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U+A Architects discuss interiors for St Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club

Eileen Jaffary, head of interior design at U+A Architects, writes about the studio’s latest project – St Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Defining hospitality in the Middle East, and in Dubai particularly, is challenging as we are living in a … More

The evolution of regional design practices: how the Arab world’s design past informs its future

Written by Mohammad Saeed Al-Shehhi, Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Design District (d3) Design practices from art to architecture have been evolving across the Middle East for more than 1,000 years. Many of these have their roots in “Islamic art,” an umbrella term … More

Sarah Abdallah on designing hospitality for mind, body and soul

Written by Sarah Abdallah, principal owner at Functional Creative Design  As a hospitality designer and project manager, it is my responsibility to have a global mind-set and care for the comfort and engagement of guests of all ages and nationalities within a hotel. … More

Hotel design: What’s next?

Justin Wells, head of lifestyle interiors at Woods Bagot, shares with designMENA his thoughts on the importance of reinventing the hotel experience. Dubai is staring down the next phase of its development. With the speed of project delivery and the frenetic ambitions of … More

Steelcase on blurring the lines between home and hospital

Mohamed Azmy of Steelcase Health Middle East discusses how design can encourage family involvement in patient care. Healthcare organisations are being forced to reassess patient experiences as new technologies, new processes and elevated expectations are challenging healthcare norms to adapt, improve and encourage new alternatives … More

Perkins + Will’s Firas Hnoosh says the future of urban planning is “up not out”

With a global population of 7.5 billion, set to increase by 25% in the next 30 years, as architects we are increasingly responsible for designing spaces which work harder and cater to more people. Dubai is a superb example of a fast growing … More

Hilda Impey of Wilson Associates shares her favourites from 2017 Salone del Mobile

Remnants Series by Josh Carmody at Ventura Lambarte Josh Carmody Studio is a multidisciplinary design practice based in Melbourne, Australia. With a decade of furniture designing and production experience, Carmody’s studio has an unwavering commitment to balancing a resolved modern aesthetic with traditional … More

Ceramic tiles trends: Bigger is better

Andrea Mensitieri, vice president, marketing and product development at RAK Ceramics on technology and the latest trends in tile design. With the technology now available, tile manufacturers can produce tiles with more intricate patterns and textures in 3D, allowing the creation of unique … More

Architects need to design cooler buildings in the UAE as a result of higher temperatures says Emkaan

Muhammed Obaid, principal architect, partner and manager of EMKAAN Architecture and Engineering Consultancy in Dubai says creating cooler spaces in the UAE is vital.  On a global scale, 2016 was officially the warmest year on record, with 2017 expected to follow suit.  This … More

How to turn a brand into a three-dimensional space using graphic design

Carla Conte, founder and Creative Director of Dubai-based Brand Creative Design Studio, on brandscaping and turning a brand into a three-dimensional space. As keen observers and contributors to the practice of retail design in the Middle East over the last decade, it is … More

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