Category Archives: Exhibitions

5th World Green Economy Summit 2018 opens in Dubai


The 5th World Green Economy Summit 2018 has begun on October 24 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, UAE; Prime Minister and Ruler, Dubai, Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre with the theme ‘Driving innovation, leading change.’ His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler, Dubai, also attended the inauguration ceremony’. During the opening ceremony, His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum honoured delegations and representatives of countries participating in the Preparatory Conference on the Establishment of World Green Economy Organization (WGEO). HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Dubai; Managing Director and CEO, DEWA; and Chairman, WGES, delivered his keynotes at the summit, extending thanks and gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for inaugurating the summit. HE Al Tayer reaffirmed that the summit comes in line with the vision of the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President, UAE, and the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister, UAE and Ruler, Dubai and the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince, Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander, UAE Armed Forces, for the United Arab Emirates to be the best country in the world, by the UAE Centennial 2071. It also witnessed a speech by HE Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister, Climate Change and Environment, highlighting the UAE’s transformation progress into green economy. Christina Figueres – Former Secretary General, UNFCCC, also gave a speech, reviewing leading efforts being made by the United Nations and Member States to …

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Over 200 authors to sign their latest releases at SIBF 2018

Sharjah International book fair

The 37th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) 2018 will see more than 200 authors from 19 countries, who will be present at the fair’s book-signing corner to meet and interact with book lovers as well as sign their works personally. Books written by them will also be on display, and include genres of classic and folk poetry, novels, historical studies, literary criticism and translations, cookbooks, children’s literature, arts, legal research, archaeology and others. The signing corner will bring together Sheikha Fatima bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Dr Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi, Obaid bin Sandal, Dr Abdul Khaleq Abdullah, Dr Hamad Ben Saray, Dr Abdulaziz Al Musallam, Rashid Sharar, Karim Matouq, Dr Talal Al Junaibi, Dr Yousef Al Hassan, Fahad bin Ghorab Al Marri and other acclaimed emirati writers. Many other emirati writers like Salem Obaid Al Alili, Fatat Tihama, Mariam Al Naqbi, Ghaleb Jazilan, Dr Mariam Al Hashemi, Saleha Obaid, Dr Shehab Ghanem, Fathia Al Nimr, Dr Abdel Hakim Al Anis, Mohammed Jowkar, Naema Al Suwaidi, Moza Haji, Aisha Saeed Al Qaidi, Dr Ibrahim Al Naqbi, Aisha Al Ajel, Abdullah Saif Al Shuwahei, Adel Khuzam, Ali Al Abdan, and Dr Issa Al Hammadi will also be signing their works. The signing corner will also see the participation from Dr Salah Fadl, Dr Abeer Sharara, Nabil Suleiman, Karim Al Iraqi, Dr Ali Jaafar Al Alaq, Sharbel Dagher, Sharbel Qattan, Dr Medhat Al Adl, Amer Tahboub, Hamza Qenaoui, Dr Mohammed Jaradat, Darine Shubair, Dr Mania Suwaid, Shaker Nuri, Mohammed Abu Arab, Dr Omar Abdul Aziz, Abdul Fattah Sabri, Dr Farouq Majdalawi, Samiha Al Masri, Raed Aman, Abdul Karim Al Jalasi, Dr Omar Munir Dahab, Dr Mona Bounaama, Dr Abdul Sattar Al …

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Countdown to Expo 2020 begins at Burj Khalifa

A show at The Dubai Fountain and a three-minute projection on Burj Khalifa began the countdown for Expo 2020 Dubai that will run from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021 in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. The event is expected to attract 25 million visits, with 70 per cent of visitors projected to come from outside the UAE – the largest proportion of international visitors in the 167-year history of World Expos.The milestone moment in the countdown to the biggest event ever to be held in the Arab world attracted thousands of people to a free public celebration at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai. The community event included five hours of interactive live music performances, illuminations, lessons in dance from around the world, stellar artistic exhibitions and activities, global cuisines and more. Three energetic flash-mob routines, synchronised to music inspired by the international cuisines created during an entertaining cooking show were a surprise feature. Visitors also had the opportunity to sign up as an Expo 2020 volunteer, joining more than 15,000 UAE nationals and expats who have already registered their interest in joining the Expo family.

