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Korean website praises UAE pavilion at Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea for winning Silver Award


posted on 23/08/2012

Korea-Arab business' communicator (suq Kuriya) has lauded the UAE pavilion at Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea for winning the Silver Medal in appreciation to its performance.
The (suq kuriya) website said the UAE has drawn the attention of Korean people through its participation at EXPO 2012 Yeosu Korea, which concluded recently.
Making it to the top-rated A Class alongside ten other major nations: China, USA, Japan, Russia, Germany, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Spain and Denmark, the website continued, "affirms the UAE's determination to make more achievements which would place it among the world's advanced nations." The website quoted the statement of UAE Ambassador to South Korea Abdullah Khalfan Al-Rumaithi, in which he underscored the significance of awarding the Silver Medal to the UAE Pavilion at EXPO 2012 Yeosu Korea by the Bureau of International Expositions (B.I.E) for creative display.
He added that in the past three months at the exposition, the UAE made unique presence and astonished hundreds of thousands of Koreans and visitors by its achievements at the pavilion at EXPO 2012 Yeosu Korea.
The UAE ambassador said the UAE has attained such a prestigious status because of prudent leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and keen interest of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the directives by His Highness Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
He also hailed the efforts of H. H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister and Chairman of the National Media Council (NMC) for making the UAE Pavilion as one of the best during EXPO 2012 Yeosu.
Al Rumaithi also hailed the efforts made by NMC, which was responsible for running the UAE Pavilion at B.I.E.'s Expo event, citing the dedication of its employees to present the UAE's brilliant image to the Koreans.
He underscored that the most recent recognition for the UAE Pavilion by the international judging panel of the B.I.E. Medal Awards represents a real support to the UAE's bid to host EXPO 2020 in Dubai.
The ambassador said the promotion campaign run by the UAE Pavilion attracted the attention of officials from Korea and most of the 160 member countries of B.I.E., hoping that these countries would vote for the UAE EXPO 2020 bid.
The Ambassador of the UAE to South Korea Abdullah Khalfan Al-Rumaithi has underscored the significance of awarding the Silver Medal to the UAE Pavilion at EXPO 2012 Yeosu Korea by the Bureau of International Expositions (B.I.E) for creative display.
In a statement to WAM, the ambassador said in the past three months at the exposition, the UAE made unique presence through and astonished hundreds of thousands of Koreans and visitors from across the world by its achievements displayed at its pavilion at EXPO 2012 Yeosu Korea.
"Making it to the top-rated A Class, alongside ten other major nations, Australia, USA, Japan, Russia, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Spain and Denmark, affirms the UAE's determination to make more achievements which would place it among the world's advanced nations." With over 100 participating countries, categorised into A, B, and C classes, depending on their level of participation, the UAE was assessed in the top-rated A Class.
Thanks to the prudent leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the keen interest of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the directives from His Highness Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE has been able to achieve this prestigious international position," he stressed.
The ambassador also hailed the efforts of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister and Chairman of the National Media Council (NMC) to make the UAE Pavilion as one of the best during EXPO 2012 Yeosu.
Al Rumaithi also hailed the efforts made by NMC which is responsible for running the UAE Pavilion at B.I.E.'s Expo events and the dedication of its employees to present the UAE's brilliant image to the Koreans.
The efforts of the UAE's artists and members of the media who provided great support to the management of the pavilion to reflect the UAE's achievements in the past 40 years were also praised by the ambassador.
The UAE Pavilion imaginative films, all of which were strongly focused on Expo Yeosu's theme of Living Ocean and Coast, were selected by the judges for their high quality and strong impact on audiences. The main film showing in the pavilion, The Turtle, has drawn considerable praise from critics and visitors alike. The international judging panel of the B.I.E. Medal Awards made special mention of the film in their comments at the award ceremony, prior to the closing of the three-month exhibition.
The most recent recognition for the UAE Pavilion by the international judging panel of the B.I.E. Medal Awards represents a real support to the UAE's bid to host EXPO 2020 in Dubai.
On directives by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Pavilion at EXPO 2012 Yeosu succeeded in promoting the UAE's bid to host the 2020 event.
The promotion campaign run by the UAE Pavilion attracted the attention of officials from Korea and most of the 160 member countries of B.I.E., the ambassador noted.
He expressed hopes that these countries would vote for the bid for EXPO 2020 in the UAE which is among the world's most stable and most advanced nations with wide open doors for different cultures as a prominent global economic hub and a favourite destination for tourists from around the world – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Expo 2012 Yeosu award provides strong catalyst for Expo 2020: Reem Al Hashimy


