with an artisan spirit. With a vibrant hub, it will become the new beating heart of Abu Dhabi and will herald a new type of real estate development that will benefit end-users, investors and the wider community.”

With over 1,000 residential units, 11,000 square metres of commercial and retail space and a construction value of AED 2 billion, the scheme is scheduled for completion in 2020.


IMKAN is an Abu Dhabi-based real estate developer with a multi-billion dirham development portfolio spanning four continents.

At the centre of IMKAN’s proposition is a unique research platform and ideology. By exploring and understanding the needs and desires of emerging and currently underserved communities, IMKAN aims to create soulful places that truly enrich peoples’ lives.

In creating places that instinctively appeal to defined groups, IMKAN’s approach will also drive value for its stakeholders.

From its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, IMKAN designs and builds projects around distinct user profiles. From millennials to discerning high net worth individuals, IMKAN creates places that are in tune with the mindset of each profile.

IMKAN is a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Capital Group (ADCG).


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