INDEX announces Majlis finalists

2010 winning Majlis design by Rashida Rajkotwalla.

The Contemporary Majlis Competition will run for the third consecutive year at INDEX from October 22-25, 2011.

The competition has announced six interior designers who will be tasked with designing a contemporary Majlis, showcasing their vision of the traditional Arabic space with a modern cutting edge and innovative design.

The finalists are; Sinmar Al-Said of Internal Line Interior Design, Ghandour El Habre of Khatib & Alami, Mimi Shakshashir of o’de rose, Carrie Das of AHK International, Basak Yuksel of PF Emirates Interiors and Sven Mueller of SVEN M.


“The INDEX Contemporary Majlis Competition has come a long way from its inception in 2009, both in style and popularity,” said Paula Al Chami, event director, INDEX.

“The Majlis concept is especially relished by the younger generation who look for an environment that celebrates Arab culture, but at the same time embraces innovation and contemporary style. Through the competition, INDEX has provided an unbiased platform to nurture and bring interior design talent to the limelight making the competition a vital part of the show.”

INDEX 2011 did a ‘Call for Submission’ for this year’s competition and received an overwhelming 60 plus applications from qualified interior designers and architects in different parts of the world, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Africa and the US.

Six finalists were selected by the jury based on the design layout and concept of their Majlis. The jury panel for this year’s competition is formed by Elise Nassour, head of studio at the Engineers Office, Robert Reid of the American University of Sharjah, Dariush Zandi of Total Art, Jenny Eagle of Commercial Interior Design Magazine and last year’s competition winner, Rashida Rajkotwalla of Design Work Portfolio.

Once the jury panel visits the finalist’s showcases live at this year’s show, the winner will be announced on October 22 at the event at Dubai World Trade Centre.

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