Dubai Design Week enhances the emirate’s position as a global center of creativity

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Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and member of the Dubai Council, and in strategic partnership with the Dubai Design District of TECOM Group, and with the support of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), it launches today (Wednesday) the activities of “Dubai Design Week” 2022 in its eighth edition, to return with an exceptional and rich set of events and activities that are in the Dubai Design District, the creativity forum in Dubai, to consolidate the position of the emirate as a decisive center for the art of design and creativity.

This year’s event program focuses on the concept of design for a sustainable future and the theme of “Influence by Design.” The largest and most important creative festival in the region includes a number of events and activities presented by more than 360 creators to date. of 13 November. The course deals with the evolution of the creative scene in the UAE, with the participation of over 120 designers from within the country.

On this occasion, Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: “With its eighth edition, Dubai Design Week establishes itself as a platform that supports the growth of the design sector in the region, accelerating the pace of Dubai’s development as a global center for creativity and design, as well as exploring this edition of innovations Designs with a positive impact on the future. Dubai welcomes the most prominent talents, architecture companies and designers in the world to present designs revolving around the topic of a sustainable future, and to participate in dialogues that discuss design as a positive impact factor on the environment, as sustainability ‘ An urgent requirement is that various sectors seek to participate in performance, including the creative sector.

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Commenting on the opening of Dubai Design Week, Khadija Al Bastaki, Vice President of Dubai Design District of TECOM Group, said: “As a strategic partner of Dubai Design Week, we are delighted to host the region’s most diverse creative festival in Dubai Design District. . The event is in line with our efforts to provide pioneering and innovative platforms to support the creative sectors in Dubai, thus enhancing the emirate’s position as a global destination for design, creativity and art to consolidate, and its position within the “UNESCO” network of creative cities.”

She added: “Through Dubai Design Week, we aim to discover the exceptional talents of Dubai and the region. We invite interested parties and specialists to visit the Dubai Design District and participate in installation works, exhibitions, events, workshops and dialogue sessions, held in a fun and stimulating atmosphere.”

Kate Barry, Director of Dubai Design Week, said: “The rich and rich program of Dubai Design Week fulfills Dubai’s vision to build a more sustainable future. The event opens this year with a series of installations and exhibitions for a group of designers and architects from the region and the world, and is based on the idea of ​​renewing and recycling new materials to obtain better products to make the desired . positive impact on the environment.”

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Today, Downtown Design, the headline event on the roster of Dubai Design Week and the region’s leading design fair, will launch from its dedicated waterfront location in the Dubai Design District, returning with more than 200 designers, regional and international brands, and unique artistic installations Openings of special offers. This year’s highlights include an interactive multimedia installation designed by the Canadian art studio “Irregular” sponsored by “Kohler”And a bouquet of lively dialogues and interesting seminars presented by the “Al-Muntada” program in “Downtown Design”, implemented with the support of “Aritco”and a series of exhibitions embodying the theme of the event at Dubai Design Week, entitled “Influence Through Design” and including first-time innovators Stella McCartney and“OBMI” And the“Based Design”.

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Visitors to the exhibition in the heart of Dubai Design District can learn about more than 20 large-scale installations designed by the most prominent international talents and a number of emerging regional talents promoting technology and sustainability innovations. Among those works are innovative designs such as “Let’s talk about the weather” Designed by Bokja, a boxing ring installation, to host panel discussions and stimulate discussion on pressing topics such as climate change and recycling for better products, personified by Deepak Jangra’s design titled “GRIDS” (Networks). This year’s theme expresses the various aspects of the industry’s role in designing a better future.

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As part of these monumental installations, Dubai Design District organizes the third edition of the “Annual Regional Architecture Forum” in collaboration with Dubai Design Week. This edition presents a set of engineering works aimed at creating designs that contribute to building a sustainable future, by hosting some of the brightest minds in the field of architecture at a regional and international level..

The large and interactive installations will highlight innovation in architecture through the use of sustainable materials and designs, including an entire pavilion built with oyster remains designed by Space Spice, as well as the positive effects that sustainable designs can have on the environment in general discuss. These innovative works of engineering will be displayed for the first time in different locations in the Dubai Design District, knowing that they are made from a variety of sustainable materials, such as date seeds, old fishing nets and materials that have been recycled or repurposed. purposes..

