What's in a name?

The name Abjad is inspired by the Semitic, consonantal, linear writing system. Based on word roots, the Arabic script is one that uses this system, and is written from right to left. 


Abjad Design is an interdisciplinary design studio based in Dubai. We at Abjad thrive on using design language as a tool of communication and expression, in which we work with various mediums that allow us to conceptualize and arrive at creative solutions that are unique to each challenge.


We provide complete design services such as branding, print design, layout, packaging, illustration, environmental graphics, product design, motion graphics and web design. Abjad Design’s interdisciplinary work serves all sectors including government, corporate, and startups, with a particular focus on the cultural and educational segments. We are also keen on contributing to the education of the growing design communityby offering design lectures and workshops.


Our mission at Abjad Design is to inspire and contribute to the growth of contemporary Arab design in the region and around the world.

why us?
well, why not?

Abjad Design incorporates the traditional methods of design  thinking with contemporary aesthetics in experimental ways that preserve the human touch in our digital world.

Diana Hawatmeh

Chief Growth Director / Co-Founder

Diana Hawatmeh graduated from the American University of Sharjah with a BSC in Visual Communication. She worked for several years as a graphic designer in the fields of branding, publishing, and television in Dubai and the Netherlands.
Diana has worked under companies such as Brand Union, Dar Dubai Printing & Publishing, Arab Media Group, and Tarek Atrissi Design. She has also worked independently as a graphic designer developing numerous projects within Arabic typography. Her work has been published in “Arabesque - Graphic design from the Arab World and Persia” and “Bold Visions - Modern & Contemporary Arab Art in the New Century.”


Sheikha Bin Dhaher

Chief Creative Director / Co-Founder

Sheikha Bin Dhaher is an Emirati graphic designer. She holds a BSc degree in Visual Communication from the American University of Sharjah and an MA degree in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London —with a focus in typography and language.


In 2010, she co-founded, with Diana Hawatmeh, Abjad Design, an interdisciplinary studio based in Dubai where she takes on the role of Creative Director. She was granted the Young Designer Award at the UAE Arab Woman Awards in 2014. In 2019 her collaborative design installation, A Hidden Quintet, was exhibited at 1971-Design Space. She actively engages in design research and workshops when given the time and opportunity. Sheikha derives her inspiration from many things such as literature, music, history, and nature. She enjoys illustration and both Arabic and Latin lettering. Storytelling lies within the essence of her work.

Maher Bayoumi

Creative Director

Maher is a multi-disciplinary design director with a deep fascination for the visual culture in the Middle East as well as the history of graphic design practice in the Arab world. 


Since perusing an M.A. in Graphic Branding and Identity at the University of the Arts London, Maher has worked with some of the most established brands across the MENA region such as Expo 2020, Shahid, Batelco, Meraas, and many more.

Haya Haj Mourad

Account Director

Haya Haj Mourad graduated from the American University of Sharjah with a B.S in Multimedia Design. Her role at Abjad is to accomplish tasks through delegation and coordinating effectively with the team within a set time-line as well as understanding problems and making timely practical decisions. Her particular interest in design management and marketing courses, lead to her to initially work as a designer and slowly get in into the management and marketing field. Her experience with agencies as well as working on the client’s side helped her to better understand how clients think and gain leadership, design management, and communication skills.

Jemicah Dela Cruz

Account Director / Brand Strategist

Jemicah Dela Cruz has a background in Design Management from the American University of Sharjah. Her experience working in the design and event industry has given her the chance to develop the sensitivity towards how brands can create a lasting impression. To her, well designed brands can be a powerful tool in creating value in people's lives. 

Akram Farhat

Head of Strategy

Akram is a seasoned industry professional with over two decades of experience in strategic brand building across various sectors. He held many senior management and strategy roles in various global agencies (McCann-Promoseven, Brand Union, Fitch, DDB, CBA’Memac), all part of the major global groups from the likes of WPP, Omnicom and Interpublic.


He is clear and natural thinker on brand building with a personal approach in managing complex projects. He developed brand strategies for a wealth of  leading brands in various sectors from Nation Branding (in Africa), to Corporate, Real Estate, Hospitality, Logistics, Finance to Consumer.

