By Noimot Olayiwola
HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani yesterday inaugurated the ninth edition of the annual Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition at a glittering ceremony at the Doha Exhibition Centre.
The six-day event, organised by the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and sponsored by QNB , features more than 300 brands of premium jewellery and luxury watches from some 17 countries in Europe, the Middles East and the US.
In addition to an impressive list of regular exhibitors, the event plays host for the first time to many new participants representing some of the leading names in the industry.
Among the significant Qatari exhibitors at the event are Alfardan Jewellery, Ali Bin Ali Watches & Jewellery, Fifty One East, Amiri Gems, , Blue Salon, Al Majed Jewellery, Al Muftah Jewellery, Makki Jewellery, Marzook Al Shamlan, Pari Gallery and Al-Zain.
At the Al Majed Jewellery Pavilion, a one-of-its kind diamond studded clock by Parmigiani Fleurier – a Swiss brand of luxury watchmakers founded in 1976 in Fleurier, Switzerland by Michel Parmigiani – is on offer for QR15mn.
Also specially-made watches, including the Bugatti 370, a driving watch based on the Bugatti Veyron supercar, which won the 2006 “Watch of the Year Award” from the Japanese press are on show.
Other high-profile international brands being featured include Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Audemers Piguet, Richard Mille and Montblanc, Chopard, Chanel, Vacheron Constantin and Piaget, Zenith, Damiani, Maurice Lacroix and Ladoire, Palmiero, Jacob & Co, Concord and Franc Vila, Patek Philippe, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Century, Ebel and Giovanni Ferraris.
QTA chairman Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Nuaimi said the show had reinforced the authority’s efforts in attracting and staging large-scale events that drive tourism and create a domestic market.
“Qatar’s leadership has a solid vision to create a diverse and self sustaining economy in Qatar to benefit all. A vibrant tourism and hospitality industry is very important to realise this ambition. To this end, we are proud to have events of the calibre of the DJWE in Qatar,” he said.
According to the International Monetary fund, 2012 will present new positive horizons for the Qatar’s economy and the prudent management of the country’s wealth and resources will cement this.
The growth of the country’s economy has been reflected in the strength of the retail and luxury goods market with Qatar’s population having one of the highest disposable incomes in the world.
source: Gulf Times