Archive for November, 2007

Exceptional Growth Prospects for Africa’s Communications Market, Say Telecoms Experts Gathered in Cape Town for AfricaCom 2008

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

AfricaCom 2007, the continent’s leading communications event for mobile, fixed, wireless and satellite telecommunications professionals took place in Cape Town last week, with 3000 attendees, 70 expert speakers and 150 exhibitors. At the high-level strategic conference, some of the region’s thought-leaders discussed what they thought were the optimum strategies for growth in their sector. Their message was clear: Africa’s communications market offers exceptional opportunities for growth thanks to increased demand for communications (included broadband services), but operators must improve coverage and QoS, and regulators need to provide effective regulatory regimes to facilitate this growth.

The opening keynote session included interviews of senior representatives of two telecommunications groups investing in the continent whose size and position are very different. Marc Rennard, EVP for Africa, Middle East & Asia at France Telecom Group, discussed his group’s expansion strategy in Africa. He was particularly pleased to discuss the group’s successful bid for a 51% share in Telkom Kenya, announced by the Kenyan government the previous Friday. This will be France Telecom’s first operation in East Africa, and will be able to benefit from the group’s expertise in providing fixed and mobile services. Dr Nizar Dalloul, Chairman & CEO of smaller player Comium, explained how his group went out of its original Middle-Eastern market to start new operations in Africa:Africa, he said, is the last great frontier for investment and growth. Although we are most established in West Africa this is not the limit of our geographic ambitions. We have initiatives in place in other selected markets and hope to make significant announcements shortly. The interviews were followed by a presentation by Alieu Conteh, Chairman and founder of Vodacom Congo (DR) who showed how a telecoms operator can thrive in a country where economic conditions have been extremely challenging.

Throughout the morning’s discussions, the speakers agreed on the strategic importance of improving coverage and quality of service, particularly in order to address the growing market in rural areas. The audience of the conference, polled in a newly introduced SMS voting feature, agreed with them, as 92% of them voted coverage and QoS improvement as the most important drivers for the success of operators in the region. Marc Rennard summed up the message by saying: “voice and SMS revenues still represent 95% of their revenues in Africa, therefore operators have to go back to basicsâ€?, by making sure networks can cope with the demand. The role of the regulator was also describe as a key element in delivering a strategy to improve coverage, particularly in light of sanctions imposed by some regulatory authorities on operators not complying with the coverage requirements set in their licences. However, it was suggested that voluntary measures from the operators, such as infrastructure sharing, would be crucial in solving the coverage issue.

On the second day of the conference, more keynote speakers discussed how Africa’s communications market is changing shape, with new players entering the market with innovative business models, and making the most of new technologies to deliver communications services. Tim Lowry, VP for Southern and Eastern Africa, MTN Group, and Managing Director of MTN South Africa explained how mobile operators must adapt to the specific requirements of the continent’s market. He said “in Europe, operators are competing with multiple screens, while in Africa the mobile phone will remain the only screen; this opens huge opportunities for mobile operators, who will remain the main ISPs, therefore creating new revenue channels.

Mr Lowry also joined a panel discussion in which Paul Edwards, Chairman of Starcomms (Nigeria) and Peter Boyd, Managing Director of Virgin Mobile South Africa, discussing the evolution of the continent’s communications value chain. They stressed again the opportunities for telecoms operators to provide much-needed services by entering new fields of business such as banking a service that has been very successful for MTN in South Africa, and for Safaricom, as was showed by Michael Joseph, the Kenyan operator’s CEO. Martin de Koening, Group Director of Communications and Investor Relations at Celtel International answered questions on Zain’s re-branding from MTC and the commercial strategy of its subsidiary Celtel International in Africa. He took the opportunity to announce the extension of the group’s One Network roaming services to six additional countries, therefore covering an area twice the size of Europe.

Other operators sharing their experience of their markets included Celtel Kenya (CEO David Murray), MTN Rwanda (CTO Peter Schulze), Zantel Tanzania (Director General Noel Herrity), Orange Cameroon (CTO Jean Lebel Ngopnang), and Celtel Malawi (CEO Charles Zouzoua), as well as representatives from the ITU and major telecommunications solutions providers.
In addition to the conference, the event included an exhibition with 150 companies showing their latest solutions, including infrastructure equipment vendors, international carriers, satellite operators, OSS/BSS solutions providers, value-added services enablers, interconnection service providers, SIM card vendors, and more. Visitors of the exhibition also enjoyed a free seminar with practical presentations and case studies from telecoms experts. With its high-level multi-streamed conference, its 10 hours of dedicated networking time and the chance to meet key decision-makers in Africa’s communications market, AfricaCom 2007 has been the best place for telecommunications professionals to improve their knowledge of the market and develop their businesses. Next year’s event will take place in Cape Town again on 18th and 19th November.

NOTES FOR JOURNALISTS

African Telecoms Market Overview:
- Penetration in Africa: 28% at December 2007, compared to 21% in December 2006, and 50% globally, forecast to grow to just under 40% in 2012

- Subscription numbers were 265m in 2007, forecast to grow to 405m in 2012

- 35% growth in 2007, with over 69m net additions over the year

What are the main growth drivers in Africa’s communications market? The current expansion phase is being driven by aggressive coverage expansion to capture the so far under-served rural customers. However, low network quality and reliability is still a major issue, as is the increasing burden of CAPEX and OPEX.

While high handset prices used to hinder mobile uptake, a series of factors have helped reduce the prices, and helped increase the addressable market: move towards single chip solution, entry level handsets likely to fall below sub USD $30, growing 2nd market for used phones, and an improvement of the economics of handset subsidies (bundling). Operator strategies are also driving growth, such as lower customer activation charges (starter packs), and the increasing adoption of electronic recharge with lower denomination top-ups. Finally, regulatory measures are helping the market, with changing licence frameworks opening opportunities for new entrants.

