Friday, December 01, 2023 | Daily Newspaper published by GPPC Doha, Qatar.
 Joey Aguilar
Joey Aguilar
Joey Aguilar has been a journalist since 2013 at Gulf Times, reporting on events related to Qatar. He was earlier a journalist for eight years in the Philippines. He became one of the 2015 United Nations Foundation Global Goals Press Fellows. He has also attended a number of journalism seminars in the Philippines.
Qatar Tourism chairman and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive HE Akbar al-Baker speaking at the 9th Annual Destination Wedding Planners Congress. PICTURE: Shaji Kayamkulam.
Qatar, a wedding destination like no other: Al-Baker

From the world’s best hotels and venues to unparalleled hospitality, 'Qatar has everything' to become a leading and favourite wedding destination globally, Qatar Tourism chairman and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive HE Akbar al-Baker has said.He was speaking at the 9th Annual Destination Wedding Planners Congress on Wednesday at St Regis Doha. The three-day event, which concludes today, has brought together 500 delegates and industry experts from up to 70 countries under one roof.HE al-Baker pointed out that whoever gets married in Doha, ties the knot in Doha, will have an experience that is unprecedented."We have everything here, the world’s best hotels, museums, beaches, the best venues, and everything that you need to make your wedding the best wedding is available here.“But most importantly, you have the warmth and acceptance of the people of Qatar, and we don’t treat you as industry leaders in wedding planning, we don’t treat you as a commodity, we treat you as an asset and this is where we give you the maximum value to come and bring your venue to Doha.”HE al-Baker said Qatar is not competing with other countries as a wedding destination since it has its own plans and assets to promote – hidden treasures that are yet to be discovered.“We also do not want to be a tourist destination for 25, 30, 40 million people. We are very moderate, we are very humble in the numbers we want. We want this to be a family destination, where families feel comfortable, safe, feel relaxed, and have an influence that is synonymous with the hospitality that we have now,” he stated.If Qatar successfully hosted the FIFA World Cup 2022, HE al-Baker pointed out that the country can also host the best and most memorable weddings.He said Qatar Airways has now acquired seaplanes that will take guests to remote resorts: one has been built and a second is set to open in the next three months.“There are so many things to discover about Qatar so I don’t only want people to come and get married here but keep in repeating honeymoons. With a destination like Qatar, you should keep on having many honeymoons,” HE al-Baker said.As a tourism destination, he noted that Qatar offers curated and unique experiences: its territorial waters is home to a large number of whale sharks and dugongs for more than three months; turtle hatchings on the beaches: the world’s best resorts that can be reached without any interference; and a country that has nearly 10 months of kite surfing – “an opportunity which doesn’t happen anywhere else”.HE al-Baker noted that Qatar is also home to one of the best health and wellness resorts in the world – Zulal. The 9th Annual Destination Wedding Planners Congress - a globally renowned platform for wedding planners, connoisseurs, hoteliers, and professionals in the luxury wedding planning industry - is also presenting panel discussions and activities.

HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani at the Qatar – Indonesia Year of Culture 2023 opening Sunday. PICTURE: Qatar Museums
Qatar and Indonesia Year of Culture 2023 kicks off

The Qatar-Indonesia 2023 Year of Culture kicked off Sunday at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), putting a spotlight on projects that enhance the creative and cultural industries in both countries with a focus on sustainable and long-term partnerships..text-box { float:right; width:450px; padding:10px; border:1pt solid black; margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 20px;}@media only screen and (max-width: 767px) {.text-box {width: 60%;}}Opportunity to embark onculinary journeysRamadan will offer an opportunity to embark on special culinary journeys in both countries.Indonesian chefs will infuse traditional ingredients into menus of various restaurants in the country during Ramadan while special culinary demonstrations will take place at the ongoing Qatar International Food Festival.At the same time, Qatari cuisine and traditional celebrations like Garangao will make their way to Indonesia.Collaboration around the shared passion for food will continue over the summer when two Qatari and Indonesian chefs travel across Indonesia on a culinary journey.The Years of Culture has also partnered with Reach Out to Asia to organise a volunteer trip for a group of young people from Qatar to work with school children in Indonesia.A special theatrical presentation of HAYATI (Tree of Life): Searching for The Essence of Love, organised and presented by Indonesia’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology.Created especially for this Year of Culture will be presenting in Qatar this year.In Indonesia, participants from both nations will join in a cycling tour to the world’s largest Buddhist temple in Borobudur, located in Central Java.The tour will culminate with a festive dinner and the presentation of a traditional Qatari performance, highlighting the shared passion of the two cultures for sport, cuisine, and the performing arts.The longest-running exchange programme of the Qatar Years of Culture programme, the Photography Journey, will be organised this year with the support of the Jakarta International Photography Festival.A pair of Qatari and Indonesian photographers will capture images of traditional practices, documenting and preserving intangible cultural heritage in both countries.An exhibition of photographs by the participants will be presented in Qatar and Indonesia later in the year.In the fall of 2023, the Years of Culture team is set to organise a cultural extravagansa in Qatar celebrating shared traditions of craftsmanship and hospitality.Major events will celebrate vibrant cultural traditions in both Qatar and Indonesia during the Workshop Month (September), a special exhibition celebrating the two nations’ shared appreciation for the rituals of hospitality and coffee-making at NMoQ (October), participation in the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (October) and the return of the annual Cultural Festival at Flag Plaza celebrating Indonesia as this year’s partner (November), as well as film screenings in both countries.“Our partnership with Indonesia this year is taking us to a new level, where we witness art, cultural and humanitarian events and initiatives, to bring people closer together through creative programmes in fashion, theatre, culinary art, education, sports, filmmaking, politics and museums," said Qatar Museums (QM) Chairperson HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.“By working together and sharing knowledge, we will all benefit from Indonesia’s experience in building its creative economy, which includes a lifestyle rich in culture,” she explained at the special ceremony, attended by Indonesian ambassador Ridwan Hassan, several ambassadors from various embassies in Doha and QM officials, among other guests.The celebration at MIA also showcased a traditional Saman dance by members of the Indonesian diaspora (Rumah Seni Al Khor), a performance on Sasando (a traditional musical instrument from the island of Rote in East Nusa Tenggara by Ganzer Lanaalso, and folk songs by Firdha Rachmadani.This year’s programme, preceded by the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (Menasa) Year of Culture in 2022, will feature an array of cultural events and live performances, sports competitions, exhibitions, culinary festivals, photography projects, residency and volunteer programmes, among other activities, QM noted.Speaking at the event, the Indonesian ambassador said: “Essentially, Year of Culture is in line with our national motto, “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika”, which means “unity in diversity”.As a multicultural country, which has an estimated population of more than 279mn, and more than 300 distinct ethnic and linguistic groups, Indonesia boasts such significant cultural, ethnic, religious and linguistic diversity.“On the other hand, Qatar is the epitome of diversity in the Middle East, with more than 100 nationalities.These similarities make two countries are less difficult to build strong brotherhood cooperation.Our Qatari colleagues have been excellent partners in opening their hearts to many new Indonesian cultural experiences."The envoy noted that the embassy and members of the Indonesian community in Doha took part in three events in Qatar this year: on Qatar National Sport Day, where Pencak Silat athletes and performers demonstrated their skills during an event at Education City; an exhibition of Minang Culture (supported by the Ministry of Culture and QM) at Bait Al Sulaiti last month, which unveils a wide variety of cultural performances; and a friendly competition between the Qatar Horseback Archery Centre and the Indonesian Horseback Archery Association, also in February.“Indonesia welcomes the opportunity to celebrate our robust partnership with Qatar through the Qatar-Indonesia 2023 Year of Culture.Thank you Qatar, for always facilitating the diversity.That we, from every corner of the world, could embrace and celebrate our culture, just like in our own country,” Hassan said.In a press statement, QM’s Cultural Diplomacy director Aisha Ghanem al-Attiya said: “The Indonesian national motto of Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, Unity in Diversity, perfectly expresses the spirit of the Qatar-Indonesia 2023 Year of Culture.Through our many programmes, to be held in both nations, we will weave together a tapestry of relationships that are as varied as they are strong and resilient.”As part of the 2023 Year of Culture, MIA is featuring a spectacular collection of Indonesian artefacts in new galleries dedicated to Southeast Asia (17 and 18), which opened to the public yesterday.According to QM, the galleries remind visitors that the region today is home to the largest Muslim community worldwide, underlining the connection between different cultures through exhibits on the trade of commodities and the exchange of ideas across the Islamic World and beyond.Displays feature beautiful Indonesian gold jewellery and textiles.MIA’s Curatorial Affairs deputy director Shaika Nasser al-Nassr said: “At MIA, we tell the story of the spread of Islam around the world and its influence on art and culture.The new MIA makes that story complete with the addition of galleries on the Indian Ocean region and Southeast Asia.”Residency programmes to foster creative industriesThe year’s special emphasis on fostering the creative and cultural industries will be carried out through three-month-long residency programmes, pairing Qatari and Indonesian designers to encourage direct engagement between emerging talent from both countries.These collaborative residencies will provide opportunities for Qatari product and fashion designers to discover traditional Indonesian craftsmanship from local masters in jewellery design and metalworking and embroidery.Mentors and locations were carefully selected from regions of Indonesia best known for these specific areas of expertise: Tasikmalaya (embroidery) and Sumba (metal ornamentation).Each residency will challenge participants to consider issues of waste management and sustainability in their choice of materials and designs.Final products will be introduced at prestigious festivals celebrating Indonesian culture and design, including the Indonesian Contemporary Art and Design (ICAD) festival in October-November 2023, Jakarta Fashion Week in October 2023, as well as a monumental year-end exhibition at the National Gallery in Indonesia.Artworks by some of Qatar’s brightest emerging contemporary artists will travel to Indonesia as part of the ARTJOG 2023 festival, which asks participating artists to reveal the intent and motivation behind their work through various interactions, discussions, and silahturahmi (a concept based on Islamic practices about keeping or mending ties between family or kin adopted by Muslin communities in Indonesia) with artists.Additional community events and celebrations will be announced throughout the year on Years of Culture social media pages and website at

The second day of the Darb Lusail Parade featured a series of stunning performances, and interactive activities. PICTURE: Shaji Kayamkulam.
Darb Lusail Parade enthralls thousands, to conclude Saturday

Spectacular entertainment shows and live performances marked the second day of the Darb Lusail Parade at the Lusail Boulevard Friday in the presence of thousands of spectators.The three-day event along the 1.3km iconic venue concludes Saturday with three parades of about 30 minutes, taking place at 6pm, 7.30pm, and 9.30pm and attracting crowds at various stations.A dancing duo – dressed in unique and attractive costumes invites spectators to join them. Face painting, henna, meet and greet with parade performers such as LED dancers, living statues, and different cartoon and Disney characters such as Spiderman, the Hulk, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, among others.The folk dancers on stage also drew a large number of spectators. The Lusail Boulevard offers a festive atmosphere for different age groups. While children enjoy roaming around the venue on their scooters, others walk along the stretch as they watch the parade.“I love going to Lusail Boulevard because my daughter can play and enjoy various activities, while my wife and I try to achieve our daily target of 10,000 steps by walking back and forth,” said Filipino expatriate Pat C who tried to catch the first parade at 6pm.While the Lusail Boulevard hosts several restaurants and cafes, Pat said he hopes to return to the venue in the coming days for the upcoming Qatar International Food Festival, which begins Saturday and runs until until March 21.Like the previous QIFF, the annual celebration is set to feature an array of local and international cuisines, cooking demonstrations, entertainment shows, and activations for people to enjoy. The avenue has parking areas for motorists while many visitors come via the Doha metro.

Performers regale crowds at the launch of the three-day Darb Lusail Parade 2023 yesterday at the Lusail Boulevard. PICTURES: Shaji Kayamkulam. Page 12.
Magnificent Darb Lusail Parade kicks off

