The UAE Dubai Chapter is a unit of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), the Integrated and Accredited Professional of Architects (IAPOA) in the Philippines. The chapter came into being through the efforts of the architects working in Dubai, many of whom have just recently passed the first Foreign Licensure Examination for Architects (FLEA), headed by Arch. Arny Lana. On April 2010, the petition for the creation of the Dubai chapter, along with the Abu Dhabi Chapter, was approved by then UAP National President Arch. Ana Mangalino-Ling. The New Manila Chapter headed by Arch. Gigi Chua Chiaco sponsored the creation of these new chapters.
On May 6th 2010, the interim officers were formed and Arch. Lana became the president.
On July 23, 2010, the UAP Dubai Chapter was officially chartered and the then National President Arch. Ramon Mendoza officiated the rites, assisted by Architects Michael Ang, Ana Mangalino-Ling, and Gigi Chua Chiaco.
On November of the same year, the second FLEA was held in Abu Dhabi and more than a hundred board passers were included in the roster of members. The first ever election of officers of the Dubai Chapter was held on May 2011 at Club 7 in Park Regis Hotel in Karama, and Arch. Ronald Salcedo became the 2nd president of the chapter. Arch. Salcedo worked to have the organization registered with the Philippine Consulate, which came into fruition on the 20th of September, 2011. Under his leadership, the chapter organized activities that focused on “nurturing” the members’ professional needs. And also, during his term, the 3rd FLEA was held and more than 52% passing rate was achieved.
On the 8th of June, 2012, the second election of officers was held at the Metropolitan Palace Hotel in Deira, and Arch. Jefferson Sibug was elected president. He has campaigned for the “professionalization of the professional organization” and the promotion of professional development among the chapter’s members.
Arch. Ronald Salcedo returned then as the elected President of the Chapter on the third election of officers which was held in Flora Creek Hotel on June 19, 2013. His Administration continued working on the professional development of the chapter members and worked on the CDA registration of the Chapter. During his term another Batch was produced through the fourth FLEA which was held in Abu Dhabi, garnering the highest percentage so far with 53% passing rate in Dubai.
He was re-elected as the Chapter President on the fourth election of officers on June 27, 2014 at Copthorne Hotel. UAP Dubai Chapter took another venture focusing on social development; UAP Cares was launched which aimed in giving aid to the distressed OFW. It is also an avenue to gather help for its chapter members in any way needed. During this year, the first ever Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Summit was held on August 1, 2014 at Radisson Royal Hotel which was attended by the MENA Council Officers and Members in the presence of the UAP National Executive Committee headed by the National President, Arch. Ma. Benita Ochoa-Regala, fuap and PRC Commissioner, Arch. Angeline Chua-Chiaco, fuap. The summit was held to lay down the goals and objectives of the MENA Council, Centralization of SPLBE-FLEA and procedures on making a new District for MENA Region. It is also in his administration, that FLEA in its fifth year produced 83%, its highest percentage for Dubai alone, which was the outcome of his administration’s commitment to the professional growth and development of the chapter.