posted on 16/08/2012

The UAE Pavilion at EXPO 2012 Yeosu Korea would have not been awarded the Silver Medal for its creative display' without the unwavering support lent by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and sound directives of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State and Managing Director of Higher Committee for Hosting the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, said.
In an interview with Emirates News Agency, Al Hashimy credited significant efforts H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the National Media Council (NMC), has made to enable the Pavilion render wonderful success before 8 million visitors to the international expo from more than 100 countries and international organisations over the elapsed three months.
Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea was organised by the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) to be May 12 to August 12, 2012. The theme of the Expo is "The Living Ocean and Coast" with subthemes of "Preservation and Sustainable Development of the Ocean and Coast," "New Resources Technology," and "Creative Marine Activities.'
Al Hashimy said guidance of Sheikh Abdullah to the NMC, organiser and supervisor of the Pavilion, provided the key motive to the NMC team to score the prominent rank among category (A) of the top ten major exhibitors at Expo 2012 Yeosu.
The minister cited words by Sheikh Abdullah during his meeting with Vicente Gonzalez
Loscertales, Secretary General of Bureau International des Expositions (BIE): "We are keen on showing the real face of this part of the world, which is characterised with openness, tolerance and diversity. The Government of UAE is firmly committed to present the best offer to win the bid to host World Expo 2020." He added that "We are proud of the efforts being exerted to depict to the world the open and creative nature of the UAE community. We have the honour to welcome the world to see for itself the openness and tolerance we have in the UAE.'
Expressing her extreme delight at this achievement, Al Hashimy said it had proven the
merits of the UAE people to deliver excellence at international events, like Expo 2012 Yeosu,
and to present the bright, civilised image of the UAE to the nations of the world.
The minister also commended the role played by Takatof Programme for Social Volunteering,
part of Emirates Foundation for Youth Development, in welcoming visitors and giving them insights into the UAE's achievements.
She indicated that the UAE team used the Expo 2012 Yeosu platform to promote the UAE bid to host Expo 2020 in Dubai.
The creative display, she noted, features a collection of documentaries showing the deep historic connection of the UAE with the sea.
'The UAE has efficiently deserved the honour because the joint NMC and UAE team I had the honour to lead to the national day celebrations at Expo 2012 Yeosu had worked diligently before and during the Expo to promote achievements the UAE made over four decades,' she added.
She also described the classification of the UAE Pavilion among the top-rated A class along with China, US, Japan, Russia, Germany, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Spain and Denmark, as a ' great achievement' for UAE engagement in international expositions. This important milestone will prod us to work confidently to mobilise all resources to win the bid for hosting the Expo 2020.'
'Winning the Expo 2012 Yeosu award in a tough competition with major exhibiting countries ahead of voting for Expo 2020 provides a real support for UAE's bid to host the international event in Dubai.'
'We have made a marked progress in promoting the UAE's bid to host Expo 2010 at Expo 2012
Yeosu thanks to the sound guidance of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,' she noted.
The UAE pavilion-sponsored campaign has elicited interest of Korean officials and representatives of the 160 member BIE.
On preparations to rally international support for UAE's bid to host Expo 2020, Al Hashimy said ' I'm optimistic of winning the bid'.
She affirmed that ' Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has injected hope on us for hosting the Expo 2020. Potentials and credentials the UAE boasts of, qualify it to compete for staging the world's largest exposition.' 'International voting will definitely enhance the UAE's position globally and this fits the UAE vision 2021.' The theme of Expo 2020 Dubai 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future', she added carries our long-held belief that road to a bright future rests on our ability to positive interaction and constructive partnership.
Spearheaded by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Higher Committee on Hosting the World Expo 2020 will participate in five events of the General Assembly of the BIE in Paris starting from November 2012 up to November 2013, when 60 member states will vote to select the host nation for the Expo She disclosed that a high-level team from the Paris-based BIE will visit the UAE in February and March 2013 to view the infrastructure in Dubai on reality and make sure that Dubai is well-prepared to host the world's largest expo.
Additionally, she said, 200 representatives from the 160 member nations of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) will visit the UAE ahead of final vote to view facilities and services available in the UAE and Dubai in particular.
She said that in the event of success of Dubai's bid to host the Expo 2020, it will be the first time this World Fair takes place in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian subcontinent region. This will provide unprecedented opportunities for everyone to participate in this event, and it will also become the first global exhibition in the modern history that can attract the majority of visitors from around the world, thanks to Dubai's geographical location and its openness to the world.
She said that the UAE is a land of opportunities for millions of people from around the world who seek business and work, because it was founded on the values and principles that focus on welcoming foreigners from all over the world. This is evident from the fact that UAE is home to expatriates from more than 200 different nationalities and they live together in harmony, peace, security and stability.
"UAE is a country where cultures intermingle, where ideas flourish and hopes thrive", she stressed.
Speaking about the ability of UAE to uphold the motto of the exhibition, Al Hashimy affirmed that the work has already begun to turn the motto into a practical reality. The slogan that has been selected for the Expo Dubai 2020 themes around the 'communication among human minds and shaping the future of the world', she noted.
This motto has carefully been selected with a view to formulate solutions to the unprecedented challenges our world is facing now and which will become more pressing in the year 2020. This can be achieved through sustainable partnerships and intellectual communication that may contribute to the conversion of many of these challenges into opportunities for the benefit of the peoples.
She stressed that Dubai Expo 2020 will provide an opportunity for proactive response to some issues that concern the whole world, such as clean energy, water, transport, logistics and economic development.
Al Hashimy predicted that in November next year, the intense competition among the five countries who have made the bid to host the world event in 2020 will be decided and the name of the winning country will be announced after counting of the votes at a ceremony to be held for this purpose under the supervision of the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE).
She emphasised that through the hosting of the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, it will become an achievement of great importance not only on domestic level but also on the regional level, as this would be the first time such a huge event takes place in a wide geographic area that includes the African continent, the Middle East and South East Asia, where not a single country in such a wide geographic stretch has ever hosted this event in its history of 160 years.
The UAE entered fierce competition for the medals and awards of the International Bureau of Exhibitions in Expo 2012 and was able to outperform all other competitors in the group except for China, which won the gold medal while Australia won the bronze medal.
The UAE pavilion at Expo Yeosu 2012 which was supervised by the National Media Council (NMC) found wide recognition and praise for its performances and presentations using a variety of media that carried an important message.
The UAE pavilion was designed to reflect the country's relationship with the sea and it could shed light on the ancient maritime heritage of the country as well as on the important role UAE play in maritime trade in the past and present. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Ambassador to Korea underscores UAE Pavilion's Silver Medal win


posted on 14/08/2012

The Ambassador of the UAE to South Korea Abdullah Khalfan Al-Rumaithi has underscored the significance of awarding the Silver Medal to the UAE Pavilion at EXPO 2012 Yeosu Korea by the Bureau of International Expositions (B.I.E) for creative display.
In a statement to WAM, the ambassador said in the past three months at the exposition, the UAE made unique presence through and astonished hundreds of thousands of Koreans and visitors from across the world by its achievements displayed at its pavilion at EXPO 2012 Yeosu Korea.
"Making it to the top-rated A Class, alongside ten other major nations, Australia, USA, Japan, Russia, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Spain and Denmark, affirms the UAE's determination to make more achievements which would place it among the world's advanced nations." With over 100 participating countries, categorised into A, B, and C classes, depending on their level of participation, the UAE was assessed in the top-rated A Class.
Thanks to the prudent leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the keen interest of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the directives from His Highness Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE has been able to achieve this prestigious international position," he stressed.
The ambassador also hailed the efforts of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister and Chairman of the National Media Council (NMC) to make the UAE Pavilion as one of the best during EXPO 2012 Yeosu.
Al Rumaithi also hailed the efforts made by NMC which is responsible for running the UAE Pavilion at B.I.E.'s Expo events and the dedication of its employees to present the UAE's brilliant image to the Koreans.
The efforts of the UAE's artists and members of the media who provided great support to the management of the pavilion to reflect the UAE's achievements in the past 40 years were also praised by the ambassador.
The UAE Pavilion imaginative films, all of which were strongly focused on Expo Yeosu's theme of Living Ocean and Coast, were selected by the judges for their high quality and strong impact on audiences. The main film showing in the pavilion, The Turtle, has drawn considerable praise from critics and visitors alike. The international judging panel of the B.I.E. Medal Awards made special mention of the film in their comments at the award ceremony, prior to the closing of the three-month exhibition.
The most recent recognition for the UAE Pavilion by the international judging panel of the B.I.E. Medal Awards represents a real support to the UAE's bid to host EXPO 2020 in Dubai.
On directives by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Pavilion at EXPO 2012 Yeosu succeeded in promoting the UAE's bid to host the 2020 event.
The promotion campaign run by the UAE Pavilion attracted the attention of officials from Korea and most of the 160 member countries of B.I.E., the ambassador noted.
He expressed hopes that these countries would vote for the bid for EXPO 2020 in the UAE which is among the world's most stable and most advanced nations with wide open doors for different cultures as a prominent global economic hub and a favourite destination for tourists from around the world. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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UAE receives silver medal in top class at expo 2012


