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076 REPORT / MIDDLE EAST
Success stories Dubai-based TV station Al Arabiya
recently opened a new studio with lighting by Oasis
Enterprises (left); Isometrix designed the lighting at
Nobu in the Atlantis Hotel at Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah,
the world’s largest man-made island
well informed and passionate about lighting be investing particularly in infrastructure It would seem the Middle East, which has
before they come to us.” or ‘National Icon’ projects such as Airports been built on one architectural achieve-
Holmes, aware that lighting is in its early and world class Museums. The Museum of ment after another, is far from running out
stages of education for many in the region, Islamic Art, for example, has placed Doha of steam; though the current economic
is also alert to the dangers of spec-switch- on a new world stage.” climate may delay the realisation of some
ing, particularly in times of caution. “As a Elsewhere, Saudi Arabia would seem to have projects it does not appear to have derailed
manufacturer we (iGuzzini) endeavour to stemmed the affects of the economic crisis, the end ambition of producing eminent and
promote the merits of good quality lighting seemingly due to their contained wealth ground-breaking developments. The unique
solutions and strive to support the cli- and little foreign investment, to see a varia- combination of vision and partnership
ent. We have confidence in our products’ tion of residential, retail and commercial between respected architects, specialist
abilities to realise client’s designs and must projects. Developer Kingdom Holding has designers, developers and leaders across
therefore place trust in the fact that the plans to eclipse the Burj Dubai with the the Middle East ensures it is still one of
employment of professional cost consul- 1,000 metres high Kingdom Tower in Jeddah the most sought after regions for lighting
tants, who are employed to ensure their and the government continues to invest in schemes.
customers obtain the best value for money, new universities, schools, infrastructure and Recognition for quality architectural lighting
is positive and not detrimental.” residential developments to cater for their and respect for it as a discipline is slowly
growth rate. According to US census it is 2% finding a place here. As more architects
Continued Prosperity per annum, this reported figure goes against work with lighting designers greater appre-
Savage believes the safest projects are the general world growth rate, which is in ciation for the field is being fostered within
those on the world stage, for example the decline. the region.
Meydan new horse racing course and the Fattouh has seen the least slowdown and With the immensity of competitive rivalry
new Formula 1 track, where the programme cancellation of projects in Saudi, Jordan for developments to be the most distin-
cannot slip. Additionally, there is plenty of and Lebanon. This may be due to the re- guishable, day and night, lighting is being
opportunity still to be had across the whole gions being slower in commencing new proj- acknowledged as a field that can ensure
Gulf. Qatar is witnessing a positive demand ects and generally less dependable on bank their structures architecturally portray the
for both commercial space and residential financing. Therefore with a high demand for desired image and are cemented as land-
units within Doha, with supply currently hotels, residential and other projects Delta marks across the Gulf skylines.
behind demand. are actively promoting projects within both Liz Moody is a freelance journalist based
Ball adds, “Abu Dhabi and Doha appear to Jordan and Lebanon. in Dubai, UAE.
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