Dream Assignment… or ‘419’

We received a mind blowing request by email: if we were interested in designing the Hamdala Pyramid Hotel in Qatar with an ambition level comparable to Sydney Opera House… “Dubai has the Burj al Arab and Paris the Eiffel Tower so Qatar will have the Hamdala Pyramid”.

At first we thought it was fishy, but after a pleasant phone call with Mr. Benson Oke; self-esteem defused our scepticism. Why not?

We were about to book flights. And we contacted Arup, to see if they wanted in. We soon got a reply that they had received several identical emails… sad news: ‘419’  fraud. The catch is that you have to sign in for the “Qatar institute”, for the little sum of 1750 euro you can even become a gold member! Creative deception, beautiful, resourceful, convincing. Perhaps we should invited them to become part of our PQ team…

We now hope that the other dream assignment -to design a residence in Florida- that we got one day earlier is not a scam…

Good day

Proposal for the Design and Construction Hamdala Pyramid Hotel

We wish to propose to your firm to handle in new design project Proposed for Qatar. The Hamdala Group Company has committed to Hamdala Hotel Limited and our subsidiary, Lars Group Properties Limited to develop Hamdala Pyramid Hotel in Qatar this investment will create job and improve Qatar business infrastructure by increasing availability of quality and affordable accommodation.

The brief
Is to create an icon for Qatar, a building that would become synonymous with the place, as Sydney has its opera house, Dubai has the Burj al Arab and Paris the Eiffel Tower so Qatar will have the Hamdala Pyramid .

Hamdala Pyramid Architectural design and construction will commence this year and to be completed on or before 2017 and will be ready to welcome guest before Qatar 2022 world cup. “We intend Hamdala Pyramid to become both an economic engine and a proud symbol of the Hamdala’s economic and cultural stature in the world community,” You will be able to live in Qatar during the design and construction of the project working as the project Design Director for the construction company that will handle the project which will be one of the world′s leading multi discipline design consultancies.

Hamdala Group Company (“HGC”) www.Hamdala-Group.com is one of the world’s premier international investment companies with Groups in some of the world’s best known companies and brands.

We believe you will have the capacity to this proposal follow your works we saw through Archi planet  website

HGC is based in Saudi Arabia and headed by Alhaji Sani Kano Hamdala. The Company’s vision is simple to ‘invest in the best’ through a strategy of:

  • Focussing on core growth and value added industry sectors
  • Investing in high performance companies with leading brands
  • Maintaining a longer-term investment approach
  • Extracting value from undervalued or underperforming assets
  • Maximising Alhaji Sani Kano Hamdala’s unique experience, investment expertise and international network of contacts

What we require from you are:

Please send us the following
  1. The certificate of practice from Qatar institute
  2. Scan and send us your international passport of all member of your Architectural team visiting Qatar for the meeting
  3. Your CV or Company profile.

Please note this

– What is the approximate building sum? The approximate building sum will be determine by your design what ever you design we will build.

– What is the team setup? You will have to do 70% of the total planning job

-What is the brief? The brief is to create an icon for Qatar, a building that would become synonymous with the place, as Sydney has its opera house, Dubai has the Burj al Arab and Paris the Eiffel Tower so Qatar will have the Hamdala Pyramid .

-What is your assignment ? Design and project Design Director

– What is the procurement process:? You will the determine procurement process

– When will this Project start ? This project will start this year

I am hoping to hear from you in order to discuss details with you.

Mr. Benson Oke
Director
Hamdala Hotel Investments (HHI)
benson@hamdala-group.com
I am in London now you can Call with this Number +447035957782
http://www.hamdala-group.com

71 Responses to “Dream Assignment… or ‘419’”

  1. Mark coolis Says:

    I do not like this publication on this Blog is not Good

    NL Architects I think you people are angry you were not given a contract.

    My firm is handling a project for Hamdala Group in Oman Midle east .

    I was surprise when I saw this in a press conference .

    Are you a serious Architect or a Scammer that did not succeed in your mission

    If you are an Architect stop this you are giving us Architects a bad name here

    Arch Mark Coolis AIA, RIBA, Leed

    • Victim 1000 Says:

      this comment probably made by the scammers. This guys copy everything and hacked this blog and somehow blog is not posting any comments regarding these scums.

  2. Al zeem bin rashiod Shantel Says:

    Hey

    why is your website not well designed .

    the press conference shows that your website is not authentic .

    please can you tell the whole world what you NL Architects are Upto Hope you will read Arabia news today

    Al zeem bin rashiod Shantel

  3. MA ROBSON Says:

    @Mr Coolis,

    Strangely you have the same number as Mr Oke above, but for the Batal Group, and you are certainly not an RIBA-registered architect!

    Batal Group
    Proposal to undertake a lead role for the Design of a Community Hospital in Qatar.
    We wish to commission to your firm to undertake a lead role for the Design and Construction of a Community Hospital in Doha Qatar.
    This is a direct commission to your firm NOT a competition.
    Proposed Community Hospital in Doha Qatar
    Client: BATAL GROUP
    Completion: 2011 – 2015

    Value: £271m
    Project description
    A new Community Hospital Doha .
    No. of Storeys: 17 storeys (98 m high) and 3 basements
    Project Milestone:
    * October 2010 (Pre-Qualification & tender)
    * 28 October 2011 (Tender Award & Construction Commencement)
    * March 2015 (Targeted Completion)
    Areas: Total gross area (GFA): 59,030 sq.m.
    Total gross area (GFA incl. parking @188 bays): 63,102 sq.m.
    Total nett area (Net assignable area) 30,797 sq.m.
    Total construction floor area(CFA) 70,686 sq.m.
    GFA plot ratio : 1: 5.2( I will send the site plan when I receive your reply .)
    Client’s Brief: The Client, had provided the architect with a set of planning principles as the basis for design.
    These included:
    • A place for the people to provide an open, hospitable and conducive health care environment for the people of Qatar.
    • A Health Institution with a distinct character, reflecting Qatar’s multicultural heritage and its aspirations to be a healthy nation.
    • A community and Civic health Institution.
    • A symbol of Human Health Global goal’s mission and role.
    • A fully flexible and functional clear building.
    • A costs effective building.
    • User friendly, comprehensible to visitors and convenient for everyday staff use.
    • An efficient building with integrated systems.
    • A building for the subtropical dry climate.

    Project description
    This new 669 bed teaching hospital for Doha Community Hospitals
    Foundation NHS Trust comprises a 17-storey tower of ward accommodation, a
    podium block containing outpatient facilities, plus operating theatres. In addition,
    there is a two level basement containing radiodiagnostics, radiotherapy and related
    facilities.

    The design challenge is to develop a major new hospital on a restricted city
    centre site next to a conservation area and the Doha National Hospital
    ‘Cruciform’ building. The design of the new building, while respecting these
    parameters provides a prestigious and notable addition to the urban environment to
    become a familiar and prominent landmark.
    The new Hospital will provide an environment commensurate
    with 21st Century hospital standards whilst meeting the client’s functional
    requirements and provide an identity to reflect DCLH’s historic prestige and world
    standards of care and research. Phase 2, a 4-storey block plus basements, will
    provide new facilities for the foundation Hospital for Women.
    Programme: To provide Batal Group human development investment in Qatar, that reflects the contemporary progressive nature of the development company and, at the same time, retains a regional character in the architecture.
    Design Concept /General Design Features:
    The concept for the development should reflect the advancement of technology in the 21st Century, Please note this.

    – Team setup: You will have to do 70% of the total planning job
    – Your assignment:Design and project Design Director
    – Project start :This project will start this year with the design
    We believe you will have the capacity to this proposal.
    BGC is based in Saudi Arabia and headed by Alhaji Suliman Saleh Batal. The Company’s vision is simple to ‘invest in the best’ through a strategy of:
    Focussing on core growth and value added industry sectors
    Investing in high performance companies with leading brands
    Maintaining a longer-term investment approach
    Extracting value from undervalued or under performing assets.
    What we require from you are:
    Following the requirement and the condition of inviting an International Architects to Qatar. Which now have it that for a firm to bring in an international Architect. The Architect must have QIAcertificate of Practice
    We wish to partner with you for the design and Design direction of this project if you can be able to meet up with Qatar institute of Architects requirement, by obtain a certificate of practice from Qatar Institutes. This will enable QIA approve the Architects Preliminary competence for this design,Please Note we do not want you to use a local Architects because of our aim ofglobal standard.
    Your competence of obtaining the Qatar Certification of practise. Will be of great success to our partnership.
    If you are capably to handle this Project we want you to obtain the certificate and send us the following
    1.The certificate of practice from Qatari institute Architects. .
    2.Scan and send us your international passport of all member of your Architectural team visiting Qatar for the meeting
    3.Your CV or Company profile.
    After receiving the above requirement we will like you to visit Qatar for a meeting with Qatar Building Regulation Council , Planning Authorities, Our board of Directors and the President Batal Group Alhaji Suliman Saleh Batal.
    1.Please Note that we will bear your travelling and accommodation cost to Qatar ,On getting the above 3 requirements.
    I will inform you on the date to be in Qatar for the meeting when I here from you.
    I am hoping to hear from you soon to discuss in details with you.
    Mr Morris Coolis.
    Co ordinator Internatioal Relation.
    morris@batalgroup.com
    I have my London line diverted to my Saudi Arabia line you can call for easy communication
    Call +447035957782
    http://www.batalgroup.com

  4. Keith Says:

    Seems a lot of people have the same telephone number

    Batal Group

    Proposal to undertake a lead role for the Design and Construction of Batal Five Star Hotel

    Good Day

    We wish to commission to your firm to undertake a lead role for the Design and Construction of Batal 5 Star Hotel in Doha Qatar.

    This is a direct commission to your firm NOT a competition.

    The Batal Group Company has committed to Batal Real Estate Company Limited. (BRECO) and our subsidiary, CH2M Batal Project Management to develop Batal 5 Star Hotel in Doha Qatar this investment will create job and improve Qatar business infrastructure by increasing availability of quality and affordable services.

    Design brief . Design and Construction Batal 5 Star Hotel, for a landmark public facility for the Doha community with integration of business offices, hotel, apartments, cultural facilities and recreation functions as part of the hotel.
    Completion 2011-2013
    Value – US$ 420 million
    Project Description
    No. of Room : 1250 Rooms
    No. of Storeys: This will be determine by your design
    Areas: : upto 21,573 sq.m. I will send the site plan when I receive your reply .
    Design Features: The Structure should consist of various levels, 1 level of common facilities, and 1 levels of office apartments, all organised. With the use of natural light.

    Programme: To provide a landmark Hotel for Batal Group Hospitality investment in Qatar, that reflects the contemporary progressive nature of the development company and, at the same time, retains a regional character in the architecture.
    Design Concept /General Design Features:
    The concept for the development should reflect the advancement of technology in the 21st Century, Please note this.

    – Team setup: You will have to do 70% of the total planning job
    – Your assignment:Design and project Design Director
    – Project start :This project will start this year with the design

    We believe you will have the capacity to this proposal.
    BGC is based in Saudi Arabia and headed by Alhaji Suliman Saleh Batal. The Company’s vision is simple to ‘invest in the best’ through a strategy of:
    Focusing on core growth and value added industry sectors
    Investing in high performance companies with leading brands
    Maintaining a longer-term investment approach
    Extracting value from undervalued or under performing assets
    What we require from you are:
    Following the requirements d and the condition of inviting an International Architects in Qatar. Which now have it that for a firm to bring in an international Architect. The Architect must first be an international member of the Qatari Institutes of Architects.
    We want your firm to handle this project if you can be able to meet up with Qatari institute of Architects requirement, by obtain a certificate of practice from Qatari Institutes. This will enable QIA approve the Architects Preliminary competence for this design, Please Note we do not want you to use a local Architects because of our aim of global standard.
    Your competence of obtaining the Qatar Certification of practise. Will be of great success to our partnership.
    If you are capably to handle this Project we want you to obtain the certificate and send us the following
    The certificate of practice from Qatari institute. To obtain the certificate of practice from Qatari institute of Architect,
    Scan and send us your international passport of all member of your Architectural team visiting Qatar for the meeting
    Your CV or Company profile.
    After receiving the above requirement we will like you to visit Qatar for a meeting with Qatar Building Regulation Council , Planning Authorities, Our board of Directors and the President Batal Group Alhaji Suliman Saleh Batal.
    Please Note that we will bear your traveling and accommodation cost to Qatar. on getting the above requirements,

    I will inform you on the date to be in Qatar for the meeting when I travel to Saudi Arabia
    I am hoping to hear from you soon to discuss in details with you.

    Engr.Mohammed Al basha’a
    Director
    Infrastructure projects development Director
    mohammed@batalgroup.com
    Call +447035957782
    I have my London line diverted to my Saudi Arabia line you can call for easy communication
    http://www.batalgroup.com

  5. Jane Neekis Says:

    You people should stop confusing people,
    Batal Group is genuine

    I have worked for them , I am still working for then on a project in Kuwait .

    please be carefully, confirm who is contacting you.

    And stop sopiling their Good names .

  6. Arch Johnson Says:

    your contributions!

    Please watch your language and post only truthful information.

    @ Keith read the below

    It has come to our attention that the Batal name and corporate logo have been misused by unauthorized individuals for fraudulent purposes. The Batal Group® takes these matters extremely seriously. We are working with authorities to investigate such scams and prosecute the perpetrators.

    If you receive a communication from The Batal Group, its principals, or persons claiming to represent them, and you think it is suspicious, please contact: legal@batalgroup.com

  7. Jane Neekis Says:

    What happened to the comment

    I pasted here?

