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Arabian racing festival in France

Abu Dhabi, 30th Aug. 2009 The ongoing Festival of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for Arabian flat horse racing is a boost for Purebred a Arabian racing.

Dax racecourse in France will on Sunday witness the last and final race of the HH Sheikh Masnoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for Arabian flat horse racing.

Speaking at a press conference on the eve of the race at Dax, Mohammed Al Qubaisi , Director of Communications at ADACH, said after successfully hosting of three races in the series it has moved into Dax. “This success has been evident from the eagerness shown by the owners of Arabian horses in the world in general and Europe in particular , to vie for honours in Zayed the First Cup.

” It also drew the attention of the global media which led us to launch a special website featuring all these races to allow all fans and lovers of Arabian horses to watch it on.

The press briefing was also attended by Lara Sawaya, Director of the Festival, Martial Bousseuil, European manager for Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed’s Stables, and Jean-Loui Izeta Selimanjim, director of AFAC (French Arabian Horse Racing Association).

Sawaya expressed her gratitude to all those organizations , and individuals who have put in much effort in organizing the event so successfully . “I would like to extend our special thanks to AFAC and hosts Dax for their support to make the best of the festival of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan here today.

Sawaya added that the festival will be an annual affair.

Boisseuil said the Sunday’s race is a competitive one and it will be an interesting race.

It is part of preparation for the Saint Cludar Arabian breeders Cup in Paris in October.

The Festival, featuring four races, is aimed at promoting Purebred Arabians in European countries.

Dax is of the racehorses in France that has supported the Purebred Arabian horses and had welcomed Arabian horses.

The 174-year-old race horse hosts 15 race meetings out of the 106 races held in France.

As many as 11 horses have entered in the Prix Zayed Le Premier Cherri-Bibi and it promises to be an exciting racing event at Dax.

Seraphin Du Paon, owned by President His Highness President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Rahef owned by H. H. Sheikh Mansooor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs are among the favouriets.

The races are being held under the name ‘Zayed the First’ by Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) in association with Breeding Stables of Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Sorouh Real Estate, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, IAL Art Logestics and Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition are also supporting the race series.

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Mohammed bin Rashid to open Dubai Metro on 09/09/09

dubai-metroDubai, 30th Aug. 2009: HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will officially launch Dubai Metro on 09/09/2009.

The project will start with 10 key stations on the Red Line, namely: Rashidiya, Terminal 3 (Dubai International Airport), City Center, Al Rigga, Union, Khalid bin Al Waleed, Jafliah, Financial Center, Mall of the Emirates, and Nakheel Harbour ‘&’ Tower. The remaining stations on the Red Line will be opened in phases over the next few months.

The above announcement was made by H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board ‘&’ Executive Director of Roads ‘&’ Transport Authority (RTA), in a press conference held today at the RTA headquarters.

He said: “Launching Dubai Metro on September 9 is a true manifestation of the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to uplift the infrastructure of the emirate of Dubai. The RTA vision, which is based on the 3rd sector of the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 (Infrastructure Sector), is now being realized. The Dubai Metro Project has been completed in a record-breaking period of less than 4 years since Sheikh Mohammed laid the foundation of the Project on March 21, 2006.

Al Tayer said: “Throughout the construction works of Dubai Metro project, RTA remained highly committed to the best global safety standards, and sought the services of international entities to assess metro safety throughout all phases of the project. RTA was also keen to use the latest technology in rail industry and provide all means of comfort and welfare to passengers.

” The RTA’s foremost interest is in the safety of Dubai Metro users. As such all focus and effort were put into getting the 10 stations ready in terms of infrastructure and operations. Extensive trial runs were done to make sure of this” he said.

Al Tayer continued: “Some stations are not operated, despite being fully ready long ago, as the property projects to be served by such stations have yet to be completed; which obviously means no passenger demand is foreseen for the time beingAn example of this is the Jebel Ali Station. Moreover, construction of some stations has not been completed due to the multiple systems of the metro itself”.

