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 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.
Ahmad Hussaen al-Abdulla and executive chef Mohamed Kammleh led the inauguration of Bayt Al Dana restaurant. PICTURES: Shaji Kayamkulam
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Bayt Al Dana offers fusion of authentic, delectable Arabic cuisine

After the recent unveiling of its new brand identity, Dana Club – now owned and operated by Katara Hospitality – has inaugurated the Bayt Al Dana restaurant. Promising “a fresh, new experience” to mark the nation’s diverse flavours, Bayt Al Dana offers a fusion of authentic and delectable Arabic cuisine for both members and non-members. Dana Club offers families a place to relax, dine, exercise and play “Bayt Al Dana restaurant offers a variety of authentic Arabic cuisines from west to east up to north. It serves North African cuisine and also Lebanese and Jordanian fare,” Dana Club general manager Ahmad Hussaen al-Abdulla told reporters on the sidelines of the event. Bayt Al Dana’s a la carte menu provides guests with Middle Eastern gastronomy (including Lebanon, Tunisian, and Moroccan) paired with Qatari culinary traditions – a wide selection of dishes such as hot and cold mezze, Qatari Lamb Majbous, Royal Couscous, and Lamb Tajine, among others. Al-Abdulla said the restaurant has brought together some of the finest chefs to form a culinary team who will be preparing the best dishes that fit the taste of their clients. He noted that Bayt Al Dana, meaning House of Dana (big pearl), reflects the country’s rich heritage and history, and aim to contribute to Qatar’s National Vision 2030. Bayt Al Dana’s a la carte menu provides guests with Middle Eastern gastronomy According to al-Abdulla, Dana Club, described as “one of Doha’s most recognisable buildings”, is the first club to be part of Katara Hospitality’s portfolio, which comprises renowned luxury brands and assets. “Previously, the restaurant was exclusive to members only. Our new vision, by introducing this outlet and its facilities to the public, will be to welcome guests, members and food lovers." A private members club, Dana Club is located close to the Doha Corniche and beside the West Bay business district. The restaurant’s kitchen has been renovated, and with its new setup, its food and beverage team now offers innovative and exciting dishes to diners with the introduction of new Lounges and SuperBowl Menus. “It has been incredible to have this opportunity to develop a menu that appeals to all tastes. At Bayt Al Dana we create a true taste of Arabic cuisine using delicious locally sourced ingredients, combined with the knowledge and knowhow of my fantastic team of chefs” said the executive chef Mohamed Kammleh in a press statement, promising to take guests “on a journey of timeless delicacies from different regions of the Middle East.” The dishes at Bayt Al Dana are created to perfection with contrasting texture, colours, and flavours. The star of the menu, Smoked Freekeh with Lamb shank, is artfully presented and pays homage to traditional Arabic ingredients. Diners can also enjoy the outdoor terrace with the view by the pool.

Georgian ambassador Nikoloz Revazishvili
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Georgian movies to be screened at Katara

Katara – the Cultural Village, in co-operation with the Georgian embassy, will screen award-winning Georgian movies for three days at the Drama Theatre from May 24. “We brought some of the best Georgian movies to be screened at Katara,” Georgian ambassador Nikoloz Revazishvili told Gulf Times. Tangerines (2013), directed by Zaza Urushadze, will be screened on May 24. It had been nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language film in 2015, according to the embassy. The film also won a number of leading awards, including Gaudi Awards – Best European Film in 2016; Bari International Film Festival – Best Picture in 2014; Fajr International Film Festival – The Crystal Simorgh for Best Screenplay, The Crystal Phoenix for Best Picture in 2014; and Satellite Awards – Best Foreign Language Film 2015, among others. Screening of Dede (2017), directed by Mariam Khatchvani, is on May 25. It won the Unesco award at the Asia Pacific Screen awards 2017. It also bagged the Special Jury Prize in the East of the West competition at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2017 This film won the Audience Award at the Montpelier Mediterranean Film Festival 2017 and the Jury Prize at the Batumi International Arthouse Film Festival 2017. The embassy noted that the third Georgian movie, Giorgi Ovashvili’s Corn Island (2014), will be screened on May 29. It won a number of leading awards, including Karlovy Vary Film Festival – Crystal Globe 2014; Athens Panorama of European Cinema – Audience Award, Fipresci Prize 2014; Kinoshok – Open CIS; and Baltic Film Festival – Best Cinematography Award 2014, among others. Organisers announced that only those who were fully vaccinated can attend the screenings while children below 12 years of age will not be allowed to enter the venue. Booking to get a free ticket is now available on Katara’s website.    

A morning view of Sunway Lagoon Theme Park in Malaysia. Supplied picture
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With border curbs lifted, Malaysia welcomes tourists with open arms

The reopening of Malaysia’s borders in April provides an opportunity for West Asian travellers to visit and explore the Southeast Asian country – renowned as a favourite family and Muslim-friendly destination, a senior official of Tourism Malaysia has said. “One of the main advantages of Malaysia is that it offers a lot of Muslim-friendly facilities,” International Promotion Division (Asia/Africa) senior director Manoharan Periasamy said. “People from the region feel more at ease when they travel to Malaysia, because halal food and mosques are there.” Manoharan Periasamy speaking to journalists at a recent roadshow in Doha. PICTURE: Shaji Kayamkulam “We want to capitalise on that, where people don’t have to feel alienated,” he said. “Halal food is all over Malaysia, you can walk around with the hijab or head covering.” He spoke to reporters at Tourism Malaysia’s roadshows in Iran, Oman and Qatar, held between May 13-21, designed to attract more visitors from West Asia. The roadshows brought together Malaysia's tourism fraternity comprised of travel agents, hoteliers, product owners, state tourism bodies and medical tourism industry players, visiting Tehran, Muscat and Doha. “We do have several activities to suit the Middle East market,” Periasamy said, citing an array of tourism offerings for the family, including adventure seekers. He said Malaysia has a lot of new attractions such as the Genting Highlands, which underwent a significant transformation, in addition to the famous Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, the Sunway Resort in Kuala Lumpur, and the world's second tallest skyscraper, Merdeka 118, among others. He added that soft adventure activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving would continue to entice tourists due to Malaysia’s pristine beaches and beautiful coral reefs. Tourism Malaysia noted that travellers from the West Asian market dominate the top five international tourist spending in Malaysia in terms of per capita expenditure, and usually stay longer compared to tourists from other markets. Visitors from the region, including nationals from Qatar and Saudi Arabia, have an average per capita expenditure of about $3,000, staying between 10-14 days. According to Periasamy, young Arab visitors aged 22-25 prefer adventure over the usual city tour, exploring other destinations beyond Kuala Lumpur. “They like going to Kota Kinabalu, going to the islands, they like snorkeling, some soft adventure kind of activities, so we see this trend,” he said. “They are dispersing themselves, not really concentrating in the city.” “In the last couple of years, we realised that (all of a sudden) we don’t see Arabs in Kuala Lumpur … they have disappeared, they go to other places, they are changing maybe because of (the coronavirus pandemic), they don’t want to be in a populated area,” Periasamy said. “They want to enjoy the holidays and be part of it, not just sitting there and watching the twin towers.” “Now, they want to indulge and don’t want to be part of the attraction, but rather, they take a sunset cruise or do cycling and trekking,” he added. In a press statement, Tourism Malaysia director-general Zainuddin Abdul Wahab said it is a timely occasion to strengthen their partnership with international airlines such as Qatar Airways, Oman Air and Mahan Air, which offer direct flights to Kuala Lumpur, as Malaysia welcomes back more West Asia travellers. According to Tourism Malaysia, fully vaccinated inbound travellers are no longer required to undergo pre-departure and on-arrival coronavirus (Covid-19) tests, including children aged 12 and below. This also includes those who tested positive of Covid-19 within 6-60 days before departure to Malaysia. Travel insurance is also not a prerequisite for foreigners entering the country.  

