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Big bargains at book fair

Posted on 07/12/2003

Book lovers can get great bargains at the Sharjah World Book Fair with discounts of more than 25 per cent during the 10-day exhibition. There are over 70,000 titles on display ranging from university course material to books on Islam and even early learning kits for infants. The English language section is represented by leading publishing houses from countries as diverse as United Kingdom, India, The Netherlands, Turkey and Russia. Over 550 Arab and international publishers are taking part ...  >>MORE

Where the world meets in Dubai

Posted on 17/11/2003

Nations Gathering Expo, organised on Al Riqqa Street as part of the City that Cares, brings together products from several countries under one roof. Many nations of the world come together at Al Riqqa street to give visitors a truly international experience. Wall hangings from China, imitation jewellery from India, purses from Thailand, dry fruits from Iran… you will find all this and more in the two exhibition tents on Al Riqqa Street. Visitors can get their photos colour-printed on white ...  >>MORE

Nine day Al Ain festival aims to attract families

Posted on 16/11/2003

A nine-day festival starting November 7 and focusing on family entertainment will ensure tourists have a great time here during the forthcoming Eid Al Fitr and 32nd National Day holidays. The Ain Economic Development and Tourism Promotion Authority said it is aimed at promoting Al Ain as the most attractive destination for family tourism in the region. The activities will be held at designated places in different parts of the city. The line up includes cultural shows, games, painting ...  >>MORE

Spectacular aerobatic display by Red Arrows in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Posted on 18/10/2003

The Red Arrows, Britain's ace flying team, enthralled a huge crowd in Dubai with their aerobatics over the landmark Burj Al Arab Hotel last Wednesday. The daredevil flyers pulled off a spectacular show as part of the BAe Systems-sponsored Eastern Arrow tour of Middle East countries. Hundreds of cars packed with young and old alike lined up along the Beach Road adjacent to the hotel to watch the breathtaking 22-minute performance, celebrating 100 years of powered flight. The roads leading to the ...  >>MORE

Fujairah plays host to leisure fishing contest

Posted on 29/09/2003

More than 150 people will take part in the first leisure fishing competition of this season at the Fujairah International Marine Club on Friday. Registration is open for residents of Fujairah for a family fun day. With the temperature getting cooler, all kinds of fish come to the Gulf of Oman. This helps fishermen and amateur anglers to catch more. All boats taking part must be registered and approved by the Harbour Master at the club. There will be a party after the prize distribution. ...  >>MORE

Massive Dubai fair a treat to booklovers

Posted on 20/07/2003

Literature lovers will be pleased to discover that a book fair is being held at the Airport Expo. The "Dubai International Book Fair" (DIBEX) is organised by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. This is considered among the largest fairs of its kind to be held in the UAE. The fair - featuring books for the whole family in Arabic, English and French - started last Thursday and will run until Thursday. It is open weekdays from 10am to 1pm and 4pm to 10pm. The Dubai International Book Fair ...  >>MORE

Sharjah summer festival begins

Posted on 20/06/2003

Sharjah's first shopping and entertainment festival, the Sharjah Summer Promotion, started yesterday with an official ceremony at the Sahara Centre. The 73-day shopping extravaganza at Sharjah malls runs from June 18 to August 29. "The festival has been created to promote the emirate as a prime shopping location," said Saeed Salim Bardaan, director of Economic Relations at the Sharjah Economic Department. He said that the promotion will be a dynamic retail event catering to the shopping and ...  >>MORE

Fine art show begins

Posted on 08/04/2003

The Sharjah International Biennial started this morning with His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurating the fine arts extravaganza at Sharjah Expo Centre. A number of other events running concurrently - including the opening of new museums - are scheduled during the month-long Biennial. The Biennial has been recognised as the largest cultural event in the Middle East," said Hisham Al Madhloum of Sharjah's Department ...  >>MORE

Media City holds annual charity bazaar

Posted on 05/04/2003

Dubai Media City yesterday held its annual community event of shopping and entertainment for families. The event, dubbed the Media Bazaar, was to help the industry interact with the community, according to the organisers. You needed a good sunblock, hat or a cap as the temperature rose slightly despite the seabreeze. Children pointed excitedly to a huge inflated Donkey Kong which loomed large on the wooden bridge leading to the open-air bazaar. There were also slides and a 'flying elephant' for ...  >>MORE

Iraq war fails to hit watch, jewellery fair

Posted on 03/04/2003

Despite the war in Iraq, the 14th Mideast Watch and Jewellery Show at Expo Centre Sharjah has won sizeable participation from national and foreign companies and is set to feature a range of attractions and activities for visitors. "The response underlines the resilience and soundness underpinning the UAE economy," said Fasahat Ali Khan, deputy director general at the complex. To be held from April 15 to 19, the exhibition for precious jewellery and watches is set to feature over 120 exhibitors ...  >>MORE

UAE fair in Iran to be held in June

Posted on 02/04/2003

The Third UAE Exhibition in Iran organised by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dubai Ports Authority, Customs and Jebel Ali Free Zone Corporation in association with Index Conferences & Exhibitions will be held in Teheran from June 9 -12. The earlier exhibitions in Iran had generated business worth Dh1.2 billion for businesses from the UAE. Iran is a leading trade partner of the UAE. The total non-oil trade between Dubai and Iran was $3.5 billion in 2001, while Dubai's re-exports to ...  >>MORE

Dubai plans international film festival next year

Posted on 24/03/2003

Dubai is to host an international film festival next March, with plans to develop it into an annual event bringing together films and film personalities from around the world. The promoters have budgeted around US$5 million initially to develop the Dubai International Film Festival (DIIF) concept. Promotion of the festival to an international audience will start immediately, according to Abdulhamid Juma, chief executive of Dubai Media City. Dubai, thus, becomes the second Middle East city ...  >>MORE

Awareness drive marks Water Day

Posted on 23/03/2003

Dubai Municipality has lined up several public awareness activities to mark World Water Day which is being observed this year under the slogan: "Water for the Future". World Water Day is commemorated every March 22. Sara Al Sayegh, Head of the Environment and Health Education Office, said the Municipality is keen to spread awareness about the importance of water and the need to preserve it and inculcate its proper use among various segments of the society, particularly students. Contests will ...  >>MORE

Student workshop focuses on water

Posted on 23/03/2003

More than 100 students from 20 schools commemorated the World Water Day yesterday with an interactive workshop highlighting the value of water and its consumption. The activities were organised by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) under the theme, 'Water For the Future'. Its aim was to tell the public that each of us is responsible for maintaining and improving the quality and quantity of fresh water and to preserve it for future generations. It is part of the ...  >>MORE

Al Ain flower show opens

Posted on 13/03/2003

The fourth annual Al Ain Flower Show, which is the main segment of Al Ain 2003 Festival, opened here yesterday, putting on display millions of flowers along the roads and in parks. Sheikh Tahnoon bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in Eastern Region, inaugurated the festival in a colourful ceremony at the Public Garden. Children from various schools, clad in festive costumes, staged performances at the public garden. According to the organisers, all public gardens and parks ...  >>MORE

Flower festival begins tomorrow

Posted on 11/03/2003

A traditional village embodying the cultural strength of Bedouin life will be a major attraction at the Al Ain Flower Festival beginning tomorrow. The village will showcase important aspects of Bedouin civilisation which serves as the backbone of the local culture, said a spokesperson for the organisers. The Flower Festival opens tomorrow and the inaugural ceremony will be held at the Public Garden near the Clock Tower Roundabout in the afternoon. The village is expected to leave an ...  >>MORE

Aerial fiesta kicks off festival

Posted on 06/03/2003

The world-renowned 'Utterly Butterly' wing-walking display team yesterday performed a spectacular aerobatic show enthralling spectators gathered at the opening of Al Ain 2003 Festival. The 10-day Aerial Fiesta was launched yesterday at a ceremony near Al Ain International Airport and is part of the Al Ain Festival. The event is being organised under the patronage of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Information and Culture. The spectators were amazed at the skills of the pilots, ...  >>MORE

Enviro-Spellathon launched

Posted on 03/03/2003

The Enviro-Spellathon opened here yesterday following its overwhelming success in Abu Dhabi last year. Enviro-Spellathon, the UAE's largest environmental education programme targeting primary schools in four emirates, was launched at a ceremony at Al Qasba Canal. Initiated in Abu Dhabi last year, the Enviro-Spellathon drew as many as 45,000 student participants. More than 125,000 primary school children aged between six and 12 in Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are targeted. In ...  >>MORE

UAE to host Festival of Thinkers

Posted on 02/03/2003

The UAE will soon host the first-ever Festival of Thinkers, a new concept where prominent international intellectuals will discuss the developments and role of thinking in our age. The Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT) of the Higher Colleges of Technology signed a memorandum of understanding with the Edward de Bono Foundation (EDBF) to collaborate on the development of the Festival. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific ...  >>MORE

Climber conquers Abu Dhabi tower

Posted on 22/02/2003

A famous French climber, dubbed 'Spiderman', yesterday held Abu Dhabi captive for nearly two hours when more than 50,000 people gathered on the main streets to watch him climb the city's tallest building bare hand. Alain Robert, an adventurer who has conquered the Empire State building and Eiffel Tower, emerged out of the giant National Bank of Abu Dhabi tower, smiling shyly, to the applause of a crowd that needed hundreds of policemen to control. But it took him only 25 minutes to claw his ...  >>MORE

Thousands join Terry Fox run

Posted on 22/02/2003

More than 3,000 people battled strong winds to participate in the Terry Fox run, a fund-raiser marathon, here yesterday. Adults, children, elderly and handicapped from more than 50 countries, ran and walked along the Abu Dhabi Corniche which was cordoned off by a large police force to ensure enough space for the participants. The marathon in Abu Dhabi lasted nearly two hours as many people walked either because of their age or because of a physical handicap. Scores of teenagers on rolling ...  >>MORE

Afforestation Week begins today

Posted on 22/02/2003

A traditional irrigation system, rare and distinctive plants, and a green souq are some of the attractions of 'Afforestation Week' organised by Dubai Municipality from February 22. Locally known as falaj, a model of the irrigation system used for centuries by Bedouins, will be built at the Creekside Park. In addition to an exhibit of rare and distinctive plants, there will also be a raffle draw for visitors to the Creekside Park, which is limited to the first 400 families entering through Gate ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi residents to savour Friday's twin treats

Posted on 20/02/2003

When a French adventurer starts climbing a tall tower in Abu Dhabi and hundreds run in a Terry Fox charity marathon on Friday, both events will symbolise one objective although they are completely different – that almost nothing is impossible. The risky climb of the 200-metre-high building in the heart of the Abu Dhabi city and the marathon along the sprawling Corniche are more than a mere adventure or a charity sport event. They should be seen as a message to students and their teachers, ...  >>MORE

Varsity hosts unique exhibition

Posted on 18/02/2003

An exhibition by people with special needs was held for the first time at Zayed University's Dubai Campus yesterday. The exhibition, in co-operation with Al Thiqqa Handicapped Club, was inaugurated by Sheikh Mohammed bin Saqer Al Qasimi, Chief, Board of Directors, Al Thiqqa Club, and Dr Hanif Hassan, Vice President of Zayed University. The thrust of the exhibition is to highlight the pioneering role of the university in supporting social activities of the special needs categories within the ...  >>MORE

UAE to observe International Civil Defence Day

Posted on 15/02/2003

The UAE will join the world in observing the International Civil Defence Day, scheduled to be held on March 1st, under the theme of "The Civil Defence role in protecting the Oil Industries” The event will highlight the strategic importance of the oil installations as one of the most significant pillars of the national economy. To mark this important event, the civil defence has completed the arrangements of the celebration in order to disseminate safety awareness and the importance of ...  >>MORE

'Marathon of Hope' in Abu Dhabi on Feb. 21

Posted on 14/02/2003

Abu Dhabi is all set to repeat the success of the Dubai annual Terry Fox Run (TFR), with the 'Marathon of Hope' scheduled to take place in the capital at 10am on February 21. The marathon will be starting and ending at the parking lot of the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Resort & Towers, and covering a distance of 10km. Around 4,000 to 5,000 people are expected to join the event. According to Farid Dabaghi, treasurer of the Terry Fox Committee in Abu Dhabi, the response and participation for the annual ...  >>MORE

