Launched in 2014 to celebrate the UAE’s growing design-conscious urban development and to engage with the local design community and manufacturing industries, Urban Commissions is an annually themed Dubai Design Week initiative that presents the opportunity for creatives in the region to produce an urban design feature or product, unveiled at Dubai Design Week in November.

Supported by A.R.M. Holding, the 2020 edition of the Urban Commissions design competition called for the region’s creative community to propose designs for a key component of the inaugural edition of the Dubai Design Week Marketplace; a new retail experience in an outdoor, urban setting, by offering an opportunity to design a multi-purpose retail unit for retailers to display, stock and sell their products.

The winning proposal ‘Basta’ by Emirati-designer Reema Almheiri and Saudi-designer Lujain Alatiq received a grant of AED100,000 to produce a prototype. Learn more about the Urban Commissions 2020 here.

The design competition has received over 500 submissions to date. Previous winners of the commission include the IDO bench designed by Anna Szonyi; a hybrid shelter and bicycle storage by Hinjal Kumar; the communal table ‘MuTable’ by SuperFutureDesign*; and the water feature ‘Fayyd’ by Khalid Al Tamimi, supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and Dubai Design District (d3).

The theme for Urban Commissions 2021 will be announced soon.