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EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS ETC. - DUBAI 2003-WORLD BANK/IMF CONVENTION

WB chief hails preparations for Dubai 2003

Posted on 20/09/2003

World Bank President James Wolfensohn yesterday praised the organisation and arrangements made by the UAE for hosting the WB-IMF meetings as 'remarkable'. 'I think that these facilities are quite remarkable. I think the time in which they were done, the care and attention has been superb, and it augers well for a very good set of meetings that we very much look forward to being part of,' Wolfensohn said. This year, of course, he added, is a very special year for us because we're meeting for ...  >>MORE

IMF lauds UAE for transparency in data reporting

Posted on 20/09/2003

The UAE yesterday won praise from the top IMF official for its commitment to bring about transparency in its economic data reporting. "The UAE is certainly ahead of the curve compared with many other Arab states in transparency," said Horst Kohler, IMF's managing director. "We have seen that transparency in the financial sector assessment that the UAE has provided the IMF and, more so, in making that information public. This will only widen the overseas investor interest in the country, since ...  >>MORE

Dubai 2003 website gets over 1m hits

Posted on 20/09/2003

In 17 days, the Dubai 2003 website has had 1,073,227 hits from 110 countries and the highest number of hits seen per day has been 117,425. The website features sections for information on the two main bodies, the World Bank Group and the IMF. It also gives the run down on the annual meetings this year, how the arrangements are being finalised and allotted, descriptions of Dubai and UAE, as well as a dedicated resource centre for the members of the media, who can use the website to download ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Hamdan unveils Dubai 2003 Monument

Posted on 19/09/2003

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler, Minister of Finance and Industry and Chairman of the Dubai 2003 Steering Committee, yesterday unveiled the special Dubai 2003 monument at the World Trade Centre roundabout. Sheikh Hamdan also inaugurated a Regional Exhibition that will last in the duration of the Dubai 2003 meetings at the Dubai World Trade. Qassim Sultan Al Banna, Chairman of the Dubai 2003 Organising Committee said, there was no doubt that the visit by Sheikh Hamdan was ...  >>MORE

Arab Arts festival opens on the sidelines of Dubai 2003

Posted on 19/09/2003

Mohammed Ali bin Zayed, Deputy Governor of the UAE Central Bank, yesterday inaugurated an Arab arts show organised by the Central Bank on the sidelines of the Dubai 2003. Among the displays in the show held under the title "Regional Arts Show" are 26 works by well known Arab artists. A number of UAE officials and guests attending the IMF and WB meetings due to be held on 23 and 25 September have attended the opening ceremony. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

WB, IMF chiefs on UAE for annual meetings

Posted on 19/09/2003

Senior Dubai 2003 officials have welcomed World Bank President James D. Wolfensohn and IMF Managing Director Horst Koehler to the United Arab Emirates as the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and IMF get underway in the United Arab Emirates. The leaders of the world's premier financial institutions were greeted at Dubai International Airport by a Dubai 2003 delegation led by the UAE Minister of State for Finance and Industry Dr. Mohammed Khalfan bin Khirbash. ...  >>MORE

A day in the life of Dubai on show

Posted on 19/09/2003

A 61-minute film documentary called Dubai 24 Hours has been completed, portraying the emirate as a multicultural and diverse metropolis. It has been produced for delegates at Dubai 2003, the annual meetings of the World Bank and IMF, who will get a chance to watch it. The documentary captures a typical 24 hours in the life of Dubai. The city is showcased as a place that is totally in tune with modernity while keeping in touch with its culture and tradition. It is also described as a ...  >>MORE

IMF endorses UAE's strengths, achievements

Posted on 19/09/2003

As it hosts the meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, the UAE has something to be proud of: it is among a few developing countries that have not been prescribed the bitter pills of reforms by the IMF doctors. In several reports on the UAE's economic and fiscal system, the IMF has only advised the emirates to introduce income taxes to diversify its sources of income which is still heavily reliant on oil export earnings. But the Washington-based institution has ...  >>MORE

