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Dubai is, and will continue to be, a strong and vibrant global financial center, Sheikh Ahmad

Sheikh-Ahmad-Bin-Saeed-Al-MaktoumDubai, Dec14th, 2009 — Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Fiscal Committee (SFC) reassured the investors, financial and trade creditors, employees, and citizens support of the government and has said that Dubai is, and will continue to be, a strong and vibrant global financial center.

“The Government of Dubai remains committed to its high standards and its obligations. We are confident in our economic model, and we are confident in the long-term health and outlook for our economy”, he said in a statement on Monday.

“The actions taken today are consistent with our market development, and we believe they are the actions that will best serve the interests of all stakeholders,” he added.

The Government of Dubai, acting through the Supreme Fiscal Committee (“SFC”), today announced a set of actions in relation to Dubai World.

Full text of Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Fiscal Committee statement: Like other global financial centers, Dubai has faced recent market challenges driven by global economic slowdown and severe real estate market correction.

Recently, Dubai World announced that it might not be able to commercially support its obligations. Since that time, the Government of Dubai has worked closely with the Abu Dhabi Government and the UAE Central Bank addressing and assessing the impact of Dubai World on the UAE economy, banking system and investor confidence.

The following provides comprehensive set of actions: First, the Government of Abu Dhabi and the UAE Central Bank have agreed to provide important support.

Specifically, the Government of Abu Dhabi has agreed to fund $10 billion to the Dubai Financial Support Fund that will be used to satisfy a series of upcoming obligations on Dubai World.

As a first action for the new fund, the Government of Dubai has authorized $4.1 billion to be used to pay the sukuk obligations that are due today. The remaining funds would also provide for interest expenses and company working capital through April 30, 2010 – conditioned on the company being successful in negotiating a standstill as previously announced.

In addition, the Government of Dubai is particularly focused on addressing the concerns of Dubai World trade creditors within the Emirate of Dubai. To help address these concerns, today the Government of Dubai is announcing that the remainder of the funds provided will be used for the satisfaction of obligations to existing trade creditors and contractors. Discussions with affected contractors will begin in short order.

Next, the central bank is also prepared to provide support to local UAE banks.

Finally, today the Government of Dubai will announce a comprehensive reorganization law, a framework that is based upon internationally accepted standards for transparency and creditor protection. This law will be available should Dubai World and its subsidiaries be unable to achieve an acceptable restructuring of its remaining obligations.

Today’s actions, taken together, demonstrate our strong commitment as a global financial leader to transparency, good governance, and market principles. There will certainly be challenges periodically, just as there are challenges in other major financial centers around the globe. We believe today’s actions will best serve the interests of all stakeholders.

We are here today to reassure investors, financial and trade creditors, employees, and our citizens that our government will act at all times in accordance with market principles and internationally accepted business practices. Dubai is, and will continue to be, a strong and vibrant global financial center. Our best days are yet to come.

The Government of Dubai remains committed to its high standards and its obligations. We are confident in our economic model, and we are confident in the long-term health and outlook for our economy.

The actions taken today are consistent with our market development, and we believe they are the actions that will best serve the interests of all stakeholders.”

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Emirates takes delivery of sixth A380

emirates-380-seolDubai, 13 Dec 2009 Forging ahead with the airline’s immense fleet expansion Emirates has taken delivery of its sixth Airbus A380 aircraft.

The colossal aircraft landed in Dubai late last night after travelling from the J rgen Thomas Delivery Centre in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft is currently being fitted with the airline’s service hallmarks at Emirates’ world class engineering facility, in preparation for entry into service.

Taking delivery of this mammoth plane Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President Engineering and Operations said: “The delivery of our sixth A380 aircraft is testament to Emirates’ steadfast resilience amidst the global economic crisis. The A380 offers us the ability to support our operational needs and meet passenger demand, an important factor with international load levels looking positive over the next few months.” “We remain resolute in our expansion plans in terms of both fleet and destinations. In the last four weeks alone Emirates has announced plans to start services to Tokyo and Amsterdam in 2010 and has also taken delivery of three new aircraft including two Boeing 777-300ER, in addition to today’s Airbus A380.” Serving six far reaching destinations including; Sydney, Auckland, Bangkok, Toronto, Heathrow and from tomorrow Seoul, Emirates’ A380 aircraft provide a greener option for long haul travel through substantial reductions in noise, emissions and fuel burn. From 29th December Emirates will also commence an A380 service to Paris, with the carrier’s seventh A380 aircraft due for delivery later this month.

