Interior design market in Dubai 'is expanding fast'

08/06/2012 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Bob Brunskill
Interior design market in Dubai 'is expanding fast'

Given the number of creative industries cropping up in the UAE, bringing with them imaginative and artistic professionals, it is no wonder more people who are buying in Dubai are embracing the art of decorating.Last week, the Grand Hyatt in the emirate hosted the Interior Design Awards 2012, where Humaid Mohammed Obeid Al Qattami - UAE minister of education - remarked on how the industry is growing in the region.He was speaking at the launch of a new contest - the Danube-APID Student Interior Design Competition - which aims to encourage young professionals in the market to carry out their creative trade in the burgeoning city.Al Qattami highlighted the importance of interior design in Dubai and explained that the Danube scheme sees students utilising the skills they learn through an academic design course in a way that offers far-reaching appeal.Founder and chairman of the Danube Group Rizwan Sajan commented: "Interior design in the Middle East is developing at a rapid pace. Launching the competition was part of a move to help boost the region's interior design industry and also to discover the talent of emerging interior designers."He added that the success of the contest has laid the foundations for more exciting events in the industry and will bring new practitioners to the fore.The inaugural competition awarded 12 people with the prize money kitty totaling AED 85,000 (£15,000).Winners were selected from more than 280 entries submitted in two categories, Reception lounge and Display Vitrine.Group Ad.Infinitum's winning entry was rewarded with the grand prize of AED 20,000, while the chief executive officer's award went to champion Group AGU, who claimed an AED 5,000 cash payout.The competition recognised five talents from each category with special merits, with designs being evaluated on aspects including innovation, functionality and usability."The entrants demonstrated a holistic approach to sustainable design that communicates a forward-thinking approach," president of APID Farida Kamber Al Awadhi stated.