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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 -
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395270682056.html

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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 -
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395270680192.html

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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 -
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395270666475.html

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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 –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395270596607.html

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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 –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395270612699.html

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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 –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395269896655.html

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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 –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395269345542.html

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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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Successful participation of UAE at Hannover Messe 2014 culminated in signing of four agreements


posted on 13/04/2014

Hanover: The UAE participation in Hannover Messe 2014 industrial fair was very successful; with the largest pavilion in the seventh year of consecutive participation. The pavilion which hosted 35 government and private sector entities, including 19 industrial plants from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, witnessed a large turnout of visitors who thronged its various parts.
More than 3000 visitors stopped at the UAE pavilion during the five-day event of Hannover Messe, which concluded yesterday, with more than 1,100 receptions and meetings with representatives of foreign companies, delegations of participating countries, industrialists and businessmen from around the world.
About 90% of participants under the umbrella of the UAE pavilion, reported that their participation was successful and was very positive this year, and that they had the opportunity to meet major European industrial companies, to explore possibilities to expand industrial activities, and avail of the best technical solutions and high-tech in the industrial sector within their specialties.
As result of these meetings, three major European firms expressed their interest to open branches in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah free zone. Another German company discussed establishing joint venture with "Abu Dhabi Envirotech" to manufacture products in Abu Dhabi with an investment of 20 million euros.
The representatives of 19 participating factories from Abu Dhabi, reported in a survey conducted during the fair that they held meetings with European and foreign companies, investors and industrialists to discuss the possibilities of helping investors to enter the UAE market, which became known for its high quality infrastructure, services, legislative environment and openness to foreign investors; in addition to discussing exchange of information, transfer of technology and cooperation in research and development.
The UAE pavilion in Hannover Meese was privileged with the active presence of several officials, led by Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi, UAE Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, Hamad Abdullah Al Mass, the Executive Director of International Economic Relations at Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, Engineer Ayman Al Makawi, Director General of the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), Fahad Saeed Al Raqbani, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development, Mohammad Hassan Al Qamzi, CEO of the Higher Corporation for Specialised Economic Zones (ZonesCorp), Khaled Salmeen Al Kuwari, CEO and Managing Director of Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), and a number of senior officials from participating Government agencies.
The Hannover Messe delegation led by the Ministry of Economy and Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, included the Higher Corporation for Specialised Economic Zones, which hosted 19 participating factories, Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), Etihad Rail, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), General Holding Corporation(SENAAT), Abu Dhabi Council for Quality and Conformity, the Department of Economic Development of Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah Free Zone, Abu Dhabi Chamber, Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sharjah Economic Development Department, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority and the Emirates Aluminium Company.
Hamad Abdullah Al Mass, Executive Director of International Economic Relations at Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, which oversaw the organising of the participation in the exhibition, in collaboration with the Ministry of Economy, said that the Hannover Messe this year, under the motto "Integrated Industry-NEXT STEPPS", succeeded in placing the UAE industries at the heart of the global industry with its development and high-tech level.
Al Mass stressed that the interest and concern of the Department of Economic Development to organise this event annually in Hannover, stemmed from the keenness of Abu Dhabi Government, to activate and strengthen the leading role of the Department of Economic Development for achieving sustainable economic development as defined by Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, which aims at turning the industrial sector into one of the most important strategic sectors, that will significantly raise the contribution of non-oil sectors to GDP.
Al Mass extended his thanks and appreciation to the Ministry of Economy, Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development, the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), the Higher Corporation for Specialised Economic Zones, Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad), all government and semi-government organisations in UAE and Abu Dhabi factories for their keenness to represent the UAE in this annual world industrial forum, which added a new success to the record of the United Arab Emirates at the international level.
Al Mass explained that the Department of Economic Development will continue to oversee the organisation of this event annually, in coordination with the Ministry of Economy; in the hope that the UAE's participation next year will mark new and distinct successes, in view of the achievements of the industrial sector and its development projects, supported and sponsored the prudent UAE leadership and its Government.
Under the auspices of Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, the Hannover UAE pavilion this year, hosted the signing of four agreements by the Higher Corporation for Specialised Economic Zones (ZonesCorp) with a number of companies. Agreements were signed by ZonesCorp CEO Mohammad Hassan Al Qamzi, with a number of the Executive Directors of the companies.
ZonesCorp signed the first agreement with Ansaldo Thomassen Gulf LLC within the "Vin Mechanics" group, which is the largest industrial conglomerate in Italy, specialising in aerospace, defence systems, electronics, transport and construction; with revenues of 16 billion euros and more than 65, 000 employees in 100 countries around the world.
Under this agreement a centre for excellence will be established in Abu Dhabi, for repairing gas turbine rotating blades and other components of gas turbines for the entire region.
The Higher Corporation for Specialised Economic Zones (ZonesCorp), signed another agreement with Ittihad International Investment LLC., which is a private holding and a multi-disciplinary conglomerate, specialised in the manufacture of copper and steel, building materials and chemicals. The company which was established 8 years ago, achieved 1.3 billion euros revenues; and it supports more than 10,000 employees.