Dubai to be focal point of global financial world

Posted on 19/09/2003

Dubai yesterday began to take centre stage for the global financial community as ministers, central bank governors and top commercial and investment bankers arrive for the annual meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund. Over the next week the city will be the host for a series of meetings that will discuss hot topics from currency values and the state of the world economy to how to repair world trade after the debacle in Cancun and how to rebuild Iraq. It is the ...  >>MORE

Stamps, souvenir sheet to commemorate Dubai 2003

Posted on 19/09/2003

Emirates Post will issue four special commemorative stamps and a souvenir sheet on September 23 to celebrate the annual meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund.The stamps, produced in coordination with Dubai 2003, are in denominations of 50 fils, 175 fils, 275 fils and 375 fils. The souvenir sheet is priced at Dh5. Besides featuring the logo of Dubai 2003, the stamps portray striking images of the UAE to reflect the dramatic development achieved by the country as ...  >>MORE

Police allay road restriction fears during finance meeting

Posted on 17/09/2003

No Dubai roads will be closed during the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings, police confirmed yesterday. However, Colonel Mohammed Saif Al Zafin, Deputy Director of Dubai Traffic Department said that there will be slight traffic adjustments during the start of the Dubai 2003 today until September 25. He urged drivers heading from Abu Dhabi to Dubai to use the Emirates Road from the ninth intersection or the seventh intersection (Jebel Ali Mina intersection). Motorists have been ...  >>MORE

Children’s mural arrives at DICC

Posted on 17/09/2003

Children from all around the world, under the banner of International Child Art Fund, ICAF, have created a mural that is now on prominent display in the Dubai International Convention Centre. With representatives from 184 member countries attending the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the IMF, this is an ideal time for this work of art to be displayed to the world as a message to global decision makers from children. The mural is 24x16 feet in size. It ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed inspects venue of WB/IMF meetings

Posted on 15/09/2003

Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces yesterday inspected the venue of the annual meetings of the World Bank group and the International Monetary Fund. Sheikh Mohammed, accompanied by Lt. General Dr. Mohammed bin Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Interior and Major General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, reviewed the security measures that have been taken to protect the participants. He also attended a ...  >>MORE

Photography Group exhibition during Dubai 2003

Posted on 15/09/2003

The Photographers' Group has announced that it will be holding an exhibition during the Annual Meetings. There will be 100 photos from around the UAE displayed throughout the main offices where the delegations will be located. This is the first activity of the group which was launched a month ago. The group is planning to organise several exhibitions that coincide important events such as the Air Show and the FIFA World Youth Championship. (The Gulf Today) ...  >>MORE

Dubai Audi hands over first 50 cars to Dubai 2003

Posted on 15/09/2003

Audi has handed over the first 50 cars to Dubai 2003 for the transportation of VIPs arrive from over 184 countries to attend the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the World Bank Group and IMF. Audi is supplying a total of 250 of its flagship models, the luxurious A8 to transport VIP delegates. Ibrahim Belsalah, General Coordinator of Dubai 2003 said: "The car is just magnificent, and is ideally suited to the requirements of the events. With so many features and luxuries in the Audi ...  >>MORE

Heritage Village offers new attractions, activities for the Forever Dubai campaign

Posted on 15/09/2003

The Heritage Village is getting a big number of visitors for its special range of activities being organised for the Forever Dubai campaign which will continue till September 25. The cultural calendar of the Heritage and Diving Village includes several intriguing insights. Supported with exhibitions to demonstrate the Village comes alive with the renderings of folkloric performers and the traditional bands. Demonstrations of the skill of pottery making, pearl diving and traditional farming ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mohammed reviews security arrangement for Dubai 2003

Posted on 14/09/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Defence Minister, today reviewed security arrangements for Dubai 2003 with heads of security authorities and Senior Military and Police officers. He reviewed the security map put in place for the protection of about 15,000 economic and political personalities that would participate in the meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank due to be held here from 17 to 24 September. He urged the security ...  >>MORE

All set for WB-IMF meeting

Posted on 14/09/2003

The Department of Health and Medical Services, DOHMS, has conducted several rescue drills in collaboration with the authorities concerned in preparation for the Annual Meetings of the Board of Governors of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund set to take place from September 17 to 24 here in Dubai. Medical units including doctors, paramedics, equipped ambulances and nurses among others would be available to respond to emergencies. Emergency units will be built at many points in the ...  >>MORE

