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GIA Opens Lab in Dubai

GradingFeb 26, 2024

GIA Opens Lab in Dubai

The new DMCC Laboratory at Uptown Tower will initially serve clients in Dubai free trade zones.

GIA Dubai laboratory
GIA opened a new lab in the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre on Feb. 19.
Carlsbad, Calif.—The Gemological Institute of America announced it has opened a lab in Dubai.

The new GIA Laboratory Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) opened on Feb. 19.

GIA said the new lab provides the global diamond industry with a “new, state-of-the-art option for meeting the need for trusted, efficient, and recognized science-based diamond grading services.”

“Opening a GIA laboratory in the important global diamond center of Dubai is a significant step in expanding our services to advance our important consumer protection mission and meet the needs of the industry,” said Tom Moses, GIA executive vice president and chief laboratory and research officer.   

GIA said the new lab, designed for maximum efficiency, is located in a custom-designed, two-floor location in Dubai’s newly constructed Uptown Tower.

It operates under the authority of DMCC, a free trade zone in Dubai. 

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Initially, the lab will only service clients operating in the Dubai free trade zones and will not accept submissions from other locations in the city.  

“As an industry leader for research, education, and grading, we are delighted that the GIA now becomes an integral part of the new silk route in the global diamond supply chain, further highlighting the strategic role Dubai plays within it,” said DMCC Executive Chairman and CEO Ahmed bin Sulayem.  

“The establishment of the GIA DMCC Laboratory at Uptown Tower adds significant value not only for our free zone members but also for the wider industry, particularly when it comes to speeding up cycle times.” 

Services performed in Dubai will be for diamonds of D to Z color weighing up to 3.99 carats, and clients must have a reserved and approved appointment prior to submission, the lab said. 

The Dubai lab will soon be able to accept intake from other countries, GIA said. 

Clients may contact the GIA Laboratory DMCC to make an appointment or receive more details at DubaiLab@GIA.edu or by calling +971 4 875 0700. 

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