Monthly Archives: October 2013

Al Maktoum International At Dubai World Central Opens For Passengers

The new passenger terminal at Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) opened its doors for business today following its official inauguration and the welcoming of the first commercial flight.

A large delegation of local dignitaries and aviation officials toured the facility following the unveiling of a commemorative display and welcomed the arrival of the first commercial flight, Wizz Air flight W6 2497 arriving from Budapest, Hungary. Also present were aircraft from Gulf Air and Jazeera Airlines both of which will commence operations at DWC soon.

“Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central will play a vital role in the future development of Dubai as a centre for trade, commerce, transport and logistics and tourism. I am impressed by the efficiency and convenience of this new terminal,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Airports. “The opening of this facility signals the historic beginning of a long-term plan to build the largest airport in the world to accommodate the tremendous passenger growth and contribute to the continued economic and social development of Dubai.”

The new passenger terminal offers full retail as well as food and beverage amenities. It is serviced by one A380 capable runway, 64 remote aircraft stands and has capacity for up to 7 million passengers per year.

Dubai Airports has thus far confirmed operations with three airlines. Wizz Air, which provides low-cost air transport across 30 countries with 16 bases across Europe, will provide non-stop services linking DWC to Central and Eastern Europe. Jazeera Airways will commence operations with two weekly flights starting October 31st, 2013. Most recently, Gulf Air has announced its intention to start daily operations to Bahrain on December 8, 2013. Dubai Airports is in discussions with a number of other interested carriers.

“The location, convenience and compact nature of DWC are compelling attributes,” added Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports. “Airline and customer interest in this airport continues to grow and we hope to announce additional services in the near future.”

Dubai announces first green economy summit in MENA region

Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, announced that Dubai is hosting the first green economy summit in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region on 15th and 16th April 2014, to complement the sustainable future vision of the U.A.E and the global efforts to combat climate change. Al-Tayer, in a press conference in Dubai, said the “World Green Economy Summit”, scheduled under the theme “Global Partnerships, Sustainable Future”, is in line with the “Green Economy For Sustainable development” initiative, announced last year by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as a national strategy to help make the U.A.E. a world leader in the field of green economy, and a global centre for exporting and re-exporting green technologies and products. Al-Tayer added that the first green economy summit in the Middle East and North Africa region promises to bring together government, business and finance leaders to forge global partnerships and provide paths to a sustainable future for humanity” said Al Tayer. “The UAE is the first country in the MENA region to commit to a green economy strategy and Dubai is leading the region in green infrastructure investment from renewable energy and green building to public transport and green technologies,” al-Tayer added.

The “World Green Economy Summit” is supported by Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, the organization the leads Dubai’s transition to a green and low-carbon economy across all strategic economic sectors and developers of the 1000 MW Mohamed Bin Rashid Solar Park project due to open its first phase later this month.

The forthcoming summit is being organized in association with “Dubai Green Economy Partnership” a global initiative which was launched last year by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, attracting leading public and private local and international partners promoting green trade and investment in a region of more than two billion consumers.

Dubai Municipality Spotlights On Sustainable Middle East Cities

Eng. Hussain Nassir Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, on Tuesday has inaugurated the Future Cities summit in Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre that takes place from 8-10 October alongside Cityscape Global 2013, bringing together the world’s leading urban planners armed with the essential knowledge and know-how to ensure regional cities maintain wellbeing, growth and development amid a constantly changing global context.

The conference is organised by Dubai Municipality in collaboration with theEnvironment Centre for Arab Towns and the Arab Towns Organisation aimed at putting in place strategies for prosperous and sustainable cities of the future.

With Dubai at the forefront, Future Cities shares case study examples of the key pillars essential for an internationally competitive city: security, water & waste management, tourism & hospitality, transport, energy management, disaster relief, and green building.

’As one of the world’s youngest and most ambitious emerging cities, Dubai is proving its resilience in the face of enormous global change,’ said His Excellency Eng. Hussain Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality , while delivering the opening address.

’Dubai is eager to proactively meet the challenges as it strives to maintain its position as a globally competitive city. At Future Cities, we seek to create a dialogue among international and regional urban leaders who are willing to start from the beginning and reconsider how best to create their future city,’ Lootah said.

’Due to the strong ties of man with the environment and reliance on natural resources and the unsustainable use of these resources, we need to plan well for the future. It’s important to set clear standards of the urban environment through the adoption of eco-friendly solutions and tools giving opportunities for continuity and sustainability, through which only the contemporary cities can achieve ecological balance and create harmony between man and environment with shared responsibility among all inhabitants of the earth,’ he added.

H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, Minister of UAE Ministry of Environment & Water; H.E. Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Commander in Chief of the Dubai Police; and H.E. Dr. Abdeladim Lhafi, the High Commissioner for Water, Forests and Desertification in Morocco also joined the speaker panel at Future Cities.

