The evening’s first award, Interior Design of the Year: Hotels, was won by Kristina Zanic Consultants for the Ritz Carlton Al Wadi Desert Resort in Ras Al Khaimah, a refurbishment project, resulting in complete transformation of the property. The trophy was presented by Oldrich Huzil, business development manager, Preciosa.
Accepting the award, founder of her eponymously named firm, Kristina Zanic said: “It’s a privilege to be shortlisted and even better that we won it. I’m a bit speechless right now. We’re really proud of this award and the fact that we were able to work on a hotel and do it so well. It has been well received by the people who visit the property and stay here.”
She added: “It means a lot to win this award as we are a small firm and we were competing against some of the big guns, this is a big achievement for us. We are really excited.”
One of the judges had described the project as a refreshing take on modern Arabian design, which takes traditional elements such as the majlis and embeds it into the property effortlessly.
The judges praised the way this design introduced fresh elements inspired by travellers’ journeys through the desert and the overall result is a modern and luxury desert resort which pays homage to its surroundings.
Highly Commended recognition in the category went to Mysk Al Mouj hotel in Oman by Godwin Austen Johnson.