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Dubai International Poetry Festival 2009 to pay homage to founding fathers of Emirati Poetry

WAM Dubai, Feb. 24th, 2009 (WAM)–The Dubai International Poetry Festival 2009, an initiative by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, has announced it will host a commemorative evening in honour of the late Emirati poets Hamad Khalifa BuShihab, Sultan bin Ali Al Owais and Ahmad bin Sulayem, showcasing their rich body of work that laid the foundation of a cultural movement in the UAE during its formative years and thereafter.

Sheikh Hamdan Will Participate at Poetry festival

Sheikh Hamdan Will Participate at Poetry festival

To be held on March 8, at The House of Poetry in Al Shindagha, the event will reiterate the Festival’s objective to portray the diversity of old and contemporary Emirati poetry. It will include critical appreciation and discussions by critics, scholars and the audience, drawing attention to the significant contributions of the three pioneers and the enormous value of their work to humanity as a whole.

The Dubai International Poetry Festival (DIPF) 2009 will be held from March 3-10, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Madinat Jumeirah. It will set the stage for a series of poetry recitals, literary exhibitions, and cultural activities across select venues in Dubai.

Ali Al Shaali, CEO of Dubai International Poetry Festival, said: “Organizing an evening exclusively for renowned Emirati poets who are no longer with us is a reflection of our profound loyalty towards those who have creatively excelled and motivated future generations to be led by the rhythm of their verses.” He added that “apart from reciting the poems of our stalwarts in poetry, experts will also draw attention to their life and cultural biographies. The most important of those works – which are interspersed with traditional perspectives in cultural, political and social narrations – will be reviewed as a tribute highlighting the link between the modern and the older generations.” For many scholars and critics in the field of literature, Hamad Khalifa BuShihab and Ahmad Bin Salayem are considered the spiritual and founding fathers of Emirati folk poetry, while Sultan bin Ali Al Owais is regarded an icon in the UAE’s cultural history with a prestigious award instituted in his name.
Al Shaali added: “The sort of content typically found in the archetypal Emirati poem will live on as long as it is captured by local poets in the conventional vertical poetry writing form in either the �Nabti’ or the classical �fus-ha’ style that are both considered free flowing.” He added that “The poetry scene in the UAE, as with the rest of the world, is multi-tiered that aim to unleash innovation and free flow of thought without being subject to sectarian conflicts between the patterns of poetry writing, which is what happens in other societies. It never ceases to amaze that some even engage in art related civil wars to fight for territory in the creative arena to prove their stature.” Dubai International Poetry Festival 2009 will see a galaxy of poets and litterateurs converging in Dubai from all over the world. Adding to the offerings of the event will be ‘Souk Ukadh’ that will seek to recreate the halcyon days of Arab creative expression. A number of shopping malls in Dubai including the Dubai Mall and the Dubai Festival City will concurrently host special evenings, critical discussions, workshops and theatrical performances to raise the holistic profile of poetry during the Festival.

Schedule of Dubai International Poetry festival

Opening Ceremony 4 March 2009
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Dubai World Trade Centre

Poetry Readings 4 – 10 March 2009
6:00 – 8:00 pm
8:30 – 10:00 pm Madinat Jumeriah Theatre

Special Evenings 4 – 10 March 2009
7:30 – 9:30 pm House of Poetry

Critical Discussions of Poetry 4 – 10 March 2009
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Madinat Jumeriah

Poetry Readings 4 – 10 March 2009
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Various universities in the UAE

House of Poetry Activities 4 – 10 March 2009
6:00 – 10:00 pm House of Poetry, Dubai

Community Clubs Activities 4 – 10 March 2009
6:00 – 10:00 pm Community Clubs in Dubai

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HH Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi Opens Exhibition in Sharjah

Sharjah, 19th Feb. 2009 (WAM) — H. H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah, opened yesterday the first ”East Charm : British Oriental Paintings 1830-1925” exhibition at Sharjah Museum.

Sheikh Sultan toured the exhibition which features 85 works depicting a critical milestone in the history of the region and runs up to 30 April.

