Four industry champions to be recognised at Awards Presentation Ceremony and Panel Discussion on 12 February 2023 at JGT Dubai


Informa, IEG reveal Honourees of
JWA Dubai Special Edition

Four industry champions to be recognised at Awards Presentation Ceremony and Panel Discussion on 12 February 2023 at JGT Dubai

DUBAI, 21 December 2022 – Three jewellery and gemstone enterprises and a promising coloured gemstone entrepreneur that have shown incredible leadership, resilience and brilliance in the most difficult of times are the Honourees of the Special Edition of JWA Dubai, one of the most prestigious accolades given in the jewellery industry.


A regional edition of the Jewellery World Awards (JWA), JWA Dubai is taking on a unique format in 2023 to better reflect the challenges that businesses experienced in the last 12 months. This special tribute recognises and honours outstanding individuals and businesses in the Middle East and beyond that inspire, lead and drive positive change in the communities they serve by championing business excellence, innovation, inclusivity, sustainability and social partnerships. 


The Honourees will be feted at JWA Dubai Special Edition’s Awards Presentation Ceremony and Panel Discussion, which will be hosted by Jewellery, Gem & Technology Dubai (JGT Dubai) on its opening day, 12 February 2023, at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) and will be recorded for the global audience. The premier B2B sourcing event runs for three days. 


The JWA Dubai Special Edition Honourees are: 


Brand of the Year – Retail: Dhamani
Outstanding Enterprise of the Year: Pure Gold Jewellers
Outstanding Coloured Gemstone Enterprise of the Year: Belmont Emeralds
Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Kobi Sevdermish of Advanced Quality ACC Ltd  


The Honourees were determined by JGT Dubai show organisers Informa Markets Jewellery and the Italian Exhibition Group. The International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) was consulted for the Outstanding Coloured Gemstone Enterprise of the Year category. 


The four Honourees will serve as panellists right after JGT Dubai’s opening ceremony on 12 February 2023. Focusing on the theme, “Inspired Leadership In A Post-Pandemic World,” the panel discussion will highlight powerful lessons in business and in life that helped these organisations survive the pandemic, prepare for recovery and build resilience for the next disruption. 


Joining them in the panel discussion are Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre) – official partner of JGT Dubai, and Tawhid Abdullah, Chairman of Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group (DGJG) – industry partner of the show. They will share their unique insights and perspectives on maintaining business continuity and agility in the face of adversity. 


Commenting on JWA Dubai Special Edition’s roster of Honourees for 2023, David Bondi, Senior Vice President of Informa Markets in Asia, said, “There is no better time than now to celebrate and honour the successes of these innovative enterprises and the individuals powering them, most especially during the most challenging period of the pandemic. They have distinguished themselves by leading with courage, purpose and authenticity, undaunted by unforeseen roadblocks and pivoting to growth even when the odds were highly stacked against them. They served the industry with integrity, passion and tenacity, and elevated their communities like never before. These four amazing industry champions are truly deserving of these awards.” 


Corrado Peraboni, Chief Executive Officer of the Italian Exhibition Group, added, “We are honoured to host JWA Dubai again this year at JGT Dubai that we organise with our partner Informa Markets. In this region of the world, this industry boasts numerous excellences in terms of tradition, culture and entrepreneurial spirit and Informa Markets’ Award enhances them at their best. Congratulations to the selected companies for being such an effective expression of commitment and ability in making their way towards development, and to all the participants for the contribution they make, day after day, to our international community.” 


ICA Chairman Clement Sabbagh added, “We, at the ICA, are honoured to be a part of JWA Dubai Special Edition and to celebrate the outstanding efforts of these great enterprises. They have been able to grow their businesses and thrive even in the midst of challenges. Their forward-thinking initiatives are sure to be a positive inspiration to our industry.” 

About JWA Dubai

JWA Dubai, the first industry award of its kind in the Middle East, is a regional edition of the Jewellery World Awards (JWA), one of the most prestigious awards in the international jewellery and gemstone trade. JWA was established by Informa Markets Jewellery in 2012 as the JNA Awards, which recognises and honours outstanding leadership, game changers and innovators in the industry. As a regional edition, JWA Dubai honours and celebrates companies and individuals that have made significant contributions to the industry or their community by driving innovation, best business practices and excellence across the Middle East and beyond.

About Informa Markets Jewellery

Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate and grow. Our global jewellery vertical, Informa Markets Jewellery, offers in-person and web-based sourcing experiences, digital solutions and dedicated B2B platforms that bring international buyers and quality sellers together in the fine jewellery, gemstone, and fashion jewellery and accessories markets. Our resources, industry experience, influence and focus as a partner are enhanced by our global jewellery portfolio consisting of fairs and events in key cities; a powerful digital platform – JewelleryNet; a dedicated Jewellery Media team, led by flagship publication, JNA; an education-based programme – Jewellery & Gem Knowledge Community, and the industry’s most prestigious awards programmes – the Jewellery World Awards (JWA, previously known as the JNA Awards), and its regional edition, JWA Dubai.

Focus on Italian Exhibition Group

Italian Exhibition Group S.p.A., a joint stock company listed on Euronext Milan, a regulated market organised and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A., has, with its facilities in Rimini and Vicenza, achieved national leadership over the years in the organisation of trade shows and conferences. The development of activities abroad – also through joint ventures with global or local organisers, in the United States, United Arab Emirates, China, Mexico, Germany, Singapore, Brazil, for example – now sees the company positioned among the top European operators in the sector.

Media Contact

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