A steady decline in ARPU is challenging the economics of mobile operations on the continent. As a result, operators are paying increasing attention to reducing cost to make subscriber additions add value. They are also looking at data services to increase ARPU. The overall demand for broadband services (especially in major markets) will continue to experience gradual growth with the availability of wireless options and decline in PC prices. Disruptive or alternative technologies (OFDM, iBurst, TD-CDMA, WiMax) are promising higher data throughput at lower cost, but they are not without adoption risks. WiMAX’s capabilities remain a matter of debate in the wireless community. In the longer term, operators will likely stick to their current evolutionary paths, but emerging technologies may be used to provide complementary mobile data services.

About AfricaCom:

Part of the renowned GSM>3G World Series, AfricaCom 2007 is the largest annual communications event dedicated to Africa, providing a meeting place for operators and regulators from across the continent to debate the future of telecommunications in their marketplace, and to network with colleagues and international telecom experts.

This year, over 3000 participants, 70 speakers and 150 exhibitors attended the event, representing the whole communications value chain, from GSM and CDMA operators, ISPs, regulators and government bodies, telecommunications solutions vendors, investors and more.

Conference speakers included:
Tim Lowry, VP for Southern and Eastern Africa, MTN Group, and Managing Director, MTN South Africa
Marc Rennard, EVP of International for Africa, Middle East & Asia, France Telecom Group
Michael Joseph, CEO, Safaricom, Kenya
Dr Nizar Dalloul, Chairman & CEO, Comium Group
Alieu Conteh, Chairman, Vodacom Congo
Paul Edwards, Chairman, Starcomms, Nigeria
And representatives of international telecom solutions providers such as: Alcatel-Lucent, Amdocs, Bercut, Detecon, Ericsson, Gateway, Gemalto, HP, Huawei, Intelsat, Nokia Siemens Networks, Oberthur, Premium Ideas, Qualcomm, Redknee, Sicap, Telesoft, ZTE

The event was supported by the GSM Association, the African CDMA Forum, the World Wide Web Consortium, the Open Mobile Alliance and the Global Mobile Suppliers Association.

For more information on this event and how to take part, please contact: Julie Rey, Head of Africa – Com World Series, on tel: +44 20 7017 5394 or e-mail Julie.rey@informa.com. Or visit our website: www.comworldseries.com/africa

About Informa Telecoms & Media:

Informa Telecoms & Media is the leading provider of business intelligence and strategic marketing solutions to the global telecoms and media markets.

Driven by constant first-hand contact with the industry our 90 analysts and researchers produce a range of intelligence services including news and analytical products, in-depth market reports and datasets focused to technology, strategy and content.

Informa Telecoms & Media also organises more than 125 annual events, attended by more than 70,000 executives. In addition to the GSM>3G World Series, our events cover subjects as diverse as fixed and mobile operator strategy, technology, TV, mobile music and games.

Contacts:
For more information on the event, how to attend and media support, please contact Steve Cassidy on Stephen.cassidy@informa.com or tel: +44 20 7017 5626
For more information on the programme, please contact Julie Rey on Julie.rey@informa.com or tel: +44 20 7017 5394

Dubai Motor Show 2007 roars past the chequered flag

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

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The show is a resounding success from start to finish

United Arab Emirates, 21 November 2007 The 9th edition of the Middle East International Motor Show came to a grandstand finish as it proudly crossed the 100,000 attendance mark, with visitors and exhibitors unanimously declaring that this year’s event was by far the best ever edition, of the Dubai Motor Show. Over 101,577 people streamed into the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre over the five days to experience the latest and best from the automotive world. This represents a significant 25% increase over the last events visitor attendance in 2005.

We are delighted with the overwhelming support from the industry and the public response to the Dubai Motor show. The event has continued to grow in size and stature to provide the manufacturers an enduring platform to educate, entertain and excite the region’s buyers with their superb creations. We will continue to infuse the event with greater innovation to maintain our position as one of the best motor shows in the region said Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General, Dubai World Trade Centre, organizer of the event. Approximately 650 companies from 28 countries were part of the five day extravaganza, with visitors and traders from across the globe in attendance.

With world premiers, regional launches, live car makeovers, timeless classics and futuristic concepts, the show had it all. Manufacturers were in agreement that this year’s event was more focussed than ever before.

Premium brands like Mercedes and Ferrari reported better-than-expected responses. Mr. Ashraf Tamim, Marketing Manager for Mercedes, echoed the sentiment of the group. “There was a lot of interest in the Maybach, the SLR, and the AMG series. We have already confirmed sales of three SLR 722 GTs, and expect more confirmations soon he said. Incidentally, visitors to the show had the privilege of being the first in the world to see the new Maybach Landaulet 62s, which will set the standards for luxury automobiles in the years to come. Two orders for the AED 2 million dream car have already been confirmed, with 30 to 40 serious buyers in the pipeline even before production has commenced.

Lamborghini was also highly appreciative of the show’s organisation and potential. We are extremely pleased with our success at the Motor Show. It has grown by leaps and bounds over the show two years ago, and continues to be an important platform for us in the Middle East said Ms. Juliet Jarvis of Lamborghini.

West Coast Customs confirmed the sales of 9 Range Stormers worth AED 1.3 million each, after tuning and modifying the vehicles to suit their inimitable style and standards. The Shelby Ultimate Aero, the fastest production car in the world, was expected to be a star attraction at the show and it did not disappoint, as the one model on display was immediately snapped up for AED 2.16million, two other models are on order and will take 90 days each to build. The superfast Brabus, which is hot on the heels of the Ultimate Aero with top speeds of 365 kmph, also confirmed two sales. Besides the cars, the American MXT Truck, valued at AED 450,000, proved to be very popular, with 4 confirmed orders and more in the pipeline.

