8 Sep, 2023
An Introduction to ICON by Founding Partner Eng. Khaled Al Mehairi

Founded in Abu Dhabi in 2006, ICON has established itself as a global leader in urban development, and a specialist in seamlessly blending landscape architecture and engineering. With offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Manila, and Riyadh, the firm has made significant impact across 10 countries, and it boasts a team of more than 120 professionals.

ICON’s portfolio includes iconic landmarks such as the Qasr Al Watan presidential palace and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, as well as community projects like the waterfront promenades of Al Qana, The Corniche and Al Gurm, and Saadiyat Island’s The Grove.

A cornerstone of ICON’s ethos is its unwavering commitment to sustainability. Prioritising green and blue infrastructure, nature-based solutions, and biodiversity promotion, the firm aligns itself with global efforts to achieve net-zero emissions and create a sustainable future. This commitment has positioned ICON as a major advocate for environmental responsibility.

In 2023, ICON experienced notable growth. It expanded its team, increased its sales, and ventured into climate and sustainability services. The firm’s attendance at the Cityscape Global exhibition in Riyadh highlighted the importance of networking for long-term success in Saudi Arabia, and it resulted in the formation of many promising connections and agreements.

The year 2023 also positioned ICON for a prosperous future, and the strategic partnerships and major projects of the fourth quarter culminated with the COP28 conference in Dubai. As part of its expansion strategy, the firm is focused on strengthening its teams, particularly in its Climate and Sustainability department. It has recruited numerous new high-profile experts, and it is also exploring the possibility of opening a new office in Europe. The establishment of a dedicated Research and Development department underscores ICON’s forward-thinking approach, and its ambition to be at the forefront of the world’s transition into the net-zero era.

In summary, ICON’s journey signifies its dedication to sustainable urban development, global expansion, and continuous innovation. It envisions a future where spaces work in harmony with the environment, meet community needs, and contribute to sustainability.


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