QC Chairman Inaugurates First Laboratory for Calibrating Minerals and Diamonds in Qatar
HE Qatar Chamber Chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim Al-Thani inaugurated on Monday the first of its kind laboratory in the state for gems and metals calibration.
The laboratory aims to calibrate minerals and precious stones, examine, and classify diamonds, and ensure their quality and purity.
Commenting of this event, HE Sheikh Khalifa stressed the importance of opening the laboratory, noting that it makes Qatar the first country in the Arab world in educating the public about the importance of diamond classification, and combating fraud in this important field.
HE pointed out that the laboratory was equipped with the latest specialized devices for examining diamonds and by a group of trained and high qualified technical cadres and technicians who are graduates of the International Gemological Institute, affirming that this grants Qatar a leading global reputation in this field as a global center for the trade of jewelry and diamonds.
HE Sheikh Khalifa also lauded the Doha Jewelry and Watches Exhibition which is one of the most important exhibitions that are held annually at the international level in Qatar, noting that this edition will see more than 500 international brands.
HE QC Chairman affirmed the Chamber's support for the exhibition sector in the country, assuring that this sector is considered one of the important tools, whether in terms of commercial or tourism revitalization, pointing out that the DJWE is a milestone in the exhibition sector not only locally, but also regionally and internationally.
On her part, Enas Mohamed, one of founders of the lab said that the idea of establishing a laboratory for calibrating minerals and precious stones was present four to five years ago, but it faced great difficulties and challenges until it was converted into reality through cooperation with the largest international institutes specialized in this field.
She also said that the establishment of this laboratory keeps pace with the renaissance witnessed by Qatar and the economic development and commercial expansion in various fields, including the jewelry trade sector, which is one of the most important sectors that contribute to economic activity in the country.