Wednesday 19 December 2018

Dubai Design District posts solid growth

DUBAI, October 18, 2017

Dubai Design District, the region’s ultimate design destination, has registered solid growth reaching 95 per cent capacity this year comprising more than 7,000 creative workers.

There are 40 design-led retail concepts already open with a further 14 to launch in the coming weeks, said a statement from d3.

The top design destination has so far hosted more than 326 events in 2017 and has an additional 60 events and workshops planned by the end of the year achieving the highest level of footfall since its inception in 2015, said a top official.

"It has flourished into a thriving district and an incubator for home grown talent. We are proud the community is constantly evolving and growing with the number of events and workshops increasing each season," remarked Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi, the chief operating officer.
"We are working towards creating a neighborhood that offers unique experiences for everyone to enjoy and learn from. The district is always open for visitors to come and explore. This season will launch with Fashion Forward and continue with several key events that showcase some of the best design talent in the region reinforcing Dubai’s position as a global creative center," he added.

According to him, the d3 has become a hub where design and creativity inspires novel experiences, products and satisfies those with deep hunger for new, fresh and different experiences.

"This season will see a host of new events,  pop-up stores, and activations for people to enjoy," noted Al Shehhi.  

Three of Dubai’s iconic events will take place at d3 in the coming weeks including; Fashion Forward, Dubai Design Week and Sole DXB and in December, the regions first multi-sensory festival ECHO will launch, he added.

Al Shehhi said d3 has also launched several initiatives for the community including Brunch Bunch, Coffee Culture and Breakfast Society.

Each aim to galvanise the retail offering within the district and promote the amazing array of options available to visitors and residents in Dubai, he added.

Set for launch in the first weekend this December is d3’s Art Market. This event will empower the local community and craftsman to showcase their work and sell it to the public.

The platform will host a carefully curated list of vendors challenging the local community to step forward with their best work. The market promises an experience that will leave the visitors hungry and curious every month to explore its offering.  

The others in the pipeline are six new dining concepts:
*The Espresso Lab - An innovative concept with hand-made pastries and specialty coffees created by an Emirati barista.
*Mum’s Table - Offers homemade dishes that hail from a small village in northern Syria on the border of Turkey.
*L’arte - Showcases the best of contemporary Italian dining, art, fashion, design and culture. It offers a high-end Italian menu, and will be a cross-over between a gallery and a restaurant
*Belong Restaurant & Lounge - Serves home-cooked contemporary Middle Eastern meals catering to modern palates.
*Home Bakery Kitchen - Offers rustic charm, a ‘home from home’ experience, simplicity, beauty, handmade quality and an honest approach. Its dishes range from cookies and cronuts, to pies, loafs, and savoury breakfasts.
*Mayta - Michelin-star chef, Jaime Pesaque opens his exclusive Peruvian cuisine at d3.

Created to provide a home to the region’s growing number of designers, creatives and artists, d3 has fast become the hub for inspiration and innovation.

Located in the heart of Dubai, just minutes away from Dubai Mall, the thriving community provides a platform where individuals can unite, collaborate and create. It is fully operational with over 400 creative partners and retailers.

The Creative Community is the second phase of Dubai’s Design District due to open in 2019. The new space has three sections, a large events plaza, design-led work spaces with an industrial look and urban feel and the region’s first design university The Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation.-TradeArabia News Service

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