Sixth Annual Dubai Women’s Run set for Friday, 4th November

DUBAI, 18th October, 2016 (WAM) — The UAE Athletics Federation is geared up for the 6th Annual Dubai Women’s Run under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the UAE National Olympics Committee, which this year is taking place along a new route, starting off and finishing up at SKY DIVE Dubai on November 4th.


The race starts at 7:00 a.m. and will host both 5K and 10K runs, showcasing some of the nation’s most talented and well-known female distance runners.

This year’s race will also kick-off the Sun and Sand Sport Fitness Fest, which had a record number of over 4,500 entrants last year, and more than 5,000 are expected for the 2016 run. A day that can be enjoyed by the whole family, the race area will have music and activities for children with food and beverages served. There will also be activities and sampling focusing on Health and Fitness throughout the day.

All participants will be able to collect their numbers, chips and running packets, consisting of their bib, official shirt from Air France KLM and gift items, on the 2nd and 3rd November at Dubai’s Meydan Hotel from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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HE Pricess Haya Says Israel Must Stop Atrocities in Gaza

Originally posted 2009-01-09 23:28:23.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Wife of Dubai’s ruler HE Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, condemned Israel’s offensive on the Gaza Strip and called on Thursday for urgent humanitarian aid to Palestinian area.

Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein pleaded with the international community to halt the fighting and allow humanitarian workers in to deliver medicine and food.

HE Pricess Haya is the wife of Dubai’s ruler HH Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and daughter of Jordan’s late King Hussein, Haya is a vocal advocate of humanitarian causes around the world.

She called the almost two week long Israeli offensive to rout out Hamas group a “slaughter.” “This is a war that will scare our planet for generations to come,” Haya said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press. “It’s a slaughter in its simplest form … a new open wound on the region. Violence on all sides has to stop.”

Since her marriage in 2004, Haya has taken an unusually public role in the Gulf The 34-year-old pricess speaks on public welfare and works on public projects in the United Arab Emirates and in Jordan.

She also chairs Dubai’s International Humanitarian City and is United Nation’s Messenger of Peace.

“I wish I could talk of peace,” Haya said. “But all I am able to ask for is survival for people facing death.”

“I know peace is possible, if there is political will,” Haya said.

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Arab Women Orgnization and princes Haya Condems Israels attack on Ghaza

Originally posted 2009-01-09 23:19:22.

The Arab Women Organisation (AWO) today strongly condemned the continuing Israel offensive on the Palestinian people in Gaza, which killed hundreds of women and children, left thousands injured and wrought extensive destruction on infrastructure facilities.

‘The onslaught on Gaza has terrorised secured civilians in a brazen breach of human moral values and international legitimacy,” according to a statement issued by the AWO’s supreme council today.

”As the Israeli aggression mounts, we call for an immediate implementation of the cease-fire resolution issued earlier today by the UN Security Council.We also appeal to all regional and international women organisations to show solidarity with the Palestinian people, denounce Israel’s inhumane practices and press international civil communities to shoulder their responsibilities in halting these attacks,”the statement said.

The statement also called on Arab women organisations to use their regional and international relations and influence to expose the genocide meted out by the Israeli war machine against the Palestinian women and children and extend all possible assistance to enforce steadfastness of the Palestinian people to face the siege on Gaza.

About Arab Women Orgnization:-

The AWO is an intergovernmental organization established under the umbrella of the League of Arab States and headquartered in Egypt. It emerged from the Cairo Declaration issued by the First Arab Women Summit which convened in Cairo in November 2000 in response to a call by H.E. Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak, Egypt’s First Lady and which was co-organized by the National Council for Women in Egypt, Hariri Foundation in Lebanon and the League of Arab States. The agreement came into effect in March 2003.

It consists of representatives from member states specializing in women issues. Its presidency rotates annually according to the alphabetical order in force at the League of Arab States. The first President of the Council was HE Dr. Rowaida Al-Maaitah, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The second President was H.E. Nora Al Suwaidi, United Arab Emirates. The current President of the Coucil is H.E. Lulwa Saleh Al Awadi, Kingdom of Bahrain.

