The Top 5 Modeling Agencies in Dubai
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The Top 5 Modeling Agencies in Dubai

Whether you’re a model looking for a gig or a company looking for models for your advertisements and campaigns, we got you covered. In this article, we handpicked the best modeling agencies in Dubai that you can choose from. 

We also answer common questions such as the cost of talent fees of models and what to consider when choosing a modeling agency for your needs. Let’s get started!

How much do models usually get paid in Dubai? 

There is no set price for model fees because it will depend on quite a number of factors such as the kind of project, whether they’re a freelance or agency model, the expertise of the model, and how many hours the work will be. 

Still to give you a range of the usual fees, expect to pay around 200 AED-750 AED per hour for a model’s service. Take note that some additional fees may arise based on where the photos will be used. 

If you go to a modeling agency for models, you’ll have to pay extra for the agency’s services. The pricing structure depends per agency, some require a fixed price while some require a 15-20% from the model’s fees. 

As you can see, the fees can be high when you go to an agency compared to if you hire a freelance model. Still, there are benefits to going to a modeling agency like the ones in our list. 

For one, it’s quicker to find a model who fits your specifications since they already have an existing pool of models. They’ll also do basic screening for you already, so you don’t have to. 

So if you have to meet a deadline, it’s best to go to a modeling agency. Next, there’s a higher chance they’ll give you experienced models already, so shoots will take less time. 

They’ll also only give you one point of billing, so it’s convenient. Still, it will depend on your needs and specifications, so make sure to know exactly what you need before consulting with an agency. 

The Best Modeling Agencies in Dubai

We assessed the agencies based on the following criteria: 

Range of Pool– Since needs and specifications differ per project, it’s important that they have a large roster of available talents you can choose from.
• Diversity– We also looked at whether they have diverse models in their pool in terms of race, ethnicity, weight, age, etc.  
• Number– As part of our assessment of the roster, we also checked if they have a sizable pool of models in their arsena.

Professionalism– Since you’ll be working with them hand in hand, we made sure that the agencies are easy to work with and deliver on their promise. 
•Efficiency – We gauged how well they work within a given time frame. 
•Helpfulness– We also looked at their overall friendliness and attitude.

Ease of Service- We assessed how easy it is to book an appointment with them, go through their website, and all the possible resources they may have. This will affect the flow of your project, so this is a crucial aspect.

Influence- Lastly, the agency’s level of influence and social media presence are also important in this industry. This shows how effective their previous work is and the effect they have on people.

1. Emodels.me

Emodels.me's Homepage
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WEBSITEwww.emodels.me

www.ecasting.ae

ADDRESSFortune Executive - Jumeirah Lakes Towers - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
CONTACT DETAILS+971 4 360 4842
OPERATING HOURS Sunday-Thursday (9:30AM–6PM)

closed Friday and Saturdays

1. RANGE OF POOL★★★★★ (5/5)
        1.1 Diversity★★★★★ (5/5)
        1.2 Number★★★★★ (5/5)
2. PROFESSIONALISM★★★★★ (5/5)
        2.1 Efficiency★★★★★ (5/5)
        2.2 Helpfulness★★★★★ (5/5)
3. EASE OF SERVICE★★★★★ (5/5)
4. INFLUENCE★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Emodels.me was actually established by a previous model, Alexandre Montez. Due to his extensive experience and unique perspective, this modeling agency has flourished in the past seven years.

They mostly specialize in casting and promotion in the fashion industry. They’re also most well known for having a massive range of diverse models, whether in terms of age, race, experience, or some other characteristic. 

In fact, they have over 2000 casting videos to choose from in their other site, with different models to match any requirement. It allows production and advertising agencies to get connected to the talent they need with ease. 

However, we wished all of this were located in just one site instead of so many other external websites, as the current setup makes it inconvenient to go through in our opinion. 

Now, we do think they have a pretty intuitive core site design. It’s just a little too simple and lacks a lot of necessary information. 

