For stu­dents, Dubai De­sign Week is the per­fect field trip

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Disha Dad­lani

dubai — It’s that time of the year. Dubai is at its cre­ative best dur­ing the an­nual Dubai De­sign Week (DDW). Tens of thou­sands of at­ten­dees are ex­pected to throng the week-long de­sign fes­ti­val, which opened to the pub­lic yes­ter­day with a va­ri­ety of in­stal­la­tions and ex­hibits across the city.

For school stu­dents in Dubai, the con­cept of field trips is seem­ingly chang­ing from ‘recre­ational’ to ‘ed­u­ca­tional’ in keep­ing with the city’s de­sign evo­lu­tion.

With a cam­era in one hand, and a notepad in an­other, stu­dents from dif­fer­ent schools (Ger­man In­ter­na­tional School Dubai, Cam­bridge In­ter­na­tional School, Gems Founder School, St. Mary’s Catholic High School Dubai, and The Winch­ester School, to name a few) and across ages flocked to Dubai De­sign District (D3) on day 2 of the event.

Most of the stu­dents were first timers at de­sign fair, and said that ed­u­ca­tional and cre­ative fes­ti­vals such as the DDW are their pre­ferred choices for a field trip, as op­posed to an amuse­ment park.

“The en­vi­ron­ment is very in­trigu­ing; it gives us dif­fer­ent ideas and ways of ex­press­ing our­selves. Art doesn’t have to be only on can­vas — it can also help peo­ple, and fur­ther causes,” said Tyla Harib­ance and Thamanna DeSilva, Gems Founder School stu­dents.

Ac­cord­ing to St. Mary’s Catholic High School stu­dents Lian Fer­nan­des and Sim­ran Khur­ram, events like DDW serve as in­spi­ra­tion and cre­ative fod­der, es­pe­cially when com­plet­ing course­work.

“I’m en­joy­ing the vibe here. Our field trip was only for one day, but I’d love to at­tend the event again. I’ve never seen the kind of ex­hibits that are on dis­play here.” said Aashi Babu, stu­dent of The Winch­ester School.

The Global Grad Show; a not­for-profit ini­tia­tive that brings to­gether grad­u­ates’ projects from 92 uni­ver­si­ties, was a firm favourite among the stu­dents. The third edi­tion of the an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion is themed on three com­po­nents — em­pow­er­ment, sus­tain­abil­ity and con­nec­tion. The win­ning project will be recog­nised with the Progress Prize.

En­try and ac­cess to most DDW ele­ments is free of charge. “Free ed­u­ca­tion and free knowl­edge is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic. Es­sen­tially, all you have to do is regis­ter to par­tic­i­pate. It’s un­prece­dented!” Rawan Kashk­oush, DDW’s head of pro­gram­ming, said at a press con­fer­ence.

disha@khalee­j­times.com

Photos by Shi­hab

School stu­dents gath­ered at one of the in­stal­la­tions of the Dubai De­sign Week at the Dubai De­sign District (D3). Vis­i­tors of all ages flocked to D3 on the sec­ond day of the event. —

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