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Sixth Annual Dubai Women’s Run set for Friday, 4th November

DUBAI, 18th October, 2016 (WAM) — The UAE Athletics Federation is geared up for the 6th Annual Dubai Women’s Run under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the UAE National Olympics Committee, which this year is taking place along a new route, starting off and finishing up at SKY DIVE Dubai on November 4th.


The race starts at 7:00 a.m. and will host both 5K and 10K runs, showcasing some of the nation’s most talented and well-known female distance runners.

This year’s race will also kick-off the Sun and Sand Sport Fitness Fest, which had a record number of over 4,500 entrants last year, and more than 5,000 are expected for the 2016 run. A day that can be enjoyed by the whole family, the race area will have music and activities for children with food and beverages served. There will also be activities and sampling focusing on Health and Fitness throughout the day.

All participants will be able to collect their numbers, chips and running packets, consisting of their bib, official shirt from Air France KLM and gift items, on the 2nd and 3rd November at Dubai’s Meydan Hotel from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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الإمارات تحصد ذهبية الخيول في مهرجان ليوا الدولي

المنطقة الغربية في 27 يناير / وام / حصد فرسان الإمارات المراكز الأولى في فئتي الخيول العربية الأصيلة والفئة المفتوحة ضمن مهرجان ليوا الدولي الذي يقام في المنطقة الغربية تحت رعاية سمو الشيخ منصور بن زايد ال نهيان وزير شؤون الرئاسة ومتابعة الشيخ عبدالله بن محمد بن بطي ال حامد وكيل ديوان ممثل الحاكم في المنطقة الغربية وسط حضور اعلامي وجماهيري كبير.

وأحرز الفارس البريطاني جيسي فضيتي فئة الخيول العربية الأصيلة والفئة المفتوحة وسط مشاركات دولية عديدة من عدة دول أوروبية بعد المشاركة الناجحة للفارسة البريطانية كيلي ويلسون في المهرجان الماضي والتي حرصت على المشاركة في المهرجان الحالي ايضا بجانب عدد من الفرسان الأوروبيين.

وتقام ظهر اليوم مسابقات الصقور لفئة الجير شاهين وذلك في تمام الساعة الثانية ظهرا حيث يتسابق اكثر من 150 متسابقا بعد أن اقيمت أمس مسابقة الصقور لفئة الجير الحر.

وأكد الفارس البريطاني جيسي الحائز على فضيتي الخيول العربية الأصيلة والفئة المفتوحة ان قوة المنافسة التي شهدها مهرجان ليوا الحالي حرمته من تحقيق المركز الاول مشيرا الى أنه سيبدأ من الآن الإعداد للمهرجان القادم.

من ناحيتها أعربت كيلي ويلسون الحائزة على مركز متقدم في المهرجان الماضي عن سعادتها بالمشاركة في المهرجان الذي ضم نخبة من فرسان العالم به.

وحظيت سباقات الخيول بحضور جماهيري مميز .. كما شهد المهرجان تواجد لهيئة الامارات للهوية حيث تم امس تسجيل أول بطاقة للهوية في المهرجان باسم عبدالله بطي القبيسي مدير عام نادي ابوظبي للسيارات والدرجات

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متحف نايف بدبي ينظم مسابقات تعليمية

دبي في 26 يناير / وام / نظم متحف نايف التابع لدائرة السياحة والتسويق التجاري بدبي مسابقات تعليمية شارك فيها 121 طالبا ومشرفا من أكاديمية شرطة دبي

وأوضحت أمينة الغفاري مدير إدارة متحف نايف أن هذه المسابقات تأتي ضمن استراتيجية دائرة السياحة بدبي لتعزيز الشراكة المجتمعية من خلال التواصل مع مختلف فئات المجتمع بجانب الترويج لمتحف نايف وعلى إثره بالاضافة الى اطلاع طلاب الاكاديمية على تاريخ شرطة دبي والإنجازات التي تحققت على مدى خمسين عاما من التميز والعطاء وبالدور الحيوي الذي لعبته قلعة نايف في توطيد الأمن والأمان فى دبي.

وقالت أنه تم توزيع أسئلة تتعلق بتاريخ قلعة نايف وتاريخ الشرطة في إمارة دبي وأسماء القيادات القديمة والحديثة لشرطة دبي على الطلبة المشاركين في المسابقة حيث رصدت للمراكز الخمسة الأولى الفائزين بالمسابقة جوائز نقدية.

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ALDAR to Develop 7 Hotels on Yas Island

(WAM) ALDAR, one of Abu Dhabi’s leading property development companies, is to commission seven hotels on its Yas Island destination in time for the UAE capital’s hosting of the finale round of the 2009 Formula One Grand Prix this November.

There will be four 5 star properties, one 4 star property and two 3 star properties to be developed. This will boost Abu Dhabi’s accommodation inventory by 2,298 rooms and its food and beverage by 30 outlets, that includes the 20 individual restaurants.

ALDAR’s Chairman Ahmed Al Sayegh outlined this multi million dollar project. He pledged the company’s support for the Gourmet Abu Dhabi also which will be world class culinary event being held in the UAE capital next month.

Gourmet Abu Dhabi features 40 events including master classes, a food ‘&’ beverage forum and a gala dinner which will include the presentation of the inaugural Gourmet Abu Dhabi Stars awards.

About Yas Island

Yas Island Scheduled to commence construction in two phases during 2007, Yas Island occupied a total land area of 2,500 hectares, of which 1,700 hectares will be claimed for development. The Island will feature attractions such as a world-class motor sports racetrack, signature hotels, the Ferrari theme park, water park, and the Abu Dhabi destination retail development of 300,000 sq m retail area, links and parkland golf courses, lagoon hotels, marinas, polo clubs, apartments, villas and numerous food & beverage outlets that will create a unique international tourist destination.

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Journalists Visit Falcon Hospital Abu Dhabi

The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) organised a Media Tour to Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) on Thursday, bringing together journalists from various mass media organisations in the UAE.

Majid Al Mansouri, EAD’s Secretary General, said ADFH is a largest falcon hospital in the world, providing comprehensive veterinary care to falcons, other species of raptors and all other birds as a self sustaining entity.

About Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH), is the first public falcon hospital in the United Arab Emirates. Opened on 3rd of October, 1999, as affiliate of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) , it has become the largest falcon hospital in the UAE with a patient influx of more than 31,500 patients (Falcons) in the first nine years of existence.  

New, Extended ADFH Services 

The world wide renowned Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital has diversified its services in the field of tourism, externships as well as pet care services to cater for the need and requirements of its large customer clientele. The ADFH strives to be the outstanding service provider in those different business sectors in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital Tour

Exotic Dubai Offer a very special tour of Abu Dhabi which Includes a visit to the falcon hospital where the visitors can witness different aspects of falcon training and health care. The tour runs of private basis and can be book by contacting us. More details about Abu Dhabi Tour

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Dubai Family Health Festival During DSF

DUBAI – A month-long Family Health Festival has been launched by (DSF) Dubai Shopping Festival as part of its ongoing activities. The Family Health event aims at generating awareness among people of health problems such as diabetes, blood pressure and obesity. 


Free health check-ups, talks, games and discount vouchers, among other incentives, are being offered at areas where there are crowds to acquaint the visitors about potential health risks.

“Change in lifestyles and current economic and social pressures lead to several health-related problems which normally lie dormant and are often detected too late. Public education is of prime importance. DSF undoubtedly provides a great leverage to disseminate vital information on health and well-being. We hope this initiative will go a long way in doing just that,” said Dr Ayesha Abdullah, Senior Vice-President of Dubai Health Care City.   

DSF Info Via SMS

For information about DSF events taking place in specific locations, send an SMS stating the category type to 4488. For example, for the schedule of events taking place in The Walk Jumeirah Beach Residence in Arabic, a user only needs to type “DSF A WALK”. To receive the same information in English, the user should type “DSF E WALK”. Other category types include, SIGN for signature events; SEEF for Al Seef Road events; FREEJ for Freej Activities; SHOWS for Performance & shows; FAZZA for Fazza Championships and CONCERT for concerts.

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Dubai to build cycling and pedestrian tracks on roads

Gulf news today reported that Dubai will have some 580 kilometres of cycling and walking tracks on various roads in a bid to encourage people cover short distances without using private cars.

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has already completed a 14.6-kilometre walkway and cycling track on Jumeirah Beach as part of its plans to encourage walking and cycling culture in the city. reported the newspaper

“The walkways have been designed to link pedestrian crossings and metro stations with nearby buildings. Majority of the walkways within the congested parts of the city and commercial areas will be air-conditioned to enable people to use them even during extreme hot weather conditions,” said Abdul Mohsen Ebrahim, Chief Executive Officer of the RTA’s Strategic and Corporate Governance Sector.

He said the pedestrian walkways would be connected to one another to facilitate pedestrians walk from one area to the other with ease. “We are working on plans to make Dubai as a pedestrian-friendly city and it will have a total of 72 pedestrian crossings by the first quarter of 2010,” he added.

Currently, cycling is prohibited on main roads and cyclists are also fined for parking their cycles on pavements and locking them up with lamp posts because there are no parking spaces.

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افتتاح المعرض الدوري المشترك لآثار دول مجلس التعاون في الرياض

الرياض في 24 يناير /وام/ افتتح الأمير سلطان بن سلمان بن عبد العزيز رئيس الهيئة العامة للسياحة والآثار السعودية مساء اليوم الدورة الثانية للمعرض الدوري المشترك لآثار دول مجلس التعاون لدول الخليج العربية في مركز الملك عبد العزيز التاريخي في الرياض والذي يقام تحت عنوان “وحدة حضارية وتنوع ثقافي”.

ويتضمن المعرض الذي يستمر شهرا نحو 700 قطعة أثرية نادرة تمثل حضارات دول المجلس بواقع 100 إلى 120 قطعة لكل دولة.

كما يتضمن عرض لوحات مصورة عن أهم المواقع الأثرية والتاريخية ولوحات عن تاريخ المنطقة وعرضا لأفلام وثائقية عن أبرز المواقع التاريخية والأثرية فيها.

وسينتقل المعرض كل عامين من دولة خليجية إلى أخرى لعرض القطع في مختلف دول المجلس حسب تصميم وإبداعات كل دولة .

ويشارك في المعرض عارضان من كل دولة طوال فترة إقامته لتعريف الزوار بالقطع المعروضة وسيكون هناك عرض مشترك بحيث يتولى كل عارض شرح فترة معينة من الفترات الأربع التي يضمها المعرض .

يذكر أن الدورة الأولى للمعرض أقيمت في إمارة الفجيرة بناء على التوصيات التي أقرتها اجتماعات وكلاء الآثار والمتاحف لدول المجلس الذين ارتأوا ضرورة أن يكون هناك معرض يجسد الوحدة الحضارية.

حضر حفل الافتتاح الأمين العام لمجلس التعاون لدول الخليج العربية معالي عبد الرحمن بن حمد العطية.

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Jess Mountain peak covered with snow for first time

Ras Al Khaimah, Jan. 24, 2009 (WAM) Jess Mountain or Jabel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah has been snow capped for the first time in the history. WAM reported today that In a rare phenomenon, snow has covered the peak of the Jess Mountain here in Ras al Khaimah as temperature fell sharply to below zero degree centigrade on the mountain top.

Although a limited snowfall had been recorded on the mountain some years back, but it is first time that the peak of the mountain is fully covered with snow, It is about 20 centimetre-thick snow, while the temprature went down a little below zero degree centigrade in most part of the Ras Al Khaimah.

The Jess Mountain, which stands at about 1900 metres above sea level, is located 25 kilometres north east of the Ras Al Khaimah city, which witnessed in the early morning of today medium to heavy downpour and on the mountains located north of the city. The rains, accompanied by thunder and lightening, flooded the valleys and sharply brought the mercury down.

The Jebel Jais mountain cluster is situated around 25kms from Ras Al Khaimah City and normally has significantly lower temperatures even during the peak summer months. 

Ras Al Khaimah has plans to capitalise on the attractive climate and spectacular scenery of Jebel Jais by building a mountain resort and ski slope on top of the mountains.

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اماراتي يفوز بميدالية شرف ذهبية في مسابقة آل ثاني الدولية للتصوير الضوئي بقطر..

الدوحة في 24 يناير / وام / فاز المصور الإماراتي خميس الحفيتي عضو مؤسس في فريق مصوري الساحل الشرقي رئيس اللجنة الإعلامية في رابطة أبوظبي الدولية للتصوير الفوتوغرافي بميدالية شرف ذهبية في مسابقة آل ثاني للتصوير الضوئي بدولة قطر .

جاء ذلك في الحفل الذي اقيم تحت رعاية سعادة الشيخ عبد الرحمن بن سعود آل ثاني رئيس الديوان الأميري بدولة قطر مؤخرا بشيراتون الدوحة في أولمبياد للتصوير الضوئي العالمي بحضور مصورين من مختلف دول العالم وبمشارك 55 مصورا من الإمارات في المسابقة حضر منهم 10 في حفل التكريم .

وافتتح سعادة الشيخ عبدالله بن علي بن سعود آل ثاني المعرض العام لمسابقة آل ثاني الدولية للتصوير وكرم الفائزين بجوائز المسابقة في نسختها الثامنة والتي تحمل عنوان ” الناس حول العالم .. العام ” .

وضم المعرض حوالي 85 من الصور الفائزة بالمسابقة والصور التي تم اختيارها من قبل اعضاء لجنة التحكيم وسوف ينقل الى مقر الجمعية القطرية للتصوير الضوئي ويستمر عرضه لمدة اسبوعين.

يشار الى ان جوائز المسابقة تبلغ قيمتها حوالي 80 ألف دولار.

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fDI Ranks Dubai as Top Future City

Dubai has been ranked top in the Middle East Cities of the Future, as ranked by fDi (Foreign Direct Investment) magazine, Duabi scored the highest points for economic potential, business friendliness, infrastructure and quality of life.

Dubai is the top city in fDi’s latest Middle East ranking and Jebel Ali is the top free zone. Charles Piggott reports on the leaders.

Dubai scored 471, the highest amongst 20 cities in the region including Jeddah, Abu Dhabi, Manama, Riyadh and Ras Al Khaimah in the next five places.

fDI is Produced by the renowned Financial Times group, fDi is the premier publication for the business of globalisation, and is published on a bi-monthly basis with an ABC-certified circulation of just over 15,000. Our experienced journalists and foreign correspondents provide on-the-ground reporting of the issues and developments that corporate executives must consider when making investment decisions. Over the summer of 2007, fDi will undergo a facelift – this is designed to ease navigation as well providing more succinct sections to create more space for informative features and articles. The website will follow suit in early 2008.

The Middle East Cities of the Future were ranked according to 76 criteria listed under economic potential, business friendliness, tax and other costs, human resources, quality of life, infrastructure and foreign direct investment.  Dubai ranked the highest in four of these categories.

Khaleej Time reports that Sami Al Qamzi, Director-General of the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED), said, “The top score of Dubai in the Middle East Cities of the Future ranking is a testimony to the concerted approach of the DED, under the guidance and leadership of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to create a high-growth environment and boost the economy by implementing strategies to attract foreign investments to the emirate. The result for Dubai is based on an evaluation of 76 parameters that, in essence, cover the entire aspects of the economy

Its ruler is steering Dubai towards a radically different financial model that Europe and the US might do well to learn from. Stephen Timewell of fDI reports.

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Abu Dhabi Food and Beverage Forum on Feb 8th 2009

ABU DHABI, 22 Jan. 2009 (WAM): The Arabian Gulf’s hospitality sector is to get a major boost next month when a galaxy of the global industry’s stars come together in Abu Dhabi city, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, to pass on the secrets of their success at the Gourmet Abu Dhabi Food ‘&’ Beverage Forum.

A powerful programme of 21 seminars and masterclasses has been designed specifically for entrepreneurs and trade professionals and features world-leading restaurateurs, masterchefs, celebrated visionary consultants and special industry guests.

“This is a rare opportunity for the Arabian Gulf’s hospitality industry to access the knowledge these experts have acquired over many years,” said Nasser Al Reyami, Director Tourism Standards, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), which is presenting the Gourmet Abu Dhabi 10-day culinary odyssey.

“The forum is a key plank in our programme of encouraging the local and regional hospitality sector on to ever great heights and ensuring we deliver products of the highest possible quality and service.” The Forum gets underway at Abu Dhabi’s Armed Forces Officers Club on Sunday, February 8.

The programme then runs until February 14 and covers: a beverage masterclass with expert baristas and mixologists; hospitality and culinary education; Arabian hospitality; a pastry industry programme and masterclasses.

Information from Abu DHabi Tourism Web site.

Gourmet Abu Dhabi is a lifestyle gastronomic extravaganza presented by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA). Gourmet Abu Dhabi marries culture and cuisine reflecting both the city’s advanced modernisation and its rich Middle Eastern heritage. The epicurean festival is crafted for discerning individuals who seek gourmet enjoyment in perfect grandeur. This gourmet event will feature only the finest cuisines, best vintages and most unique dining experiences found in this emerging global capital

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CNN to Support Dubai Desert Clasic

CNN International has renewed its support to the forthcoming Golfing Event in Dubai Dubai Desert Classic which will feature a stellar cast bolstered by the presence of three-time champion Ernie Els and world number two Sergio Garcia.

Dubai Desert Classic is Promoted and organized by ‘golf in DUBAi,’ the European Tour event, to be held at the Emirates Golf Club from January 26 to February 1, takes on added significance this year as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

And to mark the milestone, the organizers of the longest-running tournament in the region have invited all former champions to honour them for their contributions in raising the profile of the event.

With leading global news broadcaster CNN International teaming up with ‘golf in DUBAi’ as a Co-Sponsor, the Dubai Desert Classic will reach millions of homes worldwide, bringing an unprecedented level of exposure for an event, which has become a permanent feature of the European Tour.

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Schedule of Events Monday 26th January – Practice Day
Tuesday 27th January – Practice Day
Star Players Challenge Match
Wednesday 28th January – Pro-am
Thursday 29th January – First day of tournament
Friday 30th January – Second day of tournament
Saturday 31st January – Third day of tournament
Sunday 1st February – Final day of tournament
Presentation ceremony on the 18th Green

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Gulf news Friday Fundrive on 6th Feb

For residents of Dubai who own a 4WD vehicle The Gulf News the popular English daily of Dubai is organising a Friday Fun Drive which will be supported by Dubai’s Al Futtaim Motors Toyota, on Friday, 6th February, 2009.

This will will be a full day event and start from The Sevens Club on Al Ain Road, after breakfast and end with a barbecue Dinner at the picturesque Hatta Fort Hotel.

To participate in this fun drive you gulf News has given followin Registration information on their web site

Registration for the event commences 22nd Jan 2008 and participants can register between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m at the Gulf News offices on Sheikh Zayed Road, every day, holidays included. Abu Dhabi and Al Ain participants can register at the respective Gulf News offices between 9 am and 2 pm on working days only.

The rates are Dhs 220 per adult and Dhs 100 per child.

The Fun Drive is an event for four-wheel drive vehicles only. A maximum of four passengers plus driver will be allowed. Participants are reminded to ensure that there are enough seat belts for all passengers.

Challenging sand stretches and spectacular scenery make this route very special, however the dunes and the tough trek at Hajjar Mountain section will surely test the driving skills of veterans and give novices an ideal opportunity to hone their off road driving skills.

Jum Ali Khan is Route Director and Jack Pearce is Deputy Route Director. Jack Pearce and the Project Leaders David Aldis, David Pollitt and Saliya Jayaweera have put in hundreds of hours, very often in trying climactic conditions, in designing this fabulous route. Around 50 highly experienced marshals will be present along the route to assist and guide participants. A team of 150 Gulf News personnel will also be involved with the event, manning check-points and taking care of all organisational details. IATC, led by Managing Director Hamad Ali Al Mazroui will be in charge of recovery.

Fundrive event Sponsors

Al Futtaim Motors – Toyota are the main sponsors of the event, just as they have been over the last twenty years. Checkpoints are sponsored by Toyota, AXA, Dubai Duty Free, Bridgestone and Lacnor. The Fun Drive numbers and the goody bags are being provided by Emirates NBD. The Wheel Covers are sponsored by
LG Car Infotainment. The Fun Drive is supported by Coleman,
Oasis , Multilink, The Sevens, Hatta Fort Hotel.

The Emirates Motor Sports Federation.


The Gulf News Fun Drive was organised first time in 1986 and a total of 75 four-wheel drives participated. It was designed to give people an opportunity to experience the desert.

In 1989, Gulf News added another dimension to the Fun Drive by converting it to a two-day event with an overnight stay in the desert. Since then, every Overnighter Fun Drive has had 750 cars participating. In response to an overwhelming demand for more off road events, Gulf News started organising the Friday Fun Drive and this is the fifth one in this series.

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UAE Banks use less than 15% cash flow provided by government for Economic crisis

Abu Dhabi, 21st Jan. 2009 (WAM) Banks UAE used less than 15% of the facility made available to them by the government in light of the world financial crisis, an indication that the Banks have enough liquidity, UAE Central Bank Governor Sultan bin Nasser Al Suweidi disclosed today.

”The banks didn’t resort to the facility offered by the bank and the government and this underscores sound position of liquidity and its adequate availability with these banks,” Al Suweidi said while talking to a group of French financial officials.

He said the apex bank had directed banks not to compel their clients to liquidate their assets-backed securities because of the negative situation the local stock market is facing.

He termed the fall-out of the international financial crunch as just the tip of the iceberg. ”Consolidation between banks may provide one of the most effective solutions to face the shocks of the crisis,”he said.

Meanwhile, Al Suweidi held talks with the Governor of Central Bank of France, Christian Noyer, over efforts to contain the impact of the global financial crisis. They also discussed strategies of international financial centres to seize potential investment opportunities.

Following the talks, the French central bank chief delivered a lecture on the world financial crisis and policies crafted by both public and private sectors to handle it.

Analysing the strategies required to overcome the crisis, he pointed out that European governments, under the leadership of France, have set up a sound and consistent action plan, the axis of which are the following ; *Authorities are extending guarantees to banks’ refinancing so that they can, in turn finance the economy.

*Implementation of significant reforms of accounting rules.

*Governments have confirmed their willingness, when warranted, to step in and support banks’ capital.

The Governor of the French Central Bank also said the concrete measures taken by the French financial market to face the international crisis, which aim at strengthening the competitive position of the market in Europe and throughout the world.

He called on UAE issuers, investors, banks and financial institutions to benefit from the investment opportunities available in the French financial market.

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