Abwab: Jordan


Pavilion Title: the untitled swing project

With play and imagination in mind, Jordan’s designers are drawing on the swing, or ‘murjeiha’, to represent their collective childhood. Paradoxes form the base their new design of the swing ‘murjeiha’: Imagination versus reality; cradle versus stand still; mental versus physical power; visibility versus invisibility; unfurling versus weaving; and finally, mindfulness versus mindlessness.

Prevalent in Jordan is the release into air, as playtime regularly involves kite-flying and swinging high. Whether the altitudes of Amman’s hilltops inspire the seeking of new heights, or that the country’s natural air being crisp and cool year round asks to be sliced– the untitled swing project summons flight through the memory of Jordanian pastime.

Curator: Arini

Arini Creative Platforms is a nonprofit institution that curates and promotes workshops and studies in design, architecture and urbanism. It was founded by Mohammad Aljabi, Heba Najada and Liyan Jabi–Arini.


Dina Haddadin is an architect and self-taught visual artist, who works with various techniques, from traditional to the experimental to create multi-layered works.

Omar Al-Zobi is a graphic designer, who is driven by a passion for experimentalism, arabic letters and brand experiences. Omar is the founder of the online magazine, Daftar.

Rand El Haj Hasan is especially interested in vernacular architecture and its development into contemporary use. She travels far and wide to enrich her architectural palette.

Rula Yaghmour is an architect and designer, and contributor to INTERRUPTIONS; an independent non-profit initiative that enables non-standardised experimentation on architecture, design and culture.

A major Dubai Design Week initiative, Abwab is a series of six pavilions built to celebrate and showcase the work of the most exciting designers, studios and curators from six different countries in the MENASA region.

Abwab, which means ‘doors’ in Arabic, acts as a direct portal to the region’s local design talent. A curator from each participating country leads the designers to generate never before-seen design content under one unifying theme, this year being - Games: The Element of Play in Culture.

26 October | 5pm - 9pm
27 - 30 October | 9am - 9pm
31 October | 9am - 6pm
Open areas, Dubai Design District (d3)