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The Best of Middle East & Africas (Hospitality) vol. 2

The International Hotel & Property Awards 2021:

Shortlisted for Hotel Design – Africas & Middle East Award

Ammar Basheir Creative Studio Make The Shortlist

Ammar Basheir Creative Studio was tasked with the restoration of a traditional Bahraini house to a 6 suite luxury boutique hotel. Situated in the old streets of Muharraq, the hotel is largely inspired by the mythical epic of Gilgamesh’s The Flower of Eternity. Though the designer wanted to give the hotel a contemporary feel, Ammar Basheir felt it was crucial to stay respectful and keep the essence of the traditional home intact.

Designer in Profile: Paul Bishop, of Bishop Design

Winner: Restaurant Within A Hotel – Global &  The Design Society International Designer of 2020

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
Clients are becoming more aware of the market and in turn are becoming increasingly more bold and dynamic in their way of thinking.  Especially in the MENA region – everything is “bigger and better” than the last. Boundaries are dissolving, with projects currently under development that exceed the visions of commercial and hospitality venues undertaken previously. We are moving into an era of the highest creativity and innovation thanks to technological advances and the increasing use of social media.

Look Back At 2019 designed the resort with the starting point that the forces of nature will age the property with a patina, hence the careful selection of materials, construction methods and the robust quality of the Lighthouse Restaurant. Showcasing grille on the ground floor with a roof top bar that overlooks the island and dining on the beach under lights that hang from the trees, surrounded by the calls of the nesting shearwater birds, is a dining experience like no other.

2019 Restaurant – Middle East & Africas:WINNER

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