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“UAE Compassion” receives great response from Private school students in Dubai

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“UAE Compassion” receives great response from Private school students in Dubai


489The “UAE Compassion” initiative that has been launched by UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has received great response and support from students in private schools across Dubai. Dubai Cares has been working with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and private schools in Dubai over the course of the campaign to manage the collection of donated winter clothing, blankets and food items from the students and deliver them to Dubai Cares at its main collection point in Al Boom Tourist Village in Dubai.

Among schools that contacted Dubai Cares to arrange for the drop off of donations were Al Mawakeb School, Ambassador Kindergarten, Bradenton Preparatory Academy, BUDS School, Choueifat International School-Dubai, Dubai American Academy, Dubai International Academy, GEMS Wichester, Greenfield School, Gulf Model School, Kindergarten Starters, Mirdif Private School, Mizhar American Academy, NORD ANGLIA School, Taaleem schools, The Children’s Garden, Uptown School Mirdif, Westminster School and many others.


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Design Days Dubai Announces Record Number of Galleries for 2015 Edition

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Design Days Dubai Announces Record Number of Galleries for 2015 Edition


458Design Days Dubai will return for its fourth edition, from 16 – 20 March 2015 with a number of firsts overtaking past records. This installment will see an international line-up of 44 renowned exhibitors, from 20 countries presenting purchasable and highly-desirable works of modern and contemporary design to the Middle East and South Asia’s only collectible design fair.

Zaha Hadid, Table, ‘Liquid Glacial’, Acrylic, 2013. David Gill Galleries

A recognized symbol of the growth and maturity of the design landscape in the UAE, Design Days Dubai includes 22 returning exhibitors, such as Carpenters Workshop Gallery (Paris/London), Southern Guild (Cape Town), Artfactum (Beirut), and Broached Commissions (Melbourne), alongside 11 first-time participants including the regional premiere for David Gill Galleries (London) and Gallery FUMI (London), as well as Gallery ALL (Beijing/Los Angeles), Chamber NYC (New York), Galerie Silbereis (Paris), and designer and personality Fiona Barratt-Campbell’s Privé Collection (London).

“As the event grows year on year, Design Days Dubai continues to cultivate recognition and awareness for design in the region, serving to establish Dubai as a global cultural hub. The upcoming 2015 edition will exhibit the world’s most diverse collection of exhibitors and designers from 20 countries, and ground-breaking works for the audience to further enhance their experience around the subject of design,” said Cyril Zammit, Director, Design Days Dubai. “The fair offers design enthusiasts the opportunity to not only meet international designers, but also acquire collectible design and enhance collections for private and corporate use.”

Design Days Dubai continues to support the Middle Eastern design industry through exhibiting a record number of 16 design studios, galleries, and design professionals based in the Emirates and wider GCC. These include the first participation of 1971 (Sharjah), and 19th Century Antiques (Dubai), as well as the launch of Aljoud Lootah Design Studio (Dubai). Other highlights of the 2015 programme will include a 10th anniversary celebration of Lebanese designer Nada Debs, as well as the regional opening for a new series of vases presented by Wiener Silber Manufactur by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, who will also have distinct ‘liquid’ table works shown by David Gill Galleries (London). Additional Middle Eastern representation can be seen through the participation of Authentique Art Gallery (Dubai), Cities (Dubai & Riyadh), Naqsh Design House (Amman) and Nakkash Gallery (Dubai), together with Tashkeel (Dubai), Fatima bint Mohamed bin Zayed Initiative (Dubai & Abu Dhabi), Faddi Sarriedine (Dubai), and jewellery from Shamsa Alabbar (Dubai).

Held again at ‘The Venue’, the annual setting for the fair, idyllically located next to the iconic Burj Khalifa in Emaar’s Downtown Dubai, audiences can experience, discover and engage with the works on display, and the galleries and designers from around the world. Presenting the highest number of exhibitors at Design Days Dubai to date, participation will be seen from Australia, China, Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Netherlands, South Africa, and Taiwan, as well as Europe, and the Americas, showcasing the fair’s global reach.

