Last month, the Art Dubai Group, a joint venture company between the Dubai International Financial Centre and Middle East Fairs Ltd, held the inaugural Dubai Design Week (26-31 October), “an annual citywide event which aims to place Dubai on the map as the emerging design capital of the world.” The event was a global meeting point for the international design community to discover never-before-seen products.
Dubai Design Week is a six-day celebration of all things design. Such an event is said not only to promote design in the region but also to help celebrate the best in design both regionally and internationally. Many of the design-dedicated events took place at the Atrium, Building 4 of the Dubai Design District (d3) and the Downtown Design auditorium, among other studios across the city. Dubai Design Week, which was free to attend, offered a full schedule of cultural events and exhibitions to discover the multitude of talent in the region.
Held under the Patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-Chairman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, supported by both the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (DCAA), and the Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC), Dubai Design Week is set to become one of the key events on the global design calendar. It is expected to be now an important economic growth driver – a vision embodied by d3.
With the inaugural Dubai Design Week, the emirate looks to position itself as an emerging global design hub. Dubai is expected to be a flourishing design scene with the addition of Dubai Design District. The development is currently in its second-phase and will be completed in 2017. When fully completed, d3, located near Downtown Dubai, will be a purpose-built creative community that will house design studios, office spaces, ateliers and workshops dedicated for the region’s creative professionals.
As D3’s chief operating officer, Mohammed al Shehhi, says the Dubai Design District (d3) is an “affordable space designed to inspire creativity” that will “help to foster the growth of the UAE’s design industry by acting as a dedicated destination for all things design, fashion, art and luxury.” The D3 is the newest of projects for catering to the creative community “enticing visitors and tourists to a thriving cultural location,” Mohammad added.
The Dubai Design Week (dubaidesignweek.ae) initiative presented an official citywide celebration of design; it brought out the best of emerging design brands in one location where guests could tour the various pavilions. This year and future editions will give design enthusiasts the opportunity to discover original, high quality design from all over the world to explore their creative ways.
Dubai Design Week has been a fair of discovery, said the organizers. It was an opportunity to discover and engage with design, an Art Dubai Group spokesperson said. The d3 2015 programme hosted innovative projects and exhibitions of handcrafted objects from traditional artisans, a designer’s market, speeches from international design professionals, and invited guests to several workshops. Because of the great attendance during Dubai Design Week, one can be certain to see it next year. Meanwhile, one thing has come of it, Dubai is a destination now dedicated to all things design.