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publié le 5 April 2010

Saipem awarded new offshore contracts worth approximately €700 million

[#In Kazakhstan, Saipem has been awarded by Agip KCO the extension of the contract assigned in 2005 (or previously assigned) for the installation of the offshore facilities system relating to the experimental phase of the Kashagan field development programme (‘Kashagan Piles and Flares’).#]

[#The Kashagan field is located in the northern part of the Caspian Sea, for the production of crude oil and associated gases by an artificial offshore facilities system denominated Block D and Block A and is characterised by very shallow water, severe weather, stringent environmental restrictions alongside the lack of infrastructure for the offshore industry, making the project complex and challenging. The contract, which has been extended to December 2010, encompasses the fabrication, assembly, transport and installation of the flares and of the piles sustaining the offshore structures, along with the installation of 14 module barges. Included in the scope of work are also the procurement, fabrication and installation of associated mooring, protection and interconnection structures. The offshore activities are executed by the vessel Ersai 1, a construction barge built specifically for the scope of the project. The piles and flares are fabricated in the Ersai’s Kuryk yard in Kazakhstan, in which Saipem has a participation of 50%.

In the United Kingdom, Saipem signed with ConocoPhillips Petroleum Company U.K. Ltd. the contract for the installation of three platforms for the Jasmine Development Project. The Jasmine field is located in the U.K. sector of the central North Sea, about 240 km south-east of Aberdeen. The scope of work encompasses the engineering, project management, transportation and offshore installation of three platforms and related interconnection structures, in a water depth of approximately 80 metres. The platforms will have an overall weight of about 7,100, 11,600 and 11,700 tons, respectively. The offshore installation will be performed by the vessel Saipem 7000, in different time frames during 2011 and 2012, and will be completed in the third quarter of 2012.

In Norway, Saipem has been awarded by ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS the contract for the installation of two platforms as part of the Greater Ekofisk Area Development project (GEAD). The contract encompasses the engineering, project management, transportation and offshore installation of two platforms and related interconnection structures in the Ekofisk Centre Field, located in the southern part of the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, in water depths of between 70 and 80 metres. The two platforms will have an overall weight in excess of 15,000 and 16,000 tons, respectively. The offshore installation will be performed in 2012 and 2013, in different time frames, by the vessel Saipem 7000 and will be completed in the third quarter of 2013.

Furthermore, Saipem has agreed with its clients various increases in the scope of its work on existing offshore contracts in West Africa.#]

publié le 12 October 2011

Aviation: Dubai Airshow looks at 10% growth

press release

Running from 13 to 17 November 2011 at the city’s Airport Expo, the Dubai Airshow will be the biggest yet, attracting more than 55,000 trade visitors, an almost four percent increase from the previous show in 2009.

[#Alison Weller, Managing Director of F&E Aerospace, was addressing a press briefing on the airshow, and explained: “The main objective of the Dubai Airshow is to provide a platform for exhibitors to network with the aerospace industry and market here in the Middle East. As the show grows and develops, this expands and now 20 percent of our visitor attendance comes from outside the region.

“It has become a global forum for the Middle East aerospace market and once every two years it provides a window highlights the achievements, progress and buying power of the region.”

She went onto outline the area of the Dubai Airshow, which, at more than 325,000sqm, makes it the largest trade show in Dubai and, in addition to covering three exhibition halls, includes 103 chalets, 11 pavilions and a large static aircraft display area for up to 100 aircraft of varying types and sizes.

Innovation is also necessary to sustain growth, stressed Weller and she outlined new activities for November’s Dubai Airshow. “As a platform for the industry, we are offering opportunities for participants to address key issues, create debate and highlight the UAE’s achievements. To this end, we have developed three new initiatives: first and foremost, we are celebrating the country’s 40th anniversary. Following on from that, we are launching ‘Futures Day’, in co-operation with Rolls-Royce as Gold Sponsor and Boeing and Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS) as Silver Sponsors. We are billing the last day of the show as Futures Day and inviting a number of the nation’s youth, in order to help build the next generation of aviators.

“To complement this initiative, we are holding the first-ever Gulf Aviation Training Event. The GATE conference will bring together recruitment policy-makers to find solutions to the looming shortage of flight crew in the Middle East, led by keynote speakers, Captain Randolph Babbitt, Administrator of the US FAA, and William Voss, CEO of US-based Flight Safety Foundation.”

While Weller could not announce any aircraft orders beforehand, she did unveil a number of aircraft which will be present at the show: The Bell/Boeing V-22 Tilt Rotor, a unique aircraft that can perform both vertical take-off and landing and short take-off and landing; and the MA600, manufactured by China’s Xi’an Aircraft Industry Co. Ltd. The 60-seater will be seen for the first time outside of China.

For the first time ever, and reflecting the 40th anniversary of the UAE, the flying display will open with the country’s own aerobatic team – Al Fursan – which will fly Alenia Aermacchi aircraft. The display will also feature the Patrouille de France aerobatic team, flying the Alpha jets.

This year’s event will, once again, be the platform for state-of-the-art technical demonstrations, plus aircraft on the static park display.

The static park will display an F18, F15, C17, C-130J and an Apache MH-60 from the US government and an array of business jets from companies such as Gulfstream, Bombardier and Cessna.

Helicopters are also making a big appearance at this year’s show, with companies such as Russian Helicopters, Sikorsky, Bell and MD Helicopters, plus Quest, who will be launching the first-ever helicopter programme to be built in the UAE.

The Dubai Airshow is organised under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President & Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and in co-operation with Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Airports and the UAE Armed Forces.#]

publié le 26 May 2015

The Middle East investment in space continues to grow as the region marches towards its vision for a science and knowledge-based economy.

Press release

National investment in space technology is continuing to grow, as the UAE seeks to develop a long-term strategic plan for a solid and sustainable foundation for advanced space innovation and exploration. All of which is expected to aid the growth of science and knowledge based economy. Compared to the USD$300 billion international space industry, the UAE’s investment in space technology is already substantial exceeding AED 20 billion (USD 5.44 billion). Leading industry experts from around the world will meet in Dubai at the Global Space & Satellite Forum (GSSF) in May to discuss how commercial space and satellite technology is creating new economic, social and educational benefits for nations globally.

The forum will discuss topics such as space technology applications, innovative solutions; low-cost satellite developments such as macro and nano satellites; and how satellite systems are improving lives – ranging from life-saving developments in the field of disaster management to the delivery of entertainment media via handheld consumer devices.

Taking place from 26 - 28 May 2015, the forum, which is organised by Streamline Marketing Group (SMG), is a result of the close collaboration with the UAE Space Agency and Emirates Institution for Advance Science and Technology.

H.E Dr Mohammed Naser Al Ahbabi - Director General of the UAE Space Agency said: “We look forward to taking part in debating the key developments in space technology at the Global Space & Satellite Forum 2015.”

“We expect this forum to provide an arena that will showcase the competing commercially self-sustaining space programmes which are emerging as a direct result of new space technology trends, leading a new era of space utilisation similar to the one which paved the way for commercial aviation in the first half of the last century. Key to this, we believe, is the development of innovative space technologies and applications, some of which will enable low cost access to space and the emergence of affordable space exploration and human presence in space.”

The UAE Space Agency was established in July 2014 with an aim to develop the UAE’s technical and intellectual capabilities in space technology and leading the region’s entry into the era of space exploration.

“The UAE leadership has made the bold decision and firm commitment to keep our country at the forefront of this new space revolution by announcing the establishment of the UAE Space Agency and the UAE’s own mission to explore Mars. The newly set-up UAE Space Agency will send a clear message to the world affirming our status as a space-faring nation in which the space sector is playing a major role in the country’s sustainable economic development and growth,” concluded AlAhbabi.

With an investment exceeding USD 5.44 billion in commercial and scientific space projects the UAE is steadily progressing towards becoming a truly international player within the space sector. The investment in space technologies are shared among several companies and space programmes including Satellite Communications Companies Yahsat, Thuraya and the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) who lead the DubaiSAT 1 and 2 programmes.

H.E. Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director General of EIAST said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome the Global Space & Satellite Forum to Dubai in 2015 and also announce our participation at the forum as a Host Partner. The forum has grown significantly in strength, attendance and importance since it first launched in 2008. We have also been extremely fortunate to have active and generous support from the UAE leadership and UAE Space Agency.”

“Under the guidance of His Highness Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, EIAST has continued to fulfil its high level objectives and play a major role in space and satellite technology. This forum will explore a wide range of issues facing the global space and satellite sector, which is what makes it THE industry event to attend. Everything from Earth Observation, Remote Sensing and Small Satellites to Launch Systems, Space Exploration and the latest Research,” added Al Shaibani.

Developing solid space foundations and applications has proven its positive impact on improving the quality of life worldwide and on global economic growth, with benefits that extend beyond the borders of the space faring nations.

Biju Saith, Project Director from SMG said: “We have witnessed great success stories in the past which have emerged as a result of healthy informative discussions and debates by leading experts and decision makers in the Space sector during our previous GSSF events. The most important and challenging of which were the panel sessions on the value and benefits of having a regional Space Agency. That we hope has contributed toward providing an honest and realistic picture of what should be the expectations from having such a high profile Space organisation and the advantages that it can bring to the region.

“A major theme in our forthcoming GSSF event will be to provide a platform for the UAE Space Agency to showcase its aspirations and ambitious plans for developing the UAE Space sector. The Forum will also facilitate the gathering of space experts from specialist scientists and engineers who will present the latest scientific and technological achievements that humankind has made in its endeavours to understand the Red Planet, hence, we are looking forward to understanding the future plans that lie ahead, including those of the human exploration of Mars.”

publié le 30 March 2014

ABU DHABI AIR EXPO 2014 GENERATES AED 5 BILLION IN SALES

press release

Abu Dhabi Airports reported today that the total value of sales at Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2014, the region’s only general aviation exhibition, reached in excess of AED 5 billion, 35% higher than the sales generated at last year’s exhibition. The successful show, which ran from 25th to 27th February in its third year, also saw a 30 % increase in attendance, with 16,900 visitors and 175 exhibitors from local, regional and international companies participating.

The exhibition was held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, and Vice Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, and was opened by His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Department of Transport Abu Dhabi and member of the Executive Council. The exhibition was also attended by H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, member of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, and H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, and H.E. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and various other prominent figures from the UAE and the region.

Various sales in general aviation were made at the show which reached in excess of AED 5 billion AED, and included:

· 10 sales by Aeroprakt, the ultralight planes manufacturer

· Sale of 3 new SR22 Cirrus Aircraft with GCC specification

· More than 10 sales by AutoGyro, the German Gyro Copter announced

· Sale of 3 aircraft (P2010 and P2008) by Tecnam

In addition to the sales of aircraft and other related equipment, several other important commercial developments and announcements were made during the Air Expo which included:

· The Gulf Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) entered into an open skies agreement with Hungary.

· Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) officially opened its newly constructed 106,000 square foot authorized Embraer Service Centre, making it one of the largest Executive Maintenance & Repair Operations (MROs) in the Middle East.

· FAS also signed a letter of intent with Bombardier for the delivery of up to two C Series aircraft.

· Royal Jet, the Abu Dhabi-based international luxury flight services company, announced that the planning and development of its integrated base at Al Bateen Executive Airport is well underway with first phase completion targeted for Q4 2015.

· Abu Dhabi Aviation, the largest helicopter operator in the Middle East, entered into a strategic partnership with Agusta Westland for the supply of helicopter spare parts and maintenance services.

· Abu Dhabi Aviation also announced the delivery of the first AW139 simulator in the region, and the establishment of a specialized civilian helicopter training centre.

More than 1,250 students from various colleges and institutions in Abu Dhabi were also welcomed to the show, to find out what the aviation industry has to offer the next generation. This included an orientation of the industry provided by Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS), along with a tour of its state of the art training facilities.

H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Abu Dhabi Air Expo goes from strength to strength, with over 60% more visitors attending compared to the first exhibition two years ago. The show has thus rapidly established itself as the main industry event within the region in the global aviation calendar. We are delighted that so many exhibitors were able to showcase their products and services at such an iconic and high profile event.”

“Abu Dhabi Air Expo’s status as the region’s only dedicated private airport is consistent with our broader objective to become a leading global transportation hub. The excellent progress we are making at the Midfield Terminal Complex dovetails perfectly with the growth of Abu Dhabi Air Expo and gives us great confidence for the future” added Al Mansoori.

Visitors to the show were able to enjoy the “Paper Planes” Art Exhibition by H.H. Al Yazia Bint Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan at the Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS) facility in Al Bateen Executive Airport. The series of art work displayed was from H.H.’s ‘Spontaneity Series’, with a focus on spontaneity and how aviation imparts a sense of freedom.

Visitors to the show were also treated to a daily air display performed by Al Fursan Aerobatic team and Emirates Sky Diving team along with a daring display by the famous Captain Zoltan Veres, owner of five ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ in aerobatic displays.

publié le 20 October 2010

Abu Dhabi and Siemens Intensify Alliance Through a Strategic Partnership with Masdar

Press release

Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy initiative, and Siemens signed an agreement establishing a long term strategic partnership. Siemens will implement an innovative power grid combined with advanced building technologies in the first phase of Masdar City.

[#This will serve as both an energy efficient power solution and a living R&D platform. The partnership also covers collaboration in the field of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) which will involve research and development with the Masdar Institute. Siemens will establish an anchor presence in Masdar City, housing their Middle East Headquarters, a Centre of Excellence in Building Technologies and other initiatives including a Leadership Development Centre. The Centre of Excellence will begin R&D activities on the ground at Masdar City in 2010. “Masdar is a global pioneer in clean tech initiatives. We are proud to be the strategic partner for this groundbreaking project,” said Peter Löscher, President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG. “It also highlights our strong relationship with Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates.”

“It also highlights our strong relationship with Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates.”

As part of the agreement, Siemens will provide integrated building automation technologies and jointly develop smart grid applications for the initial phase of Masdar City that will optimize energy consumption in the City. This living R&D facility will collect user data and consumer reaction to shape product design and automation while supporting Masdar City to achieve their energy efficiency targets.

The energy solution will function by integrating several Building Management Systems (BMS) and vertically linking them to an advanced energy Distribution Management System (DMS). By joining a number of buildings and consumer types (residential, commercial and educational), across a “district” BMS, Masdar and Siemens will be able to track and influence energy consumption in innovative ways. By connecting this “district” BMS to the DMS, the ability to implement end-to-end demand response from the utility direct to consumers will be created.

“Partnering with technology leaders such as Siemens to create a clean-tech and R&D hub at Masdar City is what Masdar is about. As we build out Masdar City, we are constantly looking to keep pace with technology innovations. We are pushing the frontiers of science, technology and engineering to not only redefine sustainable urban development but also to create a thriving R&D centre that will help turn Abu Dhabi into a technology developer and exporter. Both our companies share and support this vision for Masdar City,” said Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar.

In addition, Siemens will collaborate with Masdar and the Masdar Institute to optimize the technical and economic aspects of environmentally friendly post-combustion Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) . CCS technologies capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from sources such as fossil fuel power plants and preventing the release of emissions into the atmosphere by using the CO2 for Enhanced Oil Recovery or permanently storing the CO2 in geological structures such as oil reservoirs or deep saline acquifers.

The research and development aspect of the partnership with the Masdar Institute is Siemens’ largest global investment of its kind with a science and technology organisation. It comprises a long term R&D program for Smart Grid, Smart Buildings, and Carbon Capture and Storage and will manifest itself in grants, scholarships and educational programs for the advancement of the knowledge economy in the United Arab Emirates.

The Siemens Middle East Headquarters facilities in Masdar City will showcase the latest energy efficient technologies developed by the company and when complete, will accommodate a staff of almost 2,000 specialists.

The company plans to occupy 18,000sqm that could be extended to a total of 25,000sqm in the longer term. In the first phase, Siemens will lease 12,000sqm of space which is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2013. The facilities will host major corporate facilities including a Centre of Excellence for Smart Buildings and a Leadership Development and Conference Centre for both customer and corporate use. “Siemens’ presence is a valuable addition to the Masdar City eco-system of industry leaders interested in developing advanced technologies, sustainable architecture and energy efficiency,” said Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar.

This strategic framework agreement marks a major enhancement to the existing relationship between Masdar and Siemens where the German company is a major investor in the Masdar Clean Tech Funds I and II.

Energy-efficient and resource-conserving technologies are part of the Siemens Environmental Portfolio, with which the company posted revenue totalling more than EUR23 billion in fiscal 2009. That is equivalent to about a quarter of the company’s total revenue and makes Siemens the world’s leading provider of infrastructures for eco-friendly technology.#]

publié le 1 April 2014

Abu Dhabi International Airport posts 15.6% increase in February 2014 passenger traffic

Abu Dhabi Airports has reported a 15.6% increase in passenger traffic during February 2014 at Abu Dhabi International Airport, as compared to February 2013.

The airport’s passenger statistics showed that 1,411,881 passengers used the airport during the month, growing from 1,221,686 during the same month a year ago. Aircraft movements increased to 11,174 in February 2014, recording 12.2% growth when compared with 9,960 movements logged in February 2013.

Cargo activity handling rose to 56,902, representing a 13.8% increase when compared to February 2013.

Commenting on the traffic report, Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “The year 2014 is anticipated to be another record year for Abu Dhabi International Airport as the airport continues to register double digit growth in passenger traffic.”

“Such momentum will have no doubt its challenges in terms of capacity management, quality assurance, and efficiency. In spite of that, Abu Dhabi Airports is determined to continue provide and implement innovative solutions to ease the travel experience of passengers until the MTB is opened in 2017 to introduce new meaning to modern day travel.”.

Within the next few years, over 20 million passengers are expected to use Abu Dhabi International Airport as their origin, destination or transit point. The Midfield Terminal Building (MTB), Abu Dhabi Airports’ iconic expansion project, is being constructed to handle increasing passenger traffic. The project features one of the largest terminal buildings in the world spread over a space of 700,000 square meters and holds mega arches that span to 180 meters at its longest and up to 52 meter high at its highest point, to offer a spectacular open space guaranteed to give visitors a unique travel experience. The MTB will also presents a space of 28,000 square meters of duty free shops and restaurants and provide an initial capacity of 30 million passengers per year.

The top five routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport during February were Bangkok, Jeddah, Doha, Manila and London Heathrow.

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publié le 10 June 2015

Abu Dhabi International Airport sees 15.5% increase in traffic for April 2015

press release

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Airports today announced that passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport increased by 15.5% in April 2015 as compared to April 2014.

The airport’s passenger statistics showed that 1,871,337 passengers used the airport during the month, growing from 1,620,324 in April 2014. Aircraft movements increased to 14,211 in April 2015, recording 14.4% growth when compared with 12,420 movements logged in April 2014.

Cargo handling activity rose to 71,650 tonnes representing a 19.3% increase when compared to 60,059 tonnes in April 2014.

Commenting on the latest passenger figures, Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Abu Dhabi International Airport continues to maintain double-digit growth in passenger traffic, aircraft movement and cargo activity every month, making the airport one of the fastest growing aviation hubs in the world. Key drivers for passenger traffic growth last month include: increased activity by Etihad Airways’ new partner airlines namely Air Berlin, Jet Airways and Air Seychelles to cater for high demand during the holiday season; addition of 4 new routes (Madrid, Poona, Vince and Entebbe in Uganda) by Etihad Airways and Alitalia and increase in the number of flights to Jeddah for the Omrah season presented by Saudi Airline.

The addition of two new routes at the end of March: South African Airways launching inaugural route to Johannesburg and Alitalia adding Milan and Venice as new destinations also had a positive impact.

“We continue to focus on ensuring that the passenger’s journey begins and ends as smoothly and comfortably as possible through striving towards delivering optimum services and facilities” Al Haddabi added.

In April 2015, the top five routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport were London Heathrow, Bangkok, Manila, Doha and Bombay. The top five routes accounted for 16% of all traffic last month.

About Abu Dhabi Airports

Abu Dhabi Airports is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, Abu Dhabi Airports assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, Abu Dhabi Airports added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive business aviation airport), as well as Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travelers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.

Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 40 million passengers per year. As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed.

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publié le 27 May 2012

al khaliji upbeat on the state of the Qatari real estate sector

[#His Excellency Sheikh Hamad Bin Faisal Bin Thani Al-Thani, Chairman of the Board of Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) QSC, delivered an optimistic outlook on the Qatari real estate sector to a packed audience at Qatar’s first Cityscape conference on May 23rd. HE Sheikh Hamad delivered the keynote address on behalf of the bank, which is supporting the event as Platinum Sponsors.#]

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[#“Despite a slowdown in the Qatari market [during the crisis in 2008], the country emerged relatively unscathed as compared to many economies” said His Excellency. “The resilience shown by the real estate sector in Qatar, as well as by the financial institutions, was primarily due to wise and sound decisions taken by the government and the Qatar Central Bank. In contrast to the experience globally, and regionally, financing by Qatari banks to the local real estate sector grew more than two fold from October 2008 to April 2012. And the future of the real estate sector looks extremely promising… [with the advent of the FIFA World Cup in 2022, and the country being guided by Qatar’s National Development Strategy].”

With the expected growth in the real estate sector, al khaliji is viewed as a bank of choice for developers seeking financing of their projects. HE Sheikh Hamad indicated some reasons that strengthen al khaliji’s position in the financing sector: healthy capital, an untarnished record of growth, the recently-awarded Fitch rating and most important of all its unique “preferred customer” approach to banking.

“In 2008, al khaliji launched its activities with a capital base just short of 4 billion riyals. Four years later, and with a succession of double-digit year-on-year growth numbers, we now have almost seven times the capital base – close to 27 billion riyals in assets. And we have accomplished this without recording a single loss in any quarter over the past 48 months,” continued HE Sheikh Hamad.

“A bank is a partner, and is intimately involved in the project just as much as the architect or engineer,” added HE Sheikh Hamad. “al khaliji as an A- rated financial institution, has a pre-defined approach whereby our real estate loans have been extended to top tier corporate clients and high net worth individuals. We become their business partner. We have extended significant financing for the development of land-mark real estate and infrastructure projects in Qatar to include retail properties, commercial and residential compounds, hotels, roads and museums. This bank is well positioned for the “right” opportunities in the future.”

Cityscape Qatar is the latest franchise of the event, originally founded in the UAE in 2002. The event has attracted over 1500 global participants, with over 200 multi-national firms exhibiting their wares and services at the Doha Exhibition Center. For those interested in what al khaliji has to offer, they can be found at stand D25. For more information, please visit www.alkhaliji.com.

about us

al khaliji is Qatar’s pioneer ‘next generation bank’ offering a full range of conventional banking products and services to premium, business, corporate and international customers in Qatar, UAE and France.

Headquartered in Doha, al khaliji is one of Qatar’s leading banks and a member of the Qatar Exchange Index, with QR 26.6 billion in total assets and QR 12.1 billion in customer deposits as of 31 March 2012.

Al Khaliji France is our subsidiary in Paris, France with a network of branches in the UAE covering Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaima, and Abu Dhabi. This branch network offers customers and businesses local, regional and international banking services. 
At al khaliji we believe that success lies in the financial security and development of people to enable them to sustain a prosperous life. Our products and level of service reflect our belief that to be successful, we must meet the needs of both this generation and future generations of employees, customers, investors and business partners.
While financial objectives are key to sustaining our prosperity in any market, at al khaliji we believe that long-term sustainability is maintained by balancing our commitments to achieving our results, with the commitment towards the development of people and the preservation of natural resources. 
Visit www.alkhaliji.com and www.alkhaliji.fr to discover the latest ‘next generation bank’ news and information#]

publié le 30 June 2009

AREVA to open up its capital to new strategic partners and its employees.

The group is set to sell its transmission and distribution activity

[#The AREVA group’s Supervisory Board met today under the chairmanship of Jean-Cyril Spinetta and finalized the steps to be taken to finance the group’s long-term development plan.#]

[#World leader in the civil nuclear field, AREVA is enjoying major growth thanks to its integrated model and the increase in demand for solutions to generate CO2-free electricity. In order to continue to reinforce its position as leader on the nuclear market and to make further inroads into the renewable energies market, AREVA needs to invest and recruit, while maintaining a healthy balance sheet.
This is why, based on a proposal from the Executive Board, the AREVA Supervisory Board has decided to open up its capital to strategic and industrial partners, to the value of 15%, mainly by increasing its capital. This increase will be open to investment certificate holders. The group is launching an employee shareholders program.

The Supervisory Board has also asked the Executive Board to put the group’s Transmission and Distribution (T&D) division up for sale. An open call for bids will be launched and the group will pay special attention to the price offered and also the industrial and labor projects.
Depending on the interest generated, the decision to dispose of T&D or not and the choice of a potential buyer will be taken before the end of the year.
AREVA is also considering disposing of its stakes in Eramet and ST Microelectronics. In any case, these stakes will remain in the public sector because of their strategic nature.
AREVA is also set to continue its cost reduction program and to improve operational performance.
Shareholders have shown their support by agreeing to a new dividend payout rate of 25% of the group’s share of net income as of 2010 and for a period of three years, given the scale of the AREVA program.
Commenting on these decisions, Jean Cyril Spinetta says "Through the strategy in place since 2001, AREVA has become the reference in its field. Solutions for generating CO2-free energy - its core business - have undisputed prospects for growth. The group must be able to pursue an ambitious investment program to take advantage of its growth. The plan that has been finalized by the shareholders will completely enable it to do so.”

Anne Lauvergeon, CEO of AREVA says: “Our shareholders’ continued support for our strategy is a tremendous honor and puts an obligation on us. This financing will enable us to maintain our lead and meet the growing needs of our current and future customers."
With regard to the disposal of the T&D activity, Anne Lauvergeon added “This only became an option because of the remarkable work of the T&D teams who, spurred on by AREVA, pulled off a remarkable industrial turnaround. T&D joined the group in 2004 and is enjoying rapid growth and creating value and there is no reason why this should change


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All over the world, AREVA provides its customers with solutions for carbon-free power generation and electricity transmission. With its knowledge and expertise in these fields, the group has a leading role to play in meeting the world’s energy needs.
Ranked first in the global nuclear power industry, AREVA’s unique integrated offering covers every stage of the fuel cycle, reactor design and construction, and related services. In addition, the group is developing a portfolio of operations in renewable energies. AREVA is also a world leader in electricity transmission and distribution and offers its customers a complete range of solutions for greater grid stability and energy efficiency.
Sustainable development is a core component of the group’s industrial strategy. Its 75,000 employees work every day to make AREVA a responsible industrial player that is helping to supply ever cleaner, safer and more economical energy to the greatest number of people.#]

areva.com

publié le 31 January 2014

Dassault Aviation Becomes First OEM to Offer EASA Part 147 Practical Training

press release

Dassault Aviation recently received regulatory approval from the EASA to operate as a Part 147 Training Center, the first such authorization to be granted to a business jet OEM.

The approval allows Dassault Aviation to comply with new European regulations requiring that technicians be offered practical maintenance instruction in addition to theoretical training, and permits them the ability to obtain an EASA type rating certificate through their Part 66 license.

A new Dassault Training Academy® in Merignac/Bordeaux France will serve as the Part 147 Training Center, offering accredited two-week, model-specific courses.

Dassault introduced practical training in April 2007, to complement theoretical instruction provided by the company’s training partners, CAE and FlightSafety International. “Our Practical Training Program was a proactive response to feedback from Falcon operators and Authorized Service Centers requesting more manufacturer involvement in the training process,” said Guilhem Rousset, Quality Manager at the Dassault Training Academy, “It emphasizes a “hands-on” approach that allows trainees to perform real-life maintenance tasks, including engine run up.”

In the program, students work on production Falcon aircraft during the pre-completion phase. Instruction is available in English and is aimed primarily at technicians and mechanics. More than 400 trainees have already graduated. It covers Falcon 900EX/2000EX EASy Series and 7X aircraft models and will be available for the newly-launched ultra wide body Falcon 5X prior to deliveries beginning in 2017.

“The real-life working conditions offered by the Practical Training Program make it the most useful and comprehensive program available from any OEM,” remarked Patrice Kurdijian, Training Manager at the Dassault Training Academy. “We’re already looking at ways to expand and improve training program content to meet the future needs of our operators as new regulations and technologies are introduced.”

publié le 29 March 2013

Domopan holds informative industry symposium on DomoGypsum

Attendees explained the benefits of company’s fiber-gypsum paneling

[#Domopan Qatar WLL, one of Qatar’s leading comprehensive engineering companies, hosted a workshop at La Cigale on a March 19th to acquaint guests with their fiber gypsum panels, DomoGypsum. Scores of designers, architects, engineers, and developers attended the one-day symposium to learn the technical details of the panels.#]

[#“A result of our collaboration with international partners is DomoGypsum, a state-of-the art modular panel composed of a measured mixture of gypsum and fibrous materials,” Foud Hamdan, Domopan’s Chief Executive Officer, told the participants in his opening remarks. “Although conceptualized and designed with international help, we like to consider DomoGypsum a break-through in material technology for Qatar itself. It’s the first product of its kind produced right here in the country, and it would be hard pressed to find any material with the same characteristics manufactured anywhere in the region.”

With last year’s rewarding from the Loss Prevention Ceritification Board (LPCB) – a global benchmark for industrial standards – the panels are authorized to be sold in European regional markets. In addition, DomoGypsum is also approved by Qatar’s General Administration of Civil Defense at the Ministry of Interior and the Qatar Civil Defense Department’s approval for two-hour fire resistivity – an important element considering last year’s high-profile fires.

Attention to detail and meeting international standards have proven DomoGypsum to be very popular, as Hamdan explained.

“Dom0Gypsum has been a success since the day the first panel it first left our factory in 2008,” said Hamdan. “We are proud that iconic Qatari landmarks, just as the Museum of Modern Arab Art, the RasGas headquarters, Souk Waqif Hotel, and the PortoArabia complex at the Pearl, all have DomoGypsum paneling installed in them. I believe that this alone is testament to the durability, effectiveness, and convenience of DomoGypsum.”

Hamdan’s welcome note was followed by presentations by Domopan engineers who detailed the benefits and installation methodologies for the boards. For more information about Domopan and DomoGypsum, please visit www.domoqatar.com or call 4465 3625.

About Domopan Qatar WLL

Domopan launched activities in response to the market needs of sustainable development. Therefore the heart of our work is providing turnkey design-build solutions for residential, commercial and industrial developments. 

Our vision
Our vision is to be nothing short of the best. We envision ourselves to be the undisputed leader and partner in providing quality projects to both public and private sector clients.

Our mission
We aim to provide innovative and cutting-edge construction practices to address the unique demands of Qatar’s environment, construction climate, and client preferences, executed to the highest levels of professionalism to secure client loyalty.

Further information about Domopan can be found at www.domoqatar.com

#]

publié le 10 August 2010

Egypt invites tenders for nuclear power plant

[#Egypt is starting an international bidding process this year for its first nuclear energy plant, according to the country’s electricity and energy minister.#]
[#
Hassan Younes told the stated-owned al-Ahram newspaper that the ministry had already invited several firms for consultancy and project briefings in preparation for the construction of the new energy plant.

Younes said,""Egypt’s nuclear project is progressing steadily and we expect to start the tender before the end of this year.""

He added that among those invited to tender were the French nuclear reactor-maker Areva, and engineering group Alstom and Westinghouse Electric Co.

The plans are in line with a wider strategy among Egyptian authorities to develop the country’s soft and hard infrastructure in order to attract foreign investors and prepare for quick population growth.

“Egypt needs to work hard on both development and infrastructure,” the Egyptian General Authority for Investment’s chairman, Osama Saleh told Construction Week.

“It would be very hard to attract foreign investors with an extreme deficiency in the infrastructure area.”

Egypt’s population stands at 81 million which is growing by 1m per year - and the power projects are designed to cope with that growth and the anticipated extra demand placed on utilities.#]

(Source:constructionweekonline.com)

publié le 12 September 2010

Egypt wants French investment in transportation sector

[#Egypt and France are looking at potential investment into the North African country’s transportation sector, the state-run MENA news agency reported on Saturday. The report comes ahead of a visit to France by transportation officials and the transport minister.#]

[#With a growing population, Egypt’s transportation sector has been unable to maintain its capabilities, said Ahmed Munir, a ministry official. He told Bikya Masr on Sunday that “France has expressed interest in investing in our transport sector and we are going to explore the possibilities this week.”

Cairo is eager to upgrade its infrastructure, which as seen a massive rise in road fatalities and a lack of appropriate public transportation for the burgeoning population, which is expected to be over 100 million by the end of the decade.

“We have a lot of problems and with French backing, we are confident that the situation can change for the better,” added Munir.

Privatization is on the agenda, and the Egyptian government believes that through this route, better infrastructure can be had.

Transport Minister Alaa Fahmy will meet with French Trade Minister Anne-Marie Idrac, Economy Minister Christine Lagarde, and his French counterpart during a three-day trip starting on Monday, MENA reported.

Egyptian officials will also promote road, rail, subway and port projects in a workshop for about 30 French transport companies, it added.

French contractors have been involved in helping to erect Cairo’s subway system, which consists of two underground lines through the capital, with an additional line in the works.

According to Reuters, last year, a joint venture including France’s Bouygues and Vinci, along with Egypt’s Orascom Construction Industries and Arab Contractors, won a contract for civil works on the metro’s third line#]

publié le 23 April 2012

European business school students pay visit to al khaliji

[# Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) QSC hosted 32 visiting students from the Europe Business School (ESC) – Paris, in Qatar to meet their requirements for their final year seminar. The students, from the university’s Wealth Management and Financial Planning program, spent a day at the bank’s headquarters, speaking to relevant department heads about al khaliji’s experience and strategy.#]

[#“We were pleased, and honored, that these bright young students have opted to visit al khaliji during their short stay here in Qatar,” said Abeer Al Kalla, Head of Public Relations and Communications at al khaliji. “We were more than happy to share our stories with them and encourage debate and knowledge-sharing of items related to our industry.”

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The Europe Business School is ranked among the top three business schools on the continent by the Financial Times, and in addition to Paris, has campuses in London, Berlin, Madrid, and Torino. Students from the school are required to complete their final year seminar in a different country every year, with Qatar chosen this year for their studies. Their visit is part of their efforts to become more knowledgeable about Qatar’s financial market and the nation’s emerging wealth management industry. In addition to one-on-one discussions with members of al khaliji team, the students were also treated to a presentation by the bank covering the financial industry in Qatar.

“The students were incredibly receptive to our presentation,” continued Al Kalla. “I like to draw a comparison with Qatar’s own university students and graduates, as both have the ambition and know-how to potentially make a real difference in the financial industries. These are the type of students we hope to attract to join al khaliji’s team.”

The ESC student visit fell under al khaliji’s general corporate and social responsibility program that aims to support education, enhance business knowledge and build awareness in the local business community. To learn more, please visit www.alkhaliji.com.

about us

al khaliji is Qatar’s pioneer ‘next generation bank’ offering a full range of conventional banking products and services to premium, business, corporate and international customers in Qatar, UAE and France.

Headquartered in Doha, al khaliji is one of Qatar’s leading banks and a member of the Qatar Exchange Index, with QR 26.6 billion in total assets and QR 12.1 billion in customer deposits as of 31 March 2012.

Al Khaliji France is our subsidiary in Paris, France with a network of branches in the UAE covering Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaima, and Abu Dhabi. This branch network offers customers and businesses local, regional and international banking services. 
At al khaliji we believe that success lies in the financial security and development of people to enable them to sustain a prosperous life. Our products and level of service reflect our belief that to be successful, we must meet the needs of both this generation and future generations of employees, customers, investors and business partners.
While financial objectives are key to sustaining our prosperity in any market, at al khaliji we believe that long-term sustainability is maintained by balancing our commitments to achieving our results, with the commitment towards the development of people and the preservation of natural resources. 
Visit www.alkhaliji.com and www.alkhaliji.fr to discover the latest ‘next generation bank’ news and information.#]

publié le 4 April 2013

Hassad Food of Qatar acquires Majority equity interest in Bush Foods Overseas, India

[# Hassad Food, Qatar’s premier investor in the agriculture and livestock sectors has acquired a majority equity interest in India-based Bush Foods Overseas Pvt Ltd. The transaction which was announced today in a press conference in New Delhi was concluded and signed in Doha by the Chairman of Hassad Food His Excellency, Mr. Nasser Al Hajri, and Mr. Virkran Awasty, Managing Director of Bush Foods Overseas and in the presence of H.E Mr. Hassan Mohammed Al Emadi Ambassador of the State of Qatar in India.#]

[#Bush Foods Oversees was founded in 1992 and has current turnover of 235 millions $US. The Company specializes in premium basmati rice and has diversified into value added processed foods such as RTE (Ready to Eat), spices and other ethnic range of international brands which are available in 60 countries worldwide.

Bush Foods’ flagship brands Neesa, Himalayan Crown and Indian Star, are considered amongst the most trusted and reputed basmati rice brands globally for their consistent quality.

This milestone acquisition will position Hassad Food on the global business map as major provider in the basmati rice domain and will be considered another achievement for the Qatari company since its establishment in 2008.

On the occasion, H.E. Mr, Nasser Al Hajri, Chairman of Hassad Food said: “We are very excited about this acquisition which is a strong testament that Hassad Food is on the right track towards achieving its vision in becoming a leading global provider of high quality food products.”

“Hassad’s mission is to own and develop an efficient, profitable, growth-oriented global brands, contributing to the welfare of Qatar and other societies by providing high quality products while using the latest technology in harmony with the environment and adhering to the highest standards of corporate social responsibility and I am confident that the acquisition of Bush Food Overseas and its international brands is in line with what we are trying to achieve and will deliver what is expected from it” H.E. Mr. Al Hajri concluded.

Bush Foods Overseas facilities are equipped with a brand new, US $ 30 million, State-Of-The-Art, next generation fully automated technology rice mill with an annual capacity of 180000 MT of top quality premium Basmati.

Mr. Virkran Awasty, Managing Director of Bush Food Overseas stated, “ We are very happy with the deal. Bush Foods Overseas has worked hard to be a respected name in the Basmati rice domain worldwide and now it has become amongst the first Indian food company’s to be acquired by a World reputed Food Company from Qatar like Hassad Food and I am confident that Hassad Food is the ideal long term majority partner that can take the company to an even higher level”.

Bush Foods caters to some of the finest quality names in the world like Westmill Foods (UK), Loblaw Group of Companies (Canada), Metro Super Markets (Canada) , Sobeys (Canada) , BJ’s Club (USA), Sam’s Clubs (USA), Wal-Mart (Canada, USA and UK), Biglots (USA), Riso Gallo(Italy), Union Trade(Italy), Albert Heijn Supermarkets(Holland), Carrefour (UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain), Leclerc (Poland), Jumbo Super Market (Holland), Aljazeera (Bahrain), Jassim Al Wazzan (Kuwait), Al Maya Group (Dubai), AX Foods (Sweden), Migros (Switzerland), Pic n Pay (S.Africa), Ali Bin Ali (Qatar) and major Indian supermarket chains, Bharti Wal-Mart, Spencer’s, Reliance, ABRL, Metro, Food world, Spar to name a few.

This major strategic financial transaction, which took few months to be completed, witnessed the engagement of QInvest and Ambit as Financial Advisors to Hassad Food and KPMG Corporate Finance, India as advisors to Bush Foods.

For more information:

Hassad Food please visit: www.hassad.com.

Bush Foods Overseas, please visit www.bushfoodsbasmati.com
#]

publié le 29 October 2014

MBDA readies SIMBAD RC for deliveries

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The SIMBAD-RC ship self-defence system of MBDA has now entered the qualification phase. The first deliveries of series production units will occur in 2015.

The SIMBAD-RC is the "remote controlled" variant of the SIMBAD twin launcher system equipped with two ready-to-fire Mistral missiles, already in service with the French Navy and with several navies around the world.

Designed to be the main air defence system of Fast Patrol Boats and auxiliary ships or a complementary air defence system for corvette/frigate, the SIMBAD-RC is mounted on a stabilized launcher and remotely controlled from the ship’s operations room, where a single operator can control two SIMBAD-RC launcher systems.

The SIMBAD-RC allows the warship self-protection against a wide range of threats ranging from anti-ship missile to FIAC’s.

Started in 2011, the development of the SIMBAD-RC benefits also from a 4th Generation IR thermal sight, which enables passive detection and identification of targets at long range.

Communalities with the previous SIMBAD system infrastructures should allow an easily upgrade to the SIMBAD-RC standard.

Up to now, the SIMBAD-RC system has been ordered by two Navies for several dozen units.

Antoine Bouvier, CEO of MBDA, stated : "The SIMBAD-RC programme is a perfect example of MBDA’s strategy aimed at developing land and naval systems at the cutting edge of technology, systems that correspond perfectly to the operational requirements of our customers while at the same time maximizing the efficiency of our missiles. The commercial success of this nascent programme serves as a welcome confirmation of this strategy".

publié le 19 September 2015

MBDA to Market BAE Systems’ APKWS Laser-guided Rocket in Europe

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BAE Systems, Inc. today announced an agreement with MBDA to support marketing efforts for the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWSTM) laser-guided rocket. Under the terms of the agreement, MBDA will lead marketing efforts for the BAE Systems, Inc. APKWS rocket in Europe.

"MBDA’s position as a prime weapon systems integrator in Europe, and the existing relationship between BAE Systems and MBDA, made this agreement a natural fit," said David Harrold, director of precision guidance solutions at BAE Systems, Inc. "As part of a global campaign, we anticipate this joint marketing effort will create a channel to meet the increasing demand from the European market for the APKWS rocket."

The APKWS system is a mid-body guidance section fitted between the motor and the warhead, transforming a standard unguided 70 mm (2.75 in) munition into a precision laser-guided rocket to provide warfighters with a low-cost surgical strike capability. This highly innovative approach requires no modifications to the rocket, launch platform, or fire control/launcher system and allows militaries to leverage existing infrastructure and munitions investment.

"The APKWS rocket offers our customers high precision at a low cost," said Paul Mead, group business development director at MBDA. "The system is suitable for a wide range of rotary and fixed wing platforms and complements our existing portfolio."

More information on the APKWS rocket can be found at www.baesystems.com/apkws.

BAE Systems, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc.

publié le 29 October 2014

MBDA: Successful Final Qualification Firing for MdCN

press release

The French DGA (Direction Générale d’Armement) has successfully carried out the final qualification firing of the MdCN system (Missile de Croisière Naval, also known as NCM or Naval Cruise Missile). The firing, which took place on 27th October 2014 at the DGA’s "Missile Test Centre" at Biscarrosse (Landes) on France’s Atlantic coast, represented a missile launch from a frigate.

The firing enabled the full scope of flight objectives to be satisfied, particularly regarding the demonstration of the missile’s range performance. This success comes as a result of the intense and coordinated efforts of a number of state participants (notably the DGA’s test and evaluation centres and the French Navy) as well as industry (MBDA France).

MdCN will equip the French Navy’s FREMM (multi-mission frigates) during 2015 and its Barracuda submarines in around 2018.

Featuring a range of several hundred kilometers, MdCN has been devised for striking targets deep within enemy territory. It complements the air-launched cruise missile, Storm Shadow/SCALP, from which it is derived. Carried on surface warships positioned safely for prolonged periods in international waters, overtly (frigates) or discretely (submarines), MdCN has been designed for operations calling for the destruction of high value, strategic infrastructures.

MBDA was awarded the MdCN contract by the DGA in 2006.

publié le 26 September 2013
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Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi signs a cooperation agreement with France’s Pierre and Marie Curie University

An education cooperation agreement was signed yesterday between Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and Pierre and Marie Curie University, the "leading French university in science and medicine". This agreement marks the launch of the Physics undergraduate programme in the Abu Dhabi campus, which will be taught in English and will provide fundamental courses in modern areas such as physics, mathematics, computer sciences and applied physics.

Professor Barthélémy Jobert, president of Paris-Sorbonne University and Professor Jean Chambaz, president of UPMC signed this agreement at the PSUAD quarters - Abu Dhabi, in the presence of Professor Eric Fouache, president of PSUAD alongside members of the teaching committee and students enrolled in the new specialization.

Prof. Barthélémy Jobert said: " Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi provides students with a unique opportunity to obtain a French bachelor degree in Physics, delivered by one of the most prestigious and internationally renowned universities in the world - Pierre and Marie Curie of Paris".

"The bachelor of Physics is an international programme of high level purposely established to prepare students in the multi-faceted field of physics".

Jobert affirmed that this degree aims to develop graduates with the key practical skills and interdisciplinary knowledge in both fundamental and applied physics required to address today’s global challenges.

"With courses starting soon, students of the new bachelor programme are fortunate to be taught the sciences of physics by one of the oldest scientific universities, knowing that the excellent preparation will put them at a cutting edge advantage as a first promotion", he added.

Jobert believes the launch of a scientific specialization by Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi falls under its objectives to provide a diverse and modern programme and ensure better opportunities for the students in the work field, to meet the needs of the United Arab Emirates and the job market in general. This way, the university is actively contributing to the economic and technological advancement of the country and its increasing interest in revolutionary sciences and technologies.

On the other hand, Prof. Jean Chambaz - President of UPMC said: "The Bachelor’s degree delivered to the students of Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi will have the same scientific and international value as the one delivered in Paris".

He added: "This is the first time UPMC agrees to deliver its programmes outside the university’s campus. However, the idea of the Bachelor of Physics came through following the decision of PSUAD to provide scientific specialization.

We were approached by Prof. Barthelemy Jobert, President of the Sorbonne University in Paris with a cooperation request, supported by the country’s authorities desire to launch scientific programmes at PSUAD, knowing that the launch of new scientific majors will solely depend on the demand of the Emirati party".

During the ceremony, Prof. Chambaz indicated the bachelor in Physics encompasses one year of foundation, followed by 3 years in physical sciences and mathematics taught in English by cutting edge researchers.

The programme covers modern topics of physics, mathematics, computer sciences and applied physics in addition to e-technology related laboratory allowing students to acquire lively knowledge with state of the art equipment and enabling them to apply for Masters in Physics or in Materials Sciences and Engineering.

He said: "This programme will help students acquire the basis of modern physics, while emphasizing on experiments and high levels of professional skills required in the job market through courses in languages, information technology and general culture. Individual follow up with students and interviews at the end of each semester will ensure them the support and guidance they need for their future".

The University of Pierre and Marie Curie in France is one of the thirteenth Parisian universities, and a member of the Association of Research Universities in Europe. It has more than 900 years of scientific activities and stands for French excellence in science and medicine. It is also the largest university in France in this field.

- Ends-

About Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi

Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi university was established in May 2006, under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the armed forces, the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and Paris-Sorbonne University. Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi is an Emirati university, that benefits from the 760 years of experience of the prestigious Sorbonne, with a state-of-the-art campus located on Al Reem island combining comfort with the efficiency of new technologies. The method, the education, the degrees however are French, issued by the University of Paris-Sorbonne in the field of Humanities, by the University of Paris-Descartes for Law, Management and Economics and by Pierre and Marie Curie University in science. Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi offers world-class degrees, both in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, following the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and also accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi is devoted to Abu Dhabi’s vision of creating a cultural and scientific hub, and is an agent to realize this 2030 vision by delivering the future Emirati and international workforce and contributing to support the UAE’s economic diversification.

publié le 1 March 2013

Qatar: Qtel Group and its Operating Companies to Unify Under New Brand ooredoo

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[#Qtel Group, one of the world’s fastest-growing telecommunications companies, has announced that it will change its brand to ooredoo, and that each of its operating companies in emerging markets across the Middle East, North Africa and South-East Asia will adopt the new brand during the course of 2013 and 2014. These companies, in which ooredoo already has a controlling interest, include brands such as Qtel in Qatar, Indosat in Indonesia, Wataniya in Kuwait, Nawras in Oman, Tunisiana in Tunisia, and Nedjma in Algeria.#]

[#The announcement was made by ooredoo Chairman His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al-Thani at a special launch event at Mobile World

Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. During the event, ooredoo announced football star Lionel “Leo” Messi as its global brand ambassador, and agreed to support the Leo Messi Foundation as part of the company’s continued commitment to making a difference in communities across the world.

“With ooredoo we have chosen an Arabic word that means “I want”, to reflect the aspirations of our customers and our core belief that we can enrich people’s lives and stimulate human growth in the communities where we operate,” said H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al-Thani, Chairman, ooredoo. “We believe that young people should be given the life chances that mobile technology can provide; that under-served communities should be able to access the Internet; that every woman should have an equal opportunity to use a mobile phone; and that entrepreneurs and small businesses should be able to receive business services tailored to their needs. Our new brand reflects these beliefs.”

Chief Executive Officer of Qtel Qatar, Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani, said: "This is a proud moment for Qtel in Qatar. Our company is at the heart of a global communications company that serves nearly 90 million people in communities around the world. Qtel in Qatar will be the first company in the Group to align with this new brand, and we will continue to find new ways to surprise and delight our customers."

The invitation-only launch event included presentations by Anne Bouverot, GSMA Director General; Cherie Blair, Chairman of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; and Dr Hamadoun Toure, Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). It also featured the guest appearance of Qatari Olympic medallist Nasser al Attiyah.

ooredoo has experienced significant growth over the last six years, transforming from a single market operator in Qatar to an international communications company with a global customer base of more than 89.2 million people (as of 30 September 2012) and consolidated revenues of $6.8 billion for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012. Delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses in emerging markets, ooredoo has been the fastest-growing telecommunications company in the world by revenue since 2006 and its enterprise value has more than tripled since 2005.

Dr Nasser, Group CEO, ooredoo said: “We are very excited to become ooredoo because the new brand signals our readiness to take the company to the next level. It is our belief that we can better serve our global customers by leveraging the combined resources and assets of a strong, unified global business under one brand. We also believe that rebranding now will help us to maintain our momentum in the face of new realities for the industry, signaling our commitment to become a global force.”

A number of on-going initiatives, built around its core strategy of differentiating on customer experience, are already taking ooredo to the next level. The company has initiated a major modernisation programme across its core network and is investing for the future to deliver high speed broadband as new frequencies and new technologies open up. ooredoo has been at the forefront of delivering life-enhancing mobile services, such as mLearning in Tunisia to support young people’s economic empowerment and mWomen programmes in Iraq and Indonesia. ooredoo is also providing relevant services to customers who cannot afford smartphones and working with the GSMA to develop more intuitive devices to overcome literacy barriers.#]

publié le 14 October 2012

Qatar: The WISE Awards Honor World’s Best Initiatives in Innovative Education

[# The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) announces six groundbreaking projects from around the world as Winners of the 2012 WISE Awards under the theme “Transforming Education”.#]

[#Six projects from around the world are awarded for their transformative impact on education and society

Now in their fourth year, the WISE Awards identify, showcase and promote innovative educational projects from all sectors and regions of the world in order to inspire change in education. Winning projects, which are selected for their concrete, positive impact upon society, receive global visibility and a prize of $20,000 (U.S.).

Hailing from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Chile, Denmark, India and the United States of America, the winning initiatives were selected by a Jury of leading education experts following a pre-selection of 24 WISE Awards finalists from 14 countries. Winning projects have been selected for their tangible, positive impact upon society and their innovative approach to solving important global problems.

“Since 2009, the WISE Awards have recognized successful, transformative projects in education in order to generate a pool of sound practices and to inspire their adoption and adaptation elsewhere,” said H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Ph.D., Chairman of WISE and Chairman of the WISE Awards Jury. “When determining the best projects, we look at what is being achieved as well as how it is done. The winning initiatives were selected because they are successful, but also because of their innovative approach. These are not ordinary education efforts.”

The diverse projects offer unique solutions to today’s most important challenges, from poverty to climate change. Solutions include unconventional business models to assist low-income families with affordable education, as well as original ways of bringing high-quality education to remote and destitute parts of the world.

“It is truly an honor for our project to be recognized as a WISE Awards winner, particularly because WISE’s mission is a reflection of our own: transforming education through innovation and purposeful action,” said Father John P. Foley, Chair Emeritus of Cristo Rey Network, an organization that supports high-school students from low-income families. “We have seen the successful results of our efforts in the US and we are eager to expand our education model globally. With the recognition that being a WISE Awards winner brings to our project, the ability to explore other markets that could benefit from the Cristo Rey Network model is much greater.”

This year one of the WISE Awards is for a project that, in addition to “Transforming Education”, has best provided innovative financing of primary education. The winning project comes from Bangladesh, where solar-powered floating schools ensure year-round primary education to students in flood-prone areas, even during the height of the monsoon period.

This emphasis on primary education reflects the support of Qatar Foundation Chairperson Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser for United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 2 on achieving universal primary education. The WISE focus in 2012 on an innovative financing project is designed to stimulate efforts worldwide to reach MDG 2.

Finalists and Winners of the WISE Awards will participate in the annual WISE Summit taking place November 13 - 15 at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha, Qatar, under the theme “Collaborating for Change”.

About the 2012 WISE Awards Winning Education Initiatives:

Cristo Rey Network Corporate Work Study Program, United States of America - Launched in 1996, the Cristo Rey Network gives low-income students access to the high-quality instruction and support they need to be college-ready by the end of high school. Students work five days per month in an entry-level job in a white collar company and the fee for their work is used to underwrite tuition costs. The Corporate Work Study Program gives students knowledge and skills to succeed at college and in the modern workplace, as well as hope of a secure and prosperous future. In the 2011-12 school year, students earned $37 million towards their education. The Cristo Rey Network consists of 25 college preparatory high schools across the USA, serving 7,400 students, and it partners with 1,700 companies.

PSU Educarchile, Chile - PSU Educarchile, created in 2006, is the first free, interactive, online college preparation program in Chile. It prepares young people to take the obligatory University Admission Test (PSU - Prueba de Selección Universitaria), combining the delivery of essential content with a flexible and interactive digital platform. Historically, preparation for the PSU test has been through face-to-face classes in a physical, paid facility. Every year PSU Educarchile reaches 1,200,000 students – many of them from low-income backgrounds and in remote areas - through websites and mobile phones. This has narrowed the socio-economic and geographical opportunity gap, and decentralized and improved the quality of Chilean education. The project is supported by national and regional governments, and by the country’s main telephone companies and communications media.

RoboBraille, Denmark - RoboBraille converts textual educational materials into formats such as Braille, mp3 files, structured audio books, e-books and visual Braille for the blind and partially sighted, people with dyslexia or poor reading skills, and the illiterate. It is an e-mail and web-based service that is available free of charge to non-commercial users and without registration requirements. Alternative format texts are time-consuming and costly to produce, and expensive to obtain for people with special needs. Created in 2004, RoboBraille currently serves between 1,000 and 2,000 daily user requests all over the world in several European languages and in Arabic.

Satya Bharti School Program, India - The Satya Bharti School Program provides high-quality “end-to-end” education, free of charge, to underprivileged children, particularly girls, in rural India. It was launched by the Bharti Foundation in 2006 and partners with state governments to complement the nation’s education agenda. It has impacted more than 62,000 children, almost half of them girls, in the last six years and currently reaches over 37,500 children in 750 host and neighboring villages, the majority from minority communities.

Solar-Powered Floating Schools, Bangladesh (WISE Awards Winner for innovative financing of primary education) - The non-profit organization Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha introduced solar-powered floating schools to ensure children’s education even during the height of the monsoon. The boats collect students from riverside villages, dock at a final destination and provide on-board small-group instruction. After class, the boats take students back to their homes and then go on to pick up other groups. Each boat school has a classroom for 30 students, an Internet-linked laptop, a library and electronic resources, and provides basic primary education up to grade IV. The solar lighting makes the school schedule flexible, and after school many students take home a re-charged solar lantern to study by. Parents and villagers receive on-board training on children’s and women’s rights, nutrition, health and hygiene, sustainable farming, marketing systems and climate-change adaptation. Almost 70,000 children have benefited since the start of the project in 2002. The project is funded from multiple sources, including crops, fisheries and the conversion of kerosene lanterns into solar-powered lanterns.

Cambodian Children’s Fund – Generational Change through Education, Cambodia - Since 2004, the Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF) has helped children who reside and work in the Steung Meanchey landfill district, one of the most impoverished and environmentally toxic places in the world, in the outskirts of Phnom Penh. CCF has changed the lives of more than 1,000 families by focusing on education as a primary, basic need. It provides access to clean water, food, healthcare and education, and it cares for children and their families in four residential schools, three satellite schools, a community medical center, a daycare center, a nursery, a maternal care program and outreach programs. CCF’s residential schools offer safe accommodation, healthcare, hot meals, vitamins, and accelerated learning opportunities to nearly 450 children aged 6 to 18.

About the WISE Awards for Education

Inaugurated in 2009, the WISE Awards identify, showcase and promote innovative educational projects from around the world. To date, 1,600 applications have been received from 128 countries, resulting in 122 Finalists and 24 winning projects. The 24 successful projects have come from a variety of countries around the world, including Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ghana, India, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, South Africa, Turkey, the UK and the USA. These “real world” initiatives are progressively building a pool of sound practice which is having a local or global impact on education.

About the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE):

WISE is dedicated to building the future of education through innovation. This global collaborative initiative was inaugurated in 2009 by Qatar Foundation under the leadership of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. Its mission is to address the challenges facing 21st-century education, to expand dialogue around the world and to implement practical and sustainable solutions. To this end, WISE holds an annual international Summit that is a unique meeting place for thought leaders and experts to share best practices in education. WISE is also a continuing initiative devoted to reaching outside the traditional circles of the education community to promote innovation and implement concrete actions.

WISE 2012 will take place in Doha 13-15 November 2012. For full details see the WISE website: www.wise-qatar.org

To find out more about the WISE Awards, please visit: http://www.wise-qatar.org/awards or go to the WISE Awards blog: http://awardsblog.wise-qatar.org/

Please join us in the online conversation about WISE and learn about the latest WISE Awards developments at https://twitter.com/WISE_Tweets and http://www.facebook.com/wiseqatar?ref=ts
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publié le 2 January 2013

Qstec To Incorporate Solar Energy Into Energy City Qatar Developments Following Mou Signing

press release

[#Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) committed to helping Energy City Qatar (ECQ) incorporate solar panels and technologies into its future developments by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday.#]

[#Dr Khalid Klefeekh Al Hajri, Chairman and CEO of QSTec and Rashid Nasser Sraiya Al Kaabi, Chairmanof Energy City both signed the MOU at ECQ’s offices in West Bay, Doha.

By incorporating QSTec’s solar panels and technologies into its buildings, ECQ will meet national building standards such as QSAS and silver and gold LEED certifications; codes designed to encourage organizations to use environmentally friendly and sustainable energy sources in buildings.

Dr Khalid Klefeekh Al Hajri, Chairman and CEO of QSTec, "QSTec is well on its way to building a brand new industry of solar energy for Qatar so we are pleased to be joining forces with Energy City Qatar, one of Qatar’s most important projects, to collaborate on developing solar solutions that meet their needs.”

“We aim to work with all Qatari organisations and institutions that are looking to utilise solar energy to become more sustainable. This MOU will see us working together to develop sustainable energy solutions that will have a positive effect on the environment and we expect to see many more local organisations adopting solar technologies in the future. ”added Dr Al Hajri.

Commenting on the signing of the MoU, Rashid Nasser Sraiya Al Kaabi, Chairman of ECQ stated, "Energy City Qatar was the first to implement the Green and Sustainable building concepts in Qatar. With both LEED and QSAS certifications, the concept and creation of ECQ stands on the firm grounds of sustainability. We are delighted to see that green building and sustainable construction that includes the adoption of alternative energy systems is widely accepted and showing an upward trend in Qatar and the region.”

“It is an honour to be the first real estate company to sign with QStec, a company that shares our vision in building a more sustainable future for our nation. We are advocates of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and we will seize every opportunity that will help realize this vision.” Added Al Kaabi.

“Our city wide use of solar energy was originally designed to reach 6 MW but with this collaboration with QSTec we aim to increase Energy City’s use of solar power to9 MW which represents around 15% of the total energy usage at ECQ” said Al Kaabi.

Qatar Solar Technologies’ number one priority is providing solar solutions that are sustainable, efficient and the very best quality.QSTec will start by producing high quality, solar grade polysilicon; the key ingredient that goes into making the world’s most efficient solar technologies such as solar cells and modules that convert the power of the sun into energy. This solar energy will provide a sustainable alternative source of energy whilst conserving and protecting Qatar’s natural resources for the future.

In the not too distant future, QSTec hopes to build solar modules made in Qatar, made from QSTec’s own polysilicon and then exported to the rest of the world.

Built on 1.2 million square meters of land in RasLaffan Industrial City, Qatar, QSTec’s US$1 billion polysilicon manufacturing plant will produce 8,000 metric tons per year (MTPY) of polysilicon per year but it is designed to expand as demand grows. Eventually, more than 45,000 MTPY of polysilicon can be produced with the plant being designed to seamlessly incorporate ingots, wafers, cells and module manufacturing facilities.

ECQ is a fully integrated business cluster that will be the Gulf’s first oil and gas industry commercial hub. ECQ will be a single point of access to the Middle East and global Oil & Gas players in the hydrocarbon value chain. The Memorandum of Understanding agreement is another affirmative step for QSTec to provide Qatar with a sustainable source of energy.

For more information about Qatar Solar Technologies, visit the new website at www.qstec.com.#]

publié le 13 February 2013

Thales at IDEX and NAVDEX 2013

[#Thales has been operating in the UAE since 1978 and will be taking part
in the 2013 edition of IDEX and NAVDEX in Abu Dhabi, UAE, one of the world’s
most strategically important tri-service defence exhibitions
#]

[#Thales will be participating in IDEX and
NAVDEX from 17th to 21st February 2013 in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
(ADNEC), UAE. Held biannually, IDEX is the only international defence exhibition and
conference in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region demonstrating the latest
technology across land, sea and air sectors of defence.

Celebrating 35 years of partnership with the UAE

With 35 years of presence and partnership in the UAE, Thales has developed outstanding
relations with the countries of the region and is widely recognised as a reliable partner for
local companies. In collaboration with our partners in the UAE, Thales will be displaying a
number of products on the International Golden Group (IGG) stand and the Earth stand. With
over 350 people employed in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the UAE are the cornerstone of Thales
in the Middle East.

Offering a full scope of defence expertise to customers around the world, Thales is unique
among defence suppliers in its ability to deliver systems and communication technologies
that permanently link land-based units of action with those of air and sea. At IDEX 2013,
Thales will showcase its activities in:

  • Air Mission Systems – as leading provider of cutting-edge equipment and systems to customers worldwide, Thales will be showcasing its air mission system capabilities.
  • Communications – Thales offers a wide range of interoperable systems and tactical radios which provide information superiority to Land, Aerospace and Joint Command Forces. In the field of satellite communications, Thales is a leading global supplier of secure end to end solutions, for the Army, Air Force and Navy, based on civilian and military satellites. At IDEX, a wide range of communications solutions and radio equipment will be presented.
  • Optronics – as European leader in night vision systems, Thales will be exhibiting products from its comprehensive land optronics range, dedicated to assess critical situations and make timely decisions in the battlespace environment, to engage weapons accurately at long range on identified threats, to operate fixed and mobile surveillance of critical assets.
  • Soldier Systems - Thales will be exhibiting integrated dismounted solutions, including C4I systems, radios, optronic and protection capabilities, which provide armed forces with the decision-making and information superiority they need in the heat of the battle.
  • Advanced air defence - Thales is the only group in Europe able to offer the entire integrated capability from air defence radars and C2 through to effectors and their respective fire control systems. Its joint venture with Raytheon, ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS), is the world leader in Air C4i, air defence and battlefield radars with more than 600 systems in service throughout the world. Thales will be demonstrating its ability as market leader in integrated weapon systems.

Meet us at IDEX on stand 08 – A05
A Global Presentation of the Thales IDEX stand on will take place
on Sunday 17th, Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th at 11 am
To register please email sonia.leguevel@thalesgroup.com

Thales, as a global leader in naval solutions and a first rate partner to over 50 navies worldwide, provides maritime solutions enabling commanders to reach decisions that deliver better outcomes. At NAVDEX, Thales will be exhibiting a wide range of innovative offerings, illustrating its expertise in the following fields:

  • Information Superiority – demonstrating Thales’s ability to connect forces for maritime domain awareness and support the acquisition, exploitation and exchange of information, the Thales stand will showcase a number of products including ARTEMIS, a new generation fully passive Infrared Surveillance System and SURFSAT-S, a new X/Ku/Ka SATCOM terminal for small/medium surface ship.
  • Above Water Warfare – Thales’s Above Water portfolio extends from surveillance, command and combat systems to support for weapons systems. At NAVDEX, Thales will exhibit solutions which include the innovative I-MAST 100, a fully integrated naval sensor and communications suite housed in an advanced mast structure, and GATEKEEPER, an electro-optic ship security system specifically designed to provide round-the-clock surveillance in the complex littoral environment.
  • Underwater Warfare – the Thales stand will showcase our ability as acoustic systems provider for anti-submarine and mine warfare with several mock-ups including the world leader FLASH dipping sonar for helicopters, the low-frequency active towed-array sonar for surface ships CAPTAS-2, as well as the towed synthetic aperture sonar T-SAS for mine detection.
  • Training and Simulation – Thales delivers a complete range of shore-based and at-sea instruction and training solutions such as the CALAS, a state-of-the-art lightweight solution for sonar training at sea and OSATIS on shore sonar training system.

Visit our NAVDEX stand, B–003
A Global Presentation of the Thales NAVDEX stand will be held
on Sunday 17th, Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th at 14.30 pm
To register please email sonia.leguevel@thalesgroup.com

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the Defence & Security and the Aerospace & Transportation markets. In 2011, the company generated revenues of €13 billion with 67,000 employees in over 56 countries. With its 22,500 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers and local partners.
www.thalesgroup.com

Follow us on Twitter: @ThalesPress#]

publié le 13 July 2010

$108bn Gulf rail projects in spotlight

[#GulfRail 2012, the region’s first of its kind exhibition and conference to be held in Dubai, will put spotlight on the railway projects worth $108 billion being developed in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.#]

[#The key regional industrial event, to be held from April 17 to 19, 2012, will highlight the latest information and technologies in Rail and Tunnelling Systems, and serve as a strategic networking platform for industry experts around the globe.

This was announced jointly at a press conference by Dubai’s Al Fajer Information & Services along with IMAG of Germany, Europoint of Netherlands and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

Following the Dubai Metro, rail projects in GCC have become a point of focus with multi-billion dollar investments being made by each Gulf state.

A countrywide Dh40.4 billion ($11 billion) railway network in the UAE with 1,500km will be rolled out over the next 7-8 years, said Satish Khanna, general manager, Al Fajer Information and Services.

’Moreover, Abu Dhabi has revealed plans for a new rail network serving the city of Al-Ain in the emirate’s Eastern Region. Dubai Metro has completed its first phase with a whopping investment of $ 6 billion, and another mass transit network with 75 km will carry 1.8 million passengers per day by 2020.’

According to him, Abu Dhabi has joined the fray with 131 km metro rail system which is expected to partially start in 2015.

Last year, GCC transport ministers approved a feasibility study for the $12 billion GCC railway. Further, on a broader perspective, the network would extend from the GCC to Jordan, Syria and Turkey. The next move would be a more extensive system linking up with systems providing access to Europe and Asia via Turkey.’

Khanna said that once the GCC rail netwok is ready, it will be common for a person to travel from Dubai to Jeddah or Abu Dhabi to Doha in few hours, with convenience.

The launch of GulfRail at DWTC reinforces the robust state of the Emirate’s exhibitions industry and is testament to Dubai’s position as the gateway to the Region, said Michael Watton, director commercial, Venues, DWTC.

Khanna pointed out that the key driver of the rail industry for GCC is public-private partnerships.

’GCC is heading towards creating a reliable, effective and frequent high speed rail network connecting GCC countries. Investment opportunities in intelligent transport systems in the GCC are huge.’

’The rail sector in this region is growing rapidly. Many companies outside the region regard the upcoming rail sector in the Middle East as the most lucrative opportunity to do business,’ he noted.

’There are huge upcoming railway projects in Middle East. The GCC’s rail sector is a rising sector. In a nutshell, the GCC network will include one rail line of 1,970 km connecting all GCC countries and Qatar via a bridge,’ Khanna remarked.

’The second line of 1,984 km will stretch between Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and end in Oman. An effective rail network will fortify the region’s position as a major global energy and trading hub,’ he added.

Harald Müller, CEO, IMAG Internationaler Messe und Ausstellungsdienst GmbH said the GCC was in need of information about the latest technologies, experiences and expertise in other countries in the world.

’Also, the region is interested in getting in contact with key players in the international rail and tunnel sector. GulfRail will offer an international sustainable platform for rail and tunnelling experts in the entire world to target the rapidly growing railway industry in the Gulf,’ he noted.

Johan Haarhuis, managing director, Europoint B.V. Conference & Exhibitions, said the overall objective of GulfRail 2012 was to facilitate the establishment of a reliable, effective and frequent high speed rail network connecting GCC countries.

’The event will mainly focus on investment opportunities and intelligent transport systems. GulfRail 2012 has great potential to be successful in the Middle East region,’ he added.

According to Khanna, the last five years have seen the announcement of a series of transport projects by various Gulf countries, including railway projects.

’In order to meet the pressing regional logistics demands, the next 10-15 years will see transport projects worth $ 170 billion. Out of this, 85 per cent will be spent by UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Precisely over $108 billion will be spent in Railway sector alone,’ he added.

In the Middle East, railway is the sunrise industry with lots of opportunities in the coming years. At GulfRail, international suppliers can expose their products and services to the key decision makers under one roof.

Suppliers have the opportunity to access and assess the market opportunities. Also, visitors can compare and source products and services from more than 500 international suppliers. They will keep up to date on the latest technologies and products developments as well as networking and sharing ideas with more than 20,000 global industry peers.

The effective rail network will fortify the region’s position as a major global and trading hub. Saudi is planning a railway line connecting the Kingdom to Europe. Saudi Arabia is spending $25 billion on its rail network adding 3,900 kms of track through three major projects.

Saudi Arabia has already begun work on four different railway projects. Focus will be on 1000 km land-bridge, East-West Railway project, running from Jeddah and Dammam and bridging gap between the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf.

The project will consist of two tracks, the first of which will cover 449 km and handle only passengers while the second will stretch over 556 kilometers and will be devoted exclusively to freight. On completion it is estimated to transport more than 300 million passengers per year and one billion tonnes per year.

Saudi Rail Organisation recently issued tenders for the first construction contract on the 500 km Haramain high speed rail link between Makkah and Madinah. The $7 billion project is aimed at providing transport for Umrah and Haj pilgrims travelling between the two cities and Jeddah.

Khanna added: “A rail line connecting Saudi Arabia and Europe is not a distant dream. Also, Saudi may restore and rebuild the historic Hejaz Railway that linked Damascus and Madina with a narrow-gauge rail line. Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman have already engaged international consultants for studies.”

The Sultanate of Oman began plans for the building of national railways to boost the country’s infrastructure. Oman appointed consultants to conduct a feasibility study of a 200 km railway network that will begin in Sohar to connect Bikra in north Muscat and then extending to Duqum.

A 1,500 km railway line costing $14 billion linking Kuwait’s border with Iraq, down the Gulf coast to the Omani port of Salah on the southern top of the Arabian Peninsula is on the anvil.

Kuwait has put plans of $132 billion model city in the northern part of the country which will include a railing system which is worth $11 billion and it connects Kuwait with the entire GCC region.

A metro light rail network is also planned in Doha. On the other side, Bahrain is planning a $8 billion railway project stretching to 184 km and will include light rail trains, monorails and other transportation systems.#]

publié le 31 March 2011

1.5 million ASK contactless cards already delivered in Dubai

Move fast and travel light in all public transport modes with Nol card!

[#ASK, the worldwide leading provider of contactless cards for public transport, has successfully achieved the delivery of the first batch of 1.5 million cards in Dubai. The project was implemented by System Integrator and partner Abba Electronics - a division of well-known Al Abbas Group - for Dubai transport operator, RTA (Roads and Transport Authority).#]

[#“This large contract confirms the presence of ASK technology on the transport networks of worldwide capital cities.” said Christophe Peix, Sales Director at ASK.

Nol card is a multimodal contactless card with 3 different layouts and various features to be used in Dubai metro, buses, water buses and parking meters. Silver card is an anonymous card with an e-purse. Gold card holds the same features and grants the holder the privileged access to Metro’s Gold Class seats for premium charges. As for Blue card, it is a personalized card with the holder’s photo.

Abdullah Al Madani, the CEO of RTA Corporate Technical Support Services Sector said “Nol Card is the best fare payment means ever introduced in Dubai. We have been working with Abba Electronics for a long time and we are now pleased to work with their trustful partner ASK as well. ASK is a worldwide renowned actor in public transport for contactless technology.”

Dubai developed an advanced transport network introducing the metro in 2009 and contactless ticketing was the next step to benefit from low cost fares, multimodality and swift and secure travelling around the city.

About ASK

ASK, with over 190 million contactless products in circulation in more than 50 countries, is a worldwide leading provider of a full range of contactless products including smart cards, smart tickets, smart adhesive labels, readers, inlays for electronic passports or contactless smart cards and eDocuments. ASK is ISO9001 certified and holds a portfolio of 56 patents to date. ASK is a France-headquartered company with worldwide customers, and subsidiaries in China, India, Mexico, Brazil and the US.

Come and see us at UITP Dubai

Booth: 3B200

Contact:


Claire Boyer
Tel.: +33 (0)4.97.21.48.56
Cell: +33 (0)6.72.14.01.46
claire.boyer@ask.fr
www.ask-rfid.com#]

publié le 28 March 2011

2010 sees the reinforcement of MBDA’s European cooperation model

[#MBDA, the European leader and global player within the missile systems sector, achieved a turnover of 2.8 billion euros in 2010. This represents an increase of 7% compared to 2009 (2.6 billion euros). Order intake reached 2.2 billion euros, down from 2009 (2.6 billion euros). Order book as of 31st December 2010 is 10.8 billion euros, representing four years of activity at current levels. Operational performance of the business remains strong, at more than 10% Return on Sales (ROS).#]

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[#Commenting on these results, Antoine Bouvier, the Chief Executive Officer of MBDA, said: “2010 was a year of mobilisation for MBDA. Mobilisation particularly with regard to Aster and the success it achieved in an ambitious firing programme which culminated in the first ever intercept of a ballistic missile by a European missile. Mobilisation also and most importantly in favour of a new partnering relationship between industry and government, sustaining sovereignty within the Complex Weapons sector in Europe. Both elements were brought into being by two major events: on one hand, the signing of a long term partnering arrangement with the UK MoD for the development and supply of new Complex Weapons; in addition, the final declaration voiced at the Franco-British summit in London which called for working ‘towards a single European prime contractor’ and for a deepened cooperation between the two countries with regard to new programmes aimed at consolidating the industrial and technology base within the Complex Weapons sector. A comparable level of orders on both sides of the Channel during the year is a clear indication of the converging and balanced priorities placed by the two countries with regard to the Complex Weapons sector.

2011 will be a key moment for MBDA. Thanks to the integration that has taken place within the Complex Weapons sector over the last 15 years, the six national companies that all competed with each other in 1996 have now become one single company. MBDA is now seen as the test case for initiatives in other industrial sectors in Europe.

By the time MBDA passes the milestone of its 10th anniversary on 18th December 2011, the model of European cooperation that the group has established will have been validated and will form the basis of the strategic plan towards our French and UK customers for the next decade. For MBDA this new dimension in cooperation is an explicit recognition by our domestic customers that the Complex Weapons sector is essential to their sovereignty in terms of defence and security of supply. We see this kind of partnership equally applying to Italy, Germany and eventually Spain”.

Notes to editors

With industrial facilities in four European countries and within the USA, in 2010 MBDA achieved a turnover of 2.8 billion euros with an order book of 10.8 billion euros. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems.

MBDA is the only group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three armed forces (land, sea and air). In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development.

MBDA is jointly held by BAE SYSTEMS (37,5%), EADS (37,5%) and FINMECCANICA (25%).#]

publié le 25 May 2015

A first in Europe: the FREMM Aquitaine fires a naval cruise missile

Press release

The frigate Aquitaine, the first unit in the multi-mission frigate program (FREMM), has successfully fired its first missiles: an Exocet MM40 surface-to-surface missile and a naval cruise missile. The missiles were fired respectively on 12 and 19 May on the firing ranges of the DGA missile testing centre off Levant Island. This is the first time that a European surface ship has fired a European cruise missile.

The two synthesis firings prepared by the crew of the French Navy, the DGA teams and manufacturers MBDA and DCNS are part of the verification of the technical capabilities of the FREMMs before entry into active service. This is another major milestone, after the firing of an Aster 15 anti-aircraft missile in 2013 and the commissioning on March 13 of the MU 90 lightweight torpedo on the Caiman marine helicopter, the naval version of the NH90 helicopter.

Future backbone of the French Navy, the FREMMs are heavily armed warships, carrying naval cruise missiles, Exocet MM40 anti-ship missiles, Aster anti-aircraft missiles and MU90 anti-submarine torpedoes. All the FREMMs can accommodate a Caiman marine helicopter, as well as Special Forces and their equipment. Six FREMMs will be delivered before mid-2019.

The naval cruise missile provides deep strike capabilities within enemy territory. With a range of several hundred kilometres, the naval cruise missile is capable of destroying infrastructure targets of high strategic value.

publié le 6 April 2014

Abu Dhabi Airports partner with Global Aerospace Summit for second year

press release

Abu Dhabi Airports commits its support to the Global Aerospace Summit for the second year as an official Summit Partner.Taking place from the 7th – 8th April 2014 at the St Regis Hotel Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, the Summit will bring together over 1000 C-level executives, senior decision makers and government officials involved in the aerospace, aviation, defence and space industries, making it one of the most important industry forums to attend. The theme of the summit this year is ‘Forging Strategies for the Growth of our Industries.’

Thus far, the development of the aviation industry in Abu Dhabi has been led by Abu Dhabi Airports and Etihad Airways. Both entities are investing substantially to further develop the aviation industry in line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030; Etihad is focusing on product innovation as it continues to expand its operations, while Abu Dhabi Airports provides the necessary support with the provision of world- class airport infrastructure.

Tony Douglas, CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports said: “We are proud to be involved in this significant industry event for the second year since its inception. Abu Dhabi’s aviation industry is a vital pillar supporting the long-term objectives set out in the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. It has constituents of every value stream from aircraft operators to maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, making Abu Dhabi the ideal venue for the meeting of top-level decision makers from both established and emerging markets to share ideas and collaborate. We are excited to discuss and learn more about the crucial issues the aerospace, aviation, defence and space industries are currently facing.”

Douglas, who joined the company in March 2013, is curently responsible for the enhancement of Abu Dhabi’s international gateway through one of the most ambitious airport expansion schemes in the world. He will give his keynote speech on the opening day of the Summit at 10:40am.

H.E. Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General, General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) will give the Welcome Address this year followed by a panel discussion on the possibility of partnerships and collaboration leading to an increase in returns across the aerospace and aviation industries.

The Global Aerospace Summit will gather senior decision makers and government officials involved with the aerospace, aviation, defence and space industries. Running alongside the Summit’s main conference is a series of industry specific strategy sessions, closed door meetings, social networking opportunities and site visits.

About Abu Dhabi Airports

Abu Dhabi Airports is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure.

In September 2006, Abu Dhabi Airports assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, Abu Dhabi Airports added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive business aviation airport), and Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travellers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.

Currently underway is the multi-billion dollar redevelopment and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 40 million passengers per year.

publié le 30 June 2014

Abu Dhabi Airports posts record 27.4% passenger traffic increase in may 2014

Press release

Abu Dhabi International Airport recorded 27.4% increase in passenger traffic for the month of May 2014, the highest in the airports’ history. A total of 1,633,700 passengers used Abu Dhabi International Airport last May as compared to 1,282,185 in May 2013.

Aircraft movements also increased by 15.8% registering 12,931 movements when compared with 11,162 movements logged in May 2013. Cargo activity handling rose to 66,944 tonnes representing a 24.5% increase when compared to 53,788 tonnes in May 2013.
Manila was the most popular route in May increasing by 21% due to a boost in Philippine Airlines’ operations, followed by Doha which increased by 27%, affected by the increase in Etihad flights to Qatar. Bangkok was the third most popular destination followed by London which recorded an increase of 12% followed by Mumbai which has grown sharply by 87% due to Etihad and Jet Airways’ double daily flights, and became one of the top 5 destinations for the first time.
Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, commented on the May traffic numbers saying: “Passenger numbers have continued to increase over the past few years, making the airport one of the fastest growing aviation hubs in the world. New code share partnerships between Etihad and various airlines have positively impacted our traffic numbers and we were excited to receive the first Aegean Airways flight on the 28th of May 2014. It is also important to note India, as one of our main traffic drivers, recorded a significant increase of 60% this month due to an increase of Jet Airways flights to 65 flights per week, with a rise in the number of destinations to 6 from 3 last year.”
“Abu Dhabi Airports is on track to handle this significant increase in air traffic through our current Capacity Enhancement Programme, as construction on the new Midfield Terminal Complex continues on track. We are looking forward to a busy summer programme as we strive to enhance the passenger’s experience through a range of services and offerings.”

About Abu Dhabi Airports:

Abu Dhabi Airports is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, Abu Dhabi Airports assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, Abu Dhabi Airports added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive business aviation airport), as well as Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travelers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.
Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 40 million passengers per year. As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed.

