The AHEAD MEA Awards took place on wednesday in a gathering at the Meydan Hotel in Dubai. The event brought together some of the most respectful designers and architects as well as other specialists in the field. They all had a common goal: to honour the best projects connected to hospitality. Find out the winners in here!

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Due to its location, the evening’s theme was A Night at the Races. Over 300 hospitality professionals were present. The jury was constituted of leading hoteliers, architects, interior designers, consultants and industry commentators that used as their parameters aesthetic, guest experience and commercial viability.


Restaurant – Little Miss India At Airmont The Palm, United Arab Emirates (IFA Hotels & Resorts / Fairmont Hotels & Resorts / Stickman Tribe)


Lodges & Tented Camps – Bisate Eco Lodge, Ruhengeri, Rwanda (Wilderness Safaris / Nicholas Plewman Architects & Associates / Artichoke / Inzuki Designs)


Event Spaces – The Bvlgari Resort Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Meraas Holding / Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts / Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel)

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Bar Club or Lounge – Flair No.5 at the Ritz-Carlton, DFIC, United Arab Emirates ( Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts / LW Design)

Spa & Wellness – The Spa at Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai, United Arab Emirates (FIVE Holdings / P&T Architects & Engineers / Yabu Pushelberg

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Urban Hotel – Form Hotel Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Dubai Contracting Company / KAY Real Estate Development / Smartotels Hospitality International / Architecture-Studio)

Suite – Bvlgari Suite at the Bvlgari Resort Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Meraas Holding / Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts / Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel)

Guest Rooms – The Renaissance Downtown Dubai, United Arab Emirates (RDK / Marriott International / WA International)

Lobby and Public Spaces – Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai (FIVE Holdings / P&T Architects & Engineers / Yabu Pushelberg)

Renovation, Restoration and Conversion – The Silo, Cape Town, South Africa (V&A Waterfront / The Royal Portfolio / Heatherwick Studio / VDMMA / RBA / JPA / Liz Biden)

Outdoor Spaces/Landscaping – Kempinski Hotel Muscat (Omani Hospitality Company / Kempinski Hotels / Woods Bagot / WSP)

The AHEAD Awards has other four cerimonies: AHEAD Americas (that takes place in Miami), AHEAD Asia (set in Singapore), AHEAD Europe (it occurs in London) and AHEAD Global. The last one plans to award the best projects worldwide.

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