American Concrete Institute Opens Middle East Regional Office in Dubai, UAE

The American Concrete Institute has opened an office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. From left: Ahmad Mhanna, Middle East regional director for ACI; David A. Lange, president of ACI; Hassan Al Hashemi, vice president of international relations at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Ronald G. Burg, executive vice president of ACI. // Photograph Courtesy of American Concrete Institute

The Farmington Hills-based American Concrete Institute opened its new regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Jan. 6, marking the organization’s first physical presence outside of the United States since its founding in 1904.

The Middle East Regional Office, headed by Ahmad Mhanna, ACI’s newly appointed Middle East regional director, will focus on advancing the development, dissemination, and adoption of ACI consensus-based knowledge on concrete and its uses in the region.

“This office will lead efforts to establish and nurture a wide range of strategic relationships between ACI members, chapters, companies, governmental bodies, educational institutions, partners, and other construction industry organizations throughout the region and beyond,” saya Mhanna.

“In addition to strengthening strategic relationships and increasing access to the institute’s consensus-based technical and educational resources, it is the intent of the American Concrete Institute that our Middle East Regional Office serves as a vehicle for increasing the awareness of regional concrete design and construction practices,” says Ronald G. Burg, executive vice president of ACI. “All of us in the global concrete community can learn from and be inspired by the tremendous concrete innovation happening here in the Middle East.”

The new office is located on level seven of the Dubai World Trade Center.

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