Dubai's design scene has received a massive boost after four of the world's most respected architectural firms – Santiago Calatrava, Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster + Partners and Benoy – ­confirmed that they will be setting up bases at Dubai Design District (d3). Of the four, Calatrava has been making news headlines in the city thanks to its project The Tower, which is set to overtake the Burj Khalifa as Dubai's tallest structure. Meanwhile, Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) made regional headlines this week after being awarded the project to design and build the Urban Heritage Administration Centre in Diriyah, KSA.

"Zaha Hadid Architects's new MENA headquarters at d3 continues our longstanding commitment to the region," said Tariq Khayyat, Head of Region for Zaha Hadid Architects. "As a creative hub for many disciplines, d3 will establish a collective research culture, enabling many different talents and ideas to feed into each other and make the discoveries that will benefit all. Marrying concepts of connectivity and integration with the tremendous advancements in design technologies, material developments and construction practices, ZHA is working with the rich histories and diverse cultures of the region to build its remarkable future."

Also, read about the newly opened Mirage Project Point Dubai in d3.