Dubai Design Week 2021

Dubai Design Week is an annual week-long festival celebrating design and creativity in the UAE and beyond through an extensive programme of free-to-attend exhibitions, installations, engaging activities and pop-ups, talks and workshops, accessible for visitors at all levels.

With a varied programme of 270+ activities staged at the festival’s main hub in Dubai Design District (d3) and around the city, visitors enjoyed a diverse line-up of impactful experiences;

  • Taking a look into the future through a multi-media exhibition that teleported visitors through the next 20 years of Dubai, and met the brightest minds coming out of the region’s universities, showcasing ideas and solutions to improve lives.
  • Discovered the latest in international design trends, with 130+ leading brands and designers exhibiting at Downtown Design, the region’s largest fair for original and limited-edition design and found out who will be the rising stars through 30+ commissioned installations, pop ups and exhibitions in d3.
  • Participated in a series of over 80 hands-on workshops and masterclasses providing the opportunity to experiment with a wide range of activities and attend the daily talks programme featuring regional and international industry leaders exploring topics related to the rapidly evolving design landscape.
  • Met the region’s artisans, creatives and small businesses offering a curated selection of original and high-quality products at the weekend outdoor market and bring the kids for a host of activities from pottery to tree planting.


With a key focus on supporting the creative community in Lebanon this year, rising and established Lebanese design talent was highlighted throughout the festival’s programme; from architectural installations and product design, to artisanal Lebanese delicacies at The Marketplace and outdoor music sessions.

Dubai Design Week is owned and managed by the Art Dubai Group, and is held under the dedicated patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (DCAA). It is in strategic partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), and supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and A.R.M. Holding.

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The Dubai Design Week Marketplace

Visitors discovered the best of local artisans, creatives and small businesses at a brand new open-air retail experience, the Dubai Design Week Marketplace

Day 4 Highlights | Dubai Design Week 2020

The weekend programme invited families and children to celebrate the best of the Middle East’s design scene with outdoor installations, exhibitions and drop-in workshops.

Day 3 Highlights | Dubai Design Week 2020

A range of exhibitions were staged in d3 ranging from ‘Tanween’ by Tashkeel and ‘Mn Laila’ by Hamzat Wasl to ‘Space Exploration and Design’ by The Institut Français in the UAE and many more

Day 2 Highlights | Dubai Design Week 2020

The festival invited visitors to explore its extensive programme of events and activities happening around Dubai Design District (d3) and engage in creative workshops.

Day 1 Highlights | Dubai Design Week 2020

Dubai Design Week 2020 kicked off and welcomed visitors to the exhibitions and installations following all guidelines and safety measures.

Global Grad Show 2020

Global Grad Show is a year-round programme for university graduates and professors who are working on solutions for a better world.

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