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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أدكو تحتفل بالعيد الوطني بالعرض الرقمي على المبنى الرئيس للشركة

Originally posted 2008-12-02 07:17:45.

ابوظبي في 2 ديسمبر/وام/ تزينت شركة أبوظبي للعمليات البترولية البرية /أدكو/ بحلة فريدة ضمن إحتفالاتها بالعيد الوطني الـ 37 للدولة وذلك بالعرض الرقمي على المبنى الرئيس للشركة على شارع الكورنيش.

وتعرض الشركة جزءا من أرشيفها الغني بصور إمارات الدولة قديما تحت شعار /تذكر الماضي لتدرك قيمة الحاضر وتستكشف رؤية المستقبل/ .

وقد جذب العرض الذي بدأ الليلة الماضية ويستمر خلال عطلة العيد الوطني إنتباه وإعجاب العامة.

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Zayed: Immortal Achievements Symposium Held

Originally posted 2008-12-02 07:13:17.

HH Sheikh Zayed

HH Sheikh Zayed

Abu Dhabi, 2 Dec. 2008 The Centre of Information Affairs in Abu Dhabi has organized a symposium on topic “Zayed: Immortal Achievements”, on the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the founder of the nation, late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Senior political, intellectual, and academic figures participated in the event.

In the opening statement, HE Mohammed Khalifa Al Murar (Information Advisor) said that the memory of time records the history of mankind, and “as we stand today to review the civilization march of this blessed country, we pay tribute to the personality of late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan whose unique character which was an example to be followed in terms of ambitions, achievements and endeavors to realize welfare and decent living to people and mankind everywhere”.

“The exceptional leader died, the kind heart ceased to beat but it was full of mercy, kindness and tenderness. Nevertheless, Sheikh Zayed will never leave our memory despite succession of time”, said the Information Advisor. He also said that Sheikh Zayed spared no effort to make this country the heaven for faith, security, tolerance, love and solidarity.

Sh. Zayed Symposium

Sh. Zayed Symposium

On his part, Mr. Keiichiro Okabe, Chairman of Arab-Japan Association, and Chairman of Cosmo Oil Co., Ltd., said that late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan was a statesman by all means, stating that during his 38 years as President, the UAE has developed rapidly and occupied a good strong position among the world nations.

Speaking about UAE-Japanese relations, Mr. Okabe pointed out that bilateral relations between the two countries were further boosted in 1990 when Sheikh Zayed made his historic visit to Japan, and when in 1995 both the Japanese Crown Prince and Crown Princess visited the UAE to further promote the bilateral relations.

Mr. Jarno Juhani Peltonen, Professor of Cultural History at University of Helsinki, said in his paper, entitled “Vision of Late Sheikh Zayed of Humane Action”, that late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan was a national leader and world statesman who accomplished a magnificent life-work in many aspects. “Today we are looking at his achievements from the humanistic point of view, while he himself said that the financial resources were a tool to facilitate the development of what he considered to be the real wealth of the country – its people and particularly the younger generation,” he noted.

He said that the modern UAE is a fruit of Seikh Zayed’s tireless efforts, and of his humane actions as a statesman, and a pious man. He united the small emirate states into a federation with wealth, independence and strong identity, said Mr. Peltonen, adding that, in his strategies Sheikh Zayed favored qualities like tolerance, peacefulness and brotherhood.

Professor Madam Irina Pavlovskaya said, in her paper, entitled “Humanity of Sheikh Zayed,” that “thanks to the wise leadership and farsighted vision of late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the United Arab Emirates enjoyed a superb leap forward to an extent unparalleled in the midst of a very rapid process of modernization in the fields of social and economic development”.

She stated that “ideals of Sheikh Zayed, which are translated in his great humanitarian attitudes, extended not only to the UAE but also to the whole international community”. The speaker said, “It was the exemplary leadership of H.H. Sheikh Zayed that taught generations that wealth could be meaningless if it is not spent on the well being and prosperity of the people”.

