Monthly Archives: October 2011

The First Arabic Supported Online Shooting Game Is Set To Hit The MENA Market

Action and explosions are about to hit the Arabian gaming scene, as Abu Dhabi based Tahadi Games, the leading Arabian Online Games publisher in the Middle East, readies the launch of the globally successful online shooting game; Point Blank. Developed by Zepetto, Point Blank will be the first online First Person Shooter game released with Arabic support in the MENA region.

Point Blank, extremely popular in the USA, is played by over 20 million gamers worldwide. It is the No.1 shooting game in Russia, Thailand and Indonesia, and is massively success in the competitive markets of Brazil and Philippines. Not only has this game propelled the online games market, it has also accelerated the internet growth of many markets. The number of internet users has grown exponentially solely for experiencing the fast-paced action of this online shooting game.

Game play is at the heart of Point Blank and players may find it easy to learn but difficult to master. The game offers years of challenge and competition. Reactive environments and carefully crafted maps create an intense game play experience that raises the bar for immersion in MMO shooters. Point Blank requires that their players join forces with different teams to conquer and control the country of Korogese.

Destructible environments, customizable characters, responsive controls, quick game play, multiple fighting techniques and endless upgradable and modifiable weapons are only a few examples of what Point Blank offers. The player engages in continuous missions expanding their overall objective while also building endless excitement.

“As an avid Arabic gamer, I am proud to bring the best online shooter in the world to my brothers. Nothing but the best; Action, Exciting Gameplay, Awesome Weapons, and we promise to have the best online shooter gamer community!” said Ashraf Mirghani, Product Manager at Tahadi Games.

The MENA region has remarkable potential for creating regional tournaments and championships, given the large number of avid Arabic players and teams spread across the international FPS communities. Tahadi Games is uniting this community, enabling them to get the international recognition by participating in international championships.

Tahadi Games will start the closed beta testing phase of Point Blank on 22nd October 2011, while the official Arabic open beta launch is set one month later. Tahadi Games has just opened its first exclusive limited beta testing. Hurry up and register quickly, as the seats are limited and it is on a first come first register basis!

For more information, die-hard FPS gamers should visit pb.tahadi.com.
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1QdjCjFmx8

About Tahadi Games

Tahadi Games Media FZ-LLC was established in 2008 to be the leading Online Games publisher in the Middle East by the pioneers of Arabic Internet, the founders of Maktoob.com.

Tahadi Games Media brings the best massively multiplayer online and browser-based games to both English and Arabic customers in the Middle East and North Africa. Our gamers are very important to us. We look for fun and challenging online games from around the world and make them accessible to all gamers, both English and Arabic, from all over the region. Tahadi Games Media maintains a full-time staff of designers, localization experts, game operations, support personnel, and technical operations specialists. We have operations in Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and UAE.

As of August 2011, Tahadi Games Media signed a venture capital equity investment deal with twofour54 ibtikar in Abu Dhabi, UAE. For more information, visit: http://www.tahadi.com

Emirates Holidays Brings Unforgettable Winter Wonderlands To Life

Dubai, UAE – Emirates Holidays has launched the 2011-2012 Ski & Winter Holidays Brochure with 18 carefully selected destinations across six countries, offering travellers a tantalizing glimpse of idyllic winter getaways from the snow-capped mountains and chic fashion boutiques of St Moritz, Switzerland to the quaint Christmas markets of Munich, Germany.
The brochure embraces the entire winter experience, whether travellers are looking for the adrenaline rush of powder white ski slopes, the romance of a city break blanketed in snow, or the childlike delight of a Bavarian festive fantasy, this year’s brochure has something for everyone. 
Last year, Emirates Holidays experienced an increase of over 50 per cent in winter getaways as more families, groups and couples opted for a memorable white Christmas. “The popularity of the winter getaway has continued to increase in Dubai as more and more travellers seek the traditional winter experience in cities that truly exemplify the winter wonderland concept. With the early advance of Eid which reduced the summer holidays for many, we expect winter bookings to be even more popular this year and will continue to grow our destination and hotel portfolio to cater to this growing demand,” commented Frederic Bardin, Senior Vice President of Emirates Holidays.
The wide range of complete tours and bespoke itinerary options across Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Lebanon, the US and Canada provides options for all budgets and tastes, and in the spirit of the season, Emirates Holidays has developed a series of unique packages to enable guests to make the most of their retreat. In addition, Skywards members booking their winter holiday will receive up to 20 per cent bonus miles when they book hotel accommodation for a minimum of three nights.
Picturesque Kitzbühel, Austria
The fashionable Tyrolean resort of Kitzbühel is well known for its picturesque medieval houses and narrow streets, magnificent scenery and stylish nightlife, as well as some of the best skiing in Europe for beginners and pros alike. Boasting a magnificent alpine backdrop, the elegant Grand Spa Resort A-Rosa also offers a luxurious spa with wellness and beauty treatments from around the world.
Prices start from AED 6,663 per person on twin-sharing basis in an Executive Room and include return economy airfare to Munich from Dubai, three nights’ accommodation on half-board basis and room tax and service charges.

