With the much anticipated Downtown Design coming up next week from Tuesday 14 November 2017 until Friday 17 November 2017, we’ve decided to reflect on Dubai Design District (d3) as a space that nurtures emerging local talent and provides a home for the region’s creative thinkers.
When the concept of a working and/or living design community was introduced in Dubai in 2015, it almost seemed like a far-fetched fantasy. The fact that the neighbourhood was modelled on, for example, the Miami Design District, made it seem even more utopian. It was dubbed the next world design and fashion capital, leaving Milan, London and New York behind as a distant memory.
But if there is one thing we know about Dubai, it is that the city stops at nothing in terms of innovation and development. It has proven time and time again, with its constantly evolving landmarks, that what other cities dream of, Dubai achieves without hesitation. As a result, it is no surprise that d3 is now the bustling capital for design, attracting top designers from across the world, and has positioned itself royally on the map as a magnet for international creatives.