What to Expect at Dubai Design Week 2018

Dubai Design Week is the biggest creative festival in the Middle East. From the 12th until the 17th of November, this event reflects Dubai’s position as the regional capital of design.

The 2018 programme for the fourth edition of Dubai Design Week will bring the most innovative projects that every single designer from all over the world has to offer. Now let’s take a sneak peek on some of the exciting exhibitions that Dubai Design Week 2018 will be presenting.


La Galerie Nationale

La Galerie Nationale will be at the Dubai Design Week showcasing the famous, 20th-century ceramics collection acquired directly from the artists by the famous international collector Blanchecotte. This exhibition at La Galerie Nationale offers a unique overview of French, post-war ceramics, focusing on independent artists who chose to specialize in art objects of truly outstanding quality rather than pottery for everyday use.



Translated as ‘doors’ in Arabic, this exhibition will be acting as a snapshot of design activity in the region, Abwab is re-modeled annually, responding to new blends of designers and an evolving creative landscape. For the fourth edition, located at the center of Dubai Design District, Abwab will host a collection of design experiences drawn from five communities in the Middle East. Visitors will experience storytelling as an instrument to reveal and conceal a communities’ record by navigating through five pavilions hosting regional exhibits.


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Kursi, meaning Chair in Arabic, is an exhibition exploring chair design, hosted by the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI), in partnership with Vitra. Among a wide selection of designs, view a limited-edition Chrome Panton, a chair made entirely of repurposed materials and mini prototypes.



The exhibition produced under the tutelage of Assistant Professor and Designer Ammar Kalo, will showcase the projects’ result of his students from the Furniture Design Basics Class. Over the course of several months, each of the 12 students carried their designs through various stages of conceptualization, prototyping, and fabrication working to develop unique pieces of furniture that explore a specific type of joint or detail.

Dubai Design Week

In 2017, the annual event attracted 60,000 visitors to Dubai Design Week alone who attended and engaged with the varied programme of design-related events, exhibitions, performances, awards, talks and workshops, and experiences.


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