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Amazon Kindle Now available for Dubai and other places

Amazon Kindle the revolutionary reading device which might change the way people read book is now available in Dubai and 100 other countries of the world.

Reading is being Revolutionized by Kindle

Kindle is just like a book it has no light coming out of it nor it gets hot it feels and looks like paper and it is specially designed for reading device.

To buy Kindle click the link below it is shipped directly to Dubai and other cities of UAE from Amazon

Book takes you away from your surrounding so does the kindle
The most elegant feature of a physical book is that when you read you start to forget the books texture environment and the shape of book rather you are Immersed in the author’s world and ideas. Amazon Kindle design objective is to make The Kindle disappear — just like a physical book — so you can get lost in your reading, not the technology or the tool your are reading on.

Paper-Like Screen with 50% Improved Contrast

Kindle uses Amazon’s all new, high-contrast E Ink screen with 50% better contrast, for the clearest text and sharpest images. With our new display, text “pops” from the page, creating a reading experience most similar to reading on printed paper. The words on Kindle are Sharp and natural with no glare or backlight, reading on Kindle is nothing like reading on a computer screen. Those who see it for the first time always do a double-take.

Read in Sunlight with No Glare

Kindle’s screen reflects light like ordinary paper and uses no backlighting, eliminating the glare associated with other electronic displays. As a result, Kindle can be read any where on the beach in the sun, in drawing room or in the train or jungle while you are travelling.

Adjustable Text Size

This is some thing a book can not offer unless you have a magnifying glass, Kindle has eight adjustable text sizes to enlarge or reduce text size while you are reading. You can increase the text size of your favorite ebook or periodical with the push of a button. If your eyes tire, simply increase the font size and continue reading comfortably. Now every ebook in your library can be large print.

Choices of font shapes and design of text

Kindle now has three font styles to choose from – our standard Caecilia font, a condensed version of Caecilia, and a sans serif option – so you can change your font style along with the font size.

Screen Rotation

Manually rotate the Kindle’s display from portrait to landscape to view maps, graphs, tables and Web pages.

Newspaper Reading

Using Kindle’s 5-way controller, you can quickly flip between articles, making it faster and easier to browse and read the morning paper. Want to remember the newspaper or magazine article you just read? Clip and save entire articles for later reading with a single click. Newspapers are auto-delivered wirelessly to Kindle before they hit newsstands.

Sharp Display of Images and Photos

Kindle’s high-resolution screen boasts 16 shades of gray and 50% improved contrast, for the sharpest text and images.

Full Image Zoom

Images and photos display crisply on Kindle and can be zoomed to the full size of the screen.

Precise 5-Way Controller

Kindle has an easy-to-use 5-way controller, enabling precise on-screen navigation for selecting text to highlight or looking up words. No on-screen fingerprints.

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Website of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Charity Foundation launched

Abu Dhabi, Jun 30th, 2010 –The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Board Chairman of the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Charity Foundation launched today special website of the foundation on the Internet in the presence of the Deputy Board Chairman Ahmed Jumaa Al Zaabi and Board members. The address of the web site will be http://www.zayedfoundation.com/

The website publishes brief information about President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Sheikh Mansour said in his launch speech, also carried by the website that the foundation is humanitarian in nature and cares for all human beings irrespective of language, sex, religion, colour or race.

He cited the general strategic features of the foundation and its relations with the humanitarian organisations whether locally or abroad, as well as its coordination with the United Nations organisations and agencies.

The website includes information about foundation, electronic library, photos and video clips about the achievements of the foundation.

It refers to aid and projects of the Sheikh Khalifa foundation in over 35 countries worldwide.

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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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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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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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Dubai International Academic City holds meeting of Heads of 20 Universities

Dubai, June 22nd, 2010 (WAM) — Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), a member of TECOM Investments Education Cluster, hosted a meeting of over 20 heads of universities based at the cluster to reaffirm Dubai’s status as an education hub.

The meeting which was chaired by Dr Ayoub Kazim, Managing Director, Education Cluster – TECOM Investments, aimed to bring together key decision makers in the DIAC community to discuss strategic matters and future developments in a high-level roundtable discussion. The topics ranged from research and development, accreditation and recognition challenges, as well as measures to reaffirm Dubai’s status as an education hub.

Dubai International Academic City hosts over 30 institutions from 13 different countries including the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, India, France, Singapore, Russia, Pakistan, Iran, Lebanon and the UAE. Approximately 15,000 students are currently enrolled into the various programmes offered at the campuses within DIAC.

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Nahyan receives University of Pennsylvania delegation

Abu Dhabi June 22nd, 2010 — Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research received yesterday Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Robertson, dean of Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a number of other academics who are visiting the country.

