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Nahyan bin Mubarak inaugurates fifth edition of Abu Dhabi science festival
posted on 13/11/2015

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the 2015 Abu Dhabi Science Festival (ADSF) was officially launched yesterday by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development.
He was accompanied by Hussain Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, Dr. Amal Al-Qubaisi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Education Council and Dr. Mugheer khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of Health Authority, Ahmed Saeed Al Calily, Director General of Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee, Rt. Hon. Donald Wilson, Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, Rashid Lahej Al Mansoori, Director General of Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre.
Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Nahyan said, "We thank His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for his continuous support of the education sector and his commitment to ensuring that UAE youth are equipped with the necessary skills to become leaders of the future."
"We all have a role to play in encouraging our youth to innovate. As announced by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, this is the year of innovation and we need to focus on research and innovation across all industries in the country to achieve our goals. These goals continue the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who built the UAE on a solid base of development, setting a precedent for future progress."
He added, "We thank the Abu Dhabi Education Council and the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee for organising this festival that will help us create an innovative generation of the future. We also thank the Edinburgh International Science Festival (EISF) for their cooperation and expertise, which have proved invaluable in helping us to deliver the festival to the very highest international standards."
Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi, Director General of ADEC, praised the on-going support received by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of ADEC, for stressing on the important role science related subjects play in contributing to the development of the educational system.
She emphasised that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects enhance the culture of creativity and innovation, while refining and improving skills and talents of students as per the Abu Dhabi 2030 vision to develop a knowledge based economy.
The ADSF 2015 is a unique event organised by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC). Taking place until 22nd November, the 11-day science extravaganza opened to a full capacity audience on launch day at a new location within Mushrif Central Park.
Ahmed Saeed Al Calily, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee said: "Developing a well-equipped talent base is a key building block in creating a knowledge-based economy, with science and technology education crucial to ensuring a forward thinking, innovation focused society. Through informal education initiatives such as the Abu Dhabi Science Festival, the government aims to ignite a passion within our children towards science, technology and innovation from an early age. By sparking their interest now, we will encourage them to pursue educational paths and consequently, careers within these related sectors.
Saif Mohammed Al Hajeri, CEO of Tawazun, the presenting sponsor of ADSF said: "We are pleased to continue supporting the 5th edition of the Abu Dhabi Science Festival. The event has brought the learning experience of technology and engineering to the UAE youth, moreover, it has contributed in building a robust science base in the country". He added: "We are looking forward to take part in the success of the event which inspires annually thousands of young people, parents and teachers who visit this dynamic festival."
Commenting on Dolphin Energy's involvement as Gold Sponsor, Adel Ahmed Albuainain, CEO, Dolphin Energy Limited, said: "We are very excited about this year's programme and delighted to be involved in the Abu Dhabi Science Festival for the fifth year running. Our activation programme is designed to offer learning in a fun, exciting and engaging manner so that youths across the UAE are encouraged to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and maths." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Sultan Al Qasimi and Khalid Al Faisal inaugurate 34th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair
posted on 05/11/2015

