The Birmingham office of international engineering firm Hyder Consulting is to work on what will be the world's tallest building - the Burj Tower in Dubai.
Staff will be backing up the group's Middle Eastern division, with young civil engineers joining the project management team on a secondment basis until the tower is completed in November, 2008.
Derek Price, general manager of Hyder Consulting in Birmingham, said: "There are many areas where our employees can strengthen their expertise and return to Birmingham to benefit the city and the UK ' s marketplace."
Alex Carter, based in Birmingham, is the first employee to transfer from the UK to the 800-metre high skyscraper scheme.
He will work on the prestigious project for an initial three-month period before being reassigned to a second term in the Middle Eastern city to further enhance his skills.
Construction on the 500,000 sq m Tower began in January - it will house an hotel, a shopping centre, offices and luxury apartments.
The concrete and steel tower is part of a £4.2 billion, 500-acre project in the United Arab Emirates and is being built by South Korea's Samsung Corporation which won the £160 million deal after an 11-month bid process.
Recent high-profile projects for Hyder's Birmingham office include a £15 million extension to Aston Business School for Aston University, the 5,000 sq m Parkland office development in Rubery, the A500 Stoke-on-Trent Pathfinder junction improvement scheme and the £40 million Xscape leisure complex which includes a huge indoor "real snow" ski centre.