The three-day Darb Lusail Parade 2023 kicked off yesterday at the Lusail Boulevard, featuring a grand display of entertainment shows, live performances and fun-filled, family-friendly activities along the 1.3km avenue.Lusail Boulevard is once again hosting a spectacular and crowd-puller event nearly three months after hosting the Qatar National Day parade last year – which highlighted Argentina’s win during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 final.At the launch of the Darb Lusail Parade 2023, roving mascots, stilt walkers and LED dancers dressed in unique and colourful costumes welcomed a large number of visitors who are spending the weekend with their families, groups of friends or colleagues.The festive mood at the venue was reminiscent of the World Cup fever where football fans could be seen enjoying the music, shows, and the various interactive games, in addition to the appeal of sport-themed boulevard sections and a wide variety of local and international cuisines on offer.“It’s been a while since the football fever and my family and I are very happy to be here and experience another exciting and enjoyable festival. My son loves to see mascots and popular cartoon characters, and for me that’s one way of shifting his focus away from electronic gadgets,” Indian expatriate Sachin M told Gulf Times.He lauded the organisers for presenting yet another “amazing event for residents and visitors to enjoy and engage with”, apart from the annual festivities being held in the country.While the parade enthralled spectators along the avenue, cultural shows led by Qatari musicians and performers serenaded the crowd. The programme runs from 6pm to 11pm, giving spectators the opportunity to experience folk shows, carnival bands, global street arts, and the Qatar Brass Band, as well as children’s section and henna stations.Every station and section of the boulevard also features a different show and activity: military symphony orchestra, laser light shows, lifestyle dance and skate performances.The Qatar Brass Band’s performance was one of the highlights yesterday at the boulevard as it enthralled spectators with its popular original, as well as international music pieces such as Titanic film’s theme, My heart will go on. “Lusail Boulevard is so appealing to a lot of people. It’s actually one of the best and memorable places besides the Lusail Stadium and Souq Waqif that comes to my mind when we talk about the World Cup last year,” said Filipino expatriate Mark RL.“The architecture and design, its modernity, and all the things that it offers as a destination are exceptional. I hope that these events will continue throughout the year,” he said while expressing optimism that Lusail Boulevard will soon become a popular entertainment hub and food destination.The Darb Lusail Parade serves as a curtain raiser of the Qatar International Food Festival 2023, which begins tomorrow (Saturday). The event running until March 21, marking the country’s diverse food and beverage, as well as hospitality offerings, is also expected to draw thousands of visitors and spectators.

Sheikha Alanoud al-Thani addressing the event.
Women’s key role in digital and economic transformation highlighted

Women serve as a driving force in the ongoing economic and digital transformation in Qatar and the region, underscoring their economic potential if fully realised, a Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) official said.“Qatar is booming and women are the key reason for that growth, but as much progress as has been made, we have only just began to scratch the surface of what is possible,” QFC deputy CEO and chief business officer Sheikha Alanoud al-Thani told the Cartier’s VIP event, held at Liwan Design Studios and Labs on Tuesday.The gathering brought together prominent and influential female personalities from Qatar and the Middle East, including industry leaders and community influencers, to mark the International Women’s Day.Besides holding numerous high profile public roles, she noted that many Qatari women are leading and paving the way for others, directing initiatives, and setting national policies and strategies, in addition to leading their own organisations forward.Women also play an essential role in a huge number of small and medium enterprises, as well as in all sectors, inspiring more others to follow their lead and pursue their own ambitions.“There is an undisputed recognition that to succeed in today's global economy, it is essential to empower women,” Sheikha Alanoud al-Thani said.She cited the success of the hosting of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar, saying it was a demonstration of the remarkable transformation that is underway for both Qatar and the entire Middle East North Africa (Mena) region.According to Sheikha Alanoud al-Thani, economic growth across Mena was more than 6% in 2022 – an 18-year high and among the fastest globally while Qatar saw “an incredible 70% annual growth in foreign direct investment (FDI) projects for the past several years and this is true throughout the region.”“Four of the 10 countries with the brightest outlook for FDI in 2023 are in the GCC and Qatar tops that. Technology and how it fits within the United Nations’ theme (“DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”) for this year and the digital economy has been very critical to this growth,” she said.She noted that the Qatar government is rapidly expanding online services for its citizens, and has launched the national strategy for Fintech on March 7, “which is a testament towards that mandate, and companies of all sizes are also deploying innovations that open up entirely new areas for economic development.“Now, the digital economy is on track to double its share of national GDP by the end of the decade.“Analysis suggests that fully realising women's economic potential in the broader Mena region would add as much as $2.7tn to regional GDP, and the GCC alone, achieving full parity, would add more than $800bn in value for our economies, a growth of more than 40%, just imagine that number and the potential it holds for the region,” Sheikha Alanoud al-Thani.However, she noted that structural and cultural barriers still prevent women’s entry into the workforce and their advancement. “We can't afford to have half our populations, our best-educated citizens sitting on the sidelines. To get more women into the workforce, we must create a work environment that is more inclusive.Sheikha Alanoud al-Thani noted that the digital economy provides “an unprecedented opportunity to achieve a step change in women's economic engagement and development that previously would have taken generations.”“The most direct path to increasing women's economic empowerment though is making it possible for them to start businesses themselves. Our ability to create the inclusive supportive environment we need depends on women not just leading within companies but also running them.“To encourage entrepreneurship, business incubators and accelerators have emerged throughout Qatar, dedicated funds that we run in partnership with others including M7, the Fintech hub, the digital fund the sports technology fund, and the general localisation fund ensure that we have a minimum two seats for women-led initiatives to be part of any of the cohorts that graduate and go through that programme,” she said.Currently, nearly 5,000 women are identified as company managers on the national business registry and the number has more than tripled since less than a decade ago, Sheikha Alanoud al-Thani added.

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Cartier VIP event marks Women’s Day

A Cartier VIP event brought together prominent and influential female personalities from Qatar and the Middle East at Liwan Design Studios and Labs yesterday (March 7), marking the annual International Women’s Day (IWD).The occasion, organised by Cartier in collaboration with Qatar Museums (QM), put a spotlight on the power and influence of women in the region, and celebrates their achievements.One of the highlights was a panel discussion titled “Women as a driving force of change”, featuring Injaz Al Arab chairperson and Injaz Qatar founding chair Sheikha Hanadi al-Thani, Liwan designer Aisha al-Sowaidi, 1309 founder and creative director and The Cutting Studio founder and CEO Ghada al-Subaey, and QM’s head of programmes Fahad al-Odaidly as host.All In Her (2023), a Cartier-commissioned piece made of acrylic and 24k gold leaf sheets on handmade ahar paper by Qatari artist and calligrapher AlAnoud al-Ghamdi, was also unveiled at the event. It is inspired by excerpts from a poem written by Sheikh Jassim bin Mohamed bin Thani, founder of Qatar and one of the most influential poets of the 19th century.Speaking prior to the talk, Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) deputy CEO and chief business officer Sheikha Alanoud al-Thani thanked Cartier for organising the gathering, saying: “It’s always great to be an event where we see both genders represented... It is a testament to the important role of women in any society whether it is in Qatar or globally.”In her speech, Sheikha Alanoud al-Thani said in Qatar and throughout the region, women are a driving force behind the transformation that is underway. She added that based on numerous studies, levelling the playing field between men and women has major economic benefits.In Qatar, Sheikha Alanoud said that women hold numerous high-profile public posts who lead and inspire other women, directing initiatives, and setting national policies and strategies, and leading their own organisations forward.“Qatari women not only outnumber men in higher education but the participation of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education fields is nearly 50% higher than the global average.“These highly educated women are eager to utilise the knowledge and skills that they’ve acquired and women’s economic participation is rising rapidly as a result,” she noted. “Qatar also has a 57% labour participation rate, the highest in the Arab world and well above the global average.”Empowering women has helped Qatar prosper as never before, Qatar is booming and women are a key reason for that growth.Sheikha Alanoud cited Qatar’s important steps in creating a more inclusive work environment such as mandating paid maternity leaves, and while at QFC, an initiative to support paternity leave was launched as well as fully funding maternity leave beyond six months.Meanwhile, the talk underlined the journey of renowned and influential women in Qatar and the region in achieving their status as they overcome several challenges along the way.“Rather than using the word ‘empowerment’, which is something that you give, you do an atmosphere that encourages girls or women to achieve, I think in Qatar now we are looking at the word ‘inpowerment’ because it is unleashing the power that is within the youth and the girls of this country to achieve better future for Qatar,” Sheikha Hanadi pointed out.Al-Sowaidi said she sees challenges as opportunities to become a better multidisciplinary designer while al-Subaey, who is passionate about fashion design but graduated with a degree in accountancy, said she figured her own way (to become a successful designer) despite the many challenges and difficulties.Al-Subaey cited QM Chairperson HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani’s opening of M7, which played an essential role in enabling designers to excel in the creative field; and for opening the doors for people like her to contribute in completing the creative ecosystem in Doha as well as building a creative economy by opening “The Cutting Studio”.

