• Posts Tagged ‘UAE’

    How do you create a local design culture from scratch? For cultural players in the United Arab Emirates, the answer was two-part: launch creative outlets and build a design district. This systematic approach was wildly successful. In five short years, the Arabian Peninsula nation has made its creative economy a force...

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    Switch Abu Dhabi is the restaurant brand’s second collaboration with distinctive contemporary designer Karim Rashid, the first being Switch Dubai in 2009. The Abu Dhabi location opened in June 2017 and features curving white ceilings and lots of natural light. ArchiExpo e-Magazine spoke with Rashid about designing the...

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    European furniture and lighting manufacturers break through the challenges of culture and methodical procedures to bring their products to the Middle East. What route did they take to succeed?   Over the last decade, the Middle East has developed a booming design culture, encouraging an influx of western designers in...

    It makes sense that the United Arab Emirates is bursting at the seams with artists and designers. Not only drenched in the beauty of white sands and the Persian Gulf, the MENA region is home to traditional artistry and creating with one’s hands. Artistic creation has always been an attempt to understand one’s identity...

    Tucked into Dubai’s bustling commercial district and linked to a rich history of traditional hand-crafting such as weaving, pottery, calligraphy and boat building, the home of the Tanween Design Program is perfectly placed to make its mark. Since it’s inception in 2013, Tanween has already become a major player in the...

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    State-of-the-art design and landscaping meet health and community at Oxygen Park in Doha. The Qatar Foundation commissioned the 130,000-square-meter park dedicated to sport and outdoor recreation. Located in Education City, it provides students, faculty and the general public with parkland, subterranean team sport...

    The city of Sharjah, UAE, might reach its zero-waste landfill goal by 2020, as Foster + Partners will remodel the city’s principal landfill site for Bee’ah, the leading environmental energy and waste management company of the Middle East. Some of the firm’s technological endeavors include the introduction of...

    The United Arab Emirates projects establishing a functioning Martian colony within the next hundred years with its Mars 2117 Strategy. The Mars Science City will be a vast simulation space that realistically replicates the environment and atmosphere of planet Mars in the Emirates desert. It will feature laboratories...

    We’re revisiting the craftsmanship and cultural aspects of products conceived by UAE designer Aljoud Lootah. She discussed her handwoven carpet Misnad, which reinterprets the geometric patterns of Al Sadu weavings, with ArchiExpo e-Magazine back in 2016, and has since gotten into porcelain. Her latest line of vases...

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    In the land of mountainous golden sand, a certain ethnic heritage is on the verge of extinction. Bedouin women in rural communities of the United Arab Emirates would produce soft furnishings and decorative accessories for camels and horses. Their products portray a traditional form of weaving, known as Al Sadu in the...

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