No losers in this marathon of hope

Posted on 08/02/2003

It's amazing how one man's heroic but sad race against time has inspired millions around the globe to join in the 'Marathon of Hope' and help rid the world of the scourge of cancer. They were all there at the starting point at around 8 am yesterday; excited schoolchildren wanting to get their Maple Leaf stamp on their fist or on their cheeks, grandfathers with their grandchildren, people on bicycles, kids on skates, skateboards, scooters, a woman on a wheelchair. The 'whole thing' was a 8.5 km ...  >>MORE

Kenyan wins WWF race in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 08/02/2003

Kenyan athlete Benson Matheka once again came first in the 21km half marathon here yesterday beating nearly 160 runners. The race was organised by Swiss-based Worldwide Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) to raise funds for nature. Last year too, Matheka had won the international marathon. The race was flagged off early morning near Abu Dhabi's Marina Mall on the breakwater, opposite the city's high-rise towers on the Corniche. Matheka even set another record in the Abu Dhabi race, finishing the ...  >>MORE

Navratilova for Dubai Open

Posted on 07/02/2003

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has confirmed that she will be competing in the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open, which takes place at the Dubai Tennis Stadium from February 17-22. The 46 year-old will compete in the doubles tournament, and her inclusion provides the icing on the cake for a star-studded week of excellent tennis, which will also features the likes of Venus Williams, Jennifer Capriati, Justine Henin-Hardenne and Monica Seles. Colm McLoughlin, the Managing Director of Dubai Duty ...  >>MORE

Nahyan opens Scandinavian Week

Posted on 02/02/2003

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, yesterday inaugurated the Scandinavian Week, organised by the Embassies of the four Nordic countries of Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Danish Consulate in Dubai and in co-ordination with the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Sheikh Nahyan inspected an exhibition on the rich culture of the Nordic countries including antiques and art works as well as cultural and tourist publications. The event ...  >>MORE

5,000 to join Dubai Terry Fox Run

Posted on 31/01/2003

Around 5,000 people are expected to attend the eighth annual Dubai Terry Fox Run on February 7. The 8.5-km "marathon of hope" will start and finish at Wonderland theme park. The Terry Fox Run is held under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates. It is also supported by the UAE Athletics Federation, Dubai Police and Dubai Municipality. The family run is organised annually to raise funds for cancer research in the UAE. The ...  >>MORE

Third Al Ain Classical Music Festival

Posted on 29/01/2003

For the third consecutive year, the Abu Dhabi Concert Committee, under the Presidency of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Information and Culture, is organising a unique musical weekend in Al Ain from March 5 to 7. The winning formula of the Al Ain Classical Music Festival combines high quality classical concerts and the charms of the historical city of Al Ain - its forts, oasis and desert - creating a convivial atmosphere enjoyed by a large crown of music lovers, according to a ...  >>MORE

Al Ain gets ready for annual fete

Posted on 26/01/2003

Millions of flowers have been planted in and around the oasis city in preparation for the annual Al Ain Festival to be held in March. Colourful flowerbeds adorn all the roads, intersections and parks in the city, which twice has come second in the 'Nations in Bloom' contest - an international competition which selects leading cities for good landscape, management and environmental practices. Al Ain Economic Development and Tourism Authority and Al Ain Municipality and Town Planning ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Biennial to focus on new practices in art

Posted on 25/01/2003

The 6th Sharjah International Art Biennial will be graced by some of the world's foremost contemporary artists and will usher in a new era for contemporary art in the Gulf, according to the organisers. It will be the first time that art's 'new practices' have taken centre-stage at the Biennial, and it will bring to the region aspects of art still largely unknown in the Arab world. The ground-breaking nature of the Biennial was stressed by director Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi and chief curator ...  >>MORE

Shooting competition at Heritage Village

Posted on 23/01/2003

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is organising shooting competition, which will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the Heritage village on January 23 and 24. Chairman of the DTCM Committee for DSF 2003 Activities, Abdulla Hamdan bin Dalmook said that all the contestants participating in the competition have been thoroughly screened and processed by the Dubai Police and meet international professional standards. ...  >>MORE

