dwp plans Bahrain expansion as it opens second office in KSA

(left to right): Ivan Cardoza, Mohammed Abbas, Mima Romanic, Linda Van Der Walt, Shazad Azam and Neil Mark Glassberg.

dwp remains positive about the future of Bahrain’s design industry as it continues to rack up projects in Bahrain and sign on new clients.

The company recently exhibited at Gulf Interiors 2012, at Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre, (April 24-26) to show its commitment to the region and to showcase its latest projects.

These include the Intercontinental Regency Hotel, WTC and Moda Mall, the offices of CrediMax and the headquarters of Zain, as well as the Sigma Paint store, of which modified versions are rolling out in Qatar and Oman.


“We are finding the design trend both in Bahrain, as well as Saudi Arabia, is moving from a classic design to a transitional look, which still incorporates simple and elegant Arabic patterns,” said Neil Mark Glassberg, MD, dwp, Bahrain.

“We feel the recovery is starting to take place. Bahrain should make a complete comeback and that is why dwp is making a concerted commitment to stay in the region.

“The future is bright for us in Saudi Arabia too, we are landing new projects constantly and there are good things to come. So far, the start of 2012 is looking bright, with dwp opening another office in Jeddah, before the second half of the year.”

Glassberg said overall, the level of traffic at the tradeshow was less than two years ago when it exhibited at GulfBid 2010. He put this down to a level of uncertainty in the market.

“There is still uncertainty in the market, but having a successful F1 helped to ease many concerns. Most of the people I have spoken to believe the second half of this year will show a turnaround for the Bahrain development market,” he added.

Dwp has over 45 employees in Bahrain, and opened an office in the Kingdom in 2006.

The spill over into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is notable with contacts ranging from masterplanning a 100,000m2 resort, workplace projects for Aramco, designing the Gulf International Bank HQ, creating Al Khobar Gardens residential development for Jenan and producing the roll-out design concept for Sigma Paint retail stores, throughout the Middle East.

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