Dubai Culture and Arts Authority supports design creative ecosystem

- A range of new initiatives announced at Dubai Design Week

- Part of establishing Dubai as a city of makers and supporting a cohesive design ecosystem

- In line with the new cultural vision for the Emirate, where art and design will be positioned at the heart of the community


As part of Dubai’s new cultural vision, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority will launch a range of new initiatives at Dubai Design Week 2019, to establish a supportive and cohesive framework and to emphasise Dubai’s position as a city of makers.

As part of the event, which is held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture, the Authority will host a series of initiatives to continue their support of the creative sector by connecting makers and designers.

Dubai Culture’s Creative Lab is a showcase of design process and experiences, to give visitors the opportunity to participate in making and creativity. Comprising drop-in exploration activities over a series of stations, the lab is designed to inspire the next generation of makers and foster a spirit of civic innovation. Under the Creative Lab, professionals will work with aspiring creatives, to create a balanced transfer of knowledge, which will positively affect the entire community and have a knock-on effect on the creative economy.

The Makers Meetup, also part of the Authority’s initiatives during Dubai Design Week 2019, is an interactive gathering session between key members of the local design making community. It will consist of a guided explorative workshop with the local stakeholders, a series of presentations on the current state of the making industry in the UAE and an open dialogue on how to better develop this sector in an organic and collaborative approach. The Makers Meetup has the aim of identifying the main guidelines for the needed support at various stages in the making and manufacturing cycle and is in parallel with laying the foundations to transform Al Quoz into a free zone for creative talent. This area of the city will be renovated and geared towards providing comprehensive facilities and services to support the designers’ journeys from the conception stage, design and production to exhibition and promotion of their work. This was outlined as one of 17 new initiatives under Dubai’s new cultural vision as recently announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

In conjunction with the Makers Meetup and to further support the makers industry, Dubai Culture will also be launching a city-wide competition to engage the wider design community to be involved in large-scale projects that will contribute towards the transformation of Al Quoz into a creative district as per the direction of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid.

Hala Badri, Director General of Dubai Culture said: “Dubai is the first city in the Middle East to be appointed as a ‘Unesco Creative City of Design’ and we, at Dubai Culture are proud support the making community of designers across the city. Taking a holistic approach and working with across the entire creative sector is a key part of our mission. Our participation in Dubai Design Week 2019 with the Creative Lab and Meet The Makers is one example of the ways that we collectively come together to support the creative ecosystem in the Emirate.”

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