  8. AGL Architect Says:

    I have got similar invitation from AL MAHAMT GROUP.
    The author uses this same template.

  9. Dutch architect Says:

    @Mark coolis @Al zeem bin rashiod Shantel @Arch Johnson @Jane Neekis

    Please elaborate your comments with some more detailed information, that would help to get a ‘balanced view’… of the size of your gray matter.

    If not, I suggest you to change yet again your company name.
    Why don’t you try “Al Mahamt Group” as your next vehicle?

    @NLarchitects
    Thanks for posting this.

  10. Marc Says:

    check the domain names using whois

    Al Mahamt Group website is registered in Abuja, the Architects Registration Board in “Ehejh street, Ikeja Lagos”…

    quite elaborate though …

  11. Peter Says:

    My office recieved the same, to good to be true, e-mail from Hamdala Group. After looking a their website (which now seems to be offline), there was no need anymore to check emails, urls or phonenumber similarities, as Hamdala Group uses an inverted and vertically scaled vodaphone logo (actually, they liked that stolen logo so much, that on their website they used it quite inflationary) so that it was quite apparent that this was a scam. These suckers are really good in reading architects dreams, fortunately they are stupid enough to make mistakes, they may roast in hell forever.

    Thank you for posting NL Architects it is good to avoid, that maybe others fall into the trap

  12. Gratteciel Says:

    I had Al Mahamt in my inbox. Quite an elaborate scam, but when I looked up the Whois information for the ‘Qatar Institute of Architects’ I saw it was registered in Lagos. Hmmm.

    Ignore them.

  13. JW Says:

    Our office also received an offer from Al Mahamt. Some of the language is identical to Hamdala posted above. Quite the elaborate scam! Correspondence copied below for anyone comparing notes:

    Al Mahamt Group
    4th Floor, Al Femer Building, Llaya Street
    Riyadh
    P.O.BOX 10460
    Riyadh 12546
    Email: info@almahamtgroup.com
    04-03- 2012

    To —-

    Dear Arch — ,

    As Salaamu Alaikum .

    I wish to Contact your firm for a direct project Design and Management in Qatar ,”NOT Competition”. My name is Abdulahi Baq, Director International Relation, Al Mahamt Group (AMG).

    I wish to know your Architectural firm capacity of handling a project in Abu Nakhlah and Doha, Qatar ? AL MahamtGroup wish to start a proposed project in Abu Nakhlah and Doha, Qatar. The Design is expected to commence in April 2012 by your firm to enable us meet up with time schedule and investment target.

    We wish to propose to your firm for the design of the following:
    1. Hospitality
    A world class Recreation Park that will have sports facilities (football training Pitch), Hotel Accommodation with 500 rooms , Medical facilities (mini clinic or emergency center ) . The sports facilities will comprise of 2 football training pitch, Accommodation should be in 5 star hotels arrangement with 300 rooms
    A medical facility that is emergence clinic near the football pitch.
    This will start by April or June 2012 with the design and the structural work will be concluded by December 2014 or early 2015. our meeting with you will determine the schedule

    2. Real Estate
    The development consists of 400 residential units and a 30,000sqm upmarket destination retail mall on a site area of 5.29ha in Abu Nakhlah Qatar.
    We believe you will have the concept of the above idea to a world class center of Attraction to Guest visiting Qatar.
    As this will be our great make of investment in AL Mahamt Group , Hospitality and Real Estate sector in Qatar.
    I will be glad to your capacity of handling this Landmark Project to enable us commence soonest and meet you with the requirements of the Qatari Development Authorities which have to do with the preliminary competency of our international Architect, as we intend not to use local Qatari Architects in other to attend world class benchmark that will be accepted to every visitor from any part of world.
    You can visit our website for more information about Al Mahamt Group on http://www.almahamtgroup.com

    Please acknowledge the recipient of this mail

    Thanks in Anticipation

    Abdulahi Baq
    Director International Relation

    abdulahi@almahamtgroup.com
    http://www.almahamtgroup.com

    On Mar 10, 2012, at 5:21 PM, Al Mahamt Group wrote:

    Dear Arch.—,

    We received your mail with a warm heart. But we do not understand what you mean by is large for you. Please try and understand the project and tell us how capable your firm is to handle the project.

    Information on the required project:

    Scope :- Architectural and interior services

    The scope of work is to design A world class Recreation Park that will have sports facilities (football training Pitch), Hotel Accommodation with 600 rooms , Medical facilities (mini clinic or emergency center ) . The sports facilities will comprise of 2 football training pitch, Accommodation should be in 5 star hotels arrangement with 600 rooms. A medical facility that is emergence clinic near the football pitch.

    This will start by March or April 2012 with the design and the structural work will be concluded by December 2014 or early 2015.

    And hotel apartments providing approximately 600 rooms, supported by the usual guest facilities such as a range of restaurants, conference facilities and extensive wellness, spa and fitness facilities.

    The estimated contract value is assessed indicatively at 420 million USD.

    – The approximate building sum will be determine by your design.

    -What is the team setup? You will have to do 95% of the total planning job.

    -What is the brief? The brief is to create an icon for Qatar, a building that would become the Burj Al Mahamt.

    -What is your assignment? Design and project Design Director

    – What is the procurement process:? You will determine the procurement process

    – When will this Project start ? The concept design will commence on March or early April 2012.

    Design brief .

    Design and Construction of 5 Star Hotel, for a landmark public facility for the Doha community with integration of business offices, hotel, apartments, cultural facilities and recreation functions as part of the CBD.

    Value – US$ 420 million

    Project Description

    No. of Room : 600 Rooms Not 300

    No. of Storeys: This will be determine by your design

    Areas: : 76,573 sq.m.

    Design Features: The complex is a set of towers consisting of various levels of and 1 level of common facilities, and 1 levels of office apartments, all organized. With the use of natural light.

    The concept for the development should reflects the advancement of technology in the 21st Century.

    We would like to know the following:

    -Have you done any Project in Qatar or any Arab country ?(specify)

    -What are your terms and condition for such project work?

    -We would like you to make a visit to Qatar after reach in a mutual agreement to your terms?

    We shall bear the cost of your travel and accommodation expenses, during your stay in Qatar .

    Our Board Of Directors with CEO will be in Qatar soon, you will be updated of the date, after our meeting with the Qatari building regulation authorities by Monday 12th March 2012.

    We believe your offer will be the most attractive in terms of price, quality and schedule.

    If you need any further information do not hesitate to contact me. I will await your urgent response to proceed further.

    Thanks in Anticipation

    Abdulahi Baq

    Director International Relation

    abdulahi@almahamtgroup.com
    http://www.almahamtgroup.com

    Dear Arch.—

    We held an emergence meeting as regards to your mail, paying upfront [we requested a large retainer up front] will be done if you meet the requirements.We wrote to some firms before you that told us how busy they were. I wish to inform you about the next step for the project commencement, we have schedule a meeting by 26th of March in Qatar.

    After our successful meeting with Qatari planning Authorities and its related development bodies. The have accepted our proposal to bring in an international Architect to handle this project on the condition that the Architect or firm must be registered architect with Architect registration council of Qatar to allow him to practice and seal his work here in Qatar.

    We tried to let them understand our timeline on this project, by appealing to them to wave this process for you , the authorities refused, saying “This should not be new to your Architect if he is really an experience Architect as you said , for you to practice in any country the architect must be registered with the country’s Architects Registration council or board Ask you Architect he should know this , sincerely he should know this.”

    They require you register with them in other to obtain Qatar Architects Certificate of practise. You can contact them on http://www.arcoq.org

    The certificate of practice will enable Architect’s Registration Council of Qatar (ARCOQ) approve the Architects Preliminary competence for this design. This is the requirement you must meet to enable us move on.
    Your competence of obtaining the Qatar Certification of practise. Will be of great success to our partnership.

    You know the conditions common to Middle East projects are at odds – for example, a requirement for the architect to provide a monetary performance bond, and / or to transfer copyright without payment.

    We have succeeded in convincing the Authority to wave the condition for providing a monetary performance bond, and / or to transfer copyright without payment which is very difficult for most Architects. We request, you obtain Qatari Certification of practise. To enable our meeting hold on 26th March

    More so, It will be our pleasure to meet with you in Qatar soon. From the Sultan Al Mahamt, President , he will be in Qatar by 26th March for a meeting with you and the Qatar planning Authorities.

    I hope you will be able to be able to meet up with ARCQ requirements before that date.

    Kindly forward the following.

    Company profile
    CV
    International Passport of your team visiting Qatar or means of identification.
    Note: We will take care of your accommodation and travelling expenses which will be subjected to 5 people.

    Kindly Note that this meeting is dependent on your registration

    Thanks in Anticipation

    Abdulahi Baq

    Director International Relation

    abdulahi@almahamtgroup.com
    http://www.almahamtgroup.com

  14. Malcolm Sutherland RIBA ARIAS MIBA Says:

    Malcolm Sutherland, Bermuda
    we have received the same scam emails here. Bottom line is, that if we can’t speak to you directly and have a conference call to discuss a $420M project, then it is obviously a scam……you guys are really not that bright are you! I appreciate that you are hijacking the names of real companies and that really is rather naughty. I sent an email back to the Yelwaa group (Bashir!) requesting a sizeable retainer to cover our initial expenses and not surprisingly, it all went rather quiet. Plonkers!

  15. Estelle Says:

    We received a similar spam email this week – also claiming to be a Saudi based company offering us a job in total of 720mill usd. The catch is you have to register (and pay $2200) on the website of the Qatar Architectural Council.

    Also just came across this website as I was writing this – clearly a spam. http://architectafrica.com/419

    All idiots making remarks about how this is not a spam and that they are busy working on projects for these firms – you are and will always be a stupid dumb low life who has accomplished nothing in life, and that is why you are a spam artist. Go back to school and learn some grammar and spelling.

  16. Miguel M Says:

    I`ve been contacted yesterday by Saudi arabian investors. Beware of a Fariq Aliq from some Yelwaa group (casually, yelma is a city in nigeria, mmmm). They invited me to design three projects in Qatar, too good to be true. I ran a Whois search and the result is a page made last month in Nigeria, for a supposedly 1933´s founded company, the right hand of the king, etc.

    There are several things that didin´t check. Thier website it´s not professional and doesn´t have trustworthy information, just numbers and data. The sum of the contract didn´t sum up, there were 200 million dollars flying around. They refused to send google earth location of the sites in question, etc. They want us to visit that country, but who are you really?

    This is obiously a new type of scam, that is evolving apparently, don´t reply their emails, because they will learn from what with write to them and will make it more realistic. Never give away personal information and NEVER give money.

    Thank you NL Architects for sharing. This is very new and there are no records of this, it is luck that finding this i can´t stop being interested and start taking serious cautions. I´ll try to paste all that they have written to me by the weekend, to make a compilation of their lies and inform people.

    If it is too cool to believe, i´ll probably be it. Best regards

  17. Christian Says:

    Same to our Firm, with that guy named Fariq, here is what they send to us:

    Date 30th May 2012

    Dear Sir,
    Following your Architectural Firm profile and jobs which we saw on your website
    We wish to contact you for a proposed design of Hospital Center and 5 Star hotel, in Qatar.
    These projects were award to us on 18th of April 2012 following our private tender to Qatari development authorities on January 2012 for our private investment in the Qatar.
    We wish to commence with the below projects:
    1. Proposed Hospital Location Al Rayyan
    2.Proposed 5 Star Hotels Location Al Wakrah
    3. Proposed residential unties Location Al Jamaliyah
    We wish to commence these projects inline as our private investment in Qatar. Which we believe you can handle to an international standard.
    We are contacting you following your design profile which we saw on your website , which we believe you have the best concept design competence required in this projects.
    We have also contact one other firm who will handle one among the three proposed project.
    This will be determined when we meet.
    I wish to let you know that this project is a direct commission to your firm.
    You will design and direct these projects, to actualize your design concept.
    We will like to know your interest and your firm utmost capacity to handle these projects. If you will be able to handle any of these project if not all.
    We wish you will urgently reply this mail to enable us meet up with this project time line and Qatari development Authorities Deadline of submitting our Architects for the project.
    Timetable:
    This will commence by Mid-June 2012 with the design while the structural work will start following your determined schedule as wish to concluded the structural work by December 2014 or early 2015, to give chance for interior decoration. Our meeting with you will determine the schedule.

    Please kindly acknowledge the recipient of this mail.

    International relation
    Fariq Aliq.
    fariq@yelwaa.com
    info@yelwaa.com

  18. lauro (@Laurotron) Says:

    HI THIS IS THE SECOND E-MAIL FROM YELWAA:

    I have just read your mail, we are will be delighted to have you handle this project.

    We would like to know the following:

    * We would like you to make a visit to Qatar after reach in a mutual agreement to your terms?

    * Have you done any Project in Qatar or any Arab country ?

    * We shall bear the cost of your travel and accommodation expenses, during your stay in Qatar .

    * What are your terms and condition for such project work?

    Kindly note this:

    The estimated contract value is weighed up at 420 million USD.

    1. Proposed Hospital Location Al Rayyan weighed up at 120 million USD

    2.Proposed 5 Star Hotels Location Al Wakrah weighed up at 380 million USD

    3. Proposed residential unties Location Al Jamaliyah weighed up at 220 million USD

    This project will be followed phase by phase .

    Project Description for Proposed Hospital Location Al Rayyan

    A new Community Hospital Al Rayyan .

    No. of Storey: 17 storey (98 m high) and 3 basements

    Areas: Total gross area (GFA): 59,030 sq.m.

    Total gross area (GFA incl. parking @188 bays): 63,102 sq.m.

