The serious business of fashion will strut its stuff in Dubai when over 27 designers command the catwalk between April 24-28.

Over 70 designers from the Middle East, Europe and Asia will come together for Arab Fashion Week in City Walk, the design-inspired open-air lifestyle neighbourhood.

Celebrating a wide calendar of fashion shows, pop-ups, presentations and private trunk show, which will be held at the world’s first Ready Couture store and the region’s first ever designer acceleration hub, 1422, at City Walk.

According to Arab Fashion Council chief executive officer, Jacob Abrian: “The Arab Fashion Week is a powerful platform for local, regional and international fashion designers and design houses to show the rest of the world how fashion is evolving in the Middle East. We are proud to see the event evolving to become an international attraction hosting brands, media and buyers from around the world.

“It is absolutely a superb platform for designers around the world to showcase their design prowess. This year’s event is expected to be disruptive. We expect to see new design and lifestyle trends being showcased throughout the event and we are welcoming a premium group of buyers from around Europe, China and Russia.”

Under the themes, See-Now; Buy-Now Spring Summer 2019 and Ready Couture Fall Winter 2019, the eighth edition of the Arab Fashion Week is largely expected to feature trend-setting designs, covetable creations and capsule collections. Some 26,000 guests are expected to attend the event and will have the opportunity to view the runway directly at 1422 Store. When the show concludes, the store will open permanently to the public as what they claim is the world’s first ready-couture store.