Design Middle East April 2024

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Managing Director/ Sedus Impact of technology on workplace trends


Chairman & CEO / OMNIYAT PropTech and rise of smart buildings


Co-Founder & Design Director / 4SPACE Influence of culture on design

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Interiors and architecture from the Gulf, Levant and beyond
BAPS Hindu Mandir Abu Dhabi embodies balance, harmony, and culture; it is timeless, immortal, and a masterpiece. RSP was chosen as the lead architects and interior designers for the complex surrounding the temple while BAPS designed the inner temple, resulting in a masterpiece that has left the world in awe.

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BAPS Hindu Mandir

Abu Dhabi is the epitome of balance, harmony, and culture; it is timeless, immortal, and a masterpiece.



Acoustics in Design

DIMA ALKAWADRI, Assistant Professor at Heriot-Watt University Dubai, outlines how to incorporate acoustic solutions into a design for enhanced environments.



Unshakable Resolve for Excellence

MARK PHOENIX, CEO of SANKARI PROPERTIES, discusses with Vibha Mehta the company’s readiness to make a significant impact in the industry following its recent launch



Are you ready for DOMOTEX Middle East?

SONIA WEDELL-CASTELLANO, Global Manager of DOMOTEX, talks about Dubai as the host city for DOMOTEX Middle East 2024 (April 23-25), key highlights of the event, challenges, and future outlook for the carpet and flooring industry in the region



Setting the Standards of Excellence

MAHDI AMJAD, Chairman and CEO of OMNIYAT, discusses his plans for 2024, the launch of VELA VIENTO, and his thoughts on PropTech and smart buildings.



Influence of culture on design

FIRAS ALSAHIN, Co-Founder and Design Director at 4SPACE, describes how interesting cultural elements are a wonderful part of storytelling in design



Premium & Posh

Let's find out what makes RIXOS PREMIUM a chic urban destination in the heart of Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Residence.



Looking Ahead

RITIKA ANGRISH, founder of Ritz Interiors, discusses her journey, design aesthetics, challenges, and highlights of working with clients in the GCC..



Ergonomic Excellence

JOELLE NADER, Sedus' Managing Director, discusses ergonomic furniture, the impact of technology on design, workplace trends, and what to expect from the brand in the near future.



Classy & Contemporary

DIANA RYSBAEVA, owner of SHI Restaurant, shares her F&B journey, including her goals, trends, and expectations for 2024 and beyond.



A Sensory Sanctuary

RODS ARCHITECTS' latest project, Fragranze World Office, is challenging the definition of sensory experience and practicality.



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Is it just me, or do we all feel like 2024 is flying by? I had a fantastic start to the month of April, visiting the Smart Lighting Fair in Hong Kong for the first time and being blown away by the technology and innovations I discovered. It seems like they are ahead of time and paving the way for more foresight. Also, I was unaware of how humble and helpful people over there are. Language was a challenge, but they were always willing to help and were only a Google Translation away.

Moving on, the April cover story highlights the BAPS Hindu Mandir Abu Dhabi, which embodies balance, harmony, and culture; it is ageless, immortal, and a masterpiece. No surprise, it's attracting global attention for all the right reasons. RSP was chosen as the lead architects and interior designers for the complex surrounding the temple, and RSP Creative Director Michael Magill was tasked with working his magic on this mammoth undertaking. We have some exclusive photographs and a candid interview with Michael as he discusses his path to success.

Furthermore, we are gearing up for the Architecture Leaders Awards 2024, which will take place in Dubai in May. It goes without saying that we need your love and support to create history again, and togeth-

er, we can smash all records. Nominations are now open, so bring them on. What I'm crushing on these days is the ultimate outdoor collection, which is featured in the Pick of the Month segment. Roma Arora Editor @romaarora_

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RAK Ceramics publishes its Environmental, Social and Governance report for 2023

RAK Ceramics published its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report for the year 2023, documenting the company’s achievements in the realm of sustainability and social responsibility. This comprehensive report presents the outcomes of the set objectives for last year and outlines the aspirations and goals for 2024.

RAK Ceramics’ core divisions, which include Tiles, Sanitaryware, Tableware and Faucets, focused on bolstering sustainability efforts through targeted goals and innovative initiatives in 2023. They executed 32 projects aimed at optimising resource usage and reducing environmental impact. The recently opened Smart Factory helped boost productivity, reduced power and gas consumption.

By investing in one of the largest tunnel kilns in the industry, SMART-controlled compressors, VDF installations and other major initiatives, the sanitaryware division effectively reduced its energy consumption in air compressors by nearly half. The faucet division enhanced chrome production productivity, achieving a significant 48.78% reduction in energy intensity. Meanwhile, the tableware division effectively decreased energy intensity of sales and production processes. Additionally, the installation of Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) on 34 machines and equipment helped reduce the overall electricity consumption.

In 2023, RAK Ceramics ensured improved circularity through a multifaceted approach, in which 100% of non-hazardous waste was either reintroduced in production or recycled by third parties. The factories reused 16.7% of fired sanitaryware rejects, 92.5% of reclaimed glaze

and 100% of greenware sanitary ware rejects.

Furthermore, the effective partnership with DHL Global Forwarding and Rail Direct (ETIHAD RAIL) underlined RAK Ceramics’ strong commitment to sustainable logistics solutions.

In the final quarter of 2023, RAK Ceramics showcased its commitment to sustainability at COP28 UAE as a prominent partner in the Sustainability Showcase: Ras Al Khaimah’s Journey and played a pivotal role in discussions on achieving net-zero emissions. Collaborating with SAP, the company highlighted the importance of technology in driving positive change. RAK Ceramics' efforts were also recognised with the EcoLabel Certification Award by the Ras Al Khaimah Environmental Protection and Development Authority, underscoring its leadership in environmental sustainability. The company also made noteworthy progress by successfully onboarding 319 professionals and optimising the workforce to enhance production capacities, which resulted in 762 employees transitioning to new opportunities.

Demonstrating a strong commitment to corporate responsibility, the company invested in various CSR initiatives last year. Notably, in response to the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria, RAK Ceramics partnered with the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation to supply over 1,000 pallets of tiles and sanitaryware products for construction assistance, aiming to facilitate the rebuilding process. Additionally, AED 100,000 was raised and donated to the Emirates Red Crescent UAE and UNICEF to support their ongoing relief efforts in the affected areas.

In regard to social responsibility, RAK Ceramics increased its Emiratisation rate and the representation of women among administrative employees.

NEOM announces Treyam, its premier lagoon destination

NEOM's Board of Directors has unveiled Treyam, a premier resort positioned where the spectacular desert landscape meets the sea. Boasting an audacious design with minimal land intervention, Treyam offers guests an elevated haven in which to unwind, re-energize, and enjoy majestic natural surroundings. The resort is the latest addition to NEOM, the evolving regional development taking shape in northwest Saudi Arabia.

Strategically located across the opening of one of the most beautiful, azure lagoons at the southern end of the Gulf of Aqaba. Treyam, designed by JT+Partners and MFGA stands as a luxury gateway inviting guests to experiment with active lifestyles. Its striking bridge-like architecture connects the northern and southern shores, hosting a 250-room luxury resort. The innovative façade of the bridge creates a sunset-like illusion from a distance. Its upper and lower floors offer panoramic views of the tidal lagoon below and vast skies above, merging into the landscape whilst maintaining the

natural integrity of the shoreline.

The visual splendor of Treyam extends further, with a 450m-long rooftop infinity pool. From this elevated vantage point 36 meters above the sea, guests are treated to an aweinspiring experience, seemingly floating, with a breathtaking panoramic view of the lagoon, the vibrant corals and the tranquil, uninterrupted waters extending to the horizon.

fitness amenities, alongside luxury spa treatments accompanied by a selection of epicurean cuisines and fine dining options.

Its meticulous design comprehensively establishes a new benchmark for luxurious and sustainable resort escapism.

Aligned with NEOM's unwavering commitment to conservation and innovation, Treyam

gracefully integrates into its coastal ecosystem. Its unveiling follows the recent announcements of sustainable tourism initiatives across the Gulf of Aqaba, namely Leyja, Epicon, Siranna, Utamo, Norlana, Aquellum, Zardun, Xaynor, Elanan, and Gidori, which symbolise this commitment and collectively champion preservation and innovation in this vibrant region.

Treyam is designed for adventure and endeavor. The resort boasts a variety of exhilarating pursuits, such as sailing, diving and other water sports, along a range of exciting land-based activities. Guests will also enjoy extensive technologyenhanced health and wellness offerings and 9
Treyam's fusion of futuristic architecture with the region's natural beauty delivers an unparalleled visitor experience, just a short distance from THE LINE.

Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi at 65% Completion

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading creator of immersive destinations and experiences, have announced 65% completion of the overall development of the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi. Located within Saadiyat Cultural District, the museum is set to be the largest of its kind in the region, once construction is completed by the end of 2025.

Upon completion, the museum will take visitors on a 13.8-billion-year journey through time and space – from the earliest origins of our universe, exploring the abundance of life on Earth today, and looking into the future. Structural works of the 35,000 sqm museum is largely complete with a current focus on the installation of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP), building fit-out, and exhibition works.The museum was topped out by H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi and Miral, H.E. Saood Abdulaziz Al Hosani, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi and Mohamed Abdallah Al Zaabi, Group CEO of Miral, which was followed by a visit to the development to check construction progress.

H.E. Saood Abdulaziz Al Hosani, Undersecretary of the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, said: “The Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi will play a key role in advancing science and inspiring environmental

stewardship in our children while furthering Abu Dhabi as a global centre for research and collaboration. By cultivating a generation passionate about the natural sciences, we seek to enrich lives through education and scientific discovery, in turn encouraging people to actively care for the planet’s future. Set to inspire visitors of all ages by unlocking billions of years of knowledge about our planet, this progress update is an indication of concrete steps towards curating a thought-provoking perspective of the future and igniting a passion for the natural world.”

Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi, Group CEO of Miral, said: “The progress we are witnessing in the development of the Natural History Museum

Abu Dhabi marks an important milestone in

our journey to contribute to the evolution of the Emirate’s cultural landscape. Working in close partnership with DCT Abu Dhabi, we have a shared vision for the development of this iconic landmark. Once complete, the Museum will play an integral role in enhancing access and engagement with the natural sciences while supporting the Emirate’s tourism ecosystem and economic diversification.”

The Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi will present the history of our universe and the story of life on Earth, as well as provide a glimpse into a more sustainable future. In addition to global natural history, this narrative will be framed through an Arabian lens for the first time, with the fauna, flora, and geological history of the region, a prominent part of the visitors’ journey.

Exceptional specimens and significant artefacts

unlock some of the most important stories of our natural world. These specimens and stories will be enhanced by immersive displays, built on a foundation of research and scientific analysis.

The museum is carefully curated by a dedicated team of specialists, worldleading scholars and natural science experts.

The Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi will also serve as a research and educational institution, supporting scientific knowledge and creating a think tank for future innovation and emerging technologies. A dedicated research facility will undertake innovative scientific studies in zoology, palaeontology, marine biology, molecular research and earth sciences.

The museum will join the diverse cultural institutions and museums that comprise Saadiyat Cultural District, which features Louvre Abu Dhabi; Manarat Al Saadiyat cultural centre; and Berklee Abu Dhabi.


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Chattels & More shines spotlight on texture for spring-summer collection

Chattels & More invites customers to explore a new approach of home decor, with a focus on textural details that add a closer sense of freshness to a room, without overpowering it.

Chattels & More, a brand at the forefront of home and living decor in the UAE, has unveiled its latest collections of living and dining products for the upcoming season.

Chattels & More highlights a key

focus on blending and adding interest to living spaces using multiple textures, in line with global design forecasts for the year. The new collection offers a unique blend of sophistication and functionality, catering to all the diverse tastes of customers across the country.

Among the highlights of the collection are the Corner Sofa Gianni in Cord and the Bellissima Corner Sofa, both offering

versatility and elegance in design. The Gianni series offers versatile sizing and color options, with a discreet grey tone and plain black steel feet for seamless integration into any interior style. While the Bellissima Corner Sofa boasts a beige 3-seater design with a solid beech wood frame and soft velvetfeel upholstery, combining classic charm with modern aesthetics.

For dining spaces, key highlights are the Grace Dining Marble and Okinawa Dining sets, both offering a perfect balance of elegance and durability. The Grace Dining Marble collection features chic design with a solid mango wood frame and marble top, while the Okinawa Dining set boasts a modern look with a natural granite top and a powder-coated steel frame, offering a sturdy, contemporary feel.

Adding to the allure of the collection is the Grande Possibilita Table, a sculptural oval-shaped dining table with a dark ceramic top and a solid tulip-shaped central base. It perfectly accommodates six people in both living and dining spaces, perfect for close gatherings with family and friends this season. In addition to furniture pieces, Chattels & More also unveiled an exquisite Dinnerware Collection, including the Laguna, Savannah, and Mustique series, each offering unique designs and aquatic color schemes to elevate the dining experience.

The brand promises more exciting additions to the living and dining categories throughout the season.


in design Acoustics

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DIMA ALKAWADRI, Assistant Professor at Heriot-Watt University Dubai, outlines how to incorporate acoustic solutions into a design for enhanced environments.

Acoustic design can enhance productivity, relaxation, and social interactions. Considering acoustics displays a dedication to diversity, making venues accessible and comfortable for those with auditory sensitivities or hearing impairments.

Designers are increasingly recognising audio as an essential element to enhance the multi-sensory experience in spaces. Multi-sensory spaces engage and stimulate users more effectively, promoting creativity and creating a sense of satisfaction. The purpose of adding a sound effect varies across different projects. It ranges from intentionally utilising sound to pave the path and guide the flow of visitors, using furniture or surfaces as sound reflectors, creating immersive music experiences, or establishing quiet environments for focussed work.

In interior design, introducing different design elements to manipulate sound plays a key role in leaving a lasting impression. For instance, adding water features or natural sounds in the right environment creates a sense of calmness and promotes creativity. Conversely, Sound can lead to a spike in stress levels in a tense environment. Designing buildings usually has to adhere to acoustic codes and ensure compliance with specific acoustic properties to enhance the sound quality for various functions. As a result, multiple design strategies are usually employed to improve noise reduction. For instance, the use of acoustic decorative panels, whether suspended from the ceiling or mounted on walls, can absorb or diffuse sound. Additionally, fabric acoustic panels, covered in fabric, help absorb sound in indoor environments, especially in areas where clear speech is crucial. They come in various colours and fabric textures to suit different preferences. These panels are now designed in various shapes, both geometric and organic, and have a wide range of colours and patterns to choose from. Moreover, there are printed acoustic panels with customisable designs for greater personalization.

An additional function to these panels can also be added such as arranging these panels to provide privacy. Another technique is to vary the heights of ceilings in open areas, which not only reduces noise but also creates a

more comfortable atmosphere. Sometimes soundproof materials can be simply backed to other materials like flooring and wall coverings, to absorb, reduce, or block sound.

The growing understanding of acoustics and the accessibility of finely crafted acoustic furniture have started a significant trend in the market. This trend reflects a rise in awareness of the impact of sound environments on our daily lives, from office spaces to home interiors to interactive spaces and exhibitions. While acoustic features were once seen as a luxury in office settings, they are now viewed as essential for creating a productive workspace.

Acoustic lights also offer a practical solution for addressing sound challenges. Offering both pleasant illumination and incorporating acoustic materials to effectively capture and reduce sound waves in a room. They are both cost-effective and imaginative, allowing for easy adaptation of any space to meet acoustic requirements. Also, they are perfect for maximising the use of limited or irregularly shaped areas. Many acoustic lights are crafted with aesthetics and functionality in mind and are available in a variety of shapes, designs, and styles. These products, such as LEDs, OLEDs, smart lighting, etc enable greater control over lighting, enhance energy efficiency, and feature patterned surfaces that aim to elevate the visual and auditory ambience of any location. Some of the brands such as FLOS and Philips Lighting also provide customised lighting solutions for their customers.

When designing any space, designers must carefully consider acoustics as it significantly impacts functionality and ambience, shaping how individuals experience and interact within a space. Poor acoustics can lead to harsh noises, hindering communication, concentration, and overall comfort. Thoughtful acoustical design can create a conducive environment for various activities, whether it be focused work, relaxation, or social interaction. Moreover, considering acoustics demonstrates a commitment to inclusivity, ensuring that spaces are accessible and comfortable for individuals with auditory sensitivities or hearing impairments. For instance, within public buildings, bustling work environments, and transportation hubs, the principles of inclusive design may include provisions for accessing designated quiet areas.

Integrating thoughtful acoustics into design not only enhances the functionality and comfort of spaces but also contributes to the overall quality of life for occupants, making it a crucial aspect of the design process.



Mark Phoenix, CEO of SANKARI PROPERTIES, discusses with Vibha Mehta the company’s readiness to make a significant impact in the industry following its recent launch

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with over fifteen years of experience, Mark Phoenix has been deeply involved in the dynamic real estate industry of the UAE. He has worked alongside architectural luminaries like Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster and esteemed hospitality brands such as Dorchester Collection and Melia. Among his notable projects are Dubai’s iconic developments, such as The Opus, One Palm, The Lana, Arabian Ranches 3, and Orla Infinity.

The Sankari Family has entrusted him with their vision, providing the opportunity to launch Sankari, a newly established real estate developer in the UAE committed to redefining luxury properties and elevated living. “I am incredibly thankful for this opportunity and immensely proud of our achievements in just over a year,”

In Conversation

says Mark Phoenix, CEO of Sankari Properties. Establishing a new developer in the competitive UAE market posed significant challenges, but Mark tackled them with passion and determination. They are currently focused on their inaugural flagship project in Marasi Marina, Business Bay, slated for completion in 2027.

Current State Of UAE Real Estate Industry

The UAE’s real estate industry is undeniably vibrant, showcasing remarkable growth and innovation. “We commend our industry peers for their contributions. These companies have a strong track record of delivering high-end developments that redefine luxury living in the region,” adds Mark.

A notable trend in the real estate sector is the emergence of branded residences, where developers aim to elevate luxury living beyond just housing, providing exclusive experiences. Through partnerships with renowned hospitality brands, they create unique offerings for customers. At Sankari, they acknowledge this demand, especially from the ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWI) segment, basing their lifestyle offerings on hospitality services. Every aspect of design and development revolves around three key elements: services, amenities, and living experience.

According to Mark, Dubai has witnessed a notable increase in projects created through partnerships with esteemed hospitality brands. He believes these collaborations offer exceptional value to end-users. This trend reflects a shift towards providing discerning buyers with more than just a property—rather, an enhanced lifestyle that goes beyond traditional expectations.
Luxurious apartments and penthouses at One Sankari by Sankari Properties in Marasi Business Bay.


At Sankari, they differentiate themselves in multiple ways. Mark explains, “We have gathered top talent in the field, forming a powerhouse team committed to excellence in every project aspect. Our bold approach and unwavering commitment to quality distinguish us, ensuring the highest standards in every endeavour.”

Significantly, their projects are fully financed, providing a solid foundation for success and inspiring confidence in partners and investors. What truly sets them apart is their inaugural project. Mark states, “We are fully committed to making a lasting impact on the industry.”

With a steadfast dedication to pushing boundaries, they are not just constructing properties; they are forging legacies. This initial venture marks the beginning of their journey as they aim to shape the next 40 years of real estate innovation and excellence.


In the current real estate environment, challenges are unavoidable, yet they also serve as opportunities for advancement. The constantly evolving regulatory landscape is a significant obstacle, necessitating flexibility and adherence. Economic fluctuations also present hurdles, demanding adaptable strategies to mitigate risks proficiently.

