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Abu Dhabi gives Football Fans unique insight into Man City’s Pre-Season Tour

Abu Dhabi, July 22nd, 2010 — Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) is giving football fans a unique insight into Manchester City Football Club’s (MCFC) pre-season US tour, which sees the English Premier League outfit play five matches in four cities, culminating in a final game with reigning European champions, Italy’s Inter Milan.

The �Abu Dhabi Travellers Welcome Manchester City on Tour – Summer 2010′ – runs until 31st July across the USA, and is being hosted by ADTA as part of its recent three-year deal as �Official Tourism Destination Partner’ with the top-flight team.

Through ADTA’s website www.visitabudhabi.ae, fans can log on to read exclusive English ‘&’ Arabic updates from MCFC’s centre-back, Micah Richards, detailing the team’s progress throughout the tour. In addition, the Tour Video Diary is regularly updated on the website, with interviews, footage and training tips from the squad, which includes top international names such as Dutch World Cup finalist Nigel de Jong, English trio, Adam Johnson, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Gareth Barry and Argentina’s Carlos Tevez.

A �Spot-The-Ball’ competition will also run on the official MCFC website (www.mcfc.co.uk) after the MCFC v Sporting Lisbon match in New York on Saturday 24th July (UK time), giving a football enthusiast and friend the chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Abu Dhabi.

“This is a great opportunity for football fans across the globe to get a different angle on what is happening with the team in the build up to the start of the English Premier League,” said Ahmed Hussein, Deputy Director General, ADTA.

“Via this sponsorship, we also have a strong platform to demonstrate the emirate’s own sporting credentials to the US market which has easy access to the emirate through Etihad Airways’ services from Chicago and New York.” MCFC has already been training in Portland, Oregon, and played its opening warm-up game last weekend against the Portland Timbers, winning 3-0. The team is now heading off to New York, where it squares up against Portuguese Liga Sagres outfit, Sporting Lisbon on 23rd July and the New York Red Bulls on 25th July.

MCFC will then head to Atlanta, Georgia for its 28th July game against Club America before rounding off the tour against Series A champions, Inter Milan, on 31st July in Baltimore, Maryland.

The fan engagement programme is being complimented by a wealth of on-ground activities for stakeholders and future Abu Dhabi visitors across the US, bolstering North American awareness of the emirate.

ADTA is Manchester City’s fifth global partner and joins Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the UAE, Umbro, Etisalat and Ferrostaal.

Under the deal, which runs until the end of the 2013 Premier League season, Abu Dhabi’s brand will appear on perimeter boards around the City of Manchester Stadium at every home league and domestic cup game, ADTA has exclusive naming rights to the club’s Carrington training ground and is the sole title sponsor of all pre-season tours.

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Tourism expert upbeat on UAE hotel projects and tourist inflow during 2010

Dubai, 14th July 2010: A regional tourism expert has urged investors in the hotel industry to look at local hotel management companies as an alternative to international chains.

According to Youssef E. Jammal, Managing Director, B6 Catering, the local companies have now become major rivals to their international peers because of competent human resources and pertinent expertise, against global players who often lack local knowledge.

The UAE hotel management companies, in spite of being young, have achieved remarkable success, Jammal said. This is reflected in their global perspective as well as high levels of luxurious services that are on par with those of the world’s finest hotels. He said these companies were competing with international groups not only in the UAE but also in their home countries in Europe and the United States.

Jammal added: “Hotel industry in the Gulf is a magnet for international and regional investors despite global financial crisis. International companies are increasing the number of rooms and more hotel properties are still set to open in 2010.

Jammal, who runs the B6 Catering specializing in the hospitality industry, said that investors should think analytically when they select a hotel management company in terms of the capability of these companies, their record in managing hotels with cost-efficiency rather than go by big names.

The hotel industry in Dubai is a great adapter to market demand. Investment groups have started to shift their sights from real estate to hotels which offer higher and safer ROI taking into consideration that UAE is advanced in its infrastructure and hospitality services.

Jammal said new comers from the Arab region are joining the workforce of the hotel industry in Dubai as they are trilingual with reasonably cost effective salaries.

