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19 Oct 2021
Russian Pavilion Building at Expo Dubai 2020, UAE
Design: SPEECH architectural office
Expo 2020 Dubai Russian Pavilion building
photograph : Ilya Ivanov
Russian Pavilion at EXPO 2020 Dubai
EXPO 2020 takes place in Dubai. The exhibition territory is divided into three thematic districts: Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability. Russian Pavilion’s moto is ‘Creative mind: driving the future’. Situated in the Mobility district, the Russia Pavilion develops precisely this theme.

6 Oct 2021
Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion
Design: Grimshaw Architects
Expo 2020 Dubai Sustainability Pavilion building
photo : Phil Handforth
Expo 2020 Dubai Sustainability Pavilion Building
Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion, opened to the public in 2021 as one of the top three attractions of the Dubai Expo 2020, and aims to illuminate the ingenuity and possibility of architecture as society looks to intelligent strategies for future sustainable living.

5 Oct 2021
Italian Pavilion Building at Expo Dubai 2020
Design: CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati and Italo Rota Building Office
Expo 2020 Dubai Italian Pavilion Building
photo : Michele Nastasi
Expo 2020 Dubai Italian Pavilion Building
Italy’s Pavilion at Expo Dubai 2020 opens to the public as an experiment into reconfigurable architecture and circularity. It features three boat hulls as the structure’s roof; a multimedia facade made with two million recycled plastic bottles; and a natural climate mitigation system that substitutes for air conditioning.

30 September 2021
Singapore Pavilion At Expo 2020 Dubai
Design: WOHA
Expo 2020 Dubai Singapore Pavilion building
photo © Singapore Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai
Expo 2020 Dubai Singapore Pavilion Building
Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority appointed WOHA to design the Singapore Pavilion for the 2020 World Expo, Dubai. The Expo officially opens its doors to the public on 1 October 2021 and will run until 31 March 2022. The Singapore Pavilion will welcome visitors into a sustainable oasis in the desert that integrates nature, innovation and architecture and encapsulates Singapore’s vision of becoming a City in Nature.

29 Sep 2021
Dubai Expo UK Pavilion
Design: Es Devlin
Expo 2020 Dubai UK Pavilion Building
photo by Alin Constantin ; image courtesy of Es Devlin
Expo 2020 Dubai UK Pavilion Building
The UK Pavilion, created by leading artist and designer, Es Devlin, will be launched on 1 October 2021. Shaped like a giant wooden conical musical instrument, the Poem Pavilion gathers words donated by each visitor and uses an advanced machine learning algorithm to generate the cumulative collective poem which illuminates its twenty-metre diameter facade.

29 Sep 2021
Dubai Expo Swedish Pavilion Building
Design: Alessandro Ripellino Architects, Studio Adrien Gardère and Luigi Pardo Architetti
Dubai Expo Swedish Pavilion Building
photo courtesy of Swedish government
Dubai Expo Swedish Pavilion Building
On Friday 1 October, the world exhibition Expo 2020 will be inaugurated in Dubai. Sweden participates with an exhibition pavilion, and the Swedish investment is a co-financing between the state and the business community in equal parts.

29 Sep 2021
Dubai Expo Entry Canopy : WonderCool
Design: Woods Bagot UAE
2020 Expo Dubai Entry Canopy: WonderCool
photo courtesy of architecture office
2020 Expo Dubai Entry Canopy: WonderCool
This is a beautiful installation among a host of amazing exhibits at one of the world’s best displays of the future of architecture and design. The first spectacle of architectural design to be encountered by the expected 25 million visitors to Dubai World Expo is the soaring kinetic shade canopy over the visitor arrivals hall.

28 Sep 2021
2020 Expo Dubai German Pavilion

21 Sep 2021
Mosque of the Late Mohamed Abdulkhaliq Gargash, Um Suqeim Road, Al Quoz
Design: Dabbagh Architects
Mosque of the Late Mohamed Abdulkhaliq Gargash, Dubai
photo courtesy of architects office
Mosque of the Late Mohamed Abdulkhaliq Gargash in Dubai
A contemporary place of worship quietly masterful in its use of form, materiality and controlled natural lighting to create a sense of calm and spiritual connection. A pared down form that eschews traditional Islamic typology, with a design narrative to transition the worshipper from the outer everyday world to an inner spiritual experience.

