The Huntr was recently invited to take an exclusive tour of the Government of Dubai Media Office’s new HQ by our friends at Brand Dubai. Fans of interior design, art and inspiring spaces get excited…
Located at the relatively new One Central at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the Government of Dubai Media Office recently settled into their exquisite new home. Housing both the Dubai Press Club and the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office – Brand Dubai – everything in the office has both function and meaning, making for one heck of an inspiring setting to call your workplace. Following a recent visit by none other than the ‘Big Boss’ His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai and his son, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, The Huntr was lucky enough to step foot in the new creative epicenter.
The creative team behind the slick new space consulted with a leading Feng Shui expert to guide the plans for the office, which has been done in a way that simultaneously feels nostalgic and modern all at once. Open plan but with adaptability to create private nooks, almost everything in the office is soundproofed – from the ceiling to some custom-made furniture, which provides staff with an open but discreet place to have a meeting or get some alone time. Custom arch beams have been inserted into the ceiling and the whole inspiration for the project was to make the space feel like home.
The floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor spaces ensure that the folks here are in no shortage of natural sunlight and vitamin D, and there are a variety of custom-made artworks – which for The Huntr, were the real highlight of the tour. In one, artist Rawdha Al Ketbi covers a traditional carpet with concrete and etches one of HH Sheikh Mohammed’s poems onto it, in another, Shaikha Al Nuaimi creates a 3D scene featuring a palm tree and a mirror entitled ‘Wireframe Reality’ and in another, the artist Obaid Alsuwaidi uses images of HH Sheikh Mohammed and the late Sheikh Zayed, Founding Father of the UAE, and juxtaposes them with futuristic pictures of space in his mixed media print duo ‘The Race to Space’. Meanwhile Shamma Al Amri’s piece which cleverly uses Arabic typography spelling out ‘Possible’ and ‘Impossible’ simultaneously proudly sits in the reception area.
The Huntr was also happy to learn that the office is making moves to be single-use plastic-free soon, as the team say goodbye to plastic bottled water and hello to glass bottled filtered H20.
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