Founded by the Arab Fashion Council (AFC) and Dubai Design District (D3), the first-ever edition of the official Dubai Fashion Week FW 23/24 is all set to hit the floors this week.

With Dubai’s official entry into the international calendar, DFW will strengthen the city’s global position amongst the established fashion capitals like New York, Paris, London and Milan.  Further breaking it down, here’s all the vital information you need about Dubai Fashion Week, ahead of the big event.

When And Where

Starting from 10th of March until the 15th of March 2023, DFW is designated to be held at the Dubai Design District—a space in the city known for its distinctive architecture and cultural zeitgeist. Besides that, DFW promises events to be held city-wide which will include collections launches, pop-ups, masterclasses, and panel talks championing local and international talent. All in the presence of dignitaries, including government officials and high-profile fashion and culture media.


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Expert Comments

Khadija Al Bastaki, Senior Vice President of Dubai Design District (d3), part of TECOM Group, shares her input about the first official Dubai Fashion Week, said: “The world eagerly anticipates the first Dubai Fashion Week, which evolves from our successful Arab Fashion Week and is the next chapter in our region’s exciting fashion journey. ”

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Khadija Al Bastaki, Senior Vice President of Dubai Design District (d3)

Jacob Abrian, Chief Executive Officer of the Arab Fashion Council, said: “We look forward to unveiling the new Dubai Fashion Week and see Dubai stand alongside its peers as one of the world’s leading fashion capitals. We are delighted to see the Arab Fashion Council (AFC), Dubai Design District (d3), Dubai’s major industry stakeholders, and member designers join forces to mark a historical move and unite the local fashion scene under DFW’s broad umbrella.”

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Jacob Abrian, Chief Executive Officer of the Arab Fashion Council

Exciting Initiatives

To commemorate the launch, DFW will unveil a buyers committee as well as a permanent designers committee—all of which will be supervised by the Arab Fashion Council. Dubai Fashion Week also plans on providing regional designers with opportunities to do business with international buyers and distributors, while simultaneously providing a channel for international brands to continue expanding their global footprint in the region.

A series of panel discussions will take place on 14 March between regional and international buyers to discuss market trajectories. These panels will include leading industry names such as Antonioli (Milan), Printemps (Paris), and Level Shoes (Dubai).

Runway Decode 

Men’s A/W 23/24 is scheduled from Friday 10th to 11th March: Designer line-up includes  Amato (UAE); Maison du Mec (Lebanon); MOK (Oman); Anomalous (UAE); BHype (UAE); House of Victor (UAE); The Whales (UAE); Temma Prasetio (Indonesia); and Emergency Room (Lebanon).

Women’s ready-to-wear A/W 23/24 is scheduled from 12th to 14th March: Designer line-up includes Lili Blanc (UAE); Lallier (Ukraine); Pipatchara (Thailand); Lateforwork (Morocco); Blssd (UAE); Ivodia London (England); Lilo (UAE); Francesca Liberatore (Italy); Slimi Studio (UAE); Bazaza(Lebanon); Dima Ayad (UAE).

Women’s Couture Spring Summer 23 is scheduled on the 15th of March: Designer line-up includes Marmar Halim (UAE); Karolina’s Kingdom (Spain); Lamia Abi Nader (Lebanon); and Michael Cinco (UAE).  


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With an aim to position Dubai as the new Fifth Fashion Capital, DFW and all the events surrounding it will be the perfect stepping stone in the right direction.

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