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Only Have One Day to Explore Dubai Design Week? Here’s What You Have to See

“Prologue” Swarovski Installation. Courtesy of Dubai Design Week

The third edition of Dubai Design Week opened its doors yesterday at Dubai Design District (d3). Held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, this year’s event returns with an even bigger and better programme, featuring exhibits, installations, and indoor pop-ups. “It is with admiration that I witness the growth of the design scene here in Dubai from a humble beginning of a group of galleries, makers, and design enthusiasts to flourishing into an international hub for established and emerging designers and design studios from all over the world,” says Her Highness in a statement. “Feeding into Dubai’s progressive vision 2021 set by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai’s design industry has brought to life new experiences and milestones which will help shape the future of the city.”

Those who are short on time and only have one day to explore the cool, diverse installations and exhibits occupying d3 for the next five days can check out’s guide on the can’t-miss happenings from 2017 Dubai Design Week here. Scroll down for some more highlights from the six-day event as noted by the d3 team.

GraphicsRCA: Fifty years and beyond
Catch this showcase which celebrates 50 years of progressive communication design by The Royal College of Art, London, one of the world’s most renowned arts and design institutions. After debuting in London in 2014, the traveling exhibition, which features print posters, books, moving images, and digital projection, has been further updated with the works of emerging designers.
14-17 November | 10am – 10pm
18 November | 10am – 7pm
Ground Floor, Building 6, Dubai Design District (d3)

Courtesy of Dubai Design Week

Ikea presents “Let’s play for change”
As one of the major influencers in interior design and sustainable living, Ikea is widely regarded as a powerhouse of ideas when it comes to urban environments. Through this exhibition, the Swedish furniture maker explores the various dimensions of city living in the future through an imaginative presentation of its limited-edition collection.
14-25 November | 10am – 10pm
Atrium, Building 7, Dubai Design District (d3)

Everything We Touch
This exhibition, conceptualized by design expert and artist Paula Zuccotti, dives into the psyche of different cultures in Dubai through the various objects used by them in a span of 24 hours. With Dubai as the backdrop, the frequently used items by more than 60 people from different cultural backgrounds become the actual narrative of the story. It’s an experimental idea that establishes how you can make sense of other people’s lives just by understanding the kind of things they use.
13 – 18 November | 10am – 9pm
Ground Floor, Building 6, Dubai Design District

Courtesy of Dubai Design Week

Middle East Design Now!
The Middle East Design Now exhibition comprises of 18 designers from across the region including the UAE, Kuwait, KSA, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco at d3. Originally launched earlier this year during design junction, part of London Design Festival, the exhibition is curated by British designer and author Suzanne Trocmé. The exhibition showcases Middle Eastern designers and artists from a variety of creative fields and through different mediums, many of whom have relied on traditional methods, materials and motifs in a contemporary context, understanding how memory and history play a role in the creation of contemporary objects.
14-17 November 10am-10pm
18 November 10am-7pm
Ground floor, Building 10, Dubai Design District (d3)

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