NESTLED within the tranquil groves of the Palm Jumeirah Island, Sofitel The Palm Dubai is a one-of-a-kind five-star luxurious resort that has brought the charm of a Polynesian village and the convenience of a modern setting to Dubai, UAE.

UNDER a massive deal signed in 2010, Wilson Associates is working on the designs for the interiors of 19 of the 26 hotels in Jabal Omar Development Company’s (JODC) mega development in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. The project is part of Makkah Development Authority’s plan to develop the central region of Islam’s holiest city by 2020.

INTERIOR spaces can become breeding grounds for pests that not only invade homes and cause structural damage as well as embarrassment when they emerge out of the woodwork, but also carry a host of diseases. It is, therefore, essential to find out where these pests hide and eliminate them from homes and commercial establishments.

INTERIOR design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) recently launched its award-winning division Studio to cater to clients in the UAE and Middle East who are looking for mid-tier hospitality interior design solutions.

HOMEOWNERS can now install an extra toilet, bathroom or kitchen anywhere they want without major works, thanks to innovative macerating technology from SFA Group, which was promoting the system at a premier building and interiors exhibition in Bahrain in May (7 to 9).

RMD Board, a division of JRD International, has witnessed a steep rise in sales this year compared to last year and has now commissioned an additional line to meet anticipated demand.

YOU might call restrooms the image makers of businesses. A new survey of hand washing behaviour conducted in the UAE by Bradley Corporation*, shows how a facility’s restroom drives customers’ views of the overall business.

MAAN Aljasser and Company of Saudi Arabia has carved a niche for itself in the home furniture market with its brand Creative Closets, which introduced the concept of custom-made smart closets to the region.

New bathroom range in DuPont’s techno-surface FIR Italia has launched its new Synergy bathroom collections that include taps and shower-heads with details made in DuPont Corian’s techno-surface.

SOME 181 new companies have joined the Dubai Internet City in Dubai, UAE, in the last few years and this figure is expected to rise steadily, given the increase in IT spend in the UAE which is forecast at five per cent in 2014. In the meantime, the Dubai Silicon Oasis has announced plans to develop a Dh1.1-billion ($299.