Downtown Design Dubai

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Welcome to the brave new world of Dubai Interiors!

Held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, the second edition of Downtown Design which concluded last week was a success.

I wrote an article for Vision magazine about the show and its exhibitors, see below for excerpt from the magazine or here for the online edition.

Set in the heart of downtown Dubai, the fair boasted a 3-day exhibit showcasing a snippet of the latest and greatest in design, complimented by a series of events and workshops aiming to communicate the importance of original design. While the show was small, it was a success in other ways, having brought the design community together with innovative pieces and plenty to talk about.The quality of the craftsmanship, textures and materials were incredibly inspiring.

See you next year at Downtown Dubai.

~Laura of Arabia~

The Mint Leaf of London – Dubai

Dramatic lift lobby

Dramatic lift lobby

What better was to celebrate my birthday than at one of Dubai’s hottest new restaurants. 20 of my best friends and I did the newest brunch in town. The Indian fusion cuisine was spot on, great for Indian food loves and mild stomached Americans alike. Located in DIFC Dubai this spot has free valet parking and is the ideal place to start a night on the town!

It's my Birthday! Celebrating with all my Dubai and Doha loves. xx

It’s my Birthday! Celebrating with all my Dubai and Doha loves. xx

Dramatic bar and swings

Dramatic back lit 360 bar and sculptural swings

Designed by LWD, the interior has a great color scheme, layers of information and evolves beautifully from day to night. I particularly loved the FF&E selections and divider screens. Its also a great venue because of the floor to ceiling windows with an astonishing view of most notably the Burj Khalifa.



Restaurant Interior

Restaurant Interior with a feature open kitchen, and a uniquely decorative american hardwood ceiling.

Restaurant Interior

Restaurant Interior with 3Dimensional metal room dividers.


Private dining room with a cozy atmosphere

Stay Inspired with Luxury Interiors Dubai!

~Laura of Arabia~

Commercial Interior Design Magazine

Commercial Interior Design MagazineOctober Vol.10 Issue 10

This has been a great editorial month for me with features in a few high profile design magazines. I was featured in this months Commercial Interior Design Magazine a few times for various topics. I was a guest at the DesignMENA roundtable, judged the CID awards and gave a few words on education design in the Middle East. A busy quarter to say the least, its been great being involved with the community and watching it blossom into a true international powerhouse for today’s interiors.

I had the privilege of sitting in on the Design MENA round table among Dubai’s elite force of talented designers:

I was incredibly excited this summer to be a judge for the 2014 CID awards. The fully packed event attracted designers from across the Middle East and North Africa, and celebrated the best of local design. Categories included, Hospitality design of the year, Retail project of the year, Design Firm of the year, Boutique Firm of the year and Designer of the year. In addition, the award I won a few years back (Young Interior Designer of the Year) was awarded to a lovely young friend of mine who was certainly worthy to receive it.

GAJ does plenty of work on school projects in the region. I have had the privilege of working on some of these prestigious projects with a few great colleagues. CID interviewed me to learn more of the trends and importance of education design. They also included some of our visuals for GEMS and Cranleigh schools. The article can also be found on the designMENA website here.

See the full issue here.

Get Published!

~Laura of Arabia~