He also received a number of senior officials from centre’s, research institutions, and branches of foreign universities that have partnership agreements with Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) and Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training, “CERT.” They discussed the importance of higher education based on modern technology that plays important role in the development of the countries and their communities.

Sheikh Nahyan explained that the policy focuses on the provision of excellent education facilities, rehabilitation and comprehensive training in order to be able to participate in economic development of the country.

Moreover, Sheikh Nahyan emphasized at the partnership among HCT, CERT, research institutions, and branches of foreign universities which aimed at renaissance and improvements of higher education in the country.

University of Pennsylvania delegation attended with the administrative team of HCT the first meeting of Wharton School in which several topics were discussed stressing on the ways of developing the cooperation with Centre of Excellence.

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SHCT Students raise 200,000 AED for welfare of Children

Sharjah, June 22nd, 2010 — The students at Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology have donated AED 200,000 to a charitable organisation working for the welfare of Children.

Under the Mosaic 2010 theme of “The Spirit of Caring”, student Asmaa Ibrahim Mohammed Zayed at Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology handed over a cheque of 200,000 AED to Ms Judy Collins, Leadership Manager at Free the Children humanitarian organization.

The funds raised will help build a school, a health clinic, and a clean water and sanitation project in the village of Udawad, near Udaipur in Rajasthan, India.

The funds will also be used to fund an alternative income project to help mothers in the community become self-supporting.

Students have been involved in various fundraising activities from bake sales to walk-a-thons and many students have gone into the community to organizations to promote awareness and carry out fundraising in places like shopping malls and government offices.

Mosaic is an annual event held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. Its aim is to create a sense of wonder and curiosity among students about the world in which they live. The Mosaic theme for 2010 is �The Spirit of Caring.’ The theme gives a unity of purpose to what students do in and out of the classroom. They engage in a variety of academic and non-academic activities that focus on helping others. These include researching, writing, and developing websites on famous philanthropists; raising funds and participating in helping handicapped, infirm, orphaned, and elderly people; travelling to impoverished countries and building homes for the poor; and learning about the joys of giving.

Free the Children is the world’s largest network of children helping children through education.

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Dubai Economic Forum to open in Seoul on Monday

SEOUL, June 19, 2010- A high-powered Dubai economic mission led by Ahmad Dhaen Al Qamzi, Director General of the Department of Finance – Government of Dubai, arrives in Seoul on Sunday to participate in the Dubai Economic Forum scheduled for June 21,2010 at InterContinental Hotel in downtown Seoul.

Members of the delegation include Fahad Al Gergawi (CEO, the Foreign Investment Office), Abdul Baset Al Janahi (CEO, Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development), Mohammed Shael Al Saadi (CEO, Business Registration Division),Saed Mohamed Al Awadi (CEO, Dubai Export Development Corporation) and Laila Suhail (CEO, Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment, Moon-ryeon Choi, a spokesman for Index Holding Korea said.

More than 70 Korean businessmen from 48 local business associations and companies reflecting a wide spectrum of Korean industries will join the forum to get the latest information about investment climate in Dubai as well as Dubai’s new policy guidelines for Korean companies.

Among 48 Korean companies to join the forum Hyundai Development, Halla Construction, GX Caltex, LIG Insurance, SK C’&’C, Samsung Heavy Industries, Hyundai Elevator and Samsung Medical Center.

After the morning sessions during which Ahmad Dhaen Al Qamzi to make a key note speech on Dubai’s new policies for foreign investors, face to face business consultations between Dubai delegates and Korean participants are scheduled for afternoon session.

The forum is organized by Index Holding Korea office chaired by Abdul Salam Al Madani.

Index Holding Korea established its operation within Gangnam District in Seoul in 2006 has since played a pivotal role in arranging business opportunities to business interests in both countries during these years. The latest of such business relationship successfully arranged by Index Holding was the agreement between Samsung Medical Center and INDEX Holding to establish the first Samsung INDEX Medical Center in Dubai.

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Emirates airline online UAE visa application procidure

Emirates airline has launched a new online visa system for people from 56 countries, including India, Pakistan and the Philippines, visiting the UAE. here is a step-by-step guide to get your ticket and visa to Dubai online.

Step 1 After you book tickets click on “Manage a Booking” on www.emirates.com and follow on-screen instructions. One-way flights are not eligible. Pay $57 (Dh209) for a 30-day visa and $44 (Dh162) for a 96-hour visa (plus $17 (Dh62) service charge and sales taxes for both). Residents of some countries may have to pay deposit of Dh1,000.

Step 2 Upload copies of passport bio page, photograph and proof of residence for transfer to Dubai immigration.

Step 3Track status of visa application on “Manage a Booking” using visa application number

Step 4 Visa will be delivered electronically within four days. All payments are by credit card. Deposit will be reversed on credit card upon confirmation of exit from the UAE.

