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Dubai hotels recorded 715,000 guests from UK in 2009

Dubai,29th Nov 2010 — After its successful participation at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London earlier this month, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has highlighted the steadily growing relations between the United Kingdom and Dubai over the last few years.

Eyad Abdul Rahman, DTCM’s Executive Director of Media Relation Division and Business Development, noted that in 2009 Dubai’s hotels recorded a total of 715,000 guests from the UK, and in the first half of this year this figure reached 382,000. Further, the number of tour operators promoting Dubai in the UK witnessed a 5 per cent increase last year.

Abdul Rahman added that the DTCM pavilion at WTM in London generated major response from visitors, especially from UK-based travel agencies. He noted that nearly half of the participating travel agencies attended the special dinner hosted by DTCM which served as an excellent networking platform.

Abdul Rahman also referred to the statement by the UAE Ambassador to London who described the recent visit of the British queen as historical and said that the visit comes at a time when UAE-UK relations have become closer than ever at various levels.

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Weekly UAE Farmers Market by Bakers and Spice in December

Baker & Spice Dubai and Emaar Malls Group have teamed up to launch the winter season of the UAE Farmers Market from December 10, 2010.

Following on from its launch success in April, the market will be held at Souk Al Bahar every Friday during the cooler months (excepting December 31) from 10am-7pm.

It is a selling market and all proceeds go directly to the farmers, which include: Abu Dhabi Organic Farm; Dar al Fatah Farm from Al Ain and Liwa; Salata Farms from Ras Al Khaimah; Nasser Al Refaee, bringing fresh produce from farmers in the UAE and Oman; Alfoa organic dates and sugarless date syrup from Abu Dhabi; and Showeib Organic Farms.

Baker & Spice food consultant Yael Mejia said: “It’s a great day out for all the family and an opportunity to get to know local produce grown in this region. You will definitely taste the difference of buying local”.

The market promises to deliver native produce, all picked and plucked just hours before the market, with seasonal fruit and vegetables currently including aubergines, red, yellow and cherry tomatoes, cucumber, courgettes, mini mumpkins, grapes, lemons, limes, coriander, parsley and mint.

Baker & Spice has also recently announced the opening of a new kitchen and artisan bakery in Dukkan Al Manzil, Downtown Dubai.

Located in the souk behind Al Manzil Hotel, Baker & Spice will specialize in bread and offer a small retail shop and café as well as home delivering and party catering.

Mejia said, “All around the world bread is one of life’s staples and good bread is a perfect accompaniment to any meal, sometimes a meal in itself. At Baker & Spice, we bake fresh bread daily on the premises, using only the finest chemical-free ingredients, traditional artisan methods and recipes which we originally developed in London for that delicious homemade taste.”

“We know how difficult it is to find exceptional raw ingredients in Dubai, so the shop will retail everything from our store cupboard as part of our campaign to improve on what home cooks can obtain in the region. We have made it our mission to obtain raw ingredients with maximum consideration for environmental issues. We always insist on buying food with integrity at source,” he added

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Dubai (UAE): With less than six months to go, registration has opened for the 2011 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, scheduled to get underway on January 21, 2011.

Competitors looking to sign up for the full marathon distance of 42.195km, the popular 10km event or the 3km Fun Run can register now by visiting the event’s official website In order to give organisers enough time to finalise all logistics, entries will close at midnight on December 31.

Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, and staged under the aegis of the Dubai Sports Council, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon has firmly established its position as one of the world’s leading road races thanks to prize-money of $1 million as well as a $1 million bonus for a new world record, courtesy of Dubai Holding.

“The 2010 event was a great success with thousands of runners from all over the world joining us to race over what we believe to be the fastest marathon course on the international circuit,” said event director Peter Connerton.

“Within minutes of opening up online registration, we were already receiving entries by the dozen so it shows how much runners look forward to competing in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon. By signing up now, athletes have a full five months to train and prepare for what we hope will be another hugely successful event.”

The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon event continues to attract a healthy turnout of overseas runners as well as thousands of local and expat athletes based in the emirate.

The 2010 event – which saw the men’s event won by Olympic legend Haile Gebrselassie – featured runners from countries as far afield as Mexico and Australia, while TV coverage of the race was seen by more than 200 million viewers worldwide.

“The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is one of the highlights of our sporting and social year ,” said Jeremy Parrish, CEO UAE for title sponsors Standard Chartered. “Not only does it allow us to enjoy the talents of many of the world’s finest distance runners – many of whom will be using the event as they countdown to the 2012 Olympics – it also gives us the opportunity to maintain our active role in the community as part of our commitment to be ‘Here for good’.

“Sponsoring the marathon allows us to help promote sports health and fitness in the UAE. In our seventh consecutive year as title sponsors we are delighted to see more people incorporating fitness into their every day life.”

The launch of the registration process is the first of many announcements expected from event organisers as they finalise negotiations with elite athletes and sponsors alike. “We are looking into adding more activities around the event in 2011 to give runners and their families even more reasons to take part in the Middle East’s biggest marathon,” added Connerton.

Fees for participation in Dubai Marathon 2011

42.195km Marathon

18 yrs and over starts at 7:00 am
Closing date for entries December 31st
Residents Overseas
AED 370 US$ 100

10km Road Race

15 yrs and over 7:15 am
Closes December 31st
Residents Overseas
AED 185 US$ 50

3km Fun Run Open to all

Starting at 11:00 am
Closes December 31st
Residents Overseas
AED 55 US$ 15

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Seawing Dubai Develops new tours web site

The aireal tour company of which offers Seaplane tour in Dubai is planning a new website to help encourage more people to enjoy aerial tours of Dubai and other emirates.

