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Pink Caravan Ride to launch 7th edition

SHARJAH, 7th February, 2017 Sharjah-based Friends of Cancer Patients’ (FoCP’s) annual cancer campaign, the Pink Caravan Ride will carry out a 10-day cancer awareness drive across the seven emirates from 7 to 17 March 2017 making it the 7th of the series of Pink Caravan.

The theme this year will be ‘7 Years.. for 7 Emirates’, and celebrates the union of the seven emirates. It also strongly upholds the ‘spirit of giving’, as it boldly continues its mission to promote breast cancer awareness, spread the importance of early detection and organise free screenings across the UAE, regardless of age, sex or nationality.

Being held under the generous patronage of Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi, wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, Founder and Royal Patron of FoCP, International Ambassador for the World Cancer Declaration of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and International Ambassador for Childhood Cancer for UICC, the itinerary of this horseback expedition, including its equine route, medical route, fundraising initiatives, and events, was announced by the Higher Organising Committee of the Pink Caravan Ride at a press conference held on Tuesday at Flag Island.

In her welcome speech, Reem BinKaram, Chairperson of the Higher Organising Committee of the Pink Caravan Ride, said: “For the first time, the Pink Caravan Ride will see the inauguration of seven stationed clinics in the seven emirates. Medical teams at these clinics will receive people who want to undergo screenings, and take up visitor queries. These clinics will be stationed at Al Majaz Waterfront in Sharjah, Dubai City Walk, Abu Dhabi Corniche, Ajman Corniche, Al Hamra Mall in Ras Al Khaimah, Al Khazzan Healthcare Clinic in Umm Al Quwain. In Fujairah, it will be located at Al Khazan Health Center.”

Bin Karam elaborated: “We are all here today – organisers and sponsors, doctors and nurses, riders and volunteers, media persons and audiences – to send a message of goodness far and wide. This is a reinforcement of our dedication to our community to help them lead a healthy life, and prepare a society fully aware of breast cancer. I would like to wholeheartedly thank all members, supporters and sponsors, who have taken us from strength to strength in helping us fulfill our vision and broaden the scope of our goals each year.”

Expressing his pride in how the Sharjah Media Corporation (SMC) has been working hand in hand with the Pink Caravan as their media partner and support sponsor, Mohamed Khalaf, Manager of Sharjah TV and Radio, said: “Pink Caravan’s invaluable contribution to society propels us to continue to provide excellent media support and sponsorship. This initiative has been able to truly make a difference to the UAE, and has helped us fulfill our social and philanthropic mission in society. Six years ago, we assisted the Pink Caravan in their first purchase of a mobile clinic, and have not looked back since.”

Praising all efforts made by the late Ameera BinKaram, former Chairperson of the Pink Caravan Organising Committee, he added: “She was the one who took the Pink Caravan from being a mere idea to making it an internationally recognised cancer awareness campaign.”

Representing another sponsorship partner, Sharjah Islamic Bank, their Head of Organisational Excellence, Jassem Al Bloushi, said: Sharjah’s strong commitment in providing a good life to human beings irrespective of gender, age, or nationality deserves our complete support. We, at Sharjah Islamic Bank, are keen to fully participate in every FoCP and Pink Caravan initiative to safeguard the comfort and happiness of all.”

“Despite dear Ameera’s passing, we will continue this march,” he added.

Dr Ayesha Suhail, Director of Primary Healthcare, Ministry of Health and Prevention, said: “I hereby declare the Ministry of Health as full partners of the Pink Caravan Ride, which will set off on 7 March. We are well prepared for the campaign, and will provide free screenings and mammograms throughout the Ride.”

Dr Sawsan Al Madhi, Director General of FoCP, and Head of Pink Caravan’s Medical Awareness Committee, along with Badr Al Juaidi, Head of Logistics Services Committee, discussed the categories of routes that PCR will undertake during the 10-day cross-emirate campaign.

Nada Askar Al Naqbi, Head of Events Committee, took stage to take the attendants through the Pink Caravan Ride’s activities and events itinerary.

“For the first time in Pink Caravan’s history, we will be hosting a ‘Pink Caravan Children’s Ride’ on Friday, 10 March at the Desert Palm Dubai from 2pm to 5pm. This Ride is aimed at teaching the nation’s youth the importance of humanitarian causes, thereby increasing their participation in the same,” Al Naqbi said.

“A new highlight this year is ‘Pink Yoga, an exclusive event for women, organised in collaboration with the Dubai ladies Club,” she added.

A special programme marking the closing ceremony of the Pink Caravan Ride will be showcased in Abu Dhabi on 17 March.

