The new Dubai Campus of Istituto Marangoni, the prestigious Italian school of fashion and design, was inaugurated on Monday 12 September, at the Museum of the Future.
H.H. Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of the Dubai Authority for Culture and the Arts and member of the Dubai Council, and the Federal Minister for Culture and Youth, H.E. Noura Bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, attended the event.
The Dubai Campus represents the 10th school in Istituto Marangoni’s international network and the first international fashion and design school to open in the UAE. Emirati authorities, the Italian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, and the Consulate General of Italy in Dubai contributed to its creation.
Courses at the undergraduate level will begin in the coming days, with 40 students of 27 different nationalities attending. Short and executive courses will also be available by January 2023.
The inauguration of the Dubai Campus took place at the Dubai Museum of the Future, with a parade of young designers who graduated from different Istituto Marangoni Campuses, in a fascinating dialogue between real and virtual worlds.
Istituto Marangoni’s Managing Director, Stefania Valenti, and CEO of Galileo Global Education, Donato Medici, attended the inauguration. They both expressed great satisfaction with the new Campus in such a dynamic location as Dubai.
“We started researching Dubai about three years ago and were surprised to discover that there was no university-level educational offer focused on fashion and luxury,” explained Ms. Valenti.
The Consul General of Italy in Dubai, Giuseppe Finocchiaro, pointed out that “Istituto Marangoni will be a training platform, inspiring a new generation of young designers and creatives in the Middle East, with a specific focus on technology and environmental issues.”
According to the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, the choice of Dubai by Istituto Marangoni confirms the growing importance of the Middle East and Gulf countries in the fashion-luxury sector. The Dubai Campus thus represents for the Italian Institute the first step towards a stronger presence in the Gulf, in particular in Qatar, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia.