The largest creative and design fair in the Middle East region is well into its planning phase. The Dubai Design Week that is owned and managed by the Art Dubai Group will welcome its guests from 12 to 17 November 2018 for the fourth time. More than 230 events are planned in Middle East’s design capital covering architecture, product design, furniture, interiors, and graphic design and catering to the global design community. In collocation with Downtown Design, Global Grad Show, the Dubai Evolution Challenge, the Innovation Conference, Abwab, and the opening of the first contemporary art museum Jameel Arts Centre, there is probably not enough time for design enthusiasts to take it all in in the short week in November. The 6th Downtown Design is the premier design trade show from 13 to 16 November 2018 promoting the creative industries. It’s objective is to have a positive impact on economic growth, social change, and urban development in the city. The fair located at the Dubai Design District (D3) waterfront was developed in consultation with the design community in Dubai. In 2017, the city was the first in the Middle East to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network due to having become a prominent destination of design, arts, and culture in a short period of time. Today, more than 175 regional and international brands in a vast array of categories display latest industry trends and newest products. The categories include furniture, lighting, bathrooms, kitchens. Textiles, and accessories. In a dynamic environment, architects, interior and other designers converge for Downtown Editions, industry talks, panel discussions, workshops and picking up insights into the design scene. The new Downtown Editions is a curated section displaying limited edition designs by individual studios, brands, and designers to keep up with the rapidly evolving creative market and community. Among the 40 local and regional designers participating in the Dubai Downtown Design trade show, many have secured their space in this section. Another new focal point at Dubai Downtown Design is the waterfront terrace. For the first time, it is used as an exhibition space where large-scale installations and activations keep visitors engaged. Dubai would not be known as one of the world’s most progressive cities if its contemporary designs did not include indoor landscapes and recreational garden spaces. Watch for the UAE-based landscape design studios desert INK interesting set-up. Global Grad Show brings together emerging design talents from 100 of the most innovative universities across the world. In its fourth year, Global Grad Show partners with Investment Corporation of Dubai to showcase 150 life-changing inventions. The Innovation Conference ‘Belief in AI’ on 12 November curated by Ben Vickers, CTO of Serpentine Gallery, and Kendrick McDowell, director of AI at Google, address the next generation of designers and present latest findings in AI and automation in relation to emerging technologies, creativity, education, art, and spirituality. For the first time, university students from Chile, Hungary, Jordan, and Pakistan participate alongside MIT, Harvard, and RCA students for the Dubai Evolution Challenge. The over 1,000 entries and prototypes were judged based on innovation, equality, universal design, and impact. Another exhibition not to leave out during the Dubai Design Week is Abwab (Arabic for ‘doors’) under the theme ‘Between the lines’. The fourth edition of this regionally focused exhibition consists of five pavilions designed by Architecture + Other Things. They use natural materials including fallen twigs and timber coated in recycled newspaper pulp. The five communities Amman, Beirut, Dubai, Eastern Provinces of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait City bring design experiences and a cultural exchange to attendees. With more events, exhibitions, installations, competitions, talks, and workshops, the organizers hope to top last year‘s visitor numbers. The 2018 Dubai Design Week is going to be the largest to date. The brand-new app will give visitors a chance to plan their participation at Dubai Design Week effectively and efficiently.
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