National unity is on agenda of Emirati leaders

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The world stands today in shock watching the quick unfolding of events in the Middle East. Arab societies have mastered the use of the “New Media” and are now capable of carrying out “e-based” uprisings. The excellent use of blogging combined with full utilization of social networks (Facebook and Twitter) and cell phone messaging (SMS and BBM), have enabled once disconnected parties and movements to link-up with one another and to mobilize the masses across the country.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Thursday received Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at Al Bahr Palace.

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Россия вошла в список 25 стран, считающихся наиболее значимым турпотоком Абу-Даби/Russia has joined the list of 25 countries with the most considerable tourist flow to Abu Dhabi.

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Согласно статистике Управления по туризму Абу-Даби (Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority) в прошлом году в эмиратской столице побывали почти 10 тысяч россиян. Такой показатель, по мнению ADTA, позволил России войти в список двадцати пяти стран, считающихся наиболее значимым турпотоком в Абу-Даби.

По данным ADTA в 2010 году столица ОАЭ приняла без малого два миллиона туристов, что на восемнадцать процентов превышает показатели предыдущего года. Большую часть отдыхающих традиционно составили представители Туманного Альбиона, улучшившие показатели на двадцать два процента – почти 118 тысяч человек. Американцы заняли второе место (79 тысяч туристов), а французы расположились на третьем (37 тысяч туристов).

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Dubai and Abu Dhabi are now relatively affordable cities for expatriates compared to others around the globe.

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The Mercer survey covered 214 cities across five continents and measured the comparative cost of over 200 items in each location, including housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment. While Dubai ranks 55 on the list of most expensive cities, Abu Dhabi is only slightly more expensive with a rank of 50, which it shares with Frankfurt in Germany, the survey said.

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A 30%-jump in gold jewellery sales at Dubai Shopping Festival with a bigger consumer interest expected for St. Valentine’s Day.

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In the first two weeks of the festival, Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group has reported a 30 per cent growth in sales of its ‘Bag of Fortune’ campaign from participating jewellery retail outlets in Dubai, already having given away seven kilos of gold in raffle draws to residents and tourists of various nationalities. Gold prices have fallen in the last week intensifying consumer interest in the precious metal, with many using the opportunity to buy more gold and jewellery. Another input is a real chance to win half a kilo of gold, instant cash prizes and a bumper five kilos of gold at the end of the festival.

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Продажа ювелирных изделий и золота в Дубае в первой половине торгового фестиваля увеличилась на 30% по сравнению с тем же периодом прошлого года. Несомненно, день Святого Валентина приподнесет новые сюрпризы, что не может не радовать ярых покупателей…Самое привлекательное то, что в этом году золотые магазины во время фестиваля разыгрывают среди своих покупателей 21 кг. золота. Участие в розыгрыше принимает каждый, потративший в одном из них не менее 500 дх. Ежедневно в течение всего фестиваля разыгрывается полкило золота, а в последний день будет разыграно пять килограммов.

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Il sistema AeroMobile di Emirates potrebbe registrare il suo quinto milionesimo utente già la settimana prossima.

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Since the introduction of AeroMobile on Emirates flights in March 2008, the company has witnessed a remarkable rise in passenger usage, reaching the five million user mark which is undoubtedly a significant milestone for Emirates. “Use of wireless mobile communications is growing at an incredible speed across the world, taking over from the traditional wired methods of yesterday. People like to be connected, even at 30,000 feet. Using a mobile phone on an Emirates flight is now an everyday occurrence for our passengers and it’s a service they have come to expect from us,” said Brannelly, Emirates Vice President Corporate Communications Product, Publishing, Digital and Events.

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Negli ultimi dodici mesi Emirates ha visto un aumento di 38 percento nel utilizzo dei cellulari a bordo di suoi aeromobili, equipaggiati con il sistema AeroMobile. Emirates era la prima linea aerea al mondo ad aver lanciato un servizio di cellulare in volo, installando il sistema AeroMobile nel marzo del 2008 e offrendo cosi una grande convenienza ai passeggeri che desiderano rimanere connessi anche durante il viaggio. Tale sistema assicura che i cellulari dei passeggeri operino ad un potere minimo permettendo un utilizzo sicuro durante il volo.

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“Эмирейтс”, международная авиакомпания Объединенных Арабских Эмиратов, обнародовала более чем положительную статистику использования мобильной связи во время полета в течение последних двенадцати месяцев эксплуатации системы AeroMobile. С момента запуска сервиса AeroMobile уже несколько сотен тысяч пассажиров “Эмирейтс” из более 85 стран мира воспользовались услугами мобильной связи во время полета. При этом резко выросло количество человек, оценивших удобство услуг мобильной связи на протяжении двенадцати последних месяцев, что свидетельствует о стремительном росте их популярности (более 38% по сравнению с предыдущим годом).

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The tenth anniversary of The Bride Show Abu Dhabi has come to a close, celebrating another huge success.

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The Bride Show Abu Dhabi is an exciting 4-day event filled with fashion, beauty and style. It is UAE’s most dynamic and effective place to meet leading industry players in the wedding and bridal services. Organised by IIR Middle East and sponsored by Corniche Hospital, it was opened by its patron Her Highness Sheikha Sheikha Bint Saif, wife of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It’s an absolute must for brides-to-be and girls who just love glamour…

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Одна из самых представительных на Ближнем Востоке международная арабская выставка товаров для новобрачных The Bride Show ежегодно демонстрирует традиционные и последние современные стили и направления на рынке товаров и услуг свадебной индустрии. В этом году The Bride Show 2011 прошел со 2 по 5 февраля в Абу-Даби и пройдет с 30 марта по 2 апреля в Дубае.

