Taking place 8-13 November, 2021, Dubai Design Week is an annual week-long festival celebrating regional design and creativity through free-to-attend exhibitions, installations, engaging activities and pop-ups, talks and workshops.

“The Most Beautiful Swiss Books” exhibition takes visitors on an experiential journey, uncovering what goes into creating a book design. Alongside SISD, The Embassy of Switzerland has collaborated with UAE-based creative studio Hamzat Wasl and Zayed University, supported by Harradine Golf and Reichle & De-Massari, to stage the event.

Ruth Burke, Principal of the bilingual IB school, which is the largest Swiss school outside of Switzerland, says: “While we have an entirely global approach to our multi-lingual studies, we are still, at heart, very proud of our Swiss origins. The opportunity to sponsor such a beautiful exhibition within the Dubai Design Week aligns with many of our goals as an educational institution that aims to help pupils understand their studies in the wider context of a global society. 

“Books, of course, are synonymous with learning, broadening one’s horizons and for inspiring us all.”

The journey begins with typography and the art of designing a book. “The Most Beautiful Swiss Books” is a collection of 19 books awarded this prize by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC) in 2020. The exhibition takes us right back to black ink being pressed onto paper.

Through a variety of media and performative arts, visitors will be engaged in the review process that earned these books the title and can explore featured works by students of Zayed University, and reinterpretations of art covers of selected books using modern printing press techniques.

“Our students attending the Dubai Design Week will get a hands-on opportunity to discover what goes into making a book, the creative process and some of the artistic and technical aspects that have to come into play. We believe it holds great value as an interesting, fun and memorable learning experience,” adds Terence Connolly, Head of Visual Arts at the school.

Dubai Design Week is owned and managed by the Art Dubai Group, and is held under the dedicated patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (DCAA). It is in strategic partnership with Dubai Design District (d3), and supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and A.R.M. Holding.

The exhibition takes place at Dubai Design District (d3), Building 7, R09.

About Swiss International School in Dubai:

Global in outlook, bilingual in approach, Swiss in culture, and yet firmly rooted in the local community of Dubai – that’s Swiss International School in Dubai, or SISD. 

The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai (SISD), Dubai’s first bilingual International Baccalaureate School, opened in 2015, and is the largest Swiss school outside Switzerland.

The school is a leading international day and boarding school where future generations are inspired to become confident and enthusiastic lifelong learners, properly prepared to embrace all the opportunities and challenges life presents.

With a diverse student body of 1450 pupils comprising more than 75 different nationalities, the school believes the next generation of international citizens will need to be dynamic, flexible and linguistically ambitious. With this in mind, SISD offers immersive bilingual programmes in either of the Swiss languages of French and German, but also a strong English programme with foreign languages. For students who don’t wish to pursue a fully bilingual programme, there is a unique STEAM programme for all children from age 4-11 years. SISD stands out as one of only a handful of educational establishments globally classified as an IB Continuum school, which means it offers International Baccalaureate education to pupils from age 3 to 18. 

Offering day school, weekly or full-term boarding options, this leading educational institution offers state-of-the-art STEAM education, and has world-class sporting facilities, too. 

The school has laid out its B.E.S.T. Values, as follows:


A unique international and multilingual environment provides students with authentic exposure to English, French, German and Arabic. Students in the immersive bilingual programmes learn to communicate, think and reflect in two different languages. As global citizens, SISD celebrates diversity, promoting all languages and cultures with equal respect.


SISD staff believes in maintaining high standards and aspire to be the best they can be. A spirit of enquiry, encouraging both creative and critical thinking is fostered.


Students and staff believe that social, cultural, economic and environmental awareness prepare us to play our part in shaping a better future, both for ourselves and for those around us. The school campus is eco-friendly, winning international acclaim and awards for using less energy to create a comfortable and healthy environment.


In the school’s international community, we know that we are at our best when we all work together. We view active participation in the community, from the most local to the most global, as the foundation of a valuable life.