Design Ras Al Khor (DRAK) is a collective design initiative established in 2015 in Dubai. Founded by UAE based designers: Khalid Shafar, Khulood Thani and Nadine Kanso, DRAK’s objective is to drawing attention to the potential for Ras Al Khor Industrial Area – one of the oldest in the city- to become Dubai’s newest creative district. As an annual event DRAK is growing by covering different topics in design, involving more design practitioners, and creating a design movement that encourages Design Research, Innovation, & Material Exploration.
Every year, the initiative highlights a specific design topic that is explored through design projects undertaken by carefully selected designers from a range of design fields. Each project responds to the design topic – highlighting it and presenting fresh perspectives. As a way of supporting the growth of the design industry locally and regionally, DRAK includes a series of talks and panel discussions as part of its educational program. Here a group of international speakers and designers debate and share insights on design industry related topics.
In addition, the DRAK initiative also presents creative Food and Beverage concepts for its guests, it creates ties with strategic partners, it distributes periodical design collateral and publications, and it presents international projects for the first time in the region.