Designed to provide customers with the greatest travel comforts on long-range journeys, the Emirates’ A380 – with 14 First Class Private Suites, 76 Business Class and 399 Economy seats – represents the latest innovation and technology from a company recognized internationally for its in-flight amenities and services.

Unique to the Emirates aircraft are its Shower Spas – two fully-equipped bathrooms in the First Class cabins with shower facilities. Emirates A380’s ground-breaking in-flight product also features an Onboard Lounge for First and Business Class passengers which includes a bar with a wide range of beverages and canap s as well as an exclusive space to socialise or simply relax.

Spread over two levels, the whole of the A380 upper deck is dedicated to premium passengers. Towards the front, First Class passengers can relax in one of 14 flat-bed, massage-equipped Private Suites. These incorporate remote-controlled doors, a work desk, an electrically controlled mini-bar and the most advanced in-flight entertainment system available to travellers.

The main deck is dedicated to Economy class passengers and is fitted with comfortable seating as well as seat back individual 12 inch LCD screens, offering passengers a wide range of in-flight entertainment.

The arrival of sixth Airbus A380 brings Emirates’ all-wide bodied passenger fleet to 142 aircraft. Emirates operates services to 101 cities spanning 62 countries on six continents.

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Abu Dhabi among top ten destinations to visit during 2010

Abu Dhabi, 9 Dec. 2009 – The USA’s best selling travel guide, Frommer’s, has listed the Arabian Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi as among its top ten destinations to visit during 2010.

The listing follows recommendations from journalists and voting from Frommer’s readers. Frommer’s says the list of its 2010 recommended destinations represents “a mix of emerging hotspots, under-appreciated cities and placed to visit before they are over-rum by tourist crowds.” The announcement comes hard on the heels of last month’s inclusion of Abu Dhabi within its Top Ten recommended destination for 2010 by Lonely Planet, one of the world’s leading tourist guides.

“This is a fantastic endorsement on which to end what has been an incredible year for Abu Dhabi,” Mubarak Al Muhairi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) was quoted as saying by Global Arab Network.

“It has been a year which has seen the destination achieve world-class event status with the staging of the Etihad Airways Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, of an expanding tourism proposition with a number of private sector operators bringing in new attractions and a significant growth in the emirate-wide hotel stock with new, gold-standard properties in the Liwa Desert, downtown Abu Dhabi city and on the magnificent Yas Island. We have a tremendous foundation on which to build even further in 2011.” Frommer’s commends Abu Dhabi for its beautiful beaches, greenery, distinct Emirati character and the preservation of its conservative heritage.

Fiona Quinner, Frommer’s UK Commissioning Editor described the destination as offering “Excellent value-for-money flights with Etihad airways and the usual excellent Arabic hospitality.”

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KITAB, ECAE join forces to host educational meet

abu-dhabi-book-fairAbu Dhabi, 9th Dec. 2009 — KITAB (Meaning Book in Arabic), is a company who organises the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, and Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE) will organise The Education Chapter, a two-day education seminar that will run on 3rd and 4th March alongside the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) 2010.

Commenting on the partnership agreement, His Excellency Jumaa Al Qubaisi, Director of the National Library and Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, said: “Building a knowledge economy relies on the strength, vision and preparedness of our education system. This strategic partnership between KITAB and Emirates College for Advanced Education establishes The Education Chapter as a solid platform upon which we can build a dialogue around the challenges ahead of us.” Co-signatory to the MoU and KITAB’s General Manager Monika Krauss said: “KITAB are delighted to be collaborating with ECAE and entering into this MoU to bring about The Second Chapter of TEC at the ADIBF 2010.

HE-Juma-Al-QubaisiThis is an opportunity for delegates to share in best practice experiences from this region and internationally. The expertise that ECAE will bring will ensure that together we can send delegates back to their classrooms with a renewed vigour and equipped with the tools of change.” Dr Ian Haslam, Vice Chancellor of ECAE and MoU co-signatory, said: “We are pleased to be partnering on this MOU today to host 2nd Chapter of TEC during the world-class event that is the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. As the first and only stand-alone college for teachers and principals in the UAE our mission is to assist in the improvement of teaching and learning in schools, so connecting the professional workshops and resources we provide with TEC makes perfect sense.” ECAE is a partner college of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC).

