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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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Emirates and Visa to offer free Tourist Visas during Dubai Shopping Festival 2010

Emirates and Visa have teamed up to offer one month free Tourist Visas during the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) which will begin from January 28-February 28, 2010. Valid for all Emirates destinations that require a Visa for entry into Dubai, the promotion is open to passengers in any class of travel – provided a return ticket is purchased in the UAE with a valid VISA credit, debit or prepaid card and a family member sponsors the stay. Tickets must be booked and paid in the UAE during the two week sale period which already began on January 19, 2010 and will continue till February 1, 2010. The free Visa campaign has been introduced to help families across the Emirate bring their families to Dubai, without paying for Visas.

Khalid bel Jaflah, Vice President Commercial Operations UAE, Emirates’ said, “Partnering with Visa, Emirates has developed another promotion that helps families come together to experience one of Dubai’s most acclaimed and glittering events, DSF. The free Visa promotion takes into account that the cost of Visas which can be a determining factor in whether people can afford to travel or not.”

Jaflah added, “Emirates has been a long term supporter of the Dubai Shopping Festival. DSF highlights the amenities available in Dubai, putting the Emirate on the world stage and attracting huge volumes of visitors each year. We hope that this promotion will encourage even more families to visit Dubai during this festival.”

Commenting on the joint initiative, Kamran Siddiqi, General Manager for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Levant, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Visa said, “We are delighted to partner with Emirates to offer this free Visa promotion to Visa cardholders. As an official sponsor of DSF we are delighted to be able to make it easier for people to experience the shopping festival and extend the benefits of using a Visa card to tourists visiting Dubai during this period.”

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World ranked climbers to race against clock at Outdoor Adventure Dubai 2009

outdoor-dubai-adventure-2009Dubai, Nov 30th, 2009 (WAM) — Two of the best speed climbers in the world are set to thrill the crowds by racing against the clock in Dubai next month, as part of the first dedicated outdoor adventure and sporting event in the United Arab Emirates.

The men’s International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) world number three Makysym Stienkovyy, from Ukraine, and the women’s IFSC world number two Anna Stenkovaya, from Russia, will be wowing the crowds as they race each other to the top of a specially constructed climbing and abseiling wall during Outdoor Adventure Dubai 2009 from 17 – 19 December 2009.

With a natural synergy between those passionate about an outdoor lifestyle and those with a love of the motoring industry, visitors to Outdoor Adventure Dubai 2009 will also be able to take in the 10th anniversary Dubai International Motor Show which runs from 16-20 December 2009 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“By coming face-to-face with an international line-up of some of the best sports climbers and a world record holding rally driver, Outdoor Adventure Dubai 2009 will ignite a passion for an outdoor lifestyle among visitors to the show. The ‘try before you buy concept at the show will also allow visitors to use all of the products on show and get a taste for outdoor adventure during an action-packed three days,” said Trixee Loh, Senior Vice President, Dubai World Trade Centre.

Intrepid rally driver Hesham Nessim, who recently smashed all records by driving his vehicle across the Egyptian western desert twice in an astonishing 13 hours and 33 minutes for a new Guinness World Record, will be interacting with visitors at Outdoor Adventure Dubai 2009. The challenge was sponsored by The Egyptian Tourism Authority to promote the desert’s natural beauty, archaeological wonders and Bedouin culture.

“Most visitors to Egypt stay in the cities or resorts, but not many venture out into the desert,” said Amr El Ezabi, Chairman, Egyptian Tourism Authority. “We want to tell people that you can have a totally different leisure experience away from the Pyramids and The Nile.” Visitors will also be able to emerge themselves in the latest snorkelling and dive gear in a special dive pool, compete against their friends to a shoot out at the Ultimate Paintball challenge and experience urban dance culture in the UAE with the first National BBoy breakdancing championships, organised by URS.

In addition, the traditional delights of Dubai can be rediscovered at a Heritage Village run by the Government of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), the show’s official event partner, where there will exciting falconry displays, traditional houses brought back to life, local handicrafts and a wide range of other activities.