Audi was another instant hit at the show, with the R8 creating most of the waves. 25 R8’s were sold at the show, even though there is an 18 month waiting period for delivery. This show has been fantastic for Audi, and we received positive enquiries on all days said Mr. Nedal Obeid from Audi.

With this year’s show featuring attractions like the Porsche Kids Driving School and the popular West Coast Customs, families turned out in large numbers, making it a fun day out for people of all ages. My kids had a whale of a time at the Porsche Kids Driving School. I think it’s a fantastic idea to broaden the show’s horizons to include something for the entire family, and it adds a definite buzz to the atmosphere said Mr. Keith Sell, a British national.

Numerous visitors walked away with exciting prizes including tickets to the Dubai Motor sports Festival and the thrill-a-minute Yamaha Raptor quad bikes, which made their visit to the show all the more exciting. Many stands featured foot-tapping live entertainment with bands, dancers and entertainers ensuring that there was never a dull moment.

All in all, it was five unforgettable days of high-powered entertainment that showed once again that the region is one of the most exciting automotive markets in the world.

About Middle East International Motor Show
Website: www.dubaimotorshow.com

The 9th Middle East International Motor show 2007 is the single largest international automotive event in the Middle East. The exhibition which is held once every two years runs in conjunction with two separate but related shows Motor Parts & Accessories and MOTORplus which collectively offer a complete representation of the motor industry serving the Middle East markets and will be a dedicated section for motor parts, components, accessories and high end automotive products.. The combination of events will be held from 14– 18 November 2007 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC)

About Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)
Website: www.dwtc.com

As the organiser of the Middle East International Motor Show, Dubai World Trade Centre offers over 27 years’ experience of delivering world-class events in the Middle East, providing local, regional and international exhibitors with unmatched expertise and in-depth market knowledge. Our team organises 15 of the largest and most successful international and regional shows in Middle East, providing an ideal platform for business development in the region.

Our commitment to ongoing innovation within the exhibition industry has supported the rapid growth and development of a wide range of business-to-business and business-to-consumer shows, and delivered consistent satisfaction to exhibitors and visitors. DWTC works with the leading trade bodies and industry associations to ensure that all exhibitions deliver full value and are built upon the real needs of their specific sector.


For more information, please contact:

tamra C2
Wissam Nasrallah or Joumana Tannous
Tel : +97142951177
Fax : +97142951188
E-mail:Wissam@tamra-c2.com
Joumana@tamra-c2.com

DWTC
Tom O’Gorman
Tel : + 9714 3086918
Fax : +971 4 3188 607
E-mail:tom.ogorman@dwtc.com

The Stage is Set for the Ultimate Jewellery Shopping Experience

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

From connoisseurs to wholesalers and collectors to retailers, Dubai International Jewellery Week’s new three-show format has something for everyone

Being spoilt for choice is a term that is often used, but never has it been more apt than for what’s in store at the upcoming Dubai International Jewellery Week taking place from the 11-15 December at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The region’s premier watch and jewellery event presents its new format this year with an unparalleled array of choice for the jewellery shopper with a discerning taste and budget.

The strategic position of the three jewellery events, Areeq Dubai, Jewellery Collections Dubai and Jewellery Trade Dubai, will provide traders with tremendous synergy and benefits exclusive to Dubai International Jewellery Week. Three distinct shows under one roof, each one with its special brand of exclusivity, will ensure that everyone from the high-end connoisseur to the mass-market wholesaler gets what he or she is looking for.

The region’s rapidly escalating jewellery market further supports the new format. According to the World Gold Council, gold sales in the UAE crossed AED 2.8 Billion during the second quarter of this year, a 22% increase over the same period last year. The regional luxury goods sector is expected to reach a value of $100 billion (about Dh367.8 billion) by 2010, with 8% expected to come from high-end watches and jewellery. It explains why over 400 exhibitors from more than 20 countries, including the biggest brands, largest retailers and most influential wholesalers in the region are eager to be part of Dubai International Jewellery Week. “Giving visitors and exhibitors a unique choice and variety is central to the thinking behind the new format� said Mr. Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General of Dubai World Trade Centre. “Having all aspects of this industry on one show floor yet according each one of them the importance and focus they deserve, will ensure that the show is more targeted, yet all-encompassing than ever before� he added.

The exclusive Areeq Dubai, designed to cater to the high-end jewellery connoisseur, will feature a selection of the finest jewellery and timepieces that money can buy. Some of the most exquisite jewellery houses from the region and beyond will be a part of this star-studded event. Among the key collections on show, are Al Tayer Group’s insignia which will be on prominent display. Their luxury retail division is all set to showcase a timeless collection of jewels and watches from a host of celebrity jewellery and timepiece designers from the style capitals of the world including New York, Italy, Britain and France. A collection of extraordinary hand¬crafted dazzling diamond necklaces and chic pieces that harmonize everyday wear will be on display courtesy Istana. Designed by such luminaries like Adler, Picchiotti and Henry Dunay to name a few, Istana’s display promises elegance and grandeur at its subtle best. Damas, the award-winning UAE based jewellery giant, will also feature its exquisite range at the show including designs by some of the industry’s biggest names like Paspaley, Carrera y Carrera, Fope and Tiffany. A stunning show with models sporting the latest Damas creations will take place at the VIP Nespresso Lounge and one lucky guest a day will walk away with a diamond from Dhamani.

Other glittering highlights at Areeq Dubai include the unique unveiling at the show preview day of a one-of-a-kind Dalumi-diamond studded top featuring over 900 diamonds mounted in white gold designed by Gianfranco Ferre and valued at a staggering $1.3 million.

