General FAQ

DDFC (Dubai Design & Fashion Council) is the official government entity promoting, supporting and advancing Dubai’s design sector. Working with key local, international and governmental stakeholders, DDFC offers its members year-round opportunities to network with peers, grow their career and enrich their skill set.

DDFC offers services for its members at all stages of their professional careers, starting from university students up to affiliated professionals. This includes work placements for students, bespoke one-on-one mentorship, promotion via the Designer Directory, business support, year-round workshops, awards and more.

DDFC Membership is application-based and is open to students and professionals who are studying or working in the UAE design sector. Disciplines must fall under any of the following categories: graphics (including web, digital, UX/UI, animation), products, interiors, fashion or architecture.

There are four types of membership: Student, Emerging Designer, Established Designer and Affiliated Professional.

You can apply via the DDFC Membership page. There, you’ll find details on how to apply and information on eligibility and submission requirements.

No, applications are processed on a rolling basis.

Yes, there is a minimal annual membership fee for members once they are accepted. The fee is based on membership type.

If you’re unsure which membership type you should apply for, email us and we’ll be happy to help.

Yes! DDFC accepts applications from design students and professionals based anywhere in the UAE and the MENA region. It is not a requirement to be based in Dubai. 

Mentorships are personalised for designers and young professionals and are career and results-focused. After being matched with a DDFC mentor based on their discipline and professional goals, designers attend several sessions over the course of 5 months.

Designers work one-on-one with mentors to tangibly advance their career or skill set. At the end of the mentorship, designers will have produced a project, concept, plan or other deliverable that they can use in the next steps of their career path.

DDFC mentors are a diverse group of experts representing the best in their industries. From business specialists to international designers, they offer invaluable guidance to designers in starting a business, building a personal brand, creating innovative work and excelling in their field.

Mentorships are designed to focus on building the careers of upcoming designers and young professionals and is offered to members in the Emerging Designer and Established Designer categories.

The Designer Directory is DDFC’s online platform for its members to publish their professional profiles. It’s a place where design students, upcoming designers and established professionals showcase their work to recruiters and talent seekers, network with peers and build their online presence and brand.