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Jumeirah Beach Hotel Special offer for DSF 2009

Originally posted 2009-01-08 14:06:13.

jumairah-beach-hotelJumeirah Dubai Shopping Festival Offer: 2009

The Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Offer: Ocean Deluxe/View Room Sgl /Dbl= AED 1430 (US $395)/room/night on BB basis

Validity: Applicable for all new bookings from 08/01/2009 for all stay within the period 10/01/2009 – 15/02/2009

Early check – in: 10:00 hrs
Late check – out: 16:00 hrs

Madinat Jumeirah – Mina A’ Salam

Offer: Arabian Deluxe Balcony/Deluxe Room Sgl /Dbl= AED 1430 (US $395)/room/night on BB basis

Validity: Applicable for all new bookings from 08/01/2009 for all stay within the period 10/01/2009 – 15/02/2009

Early check – in: 10:00 hrs
Late check – out: 16:00 hrs

Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

Offer: Superior Room Sgl /Dbl= AED 1430 (US $395)/room/night on BB basis

 Validity: Applicable for all new bookings from 08/01/2009 for all stay within the period 19/01/2009 – 15/02/2009

 Other Terms & Conditions

 -Above offer is supported by a FREE SALE.
– The free sale and special offer is strictly on a “sell and report” basis.
– A release period of 04 days – 15:00 Dubai time (GMT +4) is applicable.
– The hotel reserves the right to withdraw the free sale and special offer
   at any time with 24 hours notice.
– The above offer is valid for all markets.
– Child policy, extra bed, extra person and meal supplement as per contract.
– Nights outside this period are subject to availability and normal contracted rates apply.
– This is a standalone offer and cannot be combined with any other offer, promotion or special rates.

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Nakheel’s Waterfront Electrical Infrastructure layed

Originally posted 2009-01-08 05:17:26.

WAM Dubai, 7th Jan. 2009 (WAM) — Nakheel, Dubai’s master developer, accomplished yet another milestone at Waterfront – casting the raft foundations for two of its 132kV substations after six months of detailed design and engineering.

A total of 1,700 tonnes of concrete and 170 tonnes of reinforced steel were used to complete the foundations.

Nakheel’s Waterfront Electrical Infrastructure team is managing the construction of the substations which will eventually be handed over to DEWA for operation.

The two teams are working closely to ensure the sustainability of the overall power strategy at Waterfront. Sustainability emerged as one of the key influencing factors for investors when considering a property purchase according to a recent survey undertaken by Nakheel.

Matt Joyce, Managing Director of Waterfront, said: ‘As the world’s largest coastal development, Waterfront will transform 1.4 billion square feet of empty desert and sea into an international community for an estimated population of 1.5 million people. We are delighted with the progress made on its infrastructure.’ ‘These substations will be the first of a huge network of substations that will service the entire Waterfront community. We would like to thank DEWA for their ongoing support and cooperation,’ Joyce added.

Waterfront is the world’s largest coastal development based on the shores of Dubai, and is on track to becoming the exemplar sustainable city founded on resource efficiency, social equity, and economic prosperity. Minimizing ecological impact is considered in every decision of the city’s design, construction and operation. Energy and water conservation are achieved through integration of utilities in dedicated utility centres, where process streams are interlinked and waste is transformed into energy to power the city. Simulation is used in building design to ensure tough energy efficiency targets are achieved

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Final pilots confirmed for Al Ain Aerobatic Show 2009

Originally posted 2009-01-06 16:55:36.

 6th Jan. 2009 (WAM) A final two gravity-defying pilots have confirmed participation in January’s hair-raising Aero GP air race series, nicknamed aviation’s ‘Formula One’, which will debut in the Middle East at the Al Ain Aerobatic Show 2009.

