‘Madar’ was a platform for the exchange of design knowledge and research.

An initiative supported by d3 (Dubai Design District) and sat within Downtown Editions, ‘Madar’ aimed to raise awareness of the different components and stakeholders that constitute the design ecosystem.

Curated by Guest Curator Ghassan Salameh and featuring the works of design experts based in the Middle-East, this interactive exhibition/project presented insights into the current state of design in the region, mapping out creative activity from Beirut, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Kuwait, KSA and the UAE, whilst offering an overview of the opportunities that lie ahead.

Attention was  drawn to how alternative approaches to design empowered creatives and offered them opportunities across the large design spectrum, allowing them to experiment, innovate and partake in designing for impact and positive change.

d3 exists as a platform to support and promote talent from across the region; empowering and enabling design entrepreneurship is central to the development of d3 and is an important cornerstone of the organisation. Bringing a focus on designers in the region and the design industry as a whole further affirms d3’s part in building the creative ecosystem, as well as supporting the wider objectives of the emirate of Dubai, thereby reinforcing the city as a leading global design and creative destination.