First Dubai Design Week launches in October

Dubai Design Week will kick off at the end of the month and there will be plenty of fun and educational event for the family to enjoy

Knowledge story, The Knowledge

The inaugural Dubai Design Week will take place October 26-31, creating an “open museum of design” in the city’s new d3 area.

As well as showcasing the talents of those local to the Middle East, the six day event sees a collaboration with the other global editions; San Francisco, Beijing, Helsinki, Istanbul, Mexico and Melbourne.

Free to the public, discussions, workshops and lectures will take place at d3 and at Downtown Design in topics including home design. Architects and designers will be on hand sharing their expertise and at the weekend there will even be family-friendly sessions for family where those young and older can learn and create using technology.

Highlights include a design and food pop-up Ripe Market with children’s workshops and acoustic music performances, 10 universities from around the world – including Pratt Institute in the US and Royal College of Art in the UK- will take part in an exhibition titled the Global Grad Show, using the themes Construction, Home, Health, Memory, Play and Work.

Plus design collective DRAK showcasing how Ras Al Khor can be both a creative district and wildlife sanctuary through projects in architecture, fashion, jewellery, food and product design.

Installations can be seen across the city in places such as Al Fahidi Historical District, Tashkeel, Meraas The Beach and Meraas City Walk, as part of 12 sculptural works to be seen.

Additionally Games: The Element of Play in Culture, will see pavilions “act as windows into the local aesthetic and immersing visitors in different design worlds” of the UAE, Jordan, Kuwait, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.

Nez Gebreel, CEO of the Dubai Design and Fashion Council said: “The inaugural edition of Dubai Design Week will give us the opportunity to educate and support local talent, while working towards our commitment to raise the profile of Dubai as a key player on the global design scene. Design is an essential building block of innovation and a catalyst for change, and we look forward to six inspirational days filled with great work from all around the world and opportunities for creative collaboration and cultural exchange.”

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