Dubai World Trade Centre, the show’s organiser, has pulled out all the stops to support the key retail and trade sections of the industry by giving them exclusive platforms at Dubai International Jewellery Week. Jewellery Collections Dubai, the retail arm, will be Dubai’s ultimate retail jewellery event of the year. Visitors to the event can see hundreds of jewellery manufacturers from across the globe under one roof including stunning displays from national pavilions from India, Italy, Hong Kong, Korea, Pakistan, Thailand and Turkey. The show will feature a series of firsts, including two of the global leaders in the industry, Rosy Blue and Pure Gold, coming together to launch the ‘Journey of Love’ Omri pendant. Euro Pearls, the leading London-based pearl suppliers, will showcase an extensive range of South Sea and Tahitian pearls, adding a touch of exotica to the show. Rich chocolate pearls, a new line of gemset pearl jewellery and a range of baroque pearl jewellery will also be a part of the Euro Pearls portfolio for the show. Diamond specialists Taka Jewellery and Fancy Diamonds will also vie for attention, featuring a new and contemporary range as well as elaborate designer pieces. There is a lot more in store, including the collection by Su-Raj Inter Gold, renowned for the ‘natural delicacy’ in their designs. A Trunk Show, featuring an eclectic fusion of fashion and jewellery will present a bevy of models draped in his designer diamond studded creations parading around Jewellery Collections Dubai, enhancing the already electric atmosphere.

Jewellery Trade Dubai, the only ‘trade-only’ watch and jewellery event in the Middle East, will have its spotlight firmly on the all-important trade sector.. Key exhibitors such as the Italian Machinery Pavilion, Plachem International Trading, Shrenuj International and Bijoux Tec present a fantastic array of machinery and jewellery, These displays are accompanied by a series of free trade seminars, featuring CEO’s, market analysts and major players from the jewellery trade segment, to ensure jewellery professionals network as well as take away some key business practices and new trends. The who’s-who of the industry will elaborate on the finer points of jewellery trade, including Dr. Francesco Natale, the G.G., Laboratory Director of International Gemological Institute, who will speak on Laboratory Procedures and Current Marketing Trends in the Industry. Russell Shor, a senior industry analyst from the Gemmological Institute of America, will discuss diamonds and pearls, covering New Colours and Products and How to Compete with China. Many tricks of the trade, including How To Market Gold Jewellery as an Everyday Fashion Item, will be covered by Moaz Barakat, Managing Director of the World Gold Council. Other eminent personalities like Youri Steverlynck from the Dubai Diamond Exchange, Peter Meeus from International Diamond Laboratories and Yves Kerremans from HRD in Antwerp to name a few will also discuss a range of trade-relevant topics. Established industry-specific organisations like the Dubai Diamond Exchange, the International Diamond Laboratories and the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre will use the show to announce a series of new masterplans and landmark projects designed to further bolster this lucrative industry.

The new format seems to have got a unanimous thumbs-up from everyone concerned. “The market has grown in leaps and bounds over the years, and visitors expect a lot more with each passing show� said Vishal Vora, Managing Director of VRAMS Diamonds, a Jewellery Trade Dubai exhibitor. “Having shows with distinct target audiences helps us focus on specific requirements and give people more value for their time and money. As we are one of the largest producers of Tappers, Baguettes, Rose Cuts and Princess polished diamonds in the world, we keep all goods in calibrated mm size ,and offer colors ranging from white to lower browns, ttlc, fine make, and a show like this opens up new avenues for us.� he added.

The strategic position of these three jewellery events, Areeq Dubai, Jewellery Collections Dubai and Jewellery Trade Dubai will provide traders with tremendous synergy and benefits exclusive to Dubai International Jewellery Week.

Dubai International Jewellery Week will be held from the 11-15 December at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre between 4pm and 10pm, with an exclusive ladies only viewing on the 13 December between 12pm – 4pm. A minimum age restriction of 16 years applies for entry into the show.

About Dubai International Jewellery Week
Website: www.jewelleryshow.com

Dubai International Jewellery Week presents:

LUXURY Areeq Dubai – 13 – 15 December, (Preview 12 December)
The luxury watch & jewellery boutique

RETAIL Jewellery Collections Dubai, 11 – 15 December

The ultimate jewellery retail event

TRADE Jewellery Trade Dubai, 11-13 December
The Middle East watch & jewellery trade event

These dedicated events for luxury, retail and trade provide the ideal opportunity for international suppliers to come face-to-face with high end buyers in this hugely lucrative region.

About Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)
Website: www.dwtc.com

As the organiser of Dubai International Jewellery Week, Dubai World Trade Centre offers over 27 years’ experience of delivering world-class events in the Middle East, providing local, regional and international exhibitors with unmatched expertise and in-depth market knowledge. Our team organises 15 of the largest and most successful international and regional shows in Middle East, providing an ideal platform for business development in the region.

Our commitment to ongoing innovation within the exhibition industry has supported the rapid growth and development of a wide range of business-to-business and business-to-consumer shows, and delivered consistent satisfaction to exhibitors and visitors. DWTC works with the leading trade bodies and industry associations to ensure that all exhibitions deliver full value and are built upon the real needs of their specific sector.

For more information, please contact:

Shimaa Elsayed
Account Manager
Tamra-C2
P.O. Box 2642
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4 295 1177
Fax: +971 4 295 1188
Email: shimaa@tamra-c2.com

Amanda Slater
Marketing Manager
Dubai World Trade Centre
P.O. Box 9292
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4 308 6661
Fax: +971 4 318 8607
Email: amanda.slater@dwtc.com

Call for Papers!

