"This was the perfect time for Dubai to make its debut at JCK, as this year being the 15th anniversary of the event, activities were expected to be beefed up. The event had 3000 exhibiting companies from around the world and the Dubai pavilion attracted a steady stream of trade visitors. We had positive discussions with ice.com, the second largest online e-commerce portal, which will create new business opportunities,"
said K.P Baiju, General Manager, Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group.
The Dubai pavilion occupied a total of 800 sq.ft with jewellery companies Damas, Soni Gold and Mahlatti taking up two booths of 200 sq.ft each and Bhasker Devji Jewellers and Art-Oro Creations occupying 100 sq.ft each.
"Considering the positive response from some of the 35,000 trade visitors and the networking opportunities the event offered, we plan to double the size of the Dubai pavilion at the 16th edition of the show in 2007, "said Tawhid Abdullah, Managing Director, Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group.
The JCK show also included a two-day extensive complimentary education programme focusing on palladium, pearls, global trends in diamond market and marketing to women. A Design Centre was set up for exhibitors to interact with designer jewellery artists who showcased their work at the Centre. The 5 day exhibition closed on June 7, 2006.