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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 - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395279104300.html

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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 –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395277743603.html

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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 –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395275614541.html

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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 - http://gulftoday.ae/portal/c35ef375-8e24-4ece-851a-64c6f379e80f.aspx

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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 - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395273223376.html

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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 - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395272094172.html

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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 - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395272092962.html

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Architect of intrigue Dan Brown delivers exhilarating speech at Sharjah International Book Fair
posted on 08/11/2014

The presence of world famous novelist Dan Brown on Thursday was a highlight at the Sharjah International Book Fair where the American literary luminary known for his bestsellers, The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, delivered an exhilarating speech in the presence of in presence of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and a large enthusiastic audience.
Brown started off by talking about how honoured he felt be in the U.A.E. and how deeply moved he was with Arab hospitality. When his H.H. Sheikh Sultan asked Brown if he would be interested to attend the book fair next year, Brown responded with great interest and enthusiasm.
Brown is widely criticised for his seemingly hostile views on Catholicism and many falsely presume that he has a vendetta against the notion of Abrahamic religions. He dispelled this myth by talking a great deal on spirituality. Surprisingly, he was raised in a very strong Christian household. His mother was a choir singer, actively involved in her church and a woman of unwavering faith.
In a sharp contrast to this, his father was very logical with a great fascination in science so his approach was very analytical in comparison. As a result, Brown felt like he had the best of both worlds. His parents always stressed on the importance of religion and yet they encouraged him to ask questions and to always keep an open mind and never follow faith blindly.
He reminisced about his vibrant childhood and told comical anecdotes about his parents and even brought in their customised driving license plates to reiterate how very different his parents' personalities are. Brown spoke candidly about how he initially struggled to grasp the spiritual ideals instilled by his mother which seemed natural to most but to him, it felt almost unattainable, contradictory and stifling. In spite of this, he always instinctively knew there was something bigger than just molecules and the Big Bang.
It was a grey area and he found that exploring this area was a coming of age experience.
Science and religion have battled throughout the ages and this is nothing. Whilst science gives answers, religion prompts the questions. Brown concluded that Science and Religion have something important in common to focus on which is that they are both attempting to reach an ultimate truth.
There is great beauty in this pursuit and this quest for truth is what connects us as human beings. He stressed on the notion of truth being entirely subjective. One person's might not relate to another's but that even though we all greatly differ in our perceptions and religions, we are all united as having experiences on earth whatever label that might be referred to. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/international/1395272079817.html

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Adel Imam speaks to Sharjah International Book Fair visitors about art and political optimism
posted on 08/11/2014

Renowned Egyptian actor and comedian Adel Imam thrilled the guests of the 33rd Sharjah International Book Fair on Thursday with a special appearance in the presence of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.
After entering the venue to warm applause and cheers, the Arab icon lauded H.H. Sheikh Sultan for his efforts and for taking a special interest in culture and theatre in particular. He also praised the U.A.E.'s support to the Egypt during the turbulent political situation it recently went through.
"Luckily, we have a great culture that will remain forever," he said, adding that he is optimistic about what the future holds.
Imam, who is known for dealing with social and political issues through comedy in his films and plays, was asked if he was planning to document the recent events in Egypt through his work. He said that he is definitely planning to do so.
"I plan to deal with these events through comedy. If we look at the images of the revolution of the 25th of January, we will notice that there are many things that can be considered comedic. Through comedy we can document this period of Egyptian history in a way that is close to people's hearts," said Imam, adding that the artist is an important element in the cultural system.
Speaking about the future of cinema and theatre in Egypt, Imam said, "We haven't lost our culture. Art is the conscience of the people. A population with no art is a population with no conscience. Egyptian art is great and will always be great." He added that though the Egyptian art scene went through a difficult phase, just like everything else in Egypt, a comeback is imminent.
When a young girl asked Imam about which situation affected him the most in his life, Imam mentioned the recent political events in Egypt. "I've never been so scared about the future of our country." Answering a question about whether or not he would consider playing a role in politics, Imam said, "I was, am and always will be an artist. I'm also a family man who loves to spend time with his grandchildren." – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395272081684.html

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Dubai Helishow focuses on homeland security products
posted on 06/11/2014

