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The beauty of Dubai Design Week

The avant-garde architect Santiago Calatrava appeared in Dubai

DUBAI: The vibrant metropolis just played host to Dubai Design Week in its second version. This Gulf transformative venture is placing Dubai among the top design week rivals worldwide. Namely Brazil, Milano, London and Paris. Zainab Alhashemi an aspiring Emirati designer produced a fabulous Crystal Hexalite and positioned it in the outdoors. Exposed  to the flickering golden sun rays during the day till sunset.

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GLOBAL GRAD SHOW: Ambitious fresh designers representing 50 leading design schools around the globe. They showcased 150 intelligent projects that evolved around harnessing natural resources such as wind, solar power and water to benefit mankind.

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The fact is that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. While Checking out the Design Pavilions you will lose your senses to the hypnotic effect of the handmade silk carpets, exotic chandeliers, Swedish oak, Italian marble, African crafted ebony then you hit the tip of the iceberg, Swarovski! The wizards of authentic Austrian crystals formed vases shaped as Glacier.

DIDI: Mohammed  Al Shehhi, CEO of Dubai Design District announced the opening of Dubai Institute of Design & Innovation. He stated that a protocol has been signed with Parsons School of Design and the School of Architecture at MIT to provide technical assistance to the Dubai Design Institute.

ICONC CITY: Cairo is one of the oldest capitals in the universe that evolved since prehistoric times. Visitors of the Cairo Show enjoyed the ancient landmarks of the city reflected in its jammed lanes, twisted cafes, street food outlets, folkloric noise and daily toil for survival.


It seems curators of the Dubai Design Week decided to save best for last when the distinguished avant-garde architect of our times Santiago Calatrava appeared on stage. The legendary genius who constructed the longest bridge in Argentina and a memorable library in  Zurich entertained an audience of international media, passionate art lovers and students. The span of his exceptional creations stretches across seven seas from the Pacific to the GCC countries. Ciara Phillips, marketing & communications Director of Dubai Design Week summed up the accelerating success story of Dubai briefly; “Dubai marketing strategy has an emphasis on deliverables & measurable results”.
I guess the proof is in the pudding!


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