At Sankari, they confront these challenges directly. Mark continues, “We utilize our vast expertise and forward-look-

ing strategies to manoeuvre through regulatory intricacies and economic fluctuations.” They remain at the forefront by promoting innovation and embracing technological progress. Transparent communication and outstanding customer service are crucial for establishing trust and nurturing lasting client relationships. Through resilience, ingenuity, and a steadfast dedication to quality, Sankari not only surmounts obstacles but flourishes, shaping the trajectory of real estate in the UAE.


“We are dedicated to establishing new architectural brilliance and luxury living standards. Our commitment to crafting exceptional designs with unmatched functionality propels our innovative endeavours. We prioritize integrating advanced architectural concepts with practical solutions to elevate the living experience in our developments,” elaborates Mark.

Furthermore, their focus extends beyond structures to encompass community-building and lifestyle enhancement initiatives. They harness technology for its ability to streamline operations and enhance convenience. They are actively incorporating elements of WELL certification into their design and development processes. Mark emphasizes, “Our market research indicates that upon project completion, we will be among the first residential buildings in the UAE to receive WELL accreditation,” underscoring the significance
The architecture of the project is being done by the European architecture firm, Foster + Partners, and the interior design concept is being created by Portia Fox London.
"We are dedicated to establishing new architectural brilliance and luxury living standards. Our commitment to crafting exceptional designs with unmatched functionality propels our innovative endeavours. We prioritize integrating advanced architectural concepts with practical solutions to elevate the living experience in our developments."

of this prestigious certification, which prioritizes human health and wellness in building standards. However, their true ingenuity lies in their capacity to reimagine spaces and experiences, fostering environments that inspire and enrich residents’ and stakeholders’ lives.

Steeping Stone

The inaugural project at Marasi Business Bay holds special significance for the Sankari Properties team, marking the commencement of their journey in real estate. These twin residential towers exemplify their commitment to delivering luxurious living spaces tailored to the needs of discerning clients. The towers prioritise ample space, privacy, and cutting-edge design, featuring three-, four-, and five-bedroom apartments ranging from spacious 7,000 sq. ft. units to entire floors.

Located in Dubai’s prestigious neighbourhood, the property expands to include ten exclusive floating villas, which allow residents to enjoy panoramic views of the Dubai Canal. This redefines Dubai’s living experience by seamlessly blending nature with architectural elegance. Additionally, each residence features spacious terraces for outdoor enjoyment and private pools to promote a wellness-oriented lifestyle.

This project, managed by a renowned international luxury hotel operator, underscores their global commitment to enhancing residential living standards.

Heading Into The Future

“As we gaze into the future, Sankari’s evolution and innovation remain central to our vision,” shares Mark. “In collaboration with our design partners, Foster + Partners, we are dedicated to continuously pushing the boundaries of luxury real estate.”

Keeping abreast of the latest trends, such as digital wellness solutions and biophilic design principles, Sankari aims to enhance mental well-being, reduce stress, and improve air quality within their residential buildings and wellness communities. The flagship project showcases terraces seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor spaces, ensuring year-round comfort for residents immersed in a balanced ecosystem focused on lifestyle enhancement.

Residents will enjoy access to exceptional amenities meticulously crafted to promote a wellness-oriented lifestyle, including private pools, a spacious cinema room, a chef’s kitchen with private dining, a golf simulation room, tennis and paddle courts, and health and spa facilities.

“Our unwavering commitment to excellence, quality, and luxury drives us to set new industry standards and establish Sankari as a brand synonymous with opulence and unparalleled living experiences,” concludes Mark. “With each project, we aim to offer a diverse range of elevated living experiences, catering to individuals seeking their ultimate dwelling or forever home.”

Residents of the towers will have incredible views of the bay and waterfront from their spacious terraces.

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IMAGES COURTESY © MUSTHAFA PHOTOGRAPHY Hindu Mandir Abu Dhabi is the epitome of balance, harmony, and culture; it is timeless, immortal, and a masterpiece. BY ROMA ARORA

There's a new wonder in the UAE, and it's gaining global attention for all the right reasons.

BAPS Hindu Mandir Abu Dhabi is conveniently placed on two major highways, making it easily accessible to visitors from across the Emirates. Isolated from the chaos of metropolitan life the site brings out the potential of the plot to become a tranquil and spiritual retreat from the daily routine.

RSP was chosen as the principal architects and interior designers for the complex surrounding the temple, and RSP Creative Director Michael Magill was given the task of working his magic on this massive project. Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) designed the inner temple and partnered with RSP to design the exterior complex surrounding the temple, resulting in a masterwork that has left the globe in awe.

RSP's Creative Director, Michael Magill, expresses his pride, “The BAPS Hindu Mandir Abu Dhabi stands as a significant landmark, marking a historical moment in the Middle East and specifically in the UAE. We were fortunate to have been selected as the lead architects and interior designers for the complex around the temple. A symbol of unity and tolerance, echoing the UAE's visionary 2019, theme of tolerance. By commemorating the vision of tolerance, it embodies the spirit of harmony between Islam and Hinduism, showcasing the esteemed values of inclusivity and appreciation.”

It was a challenging project, and Michael wanted to comprehend the feelings and intricacies, so RSP travelled to many global sites and immersed themselves in Hindu culture, customs, and spiritual experiences. The RSP team went on a spiritual journey, visiting Delhi's Akshardham Mandir, the BAPS Monastery in Gujarat, the Sun Temple in Gujarat, and the Shri Swaminarayan temple in London, to learn more about the project they were about to embark on in Abu Dhabi.

Michael describes his journey with this project: "Our journey with the BAPS Hindu Mandir Abu Dhabi began in 2018, when RSP won the design competition against international consultants. Our proposal focussed on a distinct design approach- we envisioned a temple nestled amidst an oasis, surrounded by a majestic mountainous complex. This journey took us on a profound exploration across India, where we immersed ourselves in the rich heritage of iconic temples and monasteries. Drawing from this wealth of inspiration, we designed the Mandir complex as a cohesive narrative, inviting both devotees and tourists on a transformative journey into the sacred Hindu beliefs. Our concept aimed for seamless integration of this narrative throughout 21
The BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi lies upon the desert’s barren plain like an oasis, providing solace and refreshment to the tiring soul. RIGHT
Michael Magill, Creative Director, RSP

interior details, ensuring an immersive experience for all who visit."

RSP knew that they have to create something spectacular which is frozen in time and will transcend ideologies and space, becoming an immortal, unmoving stone amidst the shifting desert sand, providing the foundation to all those lost in the vast chaos of an ever-changing world.

RSP drew inspiration from their field trip to design the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi, taking into account cultural influences and innovative ideas. The physical nature of the complex would be influenced by the Cover

monolithic nature of a traditional Hindu Temple. RSP was inspired to fuse this idea with the local desert nature of the UAE by harmonising the architectural language between the local site and Hindu culture. Michael and the RSP team were inspired by the sacred rivers of India (Ganga, Saraswati, and Yamuna) and their significance in Hinduism, as well as the ghats that enhance the temple complex's physical body. RSP incorporated Vastu principles to establish balance and harmony in the architectural design, influencing both the spiritual and mental aspects. RSP utilised the five senses and the significance of the number 7 in Hinduism to enhance the complex's sensuous and spiritual experience, aiming for full enlightenment.

Empowering the aura of the temple, the water, stones, bells and nature create a harmonic elemental balance. the entire complex, from the overall master plan, the facade up to the minutest

RSP's spiritual oasis concept aimed to revitalise the land by drawing energy from nearby Mandirs, creating a life-enriching hotspot that will serve as the root of the Hindu Mandir. The temple complex reflects the sensation of a lost nomad encountering an oasis in the desert, resonating with its aura. Even the concept of ghats is critical in framing the rivers and exalting the sacred aspect of the temple, which RSP brilliantly incorporated into their design. Like most traditional Hindu temples, a shaded walkway framing the sacred grounds of the temple gave rise to the concept of the parikrama. The long walkways with vertical louvres are abstractions that evoke the historical columns of the old walkways.

A diversified, minimalistic palette of whites, brass, timber, and concrete is employed as the foundational base of the interior pieces, creating a fantastic material play that engages the senses of touch and sight. These soft, earthy pastel colours evoke the feeling of elegance and refined simplicity that reflects the opulent yet modest essence of Hinduism. They also refer to the striking imagery of a Hindu temple's monolithic stone and intricately engraved golden bronze details.

The Mandir's Amphitheatre is a highlight. As the day turns to night, the sunset's rays reflect on the temple stone and surrounding waters, creating a tantalising crimson aura that captivates and stimulates visitors. The Mandir also has The VIP majlis offers breathtaking views of the Hindu temple, immersing visitors in its spiritual majesty. The majlis is designed in delicate tones of sand and pastel blues, creating a contrast with the surrounding views and drawing visitors' attention to the temple's attractive appearance.

Michael further explains: "In addition to serving as a place of

worship and meditation, we designed the BAPS Hindu Mandir Abu Dhabi to include a range of facilities catering to the needs of both devotees and visitors. Beyond its sacred and worship areas, the complex includes an education center, providing opportunities for learning and enlightenment. It also includes accommodation for the sadhus, ensuring a nurturing environment for spiritual practitioners. For tourists and non-Hindu visitors, the Mandir complex offers a wealth of experiences, including exhibition and gallery spaces showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Hinduism, an outdoor amphitheater for hosting events with a capacity of up to 1,500 people, a state-of-the-art sports center, and convention halls capable of accommodating gatherings of up to 2,500 people. Additionally, an exclusive majlis is reserved for VIP guests, offering a bespoke experience that reflects the Mandir's commitment to hospitality and inclusivity."

This Mandir provides a wholesome experience to visitors, and there is an education centre. The education cluster's classrooms provide a creative learning environment for both students and tourists.

Visitors may refuel themselves after their activities in the food court, which offers a range of food options. The food court's design resembles a desert garden, connecting the inside and external scenery. The desert garden style incorporates sand tones, soft light wood finishes, and inside vegetation to create a living environment. The combination of simple materials and landscaping produces a contemporary mood while relaxing the acoustics. Accent colours add a fresh and unique sense.

