LW’s Pooja Mulani wins Creative Spark at TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR Dubai

by | Sep 17, 2019 | Events

(From L) Leiza Orcoyen, Architect/Principal, TOPHOTELDESIGN; Pooja Mulani, Associate LW Design; and Rolf W. Schmidt, Founder & CEO TOPHOTELPROJECTS. Photo by Jule Grass.

The Edition Dubai by Pooja Mulani wins top hospitality design honors at boutique networking event at Dusit Thani Dubai, where delegates discussed strategies to shine in the Middle East market.

Set in the heart of one of the global hospitality hotspots, TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR Dubai brought together renowned professionals of the industry at the beautiful Dusit Thani Dubai to network, learn and get inspired.

In its fourth consecutive year in Dubai, the event mulled over one of the biggest questions and challenges in the Middle Eastern hospitality industry: what tech and trends can help regional hotels stand out amid intense competition and a booming hotel construction pipeline?

The conference focused on the importance of audience engagement and planning in hotel development, as well as the constantly changing needs of hospitality guests.


“You are here today to invest in people,” networking specialist Saana Azzam of MENA Speakers told delegates as she kickstarted the day.

The esteemed panellists of the day included Bachir Raiji, Engineering Director at Radisson Hotels; Mike Sewright, VP Design and Construction, MGM Resorts International Dubai; Elias Maalouf, Regional Director of Technical Services at Dusit International; and moderator Nathan Hones, Chief Operating Officer at Carters Associates.

The panel discussion delved into the latest trends and strategies that could help hotels shine and cope with a highly competitive regional market.


Keynote speaker Hakan Ozkasikci, SVP, Design & Technical Services at Kerzner International, wowed the room with his well-thought presentation on surprising guests with design. “We have to blow away guests by creating an immersion and by getting outside of our comfort zone to see what’s ahead,” he said during his presentation.

Richard Stolz, Associate Director at KPMG, later in the day gave a detailed forecast of Dubai’s developments in tourism. With a view on Expo 2020 and beyond, the UAE is serious about drawing tourists and the key focus of the region is Dubai, Stolz shared.

TOPHOTELPROJECTS Founder & CEO Rolf W. Schmidt presented a summary of the most remarkable projects, groups and brands, along with highlights of the current hotel construction pipeline, in the Middle East.

A highlight of TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR Dubai was presentations by the finalists of the Creative Spark hospitality design competition. By popular vote, the spectacular Edition Dubai project by Pooja Mulani, Associate at LW Design, took top honours.

“I believe in designing each place with a specific identity and making them converge into one,” Pooja said.

The other finalists were POP Spa & Lounge by Robert Henry, Owner & Principal, RDHA; and Daniella Russell, Managing Director, dR Global; and Studio One Hotel by Paul Bishop, Owner & Founder, Bishop Design.

To attend, address or sponsor TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR events, please get in touch with TOPHOTELPROJECTS’ Head of Global Events & Conferences Kayley van der Velde.



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