dxb.lab is an award-winning architecture practice based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Since its establishment in the year 2000 by Khalid Alnajjar, dxb.lab has achieved a distinguished reputation in the Middle East through an applied coupling of disciplined design principles, architectural avant-garde and modern technologies, while relishing its local roots and respecting regional customs and traditions in the built environment. In 2005, Shahab Lutfi joined the firm as business partner, and with his extensive background in finance and development has since been directing a number of large scale projects.

dxb.lab works range from Private Residences, Commercial and Office Buildings to Cultural and Public Projects, as well as Hotel Resorts and Master Plans. The firm is frequently invited to participate in local and regional competitions, and their built work has been extensively published internationally.

The team behind dxb.lab is a blend of locally and internationally educated and trained individuals, each with a distinctive personality, background and design talent. Being lead by principle architect Khalid Alnajjar, this interplay of characters has created a very lively and experimental atmosphere, often resulting in impulsive new architectural ideas, which are then materialized in new concepts and ultimately built projects.

Controlling the number of projects and working closely with clients is important for dxb.lab, and every design is treated with the same rigor and excitement, challenging minds and creativity anew. A thorough investigation of each project’s potential allows the generation of progressive architecture that pushes beyond common design boundaries. Fluid and experimental, the work evolves out of empirical observation and collaborative effort, also involving the participation of specialists in building engineering, component manufacturing and landscape design.

Khalid Al Najjar

Principal | Founder

Khalid Al Najjar, is an Emirati architect. In 1995 he received his Bachelor in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, followed by a Masters Degree in 1996 from Columbia University in New York, where he went on to work at Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture P.C.

After his return to the UAE, Khalid Al Najjar worked as Head of the Detail Planning Unit at Dubai Municipality from 1997 until 2006. In 2000 he also established his practice dxb.lab in Dubai, for which he received the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for Best Design Business in 2004.

From 2003-2004 Khalid Al Najjar was Part-time Adjunct Professor/Lecturer at the American University of Sharjah, and has since maintained an part-time role in the educational field, frequently appearing at reviews and design juries, and lecturing at universities, such as Princeton, NJ.

Being a UAE National, Khalid Al Najjar is deeply rooted in the culture and traditions of his country. His origins coupled with an international education under some of the most prominent instructors and architects currently practicing around the globe, have awoken in him an innate sensitivity to the contemporary vernacular.

Shahab Lutfi

CEO | dxb.lab

Shahab Lutfi, is an Emirati businessman. In 1996 he received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Boston University, USA and in 2003 earned an MBA from Cass University Business School in London, UK.

Shahab Lutfi's experience in real-estate development has been of utmost importance in the success of Dubai Properties' Business Bay master development valued at AED 20 Billion. His insight and relentless work has ensured the successful development, marketing, and sale of all of Business Bay's plots within its first year of launch.

His business acumen has allowed for the development of several key projects within Business Bay which have helped increase the value of the community. Managing the development process from concept stage, market analysis, financing and through to implementation, marketing and sales has guaranteed the successful launch of projects like: The Executive Towers, Vision Tower, The dancing Towers and Bay Square.

He has pioneered architectural design competitions in the region and was successful in attracting world renowned architects such as: Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Thom Mayne to Dubai. In 2005 Shahab Lutfi joined dxb-lab as a partner and CEO to help expand the business and incorporate his development expertise to complement the design process. In 2007 he established HH Investment and Development, a boutique real-estate development company focusing on unique projects in all real-estate sectors and has successfully since delivered his first internationally acclaimed project, O-14 office building in Business Bay.

Full Time Employment
If you are interested in pursuing employment opportunities at DXB-LAB Architecture, you are welcome to submit your resume and portfolio for review. We will contact you if there is an interest in your work.

Please mail your digital application (attachment may not exceed 4 MB) to <jobs@dxb-lab.com>

DXB-LAB Architecture offers minimum six months internship program to undergraduate and graduate students who are eager to learn and develop their skills as interns in our office.

You may submit your internship application for review on <jobs@dxb-lab.com>. Please include your resume, digital portfolio (maximum file size 4 MB) and dates you are available with your cover letter explaining you are applying for an internship. Selection is based solely on your portfolio and other applications materials.

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Dubai, UAE


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The Code Tower Project - Middle East Architect Awards 2010 for Commercial Project of the Year

Architect of the Year 2009 - Middle East Architect Awards 2009

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for Best Design Business 2004

Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Award for achievements in Advanced Studies in Architecture

UAE Society of Engineers Awards for achievements in Advanced Studies in Architecture

3rd Prize international Competition "South Hudayriat Island - Abu Dhabi"

The Code Tower - Honorable Mentions at the Young Arab Architects Awards 2012

Young Arab Architects Awards


DXB-LAB's Code Tower won Honorable Mention for Young Arab Architects Awards 2012 organized by AS.Architecture-Studio. The project was exhibited at the CA'ASI - AS.Architecture-Studio's Common House in Venice during the 13th International Architecture Biennale and at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris on the occasion of institution's 25th anniversary.