The RTA Chairman elaborated on Dubai Metro operations by saying: “During the holy month of Ramadan Dubai Metro service will run from Saturday to Thursday from 06.00 am up to 12.00 am (midnight), while on Friday the metro service will start from 02.00 pm to 12.00 am (midnight). After Ramadan the Metro service will run from Saturday to Thursday from 06.00 am up to 11.00 pm, while on Friday the metro service will start from 02.00 pm to 12.00 am (midnight).

“Dubai Metro service is set to run at 10 minutes headway at a rate of 6 trains per hour with an intake of 3858 passengers per hour per direction, and the volume of demand on the Red Line services is anticipated as 3500 passengers per hour per direction” he added.

Al Tayer went further to list the factors upon which the 10 stations have been selected for operation on 09/09/2009 and listed them as: “Population density in the area served by each station, availability of commercial activities in the vicinity of the station, availability of commercial government bodies in the nearby area, the link with multi-storey car parks, the link with other transport modes such as buses ‘&’ water transport, technical readiness of the station, and the number of anticipated passengers in each station.

Al Tayer elaborated on the reasons for opening each individual station and said: “Opening of Rashidiya Station is important because it is the starting point of the Red Line on the East side of the city, and because it houses a multi-storey car park for 2750 vehicles and serves several highly populated areas such as Rashidiya, Mirdif, Al Mizhar, Al Warqa and Nad Al Hummar. Terminal 3 Station at Dubai International Airport will serve passengers arriving and departing Dubai City, while City Center, Al Rigga and Khalid bin Al Waleed Stations serve highly populated areas and commercial centers, with high traffic flow. Union Station serves the Central Business District along with several key government entities, wile the station is also located nearby a major bus station and many marine transport stations at the Dubai Creek, which make it a multi-modal station.

“Jafliah Station serves Dubai Naturalization and Residency Department, Dubai Police Station, and the new Etisalat building. The opening of this station will reduce the pressure on roads and parking facilities for the large number of people who require these services regularly. The Financial Center Station will serve the business and financial district of Dubai, and also provide connection to several five-star hotels on Sheikh Zayed Road. Mall of the Emirates Station naturally serves one of the biggest malls in the emirate of Dubai, which is a destination for many residents and tourists, but also serves the Al Barsha area. Nakheel Harbour ‘&’ Tower Station includes the second multi-storey car park on the Red Line on the West side of the city, which can accommodate up to 3000 vehicles” he continued.

Finally, Al Tayer said that the fare strucrure of mass transport systems in Dubai was designed to be affordable and said: “The metro fare is among the cheapest worldwide. For instance the fare of the trip from Rashidiya up to Jebel Ali is DHS 5.80 only. More than 700 Feeder Buses have been deployed to serve these stations on well planned and coordinated routes. These buses will have route numbers beginning with the letter F, and will be visible to all passengers waiting to use them for connetion to the earest Dubai Metro staion.

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UAE maintaining economic growth in 2009 as rest of the world braces for further 1 to 2 per cent slide

Abu Dhabi, 30th Aug. 2009 : UAE Minister of Foreign Trade H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi discussed key strategies adopted by the Emirates to maintain economic growth even as the world prepares for a 1 to 2 per cent slump within the year during a speech delivered today at the opening day of the 4th Bled Strategic Forum running until tomorrow (Monday, August 31, 2009) at the Hotel Golf Bled in Bled, Slovenia.

The annual Bled forum explores strategic issues affecting Europe and the transatlantic community. This year’s edition is being held under the theme “The Politics of Economic Crisis: Redefining Economic and Geopolitical Landscapes in Europe and Eurasia.” In a speech delivered during the dinner held on the Forum’s first day, H.E. Sheikha Lubna called for more effective policy responses to reverse the current crisis. She also discussed various measures being taken by governments and businesses throughout the world to revive the global economy, such as stimulus packages and support from central banks.

