Rima Alsammarae


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The future of Dubai’s residential development is in ‘joining inland developments’ says Phillip Jones

At a roundtable held at Cosentino’s showroom in Dubai Design District, four architects who work across the GCC, gathered to discuss the future of residential design in the region. Those who attended included Phillip Jones from B+H, Samer Touqan from Dewan, Ralf Steinhauer from RSP and … More

Architects need to create a new resort typology for the GCC, says JT+Partners’ Abdelkader Saadi

Design principal at JT+Partners in Dubai, Abdelkader Saadi said that architects need to work on creating a new resort typology that responds to the local climate of the GCC. “Hotel typologies need to be adapted to the local climate,” he said. “What we … More

The GCC is targeting a new tenant and it’s affecting the way residential projects are being built

In April, Middle East Architect held a round table at Cosentino’s showroom in Dubai with four architects based in the UAE. While various topics came up, from the need for more affordable housing (which can be found on the following pages) to the … More

Saudi Arabia and the UAE leading solar energy efforts in MENA region

The UAE and Saudi Arabia are leading the Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA) renewable energy market, where power requirements will grow by 6.4% each year until 2022. According to Construction Week, Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), a development bank focused on the energy … More

Cracknell’s Chia Wen discusses the qualities in Japanese landscape design that inspire her

Malaysian landscape architect, Chia Wen, has promised to bring something a little different to the market in the GCC. Having worked in her home country with a Japanese firm following graduation, as well as in Vietnam, before relocating to Dubai in April 2017 … More

Lebanon Pavilion at Venice Biennale to reflect country’s territorial challenges

Participating for its first time at the Venice Biennale, Lebanon will present ‘The Place That Remains’, curated by Hala Younes, assistant professor of architecture at the Lebanese American University. The exhibition aims to highlight the “unbuilt land, their cultural characteristics and their prospects … More

Dewan says its award with Tamayouz will focus on ‘subjects that have a reality’ in Iraq

Leading regional practice Dewan Architects + Engineers has recently launched a new award for architects as a joint mission with international architecture initiative Tamayouz Excellence Award. Dewan, which has been involved with Tamayouz since its establishment in 2012, aims for the award to … More

A look inside Sharjah’s newly restored Bait Al Naboodah museum

Dating back to 1845, Bait Al Naboodah is a historic home that sits along Sharjah’s coastline. Originally belonging to the emirate’s most prominent pearl merchant, Emir Obaid bin Isa bin Ali Al Shamsi – nicknamed Obaid Al Naboodah – the house was built … More

Cosentino has built ‘solid relationships’ with architects across the region says Miriam LLano

Having opened the doors to the Cosentino City Dubai showroom in Dubai Design District in November 2017, Cosentino continues to offer architects and designers from across the region an interactive experience that highlights the qualities of its surface materials. Middle East Architect speaks … More

Iranian architect Masih Fazile designs a residential apartment complex on a 70m2 plot in Isfahan

Built on an area of 70 square metres, the Small House in Isfahan, Iran by Masih Fazile neighbours an old commercial building to the south and residential land to the north. The only entry points to the building is through the western side, … More

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