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US architect opens Dubai office to drive new projects

Wilson Associates says it sees 'unprecedented boom' in region's hospitality development sector

US architect opens Dubai office to drive new projects
Wilson Associates has worked on some of the most iconic projects in the Gulf, including the One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai.

Wilson Associates, the US-based global interior architectural design firm, has announced the opening of its Middle East & Africa regional office in Dubai.

The company, which has worked on some of the most iconic projects in the Gulf, including the One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai, said the new office will support the firm’s existing projects in the Middle East and Africa.

It added that it will also help to develop new projects in a region witnessing an unprecedented boom in premium hospitality project development.

“The Middle East is leading the global race to design truly outstanding architectural landmarks, and we want to continue to be an important part of that story, just as we have for the past two decades,” said Wilson Associates’ CEO Olivier Chavy.

“With more than 400 hotels set to be delivered over the next five years, we believe our services will be very much in demand,” added Chavy.

Operating in the Middle East for more than 20 years, Wilson Associates has designed interiors at the One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai; the Shangri-La Hotels in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Oman; The St Regis in Doha; and the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence.

The Dubai office will become Wilson Associates’ base of operations in expanding and supporting the firm’s growing list of clients and projects in the Middle East and Africa, especially as the region prepares to host the World Expo 2020 and 2022’s FIFA World Cup football finals, Chavy said.

“In the Gulf region, hospitality is not a mere economic strategy or commercial opportunity, it is a defining attribute and a cherished legacy,” added Firas Alsalih, Wilson Associates’ new managing director for the Middle East and Africa.

Alsalih said Wilson Associates also intends to work closely with major educational institutes to help mentor students of design, and to help foster emerging regional design talent.

“This mentorship program will not only allow us to support the development of local talent, but will also gives our designers unique cultural insights, enabling them to continue creating trendsetting designs with local flair.”

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