“The show is the first complete outdoor adventure and sporting event of its kind to be held in the UAE, featuring companies, agents and distributors representing some of the biggest international consumer brands. The show is being staged in a venue with dedicated features which will allow visitors to try out the newest sports and outdoor equipment,” added Loh.

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Dubai Shopping Festival from Jan 28

DSF 2010 will begin on January 28 2010 and go on till February 28, similarly next year’s Dubai Summer Surprises 2010 will be held from June 17 to August 7.

The DSF Office has announced Dubai Shopping Festival dates as it presents a preview of DSF 2010 and it new promotion the “Definitely Dubai”  to a global audience at the World Travel Market 2009, which begins on November 9, and goes on till November 12 in London.

While The participation in WTM is part of DSF Office’s efforts in highlighting the upcoming and a landmark 15th edition of DSF, and to promote the festival as one among the world’s leading shopping and family entertainment events to a wider global audience. The DSF Office is participating under the auspices of the Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing department (DTCM).

The DSF Office delegation to London comprises of Laila Suhail, CEO of the DSF Office; Abdulla Amiri, Operations and Logistics Manager, and Tracey Shuttlewood, Senior Marketing Coordinator. While DSF 2010 is the main objective of the DSF Office’s participation, Dubai Summer Surprises, and the popular character ‘Modhesh’ will also feature prominently during the four-day event where visitors from around the world are expected to converge.

Laila Suhail, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Shopping Festival Office said, ‘World Travel Market 2009 is the ideal opportunity to showcase the 15th edition of Dubai Shopping Festival that will be a benchmark in the history of the festival. This edition is special in many ways and we are eager to embrace this challenge and highlight the fact that DSF is not just a festival but an event that the world looks forward to. Dubai is a rapidly developing city and DSF 2010 will reflect the changes witnessed by Dubai.’

Suhail also added that announcing dates for DSS 2010 would enable the DSF Office to cooperate with travel partners from around the world in showcasing Dubai as the region’s favoured summer destination.

A record breaking 49,963 travel industry professionals attended WTM 2008. World Travel Market is a business to business exhibition that was initiated to bring together the world’s various destinations on to one platform. The event provides a unique opportunity for the whole global travel trade industry to meet, network, negotiate, conduct business and stay abreast with the latest developments in the travel industry.

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Dubai Media City Hosts Registered Freelance Professionals at MMS

mms-dubaiWAM Dubai, 4th Nov. 2009  Dubai Media City (DMC), a member of TECOM Investments, has said that it is promoting freelancers and companies affiliated to the Media Business Centre to successfully showcase their services at the Media and Marketing Show (MMS) 2009, the Middle East’s premier industry-focused show for media and marketing industry.

Through their presence at the DMC stand, the freelance professionals and companies are receiving an opportunity to network with regional players and prospective clients at the MMS exhibition whic opened on 3 November at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and will remain open till 5th November 2009.

Dubai Media City is providing the service at no extra cost to the freelancers, and the offering will be a regular feature at the annual event.

Mohammad Abdullah, Executive Director of Dubai Media City, said: “The Media and Marketing Show 2009 offers the industry valuable opportunities to showcase its products and services, explore new partnerships, and expand businesses. The event is also a great opportunity for freelancers and companies to enhance visibility and build new links with the region’s expanding media industry.

“Dubai Media City seeks to facilitate excellence in the industry that witnesses the collective synergy of every kind of media business. We are delighted to support the event and welcome all initiatives that strive to raise media excellence.” The Media Business Centre, set up to promote talent and entrepreneurship in the region, continues to remain a key offering at Dubai Media City. The centre offers fully furnished and serviced business units that are ideal for professionals and start-up companies looking to operate out of Dubai.

Dubai Media City is the official patron of the Media and Marketing Show 2009, the region’s premier forum that showcases latest industry initiatives, trends and technologies in advertising, broadcasting, entertainment, events, marketing, new media, outdoor advertising and publishing in the Middle East.

