Your Guide for Dubai Design Week 2017 Events

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DXBDE’s programme will run from 13 to 18 November and in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3). It is staged in several locations around the city and the event is set to boast a varied and comprehensive programme of contemporary design, aims to attract more than 50,000 visitors including architects, designers, thought-leaders, influencers and public audiences from the region and around the world.

This year’s programme is hosting more than 200 events, including an extensive talks and workshops program that will open with Sir David Adjaye keynote presentation. Adjaye is one of the world’s most influential architects and the session will be moderated by Emirati commentator Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi. The program also includes a series of free-to-attend exhibitions including “Iconic City” that is returning this year with a focus on the design culture of Casablanca. Moreover, the program will showcase installations from both regional and international designers that will celebrate the creative diversity of Dubai and the largest public programme to date with family day activities, product launches, live performances, awards and a unique design market.

Rawan Kashkoush, Head of Programming at Dubai Design Week said: “This year’s programme is as rich and diverse as the city that hosts it. With a spirit of collaboration and innovation regional and international creatives have come together to present a brilliant showcase of Design. Dubai is an anchor point for so many regions, I am very excited to see design take flight across such diverse

disciplines to share one sky Dubai Design Week belongs to so many.”

Here is a curated quick guide to DXBDW highlights around D3:


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Abwab ( translates as ‘doors’ in Arabic )  platform is curated by Rawan Kashkoush with the aim of empowering design and designers from MENASA region through their exposure.

In its third edition, Abwab will host a showcase of contemporary design objects drawn from the MENASA that are strong representations of ideas or production techniques rooted in the regions. The final selection of products is informed by a high-profile international editorial board.

The exhibition will take place within a pavilion located in the heart of Dubai Design District (d3). The pavilion structure is an architectural investigation of locally sourced materials by a Dubai-based architectural firm Fahed + Architects.

The pavilion structure is an architectural investigation of locally sourced materials by a Dubai-based architectural firm Fahed + Architects and is set within the outdoor d3 corridors.


This show will bring together 200 works from 92 of the world’s elite universities, alongside those from developing countries, that will shine a spotlight on how the next generation will shape the future through design, science, and innovation

The third edition of the acclaimed annual exhibition of life-changing inventions from graduates of the world’s leading design and technology universities is curated by renowned author and designer, Brendan McGetrick and will bring forward-thinking prototypes around the themes of empowerment, connection, and sustainability.

3- ICONIC CITY: Loading… Casa

This exhibition is a simultaneous, non-linear experience where archival images, sound recordings, a short film, a monumental drawing and contemporary photography will collide.  The curator Salma Lahlou built the exhibition around five major axes: Transhumance, Mutation, Counter-culture, Amnesiac memory, and Hedonism.


The awe-inspiring outdoor installations are dotted across d3, including Hani Mahfouz’s ‘The Skyline’ presented by Brandinc and Khalid Shafar and Lasvit ’s ‘Silent Call’ and push the door to open studio’s within the buildings including Zaha Hadid Architects, and Swarovski’s Creative Center installations will be dotted across d3, providing new views against the d3 backdrop. Installations include Fredrikson Stallard’s ‘Prologue’ for Swarovski, which travels to Dubai for the first time.

Making her debut at Dubai Design Week, Paula Zucotti will bring an intriguing showcase based on her popular book ‘Everything We Touch’; Haworth will present ‘Openest’ to create fresh, stimulating environment that provides an engaging space, while Boano Prišmontas + Ricardas Blazukas’s larger than life installation ‘Aidah’ creates an environment of reflection for all visitors.


The extensive keynotes highlight is Sir David Adjaye, one of the world’s most influential architects, conversation with Emirati commentator Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi.

Audi Innovation Series Talks will host Sahar Madanat, Elias & Yousef Anastas and Noah Murphy-Reinhertz, Sustainability Leader at Nike.


Established in 2015 in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), Dubai Design Week is owned and managed by the Art Dubai Group. By engaging and showcasing design talent in Dubai, from across the region and around the world, Dubai Design Week’s activity is carefully balanced to support and stimulate Dubai’s design economy and to engage the Design Week’s diverse audience. With a substantial marketing & communications campaign aimed at audiences locally and beyond, Dubai Design Week’s goal is to engage through inspiration, visitor experiences and networking to celebrate the positive impact and potential of design in Dubai and beyond.

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