The UAE’s design market will reach $36bn in 2019

The UAE’s design market will reach $36bn in 2019 as architects and interior designers leverage advances in the industry, experts said.

Boosted by innovative architecture and interior design projects, the UAE’s design market will grow by 13% from $32bn in 2017 to reach a record-high of $36bn by 2019, according to the Dubai Design and Fashion Council.

The Middle East and North Africa’s design market will grow by 15% to $148bn in 2019, with interior design growing seven times faster than the global average.

Santhosh Vallil, Sales Manager for the Middle East at global architecture and design consultancy Hunter Douglas, said: “The UAE and the Middle East are global hubs for showcasing how architecture and design innovations can transforming how we work, live, and play.”

Last year, DDFC MENA released the Design Education Outlook report which revealed a need for a nine-fold increase in design graduates in order to achieve a sustainable growth of the design sector in the region. Read full report here. 

The total value of the MENA design industry is predicted to reach US$55 billion by 2019, with organisations anticipating a 20 per cent annual increase in their design headcount, especially in fresh graduates, over the next two to three years.

Earlier this year, Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) had also announced the appointment of Sass Brown as the institution’s Founding Dean, and Lebanese architect Hani Asfour as Associate Dean.

DIDI will become the first higher education programme dedicated to design in the MENA region, designed by UK-based architects Foster + Partners.

Photo: Dubai Design District 

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