Seawings, formed in August 2007, offers holidaymakers short low flights over Dubai. This gives a chance to experience a unique view of some of the Dubai’s most famous attractions, including Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah, World Islands and the Dubai Creek.

The company has been working on the new website for a while and is hoping it will showcase the unusual tour options offered to visitors as well as improving customer service.

Marketing and communications manager Carine Duvignaud said: “The original idea was to create a website that would provide guests with an idea of what Seawings was about and to make the flight booking process easier.”

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Seawings currently has three aircraft, 70 members of staff and operates up to 16 flights per day.

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DTCM Announces Winners Of “Receptionist Of The Year 2010” Award

Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has announced the winners of the “Receptionist of the Year” award which is organized by DTCM in coordination with the Dubai chapter of Association of Front Office Managers and Assistant Managers.

Yefgini Strokov from Ritz- Carlton Dubai was adjudged the winner, while Ms. Josimar Devlin from Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai came in second. Ms. Dian Mendoza from Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa won the third place. Fourteen contestants from various five-star hotels in Dubai took part in the competition, and the winner will represent Dubai in the international finals to be held in January 2011 in New Zealand.

The competition was divided into two rounds – the first round was held on September 25th, during which the contestants were interviewed by the judging panel for 30 minutes each and asked several technical questions. At the end of this round, six competitors were shortlisted for the final round held on October 2nd. During the final round, the competitors were required to answer five questions and take part in role playing, simulating a real hospitality work situation. The performance of each competitor was graded by a judging panel and the final score was the sum of the performance grades given by each of the five judges.

The judging panel included Ibrahim Yaqoot, DTCM’s Executive Director Corporate Support, Samy Abdul Fattah, DTCM’s Senior Specialist Corporate Support and Acting Director Training Solutions; Ms. Louise Oakley, Group Editor Hospitality of ITP; Ms. Cora de Conceicao-Stuart, General Manager of Media One Hotel and Mr. Steven Mueller, President of AICR Dubai, who was overseeing this competition. In addition, Tatiana Lomteva was the winner of the Receptionist of the year 2009.

The first place winner was awarded AED 10,000 and a Letter of Appreciation; in addition he will be fully sponsored to represent Dubai at the international competition of the David Campbell trophy hosted by New Zealand. The winner of the second place received AED 5,000 and the third place winner received AED 3,000. All the six shortlisted finalists received a Letter of Appreciation presented by Ibrahim Yaqoot and Steven Mueller.

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Taj Palace Dubai To Launch New Interactive Wedding Fair

The Taj Palace Hotel Dubai will be holding its first ever wedding fair from 18-19 February 2011.
Organised by Dubai based wedding planner Weddings & Events the Taj Palace Hotel will be hosting its first ever interactive wedding fair with a selection of the finest wedding businesses showcasing their services and products.

Would-be brides and grooms can expect to find tips and advice on everything they need for their big day, from wedding cakes and attire to flowers and photographers. Exhibitors will be on hand to provide all the assistance that they may require to make sure their day is perfect. Representatives from the Taj Palace Hotel Dubai will offer personalised service and assist with the booking of the hotel as an exclusive wedding and reception venue.

There will also be inspirational sessions designed to educate and advise visitors on the many different aspects that go into planning their big day, with wedding experts sharing tips and advice in a series of interactive presentations.

Visitors will also get the chance to win a trip to the luxurious Taj Exotica Resort Maldives, and two night’s accommodation at the newly opened Taj Cape Town, superbly located in the centre of historic Cape Town, South Africa.

The fair will run from 6pm to 10pm on Friday and from 10am to 7pm on Saturday, with complimentary admission, and an invitation-only session for ladies from 4pm to 6pm on Friday.

‘A first for the Taj Palace Hotel Dubai the wedding fair is more than simply a gathering of exhibitors and suppliers, it will be a completely interactive day with all participants involved in the whole event” said general manager Andreas Mueller. “We have aligned with a selection of wedding suppliers all of whom are keen to share their knowledge with brides and grooms to-be”.

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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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MidEast Watch and Jewellery Show to boost sales during festive season

Sharjah, 20th Sept. 2010 — Robust demand for gold jewellery is set to spur sales at the upcoming MidEast Watch and Jewellery Show at Expo Centre Sharjah.The 29th edition of the show will be held at Expo Centre Sharjah from September 28 to October 2.

According to the market report published by the organizers investment demand was the strongest performing segment during the second quarter of this year, posting a rise of 118 per cent to 534.4 tonnes compared to 245.4 tonnes in Q2 2009, according to World Gold Council.

“We are expecting strong demand for gold this season with 2010 consumption looking to surpass levels to reach a five-year high as gold is the world’s strongest tangible investment,” said Mr Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, Director-General of Expo Centre Sharjah, ahead of the Mideast Watch and Jewellery Show.

According to World Gold Council, global jewellery demand remained robust in the second quarter of 2010 with consumption totalling 408.7 tonnes. Total gold demand in the second quarter rose by 36 per cent to 1,050 tonnes, largely reflecting strong gold investment demand compared to the second quarter of 2009.

Gold sales at the MidEast Watch and Jewellery Show will be seen as an indicator for the entire sector since the fair is held ahead of the festival season that begins with the Indian festival of Diwali, which is followed by Christmas and New Year.

“We are expecting the MidEast Watch and Jewellery Show to provide further boost to the buying season in the region. Sales have started picking up during Eid Al Fitr, and the ensuing festive season will enhance the demand further. The show is perfectly timed to benefit from this festive buying season,” said Mr Midfa.

