Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Minister of Defence and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and ruler of Dubai on Wednesday focused special attention and visited Dubai Design District set up to facilitate interaction, learning and engagement with the global design community.
The design sector in the UAE is projected to reach Dh116.7 billion by the end of this year and the design district is now hosting more than 415 businesses, 211 SMEs and 85 Emirati companies, as well as over 7,000 professionals including designers, creators and innovators.
UAE is a platform for the knowledge-based economy, and we aim to consolidate our status in the design sector. -His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
The d3 masterplan includes a 1.8 km Creekside waterfront featuring entertainment and hospitality outlets, concept retail outlets and design-led hotels, which together will create a global design, culture and art destination.
Abdullah Al Habbai, Chairman of Dubai Holding and Dr. Amina Al Rustamani, Group Chief Executive Officer of TECOM Group welcomed Sheikh Mohammed and briefed him on the second phase of the district’s development which features a Creative Community centre that seeks to attract designers as well as visitors and tourists.
How much prominence the Sheikh Mohammed gives to the role of the design industry in shaping the future, gets highligthed by his noting that the “economic sectors that depend on innovation and creativity are the actual movers of the economy. We must focus on encouraging talent and help them to blossom and become an active part of our economy and community.”
The Vice President of UAE and ruler of Dubai said, “UAE has become a global hub for diverse knowledge-based sectors. Our aim is to consolidate our status in the design sector, in which we have tremendous potential for growth, and make our country a preferred destination for global companies. We also aim to position the UAE as an incubator for creative ideas and professionals.”
According to Al Habbai and Dr Al Rostamani, this mega project reflects the success of the district and Dubai’s commitment to provide an ecosystem that encourages creativity and innovation and the district will continue to develop itself into a full fledged creative centre and global destination that will help UAE in transforming as a global hub.
On this occasion, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed was also accompanied by the Deputy Ruler of Dubai and senior officials.