The 19th edition of the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE), which ran from February 20 – 25 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre, witnessed thousands of visitors enjoy exclusive collections and extraordinary showpieces by prominent jewellers from around the world.
The event under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani and organised by Qatar Tourism and Qatar Business Events Corporation, showcased an extensive display of luxurious jewellery and watch collections from over 500 local, regional and international brands.
This year’s big nine exhibitors were Alfardan Jewellery, Ali Bin Ali Luxury, Al Majed Jewellery, Al Muftah Jewellery, Amiri Gems, Bulgari, Blue Salon, Fifty One East and Louis Vuitton. In addition, 10 Qatari designers were featured in a dedicated space to showcase their latest collections.
DJWE 2023 also saw the return of the Turkish and Indian pavilions, with various brands and bespoke designs that celebrated the unique heritage and culture of these countries. New to this year was a musical score developed exclusively for this edition by famed Qatari composer, Dana Alfardan.
Two of Qatar Duty-Free’s most iconic cafés, Harrod’s Tea Rooms and Venchi, were present for the first time, as well as Phillips, a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st century art and design, and which holds the world record for the most successful watch auctions.
A purpose-built studio was created on-site this year, where numerous interviews took place with notable brands including Damas, Philips and Mukhi Sisters, Chopard, Bulgari, Hublot, as well as local brands, ‘Al Witr’ and much more.
Commenting on the conclusion of the flagship event, Qatar Tourism chairman and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive HE Akbar al-Baker said: “We are proud to conclude another successful edition of DJWE. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the event’s esteemed partners and exhibitors, whose continued support makes this event successful.”
Heba Ali al-Tamimi, senior executive vice president of QNB Group Communications, said: “Our annual sponsorship of this glamorous event confirms QNB Group’s commitment to supporting sustainable development efforts towards a knowledge-based economic model focused on sustainability, innovation, and diversification, in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.”
Education Above All’s director of partnerships, Parintaj Sulaiman, said: “We are pleased for our partner DJWE’s extraordinary support in helping achieve SDG Goal 17 of partnerships for the goals and raising awareness for the barriers children around the world face regarding their fundamental right to quality education".
Alfardan Group vice chairman and Alfardan Jewellery president Ali Alfardan said: “Having participated in the exhibition since its inception 19 years ago, this year, we introduced a special collaboration with Tiffany & Co that combines our passion for our heritage and pearls with their timeless contemporary design and revealed Nancy Ajram as a brand ambassador for Tiffany & Co.
Ali Bin Ali Luxury COO Awn Zureikat said: “DJWE is truly a global platform for luxury brands, and it’s getting bigger every year. Ali Bin Ali Luxury is proud of its long-standing association with this landmark event.”
AlMuftah Group chairman AbdulRahman AlMuftah said: “The astonishing six days were full of elegance with an overwhelming number of attendees.”
Sheikh Nawaf Nasser bin Khaled al-Thani said: “Amiri Gems is proud to have been part of DJWE since its inception.”
Bulgari MEAI managing director Stephane Larher, said: “It has been an incredible experience to be surrounded by so many distinguished industry professionals and enthusiasts, showcasing some of the world's most exceptional high jewellery and watch designs.
Commenting on the success of the 19th edition of DJWE, Fifty One East chairman and managing director Bader al-Darwish said: “This year’s edition was particularly exciting following a momentous time in our nation’s when Qatar had the opportunity to showcase its beauty and capabilities to the global audience during FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
“Fifty One East's participation further solidifies our commitment towards this leading event which we’ve been associated with since its early days. We look forward to other successful editions in the coming decades,” he added.
Al Majed Jewellery vice chairman Jamil bin Mahdi al-Majed said: “We are proud of our collections and are constantly looking closely at everything that simulates the Qatari taste to make sure that we are providing our clientele not only what satisfies their expectations and even exceeds them.”
Renowned brands display latest collections at the event.
DJWE puts a spotlight on Qatari designers.