Qatar Tourism COO Berthold Trenkel at the GIMS Qatar press preview Monday. PICTURE: Thajudheen.
Multiple venues for Geneva Int'l Motor Show Qatar

Car enthusiasts will experience “an auto show beyond all expectations” at the first Geneva International Motor Show Qatar (GIMS Qatar), scheduled from October 5 to 14 across multiple locations in the country, including the Inland Sea, Doha Corniche and the Lusail International Circuit.The 10-day event, organised by GIMS and Qatar Tourism, will be staged to coincide with the Formula 1 Qatar Grand Prix 2023 in Doha on October 8 and expected to attract 200,000 visitors from across the globe.While the main exhibition will take place at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC), some of the most prominent locations in Qatar will also serve as venues for this first-of-its-kind and cutting-edge motoring festival.Visitors will have the opportunity to test drive vehicles off-road in Qatar’s southern area as part of the Sealine Desert Camp where exhibitors can demonstrate the capability of their vehicles, in addition to offering VIP hospitality to guests.The unique desert landscape and its tidal inland sea represents an off-road challenge for any 4X4 lover, it was explained at a press preview Monday in the presence of Qatar Tourism COO Berthold Trenkel and other officials.Apart from the new reveals at DECC, GIMS Qatar exhibitors will also host rides and drives at the Lusail International Circuit (20km north of Doha), a state-of-the-art track currently being renovated for the Formula 1 event.The event will hold a Parade of Excellence to highlight “the best of automotive on the streets of Doha, bringing together exhibitors, customers and visitors for a memorable evening.”Across a 6km stretch of Doha Corniche, the parade “will bring the energy and dynamism of GIMS Qatar to the Doha waterfront as the second weekend begins. As dusk turns to evening, the parade will unite the country and its visitors in a passionate celebration of all the things automotive, providing an opportunity for brands to host their existing and prospective customers.”At DECC’s 29,000sqm exhibition space, an array of limited edition vehicles and supercars, among others, will be showcased in an immersive and extraordinary setting. A modern venue at the heart of Doha, the world-class and award-winning facility has hosted more than 250 exhibitions and events since it opened in 2015.GIMS Qatar, which puts a spotlight on the “designs, innovation and automotive technology in the exhibitions of automobiles, first-time reveals and various test drives”, will take place every two years.

Sweets, delicacies and an array of apparel, jewellery, handicrafts, artworks and toys are displayed by sellers from different communities at the MIA Park Bazaar. PICTURE: Shaji Kayamkulam.
MIA Bazaar becomes a melting pot of cultures

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Bazaar continues to attract a large number of visitors since it reopened on February 3, offering a wide range of food and non-food items for shoppers to explore.From sweets and delicacies to an array of apparel, jewellery, handicrafts, artworks and toys displayed by sellers from different communities, the bazaar provides shoppers with affordable and quality products.Lamia Mustafa, who is showcasing some of her artworks and other handmade items like embroidery at MIA Park, told Gulf Times that she gets an increasing number of customers at the bazaar."Many customers often look for pieces (either paintings or mugs) that feature Qatar’s landmarks and those with Islamic designs while others prefer personalised items," she explained.Also a member of QatArt, Mustafa said she has been participating in various bazaars and similar activities in the country besides the MIA bazaar, and before the Covid-19 pandemic.Apart from artworks, clothing is one of the most sought-after products at the MIA Bazaar as many sellers offer enticing deals. These include men’s and women’s wear such as jeans, jackets, t-shirts, and abayas, in addition to children’s wear.“Where can you find a stall like this (referring to seller) that offers items between QR5 and QR10? Only here at MIA Bazaar, and the quality is quite good,” said Nepali expatriate Sunil, who bought at least nine different items.The bazaar, which operates during weekends until March 18 (Fridays from 2pm to 10pm and Saturdays from 10am to 8pm), has also become a melting pot of cultures, featuring handmade products, as well as home-cooked authentic cuisines, from different nationalities and expatriate communities.Other attractive products on display at the MIA Bazaar are handcrafted real butterfly frames and glass domes, made in the Philippines by the couple Bernard and Lea Punzal. In the previous week, Lea said all their butterfly glass domes were sold out.Apart from jewellery of varying designs and shapes, many shoppers also find ornaments such as necklaces and bracelets made of pearls, beads, seashells, and other materials attractive.

