I was in Dubai to meet with our new clients, the International Design Initiative. It was my first time in Dubai so I was keen to find out what this city had to offer. Dubai is a city in rapid flux.
Dubai has little in the way of historical architecture but there is a collection of old merchant’s houses in the Bastikya, area. It is an area where the ancient and the new collide and connect to great effect. My favourite find was the contemporary art gallery/guest house/cafe called XVA.
No visit to Dubai is complete without a visit to the Burj al Arab, the worlds only 7 star hotel. Designed by WS Atkins, the hotel was built to resemble the sail of an Arabian dhow. The interior is a riot of clashing colours, dancing fountains and the world’s tallest atrium.