Jewellery Arabia 2018, the Middle East’s premier jewellery and watch exhibition, is returning to the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre from 20 – 24 November 2018. Now in its 27th year, this prestigious annual event takes place under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.
Jewellery, watches, gems and luxury accessories worth an estimated value of US$ 1 billion will go on sale to members of the public and trade. Open free of charge, show organisers UBM AEM anticipate over 50,000 visitors will descend on the 21,000 square metre treasure trove over the course of 5 days.
Visitors will be welcomed by over 550 local, regional and international exhibitors who will launch new product lines, display their latest collections and introduce limited edition pieces exclusively at Jewellery Arabia 2018.
“Jewellery Arabia 2018 is a vibrant platform for jewellers to showcase their latest products in the dynamic Middle East market. This well-established exhibition offers consumers and trade visitors alike a once a year opportunity to browse the largest selection of jewellery and watches in the Middle East, stay abreast of trends, discover new designers and source one off pieces in a unique atmosphere,” said Fawzi Al Shehabi, UBM AEM Director of Sales and Marketing.
World famous watch and jewellery houses will be making a return appearance at Jewellery Arabia 2018, including leading brands. Many of these high profile international exhibitors will use the event as a platform to introduce exclusive collections and limited edition pieces to the Middle East collectors’ market.
Complementing these iconic brands are national groups from leading jewellery export countries. They include large returning delegations of the finest retailers, designers and manufacturers from Bahrain, Hong Kong, India, Lebanon, Russia, Singapore and Thailand. Collectively, these groups reflect the very best manufacturing capabilities, design expertise and gemological resources that their respective countries have to offer.
Joining international brands and national groups are a host of designers, retailers and manufacturers from 30 countries worldwide.
Visitors can also enjoy free-to-attend daily jewellery education seminars led by world’s foremost authority on gemmology, the Gemmological Institute of America (GIA).
For more information, visit www.jewelleryarabia.com
Leading gem and jewellery exporter Thailand is returning to Jewellery Arabia 2018 from 20 – 24 November at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre with a pavilion of flagship manufacturers and traders. Celebrating Thai history, quality and craftsmanship, the group offers visitors a selection of the country’s finest products and seeks to deepen trade ties with the Middle East.
Now in its 27th year, Jewellery Arabia 2018 will attract over 550 exhibitors from 30 countries vying for more than 50,000 potential retail and wholesale customers. Thailand is ready to dazzle with its latest gold, diamond, and precious gemstone collections according to pavilion organisers Vega Intertrade & Exhibitions.
“Thailand is the world’s gems and jewellery hub, and we are one of the best resources for products. The pavilion at Jewellery Arabia is a proven gateway linking the Middle East region to Thailand. It also provides great business opportunities to Thai jewellers and Middle East traders. Exceptional products have been discovered at the Thailand pavilion in previous show editions, and we will unveil even more elaborate collections this year,” said Tony T. Kusonwong, Managing Director, Vega Intertrade & Exhibitions.
Thai jewellers see Bahrain as a successful marketplace and entry point to access the wider Gulf markets, Tony continued. The feedback the Thailand pavilion has received has been very positive, welcoming a large number of visitors, buyers, and traders every year. A bright future is projected between the Thai-Bahrain gems and jewellery trade as relations and connections become stronger.
The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT), one of the world’s best gemmological labs, will also be returning to the fair. GIT will provide visitors with lab services and share knowledge with those seeking trustworthy information about gems and jewellery. With the aim to assure customers of buying guaranteed products, they will present their new campaign “Buy with Confidence”.
For more information, visit www.jewelleryarabia.com
GIA experts will offer attendees – ranging from the trade to consumers and connoisseurs – insights into the different aspects of gems and jewellery through complimentary 45-minute seminars.
GIA will once again feature rare gem replicas during the event, giving visitors a unique opportunity to see other stunning pieces of historic and gemmological significance side-by-side.
“Bahrain has traditionally been a major jewellery manufacturing centre attracting consumers within the country as well as from neighbouring countries,” said Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director of GIA India and Middle East. “GIA will be sharing interesting information about gemstones at Jewellery Arabia to help them make a confident gem purchase.”
GIA organises Trade Education Seminars (TES) on a variety of topics to inform and educate the trade on current and relevant topics related to the gem and jewellery industry. They also conduct training programmes for retail sales associates for various retail jewellery outlets on a complimentary basis to support the Institute’s mission.
