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Delegates to Dubai 2003 feel secure and safe

posted on 21/09/2003: 1775 views

Delegates attending Dubai 2003 conference have praised the way the event has been organised. Gulf News spoke to some of the delegates at the convention centre, and found that they feel safe and secure, and are full of admiration for security preparations. Princess Ebunoluwa Bosede Oladunni, a delegate from Nigeria, was very satisfied with the excellent hospitality she had received and said that everything about the event was 'superb'.

"The city is very clean, and the people are very helpful and friendly. Everybody seems to be ready to help me wherever I go," she said. Princess Ebunoluwa pointed out that she feels secure and content in the hotel, at the convention centre and everywhere she had been so far. "The organisers have done a very good job, and I hope to visit Dubai again after the event," she said. Mohammed Ibrahim Ahmed from the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, shared similar views and expressed that he felt at home in Dubai.

"The preparations must have been very well done, and I feel safe and secure wherever I go. When I arrived at Dubai Airport, I expected to be delayed and wait in long queues. However, I was impressed that the delegates have a separate passport clearance area, as well as separate exits at the airport," Ahmed said. "The people here are very helpful. Everyone here provides service in a way that makes me feel I am the only guest here. Also there are excellent facilities provided to us, and excellent guiding signs as well which ensure that people don't lose their way."

Ahmed added that he also got his delegate pass in a very short time and said: "I was here about four months ago, and the amazing thing about Dubai is that it keeps on developing and enhancing its services all the time." Kamal Mohammed, operations manager at the Arabic Bank for Economic Development in Africa said that he has attended similar meetings in other parts of the world such as Washington and Hong Kong, and he feels that the preparations here in Dubai are similar if not better than those of the other countries.

"This is my first visit to Dubai, and I did not expect such big preparations for the event. I have felt safe, secure and well treated from the time I arrived at the airport. After looking at all this, I ask myself why I have not visited Dubai before," he said. Mohammed S. Al Jasser from Saudi Arabia, one of the speakers at the annual meetings, said that he is really proud of Dubai for such great preparation for the event.

"The facilities provided as well as the security and attention to detail are of a very high level. I can see that young UAE nationals are among the organising and security team. This is excellent and I hope that it will lead to a good outcome for the whole region," he said. Amor Tahari a delegate from Tunisia said that the preparation for the Dubai 2003 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and IMF are excellent. "There are no obstacles at all. Everything is going well and I feel very happy to be here in such wonderful surroundings. I am going to visit Dubai for sure in the near future," he said. (The Gulf News)


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