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Ala Excellence Consulting Group is going to publish high quality research papers in the following streams in the form of an e-books and books (in case of fund availability) by several famous publishers in USA and UK. The papers will go under a peer review process by reputed university professors and only accepted papers will be considered for publish.

You are most welcome to use this opportunity to promote your research work and have it known globally by all other researchers. This gives you the opportunity to publish your research paper with World Class Publishers under US and/or UK ISBN.

If you are interested, please submit our full papers to: nejati@ala.ir and mention the stream you are submitting your paper for.

Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurates The Dubai International Motor Show 2007

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

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Thousands of motor enthusiasts attend the opening of the region’s largest and most popular Motor Show

United Arab Emirates, 14th November 2007 - The 9th edition of the Middle East International Motor Show, popularly known as the Dubai Motor Show, opened at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre today. The event was inaugurated by Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Technology & Media Free Authority. After the inauguration, Sheikh Maktoum and his VIP entourage toured the exhibition and got a glimpse of the latest designs and models unveiled by the biggest names in the automotive industry.

Thousands of motor enthusiasts queued up to be the first ones to get their eyes on the stunning designs and prototypes on display, and the turbocharged excitement in the air was clearly palpable. 650 companies displayed their best and newest in the expansive 50,000 square meter display area. The show has grown in size and stature compared to the last edition, with more exhibitors, newer brands and more people in attendance.

Dubai World Trade Centre, the show’s organiser, has delivered an event that is bigger and better than ever before. The visitors were thrilled to see many first-time additions to the show, such as the Cars of the Stars walkway, Dubai’s first solar powered car and the exciting West Coast Customs remodeling a car live at the show. Speed lovers got more than they expected when they got a glimpse of not just the Shelby Ultimate Aero, the fastest production car in the world, but also ten of the fastest production cars in the world. Even the kids had a gala time, with the Porsche Driving School teaching them the basics of safe driving in the most fun way possible.

Our aim was to transform the show from a mega car exhibition into an experience that is entertaining and educational for all. I am extremely pleased that we are presenting a wide spectrum of displays and attractions that are innovative and awe inspiring for motor enthusiasts and the public alike said Mr. Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General of Dubai World Trade Centre.

Some of the biggest names in the motor world, including Maybach, Maserati, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Toyota, Hyundai, Ford, General Motors and Jeep, just to name a few, made their presence felt at the show. Visitors to the show also got the first ever glimpse of the Maybach S62 Landaulet, which had its world premier at the show yesterday, as well as a series of other regional launches from key manufacturers.

Visitors to the show can also try their luck in the many competitions and giveaways throughout the show. If the response to the first day is anything to go by, one can definitely expect four more days of power-packed excitement to come.

The Dubai Motor Show 2007 will be held from 14-18 November 2007 from 11 am to 10 pm, and from 3 pm to 10pm on Friday, 16th of November. The tickets cost AED 20 and can be purchased at the venue or online at www.timeouttickets.com. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Children under the age of 5 enjoy free admission.

About Middle East International Motor Show
Website: www.dubaimotorshow.com

The 9th Middle East International Motor show 2007 is the single largest international automotive event in the Middle East. The exhibition which is held once every two years runs in conjunction with two separate but related shows ‘ Motor Parts & Accessories and MOTORplus which collectively offer a complete representation of the motor industry serving the Middle East markets and will be a dedicated section for motor parts, components, accessories and high end automotive products.. The combination of events will be held from 14 – 18 November 2007 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC)

About Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)
Website: www.dwtc.com

As the organiser of the Middle East International Motor Show, Dubai World Trade Centre offers over 27 years experience of delivering world-class events in the Middle East, providing local, regional and international exhibitors with unmatched expertise and in-depth market knowledge. Our team organises 15 of the largest and most successful international and regional shows in Middle East, providing an ideal platform for business development in the region.

Our commitment to ongoing innovation within the exhibition industry has supported the rapid growth and development of a wide range of business-to-business and business-to-consumer shows, and delivered consistent satisfaction to exhibitors and visitors. DWTC works with the leading trade bodies and industry associations to ensure that all exhibitions deliver full value and are built upon the real needs of their specific sector.


For more information, please contact:

tamra C2
Wissam Nasrallah or Joumana Tannous
Tel : +97142951177
Fax : +97142951188
E-mail:Wissam@tamra-c2.com
Joumana@tamra-c2.com

DWTC
Tom O’Gorman
Tel : + 9714 3086918
Fax : +971 4 3188 607
E-mail:tom.ogorman@dwtc.com

WEF International Pavilions Program at WSDWTF 2008 Water Environment Federation Offers New International Program to Members

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Alexandria, Va. The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announces WEF International Pavilions, a new program designed to make it easier for WEF members to exhibit at major water quality shows around the world. As part of the Federation’s continued effort to increase member benefits as well as its global presence, the program offers pre- and onsite management and marketing services as well as a lower risk approach to purchasing booth space in international forums.

The Water Environment Federation is excited and pleased to provide our members with this unique opportunity to develop an increased presence in the international water market, said WEF Executive Director Bill Bertera.WEF is first and foremost a membership organization and this program is just the latest example of how we continue to seek new and innovative ways to better serve our members and provide added value for their commitment.

Under the program, WEF will purchase exhibit space with all of the major international water quality shows and construct a 2,500 square foot pavilion with booth space set below the minimum required by the international shows. Members will have the opportunity to either purchase exhibit space or send product brochures for distribution at a WEF-managed display. In addition, WEF will also provide a fully-built booth (3×3 meter minimum) in a prime location, translation and catering services, meeting rooms, lounge areas and pre-show marketing to increase booth traffic.