    Total nett area (Net assignable area) 30,797 sq.m.

    Total construction floor area(CFA) 70,686 sq.m.

    Client’s Brief: The Client, had provided the architect with a set of planning principles as the basis for design.

    These included:

    • A place for the people to provide an open, hospitable and conducive health care environment for the people of Qatar.

    • A Health Institution with a distinct character, reflecting Qatar’s multicultural heritage and its aspirations to be a healthy nation.

    • A community and Civic health Institution.

    • A symbol of Human Health Global goal’s mission and role.

    • A fully flexible and functional clear building.

    • A costs effective building.

    • User friendly, comprehensible to visitors and convenient for everyday staff use.

    • An efficient building with integrated systems.

    • A building for the subtropical dry climate.

    Note

    This new 669 bed teaching hospital for Al Rayyan Community Hospitals

    Foundation NHS Trust comprises a 17-storey tower of ward accommodation, a podium block containing outpatient facilities, plus operating theaters. In addition,there is a two level basement containing radio diagnostics, radiotherapy and related facilities.

    The design challenge is to develop a major new hospital on a restricted city centre site next to a conservation area and the Doha National Hospital ‘Cruciform’ building. The design of the new building, while respecting these parameters provides a prestigious and notable addition to the urban environment to become a familiar and prominent landmark.

    The new Hospital will provide an environment commensurate with 21st Century hospital standards whilst meeting the client’s functional requirements and provide an identity to reflect DCLH’s historic prestige and world standards of care and research. Phase 2, a 4-storey block plus basements, will provide new facilities for the foundation Hospital for Women.

    Project Description for Proposed 5 Star Hotels Location Al Wakrah

    No. of Storeys: 16 storeys (88 m high)

    Areas: Total gross area (GFA): 59,030 sq.m.

    Total gross area (GFA incl. parking @192 bays): 51,702 sq.m.

    Total nett area (Net assignable area) 41,692 sq.m.

    Total construction floor area(CFA) 81,543 sq.m.

    GFA plot ratio : 2: 4.2

    Client’s Brief: The basis for design included:

    • A place for the people to provide an open, hospitable and conducive aesthetic environment for the people of Qatar and international visitors.

    • A National and Civic establishment with a distinct character, reflecting Qatar’s multicultural heritage and its aspirations to be a medical nation.

    • A National and community foundation.

    • A fully flexible and functional clear building.

    • A costs effective building.

    • User friendly, comprehensible to visitors and convenient for everyday staff use.

    • An efficient building with integrated systems.

    • A building for the tropical climate

    Project Description for Proposed residential unties Location Al Jamaliyah

    The estimated building amount will be decided by your design.

    When will this Project start? The concept design will commence on early Mid-June 2012 with the design.

    Your Scope is Architectural design services.

    Our Board Of Directors with CEO will be in Qatar soon, you will be updated of the date, after our meeting with the Qatari building regulation authorities 2nd June 2012.

    Do not hesitate to contact me for further information

    I will await your urgent response to proceed further.

    An Urgent reply from you will be highly appreciated.

    Thanks in Anticipation

    Coordinator Projects

    Fariq.

    fariq@yelwaa.com

    info@yelwaa.com

    Skype Fariq Aliq

  19. Miguel M Says:

    I have exactly those two mails. And this is the third one, when i answered them that our firm isn’t listed in archiarab.com, supposedly they found us there and also that their website is registered in nigeria. After i requested google earth locations and site photos they wrote:

    Dear Miguel
    Will send you all required documents.We have no business in Nigeria will check if their is any hacking on our website and get back to you. To clear all doubts we have to hold till we clear this.
    Thanks for the information.
    Fariq

  20. Jose Says:

    Thanks so much for all this coments, we received the email today, and for reading this, it helped us not to asnwer and to spread the word.
    Thanks again

  21. Mauricio Says:

           Hello, this is what we received a few days ago:        
                                                                                                                                           Date  12th June 2012
    To:
    Xxxxx

    Dear Sir,

    Following your Architectural Firm profile and jobs which we saw on http://www.xxxxxx

    We wish to contact you for a proposed  design of Hospital Center and 5 Star hotel, in Qatar.

    These projects were award to us on 18th of April 2012 following our private tender to Qatari development authorities on January 2012 for our private investment in the Qatar.

    We wish to commence with the below projects:

    1. Proposed Hospital Location Al Rayyan

    2.Proposed 5 Star Hotels Location Al Wakrah

    3. Proposed residential unties Location Al Jamaliyah

    We wish to commence these projects inline as our private investment in Qatar. Which we believe you can handle to an international standard.

    We are contacting you following your design profile which we saw on your website http://www.xxxxxxxx, which we believe you have the best concept design competence required in this projects.

    We have also contact one other firm who will handle one among the three proposed project.

    This will be determined when we  meet.

    I wish to let you know that this project is a direct commission to your firm.

    You will design and direct these projects, to actualize your design concept.

    We will like to know your interest and your firm utmost capacity to handle these projects. If you will be able to handle any of these project if not all.

    We wish you will urgently reply this mail to enable us meet up with this project time line and Qatari development Authorities Deadline of submitting our Architects for the project.

    Timetable:

    This will commence by July 2012 with the design while the structural work will start following your determined schedule as wish to concluded the structural work by December 2014 or early 2015, to give chance for interior decoration. Our meeting with you will determine the schedule.

     

    Please kindly acknowledge the recipient of this mail.

     

    International Relations

    Fariq Aliq.

    fariq@yelwaa.com

    info@yelwaa.com

  22. Gerald Says:

    We also received the email from Mr Fariq. Our considered response was as follows:

    Dear Sir,
    We would be delighted to provide architectural services for the Qatar project. Our core business comprises the design of gas chamber facilities and execution facilities for various regimes across the undeveloped world. Our other core business is the design of abattoirs and tropical resorts. We have recently been commissioned by the Libyan Government to combine these together in the form of an ‘end of life’ facility for spring revolution protesters and have a second major commission underway for a similar facility in Florida USA.
    We would propose that, in order for us to commence the commission, we would be allowed to have some input into the brief in order to provide a world class end of life facility for Qatar. i invite you to be the first guest in this fine facility once completed. We would require an upfront payment of $3,000,000 Dirhams as a retainer for our commencement, as well as a sizable oil well located off the Red Sea and 4 olive trees as a dowry for your daughter’s hand in marriage. If this is acceptable, I look forward to you providing a round the world business class airfare to arrange a meeting in a neutral country.
    We look forward to your response.
    Gerald Mengele Architect

  23. Aino Says:

    http://www.allateefgroup.com/ is the same one! We were about trapped. Thanks for the post!

  24. Melanie Robson Says:

    Wonderful to see that the word is getting out. Many thanks to NL Architects for posting this blog.

    For information on how to practice as a registered architect in Qatar, please contact the RIBA in the UK.

    Melanie Robson
    RIBA Qatar Representative,
    RIBA Gulf Chapter

  25. James Bendley Says:

    Melanie Robson is also a swindler. Bewared!!!!

  26. horst Says:

    why is melanie also a swindler?

  27. walter Says:

    has anybody received an invitation to design the Solis Hotel, Doha, Qatar? spam or real

  28. walter Says:

    Melanie Robson why is she also a swindler??

  29. Marc Says:

    Thanks to all,
    we have got the same mail,

    PROPOSAL FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN OF 5-STAR HOTEL, AND A COMMUNITY MARKET
    IN QATAR
    I wish to request your firm’s expertise for the Architectural design of 5 star Hotel, Residential
    property and a community Market.
    Al Lateef Group (ALG) is a very large and diversified private investment company with holdings in a
    large number of Kuwaiti, Middle Eastern and International companies. ALG, one of the world’s
    leading Petrochemicals Companies, is in need of Architectural design of 5 Star Hotel, and Market in
    Qatar.
    The Project is a long term corporation involving your designing and directing of the project which is
    a direct commission to your firm aimed at optimizing our operational efficiency in Qatar and
    consequently, enabling our group to grow on its core businesses in the gulf region.
    This will provide our company the platform of consolidating its tourism activities in Qatar.
    Our global best practices in Tourism and Travel has evolved in the direction of increasing operational
    efficiency by leveraging our businesses which has led to the rapid growth of our companies group
    resulting in significant synergies between partners.
    We wish to propose to your firm to handle the below stated projects if you have the competence.
    1. Design of 5 Star Hotel destination resort center with entertainment and sports
    facilities
    Location : Al-Wakrah
    Completion 2012-2017
    No. of Storeys: Will be determined by your concept
    Areas: : The site area is 8.04 hectares and the area permitted for development is
    3.40 hectares. The site slopes gently from south to north dropping some 13 meters in 290 meters
    2
    from 950 meters to 938 meters.
    The projects’ Architectural design and construction will commence this year to be completed on or
    before 2017 and should be ready to welcome guests before Qatar 2022 world cup.
    This blow project is our social responsibility to Qatari people
    1. Design of Community Market
    Location : Ash-Shamal
    Service
    Interior Architecture and Graphic Design
    Size: 6,400m2
    This 6,400m² scheme is set in the heart of the financial district of Ash-Shamal and in response to its
    surroundings.
    I am hoping to hear from you soon to discuss details.
    Yours Sincerely ,
    Mohammed Razzy
    Director, International Projects.
    Email :- mohammed@allateefgroup.com
    http://www.allateefgroup.com

  30. Marc Says:

    We received it too!

    PROPOSAL FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN OF 5-STAR HOTEL, AND A COMMUNITY MARKET IN QATAR

    I wish to request your firm’s expertise for the Architectural design of 5 star Hotel, Residential property and a community Market.
    Al Lateef Group (ALG) is a very large and diversified private investment company with holdings in a large number of Kuwaiti, Middle Eastern and International companies. ALG, one of the world’s leading Petrochemicals Companies, is in need of Architectural design of 5 Star Hotel, and Market in Qatar.
    The Project is a long term corporation involving your designing and directing of the project which is a direct commission to your firm aimed at optimizing our operational efficiency in Qatar and consequently, enabling our group to grow on its core businesses in the gulf region.
    This will provide our company the platform of consolidating its tourism activities in Qatar.
    Our global best practices in Tourism and Travel has evolved in the direction of increasing operational efficiency by leveraging our businesses which has led to the rapid growth of our companies group resulting in significant synergies between partners.
    We wish to propose to your firm to handle the below stated projects if you have the competence.

    Design of 5 Star Hotel destination resort center with entertainment and sports facilities
    Location : Al-Wakrah
    Completion 2012-2017
    No. of Storeys: Will be determined by your concept
    Areas: : The site area is 8.04 hectares and the area permitted for development is
    3.40 hectares. The site slopes gently from south to north dropping some 13 meters in 290 meters from 950 meters to 938 meters.

    The projects’ Architectural design and construction will commence this year to be completed on or before 2017 and should be ready to welcome guests before Qatar 2022 world cup.

    This blow project is our social responsibility to Qatari people

    Design of Community Market
    Location : Ash-Shamal

    Service
    Interior Architecture and Graphic Design

    Size: 6,400m2

    This 6,400m² scheme is set in the heart of the financial district of Ash-Shamal and in response to its surroundings.

    I am hoping to hear from you soon to discuss details.

    Yours Sincerely ,

    Mohammed Razzy

    Director, International Projects.

    Email :- mohammed@allateefgroup.com
    http://www.allateefgroup.com

  31. Luke Says:

    Received an AL-Lateef Group email as well, exactly the same thing.

    PROPOSAL FOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN OF 5-STAR HOTEL
    I wish to request your firm’s expertise for the Architectural design of 5 star Hotel.
    Al Lateef Group (ALG) is a very large and diversified private investment company with holdings in a large number of Kuwaiti, Middle Eastern and International companies. ALG, one of the world’s leading Petrochemicals Companies, is in need of Architectural design of 5 Star Hotel.
    The Project is a long term corporation involving your designing and directing of the project which is a direct commission to your firm aimed at optimising our operational efficiency in Qatar and consequently, enabling our group to grow on its core businesses in the gulf region.
    This will provide our company the platform of consolidating its tourism activities in Qatar.
    Our global best practices in Tourism and Travel has evolved in the direction of increasing operational efficiency by leveraging our businesses which has led to the rapid growth of our companies group resulting in significant synergies between partners.
    We wish to propose to your firm to handle the below stated projects if you have the competence.

    Design of 5 Star Hotel destination resort center with entertainment and sports facilities
    Location : Al-Wakrah
    Completion 2012-2017
    No. of Storeys: Will be determined by your concept
    Areas: : The site area is 5.04 hectares and the area permitted for development is
    3.40 hectares. The site slopes gently from south to north dropping some 13 metres in 290 metres from 950 metres to 938 metres.
    Value: 380 million USD

    The projects’ Architectural design and construction will commence this year to be completed on or before 2017 and should be ready to welcome guests.

    This $380 million investment will provide unique retail, leisure, cultural and relaxation facilities.

    The scheme will have a series of city blocks that relate in both scale and grain to their existing city context.

    The design provides new streets and thoroughfares that extend the rich pattern of arcades culminating in a stunning grand arcade at its centre.

    I am hoping to hear from you soon to discuss details.
    Yours Sincerely ,
    Saif Alkhalif
    Director, International Relations
    alkhalif@allateefgroup.com
    http://www.allateefgroup.com

  32. Jaime Cavazos Says:

    I received the same email from:
    abdel_alfayed@allateefgroup.com
    http://www.allateefgroup.com

  33. khaled Says:

    I am an architect working with grade A local consultant in doha-qatar,
    if you still looking for help,email me at arch_uc@consultant.com
    regards
    khaled

  34. Sander Says:

    Hello,

    glad we found this blogpost, which confirmed our suspicions.
    We received the same request, only this time from Al Dolaimi Group, concerning a 5 star hotel in Kuwait.
    The mail is almost entirely identical to those posted above;

    I am Mr. Mohamed Abdul-Rahman – International Investment relation officer Al Dolaimi Group, Qatar.

