BOND Five Star

The Forum for EMEA’s Leading Five Star Hotel Designers

December 10-13, 2022

Abu Dhabi, UAE

EMEA’s Most Exclusive Luxury Hotel Designers and Hospitality Design Firms in One Place

Getting specified for five star hotel projects in Europe and the Middle East isn’t easy, especially if it’s a new marketplace for you. There are many regional factors to contend with but in the end, it comes down to two things: what you know and who you know. BOND Five Star EMEA can help you with both.

Let’s start with who comes.

If you scroll down you’ll get a snapshot of what to expect. But you really need to get the full list of buyers confirmed so far for this year to give this proper context.

Around 50 of EMEA’s top luxury hotel designers and hospitality design firms will be with us in Abu Dhabi this December. That means the busiest, most influential five star hotel designers in the Middle East in one place, relaxed and ready to talk.

Now consider the time, effort and expense it would take to even try to get in front of this number and calibre of decision maker and you’ll start to appreciate what’s on offer here.

These are the people who decide who gets specified for the major luxury hotel projects throughout EMEA and beyond. And if they don’t have confirmed five star hotel projects on their books, they don’t get invited.


We pre-qualify designers to meet the following criteria:

1. Principal, Director, Vice President

2. Significant portfolio of five star hotel projects in Europe, Middle East and Africa

3. Global hotel brand or top architecture/design firm

Leaders in luxury hospitality design who attended in 2019 include:

Anne Becker-Olins

SVP Design & Technical Services - LUXURY Europe

Accor Hotels

Paul Bevis

Senior Director of Design
and Construction

Four Seasons Hotels
& Resorts

Chris Webb

VP Architecture & Design EMEA

Hilton Worldwide

Jaime Nadal

Director of Technical
Services & Design

Six Senses Resorts & Spas

Geraldine Dohogne

Interior Designer

Zannier Hotels

Francis Pereira

Senior Design Architect

Wimberly Interiors (WATG)

Joanne Teoh

Global Head of Interior Design

Millennium Hotels
and Resorts

Thomas Ito, FAIA, LEEP AP

Principal & Global Head of Hospitality


How it works

As with all BOND Events, it starts with a series of private, one-to-one meetings between EMEA’s five star hotel designers and vendors that each have selected before the event. So you know exactly who’s coming and who you’re going to meet before the event. And this is just the start…

You are all together for 3 days and 3 nights, away from the distractions of studio and office environments, in a uniquely relaxed set up where you can properly get to know each other, and this is where the hotel project trail really lights up. Because this goes way beyond luxury hotel project leads – this is about relationships and connections and the very real collaborative possibilities that come from them.

EMEA’s Top Luxury Hotel Designers and Hospitality Design Firms come to BOND Five Star to get away from hotel project pressures to find inspiration and to connect with solutions providers who can help them deliver something outstanding for their clients. And if you want to get a true understanding of the needs and aspirations of EMEA’s five star hotel project leaders and have some interesting solutions to discuss, you may just have found your platform.

Still a bit cynical? Some testimonials might help. Or a video? Better still, have a conversation with us because it’s hard to make this real for you simply through words on our website. You may want to talk to some people who have already attended BOND Five Star to get things from their side and we’d be happy to point you in the right direction.

For suppliers, BOND Five Star EMEA is the best way, bar none, to win hearts and minds at EMEA’s most exclusive luxury hospitality design firms.

For luxury hotel designers, the value lies in re-connecting with peers and discovering the best solutions to your design challenges from the experts who will be your lifeline.

Great selection of attendees and a chance to make wonderful new contacts. I was not sure what to expect from this event but it turned out to be wonderful, very worthwhile and I would certainly attend again.

Patricia Holler

Senior Interior Design Director

MARRIOTT international


Seminar timings and/or content may vary at our discretion

4:00 pm

Delegate Registration

6:30 pm

Seminar - Masterpieces from the Louvre

Andrew Graham-Dixon

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A free-ranging exploration of a select group of master paintings from the Louvre Museum, from the age of Louis XIV to the age of Revolution and into the nineteenth century. Examining the ways in which art reflects the values of culture and society and can be a medium for the expression of philosophical, ethical and political ideas and ideals.


