Dubai’s New Design District Attracting International Designers

The emirate’s recently launched project is receiving strong interest from designers, design academies and boutique hotels, says developer.



The recently launched Dubai Design District (d3) has already begun to receive strong interest from international designers and design academies, according to the mega-project’s developer.

The development, announced in June this year, will be operated by TECOM Investments, a member of Dubai Holding and is aimed at becoming a full-service commercial hub for design industry-related organisations.

The district will feature commercial and retail facilities for established and emerging designers, design institutes, waterfront promenade, a convention centre, event venues and related academic institutions.

“Since we launched d3, there has been a huge amount of interest from international designers, design academies and even boutique hotels wanting to speak to us about becoming part Dubai’s design story by locating their activities in d3,” Dr Amina Al Rustamani, group CEO of TECOM Investments said in a statement.

“Investors, designers, and brands from all over the world are welcome at d3 and there is a huge variety of ways to get involved. From offices to retail units, manufacturing space to exhibition galleries, we are creating a community that will act as the heart of the industry within the Middle East,” she added.

The d3 development has been positioned as a key element of Dubai’s Expo 2020 bid and its ambitious 2020 vision, which aims to double the number of visitors to the emirate to 20 million by 2020.

Along with developing the design district, the emirate also recently unveiled Dubai Fashion 2020, a grandiose plan to develop Dubai as a global fashion hub by 2020.