posted on 13/08/2012

The UAE Pavilion at EXPO 2012 Yeosu Korea has been awarded a Silver Medal for its creative display. With over 100 participating countries, categorised into A, B, and C classes, depending on their level of participation, the UAE was assessed alongside ten other major nations in the top-rated A Class.
Its imaginative films, all of which were strongly focused on the theme of Living Ocean and Coast , were selected by the judges for their high quality and strong impact on audiences. The main film showing in the pavilion, The Turtle, has drawn considerable praise from critics and visitors alike. The international judging panel of the B.I.E. Medal Awards made special mention of the film in their comments at the award ceremony, prior to the closing of the three-month exhibition.
The B.I.E. Medal Awards are hotly contested by the participating countries at EXPO. The UAE s achievement in beating all other members of the top class (with the exception of China) was widely recognised as high praise for its on message media and imaginative displays, including around ten films on a variety of aspects of the UAE s seas and coast. The bronze medal for creative display was awarded to Australia and other competing nations included USA, Japan, Russia, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Spain and Denmark.
"I take the opportunity to congratulate our Korean friends on hosting a very successful EXPO event on the globally important theme of Living Ocean and Coast," stated H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the National Media Council that is responsible for running the UAE Pavilion at B.I.E. s Expo events. "I am also pleased that we have received this recognition of our sustained efforts to make a positive contribution to the EXPO movement, led by B.I.E. We look forward to participating at EXPO 2015 in Milan, at EXPO 2017, and indeed to the hoped for successful outcome of our bid to host EXPO 2020 in Dubai. I believe that awards such as this demonstrate our serious commitment towards, and understanding of, the core values of B.I.E. and the main goals of all such events. I can promise all participating countries that the UAE is putting all its weight behind the 2020 bid and that, if successful, the event itself will remain true to these values whilst creating a display that will live long in people s memories and contribute towards positive change in different fields."
Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State and Managing Director of the Higher Committee for Hosting the World Expo 2020 reiterated the Foreign Minister's comments and congratulated the National Media Council on its management of the UAE Pavilion project in Korea. "We have learnt a great deal about the whole EXPO process through our involvement with this great event", she added. "I look forward to putting these lessons into practice as we progress towards the decision day at the B.I.E. General Assembly in November 2013. I remain convinced that, notwithstanding the worthy bids of our competitors, the UAE is the best and most logical location to host EXPO 2020. It is a big challenge but one that we are very confident that we can fulfil", she added.
The UAE Pavilion Commissioner, Ibrahim Al Abed, thanked the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Cabinet, under its Prime Minister His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Abu Dhabi Government, under its Crown Prince, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for their strong support for the UAE's participation at EXPO 2012. He also paid tribute to the National Media Council staff members who managed the pavilion.
The Silver Medal was received on behalf of the UAE Government by Pavilion Director and Deputy Commissioner, Abdulla Al Aidarous, who acknowledged the strong support given to the EXPO pavilion project by federal and national governments. He also paid tribute to the Emirati volunteers and artists who added such a strong national flavour to the pavilion, helping to portray the country in a very positive light. He also thanked the pavilion s staff members for their strong support. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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2012 Yeosu Expo adds credentials to UAE 's bid to host Dubai 2020 EXPO


posted on 12/08/2012

UAE s participation in 2012 Yeosu Expo, which ends on Sunday in southern harbour city of Yeosu in South Korea, has added to UAE s credential as a Middle East s hub to pave the smooth way for Dubai s bid to host 2020 World Expo.
UAE also earned international endorsement as the role model for emerging economies by showcasing UAE s phenomenal development achieved in less than half a century under the wise and visionary leadership of the country which differentiated from other regional countries.
Against the backdrop of the well-designed UAE Pavilion which took the centre stage during the three-month-long event, UAE has rebranded the national image as a country of environment conservation backed up by sustainable renewable energy development and environment protection drive characterised by carbon-free Masdar city in Abu Dhabi.
UAE has thus far been known here among many locals simply as a small rich Arab country blessed with huge crude oil reserves.
During the 2012 Expo which concludes on Aug. 12 after it was opened on May 12, UAE also boosted its national image by announcing its bid to host 2020 Dubai World Expo.
UAE also earned international endorsement as the role model for emerging economies and environment conservation efforts thanks to its main films including Turtle." The UAE Pavilion also served as a platform to share advanced knowledge of renewable energy as well as carbon free city of Masdar now under construction in Abu Dhabi.
Kang Hyun-Joo, Deputy Spokesperson of 2012 Yeosu Expo said in an interview with WAM that many Korean visitors to UAE Pavilion were moved and inspired by the main film Turtle" which showcased how the importance of pollution-free seas aligning with 2012 Expo theme: Living Ocean and Coastal Activities.
Seong Dae-seock, a well-known TV journalist who once worked for KBS TV network s prime time news anchor, said that 2012 Yeosu Expo has opened our eyes wide as to the growing role of women in UAE in all segments of the society reshaping our conventional knowledge of Arab women who have long been described as subject of discrimination against in social activities.
Seong, president of Association of Korean Journalists(AKJ), was referring to HE Reem al-Hashimy, UAE Minister of State and Managing Director of the Higher Committee for Hosting the 2020 World EXPO who was here in mid-June to attend the UAE Day event at 2012 Yeosu Expo and announced Dubai s bid to host 2020 Dubai Expo.
Her energetic yet free-wheeling activities exposed to Korean audience through KBS TV came rather as a shock for many Korean women who were misinformed about the social status of women in Arab world ..
Another important lesson learned from UAE Pavilion was importance of volunteerism exemplified by well-educated and trained Emirati woman volunteers on duty at UAE Pavilion.
Korean visitors praised the devoted services of Emiratis volunteers with personal care particularly for elderly and handicapped people visiting the ongoing 2012 Yeosu Expo.
Rotarians from the District 3650 Rotary International led by Kah Jae-mo delivered on Aug. 3 a letter of appreciation to Emirati volunteers at the UAE Pavilion at 2012 who showcase the role model of volunteers.
Kah noted that Rotary International stresses the benefits and importance of volunteerism, both within one's own community and internationally. An Emirati volunteer said that voluntary work in UAE has an important position at the institutional and individual level.
Dr. Charles Mercieca, president of IAEWP, UN-NGO (ECOSOC) lauded National Media Council (NMC) of UAE and staff for their capabilities reaching out to audiences at 2012 Yeosu Expo with such a wonderful film as Turtle for the 2012 Expo's main theme of "The Living Ocean and Coast" visualising the most desirable future for the ocean".
"We did not hesitate to select "Turtle" as the best film at 2012 Yeosu Expo, he said in his message sent to the UAE Pavilion recently.
In the meantime, Mr. Giuseppe Sala, CEO of Milan EXPO 2015 wished good luck to Dubai which is bidding to host 2020 Dubai World Expo.
Sala made the remarks when he met with WAM who arrived in Yeosu to attend the closing ceremony of 2012 Yeosu Expo.
He also said that Milan Expo 2015 has been working closely with the UAE regarding its participation at EXPO 2015 in Milan pointing out that the UAE s technical delegation is scheduled to be Milan next month in order to define areas of collaboration. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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UAE Pavilion promotes bid to host 2020 World Expo