The Airshow will be held at Al Ain International Airport Tel +971-3- 785 5555
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Hungarian veteran and two-time Aero GP Champion, Zoltan Veres, joins American fly-boy, Smokey Young in a line up of much-medalled ace pilots.

‘The introduction of the full Aero GP line-up and a host of the world’s top pilots to the Al Ain calendar further elevates the Garden City of the United Arab Emirates on the global leisure aviation map,’ said Ahmed Hussein, Deputy Director General Tourism Operations, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), which organises the show.

Competition will be fierce for the season opening Aero GP Al Ain – the multi-discipline aerobatics event and the only international air racing series with multiple airplanes simultaneously competing against each other (a sport called ‘pylon racing’). All eyes are expected to be on Veres, who is planning to fly away with the season opening championship in his new, state-of-the-art aircraft.

Veres, who boasts more than 15,000 flying hours, has recently invested in a USA-built MXS plane for the Al Ain Aerobatic Show, which runs from the 28-31st January 2009, and is hoping its increased speed capabilities will propel him to the top of the table once again.

Organised in conjunction with the UAE Air Force, Al Ain Aerobatic Show 2009, which also features displays by breathtaking stunt and wing-walking teams, is expected to attract more than 130,000 spectators.

‘These pilots are the world’s very best and to have them battle it out here in Al Ain, at the Middle East’s first Aero GP event, is a another first for us,’ added Hussein.

Jeff Zaltman, Managing Director of Aero GP, says Veres, known for his close-to-ground exploits, will ramp up the adrenaline factor for spectators.

‘This is the first time that pylon racing has been seen in this region,’ he said, explaining that all six pilots will fly in the air together and at speeds of up to 550kmph. ‘Zoltan can expect that his speed advantage will stand him in good stead in the opening event, but it will be interesting to see how he does in the other disciplines.’ As well as a straight air race, Aero GP requires pilots to prove their mettle in aerial combat and tests their aim in the ‘barnstorming’ targeting competition.

‘Zoltan will be keeping all the other pilots occupied as they train for Al Ain. They all know he’s gone out and bought a very fast plane and they know only too well what he is capable of as he’s already won two Aero GPs, beating most of them on his way to the top.’ Each of the six competing pilots will fly their own aircraft, and under Aero GP rules, must use the same plane for each discipline.

‘Zoltan has taken a bit of a gamble this year,’ continued Zaltman. ‘The MXS is very fast but there will obviously be a trade-off when he competes in the events that require more finesse.

‘The fast planes tend not to be as manoeuvrable as the slower models. There are planes that the Aero GP pilots tend to favour, which are good ‘all round’ planes, so it’s going to be interesting to see what Zoltan can come up with.’ Veres, who loves to fly upside-down, will be joined in the air by Young, who began his aviation career with the US Air Force, where he plied his trade behind the controls of the spacious cockpits of 727s and 757s. He is an air combat instructor and an expert in tactical dog fighting. Spectators can expect him to excel in the Aero GP’s air-to-air battle segment.

Veres and Young join previously announced pilots, Andy Bickmore, Mark Jefferies and Gerald Cooper in the Aero GP line-up.

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Gulfood to be held in Dubai 23-25th Feb

Originally posted 2009-01-06 14:28:17.

Gulfood, one of the world’s top exhibitions for the food, drink, foodservice and hospitality industry, is preparing for its biggest edition yet to be held from 23rd to 25th February 2009. With four exciting days of dedicated events and programmes Gulffood will include the co-located Ingredients Middle East Exhibition, Restaurant and Cafe Middle East, Emirates International Salon Culinaire, the renowned Dubai International Food and Safety Conference and a comprehensive programme for the beverage industry.

Dubai International Convention Exhibiton Centre
Admission Fee:
1 Day Pass = 50AED
4 Day Pass = 100AED

Airport Expo Dubai
Admission Fee: Free Entry
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To meet the increased industry demand, Gulfood will expand to a record 80,000 sqm area, and will for the first time be held at two local venues; the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and Airport Expo Dubai.

