Established in 2012 by MENA Design Research Center, Beirut Design Week is the largest growing design festival in the Middle East & North Africa. The event brings together more than 25,000 visitors to over 150 events in 100 locations around Beirut. BDW showcases the best of Lebanese and international design in order to strengthen creative economies and foster entrepreneurship, all within the context of the regionâ€™s rich cultural heritage. The main goal of the project is to encourage creative economies, intercultural exchange, design education, social impact, and design entrepreneurship. In its fifth year, BDW decided to add yet another goal to the development of the event: a focus on sustainability .