The Group owns seven industrial units in the industrial cities of the Higher Corporation for Specialised Economic Zones, and stretches over a total area of 2.2 million square feet, which will further expand through the establishment of a factory for writing paper, aimed at serving consumers in the Middle East, with an investment of 200 million euros, an annual production capacity of 600,000 tons and more than 200 jobs.
The UAE pavilion also witnessed the signing of an agreement between the Higher Corporation for Specialised Economic Zones and United Iron and Steel Company, to establish a factory worth 100 million euros in Kizad for producing 300,000 tons of iron and steel, with jobs for more than 250 workers.
The pavilion also hosted the signing of an agreement between ZonesCorp and (Jindal SAW), which commands a position in iron and tubular manufacturing, with the aim of establishing a factory in the industrial zone in Abu Dhabi, worth about Dh 1.8 billion to produce 200 tons, with nearly 500 workers.
Hannover Messe events involved the organising of the Emirates third Investment Forum by Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, in cooperation with the Arab German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which witnessed the presence of more than 200 investors and businessmen from German and European industries.
The investment forum witnessed the participation of Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi, UAE Ambassador to Germany, Mr. Bernd Strauss, the Mayor of Hanover, Dr. Rudolf Gridl, Head of the Unit of North Africa and the Middle East in the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy, Dr. Peter Gopfrich, CEO of the German Emirati Joint Council for Industry and Commerce and Mr. Olaf Hoffman, Vice President of the Arab German Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
A number of field visits were organised by Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, under the umbrella of the UAE pavilion for Abu Dhabi factories, which toured a number of pavilions and visited participating international industrial companies that provide leading technologies and technological solutions for the industrial sector in Hannover Messe 2014.
The factories tour included a visit to the Dutch pavilion, which is a strategic partner in organising the Hannover Messe Fair; in addition to two companies: Festo Corporate and Rittal GmbH '&' Co and a number of companies offering technological solutions and technology for energy production.
For their part, participating factories under the Higher Corporation for Specialised Economic Zones (ZonesCorp), praised the role of Abu Dhabi role of the Department of Economic Development in the successful and distinguished organising of the participation in Hannover Messe, which contributed to providing a conducive atmosphere for achieving their goals of taking part in Hannover Fair, under the platform of ZonesCorp.
The representatives of the Abu Dhabi 19 participating factories agreed that the Hannover exhibition session this year, was characterised by the distinguished government support, through the Ministry of Economy the Department of Economic Development, which has had a significant impact in motivating them to achieve good results from such participation; either through availing of most recent technological advancement and techniques provided by various countries and companies participating in the exhibition, or through the conclusion of several agreements with major international companies related to their specialties.
The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, on the occasion of their participation in Hannover Messe 2014, announced the results of Abu Dhabi Industrial Performance Index 2013, which scored 31 points, reflecting the level of optimism of the industrial establishments about future and present conditions. Industrial establishments showed a very high level of optimism about the present situation by registering 18.13 points in 2013 compared to 2.77 points in 2012, reflecting the improvement underwent by industrial facilities in general in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The sub-index for future conditions in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, revealed the optimism of industrial establishments about future conditions, as it registered 44 points in 2013, compared to 24 points in 2012.
At the level of geographical regions (Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region), the index showed that the high optimism of the industrial establishments in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, while revealing some pessimism which dominated economic facilities in the Western Region, as a result of the rising prices of production, the slow economic growth compared to the previous year, coupled with low wages, and declining sales in the international market.
The UAE officials at the State's pavilion in the Hannover Messe received a number of official delegations of participating countries in the exhibition, which expressed their interest in strengthening strategic industrial partnerships at the governmental level with UAE.
Hamad Abdullah Al Mass, Executive Director of International Economic Relations at the Department of Economic Development, received the delegation of Moscow District in the Russian Federation, led by Dr. Vladimir Markin, Deputy Minister of Investment and Innovation, who hailed UAE's participation in Hannover this year which reflected the interest and keenness of the Russian government, the delegations and participating private sector companies.
Dr. Vladimir Markin expressed the interest of Moscow District to strengthen its relations with the UAE industrial sector, calling on officials in Abu Dhabi to visit the District and tap the investment opportunities it offers, especially in the building and construction sector, infrastructure and waste recycling which constitutes 20% of recycled waste with a total value of US$10 million.
The meeting with the Russian delegation discussed the possibility of joint cooperation between the two sides in modern energy systems, such as renewable, solar, hydro and other energy technologies. Hamad Al Mass welcomed the invitation and cooperation, in view of the efforts of Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the UAE in general, to develop this sector and the implementation of many projects.
In the same context, Al Mass met with Dieter Hawler, Director-General of the Economic Affairs and Sustainable Development in the Federal Office of Foreign Affairs in Germany, where to views was exchanged on ways to strengthen economic relations between the two sides especially in industrial fields.
The German official praised the UAE's participation at the Hannover Fair this year, which reflected the depth of economic relations between the two friendly countries, and its development during the past years, stressing the desire of his country to provide and transfer its expertise and capabilities in the manufacturing sector to the UAE, which is one of the most important strategic partners of Germany in the Middle East.
Al Mass also met with a delegation representing the industrial zones in Saudi Arabia, and exchanged views, experiences and information on industrial zones and their role in economic growth and in increasing the contribution of the industrial sector to GDP. The meeting also discussed the role of free zones in attracting foreign investments. The Saudi delegation valued the experience of UAE in this area, and expressed interest in strengthening communication channels between the two countries in this respect.
UAE officials also met with the organisers of the exhibition to discuss the UAE's participation in the next year, and means to strengthen the presence of UAE in this global event, stressing the desire of the Government of UAE to internationally promote the position of the United Arab Emirates and its industrial sector, through the establishment of strategic partnerships with the German side in this field.
Hannover Messe officials highly valued the UAE's participation in Hannover Messe 2014 and previous years, underlining their interest that the UAE will remain as a strategic partner in the Fair, by expanding participation and benefitting from the promising investment opportunities offered by the exhibition, which will benefit the industrial sector in the UAE. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Hannover Messe 2014 kicks off


