Renowned jeweller and watchmaker Harry Winston displayed some of their prized jewels at the START Royal Gala Charity Dinner at the Mina A ’Salam Hotel, Dubai with the purpose of helping the organisation raise awareness and funds for the education of disadvantaged youth in the Middle East.
SMART is a non-profit organisation established in the 2007 by Art Dubai and the Al Madad Foundation. The organisation’s main objective is to educate and enrich the skills and opportunities of children in the poorest areas of the Middle East. The Royal Gala Dinner will help SMART to support three scholarship awards that will change the lives of deserving students. START’s scholarship programmes have earned a reputation of having made marked impact on the students who have received them, by introducing them to eminent personalities and experiences that can take them far in their education and career prospects.
Now, in its third edition, the START organisation offered three awards: the ‘UAE START Scholarship Award’ offered one orphan from Al Zayed Orphanage, Abu Dhabi, an 18-month scholarship; the second award, ‘Jordan START Scholarship,’ went to a young and talented student named Dana Saleh, who is pursuing a career in interior design; lastly, the ‘Dubai Autism Scholarship,’ which is backed by Harry Winston Inc., was awarded to Noamann Ahmad, giving him access to full-time education at the Dubai Autism Centre.
The distinguished guests who attended the Gala Dinner included Faiza Meyassar Alireza, Sheikha Paula Al Sabah, Sheikh Mubarak F S Al-Sabah, Rami Alturki and Osman Sultan. Guests enjoyed a private dinner and attended the scholarship award ceremony in support of the START organisation. Rare jewels from Harry Winston were on display like the 70.45 carat Paraiba and Diamond Necklace and a 65.68 carat Cabochon Sapphire and Diamond Ring. The Gala concluded with a live auction of artwork and luxury goods, including two exclusive timepieces donated by Harry Winston.
Harry Winston, which was founded in 1932, continues to set the standard in fine jewellery and high-end watchmaking. For years Harry Winston has been the jeweller of choice for Hollywood’s leading ladies and is known globally as a symbol of ultimate luxury.