So, if you wish to feel spiritually connected to India's holy rivers and ghats, the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi will bring peace and blessing to your heart and soul.
The experience of the visitor approaching the temple was further enhanced using the concept of the 5 senses, to amplify the architectural soul of the entire BAPS Hindu Mandir complex.

DOMOTEX Are you ready for Middle East?

SONIA WEDELL-CASTELLANO, Global Manager of DOMOTEX, talks about Dubai as the host city for DOMOTEX Middle East 2024 (April 23-25), key highlights of the event, challenges, and future outlook for the carpet and flooring industry in the region

From 23 to 25 April, DOMOTEX Middle East will celebrate its return to one of the world's most important market for carpet and flooring at the well-established Dubai World Trade Centre.

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From centuries-old collectibles to hand- and machine-made woven carpets and the aesthetics of modern designs –DOMOTEX Middle East will present unique flooring solutions and innovations.


All events of the DOMOTEX brand are extremely international with exhibitors and visitors from all over the world, who want to exchange ideas with like-minded people. As the epicenter for business and tourism, Dubai is known for its inclusivity and diversity and as such, presents an ideal setting for DOMOTEX Middle East. With an exceptional business and trade infrastructure, a global aviation hub connecting the world as well as efficient public and private transportation, Dubai guarantees effortless and convenient access to the show for both, exhibitors and visitors alike. Our venue, the Dubai World Trade Centre is one of the largest venue operators and home to the region's leading convention and exhibition centre, offering a dynamic calendar of international trade shows with an unrivalled line-up of leading exhibitions and conferences across all industries. With decades of experience in organizing events in the Middle East, DWTC will help us ensure an enjoyable and seamless experience for all attendees of the show.


DOMOTEX Middle East is the first event to bring together the leading global brands Merinos, Oriental Weavers, Solomon Carpet and Al Abdullatif at a single show in Dubai. The commitment of these leading brands is not only an important gesture for us as organizers, but for the entire industry. Visitors can look forward to even more excellent exhibitors such as Solomon Carpets, , Farrahi Carpets, Royal Gold, Almas Kavir Carpet, Indian art Gallery, Standard Carpets, Card Monroe, Extraweave, Dodhia Synthetics 25 DESIGN MIDDLE EAST | APRIL 2024
DOMOTEX Middle East is the first event to bring together the leading global brands Merinos, Oriental Weavers, Solomon Carpets and Al Abdullatif at a single show in Dubai.

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"I am very pleased with our determination and courage to provide the industry a highly attractive platform in Dubai. DOMOTEX Middle East offers the perfect opportunity to gain a comprehensive overview of the market, discover and compare trends and innovations and to engage with other participants, exhibitors and visitors alike. We are looking forward to welcome everyone in Dubai in just a few weeks’ time."

Limited, Heritage Carpet, Abu Dhabi National Carpets, Madhu India, Nirmal International, Nayyer Industries and many more. All of them will be showcasing their top products and latest innovations. With an unparalleled variety of flooring products, styles and materials – from handmade and machine-made carpets and rugs to antique carpets and floor coverings – our DOMOTEX exhibitors reflect the vibrant spirit of the industry. Let me give you a few examples:

•Merinos, the Turkish global market leader in

the field of machine-made woven carpets, will present exclusive carpet and rug collections especially developed for the Middle East market.

•Another market leader, Oriental Weavers, will introduce among other things a new dyeing concept and address the issue of sustainability with products made from natural materials.

•Azim Silk Carpet Trading will present a very special Persian carpet in terms of size and craftsmanship: A 600m² carpet from the Tabriz Premium Silk Warp collection. This is the largest


carpet ever exhibited at DOMOTEX!

•Originally handmade by Baluch nomads on the border of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Iranian company Zartosht is bringing the beauty of traditional patterns to the broader public for the first time with their machine-made Baluchi collection.

•The Swiss manufacturer Oerlikon will present a new bi-component BCF yarn for carpet production as well as sustainable textile machinery at the ATAG Export & Import stand.

I am very pleased with our determination and courage to provide the industry a highly attractive platform in Dubai. DOMOTEX Middle East offers the perfect opportunity to gain a comprehensive overview of the market, discover and compare trends and innovations and to engage with other participants, exhibitors and visitors alike. We are looking forward to welcome everyone in Dubai in just a few weeks’ time.


More and more people around the world are concerned about sustainability and protecting the environment – a development that is influencing current interior trends and therefore shaping the flooring industry too. Natural materials are experiencing a boost in both carpets and floor coverings. However, recycled and recyclable alternatives are also becoming increasingly popular. In the flooring segment, wood and stone finishes, cork flooring and parquet are very popular at the moment.

When it comes to carpets, there is a growing global trend towards

larger sizes. Carpets are intended to have a significant impact on the interior design and atmosphere of a room - whether as a decorative centrepiece, a sensory highlight to maximise cosiness or to separate different living areas. In general, carpet trends are strongly influenced by current interior design trends. Trend experts such as Holly Becker (decor8), Stefan Nilsson (Trendstefan) and Gabriela Kaiser (TRENDagentur Gabriela Kaiser) see an increase in colourful interiors as a counterpoint to the minimalist interior trends in natural colour palettes that have dominated the furnishing industry in recent years. Other factors contributing to this developing trend are the 'mood-lifting' properties and the 'desire for change' in difficult economic times. An emerging trend we are seeing, particularly in the Middle East, is the reinterpretation of traditional designs and techniques with a nod to their roots.


Plan your trip well in advance – our travel recommendations on our website can help. To get the most out of the event, I also recommend that you look at the exhibiting companies on our website in advance. Not only will this give you a good idea of what to expect, but it will also allow you to contact key exhibitors in advance and arrange meetings. Allow yourself enough time at the show to be inspired by products and conversations, rather than rushing from meeting to meeting. This is a unique opportunity to network with other professionals - make the most of it!



We are sensing a lot of uncertainty, which is currently affecting most markets, not just the carpet and flooring industry. Following the pandemic and due to the current global crises such as climate change and the war in the Ukraine, many consumers are more conscious and cost-sensitive, not spending as much as they used to. Therefore, a lot of smaller and medium-sized companies are struggling right now to stay in business.

These challgenes offer a great opportunity for businesses to evaluate and adapt their own portfolio. Companies must now focus on their best sellers, discontinue collections and products that are not performing well and complement their portfolio with products that promise long-term success. In a world where resources are becoming scarcer and the consequences of the climate crisis are a matter of concern, those who offer sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions will stand to gain. Another opportunity are trade fairs such as DOMOTEX Middle East. Especially in challenging times, they offer reliable business platforms. At the show, all senses are addressed, challenged and stimulated. Carpets and floor coverings live from their haptics and their quality! Visitors can see and touch the products presented, convince themselves of the quality on site and obtain information directly from the manufacturers. The carpet and flooring sector absolutely needs this in order to be successful. To ensure the success of our exhibitors, we plan to become the leading event for carpets and floor coverings in the Middle East. Our next editions will be even bigger than this year's. We already have a ton of ideas for special displays and collaborations in mind. For now, though, we're going to focus on the first show.

Never take the second step before you've taken the first.


Despite global economic challenges, the construction sector in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has not only proved remarkably resilient, but is continuously growing. These regions were forecasted to be among the best performing regions for construction activity in 2023 and beyond, according to GlobalData's Global Construction Outlook to 2027 report, which was published in early 2023. With more and more specific construction projects in Dubai, such as Dubai Creek Harbour and other Emaar projects, in Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat or Yas Island or in the KSA, such as NEOM, THE LINE and GIDORI in the pipeline, the Middle East will continue to be an absolute boom region for all companies involved in building and furnishing for decades to come. This positive outlook has a knock-on effect on related sectors such as real estate, interior design, furnishings and flooring. Therefore, the demand for carpets and floor coverings is constantly growing. The Middle East floor coverings and carpets market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.2 percent from US$8.6 billion in 2022 to around US$14.55 billion by 2030.



What are your core values and guiding principles when shaping your projects?

Our projects manifest the OMNIYAT vision, which is dedicated to consistently crafting unique properties and elevating the exceptional to create ultimate uber-luxury living experiences. Our guiding principles centre around design, innovation, and creativity, as we aim to develop projects beyond quality and rarity for those who will inhabit them. This commitment is exemplified in projects like The Lana, One at Palm Jumeirah, Ava at Palm Jumeirah, The Opus, ORLA Collection, VELA & VELA VIENTO, and will persist in our future projects.

This vision has driven us to work with the best architects and partners in the world, from Zaha Hadid to Foster + Partners and Dorchester Collection, to name a few. My objective has been to inspire them to join us in the quest for building and creating the exceptional. Ultimately, our core values and guiding principles aspire to establish a standard of excellence in every project we undertake. We create spaces that meet today's needs and shape the future as we continuously elevate and go beyond to inspire the city.

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VIENTO’S 92 RESIDENCES exemplify the delights of indoor-outdoor living with landscaped terraces, as well as private terrace pools and double-height spaces in select residences.

What are some of your most iconic projects and their unique features?

All OMNIYAT projects are considered iconic, defining our distinct position in the industry. What sets us apart is the emphasis on the individual identity for each property, all contributing to a larger vision that pushes boundaries and achieves new milestones.

Currently, The Lana project is an impressive achievement set to inspire the entire region, hosting the 10th Dorchester Collection hotel worldwide and the first in Asia and the Middle East. With 39 exclusive residential units, The Lana promises a unique living experience. The design, achieved after working with multiple design firms over two years, reflects the modern design language of Foster + Partners and the values of Dorchester Collections' aspirations and philosophy. The success of this project prepares us to continue pushing the boundaries of architecture, design, and service quality, aiming to create a living experience that only the discerning few values. >>>



How has OMNIYAT navigated the recent economic and market fluctuations in 2023?