MidEast Watch and Jewellery Show

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2nd Global Aviation Safety Conference for Humanitarian Air Activities will be held in October

Sharjah, August 24th, 2010 — In order to take a closer look and improve on already existing and globally accepted aviation safety standards, and identify aviation safety concerns, the World Food Programme (WFP), through its Sharjah-based Aviation Safety Unit, is organizing the 2nd Global Aviation Safety Conference (GASC) for Humanitarian Air Activities on October 11-12, 2010, at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sharjah.

With air transport being the fastest way to deliver humanitarian assistance during emergencies caused either by man-made or natural disasters, aviation safety is extremely important in order to avoid any accidents that may add further stress to what may already be considered as volatile situations. More importantly, proper adherence and implementation of aviation safety standards and procedures is an integral component that allows for the speedy and efficient delivery of food and aid which is critical in saving lives, says a press release.

Sponsored by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) of Sharjah and held under the patronage of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Thani, Chairman of Civil Aviation – Sharjah International Airport, the main goals of the conference are to help improve life-saving capabilities by ensuring safe air transportation; to provide a common platform of discussion between WFP and all other global and state aviation authorities as well as air operators engaged in humanitarian air operation; to coordinate and guide safety initiatives in order to reduce risk for humanitarian air operators and humanitarian aviation; and to encourage industry and government cooperation on common safety objectives.

Supported by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the UAE, the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the US Department of Transportation and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), key organizations and individuals participating in the conference include Civil Aviation Authorities from countries in Africa, Asia, USA, Canada, Europe, Middle East and GCC; international humanitarian governmental organizations and non-governmental organizations such as ECHO, Red Cross (ICRC), MSF, MAF, and ASF; the United Nations WFP and other UN Agencies; passenger and air cargo operators and brokers; and local and regional airlines and airport authorities.

“Aviation safety is a very important issue around the world,” said Abdul Wahab Al Roomi, Director General – Department of Civil Aviation, Government of Sharjah. “As a civil aviation body, aviation safety is amongst out top priorities here at Sharjah International Airport. In fact, as a top priority, we have made a significant amount investment from our overall budget and even brought in international consultants in order to become the first airport in the UAE to have a GCAA approved Safety Management System. Such an approval was given to us only after a series of strict audit procedures by the GCAA.

“Furthermore, the Sharjah Department of Civil Aviation is committed to developing, implementing and improving appropriate strategies, management systems and processes to ensure that all our aviation activities uphold the highest level of safety performance that is required in accordance with national and international standards.

“Together with WFP’s Aviation Safety Unit which we already consider to be a part of our family here in Sharjah, we recognize the need to further enhance existing safety procedures, raise safety techniques across all facets of air operations and offer safety management workshops for both government and commercial aviation personnel.

“It is for this reason that, apart from giving our all out support to the World Food Programme’s operational needs, we have given our full support to this conference based on shared objectives and goals of further promoting aviation safety, not just in Sharjah, but in the entire global aviation industry,” Al Roomi added.

Describing the main functions of WFP’s Aviation Safety Unit, Capt. Samir Sajet, WFP’s Regional Aviation Safety Officer for Asia and the Middle East Region pointed out that among the unit’s main task is to improve the safety culture in the region by organizing international aviation safety seminars, conferences, and workshops as well as training.

“WFP Aviation provides air services on behalf of all the other United Nations agencies. We move humanitarian staff and relief items on behalf of agencies like UNICEF, UNESCO, WHO, UNHCR, and our operations are mainly in Africa, Asia and in South America,” Sajet said.

“As we implement the World Food Programme’s primary mandate to combat global hunger, the WFP Aviation’s headquarters in Rome is assisted by offices in Johannesburg, Nairobi and Sharjah that are dedicated to the issue of aviation safety. Because we are working in difficult environments and remote areas, we have additional safety requirements that are above international requirements.

“As such, apart from conducting safety monitoring and control of our operations, organizing conferences such as the 2nd Global Aviation Safety Conference is a crucial part of our job in order to boost aviation safety and identify main safety concerns in specific areas and how we can share such information in order to mitigate existing risks.

“We carry out such conferences in close coordination with local and international aviation authorities and other aviation-related service providers, and we are confident that the results of the discussions would greatly boost aviation safety. This would in turn enable the speedy, efficient and successful delivery humanitarian aid, as well as ensure better safety standards and procedures for the benefit of the general aviation industry,” Sajet added.

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Dubai to host 3 events next Nov.

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

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Top activities during DSS 2010 (Dubai Summer Surprise)

dubai-summer-surprise-2010It’s that time of year again when hearts beat a little faster, palms get a little sweatier and wallets empty a little easier. It’s the Dubai shopping season, the time when experienced sales shoppers can bag a bargain and wardrobe basics can be picked up for a song.

There are two ways to get the best from the sales. In the first, shoppers wander into a shop to happily browse. I like to call this the “scatter gun effect”. It’s the ultimate in impulse shopping, where items you never knew you needed suddenly seem irresistible with 50 per cent off.

It’s a fun way to spend a few hours and it can help you unearth some unexpected bargains. It’s also a great way to suddenly decide to update your bed linen or stock up on basics such as shirts, T-shirts and jeans, as these items are always heavily marked down.

The other approach is that of the ‘Military Strategist’. This shopper plans exactly what, where, and how much they will be spending. They earmark key pieces and stalk them like a hunter does its prey. This is certainly the most efficient way to snare a bargain — although it lacks the thrill of the unexpected find. This is best for expensive purchases, such as the Jimmy Choos that have been lusted after all season but have until now been out of reach. It takes nerve and research, but wonderful things can be picked up for less than half the original price.