First held during the 19th ADIBF, The Education Chapter brings together local and international education professionals to discuss the most pressing issues facing twenty-first century classrooms. This year’s Chapter promises to be no different. Bringing together some of the best minds in education, the conference will be held over the 3rd and 4th March. Over the course of two days delegates will participate in a range of workshops and seminars as well as a series of key-note speeches. ECAE will also provide sponsorship for 70 delegate-places.

The MoU was signed in the presence of Mr Mohamed Salem Al Dhaheri, Director of Abu Dhabi Educational Council, representing ADEC of which ECAE is a part.

Notes to Editors: KITAB KITAB was established in 2007 as a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and the Frankfurt Book Fair, one of the most successful publishing industry fairs worldwide. KITAB was established in order to raise the bar in the publishing industry in the MENA region and ensure improved professional standards while working towards establishing Abu Dhabi as the publishing hub of the region, through initiatives such as promotional reading campaigns, improving distribution and tackling issues such as piracy and copyrighting.

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Balloon Adventures flies into Abu Dhabi’s desert

abu-dhabi-baloon-adventureAbu Dhabi, 9th Dec. 2009: One of the world’s most experienced balloon companies, with operations in Germany, New Zealand and Hungary, has begun operations in Abu Dhabi as “Balloon Adventures Emirates” offering hot air balloon expeditions into the heart of the emirate’s pristine desert.

Balloon Adventures Emirates says its a magic carpet ride’ expeditions give passengers a unique view of a landscape which takes in huge red sand dunes, the emerald green oases of Al Ain, the emirate’s second city and heritage capital, and the chance to spot Arabian gazelles and wandering camels in their natural habitat.

Beginning early in the morning – around 5.30am from pick up points in Abu Dhabi city – the expeditions launch from an area just north of Al Ain, about an hour’s drive from the UAE capital, and are fully approved by the country’s General Civil Aviation Authority and GHQ.

“Rising early for a sunrise flight is a minor inconvenience when compared to the breathtaking views and incredible desertscapes to be seen,” said Peter Kollar, Director, Balloon Adventures Emirates. “It is also the best time for flying as the cool and serene ambience adds to the experience.” The company operates a fleet of six balloons in Abu Dhabi and, in addition to its regular itinerary, which lasts around five hours, offers exclusive balloon charter and four-wheel-drive transfers. Its service will operate from the end of September to the end of May.

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), which manages, helps develop and promote the emirate’s tourism industry, has welcomed the company’s arrival.

“This is another exciting addition to Abu Dhabi’s steadily expanding tourism offering and is a great fit with our target visitor profile,” said Ahmed Hussein, ADTA’s Deputy Director General. “We seek to attract people who wish to engage with the emirate and its people and get close to it and this offering fulfils this criteria.”

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Sixth Five: The New BMW 5er in Dubai

bmw-5-seriesAs for the styling, out are the Bangle-butt and the hardened lines of the E60, and in are more traditional creases on the bonnet and just beneath the doors, reminiscent of earlier models such as the E39.

Let’s make it clear at the outset. The sixth-generation BMW 5 Series hasn’t seen a massive shake up when it comes to engines. However, all the models across the range boast more grunt this time around.

The 528i, for example, packs 28 extra horses and 40 more torques, enabling the jump to 100kph in just 6.6 seconds. The range-topping 550i, home to the only V8 in the clan, houses a jaw-dropping 407bhp and 600Nm of torque — a boost of 47 hooves and 112Nm. The flagship 5er’s V8 achieves these figures thanks to the twin-turbos under the bonnet allowing a climb to 100kph in a Boxster-busting 5.0 seconds.

Naturally, M5 fans can expect some impressive numbers when the car is unveiled next year, but it’s the only model that gets a serious downsizing. Word is that BMW engineers will drop the F1-derived V10 in favour of a twin-turbo V8, similar to the one in the X5 M and X6 M. So look towards their 555bhp figure.

Further enhancements to the new 5 Series include greater stability, courtesy of a longer wheelbase and wider track, as well as double wishbone suspension at the front and a multi-link set-up out back. For those who feel there is a bit of Robert Kubica within, the Sport Plus option on the Dynamic Drive Control will stiffen the suspension, tighten the steering and improve throttle response.

