Design now has a new home: Dubai.
From 24 to 29 October, the second edition of the six-day event dedicated to everything about design, the Dubai Design Week, will take place in the capital of the UAE.
The first edition was held in 2015 under the High Patronage of the sheikh, Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the current Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates, as well as Emir of Dubai. The idea for this event first came about from an encounter between Art Dubai Group and Dubai Design District and is organized in joint collaboration between the Dubai Council for Design and Fashion and the Dubai Authority for Arts and Culture.
In spite of this annual event being set up only recently – or rather, for this very reason – the Dubai Design Week can be defined as one of the most ambitions design-related events in the world, to the extent that it transformed Dubai – after just one edition – into a global design capital.
The strength of the Dubai Design Week matches that of the Emirate, in other words the capacity to become a mixture between future-oriented and traditional approaches, global and local.
The program for the 2016 edition will also reveal this characteristic: discussion panels, conferences, theatric al performances and educational workshops will highlight the work of local start-ups and international exhibitors. In the numerous hot spots dotted around the city in which the events will take place, there will be a melting pot of culture, visions and lifestyles thanks to the presence of visitors and buyers from all around the globe.
In 2015 the event welcomed over 150 designers who displayed and presented their work to around 23,000 visitors from all continents; the figures and success recorded made it possible for this experience to become an annual event.