Dubai, – Bank Syariah Indonesia (BSI) now has a branch office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (PEA). Besides running the banking business, BSI Dubai is also expected to promote Indonesian halal products, including Muslim fashion.

This statement was conveyed by Vice President K.H. Ma’ruf Amin while visiting the BSI Dubai Branch Office at Unit 509, Gate District 3, Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, PEA, Friday (04/11/2022).

“We make Indonesian Muslim Fashion Week in Dubai like Jakarta Muslim Fashion Week, which is not much different from Paris Fashion Week,” he asked.

According to the Vice President, Indonesia has great potential to develop its Muslim fashion products because it is supported by reliable designers who can create attractive clothing models.

“We have good young designers, the models (clothes) are also good, and what is important is that they comply with sharia,” he said.

Furthermore, the Vice President said he had received the former Minister of Trade, Muhammad Lutfi, and Muslim clothing designers to report on plans for holding the Jakarta Muslim Fashion Week.

The Vice President said that among the designers who came were Muslim designers and non-Muslim designers who wanted to participate.

“Some designers are not Muslims, some are Catholics, but they want to participate in the Jakarta Muslim Fashion Week. It was held when the new Minister of Trade changed, H.E. Zulkifli Hasan, because the market is outstanding,” he said.

For this reason, the Vice President asked BSI Dubai to take advantage of the excellent relations between Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), one of which is to promote Indonesian Muslim fashion by holding the Indonesian Muslim Fashion Week in Dubai.

“I think this is an opportunity and a coincidence that the relations between Indonesia and the UAE are in good shape,” he said.

Responding to the Vice President’s request, BSI Main Director Hery Gunardi acknowledged that the potential for Indonesian Muslim fashion is remarkable. Still, in Dubai, it has yet to be very popular. Even batik clothes, only some people sell.

“The ones selling batik are not here yet. Later, maybe we will make a Muslim fashion exhibition here in collaboration with the Indonesian Embassy,” he said.

To make it happen, continued Hery; he also hoped for support from Muslim fashion business people.

“I’m grateful if someone has business sense and has a batik boutique (for example) here,” he concluded. (SM/LHS-BPMI Setwapres)