Gold Glass & Glitz in Dubai

Gold has always been Dubai's business and rarely used to decorate Dubai's buildings. Architects turned to glass to bring glitz to the new buildings startng to rise out of the sand of Dubai as it used to be. One of the first was the Ramada Hotel Dubaiside.

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Ramada Hotel 1980

The Ramada Hotel in Dubai had no view to offer, except the desert and some concrete structures around. It therefore had to have a magnificent atrium space with the idea that this atrium would become the central feature.


Since the atrium scaled the entire height of the hotel, we decided to adorn it with an imposing 135-foot high, stained-glass mural. When finished, the spectacular mural covered a width of 28 feet and rose to a height of 135 feet, making it the highest mural in the world, as featured in the Guinness Book of Records.


A British Company, Goddard and Gibbs created the mural. Designed by John Lawson, the Chief Artist of the company, it is based on 17th century Moghul designs. It depicts a floral pattern with birds unobtrusively in the background. The final surface of the glass-fibremouldings was set with rare granites, quartz and crushed coloured stones to form a rich texture complementing the stained glass.

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FOOTNOTE: Ramada Hotel is closed as at January 2017 and destined for demolition. Currently the future of Ramada's unique stained glass mural is unknown.