EH Villa Interior Design

EH Villa Interior Design

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Map of Umm Al Quwain

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Project Facts

Project National Museum of the United Arab Emirates
Client Abu Dhabi Municipality
Built-Up-Area N/a
Services Master planning, Concept Design
Status Competition
Budget US$180 million

Project Features

Ground Floor Main Entrance Hall, Living Area/ Guest Salon, Guest Bathroom, Dining Area, Kitchen with attached Pantry Store, Master Bedroom Suite with Seating Area, Walk-in Wardrobes, Master Bathroom, Laundry and Storerooms, 2-car enclosed Parking Garage, Garden with Entertainment Terraces and Lawns and a Swimming Pool.
First Floor Family TV Lounge, 2 Double bedrooms with walk-in wardrobes and en-suite Bathrooms. 
Servant Quarters 2 Bedroom for 2 staff each, 1 shared Bathroom and a Storeroom.

This family villa in Emirates Hills necessitated bespoke  interiors to continue the contemporary spirit of the building’s architecture and sunlight-flooded spaces.

On entering the home, the main entrance is a triple height volume, that leads straight ahead to the living and dining areas and to the garden/ pool beyond; to the left, to the Master Bedroom and the Kitchen, and to the right, to the contemporary staircase leading to the first floor spaces.

The main staircase in the hallway and the secondary staircase within the Master Bedroom are custom detailed and manufactured to fit each space and volume exactly. Both staircases have open wooden treads supported by a steel structure. The main staircase has a stainless-steel wire/plate designed balustrade and solid wooden handrail while the secondary staircase is simplified with a solid vertically-cantilevered frame-less glass balustrade.

The layout of the Villa provides vistas to the gardens while interiors are clean, modern and minimalist in the Samina Ahmed Villa in Emirates Hills by RTAE
Construction drawing of the bespoke contemporary staircase in the Samina Ahmed Villa in Emirates Hills by RTAE

The kitchen is custom designed and manufactured with concealed and integrated kitchen appliances from Miele and fittings from Hafele into 18mm thick cabinetry. The preferred finish for all the wall units is gloss white while the central four-metre island is has gloss-finished Rosewood fronted drawers, stainless steel trim and one seamless continuous top with integrated Miele appliances. The bespoke four-metre cooking island top is manufactured from resin mixed with marble powder. Power sockets are provided in the island through integrated ‘pop-up’ components that neatly disappear when not in use.

Bespoke kitchen fittings are in line with the clean, modern and minimalist interior design of the Samina Ahmed Villa in Emirates Hills by RTAE

Similarly, all Walk-in Wardrobes for all bedrooms are fitted with custom-detailed and manufactured bespoke cabinetry and Hafele moving/ locking fittings; bedrooms are fitted with Murphy drop-down beds concealed behind custom made cabinetry with folding-sliding doors.

Bathrooms are designed with walk-in showers complete with designer fittings from Bagno and bespoke manufactured vanity units. The Master bathroom shower has additional water-jets while the room itself has a ‘galaxy’ effect fibre-optic ceiling to for those truly unique bath times.

Bespoke Bathroom vanity cabinets and fittings are in line with the clean, modern and minimalist interior design of the Samina Ahmed Villa in Emirates Hills by RTAE

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With over 40 years of experience in project and construction management across the region, Al-Kayyalli has worked in senior-management level roles with some of the biggest real-estate development companies across the Gulf region.

Specialised in working on complete project lifecycle, Al-Kayyalli’s has wide-reaching experience in all stages of project development and delivery ranging from initial preliminary and feasibility studies, financial and time planning, costing and procurement, value engineering, construction supervision and management to commissioning and testing before final handover.

Before joining Rashid Taqui Architects and Engineers, Al Kayyalli was the CEO of the Saudi Qitaf al Ardah Development Real Estate Co. (Al Nahda & Al Omar Group) where he re-structured the company to fully develop in-house turnkey developments through the establishment of an in-house project management and procurement office.