14 Aug 2021
Dubai Residence Landscape
Design: NGS Architects
02 Mudon Dubai home pool stepping stones
photo courtesy of architects office
02 Mudon Dubai Garden Residence
This is the center of the project and is pivotal to the arrangement and architecture of the whole project. The Man cave/Spa was created for the work-at-home parent as a result of the Covid Pandemic.

12 Mar 2021
House of Wisdom in Sharjah, UAE

12 Mar 2021
The Scroll Sculpture in Sharjah

17 Dec 2020
The SPACE, Dubai College

19 July 2020
KOA Canvas Apartments

11 July 2020
Grand Mosque of Gate Avenue + KSA Pavilion

5 July 2020
Kraz Restaurant, Sharjah
Architects: H2R Design
Kraz Restaurant Sharjah interior design
image courtesy of architects office
Kraz Restaurant in Sharjah
Kraz, a modern Emirati restaurant located in a residential area and close to universities in Sharjah. The boutique firm designed Kraz in a way that lets diners discover the eloquence of Emirati traditions, while enjoying a minimalistic ambiance harmonized between luxury and simplicity with singular tones and subtle patterns.

11 June 2020
Flamenca at The World Islands
Design: UNICA Architects
Flamenca World Archipelago Islands Dubai
image courtesy of architects
Flamenca at The World Islands in Dubai
The essence of Andalusian Heritage. Representing the culture and history of a place through a contemporary construction.

22 May 2020
Coca-Cola Arena, City Walk
Architects: Populous
Coca Cola Arena in Dubai
photo courtesy of architects
Coca-Cola Arena
Global architecture firm Populous celebrates its first arena concept design in the Middle East. With a capacity of 17,000, the arena becomes the largest multi-purpose indoor arena in the region and, by incorporating climate control throughout the building.

6 May 2020
The Opus
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
The Opus Hotel Dubai UAE
photograph : Laurian Ghinitoiu
The Opus Hotel in Dubai
Home to the new ME Dubai hotel, The Opus is located in the Burj Khalifa district adjacent to Downtown Dubai and Business Bay on the Dubai Water Canal.

23 Apr 2020
EXPO pavilion
Architects: 10 Design
Expo Pavilion Concept Dubai UAE
image courtesy of architects office
EXPO Pavilion Concept
By imagining, making, communicating, and sharing within the pavilion’s activity spaces on the ground, a bright and open future is revealed in the clouds above.

14 May 2020
RIBA Cityscape Intelligence Sketchbook News

Cityscape Intelligence and RIBA are hosting a Sketchbook competition – Culturally Significant Vernacular Architecture in the Gulf

It is an open call competition to RIBA members in the Gulf (UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, Sultanate of Oman), non-member local Gulf architects and architecture students across the Gulf to submit a sketch in line with the theme of vernacular architecture in your country.

The winner will receive a VIP ticket to one Cityscape Conference of their choosing and access to one Cityscape architecture workshop (valid until 2021) and will display their sketching skills in a live RIBA Cityscape Intelligence webinar session that will be livestreamed for members across the Gulf to view on June 18 2020.

The silver and bronze delegates will be featured in the RIBA International newsletter and promoted on the RIBA website. Through this competition, the RIBA and Cityscape Intelligence aim to celebrate the similarities and differences in traditional architecture across the Gulf.

Wednesday, May 20th: Deadline for submission (10 pm UAE, Oman time & 9 pm Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, KSA time)

RIBA Cityscape Intelligence Sketchbook

25 Mar 2020
Springs Warehouse Gym in UAE

10 Feb 2020
Expo Entry Portals
Architect: Asif Khan Studio
Dubai 2020 Expo Entry Portals UAE
photograph : Hélène Binet
Dubai 2020 Expo Entry Portals in UAE
Asif Khan, renowned British architecture studio, has designed the Expo Entry Portals, three spectacular gateways to Expo 2020 Dubai that will grant entry to visitors from 20 October. The structures are the first works to be unveiled from the studio’s design of more than six kilometres of Expo 2020 Public Realm.

