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Dubai Design Week: The region’s largest design festival returns this November

Dubai Design Week is back for its ninth season, and it’s going to take place at one of the trendiest places in town: Dubai Design District (d3).

From November 7 to 12, art, design, and culture lovers may enjoy six days of events, exhibits, workshops, pop-ups, talks, and more. More than 500 people from over 40 countries are anticipated to attend. Because 2017 is the Year of Sustainability, and COP28 is just around the corner, expect many of topics focused on sustainability.

The best part? Because the event is free to attend, you can enjoy the varied programme without spending a single dirham.

Here’s what to expect at Dubai Design Week

Downtown Design

From 8 to 11, you can clean up your house or check out the newest interior design concepts at Downtown Design at d3 Waterfront. The fair showcases the most recent collections, new goods, and creative solutions. There will be a variety of creative concepts and installations, and of course experiences and industry events.


Visitors will probably see a lot of large-scale outdoor works this year. Take your time while you weave your way across d3 in search of all 20 of them. The installations, still do more than simply look amazing; they also show sustainable procedures. The Altostrata is a 3D printed architectural pavilion constructed of sugar, loofahs, and paper pulp that shows sustainable practises.

The architectural pavilion by Emirati architect and founder of MULA designing firm, Abdalla Almulla, focuses on sustainability and materiality. Visit for a variety of initiatives and performances.

Exhibitions and pop-ups

Expect to witness works by fresh and emerging UAE-based makers, along with a 100/100 Best Arabic Poster exhibition from 421, which documents the visual culture of the Arab world, and much more.

The Marketplace

If you have a burning need to buy, go to d3 to The Marketplace on November 11 and 12 and browse the wares of some of the city’s top creatives, artisans, and small companies. Expect artisans items, things got ethically, and even some tasty food to keep you going. Bring the kids since there will be lots of things for them to enjoy.

Talks, Workshops and Masterclasses

Do you want to get your hands dirty? Many seminars and masterclasses will be held throughout the event, given by an assortment of practitioners.

Natasha Carella, Programming Director for Dubai Design Week, stated on the imminent event, “Building on the UAE’s Year of Sustainable Development, this year’s Dubai Design Week has evolved into the most innovative edition of the festival to date.” We want to start talking about sustainability through interesting and thought-provoking tasks, and we want to focus on how diverse uses may converge to look at sustainability, which we believe is essential for the future of the design profession.”

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