Akram holds a Masters degree in Architecture (M.Arch) followed by 4 academic years in Communication Arts. He fluently speaks Arabic, English and French.

Afra Bin Dhaher

Senior Designer

Afra Bin Dhaher is a Dubai-based visual artist and communication designer holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Communication from the American University of Sharjah. Her diverse practice involves informing viewers, translating experiences, and portraying emotions. In her work, she enjoys adding elements of surprise that invite the viewer to question and engage with the work produced leaving them either looking for an answer, a change of mind or even with a sense of excitement. 

Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally while also featured in multiple publications. She is the recipient of several awards including first place for the 2012 Hamdan International Photography Awards, and Sheikha Manal’s Young Artist Award in 2010.

Mira Cervantes

Illustration Artist

Mira Clare Cervantes is a lot of things but foremost, she is an artist. She discovered her passion for art at a very young age and has had her heart set in the arts ever since then. She graduated from De La Salle University Dasmarinas in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. Once she got her diploma, she pursued a career in graphic design knowing that it was the creative path she wanted to take. Mira believes that art and design don’t exist in a vacuum. It is a reflection of the human experience, an encapsulation of what makes life so interesting.

Erwin Macasaya

Creative Designer

Erwin Valencia Macasaya is a designer who started in website creation and transitioned as a graphic designer in Dubai. Back in the Philippines, he studied Computer Science at the Ateneo de Naga University. He is most passionate working on projects ranging from web, digital, illustration, and print. He also dabbles on UX design and social media at times. He continues to develop his skills and keeps adding to them as he aspires to constantly update his craft.

Riza Montales

Studio Operations Executive

Riza Montales is a holder of a BSc in Business Administration. She worked as an administrative assistant for 3 years at Tihama Global PR, as well as Omnes Media. She aspires to pursue a successful career journey by maintaining impeccable organizational skills and developing new skills along the way.

Niyaz Nasser

Administrative & Operations Assistant

Born and raised in Dubai, He graduated from Manipal Dubai Campus and holds a Master’s degree in Operations. More than 9+ years of experience in the advertising industry. 

He initially worked for production companies which helped him gain the experience and also his interest in operations and production management. He worked intensely with major clients for their custom gifts/launch events/campaign collaterals/Signages etc. 

He is also a passionate Cricketer and was the team captain during his college days and lead his team to various inter university competitions.  

Haneen El Sharif

Account Manager

Haneen El Sharif is a Palestinian graduate from the American University of Sharjah. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Design Management. During her years at university, Haneen found herself wanting to explore several creative areas, which is why she interned at Hashtag Studio and JK Marketing.

After graduating, she found her passion in branding and client management, which steered her towards Abjad Design Studio. Haneen currently works as an Account Executive at Abjad Design Studio, and she considers every day an opportunity to gain valuable experience and enhance various skills.

Joud Tanta

Senior Brand Designer

Joud Tanta is a talented Syrian brand designer and art enthusiast, whose career spans back to 2013. Holding a Diploma in Information Technology and a Bachelor's degree in Visual Communications from the Arab International University, he showcases a blend of technical expertise and creative expression. Joud has collaborated as a brand design consultant with international NGOs and startups, adeptly capturing the essence of organizations' visions to create compelling brand identities. His pursuit of knowledge and skill expansion is ongoing, gained through hands-on experience. Beyond design, Joud draws inspiration from digital art, music and photography, channels that allow him to express emotions and connect deeply with the world. Driven by passion, he strives to make a positive impact through his work, constantly evolving as a designer, artist, and creative professional.

Caira Dedicatoria


Caira Dedicatoria is a degree holder of Bachelor of Science Major in Accountancy who is dedicated in financial bookkeeping for corporate companies. She thrived her career in Dubai in 2018, started as junior accountant, and she now aims to lead financial management and solution for a branding company. Aside from corporate work, she enjoys listening to music and loves to travel. She dreams to explore Asian and European countries once in her life.

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Abjad Design incorporates traditional methods of design thinking with contemporary aesthetics in experimental ways that preserve the human touch in our digital world. 

we like to get 
our hands on
anything design 

Branding. Brand Strategy . Print & Publication . Illustration . Packaging . Spatial Design . Information Design . Web Design . Time-based . Product Design . Art Direction

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