Jammal emphasized that the Gulf is more dependent now on internal tourism within the GCC. He said that the UAE continues to promote domestic tourism within the emirates by attracting citizens and residents to spend the weekends within the Emirates as well as Gulf tourists by encouraging hotels to provide incentive programs to them.

Jammal added that the domestic tourism and Gulf tourism, in addition to tourism from countries such as India and China, are boosting occupancy rates of hotels this year in the UAE

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S. Korea unveils new policies to attract more foreign tourists

SEOUL, July 15th, 2010 — South Korea announced a set of sweeping measures Thursday to bolster its tourism industry, calling for the development of ecological attractions, expanding budget accommodations and easing visa rules for Chinese tourists.

President Lee Myung-bak presided over a pan-governmental tourism promotion meeting on Nami Island, a heavily visited destination 90 kilometers east of Seoul, in which new policies were unveiled to increase domestic and foreign tourists as part of the country’s efforts to create jobs, reports Yonhap.

“Our government expects these measures will help attract Chinese tourists preemptively, as they are emerging as the major customer of the world’s tourism market,” Yu In-chon, the minister of culture, sports and tourism, said in a press conference. “We also expect these plans will help boost domestic tourism and contribute to job creation.” By 2014, South Korea seeks to increase the annual number of foreign tourists to 12 million, compared to 7.8 million last year, and envisions locals will spend 14 days traveling a year on average, compared to the current nine. The growth in tourism is expected to bolster the country’s annual tourism income to US$13.5 billion from the current 9 billion and create 40,000 new jobs along the way, the ministry said.

Major strategies include developing six new quays for cruise ships on the southern resort island of Jeju, the western port city of Incheon and other coastal towns. Some 1,500 kilometers of eco-friendly trails also will be established with government support.

Visa restrictions for low- and modest-budget Chinese tourists will be considerably loosened both for individual and group tours, and all tour signs across the country will feature the Chinese and Japanese languages.

To vary and convenience accommodation, the government will seek to increase business hotels and make budget accommodations more accessible and tourist-friendly. An integrated reservation system for them will be devised.

South Korea has seen a steep increase in Chinese tourists in recent years, while the number of Japanese visitors, the major source of inbound tourism here, has been dwindling. Some 1.46 million Japanese tourists came during the first half this year, down 4 percent from the same period last year, while Chinese tourists increased by 35 percent to about 819,000.

The pan-governmental meeting, dubbed the “national employment strategy meeting,” brought together ministers of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism; the Ministry of Strategy and Finance; the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; the Ministry of Environment; the Ministry of Homeland and Maritime Affairs; and the Ministry of Justice.

Nami Island, where the meeting took place, is seen as a hub for inbound tourism, where hundreds of thousands of tourists from Japan, China and Southeast Asian countries come to search for the places where a popular Korean drama series that was broadcast throughout Asia, “Winter Sonata,” was filmed.

“President Lee said he was deeply impressed by the complete transformation of Nami Island that was a wasteland when he visited there in 1963,” Yu, the culture minister, said.

The government has designated three major ecological tourism attractions — Suncheon Bay on the southwestern coast, Upo Swamp in the southeast and the Demilitarized Zone along the border with North Korea, where a hiking trail opened this year. A popular trail along Jeju Island’s coast, called “Olle,” will also receive state support.

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Speaker FNC to participate in 3rd World Conference of Speakers of Parliament

Abu Dhabi, July 15th, 2010– HE Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Speaker of the Federal National Council,(FNC) will head a delegation to the 3rd World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, which will commence on Monday in Geneva, Switzerland.

More than 150 speakers of the parliaments will participate in the three days conference with its general debate on “Parliaments in a world of crisis: securing global democratic accountability for the common good”.

The agenda of the conference which will also be attended by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), includes reviewing and discussing a number of reports on strengthening the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and its relationship with the United Nations, building global standards for democratic parliaments, meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

A report on the Sixth Meeting of Women Speakers of Parliament will also feature in the meeting besides reports from the panel discussions and presentation and adoption of the Final Declaration.