Romantic Innsbruck, Austria
The capital city of Tyrol combines the bright lights of a cosmopolitan city with beautiful alpine landscapes. Rich in culture, the area boasts medieval architecture and lively entertainment with traditional Christmas markets held on cobbled streets and stunning ski resorts. The exclusive Grand Hotel Europa is ideally located near the old town, gondolas and famous Hungerburg & Nordkettenbahn cable car, which offers stunning aerial views of the picture-perfect city.

Prices start from AED 4,795 per person on twin-sharing basis in a Europa Room and include return economy airfare to Munich from Dubai, three nights’ accommodation with breakfast, and room tax and service charges.

Fun-Filled Interlaken, Switzerland
Interlaken is the oldest and most popular tourist destination in Switzerland and boasts a multitude of activities, including the world’s longest sledge run. Cross country skiing, lake cruises and the cog-wheeled railway offer spectacular views of the area with lively markets and festive celebrations taking place throughout the winter season.  The traditional Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage offers stunning views of the valley amidst the imposing Swiss mountains, as well as local culinary specialties and Swiss style spa treatments.

Prices start from AED 5,249 per person on twin-sharing basis in a Classic Room and include return economy airfare from Dubai to Zurich, three nights’ accommodation with breakfast, and room tax and service charges.

Sophisticated St Moritz, Switzerland
The world famous resort of St Moritz is the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism, and is known for its beautiful climate which sees the area blessed with 322 days of sunshine a year. This combined with its exclusive restaurants, chic shopping and world class sporting events, have positioned it as one of Europe’s most desirable destinations year round. The stylish Hotel Monopol is situated among the city’s designer shops and exclusive boutiques, providing endless opportunities for outdoor leisure, while the exclusive wellness centre offers a variety of indoor retreats.

Prices start from AED 8,839 per person on twin-sharing basis in a Standard Room and include return economy airfare from Dubai to Zurich, five nights’ accommodation with breakfast, and room tax and service charges.

Cosmopolitan Faraya-Mzaar, Lebanon
Just a short flight away from Dubai, Faraya-Mzaar in Lebanon is a picturesque ski and winter destination. With the beautiful surroundings of Mt Lebanon, Faraya-Mzaar is the newest, best equipped and most popular winter sports resort in Lebanon, and lies just below the actual slopes. Stay at the stunning InterContinental Mountain Resort & Spa, Mzaar, just an hour’s drive from Beirut and is considered the premier ski resort in the Middle East, offering the style and warmth of an Alpine chalet. The resort also offers vast recreational facilities and a world-class spa.

Prices start from AED 4,480 per person on twin-sharing basis for three nights on half-board basis and include return economy airfare Dubai to Beirut, return airport transfers by private car, room tax and service charges.

The above offers are valid from 2nd December 2011 to 31st March 2012, excluding Christmas and New Year. Other Terms & Conditions apply.

GITEX 2011 conference begins on Saturday in Dubai

Dubai, Oct 06th, 2011  The Conference of Gulf International Technology Exhibition (GITEX) 2011, which is organised by Datamax at Dusit Thani Hotel in Dubai and coincides with GITEX week, will start on Saturday the 8th Octber 2011.

The six- day long conference will discuss six main points, notably, social communication, e-government, cell phone applications, traditional systems for e-government, governance, e-security and other ICT issues.

Heralded as one of the largest and most important ICT events around the globe, GITEX 2011 will draw specilaised sectors nationwide representing 150 public and private corporations, besides a number of regional, international personalities and media-persons who converge in Dubai to cover the event.

Ali Al Kamali, head of the organising committee, said the conference will also discuss telecommunications technology strategies in the public institutions.

The 2011 conference programme continues to evolve as an integrated business symposium with unprecedented levels of knowledge exchange and focused networking opportunities. The Global Conference agenda explores Global technology trends with a powerful combination of leading conferences.

GITEX delivers a leading platform for industry innovation and an impressive track record of attracting the biggest names in the IT sector, connecting over 3,500 domestic and international IT vendors.

As the largest IT exhibition in the Middle East, GITEX Technology Week is a buzz of business activity for the entire ICT industry.

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