Professor Pavlovskaya pointed out that late Sheikh Zayed paid special attention to woman’s issues in his country, paving the way for women to go further in their quest for knowledge. She affirmed that Sheikh Zayed was “a strong proponent of women’s rights”. She stated that Sheikh Zayed believed that women are an integral part of the society and it is their duty to contribute to the development of their country side by side with men, adding that it is no wonder that UAE’s women have embarked on various fields of work.

She stated that late Sheikh Zayed’s charity vision was translated in the formation of the Red Crescent Society as a humanitarian body through which the UAE addresses humanitarian disasters and other problems anywhere in the world. “Today, the UAE ranks 7th in the world and the first among the Arab countries to engage in relief assistance in many parts of the globe”, noted the speaker.

She quoted Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak as saying: “H.H. late Sheikh Zayed was a source of inspiration for all the people in the UAE, and His Highness’s noble values constituted his holistic approach to these issues and consequently led to the remarkable transformation of the UAE in every facet of life”.

The information Affairs Office has also published a study on the occasion to highlight some aspects of the life of late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

It indicates that Sheikh Zayed was not an ordinary leader; his leadership was exceptional by all standards. The study says that his life was full of achievements in all aspects of life. He built education and health institutions and established giant industries, which made the UAE a solid base attracting the international economic circles, the study points out.

It affirms that late Sheikh Zayed managed to make the UAE a modern, prosperous country, which enjoyed the respect of the world and played big role in the international arena.

It tackles the great interest late Sheikh Zayed showed to the UAE women and children, as he considered mothers to be the makers of generations and effective contributors to nation building.

The study also highlights Sheikh Zayed’s interest in the disabled and people with special needs, and his keenness to provide them with care, training and education.

It also touched on Sheikh Zayed’s humanitarian initiatives and generous aids to the needy people all over the world.

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Italian White Truffle Auctioned at Emirates Palace

Originally posted 2008-12-01 08:56:34.

Abu Dhabi, 1st Dec 2008 Impressive bids, enticing entertainment and a supreme dining experience enthralled guests at the International Auction of the Italian White Truffle at Kempinski’s Emirates Palace last night.

Presented simultaneously with prestigious locations in U.K, Italy and China, the event attracted locally based guests from elite quarters of fine-dining, sport, Government and entertainment.

The pinnacle of the event was the Auction’s largest Italian White Truffle that weighed in at 1.080 kilograms.

Italian White Tuffle

Italian White Tuffle

This exquisite gastronomy was found in the Molise region of Italy and was sold at the Rome location to the highest bidder from Macao, for over $200,000 USD.

“It was a truly enjoyable event and with interactive bidding from each Auction location, the room was a buzz with excitement and anticipation” said Hans Olbertz, General Manager, Emirates Palace.

“The Auction results were so impressive, we are thrilled to donate the funds raised at Emirates Palace to the Emirates Foundation,” Olbertz concluded.

During the Emirates Palace segment of the Auction five truffles were sold ranging in sale price from $2,500 USD to $8,200 USD. Thanks to these amazing truffles and prestige designer items, over $26,000 USD was raised for the Emirates Foundation, the selected host city charity.

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مهرجان أبوظبي البحري – فعاليات – غدا

Originally posted 2008-12-01 08:01:01.

 الشيخ الدكتور سلطان بن خليفة آل نهيان

الشيخ الدكتور سلطان بن خليفة آل نهيان

 تحت رعاية سمو الشيخ الدكتور سلطان بن خليفة آل نهيان رئيس نادي أبوظبي الدولي للرياضات البحرية تنطلق غدا على كاسر الأمواج بابوظبي فعاليات اليوم الثاني من مهرجان أبوظبي البحري الثاني والذي يقام بالتزامن مع العيد الوطني السابع والثلاثين للدولة .

وشملت الفعاليات اجراء مسابقات للطلاب بالتعاون منطقة ابوظبي التعليمية فيما انطلقت منافسات ماراثون التتابع بمشاركة اربعمائة طالب .

وستبدأ أولى التصفيات من خلال ماراثون الجري على أن تشهد المرحلة الثانية قيادة قوارب الكاياك وتختتم المنافسات بالمرحلة الثالثة التي تتضمن قيادة الطلاب للدراجات الهوائية .

