Spotlighting progressive design thinking emerging from the Middle East, the multi-media showcase is presented at Dubai Design District.

Featuring some of the Middle East’s most inspiring architecture and interior design studios - from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Lebanon, the conceptual exhibition demonstrates the innovation and expertise of the region’s design talent.

Image of 'Dilmunia' Mosque provided by Pace ME 

A focal point of Downtown Design’s onsite programme during Dubai Design Week, the exhibition is the result of an open call inviting designers in the Middle East to produce forward-thinking work that addresses the challenges and opportunities of the near future.

Image of 'Morox' provided by Brand Creative

Representing the diversity of the regional design scene, the exhibition presents exploratory work by over 25 design practices - from home-grown boutique studios and Middle Eastern firms with global footprints, to international design practices that have made the Middle East their home.

Image of 'Jellybean' provided by Studio Toggle 

The exhibition presents a range of work: from urban planning proposals and interior innovations, to new products that were developed as local response to the pandemic and multi-media installations that give voice to our emotional state during lockdown.


Image of 'Vow' provided by Sibyl Design Studio

From solutions for outdoor, modular environments that promote digital equity and urban interventions that seek to revitalize left-behind neighborhoods, to exploring how tech can propel design meaningfully and addressing the scope of culture in supporting a sustainable growth of our design ecosystem, the selected proposals are rooted in the region’s unique context and locality.


‘The Shape of Things to Come’ is presented in Building 4, Dubai Design District, 9-14 November 2020. Click here for more information.