Superlative Emirates


dxb.lab Code.Building featured in Superlative Emirates: The New Dimension of Urban Design (daab) - February 2012 - p60-65


Middle East Architect


dxb.lab featured in Middle East Architect Magazine "The Best in GCC: The region's top 15 architecture firms revealed" - September 2010 - p36


Haeuser (Germany)


Details dxb.lab house.001 featured in Haeuser (Germany) - 1/07 p86-94

Nikkei Architecture (Japan)


dxb.lab's Khalid Alnajjar and Takeshi Maruyama featured in Nikkei Architecture (Japan) - Number 853 (7-23) 2007 - p16-23


identity (UAE)


Khalid Alnajjar featured in identity magazine - Issue 54 - March 2008 - p99

Brownbook (UAE)


Details dxb.lab house.001 featured in Brownbook (UAE) - Number 008 - March/April 2008 - p55-59


The National (UAE)


Khalid Alnajjar is a UAE-based architect and the founder and managing director of dxb.lab, one of Dubai's leading architecture practices. The architect's small villa studio in Jumeirah serves as creative hub, company headquarters and home from home. Here, amid waist-high stacks of magazines, book-lined walls and a menagerie of designer chairs, Alnajjar works on the projects that regularly win dxb.lab international acclaim...


Art Basel Conversations


Details Khalid Alnajjar speaks during the Conversations at Art Basel


Commercial Interior Design (UAE)


Details dxb.lab's Five Green Gallery featured in Commercial Interior Design (UAE) - Vol.1 Issue 3 - January 2006 - p46-48


Entrepreneur ME (UAE)


Details Khalid Alnajjar featured in Entrepreneur Middle East (UAE) - Vol.2 Issue 6 - March 2006 - p12-16



ep Emaar Properties Magazine (UAE)


 Details dxb.lab's Solimar Miller feature in ep Magazin - Summer 2006 - p93

Interior DIGEST (Russia)


Details dxb.lab house.001 and Khalid Alnajjar featured in interior DIGEST (Russia) - Number 9 (73) 2006 p148-159

dxb.lab to design Island D51


Dubai architecture practice dxb-lab has been contracted by Venture Capital Bank to provide architectural design for a development on The World, off the coast of Dubai.


Diseno Interior (Spain)


dxb.lab house.001 featured in Diseno Interior (Spain) - Number 195 - October 2008 - p125-137


Middle East Architect (UAE)


Khalid Alnajjar & Richard Wagner interviewed by Middle East Architect's Lauren Hills for the 'Local Architect' feature. Middle East Architect (UAE) - Vol.2 Issue 2 - p30-37



Middle East Architecture


Khalid Alnajjar from dxb-lab awarded Architect of the Year at the 2nd Annual Middle East Architect Awards.



Title Society Dubai (UAE)


 Details dxb.lab's Khalid Alnajjar and Richard Wagner featured in Society Dubai (UAE) - The Space Issue #30 - October 2006 p24 & p64



Details dxb.lab named one of '101 of the world's most exciting new architect' in WALLPAPER*


International Design Forum


 Details dxb.lab's Khalid Alnajjar is speaking during the International Design Forum in Dubai 27-29 May 2007.

dxb.lab Team at Princeton Review


Khalid Al Najjar attended Princeton Graduate Studio Final Review at Princeton University. The studio led by Jesse Reiser conducted a first-hand research in Dubai earlier this year, and designed projects around the theme of "Islands".   

Identity Interior Design Talk


 dxb.lab's Khalid Alnajjar speaks during the Abu Dhabi Interior Design Show

Traffic design competition 2008


Khalid Alnajjar, who was on the judging panel, attends award presentation ceremony at traffic design gallery.


Commercial Building of the Year


DXB-LAB's Code Tower won the award for Best Commercial Project for its innovative design and its importance in an area of Dubai that is so often ignored by architects in favour of the Marina or Sheikh Zayed Road.


Bidoun (UAE)


Details Khalid Alnajjar's work feature in the Dubai Issue of Bidoun (UAE) - Issue 04 - Spring/Summer 2005

identity (UAE)


Details dxb.lab house.001 featured in identity magazine - Issue 25 - September 2005



dxb.lab house.010 featured in Plaza Middle East Magazine "Panta Rei" - Autumn Issue 2010 - p40-51




dxb.lab featured in Wallpaper Magazine "Top 20 reasons to be in...UAE" - November 2011 - p92




dxb.lab house.010 featured in InsideOut Magazine "Spatial Theatrics" - October 2011 - p45-52




dxb.lab featured in Wallpaper "Architect's Directory 2007"- most exciting new architects in the world.