posted on 08/04/2014

Hannover: Hannover Messe 2014, world's largest industrial and technological fair, commenced yesterday in Hannover, Germany with UAE's largest high-profile delegation taking part for the seventh year in a row. The delegation includes 35 entities, of which 16 are government institutions and 19 industrial establishments from the private sector.
The UAE pavilion is the largest since the state started to participate at Hannover Messe six years ago.
The exhibition was opened by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the presence of Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi, UAE Ambassador to Germany, Hamad Abdullah Al Mass, Executive Director of International Economic Relations Sector at Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, Fahad Saeed Al Raqbani Director General of the Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development, Mohammed Hasan Al Qamzi CEO of the Higher Corporation for Specialised Economic Zones, Khaled Salmeen Al Kuwari CEO and Managing Director of Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) and a number of senior government officials from participating entities.
The UAE delegation to Hannover Messe, led by the Ministry of Economy and the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, also includes the Higher Corporation for Specialised Economic Zones, which hosts 19 participant factories, in addition to Khalifa Industrial Zone Kizad, Etihad Rail, Abu Dhabi Chamber, ADNOC Distribution Company, SENAAT General Holding Company, Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council, Ras Al Khaimah Department of Economic Development, Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ras Al Khaimah Free Zone, Sharjah Department of Economic Development, Dubai Silicon Oasis, and the Emirates Aluminium Company( Emal).
Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi the UAE Ambassador to Germany and a number of senior officials toured the UAE pavilion at the Hannover Fair, where they were received by the representatives of exhibitors who briefed them on the nature of participation. They highlighted projects and plans for promoting products, availing techniques and technological solutions provided by international exhibitors to increase potential productivity and raise competitiveness in regional and international markets.
Al Junaibi emphasised that the participation of UAE in this international fair reflects the outstanding economic relations between UAE and Germany, which witnessed remarkable development over the past years in many areas, noting that over 1,000 German companies operate in UAE and contributes significantly to increasing of trade volume exchange between the two countries.
He praised the level of UAE participation, which reflects the keenness of UAE leaders and government on developing the industrial sector, being the most important non-oil economic growth engine, intended to achieve the strategic objectives of the UAE vision 2021 aimed at realising sustainable economic development with a focus on developing non-oil sectors, particularly the industrial sector.
The Ambassador stressed the importance of participation of national companies in such international forums hosted by Germany to explore experiences and technologies of developed countries, contribute to the national economy, enhance competitiveness and expedite transition to a knowledge-based economy.
Al Junaibi noted that the UAE is the first commercial partner of Germany in the GCC region, noting that trade exchange between the two countries grew in 9 years by 125 per cent (2004-2012) to mark euro 10.5 billion (Dh 52.5 billion) in 2012, while UAE investments in Germany included leading establishments and companies such as DaimlerChrysler and Deutsche Bank. All this reflects the depth of bilateral relations between the two friendly countries.
On his part, Abdullah Al Saleh the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Economy for Foreign Trade Affairs, said that the Federal Republic of Germany is the fifth largest trade partner for UAE, adding that the participation in such renowned events on its soil, is of great importance and reflects the level of economic relations and partnership between the two countries.
Al Saleh said that "Hannover Messe is one of the most prestigious industrial exhibitions worldwide; and represents an annual gathering of major world industrial firms. The international fair, which specialises in industrial technology, provides a unique opportunity to explore developments, exchange expertise and benefit from advanced innovations and technologies displayed by various industrial firms."
He referred to The UAE's increasing participation in this fair, up 50 per cent compared to last year's level of participation. "This clearly reflects the interest of UAE's major industrial sector actors in this leading event, which is viewed as an ideal platform for promoting products at the international level."
Al Saleh said, "We seek today, as the UAE Vision 2021 to increase the contribution of the industrial sector to the national GDP at reasonable rates over the coming years; as industry is one of the main engines of economic development. The government supported the industrial sector by the establishment and construction of sound infrastructure, enacting supportive laws and legislation, offering incentives for investments in this sector in addition to encouraging and facilitating the establishment of industrial projects. "He noted that the UAE succeeded to be at the forefront of Arab countries in terms of the 2013 Global Manufacturing competitiveness Index, adding that the participation of UAE at Hannover Messe comes within the framework of strengthening its position in the international arena, as one of the leading industrial centres in oil and non-oil markets.
"The UAE pavilion succeeded in attracting the attention of a significantly large segment of visitors compared to all previous rounds of Hannover Messe, which reflected the quality of organising and arrangements made by the Ministry of Economy, in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development in particular, and all strategic partners who were keen to participate in this exhibition", Al Saleh said.
He thanked the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, stressing that it is the most important strategic partner of the Ministry of Economy, praising the vital role of the Department in terms of contributing to strengthening the competitiveness of the national economy, and empowering trade, noting the constant concern and efforts of the Department in organising UAE's participation in major international exhibitions including the Hannover Messe fairs.
For his part, Hamad Abdullah Al Mass the Executive Director of International Economic Relations Sector at Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development said, "the participation of 19 factories from Abu Dhabi at the Hannover Messe this year, reflects the keenness of Abu Dhabi to focus on the development of the industrial sector, which is one of the most important sectors for realising the goals of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030".
He added, " Abu Dhabi seeks to build a knowledge-based economy within its long-term plans to diversify its economy and reduce dependence on oil and gas resources; as it supported, within the provisions of the Economic Vision 2030, the growth and development of a number of basic non-oil sectors including aviation, aerospace and high-tech industries".
Al Mass stressed that a large group of government investments and a wide range of global partnerships have contributed in recent years, to the consolidation of Abu Dhabi's position as the fastest growing regional centres in areas of high technology and advanced expertise.
