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Dubai Design and Fashion Council Announced

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HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, has recently revealed the members of the Dubai Design and Fashion Council, in his resolution No.20 for the year 2014.

The announcement reflects the objectives of the Council, as it aims to raise the profile of the emirate as a global design and fashion destination, to promote Dubai as a key industry hub while helping to attract companies to set up here, and developing the local pool of emerging talent.

Chaired by Dr Amina Al Rustamani, CEO of Tecom Investments group, the Dubai Design and Fashion Council’s members consist of a number of individuals, all experts in their respective fields of design and fashion, such as Lebanese fashion designer, Reem Acra, Egyptian jewelry designer, Azza Fahmy, and Patrick Chalhoub, Chairman of the Chalhoub group (who brought most of the LVMH brands to the region).

fahmy-acraAzza Fahmy (left) and Reem Acra

Other members to serve on the council include Lebanese natives, Ali Jaber (group TV director at MBC), Farida Abdullah Al Awadi (president of the Association of Professional Interior Designers), Raja Trad (CEO of Leo Burnett and Publicis MENA), Gassan Harfoush (group CEO of Middle East Communications Network), and Nisha Jagtiani (business head of the high street brand Iconic).

Representatives from the Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Dubai’s Department of Economic Development, Dubai Design District (d3), Emaar Properties, Majid Al Futtaim Group, Al Tayer Group, and Dubai Textile City will ensure that all facets of the thriving sector are covered.

The council’s mission will ensure among other things to follow the objectives designed to boost Dubai’s economic growth and increase its creative sector.

The flourishing design industry was a key asset in the Emirate’s bid to host EXPO 2020, aiming to provide a community to aspiring designers and established brands where they can collaborate, connect, and inspire innovative design ahead of welcoming the world to the UAE.

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