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Al Tayer opens Metropolitan Railways Assembly

H-E-Mattar-Al-TayerDubai, 31st Oct. 2009 H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of Roads ‘&’ Transport Authority (RTA), opened the Metropolitan Railways Assembly organized by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) in the presence of the President of the UITP H.E. Allen Feluchi and more than 60 senior international executives of light and express trains.

The gathering also included consultants and experts of electrical, mechanical and constructional engineering associated with the metro projects among the members of the UITP.

During the gathering Joachim Irish was elected as Director General of Barcelona Metro as a chairperson of the forum to succeed Mr. Albert Busquets ex Director General of Barcelona Metro.

At the onset of the Metro Assembly, Al Tayer welcomed the participants to the UAE and said: “The United Arab Emirates is witnessing a tremendous economic growth, thanks to the wise leadership of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The wisdom of our distinguished leaders has turned the country into a landmark business hub enhanced by a robust and diverse economy.

”Given its broad international profile, free economic policy, emphasis on delivering the best services at the least possible costs, and the superb infrastructure in all fields; the country has made successes in attracting investors and businessmen, and established a prosperous transport sector; which has recently been crowned by the inauguration of Dubai Metro, the world’s longest driverless Metro system to be constructed in a single project. Dubai Metro is an inspiration of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It marks the intention of His Highness to provide integrated roads ‘&’ transport infrastructure, and to deliver a metro network using the best rail technology the world has to offer.

The RTA Chairman reviewed the key features of the Dubai Metro Project encompassing the unique design of the metro stations in a peerless innovative architectural style that reflects an excellent blend between modernity ‘&’ authenticity. It comprises the four elements of nature (water, air, fire and earth) besides the heritage design of Al Ras and Al Ghubaiba Stations.

More than 30,000 engineers and workers hailing from 5 main contractors and 150 subcontractors have worked in this enormous project, and sophisticated methods have been used in constructing the metro viaducts using 10 gantry cranes, and 3 tunnel boring machines.

He added: “Diverse methods have been introduced for paying metro fare using the automated fare collection cards (Nol), and wireless internet connectivity (WiFi) is provided all over the metro stations and trains. Each train has a capacity of about 640 passengers. Air-conditioned footbridges have been constructed and fitted with travelators ensuring smooth passenger traffic with full attention to meeting the requirements of special needs persons.

While constructing Dubai Metro, RTA has managed to overcome a host of challenges at the top of which is delivering the project on time (about four years) considered a record period, as the completion of such projects usually takes 3 times this period. The list of challenges also include building the world’s longest driverless Metro system to be constructed in a single project, recording an average accident rate below the international rate with one injury per one million working hours, and providing the highest level of architectural finishes in the trains, stations and annexes.

RTA has also attended to achieving full integration with other modes of transportation such as buses, taxis and water transport, building the largest underground metro station in the world at Union square with a total area of 220,000 square feet, using state-of-the-art technology in the rail industry and providing every comfort and entertainment packages to passengers, and operating the Metro system transporting passengers from 200 nationalities from different backgrounds”.

The conference, which is held biannually, discussed several issues related to construction, and operation of the metro projects such as funding the metro projects, integration between mass transit modes, and using eco-friendly clean energy. It also reviewed the new methods in construction works of Dubai Metro, operation-related legislations, displaying models of metro operation across the world, safety ‘&’ security issues of metro operation, and how to cope with emergency and accidents.

RTA organized visits to Dubai Metro for the visiting delegations including several stations. The attendants hailed the completion of Dubai Metro in a record time, albeit its massive nature and were impressed with the trains, as well as the designs and top-class specifications ‘&’ finishing works of the metro stations.

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UAE to host Alter Energy Convention 2009

solar-energyDUBAI, Aug. 30th, 2009: the United Arab Emirates is hosting the Alter Energy Convention 2009 next October.

