Bishop Design, the Dubai-based firm responsible for the interiors of the SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences project, has revealed to Construction Week that they are in talks to open a design office in Oman and Saudi Arabia as part of its global expansion plans.
The interior design firm’s founder, Paul Bishop, said they will take these approaches “step-by-step” as they look to broaden their work across the Middle East.
Bishop Design is currently working on six hotels across the Sultanate, including the Rotana Rayhaan, Al Mouj by Rotana, and the Intercontinental hotel in Muscat.
“We’ve been approached to have an establishment in Oman as we are completing several projects out there. In Oman, we have around six hotels on-going in various stages of completion,” said Bishop.
“We have had a discussion internally, that yes, we would have operations and representation potentially over in Oman.”
The move is part of Bishop Design’s global expansion with plans to open a design office in Mauritius and Miami in the US.
Bishop also spoke about the firm’s “active” role for Saudi Arabia’s food and beverage (F&B) quick service restaurants, and revealed there are also in discussions for an office in the kingdom.
“We are in the final negotiations to design a couple of hotels for big chains in Saudi Arabia and we have also been approached to partner up with a big developer,” Bishop added.
“It has to be the right fit for us [to open an office], but it is very interesting times in Saudi. It’s a good arena to get involved with from a design perspective as it is reminiscent to what Dubai was 10-15 years ago. Saudi Arabia is the Wild West that needs to re-invent itself and I think they are doing it very intelligently.”