Designers, say hello to your new hub, in5 at d3

Designers across the Middle East and North Africa region, especially those specialising in the fashion, furniture and architecture segments, are well-positioned to make the most of the opportunities available to them in the near future, as Dubai gets ready to play host to a new initiative that will help achieve the region's $55 billion design potential.

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Dubai Design District (d3) COO Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi and Tecom Business Parks CEO during a tour of the in5 innovation centre at d3 on Sunday. — Photos by Dhes Handumon

Designers across the Middle East and North Africa region, especially those specialising in the fashion, furniture and architecture segments, are well-positioned to make the most of the opportunities available to them in the near future, as Dubai gets ready to play host to a new initiative that will help achieve the region’s $55 billion design potential.

The new in5 innovation centre, embedded within the thriving design community at Dubai Design District (d3), will be the third business incubator in the in5 network and will act as a catalyst for supporting industry diversification. Entrepreneurs, designers and students will benefit from a range of facilities, training, and business expertise as in5 outlines plans for January 2017 opening.

“Today with in5, we have created an ecosystem which thrives on innovation and creative thinking. in5 was first launched as we recognised a gap in industry resources catering to the specific needs of entrepreneurs setting up their businesses in Dubai to create impact across our region,” Malek Al Malek, chief executive of Tecom Business Parks, said.

The in5 facility will also provide a unique prototyping lab, offering the latest equipment, including 3D printers, electronics and modern machinery for designers working with metals, wood, plastic and textiles.

Providing cutting-edge and specialised facilities at the new centre, in5 will also offer industry focused training and mentorship to its members, in addition to dynamic co-working spaces, offices, and community areas that are designed to inspire creativity. More info

By Rohma Sadaqat /Dubai  khaleejtimes.com

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