Al Mass explained that the profound solution adopted to reduce the impact of fluctuating oil prices on the economy of Abu Dhabi, was to build a strong industrial sector; where progress has been made in this area; as the sector currently contributes to GDP by 5.9 per cent.
Al Mass said, "in order to create a more focused and coherent industrial planning in the medium term, the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development cooperated closely with relevant industrial authorities in public and private sectors to formulate the industrial development strategy for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and develop the ten focus industries including aerospace, renewable energy, semiconductors, steel and iron, aluminium and metal products, petrochemicals and plastic products".
The total number of industrial licences registered in UAE last year reached 408 licences. The distribution of industrial licences by emirate revealed that Sharjah and Dubai captured the largest share of total licences registered in UAE, accounting for 40 per cent and 28 per cent of total industrial licences respectively. Ajman and Abu Dhabi emirates came in the third and fourth places by 15 per cent and 7 per cent respectively, while the rest of the emirates (RAS Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Umm Al Qaiwain) acquired the remaining registered industrial licences by 5 per cent, 3.7 per cent and 1.5 per cent respectively.
In the same context, the data of the Ministry of Economy on the distribution of industrial licences registered in UAE since 1980 until the end of last year, by industrial sectors, showed that the following industries, respectively, acquired the largest number of industrial licenses registered in UAE: metal products industry, non-metallic mineral products manufacturing, rubber and plastic products manufacturing, food and beverage industry, chemical industry and products thereof, furniture manufacturing and wood and wood products industries.
Industries. The Ministry of Economy indicated that this also applied at local level in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, where the structure of the distribution of industrial licences registered in the Emirate, by industrial sectors indicated that the following industries captured the largest number of registered licences respectively: non-metallic mineral products manufacturing, rubber and plastic products manufacturing, chemical industry and products thereof and food and beverage industry.
Meanwhile, the structure of the distribution of industrial licences registered in the Emirate, by investments implemented in industrial activities, revealed that food and beverage industries accounted for (39 per cent) of the total investments implemented in the industrial sector in the Emirate since 1980, which is equivalent to over Dh 72.9 billion followed by basic metal industries (34 per cent), manufacturing of refined petroleum products (10 per cent) and chemical industry and products thereof (6per cent).
Similarly, the situation does not differ much at the federal level; as the following industries, respectively captured the shares indicated out of the total investments implemented in the industrial sector in the State since 1980: food and beverage industries (32 per cent), basic metal industries (26per cent), non-metallic mineral products manufacturing (12 per cent), manufacturing of refined petroleum products (7per cent) and chemical industry and products thereof (6 per cent).
Engineer Suhail Mubarak bin Athaeeth Al Ameri the Chief Executive Officer of SENAAT said, "The participation of SENAAT at Hannover Messe stems from the attention paid by the company to establish investment partnerships with German and European firms in general".
He added, "We seek through our participation this year within the UAE pavilion at the Hannover Messe, to promote the opportunities that the industrial sector in Abu Dhabi offers, and build relationships with potential international partners".
Eng. Athaeeth said that SENAAT Company is expected to achieve significant growth in the mining sector, particularly aluminium, in the years to come, as the company is a major contributor in this area, and aspires to take advantage of the opportunities offered by Hannover Messe, to promote its status as a global player in this sector.
"One of the main objectives of SENAAT is to build and develop rewarding projects and boost the value of the companies in SENAAT portfolio, to support the industrial sector in Abu Dhabi; and therefore we focus on the development of the industrial potential of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the UAE in general; in view of the many opportunities that can be seized to position Abu Dhabi as a global destination for industrial investments, and as a major industrial centre for serving the Gulf region in particular and the world market in general", Bin Athaeeth said.
According to Bin Athaeeth, SENAAT Company does not exclude investing outside the state, as it operates through its subsidiaries, such as "Agthia" in different areas in the Middle East and Turkey, which enables SNAAT to consider any new investment opportunities outside the UAE.
Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority Integrated Smart City participated in the UAE pavilion at Hannover Messe, after having achieved promising results in 2013 with net profits which amounted to Dh 204.3 million, up by 23.5per cent compared to the year 2012.
Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority confirmed that its Future projects would be able to provide services and facilities that are in line with the concept of smart cities; as it allocated Dh 2.4 billion for the completion of investment projects launched last year, in order to be completed by the end of 2017.
Commenting on the participation at Hannover Messe, Adnan Juma Al Bahar, Vice President-Marketing and Corporate Communications at Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, said; "We are happy to participate in one of the most famous industrial fairs in the world, through the UAE pavilion and delegation which seeks to highlight the major innovations and achievements of the State in different economic sectors, within the framework of the UAE Vision 2021".
Thamer Al Qasimi, Director of Projects at Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, commented on the participation in Hannover Messe 2014. "It is imperative for anyone who wants to succeed in various ways, to widen the circle of cooperation with various government and private sector institutions. In this respect, the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority has deepened scientific and technical strategic partnerships and ties with all local, Arab and international organisations operating in fields of food science, research and trading, to enhance the prospects of cooperation in all aspects of food industry, agriculture, and promotion of investments in UAE in the field of food".
Al Qasimi elaborated, "To achieve our goals, the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority has development the laws and regulations which will pave the way for investments in the various areas of food industries, and provide the legislative structure in line with the requirements and needs of the public and private sectors, to ensure food safety and secure food supplies for the emirate".
Al Qasimi pointed out that Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority provides a transparent and attractive environment for investors, to help them achieve their aspirations and facilitates investment procedures; which will all reflect positively on the investments in the field of food, especially with the sustainability initiatives adopted by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, that will make the Emirate one of the best investment environments in the world. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Mubadala showcases latest security capabilities at ISNR in Abu Dhabi


