D3 Wants Emerging Designers to Encourage Social Change

Design for good

As the region’s creative community grows, it’s important for those who take part to feel a sense of social responsibility. And as one of the UAE’s key creative hubs, the Dubai Design District (d3) is taking the right steps towards having a real social impact.


The district just announced their latest initiative, aptly calling it ‘Design for Good’—a two-project initiative.


“Design offers solutions to any problem and through the power of design we can ensure a positive impact on various communities. Collaboration has also proven to achieve greater creativity and improved solutions. Our decision at d3 to launch Design for Good is based on these fundamentals. We are confident such efforts will bring the local design community together to work towards the cause of supporting and encouraging social change,” said Mohammed Saeed Al Shehhi, CEO of d3.


The first project is a collaboration with the Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed Initiative (FBIM) and Emirati designer Roudha Al Shamsi. The project, called ‘The Mesh’ will see Al Shamsi design three permanent structures that’ll provide shade for d3 and its community. The structures are set to be produced by Afghan women as facilitated by FBIM, with the proceeds going towards the education of women.


As for the second project ‘Design 100’, d3 is encouraging designers from all across the UAE to design an object or a piece of furniture. The district will then produce the concept, with all the proceeds going to Dubai-based children’s organization Dubai Cares


100 limited-edition pieces of the product will also be produced and showcased at the upcoming Dubai Design Week



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