Mohammed Abdullah appointed as president of DIDI design school in Dubai

The Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) has appointed the previous managing director of TECOM’s Media Cluster Mohammed Abdullah as president of the region’s first design school.

Abdullah’s career in the region spans over twenty years, having built a media community of 1,800 companies during his role at TECOM, as well as being managing director of Dubai Knowledge Park and Dubai International Academic City.

His other roles include director of strategy and planning and director of Press at Emirates Incorporated, Abu Dhabi; and head of News Centre at Abu Dhabi TV.

Commenting on his new role, Abdullah said: “As a rapidly-growing sector there is a huge demand for designers in the region. I am thrilled to be appointed as president of DIDI, and hope that through my strategic vision, DIDI will become the region’s incubator for the next generation of designers and innovators.”

Set to become the first design university in the Middle East, DIDI’s curriculum has been formed in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Parsons School of Design.

Last year, DIDI announced Sass Brown as the institution’s founding dean, and Lebanese architect Hani Asfour as associate dean.

The design school also revealed the Project Design Space program that aims to engage schools in the UAE’s design development. 

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