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Ruler of Sharjah opens Sharjah Maritime Museum

ruler-of-sharjahSharjah, Jun 07th, 2009 His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, opened the Maritime Museum, here today, in presence of HH Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi.

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The inauguration of the Sharjah Maritime Museum comes in line with the efforts of Sharjah emirate to focus on the marine life, which constitutes an essential part of the heritage in the region. The population used to depend on the fishing and pearling.

The move is also part of the expansion plan of the old aquarium and maritime museum at the heritage district.

Sheikh Sultan toured the new museum, which includes samples of marine life, fishing tools, pearl trade, dhow building, diving devices, samples of dhows and photos of the renowned sailors and captains.

He stressed the significance of museum, which gathers and conserves the UAE and the Gulf maritime heritage, and showcases it to public to educate them about the civilisation of the country, adding that “this will help to implant the allegiance and preserve the national heritage.

In the museum one can explore traditional wooden seafaring dhows used for fishing, trading and pearling, each designed according to their use. One can also see genuine Arabian pearls, discover how they were collected, measured and weighed. And admire the powerful wooden pulley blocks used to raise and lower sails and discover the local traditions for catching fish.

The event was also attended by Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Thani, Chairman of the Sharjah Civil Aviation Department, Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi, head of the Finance and Administration Department, other Sheikhs and senior officials.

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Dubai Summer Surprises 2009 reveals a calendar of events

Dubai Summer Surprises, the Dubai’s biggest summer shopping and entertainment extravaganza, revealed its calendar of events for its twelfth edition in an exclusive press conference held at The Sheraton Towers, Kuwait, on Monday, June 1, 2009.

The conference was attended by Ibrahim Saleh, Coordinator General of the DSF Office, and senior officials from Emirates airline and the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).

The conference is part of a comprehensive DSS road show targeting Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and includes numerous participants from Dubai’s retail, travel, tourism, and hospitality sectors.

Being organized for 65 days from June 11 to August 14 this year, Ibrahim Saleh spoke at length on the attractions of DSS 2009 through a detailed presentation. He began with the theme for DSS 2009, ‘Surprising Dubai’, saying it would incorporate all attractions of a vibrant city and those that DSS would offer including some of the best shopping deals, world-class entertainment shows, prizes worth millions, and prominent spas providing value-added spa packages for a rejuvenating experience.

‘As much as Kuwait is a neighbour, it is also a key market for DSS. I would like to invite every Kuwaiti family to Dubai during DSS 2009 to experience a world of summer festivities,’ said Saleh. Several packages and deals by DTCM and Emirates airline were also unveiled during the conference.

Ahmed Khoory, Emirates Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations Gulf Middle East and Iran said:
‘This year, in line with DSS, Emirates has developed an incredible offer that we expect will further entice families from Kuwait to travel to Dubai. The ‘Kids Go Free’ offer recognises that the current global financial crisis has put a strain on many holiday budgets. Knowing that their child will travel, stay, eat and play for free will take a huge degree of financial pressure off the family budget and will allow families to plan a summer vacation without added financial stress.’

Talal Khalifa Al Suwaidi, DTCM Head of India, Middle East and North Africa Section at Overseas Promotions said, ‘This road show is part of our efforts in working with government and private sector entities to promote Dubai and the many attractions that it offers to visitors. Dubai received around 167,000 hotel and hotel apartment guests in addition to over 1.63 million Kuwaiti travellers through Dubai International Airport last year. Thus, Kuwait is an important market for Dubai especially due to the geographical proximity enabling thousands of visitors to take advantage of the excellent transport infrastructure and the lessened travel time.’

Opening Ceremony
Similar to all previous DSS openings, the DSS 2009 opening ceremony will combine glitz, glamour, and a host of surprises for visitors and residents. The high-profile event will see a combination of international entertainment, elaborate settings, and a preview of what DSS will offer over 65 days of non-stop summer excitement.

Signature Events
Signature Events, a series of theme-based activities and a major attraction during the summer, all conceptualized at the Dubai Shopping festival Office as original Ideas, and proved to be very popular. DSS 2009 will have nine events this year: the Sheila and Abaya Fashion (27 June – 30 June), World of Stories (12 June – 23 June), Middle East Junior Chef of the Year 2009 (8 July – 14 July), Min Bladi Al Emarat (1 July – 10 July), Arts Oasis (9 July – 15 July), Kids Fashion Week (16 Jul – 22 Jul), Kids Olympic Games (23 July – 29 July), The Collectors (27 July – 7 August), and the Photography Exhibition (6 August – 13 August). As the core entertainment segment of every DSS edition, Signature Events encapsulate the high level of entertainment offered to DSS visitors.