Prior to which, he was the Vice President Project Management and Engineering of Al-Oula International-Amar International Real Estate where Al Kayyalli successfully implemented major investment programs for the firm’s operations in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, as turnkey solutions tailored to the findings of market analysis studies.

Earlier, Al-Kayyali was the Director of Development & Project Management for Al-Nahdi Group (KSA) and KCMCC(Kuwait Commercial Market Company), and Director/ Construction Manager for a number of key contracting firms including Al-Jafr Trading and Contracting Co. (KSA), Ali & Fouad Al-Ghanim Co. (Kuwait), Al-Habtoor Engineering (UAE), Al-Muhairy Contracting Co. (UAE) and Al-Hani Construction & Trading Bureau (Kuwait).


Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Rula Hannoun completed her undergraduate in anthropology at the University of Manchester in 1979 prior to completing her postgraduate MBA (Finance) at the Manchester School of Business in 1981.

Hannoun’s professional career began at the First National Bank of Chicago, Corporate Finance division before moving to Project Finance, Oil and Gas. As the Deputy Head of the Oil and Gas division for EMEA at 26, Hannoun became the youngest Vice President in the history of the bank.

After marrying and relocating to Dubai, Hannoun left the banking sector in 1985 to raise her family. She resumed her professional career in the mid-90s as Advisor to the Economic Department of Dubai, spearheading the establishment of Dubai Internet City – the second and one of the most successful free zones in Dubai.

With an inherent passion of architecture and design and a key eye for business, in 1999 Hannoun established the firm Tala Furniture, dedicated to providing quality furniture to the booming hospitality sector across the Gulf and North Africa. Nearly two decades later the company is recognised as one of the leading suppliers of complete hotel interior products, operates 3 factories in CEBU, China and Indonesia and boasts over 120 professional staff focused on project management, technical services, manufacturing, sourcing and quality control.

A member of the Young President’s Organisation (YPO) and an active fundraiser, Hannoun has dedicated much of her personal life to raising awareness for children with special needs. She was instrumental in the establishment of Asseef School (Dubai Centre for Special Needs) in the late 80s, the first special needs school in Dubai to receive funding from the late HH Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and remains equally diligent in her quest today, to protect the rights of the children without a voice.


With near 30 years of experience in the design, management and delivery of complex architectural projects, Rashid Taqui’s portfolio spans multiple sectors in Australia, Greece, Kenya, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, UK, and the UAE.

Taqui has a Master’s in International Architecture Studies from the University of Huddersfield (UK), and two theses to his credit: The UAE – Searching for a Lost Identity, and The National Museum in Al Ain, UAE.

Starting his career in 1996 as a fresh graduate at German firm Schuster Pechtold’s Dubai office, he won instant appreciation and international applause for conceptualising and designing the multi-award-winning Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa – the first eco-resort in the Middle East attributed to having changed the discourse of architecture in the UAE. His involvement in other ‘firsts’ for the region include the establishing a voice for the architects and designers by the launching Dubai’s premier and the regions’ leading architectural journal, Architecture Plus, shaping the annual architectural networking event, Cityscape and founding the international awards for architecture and design in the UAE.

Taqui’s broad-ranging experience covers urban planning projects, resorts and hotels, palatial residences, shopping malls, airports, schools, banks, offices and varied public and cultural facilities, and undertaken while holding senior positions in the UAE offices of German multi-disciplinary firm Kling Consult, civil engineering firm Italconsult SPA, and architectural firm Incorporated Consultants (Conin).

Rashid Taqui Architects and Engineers, established in 2008, is his personal brand that specialises in contextually authentic, eco-aware architecture. He ardently advocates integrity and sustainability while targeting high yields for stakeholders through innovative design, investment opportunities, and value engineering.

Taqui often speaks at public events and writes regularly for local publications. His interests include fitness, films, food, and travel.

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