2 Nov 2019
Barjeel Museum for Modern Arab Art in Sharjah – 1st Prize Winner News
Design: Architects AIDIA STUDIO
Barjeel Museum for Modern Arab Art in Sharjah UAE - Dubai Building News
images courtesy of architects office
Barjeel Museum for Modern Arab Art in Sharjah
First Prize Winner, Tamayouz Excellency Award, Barjeel Foundation

1 Nov 2019
Barjeel Museum for Modern Arab Art, Sharjah
Design: Architect Habibeh Madjdabadi
Barjeel Museum for Modern Arab Art, Sharjah
image courtesy of architects
Habibeh Madjdabadi’s Museum for Modern Arab Art in the UAE

14 Oct 2019
Light Middle East

Opens on Tuesday 15th October.

Light Middle East event registration

15 – 17 October 2019
Dubai World Trade Centre

19 Sep 2019
Hotel Room Design Challenge News

Godwin Austen Johnson has won the Hotel Room Design Challenge at The Hotel Show Dubai.

A new feature for this year The Hotel Room Design Challenge was introduced to showcase some of the UAE’s leading interior designers and fit out contractors.

Godwin Austen Johnson has won the Hotel Room Design Challenge at The Hotel Show Dubai
photograph : Refaad Sulttan

Competing teams were given a designated space within the event to create their room set design, based upon a theme Dubai: A World of Possibility, A Lifetime of Stories. Visitors at the event were asked to vote for their favourite room set design during the first and second days of the Hotel Show, and the winning team was awarded at the Middle East Hospitality Awards.

Headed by a young team of designers from GAJ the Wander concept was conceived by junior designer Faizal Razak and interior designer Abdallah Mohamed Gad and supported by junior designer Hala Abdelbaky and intern Aya Faour with guidance from senior members of the team.

Their room design was contemporary, sleek and minimalistic with elements deigned to create a practical multifunctional experience. The materiality was hand-picked to reflect sustainability and durability throughout the space with use of recycled and low environmental impact materials. Flexibility and adaptability were some of the key influences throughout the design allowing users to create various possibilities functionally both inside and outside the space.

“The team for this initiative was chosen based on their passion for the project. It was an exciting challenge and we wanted to ensure the people working on it were going to see it as a platform to showcase their creativity and technical skills,” said Jacinda Raniolo, lead creative designer at Godwin Austen Johnson.


– NOAF Interiors
– Mirodec
– Sensi
– Tarrab
– Green Coverings
– Forbo
– Arteco
– International Hotel Supply Company
– Assa Abloy
– Rubelli
– Studio Art
– Kikkerland
– Ikon House
– Sahco
– Restonic
– Huda Lighting
– Indigo Living
– Elitis

2 Aug 2019
Timber Pavilion at Dubai Design Week 2019
Architects: Collaborative Architecture
Timber Pavilion Dubai Design Week 2019
image courtesy of architects
Timber Pavilion Dubai Design Week 2019
Collaborative Architecture to install, an innovative, islamic pattern inspired,
Timber Pavilion – ‘The Souk’ at Dubai Design Week, Dubai, UAE
11-16 Nov 2019

8 July 2019
ASMA Dubai Mall
Architects: H2R Design
ASMA Dubai Mall, Middle Eastern Restaurant
photo : Nikola Stokanovic
ASMA Dubai Mall Restaurant
A Middle Eastern restaurant, inspired by the mother of three Emirati siblings (entrepreneurs).

25 Apr 2019

‘Eat, Sleep, Work, Repeat’ lighting CPD with Dyson

Date: 30 April 2019, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Dubai Design District, Building 1A, 1st Floor, ESAG Design Hub

Learn about the Human connection to natural light and our dependence on the right light at the right time to keep us in sync with our natural Circadian Rhythms. Explore with Dyson the current understanding of visual and nonvisual effects of light and how this ties up with WELL Building Standard 2.0.