Other Attractions

Cool Activities at the Beach
Apart form numerous new inclusions, one particular attraction that aims to stand out this year is titled ‘Cool activities at the beach’. Activities include rain parties, barbecue nights, covered sun beds, beach spa treatments, and sea food restaurants to name a few.

Modhesh
The ever-smiling bubbly mascot of DSS celebrates ten years of non-stop excitement this year and is back in 2009 to present a host of surprises for children in Dubai. As the unmistakable face of summer fun and entertainment, Modhesh will be meeting his friends in malls and select places to hand out DSS goody bags and pose for pictures.

Modhesh World
Celebrating a decade of Modhesh in 2009, Modhesh World brings the region’s largest indoor entertainment venue to visitors and residents during this DSS. An integral part of the summer extravaganza, Modhesh World features themed-zones providing high-level of quality entertainment to children, teenagers, and families.

Spa Packages
The ‘DSS 2009 Spa Packages’ is a unique concept that allows visitors and residents to discover some of the finest spa establishments offering premium therapies and treatments at discounted rates. This happens only during summer, and this year, the Dubai Summer Surprises has collaborated with over 30 spas to provide every visitor a refreshing experience.

Apprentice Programme
The best and the brightest young minds from 9 countries spanning the MENA region will participate in this year’s award-winning DSS Apprenticeship Programme. The highly successful programme, now in its fourth year, will feature exceptional Business Administration and Marketing students from colleges in KSA, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Qatar, Lebanon and Egypt, for a once in a lifetime opportunity to work on DSS – one the biggest tourism success stories in the

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DTCM Meets Touroperators and hoteliers to increase hotel occupancy

Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has held a meeting with the representatives of hotels, hotel apartments and major tour operators at the One and Only Royal Mirage to review DSS The Dubai Summer Surprise promotional campaign to boost the number of visitors and hotel occupancy in Dubai.

The meeting was attended among others by DTCM executive director media relations and business development Eyad Ali Abdul Rahman and DTCM deputy director visitors’ information bureaus, Ahmed Mohammed Hassan.

At the meeting Rahman outlined various initiatives launched by the DTCM to increase hotel occupancies and attract more visitors to the emirate during the summer months and rest of the year.

He said the department was working on a promotional campaign for the summer targeting visitors from Europe and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states under the title ‘Visit Dubai During Summer’.

The meeting also discussed a marketing plan for the UK, one of the top source markets for Dubai’s tourism industry.

Earlier last year, the department created a task force with experts and representatives of Dubai tourism industry players, to review the tourism market landscape and take appropriate measures.

Based on the inputs provided by the industry players and experts, the department took measures which reflected in hotel occupancies getting a boost even in the first quarter of 2009.

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AED1 mn Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature launched

Sharjah, 22nd May 2009 (WAM) In a move to preserve Arab children’s culture during a time of globalization and digital cultural revolution, the Arab Children’s Book Publishers Forum has announced the launch of the Etisalat Prize for the most distinguished Arabic children’s literature.

With one million dirhams in prize money, this award will become the most recognized award in its category, and the 2009 winner is expected to be announced at the Sharjah World Book Fair, scheduled for November this year.

The award highlights the importance of collaboration between governmental bodies focusing on Arab children, and educational and cultural institutions, and their significant contribution to the project for developing Arab children’s culture and promoting children’s literature. This project was launched in response to the challenges associated with the ongoing regional social transformation and digital technology-driven diverse and complicated educational resources.

The award recognizes the importance of book-based knowledge for children and the role it plays in stimulating the imagination, intellect and creativity of a child, building character and promoting human values. Children’s literature is the most significant tool available for preserving national identity, tradition, culture and heritage, and is the ultimate resource to bridge the gap between different cultures and civilizations.

Commenting on the occasion, H.E. Sheikha Bodour Al Qassimi, Founder and CEO of Kalimat Publishing, and honorary member of the Arab Children’s Book Publishers Forum, emphasized the role of institutions in growing children’s culture, and its role in promoting Arab culture, saying: “If the need for Arab cultural development is urgent, the need for developing the Arab children’s culture is more urgent, as building the child is the cornerstone for future growth.

“Etisalat has decided to play an effective role in human development in the UAE community through extending support and sponsorship to different organizations. This can then be made a real part of social and cultural reform programmes that aim to improve human skills and experiences, develop productivity, stimulate creativity, and help talented individuals achieve their full potential,” he added.

