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Dubai Design District phase 2 'set for mid-2018 completion'

Senior official is quoted as saying that work on third phase of creative hub is scheduled to start next year

Dubai Design District phase 2 'set for mid-2018 completion'
Images by Foster + Partners

The second phase of the Dubai Design District, the emirate's hub for designers, is reportedly set for completion in mid-2018, it was reported on Wednesday.

According to Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi, COO of Dubai Design District, also known as d3, phase two will include the construction of a Creative Community, which includes workshops, showrooms, design studios and exhibition space for fashion and design-related events.

Last year, it was reported that architect firm Foster + Partners designed the second phase of the 93,000 square metre masterplan.

He said in comments published by Gulf News that the second phase is currently five percent complete, with work on the third phase expected to start in 2017 and be completed in 2021.

It will create “hotels, as well as entertainment, luxury retail and food and beverage [outlets],” Al Shehhi was quoted as saying, and will overlook a 1.8-kilometre waterfront.

Tenants that have committed to moving in include high-end retailers like Hugo Boss and the Chalhoub Group. Food and beverage outlets make up 40 percent of the retail space allotted in phase 1, Gulf News said.

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