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Hamdan bin Zayed attends Abu Dhabi University’s graduation ceremony

Abu Dhabi, 15June 2010 – H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region and President of Abu Dhabi University’s Board of Trustees, attended last night fourth graduation ceremony for the university’s both undergraduate and postgraduate students, held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC).

This fourth cohort of ADU graduates included 358 students, 64 percent of them are UAE nationals.

In a speech delivered on his behalf by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education ‘&’ Scientific Research, Sheikh Hamdan praised the unlimited support given by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and General H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces to the education.

Khulood Al Zaabi delivered a speech on behalf of the graduates in which she thanked Sheikh Hamdan for lending patronage to the event, describing Abu Dhabi University as a leading centre for science and technology.

Sheikh Hamdan distributed certificates and prizes to the graduates. He also received a memento on the occasion from Ali Saeed bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, Chairman of Abu Dhabi University’s Executive Board.

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50 Arab TV channels to show launching of ‘A Distinguished Woman’

Cairo, 6 April 2010 – Over 50 Arab TV channels will simultaneously broadcast tomorrow the launching of “A Distinguished Woman” programme, presented by Rihab Zain Al-din . The programme, will be broadcast under the supervision of its Executive Director Mustafa Salamh, who is also the Secretary General of the Arab Producers Union for TV (APUTV).

It will be the first of its kind to run across the Arab world in the same time.

The Distinguished Woman Program is a social programme, aiming to remedy women issues most suffered from in the Arab World. The program will focus the lens on distinguished women, who have given their time and ardent efforts to continuously help their societies. The program will also showcase women samples that have endured the different stages from hurdles and difficulties to reach where they are now, successful in different fields and talents.

The White Hands Campaign was launched last December 2008 during the 4th Arab Producer’s Forum held in the Arab League in Cairo, Egypt. It aims to shed light on those that provide with great efforts, activism, and ambitions to help their societies, especially Arab women, and First Ladies from the Arab World. The Distinguished Woman program is considered one of the ideas of the campaign with the cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund.

Meanwhile, in an announcement from the Secretariat General for Joint Broadcasting’s founder, the distinguished media personal, Mustafa Salamah, that the Secretariat General is a dream he strived to achieve for along time.

He added, “It is a dream that I have always waited for, and I am happy that it has received its full support from APUTV.”

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Emirates A380 to serve Manchester from 1st September

DUBAI, March 30th, 2010: Manchester will become the most northerly point on the world’s A380 network after Emirates Airlines revealed its latest plans for the superjumbo. A 517-seat version of the giant aircraft will serve Manchester from 1st September – as the airline marks a double decade of service to the city.

The A380 will replace Boeing 777 aircraft on EK017 from Dubai and EK018 out of Manchester. At the same time, Manchester will become the world’s first regional airport to have a regular A380 service.

“Manchester has become one of the strongest performers in our growing network of regional gateways. Our customers value our commitment to a regional network at a time when other airlines are abandoning them. We are delighted to give our Manchester customers the very best available in the shape of the Emirates’ A380, which, without doubt, has revolutionised flying,” Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe ‘&’ Russian Federation, said.

Manchester Airport’s Managing Director, Andrew Cornish, said, “Emirates Airlines‘ decision to operate daily A380 services between Manchester and Dubai represents an historic moment for this airport and the region that we serve. We have invested close to ?10m (Dhs54.8m) in upgrading the airfield and terminal, both to accommodate the aircraft itself and to create a fitting environment for Emirates’ customers, whether it is at check-in, using the airline’s executive lounge or at the gate area.” Emirates is currently operating eight A380s. They serve London Heathrow, Toronto, Paris, Jeddah, Bangkok, Seoul, Sydney and Auckland

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DP World Port Sale Controversy of 2006 – Port Security and Terrorism, Dubai Ports World Bid for P&O Steam Navigation

This unique electronic book on CD-ROM has an amazing collection of the finest federal documents and resources about the controversy surrounding the bid by DP World for ports operated by the P&O Steam Navigation Company.

The disc includes material about the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS), Exon-Florio provisions, and associated U.S. Department of Treasury guidelines. “If there was any chance that this transaction would jeopardize the security of the United States, it would not go forward. The company has been cooperative with the United States government. The company will not manage port security. The security of our ports will continue to be managed by the Coast Guard and Customs. The company is from a country that has been cooperative in the war on terror, been an ally in the war on terror.

The company operates ports in different countries around the world, ports from which cargo has been sent to the United States on a regular basis.” – President George W. Bush, February 21, 2006. President Bush strongly supports the decision to move forward with the DP World transaction. The administration, as required by law, has reviewed the transaction to make certain that it does not in any way jeopardize national security. Under the process conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), officials carefully reviewed! the national security issues raised by the transaction and its effect on our national security.