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publié le 11 November 2015

Abu Dhabi Air Expo doubles in size for 2016

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Al Bateen Executive Airport, the only dedicated business aviation airport in the region, announced today that it has doubled the exhibition space for Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2016 in response to huge demand from key industry professionals to participate. Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2016 is being held from March 8th to 10th, as part of Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The event will occupy nearly 60,000 square meters of space at Al Bateen Executive Airport. Leading private aircraft manufacturers Dassault Aviation, Gulfstream, Embraer, Bell Helicopters, Cirrus Aircraft, Tecnam, and Boeing Business Jets will be back for the fourth edition. Most of these exhibitors are upgrading the size of their stands. Abu Dhabi Aviation, the largest commercial helicopter operator in the UAE, and Royal Jet, the award-winning international luxury flight service provider, have committed once again to being the main sponsors for the show.

Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “The general aviation industry is witnessing tremendous growth in the region and Abu Dhabi Air Expo provides a perfect environment and opportunity for industry leaders to gather and discuss key developments in the market. The overwhelming response we are witnessing from companies is testament to the fact that Abu Dhabi Air Expo serves as a dynamic platform for them to reach growth markets across the MENA region, engage with potential partners and grow their businesses. It also demonstrates Al Bateen Executive Airport’s position as a leader in regional general aviation.”

According to the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), the regional business aviation sector is projected to be worth USD 1.3 billion by 2020, with the size of the business jet fleet in the Middle East set to grow from approximately 500 planes currently in use to 1,375.

The three day Air Expo event is set to welcome over 20,000 visitors from the aviation and aerospace industries. An exhibitor line-up of 300 manufacturers and suppliers will showcase the latest innovations and development in private jet aircraft, helicopters, executive charter services, airport equipment and services, avionics systems, insurance and financing.

Over 150 aircraft, from ultra-light to heavy business jets, will be on show to be explored by aircraft enthusiasts and businesses searching for the best airplanes and aviation-related services.

In addition to the main exhibition area, Abu Dhabi Air Expo will also host Abu Dhabi Heli Expo, showcasing all that the helicopter industry has to offer. Attendees will be able to meet representatives from leading manufacturers, distributors and support companies, and get up close to a range of helicopters.

The Middle East Aviation Career Conference, which will also run in parallel with the Air Expo, will give a unique platform for industry partners to discuss the challenges in securing aviation professionals for the future, and how to tackle them by developing the right education and training programs. In addition, selected students from Abu Dhabi will be encouraged to interact with industry experts in a series of workshops aimed at encouraging young talent to be innovative and to come up with alternative solutions to aviation sector issues.

About Abu Dhabi Airports

Abu Dhabi Airports is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, Abu Dhabi Airports assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, Abu Dhabi Airports added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive business aviation airport), as well as Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travelers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.
Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 45 million passengers per year. As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed.
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About Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week (ADAA)

In March 2016, Abu Dhabi will see the hosting of the world’s largest high-profile dedicated aerospace and aviation week, Abu Dhabi Aerospace & Aviation Week. Abu Dhabi Aerospace & Aviation Week will take place across the emirate of Abu Dhabi and is to be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The series of events will build on the existing and renowned aviation and aerospace events in Abu Dhabi, such as the Abu Dhabi Air Expo, Global Aerospace Summit and Unmanned Systems Exhibition, as well as supporting new initiatives such as the inaugural edition of the stimulation show hosted by ADNEC in collaboration with the Armed Forces General Headquarters, all under one banner that will reinforce Abu Dhabi’s status as a leading aviation and aerospace center.

publié le 24 February 2014

ABU DHABI AIR EXPO OPENS TOMORROW AT AL BATEEN EXECUTIVE AIRPORT

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, and Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, the Abu Dhabi Air Expo, the only general aviation exhibition in the Middle East, opens tomorrow.

The Abu Dhabi Air Expo will take place this week from Tuesday, 25 February to Thursday, 27 February 2014 at Al Bateen Executive Airport, with doors open from 10 am to 5 pm each day.

More than 17,000 visitors are set to attend with an exhibitor line-up of 175 companies spread out over 80,000 square meters of exhibition space. The Expo will bring together owners, pilots, fixed-based operators and professionals in the general aviation industry from more than 70 countries, including Canada, United States of America, Germany, France, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Korea, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Jordan, set to discover the industry’s latest developments and innovations.

Visitors will also have the unique opportunity to experience the “Paper Planes” Art Exhibition by H.H. Sheikha Al Yazia Bint Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan at the Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS) facility in Al Bateen Executive Airport. The series of art work being displayed is from H.H.’s ‘Spontaneity Series’ with the focus of this exhibition being spontaneity and how aviation imparts a sense of freedom.

The UAE’s Al Fursan Aerobatic team, Emirates Sky Diving team and the famous Captain Zoltan Veres, the recipient of five Guinness world records, are also set to wow crowds with an exhilarating performance on each of the three days at 3 pm.

One of the Air Expo’s distinctive characteristics is that it takes place outdoors with exhibition stands set up alongside the aircraft on the static display where visitors can learn more about the general aviation industry’s latest models. Air Expo will showcase key developments that relate to private aircraft, helicopters, general aviation manufacturers, airport equipment and services, pilot training schools, avionics, insurance and financing.

H.E Ali Majed Al Mansoori, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports said: “For the third year running, Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2014 is set to showcase the latest developments of the general and business aviation industry in the region. The opportunities the show will present create an unprecedented platform for industry leaders to engage and discuss developments in the field. Abu Dhabi Airports is also looking forward to welcoming aviation enthusiasts from the region to experience the exciting aircraft on display as well as to learn more from the biggest players in the industry.”

More than 100 aircraft will be on display from industry leading aviation manufacturers including Bombardier, Dassault Aviation, 2 Boeing aircraft, Gulfstream, Cessna, Piper Aircraft, Cirrus Aircraft, and 5 Airbus aircraft at this year’s Expo. The exhibition is open for the public during the 3 days from 10 a.m. Visitors need to be above the age of 16 years old and need to present a business card. Entry is by invitation or at a charge of 100 Dirhams upon entry.

Abu Dhabi Duty Free will also be showcasing their latest products and offerings in Abu Dhabi Air Expo and will also feature its ‘Scratch and Win’ promotion. Shoppers will be eligible for “scratch and win” tickets to win instant prizes ranging from diamond rings, electronics and gift vouchers and Golden Class – meet and assist annual memberships. Flight tickets to over 30 destinations will also be provided courtesy of Abu Dhabi Airports’ airline partners, which include Etihad Airways, Air India, Air Astana, Egypt Air, Air Blue and Gulf Air.

Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2014 is hosted by Abu Dhabi Airports along with the support of many key Abu Dhabi sponsors, including: ADNOC, UAE Armed Forces, the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, Al Futtaim Group, Falcon Aviation Services, Royal Jet, Abu Dhabi Aviation, Mubadala, Rotana Jet, Etihad Airways, Jetex, Breitling, the Tourism and Culture Authority of Abu Dhabi and, the General Civil Aviation Authority.

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publié le 30 June 2015

Abu Dhabi Airports Achieves ISO standards for Information Security

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Abu Dhabi Airports announced today that it has successfully achieved the ISO 27001:2013 standard of information security across all of its IT systems. This distinguishes Abu Dhabi Airports as the first airport in the UAE to earn this prestigious accreditation. The company also successfully re-certified its broader suite of IT services to the ISO/IEC 20000 level.

Eng. Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, the Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “This new achievement exemplifies Abu Dhabi Airports’ focus on innovation and commitment to embed best practices across our entire operations including the iconic and ambitious Midfield Terminal Building.”

Abu Dhabi Airports currently provides a wide range of IT services to more than a hundred customers operating at the airport. These services include office IT services, airport IT services, datacenter services and professional business services, which are provided within Abu Dhabi Airports’ campus.

Al Mazrouei continued: “We take customer service very seriously and it is our commitment to provide our clients with the best possible services at the highest possible standards that drives our success.”

About Abu Dhabi Airports

Abu Dhabi Airports is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, Abu Dhabi Airports assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, Abu Dhabi Airports added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive business aviation airport), as well as Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travelers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.

Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 40 million passengers per year. As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed.

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publié le 21 October 2015

Abu Dhabi Airports ties up with Abu Dhabi Motors to deliver Premier Travel Experience at its VIP Terminal

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A limited edition Rolls Royce Phantom and a fleet of five BMW 7 Series sedans have been delivered to Abu Dhabi International Airport’s VIP terminal, to chauffer passengers between the luxury terminal and their flights in true style. The cars, provided by Abu Dhabi Motors, the official BMW Group importer in the capital, further complement the prestigious facilities available to passengers using the terminal.

Daniel Cappell, Acting Chief Commercial Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports said, “Since its launch earlier this year, the VIP Terminal has offered our most discerning guests an unrivaled luxury travel experience. From a dedicated check-in point, baggage services and immigration counters, to the exquisite privacy and hospitality of the majlis, the VIP Terminal is fast becoming known as a haven of unsurpassed luxury and exclusivity. The addition of the BMW 7 Series and a special limited edition Rolls Royce Phantom are emblematic of the very highest standards of amenities we offer our VIP travelers.”
Arno Husselmann, General Manager of Abu Dhabi Motors, commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with Abu Dhabi Airports’ VIP Terminal to provide passengers with this unique experience. The iconic Rolls Royce Phantom, and BMW 7 Series offer maximum comfort to passengers and we believe those traveling via the VIP Terminal will appreciate the contemporary luxury and high quality details throughout the vehicles. These cars complete a seamless luxury travel experience from the aircraft door to the welcome reception at the exclusive VIP lounge”.
Johannes Seibert, Managing Director for BMW Group Middle East said: ”Our automobiles provide best-in-class comfort and style to discerning travelers. This is the idea behind the initiative to provide Abu Dhabi Airports with Rolls Royce and BMW 7 Series vehicles. The cars were delivered by our importer Abu Dhabi Motors, who shares our ambition to deliver customer experience and service quality on the highest level”.
The VIP Terminal is conveniently located and directly adjacent to the commercial terminals at Abu Dhabi Airport making this service available for all passengers regardless to their class of travel. Other amenities offered at the VIP Terminal include a business center, transfer of luggage directly to and from aircraft, state of the art entertainment systems, a range of complimentary beverages, world class gastronomic offerings and spa-like washrooms.

About Abu Dhabi Airports
Abu Dhabi Airports is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, Abu Dhabi Airports assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, Abu Dhabi Airports added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive business aviation airport), as well as Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travelers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.
Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 40 million passengers per year. As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed.

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publié le 11 June 2014

Abu Dhabi airports to Co-host 134th IATA slots conference

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Airports, along with Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, and Etihad Airways will host 1000 delegates from over 200 airlines and airports at this year’s 134th IATA Slots Conference taking place from the 10th – 12th June at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

The IATA Slots Conference - a voluntary assembly of IATA and non-IATA airlines - is one of the largest gatherings in the International Airport Transport Association’s (IATA) calendar. The goal of the conference is for airlines and airports to secure the slots that will give them the best possible schedule to offer their customers.

As one of IATA’s largest events, representatives of over 60 schedules-facilitated or fully coordinated airports convene at this semi-annual meeting to secure their slots for the following year. As Abu Dhabi prepares to welcome the delegates, the hosts have estimated the conference will deliver a direct economic impact of AED4.8 million (US $1.3 million) to the emirate.

H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Abu Dhabi Airports is honored to co-host this conference which brings together major regional and international aviation industry players. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the investment in and progress towards Abu Dhabi’s aviation infrastructure. In fact, guests at our conference will fly over the centerpiece of Abu Dhabi Airports’ multibillion-dollar investment program - the Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) - which will open in July 2017 providing a full terminal building, passenger and cargo facilities, and world class duty-free shops and restaurants. The terminal will have capacity to handle 30 million passengers per year, and up to 8,500 passengers per hour.”

H.E. added: “Abu Dhabi is a natural location for large-scale events such as this. A true destination of distinction, the emirate is developing at a significant rate providing a stable, safe environment with a unique mix of local heritage and international influences. In Addition, with Abu Dhabi International Airport registering double digit growth in passenger numbers year-on-year, there is a clear need for a world-class aviation hub here in the capital to meet this demand. “

Abu Dhabi Airports tonight will host a glittering gala dinner during the conference, with a variety of locally-grown entertainment on offer to delight guests, giving them a unique Emirati experience. A three day Airport Slots & Scheduling Training Course was offered prior to the start of the conference.

Peter Stanton, Head of Worldwide Airport Slots, IATA, said: “IATA is delighted to be bringing the 134th IATA Slots Conference to the Middle East and in particular to Abu Dhabi for the first time in its 65 year history. Abu Dhabi Airports has been absolutely instrumental in bidding for the conference and we are extremely grateful for their generous support and sponsorship of the Gala dinner which I’m sure all delegates found memorable.”

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ENDS

About Abu Dhabi Airports

Abu Dhabi Airports is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, Abu Dhabi Airports assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, Abu Dhabi Airports added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive business aviation airport), and Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travellers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.

Currently underway is the multi-billion dollar redevelopment and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 40 million passengers per year.

publié le 7 March 2012

Abu Dhabi Aviation and Royal Jet take part in Abu Dhabi Air Expo

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[# Al Bateen Executive Airport, the dedicated business aviation airport of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), announced today the participation of Abu Dhabi Aviation and Royal Jet as sponsors for Abu Dhabi Air Expo to be held at the executive airport from 6th to 8th March, 2012.#]

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Abu Dhabi Aviation, the largest commercial helicopter operator in the Middle East, will also be displaying a VVIP AW139 helicopter to showcase its latest services and products. Mohammed Al Mazrouei, General Manager of Abu Dhabi Aviation said:

“Abu Dhabi Air Expo will be the perfect venue to focus on Abu Dhabi Aviation’s rapidly expanding civil VVIP helicopter market. As the only operator of a VVIP AW139 helicopter, Abu Dhabi Aviation is proud to provide service to this exclusive clientele.”

Royal Jet will showcase 1 BBJ aircraft at Abu Dhabi Air Expo and commenting on this participation, Shane O’Hare, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Jet, said: "With such an important industry event taking place in our home base of Abu Dhabi, Royal Jet is proud to be actively involved in Abu Dhabi Air Expo. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase the current strength of the aviation sector and to demonstrate support for Abu Dhabi’s Vision 2030, which acknowledges the importance of a state-of-the-art, efficient and extremely reliable aviation industry.”

The show running from 6th – 8th of March 2012, will act as a catalyst bringing pilots together to view the latest in general aviation technology and innovation, with everything available on exhibit from pilot gears and accessories to aircraft for sale.

Yousif Hassan Al Hammadi, Chairman of the Organizing Committee for Abu Dhabi Air Expo, Deputy General Manager, Al Bateen Executive Airport, said:

“ADAC is proud to have the support of the local and regional aviation community as such commitment is a testament of the show’s credibility and the opportunities it will present. Abu Dhabi Air Expo will benefit all exhibitors and sponsors by connecting them with their counterparts globally to create new ventures and businesses for the Emirate and the region.”#]

publié le 18 February 2014

Abu Dhabi International Airport Begins 2014 with 14.5% Passenger Growth for January

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Passenger growth at Abu Dhabi International Airport has marked another double digit increase with a 14.5% rise for January compared to the same month last year.

The airport’s passenger statistics show that 1,564,266 passengers used the airport in January 2014, growing from 1,366,433 in January 2013. Aircraft movements are also registering a parallel increase of 7.7% growth compared with the same month last year to record 11,972 movements.
Commenting on the traffic report, Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said:
“Abu Dhabi International Airport’s passenger growth continues to display a positive trend for the international aviation industry. The on-going increase in passenger flow validates our strategy of expansion to meet demand from across the world.
“With the construction of the Midfield Terminal building underway, Abu Dhabi Airports will offer additional world class aviation infrastructure to serve the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by 2017.”

Cargo activity showcased a tangible increase with 58,114 tonnes handled at the Capital’s airport, marking an 18.9% increase in January 2014 compared to the same in 2013.
The top five routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport during January were Bangkok, Jeddah, Doha, Manila and London Heathrow.

About Abu Dhabi Airports

Abu Dhabi Airports is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, Abu Dhabi Airports Company assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, ADAC added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive private aviation airport), and Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travellers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.
Currently underway is the multi-billion dollar redevelopment and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 40 million passengers per year.

publié le 24 January 2015

Abu Dhabi International Airport marks highest passenger traffic increase in airport’s history

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Airports today reported a year of solid growth in 2014, setting new annual records in passenger figures, aircraft and freight traffic.

During the year, the airport welcomed around 20 million inbound, outbound and transfer passengers, representing an annual growth of 20% - the highest ever in Abu Dhabi International Airport’s history. The airport handled 154,821 traffic movements, up 14.5% compared to last year. Cargo throughput rose 12.8% year on year, reaching 797,069 million tonnes.

Commenting on these numbers, H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: "Abu Dhabi Airports is playing a fundamental role in supporting the drive by the emirate of Abu Dhabi to grow its global position as a key player in various dynamic industries, including aviation, both through offering excellent services for passengers, and by increasing capacity to meet the continuing growth in demand. The continuing growth in passenger numbers translates this ambition as it strengthens Abu Dhabi’s position as a growing global transportation hub. Travelers are increasingly choosing to make Abu Dhabi their final destination or stopping point, whether for business or for pleasure, and we will maintain our commitment to improving their experience at Abu Dhabi International Airport, applying imagination and innovation to everything we do. This will be seen in all of our operations, not least in the Midfield Terminal Project, which is making excellent progress towards its opening in 2017."

In 2014 two new airlines joined Abu Dhabi International Airport; the Greek Aegean Airline and Nikki Airways from Austria, and a further 12 new destinations were added during the year. The top five destinations from Abu Dhabi were India, Germany, United Kingdom, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Last month, the airport re-opened its newly renovated Southern Runway as part of its expansion plans in preparation for the iconic Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC) becoming operational in 2017. The Southern Runway is now fully functional alongside the parallel Northern Runway. Together, both runways will reach a total combined capacity in excess of 500,000 aircraft movements annually making Abu Dhabi International Airport one of the largest two-runway operations in the world.

Figures for the month of December 2014 show that the airport ended the year on a high note. Passenger traffic was up 21.7% with 1,833,868 million travelers compared to December 2013. Cargo tonnage was up 5.6% to 69,736 tonnes. The number of aircraft movements went up by 17% to 14,105 movements. December was the airport’s second busiest month of the year following August 2014 .

Al Mansoori added: "2014 was also a year of remarkable development as much as it was a year of growth as we focused on enhancing our facilities to keep in stride with the fast pace of growth and to offer a world class travelling experience to the passengers. I would like to take this opportunity and thank our partners and stakeholders, including the Departments of Ports and Airports Security, Immigration, Customs and our airlines, for taking part in our initiatives and supporting our ambition to deliver state-of-the-art services to all passengers."

Last year saw the production of 20 new bus gates, 21 new code E aircraft stands for wide-bodied aircraft, and 16 new security x-ray machines to expand the current flight and aircraft handling capacity. An additional enhanced baggage transfer system has also been introduced for handling transfer luggage between connecting flights, which enable the airport to handle the increased volume of passenger luggage significantly more efficiently.

These infrastructure developments form part of the Capacity Enhancement Programme (CEP) for Abu Dhabi International Airport. The airport capacity will be boosted further by 30 million passengers when the Midfield Terminal is fully operational.

In November, a total of 1,537,952 passengers passed through Abu Dhabi Airport during the month, a 15.6% increase compared with November 2013. There were 13,501 aircraft movements, which was a 13.9% increase over November 2013’s figure of 11,856. Cargo activity comprised 75,726 tonnes handled at the airport’s three terminals in November 2014, a 13.8% increase when compared to November 2013.

In 2014, the airport won the prestigious title of the "Best Airport for the Middle East region" twice from the Airports Council International (ACI) and by The World Airport Awards of Skytrax, for the third consecutive year, reaffirming Abu Dhabi’s position as a world leading aviation hub. The ACI award came as a result of the Capital’s airport score in the 2013 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Survey results - a key benchmark for customer service in the global airports’ industry.

publié le 7 June 2014

Abu Dhabi International Airport posts 22.5% increase in April 2014 passenger traffic

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Abu Dhabi Airports has reported a 22.5% increase in passenger traffic during April 2014 at Abu Dhabi International Airport, as compared to April 2013. The airport’s passenger statistics showed that 1,620,324 passengers used the airport during the month, growing from 1,515,407 during the same month a year ago. Aircraft movements increased to 12,420 in April 2014, recording 16.4% growth when compared with 10,673 movements logged in April 2013.

Cargo activity handling rose to 60,059 tonnes representing a 16.6% increase when compared to 51,511 tonnes in April 2013.
The top five routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport during April were Bangkok, Manila, London Heathrow, Doha, and Jeddah.
Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, commented on the significant increase saying: “Today Abu Dhabi International Airport caters to more than 40 international airlines connecting the UAE’s capital with more than 96 destinations in over 54 countries globally. This is as a result of Etihad’s growth strategy, evident in new routes to be served this summer including non-stop flights from Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles in the USA, Zurich in Switzerland, Belgrade in Serbia, Perth in Australia, Jaipur in India and Yerevan in Armenia. Abu Dhabi International Airport will also see more flights from its other airline partners this summer, especially in the Gulf region in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain. Additionally, more aircraft will fly to Pakistan with extra flights to Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar and Rahim Yar Khan. Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore will each witness 14 extra flights a week from Abu Dhabi - the greatest growth in the Indian market.”
“Abu Dhabi Airports is on track to handle this significant increase in air traffic through the upgrade and expansion of our facilities, exciting new retail offerings, and integration of services to ensure a world class travel experience for passengers. We are looking forward to a busy summer programme.”
Passenger numbers have continued to increase over the past few years, making the airport one of the fastest growing aviation hubs in the world and substantiating the need for the new Midfield Terminal Building currently under construction.
To provide the intermediate capacity that will be needed to meet this demand, before the Midfield Terminal Building becomes operational, Abu Dhabi Airports has implemented a Capacity Enhancement Programme with several key infrastructure projects already delivered, with more in the pipeline.

publié le 21 July 2014

Abu Dhabi International Airport ready to welcome summer rush

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In line with its ambition to provide world class services to all travelers, Abu Dhabi International Airport has geared up for a huge spike in passenger numbers during the summer season, through a series of facility developments and service upgrades.

A range of recently completed ground improvements and new offers at the capital city’s main air gateway will ensure a smooth and enjoyable passage through the airport’s main passenger terminals, according to Abu Dhabi Airports, as the number of travellers are set to soar to record levels. These developments include:

× 20 new boarding bus gates that are now fully open to passengers and flights at Terminal 3 increasing the airport flight capacity by 44% as the airport now has a total of 66 boarding gates.
× 6 new code E aircraft stands for wide-bodied aircraft have also been built in time for the summer rush. These new aircraft stands will increase the airport’s aircraft handling capability at any given hour throughout the day by 10%, with a total of 63 stands.
× In Terminal 3 - the building dedicated to home air carrier Etihad Airways flights - 16 new x-ray machines are now in place to speed up the security process for transfer passengers.
× An enhanced and expanded baggage transfer system has also been introduced for handling transfer luggage between connecting flights, which will be able to handle more luggage, more efficiently and faster than previously, through increasing the handling capacity by 40%.

Companies and agencies working at the airport have also ensured their preparedness to the anticipated summer season by increasing their manpower in various functions including ground services, check-in services, passport control and Police.

For those travellers looking for fast track check-in & immigration and an all-round VIP experience, the Golden Class, operated by NAS, offers a variety of “meet & assist” convenient services at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The service also includes a limousine offering, baggage porters, and delivery and storage. A special summer promotion is currently running until September 30th offering travellers up to 75% on fast track & parking packages for families up to 6 members.

The Abu Dhabi Duty Free summer season sale has now begun with a 50% discount on many items while stocks last. Shoppers can also take advantage of the new ‘buy on departure and collect on return’ shopping service. The service is available at Abu Dhabi International Airport Terminals 1 and 3 and includes all products available from the duty free. In the last few days a traditional Arabic souk has opened within Terminal 1 giving our passengers a small taste of Arabia and an opportunity to purchase some wonderful mementoes of the journey

In addition, a range of new retail shops and food and beverage outlets have been added across the airport for all passengers. Terminal 3 has opened two new duty free shops along the departure pier and in the bus gates to serve the growing passenger numbers on the look-out for last minute purchases and a brand new 161SQM WHSmith has also been added with the latest selections of books, magazines, confectionary and travel essentials, along with a second outlet in the new Arrivals Hall. New food and beverage international brands, such as Flat White, Grab & Fly and Urban Food Market are also now available for departing passengers. The enhancement and fit out of T3 and the additional outlets were completed as part of Abu Dhabi Airport’s on-going initiatives to ensure the delivery of a world-class experience to passengers. Travellers looking for a bit of rest while in transit can experience the GoSleep sleeping pods. The pods are currently available in Terminal 3, next to gate 35, with further units to be installed shortly.

The Arrivals Hall has simultaneously undergone a planned upgrade to offer:

× The first “illy Espressamente” in Abu Dhabi where passengers can enjoy the ‘soul of Italian coffee’ with modern baristas making the perfect brew to enjoy after arrival.

× Abu Dhabi Duty Free’s Big Ticket Millionaire, the long-running and extremely popular prize draw hosted at Abu Dhabi International Airport, has launched from a new location at the airport where anyone can benefit from the chance of winning the monthly grand prize.

× For visitors spending a few nights in the capital city, Abu Dhabi Airports has invited various new hotels to establish a presence at the airport ensuring there is a wide range of accommodation choices available, as well as a dedicated Tourism and Culture Authority Desk for those looking to explore the culturally rich capital.

H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: "As we look ahead to welcome a record number of passengers using Abu Dhabi International Airport as their connecting hub or destination airport, the number of flights we will handle during the peak travel months will leap by 18 per cent to nearly 170 every single day of the week compared to last summer. We’ve made great improvements all around the airport to ensure that all passengers, whether arriving, departing or transferring, will have a great start to their holiday journey.”

"We’re very proud that in the last few months we have been given the accolade of being the best airport in the Middle East by both passengers and those that work in the aviation industry. With such a busy summer ahead, all are determined to show exactly why we believe those prestigious awards were well deserved. I would like here to highlight the tangible commitment we continue to see from our partners at the airport, from airport police, to immigration, customs and airlines, to support us in providing a unique travel experience to all passengers” added Al Mansoori.

The airport’s developments for this summer are part of the Capacity Enhancement Programme (CEP) for Abu Dhabi International Airport. The CEP will lift the capacity ceiling at Abu Dhabi International Airport to 18 million passengers a year. This will be boosted by a further 30 million passengers when the Midfield Terminal opens in 2017.

publié le 4 June 2014

Abu Dhabi International Airport receives the “Best Airport in the Middle East” Award from Airport Council International

Press release

Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) received last week the prestigious award of “Best Airport for the Middle East region” from the Airports Council International (ACI) in an award ceremony in Seoul, South Korea during the council’s annual general assembly. The award came as a result of the Capital’s airport score in the 2013 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Survey results - a key benchmark for customer service in the global airports’ industry.

Abu Dhabi International Airport was also recertified for 2014, with the prestigious ASQ Assured Certification from Airport Council International (ACI). The certification is in recognition of the airport’s service quality management systems and the commitment of senior management to maintaining the highest service standards.

This certification for quality management provides Abu Dhabi International Airport with an opportunity to learn from peer comparison and benchmarking with ASQ best practice. It is a testament to the airport’s commitment in implementing service quality management and meeting passengers’ expectations. The ASQ Assured Rating for 2013 was 87%.

Commenting on receiving the award, H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Abu Dhabi Airports is proud of receiving the award for “Best Airport in the Middle East” as it is a testament to our commitment to maintaining the quality of travel experience in all areas of operations and developments, whilst delivering to our promise to provide an iconic gateway for Abu Dhabi and the region. The team at the capital’s airport will continue to work tirelessly at enhancing passengers’ services to ensure retaining the service excellence that Abu Dhabi International Airport has become famous for throughout the current period of challenging developments and projects.”

Since its creation in 2006, the ASQ Awards has become the world’s leading airport passenger satisfaction benchmark with over 275 airports participating. The ASQ Awards recognize and reward the best airports in the world based on ACI’s ASQ passenger satisfaction survey and represent an opportunity to celebrate the commitment of airports worldwide to continually improve the passenger experience.

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ENDS

About Abu Dhabi Airports

Abu Dhabi Airports is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, Abu Dhabi Airports assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, Abu Dhabi Airports added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive business aviation airport), and Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travellers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.

Currently underway is the multi-billion dollar redevelopment and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 40 million passengers per year.

publié le 28 February 2015

Abu Dhabi International Airport sees 20.7% increase in traffic for January 2015

press release

Abu Dhabi Airports today announces that passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport increased by 20.7% in January 2015. A total of 1,887,631 passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport during the month, compared with 1,564,266 in January 2014.

There were 14,128 aircraft movements in January 2015, which was an 18% increase over January 2014’s figure of 11,972. Cargo activity comprised 64,479 tonnes handled at the airport’s three terminals in January 2015, an 11% increase when compared to January 2014.
Commenting on the latest passenger figures, Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Air traffic and passenger movement continue to present a strong growth trend as forecasted for 2015 for Abu Dhabi, and the UAE and the region at large. This is a critical phase for the capital’s airport with its capacity being challenged every day, and Abu Dhabi Airports will continue to demonstrate diligence and commitment in delivering on its promise to provide passengers with a unique travel experience. 2015 will mark several developments at Abu Dhabi International Airport, which will include airfield lighting system’s upgrade, additional aircraft stands and enhancements at its terminals, all geared towards delivering additional capacity and services that will elevate the passenger’s journey. This eager drive will continue as an interim expansion program until we start welcoming our travelers through the Midfield terminal.”
In January 2015, the top five routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport were Bangkok, London, Doha, Manila and Jeddah. The top five routes accounted for 16% of all traffic last month.

publié le 30 May 2015

Abu Dhabi International Airport to conduct the busiest summer schedule ever, with 271 additional weekly flights

Press release

As the holiday season is fast approaching, Abu Dhabi International Airport is getting ready for its busiest ever summer. 1,504 flights will depart from Abu Dhabi each week, 22% more than in the previous year (2014: 1,233).

New destinations available to passengers this summer include Johannesburg in South Africa, Madrid in Spain, Venice in Italy, Pune in India, Entebbe in Uganda and Edinburgh in Scotland (due to commence on 8th June) as well as direct flights to Brisbane in Australia. Etihad Airways alone has increased its weekly schedule by 68 flights, with 963 flights taking off to destinations all around the world, compared with 895 flights per week in the summer of 2014.

More aircraft will fly this summer to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, with 49 additional flights per week to Indian destinations Pune, Mangalore, Ahmedabad, Kozhikode, Kochi, Delhi and Hyderabad, 5 additional flights per week to Pakistan, and two extra flights per week to Bangladesh. Certain other routes around the world, such as Hong Kong, Milan, Seychelles, Melbourne, Jeddah & Riyadh and Tehran, will also see increased frequencies.

Passengers travelling to, from, or via Abu Dhabi International Airport during the summer will be able to enjoy the various new facilities which have been added this year as part of its commitment to offer world class experience to its passengers. The Duty Free space in Terminal 3 has been refurbished ahead of the busy season. A new Souk area has also been opened in Terminal 3, housing local perfumes and jewelry brands. In addition, a range of new retail brands will also make their debuts at the airport, including Sephora cosmetics, Police sunglasses and Lambretta watches. A new Art Gallery has been installed in Terminal 3 near the bus gates, under the name of “The Art Hub”, displaying bespoke pieces of local art ready to buy – a unique collection that’s received social media coverage and a lot of positive feedback from Abu Dhabi Airport passengers.

In parallel, passengers will enjoy an array of promotions and competitions tailored to their likings, and will have a chance to win a Maseratti Ghibli while shopping at Abu Dhabi Duty Free. Finally, for the first time in the Middle East, there will be a Pavan Henna bar, allowing passengers to have henna professionally applied in a comfortable and convenient environment.

The Terminal 3 food court refurbishment has also been completed whereby a world class offer of International and Regional brands provides travellers with the widest choice ranging from the Montreux Jazz Café, the CNN cafe, Camden food Co, Burger King, O’Leary’s bar, Negroni, Shawarmanji and Yum Cha.

Eng. Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Abu Dhabi International Airport continues to push the boundaries as it gears up for another record summer. The investment we have made in increasing capacity will allow passengers to enjoy the best possible experiences, as they will be able to move more easily through the airport and spend more time enjoying the world class facilities we have on offer.

“The rise in our passenger numbers and increase of routes to, from or via Abu Dhabi is a reflection of the ongoing growth and success of our National Carrier, Etihad Airways. Abu Dhabi International Airport is truly becoming a world class transportation hub. We will continue to strive in introducing new brands, innovative promotional and marketing activities to further meet our customer’s expectations”.


About Abu Dhabi Airports

Abu Dhabi Airports is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, Abu Dhabi Airports assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, Abu Dhabi Airports added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive business aviation airport), as well as Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travelers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.

Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 40 million passengers per year. As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed.

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publié le 18 December 2015

Abu Dhabi International Airport welcomes flynas

press release

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Airports today welcomed flynas’ inaugural flight from Riyadh, marking the start of the Saudi Arabian airline’s new service, connecting the two capitals with a direct flight, five times per week.

Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, along with senior executives from Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), welcomed Bander Al Mohanna, CEO of NAS Holding, and key flynas officials, onboard the inaugural flight which landed at Abu Dhabi International Airport at 12:35pm local time.

flynas will operate the new route using an Airbus A320 aircraft with the capacity to carry 164 guests in a two-class configuration – 156 in Economy and eight in Business Class. Flights operate every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, departing Riyadh at 9:35am, arriving into Abu Dhabi International Airport at 12:35pm. The return flight takes off from the UAE capital at 2:45pm to land at King Khalid International Airport at 3:45pm local time.

Commenting on the launch of the new service, Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are pleased to welcome flynas to the UAE capital. This new service further develops our airline portfolio while providing passengers with a world-class travel experience, whether they are traveling for business or leisure. It also successfully complements the collaborative efforts made by Abu Dhabi Airports and TCA Abu Dhabi to further strengthen Abu Dhabi’s position as one of the leading tourist destinations regionally and internationally. From providing efficient and timely ground handling processes to smooth and easy flow of passengers at the airport, we look forward to fully cooperating with flynas to ensure the success of this new service.”

Highlighting flynas’ plans to strategically expand its footprint in key markets across the region, Bander Al Mohanna, CEO of NAS Holding, said: “We are delighted to touch down in Abu Dhabi with the launch of this new five-times-per-week service that connects the two capitals while offering convenient and affordable air travel options to guests traveling in both directions. Adding Abu Dhabi to our GCC route network is an important strategic step for flynas for multiple reasons, including our codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways as well as the long-standing friendship and the strong bilateral business and economic ties shared by the two nations. Moreover, Abu Dhabi’s growing prominence as both a leading family-friendly tourism destination and a strategic business hub makes the opening of the new route a highly attractive proposition for Saudi travelers.”

Sultan Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director, Tourism, TCA Abu Dhabi, said: “This new service makes Abu Dhabi even more accessible for Saudi Arabian travelers to enjoy the emirate’s wide array of attractions. In September of this year we welcomed 15,256 Saudis to the emirate, a highly impressive rise of 42 per cent on the same period in 2014. This new route will see even more visitors from Saudi Arabia making the short journey and consolidate its position as one of the top ten markets for inbound tourism into Abu Dhabi.

In the first nine months of this year, Saudi guests staying in the emirate’s 163 hotels and hotel apartments have increased by 29% from the same period in 2014 to 112,294. Their average length of stay has also increased to 2.28 nights - up 7%.”

About Abu Dhabi Airports

Abu Dhabi Airports is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, Abu Dhabi Airports assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, Abu Dhabi Airports added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive business aviation airport), as well as Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travelers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.
Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 45 million passengers per year. As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed.

You can follow Abu Dhabi Airports on:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AUH

Instagram: http://instagram.com/abudhabiairports

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/abu-dhabi-airports

YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/AUHAirport

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AbuDhabiAirports

Web sites: www.adac.ae, www.abudhabiairport.ae

publié le 29 October 2015

Abu Dhabi International Airport’s passenger boom continues

press release

Abu Dhabi International Airport released figures today that show its strong global appeal as a travel hub, with an impressive 18% growth in passenger traffic over the first three quarters of the year, with a total of 17,473,063 passengers.

The top ten busiest routes for the first nine months of 2015 included the U.K., U.S.A., Saudi Arabia, Australia, Qatar, Thailand and Germany. Total aircraft traffic was also up 14.3% in the first three quarters of the year, in which AUH successfully facilitated 129,703 aircraft movements.
Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports said: "2015 has been a big growth year for us. September was another very busy month and the third consecutive month in which we welcomed over two million passengers. Increased global connectivity continues to be an important contributor to our overall success, and we are seeing a dramatic boost in demand across the vast majority of destinations served from AUH."
Year-to-date growth on specific routes included a 44% increase in passengers travelling between Abu Dhabi and the U.S.A, a 27.3% surge in traffic to and from Australia, and 24.8% and 17.2% rise on flights between the U.K. and Germany respectively.
The airport moved 621,191 metric tons of cargo during the first nine months of the year, with overall cargo traffic up 7.2%.

About Abu Dhabi Airports

Abu Dhabi Airports is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, Abu Dhabi Airports assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, Abu Dhabi Airports added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive business aviation airport), as well as Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travelers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.
Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 40 million passengers per year. As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed.
You can follow Abu Dhabi Airports on:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AUH

Instagram: http://instagram.com/abudhabiairports

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/abu-dhabi-airports

YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/AUHAirport

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AbuDhabiAirports

publié le 12 May 2015

Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal to be Equipped by SITA with Next Generation Technology Systems

Abu Dhabi Airports recently announced a five-year partnership with SITA, the world’s leading specialist in air transport communications and IT solutions, to provide the new Midfield Terminal with state-of-the-art IT infrastructure throughout the project.

SITA will provide integrated end-to-end passenger and airport management solutions including its next generation airport management system and common-use passenger processing platform. Passengers will benefit from automated boarding gates, innovative flight information display systems and world class baggage management services.

Eng. Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are building the Midfield Terminal to exceed global standards for connectivity and high-tech integration. We will ensure that the very latest in every system is installed. From baggage tracking and handling to flight display systems, passengers will benefit from a highly sophisticated IT support system to ease and speed their journey through the airport.”

Hani El-Assaad, President, Middle East, India and Africa, SITA, said: “In today’s complex airport environment, it’s important to have integrated solutions that help enhance collaboration among all stakeholders. We look forward to working with the airport and its partners to deploy a connected infrastructure platform that will help streamline operations, make the airport more efficient, and create a seamless passenger experience.

About Abu Dhabi Airports

Abu Dhabi Airports is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, Abu Dhabi Airports assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, Abu Dhabi Airports added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive business aviation airport), as well as Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travelers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.

Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 40 million passengers per year. As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed.

publié le 20 November 2010

Abu Dhabi Ports Company unveils the 417 sq km Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad)

[#In the presence of HH Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) unveiled the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), at the Emirates Palace. Excellencies from Abu Dhabi and distinguished guests from across the region and the world were also in attendance.#]

[#Kizad, a 417 sq km industrial zone strategically located between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, is now ready to receive applications from potential tenants. With one of the world’s most advanced deepwater seaports and world-class infrastructure including Union Rail’s network, Kizad will benefit from excellent multimodal connectivity via sea, air, road and rail networks to ensure easy accessibility to and from the Industrial Zone. Phase 1, which was launched yesterday, is 51 sq km with an investment of AED 26.5 billion or $7.2 billion.

Earlier in the day, a press conference was held at the Emirates Palace hosted by Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Chairman of ADPC, Tony Douglas, CEO ADPC and Khaled Salmeen, Executive Vice President, Industrial Zones, ADPC to mark the launch of Kizad, the largest industrial zone in the region and to explain the key benefits of the project and its importance to the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.

Commenting on this occasion, Tony Douglas, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Ports Company, said: “Today is a very special day for ADPC as we announce the launch of this project. It is a remarkable, world scale and world class with great significance for Abu Dhabi, the UAE and the region as a whole. In essence, it is an industrial zone that offers global industry a bright future and will generate skilled jobs long term for the emirate’s population”

Kizad is a cornerstone of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 which also highlights the drive to diversification of the economy in pursuit of sustainable growth less dependent on the oil and gas industries. Its purpose is, in part, to create the range and number of opportunities necessary to recruit, retain and develop local and skilled expatriate talent to build a sustainable knowledge economy whilst reducing reliance on unskilled labour.

Mr. Khaled Salmeen, Executive Vice President, Industrial Zones at ADPC said: “Kizad is the future of Abu Dhabi, not only in terms of potential, but also in terms of diversifying the economy through essential industry. What we look to offer is the ability for businesses to come to Abu Dhabi and thrive through efficient access to markets, lower operating costs and a greater ease of doing business. These three critical success factors for global industry are key ingredients and will all feature over the long term.”

By 2030, Kizad will be expected to contribute around 15% of Abu Dhabi’s non-oil GDP. It will be a powerful magnet for foreign direct investment, with global business locating large-scale primary and downstream manufacturing facilities in the Industrial Zone. It is anticipated that between 60% and 80% of the goods manufactured within Kizad will be exported, adding further value to the nation’s economy.

Kizad’s strategy is to attract world-class companies, and to establish international industry best practices throughout the Zone. Global and local companies alike will find in Kizad the business efficiencies, market access, low cost operating environment and support essential for long term competitive advantage. Kizad will set new standards for industrial zone infrastructure, environment and operation, reinforcing Abu Dhabi’s global competitive advantage.#]

publié le 21 March 2015

Abu Dhabi Ports forecasts 17% growth of general cargo

Press release

Following a record year in 2014, Abu Dhabi Ports is forecasting 17% growth across all general cargo activities in 2015.

“As many development projects in Abu Dhabi are underway, we look ahead to a promising 2015 with healthy growth figures that not only confirm the Emirate’s booming economy but Abu Dhabi Port’s supporting role as an important enabler for development and trade.

“We will continue to develop our cutting edge infrastructure and service offerings across all of our ports, to establish Abu Dhabi as a first-class international maritime hub,” says Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports.

Most recently, Abu Dhabi Ports took part in “The Cargo Show”, the biggest logistics and transport infrastructure exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, which was held in Dubai. The company met with cargo owners and movers to discuss how to further improve efficiency in the movement of cargo across sea, road, air and rail, and how to meet their logistics needs in the best way possible.

Abu Dhabi Ports, which was the supporting government partner at the event and took the opportunity to showcase its state-of-the-art flagship Khalifa Port and the adjacent trade and logistics hub Kizad at its multimedia exhibition stand.

Abu Dhabi Ports is a major enabler of development and trade in Abu Dhabi, supporting import and export activities, attracting a growing number of customers who make use of the numerous business advantages offered by the Emirate’s ports. These range from outstanding market access and excellent intermodal transportation networks to world-class infrastructure and services.

In 2014, Abu Dhabi Ports celebrated a record year for cargo. The Khalifa Port Container Terminal, which is managed and operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), saw a record throughput of more than 1 million TEUs in one year (1,137,679 TEU), which marked an increase of 26%, while the bulk and general cargo volumes grew by 37% compared to the 2013 figures.

publié le 15 February 2014

Abu Dhabi: sponsors line-up for Air Expo 2014

press release

Al Bateen Executive Airport, the dedicated business aviation airport of Abu Dhabi Airports, today revealed the names of the prestigious sponsors for Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2014.

The show, which will be held from Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th February 2014, has cemented its position as a dedicated business platform for the aviation industry, bringing leading industry players and decision makers together under one roof.

Driven by its commitment to support events that play an important role in developing innovation-led, knowledge based economic sectors, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has signed up as Platinum sponsor for the third consecutive year.

The Department of Transport (DoT) reinforced its participation as official sponsor for the second time. DoT will provide high-quality shuttle services for guests attending the show.

Abu Dhabi Aviation, the largest commercial helicopter operator in the Middle East, has also confirmed its participation and support for the show as Diamond sponsor. The company is currently operating 61 helicopters, which include 15 Augusta Westland AW139s, 23 Bell 412s, 19 Bell 212s and 4 Bell 206s, as well as 3 fixed-wing aircraft (DHC-8), that mainly serve offshore oil, engineering and construction industries in the UAE and GCC region.

Rotana Jet will sponsor lanyards that will be handed to the visitors attending the show.

This year, the show is set to welcome over 17,000 visitors with an exhibitor line-up of 170 suppliers showcasing the latest innovations and development in the aviation sector, relating to non-commercial aircrafts, jets, helicopters, equipment, manufacturers, services, pilot training schools, accessories, avionics, insurance and financing.

Over 100 aircraft representing a range of models from ultra-light to heavy business jets, including the VIP AirBus corporate jet and the TBM 850, will be on hand to be explored by aircraft enthusiasts and businesses searching for the best aircraft and aviation-related services.

For more information, please visit www.adairexpo.com or www.adac.ae or follow us on Twitter: @AUH.

You can also follow Abu Dhabi Airports on Instagram: @abudhabiairports; Linkedin: http://linkd.in/1b0VuqK; or, subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/user/AUHAirport.

About Al Bateen Executive Airport

Al Bateen Executive Airport is a dedicated business jet airport, the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region; conveniently located only a five kilometres from the central business district of Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital. The downtown location of Al Bateen Executive Airport makes it ideal for users of business jets, whose time is valuable and who have a high-regard for the convenience that personalised jet travel can bring.
Benefits
• Only dedicated private aviation airport in the region
• Fast & efficient turnarounds
• Ideal location in the city centre close to central business district
• Over 90 parking/maintenance spaces in hangars for different aircraft sizes + 20 apron parking stands
• Business Campus – full business traveller facilities and stand-alone offices
• One-stop-shop Business Jet Specialists
o Fuel, handling, and other FBO services
o Air Taxis
o Vendor/Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) access
o Related aviation business access
o Aviation education and training

About Abu Dhabi Airports

Abu Dhabi Airports is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, Abu Dhabi Airports assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, Abu Dhabi Airports added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive private aviation airport), and Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travellers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.
Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 40 million passengers per year.

publié le 10 May 2016

ADELAIDE WELCOMES FIRST QATAR AIRWAYS FLIGHT FROM DOHA

press release

The city of Adelaide today welcomed the first Qatar Airways flight to arrive at its international airport from Doha, Qatar. The inaugural flight was greeted by a delegation of VIPs including South Australia’s Minister for Tourism, Hon. Leon Bignell; Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mr. Mark Young; the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Hon. Hieu Van Le AO; and Chief Executive Officer of South Australian Tourism Commission, Mr. Rodney Harrex.

Adelaide is the fourth city in Australia to be served by Qatar Airways, which has been flying to Melbourne since 2009, to Perth since 2012 and to Sydney since March this year. The new route is expected to generate an estimated 228 jobs across the state and contribute more than AU$41 million to the local visitor economy.

The award-winning airline is the first to fly the new-generation Airbus A350 to Australia, connecting Australian passengers to more than 150 destinations on its route map on board one of the youngest and most modern aircraft in the skies.

The A350 was built first and foremost to provide the ultimate passenger experience with wider seats in both Business and Economy Class, the lowest twin engine noise level of any aircraft in its class, advanced air conditioning technology and full LED lighting, all working together to enhance the comfort of passengers while reducing fatigue after a long-haul flight.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, who was on board the inaugural flight, said: “We are proud to be the first airline to fly the Airbus A350, for which we were the global launch customer, to Australia. Adelaide is an important addition to our route map giving Qatar Airways its fourth gateway into Australia, and we are pleased to offer the people of South Australia the most modern aircraft in the industry to connect them with 38 countries in Europe, 21 destinations in Africa and 27 destinations in the Middle East.”

Australia recieve’s the first A350 at Adelaide Airport
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker (front) welcomes the VIP delegation to the flight deck of Australia’s first A350 aircraft. The Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Hon. Hieu Van Le AO, South Australia Minister for Tourism, Hon. Leon Bignell and Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mr. Mark Young greet the flight (left to right).

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker (front) welcomes the VIP delegation to the flight deck of Australia’s first A350 aircraft. The Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Hon. Hieu Van Le AO, South Australia Minister for Tourism, Hon. Leon Bignell and Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mr. Mark Young greet the flight (left to right).
The first of Qatar Airways’ daily A350 flights to and from Adelaide was celebrated with a traditional water cannon salute at Adelaide Airport

The first of Qatar Airways’ daily A350 flights to and from Adelaide was celebrated with a traditional water cannon salute at Adelaide Airport

South Australia’s Minister for Tourism Mr. Leon Bignell said international visitors were critical to South Australia’s economic growth and the addition of direct daily flights from Doha to Adelaide was another global vote of confidence in the state.

“Qatar Airways was named ‘2015 Best Airline in the World’ and these direct daily flights will bring in more than AU$41 million into our visitor economy and create 228 jobs across the state,” Mr. Bignell said.

Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mr. Mark Young said the inaugural arrival was excellent news for both the local tourism industry and South Australians travelling abroad. “The Qatar Airways Doha-Adelaide service opens up a brand new link with the Middle East, and provides excellent connections further afield such as with Europe and the UK.

“We’re excited to be the first airport in Australia to welcome the new-generation Airbus A350-900 aircraft – one of the most technologically advanced twin-engine aircraft in the world.”

The new service to Adelaide will also provide 80 tonnes of cargo capacity per week in and out of the South Australia hub in the belly hold of the A350, connecting Australia’s leading exporters to Qatar Airways Cargo’s global network of more than 150 stations around the world. Qatar Airways Cargo, the third largest international cargo carrier, already carries more than 450 tonnes of freight in the belly hold of its Boeing 777 passenger aircraft into and out of Sydney, Perth and Melbourne per week.

Passengers travelling to or from Adelaide on board the Qatar Airways Airbus A350 in one of its 36 Business Class seats will enjoy one of the most comfortable fully-flat beds in the sky with 80 inches of seat pitch. The 1-2-1 configuration gives every passenger direct access to an aisle and the on-demand à la carte menu service allows Business Class passengers to order anything from the menu at any time during the flight. The aircraft also features the state-of the-art Oryx One entertainment system, with more than 3,000 entertainment options on individual screens in all classes.

With an average connection time of just 90 minutes via the airline’s hub at Hamad International Airport (HIA), passengers travelling from Adelaide can expect a smooth and seamless journey to their final destination via Doha. The contemporary and luxurious airport, which opened in 2014, has more than 40,000 square metres of retail space and restaurants including more than 70 retail and 30 food and beverage outlets, as well as a 25-metre swimming pool, gym, hotel and spa.

Daily Flight Schedule:

DOH-ADL QR914 Departs: 2130 Arrives: 1700+1
ADL-DOH QR915 Departs: 2125 Arrives: 0450+1

Notes to Editors:

For images please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qatarairways/albums/72157667711051461

About Qatar Airways:

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 19th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 184 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.

Qatar Airways won Airline of the Year, Best Business Class Airline Seat and Best Airline in the Middle East at the 2015 Skytrax Awards. This is the third time the airline won the accolade of Airline of the Year.

Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Qatar Airways launched Oryx One in 2015, an enhanced interface for its inflight entertainment system, increasing the number of movies and TV shows on board from 950 to up to 3,000. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 as well as select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the five-star airline’s on-board Wifi and GSM service.

Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest cargo carrier, serves more than 50 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 184 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes eight Airbus A330Fs, nine Boeing 777 freighters and two Boeing 747 freighters.

For more information, visit our homepage www.qatarairways.com or our sites on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube.

For Qatar Airways corporate images, please click here: http://www.qatarairways.com/corporateimages

publié le 28 January 2011

Air Liquide : acquisition of a major homecare provider

[#Ageing population and the rise of chronic diseases, both major public health challenges, lead to the development of homecare. The market for home respiratory assistance in Europe alone amounts to over €2 billion.#]

[#Air Liquide, the European homecare leader, announces the acquisition in France of ADEP Assistance, a specialist in home respiratory healthcare.
Created more than forty years ago within the French Association for polio sufferers and the disabled (ADEP), ADEP Assistance today takes care of nearly 13,000 chronic patients in the regions of Ile de France and Picardie, with a highlyqualified multidisciplinary team of 140 employees. It reached a turnover of €21 million in 2009.

ADEP Assistance is recognised for the quality of its services in home respiratory assistance, in particular invasive and non invasive ventilation, and for its expertise in paediatrics and the treatment at some of patients with severely disabling diseases requiring sophisticated equipment (for example neuromuscular diseases). It
is a pioneer in the care of tracheotomised and ventilated patients.
Annie Leroy, General Manager of ADEP Assistance, said: "We are delighted to join a leader with whom we share the same values, and above all, the desire to position the patient and the healthcare professionals at the heart of our preoccupations."
Pascal Vinet, Vice-President, Healthcare World Business Line and Healthcare

A ir Liquide’ s
Health care Business

Air Liquide’s Healthcare World Business
Line serves over 6,000 hospitals and
600,000 patients throughout the world.
It provides gases, hygiene products and
medical equipment to its hospital
customers and homecare to patients in
cities.
The Group’s Healthcare business made
€1,824 million in revenues in 2009, 64%
outside France with 8,000 employees.

Homecare

Air Liquide, which ranks 1st in Europe and
3rd in the world for homecare, provides
prescription care for patients diagnosed
with chronic illnesses such as COPD
(chronic obstructive pulmonary disease),
sleep apnea and diabetes. These
homecare treatments are being developed
in addition to hospital care, enabling
patients to enjoy better quality of life and
local authorities to reduce costs.
Homecare represents 42% of
Air Liquide’s total 2009 Healthcare
revenue.

Operations for the Air Liquide Group, declared: "Our business of home
healthcare provider in France is strengthened by this acquisition which
complements our service offering. This reinforces our leading position in
homecare in Europe. ADEP Assistance will now be able to rely on the
resources of the Healthcare operations of the Air Liquide Group to
continue its development at the service of patients. We are delighted to
welcome these new employees into the Group. Health is one of the
Air Liquide growth drivers."#]

publié le 30 July 2009

Air Liquide is pursuing its development in the Middle-East

[#The Middle East economies continue to grow, generating many different needs for
industrial gases. Following the acquisition of the Al Khafrah Industrial Gases
Company in Saudi Arabia announced on last July 08th, Air Liquide is pursuing its
development in the Middle-East.#]

[#In Oman, the local subsidiary “Air Liquide Sohar Industrial Gases” has
commissioned a new nitrogen unit to serve the needs of the ORPC Refinery in
Muscat, based on a long-term supply agreement. This third facility in the country will
supplement the two units commissioned in 2006 and 2008 in the Industrial Park of
Sohar.
In Egypt, Air Liquide is starting up a new oxygen unit in Alexandria to supply the
steel mill of EZZ, one of the region’s largest steel producers. This Air Separation Unit
will supplement the two existing units already in operation, bringing total installed
capacity to 700 tonnes of oxygen per day. This investment is also based on a
long-term supply agreement.

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Air Liquide in the Middle East

To supply its growing needs in Industrial Merchant in Egypt, Air Liquide has just
commissioned an Air Separation Unit near Cairo with a production capacity of
140 tonnes per day of liquid oxygen and nitrogen. An additional argon
production facility with a capacity of 12 tonnes per day will also be commissioned
in Alexandria to supply the welding gases and argon mixture industry in Egypt and in
its neighbouring countries.
The total investment for these new units and the recent acquisitions of Al
Khafrah and Pure Helium amounted to US$150 million, which will contribute to
growth in 2009. Air Liquide is the leading global player in the Middle Eastern
industrial gases market.
Pierre Dufour, Senior Executive Vice-President of the Air Liquide Group, responsible
for the Middle East region, said: “With these new units in Oman and Egypt,
Air Liquide is positioned to meet the growing needs of its long-term customers
and support their geographic expansion. These latest commissionings
represent a further step in Air Liquide’s presence in this growth region.”#]

Air Liquide is present in Egypt, Lebanon,
Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,
Syria and the United Arab Emirates,
where the Group has established its
headquarters for Middle East region.
With 450 employees in the Middle East,
Air Liquide invested US$300 million over
the 2002-2007 period and has an
investment program of another
US$1 billion in the Arabic Gulf region
over the next five years.

www.airliquide.com

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publié le 13 September 2010

Air Liquide Saudi Arabia: Group’s largest industrial investment ever

[#Saudi Aramco has announced its decision to construct a grassroots refinery in Yanbu’ Industrial City, on theWest coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Yanbu’ is one of the three main industrial areas of Saudi Arabia and already hosts many oil processing, petrochemical and other industrial plants. The newly incorporated Red Sea Refining Company will process 400,000 barrels of heavy crude per day when it is completed in 2014.#]

[#
SaudiAramco and Air Liquide Arabia announced today that they had signed a long term hydrogen supply agreement for this new refinery.

Under the terms of this hydrogen supply agreement, Air Liquide Arabia will invest 450 million US dollars (more than €350 million) in two global-scale hydrogen production units with total production capacity of 300,000 Nm3 per hour (262 million standard cubic feet per day). This will be Air Liquide’s largest single industrial investment and itsmost significant “over the fence” hydrogen contract ever. This new complex will be designed and built by Lurgi, a division of Air Liquide Engineering. The project will be commissioned in 2014.

Pierre Dufour, Senior Executive Vice-President of the Air Liquide Group supervising
the Middle East Zone, said: “With this new global scale project in Saudi Arabia,
Air Liquide demonstrates its capacity to meet the growing needs of its longterm
customers, particularly in the main industrial hubs. The outsourcing of
the hydrogen needs of such a big refinery is a first in the Middle East and
representative of a long termtrend in this zone.
This project also reinforces our strategic and growing presence in the Middle
East, where we continue to develop our industrial gas infrastructure in
support of the evolving energy sector, a growth driver forAir Liquide.”#]

publié le 9 December 2010

Airbus A318 Elite & ACJ to lead the field at MEBA

[#Two top-of-the-line Airbus corporate jets will be exhibited at the Middle East and Business Aviation (MEBA) show in Dubai in December, highlighting their success in the region.#]

[#They comprise an A318 Elite operated by Al Jaber Aviation (AJA) of Abu Dhabi and an Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) based in Bahrain and operated by Comlux. Both aircraft are available for VVIP charter.

AJA began offering its Airbus A318 Elite for VVIP charter flights earlier this year, and is the first Airbus customer from the region to offer this service. It is also the largest Airbus customer for charter aircraft in the Middle East, having ordered four A318 Elites and two Airbus ACJs.

Comlux is one of Airbus’ largest corporate jet customers, and currently has an A318 Elite and an Airbus ACJ based in Bahrain.

More than ten operators are now offering over 15 Airbus corporate jets for private charter.

Both aircraft are similar in size on the outside to traditional corporate jets, but are around twice as big inside, leading the field at MEBA as well as setting the new standard in space and comfort in top-of-the-line business aircraft – whether existing or planned.

“Airshows such as MEBA are a great way for us to showcase our wider, taller cabins and their unequalled freedom of movement, because they allow potential customers to see for themselves how we compare with traditional business jets,” remarks Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers John Leahy. “It can literally be a case of see, buy and fly in the Middle East market, which is the world’s most important for top-of-the-line and widebody corporate jets,” he adds.

Business jet customers can choose from a whole spectrum of aircraft, ranging from small one-pilot jets all the way up to widebodies that can fly large delegations nonstop to the world, but only Airbus offers a complete family of modern top-end products to suit every need.

Airbus has made a habit of bringing new and innovative technology to the airliner field, leading the way with fuel, weight and cost-saving initiatives, and these benefits – together with the classy comfort and superb space that their corporate jet versions deliver – make them the natural choice for those that want the best in private transport.

Airbus has sold more than 170 corporate jets to date, comprising over 110 of its A318 Elite, Airbus ACJ and A320 Prestige family and over 60 VIP and government widebodies. Airbus corporate jets are the only ones flying on every continent, including Antarctica#].

publié le 13 November 2011

Airbus builds on corporate jet activity by creating new unit

press release

[#A growing customer and operator base plus an increasing business volume have prompted Airbus to create a new business unit, Airbus Corporate Jets, to better respond to this part of its business.#]

T[#he Airbus Corporate Jets unit will bring together commercial, programme and support activities in a single in-house unit. It will also have a direct link to the company’s Airbus Corporate Jet Centre cabin-outfitting subsidiary, part of a worldwide network of approved completion centres.

“With almost 200 Airbus corporate jet sales to date, we now serve a growing and increasingly important community, and combining all the various aspects of this business will help us to serve our customers better while paving the way for further expansion,” says Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy.

Airbus sold its first corporate jets in the mid-Eighties and, in 1997, launched a corporate jet version of its A319 airliner, now called the Airbus ACJ319. Today, Airbus offers the world’s most modern and comprehensive corporate jet family, ranging from the Airbus ACJ318 to the ACJ380, offering companies, individuals and governments the comfort they want in the size that they need.

“Our corporate jet customers and operators already benefit from the features, reliability and support that we build into our modern airliner family, but we also recognise that they have different needs, and our more integrated Airbus Corporate Jets division will help us to address these even better and more responsively”, says Habib Fekih, President Airbus Corporate Jets.

Airbus will also invest more resources in the Airbus Corporate Jets business unit, including the expansion of its local presence in key markets, and it will have more potential to launch improvements in both products and services.

Airbus’ ACJ318, ACJ319 and ACJ320 are the new top-end of the large corporate-jet market, because their cabins are around twice as wide as those of traditional business jets, and because they are unmatched in the home and office comforts that they allow customers to take into the air.

They provide this extra space and comfort within a similar aircraft length and wingspan to that of competing business-jets, and can also take off and land in similar distances.

Airbus also offers VIP widebodies for customers that want to carry more people even further, delivering even more comfort and space, plus “nonstop to the world” capability.

Airbus corporate jets are the only business jets flying on every continent, including Antarctica.#]

publié le 11 November 2014

Al Bateen Executive Airport Gears Up for the Etihad Grand Prix with Special F1 Package

press release

In preparation for the busiest week in the Abu Dhabi social calendar, Al Bateen Executive Airport is leading the way in welcoming visitors to the capital with an exciting F1 early bird package.

Al Bateen Executive Airport, operated by Abu Dhabi Airports as the only dedicated business aviation airport in the Middle East, today announced that its fixed based operator (FBO) DhabiJet is offering a special package offer to all visiting aircraft between 16th – 24th November for the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

In line with its commitment to provide excellent service at competitive prices, DhabiJet’s special F1 package offers exclusive rates for ground handling and aircraft exterior cleaning.
The special package includes the following:

Issuance of Landing Permit and Basic Handling fees
Aircraft Towing/Pushback
Apron Limousine Services
Aircraft Exterior Cleaning
Passenger processing fees and VIP lounge usage
Use of crew lounge facility located airside
Hotel & Transportation Arrangements*
24/7 airside access in case of technical support required
Catering Arrangement through Executive Gate Gourmet
Fuel arrangement

Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi and only 20 minutes from the Yas Marina Grand Prix circuit and 70 minutes away from Dubai Marina, the airport has aircraft parking capacity for up to 90 private jets and is surrounded by major hotels. The FBO & airport operate 24/7 without parking or slot restrictions. Taxiing time from touch down to full stop in front of the passenger executive terminal is less than 5 minutes.

The FBO, which was named “Second Best FBO in EMEA region” by European Business Aviation News in 2013, offers fast and efficient turnarounds, short taxiing times and hangar parking upon availability.

Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Al Bateen Executive Airport is committed to being the airport of choice for business aviation operations in the Middle East and is playing a major role in driving future development for business aviation in the region.

The airport plays a tangible role in promoting Abu Dhabi as a key hub for business and international events to its highly influential customers from around the world.”

He added, “The airport is becoming increasingly attractive due to the ability for passengers to embark and disembark quickly and pass seamlessly through immigration and customs. Moreover, since the airport is so central, passengers can easily get to and from their chosen location in Abu Dhabi, making their Grand Prix experience smooth and efficient. Alongside DhabiJet, we look forward to delivering the highest level of aviation services during the exciting Formula 1 race period and beyond.”

DhabiJet brings together all the requirements for business aviation customers visiting the airport, under the management and coordination of a single, highly-trained customer service team. As part of its commitment to increase the quality of service and to be ranked amongst the top FBOs worldwide, DhabiJet also offers exclusive fuel rates to attract technical stopovers and to encourage more charter operators and private jets to use Al Bateen Executive Airport as their hub in the Middle East.

publié le 19 February 2010

Al Futtaim to open Carrefour branch in Iraq

[#The UAE company with the licence to operate the Carrefour SA franchise in the Middle East is looking to open its first store in Iraq as part of a wider expansion plan in the region.#]

[#Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) Retail manages a joint venture in the Middle East with France’s Carrefour, the world’s second-biggest retailer by revenue after Wal-Mart Stores.

In the past three years, the joint venture opened 14 hypermarkets, bringing its total to 37 in the Middle East. MAF is now turning to countries such as Iraq, Yemen, Oman, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Libya and Lebanon to open new Carrefour stores in a bid to tap growing consumer appetite in the Middle East and North Africa.

MAF will open the store in Arbil, one of Iraq’s largest cities, probably towards the end of 2010. "The north of Iraq is a very promising market and a stable area," Muhammad Naeem, an executive at MAF Retail, told Reuters on the sidelines of a treasurers conference.

"We studied the economy, the infrastructure, we see no uncertainty and no security issues in that part of the country," he said.

Northern, predominantly Kurdish, Iraq has emerged relatively unscathed from the violence that affected the rest of the country.

MAF, owned by billionaire UAE businessman Majid Al-Futtaim, traditionally enters markets with Carrefour as anchor tenant of its malls and recently opened a local version, under a different brand name, of the hypermarket in Iran’s capital Tehran.

MAF is part of Majid Al Futtaim group, the company known for building an indoor ski slope in Dubai. MAF has also announced plans to develop projects in Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Oman.

The retailer is considering adding Libya to that list in the following years, Naeem said. "If the political situation improves in Libya, maybe earlier," he said.#] -Reuters

publié le 25 October 2010

Al Islami Eyes France’s $7.5bln Halal Food Market

Press release

[# With the France’s US$7.5bln Halal food market a year, Al Islami FoodsAl Islami Foods, the leading producer of quality halal products in the Middle East, today revealed its plan to enter France’s food market, on the occasion of the 23rd edition of SIAL Expo, held in Paris, France, which ended on 21 October.#]

[#In collaboration with the Dubai Export Development CorporationDubai Export Development CorporationLoading..., a subsidiary of Dubai Economic Development Department, Al IslamiAl IslamiLoading... initially displayed its range of 100 per cent halal processed meat products at its booth set up at the 72 sq. mts Dubai Pavilion at SIAL exhibition.

undefined In addition, Al IslamiAl IslamiLoading... aims to offer its halal chain of restaurant - Al Farooj Fresh - for franchising across France. "We are constantly receiving enquiries from franchisees. But we will choose one with high repute and experience in halal restaurant field." Saleh Lootah, Managing Director, Al Islami FoodsAl Islami FoodsLoading..., revealed it in response to enquiries from the trade visitors to Al IslamiAl IslamiLoading... booth.

With about six million Muslims, France has the largest population of Muslims in Europe, and they are having an impact on the national food culture. The current size of global Halal food market is estimated at US$ 634.5 billion a year, according to the Halal Integrity Alliance, a non-profit halal development organisation based in Malaysia.

Saleh Abdullah Lootah, while revealing details of company’s plans of entering France’s halal food market, said:

"Due to the gradual growth and high consumer demand for halal food in Europe, we see France as a springboard for Al IslamiAl IslamiLoading...’s expansion into the European region. From France, expansion to the UK and Benelux markets would be easier at a later stage, as part of company’s BIG 5 (Billion-In-Growth in five years) Plan."

"I met with the consumers in France. They all ask about the authenticity of halal process, real halal food and halal restaurants. I promised them with conviction to offer Al IslamiAl IslamiLoading...’s high quality halal and nutrient products to their neighbourhood, not only for Muslims but for the non-Muslims as well. Consumer satisfaction is our aim in the French markets." Lootah asserted.

Paris based Sial expo is a global marketplace for all those involved in the food industry: retail, trade, manufacturing, catering professions, services. - Being part of EDCEDCLoading... Pavilion, companies had direct access to over 147,860 trade visitors and 101 exhibitor countries. EDCEDCLoading... has taken 72 sq. mts of space at this exhibition and, along with the Foreign Direct Investment Office of Dubai Economic Development Department, showcased capabilities of UAE based companies.

At the exhibition, Al IslamiAl IslamiLoading... held trade meetings with the established suppliers and distributors to carry out halal meat supply, distribution, logistics and transportation of Al IslamiAl IslamiLoading...’s range of products across France.

The outcome of the trade meetings will be announced at a later stage, at the time of signing the agreements with the suitable partners.

About Al Islami FoodsAl Islami Foods :

Established as CO-OP ISLAMI in 1981 to cater to the growing demand for halal food in the Arab world, AL ISLAMI FOODS was formed as a result of the long relentless efforts commenced in the early seventies when Hajj Saeed Bin Ahmad Lootah instituted Dubai Co-operative Society.

Starting with its successful frozen chicken product line, CO-OP ISLAMI further expanded its operations to include processed meat.

In 1991, Dubai Co-operative Society’s efforts were culminated by establishing its "CO-OP ISLAMI" meat processing plant in Jebel Ali Free Zone. This plant is considered a recognizable breakthrough as it became the highly active producer of a variety of food products under the name "CO-OP ISLAMI.

In 2006, CO-OP ISLAMI was re-launched as AL ISLAMI in an effort to propel the company to new heights of success. Now, Al IslamiAl IslamiLoading... products are considered as a quality benchmark trusted by consumers across the UAE and the GCC, and this has made it one of the best and most preferred brands in the region.#]

www.alislamifoods.com

publié le 29 July 2011

al khaliji Appointed Mr. Hamad Mohammed Al Kubaisi as Group Head of Human Resources

Press release

[#“I would like to extend a warm welcome to Mr. Al Kubaisi, an essential element in the bank’s ongoing success .Is our ability to recruit, develop and maintain top qualified skills, in particular Qatari Nationals,” announced Mr. Robin McCall, al khaliji’s Group Chief Executive Officer. “We are confident that Mr. Al Kubaisi’s extensive experience and knowledge of human resources will positively contribute to the Bank’s success.”#]

[#Mr. Al Kubaisi has more than ten years of experience in managing Human Resources, he joined al khaliji after working as Manager of Human Resources in the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQatar). Prior to that, Mr. Al Kubaisi worked with Qatar’s Public Works Authority (ASHGHAL) as Human Resources Manager, and before this job, he was Heading the Training and Development for Kahramaa, Qatar’s General Electricity and Water Corporation, where is began his career in this field. At al khaliji, Mr. Al Kubaisi will be responsible for the development of an employee-oriented strategy aligned to al khaliji vision, mission and values.

For more information about al khaliji, please visit www.alkhaliji.com.


al khaliji is Qatar’s pioneer ‘next generation bank’ offering a full range of conventional banking products and services to retail, business, corporate and institutional customers.

Al Khaliji France is our subsidiary in Paris, France with a network of branches in the UAE covering Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaima, and Abu Dhabi. This branch network offers customers and businesses local, regional and international banking services.

Headquartered in Doha, al khaliji is one of Qatar’s leading banks and a member of the Qatar Exchange Index, with QR 23.44 billion in total assets and QR 9.96 billion in customer deposits as of 30 June 2011.
At al khaliji we believe that success lies in the financial security and development of people to enable them to sustain a prosperous life. Our products and level of service reflect our belief that to be successful, we must meet the needs of both this generation and future generations of employees, customers, investors and business partners.
While financial objectives are key to sustaining our prosperity in any market, at al khaliji we believe that long-term sustainability is maintained by balancing our commitments to achieving our results, with the commitment towards the development of people and the preservation of natural resources.
Visit www.alkhaliji.com and www.alkhaliji.fr to discover the latest ‘next generation bank’ news and information.#]

publié le 4 November 2012

al khaliji delegation pays visit to NCCCR patients

[# A delegation from Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) Q.S.C., led by the Group Chief Executive Officer Robin McCall paid a visit to patients at the National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR), to provide comfort and support, as well as raise awareness to the importance of cancer treatments and research.#]

[#al khaliji delegation’s visit to the Center, a leading regional institution offering expertise and world-class service for those suffering from different stages of cancer, was met with smiles and warmth as the group took the time to listen to many of the patients stories.

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“I am touched by the strength and courage of the people that I met today,” said McCall. “Even though they, along with their families, are passing through very challenging times, I applaud their positive spirit and their personal strength. We wish them a quick recovery, and I would like to commend all of the Center’s staff for their outstanding dedication and unwavering commitment to improving the lives of others and thank them for making this visit possible.”

The hospital visit falls under the bank’s corporate social responsibility initiatives that support members in the community. For more information about the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility, please visit www.alkhaliji.com.

about us

al khaliji is Qatar’s pioneer ‘next generation bank’ offering a full range of conventional banking products and services to premium, business, corporate and international customers in Qatar, UAE and France.

Headquartered in Doha, al khaliji is one of Qatar’s leading banks and a member of the Qatar Exchange Index since 2007, with QR 27.8 billion in total assets and QR 12.7 billion in customer deposits as of 30th June 2012.

Al Khaliji France is our subsidiary in Paris, France with a network of branches in the UAE covering Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaima, and Abu Dhabi. This branch network offers customers and businesses local, regional and international banking services. 
At al khaliji we believe that success lies in the financial security and development of people to enable them to sustain a prosperous life. Our products and level of service reflect our belief that to be successful, we must meet the needs of both this generation and future generations of employees, customers, investors and business partners.
While financial objectives are key to sustaining our prosperity in any market, at al khaliji we believe that long-term sustainability is maintained by balancing our commitments to achieving our results, with the commitment towards the development of people and the preservation of natural resources. 
Visit www.alkhaliji.com and www.alkhaliji.fr to discover the latest ‘next generation bank’ news and information.

#]

publié le 29 May 2013

al khaliji extends financing to Lusail infrastructure development

Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) QSC has extended contract financing facilities to a venture between Midmac Contracting Co. W.L.L. (Midmac) and Yuksel Insaat A.S. (Yuksel) for their recently awarded Lusail Development for Primary Infrastructure project (CP4) for the amount of QR 1.66 Billion.

“We are proud to be involved in supporting a key infrastructure project that will surely change the transportation landscape of the country,” Robin McCall, al khaliji’s Group Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased to be part of such a landmark transaction, reflecting our strong commitment to the State of Qatar, and the confidence we have in Midmac and Yuksel Insaat as valued clients.”

Established in 1975, Midmac is one of Qatar’s largest contractors. The company has an extensive and consistent track record of delivering large and challenging projects in the construction and engineering industry spanning the best part of the last four decades. Together with Yuksel, a Turkish engineering giant with over 50 years of delivering billions of dollars of construction projects across Asia and Europe, the venture was handed the contract for the road work development in Lusail.

Raghib H. Kublawi, General Manager of Midmac commented:
“The project being financed is of strategic nature in the country’s future, supporting key objectives set forward in the Qatar National Vision 2030. Midmac is very pleased to be working with Lusail Real Estate Development Company on such key project. It comprises the construction of highway A1, A6 & Marina Interchange with a total of 5.2 Km. Our strategic partnership with al khaliji and the Bank’s invaluable support on an ongoing basis helps Qatari establishments like Midmac to participate in the country’s key infrastructure projects in line with the vision of H.H. the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani and Heir Apparent H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. ”

Sezai Arli, Country Manager - Qatar of Yuksel, said “We are pleased to partner with al khaliji on this prestigious project, and appreciate the support being extended by the bank to the local and international contractors operating in the country. The quick turnaround for our facility offer and execution was made possible by the exceptional support & commitment from the al khaliji team and offering a complete contract financing package that meets the project requirements”.

Financing to the project was made possible by the fact that contracting is a key focus area in the new mid-term strategy unfolded by al khaliji. As part of this strategy, a dedicated contracting team specifically caters to the needs of large local and international contractors operating in Qatar working across diverse business sectors that include, but not limited to, oil and gas, infrastructure, and upcoming mega projects like the Doha Metro and integrated rail project. al khaliji also works on a ‘preferred client’ model, offering customized services to specifically provide to the clients’ financing needs.

Awarded an ‘A-‘ credit rating by international rating firm Fitch in 2011 and reaffirmed in 2012, al khaliji has the capabilities and expertise to provide the right financing solutions. As a pioneering Qatari financial institution, al khaliji understands the requirements of its preferred clients and provides them with the financial assistance through a group of banking professionals who are able to support and service their clients’ needs through their personalized service, partnership approach, swift approvals, and simple procedures. al khaliji recognizes that every company is unique and its customized banking solutions help its clients to make the best of every opportunity for their businesses.

For more information about al khaliji, please visit www.alkhaliji.com.

publié le 4 January 2012

al khaliji Financing Barzan Gas Project

[#Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) Q.S.C participated in the successful financing of Barzan Gas Project, which was inaugurated recently by the Heir Apparent H. H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.#]

[#The Barzan project received the largest direct bank financing amongst energy projects. The USD10.4 billion project is a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil to produce and process gas from Qatar’s North Field. The project is expected to supply 1.4 billion cubic feet per day of gas, with the first gas flow planned for late 2014.

The gas produced by Barzan will serve the energy requirements of power stations and industries in Qatar and go a long way in meeting the country’s growing requirements for clean-burning natural gas. The ethane produced by the project will be supplied to the country’s petrochemicals industry.

al khaliji Group Chief Executive Officer, Robin McCall said, "We are proud and honored to have al khaliji’s name associated with Barzan Gas, which is another important milestone in the country’s energy infrastructure development."

With corporate and industrial clientele playing a key role in al khaliji’s growth, the Bank is looking to expand its role in financing the energy sector.

"al khaliji is more than keen to play an important role in the energy sector, and has recently extended financing to various other projects in the industrial city of Ras Laffan," continued Mr. McCall.

Headquartered in Doha, al khaliji is one of Qatar’s leading banks and a member of the Qatar Exchange Index, with approximately QR 23.85 billion in total assets and QR 11.58 billion in customer deposits as of 30 September 2011.
At al khaliji we believe that success lies in the financial security and development of people to enable them to sustain a prosperous life. Our products and level of service reflect our belief that to be successful, we must meet the needs of both this generation and future generations of employees, customers, investors and business partners.
While financial objectives are key to sustaining our prosperity in any market, at al khaliji we believe that long-term sustainability is maintained by balancing our commitments to achieving our results, with the commitment towards the development of people and the preservation of natural resources. 
al khaliji is Qatar’s pioneer ‘next generation bank’ offering a full range of conventional banking products and services to retail, business, corporate and institutional customers.

Al Khaliji France is our subsidiary in Paris, France with a network of branches in the UAE covering Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaima, and Abu Dhabi. This branch network offers customers and businesses local, regional and international banking services. 

Visit www.alkhaliji.com and www.alkhaliji.fr to discover the latest ‘next generation bank’ news and information.
#]

publié le 24 October 2011

al khaliji makes donations in support of Qatar Charity initiatives

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[#In its on-going commitment to partnering with local charities that benefit underprivileged members of the community, Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) Q.S.C, has donated office supplies and furniture this year to Qatar Charity.#]

[#This is the second consecutive year in which al khaliji has donated furniture to Qatar Charity. Qatar Charity will deliver the material to those who needed it most.

“al khaliji is pleased to provide these donations and other contributions to serve members of the community and we are honored to be partners with Qatar Charity which has played an active role in helping families in need, both in Qatar and abroad for years,” said Ms. Abeer Al Kalla, Head of Public Relations and Communications at al khaliji.

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al khaliji has been in partnership for three years with charities and humanitarian institutions, and organizations for moral and material support, to initiatives that fall under the bank’s corporate social responsibility program. In addition to placing donation boxes in the headquarters and branches for employees and customers interested to donate some money to these charities.

For more information about al khaliji’s corporate social responsible program activities, please visit www.alkhaliji.com.

about us

al khaliji is Qatar’s pioneer ‘next generation bank’ offering a full range of conventional banking products and services to retail, business, corporate and institutional customers.

Al Khaliji France is our subsidiary in Paris, France with a network of branches in the UAE covering Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaima, and Abu Dhabi. This branch network offers customers and businesses local, regional and international banking services. 

Headquartered in Doha, al khaliji is one of Qatar’s leading banks and a member of the Qatar Exchange Index, with QR 23.85 billion in total assets and QR 11.58 billion in customer deposits as of 30 September 2011.
At al khaliji we believe that success lies in the financial security and development of people to enable them to sustain a prosperous life. Our products and level of service reflect our belief that to be successful, we must meet the needs of both this generation and future generations of employees, customers, investors and business partners.
While financial objectives are key to sustaining our prosperity in any market, at al khaliji we believe that long-term sustainability is maintained by balancing our commitments to achieving our results, with the commitment towards the development of people and the preservation of natural resources. 
Visit www.alkhaliji.com and www.alkhaliji.fr to discover the latest ‘next generation bank’ news and information.
#]

publié le 3 May 2013

al khaliji participates in financing Gulf Drilling International’s latest generation offshore asset

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[#Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) QSC contributed to the financing of the new offshore jack-up rig “Al Jassra” for Gulf Drilling International (GDI), which GDI recently took delivery of in Singapore. GDI estimates that it will cost approximately QAR900 million to place this rig into service. The high profile event in Singapore saw the attendance of several senior Qatari officials, including HE Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman and Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum, Mr. Saad Sharida Al-Kaabi, Director of Oil and Gas Ventures at Qatar Petroleum and Chairman of GDI, and Mr. Ibrahim J. Al- Othman, Director and CEO of GDI.#]

[#The Pacific Class 400 Jack-up drilling rig represents the latest generation of high-specification jack-up drilling rigs to be added to GDI’s fleet and provides GDI with the capacity and ability to drill deep wells. The “Al Jassra” has been contracted to the Danish conglomerate, Maersk Oil Qatar, for drilling activities in the State of Qatar. It will be utilized to drill extended reach wells that are needed to exploit the long thin reservoirs of the Al Shaheen field, Qatar’s largest offshore oil field.