The heads of Arab parliaments, members of the Arab Parliamentary Union will hold a coordination meeting before the third meeting of Speakers of world Parliaments.

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KUSTAR student delegation experience South Korean advanced technology

Abu Dhabi, July 13th, 2010 — A student delegation from Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR) has met Mohammad Abdullah, the UAE Ambassador to South Korea, in Seoul.
The students were briefed on the key facets of the technological and economical cooperation between the UAE and South Korea and the scientific expansion South Korea is currently witnessing.
The eleven day KUSTAR student trip to South Korea allowed a number of high-achieving students the opportunity to get first-hand knowledge of the progress and technological developments achieved by South Korea. The trip included a large number of training and cultural sessions along with different activities, including a visit to the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), one of the world’s most important scientific centres in technology. While there, the students participated in a lecture on technology and toured the facility.
The visit also allowed students to explore the Hyundai Automobile Factory in Ulsan, one of the major South Korean automobile factories and which employs 32,000 people. Students were given a tour of the various departments within the factory that support the manufacturing and assembly of the cars. The students also toured the departmental units at Samsung Mobile Phone Factory in the city of Suwon, and observed the manufacturing stages of cell phone production. Students also visited the Korean Nuclear Energy Foundation (KNEF), where they received detailed explanations on the process of nuclear fuel production and its preparation for export. They also made visits to factories of KT Wibro, which specializes in wireless internet networks production, as well as LG’s DIGITAL PARK Show Room and Samsung Electronics.
Dr. Mohammed Al-Mualla, Interim Provost of KUSTAR said: “KUSTAR sends student delegations to countries which are developed in the areas of technology and science to allow students the opportunity to increase their awareness about how scientific discovery and technological advances have changed how societies work, live and interact. When students are exposed to the scientific process behind the technologies, it serves as motivation for them to make serious efforts at reaching academic excellence and innovation.
“These field trips also serve to extend the students’ abilities to build their personalities as engineers, to strengthen their capabilities, and to prepare them in contributing to the UAE’s aim to becoming an engineering hub. To do this, they need to equipped with the opportunity to keep abreast with the latest developments in the science and engineering fields,” he added Younis Larry, a KUSTAR student and participant of the South Korea trip, said: “Through this distinctive journey, I was able to see for myself what opportunities lie ahead for me in the field of Engineering. This trip helped me to recognize the large role technological and scientific progress plays in the development of a nation. I am very eager to participate in future student trips, where I can further enhance my knowledge, and expand my views and visions of the opportunities and potential within my field.” Amina Belkadi, who was also part of the trip, said: “This trip gave me the chance to exchange cultural and academic information with KAIST students, and for the both of us to learn from one another’s experiences in the field of engineering and science. I was so pleased to be part of a specialized lecture attended by all Khalifa University students on the engineering satellite synthetic, which was new to me. I hope to participate in the University’s future trips which will further fuel my passion for engineering.” The trip also included an array of Korean cultural and entertaining activities. Visits were made to the Tourist Information Centre, Handicraft Village, National Museum, Anapji Pond, DaeneungWon Tomb Park, Astronomical Observatory, Namdaeun Market Shopping and the Martial Arts of Taek Kwon Do School.

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Salama, ADEC launch summer challenge in fight against epidemic of road death

collaboration with Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and with the support of Yas Marina Circuit, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, has urged hundreds of high school students to accept responsibility for helping to make the UAE’s roads safer.

Sulayem is supporting Salama Summer Challenge 2010, an interactive road safety campaign targeting 4,000 students aged between 14 and 18 at colleges and high schools in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the western region over the next two weeks.

Exclusively sponsored by Yas Marina Circuit, it is the latest in a series of campaigns to be introduced by Salama, the road safety public awareness initiative launched in 2008 under the patronage of HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

The summer campaign was launched yesterday at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi. Crash test videos, driving simulators, seat belt “convincer” devices and testimonials from relatives of road accident victims will be used to drive home key road safety messages to students.

Salama and ADEC have planned for further sessions at Abu Dhabi University, the Institute of Applied Technology, and the UAE University before the campaign continues at another ten campuses.