Jureena Binti Noordin at the two-day event in Doha.
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Malaysia’s first offshore university branch to open in Qatar

The National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangssan Malaysia or UKM) will open a branch campus in Doha this October, offering information technology, business management, sciences and engineering courses to both Qatari and expatriate students, Malaysian ambassador Zamshari Shaharan has announced. The announcement came following the visit of Malaysia’s Minister of High Education Datuk Seri Noraini Ahmad to Qatar, who witnessed the agreement signing between UKM and its local partner, The Regional Group, to open Malaysia’s first offshore university campus. “This is a milestone for Malaysian Higher Education and we are very happy with this achievement,” the envoy told reporters on the sidelines of the two-day Education Malaysia Fair in Doha. Jureena Binti Noordin at the two-day event in Doha Nine reputable Malaysian universities participated in the fair, organised by MY Aspiration (Malaysia) and led by Education Malaysia Dubai. It is supported by the Malaysian embassy in Doha. The two-day event provided students with extensive and insightful information on diverse and quality educational opportunities in Malaysia. As one of the top public universities in Malaysia, Shaharan noted that UKM ranks 144th in the QS World University Rankings, and placed 33rd in Asia. It has 13 faculties and 12 institutes offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in various fields. UKM is also home to more than 2,500 international students. “This is a good opportunity for us to offer our programmes especially for Gulf countries,” said UKM’s Marketing head Jureena Binti Noordin, noting that the university’s Qatar campus at Fereej Al Soudan is set to welcome its first batch of students this October. UKM is one of five research universities in Malaysia that aims to be a regional leader in academic and research excellence. It also partnered with various organisations around the world to further enhance its academic and research capabilities. The Regional Group, founded more than 50 years by the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Abdul Aziz al-Thani, focuses on achieving sustainable growth through a balanced diversity of activities. Its executive management is now led by Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Khalifa al-Thani. BOX: UKM Qatar branch campus * Intake: October 2022 * Admissions to open: July/August 2022 * List of programmes offered by faculty 1. Faculty of Sciences and Humanities - Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours (Political Science) - Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours (Developmental Science) - Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours (Media Communications) - Bachelor of Arts with Honours (English Language Studies) 2. Faculty of Economics and Management - Bachelor of Economics with Honours - Bachelor of Business Management with Honours - Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation with Honours 3. Faculty of Law - Bachelor of Law with Honours 4. Faculty of Information Science and Technology - Bachelor of Computer Science with Honours - Bachelor of Information Technology with Honours - Bachelor of Software Engineering with Honours (Information System Development) - Bachelor of Software Engineering with Honours (Multimedia System Development) 5. Faculty of Science and Technology - Bachelor of Science with Honours (Actuarial Studies)

Malaysian ambassador Zamshari Shaharan (centre, seated) and Marliza Zorakin Malek (seated, right), with other embassy officials and representatives from the nine Malaysian universities taking part in the Education Malaysia Fair in Doha. PICTURE: Shaji Kayamkulam
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Education Malaysia Fair opens in Doha

Nine Malaysian universities are taking part in the two-day Education Malaysia Fair in Doha, providing students with extensive and insightful information on diverse and quality educational opportunities in Malaysia. Organised by MY Aspiration (Malaysia) and led by Education Malaysia Dubai, the event opened Friday at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, City Centre Doha. It is supported by the Malaysian embassy in Doha. The participating universities are: Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation, International Medical University, Management and Science University, SEGi University, Sunway University, Swinburne University of Technology Malaysia Campus, Taylor’s University, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and the University of Nottingham Malaysia. “The embassy of Malaysia is very happy to have the organiser, Marliza Zorakin Malek (managing director of MY Aspiration), come over to Doha and to restart this process (which had been put on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic) – the usual thing that we do to promote the higher education in Malaysia and to promote universities,” Malaysian ambassador Zamshari Shaharan told reporters on the sidelines of the event. The embassy noted that Malaysian universities rank in the world’s top universities, and with a total of 35 in the top 600, based on QS World University Rankings 2021. The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 shows that 32 Malaysian programmes were placed among the top 100 universities for the study of their academic subject. Five Malaysian universities featured in the QS World University Rankings for 2022, headed by Universiti Malaya (now ranked 65th in the world). According to Malek, some of the nine leading Malaysian universities participating in the fair are recognised by Qatar’s Ministry of Higher Education. She said that these Malaysian universities have different niches, from medical and health sciences to engineering, computer science, and information technology (IT). In a pre-registration conducted among 25 nationalities from Qatar last month, Malek noted that at least one-third are highly interested in medicine, followed by engineering, and computer science and IT. The embassy noted that there are 100,381 international students from 160 countries who are currently pursuing their studies in international schools, colleges, universities, language centres, and training institutes in Malaysia as of December 2021. Of this figure, more than 11,010 students are from Bahrain, Djibouti, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and the UAE, including expatriate students, and 77 Qataris. Malaysia is also hosting branch campuses of prestigious universities from the UK, the US, Australia, and China. Students pay only a fraction of the cost when studying in Malaysia compared to what they need to pay in the main campus.