Still, we included them because of their vast experience and the diversity of their models in their database and their number of options. 

Pros

  • Diversity of models
  • Wide range and number of options
  • Extensive experience

Cons

  • Site lacks information
  • Has separate websites, making it inconvenient to go through
  • Closed on Fridays and Saturdays

Client Review: 

Professional agency

One of the most professional agencies In the commercial modeling industry in Dubai! -Mohamed Doghaim

2. Diva Dubai Media Agency

Diva Dubai Media Agency's Homepage
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WEBSITEhttps://www.divadubai.com/
ADDRESS1912 Grosvenor Business Tower, New Media City - Barsha Heights - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
CONTACT DETAILS+971 (4) 422 7272
OPERATING HOURS Open 24/7
1. RANGE OF POOL★★★★☆ (4/5)
        1.1 Diversity★★★☆☆ (3/5)
        1.2 Number★★★★★ (5/5)
2. PROFESSIONALISM★★★★★ (5/5)
        2.1 Efficiency★★★★★ (5/5)
        2.2 Helpfulness★★★★★ (5/5)
3. EASE OF SERVICE★★★★★ (5/5)
4. INFLUENCE★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Diva Dubai Media Agency is different compared to the other agencies in this list because they’re not just a modeling agency but a full-on media company with a wide range of services. They have been in the industry since 2003, so they have a lot of experience and have worked with many different brands in the duration of their career. 

Some of the brands they work with are Gucci, LG, Cartier, Audi, Nike, and P&G. They have a wide experience with different industries, which shows that they can be versatile and work for all types of  campaigns. 

Aside from model management, they also offer digital marketing, promotions, print and film production, and PR and events. They also have a training program for models and a service of making portfolios for models. 

They’re a great option if you have a complex campaign and need a wide range of services  because they’re a one-stop shop for media-related needs. They’re open 24 hours, 7 days a week, making them accessible and efficient. 

If you’re a model, it’s also very easy and intuitive to apply on their website, which we like. We just noticed, however, that their site is a bit cluttered, making it a bit inconvenient to look through all their services. 

We also noticed that their models are not so diverse, so that’s something to consider with this agency. 

Another downside is they’re not as active on social media, which we think is something they should focus on as a modeling agency since social media is getting bigger for the industry these days. 

Pros

  • Wide range of services available as a media company
  • Lots of experience and have worked with well-known brands
  • Easy to apply on website
  • Open 24/7

Cons

  • Cluttered website
  • Models not as diverse as competitors
  • Not as active on social media

Client Reviews: 

Definitely recommended

Wonderful work space and environment, definitely recommended. Truly one of the kindest staff and owners. Diva Dubai is truly one of a kind. Hopefully this agency continues its journey to success!-Youllsef

A fantastic, professional company

A fantastic professional company and having worked internationally over several years. Their people management team is very good and I would highly vouch for Diva as the most professional and the best modeling and events company in the Middle East. -Neilsen R. 

3. Bare Face

Bare Face's Homepage
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WEBSITEhttps://www.bareface.com/
ADDRESSBBC Building - DMC Building 10 - Office 132 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
CONTACT DETAILS+971 4 554 1060
OPERATING HOURS Monday-Friday (9AM-6PM)

Closed on weekends

1. RANGE OF POOL★★★★☆ (4/5)
        1.1 Diversity★★★★★ (5/5)
        1.2 Number★★★☆☆ (3/5)
2. PROFESSIONALISM★★★★★ (5/5)
        2.1 Efficiency★★★★★ (5/5)
        2.2 Helpfulness★★★★★ (5/5)
3. EASE OF SERVICE★★★★★ (5/5)
4. INFLUENCE★★★☆☆ (3/5)

A modeling agency founded in 2001, Bareface has a lot of experience in the industry. They specialize in sourcing, managing, and selecting talents from all over the region for different kinds of modeling needs. 