In addition to sponsoring the Children’s Book Award, Etisalat has covered the costs of the Arab Children Book Publishers Forum’s participation at Book Expo America (BEA) 2009, where a 225-book space pavilion has been designated for use by the Forum, while a catalogue that contains the names of member publishers and an introduction of each member publishing house was printed by the Forum.

A symposium with discussion opportunity will be conducted on publishing children books, with the list of speakers including H.E. Sheikha Bodour Al Qassimi, Dr. Amira Abu Al Majid and Dr. Najlaa Bashour. The symposium is planned to tackle challenges and copyright processes facing the publishing industry.

Exhibition space has also been designated for five Arab illustrators, and invitations to participate were sent out to five Arab Forum member publishers, while plans are in place to organize field visits for USA-based HarperCollins Publishers and Scholastic, and to study their experience in the publishing industry. Visits to two children’s bookshops, Bank Street Bookstore and Books of Wonder, where reading sessions will be organized for Arab children, are also scheduled.

At the end of the Expo, the Forum, in coordination with the Expo management, will donate the books in the exhibition to one of the centers that are visited by the Arab communities.

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Abu Dhabi heads to IMEX Imex With expanding business tourism: ADTA

WAM ABU DHABI, May 14th, 2009: Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) is to mount, along with 10 industry stakeholders, a strong destination business tourism proposition at the global meetings event IMEX, to be held in Frankfurt from May 26- 28.

Tour operators, Travel Agents, hotels and the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), will join the Abu Dhabi pavilion in a joint promotion aiming at establishing Abu Dhabi as The Happening Place For Business Tourism.’ At the show, ADTA and its partners will be staging one-on-one pre-schedule presentations to some of the 3,684 hosted buyers from 58 countries which have registered for the show. It will also host two Advantage Abu Dhabi Happening’ events on its stand to brief buyers on the inherent opportunities of its Advantage Abu Dhabi business tourism initiative which incentivises meetings producers to bring events to the emirate.

“The IMEX audience is particularly important to us as the lion’s share of the buyers come from our two key markets of Germany, which accounts for 22% of the buyers, and the UK, representing 13%,” explained Gillian Taylor, Business Tourism Manager, ADTA.

“With Advantage Abu Dhabi, the emirate has taken a lead in providing significant opportunities for business tourism organisers and clearly demonstrated its determination to be recognised as the region’s most pro-active and business tourism-friendly destination.” Advantage Abu Dhabi (AAD) is a three-year initiative with the ADTA as lead arranger. It is aimed at catalysing and seeding innovative and viable business events across 12 key economic sectors. The ADTA will lead-arrange financial and/or non-financial resources to enable meeting planners and exhibition and conference organisers to actualise new business events in Abu Dhabi.

Structured as a venture capital-type apparatus, AAD is designed to support the lucrative MICE segment to realise the direct tourism benefits it engenders and to ensure that the business tourism sector serves as an important growth pillar for Abu Dhabi’s long-term economic, social, human resource and infrastructure development goals.

Business event organisers with a viable proposal can apply to tap into the AAD Initiative, which lists financial grants, governmental endorsement, leadership patronage, cost rebates and marketing support among its main levers.

Meanwhile, modelled estimates released by ADTA show the destination received 80,000 international hotel guests last year directly attributable to the meetings industry.

The estimates show the international meetings hotel guest staying an average of 2.7 days in the emirate with each spending a trip average of US $1,839 (AED 6,750).

“This is by no means the full picture of the meetings industry’s contribution to Abu Dhabi’s economy as it does not take into account spend by the many UAE and regional visitors who make day trips to the emirate to attend its growing meetings portfolio. Also this vibrant sector delivers significant development and social benefits to the destination such as knowledge transfer, cross-cultural understanding and the identification of foreign direct investment opportunities,” explained Taylor.

Abu Dhabi’s business tourism profile is expanding with the emirate selected as the host venue for the 2010 World Ophthalmology Congress – the world’s longest established medical congress.

About ADTA: Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) was established in September 2004. It has wide ranging responsibilities for building and developing the emirate’s tourism industry. These include; destination marketing; infrastructure and product development and regulation and classification. A key role is to create synergy in the international promotion of Abu Dhabi through close co-ordination with the emirate’s hotels, destination management companies, airlines and other public and private sector travel-related organisations.

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Dubai road projects will meet population expansion

WAM Dubai, May 15th, 2009 (WAM)–The Dubai Road and Transports Authority (RTA) has completed construction of 40 -50 per cent of the road projects in the emirate, revealed HE Matter Al , Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of Roads ‘&’ Transport Authority (RTA).

“With current achievements, the RTA has reduced the emirate’s losses caused by the traffic jams to Dh4 billion from Dh5.9 billion”, he added.

