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Dubai Design District (D3)
Updated: 26th May, 2022

Dubai Design District

A mixed-use development to the east of Business Bay catering for the region’s growing community of artists, designers and creatives.
Dubai Design District
Dubai Design District is an area located within Dubai.
The project was completed by 2015.
Also known as
Master developer
The master developer is TECOM Group.

The Dubai Design District (d3) embodies the government's vision to transform Dubai into an innovation-led economy and aims to both encourage local talent and provide a platform to showcase it to a larger, global audience.

The project is being developed by the Tecom Group and consists of a variety of commercial, retail and hospitality elements.

Office Space

Dubai Design District has office space and showrooms specially designed to meet the needs of designers. A new business community is flourishing with a mix of global brand headquarters rubbing shoulders with studios and workshops for local enterprises.

Residential Space

There are no residential properties yet.

Transport & Access

Commute times by car

From Dubai Design District it takes roughly 8 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 20 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 19 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 24 minutes to The Walk JBR.*

Airport proximity

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 16 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 44 minutes' drive.*

Road access

d3 can be accessed from Sheikh Zayed Road, the E44 Al Khail Road, or the E66 El Ain Road from Bur Dubai.

Public transport

The Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA) operates a bus route from the Dubai Mall Metro Station to d3 with route designation d3.

* Drive times are calculated by Google Maps and assume fastest route in typical traffic conditions.


There are three sub-communities in Dubai Design District. Learn more in the following guides.


Hotels and Restaurants

There are no hotels in d3 yet but there are plans to build boutique hotels along the waterfront promenade that will be able to cater for tourists as well as meetings and events. A variety of bars and restaurants are already open to provide places for people to meet and socialise.


There are a number of clothes shops, jewellery stores and galleries for artisans to sell their work to the public.

Five indoor events spaces include Atrium 4, Atrium 5, Atrium 6, Atrium 7 and M Floor. For outdoor events there are six spaces: DQ Core, DQ Stairs, DQ North, DQ South, Events Square and Hai d3.

Dubai Design District Location

d3 can be accessed from Sheikh Zayed Road, the E44 Al Khail Road, or the E66 El Ain Road from Bur Dubai.

The map below shows the location of Dubai Design District and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas.

Kidzania, 1.9 km
PVRK, 2.0 km
Dubai Ice Rink, 2.0 km
Parks & beaches
The Block, 0.3 km
Hartland Greens Park, 1.8 km
Bay Avenue Park, 3.0 km
Golf clubs
The Track Meydan Golf, 3.3 km
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 7.2 km
Al Badia Golf Club, 7.3 km
Reel Cinemas at The Dubai Mall, 2.1 km
Reel Cinemas at Rove Downtown, 2.4 km
Roxy City Walk Cinema, 4.0 km

Local Schools

Dubai Design District has many schools nearby including Hartland International School at 1.3 km and North London Collegiate School Dubai at 1.4 km.

In terms of performance there are three schools nearby that have achieved either of two highest government inspection rating of 'Very Good' or 'Outstanding' including Horizon English School Dubai which has a rating of 'Outstanding' and Hartland International School which has a rating of 'Very good'.

Hartland International School
1.3 km, Sobha Hartland
AED 61,500  •  British
North London Collegiate School Dubai
1.4 km, Sobha Hartland
AED 106,000  •  IB
Citizens School
3.9 km, City Walk
AED 61,500  •  British
International Concept for Education
4.1 km, Meydan
AED 64,500  •  IB

Things to Do

We've partnered with LadiesNightDubai.com and BrunchCrunch.ae to give an overview of the current Ladies Nights and Brunch offers in the vicinity of Dubai Design District.

