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Arab League and Microsoft announce launch of Arab Intellectual Property Centre

Dubai, 27 Sept, 2009 (WAM) – The League of Arab States, Microsoft Corp. and Khasawneh ‘&’ Associates (a member of KSLG) has announced the launch of the Arab Intellectual Property Centre, an online portal which will provide a central hub for best practice sharing and legal resources on intellectual property in the Arab region.

The site aims to provide the Arab region with assistance in its efforts to promote the protection of intellectual property by providing a central database on intellectual property and internet crime issues within the region, including an extensive collection of regional laws and regulations, international treaties and agreements and intellectual property case law from around the Middle East region.

The Arab Intellectual Property Centre portal, which is partially funded by investment from Microsoft, is publicly available and can be viewed at http://www.arabipcentre.com/. The site will also be available in Arabic and English.

“Intellectual Property has a significant role to play in the development of knowledge-based economies across the Arab world,” commented Mrs. Maha Al Bakheet, Chief, Intellectual Property Unit, Arab League. “It is vital that policy-makers have robust data and guidance on how best to tackle piracy and protect intellectual property, and the Arab Intellectual Property Centre is a vital measure towards this shared objective.” The Arab Intellectual Property Centre is part of a broader initiative launched by the Arab League, Microsoft and Khasawneh ‘&’ Associates to reach beyond industry and law enforcement audiences, to educate schools and students on the value of intellectual property. Recent survey data estimated the software piracy rate at 60 percent, giving an indication of the challenge across the region.

“Software piracy and counterfeiting are damaging the prospects for consumers, businesses and economies across the region. Microsoft is committed to working towards a regional reset on intellectual property,” said Dale Waterman, Microsoft’s Corporate Attorney for Anti Piracy for the Middle East and Africa region. “The partnership with the Arab League and Khasawneh ‘&’ Associates is an important step forward.” Dina Founes, Microsoft’s Legal and Corporate Affairs Director for the Middle East and Africa, added “Together, we are taking a coordinated and comprehensive approach to intellectual property protection, piracy and cybercrime in the region. This is part of Microsoft’s continuous efforts to support sustainable economic development across the thriving economies of the Middle East and to help provide a safer IT environment to the public.” One of the principal challenges in the region is the lack of shared procedures and cross-border integration. This limits the access of governments, industry and law enforcement agencies to case law, information on the distribution of counterfeit goods, trends, and best practices, which then negatively impacts the ability to enforce intellectual property rights and effectively tackle piracy and cybercrime offenses.

“It is only possible to protect intellectual property and halt counterfeiting and piracy by developing a successful partnership between the public and private sectors,” added Mr. Nasser Khasawneh, of Khasawneh ‘&’ Associates. “This website will be an important touch-point for consumers, businesses and governments across the region on this vital issue. We are confident that this Centre will facilitate inter-Arab cooperation in this important field.”

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Al Futaims Aquaplay on course to make a splash of fun

Dubai :The Majid Al Futtaim Leisure will be combining fun, education and confidence-building with their new water-based “edutainment” recreation facility that will open at Mirdif City Centre.

A concept designed and developed by the company to push the boundaries of in-mall entertainment, Aquaplay looks set to make a big splash with children of all ages.

But visitors don’t need to get wet from head to toe with the roll-your-sleeves-up entertainment, which is also designed for fun in shallow water. Aquaplay was conceived to mix learning with pleasure, featuring interactive “aquatraptions” targeting 2 to 8 year olds

Silvio Liedtke, general manager, FEC, Majid Al Futtaim Leisure, described the facility as a one-of-a-kind facility. “This was a Majid Al Futtaim Leisure project from concept to completion and it has taken a great deal of vision and hard work to bring this together,” he said.

“There has always been the scope to create an environment where children can interact with water without being completely submerged in it and we have taken it upon ourselves to realise that potential. It’s the perfect way for children to build confidence around water,” he added.

