Rima Alsammarae

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Designing for food security

This year’s ‘Abwab’ pavilion for Dubai Design Week is designed by Fahed + Architects, who are working in tandem with waste management company Bee’ah to source recycled building materials such as bedsprings and concrete. A first in regional architecture to use such materials, … More

Marina Petrovic

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Steven Charlton of Perkins+Will reflects on his 10-year career in Dubai

As the announcement of Steven Charlton’s move from managing director at Perkins+Will Dubai to his new position as managing director for Perkins+Will’s London studio, breaks news, Charlton talks to Commercial Interior Design  about his time in the UAE. “After a decade in the … More

Rima Alsammarae

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The responsibility of masterplanning: how architects are shaping our lives

This month’s special report has given me the opportunity to speak with a number of architects that have extensive experience in masterplanning, from the Middle East to North Africa and beyond. And it seemed, to me, that the main take-aways from all my … More

U+A Architects discuss interiors for St Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club

Eileen Jaffary, head of interior design at U+A Architects, writes about the studio’s latest project – St Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Defining hospitality in the Middle East, and in Dubai particularly, is challenging as we are living in a … More

The evolution of regional design practices: how the Arab world’s design past informs its future

Written by Mohammad Saeed Al-Shehhi, Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Design District (d3) Design practices from art to architecture have been evolving across the Middle East for more than 1,000 years. Many of these have their roots in “Islamic art,” an umbrella term … More

Sarah Abdallah on designing hospitality for mind, body and soul

Written by Sarah Abdallah, principal owner at Functional Creative Design  As a hospitality designer and project manager, it is my responsibility to have a global mind-set and care for the comfort and engagement of guests of all ages and nationalities within a hotel. … More

Hotel design: What’s next?

Justin Wells, head of lifestyle interiors at Woods Bagot, shares with designMENA his thoughts on the importance of reinventing the hotel experience. Dubai is staring down the next phase of its development. With the speed of project delivery and the frenetic ambitions of … More

Marina Petrovic

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Are we trying too hard to dazzle Millenials?

Whether we’d like to admit it or not, Millennial travellers are fundamentally influencing hospitality interiors and pushing the boundaries of what a typical guest experience should feel like. With picture-perfect travel as a brief, interior designers are now challenged to create spaces that … More

Rima Alsammarae

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The UAE needs to move on from glass and aluminium facades

This month’s issue of Middle East Architect is busier than some of our previous issues. With the summer coming to an end and architects getting back to work, there’s been a sudden burst of energy, and many people are looking to discuss the … More

Marina Petrovic

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Editor’s comment: Copyrights and wrongs

To creatives in any field, taking credit for work that’s not your own is one of the biggest ethical transgressions you can commit. And the plagiarism of designs is an increasingly widespread problem, both internationally and in the region. For example, last year, … More

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