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From being the workstation for hundreds of designers and artists to hosting music concerts and fashion shows, the Dubai Design District (d3) aims to be the nerve centre of the creative and intellectual minds. When complete, it will also have a raft of retail and residential offerings along with designer hotels and business offices to make it a thriving commercial zone.
The first phase of the 15.5-million-square feet development near Business Bay includes art offices and workshop spaces spread over 11 buildings which are almost ready to be handed over to the tenants. Around 10,000 workers belonging to fashion, design and luxury sectors will be able to operate from here.
Tecom, which manages many free zone areas in Dubai, is the licensing authority of d3. Companies operating from the buildings of d3 have been granted non-free zone and free zone permits depending on their requirements. Some of the companies which are registered in d3 have the option of operating from other free zone areas like Dubai Media City or until the time their office complexes in d3 are ready.
The second phase of the development will feature a mixed-use ''creative community'' area that will feature pop-up boutiques, event space and galleries. This is set to come online by 2017. The third phase will see the construction of the waterfront development where a number of design-led hotels and cafes are planned. Around 4,000 hotel keys are expected to come to the market after the completion of the project.
Artists will be able to display their work in high-end galleries, popup showcases and open-air installation spaces as well as in workshops and studios. The district will also host a packed calendar of events, ranging from large-scale design festivals to street theatre, making it a tourist destination as well.
• d3 near Business Bay includes offices, residences and hotels
• It will issue non-free zone and free zone permits to companies
• Around 10,000 workers are expected to operate from the area
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Source: S. Dhar, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer