Dubai Design Week Due to Take Place This November

Lindsay Judge   |   01-11-2020

Dubai Design Week had announced the full programme of its 2020 edition which will take place this November.


Held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and member of Dubai Council, the annual event returns from 9th to 14th November at Dubai Design District.



Over 100 physical events and activities including exhibitions, pop-ups, outdoor installations and a new retail initiative supporting Dubai’s artisans, creatives and entrepreneurs will take place, alongside a digital schedule including a digital fair that will run online and is open to all.



Highlights of the physical programme will include a new large scale outdoor retail initiative bringing together the best of Dubai’s artisans, creatives and entrepreneurs, The Dubai Design Week Marketplace, that is supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), who have offered grants for small businesses to take part; the conceptual design exhibition ‘The Shape of Things to Come’ featuring exploratory work and projects by a diverse group of Middle East based architects and interior designers, spotlighting progressive design thinking emerging from the region, and MENA Grad Show that will see 50 of the most exciting projects from the Middle East and North Africa, focusing on solutions to improve and transform lives.



Dubai Design Week 2020 will give centre stage to cultural and region-focused showcases shedding light on the local community and its creative scene, including the UAE Designer Exhibition presenting works of 20 locally based creatives and the d3 Architecture Festival 2020 featuring regional projects of 40 RIBA-chartered architectural practices alongside multi-disciplinary exhibitions and initiatives by international organisations, councils and institutions.



Meanwhile, virtual programmes will include the Global Grad Show which will showcase work from students around the world and Downtown Design Digital Fair will offer inspiration and insight to navigate the new design landscape. There will also be a number of digital talks and presentations shedding light on the alternative emerging structures and solutions that creatives can adopt to navigate new realities that are reshaping societies, economies and communities globally.



To explore the festival’s full programme, visit and follow @dubaidesignweek | #DXBDW2020 on social media to stay updated.