The Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and the patron of The Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE) HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani opened the 16th edition of the exhibition Wednesday at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre.
The opening ceremony was attended by a number of ministers, ambassadors, VIPs, industry experts and other dignitaries. Following the opening, HE Sheikh Abdullah toured the 29,000 sqm exhibition which runs for six days and organised by Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) in association with Auditoire.
The 2019 edition of the exhibition includes more than 500 brands from over 10 countries. It also sees the return of the Young Qatari Designers ( YQD) and provides a platform to highlight their designs and exchange experiences in the industry. Another key highlight of the exhibition is the Indian Pavilion as DJWE celebrates Qatar-India Year of Culture 2019. There will also be a charity auction as a major side event.
Renowned Indian film actress and fashion icon, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, added glamour to the exhibition’s opening as a special celebrity guest accompanied by a delegation of dignitaries including the ambassador of India. She toured the glittering Indian Pavilion and visited the booths to view the fine jewellery collections of each of the 13 designers in the India Pavilion. She also met with fans and visitors at the exhibition in the presence of local and international media.
The DJWE 2019 offers exclusive pieces from the world’s finest jewellery and watch brands, and provides visitors with a hands-on experience in the jewellery industry and exclusive designs. DJWE is open to visitors from 12 noon until 10 pm until February 25 except tomorrow when it will be open from 4 pm to 10 pm.
HE the Prime Minister tours the exhibition
The major participants at the exhibition are Alfardan Jewellery, Ali Bin Ali Group, Al Majed Jewellery, Amiri Gems WLL, and Fifty One East. This year’s edition also sees the participation of world-class brands for the first time, such as Tiffany & Co. and L’Atelier du Bracelet Parisien, and the return of Bulgari to showcase its unique collection of luxury jewellery and watches.
HE Akbar al-Baker, secretary general of QNTC said, “Over 15 years, DJWE has witnessed important developments, both in terms of the level of local and international participation, and in terms of the level of events taking place on the show’s sidelines, which have focused on harbouring and transferring industry knowledge between consumers, manufacturers and experts.”
“We are proud of the sizeable Qatari participation in this key event, and I would particularly like to recognise the Young Qatari Designers who are contributing stunning and luxurious pieces that are presenting strong competition to international brands,”he added.
Another highlight of the event is the YQD initiative. YQD is part of the DJWE for the third time supporting Qatari talent and highlighting their creations and designs. Under the YQD initiative, 12 local designers are participating in a pavilion dedicated to Qatari talent. This year, the spotlight is on nine returning and three new talented Qatari designers.
Those returning are Fajr al-Attiya of Trifoglio, Ghada Albuainain of Ghada Albuainain Jewellery; Hissa and Jawaher al-Mannai of Ghand Jewellery; Leila Abu Issa of Leila Issam Fine Jewellery; Nada al- Sulaiti of Hairaat Fine Jewellery; Nouf al-Meer of Nouf Jewellery; Sarah al-Hammadi of Sarah’s & Co; Noor al-Fardan of Noudar; and Shaikha al-Ghanim of AlGhla Jewellery. Designers taking part for the first time include Abdulla Yussif Fakhroo of Midad Jewellry; Noora and Mariam al-Meadadi of Thameen Jewellery; and Sameera al-Mulla of Hessa Jewels.
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