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2 Nov 2019
Barjeel Museum for Modern Arab Art in Sharjah – 1st Prize Winner News
Design: Architects AIDIA STUDIO
Barjeel Museum for Modern Arab Art in Sharjah UAE building design
images courtesy of architects office

Barjeel Museum for Modern Arab Art in Sharjah
First Prize Winner, Tamayouz Excellency Award, Barjeel Foundation

1 Nov 2019
Barjeel Museum for Modern Arab Art, Sharjah
Design: Architect Habibeh Madjdabadi
Barjeel Museum for Modern Arab Art, Sharjah
image courtesy of architects

Habibeh Madjdabadi’s Museum for Modern Arab Art in the UAE

14 Oct 2019
Light Middle East

Opens on Tuesday 15th October.

Light Middle East event registration

15 – 17 October 2019
Dubai World Trade Centre

19 Sep 2019
Hotel Room Design Challenge News

Godwin Austen Johnson has won the Hotel Room Design Challenge at The Hotel Show Dubai.

A new feature for this year The Hotel Room Design Challenge was introduced to showcase some of the UAE’s leading interior designers and fit out contractors.

Godwin Austen Johnson has won the Hotel Room Design Challenge at The Hotel Show Dubai
photograph : Refaad Sulttan

Competing teams were given a designated space within the event to create their room set design, based upon a theme Dubai: A World of Possibility, A Lifetime of Stories. Visitors at the event were asked to vote for their favourite room set design during the first and second days of the Hotel Show, and the winning team was awarded at the Middle East Hospitality Awards.

Headed by a young team of designers from GAJ the Wander concept was conceived by junior designer Faizal Razak and interior designer Abdallah Mohamed Gad and supported by junior designer Hala Abdelbaky and intern Aya Faour with guidance from senior members of the team.

Their room design was contemporary, sleek and minimalistic with elements deigned to create a practical multifunctional experience. The materiality was hand-picked to reflect sustainability and durability throughout the space with use of recycled and low environmental impact materials. Flexibility and adaptability were some of the key influences throughout the design allowing users to create various possibilities functionally both inside and outside the space.

“The team for this initiative was chosen based on their passion for the project. It was an exciting challenge and we wanted to ensure the people working on it were going to see it as a platform to showcase their creativity and technical skills,” said Jacinda Raniolo, lead creative designer at Godwin Austen Johnson.


– NOAF Interiors
– Mirodec
– Sensi
– Tarrab
– Green Coverings
– Forbo
– Arteco
– International Hotel Supply Company
– Assa Abloy
– Rubelli
– Studio Art
– Kikkerland
– Ikon House
– Sahco
– Restonic
– Huda Lighting
– Indigo Living
– Elitis

2 Aug 2019
Timber Pavilion at Dubai Design Week 2019
Architects: Collaborative Architecture
Timber Pavilion Dubai Design Week 2019
image courtesy of architects

Timber Pavilion Dubai Design Week 2019
Collaborative Architecture to install, an innovative, islamic pattern inspired,
Timber Pavilion – ‘The Souk’ at Dubai Design Week, Dubai, UAE
11-16 Nov 2019

8 July 2019
ASMA Dubai Mall
Architects: H2R Design
ASMA Dubai Mall, Middle Eastern Restaurant
photo : Nikola Stokanovic

ASMA Dubai Mall Restaurant
A Middle Eastern restaurant, inspired by the mother of three Emirati siblings (entrepreneurs).

25 Apr 2019

‘Eat, Sleep, Work, Repeat’ lighting CPD with Dyson

Date: 30 April 2019, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Dubai Design District, Building 1A, 1st Floor, ESAG Design Hub

Learn about the Human connection to natural light and our dependence on the right light at the right time to keep us in sync with our natural Circadian Rhythms. Explore with Dyson the current understanding of visual and nonvisual effects of light and how this ties up with WELL Building Standard 2.0.


24 + 19 Mar 2019

RIBA Middle East architecture Events in Dubai

Leaders in Architecture Summit

27 – 28 March 2019

Join over 100 senior level professionals from the construction industry at this 2 day architecture summit in Dubai.

Leaders in Architecture MENA is dedicated to developing, celebrating and connecting architects, interior designers and senior decision makers from leading international architectural practices, contractors, developers, government officials, engineers and solution providers. Gathering the most senior industry professionals from across the world, the summit provides a unique opportunity to learn from and get inspired by leaders, luminaries, and legends from within and outside architecture, set future business plans and appreciate breathtaking and daring architecture.

RIBA Gulf Chapter Chair and Founder of Dabbagh Architects, Sumaya Dabbagh, will be participating in the event along with more than 100 senior level architects, designers and developers.

To explore your participation options, please contact the organizers at or on +420797610422.

CPD: RIBA Inclusive Design (Access) seminar in Dubai

17 April 2019

Would you like to learn more about inclusive design? This seminar will identify key aspects of inclusive design, informing structure and overall design, as well as reviewing key detail designs, common misconceptions and design errors. Sponsored by Geberit.

Essential advice on Inclusive Design for Architects and the Dubai Universal Design Strategy
17 April 2019, 6pm to 9pm, Dubai
Geberit d3, Dubai Design District, Dubai

As Access becomes a key requirement of successful architecture, all built schemes will need to be suitable for all users no matter what their capability.
In the first half day RIBA CPD seminar of 2019, Jane Simpson, Access Expert and Architect will explore the imperatives and the process of Inclusive Design and give you the tools to meet your obligations. Inclusive Design is a Core CPD curriculum topic and this seminar will count towards your CPD points.