The key to get the best out of the sales is to adhere to a few basic rules. Stick to these and you will avoid costly disasters and, fingers crossed, pick up a bargain that will have all your friends green with envy.

Always remember that sales rely on impulse buys as we get caught up in the moment and spend wildly. So be picky. The best way to guard against unsuitable purchases is to ask yourself: Would you pay full price for it? If the answer is no, put it back. If the answer is yes, then congratulations, you have bagged a bargain.

The next question is, does it fit? If you have to drop a dress size, grow a foot taller or suddenly transform into Gisele Bundchen, then forget it. No matter how pretty it is, if it doesn’t fit you, you will never wear it; and if you never wear it, it’s a waste of money. So put it back.

Next question: What will you wear it with? Will it match with things you already own or do you have to buy an entire new wardrobe or redecorate your house to make it work? If the answer is yes, put it back.

Does it suit you? Just because your friend (Kate Moss) has one, will it look as good on you? Be honest and if you can’t trust yourself, then take a friend who will tell you.

Sales happen because shops want to clear old stock before the new stock arrives. They have already spent lots of money and are now trying to recoup as much of the investment as possible before the moment passes. That’s why the prices keep dropping as the sales go on for longer. If you can hold your nerve and wait it out, you can pick up absolute bargains as the sale draws to its end. The major downside of this approach is that there is a real risk that someone else may buy it before you. As the sale draws on, it’s worth trying to haggle a further discount. Clearly, this is not going to work on the most expensive item in the store on Day 1 of the sale but if it’s still there on Day 25, take a deep breath and ask for their best price. You may just be amazed at the response.

Another way is to carefully check items for marks and scuffs. Customers are notoriously rough on clothes (and shoes in particular) and many items end up smeared in make-up or scuffed. Look at the article carefully and judge for yourself if the damage can be repaired, then point it out to the sales team and politely ask for a discount.

Be fair in your request. No store is going to give 80 per cent off for a smudge of make-up that can clearly be dry-cleaned, but a popped seam could warrant a few dirhams off.

Discounts such as these are at the manager’s discretion so be nice and friendly, but question their decision if the answer is no.

Try bulk buying. If you find two or three things that you like, try asking for a discount if you buy them all. This may not work in the big department stores but smaller privately run shops will be more open to negotiation. This can be another good incentive for taking a friend with you, as you can haggle if you are both buying a few items. Also, try asking for the cash price or if there is a discount for cash. This can sometimes work on larger purchases and again if you are buying more than one piece.

But the best part of shopping at the sales is exactly that; shopping at the sales and the thrill of the chase. So try and have fun.

Plan a fun-packed summer this DSS

There are so many exciting activities to choose from to keep your kids busy all day long. Here are some random picks

World of Stories at Mercato: Children can see their favourite fairytale show live on stage at 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm. World of Stories will go on till June 29 and is open to visitors for free. This year’s event features a 3-D theme and includes characters such as Sinbad, Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio, Snow White, Bambi, Cinderella. Art and craft activities are also held from 3-5.30pm and from 6-8pm. In addition, storytelling will take place between 3 and 3.30 pm. And from 6.15-7.10pm. Kids can also get their picture taken with a caterpillar mascot.

Modhesh World at the Airport Expo Dubai: Featuring more than 40 themed zones, kids can enjoy attractions such as a huge fun fair, a scooter zone, the Modhesh Magical Forest, a 4D cinema display, an inflatable zone, magic planet zone and a minizoo, in addition to many other entertainment areas. Parents have options to keep their children occupied while they watch the Fifa World Cup matches on wide screens located at the Sports Zone for free. Modhesh World is open till August 7. Doors are open from 10am-10pm (Saturday to Wednesday); 10am-midnight (Thursdays) and 3pm-midnight on Fridays. Tickets cost Dh10 for adults and Dh15 for children.

Me & My Family inflatable tent at Al Aweer: The tent aims to bring children of all ages and their families together for various free recreational and sports activities. Children can choose from different entertainment corners: The Games Corner, includes activities such as slides, sports, skills games and bouncy castles; The Stage Corner offers younger children a mix of magic and cartoon and puppet shows; The Arts Corner where kids can enjoy face painting, sand painting, colouring and clay workshops. The tent will move to four areas across Dubai, including Hatta, Al Hebab and Al Lisaily (15 days in each location). The recreational tent will be open from 5-11pm daily till August 7. For more information visit

Fun-filled activities at Oasis Centre: Throughout the DSS, various all-family activities are lined up, including balloon-tricks for kids, exclusive international acts such as the Circusfera show, Soccer Trickster, Rola Bola Danny Show, Soccer on Rollers, Green Gymnastics and a Cowboy Rope Trickster. Foosball Frenzy game competitions will also be held at the mall.

Horse and camel riding and mini zoo at Modhesh World: This year’s mini zoo has expanded to include more species on display. Children can hop on to camels and horses, take pictures with a falcon, or feed birds and animals. The zoo houses a number of animals and birds, including turtles, iguanas, doves, parrots and eagles. Rides cost Dh15 and pictures can be taken for Dh10. Visitors can have their pictures printed on mugs with animal-shaped handles for Dh25.

Malls team up

Spending your money at the mall this summer could bring you more shopping rewards. Shopping-lovers get a chance to win Dh200,000 every week each time they spend Dh300 at the Mall of the Emirates, Deira City Centre, or the new Mirdif City Centre.

