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Abu Dhabi will Host Mideast Film Festival

Posted on 10/09/2008

The Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) has announced that it will premiere seven films from the UAE, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Syria during the second edition of the festival to be held here from October 10 to October 19. According to Mohamed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, vice-chairman of the MEIFF, the films, to be shown in the International Competition Feature Film and Documentary sections, are some of the most important recent Arabic movies. The long-awaited release of a ...  >>MORE

Forum of Ambassadors and Heads of UAE' missions opens in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 08/09/2008

The 3rd Forum of Ambassadors and Heads of UAE's diplomatic missions abroad opened in Abu Dhabi yesterday with issues of peaceful nuclear energy, labour and sovereign wealth funds high on the agenda. The three-day meeting which is being held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, was inaugurated by Dr. Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. Addressing the meeting, Dr. Gargash stressed the need for concerted efforts to boost ...  >>MORE

Festival draws region’s talent to capital

Posted on 07/09/2008

Musicians from across the Arab world are performing at the first-ever Ramadan music festival to be held in Abu Dhabi. The Nafahat Ramadania, or Blossoms of Ramadan, which opened on Thursday night, is part of an effort to have a greater variety of events during the holy month. The festival began with a recital by Sheikh Hamza Shakour, the renowned choirmaster of the Munshidin chanters at the Umayyad Mosque of Damascus. Wearing Damascene robes and a red fez, the 54-year-old vocalist led a ...  >>MORE

Global Village extends opening in response to high demand

Posted on 07/09/2008

Global Village has announced it will open to the public from November 12 to February 21 during its new season. The premises will open its doors for an extra 21 days in response to high demand from visitors. Registration for space rentals in kiosks, restaurants and pavilions has opened, in response to an increased requirement for premium space. In the 2007-08 season, Global Village registered a footfall of nearly 4.5 million through the participation of 30 pavilions, 120 kiosks and service ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to host Financial Brokerage Forum 2008

Posted on 02/09/2008

"The Financial Brokerage Forum" (FBF) which is being held at Rotana Beach, Abu Dhabi, on October 14 and 15, 2008, will include specialized workshops that will provide a suitable environment for the parties attending the forum to meet and exchange ideas. The forum, which is titled "Investment in a New Global Economy," under the patronage of H.H. Sultan Bin Saeed Al-Mansouri, Minister of Economy, is organized by the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), in cooperation with Etisal Event ...  >>MORE

Summer in Abu Dhabi closes tomorrow

Posted on 18/08/2008

Summer in Abu Dhabi closes its doors Monday (August 18, 2008), after a triumphant eight-week run which saw the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) welcome many thousands of visitors from all over the UAE and beyond. The festival offered an exceptional mix of educational and entertaining activities which kept the crowds coming. Summer in Abu Dhabi offered it all, from award-winning animatronics and spying exhibitions to extreme sports and spectacular circus shows. The pioneering ...  >>MORE

Summer fest reveals UAE’s rich traditions

Posted on 14/08/2008

The UAE's rich tradition and colourful history is honoured by the Heritage and Culture Island, part of the ongoing new Summer in Abu Dhabi family festival at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The island is one of seven uniquely-themed zones housed in 13,000 square metres of air conditioned indoor space. Heritage and Culture Island provides the opportunity to learn, enjoy and experience the UAE's culture in a creative, fun and educational environment. Highlights of the culturally themed ...  >>MORE

Summer festival a big hit

Posted on 10/08/2008

The Summer Festival in Abu Dhabi has received tremendous response from visitors and a survey has revealed that 95 per cent of the 600 respondents expressed satisfaction, a Press statement from Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre said on Saturday. The festival, which began on June 26, will conclude on August 18. According to the survey, 42 per cent of visitors to the event were from outside Abu Dhabi, with 19 per cent from Al Ain, eight per cent from Dubai. Only three per cent of the visitors ...  >>MORE

Emirati buys 810 basketfuls of dates at Liwa Dates Festival

Posted on 04/08/2008

The Fourth Liwa Dates Festival which came to a triumphant end on Saturday witnessed several breathtaking events including auctions of fine produces by local farmers. In a public auction attended by a cheering crowd, an Emirati bought 810 basketfuls of juicy dates for a price of AED 1mn. Mohammed Atiq Al Hamili made the bidding to encourage local dates growers in the Western region. A large crowd from various nationalities visited the festival, the organizers of which have vowed to make it the ...  >>MORE

