It launches on November 9th and combines physical and virtual attendance

Dubai Design ... a hybrid version that takes into account the Corona pandemic

  • The exhibition will present the role of designers in reshaping our lifestyles after the "Covid-19" pandemic. From the source


The next edition of Dubai Design Week is characterized by being a hybrid version that holds many events and combines physical and virtual attendance, to be sensitive to the Corona pandemic.

The program of the sixth session is characterized by the diversity of events and activities, and includes a number of exhibitions and installations, in addition to the halls participating in the main exhibition.

In addition to this session of the exhibition, there are elements that will be presented online, which will be available in all parts of the world, including discussion programs, virtual and digital exhibitions.

The exhibition, which will be held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, will focus from the ninth to the 14th of next November, in cooperation with the Dubai Design District, and with the support of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, on local and regional talent. It will provide new opportunities for the creative community in the Middle East region, and it will also present and discuss the role of designers in reshaping our lifestyles in the post-Covid-19 pandemic, taking into account all measures related to travel restrictions and social distancing rules.

Khadija Al Bastaki, Executive Director of the Dubai Design District, said: "The year 2020 provided a valuable and rare opportunity to reflect on the role of design, and Dubai Design Week will provide a unique platform for a constructive dialogue on these pivotal social, cultural and economic issues."

She added: “The event will provide new and distinct opportunities to support promising local and regional talents in the Middle East region, and we look forward to supporting and strengthening this sector. We are optimistic about the launch of the inaugural architecture festival in the Dubai Design District, which is being held in partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects in the Gulf. Al Arabi, and we are confident that this festival will provide a platform for important discussions and dialogues about Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and the creative system in the region in general. ”

Incubator for creativity

Hala Badri, Director General of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, said: “Dubai Culture embarks on its cultural journey from an inspiring strategy that establishes a bright future for creativity and innovators in Dubai, the UAE and the world, in a way that strengthens the emirate’s position as a global center for culture, an incubator for creativity, and a forum for talent. We have been a strategic supporter of Dubai Design Week since its inception, and we are confident that this year's edition will gradually attract young and experienced creators in the fields of art and design. ”

She pointed out that the authority will continue to support this important event in all versions that will carry more innovation and keep pace with the new changes and the challenges that arise.

Fixed shows

The activities included in the Dubai Design Week are divided into a set of fixed exhibitions on its schedule, including the Graduate Exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa, and this exhibition is based on the platform of the leading global alumni exhibition, and is considered the first exhibition of its kind in the world specialized in embracing the best projects with a social impact in The area is within the fields of technology, science and design.

As for the exhibition "Downtown Design", it will come in a hybrid version in this version, in response to the circumstances imposed by the "Corona" pandemic, so that the exhibition will be held in a way that allows the meeting and interaction of the design community across the physical and digital platforms.

The exhibition aims to shed light on progressive design ideas and visions in the Middle East region, as it will embrace the multimedia "future of things", which will include conceptual artworks by a group of architects and interior designers in the region, as part of their endeavor to envision new ways of future communication between us and with Our surrounding environment, and exploring the picture of life, work and entertainment in the post-Covid-19 pandemic, including designing an innovative pedestrian traffic network, introducing a new approach to the design of places of worship, as well as presenting the latest developments in the world of air travel.

As for the Abwab exhibition, it was chosen by the "Fata Morgana" project of the Iraqi designer Hozan Zangana, which he presents in cooperation with Studio "Genoros" and the "Woodcast" design company, through which it deals with the relationship of the ever-changing city dwellers with their own public sphere and the constant need for public creative additions It provides them with shelter, comfort and stability, and the concept of work takes into account the conditions of social distancing naturally to ensure that visitors are provided with a completely safe experience.

The Basta project

The public will get acquainted with the "Basta" project within the "City Works" section, designed by emerging Emirati architects Rima Al Muhairi and Saudi Lujain Al Ateeq.

As for the market, it is a new open-air initiative that is a key component of the largest creative festival of its kind in the Middle East. The initiative will take place in the Dubai Design District on November 13 and 14, with the participation of more than 60 vendors.

The exhibition will also include a section dedicated to Emirati artists, which will focus on creativity in local design, in addition to many live events.

Architecture Festival

The sixth edition of Dubai Design Week is witnessing the first architecture festival of its kind in Dubai, which showcases a number of the most prominent regional architectural projects under the title "Identity, Context and Design of Public Facilities in the Arabian Gulf."

The Architecture Festival 2020 is being held in the Dubai Design District under the supervision of Juan Roldan, Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture, Art and Design at the American University of Sharjah, and in partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects in the Arabian Gulf and with support from the Principal Institute in London.

The festival will feature an exhibition celebrating the achievements of architectural engineering firms in the Dubai Design District, the UAE and across the region, as well as the innovations of emerging local companies and creative graduates.

The exhibition will focus on talent and provide new opportunities for the creative community.

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