Dubai Design and Fashion Council to launch new design school
Set to open within the next four years
This week, the Dubai Design and Fashion Council – which established it's members last week – has recently created a goal of starting a design school in Dubai before 2020.
The council is set to find globally established design schools to partner in the new project, becoming part of its overall plan to make Dubai one of the world's biggest and best design and fashion destination.
"Dubai has already made a huge impact in terms of retail and distribution in this part of the world," said Nez Gebreel, chief executive officer of the council. "Now we would like to raise the level of competitiveness of our own designers. Education is a major component in the framework we are building."
The council was formed by a royal decree from Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in August, and includes top leaders from across the retail, education, and tourism in the emirate. Designers Reem Acra and Azzah Fahmy are also a part of the group.
The council's long-term plans also include setting up a regulatory framework for the local design industry including IP protection, establishing international mentorship exchange programs, and creating a variety of of events related to fashion and design.