Dubai, UAE: Dubai Design District (d3) announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children to join forces and collaborate together in projects promoting Art and Design to the younger creative generation in the UAE.
The memorandum was signed at hai d3 itself, by Mohammad Saeed Al-Shehhi, Chief Operating Officer of d3 and Dr. Mona Al Bahar, CEO and member of the Board of Trustees at Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children.
The agreement will facilitate a number of initiatives that will provide the children of Dubai with a creative platform that educates, inspires, and nurtures their creativity in the different fields of art, science, and culture. According to the agreement, the two entities will work together to support and promote cultural events in UAE, and collaborate in conducting joint researches and studies in various cultural, artistic and media fields related to children.
Mohammad Saeed Al-Shehhi, Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Design District commented:
’’Our collaboration with Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children is in line with d3’s vision to help foster creativity and innovation in the younger talent, whilst helping to drive and develop the design education sector for the benefit of the wider economy. The recent MENA Design Education Report, which d3 supported, highlights a need for a nine-fold increase in young designers to achieve sustainable growth of the design sector in the region. At d3, we are committed to helping the UAE meet this target and ensuring a prosperous future for the younger creative generation.”
Dr. Mona Al Bahar, CEO and member of the Board of Trustees at Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children commended on the young Emirati talents at Dubai Design District, further, on the signing of the agreement of cooperation between the Centre and ” Dubai Design District or d3″, she said: Al Jalila Cultural Centre For Children is always looking to secure partnerships that foster creative, secure and safe environments for children to learn and develop their all-round innovation and artistic skills. These learning environments align to our vision of instilling national values in the young people of the nation.
Dr. Mona Al Bahar added, “We are keen to cooperate with all concerned parties and innovation within the state as well as anywhere in the world. The “d3” model is a living testimony to the potential of the sons and daughters of the nation and the world at large. It embodies the vision of Dubai taking big steps towards becoming a smart city in every way.
Our collaboration with “d3” will enable our young members to interact and engage with the smart city concept at a physical level and grow more opportunities to open young minds to a wider range of artistic, creative and innovative inspirations. Together with “d3” we will strengthen our goals of growing the next generation of leaders of this nation – who will be groomed in modern and contemporary ways as well as traditional and national values.
A number of different art and design initiatives have already taken shape at d3 since its opening. These have sprung from the abundance of creative talent in residence at d3 and from the overarching vision to create a series of spaces – both internally and externally – for d3’s business partners to derive inspiration and energy for their creative work.
As a testimony to this promise, d3 has recently hosted several graduate art shows as part of its concerted efforts to nurture young and emerging talent in the region. “Six Degrees” was an exhibition of creative work by graduating students of the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of Sharjah (AUS). The exhibition, held in June, was an edition of the annual show of work by graduating CAAD students. d3’s facilitation of the show meant that the students were provided with exclusive access to d3’s art and design business partners and contacts – providing students with a unique opportunity to secure internships and build relationships with key names in the UAE’s art and design sector.
ABOUT DUBAI DESIGN DISTRICT:
Dubai Design District, (d3), one of the TECOM Group’s communities, is a destination dedicated to design. The chosen home for the region’s growing collective of creatives, artists and designers, d3, has fast become the hub for inspiration and innovation. Created to answer the growing need from the industry, d3 provides businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals from across the design value chain with a thriving community where they can collaborate, create and inspire.
Known for its versatility d3 has become a popular events space, attracting international crowds to cultural exhibitions such as Dubai Design Week, Fashion Forward, Sole DXB and Meet d3, which have simultaneously driven footfall to d3’s distinguished repertoire of design-focused outlets, art galleries and eateries.
With this year’s launch of lifestyle boutiques, art galleries and culinary concepts in its core 11 buildings, d3 is very much alive. Taking a novel approach, d3 has selected a mix of original homegrown and international concepts to form a creative community of new retail outlets, restaurants and innovative pop-up events that invite visitors to enjoy a more authentic shopping and dining experience.
d3 is constantly evolving. To cater to its growing number of residents, d3 will feature a one million square foot Creative Community which is currently under construction, and will act as the site’s cultural epicenter, inspiring emerging designers and artists. Another key goal for d3 is to continually surpass the expectations of its visitors, and so d3 will also boast a bustling 1.8km Waterfront development running alongside the Dubai Creek, with international and design-led hotels, boutique retail concept stores and an outdoor events space, as well as a host of hospitality and leisure facilities.
To support its many creative partners, d3 offers individuals and businesses the choice of operating either as a free zone entity or as an on-shore business, each with its own merits.
Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children is founded on the belief that culture is essential to understanding both ourselves and the world in which we live today. The overall aim is to enrich the cultural lives of children and prepare them to welcome their future. The Centre offers a safe, joyous and creative environment for children and their families that draws on Emirati and Arab cultural heritage, the creativity, vision and expertise of Renowned artists and other professionals, and the dynamism of the world that unfolds around them. It aims to bring awareness to children and increase their understanding of their surroundings, nurture their creativity and future aspirations, and to provide a grounded sense of connection with the Emirati cultural heritage.