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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الشارقة تستضيف غدا فعاليات مؤتمر مجمع الفقه الاسلامي

الشارقة في 25 ابريل /وام/ تحت رعاية صاحب السمو الشيخ الدكتور سلطان بن محمد القاسمي عضو المجلس الاعلى حاكم الشارقة يفتتح سمو الشيخ سلطان بن محمد بن سلطان القاسمي ولي عهد ونائب حاكم الشارقة غدا فعاليات الدورة 19 لمؤتمر مجمع الفقه الاسلامي التابع لمنظمة المؤتمر الاسلامي والذي تستضيفه الأمانة العامة للاوقاف بالشارقة بقاعة الزهري بجامعة الشارقة بمنطقة مويلح ويستمر لمدة خمسة ايام .

ويبحث نحو مائتي من العلماء العديد من القضايا الفقهية المستجدة المعاصرة والمهمة في شتى المجالات الدينية والاقتصادية والطبية والفكرية والمعاملات المعاصرة للوصول إلى رأي واحد يخدم الإسلام والمسلمين.

كما يشارك في جلسات الدورة وفود 60 دولة من مختلف قارات العالم وعدد من المفتين من الدول الإسلامية ووزراء أوقاف الدول الإسلامية حيث تعتبر هذه الدورة من أكبر التظاهرات الفقهية على مستوى العالم التي استكملت جميع الاستعدادات اللازمة لانجاحها .

ويعقد على هامش الدورة اجتماع لهيئة مكتب مجمع الفقه الإسلامي الدولي والاجتماع التنسيقي بين جهات الإفتاء في العالم الإسلامي في إطار شعبة الفتوى المنبثقة عن المجمع تنفيذا لما ورد من قرارات في مؤتمر القمة الإسلامي.

وتاتي استضافة الشارقة للمؤتمر دليلا على اهتمام القيادة الرشيدة في الدولة لابراز الوجه الريادي والحضاري للاسلام حيث سبق وتمت استضافة الدورة التاسعة في العاصمة أبو ظبي عام 1995 ..كما تمت استضافة الدورة السادسة عشرة في إمارة دبي عام 2005.

كما يأتي انعقاد المؤتمر في الشارقة في إطار مكانة الإمارة الثقافية العالمية وما حققته من مكانة بارزة لتنظيم المؤتمرات العالمية والإقليمية .

ويناقش المؤتمر 11 موضوعا منها الاقتصادي والمصرفي والأسري والطبي والبيئي

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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

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President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Tours Landmarks in Dubai

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan paid today an inspection tour of a number of major civilisational landmarks and development projects in Dubai. Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum welcomed the President at the entrance of Dubai in Jebel Ali area. Sheikh Mohammed highly appreciated the visit of Sheikh Khalifa who praised him as leader of the march of good and welfare.

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Etisalat Subsidiary Appointed to Maintain Dubai?s Mosques

WAM Dubai, 14th April 2009: e-Facility Management of Etisalat Services Holding LLC, is appointed by the Dubai Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (DICD) to maintain all 420 mosques in Dubai.

The agreement was signed by Dr. Hammad Bin Al Sheikh Ahmed Al Sheibani, General Manager of DICD and Ali Mohammed Al Sharid, Chief Executive Officer at Etisalat Services Holding at the DICD’s head office in Al Mamzar, Dubai.

Dr. Al Sheibani said: “Etisalat is a leading national corporation that plays an important role in providing valuable services to the community. This partnership emphasises the strategic collaboration between the DICD and other local organisations. This affiliation reflects our commitment to maintain Dubai’s mosques to the highest standards. We are looking forward to extending this partnership and to launching further development plans and initiatives.” Al Sharid said: “This agreement is the first step towards enhancing the strategic relationship between e-Facility Management and the DICD. We are looking forward to expand our efforts to manage all facility services for the mosques of Dubai. We are committed to share our experience with DICD to help them achieve their goals. We will use specialised online programs and manual information processing devices to implement this program.” In the first stage of this initiative, e-Facility Management is going to provide the mosques with maintenance services, operational process and appropriate equipment. The second phase will include a consultancy project for the development of services provided to the mosques in order to raise the level of services, increase efficiency and preserve quality.

