Dubai’s first celebration of design and innovation saw the city stage more than 100 events over 6 days. Thank you to the large diverse cast of individual designers, studios, artists, architects, educational and cultural, institutions, retail stores, iconic brands, trade professionals, authors and thought leaders who contributed to the success of this first edition.
Integrated into the walkways of Dubai Design District (d3), Abwab saw six pavilions given over to designers and curators from Jordan, Kuwait, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the UAE. Under the theme of Games: The Element of Play in Culture, Abwab celebrated the MENASA region’s diverse creative thinking.
Throughout Dubai Design Week, a diverse 6-day programme of keynote speeches, panel discussions, public performances and educational workshops allowed all visitors – from the design professional through to the design curious – the opportunity to discover and engage with design. The core programme took place at the Atrium, Building 4 of the Dubai Design District (d3) and the Downtown Design auditorium.
An eclectic mix of the best design brands the world has to offer was on display at Downtown Design. Running 27-30 October, 90 brands from over 24 countries were seen exhibing the most innovative and cutting-edge furniture, lighting, kitchens, bathrooms, accessories, textiles and new technologies.
Dubai Design Week is held under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-Chairman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority