The Middle East’s premier exhibition for lighting design and technology-Light Middle East would take place from October 17-19, 2017 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). The awards are the major highlight of this expo. Now in its 5th edition, the Light Middle East Awards in 2017 returns with the hugely competitive International Lighting Project of the Year category, where six shortlisted entries from France, USA (two entries), UK, Germany, and Italy made the cut. A shortlist of 40 projects from 135 entries has been selected to contest nine project categories, while a revamped six-product category line-up will be contested by 29 lighting products out of 117 entries.

The winner, along with 14 others will be crowned at a gala dinner ceremony at the conclusion of the Light Middle East trade show on October 19, 2017 at DTWC.

Khalifa University was the only shortlisted project to be nominated for more than one category this year, with the UAE’s top ranked university looking to win the ultimate accolade for the Innovative Lighting, Exterior Lighting, and Sustainable Lighting project of the year categories.

Dubai-based Umaya Lighting Design was tasked with the interior and exterior lighting of the recent Khalifa University extension, which comprised 169,630sqm and four buildings. The approach considered the ambient lighting as the sum of individual lighting strategies, reducing the installed load and providing a balanced atmosphere.

The Light Middle East Awards 2017 gala evening will be attended by more than 600 industry professionals, and is one of the most popular features of Light Middle East. “The growing popularity of the Light Middle East Awards is an indication of how the lighting design profession has transformed into a highly competitive and increasingly cutting edge field,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the organiser of Light Middle East.