From left: Miquel Serranoi Martin, International Projects Director, Fira de Barcelona, Jaber Al Ansari, Deputy Group CEO for Entertainment, q.media, Hamad Al Abdan, Director of Exhibition, Qatar Tourism Authority, and Peter Sutton, CEO, Amlak Venue Management during a press conference at Qatar National Convention Centre yesterday. Shaival Dalal
DOHA: More than 500 brands of the most luxurious jewellery and timepieces will feature at the 11th edition of the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition from February 25 to March 2 at Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).
With 34 exhibitors on 20,000sqm exhibition space, this year’s expo will be bigger than the previous edition, organisers told a press conference yesterday at QNCC.
“What distinguishes this edition from previous ones is an area of 20,000sqm compared with 15,000sqm in the previous year and a 20 percent increase in the space for each exhibitor,” said Hamad Al Abdan, Director of Exhibitions at Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA).
He said 15 percent of the exhibiting companies are newcomers.
Highlights include a fashion show involving top designs from all exhibitors.
QTA is organising the event in partnership with q.media Events and for the first time with Fira Barcelona, a leading Spanish trade and industrial show organiser.
“We believe in the importance of the role the private sector could play in further improving the MICE industry in Qatar, hence we are pleased with the partnership with q.media and Fira Barcelona to organise this exhibition and we are looking forward to more accomplishments,” said Al Abdan. He expressed optimism the expo will be “met with strong interest with new exhibitors and exclusive offerings”.
“Work is being carried out to organise the exhibition in the best possible way, we have applied the best technical designs and adopted the highest safety standards, in coordination with our international partner and QNCC to guarantee visitors’ safety and convenience,” said Jaber Al Ansari, Deputy Group CEO, Entertainment, q.media.
“The event will highlight the importance of Qatar as a leading commercial hub for stakeholders in the sector, and offer a unique platform for networking, communication and exploration of successful commercial opportunities,” he added.
Qatari exhibitors include Al Fardan Jewellery Company, Ali Bin Ali Group, Qatar Luxury Group, Al Majed Jewellery, Blue Salon, Al Muftah Jewellery, Amiri Gems, Fifty One East, Al Jaber Watches, Marzooq Al Shamlan & Sons, Al Majed Pearls/Dar Al Majid Jewellery, Royal Jewellery (Al Malakia), Bulgari Jewellery, Al Makki Jewellery & Watches, Al Mawla Jewellery, Matis Jewellery, Versailles Jewellery, Wazni Jewellery, Doha Marketing Services Co. (Domasco) Tiara Jewellery, Tzarina Jewellery, Blue Diamond Group, Paris Gallery, Mattis Jewellery, Charmeleena, Sabek and Safana Jewellery.
International brands include Mouawad Jewellery, Al Zain Trading Co, Graff/Qatar Marketing Co, Christie’s Jewellery and David Webb.