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Could the eighth season of Dubai Design Week be the grandest yet?

There is no doubt that Dubai is emerging as one of the great design capitals of the world. It’s unique, rapid, and extraordinary evolution has been the talk of the 21st century. From the cloud-piercing centrepiece of Dubai, The Burj Khalifa, to the Museum of the Future, the UAE is consistently testing the parameters of design as we know it.

Dubai Design Week returns for its eighth season this November with a prime opportunity for the best and brightest in the region to showcase their work. The highly anticipated festival will take over the Design District 3 from the 8th – 13th, with a complete line-up of programming that demonstrates Dubai’s commitment to design. Keep reading to find out the must sees during your visit to D3…

Installations

This year, the topic of discussion is DESIGN WITH IMPACT, with sustainability at its core. Dubai Design Week further describe this as: ‘a series of immersive installations that demonstrate innovative design thinking; using materials that spark conversations around how design can have a positive impact on the environment.’

You can expect to see a vast range of environmental installations. RTA will be presenting how they will use date palms to build 1550 bus shelters, reducing 500,000 tonnes of annual palm waste. Stella McCartney explores the limitless possibilities of material innovation in a projection on the future of fashion. Quartz Architects have developed a structure to show what our planet would look like if it became engulfed by waste. These are just a few examples of the exceptional creativity on display at this year’s Dubai Design Week.

immersive installations that demonstrate innovative design
Sustainable design feature at Dubai design week.

Dubai Design Week describe this as: ‘a series of immersive installations that demonstrate innovative design thinking; using materials that spark conversations around how design can have a positive impact on the environment.’

Design in the Metaverse Immersion Walk

A series of exhibitions will feature over Dubai Design Week this year, exhibiting technology, craft, architecture, and academia. Design in the Metaverse is revolutionizing the way we exhibit with an immersive space-age walkthrough, designed by Dubai-based specialist, MetaDecrypt. The exhibition is set to redefine the way we interact with design and space.

Downtown Design 2022

Taking place on the waterfront terrace, Downtown Design is the original platform for showcasing the works of Dubai’s best and brightest designers. The 2022 edition is set to be the grandest experience yet with over 200 global brands and designers in attendance. The Forum at Downtown Design will host a series of live discussions on the changing dynamics, behaviours, and opportunities in the Design industry; run by leaders of the architectural and interior design world, these talks are not to be missed!

Design Market by FWRD

From Hand-carved pottery to locally produced fashion pieces and paintings, The Design Market by FWRD will showcase Dubai’s local design market in an outdoor retail experience. Take a walk through timeless bohemian inspired jewellery pieces, nostalgic vintage accessories, and sustainable concept stores in the heart of the Design District D3. Grab a bite to eat at one of the many foodie trucks, with something to suit all!

Workshops

What better time to demonstrate your own creativity than at one of the Design Week workshops! A six-day long schedule of 60+ workshops and masterclasses allow you to learn anything from clay painting, wax object making, creative coding, phone videography and so much more…

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