Design – Staged 8-13 November, in strategic partnership with Dubai Design District (d3) alongside Dubai Culture and supported by A.R.M. Holding, DubaiDesignWeek2021, the Middle East’s most important creative festival, concluded its seventh and most comprehensive edition, reaffirming the city’s role as an important hub for design and creativity for the region and beyond.
“The feedback we have received from visitors, exhibitors and partners this year has been hugely enthusiastic.” Commented Mette Degn-Christensen, Director of Dubai Design Week. “From the interactive exhibitions and installations activating the open-air district and generating discussions, to connecting brands and designers with commercial opportunity at Downtown Design, we are thrilled to see our diverse audiences actively engage with the festival’s key programmes.”
Downtown Design returned with an in-person showcase of 150+ international and regional exhibiting brands and designers. The MENA Grad Show presented 60+ ideas and solutions by 78 students from 29 universities across 10 countries from the region. AlUla Design presented an immersive showcase inspired by the extraordinary rock formations in North West Saudi Arabia’s desert and mountain landscapes
15 outdoor installations alongside an array of pop-up exhibitions were staged throughout d3, including the Abwab 2021 commission and the 2040: d3 Architecture Exhibition. The annual initiative Urban Commissions, supported by A.R.M. Holding, unveiled the 2021 winning proposal; a modular public space installation by Beirut-based Bits to Atoms titled Yowalah.
Bringing people together throughout the week, the Making Space hosted a programme of more than 80 workshops for visitors of all ages, under the theme of Paper, Plastic + Play. The Marketplace returned in its second iteration with 50+ new participants and a dedicated section to support designers and producers working in Lebanon.