Realty, leisure to plot UAE design sector's course

Realty, leisure to plot UAE design sectors course
Interior designers, architects and even end-users across several sectors continue to explore new aesthetic possibilities.

Dubai - Mena construction market is expected to be worth around $336B by 2020


Rohma Sadaqat

Published: Fri 20 Sep 2019, 10:32 PM

Last updated: Fri 4 Oct 2019, 10:03 AM

The growth in the UAE's real estate, hospitality and leisure sectors are helping to drive the country's design sector, experts at the first edition of the Middle East Design and Hospitality Week said.
The event brought together eight different shows including The Leisure Show, Surface Design Middle East, and Index, and welcomed over 1,200 exhibitors from 80 countries. With the Expo 2020 Dubai event contributing to a surge across various sectors, experts at the event noted that a spill-over effect will result in a significant growth in the UAE's design and interiors sector.
Sharing insight on trends in decorative surfaces across various sectors, Madhusudhan Rao, chief executive officer of Danube Group, said: "Sustainable design, smart space planning and international aesthetics with local flavour are amongst the few trends that are popular in the GCC. Residences have become way softer with nature inspired themes over the last few years. Schools too have bright and attractive design features that makes the students feel positive and welcoming."
"Moreover, hospitals in the GCC have also understood and realised the need of the hour i.e. how a good surface design can immensely help in improving the mood and health of the patients along with the feeling of well-being, keeping the hygiene a top most priority."
According to a BMI Research report, the Mena construction market is expected to be worth around $336 billion by 2020. The BNC Projects Journal estimates that there are currently over 15,000 projects in the UAE estimated at $791 billion.
Urban construction contributes 45 per cent of planned and ongoing work in the GCC and is valued at $1.08 trillion, with hospitality and retail projects taking the bulk.
Hotel industry analyst STR's April 2019 pipeline data revealed there are 424 hotel projects accounting for 125,052 rooms in construction in the Middle East. According to ProTenders, the UAE had 652 hospitality projects worth $107.8 billion under way as of April 2019.
Tony Crinion, portfolio director at dmg events' design division, said: "There is a strong pipeline of construction and refurbishment projects in the Mena region, which will impact the interior design and fit-out industry in the region."
"Interior designers, architects and even end-users across the residential, hospitality, health and fitness, education and industrial sectors are exploring possibilities where aesthetics, functionality, durability, technology and sustainability converge when choosing surfaces," he added.

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