All the numbers from Dubai Design Week 2016


  • Hexalite, realized by Emirati designer Zeinab Al Hashemi for Swarovski, was one of the stunning installation hosted in D3 during Dubai Design Week
  •  Zeinab Al-Hashemi, in front of Hexalite installation, commissioned by Swarovski, during Dubai Design Week
  •  Audi Innovation Award
  •  At the entrance of Downtown Design
  •  Downtown Design trade fair doubled its visitors to around 12,500, of which 80% were industry professionals
  •  International iconic names in design with ?discovery? brands that have never exhibited outside of their own countries, were the protagonists at the fair
  •   Iconic City Cairo Now!-City Incomplete, Group shot
  •  Iconic City Cairo Now!-City Incomplete exhibtion
  •  Creativity is at home at D3
  • ABWAB, Palestine Pavilion
  •  ABWAB, Palestine Pavilion
  • ABWAB, UAE Pavilion
  •  ABWAB, UAE Pavilion
  •  ABWAB, Algeria Pavilion
  • ABWAB, Bahrain Pavilion: the team with Rawan Kashkoush
  •  ABWAB, India Pavilion
  • ABWAB, Iraq Pavilion
  •  Aerial View of Global Grad Show
  •  145 projects from international univerisities and design schools exhibited at Global Grad Show
  •  'Spun' chairs at D3
  • Left Impression installation
  • At D3, also the Pop Up Store of Tom Dixon
  •  IKEA Middle East Pop Up
  •    The Talk session: David Trubridge, Edward Van Vliet, Alex Alorda and Rue Kothari at a panel on SUSTAINABLE CREATIVITY
  • The Talk LANDSCAPE FIELDS, in memory of ZAHA HADID

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17 NOV 2016
A second, incredibly successful edition. Praise for a full schedule of events and the high quality of the exhibitions and culture. That’s what brought 40,000 visitors and 45 international universities to Dubai Design Week

A few weeks from the official end of Dubai Design Week, there’s another opportunity to talk about the event that has warmed the creative hearts and minds of the Middle East.  The final balance has been drawn up with the numbers from the 2016 edition, staged from October 24 to 29.  In brief, a highly successful edition.
The location for the event was the newly-created Dubai Design District (or D3), an innovative section of the city intended to accommodate offices, stores, exhibition spaces, studios and galleries connected to the creative sector, primarily design, art and fashion.

This was the setting for an impressive, record crowd of 40,000 visitors, an increase of 75% compared to 2015, the year the event was launched. The cultural fulcrum of the exhibition was the Downtown Design trade fair, which doubled its visitors to around 12,500, of which 80% were industry professionals. 
There was also double the number of events staged in D3 and around the entire city, reaching a total of 150 during the week.   

Thanks to a full programme of events and workshops, the high quality displays of products and installations, Design Week also attracted the attention of the 45 universities and international schools, which visited the district; indeed, the 145 projects of the Global Grad Show installation came from the university world.

A completely new feature was the first Audi Innovation Award Design Contest, organised by Audi Middle East in partnership with Design Week: an opportunity not to be missed for creating innovative design solutions in order to demonstrate a "significant positive change" concerning the subject "Alternative".   

Staged with the patronage of Her Majesty Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, supported by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Design Week left a wave of positivity in its wake, along with great creative and commercial ferment.  The date has already been sent for next year, from November 13 to 18. Meanwhile, the photo gallery offers the chance to relive the significant moments of the 2016 edition.