Set for 16 March to 20 March of this year, Dubai’s leading design trade fair Design Days Dubai looks forward to its highest number of galleries ever, with nearly half of them coming from Arab countries.
The regional country most represented through its exhibitors is the UAE, with Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar following shortly after.
Cyril Zammit, fair director, Design Days Dubai, explains: “Since the inception of Design Days Dubai, we knew the city’s key assets of connectivity, commerce and lifestyle would be the perfect nest to transform the city into a regional capital for design.
“We witnessed a great number of initiatives in town and in the country like Dubai Culture—Design Road Professionals and Tashkeel, but also a growth in maturity in the educational offer. Talents are in the country or come to Dubai as there is this tremendous positive energy and a great opportunity to produce on site too. Designers based in the UAE know that they can count on a political vision, a transparent market rule and a great audience from various horizons.”
Among the many Middle Eastern exhibitors are 1971 from Sharjah, 19th Century Antiques from Dubai, Fadi Sarriedine from Dubai, VCUQatar from Qatar, Carwan from Lebanon, Cities from Saudi Arabia and Naqsh Design House from Jordan. The fair will also witness the launch of Aljoud Lootah Design Studio from Dubai, which will boast the Emirati designer’s first whole range of furniture pieces.
Another highlight of the fair will be the 10 year anniversary celebration of famed Lebanese designer Nada Debs, as well as the regional opening for a new series of vases by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid for Austrian firm Wiener Silber Manufactur.
Zammit notes: “There is a strong and vibrant new scene ready to pop up soon. This year’s edition will prove that point by showcasing the very first collection of Emirati Aljoud Lootah, but also a brand new name on the market Art by AMN from Ajman.
“Tashkeel will demonstrate that we can showcase and sell design pieces entirely made in the country and Sharjah is now opening a brand new space, 1971, which will also be present at the fair. The designers here have understood and assimilated the high benchmark we put when we launched Design Days Dubai in 2012.”
Other countries that will be represented at the fair include France, Australia, the UK, Brazil, the Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, South Africa, Italy, and Taiwan, among others. With designers from 20 countries coming together to create a global platform for design, the fair has effectively turned Dubai into a regional hub for the artistic craft.
“As the event grows year on year, Design Days Dubai continues to cultivate recognition and awareness for design in the region, serving to establish Dubai as a global cultural hub,” says Zammit.
“The upcoming 2015 edition will exhibit the world’s most diverse collection of exhibitors and designers from 20 countries, and ground-breaking works for the audience to further enhance their experience around the subject of design.”