building upon the success of the 2015 and 2016 edition, the dubai design week 2017 is set to become the middle east’s largest design celebration to date. running from november 13th to 18th 2017, the event anticipates more than 50,000 visitors including architects, designers and public audiences from local regions, as well as from afar. guests will be spoilt for choice as the dubai design district has more than 200 events organized, the global grad show returns with 92 universities from 45 different countries, and downtown design doubles in size with 150 participating brands. it will truly be a world-wide occasion, marking once again the city’s continuous development as a vibrant global hub for design.

fahed & architects pavilion for the ABWAB exbition
all images courtesy of dubai design week



william knight, appointed this year as the head of design for the art dubai group says: ‘the momentum behind dubai design week in only its third year is exceptional. dubai has so much to offer by way of its progressive approach to design and innovation, and dubai design week 2017 is set to match that ambition by reflecting talent drawn from across the globe in a programme that presents the unique blend of potential and opportunity here in dubai.

michael anastassiades‘ ‘arrangement lighting series for FLOS
see more about this project on designboom here



up by 35% from the previous year, the dubai design week 2017’s d3 (dubai design district) will host more than 200 events including an extensive set of talks and workshops. as a highlight, sir david adjaye, one of the world’s most renown architects, will be in conversation with emirati commentator sultan sooud al qassemi. furthermore, visitors are welcome to attend a series of exhibitions, such as the ‘iconic city’ which will focus on the design culture of casablanca, and product launches, awards and a unique design market.

patrick norguet‘s atoll lounge chair



mohammad saeed al shehhi, chief operating officer, d3 comments: ‘the third edition of dubai design week is the most exciting yet. the alignment with d3’s goal of supporting sustainable growth and boosting the city’s design credentials is underlined by the huge programme dubai design week offers. dubai design week’s ability to introduce audiences to the wealth of creative talent and unique experiences and services now at d3 is matched only by the transformation of the space into a series of amazing arenas of creativity.

soap lighting by bomma



said to be the ‘oscars’ of graduate design and technology, the 2017 edition of the global grad show will unite 200 works from 92 universities that are located in 45 different nations. 50% larger in size than the 2016 show, the event envisions how the next generation will shape our future through a combination of design, science and innovation. downtown design is set to double in size – further enhancing its position as the middle east’s leading contemporary design trade show – as it welcomes high quality work from more than 150 global brands. additionally, and most importantly, the ABWAB platform returns to present regional designers work on an international stage. this year with more than 40 creatives, the highlight show will be housed within the dramatic temporary structure by dubai-based architects fahed & architects.

o’de rose, champa nesting table by lél



make sure to follow designboom’s coverage of the dubai design week 2017which runs from 13th to 18th november, and its many events, talks and product presentations.

lasvit‘s duna lighting by zaha hadid
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fay mccaul x KUFtwist installation


house of folly by alexander gerard


all PET shoes by jules mae


lustre panel tapestry by fay mccaul

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