Key issues related to this growth and the Middle East’s aggressive push towards alternative energy will be examined during the 2009 Alter Energy Convention running from October 27 to 29, 2009 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

To be held under the umbrella of the 2009 Oil ‘&’ Gas Show (OGS), Alter Energy Convention 2009 will discuss and evaluate the regional and global outlook on carbon footprint and energy usage; the importance of oil and gas sector partnerships with alternative energy initiatives; sustainable regional water management; and the latest sustainability projects, techniques and technologies.

The alternative energy sector is expected to grow 25 per cent annually and account for almost 70 per cent of the global energy market through 2030. The sector’s current USD150 billion share of the estimated USD800 billion worldwide energy infrastructure will rise by then to around USD600 billion.

The conference-led event’s impressive lineup of confirmed speakers includes Paul Dickerson, the US Department of Energy’s former COO of Energy ‘&’ Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Professor Ali Sayigh, Chairman of World Renewable Energy Congress ‘&’ Director General of World Renewable Energy Network, UK; Dr. Samer Adham, Managing Director of Global Water Sustainability Centre, Qatar Science and Technology Park, Qatar; and Dr. Hermann Scheer, Member of German Bundestag, President of EUROSOLAR, General Chairman of World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) and President of International Parliamentary Forum on Renewable Energies.

This year’s convention will also highlight ways to reduce and manage the carbon and water footprints made by the oil and gas industry. Moreover, it will emphasize the increased ability of alternative energies to meet the demand of a rapidly growing world population “The economic downturn has reminded the world that it should plan well for the future. We still rely on traditional energy sources to generate 90 per cent of our power requirements. However, most of these are non-renewable and have devastating ecological effects. We need to turn this situation around and encourage closer collaboration among private and government entities through forums such as Alter Energy to explore sustainable solutions that can meet our energy needs while conserving our environment,” said Anselm Godino, Managing Director of International Conferences ‘&’ Exhibitions, the organizers of the Alter Energy Convention.

Schedule of Alter Energy Conference

Day One – Tuesday, 27 October 2009
09.00 – 10.00 Opening Welcome Address By senior representatives from local Ministries

10.00 – 11.00 Official opening of OGS 2009
11.00 – 12.45 Assessing The Global Outlook On Carbon Footprint And Energy Usage By international energy experts including commissions, agencies and leading researchers

International Keynote Address: The Next Frontier: Opportunities For Oil & Gas Producers In Alternative Energy Projects Paul Dickerson, Former Chief Operating Officer of Energy & Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy, USA

Dr. Saif Al Sayari, Imperial College, UK

12.45 – 14.00 Networking Lunch For Delegates And Speakers
14.00 – 15.45 Evaluating Regional Outlook On carbon Footprint And Energy Usage In The Region
By regional energy experts, initiatives and environmentalists
Dr. Bakr Khoshaim, Power & Energy Consultant Member, Majlis Ash Shura Council, KSA
Ecoventures – speaker tbc
KJO – speaker tbc
15.45 – 16.15 Networking And Refreshment Break
16.15 – 17.30 Open Discussion An opportunity for speakers and delegates to openly debate the key issues in greater depth, facilitated by an industry leader.

18.00 – 20.00 Welcome cocktail reception for delegates, speakers and sponsors

Day Two – Wednesday, 28 October 2009
09.00 – 9.30 Keynote Address: Renewable Energy and the Structural Change of the World Economy – The Prospects of the Sunbelt Countries
Dr. Hermann Scheer, Member, German Bundestag, President, EUROSOLAR, General Chairman, World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) and President, International Parliamentary Forum on Renewable Energies

