Spo t s Patrick O’Hare Partner, EDG For EDG, the Pacific coast of Mexico is one of the fastest developing areas right now. From Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta, this coastal region is gaining in popularity due to its exotic locale, friendly residents, and quick accessibility for vacationers. New luxury retreats, hotels, and beautiful resorts are catering to those looking to both live and play in Mexico.
principal of Cooper Carry’s Hospitality Studio
Rapid growth continues in the Middle East,
especially in regions such as Abu Dhabi,
Egypt, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia where
there is tremendous spending power.
Developer Muzoon Holdings is underway
on one of Dubai’s latest retail projects:
the Esplanade. Designed by Cooper Carry,
About 70 percent of the tenants are expected
to be restaurant and food vendors.
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Senior principal, director of hospitality
interiors, HOK New York
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is experiencing
tremendous growth in both the hospitality
and commercial sectors, with new builds
as well as renovations and
refreshes occurring. This
growth could be attributed
to the region’s interest in
diversifying its identity from
oil to other industries, and to
helping the city establish itself
as a key center for culture and business.
Businesses are relocating to the city’s center
and plans are underway to implement a new
public transportation system. In addition to
becoming more modernized, there is a huge
demand for luxury hospitality properties
with 20 plus four- and five-star properties
opening. HOK is responsible for the interior
re-design of the Al Faisaliah, one of The
Leading Hotels of the World Ltd. The
premier resort, which was built a decade
ago by architect Lord Norman Foster, is
located in a towering skyscraper and
celebrated as one of Riyadh’s most
impressive properties, catering to discerning
business and international visitors. HOK
will create an original design concept for all
228 guests’ rooms as well as Premier Suites
and two Royal Suites.
Compiled by AnnMarie Martin
We spoke to a few (busy) principals,
who filled us in on what cities around
the globe are starting to awaken.
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