‘The Square Dubai’ is a gathering place inspired by the Arabic term ‘majlis,’ symbolising gathering and togetherness.

Over the course of three evenings, 12, 13 and 14 April, Bottega Veneta hosted a series of cultural exchanges in a custom square space designed by Lebanese architect Carl Gerges, featuring a film screening, musical performances, storytelling, poetry and cuisine. 

Contributors included Carl Gerges (Lebanese architect and musician), Shaima Al Tamimi (Yemeni East-African visual story-teller), Asma Al Badawi (Sudanese-British spoken-word poet), ‘Mustafa the Poet’ (Canadian poet and songwriter),Samer Doumet (Lebanese singer, songwriter and music editor).

‘The Square’ will be hosted next in Tokyo, San Francisco, Shanghai and Sao Paulo.