“We are proud to have participated in the financing of GDI’s new offshore assets,” said Robin McCall, al khaliji’s Group Chief Executive Officer. “Our contribution further fuels the on-going development of Qatar’s economy. al khaliji has become a major player in the Oil & Gas sector thanks to our solid history of growth, the confidence of international credit agencies, and tradition of delivering innovative financing solutions. We expect al khaliji to play an even larger role in this sector as the state of Qatar continues to drive its diversification plans.”

al khaliji Group Chief Business Officer Mohamed Abdulkhalek in his remarks said, “Our participation in the financing of GDI’s new offshore jack-up rig underlines our strong commitment to be a notable partner in the growth plans of Qatar today. We are pleased to have taken part in this successful deal with a premier Qatari enterprise such as GDI which is in keeping with al khaliji’s growth strategy and enhanced commitment to Qatar. We believe that GDI’s expansion plans will provide critical infrastructure for the further development of the oil and gas industry in Qatar.” 

Awarded an ‘A-‘ credit rating by international rating firm Fitch in 2011 and reaffirmed in 2012, al khaliji is well placed to access the international financial markets to provide long-term financing solutions to support large-scale Government hydrocarbon expansion and infrastructure development projects. This, coupled with al khaliji’s know-how and understanding of the requirements of its preferred clients through its select group of banking professionals, ensures that al khaliji is well-placed to harness the tremendous potential of the Qatari economy in the coming years.

Gulf Drilling International is the first oil and gas drilling contractor incorporated in Qatar, providing both onshore and offshore drilling rig services. The firm was initially formed as a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum (60%) and the Japan Drilling Company (40%). The shares held by QP, comprising 70% ownership in GDI, were transferred to Gulf International Services (Q.S.C.) effective 12 February 2008.

For more information about al khaliji, please visit www.alkhaliji.com.#]

publié le 20 May 2012

al khaliji Platinum Sponsor for country’s first Cityscape Qatar

[# Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) QSC, in its continuous commitment to the economic development of Qatar, will provide support to the Cityscape Qatar conference and exhibition as Platinum Sponsor. This is the first time that the renowned event will be held in the country.#]

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“We are excited about supporting Cityscape,” said Robin McCall, Group Chief Executive Officer at al khaliji. “The event has been hugely popular since it was launched in Dubai in 2002, and we are honored to have our name associated with the first Qatari edition of the conference. More so, the event is a reflection of the seemingly never-ending successes the country has been witnessing. For al khaliji, our support to Cityscape is a sign of our unwavering commitment to the National Vision 2030; without this blueprint that charters the country’s future, it is fair to say that we would not be experiencing the extraordinary economic growth and development we are seeing today.”

In light of the multi-billion dollar investments the country will see in the run up to the World Cup in 2022, Cityscape Qatar has already attracted over 1500 participants from all corners of the globe, with over 200 multi-national firms vying for exhibition space. The event is expected to attract investors, developers, architects, engineers, and, of course, financial institutions.

“In recent years, and in line with our medium-term strategy to support Qatar strategic initiatives aiming to diversify state revenues from non-hydrocarbon sectors and to build strong foundations required for hosting the World Cup 2022, al khaliji has extended significant financing for development of major real estate and infrastructure projects such as retail properties, commercial and residential compounds, hotels, roads, museums, and others,” continued McCall. “our team are specialized in contracting and real estate and can offer an entire array of services and products with a high level of professionalism and efficiency. Therefore, Cityscape Qatar is a perfect event for us to share our expertise and services with a very diverse and international audience, and we look forward to what we expect to be an extremely successful event.”

Cityscape Qatar is a two day event and will kick off on the 23rd of May at the Doha Exhibition Center in West Bay. For more information, please visit www.alkhaliji.com or the event’s website at www.cityscapeqatar.com.

about us

al khaliji is Qatar’s pioneer ‘next generation bank’ offering a full range of conventional banking products and services to premium, business, corporate and international customers in Qatar, UAE and France.

Headquartered in Doha, al khaliji is one of Qatar’s leading banks and a member of the Qatar Exchange Index, with QR 26.6 billion in total assets and QR 12.1 billion in customer deposits as of 31 March 2012.

Al Khaliji France is our subsidiary in Paris, France with a network of branches in the UAE covering Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaima, and Abu Dhabi. This branch network offers customers and businesses local, regional and international banking services. 
At al khaliji we believe that success lies in the financial security and development of people to enable them to sustain a prosperous life. Our products and level of service reflect our belief that to be successful, we must meet the needs of both this generation and future generations of employees, customers, investors and business partners.
While financial objectives are key to sustaining our prosperity in any market, at al khaliji we believe that long-term sustainability is maintained by balancing our commitments to achieving our results, with the commitment towards the development of people and the preservation of natural resources. 
Visit www.alkhaliji.com and www.alkhaliji.fr to discover the latest ‘next generation bank’ news and information.#]

publié le 30 August 2011

al khaliji supports RAF’s efforts in Africa

[# Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) QSC, in its on-going commitment to local and international initiatives of the Sheikh Thani Bin Abdullah Al-Thani’s Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF), pledged support for the organization’s campaign in Somalia and the Horn of Africa, areas suffering from hunger, drought, and civil strife.#]

[#“Our minds and hearts turn to the ones less fortunate than ourselves,” explained Ms. Abeer Al Kalla, Head of Public Relations and Communications at al khaliji. “In Somalia and the Horn of Africa, over 12 million people are on the verge of starvation, on a scale not seen in decades. We have a long-established relationship with the RAF, and we hope that through our joint efforts that we can make a difference to people of this impoverished region.”

In support for the foundation’s efforts, al khaliji will cover the cost of the RAF’s Somalia and Horn of Africa appeal adverts in the local media for 3 days.

“The Foundation is also receiving donations from the general public for the Somalia and Horn of Africa campaign, and we encourage people to donate.” continued Ms. Al Kalla.

In the bank’s commitment to social and environmental issues and under the company’s corporate social responsibility program, al khaliji’s support for the RAF and like-minded organizations and partners has been firm.
“As the community gave to us, we give back,” added Ms. Al Kalla. “Our resolve and commitment to programs and initiatives that aid communities locally, regionally, and globally is embedded in our corporate social responsibility program.”

For more information about al khaliji’s corporate social responsible program activities, please visit www.alkhaliji.com.

about us

al khaliji is Qatar’s pioneer ‘next generation bank’ offering a full range of conventional banking products and services to retail, business, corporate and institutional customers.

Al Khaliji France is our subsidiary in Paris, France with a network of branches in the UAE covering Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaima, and Abu Dhabi. This branch network offers customers and businesses local, regional and international banking services.

Headquartered in Doha, al khaliji is one of Qatar’s leading banks and a member of the Qatar Exchange Index, with QR 23.44 billion in total assets and QR 9.96 billion in customer deposits as of 30 June 2011.
At al khaliji we believe that success lies in the financial security and development of people to enable them to sustain a prosperous life. Our products and level of service reflect our belief that to be successful, we must meet the needs of both this generation and future generations of employees, customers, investors and business partners.
While financial objectives are key to sustaining our prosperity in any market, at al khaliji we believe that long-term sustainability is maintained by balancing our commitments to achieving our results, with the commitment towards the development of people and the preservation of natural resources.
Visit www.alkhaliji.com and www.alkhaliji.fr to discover the latest ‘next generation bank’ news and information.#]

publié le 18 June 2011

al khaliji-extended financing requirements for power and desalination plant commissioned

[# Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) QSC is proud to have played a role in the successful Ras Laffan C Project, Qatar’s largest co-generation plant, which was inaugurated recently by His Highness the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.#]

[#According to the agreement, Ras Girtas Power Company will Build, Own, Operate, the plant for 25 years, after which will be fully owned by Kahramaa, the Qatari government’s electricity and water authority on a BOOT (Build, Own, Operate, and Transfer) basis. The plant is developed by the Ras Girtas Power Company which is 45% owned by Kahramaa, 15% by Qatar Petroleum, 20% by JDF Suez, 10% by Japanese Mitsui, 5% by Shubu electricity power, and 5% by Japanese Shikuku for electricity power.

For this colossal QAR 14 billion development, al khaliji has issued the performance bond for the Ras Girtas Power Company to meet some of its shareholder obligations. Since 2008, QAR 563 million has been secured.

al khaliji Chairman and Managing Director H.E. Sheikh Hamad Bin Faisal Bin Thani Al Thani said, “We are proud and honoured to have al khaliji name associated with Ras Laffan C, which in itself is a milestone in the country’s infrastructural development.”

With corporate and industrial clientele playing a key role in al khaliji’s phenomenal growth, the Bank is looking to increase its financing of the power and water sector.

“al khaliji is more than keen to play an important role in the energy sector, and has recently extended its financing to various other projects in the industrial city of Ras Laffan,” continued H.E. Sheikh Hamad Bin Faisal Bin Thani Al Thani. “Our support of Ras Laffan C, a station that increases current power output in Qatar and supplies an additional water a day to the country, is testament to our commitment to Qatar’s 2030 Vision, led by His Highness the Emir of Qatar.”

about al khaliji

al khaliji is Qatar’s pioneer ‘next generation bank’ offering a full range of conventional banking products and services to retail, business, corporate and institutional customers in Qatar, the U.A.E and France.

Headquartered in Doha, al khaliji is one of Qatar leading banks and a member of the Qatar Exchange Index, with QR 22.01 billion in total assets and QR 9.64 billion in customer deposits as of 31 March 2011.
At al khaliji we believe that success lies in the financial security and development of people to enable them to sustain a prosperous life. Our products and level of service reflect our belief that to be successful, we must meet the needs of both this generation and future generations of employees, customers, investors and business partners.
al khaliji’s strategy does not simply focus on profitability and increasing market share: it also strives to contribute to the financial sector’s sustainability in the markets where the Bank operates.
Al Khaliji France is our subsidiary in Paris, France with a network of branches in the UAE covering Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaima, and Abu Dhabi. This branch network offers customers and businesses the opportunity to expand and grow across the region and throughout Europe.

Visit www.alkhaliji.com and www.alkhaliji.fr
to discover the latest ‘next generation banking’ news and information.#]

publié le 4 January 2012

Al Meera announces leasing of Dasman Hypermarket property

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[# Al Meera Consumer Goods Company QSC announced that the “Company, indirectly or directly through one of its subsidiaries, has entered into an agreement to sub-lease the Dasman Hypermarket Building located along the Airport Road.”#]

[#The agreement effectively increases Al Meera’s retail space, in line with the company’s on-going expansion strategy, and also makes Al Meera more accessible to customers in the vicinity.

“In our commitment to our customers, we have increased accessibility to our stores by leasing this building on the Airport Road, and giving more people the opportunity to enjoy our diverse product offerings,” said Al Meera Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mohammed Al Qahtani. “Al Meera will spare no expense in fulfilling the goal of becoming the ‘neighborhood’s favorite retailer’, and this is yet another step in that direction.”

For more information about Al Meera, please visit www.almeera.com.#]

publié le 11 March 2012

Al Meera Holding to launch home furniture retail chain

Exclusive agreement with Thai company also allows Al Meera to open regional branches

[# Al Meera Holding Company LLC (subsidiary of Al Meera CGC), has inked a franchise deal with the Thailand-based Index Living Mall Company Limited (ILM) that will see the Qatari firm open furniture stores across the country under the Thai brand. #]

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[#“Our expansion strategy does not only encompass increasing the retail area of our supermarkets, but also expanding our product offerings to our customers,” explained Al Meera’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mohammed Al Qahtani. “Our agreement with ILM, a global brand based out of Thailand providing premium home furnishings, is well within the realm of our expansion plan. We are extremely pleased and delighted that ILM has entrusted us with their brand, and we look forward in launching the brand in Qatar shortly.”

Under the franchise agreement, Al Meera Holding has been granted exclusive rights to establish and operate home furnishing stores in Qatar under the names of ‘Index Living Mall’, ‘in conformity with the standards and guidelines developed and owned by ILM.

In addition to the franchise agreement, an exclusivity agreement with ILM has also granted Al Meera Holding an exclusive right (for a period of 36 months from the date of such agreement) to develop and operate, in Egypt, Jordan and Oman, stores or businesses under ‘Index Living Mall’ trade names or trademarks.#]

publié le 2 March 2012

Al Meera inaugurates state-of-the-art Abu Nakhla branch

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[# Underscoring the importance that Al Meera is to the communities all over Qatar, His Excellency Abdulla Bin Khalid Al Qahtani Minister of Public Health and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of and Chairman of the Board of Al Meera, officially inaugurated Al Meera’s new branch in Abu Nakhla in a ribbon-cutting ceremony today.#]

[#“Our customers will be pleasantly surprised when they entire the brand new Abu Nakhla store” said Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani, Deputy CEO of Al Meera. “In our expansion plan, not only did we aim to increase retail space, but also improve the shopping experience of our customers. The new store design allows us to display more products efficiently, which in turn, enhances the customer shopping experience. We looking forward to the feedback from the community to which we are confident will be extremely positive.”

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The Abu Nakhla branch, built to international and stringent specifications, and based on the hypermarket model, and has been outfitted in Al Meera’s new interior design, allowing for a more convenient and memorable shopping experience.

A customer-based strategy drives Al Meera’s expansion plan. In addition to the stores already opened, another 200,000 square meters of retail space are to be added to Al Meera’s portfolio over the next few years. The goal is to have an Al Meera outlet easily accessible to everyone in Qatar.

For more information about Al Meera, please visit www.almeera.com.#]

publié le 22 June 2014

Al Meera kick starts Ramadan offers by selling 1000 products at cost

Press release

Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (QSC), Qatar’s largest retail chain, launched its most awaited annual Ramadan campaign that include selling 1000 consumer products at cost.

As Qatar gears up for the festive month, Al Meera has kick started the excitement by offering a wide selection of the most sought-after items at most of its outlets. In addition, Al Meera is also offering other promotions covering various categories of products and consumer goods.
To facilitate hassle-free shopping during the promotional season, Al Meera has made meticulous arrangement for all items according to category. Shelf talkers have been placed along the shelves to allow consumers finding their products much more conveniently, particularly with Ramadan items such as dates and Qatari special recipes.
The exceptional initiative from Al Meera comes in line with its social responsibility towards the community, citizens, and expats, during the Holy Month of Ramadan by meeting their food requirements at the lowest possible price.
Al Meera has always prided itself on providing its customers with the widest choices of brands and products at fair prices.
“As a completely customer centric organization, all our offers are designed around the customer with their needs in mind. The Ramadan initiative has been designed from the very outset to reflect the spirit of the holy month and we are glad it continues to exceed our customer’s expectations. It is also an extension of our constant effort to give our customers the best shopping experience and the maximum value for their money,” said Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani, Al Meera DCEO.
Al Meera is aligned with Qatar’s development in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030’s four pillars: economic, social, environmental and human development. Al Meera continues to expand and plan for new projects inside and outside Doha. The firm is currently executing its 2014 – 2015 plans. The target is to open 24 new malls in all of Qatar’s territory, and to meet customers’ needs wherever they may be.

publié le 1 May 2013

Al Meera meets with Omani Partner

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[# Al Meera Consumers Goods Company (Q.S.C.) has announced that Dr. Mohamed Nasser Al Qahtani, Deputy CEO has met with Shiekh Rashed Saif, the CEO of Omani National Investment Funds Company SAOC (NIFCO) as well as Mr. Mohamed Soliman.
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[#During the meeting the partners discussed the actual accomplishments since the partnership agreement between Al Meera and the Omani National Investment Funds Company has been signed off.

Shiekh Rashed Saif the CEO of Omani National Investment Funds Company SAOC (NIFCO) expressed his satisfaction and content regarding the five branches that are now operational in the Sultanate of Oman through the takeover of Safeer stores. Shiekh Rashed also promised that work will continue to facilitate expansions inside and outside the Sultanate of Oman to build and leverage on this successful fruitful partnership that reflects the deep and strong relationship between the State of Qatar and the Sultanate of Oman.

And from his side, Dr. Qahtani confirmed that Al Meera is fully committed and dedicated to this partnership. He also ensured the company’s keenness to implement the expansion plan in the Omani market in both direct and indirect means within the specified time frame.
Dr. Qahtani also thanked H.E the Omani Minister of Trade and the Ministry undersecretary for their continuous support on building and fostering this partnership.

Expansions and future projects will be announced in due course.
#]

publié le 8 May 2013

Al Meera opens its new store in Nuaija (Al Hilal)

press release

Underscoring the importance that Al Meera is to the communities all over Qatar, Dr. Mohammed Al Qahtani, Al Meera’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer officially announced the inauguration of Al Meera’s new Store in Nuaija as of May 2nd.

Al Meera - Naujia store is built to international and stringent specifications, and has been outfitted in Al Meera’s new interior design, allowing for a more convenient and memorable shopping experience.

“Our expansion plan benefits everyone in the country: shareholders and customers alike,” said Al Meera’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mohammed Al Qahtani. “Qatar has always been and will always be our primary market. Even though in the past year we have inked deals to expand our brand in international markets, it has not been done at the expense of our obligations and role in the country. We are first and foremost a proud Qatari corporation, and our success is tied to the success of this country. Our aggressive expansion in Qatar is testament to that commitment.”

The New Al Meera Store in Nuaija (2,000 Sqm) promises its shoppers a breadth of Fresh Food offerings, while adhering to the strict international standards to ensure product(s) freshness, and variety. That promise that Al Meera adopts as part of the stores expansion strategy of offering the freshest of all products at the most convenient and competitive prices in Qatar.
Further the company announced that the newly opened Al Meera Store in Nuaija follows the opening of two more convenience stores inaugurated during the first quarter of this year. Al Meera opened at Beverly Hills 3 compound in Al Waab, which despite being a convenience store, offers the prices and quality of the products that customers find in Al Meera Hypermarkets.
Similarly, Al Meera new convince store at Sealine is now located at the entrance of sealine resort at its new permanent location, after three years of having a seasonal winter camp store at Sealine, this new store will serve campers and visitors on the area all year round.

“Our expansion plans involve more than just increasing our retail space,” said Al Qahtani. “Our strategy also calls for expanding product offerings to our customers. A number of deals signed this year with international and regional firms will see more products on our shelves to the delight of our customers. Essentially, Al Meera is turning into a ‘one-stop’ shop that can secure everyone’s needs in one location.”

Besides opening new outlets, old Al Meera outlets are also being converted to the new and innovative concept: a modern design tailor-made for the Qatari market by international design firms.

“Al Meera efforts have really paid off – for everyone,” concluded Al Qahtani. “Our stores can now easily be accessed by virtually everyone in Qatar. It is the Qatari market that has been propelling our growth, and we are committed to our own vision, to become the country’s ‘favorite neighborhood retailer.”

publié le 28 April 2015

Al Meera records increase in sales and net profit in First Quarter 2015

Press release

Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C.) announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2015, ended 31st March 2015, with a record net profit of QR 43.1 million as compared to QR 39.2 million for the same period in 2014, marking an increase of 10%.

Similarly, sales in first quarter of 2015 grew by 11%, from QR 508.4 million to QR 564.1 million, compared to the same period in 2014.
And The Earnings per Share (EPS) amounted to QR 2.15 as of March 31, 2015 versus QR 1.96 of the same period in 2014.

In the first quarter of 2015, the company has already opened its new branches in Muaither and Azizia, and did the soft opening for the Muraikh and Gulf Mall. In order to achieve a wider spread that satisfies its customers, Al Meera is ready to inaugurate six other branches this year in Jeryan Nejaima, Thakhira, Al Wakra, Al Thumama, Al Wajba and Rawdat Ekdeem. The aforementioned stores will be opening their doors weeks apart, one after the other.

In addition, Al Meera is currently constructing 14 new shopping centres located in Sailiya North, Bu Sidra, Al Wakra2, Umm Salal, Leabaib 1, Leabaib 2, Rawdat Aba El-Herran, Azghawa, Al Khor, Um Qarn, Rawdat Al Hamama, Jeryan Junaihat, Al Sailiya, and Ain Khaled.

Commenting on this growth, Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani, Deputy CEO of Al Meera, said:
“Our increase in sales and net profit is a result of careful planning and an ambitious expansion plan that has been underway since 2014. In addition to supermarkets, Al Meera’s modern branches will include a variety of restaurants and much more. Adhering to our motto ‘Your Favourite Neighbourhood Retailer’, this growth is in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030 to develop areas within the state and provide them with integrated services.”
These new branches come as part of Al Meera’s expansion plan to serve all areas in Qatar, answering the communities’ needs and providing competitive prices in all its branches. All new malls are being built according to the highest international standards, with contemporary interior design and modern lighting.
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publié le 23 February 2013

Al Meera set to open first Géant Hypermarket on 24 February

[#Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C.) ,today announced the opening of the first Géant hypermarket at Hyatt plaza on Sunday, the 24th of February.#]

The opening of Géant hypermarket follows an agreement signed between Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C.) and French retailer Casino to develop a network of hypermarkets and supermarkets under the Géant banners in selected Middle East countries.

It may be recalled that Casino, Al Meera (through Al Meera Holding Company W.L.L.) and Retail Arabia had earlier signed a sub-franchise agreement allowing Al Meera Holding (its affiliate and/or group companies) to develop and operate hypermarkets and supermarkets under the Géant and banners in Qatar and Oman.

The Géant Hypermarket at Hyatt Plaza promises to offer highly competitive prices to the Qatari market along with a surprise that will be revealed on the day of the opening.

Géant Hypermarket with its array of products, customers can be assured of a shopping experience never felt before. With the breadth and visibility of its fresh food offerings, creation of an attractive, dramatic sales environment, pertinence of its non-food offerings (textiles, decor, lifestyle, electronics, etc.), transformation of the surrounding shopping centers into modern, welcoming, friendly spaces, and many more, Géant Hypermarket promises a fun-filled and comfort shopping.

The Géant Hypermarket will adhere to the strict international standards to ensure product(s) freshness, by selecting professional suppliers who are able to follow high standards and specifications and are able to supply fresh product in quantities with regularity.

Special emphasis has been given to widen the products range to provide more choice particularly to increase the interest and the attraction of the expat population (meat, cheese, dairy product, fish, bakery and vegetable) and also to provide more choices for local people.

The first Géant hypermarket in Qatar will reinforce the presence of the Géant and banners in GCC countries - where Géant is already a leading retailer with more than 10 stores in operation in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain.

publié le 29 July 2011

Al Meera to Acquire Giant Stores

Press release

[# In a move to further bolster its market presence in line with its expansion plan, Al Meera Holding LLC announced a preliminary agreement with the Saudi-owned Al Muhaidib Group, the current owners of the Giant Stores in Qatar, to acquire all the outlets in the country. The deal includes the acquisition of the Al Oumara Bakery Company, also owned by Al Muhaidib.#]

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[#“This acquisition puts us at the very top position in the Qatari retail market,” said Dr. Mohammed Al Qahtani, Deputy CEO of Al Meera. “Giant Stores is a well-known and resilient brand here in Qatar; even in the face of unprecedented competition, the chain managed to keep and expand its market share. We are proud of this deal, and moreover, delighted that the excellent and talented Giant Store staff will become part of the Al Meera family.”

Giant Stores has been operating in Qatar since 2003 and runs four stores, with the main branch at the Hyatt Plaza with an area of 13000 square meters. Other branches are located at the Airport Road (750 sqm), Al Mirqab (1500 sqm) and Umm Guwailina (1500 sqm). A fifth supermarket store will be open during the month of Ramadan.

The deal, which is worth close to 350 million Qatari riyals in additional revenue for Al Meera Holding, will see Al Meera operate hypermarkets for the first time:

“This acquisition marks our first step on the way to break into the hypermarket format operation in Qatar,” said Guy Sauvage, Al Meera’s Chief Executive Officer.

Through this acquisition Al Meera Holding will increase by 50% its sales area, jumping from 28,000 square meters of retail space to 45,500 square meters.

Both Al Meera and Al Muhaidib have agreed to the terms and conditions of the acquisition and a final announcement will be made after meeting legal and regulatory requirements.

This deal is part of Al Meera’s aggressive expansion strategy to remain dominate in the Qatari market for more competitive pricing and to ensure access to all residents of the country to Al Meera retail stores. The chain is expected to add another 200,000 square meters of retail space in the next few years, and with the purchase of Giant Stores, Al Meera moves closer to its goal. Furthermore, with focus put on customer service, visitors to the retail stores will enjoy a pleasant experience while shopping for their household goods.

“The Board of Directors believed that the Giant Stores acquisition was in-line with our strategy,” added Dr. Al Qahtani. “It is also compatible with our vision to become the ‘favourite neighbourhood retailer,’ meaning Al Meera will continue with its unparalleled customer service and product offerings.”#]
For more information, please visit www.almeera.com.

publié le 10 November 2013

Al Meera to build 7 new malls With Al-Aliaa and Al-Muftah companies

presse release

Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C.) has signed a blanket agreement with Al-Aliaa Trading and Contracting Company and Al-Muftah Trading and Contracting Company to build 7 new malls.
The agreement was signed by Mr. Guy Sauvage, Chief Executive Officer of Al Meera, Eng. Ayman Khaled Mahmoud, Managing Director of Al-Aliaa and Mr. Ibrahim A. Al-Muftah, Managing Director of Al-Muftah.

The signing ceremony at Al Meera head office was attended by Mr. Ahmed El Gioshy, Projects Director, and Mr. Christopher Mottram, Director - Assets & Property Management from Al Meera side, Eng. Mohammed Balaawi, Projects General Manager of Al-Aliaa Company and Mr. Kanada Mannangi, Manager of Contracting Division of Al-Muftah Company.
According to the agreement, Al-Muftah Company will build 3 new stores for Al-Meera at Rawdat Ekdeem (land area 10506 sqm), Al Azizia (Land area 3250 sqm), and Zakhira (land area 8375 sqm), while Al-Aliaa (ATC) will handle the construction of the other 4 malls of Al Meera at Al Wajba (land area 9082 sqm), Muaither (land area 4912 sqm), Al Wakra (land area 10673 sqm), and Al Thumama (land area 7403 sqm).
On the occasion, Mr. Guy Sauvage, CEO of Al Meera said: “we are pleased to sign this agreement with Al-Muftah and Al-Aliaa companies, the two leading companies in their field, to support our expansion plan. The progress of Al Meera will benefit all in Qatar, shareholders and consumers, especially that Qatar was and will remain the major market for our retail company”.
He also added: “The goal of our expansion is to make everyone very close to Al Meera stores everywhere in Qatar before the end of next year. Al Meera will continue in rehabilitating its old branches and maintaining them to fully transfer to the new innovative concept. This new modern and contemporary concept is designed by international companies and will meet the Qatari market requirements”.
From his part, Eng. Ayman Khaled Mahmoud, the Managing Director of Al-Aliaa, praised Al Meera strategy to be the favorite neighborhood retailer in Qatar.
“Building new retail stores is very important to serve all areas in Qatar. Al Meera, within its expansion plan, will add branches to the various areas of Qatar to reach all consumers. We are really proud of this agreement and cooperation with Al Meera and we are happy to help serving the biggest number of consumers, locals and residents, in the country”.
Ibrahim A. Al-Muftah, Managing Director of Al-Muftah, valued Al Meera new concept of malls and modern construction.
He said “the expansion of Al Meera in Qatar through modern and contemporary buildings reflects the ambition of the company in enhancing a new concept of shopping, suitable for all shoppers’ needs. We are ready to cooperate with Al Meera and support it with our expertise to build new branches with modern designs inspired by Qatari heritage”.
The signing ceremony was held in presence of representatives from the two consulting companies of the 7 malls’ project: Mr. Mohamed Abdel Aziz, Chief Executive Officer of CEG International, and Mr. Mohamed El-Gebaly, Managing Director of ACE Consulting Engineers.

publié le 29 April 2012

Al Meera’ Consumer Goods Company’s (Q.S.C) first quarter 2012 gross profits surge over 90%

press release

[# Al Meera’ Consumer Goods Company’s (Q.S.C), announced further double digit profits in their first half year results for 2012, in continuation of the extraordinary growth that the firm has been recording ever since their expansion strategy kicked into full gear late last year.#]

[#The company reported 80% growth in its net profit for the first three months of 2012 to QR 23.09 million, thanks to higher sales earnings. Sales jumped 59% to QR 351.45 million while the cost of sales rose 54% to QR 297.16 million, resulting in a 91% jump in gross profit to QR 54.29 million.

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Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani

Income from shop rentals was up QR 7.93 million, a 15% rise, and other income increased by 17% to QR 9.23 million, translating to a 66% increase in operating income to QR 71.46 million. General and administrative expenses increased by 48% to QR 40.31 million and the company sustained a finance cost of QR3.08 million.

Total equity stood at QR226.38 million on a capital base of QR100 million and earnings-per-share was QR2.31 at the end of March 31, 2012.

“Our increasingly aggressive expansion strategy has translated into excellent financial earnings for the company and its shareholders,” commented Dr. Mohammad Nasser Al Qahtani, Deputy CEO of Al Meera Consumer Goods Company. “Of course, this will only drive the company to carry on with its plans to which everybody – shareholders, customers, and all general stakeholders – will benefit from.”

For more information, please visit www.almeera.com.#]

publié le 23 November 2010

Al Shafar General Contracting announces Completion of Windsor Manor in Business Bay

[#Al Shafar General Contracting (ASGC) announced today the completion of Windsor Manor – a luxury residential tower enjoying a scenic lakeside setting in the heart of Dubai’s corporate hub Business Bay. Overlooking the Dubai Mall and iconic Burj Khalifa, the AED 620 million development by Deyaar has been conceived and designed to seduce the discerning few offering upscale leisure and lifestyle facilities.#]

[#Mr Bishoy Azmy, CEO, ASGC said, “Windsor Manor is a prestigious address that is endowed with exceptional style and comfort. It is all about exclusivity and has a wow factor that makes it a great place to live.”
Comprising a ground floor and 4 parking levels, the 24- storey tower makes its mark on the city’s skyline with outstanding facilities. Its distinctive design and elegant shape makes it an instantly recognizable entity. An integral part of the complex is a landscaped roof deck with superb seating arrangements, a swimming pool, spa, and healthclub. Adding to the building’s appeal is a plush lobby overlooking beautiful water features and an inviting outdoor dining area offering a selection of popular restaurants and cafes. Within close proximity of the tower is a string of retail outlets located on the promenade stretching full length of the lakeside. Mr Azmy said, “Everything we have done is to integrate the building with its fabulous surroundings that enjoys an easy access from Business Bay Bridge.”
Windsor Manor offers residents a choice of 338 luxurious apartments including 1, 2, 3 bedroom and duplex 1 and 2 bedroom units with beautiful lake and landscape views. Brilliantly blending aesthetics with cutting edge technology, it boasts high speed internet and wireless system, state-of-the-art elevators, spacious balconies on every floor, 531 parking lots, district cooling system, video security CCTV system, access control system and fire alarm system. At the same time the tower is designed to be energy efficient.
Work began on the tower in last quarter of 2007 and took nearly two and a half years to complete. The building is now open for viewings (by appointment only). There are already people clamouring to buy into the development with 50% of the project sold out. The handover of the apartments is expected to start within the next few weeks.
According to industry experts property prices are beginning to stabilize lately with only a slight drop in the last few months. Despite the slide, the house price index for Dubai shows a 7% increase in overall house price values year-on-year from Q2 2009 to Q2 2010. Mr Azmy said, “In the last 12 months we have seen the index moving only 1.8% from the average value of 115 index points indicating a measure of stability over the past year. This is mainly because a large number of projects scheduled for completion this year have been delayed. Winsor Manor is a self contained development that offers compelling opportunities for buyers. These days purchasers are not buying to trade but to hold for the long term. Certainly those who buy the property now will be sitting on a huge profit.”
Around 33,000 residential units are expected to be released onto the market by the end of 2010, down from its earlier estimate of 41,000 following project delays or rescheduling. Currently there are 340,000 residential properties in Dubai with an average occupancy rate of 87%.

About ASGC

Brilliantly led by President Emad Azmy, ASGC is a broadly spread organisation well supported by its sister companies. Al Shafar group has over 16 companies under its umbrella providing an array of specialized contracting services and construction materials. Driven by value and quality, the group has been a major player in the UAE building industry for the past two decades and has to its credit over 250 prime projects including landmarks such as Dubai Police General Headquarters, DAFZA Headquarter, UAE Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Dubai Internet City – Phase III, Dubai Studio City, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Golden Mile Residence – Palm Jumeirah and Business Central Towers. The company’s projects range from skyscrapers to residential towers, government buildings, educational facilities, factories and healthcare projects.
For more information about ASGC please visit www.alshafar.com

About Business Bay

Business Bay is designed to be the new centre of Dubai’s commercial district and will soon boast headquarters of some of the world’s most prestigious companies. Centrally located between Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road, Business Bay is a mixed use development consisting of ample office space, residences, hotels, retail outlets and community space. Covering a total area of 80 million sq. ft., it will include villas, schools, medical facilities and private hospitals, all backed up by state of the art telecommunications. Prime commercial units are available at what is set to be “the” Dubai business address for market leaders.#]

publié le 1 December 2010

Alstom Grid awarded a €13 million Energy Management order with MEW in Kuwait

Press release

[#Alstom Grid has been awarded a €13 million order by the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) in Kuwait for the modification of the Jahra District Control Center, to implement Alstom Grid’s advanced IDMS, “integrated Distribution Management Solution”. During the course of the project, Alstom Grid will also provide a comprehensive set of support services to MEW, relying on the long established partnership between the two companies.#]

[#In addition to expertise and support, this project will bring to the country a state-of-the-art Energy Management and Distribution System, with latest features of Alstom Grid’s e-terra solution suite. It will become a foundation for a full integration of Smart Grid applications to support Kuwait’s need for greater grid efficiency and reliability.

The project is based on Alstom Grid’s e-terraplatform and e-terradistribution grid management solutions. These suites of applications are developed to meet the operational needs of dispatchers and network operators, and are at the heart of the Energy Management System (EMS) for electrical networks. Alstom Grid has the largest EMS installed base managing more than 60% of the energy flow in the Near & Middle East region.

Mr. Ali AL-WAZZAN, Assistant Under Secretary (AUS) for Supervisory Control Centres and Information System & Supervision and acting AUS for Transmission & Electrical Networks said, "We are impressed by the pro-active way Alstom Grid went about convincing us with the merits of their recommendation and their smart grid-ready solution to increase the efficiency of our network. This is a major step forward in our strategic collaboration with Alstom."

Jean-Michel Cornille, Senior Vice President for Alstom Grid’s Automation Business commented, “We are delighted by MEW’s renewed confidence in Alstom Grid’s leadership in Smart Grid-ready management solutions that respond to fast changing industry challenges for greater grid efficiency, reliability, stability and integration of renewable energy sources into the grid. We look forward to our ever expanding cooperation.”

Project completion is due by September 2013.

About Alstom
Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world. It provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 96,500 people in more than 70 countries, and had sales of over € 23 billion* in 2009/10. (*Pro forma figures)

Alstom Grid, the newest sector of Alstom, has over 100 years of expertise in electrical grids. Whether for utilities or electro-intensive industries or facilitating the trading of energy, Alstom Grid brings power to their customers’ projects. Alstom Grid ranks among the top 3 in electrical transmission sector with a sales turnover of approximately € 3.5 billion in 2009. It has 20,000 employees and over 90 manufacturing and engineering sites worldwide. Its four main business areas are Products, Systems, Automation and Service. At the heart of the development of Smart Grid, Alstom Grid offers products, services and integrated energy management solutions across the full energy value chain—from power generation, through transmission and distribution grids and to the large end user.
#]

publié le 22 July 2010

Alstom wins contract worth €58 million for the completion and maintenance of Citadis trams for Tunisia’s capital city

[#TRANSTU, the Tunis transit authority, has awarded Alstom a contract valued at €58 million to supply
16 additional Citadis tramsets and maintenance services for its entire fleet of Citadis trams.#]

[#

The new tramsets are slated to meet growing passenger transportation needs arising from the
extensions of line 1 to “El Mourouj” and of line 2 to “La Manouba”. The 16 additional trams will be
identical to the 39 Citadis tramsets that Alstom delivered to TRANSTU between 2007 and 2009. In
operation since October 2007 on the network’s line 1, the trams carry over 460,000 passengers per
day. Tunis represents the first city in the Maghreb region to acquire the Citadis technology in 2005.
Algiers, Casablanca, Constantine, Oran and Rabat also selected the Citadis tramway range.
Additionally, Alstom will also provide maintenance service for the entire fleet of 55 Citadis tramsets over
a five-year period.
This new order follows the cooperation/partnership framework agreement concerning air, sea, land and
rail transport, which was signed in Tunis on 23 April 2009 between the Ministry of Transport of Tunisia,
Abderahim Zouari, and Dominique Bussereau, France’s secretary of state for transport.

Alstom Transport in Tunisia:

Alstom Transport has a 20-year presence in Tunisia and leads the transport sector with 36 % of the
market. In 2008, Alstom completed electrification work for the extension of the No. 1 tramway line to
“El Mourouj” and has also been awarded a contract for the electrification of the Tunis-Borj Cedria rail
line (Southern suburb of Tunis) by the SNCFT (Tunisian Railways). This contract, which Alstom is
directing as part of a consortium, marks the first phase of the rapid rail network (RFR) construction
project for the greater Tunis region. This contract will also contribute to an improvement in
environmental quality by favouring the use of electricity over diesel power. Additionally, Alstom, as
leader of a consortium comprising Thales and two Tunisian companies, EGMS and Bonna–Tunisia,
submitted in January 2010 a technical offer for the construction of two new lines of approximately 18
km long for the RFR project. This bid which is based on both Alstom expertise in the area of
infrastructure, concerns a depot-workshop, tracks, power supply, catenary line, signalling system and
telecommunications. The RFR will ultimately comprise five lines totalling 85 kilometres. It will have a
capacity of over 20,000 passengers per hour and per line between the suburbs of Tunis and the centre
of the capital.

About the Citadis Tramway:

To date, 1,382 Citadis trams have been ordered by 34 cities throughout the world, and more than 60 additional
cities are planning tramway projects for the coming years. Tramways have enjoyed unprecedented success since
they enable cities, such as Tunis, to develop sustainable mobility, rethink and modernize urban areas, enhance
their architectural heritage and expand their prestige.

About Alstom Transport

Alstom Transport develops and offers the most complete range of systems, equipment and services on the rail
market, with sustainable transport always in mind. Alstom Transport can manage an entire transport system,
from rolling stock to signalling and infrastructure, and offers turnkey solutions. In 2009-2010, Alstom Transport
recorded sales of €5.8 billion. Alstom Transport is present in over 60 countries and has 27,000 employe#]

publié le 6 September 2011

Alstom wins Iraq power plant deal

[#French engineering group Alstom has signed a 66 million euro ($93.7 million) contract with Iraq to build and install a power station in the northern province of Nineveh, Iraq’s electricity ministry said.

The plant should start production by the end of next year, ministry spokesman Musab al-Mudarres said in a statement.

The deal requires Iraq to pay 10 percent of the cost to Alstom in advance and 40 per cent a year after the start of construction. There were no details on when the rest of the cost would be paid.

Iraq’s power infrastructure has been badly damaged by decades of war and sanctions, and 8-1/2 years after the U.S.-led invasion, its national grid still only supplies a few hours of power a day. Intermittent electricity is one of the public’s top complaints.

Iraq’s available power capacity is around 9,000 megawatts, and installed capacity at 11,000 to 12,000 MW, according to Iraqi officials.

Demand during summer, when temperatures frequently exceed 50 Celsius, is estimated to reach 14,000 MW#]

publié le 19 May 2011

Alstom’s Citadis tramway to commence passenger service in Rabat,Morocco

[#On 18 May 2011, Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, inaugurated the new Citadis passenger service between Rabat and Salé, the first urban area in Morocco to operate a state-of-the-art tramway network. The event was held in the presence of Lemghari Essakl, Chairman and Managing Director of the AAVB (the agency tasked with developing the Bouregreg valley), Loubna Boutaleb, Managing Director of “Société de Tramway” (STRS, the Rabat-Salé transport operator), Paul Moneyron, Senior Vice-President, in charge of Africa and the Middle-East for Alstom, Thierry de Margerie, CEO of Alstom Morocco and Thi-Mai Tran, Managing Director of Alstom Transport Morocco.#]

[#In 2008, STRS ordered 44 Citadis tramsets from Alstom. The trams will run on a network of two lines that connect 31 stations and extend over a total of 20 km. The fleet is made up of 19 double tramsets and 6 single bidirectional tramsets, which are scheduled to come into service in summer 2011.

Morocco’s first tramway is notable for its accessibility, its high capacity and the levels of comfort it provides. The double tramsets’ integral low floor - which is level with the platform - and 12 side doors ensure easy access, especially for people with reduced mobility. Each double tramset is 64 m long and has 118 seated places. They can carry between 400 and 600 passengers during rush hour.

These tramways have been specially designed to meet the operational requirements as defined by STRS. They feature tried and tested equipment that is fitted as standard on all tramways and are the result of feedback about all the Citadis tramways currently in service. A number of the elements that make them up can also be customised, such as the design of the driver’s cabin, the livery and the interior fittings. The air conditioning and large tinted glass windows, plus the seating and wide aisles, passenger information displays in French and Arabic, and quiet engine operation have all been designed to ensure pleasant travel conditions. Like the Citadis tramways in service in Barcelona, Paris and Melbourne, Rabat’s trams have been designed so that STRS can provide its passengers with a high-quality transport service that is both safe and reliable.

This transport infrastructure project is part of the programme to develop the Bouregreg valley in response to a growing demand for public transport. It will function as a structural feature for the Rabat-Salé urban area and is symbolic for the country as a whole: commencement of the tramway service will herald the reintroduction of this means of transport, a means which existed in the first part of the 20th century as a tool for developing and modernising the country’s main urban areas.

To date, more than 1500 Citadis trams have been ordered by 36 cities worldwide. In North Africa, Citadis trams have been chosen in all the towns which already have a tramway network or one which is in the process of being built: Citadis tramways have been in service in Tunis since the end of 2007 and in Algiers since May 2011, and are now going to be running in Rabat. Additional Citadis tramsets are in the process of being built for future lines in Casablanca, Constantine and Oran. Furthermore, more than 60 towns and cities across the world have tramway projects in development, with 20 or so in North Africa. Alstom is the world’s second largest transport company and is contributing to the success of the tramway, a means of transport which is helping to develop sustainable mobility, allow urban areas to be redesigned and modernised, while at the same time enhancing their architectural heritage and boosting the influence of cities.

“The commissioning of the Citadis tramway in Rabat highlights Alstom’s commitment to its customers to implement the latest generation of rail equipment, accessible to all, and which also represents a means for the development of the country’s main urban areas,” stated Paul Moneyron, Senior Vice-President, in charge of Africa and the Middle-East for Alstom.

About Alstom

Alstom Maroc helps develop Moroccan infrastructures through three divisions (Transport, Power and Grid) in the context of a long-term partnership based on technology and sustainability. For many years now, the Transport division has been helping to make Morocco’s rail network a viable infrastructure for freight and passenger transport for the future and a key component of the country’s growth and development.

Since 1992, 27 electric locomotives have been delivered to the ONCF, Morocco’s national rail service, along with 20 Prima II locomotives since 2009. Alstom has also helped improve the Moroccan rail network by doubling the tracks on the Fez-Meknes line which has been in service since June 2007, and by modernising the signalling on 900 km of lines and at 67 stations, including the station in Casablanca. Alstom will also deliver 14 very high-speed double-decker Duplex trains that are to be brought into commercial service in late 2015. Alstom’s role in supplying Morocco with innovative and environmentally-friendly transport solutions is also exemplified through urban transport contracts: in addition to supplying Citadis tramsets to Rabat, Alstom has been selected to provide 74 Citadis tramsets for Casablanca. Alstom will also install railway signalling and electrical power-supply systems for the Casablanca tram line.

With a focus on sustainable transport, Alstom Transport develops and offers the most complete range of systems, equipment and services on the rail market. Alstom Transport can manage complete transport systems, ranging from rolling stock to signalling, maintenance and infrastructure, and offers turnkey solutions. In 2010-2011, Alstom Transport recorded sales of €5.6 billion. Alstom Transport has a presence in over 60 countries and employs 26,000 staff.#]

Press contacts:
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Alstom Transport
Eric Lenoir - Tel.: +33 (0) 1 57 06 18 74
eric.lenoir@transport.alstom.com
Melina Georgitsis - Tel.: + 33 (0)1 57 06 80 01
Melina.a.Georgitsis@transport.alstom.com

publié le 1 April 2010

Alstom: The Citadis tram for Rabat-Sale makes its initial run

[#On 30 March, dynamic tests of the Citadis tram destined for the transport network in Rabat-Sale, the first city in Morocco to install a modern tram system, started. The first of 22 double units manufactured for the Société du Tramway de Rabat-Salé (STRS) made its initial run on a test track located in the Hay Karima district of Sale. The launch of this phase of tests comes in the wake of STRS’s electrification of an initial section of the overhead contact line and Alstom’s delivery of the trainset on 18 March.#]
[#
The goal is to test the interface between the rolling stock, the catenary system and the track. Traction, braking and speed performance will also be verified. Testing will be conducted along the entire network as construction is completed and will involve each of the Citadis trainsets. The agreement signed in May 2008 calls for final delivery during the first quarter of 2011.

These Citadis trams have been specially designed for Rabat-Sale and feature both the proven equipment that is standard on all Citadis trams and a number of customized elements, including the design of the driver’s cabin, the livery and the interior fittings. Alstom’s Design&Styling studio drew its inspiration from Moroccan culture and Rabat’s artistic heritage. The art of Zellige terra cotta tilework, and specifically a pattern used on a fountain at Mohammed V Mausoleum in Rabat, is deployed in a harmonious blend of shapes and colours on the exterior livery. This motif reappears in fresco form on the ceiling of each vehicle and on the fabric used on the seats.

Morocco’s first tram is notable for its capacity. Each double unit offers 118 seats and 12 doors on each side and can accommodate some 500 passengers. The trams are expected to carry 180,000 users each day along a network of two lines that connects 31 stations and extends about 20 km in length. Accessibility and passenger comfort were given especially close attention. The trainsets are level with the platforms to ensure easy access, especially for people with reduced mobility. The seats, glass windows, air conditioning, wide aisles and passenger information displays in French and Arabic ensure pleasant travel conditions. Like every Citadis, the Rabat-Sale trams have been designed so that STRS can offer efficient, safe, reliable and punctual transport service.

To date, 1,382 Citadis trams have been ordered by 34 cities worldwide. Citadis units have travelled over 35 million km and carried more than 500 million passengers since 2000.

About Alstom Transport

Present in Morocco for over 40 years, Alstom is helping to make the country’s rail network a viable mode of transport for freight and passengers in the future and a key component of the country’s growth and development. Alstom has already supplied 27 electric locomotives to Moroccan National Railways (ONCF) since 1992, while 20 next-generation Primas are currently being delivered. Alstom has also helped improve the Moroccan rail network by doubling the tracks on the Fez-Meknes line, in service since June 2007, and by modernizing the signalling of 900 km of lines and 67 stations, including Casablanca station. Moreover, Casablanca opted to obtain 37 Citadis double units from Alstom in November 2009. Alstom is also the designated supplier to provide the TGVTM(1) trainsets for the projected very high-speed link between Tangiers and Kenitra, underscoring its role in supplying Morocco with innovative and environmentally-friendly transport solutions.

As a promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom Transport develops and markets the most complete range of systems, equipment and services in the railway sector. Alstom Transport is capable of managing complete transport systems comprising rolling stock, signalling equipment, infrastructure and maintenance services. It also offers turnkey solutions. Alstom Transport recorded revenue of 5.7 billion euros in financial year 2008-09, with an increase in orders of 9% over the previous year. Alstom Transport has 27,000 employees and a presence in more than 60 countries.#]
www.transport.alstom.com

publié le 27 November 2011

Arab Energy Ministers & the Wind, Solar & Bio community to meet in Jordan

[#Held under the patronage of HRH Prince Asem Bin Nayef; The Arab Renewable Energy Congress on 29-30 November 2011 in Amman, Jordan.

The Arab Renewable Energy Commission will be holding the Arab Renewable Energy Congress on 29-30 November 2011 in Amman, Jordan under the patronage of HRH Prince Asem Bin Nayef. Opened by the Jordanian Ministers of Energy, Environment & Public Works, Ministers from across the GCC and Levant regions have been invited to discuss the development of renewable projects and frameworks.

Joining the discussions are national utilities companies including Saudi Electric Company & the Managing Director of NEPCO as well as renewable energy authorities including NREA of Egypt’s Executive Chairman Eng. Abd Alrahman Salah Eldin.

With dedicated streams on Wind, Solar and Bioenergy, The Arab Renewable Energy Congress and Exhibition will connect government officials and local industries with project developers, technology companies and investors to discuss the region’s existing and future renewable energy projects.
#]

For more information please visit www.greenpowerconferences.com/AREC2011

publié le 20 January 2013

Arab world’s first sports car to be unveiled at the Qatar Motor Show 2013

press release

[#With the doors set to open for the third edition of the much-anticipated Qatar Motor Show on the 29th of January, the public will be treated to the unveiling of the Arab world’s first high performance luxury sports car, the LykanHypersport 2013.#]

[#
Debbas: “This car heralds in the formation of an exclusive automotive industry in the region.”

Only seven units will be produced of the ultra-luxury hypercar with the price set at 3,400,000 US dollars (12,410,000 Qatari riyals), positioning it as the most exclusive sports car the world has seen yet.

“When we initially set up the company in Beirut earlier this year, our launch event attracted thousands of people from the automotive industry, media, politicians, and VIPs,” said Lebanese-born Ralph Debbas, W Motors’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Not only did we herald in the formation of an exclusive automotive industry in the region, but I do believe that our first model, the LykanHypersport 2013, raises the bar for hypercars worldwide.”

For car aficionados, the Lykan’s specifications are nothing short of impressive: a flat 6, twin-turbo, mid-rear positioned 750 horsepower engine delivering 1000 NM of torque takes the vehicle from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 2.8 seconds to reach the break neck maximum speed of 390 kilometers per hour. To put that in perspective, that’s over 100 km/hr faster than the take off speed of the world’s largest commercial jet – the Airbus 380.

For those that enjoy the finer things in life, the lavishness of the LykanHypersport 2013 takes luxury to a whole new level. Diamond -encrusted LED lights and gold-stitched interior leather guarantee that the passengers travel in style. Other high-level specifications include a reverse door opening system, a state-of-the-art 3D Virtual Holographic Display with Tactile Interaction, and an innovative ID4Motion Interactive Dashboard. Owners will be at no loss of where to go with a 24-hour dedicated concierge service. And as a gift for buying the most exclusive car in the market, owners will be awarded with a Special Edition Cyrus Klepcys Watch, worth over 200,000 US dollars (almost 730,000 Qatari riyals). Like the LykanHypersport 2013, only seven watches will be produced.

“We worked six years with some of the biggest names in the automotive industry to create this revolutionary car,” said Debbas. “Exclusivity, high-performance specs, and luxury – thanks to our partners, we got everything right with the Lykan.”

The list of partners that worked on the development of the Lykan reads like a VIP‘who’s-who’ list in the industry: Magna Steyr Italia (engineering and manufacturing consultants), RUF Automobile (technical consultants and suppliers), Studiotorino (modeling consultants), Viotti (prototype and model manufacturing), ID4MOTION (technology integration developers).

“We only worked with the best in the field, and not by coincidence, a majority of these companies are based in Italy, a country with a proud tradition of producing some of the most iconic sports cars in history,” added Debbas. “And now, through this partnership, not only did we produce a one-of-a-kind car, but also, with great pride, the first exclusively Arab brand of hypercars, an icon about to mark the industry forever”

The first deliveries of LykanHypersport 2013 by W Motors (www.wmotors.ae) are scheduled for September of this year with the car making its first worldwide public debut at the 2013 Qatar Motor Show.
The show will be open to the public on the 29th of January, 2013, and run for five days until the 2nd of February at the Doha Exhibition Center. Run under the theme of ‘Stand Up from the Crowd’, the show will again be co-organized by the Qatar Tourism Authority, q.media Events, and GL events.

More details are available at the show’s website at www.qatarmotorshow.gov.qa, www.facebook.com/qatarmotorshow, and the event’s Twitter feed at @qatarmotorshow.

#]

publié le 24 May 2010

AREVA T§D wins order worth €90M to strengthen power supply in United Arab Emirates

[#AREVA’s Transmission and Distribution division (T&D) has won a major order
worth close to €90M to supply a 400/132 kV Gas-insulated Substation (GIS) for TRANSCO*, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority.#]

[#AREVA T&D will deliver a 400/132 kV GIS substation, which will strengthen
power supply for the fast-growing Northern Emirates region. It will be located in
Ajman, where population is expected to jump from 250,000 in 2010 to 2.2 million
in 2030, according to estimates from the UAE Ministry of Economy.
The substation solution also includes the delivery of four power transformers, four
shunt reactors, a digital control system and a telecommunications system along
with protection relays.
The project is scheduled to be completed by 2012.
Karim Vissandjee AREVA T&D’s Chief Executive Officer said: “This success is
another step forward in our ongoing regional development. Our local team is
proud to contribute to a project that increases the availability and reliability of the
power grid, expanding much-needed capacity in the UAE.”
AREVA T&D Executive Vice-President of Systems Michel Augonnet added: “Our
compliant and competitive solution demonstrates the value offered by our local
experts and high-quality products, which have been in place since 2006 as part
of AREVA T&D’s ambitious strategy to grow presence in the Middle East.”#]

publié le 20 February 2011

Around 100 French Companies in Two French Pavilions at Gulfood 2011

Press release

[#The international trade show Gulfood 2011 will be held from the 27th of February to the 2nd of March 2011, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center. Two French pavilions, specialized by sector, have been organized to welcome about 100 French companies. Hence, about 60 companies will attend the French pavilion dedicated to food, drink and ingredients and more than 40 will attend the French Pavilion dedicated to equipment and processing. The French know-how and savoir-vivre will so be exposed in all its variety to 55,000 expected visitors.#]

[# Organized by UBIFRANCE, the French Agency for international business development, the French Equipment and Process Pavilion will be located in the Zabeel Hall for the equipment exhibits and in Sheikh Saeed Arena for the process exhibits.

French Pavilion : Equipment (Zabeel Hall – ZB, ZC, ZE, ZF, ZG) and Process (Sheikh Saeed Arena – SA, SB).

This year, 42 French companies will show their latest equipment and technology. For instance, the French participants will display equipment that can be used in various sectors such as catering, food processing, bakery etc. In addition, French companies will also introduce their know-how in terms of packaging, food signalling, mechanical separation process among many other specialities.

According to Global Trade Atlas (GTA), in 2009, France is the 5th largest exporter of equipment for the food industry, and is therefore among the leading global providers. France’s strength is its presence on all major food industry markets, especially with French companies exporting machines and equipment for bakeries, milk and meat industries.

France is also a major and regular supplier of the food industry in the UAE.

French Pavilion : Food (Sheikh Maktoum Hall – E, F, G, H, J) and Ingredients (Sheikh Saeed Hall – S2).

About 60 French companies will be attending the French food and ingredients Pavilion, organized by PROMEETING, coordinator of many exhibitions, already present in several events in the Middle East.

The Pavilion will bring together a large selection of genuine high quality food products, ingredients and beverages from all regions of France.

In November 2010, the French "repas gastronomique" (gourmet meal) was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. According to the United Nation’s cultural organization, French meals play an important social role and are part of the French identity.#]

Press contact :
French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE

in the United Arab Emirates
APITower- Sheikh Zayed Road - Suite 1802

PO Box3314

Dubaï, United Arab Emirates
Tarek SOLIMANE

Head of the press office in the UAE
tarek.solimane@ubifrance.fr
Tel.: +971 (0)4 312 84 91 / Fax: +971 (0)4 332 95 33
Mobile: +971 50 708 24 69
www.ubifrance.fr

publié le 24 January 2013

Aspide 2000 by MBDA wins futher acclaim in Kuwait

press release

[#
Another Aspide 2000 success in Kuwait reaffirms the missile’s status as a major aircraft buster.

Fired from a Skyguard air defence system, the Aspide 2000 missiles brought down two Banshee remotely piloted targets at the Kuwait Air Defence Brigade’s ADEIRA range during a live firing air defence exercise carried out on 18th and 19th December 2012. Both targets were destroyed, in one case by a direct hit and in the other by a close-range explosion. Intercept took place at a range of around 6 km and at an altitude of around 1,500 metres. These successful intercepts add to the already solid evidence of the reliability of this MBDA missile.

During the exercise, Aspide 2000 achieved a launch record for Kuwait - all 19 launches since 2007 having been successful despite varying weather conditions, with launches taking place both at night and day, at both medium and long ranges and at both high and low altitude.

The success of this latest Kuwait exercise is further confirmation of Aspide’s effectiveness – 5,000 missiles have been produced to date - and of the robustness of the modernised system’s design. This is yet another boost to the export potential of a missile that international markets are increasingly considering as one of the best performing in the medium-range ground-to-air missile sector.#]

publié le 17 October 2015

At GITEX 2015, SYSTRAN will showcase its solutions to improve international collaboration in a secure environment

SYSTRAN Enterprise Server Version 8 is the new powerful machine
translation solution that helps leading global companies and public agencies quickly create and understand multilingual contents in a fully secure and cost-efficient way.

Employees are increasingly using Cloud services without even notifying the IT department. This behavior is not risk free and the use of translation services on the Web is among one of these risky practices. Confidential breaches, lack of compliance and cyber security vulnerabilities are the major threats.

Leading the way in language technology for over forty years, SYSTRAN helps global companies and governments take up the challenges of multilingual communication. Some examples are the UAE Ministry of Interior, BNP Paribas and Daimler. At GITEX, SYSTRAN will demonstrate its new machine translation solution: SYSTRAN Enterprise Server Version 8.

Benefiting from the most advanced machine translation technology available, SYSTRAN Enterprise Server 8 provides fully secure, real time translation services that seamlessly integrate into corporate intranet and collaborative environments (e.g. instant messaging, enterprise social network …) through a centralized, on-premise translation server. The translation engine can be trained to any specific domain and can also use corporate terminology consistently to deliver accurate translations.

Alongside the SYSTRAN Enterprise Server 8, SYSTRAN will also showcase linguistic services including speech recognition. Information workers or Chief Data Officers can now process, extract and analyze content (including speech) in over 45 languages to unleash the potential of multilingual Big Data. “We are very excited to exhibit at GITEX on the French Pavilion for the third year in a row,” says Gilles Montier, Sales Director at SYSTRAN. “Gitex provides a fantastic platform to showcase our intelligent
language technologies. We’re also looking for local skilled and experienced software integrators, eager to support organizations that need to take up the challenge of globalization without jeopardizing information security.”

Visit SYSTRAN on the French Pavilion / Stand n° D4-20

About SYSTRAN

For over four decades, SYSTRAN has been the market leader in language-translation products and solutions, covering all types of platforms, from desktop to internet and enterprise servers. To help organizations enhance multilingual communication and increase productivity, SYSTRAN delivers real-time language solutions for internal collaboration, search, eDiscovery, content management, online customer support and e-Commerce.

With the ability to facilitate communication in 130+ language combinations, SYSTRAN is the leading choice of global companies, Defense and Security organizations, and Language Service Providers. SYSTRAN is also the official translation solutions provider for the S-Translator, a default-embedded app
on the Samsung Galaxy S and Note series. Since its early beginnings, SYSTRAN has been pioneering advances in machine translation and Natural Language Processing. Its latest achievement, a new-generation Hybrid MT, combines the predictability and language consistency of rule-based machine translation with the fluency of statistical MT. SYSTRAN is headquartered in Seoul with offices in Daejeon, South Korea; Paris, France; and San Diego, USA.

For more information, visit www.systransoft.com

publié le 2 February 2016

ATR signs a major agreement with Iran Air for 40 ATR 72-600s

press release

World’s leading turboprop manufacturer ATR and Iran’s national flag carrier Iran Air today signed in Teheran a deal for the introduction of 40 newest generation ATR 72-600s. The agreement includes firm orders for 20 aircraft plus 20 options, and is valued at one billion euro.

The signature of the deal follows the commercial discussions held in the last days in Rome and Paris, on the occasion of the visit of the President of Iran, H.E. Mr. Hassan Rohani, and the Minister of Transportation of Iran, Mr. Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi.

During the negotiations, the Italian and French states played an important role to achieve the signing of this deal, through the participation of their export credit agencies, respectively Sace and Coface.

The deal marks the arrival of the newest generation ATRs in Iran, where the first aircraft have been operating since 1992. This freshly open market provides a strong potential for the development and expansion of domestic traffic and routes.

The ATR aircraft are the bestselling below-90-seats regional aircraft worldwide in recent years. They operate successfully in very different environments, including small airfields, unpaved runways and mountainous regions.

Patrick de Castelbajac, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, declared: “We are honored to take part in this new era in Iran by providing the national airline with aircraft that will strongly contribute to reinforce and boost regional transportation across the country. We are pleased to offer to the passengers of Iran Air the highest standards of comfort and reliability, as well as the outstanding operational flexibility of the ATR 72-600s”.

About the ATR 72-600:
Passenger capacity: 68-78 seats
Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127M
Maximum power at take-off: 2,750 horse power per engine
Maximum weight at take-off: 23,000 Kg
Maximum load: 7,500 Kg
Maximum range with full passenger load: 900 nautical miles (1,665 Km)
About Iran Air:

Iran Air was created in 1961 from the merge of former Iranian Airways and Pars Airways, and commenced its activities in April 1962. Among the reasons of its creation, there was the need to answer to the demand of domestic air travel. At present, Iran Air flies to 35 international and 25 domestic destinations.

ABOUT ATR:

Founded in 1981, ATR is the world leader on the market for regional aircraft with 90 seats or less. Since its creation, ATR has sold over 1500 aircraft. With over 28 million flights, ATR models equip the fleets of over 200 airlines in nearly 100 countries. ATR is an equal partnership between two major European aeronautics players, the Airbus Group and Finmeccanica. Its head office is in Toulouse. ATR is ISO 14001 certified. For additional information, log on to www.atr-aircraft.com. Follow us on YouTube: ATRbroadcast and on Twitter: @ATRaircraft.

publié le 16 November 2013

​Embraer participates in the 2013 Dubai Airshow

presse release

Embraer will participate in the 13th edition of the Dubai Airshow (www.dubaiairshow.aero), during November 17-21, at Dubai World Central (DWC), in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Company will promote its full line up of commercial and executive jets and showcase the large Legacy 650 and ultra-large Lineage 1000 executive jet in the static display.

Embraer Commercial Aviation will hold a press conference in the Conference Center, on Sunday, November 17 at 1.00 p.m. in Room 2. Visitors are welcome at Chalet A7.

Embraer Commercial Aviation’s footprint has grown steadily in the Middle East and North Africa since its first commercial aircraft, an E170, entered service with Saudi Arabian Airlines in 2005. The family of four E-Jets, seating from 70 to 124 passengers, are today in service with nine operators in six countries. A total of 63 E-Jets are currently flying in the region.

Embraer Executive Jets has received a strong endorsement from customers in the Middle East, which has become the largest market for the Lineage 1000 and the second largest market for the Legacy 650. These two jets are the most popular models with their long flight ranges enabling non-stop flights from Dubai to South Africa, Western Europe, Northeastern Russia, Japan, China, and Central Asia.

In addition, Embraer has designated three authorized service centers in the region to provide maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO): two for executive aviation (in Dubai and Abu Dhabi) and one for commercial jets – in Egypt.

Embraer has received firm orders for more than 1,350 E-Jets and delivered the 1,000th production aircraft last September. Today, 66 airlines from 48 countries have added E-Jets to their fleets. As the leader of the 70 to 130-seat jet segment, Embraer continues to invest in its E-Jets family. In June, the Company announced the launch of E-Jets E2, the second generation of the popular airplanes, with three aircraft ranging from 80 to 132 seats. To date, airlines and leasing companies have placed firm orders, options and letters of intent for 365 E2s.

publié le 5 March 2011

Barwa and Qatari Diar Research Institute & University of Khartoum sign MoU

Press release

[#The Barwa & Qatari Diar Research Institute (BQDRI) and University of Khartoum (Sudan) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the field of teaching and implementing the Qatar Sustainability Assessment System (QSAS) in the university curriculum and contribute in the field of research and development of environmental issues of common interest.#]

[#

  • Sudanese architects and engineers to learn QSAS
  • QSAS focus of Green Building Solutions Conference & Exhibition 2011

The MoU was signed by Dr. Gamal Mahmoud Hamid, Dean of Faculty of Architecture at University Of Khartoum and Dr. Yousef Al-Horr, BQDRI’s Founder and Chairman in the company of senior management from both organizations.

“Without doubt QSAS is the MENA’s most advanced and sustainable development solution. By creating a system that addresses sustainability goals specific to the region – and also meets the toughest international standards - QSAS is the perfect solution to the region’s need to establish a single, consistent standard for sustainable development in the construction industry,” said Dr. Al-Horr.

“Our partnership with University Of Khartoum, one of the leading educational institutions in North Africa, will advance the adoption, implementation and development of QSAS in the Arab speaking world.” Added Dr. Al-Horr.

“By introducing QSAS in our curriculum, University of Khartoum is educating Sudan’s architects and engineers of the future to adopt a sustainability ratings assessment system that reduces energy consumption and maintains the economic and environmental balance for the benefit of Sudan and the surrounding countries,” says Dr. Gamal.

Under the terms of the MoU, QSAS will be integrated into the teaching and academic research curriculum at University of Khartoum, supporting student education and research projects with scientific results being shared between both parties.

“Our vision is for the Middle East and North Africa region to lead the world in the field of sustainable development, design and construction. The BQDRI remains committed to sharing our knowledge and research across the region to ensure QSAS is adopted as the sustainable development standard of the future,” added Dr. Al-Horr.

Developed by the BQDRI in co-operation with experts and researchers from the T.C. Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, QSAS focuses on local needs and implements the best practices taking into consideration the region’s social, economic, environmental and cultural conditions that are different from other parts of the world.

Issues such as resource smoothing, power consumption, scarcity of water and cultural identity are at the core of QSAS and are interpreted in a way which meets the needs of the GCC climate and environment.

Based on proven green building guidelines, a rigorous sustainability rating system and challenging water and energy standards, QSAS integrates best practice from 40 global assessment systems to create the ‘best of the best’ green building benchmark at various types of commercial buildings, hotels & light industrial facilities for the entire region.

QSAS criteria are divided into eight categories - Urban Connectivity, Site, Energy, Water, Materials, Indoor Environment, Cultural & Economic Value, Management & Operations - each with a direct impact on environmental stress mitigation.

“Among the many unique QSAS advantages is that the system learns and benefits from other global sustainability rating systems, using the best assessments rated by performance, quantity survey, and flexibility of the assessment system to overcome the weak points in other international systems,” advised Dr. Al-Horr.#]

publié le 28 September 2010

Boeing forecasts a 7.1 percent growth rate in Middle East air travel

Press release

[# Boeing, the world’s leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined, forecasts a 7.1 percent traffic growth rate in Middle East air travel over the next 20 years.#]

[#Martin A. Bentrott, Vice President, Sales, Middle East, Central Asia and India, Boeing, said: “The Middle East continues to outperform the rest of the world in air travel growth and is poised to continue growing over the next 20 years. In fact, Middle East demographics, where over half the population is under the age of 25, favour continued growth since younger people will account for much of the future market.”

Confirming the Middle East’s growth potential, Boeing has announced its participation as platinum sponsor and exhibitor at the fourth edition of AVEX International Airshow – the Africa and Middle East aviation platform.

AVEX is scheduled to take place from November 7th – 10th at Sharm El Sheikh International Airport, Egypt. The event focuses on the Africa and Middle East region’s aviation sector and gathers key decision makers who are looking to expand in Africa’s untapped aviation market. (For more information on AVEX, visit www.avexairshow.com).

“The Middle East is an extremely important commercial aviation market that’s growing at a substantial pace. We are keen to support that growth by providing the right products at the right time,” Bentrott said. “AVEX is an important event for the region’s aviation industry and we are proud to be able to support this initiative as a sponsor and exhibitor.”

According to a recent IATA report Middle East carriers are expected to post a profit of $100 million this year, even as they gain market share by attracting increasing numbers of passengers from Europe to the Asia-Pacific region, through their hubs. Boeing sees a requirement for 2,340 new airplanes in the Middle East by 2029 and predicts that the market will continue to be dominated by twin-aisle, long-range airplanes, which will account for almost 43 percent of the demand.

About Boeing

Boeing is the world’s leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Boeing is organised into two main business units: Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Boeing Defence, Space & Security. Supporting these units is Boeing Capital Corporation, a global provider of financing solutions; the Shared Services Group, which provides a broad range of services to Boeing worldwide; and Boeing Engineering, Operations & Technology, which helps develop, acquire, apply and protect innovative technologies and processes. Boeing has customers in more than 90 countries around the world and is one of the largest US exporters in terms of sales. Headquartered in Chicago, Boeing employs more than 158,000 people across the United States and in 70 countries. This represents one of the most diverse, talented and innovative workforces anywhere.

About AVEX

Organised every two years, AVEX International Airshow 2010 is the Africa and Middle East region’s platform for international aviation. The four day event, organised by naseba, is held under the patronage of the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation at Sharm El Sheikh International Airport. Gathering key aviation decision makers, AVEX focuses on the Africa and Middle East region’s rapidly expanding aviation sector and aids business expansion, the formation of new client-partner relationships and cross border partnerships.#]

publié le 10 November 2015

Boeing plans to establish Middle East Headquarters at Dubai South

press release

Boeing today announced at the Dubai Airshow a Memorandum of Agreement with Dubai South, outlining the company’s intention to establish its Middle East headquarters in the city’s Aviation District.

The agreement was confirmed at a private signing ceremony attended by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation (the parent organization of Dubai South); Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation; Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing president and CEO; Raymond Conner, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Marc Allen, president, Boeing International; and Bernard Dunn, president, Boeing Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.

Speaking at the ceremony, High Highness Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, said: “I congratulate Boeing on its strategic decision to establish its regional headquarters at Dubai South – a city that embodies Dubai’s aerospace vision. I am confident that the new address will deliver a solid advantage to Boeing as it seeks to expand its footprint in Dubai and in the region.”

The agreement details a framework for Boeing’s operations to be housed at the recently rebranded Dubai South, previously known as Dubai World Central, which will include Boeing Middle East’s headquarters, a spare parts warehouse, a distribution facility and a maintenance training facility to service the region. The aim is to solidify plans in 2016 and commence operations by the end of 2017.

“Boeing is the world’s leading aerospace company, and to ensure our regional competitiveness, we have taken a strategic decision to establish our regional headquarters in what will become an unrivaled logistics and aviation hub,” said Muilenburg.

“This agreement demonstrates Boeing’s commitment to our customers in the region and support for the Dubai government’s vision for Dubai South.”

In July 2016, Boeing will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Building on the company’s inspiring legacy, Boeing wants to build an even better future, globally and in the Middle East.

Photo Caption: The agreement being signed by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation (the parent organization of Dubai South) and Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing president and CEO.

About Boeing
Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company designing and manufacturing commercial and military airplanes, rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems. As a major service provider to NASA, Boeing is the prime contractor for the International Space Station.

The company also provides numerous military and commercial airline support services. Boeing provides products and support services to customers in 150 countries and is one of the largest U.S. exporters in terms of sales. Headquartered in Chicago, Boeing employs more than 165,000 people across the United States and in more than 65 countries. Total company revenues for 2014 were more than $90 billion.

About Dubai South
Dubai South – the rebranded Dubai World Central – is an emerging 145 sq. km. city situated within the emirate of Dubai that will ultimately sustain a population of one million. Launched as a Government of Dubai project in 2006, the city is mandated to embody the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum by manifesting the urban and societal themes as outlined in the Dubai Plan 2021.

These themes relate to becoming a city of happy, creative and empowered people, an inclusive and cohesive society; the preferred place to live, work and invest, a smart and sustainable city, and a pivotal hub in the Dubai South’s economic platform supports every conceivable kind of business and industry. The city is also home to the now-operational Al Maktoum International Airport –the largest airport in the world when complete – and the World Expo 2020.

publié le 16 September 2008

Bolloré Africa Logistics :the newly created corporate name to drive all Bolloré Group’s transport and logistics businesses in Africa

Bolloré Africa Logistics is the new corporate name to drive all the Bolloré Group’s transportand logistics businesses in Africa. Each of the companies in the Bolloré Group network in Africa (SDV, Saga, Transami, Antrak, Socopao, Afritramp…) will continue to trade under its
existing name but will benefit from its affiliation with Bolloré Africa Logistics while retaining its own specificity.

The strength of Bolloré Africa Logistics derives from the diversity and
complementarity of its constituent companies and above all from their capacity to work
together in an interconnected network. From now on, Bolloré Africa Logistics will be their
common signature.
The African continent is currently undergoing profound changes as new global operators
establish a presence there, as economic growth accelerates and market participants face
new challenges. Bolloré Africa Logistics has anticipated and supported these developments
which have a direct impact on its businesses. After several years of strong growth, Bolloré
Africa Logistics is now taking an essential step towards consolidating its network and using it
to drive an ambitious business development agenda. The choice of a new corporate name
aims to give the network a strong and clear identity in the face of increasing competitive
pressures, to combine the skills and strengths of a number of companies from different
backgrounds and to offer customers a clear and readily identifiable range of services.
Bolloré has been working in most African countries for the past 50 years and currently
employs nearly 20,000 people in 200 branches and 41 countries. With 5 million sqm of office
space, warehouses, yard facilities and workshops all over Africa, the Group has an
unparalleled network and range of complementary businesses which span the continent from
Dakar to Mombasa and from Cape Town to Algiers, including container terminal
management, door-to door corridor operation and capital project logistics management. With
turnover expected to be €1.6 billion in 2008 (up from €1 billion in 2004) and €200 million of
planned capital expenditure, the Group makes a key contribution to Africa’s economic and
social development.
Vincent Bolloré commented: “Companies throughout the world are seizing new business
opportunities in Africa which is playing an increasingly important role in the process of
globalisation. Transport and logistics are, and always will be, at the heart of these
developments. Today, The Bolloré Group is uniquely placed to support their efforts”.
Dominique Lafont, CEO of Bolloré Africa Logistics added “The new corporate name Bolloré
Africa Logistics gives us an opportunity to drive our energies to strengthen our shared
culture, to position our network as a benchmark present all over Africa and mastering every
segment of logistics, to add value to our companies by highlighting their complementarity and
last but not least, to underline our market leadership in Africa”.

Profile of the Bolloré Group

Founded in 1822, the Bolloré Group is one of the 500 leading international groups. From its historic beginnings in thin papers,
the Group has set about diversifying into areas where it can be a market leader. This diversification of activities enables it to
spread its risks better.
It is now a player in plastic films for capacitators and packaging, electric batteries, thin papers, transport in Africa (freight
forwarding and stevedoring, railways) and international logistics, fuel distribution and dedicated terminals and systems.
Since the year 2000, the Group has been investing in communication and the media, in order to become a significant player in
the industry. Today, the Group has interests in Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), freesheets, logistics for the film and TV
industry, advertising, market research and telecommunications.
In addition to these lines of business, the Group manages extensive financial assets including plantations and financial holdings.
Listed on the stock exchange, the majority of the Groups’ equity is controlled by the Bolloré family. This shareholder stability
enables it to pursue an investment policy focussed on value creation in the long term.
The Group has 32,300 employees worldwide. In 2007, it recorded turnover of €6.399 billion and net profits of €348 million.


Press contacts:
DGM Conseil
Euro RSCG C&O
Michel Calzaroni
m.calza@dgm-conseil.fr
+33 1 40 70 11 89
Paul Michon
+33 1 58 47 95 18
paul.michon@eurorscg.fr
Agathe Coustaux
agathe.coustaux@eurorscg.fr
+33 1 58 47 95 35

publié le 21 April 2014

Business Bay, JLT and DIFC rank amongst top commercial locations so far in 2014, reveals propertyfinder.ae

press release

Business Bay continues to dominate the list of Dubai’s most searched district for buying and renting office space in Dubai in the first quarter of 2014, revealed propertyfinder.ae, the UAE’s leading property portal. The website, which recently released their Q1 2014 report covering the latest real estate trends in the UAE, also noted a 35 and 55 percent quarter-on-quarter rise in sale and rental values respectively, of commercial property in Dubai.

"Whilst the top two locations for buying office space in Dubai, namely Business Bay and Jumeirah Lake Towers have not changed, we have seen a 15 percent increase in views of properties in these locations, quarter-on-quarter. In addition, DIFC, which placed 9th in Q4 2013, has moved up in popularity, securing third spot and a huge 45 percent hike in property views, over the same period. This year’s results are particularly interesting because they reflect a huge uptick in the rate of growth of the commercial real estate sector, which has been trailing behind the residential market in terms of pricing and investor and tenant interest," commented Michael Lahyani, CEO and Founder of propertyfinder.ae.

With Dubai emerging as a go-to investment destination for the world’s wealthy and it being one of the world’s fastest growing premium property markets, international investors are driven to seek opportunities in the emirate. Whilst Indian, British and Pakistani nationals account for majority of the foreign investment into the Dubai property sector, interest from other overseas markets is also growing. For instance, Chinese investors are ramping up their investment in the Middle East in order to diversify their asset base. In January this year, the government issued a law establishing the Dubai Investment Development Agency to boost Dubai’s reputation as an international business hub and attract investors to set up projects in the emirate.

Adding that property values are expected to rise markedly in line with the improving investment climate and economic confidence in 2014, Lahyani said, "Office sale and rental prices are rising, providing strong capital returns and yields for investors. For instance, rents in Business Bay in Q1 2014 were 27 percent higher than those in Q1 2013 whilst leasing prices in Jumeirah Lake Towers rose by over 15 percent during the same period. With over 250,000 jobs estimated to be created within the next six years, more multinationals and start-ups are expected to establish offices and invest in expansion in Dubai. This is in turn likely to cause consumers to spend more and positively impact businesses."

For more information on this release or to access the complete quarterly report, please contact Anna Lucas at anna@propertyfinder.ae.

About propertyfinder Group of online portals

Established in 2007, propertyfinder.ae, propertyfinder.qa, propertyfinder.eg, propertyfinder.com.lb, propertyfinder.bh and sarouty.ma are the leading group of property portals across the Middle East dedicated to creating the largest real estate community of buyers, sellers, renters, brokers and developers. Available in both English and Arabic, our websites provide visitors with comprehensive search facilities covering residential and commercial properties, real estate news, home advice and buying and selling guides, while agents enjoy access to the region’s largest potential audience of property seekers.

Consumer experience is paramount in everything we do and this is reflected in the design, content and navigation of all our portals. Our current traffic statistics show us as a leader in the industry with 900,000 visits and 120,000 enquiries per month. Visits have grown by over 105% in the last 12 months and an impressive 298% in the last two years.

A winner of the ’Dubai SME 100’ for the second consecutive cycle, the 2013 SMEinfo ’Online Business of the Year’ and the Arabian Business Start-Up ’SME of the Year’ titles and the ’Arabia Fast Growth 500’ award in 2012 and with a presence in the UAE, Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon, Bahrain and Morocco, the propertyfinder group is one of the fastest growing companies in the region. The Group aims to be in a total of nine countries, with a focus on the GCC and other parts of the Middle East in the coming months.

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publié le 3 December 2009

Commercial launch of the new hybrid vehicle: the Automotive Terminal Trailer

[#Gaussin announces the official commercial launch of its
motorised ATT (Automotive Terminal Trailer) vehicle in the Middle East on 3 November. The
level of investment deployed over the more than two years, confirmed in numerous patents,
allows us a glimpse of significant development potential for the coming years.#]

A unique vehicle on the market

The ATT – Automotive Terminal Trailer – is a revolutionary vehicle that significantly reduces the
operating costs of port operators, while introducing a major innovation in terms of greenhouse gas
reductions.
To achieve this, the ATT is protected by no less than 13 registered patents, including, in particular:

    • HERO STOP & START, reducing fuel costs by 30 to 50% (conformity with Tier III B Standards when they come into effect in 2010);
    • The POWER PACK, which concentrates the energy the vehicle needs in a detachable container;
    • The QUICK MOVE concept that reduces maintenance costs by 60 to 70% and the extraction of the Power Pack in less than 20 minutes. In total, twenty two major functionalities never before seen on the market are offered to Port Operators. The vehicle, that conforms to EC Regulations, has given rise to the granting of certificates issued by independent bodies (TUV, Bureau Veritas, Apave).

An innovation perfectly suited to the new economic constraints of port operators.

The launch of the ATT is a boon to a market constantly striving for gains in productivity: after a fall
of 20% in the first half and an upturn in the summer, the annual global volume of container handling
(425 million) is expected to fall by a total of 10% in 2009. Forecasts predict rise of 1.5% in 2010 and
8% in 2011 (source: Cargo Système and Drewery Shipping Consultant).
With a unique availability rate of close to 100% and a maintenance cost reduced by 60 to 70%, the
ATT thus offers port operators an avant-garde tool to meet their productivity objectives.
Demonstrations will be organised with the major players in the sector in the Middle East from the
beginning of November and though into 2010.
./..
Find out more about the performance, the initial testimonials, and the technology on the Internet
sites www.attbygaussin.com and www.powerpackbygaussin.com as of 2 November.

Continued suspension of the GAUSSIN share price

GAUSSIN informs its shareholders that the suspension of the GAUSSIN share price will continue,
pending the conclusion of negotiations currently being conducted by the company. The share price
is expected to resume between now and the end of the year. An immediate press release will
announce this resumption.

About GAUSSIN

GAUSSIN MANUGISTIQUE® specialises in auditing handling procedures and the production of
wheeled systems for implementing and transporting heavy, cumbersome or fragile loads. With more
than 100 years’ experience, GAUSSIN, with more than 50,000 handling vehicles throughout the
world, enjoys an excellent reputation in the four markets currently undergoing considerable
expansion which are Energy, Transport, the Environment and Raw Materials. GAUSSIN
MANUGISTIQUE® has been listed in the Marché Libre at Euronext Paris since July 2006.

Contacts:
Christophe GAUSSIN
invest@gaussin.com
03.84.46.13.45
Nicolas MEUNIER
_ nmeunier@actifin.fr
01.56.88.11.11
Find out more about GAUSSIN at www.gaussin.com

publié le 30 September 2015

Composites are revolutionary to the 21ST Century industry as shown at JEC Forums 2015 In Boston

press release

The 4th session of JEC Forums gathered major Industry leaders around 2 days of high-level conferences discussing Efficiency in Design & Production for Aeronautics & Automotive. As JEC Group President & CEO Mrs Frédérique Mutel says:“Composites are revolutionary materials that move the 21st Century industry. The Boston JEC Forums presented the needs of this Century and how our materials are designed and manufactured to bring lightness and flexibility”.

The first day focused on Design, Optimization and Simulation. Speakers from TPI Composites, Stanford University, Chomarat, GSEa Design and CETIM discussed Design optimization: the end of the black metal approach while speakers from Dassault Systemes, CompoSIDE and GE-Global Research Center presented papers on "Simulation: combining speed and accuracy".

On the second day, speakers from Altair Engineering, MIT, LUNA lnnovation, e-Xstream and Purdue University raised the question and answers of "How can production ramp-up goals be met in the aeronautics industry?" Finally, experts from CETIM, TU Munich, SGL Group, IACMI, Lamborghini, Dieffenbacher North America and Coriolis Composites addressed the issues of "Cost-competitive solutions for mass production in the automotive industry".

Growing success of JEC Simulation Composites Circle

JEC Forums 2015 was also the stage of the 2nd Simulation Composites Circle where top composites leaders in the Simulation sector gathered to exchange and share on this topics. This exclusive networking circle is designed to cover the entire spectrum of the composites supply chain, including OEM’s, Tier 1 Engineers and Manufacturers, Designers, Equipment Suppliers and Raw Materials Producers. This international networking club attempts to bring together the key strategic decision makers, top managers and executives around the state-of-the-art of virtual design, simulation and analyses of composites materials and structures. This year participants included Lamborghini, Dixie Chemical, Altair, Oracle Team USA, Siemens PLM Software, E-xstream, IACMI, Dassault Systèmes, Chomarat NA, Ashland, Autodesk, BASF... with keynote speeches from JAG Composites and GE-Global Research Center.

JEC FORUMS 2016 dates and location have been revealed. Save the dates: JEC FORUMS 2016 in Knoxville, TN in September 2016 in partnership with TVA, ORNL, the State of Tennessee and Knoxville Chamber of Commerce.

About JEC Group

With a network of 250,000 professionals, JEC is the largest composite industry organization in the world.JEC represents, promotes and helps develop composite markets by providing global or local networking and information services. Through Knowledge and Networking, JEC’s experts offer a comprehensive service package: the JEC publications – including strategic studies, technical books and the JEC
Composites Magazine – the weekly international e-letter World Market News and the French e-letter JEC Info Composites. JEC also organizes the JEC World Show in Paris – world and European leader, strongly supported by the industry and five times bigger than any other composites exhibition – JEC Asia in Singapore and JEC Americas in Atlanta, Boston and Houston; the Web Hub www.jeccomposites.com;
the JEC Composites Conferences, Forums and Workshops in Paris, Singapore, Atlanta and Boston; and the JEC Innovation Awards program (Europe, Asia, America, India and China). The composite industry employs 550,000 professionals worldwide and generated $70 billion worth of business in 2014.

publié le 25 October 2013

Dassault Aviation: Dassault Aviation Unveils Falcon 5X, New Advanced-Technology, Long-Range Business Jet

presse release

Dassault Aviation today unveiled its biggest and most advanced Falcon jet. The Falcon 5X is a new-generation business jet with new a flight control system, new aerodynamics and other advanced technologies, many pioneered in Dassault’s military programs.

"The Falcon 5X is the new benchmark for the creative use of advanced technology in business aviation," said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. "Using design and manufacturing software and systems pioneered by Dassault, we have been able to build a larger, more comfortable and more capable aircraft that is also more environmentally friendly and much more economical to operate compared to other airplanes in its class."

"The Falcon 5X represents our biggest investment since the beginning of the Falcon programs," said Trappier. "It demonstrates our commitment to maintaining the technology leadership that we have displayed in this market since our first business jet flew fifty years ago."

Unveiled in Las Vegas at the National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention, the company hailed the Falcon 5X as an industry breakthrough, offering the largest cabin cross section of any purpose-built business jet and fuel efficiency as much as 50 percent better than competing aircraft.

The Falcon 5X represents an important addition to the Falcon product line, expanding its offering in the large-cabin segment. The new jet has a cabin height of six feet, six inches (1.98 m), an important consideration for passenger comfort on flights of 10 or 11 hours’ duration. The 16-passenger aircraft has a range of 5,200 nautical miles (9,630 km), connecting Los Angeles with London, Sao Paulo with Chicago, Johannesburg with Geneva or Paris with Beijing. Functionality and modern style blend in the cabin. The company conducted extensive research into new cabin technology and styling techniques that will greatly enhance passengers’ sense of spaciousness and comfort.

The new aircraft’s digital flight control system represents a major advance in making aircraft control more precise, easier and safer. The system integrates all moving control surfaces for the first time, including an additional control surface called a ’flaperon’, that allows steep approaches at slow and safe speeds. It also integrates nose wheel steering for safer runway handling in strong crosswind conditions and on wet or slick runways. Dassault Aviation is a leader in digital flight control technology having pioneered it on fighters four decades ago and having introduced the first business jet with digital flight controls, the Falcon 7X, in 2007.

Honeywell will provide the 5X with a new generation of the Falcon series’ EASy all-digital cockpit, as well as its most advanced radar, capable of detecting turbulence at greater distances than current models.

The cockpit will feature the industry’s most advanced "head-up display" technology, provided by Elbit Systems. The new HUD will combine "enhanced vision" and "synthetic vision" for unsurpassed situational awareness, even in total darkness, fog or dense haze. Enhanced vision uses infrared sensors to display terrain in darkness and reduced visibility. Synthetic vision uses a global terrain database for the same purpose. In the 5X, they will be combined for the first time on the head-up display providing a high fidelity view of the outside world even when actual visibility is zero.

The aircraft will be powered by new-generation Silvercrest engines from Safran Snecma, the French-based engine maker and 50-percent partner with General Electric in CFM, which builds the world’s best selling jet engine, the CFM56.

"The Silvercrest engine is 15 percent more fuel efficient than other engines in its power class; Emissions are dramatically lower than current standards, and the engine is remarkably quiet," said Trappier. "Dassault Aviation and Snecma worked closely to marry the aircraft and the engine for optimum efficiency and performance. The companies have a long history of close collaboration", Trappier noted. Snecma provides the M88 engines for the supersonic Rafale fighter.

Both aircraft and engines will have the industry’s most advanced real-time self-diagnosis onboard maintenance system. These computerized monitoring systems report service issues immediately to ground-based service hubs, so maintenance teams can begin to respond while the aircraft is still in the air. Snecma’s ForeVision(TM) health monitoring system, which equips the Silvercrest, can forecast when maintenance will be required several flights or even hundreds of flight hours in advance, making scheduling easier and ensuring availability of the aircraft when it is needed.

Falcon 5X airframe structures are already in production at several Dassault sites in France and at suppliers’ plants. New, more automated manufacturing technologies and streamlined production processes will reduce parts count and aircraft weight, and speed the assembly process.

To be priced at about $45 million in 2013 dollars, the Falcon 5X is expected to make its first flight in the first quarter of 2015 and to achieve certification before the end of 2016.

About Dassault Aviation

Dassault Aviation is a leading aerospace company with a presence in over 80 countries across five continents. It produces the Rafale fighter jet as well as the complete line of Falcon. The company employs a workforce of over 11,000 and has assembly and production plants in both France and the United States and service facilities around the globe. Since the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, over 2,250 Falcon jets have been delivered. The family of Falcon jets currently in production includes the tri-jets-the Falcon 900LX and the 7X-as well as the twin-engine 2000LXS and Falcon 2000S.

publié le 6 March 2011

Dassault Falcon 900LX is First to Fly Approaches Using Europe’s New EGNOS Satellite Navigation System

Press release

[#Dassault recently flew the first approaches using Europe’s new EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) satellite navigation system. EGNOS is expected to vastly improve airport access for aviation throughout Europe. The approaches were flown into Pau Pyrenees airport in France (ICAO: LFBP) on a Falcon 900LX equipped with EASy II, the next generation of Dassault’s award-winning flight deck system.#]

[#The EGNOS satellite navigation system consists of a set of geostationary satellites and a network of ground reference stations. It improves the accuracy and integrity of the U.S. GPS satellite system to within one meter horizontally and two meters vertically, allowing LPV (Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance) approaches down to 250-foot minima. The EGNOS system will offer pilots more direct enroute flight paths, greater runway capability and reduced separation standards without increased risk. It is one of four major Space Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) either already deployed or planned for the near future, including WAAS, in use in the U.S., MSAS in Japan, and GAGAN in Indian.

Dassault’s team flew seven approaches during the mission, confirming the accuracy and precision of the new signal, which on the runway was close to one foot. "LPV approaches open up accessibility to airports with challenging weather and terrain, while improving the accuracy of the approach," said Jean-Louis Dumas, the Dassault test pilot who flew the mission. "The mountainous terrain in southwest France where we flew repeated approaches is a perfect example of how the new features in EASy II, like synthetic vision, when combined with improved navigation tools like EGNOS, drastically enhance a pilot’s situational awareness and safety margins."

"The availability of the EGNOS system is an important step for the European aviation community that will improve accessibility and safety, much like the WAAS system has done for the United States," said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon. "The development of new features in EASy II, including the ability to use the EGNOS system, puts a new and more effective suite of tools at the disposal of Falcon pilots, improving their ability to fly farther, safer and more efficiently."

LPV approach capability will be available to pilots of Falcon 900LX aircraft with the introduction of EASy II in the summer of 2011. To date, there are more than 2,300 such approaches in the United States.

EASy II Enhancements

The next generation of improvements to Dassault’s EASy flight deck (known as EASy II), will offer a number of new options and enhancements, including: a Synthetic Vision System (SVS); improved display symbology; an update to the Flight Management System (7.1); improved Take Off and Go Around capability; a Runway Awareness and Advisory System (RAAS); and an enhanced navigation package that includes WAAS- LPV and RNP SAAAR.

Other new options available in EASy II include Automatic Decent Mode (ADM); XM Graphical Weather integrated into the INAV map and ADS-B Out (Automatic Dependant Surveillance -Broadcast).

Two new communication features, FANS 1A and PM-CDPLC (Controller Pilot Data Link Communication) compliant with Europe’s new datalink mandates, will be also available for Falcon 7X, 2000EX/LX and 900EX/LX aircraft.

Certification of EASy II is expected in June of this year and will be available on the Falcon 900LX immediately and for other 900 EASy aircraft as a retrofit. EASy II will be made available for the 7X in the third quarter of 2012, and for Falcon 2000 EASy variants in the fourth quarter of 2012.

About Dassault Falcon

Dassault Falcon is responsible for selling and supporting Falcon business jets throughout the world. It is part of Dassault Aviation, a leading aerospace company with a presence in over 70 countries across five continents. Dassault Aviation produces the Rafale fighter jet as well as the complete line of Falcon business jets. The company has assembly and production plants in both France and the United States and service facilities on multiple continents. It employs a total workforce of over 12,000. Since the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, 2,000 Falcon jets have been delivered to 67 countries worldwide. The family of Falcon jets currently in production includes the tri-jets-the Falcon 900DX, 900LX, and the 7X-as well as the twin-engine 2000LX.#]

publié le 8 December 2010

Dassault Falcon Appoints New Middle East Customer Service Manager, Based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Press release

[# Dassoult Falcon, has recently appointed a new Customer Service Manager to support its customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan and Syria. Bernard Delouye will be based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where a significant part of the Falcon fleet is based.#]

[#Mr. Delouye comes with a strong aviation background acquired in the French military and refined while working as a consultant to foreign defense industries. He also has a good knowledge of the region where he has been living for 12 years. He will take over his new role from Mr. Arnaud Deleval, who retired earlier this year after serving Middle East Falcon customers for 10 years.

The appointment comes in the wake of the opening of a Dassault Falcon regional sales office in Dubai as well as the appointment of two new Authorized Service Centers in Jeddah and Dubai. Dassault Falcon currently has around 60 business jets based in the region and expects this number to grow by 30% over the next three years, with a strong order book driven by sales of the Falcon 7X.

Commenting on the appointment, Guillaume Landrivon, Director, Customer Relations and Field Service at Dassault, said: "Bernard Delouye has the perfect combination of skills and experience for this role thanks to his technical background. His substantial knowledge of the Middle East ensures that he will strengthen our customer service management team’s ability to deliver first class field support."

Bernard Delouye brings to Dassault more than 24 years of experience in aeronautical maintenance, working on both helicopters and Dassault fighters jets. He is 44 years of age and married with one child.

About Dassault Falcon

Dassault Falcon is responsible for selling and supporting Falcon business jets throughout the world. It is part of Dassault Aviation, a leading aerospace company with a presence in over 70 countries across five continents. Dassault Aviation produces the Rafale fighter jet as well as the complete line of Falcon business jets. The company has assembly and production plants in both France and the United States and service facilities on multiple continents. It employs a total workforce of over 12,000. Since the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, 2,000 Falcon jets have been delivered to 67 countries worldwide. The family of Falcon jets currently in production includes the tri-jets-the Falcon 900DX, 900LX, and the 7X-as well as the twin-engine 2000LX#].

publié le 5 February 2011

Dassault Falcon Focuses on the Growing Market in India as the Company Strengthens its Position in Emerging Markets Worldwide

Press release

[# Dassault Falcon is presenting its Falcon fleet of large cabin, long range business jets at Aero India 2011, starting on February 9th in Bangalore. The Falcon range of aircraft will be on display alongside the Dassault Rafale fighter, which will perform in the air display. Dassault Falcon’s share of the Indian market is strong and growing as the benefits of business aviation are recognized by an increasing number of Indian companies and private owners. Private investment in India’s aviation infrastructure and support by the Indian authorities are making this dynamic market even more attractive.#]

Dassault Falcon currently has over 60% share of the Indian market for large cabin/long range aircraft and is rapidly consolidating its position with an increase in local customer support and parts services. An Authorized Service Center is also under consideration, in addition to the existing Dassault liaison office in New Delhi which serves both the Indian military and Falcon operators.

More than 20 Falcon aircraft are currently operating from airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Another 15 aircraft are on order for delivery to Indian customers within the next two years. Almost half of the new aircraft orders are for the Dassault flagship Falcon 7X, the first business jet certified with a fully-digital flight control system.

In 2010, Dassault Falcon reinforced its position in key markets such as India and South America - where the company has the largest market share in its segments - and Asia, specifically China, where aircraft sales are growing quickly. In India, Dassault built its reputation for advanced technology and efficient aircraft from its first military sales. Today, the Indian military operates 50 Mirage fighters. In the business aviation sector, Dassault Falcon’s success has been driven by new models with exceptional performance, comfort and fuel economy such as the Falcon 2000LX and the Falcon 7X.

"We have been encouraged about the potential for long term growth in business aviation in India," said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon. "Business jets are now seen in the region as a powerful tool to enable quick and convenient access to customers within the country, and worldwide. The dramatic growth of the economy and the experience of travelling on commercial airlines have all contributed to the expansion of the market over the last few years. The worldwide crisis did not impact our regional sales as severely, and the second half of 2010 was much active for us."

The performance of the Falcon fleet is especially valued in India, where short airfields, elevated runways and high temperatures are common. The Falcon aircraft are also more economical to operate and more environmentally responsible than any other large cabin aircraft. Their efficient design and technological optimization means less weight, 20-60% less fuel consumption and lower emissions than other airplanes in their class.

Dassault Falcon aircraft are very well suited to the Indian customer, offering long range - the Falcon 7X can connect Mumbai to Cape Town, Bangalore to the challenging London City Airport in the heart of the City and is the only jet in its category to meet the demanding performance requirements of the airport with its steep approach and noise restrictions.

"With their exceptional performance and fuel efficiency, I have no doubt that the Falcon fleet is positioned for long term success in the region and that we will maintain a high level of market share, " concluded John Rosanvallon.

To support its growing fleet in India and the increased number of transient airplanes, Falcon Customer Service has based a Customer Service Manager and opened a spares distribution center with DHL in Mumbai. Dassault Falcon has already authorized service centers nearby in Dubai, Jeddah and Singapore.

About Dassault Falcon

Dassault Falcon is responsible for selling and supporting Falcon business jets throughout the world. It is part of Dassault Aviation, a leading aerospace company with a presence in over 70 countries across five continents. Dassault Aviation produces the Rafale fighter jet as well as the complete line of Falcon business jets. The company has assembly and production plants in both France and the United States and service facilities on multiple continents. It employs a total workforce of over 12,000. Since the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, 2,000 Falcon jets have been delivered to 67 countries worldwide. The family of Falcon jets currently in production includes the tri-jets-the Falcon 900EX, 900LX, and the 7X-as well as the twin-engine 2000LX.

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publié le 12 February 2011

Dassault’s Enhanced Vision System (EVS) Receives FAA Certification for the Falcon 7X

Press release

[#Dassault Falcon has received operational certification from the FAA for the Falcon 7X Enhanced Vision System (EVS). This follows certification received from EASA in July, 2010.#]

[#Dassault’s EVS provides an image on the Head-Up Display (HUD) and flight deck displays that enables the pilots to see the terrain and airport environment in low visibility situations such as in fog, haze, snow or at night. It incorporates LCD HUD technology and offers a high quality, brighter video presentation with a unique two-mode setting that optimizes the video for either an approach configuration (to enhance approach and runway lights), or a general purpose configuration. It also takes advantage of special IR video processing developed specifically to minimize visual artifacts and distortion.

"Incorporating technology that enhances safety and situational awareness is a prime goal in the continuing development of all our programs," said John Rosanvallon, President and CEO of Dassault Falcon. "This additional certification is further affirmation that we are achieving this goal. Our fully integrated EVS offers advanced features not available on any other system, and has already generated a great deal of interest among the Falcon family," Rosanvallon added. EVS significantly improves situational awareness, not only during take-off, approach and landing, but also during ground maneuvering.

In addition to enhanced situational awareness, the Falcon 7X EVS system provides operational credit towards reduced minima in low visibility landing conditions from the published IFR minima down to a minimum of 100 feet above the threshold elevation. This provides minima equivalent to Cat II minimums even on Cat I standard instrument approaches and on non-precision approaches.

A one day pilot training course, consisting of ground instruction and full flight simulator training (including at least six approaches) is required for operators using EVS.

About the 7X

The 5,950 nautical mile tri-jet (eight passengers, M.80 with NBAA IFR reserves) has the longest range of any Falcon business jet. The Falcon 7X is the first and only business jet to incorporate a digital flight control system which provides more positive, operational safety and a smoother flight. The EASy flight deck is designed to reduce pilot workload and improve pilot interaction through elevated situational awareness in the cockpit.

The 7X is powered by three highly reliable and efficient Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307A engines, and can comfortably connect 95% of the commonly used business aviation city pairs worldwide.

About Dassault Falcon

Dassault Falcon is responsible for selling and supporting Falcon business jets throughout the world. It is part of Dassault Aviation, a leading aerospace company with a presence in over 70 countries across five continents. Dassault Aviation produces the Rafale fighter jet as well as the complete line of Falcon business jets. The company has assembly and production plants in both France and the United States and service facilities on multiple continents. It employs a total workforce of over 12,000. Since the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, 2,000 Falcon jets have been delivered to 67 countries worldwide. The family of Falcon jets currently in production includes the tri-jets-the Falcon 900DX, 900LX, and the 7X-as well as the twin-engine 2000LX.#]

publié le 31 March 2011

Deutsche Bahn increases its activities in the United Arab Emirates

Press release

[# Deutsche Bahn increases its activities in the United Arab Emirates
DB AG is planning to enter into a strategic partnership for the planning, construction and operation of rail systems in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Investments in major rail systems running into billions are planned for this region over the next few years.
#]

[#A corresponding Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Abu Dhabi today at a ceremony attended by Dr. Peter Ramsauer, Federal Minister of Transport, His Excellency Abdullah Al Masaood, Chairman of the Al Masaood Group, Dr. Rüdiger Grube, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG, und Martin Bay, Chairman of the Management Board of DB International GmbH.

Dr. Peter Ramsauer: "Germany will do everything in its power to support the United Arab Emirates in setting up an ultra-modern, high-capacity rail infrastructure. From my meetings with members of the government I know that Deutsche Bahn’s experience and expertise enjoy an excellent reputation in the region. The Memorandum of Understanding represents the basis for a working relationship founded on mutual trust and confidence."
Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, Source: Photograph: Baiju Sundar

Dr. Rüdiger Grube commented, "We are delighted to have found such a highly qualified partner and are confident that our planning services will play a part in the forthcoming projects. Later, we also intend to deliver proof of our expertise as rail operators."

Investments in major rail systems running into billions are planned for this region over the next few years. They include projects for regional transport, a metro, tram services and the Union Railway, a planned long-distance line which will link Abu Dhabi with the southern emirates.

Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the emirate of the same name and also the capital of the UAE Federation, which consists of seven emirates. The Al Masaood Group, one of the leading industrial corporations in the UAE, already cooperates with many major German companies in the execution of logistics and transport systems. With the help of DB, it is now planning to gain a foothold in the rail sector.

Martin Bay, Chairman of DB International, "We have already been doing business in the UAE for five years and are familiar with the circumstances in this region. For instance, we conducted the conceptual studies for the Union Railway and also planned a tram system for the district of Al Raha Beach. Accordingly, we see immense potential for our future activities in this growing market."#]

publié le 28 February 2014

DIMDEX 2014 Holds Diplomatic Press Conference

press release

With the fourth Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX 2014) approaching from 25-27 March and building on the success of the past 3 editions; a diplomatic press conference was held today at the Diplomatic Club to present an overview of this year’s edition.

The Qatar Armed Forces alongside the event organisers, Clarion Events, welcomed Ambassadors, Defence Attachés and other diplomats to the DIMDEX 2014 Diplomat Briefing held at the Diplomatic Club, Doha. More than 50 diplomats, representing most of the Embassies in Qatar, enjoyed the briefing, gaining important insight into the plans and procedures for the 2014 edition of DIMDEX.

The briefing outlined the various facets of the show from both an organisational perspective as well as how industry and military will be offered the best possible opportunity for dialogue. Headlining the briefing was Brig. Dr. (Eng) Thani A. Al-Kuwari, Assistant Minister of State for Defence Affairs for Financial Affairs and Chairman of DIMDEX, saying "We are honoured to welcome all the members of the diplomatic corps who are here with us here today and we are looking forward to their continued support of DIMDEX 2014 which this year further strengthens its position as the premier event in the region specialising in naval defence and maritime security"

Offering an overview of the event with operational specifications was Tim Porter, Managing Director of Clarion Events Defence and Security, the show organiser. He provided further details on the arrangements and preparations for DIMDEX 2014, revealing an increase in the number of exhibitors, total space, new exhibitors as well as the range of products being displayed; with the 2014 edition having two dedicated zones which will feature both boats and air frames from industry and the Qatar Armed Forces. Also outlined was the strong work by the DIMDEX team in visiting international events over the past two years, culminating in more countries participating than ever before and over 60 new exhibiting companies at the show.

Following on from this Industry Expert, Bob Nugent, gave the audience a market perspective. He discussed the steady growth in total naval spend with MENA future forecasted spend projections up 25% since 2011. New corvettes, frigates and destroyers for MENA navies are expected to account for almost US$29 billion in the next 20 years, in addition to the higher demand of sea-based air and missile defence as well as submarines. This he concluded was reflected in the great growth the DIMDEX event has seen with a diverse supplier base now working in the region both independently and as part of joint ventures.

Once again the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) will headline DIMDEX this year, and Conference Director, James Souza, detailed the high-level strategic plan that will bring together the most senior naval commanders and defence officials in the region and from around the world. Aiming to establish geopolitical trends and machinations in the Middle East, MENC will address areas where maritime policy and practice can be strengthened as well as enhance dialogue with regional and international military allies and partners.

An integral part of DIMDEX is the established VIP delegation programme that grown consistently over the last three editions. True to the grand gesture of the Qatari hospitality, DIMDEX 2014 will be hosting over 70 delegations who have already confirmed their attendance, with more to follow in the next few weeks.

Every year a hugely popular attraction is the visiting Warships and this year is no different. DIMDEX 2014 is forecasted to break the record set by its previous editions and bring together the most number of Warships ever on display at the Doha Commercial Port. Throughout the exhibition shuttle buses will transport VIP delegations and visitors to the port where they will be greeted by the participating crews.

Following a question and answer session the guests were invited to network over lunch and continue discussions about the upcoming show.

DIMDEX 2014 is organized by Clarion Events, the world’s largest organizer of defence exhibitions and conferences in the world today with over 35 defence related events annually. In partnership with Qatar Armed Forces and Clarion Events, DIMDEX 2014 is set to be the largest event for maritime defence and protection of critical off shore infrastructure. Clarion Events also owns many of the leading global events but also manage events on behalf of the US Navy, Qatar Armed Forces and other country specific defence organisations and governments.

Held under the patronage of His Highness, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, hosted and supported by the Qatar Armed Forces along with a strong commitment from neighbouring countries naval defence forces, DIMDEX 2014 is the definitive exhibition for the industry to take advantage of current and future procurement opportunities for all naval requirements across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

DIMDEX, now firmly established as the Middle East and North Africa leading maritime and naval defence exhibition and conference will be held at the Qatar National Convention Centre, between 25-27 March, 2014.

About DIMDEX

Founded in 2008, DIMDEX is the only specialised maritime defence exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, bringing together companies representing the very latest technologies to meet the maritime security challenges of the 21st century.

DIMDEX is a unique event addressing the growing need for sophisticated naval equipment to control Middle East and North African offshore waters.

About Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC)
The Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) will once again bring together regional Naval Commanders and their international counterparts in a high-level forum to share thought leadership on naval and maritime operations.

About Clarion Events Middle East
Clarion Events Middle East, acknowledged as the world’s leader in defence and security events, where high level government officials and senior military personnel meet with leading global equipment and services providers to share ideas, discuss industry developments, conduct business, develop partnerships and network for future growth. Clarion Events is located in 10 countries and organize more than 300 events (a mixture of exhibitions, conferences and seated events) annually across the globe.

publié le 14 October 2012

DMCC surpasses milestone of 5,000 members companies at the JLT Free Zone

[#Reinforcing its position as a global commodity business hub and highlighting its consistent growth over the past decade, the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Authority (’DMCC’) announced it has surpassed the milestone of 5,000 member registrations within its Jumeirah Lakes Tower Free Zone (’JLT Free Zone’).#]

[#Dubai is perfectly positioned as bridgehead for commodities trade and for those expanding into new markets at the crossroads of Africa, Asia and Europe.

Paired with DMCC’s multi-commodity and multi-origin products and services available for its member companies, the result is a thriving business and commodities hub for start-ups through to multi-nationals determined to innovate and expand whilst contributing to the local economy.

Ahmed bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC, commented, "DMCC has seen phenomenal growth in the 10 years since it was established as a strategic initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. We are delighted that we now enable over 5,000 companies to do business from the JLT Free Zone, either here locally or into regional and international markets. DMCC’s focus on providing a physical and market infrastructure, products and services has helped the JLT Free Zone grow and mature into a dynamic and safe place to do business and DMCC to become a global benchmark amongst commodities centres. Our 5,000 member companies are a testament to His Highness’ strategic vision and, in our view, only a point on a much bigger journey."

Between January and August 2012, DMCC registered 1,315 companies, a 60% rise over the same period in 2011 and a 35% increase as of 1 January 2012. JLT is now registering an average of 160 companies a month, of which 85% are new to Dubai.

The relevance of Dubai’s strategic location between producing and consuming nations is further underlined by the diverse nationalities of DMCC’s member companies: 23% of members are from Europe, 17% from MENA, 21% from India and South Asia and the remainder from the rest of the world. Companies who have established themselves in the JLT Free Zone this year include Dunkin’ Group, GAC, Guerlain (LVMH Group) and Vertu. Guardian Glass, one of the world’s largest glass manufacturers, joined the Free Zone as the 5000th company.

Malcolm Wall Morris, Chief Executive Officer, DMCC, commented, "In recent years we have witnessed a generational shift of business, people and finance, from West to East and North to South. As a result, companies are looking to broaden their reach, be they Western firms looking to expand into Asia and other emerging markets, or companies from growing economies looking to access customers in established markets. With our ability to accommodate every aspect of the value chain and allow companies to effectively operate from a transparent, secure and sophisticated business hub, DMCC is ideally situated and equipped to serve this trend."

DMCC remains equally committed on delivering a successful free zone to its 50,000 workers and residents. The 200-hectare community serves the needs of both businesses and residents by offering 61 mixed-use towers, over 150 retail outlets and six children’s playgrounds.#]

publié le 12 August 2012

Domopan gypsum boards receive international seal of approval for Fire Resistance

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[#
Domopan Qatar WLL, one of Qatar’s leading engineering solutions companies with construction and industrial divisions, recently had its manufacturing facility awarded with the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) certification for their locally-made fiber gypsum boards, ‘DomoGypsum.’ The LPCB certification recognizes the product’s ability to meet two-hour fire resistivity standards.#]

[#Product provides local solution for meeting Qatar’s more stringent fire-safety requirements

Not only would this signify that a Qatari product can now be sold in the European market, but DomoGypsum now also meets the Qatar Civil Defense Department’s new stringent specifications for gypsum paneling. In addition to being manufactured in Domopan’s own ISO-certified factory in Qatar, the boards are regularly tested abroad to ensure that quality is not compromised.

“We are extremely pleased at being awarded this recognition,” said Marlong Dizon, Domopan’s gypsum plant manager. “In light of recent events that have taken place in Qatar, the subject of fire safety is on everyone’s mind, and rightfully so. Not only do our DomoGypsum boards meet the requirements for heat resistance, but also exceed them.”

The LPCB certification, in addition to confirming the two-hour fire resistance of the boards, also speaks of the due diligence and quality control that the company practices in producing their boards. Combined with the fact that the products are manufactured here in Qatar at Domopan’s New Industrial Area factory (thus avoiding long shipping times and other problems associated with supply problems overseas), developers can be rest assured that they are using high-quality products that are competitively priced as compared to other manufacturers. Moreover, DomoGypsum is currently approved by Qatar’s General Administration of Civil Defense at the Ministry of Interior and the Qatar Civil Defense Department’s approval for two-hour fire resistivity.

“Many of our clients are often shocked to learn that fire-rated gypsum boards are being produced right here in Qatar; they often have to import similar products from abroad,” explained Dizon. “Currently, the demand for fire-resistance boards has also increased dramatically, especially now since safety specifications for building structures are under review. Therefore, DomoGypsum is positioned to be the ideal product for designers and contractors: certified, affordable, and -since it is produced locally – available at short notice.”

DomoGypsum has proven very popular in the market already and has been used in Qatar’s landmark projects such as the RasGas Headquarters, Souq Waqif Hotel, Al Jassimiyah Tower along the corniche, the Pearl’s Porto Arabia townhouses, and the Mathaf (Arab Museum of Modern Art).

For more information about Domopan, DomoGypsum, other products, and to view certificates, please visit www.domoqatar.com.

About Domopan Qatar WLL

Domopan launched activities in response to the market needs of sustainable development. Therefore the heart of our work is providing turnkey design-build solutions for residential, commercial and industrial developments. 

Our vision
Our vision is to be nothing short of the best. We envision ourselves to be the undisputed leader and partner in providing quality projects to both public and private sector clients.

Our mission
We aim to provide innovative and cutting-edge construction practices to address the unique demands of Qatar’s environment, construction climate, and client preferences, executed to the highest levels of professionalism to secure client loyalty.

Further information about Domopan can be found at www.domoqatar.com#]

publié le 29 January 2013

Doors open at the 2013 Qatar Motor Show

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[#His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, signaled the launch of the 2013 Qatar Motor Show by cutting the red ribbon, followed by a tour of all the exhibitors at the event. This highly anticipated event will be open to the public today, the 29th of January, and run until the 2nd of February.
#]

[#
With motor show fans expected to visit the motor show during its first few days and with countless activities to keep visitors intrigued and entertained, co-hosts Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), q.media Events, and GL Events, are confident that this year’s motor show will see record-breaking attendance. 120,000 visitors walked through the doors of the 2012 Qatar Motor Show, but with more exhibitors this year, more events, more premieres, and more regional interest there is no doubt that this year’s visitor numbers will be exceeded. The show, the region’s biggest automotive event, will showcase brands and vehicles from across the globe, including family sedans, SUVs, luxury vehicles, motorcycles and sports cars.

26 new cars will be revealed at the 2013 Qatar Motor Show, a new milestone for the Show as it is significantly greater than last year’s premieres. Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche, Bertone, Ford, Ferrari, Kia, Maserati, McLaren, Mercedes, Mini, Mitsubishi, and Toyota will regionally premiere their latest models. In addition, Bentley, Brabus, Lamborghini and W Motors will showcase models never seen before – not regionally, but globally.

One of the most anticipated world premieres will be that W Sports futuristic Lykan Hypersport 2013. The first hypercar designed in the Middle East, the Lykan Hypersport will woo visitors with its high-performance specs and luxurious styling (which includes diamond-encrusted LED lights). Only seven units of this model will be produced, and each will be offered for nearly 3.4 million US dollars (almost 12.4 million Qatari riyals). 
 
Additionally, Automobili Lamborghini starts the celebrations for its fiftieth anniversary: 100 years of innovation in half the time, during this year’s Qatar Motor Show, by launching Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster for one of its first public appearances. Following the announcement of the car in November 2012 this new open top car is the Roadster version of the V12 Aventador LP 700-4 coupe that was first seen in the region at last year’s Qatar Motor Show. The Aventador LP 700-4 is built on a carbon fiber monocoque combining lightweight engineering with exceptional torsional rigidity and safety. A V12 6.5 liter engine outputs 700 hp at 8,250 rpm and 690 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. With acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds (Roadster 3.0 seconds); a push rod suspension system derived from F1 technology; and an e-gear transmission providing gear shifts in as little as 50 milliseconds, the Lamborghini Aventador provides extraordinary handling and performance together with a top speed of 350 km/h, while the Roadster adds the ultimate open top driving experience to the Aventador’s prowess.
With more cars, more brands, more premieres, and more events – the buzzword is ‘More’ at the 2013 Qatar Motor Show. Come see it yourself starting today until the 2nd of February, and see for yourself how you can “Stand Out from the Crowd.” More details are available at the show’s website at www.qatarmotorshow.gov.qa; live feeds from the Qatar Motor Show can be followed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/qatarmotorshow, and the event’s Twitter feed at @qatarmotorshow.#]

publié le 24 April 2014

Drake & Scull announces AED 147 million project win in Algeria

press release

Drake & Scull International PJSC (DSI), a regional market leader in the integrated design, engineering and construction disciplines of General Contracting, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP), Water and Power, Rail, Oil and Gas and Water and Wastewater Treatment, has announced that Drake & Scull Construction (DSC), the general contracting arm of DSI, has been awarded a turnkey project worth AED 147 million to build a mixed-use development in Algiers, Algeria.

Under the terms of the contract, DSC will undertake the civil construction portion of the project, which covers a Total Built up area of approximately 66,500 m2. The development comprises of multi-storey residential units which also contain commercial retail space in the capital city.

Saleh Muradweij, Managing Director for Drake & Scull Construction, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen for this important and prestigious development in Algeria. Algeria remains one of our key growth areas and our gateway into the North African market and our teams will utilise our experience in the region and our skilled workforce to deliver more mega projects in the future. We remain optimistic about the potential of the Algerian real estate sector and we hope to consolidate our position as one of the leading General Contractors in North Africa in the near future.”

DSI has major presence in Algeria and is currently undertaking several projects across the residential, commercial and waste water sectors. Year to date, DSI managed to secure AED 1.19 billion worth of work in UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Europe and India across the Engineering, General contracting and Waste Water sectors.

DSI continues to enhance and strengthen its services offering with unmatched vertical integration and global footprint. The collaborative capabilities of the Engineering services (MEP and Water and Power), General Contracting, Oil and Gas, Rail and Infrastructure development continue to deliver strong performance quality work on project sites. Armed with a multicultural workforce, inherent financial strength and solid regional experience, the company’s outlook remains positive in terms of realising greater profitability and improving productivity across MENA, South Asia and Europe.

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About Drake & Scull International PJSC

Drake & Scull International PJSC (DSI) is a regional market leader delivering world class quality projects via end to end solutions that provide integrated design, engineering and construction disciplines of General Contracting, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP), Water and Power, Rail and Oil and Gas, through People, Innovation, and Passion.

DSI established its first office in Abu Dhabi in 1966, and has since expanded operations to encompass offices in Dubai, Egypt, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Qatar, Jordan and India, Thailand, as well as managing projects in Europe and other parts of North Africa.

DSI ‘s main business streams include Drake & Scull Engineering, which serves as the MEP and Water & Power arm, Drake & Scull Construction (DSC), which is the General Civil Contracting unit and Drake and Scull Development, focusing on the Infrastructure sector.

In 2008, DSI offered 55% of its shares to the public and the IPO was oversubscribed 101 times. Ernst & Young ranked the IPO among the top 20 global IPOs in 2008.

DSI has since then used the funds to integrate, establish and acquire businesses that complement its corporate strategy of expansion into new markets, via organic and inorganic growth.

The fully Integrated Management Systems, certified to ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2005 and OSHAS 18001:2007 standards are compliant with leading building, health and safety regulations, as well as sound environmental and energy management procedures.

DSI is a leader through experience, and has established a regional leadership position over 48 years of successfully completing the most complex projects on time, within budgets and matching set quality parameters.

DSI has completed many prestigious projects in the region for over four decades, and has helped shape the region’s skyline from within.

publié le 17 January 2010

Dubai airport passenger numbers up 14.5%

Dubai International has announced that the total number of passengers increased by 14.5% to 3.8 million in December 2009, compared to 3.3 million passengers during the same month in 2008, Gulf News has reported. The airport saw the highest growth in passengers among the busiest airports in the world, with numbers of passenger reaching a record of 40.9 million. Cargo volumes also went up 5.6% in 2009 following a dramatic 26% jump in December and double-digit increases during the last quarter of 2009.

publié le 30 August 2011

Dubai Metro ’hotspots’ in big demand

[#Property rentals close to Dubai Metro stations command rates from 10 to 20 per cent more than similar properties elsewhere, according to a major UAE-based property services company.#]

[#As the supply of additional office and apartment buildings continues unabated in Dubai, the highly competitive property leasing rates are now being dictated by a new market dynamic, said Asteco.

Location, or specifically close proximity to a Dubai Metro station is now becoming a priority for many tenants, who are prepared to pay up to 20 per cent extra for the privilege, said Asteco CEO Elaine Jones.

“The Dubai Metro has added a whole new market dynamic and as the network is rolled out across the Emirate, the rental disparity will become even more pronounced than it is already,” she added.

Evidence from many international markets consistently reveals that land and property values and ultimately rentals, within the vicinity of stations linked to metro lines increases significantly.

According to figures from HotProperty.co.uk, homes in central London within five-minutes walking distance of a tube station are up to 21 per cent more expensive than those of similar properties further away.

However, what is interesting is that the increases do not occur usually until after the stations physically open, not when the line is announced or under construction, said Jones.

“This would give savvy investors and tenants an opportunity to keep one step ahead of the market,” she added.

Properties surrounding the currently operational metro stations are in higher demand attracting higher rental rates.

For example a two-bedroom apartment within walking distance of the Mall of The Emirates metro station will lease for between Dh60,000 ($16,336) to Dh65,000 per annum compared to properties only a couple of kilometers away which lease for Dh50,000 to Dh55,000, said Jones.

More up market properties are showing a similar trend, where a two bedroom apartment near the DIFC and Emirates Towers metro stations will cost anywhere between Dh110,000 to Dh130,000 annually and the same property further away will cost Dh90,000 to Dh100,000 a year.

Further afield, a property in Deira within walking distance to the metro will now command an annual rental rate of Dh 50,000 whereas a similar property further away can be leased for as little as Dh40,000.

“This is a perfect example of market maturity,” said Jones. “Certain property fundamentals remain consistent and location is of primary importance.

With the opening of the Dubai Metro Green Line next month, on September 9, it will have a further 18 stations over 23 kilometres and cover some of the emirate’s busiest tourist segments along the Creek, crowded residential areas, business districts and ministry offices.

Property prices are no longer based on its geographical location alone, now a property in Bur Dubai or Deira with immediate access to a metro station can cost similar rates to a property in Jumeirah Lake Tower’s or Business Bay without metro access.

“Ibn Battuta Gate is a good example of a Metro community. It has all of the necessary amenities, shopping mall, medical centre, schools, residential area, offices and even a five-star hotel. Added to that is direct access to 30 stations from Al Barsha to Bur Dubai, Al Rashidiya, Deira and Al Qusais,” said Jones.

“To the same degree, it must also be favourable for companies, to be close to metro stations. The benefits of cost and convenience would be considerable for low and middle income workers,” added Jones.#]

Source: Tradearabia

publié le 3 January 2012

Dubai ready to launch property investment guide

’Investment map’ will help attract local and foreign investors to the emirate’s real estate market

[#Dubai is drawing up an “investment map” for its massive real estate sector to attract more capital and help investors take the right decisions. The centre for managing and encouraging property investment, the investment arm of Dubai’s Land and Property Department, is working on the map which will be announced in the next few weeks.#]

[#“This map is designed to upgrade the competitiveness of the national economy at regional and global levels and attract local and foreign investors and businessmen who seek to enter the emirate’s real estate market but do not have sufficient information to manage their assets in a way that will ensure an added value for them and for the market as well,” said Majida Rashid, the centre’s director.

Quoted by the Dubai-based Arabic language daily ‘Al Bayan’, she said the map would include a package of special investment opportunities in the real estate sector and a list of projects with “varied uses and specifications.”

“This map will be like a comprehensive investment guide for any investor wishing to enter the property market…that is why the list does not include just any project but only those which meet certain terms and specifications.”

He said the map generally focuses on projects which have certain specifications including a sophisticated infrastructure, proximity of transport facilities such as airports, metro and other land transport means, the reputation of development firms, and the fact that any project must be free of any obstacles or challenges.#]

publié le 6 January 2010

Dubai to open new Cruise Terminal next month

[#The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM)
has announced that its new cruise terminal located in Port Rashid complex will be inaugurated in February giving a big boost to the cruise tourism segment in the region’s best cruise tourism destination.
#]

[#The façade of the New Cruise Terminal building is based upon Dubai’s contemporary Arabic design. The main purpose is to reflect Dubai’s rich heritage as a maritime center, present a strong positive image of Emirati hospitality, and to express the importance of Dubai as an international tourist destination. Special attention has been given to the exterior and interior of the terminal. Traditional domes, arches and carvings are the major architectural elements that constitute the exterior facades.

The terminal has been designed to handle four ships simultaneously and cater to the increased number of Cruise Ship calls.

The terminal have a tourist support infrastructure which includes facilities like money exchange, ATMs, post office, duty free shop, souvenir shops, gift shops, and business centre with internet access, Wi-Fi enabled for lap-top users and VIP Majlis.

The DTCMDTCMLoading... has set-up information counters inside the cruise terminal which is manned round the clock when ships are in-port to cater the needs and inquiries of the passengers and facilitating them with free maps and broachers about Dubai. In addition, the terminal houses offices for representatives from other government bodies such as Immigration, Customs and police to ensure easy access and swift services for the passengers.

DTCM is the principal authority for the development of tourism in Dubai. Established in 1997, it is the sole licensing body for the hotel establishments and tourism-related businesses. Its supervisory role covers heritage sites, cruise terminal and convention bureau.
DTCM has 18 overseas offices, including three in China and two in Saudi Arabia. www.dubaitourism.ae and www.definitelydubai.ae

#]


Mohamed Abdul Mannan
Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing
Tel. + 971 4 223 00 00
_ Fax: +971 4 223 00 22
P. O. Box 594, Dubai,
U.A.E.
Website:www.dubaitourism.ae

publié le 1 May 2014

Dubai: Tecom Business Parks announces new developments and delivery of key projects

press release

As Dubai’s economy continues to thrive, TECOM Business Parks announces new developments and the delivery of key projects, which will launch in 2014 and 2015 respectively with a total investment of AED 1 billion, reaffirming its position as one of the region’s leading business communities and demonstrating its growth momentum over the past year.

TECOM Business Parks has been a major catalyst in Dubai’s growth as a knowledge based economy for well over a decade, and in 2013, welcomed 549 new business partners and saw the number of knowledge workers located within its business parks grow by 23% to reach 58,000.

This growth has created renewed demand within Dubai’s dynamic market for business communities, facilities and advanced infrastructure that support new entrants into the market as well as the expansion of existing players.

TECOM Business Parks’ new project, The Butterfly, is two office buildings located in the heart of Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City, which offers 255,000 sq. ft. of world-class facilities and infrastructure, tailored office space as well as a spacious outdoor plaza. The development is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

TECOM Business Parks also announces the upcoming completion of the DuBiotech Headquarters Building, which comprises of commercial space and retail units and is easily accessible from Al Khail Road, Sheikh Zayed and Mohammad bin Zayed Road. This iconic development has been designed to incorporate sustainability elements and covers a total area of over 500,000 sq. ft. and is expected to be completed by Q1 2015.

In International Media Production Zone (IMPZ)’s growing community, the Publishing Pavilion, a nine storey development with a total area of 267,191 sq. ft. is close to completion with handover expected in Q4 2014.

In addition, Makateb, a multi building development comprising two four storey towers, and two seven storey towers and a total area of 299,736 sq. ft. is currently under construction with handover expected in Q1 2015. Both developments will cater to companies from
across the media value chain.

Commenting on these new developments, Malek Al Malek, CEO, TECOM Business Parks said:“Dubai is cementing its position as the region’s leading strategic business hub, and receiving significant interest from global and regional players across different industries to set up their businesses. TECOM is committed to remaining at the forefront of Dubai’s knowledge economy, ensuring we address business requirements by enhancing our services, optimising our assets and developing new projects to meet market demand.

As TECOM Business Parks launches new developments and moves closer to handing over existing ones, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to driving Dubai’s economy and industries, and our readiness to respond to growth in market demand.”

About TECOM Business Parks

TECOM Business Parks, comprising of industry specific business communities, is a major catalyst in Dubai’s development as a knowledge-based economy.

Featuring industry specific free zones, purpose built facilities and advanced infrastructure, TECOM Business Parks include: Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource Zone, together forming an ICT Cluster; Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City and the International Media Production Zone, which make up a Media Cluster; Dubai Knowledge Village and Dubai International Academic City, combining to create an Education Cluster; and DuBiotech and ENPARK, which comprise the Sciences Cluster.

Strategically located across different areas of Dubai, TECOM’s business parks provide a home to 4,500 companies, which range from multinationals to SME’s and start-ups and 58,000 knowledge workers.

publié le 3 July 2009

EADS wins national security Program for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

[#After being under contract for the northern border security, which is now under execution, EADS Defence & Security has been awarded (as prime contractor) the border security program covering the full borders of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
This contract will be executed in the next 5 years and is the largest contract ever competed worldwide as a full solution. The project has been strongly competed through an international competition for several years.#]

[#The Saudi border guard will benefit from a leading edge solution, providing visibility and operational awareness for about 9000km of borderline (mountains, deserts and sea borders). The solution will ensure border coverage is visible and managed at the sector level, whilst simultaneously providing situational awareness at the regional and national level.

EADS Defence & Security will reinforce its global position as world leader of the Security market, including border surveillance, and will capitalize on all the expertise from its European roots.

EADS Defence & Security has been strongly supported by the Al Rashid group for construction works.

"We are very pleased to have earned the trust and the confidence of the KSA government. We are committed to dedicate all our capacities and capabilities to deliver this program on time and in the quality our customer expects. That includes also long-term investments in the country" declares Stefan Zoller, CEO of EADS Defence & Security.

EADS Defence & Security (DS) is a systems solutions provider for armed forces and civil security worldwide. Its portfolio ranges from sensors and secure networks through missiles to aircraft and UAVs, as well as global security, service and support solutions. In 2008, DS – with around 23,000 employees – achieved revenues of E5.7 billion. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2008, EADS generated revenues of E43.3 billion and employed a workforce of about 118,000.#]

www.eads.net

publié le 23 July 2014

EAG acquires new Dassault Falcon 7X business jet

Empire Aviation Group (EAG) has replaced one of the company’s managed Falcon 7X business jets, working with the private owner to upgrade to the latest model of Dassault’s best-selling flagship business jet.

EAG managed the entire acquisition/replacement process, including new aircraft registration and induction. The new Falcon 7X will be based in Muscat, Oman.
EAG manages one of the region’s largest fleets of business jets and is one of the world’s largest operators of the Falcon 7X, with three of the trijets under management.
The ultra-long range 7X is the fastest-selling Falcon model in the Middle East, accounting for more than 40% of sales. 12 of the advanced trijets are currently in service in the region. More than 30 Falcon aircraft have been delivered to customers in the regionover the past five years, nearly doubling the regional Falcon fleet to 69 aircraft. Dassault Falcon currently operates Authorized Service Centers in Dubai and Jeddah, a spares distribution center in Dubai and a technical office in Jeddah to serve the Middle East market.
Paras P. Dhamecha, executive director at Empire Aviation Group, said: “The Falcon 7X offers exceptional comfort, performance, advanced technology, flexibility and efficiency, and is particularly well suited to conditions in the region. Falcon’s business jet fleet is continuing to grow in the region and the company continues to invest to support Falcon operators and owners, which is one of the key reasons that they are so popular amongst our aircraft owners. This is also a good time for existing aircraft owners to upgrade with business jet prices starting to edge higher.”
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publié le 3 July 2013

Economy Print Send This Page Save Listen to this Article Concordia Capital announces completion of $ 10m equity tranche

Concordia Capital has announced the completion by its exclusive client, Partners & Partners sarl, of a $10m equity tranche of the latest $30m financing round in AVIIR.

Established within the Qatar Financial Centre ( QFC ), Concordia Capital is a regulated financial advisory firm specialized on the Healthcare and Sustainable Industries sector. AVIIR, based in Irvine (CA), is a leading health diagnostics laboratory having developed a revolutionary blood test to identify risks for patients to develop a cardiovascular condition within a 5-year time horizon.

The proceeds of the capital injection will be used to build out AVIIR’s commercial infrastructure, speed up its US-based commercial launch, and expand third-party reimbursement efforts in the US. AVIIR also plans to use proceeds to begin distribution of the company’s cardiac risk test outside of the US, and to create additional laboratory testing services.

A specific roll out of the test will be undertaken from Qatar then throughout the wider GCC / MENA region for which Partners & Partners has secured an exclusive distribution agreement with AVIIR. The roll out should take the form of stand-alone laboratories or dedicated "lab corners" within the most prominent hospitals and clinics throughout Qatar and the region. Qatar should welcome the first "AVIIR test lab" facility by the end of 2013.

Merck Global Health Innovation Fund led the financing round with Partners & Partners. Bay City Capital, Aberdare Ventures, and New Leaf Venture also participated. Based out of the Qatar Financial Center , Concordia Capital acted as sole financial advisor to Partners & Partners in the transaction.

AVIIR CEO Douglas Harrington said: ’ The additional funding will allow us to conduct a broader commercial launch domestically and to take the next steps toward a comprehensive international distribution plan to be rolled out later this year ".

Dr. Sheikh Khalid bin Jabor Al Thani, Director of Partners & Partners sarl, commented: "I am extremely pleased that Concordia Capital has structured this opportunity for select private investors to participate and accelerate the growth of AVIIR with huge perspectives in emerging markets, especially in Qatar and in the GCC. Heart diseases are one of the key healthcare priorities in countries like Qatar and neighboring countries and the AVIIR solutions and products that will be soon accessible there will provide key progress to patients."
Source: The Peninsula

publié le 26 August 2010

ecoQ – Qatar International Environment Protection Exhibition to be held in September 2011

[#Qatar International Environment Protection Expo showcasing technologies, products and sustainable energy is announced today in a press conference held at Sharq Hotel in Doha. ecoQ will take place at
Doha Exhibitions Centre 17- 19 of September 2011, occupying a space of 10,000 sqm and organised by Stallion Advertising and Exhibitions.#]

[#Attended the press conference Dr. Saif Al Hajari, Vice Chairperson, Qatar Foundation, head of Friends
of the Environment Centre, and Mr. Haitham Shehab, General Manager of Stallion Advertising and
Exhibitions.
ecoQ is planning to attract international organisations and companies from various environment
protection related sectors such as renewable energy, recycling, green buildings, waste management,
solar energy, marine environment protection, energy-saving products, e-waste technology, , water
technologies, Pollution treatment, environmental consultancy firms and others.

Commenting on the announcement, Dr. Saif Al Hajari stressed that protecting the environment and
adopting alternative clean and sustainable energy resources is part of Qatar’s Vision towards the future.
He also highlighted the Environmental challenges that face the world and the Middle East in particular;
“It is important to increase the environment awareness among communities, individuals as well as the
business sector and to encourage initiatives and efforts that aim to achieve sustainable development”.
“We are seeing sincere efforts in Qatar towards developing alternative sustainable resources of energy
and protecting the environment.” he added.
Haitham Shehab, general manager of the organizing company, Stallion, said: “The Climate Change
Summit held in Copenhagen last year cop15 has sent a strong and clear message not only about the
environmental damages, but also the need to coordinate efforts in order to face this challenge. ecoQ
will reflect on that by presenting the latest technologies, products, sustainable energy that help in
protecting the environment to business and institutions in Qatar”. “In addition, we will activate targeted
Social Responsibility events and campaigns, to be announced soon, in parallel to ecoQ in order to
increase public awareness on environmental conservation. ecoQ team will work with international
events management and marketing companies, and we will invite a number of NGOs to participate in
the exhibition.” he concluded.

ecoQ is a unique platform where global businesses and investors in the environmental and sustainability
sectors can meet with local and regional businesses, trade associations, government representatives,
institutions, academics, NGOs and other parties interested in reaching out to the rapidly growing markets
of products and technologies designed to protect the environment for sustainable development.
The Exhibition is a live-on-ground source of information on eco materials, technologis and renewable
energy resources. The exhibition is planned to attract high level delegates and visitors to experience
sustainable future energy solutions.
#]

eco-q.org

publié le 28 February 2015

EDIC’s NIMR Automotive & MBDA unveil the HAFEET Air Defence Vehicle (HAFEET ADV)

MBDA and NIMR Automotive LLC, a light-medium weight military vehicle manufacturer based in Abu Dhabi, UAE and part of the Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC), an integrated national defence and services manufacturing platform, have entered into a commercial partnership to address a requirement of the Emirates Defence Forces for a high efficiency V-SHORAD air defence system.

The new HAFEET ADV proposed by the two companies features the MBDA MPCS (Multi Purpose Combat System including a turret, sensors, IFF, Mistral missiles, command & firing posts and shelter equipment) that would be installed on NIMR’s latest HAFEET 640A all-terrain light armoured vehicle platform.

The combination of the MPCS equipped with MBDA’s latest generation Mistral missiles and of the NIMR vehicle would provide an unmatched mobile air defence capability allowing protection of convoys, armoured brigades in their manoeuvers as well as any land infrastructure or assets.

The two companies have already completed preliminary engineering studies and are in the stage of integrating the full system if ordered. Most of the HAFEET ADV components already exist and are modular.

Already in service in several forces in the world, the MPCS turret comprises a gyro-stabilized day/thermal sensor suite with integrated laser rangefinder. With four ready-to-fire, fire and forget, IR Mistral missiles, the HAFEET ADV enables the interception of a large spectrum of threats (high manoeuvering fighters, combat helicopters, UAV, UCAV, cruise missiles) at ranges exceeding 6 km and altitudes up to 5,000 m.

NIMR CEO Dr Fahad Saif Harhara stated "The HAFEET ADV concept is based on NIMR 6x6 tactical platform which combines high levels of mobility and protection to provide a multi-role platform for a broad spectrum of mission requirements".

The MPCS system allows for low crew workload and short reaction time to provide Air Defence Forces with an outstanding high fire power against stressing attacks: a unit of six HAFEET ADVs can engage up to 24 different targets coming from any direction in less than 20 seconds with a reload capability of 48 Mistral missiles (8 additional Mistral missiles inside the HAFEET ADV shelter).

The HAFEET ADV can be operated in autonomous mode or in coordinated mode with MBDA’s latest generation of MCP (Mistral Coordination Post) equipped with 3D radar.

HAFEET ADV can be operated by a two or three man crew including a team leader and is air transportable.

About NIMR

NIMR, a subsidiary of the Emirates Defence Industry Company (EDIC) delivers highly capable wheeled military vehicles that are designed for the harshest environments, across a diverse scope of mission requirements. NIMR’s range of desert-proven 4x4 and 6x6 vehicles are available in armoured or non-armoured configurations, with modular configurable crew capacity and payload, where protection and mobility is the focus of our design activities.

Through engineering innovation, comprehensive testing and implementation of the highest standards in design and manufacturing NIMR provides exceptional vehicle reliability and best-in-class desert performance to ensure the protection of the vehicle crews that use them.

For more about NIMR, visit our two IDEX stands (Indoor 05-A10, Outdoor CP400) orat www.nimr.com.

About Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC)

EDIC is the region’s premier integrated national defence services and manufacturing platform, providing world-class facilities, technology and support services. Based in the UAE, the company brings together the combined capabilities of the UAE’s defence industries into a single integrated platform to enhance value for our clients, shareholders, partners and other stakeholders.

About MBDA

With a significant presence in five European countries and within the USA, in 2013 MBDA achieved a turnover of 2.8 billion euros with an order book of 10.8 billion euros. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems.

MBDA is the only group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three armed forces (land, sea and air). In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development.

MBDA is jointly held by AIRBUS Group (37.5%), BAE SYSTEMS (37.5%), and FINMECCANICA (25%).

publié le 28 February 2015

Egis, in association with Louis Berger, wins project management contract for all elevated and at grade sections of the Doha metro

press release

Qatar Railways Company has just awarded the Louis Berger Egis Rail Joint Venture (LBER JV) project management of the elevated and at grade sections of the Doha metro.
This contract concerns extensions of the Red line towards the north and south, in addition to an extension of the Green line towards the west.
Involving construction of 16 km of metro, a large part on viaducts, and including 6 stations, civil engineering works for these extensions and their station fit out, all carried out as part of design development contracts with contractors, with completion scheduled for 2018.
More specifically the LBER JV is responsible for design review, supervision and commissioning of works and all project management responsibilities involved in an operation of this scale. To fulfil this mission the association LBER will put into action a team of up to 150 professionals over a period of 48 months.
This contract follows a first contract awarded in 2012, after an international tender process, involving project management of both the civil engineering works on the Gold metro line (boring of the tunnel running through the city centre of Doha, serving multiple stations), and civil engineering and fit out of 2 important network stations: Musheireb (in the city centre), intermodal node for the urban transport system and urban development hub, and Education City (West), which will in time enable connection of the urban transport and regional rail networks.
The Doha metro network is a major development directive for transport infrastructure in Qatar, particularly in view of accommodating the 2022 World Cup football. Implemented in 2 phases, this network will represent a total of 231 km by 2026, via the construction of 4 metro lines (Red, Blue, Green and Gold).
The first development phase will be operational by 2019, with the construction of 76 km of lines (60 km underground and 16 km elevated) and 26 stations. The metro network will link the airport to the city centre and to the future stadiums.

About Egis
€881 M turnover in 2013
12,000 employees

Egis is an international group offering engineering, project structuring and operations services. In engineering and consulting, its sectors of activity include transport, urban development, building, industry, water, environment and energy. In roads and airports its offer is enlarged to encompass project structuring, equity investment, turnkey systems delivery, and operation and maintenance services. Employing 12,000 people, including 7,500 in engineering, the group generated a turnover of €881 million in 2013.

Egis is 75% owned by the French "Caisse des Dépôts" and 25% owned by Iosis Partenaires, (a "partner" executive and employee shareholding

publié le 28 June 2010

Embraer to strengthen its position in Africa and the Middle East

[#Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica (Embraer), the world’s third largest aircraft manufacturer for the commercial, executive, and defense aviation segments, has announced its participation as silver sponsor and exhibitor for the fourth edition of AVEX International Airshow. The event is scheduled to take place from November 7th-10th at the Sharm El Sheikh International Airport later on this year.#]

[#Confirming Embraer’s participation, Mathieu Duquesnoy, Vice President, Airline Market – Middle East and Africa said: “We are very pleased to take part in AVEX 2010 as it comes at a time where airlines are expanding in the region. The Egyptian and regional markets are growing and our participation in AVEX 2010 shows the Embraer commitment to supporting the development of regional transport”. Mathieu Duquesnoy continued, “This is an excellent opportunity for Embraer to reinforce its presence in the Africa and Middle East region and get closer to its customers.”
Mathieu Duquesnoy champions Embraer’s initiative of getting closer to their client base and went on to say, “Embraer sees both Africa and the Middle East as having tremendous opportunities. Intra Middle East routes were one of the few growing markets last year. It’s the same in Africa, where we won several new customers such as LAM and Gulf Air.”
According to media reports, Africa is leading growth in the aviation sector, with more exciting developments on the horizon. Nicholas Watson, AVEX International Airshow Director said: “Despite the global slowdown hitting international aviation hard, Africa and the Middle East are making a rapid recovery. Infrastructure investments by local governments, growth in the Middle East’s business aviation and low-cost airline expansion in Africa are all contributing factors in making the region a prime target for growth and development.”#]

(For more information on AVEX, visit www.avexairshow.com).

About Embraer

[#Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3 (Embraer), is one of the world’s major aircraft manufacturers for the commercial, executive, and defense aviation segments. Founded in 1969, it designs, produces, and sells aircraft, and provides after-sale support and services to clients, worldwide. Headquartered in São José dos Campos, in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, the company also has offices, industrial and customer service facilities in China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the United States. On March 31, 2010, Embraer had a workforce of 16,792 employees – not counting the employees of its subsidiaries OGMA and HEAI – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 16.0 billion.
#]

About AVEX

[#Organised every two years, AVEX International Airshow 2010 is the Africa and Middle East region’s platform for international aviation. The four day event, organised by naseba, is held under the patronage of the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation at Sharm El Sheikh International Airport. Gathering key aviation decision makers, AVEX focuses on the Africa and Middle East region’s rapidly expanding aviation sector and aids business expansion, the formation of new client-partner relationships and cross border partnerships.#]

For more information, please contact:
Khadija Hasan
Communications Manager
communications@avexairshow.com
Tel: +971 4 367 1376

publié le 10 August 2010

Estimated US$ 3.2 billion being invested in Africa’s airports

[# Despite the recent global economic crisis and its impact on the aviation industry, the long-term nature of many airport projects continues to buoy up the aviation sector. Africa and the Middle East are currently at the forefront of these developments. With an estimated US$ 3.2 billion worth of airport projects upcoming in Africa (Sudan, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Morrocco and South Africa) (as per Airport International) and more than US$ 86 billion scheduled to be invested in airport expansions over the next 15 years in the Middle East (according to Jane’s Airport Review), aviation industry suppliers and manufacturers have every reason to be optimistic about the future of this region.#]

[#
As per Airbus’ Global Market forecast for 2009-2028, in less than ten years, the number of passengers passing through the Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports has increased by more than 300 percent. This growth continues to show in other areas as well with the Middle East fleet forecasted to treble by the end of 2028. Meanwhile, total new aircraft deliveries in Africa are expected to be 455 while those for the Middle East market will stand at 689. Boeing’s latest Current Market Outlook (CMO) forecasts the value of the airplane market in Africa to be US$ 80 billion with 710 new aircraft deliveries projected to take place to the continent by 2029, while the Middle Eastern market size is anticipated to be US$ 390 billion with 2,340 new deliveries projected to take place by 2029.

Further supporting this growth, AVEX International Airshow– the Africa and Middle East aviation platform – will be celebrating its 4th edition in November this year. First held in 2005 and hosting 60 exhibiting companies, this year’s AVEX has a fresh new look and focus and is already 40 percent larger than previous years.

Global business information company, naseba, announced this new look at a press conference in Cairo on Sunday, 8th August, which formally launched the air show. Speakers present at the press conference included Scott Ragsdale, Chairman, naseba group; Ibrahim Manaa, Chairman, Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation; Yousry Gamaleldin, Chairman, Egypt Airports Company; Hussein Masoud, Chairman, EgyptAir; Amr Elezaby, Chairman, Egypt Tourism Authority and Habib Fekih, President, Airbus Middle East. Key topics discussed featured the rapid growth and development of the African and Middle Eastern aviation industries and the catalytic role played by AVEX in augmenting this growth. Habib Fekih of Airbus also announced that Airbus would be sending the A380 to this year’s AVEX. This will be the first time that an A380 has landed on Egyptian soil and in North Africa, reaffirming Egypt’s image as a growth leader in MENA and the world.

The restructured AVEX 2010 will feature five key visiting areas: Expo, Aircraft Showcase Park, Custom Jet Show, Aviation Unity Summit and an Entertainment pavilion. The Expo will bring together exhibitors and aviation professionals from all sectors of the aviation industry. A display area for aircraft, the Aircraft Showcase Park, will feature small to mid-sized aircraft and business chalets for key exhibitors and sponsors of AVEX. The Custom Jet Show (CJS) is the region’s gathering ground for exclusive customised aircraft. CJS will take place over two days during AVEX and will consist of exhibiting areas for customised aircraft and the Custom Jet Awards which honour outstanding achievements in the categories of ‘Exteriors and Aircraft Livery’ and ‘Passenger Experience’. The AVEX Entertainment pavilion has been designed to add a dimension of fun and interaction between the aviation businesses’ attending. This year’s entertainment will feature aerobatic performances and go-kart racing, just to name a few.

Commenting on AVEX’s new focus, Nicholas Watson, AVEX Airshow’s Project Director said: “Thanks to the Africa and Middle East region’s unmatched growth, AVEX has become a bigger success than we expected. We are excited about Egypt providing strong sustainability in aviation on the world map. Through this strength, we have been able to identify key growth drivers in aviation including MROs, aircraft customisation, aviation training, low-cost carriers and small to mid-sized aircraft manufacturing. This is what has led to the successful launch of the new, expanded AVEX Airshow 2010”.
AVEX, which has the patronage of Egypt’s Minister of Civil Aviation, Ahmed Shafik, and is co-hosted by the Ministry, is taking place at Sharm El Sheikh International Airport, Egypt from November 7th – 10th 2010.
[End]

About Egypt’s Ministry of Civil Aviation

The Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation (EHCAAN) and its referring companies, including the Egyptian Airports Company and Cairo Airport Company under the supervision of the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation, is carrying out its ambitious program to develop Egyptian airports. Recently a new terminal in Cairo International Airport was opened and converted into a hub airport to serve the region; further openings include the new terminals in Asyut, Borg El Arab airport and the new Sohag airport (Mubarak International Airport). EgyptAir plans to expand its fleet to a total of 61 aircraft by the end of 2010. By 2013, the national carrier will have 71 aircraft.
About AVEX
Organised every two years, AVEX International Airshow 2010 is the Africa and Middle East region’s platform for international aviation. The four day event, organised by naseba, is held under the patronage of the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation at Sharm El Sheikh International Airport. Gathering key aviation decision makers, AVEX focuses on the Africa and Middle East region’s rapidly expanding aviation sector and aids business expansion, the formation of new client-partner relationships and cross border partnerships.#]

(For more information, please visit www.avexairshow.com).

For more information, please contact:
Khadija Hasan
Communications Manager
communications@avexairshow.com
Tel: +971 4 367 1376

publié le 6 May 2014

Etihad airways A380 and B787 showcase unparalleled luxury, comfort and service

press release

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has unveiled the new product and service offering on its Airbus A380 and Boeing B787 Dreamliner aircraft, including The Residence by Etihad™, the world’s most luxurious living space in the air, available only on the airline’s A380 aircraft.

The Residence will be the breath-taking and completely new forward upper-deck cabin on the A380. Accommodating single or double occupancy, it features a living room, separate double bedroom and ensuite shower room. Guests in The Residence will also have a personal Butler.

With the launch of these new fleets, the Abu Dhabi-based airline will also redefine and rename its cabin classes.

The A380 will feature the revolutionary First Apartments, which are fully private suites with a separate reclining lounge seat and full-length bed, as well as a chilled mini-bar, personal vanity unit and wardrobe.

Etihad Airways has allocated the upper deck of the A380 to its premium cabins.

On the B787, Etihad Airways has designed an enhanced First Suite, adding many new features including a chilled mini-bar.

The Business Studio and Economy Smart Seat will feature on both the A380 and the B787.

Etihad Airways is introducing the latest Panasonic eX3 entertainment system across both fleets, providing more than 750 hours of on-demand entertainment, improved gaming and high definition screens across all cabins.

The system has video touchscreen handsets, offering an additional screen for guests to maximize their entertainment, so they can play games or view the moving map while watching a movie.

Noise cancelling headsets are provided across all cabins, with built-in magnetic audio jacks to ensure the best sound quality.

The A380 aircraft will have full mobile and Wi-Fi service while the B787 will be equipped with Wi-Fi.

Unveiled at a global media launch in Abu Dhabi today, Sunday 4 May, the new cabins and service offering follow the airline’s pledge to transform air travel and make every guest journey a remarkable one.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “These new living spaces will raise inflight product and service standards to their highest level yet in commercial aviation and alter air travellers’ expectations of inflight comfort and luxury forever.

“Etihad Airways’ A380 and B787 will deliver the most advanced airline cabins in the industry, while meeting all weight, range and cost targets at our desired seat count. This will allow us to offer products unparalleled in quality and style, yet at competitive prices across all three cabins.”

In 2008, recognising that no single design agency could deliver its vision for the new cabins, Etihad Airways established the Etihad Design Consortium (EDC) which brought together three leading design companies, Acumen, Factorydesign and Honour Branding to develop innovative cabin and seat designs for the new fleets.

The EDC collaborated with Promise Communispace, a leading co-creation agency, to launch comprehensive consumer research and workshops in Abu Dhabi, Sydney, London and New York, with the goal of understanding what makes a ‘perfect flight’ and asking consumers to help design the perfect airline.

Eighty per cent of the new product offering is a direct result of the feedback and information garnered from these workshops.

Etihad Airways’ design vision was to bring the individuality and exclusivity of a luxury boutique hotel experience to the sky in a way that embraced Arabian Modernism, an aesthetic that combines the traditions of the region with contemporary design.

The Residence by Etihad™

The Residence, which is certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for single or double occupancy, offers levels of luxury and total privacy normally found only on private jets.

Each Etihad Airways A380 will offer a boutique version of The Residence with different color palettes, table marquetry and custom carpets.

Guests in The Residence will have the services of a personal Butler throughout their flight. These fully trained service professionals will receive specialist training at the Savoy Butler Academy in London.

Guests in The Residence will also have a dedicated VIP Travel Concierge team who will ensure every detail of their travel experience, including ground transport, cuisine, and amenities, are tailored to their requirements.

First Apartments

Etihad Airways will redefine First Class and set a remarkable new industry standard with the launch of the First Apartment on the A380.

Nine First Apartments will be installed on the upper deck in a 1-1 configuration creating the only single aisle First Class cabin in the industry.

Each First Apartment, which has a 64 inch high sliding door, includes a reclining armchair and a full-length ottoman, both upholstered by Poltrona Frau. The ottoman transforms into a separate 80 inch long fully flatbed.

The First Apartment, which also includes unique features such as a chilled mini-bar, a personal vanity unit and a swiveling TV monitor for viewing from either the seat or the bed, has a 74 per cent larger footprint than the airline’s current award-winning First Class Suites.

A fully equipped shower room is available on the A380 for exclusive use by First Class guests.

First Suites

On the B787, Etihad Airways has designed an enhanced First Suite with many new features. The eight First Suites in a 1-2-1 configuration along a unique curved aisle, another first in commercial aviation.

Each completely private First Suite has a large seat and ottoman, both upholstered by Poltrona Frau, which converts into an 80.5 inch long full-flat bed.

On the centre seats, the armrests retract and the suites can be joined to create a ‘double’ bed. Other features include a chilled mini-bar and a 24 inch TV monitor.

Business Studios

On both the A380 and the B787, Etihad Airways will launch its new Business Studios which provide 20 per cent more personal space than the airline’s current business class seat.

Configured 1-2-1 in a forward and aft ‘dovetail’, the Business Studios all have aisle access and the seat converts into a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long.

With its privacy, ample storage and surface space, the Business Studio has been designed with the diverse needs of the premium business or leisure traveller firmly in mind.

The Lobby

On the Airbus A380, First and Business Class guests will be able to relax in The Lobby which is a serviced lounge and bar area located between the First and Business cabins.

Providing a semi-circular leather sofa, a marquetry table and a large TV screen, The Lobby is designed for relaxing and socialising.

The TV has a USB connection so it can be used for sharing content or it can also be set to the airline’s Live TV channels for sporting and other events.

Economy Smart Seat

New Economy Smart Seat will offer a unique ergonomic fixed-wing headrest, giving guests a place to rest their head for added comfort and relaxation.

The seat also has a lumbar support feature, allowing guests to adjust their seat comfort, and an 11 inch personal monitor screen, with all the IFE peripherals conveniently set into the seatback in front.

The latest Panasonic eX3 personal entertainment system, of which Etihad Airways is a launch customer, is installed across all cabins

Cabin Entrances

A key design objective for Etihad Airways was to transform the boarding experience making it more akin to stepping into the lobby of a boutique hotel.

In all entry-ways in both aircraft and in all cabins, the galley equipment is concealed behind custom Arabic fretwork screens and blinds, while the trolleys are covered by elegant wood-finish doors, setting a stylish and welcoming environment for all guests.

Importantly for the airline’s Muslim guests, Etihad Airways has developed prayer areas which can be curtained off for privacy and are equipped with a real-time electronic Qibla-finder showing the exact direction of Mecca based on the aircraft’s geographical position.

In the premium class boarding areas, Etihad Airways will collaborate with cultural institutions in the UAE to exhibit artwork and artefacts in display cabinets installed throughout. Items from the Etihad Airways Boutique Duty Free catalogue will also be displayed.

With the launch of these new aircraft, Etihad Airways will update its dining equipment, amenities and soft furnishings across its entire fleet.

publié le 15 February 2011

Etisalat Commences Region’s First and Widest LTE Network Rollout in the UAE, signs deal with Alcatel-Lucent

Press release

[# Delivering its commitment to offer the most advanced Internet services to its customers, Etisalat today inked an agreement with Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) for a planned deployment of the Middle East’s first and widest Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the UAE. Using Alcatel-Lucent’s market-leading end-to-end solution, Etisalat will deploy the first commercial LTE network in the Middle East within the first quarter of 2011.#]

[#
On the occasion, Mr. Mohammad Omran Chairman of Etisalat commented: “As the region’s leading-edge telecom service provider, this is a significant milestone for our corporation and we are proud to be the Middle East’s first and widest LTE network, thereby fulfilling our promise to continuously deliver superlative communication experiences to our customers every step of the way.”

“Over the last year we’ve witnessed a 200% growth in data roaming traffic. Due to the smartphone boom in the UAE, as is globally, our customers continue to crave for higher speeds and better connectivity. There is an exploding demand for new technologies and large bandwidth to support and enable the surging data traffic”, said Marwan Zawaydeh, Etisalat. “We are confident that this advanced next-generation network from Alcatel-Lucent will meet our customers’ needs for innovative mobile broadband services.”

LTE can accommodate multimedia applications such as video conferencing, high definition content transmission and high speed video downloads from social networks, giving Etisalat’s customers unbeatable mobile broadband.

Alcatel-Lucent, as the leading partner will provide Etisalat with a complete end-to-end High Leverage Network™ solution – including LTE base stations (eNodeBs), all-IP wireless Evolved Packet Core (EPC), a converged end-to-end network management solution and a range of professional services including project management, planning, installation, commissioning and integration.

“This is a crucial step towards the adoption of LTE in the Middle East. Alcatel-Lucent’s technical leadership and transformation expertise will help Etisalat unleash LTE’s full business potential and deliver a mobile broadband experience far beyond anything that has been seen before in the region”, said Ben Verwaayen, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent. “This agreement expands our long standing relationship with Etisalat and is further evidence of the trust they have in our company across multiple technologies and our ability and support the next generation mobile network.”

Having being selected so far by 12 customers for commercial deployments, including two of the world’s largest service providers, and being involved in over 60 trials worldwide, Alcatel-Lucent has established a strong leadership position in LTE.

About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)
The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic industries and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in mobile, fixed, IP and Optics technologies, and a pioneer in applications and services. Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of the world’s foremost centres of research and innovation in communications technology.

With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach.

The Company achieved revenues of Euro 16 billion in 2010 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com#]

publié le 24 January 2012

Eurocopter boosts its sales by 12 percent in 2011 and increases order intake by more than 100 helicopters

press release

[#Eurocopter generated a record high annual turnover in 2011 as the company benefitted from long-term strategies of investing in innovation to keep its helicopter product line at the forefront, growing the international footprint, developing services businesses and optimizing internal operations.#]

[#The deliveries of 503 rotary-wing aircraft in 2011, along with Eurocopter’s enhanced support and services activities, generated a turnover of 5.4 billion euros – representing a growth of 12.5 percent from the previous year, and marking the first time Eurocopter’s annual turnover has surpassed the 5 billion euro volume. Deliveries included the 1,000th Dauphin, which was received by Indian operator Pawan Hans; the 1,000th EC135, provided to the German ADAC automobile club – one of Eurocopter’s longest-standing customers; and the 100th EC225, accepted by the Bristow Group.

New helicopter orders also picked up last year, with the 457 net bookings representing a value of 4.7 billion euros, compared with the 346 helicopters sold in 2010. The year’s business included initial firm orders for the new EC175; major bookings for the EC225 from CHC Helicopter, CITIC Offshore Helicopter Co., Bristow Helicopters and RTE; the continuation of orders from the U.S. Army for the UH-72A Lakota; and the first large booking for Eurocopter’s enhanced EC145 T2 helicopter version from Germany’s DRF Luftrettung.

“We marked many key achievements during the past 12 months, which were the results of our company’s across-the-board strategy to invest, innovate and improve as we continue Eurocopter’s industry leadership,” said President & CEO Lutz Bertling. “As Eurocopter celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2012, we are well positioned for the future.”

Consolidated turnover
Deliveries of new production helicopters represented 51 percent of Eurocopter’s 2011 consolidated turnover, while support and services continued its growth to account for 38 percent of the total. The remaining 11 percent was generated by development and other activities.

Order bookings
Export sales outside of Eurocopter’s home country nations remained the primary source of business, at 77 percent of total bookings in 2011. Civil contracts accounted for 68 percent of the order volume, with military sales representing the remaining 32 percent.

Bookings by product range
The strongest growth in 2011 sales was registered by Eurocopter’s Ecureuil/Fennec/EC130 Family and the EC145:
· EC120 Colibri: 13
· Ecureuil/Fennec/EC130 Family: 238
· EC135: 42
· EC145 (including the UH-72A Lakota): 104
· Dauphin/Panther/EC155 Family: 21
· EC175: 4
· Super Puma/Cougar EC225/EC725 Family: 35

For the EC175 and EC225, several multi-year contracts were signed, for which the customers’ bookings will be logged based on annual purchase orders.

2011 Highlights
Eurocopter marked numerous program, commercial and technical achievements during the past 12 months.

The company’s unveiling of its new EC145 T2 version and introduction of the enhanced “e” upgrades for the AS350, EC135, AS365 and AS332 were well received by the market.

Eurocopter’s emphasis on innovation was underscored by the initial public appearance of its X3 high-speed demonstrator aircraft at the Paris Air Show, and the start-up of pioneering flight testing for a hybrid helicopter concept combining an internal combustion engine and an electric motor.

The company’s worldwide presence increased with the most significant acquisition in its 20-year history: Vector Aerospace, a leading maintenance, repair and overhaul service provider headquartered in Canada. New subsidiaries and participations were created in 2011 with the Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering operation in Kazakhstan, and the Korea Aerospace Industries-Eurocopter joint venture to support the Korean Utility Helicopter’s marketing and export.

The inauguration of Eurocopter Global Logistics at Marignane, France marked an important step in enhancing the company’s logistics and industrial performance, while the investments in support and services activities were underscored by the opening of new training centers in Russia and China, along with a support and service center in Scotland – where a new EC225 full-flight simulator already has logged more than 1,000 training hours.

In 2011, Eurocopter advanced two programs to align and enhance its industrial capabilities: the Systemhaus project at the company’s Donauwörth, Germany site, which will concentrate all the resources, skills and equipment required to develop, manufacture, certify and maintain helicopters in one location; and the new facility to be built at Le Bourget Airport near Paris, which is to become a worldwide benchmark in the conception, manufacture, maintenance and overhaul of helicopter blades.