CPD: Inclusive Design (Access) seminar in Dubai

The presentation will be split into two parts:

Overview of the Philosophy of inclusion
Comparison of the UK and Dubai approach and an explain the benefits of diversity
Detailed explanation of requirements from construction stages from briefing to completion using the sequential journey

Review of design standards – Universal Design Strategy, Dubai
Overview of key structure and design concerns
Guidance on design approach to produce successful and compliant schemes

The Speaker: Jane Simpson, Jane Simpson Access Ltd
Jane is Director of Jane Simpson Access Ltd and a RIBA Chartered Architect and consultant member of the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC) and one of the UK’s leading experts in the field. She sits on the Civic Trust Selwyn Goldsmith Awards Panel, is the RIBA’s Specialist Practice Advisor on inclusion, representing them on Design Council, Regulations & Standards, CPD, Architects for Change, UIA Architecture for All Western Europe and BSI committees.

• RIBA/CIAT Members 120AED + VAT (UAE Dirhams)
• Non-members 240AED + VAT (UAE Dirhams)

How to book

Sponsors Geberit made this UAE architecture event possible.

5 Mar 2019

Internationally Recognized Transportation and Commercial Building Designer Now Leading Architectural Studio at Perkins+Will Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—Morgan Fleming, an architect who managed the design of Kuwait International Airport’s Terminal 2 and the expansion of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s Pier A in The Netherlands, in addition to dozens of other large-scale projects in cities around the world, is now the design director of Perkins + Will’s Dubai studio.

In his new role, Fleming oversees the studio’s design teams and works directly with clients to realize their visions for corporate, commercial, civic, and cultural buildings, as well as transportation projects. Familiar with the culture and economic development goals of the Middle East and North Africa thanks to a decade spent working there, Fleming is both highly qualified for the position and passionate about it.

“I’ve always had a unique appreciation of, and affinity for, the design culture of this region. To me, it reflects the cherished balance of two distinct values: the preservation of history and cultural heritage, and the celebration of urban modernity in an increasingly global economy,” Fleming says. “I’m honored to be able to help our clients here maintain that important balance through intelligent design and architecture.”

Fleming’s personal design ethos complements that of Perkins+Will, too. Both are committed to architectural excellence through the design of places that support health, happiness, and well-being; reduce energy and water use; and protect and restore the natural environment.

“Morgan is a world-class architect in every way. He brings to our studio—and to our clients—just the right mix of international and regional experience, enthusiasm, and expertise,” says Richard Marshall, interim managing director of Perkins+Will’s Dubai studio. “From design to on-site construction management, he understands every aspect of our business, both here and abroad, and he has a proven track record of successful project outcomes.”

Other noteworthy projects in Fleming’s portfolio include The Spire in London, planned to be the tallest residential tower in Europe; the expansion of Terminal 2 at Heathrow International Airport, also in London; the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and Residences in San Francisco, California—part of the city’s new Oceanwide Center development; the HS1 Vision Plan for the California High-Speed Rail Authority in Sacramento, California; and the National Bank of Kuwait Headquarters Tower in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

Fleming is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is a registered Architect in the State of New York. He holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

4 Mar 2019
Ethar – Honoring Generosity
Design: OMA and Inside Outside
Ethar Honoring Generosity in Dubai
image Courtesy architecture office

Ethar – Honoring Generosity
OMA and Inside Outside have collaborated on a design for a field of columns engraved with stories from Arabic scholars, scientists and thinkers, unified in a monumental landscape embodying generosity and knowledge.

24 Feb 2019

RIBA DIT Dubai Networking Reception

Meet with key influencers and decision makers in architecture, construction sectors and local government.

RIBA DIT Dubai Networking Reception
Sol Sky Lounge, Zabeel House, Dubai UAE
6.30pm Monday 18 March 2019

First networking event of 2019.

This informal evening is a great opportunity to meet influencers and decision makers in architecture, construction sectors and local government at the new contemporary Zabeel House hotel in Dubai Creek.

You will be able to enjoy drinks and canapes on the beautiful rooftop Sol Sky Bar and take in the spectacular views of the Dubai skyline at sundown.

The event is being run in partnership with the UK government’s Department of International Trade Dubai office, and we are delighted that we will be joined by senior staff from the British Embassy who will give an insight into their operations in Dubai and the UAE. You will also get the chance to catch up with RIBA staff to hear the latest news from the institute and our plans for RIBA International Regions in 2019.

The event is the social highlight of a three-day architecture export mission, delivered by RIBA and DIT to bring five up and coming UK practices to Dubai. As part of the RIBA’s work to celebrate excellence in architecture and design, there will also be a pop-up architecture exhibition on display, showing work from RIBA Chartered practices from both the UK and the RIBA Gulf Chapter.

Bookings close on 14 March and spaces are limited so please register now to ensure your place for this exciting event.

Website: RIBA DIT Architecture Networking News

22 Feb 2019
Al Seef Dubai by 10 Design up for MIPIM Awards 2019
Al Seef Dubai project
photo : Gerry O’Leary

2 Feb 2019
Smart Traffic and Road Safety Summit

Date: 25th March 2019

Venue: Park Hyatt Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Smart Traffic and Road Safety Summit, Dubai 2019, aspires to identify and analyze Traffic and Road Safety challenges in UAE and the Middle East.

Given the tremendous developments in UAE and the Middle East and the expansion of road networks, evolution of road transport and the new policies and strategies to overcome traffic related obstacles, Smart Traffic, Road Safety and Accident Prevention have become more critical than ever.