The Sharjah Museums Department was established in 2006 by His Highness the Ruler as an independent government department affiliated to the Ruler’s Office. The Sharjah Museums Department oversees and links the current and future museums of Sharjah. The Sharjah Museums cover the arts, Islamic culture and history, heritage and history of Sharjah and the region, archaeology, science, children’s learning and natural history.
Sharjah’s Qasba ( First floor, Block A )

  • Sharjah Museums Department
  • PO Box 39939, Sharjah, UAE
  • Tel: + 971 6 5566002
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    Emirates Airline announces 2009 expansion plan

    WAM Dubai, 18th Feb. 2009 Emirates Airline unveiled plans to grow the number of flights across its network by 14% in 2009, today.

    This year, the Dubai based carrier will added 18 new passenger aircraft to its fleet, increasing seating capacity by 14% and enabling it to start new routes as well as increase frequencies on many existing routes. It will also expand cargo capacity by 17%.

    The additional frequencies will afford passengers a greater choice of flights, more frequent connections with their target markets and shorter, more convenient connection times.

    Emirates currently has a fleet of 129 wide-bodied aircrafts. By the end of the 2008-09 financial year (ending 31st March 2009), that figure will stand at 132, including four superjumbo Airbus A380s. The carrier will welcome a further seven A380s in fiscal year 2009-10 (ending 31st March 2010), as well as 10 Boeing 777-300ER, one 777-200LR and one Boeing 777 freighter.

    HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, said, ‘The next year is not going to be an easy ride for the airline industry. Emirates has prepared the best we can for the challenges we foresee, but we also see it as a time of opportunity. 2009, with our significant capacity increase, will be a year of consolidation for us, with fewer new routes launched than in previous years.’ ‘Instead, we will concentrate on strengthening our presence on routes where there is a greater demand from our customers. All of our new capacity will be deployed in markets where we see growth potential, particularly Africa and the Middle East,’ he added.

    Indeed, Emirates’ fastest growing markets are Africa and the Middle East, recording 17% and 6% growth respectively in the last 12 months. To this end, Emirates recently added a second daily flight to Lagos.

    It will also introduce services from Dubai to Durban, South Africa on 1st October 2009. The route will be served by a two-class, 278-seat Airbus A330-200 which can carry up to 14 tonnes of cargo into the port city.

    Last month, Emirates announced a vast Middle East expansion plan taking the number of seats in the region to 50,000 on 180 flights a week. Additional services to Amman, Riyadh, Jeddah, Kuwait and Damascus were started recently.

    Emirates has added 32 weekly flights to its existing Indian services since November. The enhanced capacity means customers now have a choice of 163 weekly flights into 10 gateways in the country.

    As new aircraft come online, both Los Angeles and San Francisco – Emirates’ newest routes, launched in October and December – will go from thrice weekly to daily from May. The extra services will add more than 2,000 seats a week between the US west coast and Dubai, which is more than a 100% increase on the current 1,600 seats.

    Increased capacity was added to Australia with additional daily flights to Brisbane and Melbourne, taking the total number of flights a week to 63 effective 1st February. Later this year, a third daily service to Sydney will be added. On 1st February, Emirates became the first carrier to operate commercial A380 flights into New Zealand with the launch of its Dubai-Sydney-Auckland service. Operated by a 489-seat Airbus A380 three times a week, it will go daily from 1st May.

    Plans are also afoot to deploy superjumbos on Dubai-Seoul and Dubai-Singapore services in November and December respectively.

    The first A380 flight between Dubai and Seoul’s Incheon International Airport will depart in November, while the Singapore service will start in December and initially run four times weekly.

    In Europe, Emirates has already embarked on an expansion programme. In recent months it has commenced double daily flights into Milan, increased Istanbul services to 11 flights a week, increased services on the Larnaca-Malta route to seven times weekly and Nice flights to five times weekly. Second daily services into Moscow and Athens are also planned for March.

    In total, the additional capacity will see more than 8,635 seats and around 600 tonnes of cargo capacity added to the Emirates fleet.

    ‘Emirates has recorded an annual growth rate of 20% over the last five years,’ reported HH Sheikh Ahmed. ‘In the last two years alone, we have launched 11 new passenger and three cargo-only routes. In 2007, with the launch of its Dubai-Sao Paulo service, we became the first – and only – carrier to fly to six continents non-stop from a single hub.’ Established in October 1985 with flights to Karachi and Mumbai, Emirates Airline today directly serves 101 cities in 61 countries. In October 2008, the Emirates dedicated Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport opened. With a total built-up area of 515,000 sq metres and the capability of handling 43 million passengers annually, the 10-storey concourse was specifically designed with Emirates’ future growth plans in mind.

    In 2008, 22 million Emirates passengers passed through Dubai International Airport – an 11% increase on 2007.

