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Business & Money | Friday 2 October, 2015 4:48 pm |


As the Middle East and North Africa region is taking over the global design and architecture industry with the ever growing demand mainly in the fields of hospitality, commercial properties, education and healthcare, Leaders in Design MENA, organized by International Business Council, that will take place on the dates 15th and 16th of November 2015 in Dubai, has gathered an outstanding line-up of speakers working with multi-billion iconic projects across the MENA region in order to discuss further advancement of the sector.

″For many years now, Leaders in Design MENA, organized by International Business Council, is a forum for the region’s driving elite of the real estate industry to connect with new potential business partners and develop valuable relationships. It is a great opportunity to share our vast experience with other professionals as well as to take the pulse of the region.″ Francis Gallagher, Principal and Managing Director of the HKS Architects Ltd.

One of the most crucial topics that will be deliberated during the summit is Sustainable Design - Green design has gone from a novelty approach practiced by a few select designers for an enlightened group of clients, to an indispensable consideration of the design process among all firms, big and small.

“Leaders in Design MENA is one of the most important events in the region for designers and I am honoured to be invited to share my experiences in architectural design at the conference. This event offers a great opportunity for design professionals from around the globe to discuss current issues, challenges and market trends, especially their impact on future development and the design profession in the Middle East and North Africa. I believe both the programmes line up and the spontaneous conversations that follow will spark a lot of ideas and definitely inspire every one of us.” Michael Fowler, Managing Director of AEDAS Middle East

Among 60 presenters, some of the renowned gurus in the industry are Marc Cerone, the Director of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Andrew Linwood, the Head of Design of Areen Hospitality, Clay Pendergast, the Senior Vice President of HOK, Predeep Menon, the CEO of RSP Architects, and Tom Hasker, the Managing Director - Property of Atkins Middle East.

According to Elena Jassim, CEO of International Business Council, “The Middle East is becoming a trend-setter when it comes to the design and architecture industry. We at International Business Council are extremely pleased to host such prominent industry leaders at our summit Leaders in Design MENA and receive such a wholehearted support from both global and regional frontrunners.”


American Institute of Architects (Middle East), Association of Professional Interior Designers, The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres, RIBA Gulf, amongst the other industry bodies, have endorsed Leaders in Design MENA and will be playing an active role in the summit’s agenda over the course of two days.

About Leaders in Design MENA summit:

Leaders in Design MENA is a key meeting place for interior design professionals from the region to discuss the latest global markets trends in the industry as well as learn and source 360° solutions for their diverse portfolios of projects.

Website: www.interiorsummit.com

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