Meet the CID Awards Silver sponsors: Downtown Design and Finasi

Meet the CID Awards Silver sponsors: Downtown Design and Finasi

CID Awards 2016

Commercial Interior Design Awards would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Here you have a chance to get to know them. Today, we introduce  Downtown Design and Finasi.

Downtown Design

Now in its fourth edition, the Downtown Design fair will take place at the Dubai Design District (d3) from October 25-28 as a key element of Dubai Design Week. Joining the CID Awards as a Silver sponsor, Downtown Design’s fair director Rue Kothari says the company recognises the contribution that the awards make to the regional emerging design industry.

Rue Kothari, Downtown Design’s fair director

“Bringing the growing community of design professionals together to recognise excellence is something we echo during our fair in October, and it’s this synergy that has prompted us to sponsor an award for the first time this year,” says Kothari, adding: “This year, we’ve had unprecedented demand for space, selling out all stand positions in April. To see so much enthusiasm from international brands looking to enter the market has been hugely encouraging. The UAE represents for many an opportunity to be commercially active, as opposed to traditional markets which have stagnated. With so many projects on the horizon and the help of organisations like Dubai Design Fashion Council, there is a strong commitment to providing an infrastructure to support the industry.”

The Destination project, introduced last year, which invites emerging design weeks from around the world to share the best of their brands, will see five new cities take a space: Addis Ababa, Reykjavik, Barcelona, Beirut and Taipei.

“We pride ourselves on the visitor experience, with existing brands presenting original concepts, and a portfolio of new brands that allow designers to discover products they would not encounter in Milan or London for example. This year, one-quarter of our brands will be new, with a growing number of exhibitors using Downtown Design as a platform to launch new products.”


Founded in Italy in the 1970s, Finasi has established itself as a quality-led interiors, furnishing and fit-out provider, with operations in Europe and the Middle East. In the past year, Finasi designed and fitted out Cipriani DIFC, Weslodge Saloon in JW Marriott Marquis in Business Bay and the M.State development on The Palm.

Being a Silver sponsor this year, Ahmed Sultan, managing partner at Finasi says that the CID Awards present a great platform for communication across the industry.

“We believe that sponsoring the awards is important due to the exposure we get within our design community. We also believe that educating customers and the market on real quality and design is a must,” says Sultan, adding that the UAE design industry is growing with a great focus on good brands, quality and the attention to detail.

As for upcoming plans, this coming September Finasi will open its new flagship showroom in Dubai Design District. Finasi has now received its 2016 brands – the Gufram iconic cactuses and sofas along with new collections from Molteni&C, Dada, Gandia Blasco, Armani/Casa and Colombini/Casa, which include wardrobes, kitchens, sofas, chairs, tables, TV units and beds.

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