Tech-savvy kids can join an online kids club to stay updated on activities, promotions and exciting events. Log on to for details.

Kids and animation movie fans will be able to watch the premiere of Toy Story 3 at CineStar Cinemas.

If you’re a football fan, all you have to do to win prizes is to walk around at one of the three malls listed above wearing your favourite team’s jersey. And you don’t have to worry about missing the final matches, as a number of outlets will be screening the matches live.

All That Glitters is Gold

Dubai likes to spoil its residents and visitors with lavish prizes during shopping events. And this summer’s DSS is no exception. Four malls are offering visitors a chance to win weekly gold prizes including two gold bars and a Longines gold watch. Shoppers spending Dh200 at The Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall, Souk Al Bahar and Gold and Diamond Park get a coupon to enter the draw. In addition to the gold theme and promotion across the malls, visitors can choose from many entertainment events taking place at The Dubai Mall:

The Sheila & Abaya Fashion Show: July 8-11 at the Fashion Catwalk.

Mini Bladi Exhibition: July 17-26 at the Gold Souk Atrium.

Kids Wonder Talent Show: Until June 26 and July 12-14.

Circus Fera Show: June 28-30 and July 15-16.

Butterflies Show: July 27-28 and August 5-7.

Yellow Speed Team: July 29-31 and August 3.

The mall will also host oud and qanoon shows, saxophonists, Spanish guitarists, mime artistes and living statues.

The All that Glitters is Gold promotion runs from until August 7.

Luxury Me Time

What can be better than indulging in a relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatment this summer? Ladies and men of all ages can take advantage of DSS Spa Packages and treat themselves, friends or their loved ones to one of the packages on offer this summer. Spa-lovers can choose from one of 40 Dubai spas participating in the promotion and go to the one nearest to their home. The packages include discounts of up to 50 per cent, two-for-one offers and complimentary treatments such as body scrubs, mud baths, reflexology sessions, Ayurveda therapies, Moroccan baths, Swedish and Thai massages, beautifying and detoxifying treatments and various other specialised therapies for both men and women.

Wives can also treat their husbands to a massage or grooming session at any of the spas included in the promotion. This year’s Spa Packages offer special treatments men such as anti-fatigue massages and salon grooming packages.

There at least 40 spas taking part in the promotion.

•Akaru Spa:
• Angsana Spa The
•Angsana Spa Arabian
•Angsana Spa & Health Club Dubai Marina:
•Angsana Spa Emirates
•Cleopatra’s Spa Wafi:
•Club Olympus:
•Dragonfly Therapeutic
•Feet First (Dubai Mall)
•Heavenly Spa –
•House of Chi:
•Jannati Spa & Health Club
•Karisma Ladies
•Lime Spa:
•Mandara Spa:
•Maven Spa:
•Prana Ladies Spa
•NIVEA Haus:
•Raffles Amrita Spa:
•SensAsia Urban Spas:
•SPA Intercontinental:
•Spa Dunya Club:
•Taj Spa:
•Thai Privilege
•The Cure:
•The Spa at Jebel Ali Golf Resort &
•The Spa at Shangri-La:
•The Spa at The Address Dubai
•The Spa at The Address Downtown Dubai:
•The Spa at The Address Dubai
•The Spa (The Palace-Old Town)
•The Spa at Hilton:
•Willow Stream Spa:
•Zaitoon Talise Spa:
What’s your flavour?

DSS also offers alternative events so everyone can find something they like, no matter what they’re interested in.

Middle East Junior Chef of the Year: Until June 29 at BurJuman. The event celebrates the works of 600 and more chefs from star hotels across the GCC. They gather in Dubai to showcase their finest preparations and compete in front of the jury consisting of master chefs from around the world.

The World Cup Tent One: Football fans can head to the Dubai Fountain at the Burj Khalifa area to watch the World Cup games and support their favourite team. The One marquee has been built especially for the Fifa World Cup. It has 35-inch plasma screens in addition to two 2×3-metre big screens that will telecast matches live. The two-floor venue will also offer visitors a selection of food and beverages and sheesha.

Skating-rink at Arabian Centre: The 80,000-square-metre mall will hold performances by professional skaters from Russia at its newly opened ice-skating rink. The event will also give an opportunity for one fan to skate alongside the professionals and learn skating from experts. The mall will also offer training courses on skating at the rink for beginners who want to have a go at the fun sport.

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Long-Term Demand From Emerging Markets Will Shape World Oil Markets In 2010, Say Experts

Dubai, 17 June 2010 – Solid demand growth in China, India and emerging Asian economies, including the Middle East, are the key factors that will shape world oil markets and prices in 2010, experts said today at the Oil ‘&’ Petrochemicals Market Briefing. The event was organised jointly by Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), Platts and Thomson Reuters, and held at the Almas Tower in the Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) free zone.

“Growing confidence in a global economic recovery had inspired hopes of rising oil demand in early 2010, but the Eurozone crisis and a strengthening dollar have encouraged continuing volatility in oil prices,” said Malcolm Wall Morris, CEO, DMCC. “We anticipate that long-term demand growth in China, India, emerging Asian economies and the Middle East region will be the key factors determining the shape of oil markets and prices through this year.” Mr. Wall Morris emphasised the various factors that have impacted oil prices, including currently high inventories of oil products, the excess shipping and refining capacity left over from the 2008-2009 demand dip, and China and India’s increasing prominence as oil products exporters.

