Gold and diamond-clad stilletos unveil at the Leatherworld Middle East 2017

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(April 30, 2017) DUBAI-  High-heeled 24-karat gold and diamond-clustered ladies shoes in a black lacquered delivered by helicopter for 30,000 euros, how about that?

On its third year, Leatherworld Middle East 2017, the region’s largest leather trade show has so much more exciting and luxurious leather goods and accessories, designs and innovations, machneries and equipment to offer.

One of its highlights is the debut of ladies footwear collection of Italian designer Antonio Vietri,  the  24 karat gold embossed and diamond encrusted women’s footwear amounting to as much as 30,000 euros.

Vietri was a crowd favourite at Dubai’s Leatherworld Middle East exhibition last year with the  launch of a pair of blue suede loafers with gold ribbons weaved into the outsole valued at 25,000 euros .

His ladies’ shoes collection also features silk pumps embossed with gold or silver and buyers can customise them if they wish with pearls, Swarovski crystals, or diamonds, according to the press statement.

“I’m delighted to officially unveil my women’s collection at Leatherworld Middle East 2017, following the resounding success of the global launch of my men’s collection at the show last year,” said Vietri. “Gulf consumers love exclusivity and luxury that’s entirely unique, and I’m excited to present customers and retailers something completely different from anything they’ve seen before.”


The three-day event which will start from April 30 until May 2 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. will  feature national pavilions from France, South Africa, Indonesia, and for the first time, Egypt. Debut exhibitors  from Australia, Netherlands and Thailand will be joining the regular participants.

Other innovative and novel products to look out for include a selection of Brazilian hair-on-hides cowhide, used primarily for household interiors or furniture;   one of the world’s largest suppliers of industrial sewing machines with more than 400 different sewing machine types for the garment, automotive, leather and shoe industries;  3D CAD software;  Amazonian fish hides (the Arapaima is native to South America’s Amazon basin, and one of the world’s largest fresh water fish – it can grow up to eight feet long and weigh 330 pounds) ;  Saudi faux-leather bags; vegetable and chrome tanned leathergoods and accessories; exotic ostrich skin crocodile, python, water-snake, eel, and stingray; ESMOD, the French Fashion Institute Dubai’s talented designers; creations and more.

“Leatherworld Middle East was designed to showcase innovative and novel products and ground-breaking designs in leather manufacturing, design and finishing,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Frankfurt Middle East.  “The show’s vast reach makes it a very efficient vehicle to reach the potentially lucrative regional market.”

According to analysts Euromonitor International (EMI), the MEA’s production turnover of tanned and dressed leather (including footwear, clothes, and accessories) was worth US$4.08 billion in 2016, and estimated to rise to US$4.22 billion by 2020.

The retail value of luxury leather goods across the region is also solid; EMI estimates that spending on luxury leather bags, travel goods, and men’s and women’s small leather items, was worth US$1.46 billion in 2016, with this rising to US$1.84 billion in 2020. #####


WMD 2017 focuses on ships,ports and people connection


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(LONDON) –  The three major components of maritime sector are given much importance on this year’s celebration of the World Maritime Day which is formally observed every  September 28 at the International Maritime Organization  (IMO) headquarters.

The theme ​”Connecting Ships, Ports and People”  itself  implies the valuable interconnection of  the activities, location and manpower involved in one the world’s largest industry.

In his message, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim  was quoted as saying, ” the aim of the 2017 theme is to build on the World Maritime Day theme for 2016, “Shipping: Indispensable to the World”, by focusing on helping IMO Member States to develop and implement maritime strategies to invest in a joined-up, interagency approach that addresses the whole range of issues, including the facilitation of maritime transport, and increasing efficiency, navigational safety, protection of the marine environment, and maritime security.”

(In photo from, Secretary-General Kitack Lim)

As a United Nations’ agency, IMO adheres to achieve the United Nations’  (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  to combat the present challenges of the world– increasing world population; climate change; threats to the environment; unsustainable exploitation of natural resources; threats to food security; societal threats posed by organized criminals and violent extremists; and instability to mixed migration.

IMO hopes that through this effort, more efficient shipping, working in partnership with a port sector supported by governments, will be a major driver towards global stability and sustainable development for the good of all people.”

“Throughout the year, IMO will highlight the importance of “joined-up” maritime developmend across all sectors, both from a policy and practical perspective. “The benefits of a free and efficient flow of goods and trade extend far beyond the ships and ports themselves and we will show how an effective interface between them can help improve the lives of people everywhere, specially in the context of Sustainable Development Goals, ” Kim said in a recorded video message.

He also emphasized the large and growing industrial sector called “blue economy” that must remain -safe, secure and not threaten the environment. Thus, to be sustainable, human activities and a more efficient shipping with the support of government-operated ports must be balanced in accordance with the capacity of the ocean to remain healthy and diverse.