Abwab translates to ‘doors’ in Arabic and is an annually remodeled key feature of the Dubai Design Week programme, dedicated to commissioning work from across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia with the objective to promote the region’s talent and stimulate cultural exchange.

Abwab acts as a united platform for creative talent from the UAE and the wider MENASA region, inviting visitors into the creative landscapes of neighbouring communities.

Last year, Abwab launched an open call for the region’s designers and architects to submit proposals for an architectural or design pavilion to be constructed at the centre of Dubai Design District (d3), responding to a theme centered around design installations and their role in shaping public space.

The 2020 Abwab commission was awarded to Iraqi designer Hozan Zangana for his proposal ‘Fata Morgana’. Conceptually building a modern-day city in an open-plan arrangement of seating components around a central origin point and with pillars symbolic for each of the seven Emirates, ‘Fata Morgana’ responds to today’s requirement for physical distancing.

This year, the Abwab commission invites designers, creative studios and architects in the MENASA region to submit their proposal for an architectural pavilion under the theme of regenerative architecture and restorative design, turning their focus around the human impact on the planet and the role of design as a restorative tool while embedding nature as a core element.

To find out more about this year's Abwab 2021 Open Call, please click here.