Arabian Gulf Super Cup



The UAE Super Cup, commonly known as the Arabian Gulf Super Cup, is the curtain-raiser of the Emirates football season. Played between the previous season’s Pro-League winners and the President’s Cup winners, the championship produces outstanding teams and individual players on both the club and international level.


In the year 2018, ROYAL INSIGNIA was approached by the Arabian Gulf League to design and craft a bespoke trophy that could capture the spirit and excellence of football. Our designers drew from the UAE’s rich culture and heritage to create a trophy that was modern and uniquely Emirati. In the lattice structure extending from the base of the trophy, our designers have crafted a careful allusion to the palm tree, a symbolic and important plant integral to UAE’s historical identity. Designed to replicate the extending branches on the palm tree’s leaves, the gold gilded palm lattice is a representation of the emirate’s civilization and resilience.

Moving away from the traditional design of a trophy cup, our designers engineered a modern trophy with grooves along the crown of the trophy inspired by the Al-Jahili Fort in Al Ain. A marvel of architectural prowess, the fort was constructed in 1891 around the Al-Jahili Oasis by Sheikh Zayed to protect palm farmers and residents. The fort remained a residence for the Al Nahyan family even after Sheikh Zayed the First passed away in 1909.

Key features of the Arabian Gulf Super Cup logo were also weaved into the trophy design. The diverging columns extending from the trophy base represents an athlete’s journey of perseverance, determination, hard work as he or she ascends to greatness. The top of the columns are embellished with two gold gilded stars – an embodiment of the notion of integrity, victory, and sporting excellence, a testament to the glory and honor of being an athlete.


The final trophy was crafted by our team of master craftsmen. With over three decades of experience in the crafting of the decorative objects for royal families and ministries from around the world, our craftsmen merge cutting edge technology with traditional craftsmanship to create products that will stand the test of time.

Bespoke trophies are a symbol of glory, honour, and sporting excellence. At ROYAL INSIGNIA, we work hard to ensure that your champions are not only rewarded, but remembered. Contact us at or give us a call at +65 6732 3456 for a non-obligatory proposal.

Orders, Decorations, and Medals


Orders, Decorations and Medals are symbols representing the honors conferred upon deserving individuals.  The differences between Orders, Decorations, and Medals are subtle and may easily be mistaken by the layperson.



Orders are societies of merit usually given by Royals or Heads of State as tokens of appreciation and recognition of outstanding achievements or exceptional service over a long period of time. Orders usually have different levels or grades, as well as respective ways of wearing them according to their classes. A recipient who has been promoted within an order wears only the insignia that represents the highest grade awarded, and therefore must remove the insignia of the preceding grade or return it to the administrator of the Order.


Decorations are conferred for acts of gallantry in combat, or for bravery or meritorious service in a single event or over a specific period of time. The insignia is only awarded to an individual once. If there were further actions that meet the criteria for the same decoration, a bar would be awarded and worn on the initial decoration in order to denote a second award to the recipient.


Medals are awarded for participation in a military campaign or operation, service under exceptional circumstances, as well as for long and loyal service to the organization. Medals also commemorate royal or national anniversaries and include the lower classes of Orders in some countries and states such as the 4th and 5th classes. Ribbon bars may also be added to campaign or service medals to specify the service being recognized. On long service awards, ribbon bars denote additional periods of eligible service.





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Metaphor of a Vow



Tale of a Royal Wedding Gift

On a cool spring morning, the smell of dew and freshly cut grass filled the air. Peals of laughter erupted from the garden, echoing down stately halls to reach the library where he sat, reviewing official documents. Abruptly he rose from his seat, signalling two attendants to rush to his side. They fussed over his robe and hair, aiming for nothing short of immaculate.

Accompanied by the two attendants, the young monarch strolled leisurely down the corridors to arrive at the palace garden. A parasol was readied over him as he crossed the threshold and approached his family, all engrossed in conversation over fragrant hot butter tea and copious amounts of khur le.

His eyes drew to her graceful form intuitively. Adorned in a white tego and kira, she looked almost angelic as she sat in the grass, reading a children’s book to the little ones. She turned from her storytelling to flash him a gentle but radiant smile. Emboldened, he leaned toward the group and asked if they might be interested to accompany him on a hike to bring back some cosmos flowers for his mother.

“I’ll come along with you.” She volunteered, causing the kids to promptly follow suit.

And so the hiking party embarked up the mountain in search of cosmos flowers, fussy attendants and all. They eventually stumbled upon a field of them, swaying gently in the spring breeze. Just as he was about to pluck a few that he found particularly striking, she placed her hand on his arm.