Project Qatar is expected to attract leading brands from around the globe (file photo).
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Qatar to host multiple events in June

The second edition of the Qatar Human Resource (HR) Conference is set to take place on June 1 in Doha, marking the start of a series of events leading up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the country, according to Visit Qatar website. Themed Excellence in Human Capital Management, the conference will witness executives from the HR, recruitment, education, and training sectors presenting “key insights and invaluable business experience with other industries and businesses to help them navigate uncertainties and be more agile”. While 2020-2021 has been a turbulent period for various sectors especially in managing of human resources, the event organiser Nextfairs noted that these industries still face with new set of challenges as they recover from the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Many businesses aim to implement “new strategic initiatives towards transforming the working environment and maintaining a balance between traditional and modern approach”. On June 3, a Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) concert titled The Best of Franz Liszt will serenade the audience at Katara – the Cultural Village Opera House from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Performers include Alastair Willis (conductor) and Janos Balazs (piano). “The concert will feature Piano Concerto No. 1, a piece so magnificent that it took Liszt over 25 years to complete, as well as Les Préludes, the best known of Liszt’s symphonic poems,” the organisers said. “This concert is for piano enthusiasts as Liszt was considered the greatest piano virtuoso of his time.” “János Balázs will perform solo piano and Alastair Willis will conduct,” the organisers added. Two events will be taking place from June 6-9 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC): “Project Qatar 2022” and “Hospitality Qatar 2022”. Project Qatar 2022, under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani, returns for its 18th edition and is expected to attract leading brands from around the globe. It “connects industry professionals to high-ranking decision makers in Qatar, making way for lucrative partnerships and agreements”. Hospitality Qatar, the country’s exclusive and longest-running international hospitality and Horeca trade show, will further boost and provide an array of opportunities for the sector. “As 2022 is set to be a remarkable year in Qatar, the hospitality sector in the country is bound to witness a surge in demand fueled by initiatives taken by the government and a line-up of global and local events,” the organisers said. “Sports events, staycation demand, cruise business, travelers from GCC countries, exhibitions, food festivals, and other such events will drive the growth of Qatar’s hospitality sector in 2022 to unprecedented levels.” “The hotels market’s supply alone is set to exceed 44,000 rooms by the end of 2022, almost a 50% growth from the current supply of 30,000 rooms, offering opportunities unmatched by any other market in the world,” they added. The QPO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture’s Music Affairs Centre, returns on June 9 at the Katara – the Cultural Village Opera House for the “Classics of the Golden Age” concert, between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. Dubbed as a “never before seen concert”, it will feature “classics from the golden age of Arabic cinema, as well as music from Qatar, with distinguished participation of many young singing talents”. Performers include Nayer Nagui (conductor) and Nasser Sahim (vocals). The QPO is also scheduled to perform on June 18 at Katara for “The Best of Brahms” concert, featuring three of the greatest pieces of classical music ever played with Maestro Elias Grandy. It includes “one of the great musical expressions of tragedy from the Romantic age, Brahms’ Tragic Overture and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1”. Qatar will also host the International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s 78th Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit from June 19-21. It will bring together “top leadership from airlines, the aviation value chain, and governments as the aviation industry faces complex and dynamic operating, business and geopolitical environments”. Cityscape Qatar, the country’s only property exhibition of its kind, is set to return for its latest edition from June 20-22 at the DECC. It will put a spotlight on a wide range of diverse real estate opportunities for local, regional and international investors. The QPO will be performing on June 21 for its “Classical Hits – Bruch Violin Concerto” at Katara, featuring “one of Mozart’s supreme achievements and one of the greatest operas of all time Don Giovanni – Overture”. It also includes Max Bruch’s most popular violin concertos in solo violin repertoire Violin Concerto No. 1. Performers include Elias Grandy (conductor) and Joo Young Oh (violin). On June 25, the QPO will return to Katara for the “Northern European Impressions by Grieg and Sibelius”, which will highlight “Sibelius’ most enduring work, Finlandia, the symbol of ending struggle for nationhood, in addition to the universal favourites with its bright and cheery character Peer Gynt, Suite No 1 by Edvard Grieg. The programme ends with the romantic and memorable melodies of Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2.    

Nada Khamis al-Sulaiti showcasing her award-winning piece. She also held a workshop at DJWE titled u2018The Story of Hairaat.u2019
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DJWE workshops enhance visitors' knowledge of gems Talks and workshops at DJWE

Apart from showcasing an array of luxury collections by renowned local and international brands, the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE), which concluded on Saturday, also hosted talks and workshops that provided participants and visitors a deeper understanding of precious gems, branding, art and gemmology. The six-day event, held from May 9-14 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre, witnessed experts discussing a wide range of topics “from the creative process of jewellery formation to consumer savviness when it comes to buying diamonds and precious stones”. One of the workshops included ‘The Story of Hairaat,’ highlighting the success of award-winning Qatari jewellery designer and founder of the brand, Nada Khamis al-Sulaiti. Al-Sulaiti, who established her own brand in 2011, opened the first boutique in November 2019 at The Gate Mall in Doha. Hairaat showcases luxury pieces that reflect Qatar’s rich heritage and architectural concept “with the highest of standard jewellery design concepts”. “Each Hairaat jewellery piece has a story behind it,” stressed al-Sulaiti, who was a product of the Young Qatari Designer initiative and now aims to continuously raise the quality of jewellery design in the region. A workshop by International Gemological Institute (IGI) provost and creative head Sara Ben Zid on ‘Beauty and Value of Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds’ discussed the importance of certification, as well as recognising the different types of precious gemstones through various factors such as formation, location, and various sources. Papillon Jewellery founder Noora al-Ansari and Image, Etiquette and Protocol consultant Elisabete Reis put a spotlight on ‘Jewellery Etiquette’, concept and collection, and “the importance of buying the right piece of jewellery that reflects your beauty and personality”. At another workshop, Letrange president and CEO Sebastien Letrange focused on “bringing modernity into the 184-year-old luxury leather goods brand.” He also tackled the brand’s “pursuit of excellence in savoir faire, constant innovation in products and the love of art.” Sebastien is the 7th generation member of Letrange, a family business established in 1838 and one of the oldest makers of leather goods France. The 18th edition of DJWE also held a workshop titled ‘Journey through time with Vacheron Constantin’ presented by renowned watch collector and Qatar Watch Club founding member Abdulla Sager al-Khouri. As Qatar is all set to host the FIFA 2022 World Cup, this year also marks what was described as an exceptional year for watchmaking, especially with the oldest watchmaker, Vacheron Constantin. The brand was showcased at the Alfardan Jewellery pavilion, along with other renowned luxury brands. DJWE 2022 also witnessed the debut of Qatar’s Gems and Metals Calibration Lab (GMCL) – an IGI-certified facility. It aims to raise awareness on the importance of grading and help ensure products available in the Qatar market meet international standards. A first-ever at the exhibition include the showcasing of Louis Vuitton’s Saturne necklace, an extraordinary creation of 186.42 carats featuring more than 140 multi-coloured sapphires and diamonds; Gaga Milano’s collection, which comprised unique and limited edition Italian timepieces such as the Quirky Tourbillon, Napoleone, Manuale 48mm and Skeleton 48mm; and Mouawad’s Regina Suite (a dazzling necklace that turns into a crown), and Dragon Suite (largest yellow diamond of its type as graded by GIA). At DJWE, Alfardan Jewellery’s Al Tawash showcased exceptionally created pieces, highlighting Qatar’s rich pearling heritage. It displayed Alfardan’s vast collection of the world’s most beautiful natural pearls – known as a source of pride, joy, and wealth for Qataris.    

