Looking for a creative way to spend the weekend? Dubai Design Week invites families and visitors of all ages to be at the epicentre of all things design, all weekend long with workshops, pop-ups and exhibitions from 15-16 November.
Original product and accessory designs by local makers and artisans will be on offer at the Merchant and Makers Market throughout the weekend. Festival-goer favourite La Suite returns with its singular pop-up retail experience. And Deliveroo hosts Design Delivered, an immersive (and delicious) experience.
Visit Expo 2020’s interactive discovery pop-up to get a taste of what’s in store for visitors to this seminal event next year, and see Swiss watchmaker Rado’s pop-up exhibition devoted to the father of modern architecture, Le Corbusier.
Food and music in the garden
Akiba Garden will host an outdoor space for festival-goers to unwind from the bustling weekend program with Akiba’s take on Japanese street food and drink, accompanied by live music from noon to late. Live jazz will be part of the Garden’s chill, family-friendly daytime atmosphere, beginning at noon, and DJs will spin a mix of Japanese hip-hop, R&B and retro reggae from 6 pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.
Workshops for children and visitors of all ages
Making Space offers families and children workshops from giant origami animals, to the Designathon, which brings children together in teams to create innovative solutions to real-world problems related to food and climate action. A full range of hands-on activities are on offer for weekend visitors of every age and skill level, including workshops on fragrance design, visual storytelling and architecture photography.
Exhibitions and installations
Dubai Design District comes to life with special installations, including Madar, a look at the current state of design in the Middle East, interactive sculpture The Maze, and Abwab, commissioned work from India, the Eastern Provinces of Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.
Weekend visitors to Dubai Design District will see dozens of exhibitions throughout the grounds, including Downtown Editions, featuring the latest limited-edition designed objects and brand launches, designs that make the world a better place showcased in the Global Grad Show, and Discover Expo 2020 Dubai Experiential Pop-up, giving visitors a taste of the largest event in the Arab world’s history.
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