RTAE's iconic proposal for the Ajman Chamber of Commerce and Industry complex

Ajman Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Ajman Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Ajman, United Arab Emirates

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Ajman, United Arab Emirates

Project Facts

Project Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Client Ajman Municipality
Built-Up-Area N/a
Services Master Planning, Architectural Design Concept, Landscape Design Concept, 3D Renders
Status Competition
Budget US$125 million

Project Features

ACCI Office tower housing the Ajman Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Hotel 250-room five-star Hotel and Spa.
Trade Centre 5 multi-purposed Trade and Exhibition Halls, Conference facilities and Meetings Rooms, Storerooms and Loading Docks, Public Entrance and Foyer and VIP Entrance and Foyer.
Parking Below-ground parking for 1,000 cars.

As well incorporating all the functions of the various facilities including the new Ajman Chamber of Commerce complex, a new five-star hotel and spa as well as five large trade and exhibition halls together with all support services and facilities, the challenge here was to design building that would be iconic today and for centuries to come. And as such, iconic buildings of our lifetime were studied carefully and key ingredients extrapolated that made each building iconic and memorable in its own way. These factors including ‘Symmetry’, ‘Scale’, ‘Form’, ‘Approach’, ‘Elevation’ and ‘Urban Space ‘were then skilfully blended into the proposed design that speaks a civic scale, becomes an icon for Ajman and the United Arab Emirates and intimate at the same time to connect to the visitors.

RTAE's iconic proposal for the Ajman Chamber of Commerce and Industry complex
RTAE's iconic proposal for the Ajman Chamber of Commerce and Industry complex
RTAE's iconic proposal for the Ajman Chamber of Commerce and Industry complex



RTAE's iconic proposal for the Ajman Chamber of Commerce and Industry complex
The design of the new Ajman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) employs all the key elements to make it an iconic building that will stand the test of time.

Symmetry The building is symmetrical along its centreline like all great buildings in history.

Scale The scale of the complex addresses al the functional requirements of the various components of the complex individually and the civic scale of the ACCI collectively in without overpowering the users/ visitors. The sliced glass pyramid protected by the fabric sails draws inspiration from Ajman’s primary dhow building industry, while linking it to the culture of the emirate.

Elevation The ACCI and the Business Hotels are both raised off the ground by 10 metres on a stepped platform to give all the complex to demand attention and exert its civic importance.

Approach The Palm tree lined Boulevard at ground level creates a processional approach to the Chamber of Commerce, the Business Hotel and the Exhibition Centre. Bothe employees and visitors will experience a ‘sense of arrival’ to all three building components, heightening their experience of the ACCI.

Urban Space The Boulevard provides an ideal external space for employees and visitors to interact and relax. The space can be extended to house cafes to allow people to thoroughly enjoy the boulevard experience in the shadow of the iconic forms. The Pedestrian Link provides a conditioned urban space where visitors and exhibitors can interact, meet and relax. The design allows this pedestrian link to remain open all day as a conditioned public space.

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With over 40 years of experience in project and construction management across the region, Al-Kayyalli has worked in senior-management level roles with some of the biggest real-estate development companies across the Gulf region.

Specialised in working on complete project lifecycle, Al-Kayyalli’s has wide-reaching experience in all stages of project development and delivery ranging from initial preliminary and feasibility studies, financial and time planning, costing and procurement, value engineering, construction supervision and management to commissioning and testing before final handover.

Before joining Rashid Taqui Architects and Engineers, Al Kayyalli was the CEO of the Saudi Qitaf al Ardah Development Real Estate Co. (Al Nahda & Al Omar Group) where he re-structured the company to fully develop in-house turnkey developments through the establishment of an in-house project management and procurement office.

Prior to which, he was the Vice President Project Management and Engineering of Al-Oula International-Amar International Real Estate where Al Kayyalli successfully implemented major investment programs for the firm’s operations in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, as turnkey solutions tailored to the findings of market analysis studies.

Earlier, Al-Kayyali was the Director of Development & Project Management for Al-Nahdi Group (KSA) and KCMCC(Kuwait Commercial Market Company), and Director/ Construction Manager for a number of key contracting firms including Al-Jafr Trading and Contracting Co. (KSA), Ali & Fouad Al-Ghanim Co. (Kuwait), Al-Habtoor Engineering (UAE), Al-Muhairy Contracting Co. (UAE) and Al-Hani Construction & Trading Bureau (Kuwait).


Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Rula Hannoun completed her undergraduate in anthropology at the University of Manchester in 1979 prior to completing her postgraduate MBA (Finance) at the Manchester School of Business in 1981.

Hannoun’s professional career began at the First National Bank of Chicago, Corporate Finance division before moving to Project Finance, Oil and Gas. As the Deputy Head of the Oil and Gas division for EMEA at 26, Hannoun became the youngest Vice President in the history of the bank.

After marrying and relocating to Dubai, Hannoun left the banking sector in 1985 to raise her family. She resumed her professional career in the mid-90s as Advisor to the Economic Department of Dubai, spearheading the establishment of Dubai Internet City – the second and one of the most successful free zones in Dubai.

With an inherent passion of architecture and design and a key eye for business, in 1999 Hannoun established the firm Tala Furniture, dedicated to providing quality furniture to the booming hospitality sector across the Gulf and North Africa. Nearly two decades later the company is recognised as one of the leading suppliers of complete hotel interior products, operates 3 factories in CEBU, China and Indonesia and boasts over 120 professional staff focused on project management, technical services, manufacturing, sourcing and quality control.

A member of the Young President’s Organisation (YPO) and an active fundraiser, Hannoun has dedicated much of her personal life to raising awareness for children with special needs. She was instrumental in the establishment of Asseef School (Dubai Centre for Special Needs) in the late 80s, the first special needs school in Dubai to receive funding from the late HH Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and remains equally diligent in her quest today, to protect the rights of the children without a voice.


With near 30 years of experience in the design, management and delivery of complex architectural projects, Rashid Taqui’s portfolio spans multiple sectors in Australia, Greece, Kenya, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, UK, and the UAE.

Taqui has a Master’s in International Architecture Studies from the University of Huddersfield (UK), and two theses to his credit: The UAE – Searching for a Lost Identity, and The National Museum in Al Ain, UAE.

Starting his career in 1996 as a fresh graduate at German firm Schuster Pechtold’s Dubai office, he won instant appreciation and international applause for conceptualising and designing the multi-award-winning Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa – the first eco-resort in the Middle East attributed to having changed the discourse of architecture in the UAE. His involvement in other ‘firsts’ for the region include the establishing a voice for the architects and designers by the launching Dubai’s premier and the regions’ leading architectural journal, Architecture Plus, shaping the annual architectural networking event, Cityscape and founding the international awards for architecture and design in the UAE.

Taqui’s broad-ranging experience covers urban planning projects, resorts and hotels, palatial residences, shopping malls, airports, schools, banks, offices and varied public and cultural facilities, and undertaken while holding senior positions in the UAE offices of German multi-disciplinary firm Kling Consult, civil engineering firm Italconsult SPA, and architectural firm Incorporated Consultants (Conin).

Rashid Taqui Architects and Engineers, established in 2008, is his personal brand that specialises in contextually authentic, eco-aware architecture. He ardently advocates integrity and sustainability while targeting high yields for stakeholders through innovative design, investment opportunities, and value engineering.

Taqui often speaks at public events and writes regularly for local publications. His interests include fitness, films, food, and travel.

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