posted on 31/03/2014

Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company, is participating at the 2014 International Security, Safety and National Resilience Exhibition and Conference (ISNR) held between 1st-3rd April.
Seven Mubadala group companies, operating in the communications technology and defence services sectors, are attending the exhibition, including AMMROC (Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Centre), Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), Bayanat for Mapping and Surveying Services (Bayanat), Injazat Data Systems, Khazna Data Centres (Khazna), Frontiers and Al Taif Technical Services.
Commenting on Mubadala's participation at ISNR, Homaid Al Shemmari, CEO of Aerospace and Engineering Services at Mubadala, said, "ISNR will provide our attending communications technology and defence services companies an ideal platform to exhibit their advanced technologies and expertise to local and international industry leaders. The participating companies will present their latest products and solutions in military maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, systems integration, information security, satellite operations and geo-spatial mapping, all of which are vital to the UAE's security industry." ISNR is the region's foremost platform dedicated to homeland security, safety and national resilience, organised by the UAE Ministry of Interior and held every two years. ISNR 2014 is expecting to attract 400 exhibiting companies from 40 countries, spread over a 27,000 sq. m space. 15,000 local and regional experts and decision makers from private and public sectors and over 150 regional and international government buyers and delegation members are also expected to attend. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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GIBTM 2014 kicks off with 300 exhibitors


posted on 25/03/2014

The show, which is gaining popularity, has 74 brand-new exhibitors, with companies from Kazakhstan, Russia, Morocco, South Africa and South Korea making their debuts.
Over 250 regional and international buyers from 36 countries are attending the Gulf Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition, or GIBTM 2014, in Abu Dhabi, with over 300 exhibitors putting up pavilions at the show.
The event was inaugurated by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development.
The show, which is gaining popularity, has 74 brand-new exhibitors, with companies from Kazakhstan, Russia, Morocco, South Africa and South Korea making their debuts. The European Pavilion returns with 25 per cent more exhibitors.
After the official tour, the International Congress and Convention Association, or Icca, issued a statistics report revealing that the total number of regularly-occurring, internationally-rotating association meetings is increasing by 100 per cent each decade and has been consistently doing so for the last 50 years, with no signs of a slowdown.
Martin Sirk, chief executive officer of Icca, which is the largest global meetings industry association comprising almost 1,000 member companies and organisations in over 90 countries, said: "The Middle East joined the information revolution more recently than most regions, so it is not surprising to see some of the world's fastest growth rates here, now that excellent meetings infrastructure has been developed, governments have created knowledge strategies to underpin their economic development agendas. We are confident that the region will enjoy even greater international meetings activity in the future, based on these underlying fundamentals.”
The report highlighted that between 1998 and 2002, there were 532 association meetings in the Middle East. That figure had grown to 905 between 2003 and 2007 and then expanded once again between 2008 and 2012 to 1,776 association meetings. – Khaleej Times – Read more: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/biz/inside.asp?xfile=/data/uaebusiness/2014/March/uaebusiness_March376.xml§ion=uaebusiness

