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nick.ames

North Korean leader opens airport; closes book on architect

As editor of Middle East Architect building design is my day-to-day job. And for many in the profession – that’s also the case. It’s a job. It may be creative, it may have social impact, but in the end it’s a way to … More

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Social concerns are coming to the fore for young architects says Nick Ames

Social concerns coming to the fore as young architects seek to build in a way that changes people’s lives for the better Elsewhere in this edition you can see an article about a round table discussion held by this magazine in association with … More

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aidan.imanova

The importance of lighting by Claudia van der Werf

Lighting is an effective and impactful way to change the mood or appearance of a place, whether it is a restaurant, bar, shop or even your home. The way you light a space will completely transform the area, and having multiple lighting sources … More

The importance of food spaces in offices

Today’s work environments have come a long way from the office spaces that were created in the factories, where communal areas were restricted to staff canteens and long rows of indistinguishable table arrangements were set up with the sole purpose of serving as … More

Overcoming the challenge between interior design and architecture

Having worked in the UAE and elsewhere for 16 years, I have found that there is a frequent conflict between interior designers and architects. Despite the importance of collaboration with architects on a project, it is always a challenge to create a united … More

How can designers put better use to LinkedIn in 2015?

Lead Generation in the Digital World Cold-emailing is amongst the most popular promotion tools within the design and architecture industry. While successful at times, the method is rarely useful as these firms tend to have pre-existing lists of trusted consultants and strong relations … More

rima.alsammarae

rima.alsammarae

The wood effect a major trend in tiles and flooring

In February, I was fortunate enough to travel to Valencia, Spain for the world-renowned ceramic and marble trade fair known as Cevisama. As I walked through the fair, it became very obvious that a leading trend in the international tile sector is the … More

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What’s in a name? Nick Ames comments on recent Meraas dispute

It’s fair to say that the English county of Kent – where I grew up and where I worked on various news publications prior to coming here – does not have that many similarities with Dubai. It would be hard to confuse the … More

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rima.alsammarae

“It’s nice to see designers getting more involved with events across the region” says CID editor

This month, I met with Design Days Dubai fair director Cyril Zammit to discuss the fourth edition of the trade fair. During our meeting, it was brought to my attention just how many exhibitors from the Middle East will be present. The UAE … More

The rise of Emirati designers: fast fad or not?

In the last few years more and more Emiratis have started to carry the professional title ‘designer’. While artists have always been rather prevalent in our culture, to associate with the designer label is a new occurrence. Some may argue with me over … More

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