AgriteQ 2023 to showcase cutting-edge farming technologies, innovations, and agricultural products.
AgriteQ to explore latest farming tech, innovations

The 10th edition of Qatar’s International Agricultural Exhibition (AgriteQ), set to take place from March 15 to 19 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC), will provide an opportunity for industry experts to explore state-of-the-art and latest farming technologies and innovations.The event, organised by the Ministry of Municipality in collaboration with Expo 2023, allows specialists and other participants 'to meet with key decision-makers, gain valuable insights, and discover the best practices' in agriculture.AgriteQ puts a spotlight on innovation in agricultural techniques aimed toward achieving food security and sustainable development.“AgriteQ was launched to act as an accelerator to achieving the goals of Qatar National Food Security Strategy. Since its inception 10 years ago, AgriteQ has been at the forefront of providing a full-fledged platform for local and international agriculture stakeholders to exchange expertise, discover trends and developments, and seize business opportunities in this vital sector,” organisers said.AgriteQ’s previous edition witnessed the participation of 650 exhibitors from 52 countries and attracted a large number of visitors at a 29,000sqm space. It also featured several talks and workshops, as well as investment opportunities.This year’s programme will include discussions on ‘Initiatives, Opportunities and Projects in the World of Agriculture’; ‘Research and Scientific Studies Towards a Sustainable Qatari Food Security’; and ‘Farming in urban areas – learn how to make your passion productive for home or business’.The talks will also tackle a number of topics such as learning how to work with animals and plants in small spaces; save money at the supermarket; growing fruits, herbs, veg, eggs, and meat at home; studying urban farming for business; understanding the growing methods used in smaller spaces such as vertical and roof gardening; and hydroponics, among others.At AgriteQ participants can also learn more about beekeeping with hands-on experience on beehives, and about the different uses of bees, honey production, beehive nutrition, and the movement of bees. One of the talks will discuss technology's significant role in boosting agricultural production in the country.The latest edition of AgriteQ will also feature dedicated exhibition zones: VeteQ, a specialised platform for veterinary health, showcasing a broad range of veterinary products, equipment and services for livestock, poultry and other species; and FoodteQ, a specialised platform for the food and agro-industry, displaying food products, as well as food processing, packaging machinery, and more.Qatar’s agriculture market, valued at $143.55mn in 2020, is projected to reach $209.97mn in 2028, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 4.87% from 2021 to 2028.A number of factors like the increase in adoption of advanced farming technologies and conducive government policies supporting domestic crop production along with a highly active local supply system are some of the factors driving the market growth in the country, according to AgriteQ organisers.

Public art definitely is one of the stronger points of the QM, said Abdulrahman al-Ishaq.
Qatar's art scene becomes more vibrant

The post-coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and post-World Cup era will witness Qatar’s art scene becoming more vibrant, especially with installations going beyond the galleries for people to enjoy and appreciate, Qatar Museum (QM)’s head of Public Art Abdulrahman al-Ishaq has said.“Public art definitely is one of the stronger points of the QM; it's directly led by HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad al-Thani, our chairperson,” he said on the sidelines of a recent Qatar Creates Week press conference. “She pays attention to it, and in the last 10 years public art has grown spectacularly, and right now we believe that we are ahead in the region.”Citing an example, al-Ishaq said that the QM used to do case studies about public art in an airport in the US but now, Qatar’s Hamad International Airport (HIA) has become the subject of such studies.The HIA is home to an array of public artworks by world-renowned artists, including Urs Fischer, Jean-Michel Othoniel, KAWS, Ahmed al-Bahrani, and Tom Otterness.“We're happy about that and we hope to even improve on that,” said al-Ishaq, adding that many artists in Qatar produced several pieces during the pandemic in 2020 despite facing various challenges, as well as during the World Cup in Qatar last year.He said that the prestigious football tournament saw the impact of public art and art in general as a universal language and bridge of communication between people of different backgrounds.According to al-Ishaq, one of the most successful public artworks that the QM has installed was Pouce (thumb) by French sculptor César Baldaccini (1921-1998) at Souq Waqif, which attracted a large number of fans during the World Cup.He added that it was by chance they realised that this installation is related to football.“We’re looking at Qatar (art scene) becoming more vibrant, (and) a more culturally and artistically literate public,” al-Ishaq said. “We look at our region and how they are advancing and we're trying to learn, and we’re trying to be the best as always.”Ahead of the World Cup, residents and visitors also saw Qatar transforming into an open museum, showcasing various installations of varying sizes, shapes, designs and topics spread across the country.During the Qatar Creates Week from March 10-18, the QM will feature “The curious desert” exhibition, a series of outdoor installations by Icelandic–Danish artist Olafur Eliasson.It brings together 12 site-specific desert installations at Al Thakhira and gallery presentations of artworks created over the artist's career.Al-Ishaq said that the QM also engages schools and universities in the country to discuss public art as part of their curriculum.The QM has an annual initiative which invites students who are not artists yet to propose permanent or temporary public artwork.He noted that this programme is now in its third year and has seen the quality of artworks by participants advancing.“It’s more mature now, and I must say, a great surprise to see students understand the economy of art, how to create a project, how to start it,” al-Ishaq said, noting that the initiative’s aim is to educate and inspire participants to enter the art market.