posted on 11/08/2012

Yeosu: The UAE Pavilion at 2012 Yeosu Expo in South Korea has launched a promotion campaign for the UAE's bid to host the World Expo 2020 in Dubai.
The campaign is in line with directives from H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister and Chairman of the National Media Council to use international exhibitions to promote the UAE's bid to host the World Expo 2020 using such international events, according to Deputy Commissioner of UAE Pavilion at Expo 2012 Yeosu Abdullah Al idarous.
A specially-produced movie is being played on a giant ceiling screen, around the size of two football fields, at the venue in Yeosu.
He said the campaign was launched in the last week of the Yeosu Expo.
The UAE last November officially submitted its bid to host the 2020 World Expo in Dubai to the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE). It selected the theme "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future" for the 2020 event. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Egyptian ambassador praises UAE pavilion at Expo2012


posted on 25/07/2012

Yeosu: Egyptian ambassador to South Korea Mohammed Al-Zorkani praised the UAE pavilion in Yoesu Expo 2012 in Korea as one of the best pavilions in the global event.
The ambassador toured the pavilion and viewed documentaries on the UAE's initiatives to protect marine environment from pollution and plastic waste and expressed appreciation of efforts by the National Media Council (NMC) which organizes and oversees the pavilion. The efforts by the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development were also praised by the Egyptian diplomat. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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'Turtle' star promotes environment awareness at PHL pavilion


posted on 14/07/2012

Yeosu. S.Korea, July 13, 2012(WAM)-To a pleasant surprise to many who happened to visit the Philippine Pavilion at 2012 Yeosu Expo, they could meet in person with a young Emirati schoolboy and actor Ahmed Al Dahoouri,who become an idol for his role in the UAE Pavilion's featured film "Turtle." No sooner he entered into the Pavilion than two dozens of school children surrounded him and competed each other to get his autograph.
"I'm so happy to have a rare opportunity of meeting him here and talking to him,' said Kim Mi-na, a fifth grader boy at Songgok Primary School in Yeosu.
The main film at UAE Pavilion produced by the National Media Council (NMC) has been praised for its dramatic and entertaining presentation of a strong environmental story.
"The young Emirati boy has become quite a popular film star here," Kim said.
Meeting with school boys of his age at the pavilion, actor Ahmed Al Dahoouri said that he is very proud of being Emirati because his country's leaders are always ready to listen to children who come out with any idea of environment conservation.
He was referring to one Emirati boy who won Abu Dhabi Awards presented by General His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for his contributions to conserve environment. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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UN-NGO lauds UAE Pavilion main film Turtle


posted on 09/07/2012


Yeosu - Amidst widespread report that "Turtle," one of films being showcased at the UAE Pavilion at 2012 Yeosu Expo is gathering a legion of fans on YouTube, the IAEWP, UN-NGO (ECOSOC) has sent a letter lauding good set up of UAE Pavilion here.
"On behalf of the International Association of Educators for World Peace, I want to congratulate you for your good set up of the UAE Pavilion at 2012 Yeosu EXPO in Korea," Dr. Charles Mercieca, president of IAEWP said in his letter addressed to the National Media Council (NMC) of UAE and staff.
"We are quite confident in your capabilities to reach out to audiences at 2012 Yeosu Expo with such a wonderful film as Turtle for the 2012 Expo's main theme of "The Living Ocean and Coast" visualising the most desirable future for the ocean, " he said.
"We did not hesitate to select "Turtle" as the best film at 2012 Yeosu Expo. I take this opportunity to congratulate you for a good job done. Your dedicated team at UAE Pavilion in 2012 contributed toward environmental protection with metric results and performance," Dr. Mercieca said adding a plague of commendation to that effect will be made and presented to NMC staff at 2012 Yeosu Expo UAE Pavilion in due course.
IAEWP(http://iaewp.com) is a not-for-profit, non-political, and a non-governmental organisation geared towards the attainment of international understanding and world peace through education. IAEWP operates as an NGO under the mandate of the United Nations. It has more than 100 chapters established throughout the world with its headquarters in Alabama, U.S.
In 1973, the Association became a non-governmental organisation of both the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It also became a part of the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) for several years.
In 1990, we became officially linked with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Conference on Environmental Development (UNCED) both for many years.
The basic dimensions of its philosophy are a firm belief in peace and confident steps to achieve a new era of world peace. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Youtube Channel on UAE films reaches half a million viewers


posted on 27/06/2012

The Youtube Channel on UAE has over 90 films and half a million viewers spread throughout the world. It contains the best of the best films on the UAE including many that have showcased the country at recent World Expos in Spain, Shanghai and Korea.
The channel covers a wide range of themes from history to 21st century development and this week the youtube channel, filmsonuae, will receive its half million viewer.
Popular films on the channel include many of the marine related films, such as The Turtle, made for the current EXPO at Yeosu, Korea. The channel reflects the National Media Council's (NMC) keenness to make the films available throughout the world, on the youtube platform. The channel, which is run on behalf of the NMC by FQC Media, has been live for over a year and has attracted a growing number of followers.
One of the most popular films is a short presentation in the Aldar HQ building in Abu Dhabi. The films can be seen at www.youtube.com/user/filmsonuae. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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UAE Pavilion in Yeosu Expo plays marine film


posted on 26/06/2012

Yeosu, South Korea - The UAE pavilion in Yeosu Expo 2012 in Korea witnessed a positive response to efforts by the UAE to protect the marine environment.
The UAE's efforts were highlighted in a movie titled ‘Turtle', and a series of other films produced by the National Media Council that touch upon issues related to the environment.
Ali Khamis, an Emirati actor that featured in the 12-minute film ‘Turtle', told the Emirates News Agency (WAM) that the film is a message from the UAE to the world on its efforts to protect the marine environment and oceans, and its leading role in preserving environmental balance.
"The film was shot in 13 days in various locations in the UAE, like Fujairah, Dibba, Abu Dhabi and the Western Region. I hope the movie is shown in the UAE in various universities, schools and TV channels to spread the message of environmental awareness,” said Khamis.
Ahmad Al Dahoori, who plays the role of a boy called Ali, said that he would not use non-biodegradable plastic bags anymore due to the dangers it cause to the marine environment, an initiative which has also been adopted by the UAE government.
In the movie, Ali experiences deep sadness over the passing of a turtle, Lu'lua (Pearl in Arabic), who has been the subject of study and observation for 40 years and passes away due to swallowing a plastic bag thinking that it was a jellyfish. – Gulf News

