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The use of wood interior details in emblematic works from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and other Persian Gulf countries has become widespread. At present, no project can be found that does not include some sort of interior wood cladding. It stands out for being a material that adds a feeling of warmth in in colder climates. However, in warmer climates it also works, evoking the freshness of a shelter from the sun and contact with life.

These are some examples of wood interiors in recent projects in some countries of the Persian Gulf:


Abu Dhabi Central Market

Wonderful latticework and wood slats on the immense walls of this project by Foster + Partners in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Photos byDidier Boy de La Tour and information obtained from

Saudi Press Agency Auditorium

The Saudi Press Agency opened the auditorium of its new headquarters in Riyadh, built by Ghi Formwork, in 2016. The main hall was built under a large dome covered on the inside with spectacular wood cladding with geometric compositions in the shape of a prism. some 1,700 sqm of Spigotec Leo 10 and Spigotec Liso wood panels veneered in cherry wood effect M1m were supplied by Spigogroup.





Bahrain National Auditorium

The massive use of wood in the Bahrain National Theatre, the largest theatre in the Arab world, is a delight to the senses. The building was awarded the USITT Architecture Honour Award in 2015.

Photos by Nicolas Buisson and information obtained from


The Fragrance Kitchen

The wood cladding of this perfume house in Kuwait City is spectacular. The grandiose wood wall screen that presides over the establishment consists of 500 laser-cut pieces of wood designed to emulate the smoke of Arabian incense.

Photos by Nelson Garrido and information obtained from



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