From a business standpoint, we see enormous membership value to the international pavilion concept,â€? said Jack Benson, WEF’s Chief Commercial Officer. “In addition to this being a low financial risk, WEF members will be able to exhibit under the WEF banner in a larger, more visible area as well as benefit from WEF’s onsite management and pre-show promotions through our international publication, World Water and Environmental Engineering.”

The WEF International Pavilion is currently scheduled for the following show in 2008: The 9th China International Water Supply & Drainage and Water Treatment Exhibition (WSDWTF 2008 ), April 27-29, 2008 in Shanghai, China.

For more information about the program, please contact Laila Sukkariyyah, WEF Director of Association Development at lsukkariyyah@wef.org or Jack Benson at jbenson@wef.org.

About Water Environment Federation(WEF)

Formed in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 32,000 individual members and 80 affiliated Member Associations representing an additional 50,000 water quality professionals throughout the world. WEF and its member associations proudly work to achieve our mission of preserving and enhancing the global water environment

Contact the WSDWTF 2008 Organizer:
Contact Person: Ms.Helen Zhu Add:A/10 Huading Tower, Zhongshan Road West 2368,Shanghai 200235,China ,Tel:+86 21 5459 2323 ext 329 Fax:+86 21 5425 3480 Email: Helen@zhongmao.com.cn or zhuxuejiao16@163.com Skype: Helen_zhongmao Official Show Website: www.wsdwtf.com/en

JEWELLERY TRADE DUBAI, THE PERFECT PLATFORM FOR DUBAI’S JEWELLERY RETAIL TRADE MARKET WHICH STANDS AT $1.5B

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

This year’s Dubai International Jewellery Week features an exclusive traders-only show, Jewellery Trade Dubai

The Dubai International Jewellery Week (formerly known as Watch & Jewellery Dubai) has unveiled a brand new format for 2007. Firmly established as the leading show of its kind in Dubai, the event has seen the number of visitors and exhibitors rapidly rising with each passing edition. This year, the organiser Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) has repositioned the show to present Dubai International Jewellery Week featuring three specific shows dedicated to targeted sectors of the jewellery industry. Besides the ultra-luxurious Areeq Dubai and the retail-specific Jewellery Collections Dubai, the show will have a dedicated event devoted to the all-important trade professionals of the industry – Jewellery Trade Dubai.

Jewellery Trade Dubai is the sole trade only focused jewellery event in the Middle East, giving serious buyers, industry professionals and international traders a golden opportunity to meet, interact and share the latest information amongst their peers. Traders, manufacturers and suppliers from the Gulf, North Africa, India and beyond will be a part of the event. With Dubai’s jewellery retail trade standing at $1.5 billion, having an exclusive traders-only platform makes perfect business sense. The trade exhibition plays a crucial role in the success of the jewellery industry,â€? said Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General of DWTC the show’s organiser. The traders are in the best position to network with fellow industry players from across the globe, and their ability to reach out to a mass market cannot be underestimated. Jewellery Trade Dubai offers traders and serious buyers an exclusive platform to strengthen their reach and potential and underlines how crucial their contribution is he added.

A host of strategic initiatives lends a strong support system to the jewellery traders market in the UAE. Trade and retail bodies like the Dubai Diamond Exchange (DDE), Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange, and Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) have exclusive international affiliations and have been established to promote the jewellery trade and maintain the highest quality standards possible. These focused organisations will be working in close conjunction with Dubai International Jewellery Week and DWTC to ensure that this booming trade market gets all the support and promotion it needs.

We are very excited to be a part of Dubai International Jewellery Week once again said Mr Youri Steverlynck, the CEO of Dubai Diamond Exchange. “Both our organisation and the Dubai International Jewellery Week have similar target markets, common goals and shared audiences. Joining hands will only result in assisting the market to develop and grow,� he added.

As a member of the World Trade Organisation, the UAE has extensive trade relations and strong foreign economic ties with more than 165 countries across the globe, further strengthening the potential for jewellery trade. With Dubai’s gold exports expected to double over the next five years, the stage is set for this one-of-a-kind, traders-only forum to add to the momentum.

Leading companies already exhibiting at Jewellery Trade Dubai include some of the biggest names in the market, such as AMC, DDE, Dhamani, Dhruvstar, DMCC, Renaissance Diamonds and Shrenuj. Mr. Deepak Lakhi, Managing Director of Sparklers International, said “We have participated in, and visited numerous shows with diverse target audiences, but a platform like Jewellery Trade Dubai is markedly different. Since it is a trade only show, it gives us the opportunity to meet a focused target audience. We are one of the largest producers of polished diamonds in the world, producing diamonds of all sizes from below one pointer to above 1.00 carat and in colors ranging from white to lower browns, in fine make, and a show like this opens up new avenues for us. We will be using the show as a platform to unveil a one-of-a-kind diamond called Pristine Hearts, which has a worldwide patent. Each of these unique diamonds has a heart carved in it and is created by master craftsmen. We look forward to interacting with numerous important industry players at the show.

An important aspect of Jewellery Trade Dubai will be a series of free trade seminars that will be held during the show. Featuring CEOs and Directors of renowned jewellery houses as well as senior industry analysts, the trade seminars will touch upon all areas including finance, new products, laboratory procedures and emerging markets. The distinguished panel of speakers will include Mr Moaz Barakat of the World Gold Council, who will share crucial insights about marketing gold jewellery as an everyday fashion item. Mr Russell Shor of Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will touch upon a variety of topics from thriving international markets like China and Africa to new products and even how new financial developments will affect the industry. The scientific side of things like the latest laboratory techniques and new marketing ideas will be discussed in detail by Mr Roland Loire of International Gemological Institute (IGI).

