Supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and Dubai Design District (d3), Urban Commissions is a Dubai Design Week initiative that presents an annual opportunity for designers living in the UAE to produce an urban furniture product, unveiled at Dubai Design Week and installed permanently at d3.

The deadline to submit to Urban Commissions 5 is June 22, 2019.

Theme: Telling Time

In 2019, Urban Commissions celebrates its fifth anniversary with the theme ‘Telling Time’. Seeking unique and innovative designs that display the time, the design competition pays homage to the Deira Clocktower, one of the first monuments of the city of Dubai.

The public installation can; investigate ancient methods such as sun-dials and hourglasses, experiment with solar-powering analogue or digital clocks, offer innovative solutions for using light, composite materials, kinetics or new technologies. The competition seeks unique design discovering new means to display the current time.

Submission Brief

The design proposal must be:

  • Suitable for outdoor installation in Dubai Design District (d3)
  • A maximum height of 2.5m
  • Due to the number of public events hosted by d3, the proposal must be movable
  • The proposal cannot exceed 4sqm
  • The weight must be less than 400kg per square meter
  • The design proposal must be easily maintained considering the climate of Dubai; the heat, dust and sand should be easily cleaned from the water feature
  • Must be manufactured and installed entirely within a budget of AED50,000
  • Must be entirely produced in the UAE

Power Requirements:

  • If the proposal is powered by electricity the power cable must be a designed detail, power is available in d3.
  • If the proposal is solar-power required for the proposal must be fully integrated in the body of the design


  • Must be residents of the UAE
  • Can be individuals or collectives
  • Students and professionals are encouraged to submit


Submissions must include a minimum of one and maximum of five digital files showing the proposed concept – (physical models, renderings, architectural drawings and/or sketches are encouraged). All images must be of high quality and a maximum of 1MB. Please follow submission form guidelines.

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Urban Commissions is a design competition launched by Dubai Design Week, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and Dubai Design District (d3) in 2014 to celebrate the UAE’s growing design-conscious urban development and engage with the local design community and product industries by offering a grant of AED50,000 to the winning design submission to be manufactured fully in the UAE.

The competition has received over 400 submissions by designers from more than 30 nationalities residing in the UAE. The inaugural winning commission was the IDO bench designed by Anna Szonyi; winner of UC2 was Hinjal Kumar for her design of hybrid shelter x bicycle storage ‘bike d3’; UC3 winner was SuperFutureDesign* for their communal table MuTable and UC4 winner was Khalid Al Tamimi for the water feature ‘Fayyd’. All Urban Commissions have been installed in d3.