Dr. Aiman Soleiman, Manager of Aqaba International Laboratories in Jordan, addressed delegates about Jordan’s landmark Aqaba Special Economic Zone (ASEZA) and its environmental management policies. He said: ’Future Cities presents an ideal platform to share experience, learn, and network with our industry peers.

’I believe that there is always something to share and something to learn as we all aim to create a better life in our cities. As urban planners, our mandate is to keep urban developments within a sustainable framework, and we view Future Cities as an integral part of this process,’ Soleiman said.

Future Cities, supported by Commercial Bank of Dubai as Official Banking Sponsor and Lab Createrics as Sponsor, explored the major issues facing world leaders and urban planning experts, including how cities carry out efficient water distribution; the positive impact tourism can have on the environment; how cities can plan for post-recession development; and what strategies can ensure that energy is affordable for everyone.

The region’s leading conference in sustainable urban development is co-located with the Global Real Estate Summit and the MENA Mortgage and Affordable Housing Congress, completing the conference line-up at Cityscape Global this year.

Now in its 12th edition, Cityscape Global 2013 has attracted more than 200 international and regional exhibitors covering 25,000sqm of exhibition space. The global real estate showcase has been on an upward growth curve since 2011, and will be the largest it has been in four years.

Dubai Properties Group To Proceed With Development Of Creek-Side Culture Village

Dubai Properties Group (DPG), a member of Dubai Holding, and master developer of destinations and districts including Business Bay, DUBAILAND and The Walk at JBR, has confirmed it is proceeding with the development of Culture Village; a creek side destination which aims to capture the culture and heritage of Dubai.

The Arabic themed development will be interconnected by 3.8 km of promenade walkways, landscaped features, a retail souk and mixed-use complex overlooking the creek. An operator will shortly be appointed to design, build and manage a centrally located marina which will accommodate up to 60 boats with mooring and access points along the promenade directly connected to Dubai Creek.

Culture Village will also feature an innovative art center developed by Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives, which will be a place for Jameel Art Collection and the Jameel Prize. The center will aim to support local and regional creative businesses and provides a platform for creative ideas and encounters.

The development is already home to a number of residential projects and will also feature “Manazel Al Khour” a luxury residential development by DPG, with three and four bedroom luxury apartments offering panoramic views of the creek. This latest addition will further add to the appeal of DPG’s latest key creek side destination for Dubai.

Leisure, hospitality and residential projects already underway in Culture Village include the luxurious 6 star Palazzo Versace Hotel due to open next year and the nearby D1 Residential Tower scheduled for completion in 2014.

Speaking about Culture Village, Khalid Al Malik, Group CEO of Dubai Properties Group said: “Culture Village has been created to capture the strong heritage and cultural diversity of Dubai. It will be a key destination to add to our growing portfolio of destinations and districts alongside Business Bay, the new modern business capital of Dubai, The Walk and JBR with is beachside appeal and Dubailand with its diverse and tranquil setting. Culture Village will offer yet another unique lifestyle with traditional components from residential, retail, and entertainment to cultural and living experiences.”

‘Winchester and Friends in Harmony’ – A Movement Is Born

Local Dubai Students Spread the Message of Peace

Local Dubai Students Spread the Message of Peace

‘Winchester and Friends in Harmony’ is an initiative launched by two ex-students of The Winchester School, Dubai with the wider message of promoting peace in the world.

One good song with a message can bring a point more deeply to more people than a thousand rallies. The group believes that music has a great power for bringing people together. With so many forces in this world acting to drive wedges between people, it’s important to preserve those things that help us experience our common humanity.

‘Winchester and Friends in Harmony’ have just recorded their version of the Beatles classic ‘Get By With A Little Help From My Friends’. The video can be viewed on YouTube at http://youtu.be/jsxfDyqGRdM

The song was recorded in quick time with the help of their friends from JR Studio. Majid M Hussain, Owner of JR Studio was clearly impressed by the students’ initiative. He stated, “We were deeply honoured to work with the students of Winchester School and their friends. It is not every day that you get the opportunity to work with people who are striving for peace and a better world and it was our pleasure to work with them.”

According to Mustafa Davis who flew down to Dubai from the US to film the song, “Working with the students from ‘Winchester and Friends in Harmony’ for the Peace Day project was a wonderful experience. I was extremely impressed not only with their talent but also the great character they all exuded. It’s rare to meet such a talented group of young adults who are so keenly interested in promoting peace in the world. I look forward to following their careers as I’m sure they are destined to do great things. It was an honor to work with them and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such a noble endeavor”.

The Principal of Winchester School, Mrs Ranju Anand is proud of her students’ achievements. In her words, “We have students and staff from over 90 different nationalities. In such a beautiful community, peace and harmony comes naturally and becomes a habit.”

‘Winchester and Friends’ plan to continue their work to bring peace and harmony in their captive communities and change the minds and hearts of people around them. Leveraging the power and reach of the internet, they are using Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/peaceinwinchester) to promote their message of peace.

For more information, contact:
Vanessa Ferns
Dubai, UAE
Tel: +97150 6450303
Email: fernsf@yahoo.com