Al Ain 2003 to be held in March with host of events

Posted on 18/01/2003

Al Ain 2003 will be held from March 5 to 28 and this year will incorporate three focussed events. The Al Ain Aerial Fiesta (March 5-14) will be held at Al Ain International Airport; Al Ain International Flower Show (March 12 - 21) at Al Ain Public Gardens and Al Ain Music Festival (March 5-28, weekends only) at Hili Fun City. The event aims to attract regional and international visitors as part of the ongoing strategy to develop Al Ain as a major tourist destination. The brand new and ...  >>MORE

Film competition begins on March 5

Posted on 14/01/2003

The Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation will conduct the Second Emirates Film Competition from March 5 to 10. It will conclude with an awards ceremony. Movies and TV films of all types will be screened and seminars will be held on the sidelines of the competition, said Masoud Amrallah Al Ali, director of the competition. "Works submitted to the competition must deal with a local theme or at least include a local element. Each must be an integral whole in itself and not an episode of a TV serial or ...  >>MORE

Preparations under way for Sharjah Water Festival

Posted on 10/12/2002

The final preparations are under way for this year's Sharjah Water Festival, to be held on December 11 and 17, under the guardianship of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, the patronage of Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and the continued commitment of Sheikh Tariq bin Faisal Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development ...  >>MORE

Programme to mark UAE National Day launched

Posted on 26/11/2002

Major General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ministry of Interior Undersecretary, launched a ten-day programme on Sunday to mark the 31st National Day celebrations in the capital. The programme was launched at the Abu Dhabi Police Officers Club, with the opening of a heritage village and a book and photo exhibition on the rapid development the country in the last three decades. He also opened the photograph exhibition at the Officers' Club as part of the National Day celebrations. Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Decorations light up city streets

Posted on 20/11/2002

The streets of Dubai are wearing a festive look for the activities surrounding 'Dubai the City that Cares 2002'. There are rainbows of colour all over the city displayed in arches that cross the streets; tree trunks have been covered with blue and symbolic yellow stars and moons for Ramadan. At night, the Dubai the City that Cares lantern can be seen along all major highways and roads really animating Dubai while the entire city is sparkling and shining from the bright neon lights. The most ...  >>MORE

Visitors flock to global Ramadan fair

Posted on 16/11/2002

A record number of visitors are flocking to the Ramadan International Consumer Products Fair being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The fair, now in its second year successful year, opened earlier this week in Halls 1 and 2 and already has seen a large number of people flocking to see a wide range of products from around the globe. Organisers are confidently predicting a record number of visitors this year. Ramadan International Consumer Products Fair will facilitate great shopping ...  >>MORE

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Big bargains at book fair


Where the world meets in Dubai


Nine day Al Ain festival aims to attract families


Spectacular aerobatic display by Red Arrows in Dubai and Abu Dhabi


Fujairah plays host to leisure fishing contest


Massive Dubai fair a treat to booklovers


Sharjah summer festival begins


Fine art show begins


Media City holds annual charity bazaar


Iraq war fails to hit watch, jewellery fair


UAE fair in Iran to be held in June


Dubai plans international film festival next year


Awareness drive marks Water Day


Student workshop focuses on water


Al Ain flower show opens


Flower festival begins tomorrow


Aerial fiesta kicks off festival


Enviro-Spellathon launched


UAE to host Festival of Thinkers


Climber conquers Abu Dhabi tower


Thousands join Terry Fox run


Afforestation Week begins today


Abu Dhabi residents to savour Friday's twin treats


Varsity hosts unique exhibition


UAE to observe International Civil Defence Day


'Marathon of Hope' in Abu Dhabi on Feb. 21


No losers in this marathon of hope


Kenyan wins WWF race in Abu Dhabi


Navratilova for Dubai Open


Nahyan opens Scandinavian Week


5,000 to join Dubai Terry Fox Run


Third Al Ain Classical Music Festival


Al Ain gets ready for annual fete


Sharjah Biennial to focus on new practices in art


Shooting competition at Heritage Village


Al Ain 2003 to be held in March with host of events


Film competition begins on March 5


Preparations under way for Sharjah Water Festival


Programme to mark UAE National Day launched


Decorations light up city streets


Visitors flock to global Ramadan fair