He told Dubai TV in an interview yesterday that the traffic was not affected by the World Financial Crisis as the registered vehicles rose from 350, 000 to 1.1million, adding that the revenues of Salik (road toll) and the taxi revenues did not drop too.

“Easing of the traffic snarls felt by people in Dubai is attributed to the road projects and development of the public transport”, Al Tayer noted.

He underlined that the strategic plan for transport development will help Dubai to meet traffic flow even if the population of emirate increased to five million by 2020, indicating that the target of the road network infrastructure being implemented in Dubai is to serve 8 million people.

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Free Tickets for Dubai World Championship (Golf)

Leisurecorp and sporting legend Greg Norman today announced that tickets to one of the hottest events on golf’s calendar The Dubai World Championship (to be held from 19th November 2009) will be free to all.

The move ensures that golf fans and those new to the game alike will now be able to see the climax of the inaugural Race in Dubai, which has been called ‘the world’s most anticipated golf course development’, for free. For those who want to experience the Dubai World Championship in luxury, two outstanding hospitality packages have also been announced.

Greg Norman, designer of the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, where the Dubai World Championship will take place this November, visited the course this week to oversee some of the finishing touches to the course, ahead of the tournament. Norman commented:
“The Dubai World Championship promises to be a new highlight on the golf and sporting calendars. The course is looking spectacular and I am thrilled that when we open the doors on November 19th, everyone will be able to enjoy the tournament for free. This course deserves a special tournament and what could be more special than having 60 of the world’s top players battle it out in front of a huge crowd”.

Fans are encouraged to register early for the free tickets Two hospitality packages have been announced – both offering five-star facilities overlooking the 18th green, and one offering the unique experience of being amongst the first to play the Earth course, following the Championship.

Abdul Wahid Al Ulama, Vice Chairman, Leisurecorp, said:”When we conceived the Dubai World Championship with our partners at The European Tour, we established a set of founding principles which would ensure that we created new experiences for a number of audiences – the players, sponsors, media and, of course, spectators.

“In line with the shared vision of The European Tour and Leisurecorp, the move to offer free entry for all is a gesture in the tournament’s first year to encourage all golf fans from both the region and overseas to descend on Jumeirah Golf Estates in November and watch what promises to be a thrilling crescendo to the inaugural Race to Dubai. Hopefully, it will also encourage those new to the game to come to the Championship and experience what this great sport has to offer. Whether you are a pro golfer or a novice, seeing the world’s top 60 players battle it out at the magnificent Earth course is something not to be missed.”

The Hospitality Pavilion overlooking the 18th green of the Earth course, places spectators at the heart of the action. With gourmet catering in a dedicated dining and lounge area, an open-air balcony and a wide range of other benefits, The Hospitality Pavilion is ideal for client entertaining and networking opportunities with Dubai’s business leaders, or simply enjoying the golf in style.

TheUltimate Golf Package includes two day’s hospitality admission and the opportunity to play on the Earth course, in Championship conditions, in the week following the tournament.

Abdul Wahid Al Ulama added:“The hospitality options we are offering include a range of benefits, not least some of the best seats in the house, overlooking the 18th green. The Ultimate Golf Package will tempt those ‘golf fanatics’ who are looking for a unique experience – walking in the footsteps of the legends that they have just been watching battle it out for the Championship. It is a rare treat to have the opportunity to be amongst the first to play on a course designed by Greg Norman and inaugurated by the likes of Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood and Rory McIllroy. This is a ‘must-do’ for any keen golfer”.

Hospitality Pavilion package includes:

· Course and Hospitality Pavilion admission
· Access to premium dining and lounge facilities overlooking the 18th green
· Five-star food and drinks served throughout the day
· TV monitors displaying all the action from around the course
· Priority car park pass
· Official tournament programme and draw sheet
· Exclusive Dubai World Championship merchandise
· Dedicated Event Management team

Price AED 2,800 per person (minimum 4 persons), per day

Ultimate Golf package includes:

· Two days hospitality admission on Saturday and Sunday (Hospitality Pavillion) including
· Access to premium dining and lounge facilities overlooking the 18th green
· Five-star food and drinks served throughout the day
· TV monitors displaying all the action from around the course
· Priority car park pass
· Official tournament programme and draw sheet
· Exclusive Dubai World Championship merchandise
· Dedicated Event Management team
· Be a pro for a day – play the Earth course following the Championship

Price AED 8000 per person (minimum 2 persons), per day

For more information on free tickets and hospitality ticket sales please contact us to book the above packages and additional tours and enetertainment

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InterContinental Dubai launching one of the largest ever giveaways over Twitter

The InterContinental Dubai is launching one of the largest ever giveaways over Twitter, From Thursday 7th May, it will begin a summer of amazing prize giveaways, launching the first treasure hunt in Dubai to be directed by Twitter alerts.

