To continue its support for the Islamic Economy and to showcase Islamic Design & Architecture on an important international stage, Dubai Design District (d3) is the official Design Sponsor of the Global Islamic Economy Summit (GIES), the region’s premier forum for the Islamic economy.
From today, 11th October until 12th October at Souk Madinat, the d3 Design Pavilion showcases a number of design and architectural projects inspired by classical Islamic design and architecture practices. Curated by Cyril Zammit, Fair Director of Design Days Dubai and Director of Dubai Design Week, and crafted by d3 creative partner, architect and designer Viktor Udzenija, the d3 Design Pavilion will display works sourced from across the region, as well as from d3’s own business partners.
Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi, COO of Dubai Design District, welcomed His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, to the pavilion and to the many works being exhibited which celebrate the diversity and power of Islamic design including works from Iwan Maktabi, Design Talk, Aisha Al Suwaidi, El Sajjadah, in addition to work from d3 business partners such as SSH, Etqaan Interiors, Ayah Al Bitar, Nadine Kanso and Viktor Uzdenija
d3’s participation and sponsorship of GIES demonstrates its wider vision to champion Islamic design and architecture in the region, by nurturing emerging talent whilst allowing established brands to reach a new audience. As the region’s first destination for design, d3 provides businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals from across the design value chain with a thriving community where they can collaborate, create and inspire.
To maximise the growth of the Islamic design industry d3 has also commissioned the MENA Design Study, whilst using the results from the DIEDC. Global Islamic Economy Report to implement initiatives like the d3 Design Pavilion to enable its business partners to reach a global audience.
Commenting, Mohammed Saeed Al Shehhi, COO of Dubai Design District said, ‘At d3 we are delighted to become the Design Sponsor at the GIES as we believe it is vital to acknowledge the heritage and potential of Islam design and architecture, both on a regional and international level. We proudly support the Islamic Economy and participating at events like GIES is one of the key ways to achieve our shared vision to drive a diversified innovation-led economy. This years pavilion was also a brilliant showcase of the collaborative efforts at d3 with us showcasing many works from our own business partners”
Ayah Al Bitar, Designer and d3 creative partner, whose piece The Sanctuary was part of the Design Pavilion said, “The work I do embraces a lot of reference points from the Islamic world. Being part of the d3 Design Pavilion at this year’s GIES really focussed peoples attention on Islamic design and architecture in a contemporary manner”
ABOUT DUBAI DESIGN DISTRICT
Dubai Design District, (d3), one of the TECOM Group’s communities, is a destination dedicated to design. The chosen home for the region’s growing collective of creatives, artists and designers, d3, has fast become the hub for inspiration and innovation. Created to answer the growing need from the industry, d3 provides businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals from across the design value chain with a thriving community where they can collaborate, create and inspire.
Known for its versatility d3 has become a popular events space, attracting international crowds to cultural exhibitions such as Dubai Design Week, Fashion Forward, Sole DXB and Meet d3, which have simultaneously driven footfall to d3’s distinguished repertoire of design-focused outlets, art galleries and eateries.
With this year’s launch of lifestyle boutiques, art galleries and culinary concepts in its core 11 buildings, d3 is very much alive. Taking a novel approach, d3 has selected a mix of original homegrown and international concepts to form a creative community of new retail outlets, restaurants and innovative pop-up events that invite visitors to enjoy a more authentic shopping and dining experience.
d3 is constantly evolving. To cater to its growing number of residents, d3 will feature a one million square foot Creative Community which is currently under construction, and will act as the site’s cultural epicenter, inspiring emerging designers and artists. Another key goal for d3 is to continually surpass the expectations of its visitors, and so d3 will also boast a bustling 1.8km Waterfront development running alongside the Dubai Creek, with international and design-led hotels, boutique retail concept stores and an outdoor events space, as well as a host of hospitality and leisure facilities.
To support its many creative partners, d3 offers individuals and businesses the choice of operating either as a free zone entity or as an on-shore business, each with its own merits.