8 Things to See at Dubai Design Week
From exclusive exhibitions to immersive VR installations
Sarah Ben Romdane
In less than five years, Dubai Design Week has become one of the region’s largest creative festival (with over 60,000 visitors in attendance), giving a platform to the our growing design scene.
This year’s Dubai Design Week – the fourth edition and biggest to date – held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-Chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, and in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), will run from 12-17 November and host more than 200 events, from exhibitions and installations to awards, talks and experiences.
“Dubai Design Week 2018 will build on the success of the previous editions of the event, with an outstanding array of installations, exhibitions and activations, and the diversity of talent represented is the strongest yet. Dubai’s design community will take centre stage, alongside regional collaborations and preeminent international profiles”, says William Knight, Director of Dubai Design Week.
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Downtown Designs – the Middle East’s leading design trade fair – presents Downtown Editions, a curated exhibition showing exclusively limited editions, collaborations and capsule collections. In a bid to promote art from the entire region, Amman, Beirut and Casablanca’s respective design weeks will also be represented putting a spotlight on the brightest Arab design talents.
Desert INK’s garden space
This year’s fair, which celebrates the concept of “liveable cities” will feature a huge indoor garden space designed by landscape designers desert INK. Be sure to pop in and unwind.
Abwab – doors in Arabic – the annual exhibition dedicated to regional design returns for the fourth time in pavilions composed of natural, recycled materials and will see commissioned designers from Amman, Beirut, Dubai and Saudi Arabia produce experiences to ignite cultural exchange between the communities.
Global Grad Show
Bringing together designers from the world’s best design and technology schools, the Global Grad Show will present 150 selected projects that explore the power of technology to change life.
FROM RAK TO DARK
Drak, the design collective based in Dubai’s Ras Al Khor community, is set to present a community initiative with designers Amal Haliq, Faissal El-Malak and Khalid Mezaina, who will design a new product based on the needs of the commercial outlets of the neighbourhood.
Circadian Light Synthesis
This light installation by Dubai-based firm ANARCHITECT explores the human circadian rhythm and our relationship with natural light – both from the sun and the moon.
This suspended multi-faceted three-dimensional interactive installation is a sculpture-augmented reality hybrid, inviting visitors to experience and immerse in a unique and surreal digital enhanced virtual reality.
People Planet Profits
This sustainability-focused conference will invite global key experts to discuss the world’s most pressing issues, exploring how design and architecture can help build the infrastructure to create sustainable societies.
Dubai Design Week runs from 12-17 November at d3 and across Dubai.