There is another reason to love Dubai as it becomes the first city in the Middle East to be added to the UNESCO’s list of creative design hubs.
It joins a prestigious line up of 24 cities for several major development projects such as the Dubai Metro and tram, water canal and Jumeirah Corniche. According to The National, new Shindagha Bridge – a design based on the idea of infinity with its 42-meter high arches – also contributed to UNESCO’s decision. Dawood Al Hajiri, director general of Dubai Municipality, told The National:
“Design is beyond the product; rather it is the framework by which problems are solved. It puts people and their needs first to convert trash into energy, improve quality of life, increase sustainability and promote happiness. Dubai’s history with Unesco reflects its deep rooted concern and commitment to culture and heritage. It is also reflective of the country’s vision to position itself on the global map of the world.”
If that wasn’t enough to further warrant Dubai making it on the Creative City of Design list, the city is due to welcome a new university, Dubai Institute of Design, in September located in the Design District.