Terms & Conditions

The DDFC Membership is being made available by DDFC (“DDFC,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) to You on the condition that You agree to these terms and conditions (the “Agreement”). “Licensee”, “Members”, “You”, or “Your” refers to the Member accessing or using the DDFC Platform either for or on behalf of the Member. Violation of any of the terms below will result in the termination of this Agreement, Your Membership and Your access to the DDFC Platform.

 

Use of DDFC Membership and any contents therein is subject to the below mentioned terms and conditions. DDFC reserves the right to change or revise the terms, conditions, and notices at any time.

 

DDFC MEMBERSHIP

DDFC Membership is a platform that gives designers of diverse disciplines and career levels access to a comprehensive suite of benefits for promotion, talent development and business support: from advisement and internship programs structured to enhance your opportunities, to personalized one-on-one mentorships and greater exposure to industry pioneers, professional workshops and training sessions to hone your skills and check in with best practice, access to partner business incubators, which provides your with business, legal and financial advisory, and local & international showcasing opportunities.

 

DDFC MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY

DDFC Membership is offered to students, designers and industry professionals in the fields of architecture, fashion design, graphic design, product design and interior design, as well as related design segments, as established by DDFC.

DDFC reserves the right at its sole discretion to request applicants proof of academic and/or professional activity in the above-mentioned design and design-related fields, as and when deemed necessary by DDFC team.

 

ACCESS TO OFFERINGS

The offerings under the DDFC Membership are developed to support the educational and professional development of its members. The number, nature and purpose of offerings can vary over time, and DDFC reserves the right to, at its sole discretion, modify, partially or in total any existing offering, include additional offerings, exclude existing offerings, and/or modify, partially or in total the conditions through which members can access any and/or all offerings. Likewise, DDFC reserves the right to include and/or exclude the participation of industry partners (i.e. sponsors, endorsers) in any offering, currently active or in the future, under the DDFC Membership.

 

Any modification to existing offerings, partially and/or in total, exclusion of existing offerings, inclusion of new offerings, as well as modifications to conditions and criteria for members to access offerings are an integral part of DDFC operations as a Government entity, and under no circumstances DDFC is mandate to communicate, justify and/or provide explanations of any kind to any third-party, including members enrolled in the DDFC Membership.

 

The General Terms are made part of and are subject to this Agreement and by agreeing to the terms of this Agreement You also agree to any specific terms as may be detailed in this Agreement or elsewhere.

 

General Terms and Conditions

  1. Certain Definitions

 

2. Nonexclusive Licenses.

 

  1. Member Account, Password, Conduct, Information and Security

 

You agree not to use the DDFC Platform to:

 

DDFC do not review all content uploaded to the Services, but we may use available technologies or processes to screen for certain types of illegal content (for example, child pornography) or other abusive content or behavior (for example, patterns of activity that indicate spam or phishing, or keywords that indicate adult content has been posted outside of the adult wall).

 

You should make your own inquiries and seek independent profession advice before acting or relying on any information or material accessed through the DDFC Platform including any linked website.

 

  1. Publicity

DDFC may, at its sole discretion, publicize Your use of the DDFC Platform, and You license to DDFC (and its affiliates and necessary sub licensees), all Intellectual Property or other rights required to allow DDFC to use Your name, trade name(s), trademark(s), service mark(s), logo(s), and domain name(s) in connection therewith.

 

  1. Governing Law

The Agreement, and any non-contractual matters or obligations arising out of the Agreement, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of United Arab Emirates. The existence of a dispute of any form does not in any way excuse a Party from performance of the Agreement.

 

  1. No Assignment

You may not assign, sublicense, sub-contract, or otherwise transfer this Agreement, or any rights or obligations under it, without DDFC’s prior written consent.

 

  1. Survival

Any provisions of this Agreement containing license restrictions, warranties and warranty disclaimers, confidentiality obligations, limitations of liability, and/or indemnity terms, and any term of the Agreement which, by its nature, is intended to survive termination or expiration, shall remain in effect following any termination or expiration of this Agreement.

 

 

  1. Severability

If a particular provision of this Agreement is terminated or held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, or unenforceable, this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect as to the remaining provisions.

 

  1. Waiver

The failure on the part of DDFC to exercise or enforce any right conferred upon it by the Agreement shall not be deemed to be a waiver of any such right or operate so as to bar the exercise or enforcement thereof at any time or times thereafter.

 

  1. Intellectual Property

All title and ownership rights in and to the DDFC Platform, which includes the Software, and all Intellectual Property rights therein, and any trademarks or service marks of DDFC that are used in connection with the DDFC Platform are and shall at all times remain exclusively owned by DDFC and its affiliates and licensors.

 

  1. User Conduct
  2. copy, modify, host, stream, sublicense, or resell the Services, Software, or content;
  3. enable or allow others to use the Service, Software, or content using your account information;
  4. use the content or Software included in the Services to construct any kind of database;
  5. access or attempt to access the Services by any means other than the interface we provided or authorized;
  6. circumvent any access or use restrictions put into place to prevent certain uses of the Services;
  7. share content or engage in behavior that violates anyone’s Intellectual Property Right (“Intellectual Property Rights” means copyright, moral rights, trademark, trade dress, patent, trade secret, unfair competition, right of privacy, right of publicity, and any other proprietary rights.);
  8. upload or share any content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, tortious, defamatory, libelous, vulgar, lewd, profane, invasive of another’s privacy, or hateful;
  9. impersonate any person or entity, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
  10. attempt to disable, impair, or destroy the Services, software, or hardware;
  11. disrupt, interfere with, or inhibit any other user from using the Services (such as stalking, intimidating, or harassing others, inciting others to commit violence, or harming minors in any way),
  12. engage in chain letters, junk mails, pyramid schemes, spamming, or other unsolicited messages;
  13. place advertisement of any products or services in the Services except with prior written approval from DDFC;
  14. use any data mining or similar data gathering and extraction methods in connection with the Services; or
  15. violate applicable law.

