The opportunities to network across the industry are an important part of the CID Awards, says first-time Silver sponsor Huda Lighting.
The company was established back in 2000 as a lighting supplier in Beirut, Lebanon. Seventeen years later, Huda Lighting has grown to nine branches across the Middle East, with a grand showroom in Dubai, and a staff count of over 140 lighting specialists, becoming a major player in the lighting industry on a regional level.
Rola El-Rass, communications manager, says: “The CID Awards is an excellent networking event, it brings together some of the most prominent designers and architects in the region.
“Dubai is always up-to-date with the latest trends, using the latest technologies in their industry. It’s very impressive.”
Products and services offered at Huda Lighting include not only lighting but also all types of lighting control and automation systems as well as wiring devices.
Huda Lighting attributes its success to its highly innovative approach, exceptional customer service, and highly trained professional staff.
The company is looking to explore hospitality and retail projects as well as look into the latest lighting trends across the region – which it feels is one of the most progressive in the world when it comes to design.
Huda Lighting continues its strive towards its vision “To be the lighting supplier of choice in the region” by growing its presence across the Middle East while expanding and diversifying its products and services.
One of Europe’s leading lighting companies, Fagerhult, is a Silver sponsor again and will present the Young Interior Designer of the Year award.
“Fagerhult has become a regular sponsor and an ardent supporter of the CID Awards as we believe it is a major event celebrating the talent and the development in the Middle East design scene,” says John Carruthers, managing director of Fagerhult Middle East and North Africa. “The CID Awards brings to the public eye an array of projects, companies and individuals worthy to be noticed and distinguished, and these are the names and tendencies that the whole design community will look at and benefit from.
Fagerhult has a portfolio of 11 brands, with each having strong research and development and design departments that come up with new products every season. The latest launches include Sweep and Scoot luminaires from Fagerhult that were designed for the activity-based office and they were recently been honoured with the Red Dot Design Awards for the concept and technical implementation. The group’s most design-focused premium brand, atelje Lyktan, has completed the seventh room in the Tree Hotel with specially developed luminaires.
Carruthers shares his message with this year’s nominees: “We would like to allude to Steve Job’s famous Stanford speech and the motto that made Apple a household name with a capital letter, a synonym of cutting edge innovation, design and technology: ‘Stay hungry. Stay foolish.’
“You have made it here, and that means you are the crème de la crème of design in the UAE, and still, be never satisfied, and always push yourself. Be willing to do the things people say cannot be done. Keep moving and may it be the beginning of your success.”