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Dubai Design District (d3) is a purpose-built community in Dubai dedicated to the design, fashion, and culture community, including startups, entrepreneurs, and well-established international design, luxury, and fashion brands. It was established in 2013. It is a TECOM Group freezone business park consisting of three phases, the first of which is 11 building offices, completed in 2016.
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The district hosts some regional and international brands and design houses such as Adidas, Nike, and Foster + Partners. It comprises office spaces, retail boutiques, workshops, hotels, residential areas, and restaurants and cafes.
The district allows professionals and freelancers who do not hold UAE citizenship to obtain a license from the free zone and authorize them to have sole ownership of their projects. Dubai Design District also holds the Dubai Design Week in November, during which the d3 Architecture Festival is organized.
d3 is located close to Mohammed bin Rashid City and adjacent to Dubai's Business Bay. The district is situated beside Dubai Creek, and behind Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. Amina Al Rustimani was the CEO of the development company behind d3.
The development of d3 has been separated into three phases.
Phase 1 was completed in 2015, with 1.2m sq. ft. of offices, studios, ateliers, showrooms, and over 200,000 sq. ft. of retail space.
It contains 11 buildings with an estimated 100 retail units and 1,000 office units.
Phase 2 will see the construction of the creative community which will house a range of design industry workshops, studios and showrooms. This phase is due for completion in 2019. The creative community is being designed by Foster and Partners.
The third phase of the development will focus on d3's 2 km long Creek side promenade which will feature hotels, international and regional food and beverage offerings with a wide selection of hospitality and leisure facilities. This phase is due for completion in 2018.
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