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Dubai Design District (D3)
Updated: 26th May, 2023

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
Overview
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Overview
Dubai Design District is an area located within Dubai.
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The developer
The project was developed by TECOM Group.
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Timeline
The project was completed by 2015.
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Also known as
D3
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Excerpts from the brochure
  • Welcome to Dubai's cultural centre. A come-as-you-are creative space where industry experts and local entrepreneurs connect, create and collaborate. With cosy cafs, incredible eateries and unbeatable art galleries, this space has fast become a hub for local design, fashion, architecture and art. Home to the world's leading luxury brands, design companies and creatives, d3 is proud to host iconic events like Dubai Design Week, Dubai Fashion Week and Sole DXB. You'll also find plenty of intimate industry talks, workshops and educational programmes for people of all ages and abilities. d3 is proud to be the lifestyle and business district that challenges people to rethink the regular.
Guide

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.

Available property

Sub-communities

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

Amenities

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.

Retail

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

Events
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.

attractions
Attractions
Kidzania, 1.9 km
PVRK, 2.0 km
Dubai Ice Rink, 2.0 km
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Parks & beaches
The Block, 0.3 km
Hartland Greens Park, 1.8 km
Bay Avenue Park, 3.0 km
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Golf clubs
The Track Meydan Golf, 3.3 km
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 7.2 km
Al Badia Golf Club, 7.3 km
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Cinemas
Cinemacity Fountain Views, 1.6 km
Reel Cinemas at The Dubai Mall, 2.1 km
Reel Cinemas at Rove Downtown, 2.4 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.

Pin Up Wednesdays, Damac Towers by Paramount • Ladies Night • Malibu Deck (0.0 km)
Wanted & Wild, Damac Towers by Paramount • Ladies Night • Pacific Groove Restaurant & Lounge (0.0 km)
A Filia Brunch, SLS Dubai Hotels & Residences • Fi'lia Dubai (0.0 km)
Wind Down Wednesdays
Ladies Night •  6:00pm
Flashback - Speakeasy Bar & Lounge (0.0 km)
Flamingo
Ladies Night •  7:00pm
Privilege (0.0 km)
BAI
Ladies Night •  7:00pm
BAI Bar & Terrace (0.0 km)
FireLake
Ladies Night •  7:00pm
FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar (0.0 km)
Saturday Billy Brunch
Brunch • Radisson Blu Dubai Canal View
BAI Bar & Terrace (0.0 km)
Backyard Brunch
Brunch • Radisson Blu Dubai Canal View
FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar (0.0 km)
Saturday Brunch
Brunch • DoubleTree by Hilton Business Bay
Pizza Express Live (0.0 km)
Pizza Express Brunch
Brunch • DoubleTree by Hilton Business Bay
Pizza Express Live (0.0 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

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

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. 
Read more
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
Read more
Healthcare City Phase 2
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.
Read more
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. 
Read more
Meydan
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.
Read more
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.
Read more
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.
Read more
Al Kifaf
Al Kifaf (5.0 km)
The four residential towers of Park Gate Residences share this place with Zabeel Park, Etisalat Tower and the landmark Dubai Frame.
Read more
Dubai Design District Milestones
Date Completed
2015
Companies Associated with Dubai Design District
Master Developer: TECOM Group

Masterplan

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 21 building developments in Dubai Design District.

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