The 2017 edition of the Middle East and South Asia’s only international collectable design fair welcomed a record number of visitors this year. With more than 11,000 people attending the event, the 2017 edition of Design Days Dubai, held at Dubai Design District (d3) from March 14-17, was deemed its most successful installment yet, with the annual fair this year attracting the largest number of exhibiting design galleries and studios since its establishment in 2012. As the region’s only international collectible design fair, Design Days Dubai 2017 saw 50 exhibitors representing 125 designers from 39 countries around the world showcase more than 400 purchasable works, while also playing host to a range of talks and workshops featuring eminent personalities and experts from the industry.

“We are proud that Design Days Dubai 2017 closes as its most successful edition yet,” said Rawan Kashkoush, Design Days Dubai’s Head of Programming. “There was buoyant mood throughout the fair, amongst its many visitors and exhibitors, who reported strong sales interest. Dubai has again reinforced its position as the regional centre of design, and we look forward to continuing that fantastic momentum throughout to return in 2018 for our seventh edition.”

Visitors to this year’s edition of the event included H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, H.H. Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, alongside many other local and regional dignitaries

Besides being a platform for international designers and galleries, Design Days Dubai 2017 also positioned itself as a launch pad for regional talent, with the event partnering with the likes of Van Cleef & Arpels, Audi, Tashkeel, Dubai Culture, and d3 for a number of different initiatives aimed at developing the local design community.

“Collaboration with events such as Design Days is key to our vision of ensuring that d3 continues to evolve into a truly integrated and global creative community, which nurtures and showcases the region’s local talent to an international audience,” said Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi, Chief Operating Officer, d3. “We are really excited to see the way the region’s design industry is flourishing through platforms like Design Days that supports our vision of nurturing local and regional talent and supporting them to reach their full potential.”