وتنطلق في التوقيت نفسه فعاليات تليماتش الطلاب والتي تضم ألعابا متنوعة وعديدة ويشارك فيها مائة طالب.

ومن المقرر أن تنطلق في وقت لاحق اليوم منافسات بطولة الاتحاد للسباحة والتي يشارك فيها سبعون سباحا يمثلون مختلف الأندية في الدولة.

وأكد سالم الرميثي مساعد مديرعام نادي أبوظبي الدولي للرياضات البحرية أن تنوع وتعدد الأنشطة من خلال اليوم الثاني للمهرجان تم وضعه خصيصا ليتزامن مع احتفالات البلاد بالعيد الوطني.

وتنطلق بعد غد أحداث الجولة الثانية من بطولة الإمارات للدراجات المائية على كاسر الأمواج في أبوظبي والتي ستشهد مشاركة أبرز نجوم الرياضة من مختلف انحاء العالم.

English: HH Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, president of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports will inaugurate The Marine Festival II tomorrow 2nd December in cconjunction with the UAE National Day events.

Events will include a competition for students in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi educational competitions, a marathon relay with about four hundred students.

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Over 100 drivers in first round of Emirates Desert Championship

DUBAI, 14th October, 2016 (WAM) – One hundred and eight drivers will compete in the first round of the Emirates Desert Championship (EDC), the UAE’s national Baja rally championship for cars, buggies, motorcycles and quads, the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) announced today.

The fourth season of the championship kicked off on Friday, 14th October, 2016, with the opening round taking place in Dubai.

The entry list comprises of different nationalities including Emiratis, GCC nationals and other nationalities residing in the UAE as well as participants coming from outside the country.


With the participation of motorsport stars as well as new entrants competing in the event for the first time, the EDC will see strong competition this season.

“The Emirates Desert Championship is the biggest local championship in the region in terms of participation size. We have 108 drivers in the first round of EDC’s fourth season coming from many different nationalities. In addition to the Emirati drivers who make up 22 per cent of the total number, we have participants from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait, as well as a large number from other nationalities including those living in the UAE and others who are coming from outside the country. This reflects the mutual trust between us as organisers and the competitors, who have found many attractive factors in this championship such as the low participation cost, high safety standards and the high organization level,” said Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of ATCUAE.

The race on Friday started at 8:30am and lasted for two hours with the motorcycles and quads navigating a route of approximately 25kms and the cars and buggies on a separate route of approximately 20kms.

The EDC is organised by the Emirates Motor Sport Federation (EMSF) with the support of the ATCUAE. – TFaham

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Al Saada The First happiness park launched in Dubai promoting excercise & entertainment

DUBAI, 20th October, 2016 A ‘happiness park’ that promotes exercise, entertainment and sustainability, was launched today in Dubai, in support of the happiness agenda of Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Called ‘Al Saada’, the park, which is the first smart platform of its kind in the MENA region, was opened at the Dubai Ladies Club, in the presence of Ohood Al Roumi, Minister of Happiness, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), and Mona Al Marri, Chairperson of the Board and Managing Director of Dubai Women Establishment.


The park is equipped with a range of workout machines which can transform kinetic energy into electricity, using innovative devices, and become familiar with DEWA’s major work values and principles, while enhancing the individual’s contribution to rational consumption, through entertainment, in a healthy and educational manner.

Al Saada Park is an innovative initiative that promotes the role of women and works to achieve their happiness through an activity which combines social, physical, entertainment and educational elements, which enables them to play active roles in achieving the happiness of the community, said Ohood Al Roumi, Minister of Happiness, at the opening.

She urged women to participate and benefit from the available activities at Al Saada Park, while pointing out that modern scientific studies confirm that exercising regularly increases happiness and raises the spirit, improves the mood, and motivates positive and happy ideas, bringing smiles to people’s faces.

“We are pleased to be collaborating with DWE through this project to promote a culture of exercise, energy conservation, and sustainability. This supports Dubai’s objective to be a smart and sustainable city that is home for happy, creative, and empowered people. As Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, once observed, sport should be the everyday culture of every member of society and the lifestyle we live and practice daily, because it refines a person’s soul, body and behaviour,” Al Tayer said.

