Abwab translates as ‘doors’ in Arabic and is an annually remodeled exhibition dedicated to commissioning work from across the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia with a purpose to promote design talent and stimulate information exchange, uniquely experienced at Dubai Design Week.
As Dubai continues to establish itself as a global meeting point for the international design community, it has the responsibility to perform as a leader in supporting regional design. By summoning key players to collaborate and present opportunities for cultural exchange, Abwab acts as a recurring point of intersection for talents from the region and audiences. 171 designers have participated to date.
For its fifth edition, Abwab designers were challenged to recreate the local classrooms of their cultures, designers from India, the Eastern Provinces of Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon engaged audiences with representations of this year’s theme ‘ways of learning’. Audiences had the opportunity to interact with each pavilion as a gathering space for people to experience the making of memory, and to explore the way information is shared and taught in the respective cultures, by design.
Learn more about each pavilion:
Eastern Provinces of Saudi Arabia Pavilion supported by Ithra | Sa'af by Azaz Architects | Sa’af is a research-led project that works to safeguard the native craft of palm frond weaving.
India Pavilion | Qissa Ghar by The Busride Design Studio | Qissa Ghar brings India's unity in diversity to the forefront by creating a collaborative retelling of myths from various cultures across the nation.
Lebanon Pavilion | WAL(L)TZ by T Sakhi Architects | The Beirut-based studio responds to this year’s theme of learning with an interactive wall portraying the socio-political barriers in our society.
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