At the press conference marking the opening of the second annual VicenzaOro Dubai (VOD) show in mid-April, Corrado Facco, vice president of organizer DV Global Link—a joint venture between Fiera di Vicenza and the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)—made a bold prediction: “Dubai can be the future of the -jewelry industry around the globe,” said Facco, who also serves as Fiera di Vicenza’s managing director. “This is the ambitious aim of this project.” To walk the aisles of the fair, however, was to understand just how global it is already. Among the 400 exhibitors who participated in VOD—held April 14–17 at the DWTC—150 were Italian. The rest hailed from such places as India, Turkey, Greece, China—even Israel. According to organizers, more than 10,000 visitors representing 107 countries attended the event in the United Arab Emirates’ most populous and glitzy city.