Purnima Sheth showcases some of Rose's collection at DJWE's Alfardan pavillion. PICTURE: Shaji Kayamkulam
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Rose dazzles at Alfardan pavilion at DJWE

Rose, one of India’s leading jewellery houses, is showcasing an array of collections with exquisite design and craftsmanship at the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition's (DJWE) Alfardan Jewellery pavilion. The six-day event, which opened on May 9 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre, will conclude on May 14 after bringing together more than 500 brands from over 10 countries and attracting a huge number of visitors from Qatar and the region. “We are very proud and honoured to be a part of the Alfardan Group and our product has been well received by the Qatari and the Dubai customers. We come out with six collections in a year and they are inspirations from Mother Nature. “Our most popular collection is called the ‘Colours of Life’, and we also have ‘Treasures’, which is one of a kind in the world,” Purnima Sheth, Rose founder and senior sales director – Luxury, told Gulf Times. She noted that Rose is a 41-year-old company from India, which she started in 1981. It now has two retail stores for jewellery in Mumbai and Delhi, and a multi-brand watch store in Mumbai. The company has been participating in the DJWE as part of the Alfardan Group in the last eight years. It has three to five stores in the Alfardan Group in Doha and in Dubai. One of Rose’s unique and special pieces is the ‘Begum Sahiba’, which Sheth says is an inspiration, and has 274.84 Mozambique ruby tumbles, 32.29karat fancy old mine cut diamonds, 8.09 freshwater pearls, and has a 12.5karat center solitaire brilliant-cut diamonds. “It's a beautiful piece and very gracious and also has some kind of mix of cultures, which would blend very well with the region and with Indian history,” she said. Rose also features a special piece called ‘The Countess’, 11.5karat, which is also a mixture of yellow and white diamonds, and has rose cuts and centerpiece. “People do like colour diamonds, they just go up to yellow and beyond that, they don't go to the brown and green, except yellow but they prefer the classic white,” she added. “First they want to make the complete collection, then comes the yellows and the greens, when you're a collector you go into the colours at the end of it.” She said the Qatari market is one of the best in the region – that has good taste and who understands good design and workmanship. “They also understand that there is a lot of effort gone into this manufacturing and design, they appreciate us which is why we are here so often and they have received us very well,” said Sheth. The latest edition of the exhibition, she said, is witnessing “a very good quality crowd, and that makes a big difference. “You don't need lots of crowds, you need good quality and people who are buying so that's important, and fortunately Rose has a very good location, good presence, good brand presence, and people know us so they come looking for us.” Rose has been taking part in many exhibitions in the region since 2003, and has become a popular brand, especially with its online platform. Sheth noted that Rose further strengthened its digital vertical (online platform) in the last two years in the region, thanks to its very pro-active Instagram handle. “We get tonnes of orders from people looking at it, they give us the advance (orders) and we ship it through Alfardan in Doha and in the other regions also,” she said. “We are very excited about this new way of selling and our whole team is extremely active on WhatsApp and Instagram and Snapchat for all their regions.” About Rose’s partnership with Alfardan, Sheth said “Alfardans are wonderful people, they love our product, very hospitable and very fair in their pricing and everything is just perfect it can't have a better business model.”    

Mahallati Jewellery's Ceylon sapphires on display at the Alfardan pavilion. PICTURE: Ram Chand
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The best sapphires

Mahallati Jewellery, one of the premier jewellery houses of the Middle East, is showcasing a collection of Ceylon sapphires – known as the world’s best sapphires – at the Alfardan pavilion as part of the ongoing Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE). “Sapphires from Sri Lanka, which are of exceptional quality, speak very well in terms of their complexion, colour, hue and the sheen brightness,” operations director Mohamed Mahallati told Gulf Times on the sidelines of the 18th edition of DJWE, taking place at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre until tomorrow (May 14). Jewellery experts since 1968 and established by Abdul Karim Mahallati, the company offers a wide variety of jewellery, from everyday use pieces to bridal settings.   With more than 50 years of retail excellence, Mahallati experts guide and help clients “to find the perfect piece”, ensuring their “jewellery experience is one to treasure”. “Imagine all the sapphires to have, like when you move from one side to the other as the light plays on the stone, the same hue, same colour, and clarity … it is quite very difficult to find this,” said Mohamed Mahallati, who is also the son of the owner. He cited a huge demand for Ceylon sapphires in Qatar and the region, especially in a post-coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic era, as many people are keen to get back to normalcy. “We see that here now, people are present, they are coming, and it is like how it is used to be and we are very excited to be back here,” Mahallati said. “We have been participating for many years, and coming back after Covid, we can see a very cheerful and joyful experience right now,” he said, expressing optimism that the exhibition will become a success once again. From a small workshop in 1968, Abdul Karim Mahallati is now joined by his children and has expanded the brand into one of the most trusted and renowned jewellery brands to come from the Middle East. Mahallati began his journey into the industry at the age of 15 at a gold workshop in Iraq, where he learned goldsmithing. He became passionate about the intricate workmanship that is crucial in creating superior and notable pieces. Mahallati opened his own jewellery manufacturing facility and first Mahallati Jewellery boutique in 1968. From there, he travelled the world to source the best materials for his jewellery collection. From Japan, South East Asia, Africa and Europe, he developed the highest standards of jewellery creation, which remain a signature of Mahallati Jewellery today. As his flair for quality created an increasingly strong demand for his jewellery in Iraq, Mahallati began to expand, establishing jewellery boutiques all across the Middle East with a head office in Dubai. In 1998, he was joined in the business by his eldest son, Mehran Mahallati, who shares in the Mahallati jewellery credo of excellence and innovation in jewellery design and manufacture. Together they further expanded the Mahallati Jewellery brand, opening luxury retail stores in Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Mall and Dubai Marina Mall. Mahallati Jewellery is family-owned and run: Abdul Karim Mahallati is now also joined in the business by daughter Marwa and youngest son, Mohamed. The company has a manufacturing facility in Thailand, employing more than 200 jewellery experts and incorporating in-house jewellery development, with retail and wholesale stores across the Middle East. (source: https://mahallatijewellery.com/)    

