So Time Out, we’ve been hearing a lot about d3, but what and where is it? Dubai Design District – d3 – is “a home for the region’s growing community of creative thinkers” and is located on the Ras Al Khor Road. It aims to inspire and showcase emerging talent and provide a platform for Middle Eastern artists and designers. The area has 11 buildings on site and is home to renowned design institutes, residential, hospitality, retail and office spaces.
That all sounds very creative. What brands can I expect to see there? When complete, the area will feature shops and salons including menswear brand Closet Case Fashion, as well as womenswear brand F7 Fashion, beauty salons Jetset and NBar, designer florist Maison Des Fleurs, luxury interior design brand Nakkash and the Afghan carpet-makers FBMI.
Is there anything open now? There are several galleries open including Gallery Ward, Citizen E Gallery and Sconci Art Gallery, as well as food spots Ginza Lounge, a contemporary café, the organic One Life Kitchen, and Craft Café.
We like the sound of those. Will there be any fine dining options? Yes. The district will house chefs who between them have nine Michelin stars. Peruvian restaurant Tupac and upmarket Japanese eatery Masa are due to launch, as well as Swedish restaurant Frantzén and the renowned Jean-Georges. Other more casual spots to look out for include salad specialist Tossed and ice-cream parlour Amorino. Chez Charles, Vicolo, L’Arte, Coffeol and Harper’s Bazaar Café will also have a presence.
Very exciting. Can you sum up how the final project will look? By 2018, d3 promises to be a one million square foot creative community, attracting emerging designers, artists and also tourists to the area. By 2021, it will have a 1.8km promenade running alongside the Creek, which is where international and design-led hotels, boutique retail areas and an outdoor events space will all be located. For all the details visit www.dubaidesigndistrict.com.
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Sconci art Gallery
This is Dubai’s first Italian art gallery. It features pieces by Arab artists Madi Hussein and the late Fateh Moudarres, as well as works by Andy Warhol and early 20th century futurism painters Roberto Marcello Baldessari and Pippo Rizzo. Open Sun-Wed 11am-7pm. Building 8, d3, Ras Al Khor Road, www.sconcigallery.com (04 456 718304 456 7183).