For its third edition, DXBDW’s key regional show, Abwab will be housed in a specially designed pavilion in the heart of Dubai Design District. The structure will be constructed from locally sourced material and designed by UAE-based architecture practice. Dubai Design Week audiences will experience not just the unique space, but also a curated showcase of contemporary design products drawn from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. At the core of the exhibition is a stage from which the complexity of cultures and design perspective across the region will come alive; expect a week-long performance of sights and sounds never before seen together.

Downtown Design

Downtown Design (13-17 November), the region’s only quality-driven design trade fair is the commercial centrepiece of Dubai Design Week. The fair returns for a 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.

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Global Grad Show

The largest ever student gathering, representing 90 of the world’s best design schools, from 40 countries on 6 continents. Global Grad Show is an exhibition of groundbreaking works from the world’s leading design schools, held each year as part of Dubai Design Week. Since launching in 2015, the show has grown to become the world’s largest student gathering, and for its 2017 edition will present over 200 graduate projects grouped under the themes of Connect, Empower and Sustain.


Dubai Design Week’s high-impact sculptural, architectural and experiential public installations will be created by a handpicked selection of renowned international and local designers, artists and architects and will be positioned at strategic locations around the city, including the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa.

Iconic City: Casablanca

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 shines a spotlight on Casablanca, Morocco, one of the most important creative hubs in North Africa.