Jewellery Trade Dubai will be held in Hall 4 of the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre between 4pm and 10pm on the 11- 13 December 2007. Professionals wishing to take part in Jewellery Trade Dubai can register in advance online at www.jewelleryshow.com or onsite at the venue. A minimum age restriction of 16 years applies for entry into the show.

About Dubai International Jewellery Week
Website: www.jewelleryshow.com

Dubai International Jewellery Week presents:

LUXURY Areeq Dubai – 13 – 15 December, (Preview 12 December)
The luxury watch & jewellery boutique

RETAIL Jewellery Collections Dubai, 11 – 15 December
The ultimate jewellery retail event

TRADE Jewellery Trade Dubai, 11-13 December
The Middle East watch & jewellery trade event

These dedicated events for luxury, retail and trade provide the ideal opportunity for international suppliers to come face-to-face with high end buyers in this hugely lucrative region.


About Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)
Website: www.dwtc.com

As the organiser of Dubai International Jewellery Week, Dubai World Trade Centre offers over 27 years’ experience of delivering world-class events in the Middle East, providing local, regional and international exhibitors with unmatched expertise and in-depth market knowledge. Our team organises 15 of the largest and most successful international and regional shows in Middle East, providing an ideal platform for business development in the region.

Our commitment to ongoing innovation within the exhibition industry has supported the rapid growth and development of a wide range of business-to-business and business-to-consumer shows, and delivered consistent satisfaction to exhibitors and visitors. DWTC works with the leading trade bodies and industry associations to ensure that all exhibitions deliver full value and are built upon the real needs of their specific sector.

For more information, please contact:

Shimaa Elsayed
Account Manager
Tamra-C2
P.O. Box 2642
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4 295 1177
Fax: +971 4 295 1188
Email: shimaa@tamra-c2.com

Amanda Slater
Marketing Manager
Dubai World Trade Centre
P.O. Box 9292
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4 308 6661
Fax: +971 4 318 8607
Email: amanda.slater@dwtc.com

The American Businesses and the Race for the Emerging African and Caribbean Markets

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Where do the American businesses stand in the race for the Emerging African Market? We see the European and Asian businesses aggressively rushing to the African continent in large numbers. “The American businesses are slow in this race”, says Professor Matthew Sam Kuofie, a professor of global business management and information technology. This look warm attitude of the American businesses should not continue.

This is the time for the American businesses to aggressively join in the race for the emerging African/Caribbean markets. The market is fertile. The World Bank/IFC report, Doing Business 2007: How to Reform ranked two African countries Tanzania and Ghana in the top 10 global reformers for 2005-2006. The Africa continent as whole ranks third in this year’s regional rankings for reforms that encourage new enterprises, formal sector jobs and growth.

Now is the time for more American businesses to enter the African/Caribbean Market to increase their clients, revenue and profit. Entering the African market will enable these businesses to employ more American citizens to work for them here in the US; this is an opportunity for these US businesses to help in addressing the current economic downturn facing some states in the US such as Michigan.

Global Strategic Management Inc. (GSMI) of Michigan has the expertise to help American businesses ease into the African/Caribbean markets. GSMI is holding the First Annual USA Africa International Business Conference November 29-30, 2007, in
Detroit, Michigan, USA.

The conference theme is Harnessing the Expertise of Business Professionals, Academicians and Government Officials for Economic Development.

The main aim of this conference, UAIBC2007, is to provide an international platform for business people, academics and government officials from Africa, Caribbean and USA/America to come together to exchange ideas on how to propel American businesses to the forefront of the African and Caribbean markets and vice versa. The conference will promote business, trade and investments opportunities between American and African/Caribbean businesses and to improve economic developments of Africa, Caribbean and America. The conference will promote business– trade, investment, etc– delegations from America to go to Africa and Carribean and vice versa.

Invited keynote speakers include the United States Department of State Representative Haiti Finance Minister Daniel Dorsainvil, Overseas Private Investment Corporation Exec VP John Simon, US Department of Commerce Representative, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, US Senator Carl Levin, US Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, US Congressman John Conyers, Mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick, African Union Ambassador to the US Amina Salum Ali and African Presidents and Ambassadors.

Partners include United African Community Organization, The European African and American Partnership, and Oakland University. Key sponsor Western Union. Let GSMI and partners help you join the race for the fertile emerging African/Caribbean market.

Take this opportunity to join GSMI in hosting the conference or participating in the conference.

Please go to http://gsmi-usa.com/UAIBC.aspx for more conference information.

Contacts:
Professor Matthew Kuofie, MBA, PhD
Email: mhkuofie_gsmi@msn.com

Or
Peggy Price
Email: peggy_gsmi@msn.com

Third InRetail exhibition to display state-of-the-art solutions for retail design, merchandising and technology

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

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United Arab Emirates, November 12th 2007. - As the Emirate of Dubai gets ready for another annual Shopping Festival, and tens of thousands of visitors are booking their flights from all over the globe, industry statistics are telling an extraordinary tale.

Not only will Dubai have sixteen times more sales floor space in malls per capita than the European Union, retail spend in the Emirate is expected to exceed US$ 7.6 billion by 2009. By that time, Saudi Arabia is looking at US$ 6 billion, and Abu Dhabi at US$ 1.9 billion. Similar remarkable data apply to the other countries in GCC region.

As a result, global and local brands are queuing up to open outlets, franchises are multiplying, and architects and designers are hiring extra staff to cope with the demand for enticing retail interiors.

Specifiers and industry buyers alike are already looking forward to the third InRetail trade fair, which will take place from 8-10 June 2008, at the Dubai International Exhibition & Convention Centre. This is the main annual event for the industry in the region, introducing the latest display systems and furniture, the most up-to-date technology and tantalising merchandising, while bringing together global experts and industry players from all levels of the retail industry. Visitor attendance at InRetail 2007 grew by a phenomenal 66%, a trend which is bound to continue in 2008.

