Awards

open for entries & early bird tickets

Awards

AHEAD MEA 2019 is now open for entries! You can start your submission here.

Projects completed between January 2018 - February 2019 are eligible for entry. You can view the full checklist here, which guides you through the entry process.

The judges will be looking for submissions showing rigorous and appropriate design, demonstrating a sensible use of budget to contribute to the guest experience as well as the 'theatre' of hotel life while satisfying the client brief.

Submitted material should demonstrate clearly why the project is thought to be worth an award in its chosen category and how the design sets the project at an award winning level.

Submissions cost £250 (+ VAT) per each and the deadline for entries is 30 April 2019.


The 2019 winners will be revealed at Caesars Palace Bluwaters on Wednesday 13 November. Join us and take advantage our early bird ticket rates before 30 June here.

Timeline

Call for Entries
04 Mar 2019
Entry Deadline
30 Apr 2019
Judging Panel Announced
07 May 2019
Shortlist Announced
27 Jun 2019
Judging Day
TBC Sep 2019
Awards Ceremony
13 Nov 2019

Judges

The judges for AHEAD MEA are acknowledged industry leaders, who represent a wide spectrum of the disciplines involved in delivering new hotel projects across the region.

The panel will be announced May 2019.

Criteria

The criteria for success are based not only on creative excellence, but also on commercial viability.

As well as projects that are aesthetically impressive, the judges will be looking for evidence that winning designs have also met the needs of client and customers alike.

The judges will be looking for submissions showing rigorous and appropriate design, demonstrating a sensible use of budget to contribute to the guest experience as well as the “theatre” of hotel life while satisfying the client brief.

Submitted material should demonstrate clearly why the project is thought to be worth an award in its chosen category and how the design sets the project at an award winning level.

Click here to see our AHEAD Checklist, which guides you through the entry process.

Eligibility / Entry

Hotel projects completed between January 2018 – February 2019 are eligible for entry to AHEAD MEA 2019.

A hotel is defined as a commercial building, or combination of buildings, primarily dedicated to the provision of lodging / accommodation. Please note privately owned accommodations exclusively rented out for lodging via peer-to-peer sites such as Airbnb are not eligible for AHEAD.

AHEAD is unique in its celebration of the key collaborators in hotel projects: the developer / investor; operator; architect and interior designer.

Anyone can enter an award, but we recommend that the designers / architects responsible for the hotel compile the entry.

Hotel owners, operators, developers, investors, PRs and other representatives are encouraged to co-ordinate entries for the hotels they represent with the relevant designers/architects.

Submissions for AHEAD MEA cost £250 (+ VAT) each.

Photography

Photography should clearly show the design and / or architecture of the area of the property relevant to the category in which it is entered.

If entering more than one category please submit different photographs that reflect the category you are entering.

Before and after photos, CGIs and renderings, floor plans and / or CAD drawings can be included as supporting material where relevant.

Please do not submit CGIs / renderings in place of actual photography.

Please try and avoid use of advertising or marketing photographs e.g. posed models, elaborate table settings etc.

Please ensure that you have the appropriate copyright clearances for all photography submitted (see terms and conditions)