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The New York-based Lebanese designer Reem Acra will fulfill her promise to help develop the Middle East's fashion industry as one of the latest members appointed to the Dubai Council for Design and Fashion.The council announced this week the appointment of Acra, known for her ornate wedding dresses and evening gowns popular among Hollywood celebrities, as well as journalist Ali Jaber, group TV director at MBC, advertising executive Ghassan Harfouche, group CEO of Middle East Communications Network, and public relations specialist Raja Trad, CEO of Leo Burnett and Publicis MENA. The four new members are all Lebanese and will join the council of more than half a dozen other industry leaders from Dubai and the Gulf. Based on comments a year ago, Acra seems optimistic that the region would succeed in building a viable fashion scene.
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