9.30 – 10.00 Global Trends, Updates And Expectations On Renewable Energies – How Will They Impact Climate Change And Global Warming?
Professor Ali Sayigh, Chairman, World Renewable Energy Congress & Director General, World Renewable Energy Network, UK
10.00 – 10.30 How Can Oil And Gas Partner With Alternative Energies To Satisfy Future Demand?
Dr. Eckart Woertz, Program Manager Economics, Gulf Research Center, UAE
10.30 – 11.00 Evaluating The Benefits Of Nuclear Energy As A Viable Alternative To Fossil Fuels For The Middle East
Dr. Khalid A. Aleissa, Director, Atomic Energy Research Institute (AERI), King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), KSA
11.00 – 11.30 Networking And Refreshment Break
11.30 – 12.30 Strategies For A Sustainable Regional Water Footprint
Led by regional water authorities and an international expert on water conservation
Dr. Samer Adham, Managing Director, Global Water Sustainability Centre, Qatar Science and Technology Park, Qatar
Dr. Mohamed Dawoud, Manager Natural Resources, Environmental Policy Sector, Abu Dhabi Environment Agency, UAE
Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson, Emirates Environmental Group, Board Member UN Global Compact, UAE
12.30 – 14.00 Networking Lunch
14.00 – 15.30 Future Initiatives and Developments For Sustainability In The Region
Showcasing the latest projects, techniques and technologies
Ali Bin Towaih, Director, Sustainable Energy and Environment Division (SEED) at TECOM Investments, UAE
Case Study: Comparing the Masdar 10MW project With The Shams Tower 290KW Project Utility scale vs. building integrated approaches with solar technologies
Power production performance, carbon emissions savings
Costs, schedules and construction techniques
Power Purchase Agreements and financial structures for delivering alternative energy in the UAE
Future trends and market potential
Sander Trestain, Vice-President – Technical, Enviromena, UAE
National Iranian Oil Company
15.30 – 16.00 Networking And Refreshment Break
16.00 – 17.00 Open Discussion A final opportunity for delegates to question the speakers of Day Two.
19.30 Gala Dinner for Exhibitors, Sponsors, Delegates and Speakers

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Sheikh Mohammed creates ‘Brand Dubai’ office

hh-sheikh-mohammad-bin-rashid-al-maktoumSheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, established on Friday the Dubai Media Affairs Office ‘Brand Dubai’ to coordinate Dubai’s strategic media affairs regionally and internationally, according to newswire WAM.

Sheikh Mohammed also appointed Mona Ghanem Al Marri as the new entity’s Chief Executive Officer.

The new office will work on preserving and enhancing Dubai’s image as an Arab city of international spirit and sensibility. The Dubai Media Affairs Office (DMAO) will encourage maximum exposure for Dubai’s continuing achievements on economic, cultural and social matters, the newswire reported.

Under the mandate given by Sheikh Mohammed, the new entity will work closely with Dubai government departments and authorities as well as non-government stakeholders. The DMAO will facilitate greater communication coordination among different organisations that are directly or non-directly responsible for Dubai’s image.

Among DMAO’s other objectives are enhancing the media’s accessibility to accurate information on various subjects related to Dubai, and facilitating greater interaction with Dubai government officials

 mona-al-marriabu-fadil-brand-dubai“Brand Dubai,” the office set up to coordinate all media affairs “will not act as a censor of news organizations in Dubai Media City,” said Mona Al Marri, its CEO, and, until recently, president of the Dubai Press Club.

Its brief is to encourage maximum exposure for Dubai’s achievements and the office will be given the task of liaising with regional and international media to spread the emirate’s key messages of sustainable economic growth and social progress, WAM added.

The office will work closely with regional and international media outlets to disseminate Dubai’s key messages of sustainable economic growth and social progress, WAM said.

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Dubai Received Flag of Hosting 59th UITP World Congress and Exhibition 2011

Dubai, 13th June 2009  Dubai RTA Road Transport Authority received the flag of hosting the 59th World Congress and Exhibition of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), which will be hosted by Dubai in 2011, at the closing session of the 58th UITP World Congress held in the Austrian capital Vienna.

The event was attended by more than 1000 personalities headed by H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of Roads ‘&’ Transport Authority (RTA), H.E. Mohammed Ahmed Omran, UAE Ambassador to Austria ‘&’ Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN at Vienna, H.E. Roberto Cavalieri, UITP President, H.E. Hans Rat, UITP Secretary General, senior Austrian government officials, executives of transport sector from all over the world, and representatives of companies specialized in the field of transport.

