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About DIDI

DIDI in a Nutshell

The Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) is a cutting-edge university and the home for creative thinkers, designers, and innovators.


Located in Dubai, a leading global destination for innovation, DIDI Dubai offers the first multidisciplinary design degree in the region at the intersection of three educational pillars: visual literacy, technological fluency, and strategic proficiency.


For DIDI, design and innovation are the keys to success in today’s world. The university empowers students to create and conceive solutions that add value and reshape the future, socially, digitally, and creatively.


DIDI Dubai is a private, non-profit university, with DHAM Commercial Investments LLC and Dubai Development Authority (previously DCCA) as the main shareholders.


The Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation is licensed and its Bachelor of Design program is accredited by theCommission for Academic Accreditation (CAA)of the Ministry of Education in the United Arab Emirates.

Collaborations &
Key Partners


The Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation takes pride in collaborating with the world’s leading and most prestigious innovation, teaching, and research universities: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and The New School's Parsons School of Design. Together they crafted a world-class design curriculum, elevating it to the highest standards of learning and education.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Ranked number 1 university in the world since 2019
The New School's Parsons School of Design
Ranked number 1 design school in the US and 3rd in the world
Mission & Vision

DIDI provides a world-class education in design and innovation to grow regional and international talent. Our students are immersed in research-based, applied, and experiential learning to creatively solve complex problems for the positive advancement of society. Our future-oriented mindset empowers the next generation of designers, innovators, and entrepreneurs through design-driven research.


DIDI will be the design university of choice in the UAE, which contributes to the advancement of humanity by making everyday living better.

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