Fire & Life Safety Consultants

The Tower

DCH Dubai

About Us


Martin Kealy & Associates Ltd - MKA Fire are an international specialist fire and life safety consulting firm established in the UK in 2010. MKA Fire is led by Martin Kealy who has over 25 years of expert fire design experience in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and the USA.   

We specialise in designing large and complex buildings and we proactively apply our expertise and knowledge to deliver intelligent design solutions that:

• Create flexible design strategies 

• Ensure fire approvals 

• Meet project deadlines 

Our Projects

MKA Fire have project experience in the following building types:

Tall buildings | Airport terminals | Healthcare | Commercial offices 

Hospitality and residential | Museums and galleries | Retail malls 

Sports stadiums and indoor arenas | Transportation interchanges 

Universities and schools | Historic buildings

Specialist Fire Expertise

Fire and Life Safety Strategies

Fire Master Planning 

Fire Safety Engineering Alternative Approaches

Evacuation Design and Analysis

Egress Modelling 

Smoke Management Design 

CFD Smoke Modelling 

Structural Fire Engineering

Expert Witness

Leading the fire industry

Tall Building SKYSCRAPER design Dubai

Martin J. Kealy CEng. BSc(Hons) FIFireE MSFPE MCIBSE Managing Director Principal Fire Consultant

Martin is a Chartered Fire Consultant and a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers. He has over twenty-five years experience in fire safety engineering including UK & Europe, USA, Asia and the Middle East. His experience spans a variety of large and prestigious landmark projects, including some of the tallest buildings in the world, providing expert advice from concept to final design. Martin has also significantly contributed to the development of performance based design solutions. Martin has contributed to key fire design guides and is widely published at technical conferences and in technical journals for tall building design

CIBSE Guide E Fire Safety Engineering

Chairman of the 2019 Steering Committee of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers Design Guide E on Fire Safety Engineering. Author of a new section on fire safety of building facades. 

CIBSE Building Design in Extreme Environments

Author of the Fire and Life Safety sections for the new Arid Guide and Tropical Guide.

Safety in Tall Buildings, Institute of Structural Engineers

IFE representative and fire advisor for the Institute of Structural Engineers working group dealing with the design implications of tall buildings following 9/11. Published in 2002

BS9999 Means of Escape Section BSi

Lead author of the first version of BS9999 Means of Escape Section for British Standards Institution.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) isurv

Responsible for updating the guidance on Fire Safety for Construction Sites for the  Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors isurv construction an on-line standards and guidance portal.

Specialist Services

Smoke modelling CFD

We use a range of fire models to design smoke management systems including the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis for 

the following buildings

• Large Shopping malls and atria 

• Airport concourses and Stadia

• Parking structures

Zone smoke modelling

We use zone models for more simple geometries following the guidance from CIBSE Guide E Fire Safety Engineering to enable smoke extract fans to be sized and smoke curtains to be located.

CFD may be used as a value engineering exercise.

Evacuation modelling

Egress planning and modelling using advanced 3D visualization models allows us to safely allow extended travel distances or extended egress times for:  

• Stadia

• Tall buildings 

• Airports and transport interchanges 

Smoke control testing

We also advise on cold smoke testing using theatrical smoke to verify the correct operation and sequencing of smoke management systems.

This type of testing is a requirement of the larger hotel operator brand standards including Marriott International.

Structural fire modelling

Working closely with the project structural engineering we provide specialist advice to the design team to add value to the project as follows: 

• Timber structures

• Steel structures  

• Design of structures for extreme events

Product fire testing

We provide advice on testing of fire products including:

• External wall cladding materials 

• Fire suppression systems

• Fire dampers and ductwork

Project Showcase

The Tower DCH

Dubai Creek Habour, UAE 

Architect: Santiago Calatrava, Zurich 

Client: Emaar Properties  

The Iconic Tower at the centre of the Dubai Creek Harbour project will be one of the tallest structures in the world when completed. The structure will include observation decks with 360 degree views of the city and beyond. fire life safety consultant

City Stars Resort

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 

Architect: GAJ, Dubai 

Client: Golden Coast Resorts, Cairo 

FRHI will brand and operate three hotels at development with each of its three brands: Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel. The Fairmont property also includes a man-made island surrounded by the world's largest crystal lagoon.

Cubic Tower

Batumi, Georgia   

Architect: G1 Architects, London  

Client: ADOG Georgia Ltd  

The iconic 107m high hotel and Casino overlooks the city's harbour.

It is a 180-key hotel with a Casino.

Marriott Lapita Hotel

Dubai, UAE 

Architect: CallisonRTKL London and Dubai  

Client: Marriott International 

The Lapita, a Marriott Autograph Collection hotel is located inside Dubai Parks and Resorts. A Polynesian-themed style hotel with luxury guest rooms, signature spa and restaurants.

Mall of India

Delhi, Noida, India 

Architect: Benoy Hong Kong  

Client: DLF Properties 

The Mall of India, spread across 2 million sq.ft. GLA of retail space. The Mall is divided in 5 zones spread over 7 floors.

It opened in November 2016

Peninsula Place

Greenwich Peninsula, London   

Architect: Santiago Calatrava, Zurich

Client: Knight Dragon

Knight Dragon unveiled a new £1billion landmark, designed by international architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava, at the heart of its transformation of Greenwich Peninsula.

Recent articles and conference papers

CIBSE Journal

Tall Building Conferences

Grenfell Tower Fire, Energy UK Health and Safety Conference, Marriott, Leeds, UK, November 2018.

Fire Safety in Tall Buildings CIBSE Technical Conference, Westin Mina Seyahi Dubai, UAE, Nov 2017.

Fire Design for Super Tall Buildings, Smart Skyscrapers Summit, Palm Resort Dubai, UAE, April 2014.

Fire Engineering Super-Tall: A New Approach to Escape. CTBUH International Conference On Tall Buildings Dubai, UAE, March 2008

CIBSE Journal Articles

Time for Change, Smoke Ventilation, Grenfell Tower CIBSE Journal July 2018

Clear Guidance, Smoke Control in High-rise Buildings CIBSE Journal August 2017

When the Smoke Clears CIBSE Journal July 2017

Fire Drill CIBSE Guide E Fire Safety Engineering CIBSE Journal July 2017 

Key Issues CIBSE Guide E Fire Safety Engineering (2017) CIBSE Journal June 2017 

What caused the Grenfell Tower Disaster? CIBSE Journal June 2017

Contact Us

United Kingdom

Finsbury House, New Street, Chipping Norton, 

Oxfordshire, OX7 5LL 

Telephone:+44 (0)1865 366 398


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Middle East

Strategic Partner SLCE
PO Box 71973, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 (0) 4 399 9271 (Ext 4027)


Strategic Partner Indochine Engineering

Unit 12-01, Pearl Plaza, 561A Dien Bien Phu Street, 

Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Telephone: +84 28 3512 4100