It is regarded as the region’s largest creative festival, and this November sees the return of the fourth annual Dubai Design Week. The hugely anticipated six-day festival has been credited as establishing Dubai as the design capital of the Middle East. Representing and nurturing the region’s design talent, the initiative also aims to inspire and encourage creativity.
The 2018 edition will host over 120 companies and 230 events focusing on disciplines such as architecture, product and furniture design, interior and graphic design, as well as culture and art. The extensive exhibitions, educational workshops, speeches, public performances, and awards provide an innovative hub for design enthusiasts, and contribute to the greater discussion of what design means for the region and the world.
“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,” said Dubai Design Week director William Knight. “Dubai’s design community will take centre stage, alongside regional collaborations and preeminent international profiles.”
This year will also see the launch of Dubai Design Week’s first app, which will allow visitors to create personalized on-the-go schedules, with notifications of must-see launches and events. Discussing the upcoming fourth edition, d3’s chief executive officer, Mohammed Saeed Al Shehhi, said: “For 2018, we are proud to add d3’s UAE Design Stories exhibition to the programme and highlight several projects under d3’s Design for Good initiative which supports and promotes social change within the UAE. It’s always important for us to continue to support the growth of the design industry as a whole and it is events like this that celebrate design from across the region which truly cement Dubai, and d3, as a design destination.”
The pioneering and vibrant festival is held under the patronage of HH Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Rashid Al Maktoum and will run from November 12 to 17, with the core program located at Dubai Design District. Various other venues across the city, including shops, galleries, pop-up spaces, and universities will also play host.