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Visitors throng UAE Pavilion at Yeosu expo


posted on 24/06/2012

Yeosu, South Korea - The UAE Pavilion at Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea, is witnessing an increasing rate of Korean and foreign visitors as Korean schools and universities began their summer vacations. The pavilion is organised and managed by the National Media Council (NMC).
"Thousands of people are visiting the pavilion on daily basis to get glimpses of the progress and development the UAE has achieved in all fields," Abdullah Al Aidarous, Deputy Commissioner General of UAE Pavilion told WAM.
Al Aidarous said thanks to the unlimited support of the UAE's leadership, and the close follow up of Foreign Minister '&' NMC Chairman H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Pavilion at the Expo 2012 in Yeosu, featured among the best five pavilions and that it is expected to win more awards up to the end of Expo 2012 in August.
He also underlined the great boost the pavilion received when the Minister of State '&' Managing Director of the Higher Committee for Hosting the World Expo 2020 Reem Al Hashimy joined celebrations of the "UAE Day" at EXPO 2012 Yeosu and helped in promoting UAE among Korean and foreign audiences. Visitors to the pavilion also applauded the traditional dancing shows performed by Emirati troupes at the pavilion and the documentaries shown there. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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UAE Ambassador hails country's pavilion participation at Expo 2012 Yeosu


posted on 19/06/2012

Yeosu - UAE Ambassador to South Korea Abdullah Khalfan Matar Al Romaithi has underscored the importance of UAE's pavilion participation at Expo 2012 Yeosu in promoting tourism and country's bid to host "Expo 2020 Dubai ".
In an interview with the Emirates News Agency (WAM), Al Romaithi said that the notable participation of the state's Pavilion at Expo Yeosu is part of the strategic partnership linking UAE and the Republic of South Korea.
He confirmed that relations between the two countries witnessed significant growth in all areas achieving full strategic partnership thanks to the keenness of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.
He said that promoting Expo 2020 Dubai at the Expo 2012 Yeosu comes in implementation of the directives of the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Al Romaithi pointed out that the relations between the UAE and Korea are experiencing continuous growth thanks to the follow-up of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
He also highlighted the important role played by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister through his frequent working visits to Korea. Sheikh Abdullah is also the chairman of National Media Council, who has supervised and organised UAE pavilion at Expo Yeosu. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Our participation at Yeosu Expo 2012 promotes chances to host World Expo 2020 in Dubai, says Reem Al Hashimy


posted on 18/06/2012

Yeosu, South Korea - Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State '&' Managing Director of the Higher Committee for Hosting the World Expo 2020 has said that the UAE's participation at Yeosu Expo 2012 in South Korea, is one of the UAE's biggest international participations in such events.
She told Emirates News Agency (WAM) in an exclusive interview at the UAE's pavilion that the UAE delegation, which includes over 100 persons in addition to the work team of National Media Council (NMC), had so far managed to promote the state's bid to host World Expo 2020 in Dubai.
On preparations to rally the support for voting in favour of the UAE to host Expo 2020 in Dubai City, the UAE minister said, "I'm very optimistic and expect voting in favour of the UAE", indicating that Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has "planted in us hope to host World Expo 2020 based on our huge potentials and capacity enjoyed by the UAE to qualify it to host the biggest world event in Dubai." She added that the international voting boosts the international status of the UAE, and this matches the UAE Vision 2012, pointing out that hosting of World Expo 2020 in Dubai for six months, will woo over 25 million tourists and prompt development of the areas adjacent to Al Maktoum International Airport. Al Hashimy noted that this area, which covers land area of 400 hectares, is slated to host World Expo. Meanwhile, the cost of Expo venue is expected to be between US$2 billion - US$4 billion.
Al Hashimy said the project will avail host of business opportunities such as setting up of small and medium enterprises to serve the Expo. More metro lines, ports, infrastructure services, tourism and entertainment facilities will crop up.
She said the theme of Expo Dubai 2020 "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future", is the motto of the world event. "We believe the way to reach a bright future depends on our ability to interact positively and establish constructive partnerships".
About the economic development, Al Hashimy said the UAE has extensive international ties that enables it to access unprecedented opportunities to strike strong partnerships between the private and public sectors. "Expo events are the exemplary launch-pads for the cultural communications among the generations and concepts".
On the capacity of Dubai to meet demands of participants regarding transport and logistics services, she said the UAE is a pioneer and strategic centre for the catering, international logistics centre, citing Jebel Ali as one of the man made biggest ports in the world.
Al Hashimy added that about 200 people from 160 member states of World Expo will visit the UAE next year to see the facilities and services available in the UAE in general and Emirate of Dubai in particular before the final vote in favour of Dubai.
About the results of her visit to Paris with the delegation of the Higher Committee for Expo Dubai 2020, the UAE minister said that "the results were positive, encouraging and making us all to be optimistic to host the event". Al Hashimy said she had reviewed before the General Assembly of the International Bureau of International Exhibitions-headquartered in Paris, the reasons that make Dubai the ideal city to host Expo 2020. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Reem Al Hashimy attends celebrations of UAE's pavilion


