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Aluminium Dubai to feature 166 companies from 24 countries

Dubai, 28th March 2009 (WAM) : The three-day Aluminium Dubai exhibition will open tomorrow at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition center. The Alluminum Dubai has witnessed a record 100 percent growth in exhibiting companies and a 150 percent increase in demand for exhibit space as compared to the 2007 edition.

The event will be inaugurated by H E Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Vice Chairman DUBAL and Chairman, Emirates NBD Bank.

Alluminum Dubai is organised by Reed Exhibitions Middle East, Aluminium Dubai will play host to 166 companies from 24 countries, occupying 6,000 sq.m of exhibit space at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC). Over 40 percent of exhibiting companies this year, will showcase midstream technologies such as aluminium extrusion, casting and heat treatment, while smelting, plant engineering, fabrication and other technologies make up the rest.

Alluminum Sector in Dubai & Middle East
“The aluminium sector is a critical focus area in the diversification drive of the region’s governments. However, despite the worldwide financial crisis impacting the overall investment climate, the region continues to demonstrate active interest in the aluminium sector. This has translated to Aluminium Dubai receiving impressive feedback from all the key stakeholders, both within the region, and beyond,” said Tarek Ali, Show Manager.

The exhibitor portfolio at this year’s edition includes products used for building and construction, transportation, electrical and mechanical engineering, factory equipment, packaging, and container construction, as well as those used in design-oriented applications, said Ali.

According to industry estimates, the MENA (Middle East ‘&’ North Africa) region is poised to emerge as the world’s largest aluminium producing region by 2018.

Aluminium production in the region is expected to top 6.1 million tonnes by 2013.

The GCC currently accounts for four percent of global aluminium production but this share is expected to go up to 10 per cent by 2010. Currently, the Gulf’s two operating smelters are Dubai Aluminum (Dubal), which produces about 900,000 tonnes of aluminium a year, and Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), with a capacity of 860,000 tonnes. Another 11 smelters are either under construction or in the planning stage in the Gulf.

The region currently constitutes 3.5 per cent of the total global demand for aluminium. This demand is expected to grow significantly with extrusion growing by 7.9 per cent per annum by 2020, while rolling products will register a growth of 8.3 per cent per annum with casting is set to grow 4.7 per cent.

Among the key UAE exhibitors at Aluminum Dubai are Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL), Emirates Aluminium (EMAL), Al Jaber Aluminium Extrusions, Alba Tower Aluminium Factory Ltd, ATBIN International, Gulf Extrusion, Inma-Gulf Development and Construction LLC, CIE Environment Dubai and Smartouch, among others. Emirates Extrusion, Flexipack FZE and Everlast Access Technology are part of the Dubai Export Development Company stand, promoting UAE products to international and local buyers.

International exhibitors include SMS Demage, FATA Group, Zenergy Power Pty Ltd, Hydro ASA, RHI AG, Harbin Dongsheng Metal Co. Ltd and, Nanjing Welbow Metals Co. Ltd,, to name a few. Germany and Norway will have national pavilions at the event.

Over 3000 visitors from more than 18 countries including Mexico, Canada, the US, Australia, India, the UAE and other Gulf countries are expected to attend.

Aluminium Dubai will also provide an opportunity for exhibitors to host live demonstrations of their products and technologies for heat-treatment, at a dedicated demo area within the exhibition hall at DICEC. Menphis and Aluitalia will demonstrate new machines for aluminium fabrication while EMAL will display photographs detailing the progress of construction at the EMAL smelter in Taweelah.

Nineteen of Reed Exhibitions’ global partners at it other aluminium shows including Aluminium Essen, Aluminium China and Aluminium India are participating at the show.

Venue, Time & Date:

Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Center (

Time : 11:00 am – 20:00 pm

Date :  29 – 31 March 2009

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ATM’s Gulf Tourism Summit cancelled

Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) has cancelled the Gulf Tourism Summit which was due to take place on day one of this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM).

The Gulf Tourism Summut a “high-level” tourism summit involving the region’s tourism ministers was due to be staged following the opening ceremony of popular travel show the ATM, which takes place from May 5-8 2009 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

Reed Travel group’s exhibitions director Mark Walsh said the event had been postponed to ATM 2010 due to “a number of logistical and project issues beyond our control”.

“We are dedicated to ensuring the 2010 Summit is a critical platform and high-level forum for Gulf countries to promote their tourism strategies, areas of excellence and achievements, discuss growth trends, and explore future opportunities to an international audience of ministers, travel professionals, press and TV,” he said.

