Architect of his fortunes

ABU DHABI — Thirty-three summers ago, when Abdalla Abdul Hafeiz Al Malik first came to Abu Dhabi, he was focused on one thing — his specialisation. Armed with a degree in architecture, he wanted to join the emirate's construction boom, which was just about beginning to unfold.

By Nada S. Mussallam

Published: Sat 28 Apr 2007, 8:45 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:44 AM

Al Malik joined as an architect supervisor with a private company. He then moved to the government sector, where he was employed with the City Planning Department.

But fate had ordained a more varied role for him. He ended up owning an engineering and architecture consultancy, which has made stupendous contribution to the emirate's success story over the years. Al Malik's firm, Perfection Consultant Architects and Engineers Company, has designed hundreds of residential and commercial buildings and towers in the capital.

Hailing from the province of Madani in Sudan, Al Malik graduated from the School of Fine and Applied Art in Khartoum. He then headed to Bulgaria and London to pursue higher studies. He obtained a master's degree in Housing from the University of London.

What brought him to the UAE? "Gaining experience in an evolving city like Abu Dhabi was a priority back then. I was eager to sharpen my skills in architecture. But equally important, I wanted to have my own business, my own consultancy. In the long run, at least," he answers.

Recalling the initial days, he says: "When I first came to Abu Dhabi, there were not many buildings or roads here. Yes, it had one main road, and the airport of course. But not much otherwise. You could see the bare sands on all sides. However, I had a gut feeling that this city, with its oil-rich resources, is going to witness an architecture revolution," he narrates.

What gave him the confidence to start his own venture? "Working with both the private and public sectors, I gained the confidence that I could set up my own business," he asserts.

About the projects executed by Perfection, he informs: "My company has been involved in the construction of hundreds of residential buildings, mosques, towers and commercial outlets. The tower of Umm Al Quwain on Hamdan Street, which is the first complete steel structure in the Middle East, was one of our projects. We are really proud of this project."

Al Malik says he was inspired by the late President, Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. "Shaikh Zayed had a very good knowledge of buildings and architecture. He was very impressive. He was very innovative," he says.

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