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Posted On: 19 December 2021 05:49 pm
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Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition continues its support for female entrepreneurs in Qatar and GCC

Binu Cherian
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The 18th edition of the Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition, which concluded on Friday, December 17, 2021, was being held in partnership with leading entities from the public and private sectors, which contributed to delivering a successful version. Held under the theme “Ignite”, Heya 18th edition was able to confirm its position as a leading platform for modest fashion in the region and reaffirms its commitment to empowering female entrepreneurs in Qatar and the Middle East.

Stakeholders and partners from across the fashion, beauty, entrepreneurship, and education sectors partnered with this edition of Heya to present interactive sessions on a variety of topics, to inspire and educate up and coming designers and entrepreneurs.

Ahmed Al Obaidli, CEO of Qatar Business Events Corporation (QBEC), said,

“Heya continues to play a pivotal role in strengthening and consolidating Qatar's position as a leader in Arabian fashion. Heya will continue Partnering with distinguished entities from public and private sectors to offer valuable programmes to its visitors. We thank all our partners for providing premium content in this year's edition.”

Entrepreneurship Partner Bedaya had two speakers participate in a panel discussion titled “Finding your Way in Fashion,” in addition to a dedicated booth for Bedaya start-ups operating in the fashion and design sectors.

Highlighting their participation, Mr. Hamad Al-Qahtani, General Manager of Bedaya Centre said:

"We are delighted to be part of the 18th edition of Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition, organised by Qatar Tourism and Qatar Business Events Corporation (QBEC). Over the years, this event has successfully showcased the latest in Arabian and modest designs, as well as inspiring discussions on the business of fashion, the latest trends, beauty, textiles, and sustainable fashion.”

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar, the Education Partner in the exhibition is showcasing modest fashion collections by three alumni and two faculty members in two booths. In addition to this, it participated in two fashion shows and two panel discussions “The role of nanotechnology in future textiles and high fashion” and “Circular Fashion in Qatar” on the opening day of the exhibition.

For the first time, AlHosh Gallery participated in Heya as an Exclusive Gallery Partner, with the work of local artists presented at their booth, in addition to their participation in a fashion show and a panel discussion.

Ghanim Al Ghanim, Director AlHosh Gallery commented:

“Our participation included 20 unique pieces ranging from wearable fashion to art- fashion installations designed by Sara Al Ansari of Vintage Couture Line, Lorena Morell, Maryam Al Sada artist and designer, Fatima Al Baker. These talented artists and designers’ inspiration for this edition was to infuse traditional wear with modern artistic designs on various materials. We welcomed HEYA audiences to meet and greet the designers for fashion talks on how to incorporate and style various apparel to their wardrobe collections and enjoy the vibrant ambiance at the exhibition.”

Printemps Doha participated in this edition of Heya as Luxury Fashion Partner. Besides its booth displaying the chronological history of the luxury brand, they participated in two panel discussions entitled “The Role of Fashion in Women’s Empowerment” and Building a Brand”. Printemps is set to open in September 2022 in Doha Oasis, the latest family entertainment destination in Qatar.

The 18th edition had a range of partners including: Qatar Airways (Official Airline Partner), Printemps Doha (Luxury Fashion Partner), EAA (CSR Partner), SkipCash (Digital Payment Partner), Qatar Assistive Technology Centre Mada (ICT Accessibility Partner), AlHosh Gallery (Exclusive Gallery Partner), Virginia Commonwealth University (Education Partner), Bedaya (Entrepreneurship Partner), Istituto Di Moda Burgo (Fashion Institute Partner), PowerHouse Gym (Wellness and Fitness Partner), Maison de Joelle (Hair and Makeup Partner), Bioskin (Spa Partner), Floward (Flower Partner), Golden Gazelle (Chocolate Partner), Halo and Oakberry and Twenty Eight (Coffee Partners), I Love Qatar (Official Digital Media Partner), Qatar Living (Online Community Partner), and HARPER’S BAZAAR QATAR (Exclusive Magazine Partner).

Source: Press release