Sunday 08, January 2017 by Jessica Combes

The College of Fashion & Design prepares students to enter UAE's billion dirham retail industry

Retailing in the UAE is expected to reach AED200 billion by 2017, growing by a five per cent on average each year, according to an analysis by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI).

Consumer spending, across various categories, is expected to reach AED750 billion by 2017, resulting in the opening up of a range of opportunities for young college graduates in the fashion retail industry. 

The first fully accredited college of its kind in the region, College of Fashion & Design’s (CFD) Bachelor in Fashion Business Management is set to prepare young Arab and expatriate fashion enthusiasts for job opportunities by offering students real-world knowledge.

“The retail and wholesale sector plays a very important role in contributing to the economy of the emirate as it represents 29.2 per cent of the GDP of Dubai. As the market continues to grow, experts estimate that there will be continued substantial employability in the sector,” said CFD President, Prof. Abhilasha Singh. With the launch of CFD, students will benefit from the expertise of its multinational faculty and staff, preparing them for the world of fashion, design, and business to make an effective contribution to the fashion industry. In addition, all the programmes at CFD are focused on instilling a global mindset and an entrepreneurial spirit among the students as the personal and professional development skills are ingrained in each course delivery. 

At CFD, students will receive unparalleled support, hands on experience, and projects to help them work independently or for manufacturers or retailers, as well as learning how to identify the needs of consumers, track trends, communicate effectively with consumers through online and in-store advertising and promotions, and apply the necessary buying and selling skills for sustainable business practices.




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