“Although the downturn has primarily affected mature Western economies, it has also had a significant impact on the growth agendas of lesser-hit regions such as the Middle East. The Arab World has begun to take a more planned approach to development, which will be beneficial in the long run as it focuses on opportunities that have emerged from the crisis. The UAE in particular is well prepared to take advantage of the more positive global economic growth predicted in 2010,” said Sheikha Lubna.

The Minister spoke in front of several prominent international figures such as the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr. Danilo T rk, H.E. Samuel Zbogar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, H.E. Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Miloslav Vlcek, Chairperson of the Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, and Janez Fajfar, Mayor of Bled, Slovenia.

Sheikha Lubna will deliver the keynote speech and join the Panel B session on “Energy Security in an Economic Downturn” to be held tomorrow. She will outline the Emirate’s key alternative energy projects, such as the Middle East’s largest solar power plant connected to the electricity grid, the region’s first and largest wind energy project, and a USD2 billion photovoltaic film technology venture set to commence production by late 2010. The Minister’s fellow high-profile panelists will include Jean-Jacques Guillet, Deputy, Member of the Commission of Foreign Affairs at the National Assembly and Member of the Working Group of Energy, Paris.

The Bled Strategic Forum is organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia in coordination with the Centre for European Perspective. The 2009 event gathers representatives from governments and international organisations, business leaders, specialists and members of academia to discuss economic and geostrategic issues with emphasis on relations between the Euro-Atlantic community and Russia. Among the topics to be addressed are new global governance for the 21st century; Europe’s security structure; economic crisis as a threat to security and energy supply; stability through regional frameworks related to Eastern Europe and the Caspian region; and economic challenges in the Western Balkans.

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UAE to host Alter Energy Convention 2009

solar-energyDUBAI, Aug. 30th, 2009: the United Arab Emirates is hosting the Alter Energy Convention 2009 next October.

Key issues related to this growth and the Middle East’s aggressive push towards alternative energy will be examined during the 2009 Alter Energy Convention running from October 27 to 29, 2009 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

To be held under the umbrella of the 2009 Oil ‘&’ Gas Show (OGS), Alter Energy Convention 2009 will discuss and evaluate the regional and global outlook on carbon footprint and energy usage; the importance of oil and gas sector partnerships with alternative energy initiatives; sustainable regional water management; and the latest sustainability projects, techniques and technologies.

The alternative energy sector is expected to grow 25 per cent annually and account for almost 70 per cent of the global energy market through 2030. The sector’s current USD150 billion share of the estimated USD800 billion worldwide energy infrastructure will rise by then to around USD600 billion.

The conference-led event’s impressive lineup of confirmed speakers includes Paul Dickerson, the US Department of Energy’s former COO of Energy ‘&’ Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Professor Ali Sayigh, Chairman of World Renewable Energy Congress ‘&’ Director General of World Renewable Energy Network, UK; Dr. Samer Adham, Managing Director of Global Water Sustainability Centre, Qatar Science and Technology Park, Qatar; and Dr. Hermann Scheer, Member of German Bundestag, President of EUROSOLAR, General Chairman of World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) and President of International Parliamentary Forum on Renewable Energies.

This year’s convention will also highlight ways to reduce and manage the carbon and water footprints made by the oil and gas industry. Moreover, it will emphasize the increased ability of alternative energies to meet the demand of a rapidly growing world population “The economic downturn has reminded the world that it should plan well for the future. We still rely on traditional energy sources to generate 90 per cent of our power requirements. However, most of these are non-renewable and have devastating ecological effects. We need to turn this situation around and encourage closer collaboration among private and government entities through forums such as Alter Energy to explore sustainable solutions that can meet our energy needs while conserving our environment,” said Anselm Godino, Managing Director of International Conferences ‘&’ Exhibitions, the organizers of the Alter Energy Convention.