Arab intellectuals should play an important role in raising awareness and spreading knowledge and culture and not be silent during the critical times that Arab world is going through, H.H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member Ruler of Sharjah said while opening the 34th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) yesterday.
Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, and Shaikh Abdullah bin Salem Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah were present.
The Ruler of Sharjah noted that Sharjah has been playing a role in supporting Arab culture and intellectuals through the difficult times that the Arab world is going through by organising events such as the recently held 3rd Arab Publishers' Conference.
He praised the efforts of his daughter Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Founder and Patron of the Emirates Publishers Association and her role in supporting and developing Arab publishers to allow their publications to gain global reach and in doing so encouraging them to become part of the International Publishers' Association.
Speaking about the importance of books in raising awareness and the importance of facilitating access to books, he said that the Sharjah Book City was established as a free zone in which all books are brought in and are not released before all mistakes are rectified. He added that the Sharjah Book Fair allows all books to be sold except those that attack people or religious values.
During his speech, he invited Arab intellectuals to hold a conference titled "The Arab Democratic Cultural Conference" which would combine all schools of thought in the Arab world and which would result in an agreement that would be signed by all attendees.
Sheikh Sultan gave a generous donation of Dh2.5 million to purchase books from the publishing houses participating in the 34th Sharjah International Book Fair as a contribution towards the support of book publishing and investment in human intellectual development.
The SIBF 2015 is being held from November 4-14 with the participation of 1,546 publishing houses from 64 countries from all over the world.
The opening ceremony began with a documentary chronicling the most prominent achievements and cultural initiatives launched by the Emirate of Sharjah, including the Sharjah International Book Fair, followed by a speech delivered by Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA).
In his speech, Al Ameri said the SIBF reflects the vision of an Arab Ruler who believes in the power of culture and books as the key and lighthouse for progress and future as well as for dialogue, peace and people coexistence.
"As we are here at a book event, let me tell you a story about a city whose cultural identity started to emerge with the growing of a little boy, who was driven by his passion for knowledge and exploration. This boy was drawn to the magic of the written word. He read the first book that he came across in his father's library. Then, his father walked up to him and asked him what he was doing. The boy sat on the floor next to his father and gleefully told him what he was reading. That moment, the boy realised that reading is the only way to nurture one's mind that takes him to a higher intellectual plain. With God's destiny, this boy made a place in the hearts of his people. He wanted his people to be blessed with what he is inspired by and blessed with. He came up with firm belief that the book is the key to people's and nation's progress. The city which I told about is Sharjah where you are now, and the boy is H.H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah."
Concluding, Ahmed Al Ameri said, "The Sharjah International Book Fair was first launched in 1982 in line with the directives of the Ruler of Sharjah. The fair, which continues its annual editions, still achieves success after success, and today, we are here to witness the launch of the 34th edition. I would like to take this great occasion to say thank you Your Highness . We pray to Allah Almighty that we will always be supporters to you in this journey into the world of book, culture, literary and art, as well as in your march to advance the humankind in a world that resists under the pressure of ignorance and absence of mind."
During the ceremony, the Sharjah Book Authority launched the Sharjah Translation Award that will be given to translations carried out from Arabic into other languages. The Dh2 million award will be organised in collaboration with Air Arabia.
Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Adviser to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and Governor of Makkah Province, delivered a speech in his capacity as this year's Cultural Personality for the 34th edition of SIBF. Prince Al Faisal deserved the award for his cultural, charitable and humanitarian contributions, as well as his constant pursuit in consolidating the values of tolerance and moderation by encouraging intercultural dialogue and interaction.
In his speech Prince Khalid thanked Sheikh Sultan for the award and thanked the organisers of the fair. He said, "There is no civilisation or development without culture, thought and education. It is through knowledge that nations advance and countries are pushed towards the top."
He called on the Arab leaders to quell conflicts through knowledge in order to give Arabs the chance to revive once again.
Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi then honoured the winners of the SIBF 2015 awards, flanked by Ahmed bin Rakkadh Al Ameri. The winners included Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Adviser to Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Governor of Makkah Province, who has been bestowed with the Cultural Personality of the Year Award.
Palestine –based Dar Al Jundi for Publishing and Distribution won the Best Arab Publisher Award, while the Best International Publisher Award went to India's National Book Trust.
The Best Emirati Book by an Emirati Creative Writer was given to Emirati writer Hareb Al Dhaheri for his novel" Ascension to Heaven" released by the Emirati Writers Union.
The Best Emirati Academic Book Award was given to Dr Ibrahim Abdullah Ghuloom for his book "The Theatre of the Original Issue-Intellectual Structure in the Theatre of Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, which was published by Lebanon –based Al Intishar Al Arabi Foundation.
The Best Emirati Translated Book Award was given to the book "Art in the UAE", prepared and written by the Abu Dhabi Culture and Art Group, and published by Motivate Publishing in Dubai. The Best Emirati Printed Book about the UAE went to author Ali Abu Al Rish for his book "Western-Bird with Eight Wings", published by Hamalil Publishing House in Abu Dhabi.
The Sharjah Award for the Best Arabic Novel went to Zeyad Ahmed Mahafza for his novel "Prisoners of Darkness", published by Dar Fadaat Publishing House in Jordan.
The Best international Fiction Book Award went to Thuraya Khan for her novel "City of Skies", published by Aleph Book Publishing.
The Best International Non-Fiction Book Award received by Author Guillen Greenwald for his book "No Place To Hide", published by Macmillan Publishers.
Following the honouring ceremony, Sheikh Sultan honoured and presented a memento to the sponsors of the SIBF 2015, including the Sharjah Media Corporation (SMC), the media sponsor, where Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, SMC Chairman, received the honour.
Other honoured organisations included Etisalat, the official sponsor of SIBF, and Saleh Al Abdouli, CEO of Etisalat, received the honour on behalf of the national telecom provider. Majid Abdul Rahman Al Bastaki, Media Director of the Office of Dubai's Crown Prince, received the honour on behalf the Hamdan bin Mohammed Initiative for National Knowledge, the platinum sponsor.
Nasser Al Sarami, Head of Media at Al Arabiya News Channel, the strategic media partner, received the honour on behalf of Al Arabia. Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, received the honour on behalf of the Sharjah Expo Centre, while Adel Ali, CEO of Air Arabia Group received the honour on behalf of the emirate's national air carrier.
Khalid Abdullah Taryam, Board Chairman of Dar Al Khaleej Printing and Publishing, the press sponsor, received the honour on behalf of Al Khaleej.
Sheikh Sultan then honoured the winners of the 7th editions of the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature, accompanied by Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Founder and Royal Patron of the UAE Board on Book for Young (UAEBBY), the organiser of Etisalat Award, as well as Saleh Al Abdouli and Abdul Aziz Taryam.
The winning titles include "The Judge's Mule", written by Shafeek Mehdi, illustrated by Taiba Abdullah, and published by Iraqi-based Al Buragh Publisher, which won the title of the Children's Book of the Year (Age group 0-12). The book also won the Best Production Award.
The Young Adult Book Award (Age group 13-18 years) went to the book "Getting out of the Bubble", written by Ibrahim Shalabi and published by Egyptian Al Balsam won.
The Best Text Award was given to the book "Me and My Granny" published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, written and illustrated by Ebtihaj Al Harthi.
The Best Illustration Award went to title "Nour Runs Away from the Story", written by Abeer Ali Al Kalbani, illustrated by Gulnar Hajo, and published by Syria-based Bright Fingers.
Following a breakfast banquet held on the honour of Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, he launched his new book "Chronicles of a City" that narrates the story of the city of Sharjah during the British occupation of the region and the subsequent political turmoil.
The Ruler of Sharjah gave the first copy of his book to His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques following which Sheikh Sultan toured the fair with the attending dignitaries.
With a record breaking year for the 34th edition, SIBF is witnessing the participation of 1556 publishing houses from 64 countries, including nine countries taking part for the first time, namely Poland, Peru and Ghana, Albania, Argentina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Magnolia, and Serbia. The fair is also breaking the record for the number of books displayed with 1.5 million titles that are available in 210 languages.
The 2015 SIBF also features more than 900 events, including the Intellectual Programme, Cultural Cafe, the Kids Programme, the Social Networking Platform and the Cookery Corner.
The Intellectual Programme features seminars, lectures and evenings attended by an elite group of authors, literary men and intellectuals from all around the world who will enrich SIBF's visitors with discussions covering literary and cultural topics throughout the 11-day event.
The Cultural Cafe will have three daily evenings taking place at 6,7 and 8pm, spanning book reviews and discussions involving literary, historical, religious and media topics, as well as translation, children's literature, Arabic language, social awareness and self-development.
SIBF is organising a special programme for children featuring a wide array of theatrical shows and performances, as well as educational and awareness activities and interactive scientific workshops, specifically designed for children of various age groups, to help develop their cognitive abilities, foster their talents and enrich their knowledge with science, literary and art.
For the first time at SIBF, a comic stand has been set up in collaboration with ComicCave, the largest distributor of comic products in the UAE.
The comic stand, extending over an area of 150 square metres, is held with the participation with 26 specialised publishers. The stand will feature models, magazines, games and gifts bearing the pictures of favourite characters, such as Batman, Superman, the Avengers, Halo Kitty, Tan Tan, and Japanese Manga, among many others. Other events, including workshops and a variety of shows for both children and adults will also take place at the Comics Stand.
The popular Cookery Corner is set to return with a group of internationally renowned chefs and winners of prestigious awards whose cookbooks are available at the fair. A wealth of cookery classes, live cooking demonstrations and shows will be available to everyone as part of the culinary programme.
The Social Networking Platform is back again this year with social media influences talking about their experiences. For the first time, visitors will also get a chance to take a "Selfie" through an interactive screen that contains covers of international magazines, in addition to an open video game tournament, that all aim to attract more visitors to the fair, especially children and youth.
The book fair will see the second edition of the joint conference between SIBF and the American Library Association (ALA), with the participation of more than 330 participants from 18 countries. The event features the first time special stands that allow librarians and library staff to explore new products and services related to their work. The conference, which offers an opportunity to enhance the library work in the UAE and the Arab world, will also include training workshops dealing with new and advanced topics, designated for professionals in public, academic and government libraries.
Hundreds of cultural and media figures alongside actors, exhibitors, chefs and social media activists are participating in events planned for this year's fair. Participants from the UAE include writer and poet Habib Al Sayegh, Editor-in-Chief of Al Khaleej newspaper and Chairman of the Emirates Writers Union, Mohammed Al Otaiba, Editor-in-Chief of "The National" newspaper, writer and novelist Abdullah Al Nuaimi, TV host Sara Al Marzouqi, Chef Khulood Atiq, Poet Sheikha Al Muhairai and writer Fathia Al Nimr.
Among the most prominent Arab figures participating are Egyptian politician Dr. Mustafa Al Fiqi, Tunisian writer and academician Dr. Shukri Al Mabkhout, Egyptian TV host Ahmed Al Muslimani, Saudi intellectual and critic Dr Saad Al Bazie, Jordanian Poet Jeryes Samawi, Syrian Novelist Lina Al Hassan, Moroccan writer and critic Dr. Mohamed Berrada, Omani poet Saif Al Rahbi, Sudanese Novelist Hamour Ziyada, , Kuwaiti poet and writer Saadia Mufarreh, Palestinian Novelist and Poet Suzann Abu Al Hawa, Qatari writer and actor Wedad Al Kuwari, Egyptian poet Farouk Shousha, Jordanian comedian Rajae Qawas, and Egyptian chef Hassan Kamal.
The list of foreign guests includes famous British writer and TV presenter John McCarthy, Nigerian writer and poet Ben Okri, Indian actor Mohanlal, Pakistani writer and novelist Moni Hassan, Indian percussionist Mattanur Sankarankutty, Philippine Illustrator and graphic designer Kerby Rosanes, Pakistani writer and poet Fatima Bhutto, Japanese Novelist and translator Shojo Okitani, South African writer and filmmaker Allen Proctor, Pakistani writer Tanzila Khan, Darin Shan, the author of the best seller books in Ireland, and British Muslim Singer Yusuf Sami.
The 34th edition of SIBF is held with the sponsorship of Etisalat (Official Sponsor), the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Initiative for National Knowledge (Platinum Sponsor), Sharjah Media Corporation (Media Sponsor), and Al Arabiya Channel (Media Partner), as well as strategic partners, namely Air Arabia and the Sharjah Expo Centre, and Dar Al Khaleej Printing and Publishing (Press Sponsor). . – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Arab Publishers Conference organises reception at Sharjah Book Authority's stand in Frankfurt Book Fair
posted on 17/10/2015

FRANKFURT, GERMANY: In the presence of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Founder and Patron of the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA), the 3rd Arab Publishers Conference (APAC 2015), hosted by Sharjah next November, organised a reception at the Sharjah Book Authority's (SBA) stand participating in Frankfurt International Book Fair.
The event aimed to familiarise the publishers and participants in the Frankfurt Book Fair with APAC 2015 and its importance and invite them to participate in it.
The reception was attended by Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of SBA, Richard Charkin, President of the International Publishers Association (IPA), Ali Al Shaali, Vice President of Emirates Publishers Association (EPA), Rashid Al Kous, General Manager of Knowledge without Borders (KWB) and Marwa Al Aqroubi, President of the Executive Board of the UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY), as well as a large number of prominent publishers and key industry leaders.
The publishers and participants in the reception were introduced to the main outlines about the 3rd Arab Publishers Conference and its goals by providing a platform for publishing professionals and experts from all over the world to discuss ways to overcome the challenges faced by the publishing industry and share knowledge and expertise in developing this industry and maintain its development and growth to be able to benefit from in the current developments in the digital age.
The 3rd Arab Publishers Conference, organised by the Arab Publishers Association (APA) and Emirates Publishers Association (EPA), will take place at Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre on November 2nd and 3rd under the theme, "Publishing Industry: Prospects and Challenges in the Digital Age", with the participation of professionals, experts, academics and stakeholders involved in the publishing industry from around the world.
The two-day conference will focus on eight main areas, and will be attended by a number of organisations involved in the publishing and book industry, as well as government and private organisations interested in the publishing sector. More than 100 publishers from all over the world and university students will also be present at the conference. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Batman, Avengers and Hello Kitty to star at Comic Pavilion at SIBF 2015
posted on 13/10/2015

