The Middle East’s leading fair for design closes its doors for 2022.

Held from 9-12 November during Dubai Design Week, Downtown Design presented more than 200 brands, manufacturers and designers from over 30 countries that showcased some of the most stand-out contemporary design complemented by extensive activations, interactive talks and immersive features.

From left to right: Exhibitors THG Paris, Karina Sukar and Slamp at Downtown Design 2022.

Exhibitor Huda Lighting at Downtown Design 2022.

The ninth edition of Downtown Design saw studio launches and regional debuts of some of the most sought-after collections by brands from around the world. This year's fair also had a strong European presence from countries including France, Italy and Spain alongside designers and creatives that hailed from the wider Middle East and North African region as part of collectives with a focus on design from countries including Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Uganda, bringing a multicultural zest of creativity to this edition. The full list of 2022 exhibitors can be viewed here.

From left to right: Exhibitors Natuzzi, Lasvit and Samovar x Jassim Al Saddah at Downtown Design 2022.

The UAE Designer Exhibition returned for its third edition and showcased the best of regional talent from different design disciplines. Curated by Cyril Zammit and designed by the Emirati architecture duo at Studio D.04, it featured the works of over 15 creatives, including Amna Alshamsi, Talin Hazbar, Hamza Al-Omari, Fatima Alawadhi, Raghad Alali and many others.

UAE Designer Exhibition at the fair this year.

Specially curated pop-ups invited visitors to discover, buy or commission design from around the globe, from first-time presentations including ‘Re-store’ by Sharjah Architectural Triennial to hvíla editions from Berlin and many more. To learn more about the pop-ups this year click here.

This year’s highlights included a range of interactive installations dotting the fair including Parametric Structures by Michel Abboud; Be Amazed by Delfina Design staged for Veuve Clicquot; IOTA by Lebanese multidisciplinary design duo Karim + Elias supported by House of Today; Control No Control by Studio Iregular with support from Kohler and I Hear You by Kapil Bhimekar staged with support from Ideal Standard.

The Forum, sponsored by Aritco, hosted insightful panel discussions by leading designers and specialists from around the world, focusing on the business of design. To learn more about the topics and speakers click here.

The Forum, sponsored by Aritco at Downtown Design 2022.