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Dubai Design District Launches New Dining Options, Eclectic Retail Outlets


Dubai Design District (d3), the Middle East’s destination dedicated to design, has added six innovative dining and retail concepts to its eclectic offering. The new venues include; The Lighthouse, Chez Charles, Corcel, Molecule and Zuleya.  FRAME is set to open its doors by the end of the month.   

The Lighthouse is an innovative concept store, described as a curated space for food and design, that features a broad range of gift items. The menu designed by Chef Izu Ani, is inspired by the Mediterranean region.

Chez Charles has opened its flagship restaurant in d3, combining Parisian brasserie influences with subtle touches of Provence. Michelin-starred chef Jérémy Degras offers the best of contemporary French cuisine to Dubai.

Corcel, a concept store selling fixed-gear bicycles and apparel, has sparked an urban movement in Dubai through introducing a host of new lifestyle brands to the market, sharing its love for trainers, clothes and bikes.

Molecule restaurant hosts Michelin-starred chef, Udo Moreau, with a unique fusion concept. The outlet serves as an interactive exhibition space, combining art and entertainment. The venue uses artistic collaborations to blend the boundaries between design, music, fashion and food.

Zuleya, the retail arm of the Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed Initiative (FBMI), has also opened its flagship showroom in d3. FBMI is a unique social enterprise that harnesses the traditional skills of the Afghan people to produce hand-knotted carpets at fair market wages. The foundation then sells the products internationally through Zuleya to help fund its education, healthcare and employment initiatives.

FRAME – the first Japanese lifestyle shop in the region – will launch at d3 later this month. The outlet will feature a ramen and gyoza restaurant in addition to a distinctive mix of carefully curated men’s and women’s apparel, home essentials, stationery, vintage books and toys. 

Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi, COO of d3, said: “When we conceptualized Dubai Design District, we envisaged a community of like-minded enthusiasts whose lives revolve around innovation. Due to its unwavering focus on this vision, d3 has emerged as a thriving neighbourhood where the seeds of creativity are rooted.”

He added: “Our bespoke selection of retailers and eateries are helping enhance the experience for our business partners and visitors alike, enhancing d3 as an eclectic and diverse destination that hosts the city’s creative community.”

Hashem Montasser, founder of The Lighthouse, said: "As an exciting and rapidly evolving new neighbourhood with an emphasis on locally driven homegrown concepts, d3 has an exceptionally high concentration of forward-thinking entrepreneurs, which matches the values of The Lighthouse. The district also radiates a positive energy that we find inspiring. We are proud to be part of this growing community of new and sometimes unconventional concepts." 

Charles Boghos, owner of Chez Charles, said: “We have been wanting to open a flagship restaurant for years, and finally decided on d3 as the ideal location because we found its vision of creating a design hub inspiring. We aim to run a lively brasserie for the creatives, entrepreneurs and design industry leaders in the heart of Dubai’s coolest new neighbourhood.” 

Christian Frealdsson, founder of Corcel, said: ''We chose d3 for the launch of Corcel because it understands our unique philosophy as a concept store. Through its innovative approach to retail, the district enables us to reach the right people, providing the perfect environment for us to thrive."

For his part, Samir Kerchiched, Managing Partner of Molecule, said: “Molecule was born from the d3 ethos – a restaurant created by designers and conceptualists. We share the same story – a story of regional design around a table, serving up a confluence of flavours that take guests on a sensory journey.”

Farshied Jabarkhyl, Operations Manager of FBMI, said: "In line with our latest rebranding initiative, we saw d3 as the ideal base for connecting with design-focused stakeholders. To take full advantage of its plethora of benefits, we have also opened our design centre here to develop innovative ideas in the field of handmade home furnishings."

With its eclectic mix of design, home furnishing, lifestyle and fashion outlets as well as restaurants and art galleries, open every evening and throughout the weekend, d3 has fast evolved into a thriving design community brimming with creative spirit. 

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