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    Air Arabia records annual net profit of AED 510 million, up 35.6 per cent

    Sharjah, 15 Feb, 2009 (WAM) – Air Arabia (PJSC), the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest lowfare airline, has announced its financial results for the year 2008.

    According to the results the company achieved a net profit of AED 510 million for the financial year ending December 31, 2008, compared to a net profit of AED 376 million in 2007, an increase of 35.6 per cent.

    The carrier posted a turnover of AED 2.066 billion in 2008, up 61 per cent compared to AED 1.283 billion in 2007. Passenger average load factor – passengers carried as a proportion of available seats – stood at 85 per cent.

    Overall, a total of 3.6 million discerning passengers chose to fly with Air Arabia in 2008. This is an increase of 33 per cent compared to 2.7 million passengers in 2007.

    For the fourth quarter of 2008, Air Arabia posted a net profit of AED 136 million, up 45.4 per cent compared to AED 93.49 million during the fourth quarter of 2007. For the fourth quarter of 2008, the carrier posted a turnover of AED 571 million, up 53.3 per cent compared to AED 372.37 million in same period of 2007. During the fourth quarter of 2008, the airline served 959,067 passengers, an increase of 29 per cent compared to 745,000 passengers during the same period in 2007.

    Commenting on the results, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammad Al Thani, Chairman of Air Arabia, said: “2008 was a landmark year for Air Arabia, and this is reflected in our robust financial results. Air Arabia has managed to sustain growth and announce record profits in 2008. Therefore, the Board of Directors has proposed distributing a 10 per cent cash dividend to the company’s shareholders, which allows them to share in Air Arabia’s success while maintaining sufficient capital to ensure the implementation of the carrier’s long-term growth strategy.” He added: “2009 will see serious challenges to the worldwide aviation industry, driven by the impact of the global financial crisis and lower levels of consumer confidence. This uncertainty about the future will place additional pressure on the bottom lines and earnings expectations of airlines across the globe

    “At Air Arabia, we remain focused on our core objectives and the implementation of our successful business model, building upon our expansion strategy and offering compelling value propositions to our customers. Now more than ever, low-cost carriers are an attractive option for travellers seeking value for money.” In 2008, Air Arabia introduced seven new destinations, and now serves 44 destinations across the Middle East, North Africa, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The carrier also announced its new hub in Morocco that is set to commence operations by the end of first quarter of 2009. Air Arabia also announced the launch of a 300-room budget hotel, and introduced new services such as its early check-in procedure and seat selection.

    The company’s exceptional performance in 2008 was recognised through several industry awards. Air Arabia was named “Low-Cost Carrier of the Year” for the second consecutive year at the Aviation Business Awards 2008. In addition, Air Arabia won the coveted AVEX award for Best Regional Airline at the prestigious AVEX award ceremony in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

    The carrier won the World Travel Award for Best Low-Cost Carrier in MENA, hailed as the Oscars of the travel industry. Air Arabia was named Best Low-Cost Airline in the Middle East and Africa at the prestigious Budgie Awards, part of the World Low-Cost Airlines Congress, held in London, UK. In May 2008, Air Arabia received the gold award in the best airline category at the MENA Travel Awards 2008.

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    Dubai Poetry Festival From March 4th 2009

    The Dubai poetry festival will be held from March 4 to 10 at the Madinat Jumeirah, and other locations in Dubai. A series of in-depth discussions and poetry recital sessions are set to broaden the scope of the event and assist in reviving the literary tradition that has been the mainstay of the region for several millennia.

    The main topics of poetic discussion during the Festival will include ‘Women’s Poetry: Widening Horizons’, ‘Prose Poem: Space for Innovation’, ‘Poetry or Novel Conflict: Rhythm of Change’, ‘Language in Thousand Tongues: Obsession of Common Poetry’, and ‘Poetry Translation: a Risky Endeavour’.

    The Festival will also host dedicated seminars comprising sessions on analysing the various aspects of poetry, and identifying how they complement, define and contribute to the creativity of poetry and other forms of literary works such as novels and plays.

    Jamal Bin Huwaireb Al Muhairi, Chairman of the DIPF Organizing Committee, said: “During the Festival, we aim to offer a platform that will facilitate critical analysis of literary works and enable the free exchange of ideas. Such interactions will unravel the hidden artistic concepts of the poet and his or her works while enriching the participants and throwing additional light on the depth of creativity.”