Shelley Kabilu showcasing her collections, comprising natural fancy colour diamonds, rare white diamonds and fine jewellery, at the DJWE. PICTURES: Joey Aguilar
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Shelley & Co creates magic with colour diamonds

Shelley & Co, a leading expert, source, supplier and manufacturer of natural fancy colour diamonds to the global diamond and jewelry industry, is showcasing an array of collections at the ongoing Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE). “Our colour diamonds that we are known for are natural,” Shelley & Co owner Shelley Kabilu told Gulf Times. “We have a collection of custom-made beautiful pieces with unique diamond shapes like heart shapes, which I love very much.” She is exhibiting her pieces, which include rare white diamonds and fine jewellery, at her booth at the Almajed pavilion on the sidelines of the 18th edition of the DJWE, which concludes tomorrow (May 14). Among the colour diamonds on display are pink, yellow, and green diamonds, which have been in high demand globally, including Qatar and the region. Kabilu said that she has been getting “requests for green diamonds ever since, I guess, Jennifer Lopez got her new engagement ring from (American actor) Ben Affleck … so people are asking more about green”. She noted that the post-pandemic era is witnessing a huge demand for luxury pieces such as diamonds and other jewellery across the globe. Some clients, Kabilu said, want something beautiful to make them feel happy especially after the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, while others who have not travelled for a long time prefer to spend on things they enjoy, such as jewellery. “Especially after the pandemic, we need things to make us happy, even the simple things,” she said. “When you buy jewellery you really have something that you own, that you enjoy, and something that has value.” Shelley & Co is offering an array of daily wear jewellery collections, in response to requests during the previous edition of the DJWE. These include gemstones like emeralds from Colombia and Africa, rubies, and sapphire, in addition to flower-inspired pieces. “I love flowers and everything floral, and it is something that I feel the whole world shares,” Kabilu said. “Anyone who gives or receives flowers is just something special. I take that with me in my designs.” She plans to create Qatar-inspired pieces, and has started working (beginning stages of the prototype) on a new collection. “Absolutely, I would love to launch a new collection around the time of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, and that would be so special to be able to do something that inspires me so much from Qatar,” Kabilu said. This is the second time she is participating in the exhibition, but Kabilu said she has been coming to the region for more than 12 years. About the exhibition, she said: “It is fabulous to be back here and to see the different brands showcasing their jewellery. The feeling is wonderful and the atmosphere is great.”    

Hairaat Jewellery founder Nada al-Sulaiti at her own booth at DJWE. PICTURES Joey Aguilar
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Epitome of a successful Qatari designer

* A product of the Young Qatari Designer initiative, Nada al-Sulaiti has established her own jewellery brand and has a booth at DJWE Hairaat Jewellery founder Nada al-Sulaiti has become an epitome of a successful Qatari designer: from nurturing her passion since childhood to receiving international awards and establishing her own jewellery brand. “My jewellery is primarily inspired by Qatar, so what we do in Hairaat is we take the architectural language and the hidden beauty that we find in Qatar, whether it is in the sea or desert, and ornaments from the heritage, and transform it into modern jewellery that suits ladies -- and that what has distinguished us. Hairaat Jewellery showcases an array of unique and Qatari-inspired collections at DJWE “Each and every piece holds a story, all of our pieces have a story behind it,” said al-Sulaiti, who was a product of the Young Qatari Designer initiative. This year, she opened her own booth at the 18th Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE), a six-day event taking place at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre until May 14. Pearls never went out of fashion and will always have a market The exhibition, held under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani, brings together more than 500 brands from over 10 countries. Al-Sulati lauded the Young Qatari Designer initiative, which aims to support Qatari jewellery designers and promote their work giving them the chance to showcase their collections alongside famous luxury brands, saying it served as a platform for her to grow. In 2015, she exhibited a commissioned piece – the Sakura Necklace -- which bagged two international awards: 'Merit Award in International Jewellery Design Excellence' (Hong Kong in 2017) and 'Golden Award from A’ Design' in 2015. Specialised in bespoke jewellery, al-Sulaiti said her exquisite and award-winning piece helped her to reach greater heights and opened more opportunities. << Nada al-Sulaiti's award-winning Sakura Necklace ____________________ “Between 2015 and 2017, I started developing a defined jewellery line in order to sell to the public because I specialised in commission pieces, big pieces, it took me two years to develop four lines which were launched in 2017 at DJWE. “In 2018, we introduced another two collections, and in 2019 we were ready to open our own boutique, and the growth kind of went on,” she said. The Hairaat founder cited a growing demand for personalised/customised jewellery, saying that it has become the trend not just in Qatar and the region, but also internationally. “Now, there are mass productions, there are a lot of items that are not recognisable and people want to feel that there is something intimate to them, something that they like,” she said. About the natural pearl, al-Sulaiti said while it did not become very trendy, it never went out of fashion and will always have a market. “We always have a pearl collection, we actually don’t sell natural pearls unless it’s commissioned because the materials are so precious that we want it to be specialised, made for the client himself or herself, for them to choose what design they want,” she pointed out. However, al-Sulaiti noted that there are certain clients who will only buy natural pearls but she sees a bit of change in consumer behaviour. “I see non-Qataris who are living here who would like to take natural pearls, not the expensive ones, natural ones to keep.”

