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Al Gharbia watersports festival kicks off in Mirfa next month

Final preparations are underway for the 5th Al Gharbia Watersports Festival that will take place in Mirfa, Al Gharbia, the Western Region of Abu Dhabi Emirate. The event is held under the distinguished patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative for the Western Region and is organized by the Western Region Development Council (WRDC).

Mohamed Hamad bin Azzan Al Mazrouei, Acting Undersecretary of the Ruler’s Representative Court in the Western Region and the Director General of WRDC, said: “For the past few years the Al Gharbia Watersports Festival has attracted thousands of families and visitors to Al Gharbia. So for 2013 we have made sure there is something for everyone, meaning this year is going to be even bigger and better than anything we have ever organised before.” “Throughout the year we have been working closely our partners, local businesses, hotels, caterers and residents in Al Gharbia to promote the region as one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the country. As a result, we are now all set to welcome visitors from around the world to come and participate in the festival’s many activities,” he added.

Obaid Khalfan Al Mazrouei, the Festival Manager, said that plans are being put in place to welcome the thousands of competitors and visitors expected to attend the watersports festival this year. “Along with the plans we have developed for the Festival, there will be a lot of exciting programs for families, where they will have the opportunity to engage in a whole host of fun activities open to the public, including new activities and our professional trainers on hand offering free coaching sessions during the week.” The Al Gharbia Watersports Festival is a 10-day extravaganza filled with wonder, water and world-class athletes. From kiteboards and surf ski kayaks in the waves to chilled-out camping and a DJ playing on shore, along with many other activities and surprises. Besides the sporting competitions that include wakeboarding, beach volleyball and beach football, the festival will also offer a night camp activities with festive food stations as well as a traditional ‘souk’ to satisfy eager shoppers.

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First-ever Dubai World Conference on Consumer Rights kicks off Monday 1st April

DUBAI: The first-ever Dubai World Conference on Consumer Rights (DWCCR) and Power Brands Dubai exhibition, will be launched at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 1 to 3 April, 2013.

The inaugural edition of the event is under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

Organised by the Department of Economic Development , Dubai, the conference and exhibition aim to bring the best international practices in protecting consumer rights and intellectual property to the fast-evolving Middle East retail sector and particularly the vibrant UAE market.

The ultimate objective of the event is to empower consumers and help retailers drive revenues through consumer loyalty. The conference will feature 27 speakers including international consumer rights advocates as well as experts in consumer protection and intellectual property rights (IPR), brand strategists, businesses, government officials and the academia.

“The Middle East sector has a high concentration of brands, outlets, sales activity and human talent. Dubai is a good example of a vibrant retail market contributing remarkably to the national value-add as well as creating jobs and stimulating growth across other sectors such as logistics and tourism,” Omar Bushahab, CEO of Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection Sector said referring to the significance of DWCCR and Power Brands Dubai.

“Creating awareness among traders as well as consumers on internationally accepted and ethical practices in retailing is the logical next step to making this promising sector competitive and sustainable. The Dubai World Consumer Rights Conference and Power Brands Dubai exhibition are part of our efforts in this direction,” Bushahab added.

The first day of the conference will have four key note sessions. Following the opening address and a speech by Tarek El Sekka, General Manager, Dubai Refreshments LLC/Pepsi, the delegates will move into the first session on Controlling the prices of commodities: What should be the role of governments-spectator, whistle-blower or watchdog? How governments can effectively interfere in the price mechanism?” Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate, Lawyer and former US Presidential candidate will lead the session.

Terry Jones, Founder ‘&’ former CEO of will lead the second session. Jones, who is also Chairman of and CIO of Sabre will share his thoughts on ‘The E-Commerce Revolution: How to protect the rights of consumers purchasing through the internet?’.

