• Dubai Design & Fashion Council

    Dubai Design & Fashion Council

    In 2013, his highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, issued Decree No (23) for the year 2013 for the formation of the Dubai Design and Fashion Council, a member of the Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA) (www.dcca.gov.ae) to steer design initiatives and position Dubai as the emerging design capital of the world. As the custodian of design in the Emirate, DDFC strives to nurture local and regional talent by instilling international design standards, supporting the local design community to create a sustainable industry and establishing itself as an authoritative voice in the design space.

  • The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA GULF)

    The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA GULF)

    The Royal Institute of British Architects was set up in the UK in 1834 and wasgranted its Royal Charter by King William IV in 1837 "...to advance architecture by demonstrating public benefit and promoting excellence in the profession.” 
    It is registered in the UK as a chartered body at Companies House and was registered as a charity in the 1960s. It gained its charitable status from its work on educating the public and the profession about architecture. It is not owned by anyone, but is run by a council of trustees.
    In 2009 the Gulf Chapter was officially launched at the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi. The American University of Sharjah, under the patronage of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, is the official sponsor for the RIBA Gulf Chapter.

  • The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

    The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

    The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is an international professional organization based in Washington DC, that serves architects and design professionals. Since its establishment in 1857 in the US, it has grown to be the largest professional organization for architects with 300 chapters in the US, 5 international chapters, and a membership in excess of 80,000 members. AIA Middle East, formed in the UAE in 2010, was established to serve the professional interests of the growing number of active AIA members in the Middle East and North Africa. Equally as important, AIA Middle East helps foster stronger ties between AIA, regional architects and governments in the MENA region. 


  • MECSC (The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres)

    MECSC (The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres)

    The voice of the shopping centre industry in the Middle East & North Africa

    The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres is the regional trade body representing the Shopping Centre Industry in the Middle East & North Africa.

    Our mission is to provide an effective forum for exchange of ideas and sharing of knowledge and be a catalyst in the development of the shopping centre industry in the Middle East & North Africa.

    Established in 1994, MECSC has grown over the years and has a strong and closely connected member base of over 750 industry professionals from all over the Middle East & North Africa representing shopping mall owners, developers, marketing managers, leasing managers and specialists, retailers, consultants, property managers, financiers, accountants, government officials and industry suppliers.

    Affiliated to the New York based International Council of Shopping Centers, MECSC provides its members with unparalleled local and international business contacts and support through its network of international affiliates.

  • EGBC


    The Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) was formed in 2006 to contribute to the United Arab Emirates' goal to be a global leader for sustainability in the built environment. Globally, EmiratesGBC represents the UAE on the World Green Building Council and supports the MENA Network of Green Building Councils. Locally, the organization serves  the industry and its members by:Serving as a catalyst for collaboration and a hub for excellence to promote sustainability of the built environment. Providing resources and information to those active in the sustainable buildings sector.  Influencing policy and regulation related to sustainable building environments. Providing the link between international green building movements and local industry.