Known for ultra-luxurious palaces, art, and details, Abu Dhabi was once inhabited by pearl divers, fishermen, and bedouin tribes. Today, gleaming towers, posh palaces, and sleek superyachts populate the landscape and horizon. From the Grand Mosque to the Corniche and the Galleria, the Abu Dhabi interior design scene stands tall as the amazing, contemporary and luxurious capital of the UAE.
Interpreting the complex, sophisticated tastes of the region through interior design, on land, on water and in the air, a clutch of expert designers have successfully translated middle eastern style, creating yachts, residences, and man-made beauty. If you’re headed to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, keep an eye out for posh work from these notable design houses.
Winch Design, London
The Winch Design trademark dresses yachts, aircraft, and residences with dramatic staircases, sumptuous surfaces, and luxurious textures, winning global approval on projects like Lürssen’s Dilbar and Feadship’s Madam Gu, as well as for concept work across the board. The beachy Cloud 9 from CRN Yachts, on the other hand, is openly stunning, with a cream and blue palette that sculpts its way through chic sitting areas, expansive outdoor living spaces, and extraordinary fine art pieces embellished with an ocean motif.
Designing the Motor Yacht Al Mirqab for a royal Middle Eastern family, interiors are reportedly lavish and intricate, with details being kept highly private. Photos are rarely published, so mum’s the word but you may get a peek at the exterior profile of this delicious yacht while cruising the waters near Abu Dhabi.
Bannenberg & Rowell Design, London
Dickie Bannenberg and Simon Rowell have put their brand on many a stunning superyacht from Lürssen, Feadship, Benetti, Abeking & Rasmussen, and other top yacht builders. With a flourish of creative style, their look is contemporary, with a livable elegance that makes their work both beautiful and comfortable.
Gathering quite a clutch of awards, the firm also excels in residential, aircraft, and furniture design, evident in one of their latest projects, nine limited edition town homes tucked into the mountainous coast of Oman at Barr Al Jissa. Just around the peninsula from Abu Dhabi, there is a private marina below, reflecting the intense blue hues along the gorgeous coastline of the secluded bay, ready to celebrate the yachting lifestyle.
Alberto Pinto Interior Design, Paris
Influential for decidedly sophisticated designs located in private residences, hotels, jets, and yachts around the globe, Alberto Pinto established his firm with an elegant, artistic, high-end profile that lives on through the agency. Superyachts like Okto, TV, Axioma, and Alfa Nero bear the unmistakable Alberto Pinto brand, standing with stunning castles in Georgia, hotels in the Canary Islands, and one ornate Kuwaiti family palace, opposite Abu Dhabi at the north end of the Persian Gulf, all Alberto Pinto designs. Inspired by a Maharaja’s palace, a mosque in Cairo, designs from the Ottoman Empire, and the colors of the azure Gulf, Alberto himself created a rich, complicated masterpiece of expansive size and scope.
Greenline Interiors, Dubai
One would be challenged to visit Abu Dhabi without experiencing the exquisite work of Greenline Interiors. Turning concept and design into as-built perfection, Greenline Interiors of Dubai has performed engineering and design magic from its headquarters in the UAE for decades. Established in 1976 by founder Samir Badro, the firm has grown to more than 1500 employees with offices in all major global cities, including London, Paris, Miami, Singapore, and Los Angeles.
Noted for flawless design development with interior and exterior designer Terence Disdale on the Blohm + Voss Motor Yacht Eclipse, with Philippe Starck on the Blohm + Voss Motor Yacht A, and with Perini Navi on Sailing Yacht Perseus III, the Greenline Yacht Interior division has proven its merit.
A well-established land-based interior design reputation continues to draw raves with their work on The Burj in Dubai, the Fairmont Hotel in Riyadh, Hotels around the globe for Wyndham, Hilton, and others, alongside incredible palaces throughout the region. With incredible range from ornate middle eastern traditional design to clean, contemporary minimalism, Greenline Interiors completes all with attention to detail approaching complete perfection.