Sell-out Dubai jewellery show from Dec 4
Dubai, October 24, 2013
Dubai International Jewellery Week, the Middle East’s most influential jewellery event, is set to shine once again at the Dubai World Trade Centre from December 4 to 7.
UAE residents and tourists spent a total of Dh10.2 billion on gold and jewellery in 2012, while the final quarter of the year saw a 6 per cent increase in jewellery spending, up from Dh1.4 billion to Dh1.5 billion, according to Dubai Customs.
With the UAE economy forecast to grow by 3.3 per cent in 2013, and the GCC economy to reach a record high of $1.46 trillion, consumer spending should remain strong, which bodes well for the 350 exhibitors from more than 25 countries who have signed up to participate in the sold-out show this year.
The four-day show will welcome 120 new exhibitors from Australia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Portugal, and more, attracting leading international brands, regional manufacturers and distributors, retailers, jewellery designers and buyers who wish to source the best quality jewellery at the best prices.
Dubai International Jewellery Week is one of the most glitzy social and jewellery shopping events in the Dubai calendar, bringing never before seen pieces to the Middle East.
Trixie LohMirmand, senior vice president, Dubai World Trade Centre, the organisers of Dubai International Jewellery Week, said: “Visitors this year will have the opportunity to buy some of the most beautiful, creative jewellery designs from around the world at affordable prices. Dubai is one of the top shopping destinations in the world and today accounts for approximately 25 per cent of global physical gold trade.
“Dubai International Jewellery Week underlines the significance of the jewellery industry in the region and allows consumers to support local and regional talent while also discovering stunning one-of-a-kind design pieces and the latest trends from around the world.”
Running alongside the event is the 5th Jewellery Design Awards, attracting amateur and professional designers from across the world, each competing to be rewarded for excellence in jewellery design, innovation and creativity.
The awards consists of 9 categories with Emerging Designer categories including Arabic Influenced Jewellery Design, Asian Influenced Jewellery Design and Emirati Jewellery Designer of the Year, open to local aspiring UAE national designers. Among the highlights of the Professional Designers categories are the Bridal Jewellery Set Design and Objet D’Art Award. New at Dubai International Jewellery Week is the Futuristic Jewellery Award and CAD/CAM Technology Award to acknowledge the best use of creativity and technological know-how.
Winners of the Jewellery Design Awards walk away with a trophy and prizes awarded by GIA Middle East, the world’s foremost authority in gemology. A prototype of the winning pieces will be manufactured for display by the National Institute of Vocational Education.
GIA Middle East will additionally be conducting daily seminars at Dubai International Jewellery Week.
The popular Hosted Buyer Programme also returns, providing top-level buyers, from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Russia and Turkey among others, an opportunity to meet with the exhibitors of their choice for focused one-to-one appointments, while raffles and prize draws will up for grabs throughout the four days, said the statement. – TradeArabia News Service