    Al Dolaimi Group has its base in Qatar for the past 20 years, for more information about us you should visit our website http://www.aldolaimigroup.com

    Our company wish to approach your firm for the Architectural design and design director for Al Dolaimi Hotel in Kuwait.

    We are in need of an International Architects who will handle this project on the scope of Architectural Design, Design director and consultancy of the proposed Projects in order to achieve the international standard we want , in which you will be the head of the Building team.

    We are also looking for a company that we will assign the construction management responsibility for the above projects and where necessary, procurement of materials required locally for the construction.

    We will like to confirm the following

    – The possibility and capability of your firm to design and handle such project?

    – If your firm is familiar with architecture of Middle East, Have you done any project in Middle East (Gulf Region) country or Kuwait Specifically?

    We will be pleased to work with you in order to establish this tourism investment in Kuwait.

    We will be glad to receive your reply urgently to enable us arrange our scheduled .

    Do kindly acknowledge the recipient of this mail, as I will kindly appreciate if you can reply me as urgent as possible to enable us plan our schedule.

    Sincerely yours,

    Best Regards

    Mr. Mohamed Abdul-Rahman

    International Investment relation officer

    Al Dolaimi Group

    rahman @aldolaimigroup.com

  35. marco Says:

    Hello,
    We received the same request, from Al Dolaimi Group, concerning a 5 star hotel in Kuwait. !!!

    Dear Arch.
    Proposal for Architectural design .

    لسلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
    Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi

    I am Mr. Mohamed Abdul-Rahman – International Investment relation officer Al Dolaimi Group, Qatar.
    Al Dolaimi Group has its base in Qatar for the past 20 years, for more information about us you should visit our websitewww.aldolaimigroup.com
    Our company wish to approach your firm for the Architectural design and design director for Al Dolaimi Hotel in Kuwait.
    We are in need of an International Architects who will handle this project on the scope of Architectural Design, Design director and consultancy of the proposed Projects in order to achieve the international standard we want , in which you will be the head of the Building team.
    We are also looking for a company that we will assign the construction management responsibility for the above projects and where necessary, procurement of materials required locally for the construction.
    We will like to confirm the following
    – The possibility and capability of your firm to design and handle such project?
    – If your firm is familiar with architecture of Middle East, Have you done any project in Middle East (Gulf Region) country or Kuwait Specifically?
    We will be pleased to work with you in order to establish this tourism investment in Kuwait.
    We will be glad to receive your reply urgently to enable us arrange our scheduled .
    Do kindly acknowledge the recipient of this mail, as I will kindly appreciate if you can reply me as urgent as possible to enable us plan our schedule.
    Sincerely yours,
    Best Regards
    Mr. Mohamed Abdul-Rahman
    International Investment relation officer
    Al Dolaimi Group
    rahman@aldolaimigroup.com

  36. Carolina Says:

    We also received the mail from this group esfadores, thereafter leave it to you the last mail received from these criminals.

    We still communicate with them to determine what his motive

    Address: Emirates Building D Ring Road

    Old Airport Area, 2nd Floor

    P.O.Box: 586

    Qatar

    Officially Email: info@aldolaimigroup.com

    Date: 4th December 2012

    Dear Sir
    We had a successful meeting with the Kuwait Authorities although we have some serious huddle to a pass regarding meeting there requirements we have successful submitted your profile and still waiting for your letter of intent to them.
    Regarding the site plan we were advice to officially hand it over on the meeting .
    Subsequent to the outcome of our meeting with the with Kuwait planning Authorities
    We now need to commence the next step for the project , we have schedule a meeting by 18th of December 2012 in Kuwait, after our prosperous meeting with Kuwait planning Authorities and its associated development bodies. They have accepted our proposal to bring in an international Architect to handle this project on the condition that the Architect or firm must be registered architect with Kuwait Architect League to allow him to practice and seal his work here in Kuwait.
    We tried to let them understand our timeline on this project, by appealing to them to wave this process for you , the authorities refused, saying “This should not be new to your Architect if he is really an experience Architect as you said , for you to practice in any country the architect must be registered with the country’s Architects Registration council or board ask your Architect he should know this , sincerely he should know this.”
    They require you register with them in other to obtain Kuwait Architects Certificate of practice. To meet with Kuwait Architect League (KAL) http://www.kal-online.org
    The certificate of practice will enable Kuwait Architect League (KAL) approve the Architects Preliminary competence for this design. This is the requirement you must meet to enable us move on.
    Your competence of obtaining the Kuwait Certification of practice will be of great accomplishment to our partnership.
    More so, It will be our pleasure to meet with you in Kuwait soon. All our board of directors will be in Kuwait by 18th of December 2012 for a meeting with you and the Kuwait planning Authorities.
    I hope you will be able to be able to meet up with KAL requirements before that date.
    Kindly forward the below .
    1.International Passport of your team visiting Kuwait or any means of identification.
    Note: We will take care of your accommodation and traveling expenses which will be subjected to 5 people. When you must have meet up with the requirement of KAL
    Kindly Note that this meeting is dependent on your registration
    If you need any further information do not hesitate to contact me.
    Do kindly acknowledge the recipient of this mail, as I will kindly appreciate if you can reply me as urgent as possible to enable us plan our schedule.

    Sincerely yours,

    Best Regards

    Mr. Al Azzuban Zabara Al Shaaq
    Project Manager

    Al Dolaimi Group

    alazzuban@aldolaimigroup.com

  37. EcoDiseño-Sustentable Says:

    The first email we receive made us excited about a great job to be done…. And the possibility to build a great designed building without expenses…..we even think about never working again

    Address: Emirates Building D Ring Road
    Old Airport Area, 2nd Floor
    P.O.Box: 586
    Qatar
    Officially Email: info@aldolaimigroup.com

    Date 26th November 2012
    To: XXXXXXXXXXX
    Santiago
    Chile

    Dear Sir
    Proposal for Architectural design .

    لسلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
    Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi

    I am Mr. Al Azzuban Zabara Al Shaaq – Project Manager of Al Dolaimi Group,Qatar.
    Al Dolaimi Group has its base in Qatar for the past 20 years, for more information about us you should visit our website http://www.aldolaimigroup.com
    Our company wish to approach your firm for the Architectural design and design director for Al Dolaimi Hotel in Kuwait.
    We are in need of an International Architects who will handle this project on the scope of Architectural Design, Design director and consultancy of the proposed Projects in order to achieve the international standard we want, in which you will be the head of the Building team.
    We are also looking for a company that we will assign the construction management responsibility for the above projects and where necessary, procurement of materials required locally for the construction.
    We will like to confirm the following
    – The possibility and capability of your firm to design and handle such project?
    – If your firm is familiar with architecture of Middle East, Have you done any project in Middle East (Gulf Region) country or Kuwait Specifically?
    We will be pleased to work with you in order to establish this tourism investment in Kuwait.
    We will be glad to receive your reply urgently to enable us arrange our scheduled.
    Do kindly acknowledge the recipient of this mail, as I will kindly appreciate if you can reply me as urgent as possible to enable us plan our schedule.
    Sincerely yours,
    Best Regards
    Mr. Al Azzuban Zabara Al Shaaq
    Project Manager

    We made some research, found the webpage online (not so professional) but a webpage….they exist in economical registers….even in Qatar business pages…..nobody can think in a scam or fraud. We even write to the info email…..they even saidin their page….
    We have received reports of fraudulent email purporting to be sent from Al Dolaimi Group personnel All legitimate email communication from Al Dolaimi Group uses the “aldolaimigroup.com” domains.
    If you wish to verify the legitimacy of any email purporting to have been sent by or on behalf of Al Dolaimi Group please contact
    “Aftab Al zarba Baqq ” on info@aldolaimigroup.com

    They replied…..
    Dear Sir
    The mail is real AL DOLAIMI GROUP is about embarking on an international project.
    Mr Al Azzuban is our Project Manager.
    Congrats and thanks for having interest in our firm alazzuban@aldolaimigroup.com

    We replied to the original email sending our project book….and receive a new email….the third
    At this time we contacted legal advisors, other architects to join our project, even foreign affairs office of our country, to investigate more from this company and to know what to do in the event this is real……
    Dear Sir,
    I have just read your mail, we are will be delighted to have you handle this project. The vernacular will not be a problem.
    We would like to know the possibility of the following:
    * We would like you to make a visit to Kuwait after reaching a mutual agreement to your terms?
    * Have you done any Project in Kuwait or any Arab country ?
    * What are your terms and condition for such project work?
    * Can we have your direct mobile line to enable us speak with you . Or will it be convince for you to talk on Skype ?
    * Will it be possible for you to base in Kuwait while the project is going on ?
    * Do you have any partner in Kuwait ?
    * Have you been to Kuwait? And will you need a visa to Kuwait ?
    Below , we will like you to note the information of about this project. We will hand over the Site Plan with it assessment report to you in official meeting to commission this iconic Hotel , Al Dolaimi hotel, Kuwait.
    Kindly note this:
    Project Description for Proposed 5 Star Hotels Location Kuwait city
    No. of Storey’s: will be determined your design and 2 basements
    Areas: Total gross area (GFA): 59,030 sq.m.
    Total gross area (GFA incl. parking @188 bays): 63,102 sq.m.
    Total nett area (Net assignable area): 30,797 sq.m.
    Total construction floor area(CFA): 70,686 sq.m.
    GFA plot ratio : 1: 5.2
    Our Brief: The basis for design includes:
    The brief is to create an icon for Kuwait, a building that would become synonymous with the place, as Sydney has its opera house, Dubai has the Burj al Arab and Paris the Eiffel Tower so Kuwait will have the Al Dolaimi hotel, Kuwait. Inclusion something unique.
    To provide Al Dolaimi hotel, Kuwait human development investment in Kuwait, that reflects the contemporary progressive nature of the development company and, at the same time, retains a regional character in the architecture.
    Design Concept /General Design Features:
    The concept for the development should reflect the advancement of technology in the 21st Century.
    A place for the people to provide an open, hospitable and conducive aesthetic environment for the people of Kuwait and international visitors.
    To maintain Arab and modern culture.
    Inaddition:
    – What is the approximate (estimated)building sum? The estimated building sum will $94 Million USD. This estimate includes your professional fee
    – What is the team setup? You will have to do 85% of the total planning job
    -What is the brief? The brief is to create an icon for Kuwait, a building that would become synonymous with the place, as Sydney has its opera house, Dubai has the Burj al Arab and Paris the Eiffel Tower so Kuwait will have the Al Dolaimi hotel, Kuwait.
    -What is your assignment? Design and project Design Director,
    – What is the procurement process:? You will the determine procurement process
    – When will this Project start ? The design will commence after our meeting with in Kuwait , The construction MUST start in early 2013
    Project Completion date –before 2015 You can prepare a schedule for the completion of the date in regards to your design
    When will this Project start ? The concept discussion will commence on December in our meeting , while the design will commence by January 2013 with the Architectural design services
    We will hand over all the documents (site plan) to you on our meeting day . when we will officially present you to Kuwait Architects Authorities.
    We will like you prepare and send you a contract agreement in our next email ,as soon as we finish the meeting with the Kuwait building regulation authorities – Kuwait Architects League – (KAL) .
    Also note that this is not a competition ,it is a direct project.
    We shall bear the cost of your travel and accommodation expenses, during your stay in Kuwait .

    Mr. Al Azzuban Zabara Al Shaaq
    Project Director
    Al Dolaimi Group
    alazzuban@aldolaimigroup.com

    They send us a new and fourth….

    We have sent this message before kindly read it. Attach is the agreement.
    Thank you for your prompt reply.
    You can speak with me on Skype on aldolaimi.group
    I will be in Kuwait by tomorrow 30th November 2012 t0 attend a meeting with to Kuwait Architects Authorities on 2nd December 2012, you will be updated of the date, after our meeting with the Kuwait building regulation authorities –
    We will like have your company profile and a letter of intent show that you will handle our projects as the Architect
    We will submit your company profile and the letter of intent to Kuwait Architects Authorities – as requested. After this meeting we will be able to schedule a date for us to meet in Kuwait and sign the necessary contract agreement .
    We appreciate your attached document. Will call you tomorrow before we leave.
    Best Regards

    And they even send us a proforma contract….

    Their last email we receive says what is next….

