Dubai Watch Week Gears up for Inaugural Edition

By Paul Joseph

The first ever edition of Dubai Watch Week will be held in October, enhancing the city’s reputation as a burgeoning luxury destination.

Spearheaded by the major luxury retailer group Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, the event will be attended by many of the world’s most prestigious watch brands, as well as featuring educational seminars, lectures, watchmaking master-classes and retail events.

Additionally, the show will also preview a number of valuable watch auction pieces set to go under the hammer at the forthcoming Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve watch industry awards show.

Speaking to Forbes website, Hind Seddiqi, CMO of Seddiqi Holdings, said she believes Dubai will play a prominent role in the future of global watch collecting.

“Dubai is among the top 10 Swiss watch importers in the world, making the Emirate one of the most important watch markets in the Middle East,” she said. “Throughout the last six decades, we have seen some of the most discerning watch collectors emerging from this part of the world.

“Our collectors’ tastes include grand complications, tourbillions and limited editions including unique mechanical and artistic timepieces, and this interest has encouraged a number of luxury watchmakers to develop extremely limited edition timepieces specifically for the Dubai marketplace.

Across the week there will be both public and private programs, with the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève exhibition, Art of Horology Forum and Rebels of Horology exhibition all open to the public.

Attendees at the event will also be given an opportunity to engage with key figures from the watch world during a five-day event taking place in the Dubai International Financial Centre.

The inaugural edition of Dubai Watch Week runs from 18 – 22 October.

By Paul Joseph