As the UAE’s reputation as an international trade capital continues to grow, businesses within the country are placing an increasing amount of attention to things like office design.
We’ve already highlighted the incredible efforts some of the county’s leading businesses have undertaken when it comes to creating inspiring workplaces for their employees. Incredible as those offices are, however, it’s important to remember that most, if not all of them, will have been designed by other companies.
These architectural, design, and interior decorating firms are the real heroes behind the workspaces everyone loves to wax lyrical about.
Here are a few of the best the UAE has to offer.
With branches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Office Inspirations creates “inspiring environments” in the commercial, education, healthcare, and hospitality spaces.
The company offers a range of services from interior design and space planning to procurement and installation of furniture, technology, flooring, and fabric.
Office Inspirations has designed and installed working spaces for the likes of Mastercard MEA, SAP, and Dell EMC.
Founded in 1993, Cityspace is one of the UAE’s most established workplace and interior design consultancies.
According to the group’s website, it endeavours “to design and build office interiors, which enhance and positively influence how people feel and interact with their working environment”.
Among the companies it’s designed spaces for in the UAE are Standard Bank, Comptel, and SAS.
The Dubai-based Wizard Interiors is a privately-owned company that works on everything from corporate offices and showrooms, to warehouses, private villas, restaurants, and banks.
The company is strongly influenced by the effect ergonomics and the overall quality of a workplace have on employee productivity and aims to “design intelligent, functional workspaces that encourage success and help people focus on achieving their goals”.
Among the companies it’s designed spaces for are ITM, Engel Volkers, Clarity, and The German Institute.
While M+N Architecture is technically an Italian firm, the work done by its Abu-Dhabi-based Middle East team means it would be remiss of us not to include it here.
The firm’s approach to its projects is informed by the idea that “good design means increased value”. This value, it says, is “not only economic but also aesthetic, social and environmental and it affects the surrounding built environment”.
In the UAE, M+N has worked on some seriously innovative design projects, including the offices of Viola Communications (which we’ve written about previously), as well as The National’s relaunched HQ, and that of the Emirates Policy Centre.
Offering a full-service solution, the Dubai-based ProFix Fitout has a growing portfolio of high-profile office designs across the UAE.
As well as its work in the commercial space, the company also creates residential and hospitality spaces. Should you turn to ProFix for your office design, however, you can expect it to help you with everything from “single office relocation, design and fit-out, to workspace planning, refurbishment and interior branding”.
Perhaps the most high-profile office installation it’s done to date is for the Mumzworld HQ, although it’s also created spaces for the likes of Integrated Commodities, Knightsbridge Global Security, and BOLD/CLSE’s design studio.
Founded in 2007, the Dubai-based Creative Shelf plays across the commercial, hospitality, retail, corporate, and residential spaces.
The company was built with the aim of developing “smart interactive spaces for client’s residential apartments, villas, offices, retail outlets, exhibition stands and hospitality spaces with complete execution through our own in house skilled workers”.
Creativeshelf’s corporate clients include the Al Raiz group, GBM, and Mine Lab.
Honorable Mention: House of Hawkes
Run by Kathryn Hawkes, House of Hawkes primarily specialises in home-based interior design, but it did such a great job with Engage Me’s offices, that we felt we had to include it here.
We’re big fans of the open spaces, the comfortable and relaxed feel, the nods to our corporate colours, and the links back to our African roots.
For a detailed look at what Kathryn did for Engage Me, check out the video below.