Dubai Aims to Become a Global Fashion Hub

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The Dubai Design District, announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is intended to develop the city’s fashion, design and luxury sectors. The development is to be situated next to the Business Bay area and is to be operated by Tecom Investments, part of Dubai Holding.
The district is to be a full service commercial hub for design industry-related organisations, brands and supporting enterprises within the value chain.

“It will feature a custom-built creative community that will encompass purpose-built commercial and retail facilities for established and emerging designers, design institutes, waterfront promenade, convention centre and event venues and related academic institutions,” said a statement from the government’s media office.

The location was chosen for its proximity to The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping centre, which attracted 65 million visitors last year and two international airports. “This is part of a long-term strategic plan laid out [to] significantly increase the population base and to do that you need to increase the residential and retail infrastructure,” said Richard Adams, a director and senior consultant at Acuity Middle East. Read more here.

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