New jewellery show set to sparkle in Dubai with backing from Informa and IEG

A new tradeshow, Jewellery, Gem & Technology Dubai (JGT Dubai), is to debut in February 2022 in Dubai. The inaugural edition will take place 22–24 February 2022 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

The three-day sourcing event is a joint venture between two of the industry’s leading events groups – Informa Markets Jewellery, organiser of the world’s biggest fine jewellery marketplace – Jewellery & Gem WORLD Hong Kong – and the Italian Exhibition Group SpA (IEG), organiser of Vicenzaoro, Italy’s most influential jewellery show and the top European tradefair in the sector. The two organisers’ combination of resources, industry expertise and global reach is supported by the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), as JGT Dubai’s official partner, and Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group as an industry partner.

“Informa Markets Jewellery is heeding the industry’s call as a strategic partner. Our industry is undergoing a significant transformation, and it is up to us to create and embrace new opportunities that will shape the long-term path for our industry,” said David Bondi, senior vice-president of Informa Markets in Asia. JGT Dubai’s launch is symbolic of how fast the industry has transformed in the new world, and “how adaptable, nimble and open we are to exploring new ideas and possibilities,” Bondi continued. “Our collaboration with IEG is unprecedented in the events industry, and it won’t certainly be the last,” he said. “During these unique times, our priority is to create opportunities that will deliver the best results for our community, and JGT Dubai is something that we can do better – together.”

JGT Dubai leverages Informa Markets Jewellery’s capabilities, including its global portfolio of fairs and events; a powerful digital platform – JewelleryNet; a dedicated Jewellery Media team led by flagship publication, JNA, and the Jewellery World Awards (JWA).

JWA is organising its first regional award, JWA Dubai, during the exhibition, with a focus on celebrating the achievements of companies and entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

IEG, the driving force behind Vicenzaoro, is deploying its resources, focus and deep local knowledge to ensure JGT Dubai’s success. The company has firmly planted its roots in Rimini, Vicenza, Milan, Dubai, New York, São Paulo and Shanghai, and has forged strong partnerships in other parts of China and the US. Corrado Peraboni, chief executive officer of IEG, commented: “Our jewellery sourcing events in core markets around the world – be it in Europe, North America or the Middle East – highlight the true scale of our reach as an industry partner. In February 2022, expect us to bring our global experience and local expertise to bear in delivering one of the industry’s premier meeting points.”

JGT Dubai will offer seminar and networking programme featuring some of the most influential names and experts in the industry. Among these special features are two world-class events – the Dubai Diamond Conference, organised by DMCC, and Informa Markets Jewellery’s JWA Dubai presentation ceremony.

Ahmed Bin Sulayem, executive chairman and CEO of DMCC, and chairman of the Dubai Diamond Exchange added: “JGT Dubai will be an event like no other. Hospitality and the ability to bring people together is in Dubai’s DNA, and we are fast becoming the capital of the precious metals and jewellery trade. Held before the major shows in Las Vegas and Hong Kong, JGT Dubai will set the scene and be a showcase of invention. By hosting dialogue and debate, we will connect minds and spur the type of innovation required to take our industry to the next level. With Expo 2020 Dubai now taking place in 2021 – one of the largest global events in the history of the region – and DMCC’s Dubai Diamond Conference in early 2022, the timing of JGT Dubai simply could not be better.”

Photo from the online press conference announcing the launch: From top left clockwise, David Bondi, senior vice-president of Informa Markets in Asia; Corrado Peraboni, CEO of Italian Exhibition Group SpA; Ahmed Bin Sulayem, executive chairman of DMCC and chairman of the Dubai Diamond Exchange; Martin Leake (DMCC), moderator.