rima.alsammarae

rima.alsammarae

A journey through space: What do we demand from hotel design?

The evolution of a ‘place to stay’ is closely related to the development of transportation systems, communication channels and other political developments. Not to dwell on these factors, I would like to look at how today’s hotels have developed and what they mean … More

Laura Bielecki’s tips on how to survive a major design show (plus etiquette)

There is a top lineup of design shows to see in the region and beyond in the next few months. As the UAE has a long list of exciting and world class projects coming up, designers are scrambling to design and construct in … More

rima.alsammarae

rima.alsammarae

Regional interior design reaches maturity

This year we received more nominations for the CID Awards than ever. Over 200 nominations were submitted and because of them I was able to really analyse the improvement made within the region’s design industry just in the past year. From hospitality to … More

nick.ames

nick.ames

Architects break rules in interesting ways

Architects seem to enjoy breaking the rules on what is accepted as possible in the most interesting ways. One things that makes this job really worth doing is the constant surprises it throws up. I’d never really have thought I’d be plummeting towards … More

nick.ames

nick.ames

Developers taking greater care over commissioning projects since recession

The economic downturn has meant developers are taking greater care when commissioning projects according to Godwin Austen Johnson’s Jason Burnside.  Clients also understand the benefits that can come from a good design concept as they seek to ensure maximum return on an investment, … More

rima.alsammarae

rima.alsammarae

A voice of reason

A few months ago, news of the Expo 2020 win for Dubai broke out. It was all the news seemed to report on for a short while. My inbox filled up with reports on the effect the Expo would have and how great … More

aidan.imanova

aidan.imanova

When every drop counts: The danger of water scarcity in the Middle East

Water is a basic human necessity. Yet, it is one of our scarcest resources, particularly here in the Middle East. Never has the value of this precious commodity been as apparent as in the UAE’s scorching summer heat, reinforced by the timely arrival … More

nick.ames

nick.ames

Five minutes with Cem Kapancioglu, CK Architecture

0.00 What is your speciality in the world of design? We have undertaken many projects but at the moment we are very interested in healthcare interiors – how they can best be designed to make the right environment for the entire healing process. … More

nick.ames

nick.ames

Return of the mega projects

The decision to build the Mall of the World this month has put Dubai back on the news agenda far beyond specialist design publications. Newspapers across the globe have featured the massively ambitious project – which would in the emirate’s traditional style be … More

aidan.imanova

aidan.imanova

Claudia van der Werf on how to correctly apply sustainability in interior design

Being a sustainable company is something that the majority of restaurants, hotels and bars in the Middle East are trying to work into their strategies. As well as being environmentally conscious in your decision making, such as choosing locally sourced products and recycling … More

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