“Our collaboration with Etisalat represents a dynamic step that makes us closer to the fulfilling our targets and implementing integrated relationships to develop mosques’ services. We are confident that this partnership will best serve our strategic development plans and contribute to achieving several benefits as it provides with best services and expertise to the mosques and the worshipers, and contribute to the civilization of Dubai,” said Abdul Rahim Mohammed Taher, Director of Financial Affairs, DICD
Etisalat Facility Management is a member of Etisalat Services Holding, and is today responsible for the maintenance of more than 5000 sites in the UAE ranging from GSM sites to high rise buildings. Etisalat Facility Management was formally established on March 1st 2007 and is made up of all facility management staff previously employed by Etisalat.

Etisalat Facility Management has more than 1,600 specialists employed covering the UAE. The team provides integrated facility management services covering all aspects of planned and reactive maintenance, cleaning, security, catering as well as providing facility management consulting services and project management

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Marathon of UAE Girls for Cape Verde

مارثون المنتهى للفتيات ينطلق غدا بالرأس الأخضر

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60 بالمائة من مواطني الامارات يعانون من السمنة

دبي في 14 أبريل / وام / أكدت الأبحاث والدراسات العالمية الآثار الصحية السيئة التي تخلفها مشكلة السمنة والأمراض التي تسببها خاصة أمراض السكري والأوعية الدموية والجلطة وأنواع معينة من السرطان

وحرص منظمو معرض المنتجعات الصحية والاسبا في الشرق الأوسط 2009 / إيبوك ميسي فرانكفورت / ومن خلال المشاركين من المتخصصين في قطاع اللياقة الصحية على تسليط الضوء والتشديد على أهمية الحفاظ على الجسم واتباع أسلوب الحياة الصحي والأكثر نشاطا وذلك على مستوى الدولة ومنطقة الشرق الأوسط بشكل عام

ويطرح المعرض في دورته المقبلة التي تنطلق في الفترة من 7 الى 9 يونيو القادم بمركز دبي التجاري العالمي ..الحلول واستقطاب الزائرين من التجار والمتخصصين والعاملين في مجال الرعاية الصحية والمنتجعات الصحية لتبادل الآراء وتقديم الحلول التي يمكن اتباعها للتقليل من تلك الآثار

فيما يطرح المشاركون أحدث المنتجات في مجالات التدريبات الحركية وآلات المقاومة ومعدات التدريبات مع استعراض فوائد العمل الجيد من أجل الحفاظ على أفضل وزن مثالي للجسم الى جانب أحدث تقنيات المنتجعات الصحية من المنتجات التي تساهم في ترويج اللياقة الخاصة في المنطقة.

وقالت إيلين أكونيل مدير عام المعرض ان هذا الاهتمام البالغ باللياقة البدنية والنحافة يعود بالدرجة الأولى بالفائدة على الآلاف من المستهلكين على مستوى المنطقة من المهتمين بالأنشطة الترفيهية الصحية مشيرة الى ان السمنة أصبحت حاليا واحدة من القضايا الهامة ومن خلال الدراسات والإحصاءات التي اهتمت بالمجتمع في الإمارات الذي يبلغ عدد سكانه 9ر4 مليون نسمة .

وأشارت الإحصائيات الى أن 60 بالمائة من مواطني الدولة يعانون من الوزن الزائد وهي النسبة المتناسبة جدا مع معدلات السمنة لدى المقيمين وتعد احدى المشاكل التي تعاني منها المنطقة بالكامل .

كما أن المملكة العربية السعودية ليست بمنأى عن ذلك وتبلغ نسبة الذين يعانون من زيادة الوزن أو السمنة حوالي 36 بالمائة من السكان فيما تعاني 66 بالمائة من زيادة الوزن ..وجاءت الكويت في المرتبة الثامنة عالميا بين أكثر الدول التي تعاني من السمنة المفرطة وهي متقدمة بذلك على الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية .

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رئيس الدولة يقوم بجولة تفقدية لمعالم دبي ..من وليد العارضة

دبي في 14 أبريل/ وام/ قام صاحب السمو الشيخ خليفة بن زايد آل نهيان رئيس الدولة حفظه الله اليوم بجولة تفقدية لعدد من معالم دبي الحضارية ومشاريعها التنموية حيث كان صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم نائب رئيس الدولة رئيس مجلس الوزراء حاكم دبي رعاه الله في استقبال أخيه صاحب السمو رئيس الدولة عند مدخل دبي في منطقة جبل علي مرحبا بزيارة قائد مسيرة الخير والعطاء ومثمنا سموه هذه الزيارة الكريمة غاليا.

وأعرب صاحب السمو نائب رئيس الدولة رئيس مجلس الوزراء حاكم دبي عن اعتزازه بالحرص الذي يبديه صاحب السمو رئيس الدولة لجهة متابعة المشاريع والبرامج التنموية في إماراتنا الحبيبة .

وقد استهل صاحب السمو الشيخ خليفة بن زايد آل نهيان رئيس الدولة زيارته لامارة دبي بجولة تفقدية رافقه خلالها صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم نائب رئيس الدولة رئيس مجلس الوزراء حاكم دبي والفريق أول سمو الشيخ محمد بن زايد آل نهيان ولي عهد أبوظبي نائب القائد الأعلى للقوات المسلحة وسمو الشيخ طحنون بن محمد آل نهيان ممثل الحاكم في المنطقة الشرقية وسمو الشيخ هزاع بن زايد آل نهيان مستشار الأمن الوطني وسمو الشيخ منصور بن زايد آل نهيان وزير شؤون الرئاسة وسمو الشيخ محمد بن خليفة آل نهيان رئيس دائرة المالية شملت منطقة المارينا وجميرا بيتش ريزدنس.

وشهد سموه معالم المنطقة السياحية والترفيهية والصروح المعمارية التي تضم أبراجا سكنية ومكتبية ومراكز تسوق عالمية ومراس للقوارب واليخوت السياحية على شاطيء المارينا في جميرا الى جانب الفنادق والمنتجعات ذات المواصفات العالمية.

وكانت نخلة جميرا المحطة الثانية في جولة صاحب السمو الشيخ خليفة بن زايد آل نهيان الميمونة حيث شاهد سموه معالم المنطقة الحضارية المكونة من أبراج وفلل سكنيه وجسور وطرقات حديثة بالاضافة الى الفنادق والمنتجعات الفخمة والمرافق الترفيهية والسياحية الاخرى التي جعلت من نخلة جميرا مدينة عالمية بكل مفرداتها وأنماط معيشتها.

بعد نخلة جميرا تحرك موكب صاحب السمو رئيس الدولة مخترقا شارع جميرة حيث اطلع سموه على معالم النهضة الحضارية في الشارع الذي يعد من ارقى المناطق السكنية في الدولة وصولا الى دار الاتحاد في جميرة التي شهدت التوقيع على وثيقة تاسيس اتحاد دولة الامارات العربية المتحدة حيث شهد سموه علم الامارات الذي يرتفع على سارية تعد الاطول في العالم ثم ترجل صاحب السمو الشيخ خليفة بن زايد ال نهيان رئيس الدولة حفظه الله ومرافقوه من السيارة حيث التقطت لسموه الصور التذكارية تحت سارية العلم وذلك مع صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد ال مكتوم نائب رئيس الدولة رئيس مجلس الوزراء حاكم دبي رعاه الله والفريق أول سمو الشيخ محمد بن زايد آل نهيان ولي عهد أبوظبي نائب القائد الأعلى للقوات المسلحة وسمو الشيخ طحنون بن محمد آل نهيان وسمو الشيخ هزاع بن زايد آل نهيان وسمو الشيخ منصور بن زايد آل نهيان وسمو الشيخ محمد بن خليفة آل نهيان .

