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16 - 20 NOVEMBER 2017
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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.


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.


Convening the world’s most coveted retail brands, culinary concepts and art events, Gate Avenue at DIFC is an integrated and vibrant lifestyle community that enhances synergies to create a uniquely-curated mix of experiences. Located in the heart of Dubai, the development will connect the entire financial district, which will aesthetically and artistically link all building podiums within DIFC.

Buzzing with business, lifestyle offerings and exclusive entertainment options, Gate Avenue at DIFC will be home to Dubai’s most sophisticated and premium urban environment that boasts a rich cosmopolitan community for the region’s most aspiring people.

A thriving destination, Gate Avenue at DIFC will feature three zones – the North, Central and South – all connected by an outdoor Promenade level that delivers a luxurious community hub for professionals, residents, and visitors.

Offering 660,000 square feet of build-up area, Gate Avenue at DIFC will bring visitors a selection of more than 200 dining, shopping and cultural experiences.

Connecting new ideas, experiences and people, the flourishing destination will be the substantiating element that transitions the financial centre into a leading global destination, while reinforcing its commitment to being an attractive place to advance, engage and enjoy.


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.


Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in first half of 2017 that totaled £2.35 billion / $3billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service, and expertise, as well as international glamour. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewelry, 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 it’s clients in all categories, with emphasis on post war & contemporary, impressionist and modern, old masters and jewelry.
Along side regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence and 46 countries, with 10 sale-rooms around the world including in London, New-York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

Maserati engineers its vehicles of outstanding beauty and power, permeated with what is known as a distinct Italian style: a unique combination of refined taste and creative prowess, that knows no equal anywhere in the world. Maserati delivers just that, ensuring all the brand’s knowledge is distilled in each and every one of its creations. It has maintained this philosophy since it was founded in 1914 and today offers cars to be enjoyed by those who are passionate, bold and appreciate everything life has to offer.


The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, MD., currently operates more than 90 hotels in over 30 countries and territories. More than 40 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at, for the latest company updates, visit and to join the live conversation, use #RCMemories. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc.


Watch1010 explores the world of luxury watchmaking in an informative and entertaining manner. We are enthusiasts of the watchmaking industry in all its complexity, and take our name from one of its signifiers. We engage an audience of likeminded individuals from the basis of our shared passion. Based in the UAE, Watch1010 brings a global perspective to the booming regional horology industry. We provide curated content on all aspects of the industry, from the manufacturers and craftspeople to sellers, buyers and collectors, in a manner that appeals to experts and novices alike.

Watch1010 is rooted in its digital portal – an innovative website combining editorial material with a dedicated e-commerce platform. This digital offering is supported by robust social media channels, interactive events and a print magazine published around the most important dates on the industry calendar. Watch1010 is an official partner of the Dubai Watch Week.


Combining world-class expertise and exceptional local insight, Platinum has conceptualized, planned and executed bespoke events since 2004 for some of the world’s leading brands and businesses and quality-focused clients, seeking creativity every step of the way.

Based in Dubai with offices in KSA and Monaco, Platinum has expanded its presence across the borders to the most sought-after destinations in the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

Bringing brands to life through events, activations, installations, retail, exhibitions and everything else that engages with its audience is a brand experience that drives Platinum. To curate memories and tell stories that make a lifetime memory is Platinum’s purpose. To make brands live in the hearts and minds. To make experience an emotion for each event.

By working hand in hand with its clients across all live experiences and environments, by developing innovative and creative solutions that enable them to make meaningful and memorable connections with their audiences, Platinum helps make its clients’ events more effective, successful and thriving through these emotional experiences.

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