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Finalists announced for the 10th annual Light Middle East Awards

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James Lakie
Light Middle East Awards

Respected industry awards ceremony recognises the brightest talents across MEA and internationally.

The prestigious ceremony will take place on the last day of Light + Intelligent Building Middle East, 2024, which takes place from 16-18 January.

The main categories for 2024 are ‘Project of the Year’, ‘Product of the Year’ and ‘Partner of the Year’ with nominees including Atlantis The Royal and the Kingdom Centre Tower.

As the 10th edition of the Light Middle East Awards approaches next month, the shortlisted entries for the awards ceremony have been officially announced. Taking place on the final day of Light + Intelligent Building Middle East on 18 January at the Palazzo Versace Dubai, the Light Middle East Awards aim to recognise excellence in the lighting industry and attract the attention of lighting professionals and enthusiasts from all over the world.

With three overarching categories, including ‘Project of the Year’, ‘Product of the Year’ and ‘Partner of the Year’, the awards are judged by an extensive panel of regional and international judges, led by jury chairs Martin Lupton and Sharon Stammers, the Co-founders of Light Collective UK.

Commenting on the awards, Abdul Muhsin, Show Director of Light + Intelligent Building Middle East, said: “The Light Middle East Awards serve as a pivotal platform which celebrates innovation and achievement in the ever-evolving realm of lighting design and technology. As the event marks its 10th anniversary, it is a particularly significant time to recognise and honour the best in the industry.

“We have received an exceptional number of entries from industry professionals and organisations across the Middle East and Africa (MEA). In addition to recognising the leading lights from the region, our Project of the Year category recognises outstanding lighting projects internationally.”

Shortlisted entries for The ‘Project of the Year’ category for the MEA region include Atmosphere at the Burj Khalifa, Atlantis The Royal, Kingdom Centre Tower, 7 Tales, Chic Nonna, City Social, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, EL&N Yas Bay, the Fairmont HQ – Accor Headquarters in Dubai, FitnGlam at Dubai Hills Mall, the Islamic Arts Biennale, Ling Ling Dubai, Okku Dubai, Oman Across Ages Museum, the Samen Mosque and the Ministry of Tourism, Saudi Arabia.

The international ‘Project of the Year’ finalists are the Chapel of Sound in China, Delta in Oslo, the Kempinski Seychelles Resort, Masala Zone Piccadilly Circus, London, MSC World Europa, the Temple Complex at Gaya in India, The Church of Our Lady of Laeken in Brussels and the ‘Universe’ art installation for the 2022 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Biennale.

The ‘Light Middle East Project of the Year – Ultimate Award’ will celebrate the best overall project of the year and is awarded to the entry with the highest score overall from the jury.

The ‘Product of the Year’ award covers five categories, which include ‘Indoor Lighting’, ‘Outdoor Lighting’, ‘Decorative Lighting’, ‘Intelligent Lighting Solutions’ and the ‘Peer Award – Product’, a public voting category covering all shortlisted product entries. This award will be voted for online, live at the exhibition on 16 January.

The ‘Indoor Lighting’ finalists have been announced as Ghost by Bold Lighting, Kvisten by Fagerhults Belysning, Quinta by ERCO Lighting, SPIO by XAL and Vyko by Intra Lighting. For ‘Outdoor Lighting’, the shortlisted entries are Arpool Iris Trifecta by Filix, D-Wave by Linea Light Group, E-Framer by VICE LIGHTING DWC-LLC, Urba Deco by Thorn and Vader by Targetti. In the ‘Decorative Lighting’ category, Ensō by Catellani & Smith srl, Halley by Linea Light Group, LINEARlight Flex BACKBONE by Inventronics, Lysabel by Intra lighting and Modular Light by Bahar Aydınlatma San. Tic. A.Ş. have successfully made it to the final round.

The ’Intelligent Lighting Solution’ finalists are the Air Quality sensor for the Modus System by Linea Light Group, Black Hole by Intra lighting, e:cue Genius 4CH & 8CH by Traxon e:cue, High Accuracy Positioning (HAP) by Zumtobel Group and the POET Creator Software by Skandal Technologies.

The ‘Partner of the Year’ award recognises manufacturers, suppliers and distributors that have demonstrated excellence in lighting innovation and collaboration between project and design teams, leading to successful lighting projects. The shortlisted companies for this coveted category are HSI Lighting, LEDFlex Group and the Zumtobel.