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Dubai International Horse Fair provides ideal platform for cutting edge technologies that are making strides in the equine industry


posted on 22/03/2014

The 10th Dubai International Horse Fair (DIHF) has provided the ultimate arena for the regional equine industry where the latest technological advancements can be accessed together with the most exquisite Arabian beauties on show. Meanwhile the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship, held alongside the Dubai International Horse Fair, is set to unveil the world's best purebred Arabian horses that will be judged for their beauty, agility and heritage with prize money of USD4 million (Dh15 million) up for grabs.
Currently taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre until tomorrow (23 March), the Dubai International Horse Fair showcases the widest range of international equine products, services, equipment and technology for horse owners, breeders and equine professionals in the Middle East. Additionally, event will also provide several exciting activities for families and the general public including polo demonstrations, an equestrian-themed Art Gallery, Heritage Village and Horse Auction for Arabian Purebred Horses (Saturday 22 March) among others.
Launching internationally at Dubai International Horse Fair are exhibitor Racewood's Interactive Jumping Simulator and RS Racetrainer. The equipment saw interest from a variety of customers from the show jumping and cross-country industry, said Bill Greenwood, Managing Director and inventor of the new technology. The jumping simulator can be used by beginners and professionals alike and offers the rider the most realistic and interactive riding experience in a safe and controlled environment. The simulator aims to perfect the rider's technique skill and positioning due to sensors on the head, saddle, neck, bit and leg, which mimic the exact movement of a real horse. The RS Racetrainer is an unmotorised gym trainer used by jockeys to improve technique, increase stamina and lose weight and can be interactive using a smart phone or iPad or tablet device.
Horses also get to experience the latest in fitness equipment such as the "TheraPlate" Vortex Wave Circulation Stimulation Technology, which can be compared to the vibrating Power Plate equipment found in many gyms. The TheraPlate is a large vibrating plate that offers several benefits to horses including increased blood circulation, improved joint health and function, faster healing, reduction of swelling and inflammation, pain relief among several others. The product is distributed by Sharjah-based company Brentwood Horse Accessories, which distributes the product across the GCC region.
Spas are not only meant for pampered human beings - horses also get five-star treatment with the Khail Spa Equine Hydrotherapy Spa System distributed by Al Khail Equestrian Equipment.
In addition to showcasing the region's lucrative equine industry, the Dubai International Horse Fair will provide several exciting activities for families and the general public including polo demonstrations organised by the Dubai Polo Club and Equestrian Club, an equestrian-themed Art Gallery and a celebration of local culture at the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) organised Heritage Village, which will showcase the UAE's authentic cuisine, clothing, handicraft, calligraphy and more.
Elsewhere, 100 Arabian horse breeds of best-in-class pedigree from local studs will go under the hammer at the Horse Auction for Arabian Purebred Horses. Held tomorrow (Saturday 22 March), the auction is anticipated to attract hundreds of prospective regional buyers.
With more than 200 participating companies and brands from five continents represented at the Fair, new country participants include France, Iran, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Tanzania. Leading international and local companies and organisations will showcase a range of products and services to cater to the burgeoning regional equine industry. Participating companies include Ajman Stud, Al Hawajer Stud, Dubai Arabian Stud, Dubai Equine Hospital, Dubai Racing Channel Studio, Jebel Ali Racecourse and Shadwell Stud, based in the United Kingdom, among others. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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DIHF and Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship kicks off tomorrow


posted on 20/03/2014

The 10th Dubai International Horse Fair, DIHF, and 11th Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship, will kick off tomorrow under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance. The event runs until 22nd March, 2014 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).
The Dubai International Horse Fair will bring together leading equestrian equipment companies, owners, breeders, stables, clubs, veterinarians, services and care products, professional and leisure riders and horse enthusiasts.
The Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship, which takes place alongside the Dubai International Horse Fair, is the most prestigious beauty competition for Purebred Arabian horses, from the very young to the elderly statesmen of the Arabian equine world. With prize money of US$4 million (Dh15 million), the international Championship is set to attract strong attendance from equestrian enthusiasts. The event takes place over three days culminating in the Championship classes for the most exquisite horses.
Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Dubai World Trade Centre, said, "As the Dubai International Horse Fair celebrates its 10th anniversary, it once again brings together major players in the region's equine industry who will engage in significant trade. Additionally, the Dubai International Horse Fair and the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship has huge appeal for the general public, families, leisure riders and horse enthusiasts who can experience a fun and activity-filled weekend.
This year the Dubai International Horse Fair has recorded an 11 percent increase in exhibitors and will host more than 200 participating companies and brands from countries across the globe, including Australia, Canada, Egypt, Germany, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Portugal, UAE, U.K. and U.S.A.. New country participants include France, Iran, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Tanzania.
Leading international and local companies and organisations will showcase a range of products and services to cater to the burgeoning equine industry in the Middle East. Participating companies include Ajman Stud, Al Hawajer Stud, Dubai Arabian Stud, Dubai Equine Hospital, Dubai Racing Channel Studio, Jebel Ali Racecourse and the U.K.'s Shadwell Stud, among others. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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150 million-year-old dinosaur unveiled in Dubai


posted on 11/03/2014

A 150 million-year-old dinosaur has taken up residence at the Dubai Mall, and the public has been tasked with the job of naming it.
The surprise unveiling of the 24.4 metre long Diplodocus longus saw the jaws of hundreds of shoppers drop to the floor at Monday evening's reveal.
The colossal exhibit has been noted as the rarest palaeontology find in history, with more than 90 per cent of its skeleton intact.
So what's it going to be? Matilda, Penny, Candy...who knows, but let's get naming. – Khaleej Times – Read more: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/inside.asp?xfile=/data/nationgeneral/2014/March/nationgeneral_March76.xml§ion=nationgeneral

