Welcome to Leaders in Design Summit!

15 - 16 October, Dubai, UAE

Leaders in Design MENA Summit is the largest and most prestigious platform dedicated to promoting and advancing design & architecture industry across the countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Committed to boosting the region’s presence on the global landscape, Leaders in Design MENA is the only event which brings together the most prominent decision makers from across the world representing the top global firms and personalities to champion the potential the MENA region.

Leaders in Design MENA is dedicated to developing, celebrating and connecting architects, interior designers and senior decision makers from leading international architectural practices, contractors, developers, government officials, engineers and solution providers. Gathering the most senior industry professionals from across the world, the summit provides a unique opportunity to learn from and get inspired by leaders, luminaries, and legends from within and outside design, interior design & architecture, set future business plans and appreciate breathtaking and daring designs.

Leaders in Architecture & Design Series Government & Association Partners

Leaders in Architecture & Design Series Video Gallery

Leaders in Architecture & Design Series Speakers

Leaders in Architecture & Design Series Testimonials

  •  Ala Hason

    “It’s been great! We meet a lot talents from the area! You will see me next year! You can count on it!”

    Ala Hason
    ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL, DIRECTOR OF MENA REGION - HKS
  • Firas AlSalhi

    “My experience here has been great! It’s exciting & energizing to meet colleagues, event competitors! In all aspects it’s great! You will definitely see me next year & for many years after that.”  

    Firas AlSalhi
    Chief Marketing Officer, Regional Managing Director, Wilson Associates - Wilson Associates
  • Federico Delrosso

    “Leaders in Design MENA organized by International Business Council is the perfect opportunity for me to connect with the right people within the industry and look into the potential of this dynamic area.”

    Federico Delrosso
    Founder - Delrosso Architects
  • Ahmad Soueid

    “It’s a haven of opportunities to meet other professionals in the business, network & find out what they do."

    Ahmad Soueid
    Senior Vice President - HDR
  • Hazem Midani

    “We are very happy with the quality of attendees that visited our both People we met and interacted with our definately top calibre, decision makers that are valuable and influential in the industry.”

     
    Hazem Midani
    Deputy Regional Manager - Sara Group
  • Tony King

    “I’ve been very impressed with the quality of attendees, all top - level people, very knowledgeable! It’s been very informative and educational for us that I think we will not get in any other environment”

    Tony King
    - Gemstone Tiles
  • Matthew Carton

    .“It’s been great! The delegates you have here are just fantastic! It really are just fantastic! It really fits in with what we are doing! It’s been a very good event for us”  

     
    Matthew Carton
    Regional Specifications Manager - Regional Specifications Manager, Kansai Paint
  • Francis Gallagher

    For many years now, Leaders in Design MENA is a forum for the region’s driving elite of the real estate industry to connect with new potential business partners and develop valuable relationships. It is a great opportunity to share our vast experience with other professionals as well as to take the pulse of the region.

    Francis Gallagher
    Principal and Managing Director of the HKS Architects -
  • Elvira Muños

    Leaders in Design represents a unique opportunity to connect with sector leaders and senior decision makers to tackle the future challenges of the region.

    Elvira Muños
    Director of AECOM -
  • Alan McCready

    Leaders in Design  gives us a wonderful opportunity to meet and engage with the best designers it the region and to discuss the latest interior design trends. Our work is centered around bringing a designer’s vision to life, so ongoing dialogue is essential.

    Alan McCready
    Managing Director of ISG Middle East -
  • Michael Fowler

    Leaders in Design is one of the most important events in the region for designers and I am honoured to be invited to share my experiences in architectural design at the conference. This event offers a great opportunity for design professionals from around the globe to discuss current issues, challenges and market trends, especially their impact on future development and the design profession in the Middle East and North Africa. I believe both the programmes line up and the spontaneous conversations that follow will spark a lot of ideas and definitely inspire every one of us.

    Michael Fowler
    Managing Director - Middle East of AEDAS -
  • Federico Delrosso

    Leaders in Design is the perfect opportunity for me to connect with the right people within the industry and look into the potential of this dynamic area.

    Federico Delrosso
    Founder of Delrosso Architects -
  • Nasser Abulhasan

    I am pleased to take part in Leaders in Design and be part of this big family. The event bring us the opportunity to share with all attendees our core principles in the field of architecture and design. It will allow us to show some of our best projects and create a dialogue with the audience. Networking is also important for us in this type of events

    Nasser Abulhasan
    Principal of AGI Architects -
  • Dave Scurlock

    For Callison, a global architecture and design firm, the gives us an opportunity to create relationships with those leaders-to strengthen existing connections and forge new ones. We look forward to sharing our perspective on design and learning new strategies to further success in the region

    Dave Scurlock
    Former, Principal of CALLISON -
  • Sanjay Puri

    All conventions are a good forum for interaction and exchange of ideas. We are looking at Leaders in Design MENA by International Business Council as an opportunity to meet different people from the design and building fields and share thoughts and meaningful dialogues. We find that each event is a forum for expanding ones horizons in the design field.

    Sanjay Puri
    Co-Founder of Sanjay Puri Architects -
  • Richard Hutchinson

    For LOM Leaders in Design represents the perfect opportunity to engage with the market in Middle East and gain a better understanding of local trends, share best practice with our contemporaries and meet new clients.

    Richard Hutchinson
    Director of LOM architecture and design -

Leaders in Architecture & Design Series Networking Opportunities

  • Pre-Arranged One to One Meetings

    "Pre-Arranged One to One Meetings"

    "Opportunity to meet potential business partners during pre-arranged meetings and create real business development opportunities "
  • Prequalified Attendance by Invitation Only

    "Prequalified Attendance by Invitation Only"

    "Only well - researched and prequalified delegates with decision making & signatory authority who are in the process of searching for solutions"
  • Advanced Notice of Delegates

    "Advanced Notice of Delegates"

    "Our contact system allows registered delegates to pre-arrange meetings before you even arrive at the conference, ensuring you make the most out of your valuable time"
  • Controversial Panel Discussions & Hard Talk Interviews

    "Controversial Panel Discussions & Hard Talk Interviews"

    "Raise the most controversial question everyone is thinking about but afraid to ask "
  • Interactive Networking Coffee Breaks & Lunches

    "Interactive Networking Coffee Breaks & Lunches"

    "Grab every chance to expand your network"
  • Exclusive Solution Providers

    "Exclusive Solution Providers"

    "Only the companies with the highest number of recommendations from our industry network with the best solution to the industry are invited to join the event"

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