posted on 16/06/2012

Yeosu - Reem Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State and Member of the Higher Committee for hosting the World Expo 2020, attended yesterday the celebrations of UAE's pavilion participating in "Expo 2012 Yeosu" on the National Day of the country.
The celebrations were attended by Abdullah Khalfan Mattar Al Rumaithi, UAE Ambassador to the Republic of South Korea, Abdullah Al Aidarous, Deputy Commissioner General of UAE Pavilion, Lee Joon-hee Commissioner General of Expo 2012 Yeosu in addition to media delegation and a number of Korean officials.
The celebrations began with UAE's flag hoisting ceremony in Expo's biggest Hall of "Expo Hall".
On the occasion Reem Al Hashimy, made the following speech.
"Your Excellencies, Honoured Guests, What a thrill it is for me to stand here today, celebrating the UAE's participation at EXPO 2012! There is so much to see and do at this incredible event that I will find it difficult to tear myself away. I wholeheartedly congratulate the organisers on their vision, expertise and tremendous effort to create an EXPO that makes a real difference, not just for the people of Yeosu, or the population of Korea, but for the whole world! We really needed something like this to make us all sit up and take more notice of what is happening on our coastlines, seas and oceans! The participants at this EXPO all have a story to tell and we are all affected by what happens in our marine sectors.
I was recently moved by the story of Misaki Murakami a 16 year-old schoolboy whose prized football was lost when his home was washed out to sea on March 11, 2011, following the earthquake that shook Japan. Misaki was lucky to escape to a nearby evacuation centre before the tsunami hit his hometown. But his ball was sucked out to sea and made a voyage of thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean, washing up a year later on Alaska's Middleton Island where it was discovered by David Baxter, a technician at a local radar station. David and Misaki have now made contact with each other.
It was a stark reminder of how the sea connects us all? I welcome you to hear our own story of how the seas around the United Arab Emirates have been, and still are, pivotal to our existence. We would like to share some of our achievements within the marine sector across a wide range of fields.
So it is with a sense of great honour and excitement that I convey the greetings of our President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and our Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, together with all members of our government and people. We welcome you to our pavilion and look forward to reinforcing our connections across the seas and oceans of the world! Thank you"
For his part, Lee Joon-hee Commissioner General of Expo 2012 Yeosu stressed the importance of UAE's participation in the exhibition and its interaction with international efforts to protect World's seas and oceans.
He also hailed the efforts of UAE's wise leadership in the protection of the natural environment and the search for new sources of renewable energy.
He stressed that the UAE topped the world's countries which are concerned with the protection of the marine and lands environment, and develop sustainable solutions for the protection of seas and oceans in cooperation with the countries and peoples of the world.
Meanwhile, in an interview with the Emirates News Agency, Reem Al Hashimy expressed her pleasure with UAE's participation in Yeosu Expo as an opportunity to express the distinguished relations between the UAE and South Korea in many fields.
She pointed out that the country's participation in the exhibition provides an opportunity to present our experience and learn about the experiences of others in the field of seas and oceans protection.
Al Hashimy expressed her happiness as thousands of people have visited the state's pavilion.
She also commended the role of the National Media Council in organizing and supervising the state's pavilion and thanked the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development" for assisting in the organization of the pavilion through sending "Takatuf Team".– Emirates News Agency, WAM

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UAE promises 'a very special EXPO 2020' in Dubai


posted on 16/06/2012

Yeosu, South Korea, 15 June 2012 (WAM) - The United Arab Emirates is geared up to host a very special World EXPO 2020 in Dubai, says Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State '&' Managing Director of the Higher Committee for Hosting the World Expo 2020.
Speaking last night at a reception hosted here by the National Media Council to celebrate "UAE Day" at EXPO 2012 Yeosu, Al Hashimy said: "we are very confident of our ability to host this major event. I just hope that we have the opportunity to do so and that we can welcome you to a very special EXPO in Dubai in 2020." Present were Abdullah Khalfan Matar Al Rumaithi, UAE Ambassador to South Korea, Abdullah Al Aidarous, Deputy Commissioner of UAE Pavilion at EXPO 2012 Yeosu, Lee Joon-hee Commissioner General of Expo 2012 Yeosu, officials, diplomats and members of Korean and international media.
Al Hashimy praised the unlimited support given by the UAE government to enable strong participation at EXPO 2012 Yeosu.
"I am delighted to welcome you to join with us in celebrating "UAE Day" at this great EXPO in the beautiful city of Yeosu. In doing so I am also pleased to recognize the strong support that our government has given to enable our participation in this EXPO, together with a series of previous EXPOs over more than forty years, since before the State was even established. It is true to say that the UAE shares the values of trust, solidarity and progress that are embodied in the statutes of B.I.E. We are honoured to belong to the family of nations that have joined with us at this EXPO." She added that UAE's participation in this event represented both a challenge and an opportunity.
"The challenge is to develop the guiding theme, 'Living Ocean and Coast' and to create a 'window' through which visitors can see our passion and interest in the seas and oceans that cover four-fifths of our planet," she explained.
"I wish to congratulate the organizers on selecting a theme that has such global resonance. Whilst we focus within our pavilion on our own section of the marine world - our coastline, shallow seas and bordering ocean, in all their aspects - we also recognise the connectivity that the sea creates between different continents, countries and cities. It is a very big picture and a huge challenge to do it justice." "The opportunity to which I refer stems from what we can achieve by embracing Bye's own vision for the contribution that Expos should make on the world stage. The organization seeks to maintain the integrity and quality of Expos so that they educate the public and promote innovation in the service of human progress. The vision is that Expos must be able to not only provide a benchmark for the human progress made in a given domain but also propose a roadmap for the way forward." The wonderful aspect of this opportunity is that it is shared among all of the participating countries, providing genuine opportunities for exchange of experiences, views and knowledge in the pursuit of a grand project that is based on improved education and excellent communications. By working together in the fields covered by the Expo Theme, we not only take the opportunity to review what we have achieved, but also to consider where we are heading. And whilst doing this we reach out to all the other nations of the world, deepening our understanding of key issues, developing closer friendships, she continued.
"And these are not just empty words. We truly believe in the power of Expos to create a better world. The UAE has a deep insight into the benefits of shared experiences, knowledge and skills. We have over two hundred nationalities living with us and we have no doubt that this has been one of the driving forces for our progress. Multicultural exchange has been a founding principle of the emirates since long before the country was formed in 1971. And just as we celebrate the mix of cultural diversity and innovation that has been our strength, so we understand how Expos can play a similar role, enabling different nations to contribute their respective knowledge in the battle to face the major challenges for humanity." Al Hashimy said the United Arab Emirates endorses and embraces Bureau International des Expositions - BIE's own vision for Expos that "foster education through experience, development through innovation and experimentation through cooperation".
"We are keen to make our own contribution to the analysis of key theme issues such as fisheries management, the blue economy, species conservation, environmental protection and reduction of marine pollution. These are all real issues that we cannot solve by ourselves, even within our own borders, but we can make a difference. I am pleased to say that the UAE Pavilion graphically portrays some of the important steps we have made in these various fields. We continue to learn from others and hope that we can also continue to play a significant role in creating a better world.
We are confident that this Expo will make a major contribution to the achievement of its stated goals. I take the opportunity once again of congratulating all of you have participated in the event." "Finally, it would be remiss of me not to mention that Dubai, one of the UAE's major cities, is a candidate city to host EXPO 2020 and we are presently deeply involved in the planning for that prospect. With over sixty million visitors travelling through our six international airports each year, and with transport, social and economic infrastructures that are second to none, we are very confident of our ability to host this major event. I just hope that we have the opportunity to do so and that we can welcome you to a very special EXPO in Dubai in 2020." Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the (BIE) Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales said Dubai has all what it takes to successfully host EXPO 2020, including the modern and world-class infrastructure, as well as the unique and strategic location.
"We look forward to learning more about the UAE project, its vision and its bid campaign for hosting World Expo 2020 in Dubai. It is up to the 160 member states to select the host city for EXPO 2020. There are two success factors here; the technical standards and the ability to convince the 160 voting state that the bid is worth voting for," he added. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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EXPO 2012 Film ''The Turtle' released on YouTube