27 Jan 2019
Warehouse GYM D3 in Dubai

26 Jan 2019
Al Bait Resort in Sharjah, UAE

19 Jan 2019
RIBA Architects’ Breakfast Dubai

‘Fire Strategy and Building Assurance for Architects: How to Avoid Common Mistakes’

With guest speaker, specialist fire safety engineer, Peter Stephenson of Warringtonfire UAE

The event took place on Tuesday 12 February 2019 and was held in association with Geberit Group who have kindly sponsored a programme of activities with RIBA in the UAE this year. This UAE architectural event took place at their wonderful facilities in Dubai Design District.

Al Fattan Towers Dubai, The Walk, Dubai Marina
Design: Tabanlioglu Architects (TA_)
Al Fattan Crystal Towers Dubai building
photo © Elif Simge Fettahoğlu

Al Fattan Towers Dubai Marina

27 Nov 2018
Dubai Metro Station Buildings

A total of seven new Dubai Metro stations will be entirely fitted out in time for Expo 2020.

In the city which already holds the record for the tallest skyscraper in the world – the Burj Khalifa – the forthcoming changes to the infrastructure will involve big numbers but also luxury and style.

The main artery connecting the city centre to the international expo zone (in just 16 minutes!) is for client RTA – Dubai Road and Transport Authority.

The countdown to the Expo has begun. The work on the new Metro will be completed in February 2019, a further 15km will be complete by the end of May (5 months before the official opening of the Expo), with the seventh and last station – the most impressive – measuring a whopping 12,000 sqm!

Nov 26, 2018
Tabanlioglu Architects (TA_) awarded as “Achitect of the Year” at Middle East Architect Award in Dubai

The architecture firm TA_ has been awarded with two prizes during this year’s ceremony of Middle East Architect Awards in Dubai: Murat Tabanlioglu and Melkan Gürsel jointly as the “Architect of the Year” and Tabanlioglu Architects itself as “Large Firm of the Year”.

19 Oct 2018
The Beach at JBR by MERAAS – Winner of Dubai favorite outdoor areas Poll
Dubai, a city known for its forced “indoor life”, is now impressively expanding its outdoor areas in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle and diversified options for its residents and tourists.
The Beach at JBR by MERAAS – Dubai’s favorite outdoor area

18 Oct 2018
Downtown Design 2018
13 – 16 Nov 2018
Downtown Design 2018
Discover creative and commercial opportunity in the Middle East: RIBA Gulf invites you to Downtown Design 2018 – the region’s leading trade fair for original, high-quality design. Discover new trends, explore collections, be inspired by RIBA design leaders and connect with decision makers. Register at

27 Sep 2018
Populous Dubai Office News
Populous Opens New Office in Dubai
image Courtesy architecture office
Populous Dubai Office
Populous, the global architecture and design practice, renowned for iconic projects such as Wembley Stadium, Emirates Stadium, Royal Ascot racecourse, The International Convention Centre in Sydney and Silverstone’s Formula 1 Circuit, announces the official opening of a new office in Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE.

24 Sep 2018
INDEX and FIM Furniture Component & Materials Event
INDEX Dubai Design Seminar 2018
image courtesy of dmg
INDEX Dubai 2018 Event
Co-located with the Hotel Show Dubai, Leisure Show, and FIM, over 30,200 people attended the event that took place over three days at Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC).

Architecture Design Competition for Korean Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai
2020 Expo Dubai Korean Pavilion architecture competition
2020 Expo Dubai Korea Pavilion Architecture Design Competition

20 Aug 2018
2020 Expo Dubai German Pavilion
Design: LAVA, Architects
2020 Expo Dubai German Pavilion
In a key milestone on the road to EXPO 2020 Dubai, Germany has decided who is to design and build the German Pavilion. The bid was won by a consortium comprising Cologne-based agency facts and fiction and Swiss construction company ADUNIC, with architecture to be designed by Berlin firm LAVA.

12 Aug 2018
Polycentric Cities

The CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference, Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism, will convene global leaders from across the tall building typology to debate the merits and challenges of this multi-nodal approach to urbanism, and to understand and envision how tall buildings, density, infrastructure, and people fit into this vital mix.

RIBA Gulf is proud to be supporting the CTBUH 2018 Conference and are pleased to announce that RIBA Gulf member Paolo Testolini has been confirmed as a speaker at the conference. Through this partnership, they are able to offer members a discounted rate to register for the event. Use the code RIBAPARTNER18 to receive your special $200 discounted registration rate.

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend this year’s premier gathering for influencing best-practice thinking in tall buildings and sustainable cities.

Website: CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference in Dubai & Abu Dhabi

30 Jul 2018
The Big 5 Dubai 2018 Hospitality Projects Report
Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences Palm Jumeirah Dubai UAE
image courtesy of The Big 5 Dubai 2018 event organisers
The Big 5 Dubai Hospitality Projects Report
Organisers of the largest construction event in the Middle East reveal growth in both number and value of Dubai hospitality projects in 2018.

27 Jul 2018
New Botanical Garden in Sharjah
Design: Grimshaw, Architects
New Botanical Garden in Sharjah site
photo © Grimshaw

New Botanical Garden in Sharjah
Grimshaw has been appointed for a new botanical garden in Sharjah, UAE, which has a mission to encourage discovery and education while conserving the rich floral heritage of Sharjah, the UAE and the rest of the world.

22 Jun 2018
Dubai Cafe Shortlisted for Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

The awards are a globally recognised competition dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces.