Lovers of Marvel's creations such as the Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Captain America, Iron Man and more will be delighted with the Comic Pavilion featuring at the Sharjah International Book Fair, SIBF, 2015 for the first time. Organised in partnership with ComicCave, the UAE's largest distributor of comics, the 150 sq. metre Comic Pavilion will be sited in the main hall during the fair from November 4th -14th at the Expo Centre, in participation with 26 specialised publishing houses.
The Comic Pavilion is suitable for all age groups and in addition to teenage favourites and superheroes, there will be cartoon characters and Hello Kitty for younger visitors to the book fair as well as Manga, the Japanese graphic novel for older visitors.
Action figures and toys as well as books will also be on sale and there will be a range of activities, events and signings.
Faisal Al Naboodah, Sales Officer, International, said, "This is an exciting new addition to the Book Fair and is sure to delight visitors young and old. Aimed at all ages, it will feature favourite brands and genres such as Marvel's Avengers, which is one of the biggest movies of the year globally. In 2015, everywhere you look you see comics and whilst we expect young adults to enjoy visiting the Comic Pavilion, we also expect it will be overrun with youngsters keen to enjoy a read with their favourite superheroes."
Fans of the comic genre will get the opportunity to choose between specialised titles such as Attack On Titan, a Japanese comics series with more than 52.5 million copies in print, or a highly anticipated book, 'Sandman: Overture', a graphic novel by the English author, Neil Gaiman. Also available is 'Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets' by Luc Besson, based on a French comic book which is also a hotly anticipated new movie. Graphic novels in the Walking Dead series are also on display. The show is aired in over 200 markets and fans can purchase a selection of the series during the event.
Because lovers of comics are also usually consumers of t-shirts, toys and games based on their favourite comic characters, selected merchandise will also be on sale during the book fair. Comic conventions from Shanghai to San Diego, Angouleme to Jakarta, draw hundreds of thousands of people every year, often with visitors dressed as their favourite comic book heroes and organisers of this year's SIBF are anticipating a great response from visitors to the Comic Pavilion. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Busy period ahead for Dubai World Trade Centre to boost hotels
posted on 02/10/2015

While the exhibitions hub Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) is set to receive hundreds of thousands of visitors during the busy fourth quarter, hotels on Sheikh Zayed Road will feel the pressure of increased inventory.
The venue will host more than 60 exhibitions and conferences, including Gitex Shopper, Gitex Technology Week, Gulfood Manufacturing, the construction event Big 5 and Dubai International Motor Show, attracting around 820,000 visitors.
The centre hosts about 500 events across trade fairs, live performances, consumer shows, conventions and private product launches, drawing 2.2 million visitors a year, according to DWTC.
"This peak season at DWTC is a crucial time for regional and international businesses,” said Ahmed Alkhaja, the senior vice president for venues at DWTC, referring to the fourth quarter.
The meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (Mice) sector in the Arabian Gulf is valued at US$1.3 billion, with the UAE accounting for half of that at $653 million, according to Mr Alkhaja.
The 25th edition of eight-day Gitex Shopper, which starts on October 3, reported 211,398 visitors last year with sales of Dh259m. The five-day Gitex Technology Week that follows on October 18 expects over 140,000 visitors this year. Three-day Gulfood Manufacturing, which starts October 27, drew 26,329 visitors last year.
Despite these numbers, hoteliers near DWTC and along Sheikh Zayed Road can expect to feel the pressure on the room rates and occupancies as more rooms come on stream.
Although hotel demand in the area is expected to grow, the growth in supply will outpace demand growth over the next couple of years, according to Rashid Aboobacker, a senior consultant at TRI Consulting.
"Hotels on Sheikh Zayed Road are likely to be affected by the upcoming new properties in the area, including its surrounding districts such as Business Bay, Downtown and DIFC,” he said. "Consequently, occupancy and average room rate are likely to decline 5 to 10 per cent during this period, but are likely to rebound in the following years once the additional supply is absorbed by the growing demand.”
Al Habtoor Group expects to open three hotels – St Regis, Westin and W Hotel – in the vicinity around 1,600 rooms from this year.
Despite the slowdown in the global economy, the exhibitions sector is expected to grow.
"With sectors such as banking and financial services, medical and health care, and tourism poised to grow significantly over the coming years in Dubai, we expect continued growth in the number of exhibitors and visitors at the DWTC in the near future,” Mr Aboobacker said.
The National -


Dubai's Intersec 2016 to open in January
posted on 26/09/2015

The countdown to Intersec 2016 returning to the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre has begun for the 18th time.
The three-day event, to be held from the 17th to the 19th of January and organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, will display more than 1,300 exhibitors from 52 countries and will include sections on smart home and building automation, commercial security, information security, fire & rescue, safety & health, and homeland security & policing.
Information security is the fastest-growing section with over 40 exhibitors and commercial security the largest, with more than 600 exhibitors on board, including the world's top ten security solutions providers.
Chinese video surveillance specialist Dahua Technology, and Swedish-based giant Axis Communications are among the world's top ten returning next year, and both have big growth plans in the Middle East and Africa. Dahua Technology will use Intersec 2016 to launch its latest Closed Circuit Television, or CCTV, surveillance solutions.
Xin Chen, the General Manager of Dahua Technology Middle East explained, "Presently the Middle East is the biggest market for CCTV, and there are large demands from Africa as well. As a professional security product manufacturer, we need to let people understand their life can be perfectly protected by demonstrating professional security knowledge in a simple and easy solution."
Axis maintains the number one position for network video surveillance in the region.
"In the Middle East and Africa, the total network video surveillance market was worth about US$420 million in 2014, and there's going to be a very healthy increase until 2019," said Marwan Khoury, Marketing manager for Axis Communications in the Middle East & Africa. Returning features at Intersec 2016 include the General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference, or GPEC, Pavilion at the Homeland Security & Policing section; and the Techtextil Pavilion at the Safety & Health section, while three industry conferences held in cooperation with the Dubai Police and Dubai Civil Defence will also take place. New additions also include a Jobs and Careers and a Drones and Unmanned Aerial Surveillance pavilions.
The strong international flavour of the annual showpiece will be underlined by 16 country pavilions from Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, UAE, UK, USA, and for the first time, Iran, and the Czech Republic.
Messe Frankfurt's global network of security and safety exhibitions, which include Secutech India, Secutech Taiwan, Secutech Thailand, Intersec Buenos Aires, Secutech Vietnam and Seguriexpo Buenos Aires and is the largest security, safety, and fire protection trade show in the world. – Khaleej Times -


ADNEC participates in Defence and Security Equipment International 2015 at ExCeL London
posted on 17/09/2015

ABU DHABI, 17th September, 2015 (WAM) -- Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, ADNEC, is participating in the 2015 edition of Defence and Security Equipment International, DSEI, the world's leading integrated event for the display of aerospace, land, maritime and security capabilities currently underway at ADNEC-owned ExCeL in London.
ADNEC's participation in DSEI seeks to promote the inaugural edition of the Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week, ADAAW, and the second Unmanned System Exhibition, UMEX, the only exhibition of its kind in the region dedicated to unmanned systems and technologies used in air, land and marine operations and the inaugural edition of Simulation Exhibition and Conference held under the umbrella of UMEX.
Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, ADNEC Acting Group CEO, said, "ADNEC's participation in DSEI is primarily to meet and network with the most influential players and decision makers in the global defence and aviation industries, in addition to showcasing our unique capabilities and state-of-the-art facilities to the officials and delegates attending this important event in the UK capital. We are also using this platform to promote our upcoming defence and security events, especially the 2017 editions of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference, IDEX, and Naval Defence Exhibition and Conference, NAVDEX, along with UMEX and the Simulation Exhibition and Conference"
He added, "At DSEI, we are highlighting the key opportunities and advantages of participating in Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week, UMEX and Simulation Exhibition and Conference, which will shape both events into the most definitive defence and security shows in the world. Additionally, we are inviting DSEI delegates to ADAAW, which will allow them to showcase their latest technologies and build strategic business alliances with reputed firms and decision makers from around the world."
Set to run from March 6th to 12th, 2016, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the upcoming edition of the biennial ADAAW will include the second UMEX, first Simulation Exhibition and Conference, third Global Aerospace Summit, and fourth edition of the Abu Dhabi Air Expo, as well as the first edition of the Middle East Aviation Career Exhibition and Conference and the eighth Red Bull Air Race.
Organised by ADNEC, UMEX 2016, is expected to draw the participation of more than 100 local and global defence system manufacturers, specialised in unmanned systems and technologies used in air, land and marine operations. The event will be attended by high profile government delegations, and civil and military organisations.
ADNEC offers 133,000 sq. m. of inter-connected floor space to match the expectations of a wide variety of events and exhibitions. Equipped with modern facilities and built to international standards, the venue attracted 1.6 million visitors across 327 events in 2014. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Mohammed bin Rashid tours Cityscape Global 2015 at Dubai World Trade Centre
posted on 11/09/2015