Article courtesy Gulf News

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Habtoor Announces Dinner up in the air in Dubai

habtood-dinner-in-airTravel is name of fine dining and some people travel far for a dining experiences with a great view and adventure. Dubai’s Habtoor Grand Resort has invented a new way to dine that is Dine up in the air.

Habtoor Grand Resort and Spa is bringing a ‘high’ dining experience a table suspended in the air 50 metres above the beach, loaded with food, 22 guests, the chef and waiter, combine to be ‘Dinner in the Sky.’ The concept that began two years ago in the Middle East is operated by Event Horizon and Mindset Media and will be launched on October 4.

Dinner, at a cost of Dh780 and lunch for Dh600 will last an hour and a half, during which you can leave the world behind. You can also take flight for some tea for Dh300, according to Thomas Kathmann, director of Food and Beverage at the hotel.

“You will need a bit of a head for heights, but almost all our guests end up really enjoying having their dinner floating high above the ground,” said Sean Keith, Partner at Event Horizon.

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NBAD, DVB to launch US$ 1b aviation investment fund

nbad-aviation-fundABU DHABI, Sep. 27th, 2009: National Bank of Abu Dhabi (“NBAD”) and DVB Bank SE (“DVB”) have signed an agreement to launch a new aviation investment fund. The new fund will invest in aviation assets, principally aircraft and engines on lease to international airlines.

“NBAD and DVB will act as 50%-50% joint venture partners in establishing and managing the fund. As sponsors of the aviation fund, NBAD and DVB will also proportionately invest in the fund alongside the investor base primarily from the UAE and other GCC countries”, according to a joint press release.

“It is expected that the fund will acquire approximately US$1 Billion in assets over the next two years,” it added.

The fund represents the first major cooperation between NBAD and DVB, and both organisations bring complimentary skills and expertise to the fund.

Ranked as one of the top 50 safest banks in the world, NBAD currently operates across 13 countries on four continents. It has a broad range of products and services to proactively suit the demands of its growing client base.

DVB Bank SE is the leading global specialist in international transport finance. It offers integrated financing solutions and advisory services in respect of Aviation, Shipping and Land Transport. DVB is a market leader in the aviation finance sector and has received several awards for innovative financings, including Middle East Debt Deal of the Year (2008) by Jane’s Transport Finance.

“We are very keen on working in partnership with the best in class, and in this regard we are delighted to have DVB, a prestigious name in the aviation financing industry, as a partner and co-investor in this important new fund,” said Mr. Mark Yassin, Senior General Manager of NBAD’s Corporate ‘&’ Investment Banking Division.

“We are committed to supporting the aviation industry as well as to bring high quality investment opportunities to our clients. We look forward to providing much needed capital to the industry” Mr. Yassin explained.

“NBAD’s outstanding loans for transport sector increased to AED 6.36 billion by the end of 2008 compared to AED 5.16 billion in 2007. This demonstrates NBAD commitment to keep pace with the development of the UAE as it plays a major role in building the country” Mr. Yassin concluded.

“At DVB, we are delighted to be working with the number one banking institution in the Middle East on this exciting new venture,” said Mr. Bertrand Grabowski, Member of the Board of Managing Directors of DVB.

“DVB and NBAD recognise the opportunity to provide both much needed capital to the industry and bring new investment opportunities in aviation to the market. We believe this is an opportune time to be investing in aviation assets” he added.

About NABD: (http://www.nbad.com) Ranked as one of the top 50 safest banks in the world, NBAD currently operates across 13 countries on four continents. It has a broad range of products and services to proactively suit the demands of its growing client base.

About DVB Bank SE (http://www.dvbbank.com) DVB is the leading global specialist in international transport finance. It offers integrated financing solutions and advisory services in respect of Aviation, Shipping and Land Transport.  DVB is a market leader in the aviation finance sector and has received several awards for innovative financings, including Middle East Debt Deal of the Year (2008) by Jane’s Transport Finance.

DVB enjoys a unique position, thanks to its focus on the global transport market. As a highly specialized niche provider we offer our clients a range of customised products and services.