Despite the recent fluctuations experienced by the market, OMNIYAT was able to consistently grow its portfolio and deliver on its vision, presenting new destinations and achieving record numbers that contributed to maintaining the city’s leading position relative to other markets.

Can you talk more about the VELA VIENTO launch and how it is different from the rest of the projects?

The VELA VIENTO launch marks a significant milestone in the continuous development of Marasi Bay but also sets itself apart from other projects, including its sister property, VELA. This project presents our overarching vision shared with VELA and The Lana, which, through the Marasi Bay waterfront promenade, creates a connection with nature through landscaped gardens and communal areas, introducing a new dimension to urban living.

VELA VIENTO will be crowned by two four-bedroom penthouses and three signature duplex apartments with a distinctive concept that captures the idea of ‘living in the sky’. The architectural characteristics of the spaces and bridges between the property’s two towers meet to create an 'in the sky' residential experience. This places our vision of innovation at the heart of design, complementing the living spaces that distinguish VELA VIENTO from other projects and offering residents a unique and elevated lifestyle. Interview

How are you embracing emerging trends like PropTech and smart buildings?

We actively embrace emerging PropTech trends and smart building technologies to enhance our customers' experiences and streamline operations. We closely track the latest smart building innovations and evaluate how they can be integrated into our developments to create more innovative, efficient, and enjoyable spaces. For example, our projects have implemented advanced Building Management and Lighting Control Systems that enable remote monitoring, improved HVAC, lighting efficiency controls and energy savings.


PropTech and smart buildings will remain key priorities as we develop new landmark masterpieces. By embracing these trends early on, we aim to provide our clients with intelligent, connected, technologically advanced living and working environments.

Can you elaborate on your commitment to sustainability and responsible development?

We are deeply committed to incorporating sustainability and responsible development practices. We strive to set new

benchmarks in environmental performance and human well-being through high ratings in leading certification frameworks.

Our initiatives to ensure a sustainable future include conducting detailed operational carbon modelling for all of our future projects, innovating our design, and building assessment processes and all-electric building where feasible to achieve operational net-zero carbon for all of our new-build assets by 2030, and ultimately, net-zero for the whole life cycle by 2050.

Ultimately, our goal is to provide unparalleled, limitless uber-luxury experiences that integrate sus-

tainable practices and solutions that, in turn, elevate the living experience. We aim to develop a global showcase for how the world’s most ambitious sustainability goals and human-centric wellness targets can converge in a single architectural landmark. It represents our steadfast commitment to pushing boundaries in responsible development.

What is your vision for the future of the real estate landscape in Dubai and beyond?

In Dubai and beyond, I see a future where real estate goes beyond conventional boundaries, as there will always be a demand for the highest levels of luxury and what can be done to achieve that. Therefore, we aim to be at the forefront of what defines uber-luxury living, and we will continue to reach unprecedented levels, influencing our clientele's desires and aspirational expectations. OMNIYAT will strive to contribute to setting these heightened expectations, embarking on each project to ensure that each one achieves its own distinct and unique identity.

What advice would you give to aspiring developers or entrepreneurs in the region?

One key to success is maintaining a future-focussed mindset. Looking five or ten years into the future and observing current trends to identify potential opportunities that may serve you later allows you to remain one step ahead. It is also essential to remember that people are at the heart of what we do as curators of living spaces. This necessitates that, above all else, the spaces we design must serve to make their inhabitants feel well-adjusted and acclimated beyond aesthetic beauty.

Immerse yourself in a world of unparalleled benefits as VELA VIENTO redefines the essence of luxury living with ethereal spaces that enhance self-care and well-being. LEFT PAGE The spaces and bridges between the two towers of VELA VIENTO form `hanging’ living/dining rooms - an outstanding feature of three unique residences that turn a daily experience into a transcendent moment that blurs glass with sky, the earthly with the celestial.




In hospitality design, integrating cultural elements is increasingly recognised as a pivotal factor in creating spaces that offer more than just aesthetic appeal.

Firas Alsahin, Co-Founder & Design Director at 4SPACE and celebrated Designer of the Year, champions that embedding cultural authenticity within design projects enhances visual appeal and deepens the connection between guests and the space. This design ap-

proach emphasises the value of storytelling, with each feature in a place contributing to a narrative that adds cultural richness and authenticity to the guest experience.

Incorporating cultural elements into hospitality design involves a thoughtful exploration of local artistry, traditions, and craftsmanship. By collaborating with local artisans and incorporating indigenous materials and art forms, designers like Firas ensure that each project resonates with the culture of its location. This commitment extends to the culinary experience, where the design of dining spaces reflects traditional cooking methods and local flavors, further immersing guests in the cultural narrative of the space.

Firas' design philosophy advocates for spaces that serve as canvases for storytelling, where murals, artifacts, and interactive displays invite guests to engage with the cultural heritage of the locale. This approach nurtures a deeper understanding and appreciation of the culture and creates a unique and memorable experience for guests. The challenge lies in balancing authenticity and global appeal, ensuring the design resonates with a diverse audience while maintaining cultural integrity.

Navigating the complexities of cultural integration requires careful consideration to avoid potential misrepresentation and to ensure that the design respects and honors the culture it aims to represent. This involves a delicate balance of incorporating cultural elements in a way that is both respectful and authentic, avoiding

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Akabeko's interiors feature textured walls, wooden accents, and the characteristic red Akabeko cow statue, resulting in a warm and inviting setting.

superficial or tokenistic approaches. Sustainability and cultural stewardship are also integral to this process, with designers adopting eco-friendly practices and supporting local communities to preserve cultural heritage and promote environmental sustainability.

Despite the challenges, the integration of cultural elements in hospitality design presents an opportunity to create spaces that are not only visually captivating but also rich in cultural significance. Under Firas’ guidance, projects like Akabeko in Dubai, a novel yakiniku restaurant, blend Japanese tradition with modern design around the theme of the Akabeko cow, symbolizing health and perseverance. Using the wabi-sabi aesthetic, its design

Integrating cultural themes into hospitality design allows for the creation of settings that are not only physically appealing but also culturally significant.

features natural materials and textures to highlight beauty in imperfection. The interior showcases a mix of textured walls, wooden accents, and the iconic red Akabeko cow statue, creating a warm and inviting space. AKABEKO offers an exceptional dining experience with premium Japanese wagyu cooked on smokeless grills, enriched by cultural elements like bonsai trees and intricate light patterns. This establishment celebrates Japanese culture, offering a deep, immersive culinary journey. This approach to design elevates the aesthetic and experiential aspects of hospitality spaces and contributes to a deeper understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity, setting a new standard for the industry.


PREMIUM &POSH The building prioritises occupants' well-being, offering natural daylight and high fresh air circulation rates. 34 Décor Review

Let's find out what makes Rixos Premium a chic urban destination in the heart of Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Residence.

if you're tired of the same old, boring hotels and want to stay somewhere lively, colourful, and contemporary, go to Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR. Upon entering this paradise, it appears to be a universe of unique and immersive experiences, rather than a hotel. A look at the ceilings is nothing short of a lighting show, and the ever-rotating light display as you enter is another highlight. Truly, every corner of the property is photogenic, and the vibes are incredible.

What makes this hotel an excellent choice for spending time with friends and family is the panoramic room views overlooking the beach and the world's largest Ferris Wheel, Ain Dubai; this is something beyond

words that must be experienced by staying here. The 35-storey urban lifestyle hotel welcomes guests from all over the world to stay in this exotic paradise where the pulse of the city can be felt. What I also loved about this hotel was its proximity to renowned shopping destinations such as The Walk, Dubai Marina Mall, and Mall of the Emirates. For individuals who want to quickly acquire stuff on the run, there are so many amazing outlets nearby to spoil you.

Rixos Premium Dubai is a chic urban hotspot situated in the heart of Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Residence. The immaculate Crystal Tower design, with strong diagonal shapes extending from the atrium interior walls out onto the pool terrace is an

architectural icon that is transforming JBR's cityscape.

The comfy modern rooms are every inch fashionable and chic, and the hotel has made significant investments in technology. Everything seemed in place and great, from the smart controls to the hotel's amenities.

You simply have to explore this property and you will be astonished to find superb dining options, infinite entertainment options, and unequalled outlets all within this hotel. Rixos Premium Dubai has nine award-winning dining venues, including Turquoise, which serves signature Turkish cuisine, as well as world-renowned brands including STK, Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes, Lock, Stock & Barrel, and more. >>>

The open-space interiors prioritise employee well-being and creativity, providing a comfortable and naturally lit environment. .

When it comes to food, Rixos JBR will make you crazy with so many options that it will be difficult to pick. However, at the Turquoise Restaurant, I observed one of the largest buffet concepts serving authentic Turkish and international cuisine.

The food is the highlight of this hotel and if you enjoy burgers, Black Tap is the spot for you. Each burger is created

from scratch using the freshest ingredients and grilled to perfection. Black Tap features live sports matches and DJs; it's a terrific location to hang out with your friends.

Another great place is STK which is a modern American steakhouse that serves the best cuts of meat and a delectable cuisine. STK is a high-energy restaurant with a trendy New York design and an elite party atmosphere, offering the perfect combination of outstanding food and a terrific party.

For coffee enthusiasts, the Belgian chocolatier's Godiva Café is world-fa-

mous. You may enjoy delicious and unique chocolate creations as well as the finest coffee in a modern setting with spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf. For pizza aficionados like me, Luigia takes pride in offering great pizzas in a friendly and modern setting. This award-winning restaurant promotes simplicity and quality, serving up warm Italian flavours in a variety of traditional Italian meals.

Ammos is a dining experience inspired by Greece's natural beauty, bringing you gastronomic treasures from Greece while embracing real Greek hospitality and the calm of Mediterranean life.

