Creativity, curiosity, collaboration – these are not just meaningless buzzwords for the community of innovators at Dubai Design District (d3). They are values intrinsically linked to the passion and growth of the local and international talent based in the region’s capital for fashion, architecture, art and design.
Since its inception, d3 has helped to reinforce Dubai’s status as a UNESCO Creative City of Design by providing a thriving platform for homegrown and international designers, creative professionals and artists to unite, flourish and inspire.
d3’s burgeoning creative ecosystem nurtures talent, fosters innovation and encourages collaboration, paving the way for some of the most ingenious work the region has seen. As a community that constantly challenges people to rethink the regular, d3 has entered into many partnerships and initiatives that have led to the growth of the design community across the region. One such initiative includes extending support to Lebanon’s design industry, with d3 offering co-working spaces to startups, entrepreneurs, SMEs and larger companies impacted by the explosion in the port of Beirut.
As the fashion capital of the Middle East, the design community also joined forces with the Arab Fashion Council on #AThread4Cause to combat COVID-19, bringing together renowned UAE-based fashion designers to create thousands of protection gowns and surgical face masks for frontline medical workers. Dubai-based couture label, Michael Cinco, Maison Yeya, and Amato, Egypt’s Marmar Halim, Arab-American designer Zaid Farouki and women’s clothing retailer Si Fashion came together in this unique campaign to use their craftsmanship and haute couture flair to make surgical attire for the UAE’s healthcare industry.
As a strategic partner of the Arab Fashion Council, d3 now serves as the official home of the Arab Fashion Week, providing the ideal backdrop to premier the season’s most cutting-edge designs and collections. d3 will host exclusive physical activations while the designer’s creative presentations will continue virtually to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the participating creative community.
d3 is a cutting-edge retail destination with over 40 retailers offering a variety of multi-brand boutiques, fashion brands, art galleries and showrooms. Some of the region’s most popular and sought-after events take place in d3 and attract international artists and audiences to cultural exhibitions and gatherings. The destination also regularly hosts a roster of industry talks, workshops and educational programming, accessible to people of all ages.
It is a place that continues to rethink the regular; to encourage the global community to see creativity from a new perspective and create new opportunities for collaboration and growth. This has allowed d3 to attract some of the world’s biggest fashion brands including Burberry and Dior and establish itself as a global metropolis akin to some of the world’s leading cities of design such as Paris, London, New York and Milan.
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