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On Arab Geographies to showcase films from across Arab World

posted on 27/04/2017

Image Nation Abu Dhabi, one of the region's leading media and entertainment companies, and independent film platform Cinema Akil, have announced, for the first time in Abu Dhabi, "On Arab Geographies", a film programme dedicated to showcasing a selection of films from across the Arab world and beyond.

The programme aims to showcase a powerful and broad spectrum of critically-acclaimed contemporary Arab films around the notion of geography. The "On Arab Geographies" programme of screenings and talks will be held at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi from 4th - 6th May, 2017.

The weekend-long programme revolves around the geographies of Arab film that capture contemporary narratives and stories in the region. The programme is curated by Rabih El Khoury, who is currently the Programme Manager of Talents Beirut, a Programmer at the Arab Film Festival in Berlin, ALFILM, and a member of the administrative board of the Metropolis Association. The event will screen a total of eight films that include feature length and short narratives and documentaries from the UAE, Egypt, Sudan, Iraq, Tunisia and Lebanon. among others.

Commenting on the programme, Rabih El Khoury said, "This programme aims to be a travelogue throughout the Arab World and beyond. A journey that is not only shaped by mobility and movement within a set of geographical entities, but also one that is led by internal wanderings, and individual efforts to find hope."

Gehad Darwish from Image Nation Abu Dhabi, said, "Our vision at Image Nation is to create opportunities for Arab talent to tell their stories, and provide them with the right platform to showcase, network and share their ideas with the audience. It is also an opportunity for local audiences to discover the breadth and depth of Arab films and support their local filmmakers. We are very pleased with this collaboration with Cinema Akil and the great selection of films and narratives curated by the brilliant Rabih El Khoury."

The lineup will showcase titles including Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania's documentary feature, "Zainab Hates the Snow" and Amna Al Nowais's short film, "Omnia".

Butheina Kazim, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Cinema Akil, said, "The main objective of the programme is to cater to an increasingly wide audience interested in contemporary Arab cinema and storytelling in addition to adding to the thriving cultural scene in Abu Dhabi. The programme is also in line with Cinema Akil and Image Nation Abu Dhabi's shared vision of providing a consistent platform for showcasing contemporary Arab cinema."

The programme opens on the 4th May at 7 p.m. with the award winning Egyptian feature film, "In The Last Days of the City", directed by Tamer El Said.

The "On Arab Geographies" programme is aligned with the #SupportArabCinema campaign by Image Nation, which encourages local audiences to support Arab films and filmmakers in the region. The programme is open to the public and is free of charge.


Passenger traffic up 29.5 percent at Dubai World Central in Q1

posted on 27/04/2017

Passenger traffic at Dubai World Central, DWC, Dubai's second international hub, grew an impressive 29.5 percent during the first quarter of 2017 with 333,780 passengers passing through the facility compared to 257,813 in the same period in 2016 according to Dubai Airports, which also released its 2017 forecast for DWC passenger numbers.

Commenting on the announcement, Paul Griffiths, Dubai Airports CEO, said, "DWC is starting to make its mark as an emerging regional hub. We expect to surpass the 1 million passenger mark for the first time this year with 1.1 million expected to use the airport in 2017."

The top five destinations served by DWC in terms of total passenger numbers during the first three months of the year were Doha, Moscow, Kathmandu, Amman and Budapest. Aircraft movements at DWC (passenger, cargo, general aviation and helicopters) totalled 9,811, down 8.9 percent over the 10,774 recorded during the first quarter of 2016.

Air freight volumes at DWC increased 6.5 percent during the first three months of the year with 211,144 tonnes being handled compared to 198,295 during the same period last year. After first opening for cargo in June 2010, DWC is already ranked as the 20th busiest airport globally for international air freight volumes.

DWC is currently served by 18 passenger carriers, operating an average of 103 flights weekly to 24 international destinations and is home to 42 scheduled cargo operators that fly to as many as 108 destinations around the world.

"The expansion of the existing passenger terminal building is well underway and will boost capacity at DWC to 26 million passengers by next year," added Griffiths. "DWC remains an important element of our strategy to provide timely capacity to accommodate passenger and cargo traffic growth. DWC offers airlines easy availability of slots, quick turn-around times and access to new catchment area while passengers benefit from short walking distances and quit transit times though the airport."


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