Schedule of Alter Energy Conference

Day One – Tuesday, 27 October 2009
09.00 – 10.00 Opening Welcome Address By senior representatives from local Ministries

10.00 – 11.00 Official opening of OGS 2009
11.00 – 12.45 Assessing The Global Outlook On Carbon Footprint And Energy Usage By international energy experts including commissions, agencies and leading researchers

International Keynote Address: The Next Frontier: Opportunities For Oil & Gas Producers In Alternative Energy Projects Paul Dickerson, Former Chief Operating Officer of Energy & Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy, USA

Dr. Saif Al Sayari, Imperial College, UK

12.45 – 14.00 Networking Lunch For Delegates And Speakers
14.00 – 15.45 Evaluating Regional Outlook On carbon Footprint And Energy Usage In The Region
By regional energy experts, initiatives and environmentalists
Dr. Bakr Khoshaim, Power & Energy Consultant Member, Majlis Ash Shura Council, KSA
Ecoventures – speaker tbc
KJO – speaker tbc
15.45 – 16.15 Networking And Refreshment Break
16.15 – 17.30 Open Discussion An opportunity for speakers and delegates to openly debate the key issues in greater depth, facilitated by an industry leader.

18.00 – 20.00 Welcome cocktail reception for delegates, speakers and sponsors

Day Two – Wednesday, 28 October 2009
09.00 – 9.30 Keynote Address: Renewable Energy and the Structural Change of the World Economy – The Prospects of the Sunbelt Countries
Dr. Hermann Scheer, Member, German Bundestag, President, EUROSOLAR, General Chairman, World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) and President, International Parliamentary Forum on Renewable Energies

9.30 – 10.00 Global Trends, Updates And Expectations On Renewable Energies – How Will They Impact Climate Change And Global Warming?
Professor Ali Sayigh, Chairman, World Renewable Energy Congress & Director General, World Renewable Energy Network, UK
10.00 – 10.30 How Can Oil And Gas Partner With Alternative Energies To Satisfy Future Demand?
Dr. Eckart Woertz, Program Manager Economics, Gulf Research Center, UAE
10.30 – 11.00 Evaluating The Benefits Of Nuclear Energy As A Viable Alternative To Fossil Fuels For The Middle East
Dr. Khalid A. Aleissa, Director, Atomic Energy Research Institute (AERI), King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), KSA
11.00 – 11.30 Networking And Refreshment Break
11.30 – 12.30 Strategies For A Sustainable Regional Water Footprint
Led by regional water authorities and an international expert on water conservation
Dr. Samer Adham, Managing Director, Global Water Sustainability Centre, Qatar Science and Technology Park, Qatar
Dr. Mohamed Dawoud, Manager Natural Resources, Environmental Policy Sector, Abu Dhabi Environment Agency, UAE
Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson, Emirates Environmental Group, Board Member UN Global Compact, UAE
12.30 – 14.00 Networking Lunch
14.00 – 15.30 Future Initiatives and Developments For Sustainability In The Region
Showcasing the latest projects, techniques and technologies
Ali Bin Towaih, Director, Sustainable Energy and Environment Division (SEED) at TECOM Investments, UAE
Case Study: Comparing the Masdar 10MW project With The Shams Tower 290KW Project Utility scale vs. building integrated approaches with solar technologies
Power production performance, carbon emissions savings
Costs, schedules and construction techniques
Power Purchase Agreements and financial structures for delivering alternative energy in the UAE
Future trends and market potential
Sander Trestain, Vice-President – Technical, Enviromena, UAE
National Iranian Oil Company
15.30 – 16.00 Networking And Refreshment Break
16.00 – 17.00 Open Discussion A final opportunity for delegates to question the speakers of Day Two.
19.30 Gala Dinner for Exhibitors, Sponsors, Delegates and Speakers

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AUD announces its fall 2009-2010 orientation activities

Dubai, 24 Aug. 2009  With the addition of new faculty to its teaching body, and the introduction of innovative programs to its curricula, the American University in Dubai (AUD) is set to kick-off the Fall 2009-2010 Semester smoothly. The University’s Student Services Office, with the support of AUD faculty and staff, is organizing the yearly Orientation event that will take place on Saturday, August 29, with the Parent and Dorms Orientation, and the Student Orientation on Sunday, August 30, followed by -on the 1st of September- the university’s first Iftar, the Club Sign Up and the Make your Own Sundae event that both old and new students eagerly await.