ثم تحرك موكب سموه في محطته الاخيرة الى منطقة برج دبي مخترقا شارع الشيخ زايد وصولا الى موقع البرج الأطول في العالم.

وقد شاهد صاحب السمو الشيخ خليفة بن زايد آل نهيان مظاهر الحضارة والتقدم التي تميز المنطقة من خلال مبنى البرج العملاق والمباني السكنية المصممة بطرز هندسية شرقية ومركز التسوق العالمي والبحيرات الإصطناعية والمرافق الخدمية والترفيهية المتنوعة التي تضفي على المكان طابع التنوع الاجتماعي والثقافي الذي يتميز به مجتمع الإمارات على المستوى العالمي.

وقد أبدى صاحب السمو الشيخ خليفة بن زايد آل نهيان رئيس الدولة حفظه الله ارتياحه للمشهد الحضاري المتكامل الذي تتميز به إماراتنا العزيزة مباركا سموه الخطط والبرامج والمشاريع التنموية النوعية التي تنفذها إمارة دبي والتي وصفها سموه بأنها تشكل دعما ورافدا للإقتصاد الوطني ولمسيرة التنمية المستدامة في دولة الامارات التي ينعم بثمارها ونتاجها الطيب ابن الإمارات في كل زمان ومكان يعيش

وأشاد صاحب السمو رئيس الدولة برؤية أخيه صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم الصائبة والتي اعتبرها سموه بأنها مكملة لاستراتيجية قيادة وحكومة الامارات التنموية بل هي جزء لا يتجزأ من هذه الاستراتيجية الشاملة التي نسعى كقيادة من خلال مكوناتها الى النهوض بمستوى معيشة المواطن وتعليمه وتوفير كل أسباب المنعة والاستقرار لدولتنا ولمواطنينا في أرجاء الوطن الغالي.

وأكد صاحب السمو الشيخ خليفة بن زايد آل نهيان في ختام جولته الميدانية التي أحيطت بكل الإعزاز والاكبار والترحيب ان اي انجاز حضاري أو اقتصادي أو علمي أو رياضي تحققه اي امارة او اي مواطن انما هو انجاز وطني لدولتنا وشعبنا ومن حق الجميع ان يتفاخر بهذا الانجاز وبكل مكتسبات دولتنا العظمية وبتراثها وثقافتها وقيمها العربية الاصيلة التي ورثناها عن الآباء والأجداد.

وفي ختام الجولة تحرك موكب صاحب السمو رئيس الدولة الى قصر زعبيل حيث عقد لقاء أخوي بين صاحب السمو الشيخ خليفة بن زايد آل نهيان وصاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم تم خلاله استعراض عدد من القضايا الوطنية ذات الصلة بمسيرة النهضة المباركة التي تشهدها دولتنا على كافة المحاور وفي شتى الميادين والقطاعات.

وقد أطلع صاحب السمو رئيس الدولة من أخيه صاحب السمو نائب رئيس الدولة رئيس مجلس الوزراء حاكم دبي على الخطط والبرامج والمشاريع المستقبلية لإمارة دبي مباركا سموه كل خطوة على طريق تحقيق المستقبل الواعد لشعبنا ودولتنا العزيزة مؤكدا سموه أن مشاريع التنمية والتطوير التي تنفذها كل إمارة من إمارات الدولة إنما هي مكملة لبعضها ولا يمكن أن تتجزأ ..وتصب جميعها في تعزيز اقتصاد ومكانة دولة الامارات اقليميا ودوليا وتخدم مصالح أبناء وبنات شعبنا في اي بقعة من ارض الامارات الحبيبة.

وقد تناول صاحب السمو الشيخ خليفة بن زايد آل نهيان رئيس الدولة طعام الغداء على مأدبة صاحب السمو الشيخ محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم نائب رئيس الدولة رئيس مجلس الوزراء حاكم دبي التي اقامها في قصره بزعبيل تكريما للزعيم القائد .

