The city’s most extensive programme of design talks takes place throughout Dubai Design Week.

There are three main talks programme running throughout the six days of the festival:
 
On the Main Stage - located in the atrium of Building 4 at d3 - designers, creatives and thinkers share their insights; from international practitioners to regional influencers. The programme includes a range of keynote presentations, panel discussions and the People Planet Profits sustainability conference staged by UAE Modern. The keynotes programme includes talks with international innovator Daan Roosegaarde presented by the Dutch Design Center, globally renowned Italian designer Paola Navone and Arab satirist Karl Sharro.

The Audi Innovation Talks - located within the Audi Innovation Hub; a space dedicated to solutions and advances in design through innovative problem solving. The daily conversations with various experts invite audiences to delve deeper into technology and innovation within an intimate setting. Speakers include Audi’s own automobile lighting designer Konrad Troger, and Riyad Joucka founder of MEAN* (Middle East Architecture Network).
 
At Downtown Design, The Forum - a purpose built auditorium space at the heart of the fair - will encompass informative discussions designed to engage with design professionals on ‘Culture of Collaboration’, ‘Innovation in Design’ and ‘Livable cities - built environments of the future’ where award-winning designers Ini Archibong and Matthew McCormick speak for the first time in the Middle East.