Last year, Eurocopter also completed the two-year SHAPE transformation effort, which strengthened its capabilities during the market downturn of the past several years.

2012 flight plan
Eurocopter’s ambitious innovation program, the growth of its international footprint and further expansion of the services offering will remain priorities for the coming year. This includes continued development of the X4 – which will introduce a revolution in helicopter operations for Eurocopter’s Dauphin successor; inauguration of the EC725 assembly line in Brazil and the phase-in of a production facility for aerostructures and components in Mexico; as well as the broadening of support, services and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) business for Eurocopter and non-Eurocopter helicopters.

The next-generation EC175 will enter service in 2012, incorporating significantly increased range and payload capacity – making it the first seven metric ton-category helicopter delivered with such capabilities.

Eurocopter also will focus on production ramp-up activity to meet a strengthening international marketplace, which includes increasing the output for its Super Puma family, the EC145 T2, the Ecureuil family, along with the NH90 and Tiger military helicopters.

About Eurocopter

Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace and defense-related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 20,000 people. In 2011, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s number one helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 5.4 billion Euros, orders for 457 new helicopters and a 43 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s helicopters account for 33 percent of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. Eurocopter’s strong international presence is ensured by its subsidiaries and participations in 21 countries. Eurocopter’s worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents supports some 2,900 customers. There are currently more than 11,300 Eurocopter helicopters in service in 149 countries. Eurocopter offers the most comprehensive civil and military helicopter range in the world and is fully committed to safety as the most important aspect of its business.

For more information, please contact:

Website: www.eurocopter.com#]

publié le 20 November 2011

Eurocopter reinforces its maintenance, support and commercial presence in the Middle East and Asia

[#New agreements announced during this week’s Dubai Airshow further enhance Eurocopter’s Middle East and Asia footprint, creating a cooperative maintenance program for Royal Jordanian Air Force AS 332 M1 Super Pumas, establishing customer support services for helicopters with the United Arab Emirates’ Armed Forces, and marking the sale of a corporate EC130 B4 to Pakistan.#]

[#The maintenance contract with Jordan covers G-level major inspection for 10 Royal Jordanian Air Force Super Puma AS 332 M1s, which is performed every 12 years.

This major agreement represents a new step in the longstanding relationship between the Royal Jordanian Air Force and Eurocopter, and involves a cooperative training and work-sharing arrangement. The initial three helicopters will be inspected by Eurocopter, which is to provide associated on-the-job training that will enable the Royal Jordanian Air Force to perform G-level checks on the remaining seven Super Pumas in Jordan.

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Jordan has operated Eurocopter helicopters for more than 30 years. In addition to the AS332 Super Pumas – which are used for troop transport and search & rescue, the Royal Jordanian Air Force’s current Eurocopter fleet also includes AS350s for pilot training and VIP airlift, along with EC635s for multi-mission duties. In addition, the Jordan Public Security Air Wing operates EC635s and BO105s.

Eurocopter’s agreement announced at the Dubai Airshow with Global Aerospace Logistics, LLC (GAL) marks another element in its strategy of local presence, providing customer support services to further strengthen Eurocopter’s profile in the United Arab Emirates and enhancing the company’s capability to serve the UAE Armed Forces.

GAL is an Abu Dhabi-based supplier of professional aerospace services in the UAE, and the new agreement with Eurocopter establishes it as a provider of routine customer support services for the UAE Navy and UAE Presidential Guard Command – including new spare parts, repairs, training and technical publications.

During the past several years, GAL has been providing daily operational and intermediate aviation maintenance at a highly professional level for Eurocopter helicopters flown by both the UAE Navy and UAE Presidential Guard Command.

“By joining forces, Eurocopter and GAL will meet the daily operational needs of the UAE Navy and UAE Presidential Guard Command, ensuring proficient fleet maintenance of the Ecureuil, Fennec, Dauphin, Panther and Super Puma helicopters operated in the Emirates,” said further Xavier Hay, the Eurocopter Vice-President for Middle East and Africa. “This partnership confirms Eurocopter’s dedication to enhancing its local UAE presence in serving all governmental and civil operators of its helicopters, and we welcome GAL to our network of customer support services providers.”

The sales agreement signed during the Dubai Airshow involves one EC130 B4 in a corporate configuration for Pakistan’s Princely Jets, which is to be delivered in June 2012. Also covered in the accord is Eurocopter’s provision of spares and services for this rotary-wing aircraft.

About Eurocopter

Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defense and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 17,500 people. In 2010, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s number one helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market with a turnover of 4.8 billion Euros, orders for 346 new helicopters and a 49 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s helicopters account for 33 percent of the total worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. Eurocopter’s strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 30 subsidiaries and participations on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centers. There are currently 11,200 Eurocopter helicopters in service and some 2,900 customers in 147 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.

For more information, please contact:

www.eurocopter.com#]

publié le 15 January 2016

France launches Aster Block 1 NT programme

press release

The French Ministry of Defence has launched the Aster Block 1 NT (New Technology) programme aimed at modernising the SAMP/T ground based air defence system as well as its associated Astermissile (*). The contract was notified by the French DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) to the EUROSAM consortium involving MBDA and Thales on 23rd December 2015.

This contract provides for the development of a new version of the Aster 30 Block 1 missile, referred to as Aster B1 NT with first deliveries to the French Air Force being expected in 2023. It also covers the modernization of the current SAMP/T system to provide enhanced capabilities particularly against ballistic missiles. These evolutions will enable SAMP/T to further enhance its contribution towards NATO’s anti-ballistic missile defence programme. In the next few months, France should be joined also by Italy whose ground based air defence units are similarly equipped with the SAMP/T system. For quite some time, the UK, Italy and France have shared a successful cooperation covering ground and naval air defence systems based on the Aster missile. This cooperation was reaffirmed by the signing of an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) by the three nations on 11th December 2015.

(*) France’s Aster programme is led by the DGA with the support of OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’Armement), the European intergovernmental organisation for joint armament cooperation.

publié le 15 December 2010

France Telecom-Orange announces the start of operations of IMEWE, the new broadband submarine cable linking the Middle East to India and Europe

[#The new IMEWE submarine cable (India Middle East Western Europe) was officially turned on or "lit" on 10 December 2010. The cable serves eight countries: India, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Italy and France.#]

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More than 13,000 km of optical fibre cable between Asia, the Middle East and Europe

With this cable, France Telecom-Orange supports the strong growth of the Indian subcontinent by providing new transmission capacities to its customers, and will be in a position to cover demand for years to come. It will also provide Middle Eastern countries with a new point of access to international broadband networks.

In addition, IMEWE constitutes an alternate route for secure broadband telecommunications carried by the Sea-Me-We 4 cable linking Southeast Asia to Western Europe, in which the Group is also an investing partner. This diversity helps strengthen the performance of all of France Telecom-Orange’s networks.

IMEWE takes advantage of the most effective technology now in use in the submarine cable field: wavelength division multiplexing (WDM), which allows capacity to be increased based on demand without additional submarine work. It has a potential capacity of 3.84 Tb/sec. Moreover, the system was designed to migrate towards the new 40 Gb/sec technology that will support tomorrow’s ultra-broadband networks.

A major asset in the Group’s global broadband network

The construction of the IMEWE cable represented a total investment of around 480 million US dollars, about 60 million dollars of which came from France Telecom-Orange.

This investment gives shape to a key aspect of the Group’s strategy that aims to increase network performance along this booming regional axis. France Telecom-Orange, one of the world’s leading investors in submarine systems deployment, is helping to build a high quality global network. The cables constitute broadband arteries that give the Group high-performance tools at controlled cost to meet growing demand from its customers in every region of the world.

France Telecom-Orange is also a stakeholder in the deployment of the ACE cable (Africa Coast to Europe) on the Atlantic side of the African continent, which will link South Africa to France in 2012 by connecting twenty-three countries.

- Ends-

About Orange
Orange is the key brand of France Telecom, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators. With more than 131 million customers, the Orange brand covers internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the Group operates. At the end of 2009, France Telecom had sales of 44.8 billion euros (33.7 billion euros for the first nine months of 2010). At 30 September 2010, the Group had a total customer base of 203 million customers in 32 countries. These include 144.5 million mobile customers and 13.3 million broadband internet (ADSL, FTTH) customers worldwide. Orange is one of the main European operators for mobile and broadband internet services and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.

With its industrial project, "conquests 2015", Orange is simultaneously addressing its employees, customers and shareholders, as well as the society in which the company operates, through a concrete set of action plans. These commitments are expressed through a new vision of human resources for employees; through the deployment of a network infrastructure upon which the Group will build its future growth; through the Group’s ambition to offer a superior customer experience thanks in particular to improved quality of service; and through the acceleration of international development

France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A) and on the New York Stock Exchange.

For more information (on the internet and on your mobile): www.orange.com, www.orange-business.com, www.orange-innovation.tv

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trade marks of Orange Brand Services Limited, Orange France or France Telecom.#]

publié le 9 January 2011

France’s RATP Group signs partnership with Dubai RTA

[#Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an agreement with France’s Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) to form a partnership aimed at developing operations in the UAE. The partnership is intended to develop integrated transport networks, including bus, tram and metro service, with high quality service. RATP is an integrated company combining engineering, operations and maintenance, with expertise in automatic metro technologies.#]

publié le 19 January 2009

Gaussin: Record contracts with Dubai Port World.


GAUSSIN MANUGISTIQUE® (Marché Libre - FR0010342329) announces the signature of two
contracts for the delivery of 120 TT type port vehicles and 35 ATT08 type, non-motorised
vehicles for the port of Djebel Ali and the signature of a letter of intent (Memorandum of
Understanding, MOU) with Dubai Port World for the delivery of the first prototype ATTO8 type
motorised vehicle.

The TT (Terminal Trailer) vehicle becomes a universal standard

In accordance with the signed exclusivity agreement, the fourth largest operator in the world,
Dubai Port World, confirms a new order for 120 port vehicles. These vehicles, developed in
partnership with GAUSSIN MANUGISTIQUE® and DPW at the beginning of 2007, have become a
worldwide port standard, thanks, in particular, to the design of the fully shock-resistant 60-tonne
chassis. This unique design is covered by new patents registered in the Middle East. In 2008, 350
vehicles of this type were delivered to Djibouti, Dakar, Jeddah and Djebel Ali.
In the same spirit of partnership in the development of new products, 35 ATTO8s have been ordered
to equip the port of Djebel Ali. DPW wishes to keep the value of these contracts confidential, which
have been qualified as historic by the Group’s Management.
Gaussin Middle East in Dubai will be in charge of production of the 120 port vehicles and the 35
ATT08s. The key parts and mechanical components will be delivered to Dubai and then assembled
by subcontractors, until the GME factory is fully operational.

"We make your operation faster, cleaner and safer”: first success for the motorised ATT08.

The letter of intent, MOU, schedules delivery of an initial prototype of the motorised version of the
ATT08 for April 2009. The ATT08 vehicle combines the port Tractor function and the port Semitrailer
function in a single, unique product. The annual global market is estimated at 5,000 vehicles
(company source).
The products available in the ATT08 range meet the objectives of port operators, which are to carry
out ship unloading operations more quickly in complete safety whilst reducing fuel consumption and
maintenance costs.

"GAUSSIN MANUGISTIQUE®: the leading operator in a market segment worth more than a billion euro a year"

"All of the competitive advantages that the ATT08 give to our customers, our technological
progress, our patents, the extent of our portfolio, customisation, and the strength and reliability of
our equipment are such that we will eventually occupy a dominant position in this segment,"
comments Christophe Gaussin, Chairman of Gaussin Manugistique®.
In the delicate context that the financial markets are experiencing, Gaussin Manugistique® is
making a confident start to 2009. Management makes it clear on this point that the Group currently
has no bank debts outstanding on its books. Gaussin Manugistique® can thus look to the future with
peace of mind and intends to continue with the same strategy which has made it successful: the
conquest of international markets, with growth and innovation as the principal driving forces. In
practice, the relevance of this strategy is embodied in an order book which has reached historic
levels and a positive outlook as regards future development.

About GAUSSIN MANUGISTIQUE®
GAUSSIN MANUGISTIQUE® specialises in auditing handling procedures and the production of
wheeled systems for implementing and transporting heavy, cumbersome or fragile loads. With
more than 100 years’ experience, GAUSSIN, with more than 50,000 handling vehicles
throughout the world, enjoys an excellent reputation in the four markets currently undergoing
considerable expansion which are Energy, Transport, the Environment and Raw Materials.
GAUSSIN MANUGISTIQUE® has been listed in the Marché Libre at Euronext Paris since July 2006.

Contacts


Christophe GAUSSIN
invest@gaussin.com
03.84.46.13.45


Nicolas MEUNIER
nmeunier@actifin.fr
01.56.88.11.11

Find out more about GAUSSIN at www.gaussin.com

publié le 22 April 2013

Géant Hypermarket At Hyatt Plaza witnesses an increase in the number of customers

press release

[# After the opening of the first Géant hypermarket at Hyatt plaza earlier in February, Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C.) announced that the store is witnessing a noticeable increase in the number of customers visiting the hypermarket.#]

[#“ The opening of the Geant Hypermarket is In line with our commitment to all our stakeholders, including both our shareholders and our customers, as we believe in providing the best for our country and its residence. ” said Dr. Mohamed Al Qahtani, Deputy CEO of Al Meera. “Our Strategy is focused on availing the best of products at very competitive prices” he added

The opening of Géant hypermarket is the culmination of an agreement signed between Al Meera Holding Company (L.L.C.) and French retailer Casino to develop a network of hypermarkets and supermarkets under the Géant banners in selected Middle East countries.

“We are delighted to see the increase on number of customers visiting Geant every day, as this confirms that we are on the right track of making it not just another hypermarket, but rather a New Favorit shopping destination to all residence of Qatar ”

With the breadth and visibility of its fresh food offerings, creation of an attractive, dramatic sales environment, pertinence of its non-food offerings (textiles, decor, lifestyle, electronics, etc.), transformation of the surrounding shopping centers into modern, welcoming, friendly spaces, and many more, Géant Hypermarket promises a fun-filled and comfort shopping.
#]

publié le 2 March 2014

GCAS focuses on youth during the Abu Dhabi Air Expo

press release

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: The Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS), based in Al Bateen Executive Airport, hosted more than 250 students for a tour of their state of the art training facilities during the Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2014.

Students from various schools in Abu Dhabi, were given a presentation by Dr. Othman Al Khoori, Chief Human Resources Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, on the most exciting aspects of the aviation industry. This was followed by a question and answer session and a tour of both the GCAS facilities and the Air Expo show including the aircraft on display of around 100 aircraft.

The tour being held alongside the Abu Dhabi Air Expo gave students the perfect opportunity to get hands-on experience and a feel of what the industry has to offer. The tour is part of GCAS’ commitment to raise awareness on the aviation industry to engage and create interest amongst the youth’s career paths within this field in the UAE.

Aws Al Khanjari, General Manager of GCAS said: “The aviation industry is growing at a rapid rate and so too is the demand for highly skilled aviation and airport staff. We have a wealth of talent here in the UAE to meet this demand, and through our outreach activities with local schools, we can nurture this talent from a young age. This is an on-going process that we will continue to provide, and will ultimately result in strengthening the UAE’s position as one of the fastest growing players in the aviation industry.”

Backed by leading global aviation training organisations, GCAS designs, develops and delivers the best possible training solutions to meet the needs of the industry in the Middle East. GCAS is one of the few aviation training centres in the world located in an operational airport, providing trainings with a unique on-the-job learning experience

GCAS has partnered with leading international providers of aviation training around the globe ensuring all trainees are provided with curriculum that are on par with international standards. GCAS is the world’s first Gold Member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) TRAINAIR PLUS programme, and is an IATA “Authorized Training Center”, and is an exclusive provider for JAATO programs in the region.

For more information, please visit www.adairexpo.com or www.adac.ae

or follow us on Twitter: @AUH.

You can also follow Abu Dhabi Airports on Instagram: @abudhabiairports; LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/1b0VuqK; or, subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/user/AUHAirport.

About Al Bateen Executive Airport

Al Bateen Executive Airport is a dedicated business jet airport, the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region; conveniently located only a five kilometres from the central business district of Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital. The downtown location of Al Bateen Executive Airport makes it ideal for users of business jets, whose time is valuable and who have a high-regard for the convenience that personalised jet travel can bring.

Benefits

Only dedicated private aviation airport in the region
Fast & efficient turnarounds
Ideal location in the city centre close to central business district
Over 90 parking/maintenance spaces in hangars for different aircraft sizes + 20 apron parking stands
Business Campus – full business traveller facilities and stand-alone offices
One-stop-shop Business Jet Specialists
Fuel, handling, and other FBO services
Air Taxis
Vendor/Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) access
Related aviation business access
Aviation education and training

About Abu Dhabi Airports

Abu Dhabi Airports is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, Abu Dhabi Airports assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, Abu Dhabi Airports added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive private aviation airport), and Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travellers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.

Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 40 million passengers per year.

publié le 3 January 2012

GCC waste treatment market to hit $2bn

[#The water and wastewater treatment equipment market in the Gulf region is set to reach $2 billion by 2016 growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7 per cent over the next five years, according to a report.#]

[#The market is currently being pegged at $1.3 billion, said growth partnership company Frost & Sullivan in its latest report.

As economic development gains speed, Middle East governments are moving aggressively towards promoting water conservation/storage, wastewater recycle and reuse and desalination of sea water in order to meet the burgeoning water consumption needs of all sectors, the report stated.

The region has begun investing heavily in water and sewerage networks to ensure 100 per cent connectivity to the growing population, Frost & Sullivan said in the report.

Economically, the GCC region is making brisk developments and is anticipated to be a $2 trillion economy by the year 2020, supplying 25 per cent of the world’s oil.

Contribution of non-oil sectors to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to go up from 35 per cent in 2010 to 40 per cent in the year 2020, as economic diversification gains pace.

Such rapid growth is undoubtedly straining the already scarce and stretched water resources in the region, said the report.

Water requirements by all the three sectors - agriculture, domestic and industrial - are set to grow from 35 billion cubic meters (BCM) to 49 BCM by 2020 in the Gulf region, said Frost & Sullivan.

Whilst, the sewage collection rate in the GCC is 52 per cent of the total sewage generated; however, contribution of recycled water to total water withdrawal is between 4 to 8 per cent.

’All the GCC countries were water-stressed with the per capita renewable water resources much below the critical level of 1,000 Cu. M/day,’ said its author Sasidhar Chidanamarri, industry manager, Environmental and Building Technologies (Mena) at Frost & Sullivan.

’Over drafting of groundwater aquifers has led to deterioration of groundwater quality, further constraining groundwater supplies,’ he noted.

According to him, the GCC region mirrors the trend followed by emerging economies like India, Brazil, and China where upto 80 per cent of the water withdrawals are meant for agricultural purposes.

However, in case of developed economies like the US, industries consume the majority, he pointed out.

The industrial growth in the GCC region, though aimed at de-risking the economy from frequent shocks of oil and gas sector, is expected to unfold opportunities for advanced water and wastewater treatment solutions, said the author.

According to him, desalination is expected to continue playing a critical role in the overall water supply in the Mena region.

Across the Middle East, a total of 39 million Cu. M/day of desalination capacity is expected to be added between 2010 and 2020. This translates into an approximate investment of $45-50 billion in the desalination sector.

The region was facing an uphill task of meeting the growing demand for water by industries, improving water supply and sanitation to the growing population, planning to prevent depletion and contamination along with optimization of available water resources.

In its path towards meeting these challenges, opportunities are unfolding for the water sector particularly in the areas of recycle and reuse technologies such as Membrane Bio Reactor (MBR) and sea water desalination, said the report.

Urbanisation is another mega trend severely impacting the already low levels of available water resources pegged at 1,200 cu m per person/ per year as against the global average being 7,000 cu m per person/ per year, it stated.

In the Middle East, urbanisation levels are about 50 per cent, but the urban growth rate is
about 4 per cent.

Urbanisation levels are expected to touch 70 per cent by the year 2020. Hence, the real challenge lies in continuing economic growth, eradicating poverty and preserving the environment, the report stated.

’Provision of water and wastewater treatment infrastructure is vital to make the Middle Eastern cities viable, livable and competitive, in order to attract foreign investment, increase employment and economic growth,’ explained Sasidhar.

Investments in clean technologies and eco-friendly practices through the implementation of advanced treatment technologies not only solve water issues but also promote green growth and sustainable living, he added.

The GCC region is witnessing installations of large capacity MBR plants, said the author.

’Muscat has recently commissioned a 76,000 Cu. M/day MBR plant that treats sewage to low levels of suspended solids, biological oxygen demand and colour, for use in irrigation and other industrial applications.’

These developments are revealing signs of a more expansive market for MBR’s in the Middle East, he stated.

On its outlook for 2012, Frost and Sullivan said Middle East region holds significant potential for industry participants mulling a foray into the development of water and wastewater infrastructure including desalination, water and wastewater treatment, water transmission, and wastewater collection network.

It has the potential to drive the market for membrane-based systems such as reverse osmosis, MBR and ultra-filtration (UF) on the treatment side, the report added.

’Additionally, the countries in the region are keen to allow the private sector to tackle critical water and wastewater issues,’ said Sasidhar.

’In its quest for sustainable and green growth, Middle East is expected to be the testing ground for advanced and newer treatment technologies,’ he added.(Tradearabia)#]

publié le 11 January 2013

GDF SUEZ-led Consortium awarded ’Successful Bidder’ for the first Independent Water and Power Project in the State of Kuwait

[#GDF SUEZ is pleased to announce that, after finalization of the project agreements, its consortium with Sumitomo Corporation (Japan) and Kuwaiti partner Abdullah Hamad Al Sagar & Brothers, has been nominated ’successful bidder’ for the Az Zour North Independent Water & Power Project (IWPP) in Kuwait by the State’s Partnerships Technical Bureau (PTB).
#]

[#The GDF SUEZ-led consortium has now officially been awarded the construction and operation of a gas-fired combined cycle power plant of at least 1,500MW and an associated water desalination plant with a capacity of 102 to 107 MIGD (464 to 486 thousand m³/day). The project will be jointly owned by the consortium, by Kuwaiti public entities and by Kuwaiti nationals (via an Initial Public Offering).

Shankar Krishnamoorthy, CEO and President of GDF SUEZ Energy Middle East, Turkey & Africa, said:
"I would like to thank the Partnerships Technical Bureau for the constructive and cooperative negotiations that have led to the award of the Az Zour North project to our consortium. GDF SUEZ is proud to be the first international investor in private power and water development in Kuwait and to partner with the PTB to develop quality infrastructure for the people of Kuwait."

The capacity of the plant will account for approximately 12% of Kuwait’s installed generation capacity and about 23% of its installed desalination capacity. All of the plant’s output will be purchased by the Kuwait Ministry of Electricity and Water under a 40-year long-term Energy Conversion and Water Purchase Agreement (ECWPA). The plant is expected to start commercial operation in 2015.

About GDF SUEZ Energy Middle East, Turkey & Africa

The GDF SUEZ Group ranks among the world’s leading energy companies. Present on every continent in some 70 countries, GDF SUEZ develops its three core businesses (electricity, natural gas, and energy & environmental services) around a model based on responsible growth to provide essential services to its customers every day. The Group employs 218,900 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €90.7 billion in 2011.

In the Middle East, Turkey & Africa region (META), GDF SUEZ, has a direct equity interest in more than 26 GW power capacity and almost 4.8 million m³/day of desalination capacity in operation and under construction. In the GCC, it is the leading operating independent power and desalinated water producer, with over 15 years of experience. In Turkey, GDF SUEZ has two plants in operation with a total capacity of 1.2 GW, and runs a natural gas distribution and retail company east of Istanbul. In Africa, GDF SUEZ is actively pursuing a number of projects, specifically in South Africa and Morocco.#]
www.gdfsuezmeta.com
www.gdfsuez.com

publié le 5 June 2013

Geant Hypermarket: A destination of choice for shoppers

press release

AI Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C.) joining hands with Groupe Casino- one of the world’s largest French hypermarket chains and Retail Arabia to bring the first "Geant hypermarket" to Qatar, is already reaping rich dividends, and is fast becoming a destination of choice for shoppers.

Since the opening of the Geant hypermarket at Hyatt Plaza, in February, customer numbers have been increasing by every passing month. And it is no surprise that customers keep flocking to Geant hypermarket as consumers are presented with a retailing experience that is suited not just to their needs but also to their tastes and aspirations.
The opening of the first Geant hypermarket in Qatar followed of an agreement signed between AI Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C.) and French retailer Casino to develop a network of hypermarkets and supermarkets under the Geant banners in selected Middle East countries. With al Meera’s strength in local retailing and knowledge of local needs, and coupled with Groupe Casino’s expertise in Hypermarket operations, Geant is an embodiment of the best local adaptation of International standards in retailing.
"The Geant hypermarket demonstrates AI Meera’s commitment to provide high quality and diverse product offerings at very competitive price to our customers. We have lived up to our promise of bringing you the highest quality products in a local, friendly environment," AI Meera official said.
Geant Hypermarket with its array of products, customers can be assured of a shopping experience never felt before. With the breadth and visibility of its fresh food offerings, creation of an attractive, dramatic sales environment, pertinence of its non-food offerings (textiles, decor, lifestyle, electronics, etc.), transformation of the surrounding shopping centers into modern, welcoming, friendly spaces, and many more, Geant Hypermarket promises a fun-filled and comfort shopping.
The Geant Hypermarket adheres to the strict international standards to ensure product(s) freshness, by selecting professional suppliers who are able to follow high standards and specifications and are able to supply fresh product in quantities with regularity.
Special emphasis has been given to widen the products range to provide more choice particularly to increase the interest and the attraction of the expat population (meat, cheese, dairy product, fish, bakery and vegetable) and also to provide more choices for local people.
To make shopping convenient and fun at the 12,500 square meters (including Mezzanine floor) hypermarket, Geant has given special emphasis on easy to locate products, wide aisles, customer service and the exclusive use of digital pricing tags. Similarly, for the convenience of customers, all products have been meticulously displayed according to their respective categories.
With imports coming from many different countries from around the world, shoppers at Geant Hypermarket can be assured of finding everything they need.
"AI Meera efforts have really paid off- for everyone. It stores can now easily be accessed by virtually everyone in Qatar and has become the country’s favorite neighborhood retailer", AI Meera official noted.

publié le 26 August 2012

GROHE wins two new projects in The Pearl Qatar

press release

[# GROHE, the world’s leading premium brand for sanitary fittings, offers ‘twice the luxury to The Pearl Qatar’ by winning two prestigious projects namely VB22 and VB23 of Viva Bahriya and Parcel 13A and 13B and Parcel 3A and 3B of Porto Arabia. VB22-VB23 and Parcel 13A and 13B and Parcel 3A and 3B join the already successful portfolio of GROHE products found in Pearl districts: Qanat Quartier 2008 and Madinat Centrale 2010.#]

[#The new projects join the already successful portfolio of GROHE products found in Pearl districts: Qanat Quartier 2008 and Madinat Centrale 2010

“This is another proud moment for Grohe as we have been chosen to equip our products to not one but two prestigious projects in the Pearl Qatar. All of the GROHE products being provided are characterised by distinctive designs while at the same time showcasing the unmistakeable GROHE style. We hope that we offer the residents of The Pearl Qatar an out of the world experience in luxury which falls in line with what The Pearl stands for”, explained Maguy Makhoul, Project Channel Manager – Qatar & Kuwait

At VB22 and VB23, every luxury apartment home with its exquisite soft, rounded lines and welcoming spaces proves to be a truly surprising innovation in residential interior design. Attention to detail is of paramount importance at VB22 and VB23 and therefore the GROHE product range that has been chosen, addresses the requirements which include impeccable design along with uncompromising quality.

The product lines that are being provided to VB22 and VB23 by Grohe are Eurodisc Cosmo, Rainshower System, Grohtherm 1000, and angle valves, essentials accessories. In addition the maids’ quarters will include Baucurve, Tempesta, Trigger spray, traps, angle valve and concealed tanks for all bidets and WC’s.

As for the Penthouse, it is equipped with Grohe’s Ondus range.

Home to The Pearl-Qatar’s main harbour, Porto Arabia combines elegant towers and townhouses. Porto Arabia will be home to elegant residential towers lining a Riviera-like boardwalk around the 400-boat slip marina. There are 2 separate towers within the Porto Arabia project and hence the GROHE products will also differ in each of the towers. Parcel 3A-3B, will include GROHE Eurosmart, Tempesta and Essentials. In addition, Parcel 13A and 13B will have GROHE Allure,/ Atrio and concealed tanks.

For more information on GROHE product ranges log on to: http://www.grohe.com

About GROHE

Grohe AG is Europe’s largest and, with a market share of roughly eight percent, among the world’s leading manufacturers of sanitary fittings. As a global brand for sanitary products and systems, GROHE sets standards in quality, design, technology and sustainability, providing water to perfection.
With its headquarters in Hemer and Corporate Center in Düsseldorf, the company currently employs some 5,400 people worldwide, including 2,400 in for the commercial and contract sectors, and installation and flushing systems generated sales of EUR 980 million.
GROHE has six production plants, of which three are located outside Germany, namely in Portugal, Thailand and Canada. The company currently generates 80 percent of its sales outside Germany.
Since July 2011, GROHE has held a majority interest in Chinese market leader Joyou following the successful completion of a public tender offer. GROHE subsidiary Joyou Grohe Holding AG holds 57.2%.#]

publié le 8 December 2013

Gulf Air Launches Winter Promotion on Fares for Passengers Flying from Paris

Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, has launched a special winter promotion for passengers travelling from Paris to key destinations across the airline’s network in the Gulf Countries, Middle East, Asia and the Far East.

Promotional fares on Economy class start from as low as EUR 430 to the Indian Subcontinent and EUR 440 to the GCC, while premium Falcon Gold class fares start from as little as EUR 1,559 to the Indian Subcontinent. Destinations included in the promotion are Dammam, Kuwait, Riyadh, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Addis Ababa, Karachi, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi and Bangkok.

Gulf Air Country Manager for France Mrs. Marcelle Marquis said, “We have launched a special winter promotion offering our French customers the opportunity to book their holiday and business travel while saving on cost for a limited time. These Falcon Gold and economy class fares are available to 10 cities across the airline’s extensive network including, Dubai and Bangkok, both popular winter holiday destinations for Europeans.”

Tickets can be purchased between now and 8th January 2014 on www.gulfair.com or through a travel agent and are available for outbound travel until 31st July 2014, with return journeys until 30th August 2014.

Gulf Air has a strong presence in France since its first flight in 1976, and currently operates daily flights to Paris. Gulf Air, with one of the largest Middle East networks, is well positioned to connect travelers to popular destinations in the region and beyond offering excellent connectivity, via Bahrain, the region’s most efficient hub, to prominent cities in the Gulf, the Middle East and Far East.
All prices quoted are return, including taxes and surcharges. Terms and conditions apply.

publié le 15 June 2014

Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies signs MoU with Emirates Group Security - Centre of Aviation and Security Studies

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Airports announced today that its training facility Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS) signed an MoU with Emirates Group Security - Centre of Aviation and Security Studies (CASS) to provide a number of joint Aviation Security training programmes.

The MoU outlines both parties’ commitment to provide niche training and development in the field of Aviation Security in direct response to the industry’s demands. The courses will train aviation security personnel to plan, co-ordinate and implement the application of a broad range of airport security measures in accordance with national and international legislation.

Commenting on the occasion, Aws Al Khanjari, General Manager of GCAS said: “The UAE’s aviation sector is growing rapidly, mainly due to the steady increase in air traffic and cargo movements. Further growth is expected as a result of major aviation-related infrastructure development projects in the UAE. As such, special focus has been placed on further strengthening aviation security in the region. This MoU shows our commitment to the training and development of airport personnel across the UAE and to maintaining our high level of AVSEC standards.”

“The GCAS-CASS specialized aviation security training programs will equip staff with the necessary knowledge, skills and instincts required to successfully implement and manage aviation security measures. We would like to thank Emirates Group Security CASS for their commitment to this partnership and we are excited to work together in line with our commitment to lead the development of the aviation industry in the UAE and the region by producing highly qualified aviation professionals,” he added.

Additionally, Dr Abdullah Al Hashimi, Divisional Senior Vice President Emirates Group Security added: “Signing this MoU aligns with our philosophy that security is everybody’s business. Through training and education we are striving to continuously enhance the security of our industry. To satisfy current and future demand our training teams are working with their colleagues in GCAS to provide high quality programmes, tailored to meet our customers’ needs and to be fully compliant with national and international regulations”.

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About Abu Dhabi Airports:

Abu Dhabi Airports is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, Abu Dhabi Airports assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, Abu Dhabi Airports added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive business aviation airport), as well as Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travellers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.

Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 40 million passengers per year. As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed.

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publié le 27 January 2013

Gulf Defence Conference 2013 to Sharpen Focus on Regional Technology Development

press release

[#The International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) today announced the key focus areas for the Gulf Defence Conference 2013 (GDC). Taking place for the second successive time on February 16, 2013, the event will be held at the Armed Forces Officers Club in Abu Dhabi and will focus on regional technology development.#]

[#Organized by The Institute for Near East & Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA), the GDC is the official conference of IDEX 2013, forming an integral part of one of the most important international gatherings of the defence and security community in the GCC.

“The Gulf Defence Conference provides an important forum to address developments in the defence industry as leaders and decision makers from around the world gather for IDEX,” said Saleh Al Marzooqi, IDEX Director. “This year’s technology focus reflects the increasingly significant role of advanced systems, such as unmanned systems and network-centric architecture, in reinforcing regional security. Such discussions are critical to guiding the intelligent development of the industry,” he added.

“GDC 2013 is shaping up to be the boldest and most high-profile in GDC and IDEX history. INEGMA had the pleasure to organize GDC 2011 and we are now building on that legacy,” said INEGMA CEO, Riad Kahwaji. “This year’s conference agenda has attracted top military leadership speakers from countries around the world that are shaping the future of defence,” he continued.

Following on the heels of a successful GDC in 2011, GDC 2013 is set to break the mould in defence conferences with over 400 attendees and a top-notch speaker line up. Panellists and speakers at this year’s GDC will be comprised of flag-rank officers from ten countries around the world including UAE, U.S., U.K, Japan, South Korea and Turkey.

With its technology-centric focus, discussions at GDC will offer a unique opportunity for keeping up to date with the latest emerging trends in defence and for networking with peers. The GDC agenda will tackle topics related to “New Paradigms in Land Warfare,” “Future Airpower Transformations,” and “Naval Force Projection and Future Maritime Operations.”

Established in 2001, INEGMA is a Middle Eastern think tank with offices in Dubai, Beirut and Washington D.C. Set up to provide governments, militaries, NGOs and commercial companies with a range of services in defence and security, INEGMA has established a respected name for delivering services of the highest calibre to clients around the world.

Organised by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company in coordination with the UAE Armed Forces GHQ and headline sponsor Tawazun, IDEX will take place at Abu Dhabi’s National Exhibition Centre from the 17th – 21st of February, 2013.

About IDEX 2013

First held in 1993, IDEX (International Defence Exhibition & Conference) is the largest joint defence exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. IDEX takes place biennially under the patronage of HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and is organised by ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company) in association with the UAE Armed Forces GHQ. IDEX, the only international defence and maritime security exhibition in the MENA region, demonstrates the latest technology across land, sea and air sectors of defence. It is a unique platform to establish and strengthen relationships with government departments, businesses and armed forces and in 2011 attracted 1,060 exhibiting companies from 52 countries and over 60,000 attendees.

IDEX 2013, with Tawazun as the Headline Sponsor, will take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from the 17th-21st of February.

For more information go to www.idexuae.ae..#]

publié le 1 May 2011

Gulf Organisation for Research & Development to establish Qatar as Middle East `Capital of Green building’

[# Representatives of the new Gulf Organisation for Research & Development lined their vision to establish Qatar as the Gulf’s `Capital of Green’ at a press conference hosted at the organisation’s new Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) headquarters.#]

- Gulf Organisation for Research & Development located at state of the art QSTP research center
- Gulf Organisation for Research & Development is a non-profit independent organization which issue QSAS certificates.
- Gulf Organisation for Research & Development unveils research projects which translates QSAS standards on the ground using modern technology
- Building a model villa based on the Qatari architectural heritage accomplishes the highest rank of QSAS

[#Gulf Organisation for Research & Development is the new name of the Barwa and Qatari Diar Research Institute, which was Established in 2009 and developed Qatar Sustainability Assessment System (QSAS). This change in the name and identity came to meet the positive developments that Qatar is witnessing in applying and adopting QSAS locally and abroad.

Gulf Organisation for Research & Development Founder and Chairman Dr. Youssef Al-Horr told the press conference: “Today’s launch of the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development as an non-profit independent organization brings us closer to achieving our vision of seeing QSAS become the regional standard for sustainable development rating systems.”

Recently, the real estate sector has witnessed the launch of numerous projects from buildings to large urban developments. Adopting QSAS’s stringent standards provides potential residents of these projects with high-quality and unsacraficed lifestyles, but built with methods that promote sustainable usage of natural resources.

There are now scores of buildings being built to QSAS Standards, most of which were initiated right after the first Green Building Solutions conference held in March of this year. Alwakra and Alkhor cities have both decided to revise their urban planning scheme to include QSAS Standards. Upgrading the plans will provide benefits for both investors and tenants for future developments, and will be similar to other sustainable cities built in other parts of the world.

In line with the vision of His Highness the Emir and Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Heir Apparent of the State of Qatar to make the country a regional role model on sustainable development and climate change issues, the GULF ORGANISATION FOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT strives to enhance the country’s environmental credentials whilst remaining committed to Qatar’s long-term economic and social growth.

“The GULF ORGANISATION FOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT aims to ensure a healthy, rich and diverse environment for present and future generations in support of the environmental pillar of Qatar National Vision 2030,’ promises Dr. Al-Horr.

“Our vision is for Qatar to be the leader in sustainable development, design and construction. The GULF ORGANISATION FOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT will be one of the driving forces behind this transformation, achieving recognition by the construction industry and real estate sector as an invaluable contributor to the delivery of sustainable development.”

Al-Horr also stated that the coming period, especially after adopting the new Qatar Green building code which coincides with QSAS, will witness the need for an independent entity which asset the governmental and non-governmental projects in a transparent method away from any outside effects.

Considered “the best of the best” sustainable rating system in the world, before QSAS was deprived from over 40 national and international rating methods

QSAS focuses on the region’s social, economic, environmental and cultural conditions which are different from other parts of the world where issues such as power consumption, scarcity of water and cultural identity are neglected. QSAS then was highly welcomed from various corporations working in this field which helped in adopting it quickly locally.in addition, the huge success of the first conference and exhibition held last month and attended by hundreds of professionals from Qatar and the world to participate in the workshops and seminars, as well as thousands of visitors who visited the exhibition, gave a clear indication that the Qatari market is so promising in this field and has all capabilities to develop rapidly.

“through adopting QSAS, Qatar will form an economical scene built on the sustainable development requirements such as recycling, energy, and friendly environment materials”.

Training and qualification
On the training and qualifying level, GULF ORGANISATION FOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT will provide great opportunities for training professionals in the field of development, building and designing according to QSAS standards. Hundreds of professionals in the building field were qualified so far as QSAS accredited, and GULF ORGANISATION FOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT is working on building Qatar resources of engineers and architects who appreciate the importance of the cultural heritage for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Education and studies
Enhancing its reputation as the Gulf’s pre-eminent sustainable development research and education institution, the GULF ORGANISATION FOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT is working with a growing number of partners who are eager to adopt QSAS sustainable development standards. Major universities including Kind Fahd University for Oil and Minerals, University of Pennsylvania (USA) and University of Khartoum have introduced QSAS into their curriculum for student engineers and architects. In addition, Qatari Diar and Barwa Real Estate Company have implemented QSAS as the environmental standard for all future developments and the GULF ORGANISATION FOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT has signed agreements with Kahramaa and Ashghal to develop sustainable buildings that provide a better environment for citizens and residents.

Research applicable projects
GULF ORGANISATION FOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT intends to conduct many applicable research projects aiming to speed the application of QSAS standards and provide practical models where people and investors can follow when they need to adopt QSAS in the building.

First: building a model villa according to the Qatari architecture, where design principles take into consideration the capability of the building to adapt with weather and environmental factors, through mixing the old methods in building houses with modern methods, in relation with friendly environment materials of high isolation efficiency or free of harmful substances. Besides, modern technology will be implemented in economy cooling, water treatment to reuse it in irrigation and washing, as well as adapting best practices in energy efficiency and fostering natural aeration. There are many sides who expressed their readiness to contribute in this work, including consultancy companies, contracting companies, or real estate companies.

Second: cooling using solar energy

The traditional cooling consumes two thirds of the energy consumed in the house, thus it increases the emissions of harmful carbons. The usage of solar energy for cooling purposes is so important. Using solar energy for heating water is widely used in many countries around the world, but using this kind of energy for cooling is innovative and new for research, in a time where cooling is much needed in summer. Thus, GULF ORGANISATION FOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT researches will focus on developing cooling system which relies on solar energy to cover the biggest part of cooling demands, and this will lead to reduce using the electrical power to the minimum level.

“In Qatar the economic, social, health and environmental benefits of sustainable development are now becoming widely accepted. It is the duty of the GULF ORGANISATION FOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT to continue educating Qatar’s construction industry and to be at the forefront of finding solutions which are not only environmentally sustainable, but have positive social and economic impacts,” says Dr. Al-Horr.#]

About the GULF ORGANISATION FOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
www.gord.qa

About The Gulf Organisation for Research & Development

Go Green with Gulf Organisation for R&D

The Gulf Organization for Research & Development is a 100% government Qatari organization leading the fight to transform the way buildings are designed, built and operated by promoting healthy, energy- and resource-efficient building practices.

Sponsored by Qatari Diar, the Gulf Organisation for R&D aims to build and strengthen a strong and vibrant local, regional and global consortium and network of respected research institutions, consulting and technology companies, real estate and construction companies, governmental and professional organizations that have genuine interest and commitment to support the strategic objectives of the Organization to address the environmental challenges and empower the construction society to apply sustainable applications and practices.

Our vision is for Qatar to be a leader in the field of sustainable development, design and construction, and for the Gulf Organisation for R&D to be one of the driving forces behind this transformation.

Gulf Organization for R&D will run scientific research through its own research programs and partnerships with local and international organizations, from both academic and applied research perspectives, to share knowledge and build networks to enhance the sustainable built environment in Qatar. The research programs, including but not limited to, energy conservation and efficiency, renewable energy, materials, water, waste recycling etc., in addition to developing information databases from new and existing building stock including pilot research projects and feasibility studies and translate it into commercial reality for the best of future local economy and sustainable built environment. Our Objectives

- Knowledge Creation - Gulf Organisation for R&D engages in research relates to the development of knowledge and processes whose applications range from the building to the urban scale.
- Research-based Consultancy - Gulf Organisation for R&D offers research based consultancy services on existing buildings and new construction projects as well as testing simulations and system integration.
- Information Dissemination - Gulf Organisation for R&D provides educational opportunities for professionals through teaching & Research, training & workshops and publications.
- Business Development - Gulf Organisation for R&D partners with local, regional and international organizations to develop strategic and innovative solutions in the fields of renewable materials & product manufacturing, recycling and transportation.

publié le 19 November 2011

Hawker Beechcraft Opens Expanded Sales and Support Office in Dubai

press release

[#Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) announced Nov. 13 it has opened an expanded office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The office, which is located in Jumeirah Lake Towers, is staffed by a team of sales and support experts available to provide advice on the full Hawker Beechcraft product lineup and turnkey solutions for aircraft ownership and support. The decision to expand HBC’s operations in the UAE comes as demand for private aviation in the Middle East continues to expand during the global downturn.

“We view the Middle East, Dubai in particular, as one of our key international growth markets and expect this to continue as the Arab nations continue to grow in importance in the global economy,” said Sean McGeough, HBC president, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Therefore the new Dubai office will help us expand our presence in the region and capitalize on customer demand.”

The opening of Hawker Beechcraft’s Dubai office comes shortly after the launch of its new parts distribution centre in Dubai, which, combined with similar centres in Dallas, London, Johannesburg, Singapore and Beijing, make more than $375 million (AED1.38 billion) in inventory available to HBC customers worldwide.

The Hawker Beechcraft International Service Company can be contacted at Office 3201, Indigo Icon Tower, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai. The team can be reached at +971 4433 1763.

Avatar Hawker Beechcraft

Country: United States Type: Industry & Suppliers Status: advanced
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Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission, light attack and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centres.

Company or Organisation Contact:
U.S. media contact:
Nicole Alexander
+1.316.676.3212
Nicole_Alexander@hawkerbeechcraft.com

EMEA media contact:
Phil Anderson or Stephen Fishleigh
+44 20 7282 1031 / +44 20 7282 1059#]

publié le 29 May 2011

HEC EMBA launches the Energy Major in Qatar

Manage the twin challenges of energy demand and climate change

[#The new program Management in an Energy-Concerned Economy, is being offered both as part of HEC Paris EMBA and as a stand-alone Advanced Certificate.#]

[#With unprecedented development in the energy world, HEC Paris, has launched a new program in Qatar that will prepare leaders to develop a comprehensive and strategic view of energy issues. Executives taking the program on its own will obtain an Advanced Certificate in Energy.

Launched in Doha in May, with the participation of the Institut Francais du Petrole (IFP), the Major will deliver a comprehensive understanding of energy fundamentals, and prepare executives to manage the twin challenges of energy demand and climate change. The course builds on programs that have deen developed over the past three years on the HEC Paris campus in France. The Major is being held in May in Doha, and in October in Paris.

Professor Antoine Hyafil, academic director and acting academic dean at HEC Paris in Qatar, said: “HEC Paris equips business leaders to answer the challenges of an increasingly complex world economy. At a time of significant uncertainty in the energy industry and in energy financial markets, this Major is a timely addition to our program in Qatar.”
3 key topics

While aligned with the industrial framework of the Middle East, the Major addresses the needs of a rapidly growing and diversifying economy, in which new and traditional energy activities have to be developed. As a result, it is integrally linked with the Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030, and the recently-launched National Development Strategy (NDS) 2011-2016, which seeks to transform Qatar into an advanced, competitive, and knowledge-based economy.
The program focuses on three key topic areas:

the geo-economics of energy,
oil and gas financial markets,
and project financing of energy infrastructure.

Audience

Although open to professionals in any industry, the Major is geared towards executives and senior managers working or planning to work in industries and services where energy production and consumption, or greenhouse gas reduction policies, could significantly impact the corporate bottom line. “At the end of the course, participants can expect to have a comprehensive and strategic view of energy, alongside immediately applicable knowledge and skills,” Professor Hyafil commented.
Partnerhips

The Energy Major benefits from the support of the recently-inaugurated Chair in Energy and Management. Established in partnership with Total, a leading energy corporation and major strategic partner of the State of Qatar, the Chair integrates the specific features of the energy industry with expertise in management practice and strategy. With a focus on education, training, and applied research, it actively supports HEC in providing executive education that answers the challenges facing the global energy industry.

As a global program with locations in Paris, Russia and China as well as Doha, HEC Paris has strong relationships with energy corporations in the key markets worldwide. The Major will see HEC tap into its network and bring to Doha experts in the field. Participants will be drawn from the energy industry both in the Middle East and globally, ensuring a rich participant mix. The current EMBA intake comprises 32 participants and 11 different nationalities, each with the opportunity to move between locations and interact with a dynamic global network of senior professionals.#]

publié le 24 November 2012

Her Highness Sheikha Moza announces the launch of the Qatar National Library project

press release

[#Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development has officially launched the project to build the new Qatar National Library (QNL). The announcement was made by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, at a prestigious multi-media event held at the Student Center of Hamad Bin Khalifa University this evening, in the presence of the QNL project team and a number of distinguished international guests.#]

[#
Her Highness Sheikha Moza said, “We are pleased to embrace the promise of a new, world class Qatar National Library. The library’s vision of bridging with knowledge Qatar’s heritage and future demonstrates the significant role QNL will play in unlocking human potential as Qatar builds a knowledge-based economy. A modern dynamic National Library for the country is essential in reaching this goal.” Designed by the world famous architect Rem Koolhaas, the new QNL will officially open in late 2014 and will instantly become one of the most important and iconic landmarks in Qatar and the region. Its singular design will help users feel relaxed, creating a perfect atmosphere for studying and learning.

The launch of QNL coincides with the 50th anniversary of Dar-al-Kutub, the Gulf Region’s first national library, which opened in Doha in 1962. As a national resource, the library will preserve the rich archival heritage of Qatar and the cultural legacy of the Arab World accumulated over the past centuries. Yet, while embracing the country’s tradition and heritage, the QNL will provide a bridge to the nation’s future as a knowledge economy, in line with Qatar National Vision 2030. As a founding partner of the World Digital Library, QNL will provide innovative facilities for exploring interaction between devices and human beings to promote new ways of learning. QNL will operate a Qatar Reference Service and provide access to over 60 online databases and websites and will have over 300 public computers, wifi and multi-media production studios. QNL will partner with British Library to digitize 500.000 records relating to Qatar.An ‘eHub’ will make millions of electronic books and documents accessible at the touch of a fingertip, and it will not even be necessary to visit the library in person, as the archive will be accessible remotely through a mobile phone or other handheld device.

Dr. Claudia Lux, QNL Project Director said, "Under the visionary leadership and inspiring direction of Her Highness Sheikha Moza, we are proud to announce the development of a project of globally unique scope and breadth in its field to bridge the gap between past and future and enable a true modern renaissance of Arab culture, education and scientific discovery. The Qatar National Library of tomorrow will be created to be a place between home and work, where all Qataris can meet friends, enjoy moments with their families and spend leisure and creative time in their personal journey in search of knowledge and cultural experiences. However, this journey will begin soon as a strong digital library and a virtual reference desk are key services the Qatar National Library will provide before the new building officially opens."

In addition to providing access to the significant digital heritage collection about Qatar, QNL will also introduce the Gulf and Arab Science online portal, which is being developed in co-operation with prestigious international partners. The platform will be launched using digitized material from the British Library’s Indian Office Archive, as well as its famous oriental manuscripts. Once complete, the portal will become a key cultural asset of Qatar, open to researchers from around the world, students of all classes, and Qatari families researching their own rich cultural histories.#]

publié le 20 April 2011

HH Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of The Supreme Council announces launch of the Dubai Global Energy Forum 2011

Press release

[#An International Platform to exchange expertise in contribution of renewable energy and nuclear energy to sustainable development.

Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, according to the strategy of Dubai to address the issues concerning the future of renewable and alternative energy and oil and gas markets and in alignment with the strategy of the Supreme Council of Energy, which is based on ensuring energy supply, providing energy sources and diversifying them (such as peaceful nuclear energy and clean coal as alternative sources of energy in the Emirate of Dubai), HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy announced the launch of the Dubai Global Energy Forum 2011 under the theme of "Energy Challenges and Opportunities for a Sustainable Future." The Forum will be held in Dubai, UAE and will take place on 17‐19 April 2011.#]

[#The Forum aims to provide a platform for a select group of energy experts and decision makers to exchange views on the different policies of energy, both regionally and internationally, from technical, commercial, financial and regulatory viewpoints. This includes technologies,investment opportunities, economic diversification, market indicators and maximizing investment revenues in the fields of energy, particularly oil, gas alternative and renewable energy. In addition, the Forum seeks to share current and future policies and best practices as applied by international major companies. The Forum will also address the most important issues of environment and sustainability that affects both the region and the world. This Forum, held in the Emirate of Dubai, is the first global event related to energy matters which is one of the most vital sectors in the world.

HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy said: “The Forum is going to focus on major topics that will address effective policies in the field of energy, available opportunities, relating to the future outlook of renewable and alternative sources of energy and methods of exploring them and growth possibilities, such as nuclear energy’s contribution to sustainable development. Sessions will deal with the specific issues in each track through in‐depth analyses. Also, attendees will be provided with detailed explanations and opportunities for discussion about the future challenges of energy.”

“A great number of national and top global researchers, scientists and analysts will participate in the Forum and discuss, for three days, the different policies of energy both regionally and internationally from the technical, commercial, financial and regulatory aspects. Other areas include technologies, investment opportunities, economic diversification, market indicators, maximizing investment revenues in the fields of energy and discussing the most important issues of environment and sustainability. The subsequent research and findings will be published in two languages – English and Arabic – on the Forum’s website. In this context, it gives me great pleasure to announce that the Forum’s website has been launched today: www.dgef.ae. This website will hold all the major tracks and all the related information, in addition to the plenary, the keynote speakers and participants,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed.

“The Forum will shed light on the challenges and opportunities for the energy sector, which are based on energy security for supply and demand, foreseeing the ever‐increasing demand for, and the continuous governance of, the energy sector. We hope that this Forum will provide effective solutions for the energy sector” said HH Sheikh Ahmed.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy said, “Organising such a Forum supports the Supreme Council’s mission to ensure the provision of all of the future needs for energy of the growing economy in Dubai, by securing primary sources of energy at reasonable costs, and mitigating the negative effects that causes harm to environment. Also, this Forum integrates with the effective planning of the energy sector and setting the most appropriate programmes to meet Dubai’s future needs of energy, contributing to developing and improving Dubai’s strategic energy plan,” said HE Al Tayer.

HE Saeed Al Tayer emphasized the fact that organizing this Forum will benefit the national and international markets with insights and outcomes that will support the use of peaceful nuclear energy for sustainable development, building on recent changes to make the best use of its technologies and minimizing its risks. Also, the Forum will tackle a number of legal and regulatory issues for all nuclear energy stakeholders.

“We have formed an Advisory Committee, made up of a number of experienced and proficient people in the field of energy. We have also formed other sub‐committees, such as the Financial Committee, the Media Committee, and the Public Relations Committee. These Committees are responsible for making arrangements and preparations necessary for running and managing the Forum effectively and professionally,” said HE Al Tayer.

“The Supreme Council of Energy pays great attention to the important issues of the energy sector, such as power generation and water desalination according to the goal of enhancing Dubai’s production capacity to keep pace with the growing demand for power in the Emirate.” H.E concluded.#]

publié le 24 October 2013

HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani Visits Qatar Rail and Selects “Vaulted Spaces” Design for Metro Stations

Press release

His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, paid a visit to Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) on Wednesday, October 9th.
HH went through the architectural designs of the Doha Metro, the progress of the execution phases and work flow of the construction phase, presented through models and charts. HH viewed the six proposed designs and master plans of the Doha Metro stations and subsequently selected the final design of the stations.

Eng. Abdulla Abdul Aziz Al-Subai, Managing Director at Qatar Rail and Chairman of the Executive Committee said: “We are proud of HH visit to Qatar Rail, as we consider it as an encouragement to us all and a motivation to put more efforts in order to provide a project which reflects the position of Qatar as a leader in the region in this field.”
“HH has given instructions to Qatar Rail Officers to do their utmost in delivering the project within the timeline, and at the same time to maintain high standards of quality, perfection and integration.”
He added, “With this mega project, we are meeting Qatar’s ambitions and vision in creating a country that keeps pace and progress to that of the developed countries”.

Commenting on HH visit to Qatar Rail, Eng. Saad Ahmed Al-Muhanadi, CEO of Qatar Rail said, “The design of Qatar Rail selected by HH and which is called “Vaulted Spaces” is derived from the historic Islamic architecture by using the old Islamic arch element in a modern architectural way. One of the key elements of the design is that it gives the exterior shape of the station, a vital shape by using modern bright materials to stimulate the interior of the oyster. The levels of the station will be opened to each other to give passengers the feeling of comfort, also merging the functions of lighting and ventilation in the shapes of the arches.”
“HH visit is also an additional motivation to Qatar Rail’s staffs and will inspire us to put more efforts in order to be up to the standards, trust and responsibility given to us”
Al Muhannadi said works have started in 20 out of the 25 station sites and emergency exits. The works include excavation, where it has reached 5 meters in some sites, while in other sites, enabling works have started.

The works on the Passenger and Freight Rail as well as the Doha Metro will be executed simultaneously. The distance covered by long distance trains will be around 350 km. the expected speed of passengers’ train will be 220 km/h and 120 m/h for freight. The Doha Metro Project will be composed of four lines of a total length of 254 km, and it will connect Doha to all major cities. The expected speed of the metro will be 80 km/h inside the cities while it will be 160 km/h outside the cities.

publié le 4 May 2013

IAID and FEC join hands for the celebration Of the World Environment Day in Qatar

[#To mark the celebration of global awareness on environmental issues, IAID in association with the Friends of the Environment Centre (FEC) under the patronage of Dr. Saif Ali Al Hajari, Chairman of FEC, is all set to commemorate the World Environment Day (WED) festivity in Qatar for the 7th consecutive year. The events are set to take place between May 17th until June 5th.#]

World Environment Day is annual event celebrated worldwide on the 5th of June, initiated by the UNEP in 1972 that aims to become the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action.

In Qatar, celebration of the World Environment Day (WED) started in 2007 when IAID took the initiative to step up and speak up for the environment with a clear vision to influence the future of the nation building. In the further years, with the strong partnership with FEC, the WED participation from the Qatar community has been growing tremendously.

“World Environment Day celebration is for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations. The objective is to formulate ’A Global Agenda for Change’ — ensuring development needs of today without compromising the ability to provide the needs of future generations,” said Dr. Saif Ali Al Hajari, Chairman of FEC.
“The Friends of the Environment Centre (FEC) through its many initiatives and campaigns has established a relationship with nature, which is in line with the Qatar national Vision 2030, committed in making a difference to the environment and to mobilize today’s youth to come forward and do their bit for the planet.”
"Likewise, IAID a leading Academy for Performing Arts in Qatar since 2001 has taken this initiative to promote environmental awareness with a genuine intention to give back to the society and create a legacy for future generation through the strong medium of Arts."

The theme for this year’s WED celebrations across the world is “Think.Eat.Save”. Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your food print.

Explaining the theme for this year’s World Environment Day, Dr. Saif Ali Al Hajari said, “This year’s campaign rallies you to take action from your home and then witness the power of collective decisions you and others have made to reduce food waste, save money, minimize the environmental impact of food production and force food production processes to become more efficient.”

To involve the Qatari community in the WED celebrations and to create interest among the people, IAID in partnership with FEC has organized a wide variety of activities and contests to help the citizens become more aware of how they — as individuals — could make a positive impact on the environment.

Activities such as Eco-Fashion Design Contest for school students to Arts Workshop for teachers and Seminar on Sustainable Consumption for parents, have been lined up to include people from all walks of life for the WED celebrations.

One of the key initiative of this event is the WED 2013 Painting Contest which has successfully and continuously united arts and environmental awareness gathering creative enthusiasts from various schools, universities and general community in Qatar over the years. Last year on WED celebrations in Qatar this contest has brought together 2300 talents and this year, all eyes are set at breaking this record of participation as awareness increases about the event. WED 2013 Painting Contest will be guided by the theme I LOVE PLANET EARTH with exciting prices and recognition awards lined up for the participants and most creative designs.

The celebrations will culminate with the WED 2013 Closing and Prize Awarding Ceremony along with an Art Exhibition of the winning paintings.

For three years in a row, Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) is the Major Sponsor of WED Celebration in Qatar. In addition ORYX GTL Limited, for two years in a row is the event’s Diamond Sponsor. This year, Ooredoo has also taken part as the Official Telecom Partner. Last but not the least, Faber-Castell, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, ILoveQatar.net have been the Event Partners over the years.
This year, an addition to the Event Partners consortium are Hemaya Security Services, The Ritz Carlton Doha and Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel.

For more information, contest forms and guidelines for the WED 2013 Celebrations in Qatar, please call WED Secretariat (IAID) at 44320974 / 66710589 or email at wed2013@iaidonline.org

publié le 11 March 2011

IDEX: UAE’s Leclerc MBTs to receive Nexter protection system

[#French armoured vehicle specialist Nexter Systems will deliver an undisclosed number of AZUR (Action en Zone URbaine) protection kits to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Army by December 2011, following a contract signed with the UAE authorities at the end of 2010 but made public on 21 February at IDEX 2011 in Abu Dhabi.

AZUR is a 360-degree integrated add-on protection system used to protect main battle tanks (MBTs) when operating in an urban or asymmetric warfare environment, thereby enhancing their survivability against lateral and rear ballistic attacks.#]

publié le 22 May 2016

ILA 2016: New systems for air defence and guided missiles

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At this year’s ILA Air Show at Berlin-Schönefeld, MBDA is presenting a comprehensive portfolio of air defence systems and guided-missile for air, land and sea forces. In particular, the company will present new concepts in laser solutions, close- and very close-range defence and ground-based air defence.

“The ILA is an important trade show for MBDA Deutschland,” explains Thomas Homberg, Managing Director of MBDA Deutschland. “It meets with enormous interest among professional visitors including policy-makers, the Bundeswehr and industry, and offers us the opportunity to engage in dialogue with our customers and industry partners. MBDA will also use this show to inform about the capabilities of TLVS/MEADS together with the Bundeswehr and our industrial partners such as Lockheed Martin.”

For the first time, MBDA is exhibiting the complete MEADS development results together with the Bundeswehr and Diehl Defence at ILA. This includes five vehicles with the tactical operation center, multifunction fire control radar, launcher for the high-performance PAC 3 MSE missiles, the mobile power unit and the IRIS-T SL launcher. In June 2015, the German Ministry for Defence selected MEADS to be the core of its new TLVS Tactical Air Defence System and has sent a request for proposal in February 2016. The system offers 360-degree and provides area defense, homeland defense, and continuous on-the-move protection for maneuver forces against air and missiles attacks. Thanks to its proven system interoperability, it enables seamless cooperation with EU and NATO partners. At the same time, it is also rapidly transportable.
For the first time, MBDA will exhibit a laser effector as a future system for very close-range defence that can be deployed both on land and at sea. The new weapon system is particularly suitable for defending against unmanned aerial systems. Thanks to its novel optics, it can acquire the target in a 360-degree operational arc, track and destroy it using its powerful laser beam. The solution stands out thanks to its high accuracy, scalable effect and low logistics overhead and minimum costs per firing.
MBDA will also exhibit a modular system concept for highly mobile close- and very close-range protection for ground forces against airborne threats. This concept is based on the TLVS system architecture and is thus a further element of an integrated air defence approach. This modular solution approach is based on proven components such as sensors and effectors used by many nations.
The new Enforcer is the most important system in the battlefield engagement area. This is a precise, light and low-cost compact guided missile for use by infantry and special forces. Development of this system started in 2015. System qualification is planned for 2017.
The Meteor, Brimstone and Taurus guided missiles for aircraft armament, the PARS family of guided missiles for helicopters and the proven MILAN system for infantry will additionally be on display at the MBDA booth.
The MBDA booth can be found on Display G3 / 001. MBDA will also operate a careers booth in Hall 1, Stand 101. Bayern-Chemie, the MBDA subsidiary specialising in rocket and guided-missile propulsion systems, will be exhibiting in the aerospace zone of BavAIRia in Hall 4, Stand 305. The TLVS/MEADS equipment may be viewed at the ILA Plaza Display H4.

Notes to editors

MBDA Deutschland is a leader in the development and production of air defence and guided-missile systems for the German Army, Navy and Air Force. The company possesses production and management experience from over 50 years of industrial participation in national and international air defence and guided missile programmes. These include the ground-based MEADS tactical air defence system, the Rolling Air Frame Missile (RAM) and Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) for naval deployment, the Meteor and TAURUS missiles, developed in European cooperation, for airborne forces, and the MILAN and the PARS 3 LR helicopter armament for ground forces.
MBDA Deutschland is part of the European MBDA Group. MBDA Deutschland’s activities are concentrated at its Schrobenhausen, Ulm and Aschau locations. MBDA is a joint undertaking of the Airbus Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%) and Leonardo - Finmeccanica (25%).

publié le 27 December 2014

Inaugural A380 flight leaves Abu Dhabi International Airport for London Heathrow

press release

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 27th December 2014: Abu Dhabi Airports is pleased to announce the take-off this morning of Etihad Airways’ inaugural A380 flight from Abu Dhabi International Airport to London Heathrow.

Flight EY11 departed from Abu Dhabi International Airport at 2:35 am and landed in London Heathrow at 6:35am.

Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports said: “The addition of the A380 to the roster of aircraft using Abu Dhabi International Airport heralds a new era for ourselves, for Etihad Airways, and for Abu Dhabi.

“We are rapidly becoming a global transportation hub that plays an increasingly significant international role, and boosts Abu Dhabi’s economy by bringing corporate, leisure and cargo traffic to the Emirate. We are pleased to have developed the infrastructure needed to accommodate this remarkable aircraft and remain committed to further capacity expansion ahead of the expected rise in passenger numbers.”

Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “We are thrilled to celebrate this momentous occasion alongside our partners Abu Dhabi Airports, who have played a significant role in supporting our growth plan. This is the first of 10 scheduled flights on board the A380, with plans to deploy aircraft two and three on the London route as well, which will become an all-superjumbo service with three daily flights. The model will also serve Sydney and New York later in 2015.”

In preparation for the arrival of the world’s biggest commercial airplanes, Abu Dhabi Airports recently renovated its Southern Runway as part of the Southern Airfield refurbishment programme. The renovation plans were undertaken to upgrade the runway to Code F status, with the addition of 21 aircraft stands, ahead of the much-awaited scheduled flights of the Airbus A380 and Boeing Dreamliner 787 aircraft.

For more information, please visit the Abu Dhabi Airports website at: www.adac.ae or follow us on Twitter: @AUH

About Abu Dhabi Airports:

Abu Dhabi Airports is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, Abu Dhabi Airports assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, Abu Dhabi Airports added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive business aviation airport), as well as Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travelers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.
Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 40 million passengers per year. As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed.

publié le 15 June 2010

INSEAD focuses on Masdar Initiative and beyond at Business of Sustainability seminar at Abu Dhabi Campus

- Experts from business and academia discussed growing linkages between management and environmental sustainability
- The vision of Abu Dhabi in building a renewable energy sector was examined along with the role of the Masdar Initiative
- The event was attended by His Excellency Mohammed Rashed Al Hameli, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ADCCI)

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Abu Dhabi, 2nd May 2010 – INSEAD, the leading international business school, recently hosted a seminar on ‘Changing Business of Urban Sustainability: Masdar Initiative and Beyond’ at the school’s Campus in Abu Dhabi. Leading experts from Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Booz & Company and the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi discussed key sustainability issues affecting the Middle East region.

‘We are honoured to have distinguished guest speakers at INSEAD’s seminar in Abu Dhabi,’ said Steve Mezias, Academic Director at the Abu Dhabi campus. ‘Their discussion provided regional experts an insightful look into critical matters surrounding the challenges of sustainability in the region’.

The event was attended by His Excellency Mohammed Rashed Al Hameli, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ADCCI) and other senior representatives from leading organisations including the Department of Municipal Affairs (Abu Dhabi), Abu Dhabi Center for Corporate Governance, Department of Transport (Abu Dhabi), Emirates Competitiveness Council, Gulf Capital and Clyde & Co.

HE Mohammed Rashed Al Hameli, Director-General of ADCCI stressed the importance of INSEAD organizing this seminar, noting Masdar’s Initiative.

“The importance of this leading initiative is represented through focusing on making sustainability a reality at all urban, economic and social levels that would be instrumental in enhancing the private sector’s role in Abu Dhabi’s process of development, and laying the foundation for a new chapter based upon public-private partnership (PPP),” Mr. Al Hameli said, stating that the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 is hinged upon emphasizing on the achievement of economic sustainability by means of raising productivity, increasing economic efficiency and growth, expanding jobs and employment opportunities for UAE nationals to include the entire economic sectors.

“INSEAD’s event reflects the willingness to consolidate Abu Dhabi’s vision, in making the city of Abu Dhabi a cosmopolitan and economic hub providing unsurpassed opportunities for investment and growth in a multi-cultural environment,” Mr. Al Hameli added.

Jacob Park, Visiting Scholar, INSEAD Middle East Campus, defined key sustainability issues. “Energy demand, particularly from China, India and other emerging economies will continue to shape business planning and strategies. Sustainability related infrastructure such as the energy grid, are becoming important differentiating features of national and regional economic development plans. Low carbon and environmental issues are changing the design and development strategies of businesses.”

During the discussions, experts examined the emerging connection between management and environmental sustainability concerns and how these issues are transforming the way business is conducted in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, and the broader Middle East region.

Daniel Zywietz, Lead Associate, Booz & Company, explained why the region’s oil-rich countries are starting to invest in renewable energy. “Countries are starting to leverage the advantageous geography and climate for solar and wind energy, which can help meet the rapidly growing demand for electricity. In turn, this will free oil and gas for more profitable uses, reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, drive economic diversification and create jobs.” “To make these investments a success, governments need to develop a comprehensive strategy, provide the right regulatory environment and build the human capital to build and operate these high-tech plants”, he added.

The vision of Abu Dhabi in building a renewable energy sector was examined with the role of the Masdar Initiative. Toufic Mezher, Professor of Engineering Systems and Management, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology pointed out the Institute and Initiative’s mission on alternative energy, “The target for alternative energy is 7% of the total energy consumption in Abu Dhabi by 2020”.

The seminar then witnessed an interactive session with the attendees.

Topics presented by various professors and experts focused on tackling the sustainability issues:

• Changing Business of Sustainability in UAE and beyond: Key Strategic Issues and Drivers”

- Led by Jacob Park, Visiting Scholar, INSEAD Middle East Campus and Associate Professor of Business Strategy and Sustainability, Green Mountain College

• ‘A New Source of Power: The Potential for Renewable Energy in the MENA Region’

- Led by Daniel Zywietz, Lead Associate, Booz & Company Dubai Office and leading expert on renewable energy and energy efficiency

• Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group: A Case Study in Sustainable Public-Private Partnership’

- Led by Eva Ramos Perez-Torreblanca, Senior Sustainability Specialist, Policy and Strategy Sector, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi

• ‘Masdar Initiative and the Abu Dhabi Vision’

- Led by Toufic Mezher, Professor of Engineering Systems and Management, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

About INSEAD, The Business School for the World

As one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas from around the world to change lives and transform organisations. This worldly perspective and cultural diversity are reflected in all aspects of INSEAD’s research and teaching.

With three campuses in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and the Middle East (Abu Dhabi), a research centre in Israel and an office in New York, INSEAD extends the reach of its business education and research across three continents. 145 renowned faculty members from 36 countries inspire more than 1,000 degree participants in the MBA, Executive MBA and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 9,500 executives participate in INSEAD’s executive education programmes. With the INSEAD-Wharton Alliance, MBA and co-branded executive education programmes are delivered on Wharton’s U.S. campuses in Philadelphia and San Francisco, as well as INSEAD’s campuses in Asia and Europe.

This academic year is an important milestone for INSEAD as it celebrates half a century of success. Fifty years ago, INSEAD pioneered the concept of international business education – and is still innovating across all of the programmes, in addition to the cutting-edge research. The world and INSEAD have developed dramatically in the course of the last fifty years, but the core values on which INSEAD were founded have remained constant. These principles have enabled INSEAD’s entrepreneurial spirit to evolve and the school has grown into a truly global force.

Today’s organisations need leaders with the knowledge and sensitivity to operate anywhere in the world. This is why business turns to INSEAD – to develop the next generation of transcultural leaders.
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More information about INSEAD can be found atwww.insead.edu.

Contacts for press
Joe Chedid, INSEAD Middle East Campus
Tel +97124460808 ext. 113,
Email joe.chedid@insead.edu

publié le 4 February 2011

Istanbul commissions its Citadis trams and starts dynamic tests on the new Alstom Metropolis metro trainsets

[#In the presence of Kadir Topbaş, the Mayor of Istanbul, Istanbul Ulasim A.S., Istanbul’s urban transport operator, officially put 14 Citadis trams into operation on the Zeytinburnu-Kabatas and Zeytinburnu-Bagcilar lines. These 14 Citadis are part of a total order of 37 Citadis tramways by Istanbul Ulasim A.S. for the Metropolitan Municipality of Istanbul (for an amount of 73 million Euros) dating from September 2007. The remaining 23 Citadis will be put into commercial service in the coming weeks.#]

[#The whole fleet of Citadis is aimed firstly at completing the fleet of low-floor trams currently in operation on the Zeytinburnu-Kabatas line and secondly at replacing the high-floor trams previously running on the Zeytinburnu-Bagcilar line. Very well used by the local population and tourists, this line serves the historic Golden Horn district and currently transports 250,000 passengers a day. Operating in double units, the Citadis trams can transport up to 500 passengers per tramset.

In addition, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB), with the involvement of Istanbul Ulasim A.S, is preparing to start dynamic tests on the Metropolis metro trainsets on the line in the process of construction between Bagcilar (Kirazli), Ikitelli and Olimpiyat Village, also situated in the west of the Turkish economic capital. On the occasion of presentation of the future line to the media on 20 January, Kadir Topbaş drove one of the Metropolis trainsets ordered by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB) in August 2007. The contract concerned the supply of 20 four-car trainsets, i.e. 80 metro cars, each with a capacity of 1,234 passengers. In accordance with the contractual schedule, the Metropolis were delivered between October 2008 and February 2010.

In Istanbul, Alstom which supports the development of Istanbul urban transport for over 10 years, has already built the city’s first metro line (Taksim-4.Levent) and supplied the Metropolis carriages in commercial operation since 2000.

About Alstom in Turkey
Alstom started its activities in the 1950s, and is a key contributor to the energy and rail transport infrastructure in Turkey. Alstom supplied key equipment for 55% of Turkey’s installed power generation capacity, including the Atatürk dam which is the biggest hydro power plant in the country and approximately 50 % of the installed transmission products of TEIAS and successfully performed several key railway projects such as the delivery of 436 locomotives for the National Railways and the Istanbul tramway. Alstom is today a social and economical contributor, with approximately 1200 employees in Turkey working for commercial, engineering, service and manufacturing, able to manage turnkey transmission projects for the entire region in power generation and in power transmission. The Gebze factory exports 85% of its production and Alstom Grid has been ranked 39th among the top 500 national companies.

About Alstom Transport

A promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom is the only manufacturer in the world to offer a complete range of high performance products: rolling stock, infrastructures, information systems, services and turnkey solutions. Mindful of operators´ ever more stringent profitability objectives and of their growing need for sustainable mobility solutions, we propose ecologically and economically efficient products and services to our customers. Alstom transport recorded sales of 5.8 billion euros in the fiscal year 2009-2010. Alstom Transport is present in 60 countries and employs some 26,000 people.#]

Press contacts:
Eric Lenoir - Phone + 33 1 57 06 18 74 -
eric.lenoir@transport.alstom.com
Melina Georgitsis – Phone + 33 1 57 06 85 37
melina.a.georgitsis@transport.alstom.com
Website: www.transport.alstom.com

publié le 22 November 2014

John Pranzatelli is named President and CEO of MBDA Incorporated

press release

John Pranzatelli has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of MBDA Incorporated. He succeeds Scott Webster who has served as Chairman of the Board and interim CEO since November 2013. Scott will continue as Chairman of MBDA Inc. John joined MBDA Inc. in June 2009 as Vice President for Strategy and Business Operations and was promoted to President in November 2012.

Notes to editors

With a significant presence in five European countries and within the USA, in 2013 MBDA achieved a turnover of 2.8 billion euros with an order book of 10.8 billion euros. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems.
MBDA is the only group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three armed forces (land, sea and air). In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development.

MBDA is jointly held by BAE SYSTEMS (37.5%), EADS (37.5%) and FINMECCANICA
(25%).

publié le 28 June 2011

KACST and Dassault Systèmes Sign a Groundbreaking Agreement at the Paris Air Show 2011

[#Le Bourget (Paris Air Show), France — June 23, 2011 — Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions and King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology (KACST) announced today the signing of an agreement at the Paris Air Show 2011 for the advancement of digital design and engineering literacy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.#]

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Dassault Systèmes was chosen as a strategic partner by KACST, the principal Saudi Arabian organization driving national Science and Technology policies, conducting state-of-art research and development, and providing strategic direction to local educational institutes relating to actions for achieving industrial diversification goals. This ambitious agreement will prepare the ground for significant evolutions in the Saudi Arabian manufacturing industry by supplying a sustained flow of highly employable Saudi Arabian engineers. Most of these engineers will be the work-force for KACST mega projects. Others will have the ability to create their own companies to support the Kingdom industrial sector. The agreement will also facilitate the national policy of industrialization, the growth of the digital economy and significantly involve women in the workforce leveraging new technologies for telecommuting.

Some of Dassault Systèmes’ leading customers such as Boeing and NASA are already KACST’s partners and they rely on Dassault Systèmes solutions for developing, engineering and manufacturing their products.

Bernard Charlès, president & CEO Dassault Systèmes, and Philippe Forestier, executive vice president, Global Affairs and Communities, have invited their honored guests from KACST led by His Highness Prince Dr. Turki bin Saud Al-Saud, KACST vice president for Research Institutes, to join them for the signing at Dassault Systèmes’ chalet at the Paris Air Show.

Dr. Al-Saud expressed his satisfaction upon the signing of the MOU, (Memorandum of Understanding), and commented; “KACST is the leading government agency for research and development in all strategic areas including aerospace technology. KACST in conducting its research and development strives for the best integration and utilization of cutting-edge technologies and has signed key agreements with World-class companies and agencies for this purpose. We consider Dassault Systèmes as a World leader in providing state-of-art technologies that support product development from idea to market. This signing is the start of a significant new partnership which will have a positive impact on future economic, industrial and social development within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We appreciate Dassault Systèmes sharing our vision for the creation of a hub of engineering knowledge within KACST, which can be leveraged to impact wider industrial diversification. “

Dr. Mohammed Al-Majed, the director of National Satellite Technology Program at KACST (NSTP) remarked that this agreement is a strategic partnership that builds on the current successful deployment of Dassault Systemes latest PLM system at NSTP. He added that with NSTP expanding its core project management and system engineering capabilities, we found Dassault Systèmes’ PLM product development platform satisfies complexity and scalability requirements. Such platform will enhance innovation and creativity within our satellite development program. With Dassault Systèmes PLM solutions, engineers will have the capability to work in partnership with international teams on collaborative product development in a way that has previously been difficult to achieve in the region.

Dassault Systèmes and its Middle East distributor, D2M Solutions, are helping KACST to reach its short and long term goals for digital product development and manufacturing. The agreement covers major cooperation areas such as developing PLM Innovation Centers throughout Saudi Arabia, which would offer a truly advanced training experience to young engineers whereby they would become adept at using industry-required skills. The partnership also covers important academic programs through the newly established Advanced Technology Institute (a partnership between KACST and Technical and Vocational Training Corporation – TVTC). By involving all levels of Saudi Arabian students, from high schools to advanced R&D within the universities, the agreement aims at creating a metamorphosis of the new generation of Saudi engineers and innovators. This will allow the ecosystem of Saudi Arabian start-up firms to be ready to take on the challenges and opportunities of product development within the global market.

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A propos de KACST

King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) is an independent scientific organization administratively reporting to the Prime Minister. KACST is both the Saudi Arabian national science agency and its national laboratories. The science agency function involves science and technology policy making, data collection, funding of external research, and services such as the patent office. KACST has currently over 2500 employees. Visit KACST online at http://www.kacst.edu.sa/.

A propos de Dassault Systèmes

Leader mondial des solutions 3D et de gestion du cycle de vie des produits (Product Lifecycle Management ou PLM), Dassault Systèmes apporte de la valeur ajoutée à 130 000 clients, répartis dans 80 pays. Pionnier du marché du logiciel en 3D depuis 1981, Dassault Systèmes développe et commercialise des logiciels d’application PLM et des services qui anticipent les processus industriels de demain et offrent une vision 3D de l’ensemble du cycle de vie d’un produit, de sa conception à sa maintenance. L’offre de Dassault Systèmes se compose de CATIA pour la conception virtuelle de produits, SolidWorks pour la conception mécanique en 3D, DELMIA pour la production virtuelle, SIMULIA pour la simulation et les tests virtuels, ENOVIA pour la gestion collaborative et globale du cycle de vie, EXALEAD pour les search-based applications et 3DVIA pour des expériences 3D vécues en-ligne comme dans la vie réelle. Pour plus d’informations : http://www.3ds.com/fr#]

publié le 10 August 2016

Kuwait Air Force and Kuwait National Guard to operate 30 H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopters for combat search-and-rescue and naval operations

press release

Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Kuwait Ministry of Defence for the purchase of 30 H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopters as well as an associated support and services package, during the visit of the French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to Kuwait today.

“We are greatly honored that the Kuwait Ministry of Defence has chosen the H225M Caracal as the best platform to fulfill its demanding operational requirements” said Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus Helicopters. “Our relationship with Kuwait dates back more than 40 years with Super Pumas, Pumas and Gazelles having been delivered to the Armed Forces of the State of Kuwait over the past decades. This H225M Caracal contract opens a new chapter in our cooperation. I would like to personally thank the Kuwait Air Force which placed its trust in our products to renew its helicopter fleet, and I am also grateful for the confidence of the Kuwait National Guard which has decided to create its helicopter squadron with the support of Airbus Helicopters”, Guillaume Faury added.

During the visit, Airbus Helicopters representatives recognized the key role played by French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian who provided his continued support to the realization of this project, in line with the existing France-Kuwait strategic relationship.

Kuwait’s fleet of H225M Caracal will be used for a wide variety of missions such as combat search-and-rescue, naval operations, medical evacuation and military transportation. The helicopters will be operated by the Kuwait Air Force and the Kuwait National Guard. A combat-proven platform with exceptional payload, a world-class automatic flight control system and long endurance, the H225M Caracal has demonstrated its versatility and performance even in the harshest operational environments.

The H225M Caracal is the latest evolution of the successful Super Puma / Cougar family of military helicopters, with more than 500 units delivered worldwide. Kuwait is the latest nation to join the community of Caracal users with 138 H225M Caracal having been ordered so far by France, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Kuwait.


About Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters, a division of Airbus Group, provides the most efficient civil and military helicopter solutions worldwide. Its in-service fleet includes nearly 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers in 154 countries. Airbus Helicopters employs more than 22,000 people worldwide and in 2015 generated revenues of 6.8 billion euros.

publié le 17 October 2010

Kuwait plans to launch pan-European satellite channel

[#Kuwaiti sheikh Fahad Alsalem Al Ali Alsabah has begun in Paris an international tour to meet potential partners in order to launch an independent pan-European satellite TV offering.#]

[#The new multilingual satellite bouquet will be transmitted from Kuwait where an infrastructure has already been set and will eventually be broadcast on all digital platforms. Some content will be produced locally.

Fundamentally the sheikh’s project is aimed at “building a bridge between civilisations, and contributing to strengthening dialogue between worlds, cultures and religions and struggle against extremisms”, said a statement.

The sheikh believes that since 9/11, the gap between Western and Middle-East culture has deepened further and further, and something must be done to change it.

In a statement he added: “Men and women are looking for concord and mutual respect. Fraternity and tolerance are also the messages delivered by the three monotheist religions. My project is to show what the different civilisations have brought to science, philosophy, religion and finally to humanity.”

Sheikh Fahad Alsalem Al Ali Alsabah has been involved in the Kuwait media sector for a number of years. He is currently president of the private Arabic channels’ federation, and founder and president of the first private Kuwaiti Media City. He also created daily newspaper Al Mustaqbal. He now must convince international partners to engage so as to meet a launch date set up for Fall 2011.#]

publié le 10 April 2014

Latest success for MdCN, MBDA’s Naval Cruise Missile

press release

On 8th April 2014, the French DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) successfully carried out the second qualification firing of the naval cruise missile (MdCN or Missile de Croisière Naval) currently under development by MBDA. The firing, which took place at the DGA’s Biscarrosse missile test centre (situated in the department of Landes in South West France) , was representative of a firing from a frigate and demonstrated the missile’s flight capabilities at high altitude.

This success, which once more confirms the advanced technical nature of the missile, is the result of intense activity and the coordinated efforts of a number of state bodies (notably, the DGA’s Quality Control Department and its Test and Evaluation Centres as well as the French Navy) and industry (MBDA France).

Towards the end of 2014, MdCN will equip the French Navy’s multi-mission frigates (FREMM) and, in around the 2018 timeframe, its Barracuda submarines.

Featuring a range of several hundred kilometers, MdCN is intended for strikes against targets deep within enemy territory. It complements the SCALP air-launched cruise missile from which it is derived.

Carried on combat vessels positioned for lengthy periods at a safe distance in international waters, either overtly (on frigates) or discretely (on submarines), MdCN is designed to carry out missions calling for the destruction of high value strategic targets.

The MdCN contract was notified to MBDA by the DGA at the end of 2006.

publié le 10 March 2011

Libya: The Secours Islamique France is concerned about the humanitarian situation of thousands of people still stuck on the lybian side of the tunisian border

[#The Secours Islamique France, present on the Tunisian border with the refugees following the current violence in Libya, has issued a warning about the situation of 15-20,000 people massing on the Libyan side of the border, who are being prevented from fleeing to Tunisia and who cannot be reached by the humanitarian organisations.#]

[#On February 26th, the Secours Islamique France sent two teams charged with organising humanitarian aid for the civil populations affected by the situation in Libya.

The first team of four people, including a anaesthetist, left for Benghazi via Egypt to organise an aid convoy. Two of them reached Benghazi a couple of days ago. According to their assessment, the needs there are mainly medical (medical and anaesthetic equipment). The displaced persons fleeing the violence are grouping together in different places and are, at present, well cared for by the local organisations and communities. The food supplies will last for another 10 to 20 days if the situation does not deteriorate further.
Our team is currently trying to send anaesthetic equipment and infant milk from Egypt, which is in short supply in Benghazi.

The second team which is currently working on the Tunisian border to bring help to refugees on the Tunisian side, who are crossing at a rate of 10,000 per day. According to our Tunisian Country Director, "Despite the significant efforts made by the Tunisian organisations to meet the food needs, there is a critical lack of temporary shelters. People need blankets, mattresses, but also drinking water while waiting to be repatriated to their respective countries".

The situation of several thousand people who are still blocked on the Libyan side is very worrying. Some have been waiting for several days, sleeping outside, and lacking everything (water, food, blankets, shelters etc.). We are warning that the civil populations fleeing the violence must have access to humanitarian aid, whatever their nationality.

For more information: www.secours-islamique.org#]

publié le 19 October 2013

LINAGORA, leading open source software company, sets its software « made in France » on the stage of the GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK

LINAGORA will settle in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) from October 20th to 24th, during the not-to-be-missed GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK. Alexandre ZAPOLSKY, our CEO will be there to present our open source software on the « Pavillon France » (French village) organized by Ubifrance (the French agency for international business development).

“Today, governments and administrations all over the world are very concerned about the issues related to digital sovereignty and security of their information systems. There is no exception for the Middle East countries. Open Source is the best way to get the control of the IT systems and be independent from any software vendor or service provider. That’s why it’s important for us to participate to GITEX Technology Week this year and present our solutions.”, attests Alexandre ZAPOLSKY, CEO of LINAGORA.
LINAGORA is the oldest open source software company in France. It provides French Ministries, public administrations and largest private companies with reliable and real open source software.
Driven by a strong will to expand internationally, LINAGORA takes part in different international events dedicated to Open Source software in partnership with Ubifrance: OSCON (Oregon, USA), “Forum d’affaires France-Vietnam” (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam) or French Corporate IT solutions (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Hanoi, Vietnam).
The Middle East IT market is one of the most dynamic and the GITEX Technology Week has become in few years the not-to-be-missed date for IT sector players. For LINAGORA this trade fair is a unique opportunity to present its software “made in France”. “All our software are really open source. It means that you are have a full access to our source code, the capacity to analyze it and adapt it to your needs. These are the key factors to insure our digital sovereignty and vendor independence. French Government uses our software since 2007 and I believe that our solutions can satisfy the most exigent organizations” attests Alexandre ZAPOLSKY.

To discover our powerful and reliable software, visit our booth Hall 4 D4-15. Alexander ZAPOLSKY will be glad to present you: OBM.org - leading messaging and collaboration software cloud ready; LinShare.org – application for file sharing and storing in your own cloud; LinID.org – Identity Administration Management for real protection of enterprise, cloud, social and mobile application.

For more information, visite our web sites : OBM.org (www.obm.org), LinShare (www.linshare.org) and LinID (www.linid.org)

publié le 15 March 2015

MAJOR EXPANSION OF PASSENGER FACILITIES UNVEILED AT ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT’S TERMINAL

Press release


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Airports today announced the opening and operating of several facilities at Terminal 1 of Abu Dhabi International Airport, which will improve overall operational efficiency and increase the speed at which passengers move through the airport.

The expansion programme to install these facilities forms part of Abu Dhabi Airports’ ongoing Capacity Enhancement Programme (CEP) to manage the increasing growth in passenger numbers ahead of the opening of the Midfield Terminal in 2017.

The overall approach to this phase of the CEP has been to reconfigure passenger flows into and through Terminal 1. Specifically this has comprised:

× The installation of 350 metres of new walkways directly linking the passenger arrival gates to the immigration halls and transfer screening facilities;

× The opening of 9 new Code E aircraft stands to accommodate the increasing number of large and wide bodied aircraft at the airport;

× The introduction of 16 brand new state of the art X-Ray screening machines, capable of processing 2,000 transfer passengers per hour, further accelerating passenger movement and reducing waiting time;

× Further enhancing passenger flow by enabling transfer passengers arriving at Terminal 1 to proceed directly to Terminal 3 without the need for further screening.

These upgrades to the Terminal 1 infrastructure will significantly improve passengers’ experience. The whole screening process has been improved to increase efficiency as well as security. Passengers will have more space in which to move about and will spend less time queuing, giving them more of an opportunity to enjoy the multiple retail, F&B and entertainment facilities on offer.

The improvements to passenger flows inside Terminal 1 are being complemented by a new road network that will enhance airport access to all travelers, whether arriving or departing, from both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The work is expected to be completed within the next month. Vehicles departing from arrivals, departures and the car parks will now be able to get straight onto roads to central Abu Dhabi, Dubai and local areas such Al Raha, Yas Island and Khalifa City.

The new Terminal 1 facilities were opened today at a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Board of Abu Dhabi Airports, attended by the media.

Unveiling the new facilities, H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, commented: "We are very pleased to have completed the next phase of our ongoing Capacity Enhancement Programme, which is aimed at ensuring that Abu Dhabi International airport is properly equipped to handle the increasing growth in passenger numbers. Starting today, passengers will find the whole experience of moving around Terminal 1 simpler, easier and more enjoyable. This upgrade to our facilities is part of a continuing programme aimed at delivering the best possible passenger experience, using the most advanced and most innovative means at our disposal."

H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori added: "Looking ahead, there are a number of ongoing initiatives in and around the airport which will achieve the same purpose. We are firm in our intention to become a leading global air transportation hub and in order to do so, we need to ensure that all parts of a passenger’s journey into and out of terminal buildings, aircraft stands, and runways at Abu Dhabi International Airport is as easy and as comfortable as possible and to increase both processing speed, and passenger and aircraft flow."

For more information, please visit www.adac.ae

publié le 25 November 2010

Masdar institute campus inaugurated

[#The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology campus was officially inaugurated at Masdar City, an emerging global clean-technology cluster in Abu Dhabi.#]

[#
The institute is the Middle East’s first graduate research institution dedicated to renewable energy and clean environmental technologies.

“Abu Dhabi is dedicated to higher education as a key element to the successful integration and adoption of clean energy and forging commercialisation opportunities for the region. Masdar Institute is the foundation for shaping future scientists, and is a core driver in moving to a knowledge-based economy, with a strong focus on intellectual capital,” stated Dr Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, and chairman of the executive committee of the board of trustees of Masdar Institute.

“The advancements in renewable energy and clean technology are vital to diversifying Abu Dhabi’s economy, creating jobs, helping meet rising energy demands, expand its energy portfolio and to conserving its hydrocarbon resources.”

The institute has been designed to improve both the living and working experience through smart, high performance building design. Today, the institute and its facilities use 54 per cent less potable water consumption, have a 51 per cent reduction in electrical demand and are fully powered by solar energy. These reductions are based on comparisons to UAE standard baselines for buildings of similar size and specifications.

While constructing the buildings, a special mix of concrete was also used to minimise carbon emissions, and the wood used came from sustainable forests.

The institute currently has 41 professors and 170 students from the United Arab Emirates and 32 other nations.

On completion of the second phase of construction, the institute will educate in excess of 600 graduate students with 9 open laboratories, 2 clean rooms, 13 hi-bay laboratories, a 90 seat auditorium, 12 classrooms and 324 student apartments.#]

publié le 25 November 2010

Masdar institute campus inaugurated

[#The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology campus was officially inaugurated at Masdar City, an emerging global clean-technology cluster in Abu Dhabi.#]

[#The institute is the Middle East’s first graduate research institution dedicated to renewable energy and clean environmental technologies.

“Abu Dhabi is dedicated to higher education as a key element to the successful integration and adoption of clean energy and forging commercialisation opportunities for the region. Masdar Institute is the foundation for shaping future scientists, and is a core driver in moving to a knowledge-based economy, with a strong focus on intellectual capital,” stated Dr Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, and chairman of the executive committee of the board of trustees of Masdar Institute.

“The advancements in renewable energy and clean technology are vital to diversifying Abu Dhabi’s economy, creating jobs, helping meet rising energy demands, expand its energy portfolio and to conserving its hydrocarbon resources.”

The institute has been designed to improve both the living and working experience through smart, high performance building design. Today, the institute and its facilities use 54 per cent less potable water consumption, have a 51 per cent reduction in electrical demand and are fully powered by solar energy. These reductions are based on comparisons to UAE standard baselines for buildings of similar size and specifications.

While constructing the buildings, a special mix of concrete was also used to minimise carbon emissions, and the wood used came from sustainable forests.

The institute currently has 41 professors and 170 students from the United Arab Emirates and 32 other nations.

On completion of the second phase of construction, the institute will educate in excess of 600 graduate students with 9 open laboratories, 2 clean rooms, 13 hi-bay laboratories, a 90 seat auditorium, 12 classrooms and 324 student apartments.#]

publié le 19 February 2010

Masdar signs agreement on developping emission reductions

[#Masdar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Mubadala Development Company, today announced it signed an agreement with the Egyptian Sugar and Integrated Industries Company (ESIIC) to develop a fuel-switch project under the guidelines of the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).#]

[#The project, in which ESIIC will invest over 40million Egyptian Pounds ($7.5m), will replace the company’s consumption of mazut fuel oil with natural gas and is expected to reduce carbon emissions by an equivalent of 57,200 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year for a period of ten years.

Masdar will monetise the emission reductions and provide advisory services required to register the project at the United Nations in line with the requirements of the Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism (CDM). Masdar will support the project execution in coordination with ESIIC and purchase the resulting carbon credits, thereby providing financial incentives for the development of the project.

Commenting on the agreement, Hassan Kamel Hassan Noman, CEO of ESIIC said: “This agreement marks an important milestone for ESIIC and we are proud to be paving the way within the sugar industry to develop a fuel-switch under the guidelines of the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). Through the cooperation with Masdar we aim to significantly reduce our emissions targets over the next ten years, and alleviate the negative impact that they are having on the environment”.

“This is our first CDM project in Egypt and we look forward to supporting ESIIC in its quest to reduce its carbon emissions. We hope this agreement will act as a catalyst for other organisations to explore the financial and environmental benefits that CDM can offer. This project reinforces Masdar’s commitment to promote energy efficiency and sustainability in the region” added Sam Nader, Director of Masdar Carbon.


About ESIIC:

The Egyptian Sugar & Integrated Industries Co. (ESIIC) is a public sector Co. owned by Egyptian government. ESIIC is considered as one of the largest industrial entities in the Middle East, and owns more than 20 plants for production of sugar and other related products such as:

Ethanol, vinegar, glacial acetic acid, fodder yeast, carbon dioxide, thinners (solvents), acetone, butyl acetate, athyle acetate, pivicol, oxygen, perfumes, flavors, paper, particle board, MDF, cattle feed…etc. The total assets of ESIIC is more than 1.5 billion USD, the total operating revenues is more than 800 million USD and more than 20,000 employees.

Also ESIIC have a great experience in design and execute complete plants for sugar and food industries.

ESIIC intend to transfer all its factories in Upper Egypt to work with N.G instead of heavy fuel oil within 3 years to reduce the emission of CO2 to participate in keep environment clean according to Kyoto protocol’s.


About Masdar

Masdar is Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted initiative advancing the development, commercialisation and deployment of renewable and alternative energy technologies and solutions. Masdar is driven by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (ADFEC), a wholly owned company of the government of Abu Dhabi through the Mubadala Development Company. For more information about the Masdar Initiative, please visit: www.masdaruae.com
#]

publié le 21 April 2014

MBDA wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise with Dual Mode Brimstone

press release

MBDA in the UK has won a prestigious 2014 Queens Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category for developing an extra guidance mode for the Brimstone radar guided anti-armour missile. The converted weapon becomes the Dual Mode Brimstone and is a great British success story of innovation and enterprise. This has been accomplished through a combination of technical advances, cost effectiveness and the re-use of existing Brimstone missiles already in the Royal Air Force (RAF) inventory.

It provides crews of RAF Tornado GR4 aircraft with a world-leading, low-collateral, precision strike capability, including use in cluttered urban environments where surgical accuracy is paramount. There is nothing comparable in-service in the world today.

The Dual Mode Brimstone has its target laser designated by the aircrew, whilst the retention of the radar provides the necessary accuracy more effectively than a laser only system in the terminal phase of the missile flight. This allows opponents in fast-moving vehicles to be engaged, thereby giving the best of both guidance methods and allowing adherence with strict Rules of Engagement.

The innovation stretched beyond the new technological features as these were achieved without significantly increasing the complexity of the seeker. 80% of the original seeker design remained intact and the new dual mode seeker was tested using the same test limits that had been applied to the original design, thereby enabling existing stock of the original Brimstone weapon to be upgraded to the Dual Mode Brimstone standard.

This was achieved at a fraction of the cost of procuring a new weapon system and in significantly reduced timescales. The system was available when most needed by the RAF as MBDA were able to replenish stocks quickly during simultaneous military operations in Libya and Afghanistan because it is a UK-sourced weapon and MBDA had a surge production capability.

Welcoming the news of the award, MBDA’s Executive Group Director Technical and Managing Director UK, Steve Wadey said, “As the highest business award in the UK, an accolade of this significance and recognition is a tremendous achievement and one that we take huge pride in. The technology at the heart of Dual Mode Brimstone is truly world beating and is symbolic of the difference innovation can make for our Customers and the crucial role MBDA products have in delivering enhanced military effectiveness.”

Note to editor

Advances in the seeker design incorporated new features such as optical devices, a fused quartz ‘radome’, a carbon fibre body tube and a diamond, precision-machined part, which replaced the original parabolic reflector. An enlarged collecting aperture improves detection performance at extended ranges in adverse weather conditions. New algorithms within the seeker processor were developed to optimise and fuse the data from both the Semi-Active Laser (SAL) and millimetre Wave radar (mmW) channels. This provides vastly improved system accuracy compared with competing SAL only systems.

The Dual Mode Brimstone development work was carried out at MBDA’s Stevenage site with the dual mode seeker conversion and assembly at Lostock, Lancashire and final missile assembly at Henlow, Bedfordshire.

MBDA and its predecessor companies have now won a total of ten Queens Awards over the years: 1975, 1976 twice (Export and Technology), 1979, 1984 twice (Export and Technology), 1986, 2000, 2004 and 2014.

With a significant presence in five European countries and within the USA, in 2013 MBDA achieved a turnover of 2.8 billion euros with an order book of 10.8 billion euros. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems.

MBDA is the only group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three armed forces (land, sea and air). In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development.

MBDA is jointly held by AIRBUS Group (37.5%), BAE SYSTEMS (37.5%), and FINMECCANICA (25%).

A video presentation of the Dual Mode brimstone project is available at: http://www.mbda-systems.com/mediagallery/#/videos/3293

publié le 28 June 2011

MBDA announces the first submarine launch of SCALP Naval, France’s future cruise missile

Press release

[#The first submarine launch as part of the SCALP Naval / MdCN (Missile de Croisière Naval) programme was carried out successfully by the French DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) at its Ile du Levant missile test centre in the Mediterranean on 8th June 2011.#]

[#Using an underwater platform simulating the launch conditions prevailing on the future Barracuda nuclear-powered attack submarine, this firing permitted all the intended test objectives to be demonstrated: the validation of the launch phase with the subsequent change of environment from water to air as well as the missile’s flight.

The positive outcome of this trial helps validate the definition of SCALP Naval / MdCN in its submarine configuration as well as validate the missile’s commonality concept for the two types of launch platform. It also adds to the success of the first vertical launch achieved in a frigate configuration last year. These two achievements constitute a major step in the SCALP Naval / MdCN development programme by removing the risk associated with the launch phases from the two types of launch platform, namely frigates and submarines.

As a result of this total success, the convergence of the MdCN missile programme with those of the two launch platforms, the entry into service of the FREMM frigate in 2014 and the Barracuda submarine in 2017, has been firmly confirmed.

Following the test launch, Antoine Bouvier, MBDA’s CEO, said: “I would especially like to congratulate the MBDA and government teams for the total success of this firing. SCALP Naval is in effect a priority for us all. It goes without saying that the most recent operations have served to remind us of the strategic necessity of a sovereign capability weapon for first strike“.#]
www.mbda-systems.com

publié le 17 March 2015

MBDA back on track towards growth

Press release

MBDA, European champion and global player in the missile and missile systems sector, registered an order intake of EUR 4.1 billion in 2014, a slight improvement on the excellent figure of EUR 4 billion achieved in 2013. Export orders accounted for EUR 2.5 billion of this 2014 result, thereby exceeding domestic orders as was also the case in 2013 and 2012.

As expected, sales dropped to a low of EUR 2.4 billion in 2014, reflecting the budgetary cuts that MBDA’s domestic countries have been carrying out over several years. Moving on from 2015, this figure should see a significant rise as an effect of the exceptional level of orders received over the last two years. At EUR 12.6 billion at year end 2014, the order book now represents more than four years of activity at current levels and will allow MBDA to return to a condition of growth in the mid-term.

"We owe these good export results to an excellent product range that meets all the guided weapons requirements of the armed forces, a product range that has been widened significantly over recent years thanks to the support provided by our domestic customers", stated Antoine Bouvier, CEO of MBDA. "Thanks to its integrated organization and its partnering approach, MBDA has been able to better manage the limited resources of its domestic customers while at the same time preserving the industrial capabilities necessary for them to guarantee their long-term sovereignty in terms of military strength".

"In this respect, 2014 saw the significant re-launch of just such a cooperation with the notification of the demonstration and manufacture contract for the Anglo-French, helicopter-launched FASGW (H) / ANL [Future Anti Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy) / Anti Navire Léger] anti-ship missile. Last year, France and Italy gave the go ahead for OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’ARmement, the European intergovernmental Organisation for Joint Armement Cooperation) to negotiate the launch of the development phase for Aster Block 1NT, the next generation Aster anti-missile missile, which we hope will be notified during 2015".

"2014 also saw important advances being made with our key programmes. The MdCN naval cruise missile successfully completed its final qualification firing. The land combat missile, MMP, successfully carried out its first firings. Increasingly complex firings served to demonstrate the maturity of Aster in service with the armed forces. Contractual obligations within the development programme for MEADS, the extended air defence system, were concluded through demonstrations of both the system and its MFCR multi-function radar. Good progress with the Sea Ceptor naval anti-air missile system allowed MBDA to launch studies on the ground variant known as FLAADS Land. Finally, with the integration of MBDA’s Storm Shadow, Brimstone and Taurus missiles starting on the Eurofighter Typhoon, new export opportunities are being opened up for our air-to-ground weapon systems".

"On the industrial front, 2014 saw MBDA increasing the range of its activities with the setting up of a complex munitions demilitarisation facility. This added capability is in response to the growing need of our military customers to assure the safe handling of their complex weaponry at life end. With this development, MBDA has reaffirmed its commitment to being a global player in the missile supply chain with the ability to deal with whatever needs its military customer base might have with regard to missiles".

"During 2015, structural decisions are expected throughout the entirety of the missile supply chain in several European countries, particularly in the extended anti-air defence and anti-missile sector. With Aster Block 1NT and MEADS, MBDA has excellent products that are ideally adapted to the structure of Europe’s armed forces and to the threats they face. A positive decision in this area will be decisive in re-launching cooperation and rationalisation within the European defence industry and in the consolidation of the sovereign capabilities of our domestic countries".

publié le 8 February 2016

MBDA DELIVERS ASRAAM MISSILES FOR F-35 INTEGRATION

press release

MBDA has commenced deliveries of a quantity of Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles (ASRAAM) for the forthcoming integration of this infra-red air dominance missile onto the UK’s F-35B. The first missile was delivered to the US during January in conjunction with BAE Systems (the UK’s F-35 weapon integration lead). ASRAAM will be the first UK missile to arm the F-35 and its integration within the F-35 System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the programme will give the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy’s F-35s a highly capable, passive, Within Visual Range air-to-air capability.

British Defence Minister Philip Dunne welcomed the news from MBDA saying: "The upcoming work to integrate the MBDA Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile onto the F-35 Lightning aircraft will provide a state of the art weapon for both our RAF and Royal Navy pilots. The integration of this missile also demonstrates the success of the UK Defence industry’s contribution to the wider F-35 programme. Around 15 per cent in value of every F-35 is being built here in the UK and the work is invaluable to British industry, supporting thousands of jobs across the UK."

These test missiles will be used during 2016 for a series of flight trials and air-launched firings that are a key step towards the Initial Operating Capability of the aircraft by the UK. The trials will include environmental data gathering, safe separation from the aircraft, weapon integration with the F-35’s on-board systems, and lastly, weapon firing trials involving the engagement of targets. These integration activities will take place at both the Naval Air Station Patuxent River and Edwards Air Force base in the USA.

Notes to editors:
ASRAAM is the Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile in service with the RAF on the Tornado and Typhoon, the Royal Australian Air Force on the F/A-18 Hornet and on order for the Indian Air Force’s Jaguars.
The missile flies at over Mach 3 and its sleek, agile airframe, powerful motor, sophisticated seeker and software are designed to defeat current and future countermeasures.

With a significant presence in five European countries and the USA, in 2014 MBDA achieved a turnover of 2.4 billion Euros (US$2.6bn) with an order book of 12.6 billion Euros (US$14bn). With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems.
MBDA is the only European group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three armed forces (land, sea and air). In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development. MBDA is jointly held by AIRBUS Group (37.5%), BAE SYSTEMS (37.5%), and FINMECCANICA (25%).

publié le 6 July 2014

MBDA Inaugurates French Complex Munitions Demilitarization Facility

Press release

On 2nd July 2014, Antoine Bouvier, MBDA’s Chief Executive Officer, in the presence of civil and military authorities, inaugurated France’s complex munitions demilitarization facility at MBDA’s Bourges Subdray site in the Centre region of France.

Having set up this facility in only two years, MBDA is in line with the schedule aimed at allowing France to fulfill the commitment it made in signing the Oslo Convention in July 2009. The Convention prohibits the use and stockpile of cluster bombs and calls for all signatories to have destroyed their stock of such military hardware by 2018.

Notified in November 2011 by the NATO Support Agency (NSPA, ex-NAMSA), NATO’s Integrated Logistics and Services Provider Agency, on behalf of the French Ministry of Defence, the contract awarded to MBDA covers the destruction of 36,000 complex munitions and the establishment of a French industrial capability for munitions demilitarization.

The new facility represents an investment of around 12 million euros and the creation of 20 new, direct jobs in the Centre region of France. It also represents MBDA’s response to the French Government’s desire to set up an end of life munitions dismantling capability on home territory in order to guarantee the confidentiality of its products, the safety standards associated with pyrotechnic operations and the protection of the environment.

It also represents an opportunity for MBDA to extend its portfolio of activities, allowing the company to be in a position to offer its client base the full life cycle management of its products from design through to destruction.

During the inauguration, Antoine Bouvier stated : ”As the European leader in missile systems, MBDA is committed to establishing firm and long lasting partnerships with its domestic and export customers. These customers now expect not only a guarantee of security of supply and support for their products but more and more they are beginning to recognize the need to assure the safe treatment of their complex weapons at the end of their service life. Thanks to this new industrial installation in Bourges Subdray, we are displaying our willingness to further reinforce the partnering relationship we undertake with our military customers”.

With a significant presence in five European countries and within the USA, in 2013 MBDA achieved a turnover of 2.8 billion euros with an order book of 10.8 billion euros. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems.

MBDA is the only group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three armed forces (land, sea and air). In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development.

MBDA is jointly held by AIRBUS Group (37.5%), BAE SYSTEMS (37.5%), and FINMECCANICA
(25%).

publié le 21 December 2011

MBDA INCORPORATED PURCHASES NORTHROP GRUMMAN’S VIPER STRIKE MUNITIONS BUSINESS IN HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA

International guided weapons leader MBDA expands its footprint in the United States.

[# MBDA Inc., the wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of missile manufacturer MBDA, has purchased Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Viper Strike munitions business, located in Huntsville, AL. Terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.#]

[#The Viper Strike purchase is MBDA Inc.’s first acquisition in the U.S.and is part of the company’s growth strategy. That strategy is based on a combination of acquisitions, organic growth, and partnerships with other U.S. prime contractors. The move will help position MBDA as a leading precision munitions firm in the U.S. and gives the company a stronger capability in the growing market to create and produce new weapons for unmanned aerial systems (UASs).

The Viper Strike Business Unit facilities, located in the City of Huntsville and on the US Army’s Redstone Arsenal, will allow MBDA to design, build, and assemble complete precision-guided weapons in one location, as well as bring in new business to the MBDA Huntsville facilities.

Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama said, “I am pleased that MBDA will be joining the robust and growing Huntsville defense community. Viper Strike weapons have been a key asset for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and I am proud that they will continue to be produced in Alabama. MBDA’s plan to grow the business going forward represents a strong vote of confidence in the Alabama workforce and is great news for the local economy.”

Jerry Agee, CEO of MBDA Inc. said, “Acquiring the combat proven Viper Strike weapon system and facility allows us to take an important step in our strategy to research, design and produce the world’s finest weapons that meet the current and future needs of U.S. armed forces. The Viper Strike line is a perfect addition to our portfolio and allows us entrée into the fast growing armed UAS business segment.”

MBDA Inc. now owns two design, development, and manufacturing locations: the Huntsville, AL Viper Strike operating unit, and its original Westlake Village, CA operating unit.

Viper Strike is a low-collateral damage, precision guided weapon designed for both manned and unmanned aircraft. This 44-pound, covert glide weapon allows U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, Special Forces, and U.S. Marine Corps aircraft to precisely engage targets in urban and complex terrain environments. It combines a GPS Inertial Navigation System and a Semi-Active Laser seeker to provide maximum operational flexibility.

MBDA’s CEO, Antoine Bouvier stated, “This acquisition is a demonstration of our commitment to continue to grow in the US. We are excited by the opportunity this production facility provides us to continue to design, build and deliver first-class missiles to US armed forces. We now have over 60 missile systems fielded, in production, or in development and equip over 90 armed forces around the world. We can leverage the economies of scale of this wide customer base and product line to provide excellent missile systems, like Viper Strike, to the US warfighter.”

This transaction has received all necessary US government regulatory approvals.

Notes to editors

With industrial facilities in four European countries and the US, in 2010 MBDA achieved
a turnover of $4 billion with an order book of $15.5 billion. With more than 90 armed

forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems. MBDA
is the only group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that
correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of land, sea, and air forces.
In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in
operational service and more than 15 others currently in development.
MBDA is jointly held by BAE SYSTEMS (37.5%), EADS (37.5%) and FINMECCANICA (25%).


MBDA Group on the Internet: www.mbda-systems.com
MBDA US on the Internet: www.mbdainc.com#]

publié le 26 February 2011

MBDA INTRODUCES A NEW GROUND BASED AIR DEFENCE CAPABILITY AT IDEX

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[# At the IDEX 2011 exhibition in Abu Dhabi, MBDA is revealing an addition to its air defence range by presenting for the first time a new combination of systems to coordinate the firing of Mistral and VL MICA missiles.#]

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IMCP (Improved Missile Control Post) is the first element of this set up. It integrates, within a shelter mounted on an all-terrain vehicle, a command and control unit and latest generation 3D radar capable of detecting and identifying aerial targets at ranges of 80 km. IMCP is an evolved version of the Mistral Coordination Post of which more than 40 have already been sold. It comprises an operator console very carefully ergonomically designed to provide a work space within which the unit commander can carry out his mission under optimum conditions.

The second new system presented by MBDA is the PCP (Platoon Command Post). This modular command system is a direct derivative of the VL MICA Tactical Operations Centre (TOC) which has been developed in close cooperation with the French Air Force. PCP allows the commander to control multi-layer surface-to-air defence units, linking Mistral and VL MICA missile launchers. The system carries out the interface role between the various units responsible for coordinating the air space and, if necessary, its self-coordination with the PCP units deployed in neighbouring zones. The detection, identification and tracking functions are carried out via a link to the IMCP which, in this case, is completely remote-controlled by one of the three operators manning the PCP.

The combination of IMCP + PCP, already selected by its first customer, further broadens the range of surface-to-air command and control systems offered by MBDA. It provides a very high degree of flexibility with regard to the number and type of effectors in adapting to the mission or threats in question. The first deliveries of IMCP and PCP are expected as of 2014.

“MBDA’s experience in anti-air defence is without equal in our four domestic countries as it is within the export market. We have sold 70,000 surface-to-air missiles, more than 4,000 fire control stations and around 2,000 C2 command and control stations. For 50 years we have covered every domain from very short to long range”, said Antoine Bouvier, Chief Executive Officer of MBDA. “Thanks to this unique know how, we are able to add to our range of C2 systems today this new, highly modular family of C2 systems which will allow military users of Mistral and VL MICA the optimal means of adapting the deployment of their missiles in line with operational requirements and manpower availability”.

Notes to editors

With industrial facilities in four European countries and within the USA, MBDA has an annual turnover of €2.6 billion and an order book of €12 billion. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems.

MBDA is the only group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three armed forces (land, sea and air). In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development.

MBDA is jointly held by BAE SYSTEMS (37,5%), EADS (37,5%) and FINMECCANICA (25%).
#]

publié le 18 June 2016

MBDA Italia awarded by Qatar Emiri Naval Force for the supply of operational capabilities for their new naval units

press release

MBDA Italia has been awarded by the Qatar Emiri Naval Force (QENF) to supply operational capabilities for their new naval units: 4 multi-role corvettes, 1 Landing Platform Dock (LPD) and 2 patrol vessels.

The programme will be comprehensive and will include training, test stations and maintenance facilities as well as integrated logistical support. The award to MBDA Italia is within the framework of a Government to Government agreement signed today in Rome by the Minister of Defence for Italy, Roberta Pinotti and the Minister of Defence for Qatar, Khalid Bin Muhammad Al-Attiyah.

Antonio Perfetti, Managing Director MBDA Italia and Executive Group Director Sales & Business Development MBDA, commented: “This award will give the opportunity to further increase the Company’s order book and will open up new opportunities in Qatar, that once again confirms the trust placed in MBDA Italia for its defence requirements. This important achievement has been possible thanks to the close cooperation between MBDA Italia, Fincantieri and Leonardo – Finmeccanica, demonstrating the value of Italian industrial synergies.”

Notes to editors:

With a significant presence in five European countries and within the USA, in 2015 MBDA achieved a turnover of € 2.9 billion with an order book of € 15.1 billion. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems.

MBDA is the only European group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three armed forces (land, sea and air). In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development.

MBDA is owned jointly by Airbus Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%), and Leonardo-Finmeccanica (25%).

publié le 29 June 2016

MBDA Italia signs 1 billion euros plus contract to supply missiles to the Qatar Emiri Navy

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MBDA Italia has signed today a contract worth more than 1 billion euros to supply the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) with missiles for their new naval vessels recently procured from Fincantieri. In this respect, MBDA will be supplying the QENF in due course with Exocet MM40 Block 3 anti-ship missiles as well as Aster 30 Block 1 and VL MICA air defence missiles.

Today’s contract signature follows the Letter of Award which was signed in Rome on 16th June within the framework of a Government to Government agreement signed between the Ministry of Defence of Italy and that of Qatar.

Antonio Perfetti, Managing Director MBDA Italia and Executive Group Director Sales & Business Development MBDA, commented: “This contract represents a further confirmation of the significant role that MBDA plays in the missile sector, not only in Europe, but also worldwide. It is proof of MBDA’s capability, thanks to its very comprehensive portfolio of world class solutions, of being able to address the most stringent and diverse of customer missile systems requirements. The contract consolidates MBDA’s highly valued partnership with Qatar and is further proof also of the value of the solutions offered by the Company to meet its customers’ requirements.”

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Notes to editors:

With a significant presence in five European countries and within the USA, in 2015 MBDA achieved a turnover of € 2.9 billion with an order book of € 15.1 billion. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems.

MBDA is the only European group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three armed forces (land, sea and air). In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development.

MBDA is owned jointly by Airbus Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%), and Leonardo-Finmeccanica (25%).

publié le 5 March 2015

MBDA names Jérôme Dufour as Director of Communications

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Jérôme Dufour has been appointed MBDA’s new Director of Communications and will take up his role on 9th March, 2015. He will report directly to Antoine Bouvier, CEO of MBDA, and takes over from Yves Barillé who has moved to Airbus Helicopters as its new Director of Communications.

Aged 46, Jérôme Dufour started his career with Giat Industries in 1993 where he had several roles of an operational nature until, in 2004, he became responsible for the Communications and Public Affairs Directorate of the business which duly became Nexter in 2006. Following this, in 2010, he joined Thales as its Group Director of Communications.

On the occasion of Yves Barillé’s departure, Antoine Bouvier said: "I would like to take this opportunity of warmly thanking Yves for his personal contribution in the construction of the European group MBDA while carrying out the function of Director of Internal Communications as of 2002 and subsequently that of Group Communications Director. During this latter phase, he was instrumental in reinforcing the image of MBDA both within our domestic and export countries. I wish him every success in his new role at Airbus Helicopters.

I am delighted to welcome the arrival of Jérôme Dufour . Thanks to his widely recognised experience as a communications professional as well as his extensive experience in the defence sector with which he has been familiar for many years, Jérôme will allow us to further reinforce the image of the MBDA group, especially as a partner of our domestic countries’ armed forces and as a trusted supplier to our export countries".

publié le 16 July 2014

MBDA Presents STRATUS, Flexible Missile Effects for the Future Battlespace

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MBDA is unveiling CVW101 STRATUS, its latest Concept Visions project, at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014. STRATUS provides a transformational, innovative approach to Command & Control and Mission Control of Missile Systems across domains (land, air and naval) and platforms, maximising the use of the weapon resources available in the battlespace in order to optimise the delivery and timeliness of effects.

“Our approach to the future battlespace places the warfighter at the centre of the deployed weapon system resources with the ability to transparently use the best resources available through clear, simple presentation of information for decision making”, explains Sandro Petrizzelli, Head of MBDA’s Concept Visions 2014 international team. “Our aim was to deliver the concept of a distributed architecture which would optimise the operational efficiency of deployed missile systems. We are making all resources, sensors and effectors deployed in the theatre available to form part of the warfighter’s local weapon system, with direct and easy access.

This is why we say STRATUS creates a theatre-wide virtual weapon system, delivering tremendous efficiencies in terms of robustness, fire power, combination of effects, and reaction time.

To engage emerging types of threats, armed forces will not only need to have the kind of weapon systems we have showcased over the four previous years of Concept Visions, but they will also need to have access to many, varied weapon system assets at very short notice. For instance, immediate fire support may be needed from across the entire deployed set of weapon assets and not only from a locally deployed unit.

In twenty years from now, we expect that our Armed Forces will face a more complex, dynamic and uncertain battlespace. Connectivity will continue to improve not only for allies but also for their adversaries, allowing aggressors to better combine air, land and naval attacks with the aim of creating surprise effects and saturating defences.”

To deliver this, STRATUS brings together many key techniques: sharing weapon system resources, distributed coordination and use of a common, core interface for the command and control of all deployed and available weapon systems. The benefit lies in the enhancement of the collaboration between deployed weapon systems, providing higher levels of efficiency, flexibility and robustness at battlefield level. For a given level of capability, fewer assets will be needed, as they are shared in a more effective way across the battlefield.

Resources Sharing, C2 auto-coordination

At the heart of STRATUS is a principle of limitless sharing of weapon resources. Each deployed resource (launchers, control nodes and sensors) is no longer dedicated to a single weapon system, but becomes accessible, through in-built “plug and fight” functionality, to any equipped control node or dismounted infantry throughout the shared resource pool, leading to flexible, robust and efficient deployments.

This is combined with distributed architecture, where command and control nodes are able to auto-coordinate themselves. Taking advantage of their deep knowledge of available sensors and effectors, these nodes are able to propose to the user the most effective combination of available weapon resources for a given mission or task, allowing STRATUS to maximise effect capabilities in any situation.

Unified User Interface & Decision Support

By creating shared pools of weapon resources, users can have access to a wider variety of effects to exploit. While more options could bring more complexity, STRATUS cuts through to the critical information that a user needs, with task support and advanced decision aids delivered through a common core interface across weapon systems and personnel in the field.

When an effect is asked for, appropriate solutions are generated by STRATUS throughout the pool and returned to the user, reducing the amount of repetitive workload on the users while ensuring precise and rapid responses. Options are presented to the user with critical information to make a quick decision, with detail never more than a short step away through a layered user interface architecture.

MBDA Future Systems Director, Mark Slater says: “Following five years of Concept Visions and a continuing strategy to deliver increased modularity to our missile system solutions, we are able through STRATUS to deliver greater efficiency, effectiveness and a significant reduction in the need for dedicated training for the different missile systems deployed in the future battlespace.”

Note to Editors:

STRATUS is the outcome of our fifth consecutive year of developing Concept Visions, highlighting MBDA’s value as a company promoting innovation and inspiration to our complex weapons customers for 2035 and beyond.

With STRATUS, the entirety of MBDA across Europe was presented with the challenge to suggest concepts, approaches and technologies that could efficiently bring effects on demand for the future battlespace. All submissions were synthesised to provide context and boundaries for Concept Visions this year. The most impressive proposals became core components of workshops, leveraging not only the technical expertise inside the company but also engaging with a number of MBDA’s armed forces customers to develop our final concept.

With a significant presence in five European countries and within the USA, in 2013 MBDA achieved a turnover of 2.8 billion euros with an order book of 10.8 billion euros. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems.

MBDA is the only group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the

three armed forces (land, sea and air). In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development.

MBDA is jointly held by AIRBUS Group (37.5%), BAE SYSTEMS (37.5%), and FINMECCANICA (25%).

publié le 22 March 2014

MBDA PRESENTS THE MARTE COASTAL DEFENCE SYSTEM

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At the DIMDEX exhibition in Doha, Qatar (25-27 March 2014), MBDA is presenting for the first time ever a new coastal defence system based on the Marte missile family.This system, the Marte Coastal Defence System (MCDS), guarantees maritime coastal traffic surveillance and interdiction to hostile ships in territorial waters.

The system is capable of:

· monitoring and picturing sea communication lines;
· detecting and identifying hostile vessels through the use of active surveillance equipment;
· receiving target data via data-link;
· neutralising hostile vessels by using a new generation of anti-ship missiles.

The MCDS is available with different and flexible configurations depending on customer requirements. This system can operate in either a stand-alone mode or integrated within an existing surveillance radar network.

In addition, MBDA can offer two different missile options for MCDS; the Marte MK2/N for the control of brown waters and Marte ER, for the control of a more expansive sea area.

The system configuration consists of:

a Command and Control (C2) module, comprising an ISO standard 12 foot shelter that can be connected via data-link with the upper level surveillance system. This module includes consoles to manage the local picture provided by its own radar (stand-alone mode) or to track targets provided by the upper level surveillance system (integrated mode).
a launcher module, comprising up to four firing units that can be mounted on ISO standard trucks. Each launcher can deploy up to four missiles.
a logistics module, comprising a logistic and support vehicle, plus a variable number of reloading vehicles.

The Marte missile family

The all-weather Marte MK2 is a fire-and-forget, medium-range, sea-skimming anti-ship weapon system. It is equipped with mid-course inertial and radar-based terminal guidance and is capable of destroying small craft and seriously damaging larger vessels. The missile weighs 310 kg and is 3.85 metres long. Marte was first developed in the 1980s with the 30km range MK/2 version being deployed on helicopters. Subsequent models followed for integration on different platforms and thus a family of missiles came into being.

The Marte MK-2/S, where “S” stands for “Short” and indicates shorter munitions in order to enable simpler on board integration, has already been integrated on AW101 and NH-90 NFH helicopters (Naval/Nato Frigate Helicopter) in service with the Italian Navy. The Marte MK-2/A was then developed for launch from fixed-wing aircraft (fighter or patrol aircraft). Finally, in response to the growing interest for a lightweight, rapid-response surface-to-surface naval missile system for littoral operations, Marte MK2/N was developed.

The new version of the missile, called Marte ER (Extended Range), keeps the basic characteristics of the Marte family, but extends its range. The new product is different from previous versions thanks to two main features: turbojet propulsion (leading to a four-fold increase in range compared to the rocket motor version), and the new ISO-calibre cylinder cell. The missile, equipped with these new important components, still preserves a series of elements that were already present in previous versions of the Marte missile, providing a number of significant commonalities that are widely appreciated by the market.

Thanks to these improvements, the new missile has a range that now exceeds 100 km and a much increased speed, both in the cruise and final attack phases. However, it is shorter than the previous model. Logistic systems, such as the transport and stocking canister in the helicopter version and the trolley for moving and hooking the missile to aircraft, are the same as those used in the Mk2/S model, offering clear user advantages.

publié le 19 September 2015

MBDA RECEIVES CAPABILITY SUSTAINMENT ORDER FOR ASRAAM

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Photo ASRAAM missile

MBDA has received a contract worth over £300M from the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) that ensures the Royal Air Force remains equipped with the highly capable infra-red guided air-to-air missile, ASRAAM. The contract covers the supply of new missiles to refresh the existing inventory of ASRAAM. Value for money is ensured through the re-use of components from other MBDA products such as the Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM).

The missiles will be produced at MBDA’s new Bolton manufacturing and assembly site that will be commissioned in mid-2016. The engineering activities are being carried out at MBDA sites in Stevenage and Bristol. This programme and associated workload around domestic and export programmes using the core CAMM system, will sustain 400 jobs across the MBDA sites and at a number of other UK suppliers. The sustainment of these production facilities also ensures that ASRAAM remains available for overseas customers and future exports.

Dave Armstrong, Executive Group Director Technical and Managing Director UK of MBDA said, "I strongly welcome this decision. This contract will deliver value to the MoD and keep the Royal Air Force equipped with an air defence capability that provides operational advantage wherever it flies. It illustrates the importance of the joint MoD and MBDA approach to delivering world leading complex weapons capability and will ensure that essential and unique UK skills, technologies and facilities, such as our new £30M state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bolton, are sustained for the future. Finally, the RAF’s commitment to this capability will also enhance future export success and we look forward to extending the joint government and industry approach to securing further ASRAAM customers."

publié le 31 March 2016

MBDA signs a MoU to supply coastal missile systems to Qatar

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MBDA has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the supply of a coastal defence system for the Qatar Emiri Naval Force (QENF). This Memorandum will pave the way in the short term for a contract with the value of 2.64 billion Qatari riyals (in the region of 640 million euros).

The supply of these coastal missile systems will allow the QENF to monitor maritime coastal traffic and prevent hostile ships from reaching and threatening their territorial waters. These coastal missile systems can deploy two different munitions, Exocet MM40 Block 3 and Marte ER (the Extended Range version of the Marte missile), reflecting the maturity and excellence of these munitions. The system can work in autonomous mode with its own radar, or alternatively by data-linking to a higher level within a wider coastal surveillance network.

Antoine Bouvier, CEO of MBDA, commented: “This MoU represents the first step towards the signing of a contract for this new and innovative coastal missile system. This is a further confirmation of the trust placed by the Qatar Armed Forces in MBDA for its defence requirements.”

“With this MoU, MBDA confirms its success in proposing systems that deliver advanced operational capabilities to its customers with a high degree of affordability”, said Antonio Perfetti, Executive Group Director Sales and Business Development and Managing Director MBDA Italia. “This agreement between MBDA and the QENF also shows another important aspect: a great multinational team spirit that allows MBDA to face any challenge.”

At DIMDEX 2016, where the MoU was today signed, MBDA is displaying a full-size model of this coastal missile system.

Notes to editors :

With a significant presence in five European countries and within the USA, in 2015 MBDA achieved a turnover of 2.9 billion euros with an order book of 15.1 billion euros. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems.
MBDA is the only European group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three armed forces (land, sea and air). In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development.
MBDA is jointly held by AIRBUS Group (37.5%), BAE SYSTEMS (37.5%), and FINMECCANICA (25%).

publié le 22 March 2014

MBDA SOLUTIONS COVERING THE FULL MILITARY SPECTRUM

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Stand H412 / H445

MBDA’s stand at DIMDEX 2014 will focus strongly on maritime capabilities and especially on a totally new coastal battery solution which the company is displaying for the first time. Additionally, and reinforcing the message that MBDA is the only company in the sector able to offer guided weapons solutions to all three sectors of the armed forces – navy, army and air force – a range of models demonstrating the latest developments in battlefield systems and air-launched weapons for the latest generation of combat aircraft will also be displayed.

MARITIME SUPERIORITY

The Marte family of anti-ship missiles includes helicopter and surface launched options. As a new development, MBDA is now offering Marte within a low cost coastal battery system to provide support in the surveillance of maritime coastal traffic and the prevention of hostile ships from reaching and threatening territorial waters. Many navies worldwide are now considering the introduction of a land-based mobile coastal missile system. The use of modern technologies in solid state radars and radios, GPS and modern computers significantly reduces the cost compared to the previous generation of coastal defence systems. In addition, several countries now have integrated coastal surveillance systems and therefore the addition of anti-ship missile launchers becomes a very attractive solution for the creation of low-cost coastal defences. Using a radar deployed in the proximity, the system can work in autonomous mode, alternatively, by data-linking to an upper level within a wider coastal surveillance network, the battery can work in an integrated mode of operation. With Marte MK2/N (for autonomous mode) and the longer range Marte ER (for integrated mode) missiles, MBDA can offer potential customers a flexible choice in developing its coastal security network. At DIMDEX 2014, MBDA will be displaying a full-size model of the system.

Many navies in the Gulf are looking for effective methods to counter the growing threat posed by FIACs (Fast Inshore Attack Craft) in coastal waters. A solution being promoted by MBDA is that provided by the company’s Maritime Brimstone missile. Brimstone has already proved itself in combat in Afghanistan and Libya as a highly effective air-launched weapon. It is now proving its capabilities as a surface-to-surface weapon Whether air or surface launched, Brimstone is the only weapon currently available that can engage not only fast moving land targets but also swarming FIACs. In 2013, a salvo firing of Maritime Brimstone was carried out, when with a single button push, the weapon underlined its superb capabilities in countering this latest of coastal threats.

With sales well over 3,500 around the world, Exocet is a leading name in the anti-ship domain. Naturally, MBDA’s stand will show how this family of surface/submarine and air-launched missiles has become indispensable to many of the world’s navies, including several in the Gulf region. To demonstrate the latest addition to the family, a large model of Exocet MM40 Block 3 will be displayed at DIMDEX. This new missile has a significantly extended range thanks to its turbojet propulsion and, with its GPS navigation, it is also able to strike a coastal land target designated by its geographical coordinates. Importantly for existing Exocet customers, the new MM40 Block 3 is compatible with existing MM40 launchers. This is the weapon that has been procured by several navies including the French Navy and the Qatari Emiri Navy for its four Barzan (VITA) class patrol boats.

Marte, along with Simbad-RC (deploying the highly successful Mistral missile), features in another new addition to MBDA’s portfolio of customer solutions and is also being displayed on MBDA’s stand. This is the Combat Weapons Systems Package or CWSP which caters to the characteristics and mission diversity of modern patrol boats. It provides such vessels with high fire power performance both in surface-to-air and surface-to-surface terms all controlled from a single weapon console in the operations room.

AIR DEFENCE

With recent successes achieved in the region by MBDA’s VL Mica self and local area naval air defence system, this product will be showcased in a prominent position on the company’s stand at DIMDEX. For today’s navies, whether carrying out their missions in blue waters or in the littoral, the best defence against a saturating attack carried out by the new generation of anti-ship missiles and combat aircraft is a vertically launched system deploying fire-and-forget missiles. The VL Mica vertically launched naval air defence system has been custom-designed to meet the needs of today’s modern patrol vessels, particularly those with important security missions in the littoral. It is capable of being retrofitted or being part of a new ship build on a wide range of craft and offers a 360° all-round, fully automatic engagement capability against the full threat spectrum.

In October 2013, VL Mica was successfully fired by the Royal Navy of Oman from the Al Shamikh OPV. The missile intercepted and destroyed at very low altitude the target which was simulating a sea skimming anti-ship missile.

Offering longer range, fleet area defence (and deployed force protection on land) MBDA’s Aster 30 missile is highly representative of MBDA’s leading global position in the area of air defence, naval as well as land based. Already in service with the UK’s Royal Navy (where it is deployed in the Sea Viper system) and as PAAMS with the French and Italian navies, this highly effective missile is providing the key defence capability for a number of the latest generation of destroyers and frigates. Aster 30 also has a ground based air defence application when deployed as the SAMP/T system by the Italian Army and as MAMBA by the French Air Force. Towards the end of last year, a significant first was registered by the French army when it carried out a test firing to intercept a simulated ballistic missile attack. The success confirmed Aster 30’s status as the only European-developed missile possessing such a capability. Both the naval and land variants will be on display at DIMDEX.

BATTLEFIELD ENGAGEMENT

At DIMDEX, MBDA will display a full scale model of Milan ER, its infantry support weapon for anti-armour and other ground targets. This evolution of the combat-proven and exceptionally reliable Milan

already in use in over 40 countries worldwide, is ideally suited for incorporation into future Network Centric Warfare (NCW) systems. It is extremely reliable, accurate and easy to use and features the range of new generation technologies necessary to meet the latest combat requirements. These new technologies include a new extended response ammunition with enhanced warhead, propulsion system, in-flight manoeuvrability and operating range (now up to 3,000m as opposed to the 2,000m of the previous generation Milan ammunition).The system also features a new, fully digitized day/night firing post which has resulted in additional operating benefits such as: video inputs/outputs for remote operation; remote vision; new instruction and training tools; built-in-test; maintenance tools and geo-positioning tools.

At the end of 2013, France notified MBDA of a contract for the development and production of a truly fifth generation ground combat system known as MMP. This system will be a vital addition to MBDA’s range of battlefield systems as it will provide a worthy successor to the anti-tank missile Hot. Drawing on experiences gained from recent conflicts which have shown that delivering effects without collateral damage is a major operational requirement, MBDA has been developing MMP which will feature both “man in the loop” and “fire and forget” capabilities. The dual-band (uncooled infrared and TV channel) missile can be fired from confined spaces and against non-line of sight targets; in a networked environment it can also accept target coordinates from a third party. Suitable for a wide range of battlefield targets (from tanks to infrastructures) and for dismounted infantry as well for deployment from combat vehicles, MMP’s architecture and technologies position the 4km range missile well ahead of the competition. DIMDEX will be amongst the first export exhibitions where this new system will be on display.

PARS 3 LR is being delivered to the German Army to provide its Tiger helicopters with the capability of targeting and defeating a wide range of mobile and stationary ground targets from latest generation armour-protected vehicles to bunkers with pinpoint accuracy. For pilot safety, the fire-and-forget missiles, once launched, navigate autonomously to their respective targets without requiring further input from the gunner thereby allowing the helicopter to quit its position should there be a danger. A model of the Tiger helicopter armed with PARS 3 LR will be on display.

AIR DOMINANCE

Today’s combat pilot is often called on to carry out multiple roles. MBDA can provide the latest generation of weapons to not only ensure air supremacy but also to carry out precision strikes against a wide variety of static and fast moving surface targets. Even though DIMDEX is a maritime show, MBDA is using this important international showcase to demonstrate its extensive range of air-to-air and air-to-ground guided weapon systems.

MBDA is closely linked to two of the world’s leading combat aircraft, the Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon. Models of these two platforms will be on display armed with a full suite of MBDA weapons including:

MICA which is the only missile in the world featuring two interoperable seekers (active radar and imaging infrared) to cover the spectrum from close-in dogfight to long beyond visual range. Its ability to fly out to BVR in passive mode before the seeker locks on in the final stages of the end game has earned it the sobriquet “silent killer” as the target has little time to react or to deploy effective countermeasures.

ASRAAM, a short range, air-dominance missile whose speed and agility guarantee “first shot first kill” so that the pilot need not get involved in the uncertainty of a close-range dogfight.

Meteor is a six-European nation programme that will provide the key future BVR air-to-air armament for Europe’s new generation of combat platforms. This missile’s very long range combined with its ramjet-induced speed, result in a weapon that has an unequalled No Escape Zone. In fact METEOR has been designed to be many times superior to the most sophisticated current and emerging MRAAM threat.

Brimstone goes from strength to strength with recent trials clearly demonstrating the unmatched capabilities of this weapon in meeting the operational challenges of today. These trials involved firing five missiles at a series of targets moving at speeds of up to 70 mph from a variety of launch conditions, including long range and high off-boresight. It has also proved its efficiency in dealing with the growing FIACV threat in the littoral.

Storm Shadow / SCALP provides a world-leading, stealthy cruise missile capability to meet the all-important deep strike requirement of today’s modern air forces. This weapon, which has been tried and tested under combat conditions (deployed by the UK, French and Italian Air Forces), provides the ability to deliver a precision strike against high value targets such as well protected control bunkers/centres, key infrastructures and military installations from a safe stand-off distance.

publié le 28 February 2015

MBDA SOLUTIONS COVERING THE FULL MILITARY SPECTRUM

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Picture :VL MICA 1

At the IDEX/NAVDEX exhibition which takes place between 22nd and 26th February, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, MBDA will be showcasing its latest range of missiles and missile systems which covers the full gamut of requirements expressed by the various armed forces (Army, Air Force and Navy). In only five years, not less than seven missile systems have been delivered to customer Armed Forces, demonstrating not only MBDA’s ability to innovate and propose new products adapted to evolving threats, but also its ability to meet its contractual obligations notably with regard to delivery deadlines.

- In the short and medium range air defence sector, the first VL MICA systems were delivered in 2011, the MPCV in 2013 and the first PCP-IMCP command and control systems in 2014
- In the area of Maritime Superiority, deliveries of Exocet MM40 B3, the latest generation of anti-ship missiles, are being carried out while the first deliveries of Marte MK2N took place in 2012
- In the battlefield engagement domain, the first Milan ER systems has been delivered and the new, fifth generation MMP ATGM system will be available as of 2017.
- Finally, in the air dominance sector, 2014 saw the start of series production for the six partner nations of the first Meteor missiles with their unmatched ’No Escape Zone’

Already a global player, MBDA equally wants to be considered as a local player in development with the possibility of establishing partnerships with local industry. In this respect in the UAE, MBDA is linked with NIMR Automotive in developing the Hafeet Air Defence Vehicle (ADV), a highly mobile, short range air defence solution to meet the requirements expressed by the Emirates’ armed forces. In the naval domain, MBDA is working with Siham al Khaleej Technology in the development of a coastal battery system deploying the Marte missile.

MARITIME SUPERIORITY
The Marte family of anti-ship missiles includes helicopter and surface launched options. As a new development, MBDA is now offering Marte within a low cost coastal battery system to provide support in the surveillance of maritime coastal traffic and the prevention of hostile ships from reaching and threatening territorial waters. Using a radar deployed in the proximity, the system can work in autonomous mode, alternatively, by data-linking to an upper level within a wider coastal surveillance network, the battery can work in an integrated mode of operation. With Marte MK2/N (for autonomous mode) and the longer range Marte ER (for integrated mode) missiles, At NAVDEX 2015, a full-size model of the system will be displayed on Siham al Khaleej Technology’s stand.

Many navies in the Gulf are looking for effective methods to counter the growing threat posed by FIACs (Fast Inshore Attack Craft) in coastal waters. A solution being promoted by MBDA is that provided by the company’s Maritime Brimstone missile. Brimstone has already proved itself in combat in Afghanistan and Libya as a highly effective air-launched weapon. It is now proving its capabilities as a surface-to-surface weapon Whether air or surface launched, Brimstone is the only weapon currently available that can engage not only fast moving land targets but also swarming FIACs. In 2013, a salvo firing of Maritime Brimstone was carried out, when with a single button push, the weapon underlined its superb capabilities in countering this latest of coastal threats. Two other trials were successfully conducted in 2014.
With sales well over 3,500 around the world, Exocet is a leading name in the anti-ship domain. Naturally, MBDA’s stand will show how this family of surface/submarine and air-launched missiles has become indispensable to many of the world’s navies, including several in the Gulf region. To demonstrate the latest addition to the family, a large model of Exocet MM40 Block 3 will be displayed at NAVDEX. This new missile has a significantly extended range thanks to its turbojet propulsion and, with its GPS navigation, it is also able to strike a coastal land target designated by its geographical coordinates. Importantly for existing Exocet customers, the new MM40 Block 3 is compatible with existing MM40 launchers. This is the weapon that has been procured by several navies including the French Navy and the Qatari Emiri Navy for its four Barzan (VITA) class patrol boats.

AIR DEFENCE
With recent successes achieved in the region by MBDA’s VL Mica self and local area naval air defence system, this product will be showcased in a prominent position on the company’s stand at IDEX / NAVDEX. MBDA has exploited the success and operationally proven capabilities of the in-service MICA air-to-air missile to develop two highly effective air defence systems, VL MICA (Land) and VL MICA (Naval). Both systems have been designed to offer a highly effective, rapid reaction, all-weather air defence against the widest range of threats. Both MICA air defence systems feature vertical launch, a very short reaction time and a high firing rate. In addition they can both engage several targets simultaneously and provide 360° defence coverage without costly dedicated tracking and guidance suites. As with the air-to-air weapon, the MICA fire and forget missile features a thrust vector control system and two seeker variants, active radar or infrared imaging.
Developed to provide sensitive military and civilian assets with a highly effective, rapid reaction, all-weather air defence against the widest range of threats, the VL MICA (Land) comprises a Tactical Operation Centre (TOC), a tri-dimensional radar and several (three to six) launchers (each housing four missiles) interconnected via optical fibre (TOC – radar) and VHF (TOC – launchers). This structure makes it easy to deploy, easy to integrate in within a wider global air defence structure and gives the system a high level of survivability. A VL MICA unit can ensure seamless area protection versus a wide variety of targets, including fast manoeuvring combat jets and cruise missiles.
For today’s navies, whether carrying out their missions in blue waters or in the littoral, the best defence against a saturating attack carried out by the new generation of anti-ship missiles and combat aircraft is a vertically launched system deploying fire-and-forget missiles. The VL Mica vertically launched naval air defence system has been custom-designed to meet the needs of today’s modern patrol vessels, particularly those with important security missions in the littoral. It is capable of being retrofitted or being part of a new ship build on a wide range of craft and offers a 360° all-round, fully automatic engagement capability against the full threat spectrum.
In October 2013, VL Mica was successfully fired by the Royal Navy of Oman from the Al Shamikh OPV. The missile intercepted and destroyed at very low altitude the target which was simulating a sea skimming anti-ship missile.
Offering longer range, fleet area defence (and deployed force protection on land) MBDA’s Aster 30 missile is highly representative of MBDA’s leading global position in the area of air defence, naval as well as land based. Already in service with the UK’s Royal Navy (where it is deployed in the Sea Viper system) and as PAAMS with the French and Italian navies, this highly effective missile is providing the key defence capability for a number of the latest generation of destroyers and frigates.
Aster 30 also has a ground based air defence application when deployed as the SAMP/T system by the Italian Army and as MAMBA by the French Air Force. Towards the end of last year, a significant first was registered by the French army when it carried out a test firing to intercept a simulated ballistic missile attack. The success confirmed Aster 30’s status as the only European-developed missile possessing such a capability. Both the naval and land variants will be on display at IDEX/NAVDEX.

BATTLEFIELD ENGAGEMENT

At IDEX/NAVDEX MBDA will display a full scale model of Milan ER, its infantry support weapon for anti-armour and other ground targets. This evolution of the combat-proven and exceptionally reliable Milan already in use in over 40 countries worldwide, is ideally suited for incorporation into future Network Centric Warfare (NCW) systems. It is extremely reliable, accurate and easy to use and features the range of new generation technologies necessary to meet the latest combat requirements. These new technologies include a new extended response ammunition with enhanced warhead, propulsion system, in-flight manoeuvrability and operating range (now up to 3,000m as opposed to the 2,000m of the previous generation Milan ammunition).The system also features a new, fully digitized day/night firing post which has resulted in additional operating benefits such as: video inputs/outputs for remote operation; remote vision; new instruction and training tools; built-in-test; maintenance tools and geo-positioning tools.
At the end of 2013, France notified MBDA of a contract for the development and production of a truly fifth generation ground combat system known as MMP. This system will be a vital addition to MBDA’s range of battlefield systems as it will provide a worthy successor to the anti-tank missile Hot. Drawing on experiences gained from recent conflicts which have shown that delivering effects without collateral damage is a major operational requirement, MBDA has been developing MMP which will feature both "man in the loop" and "fire and forget" capabilities. The dual-band (uncooled infrared and TV channel) missile can be fired from confined spaces and against non-line of sight targets; in a networked environment it can also accept target coordinates from a third party. Suitable for a wide range of battlefield targets (from tanks to infrastructures) and for dismounted infantry as well for deployment from combat vehicles, MMP’s architecture and technologies position the 4km range missile well ahead of the competition.
PARS 3 LR is being delivered to the German Army to provide its Tiger helicopters with the capability of targeting and defeating a wide range of mobile and stationary ground targets from latest generation armour-protected vehicles to bunkers with pinpoint accuracy. For pilot safety, the fire-and-forget missiles, once launched, navigate autonomously to their respective targets without requiring further input from the gunner thereby allowing the helicopter to quit its position should there be a danger. A model of the Tiger helicopter armed with PARS 3 LR will be on display.

AIR DOMINANCE

Today’s combat pilot is often called on to carry out multiple roles. MBDA can provide the latest generation of weapons to not only ensure air supremacy but also to carry out precision strikes against a wide variety of static and fast moving surface targets. MBDA is closely linked to two of the world’s leading combat aircraft, the Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon. Models of these two platforms will be on display armed with a full suite of MBDA weapons including:
MICA which is the only missile in the world featuring two interoperable seekers (active radar and imaging infrared) to cover the spectrum from close-in dogfight to long beyond visual range. Its ability to fly out to BVR in passive mode before the seeker locks on in the final stages of the end game has earned it the sobriquet "silent killer" as the target has little time to react or to deploy effective countermeasures.

ASRAAM, a short range, air-dominance missile whose speed and agility guarantee "first shot first kill" so that the pilot need not get involved in the uncertainty of a close-range dogfight.
Meteor is a six-European nation programme that will provide the key future BVR air-to-air armament for Europe’s new generation of combat platforms. This missile’s very long range combined with its ramjet-induced speed, result in a weapon that has an unequalled No Escape Zone. In fact METEOR has been designed to be many times superior to the most sophisticated current and emerging MRAAM threat.

Brimstone goes from strength to strength with recent trials clearly demonstrating the unmatched capabilities of this weapon in meeting the operational challenges of today. These trials involved firing five missiles at a series of targets moving at speeds of up to 70 mph from a variety of launch conditions, including long range and high off-boresight. It has also proved its efficiency in dealing with the growing FIACV threat in the littoral.

Storm Shadow / SCALP provides a world-leading, stealthy cruise missile capability to meet the all-important deep strike requirement of today’s modern air forces. This weapon, which has been tried and tested under combat conditions (deployed by the UK, French and Italian Air Forces), provides the ability to deliver a precision strike against high value targets such as well protected control bunkers/centres, key infrastructures and military installations from a safe stand-off distance

publié le 25 February 2013

MBDA wins first export order for SIMBAD-RC

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[#MBDA has signed a first contract with an export customer for the acquisition of its naval air defence system SIMBAD-RC, one year after launching its self-financed development. The first prototypes are currently in the production process and initial deliveries will take place in 2015.#]

[#The system will be installed on a fleet of patrol vessels and each vessel will be equipped with two turrets.

Following this new export success, MBDA’s CEO Antoine Bouvier declared: "The SIMBAD-RC programme gives a clear demonstration of MBDA’s ability to help customers unlock additional capabilities from their previous acquisitions. Building upon a market standard like the Mistral missile - of which 17,000 units have already been produced - we have developed a simple, highly automated system that largely extends the operational use of the missiles that are already in service".

The SIMBAD-RC is a remotely-controlled, very short range naval air defence system that provides highly efficient capabilities against a wide range of threats, from fighter aircraft through to anti-ship missiles or small-sized threats such as Unmanned Air Vehicles.

SIMBAD-RC gives an easy to set up, self-defence capability to patrol vessels and support craft, or complements the air defence capabilities of other ship types.

Each turret supports two ready-to-fire missiles. The turrets are remotely-operated and so allow the operator to remain under cover, thereby ensuring longer operational availability in case of a combat alert.

The SIMBAD-RC uses the Mistral missile which has already been ordered by nearly 30 countries worldwide.#]

publié le 24 October 2014

MBDA’s MILAN ER serial missiles pass first firing tests

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On October 15, MBDA completed the firing campaign to validate the series production of the Milan ER, as jointly scheduled with export customers. Four totally successful firings against fixed and moving targets confirmed the performance capabilities of the firing post, of the missile as well as of the warhead. This final technical step follows the qualification of the Milan ER weapon system that was achieved during the first half of 2014. MBDA will now be able to finalise the production work and deliver the first units in the spring next year, as planned. 

The development of the MILAN ER system is self-funded by MBDA. The system offers the operational characteristics of the MILAN family of missiles, which are currently used by the armed forces of around forty countries worldwide, and also features latest-generation technologies with a strongly extended range, a highly powerful warhead and a fully digital firing post.

The system is already chosen by 3 export customers and is attracting growing interest amongst armed forces which require a highly efficient missile at an highly competitive acquisition and life cycle cost.

MBDA CEO Antoine Bouvier declared on this occasion: "The Milan ER missile is of particular importance to us, owing to the long performance lineage it clearly embodies, but also because this very attractive system allows MBDA to maintain a business and technical presence in a great number of countries, all of which are prospective customers for higher-end products."

Background information

With industrial facilities in five European countries and within the USA, in 2013 MBDA achieved a turnover of € 2.8 billion with an order book of € 10.8 billion. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems.

MBDA is the only group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three armed forces (land, sea and air). In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development.

MBDA is jointly held by AIRBUS Group (37.5%), BAE SYSTEMS (37.5%) and FINMECCANICA (25%).

publié le 18 March 2014

MBDA: GLOBAL PLAYER, EUROPEAN CHAMPION, TRUSTED PARTNER

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MBDA, European champion and global player in the missile and missile systems sector, confirmed its ability to deliver products and solutions on time and quality to its worldwide customers, with sales of 2.8 billion euros in 2013. Order intake in 2013 was 4 billion euros, achieved in a difficult business environment, following 2012 when orders reached 2.3 billion euros. As of 31st December 2013, the order book stands at 10.8 billion euros.

“Thanks to a renewed portfolio of products well adapted to the market and thanks to the continued support of its domestic customers, MBDA was able to achieve a remarkable performance in terms of exports, with a total of 2.1 billion euros of orders received” said Antoine Bouvier, CEO of MBDA. “For a second year in succession, export order intake exceeded domestic orders, compensating for a difficult budgetary environment in Europe.

These results are the proof of our ability to make the company more robust and to grow the business for the long term even though the European market is shrinking. Our operational performance during the year was also excellent and we were able to show our customers our ability to deliver against our commitments.

Together with our domestic customers, we have been able to secure new programmes to meet future military capability requirements, while at the same time strengthening the Complex Weapon sector in Europe for the medium and long term. In this respect, important events in 2013 included a development and production order for the new generation MMP land combat missile system in France, and the production contracts for the Sea Ceptor naval air defence system in the UK and for the Meteor missile in Germany. With this contract sign off, Germany became the sixth and final European partner nation to order this Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile.

The confirmation of the FASGW/ANL programme represents a major milestone for Anglo-French cooperation as decided upon during the Lancaster House summit in 2010. The programme also lies at the heart of the company’s specialisation strategy to be achieved through a series of trans-national centres of excellence.

MBDA’s cooperative business model, together with its specialisation strategy, are necessary to sustain the long term sovereign capabilities needed in Europe and to face the competitive market challenges of the future. The memorandum of understanding, signed during the Brize Norton summit meeting on 31st January 2014, was therefore a strong endorsement of Anglo-French cooperation in defence and of the unique MBDA business model.

Looking beyond European cooperation, MBDA is about to complete the demonstration of capability phase of the transatlantic MEADS programme, thanks to the support of the German and Italian governments which was crucial in maintaining the cooperation with the United States until the end of its commitment. Along with the Aster family of missile systems operated by the United Kingdom, France, Italy and several export customers, MBDA is now able to offer the most comprehensive range of solutions for the protection of armed forces and populations against the air and ballistic missile threats.

2014 will be a year of opportunity but also a year of challenges with a number of important campaigns that will be a measure of the success of our global strategy aimed at growing the company and also keeping a strong industrial footprint in our European countries. To meet these challenges, we will keep on driving forward export presence and thereby maintaining the critical mass necessary for MBDA to continue as a global player. On the domestic side, we will continue in our role as European champion, promoting cooperation and consolidation where relevant and proving to our customers that we are a trusted partner.”

Note to editor

With a significant presence in five European countries and within the USA, in 2013 MBDA achieved a turnover of 2.8 billion euros with an order book of 10.8 billion euros. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems.

MBDA is the only group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the
three armed forces (land, sea and air). In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development.

MBDA is jointly held by AIRBUS Group (37.5%), BAE SYSTEMS (37.5%), and FINMECCANICA (25%).

publié le 19 May 2016

MBDA’s spear missile secures UK development contract

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The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a contract worth over £400M with MBDA for the Weapon Development Phase of the SPEAR air to surface, precision strike missile.

This contract will further advance MBDA’s SPEAR weapon design and builds on a successful series of technical milestones during the preceding Assessment Phase. The contract will run through to completion during 2020 and will employ 350 highly skilled missile engineering jobs across MBDA’s sites in Stevenage, Bristol and Lostock, with an equivalent number of jobs in the wider supply chain.

The SPEAR missile is being developed to meet the UK’s Selective Precision Effects At Range Capability 3 (SPEAR 3) requirement for the UK’s F-35 aircraft, with the option to equip the Typhoon aircraft. SPEAR will precisely engage long range, mobile, fleeting and re-locatable targets in all weathers, day or night, in the presence of countermeasures, obscurants and camouflage, whilst ensuring a safe stand-off range between the aircrew and threat air defences.
Welcoming the contract, MBDA’s Executive Group Technical Director and UK Managing Director Dave Armstrong said, “Delivering the solution for the UK’s SPEAR 3 requirement is an important programme for MBDA, and for the future operators of the F-35 in both the RAF and the Fleet Air Arm. The contract confirms SPEAR as the only weapon to meet the UK’s operational requirements. It delivers a UK sovereign capability on the F-35 that will bring the kind of precision against moving targets previously seen with Brimstone, but at stand-off ranges that give the aircrew numerous advantages in terms of operational flexibility and survivability.” MBDA’s CEO Antoine Bouvier added “MBDA’s selection to provide SPEAR confirms the company’s position as the European leader in complex weapons and importantly positions MBDA in the international arena for the next decade with this unique precision strike capability.”

Notes to editors

Powered by a turbojet engine, SPEAR has significant reach to ensure that the launch aircraft remains safely away from hostile air defence units. SPEAR is equipped with the latest generation multi-effects warhead, designed to meet the demands of the future combat mission.

Fitted with the latest generation multi-sensor seeker designed to operate in all combat conditions, SPEAR will be able to engage a wide range of target types both on land and sea. The weapon is being designed for operation on the F-35, and the Eurofighter Typhoon is designated to act as a trials platform for missile development. The integration of SPEAR onto Typhoon for trials enables its potential as an additional future operational platform for the weapon. The F-35 with SPEAR will be flown by both the UK’s Fleet Air Arm and Royal Air Force.

Other MBDA weapons intended for the UK’s F-35 include the ASRAAM Within Visual Range Air to Air Missile that is currently undergoing integration trials in the US and the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile.

With a significant presence in five European countries and within the USA, in 2015 MBDA achieved a turnover of 2.9 billion euros with an order book of 15.1 billion euros. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems.

MBDA is the only European group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three armed forces (land, sea and air). In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development.
MBDA is jointly held by Airbus Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%), and Leonardo - Finmeccanica (25%).

publié le 28 June 2011

MBDA’s PARS 3 LR short listed for INDIAN ARMY Procurement Project

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[#MBDA´s PARS 3 LR guided missile system has been short listed for the Indian Army helicopter future air-to-ground requirement. MBDA Deutschland has delivered proposals for its PARS 3 LR multi-target, long range weapon system for HAL’s Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH DHRUV) and for two attack helicopters, the KAMOV KA-52 and the MIL MI-28.#]

[#Within the framework of MBDA Deutschland’s export campaign for India, three PARS 3 LR firings were carried out from a German Tiger helicopter at the Vidsel test range in Sweden in April 2011. All three missiles were equipped with live warheads and all three struck their intended targets at the optimal hit points. Two firings were carried out within one minute of each other, the first against a static target at a range of 7,000 m and the second against a moving target at a range of 700 m. The third firing was carried out with the helicopter in fast forward flight against a static target at a range of 7,000 m.

Werner Kaltenegger, Managing Director of MBDA Deutschland, said: “I am delighted that the Indian Army has short listed PARS 3 LR for its procurement project. This represents a further confirmation of the close partnership MBDA has developed with India over the years. The successful industrial trials confirm the high level of reliability of the PARS 3 LR guided missile system. We are proud to offer the Indian Army such a powerful fire-and-forget system that can deploy precision attacks against a wide range of targets”.#]

publié le 16 June 2015

MBDA’S VISION FOR A QUANTUM LEAP IN AIR POWER PROJECTION

At the International Paris Air Show 2015, MBDA, Europe’s leading missile and missile systems company, is unveiling CVW102 FLEXIS, an innovative vision for delivering and sustaining military capability.

FLEXIS is a fully modular missile architecture concept for 2035 and beyond. It is capable of delivering a step change in weapon adaptability, increasing the breadth of effects deliverable as well as the endurance of a projected force, while significantly reducing the logistic burden on the commander.
“The challenge we had,” explains Edward Dodwell, Head of MBDA’s five-nation Concept Visions 2015 team, “can be exemplified by carrier strike where there is a need to respond quickly to emerging conflicts and deliver effects within the constraints of the equipment held on board. This presents the challenge of having the right weapons in the right quantities to combat a growing variety of future scenarios within a weapons hold that will not grow.”
The answer to this challenge is modularity, not only applied on the production line but also right up to the moment when the weapon is loaded onto the aircraft. This modularity needs to be simple and robust to allow the operator to configure the missile at the point of use.
To meet this challenge, the Concept Visions team has developed FLEXIS, a future architecture for system modularity enabled by a number of innovative technologies being developed by MBDA:
A common missile power and communication bus with universal contactless interfaces applicable to all subsystems to simplify system architecture and allow configuration flexibility.
A common composite chassis allows for the embedding of the common bus architecture using wire-in composite processes, installation of mission specific aerodynamic surfaces and provides a common core to all the missile configurations, removing duplication.
A portfolio of common subsystems in standardised diameters delivers breadth of capability and allows system evolution through technology insertion.
Automated assembly equipment helps the operator to build and certify his missile prior to flight.
A central Weapon Configuration and Control Unit identifies the installed modules and configures their performance to work as an optimised system.
A Missile Collaboration & Coordination module provides automated inter-missile tactics and resource sharing to the missiles once in flight in order to maximize success in complex or high threat environments.
Health and Usage Monitoring integrated at the module level allows enhanced missile life management, and module design to life.

These technologies allow FLEXIS to provide capability breadth and munition depth from a finite stockpile. They also enhance affordability through the removal of duplicated development and qualification, system evolution to meet future threats and mission requirements, and offer increased efficiency and effectiveness in complex high threat environments.

To know more: http://youtu.be/If4JGx4MAQc

About Concept Visions:
FLEXIS embodies the Concept Visions ethos for the sixth year running and highlights MBDA’s value as a company capable of promoting innovation and inspiration across the complex weapons community for 2035 and beyond.

With FLEXIS, employees from MBDA’s five European locations were presented with the challenge of suggesting concepts, approaches and technologies that could efficiently bring effects on demand for the future battlespace. All submissions were synthesised to provide context and boundaries for this year’s Concept Visions project. Following intensive assessment by an international MBDA panel, the most impressive concepts became core components of workshops. These leveraged not only the technical expertise inside the company but also reached out to MBDA’s end-user community from across its five domestic European nations.

Notes to editors :
With a significant presence in five European countries and within the USA, in 2014 MBDA achieved a turnover of 2.4 billion euros with an order book of 12.6 billion euros. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems.
MBDA is the only group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three armed forces (land, sea and air). In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development.
MBDA is jointly held by AIRBUS Group (37.5%), BAE SYSTEMS (37.5%), and FINMECCANICA (25%).

publié le 24 October 2013

MBDA’s VL MICA successfully fired by the Royal Navy of Oman from the Al Shamikh OPV

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The Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) has recently conducted an operational naval VL MICA missile firing from the Al Shamikh Ocean Patrol Vessel (OPV), a Khareef class constructed by BAE Systems.

This live firing took place at the French MoD’s test range off the coast of the Ile du Levant in the Mediterranean Sea under the supervision and control of the French DGA – EM (Direction Générale de l’Armement - Essais de Missiles).

The VL MICA missile successfully intercepted and destroyed at very low altitude the target which was simulating a sea skimming anti-ship missile.

The success of this firing is evidence of the operational capability of the RNO with its new vessel and weapon system.

VL MICA is the latest generation of air defence systems and deploys the MICA missile vertically launched from a canister which serves for both storage and launch purposes. In its naval version, VL MICA provides both area air defence as well as self-defence of the host vessel. MICA fire-and-forget missiles can be equipped with either IR or radar seekers and are capable of dealing with the full range of airborne threats as well as saturating attacks.