Dubai Helishow 2014 saw sustained interest and activities by the exhibitors and visitors on the second day, focusing on the homeland security products and services aimed at protecting a nation's citizens from external or internal threats.
The air medical and rescue sector of the show highlights the evolution and continuing growth within this industry. Dubai Helishow 2014, which is in its sixth edition, is a three-day exhibition conducted every alternate year to showcase the best of biennial Helicopter Technology and Operations. The exhibition is held at the Meydan Racecourse under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The second day of the Dubai Helishow 2014 attracted students from Al Ain University and the Higher Colleges of Technology who are keen to pursue their career in the aviation industry as this is the best platform for them to reach out to the experts in the sector and learn from them.
Robert Libby, who owns and operates Advanced Helicopter Training, a division of Advanced Aero Marine Systems, conducted a session for all the exhibitors and visitors focusing on Vertical Reference Long-Line External Cargo Ground Training.
A spokesperson said: "We are looking forward to meeting helicopter operators and regional service providers to expand our educational and equipment sales and services. Being based in a country like Canada which is known for its high aviation standards and a history of meeting customer demands, we at Advanced Helicopter Training are always keen to venture into new markets.” – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/uaebusiness/2014/November/uaebusiness_November68.xml§ion=uaebusiness

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ADNEC named finalist for ICCA Best PR Award
posted on 28/10/2014

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, ADNEC, has been named a finalist for the International Conference and Convention Association's, ICCA, Best PR Award, marking the first time a company from the Middle East has been selected for the prestigious industry distinction.
Of the 11 convention centres that were globally nominated, four exhibition companies were shortlisted to win the respected prize, which is sponsored by International Meetings Review, IMR. ADNEC is now set to compete with three of the top global exhibition companies, including German Convention Bureau, Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau and Wonderful Copenhagen Convention Bureau.
ADNEC has been shortlisted for its commitment to creativity and high level execution of communications campaigns during 2014. Of particular note was ADNEC's campaign to reinforce the importance and success of its investment in ExCeL London to a local audience.
The ICCA evaluation team looked for strong storytelling, high-visibility coverage, brand consistency for PR that helps to overcome a crisis, and for PR that showcases success, covering both traditional print, and web and social media channels.
To mark the five year anniversary of the acquisition, ADNEC took a number of local journalists to London to learn more about the importance of its investment in the former Olympic venue. ADNEC also highlighted through the tour how its investment in ExCeL London continues to pay returns to Abu Dhabi, both financially and professionally. The press trip to London was a huge success, generating coverage equivalent to more than Dh21.9 million in advertising value in less than one week.
Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Acting Group CEO of ADNEC, said, "This nomination is an extension of ADNEC's ongoing success, driven by our commitment to establish Abu Dhabi as a leader in the regional MICE landscape. Our efforts are underpinned by an excellent and dedicated team. The ICCA Best PR Award is indeed a coveted one as members do not nominate themselves. The Award recognises exceptional PR performance by ICCA members, who represent over 125 countries, and we would like to congratulate all the finalists for their remarkable achievements." ADNEC's performance has surpassed previous years in the value of media coverage secured so far in 2014. Local media coverage reached Dh197.6 million at the end of Q3 2014, exceeding coverage value expectations by 70 percent. Internationally, media coverage peaked to Dh81.7 million, exceeding expectations by 43 percent.
ADNEC aims to showcase the unique value proposition offered by the U.A.E. capital through collaboration with other national institutions including Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and Abu Dhabi Conventions Bureau. Abu Dhabi's rise up the ICCA rankings from 234th on the global list, to within and around the top 100 today, reflects the emirate's strong and steady growth across verticals.
Last week, ADNEC was chosen to host the 24th edition of the World Energy Congress in 2019, following the success of Abu Dhabi's bid to stage the global event.
The finalists for the ICCA award will present their PR Strategy at the ‘PR Excellence – Learning from the Best' session at the ICCA Congress in Antalya, Turkey, scheduled for 4th November. The winner will be announced during the closing ceremony in Antalya. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395271469767.html

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DWTC wins bid to host 10 new international congresses
posted on 23/10/2014

