Perks & Recreation
Architect and Interiors India|January 2021
Nicola Fahy, head of F&B design at Studio EM, creates Caya
Nicola Fahy

With the creation of Caya, Emirati-owned developer Alabbar Enterprises wanted to devise a family-orientated community café in Nshama Town Square Dubai that transported customers to the Mediterranean coast and nature, with a strong focus on light and heavy use of natural materials focusing on nurturing and presenting a clean, simple and organic environment.

Think white-washed walls, pretty mosaic flooring, plenty of natural light, and lots of cosy nooks, with a dedicated kids’ play area and an expansive outside seating terrace, plus an airy, light-filled courtyard.

Nicola Fahy, head of F&B design at Studio EM, was the lead designer on the project.

She says: “I really loved the brand direction of Caya; it’s so in tune with where the F&B scene is heading. That being warm, friendly and family-orientated community spaces that are all about coming together in a really relaxed environment and getting together to enjoy a gorgeous breakfast, lunch or dinner while also being a great place to hang out and work from at the same time, creating an offering that is extremely affordable and pleasing on the eye.

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