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  • 1st May 2016, Dubai UAE

    Over 150 global and regional global architecture business leaders convened in Dubai for Leaders in Architecture MENA Summit.

    Over the last decade, the region has shattered all the expectation in terms of creating the most stimulating and iconic architecture in the world. Not only the MENA region boasts the most innovative architectural designs but also hosts the largest number of multibillion dollar mega projects.

    Understanding the positive impact and increasing influence of the diverse architectural projects and designs on the region’s strategy of diversification from the oil based economy and opportunities it creates, over 150 global and regional global architecture business leaders assembled in Sofitel Downtown Dubai for the 2 day Leaders in Architecture MENA Summit on 25th-26th April 2016 in order to discuss future trends and projects that will highlight the region on the global industry landscape.

    Leaders in Architecture MENA Summit is the most prestigious platform dedicated to promoting and advancing architecture industry across the countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Committed to boosting the region’s presence in the global architecture landscape, Leaders in Architecture MENA is the only event which brings together the most prominent decision makers from across the world representing the top global firms and architecture personalities to champion the potential the MENA region.

    The summit was endorsed by Dubai Design & Fashion Council (DDFC) that strives to nurture local and regional talent by instilling international design standards, supporting the local design community to create a sustainable industry and establishing itself as an authoritative voice in the design space.

    ‘’We are pleased to have extended our support to the Leaders in Architecture MENA Summit which provided a unique platform for architecture industry professionals to learn, share and be inspired by leading experts and visionaries in the field from across the region and beyond. As showcased in the MENA Design Outlook study, a ground-breaking study across the region which highlighted the impact of the design sector on economic growth, the MENA architecture industry holds tremendous potential and is expected to continue growing at a rate of 7.4% until 2017, and subsequently at 4.9% to 2019, outpacing the growth of the global architecture market. We look forward to many more successful editions of the Summit to help further boost the architecture sector in the region.” Said Nez Gabreel, CEO, Dubai Design & Fashion Council ( DDFC)

    The event also received the continuous support from Association of Professional Interior Designers UAE (APID), RIBA Gulf, AIA Middle East, Saudi Green Building Council, Qatar Green Building Council and World Architecture Community.

    "Leaders in Architecture MENA continues to flourish as the leading architecture platform in the region bringing together the heads of top global and regional business together to discuss unremitting efforts in advancing the projects in the region, validating the region and its potential globally as well as encouraging education and business opportunities” said Jassim M, executive director of International Business Council, the organizer of the summit.

    "We are very privileged and pleased to receive the continuous backing from the global and regional architecture and design community as well key organization in the region which focus on this sectors development such as Dubai Design & Fashion Council, APID, RIBA Gulf, AIA Middle East. We definitely look forward to further advancing our cooperation and together develop, celebrate and connect the industry” Jassim added.

    The summit agenda discussed the outlook for architecture and design trends in the MENA region, business trends and strategies of global, regional and boutique firms as well as tackled the specifics of sector specific projects such healthcare, hospitality and sustainability to name a few.

    The next edition of Leaders in Architecture MENA will return in April 2017, however its sister event Leaders in Design MENA which is also organized by International Business Council will take place this November 2016 in Dubai and will tackle interior design together with multiple award winning designers who will be joining the summit from across the world.

    About Leaders in Architecture MENA Summit

    Leaders in Architecture MENA is dedicated to developing, celebrating and connecting architects, interior designers and senior decision makers from leading international architectural practices, contractors, developers, government officials, engineers and solution providers. Gathering the most senior industry professionals from across the world, the summit provides a unique opportunity to learn from and get inspired by leaders, luminaries, and legends from within and outside architecture, set future business plans and appreciate breathtaking and daring architecture.


    About International Business Council

    International Business Council is the organization committed to advancing global economies by fostering business and leadership development opportunities amongst governments and businesses worldwide through delivering highly specialized and integrated concepts of high – level summits, meetings, digital collaboration, publications, professional development programs, market intelligence and expertise.

    Keeping the pulse on and by carefully analyzing global, industry and regional agendas, we engage with political, business, academic and society leaders in order to develop platforms that address pressing problems as well as highlight, reinforce and explore unprecedented opportunities for global business growth that is crucial for economic prosperity.

    International Business Council strives to promote international business opportunities, professional development and entrepreneurship by facilitating networking and open dialogue amongst global and regional leaders through a series of high – level events and professional development programs that drive innovation and set international business agendas.


    Over 150 global and regional global architecture business leaders convened in Dubai for Leaders in Architecture MENA Summit.

  • Leaders in Design MENA, a 5th Global Edition summit hosted by International Business Council, will take place on the dates 15th and 16th of November 2015 in Ritz-Carlton – JBR, Dubai. This international event is the key meeting place for design professionals from the Middle East and North Africa region to join forces with their international colleagues representing top management of the global design and architecture giants in order to discuss the latest global market trends in the industry as well as learn and source 360° solutions for their diverse portfolios of projects.

    Leaders in Design MENA is proudly supported and endorsed by the American Institute of Architects (AIA Middle East), Association of Professional Interior Designers (APID), The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres (MECSC), Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA Gulf Chapter), and Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC).

    Tannar Whitney, President of AIA Middle East said "The AIA Middle East's participation in the 2015 Leaders in Design MENA Summit aims to foster stronger ties between the AIA members, regional architects and institutions in the collective interest of elevating regional design through sharing best professional practices and understanding market trends.”

    The support of the association partners clearly indicates the importance of the design industry to the region and the commitment International business council has to advancing this network with a platform that brings together key influencers to share their knowledge, discuss trends and issues facing the industry today.

    "The initiative behind the Leaders in Design MENA Summit aligns with EmiratesGBC's objectives for capacity building for the industry and we join the Summit's efforts to highlight the importance of the MENA region in a global business & economic landscape. We look forward to supporting Leaders in Design MENA Summit and anticipate a successful event.” shared to us by Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of Emirates Green Building Council.

    Some of the most crucial topics that will be debated at the summit for the course of two days are Sustainable Design, Shaping the Future of Design – trends and guide to where the industry is headed, Rise & Fall: Secrets behind a Successful Design Firm in the MENA Region, Envisioning the Hotel of the Future, and Cultural Diversity in Design.

    "I would like to congratulate International Business Council, the organizers of the Leaders in Design MENA summit series on their initiative to bring together many prominent design professionals from this region for this two day event.” stated by Her Excellency Farida Kamber Al Awadhi, President of Association of Professional Interior Designers

    The aforementioned partners has been well-established for many decades not only in the Middle East region but also internationally. They play an active role in influencing and bringing together the architecture and interior design community to further develop and help improve their strategies to the industrial competitiveness.

    About Leaders in Design MENA summit:

    Leaders in Design MENA is 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. For years Leaders in Design MENA has encouraged business connections between international suppliers and interior designers providing a unique opportunity to explore the needs of the projects and get inspired by leaders, luminaries, and legends from within and outside interior design industry and explore the potential that the region can offer.
    Website: www.interiorsummit.com

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