Worldwide to date, 12 armed forces have selected the MICA missil

publié le 5 October 2011

Milipol Paris Security Show - Oct. 18-21, 2011

[#In October 2011 Milipol Paris, the international exhibition of internal State security, will open its doors for four days of meetings, discovery and discussion. Milipol Paris 2011 will be welcoming more than 1,000 exhibiting companies from 43 countries and is expecting 30,000 visitors.
Milipol Paris is the undisputed meeting place for technological innovation in the field of the security of people and property. The exhibition covers some 18 business sectors and showcases a comprehensive range of solutions, developments and services that help States to protect their populations.
#]

[#The international exhibition of internal State security will be held at the Paris Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre - Pavilion 1

The Major Risks Area Gets Bigger

In 2009, for its 25th anniversary, Milipol Paris created a new area dedicated to the protection of countries and their populations in the face of major risks from environmental, climatic, and industrial sources . This new area brought together all the players in each of these fields around the French Directorate of Civil Defence and Security.

In response to the interest shown by visitors to the previous show, the major risks area will be expanded in 2011 to allow all relevant stakeholders to showcase their innovations in this ever-changing field. The protection of populations is now more relevant than ever before. Indeed, the recent succession of natural disasters such as the Xynthia storm, the Iceland volcanic ash cloud, and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan , makes it even more crucial for states to rethink their public security policies.

The Undisputed World Standard

Milipol Paris is recognised internationally as the flagship event of the security sector. The previous show attracted 887 exhibitors, of which 64% were international from 43 countries, and 27,650 trade visitors from 132 countries contributed to the success of the 16th event.

Make a note now in your diary:
October 18, 19, 20 and 21, 2011
at the Paris Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre!

About Milipol Paris 2011
The President of Milipol Paris is the Prefect Alain Rondepierre.

The 2011 exhibition will
take place from October 18-21 at the Paris Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre – Pavilion 1. This world event of internal State security is held under the auspices of the French Ministry of the Interior and brings together all international players in this sector, showcasing their solutions, services and expertise to professionals.#]
Press Contacts
LEWIS PR
Karim Rhalimi – Marie-Laure Laville
milipol@lewispr.com
Tel: +33 (0)1 55 31 98 11/03

publié le 29 August 2012

Milipol Qatar 2012 exhibition announces Doha dates for October

press release

[# Milipol Qatar – the region’s most influential trade exhibition dedicated to internal State security – has announced that its ‘9th International Exhibition of Internal State Security’ will take place on October 8-10, 2012, at the Doha Exhibition Centre in Qatar.
Milipol Qatar, co-organised by the Ministry of Interior of Qatar and the France based Milipol organisation since 1996, welcomes every two years industry professionals from the Middle East, Near East and Asia. A leading international event, Milipol Qatar is the technological showcase for innovative products and services in the public and industrial security sector worldwide, and for companies from around the world wishing to develop their business in and around the Middle East.
The exhibition in 2010 attracted more than 5,500 visitors – from 61 countries – to the stands of 222 exhibitors from all over the world. Participating exhibitors for the event in October are still being finalised – and new, interested parties being contacted on an ongoing basis – but four main themes have been established as being particularly relevant at this time, and these will form the basis of the focus of Milipol Qatar 2012.
These themes are: Protection of Industrial and sensitive sites, Law enforcement and crowd management, Border control and management, and counter-terrorism.

There were 117 journalists covering the event – a massive number by any standards – due to the number of high-value deals, interesting stories and innovative products that were seen in 2010. Milipol Qatar is able to attract the right kind of delegates to this event and, as a consequence, there is always plenty to report for media professionals.

Qatar has a huge infrastructure development programme going on right now and the economy is booming. Up to $75 billion is earmarked for new infrastructure, public facilities, sports facilities – the 2022 World Cup, of course – communications and transportation. All of these have security-related requirements.

Internal State and private security opportunities exist in Qatar, as is evident, but they also exist across the Middle East as a whole, where the market continues to grow strongly. For these reasons – and many more – Milipol Qatar 2012 is going to prove the most productive and successful event of its type anywhere in the region. Unprecedented levels of interest are anticipated in October’s event from exhibitors and delegates, as well as local, regional and international media.

Developments leading up to the event in October can be followed on twitter @milipolqatar and on facebook at Milipol Qatar.

About Milipol Qatar:

Milipol Qatar, a trade exhibition dedicated to internal State security, has been organized by the Ministry of Interior of the State of Qatar since 1996.
Every two years Milipol Qatar welcomes to Doha industry professionals from the Middle East, the Near East and Asia.
A leading international event, Milipol Qatar is a showcase for innovative products and services in the public and industrial security sector.
 
For more details on Milipol Qatar 2012 please visit www.milipolqatar.com#]

publié le 7 July 2014

Milipol Qatar gears up for 2014 edition

Press release

The organisers of Milipol Qatar – the region’s most influential trade exhibition dedicated to internal State security – have announced that the 10th staging of the biennial event will take place on 20-22 October 2014 at the Doha Exhibition Centre.

Since its creation in 1996, Milipol Qatar has been organised by the Ministry of Interior of the State of Qatar and Comexposium from Paris. Over the years, it has established itself as the main platform in the region for internal security requirements due to the professionalism and quality of exhibitors and visitors. It also provides access to security markets in the entire region and allows key international industry players to meet in a fast-developing environment with medium- to long-term economic and strategic projects.

At every edition of Milipol Qatar, some of the world’s leading manufacturers and service providers come together and present their latest innovations to security sector professionals from GCC countries such as Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as those from Asia and Africa. This has inevitably resulted in almost double the exhibition surface area in 10 years, with an ever increasing number of visitors and official delegations.

In 2012, the region’s premier security show was inaugurated by H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Minister of State for Interior Affairs of Qatar. It witnessed a record participation of 244 international exhibitors from 37 countries (up 10% from previous edition). With a significant number of exhibitors coming from Europe and the US, there was also strong GCC-based representation at Milipol Qatar 2012 from KSA, the UAE, Kuwait, and Oman, as well as from Jordan and hosts Qatar.

Additionally, there were 242 official delegates from 28 countries, and 5,820 visitors from 66 countries (up 5% from 2010 figure), who all utilised a total 5,403 square metres of floor space at the Doha Exhibition Centre – an increase of 19 per cent from the 2010 edition.

The event’s success was further highlighted by 53 million Euros (QR262 million) worth of internal security contracts signed by Qatar’s Ministry of Interior alone, which was reported by 178 journalists from nine countries in the Gulf, the Levant, and Europe.

Also, a survey conducted by organisers on the 2012 event revealed that 97 per cent of exhibitors were satisfied with their participation, 78 per cent intend to exhibit at Milipol Qatar 2014, and 96 per cent of visitors were satisfied with their visit at the event.

publié le 6 July 2014

Milipol Qatar gears up for 2014 edition

Press release

The organisers of Milipol Qatar – the region’s most influential trade exhibition dedicated to internal State security – have announced that the 10th staging of the biennial event will take place on 20-22 October 2014 at the Doha Exhibition Centre.

Since its creation in 1996, Milipol Qatar has been organised by the Ministry of Interior of the State of Qatar and Comexposium from Paris. Over the years, it has established itself as the main platform in the region for internal security requirements due to the professionalism and quality of exhibitors and visitors. It also provides access to security markets in the entire region and allows key international industry players to meet in a fast-developing environment with medium- to long-term economic and strategic projects.

At every edition of Milipol Qatar, some of the world’s leading manufacturers and service providers come together and present their latest innovations to security sector professionals from GCC countries such as Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as those from Asia and Africa. This has inevitably resulted in almost double the exhibition surface area in 10 years, with an ever increasing number of visitors and official delegations.

In 2012, the region’s premier security show was inaugurated by H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Minister of State for Interior Affairs of Qatar. It witnessed a record participation of 244 international exhibitors from 37 countries (up 10% from previous edition). With a significant number of exhibitors coming from Europe and the US, there was also strong GCC-based representation at Milipol Qatar 2012 from KSA, the UAE, Kuwait, and Oman, as well as from Jordan and hosts Qatar.

Additionally, there were 242 official delegates from 28 countries, and 5,820 visitors from 66 countries (up 5% from 2010 figure), who all utilised a total 5,403 square metres of floor space at the Doha Exhibition Centre – an increase of 19 per cent from the 2010 edition.

The event’s success was further highlighted by 53 million Euros (QR262 million) worth of internal security contracts signed by Qatar’s Ministry of Interior alone, which was reported by 178 journalists from nine countries in the Gulf, the Levant, and Europe.

Also, a survey conducted by organisers on the 2012 event revealed that 97 per cent of exhibitors were satisfied with their participation, 78 per cent intend to exhibit at Milipol Qatar 2014, and 96 per cent of visitors were satisfied with their visit at the event.

publié le 30 May 2010

Mohammed to attend Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi graduation ceremony

[#Under the high patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and delivering the diplomas H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed, the national security adviser and chairman of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD) held its graduation ceremony for the first batch of students on Sunday May 16th 2010 at 6 PM in the auditorium of the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi. The ceremony was also attended by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, the Minister of Higher Education.
#]

[#The first graduating batch included 180 students who have obtained Bachelor degrees, that is the 3-year-European Licence, in Archaeology and History of Art, French and Comparative Literature, Geography and Urban Planning, History - Civilization and International Affairs, International Business and Languages, Philosophy and Sociology, finished a Master Programme in Teaching French as a foreign language, Marketing, Management and Communication, Urban & Regional Planning, and Business and Languages, in addition to those who completed their University Intensive French Programme, and a University Diploma in International Law, Diplomacy and International Relations, which corresponds to the 1st year of a Master Programme.

Graduates received their degrees issued and validated by the 750 year old Paris-Sorbonne University and Paris-Descarts University that are recognized worldwide. The first graduating batch of PSUAD includes 45 students from the different Master programmes, 43 students from the Bachelor programmes and 92 students graduating from the Intensive French Programme.

The unique idea of Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi comes from the meeting of two ambitions and great projects: on the one hand, Paris-Sorbonne University, in its endeavour to strengthen its international expansion and its presence overseas; and on the other hand, the United Arab Emirates which has been looking into avenues and opportunities to diversify and open its cultural development, welcoming for the first time a French speaking university in Abu Dhabi.

Driven by such ambitions and objectives, the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and Paris Sorbonne University signed in May 2006, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, an agreement to open a new university in the city of Abu Dhabi, UAE. This step translates to a symbol of the relationship between the United Arab Emirates and France, building on an international partnership.

In its fourth academic year, the university strives to build a bridge between civilisations through holding colloquia and conferences all year round. These events gather the key speakers in the world, are open to the public and target all audiences. PSUAD is the combined experience of two great French universities. That of the Paris-Sorbonne University, dedicated to Arts and Humanities, and Paris-Descartes University, specialized in Law, political Science and Economics.#]

sorbonne.ae

publié le 27 January 2013

More brands, more cars at the 2013 Qatar Motor Show

[# As visitors converge on the Doha Exhibition Center on January 29th for the five-day 2013 Qatar Motor Show, not only will they be delighted to see a far-ranging array of car brands, but will also notice a significant increase from last year’s event. With 120,000 people entering the doors of last year’s event – only the second edition of the Qatar Motor Show – global brands were all anxious this year to secure a spot at the exhibition to show their latest technologies and trends in the automotive industry, and additionally six more international brands are joining the show for the first time.#]

[#This will not only add to the excitement of the 2013 Qatar Motor Show, but it will definitely awe the visitors with the world’s top brands and designers showcasing their latest models.”
Joining the show this year are the following newcomers: the Korean auto manufacturer Kia Motors, Japanese Mitsubishi, McLaren – famous contender in the F1 tour circuit, and the German company Brabus. World-famous Italian car designer Bertone will also showcase their latest cars, while the first Arab-designed hypercar will also be shown.

Bertone is celebrated far and wide by world manufactures, with each individual car built a masterpiece on to itself. Each one of their models is meticulously designed and hand-crafted; as a result, no two of Bertone’s models are identical. The company has chosen the 2103 Qatar Motor Show to celebrate its centennial anniversary. For this special event, four of the most spectacular Bertone prototypes will be showcased; some for the first time in the region. These include the Bertone Nuccio, Bertone Pickster, Bertone Aston Martin Jet2, and the Bertone Jaguar B99. 

Looking regionally, W Motors will bring to the show the breath-taking Lykan Hypersport 2013. The first hypercar designed in the Middle East, the Lykan Hypersport will woo the visitors with its high-performance specs and luxurious styling (which includes diamond-encrusted LED lights). Only seven of this model will be produced, and each will be offered for nearly 3.4 million US dollars (almost 12.5 million Qatari riyals). 
The 2013 Qatar Motor Show, organized by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) in partnership with q.media Events and GL events will run from January 29 to February 2nd at the Doha Exhibitions Center. The show, the region’s biggest automotive event, will showcase brands from across the globe, from family sedans, to SUVs, luxury vehicles, and to sports cars. More details are available at the show’s website at www.qatarmotorshow.gov.qa, Facebook at www.facebook.com/qatarmotorshow, or you can follow the event’s Twitter feed at @qatarmotorshow.

About Qatar Tourism Authority

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) manages Qatar’s burgeoning tourism industry and develops it through establishing high profile international and local exhibitions as successful annual calendar events in Qatar.

QTA’s mission is to promote Qatar as a world class tourism destination for business, leisure, culture, education and sport. Its role is to showcase the country’s unique cultural heritage and highlight its tourist attractions.

Acknowledged as the fastest growing economy in the world, Qatar has taken its place on the world stage by hosting global sporting events such as the upcoming 2022 World Cup. As a world class business hub Qatar is where visitors can also enjoy some of the finest hospitality in the world with uber luxury leisure facilities and abundant tourist activities.

About Qatar Media Services

q.media Services is a Qatari company that specializes in outdoor, TV, Radio and print media advertising as well as large scale international events, printing and film distribution across the MENA and Pan Asia region. It is proud to be a joint venture with JC Decaux, the world’s number one outdoor advertising company and is the global sales representative of Al Jazeera Network and Qatar Media Corporation including Qatar TV, as well as the exclusive representative of radio networks such as Qatar Radio and Radio Sout Al Khaleej.

About GL events

As an integrated Group in the events business, GL events is present in three sectors: event venue management, events organization and integrated services for trade fairs, conventions and events. The Group owns or manages 35 between exhibition centres, congress centres and multifunctional spaces in 14 countries, with more than 2700 events hosted every year. In 2011, the Group had revenue of around €800 million. The Group is present in five continents – particularly in the Middle East since 1997 – and GL events has more than 3,500 employees in over 91 offices including Italy, where GL events Italia is based. The latter has acquired extensive experience in the automotive sector with the organization of the Bologna Motor Show, International Automobile Exhibition, since 1981.#]

publié le 26 December 2010

Morocco : ONCF and Alstom sign a contract for the supply of 14 very-high speed trains

[#Under the presidency of his Majesty the King of Morocco Mohammed VI, a contract worth nearly €400 million for the supply of 14 double-deck (Duplex) very high-speed trainsets has been signed in Tangiers on Friday, December 10, 2010 – on the Moroccan side by the Messrs. Karim Ghellab, Morocco’s Minister for roads and transport, Mohamed Rabie Khlie, managing director of ONCF, Morocco’s national railway company, and on the French side by the Messrs. Patrick Kron, Chairman & CEO of Alstom and Philippe Mellier, President of Alstom Transport. The Duplex trains are scheduled to enter commercial service in December 2015 and will run on the Tangiers-Casablanca route in the northern part of the country#]

[#This agreement is the result of the cooperative relationship that Alstom Transport has established with Morocco’s ONCF for more than 40 years. Alstom is consequently helping the ONCF meet its objectives of providing a solution for the increase in traffic which the opening of the new Tangiers Med port will generate, further developing a high-quality rail network, freeing up capacity on the existing line to facilitate traffic flow and helping to structurally and sustainably develop the regions through which the line passes.

The Morocco Duplex trainsets will be double-deck trains designed for the ONCF and adapted for use in the operating conditions specified by the Moroccan operator along the Tangiers-Casablanca route. The trains will run at 320 km/h and at 25 kV between Tangiers and Kenitra - the first 200 km section of Morocco’s very high-speed network. Between Kenitra and Casablanca, the trainsets will run on the traditional network at speeds of 160 km/h or 220 km/h at 3 kV, depending on the running speeds set by the Moroccan operator in 2015. The very high-speed connection between Tangiers and Casablanca will reduce journey times from 4:45 hours today to 2:10 hours at the opening of the line and will carry up to 10 million passengers per year (currently 4 million).

With capacity for up to 533 passengers, each trainset will be made up of eight cars - two first-class cars, one buffet car and five second-class cars. The trains’ interior and exterior design will convey the modern, comfortable and high-quality service that the ONCF provides its passengers, together with the peace of mind. Particular attention is given to accessibility and safety, which the operator offers.

The Duplex trainsets that will be used in Morocco result from the new generation of very high-speed double-deck trains which Alstom currently produces for the French operator, SNCF. As such, they integrate all the latest developments in terms of comfort and accessibility. More than 10% of the trains’ overall capacity will be reserved for people with reduced mobility. The cars will be fitted with a bilingual French-Arabic passenger information system, including video screens. The trainsets, which are being fitted with exhaustively tried and tested standard components, will draw on all the feedback that has been received since the first Duplex came into service in 1996, particularly with regard to their reliability and operational safety, as well as how easily they can be maintained and upgraded.

The 14 trainsets will mainly be developed and built in France at Alstom Transport’s La Rochelle workshops (pilot site) and its sites in Belfort (power cars), Le Creusot (bogies), Ornans (engines) and Tarbes (traction drive), as well as Villeurbanne (electronic control system), Charleroi in Belgium, Sesto in Italy and Montreal in Canada (on-board IT and passenger information). The trainsets’ power cars and passenger cars will be delivered separately to the ONCF’s Moghogha factory just north of Tangiers, where train-set assembly operations will be carried out. Technical tests will be carried out at the Moghogha site as well as on the ONCF network before the trains come into service.

Morocco is the first country in the African continent to acquire this type of highly sophisticated railway transport infrastructure, in compliance with international standards for very high-speed rail travel. The ONCF will thus be joining the list of operators throughout the world which offer very high-speed rail services on a daily basis.

About Alstom and Very High Speed
Alstom now has nearly 30 years’ experience in very high speed rail travel. 50% of the trains now running at over 300 km/h throughout the world were manufactured by Alstom. The company’s very high speed activity is growing continually as a result of its unrivalled experience and advanced technology. Since the launch of the 1st TGV* in 1981, 670 very high speed trains have been sold worldwide. Between them they have covered over 2.5 billion kilometres (6,500 times the distance from the Earth to the moon), carried 1.5 billion passengers (25% of the world’s population), increased commercial speeds from 260 kph to 320 km/h, and have three world rail speed records to their credit: 380 km/h (1981), 515.3 km/h (1990) and 574.8 km/h (2007). Alstom is currently the only railway manufacturer with three very high-speed train platforms: the TGV Duplex (a 2-level platform), which operates daily in France at speeds of up to 320 km/h, Speedelia and the AGV** ( single level platforms). AGV was selected by NTV, Italy’s main private operator.

* TGV is a registered trademark of the SNCF.

About Alstom Transport in Morocco

Alstom Morocco provides support to the Moroccan government through its three Sectors - Transport, Power and Grid - as part of a long-term partnership based on technology and sustainability. For over 40 years, the Transport Sector has been helping to make Morocco’s rail network a viable mode of freight and passenger transport for the future and a key component of the country’s growth and development. Since 1992, 27 electric locomotives have been delivered to the ONCF, Morocco’s national rail service, along with 20 Prima II locomotives since 2009. Alstom has also helped improve the Moroccan rail network by doubling the tracks on the Fez-Meknes line which has been in service since June 2007, and by modernising the signalling on 900 km of lines and at 67 stations, including the station in Casablanca. In addition, Alstom has been chosen to provide 44 Citadis tramsets for the city of Rabat-Salé and 74 of the same tramsets for Casablanca. Alstom’s role in supplying Morocco with innovative and environmentally-friendly transport solutions is also exemplified through contracts to install railway signalling and electrical power supply systems for the Casablanca tram line.

With a focus on sustainable transport, Alstom Transport develops and offers the most complete range of systems, equipment and services on the rail market. Alstom Transport is capable of managing complete transport systems, ranging from rolling stock to signalling, maintenance and infrastructure, as well as offering turnkey solutions. In 2009-2010, Alstom Transport recorded sales of €5.8 billion. Alstom Transport is present in over 60 countries and has 26,000 employees#].

publié le 13 November 2010

Morocco: The city of Casablanca selects Alstom to provide the signalling and electrical power supply for its future tramway network

[#Following an international invitation to tender, Casa Transports en Site Aménagé SA (Casa Transports SA), the public company charged with building Casablanca’s tramway network, has awarded two contracts to Alstom totalling some €11 million. The contracts involve the installation of railway signalling and electrical power supply systems for the first line of the tramway network currently under construction.#]

[#Alstom will be responsible for designing, constructing, installing and putting in service the signalling for the line and its depot as well as 23 electrical substations and substation buildings, which will supply power to the catenary system. The work is scheduled for completion in October 2012, with the network projected to begin service two months later in December. The 30-km line will cross the city from east to west and carry up to 250,000 passengers daily.

These contracts are a testament to Moroccan officials’ confidence in Alstom’s urban transport equipment and solutions. In November 2009, CASA Transports SA opted to acquire 37 Citadis double-unit tramsets manufactured by Alstom, while 22 Citadis double-unit tramsets destined for the future Rabat-Salé network are currently being manufactured and delivered.

About Alstom Transport in Morocco

Alstom Maroc provides support to the Moroccan government through three divisions (Transport, Power and Grid) in the context of long-term partnerships based on technology and sustainability. For over 40 years, the Transport division has been helping to make Morocco’s rail network a viable mode of freight and passenger transport for the future and a key component of the country’s growth and development. Since 1992, 27 electric locomotives have been delivered to the ONCF, Morocco’s national rail service, as have 20 next-generation Primas since 2009. Alstom has also helped improve the Moroccan rail network by doubling the tracks on the Fez-Meknes line, in service since June 2007, and by modernizing the signalling of 900 km of lines and 67 stations, including Casablanca station. In addition, Alstom has been chosen to provide 22 Citadis double-unit tramsets to Rabat-Salé and 37 of the same tramsets to Casablanca. Alstom is also building TGV trainsets for the projected very-high-speed link between Tangiers and Kenitra, underscoring its role in supplying Morocco with innovative, environmentally friendly transport solutions.

With a focus on sustainable transport, Alstom Transport develops and offers the most complete range of systems, equipment and services on the rail market. Alstom Transport is capable of managing complete transport systems, ranging from rolling stock to signalling, maintenance and infrastructure, as well as offering turnkey solutions. In 2009-2010, Alstom Transport achieved sales of €5.8 billion. Alstom Transport has a presence in over 60 countries and has 26,000 employees.

About Alstom Transport

A promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom Transport develops and markets the most complete range of systems, equipment and services in the railway sector. Alstom Transport manages entire transport systems, taking in rolling stock, signalling and infrastructure, and offers “turnkey” solutions. Alstom Transport recorded sales of 5.8 billion euros in the fiscal year 2009-2010. Alstom Transport is present in over 60 countries and employs some 26,000 people.#]

publié le 29 January 2011

NAVDEX Launch Edition Attracts More Than 80 Major Exhibitors

[# More than 80 major exhibitors have confirmed their attendance at the inaugural NAVDEX (Naval Defence Exhibition), which will be held in parallel with IDEX, the region’s leading defence and security show, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 20th – 24th February 2011, under the patronage of of His Hi
ghness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.
#]

[#
Visitors to NAVDEX can expect to see the latest in naval defence technology with exhibits of warships, naval workboats and amphibious crafts, combat equipment, coastal security systems and sea-to-shore communication solutions. The event will also feature a number of international naval vessels berthed alongside the ADNEC marina and daily live on-water demonstrations.

Major global manufacturers and suppliers at NAVDEX include Raytheon Co., Quantum Marine, Skydex Technologies Inc., L-3, L-3 Nautronix, L-3 MAPPS, L-3 Valmarine, OSI Geospatial, Thordon Bearings, DCNS, MBDA, Proengin, L-3 ELAC, Brahmos Aerospace, Elettronica S.p.A., Fincantieri, Finmeccanica, MES S.p.A., Vestdavit AS, Russian Technologies State Corporation, Vympel Shipyard JSC, JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation, Navantia, Rodman Polyships S.A.U. and Geobrugg AG.

In 2010, Arabian Gulf nations and Western Indian Ocean regional countries invested an estimated US$ 6bn in naval and military defence technologies and services according to advisory Jane’s DS Forecast. The region’s total naval spending in the 2010 - 2019 period is projected to reach US$ 76b, with the largest market, India, projected to contribute nearly 65 per cent of spending. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are expected to jointly account for another 20 per cent of the market.

“The demand for naval defence equipment and technology in the region is growing exponentially and it is therefore no surprise that NAVDEX has attracted leading defence contractors to the inaugural event,” said Mohamed Al Mashgouni, IDEX and NAVDEX Show Director.

Middle East exhibitors include Abu Dhabi Mar, Abu Dhabi Ship Building, Abu Dhabi Systems Integration, Elcome International L.L.C., Exalto Emirates, Gulf Logistics & Naval Support, Ocean Power International LLC and Solas Marine Services Group of Co. (Stellar Composites).

Speaking of his company’s participation at NAVDEX 2011, Mohamed Salem Al Junaibi, General Manager, ADSB, said: “NAVDEX is an important platform for enhancing Abu Dhabi Ship Building’s visibility within the MENA and Asia markets. Being a dedicated exhibition for naval defence and coastal security, we will maximize this opportunity to extend our position as the Gulf’s leading ship builder and support contractor to a broader market. Co-located with IDEX 2011, the largest tri-service defence exhibition in the MENA area, NAVDEX will enable us to interact with the top international names in naval products and services.”

NAVDEX organised by Clarion Events Middle East on behalf of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) in association with the UAE Armed Forces, looks set to become the region’s largest and leading Naval Defence Exhibition.

NAVDEX 2011

Launching from 20th – 24th February 2011, the Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX) is set to be the Middle East’s premier exhibition dedicated to the naval defence, coastal and maritime security sector.

Run in parallel with IDEX 2011 (International Defence Exhibition & Conference) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; NAVDEX is expected to attract a high-profile audience of influential decision makers dedicated to the procurement of naval and coastal defence products, services and solutions from the UAE, Middle East, Africa and Asian Subcontinent.
Tawazun Holding, the industrial and commercial investment company of the Offset Program Bureau in the UAE is the headline sponsor for both NAVDEX and IDEX 2011.
NAVDEX 2011 will take place at the ADNEC marina where exhibitors will display the latest technology on stands within a purpose-built air-conditioned exhibition structure; showcase vessels and crafts on the marina; demonstrate technology aboard visiting naval vessels; and highlight equipment capabilities in live on-water displays – all within direct walking access of IDEX.

NAVDEX 2011 is being organised by Clarion Events Middle East on behalf of ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company) in association with the UAE Armed Forces GHQ.#]
Media Contact
Elizabeth Lockett
IDEX 2011/NAVDEX
Tel: +971 50 441 6265
Email: Elizabeth.Lockett@edelman.com

publié le 8 November 2011

NEW AIRCRAFT TO DEBUT AT NEXT WEEK’S DUBAI AIRSHOW

press release

[#The Dubai Airshow is welcoming more than 100 aircraft next week, some of them appearing for the first time in the Middle East.
Running from 13 to 17 November 2011 at the city’s Airport Expo, the Dubai Airshow will be the biggest yet, with more than 1,000 exhibitors and nearly 55,000 trade visitors, an almost four percent increase from the previous show in 2009.#]

[#The daily flying demonstration will display a full complement of both civil and military aircraft, including the Eurofighter Typhoon, Boeing’s F18 Super Hornet and Dassault’s Rafale fighter.

Making its Middle East debut is the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and it will be joined on the static display park, among others, by the Pakistan Airforce’s JF17 Thunder fighter, the Bell/Boeing V-22 Tilt Rotor, a unique aircraft that can perform both vertical take-off and landing and short take-off and landing, the AAI’s Shadow 200 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), the Apache MH-60 helicopter and an array of business jets from companies such as Gulfstream, Bombardier and Cessna.

Alison Weller, Managing Director of airshow organiser F&E Aerospace, said: “The Dubai Airshow is bigger than ever this year and this is reflected in the variety of aircraft, both civil and military, on display and in the flying display, making it a show not to be missed!”

For the first time ever, and reflecting the 40th anniversary of the UAE, the flying display will open with the country’s own aerobatic team – Al Fursan – which will fly Alenia Aermacchi aircraft. The display will also feature the Patrouille de France aerobatic team, flying the Alpha jets.

The Dubai Airshow is organised under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President & Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and in co-operation with Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Airports and the UAE Armed Forces.#]

publié le 30 May 2014

New Zealand Contract Signed for MBDA’s Sea Ceptor

Press release

The New Zealand Ministry of Defence signed a contract on 21st May with MBDA for the provision of Sea Ceptor for the Local Area Air Defence element of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s ANZAC Frigate Systems Upgrade (FSU) project. This contract confirms the selection of the system by the RNZN for its ANZAC frigates that was announced in October 2013.

Photo : MBDA’s CAMM fired from Sea Ceptor equipped ANZAC 2013 ©MBDA

Steve Wadey, MBDA UK Managing Director and Group Executive Director Technical, said: “I am delighted that New Zealand has confirmed its selection of Sea Ceptor for the ANZAC FSU project. This first success in the global market outside the United Kingdom for Sea Ceptor is due not only to its advanced operational and through-life cost advantages, but also to the invaluable support provided by the UK Government and the Royal Navy during discussions with the New Zealand Ministry of Defence. Cooperation between the Governments and the Navies of the United Kingdom and New Zealand will continue to be important to delivering an excellent Sea Ceptor capability throughout the life of the project.”

Notes to Editors

The appeal of Sea Ceptor is creating significant interest in a number of markets around the world and its versatility makes it the ideal choice for the ANZAC upgrade. As an active radar system, Sea Ceptor does not require the dedicated tracker/illuminator radars on which semi-active systems depend. Sea Ceptor deploys the CAMM (Common Anti-air Modular Missile) which, due to its soft launch technology, requires no efflux management system. This minimizes the system’s mass and footprint thereby allowing for greater flexibility regarding ship installation positions. CAMM missile canisters are compatible with a wide range of vertical launch systems.

CAMM features in a family of next generation, all-weather, air defence weapon systems with applications for sea and land environments providing 360° air defence coverage against multiple simultaneous targets, both airborne and surface. This flexibility extends to installation options, a choice of launchers, including the widely used MK 41, and system compatibility with a range of sensors. Cost is a major advantage of CAMM and customers will benefit from a “10 year canister” solution for maximum ease of inventory service management and minimum through life costs.

About MBDA

With significant facilities in five European countries and within the USA, in 2013 MBDA achieved a turnover of €2.8 billion with an order book of €10.8 billion. With more than 90 armed forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems.

MBDA is the only group capable of designing and producing missiles and missile systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three armed forces (land, sea and air). In total, the group offers a range of 45 missile systems and countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development.
MBDA is jointly held by AIRBUS Group (37.5%), BAE SYSTEMS (37.5%) and FINMECCANICA (25%).

publié le 18 February 2014

News release about the annual financial statements of Al Meera Company for 2013

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The Board of Directors of Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (QSC) held its first meeting of the financial year 2014 on Monday 17th of February 2014 which was chaired by His Excellency Abdulla bin Khalid Al Qahtani. The Board took a number of decisions including endorsement of the consolidated financial statements for the financial year ending 31 December 2013, and recommended presenting these accounts to the General Assembly meeting to be held on 26 March 2014.

The net profit for the year of the Company is QR 196 million, including a non-recurring profit of QR.71 million from the compensation for Al Khor, which is 85.3% higher than the previous year. The Board has recommended distributing a cash dividend of QR 8 per share, which is equivalent to 80% of the nominal share value. Notably, the Company’s revenue reached QR 1.95 billion, which is 30.0% higher than 2012. Furthermore, the company has paid off all its debt which stood at QR.408.

The Board of Directors extends its appreciation to all those who have contributed to its expansion. We promise the shareholders with more success in line with company’s expansion in the local market and outside Qatar.

publié le 3 June 2012

Occupancy Rates for DAMAC Properties Significantly Higher than Industry Average

[#Luxury developer DAMAC Properties has revealed the occupancy rate across its residential development portfolio in Dubai is well above average, and as high as 97% in some developments.#]

[#According to Global Investment House, the average residential occupancy rate in Dubai is about 70%. Comparatively, the occupancy rates of DAMAC Properties ’ more established towers ’The Waves’ and ’Marina Terrace’ in Dubai Marina are as high as 94% and 97% respectively.

More impressively, occupancy rates in the more recently handed over developments such as ’Ocean Heights’ and ’Emirates Gardens’ are 91% and 95% respectively.

" DAMAC Properties ’ extraordinarily high occupancy rates are a testament to the quality of the build and finish of our projects. Whether our apartments are occupied by the owner, or by a tenant, there is strong demand from people who want to live in a property by DAMAC" said Niall Mc Loughlin, Senior Vice President of DAMAC Properties .

Mauricio Gutierrez and his family own an apartment in Ocean Heights. The family of four moved in to the ocean facing apartment earlier this year. They had been living in a Villa for almost eight years, but had always dreamed of living beside the sea.

"When we saw the apartment for the first time we were really very impressed. It’s just perfect. The view is excellent, in the morning and the evening sunsets, it’s just amazing" said Gutierrez.

His wife Cecilia says in addition to the location and the view, she has been particularly impressed by the standard and maintenance of the facilities at Ocean Heights.

"We use all the facilities, we like to go to the sauna and the gym and the pool. They are very well maintained and very, very convenient" said Cecilia.

DAMAC Properties has evaluated the reason behind the high occupancy rates across its residential portfolio and believes it is largely due to a view within the market that properties built by DAMAC are better built and better maintained than those built by the company’s competitors.

"People want to know that when they turn on the tap, the plumbing works, or when they switch on the air-conditioner, the apartment becomes cooler. These are very simple requirements, but it’s not uncommon to hear stories about apartments that don’t meet the most basic of needs" Mc Loughlin commented.

"It would be unreasonable to expect that nothing ever goes wrong in a large apartment building, but with DAMAC Properties , if something is damaged it’s repaired very quickly. We believe that is one of the fundamental reasons behind our high residential occupancy rates" he added.

DAMAC Properties has completed a total of 36 buildings, comprising of 7,364 units, since the company was established in 2002. Of the 36 completed buildings, 30 have been completed since the onset of the recession in 2008.

"We are one of a handful of Dubai developers that has still been building and delivering to customers even during the downturn. This is a fact which has helped build confidence and trust in the company. Our customers know we will be here tomorrow, and that’s important" Mc Loughlin noted.

The higher occupancy rates can also be explained by a surge of new residents to Dubai. The Dubai Statistics Centre estimates more than 8 thousand new residents are moving to the emirate every month, which will push the population above 2 million before the end of this year.

Commenting on the figures, Mc Loughlin said: "The economic crisis in the Eurozone is prompting a wave of European expatriates heading to Dubai in search of work. Typically these expatriates demand high quality housing, and that is supporting rental demand for the type of high-end apartments constructed by DAMAC Properties ."

Investors are recognising the investment opportunity, with low purchase prices and high rental returns creating some highly favourable yields. Residential yields in Dubai are anywhere between 7 - 12 % according to real estate consultancy CB Richard Ellis.

"At DAMAC Properties , we have an array of high quality inventory, which is extremely attractive for investors as they can calculate their rental yield, and see a return on investment almost immediately" said Mc Loughlin.

Investor confidence in the UAE is now at its highest level in 12 months, according to the latest FPI investor sentiment survey. Investors are upbeat about the outlook for the UAE economy, with almost 60% of investors predicting that investment markets will improve over the next six months.

DAMAC Properties is an internationally recognised, luxury-focused, high-end developer. With a proven track record for delivering some of the most luxurious residential properties across the Middle East region, the developer is well capitalised and has the vision and momentum to provide solid investment opportunities for customers across all the markets in which it operates.

DAMAC Properties was established in 2002, as a private residential, leisure and commercial developer in Dubai and the Middle East. Since then, DAMAC Properties has expanded rapidly into North Africa, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

DAMAC Properties has completed 36 buildings to date with 7374 units and spanning 13,132,484.00 sq feet with projects in Dubai such as The Crescent and Lago Vista at IMPZ, Executive Heights and Smart Heights in TECOM, Park Towers in the DIFC, Lake View and Lake Terrace at Jumeirah Lake Towers, Business Tower and XL Tower at Business Bay, Emirates Gardens and Tuscan Residences in Jumeirah Village and Ocean Heights, The Waves and Marina Terrace at the Dubai Marina.

DAMAC Properties also has a further 50 buildings at various stages of progress across the Middle East, North Africa region. These consist of 9849 units, spanning 16,886,151.00 sq feet.

In June 2010, DAMAC Properties further reinforced its position as a premium developer with the launch of DAMAC Tower in Beirut, Lebanon. A 28 storey iconic tower, this project is in association with Italian design group, VERSACE, with all interiors being designed by Versace Home. This was followed by the DAMAC Residences with Interiors by Versace Home, launched in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in June 2011.

The company’s projects are located in the most desirable and exclusive locations and are built to the highest quality specification that has become synonymous with the group. DAMAC Properties ’ develop projects that include residential, commercial and leisure facilities that create an integrated community.

In addition to support services provided by the Dubai headquarters, the company’s comprehensive Customer Care Program provides solutions through its vast network with offices in the UAE, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, KSA and Qatar.#]

Further information is available at www.damacproperties.com

publié le 14 January 2014

Oman Drydock announces strongest year of trading

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The Oman Drydock Company (ODC), one of the Middle East’s newest and biggest shipyards, is announcing its strongest year of trading.The shipyard undertook 75 drydockings and repairs in 2013 taking the total number to 190 since the yard which was opened in Duqm in Central Oman in 2011.

ODC also saw staff numbers increase to more than 2000 in 2013. The vessels ODC has worked on include Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs), crude oil tankers, container ships, LNG and LPG carriers, chemical carriers, bulk carriers, as well as dredgers, RO-ROs and barges. Clients include Dynacom Ship Management, NYK, MSC and Exmar Ship Management, Gulf Marine, the Shipping Corporation of India and Pacific International Lines.

ODC marketing director Johnny Woo said key jobs undertaken included the drydocking and repairs of two crude oil tankers the Karachi, operated by Pakistan National Shipping and the D & K-1 operated by Synergy Maritime. ODC further undertook work on the MT Gladiator, the first ship from Dynacom Ship Management. As a result ODC now has the ability to work for Dynacom on its other ships including the MT Shanghai, MT Smyrni, MT Eliza and MT Beijing.

Mr Woo said the contracts undertaken showcased ODC’s ability to complete complex jobs with speed and efficiency.

Mr Woo said the company is delighted with its 2013 growth and it had ambitious expansion plans for 2014, harnessing its ability to handle any size of ship with its two giant drydocks and vast space (see notes to editors).

“In 2013 we saw ODC continue to establish itself as one of the main ship repair and conversion locations in the Middle East,” he said. “Our focus moving forward will be to win more business from existing and new customers operating carriers, tankers and container ships. We see real potential for growth particularly in becoming a centre of excellence for the repair of LNG carriers (LNGC). As a result we will be ramping up the promotion of our services, which are among the most advanced in the world. This includes offering customers the in depth technical support we receive from our partner Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Company Ltd (DSME) and its subsidiary DSEC. 2014 will see DSEC forge a closer partnership with ODC to provide specialist LNGC repair technology. This will cover areas such as cargo containment systems and the supply chain of various materials such as INVAR, insulation boxes, membranes, prefabricated panels and cryogenic safety valves. Meanwhile, we are also investing in new facilities including renovating our cryogenic shop so it can cater to repairing up to four LNGCs at any one time.”

“Our expansion into LNGC will further be strengthened by our new license to support the French engineering firm Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) which specialises in cargo containment systems for high-end liquefied natural gas carriers. “

Elsewhere Mr Woo said ODC saw major growth opportunities in the off shore market.

“ODC can provide repair and conversion services to jack up drilling rigs, drill ships and FPSOs,” he said. “We also offer a range of engineering, testing and trial services for offshore projects including the construction of offshore accommodation barges, offshore jackets and platforms as well as top-side modules and sub-sea pipeline manifolds.”

Mr Woo said ODC’s partnership with South Korean based DSME, one of the world’s biggest shipbuilders, is especially important to the shipyard’s ongoing success.

“Our partnership with DSME gives us tremendous experience and technical expertise as it provides 30 highly experienced senior managers, including our CEO Yong Duk Park, to help run the shipyard,” he said. “We believe we offer a formidable package. We have fantastic facilities, a motivated workforce with a broad range of skills and we have a management team with tremendous knowledge of the sector. We are further committed to the highest standards of health and safety in accordance with international standards ensuring the safety of everyone at the shipyard.

“We are hugely excited about 2014 and strongly urge any maritime companies interested in our services to come and visit the shipyard, see our facilities and meet our visionary management team.”

ODC BACKGROUND

In 2006, the Omani Government established Oman Drydock Company (ODC) in Duqm located in the central area of Oman in order to develop and diversify heavy industries in Oman in addition to the oil refinery industry. At the same time Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. (DSME) of Korea signed a contract of management and operation of ODC. Currently 30 professionals above manager class including CEO from DSME are working for ODC.
ODC secured total 1.3 million square meter of vast area in Duqm and is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including two ULCC class graving docks (410m x 95m, 410m x 80m), five quays of 2,800 m long with water depth of 9-10 meters, 14 units of jib crane with lifting capacity of 100 ton to 40 ton and a slop and sludge treatment facility including slop tanks to store 10,000 cubic meters. In addition, there are five workshops covering outfitting, electrical works, machinery, hulls, blasting and painting and cryogenics

publié le 30 July 2015

Passenger traffic surges 17.2% at Abu Dhabi International Airport during the first half of 2015

Abu Dhabi Airports reported today a 17.2% increase in passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport during the first half of 2015 (1st January to 30th June), as compared to the same period for last year.

During the H1 period, a total of 11,111,577 passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport, compared with 9,481,744 in the equivalent period in 2014. The number of aircraft movements rose to 84,938, representing 15.0% growth compared with 73,862 aircraft movements reported in H1 2014. Cargo activity in the first six months of the year comprised 414,203 tons handled, representing a 9.6% increase when compared to the first half of 2014. The month of June alone saw 1,848,080 passengers, an increase of 10.8% as compared with June 2014 (1,667,551 passengers).
Commenting on the half year traffic report, Eng. Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Chief Executive Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “It is very encouraging to see a constant increase in passenger traffic numbers, despite the challenges it poses. This continuous growth further demonstrates the fact that travelers increasingly see Abu Dhabi both as a destination of choice and as a logical transit point on long journeys. This in turn is further evidence of the airport’s rapidly growing status as a vital global transportation hub. The Capacity Enhancement Program, which is helping us address the more immediate demands of the passenger growth, is on track as part of our commitment to deliver to our promise and present a unique travel experience, through implementing innovative solutions.”
Several new destinations were added during the six months including flights to Madrid, Pune, Edinburgh, Venice and Entebbe. Additionally, the frequency of flights between the existing routes increased significantly. Just last month, the airport announced 271 additional weekly flights for its summer program.
India retained its top spot as the airport’s largest market, and traffic to and from the capital to the subcontinent recorded a 57.8% rise during the six months as compared to last year. Saudi Arabia, Germany, Pakistan and the UK were the next largest in terms of passenger volume to and from Abu Dhabi.
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About Abu Dhabi Airports

Abu Dhabi Airports is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure. In September 2006, Abu Dhabi Airports assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, Abu Dhabi Airports added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive business aviation airport), as well as Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travelers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.
Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 45 million passengers per year. As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed.
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publié le 22 January 2011

Petrofac awarded project in Algeria

[#Petrofac, the international oil & gas facilities service provider, has been awarded a US$1.2 billion lump-sum engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by In Salah Gas (ISG), an association between Sonatrach, BP and Statoil, to develop southern fields in the In Salah development.#]

[#The fields to be developed are Garet el Befinat, Hassi Moumene, In Salah and Gour Mohmoud. Petrofac’s scope of work includes a new central production and gas gathering facility at In Salah comprising two dehydration trains, with the capacity to produce approximately 16.8 million cubic metres of gas per day, associated permanent camps, and approximately 300km of pipelines for gas collection from the in-field wells and export to the existing Krechba facility. Brownfield modifications will also be undertaken at the existing Reg facilities with an additional dehydration train plus modifications for future operation of the compression facilities. The existing Teg and Krechba compression facilities will also be upgraded for future operations. The 50-month project, to be completed in phases, will support the maintenance of plateau gas production rates of 9 billion cubic metres per annum beyond 2013.#]

publié le 22 January 2011

Petrofac Awarded US$1.2 Billion Project in Algeria

Press release

[#Petrofac, the international oil & gas facilities service provider, has been awarded a US$1.2 billion lump-sum engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by In Salah Gas (ISG), an association between Sonatrach, BP and Statoil, to develop southern fields in the In Salah development.#]

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The fields to be developed are Garet el Befinat, Hassi Moumene, In Salah and Gour Mohmoud. Petrofac’s scope of work includes a new central production and gas gathering facility at In Salah comprising two dehydration trains, with the capacity to produce approximately 16.8 million cubic metres of gas per day, associated permanent camps, and approximately 300km of pipelines for gas collection from the in-field wells and export to the existing Krechba facility. Brownfield modifications will also be undertaken at the existing Reg facilities with an additional dehydration train plus modifications for future operation of the compression facilities. The existing Teg and Krechba compression facilities will also be upgraded for future operations. The 50-month project, to be completed in phases, will support the maintenance of plateau gas production rates of 9 billion cubic metres per annum beyond 2013.

Commenting on the award, Maroun Semaan, Petrofac’s group chief operating officer said: “The southern fields is our sixth EPC project in Algeria and further demonstrates our commitment to supporting the country’s developments in the energy sector. We have recently completed a similar project in the region for the same customer with success, and believe this new award reflects our dedication to this strategically important market where we maintain excellent relationships with both our customers and local construction partners.”

Subramanian Sarma, managing director of Petrofac’s Engineering & Construction business said: “I am delighted that we have secured the southern fields project. We hope to build upon our experience and knowledge gained from our long track-record of working in Algeria, including our current involvement with the In Salah gas compression project and look forward to strengthening further our relationships with both ISG and our subcontracting partners during the execution stages.”#]

publié le 1 October 2013

Pierre Hermé delights Doha customers with Mouth-watering macarons and chocolates

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With new presence in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, world-famous macaron maker, Pierre Hermé, introduces a variety of mouth-watering products to suit various tastes, cultural celebrations and traditions blending in Doha. Sweets lovers can now enjoy the fine collections of macarons and chocolates of the first Pierre Hermé Paris boutique opened as of September at Lagoona Mall.

The macaron collection of Qatar features several signature flavors such as the famous "Mogador" as well as other classics of the Maison such as the "Infiniment Pistache" and "Infiniment Rose".
The passion of the French Chef Patissier is reflected through his pastries. Nicknamed as the “Architect of Taste”, he developed textures and combined unconventional flavors like Lime & Basil, and created seasonal macarons such as White Truffle & Hazelnut, and played with texture and flavor release with Olive Oil & Vanilla.
"Macarons only weigh a few grams, but that’s enough to leave your senses quivering with pleasure. Their thin, crisp shell, slightly rounded shape, tempting colors and tender interiors draw devotees to devour them with their eyes, and caress their smooth surface. Their flavors solicit the nose and, when one bites into that crisp shell, the ears tingle with pleasure and the palate is finally rewarded"... Pierre Hermé words incredibly express the exceptional delight of tasting PH macarons, the best treat and hostess gift to all friends, families and relatives.
However, macarons are not all! For those falling in a serious love affair with Chocolate, Pierre Hermé is a must. The boutique will treat its customers with 19 different flavors of chocolates including the signature “Chocolats aux Macarons” as well as a large variety of chocolate snacks, hot chocolate flavors, and chocolate tablets.
Adding to the list of the new products available at the Pierre Hermé Paris outlet, are the Pound cakes. The Cakes “Chocolat & Praliné” and “Infiniment Vanille” guarantee a rich, sweet, and savory pleasure. For the vanilla cake, Pierre Hermé uses his “house” vanilla, which is a mix of fine vanilla from Mexico, Tahiti and Madagascar.
As a perfect addition to any breakfast or afternoon tea, Pierre Hermé Paris also introduces a variety of Jams in Doha. These exquisite jams are made in collaboration with Christine Ferbert, Pierre Hermé’s old-time Alsatian friend, also known as the “Jamfairy”.

Finally, for all the fashionistas of Doha, the Pierre Hermé Paris boutique features the Adam & Eve bag collection of French designer Barbara Rihl that were conceived exclusively for Pierre Hermé.

As per the Maison’s tradition to constantly innovate and introduce new products and flavors in its Macarons & Chocolats boutiques around the world, the outlet in Doha will continuously renew its offer; for all coffee devotees, the coming months at Pierre Hermé Paris promise to offer a real treat!

publié le 7 April 2011

Public Transport : Dubai hold the 59th UITP World Congress & Exhibition

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[#In less than three months, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) will hold its 59th World Congress and Exhibition in Dubai, hosted by Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). With its integrated multimodal public transport system, Dubai is the ideal host city for the UITP Congress: the Emirate is in pole position to achieve UITP’s PTx2 ambition, with its public transport market share expected to increase from 11% today to 34% in 2020.#]

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Initially conceived as a ‘car city’, Dubai is now recognised for its forward-looking and integrated mobility policy. The Dubai Metro project includes the operational Red Line (52 km and 26 stations), with a daily ridership that currently exceeds 140,000 passengers. With the addition of the Green Line, already under construction (23 km and 21 stations), Dubai will boast the longest fully automated metro network in the world, and further lines are planned. A light rail line of 268 km under construction should complement the rail network by 2013. Covering all modes of transport in the Emirate, RTA also manages an extensive network of public buses as well as marine transport.
Thanks to its pioneering attitude and its key geographical position, Dubai acts as a catalyst for public transport developments in the whole MENA region, an area which has impressively succeeded in introducing and expanding public transport systems in recent years. The choice of Dubai as host city for the UITP Congress will undoubtedly encourage the region to continue along the same lines.
“The achievements made by RTA over the past five years stand out as a milestone in the public transport sector, not only in the MENA region, but also across the globe. Dubai Emirate is taking the lead in diffusing the culture of mass transit systems and is ranking ahead of many advanced countries in this field and in a record time,” stated Hans Rat, UITP Secretary General.

Notes to Editors

UITP (International Association of Public Transport) is the international network for public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers, scientific institutes and the public transport supply and service industry. It is a platform for worldwide cooperation, business development and the sharing of know-how between its 3,400 members from 92 countries. UITP is the global advocate for public transport and sustainable mobility, and the promoter of innovations in the sector. For more information, please visit www.uitp.org.
For more information about the 59th UITP World Congress and Mobility & City Transport Exhibition, please visit www.uitpdubai2011.org.
For more information about Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai (RTA), please visit www.rta.ae.
UITP Press#]

publié le 5 November 2012

QAPCO to inaugurate the third low-density Polyethylene plant

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[# Qatar Petrochemical Company’s (QAPCO) preparations are almost complete for what promises to be a memorable inauguration on the 20th of November 2012 at Mesaieed Industrial City for its new state-of-the-art petrochemical facility, the 2.3 billion Qatari riyal LDPE 3. The high-profile event will see the facility, officially launched by His Highness Sheikh, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar.#]

[#QAPCO considers the LDPE 3 facility as another step in the company’s role towards fulfilling the economic diversification goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030. While the country is blessed with ample hydrocarbon resources, the added value lays in the refined product.
Low Density Polyethylene, or LDPE, is the raw material required to manufacture most thermoplastic-based products. This includes items such as packaging films, agricultural film, extrusion and coating lamination film, high clarity film, injection molding, pipes, cables, wires, and other related products. The new facility will produce prime high pressure grade LDPE than existing QAPCO facilities, thus positioning the company as a global leader in LDPE production.

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QAPCO Mesaieed Plant

Currently, QAPCO’s manufacturing facilities consist of an 800 KTPA (kilo-ton per annum) ethylene plant, a 70 KTPA sulfur processing facility, and two pre-existing LDPE plants, with a capacity of 400,000 MTPA. While the LDPE 3 facility came fully online, it is designed to take advantage of the company’s excess ethylene feedstock, it will be producing 300,000 metric tons of LDPE per annum; thus increasing QAPCO’s annual production of LDPE to 700,000 metric tons per annum.

LDPE 3 was conceptualized in 2002, when the company laid out its growth strategy and identified a high potential for the feasibility of launching this project to satisfy the growing global demand of the LDPE product. Construction began in 2009 when the foundation stone was laid by His Highness the Heir Apparent, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, with construction taking three years. Testing and commissioning has already been completed, and with operating parameter normalized, the facility has been producing commercial prime grade LDPE since the mid-August, 2012.
“No stone was left unturned in our quest to deliver a world-class facility,” explained Dr. Mohammed Yousef Al-Mulla, QAPCO’s Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) contract was awarded to the German firm Udhe, which has extensive experience in constructing facilities for the petrochemical industry. In addition, our technology is licensed by Bassell, another global giant in the sector.”
Construction of the facility also presented an opportunity for QAPCO to streamline its operations; a new central control room was constructed to run all three facilities simultaneously. The entire migration process took place with very little downtime, and normal operations at the existing facilities were not disrupted at any point.

LDPE 3 also meets extremely stringent environmental standards as set forth by Qatar’s Ministry of Environment, especially with the cooling water that is carefully treated before recycling it to the seashore of Mesaieed, and additionally, heat produced at the plant is recycled for heating and power. Safety regulations were especially adhered to, with a milestone 12.7 million man-hours with no loss time recorded.

“QAPCO has some of the most stringent safety regulations; even meeting and exceeding international standards,” explained Dr. Al-Mulla. “Thus hitting nearly 13 million man-hours with no loss time is a milestone by any standard.”
LPDE 3’s products will be sold through QAPCO’s global marketing network, which stands at around 30-self operated offices, in addition to the logistic facilities. Thanks to international partners and other representative offices, 4500 industrial customers are currently being served by QAPCO’s Global Marketing Network in 145 countries. The company’s LDPE is being sold under the brand name ‘Lotrène’.
“At some point in the future, most plastic products sold world-wide can essentially have a ‘Made in Qatar’ stamp on them as the raw material would have been supplied by us,” concluded Dr. Al-Mulla. “At the rate of the QAPCO’s growth, and our increasingly diversified petrochemical portfolio, I beleive that that future may not be too far away.”#]

publié le 20 November 2011

Qatar Airways and Thales Sign Contract for Next Generation In-flight Entertainment System on the Airline’s new A350 Fleet

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[#Thales, a leader in In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) systems, is pleased to announce that Qatar Airways has confirmed the selection of the new Thales TopSeries AVANT™ system for its fleet of 80 A350 aircraft. This next generation Thales system combines the strengths of earlier platforms with advanced technologies, such as high definition video, solid state hard drives and faster processors, to deliver an enhanced passenger experience never seen before. The first A350 is scheduled for delivery in Q3, 2013.#]

[#Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that the in-flight offering on the airline’s A350 fleet will be a step beyond what is currently available in the sky. “Qatar Airways is proud to be at the forefront of adopting the latest technologies available in the aviation industry. Our A350 aircraft will be equipped with the industry’s leading in-flight entertainment technology, and we look forward to showcasing to our passengers just why we continue to receive awards and accolades for our in-flight products,” he said.

The Doha-based carrier, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, will provide a comprehensive selection of entertainment programmes accessed through passenger touch screen displays ranging in size from 10.6 inch to 17 inches. Passengers will also be able to interface their personal electronic devices to the system allowing them to enjoy their own content through the in-seat screen. The TopSeries AVANT system will also feature 3D audio giving the effect of high fidelity surround sound. Thales is working closely with Airbus’ A350 programme team to get its’ TopConnect Ka-Band solution offerable on the A350 XWB aircraft. This will enable Qatar Airways to provide worldwide broadband connectivity at an affordable price.

We are very pleased to be working with Qatar Airways. The airline has clearly placed their confidence in Thales and our team is committed to their success and desire to bring innovation to their passengers.

In addition, Qatar Airways selected the new, award winning Thales Touch Passenger Media Unit, a revolutionary handheld media device introduced in 2010 by Qatar Airways and Thales. The device out performs all in-seat handheld IFE technologies bringing to the passenger endless applications common to the consumer world. Based on the Android™ operating system, the unit can be used as a complement device that enables passengers to multi-task just as they do on the ground. Qatar Airways will be the first airline in the world to offer this best-in-technology product bringing new innovation to the sky.

Qatar Airways had previously appointed Thales to provide in-flight entertainment systems for 30 of its A320 family of aircraft.. And, as announced in 2010, 30 Boeing 787 aircraft with 30 options, which include SwiftBroadband cabin connectivity for access to current news, sports, social networks and other mobile applications will also be available. The Qatar Airways’ A350 fleet will consist of: 40 A350-900s, 20 A350-800s, and 20 A350-1000 variants.

“We are very pleased to be working with Qatar Airways. The airline has clearly placed their confidence in Thales and our team is committed to their success and desire to bring innovation to their passengers,” said Luc Vigneron, Chairman and CEO, Thales.

For more information about Thales In-Flight Entertainment Systems visit www.thales-ifs.com.

About Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways, launched in 1997, operates a young and modern mixed fleet of 98 aircraft to over 100 diverse business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.#]

publié le 17 December 2012

Qatar Airways Launches Boeing 787 Dreamliner Flights To London Heathrow

press release

[# Qatar Airways today launched its inaugural long-haul Boeing 787 Dreamliner service on the Doha – London Heathrow route, becoming the first airline to operate regular scheduled flights with the state-of-the art aircraft to and from the UK.#]

[#Despite wintry weather, Qatar Airways’ 787 – flight QR075 – was warmly welcomed at London Heathrow this morning by a special arrival ceremony.

An official delegation from Doha was on the inaugural flight from the airline’s Doha hub, including Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker and VIP guest His Excellency Michael O’Neill, British Ambassador to the State of Qatar.

The Dreamliner’s debut from the Doha-based carrier marks the start of an exciting new era for travellers to and from the UK, who will have the opportunity to travel the world onboard one of the most spacious and comfortable aircraft in the skies today.

Combining breakthrough technology with a human approach to design, it is the first time Boeing has developed a plane from the point of view of passenger experience. Qatar Airways worked closely with Boeing on the design interiors being a key customer of the manufacturer’s newest aircraft. The 787 is designed as the next generation aircraft for air travel well into the 21st century offering unrivalled passenger comfort and space.

On arrival at Heathrow, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “Today we inaugurate our 787 on the London Heathrow route, putting Qatar Airways firmly on the global aviation map as a carrier with a determination to continue its expansion drive and improve an already superior in-flight product.

"The Doha – Heathrow route is one of our most popular international routes and it was only fitting that we deploy our new 787 to and from London.”

Initially, one of the airline’s five daily flights is being operated with the Boeing 787 – Flight QR 075 departing Doha at 0625 hrs, arriving at London Heathrow at 1105 hrs, with the return flight QR 076 departing London Heathrow at 1505 hrs, arriving in Doha at 0045 hrs the following day.

Qatar Airways took delivery of the first of 60 Dreamliners last month with the third 787 joining the airline’s fleet just days ago. Since taking delivery of its first 787 four weeks ago, Qatar Airways has been flying the aircraft between Doha and both Dubai and Kuwait allowing cabin crew to familiarise themselves with the airplane.

Added Al Baker: “We will be introducing the Dreamliner on our daily Doha – Perth route from February 1 next year, the first ever 787 commercial service to Australia giving travellers between the UK and Australia a unique 787 experience of unrivalled comfort and style all the way with the world’s Five Star and Best Airline.”

Soon after arrival, Al Baker was back on board the aircraft giving assembled guests at Heathrow a personal tour of the 787 and its unique features.

Qatar Airways has 254 custom-made seats across its 787 Business and Economy Class cabins with specially designed interiors. Business Class is configured 1–2–1 with 22 seats, while Economy has 232 seats in a 3–3–3 layout.

The airline’s 787s are the world’s first fully connected Dreamliners with wireless facilities for passengers to remain in touch with their friends and loved ones on the ground through the internet and SMS mobile texting across both the Business and Economy cabins.

A striking feature of every seat throughout Qatar Airways’ 787 is the award-winning touch screen Android system, where all passengers are able to navigate through personal handsets a truly interactive service offering more than 1,000 movie, TV programmes, music and gaming entertainment options in a sophisticated and user friendly way, just like the latest smart phones.

The touch-screen control unit has a unique dual screen interface allowing passengers to play games on their handheld device while enjoying a movie on their personal screen. Passengers can stay connected through WIFI and GSM telephony, sending both text and MMS messages, with each seat equipped with USB, MP3 and other charger ports, including laptop power outlets.

Employing state-of-the-art technologies that actually invigorate and promote health and comfort onboard, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner offers a new kind of flying experience ensuring passengers arrive at their destinations more refreshed, with the new technology reducing jet lag and travel sickness.

Unique features to the 787 Dreamliner include larger windows, reduced cabin noise and cleaner cabin air, as well as smoother ride technology resulting in an eight-fold reduction in the number of passengers experiencing motion sickness. This system senses turbulence and commands wing control surfaces to counter it, smoothing out the ride.

Other features include lower cabin pressure at higher altitude ensuring less fatigue, an air purification system ensuring cleaner and healthier air, as well as mood lighting throughout the aircraft.

Made up of composite materials, the 787 Dreamliner is lighter and more fuel efficient than any comparable aircraft of its size and range. Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 115 aircraft to 122 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. This year alone, the airline introduced 12 new routes, with 2013 promising to be another 12 months of aggressive expansion with six new destinations already announced and many more to start.

The Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner at a glance

Innovative inflight entertainment

An award-winning iTouch innovative touch screen control unit debuts on Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The dual-screen interface allows passengers in all classes to multi-task, for example playing a game or emailing on the handheld device while watching a movie on their personal screen.

Onboard Wi-Fi in all classes means business travellers can stay connected to clients and colleagues, and holidaymakers can stay connected to friends and family through social networks, allowing them to share memories from their travels before they get home. Passengers also have access to 1,000 movie, programming and audio entertainment options, an iPort, USB port, and a remote data outlet.

Lower cabin altitude

The Dreamliner’s cabin is pressurised to a new maximum level of 6,000 feet – 2,000 feet lower than most other aircraft. Altitude chamber tests show that because the body absorbs eight per cent more oxygen into the blood at this altitude, passengers experience fewer headaches and less dizziness and fatigue.

Smoother flying

The Dreamliner’s dramatically improved cabin pressure, air quality, and smoother handling will result in a more comfortable journey for passengers in Business and Economy.

Quieter cabin

Many of the usual interior sounds are minimised with quieter air conditioning, interior materials reduce squeaks and interior design reduces vibrations.

Cleaner air

Fresh air is introduced into the cabin via air scoops on the side of the fuselage. Newly introduced on the 787, an additional gaseous filtration system also removes odours, irritants and gaseous contaminants, some of the primary contributors to throat, eye and nose irritation for passengers. More moisture in the air will help skin, eyes, lips, and noses to feel more comfortable.

Unobstructed views

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner features large dimmable windows, more than 30 per cent bigger than other similarly sized airplanes and larger than anything offered by other commercial jetliners giving all passengers a good view outside. The windows are not built with conventional shades but instead, passengers can regulate the intensity of light coming through their windows with the touch of a button allowing passengers to change the tint of the window from fully transparent to completely dimmed.

Dynamic cabin lighting

The spacious look and feel of the cabin is enhanced by dynamic mood lighting: more than 20 specially tailored scenes to help your body clock adjust to crossing different time zones using the latest LED technology.

Spacious cabins

The architecture of the Dreamliner is designed with room for passengers to actually move about the cabin with a spacious feeling interior. The plane is designed with welcoming entryways, larger windows, vaulted ceilings and sidewalls are more vertical for better shoulder and headroom.

Environmentally cleaner and quieter

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the environmental leader among airplanes. It consumes 20% less fuel and produces 20% lower CO 2 emissions. The Dreamliner is much quieter for the communities it flies over, and boasts a more efficient use of the planet’s resources than its predecessors during manufacturing.

Larger overhead bins

The Dreamliner has big overhead luggage bins – 30% larger than the industry standard. They close up and away, leaving more overhead space and minimising the need to store bags beneath the seat.

Get there faster

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first commercial aircraft to be built primarily of composite materials, reducing weight and operating costs.
Notes to Editors

One of the world’s fastest growing airlines, Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 115 aircraft flying to 122 key business and leisure destinations worldwide.

Since the beginning of 2012, Qatar Airways has launched flights to 12 new destinations, including Kigali (Rwanda); Erbil (Iraq), Baghdad (Iraq), Perth (Australia), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania); Yangon (Myanmar), Maputo (Mozambique); Belgrade (Serbia) and Warsaw (Poland).

Over the next few weeks and months, Qatar Airways will launch services to a diverse portfolio of new routes, including Gassim, Saudi Arabia (7 January 2013); Najaf, Iraq (January 23); Phnom Penh, Cambodia (February 20); Chengdu, China (March 19); Chicago, USA (April 10); and Salalah, Oman (May 22).

Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 Family of aircraft. In addition to winning Skytrax’s prestigious Airline of the Year 2011 and 2012, Qatar Airways was named Best Airline in the Middle East for the seventh year in a row. In October 2012, Qatar Airways became the first of the major Gulf carriers to officially join a global alliance having been invited into the oneworld group. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com
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publié le 6 December 2010

Qatar Holding to become major shareholder of HOCHTIEF

Press release

[#HOCHTIEF Aktiengesellschaft welcomes Qatar Holding LLC (Doha) as new major shareholder: HOCHTIEF increases the capital stock of the company by around ten percent under exclusion of subscription rights of existing shareholders. After acquiring all new shares, Qatar Holding will - as soon as the capital increase is registered with the commercial register - hold almost 9.1 percent of the new capital stock. The Ad-hoc Committee of the HOCHTIEF Supervisory Board has approved the capital increase. Qatar Holding LLC is the strategic and direct investment arm of Qatar Investment Authority.#]

[#The capital increase will be carried out by partly making use of the authorized capital created at the HOCHTIEF General Shareholders’ Meeting on May 11, 2010, by issuing 6,999,999 no-par-value shares against cash contributions. According to the resolution of the General Shareholders’ Meeting, subscription rights of existing shareholders are excluded. The issue price is EUR 57.114 per share, resulting in an equity contribution of almost EUR 400 million to HOCHTIEF. "The cash inflow from the capital increase strengthens the financial position of HOCHTIEF. In addition, it provides latitude for the announced further growth after the planned bond issue had to be called off in mid-September," says CEO Dr. Herbert Lütkestratkötter.

Qatar Holding believes HOCHTIEF’s businesses are well positioned and have excellent prospects. As a world class investor, Qatar Holding supports best practices in corporate governance, financial management and stakeholder consideration. Qatar Holding‘s policy is to work with all stakeholders to help develop the business, preserve core values and maximise potential over the long-term.

The investment also offers both partners extensive strategic perspectives: Qatar is facing a fast technological, infrastructural and economic development. HOCHTIEF supports Qatar by transferring the most recent international know-how to the country, and by coaching local staff in state-of-the-art technology, like virtual construction or Building Information Modeling (BIM). Thus, the Group is already present in the country via five subsidiaries and employs more than 5,000 people locally. These are working on large-scale projects such as Barwa Commercial Avenue, a more than 8-kilometer-long commercial and shopping avenue in the capital Doha for around EUR 1.3 billion. Since 2008, HOCHTIEF as partner in a joint venture has also been planning the Qatar Bahrain Causeway, the longest inter-state connection in the world.

Moreover, in April 2010, HOCHTIEF founded a joint venture with Lusail Real Estate Development Company, a subsidiary of Qatari Diar. The current major project of the company is the development of a completely new city in Qatar by 2020, the city of Lusail which is designed for 200,000 inhabitants, and which will host the World Cup Final in 2022. The joint venture is also planning to export design and construction work to other countries.

Both partners have decided to take the historic opportunity and consolidate the existing cooperation by a direct participation in HOCHTIEF: "We welcome Qatar Holding as our new major shareholder. Qatar has recognized the capability of the HOCHTIEF Group, the success of our strategy as well as the benefits of a close partnership. We will now be supporting each other in our development," Lütkestratkötter announces. According to the CEO, Qatar’s strong relationship with the German state was a key element of its decision to invest in HOCHTIEF.#]

publié le 30 May 2015

Qatar International Medical Congress 2015 Ends with a Massive Success

Press release

As the Qatar International Medical Congress (QIMC) 2015 nears its end, the event is a massive success, marked by the overwhelming support and participation of the exhibitors, sponsors and speakers, as well as the impressive number of visitors that attended the exhibition.

Setting a benchmark for medical shows in the region, QIMC 2015 bridged the gap between international researchers, experts, and leading medical companies and Qatar’s leading entrepreneurs, doctors, and researchers in the field in an ideal networking platform to discuss the latest, cutting edge products, services and technologies in the medical sector. The event paved the way for accessing new and improved techniques and equipment that will provide better treatment for the people of Qatar.

One of the event’s highlights is the gala dinner, which closed the first day. Sponsored by Sharq Medical Supply, the elegant setting honored QIMC 2015’s sponsors with certificates and hosted numerous exhibitors, decision makers and participants, who extended their networking and discussions well into the dinner.

Another noteworthy occurrence is when Dr. Hanan Al Kuwari, Managing Director of Hamad Medical Corporation, one of the strategic partners, attended the third day of the event. She visited every stand and got a glimpse of all the new products and techniques the exhibitors were showcasing. The organisers were very grateful for her presence, and she was very pleased with the outcome of the event.

When expressing his gratitude for the event’s success, Mr. Abdullah AbdulRazzak Haider, Congress CEO, said:

“We are absolutely overwhelmed and honored at the degree of attention and interest that was given to the QIMC 2015. The quality and level of participation is above what we expected. With continued efforts, we hope to see Qatar on the list of countries with the most advanced medical sector. We are optimistic that the technologies and techniques shared over the past few days will contribute greatly to improving the level of our healthcare system.”

“Most importantly, I would like to thank each and every strategic partner, sponsor, exhibitor and health support, who gave their full dedication and support to this event. The success of QIMC wouldn’t have been possible without this powerful support system. As long as we have the essential support of market leaders and decision makers, such as the names we were honored to work with this year, we are certain that we will succeed in creating a better healthcare system for a healthier Qatar, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030,” he continued.

For his part, on behalf of the event’s organising company Art & Art, the General Manager Mr. Rabih Karam, said:

“We are very pleased with the outcome of QIMC 2015. By bringing together global experts and regional decision makers in a professional setting that enables them to share experiences and expertise, we were able to greatly contribute to the development of Qatar’s medical sector. Let us consider this event the steppingstone to a healthier future, and we are very optimistic about what’s yet to come.”

“I would like to thank all the staff that worked day and night on making this event a success. None of it would have been possible without all the efforts of such a dedicated team of professionals,” he added.

Due to the success of this year’s event, QIMC 2015 is pleased to announce that it will be opening its doors for an additional day tomorrow, Friday 29, from 2 to 10 PM. Those who weren’t able to attend the first three days can access all areas of the exhibition and discover the latest products, techniques and services from the leading exhibitors.

publié le 11 March 2014

Qatar Rail and Green Line Contractors Support the 30th Gulf Traffic Week

Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail), the company overseeing the country’s much-anticipated integrated rail network, is sponsoring the 30th Annual Gulf Traffic Week with the theme "Your Safety is Our Goal".

The event, which began yesterday and will conclude on March the 15th, aims to raise public awareness on traffic safety and discipline in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
Along with Qatar Rail, contractors of Doha Metro Green Line, the Austrian PORR, Saudi Bin Laden Group, and HBK Contracting Company, are also contributing in supporting the event.

Qatar Rail’s sponsorship comes from its commitment towards society in promoting noble and just causes. This reflects its social responsibility in educating the general public on how society can be better off with safe and stress-free driving. Safety and discipline have been the guiding principles of Qatar Rail.

The GCC Traffic week is one of the most important events that enhance awareness among the public on the importance of road safety, through organizing many traffic events and activities that highlight the danger of speeding and its impact on individuals and community.

Held every year, GCC Traffic Week consolidates the concerted efforts and synergies of traffic departments in the member states towards traffic safety, which is a collective responsibility.
Delegations from each state visit the other in order to understand the efforts taken by the respective governments in raising traffic awareness.

About Qatar Rail

Established in 2011, the Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail), was established to design and implement an integrated and world-class railway system for the State of Qatar. Currently one of the largest rail projects in the world, Qatar Rail aims to construct a new rail network, which is environmentally friendly, technologically advanced، and will meet the demands of the rapidly expanding population of Qatar.
Supporting each of the four pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030, Qatar Rail will develop a safe, efficient, integrated public transportation network which will provide an attractive and competitive alternative to private transport, capable of achieving a significant modal share. Qatar Rail will be responsible for the design, construction, commissioning, operation، and maintenance of the entire rail network and systems and will ultimately own and manage Qatar’s rail network.
The rail project will form a fundamental and integral element of the National Development Strategy 2011-2016, and will act as a catalyst in realising Qatar’s National Vision.
The individual rail projects will comprise of the Doha Metro, Long Distance Network, and Lusail Light Rail Transit (LRT).

publié le 21 July 2013

Qatar Rail Awarded ISO 27001 Certification

Press release

Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail), the company overseeing the construction of the much-anticipated integrated railway network, today announced that it has successfully attained the International Organization for Standardization Certification (ISO 27001), earning the prestigious accreditation after external assessments.

The ISO/IEC 27001:2005 is the most rigorous global security standard for information security management systems. To achieve this certification, a company must show a continuous, structured commitment towards managing sensitive company and customer information. The certification demonstrates that the security of Qatar Rail project is in line with world-class standards and meets the needs of the Company’s customers.

The ISO certification is a testament to Qatar Rail’s focus in adopting and implementing global standards and best practices to ensure effectiveness, efficiency, confidentiality and integrity in its day to day operations. It is one of the many certifications that the company plans to acquire in the days to come.

By obtaining certification in ISO 27001, Qatar Rail has once again demonstrated its credibility and proved that it is working according to recognized best practices. With this, Qatar Rail can now work with its global partners in a common language, lowering cross-cultural barriers, increasing trust and a positive return on investment and a better tomorrow.

“Everyone at Qatar Rail is proud to have achieved the very significant ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certification for the company,” said Eng. Saad Ahmed Al-Mohannadi, CEO of Qatar Rail. “This global recognition further illustrates our unwavering commitment to delivering the highest possible standards of information security”.

Published in 2005, the ISO 27001:2005 standard provides a robust model for information security risk assessment and security design, implementation, and management. With its comprehensive approach, the standard helps ensure the adoption of appropriate security controls that protect the information of customers and other stakeholders.

Commending Qatar Rail’s effort in getting the ISO certification, Mr. Alistair Burt, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister for the Middle East said, “I am delighted to be here to help mark the occasion of the British Standards Institution awarding Qatar Rail Company with ISO certification for Information Security. I applaud Qatar Rail Company for leading by example with their push to achieve first class global standards across their organization.
The UK supports Qatar’s ambitious and exciting plans for the rail sector and we look forward to broadening and strengthening our relationship and ongoing partnerships with Qatar Rail Company.”
For his part, Mr. Theuns Kotze Regional Managing Director of British Standards Institution (BSI) said, “On Behalf of the Board of Directors and the Chairman of the British Standards Institution Sir David Brown, I would like to say congratulations to Qatar Rail Company on achieving ISO 27001:2005 certification.
We believe Standards are the DNA of Civilization - Without our ability to design and accept Standards we could never have developed into such a complex society. Standards drive learning... Standards make comparison possible... Standards Fuel Creativity... Standards are the code in which human collaboration and discovery is written. Your achievement will make a positive difference in developing the objectives of Qatar Rail Company”

ISO 27001 requires that management: Systematically examine the organization’s information security risks, taking account of the threats, vulnerabilities, and impacts; Design and implement a coherent and comprehensive suite of information security controls and/or other forms of risk treatment (such as risk avoidance or risk transfer) to address those risks that are deemed unacceptable; and Adopt an overarching management process to ensure that the information security controls continue to meet the organization’s information security needs on an ongoing basis.

“We strive to achieve excellence in all of our operations and the ISO certification lays down a strong marker in our effort to deliver our clients the extra-mile levels of service and assurances they have come to expect from Qatar Rail,” concluded Eng. Saad Ahmed Al-Mohannadi.

publié le 5 June 2013

Qatar Rail Awards QAR 30 Billions ‘Design & Build’ Contracts for Phase 1 of the Doha Metro

Press release

Qatar Railways (Qatar Rail), the company overseeing the construction of the much-anticipated integrated railway network, is pleased to announce the awarding of four ‘Design & Build’ Contracts for Phase 1 of the Doha Metro Project for a total of approximately QAR 30 Billions.

nnelling and the Construction of the Stations are being executed for the first time in Qatar, Qatar Rail has succeeded in engaging Qatari contracting companies in all consortiums of the awarded contracts.
• There are currently 20 consultancy companies working on these vital projects under the supervision of Qatar Rail”.
• Metro Lines Connect Al Wakra, Al Khor and Al Rayan with each other, as well as between these 3 cities and Doha, while they all Intersect at Msheireb Main Station.

The awarding of these contracts for Phase 1 of the Doha Metro marks a key milestone in the development of Qatar Rail Development Program, with the construction of Phase 1 scheduled to begin later this year, and expected to be completed by 2019.

The contracts relate to Phase 1, and comprise the following underground sections:
• Red Line North (RLN)
• Red Line South (RLS)
• Green Line (GRN)
• Major Stations (MS)

The Red Line North (RLN) project is being awarded to a consortium led by Impregilo S.P.A, and comprising of S.K. Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd, and Galfar Al Misnad Engineering & Contracting W.L.L.

The Red Line South (RLS) project is being awarded to a consortium led by QDVC and includes GS Engineering and Construction Corp, and AI-Darwish Engineering W.L.L.

The contract for the Green Line (GRN) project is being awarded to a consortium led by PORR Bau GmbH and includes the Saudi Binladin Group Company Ltd. and Hamad Bin Khalid Contracting Co. W.L.L.

And the fourth contract is being awarded for the Major Stations (MS) project. There will be two stations included in this package - one at Msheireb and the other at the Education City. This contract is being awarded to a consortium led by Samsung C&T Corporation and comprises of Obrascon Huarte Lain S.A. (OHL) and Qatar Building Company.

The awarding of these contracts is a very important and essential stage for the development of Qatar Rail Development Program (QRDP). “Qatar Rail is working hard to start construction by the year’s end, so that the first phase operations begin by 2019”. “This is a big step towards putting Qatar Rail into operations and moving forward with the work ahead of us as we build the future of Qatar, inspired by the vision of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, that recommends the development of the country’s rail industry”.

Qatar Rail is committed to achieving the highest international standards in creating this signature project in national development that will become an international legacy for Qatar for generations to come”.

Doha Metro will be one of the most modern rail networks in the world. The four lines of the Doha Metro will connect major sites in the city, including the Education City, West Bay, Lusail, Hamad Bin Khalifa International Airport and the QNCC”. According to Qatar Rail the tenders witnessed high competition which enabled Qatar Rail to get competitive bidding.

The awarding of the contracts for Phase 1 of the Doha Metro marks a key milestone in the development of the Qatar Rail project. It symbolizes Qatar Rail commitment to the implementation of this project. It is also a testament to the swift progress Qatar Rail is making in the construction works. The awarding of these contracts, confirms the start of the translation of the vision of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani into a reality.

The awarding of these contracts marked an important step in the implementation of one of the largest infrastructure projects in Qatar.
“The project aims to design, develop and operate an integrated and world class rail system as part of Qatar’s development plans.”

The scope of work for the Red Line North comprises the design and construction of 13 km twin bored tunnel, including 7 underground stations, between the proposed Msheireb Underground Station and Doha Golf Course via Doha West Bay. For this, 4 tunnel boring machines are proposed to bore the required rail tunnels. The tunnels will be built at an average depth of 20 meters below ground.

Similarly, the scope of Red Line South contract comprises the design and construction of the underground works below central Doha, including 6 underground stations, between the proposed Msheireb Underground Station and the New Doha International Airport (now known as Sheikh Hamad International Airport) and incorporates the main depot and maintenance facilities. This package will approximately comprise 13.8 km twin bored tunnel at an average depth of 25 meters below ground level utilizing five tunnel boring machines. The maximum depth point will approximately reach 50 m below ground level.

As for the scope for the Green Line Contract, it comprises the design and construction of the underground works below central Doha and to the West of the city, between the proposed Msheireb Underground Station and through to Al Rayyan Stadium. There will be 8 underground stations, in addition to a 16.6km twin bored tunnel. The rail tunnels will be built at an average depth of 20 meters below ground.

Major Stations, are a standalone package to focus efforts for what is considered to be the two key stations for the whole integration of the Metro project. “The scope of work comprises the construction of two interchange stations. The excavation for Msheireb Station of approximately 42 meters below ground level will be one of the deepest excavations within the project”.

“All the technical and commercial committees worked in the past months diligently with full transparency to ensure the awarding of contracts for the best alliances technically and commercially”.

“Although the Tunnelling and the Construction of the Stations are being executed for the first time in Qatar, Qatar Rail has succeeded in engaging Qatari contracting companies in all consortiums of the awarded contracts. Local companies joining with international contractors in a joint venture like this helps Qatari companies to further enhance their skills and capabilities and encourages the transfer of knowledge and expertise”.

“The entire project features a sustainable design that consumes fewer resources, generates less waste, costs less to operate, and achieves a reduced carbon footprint”. Qatar Rail, has facilitated for Qatari contractors and partners to win all awards. This is a huge success for the steering committee’s strategy, though it is the first time that companies deal with tunneling operations in Qatar”.

Qatar Rail is proud of what it has achieved and thanks all who have supported the Qatar Rail project to-date. Qatar Rail will stay committed to this huge project which is not only about transportation, but also represents the real essence of economic and cultural openness of Qatar to the world. There are currently 20 consultancy companies working on these vital projects under the supervision of Qatar Rail”.

publié le 29 October 2013

Qatar Rail Joins Forces with UBIFRANCE to Host Conference on Investment Opportunities

presse release

The Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail), the company overseeing the construction of the integrated railway network in Qatar , in partnership with UBIFRANCE, the French Agency for International Business Development, will be hosting a two-day conference and workshops, in Scribe Hotel, Paris to explore vast investment opportunities generated by the metro and rail projects in Qatar.
To be held on 7th and 8th November, the conference and workshop aim to bolster partnerships between French and Qatari companies, particularly for specialized Small and Medium Enterprises, and to stimulate the economic diversification of Qatar.
UBIFRANCE is an executive agency of the French government placed under the supervision of the Minister for Economic Affair and Finance and the Minister in charge of Foreign Trade.
The conference and workshop is a perfect platform to showcase emerging opportunities in Qatar Rail, as well as to develop partnerships and discover new business trends. The B2B meetings will help the French companies to improve their understanding of Qatar Rail, and seek opportunities to take part in the project as foreign suppliers and investors.
The French- Qatari railway event is supported by Qatar Development Bank, Economic Zones Company, Qatar Chamber, Systra, RATP Development, Vossloh Cogifer and Alstom, and the 4 consortiums that were awarded the design & build packages :
• Impregilo S.P.A, - S.K. Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd - Galfar Al Misnad Engineering & Contracting W.L.L.
• Qatari Diar/ Vinci Construction Grands Projets - GS Engineering and Construction Corp – AI-Darwish Engineering W.L.L.
• PORR Bau GmbH – Saudi Binladin Group Company Ltd. – Hamad Bin Khalid Contracting Co. W.L.L. ,
• Samsung C&T Corporation – Obrascon Huarte Lain S.A.– Qatar Building Company
For the two-day conference, UBIFRANCE’s extensive network and its partners will contact all the known French Small and Medium Enterprises, factories and companies, related to the Rail Industry.

publié le 7 January 2014

Qatar Rail opens office at Doha Municipality

presse release

Within the framework of continuous cooperation between Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) and Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, Qatar Rail opened an office at the buildings permit compound at Doha Municipality. The office aims to facilitate all the procedures of developing properties located within Qatar Rail’s projects.

“Qatar Rail opened this office to facilitate work-flow and save time for people. The new office will provide people with services, explanations and answers to their queries, and will also facilitate the procedures in relation with status and studies of the properties that people want to develop and are located within the sites of Qatar Rail projects”, said Eng. Saad Ahmed Al-Muhanadi, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Rail.
He added “the new office will facilitate the services to the citizens, residents and investors, and will provide them a hassle-free service without taking the trouble of visiting the headquarters of Qatar Rail.”
He confirmed that Qatar Rail projects are major supporters of Qatar National Vision 2030 and serves the four pillars of this vision.
Eng. Hassan Ahmed Al-Marwani, Director of Permits at Qatar Rail said: “Since the opening of Qatar Rail Office at the buildings permit compound at Doha Municipality last November, we have noticed positive results as it facilitated and speeded up the procedures of buildings permits applications of the properties’ owners that are affected by Metro project. Most of the applications are studied and approved on in the building permit compound”.
Al-Marwani thanked all the staff of the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, especially HE Sheikh Abdul Rahman Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Minister of Municipality and Urban Planning, Eng. Mohammed Ahmed Al-Sayed, Director of Doha Municipality, Eng. Hamad Habib Al-Qahtani Director of Technical Affairs at Doha Municipality, Eng. Abdulla Al-Sada Head of Buildings Permits at Doha Municipality, and Eng. Mubarak Mahboub Al-Naaimi, the General Supervisor of Buildings Permits Compound.

In the coming period, Qatar Rail will grant several tenders including that of the civil works for the Doha Metro elevated and at grade lines; the metro systems and trains project management, the Lusail Light Rail Transit, as well as tenders for executing the first phase of the Long Distance: Passenger and Freight Rail.

publié le 11 December 2013

Qatar Rail Presents Progress on its Projects and their Importance in Providing a Modern and Efficient Transportation Network in Qatar

 Al Subaie: Qatar Rail’s developments are essential for a modern and efficient transportation network in Qatar that will meet with people’s fast-paced commuting needs.
 Al Subaie: The railway network will be connected to the public transportation infrastructure for an integrated transportation network in Qatar
 Al Subaie: Doha Metro will link the capital’s inner and outer areas such as Lusail City, the New Doha International Airport, the Education City, and the West Bay area
 Al Muhannadi: There is a real need for an integrated and comprehensive transportation network in Qatar
 Al Muhannadi: The first stage of Doha Metro projects entails the setup of 37 stations covering Qatar’s key locations and vital areas
 Al Muhannadi: Qatar Rail’s projects will contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and traffic jams
 Al Muhannadi: Qatar Rail will keep press and media members informed and updated about the progress of its projects through a series of periodic meetings and conferences
 Al Bishri: Qatar Rail will deploy advanced Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) using Earth Pressure Balance (EPB) technology, and will utilize world-class machinery that has been tailor-designed for Qatar’s geographical nature.
 Al Bishri: The Long Distance Passenger Rail train will connect the new Mesaieed Port to Saudi Arabia territories

In a press conference held today, Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail), the company overseeing the construction of the Qatar’s integrated railway network, unveiled the overall technical progress of the network’s developments; stressing on Qatar Rail’s alignment with the state’s National Vision 2030, the conference featured a series of key speeches by the company’s engineering experts, as well as a presentation on the company’s projects, and their contribution to providing a modern and efficient transportation network that is capable of keeping pace with the growing needs of the Qatari population.
“Qatar is undertaking a number of mega-projects in order to accomplish its National Vision 2030. These projects require a world-class transportation equipment and logistics solutions that are capable of timely delivery” commented Engineer Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Turki Al Subaie, the Managing Director of Qatar Rail.
“Significant investments have gone into Qatar’s transportation and shipping infrastructure, including the construction of the New Doha International Airport, the New Doha port, and several mega cities such as Lusail and Musheireb. Additionally, the railway network project, estimated at 35 billion dollars, entails plans to extend shipping railways by 325 kilometers, and to connect Qatar’s rail networks to those of other GCC countries,” he said.

Qatar Rail’s projects will greatly facilitate commuter transport

“The railway network project in Qatar comes in line with the state’s National Vision 2030,” Al Subaie asserted, and “reflects the government’s commitment to major infrastructure and setup projects as part of Qatar’s sustainable growth and development plans across its key sectors. More importantly, the project is a timely response to the Qatari people’s fast-growing need for alternative and modern means of transportation.”
Qatar Rail aims at bringing about a tangible shift in railway projects, leading three vital developments in Qatar: the Doha Metro, the Long Distance Passenger and Freight Rail, and the Lusail Light Rail Transit, which will work in full integration to connect Qatar’s key areas with each other and with their vital extensions - whereby the Doha Metro will link the capital’s inner and outer areas such as Lusail city, the New Doha International Airport, the Education City, and the West Bay area.

Al Subaie also stressed on the role Qatar Rail’s railway network projects will play in reshaping Qatar’s infrastructure, ranking among the biggest world-class, pioneer, ambitious and modern railway projects in the region, and placing Qatar among the world’s most advanced countries in the transportation sector. “Whether through construction, design or other complementary and accompanying works and projects, Qatar Rail has provided the private sector with a great deal of business and labor opportunities through its developments,” he said, adding that “among the company’s most ambitious objectives is the significant participation of Qatari private sector to the railway network projects.

Qatar Rail will directly contribute to the National Vision’s 2030 four key pillars

Qatar’s national vision 2030 stood on four key pillars, “Economic Development, Environmental Sustainability, Human Development, and Social Development, no different than the very foundations upon which Qatar Rail has built its long term vision,” added Al Subaie; Qatar Rail’s projects will create over 104 job opportunities for the Qatari private sector, he explained, with forecasts to generate over 38 billion dollars in potential revenues. Fully committed to the promotion of Qatarization, Qatar Rail has put in place several hiring, training and development schemes for the current Qatari workforce, as well as recruitment, internship, rehabilitation and grants programs providing Qatari students with the proper education and skills at Qatar’s best academic institutions – more particularly senior engineering students. This will be of great added value to Qatar Rail’s human capital, competence and efficiency in the future. Moreover, the company is committed to preserving Qatar’s natural ecosystem and environment by building an eco-friendly infrastructure for its railway network.

The execution of Qatar Rail’s projects is progressing as scheduled

Commenting on the progress of the company’s current developments, Qatar Rail’s Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Saad Al Muhannadi announced that “within a short period of time, Qatar Rail has signed on to several agreements, worth over $ 32 billion in total, to proceed with the preliminary works for the Doha Metro project and the Lusail Light Rail Transit,” whereby work for the Doha Metro projects is moving along as scheduled, and that for the Lusail Light Rail Transit has reached advanced stages. “The Long Distance Passenger and Freight Rail transportation system, which will cover 350 kilometers in distance at a speed ranging between 220 and 350 kilometers/hour for passenger trains, and nearing 120 kilometers/hours for freight trains, is currently under technical and commercial evaluation by expert consultants,” he added.

The Lusail Light Rail Transit project is advancing at great speed

With regards to the Lusail Light Rail Transit, Al Muhannadi revealed that Qatar Rail has finalized the Tunneling works for the project’s tunnels, and completed over 60 % of the structure for drilling works for its stations. Additionally, 50% of the structure of the bridge overseeing Al Khor and the Lusail Light Rail Transit, which is slated to be officially delivered by 2017, has been set up - the Lusail Light Rail Transit is composed of four lines extending to 30.5 kilometers in total, among which are 19 kilometers at ground level, 10 kilometers underground, and 1 kilometer above the ground, in addition to a 0.5 kilometers track between two high-rises. The overall project consists of a fleet of 34 trains, and 37 stations, 24 of which are on ground level, 10 are underground, one is located on the bridge level, and two connect two high-rises.

Qatar Rail is driving the transport industry forward

On a related note, Engineer Hamad El Bishri, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Program Officer at Qatar Rail, recapped the progress of the company’s current projects, highlighting the Qatari government’s sizeable investments into the country’s infrastructure over the few coming years, 25 % of which will pour solely into Qatar Rail’s transportation sector. “Qatar Rail’s developments are essential in Qatar’s urban fabric, consistently working to meet the Qatari society’s growing needs for sustainable development; public transport has become a bare infrastructural necessity for any developed market, whereby metro networks have largely contributed to the reduction of Carbon Dioxide emissions, pollution and time-wasting traffic jams. Qatar will be no exception, as the Doha Metro project will not only improve the Qatari people’s quality of life, but will also create ample opportunities for Qatari investors and industry professionals,” he said, adding that the Doha Metro makes up an essential share of the Qatari railway network.

The Doha Metro will connect Qatar’s key locations and vital commercial and residential areas

In fact, the Doha Metro network consists of four lines extended to 354 kilometers across the Greater Doha area, connecting the city’s two central points with larger commercial, residential and dynamic areas in Downtown Doha, and operating underground in busy areas, and on-and-above the ground levels in the suburbs. Moreover, the network will cover over 90 stations (currently amounting to 93), two of which are central and located in the city of Musheireb and Education city. The metro lines will be distributed as follows:

- Red Line (coastal line) will traverse Wakrah City, the Doha International Airport, Musheireb, Katara, The Pearl, and Qatar University routes.
- Gold Line (History Line), bound from east to west, connects the airport’s northern part with Souk Waqef, Musheireb, Bin Mahmoud, Al Sadd, and Al Waab
- Green Line (Education Line) trails the Al Rayyan Road and connects Education City – the very center of Qatar’s educational projects and achievements – with Musheireb and Hamad Hospital.
- Blue Line (City Line) which is a semi-circular line that connects residential and commercial areas in the West Bay and the northern part of Airport City with the main C-Ring Road.

Additionally, the network will connect the Red, Gold, Green and Blue Lines with each other which will be implemented in two phases.
The Doha Metro project will usher requirements of the increasing population growth in Qatar, where the Red Line – South will link Doha to Musheireb which will be the Major Station and the intersection of all metro lines. The Doha Metro Project will also operate underground in the center of the city.
The Red Line will link Downtown Doha to the business hub area in West Bay – extending underground to reach the new Lusail city- while its Southern extension will connect Doha to the center of Musheireb, which itself is the intersection point for all the Doha Metro lines as well as its central station. The Gold Line will link connect the Hamad International Airport to Qatar’s new national museum, Musheireb central station, and the heart of Doha. Meanwhile, the
Green Line will transport passengers to football stadiums that will be built in preparation for the World Cup 2022.
Indeed, the Doha Metro was designed to keep pace with the growing needs and size of the Qatari population, its aesthetic features fitted to Qatar’s cultural heritage and reflecting historic Islamic architecture; the network’s stations interior design characterized by the use of Vaulted Spaces and pearl-like materials, creating a sense of familiarity and warmth to Qatari commuters.
The Doha Metro project will be conducted over two stages: the first, scheduled to be completed in 2019, entails the setup of 37 stations – among which the Musheireb Station, located in the heart of Doha, will be the metro network’s headquarters and the intersection point for three of its four lines (Red, Green and Gold) – covering 84 kilometers in total length (96 kilometers underground, 11 kilometers above ground level, and 4 kilometers on ground level). In the future, Al Bishri explained, the Education City station will serve a double purpose, linking the Green Line to the Long Distance passenger rail in addition to its current trajectory. The project’s second phase, extending to 152 kilometers in total length (47 kilometers underground, 76 kilometers above ground level, and 29 kilometers on ground level) and encompassing nearly 56 stations, will be delivered by 2026.

Qatar Rail will employ advanced technology in the drilling works for tunnels

“The metro lines will operate underground in areas located in the heart of Doha. Qatar Rail will employ advanced Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) using Earth Pressure Balance (EPB) technology for the tunneling works for these underground operations, whereby a circular cutting ring will break into underground surfaces, creating cylinder cavities for the tunnels. The debris of this process will then be transferred, through the tunnels, to a “dish”, as the ring moves forward and cuts through underground concrete, supported by a hydraulic functioning system. This mechanism enables not only seamless setup of underground tunnels, but proper use of the demolished concrete as a supporting layer to the tunnels’ protection shield ,” explained Al Bishri, adding that the drilling and cavitation machinery ranks among the best in the world, and has been tailor-designed for Qatar’s geographical nature. This machinery will be spread across 10 locations in Qatar – with the disc as the only visible part of the work for underground tunnels – whereby 4 cavitation machines will be deployed at Al Bidda station, two of which will traverse the underground route toward Musheireb station, and the remaining two will cross the road to the center of West Bay through the southern part of West Gulf station.
The creation of underground tunnels will include the provision of logistical supplies to operate the EPB-powered machinery, and will be split into two phases: the first will involve underground cavitation works, and the second the setup of a proper underground infrastructure.
Qatar Rail will fully scan areas for underground tunnels before any drilling and excavation works take place, asserted Al Bishri, as it will set up several control and monitoring posts across these areas, and take precautionary measures in the face of any unforeseen problems or events; such measures include a balancing act of underground cement injections under buildings surrounding the underground stations, if needed. In fact, the EPB technology will allow the company to conduct the works for underground tunnels with little impact on residential areas located above and around these tunnels. Moreover, Qatar Rail’s TBMs for tunneling have been used in major cities worldwide (including London, Paris, New York, Zurich, Cairo, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi), and is in accordance with world-class safety and security standards for both the project’s crew and Qatari residents. As such, Al bishri assured that the works for underground tunnels will not disrupt Qatari residents’ daily lives.

Qatar Rail will build time-saving and eco-friendly projects

On another front, the Qatar Rail Development Program will offer time-saving and environment-friendly benefits; the distance from Musheireb area to Al Rayyan Stadium is estimated at 39 minutes by car, compared to 23.5 minutes by metro,” Al Muhannadi explained, “while the approximate quantity of carbon dioxide emission saved by metro transport for this distance is 2.8 kilograms –enough energy to light a lamp for 850 hours. Likewise, commuting from Musheireb to Qatar University consumes 28 minutes by car, whereas by metro, it takes 18 minutes and saves 1.9 kilograms in carbon dioxide – enough energy to operate a television set for 200 hours in 8 days. Similarly, a trip from Musheireb to Education City consumes 28 minutes by car, and emits 1.8 kilograms of carbon dioxide, whereas it is estimated at 16 minutes by metro.

Qatar Rail is committed to preserving Qatar’s natural landscape and environment by building an eco-friendly infrastructure for the railway network.

Indeed, over the past eighteen months, Qatar Rail has conducted a fifteen-volume intensive study over 100 square kilometers of Qatari territory, evaluating the possible environmental impact and footprint of the railway network projects whether during or after its completion; the results of this study have steered Qatar Rail towards the right decisions around the overall development of the network, and toward a collaborative effort with the Ministry of Environment to ensure that its projects are certified, and permits granted on the basis of its compliance with the ministry’s standards and requirements.
Qatar Rail will continuously strive to achieve world-class environmental management standards of construction, operations and development in the Middle East Region; the Doha Metro’s contribution to reducing carbon footprint in Qatar is one example. When the Doha Metro operates in full capacity by 2030, we expect 17,000 cars to be off the street, which means that we will be saving 107,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions – just about enough energy to fly around the world 21 times.

Long Distance Passenger and Freight Rail

With regards to the Long Distance Passenger and Freight Rail project, Al Bishri explained that the project consisted of three different categories: a shuttle service for GCC transit passengers and travelers, transportation services for locals, and freight transport services for international and domestic routes. The project will be executed over four phases – with plans to initiate the enabling works in 2015 and complete the fourth and final phase in 2030 -and its network extended to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the New Doha Port, and Qatar’s Hamad International Airport; indeed, the project’s first phase entails connecting Doha with Mesaieed and the Saudi Arabia border, the second phase will link west Doha to Hamad International Airport and Bahrain, the third phase will link Doha and west Doha to Ras Laffan, as for the fourth phase it will consist of building the remaining lines for passenger and freight transport.

publié le 10 November 2013

Qatar Rail Supports the Fourth Civil Defence Exhibition and Conference

presse release

The Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail), the company overseeing the construction of the integrated railway network in Qatar, is sponsoring the Fourth Civil Defence Exhibition and Conference as a contribution to the awareness efforts that the General Directorate of Civil Defence is making. The event will take place from the 11th till the 13th of November, under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

Eng. Saad Ahmed Al Muhanadi, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Rail has signed an agreement which states Qatar Rail is a platinum sponsor of the Fourth civil defence exhibition and conference. The agreement was signed with Brigadier Staff Abdulla Mohammed AL Suweidi, Director General of the General Administration of Civil Defence and the chairman of organizing committee of the event. The event is organized by Al Sharq media services.
Eng. Saad Ahmed Al-Muhanadi emphasised that Qatar Rail’s participation in the Civil Defence Conference and Exhibition comes within the coordination and cooperation to enhance safety and security procedures. He added that the event is the most important event that is dedicated to the safety and security field.
Al Muhanadi said: “The Company is interested in what the world is witnessing in the field of safety equipment, indicating that the Railways sector is taking mush attention to safety measures.”
Qatar Rail’s Chief Executive Officer praised the efforts of the civil defence in raising awareness of safety.
He added that Qatar Rail’s program is considered one of the main programs that will contribute to uplifting Qatar to the level of developed and prosperous countries and make it maintain the highest levels of living and welfare to its people by 2030.
The State of Qatar started executing the integrated railway network for passengers and freight. The Doha Metro, Lusail Light Rail Transit and Long Distance: Passenger and Freight Rail projects will lead to reduce the traffic and connect Qatar with the neighbouring countries. The Qatar Rail’s Program is one of the basic and main pillars of the development of Qatar; it will be the safest system and most environmentally friendly one in the world. This system will meet the developing Qatari society requirements.

publié le 6 February 2013

Qatar Rail to participate in UN GIS conference

press release

[# Qatar Rail, the company overseeing the construction of the much-anticipated integrated railway network, will participate in the upcoming United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Conference that will be held at the Qatar National Conference Center from the 4th to the 6th of February.#]

[#GIS (Global Information System) is a system whereby hardware, software, and data are utilized to manage, analyze and display all forms of geographically-relevant information. The system is integral in any large scale construction and development projects, playing a crucial role in planning. As a result, Qatar Rail uses a variety of state-of-the-art technologies that support various operations including land acquisition, public approvals, alignment design, logistics, and visualization.

“I am proud that GIS technology is heavily promoted throughout Qatar Rail and whole-heartedly support its use and implementation in all aspects of our work,” said Qatar Rail Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Saad Al Muhannadi. “GIS is vital to our operations especially that we are close in launching the construction phase of the rail and metro project.”

In order for GIS to work for Qatar Rail’s unique and challenging requirements, the company custom-designed a bespoke application integrating Google Earth’s platform to securely disseminate over 200 geospatial datasets to hundreds of Qatar Rail staff and stakeholders. Numerous other GIS applications for desktop and mobile platforms have been developed using a combination of open source and commercial software packages. These applications ensure that Qatar Rail staff across multiple disciplines are kept up to date with the latest developments of this complex and fast changing project.

“ I have no doubt in my mind that the future of GIS at Qatar Rail is bright and promising,” added Al Mohanndi, “We will continue to exploit existing GIS technologies and develop our own in our quest to deliver a world-class integrated railway system for Qatar.”

Qatar Rail’s participation in the UN-GGIM Conference is part of a long-held tradition in the firm in participating and supporting high-profile events in Qatar and abroad. These forums provide an ideal platform for the company to discuss pertinent issues in the industry, exchange current best practices, and share experiences, raising Qatar Rail’s profile as a thought-leader in transportation and rail matters.#]

publié le 27 February 2014

Qatar Rail visits HERRENKNECHT factory for to unveil the Doha Metro’s first Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM)

press release

The State of Qatar is pursuing a large and ambitious vision destined to provide the highest standards of living to the country and its citizens by the year 2030. An important component for this is a modern transport infrastructure. Consequently the capital Doha, chronically plagued by congestion, is to receive a completely new, very efficient metro system. The company Herrenknecht was charged with the delivery of 15 high-tech tunnel boring machines for this purpose. Today the Minister of Transport, HE Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, took a closer look at a first tunnel boring machine for this major project at the Herrenknecht plant in Schwanau together with the former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

The motto for the construction of the new Metro Doha in Qatar says it all: "Accomplishing a Vision". Each of the 15 machines made by Herrenknecht for this huge expansion project will take this motto with it while building the tunnels beneath the capital of Qatar.

Today at the Herrenknecht plant in Schwanau the Minister of Transport , HE Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, with his delegation composed of senior representatives of the client Qatar Rail and the joint venture QDVC / GS Engineering & Construction / Al Darwish Engineering as well as the Consul of Qatar, inspected the first machine completely finished and ready for use.

During his visit Minister H.E Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti underscored the enormous importance of this project for Doha and the land of Qatar:

“Qatar holds its hopes and aspirations for the future in accordance with the Qatar National Vision 2030. One of the most important elements in fulfilling this Vision is the infrastructure of the country itself. As such, we have allocated tremendous resources and a generous budget for upgrading Qatar’s infrastructure, to which Qatar Rail’s Doha Metro project is also included.

Engineer Abdulla Abdulaziz Turki Al Subaie, Managing Director of Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail), added:

“Qatar Rail has placed full faith in Herrenknecht’s abilities to deliver exceptional quality products with attention to detail; that’s why this firm has been selected to supply us with the TBMs.

The budget allocated to us will allow us to deliver a state-of-the-art rail system that will give confidence to citizens and residents alike that the network will be unquestionable when it comes to security, comfort, and reliability.

Of course, the benefits of our projects go beyond the transportation sector, and a positive impact will be felt socio-economically and environmentally.”

Eng. Saad Ahmed Al Muhannadi, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) commented on the importance of the TBM’s technical aspects for the Doha Metro project:

“Tunnel-boring machines are important to the Doha Metro project as there is minimal interference in the day-to-day life of people working and living in Doha as a vast majority of work is done underground with only one point of entry. In addition, the environmental impact is also minimal, with almost no pollutants released into the air or into the groundwater.

A decision will be made soon to determine the best TBM for Qatar’s geological makeup; however, the EPBs and Slurry Shield types are most suitable.”

Martin Herrenknecht, founder and Chairman of the Board of Management of Herrenknecht AG, thanked the Minister, the client representatives and the contractors for the great confidence in top German technology: "With our high-tech tunnel boring machines and absolute reliability we will contribute everything possible to ensuring Doha gets a metro tunnel system to the highest global standards."

The Lehwaila and Al Wakra Earth Pressure Balance (EPB) shield with a diameter of 7,050 mm and a cutting head drive of 1120 kW was ordered by the joint venture QDVC/GS Engineering /Al Darwish. The joint venture is responsible for the construction of the metro section Red Line South. The "Red Line" will not only handle the bulk of the national transport and connect the most important stadiums of the football World Cup in 2022. As a central line it also connects the city with the airport and the Westbay Central.

For the expansion of the first section of the Doha Metro Herrenknecht is currently supplying a total of 15 Earth Pressure Balance shield tunnel boring machines. By the year 2019 they are to drive about 90 kilometers of tunnel through the limestone foundation of the Qatari capital for the Red Line South, Red Line North and the Green Line.

Further plans envisage the completion of a second section by 2026. Then the Doha metro with 93 stations, four lines and over 354 kilometers total length will connect the residential and business centers of the capital with each other and with the suburbs.
Qatar Rail

Established in 2011, the Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail), was established to design and implement an integrated and world-class railway system for the State of Qatar. Currently one of the largest rail projects in the world, Qatar Rail aims to construct a new rail network, which is environmentally friendly, technologically advanced، and will meet the demands of the rapidly expanding population of Qatar.
Supporting each of the four pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030, Qatar Rail will develop a safe, efficient, integrated public transportation network which will provide an attractive and competitive alternative to private transport, capable of achieving a significant modal share. Qatar Rail will be responsible for the design, construction, commissioning, operation، and maintenance of the entire rail network and systems and will ultimately own and manage Qatar’s rail network.
The rail project will form a fundamental and integral element of the National Development Strategy 2011-2016, and will act as a catalyst in realising Qatar’s National Vision.
The individual rail projects will comprise of the Doha Metro, Long Distance Network, and Lusail Light Rail Transit (LRT).

Herrenknecht AG
Herrenknecht is the only company worldwide to deliver tunnel boring machines for all ground conditions and all diameters – ranging from 0.10 to 19 meters. The product range comprises tailor-made machines for traffic, supply and disposal tunnels as well as additional equipment and service packages. Herrenknecht also manufactures drilling rigs for vertical and inclined shafts as well as deep drilling rigs. In 2012 the Herrenknecht Group achieved total revenues of 1.135 billion euros. The Herrenknecht Group employs around 5,000 people worldwide, including over 200 trainees. With 78 domestic and overseas subsidiaries and associated companies working in related fields Herrenknecht provides comprehensive services close to each project and customer.

publié le 5 July 2011

Qatar Selects Gemalto Solution to Secure eGovernment Services

Press release

[#Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, announces it has been selected by Qatar’s Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR), to deploy the Coesys eGov 2.0 solution for eGovernment in Qatar. Using Qatari citizens’ national eID card as a strong authentication token, the solution will boost usage and enhance access security of their national eGovernment services portal – the Hukoomi. Qatar plans to expand the existing service to integrate more than 50 eGovernment initiatives over the next years.#]

[# “Gemalto is a long-standing trusted partner with a strong presence in the Middle East and has a proven track record of eGovernment solutions all around the world”

Qatari citizens, as well as residents holding an electronic identity document, will enjoy considerable ease of access to their national eGovernment services from the comfort of their homes, and perform administrative procedures such as visa application, commercial registration, electricity bill payment or health card renewal. In addition, users will be able to digitally sign official documents and forms on the web. Gemalto is also providing the associated services including software integration, training, support and maintenance.

The Gemalto solution requires no additional software installation by the end-user, they simply use their eID card as the single credential and a personal code to authenticate themselves. This pioneering technology allows web applications running in a standard web browser to seamlessly access a smart card connected to the user’s computer, thereby enhancing the security and usability of web applications. This also enables the Hukoomi portal to dynamically deploy and update its services in a transparent way for the citizens.

“Gemalto is a long-standing trusted partner with a strong presence in the Middle East and has a proven track record of eGovernment solutions all around the world,” commented Mohannad Oman Naim, Service Delivery Manager from ictQATAR. “The Coesys 2.0 solution is a key enabler to modernize our government services.”

“Building on the successful deployment of eID cards in Qatar, Gemalto is pleased to continue supporting the Qatari government to deliver new citizen-centric solutions,” added Hisham Surakhi Sales Director Middle East Government Programs at Gemalto. “Qatar is a pioneering country spearheading the eGovernment services of tomorrow, with convenience and security which open more access to eGovernment services for a greater number of citizens.”

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2010 annual revenues of €1.9 billion and over 10,000 employees operating out of 87 offices and 13 Research & Development centers in 45 countries.

Gemalto is at the heart of our evolving digital society. Billions of people worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain, and work—anytime, anywhere, in ways that are convenient, enjoyable and secure. Gemalto delivers on the growing demands for personal mobile services, identity protection, payment security, authenticated online services, cloud computing access, modern transportation, e-healthcare and e-government services. Gemalto does this by providing secure software, a wide range of secure personal devices, and managed services to wireless operators, banks, enterprises and government agencies.

Gemalto is the world leader for electronic passports and identity cards, two-factor authentication devices for online protection, smart credit/debit and contactless payment cards, as well as subscriber identification modules (SIM) and universal integrated circuit cards (UICC) in mobile phones. Also, in the emerging machine-to-machine applications Gemalto is a leading supplier of wireless modules and machine identification modules (MIM). To operate these solutions and remotely manage the software and confidential data contained in the secure devices Gemalto also provides server platforms, consulting, training, and managed services to help its customers achieve their goals.

As the use of Gemalto’s software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the Company is poised to thrive over the coming years.

For more information visit www.gemalto.com#]

publié le 2 November 2009

Qatar: Air Liquide have signed a Long-term supply agreement with Oryx GTL

Gas-to-liquid technology, which consists of converting natural gas into liquid fuels,
is an attractive option for making the most of abundant gas reserves. This technology
produces a fuel that has the high energy efficiency of diesel while producing less
pollution.

[#Oryx GTL is a SASOL / Qatar Petroleum joint venture that produces clean diesel,
naphtha and LPG. Its first commercial gas-to-liquids (GTL) unit located in Ras
Laffan, Qatar, is the largest GTL unit in service in the world. GTL production capacity
is rapidly increasing in Qatar thanks to the North Field, the world’s biggest reserve of
natural gas.
Oryx GTL and GASAL Q.S.C., Air Liquide’s subsidiary in Qatar, have signed a
long-term oxygen supply agreement after Oryx GTL decided to increase its
production capacity. GASAL will invest US$70 million (more than €47 million)
in a new oxygen and nitrogen production unit with a capacity of 750 tonnes of
oxygen per day.
The new unit, designed and built by Air Liquide Engineering, will be commissioned
at the end of 2010. It will further reinforce GASAL’s industrial gas production asset
base in Ras Laffan Industrial City. GASAL will then have two production sites in
this key industrial basin, thanks to the successful start-up earlier this year of a
nitrogen unit for Ras Laffan Olefin Company.
Besides, the new GASAL unit will be the base for gaseous nitrogen supply to
GASAL’s nitrogen pipeline network currently under construction in Ras
Laffan. The total production capacity of nitrogen available in the network will be more
than 1,500 tonnes per day. This ASU will also produce liquid gases which will serve
as a reliable source for other customers in Qatar and in neighboring countries.

Pierre Dufour, Senior Executive Vice-President of the Air Liquide Group,
responsible for the Middle East Region, commented: “ With this new, large scale
project in Qatar, Air Liquide is proud to be the selected outsourcing partner of
Oryx GTL through its subsidiary GASAL. We will be able to support the
growing needs of our long-term customer Sasol and of our partner Qatar
Petroleum. It is a further illustration of Air Liquide’s commitment to the
development of emerging economies, one of the Group’s growth drivers
.”
#]

www.airliquide.com

publié le 30 April 2014

Qatar: Al Meera Bookstore opens three WHSmith Stores in Doha

press release

Al Meera Bookstore Company (SPC), a subsidiary wholly-owned by Al Meera Consumer Goods Company, opened three WHSmith Stores in Hayat Plaza at Al Aziziya, Ezdan Mall at Gharrafah District, and Nuaija Mall at Al Hilal.

Al Meera Bookstore Company is the exclusive franchise owner of WHSmith brand in Qatar Malls, one of the largest bookstores in UK.
The three stores, newly opened, offer an array of new and popular releases of classic and best-selling books to reading fans. Furthermore, the bookstores promise to make available various and comprehensive information on a variety subjects.
The stores will also include gifts, schools items, stationery, and other high quality college supplies. In addition to the unique book offer, WHSmith Nuaija branch exclusively provides all book lovers with a calm and relaxing atmosphere at the WHSmith café.
Reading is one of the top priorities of officials in the Education field around the world. It is considered as the main method for students to discover the environment around them, and the ideal tool to enhance their creativity, and to develop their abilities to compliment the academic roles of school and university.
The State of Qatar is working hard to encourage the Qatari society to read by hosting academic lectures and seminars related to this field, and no effort is being spared to make reading an important component of the society .
“Al Meera Bookstore Company, bringing the products of leading bookstores to Qatar, aims to provide the society with the most useful information, and instill the passion of reading among the community’s segments. In this way, Al Meera contributes in achieving the human and social development pillars of Qatar’s National Vision 2030, with supporting the State of Qatar in transferring from a hydrocarbon-based economy to a knowledge-based economy”, Dr. Mohamed bin Nasser Al Qahtani, Al Meera Deputy CEO said.
“Al Meera Bookstore Company will offer library services that meet the requirements and needs of our students, researchers, and academics, based on modern scientific research methods using a state of art technology. Through WHSmith stores, our customers will have access to selected sources of information, helping them boost their education level, sense of creativity and enhance their active contribution to building the society. These stores will also offer all stationary requirements to all ages and students classes’, he added.
Aware of the fact that Qatar is growing in every sphere, along with a boom in population that is fuelling a growing interest among the population to learn more about culture, Al Meera plans to open more stores in the coming years to meet the demands of customers.
British retailer “WHSmith”, internationally known as “SMITHS”, is well-known for its stores located in public streets, railway stations, airports, hospitals, stores, where books, stationary, magazines, newspapers, and lifestyle products are sold. The headquarters of the company is located in Swindon, Wiltshire, England. The retail company is listed in London Exchange.

publié le 29 October 2015

Qatar: Al Meera records QR 137 million net profit and 12.1% increase in sales for the nine month period ended September 30, 2015

press release

Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C.) recently disclosed its third quarter financial statements for the nine month period ended September 30, 2015. Sales for the period grew 12.1%, to QR 1.80 billion from QR 1.61 billion, compared to the same period in 2014.

Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani, Al Meera Deputy Chief Executive Officer said: “Profit from the retail segment surged 53.8% to QR 85.6 million, compared to QR 55.6 million for the corresponding period of 2014, and profit from the leasing segment rose 12.8%, from QR 29.2 million to QR 33.0 million". He added: "Net profit from Investment Segment was down by 76.3% to QR 18.1 million, compared to QR 76.2 million for the same period in 2014, due to adverse Qatar stock market conditions”.

Al Meera’s financial results come as a result of the company’s successful expansion plans to serve the diverse communities in the state of Qatar and meet the needs of all citizens and residents wherever they are, with competitive prices that take into account all segments of society.

The results also showed a net profit attributable to owners of the company amounting to QR 137.0 million for the nine month period ended September 30, 2015, down by QR 24.1 million, compared to QR 161.1 million for the same period in 2014, due to decline in net profit from investment segment. Earnings per share for the period were QR 6.85, compared to QR 8.05 for the same period of last year.

Al Qahtani continued: “These results clearly demonstrate Al Meera’s ascending performance throughout the years. We are glad to maintain this growth with achieving an ambitious expansion plan involving 40 branches in the State of Qatar. Our aim is to not only increase our retail space, but also to broaden our product offerings to all our customers. This strategy prioritizes the benefit of everyone in the country - shareholders and clienteles alike”.

Within its framework to expand its outlets in all areas of Qatar, Al Meera has begun the construction works on several other branches as part of its expansion strategy to construct 14 new shopping malls across the State, located in Sailiya North, Bu Sidra, Al Wakra 3, Umm Slal Ali, Leabaib 1, Leabaib 2, Rawdat Aba El-Heran, Azghawa, Al Khor, Um Qarn, Rawdat Al Hamama, Jeryan Jenaihat, Al Sailiya and Ain Khaled.

For more information, please visit Al Meera website: www.almeera.com

publié le 5 March 2015

Qatar: Al Meera records QR 226.6 million Net Profit for the year ended December 31, 2014 with 15.5% growth

press release

Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (QSC) recently disclosed its annual financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2014, recording major growth in its net profit and earnings per share.

Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Qahtani, Al Meera Deputy Chief Executive Officer said: "Al Meera’s profits for the year 2014 has grown intensely as net profit grew by 15.5% percent, from QR 196.1 million to QR 226.6 million, compared to the same period in 2013." He added: "The Company’s Earning per Share (EPS) amounted to QR 11.33 as of December 31, 2014 versus QR 10.27 for the corresponding period in 2013. Meanwhile, Al Meera’s Board of Directors has recommended distributing a cash dividend of QR 9 per share, which is equivalent to 90% of the nominal share value. Notably, the company’s revenue also reached QR 2.2 billion, which is 11.8% higher than 2013."
The latest Al Meera’s financial results come as the company maintains its expansion plans adhering to its motto “the Favourite Neighbourhood Retailer” and aiming to serve the diverse communities in the state of Qatar and meet the needs of all citizens and residents wherever they are, with competitive prices that take into account all segments of society. Al Meera also aims through these plans to achieve greater profitability for its shareholders.
In this regard, Dr. Al Qahtani noted: "The year 2014 saw a remarkable success not only at the profits level but in regards to our ongoing expansion plan. The past year has witnessed the completion of nine new state-of-the-art community shopping malls located at Muraikh, Al Azizia, Muaither, Jeryan Nejaima, Thakhira, Al Wakra, Al Thumama, Al Wajba, Rawdat Ekdeem in addition to a rental branch ready to open at Gulf Mall. The projects aim to fulfill the different and daily needs of Qatar’s residents wherever they are. For that, soft openings were already held at Al Azizia and Muraikh while Muaither branch will be opening in two days”.
He added: "To expand our reach to more local communities in Qatar, we also have fourteen additional new malls in Qatar currently under construction. Building works kicked off in Sailiya North, Umm Salal Ali, Bu Sidra, and Al Wakra 2, while the construction phase is expected to end in 2015 in the malls of Leabaib 1, Leabaib 2, Rawdat Aba El-Herran, Azghawa, Al Khor, Um Qarn, Rawdat Al Hamama, Jeryan Junaihat, Al Sailiya, and Ain Khaled. Once the construction phase is completed, Al Meera will be ready to open its new modern malls to the public after receiving all related approvals from the concerned governmental departments”.
Al Meera’s new branches are constructed in a modern and contemporary design which includes a supermarket, along with shops, restaurants and other stores. The malls are also constructed in accordance with international standards and equipped with the latest interior designs and lighting systems that ensure a distinctive shopping experience. The additional malls will be built to the same international and stringent specifications, and will have the similar “look and feel” as the nine new malls.

publié le 29 August 2010

Qatar: Doha Aviation Summit, October 30th - November 1st, 2010

[#After the phenomenal success of last year’s annual, the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority and naseba are proud to
present this year’s summit, which promises to be bigger and better than ever before. This is a focused platform for
influential international and regional decision makers from across the industry to meet, discuss and decide on the
future of aviation.#]

[#Committed to gathering aviation thought leaders from across the globe, the summit will discuss some of the industry’s most pressing issues.

The three-day event features high profile keynotes, CEO panels and exclusive networking sessions for open discussions on regulatory reforms and topical issues.

This is the ideal initiative to open up opportunities for growth between the Arab states and the international aviation market.

Topics open for debate and direction include:

  • Greener aviation
  • Alternative fuels – Qatar leading the way
  • Open skies policy and ATC openness
  • Lessons learnt from the volcanic ash cloud over Europe and the way forward
  • Managing recovery - clearer skies ahead
  • Tackling the human resource challenge
  • Efficient route management and cross-border partnerships.
  • Aviation financing
  • The IT revolution in the aviation industry#]

www.dohaaviationsummit.com

publié le 16 May 2010

Qatar: dual success in helium market for Air Liquide

[#While helium is scarce worldwide, the helium market is growing steadily, by an
average of +4% a year, due to the development of technology in many market
segments such as medical, electronics, fiber optics, space etc. Qatar has been a
major helium producer since 2005, and its position in the Middle East makes it an
ideal supplier for both Europe and Asia.#]

[#
In this context, Air Liquide announces that it has been awarded a contract by
RasGas Company Limited on behalf of Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company
Limited (3) and Qatargas Liquefied Gas Company (2, 3 and 4), for a large turn-key
helium extraction, purification and liquefaction unit to be installed in
Ras Laffan, Qatar*. The new unit will be the largest in the world, with a production
capacity of 38 million m3 of helium per year. The technology used to purify and
liquefy helium at very low temperature (-269°C) is a proprietary Air Liquide
advanced technology. For this project, Air Liquide will provide the largest helium
liquefier in the world, which will be operated by RasGas.
This project arises out of the existing partnership between Air Liquide, RasGas and
Qatargas, which was formed for the successful development of a previous helium
unit on the same site in 2003. The combined production of these two units will be
58 million m3 per year, making Qatar a leading producer of helium, with 25% of
worldwide production.
Moreover, under a long-term agreement with Rasgas and Qatargas, Air Liquide will
be entitled to purchase 50% of the helium volumes produced by this new unit.
Access to this major helium source, combined with the acquisition of the
international supplier and distributor Pure Helium in 2008, will position the Group as
one of the main players in the worldwide helium market.

François Darchis, Senior Vice-President, Air Liquide Group, and a member of the
Executive Committee, commented: “Air Liquide is particularly proud of this
worldwide first, which demonstrates our capacity to meet major complex
needs thanks to our industrial and technical expertise. Qatar is a strategic
supply source of helium for the years to come and Air Liquide will
significantly strengthen its worldwide helium supply position as well as its
leadership in the Middle East.”#]

airliquide.com

publié le 8 May 2010

Qatar: dual success in helium market for Air Liquide

[#While helium is scarce worldwide, the helium market is growing steadily, by an
average of +4% a year, due to the development of technology in many market
segments such as medical, electronics, fiber optics, space etc. Qatar has been a
major helium producer since 2005, and its position in the Middle East makes it an
ideal supplier for both Europe and Asia.#]

[#
In this context, Air Liquide announces that it has been awarded a contract by
RasGas Company Limited on behalf of Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company
Limited (3) and Qatargas Liquefied Gas Company (2, 3 and 4), for a large turn-key
helium extraction, purification and liquefaction unit to be installed in
Ras Laffan, Qatar*. The new unit will be the largest in the world, with a production
capacity of 38 million m3 of helium per year. The technology used to purify and
liquefy helium at very low temperature (-269°C) is a proprietary Air Liquide
advanced technology. For this project, Air Liquide will provide the largest helium
liquefier in the world, which will be operated by RasGas.
This project arises out of the existing partnership between Air Liquide, RasGas and
Qatargas, which was formed for the successful development of a previous helium
unit on the same site in 2003. The combined production of these two units will be
58 million m3 per year, making Qatar a leading producer of helium, with 25% of
worldwide production.
Moreover, under a long-term agreement with Rasgas and Qatargas, Air Liquide will
be entitled to purchase 50% of the helium volumes produced by this new unit.
Access to this major helium source, combined with the acquisition of the
international supplier and distributor Pure Helium in 2008, will position the Group as
one of the main players in the worldwide helium market.

François Darchis, Senior Vice-President, Air Liquide Group, and a member of the
Executive Committee, commented: “Air Liquide is particularly proud of this
worldwide first, which demonstrates our capacity to meet major complex
needs thanks to our industrial and technical expertise. Qatar is a strategic
supply source of helium for the years to come and Air Liquide will
significantly strengthen its worldwide helium supply position as well as its
leadership in the Middle East.”#]

airliquide.com

publié le 31 March 2011

QATARI DIAR fast-tracks establishment of Qatar Railways Company in line with Qatar’s 2022 development needs

[#QATARI DIAR Real Estate Investment Company, an international leader in sustainable development, announced today a series of new appointments to the Board of Directors for the Qatar Railways Company (QRC), a subsidiary of the QATARI DIAR Group dedicated to developing the rail industry in the State of Qatar. The announcement comes as part of QATARI DIAR’s initiatives to lead infrastructure and development efforts corresponding with the country’s successful bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.#]

[#Ghanem bin Saad Al Saad chairs the company’s Board of Directors along with Sheikh Saud bin Nasser Al Thani, Vice Chairman of the Board. The remaining Board members include:

· Eng. Ali Al Abdullah

· Eng. Mohammed bin Ali Al Hedfa

· Nasser Al Mawlawi

· Saad Rashid Al Mohannadi

· Abdullah Al Subaie

Ghanem bin Saad Al Saad, Managing Director of QATARI DIAR and Chairman of the Qatar Railways Company Board of Directors, commented, "This step provides a number of benefits for the people of Qatar; the rail network will help to alleviate motor congestion in Qatar, ensure greater safety for travelers, invigorate tourism, and support the national economy. We look forward to starting our work to establish this state-of-the-art, integrated rail network as quickly as possible- connecting various railways around Qatar as well as other rail networks across the Gulf."

Qatar Railways Company, a private and independent company, was founded to support and coordinate the growth of Qatar’s rail industry. In addition to securing the resources, personnel and organizational requirements necessary to ensure the rail sector’s sustainability, the Qatar Railways Company will also develop the appropriate legal and legislative frameworks to ensure that all local and international regulations are met. As Qatar’s premier railway authority, the Qatar Railways Company will oversee the management, operation and maintenance of all local railways and lead coordination efforts with regional and international rail networks.

In creating Qatar’s much-anticipated state-of-the-art integrated railway network, the Qatar Railways Company will manage the development of the West Bay People Mover, Lusail City’s Light-Rail Transit system, and the integrated Qatar Railways Project, which will incorporate a metro system, long-distance passenger travel, and freight transport.

Al Saad added, "We at the Qatar Railways Company are fully dedicated to realizing the progressive vision of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar. In line with the 2030 National Vision, we are incorporating the highest international development standards as we look to achieve a revolution in Qatar’s transport and transit industry. Our fully-integrated national railway network will be one of the largest projects of its kind in the Middle East, and will provide more than 7,000 jobs upon completion."

In November 2009, QATARI DIAR represented by Ghanem bin Saad al Saad and Dr. Ruediger Grube, Chairman and CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG, signed a joint venture to establish the Qatar Railways Development Company (QRDC). QRDC, administered by the Qatar Railways Company, wholly owned by QATARI DIAR, is the sole entity responsible for developing and integrating Qatar’s visionary railway network. Connecting Qatar’s network to neighboring countries, QRDC will create the region’s most comfortable, reliable, and safe railway system for transporting residents, visitors and cargo throughout Doha and beyond.

Qatar Railways Development Company, a 51/49 joint venture between QATARI DIAR, represented by Qatar Railways Company, and DB, will be the sole entity responsible for developing and integrating Qatar’s visionary railway network, encompassing a range of transport modes such as metro systems, long distance passenger travel, and freight transport. QRDC will unify all planned railways in Qatar, including the Doha metro, Lusail light rail, and West Bay people movers. QRDC will also connect Qatar’s network to neighboring countries via the Bahrain-Qatar causeway, to create the region’s first fully integrated railway system. By combining traditional elements with state-of-the art modern features, QRDC will create the region’s most comfortable, reliable, and safe railway system.

QATARI DIAR has already completed initial studies of the project, and agreed on the preliminary design for the integrated railway network.

- Ends-

About QATARI DIAR Real Estate Investment Company:
Wholly owned by the Qatar Investment Authority, QATARI DIAR Real Estate Investment Company was established in December 2005 to support Qatar’s growing economy and to co-ordinate the country’s real estate development priorities. Qatari Diar is currently involved in more than 35 signature projects in more than 20 countries around the world.

Qatari Diar is becoming established as one of the world’s most trusted and respected real estate companies because of its commitment to quality, local community, partnership and hallmark sustainability.

Qatari Diar’s hallmark vision of sustainable development places community and local traditions at the forefront. The Company aims to create and manage property investments and developments which not only comply with the best international standards, but which also strongly reflect local culture and values. As a result, Qatari Diar’s projects deliver a distinctive and sustainable social, economic and environmental benefit to the community. In addition, Qatari Diar often enables local and international developers and investors to partner in its projects, and to work together in exploring other opportunities, both locally and internationally.

www.qataridiar.com

For further information, kindly contact:
Khaled Ramadan - Brown Lloyd James
+974 6655 7667, khaledr@brownlloydjames.com#]

publié le 16 January 2011

QInvest Acquires a Stake in Leading Indian Education Company

[#QInvest, Qatar’s leading investment bank, has acquired a stake in FIITJEE Limited, India’s leading test preparation company for engineering and medical entrance examinations.#]

[#FIITJEE was founded in 1992 by Dinesh Kumar Goel initially to train students for the highly competitive entrance examinations for the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Currently, the Company has in excess of 30,000 students enrolled in its coaching programs across 50 centers and 35 integrated school programs in India and the Middle East. The Company’s programs have consistently delivered superior results, with IIT acceptance rates of its students ten times above the national average. FIITJEE has recently expanded its programs to include training for SAT, Olympiads and National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), a national level scholarship program in India to identify and nurture talented students.

Commenting on the deal, Dinesh Kumar Goel, Chairman of FIITJEE, said: “Partnering with QInvest will help FIITJEE establish a stronger presence in the Middle East, as education represents the key priority in the region, especially Qatar.”

Anuj Khanna, Head of Investment Management at QInvest, said: “We are very impressed by FIITJEE’s growth and consistent track record over the past decade. Every year in excess of 450,000 students aspire for approximately 9,000 slots at one of the coveted IITs and the number of aspirants continues to increase. The test preparation market in India is estimated to be approximately $2bn and is growing at a rate of 15-20%. FIITJEE is uniquely positioned amongst its competitors as a result of its superior course content, faculty and teaching skills, pan-India presence and outstanding reputation.”#]
www.qinvest.com

publié le 2 November 2011

R-SERVICED OFFICES OPEN IN BUSINESS BAY

press release

[#The successful Serviced Office provider R-Serviced Offices has increased its presence in the UAE by opening a second premium location in the highly sought-after Crystal Towers in Business Bay.
Conceived and built by master developer Reef Real Estate Investments, Crystal Towers is considered one of the most prized commercial locations in Business Bay and houses the flagship hotel of the Radisson Blu group.#]

[#
H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Mohammed Zayed Saqer Al Nahyan, Managing Director, Reef Real Estate Investments and Chairman of R-Serviced Offices stated, “Few commercial addresses carry more prestige than Crystal Towers. We are very optimistic about these new additions to our portfolio of offices in the Middle East. As an Emirati owned and founded business, it reflects our continued drive and commitment to the region."
R-Offices Chief Executive Ian Lloyd, commented, “R Team is extremely proud to announce the launch of our second operation in Dubai. It is all about working smarter through leveraged office design that both capitalizes on the newest innovations and serves the emerging needs of the corporate world. This premier location will enable us to meet the customer demand, for flexible, high performance, cost effective, quality Serviced Office space in the thriving Business Bay area”.
Ready-to-use offices are considered ideal options for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that constitute about 50% of the total number of businesses in Dubai. These are a great choice for companies branching out too, both locally and internationally.

R-Serviced Offices currently provides office space to some of the world’s leading oil and gas corporations and blue chip entities such as LUK Oil, OMV, Weatherford’s to name but a few. Ian said “We received an enthusiastic response from the international business community to our first location at Reef Tower in the DMCC Free-Zone and expect the same positive reaction to Business Bay. We launched R Offices in August 2009 with one floor of serviced office space. Within 18 months, we quickly grew to 13 floors spanning approximately 150,000 Sq ft.”
H.H. Sheikh Ahmed stressed, “We are expanding because we see the right opportunities. The market outlook is much more positive now. Dubai is still viewed as an important and strategic location for businesses to have a presence. With the city becoming affordable, this is a good time for foreign companies to establish themselves within Dubai. In fact, there are a growing number of companies embracing serviced offices. We have also witnessed considerable movement of offices within the city from conventional office spaces to serviced offices due to better location, value for money, quality and convenience.”

With tenants competing for space, industry experts point out, “it would not be too long before rents, tempered by the recession, would rise and incentives for tenants, a staple of the office market since the credit crisis of 2007, would recede significantly.”
Like all R-Serviced Offices suites, each office at Crystal Towers comes fully furnished and at a competitive monthly rate. The offices can be rented on a short or long-term basis with flexible lease terms and pricing options.
The centre’s efficient and discreet, yet attentive personnel offer all clients secretarial and office administration services including personalized call answering and mail handling assistance. The business centre has a variety of business support facilities that include meeting rooms and video conferencing equipment.
Approximately 15 million sq ft of office space was added to the market in 2010, taking total office space in Dubai to 48 million sq ft. For 2011 an addition of 12 million sq ft of commercial space was projected taking vacancy levels to approximately 40 per cent. The market has displayed remarkable resilience despite new supply. H.H. Sheikh Ahmed said, “Much of the new supply has been absorbed without any significant detrimental impact on leasing rates. Dubai’s future office supply is expected to be 30 % less than what was anticipated from 2011 to 2013 as a result of the government’s policy to control oversupply.”
He continued, “These are truly exciting times in the expansion and development of R Offices as we plan to grow the business further in Q1 2012 with the opening of a third business centre in Abu Dhabi at Al Bateen Executive Airport in partnership with Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC).” R-Serviced Offices is eyeing several other opportunities with ADAC.

The Business Bay site provides easy access to the Metro. Business Bay and Dubai Mall stations are within walking distance and Dubai’s International airport is just 10 kilometres away.
Key attractions near the Crystal Tower Downtown location include:
Burj Khalifa: 1 km, short walk
Dubai Mall: 1 km, short walk
Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre: 5 km, 10-minute drive
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC): 5 km, 5-minute drive
Dubai World Trade Centre: 5 km, 10-minute drive

For R Sales enquires and to book a tour of one of our locations call 04-350-7777 for Business Bay or 04-448-7111 for Reef JLT or visit http://www.r-offices.com #]

publié le 11 January 2011

RAK Airways adds fifth destination to route network

[# RAK Airways, a national carrier of the UAE, has added a fifth destination to its growing route network with flights to Cairo, Egypt. Effective December 15th 2010 RAK Airways will offer three flights a week to Cairo.#]

[#
RAK Airways Chairman Sheikh Omar Bin Saqr Al Qassimi said, "With the announcement of our fifth destination to Cairo, Egypt, RAK Airways has highlighted its commitment to expanding its’ route network. We are pleased to have delivered on our mandate of adding three additional routes for our passengers within two months of launching our operation."

"With new destinations to Cairo, Dhaka and Chittagong set for take-off on December 15th, RAK Airways will be able to further enhance our high-value offering. With our competitive fares, load factors on our inaguaural routes have been extremely positive and we are optimistic that we will be able to replicate this success with our Egypt and Bangladesh routes,� Sheikh Omar added. RAK Airways new routes will be served by two Boeing 737- 800’s.

Included in the price of each RAK Airways flight is a full hot meal and beverages on-board all flights, a baggage allowance of 30kg per passenger as well as the normal hand baggage allowance and free shuttle service between other emirates and RAK International Airport for each flight.

RAK Airways offers free parking for passengers who wish to drive to RAK International Airport which is 40 minutes away from Sharjah and 50 minutes away from Dubai.

Flights to Cairo will be on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday leaving RAK International Airport at 0700 and arriving in Cairo at 0850. Return flights from Cairo will be on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday leaving at 0950 and arriving at RAK International Airport at 1520.

Bookings can be made online at www.rakairways.com; through phoning a 24-hour call centre on 971-7-2075000; through sales offices in Ras Al Khaimah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman and Umm Al-Quwain as well as Calicut and Jeddah; and through appointed travel agents.

About RAK Airways:

RAK Airways was established under Emiri Decree No: 3/2006 issued in January 2006. The airline is a private joint stock company incorporated in the RAK Investment Authority Free Zone with an authorized capital of AED 1.5 billion.

RAK Airways Chairman is Sheikh Omar Bin Saqr Al Qassimi; Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Al Qassimi is the airline�s Vice Chairman and Omar Jahameh is RAK Airways Chief Executive Officer.#]

publié le 25 April 2010

RAK Ceramics net profit up 20pc

[#RAK Ceramics, one of the largest ceramic tile manufacturers in the world, has defied the global economic slowdown and construction slump with an impressive 20.2 per cent increase in net profit for 2009.#]

[#Announcing the annual results, RAK Ceramics said its net profit surged to Dh262million ($71.3 million) in 2009 from Dh217.9 million the previous year. The company also saw its total sales touch Dh3.77 billion in 2009 from 3.23 billion in 2008.

RAK Ceramics held its general assembly meeting at Al Hamra Convention Centre and also approved a 10 per cent bonus share issue to the shareholders.

The meeting was attended by Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi, member of the RAK Ceramics board of directors.

Dr Khater Massaad, the chief executive officer of RAK Ceramics, said that 2009 has been a milestone year for the company despite the prevailing global economic conditions as RAK Ceramics for the first time crossed annual revenue of $1 billion.

“The profit growth achieved by RAK Ceramics comes in the backdrop of the strategic initiatives implemented by the company from 2004-2009, during which it completed an ambitious expansion plan which allowed the company to position itself among the largest global ceramic manufacturers,” Dr Massaad remarked.

“The company has also made several investments in forward and backward integration of its value chain by strategically investing in joint ventures and projects and successfully spinning off cost centres into profit centres, he explained.

According to him, RAK Ceramics was last year able to leverage its export relationships in over 135 countries in its core ceramic markets and then continued to foster growth of investments made in related businesses.

Dr Massaad said that in addition to improving its overall profitability, RAK Ceramics had been able to reduce its overall loans by Dh354 million.

’The company clocked global sales of 100.7 million sq m of ceramic tiles in 2009, up from 92.3 million sq m in 2008 and global sanitary wares sales climbed from 2.8 million pieces in 2008 to 3.5 million pieces in 2009.’

According to Dr Massad, the RAK Ceramics’ total assets surged to Dh5.2 billion in 2009 from Dh5 billion in 2008.

The financial summary presented at the meeting noted that RAK Ceramics maintained a successful track record of profitability when most of its international competitors of similar size have either shown negative profit or very little profit.

The company has been able to continuously control raw material costs by material substitution and improving formulations. Further, the company’s capacity expansion drive has allowed it to distribute increased fixed overheads over larger sales and production base.

On the outlook for 2010, the financial summary pointed out opportunities following the revival of regional economic growth with stable oil prices and the company’s ability to upgrade and deliver high value products following the recent investments.

The company’s strategy for the future would involve leveraging of market diversity while continuing to improve operating efficiency.

Hamad Al Mutawaa, managing director of RAK Ceramics and Dr Mohammed Abdullatif, member of the board of directors, also attended the meeting.
#]

publié le 28 October 2011

RAK FTZ partners with Birla Institute of Technology to operate college

[#Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ) has signed an agreement with Birla Institute of Technology (BIT), a RAK FTZ-based academic institution, to take over the operation from Royal College of Applied Science & Technology (RCAST) and has resumed admissions for the new school year. This welcome news came after the decision of RAK FTZ to financially take over the RCAST’s operations.#]

[#“We welcome this new opportunity to offer quality education to students based in Ras Al Khaimah,” shares Oussama El Omari, RAK FTZ CEO. He adds, “With BIT as the new operator, ensuring the academic direction and quality of the institution, we are confident that this new era in the college’s history is going to usher in an unprecedented success in academic excellence.”

As part of the agreement, BIT will offer academic programmes at the Undergraduate as well as Post Graduate level. BIT aims to entice more students to enroll in the newly revamped university to increase its current 352 student population under the new management.

BIT, one of the top institutes in India accredited by the National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC) and the National Board of Accreditation (NBA), also has branches in Oman and RAK offering undergraduate, postgraduate as well as doctoral level programmes in Engineering & Technology, Applied Sciences, Computer Applications, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Architecture, Business Management and Hotel Management & Catering Technology.

RAK FTZ is a multi-awarded, rapidly growing free trade zone in the UAE offering cost-effective business solutions to companies looking to start up or relocate their headquarters in the Middle East. With flexible terms and minimal investment, RAK FTZ enables companies to establish astrong business presence and expand their operations internationally. For more information, please visit www.rakftz.com.#]

publié le 14 November 2013

RAK FTZ to showcase at Dubai Air Show

Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ), one of the fastest-growing and most cost-effective free trade zones in the UAE, will exhibit its world-class facilities and amenities at the 2013 Dubai Air Show.

The biannual event, which will be held for the first time at the new Dubai World Central location from November 17 to 21, is expected to attract its biggest audience to date.

RAK FTZ’s participation supports the free zone’s focus on attracting global aviation and aerospace companies to the emirate, as well as providing a unique opportunity to showcase the numerous business opportunities and advantages it offers to its growing portfolio of international clients.

Peter Fort, CEO, RAK FTZ, said: “We are delighted to make our Dubai Air Show debut and be part of this iconic event, which is now celebrating its 13th edition. The show provides the perfect platform for RAK FTZ to share its impressive roster of benefits and competitive advantage over other locations, as well as to invite global aviation entities to expand their operations to the UAE and capitalise on the favourable investment climate.”

“Ras Al Khaimah’s strategic location and its proximity to Dubai International Airport, one of the busiest air hubs in the world, is just one of the many advantages that we want to highlight to trade visitors next week,” he added.

RAK FTZ currently has several aviation industry companies based across its various facilities and Fort and his senior management team will communicate the free zone’s full spectrum of facilities, from offices and warehouses to serviced industrial land, to interested visitors and investors.

“Our reputation as a cost-effective location coupled with our focused business-friendly approach to new market entrants along with our portfolio of value-added services and easy access to the broader Middle East and other emerging markets are among the salient advantages that make RAK FTZ a standout option in the region,” added Fort.

publié le 16 May 2010

Renault launch his Logan sedan in the UAE

[#Renault has just launched its cheapest car. Arabian Automobiles in the UAE has launched the 2011 Renault Logan sedan, and make not mistake, it’s all about budget-priced motoring.#]

[#The dealer is keen to highlight not only its penny-pinching new price of $10,490 but also its driveaway finance offer: anyone earning AED3000-5000 per month ($817-1362) can take advantage of 0% down payment and 4.75% interest rate over 72 months on a repayment of AED799 per month ($220).

The Logan – specifically designed and built for low-cost motoring – was first introduced in some European markets in September 2004 and sold 20,000 units in the first four months.

Now it’s available in five continents and 60 countries with over a million cars sold worldwide. They even build them in Iran, although the model we’re getting here is put together in Romania – they don’t build the automatic version in Iran.#]

publié le 8 March 2011

Renault Trucks Defense integrates the pilarw system on the VAB TOP

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[#Renault Trucks Defense will equip 80 units of VAB TOP with the Gun Shot Detection System
PILARw, supplied by 01Db-Metravib Company. This system will be coupled to the remote
weapon system Kongsberg.
This additional equipment providing additional contribution to crew protection and improving
the response capability will be adapted during the last quarter of 2011.#]

publié le 31 October 2011

RENAULT TRUCKS DEFENSE AT MILIPOL PARIS

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[#RENAULT TRUCKS DEFENSE LAUNCHES ITS NEW "MIDS" INTERNAL SECURITY VEHICLE AND PRESENTS ITS SECURITY PRODUCT LINE AT THE MILIPOL PARIS 2011 SHOW (STAND 2A 076) At Milipol, Renault Trucks Defense is presenting its Internal Security product line of multi-role vehicles, designed for a broad spectrum of missions (Police, Border Guard, Law enforcement, Escort, etc.). These vehicles have a large interior volume/payload capacity, offer protection against multiple threats and all-terrain mobility. The new MIDS vehicle is designed for internal public security missions. The security and law enforcement version of the Sherpa APC is presented, as is the Sherpa Station Wagon.#]

publié le 8 March 2011

Renault Trucks Defense delivers the first VAB FELIN to the 13th battalion of chasseurs alpins

Press release

[#Renault Trucks Defense has delivered the first unit of VAB FELIN to the 13th battalion of
Chasseurs Alpins, Chambéry.
Renault Trucks Defense has carried out the pre equipment FELIN which is mainly consisting
in adapting the VAB with SAGEM equipment allowing the soldier to plug the battery charger
to the electrical network of the VAB.
This equipment is applicable on 200 units of VAB dedicated to the units from Chambery and
Sarrebourg.#]

publié le 31 December 2010

Renault Trucks Defense signs a contract with Egypt

Press release

[#Renault Trucks Defense has signed a contract with the Egyptian Ministry of Defence for about fifteen trucks type Kerax 6x4 tractors equipped with 500hp engine. Those vehicles will be delivered during the first quarter 2011 to the Egyptian Army. Two previous contracts had been signed in 2008 and 2010 and new contracts could be finalized within the next coming months. More than 900 militarized Kerax are operated worldwide including more than 400 in the French armed forces.#]

publié le 10 January 2013

Restructuring and Smart Grids: Electrifying Ideas for Modern Power Sectors

By Roudi E. Baroudi

[#The General Conference of the Arab Electricity Union in Doha on January 7-9 marks the organization’s 25th anniversary, but the real agenda centers on preparations for the future. Based on even cursory examination of the industry and its customers, it is only natural that emphasis will be placed on areas like renewables, smart grids (both of which figure in the official rubric for the event), and ways in which intelligent restructuring can serve the interests of all parties.#]

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Electricity affects all our lives, and yet when it comes to many of the specifics, public perceptions of the power industry are often distorted. With demand in the Arab region expected to rise strongly and steadily for at least the next two decades, and with environmental concerns ever closer to the top of the agenda, it has never been more important to ensure broader understanding of how the sector can and should become leaner, keener and cleaner as it expands over the next quarter-century. Restructuring has been proving its worth in some of the most highly developed societies since the 1970s, and now some middle-income countries are beginning to derive the benefits as well. Smarts grids are a far newer concept but give every sign of being just as revolutionary, if not more so. The combination of smart grids and restructuring can be our most effective tools if we are to meet the challenges of the future in anything like a responsible and timely fashion.

For these reasons, and because the trust and support of the public will be helpful – and in some cases essential – for the adoption and implementation of forward-looking power policies, it is important to start by understanding what a grid is and how it becomes a “smart” one. Simply put, a grid is the network structure linking the source of power generation to points where that power is used, such as homes, offices or factories. This system become a smart grid as a result of the integration of advanced information and communications technology (ICT) into all aspects of the utility’s operations, from the point of generation to the point where the power is used. Smart grids provide utilities with a whole new level of visibility and control over applications and devices, significantly improving reliability and overall efficiency. The concept involves the adoption of newer technologies toupgrade the typical electricity grid, fitted largely with 20th century infrastructure, to 21st century standards, which also allows smoother integration of renewable energy resources. The backbone of the smart grid is the introduction of two-way communications between a utility and its consumers through advanced metering infrastructure and sensors that provide real or near real-time information regarding where and to what degree electricity is being consumed.

The idea for smart grids is quite new, but one of its major components has been in operation with power suppliers in both developed and emerging middle-income countries for several years. I refer to Energy Management Systems that use advanced ICT to coordinate the operations of generating stations and high voltage transmission networks, allowing for more efficient power generation and superior load management. Constant advances in ICT over time have led to progressively more extensive integration of generation and transmission, and eventually smart grids will enable the flow of information to extend to industrial machinery and even household appliances.

It is important to note, too, that smart grids should not be confused with “smart metering”. The latter is an application for measuring the consumption of a utility’s customers, providing accurate accounting of energy use. The information it provides is crucial for billing and other purposes, making it a small but essential component of an electricity network. Smart grids, on the other hand, encompass far more than just metering: each smart grid is tailor-made to provide solutions for a given utility’s specific needs, and once installed with flexible platforms open to multiple communication technologies, it constantly fine-tunes those solutions as it processes an unending flow of updated data.

By providing fully detailed information across the entire system in real time, smart grids impart a long list of benefits. These include increased reliability for the grid itself and for other elements of the system, better management of the load on the system, clearer understating of use patterns, and lower operating costs for the utility. In addition, smart grids boost energy efficiency by, for instance, lowering overall demand, reducing end-end system losses, and enhancing peak demand shifting. The gains also assist in the integration of renewables, whether via intermittent bulk generation or distributed renewable generation. Last but not least, the efficiency improvements lead directly to a reduction of both conventional pollutants and emissions of greenhouse gases, bringing about improvements in environmental quality and reducing the power supply system’s climate change impacts.

Of course, not all existing grids are equipped to derive maximum benefit from being transformed into smart ones because certain conditions must be in place. First, the existing system – from generation through transmission to distribution – must be in a technically sound operating state. The distribution system must be fully automated, and the tariff structure has to be unbundled to reflect the cost of supply at different times of day and year. Utilities need flexible and scalable platforms with two-way digital communication infrastructure and applications platforms to achieve end-to-end smart grid benefits. Finally, there should be large numbers of consumer appliances with the ability to automatically switch on or off in response to the tariff structure. If one or more of these conditions are not in place, a smart grid will not reach peak performance. It is important, therefore, that each system undergo a diagnostic assessment to identify and correct weaknesses, and to determine feasible smart grid results prior to the transition.

Another requirement relates to security, especially for utilities in large cities and grid systems that supply critical loads, cases in which where prolonged electricity outages could result in very high economic costs from production losses, interruptions in essential services, and blacked out security systems. If smart grid has a vulnerability, it stems from the fact that its communication system is Internet Protocol (IP)based . IP confers several advantages, including greater ability to share information across systems boundaries, simplified communications and control, and improved end-to-end visibility. Unfortunately, this means of communication also is potentially open to hackers in spite of any fire-wall systems that may be installed. Since the grid more than qualifies as critical infrastructure and is increasingly central to the daily lives of people and businesses, it is important to ensure that cyber-security is in place to protect against malicious attacks. Unlike traditional power system failures that can be modeled probabilistically, cyber-security requires a shift in thinking to accommodate the possibility of a coordinated attack on multiple facilities by an intelligent assailant operating over a network. In identifying critical assets, a rule-out approach (assuming every asset is critical until proven otherwise) might be more appropriate than the add-in approach (starting with assumption that no asset is critical).

We are still very much at the dawn of the smart grid era, mainly because of the aforementioned prerequisites. Accordingly, no utility has fully installed a smart grid. Most of those in the developed countries and some in the middle-income developing ones have achieved full automation or are very close to doing so, but this is a far cry from a genuine smart grid system. Nonetheless, real progress is continuing, and technological advances make the prospects every day.

By contrast, when it comes to the restructuring of electricity sectors, we have a long history of past experience to guide us. What is more, some of the changes involved have considerable cause/effect overlaps with the aforementioned prerequisites for smart grids. To understand why this is the case, we need to recall what restructuring entails.

An electricity sector is network infrastructure, comprising, comprising points of generation and a network that transports the power produced to users and consumers. Such a structure would be regarded as vertically integrated under a single owner. For example, the Qatar Electricity Corporation is a vertically integrated utility, as are virtually all of the electric utilities in the Mashreq, Maghreb, and Gulf regions. Restructuring is about unbundling such vertically integrated structures into independent entities engaged in production, transportation/transmission, supply, and distribution, and establishing the requisite legal and regulatory regimes to oversee activities in the new sector. Jordan is the only example in the region with a fully unbundled electricity sector.

One very common question among laypeople is why power sectors should be restructured when most utilities seem to be operating satisfactorily, both quality and reliability of the service is good, and tariffs are relatively reasonable. The answer is that however adequate a traditional electricity sector is (or appears to be) by traditional measures, restructuring opens the way for a new level of performance that can serve the interests of all stakeholders. Time and again, the competition engendered by having multiple players in a restructured electricity sector include greater efficiency as a result of cost reductions, lower tariffs, and improvements in both quality and reliability – not to mention enhanced productivity and competitiveness for myriad industries, as well as more discretionary spending power in the hands of households, businesses and governments.

Having said all that, it also is important to acknowledge that there is no “one-size-fits-all” formula guaranteed to work in every electricity market and every part thereof. For example, while restructuring in Arab countries would bring about competition in generation and supply, the wires business (i.e. transmission and distribution) should be tightly regulated. Many factors have had a hand in making restructuring a viable alternative, not least advances in economic theory came to view utilities as comprising two distinct components, “network” and “product market”, in which the latter (in this case generation and supply) can potentially be competitive. We also have to credit technological advancements in power generation whereby small and highly efficient combined-cycle plants have pre-empted the argument of large plants for economies of scale, ideological and practical needs in support of privatization, and the need for private capital to free public funds for social uses. All of these have converged and combined in various ways to convince numerous countries to go down the path(s) toward restructuring, liberalizing and/or encouraging private sector participation in their power sectors, so the reasons and approaches to restructuring have differed from case to case.

Not surprisingly, while the effects of restructuring have been overwhelmingly positive, the different methods applied to different situations have produced a wide variety of specific experiences. The most radical and well-known example of restructuring and privatization was that in the United Kingdom, a relatively straightforward process which started with the introduction of competition in generation before also including supply. Despite the inevitable ideological controversies, the UK’s experience since the beginning of the 1990s has been a success story of how to plan and implement restructuring.

In the United States, by contrast, restructuring has largely been an accident. Most electric utilities in that country have traditionally been private sector-owned, and the primary objective of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act passed in 1978 was the promotion of alternative forms of energy in the wake of the oil shock. Instead, PURPA had the unintended effect of unleashing the competitive entry of non-utility generators alongside the hitherto vertically integrated monopolies. Private generation continues to grow in the US, and the interconnections across states with regional power pools, driven by major players like PJM and California ISO, have only added to the momentum.

Although not as well-known as the UK’s, Chile’s experiment actually pioneered the practice of radical restructuring, in 1987, albeit at a slower pace. Argentina also has undertaken significant restructuring, and most Latin American countries have followed this lead, instituting deregulated privatized electricity industries. Some of the major Asian economies, including Malaysia and the Philippines, have been frontrunners in terms of revenue gains from asset sales that followed restructuring. China, on the other hand, has seen some restructuring, but not much progress on privatization.
Among the affluent countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, significant asset sales have occurred in Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, and the UK, while substantial liberalization has occurred in Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the US. France is the only major country with no sign of radical restructuring of its monopoly, EDF. Keen on being part of the European Union, most countries in Central and Eastern Europe have either followed or are in the process of following the EU Electricity Directive by restructuring and extensively privatizing their power industries.
The situation in our region is still very much at the beginning. As mentioned earlier: from the Atlantic to the Gulf, only one country – Jordan – has undertaken significant restructuring of its electricity industry as well as sales of generation, distribution and supply assets to the private sector. Jordan’s actions have been driven by a practical need for private sector investment in order to free up public resources to address socioeconomic challenges, in addition to the efficiency improvements that restructuring has brought.
All other Arab countries are characterized by vertically integrated power industries. In general, the main reasons for this have been the abundance of energy resources and, to varying degrees, the availability of public funds for operational subsidies and/or capacity increases. The inducements that have compelled countries in other parts of the world to embark on restructuring do not seem to have the same impact in the Arab region. The flip side of this phenomenon is that electricity use is excessive and inefficient, and the under pricing and subsidies are putting significant pressures on national budgets. Even for the energy-rich countries, restructuring power sectors and introducing private sector involvement would relieve pressure on budgets, and free up resources for social spending.
The message for the region is clear: even for energy-rich countries, Jordan’s example is worth emulating. The resources are not inexhaustible, and the efficiency gains from restructuring and allowing private sector involvement in power sectors would lead to improvements in environmental quality, as well as reductions in climate change impacts. Above all, getting this process sooner rather than later just makes sense: an early start is bound to make restructuring more orderly and more cost-effective than if we wait for a crisis to force our hand, and if and when the technical conditions are ripe for smart grid, our markets will be ready for it.

*Roudi E. Baroudi is CEO of Energy and Environment Holding, a Doha-based consultancy.

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publié le 6 February 2011

Royal Jet boosts presence in UK and European markets through dedicated sales office

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[#Royal Jet - the international luxury executive flight services company based in Abu Dhabi - continues to boost its presence in the UK and European markets through its dedicated sales office at London Stansted Airport.#]

[#Situated at a facility owned by Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) Group – the UAE’s leading aviation service provider – the combination of Royal Jet, Maximus Air Cargo – the UAE’s largest dedicated cargo aircraft operator – and Abu Dhabi Aviation – the largest Middle East commercial helicopter and fixed wing aircraft operator – offers customers total aviation solutions platform through a selection of wide-ranging products and services in a one-stop-shop environment that also enhances the Group’s presence in the region.

Royal Jet has appointed Desiree Martis as Sales Manager - Europe, Russia & Central Asia to be based in the UK office. Martis’ rich 24-year experience is expected to further boost the private jet operator’s growth targets as it has been spreading its wings through GSA appointments in India and Oman. The UK office became operational in May 2010.

Martis, who has worked for Royal Jet since 2006, is well experienced in two of the key services offered by Royal Jet, namely luxury VIP charter and medical evacuation services. She will push forward the company’s main vision of establishing Royal Jet as the preferred choice within the region through the delivery of service excellence and creation of strong business partnerships across relevant market segments. These segments include air charter brokers, corporate entities, High-Net-Worth-Individuals, government entities and insurance companies.

“Desiree Martis is finely-tuned into Royal Jet’s vision of growth and development strategy and will be able to take the company to its desired objectives in the UK and Europe,” said Shane O’Hare, President & CEO, Royal Jet.

“Since May last year, we have made significant inroads into the European market and are pleased that our vision to be amongst the world’s leading luxury flight services company is bearing fruit. With Martis appointment, and her vast sales experience, we hope to see that grow further.”

Further to its objectives for the region, Royal Jet will be participating in Europe’s leading event for the business travel & meetings industry, ‘The Business Travel & Meetings Show’ on 8 and 9 February at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in West London.

The company will showcase its latest product and services offerings at the show, including its corporate relationship programme – the ‘100 Club’. The programme allows all customers – from individuals to corporates - to profit from an attractive range of benefits, including increased discounts, depending on the type of aircraft usage and the number of hours flown.

O’Hare indicated that Royal Jet’s existing relationships in this market have been further complemented by its UK representative office and that working together with its partners under the ADA Group has not only boosted business opportunities for UAE-based aviation services companies, but also met the requirements of their loyal customers in the European markets.

“Royal Jet, which is chaired by HE Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, works with a number of key brokers and customers in the region and this venture will definitely help us increase our market share. Indeed, working alongside our partners from the UAE to offer a one-stop-shop destination for any and all aviation service requirements is ideally suited for our niche customers, and enables us to showcase to the European market the high quality of service that UAE-based companies provide,” said O’Hare.#]

publié le 6 January 2010

Saudi Arabia and Morocco Sign MoU on Scientific and Educational Cooperation

[#The Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Khalid Bin Mohammed Al-Anqari and Moroccan Minister of National Education, Higher Education, Staff Training, and Scientific Research Ahmed Akhchichine signed here on Tuesday a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on scientific and educational cooperation.#]

[#The MoU aims at promoting the exchange of experiences and expertise in scientific, technical and administrative fields between institutions of higher education and scientific researches in the two countries.
#]


Saudi Press Agency 2010

publié le 7 March 2011

Saudi Arabia: NSCSA announces the signing of new shipbuilding contracts for General Cargo Vessels

Press release

[#The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (NSCSA) will sign 4 shipbuilding contracts + 2 additional optional contracts on Sunday, the 06th March, 2011 with Hyundai MIPO of South Korea.#]

[#The contracts value including the 2 optional contracts amounts to 1,543 Million Saudi Riyals. (One Thousand Five Hundred and Forty Three Million Saudi Riyals).

This comes as an implementation to its current strategical plan which calls for expanding the General Cargo sector in which the strategy recommended continuation and expansion in the RoRo, General and Project Cargo sectors which give a paramount importance in maximizing shareholders returns and supporting the national economy of the Kingdom.

The delivery of the ships is expected to start by the end of 2012 onward until the end of 2013 and for the 2 optional ships; the delivery will take place in the year 2013 for the 1st one, and the 2nd one will be delivered during the 1st quarter of 2014, subject to NSCSA exercising the option.

Those ships are specialized in carrying general and projects cargo and several types of RoRo cargo. The ships are equipped with heavy lift cranes and the deadweight of the ship is approx. 26,000 tons, in addition to the capability in carrying containers, in the designated area of the ship.

Despite that the deadweight of those ships are less than the current ones, those ships have capacity utilization aspects and lower fuel consumption.

The first 4 ships will replace the current aging fleet in this sector which are planned to be out of service for NSCSA in the years 2012-2013. The new ships will be serving as a liner between the United States East Coast to the Middle East (Red Sea-Arabian Gulf) and to the Indian Subcontinent via Europe.

The company currently is discussing with the Public Investment Fund and a number of commercial banks to finance about 80% of the project value through Shariah Compliant Financing for a 12 year tenor. The remaining 20% will be financed through the company internal financial resources#]

publié le 7 March 2011

Saudi Arabia: NSCSA announces the signing of new shipbuilding contracts for General Cargo Vessels

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