“Let’s leave them here. I’ll paint a picture of them for your mother instead.”

Touched by her kindness, he couldn’t help but say, “When we grow up, if I’m not wed and you’re not wed, I would like you to be my wife.” It was there, amongst a field of dancing flowers, that he made a vow of love to her.

Promises are made as an act of a commitment to something or someone. There are varying types of promises; some are made solemnly and commemorated with a ceremony such as marriage vows or military oaths, whereas others may be made under legal binding contracts enforceable by law. An oath or an affirmation may be considered a promise, however, at ROYAL INSIGNIA, our gifts are much like vows, signifying a sense of commitment to our work, and our customers.
The Immortalization of A Memory

Time is an unstoppable force which inevitably erodes memories or emotions. It is through reminders to ourselves and our loved ones that memories are retained and immortalized through time. Reminders could be represented by little acts of love, or permanently manifest itself in a timeless gift.

Throughout our history as purveyors of fine gifts, ROYAL INSIGNIA demonstrates a sensitivity for poignant gifts such as the bespoke wedding gift for the Bhutan Royal couple, King Jigme Khesar Namgyei Wangchuck and his wife, Jetsun Pema. The gift design was inspired by traditional Buddhist symbols such as the bhavacakra (wheel of life), which represents the essence of Buddhist teachings. Gilded in 18 Karat gold, the piece was set with a resplendent melange of precious stones including diamonds, yellow sapphires, rubies and citrines.

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The Art of Gifting



On a warm humid evening, the artisans of the Palace Museum were summoned on short notice. The air was still and the instructions were plain simple – a house warming gift. The interior of the palace was furnished with dark cherry wood furniture, and cushioned with pale pink and dark red velvet silk drapes. The tables and shelves were elegantly decorated with ornate gold vases with huge bouquets of pink lilies. Beyond the flowers, a calligraphy scroll hung on the wall. It was an ancient poem, written so eloquently of Ruyi – a traditional scepter of good luck. Inspired by what they saw, the artisans bowed to thank the maid for her hospitality as they left.

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Back in the atelier, the artisans studied the history of the Ruyi in detail; an s-shaped scepter with its head resembling a cloud, the Ruyi stood as a symbol of good luck and longevity. Inspired by the poem of this auspicious object, our artisans created a natural landscape composed of the Princess’s favorite flowers arranged in the form of a Ruyi sceptre. The lilies were carved out of rose quartz and stamens of amethyst briolette, with turquoise green enamel add as a finishing flourish to the petals.

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Gifting is so much more than the physical exchange of objects — it is a form of communication and an establishment of a mutual understanding between two people. When personalized thought is put into the creation of a bespoke gift for someone, it not only stands as a gesture of kindness or generosity, but it also represents a sense of intimacy; that the relationship shared between two people ought to be commemorated.

The key to gifting is to get the right gift. Nothing else would spell disastrous than an inappropriate or a thoughtless gift. What is the purpose of your gift? What message are you trying to convey to your recipient? All it takes is for us to understand the three aspects of gifting. We can start with observing and reflecting upon what kind of emotions do we wish to express unto the receiver of the gift, or what kind of occasion are we trying to commemorate.

Give by Observing

The first step towards giving a meaningful gift is through observation. By paying attention to what loved ones say, what their interests are, or what means a lot to them, one may be able to formulate some ideas. Also, by thinking about the functionality of a gift, one may also choose to gift something which would make the receiver’s life more comfortable.

Give for Good Luck

On many occasions, like a housewarming party or graduation, one may wish to give a gift that wishes the recipient good fortune and prosperity. Tap into the myths and symbolism associated with auspiciousness and good luck and get creative. Moonstone, agate, and the owl are renown to bring protection and good fortune, whilst turquoise, peridot, and the frog are known to assist in healing. The recipient however, may not be superstitious to fully believe the myth itself, but they would certainly appreciate the thought process behind it.

Give as a Form of Expression

Giving a gift is more than just a gesture, it is a message that we wish to communicate to the recipient. A message to wish them well, good fortune, good health, peace, or love. The great sociologist Marcel Mauss wrote that gift giving comes in threefold – the giving, the acceptance and the reciprocation. To give a gift, we send a message to the recipient whether it is out of love, sympathy, or respect. For the recipient to accept, psychologically, they are accepting the message you are trying to put across. If the recipient reciprocates by giving in return, it shows an initiative to strengthen the relationship between the both of you through a sense of reciprocation.

The Art of Gifting by Royal Insignia
















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