Dubai sees diamond trade volumes double

Rough and polished diamond trade soars in emirate, driven by India, Belgium and Switzerland
Dubai sees diamond trade volumes double
Rough diamond trade in Dubai doubled to $1.43bn in the first half of 2010,
By Ed Attwood
Wed 20 Oct 2010 06:01 PM

The value of the rough diamond trade in Dubai doubled to $1.43bn in the first half of 2010, marking the emirate’s place as one of the world’s fastest growing centres for trade in the commodity.

Total diamond trade volumes in the first six months reached a record 131m carats, a 122 percent rise on the same period last year, Dubai Diamond Exchange said in a statement on Wednesday.

Polished diamond imports grew by 116 percent to $6.44bn, while exports soared by 123 percent to $6.78bn.

Total rough diamond imports rose by 34 percent against the same period of last year, while exports grew by 96 percent.

Dubai Diamond Exchange is a subsidiary of the state-backed Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC).

“This significant achievement, despite the global economic challenges, is testimony to Dubai’s resilience, as it maintains its position as one of the top diamond trading centres in the world,” said Ahmed bin Sulayem, executive chairman of the DMCC.

Trade was mainly driven by demand from India, Belgium and Switzerland, although new markets such as Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo also contributed to the strong figures, DDE said.

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