This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
REPORT / MIDDLE EAST 075
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, has and Doha… we are also seeing increased able to offer support; we are investing in
appeared generally more reserved and its development in Lebanon and Syria, in addi- our regional offices to improve our capabili-
cautious approach to speedy growth and its tion to Dubai.” ties and ensure we exceed expectations.”
lack of need, mainly due to its oil reserves It is at times such as these that organisa-
and financial standing, to enter the tour- tions take a step back and reassess their Repercussions of belt tightening
ist ‘hotspot list’ has set it in good stead. position and the lighting faculty in the As we are all too aware, threat of reduc-
Vowles points out: “Abu Dhabi has slowed region is no different. “We are having to tion in budgets is often detrimental to the
down on construction too, but more for the work much harder to progress payments of latter stage specialisms such as lighting.
reason as not to fall into the same trap as overdue invoices, are cautious with whom In a region where no lighting regulations
its neighbour (Dubai). Abu Dhabi can afford new contracts are signed and, like most or guidelines exist and education is in its
to slow down on planned attractions such companies, are trying to reduce outgoing infancy sub-consultants fees are often the
as the Louvre and Guggenheim on Saadiyat costs,” confirms Savage. Good business first to be scrutinised. Fattouh is strong in
Island.” acumen rain or shine. Assessing workloads his conviction that though sometimes con-
As a consequence, how is the lighting Savage continues, “Our current projects are sidered as a luxury, the UAE is an advanced
profession fairing in the Middle East? Savage always at different stages of progression, design market and developers know the
is upbeat; not letting market speculation thankfully we have not experienced too value of lighting design and will continue to
interfere with his daily activities. “There drastic a halt in our work… talking to local request the service. Good news, but is this
are always projects which must be finished, manufacturers and suppliers most seem to the case for a specified product? Debbas are
and quickly, as they are promised by a cer- be very buoyant with orders coming through only too aware with budget cuts being de-
tain date or guaranteed to be finished; for from last year’s quotations, or before.” manded by clients/developers it opens the
example the Formula 1 circuit and associ- So, for many, it appears business continues door for cheaper, unknown, products to be
ated Yas Island area of Abu Dhabi.” as usual. Delta Lighting Solutions have so considered against well designed specifica-
Fattouh, supports this confirming that the far not made any reductions to their team tions. “Our job is to try to prevent this from
UAE remains their biggest market, and are of 15 staff and 10 lighting designers and occurring and to protect our brands and the
continuing to actively progress projects according to Senior Principal, Fattouh, have design intent”, Vowles reiterates.
such as the JAL Hotel Twin Towers on Sheikh no plans to do so: “The reason is that the Ball adds: “Some of the shopping malls
Zayed Road, Dubai; the new ultra luxuri- market will turn and when it does we will have evidently been value engineered to a
ous desert resort ‘Qasr Al Sarab’ and Bloom be well placed for new projects.” painful degree, this was particularly distinct
Village, a residential property develop- Lighting manufacturer iGuzzini ME are when compared with hotels that shared the
ment in the capital. Colin Ball, associate investing in their regional office and are same complexes. I suspect that so much
for London based Isometrix Light & Design wholly focused on providing continued cus- of the budgets are spent on central icons,
has also witnessed a change in business tomer support, announcing the addition of a media screens and aquaria that little is left
from the region. “We have seen a dramatic new member this month. Holmes explains: for lighting; a symptom of viewing lighting
shift of interest in the project types and “When times are tough and companies are as an addition, rather than fundamental to
locations; with more currently in Abu Dhabi stretched for resource it is vital that we are the final look. However, our clients are very
Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110  |  Page 111  |  Page 112  |  Page 113  |  Page 114  |  Page 115  |  Page 116  |  Page 117  |  Page 118  |  Page 119  |  Page 120  |  Page 121  |  Page 122  |  Page 123  |  Page 124  |  Page 125  |  Page 126  |  Page 127  |  Page 128  |  Page 129  |  Page 130  |  Page 131  |  Page 132  |  Page 133  |  Page 134  |  Page 135  |  Page 136  |  Page 137  |  Page 138  |  Page 139  |  Page 140
Produced with Yudu - www.yudu.com