“Happiness is central in DEWA’s strategy to support the happiness agenda, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in May 2016, to lead a citywide transformation that delivers the best possible services that improve people’s experiences to make them happier, and turn Dubai into the happiest city in the world,” he added.

“Al Saada Park is a result of the ideal partnership and collaboration with DEWA. We trust that its future results will bring many opportunities that will enable us to participate in achieving more strategic goals for the benefit of society,” said Mona Al Marri, Chairperson of the Board and Managing Director of Dubai Women Establishment, while expressing her appreciation for DEWA’s leading efforts in sustainability.

There are three main zones in the park, the Energy Zone, the Educational Zone, and the Fun Zone. – AAMIR

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Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai announced as key speaker at IIFMENA Conference

SHARJAH, 11th October, 2016 — Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, will be a key speaker at the second ‘Investing in the Future’, IIFMENA, conference in Sharjah.

The conference, entitled, ‘Building the Resilience of Women and Girls in the Arab Region’ is being organised by The Big Heart Foundation, TBHF, a Sharjah-based international humanitarian body dedicated to aiding vulnerable people worldwide. The event, being conducted in collaboration with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women, is being held in Sharjah on October 19th and 20th.

Held under the patronage of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and his wife, H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of TBHF and Chairperson of the NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, the IIFMENA conference will provide a platform for engaging discussions highlighting the need to incorporate women and young girls into decision-making through economic empowerment, paying attention to their specific needs in education, skills-training and employment.

The two-day forum will bring together government officials, representatives of international and non-governmental organisations, advocates of gender equality, academics and a number of experts and media personalities from across the world.

Underlining the significance of bringing Malala Yousafzai as a key speaker at the event, Mariam Al Hammadi, Director of Salam Ya Seghar, a TBHF initiative, said, “Malala is a role model for girls and women across the world. Her fight against the oppressive forces creating roadblocks for female education and empowerment is one of the bravest the world has ever seen. Her determination and insistence in the process, to the extent of being shot for her cause, not only leaves an imprint on her nation and society, but on ours and on societies across the world.”

Commenting on her participation in the conference, Malala expressed her delight for being given the opportunity to talk about the challenges that face girls’ access to education in her country. She highlighted the importance of empowering girls to fulfill their wishes and effectively contribute to developing their communities and getting involved in the development process. She stressed that the impressive presence of international attendees at the conference will allow her to make the voices of her same-aged counterparts heard in order to ensure a better future for them.

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احتفالات العيد الوطني

Originally posted 2008-11-30 05:06:58.

ابوظبي في 29 نوفمبر/وام/تتواصل فعاليات وزارة الثقافة والشباب وتنمية المجتمع غدا احتفاءً بالعيد الوطني السابع والثلاثين بتوجيهات من معالي عبد الرحمن بن محمد العويس وزير الثقافة والشباب وتنمية المجتمع عبر افتتاح معرضي الفن التشكيلي “حلم فارس” ومعرض “الإمارات بعيون عربية” اللذين يستمران حتى الأحد الرابع عشر من شهر ديسمبر القادم في مركز دبي المالي العالمي في دبي.

ومعرض “حلم فارس” يتميز بأعمال ثلاثة من أبرز الفنانين التشكيلين المعاصرين هم: محمد أوزجاي وعبد القادر الريس وحاكم غنام الذين أبدعت أيديهم 19 لوحة فنية لأبيات إحدى القصائد الملحمية النبطية لصاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم نائب رئيس الدولة رئيس مجلس الوزراء حاكم دبي رعاه الله.

و قال معالي عبد الرحمن محمد العويس وزير الثقافة والشباب وتنمية المجتمع ان معرض “حلم فارس” الذي سيضم أعمالاً فنية لثلاثة من أعرق الفنانين العرب هم محمد أوزجاي وعبد القادر الريس وحاكم غنام يشكل مثالاً حياً على المساهمة الكبيرة لصاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم في إثراء الإرث الثقافي في الإمارات العربية المتحدة.

