Made in Italy-Qatar exhibition opened yesterday at the Doha Exhibition Center where over 60 Italian companies will showcase their products for the next three days. Exciting fashion shows are also on the card.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by Mohammed bin Tawar Al Kuwari, Deputy Chairman of Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI), and diplomats from over 26 countries including the Italian Ambassador Andrea Ferrari.
Organised by Doha Enterprise and under the patronage of the Minister of Culture, Art and Heritage, H E Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, the event is sponsored by several institutions and companies including QCCI, the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and EXPO Italy 2015 business center, which coordinates and helps companies to participate to 2015 edition of Milan Expo exhibition. Between 40,000 to 50,000 visitors are expected at the exhibition according to the organisers, and young Qatari women seems to be the most excited.
“I am here with my friends to give a look and I’m curious to check Italian fashion,” said Noora Al Naimi, a Qatar University student. There are companies from all sectors who are participating, but interior design and fashion seem to be the most targeted ones by the visitors.
There are companies as Le Bouquet from the city of Bergamo in Italy that works with shells and corals, and the firms that sell mosaics, parquet and world -wide known murano glass from Venice. There are paintings by Serafino Rudari, a young Italian artist whose works in several galleries in Italy from Venice to Milan, who is now hoping to perform live show in Doha.
Today at 7pm Atelier Antonella Rossi will showcase its hand-made collection with a fashion show ranging from clothes to wedding dresses. “Women seem to be crazy for my clothes here, Antonella Rossi told The Peninsula. “This is a three-generation family company which started in 1950 by my mother Anna. I learned how to needle when I was five years old. I didn’t even know how to write, but I could sew! And now my daughter Erika works in the company and my nephew Matilde of 8-years-old already designed her first collection,” laughs Rossi.
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