حضر المأدبة سمو الشيخ سلطان بن زايد آل نهيان نائب رئيس مجلس الوزراء والفريق أول سمو الشيخ محمد بن زايد آل نهيان ولي عهد أبوظبي نائب القائد الأعلى للقوات المسلحة وسمو الشيخ مكتوم بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم نائب حاكم دبي وسعادة عبد العزيز عبد الله الغرير رئيس المجلس الوطني الاتحادي وسمو الشيخ طحنون بن محمد آل نهيان ممثل الحاكم في المنطقة الشرقية وسمو الشيخ هزاع بن زايد آل نهيان مستشار الأمن الوطني والفريق سمو الشيخ سيف بن زايد آل نهيان وزير الداخلية وسمو الشيخ منصور بن زايد آل نهيان وزير شؤون الرئاسة وسمو الشيخ عمر بن زايد آل نهيان المرافق العسكري لصاحب السمو رئيس الدولة وسمو الشيخ الدكتور سلطان بن خليفة آل نهيان عضو المجلس التنفيذي وسمو الشيخ محمد بن خليفة آل نهيان رئيس دائرة المالية والفريق سمو الشيخ احمد بن راشد ال مكتوم نائب رئيس الشرطة والامن بدبي وسمو الشيخ حشر بن مكتوم ال مكتوم رئيس دائرة الاعلام بدبي وسمو الشيخ راشد بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم وسمو الشيخ ماجد بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم رئيس هيئة الثقافة والفنون بدبي سمو الشيخ منصور بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم ومعالي الشيخ نهيان بن مبارك آل نهيان وزير التعليم العالي والبحث العلمي ومعالي الشيخ حمدان بن مبارك آل نهيان وزير الأشغال العامة ومعالي أحمد جمعه الزعابي نائب وزير شؤون الرئاسة

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UNESCO to cenebrate Copyright Day on 23rd April

UNESCO is cenebrating the World Book & Copyright Day on 23rd April 2009. The day is being celebrated around the world to promote book reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright. 

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23 April: a symbolic date for world literature for on this date and in the same year of 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Maurice Druon, K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo. It was a natural choice for UNESCO’s General Conference to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.

The idea for this celebration originated in Catalonia where on 23 April, Saint George’s Day, a rose is traditionally given as a gift for each book sold. The success of the World Book and Copyright Day will depend primarily on the support received from all parties concerned (authors, publishers, teachers, librarians, public and private institutions,

humanitarian NGOs and the mass media), who have been mobilized in each country by UNESCO National Commissions, UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations, Associated Schools and Libraries, and by all those who feel motivated to work together in this world celebration of books and authors.

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Most Powerful Arabs

UAE’s Arabianbusiness Magazine regularly publishes the list of the most Powerful Arabs in the Middle East. The current list is as under.

No 1 Most Powerful Arab 1# Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud
He is the Chairman, Kingdom Holding Saudi Arabia
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal With more than 40 investments in ten industrry and service sectors, he has been hard hit by the global financial crisis, resulting in a sharp drop in the share price of his Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), which is listed on the Saudi Stock Exchange. Nevertheless, due to his diverse scale of his globe-spanning investments, he still managed to top rich list in December last year, with a $17.08bn fortune.

Al-Waleed began his business career in 1979 upon graduation from Menlo College. Meru the \Pro Swimmer The Prince’s activities as an investor came to prominence when he bought a substantial tranche of shares in Citicorp in the 1990s when that firm was in difficulties. With an initial investment of $550 million ($2.98 a share after adjusting for stock splits, acquisitions and spin-offs, according to Bloomberg calculations) to bail out Citibank caused by underperforming American real estate loans and Latin American businesses, his holdings in Citigroup now comprise for about $1 billion. His investments in Citibank earned him the title of Saudi Warren Buffet. This title has come under shadow considering that many of his most prominent investments have performed quite poorly.