Airport Expo Dubai will provide a showcase for hundreds of products and exhibitors now able to participate for the first time, including major new country pavilions such as Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Iran, Kuwait, Pakistan and many more.

Gulfood will welcome over 3,300 international companies keen to establish and build upon the regions reputation as an important trading hub. With over 90% of food items in the GCC imported, new opportunities for producers and distributors are extensive and this growing market has attracted 80 government sponsored country pavilions specialising in the food and hospitality sector such Bulgaria, Iceland, Montenegro and Russia, among others, as well as representation from government trade bodies and export associations.

All of these features will provide the region with a comprehensive, one-stop-supply-shop where visitors and exhibitors can learn about the dynamics of each country’s food industry, discuss business and trade opportunities, and network with companies from every major producer nation.

‘Gulfood is an event of true international stature; the biggest brands and some of the most recognisable names in the industry will be using it as a platform to bring their products and services to one of the largest buying communities in the world. Gulfood has become the primary event for Arab companies and government organisations to demonstrate their increasing contribution to the growing hospitality sector,’said Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of the event.

Ingredients Middle East will co-locate with Gulfood to form one of the world’s first exhibitions to bring together the industrial sector with food manufacturers and processors. Leading ingredients companies will be displaying leading products that range from preservatives and additives to dietary supplements and nutrients.

The 4th Dubai International Food Safety Conference, organised by Dubai Municipality, will also be present to examine the challenges and issues in the Middle East market with renowned speakers from around the world. The conference attracts more than 900 delegates and will this year focus on the theme ‘Food Safety in Light of Food Security’.

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Update about Gulf Food 2009

Dubai, Feb 03rd, 2009 (WAM): Gulfood organiser Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has announced that exhibition space for this year’s show has sold out despite a slowdown in the global economy, according to organisers.

Both international and local food and beverage chains are continuing to invest in the UAE’s food and drink sector, despite the global economic downturn, says – the food industry’s leading online resource.

The region’s leading food, drink and hospitality exhibition and the largest trade exhibition in the Middle East, has grown a further 20pc through the allocation of more space at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) and the additional venue at Airport Expo Dubai, in order to meet exhibitors’ augmented demand.

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Hotels in Dubai Slash rates for DSF

Originally posted 2009-01-02 02:50:38.

DUBAI – The global economic crisis has also affected the hotel industry in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, however the a new marketing campaign for the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is expected to turn around the current booking slowdown for hotels in Dubai. 
The Director-General of Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Khalid Ahmed bin Sulayem, said the campaign comes in the framework of promoting the emirate on all occasions and at all events throughout the year.

The new plan calls for a special pricing structure ranging from 40 to 60 per cent discount on room rates in addition to a 25 per cent reduction in the prices of food and beverage. This drive will run from January 10 until mid-February to coincide with the DSF festival.

Several chains of hotels have already started to offer special discounts already.  Check out the latest rates at our web site’s Dubai Hotels Section. You may also contact us for details or offer for your own particular request at any hotel in Dubai

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David Beckham is dominates limelight in Dubai

Originally posted 2009-01-02 01:50:07.

AC Milan’s David Beckham is dominating the limelight of Dubai amid doubts about his return to LA Galaxy.

Milan’s training camp in Dubai, has turned the spotlight on Beckham with the England midfielder photographed and followed closely by the media who have also devoted significant attention to his new boots.

Along with the usual marks representing the names of his three children, they also featured the Milan club symbol and on the right boot the Italian flag with the English flag on the left.

Milan currently lie third in the table, nine points behind Inter and three behind Juventus but Ancelotti expects his players to turn up the heat on Inter in the second half of the season.

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AC Milan’s squad of superstars due in Dubai today

Originally posted 2008-12-29 15:49:59.

Dubai, Dec. 29, 2008 AC Milan‘s global stars arrive in Dubai today for their Emirates-sponsored Training Camp in Dubai.

