Day in the life of UAE fashion designer Essa Walla
8 December 2013 Last updated at 11:30 GMT
In the UAE, moves into fashion have so far been tentative.
However, Essa Walla - who was born and raised in the emirate of Sharjah - is one designer to have built quite a following.
The BBC spent a day with him to find about his business and his life
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