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, visited Cityscape Global 2015, held at Dubai World Trade Centre, yesterday.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, accompanied by Lt. General Musbeh bin Rashid Al Fattan, Director of the Office of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director-General of the Protocol and Hospitality Department in Dubai and Helal Saeed Al Marri, CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre and Director-General of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing in Dubai, toured the exhibition at which more than 300 international, regional and local companies display their latest real estate projects in the development and tourism industry sector.
A number of major developers in the UAE are present at the event, with market leaders including Emaar, Dubai Properties, Nakheel, Meydan, Meraas, DAMAC, Dubai South, Union Properties and Deyaar showcasing their latest portfolio of projects to regional and international investors.
UAE major developers presented their mega projects including Meydan One, a residential, leisure and hospitality destination by Meydan, 1/JBR, a luxury residential development by Dubai Properties, and Culture Village, a waterfront promenade, retail and residential district with open spaces, walkways and pedestrian bridges.
Concluding his visit, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid expressed his happiness for rapid increase in the exhibitors' numbers that registered 30% increase compared to the 2014 session.
Sheikh Mohammed considered this increase to be a clear indicator on the vibrant development of UAE's real estate market and assure the accuracy of Dubai's future vision. Sheikh Mohammed affirmed that this growth in Dubai's real estate market would play significant role in the welfare of UAE citizens and residents.
He added that the real estate market is expected to lead other sectors in Dubai's economy, including tourism, and will have positive impact on the emirate's cultural and social scene. Sheikh Mohammed affirmed his support for all the developmental projects carried out by local developers.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid welcomed the new projects that will open new job opportunities for youth and provide quality life for Dubai's residents. - Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Inaugural Edition of Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week Scheduled for March 2016
posted on 09/09/2015

The inaugural edition of the Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week (ADAAW) is set to run from March 6 to 12, 2016, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The event will run concurrently in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain converging six trade, defence, entertainment, and sports components under its umbrella. Set to become a biennial fixture in Abu Dhabi's calendar of events, ADAAW is anticipated to attract a constellation of decision makers and international experts from the aviation and aerospace industry, along with a significant number of trade visitors and the general public.
The must-attend event for the global aviation and aerospace sector, which is sponsored by Etihad Airways, the UAE's national airline, will include the second Unmanned System Exhibition (UMEX Abu Dhabi), first Simulation Conference and Exhibition, third Global Aerospace Summit, and fourth edition of the Abu Dhabi Air Expo, as well as the first edition of the Middle East Aviation Career Exhibition & Conference and the eighth Red Bull Air Race.
A number of leading Abu Dhabi-based entities including Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), Mubadala Development Company, Abu Dhabi Airports, and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council will join hands in organising ADAAW.
The event will seek to boost the status of Abu Dhabi as a leading global hub of aviation and aerospace, business tourism and specialised fairs and events in the field of aerospace and aviation. Abu Dhabi has successfully established a unique economic model through developing a number of promising sectors identified by Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, among which aviation and aerospace feature as a key pillar.
Brigadier General, Rashid Mohammed Al-Shamsi, spokesperson for the UAE Armed Forces, said: "Our support to Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week articulates the Armed Forces' priority in creating a dedicated platform to converge international manufacturers and specialised companies participating in global aviation and aerospace exhibitions and conferences.
"Bringing specialised events such as UMEX Abu Dhabi and Simulation Conference and Exhibition under ADAAW's umbrella will provide the UAE Armed Forces with an excellent opportunity to explore and acquire the latest technologies in unmanned systems and simulation techniques. We look forward to utilising the full potential of unmanned systems and their future applications in optimising civil, defence and security aspects by attending the live demonstrations to be hosted by Al Ain. Additionally, the platform will offer an excellent opportunity to expand our collaboration and strategic partnership with related industry partners."
Jasem Mohamed Al Darmaki, Acting Director General of TCA Abu Dhabi, said: "Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week will serve as an ideal opportunity for participants to explore the emirate's various tourist attractions, and gain insight into its vision for the tourism sector.
"In convening all these diverse activities, shows and associated events under a single platform, participants will be able to debate a wide range of topics related to the aerospace industry and work together on new avenues of regional and international collaboration in the industry."
For his part, Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Acting Group CEO of Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, said: "The launch of Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week is the outcome of close collaboration between many national organisations that strive to showcase Abu Dhabi's achievements in aviation and aerospace industries.
"The key objective of hosting Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week is to spark confidence in Abu Dhabi's aviation sector and increase the number of exhibitions and international conferences hosted by Abu Dhabi."
"Over the next few weeks, we will actively promote the event on a global scale to attract and encourage major international companies to participate in this platform and showcase the latest innovations and technologies in industries affiliated to aviation and aerospace," Al Dhaheri added.
Eng. Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazroui, CEO, Abu Dhabi Airports, said: "The Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week is an excellent opportunity for us to showcase Abu Dhabi Airports' latest developments in the aviation industry, as well as the continued progress we have made in the development of airports under our management. Apart from contributing to the realisation of Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, the event will help us cope with the robust growth in the tourism sector, which is driven by the increasing connectivity of our international airport with a network of airports around the world, through our national carrier Etihad Airways."
Al Mazroui added: "Abu Dhabi Airports is geared up to provide all kinds of technical and logistical support for the Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week and its associate exhibitions and conference. The success of the event will earn the emirate the much coveted position of being the Middle East's aerospace industry capital. It will also enable us to compete strongly in the global aviation market due to Abu Dhabi's huge potential and sophisticated infrastructure that is capable of catering to both current and future needs of this vital sector."
Aarif Hamad Al-Awani, General Secretary, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: "We are happy to organise the eighth Red Bull Air Race under the umbrella of ADAAW. The event that will take place in the Abu Dhabi Corniche area will include a series of exciting races full of adventure and thrill. This race brings together the best pilots from around the world to compete in speed, skill and precision. It will be viewed by thousands on site and by millions through TV and media."
Al-Awani added: "This event is one of the most anticipated by lovers air races and adventure fans. Organising this competition comes in line with our continuous efforts to consolidate the stature of Abu Dhabi as an international destination for sports and competitions."
From 6 – 8 March, ADNEC will host the second edition of Abu Dhabi Unmanned System Exhibition (UMEX), which was held previously alongside the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX). Organised by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company in collaboration with the UAE Armed Forces, the inaugural edition of UMEX Abu Dhabi drew the participation of 33 international companies from 13 countries across 7 national pavilions. A gateway for manufacturers and suppliers to build relationships with influential decision makers within the industry, UMEX showcases unmanned systems and technologies used in air, land and marine operations. The event gives visitors a chance to view equipment showcased on static display stands and examine unmanned systems capabilities at live demonstrations hosted by Al Ain Airport. The 2016 edition of UMEX is expected to draw the participation of more than 5,000 experts and specialists from all over the world.
As part of its agenda, ADAAW will stage the first Simulation Conference and Exhibition in collaboration with the UAE Armed Forces. The segment is set to showcase the latest technologies in simulation systems used both in defence and civilian applications. The event will also include a dedicated corner for companies specialised in defence training and development.
On the second day of ADAAW, the third Global Aerospace Summit will lift off at ADNEC. Organised by Streamline Marketing Group and hosted by Mubadala Development Company, the 2016 event, which adopts the theme of ‘innovation,' will run from 7 to 8 March.
The invitation-only event is an exclusive forum for C-level executives, senior decision-makers and government officials involved in the aerospace, aviation, defence and space industries. Attendance is limited to 1,000 world industry leaders across the relevant sectors who discuss and develop initiatives and strategies that support future growth.
Homaid Al Shemmari, CEO, Aerospace & Engineering Services at Mubadala Development Company, said: "We actively support initiatives that promote and develop the UAE's aviation and aerospace industry and diversify our economy. We are proud to be part of Aviation and Aerospace Week as we work together to help shape the future of the aerospace, aviation, defence and space industries."
Taking off on the third day of ADAAW, Abu Dhabi Air Expo's fourth edition alongside the Middle East Aviation Career Exhibition & Conference, hosted by Abu Dhabi Airports, will run from March 8 to 10 at Al Bateen Executive Airport. While Abu Dhabi Air Expo is expected to attract more than 13,000 visitors, the Middle East Aviation Career Exhibition & Conference is set to draw the participation of more than 500 students.
The Abu Dhabi Air Expo, the first of its kind in the UAE and Abu Dhabi, will attract leading aviation specialists in light and medium aircraft from across the Middle East, providing a platform to showcase the latest products and innovations in the industry. This exhibition will specially focus on owners of private jets, as well as aircraft engineers and professional and amateur pilots, giving them an opportunity to explore a wide range of aircraft and related hardware, equipment and technologies.
The Middle East Aviation Career Conference and Exhibition, on the other hand, will offer valuable opportunities for those looking for careers within the aviation industry to meet and discuss with specialists opportunities within the industry. The definitive industry event will conclude with the two-day Red Bull Air Race at the Abu Dhabi Corniche on 11 and 12 March. Organised by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, the Red Bull Air Race is expected to attract 80,000 visitors. Co-hosted by Abu Dhabi along with eight other cities, the event will offer spectators thrilling aerial action performed by world-famous daredevil pilots.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways' President and Chief Executive Officer, said: "Etihad Airways is delighted to be named the official airline partner of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week, an occasion which will reaffirm the UAE's capital as a world leader in these two crucial industries.
"The week-long event will attract the many of the world's leading aviation and aerospace figures to Abu Dhabi, as well as thousands of trade visitors and enthusiasts.
"Etihad Airways is immensely proud of its global reputation for innovation, hospitality, and service and we look forward to showcasing this as well as many more of the airline's offerings to visitors to the Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week in March next year."
In addition to its significant direct and indirect impact on the emirate's economy, ADAAW is eventually anticipated to attract more sector-related specialised exhibitions and events to the UAE. Additionally, the event will give an opportunity to the country's national workforce to meet and engage with global experts in the aviation industry. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


13th Annual POWER-GEN Middle East returns to Abu Dhabi
posted on 21/07/2015

Under the patronage of Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy, the annual POWER-GEN Middle East Conference and Exhibition, the region's premier event for all aspects of the power generation industry, is set to take place from 4th-6th October 2015 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, ADNEC.
POWER-GEN Middle East is renowned for delivering a world-class quality programme with a focus on practical and technical solutions, presided over by 60 leading industry experts on POWER-GEN Middle East's Advisory Board. The event will bring together regional and international power sector leaders to design and implement the course of power and electricity for 2015 and beyond.
Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei will formally launch the conference and exhibition with an official ribbon cutting ceremony and a keynote address on the opening day. Nigel Blackaby, Director of Conferences, PennWell Corporation, will be giving the introduction and opening remarks.
Feraye Gurel, Event Director, said, "In the GCC, power generating capacity will need to rise by an estimated 64 GW to 176.5 GW by 2020, requiring an investment of $40-45 billion. So far, 75 GW of renewable energy projects worth $200 billion are already in the pipeline, making the region a global power player in the sector."
"Under the theme, ‘Sharing Technology Innovation', the 2015 edition of POWER-GEN Middle East will address key issues affecting the region's electricity market and provide pioneering and practical solutions to expand energy efficiency, technological excellence and implementation of smart solutions tailored to the Middle East's power industry."
Confirmed speakers for POWER-GEN Middle East 2015 Conference include representatives from the industry's leading utilities and companies like Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, Bahrain Electricity and Water Authority, Masdar, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Saudi Electricity Company.
This year, attendees will have the choice of 19 strategic and technical conference sessions as well as two new components on the exhibition floor: a dedicated exhibitor presentation theatre featuring live demonstrations, and a new business matchmaking service. The event will offer a unique platform to meet more than 3,000 industry professionals from over 70 different countries. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


ADNEC and Agility sign MoU
posted on 12/07/2015

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has signed a five-year strategic partnership agreement with Agility's Fairs and Events, a division of Agility Global Integrated Logistics.
This MoU will enhance ADNEC's service offering to exhibitors and event organisers with a full range of logistics and freight forwarding services.
Agility is one of the largest integrated logistics providers in the world with more than 20,000 employees and operations in 100 countries. Under the MoU, ADNEC and Agility will establish long-term, mutually beneficial cooperation with the aim of providing ADNEC customers with world leading logistics solutions.
Commenting on the agreement, Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Acting Group CEO at ADNEC said: "ADNEC is committed to providing its customers with the highest quality services across its facilities. Delivering on this commitment, we have partnered with Agility to ensure the seamless provision of highly efficient and cost-effective logistics solutions to exhibitors and organisers. Additionally, this partnership will boost the leading status of Abu Dhabi as a global exhibitions and conferences hub."
He added: "The collaboration with Agility will enhance the experience of our customers through providing them with faster and convenient logistics services to the highest quality standards. This will significantly improve their operational and cost efficiencies, while further boosting their competitive edge."
Elias Monem, CEO at Agility Global Integrated Logistics said, "The strategic partnership agreement with ADNEC will further strengthen Agility's position as a market leader within the fairs and events sector, allowing us to provide highly sophisticated logistics solutions to the ADNEC customers. At Agility, we offer a wide range of supply chain solutions to meet both traditional and complex customer needs. Our offerings include air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialised services for fairs and events."
ADNEC offers 133,000 sq. m. of inter-connected floor space to match the expectations of a wide variety of events and exhibitions. Equipped with modern facilities and built to international standards, the venue attracted 1.6 million people across 327 events in 2014. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


DWTC to host 28 new trade events in 2015
posted on 29/06/2015

Dubai World Trade Centre will host more than 28 new commercial events in 2015. The events include international conferences and global meetings, as well as commercial exhibitions in various economic sectors like health care, arts, jewellery, engineering, air traffic control and information technology. The number is liable to increase, particularly because some economic events are pending until the signing of some agreements.
Ahmad Al Khaja, Senior Vice President at DWTC, said that he is optimistic that 2015 will be the strongest year for the centre in terms of events. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


A celebration marking Africa Day takes place in Abu Dhabi
posted on 25/05/2015

A number of diplomats from different African communities have celebrated Africa Day in Abu Dhabi in the presence of many officials from the GCC and the ambassadors of 27 African countries. The ceremony was held at the Armed Forces Officers Club, and featured fashion shows inspired by different African heritage and folklore.
Dick Patrick Esparon, Ambassador of the Republic of Seychelles and Dean of the African Ambassadors Group, pointed to the importance of holding such events, which highlight the wise leadership's keenness to develop relations between African nations based on the historical relations and common interests.
During his speech at the ceremony, he said, "2015 marks the 52nd Anniversary of the African Union, AU, previously known as the Organisation of African Unity, OAU. Since it was founded, the AU's aim has been to push for peace and prosperity."
He also mentioned that 2015 is the ‘Year of Women's Empowerment and Development', which he believes an opportunity for the African man to take a more central role in the empowerment of African women.
"As we look forward to the next 50 years, it goes without saying that improved healthcare, physical security, quality education, food self-sufficiency and food security are priorities for Africa. Currently, six out of the world's 10 fastest-growing economies are in Africa. Our success in these areas will depend on developing new and creative ideas in line with technological advances."
In conclusion, Dick Patrick Esparon stressed the importance of celebrating joint-achievements that have been made between different African parties, and also hailed the relations between the UAE and Africa.
During the ceremony, which was attended by more than 800 officials, businessmen and members of African communities, the launch of the official magazine of Africa Day took place, which represents all the previous achievements that have occurred throughout the ongoing relations between African communities.
Africa Day is considered a consolidation of the evolving political, economic and cultural relations between countries of the African continent. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


ADNEC promotes Abu Dhabi as business tourism capital of Middle East at IMEX Frankfurt 2015
posted on 20/05/2015

