The Dubai Design and Fashion Council yesterday brought together a wealth of design and fashion industry experts and top tier journalists for its inaugural community event, at the Fairmont Hotel in Dubai.
CEO of the Council, Nez Gebreel welcomed guests to the pop up urban majlis and officially announced the council?s mandate, its promise and purpose and gave an overview of its upcoming initiatives over the coming year.
The Council?s purpose is to ?make Dubai the emerging design capital of the world?, an objective that will be achieved by delivering on their promise to ?create global opportunity and invigorate a world-class design community in Dubai?.

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International fashion designer Roland Mouret made a special appearance to talk about the importance of having a solid business case and tips on how to thrive in the design industry, drawing on his own experience of establishing a brand and gaining international recognition. This is an exciting time for Mouret, whose celebrity fans include Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, and Sandra Bullock. In June, he will relaunch a revamped digital site and open his first New York City shop ? on Madison Avenue This is an exciting time for Mouret, whose celebrity fans include Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, and Sandra Bullock. In June, he will relaunch a revamped digital site and open his first New York City shop ? on Madison Avenue This is an exciting time for Mouret, whose celebrity fans include Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, and Sandra Bullock. In June, he will relaunch a revamped digital site and open his first New York City shop ? on Madison Avenue Mouret?s designs are favoured by global celebrities including Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan and Sandra Bullock and in June this year, he launched his first New York City shop on Madison Avenue and has a flagship store in prestigious Carlos Place, London.

A panel featuring Nez Gebreel, Cyril Zammit, Fair Director for Design Days Dubai, Zayan Ghandour, Lebanese designer and owner of Sauce boutiques and Roland Mouret followed the presentations where they discussed the potential of Dubai?s design industry, challenges they have each faced and the benefits of being based in Dubai.
Dr Amina Al Rustamani, Chairperson of the Council said: ?To ensure sustainability of our creative industries, we are creating an environment that would produce and nurture future business leaders and entrepreneurs. The Dubai Design and Fashion Council aims to provide a framework for this environment. Furthermore, by ensuring we are helping to build a thriving creative ecosystem, we will be able to draw the leading regional and international operators to be based here. We want to see others join them to facilitate collaboration that in turn, will help emerging designers grow into international players in their own right.?

Nez Gebreel, CEO of the Council Commented: ?The establishment of the Dubai Design and Fashion Council signals a strong commitment by the country?s leadership towards making Dubai the emerging design capital of the world. There is a tremendous amount of creativity and positive energy in the region?s industry and we are here to help support and mentor these upcoming designers to realise their potential and achieve their dreams.?
?We are here to create global opportunity and invigorate a world-class design community in Dubai. We want to establish a framework for the industry, one that will position Dubai as an international hub for design, offering excellent infrastructure for brands to make the most of the significant consumer base here. This is our promise, and we will do everything in our power to make it happen.?

Roland Mouret said: ?I am delighted to be here in Dubai at the first event held by the Dubai Design and Fashion Council. For designers such as myself, Dubai is a key market due to the vast number of consumers and their significant spending power, therefore the Council?s presence is vital. It has been really interesting to meet the next generation of designers in Dubai and hear their plans on how to achieve their dreams. I was in their position once and I feel a sense of responsibility to pass on my knowledge and any help I can provide, to those looking to follow a career in design. It is a challenging industry, you need thick skin and a solid business model, as well as talent and creativity in design itself.

?What Dubai, and the Council are aiming to achieve in cultivating and nurturing their design industry is exciting and ambitious but definitely achievable. Design is about organic growth, it is about following your emotions and being inspired every day.?
Following a decree announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE last year, the Design and Fashion Council was established to raise the profile of the Emirate as a regional and global destination for design and fashion.

The Design and Fashion Council Board members were selected by The Executive Council as decreed by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council. Chaired by Dr Amina Al Rustamani, Group CEO of Tecom Investments, the board members consist of fifteen individuals who represent a mix of key stakeholder groups, including government, academic, not-for profit and private sector experts. Board members were selected due to their leadership, experience and proven track record to deliver industry level initiatives.
The members include Laila Suhail, CEO at Dubai Festival and Retail Establishments who acts as Vice Chairman to the Council; Mohammad AlShael, Executive Director of Commercial Licensing at Department of Economic Development; Robert D. Booth, CEO of Real Estate at EMAAR Properties; Iyad Malas, CEO of Majed Al Futtaim Holding; Khalid Al Tayer, CEO ? Retail of Al TayerGroup; Ashok Sawlani, Former Chairman of & Current Honorary, – Member of Managing Committee at Dubai Textile City; Farida Abdulla Kambar AlAwadi, President of Association of Professional Interior Designers in UAE (APID) and Managing Director or Cinmar Design; Reem Acra, Founder and CEO of Reem Acra; Ali Jaber, Dean of Communication and Information Studies at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Communication at American University of Dubai; Patrick Chalhoub, CEO of Chalhoub Group; Raja Trad, CEO Leo Burnett and Publicis Group of Companies MENA; Gassan Harfouche, Group CEO of Middle East Communication Network (MCN); Nisha Jagtiani, Director of Landmark Group and Azza Fahmy, Chairwoman & Chief Designer of Azza Fahmy Jewellery.

Source: [ME NewsWire]

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