    Address: Emirates Building D Ring Road

    Old Airport Area, 2nd Floor

    P.O.Box: 586

    Qatar

    Officially Email: info@aldolaimigroup.com

    Date: 4th December 2012

    Dear Sir
    We had a successful meeting with the Kuwait Authorities although we have some serious huddle to a pass regarding meeting there requirements we have successful submitted your profile and still waiting for your letter of intent to them.
    Regarding the site plan we were advice to officially hand it over on the meeting .
    Subsequent to the outcome of our meeting with the with Kuwait planning Authorities
    We now need to commence the next step for the project , we have schedule a meeting by 18th of December 2012 in Kuwait, after our prosperous meeting with Kuwait planning Authorities and its associated development bodies. They have accepted our proposal to bring in an international Architect to handle this project on the condition that the Architect or firm must be registered architect with Kuwait Architect League to allow him to practice and seal his work here in Kuwait.
    We tried to let them understand our timeline on this project, by appealing to them to wave this process for you , the authorities refused, saying “This should not be new to your Architect if he is really an experience Architect as you said , for you to practice in any country the architect must be registered with the country’s Architects Registration council or board ask your Architect he should know this , sincerely he should know this.”
    They require you register with them in other to obtain Kuwait Architects Certificate of practice. To meet with Kuwait Architect League (KAL) http://www.kal-online.org
    The certificate of practice will enable Kuwait Architect League (KAL) approve the Architects Preliminary competence for this design. This is the requirement you must meet to enable us move on.
    Your competence of obtaining the Kuwait Certification of practice will be of great accomplishment to our partnership.
    More so, It will be our pleasure to meet with you in Kuwait soon. All our board of directors will be in Kuwait by 18th of December 2012 for a meeting with you and the Kuwait planning Authorities.
    I hope you will be able to be able to meet up with KAL requirements before that date.
    Kindly forward the below .
    1.International Passport of your team visiting Kuwait or any means of identification.
    Note: We will take care of your accommodation and traveling expenses which will be subjected to 5 people. When you must have meet up with the requirement of KAL
    Kindly Note that this meeting is dependent on your registration
    If you need any further information do not hesitate to contact me.
    Do kindly acknowledge the recipient of this mail, as I will kindly appreciate if you can reply me as urgent as possible to enable us plan our schedule.

    Sincerely yours,

    Best Regards

    Mr. Al Azzuban Zabara Al Shaaq
    Project Manager

    Al Dolaimi Group

    alazzuban@aldolaimigroup.com

    And then finally we found this tread, and drop to the ground…….definitely things are never easy or good as they appear to be….

    One sad thing is that the KAL (Kuwaiti Architects League), the associated companies, the ICC, even our foreign affairs offices in the middle east never gave us a decent answer about possible fraud on this company.

    Be cautious.

  38. EcoDiseño-Sustentable Says:

    at this time the KAL (Kuwaiti Architects League) – http://www.kal-online.org – its another scam page associated with the same guys of the – http://www.aldolaimigroup.com
    when we unveil their fraud intent…they send us an email which message say:

    “Dear Sir
    The company is on scam watch do not respond to them again.
    We were called by the embassy now.
    Thank you”

    our country doesn’t have embassy there in Qatar nor in Kuwait, so what kind of communication they’re using?? brain vibrations, smoke signals??

    be cautious against all those guys

  39. alxdks Says:

    On the 3rd of December we received an email with the subject: Architectural Design of Al Maraqq Group Hotel. Supposedly this was a Saudi Arabian Company called Al Maraqq Group (http://almaraqqgroup.com/)that wanted to invest in Kuwait by designing a 5 star hotel with a budget of 170 million usd. We are attaching the original email.

    After searching of their website and information online and being falsely reassured by an acquaintance that the company was legitimate we showed interest in designing the project.
    After a long list of email exchange and skype conversation with this person Said Al Farouq Abdul Rami from Al Maraqq Group they accepted our portfolio saying the board members were impressed and they would like to send them our fee proposal. After they accepted our fee proposal they informed us of they wanted to book tickets for us so that we could visit the site and meet the board of directors in Kuwait. The catch was that we had to pay a membership fee of an organization called The Kuwait Architects League (http://kal-online.org/)in order to design in Kuwait. This fee was 3,700 usd for an international architect designing in Kuwait. The strange thing was that they needed the membership paid through western union in the UK to a Donald Campbell.

    We were very suspicious after this point so we decided to check with the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) who had informed us immediately within minutes that this was probably a scam. Fortunately we had not fallen victims but we were very close. I am sure others must have, because everything regarding this scam was very convincing. Original email below:

    Dear Sir,
    RE: ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN OF AL MARAQQ GROUP HOTEL

    I am Mr. Al Farouq Abdul Rami– Deputy Managing Director of Al Maraqq Group of companies.

    Our company, Al Maraqq Group, has its base in Saudi Arabia for the past 30 years. Visit us at http://www.almaraqqgroup.com.

    Our company wishes to approach your firm for the Architectural design of Al Maraqq hotel in Kuwait.

    We are in need of an International Architects who will handle this project on the scope of Architectural Design, Design director and consultancy of the proposed Project in Kuwait in which you will lead the building team.

    We are also looking for a company that we will be assigned the construction management responsibility for the above project.
    Client’s brief is as follows:
    -Total construction area of the hotel is approximately 35,369 m2, with 250 rooms.
    -Number of stories will be determined by your design
    -Two underground floors to be designed as car parks with a capacity of not less than 500 cars. Also facilities such as goods receiving area, garbage handling, kitchen storage area etc., take place at these floors.
    -Lobby & Bar with a capacity of at least 90 persons
    -Two restaurants. One with a capacity of 150 seats, and the other will be a specialty restaurant with 76 guests capacity
    -One floor to be designed for the functions of meeting and exhibition purposes. There should be a ball room with the capacity of 600 individuals.
    -A SPA where maximum comfort for the guests is aimed.
    -A studio for Pilates and dance courses
    -Other facilities include but not limited to:
    Health club, currency exchange place, 2 outdoor and 1 indoor swimming pools, a tennis court and a library.

    -The estimated building cost should be controlled to $ 170 million

    We will like to confirm the following

    – The possibility and capability of your firm to design and handle such project

    – If your firm is familiar with architecture of Kuwait. Have you done any project in any Kuwait Specifically?

    – The possibility of obtaining the necessary requirements from Kuwait Building Authority for International Architects coming to Kuwait. Visit http://www.kal-online.org for further details

    We will be pleased to work with you in order to establish this tourism investment in Kuwait.

    I wish to inform you that Kuwait is a friendly country with lots of opportunities for architectural and construction firms owing to our wealth of experiences there.
    We will be glad to receive your reply as soon as possible to start making arrangements.

    Kind regards,
    Said Al Maraqq

    AL MARAQQ GROUP
    Al-Wady Street Radwa 10
    Block 22 Royal Commission Yanbu Industrial City
    P.O.Box 303567
    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    Email: said@almaraqqgroup.com
    Skype:– said.almaraqqgroup

  40. francesco Says:

    thanks NL for sharing you just save us a lot of time and money; )
    just happen the same to us:

    6th May 2013

    3GATTI

    Dear Architect,

    Proposal for Architectural design of Shopping Mall and Social Housing in Qatar

    We wish to contact you in regards to our need for an international architect to handle our new project on real Estate and commercial investment in Qatar. We want to embark on these projects which requires a modern design that will meet the international standard and have an international rating on sustainable design.

    Let me briefly introduce our company to you , our company Bapeqs Group is a multi-international company which has its Head base in Brunei Darussalam other Sub offices in Kuwait , Qatar and Kingdom of Bahrain

    We require your firm professional service on Architectural design of these projects in Qatar.

    Your Service scope : involve the provision concept design, schematic design, detailed design and supervision of the project to completion if possible

    Project 1

    Brief :- Residential development

    Scope of work. – Architectural design by your firm , which involve the provision concept design, schematic design, detailed design and supervision of the project to completion if possible

    Project: Social Housing – Sustainable neighborhood and Housing for multiple generations

    Project Estimated Cost: $21 Million USD ($21,000.000)

    Size : 8.212 m²

    Service : Design

    Location: Qatar

    Contract Type: Lump Sum contract

    Project 2

    Brief :- Design of a Shopping Mall

    Scope of work. – Architectural design by your firm, which involve the provision concept design, schematic design, detailed design and supervision of the project to completion if possible

    Project: Shopping Mall

    Project Estimated Cost: $38 Million USD ($38,000.000)

    Size : 12.412 m²

    Number of floors :- 3 floor

    Number retail shop:- 650 with restaurant and lounges

    Location: Qatar

    Contract Type: Lump Sum contract

    Please note this

    It is not a competition you will be the designated architect

    You as the Architect will determine that the gross floor area .

    We will commission the Shopping Mall under a separate contract from the Social Housing

    – What is the team setup? You will have to do 70% of the total planning job As (Head of the building team)

    -What is your assignment? Design and project Design Director

    – What is the procurement process:? You will the determine procurement process

    – When will this Project start? This project will start this year By June with the Architectural design by you

    We wait to discuss this in details with you.

    I’m not too good in English, so maybe we can negotiate with each other via email with the help of my assistant.

    We look forward to your positive response.

    We can also speak on Skype for more clarification our Skype ID : bapeqsgroup

    Do not heisted to contact me if you require more information

    Kindly acknowledge the recipient of this mail; we look forward to your positive response.

    Many Thanks

    Mubarak bin Ali

    Project Coordinator

    mubarak@bapeqs.org

    www. bapeqs.org

    Dear

    We are so glad to receive your email

    I have just read your mail and the content herein; we will be delighted to partner with you in handling these projects.

    These projects will commence by June 2013 with the design with the Architectural design.

    We will like to receive your company profile for more details about your company.

    I would like to know the following:

    -Have you done any Project in Qatar or any golf country ?

    -What are your terms and condition for such project work?

    -Do you have any Associate in Qatar?

    – If your firm is familiar with architecture of Middle East, Have you done any project in Middle East (Gulf Region) country or Qatar Specifically?

    -will this be your first time of coming to Qatar

    -We would like you to make a visit to Qatar after reach in a mutual agreement to your terms?

    Dear

    We are so glad to receive your email

    Your answers to our question was impressed that your partnership with us will have a great impact in our achievement on this project

    Thanks for sending us your company profile.

    Our Board of directors will be having a meeting by Sunday 12 May 3:25 PM Qatari time to sign your Acceptance Approval Letter.

    See we will like you to see your possibility to meet up with the local requirement needed from international Architect to practice in Qatar by Architect’s Accreditation Registration Council of Qatar, http://www.aarcq.org

    If you are comfortable with it send us a letter of intent with you official letter heading after which we will send you a signed Acceptance Approval Letter.

    I will get back to you after the meeting.

    Many Thanks

    Mubarak bin Ali

  41. rio Says:

    we received as well
    Proposal for Architectural design of Social Housing and New university development in Qatar

    Assalamualaikum
    We wish to contact you in regards to our need for an international architect to handle our new investment project on real Estate and New university development in Qatar. We want to embark on these projects which requires a modern design that will meet the international standard and have an international rating on sustainable design .
    Let me briefly introduce our company to you , our company Bapeqs Group is a multi-international company which has its Head base in Brunei Darussalam other Sub offices in Kuwait , Qatar and Kingdom of Bahrain
    We require your firm professional service for the design of our new real estate residential development and New university development in Qatar .
    Your Service scope : involve the provision concept design, schematic design, detailed design and supervision of the project to completion if possible
    Brief :- Residential development
    Scope of work. – Architectural design by your firm
    Project: Social Housing – Sustainable neighbourhoods and Housing for multiple generations
    Project Estimated Cost: $21 Million USD ($21,000.000)
    Size : 8.212 m²
    Service : Design
    Location: Al Wakrah, Qatar
    Contract Type: Lump Sum contract

    Brief :- New university development in Qatar
    Scope of work. – Architectural design by your firm
    Project Estimated Cost: confidential for now
    Site Size : I will send you the site plan as we progress
    Service: Design
    Contract Type: Lump Sum contract
    Please Note that the University development will be in phases

    Our company is responsible of the New university development in Qatar the budget is to be finance by Our company The project scope Requires the following below . I will send you the master /site Plan as we progress.
    We are asking you to be commissioned with the new university project under a separate contract from the Social Housing
    The structure for the design include the below:-

    P1 – FACULTY OF ARTS & SOCIAL SCIENCES BUILDING
    P2 – FACULTY OF SCIENCES BUILDING
    P3 – FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE BUILDING
    P4 – GTC BUILDING
    P5 – GULF HUB BUILDING
    P6 – GOVERNING BODY/ADMIN BUILDING
    P7 – MAIN LIBRARY BUILDING
    P8 – CONVOCATION ARENA BUILDING
    P9 – FACULTY OF LAW BUILDING
    P10 – MOOT COURT BUILDING
    P11 – LECTURE THEATRE BUILDING
    P12 – MAIN AUDITORIUM
    P13 – UNIVERSITY BOOKSHOP BUILDING
    P14 – FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCES BUILDING
    P15 – FACULTY OF MEDICINE BUILDING
    P16 – FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES BUILDING
    P17 – AREA FOR EXPANSION
    P18 – MEDICAL CENTER BUILDING
    P19 – MAIN CAFETERIA BUILDING
    P20 – STUDENT CENTER BUILDING
    P21 – MALE HOSTELS BUILDING
    P22 – FEMALE HOSTELS BUILDING
    P23 – SPORTS COMPLEX/GAMES VILLAGE
    We will like to cooperate with your firm, to achieve this projects .
    We distinguish your company to be competent to provide the Architectural designing of our Social Housing for multiple generations, which will boost our real estate investment in Qatar.
    We will be grateful if you can confirm your capability to handle any of these designs with an urgent reply, .
    We wish to commence this project as soon as possible after familiarizing with you and understand your terms and condition.
    I will be grateful if you can confirm your capability to handle any of the new university together with the Social Housing design.
    Please note this
    It is not a competition You will be the designated architect
    You as the Architect will determine that the gross floor area of the social housing and the estimated building construction cost $21 Million USD ($21,000.000)
    We are asking you to be commissioned with the New university project under a separate contract from the Social Housing
    – What is the team setup? You will have to do 70% of the total planning job As (Head of the building team)
    -What is your assignment? Design and project Design Director
    – What is the procurement process:? You will the determine procurement process
    – When will this Project start? This project will start this year By June with the Architectural design by you
    We await to discuss this in details with you.
    I’m not too good in English, so maybe we can negotiate with each other via email with the help of my assistant.
    We look forward to your positive response.
    We can also speak on Skype for more clarification our Skype ID : bapeqsgroup
    Do not heisted to contact me if you require more information
    Kindly acknowledge the recipient of this mail; We look forward to your positive response.