The squad of 26 players includes AC Milan stalwart and club captain, Paolo Maldini who at the age of 40 is still in sensational shape. Maldini made his debut for the club back in 1985 and among his many accolades since then are seven League titles, five UEFA Champions League titles and a FIFA Club World Cup.

Also in the group is the much-talked about loan signing, David Beckham, who remains one of the most recognisable faces in world football. The former England captain will certainly be looking forward to getting acquainted with his new teammates in training over the coming nine days.

Another of the globally familiar faces in the squad is that of Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho. He’ll be joined by compatriot Kaka who made his debut for the club back in 2003 and despite a serious knee injury, still managed to finish as AC Milan’s top goalscorer last season.

With the likes of Filippo Inzaghi, Russia’s Andriy Shevchenko, Dutch veteran Clarence Seedorf and Gianluca Zambrotta also travelling to Dubai, the squad list is certainly an impressive one.

And football fans will have the chance to watch all their favourite stars in training with two of the AC Milan sessions open to the public. These will take place at Al Nasr Club on December 30 from 5-6.30pm and on January 2 from 9.30am-12pm.

The AC Milan players will also be in action on January 6 when they take on Hamburg SV in the Emirates and DTCM-sponsored Dubai Football Challenge which takes place at the new Emirates sports venue, The Sevens on the Al Ain Road.

Regular ticket prices are AED 100 for adults and AED 50 for children under 12, while premier tickets sell for AED 200.

AC Milan Squad: Christian Abbiati; Massimo Ambrosini; Luca Antonini; David Beckham; Daniele Bonera; Marco Borriello; Mathias Cardacio; Matteo Darmian; Dida; Emerson; Giuseppe Favalli; Mathieu Flamini; Gennaro Gattuso; Filippo Inzaghi; Marek Jankulovski; Kaka; Zeljco Kalac; Kakha Kaladze; Paolo Maldini; Alexandre Pato; Andrea Pirlo; Ronaldinho; Clarence Seedorf; Philippe Senderos; Andriy Shevchenko; Gianluca Zambrotta

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Al Safeer Mall opens in Ras Al Khaimah

Originally posted 2008-12-28 17:55:38.

Dubai The Sharjah-based Al Safeer Group opened its fourth shopping and leisure mall in the UAE in Ras Al Khaimah.

The new mall was officially opened by Ahmad Bin Amer, the RAK Director for EIDA.

On the opening day, more than 30,000 people visited the mall, the first of its kind in Ras Al Khaimah, which features a major Safeer hypermarket as its flagship store and about 100 other retail outlets as well as restaurants, a Jungle Bungle family entertainment centre and parking for 1,500 cars.

Total retail space covers a massive 500,000 square metres.

“Although this was a ‘soft opening’ without any official ceremony, the public interest was, and continues to be, extraordinary,” said Mahesh Kalwani, chief operating officer of the Al Safeer Group.


“It is extremely encouraging and gives an early indication that the Al Safeer Shopping mall concept will be successful in different emirates throughout the country.”

Built at a cost of Dh200 million, Safeer Mall Ras Al Khaimah is strategically located in the heart of the local community area of Kharan.

The centre is fully subscribed and all the units expect to be ready for business by January.

Among the major brands that have contracted space in Safeer Mall are Damas, Springfield, Mother Care, Face Shop, Starbucks, Nando’s, Pizza Hut, KFC, UAE Exchange, Emirates Identity Authority and News Centre.

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UAE press wants world to act for Ghaza

Originally posted 2008-12-28 17:11:42.

How many dead Palestinians will it take for the world to act? Can United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tell the families of the 195 innocent people who were massacred by Israel yesterday why he wouldn’t even try to protect Palestinians in Gaza the way he does citizens of other countries? Is Palestinian blood cheaper than Indian, Myanmarese, American and French or for that matter Israeli blood?, the UAE press asked today in comments about the new Israeli air attacks on Gaza on the eve of the new year.