Liwa Dates Festival ends

Posted on 03/08/2008

The 4th Liwa Dates Festival ended here today amidst great fanfare. Sheikh Mohammed bin Butti Al-Hamed, Abu Dhabi Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, attended the closing ceremony during which he honoured winners of the various competitions. In a statement to the press, Sheikh Mohammed expressed happiness for the great success of the festival. He attributed the success to the continuous support and care of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and H.H. General Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed visits Dates Festival

Posted on 02/08/2008

Western Region - HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces has hailed the successes of the Dates Festival which has been running here for the fourth consecutive year. In a statement shortly after touring the various stands at the festival, Sheikh Mohammed described dates as a "major component of the national food security". "The date palm trees were the main source of food for our ancestors. Even today, dates ...  >>MORE

Liwa Festival's biggest bowl of dates enters Guinness Book of Record

Posted on 02/08/2008

Liwa - A giant bowlful of dates on show here at the 4th Liwa Dates Festival has entered the Guinness Book of Record as the biggest of its kind in the world, having been endorsed by a Guinness Book of Record Committee currently attending the festival here. The committee said the bowlful of dates has met all the international standards and requirements to have a place in the Book. The chairman of the higher organising committee of the festival, Rakan Maktoum Al Qubaisi, dedicated the achievement ...  >>MORE

Guinness decision on plate of dates tomorrow

Posted on 29/07/2008

The Guinness World Records panel will examine the plate containing a million dates tomorrow to verify if it can be registered as the world's biggest container of dates. This was stated by Rakan Al Qubaisi, Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee of the festival of dates in Liwa. The plate contains different varieties of Rotab (soft dates), he said. Al Qubaisi made the remarks at the festival where the auction held as part of the event saw sales worth Dh1 million over the last week. – ...  >>MORE

Heritage fest in full swing

Posted on 29/07/2008

The ongoing Liwa Date Festival continues to attract large number of visitors as it showcases a number of cultural and heritage activities. The 17-day-long festival, currently in its fourth year, is a very traditional gathering and aims at facilitating the business of dates. The festival has a lot to offer including a host of traditional activities, one of which was a mass wedding for approximately 340 couples sponsored by General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan held recently. The ...  >>MORE

Zayed Book Award hosts seminar in Paris

Posted on 09/07/2008

Paris - The Sheikh Zayed Book Award, one of the world's most prestigious cultural prizes which recognizes and rewards significant cultural achievements to Arabic culture, hosted a major seminar on building connections between Arab and French cultures at the prestigious Arab World Institute in Paris, France yesterday. The discussion on "Translation: Bridging the gap between French and Arab cultures” was one of six seminars to be hosted this year by the cultural award, which is now entering its ...  >>MORE

Summer family fun at Qanat Al Qasba

Posted on 09/07/2008

Al Qasba, the popular family entertainment and tourism hub in the region is all set to engage and entertain families staying behind this summer with their first ever mega summer programme. The Big House of Fun, presenting a unique array of summer activities for children and families, organised for the first year is scheduled to be held from tomorrow until August 23 daily. The Al Qasba Big House of Fun promises an exciting time for children and adults this summer with a spectacular line up of ...  >>MORE

Liwa Festival begins on July 17

Posted on 09/07/2008

The 4th Liwa Festival, an annual event that will mark a new Guinness World Record for the largest dates dishes, will begin from July 17 in Liwa, Al Gharbia in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, a press release from Al Gharbia (Western Region) Municipality said. The festival, sponsored by Al Gharbia Municipality, will run until August 2 at Liwa Wedding Hall in Liwa. The festival would include activities such as group weddings, poetry evenings, religious lectures, date palm education sessions for ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Summer Festival a big draw

Posted on 08/07/2008

More than 30,000 people have visited the Summer Festival in the first 10 days of its inauguration at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre here in the capital, a Press release said yesterday. The Summer festival is being hosted by the ADNEC and Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) that will continue till the coming eight weeks. Commenting on the attendance, Faisal Al Sheikh, Head of Events Section, ADTA, said, "From June 26 to July 5, we received 30,870 visitors to summer shows here. We are ...  >>MORE