Once you've finished relaxing in your exclusive suite, I

recommend that you check with the hotel and plan your agenda, as there is an excellent line-up of entertainment for visitors. With a regular lineup of live DJs, singers, bands, harpists, and pianists, guests have plenty of options for live entertainment. If you, like me, prefer adventure above all else, I recommend sky and sea experiences. There will be no dull moments with such a diverse range of activities suitable for both families and those seeking exploration and discovery. Snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, fly fishing, jet skiing, water skiing, parasailing, donut rides, wakeboarding, and even scuba diving are among the many motorised and non-motorised activities offered.

You can also charter a yacht and relax with your pals while enjoying stunning views of JBR and other iconic buildings. Azure Beach, located in Rixos Premium Dubai JBR, is a social paradise where you can enjoy poolside facilities, a lounge area with mouth-watering foods, entertainment,

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Sustainability features and extensive use of recycled materials enhance the work environment's green credentials.

Rixos Premium Dubai is a chic urban hotspot situated in the heart of Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Residence. The immaculate Crystal Tower design, with strong diagonal shapes extending from the atrium interior walls out onto the pool terrace is an architectural icon that is transforming JBR's cityscape.

and amazing nightlife. You will also find private island beds by the pool which are overlooking the Dubai Eye and The Palm. Azure Beach serves lunch and dinner poolside and by the sea, with Asian fusion meals. Relax and rest on the shisha terrace while enjoying daily entertainment, which includes live music from a DJ and saxophone. Many activities take place at the beach, and you can find out more about them from the hotel.

RixGym is the place to be if you love fitness. The design combines urban exercise with floorto-ceiling vistas of the Arabian Gulf. The fully equipped fitness centre features cutting-edge machines for weightlifting, cycling, and cardio. What I liked best about this place was the opportunity to participate in exciting and challenging masterclasses offered by renowned professionals in the region. From boxing to jumping fitness yoga or Kangoo Jump, our skilled trainers will keep you motivated while you improve your heart rate, fitness, and mood.

There is also a club for children where they can participate in a variety of activities such as hand painting, cupcake decorating, scavenger hunt, face painting, mask decorating, and yoga. So, when you're looking for a peaceful session, enroll your youngster in these amazing activities.

With all of these adventurous sports during the day, your mind has to be at ease, thus the highly recommended Naturelife Spa should be your next stop. Prepare to rejuvenate, relax, and refresh your mind and body with the variety of distinctive treatments available. Experience the revitalising benefits of a classic Turkish Hammam or indulge in one of the spa's specialty massage treatments, such as Balinese, Thai, Swedish, and Aromatherapy, in a calm luxury setting. The gorgeous appointment treatment rooms and experienced therapists will keep you returning time and time again, elevating the spa experience.

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In the world of interior design, the winds of change are blowing stronger than ever! Thanks to cutting-edge tech like virtual reality, we're turning dreams into reality with just a swipe. There is also a growing emphasis on sustainability, with increased awareness of environmental issues. This has led to the adoption of eco-friendly materials, and energy-efficient solutions."

Ritika Angrish, founder of Ritz Interiors, discusses her journey, design aesthetics, challenges, and highlights of working with clients in the GCC.

Looking ahead

Tell us about yourself and the newly-launched company. It all began 18 months ago when we started renovating our own home. It was like opening a bottle of pent-up creativity that had been waiting to be released. Soon after we finished, interested friends started dropping over to see the transformation. Their curiosity quickly led to requests: "Could you do the same for us? "We'd gladly pay." And with that, the seeds of a business were planted.

I've enjoyed crafts since I was very young. As a kid, I used to cut out greeting cards to decorate my study walls and help others design their rooms with wallpaper from the stationery store. I was always drawn to things that were innovative.

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Fast forward to today, and we find ourselves at the helm of a booming business that began only 15 months ago. With no professional interior design degree and a strong desire to make every room beautiful, here I am with over ten successful projects under our belt, including the complete refurbishment of six entire properties totaling 18,000sqft. Our journey has been nothing short of incredible.

How would you describe your design aesthetics?

I'd say our style is modern and sleek, but we are not a fan of sticking to rigid design rules. We enjoy merging diverse styles to create something unique. Instead of the typical beiges and greys that we see everywhere, we like to add pops of colour now and then. I especially enjoy adding beautiful natural stones, polished black mirrors, and the warmth of soft wood tones.

It's vital to me that everything feels balanced, comfortable, and harmonic, with a gentle touch throughout. We're also glad to claim that we excel in repurposing many of our client's existing furniture items, contributing to the circular economy in the process.

Who are your key customers?

Our core clientele consists of high-net-worth individuals who have excelled in their business and professional endeavors. They highly regard both their time and our expertise, seeking to translate their successes into the ambiance of their homes and workplaces.

How has the interior fit-out industry changed over the years?

led to the adoption of eco-friendly materials, and energy-efficient solutions.

Additionally, the concept of flexible and adaptable spaces has gained popularity, driven by changing work-from-home dynamics and our post-COVID lifestyles. Interior fit-outs now focus on creating versatile environments that can easily accommodate different functions and activities

all about making your space uniquely YOU, with more and more people now wanting designs that nourish their souls and make them feel relaxed as soon as they enter the space.

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Lastly, people are turning away from cookie-cutter designs - it's

Can you tell us about a project that you’re particularly proud of? We recently embarked on an exciting home renovation project for clients relocating to Dubai after 22 years in Africa. Impressed by our portfolio, they entrusted us with the transformation of

The contemporary and minimalist decor are the main attraction here.

their new property. With the family busy settling their affairs abroad, they granted power of attorney to their accountant to oversee expenses while entrusting us with the design and renovation process.

Throughout the three-month journey, we maintained regular communication through weekly calls, with clients expressing their full confidence in our expertise.

Upon their return, they were thrilled to find their home surpassing all their expectations.

The home underwent a flawless transformation, featuring pristine white marble flooring and a design theme of deep olive and amber tones that flowed throughout. A large modular kitchen was installed, perfect for the sociable nature of the household. Exquisite bathroom makeovers and clever space utilisation made the house look even bigger than it was. The client’s family was beyond ecstatic with the outcome, and so were we!

Following the handover, we formed a lasting connection, with happy memories now kept in the heart of their lovely home.

What are the challenges and highlights of working with clients from the GCC?

Clients from the GCC appreciate luxurious and high-end designs, providing opportunities for creativity and innovation. Building strong relationships with clients is valued in the GCC culture, leading to long-term partnerships and repeat business.

At the same time, understanding and navigating cultural norms and preferences can be challenging, as cultural expectations vary among GCC countries.

Clients here have high standards and expectations, which can put pressure on amateur designers and contractors – and this is where we come in, as a full-service Design & Build company deeply committed to delivering exceptional results.

Could you tell us something about your current project?

Currently, we're working on several exciting full-renovation projects. These include a spacious villa nestled in the Green Community, a diamond trader's office located in Al Mas Tower, a charming townhouse in Springs, a lavish apartment in JLT, and a handful more.

We're genuinely thrilled to lend our expertise to these clients. Each project holds a special place in our hearts – like our own babies. We strive to tailor our creative work to the unique tastes of our client, ensuring that every endeavor reflects their distinct personalities.

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The curved sofa and eye-catching pendant lights elevate the space's interior design.

What else can we expect to see from the brand in the coming years?

We are exploring new territories this year with many exciting projects under discussion (both commercial and residential). We are also working on establishing a few strategic partnerships with large retailers in our industry. To meet the needs of the growing business, we are expanding our teams of design and fit-out professionals. The future seems promising, with more and more clients valuing our creative finesse. We are beyond thrilled to manifest what we dreamt of!

Joelle Nader, Sedus' Managing Director, discusses ergonomic furniture, the impact of technology on design, workplace trends, and what to expect from the brand in the near future.


Can you give a quick overview of what you do professionally at Sedus and what do you find most meaningful about your work?

I belong to Sedus family since 2009, and currently responsible of Sedus Office Furniture LLC, a subsidiary of Sedus, overlooking the Middle East markets. We are in the process of establishing our Sedus license in Riyadh.

Being part of a company owned by two charitable foundations is the most rewarding aspect of my work. Knowing that 2/3 of our profits are used for projects that protect the Environment, promote health and provide a brighter future for underprivileged children, gives me a better sense of belonging and a purpose in my daily work.

I also find a great fulfilment from building trust, offering value, and making a positive effect with my existing clients, as well as collaborating with new ones.

What does ergonomics mean to you?

Ergonomics is about creating a harmonious relationship between humans and the things they interact with. It's a field that is constantly evolving as technology changes and our understanding of human needs grows.

At Sedus, physical ergonomics was first looked at in 1926 when the word “Ergonomics” did not even exist we designed and produced the first spring-mounted swivel chair in Europe called "Federdreh" chair, that you can still find in our museum in Germany.


We design office furniture for promoting back health, encouraging active working, and helping break the monotony of sitting at a desk chair and allowing easy integration of movement into daily work life, such as with our Se Lab height-adjustable desks. This increased activity boosts circulation and blood flow, leading to positive effects on concentration and productivity.

How important do you believe company culture is to an organisation’s success?

Company culture is extremely important for a company's success. It shapes how employees feel and work together. A positive culture leads to happier employees, better teamwork, and more innovation. It also helps attract great talent and builds trust with customers. Overall, a strong company culture is essential for long-term success.

Our philosophy at Sedus is built on 153 years of traditional values that are still relevant today. We believe that people can only do their best and succeed when they feel good. What's good for individuals is also good for businesses. This belief guides everything we do.

At Sedus, we understand that furniture design can be a powerful tool for shaping and reflecting the company culture, which can in turn influence employee’s wellbeing, productivity, and talent acquisition. We do so by designing furniture that caters to specific work styles and company values. This includes ergonomic furniture for health-conscious companies, modular furniture for collaboration-focused workplaces, or sustainable furniture for environmentally friendly organisations.

What is your best advice on maximising productivity in the office?

The design of the workspace plays an important factor in maximizing productivity. Moving away from static assigned desks for all and creating a variety of workspaces designed for different activities allows employees to choose the environment that best suits their current task. Furnishing the office with solutions that adapt to the future changes, to an environment of agile working and to a freedom of movement maximises productivity.