Although his stake in Citibank once accounted for approximately half of his wealth, by January 2009 this holding had lost nearly all of its value. At the end of 1990 he bought 4.9% of Citicorp’s existing common shares for $207m ($12.46 per share)—the most that he could without being legally obliged to declare his interest. In February 1991, as American troops stationed in Saudi Arabia were preparing for war with Iraq, the prince spent $590m buying new preferred shares, convertible into common shares at $16 each. This amounted to a further 10% of Citicorp and took his stake to 14.9%.[2] In January 2008, the Prince participated — together with the Singapore government investment coporation and other investors — in a $12.5 Billion capital raise, in an unsucessful effort to shore up Citi’s capital position, but the value of these shares continued to plunge

Mohammed Alabbar
Chairman, Emaar Properties, UAE
It’s been a difficult year for Emaar Properties; probably its toughest yet. Latest figures show that Emaar Properties declared a loss of AED1.77bn ($482m) during the fourth quarter of 2008. Revenue fell to AED3.50bn ($953m) from AED5.14bn ($1.4bn) in the fourth quarter of 2007. Nevertheless the developer still managed to report annual net operating profits of AED5.6bn ($1.519 bn).
But while the figures are heading south, Mohammed Alabbar’s own stock continues to steadily rise.

As Chairman of Emaar Properties, Alabbar has played a key role in the development of Dubai’s real estate sector. Emaar, a Public Joint Stock Company established in 1997, is listed on the Dubai Financial Market and is majority-owned by the Government of Dubai. Emaar Properties is the largest construction and development company in the UAE and has built over a thousand residential units and office complexes during the real estate boom in Dubai. Emaar is also responsible for the development of Burj Dubai, which is expected to be the tallest tower in the world on completion.

Under Alabbar, the Department of Economic Development has initiated public policies to strengthen trade and business in Dubai and establish greater transparency and openness.

Alabbar has also contributed to the growth in Dubai’s non-oil sector as Vice Chairman of Dubai Aluminium Company Ltd (DUBAL) from 1992 to 2003. From 1992 to 2002 he served as Vice Chairman of the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), developing Dubai into a regional hub for exhibitions and conferences.

Alabbar is also the chairman of Emcredit, the first independent credit information company in the UAE.

In 2007 Alabbar flew to North Korea to investigate investment opportunities there.


3# Muntadar Al Zaidi
Journalist Iraq
The world knew nothing about Al Zaidi until he attended a press conference in Baghdad, held by the outgoing US president George Bush. Before the world’s media, Al Zaidi hurled his shoes at the president, calling him a “dog”. He was acting, he said, for “widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq”.

On November 16, 2007, al-Zaidi was kidnapped by unknown assailants in Baghdad. He was also previously twice arrested by the United States armed forces serving in Iraq. On December 14, 2008, al-Zaidi threw his shoes at then-US president George W. Bush during a Baghdad press conference. Al-Zaidi suffered injuries as he was taken into custody and allegations have been made that he was tortured during his initial detention.

On February 20, 2009, al-Zaidi received a short 90-minute trial by the Central Criminal Court of Iraq. On March 12, 2009, al-Zaidi was sentenced to three years in prison for assaulting a foreign head of state during an official visit. Al-Zaidi’s attorneys expect to appeal the sentence.

4# Dr Sulaiman Al Fahim CEO, Hydra Properties UAE
In August last year Dr Al Fahim became an overnight star after leading the Abu Dhabi takeover of Manchester City football club. The deal, worth a reported $400m, made the Emirati tycoon a household name in every continent.

Dr. Sulaiman Al-Fahim is also a Goodwill Ambassador of the Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition, IIMSAM, to help the organisation realise a world free of malnutrition and hunger by mainstreaming the use of Spirulina to eradicate malnutrition, achieve food security, and bridge the health divide with a special priority for the Developing and the Least Developed Countries.

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UAE, Britian to co-produce Driver Dan’s “Story Train”

ABU DHABI, Mar. 31st, 2009: twofour54 ibtikar, the media industry funding and support pillar of twofour54 Abu Dhabi, has announced the signing of its first partnership deal, an agreement with 3Line Media of the United Kingdom to co-produce a fun, educational Arabic/English children’s series, �Driver Dan’s Story Train’. The series will debut in the spring of 2010 in the UK on the BBC’s flagship UK children’s channel CBeebies.