The papers called on the Arab League has to draw the line very clear as the Arab peace initiative is no longer an option. Israel has rejected it anyway. The protection of Palestinians should be the only plan on the table today.

”Maybe these painful questions should be posed to Arab states which have failed to come to the rescue of Gaza. The ravaged, miserable strip had been under siege for more than one year. Its people have been without food and power for many months. And they have not asked for anything more than a sense of human solidarity with their plight,” the Gulf News commented.

”And instead of getting the independent state which US President George W. Bush promised to deliver by the end of the year, the Palestinians are today burying their dead. The massacre is Israel’s gift to the Palestinians and the Arabs who today celebrate the new Islamic year.

For long enough, the paper said, Arabs have been pleading with Israel to embrace peace. Meanwhile, the Jewish state is busy with an election that will see its politicians compete with one another in butchering Palestinians. Kill 100 and you are assured of a seat in the Knesset. Kill 200 and become a minister.

”One really wonders what the Arab foreign ministers are going to say when they meet in Cairo today and tomorrow. Calling on Israel again to ‘choose the path of peace’? Appealing to the international community to ‘exert pressure’ on Israel and the US to revive the peace process? Too little too late.

”Today the Arab League has to draw the line very clear. The Arab peace initiative is no longer an option. Israel has rejected it anyway. The protection of Palestinians should be the only plan on the table today.

Commenting under the title ”Yet Another Aggression on Gaza”, Khaleej Times said : ”Palestinians are facing another onslaught from Israel. This time the theatre of aggression is the locked down enclave of the Gaza Strip, which has been bombarded by F16 fighter jets killing and injuring at least 180 people.

”The air offensive comes amid rumours that a ground operation is imminent threatening a humanitarian crisis as well as prospects of an all-out war.

The attack comes on the heels of a crushing blockade of Gaza for months.

Around 1.5 million people of this Hamas-ruled enclave are already suffering from food and supplies shortages,”the paper indicated.

”The cessation of a six-month long ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militant groups last week had raised fears of a showdown across the borders but many believed that restraint would continue. The Israeli onslaught has surprised many because it came within hours of Tel Aviv taking world opinion for a ride by saying that it would open the Gaza border to allow shipment of humanitarian aid. But that has turned out to be a diplomatic stunt to hoodwink the international community,”the paper added.

”Though Israel has targeted Gaza in the past as well, the attacks on Saturday were Hamas-specific. The missiles were aimed at security compounds of Hamas across Gaza. And at the same time the action matched vows to topple the Hamas-led government in the enclave.

”With Hamas calling for revenge attacks by firing rockets into Israeli territory, a regional catastrophe is in the making. The conflict it seems will not be restricted to Gaza alone. In what appears to be a warning to Hezbollah in Lebanon as well, Israeli jets scrambled from the country’s northern air base. The chaotic configuration can easily result in broadening the conflict thus bringing more misery and distress to millions in the region.

”A new round of bloodletting in the coastal strip needs to be averted. The world community should go a step ahead than the mere rhetoric of advising restraint. There is no point in condemning Israel. It needs to be tamed.

”The attacks have once again proved the vulnerability of neighbouring Arab states to Israeli aggressions as and when desired.

”While Gaza waits for yet another Israeli invasion, the need of the hour is unity among Palestinians and also strengthening of Arab ranks. A united Palestinian leadership will be in a much better position to effectively resume the struggle for the two-state solution to which Israel and the United States remain committed. But as an immediate recourse, the aggression should come to an end,”Khaleej Times concluded.

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Tasees opens at Dubai Industrial City

Originally posted 2008-12-26 03:03:56.

Dubai, 24 Dec, 2008 Tatweer today announced opening of Taasees at the Dubai Industrial City, Taseess is an integrated one-stop centre offering the services of 10 UAE government departments.

This will be the largest of its kind facility in the UAE, Taasees features 14 counters to provide optimum ease of service to business partners operating in and around Dubai, as well as to the general public wishing to seek its comprehensive benefits.