Flamingo, SLS Dubai Hotels & Residences • Ladies Night • Privilege (0.7 km)
BAI, Radisson Blu Dubai Canal View • Ladies Night • BAI Bar & Terrace (0.8 km)
Saturday Billy Brunch, Radisson Blu Dubai Canal View • BAI Bar & Terrace (0.8 km)
Ladies Night •  7:00pm
FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar (0.8 km)
Three Likkle Birds
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Ting Irie (2.0 km)
Marilyn 3.1
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Distillery (2.0 km)
Ladies Night •  6:00pm
Kanpai (2.2 km)
Backyard Brunch
Brunch • Radisson Blu Dubai Canal View
FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar (0.8 km)
Island daze Brunch
Brunch • Al Manzil Souk
Ting Irie (2.0 km)
Distillery Brunch
Brunch • Al Manzil Souk
Distillery (2.0 km)
Friday Evening Brunch
Brunch • Souk al Bahar
Kanpai (2.2 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Dubai Design District.

Downtown Dubai
Downtown Dubai (2.5 km)
A huge residential and commercial development. Home to Dubai landmarks - Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Fountain and Dubai Opera.
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Business Bay
Business Bay (3.0 km)
A new regional business hub with office and residential towers, landscaped gardens and a network of roads and waterways. 
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Dubai International Financial Centre
Dubai International Financial Centre (3.3 km)
The financial quarter of Dubai comprising commercial, retail and residential districts, all three linked by a retail corridor
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Healthcare City Phase 2 (3.4 km)
A wellness centre providing long-term care, spa resorts, sports medicine facilities, waterfront residences and nutrition centres in Jadaf.
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Sheikh Zayed Road
Sheikh Zayed Road (3.6 km)
The 2km stretch of road between Business Bay and the World Trade Centre roundabout, flanked by walls of skyscrapers. 
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Meydan (3.9 km)
A 40 million square foot development underway in MBR City, home to the world famous Meydan Race Course which  hosts the annual Dubai Cup.
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City Walk
City Walk (3.9 km)
A stylish, vibrant town-centre community combining residential, shopping, dining and attractions in the heart of the Jumeirah district.
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The Polo Residence
The Polo Residence (4.1 km)
A small gated community in Meydan City comprising 29 five-storey luxury apartment blocks, sports courts, swimming pool, a spa and shops.
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Dubai Design District Milestones
Date Completed
Companies Associated with Dubai Design District
Master Developer: TECOM Group


A look at the original masterplan published by the developer at the time of the launch of Dubai Design District.

Woods Bagot’s urban design team worked closely with the client on the masterplan right from the project’s initial stages, and were allowed relative creative freedom to propose a plan that highlights the purpose and global image of the development.

The masterplan includes a design institute, art and design museum, convention centre, design studios and a two kilometre waterfront promenade. The buildings and the public spaces were designed at the same time so that the scheme benefits from a continuous design language.

"The spatial morphology of the artificial landscape formation, combined with a bold circular axis, produces a clear, legible pattern defined by a ‘draped fabric’ concept which forms a cutting plane for the rooftops. The masterplan capitalised on the creek-side location, utilising a wetland landscape typology to tie the artificial topography in place."

Construction History

The development of the district is happening in three phases. The first consists of eleven core buildings providing 1.2m sq ft of offices, studios, ateliers and showrooms, and over 200,000 sq ft of retail space. Phase 1 was completed in 2015

Phase 2 will sit alongside the newly developed core buildings and act as a thriving cultural epicentre at d3, inspiring emerging designers and artists, and attracting visitors to the area.

The design, by Foster + Partners, includes flexible offices, co-working communal facilities, outdoor display venues and pedestrianised spaces. It will offer space for designers to execute light works, as well as a gallery and retail space. Construction started in October 2016 and was expected to be completed by 2019. When complete, Phase 2 will add another 6,000 people to the community. In June 2017 Foster + Partners opened a new office in the Dubai Design District to serve as a base for projects in the Emirate, however, in February 2019 Phase 2 was put on hold.

The third phase of the development will include a Creek-side esplanade with international and boutique hotels, a pop-up shop area, amphitheatre and a convention centre. Phase 3 is due for completion in 2021.

10,000 people were expected to be working in d3 by the end of 2016. By October of that year 160 companies were operating here, 40 per cent of them being local firms and 60 per cent international.

A Coca-Cola innovation lab and an IBM design studio are just two of the high-profile global companies that are partnering with the design district.

See the development of Dubai Design District in photos:

Dubai Design District Buildings

We currently maintain records for 13 building developments in Dubai Design District.

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