Al Aqili Furnishings to be platinum sponsor of Commercial Interior Design Awards

Roca, Swarovski and InRetail Exhibition to sponsor individual categories.

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Al Aqili Furnishings is to be the platinum sponsor of the Commercial Interior Design Awards 2007, sponsoring six of the 12 awards on offer.

Other sponsors for the interior design magazine's awards ceremony include Swarovski, Roca and the InRetail Exhibition, with the Hotel Show and the Office Exhibition sponsoring two awards in association with Al Aqili Furnishings.

Shahriar Khodjasteh, group marketing director, Al Aqili Furnishings said it was important to highlight the work of interior design professionals in the region through such an awards ceremony. "For the past ten years Al Aqili Furnishings has been at the forefront of bringing quality products and services to the region. Many top professionals including interior designers and architects make up our clientele and we feel strongly about recognising their efforts, expertise and skill through these awards," he said.

Khodjasteh added that it was natural for Al Aqili to support the awards given the close relationship between the company and the interior design publication. "Al Aqili Furnishings sees Commercial Interior Design as an important stakeholder in its organisation and after having supported and being supported by the magazine it is only natural that we become the biggest supporter of this much anticipated awards ceremony."

Spanish bathroom giant Roca will be sponsoring the Environmentally Sustainable Design Award due to its history of energy saving and water conservation. In the 1960s the company pioneered the creation of lower energy consuming tap ware and toilet cisterns with reduced water capacity. Today the company continues on the path to sustainability with its Zero Waste Programme, which aims to eliminate waste from industrial activity.

Other award supporter, Swarovski is to sponsor the Young Interior Designer of the Year Award, which gives recognition to the most promising designer under the age of 30, while the InRetail Show will sponsor the Interior Design of the Year: Retail Award. The Hotel Show and the Office Exhibition will be sponsoring the Hospitality and Corporate Awards respectively, in association with Al Aqili Furnishings. The other award categories sponsored solely by Al Aqili Furnishings include: Residential Interior Design of the Year, Architecture Firm of the Year, Interior Design Firm of the Year and Interior Designer of the Year.

The awards ceremony will take place in the Windsor Ballroom at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai on Sunday 4 November. Over 250 of the region's leading commercial interior designers are expected to attend. For further information on how to enter or sponsor the awards go to www.itp.net/events/cidawards. The closing date for nominations is 1 October.

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