Commercial Interior Design - - Editor's Letter -

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.

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