The front also lends itself to a softening of the headlights and a more prominent-bulbous kidney grille. The overall stance is, meanwhile, improved by the reduction of the front overhang, a slight widening of the body and the sweeping coupé-like roof line, all portraying a sleeker, sportier image overall. As before, xDrive AWD is available as an option, along with an all-wheel steering package.

This being a BMW there will be a plethora of gadgets on offer. Options such as park assist, lane departure warning, night vision camera with pedestrian recognition, head-up display, high-beam assist and pretty much anything you can currently get on the new 7 will be available in the 5 Series. The 5er will hit UAE showrooms in March 2010.

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8 Reasons for Selling Your Real Estate Online in Dubai

DUBAI, UAE, A business decision should come upon the heels of careful consideration of possible advantages and disadvantages. In the case of selling property in an online real estate marketplace, you have many advantages that combine to increase the time you devote to other priorities.

Here are 8 reasons why you should consider selling your property online in DUbai

– You can write a detailed listing that entices buyers to consider your
property. If you have strong writing skills or can enlist the
assistance of someone who does, you can develop the short copy for
buyers. Words express what buyers want to know beyond what photos can
tell them.

– You can choose the photographs that make your property the most
attractive. Some buyers, especially real estate investors, will perform
their own research before they buy a property. They need to know about
potential growth in the area, including reasons why other buyers would
want to buy the property. Investors make money by turning over property
sales in a short time. Perhaps this is also how you plan to make a
profit.

– No property showings are needed. Some real estate buyers who would buy
through an online marketplace would sometimes rarely invest the time in
real life visiting a property. Our full-service website enables you to
find a buyer for your property located anywhere in the world, not just
in the Middle East.

– You can make a great impression online with the power of an Internet
property listing. Statistics also show that nearly 80% of buyers start
their property search on the internet. Customers will depend on you for
something that sparks their interest or meets their immediate needs.

– You can eliminate wasted time that comes from too much paperwork. The
Internet method of transacting business appeals to people who don’t
have time for the slower process of closing a real estate deal through
traditional methods. Read over our terms of service carefully to
understand the process.

– You can take advantage of free advertising by selling your property on
Beeyoot.Com. In our business model, buyers save from paying transaction
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potential market of buyers with a free listing. (coupon code: byt100)

– Buyers may have more important things to do than waiting and depending
only on real estate professionals to select properties for their
consideration. The online property listing lets any buyer with
computer access find your property around the clock.

– Our website brings buyers and sellers to the point of sale. With clear
terms of service and year-round customer support, we will help you make
this transaction successful through our online marketplace. And the
great news is that market forces will potentially generate offers you
weren’t expecting!

Selling your property here is too convenient to pass up as a great business opportunity. E-business is also advantageous for people who want to reduce the environmental impact of their business transactions. Real estate property sellers depend on online real estate marketplaces to reach the international community of real estate buyers with the money to spend on your real estate.

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Quit bashing Dubai – Says Arab News Article!

burj-al-arab-dubaiIt is surprising to see how world reacts at one flaw of Dubai while there are others who make humangous blunders and no one talks as much. The western media is bashing Dubai from every corner they can find this show the jelousy and a bit of anger as well in the west against development in Dubai, Here is very good article Published in Saudi Newspaper Arabnews.com

Attacking Dubai has become fashionable in Western circles. British reporters and columnists, in particular, are sinking their teeth into the Emirate like dogs chomping on a juicy bone. The latest news that Dubai World seeks to restructure its debt involving a six-month payment delay has triggered a host of salivating media hounds baying for blood. A few days ago, hysterical headlines were predicting another global economic crash with banks worldwide falling like ninepins. Following the doom-laden onslaught, currencies have dipped and markets fallen.

Countries, companies and individuals restructure their debts all the time. There has been no suggestion that Dubai World is about to go under or that it will leave its creditors high and dry. The fact is Dubai is getting back on its feet. It’s true that it was more vulnerable to the global economic downturn than the rest of the Middle East but the crisis itself was not of its own doing.

Even the finest financial brains were unable to foresee the US subprime crisis that spurred the global meltdown. Yet, according to an article in the Sunday Times a few days ago titled “Dubai needs to stop the contagion fast”, “Dubai is a monument to the excesses that gave us this global financial crisis”. There’s just one problem with that. The crisis resulted from greedy US mortgage lenders, unscrupulous financial houses and dodgy credit ratings agencies.