Le Petite Tree House Cafe in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, by Sneha Divias Atelier:
Le Petite Tree House Cafe in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, by Sneha Divias Atelier
image courtesy of awards organisers
Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

19 June 2018
BMA Studio – Dubai Architects News

BMA Studio is pleased to inform you of another important milestone in its corporate history – expansion into European luxury residential design as well as commercial markets.

They are currently working alongside leading European developers on several tourism and residential projects in the European Union.

Notwithstanding the above, they remain strongly committed to our core market in the UAE, offering clients first-class architectural, engineering, project management and interior design services from their home office in Dubai.

A force in the region’s cityscape development, BMA STUDIO is a multi-disciplinary design firm based in the UAE, offering comprehensive and bespoke services in architecture, interior design and landscape design for residential, commercial and institutional clients.

The firm maintains a diversified practice and has developed expertise in mixed-use apartment buildings as well as innovative, single-use architectural design concepts. While devoted to small and medium scale projects, it has extensive experience in both residential and commercial tower developments with an emphasis on single residence, retail and mixed-use architecture. The firm has already completed projects in Dubai, Sharjah and Morocco, and looks to the future in expanding its international capabilities.

Cementing the firm’s role in the Middle East’s design industry, the boutique practice has been recognized by a number of high profile industry awards including the 2016 Africa and Arabia Property Awards.

10 June 2018
Al Seef Dubai Creek Master Plan
Architects: GAJ (Godwin Austen Johnson)
Al Seef Dubai Creek heritage buildings
photograph : Chris Goldstraw

Al Seef Dubai Creek
Located along the shores of Dubai’s iconic Creek the Al Seef development is an exciting new cultural tourism space that merges the city’s past with its present.

8 June 2018
Al Seef Dubai Project
Architects: 10 DESIGN
Al Seef Dubai project
photograph : Gerry O’Leary

Al Seef Dubai Project by 10 Design
Al Seef, a new destination offering retail, dining, and hospitality experiences, has been open recently. The development has attracted two hotels under the Zabeel House by Jumeirah brand, opening Spring 2018.

29 May 2018
Sharjah Architecture Triennial
Sharjah Architecture Triennial UAE
photo : Ieva Saudargaitė
Sharjah Architecture Triennial News
In an event held during the Vernissage of the Venice Biennale, curator of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial Adrian Lahoud has announced Rights of Future Generations as the theme of the first edition. Running for three months, the Triennial will open in November 2019 in the Emirate of Sharjah as the first major platform for dialogue on architecture and urbanism focusing on the Middle East, North Africa, East Africa and South Asia.

3 May 2018
Azizi Developments appoints a contractor for construction of Meydan Avenue Projects
Azizi Garden Dubai property
image Courtesy architecture office
Meydan Avenue Dubai Property News
Azizi Developments appoints contractor for construction of Meydan Avenue Projects
Dubai, 1 May 2018: Azizi Developments, one of the leading private developers in the UAE, has awarded contracts worth AED 102 Million to Tasmeem Building Contracting LLC (TBCI) to develop its latest Meydan Avenue projects.

1 May 2018
DP World Cargospeed
Architects: Foster + Partners
DP World Cargospeed in Dubai UAE
image Courtesy architecture office

DP World Cargospeed Dubai Building News
Foster + Partners has created a video that describes a vision for the future of high-speed transportation. DP World Cargospeed, a collaboration of cargo giant DP World and Virgin Hyperloop One aims to create an infrastructural network that forms a fundamental part of a new ecosystem, in which urban centers, rural landscapes, people & nature are all interconnected. This is a unique project with far-reaching global implications that could have its first step based in Dubai.

12 Apr 2018
Smart Dubai
Architects: dwp | design worldwide partnership
Smart Dubai in UAE
photograph : dwp

Smart Dubai Building News
The Smart Dubai workplace incorporates cutting edge technology with the latest in sustainability measures, creating a workplace that encourages multidisciplinary collaboration through intelligent space planning, flexible workspaces and beautiful aesthetics.

8 Apr + 29 Mar 2018
World’s Fifth Tallest Tower

Developers Meydan Group (Azizi Developments) are set to begin building the world’s fifth tallest tower later in 2018. Entisar Tower will rise to 570m / 1,870 ft high (though some reports state just 528m). Due for completion in 2022, the as yet unnamed tower will have 122 storeys (equivalent to At.mosphere at Burj Khalifa).

Entisar Tower design by architecture firm Atkins with AE7 Associates – earlier renderings:

World’s Fifth Tallest Tower Entisar Tower Dubai skyscraper building

The first 100 floors of this new Dubai skyscraper building will be residences, with the top 22 floors reserved for a new hotel.

The tower will be located on Sheikh Zayed Road. The building is due to cost Dhs3 billion.

Entisar Tower Dubai skyscraper Entisar Tower building Dubai

It will be located on two prime parcels between the 51 story Radisson Royal Hotel and the 56 story Park Place Towers. Developed by Azizi Group / Meydan Properties the property aims to be a bespoke living and lifestyle residence.

Windows, Doors & Facades (WDF) in Dubai

8 Apr 2018 – German manufacturer Schüco announces partnership with region’s largest event for windows, doors & facades (WDF).

Sunday, April 8th, 2018 — Building envelope suppliers from around the world are turning to the United Arab Emirates.

“Making up a disproportionately large percentage of the projects in the GCC region, the country is the place to be right now,” says Ammar H. Alul, general manager for Schüco in the Middle East.

Demand for windows, doors and facades is hiking. This year, the UAE counts 9,987 active urban construction projects, valued USD 531.3 billion. 37% of all project values are in the design, concept and tender stages of development in the broader GCC region, indicating a steady flow through of fresh investments.

