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 responded to the theme of ‘The Human Senses’. Abwab’s temporary pavilions were designed by UAE-based practice a hypothetical office and were 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 over 145 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 offered an unparalleled insight into the visions of the designers of the future, and a glimpse into our world as it might be tomorrow.
The exhibition, ‘Iconic City: Cairo Now! City Incomplete’ follows last year’s focus on Beirut and took 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, curated what was 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, returned 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 was once again held at d3.
A diverse 6-day programme of keynote speeches, panel discussions, public performances and educational workshops allowed all visitors – from local start-ups and entrepreneurs to international visitors, the media and families – the opportunity to discover and engage with design. The free-to-attend programme served as a rich introduction to the design scene in the UAE, and built on the many events and exhibitions happening throughout the week and beyond.
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
Returning for its sixth edition in a new location at Dubai Design District (d3) with the largest number of exhibitors to date (50), Design Days Dubai is the Middle East and South Asia’s only annual fair dedicated to collectible modern and contemporary design works.