Expert Profile:


Rob Davies

Technical Director - Fire & Life Safety | WSP Group

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Area of Expertise:

  • Fire Engineering Solutions
  • Fire Safety Strategies
  • Liaison with Local Authorities in the Middle East
  • Fire Risk Assessments
  • Fire Safety Management
  • Fire Resistance Testing
  • Fire Safety Design
  • NFPA
  • Performance Based Design
  • High Rise, Large Mixed Use Developments
  • Schools, Hotel/Residential, Retail/Mall
  • Inspection, Testing, Commissioning
  • Structural Fire Engineering
  • Code Development

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Since graduating from the Fire Safety course at the University of Central Lancashire in 2001 Robert has undertaken a variety of roles within the Fire Safety Industry. He started his career with AkerKvaener carrying out fire protection system designs for Petro-Chemical and Pharmaceutical facilities before moving to International Fire Consultants Limited (IFC). Whilst working for IFC he gained extensive experience in managing and witnessing Fire Resistance Tests, undertaking Fire Risk Assessments and preparing Fire Safety Strategies and Fire Engineering Solutions for a variety of building types. Whilst working for IFC he also completed a Masters in Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Ulster.

In 2007 Robert moved to Dubai and joined Buro Happold as a design engineer working on large mixed use / high rise developments in the ME region. In 2009 he was awarded Chartered Engineer status with the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) and qualified through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as one of their Certified Fire Protection Specialists (CFPS).

At the start of 2010 Robert started working as an independent fire safety specialist for several high profile clients in Saudi Arabia including the Planning and Development authority for Riyadh (Arriyadh Development Authority) as their fire safety advisor. After one year Robert returned to Dubai and joined WSP Middle East.

Specialties: Fire Engineering Solutions, Fire Safety Strategies, Liaison with Local Authorities in the Middle East, Fire Risk Assessments, Fire Safety Management, Fire Resistance Testing.

Company Profile

WSP are one of the world’s leading professional services consulting firms, with 32,000 staff, based in more than 500 offices, across 39 countries.

We provide services to transform the built environment and restore the natural environment, and our expertise ranges from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transport networks, and from developing the energy sources of the future to enabling new ways of extracting essential resources.

With 1,450 people in the Middle East, we are involved in many high profile projects including the Dubai Mall Expansion, Dubai; Orbital highway Contract 1, Qatar; Makkah Public Transport Program, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Doha Metro, Qatar; Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park Phase 1, Dubai; Qatar Rail Strategic Program Management, Qatar; Rabigh PP2, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; New York University, Abu Dhabi; Al Mutlaa Housing Project, Kuwait; Seventh Heaven at Al Barari, Dubai and Al Wakrah Bypass Road, Qatar.

In 2014 we won the Construction Week’s Consultancy of the Year award and in 2015 we were named 12th best company to work for in the UAE by the Great Places to Work Institute.