Design Days Dubai has the continued generous support of returning sponsors since being established in 2012, including the strategic partnership with Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts and heritage; French high-jewelry Maison Van Cleef & Arpels, who will showcase the dazzling new collection of exceptional stones entitled Pierres de Caractère, Emaar, and Audi working in collaboration to provide visitors with an opportunity to engage with pieces from new-comers and well-established designers




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Emirati woman leadership fast-tracking the landscape of VPS Healthcare Growth in Dubai and Northern Emirates

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Emirati woman leadership fast-tracking the landscape of VPS Healthcare Growth in Dubai and Northern Emirates


455In the next step in its efforts to diversify and Emiratise its innovative leadership team, VPS Healthcare, an integrated healthcare provider with a network of hospitals and medical centers, has announced the addition of Dr. Ibtesam Al Bastaki as Director for Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil, Managing Director, VPS Healthcare, has expressed strong dedication to the continued growth of operations both in the UAE and abroad by on-boarding the best and most experienced professionals from a diverse array of backgrounds.

“Building a successful healthcare organization requires diverse talent, medical expertise, state-of-the-art technology and, above all, coordination between different organizations,” explained Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil, “only by maximizing these attributes we can establish a truly successful healthcare delivery system. Dr. Ibtesam will now be a vital part of this growing architecture.”

As the new Director of Dubai and the Northern Emirates, Dr. Ibtesam Al Bastaki will be responsible for development, improvement of healthcare strategy and performance for VPS Healthcare’s in these areas. She brings with her more than 15 years of distinguished experience in healthcare.

In short span of time since she has joined VPS Healthcare, Dr. Ibtesam has already prepared a detailed roadmap for successful growth in Dubai and the Northern Emirates and is all set to open new facility at Dubai under the brand name of Medeor 24X7.

Medeor 24X7 Hospital, premium multi-specialty hospital located in the prominent area of Dubai and brings in an exceptional healthcare delivery system that is community based and offers a full continuum of high quality and efficient medical services. The hospital comprises of around 100 beds with all major specialties and expert team of doctors on board to create centre of excellence such as Mother & Child Care, Urology, Gastroenterology and Laparoscopic surgery. A state-of-art laboratory and diagnostic imaging facilities such as the 1.5 tesla MRI, high end 160 slice CT Scan and dual detector X – Rays.

The United Arab Emirates is actively expanding its national healthcare system to meet the growing needs of both Emiratis and expatriate residents, and these developmental requirements are now flowing northward beyond Abu Dhabi and Dubai. This is partly the result of favorable government policies, as well as a response to rising costs in the southern Emirates, where real estate prices are soaring. The private sector is working to meet the increasing demand for high-quality, accessible healthcare. Dr. Ibtesam’s hiring comes just a week after VPS Healthcare announced the hiring of its new Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ali Obaid Al-Ali with the objective of strengthening its leadership by bringing talented and distinguished Emiratis on board.

“As the nation strives to realize its healthcare goals under the direction of the Ministry of Health, we strongly believe that the evolution of healthcare services will be top priority in Northern Emirates and will have a positive effect on the entire country”. Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil further said that Dubai’s status as an ascendant global city offers ideal opportunities to draw medical tourism by creating world-class facilities that will attract patients from neighboring countries in the region, as well as minimizing outbound medical tourism. This will lead to accelerated economic development for the UAE.

VPS Healthcare started its first hospital, the Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai last year, and within a short span of time it has become one of the finest medical facilities in the UAE, providing top-quality, state-of-the-art services in joint surgery, pediatric orthopedics, hand surgery, sports orthopedics, and spine surgery, among others.

Dr. Ibtesam’s role is critical to VPS Healthcare due to her intimate understanding of the needs of Dubai and the northern Emirates, coupled with her strong background in health strategy and regulation.

Prior to joining VPS Healthcare, Dr. Ibtesam served as the Director of Health Operations and Business Development at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) where she was responsible for the development and improvement of overall healthcare performance, among other tasks.

She was also a member of the Governance Council of the International Hospital Federation and a scientific chair for the International Family Medicine organization. Dr. Ibtesam also served as Head of Health Strategy & Performance at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) where she was involved in federal KPI and healthcare strategy. Dr. Ibtesam has been an active participant in her community, promoting various health awareness programs.




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ISTANA opens new boutique at Four Seasons Resort Dubai

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ISTANA opens new boutique at Four Seasons Resort Dubai


422ISTANA, the renowned multi-brand jewellery retailer has opened a new boutique inside the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach.

