Dubai: Jewellery, Gem & Technology in Dubai (JGTD) saw a year-over-year 20% boost in buyer attendance throughout its three-day run, driven by an influx of new and returning buyers from 95 countries and regions.
Held from 12 to 14 February at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the B2B show is poised to live up to its boundless potential as one of the top jewellery sourcing destinations in the world, event organisers Informa Markets Jewellery and Italian Exhibition Group SpA (IEG) said.
The fair hosted close to 350 suppliers from 25 countries and regions spread across an expanded show floor that was 46 percent bigger than the inaugural edition. Among the exhibitors were industry-leading companies representing finished and semi-finished jewellery, loose gemstones, jewellery-related technologies and other key product categories. The B2B event was powered by DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre) and Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group (DGJG) – the fair’s Official and Industry Partners, respectively.
Buyers were at JGTD in force, with 5,093 unique visitors from 95 countries and regions in attendance. Year-on-year, visitor traffic was up 20%. International representation remained strong, with overseas buyers making up 40% of overall attendance.
Show attendees made a total of 7,210 visits to the fair, up 20% over 2022.
By region, the largest number of visitors came from the Middle East (71.9%), Asia (15.5%) and Europe (7.6%).
“The energy was positive on the show floor, and the opportunities to do business were incredible. Participants came away with renewed energy and purpose for the year ahead,” said David Bondi, Senior Vice President of Informa Markets in Asia.
“Challenges and uncertainties are here to stay, but so are opportunities for growth and expansion. The need for powerful marketplaces like JGTD has never been more evident or more important than today. I have mentioned before that our partnership with IEG works because we are committed to the same goal – to deliver real value to the jewellery community. With the full backing of DMCC and DGJG, we will continue to bring the full weight of our resources, industry expertise, global reach and local knowledge to Dubai in the years to come.”
JGTD has opened up opportunities for trade members to connect, collaborate and learn.
“The market appreciation for the second edition already consolidates the role of IEG and IM’s joint initiative as a central sourcing event for the industry, focused on development, technology and innovation,” said Corrado Peraboni, Chief Executive Officer of Italian Exhibition Group.
“The numbers and the level of internationalisation – factors that are growing on both the exhibitor and visitor sides – urge us to look with even greater interest on the future developments of this destination event. Together with our strategic partners, we are glad to contribute on a global scale to the growth of the jewellery community and offer, as leading trade show organisers, increasingly qualified business opportunities like JGTD, which is able to attract visitors from 95 countries and regions to a primary hub such as Dubai, the City of Gold.”
Also adding excitement to the show was a session on “THE JEWELLERY TRENDBOOK 2024+ – From Consumer Culture to New Market Opportunities” by Paola De Luca, Creative Director and Founder of Trendvision Jewellery + Forecasting.
JGTD will return for its third edition from 6 to 8 February 2024 at DWTC.