If music makes the world go round then design must surely spin it faster, because for all of us lucky to be living here in Dubai, the developments in design across the city are a thing of wonder. And this is the month when we can pay homage to the creative minds behind a lot of the fabulous things we see each day, at Dubai Design Week.
From November 13-18, The Design District is flinging open its doors and beckoning us in. And with plenty of activities to keep little ones busy, it makes for a great family jaunt, away from the usual weekly trips to the malls and the playcentres.
The whole tribe can get their hands dirty at the Making Space pop-up space at d3, where there will be creative activities aplenty, bringing the whole design process to life. Here you can enjoy workshops in printmaking, papermaking and pottery. Klug Toys will also be on hand to give some expert tips on toymaking, which is sure to keep little ones enchanted. And if you have a doll-loving kiddo then book them into a one of a kind doll-making workshop, where they can get creative and bring their dreams of their mini me to life. IKEA are also getting in on the fun with an exhibition which will transport you to another world, filled with wonder, delight, mystical illusions and more. The exhibition is part of IKEA’s new launch campaign, Make Room for Play & Celebration, which emphasises the value of play for a child’s learning and development and incorporates some creative ways to showcase how families can live a more sustainable life. And, for any little magpies with an eye for shiny things, there are workshops to enjoy on jewellery-making and precious gems.
With exhibitions and demos, film screenings and cultural tours, not to mention the lip-smacking chocolate-makers tours, there is really no excuse not to dance your way to the Design District.
Nov. 13th-18th, Dubai Design District, www.dubaidesignweek.ae (04 563 1426).