Dubai Design District Launches ‘Today, Tomorrow’ Exhibition to Mark UAE Innovation Month

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Published February 26th, 2018 - 09:58 GMT
From 25 February to 1 March, d3 will hold an exhibition titled ‘Today, Tomorrow’ at its Design Quarter.
From 25 February to 1 March, d3 will hold an exhibition titled ‘Today, Tomorrow’ at its Design Quarter.

In line with UAE Innovation Month, Dubai Design District (d3) is hosting a week of innovation-themed programming. Activities are being hosted by different government entities including Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation, the Ministry of Energy and Industry and Community Development Authority.

From 25 February to 1 March, d3 will hold an exhibition titled ‘Today, Tomorrow’ at its Design Quarter. The exhibition celebrates innovation across the architecture, design, fashion and art domains. Each section will showcase a variety of cutting-edge techniques, products and immersive experiences developed by d3’s community of creative partners.

As part of the week-long event, d3 and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation have launched the 100 Innovation Rooms competition, inviting citizens and residents of the UAE to submit photographs of rooms that they feel embody the concept of innovation. A judging panel comprising experts in the field of design will evaluate entries for innovation, integration of technology and the materials used. A photo exhibit, held at d3 during the “Today, Tomorrow” exhibition, will display the top 20 rooms from 26 February to 1 March.

From 27 to 28 February, the Ministry of Energy and Industry will host the ‘Innovation Neighbourhood’ event at the Design Quarter, featuring a display of 3D technologies, innovative arts, SME projects, innovation case studies innovation awards, workshops and keynote speakers. His Excellency Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry, will inaugurate the event.

Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi, CEO of d3, said: “We are proud to launch the ‘Today, Tomorrow’ exhibition at Dubai Design District to mark UAE Innovation Month. Leveraging the wealth of creative talent among our community, we have created an exhibition that highlights innovation in architecture, design, fashion, art and technology.”

He added: “We believe that innovation is crucial to the success of any organisation, and the key to developing great ideas, services and experiences. It has been an absolute honour to collaborate with the Prime Minister’s Office on the 100 Innovation Rooms competition. We also thank the Ministry of Energy and Industry for their contribution to our week of innovation-themed programming. Initiatives such as this one highlight the wealth of talent in the region and reinforce Dubai’s position as a globally renowned innovation and creativity hub.”

d3 Programming

The innovation-themed programming features two main themes:

BUILD exhibits the latest designs and architectural works from d3’s business partnersincluding Finasi, FBMI, Ligne Roset and Living Divani.

PLAY is an activation in collaboration with MUTEK, an international organisation dedicated to the promotion of electronic music and the digital arts, that blends music and technology in live performance experiences.

There will also be an innovation station by Fun Robotics, the first specialised robotics centre in Dubai approved by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) that aims to equip youngsters with the skills to expedite their learning with a focus on STEM-related fields, and express their creativity. In addition, Satwa 3000 has created an interactive audiovisual installation specially for the event. 

Background Information

Dubai Design District (d3)

Dubai Design District (d3) has been developed through careful consultation with the design community to provide a creative ecosystem that surpasses the expectations of a typical creative neighbourhood. d3 forges the inspiring, authentic, and relevant ideas shaping Dubai’s future as a leading destination of design, art, and culture. It has its own beating heart, its own spirit and its own very personal style.

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