As summer gives way to winter and the winter chill tiptoes into the Island, it’s that time of the year when the Island is warmed by the exquisite display of bedazzling jewelery from all over the world! Yes, it’s time for Jewellery Arabia, the largest and most prestigious jewellery exhibition in the Middle East. Since its inception in 1992, it has provided international jewellery houses with unrivaled direct access to trade buyers and private collectors from throughout this important economic sector.
Under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Middle East’s premier jewellery and watch exhibition, Jewellery Arabia, is set to celebrate its 25th edition from 22 – 26 November 2016 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.
The spectacular event brings together over 600 exhibitors from 30 countries for a dazzling 5-day gala of glitz and glamour. Spanning 21,000 square metres of exhibition space, a huge range of finished jewellery, luxury timepieces, precious stones, objets d’art, clocks, fine writing instruments and more from around the globe will be on sale. These well-known international names are complemented by the creative gleam of large national pavilions from leading jewellery export countries and the refined sparkle of the Middle East’s finest retailers and manufacturers.
World famous watch and jewellery houses will be making a return appearance at Jewellery Arabia 2016, including major brand names. Many of these high profile international exhibitors will use the event as a platform to introduce exclusive collections and limited edition pieces to the Middle East collectors’ market.
Complementing these iconic brands are 9 national groups from leading jewellery export countries. They include returning delegations of the finest retailers, designers and manufacturers from Hong Kong, India, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States of America. Collectively, these groups reflect the very best manufacturing capabilities, design expertise and gemological resources that their respective countries have to offer.
Joining international brands and national groups are a host of designers, retailers and manufacturers from all over the world, including a selection of Bahrain’s leading jewellers.
To assist visitors with making informed buying choices, the world’s foremost authority on gemology the GIA (Gemmological Institute of America) will be offering complimentary seminars.
Experienced GIA instructors will provide visitors with information on different facets of gems and jewellery. Topics include diamonds, coloured stones, pearls, how to read GIA grading reports and important tips when purchasing jewellery.
For the 12th successive year, the “Middle East Jewellery of the Year Awards” will be held on the sidelines of the exhibition at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on 21 November 2016.
Held under the patronage of His Excellency Zayed R. Alzayani, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the event is hosted by MPP ME, publishers of the industry magazine title Arabian Watches and Jewellery (AWJ).
So let’s brace ourselves for yet another great show of breathtaking opulence and the splendor of precious stones!