Qatar’s jewellery market has remained strong amid the ongoing blockade imposed by the Saudi-led bloc, a leading jeweller told 'Gulf Times' on Saturday. “The blockade has had no effect, market is resilient, and people are not bothered about anything,” Amiri Gems CEO Gope K Shahani stressed.
He was speaking on the sidelines of the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition, taking place at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre until Monday. He cited “a very strong faith” in the Qatar market, referring to Amiri Gems' excellent performance in the past years since its inception in 1994. “We expect the Qatar market to be better and better. We’ve been here for a very long time and we are satisfied with the jewellery business here,” the CEO noted.
Amiri Gems CEO Gope K Shahani at the DJWE 2018
Amiri Gems showcases luxurious and exclusive pieces at the DJWE 2018
“Over the years, I have personally witnessed the rapid evolution of the Qatari retail market and am hopeful that the scale and level of sophistication of the luxury product market will continue to develop alongside Qatar’s profile in the international arena,” he added. Shahani also lauded the Young Qatari Designers initiative, under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, saying it serves as a good platform for local designers to showcase their creativity.
“It is really heartening to see young Qatari designers coming up and creating something for their country and something for their people,” Shahani said. “The initiative is very interesting.”
Amiri Gems, which has represented many of the top jewellery and watch brands, is showcasing an array of jewellery pieces from its various collections at the DJWE, including those from Europe, the Far East, India and Turkey, among others. Among the prominent brands on offer in the distinguished watches category are Swiss luxury watches titans Concord, Jacob & Co Watches, Bamford Watch Department, Franc Vila, IceLink, Royal Diamond, Vogard, and Tabbah.
Amiri Gems’ “high-profile reputable brands that adorn the fine jewellery segment” are Adler, Chatila, Avakian, Samer Halimeh, Glenn Spiro, Jacob and Co Jewellery, Amrapali Jewels, Theo Fennell, Amiri Gems Jewellery, Palmiero Jewellery Design, Mariano and Oro Trend. “Our collection is very selective,” Shahani said. “The price range is from the lowest to the very exclusive.”
Amiri Gems was created to cater to the needs of all connoisseurs of diamonds and gemstones, by HE Sheikh Nawaf bin Nasser al-Thani, president and CEO of Nasser Bin Khaled & Sons Group of Companies. HE Sheikh Nawaf’s passion for gems and jewels led to the founding of the company 24 years ago.
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