The sponsors for the Light Middle East Awards 2024 include Larsa Lighting who is supporting the event as Gold Sponsor. The Category Sponsors are NuLumenTek, the Linea Light Group, LEDFlex Group, Trilux, Lumina Lighting and Innovo, while the strategic partner for the awards is the Light Collective. More information on the Light Middle East Awards, as well as the complete list of finalists, can be seen here: https://light-middle-east.ae.messefrankfurt.com/dubai/en/programme-events/awards.html.

Light + Intelligent Building Middle East is the leading exhibition for lighting, electrical engineering, and building technology, and returns from 16-18 January at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Over 1000 brands will be featured across 350 exhibitors and the theme for this year’s event is: “Enlightened Futures: How responsibility will guide the future of buildings”.

The Product Jury comprises:

Alex Shaw – Design Director, Umaya Lighting Design

Amy Semple – Design Director, Nulty Lighting

Andrew Bates – Senior Lighting Manager, The Red Sea

Courtney Mark – Design Director and Founder, Studio Mark Design

David Gilbey – Lighting Design Director, DGDA

David McNeil – Director, dpa lighting consultants

Faraz Izhar – Lead Lighting Designer, AE7

Jamie R Watt – Director, Light Alliance

Giovanni Zambri – Project Design Director, SMITH TAIT

Hrvoje Cindric – Director, Middle East Planning Lead, Buro Happold

Mark Lien – Industry Relations Manager, Illuminating Engineering Society

Nathan Savage – Principal, NSLD

Nonita Sabin – Associate Director, neolight global

Paula Cortes Castellanos – Head of Lighting Design, WSP

Teresa Enroth – Associate Lighting Designer, Light Touch PLD

Regina Santos – Founder and Design Director, Light Fusion

Sakina Dugawalla Moeller – Founder and Design Director, Light Func

Siddharth Mathur – Managing Partner, Studio Lumen

The Project Jury:

Carla Wilkins – Founding Partner, Lichtvision

Charles Stone – President, Fisher Marantz Stone

Emilio Hernandez – Founding Member, Green Lighting Alliance

Eugenia Cheng – Founder and Principal, Lightorigin Studio

Florence Lam – Global Lighting Design Director, Arup

Linus Lopez – Partner, Lighting Design Consultants

Lauren Dandridge – Principal, Chromatic/Adjunct Assistant Professor, Chromatic/Citizen Lighting Designers

Martin Klaasen – Principal, KLD

Malini Karani – Senior Lecturer, Istituto Marangoni

Paul Traynor – Founder, Light Bureau UK

Praveen Thampi – Creative Director, The Ministry of Light, India

Sebnem Gemalmez – Lighting Design Leader, Arup

About Light + Intelligent Building Middle East

Light + Intelligent Building Middle East brings together world-renowned brands, regional players, and promising innovators for an exciting three-day showcase featuring lighting, electrical engineering, home, and building automation products. The exhibition has played a vital role in the growth and development of the industry since its launch in 2006, with a solid representation of global products and brands, several educational conferences, certified workshops, and leading awards programme to recognise the very best the industry has to offer.

About Messe Frankfurt

The Messe Frankfurt Group is one of the world’s leading trade fair, congress and event organisers with their own exhibition grounds. With a workforce of some 2,160 people at its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main and in 28 subsidiaries, it organises events around the world. Group sales in financial year 2022 were around €454 million. We serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of Messe Frankfurt’s key strengths is its powerful and closely knit global sales network, which covers around 180 countries in all regions of the world. Our comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. We are using our digital expertise to develop new business models. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. Sustainability is a central pillar of our corporate strategy. Here, we strike a healthy balance between ecological and economic interests, social responsibility and diversity.

About Messe Frankfurt Middle East

Messe Frankfurt Middle East’s portfolio of exhibitions includes: Automechanika Dubai, Automechanika Riyadh, Beautyworld Middle East, Beautyworld Saudi Arabia, Intersec, Intersec Saudi Arabia, Gifts & Lifestyle Middle East, Light + Intelligent Building Middle East and Paperworld Middle East. In the 2022/23 event season, Messe Frankfurt Middle East exhibitions combined featured 3,939 exhibitors from 66 countries and attracted 151,990 visitors from 116 countries.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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