The countdown begins for the first Design Middle East Awards 2018 presented by du. The event will be held at Habtoor Palace-LXR Hotels & Resorts, Dubai on October 10, 2018. The awards are about celebration of the creative best and foremost from the region’s design industry. The awards will honour the best of designers, architects, projects, and design oriented companies. The award ceremony with various categories will strive to recognise the individual excellence, company strengths, and project success and the leading design experts who’re part of our selection procedure.

We bring to you the much-awaited shortlist for the awards:

1. Architectural Firm of the Year
Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ)
KEO International Consultants

2. Fit-Out Firm of the Year
GDM Interiors
ALEC Fit-Out
A&T Group Interiors

3. Interior Design Firm of the Year
Bishop Design
MMAC Design Associates
Studio EM
Bluehaus Group
Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ)
OPAAL Interiors

4. Decor Retailer of the Year
2XL Furniture & Home Decor
Chattels & More
Maison D’art

5. Interior Designer of the Year
Paul Bishop, Bishop Design
Maja Kozel, Maja Kozel Design
Meya Zaghdoud, MMAC Design Associates
Pallavi Dean, Roar
Noor Majid Al Muhaideb, OPAAL Interiors

6. Architect of the Year
Lama Harb, JT+Partners
Mariska Stoffel, Killa Design
Medy Nahravani, Design Haus Medy
Raj Patel, KEO International Consultants
Nael Evans, SIEC

7. Young Talent of the Year
May El Agizy, Bluehaus Group
Omar Nakkash, Nakkash Design Studio
Rasha Altekreeti, MMAC Design Associates
Yasmin Farahmandy, Gensler
Nicola Fahy, Studio EM
William Bennett, desert INK
Amy Louise Dwyer, OPAAL Interiors

8. Lifetime Achievement Award 
Mustafa Khamash, Kart Group
Chris Johnson, Gensler
Noor Majid Al Muhaideb, OPAAL Interiors

9. Retail Project of the Year
Symphony Fashion Store, Dubai Mall by H2R Design
Design Lotus Arts De Vivre, City Walk, Dubai by Bishop Design
Al Rawi, cafe & bookstore, Sharjah by Roar
The Contemporary District, Al Seef by 10 DESIGN
The Avenues Kuwait by Gensler

10. Commercial Project of the Year
Imkan Corporate Office by Bluehaus Group
Olioli by Sneha Divias Atelier
Oriana Spa, Jeddah by SUPERFUTUREDESIGN*
Signature Element by Design Haus Medy
Edelman Office by Roar
VR Park, Dubai Mall by 4SPACE Design

11. Residential Project of the Year
Villa Bar Al Jissah, Oman by Sneha Divias Atelier
Satwa Villa by GDM Interiors
Private villa at Al Khawaneej 3, Dubai by Kart Group
Dubai South Town homes by SIEC
KH Villa, Abu Dhabi by Remy Architects
Bahçeköy House by Habif Architects
Marasi Water Homes, Business Bay by U+A

12. Hospitality Project Design (Bar, restaurants, and clubs)
TWO at Symphony, Dubai Mall by H2R Design
Scalini, Four Seasons Hotel, Dubai by Bishop Design
Atmosfire, Dubai by 4SPACE
BOA Lounge and Club, The V Hotel, Dubai by Bishop Design
Snooze Coffee Shop, Dubai by Lightspace Design
Brew 92, Jeddah by Liqui Design
Le Petit Belge, Motor City by Creneau International
Hotel Cartagena, JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai by Atelier EPJ

13Hospitality Project Design (Hotels)
Al Alamein Hotel, Eqypt by H2R
Design Rove, La Mer, Dubai by MMAC Design Associates
Al Manara Lighthouse, Jordan by MMAC Design Associates
Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait by Gensler

14. Landscape Project of the Year
Al Dana Waves Garden, Abu Dhabi Gate by Noha Jaheen Design
Villa on Jumeirah Island by Sejal Nagjee , Milestone Dubai
The Block, desert INK

15. Design Education Project of the Year
Prince Sultan College for Visually Impaired, Saudi Arabia by ZAS Architects
Swiss International Scientific School of Dubai by U+A
Aquila School, Dubailand by National Engineering Bureau (NEB)

16. Sustainable Project of the Year
One life, d3, Dubai by Studio EM
Swiss International Scientific School of Dubai by U+A
Xworks, Dubai by AESG

To book your seat, contact:
Joaquim D’Costa
+971 50 440 2706