Prioritising ergonomic furniture that promotes good posture and comfort. Choosing furniture made from recycled materials with eco-friendly manufacturing processes.

This promotes a healthy work environment and aligns with a growing focus on sustainability.

Maximise natural light exposure throughout the office space. Studies have shown natural light can improve mood, creativity, and focus. Incorporate plants and other nature-inspired elements into the design. Biophilic design can reduce stress and contribute to a more positive work environment.

Are your customers changing their buying habits to favour products made with sustainable processes?

Yes. Our customers are searching for manufacturers that are “Doing business sustainably”.



Sedus prioritises sustainability, as evidenced by numerous awards and certifications, such as Christof Stoll being named Eco Manager of the Year in 1993, achieving Eco Audit compliance with EU standards in 1995, and becoming the first office furniture manufacturer to receive EMAS III certification in 2010. Sedus's next goal is to become CO2 neutral by 2025.

Which is why at Sedus, we are adopting a holistic approach that protects the environment and conserves resources for the future.

As early as the development stage we think about the choice of materials thus the assessment of life cycles and the associated environmental impacts are already taken into account in the development process. Being a German manufacturer, we ensure that short distances certified materials. We produce using 100% green electricity to reduce CO2 emissions and continue the optimisation of material e.g. converting the electroplating plant from chromium (VI) to chromium (III). We optimise our packaging systems by reducing the packing by 50% thanks to a modular system and using recyclable packaging materials.

With office technology changing—companies employing tablet computers, more people using mobile phones—can you talk about the new design problems Sedus' engineers and designers are facing today?

Absolutely! The rise of new technologies like tablets, mobile phones, and even wearable tech has thrown some curveballs at traditional office furniture design. At Sedus ergonomics is for evolving devices and to support non-traditional work settings. Our designers who have already incorporated mobile charging ports and integrated charging ports to not only fixed and sit-stand workstations but also to all our soft seating the latest being the se:living, storage spaces such as the se:matrix and se:hub, workshop tools and room elements such as the se:cubes. This thoughtful integration of power outlets, USB ports, and wireless charging options into our furniture helps avoid tangled wires and makes charging devices easier for users.


What workplace trends do you see on the horizon?

The workplace models is changing to adapt to the hybrid model. As remote work becomes common, offices are no longer just for work. They are evolving to compete with new hybrid workspaces.

The workspaces need to blend with places like homes, hotels, and public spots, focusing on people's wellbeing.

Balancing work and life is crucial, so offices should support healthy workloads and reduce stress for employees. Digital advancements and flexible schedules drive this change, this is why today’s workspace emphasises on the community, tech support, and teamwork to provide a flexible work options.

Another feature in the Hybrid working model, is the management

system for smart working. It is found with our Se Connects system, which is an intelligent solution for the use and management of workspaces. Employees can easily find and book a free workplace or reserve meeting rooms, It is also a great system for the Facility managers to measure the occupancy of the space and optimise the working environment.

There will likely be a growing focus on incorporating elements of nature into office design to improve employee well-being and creativity. This could involve things like natural light, plants, and even water features. As environmental concerns continue to grow, I expect to see a stronger focus on sustainable furniture made from recycled materials and with eco-friendly manufacturing processes. Overall, the future of office design seems to be headed towards creating dynamic, adaptable, and employee-centric workspaces that prioritise well-being, comfort, and technological integration while keeping sustainability in mind.

What office chair do you sit in and why? What specific features about your office chair do you appreciate and enjoy?

I am sitting on the Sedus Open Up chair. Its ergonomic shape guarantees the right working posture, its functions enable relaxation and the flexibility of the backrest allows constant movements. All in all, the Open Up truly helps in clearing your mind and inspiring efficient work.

How can companies begin to reinvent the workplace to better meet the evolving needs of people?

Offering employees flexibility and choice. Mind you the office is now hosting five generations traditionalists, baby boomers, Generation X, millennials, and Generation Z. Offering a variety of workspaces for different activities and different styles of work empowers employees to choose the setting that best suits their current task and maximises productivity. Embracing remote work and hybrid models. This allows employees more flexibility in where and when they work, leading to better work-life balance and potentially attracting a wider talent pool. Invest in technology that allows employees to work efficiently from anywhere. Explore innovative technology like sit-stand desks that adjust electronically for better ergonomics. Focus on ergonomics and speak to Sedus.

Leave us with three things we should be on the lookout for from Sedus.

1- Sedus new concept called “The Temptation Office”: Innovative solutions for the workplace of the future

2- The renovation of our showroom space in Dubai displaying the new products

3- Our new showroom space in Riyadh to be announced officially soon. DESIGN MIDDLE EAST | APRIL 2024

CLASSY & Contemporary

DIANA RYSBAEVA, owner of SHI Restaurant, shares her F&B journey, including her goals, trends, and expectations for 2024 and beyond.

In Chinese, the word “MOLI” stands for jasmine, which represents the moon’s secrets, purity, and femininity. This cultural dimension adds another layer to the dining experience, fostering a relationship that goes beyond taste.


The brand aims to build strong connections with the local community by participating in events, collaborating with local businesses, and showcasing regional flavors to create a sense of belonging and loyalty.

Tell us about your journey. How did it all start?

I’m delighted to take you on the incredible journey that led to the establishment of SHI Restaurant on Bluewater Island and the exciting venture, MOLI by SHI. As a mother of three and a businesswoman since my late teens, my journey is one of passion, dreams, and seizing opportunities.

Dubai, a city I’ve cherished for a decade, became the stage for a transformative idea during the challenging days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic, which brought my family to Dubai for an extended period due to online learning of my children, turned a whimsical idea into reality. As Bluewaters started to develop, I was going to run there. The first time I saw the area, I was blown away by how beautiful it was. I knew that I had to live here. I started running here every day. Dreaming about how I wanted to live and work in this area. While having dinner with my husband on Bluewaters, we playfully joked about opening a restaurant in the empty unit next door. That conversation sparked a relentless vision, and in January 2021, I walked into the Meraas office. Pointing directly at the chosen unit, I signed on the spot. I chose contractors and it took us four months to build SHI.

Choosing Chinese cuisine for its intricate flavours, SHI became a dream realised. Under the guidance of Chef Li Yuan Hui, formerly of Hakkasan Mumbai and Qatar, SHI represents a culinary journey with Michelin-style finesse. Fully licensed, SHI offers a curated wine list, Asian-inspired cocktails, and an exclusive upstairs bar and lounge area.

Navigating the pressure to perform for Instagram, I crafted a minimalistic style for SHI’s Instagram page. In Dubai, where the audience leans towards maximalism, the challenge was to balance popular preferences with SHI’s essence. It’s not about gimmicks; it’s about delivering great food, an electric ambiance, and impeccable service.

The journey continued with the opening of MOLI by SHI, adding a classy, contemporary twist to traditional Chinese dishes. Located in Dubai Hills Business Park and designed by 4SPACE Architecture & Interior Design.

Can you tell us what are distinct features of Moli?

A Culinary Marvel MOLI by SHI, our latest culinary venture, is not just a restaurant; it’s a sensory journey that brings traditional Chinese flavours into a contemporary realm. Here are some distinct features that set MOLI apart:

VERSATILE DINING SPACES: From cosy tables for couples to spacious circular tables designed for communal enjoyment, MOLI ensures a welcoming atmosphere for every occasion. The inclusion of a lazy Susan at some tables adds a playful

restaurant strives for unique fusion food and individualised services, and the elegant setting creates an immersive experience

touch, allowing diners to spin and share dishes seamlessly.


TWIST: MOLI takes traditional Chinese dishes and décor, infusing them with a classy, contemporary twist. The aim is to offer a dining experience that marries the rich heritage of Chinese cuisine with modern aesthetics.


The design of MOLI draws inspiration from the heart of China, creating an ambiance that reflects the cultural richness and vibrancy of this culinary powerhouse. Every element is thoughtfully curated to transport guests to the heart of China.


Located in Building 4 in Dubai Hills Business Park, MOLI promises to be a glamorous venue. The design, courtesy of 4SPACE Architecture & Interior Design, ensures that every corner is Instagram-worthy, inviting guests to capture

and share their memorable moments. MOLI is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, ensuring that every aspect is visually stunning. From the décor to the presentation of dishes, we’ve created an environment that caters to the social media era, where guests can capture and share their dining experiences.


CULINARY DELIGHTS: The menu at MOLI is a fusion of tradition and innovation. Expect a tantalising array of contemporary interpretations of classic Chinese dishes, crafted with precision and flair by our talented culinary team.

EXCLUSIVITY: MOLI offers an exclusive dining experience, where guests can indulge in the richness of Chinese cuisine in a sophisticated and intimate setting. It’s not just a restaurant; it’s a destination for those seeking a refined and unique culinary adventure.

Food and drinks are the main highlights of any restaurant. What are some of the unique dishes that are recommended to try?

At our culinary haven, we take immense pride in curating a symphony of flavours that not only tantalise the taste buds but also transport diners to the heart of authentic Chinese gastronomy. Try Prawn Har Gau, Chicken Xiao Long Bao, Yun Nan Style Wild Mushroom, Wensi Tofu Hot & Sour Soup, Crispy Angus Beef Eggplant Roll, Traditional Squirrel Sea Bass, Kungpao Cornfed Chicken and Hofan Noodles with Wagyu Beef, among other dishes.

What are some of the trends you see impacting the hospitality industry?

We believe that adopting environmentally conscious efforts, such as decreasing food waste, sourcing local products, and introducing

eco-friendly packaging, will help us meet the growing consumer demand for sustainable eating options. Also, technology is being integrated into different parts of hospitality. There is a growing interest in health-conscious dining options, with an emphasis on nutritious products, clear labelling, and menu items that cater to specific dietary preferences and constraints. Offering diverse cuisines, inviting spaces, and inclusive practices that cater to people from many backgrounds and identities are all key ways to embrace inclusivity and celebrate cultural variety.

What are your targets and expectations for 2024?