FRANKFURT, GERMANY: Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has hosted a meeting of its potential associations and corporate clients on the side-lines of IMEX Frankfurt 2015, the largest European trade show for the meetings and incentive travel industry currently underway in Frankfurt, Germany.
The meeting was spearheaded by Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Acting Group CEO of ADNEC and David Pegler, CEO of ADNEC-owned ExCeL London.
In his opening address, Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri provided a detailed overview of ADNEC's expansive venues and facilities while elaborating on the many benefits and opportunities offered by Abu Dhabi as a leading destination. He pointed that ADNEC has emerged within a short time span as an important vehicle to deliver successful international events in the Middle East and abroad.
Al Dhaheri said: "Our emirate has embarked on an ambitious economic diversification plan as part of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. Abu Dhabi commands a strategic location with half of the world's population living within a five-hour flight from the city. Besides being one of the top 10 global cities in providing a favourable climate for foreign investment, Abu Dhabi is a preferred destination of choice for talented minds from across the globe with more than 143 diverse nationalities living together in harmony."
"The synergy between ADNEC and ExCeL London makes running events across continents a seamless experience, while maximising business opportunities and dividends in Abu Dhabi and London for our stakeholders. At ADNEC, we look forward to collaborating with our stakeholders towards promoting Abu Dhabi as a global MICE hub," he added.
He also noted the breakfast gathering would help ADNEC broaden its engagement with global decision makers, especially in the Europe, while updating key stakeholders about the ongoing and upcoming development plans of the company to tap into the huge potentials offered by Abu Dhabi in business tourism sector.
For his part, David Pegler, CEO of ADNEC-owned ExCeL London, said: "Since ADNEC's acquisition, ExCeL London has helped London move from 19th to 6thposition in ICCA rankings within just five years - largely due to ADNEC's continued investment in technology as well as venue development."
"Additionally, the venue has promoted more effective and efficient transfer of knowledge and skills between the two exhibition hubs, while allowing organisers more time to focus on event outcomes and run events more economically. This gathering has come at the right time as our venues are set to host several major international events in the coming period, which will in turn trigger significant economic development both in Abu Dhabi and London."
ADNEC's delegation to IMEX Frankfurt 2015 is headed by Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Acting Group CEO and includes the company's senior business development executives. ADNEC's participation also seeks to complement its ongoing efforts to attract more international events to both Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and Al Ain Convention Centre. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Mohammed bin Rashid tours Arabian Travel Market 2015
posted on 05/05/2015

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum yesterday visited the Arabian Travel Market, being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 4th to 7th May.
Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied during his tour by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chief Executive of Emirates Group, H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, Director General of Dubai Protocol and Hospitality Department and Hilal Saeed al Marri, CEO of DWTC and Director General of Dubai Tourism and Commercial Marketing Department.
Sheikh Mohammed stopped at several national pavilions and stands, where he was briefed on the new developments and plans for tourism which has become a key source of income for many countries, including the UAE.
Sheikh Mohammed stressed the importance of air, land and sea transport sectors in bridging cultural gaps among nations of the world. He welcomed the visiting exhibitors and issued directives to provide all facilities to them as guests of the UAE.
Officials of the national carriers like Emirates and Flydubai presented to Sheikh Mohammed their expansion plans and their planned new routes.
Sheikh Mohammed welcomed all steps aimed at developing the country's tourism sector and expressed the hope that the sector will attract more family tourism from Arab, Muslim and friendly countries.
The event is being attended by 3,000 companies from 85 countries. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –

Abu Dhabi's ADNEC posts record Q1 results in 2015
posted on 28/04/2015

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has posted record Q1 results in 2015, hosting 14 exhibitions and 5 conferences that attracted more than 270,000 visitors to both Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and Al Ain Convention Centre.
In Q1 of 2015, ADNEC hosted 5 conferences, representing 400% increase compared to the same period of 2014. Additionally, ADNEC generated about Dh842 million in economic impact for Abu Dhabi over the first three months of 2015.
Ali bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, Managing Director, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company, said, "ADNEC is pleased with the outstanding results we have achieved in the first quarter of 2015, which will serve as a strong motivation for us for the rest of the year. We are committed to maintaining this positive momentum towards achieving our performance goals and positioning Abu Dhabi as the capital of business tourism in the Middle East."
Al Dhaheri added, "This was achieved thanks to the collective efforts of all our employees as well as the close collaboration between ADNEC departments towards achieving the company's performance goals for 2015 and attracting more international events to our venues."
Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Acting Group CEO at Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, said: "It has been a busy quarter for ADNEC and we are proud to have surpassed 270,000 visitors during this period. Of the key contributing factors to this growth is the unparalleled quality of our facilities as well as the increased capacity of our venues to keep up with the growth in the event portfolio. In addition, ADNEC has built a world class workforce whose diligent efforts to turn challenges into opportunities help us achieve our strategic goals and meet the expectations of our partners and event organisers."
"In addition to the strong performances from our existing events such as IDEX and ADSW, our new events also generated considerable visitor interest and have helped us surpass last year's Q1 results in terms of gross space and visitor turn-out," Humaid added.
ADNEC has witnessed a phenomenal growth in the number of events its venues hosted in the first three months of 2015. All these events happening one after the other have tested the readiness of ADNEC's facilities to handle the huge turnout of international delegates and visitors, while ensuring the best logistical support to event organisers, exhibitors, and media, among others. As its event portfolio is expanding at such as rapid pace year after year, ADNEC is committed to continually upgrading its facilities to keep abreast of the evolving demands of the industry.
In January 2015, ADNEC hosted the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2015 (ADSW 2015) from 17 to 24 January, which included the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), the International Water Summit (IWS) and EcoWaste. Registering unprecedented success, ADSW 2015 attracted more than 30,000 participants and visitors from 170 countries becoming one of the biggest and most important global events in the renewable energy sector. The event convened countries from around the world to discuss the future of energy, energy security, sustainable development and the development of innovative solutions for global energy challenges.
In February 2015, ADNEC staged the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) from 22 to 26 February. Held under the patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the event attracted 1,200 local and international defence manufacturers and contractors along with more than 101,000 visitors from all over the world. The only international defence exhibition and conference in the MENA region, IDEX also facilitated business deals worth Dh18.9 Billion in its latest edition, further cementing its status as the most strategically important tri-service defence exhibition in the world.
March marked the busiest month to date in 2015 for ADNEC with the venue hosting eight scheduled events. These events included the second edition of the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA 2015), Health & Fitness Fun Festival 2015, the 16th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health (WCTOH 2015), the third edition of Abu Dhabi Electronics Shopper (ADEShopper 2015), the second edition of ABILITIESme, Apex Middle East Conference 2015, Custom Show Emirates and International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE2015).
Hosting the second edition of the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) from 9 - 11 March that drew the participation of more than 250 speakers from global companies and organisations was another key highlight in the first quarter. The event aimed to galvanise international efforts towards achieving a common vision and approach to leverage innovative and smart solutions for the development of the agricultural sector and food production.
Between 17 – 21 March, ADNEC hosted the 16th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health (WCTOH 2015), the largest international gathering of tobacco control advocates, policy makers, researchers, public health and clinical experts.
Attended by over 1,000 delegates from around the world, the triennial event was themed ‘Tobacco and Non-Communicable Diseases', and highlighted for the first time the risk factors of non-communicable (chronic) diseases associated with tobacco use. The five-day scientific conference highlighted the latest developments in tobacco control and global efforts to reduce tobacco use in all its forms through featuring more than 800 scientific presentations and discussions.
ADNEC offers 133,000 sq. m of inter-connected floor space to match the expectations of a wide variety of events and exhibitions. Equipped with modern facilities and built to international standards, the venue attracted 1.6 million people across 327 events in 2014. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Cityscape Abu Dhabi concludes on a high note as 81% of developers launch new projects at three day-show
posted on 25/04/2015

