Dubai Design Week 2019 - in pictures

The annual design fair and community event runs from November 11 to November 16 in D3

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Dubai Design Week is now in full swing, with installations, grad shows, workshops, talks and product reveals happening throughout the always-bustling D3 district. Find our full guide here to what to see at Dubai Design Week here, and scroll through our gallery above to see images from the opening night, on Monday, November 11.

Dubai Design Week 2019 events to know about 

Meet the Maker

Location: Ground floor, Building 10, Dubai Design District (d3)

Dates: Monday, November 11 to Saturday, November 16

Times: Monday-Friday, 10am-10pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm

Creatives from Make Works UAE are taking part in sessions throughout Dubai Design Week. They will conduct live demonstrations of various design techniques using materials such as leather, marble, wood and fabrics. Visitors can ask questions and gain insight on the processes, as well as open up wider discussions on manufacturing in the UAE.

Madar: A Design

Research Exhibition

Location: d3 Waterfront, Downtown Design

Dates: Tuesday, November 12-Friday, November 15

Times: Tuesday-Thursday, 5pm-7pm; Friday, 12noon-7pm

This exhibition focuses on the state of design in the Arab world, focusing on Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. Themes explored will include craft preservation, material innovation and reducing manufacturing waste. The event will also highlight opportunities for up-and-coming designers, and empower them to design for positive change.

Design + Making UAE

Location: Ground floor, Building 10, d3

Dates: Monday, November 11-Saturday, November 16

Times: Monday-Friday, 10am-10pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm

Dubai arts hub Tashkeel, the founders of Tanween Design Programme, invites visitors to explore UAE design through exhibition stations, a programme of workshops, talks and conversations, as well as a retail pop-up of affordable products made by UAE talents.

Furniture Design for Sustainable Future

Location: The Workshop Dubai, Villa 45, Street 23B, Jumeirah 2

Dates: Monday, November 11-Saturday, November 16

Times: Monday-Friday, 10am-10pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm

This exhibition is a collaboration between The Workshop Dubai and Zinjaar Vintage. It aims to present a new generation of contemporary design based on refurbished and upcycled antique and vintage furniture.

Design Development in the UAE Symposium

Location: Warehouse 48, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz

Date: Tuesday, November 12

Times: 10am-1pm

This symposium is being hosted by Zayed University, exploring the development of design in the UAE. It presents a curated line-up of contemporary designers who are all based in the UAE. They will be revealing what it’s like to practise design in the country and how they developed their crafts. Speakers include Lina Ahmad, David Howarth, Karim Musfy, Omid Rouhani and Tina Sleiman.

A1 Safari Chair

Location: Ground floor, Building 7, d3

Date: Tuesday, November 12

Times: 10am-10pm

The Montroi Studio is revealing its A1 Safari Chair, which is made from UAE-sourced camel leather. The chair celebrates nomadism, and it can be folded and transported without the need to use tools. A talk will be held on the day to introduce it to the public.

Merchants & Makers Market

Location: Throughout Dubai Design District

Dates: Friday, November 15-Saturday, November 16

Times: Friday, 10am-9pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm

Ripe Market will host a two-day event in d3 that will feature stalls from more than 50 UAE brands. It will shine a light on creative entrepreneurs in the country and support small businesses and artisans, including artists, food producers and jewellers.

For more on Dubai Design Week 2019’s events, talks, exhibitions, installations and more, visit

Dubai Design Week runs in D3 from Monday, November 11 to Saturday, November 16. For more information, visit