Abwab

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 built into the walkways of d3.

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Downtown Design

Downtown Design, 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. Visitors discovered products across furniture, lighting, bathrooms, kitchens, textiles and accessories not ordinarily seen at the big shows.

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Global Grad Show

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 50 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.

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Iconic City: Cairo Now! City Incomplete

The exhibition, ‘Iconic City: Cairo Now! City Incomplete’ 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 curated what was a multidisciplinary presentation conducted by young entrepreneurs, aspiring artists and graphic designers, alongside veteran design practitioners.

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Installations

In landmark locations across Dubai, a series of public, site-specific installations by renowned international, regional and local designers united and transformed the city throughout Dubai Design Week’s six days.

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