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The MENA interior design awards open for registration

all for interior design and architecture projects realised in the MENA region between 2012 and 2013

Awards Ceremony to take place during INDEX International Design Exhibition and workspace at INDEX exhibitions on 19th May, 2014
Dubai, November 19, 2013 – Registration for the Middle East and North Africa Interior Design Awards is now open, dmg events announced today. The organisers of INDEX and workspace at INDEX, the region’s largest and longest running residential and commercial design and interiors exhibitions, revealed requirements and deadlines of the competition, now in its second year. Winners will be announced at the Awards.


Ceremony, which will be held at a gala event on 19 May 2014, the opening evening of INDEX and workspace at INDEX exhibitions.

Open to interior designers, interior architects and architects from across the globe, the MENA Interior Design Awards rewards projects located in the Middle East and North Africa which have been completed between 1st January 2012 and 31st December 2013.

“Following the success of the inaugural edition of the competition, we decided to introduce the MENA Interior Design Awards as a regular feature at INDEX and workspace at INDEX,” said Frederique Maurell, Group Event Director. “There are so many excellent projects in this region and, with over 26,000 people visiting both shows, INDEX and Workspace at INDEX provide the ideal platform to draw the attention of the industry to them.”

From luxury hotels and restaurants to apartments, offices and clinics, the competition recognises the most outstanding projects within fifteen different categories including: Corporate Space Large (1,000 square meters and above); Corporate Space Small (under 1,000 square meters); Cultural/Institutional/Educational (Elementary/secondary educational facilities, colleges/universities, art museums, religious facilities, libraries); Healthcare (Clinics, hospitals, medical facilities); Hospitality (bed & breakfasts, guest houses, hotels, resorts); Hotels and Resorts: Luxury (5 stars properties only); Landscape Residential; Landscape Non-residential (municipal parks, mixed use outdoor spaces, golf courses, racing tracks); Municipal/Public Spaces (Government spaces, sports arenas, entertainment/performing arts centres); Recreational (Club houses, Spas, Fitness/Wellness Centres, Yachts); Residential Space Large (Villas, Mansions, Palaces); Residential Space Small (Apartments, townhouses); Restaurants (Restaurants, bars, lounges); and Retail (Stores, boutiques, showrooms).

Participant projects for each of the fifteen categories will be evaluated by a panel of international and regional industry experts. Judge Charles Leon, Director of Charles Leon Associates, said: “I want an interior design to raise the bar and inspire. I want it to fire up my emotions; I want it to tell me a story! When I experience a design and say to myself “I wish I’d thought of that”, then I know it’s good”.

Four criteria will be taken into consideration: delivery of the key requirements of the client brief (appropriateness); the use of new trends and techniques (innovation); the impact of the project on its surroundings (context); and the presentation from the initial concept through to its completion. The projects that best comply with these criteria; will be announced as the winning entries.

The MENA Interior Design Awards has already garnered industry support from key companies including Kansai Paint MENA -Awards’ Headline sponsor – and in-light LLC sponsor of the Restaurant Category.

“At Kansai, we believe in the power of colour and value of self-expression. We see ourselves as creative enablers for the design community, and are proud to stand side-by-side with the trend-setters amongst us as headline sponsors for the Middle East & North Africa Interior Design Awards 2014 – let this be a first step towards empowering the fine artists who enrich our senses and souls with elements of beauty and serenity” said Wael Nuweihed, Regional Marketing Director, Kansai Paint MENA.

“in-lite, total light solution provider, is delighted to be involved with INDEX for the 2014 Middle East Interior Design Awards and sponsor the Restaurant Category” commented Shafik Morillas, General Manager, in-light LLC.

Further information on the competition is available on both the INDEX and workspace at INDEX websites, at or

Participants have time till 17th March 2014 to register online at or at Shortlisted projects will be advised on 10th April, 2014 and the winners will be announced on 19 May 2014 at the Middle East Awards gala evening.

About Marc Mcilhone

Marc Mcilhone
Marc Mcilhone is ArabBrains' Editor - sourcing news and features content and overseeing the work of the site’s contributors. Marc’s work is informed by his technical background in architecture having worked for some of the UK’s leading practices on projects within the education, healthcare and housing sectors. Marc has a particular interest in how innovators are creating sustainable solutions that have a positive impact on people’s everyday lives. Please email press releases and news to:

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