    Many Thanks
    Salim Yashed
    Director
    salim@bapeqs.org
    http://www.bapeqs.org

    Officially, working hours are Sunday through to Thursday (weekends are Fridays & Saturdays)

  42. YF Says:

    Thanks NL architects!
    We have receive this fake mail today, from omar.albarzani@gmail.com.

    Dear Sir/Madam

    Allow me to introduce myself and company, am Omar Mustafa al-Barzani representing Al Gharafa Holdings Qatar.

    Am writing on behalf of Al Gharafa Holdings for the an Architectural Project here in Qatar, which is a Continental Restaurant which has already been commission and we are write to you as a direct commission in regards to this.

    We write to familiarize with you and to know if your firm will be capable to handle such a project.

    If so kindly inform us, so that we can send you an official proposal of the project.

    Please kindly respond to us or decline if you are not interested.

    Note: If your firm is busy with other projects please kindly state it.

    We wait to hear from you soon

    Omar Mustafa al-Barzani

    Project Manager

    http://www.algharafaholdings.com

  43. aiii Says:

    Hey YF….I thought we got that job!😉

    Just to inform everyone that we too received the exact same mail from Al Gharafa Holdings…for a restaurant in Doha, Qatar.

    I am still playing along and it has been interesting…they even sent a contract proposal…lots of pages, with all details covered…someone really has put some time into this.

    thanks NLarchitects for starting this discussion!

  44. ww Says:

    same email to us

    Dear Sir/Madam

    Allow me to introduce myself and company, am Omar Mustafa al-Barzani representing Al Gharafa Holdings Qatar.

    Am writing on behalf of Al Gharafa Holdings for the an Architectural Project here in Qatar, which is a Continental Restaurant which has already been commission and we are write to you as a direct commission in regards to this.

    We write to familiarize with you and to know if your firm will be capable to handle such a project.

    If so kindly inform us, so that we can send you an official proposal of the project.

    Please kindly respond to us or decline if you are not interested.

    Note: If your firm is busy with other projects please kindly state it.

    We wait to hear from you soon

    Omar Mustafa al-Barzani

    Project Manager

    http://www.algharafaholdings.com

  45. bfi Says:

    We also received the same mail from bapeqs group.

    You can check when they created their company sites:
    For example:
    http://whois.domaintools.com/algharafaholdings.com

    Registration date 16 may 2013, that makes me laugh…

  46. bfi Says:

    I mean 15 may 2013!

  47. Hassan Says:

    You architect seems to be idiots what is the meaning of all this

    stop all this rubbish

  48. Ulrich Kirchhoff Says:

    I have received the same from Bapeqs Group. It was fun to play along. They were becoming very pushing and even aggressive in wanting us to register. I actually contacted AARCQ and it became more weird. Check out the hole story on our blog:

    http://icebloghk.blogspot.hk/2013/05/the-frauded-architect-great-new-project.html?m=1

    And this is the last email I sent to them for my personal enjoyment and satisfaction (no more reply):

    Hi Mubarak bin Ali,

    Thanks for your email.

    I tried to contact the AARCQ again to waive the fee for us as money cannot be transferred to a foreign account on behalf a government body.

    As it says on their website that the AARCQ is a statutory board under the ministry of works and housing, I have taken the liberty to contact the ministry of interior of Qatar to verify the payment procedure. It turned out that there is no such ministry of works and housing or the AARCQ.

    I am afraid to inform you that you have been scammed by some filthy individuals who want to fraud honorable clients such as yourself.

    Luckily nobody has been harmed financially up to now. As there is also no need to register our company in Qatar according to the ministry of interior, we can go ahead with the project for now. We are looking forward for a successful collaboration.

    Please book the tickets for 4 of our staff as well as accommodation. As the flight is longer than 4 hours, international business practice requires business class for the directors (in our case 2 people). As we need to understand the local conditions better, we would suggest to stay for a total of 4 days.

    Please let me know what information you need to book the flights.

    Thanks

  49. Dutch architect Says:

    @Ulrich Kirchhoff
    Hilarious, fantastic piece of work…

    Did anybody engage with a chinese scammer lately?
    In 2010 we were notified of something that goes like this:

    Typical request; design a Hotel / office complex (two towers); please provide a contract proposal etc, etc.
    Your proposal looks good, please fly to x to meet y to close the deal, your flight will be reimbursed upon contract approval.
    But first, upon arrival, the contract will be negotiated.
    (Serious) negotiation takes place, and after concessions from your side are made, suddenly there is news from ‘upstairs’; it looks like the financial director had already approved your original fee-proposal! Lucky you! We need to celebrate this (on your expenses)!
    Restaurant expenses approx. 5.000 USD… You fly back and will never hear from them again.

    I can’t believe it either but it happened to some US based architects. The scam involves an entire fake-staff of a ‘developer’

    Yes, it is basically a very elaborate ‘restaurant-scam’… originally applied to firms from the manufacturing sector and later transplanted to design firms.

    Good luck to you all in these ‘interesting’ times.

  50. tomasso Says:

    We got the same mail as well as Rio. Thank u very much for saving time and effort. Let´s keep informed about this spam shit…

  51. Beka Says:

    Same SPAM

    Dear Architect. ,
    Proposal for Architectural design of ROUDHA Hotel and Social Housing in Qatar

    We wish to contact you in regards to our need for an international architect to handle our new project on real Estate and hospitality investment in Qatar.

    We want to embark on these projects which requires a modern design that will meet the international standard and have an international rating.
    Let me briefly introduce our company to you , our company ROUDHA HOLDING. is a multi-international company which has its Head base in Kuwait other Sub offices in Kingdom of Bahrain
    We require your firm professional service on Architectural design of these projects below in Qatar.
    Your Service scope: involve the provision concept design, schematic design, detailed design and supervision of the project to completion if possible
    Project 1
    Brief: – Residential development
    Scope of work. – Architectural design by your firm, which involve the provision concept design, schematic design, detailed design and supervision of the project to completion if possible
    Project: Social Housing – Sustainable neighbourhoods and Housing for multiple generations
    Project Estimated Cost: $21 Million USD ($21,000.000)
    Size : 8.212 m²
    Service : Design
    Location: Qatar
    Contract Type: Lump Sum contract
    Project 2
    Brief :- Design of ROUDHA 5 Star Hotel.
    Scope of work. – Architectural design by your firm, which involve the provision concept design, schematic design, detailed design and supervision of the project to completion if possible
    Project: ROUDHA Hotel
    Project Estimated Cost: $108 Million USD ($108,000.000)
    Completion 2013-2016 we will discuss on this schedule
    Project Description
    No. of Room : 650 Rooms
    No. of floors: This will be determine by your design
    Size : 12.412 m²
    Location: Qatar
    Contract Type: Lump Sum contract
    Please note this
    It is not a competition you will be the designated architect
    You as the Architect will determine that the gross floor area.
    We will commission the Hotel Project under a separate contract from the Social Housing
    – What is the team setup? You will have to do 70% of the total planning job As (Head of the building team)
    -What is your assignment? Design and project Design Director
    – What is the procurement process:? You will the determine procurement process
    – When will this Project start? This project will start this year By July with the Architectural design by you
    We wait to discuss this in details with you.

    We look forward to your positive response.
    We can also speak on Skype for more clarification our Skype ID : roudhaholding
    Do not heisted to contact me if you require more information
    Kindly acknowledge the recipient of this mail, as we look forward to your positive response.

    Yours faithfully

    Shafaat Nazih Roudha
    Vice Chairman Roudha Holding
    shafaat@roudhaholding.com

    http://www.roudhaholding.com

    Officially, working hours are Sunday through to Thursday (weekends are Fridays & Saturdays)

  52. Matris Numaa Says:

    Please every body be careful of this name Beka Pkhakadze

    Steep Studio

    Info@steep.ge

    His is a great scam, he is part of this scam I promise you FBI Will soon catch up with him Beka Pkhakadze

    He is the person behind this scam

    Skype: Beka_steep

    He operates this

  53. Brice Belian Says:

    My office is based in Vietnam and I got the same Scam.
    It’s linked to a fake web site http://www.aarcq.org explaining that you have to register before going to Qatar.
    The investor’s web site was rubbish but the other one is quite elaborate with a lot of documents.

  54. Nikola Says:

    Thanks to all! Our company’s in Brazil and it’s happening right now with us. The guy’s “name”: Omar Mustafa al-Barzani, Executive for Corporate Communications & International Affairs, http://al-sailiya.com/ Once again, “Intercontinental Restaurant” in Doha,Qatar… The website he uses: http://qcaeonline.org/ which supposed to be a Chamber of Arch&Eng in Qatar.

  55. El Tokarev Says:

    Thanks for NL architects!
    We received the same letter!
    Here it is-

    25.06.2013, в 7:46, “Roudha Holding” написал(а):

    We are so glad to receive your email

    I have just read your mail and the content herein, we will be delighted to have you handle these projects.

    These projects will commence by July 2013 with the Architectural design.

    We will like to receive your company profile for more details about your company.

    I would like to know the following:

    -Have you done any Project in Qatar or any golf country ?

    -What are your terms and condition for such project work?

    -Do you have any Associate in Qatar?

    – If your firm is familiar with architecture of Middle East, Have you done any project in Middle East (Gulf Region) country or Qatar Specifically?

    -will this be your first time of coming to Qatar

    -We would like you to make a visit to Qatar after reach in a mutual agreement to your terms?

    Note that the Project Description

    Project 1

    Brief :- Residential development

    Scope of work. – Architectural design by your firm , which involve the provision concept design, schematic design, detailed design and supervision of the project to completion if possible

    Project: Social Housing – Sustainable neighbourhoods and Housing for multiple generations

    Project Estimated Cost: $21 Million USD ($21,000.000)

    Size : 8,212 m²

    Service : Design

    Location: Ar-Rayyān, Qatar —– find the Google map site GPS Co-Ordinates:
    25.135339, 51.384201

    Contract Type: Lump Sum contract

    Project 2

    Brief :- Design of a Shopping Mall

    Scope of work. – Architectural design by your firm, which involve the provision concept design, schematic design, detailed design and supervision of the project to completion if possible

    Project: Shopping Mall

    Project Estimated Cost: $38 Million USD ($38,000.000)

    Size : 12,412 m²

    Number of floors :- 3 floor

    Number retail shop:- 650 with restaurant and lounges

    Location: Al Khor Qatar – find the Google map site GPS Co-Ordinates: 25.677356, 51.487894

    Contract Type: Lump Sum contract

    Your Service scope : involve the provision concept design, schematic design, detailed design and supervision of the project to completion

    The functions and space requirement will be determine by you and your concept

    We will like to get update from you as soon as possible

    We are commissioning the shopping Mall project to you under a separate contract from the Social Housing

    Do kindly acknowledge the recipient of this mail, as I will kindly appreciate if you can reply me as urgent as possible to enable us plan our schedule.

    See the attached draft contract Agreement go through it, also If you are comfortable with it kindly send us an acceptance letter, while we then approval the acceptance.

    If you need any further information do not hesitate to contact me

    We can also speak on Skype for more clarification our Skype ID : roudhaholding

    I will await your urgent response to proceed further.

    An Urgent reply from you will be highly appreciated

    Kindly acknowledge the recipient of this mail; we look forward to your positive response.

    Yours faithfully

    Shafaat Nazih Roudha
    Vice Chairman Roudha Holding

    Officially, working hours are Sunday through to Thursday (weekends are Fridays

  56. Nico van der Meulen Says:

    Been contacted by both Al Gharafa Holdings and Roudha Holding and smelled rat when the bank account for “The Quater Institute for Architects and Engineers” was held in London in a private persons name!

  57. Arch. Matteo Fugazza Says:

    ok
    SOMETHING SIMILAR…

    now that I have the confirmation by an official document written by the embassies and agencies of foreign trade can communicate the following without any fear of contradiction.

    1 – the COARK http://coark.org/index.htm does not exist … it’s a scam

    2 – the company RAMI & Samani GROUP http://rami-samanigroup.com/ does not exist … is a scam

    3 – Mr. RAMZAN Vizbor is a scammer

    4 – This IBAN:
    Name: A. G. Alexander
    Sort code – 206915
    Account – 33163210
    SWIFTBIC BARCGB22
    IBAN GB68 BARC 20691533163210
    Barclays Bank, 23 Euston Rd, London UK

    … provided to us as a referent of the COARK in London belongs to a scammer

    All this information has been sent to the authorities of the countries involved.

    this … for your consideration

  58. Arch. Matteo Fugazza Says:

    the COARK http://coark.org/index.htm does not exist … it’s a scam

    the company RAMI & Samani GROUP http://rami-samanigroup.com/

  59. kate Laris Says:

    1 – the COARK http://coark.org/index.htm does not exist … it’s a scam

    2 – the company RAMI & Samani GROUP http://rami-samanigroup.com/ does not exist … is a scam

  60. Erik Says:

    Thanks for the comments. We, a Swedish based firm, have received a similar invitation for a comission, this time from Alnaimi construction, Saudi Arabia, (alnaimiconstruction.com), from someone called al-Karim Issa Al Assaf, mail@alnaimiconstruction.com. The set up is similar: a seemingly serious invitation backed up with draft of Agreement, etc. We responded a few times via e-mail and got almost exactly the same answers as in other scams above:

    Dear Sir
    We had a successful meeting as regards inviting an International Architect for the project.
    Subsequent to the outcome of our final meeting with the Saudi Architectural Authorities.
    We now need to commence the next step for the project, we have schedule a meeting on
    24th of November 2013 in Saudi Arabia, after our prosperous meeting with Saudi planning Authorities and its associated development bodies. They have accepted our proposal to bring in an international Architect to handle this project on the condition that the Architect or firm must be registered architect with Saudi Umran Society of Architect Registration Council to allow him to practice and seal his work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    We tried to let them understand our timeline on this project, by appealing to them to wave this process for you , the authorities refused, saying “This should not be new to your Architect if he is really an experience Architect as you said , for you to practice in any country the architect must be registered with the country’s Architects Registration council or board ask you Architect he should know this , sincerely he should know this.”

