Dubai Design Week 12-17 November 2018

Last year this annual event attracted more than 60,000 visitors! The free-to-attend programme is made up of more than 200 events covering design across a range of disciplines including architecture, product design, furniture, interiors, graphic design, and consists in design-related events, exhibitions, installations, competitions, talks, and workshops. This appointment reflecting Dubai’s position as the design capital of the Middle East and reinforces the city’s new status as a UNESCO Creative City of Design. 

We are talking about the 4th edition of Dubai Design Week will take place from today,  12th until 17th November 2018,  at Dubai Design District (D3).

Highlights of 2018’s Edition. Our guide and suggestions. Enjoy!

1) Downtown Design located at D3, Waterfront
The 6th edition of Downtown Design, the Middle East’s only trade fair dedicated to original, high-quality design, is the biggest and most ambitious to date.
175 contemporary design brands, including 40 regional designers, and 25 global design leaders and award-winning feature on this year’s stellar talks programme: Marc Ange, Ini Archibong, Matthew McCormick and Martyn Lawrence Bullard will be joined by the region’s most important developers and design firms to discuss diversity, sustainability and planning the cities of the future. Six large-scale installations, including works by Marc Ange, David Harber and Preciosa, a pop-up retail experience, landscaped indoor gardens and bespoke café concepts will activate the fair’s purpose-built venue and its waterfront terrace.
INFO about:
Owned and managed by the Art Dubai Group, is held in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), under the lead support of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and sponsorship of Audi Middle East. 
Public visitors are encouraged to download the new Dubai Design Week app for complimentary fast-track entry to the fair during public hours. Trade registrations are free of charge. Onsite registration for all public visitors is AED 55.
For more details and the full exhibitor list, please visit: www.downtowndesign.com
Dates and timings: November 13th-14th: 12pm-7pm; 15th-16th: 12pm-9pm

2) Global Grad Show located at D3, Building 6, Atrium.
The fourth edition of the Global Grad Show, held in partnership with Investment Corporation of Dubai, offers a first look at the inventions shaping our tomorrow. The ideas, more than 150 projects, come from passionate, upcoming design graduates of 61 nationalities from 100 universities, including Harvard, MIT, and RCA. The students use design to find solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. The show is an inspiring and optimistic look at what is in store for the next generation. The solutions and prototypes range from the physical to the virtual, high-tech and complex to small and conceptually simple.

 3) Abwab located at the center of D3
Translated as ‘doors’ in Arabic, Abwab is an exhibition, architectural installation and a highlight of Dubai Design Week. It’s the only initiative of its kind to offer a platform for design talent from across the Middle East.
For the fourth edition, Abwab will host a collection of design experiences drawn from five communities in the Middle East; Amman, Beirut, Dubai, Eastern Provinces of Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait City. Two designers are invited from each place to collaborate and produce works situated in dedicated pavilions related to the theme: ‘Between the Lines’. These lines are physical and metaphorical, lines of territory, topography, the implied, and those in drawings or text. The 2018 Abwab pavilions are designed by Architecture + Other Things, made by Research & Development.

4) Making Space located at Building 6, ground floor.
Making Space is a pop-up studio which offers a five-day programme of workshops and children’s activities throughout Dubai Design Week conducted by a wide group of UAE-based, regional and international designers and professional creatives.
Download the program here!

5) Talks located at Building 4, Atrium.
Designers, creatives, and thinkers share their insights; from international practitioners to regional influencers. The programme includes a range of keynote presentations, panel discussions and high-level conferences including the Belief in AI, staged in association with Global Grad Show and People Planet Profits sustainability & design conference staged in association with UAE Modern. The keynotes programme includes talks with international innovator Daan Roosegaarde presented by the Dutch Design Center, globally renowned Italian designer Paola Navone and Arab satirist Karl Sharro.

Event-related around Dubai not to miss!

Contemplate Italian Design Masterpieces by Cassina, Cappellini and Poltrona Frau.
An exclusive tour over iconic furniture pieces from celebrated masters Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Marco Zanusso, Mario Bellini, Philippe Starck, Giulio Cappellini, Patricia Urquiola, Jean-Marie Massaud.
Location: Poltrona Frau Showroom, 653, Jumeirah Road, Umm Suqueim

Dubai Design Week is owned and managed by the Art Dubai Group and is held under the dedicated patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.