While talking about Student Services, Assistant Dean of Student Services and Student Support Manager, Mrs. Bushra Finaish says: “The entire Student Services staff is committed to helping students make their experience at AUD memorable, enriching, and rewarding. The Student Services Office aims at assisting students in the integration process, enabling them to readily become part of the university community, all the while supporting them both personally and professionally.” During Orientation, a short film about different aspects of life on campus will be showcased, accompanied by a series of presentations introducing the Student Services Team and discussing various AUD departments and services. Students will get familiar with: the Health Center, which offers daily health care and health education designed to support the physical and emotional health of students; the Housing division with it’s “Making Our Dorm Your Home” motto, ensuring safe, clean, and comfortable accommodation for students who require on-campus housing; the one-on-one personal Counseling services that provide support and guidance for students experiencing personal problems and seeking assistance; the Career Services division, assigned the task of managing students’ job-seeking process and offering degree seeking AUD students and alumni the opportunity to receive individualized career guidance; and the Athletics office that provides all students, faculty and staff with an athletic outlet and unique opportunities to “get involved”.

AUD’s President Dr. Lance de Masi, and Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jihad Nader will clarify all important issues for both parents and new comers. In addition, freshman will get better acquainted with campus buildings, facilities, schools and departments, with the help of Student Orientation Leaders. This crucial stage of new students’ insertion into university life will be concluded by an Iftar on Tuesday, in AUD’s Ramadan Tent, followed by an invitation for students to sign up for AUD’s several student clubs. The Orientation event will provide students with the needed information and confidence to join their respective classes, set to begin on August 31.

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Abu Dhabis Islam: Faith and Worship exhibition hosts number of lectures by scholars on Islam.

WAM Abu Dhabi, 24th Aug. 2009 (WAM) : The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) is hosting a number of cultural events during the month of Ramadan as part of the art exhibition “Islam: Faith and Worship”, held at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.

The cultural events, held on 8th – 14th of September 2009, include a number of lectures by specialist and scholars on Islam.

Organised by ADACH in collaboration with the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the exhibition, which ends on October 10th, 2009, includes nearly 150 works of art.

Some of the works of art are displayed for the first time, compiled from seven museums and national libraries in Turkey especially for the exhibition.

The exhibition includes many works that portray the emergence of Arab crafts through the ages, in addition to examples of the use of Arab calligraphy in decoration on metal surfaces, wood work, and weaving.

Miniature drawings and manuscripts are also displayed, dating back to Umayyad, Abbasid and Ottoman eras.

The themes include the biography of Prophet Muhammad, the emergence of Islam, elements of faith and worship in Islam, and many other issues.

A range of non-standard methods of presenting Arab calligraphy are on display, including scripts on clothe

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Air Arabia to launch new service to Madina Munawira

airarabiaAir Arabia, the UAE-based low-cost airline, has announced that it will introduce a new flight to the holy city of Medina in Saudi Arabia from September 1st 2009.

Medina will be Air Arabia’s 58th destination in general and and fourth in Saudi Arabia. The launch of this new destination is part of Air Arabia’s strategy to strengthen its network in the kingdom, the company said in a statement.

Beginning September 1, roundtrip flights will operate two times per week between Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Medina and Air Arabia’s hub in Sharjah.

Initiallly Air Arabia will fly to Medina on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

mosque-of-prophet“Air Arabia is pleased to introduce service to Medina during the Holy Month of Ramadan,” said AK Nizar, head of Commercial Department, Air Arabia.

“There is an extremely high level of demand among Muslim pilgrims for value-for-money service to Medina, especially during Hajj season. We are confident that Air Arabia’s direct flights to Medina will offer greater convenience for all those travelling to the city, especially pilgrims performing Hajj and Umrah, the Islamic pilgrimage.”

