The Middle East’s biggest celebration of design returns for a second year

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Image: Dubai Design Week, Installations, Aljoud Lootah, Yaroof, THE BEACH by Meraas

Dubai is set to further establish its status as a cutting-edge, vibrant global design hub with the return of Dubai Design Week this October. Last year’s inaugural citywide event attracted design aficionados, designers, architects and thought leaders from over 150 of the world’s leading studios, agencies, brands and educational institutions to present work, exchange ideas and showcase innovation in design. This year’s Design Week will cement Dubai’s status as the design capital of the MENASA region with more than 100 events taking place in Dubai Design District (d3) over six days; with significantly more visitors and internationally renowned exhibitors expected to attend.

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The event is held in under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in strategic partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), and sponsored by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, Dubai Design & Fashion Council and Audi. Dubai Design Week aims to support UAE-based multidisciplinary design talent and celebrate the city’s forward-thinking approach to urban enterprise, as well as offering a global stage to ideas and innovations with the potential to improve the lives of people and society around the world. Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi, Chief Operating Officer of d3, says: “As strategic sponsors and hosts of Dubai Design Week, d3 is committed to supporting the ongoing sustainable growth and development of Dubai’s design industry by providing a diverse and exciting creative destination that inspires, engages and enables both established and emerging talent. Dubai Design Week represents an important platform for showcasing both regional and international design talent to a global audience and helps place Dubai as an innovative centre for creativity.”

Cyril Zammit, Director of Design at Art Dubai Group says: “It was clear that Dubai Design Week 2015 tapped into something that both Dubai and the design industry had been waiting for – a global platform for design in the UAE and the Middle East, and an opportunity to share and explore perspectives and ideas with people from a multitude of countries and cultures. This year, we want to build on that – Dubai Design Week 2016 looks set to be an unmissable addition to the world’s design calendar.”

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