Al Khatib Cracknell (Dubai, UK)


Al Khatib Cracknell (AKC) was established in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in January 1993 and is a registered practice with the Dubai Municipality. AKC has an associate company in the United Kingdom, Cracknell Ferns Associates (CFA), which was established in 1987. CFA is a member of the British Landscape Institute and the Royal Institute of British Architect

Key personnel/contacts

Al Khatib Cracknell
N Staff: 98
PO Box 23563
Dubai, UAE
Tel:   +971 4 3445417
Fax:  +971 4 3493675

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Paul Cracknell,
General Manager
[email protected]


AKC has pioneered the use of a holistic approach  to development in Dubai. and is focused on people-friendly design that works wthin the context of fast-developing region such as the Middle East. It is constantly seeking to blend in sustainable design elements with client requirements, and has been instrumental in introducing  podium style gardens  to many large urban projects includng the Jumeirah Beach Residence, the Burj Dubai Tower Park and the Burj Dubai Mall, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

Scope of services

Al Khatib Cracknell has experience in a wide variety of projects, including hotels and resorts, parks, highways and infrastructure, residential and commercial developments, public works projects and urban design. AKC is now the largest Middle East-based landscape architectural practice, offering consultancy services in masterplanning, landscape architecture, environmental planning and irrigation design. We provide an integrated landscape design service from initial site masterplanning and concept design, to construction documentation and contract administration for the full range of project types, scopes and budgets.
AKC has established a reputation for creative and practical design solutions for projects throughout the Middle East. We have extensive experience in city centre developments, commercial, leisure/theme parks, hotels/resorts and residential community developments. Our emphasis is on design excellence and quality of service, combined with a proven ability to deliver projects on time and within budget.

AKC currently employs 98 people in Dubai, and is currently working on some of the most prestigious projects within the Middle East, including the Palm Island, Burj Dubai, Dubailand and Dubai Sports City projects in Dubai.AKC is also working on projects throughout the Middle East, including Egypt, Yemen, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar, Sultanate of Oman and UAE as well as Cyprus and India.

Practice personality

AKC is involved in all stages of the design process, from site masterplanning to detailed landscape design and construction supervision. One area in which AKC has gained experience is the development of podium landscapes throughout the region. AKC landscape architect Peter Cottingham notes: ‘With the environmental constraints of high temperatures and desiccating offshore winds many developments place their car parking facilities below ground or under podium structures. Once the technical challenges of creating green public spaces on top of concrete slabs were resolved we discovered that we were presented with wonderful opportunities for developing neighbourhood communities free from cars and pollution.’

One such development is the 'Jumeriah Beach Residences' project in Dubai. With over 46 mixed use/residential tower blocks the JBR development is one of the world's largest single residential construction projects to date. With over 120 hectares of podium space to landscape and 30,000 potential residents to cater for, AKC opted for a pedestrian streetscape approach that provided opportunities for leisure, retail and relaxation.

Cottingham says: 'We had to work closely with the developers and marketing consultants to ensure that these streetscape communities were served by just the right amount of commercial, retail and leisure facilities to reduce the demand for off-development vehicle journeys.’

Cottingham notes that: 'Over the years our clients, partners and local suppliers have come to respect our experience and trust our methods and we often have considerable influence in a projects outcome. Even something as simple as ensuring that locally available materials are incorporated into a project can have a significant and long-lasting effect on indigenous business.’ He adds: ‘Sometimes people don’t even realise that they are becoming part of a more sustainable society. It proves that we can make a difference without asking people to make drastic changes in their lives. To me that is success.’

 Case studies

Burj Dubai masterplan

Location : Burj, Dubai, UAE

Architect : Al Khatib Cracknell (AKC)

Project size: 190 hectares

Client : EMAAR Properties

Zabeel park, Dubai

Location : Zabeel Park, Dubai, UAE

Architect : Al Khatib Cracknell (AKC)

Project size: 51,0000m2

Client : Dubai Municipality

 AKC project list

Hotels and resorts

Jumeirah Beach Resort and Burj Al Arab
Tower Hotel Dubai, UAE
Grand Hyatt Hotel Dubai, UAE
Jebel Ali Hotel Extension Dubai, UAE
Marriott Hotel Extensiion Dubai, UAE
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Hotel Dubai, UAE
Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza Dubai, UAE
Hilton Jumeirah Beach Hotel Dubai, UAE
Al Thani Hotel Sharjah, UAE
Radisson SAS Hotel Sharjah, UAE
Hilton Hotel Al Ain, UAE
Le Meridien Hotel Abu Dhabi, UAE
Residential Resort Complex at Habshan for ADNOC Abu
Dhabi, UAE
Sheraton Hotel, Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi, UAE
Beach Club (Trade Centre) Abu Dhabi, UAE
Al Raha Beach Resort Abu Dhabi, UAE
Gulf Hotel Bahrain
Royal Meridien Hotel Bahrain
Hilton Hotel Doha, Qatar
Messilah Beach Resort Kuwait
Golden View Hotel Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Iberotel Grand Sharm Hotel Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Novotel Coral Bay Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Intercontinental Hotel Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Sheraton Dreamland Hotel Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
El Alamein Resort Hotel El Alamein, Egypt
Sheraton Dreamland Hotel Cairo, Egypt
Sheraton Hotel Taba, Egypt
Sheraton Hotel Agami, Egypt
Burg Al Arab Tourist Village Alexandria, Egypt
Carthage Tourist Village Alexandria, Egypt
Byblos Beach Village Beirut, Lebanon
Metropolitan Hotel Beirut, Lebanon
Gold Mohur Hotel Aden, Yemen
Hotel at Dhahr Hemyar Sanaa, Yemen
Plantation Resort Hotel Seychelles
Aphrodite Hills Resort Development Limassol, Cyprus
Coral Beach Hotel Paphos, Cyprus
Kovallum Hotel Kerala, India
Radisson SAS Yanbu Hotel Yanbu, Saudi Arabia
Midway Hotel Karachi, Pakistan