Twelve Federal agencies and the government’s counterterrorism experts closely and carefully reviewed the transaction to make certain it posed no threat to national security. DP World has signed a letter of assurances making commitments to meet and maintain security standards for the port terminals that they will own and operate in the United States. There are a number of safeguards that are in place in the agreement, and the American people should feel confident that the transaction will in no way harm the security of the Nation’s ports.

DP World, a UAE-based commercial entity, is purchasing the U.S. subsidiary of the London-based P&O Steam Navigation Company. The announcement of DP World’s bid for P&O was made in November 2005, and the news was widely reported in the press and international financial trade publications. The formal CFIUS process was set into motion in December, and the Federal government conducted a thorough review to ensure that port security would in no way be compromised by the deal.

The President has made clear that he stands firmly behind the decision to allow the DP World transaction to move forward. Preventing this transaction by a reputable company to go forward after careful review would send a terrible signal to friends and allies that investments in the United States from certain parts of the world are not welcome. DHS, along with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and other Federal agencies, sets the standards for port security and ensures that all port facility owners and operators comply with these standards.

DP World will not manage port security, nor will it own any ports. DP World would take on the functions now performed by the British firm P&O – basically the off- and on-loading of cargo. Employees will still have to be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. No private company currently manages any U.S. port. The United States has traditionally welcomed Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and provided foreign investors fair, equitable and nondiscriminatory treatment with few limited exceptions designed to protect national security.

The Exon-Florio provision is implemented within the context of this open investment policy. The intent of Exon-Florio is not to discourage FDI generally, but to provide a mechanism to review and, if the President finds necessary, to restrict FDI that threatens the national security. The Exon-Florio provision is implemented by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United

2006 DP World Port Sale Controversy – Port Security and Terrorism, Dubai Ports World Bid for P&O Steam Navigation, UAE, CFIUS and the Bush Administration

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Sharjah awarded “Best Arab World Exhibitor” at the ITB 2010

itb-berlinBerlin, 14th March 2010 (WAM) — The emirate of Sharjah was awarded the Best Arab World Exhibitor Award amidst heavy competition at the International Tourism Bourse in Berlin, Germany. The award is granted based on an evaluation by the Business School at the University of Cologne of the 11,000 participating stands concerning design, creativity, promotional materials and information provided to ITB visitors. The Sharjah stand complied with all the requirements, seeing more than 25,000 visitors flocking to its stand during the exhibition.

The awards ceremony was attended by President of the German Tourism Association, Klaus Lapple, Lord Mayor of Berlin, Fritz Schramma, Prof. Dr. Aad Van Mourik, Dean of the Cologne Business School and ITB Coordinator Peter Wolfgang Klose, who witnessed Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qassimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), receiving the award. H.E. Mohammed A. Al Noman, SCTDA Director General, and members of the Sharjah delegation were also in attendance.

Commenting on Sharjah’s accomplishment at the ITB, Al Qassimi stated that the award – the fourth consecutive award for Sharjah at ITB – reflects the hard work put in by the SCTDA to promote Sharjah by painting a bright picture of the emirate at various international events.

Added Al Qassimi: “The international award gained today, which will be added to the vast list of accomplishments of the SCTDA, adds more responsibility and commitment towards supporting Sharjah’s status on the international tourism map, which we are keen to maintain under the support and guidance of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

“The International Tourism Bourse is undoubtedly one of the most distinguished travel and tourism events in the world, and Sharjah, through 13 years of participation, was again able to achieve successful participation at this international event by winning the Best Arab World Exhibitor Award for the fourth consecutive time, which I’m sure will be a driving inspiration for further achievements in the future.” He added: “As in previous years, the SCTDA stand was beautifully designed to reflect the emirate’s tourism, cultural and historical identity over an area of 303 sq. meters, with accurate publications in both English and German distributed to ITB visitors. A major part of the stand was specified to present and promote Sharjah’s cultural features, and included activities such as Emirati folklore shows, Henna drawing and genuine Arab hospitality.” Spearheaded by Al Qassimi, the delegation representing Sharjah at the International Tourism Bourse included members from 16 establishments from both the government and private sectors.

The SCTDA’s participation in the exhibition is in line with Sharjah’s strategies to promote tourism around the world, to put Sharjah at the lead in terms of the global tourism scene, and to promote the tourism sector in the emirate, which attracts more and more tourists each year due to its distinguished tourism aspects.

The international Tourism Bourse is one the biggest exhibitions concerned with the tourism industry, gathering a host of tourism experts from all over the world, with more than 10000 participants each year. This year’s ITB edition covered an area of over 160,000 sq. meters, with 12,000 participants from around the world.

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