When Snøhetta was commissioned by Ras Al Khaimah investment Authority to undertake the architecture design for the Gateway project, they asked partner Ibrahim Elhayawan and Various Architects to join their design team. Elhayawan was responsible for leading the design of the 200,000 m2 roof scape and facades of the whole project. Situated in the desert 150 km to the east of Dubai this landmark project will mark the gateway to the emirate and form the entrance to the new planned capital city of Ras Alkhaimah. The urban master plan for the city is designed by The office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). The programme calls for a mixed-use development comprising 5 stars hotels, conference center, exhibition center and retail space.