INDUSTRY NEWS – ICA and DMCC sign agreement to host Congress in Dubai


NEW YORK – The ICA Board of Directors has announced that the 2023 International Congress will be held in Dubai, February 15-17, 2023. The Congress will be hosted by the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) Government of Dubai Authority on commodities trade and enterprise. 

Clement Sabbagh, President of the International Colored Gemstone Association, said:

“The ICA Congress is a unique event that brings together the most diverse and prestigious leaders in the coloured gemstone sector. With each Congress, ICA presents dynamic speakers, compelling panel presentations and opportunities for our incredibly diverse industry to come together as one and share ideas, seek avenues of collaboration, and challenge each other to explore pathways to strengthen and grow the coloured industry.” 

Set to take place at DMCC’s Almas Conference Centre, the event will attract hundreds of gemstone industry leaders, coming together to exchange ideas, share opportunities and address the challenges facing the colored gemstone industry sector. 

Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DMCC, said: “DMCC is a catalyst for commodities trade, and the coloured gemstone sector is a core focus for us given our extensive knowledge and experience within the global diamond industry. Having built Dubai from virtually zero precious stones trade to one of the world’s leading diamond trade hubs, we have our sights set on the many opportunities that the coloured gemstone industry presents. Partnering with the ICA to hold their Annual Congress in Dubai next year clearly demonstrates our commitment to this important sector, whilst simultaneously enhancing the emirate’s status as a global hub for the precious stones trade.” 

Douglas Hucker, CEO, ICA, said:

“Partnering with the DMCC to host the ICA Congress is a perfect union of missions. Our Congresses have long been considered the premier educational and networking event for the colored gemstone industry from mine to market. To have our event in such a dynamic marketplace as Dubai guarantees the 2023 Congress will be a memorable experience.”