DUBAI SMILES

  • Location Dubai, UAE
  • Project Dubai Smiles
  • Services Visual renderings, Creative Management
  • Client Katayoun + Pinkcloud

Dubai Smiles is a proposal to address the challenge of boredom, loneliness, and lack of shaded rest areas for adult residents in Dubai. With a population that is mostly adult and male, Dubai’s public activity spaces are few and far in between. On many days, residents and workers escaping the afternoon sun resort to lying on the streets, resting under makeshift tents, or napping under various items of merchandise.

Dubai Smiles tackles this lack of social infrastructure with a public recreational area featuring a giant swing set underneath a dynamic billowing canopy. Accessible to everybody, this simple design utilizes only two main materials – metal frames and fabric. Shorter lengths of fabric are create shaded canopies while longer lengths of fabric create a sea of swings, hammocks, chairs. The resulting combination of swings/hammocks under a well shaded canopy is a design that needs no instructions to use.