Dubai World Trade Centre, DWTC, has won bids to host 10 new international congresses at the venue from 2015 – 2018, underpinning an already robust calendar of confirmed conferences scheduled over the coming years. Spanning across strategic industry sectors including healthcare, energy, aviation, engineering, and insurance, these high-profile events will welcome over 28,000 delegates from around the globe, and are expected to deliver an estimated Dh275 million (US$72 million) economic boost for the emirate.
"Dubai has established itself globally as the regional link for organisations and industries seeking to increase their footprint in the MENASA region. We aim to complement the emirate's growth by strategically targeting congresses in growth sectors to drive maximum benefit and return on investment," said Ahmed Alkhaja, Senior Vice President – Venues, DWTC.
"Through these new congresses, in addition to our existing portfolio, we will continue to foster platforms for knowledge-sharing, attracting quality businesses and delegates who see the unique appeal this city brings." Health and Safety will drive the agenda at the beginning of the year with Global HSE Conference (Health and Safety Environment) taking place in February.
With the global healthcare services market forecasted to reach US$3 trillion by 2015, Nuviun Digital Health and Medical Technology Conference 2015, taking place in May, will put Dubai at the heart of the global healthcare conversation, as the U.A.E. invests extensively in healthcare infrastructure.
Rounding out the summer will be the 11th Worldwide China Insurance Congress and Dragon Awards Ceremony, taking place in August. With an anticipated 7,000 delegates in attendance, this will be one of the larger congresses of the year.
Other key events that will take place in the second half of 2015 include The International Federation of Consulting Engineers 2015 and Consumer Rights Conference.
Confirmed congresses for 2016 include the 61st Distripress Annual Congress, the 34th International Congress of the International Society of Blood Transfusion, which was won through a competitive bid process that included Paris, Rome and Copenhagen, and the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition which itself will bring in 10,000 visitors. World Congress for Brain, Spinal Cord Mapping will be held in March 2017 and The Institute of Internal Auditors Conference will take place in May 2018.
In line with Dubai's Vision 2020 for the tourism sector, DWTC has been a key driving force in boosting business tourism in the emirate. In 2013, DWTC welcomed 2.2 million trade visitors – a 20% year-on-year increase, supporting tens of thousands of jobs as a result.
DWTC is part of the ‘Bid Alliance', which is a collaboration of the emirate's stakeholders that have united to create a communal approach to handling international congress bids. The group is part of the Dubai Business Events – The Official Convention Bureau, a division of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395271248673.html

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Sharjah's SIBF has busy schedule in Frankfurt International Book Fair
posted on 11/10/2014

FRANKFURT: Officials of Sharjah International Book Fair, SIBF, at the current edition of Frankfurt International Book Fair, had a busy schedule meeting with key publishers, librarians, and officials in charge of prestigious cultural institutions, leading translation agents, discussing international cooperation and highlighting the cultural importance of the growing annual Sharjah event.
Sharjah has benefited significantly from its participation in the Frankfurt book event, both materially and morally, and also managed to gain media attention. SIBF has managed to grow quantitatively and qualitatively to become one of the most important events on the global map of book fairs, said Abdullah Mohammed Al Owais, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Information-Sharjah Government, who heads SIBF delegation to Frankfurt.
SIBF delegation met with Robert Rosinweed, Chairman of US-based Poisoned Pen Press, Alicia Liu, Director of Singing Grass Communications, Clara Stern and Thomas Granados, founders of the prestigious Mexican publishing house Fondo de Cultura Economica, Kuo-Yu Ho, Vice President of sales and marketing at Diamond Books Distributors, officials of Emirates Publishers Association (EPA), Claude Dupree and Braille Baker from the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, John Hudson, Chairman of the British Heritage Publishing House, Cevin Bryerman, Vice President of Publishers Weekly Magazine, Susie Neckline of the Marsh Agency Ltd for translation, and representatives of British Combined Book Exhibit. They also met with Mohammed Abdul Hamid Hejazi, Egypt's Ambassador to Germany, Khalid Suleiman Ba Omar, Oman's Ambassador in Germany, who Sharjah's stand at the event.
During the meetings, SIBF officials explored ways to enhance cooperation with these organizations and develop the skills and expertise of Emirati and Arab publishers.
Other topics of the meetings included the contribution of SIBF Translation Grant Fund to enriching global culture, through translating new titles into different languages, and the mechanism of SIBF's participation in professional activities relating to publishing and translation industries that were organized by countries and key industry players.
For decades, the Department of Culture and Information and the management of SIBF have been eager to participate in the Frankfurt International Book Fair in line with the directives of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, added Al Owais. "This is because the Frankfurt Book Fair is an ideal global platform for the publishing industry, which has become creative and advanced as is clearly manifested through the participation of thousands of publishers, media persons and distributors from all around the world." Sharjah's Stand at Frankfurt International Book Fair serves as an active forum for strengthening ties with Arab and other publishing houses keen on participating in the SIBF, and also helps introduce new publishers to the SIBF terms and conditions and the potential benefits that publishers can get from their participation in the event, he added.
"With its accompanying cultural activities, workshops and training courses, as well as its distinguished awards for creative writers and the best translated and printed books, the Sharjah Book Fair has efficiently managed to solidify its position as a prestigious Arab and regional cultural extravaganza," Al Owais said.
For his part, Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Director of SIBF, described Frankfurt International Book Fair as one of the world's biggest and most prestigious book events that offers SIBF an ideal platform to network with an elite group of major publishers and stakeholders from across the world, publishers from Europe in particular as Europe is home to a large number of the oldest and most prestigious publishing houses in the world.
"Through our participation, we seek to strengthen our communications with publishers and benefit from their expertise in developing SIBF's Professional Programme as well as the SIBF/ALA Conference, to be organized by SIBF and the American Library Association (ALA) for the first time in the region in November 2014." Al Ameri stressed the importance of foreign participations for SIBF as they provide the event with a deeper insight into publishing industry trends on the global stage, and enables it to exchange ideas, knowledge and expertise with professionals, including publishers, translators, authors, illustrators, directors, exhibition organisers and librarians.
"It is very important for us to make use of such events to explore the latest technologies used in organising book fairs, and to be up-to-date with the latest developments in intellectual property legislation and rights and the ways of facilitating cross-border publishing movement, thereby giving SIBF the opportunity to maintain its leading role in the exhibition industry and promoting it in the region," Al Ameri added.
The Sharjah International Book Fair strives to expand its network of communications with librarians and major publishers from around the world, in order to invite them to attend the first ever joint conference, organized by the Sharjah Book Fair in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA).
Scheduled to take place from 11th to 13th November, the SIBF/ALA Conference will focus on discussing issues related to library science, with the participation of Arab and foreign experts from all over the world.
Through this joint conference, SIBF aims to support the work by the region's librarians and give them the opportunity to improve their skills, broaden their experience and to further stimulate growth of the region's library sector. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -
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Sharjah Ruler hosts dinner in honour of publishing houses in Frankfurt
posted on 11/10/2014

