Just one month before seasonal collections created by the region's emerging and recognised fashion talents take to the runway at Arab Fashion Week, the Arab Fashion Council (AFC) has announced a new partnership with Sheikh Mohammed Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum (MBM). MBM will help establish the region's fashion industry and Arab Fashion Week by "fostering the growth of regional talent and building a proper fashion industry infrastructure in the Middle East", according to Mesed Alhattawi, Head of Government Relations at the private office of H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Maktoum Bin Juma al Maktoum.

Also speaking about the partnership, Jacob Abrian, CEO of AFC said: " We are very confident that our joint efforts will help us achieve our long-term vision for 2030 and successfully establish a fashion pipeline in the Arab world."  

Taking place from May 16-20, Arab Fashion Week is set to welcome international designers too including Marchesa, Jeremy Scott, Rad Hourani and Antonio Marras to its four-day event at the Meydan Hotel, Dubai.

Shifting away from fashion, take a look at the international art galleries that have confirmed their spots for this year's Beirut Art Fair.