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His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Opens Dubai International Jewellery Week 2012

12 Nov 2012

His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Opens Dubai International Jewellery Week 2012

​​/adminDubai International Jewellery Week 2012 was opened today (Wednesday) by His Highness Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. The most prestigious consumer and trade exhibition of its kind in the Middle East, the four-day exhibition runs until 24 November and is expected to attract strong attendance. Thousands of visitors filled Za’abeel Hall at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), where over 320 exhibitors from more than 20 countries are showcasing the latest fine jewellery collections, precious gemstones and unique jewel-embellished fashion accessories. Popular for its exclusive and exceptional show offers, the exhibition is the perfect place for jewellery enthusiasts, collectors, retailers, wholesalers and jewellery designers to spend the day. “We thank His Highness Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, for his support of Dubai International Jewellery Week,” said Trixee Loh, Senior Vice President of DWTC, organiser of the exhibition. “This exhibition is the most anticipated luxury showcase of the year, with thousands of visitors expected to take advantage of the exclusive array of stunning fine jewellery and precious stones at unbeatable prices from over 160 new and 150 returning exhibitors. It gives us great pleasure to welcome more than 100 international trade delegates from Turkey, Russia, Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia to this year’s show. We are expecting sell-out success this year.” Highlights at the show include a one-of-a-kind 214-carat emerald on display from renowned Dubai-based jewellers Dhamani, with a price tag of AED3.6million and an exquisite Tahitian and South Sea Keshi pearl set from Yoko London valued at AED550,000/-. Many of the region’s well-known jewellers including Ahmad Kurdi Fine Jewellery, Renee Jewellers, Antoine Hakim Joailliers and Rosy Blue will be displaying their newest and most dazzling collections, with special show prices for visitors. A number of exciting onsite raffles will be taking place throughout the exhibition, with prizes that include seven air tickets from Air Arabia valued at AED1,500/- each, eight wellness packages from VLCC Dubai each worth AED4,000/-, seven UAE gold bullion coins, and many more. Popular MBC1 TV presenter and beauty expert to the stars Joelle Mardinian will be making a special appearance on Saturday, 24 November at 6pm for an exclusive meet-and-greet with VIP guests. Visitors can also attend daily jewellery seminars run by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), world leaders in diamond, pearl and gemstone grading and education. These complimentary classes take place every day at 4:30pm, 6:30pm and 8:30pm at the seminar theatre in Za’abeel Hall. Dubai International Jewellery Week will run from 21 – 24 November 2012 and is open between 2pm – 10pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, and between 3pm – 10pm on Friday. This year the show will be held at Za’abeel Hall in DWTC. To register and for the latest show information, visit today. Follow Dubai International Jewellery Week on Twitter and join us on Facebook.

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) was named ‘Best Big Catering Company’ at the inaugural Food Safety and Hygiene Awards 2012, organised by Dubai Municipality, beating off stiff competition from top five-star hotels and airlines.

The awards celebrate organisations that have consistently maintained high standards of food safety and provides a platform for the government of Dubai to recognise companies and individuals who contribute to raising the standards of catering in the UAE.

DWTC is involved in multiple levels of versatile, comprehensive and professional catering, and maintains the “Grade A” status given to its Kitchen from Dubai Municipality by practicing world-class hygiene and food safety standards, and implementing a culture of food safety and hygiene into all its operations. From state functions to weddings, sporting events, banquets, gala dinners, award ceremonies, private celebrations or outdoor catering including public events, DWTC delivers tailor-made à la carte menus and buffets to palaces, clubs, associations and private venues across the UAE. Its unparalleled expertise in high profile weddings has also earned DWTC the reputation of being the preferred choice for Emirati and royal weddings across the UAE.

DWTC has implemented various rigorous initiatives to ensure that its Hospitality division works efficiently to the highest capacity and in line with international standards. “Winning such a prestigious award is a tribute to the dedication and commitment of our team,” said Mohammed Al Jumairi, Vice President - Hospitality, Dubai World Trade Centre. “Corporate responsibility and safety are not actions – they are philosophies and we have made them a fabric of our organisation.”

“This award is a valued endorsement of the strides we have undertaken to ensure we operate in a manner that is both effective and beneficial to our employees, visitors and the community. I would like to thank Dubai Municipality for recognising our work and we look forward to future successes with each other.”

Nominees for the awards were judged against a number of criteria including food safety culture within the organisation, management’s commitment to food safety and hygiene in a healthy environment, layout of the Kitchens to support food safety, support to Dubai Municipality programmes, initiatives implemented in the organisation and specific achievements, no food complaints and corporate social responsibility initiatives. DWTC excelled in each category, making it a front-runner amongst competition.
From the iconic Sheikh Rashid Tower featured on the 100 Dirham note to the region’s largest purpose built events complex, DWTC is recognised as being the catalyst for global business and event and hospitality services. In addition to its primary service offerings are a range of value-added services including advertising, engineering and technical consultation, outdoor catering inclusive of public events, wedding planning, event services, security services and an award-winning hospitality portfolio. DWTC boasts the emirate’s largest non-industrial catering production infrastructure, logistically equipped to handle concurrent large scale on-site and off-site events. With 135 chefs hailing from 17 countries, and a 39,300 sq. ft. modern kitchen facility maintaining five-star health and hygiene certifications, the Hospitality team can serve as many as 15,000 guests in a day.