Just in case my colleagues in the British media are too busy dreaming up new slanderous tidbits for their next bash-Dubai installment to think objectively, it’s worthwhile stressing that the emirate doesn’t stand alone.

It is an integral part of the United Arab Emirates, which, overall is doing very nicely. Just a day before the Dubai World announcement, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he was impressed by “the quick recovery made by the UAE economy and the measures made by the leadership…”

There is absolutely no way that the federal government in Abu Dhabi would throw Dubai to the wolves, for if it did, the whole country would be dragged down with it; perhaps even the region. To prove the point, the country’s Central Bank has moved to guarantee Dubai’s debts while more liquidity is being pumped into Dubai banks. Some pundits are peering into their crystal balls to prophecy a quid pro quo situation whereby Dubai will end up having to hand its airline Emirates or other major Dubai-owned companies to Abu Dhabi.

That, too, is an unlikely scenario because the two emirates are linked by more than money. They have ties of blood and marriage as well as a shared history. Thirty-eight years ago, on Dec. 2, 1971, the UAE was founded. Cementing the seven emirates that make up the UAE was no easy task for its founders, but they did it against all odds. Western predictions that the fledgling country would collapse due to infighting came to naught, just like today’s gloomy forecasts will.

What Dubai’s rulers have achieved in less than four decades is nothing short of incredible. I know firsthand. My first visit there was in 1975 when it was mostly sand interspersed with a few roads, a hospital, some schools and souks around the Creek. Its only recognizable landmark was the Dubai Clocktower. Its only five-star hotel was the newly-built Intercontinental. At that time, few outsiders had even heard of the place, whereas, today, it fills miles of column inches each year. The fact that it has gained such prominence in such a short time is worth applauding, even if, over the past year or so much of it has been negative.

TAKE The Observer, for instance. During last Sunday alone, it has published a veritable slew of vitriolic articles centered on Dubai. In one day, there was “As Dubai crashes from wonder to blunder, who will go down with it?” “Dubai’s property bonanza just wasn’t built to last” and “Dubai: Bling City is dead but the desert dream lives on”.

What is it with these writers? Haven’t they got anywhere else to moan on about? If making their readers depressed is their thing, they could always tour some of Britain’s crime/drug/yob-ridden housing estates or mosey on over to America’s mushrooming tent cities. Why all this focus on Dubai?

In a word: Envy. Dubai’s tax-free, sunshine-filled, glamorous lifestyle is the stuff of dreams for British commuters slogging away struggling to pay their mortgages and bills with Saturday night out down the pub the highlight of their week.

Then there are those who cannot stomach the fact that an Arab country, a Muslim country, has created a Utopia in the desert, and, worse, set itself up as a benchmark of excellence. If it consisted of clusters of thatched-roof huts with a luxury tourist resort or two, they would be saying how wonderfully picturesque it was.

Then they could wander around, buy a few trinkets, throw a few coins to smiling kids and feel oh so superior. Dubai isn’t humble enough for them.

That’s my take and I’m sticking to it. Johann Hari of The Independent has gone so far as to call Dubai “a sinister mirage in the desert”. Oh please! He just cannot help envy seeping out of his every phrase. He is obviously offended at what he calls “bragging Emiratis” and Westerners who love Dubai because they have “domestic slaves to do all the hard work”. In all my 14 years living and working in Dubai, I never came across a single “slave” or the “chain gangs” he mentions.

The people I met there from all over the world chose to come to Dubai because they could earn money to send to their families and, once they had managed to save a nest egg, they often returned home. Would Hari dare refer to the Latino domestics in places like Florida or California as “slaves”?

Indeed, there are plenty of real slaves on his doorstep in the UK, where thousands of young women from Eastern Europe have been trafficked under the pretext of becoming au pairs or cleaners.

Once it gets over this minor financial setback Dubai will shine even brighter. And to those who get paid for wishing it ill at every opportunity there will be only one thing to say: “Get over it!” – sierra12th@yahoo.co.uk

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Dubai World issues updated statement on debt obligations

dubai-world-logoDubai, Dec 1st, 2009 (WAM) — Dubai World (“Dubai World”) and its subsidiaries (the “Group”) would like to update their lenders on recent developments relating to their debt obligations.

