5 Stunning Arab Kitchens to Inspire You

Each of these five kitchens from the AD Middle East archives is a lesson in originality. They combine features of modern design with other styles such as traditional and industrial. These places are all inspiring in their way, from a bold Dubai apartment designed by boutique architectural firm Anarchitect to a beachy, bohemian design by Jeddah-based interior designer Laura Nazir. From North Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, we look at five different kitchen designs.


‘I’ve been a resident of Saudi Arabia for more than 30 years,’ says Laura Nazir, a decorator who established her own business in the country more than two decades ago. She has taken inspiration from the Red Sea, but she has infused it with her personality and sense of style. The antique plates and silverware that line the glass shelves in the kitchen are on display. The wicker chairs are a replica of a Chinese piece that dates back 200 years.


A bright space that emphasizes aesthetics over material wealth, Laurence Leenaert’s two-bedroom home in the Marrakech suburb of Gueliz is as colorful and detailed as her artwork. From the kitchen, you can walk out into the courtyard with pink walls.


Observers in the apartment building can see Pigeon Rocks, a pair of jagged rocky outcrops in Beirut’s westernmost district of Raouché. The apartment is located on the top floor of a residential tower and has a panoramic view of the city. Owner Claude Missir, who is married with three children and lives in Lebanon and Angola, was initially tasked with designing the space, which included the kitchen. Missir eventually took on the project himself.


Anarchitect, a boutique architecture firm in Dubai, designed a custom villa overlooking the 18th hole of Dubai Hills, the city’s newest luxury golf course. The villa was built for a family with two young children who needed a place to call home. The kitchen and dining area are connected by a minimalist design that allows them to be seen from one another.


Mehdi Berrada, a Moroccan architect and the founder of Elements Lab, had one goal in mind when he designed his family’s Casablanca home: to create a fortress that would protect them from the hustle and bustle of the bustling city. The architect’s minimal material palette, which can be found throughout the home, was used in the kitchen design, which included raw concrete, wood, and stone materials.

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