Abwab has for five consecutive years acted as a united platform for design talent from the UAE and the wider region, inviting visitors into the creative landscapes of neighbouring communities. This year, Abwab once again will present an innovative concept demonstrating contemporary regional design and architectural talent, while being aware of current relevant thematics.

For this year’s edition of the Abwab Pavilion, Dubai Design Week has opened the door for creatives (individuals or collectives) from the region (MENA, GCC), to submit proposals for an architectural or design pavilion to be constructed at the centre of Dubai Design District (d3).

The proposal needs to address themes related to city dwellers’ constantly evolving relationship with public space and the everlasting need for public interventions that serve the purposes of shelter from changing climate conditions, spaces for gathering under current physical distancing requirements or simply serving the function of spaces of respite, to pause, relax and recuperate.

In the context of design week, this architectural pavilion will serve as a multi-purpose space, hosting different activities throughout the week, from talks and workshops to exhibitions.

Joining this call is Bee’ah, the leading environmental agency which will be providing designers with a selection of recycled and up-cycled materials produced in the UAE to be incorporated in their design proposals.