Andrew is an expert on Italian Art and Architecture. In his home country, he is best know for a massively successful BBC series ”Italy Unpacked” which he presented with the Chef Giorgio Locatelli. In fact, he has presented more television documentaries about art for the BBC than anyone else in the Corporation's history. He is one of the world’s leading art critics with a weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph (one of the UK’s leading newspapers), having written more than a million words on all aspects of the visual arts.  
7:30 pm

Welcome Drinks Reception

8:00 pm

Welcome Dinner

Sunday, December 11

6:00 am

Breakfast at your leisure

8:40 am

Speaker TBC

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More information will be announced soon.
9:40 am

Collect Final Meeting Schedule

9:50 am

One-to-One Meetings

12:40 pm

Group Photograph

12:50 pm


1:50 pm

One-to-One Meetings

5:15 pm

Free Time

7:30 pm

Drinks Reception

8:00 pm


Monday, December 12

6:00 am

Breakfast at your leisure

8:40 am

Jeremy Heyes | Senior Vice President, Wimberly Interiors (WATG)

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With more than 35 years of global experience in planning and architecture, Jeremy has a wide-ranging background. His highly creative design and project management expertise spans hotels, entertainment and leisure resort facilities, and residential developments the world over.

Since joining WATG in 1992, Jeremy’s portfolio has grown to feature some of the firm’s most iconic legacy projects, including the major civic landmark Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, which encompasses more than 270,000 sqm in built area and a beachside elevation of over two kilometres. He was the senior project architect for the original US$65 million refurbishment of Claridge’s Hotel in London, and was design and development lead for LEGOLand Windsor Resort, England, which is renowned for its innovative design that continues to delight children and adults alike.

More recently, Jeremy has been at the helm of new openings including the Ritz-Carlton Amman and Chedi Katara, as well as the award-winning St. Regis Astana Hotel and Residences and Porto Montenegro.

Jeremy is currently serving his third term on the WATG Board of Directors.

9:45 am

One-to-One Meetings

12:35 pm


1:25 pm

Seminar - How to Design with your Ears

Julian Treasure | Sound & Communication Expert, The Sound Agency Ltd

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Sound expert, author and five-time TED speaker Julian Treasure explores the huge opportunity to design sound that’s appropriate, delightful, and congruent with visual branding in hotels. He will viscerally demonstrate the four powerful ways in which sound affects guests and staff alike and show how our senses interrelate so that that design can never be truly complete if it focuses on the eyes alone. He will then explore the shocking extent of a global problem: noise, which adversely affects happiness, effectiveness and wellbeing in many environments – including hotels – and reveal the four simple steps to excellent sound design, including some tips on beneficial sound and a brand-new tool. He will end with an introduction to audio branding with some real-world examples, showing how to create sound that’s not only effective but also iconic and memorable.


Julian Treasure is a sought-after and top-rated international speaker. Collectively his five (yes five) TED talks on various aspects of sound and communication have been viewed more than 80 million times. His talk How To Speak So That People Want To Listen is in the top 10 TED talks of all time.

Julian's first book, Sound Business, is the seminal work on creating effective business sound, now in its second edition and also published in Japanese. His audio branding company The Sound Agency works with major brands worldwide proving that good sound is good business and pioneering the use of generative soundscapes instead of mindless music in spaces like airports, shopping malls and offices.

His second book, How To Be Heard: Secrets for Powerful Speaking and Listening, is a practical guide to improving the vital personal communication skills of listening and speaking (both public and private), which have been eroded by our ocular culture, including our obsession with screens. The book includes many simple exercises; interviews with experts; and potent, transformational concepts gleaned from 30 years' experience as a speaker with a passion for listening.

Julian has been widely featured as a sound and communication expert in the world's media, including TIME Magazine; The Economist; The Times; and many international TV and radio stations and podcasts. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Marketors, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a long time musician, remembering with affection his two 1981 BBC John Peel sessions (the bands were Transmitters and Missing Presumed Dead). He lives in Orkney, Scotland with Jane and their daughter Holly.

2:30 pm

One-to-One Meetings

5:45 pm

Free Time

7:30 pm

Farewell Drinks Reception

8:00 pm

Farewell Dinner

Tuesday, December 13

6:00 am

Breakfast at your leisure

8:00 am

Delegate departures

Grand Hyatt

West Corniche
Abu Dhabi, UAE

+971 2 510 1234

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