With 81% of Abu Dhabi-based developers launching new projects at Cityscape Abu Dhabi this year, the UAE capital's largest property show concluded on a high on Thursday. The event was organised under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, at Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre between 21-23 April.
The ninth edition of Cityscape Abu Dhabi has been a hotbed of activity, with major announcements unveiled by Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), Department of Municipal Affairs, Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), Zaya, and Al Forsan Real Estate.
With the growing need for housing outweighing the current supply in the UAE real estate market, leading developers such as Aldar Properties and Wahat Al Zaweya have launched projects to cater for the high demand.
Talal Al Dhiyebi, Chief Development Officer, Aldar Properties said: "We have launched three residential developments, two on Yas Island and one on Reem Island. After selling out Al Merief land plots in less than a week to Emiratis, we decided to launch West Yas, which is 1,000 villas on Yas Island for UAE nationals only.
"Another trend that we are observing is that nationals from all over the UAE are very attracted by the stability of the Abu Dhabi market . The increase in job openings and overall healthy economy are directly reflected in their purchasing power."
Further highlighting the increasing demand for housing across the UAE, Bloom Holdings has launched five new projects at Cityscape Abu Dhabi this week, all of which have proved to be a big hit with both local and regional investors.
Sameh Muhtadi, CEO, Bloom Holding, said, "We have had outstanding success for our Park View project on Saadiyat Island with Phase 1 now completely sold out. The right product, the right location and the adequate platform such as Cityscape Abu Dhabi has ensured that we have had the perfect recipe for success."
With JLL's Abu Dhabi Market Overview revealing that hospitality was the standout sector this quarter, witnessing a slight growth in occupancy rates and a 12% increase in room rates, hotels were also at the forefront of this year show.
Ali Eid Al Muheiri, Executive Director, Mubadala Real Estate and Infrastructure said, "Al Maryah Island is Abu Dhabi's international financial centre and urban hub for hospitality, leisure and retail. Cityscape Abu Dhabi has been an important platform for us to showcase the Grade A commercial space in Abu Dhabi Global Market Square, the on island development opportunities, and the newly launched Rosewood and Four Seasons residences.
"The strong demand we've seen this week on all fronts demonstrates the island's critical mass, and with the hospitality, leisure and retail options, and waterfront entertainment program planned for later this year, we invite visitors from home and abroad to come and experience life on Al Maryah Island."
Wouter Molman, Director of Cityscape Group at Informa Exhibitions, the organisers of Cityscape Abu Dhabi, said, "This year's edition has been the busiest we have experienced in recent years. A study we conducted on-site revealed that 81% of Abu Dhabi-based developers launched new projects, while 64% of exhibitors showcased existing projects, further highlighting the positive sentiment of the real estate market."
Cityscape Abu Dhabi is the annual barometer for the Abu Dhabi and wider GCC real estate market; the 9th edition of the show has welcomed more than 130 regional and international exhibitors.
Organised by Informa Exhibitions, the UAE capital's largest and most influential property investment showcase hosted exhibitors from the Cayman Islands, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Latvia, Nigeria, Portugal, Serbia, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States.
Cityscape Abu Dhabi is supported on an official basis by Strategic Partner Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA), Platinum Sponsor Wahat Al Zaweya, Silver Sponsor Farglory, Official VIP Sponsor Ejadah Asset Management Group and Official Mortgage Provider Abu Dhabi Finance. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


WETEX 2015 records remarkable international participation
posted on 21/04/2015

The 17th Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2015) has witnessed remarkable international participation as it hosts national pavilions from many countries across the world. It also hosted a Government Pavilion, with 27 government organisations from the UAE and the General Pavilion, which hosts a large number of national and international companies.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), and Chairman and Founder of WETEX, welcomed the wide participation by international companies and organisations, noting that WETEX has become a leading regional platform for energy, water, and the environment.
"WETEX has established its position among global specialised exhibitions. It has become the meeting point for experts and specialists in energy, water, and green economy from around the world. The success of WETEX year after year, underlines Dubai's commitment to the shift towards a green economy and sustainable development. It also reflects the increasing international interest in WETEX and the growing awareness about the role of advanced energy and water solutions in achieving environmental sustainability," said Al Tayer.
"The theme of WETEX is, ‘At the Forefront of Sustainability', and reflects our view that it contributes to establishing Dubai's leadership and its position as a global hub for trade, finance, tourism, and green economy. It also reflects DEWA's efforts to achieve the Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai a pivotal hub in the global economy, one of the world's leading business centres, the most business-friendly city, and a preferred investment destination," he added.
National pavilions taking part in WETEX this year include Saudi Arabia, the USA, China, Italy, France, Korea, India, Malaysia, Taiwan, Spain, Turkey, Iran, Romania, a big pavilion for Europe, and the General Pavilion, which hosts a large number of companies from the UAE and abroad. The number of participating companies is the largest in WETEX history.
This is the first time Saudi Arabia is participating with an independent pavilion. The Saudi Export Development Authority (Saudi Exports) has booked an area of 504 square metres.
UAE Government organisations taking part in WETEX 2015 include the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Environment and Water, Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA), Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality, Roads and Transport Authority, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority, Sharjah Municipality, Fujairah Municipality, Civil Defence, Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC), Dry Docks World and Maritime World, Emirates Environmental Group, Environmental Centre for Arab Towns, Department of Planning & Development (Port, Customs & Free Zone Corporation), United Arab Emirates University, Zayed International Foundation for the Environment, Hamriyah Free Zone Authority, Environment & Protected Areas Authority (EPAA), International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development, Emirates Post Group, Dibba Al Fujairah Municipality, Emirates Science Club, and Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


17th WETEX sponsors see strong potential for promoting energy, water, environment, and sustainability sectors
posted on 11/04/2015

As the countdown for the 17th Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2015) begins, sponsors of the event are upbeat about the potential it provides and its promotional capabilities, especially for energy, water, and environmental sustainability.
WETEX is held under the directive of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, and President of DEWA, from 21-23 April 2015, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The sponsors revealed that they have been supporting WETEX over the years because it expands year after year with new ideas and additions. WETEX has become a comprehensive platform for green development and green economy sectors, and a global interactive platform that inter-links organisations and institutions from the public and private sectors. It has also succeeded in addressing all society.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO, DEWA, Chairman and Founder of WETEX, has confirmed that preliminary statistics before the official launch of the exhibition show that the number of sponsors has risen for this year's WETEX, which is supported by many regional and global organisations.
WETEX supports DEWA's commitment to put sustainability at the heart of its vision to become sustainable innovative world-class utility. DEWA implements the best global environmentally-friendly practices. All DEWA's work and projects support the Dubai Plan 2021 for the sustainability of natural resources. DEWA has put together major events focused on sustainability in this year's edition.
WETEX is organised for the second consecutive year under the umbrella of Green Week. It coincides with World Green Economy Summit (WGES) 2015. DEWA recently announced that the Arab Oil and Gas Show will also be held as part of WETEX. This has encouraged more exhibitors to join WETEX this year in order to tap into the huge opportunities that are provided to them by participating and sponsoring WETEX.
Sponsors include Siemens AG as a Titanium Sponsor. Strategic sponsors include the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy in Dubai, Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), Mai Dubai, Emirates Energy Award, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), Gulf Eternit Industries Company, Emirates Electrical Engineering LLC (EEE), ABB Industries, Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), ITS, Trizac Holding, ACWA Power, DF Energy, Jazeera Emirates Power, Future Pipe, and Techno Park. The Ministry of Energy is participating as a Government Sponsor and DMI is participating as Strategic Media Sponsor.
Platinum Sponsors include Ducab, Riyadh Cables Group, Jeddah Cables Company, China Railway, Ericsson, Suqoon Printing Press and Publishing, Eagle Electromechanical & Al Hijaz Mechanical Equipment Co, Global Energy Technologies, United Power and Technologies (UPTECH), AMGC and AMT (part of Al Mostajed Technologies), ZETAS Zemin Teknolojisi Anonim Sirketi The Gold Sponsors' list includes Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Kanoo Energy, ETA Star Group, Dubai Investments, Sunten Electric Co, Energoprojekt Entel Company, Lucy Electric Middle East, Scientechnic, Dragon Oil, Emirates Transformers & Switchgear Limited, Centaur Electro-Mechanical Contracting, General Electric, Getra Power, Abengoa, Prysmian Group, Torishima, GULF JYOTI, United Motors &Heavy Equipment, ADECO, BASF and Value, Gulf Turrets LLC and the AFAQ group. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Nahyan bin Mubarak opens 7 Princesses photo exhibition
posted on 11/03/2015

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, last night opened the '7 Princesses' photo exhibition of the international award-winning photographer, Steve McCurry.
In partnership with The Empty Quarter Gallery, the American photographer launched his latest exhibition at Fairmont The Palm Dubai. The exhibit is the result of McCurry's time in the country last November, when he photographed 20 local women throughout the seven emirates.
Steve McCurry uses his lens to celebrate the lives and achievements of Emirati women.
Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr, Speaker of Federal National Council (FNC), Saudi Princess Reem Al Faisal, and a crowd of photographers, artists, cultural personalities, partners and sponsors of the exhibition, attended the opening ceremony.
Organisers say the idea behind the event is to build bridges between the UAE and international cultures and present a unique and avant-garde point of view regarding the role of women within Emirati society. Each photo is aimed to reflect the ‘crucial roles of the contemporary, vibrant and dynamic Emirati woman'.
The 7 Princesses exhibition will open to the public from 10th to 13th March, at Fairmont The Palm, followed by a public gallery opening from 16th March to 16th April, at The Empty Quarter in DIFC. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


