Informa, IEG reveal Honourees of JWA Dubai Special Edition

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.”