Cultural body launches festival of classical music in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 03/07/2008

A new classical music festival, titled Abu Dhabi Classics, was yesterday unveiled by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH). Abu Dhabi Classics will span over half a year -from October 24 this to May 7, 2009. According to ADACH Deputy Chairman Zaki Nusseibeh, the new festival will not quite take over the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival or Al Ain Festival, which have so far been providing major classical concerts in the emirate of Abu Dhabi every spring. "We will work with ...  >>MORE

Capital to host global space tech forum

Posted on 01/07/2008

Abu Dhabi will stage a global space technology exhibition and conference in 2008, providing a first class platform to examine the latest space technology and emerging commercial and investment opportunities. The conference and exhibition comes at a time when the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the Middle East region is stepping up efforts to become a serious aviation and aerospace commercial, technical and services hub. Taking place from November 16-18 2008 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Summer Fest opens today

Posted on 26/06/2008

Children of all ages as well as their families can enjoy a full day of fun at the Abu Dhabi Summer Festival starting in the capital today. The festival will be spread over seven themed islands. At Discovery Island, children will be introduced to the Robot Zoo, a 1,000-meter interactive exhibition that uses animatronics to show how animals work. The award-winning exhibition has toured more than 20 science centres in North America and Singapore and has been seen by more than four million ...  >>MORE

Fujairah Days in Paris opens

Posted on 26/06/2008

A cultural festival highlighting the culture and heritage of UAE was opened in the French capital on Wednesday evening. The event will extend a bridge between Arab and European civilizations. The five-day event titled 'Fujairah Days in Paris' is being organized under the patronage of Fujairah Crown Prince HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi. Chairman of Fujairah Authority for Culture and Information (FACI) Sheikh Rashid bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi opened the festival in ...  >>MORE

Spanish photographic show in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 26/06/2008

Just a month after the Picasso retrospective went on display bringing a collection of the Spanish artist's favourite works into UAE's capital city, a unique exhibition of Spanish photographs was inaugurated on Wednesday at the Al-Ghaf Hall for formative arts in Abu Dhabi. The exhibition of photographs titled 'Celestial bodies' is organised by Abu Dhabi Group for Culture and Arts, in association with the Spanish embassy. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Dubai International Poetry Festival launched

Posted on 24/06/2008

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has directed the launch of 'Dubai International Poetry Festival' as an annual calendar event celebrating Arabic poetry and promoting international understanding through one of the most enduring literary genres. Held under the banner 'Thousand Poets, One Language', the activity-packed annual event aims to attract 1,000 internationally acclaimed poets from across the world over the next ...  >>MORE

UAE soccer stars for Abu Dhabi family fest

Posted on 21/06/2008

Members of the UAE National Football Team will make a guest appearance at the Summer In Abu Dhabi family festival. The eight-week summer extravaganza that will showcase educational entertainment for children and families will run from June 26 to August 18 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). The Summer in Abu Dhabi organisers have also lined up several other high-profile guest appearances, including the UAE speedboat champion Thani Al Qamzi and Union Internationale ...  >>MORE

Emirati and Omani students win extremely short story competition

Posted on 20/06/2008

Emirati student at HCT Hassan Yousef Mohamed has been declared the UAE National Prize winner and Regional Prize winner for the Arabian Peninsula, in the first Regional Extremely Short Story Competition. Hassan was jointly awarded the top regional prize, along with Fatima Al Zadjali, from the Oman Tourism College, Muscat, Oman. More than 1,000 entries were received in the creative writing competition which challenged young, national authors from across the region to write a short story in ...  >>MORE

Festivals to brand capital as tourist destination

Posted on 20/06/2008

It takes imagination and innovation to host a festival in 45C heat. But for a decade, thousands of summer travellers have been lured to the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), where consumers spent more than Dh10.2 billion (US$2.7bn) last year. Now, it is Abu Dhabi's turn. The inaugural Summer in Abu Dhabi festival, which begins on June 26, is the latest push by the Government to brand the capital as a major tourist destination. While Dubai's festivals offer a primarily retail-orientated agenda, ...  >>MORE