Located in the lobby of the opulent property, this is Istana’s third boutique in Dubai and will carry exclusive selection of jewelry and time pieces from various international brands including Adler, Icelink and Repossi.

Mr. Danny Mukhi, Managing Director of ISTANA, said “We are pleased to announce the opening of our third store in Dubai which is part of our expansion plans in the Middle East. ISTANA is known to cater to luxurious clients and our new location is a testament to this. Now we’ll be able to extend our line of jewellery to a wider market. We invite hotel guests and residents to visit the new boutique and check the latest jewellery collections.”

ISTANA houses some of the most opulent jewellery and watch houses from across the globe, each with their distinct style, and of superb quality. The company aims to fulfil the needs of their clients by providing an assorted range of products, created with highly quality standards with the most unique and creative designs and use of best materials to suit different tastes.

Istana has its boutiques at The Dubai Mall and Burjuman Mall.



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The 4th round of moot court contest launched in Dubai

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The 4th round of moot court contest launched in Dubai


Dubai: November 26, 2014:

444Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and Chairman of the Board of Dubai Judicial Council, the 4th round of the Maktoum Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Moot Court Competition was launched within the initiatives of the legal excellence and thought. The contest seeks to build a legal versed generation, and develop the capacity of the judiciary staff, in addition to stimulating leadership of the legal work.

The dual phases contest is a legal competition dedicated to the students of the faculties of law in the GCC countries. The first is preparation of written submissions on basis of real or presumptive facts (case), while the second is rounds of oral arguments among the contestant teams from the participating universities and colleges before the jury. The contest is organized annually by Dubai Courts within a clear vision that aims at building a legal experienced generation.

The Moot Court Competition’s question of this round is a “personal status case”. The Dubai Courts opened the registration in the competition from November 26, till December 18, 2014, whereas introductory seminars on the competition will be organised at the universities of the United Arab Emirates in the period from December 14, till December 30, 2014. Meanwhile, the organizing committee has determined February 16, 2015 a date to hand over the written submissions by the participating teams, and to perform the general and the final tours, in addition to announcing the results in March-2015.

HE Expert/ Tarish Eid Al Mansouri, Director-General of Dubai Courts and Head of the Higher Committee of the Maktoum Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Initiatives for Legal Excellence hailed the limitless and constant support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai to the judicial sector in Dubai. He also praised auspices of HH Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and Chairman of the Board of Dubai Judicial Council to support this contest, thanking him for his supportive efforts which he offers to build a legal versed generation, and develop the capacity of the judiciary staff, in addition to stimulating leadership of the legal work.

Tarish stated that the contest aims to provide the participating students with practical skills and techniques of persuasion, proficiency in the preparation of regulations, self-confidence, the ability to improvise, experience in the preparation of hearing plans, and representation of adversaries via real or virtual applications. The competition also aims to increase the skills of students with regard to analysing, researching and developing legal rules, and applying them practically by pleading before a jury

He also pointed out that the competition aims to develop theoretical and practical methods of training to increase the efficiency of the law graduates. It also seeks to build bridges of communication between the judicial systems and law schools, to stimulate the ambitions and dreams of law school students with regard to working in the judicial field, and to provide them with an opportunity to practice legal activities within a realistic setting. It is also intended to raise the spirit of competition among law schools in order to improve the practical ability of students, to raise the reputation of the judicial systems in the areas of leadership and excellence in the community, and to discover the most distinguished students in preparation for attracting them to work in the judicial system.

Al Mansouri pointed out that the initiatives of legal excellence and thought has become a launch pad for many of the leading  programs in the legal and judicial fields. The Middle East’s first of its kind initiatives that comprised of 6 different initiatives are dedicated to various legal and judicial community groups and students of the faculties of law in the UAE.

Those wishing to apply for the competition shall fill in the registration form with the written submissions attached via the official website of the Maktoum Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Initiatives for Legal Excellence “www.maktouminitiative.ae”

The opportunity would be given for all universities and law schools in the GCC countries that grant bachelor’s degrees in law or Sharia law, or its equivalent, to participate in the competition with a team consisting of four male of female students. The students participating in the contest must be citizens of the country represented by a university or school, and to be of the students who are studying in them during the period of the competition. The students who previously took part in the contest are not allowed to participate in the competition. Each university is entitled to participate with one team or more consisting of four male or female students each, since the higher committee has not determine the number of teams participating from each university or faculty.

