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Dubai Design District collaborates with local musicians to create playlists

Dubai Design District collaborates with local musicians to create playlists

Hiam Salibi will curate d3’s first five playlists in collaboration with Apple Music

Dubai Design District has recently re-opened, in line with government restrictions
Dubai Design District has recently re-opened, in line with government restrictions

Creative hub Dubai Design District is to create its own playlists using homegrown talent.

Available exclusively on Apple Music, the track listings will shine a light on the region’s top emerging musicians and artists, to help support them during the COVID-19 pandemic – and beyond.

It follows other music-focused initiatives in the creative community, including d3 Unplugged and LAST SEEN LIVE, attracted world-famous artists such as pop star Rita Ora and US band Imagine Dragons. 

In 2019, d3 Unplugged, a series of weekly jam sessions brought live performances to the Design Quarter, from DJs and rappers to singers, songwriters and acoustic musicians.

While returning to live gigs is still a way off, d3 wanted to reach out to the creative community, while keeping social-distancing in place.

And it's the producer of 1980s New York-style jazz lounge, LAST SEEN LIVE, Hiam Salibi, who will curate d3’s first five playlists in collaboration with Apple Music.

Access them here:

Khadija Al Bastaki, executive director of d3, says: “Music is an intrinsic fibre of our cultural and social fabric. The decision to add more music-focused programming to our roster is part of a conscious effort to build a more nuanced, diverse and rich artistic community – one that we are pleased to influence and shape.

"Dubai has gradually grown in its popularity as a leading destination for musical talent, and is already home to many talented performers who deserve a chance to express themselves and earn their spot in the limelight. This initiative seeks to support the work of these artists and therefore, is a natural extension of our efforts to promote local and regional creative talent.”

Businesses in d3 were given permission to partially re-open at the end of April, until June when the government said firms could return to full capacity, with social distancing measures in place.

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