Workshops at Dubai Design Week: everything you need to know


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Dubai: Dubai Design Week is now open to visitors until Saturday, November 13. The week-long festival features over 250 free events and activities, including a variety of workshops for everyone, from jewelry making to tapestry weaving. to pottery and more, as well as exhibits, shops and facilities. If you are interested in attending the event taking place in the Dubai Design District, here is everything you need to know.

How can I register?

Registration is free to visit Dubai Design Week, but some workshops require payment for participation.

Anyone can register and the security protocol provides for the wearing of a mask at all times. To register as a visitor, complete the form on this link:

You will need to provide your first name, last name, email address and set a password. Once registered, you will receive a digital visitor pass via email, which you will need to display on your phone or in printed form on-site to enter.

The main venue for events, installations and exhibitions is the Dubai Design District (d3).

Dubai Design Week Workshops

The “Making Space” program offers a range of 86 workshops under the theme “Paper, Plastic = Play”, as well as seven masterclasses and nearly 40 activity workshops dedicated to children.

They run every day from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

How to register for a workshop?

To register for specific workshops and conferences, do the following:

1. Log into your account on the Dubai Design Week website. You can also use the email address and password you set when registering on the “Dubai Design Week” app, which is available on the iOS and Android app stores.

2. Browse the workshop catalog on the site here or on the app.

3. Click on your preferred workshop, and if necessary, click on the registration link and make payment or send an email to the indicated contact.

Some workshops have age restrictions for safety, and this information can be found under Workshop Details.

What types of workshops can I expect?

The complete catalog of workshops covers embroidery, dyeing, jewelry making, wood painting, crafts and more. While some workshops are free, for paid workshops, prices range from Dh50 to Dh300. Here are the main categories of workshops and what you can expect from them:


The program offers opportunities for those looking to try woodworking – workshops include painting on wood and designing your own wood panel, making wood ornaments, using suitable carving tools children to make an egg cup, wooden pen, salt and pepper shakers, and whistles, many of which you can take home.

You can also learn about printmaking using woodcut for printing and take introductory woodturning classes to make bracelets, tumblers, bowls and bottle caps and abstract shapes in clay.


Whether you are new to pottery or have some experience with plasticine, you can find workshops to suit your interests. You can learn how to use the potter’s wheel to make ceramics or the fundamentals of building and hand carving techniques to make your own decorative pottery objects and personalized clay bowls.

There are also opportunities to learn pottery decorating techniques such as underglaze, and even gold casting inspired by the Emirati handcrafts of palm leaf weaving or Safeefah.

Fashion and beauty

If you’re looking to spruce up your wardrobe, there are classes on cutout fashion, turn your old t-shirt into a chic tote bag or make one from scratch, and design a prototype for a print design for the fashion.

You can also learn how to make your own natural textile dyes and tie-dye t-shirts that you can take home.

Underneath the beauty there are jewelry making workshops and an interactive henna class where you can learn about its culture and meaning, and how to do it at home.


Pop art embroidery, making your own paint, transferring an image to a linoleum block and more are some of the art workshops available.

Home decoration

If you are interested in Do It Yourself projects, these workshops can give you experience in designing, weaving, making tableware, decorations and furniture.

You can paint and make your own ceramic tiles, create bowls and coasters from resin and concrete, and weave tapestries for wall hangings from scratch.

There are also options for making your own soap, durable candles, a dream catcher, and even origami vases, baskets, and flowers.

Plastic and paper recycling

For paper, you can learn how to make paper yourself, learn how to make paper from dried palm leaves. If you are looking to creatively use the plastic you have at home, there are workshops on recycling your plastic waste into a modern quilling piece, recycling fabric plastic, and making products from masks. facial.

Children can also learn how to make sustainable bioplastics at home from everyday items.

All the free workshops you can attend

November 10
The Tatreez Workshop, where you can learn the ancient Palestinian technique of Tatreez cross-stitch embroidery and create your own tapestry.
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wood painting workshop, where you can learn to paint on wood and design your own wood sign.
Hours: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

November 11th
Rock to pigment: A painting-making demonstration, where you can make hand-painted watercolor paintings from rocks from the mountains of Sharjah.
Hours: 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

November 11 to 13
Solar Light Making Workshop for Kids – This will take place every evening from 6pm to 9pm, where kids can build solar powered lights using recycled PVC pipes and PET bottles.

November 12 to 13
A watercolor painting workshop for children will take place for half an hour every hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Bioplastics workshop organized by New York University in Abu Dhabi for children, where participants will learn how to make sustainable bioplastics from everyday items at home.
Hours: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
DIY Plastic Bags recycle for children, by New York University in Abu Dhabi, where participants will learn how to recycle plastic into fabric and create small items like purses.
Hours – 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ghaf seed planting workshop through Goumbook’s Give a Ghaf program, where children of all ages will have the opportunity to plant and learn about the Ghaf plant.
Hours: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.


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