Company History

Sayah Engineering was established in 1989, by Elias B. Sayah, a civil engineer with a passion for community service. He grew the firm from a staff of one to an international team of 30+ architects, engineers, project managers and technical staff from the US, Middle East and Asia. By focusing on four core values of excellence, quality, safety and innovation, Sayah Engineering expanded in the MENA region. Sayah Engineering has completed the design and construction of 100+ projects with a construction value of more than $250 million.

About Us


We strive to achieve excellence in all areas of our business.


We aim to maintain a safe and healthy work place and ensure the highest standards of safety on all our projects.


We are committed to providing high-quality services and delivering superior work products.


We develop innovative solutions for clients by working together as a team.

Our Vision

We aim to improve work and living environments through innovative services.

Our Mission

We are committed to providing superior architecture, engineering and consulting services to clients.

Management Team

Our international team of architects, engineers and project managers from the US, Middle East and Asia speak English, Arabic, French, Hindi, Malayalam,  Tagalog and Tamil.

Elias B. Sayah, President & CEO

Dr. Sayah serves as President & CEO of Sayah Engineering MENA and is responsible for the overall management of the company and expansion in the Middle East and North Africa. He has 25+ years of international business and engineering experience in the US and Middle East. A US citizen, he holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from San Diego State University and a PhD from Pune University. He is member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Lebanese Order of Engineers and United Arab Emirates Society of Engineers. Passionate about giving back to the community, Dr. Sayah serves as President of the American Concrete Institute – UAE Chapter and American Society of Civil Engineers – UAE Chapter. He is also on the Board of the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Abu Dhabi.  Dr. Sayah is an advisor to ASCE Chapters at six universities: Al Ain University, Al Hosn University, American University of Dubai, American University of Sharjah, NDU Lebanon and University of Sharjah. He speaks English, Arabic and French.

Gajanan M. Sabnis, Senior Technical Advisor

Dr. Sabnis serves as Senior Technical Advisor to Sayah Engineering MENA specializing in green building and concrete construction. He is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at Howard University in Washington DC, USA. Dr. Sabnis has 40+ years of teaching, industrial and research experience, including as President of his own construction management firm. He holds a PhD from Cornell University in New York, USA, a Master of Technology from ITT and Bachelor of Engineering from VJTI, in Mumbai, India. Dr. Sabnis has served as International Director for ASCE overseeing 25 countries. He is also a Fellow of ACI, IEI, ICI and ASCE. He speaks English and Hindi.

Amani Fadlalla, Senior Architect and Project Manager

Ms. Fadlalla serves as Senior Architect and Project Manager. She has 20+ years of architecture and engineering design experience in the Middle East and Africa. In the UAE, she has designed over 50 commercial, residential and multi-use projects. Ms. Fadlalla holds a BS in Architecture Engineering from the University of Khartoum in Sudan. She speaks Arabic and English.

Nevine Mahmoud El Dardeer, Senior Civil Engineer

Ms. El Dardeer serves as Senior Civil Engineer. She has 10+ years of structural engineering experience in the Middle East designing office buildings, villas, apartment buildings and embassies. Ms. El Dardeer holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Alexandria University in Egypt. She speaks Arabic and English.

Randy Alawad Al Jolaky, Senior Electrical Engineer

Mr. Al Jolaky serves as Senior Electrical Engineer. He has 10+ years of experience in the Middle East with a specialty in mechanical, electrical and plumbing designs for residential and commercial buildings. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Allepo University in Syria. He speaks Arabic and English.

Matthew George, Senior Architectural CAD Draftsman

Mr. George serves as Senior Architectural CAD Draftsman with 20+ years of experience in the Middle East and Asia. He has designed commercial and residential buildings in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and India. Mr. George has a diploma from Kerala University in India. He speaks English, Hindi and Malayalam.

Nakkaash Ahammedunny, Site Engineer

Mr. Ahammedunny serves as Site Engineer. He has 5+ years of civil engineering experience in the Middle East and Asia. Mr. Ahammedunny has worked as a site and design engineer on residential and commercial buildings in the UAE and India. He is a certified internal auditor of the ISO 9001: 2008 Quality Management System. Mr. Ahammedunny holds a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering from Sree Raghavendra Research Foundation University in India. He speaks English and Hindi.

Tharian Thomas Malayil, Financial Manager

Mr. Malayil serves as Financial Manager and is responsible for managing the company’s accounting, monitoring and reporting systems. He has 5+ years of finance and accounting experience in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Previously, Mr. Malayil worked as a Chief Accountant at Travelog Limited in Uganda and as a Senior Relationship Officer at Standard Chartered Bank in India. He holds a Master of Commerce from Annamalai University and Bachelor of Commerce from Mahatma University in India. Mr. Malayil speaks English, Malayalam and Tamil.

Contact us

  • Office
    PO Box 29171
    Abu Dhabi, UAE

    Tel: +971.2.626.9221
    Fax: +971.2.626.9224
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