GIA offers courses in major trade centres throughout the Gulf. With courses offered in Dubai, GIA also conducts regular classes across Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and many other key locations in the region. The Institute’s courses focus on diamonds, coloured stones, pearls, jewellery design, and more. GIA Laboratory’s take-in window in Dubai accepts submissions for grading services for diamonds, coloured stones and pearls from consumers and members of the trade across the Middle East.
A total of 4,050 world energy leaders, stakeholders and executives from 53 countries converged in Bahrain for the 13th Middle East Geosciences Conference and Exhibition (GEO 2018) in March for 4 days of strategic dialogue and business opportunities.
Marking a 7% increase in attendance, attendees were welcomed by 76 exhibitors from 19 countries at the world-class exhibition featuring state-of-the-art equipment, technological advancements and innovative services in the oil and gas exploration sector.
The parallel conference programme convened under the theme ‘Pushing the Technical Limits: Shaping the Energy Landscape’ and featured over 420 expert speakers focusing on geological studies, reservoir challenges, the environment, safety, risk management and innovation.
GEO 2018 was held under the patronage of the Prime Minister of Bahrain His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, and was officially supported by the Bahrain National Oil and Gas Authority.
The event was co-hosted by UBM AEM and the world’s 3 largest professional geoscience associations – the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) – in cooperation with a committee of national and international oil company representatives.
Bahrain’s Deputy Prime Minister His Highness Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa performed the official exhibition opening ceremony on 6 March 2018 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre, accompanied by the Minister of Oil His Excellency Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa.
The conference opened in a special ceremony on 5 March 2018 at the Ritz Carlton hotel. Welcome addresses were delivered by His Excellency Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Al Khalifa; global industry kingpin His Excellency Ali Al-Naimi, former Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia and Current Advisor to the Royal Court; and reknowned energy expert and documentary filmmaker Dr. Scott W. Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology University of Texas.
In testing times for the energy sector, Ahmad Al Eidan, GEO 2018 Chairman and Kuwait Oil Company’s Drilling & Technology Directorate Deputy Chief Executive Officer, declared GEO was a bright spot for the region and the industry alike, and an important opportunity to convene.
“As we are all aware, the oil industry is still going through challenging times and despite a number of attempts to call the bottom of this current cycle there are no clear signs yet when conditions will significantly improve,” said Ahmad Al Eidan.
“The GEO conference and exhibition have always been considered as an inspirational gathering that industry professionals look forward to, to enhance the Middle East’s hydrocarbon resource development. The diversity of the audience background and experiences enables a new thought horizon and knowledge sharing that continues to lead a new energy generation,” he continued.
More than 360 technical and e-poster presentations designed to share the knowledge and experience of managing, operating and supplying oil and gas companies took place over the subsequent 3 days of the conference at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.
The pace-setting agenda at GEO 2018 also included 3 panel sessions led by chief executive officers, managers and presidents of national and international oil companies and the service industry. Panel discussion topics included new technology, unconventional resources, and AI and IoT in E&P.
GEO 2018 also played host to a five-day programme of activities aimed at nurturing the next generation of geoscience professionals. A total of 19 regional universities participated in a series of workshops, short courses, competitions and conference sessions for students and young professionals.
The next edition of GEO will take place from 16 – 19 March 2020 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.
For more information please visit: geo2018.com
Bahrain’s biggest annual shopping event, the Autumn Fair, is set to return to the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre from 24 January to 1 February 2018.
Held under the patronage of the Bahrain Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, the popular consumer show offers a wide range of fashion, accessories, household appliances, home décor, cosmetics, speciality food and more from around the world for sale at competitive prices.
More than 750 exhibitors from 18 countries are set to converge at the largest show of its kind in Bahrain to form a 15,400 square metre retail extravaganza.
Show organisers UBM AEM expect over 160,000 visitors to attend the Autumn Fair 2018 over the 9-day period.
“The Autumn Fair is celebrating its 29th year in Bahrain with a massive range of goods and potential bargains. Visitors can look forward to discovering new-to-market products exclusively at the show in addition to returning customer favourites from across the globe. The colourful and friendly atmosphere is suitable for the whole family to enjoy,” said UBM AEM project manager Yaqoob Ali.
“There is also a strong business-to-business element at the show. The Autumn Fair acts as an important sourcing venue for local companies, and wholesale agreements and new partnerships will be established during the course of the exhibition. Numerous local businesses also regularly take part, and many offer special deals to visitors,” he continued.