posted on 05/06/2012

Following a strong response to the UAE Pavilion's main film at EXPO 2012 the National Media Council has also released ‘The Turtle' on the dedicated UAE YouTube Channel: 'filmsonuae'.
Already watched by over 150,000 visitors, the film has been praised for its dramatic and entertaining presentation of a strong environmental story.
'The Turtle', described by viewers as reminding them of ‘Mission Impossible', stars a young Emirati schoolboy/actor, Ahmed Al Dahoouri who plays the part of ‘Ali'. Devastated by the death of ‘Pearl', a turtle that had been under study for over 40 years, Ali is determined to stop the unnecessary carnage to marine life caused by plastic bags. Pearl had ingested a bag thinking it was a jellyfish. The blockage in its digestive tract caused Pearl to become positively buoyant and unable to feed on the seabed. It starved to death.
Ali's solution, a ban on non-biodegradable plastics in the UAE - an initiative taken up in real life by the UAE Government - helped to create seas free from plastic pollution.
The film's release on YouTube has been met with strong responses with around 2000 online viewers in the first few days.
"This is a film that we want the whole world to watch. It shows that individual action really can make a difference", said the pavilion's Director, Abdullah Al Aidarous.
In addition to The Turtle, the YouTube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/filmsonuae) also contains other films on display at its EXPO 2012 Pavilion in Korea. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Emiratis volunteers at UAE Pavilion at 2012 Yeosu Expo lauded for their devoted service


posted on 04/06/2012

Yeosu, South Korea - The major distinguished aspect of UAE National Pavilion at 2012 Yeosu Expo now under way in this southern city of South Korea appears to be the devoted services of Emiratis volunteers with personal care particularly for elderly and handicapped people.
A dozen of UAE volunteers are at work at the UAE Pavilion which is being visited by more than 8,000 people a day on the average.
In the early morning hours of Saturday on June 2, hundreds of visitors were seen standing by in a long queue to wait their turn to enter UAE National Pavilion emerging one of the ten major popular spots there.
An Emiratis volunteer approached an elderly handicapped lady and escorted her to the inside of the pavilion from the beginning to the last of her visit.
At one point, she helped the elderly lady picking up an earphone so that the lady listen to explanation about a video of green turtle, named Pearl. When Pearl dies through plastic ingestion, an Emiratis boy named Ali in the movie is stimulated to "do something". "He dreams of a sea without plastic pollution and sets about making that happen.
"I was fascinated not only by the movie itself but also by her personal care," the elderly Korean lady thanked her giving her "double pleasures." The Korean elderly lady then took digital photo at the photo taking booth installed at the UAE Pavilion to send the photo to her email address with the help of the volunteer.
The efforts of Emiratis volunteers at the UAE National Pavilion are mainly focused on helping the elderly, orphans, kids and handicapped people. Offering emergency response and the first aid is another avenue of volunteers at work at the 2012 Yeosu Expo, according to Abdullah Al Aidarous, Deputy Commissioner General of UAE Pavilion.
"We are very proud of Emiratis volunteers whose meaningful volunteerism here will strengthen social responsibility and national spirit among the volunteers," he added expressing hope that their small helping hands dedicated to assisting kids, elderly and disabled adults would present a brilliant image of his country to Koreans setting a perfect example in UAE voluntary work," he added. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Emirati volunteers give personal care for elderly and handicapped visitors to UAE Pavilion at 2012 Yeosu Expo


posted on 04/06/2012

Yeosu, South Korea - The major distinguished aspect of UAE National Pavilion at 2012 Yeosu Expo now under way in this southern city of South Korea appears to be the devoted services of Emirati volunteers with personal care particularly for elderly and handicapped people.
A dozen of UAE volunteers are at work at the UAE Pavilion which is being visited by more than 8,000 people a day on the average.
With the number of total visitors to 2012 Yeosu Expo site topping one million on June 2 after its official opening on May 12, visitors to UAE Pavilion is increasing to the tune of 8,000 on a daily average.
In the early morning hours of Saturday on June 2, hundreds of visitors were seen standing by in a long queue to wait their turn to enter UAE National Pavilion emerging one of the ten major popular spots t here.
An Emirati female volunteer approached an elderly handicapped lady and escorted her to the inside of the pavilion from the beginning to the last of her visit.
At one point, she helped the elderly lady picking up an earphone so that the lady listen to explanation about a video of green turtle, named Pearl. When Pearl dies through plastic ingestion, a Emiratis boy named Ali in the movie is stimulated to "do something". "He dreams of a sea without plastic pollution and sets about making that happen.
"I was fascinated not only by the movie itself but also by her personal care," the elderly Korean lady thanked her giving her "double pleasures." The Korean elderly lady then took digital photo at the photo taking booth installed at the UAE Pavilion to send the photo to her email address with the help of the volunteer.
The efforts of Emirati volunteers at the UAE National Pavilion are mainly focused on helping the elderly, orphans, kids and handicapped people. Offering emergency response and the first aid is another avenue of volunteers at work at the 2012 Yeosu Expo, according to Abdulla Al Aidarous, deputy commissioner, general director of UAE Pavilion Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea.
"We are very proud of Emirati volunteers whose meaningful volunteerism here will strengthen social responsibility and national spirit among the volunteers," he added expressing hope that their small helping hands dedicated to assisting kids, elderly and disabled adults would present a brilliant image of his country to Koreans setting a perfect example in UAE voluntary work," he added. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Yeosu Expo visitor turnout hit record high daily figure of 62,319 on Saturday


posted on 27/05/2012

Yeosu, South Korea - The 2012 Yeosu Expo, which official opened on May 12, reported 62,319 visitors as of 4 p.m. (11.00 a.m.UAE time) entering the fairground for the first time on weekend, organisers said Saturday. Organisers said the number of visitors reached 54,474 on Friday, with the total number of people who visited the exposition hitting 565,718 since on May 12.
Organisers said that the number of visitors started picking up thanks to promos to attract more school students in particular while introducing a system to attract visitors during the late evening time.
– Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Korean media give extensive coverage to UAE's participation in "Expo 2012 Yeosu"


