The American Hardwood Export Council opted to use the CID Awards this year to acknowledge the most outstanding use of American Hardwood for a completed project in the Middle East.
The Council acts as an international trade association for the US hardwood industry and represents over 50 export markets. The award was presented by Jude Akhidenor, regional director of the agricultural trade office of the US Consulate in Dubai and Rod Wiles, the director of the American Hardwood Export Council for Africa, the Middle East, India, and Oceania.
“It’s a fantastic surprise to win and we are extremely happy,” said Carrie Das, design manager, ahk International.
“We have been based in Dubai for three years now but opened an office in Ibn Battuta Gate, Dubai, one year ago. The use of American hardwood on this particular project brings an air of nostalgia to the library. It was a magnificent project to work on.”
Wiles added that the university library has a fantastic use of space, reflected in the natural character of the wood.
“A natural material has been used in an unnatural environment and yet it is stark, dark and modern,” he said.
Highly Commended went to The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai.
But this year’s winner of the American Hardwood Export Council’s award for its grand amphitheatre-like setting using American walnut, was ahk International for Zayed University Library, Abu Dhabi.
The shortlist in this category was The Hakkasan Restaurant, Abu Dhabi.