PICTURES: Shaji Kayamkulam
Qatar Creates to launch spring/summer programme

Qatar Creates will kick off its spring and summer programme with exhibition openings, film screenings, talks and workshops from March 10-18, putting a spotlight on art, culture and creativity, Qatar Museums (QM) has announced.“Each year at the spring gathering of Qatar Creates, we present a wide-ranging cultural programme that celebrates the diversity and talent of the nation and illuminates major topics of local, regional, and international interest,” QM and Doha Film Institute (DFI) Chairperson HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani said in a statement.“The exciting programme planned for this March exemplifies all that Qatar Creates offers: showcasing Qatari cinema through DFI events, highlighting the perspectives of outstanding local and regional photographers at Tasweer, raising fascinating and urgent issues through Olafur Eliasson’s remarkable installations and projects, and much more,” she said.Among the highlights are the DFI’s 9th edition of Qumra 2023, the opening of the 2nd biennial Tasweer Photo Festival Qatar, and the debut of several art exhibitions, including the first solo exhibition of Eliasson’s work in the Gulf region.At a press conference yesterday, Tasweer Photo Festival and Fire Station director Khalifa al-Obaidli said: “Our vision for Tasweer is to provide a platform for innovative photographers and photographic communities from Qatar and the Western Asia and North Africa region.”Tasweer features multiple temporary exhibitions and heritage site installations such as the Doha Fashion Fridays at M7, a collaborative project initiated in 2017 on Instagram by artists Khalid Albaih and Aparna Jayakumar.“We also have at M7, ‘A Chance to Breathe’, a project which presents the photographs of Azimul Hasson, Dil Kayas and Omal Khair, documenting their daily life and Rohingya community at the largest refugee camp in the world,” al-Obaidli said. “The exhibition also aims to train and support the three artists.”Tasweer will reactivate two site-specific exhibitions from March 14 to May 20:“My Mother Lulwa’s House”, an installation by Qatari artist Mashael al-Hejaz at Majlis Barahat Al Jufair“And Thereafter”, an immersive installation at Al Koot Fort, on the edge of Souq Waqif, created by Hadeer Omar in collaboration with Sonic Jeel and Katia Kolovea.Tasweer will also present “I Am The Traveler And Also The Road” exhibition at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art.Created by photographers living in West Asia and North Africa region, this exhibition features the 12 recipients of Tasweer’s Sheikh Saoud al-Thani Project Award grants in 2021 and 2022.On March 17, Mathaf will open “Beirut and the Golden Sixties: A Manifesto of Fragility”, a multidisciplinary exhibition co-curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath.Qatar Creates Week will inaugurate Eliasson’s “The curious desert” exhibition on March 19, which brings together 12 new site-specific installations located near the Al Thakhira Mangrove in Northern Qatar within a Sabkha habitat (flat salt-encrusted desert), and an extensive gallery presentation at the National Museum of Qatar, Exhibitions and Heritage Exhibit Section head Bouthayna Baltaji said.The exhibition follows the QM’s October 2022 unveiling of Eliasson’s outdoor artwork, titled Shadows travelling on the sea of the day, at the desert outside of the Ain Mohamed heritage site in northern Qatar.QM Public Art director Abdulrahman al-Ishaq said two new installations will be unveiled as part of the Qatar Creates week: artworks by Franz West, and Peter Fischli and David Weiss.The QM’s Public Art will also hold the 2nd edition of the international mural festival, “World Wide Walls, Doha”, among other events.“In 2023, we will be continuing to expand our public art programme through a series of open calls to continue supporting local talents,” al-Ishaq said.Qatar Creates is partnering with Clown Skateboard x Paris Saint-Germain on the release of an exclusive capsule collection on March 15 at the Doha Fire Station, combining skateboarding, apparel, and digital art.The Doha capsule range is inspired by calligraffiti artist Fatima al-Sharshani.Qatar Creates also brings a range of ongoing exhibitions such as the “Lusail Museum: Tales of a Connected World” at Al Riwaq, “Art Mill Museum 2030” at Qatar Flour Mill, “Forever Valentino” at M7, “World of Football” at 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, “A Living Tradition of Japanese Pottery” at the Museum of Islamic Art, and “Experience Al Jazeera” at Doha Fire Station.

Strong bilateral relations between Qatar and Japan, says Japanese ambassador Satoshi Maeda. PICTURE: Shaji Kayamkulam
Strong Qatar – Japan ties underscored to mark Japan National Day

The Embassy of Japan in Doha highlighted the strong bilateral relations between Qatar and Japan, particularly in the area of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production and trade, marking Japan’s National Day Monday at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Hotel.“Japan made a significant contribution in the creation of Qatar’s LNG export sector in the late 20th century. Japan’s contribution included the participation of Japanese private companies in Qatar’s LNG marketing and engineering support to produce LNG in the North Field as well as major LNG sales contracts,” Japanese ambassador Satoshi Maeda told reporters recently in Doha.The envoy noted that Qatar has been a reliable and important LNG supplier for more than 25 years since Japan received Qatar’s first-ever LNG export in 1997. While a large-scale LNG contract between Japan and Qatar was terminated by the end of 2021 without renewal, he said among the reasons behind this move is to promote what was called the “Green Growth Strategy”.This, Maeda said, refers to a positive cycle of both economic growth and environmental protection by achieving carbon neutrality. Environment and new energy (blue ammonia) are promising fields for future Japan - Qatar relations, given Japan’s world-class energy efficiency technologies and interest in new energies.“In this light, it is important to vitalise new power generation businesses such as renewable energy and hydrogen power generation. That said, Japanese companies are still interested in importing LNG from Qatar.“Given that, Japan aims to continue its LNG cooperation with Qatar and expand our cooperation into new energy fields, such as blue ammonia and hydrogen, which are by-products of natural gas processing,” Maeda said.The event, which also marks the 63rd birthday of His Majesty, Japan Emperor Naruhito, also puts a spotlight on the strengthening of other areas of cooperation between the two countries.The enjoy said Qatar and Japan agreed to become “comprehensive partners” in 2013 to solidify and diversify existing ties, which include enhancing multi-sectoral co-operation: from new and renewable energies to culture, science and technology, national security, academic exchange, and human resource development.He pointed out that the United Nations Least Developed Countries, set to take place in Doha from March 5 to 9, provides a golden opportunity for Japan to share its valuable experiences of development assistance.In the Economic Affairs, the Japanese envoy said cooperation between the two countries remains strong: Japan was Qatar’s 4th top destination in the world for export last year (1st: China, 2nd: India, 3rd: South Korea and 4th: Japan).Export to Qatar in 2022: about $1.23bn, up from $0.76bn in 2021. Import from Qatar in 2022: about $13.05bn, up from about $9.57bn in 2021. There are 34 Japanese companies in Qatar. Japan’s car export to Qatar in 2022: 21,825 cars, up since 2020. On people-to-people exchanges, Maeda said as of February this year, there are about 550 Japanese residents in Qatar who are engaged in various sectors.“For example, in the business sector, some of them primarily work for energy-related Japanese private companies and Qatar Airways. In the education sector, there are some Japanese teachers in the Japanese School of Doha and students in Qatar University,” he said.However, he pointed out that the overall number of Japanese residents in Qatar has been decreasing since the Covid-19 pandemic due largely to the decline in Japanese business activities.Maeda said the number is expected to increase this year as the situation is nearly back to normalcy, in addition to the Japanese chemical engineering company’s involvement in the North Field expansion project in Ras Laffan.With regards to the Qatar – Japan bilateral aspect of the World Cup, Maeda said Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado visited Qatar from November 27 to December 3, 2022, as Honorary Patron of the Japan Football Association.“This is the first visit by a member of the Japanese imperial family since the current Emperor and Empress visited Qatar in 1994 when they were Crown Prince and Princess,” he added.

