Topic: retail

Developers must sell space based on consumer data, not square footage

Ibrahim Ibrahim, managing director at Portland Design Associates, the London-based branding, retail strategy, and design consultancy part of the Perkins+Will group of companies, discusses the changing face of retail. Ibrahim highlights that part of the firm’s design process is based on research and an … More

Majid Al Futtaim signs franchise deal for French interiors brand

Dubai-based retail giant Majid Al Futtaim has announced that it has reinforced its move into home furniture and interior style market through its new franchise partnership with Maisons Du Monde, Arabian Business reports. The agreement started with the launch of the first Maisons … More

How to turn a brand into a three-dimensional space using graphic design

Carla Conte, founder and Creative Director of Dubai-based Brand Creative Design Studio, on brandscaping and turning a brand into a three-dimensional space. As keen observers and contributors to the practice of retail design in the Middle East over the last decade, it is … More

Sneha Divias creates 360 degrees wooden kiosk for department store in Dubai Mall

Dubai-based Sneha Divias Atelier, run by designer Sneha Divias, has created a dynamic ‘kiosk’ for Maska Dubai Mall, a gift wrapping brand inspired by the Japanese art of Furoshiki (wrapping with fabrics), with an Middle Eastern-twist. The pop up kiosk is located in … More

Apple Store Dubai Mall celebrates the sun and Arabic culture, says Stefan Behling of Foster + Partners

Head of Studio of Foster + Partners, Stefan Behling says the newly opened Apple Dubai Mall store will become a “true people’s place”. “The design of Apple Dubai Mall is about creating an exceptional architectural and social experience for visitors, bringing to the … More

In pictures: New Apple store in Dubai features kinetic ‘wings’ that responds to temperature

Foster + Partners has designed Dubai’s newest Apple Store, located in The Dubai Mall with s a 186 foot curved balcony, featuring one of the largest kinetic installations. The store is now open to the public. 37.5 foot-high panels open up to the … More

In pictures: Design International’s futuristic Silicon Oasis mall in Dubai

Designs have been unveiled for Dubai’s new mega mall by Design International, which will be located in Dubai’s Silicon Oasis. The design resembles five gigantic, pebble-like shapes inspired by “ancient Arabian movements across the desert”, according to a release. The mall is also … More

Design International designs Silicon Oasis Dubai mall to be built in 30 months

Lulu Group, a UAE-headquartered retailer with operations around the Middle East, recently laid the foundation for a $272m (AED1bn) mall in Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), due to be completed in time for Dubai Expo 2020, according to ConstructionWeekOnline. HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al … More

Adaptability key to retail design says architecture panel

Flexibility is the key to successful design in the field of retail if facilities are not to be rendered obsolete in quick time Taking part in a discussion on the way ahead for shopping malls were Patrick Bean, design director at Lacasa, Islam … More

“Does everything need to be biggest and best?” The future of smaller shopping malls in Dubai

Smaller retail developments rather than mega-malls are a way forward for retail across the Middle East according to a panel discussion hosted by Middle East Architect. Dubai-based urban design experts Patrick Bean, design director at Lacasa, Islam Mashtooly, senior architect at Perkins + … More

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