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Downtown Design 2020, Dubai

The Middle East’s leading Design fair presents an innovative programme accessible from around the world.


Featuring a digital fair, a virtual talks prorgramme and a design exhibition exploring post-pandemic living, in November, Downtown Design, the Middle East’s leading design fair will help the design industry reconnect and engage across digital and physical platforms.

Comprising four key elements - including a digital fair, a virtual talks programme, a conceptual design exhibition that contemplates post-pandemic design response, and for those who can travel, onsite experiences in Dubai Design District - the programme is curated to help architects, interior designers, industry opinion leaders and design lovers gain inspiration and insight, network and navigate the new design landscape.

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An Exhibition Exploring Post-Pandemic Design Response
At the heart of this year's activities is 'The Shape of Things to Come', which invites the region’s architects and interior designers to imagine how we will work, live and play in a post-pandemic world. From an open call, selected concepts will be presented as a multi-media exhibition aimed at spotlighting progressive design thinking from the Middle East.

The Digital Fair
Continuing to support the objectives of brands and buyers in these challenging times, Downtown Design will present a digital showcase allowing design professionals and enthusiast to discover the latest collections and trends. Underpinned by an amplified digital strategy, the online event will offer participating brands and designers a range of benefits to help them raise their profile in the Middle East and beyond.

Virtual Talks Programme
Over the years, Downtown Design’s eagerly anticipated programme of talks and workshops, The Forum, has brought leading names in design to the Middle East. As technology intermediates the design industry, this year’s talks will be presented digitally and feature regional and international experts spotlighting the new value system that has evolved as positive response to the crisis. Explore the full programme and speakers here.

Onsite at Dubai Design District (d3)
As part of this year’s agile format, Downtown Design will also curate opportunities for international design talent to connect with the Middle East audience on the ground. Presented within the d3 Quarter and in collaboration with Dubai Design Week, Downtown Design will showcase two country-specific presentations – from Portugal and the UK, who will showcase the flair and refinement of their native design scene via conceptual, multi-brand presentations.

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