With offices in 13 pivotal locations, we has a worldwide presence in the transport markets and their various segments. This global presence enables us to take into account both the international dimension and the local specifies of the markets in which our approximately 500 clients in Shipping, Aviation and Land Transport Finance operate

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Metro launch a dream for Dubai growth

dubai-metro-launch2DUBAI The Dubai Metro was launched today 9th September 2009, A unique date and certainly a unique moment for Dubai. Once merely a dream of modernity and maturation, Dubai Metro has been realised in the most profound way, and residents turned out in their thousands on Wednesday night to be part of the historic event.

All around the city at Metro stations set to be officially opened, residents applauded, with many believing that life in the city may never be the same again.

Fireworks erupted and a laser show dazzled onlookers at the Mall of the Emirates, where at 9.09pm — a moment that will be permanently marked at the station — His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the Dubai Metro.

dubai-metro-fireworksShaikh Mohammed and hundreds of VIPs and media boarded the train, and, to the sounds of clapping and screams of joy, it glided almost silently out of the Mall of the Emirates station at 9.11pm. The train stopped at stations along the way to mark the occasion with celebrations including a commemorative coin and a mosaic portrait. Fireworks erupted again between Financial Centre and Khalid bin Waleed stations.

An hour and four minutes after the start of its first official journey, the train arrived at Rashidiya station at 10.15pm.

The launch of the Dh28 billion fully automated, driverless train system, which has been under construction for more than three years, incorporates 10 of 29 stations along the Red Line.

‘We achieved in four years what Singapore and Switzerland did not do in 10 years combined,’ said Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of the Roads and Transport Authority, speaking at Mall of the Emirates ahead of the launch. 
A highly anticipated event in Dubai and across the UAE, residents, who can take their first rides on the train from 6am today, started gathering hours ahead of the launch. From station to station, onlookers began proceeding towards the stations in the afternoon in hopes of seeing something special.

Until the last minutes, construction workers could be seen scrambling to clean surfaces of dust and debris in preparation for the arrival of the
VIP guests.

Accompanying Shaikh Mohammed were Finance Minister Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Shaikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. Other dignitaries included Dubai Police Commander-in-Chief Dhahi Khalfan Tamim and ministers.

A labour force of more than 30,000 workers had been toiling relentlessly to complete the Metro project ahead of its auspicious 09/09/09 launch date.

The mall proved a fitting choice for organisers looking to broadcast the opening ceremonies live in front of everyday residents. Shopping malls in Dubai have long been known to be the main intersection between different segments of society, often segregated by socio-economic and national constraints. But for the first time, the Metro aims at breaking these barriers and bringing together residents at unprecedented levels.

Among those believers was Rhana Natour, an American researcher who has lived in the UAE for nearly a year.

‘Dubai has always been an amazing city,’ she said, ‘but it was often beyond accessibility. Now, the Metro will bring together once fragmented parts of society into one.’

Pacing along the mall pavilion, Ali Khamis Alshamsi calmly surveyed the growing crowds. The young Emirati commuted from his hometown of Al Ain to witness the festivities, ‘a great moment’ in his life, he said.

Even in economic recession,
Alshamsi believes that UAE leadership is committed to improving lives. ‘They promised us a Metro today, and they delivered.’

Article Courtesy Khaleej Times

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محمد بن راشد يدشن الخط الاحمر من مترو دبي

دبي في 9 سبتمبر /وام/ دشن صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد ال مكتوم نائب رئيس الدولة رئيس مجلس الوزراء حاكم دبي رعاه الله مساء اليوم في افتتاح رسمي مهيب الخط الاحمر من مترو دبي الحضاري السياحي معلنا سموه من محطة مول الامارات تسيير رحلات المترو رسميا على الخط الاحمر اعتبارا من صباح غد الخميس والذي يتكون من 29 محطة.

