The sixth edition of Dubai Watch Week is slated to take place from November 16 to November 20 at The Gate, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), this year. The central objective of the event is to showcase Dubai’s position as the regional hub for luxury and horology while highlighting unique talents from across the region.
One of the most significant events on the world horological map, the gala focuses on creative confluences in the luxury watch industry; it celebrates the industry’s people, communities, watchmaking traditions and innovations.
This edition — a five-day affair — aims to establish itself as the ultimate event for watch enthusiasts and novices alike, hoping to draw large numbers of both residents and tourists. There’ll be an exciting array of entertainment, cultural and gastronomic experiences for audiences to choose from as well.
Considered a pioneer in the industry on many fronts, the leading non-commercial horology platform was also a winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) awards in 2021. As a movement, the Watch Week strives to support initiatives with similar values. It focuses on creating unique networking opportunities and builds bridges between stakeholder communities by facilitating creative exchanges. Hind Seddiqi, Director General, Dubai Watch Week, says, “The platform is not just a watch show but a global movement, one that continues to build on our legacy across the luxury and horology industry. Our goal for the sixth edition is to enhance the experiential element while focusing on storytelling, as we broaden our audience and further entice the watch community.”
Founded by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons in 2015, the Watch Week — in addition to hosting the biennial hero event in Dubai — also organises satellite events like the 8th Horology Forum in New York that took place in September 2022. The event, titled Moves New York, featured a diverse set of informative panels, debates, hands-on workshops and masterclasses. The fifth edition of Dubai Watch Week, held in 2021, drew over 16,000 visitors — an 81% increase in visitors compared with 2019.
At its core, Watch Week also considers itself an educational platform and prioritises close collaboration with partners and participating brands with the intention of digging deeper into the developments in the horological industry. The sixth edition is all set to stay true to the essence of the event and offer visitors an immersive experience that melds luxury, entertainment, craftsmanship, technology, people and ideas, all at the same time.