British Council launches competition for designers

Michel Bechara

The British Council is again looking for UAE’s budding talent in the world of design and fashion as part of its international Young Creative Entrepreneur programme.

Those interested in entering can belong to a range of industry arenas including architecture, product design manufacture, as well as design and fashion marketing, retail and promotion.

It recognises the importance of entrepreneurs in the design and fashion industry in the UAE.


“The UAE has a thriving creative industry, and we continue to witness rapid and immense progress within the sector thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of those who live and work here.

“The British Council aims to increase awareness and strengthen the creative economy by helping forge international links for local entrepreneurs – the key drivers of industry growth and the transformation of ideas into creative products,” said Michel Bechara, head of projects for the British Council UAE.

In September 2012, the national YCE Fashion and Design winners will travel to the UK for an industry programme held in conjunction with London Fashion Week, London Design Festival and 100% Design, for opportunities in the future.

Previous programmes have included master-classes with high profile industry figures such as Sir Terence Conran, Tom Dixon, Sir Paul Smith; meetings with leading design and fashion businesses such as SCP, Topshop, Selfridges; meetings and support from key industry organisations and education institutions such as D&AD, Design Council, Architecture Association, Design Business Association, British Fashion Council.

UAE-based entrepreneurs have won the international title twice in the past: Rami Farook of Traffic Gallery won the International Young Design Entrepreneur Award in 2009 and Nayla Al Khaja won the International Young Screen Entrepreneur Award in 2010.

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