وقد حجز صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد ال مكتوم في محطة مترو مول الامارات اول تذكرة يرافقه سمو الشيخ حمدان بن محمد بن راشد ال مكتوم ولي عهد دبي وسمو الشيخ حمدان راشد ال مكتوم نائب حاكم دبي وزير المالية وسمو الشيخ مكتوم بن محمد بن راشد ال مكتوم نائب حاكم دبي وسمو الشيخ ماجد بن محمد بن راشد ال مكتوم رئيس هيئة الثقافة والفنون بدبي وعدد من الشيوخ وحشد من الوزراء واعيان البلاد وكبار المسؤولين في الدولة وجمع من الاعلاميين والصحافيين المحليين والعرب والاجانب.

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H1N1 claims 6 lives in UAE

Abu Dhabi: Ministry of Health has officially confirmed Six H1N1 deaths in UAE in a meeting on Tuesday between the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the media.

Even though health officials did not want to reveal the exact number of H1N1 cases across the UAE, Dr Hanif Hassan, Minister of Health, confirmed that six people have died from the virus, explaining that each of these cases either had a medical history or were very young or old.

“The last two cases who died from H1N1 included a 75-year-old man who had diabetes, and was in the intensive care unit for quite some time and an 8-month-old child. Previous deaths were among a pregnant woman and another person who suffered from a heart condition.

“People less than five years old or above 65, pregnant women and those with underlying conditions stand a higher risk than others,” Hassan said. “We are transparent about the numbers but cannot share details with the media due to patients confidentiality and out of respect for deceased and their families.”

The MoH in accordance with regulations set by the World health Organisation will be purchasing the vaccine in order of priority to approximately 10 to 15 per cent of the UAE population.

No Need to panic

The health minister stressed that the H1N1 virus is weak. “The danger lies in how fast the virus spreads on a global level. That’s why the media along with all concerned authorities across the UAE need to work hand in hand to help increase awareness regarding H1N1 prevention.”

In comparison to Avian flu, where the death rate goes up from 40 to 50 per cent, the H1N1 death rate across the world is moderately low, stressed the minister.

“There is an over reaction, and there’s no need to panic. My message to the public is to simply cool down. Also people should not depend on the health ministry as much as they do, there’s also the World Health Organization website that offers up to date information on H1N1. The public should continuously educate themselves regarding the condition, and that will help them worry less,” concluded Shakar.

During the meeting a senior journalist said that due to lack of information offered to reporters regarding H1N1 across the UAE, rumours started to develop.

“For instance we were not sure if the Filipino School in Sharjah had one or 80 swine flu cases because the concerned authority and/or official did not provide us with the correct information. Transparency with full details, including statistics is vital in our community for both parties, the media and the Ministry of Health.”

Another senior journalist also discussed lack of transparency him and his colleagues face while trying to gather information from the Ministry of Health and the National Committee for Combating Swine Flu.

“As a result, most if not all reporters are not able to reach correct information from the required official and/or source; how do you expect us to communicate accurately if you do not answer our queries,” he asked.

In response, the health minister, Hanif Hassan Ali agreed that lack of information and transparency between the two parties does result in rumours.

“There was only one H1N1 case in the Filipino School, and that isn’t a rumour. We are currently in the process of designating a spokesperson for the media. This will help reduce miscommunication between the ministry, the National Committee for Combating Swine flu and the media.

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نسائية دبي تشيد ببرامج الدورات الرمضانية لجائزة دبي الدولية للقرآن الكريم

دبي في 8 سبتمبر / وام / اختتم اليوم بمقر جمعية النهضة النسائية بدبي برنامج الدورات الرمضانية لجائزة دبي الدولية للقرآن الكريم الذي استضافته الجمعية خلال الفترة من الاول وحتى الثاني عشر من شهر رمضان.

وقالت الدكتورة فاطمة الفلاسي المديرة العامة للجمعية انه تم تنظيم العديد من الفعاليات خلال النصف الأول من الشهر الفضيل من أبرزها احتضان الجمعية لمجموعة من المحاضرات القيمة والتي نظمتها وأعدتها أسرة جائزة دبي الدولية للقرآن الكريم حيث ضمت هذه المحاضرات كوكبة من العلماء وأصحاب الفضيلة الأجلاء من داخل وخارج الدولة قدموا خلالها مجموعة من المحاضرات التي نالت استحسان ورضا الأخوات المشاركات.

