As more young individuals aspire to become entrepreneurs, they are opting for creative subjects to forge unique career paths. These careers often offer global prospects in fashion hubs like Milan, Paris, Tokyo, and New York, as well as dynamic roles on cruise ships, attracting students to fields like culinary arts, jewellery making, modelling, and fashion design. Many are willing to invest heavily in these glamorous sectors.

Thai expat Ploy Sadanun Pothikangrit, a professional model, relocated to the UAE six years ago. Initially doubtful about her prospects as a Southeast Asian in the Middle East, Ploy, now 31, decided to pursue her dreams regardless. She recounts, 'I began modelling at 18 in Thailand and moved to Dubai hoping to expand my career. The market was growing, and Asian models were in demand. Fear shouldn't hinder one from chasing their dreams.'

Ploy, now an entrepreneur, expresses gratitude for the UAE's support of emerging artists through advanced design studios, art and design festivals, renowned design schools, and a vibrant local market. She states, 'Dubai is considered the fashion capital of the region. I've grown immensely here and now run my own model agency with a database of 3,000 people.'

Similarly, 21-year-old Tejasvi Sandeep Gurjar, raised in the UAE, aims to launch her clothing line. A graduate of Amity University Dubai’s Fashion Design program, she emphasizes the value of industry experience gained alongside her studies. She plans to start her own brand focusing on Indo-western designs.

In another development, L’ÉCOLE Middle East, in partnership with Dubai Design District, has launched its first permanent campus, offering courses in jewellery arts. Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum highlights Dubai’s role as a global design hub, welcoming institutions like L'ÉCOLE.

Additionally, Symbiosis International University plans to introduce a culinary program in Dubai by 2024, driven by the city’s booming hospitality sector. Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar notes the high demand for culinary training, with many graduates becoming entrepreneurs in the food industry.