Medina, with the population of 1.3 million, is one of the largest cities in western Saudi Arabia.

Every year more than three million people visit Medina as part of hajj, the largest annual pilgrimage in the world.

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Al Tayer Explores Cooperation with the Italian Ambassador

Dubai, Aug 18th, 2009: Matar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) recently received at his office Paolo Dionisi, the Italian Ambassador to the UAE. The visit comes in the context of RTA drive to foster good cooperative links with a wide spectrum of local, regional and global organizations.

During the meeting, the two parties explored the means of boosting mutual cooperation and exchange of expertise between the RTA and its Italian counterpart. They also discussed the advancement of cooperation with the Italian companies operating in the field of roads ‘&’ transport, and the forthcoming road and infrastructure projects in Dubai.

Al Tayer praised the existing cooperation between the UAE and Italy and said: ‘The UAE attracts numerous Italian investors and tourists and the Italian companies undertaking several RTA projects have a good record, particularly in the field of road construction projects’.

Al Tayer added that he would be looking forward to see more specialized Italian companies take part in road and rail projects as well as operating transport systems such as buses, metro, tram and others.

‘From inception, RTA remained committed to the highest practices in every phase to realize the intended objectives of providing Safe and Smooth Transport for All; a drive that will showcase Dubai in the international stage. The UAE in general and Dubai in particular witnessed high proportions of development and growth that led to the influx of investments and tourists; which in turn warranted preparation of roads and transport infrastructure (such as the metro, marine transport modes, buses, and taxis among others) to accommodate the expansion in population, projects and urbanization’ added Al Tayer.

RTA Chairman of the Board and Executive Director briefed the Italian Ambassador on the key projects currently undertaken by the RTA, such as the renovation of roads network, and construction of new crossings over Dubai Creek, where the number of lanes jumped from 19 at the time of establishing the RTA to 48 lanes in 2008.

Al Tayer also reviewed Dubai Metro Project, which extends 75 km in both the Red and Green Lines, and several marine projects such as the water bus, the water taxi and ferry Dubai in addition to the procurement of more buses and construction of passenger stations.

For his part, the Italian diplomat congratulated RTA Chairman on the achievements made by the RTA and hailed the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Commenting on RTA road projects and upgrading of mass transit modes he said: ‘There is a great possibility for Italian businesses to take part in RTA projects, as the Italian companies boast a long experience in implementing road and various transport systems projects’.

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Emirates Airline refutes price-fixing allegations

emirates-at-itbDubai, Aug. 18, 2009 Emirates Airline has denied price-fixing allegations by Australia’s regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

“Emirates denies the allegations and will be defending the proceedings. It does not intend to make any further comment given that the matter is before the Court,” said an Emirates spokesperson.

Emirates said it does not intend to make any further comments because of the ongoing legal proceedings.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission alleges Emirates worked with carriers in Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates and India to fix the prices of air freight rates and surcharges between 2002 and 2006.

Australian regulators have leveled similar charges against eight other airlines.

Six, including Qantas Airways and British Airways, have been ordered to pay penalties ranging from $3 million to $20 million Australian dollars ($2.5 million to $16.5 million).

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Dubai Spa owners re-think their strategies

Dubai, Aug 13th, 2009: Spas in Dubai are changing, according to the Dubai Congress on Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Medicine (DCAAAM), with the recent economics turn down, compelling many spa owners to re-think their business strategies.

With increasing competition, spas need to look at rejuvenating themselves – not just as a luxury for customers – but as a medicinal necessity.

According to Intelligent Spas latest Dubai Benchmark Report this July, more than 60 spas are currently operating in the emirate and generating revenue of approximately USD87m.

It adds that spa numbers in Dubai are forecast to grow 17.7pc by the end of 2009 but revenue is predicted to fall by more than 50pc before a recovery in 2010.

