The Index Architecture & Design Awards (IADA) has officially announced the nominees for this year's event. Previously called the Middle East Interior Design & Architecture Awards, the revamped edition this year sees 32 finalists competing in eight categories including Best Restaurant, Best Residential and Best Hospitality.

"There is just no slowing down the design ambitions of Dubai and the UAE; the quality of all of our entries once again underlined that fact," said Samantha Kane-Macdonald, event director at Index, the region's largest annual interior exhibition. "Our panel has been left speechless by the works of our ever-expanding design community. The innovation, flair and drive-for-the-different has made us all take a step back to appreciate the inspiration these designers have shown."

High-profile nominees in this year's final shortlist include Office of the Future, the world's first functional 3D-printed building as well as the uber luxurious Gold on 27 at Burj Al Arab. See the full list of nominees here...

Best Café or Lounge Design

Beat of Angels
Little Black Door
Gold on 27
BU!

2017 Index Architecture & Design Awards nominees

Best Hospitality Design

The Act
The Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort
Rove
The Westin

2017 Index Architecture & Design Awards nominees

Best Restaurant Design

Bazxar
Black Tap
Marina Social
Aji

2017 Index Architecture & Design Awards nominees

Best Retail Design

Tryano
AlBatar
Level Shoes Men's Designer
House of Handsome Men's Salon

2017 Index Architecture & Design Awards nominees

Best Residential Design

Palm Jumeirah Beach Front Apartment
Jumeirah Park Villas
Burj Daman
RP Heights

2017 Index Architecture & Design Awards nominees

Best Commercial Design, Private

RTA
Abdul Latif Jameel Investments
Office of the Future
Dinor Real Estate

2017 Index Architecture & Design Awards nominees

Best Commercial Design, Public

Aldar Properties, Yas Acres Launch, Cityscape
Kaya Skin Clinic
Gutech's Conference and Exhibition Hall
Sheraa

2017 Index Architecture & Design Awards nominees

Rising Star Award

Yana Polunovskaya
Yasmin Farahmandy
Sara Ali
Nour Toubia
Islam El Mashtooly

The Index Architecture & Design Awards will be held on the second night of the Index Exhibition, which will run from May 22-25 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Now, discover the top three architectural openings in 2017.