The universities and colleges wishing to participate shall handle completion of all actions required to select the students and the preparation for participating in the contest. Each university or college is entitled to assign two eligible students as stand by members of the team for the contestant students. These are not entitled to participate, except in the case that a contestant student is unable to continue which is subject to approval by the competition director.

The organising committee stipulates each participating team will prepare two separate written submissions from both case parties, containing the facts of the virtual case that they have been provided with, as well as references, legal arguments and closing requests. Each participating team will be provide 3 copies of each submissions on both case parties.


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DAMAC Properties opens second luxury serviced hotel in Burj Area, Dubai

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DAMAC Properties opens second luxury serviced hotel in Burj Area, Dubai


4147Leading real estate developer DAMAC Properties has opened a 211 deluxe hotel suites tower in the Burj Area of Dubai.

‘Canal Views’ is the company’s second project in the popular shopping and tourism district, following the successful launch of DAMAC Maison – Dubai Mall Street at the end of 2013. The premium tower will be managed and serviced by it hospitality division, DAMAC Maison.

The tower was inspired by the clean, open and modern designs seen in hospitality projects within big metropolitan cities, including New York, London and Paris. Canal Views enjoys unrivalled views over the Business Bay water canal, looking out across the world’s tallest tower and just a couple of minutes from the world’s busiest shopping mall.

“Canal Views offers a different ambience and style to DAMAC Maison – Dubai Mall Street, but with the same exemplary service standards our guests have come to expect from DAMAC Maison,” said Niall McLoughlin, Senior Vice President, DAMAC Properties. “We look forward to welcoming families and business visitors from all over the world, to enjoy the luxury service standards in a prime location with great views, perfectly positioned to explore everything Dubai has to offer.”

Canal Views has a variety of deluxe rooms of one-, two- and three-bedroom suites to suit every need. Each unit comes complete with complimentary internet access, a fully-fitted kitchen, and cable TV.

The luxury hotel suites also have a host of leisure facilities and services to enhance the experience. The Maison café located on the third floor offers a wide selection of international delights, all prepared with fresh produce. The lounge area has a stunning terrace looking out over the area to relax with friends & family around the swimming pool, while the steam, sauna and open-air Jacuzzi provide a relaxing environment to soak away the day’s endeavours.

Operating under two hospitality brands, DAMAC Maison and NAIA by DAMAC, DAMAC Properties will offer bespoke services to residents in more than 11,000 serviced hotel apartments by the end of 2018. The company will be one of the largest Hotel Apartment operators and developers in the world. Following the opening of Canal Views, almost 1,000 rooms are already open and operational.

DAMAC Maison – Dubai Mall Street opened to rave reviews in December of last year, with stunning views overlooking the Burj Khalifa, while NAIA by DAMAC is also now in operation, with the opening of the award-winning NAIA at Suburbia Jebel Ali Hotel Apartments.

Established in 2002, DAMAC has delivered almost 11,000 units to date and currently has a development portfolio of over 26,000 units at various stages of progress and planning as of June 30th 2014, which includes over 10,000 hotel rooms and serviced hotel apartments.



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International and Regional Healthcare CIO’s will gather in Dubai to discuss Transformations in the Region’s Healthcare Sector

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International and Regional Healthcare CIO’s will gather in Dubai to discuss Transformations in the Region’s Healthcare Sector


486MCI Middle East is proud to announce the Middle East Healthcare Informatics Summit (MEHIS), which will be held in Shangri-La, Dubai from 26th to 28th October 2014. MEHIS will feature government, policy makers, healthcare providers and solution providers with the objective of transforming the region’s healthcare sector.

The summit will aim at highlighting latest developments in informatics which is a key to improving patient care, protecting patient privacy and achieving top-line growth. Experts will address topics like EHR Implementation, Data Analytics, Clinical Coding, Transforming Hospitals into Digital Hospitals, Change Management, Information Governance, Career and Workforce Development and many more.