    They require you register with them in other to obtain Saudi Architects certificate. You can contact them on this link http://www.susarc.org .The certificate of practice will enable Saudi Umran Society of Architect Registration Council approve the Architects Preliminary competence for this design. This is the requirement you must meet to enable us move on. Kindly tell us how possible is for you to meeting their requirements.

    Your competence of obtaining the Certification of practice will be of great accomplishment to our partnership for this project.
    We request, you obtain Saudi Certification of practice. To enable our meeting hold on 24th of November 2013
    More so, It will be our pleasure to meet with you in Saudi Arabia soon. All our board of directors of the developer will be present for the meeting, the construction company teams and the Saudi Building Authorities.

    I hope you will be able to meet up with SUSARC requirements before the above date.

    Kindly send us the below documents.

    1. International Passport of your team visiting or any means of identification.
    If a woman will be among your team kindly inform us to enable us make proper agreement for her too.

    Note: We will take care of your accommodation and traveling expenses which will be subjected to 5 people. Please know if check if you can meet their requirements.
    If you need any further information do not hesitate to contact me

    Yours sincerely,

    al-Karim Issa Al Assaf
    Project Director and Communications.
    www. alnaimiconstruction.com

    Obviously, they want you to pay for a false certificate via Western union, same as in the examples above.

    Ps. The Alnaimi construction website and the susarc.org website are hosted at the same web server (sam IP-address), and was both set up only a few weeks ago…

  61. Van Hack Says:

    We just recieved this mother-of-all-projects phishy offer in our inbox. I googled some bits and landed on this thread, so I am posting the mail here, so that in case someone googles the names, he will be warned.

    ———————————————————————————
    06 November 2013

    To:- US

    Dear Architect,

    Proposal to undertake a lead role for the Design of a Community Hospital in Kingdom of Saudi Arab.

    We wish to commission to your firm to undertake a lead role for the Design and Construction of a Community Hospital in Kingdom of Saudi Arab.
    We decided to contact you following your Architectural job on

    Let me briefly introduce our company to you, our company AL-METHAQ INTERNATIONAL HOLDING. is a multi-international company which has its Head base in Kuwait other Sub offices in Oman. For more information about us you can visit our website on:- http://www.almethaqintl.com

    We require your firm professional service on Architectural design of these projects below in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    This is a direct commission to your firm NOT a competition.
    Proposed Community Hospital in Kingdom of Saudi Arab
    Client: AL-METHAQ INTERNATIONAL HOLDING

    Completion: 2013 – 2016

    Project description A new Community Hospital .
    No. of Storeys: you concept will determine this
    Project Milestone:
    * March 2016 (Targeted Completion)
    Areas: Total gross area (GFA): 59,030 sq.m.
    Total nett area (Net assignable area) 30,797 sq.m.
    Total construction floor area(CFA) 70,686 sq.m.
    GFA plot ratio : 1: 5.2

    Value: $101m

    Client’s Brief: We the Client, had provided the architect with a set of planning principles as the basis for design.
    These included:
    • A place for the people to provide an open, hospitable and conducive health care environment for the people of Kingdom of Saudi Arab.
    • A Health Institution with a distinct character, reflecting Kingdom of Saudi Arab’s multicultural heritage and its aspirations to be a healthy nation.
    • A community and Civic health Institution.
    • A symbol of Human Health Global goal’s mission and role.
    • A fully flexible and functional clear building.
    • A costs effective building.
    • User friendly, comprehensible to visitors and convenient for everyday staff use.
    • An efficient building with integrated systems.
    • A building for the subtropical dry climate.

    Project description
    This new 669 bed l for Community Hospitals
    Foundation NHS Trust comprises a building of ward accommodation, a
    podium block containing outpatient facilities, plus operating theaters. In addition,
    there should be a level basement containing radio diagnostics, radiotherapy and related
    facilities.

    The design challenge is to develop a major new hospital on a restricted city
    center site next to a conservation area. The design of the new building, while respecting these parameters provides a prestigious and notable addition to the urban environment to become a familiar and prominent landmark.
    The new Hospital will provide an environment commensurate with 21st Century hospital standards whilst meeting the client’s functional requirements and provide an identity to reflect historic prestige and world standards of care and research. Phase 2, a 4-storey block plus basements, will provide new facilities for the foundation Hospital for Women.
    Programme: To provide AL-METHAQ INTERNATIONAL HOLDING human development investment in Kingdom of Saudi Arab, that reflects the contemporary progressive nature of the development company and, at the same time, retains a regional character in the architecture.
    Design Concept /General Design Features:
    The concept for the development should reflect the advancement of technology in the 21st Century, Please note this.

    – Team setup: You will have to do 70% of the total planning job
    – Your assignment: Design and project Design Director
    – Project start :This project will start this year with the Architectural design
    We believe you will have the capacity to this proposal.
    AMIHC is based in Kuwait and headed by Mubarak Al-Omani . The Company’s vision is simple to ‘invest in the best’ through a strategy of:
    Focusing on core growth and value added industry sectors
    Investing in high performance companies with leading brands
    Maintaining a longer-term investment approach
    Extracting value from undervalued or under performing assets.

    An Urgent reply from you will be highly appreciated to enable us proceed further

    Kindly acknowledge the recipient of this mail, as we look forward to your reply.

    Yours faithfully

    AHMAD Y. AL-OMANI –

    Vice chairman

    Email:-

    info@almethaqintl.com

    almethaqintl@hotmail.com

    Website

    http://www.almethaqintl.com

    Always reply to info@almethaqintl.com

    Trade Registration Number (CR No) 114949

    Registration No. 103089
    Address P.O. Box 28807 ,SAFAT 13149 KUWAIT
    —————————————————————————-

  62. dw Says:

    Dear Van Hack,
    Thank you so much for posing the content of email you received. We were about to phished without your posting.
    We got the same email. exactly the same.
    After couple of corresponds, they ask you to register your professional license here
    http://www.susarc.org/en.htm
    It cost couple of thousand dollars.

    I guess there are many architects who got phished. It there anyway to bring this on to more public? Can we post it in Archdaily or somewhere?

    below is the email

    ———————————————————————————-

    We had a successful meeting with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia planning Authorities and its related development bodies.

    I wish to inform you about the next step for the project commencement, we have schedule a meeting by 8th December – 10thDecember 2013 in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    After a successful meeting between our board of directors and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia planning Authorities and it’s related development bodies. They have accepted our proposal to bring in you as an international Architect to handle this project on the condition that the Architect or firm must be an international registered and licensed architect with Architect Saudi Umran Society of Architect to allow him to practice here in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    They require we the client to fulfill a client requirement form, while you register with them in other to obtain Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Architects international license of practice. For our scheduled meeting by 8th December. You can contact them on http://www.susarc.org

    The international license of practise will enable Saudi Umran Society of Architect Registration Council (SUSARC) approve the Architects Preliminary competence for this design. This is the requirement you must meet to enable us move on, as this requirement is dependent on this meeting.
    Our ability to fulfill the client requirement and Your competence of obtaining the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia international license of practise. Will be of great success to this project.

    We request you obtain Kingdom of Saudi Arabia international license of practice. To enable our meeting with you hold on by 8th December 2013.

    More so, It will be our pleasure to meet with you in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia soon. Our CEO will be in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by 7th December 2013 for the meeting with you and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia planning Authorities and Saudi Umran Society of Architect Registration Council .

    Attached herewith is your acceptance approval letter from the Saudi Arabian Planning Authorities after our meeting.
    I hope you will be able to be able to meet up with SUSARC requirements before that date. this Practice license will help us in filing your letter of invitation to enable you obtain Visa .

    We will be hoping to hear from you soon.

    Yours faithfully

    Ahmad Y AL-Omani

    For the management

  63. Pablo Says:

    Hi everybody!! we are based in Argentina and we have received the same mail, but with a big Project in Monte Carlo!!!

  64. David N. Says:

    Hello,

    we are Czech architects and we received the same scam for Bahrain. Thanks to your posts we were able to find out that it is scam – thank you!! We are attaching the copy of scam – so be aware of “projects” in Bahrain!!
    ………………..

    Dear Sir
    We had a successful meeting as regards inviting an International Architect for the project.
    Subsequent to the outcome of our final meeting with the Bahrain Architectural Authorities.
    We now need to commence the next step for the project, we have schedule a meeting on
    28th of February 2013 in Bahrain. After our prosperous meeting with Bahrain planning Authorities and its associated development bodies. They have accepted our proposal to bring in an international Architect to handle this project on the condition that the Architect or firm must be registered architect with Bahrain Royal Architects to allow the Studio to practice and seal work in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

    We tried to let them understand our timeline on this project, by appealing to them to wave this process for you , the authorities refused, saying “This should not be new to your Architect if he is really an experience Architect as you said , for you to practice in any country the architect must be registered with the country’s Architects Registration council or board ask you Architect he should know this , sincerely he should know this.”

    We were also told to provide an office space for you in Bahrain during the project in case you visit for supervision.

    They require you register with them in other to obtain Bahrain Architects certificate. You can contact them on this link http://www.b-r-a-c-bh.org .The certificate of practice will enable Bahrain Registration Council approve the Architects Preliminary competence for this design. This is the requirement you must meet to enable us move on. Kindly tell us how possible is for you in meeting their requirements.

    Your competence of obtaining the Certification of practice will be of great accomplishment to our partnership for this project.
    We request, you obtain Bahrain Certification of practice, to enable our meeting hold on 28th of February 2014
    More so, It will be our pleasure to meet with you in Bahrain soon. All our board of Directors will be present for the meeting, the construction company teams and the Bahrain Building Authorities.
    For the handover of all documents and contract signing with the upfront payment made.

    I hope you will be able to meet up with BRAC requirements before the above date.

    Kindly send us the below documents.

    1. International Passport of your team visiting or any means of identification.
    If a woman will be among your team kindly inform us to enable us make proper agreement for her too.

    2. If you need a visa to visit Bahrain please kindly forward the list of your team to visit so that we can writing a letter of invitation to the immigration in our country this will make bookings easier and faster.

    Note: We will take care of your accommodation and traveling expenses which will be subjected to 5 people. Please if a female will be part of your team kindly inform us too to make a proper arrangement for her.
    If you need any further information do not hesitate to contact me
    Attached is some of the approval documents.
    Hope to read from you.

    Many thanks
    Bassam Emad Al Sadat
    Director: Communication and Projects
    skype: alhazaa.construction
    alhazaa.construction@hotmail.com
    project@alhazaaconstruction.com

  65. Roberto Cristi Says:

    Please be kind enough to remove the post by me (Roberto Cristi)
    It was written out of our misunderstanding by the above stated company.

  66. Victim 1000 Says:

    Dear Editor of this blog , which to ask you to get down this last post of ours until our legal process with above company is over. We just wrote it out of own anger. we will appreciate if it will be out before 24hours. Hope you understand and sorry for the inconveniences.

    • Victim1000 Says:

      Our legal process is done so we have to post here to notify others to be aware.
      As it is deleted by FAKE VICTIM 1000 Replier, here again posted. As you all mentioned above, the fact is that these guys made fake websites and fake identities. They are international fraudsters and never retreat until they got all pennies out of your pocket. Every single word is a lie.

      HBAA Construction is real company whose business has been set up since 1967 in local community. Full name of the firm is HABIB BIN ALI ALAALI CONSTRUCTION COMPANY B.S.C.C. You can search from here with advance search. http://www.moic.gov.bh/En/Main/eServices/Commercial%20Registration%20Inquiry/Pages/Commercial%20Registration%20Inquiry.aspx?eserviceID=3

      After talking to the director in the firm, I found they don’t have website and they don’t have such a project called “A Concert Hall”, and mentioned they are already aware of this fraudsters. But somehow they just don’t much care, because it is hard to catch these filthy scums and probably many people called and asked the same question we made.

      These fraudsters uses real company names among local companies and use as if it is their company. So all names and information collected are from the information in the Chamber of Commerce.

      These guys even make fake government site. How dedicated to deceive architects around the world. But it is easy to catch to know it is fake.

      http://www.moic2.gov.bh/einvestor.Web/Web.UI.Pages/Online/Inquiry/InquiryDetails.aspx?cm_cod=9297&br=1&inq=1

      Bahrain Architect Boards is a fake website. The phone number is a fake. It goes nowhere. Its creation is pretty new as well.

      Domain Name:B-R-A-C-BH.ORG
      Domain ID: D170641107-LROR
      Creation Date: 2014-01-11T10:01:27Z
      Updated Date: 2014-03-13T03:45:31Z
      Registry Expiry Date: 2015-01-11T10:01:27Z
      Registrant Name:Fariq Habaq
      Registrant Organization:Arabnet International
      Registrant Street: Building Number 13 Road
      Registrant City:Manama
      Registrant State/Province:Manama
      Registrant Postal Code:1222
      Registrant Country:BH
      Registrant Phone:+973.97344443547

      ——————————-from membership@b-r-a-c-bh.org—————————————
      Dear Sir
      The number is not connecting , kindly inform the agent to inform you if the fund is ready for pickups. And ask the agent what he wants us to tell the number as you are the sender because this is the first time we are faced with this problem.
      Just call the agency and get this point clear before contacting us, if they are not ready to release the fund for pick up we will not have any option other than to remove your documents in our database until you finalize with the agent.
      Hope you understand
      Best regards.
      o Yours in service
      o Abram Sasa Esa
      o Asia verification officer
      o Through
      o Arc.Hassan Al Hamar
      o Honorable Chairperson
      o Regulation & Certification
      o Bahrain Royal Architects
      ———————————————————————————

      These guys tricks are not great but when architects get into a situation, they will be blinded at the moment. When realized, they are already deceived and lost. Here, we lost around 6800 USD to these scams.

