Raising the profile of Dubai as a regional and global destination for design

Established in 2013 and part of Dubai Development Authority, the Dubai Design & Fashion Council is a governmental entity established to develop and nurture a sustainable design industry in Dubai, while enabling the growth and recognition of designers based in the UAE and the MENA region.

The Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC) was established by the Dubai Government to raise the profile of Dubai as a regional and global destination for design. Leading the development of a sustainable industry, DDFC provides in-depth market intelligence and helps elevate local and regional talent, enabling the contribution of the creative industries to the development of the Emirate.

DDFC oversees, supports, promotes and drives initiatives related to 5 key design segments – architecture, fashion design, graphic design, interior design and product design.

DDFC Membership

The Membership is a platform for design students and professionals looking to learn, connect, grow and establish themselves in the UAE. 

Membership Types:

  • Students
  • Emerging Designers
  • Established Designers
  • Affiliated Professionals


  • Business Support

(Legal advisory, Financial advisory, DDFC Business Incubator)

  • Talent development

(Internship, Mentorship, Workshops)

  • Community

(Showcasing opportunities, Designer Directory)

  • Accreditation

(DDFC Endorsement)

  • Open calls and opportunities

Stay up-to-date on DDFC news Facebook, Twitter , Instagram, Linked in, YouTube

Leadership and experience – An expert board

Chaired by Dr Amina Al Rustamani, Chief Executive Officer of TECOM Group, the Dubai Design & Fashion Council’s board represents a mix of key design stakeholder groups, including government, academic, not-for-profit and private sector experts.

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