    Event First Annual Dubai International Poetry Festival – 2009:
    Dates: 4-10 March 2009
    Venues: Various locations will host the activities of the Festival including:
    Madinat Jumeriah
    Dubai World Trade Centre
    House of Poetry, Dubai
    Community Clubs in Dubai
    Various universities in the UAE

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    Middleeast Tourism Marketing Summit in Dubai in December

    DUBAI – Dubai has been chosen as the host destination for the first Middle East Tourism Marketing Summit to be held in December 2009. Under the Patronage of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), and supported by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the event has been hailed as an “essential platform” for tourism marketing professionals in the middle east to support their business in the challenging times.

    “The summit will be an opportunity for tourism industry professionals to meet with industry specialists and exchange new, essential, business information,” said Jerad Bachar, director of the Dubai Convention Bureau on behalf of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. “It’s no secret that the tourism industry is feeling the effect of a tightening, global economy, and through initiatives such as the summit, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing hopes to assist in equipping Middle East tourism marketing industry professionals with the tools to successfully manage their businesses through challenging times.”

    Presented and conceived of by Dubai-based Fusion Marketing Management, the summit is expected to host international tourism marketing professionals and leaders in the travel marketing discipline. The event will take place over one and a half days at the Ottoman Palace by Rixos, on the Palm, Dubai providing a new and unique destination resort experience as a backdrop for debate and discussion. The format will be varied based on potential delegate feedback, as identified in a recent survey, to include both panel discussions and speaker sessions in addition to presentations and site tours, ensuring attendees are exposed to a wide range of information and news pertaining to the Middle East and global marketing in the tourism industry.

    “Marketing matters in times of challenge, which world economies are now facing,” commented summit organizer and Fusion executive director, Nicki Page. “METMS:2009 will provide a platform for Middle East tourism marketing’s hottest issues to come up for discussion, and attendees will have the opportunity to voice their opinions about the region’s tourism industry and its future amongst industry colleagues and marketing leaders.”

    Nicki Page of Fusion Marketing paid tribute to DTCM as well as the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry for supporting such an initiative, which would assist the region’s marketing and finance professionals and general management in the industry drive demand for their product and services based on expert industry advice.

    “In times of greatest challenge, the greatest opportunities can arise through re-evaluation and changing the paradigm of thinking. Through the summit, DTCM and our partners aim to assist the region’s tourism industry in a very tangible way, in helping to formulate long-term marketing strategies and developing networks and alliances that will stand the industry in good stead during the current economic climate,” she said.

    The Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, which welcomed proactive efforts to engage in positive business practice and promote business growth and sustainability, said that the summit would underline exactly this.

    “The Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry is delighted to support the first dedicated Middle East Tourism Marketing Summit in Dubai. Tourism is a vital component to the success of our destination and the summit content will reflect the need for marketers within and associated to the tourism industry in the region, to stay ahead in terms of thinking, ideas, and services to cater to domestic, regional, and international tourism arrivals,” said a senior representative of the chamber.

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    UAE Tourism Council Planned

    Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has revealed that the idea is to create a federal body that deals with international travel and tourism-related agreements is planned and details of it will be soon provided.

    “This new body planned, is a recognition of the importance of tourism to the UAE and I think it’s a very positive step,” ADTA director general His Excellency Mubarak Al Muhairi said.

    “When you have an international agreement with a country, you need a federal body to handle that. For example, UNESCO prefers to deal with a state rather than a local body, so it will be very useful for agreements at that level and less confusing.”

    He said the new tourism board will be actually a federal Tourism council which is still in the process of being formed, but stressed that local authorities such as the ADTA and Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) would still have the same “flexibility and power” to undertake their usual tasks
    “Tourism is a big sector in the UAE and a federal body will provide a clearer structure for it,” said Al Muhairi. “Now issues on visas etc can be dealt with at federal level making life easier for everyone.”

    Dubai Convention Bureau director Jerad Bachar expressed his views that he believed the reaction to such a tourism board would be “mixed” across the tourism industry. “It’s something everyone is willing to consider, but everything we have done in the past has been very focused on Dubai,” he said. “Everyone would be interested to hear how it will work, but some would go into it with caution.”

    He was speaking as the DTCM announced the launch of its inaugural Middle East Tourism Marketing Summit (METMS), which will take place in Dubai in December and will advise some of the top industry executives how best to market tourism.

