The Dubai Design District, better known as d3, is set to hit the ground running from June this year when the doors will open to a host of leading global brands, emerging designers, creative entrepreneurs and local and regional creative talent.
d3 is the newest of TECOM Investments’ Free Zone business parks with 10 buildings currently under construction. Once complete, d3 will be a globally competing hub, representing the design, fashion and luxury industry with the further vision of creating a world class creative community that engages, nurture and promotes local, regional and global design talent.
Already committed to the d3 project are industry giants such as Chalhoub Group, MARKA, and Jumeirah Group along with renowned couture designers, Rami Al Ali, Furne One Amato and Michael Cinco who are establishing their presence at the district.
Designers from the Emirates will also have the opportunity to neighbour world renowned luxury brands as well as prominent labels such as, Moncler, La Perla, Hugo Boss, Sauce and many others that are moving operations to the district.
On the design and Architecture front, a number of large and medium firms have signed up such as: RMJM, Cracknell, SSH and Dessert Group as well as notable designers and architects like Viktor Udzenija and Wanders Wagner Architects.
Lasvit, a leading designer and manufacturer of custom contemporary light fittings, feature architectural glass installations and lighting collections will be moving their showroom to d3.
d3 will also be a home to up and coming regional and local entrepreneurs in design, fashion and art such as: Private Collection, a recognized and established brand in Dubai that offers exclusively designed leather products, signature fragrances from Milan and London, Bil Arabi by Nadine Kanso, an artist, photographer and jewellery designer whose designs are inspired by Arabic Calligraphy, Accessories designers such as Natalie Trad, Rula Ghalayini, FMM by Fatma Al Mulla and 55 Fifty 7 are also establishing their studios at the district.
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d3 will also celebrate original and regional products, designs and creative talent such as: Lebanese Product Designer, Fadi Sarieddine, Emirati Artist Jalal Luqman, Object Design House Silsal Design from Jordan, Alif Design.
Local Fashion Designers such as: Zareena Youssef, Ghizlan by Iman Al Midfaa, Queen of Spades, Zahra Kurmastagi, Slouchyz will be welcoming their clients in their d3 showrooms later this year.
Dr Amina Al Rustamani, Group CEO of TECOM Investments, the developers behind d3, said: “Dubai Design District is deeply honoured to have such a fantastic array of design and fashion brands, creative talents and entrepreneurs join our community.
“Our ambition is to pioneer a location where passion and purpose come together to connect each area of the sector and drive forward the region’s design community. We are dedicated to ensuring that each and every brand that joins us – ranging from small design start-ups to iconic global brands – is part of a fully-fledged creative community that sits at the heart of Dubai’s design scene. We want to inspire, engage and enable every creative entity within our community, as well as visitors and tourists.
“d3’s Creative Community will help to foster the growth of the UAE’s design industry by acting as a dedicated destination for all things design, fashion, art and luxury.
“Part of d3’s role will be to celebrate original and regional products, designs and creative talent, as well as our successes so that there is enhanced interest in what Dubai has to offer the world. Having innovative emerging brands with us, which were inspired and nurtured in Dubai, are the ideal flagship partners for the d3 community to propel Dubai’s global position as a hub for design, innovation and creativity.”
Khaled AlMheiri, Vice-Chairman of Marka said: “I have been a supporter of the d3 vision from its inception. The region needed a hub to bring together both its established as well as its up and coming fashion and arts leaders. We at Marka are committed to d3 and looking forward to establishing our global headquarters there.”
Harry Downie, Chief Executive Officer of RMJM said: “RMJM is delighted to be moving its Dubai base to d3. This is seen as a great opportunity to benefit from the creative environment being developed by TECOM and to allow RMJM to continue its growth in the region and maintain its long established relationship with the UAE which started in 1971.”
Rami Ali, Fashion Designer said: “d3 is a hugely ambitious project, but one that I believe is much needed in the region. The Middle East fashion industry has long needed a support system to nurture, encourage and showcase both up and coming talent, and established designers – locally and internationally. I’m looking forward to seeing how the industry evolves and watching Dubai become a more established force on the international fashion scene.”
Nadine Kanso, Founder of Bil Arabi commented: “d3 is not only a place where designers will have their studios and workshops, but rather a true design community where we can share projects and inspire each other on local, regional and international levels. By evolving into a true community, d3 is pushing designers to achieve more and be part of a greater vision.”