To assist the recovery, spas are being urged to focus on preventative health and wellness. According to industry sources, spa opportunities lie in a collaborative future with the health and medical industries.

To address this issue, the second Dubai Congress on Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Medicine (DCAAAM) – to be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 8-9 November – is dedicating a full day to a certified Medical Spa Operations Workshop.

This will be held in collaboration with international expert Manon Pilon, medical spa consultant, International speaker and Director of Education for Derme.ca in Canada

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EMO invites people to watch astronomical wonder on Friday

WAM Abu Dhabi, Aug 13th, 2009 (WAM): All those who have a fascination for the sky, its stars and planets will have a rare opportunity on14th August Friday to watch Jupiter, the largest planet of our solar system, rise and set opposite the sun.

The Emirates Mobile Observatory (EMO) will be stationed tomorrow at the Khalidia Public Garden in Abu Dhabi to help people see Jupiter form a straight line with the earth positioning itself between the two at night.

Chairman of the EMO project Nizar Sallam said that the king planet will orbit at opposition with the sun forming an imaginary 180 degrees line.

As the Earth comes closer to it, Jupiter can be seen shining brightly in the sky even with the naked eye, said Sallam.

Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. Its diameter is more than 11 times that of Earth, and about one-tenth that of the sun. It would take more than 1,000 Earths to fill up the volume of the giant planet.

EMO is organising the stargazing event as part of the UAE’s celebrations to mark the International Year of Astronomy.

EMO is dedicated to hosting public observations of astronomical wonders. EMO holds stargazes regularly for the public, educational sectors, government sectors and groups.

Sallam will be also giving special lecture on the event to create awareness among the public on the marvel of the divine creation.

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Abu Dhabi’s second biggest hotel set to open

The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (Adnec) will soon open a new property that will be the second largest hotel in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Due to open on 25 October, the Aloft Hotel will be the first of Adnec’s on-site properties at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

The establishment will bring an additional 408 rooms to the emirate’s accommodation offering and is expected to prove popular with business travellers attending events and conferences in Abu Dhabi.

Guests will be able to reach the airport in 15 minutes and get to downtown Abu Dhabi in 20 minutes from the new hotel.

Simon Horgan, chief executive of the Adnec group, said: ‘For an exhibition development to be successful it must have accommodation on site which suits all aspects of its audience from luxury to value.

‘The high demand and relatively low supply of hotel accommodation in Abu Dhabi is a concern for our international exhibitors and visitors and so I am delighted that the first hotel to open at Adnec will be the city’s second largest and one of its most competitively priced.’

Also expanding its presence in the Middle East this year is InterContinental Hotels Group, which recently opened its second Holiday Inn in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

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Princes Haya visist Great Ormond Street Hospital

London,12th August 2009 : As part of Her fact-finding tour to visit children’s hospitals across Europe this summer, to assist with the development of the Al Jalila Children’s Speciality Hospital and following her visit to the Aachen University Hospital in Germany last month, HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday visited two children’s hospitals in London; Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust and Evelina Children’s Hospital at Guys’ and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Accompanying Princess Haya on the visit was HE Mr. Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid, Director General, Dubai Health Authority.

The Al Jalila Children’s Speciality Hospital in Dubai, will be the first dedicated children’s hospital in the United Arab Emirates. Princess Haya, in each of her visits has discussed best practice in patient care, the fundamental importance of research initiatives and of first-rate medical education as a means to achieve excellence in paediatric healthcare services.

At the Great Ormond Street Hospital, the first institution in the UK to offer inpatient care to children only, Princess Haya and Mr. Al Murooshid were received by Dr. Jane Collins, Chief Executive, Dr. Barbara Buckley, Co-Medical Director and Trevor Clarke, Director of International Services.

As part of the tour, they learned of the hospital’s history since its inception in 1852 and visited areas of the hospital that relate to the future specialties of the Al Jalila Children’s Hospital, including the Cancer ‘&’ BMT Facilities, the Cardiac Services and the Mental Health Services.