وتظهر أعمال كل من الريس وغنام وأوزجاي في “حلم فارس” للجمهور كيف يمكن للكلمات أن تحتفي برؤى الشاعر والفارس والقائد.

ويستوحي المعرض الفني التشكيلي العربي “الإمارات بعيون عربية” أعماله الفنية المعروضة من ألوان العلم الوطني للإمارات ورمز العيد السابع والثلاثين للاتحاد بمشاركة أكثر من أربعين فناناً تشكيلياً عربياً مشاركاً إلى جانب ثلاثة من الفنانين التشكيليين الإماراتيين.

كما يفتتح غدا معرض “الاتحاد سيرة ومسيرة” في المراكز التجارية بالدولة في كل من مركز أبو ظبي مول في أبو ظبي ومركز إمارات مول في دبي ومركز صحارى مول بالشارقة ويستمر حتى الخامس من شهر ديسمبر المقبل.

ومعرض الاتحاد سيرة ومسيرة هو معرض تصوير فوتوغرافي يتضمن صوراً فوتوغرافية تحكي سيرة اتحاد الإمارات ومسيرته منذ ما قبل النشوء إلى يومنا الحاضر يهدف إلى ترسيخ المواقف الوطنية الرائدة التي أفضت إلى قيام اتحاد الإمارات العربية كتجربة رائدة من تجارب العمل الوحدوي والفكر الخلاق الباني لنهضة الشعوب ورفاه الأمم.

ويترافق معه افتتاح معرض “الصناعات والحرف التقليدية” في كل من المركز الثقافي التابع للوزارة بأم القيوين والمركز الثقافي في رأس الخيمة والفجيرة ومركز مسافي الثقافي ومكتبة دبا الفجيرة .

كما تتواصل احتفالات وزارة الثقافة والشباب وتنمية المجتمع بالعيد الوطني السابع والثلاثين من خلال عروض جمعيات الفنون الشعبية والموسيقى العسكرية في حديقة العائلة بأبو ظبي وحديقة الخور بدبي وكورنيش بحيرة خالد في الشارقة وسيتي سنتر في عجمان والمراكز الثقافية في كل من رأس الخيمة وأم القيوين والفجيرة ومركز مسافي الثقافي والمكتبة العامة بدبا الفجيرة.

وتطلق وزارة الثقافة والشباب وتنمية المجتمع جائزة تقدمها إلى مدارس المرحلة الأساسية /الحلقتان الأولى والثانية/حكومية وخاصة الأكثر تميزاً في الاحتفال بالعيد الوطني السابع والثلاثين تقديراً للجهود المبذولة من قبل هذه المدارس وهيئاتها الإدارية والتعليمية وطلابها وتشجيعاً لإبراز احتفالات العيد الوطني بصورة متميزة مما يسهم في تنمية الحس الوطني لدى أبنائنا الطلاب وعيش المظاهر الاحتفالية المبتكرة والمتنوعة بالعيد الوطني وإبرازاً للموروث الثقافي والمجتمعي للإمارات.

كما تطلق الوزارة غدا الأحد عروض شخصيات الفريج الكرتونية في المركز الثقافي ومنار مول في مدينة رأس الخيمة وعروض الفلكلور العالمي التي تشارك في إحياء فعالياتها أكثر من تسع دول تمثل قارات العالم والوطن العربي وهي بريطانيا النرويج رومانيا إندونيسيا تركيا موريتانيا السودان البحرين وسلطنة عُمان وغيرها من الفعاليات المتنوعة على مدار الأسبوع ابتداءً من الخامسة مساء يومياً في المراكز التجارية أبو ظبي مول في أبو ظبي وإمارات مول في دبي وصحارى مول في الشارقة وعجمان سيتي سنتر والمراكز الثقافية في أم القيوين ورأس الخيمة والفجيرة.

وتأتي احتفالات وزارة الثقافة والشباب وتنمية المجتمع بالعيد الوطني السابع والثلاثين على مستوى إمارات الدولة كافةً ترسيخاً لمبادئ الانتماء والوفاء لدولتنا الحبيبة والولاء لقيادتها الرشيدة.