The Salama initiative is managed by the Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy, and is a partnership with Shell and the Emirates Driving Company, and is supported by the UAE Ministry of Interior.

Sulayem, the 14-times FIA Middle East Rally champion, told students: “This campaign is designed to deliver strong messages to young people of the things we must all do, and the things we must avoid doing, in the interests of road safety.

“While it may not seem cool to wear a seat belt, it’s vital to do this at all times. And it’s the same for passengers as much as for drivers. Some of you are too young to think about driving yet, but you can get into the habit of wearing seat belts now. At the same time you can influence your elder brothers and sisters, and your parents, to do the same when they’re driving you.” “At the same time, don’t be afraid to tell them to slow down if they ignore the speed limit. Those who want to drive fast can go to the new racing school at Yas Marina Circuit to learn new driving skills from professionals. Racing on the roads costs lives.” Sulayem added: “You all know that, and you know that it can be dangerous for people to make or receive phone calls while driving. Learn that lesson now. Try to make sure that whoever is driving you uses a hands free device, keeps it short, and doesn’t lose concentration. Better still, they wait until the car has come to a stop.

“Most importantly, don’t forget what you see and hear today, and don’t let your friends or family forget either. Too many bright young people with the world at their feet lose their lives, or have their lives changed forever, by road accidents. Always keep road safety at the front of your mind. Take responsibility yourselves to make our roads safer.” Richard Cregan, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, which last week launched the Yas Racing School, said: “It’s encouraging to see that such a strong, combined effort is being made to persuade the young people of the UAE to make road safety a way of life.

“Those who want to drive fast now have a wonderful new opportunity to learn the correct techniques under the guidance of professional instructors at Yas Racing School in a safe and controlled environment.” The Summer Challenge 2010 is the latest in a series of result oriented Salama campaigns and programmes aimed at fighting the epidemic of road traffic deaths and injuries in the UAE. This is done by raising road safety consciousness and awareness, targeting members of all UAE communities, across all ages and nationalities, in partnership with the public and private sectors.

Based on his record-breaking rally driving career which established him as a sporting ambassador for the Arab world, Sulayem is a role model for UAE students and a staunch supporter of road safety initiatives, particularly those targeting young Emiratis.

As a Vice President of the FIA, he also supports international road safety measures implemented by the organisation which, in addition to being the world governing body for motor sport, brings together 222 member clubs in 130 countries that represent more than 100 million motorists and their families

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China’s outbound tourism may top 100 mn journeys in 5-10 years : WTTC

BEIJING, 29th June 2010 — China’s outbound tourists may reach or top 100 million holiday journeys in the next five to ten years, predicted the 10th World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), recently held in Beijing.

The WTTC also said that China’s domestic tourists will reach 2.8 billion journeys in five to ten years and the inbound tourists to China will take about 100 million holiday journeys by then.

Both China’s domestic and outbound tourism have achieved rapid development over the past two years. In 2009, China’s domestic tourists made 1.9 billion holiday journeys. The total of inbound overnight tourist journeys reached 50 million.

Meanwhile, 47.66 million Chinese tourists traveled outbound in 2009. China has grown into the largest tourist source country in Asia.

In the first quarter of this year, the number of China’s domestic tourist journeys rose eight per cent year on year to 610 million. Domestic tourism income amounted to 343 billion yuan (US$50.470 billion), up 20 per cent year on year.

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HIMSS Announces 2010 Conferences in Gulf Region