Highways and transport

Trade Centre Interchanges Dubai, UAE
Zabeel Roads Dubai, UAE
Al Ain Airport Al Ain, UAE
Al Khabisi Roundabout Al Ain, UAE
Deer Underpass Al Ain, UAE
Al Ain entrance road improvements Al Ain, UAE


Green Communities Residential Development Dubai, UAE
The Gardens Residential Development at Jebel Ali Dubai, UAE
Emirates Hills & The Lakes, EMAAR Dubai, UAE
Street of Dreams, EMAAR Dubai, UAE
Al Fattan Towers, Dubai Marina Dubai, UAE
Arabian Ranches Sales Centre & Approach Road, EMAAR Dubai, UAE
Private garden for H.H.Sheikh Mohammed Bin
Rashid Al Maktoum Dubai, UAE
Private garden for H.H.Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Dubai, UAE
Private garden for H.E.Sheikh Hasher Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Dubai, UAE
Residential development at Khawaneej for Mr. Majid Al Futtaim Dubai, UAE
Residential development at Nadd Al Shiba for
Al Tayer family Dubai, UAE
Residential development at Nadd Al Shiba for the
Al Ghandi family Dubai, UAE
Residential Development for Saif Al Ghurair in Khawaneej Dubai, UAE
Emirates Hills Model Homes for EMAAR Dubai, UAE
Private garden for H.H.Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Abu Dhabi, UAE
Private garden for H.H.Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Abu Dhabi, UAE
Private garden for H.H.Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Abu Dhabi, UAE
Private garden for Mr. Mohammed Al Abbar Abu Dhabi, UAE
Residential compound at Habshan for ADNOC Abu Dhabi, UAE
Private garden for Mr. Saeed Ghobash Abu Dhabi, UAE
Ceremonial Garden for Mr. Ali Saif Al Ain, UAE
Private villa for HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Windlesham, UK
Mamurah Gardens Salalah, Oman

Masterplanning and urban design

Burj Dubai, Dubai, UAE
Dubai Marina, Dubai, UAE
Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, UAE
Dubai Investments Park Dubai, UAE
Dubai International Financial Centre Masterplan Dubai, UAE
Dubai Healthcare City Masterplan Dubai, UAE
Jumeirah Coastal Zone Study Dubai, UAE
Al Mamzar Development Dubai, UAE
Dhow Wharfage Dubai, UAE
Dubai Irrigation Study Dubai, UAE
Knowledge Village Dubai, UAE
Grand Lakes Residential Community Dubai, UAE
Lulu Island Abu Dhabi, UAE
Abu Dhabi Irrigation Study Abu Dhabi, UAE
American University of Sharjah Sharjah, UAE
Qatar Education City Doha, Qatar
Dubai Sports City Dubai, UAE
International City Phases II & III Dubai, UAE

Parks and leisure

Dubai Autodrome Dubai, UAE
Zabeel Park Dubai, UAE
Satwa Park Dubai, UAE
Jumeirah Corniche Redevelopment Dubai, UAE
Wild Wadi Aquapark Dubai, UAE
Dubai Zoo Dubai, UAE
Jebel Ali Village Pocket Park Jebel Ali, UAE
Jebel Ali Shooting Club Jebel Ali, UAE
Abu Dhabi Shooting Club Abu Dhabi, UAE
Al Reef Equestrian Centre Abu Dhabi, UAE
Sharjah Shooting Club Sharjah, UAE
Model Sports Clubs Bahrain
Rashid Hospital Residential Complex Dubai, UAE
Sports Club for the Handicapped Dubai, UAE
Children’s Museum Dubai, UAE
Knowledge Village Dubai, UAE
Al Ain Dewan Dubai, UAE
Public School Dubai, UAE
National School Dubai, UAE
United Arab Emirates University, Al Maqam Campus Al Ain, UAE
Al Ain Women’s College of Higher Technology Al Ain, UAE
Al Ain Mens College of Higher Technology Al Ain, UAE
Al Zahra Hospital Sharjah, UAE
American University Sharjah, UAE
Shaikh Isa Library & Conference Hall Bahrain

Business parks and commercial developments

Dubai International Financial Centre Phase 1 & Gate Building
Dubai, UAE
Dubai Internet City Phase 1A and 1B Dubai, UAE
Dubai Media City Dubai, UAE
Dubai Internet City Headquarters Building Dubai, UAE
Dubai Investment Park Dubai Dubai, UAE
BurJuman Extension Dubai, UAE
Ministry of Education Dubai, UAE
Internet City Infrastructure Dubai, UAE
Dubai World Trade Centre - Convention Centre Dubai, UAE
EMAAR Bank Dubai, UAE
EGPC Headquarters Building Dubai, UAE
ENOC Headquarters building Dubai, UAE
DUBAL residential compound Dubai, UAE
Deira City Centre Dubai, UAE
Wafi City Shopping Mall Extension Dubai, UAE
Healthcare City entrance features Dubai, UAE
Ajman City Centre Ajman, UAE
ADNOC Headquarters building Abu Dhabi, UAE
GIB Headquarters Bahrain
Al Raai Commercial Centre Kuwait