24 + 19 Mar 2019

RIBA Middle East architecture Events in Dubai

Leaders in Architecture Summit

27 – 28 March 2019

Join over 100 senior level professionals from the construction industry at this 2 day architecture summit in Dubai.

Leaders in Architecture MENA is dedicated to developing, celebrating and connecting architects, interior designers and senior decision makers from leading international architectural practices, contractors, developers, government officials, engineers and solution providers. Gathering the most senior industry professionals from across the world, the summit provides a unique opportunity to learn from and get inspired by leaders, luminaries, and legends from within and outside architecture, set future business plans and appreciate breathtaking and daring architecture.

RIBA Gulf Chapter Chair and Founder of Dabbagh Architects, Sumaya Dabbagh, will be participating in the event along with more than 100 senior level architects, designers and developers.

To explore your participation options, please contact the organizers at or on +420797610422.

CPD: RIBA Inclusive Design (Access) seminar in Dubai

17 April 2019

Would you like to learn more about inclusive design? This seminar will identify key aspects of inclusive design, informing structure and overall design, as well as reviewing key detail designs, common misconceptions and design errors. Sponsored by Geberit.

Essential advice on Inclusive Design for Architects and the Dubai Universal Design Strategy
17 April 2019, 6pm to 9pm, Dubai
Geberit d3, Dubai Design District, Dubai

As Access becomes a key requirement of successful architecture, all built schemes will need to be suitable for all users no matter what their capability.
In the first half day RIBA CPD seminar of 2019, Jane Simpson, Access Expert and Architect will explore the imperatives and the process of Inclusive Design and give you the tools to meet your obligations. Inclusive Design is a Core CPD curriculum topic and this seminar will count towards your CPD points.

CPD: Inclusive Design (Access) seminar in Dubai

The presentation will be split into two parts:

Overview of the Philosophy of inclusion
Comparison of the UK and Dubai approach and an explain the benefits of diversity
Detailed explanation of requirements from construction stages from briefing to completion using the sequential journey

Review of design standards – Universal Design Strategy, Dubai
Overview of key structure and design concerns
Guidance on design approach to produce successful and compliant schemes

The Speaker: Jane Simpson, Jane Simpson Access Ltd
Jane is Director of Jane Simpson Access Ltd and a RIBA Chartered Architect and consultant member of the National Register of Access Consultants (NRAC) and one of the UK’s leading experts in the field. She sits on the Civic Trust Selwyn Goldsmith Awards Panel, is the RIBA’s Specialist Practice Advisor on inclusion, representing them on Design Council, Regulations & Standards, CPD, Architects for Change, UIA Architecture for All Western Europe and BSI committees.

• RIBA/CIAT Members 120AED + VAT (UAE Dirhams)
• Non-members 240AED + VAT (UAE Dirhams)

How to book

Sponsors Geberit made this UAE architecture event possible.

5 Mar 2019

Internationally Recognized Transportation and Commercial Building Designer Now Leading Architectural Studio at Perkins+Will Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—Morgan Fleming, an architect who managed the design of Kuwait International Airport’s Terminal 2 and the expansion of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s Pier A in The Netherlands, in addition to dozens of other large-scale projects in cities around the world, is now the design director of Perkins + Will’s Dubai studio.

In his new role, Fleming oversees the studio’s design teams and works directly with clients to realize their visions for corporate, commercial, civic, and cultural buildings, as well as transportation projects. Familiar with the culture and economic development goals of the Middle East and North Africa thanks to a decade spent working there, Fleming is both highly qualified for the position and passionate about it.

“I’ve always had a unique appreciation of, and affinity for, the design culture of this region. To me, it reflects the cherished balance of two distinct values: the preservation of history and cultural heritage, and the celebration of urban modernity in an increasingly global economy,” Fleming says. “I’m honored to be able to help our clients here maintain that important balance through intelligent design and architecture.”

Fleming’s personal design ethos complements that of Perkins+Will, too. Both are committed to architectural excellence through the design of places that support health, happiness, and well-being; reduce energy and water use; and protect and restore the natural environment.

