BEING INFLUENTIAL DOESN’T COME EASY
As the year draws to a close, I can’t help but reflect on some of the biggest highlights of 2018. I took over the editor's role at the beginning of the year, and the past 12 months have been a learning process. During the course of my work, I have met some highly talented individuals and great business leaders, who despite the ups and downs in the MENA region, have displayed amazing tenacity, some of them even outperforming market forecast.
In this issue of CommercialInteriorDesign, we put the spotlight on such personalities through our Power 50 list, which is a compilation of the region’s most influential interior designers. We have endeavoured to put forward a fairly objective selection of the industry’s who’s who. This list is neither influenced by the editorial team’s personal preferences, nor by external factors.
This year, in addition to feedback collected through ground sensing — an integral part of any journalist’s job — we conducted a comprehensive survey among 62 professionals, to help us arrive at merited conclusions.
It was interesting to discover relatively new talents, who have been working discreetly without much hype, but producing stellar work. Others on the list are industry veterans, who demonstrate the results that a combination of talent, and unabated hard work can yield.
Amid the mighty and the powerful, there are others who may not have made the list this year. Non-inclusion does not question their talent, but it merely alludes to the fact that building up industry presence, through an amalgamation of outstanding work, participating in the conversation, and contributing to the community, is crucial to becoming an influential leader in the industry.
We want to keep hearing from you — both complimentary and critical feedback — as an ongoing dialogue is an important first step towards improving. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to the survey, and here’s wishing that the year ahead holds new promises for the industry.