Rashid Abdelhamid is considered one of most creative and burgeoning designers and architects in the Middle East. With over ten years of design experience and an education that includes a Masters in Architecture from the University of Grenoble, France and a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Florence, Italy, Rashid's designs have received global attention and acclaim. His noteworthy achievements include the design and development of Gaza's first boutique hotel Al-Deira, which has established itself as one of the leading hotels frequented by who-is-who and receiving international media attention. The achievements also include the establishment of the Arts and Crafts village in Gaza, the design of some of the interiors of the renowned American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem. In addition, Rashid co-founded a furniture design company called ‘’Zawya’’ which has received great attention and praise in a number of international exhibitions in France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Dubai. Rashid currently resides in Amman where he runs his design firm, Marna Design and frequently travels to the occupied Palestinian territory to assist in projects that support art and design.