Hotels in Dubai are becoming more tasteful, say AHEAD MEA awards judges

Hospitality design in Dubai is becoming more restrained as hotels aim to appeal to a broader range of guests, say AHEAD MEA jury members in this movie Dezeen produced for the hospitality awards programme.

The AHEAD MEA awards, which took place last month at the W Al Habtoor City hotel in Dubai, celebrated the best in hotel and resort design across the Middle East and Africa.

The region – especially Dubai – is renowned for building big, extravagant luxury hotels, but the judges of the awards programme say that this is changing.

“We get a lot of bad press in the region for building the fastest, the shiniest and the boldest structures,” says Dubai-based interior designer Pallavi Dean in the movie, which Dezeen filmed at the awards ceremony.

“Now we’re shifting to creating these big bold structures, but doing it tastefully. We’re keeping the context and the narrative within play at the same time.”

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