The third session on ‘Reading the fine print: The changing world of IPR law; how governments and business houses can benefit from this?’ will have Marion Guth, Regional Councillor for IP Matters ‘&’ Middle East INI Expert in the French embassy in the UAE, Dr Ghaith H Fariz, Director, Arab Knowledge Report, UNDP, and Jack Chang, Vice chairman of the China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment and Chairman of Quality Brands Protection Committee and Senior IP Counsel at General Electric will address this session moderated by Omer Obeidat, Partner ‘&’ Head of Intellectual Property Department at Al Tamimi ‘&’ Co.

Tom Philips, Programme Manager Europe for the Education Office of Global Outreach who also serves as Small Business Ombudsman of US Consumer Product Safety Commission will speak on ‘OECD’s Global Recalls; a global partner on product recalls that will create a breakthrough in product safety information sharing’ in the fourth session of the day.

The Power Brands exhibition will bring together major trademarks worldwide. Besides exchanging views on the latest concepts on brands and their promotion, the participants will demonstrate their winning practices in quality assurance and customer loyalty.

Sessions over the next two days will also see guest speakers highlighting latest trends and practices in consumer protection and IPR. Each session will be followed by a Q’&’A session to allow participants to interact with the speakers.

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GIBTM : TCA Abu Dhabi to roll out upgrades to Advantage Abu Dhabi incentive programme

ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi Tourism ‘&’ Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is planning to roll out enhancements to its Advantage Abu Dhabi incentive programmes at 3-day the Gulf Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition (GIBTM) which kicks off on 25th March at Abu Dhabi Exhibition Center (ADNEC), Abu Dhabi.

The Advantage Abu Dhabi upgrades are aimed at securing quick wins for the emirate among the Gulf’s corporate sector.

“The emphasis at GIBTM will very much be selling in to the trade and media a new compelling range of support activations which will significantly increase Abu Dhabi’s appeal as a regional corporate business events and incentives hub,” said Mubarak Al Nuaimi, the director Promotions ‘&’ Overseas Offices, TCA Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi’s business meetings credentials are in the ascendance with the emirate having secured a number of major congress bid wins and more currently being pursued.

“What is standing out is how much more there now is to the emirate in terms of infrastructure and capabilities which will be evident via the stakeholder promotions being mounted at our GIBTM pavilion,” remarked Al Nuaimi.

“Abu Dhabi is now a place which corporate meetings delegates can get out and explore making heightening any event’s experience potential. Hence, the upgraded incentives will include a broader selection of activities, excursions and teambuilding activities,” he added.

Sharing Abu Dhabi’s GIBTM pavilion this year are a plethora of hotels and resorts, including the newly-opened Novotel and Ibis Abu Dhabi Gate hotels and the Shangri-la Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, which will be pushing its recently-launched Horizon Club Lounge for corporate clients and the soon-to-open, five-star The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, which will occupy a commanding location in the Nation Towers on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche.

The hotel believes its heart-of-the-city location, close to the headquarters of major oil and gas companies as well as Government institutions will give it a corporate edge.

“We will have a predominant focus on the corporate segment,” said the hotel’s general manager, Oliver Key. “We believe that our product and service offering will suit this type of customer perfectly.

“We will have a magnificent ballroom and meetings facilities which, together with 283 guest room and suites, will offer MICE clientele an outstanding option for small-medium size meetings and large catered events, such as weddings for up to 750 people.” The MICE business is top-of-mind for the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel ‘&’ Resorts, which is at GIBTM as part of its campaign to increase its business by 15-20 per cent this year.

“Part of our strategy will be to attract new business by offering special promotional rates and discounts during soft periods,” said Khaled Amer, the director of sales ‘&’ marketing.

Net Tours And Travel, also featuring in Abu Dhabi’s GIBTM line-up is readying to launch new products into the market including a VIP Shopping Consultation product. The company which has sealed the ground handling for Italy’s Mattel incentive based out of the new Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal next month, is also to embark on renovation of its desert camps.

Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi will be spreading word of its new refurbishment which by Q3 this year will see all of its guest rooms and suites refreshed as well as the public areas.

“A new dedicated Royal Club Lounge is to be added as well as a new restaurant by a world-renowned chef,” said its general manager, Shaun Parsons.

“We are also revamping all our restaurants, including Al Fanar, the UAE capital’s only revolving and licensed restaurant and PJ’s its only Irish outlet to lift the hotel’s F’&’B to a higher level for foodies. The opening of a branded restaurant will be announced soon. The lobby is also included in the refurbishment plans and will be transformed into a �hub’ for guests and visitors as per Le Meridien signature lobby spaces.

“The market has been curious about the refurbishment plans for months but GIBTM will give us the chance to talk more openly about the new product and exhibit renderings and designs of the soon-to-be property enhancements.” Meanwhile, the five-star Jumeirah at Etihad Towers is planning to unveil a new range of private group event packages at the show – keeping the details under wraps until March 25. The beachfront property will also be promoting two of its latest venues at the show.

“For the first time at GIBTM, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers will promote Abu Dhabi’s highest luxury venue – the Observation Deck at 300,which, at 300 metres offers stunning views of the Corniche, the city skyline and the Arabian Gulf and is available for private functions. Additionally for the first time we will promote Scott’s Terrace as another unique open venue setting that hovers over the Arabian Gulf and is also available for private events,” said the GM Doris Greif.

“This year will see us further establish the hotel at a leading luxury MICE venue in Abu Dhabi with concentration and further development of MICE markets especially from the GCC, Europe and Asia,” said Greif.

Another landmark property – this time the iconic, five-star Hyatt Capital Gate – is set to launch special B2B offers targeted at the GCC market.

“Our aim is to secure new co-operation with wholesalers and other third-parties to increase the volume of business from Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia,” said its GM Ashwini Kumar

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ICTBM-13 to kick off next Monday in Dubai

ictbm-13DUBAI: The International Conference on Technology and Business Management (ICTBM-13), jointly organized by American University in the Emirates (AUE) and International Forum of Management Scholars (INFOMS), is set to commence next Monday at the Academic City in Dubai under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Majed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.

The 3-day conference is supported by AIMS International, the International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management (Check Site) and AIMS International Journal of Management.

Prof. Muthanna G. Abdul Razzaq, President and CEO of the University, said the conference will provide a platform for communication and cooperation among academic and industrial researchers in order to bridge the gap between science and industry.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of AUE, Mohammed Saleh Bin Badwa Al Darmaki, expressed hopes that the event will represent a signifigant meeting between technology and management, two pillars for success for business as well as for public sectors, educational institutes, non-profit organisations and government departments.

The Schedule of the ICTBM conference is announced as under

18th March

10 – 11AM Registration
11:00-11:45 : Inaugural Session
12:00-12:30  : Keynote Dr. Dennis J. Gayle
1:30 – 2:50     :    Technology-I 3215, 3230, 3236, 3289 , OB-I 3149, 3201, 3255, 3262, Higher Education-I 3144, 3160, 3187
3:15 – 4:15     :    Strategy-I 3108, 3176, 3226 2 CSR, 3165, 3190, 3285 , Higher Education-II 3115, 3155, 3182
4:20 – 5:20     :    Learning 3228, 3229, 3237 , Online Business 3111, 3204, 3273

19th March

9:30-10:50 :  Indian Business 3103, 3116, 3271, 3341  , Quality 3112, 3200, 3293, 3702 , Marketing 3142, 3170, 3174, 3268
11:20-12:40 :  Operations Management 3000, 3191, 3197, 3242 , Knowledge Management 3107, 3178, 3244,  Consumer Behaviour 3152, 3179, 3233, 3298
Optional Tour Desert Safari

20th March

9:30-10:50 1 : Globalization 3134, 3148, 3240, 3703,  OB-II 3122, 3132, 3156, 3168, Strategy-II 3141, 3241, 3245, 3279
11:20-12:20 : Finance-II 3254, 3281, 3292 HRM 3146, 3154, 3209 ,  Technology_II 3289, 3342, 3709
Optional City Tour

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Saudi Prince Meshaal meets UAE Balloon Team

uae-balloonSHARJAH: Saudi Prince Mishaal bin Abdulaziz, Head of Pledge-Allegiance Commission met the UAE Balloon Team here today. He was briefed by the UAE Balloon Team, led by Captain Abdul Aziz Nasser Al Mansouri, to take part in this year’s edition of the Al Janadriyah, an annual cultural festival held in the Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Chairman of the Higher Committee of the 7th UAE International Balloon Festival and Cup, Sheikh Ahmed bin Nasser Al Mualla, also briefed Prince Meshaal on preparations to launch the King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Balloon at this year’s festival in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The event to be held in December this year will also see the launch of the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Balloon Cup, the “Faris Al-Arab” (Arabic for the Arab Knight) Balloon Cup, the Spirit of the Union Balloon and the Gharbia Balloon will be launched at the same event.

In remarks at the meeting, Prince Meshaal hailed the achievements of the UAE in different spheres to advance prosperity and success in society. He also praised the achievements of the UAE Balloon Team in international competitions.


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SIKKA 2013 launches in Dubai to promote intercultural dialogue

DUBAI: H.H. Sheikh Majed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), officially inaugurated SIKKA 2013, the Authority’s contemporary artist-led fair in Dubai.

The fair was held in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, which seved as centre of the city in the past. 24th March, SIKKA 2013 features works from 70+ Emirati artists, and 14 multi-disciplinary initiatives and collectives, an array of special projects, workshops, panel discussions, live music and entertainment, film screenings, performances and a children’s educational programme, in addition to guided and self-led tours.

The SIKKA will last 11 days, visitors can discover over 45 new works on display and experience a diverse selection of interactive projects and hands-on workshops, shedding light on Dubai’s alternative arts and cultural scene.

H.H Sheikh Majed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: “Dubai’s cultural scene is witnessing incredible growth and the city has evolved as one of the world’s leading hubs for fine arts today. SIKKA stands apart in the arts sector of Dubai with its focus on promoting Emiratis and UAE-based artists. Over the past three years, the contemporary art fair has served as a platform to highlight the rich talent in our country. With the largest showcase of works, performances, and community-centric initiatives to date, SIKKA will continue to build on Dubai’s rich artistic identity and promote intercultural dialogue.” With numerous acts scheduled each day, SIKKA’s commissioned musicians will take the stage with their most recent creations. These include: As per Casper; Beatbox Ray; Fables of Cantt; Gayathri; Harrison Rice; Jabbar; Layla Lacole; Liminal Roots; Nada Dada; Regal Beats; Sach Holden; Shay; Swerte; THEM;’ and Valentin Spasov, in addition to performances from Imagyne, Paul D, and Star TOO.

Works by up-and-coming filmmakers include Amal Agroobi’s 90% Psyche; Anushka Anand’s Lonely @ Night; Camille Mallat’s SIKKA Photo Booth; Hania Ansari’s My Heart My Fellow Traveler; Mohammed Al Marzouqi’s Travelling Through Time; and Salma El-Shami’s Shiddi ?eilek.

Over 45 commissioned visual artists will showcase a diverse breath of mediums including installations, photography, graphic design, sculpture, painting, drawing, video art, and mixed media, among others.

Visual artists working on site and context specific work and installations include: Aaesha Al Ahmed; Abdul Azim Al Ghussein; Ahmed Bouholaigah; Amal Al Khaja; Amartey Cousland-Golding; Arwa Jundi; Cristiano Luchetti; Caravan + Studio 7; Darwin Guevera; Gilda Jabbari; Hamdan Buti Al Shamsi; Karee Dahl; Khawla Darwish; Mia O; Mohammed Jumairi; Mouza Al Matrooshi; Nadine Nour El Din Ezzat; Noor Al Suwaidi; Nouf Aljahdhami; Nourhan Darwish; Rabi Georges; Rami Farook; Rashid Al Mulla; Reem Abdulwahid; Saba Qizilbash; Sara Al Hadad; Shaikha Al Mazrou; Shamma Al Amri; The Good News Team; Vikram Divecha; Walid Wawi; and Zahra Jewangjee ‘&’ Simon Coates.

This showcase is rich with photographic and video works and installations from Alia Hussain Lootah; Cristiana De Marchi; Farah Al Qasimi; Hazem Mahdy; Mark Pilkington; pointCOUNTERpoint; Rania Jishi; Sinisa Vlajkovic; and Zara Mahmood.

This year will also have a special house dedicated to design, comprising young designers exploring the medium beyond the commercial context. These include: Khalid Mezaina; Layan Attari; M?bius Design Studio; Nada AlYafaei; Talin Hazbar; and Tulip Hazbar.

All visits and activities at SIKKA 2013 are open to the public. Participation is free of charge; however registration is required for workshops due to limited seating.

SIKKA 2013 will be held concurrently with Art Week, Dubai’s premier umbrella arts initiative encompassing of Art Dubai and Design Days Dubai.

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Project to Restore Sharjah’s Heritage Areas in Progress

Sharjah, 11 Mar., 2013 (WAM)– Aiming to retain the feel of the 1950s in Sharjah’s traditional areas, the largest heritage project in the UAE and Gulf region, the ‘Heart of Sharjah’ is currently in progress.

The five-phase, 15-year historical restoration project which aims to restore and revamp the traditional heritage areas of Sharjah, is scheduled for completion in 2025.

The project plans to feature diverse commercial, cultural and residential projects. It also aims to create tourist and trade destinations, including a boutique hotel, restaurants, retail shops, art galleries, traditional and contemporary markets, archaeological sites, museums, play areas, and commercial offices which will be placed in renovated old or ancient houses, a Gulf News daily reported today.

The heritage project is being undertaken by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) in cooperation with the Sharjah Department of Public Works and a number of government bodies and departments in the Emirate.

Starting its renovations in 2010, the project’s first out of five phases is near completion.

As part of phase 1, the foundation works of the Al Hisn Fort, Al Midfa Houses, and Al Tawaweesh House have been checked and evaluated for plans to add an upper floor to the buildings. The design and layout of the buildings is currently under study.

The chipping process has also been completed and the construction team is currently working to repair the facade.

Works were also carried out in October 2012 on Bank Street, the first modern commercial street in Sharjah constructed in the late 1970s.

The project was launched after a non-intrusive ground radar survey of the area showed extensive remains of the historic core of the city, including its souq, which lay underneath the tarmac of Bank Street.

Works included a full archaeological excavation, led by Tatsuo Sasaki, Professor Emeritus at the Department of Archaeology, University of Kanazawa, Japan and coordinated between Shurooq, the Sharjah Ruler’s Office, the Directorate of Heritage, and the Directorate of Antiquities.

“It is believed that the town dates back at least to the late 16th century, and the object of the work to be carried out between November 1 and May 2013 will be to identify the foundations from earlier periods in the town’s history in an attempt to accurately date Sharjah’s urban history in this location, as well as to ascertain how it has evolved over the centuries,” said Peter Jackson, Architectural Adviser in the Ruler’s Office.

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Dubai’s peace dove officially recognised the world’s biggest button mosaic

DUBAI: The organising committee of the forthcoming region’s first-ever Peace and Sport Middle East Forum received an official Guinness World Records for making the world’s biggest peace dove of about 1.2 million buttons with the colours of the UAE flag.


The 19X19 meters white peace dove, with a design that follows the UAE’s national colours highlighting the UAE’s stature as a peace-loving country, is rising at the Burj Khalifa complex, was sponsored by Emaar Properties and is spearheaded by Iraqi extreme sportsman Captain Fareed Lafta, 33, a goodwill ambassador and peace-campaigner who roped in Dubai school children from 2nd March to build the dove over seven days.

The representative of Guinness World Records handed over the certificate to the committee announcing that the work was made of exactly one million and nineteen thousand and seventy three buttons.

The Peace and Sport Middle East Forum will be held April 23-24, 2013 in Dubai.

In April 2012, the Dubai Sports Council and “Peace and Sport, l’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport” formed a strategic alliance to make sport a driving force for development, education, social cohesion and peace in the entire Middle East and further afield.

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World’s biggest peace dove to be unveiled in Dubai 10th March

Fareed-Lafta-dove-artistDUBAI: The world’s biggest peace dove made of 1.2 million buttons with the colors of the UAE flag was completed in Dubai setting a new record to make its way to Guinness World Records to highlight the UAE’s stature as a peace-loving country.

The 19X19 meters white peace dove, with a design that follows the UAE’s national colors, will rise at the Burj Khalifa complex on 10th March in a ceremony to be held by the organizing committee of the forthcoming region’s first-ever Peace and Sport Middle East Forum, to be held April 23-24, 2013 in Dubai.

The Dove is idea of an Iraqi extreme sportsman Captain Fareed Lafta, 33, a dare-devil-turned-peace-campaigner who sought help from Dubai school children to build the Dove over seven days (from March 2 to 9).

The white dove, with a base and design that follows the UAE’s national colours, is more than symbolic.
“We want to encourage kids to choose peace and build something which the world can look up to – like Dubai itself,” said Lafta, a goodwill ambassador for Iraqi Red Crescent. He is also known as the Iraqi “superman” for his many feats, including skydive over Mt Everest and the North Pole.

So why is he attempting this new record? “It’s not about making a record as much as making our youngsters know why peace is for their own good. War is easy, but it brings so much destruction. Peace is a personal choice. It builds societies. Peace is profitable. Therefore, peace is the choice of the brave.”

Lafta left Bagdad in 2003 at the beginning of the US-led war and settled in Dubai. He boasts his own peace-making credentials. Lafta was chosen by the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences to represent the Arab world and Iraq in space and is a qualified cosmonaut who flew to the edge of space in 2009. He earned the Golden Peace Dove award as part of German diplomacy in Afghanistan in 2011 and was also chosen as World Champion for Peace and Sport in Monaco that same year.

The work is sponsored by Emaar Properties and is spearheaded by Iraqi extreme sportsman Captain Fareed Lafta, 33, a goodwill ambassador and peace-campaigner who roped in Dubai school children from 2nd March to build the dove over seven days.

At the ceremony, the committee will receive an official certificate from Guinness World Records.

In April 2012, the Dubai Sports Council and “Peace and Sport, l’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport” formed a strategic alliance to make sport a driving force for development, education, social cohesion and peace in the entire Middle East region and further afield.

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UAE 1st regionally, 28th overall in Travel ‘&’ Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013

travel-tourism-competitive-reportGENEVA: Travel ‘&’ Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013 was released here by World Economic Forum (WEF), has shown the trends in tourism by the governments in the member countries. The United Arab Emirates has shown a continues trend of  leading the region by ranking 28th overall, up two places since the last assessment, according to the Travel ‘&’ Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013.

“The UAE has built a cultural resource base, attracting both leisure and business travelers, with several and growing international fairs and exhibitions and increasingly diverse creative industries. In addition, the country is characterized by a strong affinity for Travel ‘&’ Tourism (24th),” the report titled “Reducing Barriers to Economic Growth and Job Creation” said.

Perhaps the most important competitive advantage of UAE T’&’T competitiveness relates to its world-class international hubs for global air travel, it noted.

Further, the UAE has carried out effective marketing and branding campaigns (1st) and has embraced policy rules and regulations that are conducive to the development of the sector (13th). In particular, the country is open to foreign investments (14th) and has a liberal visa regime (33rd).


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World’s largest natural flower garden opens in Dubai

Dubai has no shortage of mega projects this time it is indeed a miracle. Dubai’s desert has now been converted into an oasis of flowers at the Dubailand’s new venture the “Dubai Miracle Garden”, Billing itself as the world’s largest natural flower garden, the 72,000-square-meter attraction.

The name is apt, considering this mega-garden was -– like pretty much everything in Dubai –- built on desert land.

