Major Chinese expo joins hands with Gulf Industry Fair

The China Machinery Fair was born out of a partnership signed with Silk Road Steps to Eco-Culture Committee Secretary-General Zhang Ming, last December.
Updated 12 March 2019
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Major Chinese expo joins hands with Gulf Industry Fair

Gulf Industry Fair 2019 will join with the China Machinery Fair, the Middle East’s largest Chinese trade expo, to be held in Bahrain. 

The China Machinery Fair was born out of a partnership signed with Silk Road Steps by Eco-Culture Committee Secretary-General Zhang Ming, last December. 

Gulf Industry Fair 2019 will be held under the patronage of Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa from Sept. 24-26 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Hilal Conferences and Exhibitions Managing Director Jubran Abdulrahman said: “The China Machinery Fair is a part of the Belt and Road policy of China, which is looking to build on China’s historical trade corridor with the Middle East. Visitors will be able to view over 100 Chinese companies specializing in heavy machinery and industrial machinery and applications.” 

Gulf Industry Fair 2019 will focus on the fourth industrial revolution and its importance to economic diversification in the GCC.

“The Gulf Industry and China Machinery fairs are taking place at a transformative era for the global economy. Gulf Industry Fair will be hosting strong international presence from Germany, Italy, US, Turkey, Pakistan and Japan,” said Ahmed Suleiman, exhibition director.


Fine watchmaking expo returns to Saudi Arabia

Updated 19 March 2019
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Fine watchmaking expo returns to Saudi Arabia

Annual horology exhibition Salon des Grandes Complications (SDGC) is returning to Saudi Arabia for the third year in a row, with shows in both Jeddah and Riyadh. The event will showcase the latest masterpieces from some of the most celebrated watchmakers in history. The fine watchmaking exhibition will kick off in Jeddah at the Hilton Hotel April 8-11, and then move to Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh April 15-18.

Salon des Grandes Complications debuted in Dubai in 2014, later branching out to Saudi Arabia due to high demand and the appreciation of exceptional timepieces in the Kingdom. 

Saudi Arabia is a key Middle Eastern market for watchmakers — last year saw a year-on-year increase in the import of Swiss watches by 6 percent, and this figure is only expected to increase with the introduction of new policies. 

The capital city of Riyadh is home to over 10,000 watch collectors while Jeddah on the other hand, is Saudi Arabia’s commercial hub, with almost as many horological aficionados estimated to live there. 

Designed to offer a platform for Maisons and enthusiasts to convene, Salon des Grandes Complications creates opportunities for knowledge to be exchanged and collectors to discover — often for the first time in the region — limited editions, the newest launches and unique rarities. 

Among the international brands that will be present at the 2019 edition are Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Breguet, Breitling, Fabergé, Girard-Perregaux, Greubel Forsey, Harry Winston, Montblanc, Rudis Sylva, TAG Heuer, Ulysse Nardin and Zenith. 

With the introduction of several new brands, there will be a more diversified display of timepieces, from innovative novelties to classic creations, grand complications and high jewelry timepieces. Also new to this year’s edition will be a private majlis (a gathering place for social events), where special talks will be hosted by various brands and experts will share their personal insights into modern day horology. 

SDGC has successfully attracted over 80 international Swiss, German and Italian brands during the past five years.

The event will be held alongside the 10th annual Jewellery Salon 2019, a well-established jewelry exhibition in the Kingdom.

SDGC 2019 will be held in partnership with Bentley Motors and with the support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Saudi Arabia.

The event will be open free of charge to all professional visitors from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.