Lala Busatti showcases some of her pieces at DJWE's Alfardan pavillion. PICTURES: Joey Aguilar
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Italian brand Busatti Milano a show stealer at DJWE's Alfardan Pavilion

Renowned Italian jewellery brand, Busatti Milano, is showcasing its latest collections – comprising unique and exquisite pieces made with passion and art – at the ongoing Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE). “We have brought our high-end fine jewellery  All-Italian excellence Tradition, innovation and design: a winning combination deriving from all-Italian excellence. These values distinguish Busatti Milano, the Haute Joaillerie Maison founded in 1947 thanks to the intuition of Antonio Busatti. The six cousins, Lalla, Davide, Barbara, Simone, Luca and Andrea, armed with experience in the precious metal industry, decided to carry forward the ingenious spirit of their founder confirming their style and savoir faire. A new way of understanding the jewel that combines the avant-garde, always in the DNA of the family, international spirit and combinations up to date. Creations, real works of art, reveal a unique world, where the creativity of the six young professionals meets the expertise of talented craftsmen and the search for raw materials haute de gamme. Busatti Milano is one of the most revolutionary company in the field. It opened in 2014 its first boutique in Milan in via Spiga 1 and takes part to the most prestigious trade fairs. (source: https://www.alfardanjewellery.com.qa) collection, all handmade in Italy with high-quality materials and diamonds,” the brand's creative director, Lala Busatti, told 'Gulf Times' on the sidelines of the event, taking place at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre. Busatti joins 70 other luxury brands at the Alfardan pavilion, exhibiting a wide range of jewellery and timepieces, including necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings. Lala said one of Busatti’s popular and most-sought collections, ‘Mosaico’ – also on show at DJWE 2022 – is about patterns in the city of Milan. A number of Mosaico pieces reflect Qatar’s culture as Lala used the colour of the Qatari flag in designing them, saying “we always try to give a touch of other cultures”. Busatti Milano jewellery pieces on display at the Alfardan pavillion Some of the brand’s collections on show at the exhibition, including Busatti Milano and Eterna, among others, are classy but at the same time, unique, she added. “There is a lot of effort behind every piece we make. The Eterna collection, as in eternity, will last forever,” Lala stressed, adding that other Busatti diamonds and animal-inspired pieces are trendy in Milan. Classy and unique Italian jewellery pieces by Busatti Milano She said there is a growing demand for Italian jewellery in Qatar and the region “because my country is well known for beauty and the culture of things done artistically and passionately. I think all over the world they understand and appreciate the effort in everything we do.” A number of Mosaico pieces reflect Qatar’s culture (supplied picture) Busatti puts a spotlight on its stunning long necklaces as well – all with diamonds. Lala said each diamond was properly cut for a necklace and the right colour and stones selected for months just to have a one-of-a-kind piece. “As you see, the necklace is very simple, very elegant but behind this necklace, there is a lot of work and research, it is not like the others,” she said. Lala said Qatar remains to be a key market for Busatti where clients know what they want, and such an environment allows the brand to be constantly in contact with them year-round. As a long-time participant of DJWE, she said: “We love Doha, we feel at home, we are happy and we love Alfardan”.

Julian Hajibay with his mother, Mimi -- the creative director and president of Piranesi -- showcasing some of their collection at DJWE 2022. PICTURE: Joey Aguilar
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Piranesi debutes 'Palace Ring' at DJWE

Piranesi, renowned for its rare and exotic stones, unique jewellery designs, and statement pieces, is debuting the “Palace Ring” at the 18th edition of the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition. The jewellery brand joins the almost 70 famous luxury brands at the Alfardan pavilion, exhibiting very rare and exquisite stones and pieces at the six-day event, taking place at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre until May 14. Piranesi's 'Palace Ring' - supplied picture “The ‘Palace Ring’ is inspired by our boutique in St Moritz in Switzerland at the Badrutt's Palace Hotel. This hotel, like our family, has been in business for many generations. It’s a 40karat emerald, vivid green colour, super high quality, and the setting is part of our Gemma collection and it is an absolute one-of-a-kind piece,” Piranesi managing director Julian Hajibay told Gulf Times. Piranesi is also be featuring the “Elizabeth Earrings” and “our Elizabeth Taylor Binder from all the work we used to do with her. We will also be bringing the auction book from Elizabeth Taylor’s estate, with 80% of the pieces being stamped Piranesi”. A lot of pieces in Piranesi’s collection are very unique and it specialised in colour gemstones – the core of its business – apart from the beautiful diamond pieces it offers. Piranesi also puts a spotlight on its Masterpiece collection, which features the finest yellow diamonds, Burmese sapphires, Burmese rubies, and Colombian emeralds, as well as Aspen double flower ring, Aspen necklace which is inspired by the scenery in Aspen Colorado during the winter. The brand’s core collection, Gemma, displays exceptional pieces designed by Hajibay’s mother, Mimi.

Taylor Lopez (left) and Ladan Vahdat wearing Shay pieces at DJWE's Alfardan pavilion. PICTURES: Joey Aguilar
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Shay Jewellery launches ‘Mini Me’: a celebration of family tradition and new motherhood

Shay Jewellery unveils its latest collection ‘Mini Me’ at the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE), bringing an exceptional way to share “jewellery love” between mother and children. “We just did some very simple but beautiful kind of fun pieces and just the right kind of style on your child if you are trying to look for something… This is our first collection for children, and we just launched it in Qatar,” Shay’s Marketing coordinator Taylor Lopez told Gulf Times on the sidelines of DJWE. Shay's Mini Me collection on display at DJWE. PICTURE: Joey Aguilar Shay’s latest collection’ is “a celebration that combines family tradition with the joy of new motherhood”. Inspired by the birth of co-founder Tania Shayan’s first son, the collection consists of six design capsules, created to bring delight and happiness to the wearer or the giver. Based on best-selling pieces from the Shay collection, ‘Mini Me’ calls out teardrops, baby hearts, rainbows, bezel settings, personalised nameplates, and pave halos in a combination of natural diamonds, emeralds, rubies and pink and blue sapphires. “We have rainbow, just plain diamonds, all the gemstones, I think it is just very simple and really fun that you are able to give to your child and make it this special investment for them, and they can have it when they grow up. It’s just really sweet,” said Lopez, who was with Shay’s founder, Ladan Vahdat, at DJWE. About the exhibition, Lopez said that they’ve always wanted to be in Doha to showcase their collections, especially Mini Me. Shay also produces a lot of customised pieces and offers various gemstones, from pink and blue sapphire to ruby and emerald. “Adults can also order and we can always customised to make it to be a little bigger, so it can match their kids,” Lopez said, citing a growing demand for customised pieces.