“A wealth of new urban developments is unfolding. I expect government entities, developers, consultants, contractors, and suppliers to gather en masse in Dubai in September for the Windows Doors & Facades Event (WDF).”

27 Mar 2018
Vincent Coste X Custot Gallery

Exhibition “Art & Jewerly”
19 March – 2 June 2018
Vincent Coste Architecte (Saint Tropez, France) are proud to have participated in the scenography of the first exhibition dedicated to the jewels of artists in Dubai, conducted by the Gallery Custot.

Art & Jewelry
photo © Pia Torelli

This retrospective proposes to create a dialogue between the “miniature” and “monumental” works of some of the most important figures of 20th and 21st century art.

22 Mar 2018
UK Pavilion at World Expo in Dubai

UK’s Department for International Trade has launched a design contest for the UK Pavilion at the World Expo in Dubai in 2020.

The USD2.38 million contest is open to any multidisciplinary team who will create a landmark structure showcasing UK innovation within the 15,000m2 expo site, located near the city’s new airport, Dubai World Central.

The winning design will be based on the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’; it should harness groundbreaking digital technologies, and take UK’s track record of international pavilion successes further.

Former British Pavilions in Expos – the stunning Shanghai 2010 UK pavilion by Thomas Heatherwick and the Milan 2015 UK pavilion by Wolfgang Buttress / BDP – have won the ‘best in show’ prize. Well-known British architect Asif Khan‘s pavilion for the smaller Astana 2017 Expo also won a silver design award.

Shanghai Expo British Pavilion by English designer Thomas Heatherwick:
Shanghai Expo building
picture from Thomas Heatherwick
Shanghai Expo UK Pavilion

Milan 2015 UK pavilion
UK Pavilion Expo 2015
photo : Hufton+Crow

16 Mar 2018
World’s Largest Theme Park to be built in Dubai
Dubai’s next world record – news in the latest report published by the Urban Design & Landscaping Expo which will launch next November in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). The release also includes images of the top 10 landscaping projects under development in the country.

Mega landscaping projects bring life (and fun) to the Arabian Desert

The total value of the Top 10 Landscaping Projects in the United Arab Emirates exceeds USD 5.8 billion, according to Dubai-based Urban Design & Landscaping Expo.

With 3 new theme parks under development among the major landscaping projects, the UAE reinforces its position as an attractive destination for recreational tourism. 

Dubai World Record

1) Sheikh Zayed National Museum – Cultural District.

2) The Tower – Dubai Creek. Developer: Emaar.

3) World Legends Theme Park. Developer: MG Theme Park.

4) Warner Brothers World – Yas Island Abu Dhabi. Developer: Aldar Properties.

5) Warsan Village. Developer: Nakheel LLC.

6) Wonderland Park Development. Developer: Ento Capital Management.

7) Dubai Eye – Bluewaters Island Development. Developer: Meraas Holding.

8) Mulberry – Park Heights. Developer: Emaar Properties.

9) Leadership and Media Pavilions – Dubai Exhibition City. Developer: Meraas Holding.

10) Reem Central Park – Al Reem Island. Developer: Aldar properties.

The Urban Design & Landscaping Expo in Dubai

13 Mar 2018
INDEX 2018
INDEX 2018 gets underway on March 26, a four-day festival of design promising:
– a hugely diverse and creative catalogue of furniture, furnishing and décor suppliers
– a conference schedule featuring the pinnacle of local and international design minds
– bespoke live demonstrations and experiences brought to Dubai exclusively for the show.
The exhibition runs alongside WORKSPACE, the MENA region’s premium office fitout event, and SURFACE Design Middle East, where the focus is design solutions for floors, walls and ceilings.

12 Mar 2018
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Design: Godwin Austen Johnson Architects
Info & photos added of iconic Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club Building by GAJ.

9 Mar 2018
Design International Architects Dubai News
Design International Architects Dubai office opening
image courtesy of architecture office
Design International Dubai Architects News
Design International inaugurates its offices at d3, the Dubai Design District, the new beating heart of the city’s creativity, which hosts the most important architectural firms, high fashion brands, hotels and luxury apartments.

7 Mar 2018
Aljada’s Central Hub, Sharjah, UAE
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Aljadas Central Hub in Sharjah UAE
image courtesy of architects

Aljada’s Central Hub, Sharjah
Developed with environmental considerations integrated throughout the masterplan to minimise the consumption of resources, the proposal conceptualises the moment a water droplet strikes the earth’s surface, captured in an array of elliptical buildings designed to channel prevailing winds into civic spaces and courtyards to facilitate cooling during the summer months.

5 Mar 2018
Reception Building for Dubai College
Reception Building for Dubai College

15 Feb 2018
The World

An interesting article by The Guardian’s architeture critic Oliver Wainwright.

The World Dubai islands aerial view

“A decade since it was dredged from the seabed, The World is a forlorn sight.

It was the most ambitious plan of Dubai’s pre-crash bubble, topping the creation of peninsulas shaped like palm trees and the construction of the tallest building on the planet, dreamed up as the ultimate trophy project to trump them all. In pursuit of the world’s attention, the oil-rich emirate would remake the world itself.

The World Dubai islands UAE

Conceived in 2003, the project was to be an exclusive offshore playground for film stars, royalty and celebrity tycoons: an artificial archipelago of 300 islands set two miles off the coast. Invitations to “Own the World” were sent to a targeted group of 50 potential buyers each year, offering tours of the site by yacht or helicopter, with prices for the islands ranging from $15-50m (£10-36m).”

