Bengaluru To Have World-Class ‘Design District’ Inspired by Dubai’s d3

Bengaluru To Have World-Class ‘Design District’ Inspired by Dubai’s d3

Dubai Design District (d3) is a purpose-built hub, established in 2013, where the community of design, art, culture, and fashion co-exist such as famous international design and fashion brands, startups, and entrepreneurs. If everything goes according to Karnataka IT Minister CN Ashwath Narayan’s plan, Bengaluru will soon have its own ‘Design District’ on the lines of Dubai’s d3 or even far better than that. After returning from his four-day visit to Dubai Expo 2020, he said that a delegation of investors from the GCC countries is also showing keen interest to invest in the state. Read SURFACES REPORTER (SR)’s complete report below: 

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Arun, Director, Digital, ISDC, CN Meena Nagaraj, Director of IT, Sathar al Karan, founder of ArtUAE, and Ivan A Fernandes, Managing Director, Regent Technologies visited Dubai Design District and al Serkal Avenue, Dubai to explore the art, design and technology ecosystem in Dubai for the set up of a similar venue in Bengaluru.

The IT minister also informed the media that the proposed Bengaluru Design District cost around Rs 1,000 crore, which seems worth it considering the state’s capital investment potential.

GCC Keen on Investing in State

CN Ashwath Narayan also spoke to media persons that the GCC countries such as the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman have shown keen interest to invest in the state.

Ashwath Narayan’s CN Ashwath Narayan, Minister of Science and Technology, Higher Education & IT, BT of Karnataka

“Investors from the Gulf countries agree that Karnataka is an ideal destination for investments. So it is time Bengaluru gets a world-class Design District, which is even better than Dubai’s,” he said.

Further, the Gulf Islamic Investment Group will provide Rs 3,500 crore in Karnataka over three years. The group plans to set up its office in Bengaluru to reinforce Indo-UAE investment.

World’s Largest Design Festival

The idea of a Design District that spans over 100-150 acres of land in Bengaluru comprises wonderfully crafted spaces and distinctive community offerings. Further, the Karnataka government plans to organize the ‘Bangalore Design Festival’, which is perhaps the world’s largest design festival, in the Design District.


The minister said,” “Here, everything businesses need at a global level will be designed. It will be a place where design, art, and fashion will meet.”

What it Entails

The glitzy, avant-garde Dubai Design District is known for global fashion and design festivals, plus chic galleries showing work by up-and-coming designers and artists. Trendy al fresco cafes serve lunch and artisan coffee, while sleek restaurants offer creative takes on classic Mediterranean dishes. It is home to “the biggest global, regional and local brands within the art, design and fashion industries.”

The Karnataka government also had an agreement with the Dubai land development authorities to construct a water theme in Bengaluru.

Further, the district will also create many jobs in many segments.


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