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DHA’s Health Tourism Department holds roadshow in Kuwait

Dubai health tourism roadhow in Kuwait

The Health Tourism Department at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Emirates Holidays recently held a roadshow in Kuwait as part of its efforts to promote Dubai’s leading hospitality and healthcare services and offer a wholesome new experience to many travellers in the country planning their health rejuvenation and wellness treatments abroad. The roadshow was aimed at raising awareness within the travel sector on Dubai’s wide range of carefully-curated wellness holiday packages which include return flights on Emirates – a three-to-four-day stay at a hotel property renowned for its health and wellness facilities; a selection of spa and wellness treatments, including a health and wellness programme tailored to the client’s specific needs and daily meals. The group showcased during the roadshow the luxurious health and wellness facilities available in Dubai, including the DNA Health Center and the The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel. The DNA Health Center is luxurious health clinic independently located within the Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah which provides a range of lifestyle medicine for wellness, healthy aging, beauty and a serene environment under one roof.

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ITB Asia 2018 kicks off with record number of exhibitors

ITB Asia 2018

ITB Asia 2018 has begun with over 1,000 exhibitors and buyers each, under the theme “Travel Reimagined” at the the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Compared to 2017, the show has seen a 20 per cent increase in new exhibitors following the growth in demand from Asian and European participants. ITB Asia 2018 has also experienced more than 125 per cent growth in the number of hotel groups signing up as part of the Buyers Programme Partners. At the three-day conference concluding on October 19, top industry leaders will deliver insights on the key trends provoking disruption across the travel industry and how brands are innovating to stay competitive. Commenting on the event, Katrina Leung, Managing Director, Messe Berlin (Singapore) -Organiser, ITB Asia, said, “ITB Asia continues to maintain its position as the leading travel trade show in Asia. It remains one of the top business platforms for connecting exhibitors and partners with key decision makers in the MiCE, corporate and leisure travel industry. Working in close collaboration with our partners and exhibitors, we are delighted to unveil one of our most engaging and exciting programmes yet. We look forward to welcoming visitors to this year’s show.”

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Weddings to contribute USD$5 million to Bahrain’s GDP

Ali Follad

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) has announced hosting four major weddings, with more than 2,000 guests arriving via Gulf Air. Dr Ali Hassan Follad, Adviser to the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority, said, “We are pleased to be hosting four major Indian weddings in the upcoming months which will contribute USD$5 million to the Kingdom’s GDP and further promote Bahrain as a prime wedding destination. The weddings will be held between November 2018 and February 2019. The BTEA aims to provide the needed support to seamlessly host weddings in Bahrain by providing turn-key solutions, including organising logistics, venue selection, in addition to liaising with suppliers and industry professionals such as Gulf Air.” Bahrain boasts a number of four- and five-star hotels with a dedicated service sector that is able to offer all services from food and beverages, entertainment and unique wedding concepts.

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Dubai to host World Green Economy Summit from October 24-25

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

The fifth edition of The World Green Economy Summit (WGES) 2018 is set to be held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister, UAE and Ruler, Dubai, from October 24-25 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre with the theme ‘Driving innovation, Leading change’. At the press conference organised in Burj Al Arab, HE Dr Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and the Environment, UAE; HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), Managing Director and CEO, DEWA and Chairman, WGES were present, along with many other dignitaries. During the press conference, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer announced that the summit will be attended by prominent leaders including HE Francois Hollande, former President, France; HE Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, UAE; HE Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of Environment and Energy, Maldives; Nezha El Ouafi, Secretary of State to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, in charge of Sustainable Development, Morocco and Christiana Figueres, Former Secretary General, UNFCCC, along with an elite of global experts, thought leaders and executive officials in green economy and sustainable development.

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Raffle on sale from October 15 to win big during DSF

Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO, DFRE with Michel Ayat, CEO of Arabian Automobiles C...

The Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE) has announced that the Dubai Shopping Festival Mega Raffles promotions – the Infiniti Mega Raffle and the Nissan Grand Raffle – have begun on October 15, 2018. The two popular and much-awaited mega raffles, offering incredible prizes every day, will run in cooperation with Arabian Automobiles, the flagship company of AW Rostamani Group and ENOC – two strategic partners of DFRE. The upcoming edition of Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) will run from December 26, 2018 to January 26, 2019. Shoppers can buy raffle tickets for the Infiniti Mega Raffle and participate in the ongoing Nissan Grand Raffle promotion more than two months in advance. At the Infiniti Mega Raffle, one lucky winner will be chosen daily to take home an Infiniti QX50 plus AED 150,000 in cash. To enter the daily draws, customers need to purchase a raffle ticket for AED 200 from October 15 onwards at selected EPPCO and ENOC petrol stations, zoom stores, metro stations, kiosks at main streets, shopping malls, Gold Souk and the Global Village. In addition, five lucky raffle ticket holders will get a weekly chance to win AED 20,000 each over a period of five weeks during the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), totaling AED 100,000 per week. Besides, one raffle ticket holder will also get a chance to win a mega cash prize of AED 500,000 as DSF concludes. Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE) said, “The Dubai Shopping Festival’s continued success rests on its three pillars – shopping, winning and entertainment. Shoppers eagerly wait all year round for DSF to arrive to grab incredible opportunities such as the mega raffles which have …

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RAK to host PATA Annual Summit 2020


Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has announced hosting the PATA Annual Summit from May 15-18, 2020, organised by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). The four-day event will bring together international thought leaders, industry shapers and senior decision-makers who are professionally engaged with the Asia Pacific region. The summit embraces a global forum for enhancing the sustainable growth, value and quality of tourism and includes a one-day conference, the PATA Annual General Meeting and the PATA Youth Symposium that allows students and young tourism professionals an opportunity to engage with senior industry leaders. As part of the event programme, PATA in partnership with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will also once again organise the UNWTO/PATA Leaders Debate which brings together senior executives from both the public and private sector to address thought-provoking issues currently affecting the industry. Dr Mario Hardy, CEO, PATA, said, “Ras Al Khaimah has committed to supporting cultural, natural heritage and environmental preservation across the Emirate, activities which are aligned with PATA’s mission in acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. That is why we are honoured to be working with RAKTDA in bringing together our public and private sector members and partners to discuss the challenges and issues faced by our industry.” Commenting on the announcement, Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, said, “We look forward to hosting the PATA Annual Summit 2020 in Ras Al Khaimah and introducing the destination to key international industry leaders and delegates from the travel and hospitality sector in the Asia Pacific region. Strengthening the Emirate’s MiCE offer by showcasing our world class …

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57th ICCA Congress to be held from November 11-14 in Dubai

Issam Kazim

The 57th ICCA Congress is set to take place from Nov 11-14, 2018 at Dubai World Trade Centre under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince, Dubai and Chairman, Executive Council of Dubai. The event will be familiarising delegates with the ICCA “Outside The Box Sessions” by introducing them to curated tours and site visits, showcasing the city’s cultural offerings, ground-breaking innovation and talent development. Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said, “The 2018 ICCA Congress is a key event for the global business events community and provides Dubai a platform to showcase itself as a business and knowledge hub. We hope these experiences, which involve some of our key stakeholders and partners across the city, will inspire delegates and allow them to consider future opportunities in the Dubai. They will also complement the strong core educational programme that ICCA has put together for delegates, as well as the networking and social events throughout the congress.” To help delegates build a more cohesive picture of Dubai, delegates can expect to explore the Expo 2020 Dubai site and see first-hand the scale of the global event and how it is set to provide opportunities for meeting industry professionals. The “Outside The Box Sessions” will also see delegates take a tour of the Emirates airline crew training academy and experience the development of skills as well as the importance of aviation to the city’s development. During the tour, delegates will have a first-hand look at the Emirates airline’s safety and emergency evacuation simulators, service training simulators, as well as the A380 cabin service simulator, among many others.

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