UNESCO Cities of Design

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Dubai was the first Design City in the Middle East. The city is a hub of business and technology for United Arab Emirates and the whole Middle East. Dubai is conducting a comprehensive strategy through a systemic approach that fully acknowledges and values design, innovation and creativity; not only for economic growth, but also for social progress and enhancement of urban life quality.

With the world’s tallest building, an indoor ski slope, and the instantly recognizable sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, there’s plenty of innovative wonders to admire in Dubai. The city has been facilitating the development of design through a wide range of events and festivals. The leading fair in the Middle East and South Asia, Downtown Design features Downtown Editions, which is dedicated to collectible and limited edition furniture design. International designers and gallerists take part in the event, providing many opportunities for Dubai’s emerging design studios and young professionals. The Dubai Design Week also aims to shed the spotlight on Dubai’s design community, covering multiple disciplines ranging from graphic design to urban architecture and industrial design. World Expo in 2020 will also be held in Dubai, the first time it will be held in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region.

Committed to place design and creativity at the heart of its policies, the Dubai Government completed the Dubai Design District (D3). The D3 project plans to establish 500 creative enterprises, generating 10,000 new jobs.

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