LuxLive Middle East 2016 draws big names

Last week’s inaugural LuxLive Middle East 2016 was judged a ‘resounding success’ by organisers as they revealed some of the major names attending the event.

Opened by the Minister of Energy, His Excellency Engineer Suhail Mohammed Faraj Al Mazroui, the exhibition and conference drew attendance from across the GCC region and across the world. 

Visitors attended from major client organisations including Riyadh Municipality, Etihad Rail, Etihad Airways, InterContinental Hotel Group, New York University Abu Dhabi, Etihad Esco, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, Department of Municipal Affairs, Abu Dhabi Oil Refinery, ADNOC, Abu Dhabi Police, Dubai Islamic Bank, Emirates Steel, Mohammed Bin Rashid Housing Establishment, NMC Hospital, Royal Court Affairs Oman and the Saudi Investment Bank. 

Lighting design practices and engineering consultancies included DPA lighting consultants, Parsons, Aecom, WS Atkins, Mouchel, CD+M, Lighting Design International, KEO Design Division, Delta Lighting Solutions, Design Tech Services, Light Concept, SPECS, Klaasen Lighting Design, JBLD, Nulty+, LightTouch, Michael Grubb Studio, ChapmanBDSP and ZKLD.

Architects included GAJ Architects, B&H Architects, PNC Architects and MSCEB and property developers and contractors included Masdar, Aldar Properties, Emaar, BK Gulf, RDK International and Drake & Scull.

The two-day featured an extensive programme of talks, presentations and live debates across two arenas. Also on show was the latest lighting innovations from over 50 big-name brands, including iGuzzini, Erco, Trilux, Schreder, Lumenpulse, Fagerhult, LED-C4Lutron, Leviton, Regent, Tridonic and Cree.

The highlight was a glittering awards event on Thursday which saw designers and clients rewarded  for excellence in lighting design and product innovation. 

‘We’re delighted with this, our first event,' said commercial director Peter Rowledge. 'We have received a warm welcome here in The Middle East and I would like to thank everyone for their valued support and we are looking forward to extending our activities as part of the community here'.

Products on show include the famous Coelux artificial skylight which has been featured in the New York Times, the Daily Mail and Wired magazine. It mimics natural light to make you believe you’re under a bright sunny day and with nanotechnology, it even recreates the scattering that turns the sky blue.

Also on show was the world’s most efficient light fitting, the Veko industrial fitting, which has 180 luminaire lumens per watt and the multi award-winning iGuzzini Trick, a fixture that emits a bright blade of light in 360 degrees.

Globally recognised speakers at the event included lighting designers Sally Storey, Michael Grubb and Courtney Mark, Architect Ashutosh Jha of MSCEB will present on how to handle daylight to cut energy, create great space and achieve onerous building codes. 

More information on the show at www.luxlive.ae