An essential part of the Dubai Design Week programme is the opportunity to experience design and creativity at first-hand through over 100 free-to-attend dynamic talks and engaging workshops.

Global leaders and local influencers and experts will take the Main Stage to discuss how design will affect a future world with diminishing resources, what Expo 2020 means for Dubai and the wider region and the role of design in shaping our future.

Global Grad Show will host a one-day conference on 11 November, titled 'Innovating for Social Impact' and curated by Community Jameel, bringing together the professors, graduates and entrepreneurs at the forefront of technology and designing for a better world.

At the Audi Innovation Hub, a range of experts will discuss the future of technology and innovation. The Audi Innovation Talks will feature experts like the winner of the Audi Innovation Award and the creative director of The Museum of the Future.

Talks at The Forum at the Downtown Design fair will offer design professionals guidance on investing in themselves and their businesses, from understanding trends with the founder of Dezeen to Christian Louboutin discussing the journey in building his brand. From digital marketing for design entrepreneurs and leadership skills in a creative industry, to design trends for 2021 and how to win clients, this year’s workshops at Downtown Design offer actionable insights to help attendees better navigate their professional sphere.

Catering to all ranges of experience and interest, Making Space provides the opportunity to participate in instructor-led workshops and experiences through making, from pattern printing and thermoforming to terrarium making and mood board designing.

Staged by local design incubators Tashkeel, 'Design + Making UAE' is the destination for emerging design professionals and everyone curious about the local design ecosystem whilst at Re:Urban Studio, Dubai Design Week’s masterclasses are led by members of the local and international design communities, with the intention to elevate skills of professionals and aspiring creatives.

Explore the full schedule of talks and workshops and select your favourites with the Dubai Design Week app.