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Dubai Design Week 2021: Rethinking the Regular

Last modified on 17th November 2021. Dubai Real Estate Blog

Dubai Design Week 2021: Rethinking the Regular

Held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and member of Dubai Council, Dubai Design Week returns for its seventh edition with a week-long festival that celebrates the region's creativity. Taking place from 8. to 13. November 2021 at Dubai Design District (d3) and across the city. 

This year's theme is "rethinking the regular" and you can expect the usual diverse, extensive program of over 200 free-to-attend events and activities, including commissions, exhibitions, installations, and pop-ups, reinforcing Dubai's position as the region's central hub for design and creativity. Additionally, a talk program will feature more than 50 discussions with global leaders in design, who will shed light on the latest innovations and trends within the industry. 

2040: d3 Architecture Exhibition 

If you visit the festival, you can get an idea of what the architecture of Dubai will look like at 2040: d3 Architecture Exhibition. Dubai already looks like "the city of the future" with plenty of plans in place of transportation, sustainable urban developments, and more. Five architectural firms present it, and the designs can be viewed at Dubai Design District (d3) – Building 6 Atrium. 

The Installations and Pop-ups 

There's already plenty of art, sculptures, and more to soak in at d3, and there will be 15 more installations and public interventions staged during Dubai Design Week. Visitors can expect installations, immersive experiences, and more. 


At Making Space in d3 (Building 6), a program of over 80 workshops will provide visitors of all ages the opportunity to experiment with ancient and innovative ways of making and creating. The workshops span from pottery to reforming plastic, using soap as a new medium, and more. All the activities here have been curated, keeping the planet in mind. 

Meet the UAE Creatives 

This new program will bring together the UAE’s local creative community in one of d3's many bespoke eateries. The program will be held in a traditional 'Barza' setting. Historically, these took place in front of a council where community members got together to raise important matters with elders and Sheikhs. At Dubai Design Week, this tradition has been given a contemporary twist.

Visitors will be able to meet the region's artisans, creatives, and small businesses presenting high-quality, handcrafted, and responsibly sourced products. Taking place from 12-13 November, it is supported by Dubai Culture. 


No event in Dubai is ever complete without delicious food offerings; therefore, you'll find it here at Dubai Design Week. Additionally, many events, including a program of live music sessions and entertainment, will be available on the weekend. 

To get to know more about design in Dubai, Check out Driven Interior Design and get the help of leading international and regional experts in the fields of architecture and interior that will bring you out the latest innovations and trends in the global design scene.