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Buro 24/7 Middle East Exclusive: The Dubai Design District

Buro 24/7 Middle East Exclusive: The Dubai Design District

Take a tour of the D3 site


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Buro 24/7 reveal details and a site tour of the upcoming Dubai Design District – or 'D3' as it will affectionately be known – from its inspiration points to infrastructure plans

Located between Downtown Dubai and Ras Al Khor, and drawing inspiring ideas from across the region, the Dubai Design District (D3) plans to establish a collective for designers to create and collaborate, opening up a vast new market while unearthing new talent...

A city with a population of 2 million people, representing 200 nationalities – as well as being a gateway to the MENA region – it is the ideal spot for such a venture.

The idea behind the district is to further strengthen Dubai's knowledge-based economy and ensure its sustainability – D3 will create a community that nurtures future business leaders and entrepreneurs and become a home for design industry related organisations, brands, and enterprises encompassing retail, commercial, residential and leisure.

It's an innovative project that will provide the right kind of environment for local and emerging talent alongside the leading regional and international operators.

Once complete, D3's entire site will be spread across 15.5 million square foot and facilities will include everything from cutting-edge design institutes to residential, hospitality, retail and office space.

A particularly interesting part of this will be the 'Pocket Park', scheduled for launch in June and is being delivered by the Cultural Engineering team, who are part of Brownbook. This will be one of the first major developments on the site prior to the launch of the first phase of the buildings in January 2015.

Another exciting element associated with the project will be The Dubai Design & Fashion Council – announced by HH's Decree in 2013 – which will further support and guide the growth of the industry, offering additional confidence to the design and fashion community.

Dubai's – and in fact the entire region's – thriving design industry was a key asset in the Emirate's bid to host Expo2020, providing like-minded individuals with a home and community from which they can collaborate, connect and inspire innovative design in preparation to welcome the world to the UAE. It's a notion that fits in perfectly with the strategic theme of the bid, 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future' – and the future is here.

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