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Carpeted with brilliance
BY MATOVU ABDALLAH TWAHA December 27, 2017
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DUBAI: An expected number of 10,000 visitors and shoppers will grace the 23rd edition of Dubai Customs Carpet & Art Oasis which is open to the public at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) daily from 10am to 10pm up until Jan.15.

The exhibition, which is part of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) of 2018 and running under the theme, “A Fabric of Innovation,” was opened on Dec.26 by the Director of Dubai Customs (DC), Ahmed Mahboob Musabih.

The carpets covering 90 stands in Sheikh Saeed Halls 2 & 3 are 80 per cent handmade. “They are brought mainly from countries along the famous Silk Road: Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, and Kashmir.

“We have Morocco and GCC countries participating as well.”

The sales from the previous editions show a rising curve jumping from Dhs44m in the 21st edition to Dhs62m in the 22nd.

Musabih said they expect a rise in sales of “this legitimate trade “ which has seen the number rising to 200,000 pieces compared to 180,000 last year.

UNIQUE PIECES

Among the new features this year is the Antique Section showcasing items including a 300-year Persian carpet, Japanese ceramic, Chinese antiques along other pieces from a host of countries.

“Many of these items are made of silk, gold, and bronze,” said Nadia Khayati of the Bur Dubai-based Antique and Art Gallery.

For Haj Khalil Noor, from the Sharjah-based Afghanistan Carpets House, “all our products are handmade.”

The Director General of DC told this paper that the uniqueness of carpets is one of the elements that make this exhibition appealing. “Other factors include a collection of different cultures.”

He said the event is a main attraction at DSF, and “we provide traders and companies with the best services to facilitate their business by reducing the cost of their transactions and save their time.

UNDER ONE ROOF

Commenting on the event, the DP World Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), Sultan Bin Sulayem, said: “As a national leading growth facilitator, PCFC works hard to sustain DSF’s success by organising the Carpet & Art Oasis annually.”

The Chairman of the Carpet Oasis’ Steering Committee, Abdul Rahman Eisa, said, “There’s nothing like this in the world and there’s no other place that brings such a large variety of handmade carpets under one roof.”

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