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Revealed: Dubai plans $73.5m design, innovation institute

Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation is set to take first students in autumn 2018; will accommodate 550 pupils

Revealed: Dubai plans $73.5m design, innovation institute

TECOM Group, part of Dubai Holding, and Dubai Creative Clusters Authority have announced plans to set up the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI).

Plans for the development of DIDI in collaboration with MIT and Parsons were announced at an event hosted in the Dubai Design District (d3).

The campus will be spread over 100,000 square feet in the Creative Community at d3 and will have the capacity to accommodate 550 students.

DIDI will be accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education, and will cost AED270 million ($73.5 million) to develop. The first intake of students at DIDI is planned for autumn 2018.

The institute will develop a first-of-its-kind curriculum aimed at empowering students to design their own four-year educational journey, culminating in the region’s first Bachelor of Design degree with cross concentrations in Product Design, Strategic Design Management, Media, Visual Art and Fashion Design.

The move is the latest in Dubai's bid to become a beacon of innovation and design for the region, following the establishment of the Dubai Design & Fashion Council and d3.

Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice chairman of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, said: “Dubai is committed to building a sustainable community of creative professionals distinguished by its cultural vitality and international artistic consciousness.

"With the MENA design sector forecast to grow at six percent a year over the next five years and at least 30,000 more design graduates needed in the region, the moment is right for the UAE to establish its own high quality design school.

"DIDI will contribute to Dubai’s aim to become a global hub of innovation and entrepreneurship by nurturing the next generation of professionals who will bridge creativity and business to develop a commercially viable industry.”

Fadel Al Ali, chairman of DIDI and CEO of Dubai Holding, added: "The establishment of DIDI is a natural next step following the launch of d3, which is now a regional hub for innovation and a preferred destination for the world’s leading fashion designers and artists. Students will be able to benefit from this unique location at the heart of the Creative Community at d3, which will provide them with the inspiration they need to innovate and create.” 

The DIDI campus was designed by Foster + Partners and is laid out in a ‘mega’ studio setting, together with world-class facilities, enabling cross-collaboration between design disciplines, bringing students and faculty together in a dynamic environment.

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