The second Dubai Diamond Conference (DDC), hosted by Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE) will be held on 21st and 22nd April 2015. Termed as ‘The New Silk Route’, the conference is awaited by the diamond industry being one of the most important events of the year, where several issues and future course of the industry will be discussed by speakers from Africa, Asia and Middle East and through panel discussions by industry experts. The event gains even more significance in the light of radical changes in industry’s business model, geographic power shifts happening from western to eastern markets and other challenges and opportunities anticipated.
The conference is expected to have a gathering of more than 500 participants including diamond mining companies, traders, jewelry manufacturers, retailers, government representatives, regulators, advisors, financers and other industry stakeholders. Apart from delegates from leading diamond producers including De Beers, Alrosa, Endiama et al, industry bodies including World Diamond Council (WDC), World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA) will also represent at the conference. The event will also serve a chance for conference attendees from diamond producer and consumer countries to interact, discuss pressing issues and foster relationships.
Former EU president and Ex Prime Minister of Belgium – Herman Van Rompuy will officially open the two-day event, as Keynote Speaker, at Almas Tower, Jumeirah Lake Towers, middle east’s tallest commercial tower. Almas Towers is home to DDE and to more than 1,000 diamond, precious metals and stones, and jewelry companies and where comprehensive infrastructure and marketplace exists like services of vaulting, polishing, certification, transport & logistics, KPCS etc.
As Dubai as a diamond capital gets more prominence and increased role in global diamond trade, the success of this second Dubai Diamond Conference will be imperative for DDE, a platform of Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC).