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The UAE Dress – Fashion Design Competition is here!

Calling all fashion designers! Design your own version of a contemporary UAE women’s gown “Thawb” with inspiration from The Sofa Series and Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown’s art and interior design.

Only 5 designs will be selected to go to the next stage of the competition and create the outfit you have imagined.

Submit Your Sketch & Concept Now

BE PART OF THE ZAY INITIATIVE'S COLLECTION

Get your design showcased during an exclusive exhibition from 2 November to 31 December 2021.

Your creation will become part of The Zay Initiative’s permanent collection of Arab historical attire with documentation and digital archiving.

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GRAND REVEAL OF THE WINNER

The winning UAE dress outfit will be shown to the public in celebration of the UAE's 50th Anniversary at our boutique property.

All designs will be reviewed by notable jury including Feryal Al Bastaki, Founder and Designer of Feryal Al Bastaki Fashion, Dr Reem Tariq El Mutwalli, Founder (CEO) of the The Zay Initiative, Patricia Millns, Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and Creative Advisor at The Zay Initiative and Astrid Lesuisse, Art Manager at Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

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The Zay Initiative Story

A non-profit organisation, The Zay Initiative was founded by Dr Reem Tariq El Mutwalli, a published author with more than 40 years of experience in art and cultural heritage in the region.

Dr. El Mutwalli has invested in a collection of historic dresses over the course of the past decades. The core of the collection is based on the UAE traditional dress, in addition to key examples from around the region such as Yemen, Morocco, Kuwait, Iraq, Syria, Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and others.

Learn More About The Zay Initiative
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