In highlighting some of the most promising regional talents and their works at Dubai Design Week, the winning commission for Abwab 2021 has been awarded to Dubai-based Egyptian Architect Ahmed Sharabassy, who will present an organic and undulating design concept responding to this year’s theme of regenerative architecture and restorative design.

Based on the analogy of Dubai’s evolution from desert to leading global city, the conceptual design of the installation draws from the local environment and geographical context of the Emirate, bringing and integrating nature back into the developed urban areas to create a harmonious dialogue between the desert and the city.

Composed of a lightweight structure that will act as the central component of the design, the installation incorporates sustainable and recyclable materials, while creating a multi-functional and multi-purpose public space within, simultaneously providing shelter for visitors and allowing them to engage with its contents.

The architectural pavilion will also feature another key commission in the form of an exhibition on the topic of regenerative architecture, curated and produced by Beirut-based architecture and research firm 'Bits to Atoms'.

An experienced architect and creative designer, Ahmed won his first design award at the age of 19. He has worked and researched in the field of co-design and relations with children and believes in the empowerment of young minds to drive future innovation.

Ahmed is also an International Associate of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) as well as the CEO and Founder of Sharabassy Built Environment Studio, which has offices in Dubai, Cairo and Jeddah.

The winning commission will be featured as the centrepiece of Dubai Design Week in its main hub at Dubai Design District (d3) from 8-13 November 2021.