Bonhams have joined the push for Middle Eastern business by announcing the opening of a sales office in Dubai with a first auction scheduled for early November.

The sale will include Islamic works of art, contemporary Indian, Arab and Iranian Art, as well as jewellery and watches.

Bonhams Dubai will be a joint venture with the Al Tajir family. His Excellency, Mohammed Mahdi Al Tajir, was the former United Arab Emirates Ambass-ador to Great Britain and Western Europe and is currently an advisor to the President of the United Arab Emirates.

Along with the rest of his family, he is a prominent collector across a wide variety of the arts.

Matthew Girling, Bonhams European Chairman, is spearheading the new venture, initially supported by specialists in Islamic Art, as well as jewellery and watches.