During his speech, Mr. Wall Morris also highlighted the relevance of Dubai as the central hub in the GCC oil trading community. He added that the rapid growth in downstream projects for refineries and product blending and upgrading will continue to enhance the roles of Jebel Ali and Fujairah as major oil trading and storage hubs.

In addition, Mr. Wall Morris highlighted the increasing prominence of the Almas Tower and larger Jumeirah Lakes Towers free-zone community, where the event was held, for participants in the energy trade. “DMCC’s efforts to establish the JLT free zone as the principal hub for the commodities trade, including energy companies, continue to bear fruit. JLT is now home to more than 200 energy companies and a total of more than 2,250 companies and over 10,000 residents,” he said.

“So far this year”, he added, “DMCC has registered an average of more than 60 new companies per month at JLT, with registrations up more than 40 per cent in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2009.” Key energy companies registered at JLT include Lukoil, one of Russia’s largest oil companies, SOCAR, Azerbaijan’s national oil company, PTT, Thailand’s National Oil Company, Reliance, India’s largest independent oil refiner, and Topaz Energy and Marine, one of the world’s leading marine services and oil and gas fabrication companies.

In addition to providing the physical infrastructure to support energy companies operations, DMCC was also the driving force behind the creation of the Dubai Gold ‘&’ Commodities exchange which is the region’s largest commodity and currency derivative market. In 2008, DGCX listed the two crude oil global price benchmarks, namely the WTI and Brent contracts, making these contracts directly available to the world’s premier producing region for the first time.

Speaking about the outlook for Asian Oil markets, Kate Dourian, Middle East Editor at Platts, spoke about the likelihood of constrained production in the future. She, however, highlighted the prospects of strong demand due to renewed growth in China and elsewhere in Asia. Ms. Dourian also examined the effects of simmering geo-political tensions, demand-supply projections and the role of Iraq in helping to meet future demand during her address.

While reviewing the Asian Petrochemicals market, Quintella Koh, Managing Editor, Asia Petrochemicals at Platts, spoke about the market outlook for ethylene, propylene and polymers in 2011 with a focus on Asian markets, including China, India, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam. The rise of swaps and futures in Asian polymer markets and the Asian Aromatics market outlook were also addressed during her presentation.

Yaw Yan Chong, Senior Energy Correspondent, Thomson Reuters, spoke about the outlook for the Asian fuel oil market at the event, with a focus on supply patterns targeting the West and Middle East. The trends in demand focusing on Singapore, China, Vietnam and the Middle East were also reviewed by Yaw Yan Chong.

Platts, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), is a leading global provider of energy and commodities information. An independent provider, Platts serves the oil, natural gas, electricity, emissions, nuclear power, coal, petrochemical, shipping, and metals markets from 17 offices worldwide.

Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, combining industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in various vertical markets across 100 countries.

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GETEX Dubai 2010 Begins April 14

Dubai, 8th April 2010 (WAM) – GETEX Dubai 2010, the Middle East and Asia’s leading education, training and professional development event, will be held from April 14 to 17 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Held under the patronage of H.E Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, GETEX Dubai 2010 expects over 20,000 learners to enrol in various undergraduate, postgraduate, vocational and training programs being offered by more than 500 international education providers during the exhibition.

The event incorporates the Global Forum on Technology ‘&’ Innovation in Teaching and Leading, in addition to GETEX Dubai’s three main segments: Student Recruitment, Education Equipment ‘&’ Technology, and Careers ‘&’ Training

Show Timings
14th and 15th April 2010: 10:00 to 14:00 Hrs & 17:00 to 21:00Hrs
16th and 17th April 2010: 15:00 to 21:00 Hrs

GETEX Exhibitors List

2tor Inc USA H 304
360 Netvertising USA
3P Learning (Mathletics) UK P 222
4CSoct Inc KOREA A-100
Abu Dhabi University UAE F 100
ACCA Global Group INDIA P 158
Al Ghurair University UAE C 100
Al Mihad Institute UAE C 208
ALHOSN University UAE B 100
American Intercontinental University London UK G 204
American School for the Deaf UAE P 176
American School for the Deaf USA P 176
American University of Beirut LEBANON P 126
American University of Ras Al Khaimah UAE M 102
American University of Sharjah UAE M 100
Anna University Chennai INDIA M 200
Asia Pacific University of Technology MALAYSIA H 210
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) UAE H 206
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) UK H 206

Australian International Hotel School (AIHS) AUSTRALIA H 210
Ayla Aviation Academy JORDAN P 118
B.I.D.S. – Business Intelligence and Decision Systems LEBANON P 194
Beichangjie Elementary School CHINA E 300
Beihang University CHINA E 300
Beijing Foreign Studies University CHINA E 300
Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT) CHINA E 300
Beijing International Education Exchange (BIEE) CHINA E 300
Beijing Language and Culture University CHINA E 300
Beijing No. 39 Middle School CHINA E 300
Bharati Vidyapeeth University INDIA P 142
Birla Institute of Technology – Ranchi International Center UAE K 302
Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi INDIA K 302
Birmingham City University UK G 212
BITS, Pilani – Dubai Campus UAE K 108
Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School AUSTRALIA H 210
Boston University in Brussels BELGIUM C 204
Brindavan College Group of Institutions INDIA M 210
British Council UK H 300
Canadian University of Dubai UAE D 400

