Zeinab Saiwalla


All articles by Zeinab Saiwalla

New York-based architects reveal Middle Eastern influences

Three architects, based in New York City, say how inspirations from the countries of their parents continue to influence their contemporary designs when it comes to Middle Eastern projects.  The Middle East, once known primarily for its desert camps and Bedouin tents, has … More

FXFOWLE looks forward to new contemporary developments in KSA

Having designed 10 buildings in the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), architectural firm FXFOWLE Architects is certainly setting the stage for upcoming developments on the 1.6 million m2 site, situated in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Ranging from mosques and museums to residential … More

Breaking barriers

In a region filled with some of the world’s biggest and most successful malls, it comes as no surprise that developers continue to build retail centres to make the most of lifestyle practices here. However, apart from their respective locations and distinguishing interiors, … More

Shining Beacon

Zeinab Saiwalla visits The Galleria at Sowwah Square to get a sneak preview of Abu Dhabi’s newest shopping mall, designed to become a landmark in the city’s up and coming commercial business district Almost every new building aspires to have a unique selling … More

Bridging the Gap

Zeinab Saiwalla speaks to Sherif Anis, president of the American Institute of Architects Middle East Chapter on challenges faced by American architects in the region and ways to overcome them The American Institute of Architects (AIA), synonymous with forward-thinking architects striving to make … More

5-Star Hospitals

While many cities in the Middle East prepare to transform the region into a medical hub, several large-scale healthcare projects are taking shape around the region. However, unlike medical complexes of the past, these new projects promise state-of-the-art facilities with design concepts from … More

Hospital Therapy

Zeinab Saiwalla speaks to SOM architects, Mustafa Abadan and Scott Habjan, about the inspiration behind Sheikh Khalifa Medical City’s hospitality-driven facility From the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, to the highly-acclaimed engineering marvel, Cayan Tower, US-based architectural firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) … More

Twisting to Infinity

The designers dreamt the future with this building, envisioning a structure like one never built before. Seven years and three months later, architectural firm Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill’s (SOM) dream has become a reality. For developers and owners Cayan Real Estate Investment and … More

Influences and Aspirations

MEA talks to Gensler’s principal and managing director, Tareq Abu-Sukheila, about what influences him and his vision for Gensler in the Middle East While most architectural firms prefer to be based in Dubai, at the heart of the United Arab Emirate’s skyscraper capital, … More

Dubai’s Infinity Tower renamed Cayan Tower

Developers Cayan Investment and Development announced yesterday that its award-winning Dh1 billion residential tower project in Dubai Marina will have its name changed from Infinity Tower to Cayan Tower. “I like to describe it as my baby,” said president and chairman of the board of … More

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