Dubai in the sky: optimism or hubris?

City Gazing Dubai is a clever way of looking at the metropolis. It’s a massive 18x11m dynamic light art installation showing the development of Dubai’s street pattern, suspended eight meters above DIFC Gate Avenue. The illuminated plan of Dubai comes […]


Opinion: Have design fairs had their day?

In the wake of Covid, should the design industry rethink its reliance on extravagant, wasteful trade  fairs and look for a more sustainable alternative? Esra Lemmens looks at the options – and the opportunities.  Over the last century, the design […]


Dubai Design Week returns IRL

Dubai Design Week is back, and looking better than ever with a busy in-person programme of more than 200 activities of various kinds. While some of these are located around the city, DDW does clearly benefit from having a defined […]


Expo 2020 Dubai: our top 10 picks

There’s obviously a lot to see at Expo 2020 Dubai – more than 200 pavilions, up to 60 live events each day, and enough ideas to keep you buzzing for a few months. And there’s a lot of art and […]


Asking questions about design in the region

Love That Design, a Dubai-based B2B interior design platform, has just published a survey of the local design ecosystem. It offers qualitative as well as quantitive assessment of responses from a broad range of players in what looks like mostly […]


Ajlan Gharem named as Jameel Prize winner

Ajlan Gharem has been announced as the winner of the sixth edition of the Jameel Prize, the £25,000 award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition. Gharem was chosen by the prize’s jury for his architectural installation Paradise […]


Dyson Award national winners announced

Over 2,000 young inventors entered the James Dyson Award this year, and the jury has nominated a winner and two runners up in each off the 28 participating regions. For the UAE, that means more kudos for the Shield project […]


Herman Miller has seven predictions for the future of work

Office furniture behemoth Herman Miller – which recently launched a Post-Pandemic Office Collection (their title) – has been thinking about how designers and their customers might see the office of the future (now there’s a phrase we thought we’d last […]

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Fun times in Ajman

It’s starting to look as though an arts festival of some kind is a must-have for the image-conscious emirate – even the smallest. Ajman Tourism Development Department is to run the Al Murabbaa Arts Festival for ten days from the […]


DFF’s smart toys competition has a winner

Dubai Future Foundation’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution UAE (C4IR UAE) has named LuxAI the winner of its Smart Toys Competition. LuxAI, a spinoff from the University of Luxembourg, has a kid-sized bot named QTrobot that initially allows children […]