FRANKFURT: H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, on Wednesday, hosted a dinner banquet in honour of owners of publishing houses participating in the current Frankfurt International Book Fair, which will conclude on Sunday.
In his friendly exchange with the guests on the publishing industry during the banquet, H.H. Sheikh Sultan highlighted the history and the growing cultural role of Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) and introduced the forthcoming 33rd edition of the event which will open in November.
He noted that SIBF has become among the world's top four book fairs and an important cultural forum and that its 32nd edition drew a million visitors and made sales of more than US$45 million.
Also present at the banquet were Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and Founder and CEO of Kalimat Group, and Juma Mubarak Al Jenaibi, U.A.E. Ambassador to Germany, Abdullah Mohammed Al Owais, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Information of Sharjah Government, Ahmed bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Director of Sharjah International Book Fair, SIBF, Amr Abdul Hamid, Advisor to the Ruler of Sharjah for Higher Education, intellectuals and researchers. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -
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Sultan visits Frankfurt Book Fair, tours U.A.E.'s pavilions
posted on 10/10/2014

FRANKFURT: H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, underscored that reading and knowledge are best means to achieve progress and welfare for nations.
He added that Sharjah is striving to achieve this for its citisens through promotion of cultural projects such as: 'A library for Every House" Project, launched in 2008.
In an interview to Sharjah TV & Radio at Sharjah Pavilion at the 66th Frankfurt Book Fair, Sheikh Sultan said that" the Emirate of Sharjah has put culture as a priority and reading enriches culture, which enlightens one's path and concept." He also added, "We, as decision-makers, not only responsible for provision of education, knowledge, establishing educational and artistic and cultural centres, but also follow up their work and contribution in order to see their impact on the society." At the end of the interview, Sheikh Sultan called upon every U.A.E. citizen and the Arab countries to read.
During his tour of various Arab, German and foreign pavilions, Sheikh Sultan got familiarised with the latest publications and titles and viewed rare manuscripts.
At the German pavilion, Sheikh Sultan signed copies of the German version of his biography "Hadeeth Al Thakira" (Discourse from Memory) for a group of visitors.
This book is part III of Taking the Reins (Hadeeth Al Thakira), which consists of three parts, started with birth of United Arab Emirates, on 2nd December 1971 and challenges faced by the late founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and major events took place. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -
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Abu Dhabi heads stateside for IMEX America business tourism drive
posted on 09/10/2014

