Frequently asked questions

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 – fashion design, product design, architecture, interior design, and graphic design (including web, digital, UX/UI, animation).

DDFC offers programmes for its members at all stages of their professional careers, starting from university students up to affiliated professionals. This includes work placements for students (internships), bespoke 5-month one-on-one mentorships (DDFC Mentorship), promotion via the Designer Directory, business support (Legal Advisory, Financial Advisory and Business Incubator), year-round workshops, events, awards and more.

Visit the DDFC Membership Benefits page to learn more.

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

There are four types of memberships: 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 the membership type of the applicant.

If you’re unsure about 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.

The DDFC Mentorship is a 5-month, personalized programme for young designers and emerging professionals that is career and results-focused. After being matched with a DDFC Mentor based on their discipline and professional goals, designers attend 8 one-hour sessions over the course of five months.

Designers work one-on-one with mentors to tangibly advance their career or skillset. At the end of the programme, 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.

The mentorship is designed to focus on building the careers of upcoming designers and young professionals and is offered to Emerging Designer and Established Designer members.

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