The residential sector continues to remain top in the interior spend in the GCC followed by the commercial sector while the hotel sector is the one to watch out for as the major growth sector in 2016, shows the latest report by Index International Design Exhibition and Ventures ME.
According to the report, Saudi Arabia is the biggest interior contracting and fit-outs sector, including kitchen and bathroom fittings, followed by UAE and Qatar while Kuwait is slowly emerging as a growth market in terms of likely project completions this year.
“Oman and Bahrain have shown a decrease in interiors and fit-out spend, and project completions due to stringent budget cuts by their governments,” says the report.
The Building Services Research and Information (BSRIA) report on the global bathroom market shows that 24m baths were sold in 2014 and the market is predicted to grow at an annual rate of just below 5% until 2019. The report goes on to say that the Europe, Middle East and Africa market accounts for over 62% of the world baths market, followed by Asia-Pacific and the Americas. In the shower trays, segment sales to EMEA accounted for around half of all commercialised units. The ranking changes in the taps and mixers segment, where Asia-Pacific is the largest market, accounting for 43%. This is followed by EMEA at 34%, and the Americas at 23%.
As sustainability has become a major issue, the fit-out and interior industry in the region has experienced increased pressure to implement environmentally-responsible practices.
“As interior designers we are always looking for ways to reduce the impact of our designs on the environment,” explains Rania Mahmoud Hamed, principal at Dubai-based VSHD Design studio. “This is done through re-using, refinishing, or reconfiguring existing materials in our renovation projects. Also considering passive design strategies such as daylight, natural ventilation and solar energy.”
When it comes to bathroom design trends, designers are now placing a premium on features and products that promote energy efficiency and lower water consumption. Hamed adds that smart features are constantly being incorporated into the modern bathroom.
With this in mind, Commercial Interior Design speaks to bathroom suppliers you should know about their recent projects and water efficient products that embrace sustainability.