MEHIS will proudly be the platform for the official launch of the Emirates Health Informatics Society. Among the founders of the society would be Dr. Mohammad Al Redha, Director Health Data and Information Analysis Department, Dubai Health Authority & Non-Resident Fellow – Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government, Dr. Osama Elhassan, Head of e-Health Section, Health Data Information Analysis Department, Dubai Health Authority and Dr. Greg Raglow, Group Health Informatics Director, Abu Dhabi Health Services Co, SEHA (UAE).

Supported by the most prestigious American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), IT-Pro, Intuit and Intersystems, the summit will also feature experts from King Fahd Military Medical Complex KFMMC, King Fahad Specialist Hospital Dammam, King Hamad University Hospital, U.S. Veterans Heath Administration, King Abdulaziz Hospital-Al Ahsa, CMS Health, KPJ Healthcare Bhd, King Hussein Cancer Center, National Health Insurance Company Daman, Anadolu Medical Center, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Al Salam International Hospital, American Hospital, Abu Bellevue Medical Center, KSAU-HS Saudi, Cleveland Clinic, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Group, KKUH, National Guard Health Affairs and Al Ain Hospital.

Deborah Green, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, AHIMA will conduct a workshop on 26th October 2014 about “Standards and Information Governance for Healthcare”, which will comprise of the basics of standards governance principles to define an overarching framework for Information Governance in Healthcare.

The Middle East has been witnessing a boom in healthcare investments and this will continue to grow in the years to come. According to a report of Frost & Sullivan, healthcare spend in the region in 2011 was estimated to be USD 46.12 billion and is estimated to reach USD 133.19 billion by 2018.

The Middle East Healthcare Informatics Summit will review existing methodologies and practices learnt and applied in healthcare informatics and help find out the implementation to healthcare professionals in hospitals and clinics across the Middle-East. Regulatory bodies and institutional stakeholders will attend to learn the latest developments in health information management and how these developments affect the region’s best practices.




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EDUKEX 2014 to take place in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in early November

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EDUKEX 2014 to take place in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in early November


466British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, will be holding the 13th edition of the Education UK Exhibition (EDUKEX 2014) through separate shows in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the first week of November.

The exhibition will be inaugurated by HE Philip Parham, UK Ambassador to UAE on November 3 at Le Royal Meridien Hotel - Abu Dhabi and HE Edward Hobart, British Consul General in Dubai on November 4 at the Multaqa Ballroom at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The Dubai exhibition will run until November 5.

The annual event targets UAE students through showcasing world class education opportunities in selected renowned UK universities. The Abu Dhabi event, open from 6 pm to 9 pm, will feature 26 universities, while the Dubai show will see participation of 41 education providers between 5pm and 9pm over two days.

EDUKEX will also allow students to get detailed information about educational programmes, through dedicated sessions at both venues, while highlighting relevant information on visa requirements, studying and living in the UK and types of undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as information regarding scholarships and financial aid, for the benefit of students and parents keen to pursue UK higher education.

The 13th edition of EDUKEX is expected to attract record number of visitors, as a large number of exhibitors will showcase their special offerings, including Kingston University, University of Kent, University of Aberdeen, University of Plymouth, University of Westminster, Loughborough College, Middlesex University, London Metropolitan University, Cardiff University, University of Bradford, University of West London, University of Greenwich, University of the Arts London, The University of Law, University of Bristol, The University of Reading, Queen Mary University of London, University of Surrey, The Royal Wolverhampton School, University of Ulster, Norwich University of the Arts, University of Leeds, The University of Manchester, Loughborough University, University of Southampton, University College London, University of Warwick, City University, Anglia Ruskin University, Bangor University, University for the Creative Arts, De Montfort University, The University of York, University of Greenwich, York St John University, Glasgow Caledonian University, Regent’s University London, Liverpool John Moores University, BPP University, Royal Holloway, University of London, University of Derby, University of the West of Scotland and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Marc Jessel, Director of the British Council in the UAE said: “awareness of UK higher education and application procedures has grown rapidly in the UAE. We are delighted to see EDUKEX expanding every year and achieving its goal of promoting the prestigious UK education system in the UAE.”

“Through the exhibition guide, we will help students draw full benefit from their visits by meeting with the participating universities. As a result, visitors will be able to find the right people to talk to and obtain the right information with ease,” said Jessel.

