What to see at Dubai Design Week 2016

The design events across the city during Dubai Design Week 2016 invite to discover new neighbourhoods and explore the quality design from across the world.

Globalist spoke with Cyril Zammit, Fair Director at Design Days Dubai, who gave an insight on what are the highlights of Design Week and why Dubai is a special city.
Watch the interview with Cyril here:

Global Grad Show

Interesting stories await at Global Grad Show, which is marked as a highlight of this year show. 50 universities from 30 countries around the world present next generation of innovation. Follow the footsteps of famed student inventions, such as the electron microscope from the University of Toronto or the television from the University of Berlin. Curated by Brendan McGetrick, the show highlights designs that Empower, Sustain and Connect. Curated by independent writer, editor and designer Brendan McGetrick, the show featuring 135 projects from 50 universities in 30 countries seeks to identify work which will not only shape our immediate future but also create a meaningful and lasting impact on our world.


Abwab, meaning ‘doors’ in Arabic, literally presents a gateway for six countries – Algeria, Bahrain, Palestine and UAE – to exhibit a range of special commissions revolving around the theme ‘The Human Senses’. For Bahrain, an investigative collaboration between designers Maitham Al-Mubarak and Othman Khunji, and the team at Bahrain Authority for Culture & Antiquities, is formed. The process of renewing this dormant craft is presented as the generating of a customisation process and interactive exhibition. Audiences are invited to partake in the renewal of the use of clay by manipulating basic and necessary shapes put forward by the experts at Delmon Factory whose craftsmen still produce by hand, to produce exciting new meaning for pre-defined forms.

Cairo Now!

Around 65 Egyptian creatives across product, graphic, fashion and urban design will show their works under one roof for the first time at Cairo Now! programme. The title takes its inspiration from the infamous visual impression of Cairo’s red brick housing stock in varying stages of completion. The aesthetics of incompletion permeate Cairo’s design culture in content and form. Incompleteness is a reflection of the city’s status quo: continuous expansion into the desert with partly realized satellite cities, speculative urbanism where buildings are never fully completed to avoid taxation, and the tendency to leave a bit of extra concrete sticking out of buildings’ roofs in hopes of adding additional floors in the future.

In addition, a number of design luminaries, historians and academics will participate as part of the varied public programme including Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, architect of the UAE’s National Pavilion at The Dubai Expo 2020, professor Yasser Elsheshtawy, curator of the UAE’s pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, and The Royal College of Art will host a series of three design workshops.

City-wide, at the Alserkal Avenue at Warehouse 26 a number of fantastic shows including typography will take place. Head to Dubai Design Week website to see which sessions are available today.

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