وقدمت الدكتورة فاطمة الفلاسي الشكر والتقدير إلى إدارة جائزة دبي الدولية للقرآن الكريم لتنظيم هذه الفعاليات التي جسدت قيماً إنسانية ودينية وروحية رفيعة حيث أثبتت الجائزة وهي تختتم دورتها الثالثة عشر نجاحات باهرة على خارطة الأعمال الدينية الرفيعة وفي العديد من المواسم خاصة شهر رمضان المبارك.

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Google launches user-led Q and A service in Arabic

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates Google Inc. launched an online tool Tuesday called Igabat, that allows Arab users to answer each other’s questions, a move designed to boost the amount of Web content available in Arabic.

The new service comes two weeks after Yahoo Inc. bought one of the Arab world’s largest online portals the Maktoob. Like Google, Yahoo wants to better serve the rapidly expanding population of young and tech-savvy people in the Middle East.

Google decided to launch its tool, called Google Ejabat after the Arabic word for “answers,” after discovering many of its Arabic users’ searches failed to turn up relevant results. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company estimates that less than 1 percent of information online is in Arabic.

“We recognize that users are the best at answering each other’s questions within a community and this product is the perfect way to be able to share and contribute information,” said Wael Ghonim, the company’s product and marketing manager for the Middle East and North Africa.

Google already offers Arabic-language search pages, and its Blogger publishing platform is popular among the region’s growing corps of online writers.

The company does not offer a service like Ejabat in English, but has launched similar tools in Russian, Chinese and Thai, Dubai-based spokeswoman Joanne Kubba said.

“We pushed it ahead in Arabic since we know it to be a very useful tool to help generate … content,” she said.

Google’s move follows Yahoo’s announcement last month that it had reached a deal to buy the Arab online community Web site Maktoob.com for an undisclosed amount.

Yahoo said that deal allows it to offer Arabic versions of its e-mail and messaging services as it expands to fast-growing markets where it has a chance to become the online “destination of choice.”

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Arabian Saluki Center organises Third Arabian Saluki Beauty Contest

arabian-salukiAbu Dhabi, 8th Sept 2009 The Arabian Saluki Center Abu Dhabi has announced that it will organise the Third Arabian Saluki Beauty Contest’ during this year’s International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX Abu Dhabi 2009).

The Saluki Beauty show will take place from September 30 to October 03 in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.

The Arabian Saluki Beauty Contest gives Saluki owners an opportunity to showcase their precious hounds – both smooth and feathered on an international level.

The contest will be judged by Mrs. Cathy Smith of Australian Saluki Club.

Salukis will be judged upon the characteristics of the standard of the breed (head, general structure, coat, movement and general impression). But unlike European dog shows, the Arabian Saluki Beauty Contest judges not only on the standards of the breed, but more than that values the Saluki’s predominant purpose (hunting, chasing, guarding) and mental condition (brave, dominant). The winners will be rewarded with valuable prizes.

hamad-al-ghanemHamad Al Ghanem, Breeder, Registrar General and Director of the Arabian Saluki Center, said: “I am pleased to organise the Forth Arabian Saluki Beauty Contest. After three successful years the show is now established as a regional get-together for Saluki lovers and owners from the UAE and other GCC countries.

Until today, a total of 172 Saluki owners have registered their hounds to participate.” Al Ghanem continued: “The show gives us the opportunity to highlight not only the incredible characteristics of the breed itself, but to further create public awareness in our proud Cultural Heritage, especially for the younger generations.