They have diverse talents, from babies to adult models of different nationalities. A downside is that their talent pool is a bit limited compared to competitors. 

So, if you’re looking for a lot of talents, it might be best to try elsewhere.

On the bright side, their application for models is very intuitive. We can’t complain about that particular aspect of their process.

Aside from being a modeling agency, they also offer styling services including but not limited to hair and makeup, production design, fashion, and even food. This is great if you don’t just need models for your project but need stylists as well. 

They have an impressive portfolio and have quite a bit of following online as well. They are very active on social media, which we think is great, as it suggests that they tend to be more clued-into current trends for faces and aesthetics. 

Based on our poll of their previous clients, they don’t just have impeccable work but they’re professional to work with as well. 

Pros

  • Diverse talents
  • Also offer styling services
  • Impressive portfolio
  • Professional

Cons

  • Talent pool limited in number
  • Closed on weekends

Client Reviews:

Good service and great professionals 

I booked two models for a Hotel shoot in Belgium and they were amazing. Good service and great professionals working there. I recommend this company 100% – Pablo Mayor

Professional and welcoming staff

Great agency! Very professional and welcoming staff. The jobs are nice, they pay on time. Super recommended. -Alejandra Cuero

4. MMG Models

MMG Models's Homepage
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WEBSITEhttps://mmgmodels.com/
ADDRESSBusiness Bay, Oxford Tower, Office 1202, Dubai
CONTACT DETAILS[email protected]

[email protected]

1. RANGE OF POOL★★★★☆ (4/5)
        1.1 Diversity★★★☆☆ (3/5)
        1.2 Number★★★★★ (5/5)
2. PROFESSIONALISM★★★★★ (5/5)
        2.1 Efficiency★★★★★ (5/5)
        2.2 Helpfulness★★★★★ (5/5)
3. EASE OF SERVICE★★★★★ (5/5)
4. INFLUENCE★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Established in 2008, MMD Models has been around in the modeling industry for quite some time. This, along with their excellent track record, must be why they have a solid reputation as a modeling agency. 

They have offices both in London and Dubai, so they have expertise and extensive experience in navigating these two very different markets. They also have a great network of other modeling agencies globally. 

In their own words, they “have set up an international scouting network and are able to bring the very best raw and experienced talent to the Middle East”. This seems to hold up based on their extensive experience, as seen in their diverse and impressive portfolio. 

If you look at their Instagram page and their website, you’ll see that they have worked with big names in the industry such as Vogue. They also have quite a following online, so make sure to look into their portfolio to see their sample work. 

We also liked how they have an established reputation for helping models. In fact,  they have been a launching pad for the careers of models who have walked runways of designers such as Ralph Lauren. Celine, Carolina Herrera, Stephane Rolland, and Jean Paul Galltier.

However since they’re an international agency, you can expect that the fees will be a lot higher than with local ones. So if you’re looking for something a little more low-key, it might be best to look elsewhere. 

Pros

  • Extensive experience with big names in the industry
  • Great social media following
  • Experience with Dubai and London markets
  • Great network of agencies

Cons

  • Not a lot of information on official website
  • Expensive since it’s an international agency

Client Reviews: 

We are very much satisfied with Melinda’s way of communication and professionalism

This review is a small token of appreciation for MMG Talent and Melinda. Rayyan got the opportunity for a well known Shoe Brand through MMG. We are very much satisfied with Melinda’s way of communication and professionalism. She never hesitated to answer our queries prior to the shoot. Moreover after the shoot she had the courtesy to send a message late evening and followed up about the day. We highly recommend this agency. -Rushdhi Muzammil

Professional

Been working with them for the past couple of years , they are professional and I’m very happy with Melinda , Shivangi and Jose. -Kyan and Keira

5.  Mixfame

Mixfame's Homepage
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WEBSITEhttps://mixfame.com/
ADDRESSReef Tower - 1303 Cluster O - Jumeirah Lakes Towers - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
CONTACT DETAILS+971 4 554 3383
OPERATING HOURSSunday-Thursday (10 AM-6 PM)

