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Dubai Design Week 2021: a very rich 7th edition

After a 2020 edition marked by the health crisis, the 7th edition of Dubai Design Week is back in force from November 8 to 13 with a very rich program, the most complete so far. In total, more than 200 events are organized: exhibitions, workshops, conferences, meetings…

Dubai Design Week returns this year with even more choices and events taking place within the Dubai Design District (d3) and across the city:
  • The Dowtown Design returns physically after being forced to stand digitally in 2020. More than 130 brands and designers from more than 20 countries around the world are expected. Italy is of course present in force with more than 40 exhibitors, 19 for Portugal and 12 for France (including the presence of Lafuma, Meljac, Pradier, Duvivier Canapés, La Boîte, Lelièvre…). Note the participation of Colombia with the luxury textile designer Verdi (see Intramuros 202). On the other hand, we note a sporadic presence from Northern Europe (two exhibitors for Sweden).

Modu Method, design by Omar Al Gurg, Dowtown Design
Delta Lamp, design by Hungarian Fashion & Design Agency, Downtown Design

  • Exhibitions dedicated to showcasing new talents: “ The UAE Designer Exhibition 2.0” will feature 25 emerging talents, all based in the UAE and producing locally while “The Beirut Concept Store” will exhibit the work of 50 emerging talents from Lebanon.
  • A unique multimedia showcase entitled 2040: d3 Architecture Exhibition. The exhibition, built around four main themes, Mobility and transport, Public and leisure spaces, Accessibility to infrastructure & Eco-tourism – in line with the objectives of the “Dubai Urban Master Plan 2040” for sustainable urban development – will develop proposals and architects’ visions of future living spaces centered on the place of humans in the heart of megalopolises.

Dubbagh Architects, for the 2040 exhibition: d3 Architecture Exhibition

  • The Mena Grad Show returns for the 2nd consecutive year and presents the best science, technology and design projects with the aim of building a better future world. More than 50 projects are exhibited, designed by students from the best universities in the region. Main challenges this year: desertification, better accessibility for child nutrition and waste management. On site, several winners will be present to talk about their project.

Hydria designed by Nikhilesh Mohan and Alhaan Ahmed, for the Mena Grad Show.
Water recycling system to avoid overconsumption.
Wastology designed by Dalilah Mansour, Sana Mohamed and Kaya Tueni, for the Mena Grad Show.
Intelligent composting system to help reduce food waste.

  • The Making Space, a space dedicated to more than 80 workshops on the theme “Paper, Plastic + Play”, invites visitors to experiment with different creative techniques, both very old like pottery or very innovative with, for example, the use soap as a new medium. The main objective is to think about each activity with respect for people and the planet.


  • The Market Place is a place bringing together a selection of high quality, handmade products from responsible resources created by 80 artisans from the city.
Maïa Pois

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