كما تقيم وزارة الثقافة والشباب وتنمية المجتمع مهرجاناً للسيارات الكلاسيكية يوم الاثنين في الشارقة والثلاثاء في دبي فستيفال سيتي بالتعاون مع نادي الإمارات للسيارات إضافةً إلى سباق العيد الوطني لاختراق الضاحية يوم الأربعاء في دبي الممزر وتستضيف الوزارة في المراكز الثقافية التابعة لها عدداً من عروض المسرح المحلي وعروضاً حية للتراث الشعبي التقليدي.

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طيران الامارات نظمت رحلة خاصة امس لاجلاء أطقمها وركابها من مطار يو تافو

Originally posted 2008-11-29 16:35:40.

وكالة أنباء الإمارات – منذ 7 ساعة/ساعات
واضاف المتحدث أن الشركة قامت أيضا بنقل الطواقم والركاب بالحافلات الى المطار وأن الرحلة وصلت لى مطار دبي الدولي اليوم صباحا وعلى متنها 90 من

الطواقم و75 راكبا. واضاف البيان الصحفي أن طيران الامارات تؤكد أن الرحلات المنتظمة ما زالت معلقة بسبب اغلاق المطار.. ومن المنتظر أن يتواصل تعليقها في يومي 1 و2 ديسمبر. أما بشأن الرحلات بين سيدني ودبي، والتي تتوقف عادة في بانكوك، فستقوم الشركة بتسييرها كرحلات مباشرة بلا توقف. وبالنسبة للركاب الحاملين تذاكر الى بانكوك فقد وفرت لهم طيران الامارات خيار السفر إلى احدى

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قطاع الضيافة في الشرق الأوسط قد يواجه نقصًا في الكوادر

Originally posted 2008-11-29 15:06:14.

توصل تقرير جديد إلى أن قطاع السياحة في الشرق الأوسط قد يواجه نقص حاد في كادر العمل على خلفية تضاؤل تدفق الكوادر من أسواق تقليدية مثل الهند ودول جنوب شرق آسيا.
وفقاً لموقع ( الالكتروني الذي مقره دبي فأن الحاجة ستبرز لخدمات أكثر من مليوني موظف في قطاع الضيافة في المنطقة بحلول عام 2020 وسط التوسع الكبير الحاصل في جميع أنحاء المنطقة ووصول الاستثمارات إلى مليارات الدولارات.

وحذر “راج بات” مدير الموقع من أن بعض الأسواق التقليدية الرئيسية التي يحصل قطاع السياحة في الخليج منها على القوة العاملة تشهد تباطؤ كوجهات لتوظيف الكوادر.

فقال “لقد أصبح من الصعب الحصول على كادر ضيافة متمرس من دول جنوب شرق آسيا والهند، وهما السوقين اللذين كانت دول الخليج توظف منهما، نتيجةً لازدياد الفرص في أسواقهم المحلية”.

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David Lloyd Plans To Make Holiday Home club in Dubai

Originally posted 2008-11-28 13:48:51.

David Lloyd, the upmarket sports club entrepreneur and former tennis player plans to bring a new holiday home club venture to Dubai. He already has a club in UK (

David Lloyd The was former captain of the British Davis Cup team, is poised to open a string of clubs around the world in 2009 including sites in the emirate, Morocco, St Lucia and Phuket in Thailand.

Over the next 10 years, Lloyd aims to add a total of 20 locations to the choice of holiday homes. No details have yet been released about the Dubai operation but it is one of the first four to be developed, according to a David Lloyd Resorts website.

Lloyd has reportedly put in £3 million of his own money to start the business and former tennis star Greg Rusedski has also agreed to join him in the new venture.

The business venture aims to offer fractional ownership within a specific holiday home for between £36,000 and £40,000, which buys a month’s holiday every year for a decade.

In comments published on UK website on Friday, Lloyd disagreed that the current global financial crisis would affect the popularity of the business proposal.

“The low entry cost will appeal to a much wider audience,” he said, adding the deal would also come with a get-out clause during the first three years of the project, which should also alleviate some buyer’s fears.

Lloyd added that after the 10-year period finishes, the investment can be converted into an equity ownership and sold.