Throughout the times and the changing generations, the traditional values and ethics of Arabian Bedouin are being forgotten and it is our duty to preserve and celebrate them for future generations.” The Arabian Saluki Center, established in 2001 by Hamad AlGhanem with the support of the Emirates Falconers’ Club, commits itself to both the preservation of the pure breed Arabian Saluki and the traditional way of the Arabian Hunting as an essential part of Cultural Heritage. Arabian Salukis are one of the world’s oldest breeds; history shows that they can be traced back almost 13,000 years. Originating from the Arabian Peninsula, these desert hounds, which are known for their exceptional stamina, intelligence and loyalty, were bred to assist man in chasing prey and catching it in the harsh desert climate. Arabian Salukis are highly prized by the Bedouins not only for the hunting purpose, but as a companion and a member of the family.

All Saluki owners based in the United Arab Emirates and other GCC countries are requested to register their Arabian Saluki with the Arabian Saluki Centre prior to the exhibition. Arabian Salukis that are not registered by the Arabian Saluki Center will not be allowed to enter the competition.

The Arabian Saluki Beauty Contest will be supported by main sponsor “Purina Pet Food”, a member of NESTLE Group. Further sponsors include Emirates Photographers, the British Veterinary Centre (BVC) and Crystal Gallery.

About Arabian Saluki

saluki-dog-puppiesThe Saluki is perhaps the oldest known breed of domesticated dog. A study published in the May 21, 2004 issue of Science confirms the Saluki’s antiquity through DNA analysis identifying it as one of the earliest breeds to diverge from wolves.[1] Like elsewhere in the Fertile Crescent region, Saluki-like animals appear on the ancient ceramics from Susa and Sialk of 3500 BC in Iran, as well as on Egyptian tombs of 2100 BC.[2] The breed had been occasionally imported to England before 1840, however there was no serious interest until the Hon. Florence Amherst imported a breeding pair of Salukis from Lower Egypt in 1895 and began working to popularize the breed. The Kennel Club recognized Salukis in 1923.

Widely admired for its beauty, speed and endurance, the Saluki is a sighthound and historically traveled throughout the Middle East with nomadic desert tribes over an area stretching from the Sahara to the Caspian Sea. As a result, different Saluki subtypes, varying mostly in colour and coat, can be found across this widely scattered area.

Although the greyhound is the fastest dog breed with a top speed of around 45 mph (72 km/h), the Saluki’s strength lies in its great endurance and stamina. They may not be the fastest sighthounds, but they can run for much longer than the sprinting breeds.

Saluki Appearance

Canadian/American Field Ch. ASpen’s Double Espresso OTR,GRC. Phot By Marie Anti The Owner of Saluki

Canadian/American Field Ch. ASpen’s Double Espresso OTR,GRC. Phot By Marie Anti The Owner of Saluki

They are 58-71cm and 13-30kg in weight. The overall appearance of the Saluki is one of grace and symmetry. Salukis are “sight” hounds which means they sight the quarry, run it down, catch and retrieve/dispatch it. The impression given should be one of the ability to hunt efficiently. While on the coursing field the impression becomes a reality with the addition of an intense desire, drive, and focus that is not seen in the show ring. Combined, these qualities comprise undeniable Saluki breed type and function.

There are two coat types evident in the Saluki gene pool: smooth and feathered. Smooth is a short coat over the entire body, and feathered is long hair on the ears, backs of the legs and tail. This hair can be of varying lengths and sparseness is not to be penalised. Both coat types exhibit the same qualities. In both varieties males may range from 23 to 28 inches at the top of the shoulder with females measuring somewhat smaller.

History of Saluki

Dogs of King AntefThe Saluki has historically served as a courser, a speedy hunting dog that operated in packs. They often hunted in tandem with falcons which locate the prey and for the dogs to run down.

Salukis appear on Egyptian tombs from 2100 B.C. The dogs were so esteemed that they were often mummified like the bodies of the Pharaohs themselves. Numerous Saluki remains have been found in the ancient tombs of the Upper Nile region.

In Muslim cultures, dogs are often seen as unclean. A saluki, however, is given a different status by the Arab culture. The Bedouin value them, breeding them for both beauty and hunting qualities. A saluki, instead of being viewed as unclean, often sleeps in tents with their owners, to be protected from the heat of the day and the cold of the night.