Every second Thursday until the 13th August 2009, the hotel will place a series of ‘Keast Tweets’ on its Twitter profile informing the followers of the location and time where they can collect their stunning gift from InterContinental’s Chief Concierge, Adam Keast. The locations will change, however they will always be near an accessible Dubai landmark.

Followers will have to stay poised for the ‘Keast Tweet’ alerts, which will be posted every 2 weeks for 16 weeks, to learn where and when the fastest person may claim each of the prizes. Prizes are promised to be extremely attractive, ranging from a stay in the Presidential Suite complete with dinner at the award winning restaurant ‘Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire’, to spa treatments and helicopter tour packages. The contents of each prize will be announced to all Twitter followers of the hotel, before the ‘Keast Tweet’ clue is revealed. Brilliant!

Many companies are still trying to figure this marketing strategy out, but to begin, the goal is to build a community of relevant followers and start interacting with them in a meaningful way. Once this first goal is accomplished, the challenge then becomes managing a high volume of tweets, direct messages and replies. Never before has there been such a medium that has the ability to create such instantaneous consumer buzz.

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Travco Travel get Hilton Top Producer Award

Apr 28, 2009 – The award was received by Mrs. Amani El Torgoman, general manager and director of tourism operations, Travco Travel.For the fourth consecutive year, Travco Travel, the DMC under the Travco Group umbrella, has been recognized by the Hilton Family, one of the most recognized names in the global hospitality industry.

Travco Travel caters to the holiday makers from around the world with its maximum emphasis on all the imperative ingredients of a comfortable and pleasurable holiday. Travco’s many years of experience in rendering satisfied customers is the reason why Hilton chose to recognize it as a significant partner for the fourth consecutive year

About Travco Group International:

Travco Group International is the Egypt’s leading integrated travel and leisure group, providing comprehensive services at home and now across the region. Established in 1979, its network of operations and service branches extends nationwide as well as globally, from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman to Frankfurt, UK, China, Japan, and, soon, Qatar and soon in Jordan. Travco Group Int. has penetrated every facet of Egypt’s tourism industry, with integrated companies offering products and services that cover all sectors of Egypt’s inbound and outbound tourism trade.

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No Swine flu risk in Dubai Says Ministry of Health

Dubai: Jamal Al Turki, technical director, preventive medicines, Ministry of Health (MoH), has said on Sunday thet “Currently there is no actual threat of swine flu to the UAE. We are monitoring the situation,”.

Al Turki said: “This particular type of flu can be transmitted by being close to pigs; so in this regard there is no real threat in the UAE. The disease is also not transmitted through the food chain.”

Meanwhile H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, will chair tomorrow a high-level meeting to discuss the latest developments in regards to the swine flu, Health Minister Humaid Al Qattami announced today.

He said the Ministry of Health is maintaining contacts through a hot line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other countries which detected cases of swine flu to follow up the situation.

”We are closely monitoring latest developments in a number of infected countries including Mexico, US and Spain,”he added.

“We are also keeping a close surveillance on people coming from the infected part of the world based on the slightest flu like symptoms. There is a potential for this flu to turn into an epidemic because this particular virus changes its genetic composition. It can infect pigs but human-to-human transmission does not take place,” he added.

Meanwhile, Francisco Alonso, consul-general of Mexico in Dubai, said that his diplomatic mission is yet to receive enquiries about the outbreak or panic calls from the community. No enquiries had been received from visa applicants either, he said. “My government is constantly in touch with us on this problem. There is nothing to panic. I am glad to inform you that the situation is very much under control in Mexico.

“There has been no fall in the number of visa applicants that we receive each day. The diplomatic mission was opened last year and since then the number of Emiratis who apply for a visa has risen. Majority apply for business visas. The consulate receives three to five visa applicants per day,” he said.

On April 16, the consulate had issued a circular to the community updating them about necessary measures to be taken by the country (Mexico) in dealing with the outbreak.

There are an estimated 600 to 700 Mexicans residing in the UAE.

What is Swine Influenza?

Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type. Swine flu viruses cause high levels of illness and low death rates in pigs. Swine influenza viruses may circulate among swine throughout the year, but most outbreaks occur during the late fall and winter months similar to outbreaks in humans. The classical swine flu virus (an influenza type A H1N1 virus) was first isolated from a pig in 1930.

Can humans catch swine flu?

Swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans. However, sporadic human infections with swine flu have occurred. Most commonly, these cases occur in persons with direct exposure to pigs (e.g. children near pigs at a fair or workers in the swine industry). In addition, there have been documented cases of one person spreading swine flu to others. What are the symptoms of swine flu in humans? The symptoms of swine flu in people are expected to be similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

How does swine flu spread?

Influenza viruses can be directly transmitted from pigs to people and from people to pigs. Human infection with flu viruses from pigs are most likely to occur when people are in close proximity to infected pigs, such as in pig barns and livestock exhibits housing pigs at fairs.

People may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

The outbreak of swine flu in humans was first reported in Mexico and the United States and experts have warned about its pandemic potential as it has claimed over 68 lives and sickened over 1,000 others.

The alarming situation had forced World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general Margaret Chan to convene a meeting of the Emergency Committee to assess the situation and advise her on appropriate responses. 

After reviewing available data on the current situation, committee members identified a number of gaps in knowledge about the clinical features, epidemiology, and virology of reported cases and the appropriate responses.

In a telephone news conference in Geneva, Chan said: “The situation is evolving quickly. The new disease is by definition poorly understood.”

Is there a vaccine for swine flu?

Vaccines are available to be given to pigs to prevent swine influenza. There is no vaccine to protect humans from swine flu. The seasonal influenza vaccine will likely help provide partial protection against swine H3N2, but not swine H1N1.

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DED to launch comprehensive business registration guide for investors in Dubai

Dubai, 18th April 2009 (WAM): The Business Registration and Licensing Division at the Dubai, the Department of Economic Development (DED) will issue a comprehensive guide on the various procedures relating to business registration.

This follows a meeting of the Division with over 20 personnel from legal offices, strategic partners from federal bodies and government organisations concerned with business registration to enhance communication channels and strengthen business registration procedures for investors in Dubai.

Following the meeting, representatives from the Business Registration and Licensing Division at DED also contacted other concerned government bodies to start preparations for the comprehensive guide. The guide is expected to serve as a referral source for investors on various services and procedures related to starting a business in Dubai.

“DED is committed to assisting investors and providing them with services and facilities by coordinating with various related government departments to ease business registration procedures. This is the first in a series of meetings to clarify issues related to business registration. A specialised newsletter from DED will be sent to all participants in the meeting to inform them of any modifications to the legal procedures in business registration,” said Mr Mohammed Shael, CEO, Business Registration and Licensing Division, DED.

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10 percent growth in GCC tourist traffic to Sharjah expected this year

18th April 2009 (WAM) The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has announced the successful completion of its recent GCC Road Show that was designed to showcase this year’s Summer Promotions in Sharjah and to increase GCC tourism to the Emirate of Sharjah. The road show ran from April 7-17 2009.

The announcement came in Jeddah after their final road show. Jeddah KSA was the third destination for the Sharjah delegation in KSA, where it has organized successful workshops for representatives of key travel and tourism agencies in three major cities: the Eastern region, Riyadh and Jeddah. Sharjah saw a 10 percent increase in the number of Saudi tourists visiting the emirate in 2008, bringing the total to 105,000, with a further 10 percent growth expected by the SCTDA in 2009. KSA citizens make up the largest number of GCC tourists to Sharjah, and the second largest from around the world.

This GCC Road Show was the eighth of the road shows being arranged by the SCTDA and was intended to promote Sharjah’s unique tourist attractions and attract more GCC tourists to the emirate.

The tour is part of SCTDA’s efforts to encourage regional tourist activities, strengthen tourist ties among GCC countries, and to promote Sharjah’s unique attractions as a distinctive destination for heritage, cultural and family tourism.

In addition to the SCTDA, Sharjah delegation included senior representatives from the Sharjah Museums Department, Air Arabia, Sharjah Millennium Hotel, Golden Tulip Hotel, Radisson SAS Resort, Verona Resort and Marbella Resort.

Sheikh Sultan Bin Ahmad Al Qassimi, SCTDA Chairman, emphasized the importance of this promotional tour, adding that it comes at a time of major changes and challenges that require tremendous cooperative efforts to attract more tourists to the emirate.

“We will intensify marketing and promotional activities for Sharjah to further boost its leading position on the regional and global tourism map. These campaigns will focus on highlighting the emirate’s status as a world-class destination for heritage, cultural and family tourism, combining its distinctive attractions to form a unique tourist destination that blends a historic setting and cultural significance with all the features of a modern city.” This promotional tour is the result of outstanding cooperation between all parties involved in Sharjah’s tourism sector, and directly precedes the imminent launch of the Sharjah Summer Promotion 2009, which will include special discounts, prizes and offers to encourage shopping activity during the summer.

