Sir David Adjaye is regarded as one of the world’s most influential architects and designers. Speaking for the first time in the UAE, Sir David will take the Dubai Design Week stage in conversation with renowned commentator Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi.
Global Grad Show is a globally unique exhibition of innovation, inventions and technology that will transform our future, all showcased by the world’s next generation of design talent. With over 200 projects from 90 of the leading universities in 40 countries on six continents, it will remain the largest and most diverse gathering of designers ever to take place.
Downtown Design (14-17 November), the region’s only quality-driven design trade fair is the commercial centrepiece of Dubai Design Week. The fair returns for a fifth edition with its largest and most diverse curation of best-in-class international and regional brands, plus a full programme of events curated for the design professional.
Named after the Arabic word for ‘doors’, Abwab is dedicated to taking visitors on a design journey across the region and promoting its creative talent. Abwab returns for 2017 with a revised format moving away from installation-based conceptual work to present a curated and styled exhibition focusing on product design from across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia housed within a temporary pavilion structure built into the walkways of d3.
Iconic City is a research-led exhibition and pop-up series, premiered in Dubai aimed at bringing to life the people and pulse that makes each creative city in the region unique. For 2017, Design Week shines a spotlight on Casablanca, Morocco, one of the most important creative hubs in North Africa.
Dubai Design Week’s high-impact sculptural, architectural and experiential public installations will be created by a handpicked selection of renowned international and local designers, artists and architects and will be positioned at strategic locations around the city, including the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa.
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
The Abwab exhibition is Dubai Design Week’s key event for highlighting regional design talent from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia and is the only initiative of its of its kind in these regions. This year, an editorial board selected the works on display. We highlight, curatorial board member, Rawan Kashkoush’s top selections.
This globally-unique exhibition will be presenting a greater number of design solutions than ever before from the leading design institutes worldwide, which includes the projects of 23 young creative minds from universities within the region.
At an energetic and exciting judging session held at Dubai Autodrome, a prestigious panel of 7 judges from the fields of Design and Education met to decide on the top 3 designs for the second Audi Innovation Award.
Exposing the breadth and diversity of brands in the Middle East, Downtown Design recognizes the importance of locality in regional interior design. With the development of new hotels, commercial and public buildings, there comes a need for interior design to reflect the region’s graphic language, design narrative and love of color. This year, eight regional brands bring in new trends in interior and furniture design to Downtown Design.
Design is an integral part of Rado’s brand DNA. The award-winning watchmaker will be exhibiting the latest collections at their “Portraits of Design” exhibition at Dubai Design Week. The exhibition will include the glittery True Blaze, whose dial mimics the structure of diamond powder, and the True Shadow, which changes color based on the presence or absence of UV light.
Dubai Design Week is a vivid expression of the varied and talented design community established in and drawn to Dubai, the region’s design capital, we get to know a handful of home-grown architecture and interior design talents who are shaping the future of design in their city and beyond.
Drawing on principles of sustainability and materiality, SUPERFUTUREDESIGN* the future-focused design and architectural firm have partnered with Buzzi & Buzzi - a world leader in tech-led lighting products - and FDC Contracting, to present a truly unique, evocative installation, the BETTair-HOUSE, that will invite visitors to rethink the eco-lifestyle.