Design Days Dubai turns five this year and since its inception, the event has exploded into the most diverse design exhibition in the world, reflecting the Emirates' position as a global cultural melting pot. This year's edition sees the return of familiar names and the addition of an even wider group of galleries and designers, all ready to showcase their best works. Buro 24/7 Middle East details the must-sees at Design Days Dubai.

Exhibitors

Design Days Dubai has seen a significant growth in its exhibitors list this year, which is a testament to the event's increasing importance in the global design calendar. Returning to the region are prominent international and regional exhibitors including Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Gallery S. Bensimon, 1971 Design Space, Aljoud Lootah and Fadi Sarriedine. Design Days Dubai will also see the debut of the M.A.D Gallery, Barcelona Design Gallery and the Dutch Creative Industry.

Bold Hidden Bookshelves by Loulwa Al-Radwan

WASL

WASL is a celebration of homegrown design talent, showcasing pieces by both Emirati and UAE-based designers, which have all been created over the past five years. "In the five years since the fair's launch in 2012, the design scene has matured and fostered a new generation of designers. As a tribute to them we present WASL," said Cyril Zammit, Director of Design Days Dubai.

Unfolding Unity Stool by Aljoud Lootah

Van Cleef & Arpels Middle East Emergent Designer Prize

The fourth winner of the annual Van Cleef & Arpels Middle East Emergent Designer Prize will be announced at Design Days Dubai. Four designers from across the region have already been shortlisted, all of them submitting outstanding conceptual works under the theme 'nature'. The winner will win Dhs30,000 to produce their work as well as an invitation to attend courses at L'ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels in Paris.

A partner since the fair's inception, Van Cleef & Arpels will also exhibit several of its high jewellery lines this year including the Seven Seas and Pierres de Caractere – Variations collections. In line with the 'nature' theme, the pieces were inspired from influences around the world, namely oceans and flowers. In addition, the maison will also showcase its Heritage Collection, a unique group of haute pieces that were created between the 1920s and the 1980s. 

Courant Marin bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels

Launch of Pop Up Academy and Marcel Wanders Personal Editions Collection

This year's design fair will mark the launch of the Pop Up Academy, the brainchild of renowned designer Esra Lemmens. The academy will cater to the ever-changing design landscape at an institutional level, helping younger designers to chart their own course. As part of the launch, Dutch master designer Marcel Wanders will make his Design Days Dubai debut, bringing with him his extensive collection of stunning works. The Co-Founder of Moooi, who also caters to a discerning group of private clients, will be making a keynote speech titled On the Crossroads Between Art and Design, a subject at the core of the Pop Up Academy.

Bon Bon Chair by Marcel Wanders

Public Programme

The Design Days Dubai public programme provides the perfect setting for visitors to interact with the designers, adding an extra dimension to the event. Meant to question, explore and inspire, the programme includes over 20 free events, which include talks, workshops, book launches, screenings and performances.

Design by Nermeen Nisreen

Design Days Dubai will run from March 14-18 at The Venue, Downtown Dubai. For more information, visit Design Days Dubai.