The Breed Established in the West
In England, a few specimens of the breed had been sporadically imported as curiosities since the mid-1700s. The first successful breeding line of Salukis begins in 1895 with the Honourable Florence Amherst (daughter of the 1st Baron Amherst of Hackney). Having seen Salukis on a Nile tour in that year, she imported a breeding pair from the Al Salihah area of Lower Egypt. [5] A champion of breed purity, she struggled alone for nearly three decades and real Saluki popularity did not take hold until the early 1920s when officers returning from the war in the Middle East and the Arab Revolt brought their pet Salukis home with them.

One of these was Brigadier General Frederick Lance of the 19th Lancers, who. with his adventurous wife, Gladys, returned home with two Syrian Salukis from Sarona where he was stationed during the post-war occupation.[6] The Lances were avid hunters and rode out with their Saluki pack and terrier to course jackal and Dorcas gazelle in the desert. Their imported male, Sarona Kelb, became a significant influence on the breed in the West.

Together, the Lances and Florence Amherst mounted a campaign for recognition of the Middle Eastern breed that luckily coincided with the phenomenon of “Tutmania” caused by Howard Carter’s spectacular discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in late 1922. In 1923, the Saluki or Gazelle Hound Club was formed and the Kennel Club granted official recognition to the breed.[7] Popularity of Salukis dramatically increased and The American Kennel Club would recognize the breed and the Saluki Club of America in 1927.

Imports to England during the inter-war years were chiefly from areas of British military influence and commerce: Bahrain, Egypt, Transjordan, and Iraq. Both Florence Amherst and the Lances imported breeding stock from the latter two countries. Despite substantial populations of Salukis in Germany, The Netherlands, and Sweden, none of these were imported to England.[8]

English Salukis (chiefly descendents of Sarona Kelb) were exported to many countries,[9] but by the mid-1930s, interest slackened, and with the outbreak of World War II, breeding and show activities almost entirely stopped. The number of litters was minimal – just enough to keep the breed alive. Food rationing reserved all edible meat for humans and rather than see their beloved Salukis starve or perhaps killed by bombs, some owners euthanized entire kennels.[10] A small number of Saluki kennels survived the war, and along with fresh imports belonging to a second wave of soldiers returning from the Middle East, the slow process of re-establishing the breed began again.

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Nurseries closed, at special needs centres as preventive measures against H1N1

Dubai, Sep 08th, 2009 The Ministry of Social Affairs has ordered closure of nurseries and deferral of teaching at the people with special needs centres as preventive measures against H1N1.

HE Mariam Mohammed Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of Social Affairs, said the policies of the ministry put the health of children as a priority to prevent the spread of disease as per the nursery law number 5 of year 1983 and law of people with special needs number 29 of year 2006 and Convention on the Rights of the Child, an International Agreement endorsed by the UAE and the Handicaps Internationl also ratified by the UAE.

The ministry called on public to deal with this decision positively without exaggeration because it was taken as a precautionary measure to protect the community. It reiterated that all should cooperate to implement all the preventive measures to curb and eradicate the disease.

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Dubai Metro Complete Guide

Dubai Metro will be officially opened on 9th September 2009 (09/09/09) for general public Dubai Metro will start serving from 10th September 2009.

Dubai Metro is a mega project of RTA (Road Transport Authority Dubai Web site : www.rta.ae).

dubai-metro2Dubai Metro is the world’s longest automated Metro system built in one go.
Dubai Metro has 100% electric operated trains, 0% carbon emissions.
It is one of the world’s most technologically advanced Metro systems.
Dubai Metro will have unique Gold Class cabins.
Fares from only AED 1.80.
Dubai Metro has Wi-Fi. mobile phone coverage across the entire network.
An average of 20˚c temprature is maintained with air conditioned
Dubai Metro has tactile guidance path to help the visually impaired move confidently and
independently across the network.
Dubai Metro will have Women & Children only cabins.
There are platform screen doors, 3000 CCTV cameras, dedicated Metro police and CPR trained staff at
every station.
In all there are 29 stations across the Red Line.
The metro will be fully integrated with other modes of transport in Dubai.