Al Tayer received the flag of hosting the 59th UITP World Congress and Exhibition from H.E. Roberto Cavalieri and H.E. Hans Rat amid a huge applause from the attendants.

In a speech delivered after taking over of the flag, Al Tayer said: “The United Arab Emirates has made massive economic, social and cultural development and grown into a key commercial center, thanks to the wise leadership of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and his brother HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

”Accordingly, the UAE has had a vibrant and diverse economy and succeeded in attracting considerable number of investors, businessmen; thanks to its superb infrastructure, international outlook, free economic policy and emphasis on delivering top-notch services at the least possible costs”.

Al Tayer lauded the efforts of the Austrian Government and the UITP in bringing success to the 58th UITP World Congress and delivering it in a fine format. He also praised the work papers discussed during the Congress and the latest transport technologies displayed by the participating companies.

Meanwhile, Al Tayer welcomed all attendants to Dubai during the 59th UITP Congress; which will be hosted by Dubai in 2011.

We will keep posting developments and news about this even on this page please bookmark it for future reference.

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French Culture Minister tours ADACH pavilion at Venice Biennale

venice-artVenice, 6th June 2009  French Culture Minister Christine Albane toured yesterday the platform for visual arts launched by Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) at the 53rd Venice arts Biennale.

She was accompanied by Bruno Maquart, Chairman of the French Museum Agency, which is supervising the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and French artist and historian Catherine David, supervisor of the platform.

David briefed the minister on the contents of the platform which is a meeting point for discourse and artistic production and will also serve as yardstick for emerging contemporary visual art in the UAE.

The French minister said the remarkable progress of cultural relations between Paris and Abu Dhabi signifies the sincere mutual desire by the governments of the two countries to employ these cultures and civilisations for bringing people more closer and for creating ideal interaction between the history of east and west.

The constructive cultural cooperation between Abu Dhabi and France, she added, would help the two sides translate these noble objectives into reality.

She termed the UAE participation at the biennale as strong and comes within the multilateral cultural bonds between Abu Dhabi and European and global cultural events.

”The genuine partnership in art and culture between France and Abu Dhabi underlines the UAE’s great openness to the foreign world and its sincere desire to embody the message of peace and inter-cultural dialogue,”she added.

Launched by Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, ADACH Chairman, the pavilion includes visual arts, performance, video, and architectural design.

Art works displayed at the ADACH platform explore the impact of globalisation on society.

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53rd International Art Exhibition
Making Worlds


The 53rd International Art Exhibition, titled Making Worlds // Fare Mondi // Bantin Duniyan // Weltenmachen // Construire des Mondes // Fazer Mundos…, directed by Daniel Birnbaum,  opened to the public on 7th June 2009 in the Giardini and the Arsenale exhibition venues, as well as in various other locations around the city. The vernissage took place from 4th to 6th June. The opening and awards ceremony was held on Saturday 6th June, attended by the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano.

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Dubai Entertainment, Amusement & Leisure Show (DEAL 2009) to be held April 26th to 28th

DEAL 2009 or Dubai Entertainment, Amusement & Leisure Show is being organized in Dubai from 26th to 28th April 2009 at Zabeel Hall, Dubai World Trade Center. DEAL 2009 is supposed to be a market with tremendous purchasing power and promises to attract buyers/visitors from regions covering Middle East, East & West Africa, The Indian subcontinent and the CIS countries.

The 15th edition of DEAL 2009 event encompasses three full halls at the prestigious Dubai World Trade Centre. Join over 200 leading companies from 32 countries showcasing the latest trends in the Industry.