This year’s busy program of Dubai Design Week will feature three new exhibitions including “Materials” (Matter-Yales), which presents a series of interior installations highlighting important environmental issues and symbolizing the opportunities offered by materials with the power to make a difference, and a multimedia exhibition entitled “Women of Designers”, which visitors allow to wander and enjoy a variety of powerful and aesthetically indicative designs through interior compositions and pieces of distinctive designs, gallery “Design in the Metaverse” (Designed in the Metaverse World), sponsored by MetaDecrypt Specialized in the development of metaverse based in Dubai, offering visitors a rich experience to explore the impact of this technology on expanding the design horizons. This is in addition to the annual Emirati Designers Exhibition, coordinated this year by curator Cyril Zmmit, in a space specially designed for this exhibition by the famous Emirati architectural duo in Studio “D.04”.

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The event’s designers will be on a date with an exciting program that includes more than 100 discussion sessions, workshops and a variety of important discussions and speeches. The Forum at Down Town Design will focus on the design industry and host a number of high-profile international speakers, including OBE and multiple award recipient interior designer Kelly Hoppen, Florence-based designer Ducio Maria Gambi, as well as renowned regional experts, Under they are the Kuwaiti architect Jassem Al-Saddah, while members of the panel discussion, such as Ali Bahmani and Mario Gagliardi, will explore the intersections between craft and technology under the theme “Source, Resource, Outsourcing.”» (Source, Resource, Outsource).

The “Makers Space” event also offers a rich program of effective workshops for design enthusiasts of all levels and age groups, including a workshop titled “Mycelium Experiment” (Mycelium Experiment) which allows you to participate in hands-on activities using mushrooms to learn about their importance to the planet, while . celebrate “Mask” (Masaka) by giving a workshop in which participants recycle materials and use them in wrapping gifts distributed to orphans.

For the first time, the Dubai Design District Market will be organized “FLTRD” Throughout the week to offer a shopping experience filled with local offerings that include a range of homewares and clothing, and will continue into the weekend to offer the best of local craft products and family activities. One of the participants in this event will be a company “KCONCEPT”the leading versatile clothing brand specializing in fun embroidery and high-quality collections, inc. “Co Chocolat” Specializing in the use of aged cocoa beans and superfood ingredients (superfood).

In addition to the above, it will launch a business incubator in 5 A subsidiary of TECOM Group, which aims to empower startups and entrepreneurs, during Dubai Design Week Store “Atypical” It is a permanent store that displays a variety of exemplary works designed by start-up companies based in the Incubator Center for Design Innovation. This store will serve as an innovative space for startups in the business incubator in 5 To showcase her talents and organize events and art exhibitions.

It is characterized in 5 For Design, with its strategic location in the middle of Dubai Design District, includes startups creating innovative designs in the world of fashion and products.

Exhibition group

The Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation, located in the heart of Dubai Design District, will showcase its talents and vision during Dubai Design Week through a wide range of programs that are considered to be the largest to date. As the first university specialized in the field of design and innovation in the region, this year the Institute will host an exhibition for students in Building no. 4 and organize a series of inspiring dialogue sessions, led by the university’s faculty and the participation of a selection of the most prominent Emirati names in the field of design, including: Khaled Al Shafar of Khaled Al Shafar Design Studio, Salem Al Qasimi of Fikra Design Studio, and Murshid Muhammad of Drivo. The university will also host a series of workshops and training sessions available to members of the community.

Topics that will be highlighted and discussed include sustainability, modern technology with human benefits, space-related design, virtual reality, shapeshifting robots, design for the circular economy and 3D data visualization tools, artificial intelligence and much more..

It is worth noting that Dubai Design Week is an open event that welcomes its visitors for free, and you can download the Dubai Design Week app to see the list of participants, explore its full programs and register to join the “Downtown Design” at to live exhibition.

Dubai Design District

It is considered the Dubai Design District (d3)TECOM Group, a member of the TECOM Group, is a global creative environment dedicated to the design, fashion and art sectors. In line with Dubai’s position as a leading business destination in the region and beyond, the neighborhood has been created to be the first pioneering creative environment that enables individuals and companies to grow, collaborate and innovate, while ‘ provide a strong platform for creativity. Strategically located in the heart of Dubai, Dubai Design District is a vibrant commercial district that motivates thousands of visitors to look at things from a different perspective..

The neighborhood provides integrated, modern infrastructure to meet the needs of this sector and business-friendly frameworks, to attract creative talent and provide the tools needed for collaboration and growth; This contributes to the consolidation of Dubai’s position as an innovative city in design within the UNESCO Network of Global Creative Cities in Design.

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