Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, inaugurated today the fifth edition of Dubai Design Week, consisting of over 200 events and over 150 participating organisations. Staged in strategic partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), the strategic support of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (DCAA), and the support of Audi and A.R.M. Holding, the fifth edition of Dubai Design Week is its most multidisciplinary and extensive programme to date.

The week-long festival, held under the patronage of HH Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed, comprises of a wide range of exhibitions, installations, panel discussions and workshops, as well as city-wide events for design enthusiasts and the public.

With its main hub in d3, the business community dedicated to the art and design industries, Dubai Design Week has been a key player in cementing the city as a destination for design professionals and enthusiasts. This year’s programme focuses on regional designers, offering more opportunities than ever for visitors to directly engage with them, and foster a dialogue that reinforces Dubai’s position as the region’s creative capital.

Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed said Dubai Design Week is one of the key highlights of Dubai’s vibrant cultural and creative landscape and contributes to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform the emirate into a global cultural hub and a centre for innovation in the region.

“We are delighted that Dubai Design Week, the largest creative festival in the Middle East, has grown significantly from 350 international designers in 2015 to 560 this year, and from 70 UAE-based participants to 180, raising Dubai’s global profile as an incubator for creative talent and innovation. In light of Dubai’s new cultural vision, announced earlier this year by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, we will continue to build and invest in flagship initiatives like Dubai Design Week that offer creative communities from all over the world the opportunity to collaborate, interact and develop,” HH Sheikha Latifa said.