Following Seminars will also be held during the Event

27 April 2009
Ras Al Khaimah Room (opposite Hall 6) . Dubai World Trade Centre
Dubai Entertainment, Amusement & Leisure
Endorsed by Supported by Sponsored by
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Saturday 25 April- 6pm
Novotel at the Dubai Exhibition Centre
(contact for further information)

Monday 27 April
Bart Dohmen – Managing Director BRC Imagination Arts/ The Netherlands
David Camp Director ERA/ UK
Claus Frimand Profun/Abu Dhabi
“ I want to set up a Theme Park – what to do ?”
12 noon
Craig Hart – VP Leisure & Entertainment – MAF
“ Management functions & responsibilities of a multi-use facility”
Beth Standlee – President/ Trainertainment Inc/ USA
(i) Necessity, value and importance of quality Staff Training
(ii) Tell, Show, Do, Review model – explained the “fun” way !
Frank Seninsky – President/Amusement Entertainment Management/ USA
“Amusement Games – their impact on Childhood Development”
Simon Langdon – Director CEDARthree Crisis Management Specialists/ UK
“ Crisis Management – Are You Prepared ?”
Special Note: Subject to advance booking only there will be a special Workshop session
for the development & training of high level crisis management teams and personnel.

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Aluminium Dubai to feature 166 companies from 24 countries

Dubai, 28th March 2009 (WAM) : The three-day Aluminium Dubai exhibition will open tomorrow at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition center. The Alluminum Dubai has witnessed a record 100 percent growth in exhibiting companies and a 150 percent increase in demand for exhibit space as compared to the 2007 edition.

The event will be inaugurated by H E Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Vice Chairman DUBAL and Chairman, Emirates NBD Bank.

Alluminum Dubai is organised by Reed Exhibitions Middle East, Aluminium Dubai will play host to 166 companies from 24 countries, occupying 6,000 sq.m of exhibit space at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC). Over 40 percent of exhibiting companies this year, will showcase midstream technologies such as aluminium extrusion, casting and heat treatment, while smelting, plant engineering, fabrication and other technologies make up the rest.

Alluminum Sector in Dubai & Middle East
“The aluminium sector is a critical focus area in the diversification drive of the region’s governments. However, despite the worldwide financial crisis impacting the overall investment climate, the region continues to demonstrate active interest in the aluminium sector. This has translated to Aluminium Dubai receiving impressive feedback from all the key stakeholders, both within the region, and beyond,” said Tarek Ali, Show Manager.

The exhibitor portfolio at this year’s edition includes products used for building and construction, transportation, electrical and mechanical engineering, factory equipment, packaging, and container construction, as well as those used in design-oriented applications, said Ali.

According to industry estimates, the MENA (Middle East ‘&’ North Africa) region is poised to emerge as the world’s largest aluminium producing region by 2018.

Aluminium production in the region is expected to top 6.1 million tonnes by 2013.

The GCC currently accounts for four percent of global aluminium production but this share is expected to go up to 10 per cent by 2010. Currently, the Gulf’s two operating smelters are Dubai Aluminum (Dubal), which produces about 900,000 tonnes of aluminium a year, and Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), with a capacity of 860,000 tonnes. Another 11 smelters are either under construction or in the planning stage in the Gulf.

The region currently constitutes 3.5 per cent of the total global demand for aluminium. This demand is expected to grow significantly with extrusion growing by 7.9 per cent per annum by 2020, while rolling products will register a growth of 8.3 per cent per annum with casting is set to grow 4.7 per cent.

Among the key UAE exhibitors at Aluminum Dubai are Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL), Emirates Aluminium (EMAL), Al Jaber Aluminium Extrusions, Alba Tower Aluminium Factory Ltd, ATBIN International, Gulf Extrusion, Inma-Gulf Development and Construction LLC, CIE Environment Dubai and Smartouch, among others. Emirates Extrusion, Flexipack FZE and Everlast Access Technology are part of the Dubai Export Development Company stand, promoting UAE products to international and local buyers.

International exhibitors include SMS Demage, FATA Group, Zenergy Power Pty Ltd, Hydro ASA, RHI AG, Harbin Dongsheng Metal Co. Ltd and, Nanjing Welbow Metals Co. Ltd,, to name a few. Germany and Norway will have national pavilions at the event.

Over 3000 visitors from more than 18 countries including Mexico, Canada, the US, Australia, India, the UAE and other Gulf countries are expected to attend.