ADNEC gears up for busy week with four scheduled events
posted on 27/01/2015

Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, ADNEC, is gearing up to host four leading industry events this week, including Elite Real Estate Exhibition 2015, Tank Storage Middle East, the Bride Show 2015, and Beyond Beauty Arabia Abu Dhabi.
Set to run from 26th to 29th January in Hall 2, Elite Real Estate Exhibition 2015 will bring together leading real estate and property investment companies from the GCC and Middle-East, especially Kuwaiti companies, to present their latest real estate offerings and investment opportunities to companies and potential investors in the UAE.
This will mark the debut outing for many Kuwaiti companies showcasing their investment opportunities under one roof in the UAE.
Tank Storage Middle East will convene specialised companies and experts in the tank storage industry to meet and exchange industry best practices. To run from 26th to 27th January, the two day event will provide an ideal platform to review forecasts, explore new opportunities and find solutions for emerging challenges in the tank storage industry.
ADNEC will also host two separate events dedicated to fashion and lifestyle from 28th to 31st January.
The Bride Show is set to bring together 200 leading local and international suppliers from the wedding and lifestyle industry including make-up artists, hairstylists, wedding planners and fashion icons.
The event will feature a wide selection of bridal and evening dresses, abayas and jalabiyas, jewellery and watches, perfume and Arabic oud, as well as beauty and spa accessories. The Bride Show will host exclusive fashion shows, hair and beauty demonstrations and a series of health and wellness workshops.
Beyond Beauty Arabia Abu Dhabi will offer visitors an opportunity to learn new beauty and style tips and discover the latest trends in the industry by meeting experts from many leading make-up, skincare, perfume, hair-care, and nail-care brands as well as state-of-the-art spas.
During the event, visitors can also interact with popular bloggers and celebrities from the world of beauty, in addition to receiving free pampering treatments, make-overs and giveaways.
Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Acting Group Chief Executive Officer at Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, said, "At ADNEC, we are pleased with this opportunity to demonstrate the readiness of our facilities and services to host multiple events simultaneously and we are fully prepared to tackle any anticipated logistic challenges that might emerge due to these coinciding events. The growing number and diversity of our event portfolio is a direct result of our ongoing engagement with local and international event organisers, as well as our continued commitment to invest and develop our venue infrastructure." – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


DWTC to welcome over 130,000 trade visitors in January
posted on 11/01/2015

Building on its record-breaking 2014, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) kicks off what is set to be one of the busiest years for the MICE industry, with the announcement its 2015 calendar today.
Starting with an eventful January, the line-up of industry-leading events spans a variety of sectors that are critical to the development of the region's economy including healthcare and security.
Ahmed Alkhaja, Senior Vice President — Venues, DWTC commented:
"After closing 2014 on an all-time high, we are excited to be starting 2015 with a series of impactful events; and January is expected to draw in more than 130,000 trade visitors from six continents. With Dubai placed as the regional hub for companies and industries to explore trade and business opportunities, we are proud to be an important facilitator that links these continents.”
The second half of January will be dominated by some of the most crucial healthcare events to take place in 2015, of which the mega-event Arab Health is the most highly-anticipated.
The largest healthcare event in the region and the second-largest in the world, Arab Health service's the multi-billion dollar healthcare sector, and is a must-attend for global medical professionals. This year's iteration will see an expected 93,500 visitors from more than 150 countries walk through DWTC's doors. Arab Health will run from Jan.26-29.
Dave Panther, Director, Arab Health & Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions commented: "Globally, Dubai is seen as a business gateway to the Middle East and this is no exception for our exhibitors. Exhibitors and visitors alike are seeking to benefit from Dubai's momentum to further their business interests in the region and each year Arab Health becomes an even more international event, attracting healthcare trade and medical professionals both locally and internationally. In 2014, more than 87,454 visitors came from 150 countries, proving that the international reach of Arab Health is extending.”
Further catering the needs of healthcare professionals will be the 23rd Congress of the International Academy of Legal Medicine, the first international congress of the year. Held once every two years, the event is the leading global congress for forensic specialists and is being hosted in conjunction with Dubai Police. The congress will welcome more than 1,000 delegates from around the world from Jan.19-21.
Kicking off the year will be the region's largest event for the plastic, petrochemical, and rubber industries, Arabplast.
A combination of four trade shows, Arabplast is a biannual event expected to draw more than 25,000 visitors from more than 40 countries.
With the Middle East serving as the world's fastest growing market for plastics, Arabplast is an essential component of the growth and development for this sector. Arabplast will take place Jan. 10-13.
Running alongside will be Tekno Tube Arabia, the region's only international trade show for tube and pipe manufacturing and technology. Tekno Tube brings together exhibitors from 13 countries around the world to service the region, which accounts for 34 per cent of the global demand for pipes. Tekno Tube Arabia will run Jan. 10-13.
Sign and Graphic Imaging Middle East, taking place from Jan.11-13 is the region's largest and longest-running trade show servicing the signage, graphic imaging, outdoor media, and screen and digital printing industries. Acting as the industrial glue that connects brands to their target customers, this lucrative industry is projected to grow 7.2 per cent per annum in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena), reaching US$26 billion by 2018. – The Gulf Today -


Emirati appointed chairperson of ICCA Middle East Chapter
posted on 01/12/2014

Khalifa Al Qubaisi, Head of Sales - Congresses and Conferences, Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), has been named Chairperson of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) - Middle East chapter for the next two years, becoming the first Emirati to assume the coveted position in the conferences and meetings sector since ICCA's inception in 1963.
Following the announcement, Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Acting Group CEO of ADNEC, said: "Al Qubaisi's appointment to this role demonstrates our commitment to increase the representation of U.A.E. nationals in leadership positions of international organisations. I am confident that our young national leaders will elevate the reputation of our country at regional and international levels." "ADNEC is proud to be a key enabler of national workforce by providing the MICE industry with qualified young leaders, who were able to reinforce the role and contribution of this vital industry within the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030." "ADNEC has developed an integrated training and development programme for equipping young nationals with necessary skills and tools that will enable them to utilise their potentials and creative skills including a six-month intensive training programme at ExCeL London, the wholly-owned subsidiary of ADNEC in the UK capital. These programmes enable them to scale the leadership ladder in international organisations and muster the support of our partners in both public and private sectors to reach these positions," Al Dhaheri added.
He also revealed that ADNEC has achieved 50 percent Emiratisation by the end November 2014, compared with 44 percent at the end of 2013, which he expected to reach 51 percent by 2014 end.
Commenting on his appointment, Al Qubaisi said: "We look forward to elevating the contribution of the 40-member ICCA - Middle East chapter to the global MICE sector and overall global economic development. Such efforts will help advance the regional conferences and events industry and sharpen its competitiveness in attracting specialised international events to the region. This appointment also serves the bigger role of enabling the U.A.E. to make more effective contributions to the international and regional congress and convention landscape." ICCA, which has its headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, was founded in 1963 by a group of travel agents to evaluate practical ways to engage the travel industry in organising international meetings and conferences, as well as to exchange industry best practices. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


465, 000 visitors registered at SIBF over last three days
posted on 08/11/2014

Ahmed bin Rakad Al Ameri, Director of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), has said that the visitors of SIBF over the last three days exceeded 465, 000.
He added that the qualitative and various sessions organised by the 33rd edition of the SIBF, and the surge in number of participant publishing houses to 1, 256 representing 56 countries, contributed to the increment in number of visitors, noting that about 200, 000 visitors were registered on the third day alone.
Al Ameri expected that the number would rise by 25 per cent compared to the last year on the last days of SIBF. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


British author Alastair Campbell signs his book: The Blair Years, at SIBF
posted on 08/11/2014

British author Alastair Campbell, former communication director of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, signed yesterday his 'The Blair Years' at the book signing corner at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF).
The book features extracts from Campbell's diaries detailing the period Tony Blair served in the Cabinet office in Downing Street. Campbell worked as the Director of Communications and Strategy for the Prime Minister Tony Blair, and was described as the spin doctor of Tony Blair and the UK cabinet during Blair's term. The memoir is based on Campbell's diaries during his work as a spokesman, then as a communication director.
The author focused on many controversial issues and showed how Blair was dominating the UK policy during his term. The closest advisor to Blair revealed many secrets during the years he spent in Downing Street.
Alastair Campbell offered a brief biography of Tony Blair, who was born in1953, studied jurisprudence and worked as a lawyer from 1976 to 1983. He started his political career as a member in the Labour Party and was promoted under the umbrella of the Labour Party. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -



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