The TECOM d3 Business Centre is located on the 2nd floor of Building 3 at the Dubai Design District (d3). d3 is being developed by the TECOM Group as part of a national agenda to make Dubai a design hub and ‘Creating Community’ in the region. The d3 Business Centre is the nerve centre for the creative cluster, encompassing the art, design, luxury and fashion communities. It is also a business incubator that fosters collaboration, serendipitous encounters, and the sharing of expertise across disciplines. In this way it creates value and nurtures a nascent design culture in Dubai. The floor is organised by an intimately-scaled inner core area for private work and formal meetings. The outer core is the more extroverted area with spaces for sharing, break-out and casual meetings. These postures are reinforced through lighting, screening, acoustic materials and transformable spaces.
Shabbar Sagarwala is a Canadian urbanist, architect and Principal at Eight Inc., the San Francisco-founded experience design firm responsible for Apple, Nike, Nokia and Citibank environments. He has managed design projects at Toronto, New York and Singapore firms for over a decade, spanning urban precincts, university campuses, educational buildings, private residences and commercial interiors. Prior to relocating to Dubai to head up the newest Eight Inc. office, Shabbar was Director at Eight Singapore where he brought several branded environments to completion, including the award-winning Nissan Crossing gallery in Tokyo, United Overseas Bank (UOB) Shanghai Flagship, Singtel FutureNow innovation Center in Singapore, Globe Iconic in the Bonifacio Global City, Manila and Globe Telecom Gen3 Retail Ecosystem and Philippine nation-wide roll-out. Urban-scaled proposals have included the Changi Precinct Innovation Hub in Singapore and Chapel Plaza mixed-use development Melbourne. Pro bono projects for educational and non-profit institutions have included the INSEAD Creative Garage and Singapore Repertory Theatre renewal. Shabbar pursued doctoral research on post-disaster urban resilience at the University of Tokyo funded by a Japanese government fellowship. He holds graduate degrees in Urbanization and Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the University of Toronto respectively.