Following a detailed review of the Group’s liquidity and capital structure, Dubai World has concluded that it should immediately consider alternatives in respect of the debt obligations of certain entities within the Group.

The proposed restructuring process will only relate to Dubai World and certain of its subsidiaries including; Nakheel World and Limitless World. The process will not include Infinity World Holding, Istithmar World and Ports ‘&’ Free Zone World (which includes DP World, Economic Zones World, P’&’O Ferries and Jebel Ali Free Zone), all of which are on a stable financial footing.

The total value of debt carried by the companies subject to the restructuring process amounts to approximately US$26 billion, of which approximately US$6 billion relates to the Nakheel sukuk.

It is envisaged the restructuring process will be carried out in an equitable way for the overall benefit of all stakeholders and will comprise several phases including: long term plans and commitment of stakeholders; determination of maintainable profit and cash generation; assessment of deleveraging options, including asset sales; assessment of funding requirements and the formulation of restructuring proposals to financial creditors and their implementation.

Initial discussions have commenced with the banks of Dubai World and are proceeding on a constructive basis. In light of the current operational challenges and the future obligations of the Group, it is anticipated that the process and any related actions to address strategic alternatives will be conducted on an expedited basis. As part of this overall process, Nakheel requests its sukuk holders to appoint an authorised representative with whom discussions can commence.

Moelis ‘&’ Company have been appointed to advise on the Dubai World restructuring with Rothschild, who will continue their ongoing role as financial advisor.

Dubai World intends to adopt a policy of regular communication and will provide further updates as this process develops.

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World ranked climbers to race against clock at Outdoor Adventure Dubai 2009

outdoor-dubai-adventure-2009Dubai, Nov 30th, 2009 (WAM) — Two of the best speed climbers in the world are set to thrill the crowds by racing against the clock in Dubai next month, as part of the first dedicated outdoor adventure and sporting event in the United Arab Emirates.

The men’s International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) world number three Makysym Stienkovyy, from Ukraine, and the women’s IFSC world number two Anna Stenkovaya, from Russia, will be wowing the crowds as they race each other to the top of a specially constructed climbing and abseiling wall during Outdoor Adventure Dubai 2009 from 17 – 19 December 2009.

With a natural synergy between those passionate about an outdoor lifestyle and those with a love of the motoring industry, visitors to Outdoor Adventure Dubai 2009 will also be able to take in the 10th anniversary Dubai International Motor Show which runs from 16-20 December 2009 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“By coming face-to-face with an international line-up of some of the best sports climbers and a world record holding rally driver, Outdoor Adventure Dubai 2009 will ignite a passion for an outdoor lifestyle among visitors to the show. The ‘try before you buy concept at the show will also allow visitors to use all of the products on show and get a taste for outdoor adventure during an action-packed three days,” said Trixee Loh, Senior Vice President, Dubai World Trade Centre.

Intrepid rally driver Hesham Nessim, who recently smashed all records by driving his vehicle across the Egyptian western desert twice in an astonishing 13 hours and 33 minutes for a new Guinness World Record, will be interacting with visitors at Outdoor Adventure Dubai 2009. The challenge was sponsored by The Egyptian Tourism Authority to promote the desert’s natural beauty, archaeological wonders and Bedouin culture.

“Most visitors to Egypt stay in the cities or resorts, but not many venture out into the desert,” said Amr El Ezabi, Chairman, Egyptian Tourism Authority. “We want to tell people that you can have a totally different leisure experience away from the Pyramids and The Nile.” Visitors will also be able to emerge themselves in the latest snorkelling and dive gear in a special dive pool, compete against their friends to a shoot out at the Ultimate Paintball challenge and experience urban dance culture in the UAE with the first National BBoy breakdancing championships, organised by URS.

In addition, the traditional delights of Dubai can be rediscovered at a Heritage Village run by the Government of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), the show’s official event partner, where there will exciting falconry displays, traditional houses brought back to life, local handicrafts and a wide range of other activities.

“The show is the first complete outdoor adventure and sporting event of its kind to be held in the UAE, featuring companies, agents and distributors representing some of the biggest international consumer brands. The show is being staged in a venue with dedicated features which will allow visitors to try out the newest sports and outdoor equipment,” added Loh.

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