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20 THINGS NOT TO MISS AT DUBAI DESIGN WEEK

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Published by Sugar & Cream, Monday 22 November 2021

Text and images courtesy of Dubai Design Week

In Dubai Design District (d3), 8-13 November 2021

Let’s take a look at the 20 activities that are happening in the Dubai Design Week exhibition on 8-13 November 2021, at its main hub in Dubai Design District (d3) and around the city.

MENA GRAD SHOW & 2040: d3 ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION

MENA GRAD SHOW
An exhibition featuring some of the best ideas and solutions to improve our lives, coming out of the region’s universities; from a solar powered robot planting seeds in the desert to a device that produces organic super-food at home.
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2040: d3 ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION
An exhibition that gathers five leading architectural firms and architects in a future-focused showcase, using innovative mediums and formats in a multi-dimensional space at the heart of d3.
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DOWNTOWN DESIGN & UAE DESIGNER EXHIBITION 2.0

DOWNTOWN DESIGN
The Middle East’s leading fair for original and high-quality design returns from 8 – 12 November, showcasing 150+ international and regional exhibiting brands and designers.
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UAE DESIGNER EXHIBITION 2.0
This year, the UAE Designer Exhibition is presenting designs of 31 emerging and undiscovered creative talents, varying from furniture and textile design to handmade homeware accessories.
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BENTLEY X HESSA AL SUWAIDI & URBAN COMMISSIONS

BENTLEY X HESSA AL SUWAIDI
Collaborating with emerging Emirati creative Hessa Al Suwaidi, Bentley Motors is presenting ‘Safeefa’; a creative concept drawing from an integral part of traditional Emirati weaving and the Bentley brand’s design and craftsmanship.
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URBAN COMMISSIONS
Supported by A.R.M. Holding, this year’s Urban Commission has been awarded to the ‘Yowalah’ project by Beirut-based studio Bits to Atoms, for their proposal responding to the 2021 theme of PLAY!
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MAKING SPACE & THE RETURN BY ATOYLE DUBAI

MAKING SPACE
The Making Space will present a programme of workshops for visitors of all experiences who will have the opportunity to experiment with ancient as well as innovative ways of making.
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THE RETURN BY ATOYLE DUBAI
ATÖLYE Dubai
will stage a pop-up space in Dubai Design District (d3), presenting an experiential programme of talks and masterclasses, hosted by renowned local and international speakers.
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THE MARKETPLACE & CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES

THE MARKETPLACE
This year’s outdoor market will present over 50 new participants, from mouth blown glass and artisanal Lebanese delicacies to ceramics, and unique hand-crafted design.
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CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES
At the weekend there will be wide range of hands-on workshops from building fantastical cities, to fun water colour spray painting and flower pressing.
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ALULA DESIGN & ONE GRAIN AT A TIME

ALULA DESIGN
AlUla will present an immersive experience in d3 inspired by the extraordinary rock formations in the region’s desert and mountain landscapes.
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ONE GRAIN AT A TIME
An exhibition by the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) will invite visitors to discover the transience of time and boundlessness of space.
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COLLECTIONAL BY H&H & MEET THE UAE CREATIVES

COLLECTIONAL BY H&H
On 10 November, Dubai’s new design gallery the COLLECTIONAL by H&H will open to the public at the new headquarters in Eden House, showing pieces from world-renowned designers.
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MEET THE UAE CREATIVES
A daily programme of gatherings, curated by Fatma Al Mahmoud, brings the local creative community and its stakeholders together in a series of engaging dialogues in an informal setting.
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DOWNTOWN DESIGN FORUM & MENASA AT EXPO 2020 DUBAI

DOWNTOWN DESIGN FORUM
The Forum at Downtown Design will host a series of compelling live discussions between leading regional and international experts on each afternoon of the fair.
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MENASA AT EXPO 2020 DUBAI
The MENASA exhibition next to Al Wasl Plaza exhibits traditional Emirati crafts through a contemporary lens with design collaborations between local and international artisans.
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ABWAB & BEIRUT CONCEPT STORE

ABWAB
Abwab 2021, awarded to Dubai-based Egyptian Architect Ahmed Sharabassy, will feature an organic design, responding to the theme of regenerative architecture and restorative design.
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BEIRUT CONCEPT STORE
The Beirut Concept Store is a celebration of Lebanese design, showcasing emerging and established design talent based in Lebanon, within the Downtown Design fair.
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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SWISS BOOKS & IMMERSIVE INSTALLATIONS

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SWISS BOOKS
Uncovering what goes into creating a book design, The Embassy of Switzerland has collaborated with Hamzat Wasl and Zayed University to stage an experiential exhibition.
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IMMERSIVE INSTALLATIONS
Staged throughout Dubai Design District (d3), 15 installations and public interventions will be showcased in the open-air setting.
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