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    Bose Opens Outlet at Dubai Mall

    DUBAI Bose has added its outlet in the Dubai Mall. The well known audio brand has continued to add to its exclusive retail outlets throughout the UAE. 

    With the new Dubai Mall outlet, Bose now has seven exclusive outlets in the UAE including the Mall of the Emirates, Wafi, Mercato, Deira, Dubai Festival City and Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi.

    This latest outlet in Dubai Mall is typical of Bose retail design and décor. The outlet stocks the full range of Bose home entertainment systems and products.

    In an exciting move, the Bose True to Life audio visual presentation has been installed at the outlet for customers to experience the features of Lifestyle Home Entertainment systems. Customers are also well catered for with a comfortable and user friendly demonstration environment.

    The AMB Group is the exclusive distributor for Bose in the UAE. Home entertainment division general manager Wilfred Manuel said in a market which was constantly evolving, his company aimed to ensure the Bose brand received the highest possible visibility in the most engaging and compelling environment.

    “We create touch points for customers to engage with, to experience the brand,” Manuel said

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    Dubai property developers told not to increase services charges

    Dubai, 7 Feb. 2009 Dubai’s Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) has directed all property developers in the Emirates not to increase services charges during 2009, without its permission. These service charges are being brought under a new set of regulation as per Strata Law No 27 of 2008.

    Sultan Butti bin Mujrin, Director of Dubai Land Department, said the move was in line with the Condominium Law No. 27 for 2008 on ownership of joint properties in Dubai.

    He stressed the need that all developers should complete their property projects’ registration so the service charges will be levied as per the law after proper registration. “The project registration is a pre-condition for imposing services charges on the property owners,” he explained.

    “The services charges are no longer subject to the developers’ calculations and their desire to turn them into a profit-making tool,” Marwan bin Ghalita, Chief Executive of RERA said.

    He revealed that RERA was developing a formula for calculating services charges that will seek to strike a balance between the expenditure shouldered by the developers and the quality of services received by the owners and in a way that will not turn the charges into a burden for owners.

    Maintenance service charges from developers have, so far not being minitored under any state regulation, and most developers usually fix maintenance charge as per their own calculation and then assign the maintenance works to their own subsidiaries in order to make extra money.

    Many property developers do not disclose the maintenance fees at the time of booking, as a strategy. Buyers often get a shock after seeing the bills something that many of them have not considered.

    Maintenance and service charges usually range from Dh12 to Dh30 per square foot although in most premises repairs are done by the contracting company as part of the deal.

    Sultan Bin Mijrin, director-general of the Land Department has asked developers to register properties with the Land Department in order for the department to calculate and process the service charges.

    Analysts have hailed the move saying, it will help restore investor confidence. reported Gulf News today

    “It is a very good initiative and has been pending for a long time,” Sudhir Kumar, managing director of Realtor’s International – a property consult.

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    IDEX 2009 to incorporate special focus on homeland security

    Abu Dhabi, Feb. 7, 2009 (WAM) For increased global spending on the HLS-HLD (Homeland Security, Homeland Defense and Counter Terror Intelligence) segment, the 9th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2009) whic is being held in Abu Dhabi from February 22 to 26, will incorporates a special focus on homeland security.

    Border and perimeter security; aviation and maritime security; critical infrastructure security; Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID), biometrics and people screening, Chemical, Biological and Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) defence; and first responder and counter-terror intelligence, are among the homeland 11 percent of exhibitors at IDEX will showcase specialist homeland/internal security, sensing and protection systems and equipment. Amongst these specialists are local exhibitors including Al Jaber Group and Falcon Eye Technology LLC from the United Arab Emirates, and a wealth of international companies including Daewoo International, South Korea; Raytheon, USA; SAGEM, France and UKRSPETSEXPORT State Company, Ukraine.

    “National security has emerged at the top of the planning agenda for both governments and the private sector globally. As show organisers, it is our intention to continuously reflect the changing requirements in the defence landscape and we are therefore pleased to incorporate a special emphasis at this IDEX, of technology and equipment for national security,” said Mohamed Al Mashgouni, IDEX 2009 Show Director.

    Al Mashgouni said HLS-HLD (Homeland Security, Homeland Defense and Counter Terror Intelligence) will remain a top priority on the agenda of government and private sector plans in the whole world. “As organisers of IDEX 2009 we are determined to continuously reflect the new developments in the defence sector. That is why we are pleased to focus this time on national security technologies and equipment during the current IDEX,” he added.