Around 398,186 GCC tourists visited the emirate of Sharjah in 2008 representing 27 percent of the total. These figures prove the vital importance of this market and justify the tremendous efforts exerted by the SCTDA in the region, as well as the host of tourist promotions and products offered by the authority to GCC visitors.

Speaking about the nationalities of tourists visiting the emirate, Al Qassimi said: “Recent statistics issued by SCTDA show that European tourists accounted for 35 percent of the total tourist influx into the emirate in 2008, with GCC tourists accounting for 27 percent, and other Arab countries accounting for 12 percent. Asian tourists made up 23 percent, while the remaining 3 percent came from America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and the Pacific”.

Al Qassimi concluded: “At a time when the emirate of Sharjah is being recognized as a favoured destination on the world tourism map, the SCTDA is putting more initiatives that will boost this leading position at the top of our agenda. To this end, the Authority is actively involved in organizing and participating in a number of prestigious events, all of which have gained global exposure. The Gulf promotional road show is an initiative that creates further opportunities for the emirate of Sharjah to showcase its tourist attractions, building on the success we have experienced on previous tours over the past seven years”.

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Le Meridien Al Aqah to highlight its extensive environmental initiatives at ATM 2009

Fujairah, April 16th, 2009 Le Meridien Al Aqah will highlight its extensive environmental initiatives at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2009, as it continues to capture the lucrative East Coast tourism share.

Following on from the resort’s programme of planting 100 new coconut palms along its shoreline in 2008, this year will see activities implemented by resort staff and the local community, including recycling awareness with local schools in May, a clean-up of Khor Fakkan Beach in June, an environmental symposium at the resort’s conference centre in July, tree planting on the grounds of the resort in August, and an awareness programme about Red Tide, focusing on the need to protect coral reefs, in September.

“During these difficult economic times, we believe it is important to invest in the community and to focus on how we can continue to improve the resort’s operations, particularly from an environmental perspective,” said Patrick Antaki, General Manager, Le Meridien Al Aqah.

In addition to beautifying the resort, the environmental awareness drive will see cost savings in energy. To date, the resort has cut utilities consumption by 1,793,499 KW (electricity), 6,137,000 gallons (water) and 85,154 litres (gas).

“The effect is far-reaching, in terms of reducing the resort’s carbon footprint and also reducing the energy bill. We are redirecting these funds to improve key areas of the resort, such as the children’s facility, the Penguin Club,” added Antaki.

Reducing the waste sent to landfill is also high on the environmental agenda, with the resort continuing its recycling target of about 7000kg per month, mainly of high-use items such as glass, plastic, oils and newspapers.

After the $2 million upgrade of the beachfront in 2008, the resort will keep the garden area greener by installing solar panels for the garden lights and parking.

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Medication Safety conference from 18th April 2009

Abu Dhabi, 16th April 2009 The UAE capital will host the second Medication Safety Conference on 18th and 19th April 2009 at Al Ain Rotana. The conference is aimed at addressing the challenges of medications safety in the region and will explore the topic related to healthcare institutional frameworks and legislative requirements.

Supported by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), and chaired by Dr. Adeline Saliba, the medication safety officer of Tawam Hospital (in affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine), the conference is organized by Synovetics.

The two day scientific program will focus on identifying, designing and evaluating practices that eliminate or mitigate the effects of medication error, and system-related risks and hazards. Issues will be covered from multiple perspectives including those of the patient, the physician and the health authorities. Both international and national perspectives will be presented with a strong focus on remedial action and best practice measures.

An exhibition will be held alongside the conference, showcasing products and services aimed at raising medication safety standards and research.

The conference is relevant to the healthcare community as patient safety has emerged as a serious global public health issue and medication error is currently the most fundamental challenge facing the health sector.

“This is one of the few programs in the Middle East that offers the opportunity to enhance awareness of safe medication practices and standard,” said Dr. Sahar Abu-Omar, chair of SEHA Medication Safety Group.

Not only is the programme aimed at decision makers, healthcare managers and quality experts in the healthcare sector, it also attract the participation of all healthcare professionals in the public and private hospitals involved in medication use including pharmacists, physicians and nurses.

Participants of the event will receive continuing medical education (CME) hours, which are mandated to enable healthcare professionals to continually upgrade their knowledge while meeting requirements for the future renewal of their professional licenses.

Confrence Fees In AED is : 1000
Confrence Fees In USD is : 283

A 10% discount is available to groups of 5 delegates

For inquiries, please contact
Phone: +971 2 6673418
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