ARAB FASHION WEEK, DUBAI (ArabFW)
Is the official fashion week in Dubai representing the 22 Arab countries. Organised by the world’s largest non-profit fashion council, ARAB FASHION COUNCIL, founded in London under the companies acts 2006, incorporation number 09227268 with the activity of an extraterritorial international authority for the Arab countries members of the Arab League.
The Arab Fashion Week Dubai (ArabFW) is designed to be one of the world’s highest profile designers showcase along with the other four big fashion weeks held in New York (NYFW), London (LFW), Milan (MFW) & Paris (PFW).
The Arab Fashion Week (ArabFW) is the world’s only platform promoting the ‘Ready-Couture’ collections, which is known also as ‘demi-couture’, ‘prêt-à-couture’ or ‘couture-à-porter’. Hosted in Dubai, twice a year in the beginning of October for Spring/Summer (SS) and in the mid of March for Autumn/Winter (AW).
On the 23rd of Apr 2015, H.E. Cav. Mario Boselli, the Honorary President of the Camera Italiana Della Moda (National Chamber of Italian Fashion) that organises Milan Fashion Week, and the Arab Fashion Council stated: ”Arab Fashion Week is the new landmark of the Fashion Industry and to be on the Calendar alongside to New York, London, Milan & Paris”.
In partnership with Huawei Arabia a multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company, the first edition of the Arab Fashion Week (ArabFW) was held in Dubai from 31 October till 2 November 2015; while, the second edition was held in Dubai from 16-19 March 2016 & the third edition from 6-10 October 2016. From its first edition, it was listed on the international fashion weeks calendar where the third edition has reached over 1.6 billion impressions worldwide.
The 4th edition of the Huawei Arab Fashion Week (HAFW) is brought to you in partnership with Huawei Arabia from 8-13 March 2017.
The Arab Fashion Week, Dubai admits to its platform not only local Arab designers but also international brands from all over the world. The selection of designers is not based on nationality but on the typology of product which should fit the ‘Ready-Couture’ standards.
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HOW IS IT RELATED TO THE ARAB WORLD? WHY IS IT CALLED ARAB FASHION WEEK?
The fact that the Arab Fashion Week admits International Designers to show on our Calendar underlines the importance and relevance of the Arab World and its market to host international designers from around the world to participate in this platform and setup their business in the region.
The candidature of the countries to host the event was open for all the Arabic Governments members of the Arab League and the selection was based on the voting Campaign open to the public which was launched through the official website of the Arab Fashion Week receiving more than 7 million votes.
The Arab World is the new attraction of fashion, and The Arab Fashion Week is the only official fashion week in Dubai scheduled on the International Calendar of Fashion events.
The Arab world is composed of the 22 countries in and around North Africa, the Horn of Africa and the Middle East. The total superficial area that covers the Arabic countries is 13,333,296 km2 or 5,148,048 sq mi, 3 times bigger than the area of the European Union, with 356,785,231 inhabitants.
The future vision of the Arab World: QATAR will be hosting the FIFA WORLD CUP 2022 and DUBAI the famous contemporary metropolitan housing the tallest skyscraper in the world, and proudly will be the first city in the Middle East to host the WORLD EXPO 2020. Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco are historically renown countries for fabric production; Lebanon and Jordan for producing a high-end final product.
The economic potential of the Arab world focuses for many years on the consumption of luxury goods, developing a high level in many market sectors including technology, construction, engineering and urban planning.
According to Fortune, the Muslim market spends into fashion is set to balloon up to $484 billion by 2019 and Arab countries are the most contributors in this economy.