Closed on Fridays and Saturdays

1. RANGE OF POOL★★★★★ (5/5)
        1.1 Diversity★★★★★ (5/5)
        1.2 Number★★★★★ (5/5)
2. PROFESSIONALISM★★★★★ (5/5)
        2.1 Efficiency★★★★★ (5/5)
        2.2 Helpfulness★★★★★ (5/5)
3. EASE OF SERVICE★★★★★ (5/5)
4. INFLUENCE★★★★★ (5/5)

This is a bit different: Mixfame is an online platform that can be accessed by both models and casting directors. Their main goal is to connect models to job opportunities. 

They’re not exactly a typical modeling agency in that they don’t ask for a commission or fee when you post a job on their platform. 

We still included them in the list, however, because of their intuitive online system, range of models available, and popularity. A lot of people kept recommending them when we were looking for the top modeling agencies.

What we love about them personally is how easy it is to access their model database. With just a few clicks, you can filter any requirements for your needs and see a plethora of available talents you can hire who fit your specifications.  

They also have the models’ portfolios when you click on their profiles. In case you don’t have the time to check the individual profiles in the database, you can also easily post a casting call and have the models apply and assess from there. 

Their models are diverse too, so there are a lot of options to choose from to match what you need for your campaigns. 

If you’re a model, it’s also a breeze to see job opportunities and their requirements, so it’s easy to apply. You also get the full amount because they don’t charge commission. 

Pros

  • Intuitive online system
  • No commission fees
  • Easy to post casting calls and see casting calls
  • Diverse range of models

Cons

  • Opens late and closes early
  • Not a typical modeling agency, so training and QC may be lower
  • Closed on Fridays and Saturdays

Client Reviews: 

The website is very easy to use

Mixfame is a great and organized agency for castings. It’s so safe.The staff are very friendly. They offer chances everyday. And the website is very easy to use. Also when you forget to apply, the staff can initiate sending you a notification to apply based on your profile. -Aya

The agency staff is always very kind and polite

I’m super satisfied with the agency’s work.  Many jobs are offered every day, simplicity in how you can use the website is a plus.  You can upgrade your portfolio at any time and apply for as many jobs as you like.  The agency staff is always very kind and polite. Good work guys!- Graziela Nobre

Tips in Choosing a Modeling Agency 

Since there are a lot of modeling agencies out there, it may be hard to pick the best one for you. So we gathered some tips to hopefully make the whole process a lot simpler. 

  1. Identify exactly what you need. 

Knowing your exact specifications for your model/s before consulting with a modeling agency can save you a lot of time and trouble. Every project is different so make sure to prepare a peg describing your desired model in detail. 

This will help the agency connect you with the right person for the job. It’s more convenient to hire an agency because they have already vetted the models so you don’t need to do a casting call anymore. 

  1. Assess your budget. 

Make sure that you know exactly how much you’re willing to spend. Model fees can get a bit pricey, so set your budget first. 

After setting your budget, check the prices for the fees by asking the agencies. From there you can compare and contrast to figure out where you’ll get the most value for your money. 

  1. Check their portfolio. 

Every agency already has their models’ portfolios on file so you can see their previous work. You can review these to give you good insight if they’ll fit your specifications for your project. 

  1. Read reviews and referrals. 

Lastly, you can read the reviews for the agencies from the models and previous clients themselves. This will help you assess their efficiency and attitude, which are just as important as their portfolio. 

Reading reviews can save you unnecessary stress. The work dynamic is very important, so look into how easy it is to do business with them. 

FAQs About Modeling Agencies in Dubai 


There you have it, our guide to modeling agencies in Dubai. We hope we were able to help you assess and choose the best one for your needs and budget. 

Did we miss out on any good modeling agencies in the city? Let us know in the comments below. 

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