Lloyd already owns a number of homes around the world and he added: “A lot of my wealth has been invested in property and although they’ve increased in price over the years I’ve discovered how expensive and time-consuming owning overseas can be, which is why fractional ownership is such a good idea.”

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Middle East flight continue to rise

Originally posted 2008-11-28 05:50:01.

IATA The International Air Transport Association has shown that Middle East region is one of the two areas where the Air traffic is rising while there is a down turn in the Air passengers globally.

The region’s airlines saw a 3.5 percent growth in traffic compared to the same month in 2007 and alongside Latin American carriers (up 4.5 percent) were the only positives in a report full of negatives. But while better than the September traffic figures, both regions remain well below the double-digit growth rates experienced over the first half of the year.

Economic forecasts for both regions see considerable slowing of GDP growth over the next 12 months to the two to four percent range and the IATA said airlines in both regions can expect a continued slowing of growth.

The Middle East fared better than most in the October figures which showed a second consecutive month of global decline.

International passenger traffic declined by 1.3 percent compared to the same month in the previous year – a smaller decline than the 2.9 percent drop experienced in September.

The October load factor was 75 percent, approximately two percent below the previous year’s levels. meanwhile, international air freight traffic contracted by 7.9 percent in October – the fifth consecutive month of increasingly severe drops.

Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s director general and CEO, said: “The gloom continues and the situation of the industry remains critical. While the drop in oil prices is welcome relief, recession is now the biggest threat to airline profitability.

“The slight slowing in the decline of passenger traffic is likely only temporary. The deepening slump in cargo markets is a clear indication that the worst is yet to come.”

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World New Tallest Tower Not To Be Delayed

Originally posted 2008-11-28 05:18:03.

Dubai is every developing even though the world is facing a big economic downturn. Nakheel one of the major developers in Dubai has said it will not delay the construction of its mega project Nakheel Tower previously called Al-Burj. The tower will be the tallest building of the world at 1.4 kilometers height.

The tower was originally proposed in 2003 as the centrepiece of Palm Jumeirah, one of the world’s largest man-made islands. It was to be named “The Pinnacle” and rise from the centre of a canal on the trunk of the island. The height was to be 750 m (2,461 ft) tall and consist of 120 floors of luxury apartments but it was replaced by the Trump International Hotel and Tower and moved to the Dubai Waterfront. Although ground leveling and land reclamation has begun on the Dubai Waterfront, construction of the tower never started because of the proximity to the Al Maktoum International Airport, which is currently under construction.[2]

The location was also changed again to a plot near Jumeirah Lake Towers and Dubai Marina, and soil testing has begun. The tower will be the focal point of Nakheel’s plans for the Ibn Battuta Mall development next to Jumeirah Islands and Jumeirah Lake Towers. It will be the center of the Nakheel Harbour and Tower complex, which will include about 20 smaller towers of up to 90 stories, a marina, and part of the Arabian Canal. The development will be next to the revamped shopping mal.

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Hospitality Sector will grow 20%

Originally posted 2008-11-27 05:30:19.

Job opportunities in the GCC’s hospitality sector is predicted to grow at a rate of 20% over the next four years time, according to new Dubai-based hospitality networking and human resources portal .

There are about 240 projects expected to become operational between 2008-2011 in the GCC, an estimate that 90,000 additional staff will be needed to cater for more than 69,000 rooms.

The UAE leads these developments with 133 new hotels to come to add about 42,400 more rooms leading to need of 56,000, people this was stated by Raj Bhatt, director of

“The financial crisis may have its impact, but we do believe that what is happening in the regional hospitality industry right now is an unprecedented opportunity and stand to gain from it,” added Bhatt.

In GCC, Saudi Arabia has the second largest number of new hotel developments having 45 projects to come up with a need for 13,300 new hands, while Oman and Qatar with 23 and 21 new projects would need 7,345 and 8,100 staff respectively during 2008-2011.

Bahrain would need some 4,517 new recruits with 12 new developments expected to come on stream and Kuwait 1,700 staff with six projects.

Jamal Panhwar
Exotic Dubai Tours

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