The city of Dubai has matured in its design philosophy over the past decades according to a company which has been a presence in the region for more than 30 years.
“Dubai has seen a very radical change over the years in terms of the architectural language-vernacular and in terms of the quality and type of developments,” said the director of architect firm Dewan, Ammar Al Assam.
“In the 80s and early 90s, the Dubai Municipality was the main party responsible for masterplanning the city and developing projects for the Government – administrative buildings, roads and infrastructure etc.”
But as the century drew to a close Al Assam said he saw a change in direction and emphasis.
“Real estate developers were mostly local trading families working with local architects to develop commercial projects including residential, commercial, and retail projects,” he said.
“Towards the late 90s, and led by the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the city was on the verge of beginning its transformational real-estate boom with the initiating of various governmental entities – with very entrepreneurial ambitions and management style – that helped develop sector-specific cities like Internet City, Media City, Business Bay, and so on.
“The government supported private developers like Emaar and Nakheel, also Dubai Properties.
“Also the initiation of laws allowing expats to own property, the general economic growth cycle, and the overall viability of Dubai as a place to live in, work in, visit, and invest in, were the main drivers of transforming this city from a small trading hub into a mega world class city that continues to awe and inspire.”