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“Fast Track to the Future” Highlights Omrania Station Design

. A book on design and construction of Riyadh’s new integrated transit system calls the Omrania-designed Western Station a “symbol of urban renewal” and a step towards a “more urbane and sustainable Riyadh.”   “Fast Track to the Future” (Volume 1) provides the first comprehensive account of the planning, architecture, engineering, construction, and economics of…

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Omrania founder Basem Al-Shihabi speaks at the 2nd Falak Unreasonable Thinking Summit in Bahrain

. Participating in a two-day international forum intended to promote innovative thinking and creative problem-solving, Basem Al-Shihabi, the Managing Director of Omrania, shared insights from his early career as well as current projects that transcend ordinary thinking.   The second edition of the ‘Falak Unreasonable Thinking Summit’ was hosted by Falak Consulting, a Bahrain-based strategy…

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Omrania Participates in 2018 Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference

. The 13th installment of the international conference, attended by six Omrania partners and senior Directors, reaffirmed the Kingdom’s commitment to the goals of Vision 2030. Architecture and sustainable urban planning remain central to the nation’s ambitious economic development framework.   Omrania was pleased to attend the Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference in Riyadh on 2-3…

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Omrania Projects Shortlisted for 2018 Arab Architects Awards

. Omrania’s Saudi Embassy in Amman and Riyadh Hilton Hotel and Furnished Apartments were selected to compete for the top prize in their respective categories. The preliminary jury was held on 6 July 2018 in Beirut, Lebanon.   Managing Director Mr. Basem Al-Shihabi of Omrania was notified by representatives of the Federation of Lebanese Engineers…

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‘Spaces in Between’ Brings KSA Architecture to Venice Biennale

. The architecture and built environment of Saudi Arabia takes the international stage with the inaugural KSA pavilion at the 2018 International Architecture exhibition at the Venice Biennale. The presentation, organized by the Misk Art Institute, explores the possibilities for activating spaces of cities and buildings.   For its first-ever national contribution to the Venice…

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Metro Station Construction Moves Ahead

  Construction on the Omrania-designed Western Station of the new Arriyadh Metro system continues to make progress. The steel framing of the dune-inspired canopies is coming along well, and other elements of the site plan are beginning to become visible.   Recent photos of the 11.7-hectare site show several of the gracefully arching steel canopy…

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2018 Omrania Iftar and Dinner Party Celebrates 45 Years of Service

.   Omrania’s annual corporate Iftar event was an occasion to come together in observance of Ramadan and a shared celebration of teamwork, led by 45 years of service from founder and Managing Partner Basem Al-Shihabi.   Around 220 members and guests of Omrania joined in this year’s corporate Iftar and dinner party, at once…

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The 2018 Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Architectural Design

  Graduating architecture students from across the Arab World will soon be able to apply to the 11thcycle of the awards program, which offers a unique opportunity to showcase outstanding work and compete for prizes.   Initiated in 2008 by Omrania and the Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE), the Omrania |…

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Omrania’s Amman Branch Office Hosts International Students

. A visit to Omrania’s Jordan Office by 16 architecture students from Washington State University (WSU) provided an occasion to reflect on Jordan’s unique architectural heritage and ever-evolving built environment. The students spent an intensive week studying the built environment of Jordan, taking in its historic treasures and meeting with leading contemporary practitioners.   Mr.…

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Omrania’s Mahmoud Abughazal Speaks At KSU

  In a recent lecture at King Saudi University, Omrania’s Head of Architecture and Interior Design discussed the role of the architect today and the transition from school to the workforce.     Mahmoud Abughazal, a member of the Omrania Board of Directors, is an alumnus of the College of Architecture and Planning at King…

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Omrania Presents At ZAK World Of Facades Conference

  Two Omrania architects shared insights on high-performance building envelope design at a conference that brought together Saudi Arabia’s facades industry stakeholders and leaders.   The 2017 Riyadh edition of the ZAK World of Facades conference, held on October 24th at the Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, was an opportunity for architects, builders, and clients to…

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VIDEO PREVIEW OF ARRIYADH METRO WESTERN STATION

. The integrated light rail and bus station will offer vibrant gardens, markets, and other public amenities. Currently under construction, the Western Station is one of four multimodal hubs anchoring the new metropolitan transit system comprising six light-rail lines, three bus rapid transit (BRT) lines, 24 local bus routes, and multiple park-and-ride facilities. The station…

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