Arab Fashion Week

Organized by the world’s largest non-profit fashion council. ARAB FASHION COUNCIL (AFC), 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, in partnership with Sheikh Mohammed Maktoum Juma AlMaktoum Investment (MBM visit their website by clicking here) and MERAAS a leading Dubai-based holding company (Visit MERAAS website by clicking here). 

Under the new partnership, the Arab Fashion Council will once again host its bi-annual Arab Fashion Week (AFW) which will be held this season and for the first time at City Walk, a city within a city, developed by Meraas that seamlessly combines living, shopping, entertainment, hospitality and wellness options within one unique destination. The destination is home to over 300 local and global brands comprising luxury, contemporary, high street fashion brands, F&B, jewellery and watches, leisure and entertainment and much more. The five-day event will take place from 15-19 November and is expected to attract a huge number of visitors and participants including industry VIP and celebrity guests flying in from all over the world for the occasion.  With over 25 regional and international designers showcasing their latest creations every season, Arab Fashion Week is the first and only platform in the world dedicated to promoting Pre-collections and Ready-Couture.

The Arab Fashion Week since its first edition has received its recognition as one of the world’s highest profile designers showcase alongside to the other four big fashion weeks held in New York (NYFW), London (LFW), Milan (MFW) & Paris (PFW) being officially on the international calendar. In addition, AFW is the only official fashion week in the world for promoting the Ready-Couture and Pre-Collections which defines the international industry scene of luxury fashion in Dubai and the Arab World.FASHION DUBAI, FASHION IN DUBAI, FASHION WEEK DUBAI.

Proudly, the Arab Fashion Week (AFW) 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’. Currently hosted in Dubai, twice a year, in April for RESORT and November for Pre-Fall Winter collections. FASHION DUBAI, FASHION IN DUBAI, FASHION WEEK DUBAI.



In today’s world, the same 10k euro dress is being sold in 100 plus point of sales around the word. However, the luxury client is looking for more privacy and exclusivity at that price point. In 2017, he or she also looks for more social responsibility and care for ecology.

Accordingly, Ready-Couture is the answer to all these concerns by diminishing ‘à-la-chaine production’ and re-establishing a more privileged designer/ client relationship that has been lost with Ready-to-Wear.

It is also the economic model that fits the Middle Eastern and Asian markets, knowing that the designers of those regions create custom garments for their clients in need of adjustments or personalisation, as opposed to mass producing due to traditions and personal preferences.ASHION DUBAI, FASHION IN DUBAI, FASHION WEEK DUBAI.


In today’s time, most of the brands don’t have the luxury of time to put together a Pre-Collection show this is why they resort, to do photo shoots.

While the Pre-Collection presentations are scattered around the world, it becomes tough for buyers and press to follow; however, Pre-Collections are the fastest rising RTW seasons and the most successful in stores. “I had no concept that these additional lines would come to represent such an important part of my budget,” Bridget Cosgrove, Fashion Director of Boutique1, says.

Consequently, AFW decided to open their impressive infrastructure to brands wishing to increase their pre-collection visibility by hosting them in a truly exotic travel destination that is Dubai. (just as Chanel and Public School recently did).

The AFW will provide the perfect infrastructure for hosting the show, buyers, and press at the world’s longest structure The Meydan Hotel & Grandstands, creating a real excitement around the new collections.



AFW  is the world’s only platform that pioneers the concept of Ready-Couture. After its success, the AFW paves its way to celebrate Dubai as the capital for Pre-Collections.

As Paris is the Haute Couture capital of the world, Dubai aims to be the capital of the Ready-Couture as well a perfect destination for Pre-Collections happenings.

Our concept is to offer a single 5 days event that gathers buyers, UNHI clients, and press from around the world, likewise, a key-in-hand opportunity to organize a Pre-Collection or Ready-Couture fashion show creating impactful events and photo content for the brands. 


The 5th edition of the ARAB FASHION WEEK & THE BOUTIQUES (Designers Pop-Up Stores) is scheduled to be hosted from the 15-19th of November 2017 which will be promoting the Ready Couture Spring/summer 2018 and the Pre-collections for Fall/Winter 2018/19.

The Arab Fashion Week in partnership with the Dubai based holding, MERAAS, will host the event in a citywide activation over MERAAS destinations with the main stage being CITY WALK.


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 (AFW) 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. Finally, the fourth edition was held from 16-20 May 2017 at The Meydan, Dubai.

Arab Fashion Week is now considered one of the world’s five most important fashion weeks in the world, as featured on Vogue Italy last April 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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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.

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