Dubai, June 27th, 2010 – UAE will host three impactful events in one venue gathering the best minds in Healthcare IT Leadership, Management, and Insurance in the Middle East.
The 2010 HIMSS Middle East Health IT Leadership Summit, HIT Management Conference and Health Insurers Innovation Forum, are scheduled for 8-10 November 2010. This is the third edition of events sponsored by HIMSS in the region. This event will showcase the latest advancements and trends in Healthcare IT and Insurance Innovation.
“We look forward to returning to the Middle East region in 2010 to continue our collaborative efforts with health IT leaders in the region,” said H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President/CEO. ” The rapid growth in healthcare services in the region demands the educational and networking opportunities that HIMSS provides.” The Dubai Health Authority will also showcase its progress in digitizing the delivery of patient care to increase quality and decrease cost with an educational focus on global best practices in health information technology. “Dubai is one of the leading cities around the region, is seeking to simultaneously build large healthcare delivery systems along with high-quality healthcare delivery,” said Mubaraka Mubarak Ibrahim, Information Technology Director at the Dubai Health Authority.
She explained that the 2010 HIMSS Leadership Summit and Middle East Conference would build on the knowledge gained from the previous HIMSS Middle East conferences and global best practices. “The region needs ongoing and quality education to advance its adoption of the EMR. Combining these events will create a powerful mix of decision makers, implementers and innovators joining together cooperatively in a intimate setting.” The HIMSS Middle East Health IT Leadership Summit is a gathering of the CEOs, Hospital IT directors and governmental leaders of healthcare organizations throughout the region. The HIMSS Health IT Management Conference brings global best practices to the users and implementers of technology.
The Health Insurers Innovation Forum is a collaboration with MedicaIQ and will showcase the greatest innovations in the global health insurance industry, and tools for consumer driven healthcare and medicine. It will also provide a first ever look at the health insurance industry through the lens of the Healthcare technologist and leading global innovators. Current trends and much more will be discussed from the Gulf healthcare perspective

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Dubai to host 3 events next Nov.

DUABI, June 27th, 2010: Dubai will host three impactful events in one venue gathering the best minds in Healthcare IT Leadership, Management, and Insurance in the Middle East.
The 2010 HIMSS Middle East Health IT Leadership Summit, HIT Management Conference and Health Insurers Innovation Forum, are scheduled for 8-10 November 2010.
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), in a press release, said the event is set to showcase the latest advancements and trends in Healthcare IT and Insurance Innovation.
“We look forward to returning to the Middle East region in 2010 to continue our collaborative efforts with health IT leaders in the region,” said H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President/CEO. ” The rapid growth in healthcare services in the region demands the educational and networking opportunities that HIMSS provides.” The Dubai Health Authority will also showcase its progress in digitizing the delivery of patient care to increase quality and decrease cost with an educational focus on global best practices in health information technology.
“Dubai is one of the leading cities around the region, is seeking to simultaneously build large healthcare delivery systems along with high-quality healthcare delivery,” said Mubaraka Mubarak Ibrahim, Information Technology Director at the Dubai Health Authority. She explained that the 2010 HIMSS Leadership Summit and Middle East Conference would build on the knowledge gained from the previous HIMSS Middle East conferences and global best practices. The region needs ongoing and quality education to advance its adoption of the EMR. Combining these events will create a powerful mix of decision makers, implementers and innovators joining together cooperatively in a intimate setting.” The HIMSS Middle East Health IT Leadership Summit is a gathering of the CEOs, Hospital IT directors and governmental leaders of healthcare organizations throughout the region. The HIMSS Health IT Management Conference brings global best practices to the users and implementers of technology. The Health Insurers Innovation Forum is a collaboration with MedicaIQ and will showcase the greatest innovations in the global health insurance industry, and tools for consumer driven healthcare and medicine. It will also provide a first ever look at the health insurance industry through the lens of the Healthcare technologist and leading global innovators. Current trends and much more will be discussed from the Gulf healthcare perspective

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FNC to debate the possibility of a single national shopping festival

Abu Dhabi, Jun 27th, 2010 -The Federal National Council (FNC) is set to discuss the possibility of holding a single shopping festival in the UAE to run concurrently with the celebrations marking the National Day of UAE.
The FNC will hold its concluding session in the current legislative season on Tuesday.
The session to be chaired by Speaker Abdul Aziz Abdullah Al Ghurair will also debate a report by the FNC committee on the ‘Policy of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). Minister of Economy and Chairman of GCAA Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri will attend the session.
The FNC members will also address a number of questions to Minister of Energy Mohammed Bin Dhaen Al Hamili, Minister of State for Financial Affairs Obeid Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Oweis and Minister of Education Humaid Mohammed Al Qatami.
The questions will pertain to the increase in fuel prices and the consequent rise in prices of commodities and services, among others.

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SCTDA wins ‘Most Outstanding Booth’ Award at Beijing International Tourism Expo 2010

Sharjah, June 28th, 2010 — The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has won the award for Most Outstanding Booth at the Beijing International Tourism Expo 2010 (BITE), which held in Beijing from 25 to 27 June 2010.
The SCTDA’s stand was chosen as the winner of the prestigious award from among 800 stands that were exhibiting across an area of over 60,000 square feet.
SCTDA representatives received the award at a grand ceremony attended by the Director General of the Chinese Tourism Authority, the General Organizer of the Exhibition, senior officials, other exhibitors as well as international media representatives.
The jury’s final decision was based on the evaluation of the show’s organizing committee, following a number of studies and assessments conducted in coordination with the Chinese Tourism Authority. The unique design of Sharjah’s stand attracted thousands of visitors and drew international media attention.
The award is the fourth of its kind to be won by the SCTDA at the event, following awards for Best Stand Design and Most Outstanding Booth over the last three years.
Commenting on the occasion, Mohamed Ali Al Noman, Director General of the SCTDA, said: “This award recognizes the SCTDA’s outstanding efforts to promote the emirate of Sharjah across a variety of local, regional and international domains. It is a mark of success for the emirate’s new identity, which has performed superbly on a local, regional and international level.
“This world class award marks a new milestone in our series of achievements and will serve as added motivation for us to continue our tireless efforts to maintain and boost Sharjah’s prominent spot on the world’s tourism map. It is our consistent commitment to maintain this momentum, under the guidance of H.H. Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah,” he continued.
The Authority’s Director General explained that the SCTDA’s presence at Asia’s leading tourism event forms part of its efforts to further strengthen Sharjah’s already established position on the world tourism map. It also helps meet the requirements of tourism development in the emirate, increases the flow of tourists into the emirate, and benefits from the huge potential of the Chinese market, which has over 20 million tourists a year – a figure that is projected to reach 100 million by 2020.
“The SCTDA seeks to make its presence at BITE a focal point in order to attract Chinese tourists to Sharjah, and is extremely optimistic of the benefit of the openness and dynamism of Chinese trade and tourism markets on the tremendous potential increase in the tourist inflow to Sharjah. This is in line with the development witnessed in the emirate’s tourism sector and the growth aspirations for the next five years,” he added.
“This is the second award for Sharjah this year, the first being the award for �Best Middle Eastern Exhibitor’, which we received at ITB 2010 – the world’s largest tourism event – earlier this year,” Al Noman said.
He stated that the SCTDA’s participation in major international exhibitions plays a significant role in increasing tourist influx into the emirate, thanks to the Authority’s efforts to highlight the emirate’s tourist attractions to international markets.
“Asian tourists accounted for 15 percent of the total number of visitors to the emirate in 2009,” he said.
On the sidelines of its participation in the Beijing International Tourism Expo, the SCTDA also participated in Expo 2010 Shanghai, the largest event of its kind in the world, which saw the participation of more than 240 countries and international organizations.

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Abu Dhabi Hotel guests numbers on rise May-To-May Comparison Up 14 per cent

Abu Dhabi, June 28th, 2010 — Abu Dhabi emirate recorded a 14 per cent increase on guest numbers across its 116 licensed hotels and hotel apartments last month compared to May 2009, says Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority.
The newly released figures of the authority show that rising to 161,004, the May performance took the overall first five months of this year hotel guest total to 790,812 – a 16 per cent increase on the same period last year. The performance represents the seventh consecutive month of double-digit guest growth for the emirate.
“We are well on course to achieve our 2010 target of 1.65 million hotel guests,” said Mubarak Al Muhairi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority.
“We are now focussed on keeping the momentum going. We have significantly expanded our Summer in Abu Dhabi family festival to take in Abu Dhabi city and, for the first time, Al Ain to help keep the momentum going and the industry has responded well with a wealth of one-for-one visitor stay incentives. With headline shows, in-mall entertainment and deals across attractions, shops and restaurants, we are looking to also encourage the average length of stay.
“With the planned opening of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi this October and the peak Grand Prix season yet to come, target attainment is well within our reach”, he added.
Guest nights in May this year rose 12 per cent on May 2009 and for the year-to-May showed an 11 per cent increase.
“Increased room inventory on last year has made the market much more competitive and impacted occupancy and revenue levels. The upside, of course, is that the destination as a whole now sits in a much more competitive position than it was a year ago which, in the long term, will be sustainable benefits,” said Al Muhairi. Abu Dhabi currently has around 17,500 hotel/hotel apartment rooms as compared with about 12,500 in May last year.
Occupancy levels were 61 per cent this May – a 17 per cent decline on May 2009 while revenue declined 9 per cent to AED 330 million though food and beverage revenue for the first five months of the year is showing a 14 per cent increase on 2009.
Domestic tourism again held its own growing by 18 per cent year-on-year to 67,808 hotel guests. The UK was again the emirate’s biggest individual international market growing by 12 per cent month-on-month to 10,031.
The GCC again proved its value with a 32 per cent month-on-month growth with Saudi Arabia being the top performing Gulf market notching up a 44 per cent growth to 2,915 and becoming Abu Dhabi’s 10th most important hotel guest source.

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DEWA signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Dubai Courts

Dubai, 27 June 2010 – Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) signed a memorandum of understanding with Dubai Courts in line with Dubai Government’s vision to establish the city as a premier knowledge, finance, economy, and tourism hub. The MOU aims to disseminate the environmental awareness and the culture of conservation in the electricity and water consumption between the two concerned parties The agreement was signed at Dubai Courts headquarters by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer MD ‘&’ CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Dr. Ahmed Saeed bin Hazeem, Director-General of Dubai Courts, in the presence of a number of senior officials from both sides.
HE Al Tayer said that the signing of the agreement is in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to improve the performance of government departments and institutions by simplifying procedures and laws that contribute in raising public services performance levels.
“The MOU will concentrate the efforts on raising environmental awareness and the culture of conservation in the electricity and water consumption among Dubai Courts’ staff and its customers, and support their innovative and creative exchange of knowledge, experience and studies related to environmental activities and the conservation of natural resources by means of lectures, seminars, distribution of brochures , publications and testing the consumption of electricity and water technically,” he noted.
“DEWA has implemented several energy conservation programs with different categories of clients during 2009 and we achieved good results in reducing the electricity consumption by more than 201 million kWh, in addition to one billion and 38 million gallons of water, with a total amount of AED 97 million. We expect, after this MOU goes into effect, remarkable energy savings at Dubai Courts’ in a way that serves our common aspirations,” Al Tayer added.
“The MOU will promote the cooperation with the Dubai Courts and the joint efforts to improve the performance of operations at its facilities to achieve the greatest possible savings in the consumption of electricity and water as well as implementing an integrated system of communication between the parties,” he concluded.
Dubai Courts, from her end will follow-up action to achieve the greatest possible savings in the consumption of electricity and water, and wasted water resulting from the misuse of water resources, as well as the dissemination of legal knowledge among DEWA’s employees by all available means which include the activation of an electronic link to exchange information and knowledge in order to streamline procedures comprising the legal principles approved by the Dubai’s Court of Cassation and family counseling.
In his turn, Dr. Ahmed Saeed bin Hazeem, Director-General of Dubai Courts hailed the significant role played by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority in disseminating the conservation culture among the community members.
“The MOU reflects DEWA’s responsibility and confirms in return Dubai Courts engagement with its community members while educating them on legal matters to facilitate their work,” he pointed out.
“In line with the clauses of the MOU Dubai Courts will organize of a series of educational sessions in various legal fields that take into account the needs of the staff in order to familiarize them with the legal issues. In addition we will hold meetings on a regular basis with representatives from DEWA to raise awareness on the legal subjects” he added.
Dubai Courts’ Director General stressed on the common goals and objectives of both parties which need concerted efforts.
“We need to join forces in order to realize Dubai’s Government vision to establish the city as a regional center of money, business , tourism and knowledge in and ensure customers’ satisfaction This MOU will also strengthen the principle of community partnership to achieve our common strategic objectives” he added.
Bin Hazeem thanked DEWA for its cooperation throughout this MOU by raising the conservation and environmental awareness among Dubai Courts’ employees in various ways.
“We consider that a common responsibility that every community member should abide by it to achieve a conservation in expenditure and consumption, thus ensuring resources conservation in the UAE and contributing in the reduction of the excessive wastage and striking an environmental balance,” he concluded.

