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Dubai Design Week returns to the emirate

The annual art event makes its much-anticipated return from November 9 to 14 with a special focus on Middle Eastern design

World Art Dubai welcomed the creative community in the Middle East and beyond when it opened its doors last month at Dubai World Trade Centre. Serving as the opening act for the events season in the city, the sixth edition set an example for international art events to safely operate in the emirate in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following in its footsteps, the highly acclaimed Dubai Design Week is set to make its eagerly-awaited comeback this month from November 9 to 14.

Offering a safe, al fresco setting in the emirate’s hub for all things creative – Dubai Design District (d3) – the 2020 edition of the festival features a diverse range of events, activities and experiences under the theme of redefining and reimagining the way we will live in the near and distant future. Visitors in attendance will be able to discover a series of installations, urban inventions, exhibitions and pop-ups.

Fata Morgana, Generous Studio & Hozan Zangana

Also, for the first time in the event’s history, the fair introduces new online elements, allowing the global art community to access a digital art fair and attend a series of virtual talks and panel discussions featuring leaders from the creative universe.

In another first, this year’s fair will see the launch of Dubai’s premier architecture festival. Curated by Juan Roldan, Associate Professor in the College of Architecture, Art & Design at the American University of Sharjah, the d3 Architecture Festival 2020 will take place in partnership with RIBA Gulf. The showcase will feature regional architectural projects under the theme ‘Identity, Context and Placemaking in the Gulf’, celebrating landmark achievements of architecture companies in the UAE and the wider GCC region.

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