According Gulf News, Miracle Gardens’ landscaper, Akar, says it wants to demonstrate “that it’s possible to green the desert through judicious re-use of waste water, through drip irrigation.”

Here are some pictures of the garden courtesy Dubai Miracle Garden

The Dubai Miracle Gardens has more than four kilometers of walkways. It’ll be a miracle if you get through it without breaking a sweat


Billing itself as the world’s largest natural flower garden, the 72,000-square-meter Dubailand attraction contains 45 million flowers.


It’s beautiful! But what is it?
The Dubai Miracle Garden’s displays include flower-covered hearts, igloos, pyramids, cars, stars and this strange river of red we aren’t sure what to call.


Don’t break the rules
Don’t bother trying to bring home a bouquet for the wife. “Flower picking is not allowed,” says the list of visitor rules. Also off-limits? Barbecues. Leave your hibachi at home.


Closed for summer
The Dubai Miracle Garden will be closed from June to September, when temperatures average 40 degrees Celsius (104 F).

One can visit Miracle garden by taking a city tour of Dubai or bu just renting a car to Dubai Land

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Emirates Launches Triple Daily Flights to Perth

DUBAI, Mar 04th, 2013 – Emirates airlines has launched its third daily flight to Perth from Dubai, in meeting the demand for international flights to and from Western Australia, as well as the airline’s commitment to the state.

This ongoing commitment to tourism and trade in Western Australia by EMirates, sees Emirates’ flights to Perth rise from 19 to 21 per week, offering an extra 1,440 seat capacity between Dubai and Western Australia each week, this will also facilitate travel to Australia by emirates from other EK destinations like London, Karachi, Mumbai, Jeddah and so on.

“Emirates is dedicated to providing greater travel opportunities for our passengers to and from Western Australia through the introduction of this new, third daily flight and by providing state-of-the-art aircraft across the three daily Perth services,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operation Far East & Australasia.

“In addition, Emirates has also announced it will increase the capacity on one of its other flights to Perth – EK424 and EK425 from 1 June by using a Boeing 777-300ER, providing passengers with the highest quality aircraft across all of our cabin classes and more opportunity to secure a seat on these popular flights, with the number of economy class seats increasing from 216 to 304,” Mr Obaidalla added.

Tourism Western Australia CEO Stephanie Buckland said the introduction of Emirates’ third daily Perth service was a tremendous boost for the state’s tourism industry.

“Since it started flying to Perth in August 2002, Emirates has become a major player in West Australia’s international market,” Ms Buckland said.

“In that time Emirates’ services between Dubai and Perth have increased from four a week to 21, which represents a strong vote of confidence in WA as a holiday and business destination,” she added.

“With the extra flights and Emirates’ vast network Perth has a new level of one-stop connectivity to the world, and in particular WA’s key European and North American markets,” she concluded.

Emirates flight EK422 departs Dubai at 2145hrs and arrives in Perth at 1225hrs the following day, the return flight, EK423, departs Perth at 1510hrs and arrives in Dubai at 2210hrs.

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Emirates Literature Foundation decree issued

sheikh-m0hammadHis Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, in his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, has issued decree No.8 for 2013 establishing the Emirates Literature Foundation as a public entity and an independent corporate body.

The new literature entity will have 3 main objectives, namely Emirates airlines, Dubai Culture and the Book Festival Foundation.

The emirates literary foundation will be managed by a board of trustees under the chairmanship of Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.

The board members include Shaikha Latifa Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Isobel Abulhoul, DrLo’ayMohammad Belhaoul, Maurice Flanagan, Dr Rafee’a Obaid Gobash, and Dr Hessa Abdullah Lootah.

The newly formed foundation will be responsible for organising, managing and supervising the Emirates Airline Literature Festival on an annual basis, as well as for attracting top world writers and lettermen to enrich the event with their creative literary works. The festival will be open and accessible to all.


The foundation will work to enhance and provide a proper environment for local, authors, poets and lettermen to enable them to give their best intellectual outputs.