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Abu Dhabi to host World Green Tourism Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, 27th June 2010 – World Green Tourism Abu Dhabi, the international conference and exhibition being held in the UAE capital this November, has won the patronage of Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority.
Sheikh Sultan, a noted promoter of sustainability practices, will also deliver the opening address at the inaugural event which will be held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from November 22-24.
“We in Abu Dhabi are building an industry to make a difference on a number of levels – economically, to our social fabric and to the preservation of our cultural heritage and natural assets – in short, we are working not just for immediate benefits, but for the future. We are ensuring the efforts of today are sustained for the long-term, and this event will help ensure our initiatives are recognised and replicated across the public and private sectors in Abu Dhabi, regionally and across the globe. We also recognise that we still have much to learn and the presence of so many industry leaders will offer valuable insight to help us achieve our goals,” said Sheikh Sultan.
“We look forward also to discovering the latest sustainability techniques and methodologies which we anticipate being promoted at the World Green Tourism Abu Dhabi exhibition -it will be a window to future practices.” Having chaired ADTA since its 2004 inception, Sheikh Sultan has promoted sustainability as a core value for the organisation as it works to develop Abu Dhabi into a world-class destination which has grown from receiving 960,000 hotel guests in 2004 to 1.54 million last year and to being recommended by Lonely Planet and Frommer’s in their respective Top Ten recommended destinations to visit in 2010. He also chairs the Al Ain Wildlife Park ‘&’ Resort, a World Green Tourism Abu Dhabi Gold Sponsor.
ADTA has established its own Environmental Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) which has become a world-first in being on the only one of its kind which embraces an entire tourism segment. Focussing initially on the hospitality sector it calls on accommodation providers to design their own EHSMS systems with annual targets for water, energy and waste-to-landfill savings.
World Green Tourism Abu Dhabi is designed to give travel and tourism industry leaders and investors greater insights into sustainability within the sector and how it can be used to enhance business outcomes. It is being organised by the UAE’s Streamline Marketing Group (SMG).
“Sheikh Sultan will set the tone for an event which we believe will have a tangible impact on the way tourism-related functions are managed in this region,” said Rick Theobald, Event Director, SMG. “Through his different roles encompassing government, tourism, investment and development, Sheikh Sultan has helped shaped Abu Dhabi’s transformation into a leading tourism destination in an environmentally, socially and culturally aware manner.”

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UAEU, ZU, HCT students to fly to UK to join Summer Internship Program at Oxford University

Abu Dhabi, 27th June 2010 : Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) has organized an orientation session for 12-summer internship program students who are studying Biology and Economics disciplines at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), Zayed University (ZU) and Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT).
The orientation session, aimed at introducing students to the training program and its objectives, also provided them with the required documents for joining the internship program and travelling to the United Kingdom. The students as well as their chaperons were awarded credit cards to facilitate the spending process during their stay abroad.
Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al-Khaili, Director General of ADEC, said that the Internship Program comes in line with the goals of ADEC’s 10-year Strategic Plan aimed at developing a knowledge-based economy and improving student skills to meet the needs of the global labor market. Moreover, it will also help achieve the goals of Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 which requires a highly qualified workforce.
Dr. Al-Khaili added that this Internship at Pembroke College, Oxford University aims to improve student access to educational opportunities, promote their capabilities through close interaction with different cultures and introduce students to different patterns of life that will help provide them with self-confidence, independence and the ability to adapt to new cultures and environments.
During the orientation session, students, parents and chaperons were presented with information about the 4-week study courses that will take place at Pembroke College for in accordance with Oxford University academic system and criteria as well as information about social activities and excursions. The internship program includes students with a minimum GPA of 3.0, who will be studying Biology ‘&’ Economics courses and will be residing at Pembroke College student hostels.

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