Chairman of Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) Engineer Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi (centre), announcing the 10th Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition at a press conference at the Doha International Exhibition Centre yesterday. With him are Yousef Darwish (left), General Manager, Group Corporate Communications, Qatar National Bank, and Ammar Al Saadi, Acting Head of Exhibitions Organising Committee, QTA. (Salim Matramkot)
By Fazeena Saleem
DOHA: One of the world’s biggest diamonds will be unveiled at the 10th Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition, as international exhibitors would join the annual event for the first time, officials said yesterday.
The diamond will be one among the finest collections of Mouawad family which owns the Mouawad, company that designs, manufacturers and sells exclusive boutique jewellery.
The firm is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
Christie’s, one of the world’s most famous brands, too, will be exhibiting their expensive collections for the first time at the Doha exhibition.
They will be participating only as exhibitors and their collections will not be available for sale.
Also Matis, well-known for their unique variety of jewellery, will join the regular local and regional exhibitors.
Christie’s and Matis are aiming to establish a foothold in the jewellery industry in Qatar.
The biggest exhibition exclusively for watches and jewellery organised by the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), is scheduled to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H E Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani.
The event will host 26 exhibitors with more than 500 jewellery and watch brands between February 25 and March 3 at the Doha International Exhibition Centre.
“High-profile exhibitors continued to attract interested and enthusiastic customers from around the region and the world, which has helped made the show one of the most successful in the Gulf and the industry,” Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi, Chairman of QTA, told a press conference yesterday.
“Because of this we have extended the exhibition to seven days this year.
“The 10th edition of the exhibition will have special features as one of the biggest diamonds will be unveiled and international exhibitors like Christie’s,” he added.
The exhibition under the theme ‘Pure Luxury’ is expecting to receive 15 percent more visitors, including those from neighbouring countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and the UAE this year.
“Over the past decade the exhibition has proved to be a record-beating event and this year is no exception.
“It provides the ideal platform for fruitful and highly productive business for all of its visitors and exhibitors, so they can make the most of this brilliant exposition of some of the world’s finest precious stones and timepieces,” said Al Mohannadi.
Qatar National Bank will be the sponsor of the exhibition.