posted on 17/05/2012

The Korean media is giving extensive coverage to UAE's pavilion participating in "Expo 2012 Yeosu" which is organised and supervised by the National Media Council, (NMC).
Newspapers are publishing special reports highlighting various aspects of UAE pavilion which is delivering the true theme of the Expo, "Living Ocean and Coast." "The Seoul Times" published a report entitled "BIE Head Praises UAE Pavilion at Expo" on the opening ceremony of the pavilion and the visit of Vicente Gonzales Loscertales, Secretary-General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) and Dr. Rolf Payet, Minister of Environment and Energy of the Republic of Seychelles.
The newspaper quoted BIE Secretary General hailing the UAE Pavilion in delivering the Expo's main theme "Living Ocean and Coast" through the displays and interactive screens available in its five areas.
He also expressed his admiration of the major film, "The Turtle", saying: "I was impressed by and greatly enjoyed this informative and entertaining film, which calls for saving marine turtles and highlights the UAE's ban on non-biodegradable plastic." It also referred to Dr. Rolf Payet's visit where he said the story of saving the "Pearl", the turtle in the main film, conveys an effective and powerful message to stop using any material that is harmful for the marine environment and sea life.
The paper also noted that this year's Yeosu Expo 2012 is particularly meaningful to UAE, as the Middle Eastern country is bordering Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. UAE is the bidder for "Expo 2020." Another Korean newspaper "Korea Travel Times" also hailed UAE's participation in the Expo highlighting the glittering opening of its Pavilion at EXPO 2012 Yeosu, which will run from May 12 to August 12, 2012 under the theme 'The Living Ocean and Coast'.
The paper noted that UAE has combined eye-catching entertainment with informative videos that reveal the depths of the connections of the Emirati people with the world's seas and oceans. It added that participating in Expo 2012 Yeosu will add to the presence of the UAE Pavilion at previous World Expositions in Hanover, Lisbon, Seville, Syracuse and Shanghai.
It also mentioned that UAE Ambassador to South Korea Abdullah Khalfan Al Rumaithi opened the Pavilion in the presence of a number of National Media Council officials, organisers of the Pavilion, representatives of the Paris-based Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), top Korean officials and Korean and foreign media persons. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Chinese Pavilion Commissioner-General hails UAE's participation in 2012 Yeosu Expo


posted on 15/05/2012

Yeosu - Zhao Zhen'ge, Commissioner-General of China's Pavilion at the 2012 Yeosu Expo has hailed UAE's participation in the Expo that reflects country's keenness in preserving environment and marine life.
After making a tour of the UAE's pavilion, Zhen'ge expressed his admiration for the effective arrangement and interesting scientific material displayed at the pavilion in addition to spelling out awareness message to maintain the cleanliness of the sea and beaches to help rescue marine organisms. The Chinese delegation was welcomed by Abdullah Al Aidarous, Deputy Commissioner General of UAE Pavilion and Eng. Waleed Al Zaabi, Director of Heritage and Arts Department at the Ministry of Culture, Youth '&' Community Development. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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UAE launches Expo 2012 Website


posted on 14/05/2012

The UAE National Media Council launched yesterday a new website devoted to the country's participation at EXPO 2012 Yeosu, Korea and also highlighting the nation's bid to host EXPO 2020 in Dubai.
The website (http://www.expo2012uae.com) focuses on the core content of the UAE Pavilion and on the theme of EXPO 2012: Living Ocean and Coast.
The National Media Council has directed the development of the 2012 EXPO project that includes an imaginative and creative exhibition including a major new film featuring the Emirates' coast and marine life. A trailer for this film, The Turtle, together with other films showing in the pavilion can be watched on the website which also includes more general information on the UAE.
A novel and effective addition to the UAE Pavilion is extensive use of QR codes that link visitors' smart phones to the new website so that they can store information or video presentations for later study. This enables the website to act as a real-time extension of the physical exhibition, providing a much greater scope of information than would be possible in the pavilion itself. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Yeosu Expo 2012 registers 35,660 visitors on official opening day


posted on 14/05/2012

Yeosu, South Korea - A total of 35,660 people visited on the first day of 2012 Yeosu Expo which officially opened on May 12, organisers of the event said on Sunday.
The number of visitors to the Yeosu Expo 2012 is expected to pick up steam as more national pavilions of 104 participating countries are stepping up promos with a wide variety of programs. UAE National Pavilion remains on top five national pavilions along with Korea Pavilion, according to initial local news media reports. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Blue space meets cyberspace at UAE pavilion, expo 2012


posted on 14/05/2012

Children gathered around 'Ocean of Dreams', jostling each other to set their own 'fish with a wish' free to swim in a large virtual aquarium. "That's mine!", shouted the triumphant young student as a bright purple-spotted cross between a clownfish and damsel fish descended from the top of the 'tank' to take its position among its schooling counterparts, each carrying a name tag and towing a wish banner. "I released mine into cyberspace!" countered her friend who had just selected the 'send to your email' option.
Across the floor another group of youngsters were giggling about sending their pictures to a massive 'photowall'. One of them was carefully adjusting an AR (augmented reality) card with a picture of a dugong. As soon as the camera recognised the card an animated dugong appeared alongside her own image. She was attempting to position both herself and dugong into a friendly 'pose'. As the camera clicked and the scene became frozen in time all her friends burst into peels of laughter.
"Entertainment is an essential means to engage people with our message", stated the UAE National Media Council's Pavilion Director, Mr Abdulla Al Aidarous. "We want our visitors to have fun but we also want them to know that we are serious about supporting the EXPO's call for maintaining the health of our oceans and coastline".
Alongside the 'Photopods' a collection of 'Infopods' allowed visitors with a deeper interest to explore a range of marine-related subjects, including sharks, turtles, dugongs, mangroves, corals, and fisheries. Smart touch-screens and unidirectional speakers delivered high definition films on these and other topics of special relevance to the UAE. Half hidden behind a curved 'cloud wall' another group of visitors were watching a film titled 'Reflections' that shows how five Emiratis' lives are intertwined with the sea.
Back at the fish 'tank' the unexpected appearance of a fish towing a large banner stating 'Show Starts in 3 Minutes' was the first clue that there was more to this pavilion! The gradual set of a large sun, to reveal an open doorway provided the next clue. Everyone quickly made their way through an 'undersea passageway', accompanied by shoals of fish and the odd whale, into the 'ocean theatre'. As they took their seats the shoals of marine- life reminded them that this was no ordinary cinema. As one of the visitors commented, "it is where blue space meets cyberspace!"

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