Special facilities for Dubai 2003 set in motion

Posted on 14/09/2003

All the international airports in the UAE have begun operating the special facilities and procedures created to meet-and-assist the participants who will soon start arriving for the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Special processing counters and help desks have been set up at key locations and the staff has been trained to welcome the participants. Dubai 2003, which organised the preparations to host the meetings ...  >>MORE

Media centre to facilitate event's coverage

Posted on 14/09/2003

The media centre will begin its operations to serve more than 1,000 local and international media personnel from September 17, the start of the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, a member of the Annual Meetings organising committee said yesterday. Ahmed Al Gaood, Director-General of Dubai Television and Head of the Media Committee for the Annual Meetings, said all media teams will be operating from the state-of-the-art ...  >>MORE

Emirates planes display Dubai 2003 logo

Posted on 13/09/2003

Emirates aircraft are being decorated with the logo of Dubai 2003 and will begin carrying it on its route network starting this week. This is the latest high profile international activity to promote the hosting by the UAE of the annual meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund. The Dubai 2003 logo will appear on a number of aircraft, including the Airbus A330-200, Boeing 777-200 and Boeing 777-300. The display of the Dubai 2003 logo on the UAE's international airline ...  >>MORE

2,500 outlets in Forever Dubai raffle draw

Posted on 13/09/2003

More than 2,500 outlets are offering raffle coupons on purchases worth at least Dh200 to participate in the Forever Dubai draw scheduled on September 26. A Visa card doubles chances of winning. As a preferred payment partner of the 'Forever Dubai' promotion, anyone spending the Dh200 or more with Visa at the participating outlets receives an additional entry coupon. While in the City of Gold, the easiest way to get a chance to get hold of the winning coupon can be a visit to Dubai's world ...  >>MORE

Latest IT facilities provided for Dubai 20033: official

Posted on 13/09/2003

The UAE has provided the latest and the very best of Information Technology (IT) facilities to facilitate the work of over 16,000 participants from 184 countries, who will be participating in the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund. +This is the first time in the history of World Bank/IMF meetings that high speed Internet and telecommunication network has ever been provided in all the meeting rooms+ said Obaid Saeed bin Mashar, Director of ETISALAT Dubai ...  >>MORE

Best of Arab art to be showcased during meetings

Posted on 13/09/2003

An exhibition of the very best of Arab art is to take place during the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund this month. The event, sponsored by the UAE Central Bank, will be an excellent platform to highlight Middle Eastern art and culture, and will feature the works of many artists, each representing a different region of the Middle East. The exhibition will be open in the evening from September 18 to 25 at the Sheraton Creek Hotel, ...  >>MORE

DNRD meeting fine tunes Dubai 2003 preparations

Posted on 10/09/2003

The Dubai Department of Naturalisation and Residency (DNRD) is leaving no stone unturned to ensure Dubai 2003 is a grand success. Major Khader bin Khallaf Al Moheiri, director general of the department, headed a high-level meeting of all officials and representatives of the residency and naturalisation departments of all the emirates. Participants at the meeting, held in the Dubai International Convention Centre, discussed preparations and procedures for the Annual Meetings of the Boards of ...  >>MORE

UAE to represent interest of 13 Arab states at meeting

Posted on 10/09/2003

UAE's Ministry of Finance and Industry will represent 13 Arab countries during the meeting of IMF's monetary and financial committee on September 21. The countries being represented are Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Syria, Yemen, Maldives and the UAE. A number of important issues will be discussed at the meeting, including prospects for the global economy, the current situation in international financial markets, crisis-prevention mechanisms and lowering ...  >>MORE

Forever Dubai to add lustre to retail blitz

Posted on 10/09/2003

To further cement its position as the region's premier shopping destination, Dubai is rolling out a red carpet to an estimated 16,000 delegates of Dubai 2003 – the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – by launching a Dh8 million retail promotion, Forever Dubai, which kicks off today. The campaign has been created jointly by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Dubai 2003 to provide a unique UAE ...  >>MORE

