Dubai Design District

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.[1][2] It was established in 2013.[3][4][5][6] It is a TECOM Group freezone business park consisting of three phases, the first of which is 11 building offices, completed in 2016.[1]

Dubai Design District (d3)
TypeMixed use
IndustryReal estate
HeadquartersHai d3, ,
Area served
Business Bay, Trade Centre 2
OwnerTecom Investments

The district hosts some regional and international brands and design houses such as Adidas, Nike, and Foster + Partners.[7][2] It comprises office spaces, retail boutiques, workshops, hotels, residential areas, and restaurants and cafes.[8]

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.[8] Dubai Design District also holds the Dubai Design Week in November,[9] during which the d3 Architecture Festival is organized.[10]

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.[11] Amina Al Rustimani was the CEO of the development company behind d3.[12]


The development of d3 has been separated into three phases.

Phase 1Edit

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 2Edit

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.[13]

Phase 3Edit

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.[11]

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ a b "TECOM Investments Expands Its Creative Communities Base with the Announcement of Dubai Design District". 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2021-10-21.
  3. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 2021-09-29.
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  5. ^ "Dubai Design District (D3) Business Setup | Creation Business Consults" (in Avestan). Retrieved 2021-09-29.
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  7. ^ Planet, Lonely; Schulte-Peevers, Andrea; Raub, Kevin (2018-12-01). Lonely Planet Dubai & Abu Dhabi. Lonely Planet. ISBN 978-1-78868-134-6.
  8. ^ a b Firm, STA Law (2018-07-24). Court Uncourt | STA Law Firm. STA Law Firm.
  9. ^ "25 best things to do in Dubai". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 2021-10-21.
  10. ^ "d3 Architecture Festival 2020 explores cultural infrastructure in GCC region". Design Middle East. 2020-11-15. Retrieved 2021-10-21.
  11. ^ a b "Can Dubai's Design District 'hipster village' attract the right type". The Independent. 2015-05-26. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  12. ^ "Dubai Design District | Moving forward: Dubai fashion | Vision Magazine". Archived from the original on 2015-06-17. Retrieved 2015-06-17.
  13. ^ "Dubai Design District Awards Foster + Partners to Design Phase 2 of its master plan". Foster & Partners. 5 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.