The World islands Dubai UAE

I flew over these islands a few weeks ago and they don’t look so impressive at present, but let’s see what materialises, Ed – architect Adrian Welch. Work halted after five years in 2008.

The developer of The World Islands is Nakheel Properties. The originally conception was by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai.

Greenland is the only completed island, with a property and landscaped greenery. It was turned into a showpiece, owned by the ruler of Dubai, and given to F1 star Michael Schumacher:

The World islands Dubai United Arab Emirates Greenland completed

Around 70% of the 300 islands have been sold. There have been claims that some islands are slowly sinking, channels are silting up and infrastructure such as underwater power cabling has not been installed.

The World Dubai – article in The Guardian

12 Feb 2018
2020 Expo Dubai Luxembourgish Pavilion
Design: METAFORM Architects
2020 Expo Dubai Luxembourgish Pavilion
image courtesy of architects

2020 Expo Dubai Luxembourg Pavilion Building
Another pavilion design revealed for the forthcoming World Expo in 2020. The architects won the architectural competition beating 19 architecture offices.

12 Feb 2018
Double Tree Hilton, Business Bay
Architects: dwp | design worldwide partnership
Double Tree Hilton near Business Bay Dubai Hotel
image courtesy of architects

Double Tree Hilton Hotel – Business Bay
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels concept focuses on comfortable luxury and making guests feel completely at home.

8 Feb 2018
1/JBR Tower
Design: EDGE Architects
1/JBR Tower
image courtesy of architects

1/JBR Tower in Dubai
Located close to the beach at the prestigious Jumeirah Beach Residence, the flagship project sets a new standard for luxury in the Persian Gulf region. The building design principles are rooted in spatial clarity and good waterfront views.

29 Jan 2018
INDEX 2018: an Exploration of self-expression
INDEX Artwork by Godwin Austen Johnson GAJ
image courtesy of architects
INDEX 2018
Many of Dubai’s leading interior designers gathered for a unique celebration of selfexpression last week, presenting one-off canvases styled to directly reflect the individual design ethos of their firms.

20 Dec 2017
Bee’ah Headquarters, Sharjah
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Bee'ah Headquarter
rendering by MIR © Zaha Hadid Architects

Bee’ah Headquarter in Sharjah, UAE by Zaha Hadid Architects on e-architect
Bee’ah, a leading environmental and waste management company in the Middle East commissioned London’s Zaha Hadid Architects to design their new headquarters building in Sharjah, UAE. ZHA won the international architectural competition back in 2013.

16 Dec 2017
Dubai Creek Harbor Tower
Dubai Creek Tower by Santiago Calatrava
image from Fugro
Dubai Creek Tower by Santiago Calatrava – engineering news update
Utilising the most advanced mathematics, engineering and physics known to man, the Dubai Creek Tower is expected to be one of the most significant structures ever created. Image courtesy of Emaar Properties.

2 Nov 2017
Grimshaw Dubai Architects Office
Grimshaw Dubai architects office
image from architecture office
Grimshaw Dubai Architects Office
Official launch of new architectural office located in the D3 Design District. After many years of working on projects in the Middle East, it will act as a central hub for the projects in the region, a number of which are now on site.

27 Oct 2017
Wasl Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road
Architects: UNStudio with Werner Sobek,
Wasl Tower in Dubai
visualisations : Methanoia and Plompmozes

Wasl Tower Dubai

23 Oct 2017
Aljada Masterplan Sharjah
Design: Woods Bagot, architects
Aljada Development Masterplan, Sharjah
image from architects office

Aljada Development Masterplan in Sharjah
Development with property developer Arada offers a lifestyle that integrates Living, Working and Entertainment into a vibrant urban environment.

13 Sep 2017
OCTOPUS – House in Dubai

OCTOPUS - House in Dubai

The glass house design by Stipfold Architects (Tbilisi, Georgia) is condensed with multiple rooms of various functionalities and in order to balance the busyness, it is executed with minimalistic approach.

Octopus House design in Dubai

Transparent walls convey a sense of unity of internal areas, as well as wholeness with the external space and amplify the contrast between hot climate and the cool interior.

OCTOPUS Dubai from Stipfold on Vimeo.

For achieving a privacy in a single room, it may be skirted with remotely controlled white panels, spread with simplified oriental ornaments.

Octopus House design in Dubai

Shadows casted by these traditional outlines augment the particular character of the house.

OCTOPUS House interior Dubai

The miniature waterfalls drop at the entrance door and in the backyard pool. Small gardens symmetrically break up the space adding organic atmosphere to the house.

OCTOPUS House design Dubai

Project Leader: Beka Pkhakadze
Copywriter: Mika Motskobili
Location Dubai / United Arab Emirates
Type Residential / House
Site: 3100 sqm
Area: 700 sqm

Octopus House garden design in Dubai

Octopus House landscape design in Dubai

4 Aug 2017
The Torch tower fire at Dubai Marina
Fire hit The Marina Torch in Dubai Marina overnight on Thursday, prompting an evacuation of the 86-storey building.

No casualties were reported and the fire was put out at 3.30am, according to Dubai Civil Defence.

Reports suggest the fire broke out on 9th floor and spread to upper four floors.

The Torch tower is one of the world’s tallest residential buildings, rising to 337 metres, with 676 apartments. The building experienced a similar a fire in February 2015.

It was completed in 2011 and designed by architects National Engineering Bureau.

The tower became the tallest residential building in the world in 2011, surpassing Q1 Tower in Australia.

