Dubai’s Design Industry

Design is a fundamental pillar for economic competitiveness, innovative thinking and community enrichment.

The design sector has been a subject of growing importance globally, as governments and organizations across numerous cities, regions and countries are realizing the value and potential of design segments within their local economies. In MENA, creative industries have played a prominent role in the cultural and economic development of the region for centuries, renowned for its unique aesthetic in art, Arabic style architecture and range of crafts and jewellery.

The MENA Design Outlook projected that the design industry in the region will grow at a compound annual rate of at least 6% over the next five years, reaching US$55 billion by 2019.

Dubai stands on the brink of an exciting new age. The emirate’s onward journey of advancement continues unabated and design sits at the heart of Dubai’s development – at once celebrating the city’s cultural heritage, while also leading the path toward innovative progress.

There is a myriad of opportunities for design and design businesses ahead. Expo 2020 Dubai will shine the world’s spotlight on the city, and ambitious Government strategies will transform the emirate into one of the world’s most innovative cities. At the same time, the UAE Vision 2021 aspires to establish the United Arab Emirates as one of the best countries in the world. It’s therefore clear that design and the duality of its role in reflecting our heritage and leading innovation is more important than ever.