November is the annual focal point for design and creativity in Dubai, there’s a lot going on this month so here’s a roundup of the region’s design scene.
To start with Dubai Design Week which will be returning for its fourth edition this year from 12-17 November. In case the name didn’t tip you off, Dubai Design Week is an accessible meeting point for the global design community, major events include Downtown Design, Global Grad Show and Abwab. 120 companies are participating this year and 230 events are taking place, covering exhibitions, talks, workshops, awards, competitions and commissioned installations.


Downtown Design, the region’s largest creative festival for design enthusiasts and public visitors alike will take place from 13-16 November in its custom-built exhibition space on the d3 Waterfront in partnership with Dubai Design District (d3). The 2018 edition will encompass a selection of exhibitors, comprising over 175 brands, including 40 regional designers.
The Foundry by UAE design studio Tinkah will present their ‘Ramel’ collection, inspired by desert dunes. Alia Mazrooei, also inspired by the desert designed a contemporary Arabian pop-up majlis which will be presented by Sharjah-based 1971 Design Space. Moreover, Albal Design Studio will unveil a floating light installation titled ‘Flow’, in collaboration with Lasvit. Tashkeel will unveil the new range of the designer programme Tanween which is open to emerging designers, makers and artisans based in UAE. This year, Downtown Design will be presenting a new section dedicated to limited-edition design: Downtown Editions.

Alserkal Avenue launched in 2015 is hub for arts in Dubai where you can find diverse galleries, from different background. It is home to dialogues and sharing of ideas through talks and screenings, by emerging regional artists, in their 500,000 square feet space.

Jameel Arts Centre will open their doors to the public on November 11. This center is dedicated to exhibition-making and research, and it serves as well as an extensive education programme for all ages.


More events are coinciding this month to name few, Fikra Graphic Design Biennial is happening in Sharjah, as well as FOCAL POINT which is an annual art book fair by Sharjah Art Foundation (8 -10 November). The three-day art book fair features publishers—both independent and mainstream. The fair will also include a public programme of talks, screenings, a lecture-performance, book launch, art project, an open studio, themed educational workshops and live music.