Wafa Habbar (right) with colleagues at the Robert Wan booth, located in the Alfardan pavilion, showcasing beautifully-handcrafted Tahitian pearls. PICTURE: Joey Aguilar
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Robert Wan's latest collection shines light on beauty of Tahitian pearls

Robert Wan is showcasing its latest collection, 'Contour', at the 18th Doha Jewellery & Watches Exhibition (DJWE), putting a spotlight on the remarkable colour tones and beauty of Tahitian pearls from French Polynesia. The Robert Wan booth is located in the Alfardan Pavilion at DJWE 2022. Robert Wan general manager Wafa Habbar said they collaborated with jewellery designer Maria Argyraki this year to create such a signature collection, which comprises pieces that “are perfectly balanced and detailed”. “This year, we want to highlight the beauty of the black pearl’s different colours. We have cherry, green, peacock and gray dark, and we have almost 10 different colours and each has different shades,” she told Gulf Times. Using simple lines and elegant minimalism to represent her creations and give them an organic feel, Habbar said the designer’s goal is to underline the nature of the pearl by exposing the variety of colours, shapes and sizes of these gems. The unique oyster, known as Pinctada margaritifera, which Robert Wan uses to create such magnificent pieces is very rare, fragile and requires specific conditions in order to grow to its full size, and it could take years to assemble one necklace. “That is also one of our knowhow and craftsmanship, to be passionate and build necklaces, that is why they are very expensive,” she said. According to Habbar, Robert Wan also displays a wide range of pieces from different price points, making them accessible for any budget. “Based on your budget, you can choose the size from 9-13mm and then pick the pearl of your colour and then you choose a thread and we make for you here a personalised bracelet,” she said. Habbar cited the huge demand for personalised pieces, especially in Qatar, where many “want to have their own jewellery, their own identity, and pieces that they will always wear and feel it is their own, it is their creation, it is the one they choose and made only for them, and not for someone else.” Such pieces have exceptional appeal for the new generation – young people who have access to information from different brands and collections, she said. “Here (at DJWE), we are all exhibitors bringing the best every year, so we always try to show the best of what we have to clients who are looking for something extra different and they want to feel they are bringing their own touch to the piece.”

Qatari designers like Nouf al-Meer, Sameera Hamed al-Mulla, and AlDana Hamad Alhenzab, showcase an array of jewellery pieces reflecting the country's culture at DJWE 2022. PICTURE: Joey Aguilar
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Qatari designers sparkle at DJWE

Apart from renowned international brands, the 18th edition of Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE) presents an array of Qatar-inspired jewellery pieces created by local designers. The event, which opened Monday and runs until May 14 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre, has dedicated a pavilion for Young Qatari Designers aimed at nurturing local talent and creativity. Some 10 Qatari designers showcase magnificent collections that reflects the country’s heritage and architecture, ranging from bracelets, necklaces, bangles and pendants to earrings and rings that highlight the colour and design of Qatar’s flag. Nouf Jewellery as a brand, by Nouf al-Meer – also the owner and CEO, “offers a wide range of a wide range of diverse and unique items made with different materials and precious stones.” Some pieces, made of yellow and white gold, are known for their intricate details with colourful gems and diamonds of international standards. Jewellery aficionados know Nouf as a brand that is simple yet creative. Besides nature and the environment, the Qatari designer finds inspiration from highly-celebrated occasions such as the National Day, and creates unique and exclusive pieces such as “bracelets and rings bearing the colours of the Qatari flag.” Hessa Jewels, owned by Qatari jewellery designer Sameera Hamed al-Mulla, is becoming increasingly popular with its “traditional designs and its ability to combine classic and contemporary with a creative touch.” Founded in 2017, Hessa (meaning ‘pearl’), the brand joined Qatar Museums in 2019 to showcase some collections, particularly “Al Battola”, “worn by women and all designed with diamonds and gemstones”. Among Hessa’s famous designs include the Kohl, Mashmum, and the Palm. While al-Mulla holds a Master’s degree from Aberdeen University and works in the banking field, her works mirror the kind of passion she has for jewellery. DW by AlDana Hamad Alhenzab displays simple yet creative pieces that makes one feel unique. Some of her collections include the Safety Pin collection, which stands out to suit all types of events and personalities. These include 18karat gold rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces with diamonds, and other gems such as ruby. DW by Dana also showcases its Butterfly Collection – “a pure definition of elegance and pride” with handcrafted pieces that meet the expectations of different age groups. “Just like a butterfly, our jewels will make you feel flawless and sophisticated all at once. We ensure that one piece can have a different meaning with each different outfit and occasion,” says Alhenzab.

Alfardan Group Chairman Hussain Alfardan
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Al Tawash to showcase Qatar’s rich pearling heritage

Alfardan Jewellery’s Al Tawash is set to showcase special pieces exceptionally created for the 18th edition of Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE), highlighting Qatar’s rich pearling heritage. “It is our history, our tradition. People here used to make a living out of pearls (before the discovery of oil and gas),” Ali Hussein Alfardan, vice chairman of Alfardan Group and president of Alfardan Jewellery, told a roundtable discussion yesterday. Al Tawash Pearl Gallery displays Alfardan’s vast collection of the world’s most beautiful natural pearls – known as a source of pride, joy, and wealth for Qataris. At the DJWE 2022, taking place from today (May 9) until May 14 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre, Al Tawash unveils exquisite and exclusive pieces designed by Alfardan Group chairman Hussain Alfardan for the six-day event. “We will be signing agreements with some big brands who want to buy (natural) pearls to make their jewellery,” Ali Alfardan said. “A lot of people would love to buy a necklace with pearl or a bangle or a ring or an earring because pearls reflect our culture, our history.” He recounted that their forefathers, including his father, had to go pearl diving and return after a month, selling their pearls to the Maharajas in India since nobody was buying pearls in Qatar then. “We have big demand for pearls now, from big companies who want to buy from us to make their jewellery with natural pearls because as you know is becoming very difficult to find and to get and we have some special pieces,” Ali Alfardan said. A huge collection at Al Tawash Pearl Gallery, from handcrafted ornaments to raw pearls, attracted many visitors and collectors from the region and other parts of the world. Besides pearls, Ali Alfardan also cited a huge demand for men’s watches, especially among the young generation in the country, who have been researching and following renowned watch brands. According to Ali Alfardan, this was not the case two years ago compared with most women who have always been keen on luxury timepieces. “They know what they buy, they read and research a lot. They know what is coming out, and they know what is special about a watch.” Ali Alfardan noted that if 90% of the sales used to come from women, today, the ratio is about 50 – 50, possibly due to a number of factors such as social media and internet where most information can be found. “Many of the watches we usually sell were mostly for ladies. Now you see a lot of men are following the watches and you see the prices are going up in the black market,” he said, noting the demand for these luxury timepieces continue to rise. “There is a big shortage of supply. I know some brands which make about 4,000 to 5,000 pieces per year, (and now) they have orders of about 20,000 watches,” he said. Ali Alfardan noted that the young generation is now his biggest customers, who find daily (use) and simple items appealing. Since a big number of them are collectors, the Alfardan pavilion has allotted a big space for such pieces. Renowned Qatari brand Noudar by Noor Alfardan, Ali pointed out, sells many of these high-demand pieces almost everywhere in the world. “We are selling it in Los Angeles, London, Mikonos and in many countries (in the region) like Saudi Arabia and Dubai. We manufacture everything here in Doha, and we have a big workshop for Noudar. Celebrities like Lady Gaga JLO (Jennifer Lopez), the Kardashians, among others, are wearing Noudar,” he said. “Noor is also set to launch a new model in the exhibition.” Ali Alfardan said DJWE is getting bigger and famous worldwide, bringing together renowned international brands never been seen in other similar events. Unparalleled quality and sophistication are the hallmarks of Alfardan Jewellery, trusted by generations. Alfardan Jewellery is a pioneer in the region for holding the exclusive Jewellery and Watches Exhibition for the first time in 1977. It eventually became a public event in 2003 where the world’s finest designers descended to the region to feature their best works. Alfardan Jewellery will feature several high-class brands under its portfolio: Chopard, Vacheron Constatin, Marli, Sartoro, Girard-Perregaux, Noudar, Dior, Franck Muller, Chaumet, Kismet by Milka, Persee Paris, Mouawad, Casato and Corum. Spanning over 33,000 sqm, 500 exclusive brands will be represented at the exhibition, with 65 exhibitors from over 10 countries. On display will be local talent, international designers, global brands and jewellery connoisseurs. Indian actress Alia Bhatt will inaugurate the exhibition. For 17 years, DJWE has been the go-to, exclusive, high-profile gathering for jewellery aficionados, global brands, and aspiring designers.    

