Dubai Design District (d3) is a hub in which various companies of the design industry, luxury brands and related enterprises are centered. This project once again underscores that Dubai seeks to create a new modern district in the emirate in order to get a step closer to its goal - to become a global world center for the tourism and trade industry.
The TECOM Group freezone business park consists of 3 phases, the first of which was a complex of 11 buildings that was completed in 2015.
Phase II of the d3 business park includes setting up a Creative Community on a 92000 square meter area, which will be home to a variety of design industry workshops, showrooms and studios.
The ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, mentioned that the d3 community will create a strong platform for various designers to showcase their work in a creative and vibrant surrounding.
Sheikh Mohammed also pointed out the importance of the design industry in creating the future, saying that the movers of the economy are based on innovation and creativity, thus making it a point to focus on encouraging talent and helping designers of different disciplines become an active part of the UAE's economy and community.
Other than office spaces, the Creative Community will be home to the region's first design university, the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (Didi), which will offer an intense curriculum which has been structured in cooperation with some of the world's leading design institutions such as the New York-based Parsons School of Design and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Community will also establish a state-of-the-art lab called "Fablab" which will be equipped with prototyping and production facilities.
So far, Dubai Design District hosts over 400 businesses, 85 Emirati firms, 200 small and medium-size enterprises, as well as 7000 innovators, creators, and designers.
Phase II of the Dubai Design District is being designed by Foster + Partners, a London-based studio for architecture and integrated design. The final design of the second phase was chosen based on a competitive process involving a variety of highly respected architecture firms. Produced by Foster + Partners, the winning design includes co-working communal facilities, flexible offices, pedestrian zones, and an emphasis on creating an attractive and vibrant landscape to influence the creative process of the designers working in the area.
The Creative Community, which will be a base for an additional 6500 creative minds, is set to open its doors in 2019.