It will also encourage literary production in both Arabic and English in particular, as well as other languages, with a focus on children’s literature. The foundation will also encourage reading and foster a love of reading among schoolchildren, out of their classes.
It will coordinate with the Dubai Culture and other relevant bodies to establish the “Book Centre” to be home to literary activities throughout the year, and also encourage authors.

The foundation will invite an elite group of Emirati and expatriate writers to attend international literature-related events and festivals.

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UAE to mark Arab Water Day Today

Dubai, 2nd March 2013 — The UAE under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is mobilising Arab, regional and international energies to develop and conserve water resources, Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, said today.

In remarks on the eve of the Arab Water Day, Bin Fahad the UAE hosted in January the International Water Summit which brought together policymakers, scientists and business leaders to tackle the urgent water and wastewater challenges facing arid regions.

The Arab Water Ministerial Council organises the Arab Water Day on 3rd March every year to urge Arab countries for more work towards achieving water security in the Arab Countries in the way towards sustainable development in the region.

”Acknowledging its water reality and scarce water resources for irrigation, drinking and development purposes, the UAE has made tremendous efforts to make water available for these goals including improving legislative and institutional frameworks that aim to conserve water resources in consistence with principles of integrated water management, conducting research on water resources development, managing and mitigating risks and challenges facing the water sector in terms of increasing demand and consumption, and analyzing the climate change negative impact on sectors like agriculture, water and the environment,” he added.

”The UAE is currently undertaking a national strategy for improving water resources management, replenishing strategic water reserves, developing legislative, economic and technical standards, building local capacities on integrated water resources management and sustainable development of natural resources.” In regards to water projects, the minister added that 116 dams were built with a total capacity of 11 million cubic metres to sustain natural water resources.

It has also utilized the non-conventional water resources with increased use of desalinated water as a key source for fresh water.

”For the moment, the Ministry is crafting along with its stakeholder a national bill for rationalizing fresh water consumption, he said.

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Dubai’s safari project work on track

DUBAI: The first phase of Dubai’s open safari model zoo will be completed soon, says Dubai Municipality, which last year announced development of the massive project in a land spanning over 60 hectares in Al Warqa on Aweer road.

Hussain Nassir Lootah, director-general of DM, said, “We have been continuing implementation of the prestigious safari project in line with the approved work plan where 80 per cent of the leveling, internal roads and parking works is already executed.”

The prestigious project, entitled Dubai Safari, is expected to be fully completed by 2014, at an estimated cost of Dhs150 million.

“Once completed, the new and exciting destination in the emirate — housed in a world-class premises — will have animals showcased in the best of wildlife preservation standards,” he added.

All the animals from the existing Dubai Zoo will be shifted to the state-of-the-art open safari, which will also accommodate a host of other fauna from around the globe.

The selection of the species, however, will be in accordance with their fitness and suitability to survive in the desert’s climatic conditions.

“The new facility will be one of the best centres in the world to protect and showcase a wide range of animal species in a sustainable environment. It will be developed with the highest concerns on the safety and survival of the animals in designated open spaces, yet with natural barriers, to ensure sufficient space and freedom to the creatures,” Lootah explained.

“Dubai Safari will be segregated into Arabian, African and Asian villages, set up with distinctive environmental features at each village suiting to accommodate animals from those respective regions,” he pointed out.

“Space for each animal and bird species will be set up in accordance with the types, nature, their number, so that they can enjoy maximum comfort, adequate space and a healthy living atmosphere in the new zoo. A fully-fledged team of specialists, veterinarians, animal curators and qualified cadres for animal welfare will be appointed to manage the system effectively,” concluded Lootah.

The current Dubai Zoo is a popular attraction, especially for families, with hundreds of animals of different species.

The zoo has modern facilities to house many indigenous Arabian species, including the Arabian Wolf, which is no longer found in the wild, the Gordon’s Wildcat, and the world’s only captive breeding colony of Socotra Cormorants.

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