Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, in partnership with L’ÉCOLE Middle East School of Jewelry Arts supported by Van Cleef & Arpels, is thrilled to announce the opening of applications for the prestigious ADMAF Design Fund Award 2024. This initiative aims to empower cultural industries and support young designers from the UAE in their exploration towards artistic excellence and professional development.

The ADMAF Design Fund Award, launched in 2019, provides a unique platform for both emerging jewelry designers based in the UAE and medium-sized jewelry-focused businesses for an opportunity to initiate a transformative journey. Through bespoke collaborations and comprehensive training opportunities, the award sets the stage for the creation of future-leading brands within the region and beyond.

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Award Prize


AED 50,000


The top 3 winners of ADMAF Design Fund Award 2024 will have the unique opportunity to attend a 5-day program at L’ÉCOLE Middle East campus in Dubai, Dubai Design District (d3). Furthermore, the top winner will be granted a 50,000 AED prize to encourage them to establish and boost their jewelry design career. In addition, the top winner will enjoy a 5-day trip to Paris. This exclusive trip includes attendance at a wider range of courses led by other renowned teachers and master craftsmen in High Jewelry creation at L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts.



  1. Submission Start Date: 31-January-2024
  2.  Submission Deadline: 30-April-2024
  3. Award Date: 30-May-2024

July 2024: Winner travels to L’École in Paris

March 2025: Winner showcases the physical representation of the winning piece at Abu Dhabi Festival 2025

The competition is open to Emirati nationals aged between 18 and 35 years.
The entries are only accepted by individuals not groups.

Competition entrants will be expected to submit an original jewelry design (that has not been created yet). The winning design will be strong in and cover all the following criteria:

  • Design:
    • Will the creation have any symbolic meaning
    • What will it represent?
    • What is the style?
    • Why have you chosen this piece?
    • What is the intention/ use?
  • Savoir-Faire:
    • Which process will be followed for making the creation?
    • Which tools will be used and why?
    • Which jeweller’s techniques will the candidate use?
    • How well were the techniques mastered?
    • Has he/she developed / perfected any skills?
  • Materials:
    • Which type of materials has the candidate chosen to use?
    • On what basis has he/she selected the materials?
  • Financial Feasibility:
    • How well has the designer thought about the business model behind the collection?
  • Compile and send the application form below.
  • Business model canvas (to be submitted online).
  • Any supporting documents (plans, sketches etc.) that support the entry (to be submitted online).

By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions:

  • The competition is free to enter.
  • Only completed entries will be accepted.
  • Competition entrants will not receive payment for their entries
  • In entering the Award, applicant warrants that their entry is completely original under his/her own creation, all content therein is accurate and lawful, and does not contain material that is harmful, libelous or defamatory to, or material that may infringe the right of, any person or entity in any nature. The applicant will be obliged to indemnify any damage ADMAF may suffer as a result of any inconsistency to the foregoing.
  • Applicants will retain ownership of copyright for their entry. After submission to the competition, ADMAF has the right to use the nominated work in connection with the competition. ADMAF has the right to copy, display, publish and make available all nominated work in any format (whether online or in print or otherwise) in connection with the competition.
  • The jury selects one winner, and their decision is final.
  • The nominator will facilitate the winning applicant’s attendance and participation in the Award Ceremony during Abu Dhabi Festival 2025.
  • The winner agrees to appear in all photography and film associated with the award and will be requested to sign a waiver accordingly.
  • The winner agrees to exhibit their work during any activity taking place in Abu Dhabi Festival 2025 or any other activity organized by ADMAF or L’École Van Cleef & Arpels during 2024/2025.
  • The winner agrees to join the ADMAF Alumni and contribute to the promotion of future editions of the award.
  • The winner must claim the prize within 12 months of receipt.
  • The applicant’s contact details will be added to the ADMAF database to receive future updates from the Foundation.
  • Payment will be provided in installments dependent on meeting agreed milestones and targets set between the winner and their mentor/coach.