Emerging Designer Membership

Get the guidance and support you need for success


For recent graduates and young professionals just starting out, advisory and business support is crucial to establish the right career path. in5/DDFC Membership offers emerging designers the tools they need to get ahead and stay ahead in a competitive industry.


Membership Fee 800 AED/yr


Membership criteria:


  • Currently active as a (full-time, part-time, freelance) professional designer in one of the following design segments: Architecture, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Product Design.
  • Up to 5 years of demonstrated work experience.


Not sure which segment you would fall under ? Contact us or click on the link below to find out more about the segments.

Required application documents:


  • Portfolio
  • Passport copy
  • Business/trade license copy (for business owners only)



Access to the following services: Internship opportunities • Workshops and talks • Legal advisory • Business & Financial advisory • Mentorship programme •Showcasing opportunities • Competitions • Workspace, facilities and equipment • Members directory • Networking and social events • Resources • Member Privileges.


Membership Fee

AED 800/yr

Internship Opportunities


Connects designers with leading companies in the design sector looking for talented and ambitious interns to provide the right opportunities to build their CVs and gain valuable experience in their field.

Mentorship Programme


in5/DDFC team matches members with industry specialists for a 3 month, personalized, one-on-one mentorship programme. The sessions are focused towards tangible career and personal development goals and are aimed at enriching members’ careers.

Workshops and Talks


Access to a variety of workshops and training sessions for design sector professionals developed by DDFC and its partners. Workshops and talks will cover a variety of subjects from business, creative skills to debates, panel discussions and market intelligence.

Legal Advisory


in5/DDFC partners with legal firms to offer members one-on-one Legal Advisory sessions. Members can get the fundamental legal support they need regarding contracts, intellectual property, legal disputes and copyright laws.

Business & Financial Advisory


in5/DDFC partners with financial and business firms to offer members access to experts, support covering business practice, financial modelling, pricing, profit and loss statements, strategy and managing cash flow.

Workspace, Facilities and Equipment


Members can work from any of in5’s three innovation centers, in addition to accessing meeting rooms, conference spaces and get preferred rates when booking in5’s specialized studios and prototyping labs.

Showcasing Opportunities


Year-round, members will be able to submit their work for the chance to be featured in various platforms such as in5/DDFC events, digital channels, exhibitions and pop-ups through a series of open-calls.



Members can gain recognition and win awards in local, regional and international competitions.

Members Directory


The Members Directory allows members to showcase their professional profiles to promote their work, share their news and network. Visitors may search for members by name and/or discipline. The Members Directory is Dubai’s main portal to search for talent, recruit and learn about the design, tech and media sectors.

Networking and Social events


Social gatherings offer networking opportunities to connect with fellow creative peers and experts from the design, tech, and media communities.



Access to exclusive resources including market intelligence, research studies and business tool kits.

Member Privileges


Discounted and preferential rates for a variety of goods and services such as materials, equipment, trainings, workshops, support services, wellness, F&B and more.