Dubai Design District

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Also known as ‘D3’, this district aims at creating a community of creative, innovative and talented thinkers and creators. Dubai Design District is not just limited to designing but also serves and creates opportunity for start-ups, entrepreneurs, luxury brands and fashion houses. Considered as a vital part of Dubai’s 2021 project plan, it is working to develop Dubai and present it as an inspiring, aesthetic, cultural and designer destination. People with a knack for fashion get perfect spot to exhibit their talents and creativity and also work, live or play in the district!

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The art galleries in d3 often exhibit work of solo as well as group-based artists and creators. Several workshops and demonstrations of the art gallery and work take place in the vicinity. This district is also a warehouse of famous jewellery and accessory brand Swarovski and several workshops on product making and developing take place.

Galleries at D3:
  • Art Hub
  • Blue Cave
  • Sinyar Gallery
  • Swarovski Creative Center

Shops at D2

D3 offers conventional yet contemporary clothing options. One can get everything from chic, sensual to Shakespearean, Asian or even European designer wear. Not just for women but there’s a lot for men as well. Clothes, accessories, eyewear, footwear, fragrances and décor items; everything can be bought from this place. You can also buy bags, totes, wallets, toys, books, furniture and plants too.

Top Places to Shop:

  • Amato: Boutique by textile expert Rashid Ali
  • Closet Case: Asian and European designer menswear
  • Frame: UAE's first Japanese boutique store
  • House of Adore: Concept store by businesswoman Dola Saeed Omair Ali Aldhaheri
  • MODART: Multibrand boutique with French, Italian and other International ladies wear brands
  • Montroi: Luxury leather bags and luggage store
  • The Lighthouse: Minimalistic design gift shop
  • Archiade: Interior design
  • Armani/Casa: Designer furniture store
  • Artemide: Designer lighting
  • Christopher Guy: Designer furniture and decor store
  • Debbas: Lighting concepts outlet
  • FBMI: Handcrafted Afghani carpet store
  • Finasi: Contemporary furniture consultants
  • Hands: Since 1881, this brand sells fine handcrafted carpets

Restaurants at Dubai Design District

D3 offers you a world-class dining experience and the variety of food is endless. You can savour an authentic dinner or buffet or relax in a café with good coffee and muffins. The place offers you an opportunity to relish street food. You can enjoy gelatos, ice-creams, juicy burgers, wraps and healthy salads and juices.

Top Restaurants and eateries: 
  • 1Life: Cafe famous for breakfast items
  • Akiba Dori: Japanese restaurant to the theme of Akibahara, an alleyway in Tokyo
  • Chez Charles: Michelin star restaurant
  • Craft Cafe: Handcrafted food with thought
  • Home Bakery Kitchen: Freshly made bakery items and delicious breakfast items
  • LARTE: Cosy Italian Cafe from Milan
  • Mohalla: Authentic Indian street food
  • Molecule: Food that is designed and has an artistic touch
  • Mum's Table: Traditional Syrian dishes
  • The Espresso Lab: Experimental coffee with a twist
  • Tossed: Salad speciality restaurant
  • Vicolo: Authentic Italian restaurant
  • YUi: Japanese Ramen speciality eatery

Facilities and Services

For the comfort of the artists and people, it has convenience stores and creches for children. There’s a special lounge for children where they can play and enjoy under expert supervision. D3 also has a custom-shoe making factory where you can make your own shoe and create your design with the help of special cobblers. It also includes Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation Education Centre which is a non-profit educational and informational hub.
  • AEA Design Studio: A design studio providing interdisciplinary design solutions
  • All Day Gourmet: Gourmet food and groceries chain
  • Blossom Nursery: A daycare centre
  • Colab: Material library and learning centre for children and aspiring designers and artists
  • Dubai Print: Printshop for all your printing needs from wallpapers to CAD prints
  • ENBD: One of the UAE's top banks
  • Facilite Fashion and Events: Retail, gallery and event concept space
  • Maison des Fleurs: Floral design company
  • The Cobbler: Premium custom made shoe store
  • Warehouse: A world-class gym

How To Reach Dubai Design District

The Design District can be reached by metro, bus or a car.

By Bus:
Free bus shuttle services from the metro station to d3 are also available.

By Car:
When driving or travelling by a car, you can reach d3 by taking Ras Al Khor Road or Sheikh Zayed Road or by Al Khail Road. Dubai Design District is located close to Mohammed Bin Rashid City and is behind the great Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall.

Nearest metro station: Dubai Mall (5 kms)

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