Aluminium Dubai will also provide an opportunity for exhibitors to host live demonstrations of their products and technologies for heat-treatment, at a dedicated demo area within the exhibition hall at DICEC. Menphis and Aluitalia will demonstrate new machines for aluminium fabrication while EMAL will display photographs detailing the progress of construction at the EMAL smelter in Taweelah.

Nineteen of Reed Exhibitions’ global partners at it other aluminium shows including Aluminium Essen, Aluminium China and Aluminium India are participating at the show.

Venue, Time & Date:

Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Center (

Time : 11:00 am – 20:00 pm

Date :  29 – 31 March 2009

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ATM’s Gulf Tourism Summit cancelled

Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) has cancelled the Gulf Tourism Summit which was due to take place on day one of this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM).

The Gulf Tourism Summut a “high-level” tourism summit involving the region’s tourism ministers was due to be staged following the opening ceremony of popular travel show the ATM, which takes place from May 5-8 2009 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

Reed Travel group’s exhibitions director Mark Walsh said the event had been postponed to ATM 2010 due to “a number of logistical and project issues beyond our control”.

“We are dedicated to ensuring the 2010 Summit is a critical platform and high-level forum for Gulf countries to promote their tourism strategies, areas of excellence and achievements, discuss growth trends, and explore future opportunities to an international audience of ministers, travel professionals, press and TV,” he said.

“We remain committed to ensuring that Arabian Travel Market 2009, with its enhanced offerings and other new initiatives, is our most informative and business friendly show to date.”

Highlights of this year’s show include Travel Agents’ Day, sponsored by the region’s leading travel trade title, Arabian Travel News, which will take place on day three of ATM (Thursday May 7) and involve training workshops, topical seminars, as well as the Travel Agent Passport scheme.

Agents can collect a passport with their copy of the May issue of Arabian Travel News, available at the show, and are then invited to visit the stands of all participating travel product and service providers who will stamp their passport.

Once their passports are full, they hand them in at the ITP Business Publishing or Arabian Travel News stand to be entered into a prize draw, with five major prizes on offer, including a home entertainment system.

The prizes will be awarded on the Travel Agent Stage in Hall 8 at the end of the day

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Dubai UAE to Mark Earth Hour

Burj Al Arab and the city of Dubai will Mark the Earth hour on 28th March. The changing coloured lights that illuminate the curved white and glass façade of the Burj Al Arab will darken next Saturday when the UAE joins 84 other countries for Earth Hour. Earth Hour is a global initiative to recognise the effects of climate change. 

Representatives from several local companies, non-governmental organisations and government agencies announced the plan to switch off ‘non-essential’ lights in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Fujairah and Sharjah for one hour on March 28th.

During last year’s earth hour, Dubai saw a 20 per cent reduction in the amount of electricity used for lighting, according to Amal Koshak of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. This is the second year Dubai has participated in Earth Hour, organised globally by the World Wide Fund for Nature.

The list of suggested adjustments customers can make — fully powering down computers, encouraging people to switch off all non-essential lights — is similar to advice the WWF gives people to reduce their demand on a daily basis.

Koshak said the 100,000kwh drop is a benchmark for this year’s earth hour, but 2008 saw a 13-15 per cent rise in electricity demand. Measuring the long-term impact on electricity demand for the one-off event is nearly impossible, she said.

Reducing energy demand is critical to staving off dramatic climate change, according to Ida Tillish of the Emirates Wildlife Society, the local arm of the WWF.

In the UAE, increased temperatures could cause hotter summers and raised sea levels — a threat to the coastal developments that attract both business and tourism.

In a country with the largest ecological footprint in the world — a measure of the total resources used by each person — the hour will be a nod to the impact UAE residents have.

Tillish recognised the impact of government initiatives like carbon capture and storage, environment educational campaigns and Masdar City, but said individual residents and businesses can make a large impact.
“To create a sustainable environment every individual and business needs to show that we care every day.”

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