Emerging Designer

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. 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.


Required application documents:

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



Access to the following services: Internship Opportunities • Mentorship Programme • Workshops and Talks • Financial & Legal Advisory •  Business Incubator • Showcasing Opportunities • Members Directory • Networking and Social events •Design 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


Matches designers with Dubai-based 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 designers’ 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


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

Financial Advisory


  • Access to finance experts
  • Support covering business practice, financial modelling, pricing, profit and loss statements, and managing cash flow.

Business Incubator


  • Access to partner business incubators to promote entrepreneurship and support members setting up their businesses.
  • Facilities include business, legal and financial advisory, subsidized license fees and access to shared and individual offices at accessible rates.

Showcasing Opportunities


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

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 Designer Directory is Dubai’s main portal to search for talent, recruit and learn about the design sector.

Networking and Social events


Social gatherings offer networking opportunities to connect with fellow creative peers and experts from the design community.

Design Resources


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.