    Besides homeland security, IDEX will also feature land, sea and air vehicles and systems, radar, electronic warfare and electro-optic systems, weapons and ordnance, C4ISR, simulation and training, logistics, medical and survival systems and personal equipment.

    More than 900 companies from 48 countries will be participating in IDEX 2009 which is expected to attract more than 40,000 visitors

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    RTA Inaugurates Deluxe Coach Service between Dubai and Abu Dhabi

    Dubai, Feb 06th, 2009 The Duabi Public Transport Agency (RTA) inaugurated today the Deluxe Coach Service between Dubai and the capital Abu Dhabi.

    To run this service RTA deployed a number of deluxe coaches which have been procured last year from a leading UAE-based company at a cost of AED128 million. In the initial stage, 10 coaches will be deployed and the number will be increased later on up to 55 deluxe coaches to offer a service at a fare of AED20 per person per trip.

    The CEO of RTA Public Transport Agency Essa Abdul-Rahman Al Dossari said that such type of new deluxe coaches was part of an integrated strategic plan developed by the RTA to upgrade mass transit modes in the emirate and attract additional commuters to help alleviate road congestion.

    “RTA is seeking to increase the percentage of trips made by mass transit modes to 30pc through provision of mass transit options of high quality, reasonable cost and wide geographical coverage to beat the demand for private vehicles. Besides that, RTA is also endeavouring to raise the awareness, orient the culture and social attitude towards using mass transit modes, and enhance the integration between mass transit modes such as public buses, Dubai Metro and marine transport” he said.

    About the specifications of the new coaches Al Dosari said: “The new coaches are built at the best technologies and highest security and safety standards with designs customized to meet the requirements of special needs persons as these buses are fitted with purpose-built entry and seating points on board. These coaches boast top class luxurious standards and are fitted with seats emulating aircraft Business Class seats, with ample space between seats along with audio-visual multi-channel entertainment packages. Additionally, the coaches are fitted with wireless internet service (WiFi) as well as a food compartment and toilets”.

    In the initial stage, this coach service will cover Abu Dhabi and Al Ain cities and will be expanded in the next stage to cover other areas. We are confident that the facilities offered in the new coaches will lure additional passengers to use public transport modes.

    Commenting on the advance technologies applied in manufacturing these buses Al Dosari said: “These new buses are of Volvo B12B brand and are fitted with the latest version of Euro IV engines that meet high environmental standards, a unique transmission system (I-Shift), and sophisticated braking and stability systems (ESP). Thanks to these specifications, driving such coaches is becoming more comfortable, safer to passengers and fuel efficient as well.

    “We anticipate that this service will be well received by passengers commuting between Dubai and Abu Dhabi as it reflects one of the core values of the RTA through addressing several aspects of quality, safety and environmental concerns”, added Al Dosari.

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    K.K. and Sherya to perform in Dubai for the first time

    Popular Indian playback singers, K.K. and Shreya Ghosal are slated to rock crowds at the Global Village Amphitheatre on February 13 as part of DSF 2009 concerts. Titled ‘U, Me Aur Hum’, the concert will begin at 8pm. Tickets are priced at AED 295, AED 150, and AED 100. Entry is free to children below 5 years of age.

    Shreya Ghoshal, known as the current princess of playback singing, has won numerous awards and boasts numerous hits to her name. She began singing when she was just 4 years old and as a child, won the All India Light Vocal Music Competition held in New Delhi.

    KK or Krishna Kumar, is known for his distinct voice that has endeared him to millions of fans across India, effectively making him the new voice of Bollywood. Starting out with his album ‘Pal’, the title song by the same name was his first hit and an opening into the world of playback singing.

    Tickets for this spectacular concert are available at Al Mansoor Video and Choithram Supermarkets. For online bookings please log on to www.boxofficeme.com or www.timeoutdubai.com

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    Acclaimed gong-master Don Conreaux to hold exclusive two-day session in DSF

    Residents and visitors to Dubai have the unique opportunity to listen to acclaimed gong-master Don Conreaux when he presents the sounds of gongs at Zabeel Park, Area C, on Feb 6 and Feb 7 as part of DSF 2009 activities. The session will begin at 7:30pm and go on for an hour.

    Based on the concept of sound healing and therapy, the ‘Gong Bath’ takes listeners into a world of serenity and relaxation through the soothing sounds of gongs. The event will also feature singing bowls, conch shells, flutes, and other sound healing instruments.

