Sabih Gatea Khisaf, FICE

I always wanted to be a civil engineer. Every day brings a new challenge, and with every challenge comes new opportunities to serve the society you live in – and with it, humanity in general.

Sabih Gatea Khisaf
Sabih Gatea Khisaf

I've been lucky to work on many exciting projects in the UK and worldwide. These include the Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi and several of the upgrades to London's Underground lines.

Working on Heathrow's terminal five has got to be my greatest achievement. I had to work closely with a team of engineers to deliver the project in a very restricted space (in the middle of a working airport). But every time I fly back to London, seeing it reminds me what it means to be a civil engineer.

Also, it’s been a great personal achievement to become an ICE fellow – something I never thought I could do. The route to fellowship is straightforward, and I found it really useful to identify and fill in any gaps in my training.

Since becoming a fellow I have been working in Abu Dhabi designing and building a new public transport system to reduce traffic in the city. This is a project I'm looking forward to completing because I think it will make a big difference to many people.

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