      Definitely, there is no way to take money back. However, at least protect other architects who would be naïve enough to wire the fund.

      These guys will invent another way to deceive other architects. Please BE AWARE these guys will try to take every penny from you. All they say is a huge lie.

      Here is the example of lies they made.
      We are very much disappointed by your post and so many of your colleagues giving our board bad names. If you will be lucky enough to contact any of them for information they will inform you that we have not collected money from them sometimes people hack our database and collect money from people.
      if you think we are fake and still keep that we will be ready for any legal actions you may take and you will be ready to answer us how we are fake people.
      ———————————————————————————————————————————
      Dear Sir –(These scammers use ‘SIR’, because they have to copy and paste to many other architects around world)

      We had a successful meeting with our board and the investors’ board team today. We communicated to them all we have exchanged including your letter of intent. We are happy to inform you how ready we are to start project. With this we are one step to the final stage.

      We have schedule a date with Architects Regulatory board in Bahrain for a meeting to finalize the issue of bringing an international Architect and for use conclude the requirements and the process we have to follow. We will be attending a meeting with Bahrain Board, to find out the necessary requirement needed from us in bringing an international Architect on 24th March 2014.

      It is our pleasure to have set up this them which comprises:

      Your Firm (Head of the building, Architect of record, construction management and design team)
      HBAA CONSTRUCTION ( Local Engineering team, contractors Local Engineers)

      Please acknowledge this mail ones you receive it and if there are additional information you may wish us to discuss with the board , you can include them maybe following your previous project experiences.
      I will get back to you after my meeting with Bahrain Architect Board to enable us fix a date for your visit.
      Hoping to read from you soon.

      Many thanks

      Abdulla Habib Ali Alaali (It is name copied from the real firm)
      Director: Projects and International relations
      skype: HBAA.CONSTRUCTION
      mail@hbaa-construction.com
      h.b.a.a.construction@hotmail.com
      —————————————————————————————————-
      Please look at this email address they made to say it is from the Chamber of Commerce. bahrainchambers@mail2webmaster.com
      It is also FAKE.

      Also, these guys normally working at night. So when you receive email not during the office hours, you may need to suspect if it is real.

      I hope these help other architects who are looking for projects around the world not deceived by these filthy scums.

  67. Victim1001 Says:

    As it is deleted by FAKE VICTIM 1000 Replier, here again posted. As you all mentioned above, the fact is that these guys made fake websites and fake identities. They are international fraudsters and never retreat until they got all pennies out of your pocket. Every single word is a lie.

    HBAA Construction is real company whose business has been set up since 1967 in local community. Full name of the firm is HABIB BIN ALI ALAALI CONSTRUCTION COMPANY B.S.C.C. You can search from here with advance search. http://www.moic.gov.bh/En/Main/eServices/Commercial%20Registration%20Inquiry/Pages/Commercial%20Registration%20Inquiry.aspx?eserviceID=3

    After talking to the director in the firm, I found they don’t have website and they don’t have such a project called “A Concert Hall”, and mentioned they are already aware of this fraudsters. But somehow they just don’t much care, because it is hard to catch these filthy scums and probably many people called and asked the same question we made.

    These fraudsters uses real company names among local companies and use as if it is their company. So all names and information collected are from the information in the Chamber of Commerce.

    These guys even make fake government site. How dedicated to deceive architects around the world. But it is easy to catch to know it is fake.

    http://www.moic2.gov.bh/einvestor.Web/Web.UI.Pages/Online/Inquiry/InquiryDetails.aspx?cm_cod=9297&br=1&inq=1

    Bahrain Architect Boards is a fake website. The phone number is a fake. It goes nowhere. Its creation is pretty new as well.

    Domain Name:B-R-A-C-BH.ORG
    Domain ID: D170641107-LROR
    Creation Date: 2014-01-11T10:01:27Z
    Updated Date: 2014-03-13T03:45:31Z
    Registry Expiry Date: 2015-01-11T10:01:27Z
    Registrant Name:Fariq Habaq
    Registrant Organization:Arabnet International
    Registrant Street: Building Number 13 Road
    Registrant City:Manama
    Registrant State/Province:Manama
    Registrant Postal Code:1222
    Registrant Country:BH
    Registrant Phone:+973.97344443547

    ——————————-from membership@b-r-a-c-bh.org—————————————
    Dear Sir
    The number is not connecting , kindly inform the agent to inform you if the fund is ready for pickups. And ask the agent what he wants us to tell the number as you are the sender because this is the first time we are faced with this problem.
    Just call the agency and get this point clear before contacting us, if they are not ready to release the fund for pick up we will not have any option other than to remove your documents in our database until you finalize with the agent.
    Hope you understand
    Best regards.
    o Yours in service
    o Abram Sasa Esa
    o Asia verification officer
    o Through
    o Arc.Hassan Al Hamar
    o Honorable Chairperson
    o Regulation & Certification
    o Bahrain Royal Architects
    ———————————————————————————

    These guys tricks are not great but when architects get into a situation, they will be blinded at the moment. When realized, they are already deceived and lost. Here, we lost around 6800 USD to these scams.

    Definitely, there is no way to take money back. However, at least protect other architects who would be naïve enough to wire the fund.

    These guys will invent another way to deceive other architects. Please BE AWARE these guys will try to take every penny from you. All they say is a huge lie.

    Here is the example of lies they made.
    We are very much disappointed by your post and so many of your colleagues giving our board bad names. If you will be lucky enough to contact any of them for information they will inform you that we have not collected money from them sometimes people hack our database and collect money from people.
    if you think we are fake and still keep that we will be ready for any legal actions you may take and you will be ready to answer us how we are fake people.
    ———————————————————————————————————————————
    Dear Sir –(These scammers use ‘SIR’, because they have to copy and paste to many other architects around world)

    We had a successful meeting with our board and the investors’ board team today. We communicated to them all we have exchanged including your letter of intent. We are happy to inform you how ready we are to start project. With this we are one step to the final stage.

    We have schedule a date with Architects Regulatory board in Bahrain for a meeting to finalize the issue of bringing an international Architect and for use conclude the requirements and the process we have to follow. We will be attending a meeting with Bahrain Board, to find out the necessary requirement needed from us in bringing an international Architect on 24th March 2014.

    It is our pleasure to have set up this them which comprises:

    Your Firm (Head of the building, Architect of record, construction management and design team)
    HBAA CONSTRUCTION ( Local Engineering team, contractors Local Engineers)

    Please acknowledge this mail ones you receive it and if there are additional information you may wish us to discuss with the board , you can include them maybe following your previous project experiences.
    I will get back to you after my meeting with Bahrain Architect Board to enable us fix a date for your visit.
    Hoping to read from you soon.

    Many thanks

    Abdulla Habib Ali Alaali (It is name copied from the real firm)
    Director: Projects and International relations
    skype: HBAA.CONSTRUCTION
    mail@hbaa-construction.com
    h.b.a.a.construction@hotmail.com
    —————————————————————————————————-
    Please look at this email address they made to say it is from the Chamber of Commerce. bahrainchambers@mail2webmaster.com
    It is also FAKE.

    Also, these guys normally working at night. So when you receive email not during the office hours, you may need to suspect if it is real.

    I hope these help other architects who are looking for projects around the world not deceived by these filthy scums.

  68. Anthony Tang Says:

    Dear Blog Editor,

    It seems the guys who are saying above (I attached here) are the same scammers who are trying to delete the true information to lure more architects around the world.

    Would you be cautious of these when you delete the comments on this blog?

    (Roberto Cristi Says:

    April 6, 2014 at 9:12 pm | Reply

    Please be kind enough to remove the post by me (Roberto Cristi)
    It was written out of our misunderstanding by the above stated company

    Victim 1000 Says:

    April 8, 2014 at 2:15 pm | Reply

    Dear Editor of this blog , which to ask you to get down this last post of ours until our legal process with above company is over. We just wrote it out of own anger. we will appreciate if it will be out before 24hours. Hope you understand and sorry for the inconveniences.)

    Obviously who would make a legal action out of these scammers who have no legal name or identification.

    Sincerely,

  69. Absa Says:

    As you all mentioned above, the fact is that these guys made fake websites and fake identities. They are international fraudsters and never retreat until they got all pennies out of your pocket. Every single word is a lie.

    HBAA Construction is real company whose business has been set up since 1967 in local community. Full name of the firm is HABIB BIN ALI ALAALI CONSTRUCTION COMPANY B.S.C.C. You can search from here with advance search. http://www.moic.gov.bh/En/Main/eServices/Commercial%20Registration%20Inquiry/Pages/Commercial%20Registration%20Inquiry.aspx?eserviceID=3

    After talking to the director in the firm, I found they don’t have website and they don’t have such a project called “A Concert Hall”, and mentioned they are already aware of this fraudsters. But somehow they just don’t much care, because it is hard to catch these filthy scums and probably many people called and asked the same question we made.

    These fraudsters uses real company names among local companies and use as if it is their company. So all names and information collected are from the information in the Chamber of Commerce.

    These guys even make fake government site. How dedicated to deceive architects around the world. But it is easy to catch to know it is fake.

    http://www.moic2.gov.bh/einvestor.Web/Web.UI.Pages/Online/Inquiry/InquiryDetails.aspx?cm_cod=9297&br=1&inq=1

    Bahrain Architect Boards is a fake website. The phone number is a fake. It goes nowhere. Its creation is pretty new as well.

    Domain Name:B-R-A-C-BH.ORG
    Domain ID: D170641107-LROR
    Creation Date: 2014-01-11T10:01:27Z
    Updated Date: 2014-03-13T03:45:31Z
    Registry Expiry Date: 2015-01-11T10:01:27Z
    Registrant Name:Fariq Habaq
    Registrant Organization:Arabnet International
    Registrant Street: Building Number 13 Road
    Registrant City:Manama
    Registrant State/Province:Manama
    Registrant Postal Code:1222
    Registrant Country:BH
    Registrant Phone:+973.97344443547

    ——————————-from membership@b-r-a-c-bh.org—————————————
    Dear Sir
    The number is not connecting , kindly inform the agent to inform you if the fund is ready for pickups. And ask the agent what he wants us to tell the number as you are the sender because this is the first time we are faced with this problem.
    Just call the agency and get this point clear before contacting us, if they are not ready to release the fund for pick up we will not have any option other than to remove your documents in our database until you finalize with the agent.
    Hope you understand
    Best regards.
    o Yours in service
    o Abram Sasa Esa
    o Asia verification officer
    o Through
    o Arc.Hassan Al Hamar
    o Honorable Chairperson
    o Regulation & Certification
    o Bahrain Royal Architects
    ———————————————————————————

    These guys tricks are not great but when architects get into a situation, they will be blinded at the moment. When realized, they are already deceived and lost. Here, we lost around 6800 USD to these scams.

    Definitely, there is no way to take money back. However, at least protect other architects who would be naïve enough to wire the fund.

    These guys will invent another way to deceive other architects. Please BE AWARE these guys will try to take every penny from you. All they say is a huge lie.

    Here is the example of lies they made.
    We are very much disappointed by your post and so many of your colleagues giving our board bad names. If you will be lucky enough to contact any of them for information they will inform you that we have not collected money from them sometimes people hack our database and collect money from people.
    if you think we are fake and still keep that we will be ready for any legal actions you may take and you will be ready to answer us how we are fake people.
    ———————————————————————————————————————————
    Dear Sir –(These scammers use ‘SIR’, because they have to copy and paste to many other architects around world)

    We had a successful meeting with our board and the investors’ board team today. We communicated to them all we have exchanged including your letter of intent. We are happy to inform you how ready we are to start project. With this we are one step to the final stage.

    We have schedule a date with Architects Regulatory board in Bahrain for a meeting to finalize the issue of bringing an international Architect and for use conclude the requirements and the process we have to follow. We will be attending a meeting with Bahrain Board, to find out the necessary requirement needed from us in bringing an international Architect on 24th March 2014.

    It is our pleasure to have set up this them which comprises:

    Your Firm (Head of the building, Architect of record, construction management and design team)
    HBAA CONSTRUCTION ( Local Engineering team, contractors Local Engineers)

    Please acknowledge this mail ones you receive it and if there are additional information you may wish us to discuss with the board , you can include them maybe following your previous project experiences.
    I will get back to you after my meeting with Bahrain Architect Board to enable us fix a date for your visit.
    Hoping to read from you soon.

    Many thanks

    Abdulla Habib Ali Alaali (It is name copied from the real firm)
    Director: Projects and International relations
    skype: HBAA.CONSTRUCTION
    mail@hbaa-construction.com
    h.b.a.a.construction@hotmail.com
    —————————————————————————————————-
    Please look at this email address they made to say it is from the Chamber of Commerce. bahrainchambers@mail2webmaster.com
    It is also FAKE.

    Also, these guys normally working at night. So when you receive email not during the office hours, you may need to suspect if it is real.

    I hope these help other architects who are looking for projects around the world not deceived by these filthy scums.

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