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Beauty & Style | Tuesday 21 February, 2017 9:25 am |

Doors to College of Fashion & Design are Officially Open


CFD opens doors to the first batch of students by appointing leading Lebanese fashion designer Walid Atallah as member of board of advisors


The Emirate’s first locally accredited College of Fashion and Design (CFD), located in the heart of the city, welcomed its first batch of students on 10th February 2017.


CFD announced the official launch by appointing Beirut-born fashion designer Walid Atallah as a member of CFD’s board of advisors. The award-winning Atallah is best known for his colorful runway creations generously sprayed with Swarovski crystals, precious stones, and diamonds.


Speaking about the official launch, Prof. Abhilasha Singh, President, and CEO of CFD says, “Today is a celebration of everyone’s hard work and commitment to launching CFD. The school’s state-of-the-art facilities will support a broad range of effective teaching practices and a lift in achievement for all students.”


She adds, “Also, we are thrilled to have Walid Atallah on board. He will play a leading role in creating new and innovative learning opportunities for the students that will help build UAE’s fashion industry, and boost the presence of local designers in the Middle East and across the globe.” Recently, CFD also appointed Her Excellency Sheikha Hend Faisal Al Qassemi as the Chairperson of the Advisory Board and Member of Board of Trustees.


With over 50 shows, held across the Middle East, Asia, Africa, USA, Canada and Europe, to his credit, Atallah holds numerous accomplishments including the Guinness Book Record for the World’s Most Expensive Wedding Dress worth US$ 1.25 million that he designed for a Princess from Saudi Arabia. He was also the first international and Arab designer to co-design Rolls Royce ‘Phantom Rayan’ carrying ‘Walid Atallah’ signature.


Among Walid’s elite clientele are not just the region’s wealthy and famous but also many Princesses and top celebrities such as Warda Al Jazairia, Majida el Roumi, May Hariri, Diana Haddad, Haifa Wehbi, Nawal el Zoghbi,  Latifa and Sherine Abdel Wahab to name a few.


About The College of Fashion and Design, Dubai:


The College of Fashion and Design (CFD), located in Business Bay, Dubai is the first focused Fashion Design and Fashion Business Management College in the region to receive local accreditation from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR); recognition from the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Centre of Academic Accreditation (CAA), UAE.


With enrolment now open, and following the American credit hour curriculum, CFD’s world-class infrastructure, state of-the-art technology, multi-cultural student base and experienced global faculty ensures students are equipped for a number of employment options in the market and are career ready upon graduation. A niche institution striving for excellence in the field of fashion and design, CFD not only provides opportunities for learners to attain higher education, but through providing access to some of the best-known international institutions also works to hone local talent as the future faces of the fashion industry. Building on the UAE as a ‘Global fashion hub’.


CFD offers courses for both degree students and non-degree students. Non-degree students can select from three Bridge Programmes; Fashion Prep (FPrep), Remedial English, and Remedial Mathematics, upgrading knowledge and skills for personal interest or transferring for credit purposes. Whilst, degree students can select from four programmes; the Bachelor Degree in Fashion Business Management (BDFBM) connecting all facets of fashion business, from marketing and management to promotions and buying or the Bachelor Degree in Fashion Design (BDFD) providing learners with industry insights to create an apparel collection, both of which are four years. Alternatively on the completion of the first two years of either Bachelor program, students can receive an Associate Degree.


Contact CFD:

For more information on CFD or to apply visit:

The College of Fashion and Design, Dubai

Bay Square, Business Bay,

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T: +97144541405 | E: [email protected] 



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