China University of Petroleum CHINA E 300
City & Guilds UK H 214
City & Guilds UAE H 214
City University London UK H 212
Columbia College CANADA B 200
Consulting & Training UAE A 108
Culture & Science City EGYPT F 402
Cyprus International University NORTH CYPRUS F 400
DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service UAE D 500
Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences University INDIA P 156
Eastern Mediterranean University NORTH CYPRUS F 400
Ecole Hoteliere Lavasa INDIA L 200
Education Malaysia MALAYSIA G 100
Edugates International UAE P 206
Eduportal Technologies UAE P 200
EF Education First GLOBAL P 134
Emirates Aviation College UAE H 100
Emirates College for Advanced Education UAE P 180
Emirates College of Technology UAE D 300

Eton Institute UAE P 164
Euromed Management FRANCE P 172
European Union “Study in Europe” BELGIUM J 300
European University of Lefke NORTH CYPRUS F 400
Fairleigh Dickinson University CANADA B 212
GEM – Graduate School of Engineering – EMNantes FRANCE P 174
Genesis Institute UAE A106
Girne American University NORTH CYPRUS F 400
Glion Institute of Higher Education SWITZERLAND H 210
Goethe-Institut UAE D 500
Great Lakes Institute of Management INDIA P 153
Greenwich School of Management UK H 306
Gulf Medical University UAE P 106
Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University UAE I 202
Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance UAE P 204
Hamptons International UAE P 212
Heriot-Watt University UK E 400
Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus UAE E 400
Higher Edge FZ LLC UAE B 206
Hindustan College of Arts & Science INDIA K 300

Hindustan Institute of Engineering & Technology INDIA K 300
Hindustan University INDIA K 300
Holy Spirit University of Kaslik LEBANON P 130
Hult International Business School UAE P 134
Hult International Business School USA P 134
IE Business School SPAIN B 104
Illume Consulting CANADA B 204
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Dubai INDIA P 150
Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences IRAN P 116
Institute of Leadership & Management – ILM UK H 214
Institute of Management Technology (IMT) UAE J 202
International Academy for Engineering & Media Science (IAEMS) EGYPT P 108
International Academy for Graduate Studies FZE UAE P 154
International College Portsmouth UK H 210
Intuit Technology LLC UAE P 202
Jamboree Education INDIA I 306
Jamboree Education Middle East FZ LLC UAE I 306
Jinan University LEBANON P 128
JSS International School UAE L 206
JSS Mahavidyapeeth INDIA L 206

JSS University INDIA L 206
K J Somaiya College of Engineering INDIA K 304
KCG College of Technology INDIA K 300
KeLIA – Korea e-Learning Industry Association KOREA A 100
Key Information Technology UAE P 100
Khalifa University of Science Technology and Research UAE J 100
Korea Panser System Co Ltd KOREA A-100
Krishna Theja Group of Educational Institutions INDIA P 146
La Salle College International CANADA P 190
LCCI Cyprus CYPRUS G 210
LCCI International Qualifications UK G 210
Lebanese American University LEBANON P 124
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management SWITZERLAND H 210
Lucton School UK G 208
Madurai Kamaraj University INDIA P 154
Maeer’s MIT Group of Institutions, Pune INDIA M 202
Maharashtra Cosmopolitan Education Society INDIA M 206
Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Samstha INDIA P 144
Maharshi Karve Women’s Educational Institution INDIA P 144
Mahatma Gandhi University – Off Campus INDIA P 150

Manipal University INDIA L 202
Manipal Univesity – Dubai UAE K 200
Media Consulta Event GmbH GERMANY J 300
Michigan State University Dubai UAE I 300
Microhard Infotech LLC UAE P 210
Microsoft USA P 100
Middle East Technical University – Northern Cyprus Campus NORTH CYPRUS F 400
Middlesex University Dubai UAE L 100
Middlesex University London UAE H 202
Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research UAE D 200
Mohamed Sathak Group of Educational Institutions INDIA P 148
Morgan International FZ LLC UAE P 192
Multimedia University MALAYSIA H 210
Murdoch University International Study Centre Dubai UAE K 100
MUST University USA H 302
National Academy UAE P 138
National Tsing Hua University TAIWAN F 302
Near East University NORTH CYPRUS F 400
NITTE University INDIA M 208
Nuriborn Co Ltd KOREA A-100
October 6 University EGYPT F 404
Oklohama City University USA H 210
Orient Flight School INDIA K 300
Otago Polytechnic NEW ZEALAND H 210
Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi UAE H 102
Patson ME Advertising FZ LLC UAE B 208
Peoples Education Society INDIA P 152
Popular Electronics UAE P 214
Qadri International UAE H 210
QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd UK G 214
Raffles Campus – School of Hospitality Management UAE B 112
Ras Al Khaimah Medical & Health Sciences University UAE P 102
Rochester Institute of Technology – USA University USA P 140
Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai UAE P 140
SAE Institute UAE P 104
Scoreplus, Middle East UAE F 300
Seneca College CANADA P 188
ShadWell’s Education Management Pvt Ltd INDIA P 158
Sharif University of Technology, International Campus – Kish Island IRAN C 202
Sharjah Institute of Technology UAE P 184
Sikkim Manipal University INDIA P 154
SIMS from Capita Children Services UK A 104
Sinai University EGYPT F 304
SKEMA Business School FRANCE B 102
Skyline University College UAE F 200
Sona College of Technology INDIA M 212
SP Jain Center of Management UAE J 200
Sri Krishna Group of Institutions INDIA M 204
Swiss Hotel Management School SWITZERLAND C 206
Swiss Hotel Management School UAE C 206
Symantec USA P 100
Symbiosis International University INDIA K 206
Tanmia UAE P 191
Tesol Arabia UAE P 198
Tetcos INDIA A 102
The British University in Dubai UAE P 186
The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management UAE A 108
The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Programmes UAE A 108
The Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales (ICAEW) UK G 202
The International College (THINC) UAE P 110
The International College (THINC) UK P 110
The Oxford Educational Institutions INDIA L 204
The Petroleum Institute UAE I 100
Thompson Rivers University CANADA B 210
Tourism Formation Council, VATEL Emirates UAE P 136
Tourism Formation Council, VATEL Emirates TUNIS P 136
UEIMS School of Medicine and Dentistry UAE P 178
UEIMS School of Medicine and Dentistry INDIA P 178
United Arab Emirates University UAE E 100
Universal Empire Institute of Technology UAE P 150
Universite Saint-Joseph (USJ) Beirut LEBANON P 132
University of Atlanta UAE P 120
University of Atlanta USA P 120
University of Balamand LEBANON P 122
University of Bolton, RAK UAE Campus UAE H 208
University of Bradford UK H 200
University of Debrecen HUNGARY B 108
University of Dubai UAE I 302
University of East London UK G 206
University of Greenwich, London UK G 200
University of London UK B 106
University of Portsmouth UK H 210
University of Sharjah UAE I 200
University of Southern California USA H 304
University of the Western Cape SOUTH AFRICA B 110
University of Victoria CANADA B 202
University of Waterloo CANADA B 208
University of Waterloo UAE UAE B 208
University of Windsor CANADA B 206
University of Wollongong in Dubai UAE P 114
Western International College (formerly IITM) UAE B 106
Wizi Co Ltd KOREA A-100
Xeno Co Ltd KOREA A-100
Xinjiang Medical University CHINA E 308
Yeshwanttrao Chavan College of Engineering, Nagpur INDIA P 156

