Bahrain: Jewellery Arabia a shining example, says Premier

The Premier opens the expo in the presence of deputy prime ministers and dignitaries

MANAMA: Jewellery Arabia has become a high-profile platform for exhibitors, said the Premier.

He was speaking when he opened its 26th edition yesterday.

More than 600 exhibitors from 30 countries are taking part, representing leading jewellery powerhouses at Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa cut the ribbon, signalling the opening of the five-day expo, which showcases glamorous jewellery and other exquisite pieces that include a $2 million necklace.

The item, called Cascade of Dreams, is a combination of a choker, a flowing necklace, a shoulder and back piece made of 12,826 diamonds, 1,970 natural pearls and eight rare Columbia emeralds.

It has been created by Al Zain Jewellery, which is headquartered in Bahrain and claims some buyers were showing serious interest on the first day of the annual showcase at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre (BIECC).

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“The design of the necklace is flowing down like a cascade and it designed to evoke dreams and passion – hence the name,” Al Zain Jewellery chief executive Theo Swart told the GDN.

“The piece costs way in excess of $2m and we have had some serious inquiries, mainly Saudis and some Kuwaitis.

“It is one of a kind and cannot be duplicated, so we allowed our designers to go above and beyond what they would normally do and they came up with Cascade of Dreams – which speaks for itself.

Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa toured different pavilions and was briefed about luxurious trademark creations, commending the high standard of Jewellery Arabia 2017.

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The Premier stressed the importance of consolidating security and stability in boosting the industrial sector, including exhibitions.

He underlined the government’s efforts to revitalise development, stressing the importance of the exhibition sector in supporting investments, tourism and trade.

“Launched more than 25 years ago, Jewellery Arabia has become a high-profile platform which attracts more exhibitors year after year,” he said.

Bahrain, he said, withstood global political and economic challenges and continued to grow in all fields.

Flexibility and economic openness have consolidated Bahrain’s attractive investment environment, he said.

The Premier underlined the government’s resolve to continue streamlining investment laws and launch mega projects.

Source Credit: Gulf Daily News

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