 

  1. Fees and Payment

 

  1. Confidentiality

Neither party will use or disclose the other party’s Confidential Information without the other’s prior written consent, except for the purpose of performing its obligations under this Agreement or if required by law, regulation, or court order, in which case, the party being compelled to disclose Confidential Information will give the other party as much notice as is reasonably practicable prior to disclosing the Confidential Information. Upon termination of this Agreement, the parties will promptly either return or destroy all Confidential Information and, upon request, provide written certification of such.

 

  1. Use of Third-Party Vendors; Transmission of Data

 

  1. Privacy and Disclosure by DDFC

With respect to the DDFC Platform and DDFC products, DDFC may access or disclose information about Accounts and/or the content of Your communications in order to (i) provide, operate, and improve the DDFC Platform and/or DDFC products; (ii) comply with Applicable Laws or respond to lawful requests or legal process; or (iii) protect the rights or property of DDFC or our customers, including the enforcement of DDFC’s agreements or policies governing the use of the DDFC Platform. Personal data collected or otherwise processed by DDFC in the performance of services related to the DDFC Platform may be transferred to, and stored and processed in, the United Arab Emirates or any other country in which DDFC or its affiliates or service providers maintain facilities.

 

  1. Indemnification

To the extent permitted by Applicable Law, You will indemnify, hold harmless, and defend DDFC and its affiliates, and its and their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents from and against any and all claims, lawsuits, and proceedings (collectively “Claims”), and all expenses, costs (including attorney’s fees), judgments, damages, settlements, penalties, fines, and other liabilities resulting from such Claims, that arise or result from: (i) Your breach of this Agreement; (ii) Your violations of Applicable Laws or obligations of privacy to any third party; (iv) any representations and warranties made by You concerning any aspect of the DDFC Platform or DDFC Products to any third party; and/or (v) any claims with respect to acts or omissions of any third party in connection with the DDFC Platform or DDFC products.

You expressly understand and agree that in no event shall DDFC or its affiliates be liable for any damages whatsoever, including but not limited to any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special or exemplary damages, or any damages for loss of profits, interruption of business, loss of programs or other data, or loss of use, savings, goodwill or other intangible losses, , including, without limitation, damages for loss of goodwill, work stoppage, computer failure or malfunction, or any and all other commercial damages or losses, regardless of whether DDFC has been advised of or could have foreseen the possibility of such damages, arising out of or in connection with: (a) the use, inability to use or performance of any of the DDFC platform, or (b) any other matter relating to the DDFC platform or its content, regardless or whether any of the foregoing is determined to constitute a fundamental breach or failure of essential purpose.

 

  1. Warranty disclaimer

Your use of the DDFC platform is at your sole risk. Except to the extent prohibited by applicable law, DDFC disclaims any and all representations or warranties, express, statutory, and implied, including, without limitation, representations or warranties of title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement, availability, error-free or uninterrupted operation, and any warranties arising from a course of dealing, course of performance, or usage of trade. To the extent that DDFC may not as a matter of applicable law disclaim any implied warranty, the scope and duration of such warranty will be the minimum permitted under applicable law.

 

  1. Restraint

You must ensure that your access to and Your use of the DDFC Platform is not illegal or prohibited by laws which apply to you. You must take your own precautions that the process which you employ for accessing the DDFC Platform does not expose you to the risk of virus, malicious computer code, computer program routine or process or other forms of interference which may damage your own computer system. Without limitation, you are responsible for ensuring that your own computer system meets all relevant technical specifications necessary to use the DDFC Platform and is compatible with the DDFC Platform. DDFC may without giving notice immediately terminate Your Membership and Your right to access the DDFC Platform and Your Account, in event of breach of the aforementioned conditions. [Note to DDFC:  please take IT comments or recommendation on this part.]

 

  1. Your Warranty and Indemnification Obligations

 

  1. Disclaimers of Warranties

 

  1. Limitation of Liability

 

  1. Termination

 

  1. Term and Termination

 

DDFC reserves the right at any time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, such Membership and Your access to the DDFC Platform thereunder with or without notice. Unless modified or discontinued by DDFC in its sole discretion.

 

If You have paid for Your Membership, payment is non-refundable, even if You stop using the DDFC Platform. You will be charged and must pay the applicable fee, and the term of Your Membership period may be extended.

 

  1. Acceptance and Acknowledgment

You consent and agree that Your clicking of the “I Accept” button and completing the registration process constitutes Your electronic signature and acceptance, and that such electronic signature will meet the requirements of an original signature as if actually signed by You in writing. Further, You agree that no certification authority or other third-party verification is necessary to the enforceability of Your signature. At our request, any electronically signed document must be re-executed in original form by You. No party hereto may raise the use of an electronic signature as a defense to the enforcement of this Agreement or any amendment or other document executed in compliance with this Agreement.