During the last week of October, Dubai lays its claim to being one of the great emerging design cities of the world, as the very first Dubai Design Week kicks off across the city.
Showcasing the best of contemporary design from both the Middle East and across the world, the inaugural Dubai Design Week aims to cement the city’s reputation as the design capital of the region, attracting professionals, aficionados and design-curious visitors to the city for a six-day celebration of groundbreaking ideas across a raft of creative platforms, spanning public installations, architecture, product, industrial and graphic design.
Conceived and managed by the Art Dubai Group, Dubai Design Week is held in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3) and is supported by the Dubai Design & Fashion Council and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture).
The first Dubai Design Week will seek to reflect the city’s enormous potential by offering a level field for designers and design programmes from everywhere and all over the city; residents and visitors are invited to explore, discover and interact with a diverse and convention-puncturing programme of exhibitions, installations and events, with the newly developed creative hub d3 at the heart of it.
In addition, Dubai Design Week offers a programme of talks and workshops giving UAE based designers unique access to insights from some of the leading players in the regional and global design industry, through a series of engaging talks, panels and workshops that will take place in d3.
Design is an essential building block of innovation and a catalyst for change.
Dubai Design Week centres on the third edition of Downtown Design to be held at d3, the region’s fastest-growing design trade fair, which will bring more than 90 designers from 24 countries to present their pioneering innovations in furniture, lighting, bathrooms, kitchens, textiles and accessories. The fair has also partnered with six of the world’s leading Design Weeks (Helsinki, Istanbul, San Francisco, Mexico, Beijing and Melbourne) to bring their emerging designers to Dubai, thereby helping make Dubai Design Week a place of global discovery.
Accompanying the fair will be a packed calendar of public events and a host of cornerstone initiatives that offer insights into Dubai’s own creative energy and shine a light on the most remarkable developments in design thinking worldwide.