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Modern hotels: no longer just a place to stay

Hotels worldwide are starting to holistically address interior design and the design of the hospitality experience, increasingly moving away from being just a place to stay. Hoteliers are listening to their guests’ tastes and preferences to create properties that are planned and executed … More

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Industry says

Earlier this month, I was asked to participate in a panel discussion at Design Days Dubai. As moderator, it was my responsibility to manage the conversation and ensure that a fair amount was said by each of the four panel members. Others involved … More

Staff Writer

Staff Writer

How to create a special atmosphere

Beside the design, one of the most important ways to feel homely in a room is its lighting, particularly the warm reflection and the right interplay of light and shadow. Since 1823, when J. & L. Lobmeyr was founded in Vienna, Austria, we’ve … More

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From here to there

This past month was a wild one for us at Commercial Interior Design. From Paris to Valencia, we felt as though we travelled the world and with us come our readers. Maison & Objet, one of the world’s biggest trade fairs, went on … More

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nick.ames

Architects and business

Architecture is one of the most exciting professions one can practice. It is a culture and a way of being unto itself. It is not easy and requires hard work and dedication. But, the question is whether architecture is a rewarding career? I … More

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nick.ames

Dr Shams Naga speaks about architecture as a profession

Dr Shams Naga is the founder, principal and managing director of Naga Architects. He is the holder of three masters degrees and a Phd and one of the leading voices in both the theory and practice of the profession in the Middle East. … More

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The art of craft

This issue we explored the status of good craftsmanship in the region and whether or not it’s still a valued profession. Industry experts including Cristina Romelli Gervasoni, Khalid Shafar and Dorian Pauwels expressed their opinions of the traditional art form and agreed that … More

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aidan.imanova

Opinion: Celebrity non-stories trivialise Dubai

This is a comment piece by Middle East Architect editor, Nick Ames.  DesignMENA is all about celebrating the excellence of buildings and interiors across a region which is world renowned for both. But sometimes this part of the world – especially Dubai – … More

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At Our Advantage

Expo 2020 is bound to affect and even change the many dynamics in Dubai, from construction to business, design and architecture. The exhibition, which has been around for well over a century is known for creating beautiful and memorable landmarks around the world. … More

Staff Writer

Staff Writer

The challenges of maintaining the modern environment

Maintaining a space in the modern environment poses a number of challenges. As a Macro facilities management consultant, I’ve worked on many different buildings and projects across the region, where the maintenance needs have varied greatly. We’ve had the good fortune to work … More

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