26 Jul 2017
Design Concept for the Swiss Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai
2020 Expo Dubai Swiss Pavilion by HHF Architects
image from architects
Expo 2020 in Dubai Swiss Pavilion Building Design
Under the title Grande Complication, HHF Architects have submitted a design for the competition to construct the national pavilion at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai.

24 Jun 2017
UAE Architecture Jobs
5 UAE architectural jobs added (since archived):

Architecture Jobs – frequently updated

29 May 2017
Museum of the Future in Dubai, Emirates Towers area, on south side of Sheikh Zayed Road
Architect: Shaun Killa of Killa Design
Museum of the Future in Dubai Building |
image courtesy of architects

Museum of the Future in Dubai Building
The oval-shaped building with a hole will center on a holographic billboard and feature exhibits on different areas of innovation from education to healthcare. Large components of the building will even be 3D printed for the cause.

27 May 2017
Dubai Building Photos
Dubai buildings |
photo © Adrian Welch
Dubai Building Photos
A series of pictures taking around this bustling UAE city.

7 Apr 2017
Burj 2020 Dubai Tower in UAE
Architects: RNL Design
BURJ 2020 Dubai
photo courtesy of architects

BURJ 2020 Dubai Building
The world’s tallest commercial tower, part of the Jumeirah Lakes Towers development. The tower is to be completed in advance of Expo 2020 Dubai.

16 Mar 2017
Concrete, Alserkal Avenue
Design: OMA
Concrete Alserkal Avenue by OMA in Dubai
photo : Mohamed Somji. Photo courtesy Alserkal Avenue

Concrete Dubai
OMA’s first completed project in the United Arab Emirates, opens at Alserkal Avenue. The limitless space will transform the cultural ecosystem and possibilities in the UAE.

16 Feb 2017
Dubai plans miniature city on planet Mars

Miniature city on Mars:
Miniature city on Mars

The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has announced intentions to build a “miniature city” on Mars within the next 100 years, reports Arabian Business.

Miniature city on Mars

Sheikh Mohammed, who also serves as the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, launched the project at the World Government Summit.

Miniature city on Mars

Entitled the 2117 Mars project, the endeavor aims to develop scientific capabilities, and may result in the conversion of local universities into research facilities.

Miniature city on Mars

The project will focus on parallel research into exploring means of mobility, housing, energy and food as well as speeding up the time it takes to travel to the planet.

“There are no limits to the imagination and aspirations of human beings,” he tweeted.

Related link: Mars Habitat Concept Design by Foster + Partners


6 Dec 2016
Concrete Venue
Design: OMA
Concrete Venue Dubai Alserkal Avenue by OMA
image from architects

Concrete Dubai by OMA
Alserkal Avenue to inaugurate UAE’s first OMA-designed space with exhibition of modern and contemporary Syrian art. The multi-purpose events venue will open with a show titled Syria: Into the Light, showcasing works from the Atassi Foundation’s collection.

26 Nov 2016
The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour
Iconic new addition to Dubai’s skyline, ‘The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour’ for Emaar Properties.

The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour foundations

Because of the height and design of the structure, ground engineering is critical in the programme schedule and foundation design. “We deployed resources and expertise to meet a demanding design programme and to ensure the results of the site investigation were of the highest quality,” explained Peter Brooke, Fugro’s Business Delivery Manager.

The scope of works included over 4,800 metres of triple tube coring to depths of up to 200 metres and 225 in situ pressure meter tests. A full range of standard and specialist geotechnical laboratory testing was undertaken on the recovered core. To complete the campaign, Fugro carried out downhole P and S suspension logging.

Fugro has conducted an extensive geotechnical investigation campaign for this new Dubai building. This programme represents one of the most comprehensive geotechnical investigations undertaken in the region and the acquired information will be the base for the foundation and piling designs.

Nov 8, 2016
Hyperloop Pods and Portals
Design: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
Hyperloop Pods and Portals in Dubai
image from architects

Hyperloop Pods and Portals in Dubai
Design unveiled for autonomous transportation system and the world’s first Hyperloop pods and portals in Dubai, UAE just as Hyperloop One inks major deal with Dubai Roads and Transport Authority.

28 Oct 2016
Dubai Maritime Museum & Research Centre
Design: Studio Niko Kapa
Dubai Maritime Museum & Research Centre Building
image from architect

Dubai Maritime Museum & Research Centre
Conceived as a continuation and a transition through the wide public space, the building dives into the ocean and merges with it. It develops as a triangular sharp form, which concentrates the public routes to the museum, through an inviting shape that draws visitors to the entrance and distributes them to the interior.

14 Oct 2016
Solar Innovation Centre in Dubai

12 Oct 2016
Al Qassimi Hospital in Dubai

30 Sep 2016
Ladybird Early Learning Centre in Dubai

20 Sep 2016
1/JBR luxurious high-rise residential tower will overlook the upcoming Dubai Eye and The Palm
Design: Edge Design, architects
1/JBR Residential Tower Dubai Building
image from architect

1/JBR Residential Tower Dubai
A 46 storey luxurious residential tower overlooking the upcoming Dubai Eye and The Palm.

9 Sep 2016
Grimshaw selected to design Sustainability Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai
Design: Grimshaw Architects
Sustainability Pavilion for Expo 2020
image courtesy of architects

Sustainability Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai

21 + 20 Jul 2016
Dubai Marina Tower Fire

Dubai Sulafa Tower fire – a major fire broke out at a 75-storey luxury Dubai apartment block.

Large sections of the 285m high building – possibly as much as two thirds of the block – were engulfed by flames.