“Morgan is a world-class architect in every way. He brings to our studio—and to our clients—just the right mix of international and regional experience, enthusiasm, and expertise,” says Richard Marshall, interim managing director of Perkins+Will’s Dubai studio. “From design to on-site construction management, he understands every aspect of our business, both here and abroad, and he has a proven track record of successful project outcomes.”

Other noteworthy projects in Fleming’s portfolio include The Spire in London, planned to be the tallest residential tower in Europe; the expansion of Terminal 2 at Heathrow International Airport, also in London; the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and Residences in San Francisco, California—part of the city’s new Oceanwide Center development; the HS1 Vision Plan for the California High-Speed Rail Authority in Sacramento, California; and the National Bank of Kuwait Headquarters Tower in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

Fleming is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is a registered Architect in the State of New York. He holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

4 Mar 2019
Ethar – Honoring Generosity
Design: OMA and Inside Outside
Ethar Honoring Generosity in Dubai Building News
image Courtesy architecture office
Ethar – Honoring Generosity
OMA and Inside Outside have collaborated on a design for a field of columns engraved with stories from Arabic scholars, scientists and thinkers, unified in a monumental landscape embodying generosity and knowledge.

24 Feb 2019

RIBA DIT Dubai Networking Reception

Meet with key influencers and decision makers in architecture, construction sectors and local government.

RIBA DIT Dubai Networking Reception
Sol Sky Lounge, Zabeel House, Dubai UAE
6.30pm Monday 18 March 2019

First networking event of 2019.

This informal evening is a great opportunity to meet influencers and decision makers in architecture, construction sectors and local government at the new contemporary Zabeel House hotel in Dubai Creek.

You will be able to enjoy drinks and canapes on the beautiful rooftop Sol Sky Bar and take in the spectacular views of the Dubai skyline at sundown.

The event is being run in partnership with the UK government’s Department of International Trade Dubai office, and we are delighted that we will be joined by senior staff from the British Embassy who will give an insight into their operations in Dubai and the UAE. You will also get the chance to catch up with RIBA staff to hear the latest news from the institute and our plans for RIBA International Regions in 2019.

The event is the social highlight of a three-day architecture export mission, delivered by RIBA and DIT to bring five up and coming UK practices to Dubai. As part of the RIBA’s work to celebrate excellence in architecture and design, there will also be a pop-up architecture exhibition on display, showing work from RIBA Chartered practices from both the UK and the RIBA Gulf Chapter.

Bookings close on 14 March and spaces are limited so please register now to ensure your place for this exciting event.

Website: RIBA DIT Architecture Networking News

22 Feb 2019
Al Seef Dubai by 10 Design up for MIPIM Awards 2019
Al Seef Dubai project
photo : Gerry O’Leary
Al Seef Dubai Development

2 Feb 2019
Smart Traffic and Road Safety Summit

Date: 25th March 2019

Venue: Park Hyatt Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Smart Traffic and Road Safety Summit, Dubai 2019, aspires to identify and analyze Traffic and Road Safety challenges in UAE and the Middle East.

Given the tremendous developments in UAE and the Middle East and the expansion of road networks, evolution of road transport and the new policies and strategies to overcome traffic related obstacles, Smart Traffic, Road Safety and Accident Prevention have become more critical than ever.


27 Jan 2019
Warehouse GYM D3 in Dubai

26 Jan 2019
Al Bait Resort in Sharjah, UAE

19 Jan 2019
RIBA Architects’ Breakfast Dubai

‘Fire Strategy and Building Assurance for Architects: How to Avoid Common Mistakes’

With guest speaker, specialist fire safety engineer, Peter Stephenson of Warringtonfire UAE

The event took place on Tuesday 12 February 2019 and was held in association with Geberit Group who have kindly sponsored a programme of activities with RIBA in the UAE this year. This UAE architectural event took place at their wonderful facilities in Dubai Design District.

Al Fattan Towers Dubai, The Walk, Dubai Marina
Design: Tabanlioglu Architects (TA_)
Al Fattan Crystal Towers Dubai Building News
photo © Elif Simge Fettahoğlu
Al Fattan Towers Dubai Marina

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