At the Evelina Children’s Hospital at Guys’ and St Thomas’, Princess Haya and Mr. Al Murooshid were greeted by Eileen Sills, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nurse; Dr. Grenville Fox, Clinical Director for Children’s Services; and Mr. Murdoch Graham, International Business Development Manager for Corporate Development.

During their visit, they were given a brief synopsis of the hospital after which they were escorted to the Clinical Trials Unit where Dr. Michael Perkin, Consultant, Paediatric Allergy, provided more insight into existing food challenges, such as the Learning Early About Peanut Allergy (LEAP) study and the Enquiring About Tolerance (EAT) project.

In addition to touring the various treatment units at the hospital, Princess Haya and Mr. Al Murooshid visited the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and listened to a brief introduction by Dr. Ian Murdoch, Head of Service Paediatric Intensive Care and Consultant, on the developments and improvements of the hospital’s intensive care unit.

Throughout her visit, Princess Haya re-emphasised the importance of collective learning and sharing of knowledge between nations. “The exchange of ideas between cultures and countries around the globe is necessary for the well being of the world and for the future of all our children. I share everyone’s belief that children are the most precious gifts and we must continue to nurture, protect and provide every single one of them with a life full of laughter, hope and love. If they are ill then we must guarantee them the highest standards of clinical care in the most suitable and caring settings.”

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Dubai Mall’s roller coaster to be launched soon

DUBAI, Aug. 12th, 2009: The 76,000 sq feet indoor family theme park at The Dubai Mall is currently in the final phases of testing this heart-stopping ride which promises to be eye-popping, hair-raising fun, said Emmar Retail todaday.

SPIN GEAR is rollercoaster experience replete with sound and special visual effects. It occupies the largest floor space within SEGA Republic, spanning over 16,145 sq ft – more than 20 per cent of the total area. SPIN GEAR has a total track length of 380 metres and a maximum track height of 13.55 metres. Its array of spins and accelerations will deliver a truly exhilarating experience for adventurous and fun-loving guests at the park.

A total of 400 people per hour can enjoy the ride, which is billed to be one of the most popular attractions at SEGA Republic.

Mr Arif Amiri, Chief Executive Officer, Emaar Retail, said that the highest standards of safety mark every operational aspect of SEGA Republic. “Adventure, fun and entertainment in a totally safe and secure environment – that is the operational philosophy of SEGA Republic. As one of the keenly awaited rides which is already a hot topic of discussion amongst adventure lovers, SPIN GEAR has undergone rigorous testing and has now entered final commissioning and testing.” He added: “SPIN GEAR will appeal not only to youngsters but to everyone who is young at heart. In fact, the varied spread of nine thrilling attractions and over 150 amusement games are guaranteed to satisfy any guest preference.” Designed specifically by the gaming experts at SEGA Corporation, the world’s leader in indoor entertainment, SPIN GEAR complements an assortment of high-tech attractions and amusement games spread over five zones – Speed, Sports, Adventure, Cyperpop and Redemption. SPIN GEAR anchors the Adventure Zone of the theme park.

The themed ride tells a story based around the evil plans of Dr. Eggman, who is Sonic the Hedgehog’s arch nemesis. Dr. Eggman has taken over an old factory facility and has developed a prototype weapon, SPIN GEAR, for capturing Sonic the Hedgehog. Now all he needs are �test subjects’ and there is only way to escape his evil plans – on a rollercoaster ride that will have everyone’s head spinning.

The largest SEGA Republic indoor family theme park in the Middle East region, SEGA Republic is scheduled to open this summer, along with KidZania , an edutainment concept for children, and the 22-screen Reel Cinemas. The three new entertainment facilities will add to the already successful leisure portfolio at the mall, which includes Dubai Aquarium ‘&’ Underwater Zoo with over 33,000 aquatic animals and the world’s largest acrylic viewing panel; the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink; and the world’s tallest performing fountain.

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