Dubai Design Week 2023 | 7-12 November: TAKE PART

by Editorial Staff

Compasses Magazine

Returning from 7-12 November 2023 at its main hub in Dubai Design District (d3), a member of TECOM Group PJSC, Dubai Design Week’s ninth edition will explore innovative design and how it plays a role in shaping the environment.

Established and emerging designers, creative studios and companies are invited to submit their proposals of showcasing design in all mediums including but not limited to architecture, installations and experiences. In the lead up to COP28, this year’s programme includes a series of open calls that offer funding for projects working with sustainable materials and support for regional design excellence.

This year’s open call for specific programming includes:


Urban Commissions returns, awarding a designer, architect or studio an opportunity to produce innovative public furniture for the urban realm, using sustainable materials.

The winning proposal will be granted a production budget of AED 120,000 to produce urban furniture to be unveiled at Dubai Design Week 2023 taking place 7-12 November and will remain in the Dubai Design District (d3).

Submissions for Urban Commissions can be made via

Submissions Deadline: 15 July 2023


Creatives are invited to submit a proposal for a captivating outdoor installation that will be showcased at Dubai Design District (d3). Subsidies will be available for select proposals highlighting responsible design concepts.

Design proposals should be innovative and incorporate sustainable and socially responsible materials in production.

Installations that directly address the environment can apply to be selected to remain for COP28.

Submissions for Outdoor installations can be made via

Submissions Deadline: 15 July 2023


With the aim of providing a platform for the local creative community, the UAE Designer Exhibition primarily presents emerging talents and young practitioners with opportunities to break into the region’s market to launch new works, gain visibility and generate potential commercial leads and avenues for collaborations.

A showcase of established and emerging multi-disciplinary UAE talent – the curated exhibition will take place at Downtown Design 8-11 November and offer creatives a platform for visibility among leading designers from around the globe.

This year the exhibition is curated by Fatma Mohammad Al Mahmoud, under the theme ‘Future Living Spaces’ which urges designers to use materials and resources that are environmentally responsible, promote local production and sourcing, and design for longevity and adaptability.

Applications for UAE Designer Exhibition can be made via

Submissions Deadline: 31 July 2023


Activate your studio or brand through exhibitions, events and pop-ups during Dubai Design Week to boost awareness and engagement through creative experiences that excite and engage visitors.

Applications for activations can be made via the submission form.

Submissions deadline: 1 August 2023


Independent makers, cultural and educational institutes are invited to be part of this year’s workshop programme, designed to inspire and elevate skills across all design disciplines.

Applications for workshops can be made via

Submissions deadline: 15 August 2023


Individuals and small business owners with unique and exceptional products are invited to apply to take part in Dubai Design Week’s curated outdoor market taking place 11-12 November.

Register your interest to take part via

Submissions deadline: 30 September 2023




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