Dubai Sulafa Tower fire

The skyscraper is the 23rd tallest building in Dubai and 127th tallest in the world.

Time Out Dubai said the fire is believed to have started on the 35th floor of the Sulafa Tower at 2.48pm on Wednesday 20th July.

28 Mar 2016
Fire sweeps through Ajman tower

A fire has broken out in a tower block in the city of Ajman in the United Arab Emirates:

Fire sweeps through Dubai skyscraper

The Address Dubai tower Building

31 Dec 2015 – A fire engulfs The Address Hotel in downtown Dubai in the United Arab Emirates December 31, 2015, reports the BBC.

A fire erupts in a building in Dubai close to the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, ahead of a major New Year fireworks display. The architects of the tower are Atkins.

The Address Dubai Skyscraper
The Address Dubai Skyscraper

The Address hotel, UAE, images © from Atkins

Dubai Architecture Walking Tours – launched by e-architect May 2014

New photos of the airport building interior, 28 Jul 2014:

Dubai Airport Building Dubai Airport Building Dubai Airport Building

Dubai Airport Building Dubai Airport Building

30 Jun 2013
CTBUH Names Sowwah Square Best Tall Building in the Middle East & Africa 2013
Sowwah Square
photo © Lester Alio
CTBUH Awards 2013
Highly distinctive towers in Canada, China, the UK and UAE have been named the best tall buildings in the world for 2013 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The four regional winners include The Bow in Calgary, Canada (Americas); CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, China (Asia & Australia); The Shard, London (Europe); Sowwah Square, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Middle East & Africa).

8 Nov 2012
Jumeirah College
Design: BDP
Jumeirah College Building
image from architect

Jumeirah College Dubai
The architects have been commissioned for the relocation of a prestigious primary and secondary school in Jumeirah. The building relocation will provide additional facilities for 2,300 students. The new building has already started on site and will be a showcase school for the charitable organisation GEMS Education.

5 Oct 2012
O-14 tower, Business Bay, Dubai, UAE – new photos
Design: Reiser + Umemoto – RUR Architecture
O-14 tower Dubai Business Bay Skyscraper
photo : Nelson Garrido

O-14 tower Dubai
O-14 is a twenty-two storey tall commercial tower perched on a two-storey podium in the heart of Dubai’s Business Bay. O-14 comprises 300,000 square feet and is a collaboration between RUR Architecture of New York and the Creek Side Development Company of Dubai. O-14 is located along the extension of Dubai Creek, occupying a prominent location on the waterfront esplanade.

Siemens Middle East Headquarters, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi
Design: Sheppard Robson
Siemens Building UAE
image from architects

Siemens HQ Masdar City – 3 Jan 2012
Design for Siemens’ headquarters at Masdar City has established a new model for sustainable office buildings in the Middle East. Siemens Real Estate set clear standards to achieve an innovative office concept with highest quality architectural design, the most efficient use of space and energy and to be one of the first buildings of its kind in the region to have LEED Platinum status.

Dubai Architecture News – 2011

Dubai Pearl
Schweger Association Architects
Dubai Pearl
image from FD

Dubai Pearl
Construction of Dubai Pearl is continuing, and the groundwork, foundations, basements and lower grounds floors of the four towers which form the central section of Phase 1 of the development is now complete. A total of 3.5 million man hours have so far been spent since work started on site and over 60,000 cubic meter of concrete has been poured on one of the largest construction projects still being developed in the UAE.

Dubai Architecture News – 2010

Masdar Institute Campus, Abu Dhabi
Foster + Partners
Masdar Institute campus Abu Dhabi
photo : Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Masdar Institute Campus

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi – FWAD
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
picture from architect

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi – FWAD opens

Regent Emirates Pearl, Abu Dhabi
Söhne & Partners
Emirates Pearl
picture from architect

Regent Emirates Pearl

Code Unique Hotel, Dubai
Söhne & Partners, Architects
Code Unique Hotel
image from architect

Code Unique Hotel

Yas Island Yacht Club, Abu Dhabi
Omiros One Architecture (O1A)
Yas Island Yacht Club
photograph from architect

Yas Island Yacht Club

Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum Building – Piling Starts
Jean Nouvel
Abu Dhabi Louvre site
photo from BQ
Abu Dhabi Louvre

Heart of Europe, ‘The World’ : A-cero
The World Dubai
photo from architect

Burj Khalifa Dubai : information from Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects
Burj Khalifa
photo © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Dubai Building News 2009

Dubai Architecture News – Selection from 2009

Saadiyat Island Cultural District
various architects
Saadiyat Island Buildings
image from Saadiyat

Saadiyat Island Buildings

Masdar Design Contest, UAE : LAVA win
Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
Masdar Centre Design
picture from architect

Masdar Design Competition

Dubai Building News 2008

Dubai Architecture News – Selection from 2008

MOMEMA : Museum of Middle East Modern Art
image from architect


Burj Dubai : tallest building in world
Burj Dubai Tower
photo from architect
Burj Dubai skyscraper

The Gateway Project – Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah
picture : MIR

Ras Al Khaimah Building

Waterfront City Masterplan
Waterfront City Dubai
image from architect

Dubai Masterplan

Masdar Headquarters
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Masdar Headquarters
image from architect

Masdar Headquarters

Dubai Building News 2007

Location: Dubai, UAE

Dubai Architecture

Dubai Architectural Designs – chronological list

Dubai Palm Island

World Skyscrapers

Dubai Marina : due to be tallest residential tower in the world: 516m high

Palm Jebel Ali

Dubai context : Bahrain architecture

Quatar architecture

Iconic Buildings

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