Balqis Dubai, UAE

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PDI created the two entrance lobbies to the dramatic Yemeni-styled Kingdom of Sheba development on the Palm Jumeriah, Dubai.

Inspired by the project namesake ‘Balqis’ (the traditional Islamic name for the Queen of Sheba), we imagined a modern interior to suit her iconic status. The material palette is inspired by legendary descriptions of her palace; full of natural elements including precious stones, gold and polished wood.

For the sales centre, we moved away from a conventional rectangular sales desk, introduced the idea of a ‘pod’ where guests are enveloped within a circular meeting arrangement. The timber screen creates a sense of privacy and intimacy.