Central Bank gears up to utilise opportunity

Posted on 10/09/2003

"Openness" will be the central theme of UAE's Central Bank's approach to the Dubai summit of the World Bank and IMF later this month. It may well be argued that no other sphere of economic activity in the country passed through the kind of seismic changes that the banking sector underwent in the last two years, more precisely since the events of September 11, 2001. During this period, the UAE Central Bank has presided over a raft of regulatory changes and, at the same time, brought in many a ...  >>MORE

Dubai 2003 is a vote of confidence in UAE: Khirbash

Posted on 09/09/2003

Choosing Dubai as the first Arab city to host the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund is an important event for both the UAE and the entire Arab region, according to a UAE minister. 'Selecting the UAE as the host of the Annual Meetings is also proof of the confidence and trust shown in the country by the world's largest financial institutions,' said Dr Mohammed Khalfan bin Khirbash, Minister of State for Finance and Industry, in remarks on the occasion of the ...  >>MORE

Dubai puts plans in place to face medical emergencies

Posted on 08/09/2003

A comprehensive team of doctors, specialists, paramedics, pharmacists, nurses and administrative personnel comprising almost 300 healthcare professionals will have a high profile presence during the upcoming Dubai 2003. The 16,000 World Bank and International Monetary Fund delegates due to descend on Dubai will also be provided with free medical services by the state and private sector hospitals, Khalid Ahmed Al Sheikh Mubarak, Head of the Sub Medical Committee, told Gulf News yesterday. ...  >>MORE

Forever Dubai plans massive branding campaign

Posted on 08/09/2003

A massive branding effort accompanying the Forever Dubai campaign – the joint initiative of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, DTCM and Dubai 2003 – has been focused on attracting visiting delegations to the IMF event to the various shopping malls and the Gold Souq. "The Gold Souq and the participating shopping malls are the heart of the Forever Dubai campaign. Aimed at creating a unique UAE experience, the branding exercise accompanying the campaign will be visible to ...  >>MORE

Dubai put under security blanket

Posted on 07/09/2003

Security officials are well prepared for Dubai 2003, the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the IMF and World Bank Group, according to a top police official. Major General Abdul Aziz Al Bannai is in charge of security for the meetings and spoke to Gulf News outlining some of the steps which have been taken over the last four years. He said it was exciting to see all the planning for the event finally coming to fruition and revealed that security chiefs had been asked to make the ...  >>MORE

Countdown begins for Dubai 2003

Posted on 06/09/2003

As the final countdown begins for the September 17-23 annual meetings of the Board of Governors of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund, organisers said they were ready to host the most important and largest global financial event ever held in the region. Around 16,000 delegates are expected to attend the annual sessions, including heads of state, prime ministers and senior government officials, as well as finance ministers and Central Bank governors, representing 184 member ...  >>MORE

UAE stands to gain from Dubai 2003 - Hamdan

Posted on 06/09/2003

The UAE has proven to be the regional business and economic hub in the Middle East, with trade activity recording a tremendous 15 per cent growth this year, said Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry. Sheikh Hamdan said that the UAE had been able to play a pioneering role in the sphere of business and economy in the region due to its visionary leadership, led by His Highness President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. "This ...  >>MORE

Welcome to Dubai

Posted on 03/09/2003

Billboards welcoming the delegates to the high profile WB-IMF meeting, to be held later this month, have come up along the Bani Yas Street –Photo by Khaleej Times. ...  >>MORE

UAE reserves with IMF at around US$14b

Posted on 03/09/2003

Strong oil prices have boosted the GCC's combined financial reserves by nearly US$3 billion to more than US$47 billion at the end of March, while the UAE maintained the third highest assets in the Arab world, according to IMF figures. Although they have slipped from around US$15.2 billion at the end of last year, the UAE's financial reserves with the International Monetary Fund remained robust at around US$14.09 billion at the end of March, the figures showed. They were third only to the ...  >>MORE

