23UAE: Held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman, Dubai Culture in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), and supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, Dubai Design Week officially opened its doors to the public at d3 today.

Dr. Amina Al Rustamani, Group Chief Executive Officer of TECOM Group, opened the show with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the presence of d3’s Chief Operating Officer, Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi, Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, His Excellency Saeed M. Al Nabouda Acting Director General, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, H.E Marwan Bin Jassim Al Sarkal,  CEO of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq),Mr. Khaled Al-Muhairy ,Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Evolvence Capital, Mohidin BinHendi, President and CEO of BinHendi Enterprises, and Ben Floyd, CEO of Art Dubai Group.

The crowd made their way through the different exhibitions and halls embracing the vast potential of designers and their brilliant works and engaged in the diversity and richness of the projects.


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, the Design Quarter, 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.