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Drink Technology Expo from 14th Dec

DUBAI – Minister of Economy Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri will inaugurate on Sunday the Dubai Drink Technology Expo, the first-ever beverage technology, liquid food and mineral water event in the Middle East and North Africa region.

The three-day expo will be held in the Zabeel Hall of the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The high-profile exhibition will present a range of products and services available worldwide in the area of beverage technology and liquid food.

The event will focus on promoting the latest drink processing and packaging systems, light machinery, equipment, technology, materials and services to brand owners, retailers, beverage service operators, manufacturers, processors and logistics service providers.

DDTE Schedule at a glance 
Sunday December 14th  10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday December 15th  10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday December 16th  10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Who will attend DDTE? , Wholesale/ retail beverage merchants, Importers , Distributors , Franchisers
Beverage service operators/ providers , Beverage brand owners , Financers & Funding Associations
International Beverage Associations/ Communities , Manufacturers and processors
Beverage marketers/ sales agents , Hotel Groups , Caterers , Packaging companies, Restaurants
Specialist colleges/ universities/ institutions , Trade and business magazine in the beverage industry

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Abdul Hamid Juma to Make Dubai
Top Film Destination

Abdul Hamid Juma DIFF

Abdul Hamid Juma DIFF

DUBAI Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has expressed his ambitions to make Dubai a top global desitination for films and media. Abdul Hamid Juma was talking to Khaleej Times in an interview. “The idea is to make DIFF 2008 an unforgettable experience for film lovers,” he said to the interviewer.

“This is our fifth season and a milestone year for DIFF, which is reflected in the number of films to be screened at the festival,” he made a point.

“When we started out in 2004, the festival showcased 76 films from 24 countries. This year, we have 181 films from 66 countries,” says Juma, he however, denies the picturesque location of the office at DMC has been any inspiration in putting the DIFF events with great finesse year after year. “I hardly have the time to sit back and enjoy the surroundings,“ he says.

“Cinema is my passion. I love to travel to various film festivals around the globe, both in official and personal capacities. This helps learn and introduce some new flavours and elements into the festival each year,” he reveals.

The DIFF 2008, which opens December 11 and runs until December 18, promises to unveil a milestone version of Dubai’s favourite cultural event and one that is increasingly prominent on the world stage.

“The film festival first took off in 2004 and since then there has been no looking back,” quips the man who is now synonymous with DIFF.

Aside from a galaxy of stars set to grace the fest, including Nicolas Cage, Brendan Fraser, Salma Hayek, Goldie Hawn, Laura Linney, Danny Glover, Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Anil Kapoor,  a heavy concentration of filmmakers will also be making their presence felt this year. The award-winning director Oliver Stone (Batman Begins) and The Dark Knight producer Charles Roven, Oscar-nominated director Deepa Mehta and Rang De Basanti director Rakesh Omprakash Mehra are just some of the top brass who will bring their expertise to the country, and maybe, even a few film projects in the near future.

Taking pride in DIFF’s popularity with filmmakers and stars, that has perhaps surpassed many a film festival in the region, the DIFF chairman notes:  “We’ve been able to successfully put together a professional team of around 700, comprising full-time and part-time staff as well as volunteers. With the support of the Dubai government, we have succeeded in putting through the film festival with all its glamour and seriousness. “The idea of hosting a film festival in Dubai first took seed in the minds of people in the 90’s. In 2003, when the idea came from a man called Mahmoud Sipra, who was then heading a company called Premier, I immediately took it up and started to put plans together in my capacity as the CEO of DMC,” he says, disclosing how he got involved with the festival.

With no experience at film making himself, Juma says, he is a big believer in destiny and firmly believes that nothing happens in life without a reason.

More details and movies shown on DIFF from 11th December to 18th December 2008 click here

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Dubai Travel Trade Ready for Global Downturn

The world finance industry has been hit and so is the finance industry in DUbai and rest of middle east, Travel industry although maintaining an positive trend but is expecting some

business travel show dubai

Most travel suppliers and sellers were optimistic about the resilience of the travel industry in  during the discussions at the VIP panel session staged during the recent Business Travel Show Dubai.

The consensus was that no major impact had been felt yet, however, in December and future bookings of Jan & Feb 2009 are significantly going down

The sector mostly likely to be hit, they said at the Business Travel Show, was inbound leisure as key source markets such as the UK were some of the hardest hit by the current situation.

Hotels said room rates remained robust, but occupancies could soften, while airlines revealed that in terms of their global networks, the Middle East was the only sector where expansion, rather than consolidation, was the order of the day.

However, some Ttavel Management Companies represented warned that a few rude awakenings could be around the corner. Derin Cameron, the CEO of Kuwait-based TMC, Alshamel International, stressed that it was not just leisure sales that would soften in the coming months.

Multi-nationals were already tightening their belts and many that had previously failed to stick to their travel policies were vigorously adhering to them in order to cut costs, she said.

There was good news for no-frills airlines and hotels as corporates looked for savings when sending employees overseas.

The overriding message was ‘be prepared’ – while no one is sure what the future holds and the Gulf is likely to be more sheltered from the economic storm than most, all travel businesses should have contingency plans.

In a ‘survival of the fittest’ scenario, there are two success factors that remain constant – providing value for money and good customer service.

A note from the COO of Exotic Dubai Tours : The industry is seeing a dificult time already and on top are new strict controls of the DTCM in Dubai which are basically only scaring the tourists and travel companies away from the new investments. Recently camps of Desert Safaris in Aveer Area were completely buildozed.

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UAE achievements speak for themselves Tahnoun

HH Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan

HH Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan

WAM ABU DHABI, 1st Dec. 2008 (WAM) — HH Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Representative of the Ruler in the Eastern Region, has said that the historical achievements of the UAE during last 37 years of the Federation speak for themselves.

“The proclamation of the UAE federation stands out as the most important landmark in the history of the nation”, he added.

He congratulated H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and their brethren, Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates on the happy occasion.

He said under the wise stewardship of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Al Nahyan, the UAE is enjoying prosperity and growth despite the global financial crisis and the hard economic realities around the world.

The UAE, he added, continues the march which started 37 years ago and “it is harnessing all resources in favour of its citizens to provide them with high standard of living.” He noted that the achievements the UAE has made are not confined to its people. “Rather, the UAE has always been committed to helping Arab brothers and contributing to development projects in other Arab countries.” The UAE, he added, continues the tradition of extending a helping hand to all victims of crises and disasters.

“The UAE follows a peaceful approach that mandates the participation in any efforts to push development in Arab countries.. without interference in the internal affairs of any other sovereign states. This approach is what made the UAE respectful and trustworthy among the nations of the world,” he stressed.



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UAE National Day celebrations on 2nd Dec

Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development will celebrate the UAE National Day with special activities. Under the gidance of of His Excellency Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Culture and Youth and Community Development ministry has organised two exhibitions at Art Studio whilch are “Dream of Persia” exhibition  and “Arab Emirates Eyes”, which will will remain open till the end of December.

The world’s largest and record breaking Fireworks Display will light up Abu Dhabi’s night sky also on 2nd December being an events organised by the Emirates Palace to celebrate the 37th National Day of UAE.

The fireworks will begin at 08.30pm lasting for 45 minutes, and will be visible along the Abu Dhabi Corniche and across the Emirates Palace Hotel Marina.

The hotel has also announced a breathtaking colourful line up of entertaining cultural, musical and artistic events in celebration of the UAE’s 37th National Day.

On the eve of National Day, 1st December, a unique laser show will light up the night sky commencing at 6.00pm. The show will run every evening until 3rd December.

Recognising the enduring achievements of the founding father of the nation the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, The Emirates Palace’s Dome will be hosting an exclusive public showing of an original painting of Sheikh Zayed by Roland Van Merbeck. The work will be on display until 4th Dec.

Time to Shine Abu Dhabi Vision to Reality painting and photography exhibition will be staged from 30th November through 4th December. International contributions from globally renowned artists will be showcased.

Taking the essence of the glorious day, the Emirates Palace will be displaying UAE’s biggest Greeting Card, a 7.5 meter high Card in the Dome.

The Greeting Card will offer both guests and visitors the opportunity to add their special greetings message to the card to celebrate this special UAE National Day.

Abu Dhabi Arts Culture and Heritage (ADACH) will be organizing a series of national concerts in the West Park over the period 2nd to 4th December, featuring celebrated artists such as Mohammed Abdo, Elissa, Hussain al Jasmy and Ahlam together with some of the most popular Arabic singers. The event is open for public.

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