Since its inception in 2015 by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, Dubai Watch Week has become the premier event for horology enthusiasts in the Middle East under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. What started as a modest gathering of brands and collectors has flourished into a world-class multi-day celebration of watchmaking.
The upcoming 2023 edition from November 16-20 is set to be the largest yet, bringing together over 60 of the world’s most renowned watch brands. The event will span 30,000 square feet at The Gate in DIFC, allowing participating marques like Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Hublot, Chopard, TAG Heuer, and more to have dedicated exhibition spaces to showcase their latest timepieces.
This year’s extensive programming will allow guests to explore horology through nine Horology Forum sessions featuring insightful discussions and debates among industry leaders. Eleven hands-on Masterclasses will provide unique experiences like learning the art of “sweet art” dial-making from Bovet artisans. The Creative Hub will host conversations about watchmaking’s future and intimate talks with legends like Jean-Claude Biver.
Exhibitions will include the Evolution of Cameo from artisan Amadeo and the MAD Gallery’s artistic interpretations of watch craftsmanship. Christie’s specialists will offer complimentary valuations and talks, while culinary concepts like La Niña provide diverse cuisines. Partners supporting Dubai Watch Week 2023 include Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, du, and the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie.
In just six editions, Dubai Watch Week has evolved from a local showcase to a globally renowned event at the crossroads of watchmaking, art, design, and more. With diverse experiential offerings and expanded programming, the 2023 edition promises to be an immersive celebration of horology’s rich heritage and future for enthusiasts across the world.
Here’s the flow for Dubai Watch Week and all you need to know to completely immerse yourself in this horological celebration:
Dates: 16th – 20th November
How to get around Dubai?
• RTA Taxi – It is the taxi service provided by the Road and Transport Authority of the United Arab Emirates. You will find an abundance of taxis available all around Dubai. Call +971 420808080 to book your taxi.
• Uber – The global ride-hailing service is available in Dubai. The app is available on both Apple and Google Play.
• Careem – A car booking service that is available 24/7 through the app that is on both Apple and Google Play. Alternatively, you can also book your RTA taxi through the Careem app by choosing the ‘Hala (Dubai Taxi)’ option.
• Metro – Financial Centre is the closest metro station. The rapid transit rail network reaches most of Dubai’s iconic locations including the Dubai Mall. It is divided into the red and green lines that operate from 5am to 12am from Saturday to Wednesday, 5am to 1am on Thursday and 10am to 1am on Friday. A Nol card (ticket) will be needed to use the Dubai Metro and can be purchased from every metro station in Dubai.
For more information, do download the Dubai Watch Week app!