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DWTC set to host 20 global events this month


posted on 06/03/2014

The region's most glamorous luxury show — featuring super-yachts, powerboats and supercars — will be one of 20 global exhibitions in March, putting Dubai at the heart of several key industries as the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) approaches its busiest season.
The Dubai International Boat Show, organised by DWTC and held at the Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi, is the focal point of the recreational boat industry, attracting visitors from all over the world and bolstering the local economy.
Other industries showing at DWTC throughout March include oil and gas, education, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, media, technology, equine, agriculture, healthcare and landscaping, attracting a total of over 150,000 visitors to DWTC in March alone.
"DWTC is set to welcome 20 exhibitions, conferences and events this month which will thrust Dubai into the international spotlight yet again,” said Ahmed Al Khaja, Senior Vice President — Venues, DWTC.
"We will continue to play a key role in supporting key industries that enable Dubai's global standing within the MICE sector and encourage our thousands of visitors to take advantage of the emirate's solid reputation as a leading business hub for their business and networking goals.”
March's events started off with the Offshore Arabia Exhibition and Conference from March 3 to 5, showcasing some of the world's most advanced technology and knowledgeable experts, specialised in preparing for and preventing oil spills and protecting the marine environment. Between March 4 and 6, a leading regional educational show, the Gulf Educational Supplies and Solutions, will display advances in education and allow companies to get ahead of the competition in the booming sector and Paperworld Middle East and Playworld Middle East will hold the region's largest show for stationary, paper and office supplies. The strong run of vibrant exhibitions will continue with the Dubai International Boat Show at Dubai International Marine Club from March 4 to 8.
The Boat Show will showcase 750 exhibiting companies and brands with 42 global and regional premiers scheduled to take place. The region's leading leisure marine event organised by Dubai World Trade Centre, is expected to draw 26,000 visitors from 70 countries.
Between March 10 and 12, three concurrent exhibitions will give businesses from a trio of industries the opportunity to develop their customer bases and grow. These are The Middle East Coatings Show, the Dubai International Pharmaceuticals and Technologies Conference and Exhibition, and the IFTDO World Congress and Exhibition 2014. In its 43rd year, IFTDO, the multinational Training and Development organisation representing more than 500,000 professionals from over 30 countries, will host its congress under the umbrella of "Leadership Impact on Human Resources Development.”
Each congress provides an invaluable network for sharing crucial knowledge and skills for progressing personal growth, human performance, and sustainable development; a key priority across all industries in the Emirates. The highly anticipated CABSAT MENA exhibition, the region's leading broadcast, digital media and satellite expo, celebrates its twentieth anniversary with over 850 exhibitors from March 11 to 13. – The Gulf Today – Read more: http://gulftoday.ae/portal/94dd0469-31fc-445e-8e73-6dbee412cdce.aspx

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SmarTech and Smartech Shopper to showcase energy conservation solutions and eco-friendly household appliances


posted on 08/02/2014

Alongside the 16th Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) 2014, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is organizing SmarTech, an event showcasing solutions, products and green buildings related-technologies targeting the commercial and industrial sectors, from 14th - 16th April 2014 at the International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
For the first time ever, SmarTech Shopper which targets the consumer sector, will be held under the theme Better Life alongside SmarTech, where exhibitors will showcase various eco-friendly household appliances and solutions.
SmarTech Shopper will be open to the public, and will offer special discounts on household appliances and products.
The 4th SmarTech also showcases latest products and technologies related to energy efficiency, water green technology and customized solutions for residential buildings and institutions. It is a global platform that attracts a wide range of brands, manufacturers, distributors and investors to participate and promote their products, concepts, services and green solutions.
SmarTech is a first of its kind event in the Arab World, aimed at forging partnerships and business networking opportunities. The event aims to highlight the region's environmental strategies and raise awareness of creating a culture of sustainable development, conservation of natural resources as well as minimizing depletion to the lowest level possible.
The event, which targets consumers and business sectors, provides over three days series of lectures and educational seminars as well as specialised workshops, to enable exhibitors to discuss the latest developments, technology solutions, innovation and research in the field of efficiency and rational use of energy and water consumption.
DEWA uses various channels to raise highlight the importance of rational consumption of water and electricity and motivate them to use green products that are available at competitive prices compared to the conventional ones. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Expo Centre Sharjah launches bilingual mobile application


posted on 04/02/2014

Expo Centre Sharjah has launched its bilingual multi-platform mobile application which is free to download, offering real-time show alerts and interactive floor maps among a host of other key features.
The app, available on both Android and Apple operating platforms, will provide full details of all B2B and B2C events at Expo Centre Sharjah (ECS) in both English and Arabic to its users.
Ahmed Mohammed Al Midfa, Chairman, Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, launched the application in the presence of Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO, Expo Centre Sharjah, and other SCCI and ECS officials. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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Largest collection of luxury boats at Dubai mega show


