INDEX DESIGN AWARDS

7-11PM, TUESDAY 1 JUNE
RITZ-CARLTON, DIFC

PROUD TO BE TEAMING WITH THE BEST

Awards Platinum Sponsor

Awards Gold Sponsor

Awards Silver Sponsor

Awards Bronze Sponsor

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CELEBRATING DESIGN EXCELLENCE

This year saw a phenomenal volume of people entering the INDEX Design Awards, showing that despite a turbulent year, the interior design and fit-out industry is still active and thriving under the design challenges they have faced.

In less than a week, the shortlist will be announced, marking the countdown to the final event, the awards ceremony which will take place on 1st June at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre.

The INDEX Design Awards celebrates innovative interiors projects, the agencies and the people behind them. Open to interior design, architecture and fit-out firms and exceptional out-of-the-box leaders within the design community. It is the central networking event of Middle East Design & Hospitality Week, bringing 350 leaders of the regional design community together to celebrate the most creative and effective work delivered during 2020.

CATEGORIES

Featuring 17 categories including a mix of project, company and individual awards.

COMPANIES


INTERIOR DESIGN COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Interior design companies with an office based in the GCC employing 15 or more permanent staff.

BOUTIQUE INTERIOR DESIGN COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Interior design companies with an office based in the GCC employing 15 or fewer permanent staff.

FIT-OUT CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR

Fit-out contractors with an office based in the GCC.

PROJECTS


HOTEL DESIGN OF THE YEAR

Hotels, resorts and hotel apartments in the GCC.

RESIDENTIAL DESIGN OF THE YEAR

Apartments, villas, palaces or other types of home.

F&B DESIGN OF THE YEAR

Any establishment in the GCC which serves food and beverages, most obviously restaurants, bars or cafes.

RETAIL DESIGN OF THE YEAR

Stores, boutiques, showrooms, salons, malls and other retail venues.

OFFICE DESIGN OF THE YEAR

Offices and other non-residential workplaces.

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN OF THE YEAR

Any completed interior project that has notable sustainability credentials.

FIT-OUT PROJECT OF THE YEAR

Any fit-out project completed within a commercial, residential or hospitality establishment, building or development.

HEALTHCARE / WELLNESS DESIGN OF THE YEAR

Hospitals, spas, medical facilities, clinics and other therapeutic / wellness centred environments.

LIGHTING DESIGN OF THE YEAR

Lighting design in any type of interior environment.

INTERNATIONAL HOTEL DESIGN OF THE YEAR

Hotels, resorts and hotel apartments outside of the GCC.

INTERNATIONAL F&B DESIGN OF THE YEAR

Any establishment outside of the GCC which serves food and beverages, most obviously restaurants, bars or cafes.

REFURBISHMENT PROJECT OF THE YEAR

Any redesigned and refurbished whole or part of a commercial, residential or hospitality establishment, building or development.

PEOPLE


RISING STAR OF THE YEAR

Young designers who have worked in the profession for two to five years.

INTERIOR DESIGN LEADER OF THE YEAR

Founders, CEOs / MDs / Directors or equivalent.

KEY DATES


SHORTLIST ANNOUNCEMENT
APRIL
2021


TICKET SALES OPEN
MAY
2021


AWARD CEREMONY
1 JUNE
2021

WHY ATTEND?

CELEBRATE THE WINS

Celebrate the hard work of your team members and the projects you’ve worked on together – attending the awards is a great way of gaining recognition and celebrating your 2020 achievements.

NETWORK WITH PEERS

The awards offer a unique opportunity to get back together with colleagues and industry leaders. Reconnect and network with the interiors community as part of a special evening of celebration.

HIGH-QUALITY ATTENDANCE

Top-level executives, design directors, architects, contractors, all in one room with whom you have the unique opportunity to connect with.


FAQS

What is the judging process?

Unbiased arbitrators will decide upon a shortlist of four finalists per award category.

A panel of leading industry experts will then review shortlisted submissions, scoring them individually with the final winners being decided upon by group vote. Event sponsors are not included in the judging process. Judges will not review entries made by their own organisations or clients, or indeed any other body which may present a potential conflict of interest.

Any important dates I need to be aware about?

Entries open on the 7th of January 2021. The closing deadline for entries is Sunday the 28th of February. We therefore encourage all potential entrants to submit their entries as soon as possible.

The award shortlist will be published in the week commencing Sunday the 4th of April.

The award ceremony takes place on the second night of INDEX, Tuesday the 1st of June from 7pm until 11pm in a purpose-built arena within the Dubai World Trade Centre featuring entertainment, a complimentary bar and canapes throughout.