The 19th edition of Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition is concluding today at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre. PICTURE: Shaji Kayamkulam
Extraordinary craftsmanship and creativity at DJWE

Extraordinary craftsmanship and creativity continue to attract a huge number of visitors to the 19th edition of Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE), which concludes Saturday at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre.The key event in Qatar’s annual social calendar is poised to become the biggest luxury show in the world.From pearls, precious gemstones, and ornaments to high-end timepieces, DJWE offers lovers of luxury an array of exquisite pieces from more than 500 renowned brands.“The previous DJWE was the first exhibition after the (Covid-19) pandemic period so everybody was very excited. During the current edition, many people are coming late, mostly after 7pm, and they try to concentrate and buy over the last two to three days,” Italian jeweller Filippo Picchiotti told Gulf Times.Filippo is one of the sons of Giuseppe, founder of Picchiotti Fine Jewellery, a family-owned company and a major jeweller in Italy since 1967. He finds Qatar and the region, particularly with the staging of the annual DJWE, an important market for jewellery due to people’s interest and passion for fine and large pieces.“The market here is excellent because there is a limited number of people with a great power of purchasing, they appreciate the quality, understand the product, and besides that, this show (DJWE) also attracts (nationals) from neighbouring countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, so it is a very important show,” Filippo said.The brand, located at the Alfardan pavilion, is showcasing one of its special items at the exhibition – a one-of-a-kind sapphire and diamond collection – which he said has a layout of a heart-shape sapphire of approximately 90 carats in total.Besides, Filippo said the brand is also introducing a new collection that features pieces with a combination of colours and new in the market, receiving a good response since the first day of the exhibition.“You don’t see of it too much around. Even if it is a colourful item, it is always in our very classic style so people appreciate this combination: between classic and also a little bit more artistic,” he noted. “These are statement pieces, something not for daily use.”Qatari jewellery designer and Leila Issam Fine Jewellery founder Leila Abu Issa, who is also part of the Qatari Designers initiative this year, shares the same view as she cited the huge popularity of DJWE and the country as a luxury destination.One of the most visited areas at the 33,000sqm venue is the Alfardan pavilion as it hosts local and several internationally renowned brands such as Noudar, Al Tawash, Tiffany & Co, Chopard, and Vacheron Constantin, among others.

Leila Abu Issa showcases her Nostalgia collection at DJWE 2023. PICTURE: Joey Aguilar
Qatar, the best place to launch collections: jewellery designer

Qatari jewellery designer Leila Abu Issa, a participant in a number of regional and international exhibitions, says that the home country is the best place to launch her latest collections.“As usual, we always launch our collections here at the exhibition (Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition). I’m always happy to launch a collection especially for Qatar, always my special place,” the Leila Issam Fine Jewellery founder and owner told Gulf Times.She finds the DJWE 'the best jewellery exhibition in the world' to showcase her exquisite pieces, alongside other local designers and internationally-renowned jewellery brands.Besides DJWE’s growing popularity, Leila Abu Issa said she is thankful to be part of the Qatari Designers initiative – a platform that gives Qatar’s most recognised contemporary jewellery and watch brands a springboard to elevate their businesses.“I am very grateful for this (initiative), it really gives us the opportunity to present our collection to a very big and important audience. There are a lot of connoisseurs and people who really know what they are looking for, and what they are buying, as well as being next to all these very international and established brands,” Abu Issa said. “It’s an honour, really a great exposure, there’s a lot to learn here”.Leila Abu Issa is showcasing what she describes as 'a very nostalgic collection,' named ‘Nostalgia’ at DJWE 2023, and it is bringing back the lockets – created in a modern way.“We have special messages engraved in them, some set with diamonds, others set with different stones. They are beautifully and well designed, and quite modern and light, and inside, you have these special messages that are beautiful for gifts,” she said. “The messages can either be personalised or ready-made”.Leila Issam Fine Jewellery also likes to work with coloured stones, producing two different collections: “We have one that has been there since the beginning, these ones with the pink sapphires.“We (also) have this collection that was inspired by an exhibition in Milan, it is all about water so it includes pearls, including Tahitian and Rice pearls, and Columbian emeralds.”About pearls and other Arab –inspired jewellery, Abu Issa said she is glad that these pieces, which reflect Qatar and the region’s rich culture and history, have become trendy once again.“I absolutely love pearls and it is also a big part of our heritage. We have these baroque pearls encrusted with sapphires and golds, they are very popular pieces, one of our bestsellers. I feel like, for a while, it stopped being trendy but now it’s back and reinforced," she added.

Shelley at her booth.
Shelley & Co brings 'Convertible' collection to DJWE

Shelley & Co has returned to the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE) this year with special pieces under its ‘Convertible’ collection: ornaments that can be worn as high jewellery and daily wear. The brand, owned by Shelley Kabilu, is a leading expert, source, supplier and manufacturer of natural fancy colour diamonds to the global diamond and jewellery industry.“This year I am showcasing pieces that have duality. Our Convertible jewellery collection includes pink diamond rings that can be converted into necklaces. Both elegant and chic, these pieces can be understated and magnificent at the same time,” Shelley told 'Gulf Times'.Besides Convertible, Shelley is also presenting a number of other classic collections at her booth at the Almajed pavilion at the 19th edition of DJWE, concluding tomorrow (Saturday) at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre. She said the Yellow Diamond daily wear, and high jewellery collections are getting lots of attention and requests and 'there is something for everyone' given the price range.“The Pink Diamond jewellery collection has been loved by our clients, who come to us especially for these pieces. We have a 2-carat Cushion Cut Blue Diamond Ring on display for a client who wants something one of a kind,” she said.Shelley also debuts its new Constellation Rose collection at DJWE 2023, a daily wear collection that is modern and a combination of her love of roses, and the galaxy. She noted that her Solitaire collection is “a staple, beautiful diamond studs, and features solitaire rings and pendants with a variety of diamond shapes, sizes, and price ranges."“We customise, and give personal attention to our clients in search for the perfect diamonds for their solitaire needs. These pieces have been made with love and attention to detail with a unique and timeless look and feel.“I am a perfectionist so if I am not happy with a piece during production, I will keep remaking it until I am happy with the end result. I am also extremely picky when it comes to sourcing diamonds and gems. Which shows, and is felt when the pieces are being worn,” Shelley said.She cited the brand’s growing popularity especially post Covid-19 pandemic, noting there have been new collections inspired by client requests and trends. Shelley is also looking forward to opening a retail store in Doha at some point in the future.About DJWE, she said the latest edition has been exciting and “to be here after the World Cup, seeing Doha become a destination to visit. I was here for the finals and it was amazing!"

