GIA to open education branch in Dubai

The Gemological Institute of America will open an education branch in Dubai in fall 2006. It will be the Institute’s 12th overseas location, and 15th overall.

The new education branch will be located in the Dubai Metals and Commodities Center’s (DMCC) landmark building, the 65-floor Almas Tower. The 5,000-sq.-ft. space will contain two classrooms. Classes will begin early in 2007 and will include the Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) diploma program.

“Dubai has grown steadily as a major trading center in the Middle East,” said GIA Vice President of Education Brook Ellis. “There is a thriving gem and jewelry industry there, and a corresponding demand for greater gemological education services.”

“Creating the right educational infrastructure is a key ingredient not only to develop Dubai into a global hub for the gem and jewelry sectors, but also to position the Emirate as an industry leader, said Tawfique Abdullah, CEO of the DMCC.

The DMCC was created in 2002 as part of a strategic effort by the Dubai government to establish a precious goods market. It was intended to provide the market infrastructure needed to support a range of trading activities, particularly in gold and diamonds.