After six successful years of showcasing collectible design, Design Days Dubai will be reformed and renamed to take place as a key element within the Downtown Design fair in November, uniting the region’s two leading design events, as an integral part of Dubai Design Week.
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 remains the largest and most diverse gathering of designers ever to take place.
Downtown Design, the region’s only quality-driven design trade fair is the commercial centrepiece of Dubai Design Week. The fair returned for its 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 returned 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 shone a spotlight on Casablanca, Morocco, one of the most important creative hubs in North Africa.
A diverse 6-day programme of exhibitions, installations, talks, educational workshops and more allowed visitors 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
Dubai Design Week 2017 staged over 200 events celebrating design in a wide range of disciplines and brought 60,000 visitors to the Dubai Design District (d3), an impressive 50% increase from last year, further establishing Dubai’s position as a regional hub for design and creativity.
The Global Grad Show, the acclaimed annual exhibition of life-changing inventions from graduates of the world's leading design and technology universities, announced that MIKO+, a collection of jewellery that also acts as a brace for those with wrist injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome, has won the inaugural Progress Prize.