What documents do I need at departure?
  • Check your visa requirements HERE.
  • Get a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure, in English or Arabic.
  • Ensure you have medical travel insurance with international coverage that covers COVID-19 before travelling. You will need to sign a declaration to bear all costs of quarantine and treatment and complete a Health Declaration Form before departure confirming you are not displaying any symptoms.
Do I need a PCR test to travel to Dubai?
  • Yes, all passengers arriving into Dubai from any point of origin must hold a negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. The certificate must be printed, and should report the results in Arabic or English.
  • Passengers from selected countries will be required to take another PCR test on arrival at the Dubai International Airport.
What happens on arrival at the Dubai International Airport?
  • All arrival passengers have their temperature taken with thermal screening devices.
  • Passengers from selected countries will be required to take another PCR test on arrival at the Dubai International Airport.
  • For more information click HERE.
Do I need to quarantine?
  • Currently there is no quarantine requirement in place when arriving in Dubai; however you may be asked to take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival. If you take a test at the airport, you must remain in your hotel or residence until you receive the test result.
  • If the test result is positive, you will be required to undergo isolation and follow the Dubai Health Authority guidelines.
  • You must also download the COVID-19 – DXB Smart App
     
Where can I get a PCR test in Dubai?

The venue will have a PCR testing facility onsite for those who require a test on leaving the country after the event. This will be available for Exhibitors and Agents only. Below is a list of testing centres that are located within 15 minutes driving of the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Prime Medical Center and Premier Diagnostic Center
 Deira - Show in maps
 +971 4 707 0999

Medcare Hospital

 Near Al Safa Park – Al Hadiqa Rd - Show in maps
 800 633 2273

Mediclinic Welcare Hospital

 2nd St – Garhoud - Show in maps
 +971 4 282 7788

Mediclinic Dubai Mall

 Financial Center Rd. - Show in maps
 +971 4 449 5111

Medeor Hospital 24×7

 Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Road, Bur Dubai - Show in maps
 800 900 600

How much does the PCR test cost?

PCR tests cost between 85 AED (23 USD) and 180 AED (49 USD) in the UAE. Verify the cost with your testing facility first.

What happens if I test positive?
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 you must contact the Dubai Health Authority which will instruct you for further action in compliance with the government procedures.
  • You can find the contact details for the Dubai Health Authority HERE.
What hotels are open in Dubai?

All hotels in Dubai are open, with strict hygiene and safety measure in place to safeguard their guests. You can book hotels HERE.

Will I be able to leave my hotel and enjoy Dubai?

All leisure and culture destinations are open for visitors while taking all precautionary measures such as wearing face masks, maintaining hand hygiene, applying physical distancing and avoiding gatherings. Find out more about things to do in Dubai HERE.

What is the dmg events All Secure protocol?

Our All Secure protocol comprises four key cornerstones, providing assurance and confidence that all our events have health and safety as our number one priority: physical distancing, cleaning & hygiene, protect & detect, and communication.

These standards will work in conjunction with advice from Public Health Authorities and venues to ensure our events are operating in accordance with local rules as well as meeting international standards.

You can download the full All Secure guide HERE.

Are face masks mandatory?

Wearing a face mask is mandatory at all times.

Is there temperature check at entry?

Everyone will be screened by contactless temperature checks prior to entering the venue, either by handheld devices or thermal cameras.

What if I have a high temperature?

In the case of a high temperature, you will be asked to step aside to cool down. If the high temperature persists, you will be directed to a designated medical area to re-check your temperature and take any necessary medical procedure such as doing a PCR test.

What happens if I get sick at the venue?

You will be taken care of by our medical team who are following the Dubai Health Authority regulations.

How do you ensure physical distancing at the event?
  • Aisles will be wider than usual: 1-way aisles will be a minimum of 2.5m wide and 2-way aisles will be a minimum of 4m wide.
  • Signage will be installed at key locations across the venue to spread awareness about safety regulations.
  • Floor stickers and other guides are installed to support social distancing measures as outlined in the government guidelines. These are installed at strategic locations across the venue i.e. elevators, escalators, at restrooms, at F&B outlets, venue entrances and along concourse areas.
  • The maximum number of people permitted on a stand at any time will be displayed on the front of the stand via a signage board or a sticker.
How often is the venue sanitised?
  • A full venue sanitisation will be conducted at the end of every event day.
  • Cleaning is carried out between breakout sessions, broadcasting sessions and lunch times at the conferences and workshop areas.
  • Sanitisers are also installed at key locations: at entrances to the venue, entrances to halls and meeting rooms, F&B outlets, washrooms, within parking areas, service yard restrooms and in all meeting rooms.
Will the venue have a PCR testing facility onsite?

Yes, the venue will have a PCR testing facility onsite for those who require a test on leaving the country after the event. This will be available for Exhibitors and Agents only.

PROUD TO BE TEAMING WITH THE BEST

Awards Platinum Sponsor

Awards Gold Sponsor

Awards Silver Sponsor

Awards Bronze Sponsor

Awards Fit-Out Partner

TICKETS AVAILABLE UNTIL 28 MAY

1ST JUNE 2021
RITZ-CARLTON, DIFC

CONTACT

Laura Collinder
Head of Awards Sponsorship
[email protected]

Nova Joseph
Awards Marketing Manager
[email protected]

A detailed set of enhanced health and safety measures to ensure the successful integration of exhibitions and events post-COVID-19.