Dubai’s conference and exhibition centre was the location for October’s Light Middle East, a premier event in the lighting design industry calendar, which took place from 7th -9th this month. The show attracted an impressive 253 exhibitors this year, with a wealth of industry professionals, designers and manufacturers on hand to offer the latest industry technology and product solutions to the thousands of visitors who attended the show. GE Lighting were this year’s Platinum Sponsor of the event.

The Future Zone, which featured at the event for the first time this year, allowed an insight into the future concepts and trends of lighting design, and also featured many innovative products. The award winning Laser Blade by iGuzzini was showcased, offering a unique solution for indoor linear LED recessed fittings with a circular light emission, and GE Lighting presented their latest offerings Lumination LED Linear and ERS LED scalable street lighting solutions. Other industry leaders presenting their futuristic designs and leading edge solutions included ACDC, ERCO, Osram, and Linea Light Group.

The Light Middle East Awards were launched this year, another first for the event, and included LG, IGuzzini and Trilux as Award Sponsors, recognising those making remarkable and significant contributions within the lighting design industry. Winners at the gala event included:

• Tanas Khoury of Light Concept, awarded Innovative Lighting Project of the Year, for the Princess Tower project in Dubai.

• Sustainable Lighting Project of the Year went to Saeed Abdulaziz of DP World, for the Jebel Ali Terminal 1 project in Dubai.

• John Nell of The Lighting Architects was recognised for his the work at the State Mosque in Qatar, and was the recipient of the Lighting for Public Buildings/Areas award.

• Alessandro Ayanian of Neolight enjoyed double success at the awards ceremony taking the awards for both Interior and Exterior Lighting for a Hotel Project for the St Regis, Saadiyat Island in Adu Dhabi.

The conference event, held in association with LUX Review Magazine, focussed on the industry’s transition to LEDs and boasted a number of key speakers, including the Vice President and Chief Designer of Philips, Rogier van der Heide and Zoltan Kalocsai, the Technology Director of GE Lighting.

Panel Forums looked ahead at the future direction of emerging LED markets, as well as the latest challenges faced by the industry. A Richard Kelly Masterclass conducted by ERCO’s Ajith Gopinathan, explored the pioneering work of the American lighting designer and case studies on projects such as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the amazing Hyatt Capital Gate Hotel in Abu Dhabi were also a feature.