Arab World

Middle East – Fashion, Design and Art Events

If I tell you Middle East, You will tell me Arab Spring, Syria, Terrorists, Oil…

True but in the same time the region has an important development of art, fashion and design events. What a paradox between ISIS emergence and the development of cultural and artistic places. The Arab world is less and less censored. Even Saudi Arabia has its own Design Week and lots of fashion trade fairs! The two main poles of attraction are Dubai and Beirut.

FASHION, ART, DESIGN, CULTURAL, FILMS, MUSIC, TRADE FAIRS, Middle East gives us a new image!

  1. Arab Fashion Week (Dubai)
  2. La Mode A Beyrouth (Lebanon)
  3. Beirut Summer Fashion Week (Lebanon)
  4. Kuwait Fashion Week (Kuwait)
  5. Doha Fashion Week (Qatar)
  6. Dubai Fashion Week (Dubai)
  7. F@ME Fashion @Middle East (Dubai)
  8. Fashion Forward Dubai [In partnership with Dubai Design District] (Dubai)
  9. Cairo Fashion Festival (Egypt)
  10. Fashion Prize (Dubai)
  1. Beirut Design Week
  2. Bahrain International Design Week
  3. Saudi Design Week
  4. Dubai Design Week
  5. Cairo Design Week
  6. Amman Design Week

design weeks in the middle east & north africa

Beirut is the design capital of the Middle East and North Africa, and Beirut Design Week is its beating heart.

Let’s have a look on the number of participants of the Beirut Design Week! This number doubled in 2 years from 52 in 2012, to 84 in 2013 and 93 in 2014. This event has been pushed by many partnerships on national, regional, and international media. They are also in cooperation with Embassies of The Netherlands, Finland and Denmark, Goethe Institute, the British Council, Institut Francais, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism, the Lebanese American University, The American University of Beirut, Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts, Solidere, and MTV. BDW attracts more than 25,000 visitors per year. They promote more than 100 startups design entrepreneurs in Lebanon and they work with Lebanese top designers and architects. BDW offers 150 activities such as workshops, exhibitions, open studios, film screenings, talks, conferences, and networking events…

  1. Beirut Art Fair (Lebanon)
  2. Beiteddine Art Festival (Lebanon)
  3. Abu Dhabi Art Fair (UAE)
  4. Art Dubai (UAE)
  5. New York Times Art for Tomorrow Conference (Qatar)


art dubaiIn 2014, Art Dubai had 85 galleries, representing 30 different countries with 500 artists! This event attracted 25 000 visitors. The expenses average per visitor were $1 800. The total of the transaction operated by Art Dubai represents more than 45 million of dollars! The artistic event was sponsored by important players as Julius Bär, Emaar, Piaget, Jumeirah, Mashreq (Bank in UAE) and Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. During this fully artistic 3 days, the Abraaj Group Art Prize reward artists from Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.


  1. Beirut International Film Festival (Lebanon)
  2. Murex D’Or (Lebanon)
  3. Cairo International Film Festival (Egypt)
  4. Alexandria International Film Festival (Egypt)
  5. Cairo International Book Fair (Egypt)
  6. Jordan Short Film Festival (Jordan)
  7. Karama Human Rights Film Festival (Jordan)
  8. Al Balad Music Festival (Jordan)
  9. Green Caravan Film Festival (Kuwait)
  10. Kuwait Young Film Festival (Kuwait)
  11. Kuwait International Film Retreat (Kuwait)
  12. Muscat International Film Festival (Oman)
  13. Doha Tribeca Film Festival (Qatar)
  14. Damascus International Film Festival (Syria)
  15. Abu Dhabi Film Festival (UAE)
  16. Dubai International Film Festival (UAE)
  17. Gulf Film Festival (UAE)
  18. Tropfest Arabia (UAE)
  19. Palestine Festival of Literature (Palestine)

Cinema has been banned in Saudi Arabia since the 1980s so there are no films festivals present in this country.

  1. Emirates Uniform & Workwear Expo (Dubai, UAE)
  2. Int’l Textile Fair Dubai (Dubai, UAE)
  3. Techtextil Pavilion @ Intersec Dubaï (Dubai, UAE)
  4. Leatherworld Dubaï (Dubai, UAE)
  5. Dubai International Jewellery Week (Dubai, UAE)
  6. LINEXPO Dubai (Dubai, UAE)
  7. AJWEX (Dubai, UAE)
  8. The Bride Show Dubai (Dubai, UAE)
  9. The Bride Show Arabia Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
  10. ARABEX (Al Ain, UAE)
  11. The Perfect Wedding Show (Sharjah, UAE)
  12. MIDEAST Watch & Jewellery Show (Sharjah, UAE)
  13. Cairo Fashion & Tex (Cairo, Egypt)
  14. Royal Wedding Fair 2015 (Dbayeh, Lebanon)
  15. Wedding Folies 2015 (Beirut, Lebanon)
  16. Jewellery Arabia (Bahrain)
  17. Erbil Style (Erbil, Iraq)
  18. Gold & Jewellery Exhibition (Mishref, Kuwait)
  19. Specialized Watches Exhibition (Mishref, Kuwait)
  20. Qatar Wedding Fair (Doha, Qatar)
  21. Doha Jewellery & Watches (Doha, Qatar)
  22. IWED (Doha, Qatar)
  23. Woman’s Week (Dammam, Saudi Arabia)
  24. Amex World Luxury Expo Riyadh (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
  25. WEDDEX (Muscat, Oman)


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