With a long-term vision, we hope to open five restaurants in Dubai under the SHI Group. In terms of expansion, we see the dynamic culinary scene in Saudi Arabia and are constantly seeking ways to access this lively market. As part of our worldwide ambition, we want to bring the SHI Group experience to London. The timingwill be deliberate, maybe matching with the period when my children begin their university studies in the city. Our dedication to cultural enrichment includes building closer links within the local community. Through collaborations, events, and initiatives, we hope to become an important part of Dubai's cultural tapestry.

Regular market analysis, innovation in menu offerings, and strategic marketing to highlight unique aspects of MOLI by SHI.
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Workspace Design

RThis contemporary workspace exudes sophistication and glamour at the same time.

The design team ensured that there was enough relaxing yet practical furniture throughout the space.

Another feature that stands out is the dramatic appearance of the ceiling.

ODS Architects recently completed the Fragranze World Office in Deira, Dubai, and the results are amazing. Fragrance World Perfumes has achieved distinction in the fragrance export industry. Born during the formative years of the nation, Fragrance World has evolved into a global powerhouse, proudly disseminating its exceptional scents to over 125 countries across six continents. From its humble origins in the UAE, Fragrance World has expanded its reach, establishing a presence in diverse international markets, including Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kuwait, Qatar, the USA, the UK, Indonesia, and Chile. The flagship store/office combines elegance and innovation. Every component of the interior design has been carefully chosen to convey a sense of contemporary elegance. The fixtures, with their sleek lines and minimalist design, stand out as modern sculptures

RAMZI OMAR, Principal Architect | Creative Director, RODS Architects
"The futuristic architectural aesthetic of the store mirrors Fragrance World's forward-thinking approach to fragrance creation. Bold forms and fluid shapes dominate, imparting a sense of dynamism and vitality. The sinuous curves of the fixtures and the sweeping lines of the furniture exude movement, enticing customers to explore and discover."

in the space, functioning not only as utilitarian pieces but also as wonderful works of art that add to the overall atmosphere. Visitors are drawn not just to the visual attraction, but also to the sensory trip. Each corner of the space is imbued with carefully selected fragrances, seamlessly blending with the modern materials and design elements. These scents, akin to invisible threads, weave through the air, guiding patrons on an immersive odyssey that transcends the ordinary.

The futuristic architectural aesthetic of the store mirrors Fragrance World's forward-thinking approach to fragrance creation. Bold forms and fluid shapes dominate, imparting a sense of dynamism and vitality. The sinuous curves of the fixtures and the sweeping lines of the furniture exude movement, enticing customers to explore and discover.

The creation of the Fragranze World Office presented a thrilling design challenge: harmonising a chic display space with functional offices. Integrating large glass panels and flooring tiles within the tower's limited confines tested the ingenuity of our team. Demolishing structural elements further added to the complexity of the endeavour. However, with unwavering support from the client and the expertise of our team, this vision was brought to fruition. Each challenge presented a chance for invention, culminating in a seamless marriage of elegance and functionality.

Visitors step into this sanctuary where scent and design intertwine, transcending the ordinary. Every detail narrates a story of collaboration and determination, manifesting in this exquisite space.

Plenty of sunlight enters the space, making it appear brighter and larger.




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The inaugural smart lighting expo ignites the future of lighting innovation.

Lighting today has transcended its traditional role of mere illumination, emerging as a catalyst for enhancing well-being and creating a better environment for quality living. The Smart Lighting Expo embraces an exciting evolution.

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) will organise the first-ever Smart Lighting Expo, one of the partner events of the Business of Innovation & Technology Week (BITWeek), which will take place alongside the 15th HKTDC Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition) (Spring Lighting Fair) under the theme of “Bright Lighting • Smart Living” at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from 6-9 April 2024. Featuring more than 1,300 exhibitors, the twin lighting fairs will serve as ideal platforms for buyers to explore the latest technologies and discover

a wide range of innovative lighting products for meeting the ever-changing needs in the market.

According to Statista, the global smart lighting market is projected to surge to US$25.3 billion this year, a significant increase from US$8.1 billion in 2020. In line with this growth trajectory, an HKTDC survey of exhibitors and buyers at Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) and Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo 2023, found that 41% of respondents expect sales to increase in the lighting market this year, with 30% identifying smart lighting and solutions as the greatest driver for growth.

To empower businesses in fully capitalising on the growing opportunities across the entire smart lighting supply chain, the Smart Lighting Expo showcases a comprehensive array of products and solutions, ranging from connected lighting technologies such as chips, sensors, LED drivers, and IoT lighting platform, to smart lighting products and solutions like smart control systems and dimmers, smart luminaires, lighting applications and systems.
Running concurrently with the Smart Lighting Expo, the Spring Lighting Fair will continue to serve as a one-stop business platform for diverse lighting products


In collaboration with Shanghai Pudong Intelligent Lighting Association, the Smart Ecosystem and IoT Supply Chain Area will feature various key players in the smart lighting industry, including Midea, Sunricher, Merrytek, and many more. Other featured brands include Helvar, Valta, SkyLighting and Up-Shine Lighting, etc. The Smart Lighting Expo welcomes the group pavilions from important lighting industry base in the Greater Bay Area, including Zhongshan, Foshan and Jiangmen. Highlighted products include:

Hong Kong exhibitor Mindstec Asia Limited (Booth no.: 1A-E02) will unveil the Helvar 950 DALI-2 multi-master application controller, Helvar’s flagship product that unlocks vast scalability for projects with four DALI-2 Multi-master networks. The solution also incorporates artificial intelligence-based technology which can self-learn continuously and adapt to the evolving needs of modern buildings. It is also compatible with 3rd party BMS building management systems and can be easily expanded and applied to large and complex projects. Helvar’s projects locate all over the world, like National Gallery UK, Istanbul Airport Turkey, Marina Bay Sands Singapore, Abu Dhabi’s World Trade Centre – Trust Tower, etc.

Another Hong Kong, exhibitor Liricco Technologies Limited (Booth no.: 1A-E08) is known for its partnerships with many notable clients including the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, Airport Authority Hong Kong. It aims to cater to a wide range of businesses with its Wireless T8 LED tube. This innovative product can save up to 90% of energy and features built-in motion and lux sensors, making it ideal for carparks, staircases, warehouses and factories. It is compatible with Casambi, DALI 2 and Valta operating systems, providing seamless integration for efficient lighting management.

Hangzhou Sky-Lighting Co. Ltd. (Booth no.: 1B-A02) will showcase smart ceiling lights and bulbs equipped with remote control, colour change and timer functions. The remarkable aspect of these products is their universality, as they are compatible with a wide range of popular smart home platforms including Matter, Apple Homekit, Google, Alexa, Tuya, Zigbee and HUE Philips. This versatility allows users to effortlessly integrate the smart lighting solutions into their existing smart home ecosystems.

Yunfan Ruida Technology (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd (Booth no.: 1A-C18) will present its Mmwave radar solution that is applied to smart homes, elderly and nursing homes. Through multi-person trajectory tracking and people counting solution, including trajectory tracking, regional perception and gesture recognition detection, it facilitates the purposes like lighting trajectory interlocking, senseless home interlocking and air gesture switch. It also provides energy management, intelligent lighting and home security via its human presence detecting solution.

Ningbo Xiaojiang IoT Technology Co., Ltd (Booth no.: 1A-C10) is set to exhibit a smart lighting control system and an intelligent lighting solution. The system supports a wide range of IoT modules, including WiFi, BLE, Dual Mode, Matter. With its universal interfaces, it offers seamless switching across multiple platforms, while the intelligent lighting solution caters to diverse scene needs by providing various modes, such as intelligent dimming, gradient light source, reading/writing mode, reading mode, etc.

Running concurrently with the Smart Lighting Expo, the Spring Lighting Fair will continue to serve as a one-stop business platform for diverse lighting products.

Running concurrently with the Smart Lighting Expo, the Spring Lighting Fair will continue to serve as a one-stop business platform for diverse lighting products. The Fair welcomes group pavilion from Mainland China’s Xiamen and Jiangsu. The Hall of Aurora will gather renowned brands around the globe to showcase high-quality lighting fixtures, while other product zones will include Commercial Lighting, Deco- >>>

There will be informative forums where industry players will share their insights on the latest trends and developments in the lighting industry.

rative Lighting, Residential Lighting, Technical Lighting and Lighting accessories.


In addition to showcasing products, the twin lighting fairs will feature informative forums where industry players will share their insights on the latest trends and developments in the lighting industry. These forums will provide a valuable platform for knowledge exchange and networking among industry professionals.

Asian Lighting Forum, co-organised with Hong Kong Electronics & Technologies Association (HKETA) and Hong Kong Green Building Council (HKGBC), will take place on 6 April. Renowned speakers from The Hong Kong Polytechnic Univer-

sity, Lutron Electronics and LANZ will share their insights on the impact and applications of human-centric lighting while award-winning lighting and green designers from HKGBC, Cundall and Baseline Lighting Design Studio will share remarkable cases across industries to illustrate the market trend of sustainable lighting design.

Artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Home will be in focus at Smart Lighting Solution Forum, which will be co-organised with Asia-Pacific AI Business Alliance (AIBA) and Shanghai Pudong Intelligent Lighting Association (SILA). To be held on 7 April, experts from Tuya, Amazon and Bluetooth as well as other industry leaders will shed light on the application of these technologies in smart lighting products.
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Out & about

The boundary between indoors and outside has never been more fluid. Cassina aims to create distinct and memorable atmospheres for gardens, terraces, and patios, catering to all preferences and styles.

T he 2024 Outdoor Collection combines innovative products with design classics to furnish living, dining, and poolside areas. Designers include Antonio Citterio,

Rodolfo Dordoni, Piero Lissoni, Patricia Urquiola, Gerrit

T. Rietveld, Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Charlotte Perriand. These outdoor designs cater to various needs, including informal dining, al fresco socialising, and poolside relaxation. They prioritise durability, aesthetics, and comfort.

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