Fruitful Summer in Ajman

Posted on 14/06/2008

A summer programme organised by the Humaid Bin Rashid Al-Nuaimi Foundation For Human Development will kick off on Sunday in Ajman. The 'Fruitful Summer in Ajman' to be held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, crown prince of Ajman will last until 21st August. The summer programme is being organised as per directives from His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, UAE Supreme Council member and ruler of Ajman, and aims at enriching skills and intelligence of ...  >>MORE

ADACH in search of a 'Prince of Poets' again

Posted on 14/06/2008

'Prince of Poets', an ADACH initiated poetry contest that slowly evolved into a pan-Arab poetic movement, opened its second edition yesterday in Abu Dhabi. The event telecast live via Abu Dhabi satellite channel has played a significant role in promoting the Arab cultural scene, according to Director General of Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazroui. HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme ...  >>MORE

Winners of region's first Extremely Short Story Competition to be announced

Posted on 11/06/2008

Over 50 young authors from across the Arabian Peninsula (GCC and Yemen) will gather this week at Zayed University in Dubai for the presentation of the GCC's inaugural Extremely Short Story Competition (ESSC) - a contest for young, national authors at secondary schools or in higher education to write a creative, 50-word story (no more, no less) in English. From over 1,000 entries for the competition, two regional prize winners will be chosen, along with winners from each participating country. ...  >>MORE

Four themes of Abu Dhabi Summer Festival unveiled

Posted on 10/06/2008

A part of the activities planned for the much anticipated Summer Festival in Abu Dhabi was revealed yesterday by the two organisers, Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC) and Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA). The event will take place for the first time in the capital from June 26 to August 18. Spread over 13,000 square metres of ADNEC's space, the entertaining and educational festival for all ages is designed on seven unique indoor island themes. The activities on the first four ...  >>MORE

UAE to host video gaming tournament

Posted on 20/05/2008

The nation has attracted another international sporting championship but, unlike Formula One drivers and English cricketers, these competitors do battle with rocket launchers, machine guns and magic spells and potions. The Middle East's largest electronic video game championship will be held in Dubai during GITEX Technology Week, from Oct 19 to 23. Competitive video gaming "combines the storytelling and special effects of Hollywood with the action and adrenalin of professional sport”, said ...  >>MORE

Nakheel to bring touring Cirque du Soleil show to Palm Jumeirah in spring 2009

Posted on 08/05/2008

Nakheel, a Dubai World company and one of the world's largest and most innovative real estate developers, today announced that Palm Jumeirah will host Cirque du Soleil's world famous touring show ‘Alegria' in Spring 2009 as a prelude to the permanent show which is due to open on the island in Summer 2011. The announcement, made at Arabian Travel Market 2008, comes one year after Nakheel and Cirque du Soleil announced a major partnership to develop a permanent show on Palm Jumeirah. In May 2007, ...  >>MORE

Over 7, 000 poets from 22 countries to take part in the contest in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 03/05/2008

The organisers of the Prince of Poets Contest, have received 7, 000 entries from 22 countries when the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage announced receiving entries for the second edition of the poets competition in 2008. The closing date for receiving the applications was April 13. The panel of judges will receive 300 elevated poets in Abu Dhabi for an interview next week. The prince of poets contest is one of the most successful TV programmes in the Arab world, which broadcast the ...  >>MORE

Sounds of Arabia to feature renowned musicians

Posted on 28/04/2008

The stages of Abu Dhabi are well accustomed by now with top western composers, orchestras and singers, but, for a change, the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) is planning a tribute to Arabic music. From May 1 to May 6, six Arab singers will perform here in the Sounds of Arabia festival, which will also include documentaries about the old and the modern Eastern music. The festival will be opened by Omar Khairat, a renowned Egyptian composer, whose career took him from ...  >>MORE

Smallest Quran in the world at The Bride Show

Posted on 27/04/2008

The smallest copy of the Quran in the world has been on display at The Bride Show this week drawing crowds of visitors to see one of the most fascinating and technologically advanced products set into spectacular pieces of jewellery. Using the latest nanotechnology, Dr. Mir Emad Mokhtari has created possibly the most meaningful gift for a loved one. Written on sapphire, the second strongest stone, with either platinum or 24 ct gold writing, the entire stone spans 58mm by 98mm, and was ...  >>MORE