“With the deal to co-produce �Driver Dan’s Story Train’, twofour54 is taking its first steps towards establishing a sustainable media and content industry in the MENA region,” commented twofour54 CEO Tony Orsten. “The fact that we have already secured an agreement with one of the world’s leading children’s TV channels shows how great the programme is and we are sure it will be well received by Arabic TV channels throughout the MENA region.” �Driver Dan’s Story Train’ is an animation and live action television series developed to introduce young, pre-school age children to the delights of storytelling and reading books. The 52 x 11 minute episode series was created by well known British illustrator and children’s author Rebecca Elgar, and features a cast of animated animal characters who read and explore a different children’s storybook in each show.

twofour54 ibtikar will co-produce the series with 3Line Media, developing and producing the property for the Arabic speaking region, including sourcing and producing original stories from Arab authors. The format has been developed specifically to enable the programme to be localised for its viewing audience in each country. Rather than re-formatting or dubbing into Arabic, live action footage of actual children responding and play-acting to the story will be produced and will constitute a key part of the show format.

Arab animators who have been on vocational training courses at twofour54 tadreeb, the vocational training academy, will be given invaluable work placements and internships in order to gain hands-on experience working with 3Line in the UK. �Driver Dan’s Story Train’ will be produced using twofour54 intaj’s state of the art production and post-production facilities in Abu Dhabi, providing even more benefits to the Arab world.

“One of our objectives is to stimulate and produce high quality, original content for the MENA region and �Driver Dan’s Story Train’ offers us the opportunity not only to co-produce a delightful and distinctive new children’s property but also to directly develop its content in an appropriate direction for the region and its culture,” added Orsten. “Increasing and improving the levels of literacy amongst Arabic speaking children is a priority in many MENA countries and a TV show such as �Driver Dan’s Story Train’ is the perfect vehicle upon which to build an early reading programme.” Estelle Hughes, Director of 3Line Media and Executive Producer, said, “We are very excited to be working with twofour54 on �Driver Dan’s Story Train’ and are looking forward to collaborating with them to shape the project directly for the Arab world. It is well accepted in educational circles that introducing children to storybooks and reading at an early age is very important. The MENA region has one of the world’s fastest growing child populations with an increasing demand for relevant and high-quality children’s content.” “Storytelling-based properties such as �Driver Dan’s Story Train’ can play a major part in driving higher levels of reading and educational attainment as well as providing genuine entertainment to this new emerging children’s marketplace,” she added.

twofour54 ibtikar provides media and entertainment industry funding and support for start up and early stage businesses and individuals with creative ideas and a passion for success. As part of its investment strategy, twofour54 ibtikar has formed ibtikar kids, a kids IP (intellectual property) platform focusing on the pre-school and school age groups, a sector with enormous growth potential in the Middle East ‘&’ North Africa (MENA) region.

twofour54 ibtikar offers two sources of funding: ventures for entrepreneurs and businesses that need start-up, early stage or growth capital, business development and operational support; and creative lab grants for talent that would benefit from seed funding, development guidance and planning to get a great idea off the ground.
ibtikar ventures is the first dedicated MENA-based media and entertainment investment fund. It will target entrepreneurs and businesses from the region that are willing to be based at twofour54, with the aim of creating a thriving and diversified Arabic content creation sector serving the broader MENA region. Investments will range from $500,000 to $5 million.

In addition to financial support, ibtikar ventures will assist with business planning and provide ongoing mentoring, assistance with strategy and business development, finance, legal affairs and marketing support as required.

Launching later this year, ibtikar creative lab will provide grant funding on a not-for-profit basis. It will be the first creative ideas incubator focused on the media and entertainment sector in the MENA region. It will primarily provide grant funding to UAE Nationals, ranging from US$1,000 to US$50,000, for ideas across all media platforms demonstrating exceptional creativity and originality.

Alongside funding, ibtikar creative lab will also offer guidance and expertise to facilitate the development and execution of ideas, helping turn concepts into commercially viable propositions.

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