These Eight Emirati Designers Will Showcase At London Design Fair 2018

Emirati designers
L to R: Curator Khalid Shafar with Azza Al Qubaisi, Zeinab Al Hashemi, Aljoud Lootah, Ahmad AlAreef, Latifa Saeed, Abdalla Almulla, Alia Mazrooei and Alia Bin Omair
Dubai Design District will host the design superstars who will create new commissions shining the spotlight on the UAE’s nomadic roots

Eight Emirati designers are preparing to participate at the coveted London Design Fair this year, presenting the UAE’s fertile creative scene to the global design circuit. Dubai Design District, one of the city’s most closely watched neighbourhoods for its high design cred, will host the second chapter of the ‘UAE Design Stories: The Next Generation from the Emirates’ at the fair that runs from 20-23 September at the Old Truman Brewery in East London.

Architect Abdalla Almulla, jewellery designer Alia Bin Omair, interior designer Alia Mazrooei, artist Zeinab Al Hashemi, multidisciplinary designer Aljoud Lootah, artist-designer Latifa Saeed, sculpture and product designer Azza Al Qubaisi, and multidisciplinary artist Ahmad AlAreef will be a part of the chapter, curated by Emirati product designer Khalid Shafar.

As part of the second chapter, which centralises ‘Objects of the Past: Today’, designers will use photographic archives of the UAE as their creative inspiration, shining the spotlight on the region’s rich, nomadic roots by creating new commissions for the fair. They’ll interpret this archival material in a modern way, lending a special focus on the UAE’s dynamic cultural landscape and earliest residents, for whom travelling across deserts and oceans was a way of life.

His Excellency Sheikh Salem Khalid Al Qassimi, Assistant Undersecretary for Knowledge Development, said in a statement that the Ministry is “keen to support initiatives such as this one that highlight the richness of the UAE’s cultural and creative landscape to a global audience.” The show will then travel to Paris as part of the UAE-France Cultural Dialogue programme, returning home in time for Dubai Design Week (12-17 November).

Mohammed Saeed al Shehhi, CEO at d3, noted, “We are proud to be a part of London Design Fair again this year, and to showcase our country’s heritage through the works of our local designers.” The exhibition is supported by the UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development and follows the first chapter held in Milan at Salone del Mobile in April this year, which garnered attention for its diverse offerings.


London Design Fair runs from 20-23 September at the Old Truman Brewery in East London. Londondesignfair.co.uk, Dubaidesigndistrict.com

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Emirati designers
L to R: Curator Khalid Shafar with Azza Al Qubaisi, Zeinab Al Hashemi, Aljoud Lootah, Ahmad AlAreef, Latifa Saeed, Abdalla Almulla, Alia Mazrooei and Alia Bin Omair