Entrance Lobby and Reception interior design in the new Tashkeel Art Gallery designed by RTAE, Dubai

Tashkeel Art Gallery Interiors

Tashkeel Art Gallery Interiors

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Map of Umm Al Quwain

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Project Facts

Project Extension and Renovation of Tashkeel
Client The Ruler’s Office
Size 97,500 sq.ft BUA
Services Architectural Design, Interior Design, Landscape Design, MEPD Engineering, Fire Fighting Design and Engineering, Irrigation Engineering, Commercial Kitchen Design, Interior and exterior Wayfinding design, Quantity Surveying, Specifications, Tender Issue and Administration, Tender Evaluation and Award, Construction Supervision
Status Construction Contract Awarded
Budget Undisclosed

Project Features

Public Entrance Lobbies, 4 Art Galleries, 1 Retail Space, 1 Flexible Presentation space, 2 Seminar Rooms/ Breakout Rooms, Frame Retail Space with Framing Workshop, Visitor Lounge with Pantry, Prayer Rooms for men and women with attached ablution areas and WCs.
Artists Separate Entrance lobby, 26 private Artists’ Studios, 6 Freelance Start-up Groups Spaces, 1 Communal Workspace, Personal Storage Space with 20 lockers, 1 library/ Social Space with a Pantry. 
Workshops Childrens’ Art Centre with WCs and Storeroom, 1 Digital Lab, 1 Print Room, 1 3D Printing/ Jewellery Making Lab with separate attached rooms for 3D Printing, Heat Press and Laser Cutting, Photo Studio with a Photo Preparation Room, Dark Room, and Store, Mixed Media Lab, Fashion Design Lab, Printmaking Lab with Store, Textiles Lab with Store. 
Gyms Separate Male and Female Gyms, each with a Lobby, Reception, Waiting Area, Changing Rooms with lockers, shower, WCs. Sauna and Steam Rooms, Group Exercise studio and Main Workout Studio and Stores.
Dining 80-pax Restaurant, 20-pax Cafe, Commercial Kitchen, Chef’s Office, Kitchen Admin Office, Kitchen food and non-food stores, General Storerooms and Garbage, Guest WCs. 
Staff Director’s Office with attached WC, Dep. Director’s Office, 2 small Admin Offices, 2 large Admin Office, 1 Finance Office and Admin Storeroom.
Support Delivery Area, Good Lift & Lobby, 2 passenger lifts, 4 Art Stores, Retail Store and Office, Generator, Telephone Rooms, Electric Rooms, Garbage Rooms, WCs.

The interior design of the extension and renovation of the Tashkeel Art Gallery in Dubai has duality in design to reflect the two internal states of the building: industrial and Creative. All the workshops positioned were re-positioned into the existing building over the two floors. The limited ceiling heights, and reduction of room sizes for circulation and fire egress, resulted in a more industrial feel of this space, here the services are ceiling mounted, housed in black piping running across the surface of the walls with surface mounted fittings and fixtures. All the swing doors were replaced by black powder coated and oversized top-hung sliding doors. Woodend doors are floor to ceiling and frameless. These are also the tying thread between the two styles as well as the use of black metal framing.

In the new Tashkeel building, the entrance is bright double-height space with an uninterrupted view of the garden. The flooring is a custom designed mosaic, as well as the reception desk that takes inspiration from the building’s architecture, and akin to a single element sculpture pointing towards the ramp to subtly guide visitors to the public spaces, and above which hang minimalist lighting the define the reception without cluttering it.

The Art Shop has custom designed joinery work for a wide type and sizes of art equipment. Like an arabesque silk carpet, the floor mosaics flow onto the ramp and then to the public foyer, connecting all the public spaces. The gallery floors are polished poured concrete with brass inset at their joints. These inset brass trips extend out to the public foyer, ‘stitching’ the two spaces together.

Ramps lead to the Galleries at the lower level past the Artists Shop in the new Tashkeel Art Gallery designed by RTAE, Dubai
Interior design of the Function Area leading to all 4 Art Galleries wth views of the garden in the new Tashkeel Art Gallery designed by RTAE, Dubai
Interior design of the galleries shows the revolving walls to connect the galleries together for larger exhibitions in the new Tashkeel Art Gallery designed by RTAE, Dubai

Ribbed glazing to the lecture rooms and meeting rooms, all with minimalist black framed sliding doors provides privacy to the occupants. The spiral staircase is simple and designed as fluid continuation and terminus if the angular ramp form traverses the entire public space of the building, hanging in the triple-height spaces like a feather suspended in air.

The artists’ studios are all finished with white walls and concrete-poured floors to avoid any disruptions to the creative process. They enjoy a view of the gardens and benefit from scattered sunlight, giving visual relief to the occupant. The studios, centered around the planted green courtyards, are accessed from industrial style mat-black-powder coated metal frame doors – same as those used in the ‘industrial’ zone of the development. The gyms are finished, again with minimum decoration, through the focus on their facilities and the large expanse of glass and view of the adjacent woodland.

Interior design of the interior open-to sky courtyards on the 2nd floor leading to the studios of artists in residence in the new Tashkeel Art Gallery designed by RTAE, Dubai
Interior Design of a typical studio of the artists in residence in the new Tashkeel Art Gallery designed by RTAE, Dubai

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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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