    For the past 30 years, Don Conreaux has brought the mystical and entertaining sounds of the ancient bronze gong (tam tam), bells, bell bowls, and the spiral sea horn (conch) to millions of listeners around the world. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs as performing artist and talk show guest.

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    Moody to review some UAE Firms

    DUBAI, Moody’s said yesterday it may cut/review its ratings for some of Dubai’s most prominent state-backed companies and renewed questions about the scope of the government’s finances.

    The six companies under review include, global port operator DP World and Emaar Properties, the property developer building the nearly complete world’s tallest building in the heart of the city.

    A downgrade could make loans tougher to get and increase the companies’ borrowing costs at a time when the brash Middle East boom town is grappling with falling property values and an exodus of laid-off foreign workers because of the financial slump.

    In addition to the threat of ratings cuts, Moody’s Investors Service questioned the emirate’s ability to tap holdings said to be worth tens of billions of dollars should it need to bail out some of the companies known as “Dubai Inc.”

    Dubai, like its neighbours, does not release detailed data on its finances. That makes determining the size of its holdings difficult.

    A top adviser to the emirate’s ruler has told investors the city-state itself owed $10 billion (U.S.) and that government-run companies carried about $70 billion of debt.

    He vowed then that the state “can and will meet all its obligations going forward.”

    He said that the emirate had about $90 billion in assets.

    “Dubai may claim to have $90 or $95 billion of wealth … But I don’t think anyone with any real authority knows where this money is and whether it can be brought back as sovereign wealth in times of crisis,” said Christopher M. Davidson, a professor at Durham University in England who has written two books about the Emirates.

    “We don’t know what these assets are,” said Philipp Lotter, senior vice-president in Moody’s corporate finance group. “Their liquidity cannot be taken for granted.”

    Dubai is one of seven states that make up the United Arab Emirates. Its own oil reserves are relatively small, however, and the emirate has borrowed heavily to turn itself into a fast-growing trade, finance and tourism hub.

    The Persian Gulf city-state has been hit harder than other economies in the region because of its higher debt load, comparatively limited cash resources and a reliance on business sectors that can be hurt by the economic downturn.

     

    All are controlled to some extent by the emirate’s government or its ruler, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

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    Future Leaders Forum in Abu Dhabi Next Week

    Abu Dhabi, Feb 03rd, 2009 (WAM): Abu Dhabi will host the UAE’s first ‘Future Leaders Forum’ next week to outline career opportunities for UAE nationals within the country’s expanding Business Tourism (MICE).

    The Future Leaders Forum (FLF) is one of many global education programmes provided by IMEX-Meeting Professionals International (MPI) – the world’s largest meeting professionals organisation. It will be held at the Abu Dhabi InterContinental Hotel on February 10 with entry free-of-charge to UAE Nationals who can pre-register by email.

    ‘This is an exceptional professional development opportunity. Tourism is rapidly becoming one of Abu Dhabi’s key economic contributors and there is huge potential for UAE nationals to take leading roles in the industry.’ explained Nasser Al Reyami, Director Tourism Standards, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), which is hosting the event.

    Business tourism, in particular, which includes the meeting, incentives, conferences and exhibitions segment, is generally regarded as one of the highest yielding and most profitable in-bound tourism segments because of the significantly greater spend it generates compared to the leisure sector. This is a vital segment and one which is still in its embryo stage here in the UAE so it provides a great opportunity for nationals to get in on the ground floor of its emergence.’ The FLF will include sessions from five international and local Business Tourism experts including: Tom Hulton, the IMEX Director of International Relations; Joyce Dodniez, Director of Operations EMEA for MPI; Franck Hesse, Area Director of Sales and Marketing of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain InterContinental hotels; Ajay Bhojwani, Director, MCI Abu Dhabi and Gillian Taylor, Business Tourism/MICE Manager, ADTA.

    The programme will explore specifics of the meeting industry and its career opportunities, career development and education for meeting professionals, how to create the perfect event, what it takes to be a successful sales person, the role of the professional conference organiser and careers in a convention bureau.

    Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority is spearheading a major business tourism drive and is dedicated the week March 28-April 3 this year to the promotion of the lucrative industry segment. The week coincide with the staging at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre of the Gulf Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition (GIBTM), the Arabian Gulf’s leading international trade show for the MICE industry

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