Jewellery design in Dubai is expected to get a major boost as dependence on imports from India reduces. The import duty is being seen as a precursor to the introduction of a value added tax regime in Dubai.
Not all exports from India to the Emirates will be affected as the jewellery from India is mostly re-exported from Dubai to other parts of the world. Only the jewellery exported for local use in Dubai will attract a 5% duty.
The new levy may, however, boost bridal jewellery sales in India because many Indian shoppers had turned to Dubai owing to the cheaper gold there and the price difference may no longer be attractive enough.
Aruna Gaitonde, Editor-in-Chief of Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished