Known as curators of time since 1950, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons is the Middle East’s most trusted destination for luxury watches and jewellery. Recognized today as a pioneer among the leading retailers in the region, the family owned and run company represents more than 60 luxury timepiece brands across 65 locations in the UAE. An advocate of ‘horology’ in the region’s retail landscape, the company continues to create sustainable platforms for watchmaking, servicing, collecting and supporting watch enthusiasts in the region to increase their passion and understanding of the art of timekeeping. Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons is the Middle East’s only retailer to offer a specialist after-sales service for luxury watches and jewellery to an extensive clientele. The company prides itself in offering unparalleled customer service across pre-sale and post-sale dimensions having an exclusive partnership with the largest after-sales centre of its kind, the Swiss Watch Services. Led by the passion and credibility of the second, third and fourth generations of Seddiqi family members, the organization delivers a living legacy and dynamic commitment to preserving and enhancing the tradition of watchmaking for decades to come. www.seddiqi.com
The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on March 8, 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Dubai Culture plays a critical part in achieving the vision of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2021 of establishing the city as vibrant, global Arabian metropolis that shapes culture and arts in the region and the world.
The organisation has announced several initiatives that strengthen the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai. These include: The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Patrons of the Arts Awards: The first of its kind initiative in the Arab world honouring individuals and organisations who have made financial or in kind contributions through sustained support to visual arts, performing arts, literature and film in the region; Dubai Art Season: The city’s premier umbrella arts initiatives which encompasses of Art Week (Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai, and SIKKA Art Fair), Middle East Film & Comic Con, to highlight the Emirate’s growing creative landscape within the international circuit; SIKKA Art Fair: An annual art fair aimed at promoting Emirati and local artists in the UAE; and Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre: An annual festival that celebrates and fosters the art of theatre in the UAE.
Established in 2005, the objective of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) is to promote the values of Fine Watchmaking worldwide. Created in 2005 at the initiative of its three founders - Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux and the Richemont group - the Foundation has grown with the years, gaining in size and scope. The 26 Partner brands that fund the FHH's projects are all part of the Fine Watchmaking perimeter. The Foundation's work is relayed by a dozen local delegations. They lead initiatives aimed at the Partner brands, the main retailers, the media and watch enthusiasts.
Located in the heart the prestigious Downtown Dubai, described as ‘The Centre of Now,’ is The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest and most-visited retail and entertainment destination, which welcomed more than 80 million visitors in 2014.The Dubai Mall features the world-class Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo featuring thousands of aquatic animals and a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel. The strong family entertainment components include KidZania®, an innovative children’s ‘edutainment’ concept; SEGA Republic, a 76,000 sq ft high adrenaline indoor theme park; the 22-screen Reel Cinemas megaplex with a total capacity of 2,800 seats; and the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink. For visitors, there is an adjoining 5-star premium hotel, The Address Dubai Mall and car parking for over 14,000 vehicles. The Dubai Mall is an integral part of Downtown Dubai, the flagship mega-project by Emaar Properties. At 12 million sq ft, the mall’s total area is equivalent in size to 200 soccer pitches. With a total internal floor area of 5.9 million sq ft, The Dubai Mall has 3.77 million sq ft of gross leasable space and over 1,200 retail stores, two anchor department stores and more than 200 food and beverage outlets.
Emirates is a global connector of people and places and an enabler for trade and tourism. With a fleet of 255 fuel-efficient aircraft, the multi-award winning carrier flies to 154 destinations in 82 countries across six continents. The airline is the world’s largest operator of the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777. A total of 241 aircraft, worth US$ 116 billion, are on the order books. The airline’s luxurious amenities, regionally inspired gourmet cuisine, award-winning in-flight entertainment system – ice – and unmatched hospitality provided by its iconic multi-lingual Cabin Crew from over 130 nationalities have made Emirates one of the world’s most recognized airline brands. www.emirates.com
Created in 2001 and recognised as a public interest foundation from 2011, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) annually highlights and rewards the excellence of contemporary watchmaking creations. It enables an international audience to follow the evolution of this art through a competition culminating in a prize-giving ceremony, which is held in autumn of each year in Geneva. This annual competition is open to all brands, involves several hundred watches that are launched during the course of the year, and awards the best-recognised honours in the watchmaking field. An international and independent jury composed of acknowledged specialists establishes the list of prize winners. The watches pre-selected for the GPHG, as well as the winners, take part in a travelling exhibition inviting to discover and admire the finest timepieces of the year, exceptionally united on these occasions.
Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's has since conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers around 400 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery. Christie’s has a global presence with 54 offices in 32 countries and 12 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Mumbai.
The new Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is located in one of the city's most prestigious communities. An urban escape, just moments from Dubai's leading art, restaurant and shopping scene, this intimate 106-room Hotel offers the idyllic balance between style and smart comfort with a glass-walled rooftop pool and wellness deck, as well as a sophisticated social setting for business and dining. Boasting a wide variety of food and beverage options, from Firebird - a modern diner serving creative American cuisine to chic, contemporary cocktails in Luna Sky bar, this is a thoughtfully designed hotel that allows guests to make the most of their time in Dubai.
Across three decades, the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants has grown to become recognised by connoisseurs around the world as a byword for outstanding workmanship, boundless creativity, constant innovation and exquisite execution, all of which are traits that are to be found in every extraordinary timepiece crafted by the hands of its members and candidates.
Members of the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants are multi-talented and distinguish themselves through their rare ability of creating art following the processes of traditional watchmaking, from rough sketches through to the exquisite finished timepieces.
The high level of excellence of several AHCI alumni has been celebrated by the highest industry accolades. 17 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève trophies including the Special Jury Prize rewarded their outstanding contribution to fine watchmaking.
Established in 1982, the Embassy of Switzerland in the United Arab Emirates covers all matters concerning diplomatic and consular relations between the United Arab Emirates and the Swiss Confederation. The mission also represents Swiss interests in the areas of political, economic and financial affairs, legal arrangements, security, international cooperation, science, education and culture. Furthermore, the Swiss Embassy hosts the Defense Attaché Office, which represents the Swiss Armed Forces in the region, as well as a Regional Office for International Cooperation. The Swiss Consulate General in Dubai hosts the Swiss Business Hub, a branch of Switzerland Global Enterprise that focusses its efforts on the promotion of trade and business.” https://www.eda.admin.ch/uae
Founded by collectors and cousins Khaled and Hisham Samawi in 2006, Ayyam Gallery is recognised as a leading arts organisation in the Middle East. Representing a diverse roster of artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, film, installation, and new media, the gallery seeks to support the region’s dynamic art scene through its locations in Dubai and Beirut while advocating the documentation of its art history.
Landmark non-profit initiatives such as the Shabab Ayyam programme, an incubator for emerging talent, demonstrate the gallery’s commitment to bringing a new wave of young painters to international attention. Key large-scale exhibitions, the growth of the Shabab Ayyam programme to include photography, and a growing list of titles from Ayyam Publishing, have further succeeded in showcasing the work of Middle Eastern artists with the aim of educating audiences about the visual culture of the region.
From its flagship in Dubai, Ayyam Gallery’s philanthropic arm, Ayyam Projects, supports and facilitates the development and promotion of modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art through a variety of platforms. Ayyam Projects supports charities, not-for-profit organisations, and in some cases individual artists working in the region, including the biannual Khaled Ead Samawi Scholarship of $100,000, awarded to fund graduate education.
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