AMA Residence

Ahmed Residence

Ahmed Residence

Ajman, United Arab Emirates

Map of Umm Al Quwain

Ajman, United Arab Emirates

Project Facts

Project AMA Residence
Client Eng. Ahmed Mehmood Ahmed
Built-Up-Area 13,000 sq. ft (1207 sq. metres)
Services Architectural Concept, Schematic and Detail Design, Interior Design and Detailing of all Custom elements, Construction Supervision
Status complete, 2015
Budget US$5 million

Project Features

Ground Floor Family Entrance and Hall, Family Majlis, Family Guest, Washrooms, Family TV Room, Family Dining, Family Kitchen, En-suite Guest Bedroom with walk-in Wardrobes, Office, Lift, Main Kitchen

First Floor Family Lounge, Master Bedroom Suite (Living Area, Dressing Area, Walk-in Wardrobes, Kitchenette, Bathroom and Sauna), 7 Double Bedrooms with ensuite Bathrooms and walk-in Wardrobes, Children’s Study Room.

Lower Ground (Basement) Floor, 2 Entertainment Halls and associated Washrooms, 2 Children’s Play Areas, Food Stores. Regular Stores.

Guests Guest/Majlis Entrance and Hall, Male Majlis, Formal Dining, Guest Washrooms

Maids’ Quarters Maid’s Room with Bathroom, Storerooms, and a Laundry

External Entertainment Lawn and Gardens

The challenge of designing this eight-bedroom family residence in Ajman were numerous. The client is the Director for Conservation in Dubai who is interviewed frequently by media and wanted to conduct these in his home and thus the house had to reflect his title with accurate credentials; the family is small at the moment but will grow over time thus the house had to accommodate the forecasted eventual size of the family; separate seating and dining requirements for close family guests and general guests; an office where clients could be received and the perfect entertainment venue that could host from birthdays to engagement parties of the family.

The result is a 13,000 sq.ft (1,300 sq. metre) multi-faceted building constructed over three storeys where each storey is used to zone the various requirements, and the ground floor further sub-zoned to separate the ‘family’, ‘family guest’, ‘guest’ and ‘service’ circulation patterns. Each of the spaces then is carefully integrated with the adjacent, some doubling up in function such as the Male Majlis as guest salon and as ‘holding’ area for visitors waiting to be called to the office. Thus the massing of the building is controlled to respond to the required scales of a personal home.

Though a three storey building, on approach the home appears two storeys only. The First Floor is completely private, housing all the ‘family-only’ areas while the entertainment spaces are all located further away from here – in the semi-basement area. On arrival this ‘semi-basement’ entertainment area is not visible, as it is space that would be used at the time of family events.
Once at this lower level the open space provides and entertainment lawn and a more grandiose elevation to the building – in response to the entertainment function of the building.
However, at such time, this becomes the most important component of the house, and hence it has a celebrated ‘civic’ scale entrance located on the side of the house at the lower level. Landscape is moulded to reach this level without the feeling of descending to a ‘basement’. Once at this lower level the open space provides and entertainment lawn and a more grandiose elevation to the building – in response to the entertainment function of the building.

First Floor Plan

Ground Floor Plan

Lower Ground Floor Plan

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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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