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dubai-metroDubai Metro tickets?
Tickets will be in form of Nol Cards which are rechargeable cards purchase-able from the vending machines in every station. These cards can be used for Metro fares as well as for for all travel fares of all RTA transport modes
  and parking fees with one card.

One can recharge Nol card at any ticket vending machine, ticket office or RTA authorised sales agent.
Nol cards automatically deduct the correct fare based on usage.

There are four different colours of Nol Cards: silver, blue, gold and red.

Silver card costs Dhs20 (including Dhs14 of credit) and is designed for frequent travellers who just want to get from A to B. Individual fares then cost from Dhs1.80 to Dhs5.80.

The blue card costs Dhs70 (including Dhs20 of credit) and is for people who want a personalised, secured card, complete with online services and loyalty programmes. Individual journeys with blue cards also cost from Dhs1.80 to Dhs5.80.

The gold card is priced at Dhs20 (including Dhs14 of credit) and gets you access to the leather seats and carpeted Gold Class carriages. Gold fares then range from Dhs3.60 to Dhs11.60.

Red ticket costs Dhs2 and earns you one trip – or you can pay Dhs4 for one trip in Gold.

Which stations are going to be open from September 10th?
Out of 29 Stops of red line Ten will be available from September 10th Nakheel Harbour & Tower, Mall of the Emirates, Financial Centre, Al Jafiliya, Khalid Bin Al Waleed, Union Square, Al Rigga, Deira City Centre, Airport T3 and Rashidiya Terminal.

 Metro times ?
Metro will run From 6am to 11pm, Saturday to Thursday, and from 2pm-midnight on Fridays. During peak hours they will run every three minutes and 45 seconds, although initially the frequency will be every 10 minutes.

Fine for eating on the metro?
You are not allowed to eat on Metro you will get fined Dhs100 for eating on a Dubai metro train.

What happens next?
The 19 stops that are not opening today should all be operating by February next year. Then, in June 2010, the Green Line – stretching from Jadaf on the Creek to Al Qusais – should open. The Red Line is also going to be extended, taking it to the Jebel Ali/Abu Dhabi border. In 2012 the Purple Line will link Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport in Jebel Ali (which should open June 2010). There are plans for a Blue Line to serve the two airports along Emirates Road and even a Yellow Line, but it’s unknown where this will run. Every stop will be served by buses, abras or water taxis, all with air-conditioned waiting areas. The whole caboodle should be in business by 2015.

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Air Arabia receives IOSA registration

WAM Sharjah, 1 Sept, 2009 (WAM) – Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, announced today that it has successfully completed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), an internationally recognised evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline.

This in-depth audit, which was conducted by auditors from the Accredited Audit Organisation, Aviation Quality Services GmbH, over a period of 5 days, covered Air Arabia’s corporate organisation and management structure, flight operations, flight dispatch, aircraft engineering and maintenance, ground handling, cargo operations and airline security.

IOSA registration is awarded by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to those airlines demonstrating conformity with the comprehensive IOSA standards. Currently, some 327 airlines worldwide have received this registration.

“As the pioneer in the region’s low-cost carrier sector, Air Arabia is committed to ensuring the highest standards of safety and operational excellence,” said Adel Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia. “Receiving IOSA registration is therefore an important milestone in our ongoing journey to sustained growth and expansion.

Recently, Air Arabia was ranked first on the Top Performing Companies chart (TPC) as the best low-cost carrier (LCC) globally, in a study conducted by Aviation Week magazine, the largest information and services provider to the global aviation industry.

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Sales start for FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2009 tickets

Abu Dhabi, 1 Sept. 2009 (WAM) – The organising committee for the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2009 football announced today the start of tickets sale, 100 days ahead of the event.

FIFA and the UAE Football Association (UFA) urged fans to buy the tickets early to secure seats for the prestigious event, to be held in December in the UAE.

According to organisers said the tickets could be purchased online via the championship’s official website or by phone through dialing the number 800-5425 from UAE, or 00971 2 449 9955 from abroad.

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