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

Dubai Design Week is back for its ninth time of year, and it’s taking 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 may take in 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 neat up your house or check out the most recent interior design ideas at Downtown Design at d3 Waterfront. The fair exhibits the most recent collections, new goods, and creative solutions. There will be a plethora of creative concepts and installations, along with experiences and industry events.


Visitors may expect to witness a lot of large-scale outdoor works this year. Take care as you weave your way across d3 in search of all 20 of them. The constructions, however, do more than look wonderful; they also demonstrate sustainable practises. The Altostrata is a 3D printed architecture pavilion made of sugar, loofahs, and paper pulp that demonstrates ecological practises.

The architectural pavilion by Emirati architect and founder of MULA design firm, Abdalla Almulla, focuses on sustainability and materiality. Visit for an array of interventions and performance.

Exhibitions and pop-ups

Expect to witness works by young and emerging UAE-based designers, as well as 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, craftsmen, and small companies. Expect artisan items, things gathered 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? Several seminars and masterclasses will be held throughout the event, presented by a variety of practitioners.

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

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