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Bentley Oman organises an preview and test drive of the new V8 Continental GT for select customers

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Bentley Oman organises an preview and test drive of the new V8 Continental GT for select customers

244Bentley Oman has organised an exclusive preview and test drive of the new V8 Continental GT for select customers following a regional media ride and drive event that was hosted in Oman.

The 2012 Continental GT V8 was received with great enthusiasm by discerning customers who have traditionally experienced exceptional levels of performance in a Bentley motor car.

James Armstrong, Brand Manager of Bentley Oman said, “The reception and feedback we had this time from our customers and prospects who saw and drove the V8 Continental GT has been incredible. And the first reports from top Middle East journalists also confirm how much they enjoyed driving the V8-powered Continental GT in the winding roads of the Sultanate enjoying the nation’s outstanding natural beauty. The Continental GT always had that ‘wow’ factor and now we match the breathtaking GT with superlative V8 performance for the first time.”

The event was hosted at the Al Husn Hotel at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa providing a dramatic setting of rugged mountains and inviting beaches as the backdrop to the event. Customers who drove the 4.0-litre, 500bhp twin turbocharged Bentley Continental GT V8 coupé were enormouslyimpressed with the car’s exceptional standards for power-to-emissions in the high luxury sports car sector.

This new Bentley V8 engine delivers maximum power at 6,000 rpm and an extraordinary peak torque of 660 Nm which is available across virtually the entire rev range from 1,700 to 5,000 rpm. This helps the marginally lighter car [when compared with the Continental GT W12] to offer exhilarating performance and effortless power delivery in the Bentley tradition. Combined with a new close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission, this translates into a sub-5 second acceleration time for the 0-100 km/h sprint and a top speed of over 290 km/h.

The new V8 engine features variable displacement with a highly sophisticated engine management system, ensuring a seamless and imperceptible transition from V8 to V4 mode under light throttle load. This arrangement helps the new V8 Continental models achieve outstanding levels of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions for the luxury performance sector and depending on driving conditions are capable of travelling over 800 km on a single tank of fuel. The arrival of the new V8 Continental models fulfils Bentley’s environmental commitment to produce a new powertrain that delivers a 40 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.

“We are confident that besides the performance, our customers in Oman will appreciate the driving range and fuel economy benefits that this car has to offer. After driving the car myself and experiencing it, I am sure that the V8 CGT will attract many new customers to the brand who had not considered a Bentley in the past.” said Chris Buxton, regional director of Bentley Middle East.

While the W12 and V8 models look similar in their exterior profile, Bentley has made some changes to the exterior detailing and jewelrythat help differentiate the siblings. In the new V8 variant, the mesh grille is finished in black, air scoops in the lower front valance have a different design and the Bentley badging on the wheels and bonnet and boot lid sport a red background instead of the traditional black.

The new Continental GT V8 is available to order from Bentley Motors Wattayah showroom in Oman along with the other models in the line-up.

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Conversation, Screenings and Reception introduces the UAE audiences to the past achievements and the exciting programme of the 5th March Meeting

2365Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE) — Sharjah Art Foundation in collaboration with Dubai non-profit Traffic presented March Meeting: Past and Present. The event at Traffic received an overwhelming response from the audience of artists, students and UAE art world.

The evening began with presentations on the history of the March Meeting and how it has become, both locally and internationally, the region’s leading gathering for artistic and cultural exchange. Presenters from Sharjah Art Foundation included Reem Shadid, Deputy Director; Nawar Al Qassimi, Public Programming & Outreach Officer and Uns Kattan, Researcher and Project Coordinator. Following the presentation Sharjah Art Foundation hosted a reception and a screening of two short films commissioned by Sharjah Biennial 10: Short Scenes from a Long Marriage (Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia), which was nominated for the Rio de Janerio International Short Film Festival Curta Cinema prize, and Traitors (Sean Gullette), which was screened at the 49th New York Film Festival as well as various film festivals around the world. The March programme was also announced including a series of exhibitions and events showcasing work created through commissions and residencies.

