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Dubai to Launch Inaugural Design Week

Event bolsters city’s position as an emerging global capital of design and culture 26– 31 October 2015

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Sunday, May 31st 2015 [ME NewsWire]

PRESS LAUNCH - Invitation to Journalists, Dubai: 9th June 2015

Dubai’s ambition to emerge into a global capital of culture and design has been further cemented through the official launch of the inaugural Dubai Design Week.

The Design Week will be announced at the popular Urban Majlis, a quarterly platform organized by the Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC), which is open to the wider design community for direct dialogue, and to discuss important updates and developments within the industry.

Dubai Design Week, held in partnership with the growing creative community, Dubai Design District (d3), will celebrate the city’s existing position as the regional capital for design and as a global meeting point for the international design community.

The inaugural event, to be held in collaboration with DDFC, will take place on the 26th-31st October 2015, under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman and Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. It will showcase some of the region’s most promising talent, providing an opportunity for internationally recognized brands to gain greater exposure to the vibrant regional design scene.

DDFC’s collaboration with this event demonstrates its ongoing support for the design community in the country, and it is closely aligned with its mandate to help facilitate the successful transition of Dubai into the emerging design capital of the world.

Dubai Design Week, managed by the Art Dubai Group, along with its highly acclaimed counterpart, Art Week, solidifies Dubai’s growing reputation as a global capital of art, culture and design, supporting local talent and attracting international design brands and visitors to the emirate.

A Global Design Capital

In recognition of Dubai’s international outlook and position as a global hub, Dubai Design Week will enliven the city with innovative installations from local and international designers, along with an extensive programme of activities at d3, which include partnerships with other international design weeks, an innovation show from the world’s foremost design universities, and exhibitions from UAE and international designers and design brands. An educational programme of talks and workshops will also be held at d3 in support of local designers, who will have the opportunity to showcase their work to the event’s global audience.

Dubai Design Week will be staged alongside the commercial design fair, Downtown Design. Downtown Design runs 27th – 30th October and is the only fair in the Middle East dedicated to original and quality design, exhibiting products, as well as new trends and concepts.


Journalists and photographers are invited to attend the launch of Dubai Design Week on the 9th June at the Urban Majilis, the Dubai Design and Fashion Council’s (DDFC) quarterly discussion forum.

Speaking to press at the launch of Dubai Design Week will include:

    Nez Gebreel, CEO of the Dubai Design & Fashion Council
    Cyril Zammit, Fair Director of Design Days Dubai
    Lindsay Miller, Managing Director, Dubai Design District (d3)
    Hamad Khoory , Partner, Loci Architecture & Design

Further information & RSVP:


The Dubai Design & Fashion Council was established in late 2014 by the Dubai government to position Dubai as a global hub for design and fashion in the Middle East region and to nurture regional talent. The Dubai Design & Fashion Council aims to position Dubai as the emerging design capital of the world, and raise its profile as a regional and global destination for design and fashion.

Chaired by Dr. Amina Al Rustamani, Group CEO of Tecom Investments, and run by CEO Nez Gebreel, the Dubai Design and Fashion Council’s board members consist of 15 individuals who represent a mix of key stakeholder groups, including government, academic, not-for profit and private sector experts, such as Laila Suhail, CEO at Dubai Festival and Retail Establishments; Holding; Khalid Al Tayer, CEO – Retail of Al Tayer Group; Patrick Chalhoub, CEO of Chalhoub Group; and fashion designer Reem Acra.


Dubai Design District, better known as d3, is dedicated to fostering the growth of the Emirate’s design, fashion and luxury industry. It offers businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals a creative community that will be at the very heart of the region’s design scene.

Phase 1 is delivered throughout 2015, which once complete it will host over 10,000 creatives. Currently 4 buildings have been handed over and business partners have already moved in.  d3 is a purpose built environment catering to the full value chain of the design, fashion and luxury industry – and all with the vision of creating a world class creative community that engages, nurtures and promotes local, regional and global design talent.

d3’s facilities will include everything from design institutes to residential, workshops ateliers, hospitality, retail and office space. The District will be characterised by distinct public areas, unique street furniture and shaded walkways. The development will include a Creek-side esplanade with international and boutique hotels, a pop-up shop area, amphitheatre and multiple events venues.

Located in the heart of the city between two international airports, close to Mohammed Bin Rashid City and adjacent to Dubai’s Business Bay, d3 is a short distance from the city’s arterial highways. The District is in sight of the Creek, Dubai’s historic and mercurial trading epicentre, Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping complex.


The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on March 8, 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Dubai Culture plays a critical part in achieving the vision of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2021 of establishing the city as vibrant, global Arabian metropolis that shapes culture and arts in the region and the world.

The organisation has announced several initiatives that strengthen the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai. These include: The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Awards: The first of its kind initiative in the Arab world honouring individuals and organisations who have made financial or in kind contributions through sustained support to visual arts, performing arts, literature and film in the region; Dubai Art Season: The city’s premier umbrella arts initiatives which encompasses of Art Week (Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai, and SIKKA Art Fair), Middle East Film & Comic Con, to highlight the Emirate’s growing creative landscape within the international circuit; SIKKA Art Fair: An annual art fair aimed at promoting Emirati and local artists in the UAE; and Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre: An annual festival that celebrates and fosters the art of theatre in the UAE.


Dubai Design and Fashion Council

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