Construction services company ISG Middle East has been supportive of the CID Awards since its establishment, joining us this year as a Silver sponsor.
“We have recognised early on that the awards are a great celebration of the growing design community in the UAE,” says Steve Ramsden, ISG Middle East’s MD. “In 2017, we decided to take a step further in supporting the awards by becoming sponsors, because it has become one of the most prestigious industry events, bringing together designers, consultants, contractors and suppliers from across the region, to recognise the best local talent and most innovative projects.”
Ramsden thinks that the decline in oil prices and reduced public spending in the UAE and the GCC remain key challenges facing many industries.
“Tightened budgets also mean slimmer margins for both designers and fit-out contractors and that is also a big challenge.
“For local designers and architects, they need to specialise and collaborate to constantly improve the quality of services they offer clients, who are increasingly demanding and expect a great deal of creativity and innovation, as well as an exceptional level of service,” he says.
ISG is currently working on a four-star hotel refurbishment in Barsha Heights while its most significant projects in 2017 include the Honeywell Dubai offices, Ford Middle East & Africa headquarters and several healthcare clinics for Majid Al Futtaim. In the hospitality and leisure sector, it delivered Roxy Cinemas at City Walk, Aji, the Peruvian-Japanese restaurant on The Palm, and Zahira, the recently opened Arabic restaurant at the H Hotel.
Established in 1986, Bond Interiors has been producing interiors ranging from small-scale retail extensions to palatial residences and 5-star hospitality projects. Joining the event as a Silver sponsor, Saad Moaswes, managing director at Bond Interiors, says the CID Awards have proven to be “the most prestigious awards ceremony in the industry”.
“It is our duty as a responsible business to support such efforts that bring out the best in every member of the interiors industry. Such efforts encourage us all to look for excellence in our profession continuously,” he says.
Moaswes feels that the UAE, Dubai in particular, has become one the most prestigious countries to do business in for designers and architects.
“Its drive for innovation and excellence has been the key to encourage designers to do their best,” he says.
This year, Bond Interiors has further developed its glass and stone sections, with the arrival of the largest size CNC machine in the country.
“It can work on designs that were never possible previously. An example is the 8m-tall mirror in the Palazzo Versace hotel, which was made with minimum joints because of the size of the CNC machine,” adds Moaswes.
Bond Interiors has also made changes within its technical departments, training its team on using REVIT to better coordinate services on site and it has set up a new unit to support its clients with savings on their energy bill. Early next year, the company will move into a new purpose built manufacturing units all in one location in the new DIP, which will house many of its team that now totals 1,850 employees.