Topics covered during the evening’s presentation included an introduction to the twenty-year history of the Sharjah Biennial and the reasons for the establishment of the Sharjah Art Foundation in 2009 by Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi who continues to act as the organisation’s President.  Also discussed was the growing international significance of the March Meeting and why it remains one of the core initiatives of Sharjah Art Foundation’s work as a non-profit and non-commercial public institution.
Sharjah Art Foundation Deputy Director Reem Shadid stated, “We were very pleased to see the reaction of the audience, which included many new faces.  The Sharjah Art Foundation is a young team and we are eager to engage more actively with the arts communities throughout the Emirates.”

The speakers encouraged the audience and other members of the public to attend the three-day event and the programme of exhibitions openings, film premieres and events that all take place between March 16 – 19, 2012.  Members of the audience were able to register for March Meeting at the Traffic event.
In collaboration with ArtBus, Sharjah Art Foundation will also be providing a shuttle bus that will be available all day from March 17 – 19, 2012 to take people from various locations in Dubai to the March Meeting and event venues.

Sharjah Art Foundation March Programme
The opening of Ziad Antar’s exhibition will be the inaugural event of Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual March Meeting. Taking place from March 17 - 19, 2012, March Meeting is an annual gathering of artists, art professionals and institutions concerned with the production and dissemination of art in the region and internationally.

March Events
March 16 – Ziad Antar’s exhibition and book launch Portrait of a Territory
March 17 – Screening of 1395 Days Without Red an Artangel commission by Šejla Kamerić and Anri Sala in collaboration with Ari Benjamin Meyers
March 18 – Basma Alsharif’s exhibition Farther Than the Eye Can See
March 19 – Revisiting Tarab an Evening of Music by Tarek Atoui
For further information on Sharjah Art Foundation and the March events please visit www.sharjahart.org

About March Meeting

The fifth annual March Meeting is a three-day symposium featuring presentations by artists, art professionals and institutions on the production and dissemination of art in the MENASA (Middle East, North Africa, South Asia) region and internationally. March Meeting 2012: Working With Artists and Audiences on Commissions and Residencies will take place March 17–19, in Sharjah’s scenic Heritage Area. The three-day forum will be held daily from 10 am–6 pm and will coincide with a programme of exhibitions and events.

Select speakers of this year’s March Meeting include:
H.E. Abdul Rahman Al Owais, UAE Minister of Culture; H.E. Dr. Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Advisor to the Ministry of Presidential Affairs; Omar Ghobash, Ambassador at UAE Embassy in Moscow; Dr. Yousef Aidabi, Cultural consultant to His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi; Salwa Mikdadi, Head of Arts & Cultural Program, Emirates Foundation; Khalil Abdul Wahed, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Noura Al-Sayeh, Architect & Curator Ministry of Culture, Kingdom of Bahrain; Palmina D’Ascoli, Manager of Department of Residencies, Institut Français (France); Peter Eleey, Curator, MoMA/PS1 (USA); Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT) (Japan); Danda J, Director, Kuona Trust Centre for Visual Arts (Kenya);  Eungie Joo, Curator, New Museum (USA); Jude Kelly, OBE, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre (UK); Riyas Komu, Director of Programmes, Kochi-Muziris Biennale (India); James Lingwood, Co-Director, Artangel (UK); Salwa Mikdadi, Head of Arts & Cultural Program, Emirates Foundation (UAE); Ayeh Naraghi, Cultural Programmes Specialist, UNESCO Doha Office (Qatar); Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Serpentine Gallery (UK) Susan Pfeffer, Curator, KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin); Beatrix Ruf, Director/Curator, Kunsthalle Zürich (Switzerland); Ramin Salsali, Founder, Salsali Private Museum (UAE).

The March Meeting and related events are free and open to the public. Registration is recommended at marchmeeting@sharjahart.org

For more information about Sharjah Art Foundation and its programmes, visit www.sharjahart.org

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