Abu Dhabi's tourism industry is heading to the United States' mainline business tourism exhibition – IMEX America - with a portfolio of compelling incentives aimed at wooing major association meetings to its shores.
Joining the Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, a division of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) at the prestigious three-day trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada between October 14th and 16th, will be representatives from the U.A.E.'s national airline Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) and several five-star hotels.
The trade party will aim to strengthen Abu Dhabi's presence in the global meetings and events sector, and build on the success of being named the Middle East's Leading Meetings and Convention Destination at the World Travel Awards earlier this year.
This will be the third time Abu Dhabi has been represented at IMEX, which is the world's most prominent exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events, following its debut in the same city in 2012 and in Frankfurt, Germany last year.
TCA Abu Dhabi forecasts that the emirate's Meetings Incentives Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) segment will double in value by 2020 to reach almost US$1.4bn, with the sector earmarked for a significant role in the emirate's overall economic expansion aligned to Abu Dhabi Government's 2030 Economic Vision.
Among numerous major conventions to have committed to Abu Dhabi recently, the city has secured the 3rd and 5th Middle East and Africa Osteoporosis Meetings of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), with the events scheduled for December 2015 and December 2019. Each conference will attract 1,500 scientists, physicians and medical societies to the city aimed at promoting worldwide awareness and prevention of the disease.
Mubarak Al Shamisi, Director, Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, said, "Abu Dhabi is an international oil and gas hub so it understands business and business people and is well versed in catering to their needs. Abu Dhabi is a world class venue which excels as a location for global events and meetings having excellent East-West air links. Our national airline, accessible location between East and West, first class hotels with highly competitive room rates and rich diversity of cultures and attractions combine to make the emirate a very appealing place to do business and host global events.
Currently there are over 150 hotels across the emirate ranging from one-star lodgings to five-star luxury hotels offering almost 28,000 rooms.
Ali Saeed bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, Managing Director of ADNEC, said, "This continued growth in our operational performance, and the growth of the wider business tourism industry in Abu Dhabi, underscores the important contribution this sector makes to the economic development of the emirate.
Other hotels from Abu Dhabi attending IMEX in Las Vegas include the five-star Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal and Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority takes part at 66th edition of Frankfurt International Book Fair
posted on 09/10/2014

The Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA) is taking part at the 66th edition of Frankfurt International Book Fair, which kicked off yesterday and continues until next Sunday.
The TCA features its leading cultural projects launched at the regional and global levels, as well as its publications, translated versions and the latest developments regarding the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which will be held in March 2015.
The participation of the TCA in this international event reflects the status of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, being a perfect platform for professionals, intellectuals and readers looking for a new book and right place to meet the most important Arab and international authors. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed opens Cityscape Global
posted on 22/09/2014

The curtain rose on the 13th edition of the Middle East's largest and most influential international real estate event, Cityscape Global, in Dubai yesterday, hosting more than 280 exhibitors from 28 different countries.
The event, the largest in its history, was officially opened by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group Al Maktoum, and is supported by Dubai Land Department.
Taking place until 23rd September at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Cityscape Global is co-hosted with three dedicated and expert-led conferences, and an awards ceremony at the world's tallest hotel.
Reinforcing the sustained investor confidence in the local market, all major U.A.E. developers have a commanding presence at Cityscape Global this year, including Foundation Sponsors, Emaar Properties, Damac, Nakheel and Dubai Properties, all taking centre stage to showcase their latest developments to potential regional and international investors.
Now in its 13th year, Cityscape Global continues to be the annual meeting point for real estate investors, developers, regional and city investment promotion authorities, architects, designers and other real estate professionals currently driving real estate growth and development across global emerging markets. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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Exhibition growth marks strong first half 2014 for ADNEC
posted on 09/09/2014

