Matthew Tribe returns to Atkins as a leader in the Middle East

06 December 2021 2 min. read
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Seven years after leaving the engineering consultancy to join a rival, Matthew Tribe is back at Atkins.

Matthew Tribe spent 18 years at Atkins during his first spell at Atkins, working from the firm’s offices in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. In his most recent position, he was the firm’s International Master Planning & Urban Design Director, splitting his time between the two geographies.

Some of the major projects he worked on during this time include the New Jeddah Downtown and KAAR Gateway Development in Saudi Arabia, the Grove Mixed-Use Development and Dubai Creek Harbour Master Plan in the UAE.

Matthew Tribe, Managing Director, Atkins

“I’m excited to re-join Atkins and be part of shaping its strategic growth plans both globally and in the Middle East,” said Tribe, who has now been appointed Managing Director for Planning, Design, and Engineering. Based in Dubai, Tribe has a regional remit, and leads teams working from Atkins’ several offices in the Middle East.

Commenting on Tribe’s appointment, Campbell Gray, the CEO of Atkins for the Middle East & Africa, said: “With his deep knowledge of the business and the region, Matthew will play a pivotal role in enabling, delivering and most importantly adding demonstrable value to our clients’ programs and portfolios.”

Atkins has been around in the Middle East for more than 50 years. Some of the iconic projects the engineering consultancy has worked on include the Dubai Metro, the Burj Al Arab, Dubai International Airport and King Abdulaziz International Airport.

In delivering its services, the firm works closely together with Atkins Acuity (its management and financial consulting arm) and Faithful+Gould (its project and program management arm), while receiving backing from parent SNC-Lavalin, which has a large outfit in the region.

“The industry is going through a significant transformation where embedding human-centric design practices and adopting sustainable and data-driven solutions will be key to tackle current and future challenges,” said Tribe. “I’m delighted to help Atkins contribute to helping its clients navigate these changes.”

Prior to joining Atkins, Tribe spent seven years at global architecture firm CallisonRTKL, where he was the Managing Principal for the Dubai Studio and Global Lead for Planning, Landscape and Urban Design. An architect by background, he holds degrees from The Manchester Metropolitan University and Greenwich University in the United Kingdom.