Abu Dhabi, UAE: Held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence of the United Arabic Emirates, the prestigious Watch and Jewellery Show (JWS) closed its doors on Saturday, following another incredible edition.
Running from 26th to 30th October and featuring over 140 unique brands from across the globe, showcasing their latest collections and unique designs. A host of dignitaries and VIP guests, as well as leading influencers were joined by several members of the local, regional and international media who visited JWS to cover the remarkable design showcase.
The show included special, award-winning collections, such as ‘UAE50’ by talented emerging designer Tariq Riaz, which he created to celebrate the 50th year of the UAE. One of the most prominent pieces in the UAE50 collection is the ‘Al Jahili’ ring. The award-winning ring is inspired by the UAE’s most recognisable building, Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain, which was built upon request from His Excellency Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Zayed the First, in the 1890s to protect the oasis and its palm groves.
In addition, JWS also celebrated the industry’s up-and-coming young design talent from the region and around the world. The Emirati Gallery provided an unmissable opportunity to explore the evolving story of Emirati jewellery design by exceptional brands and individual artists, while the International Designer Gallery collated premium pieces from artists in 25 countries.
To formally identify and empower the next generation of young talent, the Ebda’a Awards, pioneered by Azza Al Qubaisi – the renowned Emirati design artist, named its winners during JWS 2021. Created as a platform for aspiring designers and encouraging them to enter the world of jewellery via a partnership with JWS, the International Gemological Institute (IGI) and the Ministry of Community Development, the Ebda’a Awards jury selected winners from all four entry categories.
Amna Al Blooshi won Pearl Design, with Siham Wassouf taking the Calligraphy prize. Sara Al Noori Al Ali was named Emirati Design category winner. The fourth category prize, specially created for People of Determination, was won by Reem Al Dhanhani.
Commenting on the show’s success, Firas Abu Ltaif, Exhibition Manager said: “I would like to express my gratitude to everyone that made the 28th edition of JWS a huge success. From the 140 brands who wowed us with their bespoke collections, to the young artists who once again surprised and delighted us in equal measure with their creativity and talent, to the industry legends who chose our event as a showcase for their impressive work.
“JWS has built its well-deserved reputation for excellence as a prominent platform for showcasing stunning jewellery and watches that are not normally found in mainstream retail outlets, adding to the unique significance of the show, and we are delighted to have welcomed back the thousands of visitors who joined us at ADNEC during this unforgettable four days.”
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