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MEA Awards 2018 shortlist: Leisure & Hospitality Project of the Year

We are pleased to announce the shortlist for the MEA Awards 2018, which will take place on Wednesday, November 21 in Dubai. This year, we have received 361 submissions across 13 categories from 132 companies throughout the region. The shortlist was created by the Middle East Architect editorial team and will be passed on to this year's judges for review and winners selection.

Here are the shortlisted nominees for Leisure & Hospitality Project of the Year: 

Al Seef by 10 Design 

The Contemporary District, part of the larger Al Seef Development on Dubai Creek, designed by 10 Design includes food and beverage, retail, hospitality and marina amenities over a total of 85,000m2. Phase 1 accommodates standalone retail and F&B pavilions which face Dubai Creek and the new marina.The pavilions incorporate building elevations that are allowed to fully open out, blurring the distinction between internal and external spaces. External dining terraces are incorporated into the design, extending the internal tenant spaces. Other phases of the project include  a 200-key Zabeel House hotel and a 150-key Zabeel House Mini hotel. Extending from the hotels, intricate structures create separate F&B water pavilions that spill out and into the creek, stepping across a terraced, cascading landscape for a distinctive take on waterfront dining opportunities. The retail and F&B element within this area of the development draw inspiration from the traditional arcade and souk typology in a contemporary adaptation. The meandering pathways between small stacked pavilion structures create an intimate scale and alternative shaded environment to add to the variety of the visitor experience.

Al Bedayer Desert Oasis by Wael Al Masri Planners & Architects 

Located in the southern desert region of Sharjah along Dubai-Hatta Road, this project highlights the identity of Al-Bedayer area. The project includes several buildings and outdoor areas featuring shaded bus and car park areas. Buildings include an entrance gateway, information center, mosque, administration building, as well as service buildings. The centre of the camp includes a large tent-covered plaza surrounded by several buildings including a cafe and a restaurant, a 21-bedroom lodge, complete with an indoor pool and a cinema. Other features include an amphitheatre, a watch tower (Al-Manarah), and 10 camping tents, in addition to a TV Studio building for “Sharjah Media Corporation”. The landscape design reflects themes centred around a desert oasis and wadi as well as aflaj features, palm groves and native plants.

Fountain View by Dewan Architects & Engineers 

A mixed-use project including two residential towers and a 5 star hotel, Fountain Vies is located on Emaar Boulevard in Downtown Dubai and features unobstructed views of the Burj Khalifa. It features a scalloped west façade with a subtle, alternating pattern iin terms of its double-glazed floor-to-ceiling windows and adjacent balconies. This both maximizes views and creates a dynamic woven texture, like a fabric of glass. On the east façade, openings in the stone and pre-cast concrete exterior wall are located and sized to maximize solar shading. Amenities include a fully equipped health club and an extensive rooftop recreation deck complete with landscape amenities and water features. Sustainable design and construction was an important consideration of the project. From the outset, the building optimizes energy efficiency with approximately 25% savings, which limits water consumption, enhances indoor environmental quality, and makes maximum use of recycled, recyclable and non-toxic materials. 

Hampton by Hilton Resort by JT & Partners 

Hampton by Hilton Resort is a hotel resort development located in Al Marjan Island, a man-made island in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. Extending a vast 4.5 kilometres into the sea, the island covers an area of 2.7 million square metres and is set against the backdrop of the Arabian Peninsula, and enclosed by Yanis and Jais Mountains.  The main concept of this beachfront development was inspired by the organic shapes of sea waves created when washing the sand. The sea motion forms curved outline of the project and creates a dynamic approach that provides dedicated landscaped outdoor areas and terraces. The massing is divided into two main elements: the lower part which is the hotel podium and upper part which is the nine-floor tower housing the guestrooms. The wave’s organic shape is introduced at the podium level, creating a wide swimming pool deck, a large terrace for the specialty restaurant on the first floor and an outdoor seating area extension for the all-day dining restaurant.  The main massing componentis elevated on nine floors to create a long monolithic element, entirely facing the beach. The building main façade is turned towards the east in order to avoid the direct sun from the southern orientation.

Kempinski Hotel Muscat by Woods Bagot

Kempinski Hotel Muscat is located in Al Mouj Muscat, Oman. The concept of the hotel is based on an interpretation of the local villages in the area, with the hotel broken down into a series of smaller buildings creating courtyards and a more personal guest experience. The resort comprises nine buildings including the lobby, ballroom and events centre, and residence building that houses 77 apartments, and six buildings for the 310 rooms and suites, a kid’s club, health club and spa, as well as food and beverage outlets. In order to define the specific buildings which have their own function and identity, the development is split into components that each provide a distinct identity while also combining to create a whole ensemble. While the designers used a contemporary architectural language, the design features local and regional references that are defined by space, form, light, material and detail.

Deyaar Hotel by U+A

Deyaar Hotel, located in the Barsha neighbourhood in Dubai, consists of 229-key hotel and 109 services apartments. The regional context was the main inspiration behind the design of the structure, which features a central courtyard; allowing for ventilation and an optimum use of natural lighting that penetrates the interior spaces.