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Ehrlich Architects to put up the UAE’s new Federal National Council building/ La nuova sede del Parlamento degli Emirati Arabi Uniti sarà costruita da americani Ehrlich Architect

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Familiar Arabic design language, being blended with contemporary form and the latest technological advances, creating meaning, maximum functionality and environmental sustainability will soon be reflected in the UAE’s new Federal National Council building in Abu Dhabi. Los-Angeles-based architecture company Ehrlich Architects has won the design competition, that initially involved 14 firms representing nine countries. In the final phase, through the best, there were present three other companies, including Massimiliano Fuksas Architects (Italy), Foster + Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects (both from UK).

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La nuova sede del Parlamento degli Emirati Arabi Uniti sarà costruita ad Abu Dhabi da americani Ehrlich Architect. Il concorso, lanciato all’inizio del 2010, ha visto quattordici partecipanti da tutto il mondo, nella shortlist della quale, a parte il vincitore, sono entrati anche Foster + Partners e Zaha Hadid Architects (Gran Bretagna) e il famosissimo studio di Massimiliano Fuksas. Il titolo del primo classificato è stato conquistato dai californiani Ehrlich Architect, grazie ad un progetto straordinario, che rispecchia sia la parte moderna che quella tradizionale del paese arabo.

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Архитектурное агентство Стивена Эрлих выиграло конкурс на проект нового парламентского комплекса для ОАЭ — здания Федерального Национального собрания. Учитывая текущую обстановку в арабском мире, кажется очень актуальным намерение архитектора (вероятно, и заказчиков тоже) выразить в архитектуре нового здания «все растущую ключевую роль парламента в жизни всех граждан ОАЭ». При этом Эрлих постарался показать в своем проекте устремления местных властей: направленность политики страны в будущее и желание сохранить традиции, уравнять в значении исламское наследие и идеи глобализации.

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Abu Dhabi is likely to be a spaceport of Virgin Galactic/ La Virgin Galactic dichiara di voler aprire uno spaceport ad Abu Dhabi

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Virgin Galactic, a space enterprise within Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, shows interest in building a spaceport in Abu Dhabi once it is authorized by the US. Being the world’s first spaceline, Virgin Galactic provides sub-orbital spaceflights, giving the groundbreaking opportunity to the paying public to become the first ever non-professional astronauts. It owns and operates its privately built spaceships, modelled on the remarkable, history-making SpaceShipOne. No doubt, it is these spaceships that will allow affordable sub-orbital space tourism for the first time in the history of the universe.

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Novità nel campo del turismo spaziale: la compagnia Virgin Galactic, creata per realizzare un’offerta di voli spaziali suborbitali per il mercato commerciale, ha detto a chiara voce di voler aprire uno spaceport o, per meglio dire, aeroporto spaziale ad Abu Dhabi. Virgin Galactic, fino ad ora interamente di proprietà di miliardario britannico Sir Richard Branson di Virgin Group, era stata istituita nel 2004 e il progetto è ormai nella sua fase finale di test di volo. Direttore Commerciale della Virgin Galactic, Stephen Attenborough, ha dichiarato che gli Emirati Arabi potrebbero essere un territorio interessante per posizionare un “aeroporto dello spazio”, che sicuramente troverebbe assidui frequentatori.

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Virgin Galactic намерена построить космодром в Абу-Даби, подтвердив этим планы создания в ОАЭ базы для совершения коммерческих полетов в космос. Возможно, первый корабль с космическими туристами отправится из Эмиратов уже через несколько лет после того, как начнет функционировать основная база Virgin Galactic в Нью-Мексико. Британский миллиардер и основатель Virgin Group сэр Ричард Брэнсон, вошедший в список десяти самых ярких мыслителей делового мира по версии Forbes, объявил об открытии эры массового космического туризма и пообещал отправить желающих на высоту 100 км, чтобы насладиться четырехминутным полетом в невесомости и увидеть своими глазами, что Земля – шар.

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Food, drink and music in a unique Taste of Dubai!

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A true melting pot with warm sunshine, balmy nights and an ambience that is a heady blend of aromas, flavours, textures and most importantly of cultures… That is Taste of Dubai, the 2011 edition of which is knocking at the doors. From March 3-5 the Dubai Media City’s Amphitheatre will wear a festive air housing the fourth successful year of this prestigious event.

Taste of Dubai 2011 will deliver an entertainment filled festival of food, beverage and music. Returning with the culinary delights from Dubai’s finest restaurants accompanied by bands and DJs from around the world, this winning combination, along with new features and extended visitor session times, presents the ideal setting for a fun family day out…

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Gold bars dished out through ATM at Burj Khalifa, Dubai and Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi

Amid worries about the health of the global economy Gold to go’s machines began showing up last year gaining popularity too fast. People rely on cash no more, giving preference to a more secure resource which is actually precious metals, gold in particular. The ATMs, which dispense the gold coins and bars weighing as little as 2.5 grams up to as much as 1 ounce, at prices regularly updated based on the real-time spot price of gold, churn out 20 to 100 gold pieces a day depending on traffic.

The Burj Khalifa has unveiled two gold-dispensing ATMs, the first of several such machines that will begin selling gold bars in Dubai during the next few weeks. One of the ATMs is housed on the 124th floor of the building, the At The Top observation deck; the other is in the souvenir shop on the ground floor.

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