Parking lot, roads allocated for Dubai 2003 delegates

Posted on 03/09/2003

To ease traffic throughout the city, new flow patterns are being established ahead of the Dubai 2003 International Monetary Fund and World Bank meeting to be held later in the month. Roads in key areas of Dubai will be closed for normal traffic and one of the parking lots at the Dubai International Airport has already been closed, to ensure trouble-free movement of the delegates. According to a Department of Civil Aviation statement, Car Park A has been temporarily closed since the beginning ...  >>MORE

Banking sector to gain from Dubai 2003

Posted on 02/09/2003

Sultan bin Nasser Al Suweidi, the Governor of the UAE Central Bank, has highlighted the benefits of the banking sector in the UAE from the gathering of thousands of ministers of finance, bank governors, economists, and media representatives from all over the world. They will be participating at the annual meetings of the Council of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund which will be held in the UAE on the 23rd and 24th of September 2003. He mentioned that the ...  >>MORE

Preparations on for Forever Dubai drive promotions

Posted on 02/09/2003

As the date for the first arrivals of visiting delegates of Dubai 2003 draws nearer, sponsors of the Forever Dubai campaign put together finishing touches to their promotional plans. Ten major corporate groups, which include Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group, Dubai Shopping Malls Group, Rivoli, Axiom Telecom, Jashanmal National Co. LLC, Ajmal, M. H. Alshaya Co., National Bank of Dubai and Visa International, are the 'Title' and 'Principal' Sponsors of the event. The Forever Dubai campaign, the ...  >>MORE

Security teams on high state of alert for Dubai 2003

Posted on 02/09/2003

Security teams from Dubai Police Operations Department yesterday started the process of taking up their designated positions at the venue of the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (WBG-IMF). For the first time, highly sophisticated communications equipment and facilities are being used by Dubai Police, a top official and member of the security committee, said. The meetings will be held at the Dh650 million Dubai ...  >>MORE

True Arab hospitality awaits Dubai 2003 participants

Posted on 01/09/2003

How much food and drink are needed for an event of this size? "Lots," would say any restaurant manager or catering official worth his salt. But, just to make sure that everyone's thirst is quenched, Dubai 2003 has ensured the supply of 800,000 litres of water and cold beverages and tonnes of food for the Annual Meetings of the Board of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The meetings will take place next month at the Dubai International Convention ...  >>MORE

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WB chief hails preparations for Dubai 2003


IMF lauds UAE for transparency in data reporting


Dubai 2003 website gets over 1m hits


Sheikh Hamdan unveils Dubai 2003 Monument


Arab Arts festival opens on the sidelines of Dubai 2003


WB, IMF chiefs on UAE for annual meetings


A day in the life of Dubai on show


IMF endorses UAE's strengths, achievements


Dubai to be focal point of global financial world


Stamps, souvenir sheet to commemorate Dubai 2003


Police allay road restriction fears during finance meeting


Children’s mural arrives at DICC


Mohammed bin Zayed inspects venue of WB/IMF meetings


Photography Group exhibition during Dubai 2003


Dubai Audi hands over first 50 cars to Dubai 2003


Heritage Village offers new attractions, activities for the Forever Dubai campaign


Sheikh Mohammed reviews security arrangement for Dubai 2003


All set for WB-IMF meeting


Special facilities for Dubai 2003 set in motion


Media centre to facilitate event's coverage


Emirates planes display Dubai 2003 logo


2,500 outlets in Forever Dubai raffle draw


Latest IT facilities provided for Dubai 20033: official


Best of Arab art to be showcased during meetings


DNRD meeting fine tunes Dubai 2003 preparations


UAE to represent interest of 13 Arab states at meeting


Forever Dubai to add lustre to retail blitz


Central Bank gears up to utilise opportunity


Dubai 2003 is a vote of confidence in UAE: Khirbash


Dubai puts plans in place to face medical emergencies


Forever Dubai plans massive branding campaign


Dubai put under security blanket


Countdown begins for Dubai 2003


UAE stands to gain from Dubai 2003 - Hamdan


Welcome to Dubai


UAE reserves with IMF at around US$14b


Parking lot, roads allocated for Dubai 2003 delegates


Banking sector to gain from Dubai 2003


Preparations on for Forever Dubai drive promotions


Security teams on high state of alert for Dubai 2003


True Arab hospitality awaits Dubai 2003 participants