Mickey Mouse performs for special needs children

Posted on 22/04/2008

Global Village enthralled children of the Dubai Centre for Special Needs with an exclusive presentation of master magician Mickey Mouse, ahead of the highly acclaimed Mickey Magic Show's debut in Dubai. The initiative that came as part of Global Village's corporate social responsibility also gave away complimentary tickets to the children for the musical that is set to raise its curtains on May 15 for 33 performances through a 12-day run at the Dubai Airport Expo. Priced upwards from Dh65, ...  >>MORE

Dubai gets street music fest

Posted on 17/04/2008

Music lovers who have hitherto been flooded with concerts and jam sessions will get to experience a change in settings with the first street festival scheduled to be held at The Walk in Jumeirah Beach Residence where top notch musicians would perform free of charge. Aptly named The Walk Street Music Festival, the one-day event will see bands like Kool and the Gang, Arab musician Guy Manoukian, alternative rock musician Jonas Desai, American saxophonist Tyree Glenn Jr, soul artist Hayley ...  >>MORE

UAE's leading think thank showcases in-depth studies at London Book Fair

Posted on 16/04/2008

Visitors, exhibitors and publishers from around the world will get the opportunity at the current edition of London Book Fair to learn first-hand about the publishing industry in Arab countries, thanks to the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), the leading UAE think tank. ECSSR will showcase its high-quality English and Arabic publications at the fair which has become the global publishing community's leading spring forum for booksellers, publishers, librarians and book ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ruler at London Book Fair

Posted on 15/04/2008

London - His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah attended Monday the opening of the London Book Fair (LBF). The UAE is participating in the international cultural gathering by five pavilions. During his tour of the fair, Sheikh Sultan stopped at the pavilion of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) where he was briefed on ADACH's pilot cultural initiatives including the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, the Poetry Academy, ...  >>MORE

Career UAE Fair 2008 records 31% growth in gross floor space

Posted on 15/04/2008

Careers UAE 2008, the largest recruitment, training and education event, organised exclusively for UAE nationals, has registered over 31 per cent growth in gross exhibition space to reach 13,200 sq meters, with the number of exhibitors touching 215. To be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Careers UAE 2008 is hosted by Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 15-17 April at the Dubai ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi will Host Mideast Film Festival


Forum of Ambassadors and Heads of UAE' missions opens in Abu Dhabi


Festival draws region’s talent to capital


Global Village extends opening in response to high demand


Abu Dhabi to host Financial Brokerage Forum 2008


Summer in Abu Dhabi closes tomorrow


Summer fest reveals UAE’s rich traditions


Summer festival a big hit


Emirati buys 810 basketfuls of dates at Liwa Dates Festival


Liwa Dates Festival ends


Mohammed bin Zayed visits Dates Festival


Liwa Festival's biggest bowl of dates enters Guinness Book of Record


Guinness decision on plate of dates tomorrow


Heritage fest in full swing


Zayed Book Award hosts seminar in Paris


Summer family fun at Qanat Al Qasba


Liwa Festival begins on July 17


Abu Dhabi Summer Festival a big draw


Cultural body launches festival of classical music in Abu Dhabi


Capital to host global space tech forum


Abu Dhabi Summer Fest opens today


Fujairah Days in Paris opens


Spanish photographic show in Abu Dhabi


Dubai International Poetry Festival launched


UAE soccer stars for Abu Dhabi family fest


Emirati and Omani students win extremely short story competition


Festivals to brand capital as tourist destination


Fruitful Summer in Ajman


ADACH in search of a 'Prince of Poets' again


Winners of region's first Extremely Short Story Competition to be announced


Four themes of Abu Dhabi Summer Festival unveiled


UAE to host video gaming tournament


Nakheel to bring touring Cirque du Soleil show to Palm Jumeirah in spring 2009


Over 7, 000 poets from 22 countries to take part in the contest in Abu Dhabi


Sounds of Arabia to feature renowned musicians


Smallest Quran in the world at The Bride Show


Mickey Mouse performs for special needs children


Dubai gets street music fest


UAE's leading think thank showcases in-depth studies at London Book Fair


Sharjah Ruler at London Book Fair


Career UAE Fair 2008 records 31% growth in gross floor space