Topic: Middle East

Design experts weigh in on the changing face of retail design

With consumer behaviour changing rapidly, businesses are relying on interactive design via technology to draw the crowds. Despite the challenges facing the region’s retail sector due to an influx of e-commerce ventures – both regional and international, as well as the prevailing economic … More

Nulty launches Dubai-based boutique architectural lighting service

Lighting design consultants Nulty has launched a boutique sister-company called Studio N in Dubai to accommodate design firms and projects “with limited budgets”. Studio N is based out of Dubai but offers lighting consultancy across the Middle East region. The company’s founder Paul … More

Apparatus’ ACT III collection references Iran’s cultural history and political reality

New York-based Apparatus’ latest collection, ACT III, is creative director Gabriel Hendifar’s attempt to draw a tangible connection to the distant memories of his Iranian heritage, while outlining the country’s current political obstacles. Launched during the 2018 Salone del Mobile, it is the … More

Dubai is Middle East’s first city to become a UNESCO ‘Creative City of Design’

Dubai has recently been announced as the latest city to join UNESCO’s growing list of creative cities, making it the first in the Middle East and 24th in the world. Founded in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) currently has 180 members … More

H+A to design first Proton Beam Therapy cancer treatment centre in the Middle East

Newly launched healthcare and hospitality architecture practice, H+A, has been appointed to design the region’s first Protom Beam Therapy cancer treatment centre in Abu Dhabi. The US$60 million Abu Dhabi Proton Centre (ADPC) will be set on the SBK Holding LLC site in … More

Top 45 most influential architects in the Middle East in 2018

Middle East Architect magazine rounds up 45 of the Middle East’s most influential, established and emerging architects. From Lebanon to the GCC to Iran, this list highlights the architects that have positively contributed to the growing development of the region. Alphabetically ordered, our list, … More

Mohammed Abdullah appointed as president of DIDI design school in Dubai

The Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) has appointed the previous managing director of TECOM’s Media Cluster Mohammed Abdullah as president of the region’s first design school. Abdullah’s career in the region spans over twenty years, having built a media community of … More

Seven cultural buildings that made their mark on the Middle East in 2017

2017 marked the opening of a number of highly-anticipated cultural buildings in the Middle East, from the Jean Nouvel-designed Louvre Abu Dhabi to a restored music centre in Bahrain. designMENA rounds up the top seven buildings that have contributed a strong cultural value … More

Middle East saw numbers of built skyscrapers stagnate in 2017

More buildings of 200 metres’ height or greater were completed in 2017 than in any other year, with the Middle East matching its numbers from last year with nine completions, Construction Week Online reported. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) … More

Survey results revealed for design copyright in the Middle East

The infringement of design copyright is a global problem, but a particularly sensitive issue in the Middle East. Everyone seems to know someone whose designs have been ripped off by an unscrupulous client, a money-grabbing contractor, or another lazy designer. So Commercial Interior … More

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