Entry & timings
Entry to the Autumn Fair 2018 is BD 1. Tickets can be purchased during show opening hours from kiosks at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. Children under the age of 12 years will be admitted free of charge.
The exhibition will open from 12 pm–10 pm on 24 January, 10 am–2 pm and 4 pm–10 pm on 25 January, 12 pm–10 pm on 26 January, 10 am–2 pm and 4 pm–10 pm on 27, 28, 29 and 30 January, and 10 am–10 pm on 31 January and 1 February.
On 28 and 29 January from 10 am–2 pm the exhibition will open to ladies only.
For further information visit: www.theautumnfair.com
The 20th Society of Petroleum Engineers Middle East Oil & Gas Show and Conference (MEOS 2017) concluded on 9 March having attracted a record total of 8,332 attendees, marking a 1.3% increase over the 2015 edition and reaching a new high in the 38 year history of the event.
Confirming MEOS’ position as one of the most important events in the Middle East’s oil and gas industry calendar, attendance growth was matched by the largest conference technical programme in the series, robust participation by 193 regional and international exhibitors, and high levels of satisfaction amongst participants.
MEOS 2017 was held under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister of Bahrain Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. The exhibition was officially inaugurated by Deputy Prime Minister His Highness Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa.
The 3-day world class exhibition of oil and gas products and services spanned 12,000 square metres of space at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre and showcased 193 exhibiting companies from 25 countries.
Principal exhibitors included GCC national oil and gas companies – ADNOC, Bapco, Kuwait Oil Company and Saudi Aramco – who participated alongside international supermajors, service industry giants and independent specialist suppliers and distributors from across the globe.
The parallel conference, organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) in cooperation with a committee of NOCs and IOCs, delivered a pace-setting programme featuring 261 papers and e-posters. Divided across 50 sessions, presentation topics included reservoir, production and facilities, exploration and appraisal, drilling and completions, project management, human resources, business models and HSSE.
Under the chairmanship of Nabeel I. AlAfaleg, Chief Petroleum Engineer, Saudi Aramco and Khaled Ahmed Al-Qubaisi, Senior Vice President Zakum Asset Business Unit, ADMA-OPCO, the 2017 technical programme was the largest in the history of the conference series and grew by 15% over the 2015 event.
The packed agenda at MEOS 2017 also included a high level ministerial session, an executive plenary session, a special financial session, 6 panel sessions and 8 technical session keynote speakers.
The conference opened on 6 March at the Ritz Carlton hotel with a ministerial session on the 2017 theme ‘Transforming the Industry Through Innovation and Operational Excellence.’ Following welcome addresses from H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, Bahrain’s Minister of Oil and Chairman of the National Oil & Gas Authority; Nabeel I. AlAfaleg, MEOS 2017 Conference Co-Chairman; and Darcy Spady, 2018 SPE President, Broadview Energy, the stage was shared by H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa and Amin H. Nasser, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Aramco for a discussion on what lies ahead for the industry.
To mark MEOS’ 20th edition, the conference opening also honoured the conference’s previous chairmen, including Saudi Arabia’s former Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources and current adviser to the Royal Court H.E. Ali I. Al-Naimi, who addressed the conference on behalf of the former MEOS chairmen.
Plenary and panel sessions over the subsequent 3 days at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre were led by chief executive officers, managers and presidents of NOCs, IOCs and the service industry. Discussion topics included the importance of technology, localisation policies, operational excellence, cyber security, energy economics and industry / academic collaborations.
Other highlights during the course of the conference include a financial session entitled ‘Oil Price Volatility: Continue Investing in the Future to Meet Future Demands or Control Cost to Survive?,’ on 8 March.
A pre-conference workshop ‘Women in Leadership—Invest, Initiate, Innovate’ took place on 6 March led by Huda M. Al-Ghoson, Executive Director Human Resources, Saudi Aramco and Manar Al Moneef, Chief Growth Officer, GE Oil & Gas. The workshop was attended by 120 professionals from 28 companies, and sought to illustrate female potential and accelerate diversity in the workforce through powerful and inspirational real life stories.
Two one-day SPE seminars entitled ‘Advanced Hydraulic Fracturing Design and Treatment’ and ‘Artificial Lift and Production Optimisation Solutions’ also took place on 6 March, attended by 57 delegates looking to improve technical skills.
A full programme of events aimed at the next generation of oil and gas professionals meanwhile offered 260 high school students and teachers the chance to engage and gain valuable oil and gas industry career advice during MEOS 2017.
For more information please visit www.meos17.com
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