Reflecting the region’s diverse design scene and offering the vast potential of designers an international platform to display their work, Dubai Design Week is the Middle East’s largest creative festival, with a programme and reach that reinforces the city’s position as the regional capital of design.
With an ambitious and broad-ranging agenda and as a key event in the global cultural calendar, Dubai Design Week mirrors the identity of the city by bringing together creative talent, exploring the unexpected and reflecting the city’s position as a regional capital for design and creativity.
The annual free-to-attend festival fosters an environment that supports new ideas and welcomes the brightest minds from across the world, encapsulating the balance of ambition and innovation that drives Dubai. Made up of over 200 events showcasing design talent from Dubai, the UAE, across the wider region and around the world, including a diversity of design interests and creative disciplines across architecture, product design, interiors, multimedia and graphic design, and includes a public programme on the weekend for families and visitors of all ages to explore a range of sights, sounds and experiences, including performances as well as children's activities and workshops.
Dubai is a city that embraces the future whilst also preserving history and tradition. From the world’s tallest building to the historic creek-side gold, textile and spice souks, visitors can experience one of the world’s dynamic and forward-thinking environments whilst simultaneously being aware of the Bedouin community upon which the city was founded.
As a city that is constantly on the move and in development, design sits at the heart of what makes Dubai tick. Design itself is an ongoing quest to make life better and that is also, part of the DNA of the city of Dubai. From furniture to architecture, craftsmanship to manufacturing, technology to engineering, design is in every detail of our lived environment and the interior industry across residential, commercial and even industrial spaces is a thriving part of what makes this city at the forefront of all things design; it is about life and progress; how we live today and how we might live better tomorrow.
An essential part of the economy and the city’s future success, the creative industry has grown over the years and the Art Dubai Group has been a catalyst of that growth through its events Art Dubai and Dubai Design Week, that have become the leading cultural events in the region and whose activities mirror Dubai’s identity and ability to create powerful partnerships across the spectrum of business and culture.
The city fosters an environment that supports new ideas and welcomes the brightest minds from across the world, which is illustrated in the growth in the content of Dubai Design Week over the years.
Wherever you go as a visitor to the city, you will feel like an honoured guest with the spirit of hospitality welcoming you at every turn as well as a place that clearly places great importance on memorable sites. From the malls – both indoor and outdoor – to the dizzying heights of the skyscrapers and the city’s plentiful natural attractions both at the seaside and in the desert, the city is an extraordinary place to visit, to work and to live.
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