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Hamdan bin Rashid inaugurates Careers UAE 2010

Dubai on March 28, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, today inaugurated Careers UAE 2010 exhibition of the largest recruitment, training and education in the country, which combines in its tenth session, some of the best recruiters and thousands of job seekers under one umbrella .

His Highness toured the exhibition halls at the Dubai World Trade Center and reviewed the wings institutions and companies involved and the potential and the services provided in support of human resources and skills of citizenship.

Attended the opening ceremony .. HE Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, Saeed Al Tayer, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Electricity and Water Authority Dubai, Mattar Al Tayer, Chief Executive of Roads and Transport Authority and Hussein Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, Abdulrahman Al Saleh, Director of the Department of Finance, Government of Dubai and Helal Saeed Al Marri Chief Executive Officer of Dubai World Trade Center and a host of dignitaries.

The event which runs until March 30 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

And contribute to Careers UAE in support of government efforts to increase the number of UAE nationals working in the private sector and raise their professional and organized in conjunction with the development and employment of national human resource “development”, Higher Colleges of Technology, Zayed University and the University of United Arab Emirates.

The show features 20 companies for the first time, including resettlement and the University of Sky Line and ABB AG and 4 as well as a large number of ministries, companies and organizations including Al-Futtaim Group and the Electricity and Water Authority Dubai, Dubal, Emirates Airline and General Electric and the Al Ghurair Group, resources, and Noor Islamic Bank and the Ministry of Finance.

The exhibition consists of ten sectors, including distributed Exhibitors are communications, training and human resources, universities, employment, banking, finance, business groups, government institutions, parastatals and private transportation, oil and gas and ministries.

The leading companies in the area of training, employment and education seminars and workshops free of charge on the labor market to visitors from job seekers such as guidance and, the International Association of Students of science and economy and trade, National Rehabilitation Center and the Emirates Foundation of nuclear energy.

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SCTDA to participate in TUR 2010

Sharjah, March 23rd, 2010 The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has announced to participate in the 27th Swedish International Travel and Tourism Fair (TUR 2010), which will take place at the Swedish Exhibition Centre in Gothenburg, from 25 to 28 March 2010.

The emirate’s participation in this event, represented by the SCTDA, is intended to boost Sharjah’s presence in the Scandinavian market, which is among the most significant target markets that the SCTDA has been planning to reach and impress over the last few years.

Media coverage of TUR 2010 is expected to be extensive, as more than 465 media representatives will cover the participation of over 1,200 exhibitors from 100 countries, as well as over 1,900 industry decision-makers.

The SCTDA has stressed the importance of organizing the emirate’s participation in this important international fair, which is considered the most prominent international tourism exhibition in the Scandinavian market. This participation helps achieve the Authority’s goal of opening up new markets to increase the flow of tourists into the emirate.

Thanks to its visionary promotional strategy, the Authority was able to increase the number of Scandinavian tourists visiting Sharjah to 17,000 in 2009, a 47 increase from the 11,000 that visited in 2008.

In its fifth participation at TUR, the SCTDA aims to further expand its international presence, introduce Sharjah’s tourism products to the Scandinavian market and explore ways to increase the flow of Scandinavian tourists into Sharjah. These will include such initiatives as developing competitive tourist packages for this region, promoting Sharjah as a favourable investment destination, and raising awareness of Sharjah’s investor-friendly climate and sound infrastructure among the Scandinavian investment community.

Through its presence in the Scandinavian market, the SCTDA will seek to increase Scandinavian tourism in the emirate. The most prominent of these is Scandinavian airlines’ tendency to operate transit flights to the Far East through Sharjah International Airport, especially in the winter season.

The Authority aims to achieve a 5-10 percent annual increase in the average number of tourists from Scandinavian countries visiting Sharjah. Recent statistics have shown an increase in the number of Scandinavian tourists visiting Sharjah in the past few years, in response to the emirate’s growing reputation as a world-class destination, featuring a multitude of unique tourist attractions.

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