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC) has recorded a significant increase in the number of exhibitions held in the year to date compared to the same period last year.
The region's leading exhibition and conference venue hosted 28 exhibitions in the six months to the end of June 2014, up 56 percent from 18 exhibitions last year.
The facility also hosted three regional and three international conferences over the same period, demonstrating versatility in its event offering.
Ali Saeed bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, Managing Director of ADNEC, said, "This continued growth in our operational performance, and the development of the wider business tourism industry in Abu Dhabi, underscores the vital contribution this sector makes to the emirate's economic development.
"By reinforcing our internal stakeholder relationships, building new external partnerships, continuously improving our value proposition and investing in our people, we will continue to forge ahead with our strategic objective of increasing our economic impact across several industries in Abu Dhabi," he added. "We are confident 2014 will witness further growth for our business." One of the most successful new events hosted by ADNEC over the last six months was the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture – one of the only events in the world dedicated to innovation and technology in agriculture. Held in Abu Dhabi for the first time, the forum successfully showcased game-changing innovations in sustainable agriculture and attracted 3,000 industry enthusiasts and experts.
ADNEC also hosted ABILITIESme, a first-of-its-kind event in the region that sought greater inclusion and integration of people with disabilities and special needs into mainstream society. The event raised regional awareness about the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities in the U.A.E. and the wider Middle East. The event drew the participation of social workers, government officials, local opinion leaders, and decision makers.
ADNEC also hosted Eco Waste 2014, Education 2020, Fire and Emergency Middle East Exhibition, Occupational Safety and Health Middle East Conference, Industry Specialists for Middle East Air Cargo Exhibition and Conference, Logistics Exhibition and Conference 2014, Indian Property Exhibition, and the Al Ain International Exhibition for Agriculture and Landscaping at the Al Ain Convention Centre. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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Expo Centre posts strong H1 performance
posted on 01/09/2014

After reporting extraordinary growth in first half of the year, the region's premier exhibition organiser and events venue, Expo Centre Sharjah, is gearing up for a busy second half, presenting some of the most sought-after consumer and trade exhibitions in the region and the world.
Expo Centre had a phenomenal start to 2014, when the first show in its events calendar, SteelFab 2014, added 50 percent more exhibition space to accommodate a 25 percent rise in the number of exhibitors. The increase in visitor turnout too saw a significant surge of 25 percent, an unprecedented rise in the 10-year history of SteelFab.
"The impressive growth continued with the next event, the International Education Show, which recorded a 34 percent rise in the number of visitors, and the other shows that followed. Now, after the summer break, we are ready for the new season, when some of our flagship events will be held," said Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO, Expo Centre Sharjah.
During the first half, Expo Centre hosted 12 trade and consumer events, attracting over 380,000 trade and general visitors.
The key events were SteelFab, International Education Show, National Career Exhibition, Perfect Wedding Show, Middle East Motor Tuning Show, Arabia Mold, Plastivision Arabia, Print Pack Arabia and MidEast Watch and Jewellery Show.
With the U.A.E. economy being propelled by rising GDP growth and accelerating activity in trade, tourism, property, manufacturing and logistics, Expo Centre is expecting better exhibitor and visitor interest in its upcoming events.
"The new season will start with the biannual MidEast Watch and Jewellery Show, which broke all previous records in terms of total number of buyers as well as percentage rise in visitor turnout for its spring show earlier this year. Most of the remaining shows too are major events for their respective industries and consumer base and are expected to perform well," said Midfa.
The events line-up, which also includes MidEast Watch and Jewellery Show, International Automobile Show, Sharjah International Book Fair, Chinese Commodities Fair Sharjah, Halal Middle East and Kitchen Equipment Middle East, has generated immense interest within the country and the region, prompting Expo Centre to look forward to phenomenal growth in existing and new shows in the coming season. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395269081043.html

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ADNEC Group scoops two awards at AEO ceremony in London
posted on 10/07/2014

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, ADNEC, has scooped two awards at the annual Association of Event Organisers, AEO, awards ceremony held in London.
The high profile industry awards recognised ADNEC Group-owned venues Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre as ‘Most Sustainable Exhibition and Conference Venue' and ExCeL London as ‘Best Venue of the Year'.
The awards, held at London's Grosvenor House, recognise the best that the global events industry has to offer celebrating organisers' achievements, venue excellence and service quality.
Marking another successful milestone for the ADNEC Group of venues - which include Al Ain Convention Centre as well as flagship properties in Abu Dhabi and London – ADNEC Group continues to set a benchmark in global event excellence.
Ali Saeed bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, Managing Director at ADNEC, said, "ADNEC continues to play a key role in supporting Abu Dhabi's vision to become a leading global business tourism destination." Pieter Idenburg, Group Chief Executive Officer at ADNEC, said, "We are delighted with the recognition our venues continue to attract from our global event industry peers. The Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre has prioritised its sustainability strategy as a key pillar of its growth and development over the next ten years. From environmental sustainability, to integrating strong economic and professional sustainability measures, the venue continues to identify ways to have a positive and lasting impact on its surroundings." He continued, "ExCeL London has shown that even in such a competitive region for meetings and events, it is out-competing its peers both in the U.K. and across Europe and the world – pushing the boundaries of the event experience. It is a credit to London and an investment we are extremely proud of." - Emirates News Agency, WAM http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395267573456.html

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U.A.E.'s Al Midfa elected First Vice-Chairman of UFI's Middle East/African Chapter
posted on 02/07/2014

Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO of U.A.E.'s Expo Centre Sharjah, has been elected as the First Vice-Chairman for the Middle East/African Chapter of Paris-based Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, UFI.
UFI is the association of the world's leading tradeshow organisers, fairground owners and major national and international exhibition associations, and selected partners of the exhibition industry.
Mr. Midfa will have a three-year mandate, which will commence from the UFI Congress in Bogota (29 October- 1 November, 2014).
"After serving the UFI regional chapter as one of the chairmen, the election as the First Vice-Chairman is both a recognition of the good work done during the past three years as well as an added responsibility and commitment to serve the interests of its members and the entire exhibition industry," said Mr. Midfa.
The UFI Middle East/African Chapter currently has 61 members and its list of approved shows runs into several hundreds of B2B and B2C exhibitions. Globally, UFI represents 641 member organisations in 83 countries and more than 907 trade fairs and exhibitions organised by its members carry the UFI-approved tag.
"I also see this selection as a sign of confidence the UFI and its members have placed on me to work for the continued success of our members and their initiatives. The fact that the UFI Middle East/Africa regional office is at Expo Centre Sharjah also helps in improving coordination among the regional members," said Mr. Midfa.
"We need to add more value to our events, improve our facilities and enhance our offerings... given the enormous challenges and opportunities that are set to come our way on the back of mega events like the World Expo 2020, FIFA World Cup 2022 and growing economies" he added.
Mr. Midfa is a seasoned finance and marketing professional, an effective thinker with practical hands-on approach to solving problems. He has been instrumental in expanding the business horizon and profitability of Expo Centre Sharjah, which became a member of UFI in 2009.
The main objectives of the UFI regional chapters are to discuss specific problems and ideas concerning their region, to encourage cooperation between members within their region, and to promote UFI in their region and encourage additional membership. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Book Fair's Kitchen Show to reflect cultures
posted on 25/04/2014

Live cooking demonstrations by internationally renowned chefs are on the menu for the Kitchen Show segment of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, ADIBF, which runs at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, ADNEC, from April 30th to May 5th, 2014.
The Kitchen Show will serve up different tastes of the world's cultures as the chefs, including the renowned Swedish chef, cookery author and TV celebrity, Tareq Taylor, who hails from a Swedish/English/Palestinian background, look to bridge cultures with a Sweden Meets Arabia menu.
Sweden is this year's ADIBF Guest of Honour and will have a key role to play in this year's Show Kitchen programme. Every day, chefs from different regions of Sweden will share the country's traditional dishes and recipes, as well as home cooking tips, with expert nutritionists discussing healthy food. Max Bjuhr, Swedish Ambassador to the UAE and his wife, Anki Bjhur, will also take part in culinary demonstrations.
Speaking in the run-up to the event, Tareq Taylor, the author of three popular cookbooks, said, "I've never been to Abu Dhabi before but I've met people from there and have always been struck by their friendliness so I'm really looking forward to meeting more of the residents and discovering the emirate," he said. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2014 to draw book-lovers to ADNEC
posted on 24/04/2014

The 23rd Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF), is set to take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 30th April - 5th May, 2014.
Organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and Kitab, ADIBF 2014 is expected to draw more than 1,025 exhibitors from 50 countries and showcase over 500,000 literary works from across the world.
Kitab, a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) and the Frankfurt Book Fair, will continue to create synergy in the publishing industry at a regional and international level.
In addition to presenting Sweden as the guest country of honour, this year ADIBF will spotlight the works of the tenth century classical Iraqi poet Al Mutannabi.
ADIBF provides a platform for Arab and international publishers, literary agents, booksellers, distributors and cultural organisations to discuss new initiatives and trade publishing rights. The event will also integrate seminars on new industry trends, digital publishing, children's literature and translations as part of a unique agenda to encourage a love for reading and literary matters.
Distinctive modules to look forward to at ADIBF 2014 are the ‘Spotlight on Rights' programme offering subsidies for translations to and from Arabic, an ‘Arab Rights Showcase' featuring new Arabic publications for which foreign rights can be bought, an ‘Illustrator's Corner' presenting skills and works of artists from across the globe, an ‘eZone' focusing on content developers, an ‘Education Chapter' to facilitate discussions between educators and educational publishers, a ‘Creativity Corner' and a ‘Show Kitchen' hosted by famous chefs.
The literary expo will be open from 9:00am to 10:00pm at hall numbers 8, 9, 10 and 11 as well as in the ICC Auditorium of ADNEC on all five days except Friday, when it will open from 4:00pm to 10:00pm.
Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Chief Commercial Officer at ADNEC, said, "ADNEC is happy to welcome yet another edition of ADIBF, the fastest growing publishing event in the Arab world. Standing at the midpoint of world cultures, Abu Dhabi is a cultural epicentre for books and learning.
Within this context, ADIBF 2014 is set to cast a spell on literary buffs in the capital city through hosting storytelling sessions, book signings and inspiring literary talks by authors in different languages. Year after year, ADIBF is among the key exhibitions hosted by ADNEC in terms of visitor turnout and is regarded a benchmark event for similar initiatives around the world." – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Dubai World Trade Centre welcomes 2.2 million visitors in 2013 up by 20 per cent over 2012
posted on 20/04/2014

