Dubai International Jewellery Week Starts Today

Dubai International Jewellery Week 2011 was opened on today by H.E. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates. The most prestigious consumer and trade exhibition of its kind in the Middle East, the four-day exhibition runs until 13 November and is expected to draw record attendance from both consumers and trade visitors.

Thousands of visitors filled the halls on opening day at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC), where over 270 exhibitors from more than 25 countries showcased an unrivalled range of jewels, gemstones andfine jewellery collections. Renowned for its exclusive show offers and keenly anticipated by jewellery lovers across the region, the exhibition is the perfect platform for boutique jewellers, retailers, wholesalers and jewellery designers to showcase new collections and designs.

“We thank H.E. Sultan Al Mansouri for his patronage and support of the Dubai International Jewellery Week,” said Trixee Loh, Senior Vice President, Dubai World Trade Centre, organisers of the exhibition. “This is the most anticipated jewellery event of the year for consumers and industry professionals in the region, and with a wonderfully diverse range of new brands, features and showpieces at this year’s show we can expect sellout success.”

Highlights at the show include renowned international designer Robert Mouawad’s 381 carat “1,001 Nights Diamond Purse”, with 4,356 diamonds, a US$3.8 million price tag and an entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the most expensive purse in the world; a precious Caijou gemstone bathtub; a 99-carat Dubai Cut diamond, a 300-carat pear-shaped yellow sapphire and the US$250,000 limited edition Opus Siroya Ferrari book with diamond-encrusted Prancing Horse. The 3rd Dubai Jewellery Design Awards, sponsored by Mouawad, will have the winning designs showcased at the show.

Many of the region’s premium jewelers such as Ahmad Kurdi Fine Jewellery, Al Anwaar Jewellery, Dhamani Jewels, Mahallati, Mikura Pearls, Rosy Blue Group and Salam Al Shueibi are offering consumers a world of choices and exceptional offers.

Visitors to the show will have the chance to win exclusive prizes, such as diamond, emerald and ruby rings courtesy of Dhamani Jewels worth AED 5,000 each, as well as two black freshwater pearl necklaces, set in 18 carat white gold from Mikura Pearls, plus many more fantastic prizes.

Visitors can also attend the Jewellery Discovery Workshop run by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), world leaders in diamond grading and education. These complimentary classes take place daily in Hall 7 at 1pm, 5pm and 8pm.

Dubai International Jewellery Week runs from 10 – 13 November 2011 and is open between 3pm – 10pm on Thursday and Friday and 11am – 10pm on Saturday and Sunday. The exhibition will be held in Halls 5-8 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre alongside the Dubai International Motor Show which takes place in Halls 1-4 as well as the Sheikh Saeed Halls at the venue.

Entry to the show is free.