a context-relevant urban space that works to engage the community by creating a social, educational, and sustainable environment
Khazzan x Cadillac is a contemporary urban intervention in Khazzan Park, a historic community space situated in one of Dubai’s oldest residential neighbourhoods.
Built in the 1980s, Khazzan Park is most commonly known for its traditional water tower, a landmark structure that has become an integral part of Dubai’s urban fabric.
Building on the park’s intrinsic character and rich history, Khazzan x Cadillac works as a platform to encourage a diverse and active cultural community through intellectual exploration and entertainment. With a library, park, gallery, and café, the dynamic space looks to empower the community through social, cultural, economic, and environmental engagement.
Khazzan x Cadillac’s unique design honours the United Arab Emirate’s heritage and is mindful of its natural resources. The space was designed using sustainable architectural elements, reused materials from around the country (such as recycled native coral stones, shipping containers, and reclaimed dhow wood), and is powered using solar energy.
named after the Arabic term for neighbourhood, Hai d3 helps to seed Dubai’s new design district with its pop-up cargotecture and blueprint for a budding art and design community
Based in Dubai Design District (d3), a design-centric development that nurtures local talent, attracts international talent, and promotes a collaborative and constructive environment, Hai d3 is a creative hub and a building block in the master plan to develop a purpose-built neighbourhood for Dubai’s creative community.
The contemporary space has been uniquely designed with traditional architectural elements and features native to the region’s urban heritage – notably, the wind tower or badgir, a mechanism used historically for natural ventilating and cooling spaces.
Hai d3’s Arabian neighbourhood-styled layout features art galleries, workshops, a library, retail space, café, prayer rooms, outdoor terraces, and landscaped courtyards. The space exists as a miniature version of the much larger d3, an exciting meeting place where creative minds can realise their dreams, aspiring designers can learn their trade, and local talent can work alongside international art and fashion houses.
a contemporary café with a specialised library that encourages community development through knowledge and social gathering
Recognising the importance of knowledge and social gathering in community development, The Magazine Shop is a contemporary café that offers people a space to gather, work, read, and connect.
The Magazine Shop has become reputed for its high quality coffee and specialised library that consists of carefully selected magazines from around the world, focusing on art, design, travel, fashion, architecture, music, film and other special interests.
The café serves as a platform to promote creative independent publishing in the Middle East, and aims to facilitate inspiring discussions through alternative and thought-provoking literature.
The Magazine Shop is located in the midst of various art galleries in Gate Village, DIFC.
a contemporary vision of a library – an interactive community space for creative exploration, education, and conversation
Dedicated to Middle Eastern and North African art literature, The Archive promotes the heavy artistic literary history of the region and its magnificent transformation into the 21st century. With books on regional photography, architecture, art, calligraphy, art history, textiles, and interior design, as well as children’s books, it is a place that nurtures art and literature in all forms, and promotes the MENA region as a culture of creativity.
Situated within Safa Park, Dubai, The Archive is housed in an original park facilities building, originally built in 1975. It has been repurposed and redesigned to provide a hub for the community to participate in workshops, clubs, talks, and classes, or to simply read a book or socialise. With a modern espresso bar and contemporary café, visitors are able to enjoy their stay comfortably in the centre of the park.
a unique hub for a diverse range of art events, offering a platform to promote an active arts community to the public, and support the work of a rising generation of artists in the region
Downtown Dubai is a district that houses some of Dubai’s most notable modern developments, and is a testament to the city’s ambition and perseverance. The Pavilion Downtown Dubai is a non-profit contemporary art space at the heart of this district, providing a place for Dubai’s art community to view, discuss, and participate in works by local and international artists.
The Pavilion includes a restaurant, cinema, library, espresso bar, shisha cafe and lounge, and two art galleries, while the building itself reflects a unique interior that supports a dialogue between art and its audience. A unique programme is also run at space, reinforcing its role as a place for artistic discourse, research, and education.
a flexible and free community workspace designed to help good ideas grow and become viable businesses
Entrepreneurships and start-up businesses are becoming an increasingly important part of today’s economy. Acknowledging this growing movement, Shelter provides a platform that facilitates the development of small and growing businesses and their integration into their respective industries.
In addition to physical infrastructure Shelter provides programming designed to specifically target the needs of early stage business; panel discussion
s, workshops, and lectures are offered on a monthly basis to support the education of entrepreneurs.
a multi-level facility focused on community, design, and art – both regional and international
Maraya Art Centre is a multi-design space, comfortably fitted with all the amenities for the field of creative work.
The centre’s first level hosts a Community Centre – a multimedia haven for artists seeking to make their own impact on the local scene; the second level features a permanent exhibition titled ‘The House of Arab Art’, emphasising the centre’s commitment to showcasing works by artists from the Arab world; finally, the top level is dedicated to a contemporary art gallery that features dramatic and avant-garde pieces selected from some of the most promising names in the world of modern art.
Visitors to the centre are invited to attend lectures led by featured artists, enroll in specialised workshops, and enjoy daily tours of the facility’s three main levels.
a contemporary cultural space and café in the heart of old Dubai that focuses primarily on architecture, art, culture, design, and heritage
Situated in the heart of old Dubai, Creekside is a contemporary cultural space and café focusing primarily on architecture, art, culture, design, and heritage.
Surrounded by artefacts and human-scale spaces that tell stories of Dubai’s history and heritage, Creekside has inherently and organically become a place of artistic expression, debate, and knowledge exchange.
Visitors to this space can socialise and enjoy screenings of independent films on the banks of the Dubai Creek – arguably the most defining landscape in the city’s decorated urban history. Additionally, visitors are encouraged to explore the Creek by taking a ride on the Abra – the oldest means of crossing the Creek, and one that affords a truly unique vantage point of the city.
a 7.4 Km urban rejuvenation project focused on walkability and connectivity in the heart of the city
Walkability and connectivity are two characteristics that are becoming increasingly important in the face of growing cities and rapid urbanisation around the world.
The Urban Corridor is a 7.4 Km urban rejuvenation effort that looks to convert a long highway into a mixed-use pedestrian boulevard, connecting the older parts of Dubai with the city’s recent development.
The project is designed to challenge the existing scale of the city, placing pedestrians at the centre of the street. The aim of such an intervention is to create spaces within the city that increase citizen mobility by adapting this new planning approach. The program aims to make effective improvements to the city’s urban landscape through minimal changes.