“We remain committed to ensuring that Arabian Travel Market 2009, with its enhanced offerings and other new initiatives, is our most informative and business friendly show to date.”

Highlights of this year’s show include Travel Agents’ Day, sponsored by the region’s leading travel trade title, Arabian Travel News, which will take place on day three of ATM (Thursday May 7) and involve training workshops, topical seminars, as well as the Travel Agent Passport scheme.

Agents can collect a passport with their copy of the May issue of Arabian Travel News, available at the show, and are then invited to visit the stands of all participating travel product and service providers who will stamp their passport.

Once their passports are full, they hand them in at the ITP Business Publishing or Arabian Travel News stand to be entered into a prize draw, with five major prizes on offer, including a home entertainment system.

The prizes will be awarded on the Travel Agent Stage in Hall 8 at the end of the day

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Dubai UAE to Mark Earth Hour

Burj Al Arab and the city of Dubai will Mark the Earth hour on 28th March. The changing coloured lights that illuminate the curved white and glass façade of the Burj Al Arab will darken next Saturday when the UAE joins 84 other countries for Earth Hour. Earth Hour is a global initiative to recognise the effects of climate change. 

Representatives from several local companies, non-governmental organisations and government agencies announced the plan to switch off ‘non-essential’ lights in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Fujairah and Sharjah for one hour on March 28th.

During last year’s earth hour, Dubai saw a 20 per cent reduction in the amount of electricity used for lighting, according to Amal Koshak of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. This is the second year Dubai has participated in Earth Hour, organised globally by the World Wide Fund for Nature.

The list of suggested adjustments customers can make — fully powering down computers, encouraging people to switch off all non-essential lights — is similar to advice the WWF gives people to reduce their demand on a daily basis.

Koshak said the 100,000kwh drop is a benchmark for this year’s earth hour, but 2008 saw a 13-15 per cent rise in electricity demand. Measuring the long-term impact on electricity demand for the one-off event is nearly impossible, she said.

Reducing energy demand is critical to staving off dramatic climate change, according to Ida Tillish of the Emirates Wildlife Society, the local arm of the WWF.

In the UAE, increased temperatures could cause hotter summers and raised sea levels — a threat to the coastal developments that attract both business and tourism.

In a country with the largest ecological footprint in the world — a measure of the total resources used by each person — the hour will be a nod to the impact UAE residents have.

Tillish recognised the impact of government initiatives like carbon capture and storage, environment educational campaigns and Masdar City, but said individual residents and businesses can make a large impact.
“To create a sustainable environment every individual and business needs to show that we care every day.”

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Emirates Airline Lands at ITB to Reaffirm Commitment to Travel Industry

Dubai,10th March 2009 (WAM) – Emirates Airline has moved to stabilise some of the turbulence around the travel industry by standing firm in its support for ITB, the world’s largest travel trade show.

Emirates is A long-established participant at the International Tourism Bourse, which runs March 11th-15th, the airline has returned with its giant, rotating Emirates Globe stand, demonstrating its global appeal.

Buzzing with exhibitors from 180 countries, such as hotels, tourist boards, tour operators, carriers and travel agents, ITB has come a long way since 1966, when just five overseas countries participated – Brazil, Egypt, the Federal Republic of Germany, Guinea and Iraq.

Nabil Sultan, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe, said: “ITB is an important driving force for the travel industry and it is important that Emirates should attend and support the show, particularly during these testing times. This is a good opportunity to get together with contacts, business partners and speak to the world from our spectacular Emirates Globe in one of our key markets.” Sultan added: “While the travel industry may have slowed, Emirates continues to push ahead, with the key word for this year being consolidation. We are taking a forensic approach to pricing to make sure that our products and services have maximum appeal at a time when we appreciate that our customers are increasingly cost-conscious.” The giant 9.5 metre high stand, with its 65-metre circumference, had its European debut at ITB last year. The structure has the capacity to slowly rotate 360 degrees every 30 minutes, a real head turning feature for curious exhibition goers.

Primarily, the stand will showcase Emirates Hotels and Resorts. Room set ups on the ground floor whisk you away to Al Maha Desert Resort ‘&’ Spa, which this year is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Another display features the Wolgan Valley Resort ‘&’ Spa, also a conservation-based resort, set to open this October in Australia’s Blue Mountains.

The first floor provides spacious areas for business meetings, private conference rooms and catering facilities. The top floor provides a large VIP area and majlis for hosting guests. On the fringes of the stand, visitors will be able to sample the exquisite First Class Suites onboard Emirates (available on the latest Emirates’ 777-200 and 777-300ER and A380 aircraft) in a specially recreated cabin area. An array of audio and visual displays supplement this gigantic exhibit, the result of 22,000 hours of exhaustive creative and technical work.