Taasees offers a range of services from the Ministry of Labour, the Dubai Naturalization Residency Department (DNRD), the Civil Defense Department, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), the Department of Economic Development (DED, Dubai Police, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), and the Dubai Customs, Dubai Municipality (DM), The Road and Transport Authority (RTA).

Visitors to Dubai Industrial City can also benefit from the government services provided by Taasees, in addition to accessing other support facilities such as banking, typing, and dedicated corporate services.

Complementary facilities for logistics, warehousing, labour accommodation, industrial training in addition to commercial, residential and entertainment zones position Dubai Industrial City as a comprehensive one stop-shop destination, providing tenants with a critical competitive advantage in the areas of human resources, logistics and business operations.

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Dubai Shopping Festival Registers Retailers

Originally posted 2008-12-21 14:49:50.

Dubai: The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) office has announced the commencement of registration for retail outlets that wish to participate in the DSF 2009. The retail registration will begin on Sunday and will continue until next February 5.

The registration counters located on the ground floor of the Department of econ-omic Development (DED) are open on weekdays from 2:30 to 7:30pm and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays.

Retailers can participate in three categories – DSF Sales, DSF Discounts, and DSF Offers, apart from the DSF Raffles segment that is open to outlets owned by a DSF key or support sponsor.

Laila Suhail, chief executive of the DSF office, said that this year’s edition of DSF is quite significant to the retail and tourism sectors as it comes amid the highly volatile global economic situation.

“Things might be slowing down now, but DSF hopes to bring some cheer. This is what we are here for,” Suhail said.

During DSF 2009, scheduled to run from January 15 to February 15, non-participating retail outlets will not get permission from the Department of Econ-omic Development to conduct any promotion or sale and all participating retail outlets will have to honour their offers throughout DSF 2009.

“This year’s edition of DSF comes at a time when the entire world is experiencing an acute period of economic crisis with a number of leading world economies having drifted into economic recession. All concerned are pretty aware of the impact of this economic crisis around the world, a situation where we find ourselves faced with a great challenge … ” said Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, and Chairman of the Dubai Shopping Festival Office Supreme Committee.

“We, however and notwithstanding the current challenges, believe in the prudent measures adopted by the UAE leadership to maintain our gains and assuage the negative impact of the current situation.”

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Dubai Marathon on 16th Jan 2009 To make new records

Originally posted 2008-12-21 01:03:04.

Over 20,000 runners are expected to participate in the Dubai Marathon to be held on January 16, 2009.

Owing to heavy demand for registration, the organisers have extended the deadline for registration to December 31. The participation in the Dubai marathon will break all previous records. Already 1,500 runners from different parts of the world have registered for the marathon. This is double the number than in previous years. The event co-ordinators said speaking to newspapers.

 New world record to be set on January 16. Led by Haile Gebrselassie, some of the best runners around the world will be flying into Dubai.

The man who breaks the world record of 2h:3m:59sec can return home richer by $2 million (Dh7.35 million). It is likely that Gebrselassie, who has been training hard for the event, may himself rewrite his world record mark this time.

The registrations are open to all till 31st December and one can register online at 

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Marathon will start at 9:00 AM near Dubai Media city Registation is open till 31st December
Run Numbers must be collected at the ‘Westin Hotel Dubai Mina Seyahi‘ on the following dates:
– 9:00am – 9:00pm
Thursday 15th – 9:00am – 9:00pm

The ‘Championchip‘ Electronic Timing System
Unique, simple and professional, the ‘Championchip‘ system is used in running events all around the world. With proven superior performance, it provides net and split times for every individual participant, quickly and acurately.
The ChampionChip System operates with send and receive antennas cast in thin tartan mats. The mats are placed at the Start and Finish points to register net times, they can also be placed at different points on the course to register split times. Each time an athlete wearing a ChampionChip crosses over the mat, the chip sends out an ID-number which is read by the antennas in the mat and sent to the controller. The controller sends the ID-number and corresponding time to the timing computer for processing.

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