Ali Hussein Alfardan at the roundtable discussion on Sunday. PICTURE: Thajudheen
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Alfardan Jewellery pavilion to sparkle with 70 luxury brands at DJWE

Almost 70 renowned luxury brands will be joining the Alfardan pavilion at the 18th edition of the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE), set to open on Monday at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC). This was announced by Ali Hussein Alfardan, vice chairman of Alfardan Group and president of Alfardan Jewellery, at a roundtable discussion on May 8 at the Alfardan Centre, Bank Street. “We (Alfardan) will have a lot of important pieces showcased at the exhibition, including a 102.60karat flawless type 2A white diamond, which will be shown for the first time in Qatar, and a rare, one-of-its-kind jewellery piece.     Ali Alfardan announced that famous international brands and jewellery connoisseurs from around the globe are bringing very rare and large stones - both in value and uniqueness - to the exhibition. Alfardan Jewellery has witnessed an increase in the number of exhibitors at its pavilion since DJWE’s inception, apart from the all-time favourites and the nearly 70 brands participating in this year’s exhibition. These include Shay Jewelry, which is all set to celebrate the family tradition and new motherhood with Mini Me Collection for Kids; La Bella; Kismet by Milka, best known for their ear jewellery/ear piercing collection and with other varieties of jewellery ranging from necklaces, rings, bracelets; Persee Paris; Monan, which will be giving a new experience with its latest collection Another World and Secret Garden collection; and Piranesi, debuting the “Palace Ring” and featuring “Elizabeth Earrings”. The Alfardan Pavilion is also putting a spotlight on Al Tawash - featuring exquisite unique pieces designed exclusively for the DJWE by Alfardan Group chairman Hussain Alfardan. Noudar by Noor Alfardan will reveal a new line following the huge success of the Henna collection as it marks its 10th anniversary and being the choice of celebrities around the world. The Alfardan Pavilion at DJWE will have among its highlights exclusive collections such as: • Chopard – releasing gents limited edition 42 Mille Melia (50 pieces only) and Burgandy Alpine Eagle 41mm Qatar edition (50 pieces only). • Franck Muller – Vanguard Steel Qatar edition, 100 pieces with Indian numeral sky blue. • Corum – Admiral Cup Green dial, 41mm Qatar edition, 100 pieces. • Girard – Perregaux, presenting the very first time the Quasar Light with three different carrures (red, blue and yellow), an epic masterpiece with gleaming aerial view of the manufacturers most iconic movement. • Dior – time piece with Burgundy Dial limited Qatar edition. • Marli – presenting the latest Tip-Top collection, a versatile, contemporary jewellery with the famous Balqees Fathi as their latest ambassador. • Chaumet – presenting two special collections - Josephine Valse Imperiale and Lacis High Jewellery set. Ali Alfardan said limited edition timepieces – exclusively made for Qatar by renowned brands such as Vacheron Constantin, Chopard, Frank Muller, Girard – Perregaux, and Corum celebrating the FIFA World Cup 2022 – have been nearly sold out. “We made limited edition with Vacheron Constantin, which is sold out; with Frank Muller for women and men’s watches, and each one is 100 pieces, also sold out, and with Corum, which we will unveil at the exhibition. “The Chopard limited edition is sold out, and one will be shown at the exhibition. Girard - Perregaux, one model of 60 pieces is sold out . There is another model which will be delivered in September this year but it will be showcased at DJWE,” Ali Alfardan said. While most of the brands are making special editions for Qatar this year, he said Dior is making 50 limited edition timepieces marking the FIFA World Cup 2022. Alfardan Jewellery It all began over one hundred years ago, when the Alfardans set out on the clear warm waters of the Arabian Gulf and established themselves as pearl traders. They soon established themselves as leading experts on the pearl within the Gulf, and today, Alfardan Jewellery’s chairman, Hussein Alfardan is considered a leading expert and authority on the natural pearl, not only in the Gulf – but in the world. With growing prosperity and new opportunities, it was not long before the first Alfardan Jewellery store opened in 1954 and they soon started long standing business partnerships with many of Europe's finest watchmakers and jewellery houses. Today, Alfardan Jewellery is firmly established as a leader in luxury, growing from a local store to become a major retailer operating several luxury showrooms and boutiques across the city – including The Alfardan Centre, Villaggio Mall, Landmark Mall, The Pearl-Qatar, St Regis Doha, Chopard - Qatar Duty Free, Mall of Qatar, and most recently, the official re-opening of its Villagio Mall Tiffany & Co. showroom – where they have redefined the luxury retail experience, establishing the presence of a luxury shopping destination reflecting Tiffany's legendary style, while presenting new jewellery lines that appeal to the Qatar market and their valued customers. True to their innovative outlook, Alfardan Jewellery were the first to introduce the concept of a Jewellery Exhibition in the region – when back in 1977 they hosted the first of its kind private Jewellery & Watch Exhibition which later in 2003, became a hugely successful public event attracting many visitors both locally, regionally and internationally as well as the world's top jewellers and watchmakers. Alfardan Jewellery's success reverberates as strongly today. Guided by the same family values and enriched by the wealth of accumulated experiences, Alfardan Jewellery boldly sets out to uncover new possibilities in the continuous pursuit of providing only the finest.