The DJWE is on the right path to become the biggest jewellery and watches show in the world, says Alfardan Group chairman Hussain Ibrahim Alfardan. PICTURE: Feroze Ahmed.
DJWE set to be world's biggest: Hussain Alfardan

The Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE) is on the right path to become the biggest jewellery and watches show in the world, Alfardan Group chairman Hussain Ibrahim Alfardan has said.“That is our direction and it is within reach,” he told Gulf Times on the sidelines of the 19th DJWE Wednesday.Alfardan underscored the growing popularity of the annual luxury event, which brings together more than 500 brands from around the world at the Doha Exhibition and Conbrowsevention Centre’s 33,000 sqm area.He cited DJWE’s increasing number of participants annually, featuring the biggest names and most prominent jewellers who showcase rare and exquisite pieces. The event, he pointed out, has been attracting many of the most affluent visitors from the region and internationally.“We are here since 50 years or more, established the exhibition and we grew up with it and the number of exhibitors increases every year. We expect it will grow much bigger in the future,” he said.Renowned brands from Qatar and around the world set up large showcases at DJWE. Many have introduced new brands, limited edition collections, and exceptional showpieces.This year’s big nine at DJWE are Alfardan Jewellery, Ali Bin Ali Luxury, Al Majed Jewellery, Al Muftah Jewellery, Amiri Gems, Bulgari, Blue Salon, Fifty One East, and Louis Vuitton.The DJWE is also presenting pieces that reflect Qatar’s rich culture and heritage, especially natural pearls, which are displayed at Al Tawash, located in the heart of the Alfardan pavilion.The Alfardan Group chairman said the demand for natural pearls in Qatar and globally has remained robust despite the increasing popularity of other precious stones such as ruby, emerald, and sapphire, among others.“This (natural pearl) is a precious stone, it has value and the value remains, always there is a big demand for it, and the market is very strong now, moving to the highest value in the market,” said Alfardan, who is considered a leading expert and authority on the natural pearl not only in the Gulf but in the world.“Everybody recognise that the natural pearl will exist forever, last forever... it is natural, there is a market for it,” he noted, adding that Alfardan Jewellery is the best and biggest supplier of natural pearls in the global market.The company, he noted, has started a partnership with Tiffany & Co in the pearl jewellery business. The Tiffany & Co booth is located at the Alfardan pavilion, featuring an array of exquisite unique pieces.The annual DJWE, Alfardan said, puts a spotlight on Arab-inspired jewellery and timepieces – produced and designed by local, regional, and international brands. Their unique designs have become appealing to many, prompting designers to create more.“We are (continuously) improving the designs and adding beauty to it," he said, noting that they created a special section for such pieces.

The Piranesi brand is renowned for its rare and exotic stones, unique jewelry designs, and statement pieces, delivering timeless luxury from generation to generation. PICTURE: Joey Aguilar
Piranesi Infinity Ring - 'Truly one of a kind'

Piranesi is presenting its latest and rare jewellery piece – the Piranesi Infinity Ring – at the 19th edition of Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE).Speaking to Gulf Times, Piranesi managing director Julian Hajibay describes the ‘Piranesi Infinity Ring’ as the brand’s “absolute most” and just under 30carat beautiful blue sapphire ring.“It is called Infinity Ring because when you look at it, it’s a beautiful transparent sapphire set on a bed of pave diamonds.“Our brand is very unique. My mother Mimi is currently in New York designing, she designs all the pieces from a woman’s point of view so all the pieces are feminine and delicate... and she has a beautiful eye for colour and craftsmanship.“So when you combine the two together you get something like the Piranesi Infinity Ring that is truly one of a kind, and she belongs in a museum, never anywhere else in the world will you see that calibre,” he said.Located at DJWE’s Alfardan pavilion, Piranesi is also showcasing 10 different collections, ranging from Boutique and going all the way up to its Masterpiece.Hajibay said Piranesi’s Boutique collection features a mix of round and oval colour gemstones from orange, blue, pink, and yellow sapphires and tsavorite garnets, among others.“We also have beautiful turquoise, natural sapphires, natural rubies, emeralds from Columbia, beautiful yellow diamonds, also we have a beautiful Cabochon collection, it is very special. All the gemstones are completely rounded, no facets, which is very unique to find,” he pointed out.Hajibay said the company’s clientele always has a passion for luxury and appreciation for fine gemstones and a brand like Piranesi.“The beautiful part of our jewellery is that it is timeless, and it spans across many cultures. My family history dates back to 1845 in the business and they’ve lived in the Middle East, they’ve lived in Europe, now we are based in America so you’ll see a little bit of a flavour from every single culture in all of our collections."The Piranesi brand is renowned for its rare and exotic stones, unique jewelry designs, and statement pieces, delivering timeless luxury from generation to generation.“We are very excited about this show it is our second year exhibiting and so far the response has been tremendous, and we look forward to welcoming everybody at the Piranesi booth to show our wonderful collections,” he said.

The award-winning ‘Thorn’ motif, originally inspired by Tattoo art in Rio some 25 years ago, can now be seen across various Stephen Webster collections.
Stephen Webster presents Thorn Embrace at DJWE 2023

British Fine Jewellery Stephen Webster marked “a new era of modern romance” as it showcases its latest collection ‘Thorn Embrace’ at the 19th edition of Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE).“The Thorn design has to be one of my personal favourites, always unisex with an unquestionable edge. Thorn Embrace really takes it to a new level of desirability with the addition of a magnetic combination of two pear shapes coming together, perfectly signifying a completed heart. How New Romantic is that?” Webster said in a press statement.Originally inspired by Tattoo art in Rio some 25 years ago, the award-winning ‘Thorn’ motif can be viewed across various Stephen Webster collections – currently displayed at DJWE’s Alfardan pavilion at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre.Driven by this long addiction with the ‘thorn’, Stephen Webster noted that “the latest collection depicts Hollywood glamour, featuring an exciting colour palette of stones.“Focusing on the often forgotten classic gem-cut, the pear shape, this darkly romantic collection includes dramatic pairings of Diamonds, Emeralds, Spinels, Tanzanites, Tourmalines, and Garnets, across a range of Studs, Hoops, and Drop Earrings, Bridal and Cocktail Rings, Chokers, Pendants and Bracelets."The exquisite pieces are all crafted in 18ct recycled gold and adorned with black or white Diamond pavé. Adding the latest Webster twist of innovation and technology, Thorn Embrace also features a magnetic mechanism embedded in the setting, allowing the stones to be ‘embraced together’."Stephen Webster presented its Vertigo collection – an addition to the ‘Altered Perspective’ trilogy – during the 17th edition of DJWE, receiving huge interest from the Qatar market.Stephen Webster is one of the most prominent jewellery designers of his generation. Celebrated for his fearless creativity, traditional craftsmanship and commitment to sustainable ethical production, Stephen Webster’s eponymous brand has won-industry-wide recognition and coveted by icons and idols.