Dr. Christian Goeke, Chief Operating Officer for the organisers, Messe Berlin, said: “We consider it to be an impressive indication of commitment and faith in ITB Berlin and its international importance within the industry, that a globally-active company such as Emirates has continued, over many years, to choose Germany and Berlin as the location for its largest trade-fair presence outside its home market”.

Last week, Emirates announced plans to bring 2,000 travel agents, tour operators and MICE agents from around the world to Dubai on a series of 3-day familiarisation trips, as part of a “Keep Discovering Dubai” campaign.

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Glazed Pot Dating Back around 2,000 Years Found in Al Ain Mosque

Abu Dhabi, March 11th 2009 (WAM): A glazed pottery vase dating back around 2,000 years has been found in the vicinity of the Sheikha Salama Mosque in central Al Ain, ADACH the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, said in a press release today.

The vessel was discovered during building work of the Sheikha Salama  mosque, which is currently being rebuilt, it was reported to ADACH by the Al Ain Municipality.

An ADACH team then examined the area with remote sensing equipment and were able to determine that part of an old falaj (underground water channel) was also present in the area. Pottery fragments from the Umm al-Nar period, around 4,700 – 4,200 years ago was recovered from the soil layers above the falaj while fragments of pottery from the Late Islamic period were found in the falaj itself.

The glazed jar, of a type known as an amphora, and used for transporting liquids, dates to the late pre-Islamic period, which lasted from around 300 BC until the beginning of the Islamic era. Similar vessels, made on the Greek island of Rhodes during the 2nd and 3rd Century BC, have been found at the archaeological site of Mleiha, in Sharjah, providing evidence of trading relations between the Emirates and Greece during the Hellenistic civilisation, which flourished immediately after the death of the Greek Emperor Alexander the Great. Another major site from this period is at Ad Dour, in Umm al-Qaiwain, but little archaeological evidence of this period has previously been identified in Al Ain, the ADACH statement said.

During studies of the Sheikha Salama Mosque site undertaken in 2006 in association with the Falaj Department of Al Ain Municipality, two old falajes were identified as passing underground through the area, the Falaj Jahili, which dried up a few decades ago, and another unnamed falaj, deeper and presumably older, which had not flowed in living memory and had been blocked by the foundations of buildings built in the area.

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Dates for Dubai International Film Festival announced

Dubai, Mar 01st, 2009 (WAM) The Dubai International Film Festival, the foremost event in Dubai’s cultural calendar, today announced the dates for its sixth edition. The Event will be held from December 9 to 16, 2009 in Dubai.

Abdul Hamid Juma DIFF
Abdul Hamid Juma DIFF

The fifth edition of the festival, which wrapped up December18, 2008, featured 181 films from 66 countries and saw a total of 47 500 movie-goers stream into DIFF screenings. Approximately a 1000 international and local industry professionals took part in networking events and seminars. Celebrity attendance was also impressive, with heavy-hitters Ben Affleck, Salma Hayek, Abdulhussein Abdulredha, Sameer Sabri, Jamal Suleiman, Goldie Hawn, Preity Zinta, Abhishek Bachchan, Lebleba and Nicolas Cage among many others gracing the red carpet.

Abdulhamid Juma, DIFF’s Chairman, stated: “Our fifth edition was a milestone for us, and we are thrilled that there was such an enthusiastic response to our programming and initiatives. With every year we have introduced new elements to enhance the overall festival experience, providing the best in international cinema culture for our UAE audiences, who have backed the festival since the beginning. We look forward to another promising December.” Terry Gilliam, one of the recipients of DIFF Honourees for 2008 was recently awarded the BAFTA Fellowship, considered the highest accolade at the award ceremony in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film. One Man Village and Amreeka, films supported by the Dubai Film Connection made it to Berlinale and Sundance Film Festivals respectively. 2008 Film line-up included award winning and critically successful productions such as Slumdog Millionaire, Rachel Getting Married, Gomorra and The Wrestler.

The 2008 festival built on the successes of the past years and introduced strong new initiatives, such as the revolutionary Dubai Film Market, a state of the art content-trading platform that spurred several high-level agreements between regional and international film professionals.

The Muhr Awards for Excellence in Arab Cinema, in its third successful year, gained a sibling prize in 2008, the Muhr AsiaAfrica Competition, which garnered 450 entries in its first year. Prize amounts for both segments amounted to almost USD 576, 000, among the most generous cash prizes in international film festivals.

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