Dubai World Trade Centre posted a record breaking year for 2013 with 2.2 million trade delegates and attendees visiting the growing calendar of events, exhibitions and congresses held at the MENASA region's largest venue operator and event organiser - marking the first time the figure has crossed the 2 million milestone.
Dubai World Trade Centre hosted 373 MICE and business events throughout 2013, up from 302 in the previous year, attracting visitors from 153 countries, and exhibiting companies from over 130 nations. This growth in the calendar showcases the result of the last three years of strategic focus on investing in higher quality and stronger trade events across a range of industries including Healthcare, ICT, Energy, Finance and Economics, Food, Logistics and Retail.
Among the high-profile additions to the 2013 calendar, which played a contributing role, were GISEC (Gulf Information Security Expo '&' Conference), The Big Entertainment Show, Middle East Rail, International Cardiology Symposium and Sibos. Show content and visitor quality measured equally favourably with the 80 top tier exhibitions recording an average traffic of nearly 25,000 attendees per event with some mega-consumer shows attracting upwards of 100,000 people, such as GITEX Shopper which debuted a new Spring event.
"The strong 2013 performance is a reflection of a more stable global economy, domestic market recovery in construction and real estate, and growing consumer confidence. Our focus on developing stronger events within key sectors for Dubai's economy, and growing the international attendance at events hosted in our venue, has allowed Dubai World Trade Centre to sustainably increase the value created for all stakeholders within the MICE sector - ultimately driving even greater GDP contribution," said Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre.
Across trade events hosted in 2013, DWTC registered nearly 40% international participation, highlighting the growing collaboration between the city, the venue and event organisers to maximise outreach efforts and deliver a holistic visitor experience.
Additionally, Dubai World Trade Centre attracted several association and congresses in 2013 led by high-profile events such as Sibos, the premier forum for the international financial services sector; the International Joint Replacement Congress; International Cardiology Symposium; and ITU Telecoms World. The increasing number, stature and international scope of congresses and conventions hosted at the venue during 2013 underscored the deepening cooperation between Dubai World Trade Centre and the public sector to pitch for and win these events.
"We operate in an extremely competitive global and regional MICE environment. To retain Dubai's positioning as a global hub for regional networking, government entities, public sector stakeholders and all our international industry partners must continue to work collaboratively. Over the last decade, Dubai World Trade Centre has seen a trebling of its visitor numbers and we expect to continue strategically attracting more international business travellers, and incentivising higher spend with a more diversified event calendar, in line with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai's Tourism Vision for 2020," he added.
In addition to business events that brought in the 2.2 million participants, Dubai World Trade Centre saw a 59% growth across its calendar of entertainment and live events. An increased portfolio of 54 consumer facing events in 2013, drew more than 631,000 guests, and included the popular Dubai Sports World and the inaugural Dubai Music Week, both due to return in 2014, as well as a broad range of concerts with local, regional and international acts.
To accommodate and support the increase in number and diversity of events, Dubai World Trade Centre also expanded its facilities in 2013 adding semi-permanent and niche venue capacity to the existing 98,000 sqm. covered space. Meeting events increased by 116%, notably due to doubling of meeting room numbers to facilitate one-to-one networking, corporate launches and smaller conferences supplementing the larger exhibitions and for stand-alone events away from the show floor.
"Our events and visitor numbers in 2013 clearly demonstrates that Dubai is a strong preference for top tier decision makers to network and do business and the Dubai World Trade Centre expects to continually build the strength and global competitiveness of our city's MICE proposition as every event presents businesses and professionals the opportunity to see the long term potential of Dubai as a business hub and a gateway to the growing MENASA region," added Al Marri. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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