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Emirati engineer first in country to become chartered

10 June 2019

There are huge opportunities for civil engineers and for ICE across the Middle East.

Emirati engineer first in country to become chartered

ICE has awarded its first Chartered Engineer (CEng) qualification in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Dr Ghanim Kashwani.

Dr Kashwani, 32, graduated from the American University of Sharjah (AUS), UAE, in 2010 with a BSc in civil engineering, followed by an MSc in civil engineering in 2012.

He received a PhD in civil engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland in 2017.

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Patrick Moody, HM Ambassador to the UAE, presented Dr Kashwani with his certificate at the Embassy in Abu Dhabi on 1 May 2019.

Highlighting opportunities in the region

After receiving his CEng certificate, Dr Kashwani said that he hoped to use his influence in the country to promote ICE in the region, and to encourage other engineers to join the institution.

The Gulf region is one of the world’s foremost hubs of construction and infrastructure development.

There are huge opportunities for civil engineers and for the ICE across this region, with a large number of major infrastructure projects taking place in the next five years.

Dr Kashwani currently works at New York University in Abu Dhabi as a post-doctoral associate in civil engineering. His research interests include construction materials, safety engineering, and fire engineering.

Prior to this, he worked for eight years at the ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company) Group as HSE team leader. p>
During the ceremony, from left to right: Redha Al Redha, Nick Baveystock, Mark Jamieson, Dr Ghanim, HE Patrick Moody, Dr Sabih Gatea Khisaf and Rashid Khawaja.

ICE Director General Nick Baveystock, ICE Country Representative Mark Jamieson, ICE Regional Director Middle East and North Africa Redha Al Redha, Trade and Investment Adviser British Embassy Rashid Khawaja, and ICE Local Committee Chairman Dr Sabih Gatea Khisaf were all present at the ceremony.

Interested in Getting Chartered?

Civil engineers in the Middle East interested in becoming chartered can find out more by emailing [email protected], or by speaking to one of the regional team below:

Redha Al Redha, Regional Director
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Aurelia Khisaf, Membership Development Officer
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Lakshmi Modali, Operations Executive
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