posted on 31/01/2014

The Dubai International Boat Show has confirmed that 30 large luxury boats exceeding 21m will be showcased at this year's exhibition.
In addition, an impressive 19 super yachts, including the largest boat in the history of the show, will be on display among more than 430 boats on land and water. The 22nd Dubai International Boat Show, the Mena region's leading luxury yacht platform, runs from March 4-8, 2014 at the Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi and will feature 840 exhibiting companies and brands — a 12 per cent increase over 2013.
The increasing participation reflects the UAE's increasing importance in the international luxury maritime market and heightened consumer confidence across the GCC. According to the McKinsey Global Private Banking Survey 2013, the total high net worth wealth in the Middle East is predicted to increase by $3.3 trillion by 2014, positively impacting regional buying power and stimulating further growth across the sector.
With the International Monetary Fund (IMF) having recently increased its forecast economic growth for the GCC to 4.4 per cent in 2014, an increase in new boat project builds will be a solid contributor to the region's steadily growing leisure marine market. As reported by US-based ShowBoats International Global Order Book 2014, UAE luxury yacht builders plan to build 18 super yachts (those 24m and longer) exceeding 850m in total. The definitive guide to the world's luxury super yacht industry also ranked the UAE ninth among the most productive manufacturers of super yachts.
Erwin Bamps, COO of Gulfcraft, said: "More than simply a great place for yacht enthusiasts to visit, there is a vision for the UAE's super yacht building industry that it will, slowly but surely, increase its output until it is one of the very top manufacturing bases for luxury yachts anywhere in the world. At this point, the UAE's shipbuilding growth appears really unstoppable.”
More than 50 countries are represented by the Dubai International Boat Show exhibitors this year, as well as four dedicated country pavilions from Australia, Italy, USA and Turkey, with the USA confirming an impressive 35 per cent increase in companies. – Khaleej Times
The Dubai International Boat Show has confirmed that 30 large luxury boats exceeding 21m will be showcased at this year's exhibition.
In addition, an impressive 19 super yachts, including the largest boat in the history of the show, will be on display among more than 430 boats on land and water. The 22nd Dubai International Boat Show, the Mena region's leading luxury yacht platform, runs from March 4-8, 2014 at the Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi and will feature 840 exhibiting companies and brands — a 12 per cent increase over 2013.
The increasing participation reflects the UAE's increasing importance in the international luxury maritime market and heightened consumer confidence across the GCC. According to the McKinsey Global Private Banking Survey 2013, the total high net worth wealth in the Middle East is predicted to increase by $3.3 trillion by 2014, positively impacting regional buying power and stimulating further growth across the sector.
With the International Monetary Fund (IMF) having recently increased its forecast economic growth for the GCC to 4.4 per cent in 2014, an increase in new boat project builds will be a solid contributor to the region's steadily growing leisure marine market. As reported by US-based ShowBoats International Global Order Book 2014, UAE luxury yacht builders plan to build 18 super yachts (those 24m and longer) exceeding 850m in total. The definitive guide to the world's luxury super yacht industry also ranked the UAE ninth among the most productive manufacturers of super yachts.
Erwin Bamps, COO of Gulfcraft, said: "More than simply a great place for yacht enthusiasts to visit, there is a vision for the UAE's super yacht building industry that it will, slowly but surely, increase its output until it is one of the very top manufacturing bases for luxury yachts anywhere in the world. At this point, the UAE's shipbuilding growth appears really unstoppable.”
More than 50 countries are represented by the Dubai International Boat Show exhibitors this year, as well as four dedicated country pavilions from Australia, Italy, USA and Turkey, with the USA confirming an impressive 35 per cent increase in companies. – Khaleej Times

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DWTC to welcome over 500,000 visitors in Q1 2014


posted on 20/01/2014

More than 500,000 visitors are expected to visit Dubai World Trade Centre, the region's largest MICE (meetings, incentives conferences and exhibitions) venue operator, in the first quarter of 2014.
The strong growth is driven by an enhanced offering from many of the region's leading anchor shows, including Arab Health Exhibition and Congress and Gulfood, as well as a more robust calendar of trade events, conferences and concerts.
"We are starting 2014 right where we left off last year, on a high," said Ahmed Alkhaja, Senior Vice President - Venues, DWTC. "With this calendar and expected visitor numbers, we further cement our role as the significant player in the region's MICE sector, bringing in tens of thousands of visitors every year, and generating billions of Dirhams for the Dubai economy, fuelling substantial growth of the emirate's GDP. Keeping this momentum going as we push for even more ambitious targets is a top priority." The health-care sector, an industry valued at US$80billion globally, is providing the biggest boost to DWTC's Q1 figures, with five core industry events - Arab Health Exhibition and Congress, The UAE International Dental Conference and Arab Dental Exhibition (AEEDC), the Middle East Wounds and Scar Meeting, the International Family Medicine Conference '&' Exhibition (IFM), and the region's leading pharmaceutical event, DUPHAT.
"Dubai's upgrade to emerging markets status, as well as its recent awarding of Expo 2020, has driven significant global interest in the destination," added Alkhaja. "Exhibitors and visitors alike are seeking to capitalise on Dubai's momentum to further their interests in the region. Recognising the business value that events deliver to the region, we are set to push key industries forward with a calendar of events that drive growth in a variety of key strategic sectors." In addition to health-care, other core sectors featuring prominently at DWTC include food and beverage, humanitarian, luxury, consumer and technology. - Emirates News Agency, WAM

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