British Council organises EDUKEX as one of its initiatives aimed at enhancing cultural and educational relations between the UAE and the UK.

Jessel added: “The main objective of EDUKEX is to raise awareness of the high quality of UK education and the extensive choice of courses and institutions on offer at every academic level.”

EDUKEX provides UAE students with the opportunities to obtain UK qualifications and return to the UAE to contribute to the economy with their ideas and skills.

From accountancy to zoology, visitors to the exhibition will be able to gather information on hundreds of courses being delivered by institutions across the UK.

The Gold Sponsor of the 13th edition of EDUKEX is The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the world’s proven English language test that is available through more than 900 test centres and locations in over 130 countries.

More than 2.2 million tests were taken globally last year alone, IELTS has cemented its position as the world’s most popular high stakes English language test by providing a reliable measure of a candidate’s ability across the four skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking.

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Jafza to highlight advantage it offers to Turkish companies looking to use Dubai as hub for Middle East and Africa

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Jafza to highlight advantage it offers to Turkish companies looking to use Dubai as hub for Middle East and Africa


458Officials from Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), the premier Free Zone in the Middle East, will be addressing a seminar on October 15 at the Kempinski Ciragan Palace as part of a 5 day roadshow being conducted to highlight the advantages Turkish companies can gain by using Jafza and Dubai as their hub of Middle East and Global operations.

Senior Jafza officials led by Ibrahim Mohamed Aljanahi, the Deputy CEO of Jafza and Chief Commercial Officer of Economic Zones World, Jafza parent company, who will also be meeting one on one with Turkish companies to explain the Jafza advantage, along with Dr. Mohamed Al Banna, Jafza’s Vice President of Special Projects and Allocation, Jafza’s Region Head for the Middle East and Africa Saood Alkhloofi, and Mania Merrikhi, Project Manager, Jafza Marketing and Communications.

Alkhloofi will take the participants through an introduction of Jafza and the key features, including the world-class logistics infrastructure and the world’s largest logistics corridor under single customs bond, comprising Jebel Ali Free Zone, Jebel Ali Port and Al Maktoum International Airport.

Seminar participants will also learn of a case study of a Turkish Fast Moving Consumer Goods / Food company operating out of Jafza by Erdem Sayit, the General Manager- Banvit Middle East.

There are currently more than 90 Turkish companies operating out of Jafza, and the team is looking to enhance the trade ties with Turkey and bring more Turkish companies to Jafza and Dubai, and help them connect with one of the world’s leading Free Zones.

Trade relations between the UAE and Turkey have a long history, and in recent years, the UAE’s trade relations with Turkey have grown rapidly, with trade expected to reach US$ 15 billion by next year. Only three years ago, this number was at around US$ 5 billion annually.

Jafza’s total trade volume with Turkey stands at around US $734 million for import, export and re-export, and has seen a combined annual growth rate of 22 percent over a ten year period, from 2004 to 2013.

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Emirates hosts Arab Idol Finalists on a VIP trip to Dubai

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Emirates hosts Arab Idol Finalists on a VIP trip to Dubai


422Emirates, a global connector of people and places, recently hosted the final 26 contestants of Arab Idol on a once in a lifetime VIP trip to Dubai.

Flying them to Dubai from their hometowns which are spread all over the Middle East and North Africa, Emirates gave many of the Arab Idol finalists the opportunity to visit the cosmopolitan city for the first time.

Many exciting and unique excursions were planned, including a stop at the Emirates Official Store, which carries the airline’s full range of merchandise;  as well as a special visit to the Emirates A380 Experience - both located at The Village in Dubai Mall. The contestants then took the simulator for a fly-past over Paris’ historic sites, the canals of Amsterdam, and Hong Kong’s unmistakable cityscape.

From planes to boats – the trip also included a private Dhow Cruise along bustling the Dubai Creek, organised by Arabian Adventures, the region’s leading Destination Management Company.

After 5 whirlwind days in Dubai, the contestants then had to make their way back to Beirut, host city of the Arab Idol show for the start of the live programme segments.

Whisked to the airport by Emirates chauffeur drive service, and escorted through the airport by marhaba services, the contestants enjoyed a smooth journey to Beirut on EK953, buoyed by the camaraderie of the trip and brimming with inspiration from their Dubai experience .


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