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.
Named after the Arabic word for ‘doors’, the Abwab initiative is dedicated to exploring the design narrative of countries within the MENASA region. This year, emerging and established graphic designers, product designers, photographers and architects from Algeria, Bahrain, India, Iraq, Palestine and the UAE respond to the theme of ‘The Human Senses’. Abwab’s temporary pavilion this year has been designed by UAE-based practice Hypothetical Office that will be built into the walkways of d3.
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 135 projects from 51 of the leading universities in 30 countries on six continents, it is the largest and most diverse gathering of designers ever to take place and will offer unparalleled insight into the visions of the designers of the future, and a glimpse into our world as it might be tomorrow.
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 in the Dubai Design District (d3) and the Downtown Design auditorium.
The exhibition, ‘Iconic City: Cairo Now! City Incomplete’ follows last year’s focus on Beirut and takes inspiration from the Egyptian capital’s host of red brick buildings in varying stages of completion, aiming to gauge the current mood of the city’s creative scene. Mohamed Elshahed, a writer for the Cairobserver, curates what will be a multidisciplinary presentation conducted by young entrepreneurs, aspiring artists and graphic designers, alongside veteran design practitioners.
Downtown Design (25-28 October), the region’s only quality-driven design trade fair, returns for its fourth edition as the commercial centrepiece of Dubai Design Week. Bringing together over 100 brands from 25 countries, the event has become an important fixture in the design calendar for both international brands and buyers from the MENASA region and will once again be held at d3.
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