Shababeek Restaurant
Qanat Al Qasba Sharjah, UAE
Completed 2017
550 sqm

The brief for this project was to create a destination restaurant for Sharjah. The owner is a senior member of the ruling family, and the goal was to create a restaurant that would not be just another Lebanese eatery but a world-class outlet that would raise the bar for the restaurant scene across the entire emirate. Working with celebrity chef Maroun Chedid, Roar created a light, airy, natural space that reflects Lebanon’s position at the intersection of Europe and Arabia.

Frame magazine said Shababeek “elegantly merges Roman ruins and modern Islamic art within Chef Chedid’s vision – making the ornithology-themed restaurant a crossroads of culture.” ( Click here to read more)

Roar developed a design story around the concept of ‘fusion’, reflecting the fact that Shababeek is the result of not one single inspiration but an eclectic array of influences. These range from Mediterranean cuisine to Khaleeji wildlife, from French fashion to Romanesque architecture. Crucially, they’re all blended together to form an elegant, sophisticated and – most importantly – contemporary design language.

Working with local craftsmen, much of the carpentry and furniture was built within a few kilometres of the restaurant, as the owner was keen to support the local community. This is complemented by designer furniture from brands including Point and Vitra, and lighting by Vibia and Mooi.

Products / Thonet and Vitra Softshell dining chairs, Moooi Perch and Flamingo lights, Point SL outdoor furniture and Flaminia sanitaryware.

Materials / Designers Guild wallpaper, bespoke illustration printed on Vescom wall covering, Laminam flooring and wall cladding, custom designed Terrazzo flooring, plaster ceiling with moulded details and Colortek paints.

Shababeek won Design of the Year: Food & Beverage at the 2018 Commercial Interior Design Awards.