Well aware of the requirements of retail professionals in the Arabian Gulf region, InRetail 2008 will focus on the three major product sectors which are of immediate concern to them. They are: Shopfitting & Visual merchandising, Retail Design & Consultancy, and Supply Chain Management & Technology.

Among the products and services covered in the Shopfitting & Visual Merchandising sector are: display systems, furniture, signage, mannequins, trolleys, lighting, flooring, joinery, turnkey systems and more.
Retail design & Consultancy features architectural and interior design services, project management, staff training, brand development, themed environments, concept retailing.

The Supply chain management & Technology sector includes IT solutions, security systems, stock control and logistics, CRM, ePoS, freight systems, audio-visual techniques, etc.

The importance of good retail design cannot be overstated, and is directly linked to product sales and success,� said Exhibition Director Paula Al Chami. The InRetail exhibition will welcome architects and designers, retailers, supermarket and shopping mall developers to meet with global exhibitors from the key sectors of the retail industry. It is the most important forum for the industry professionals, where exhibitors provide valuable knowledge and expertise, ensuring that the region continues to be at the forefront of the consumer shopping experience.

About InRetail Exhibition

InRetail – For the design, fit-out and operational management of retail outlets, supermarkets and shopping malls in the Arabian Gulf. Showcasing shopfitting and visual merchandising, retail design and consultancy, supply chain management and technology from world renowned manufacturers alongside the region’s largest agents and distributors.

The Innovations In Retail Seminars will run alongside the event – delegates will once again be inspired and educated on the latest innovations in interior store design, current retail trends and management techniques that ensure success in this highly competitive market, brought to you by renowned international speakers.

InRetail is open to trade visitors only and will be held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre, 8- 10 June 2008, from 11am – 7pm daily, and will run alongside the Hotel Show. For further information please visit www.inretailexhibition.com

About dmg world media

An international exhibition and publishing company, dmg world media Ltd produces more than 300 market-leading trade exhibitions, consumer shows and fairs each year and publishes 45 related magazines, newspapers, directories and market reports.

dmg world media employs more than 800 people and maintains a worldwide presence through 38 offices in the United States, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, the Middle East, China, Australia and New Zealand. dmg world media is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT), one of the largest and most successful media companies in the United Kingdom.

For further information, please contact:
Khalil Majdalawi, Account Manager PR Tamra C2.
t: +971 4 2951177, f: +971 4 2951188, Khalil@tamra-c2.com

21% Increase in Demand for Jewellery Boosts Dubai’s Retail Jewellery Event, Jewellery Collections Dubai

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

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Dubai International Jewellery Week presents dedicated retail jewellery show, “Jewellery Collections Dubai

Over the years, Dubai International Jewellery Week – formerly known as Watch & Jewellery Dubai, has rapidly grown in size and stature, attracting an eclectic audience that includes royalty, celebrities, prominent personalities, retailers, jewellery enthusiasts and traders. This diversity in attendance has influenced the organiser to unveil a brand new three-show format this year that promises to have something for everyone. Besides the high-end Areeq Dubai and a trade specific show Jewellery Trade Dubai, Dubai International Jewellery Week 2007 will also feature an exclusive retail event designed to cater to every aspect of the jewellery retail industry Jewellery Collections Dubai.

Jewellery Collections Dubai will be held from the 11 – 15 December at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and promises to be Dubai’s jewellery retail event of the year, with companies from across the globe coming together under one roof to showcase their latest creations.

The strategic position of the two other jewellery events, Areeq Dubai and Jewellery Trade Dubai, alongside the retail event, will provide traders with tremendous synergy and benefits exclusive to Dubai International Jewellery Week.
Mr. Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General, Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of Jewellery Collections Dubai commented, “Having all the big names of the retail jewellery industry under one roof is Jewellery Collections Dubai’s greatest appeal, making it the number one event in the UAE. Support from key industry associations and brands has been tremendous and we are looking forward to the best edition yet.

With retail gold jewellery sales in Dubai in excess of AED 6 billion a year and rising, it makes perfect business sense to have a focused event such as Jewellery Collections Dubai Previous editions of the Dubai Jewellery Event have seen a tremendous increase in the number of retail exhibitors and related visitors, providing an exclusive platform like Jewellery Collections Dubai will only further attract a targeted audience.

According to Mr. Tawhid Abdullah, Chairman of the Dubai Gold and Jewellers Group (DGJG), “This is the world’s fastest growing jewellery market and the foundations are strong enough for it to double its retail space in the next four years.� The World Gold Council reported a 21% increase in demand for jewellery in the first quarter of this year alone, with buying trends largely boosted by an increasing per capita income that ranks amongst the highest in the world.

The show’s ever-growing long time popularity has seen exhibitors returning year after year. Samra, for instance, has been a constant participant in the Dubai Jewellery over the years, and has witnessed the growing support from the national and international visitors at the fair. Samra will be presenting its Winter 2007 collections at Jewellery Collections Dubai and according to Mr. Samer Abou Samra, Assistant Managing Director, The show will be the perfect platform to introduce our Winter 2007 collection, as it gives us a great opportunity to meet with our retail and international trade customers and ensure that they are the first to see the new collection.

Karim Merchant, Managing Director of Pure Gold Jewellers said, Pure Gold Jewellers is honoured to be able to participate in this year’s Dubai International Jewellery Week. Pure Gold Jewellers is a major player in the region’s local and international jewellery retailing. It is now one of the fastest growing jewellery houses in the UAE catering to customers in neighboring GCC countries in Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain.

We have been working very hard to develop wonderful new product features to our existing brands and we are enthusiastic to finally unveil our new creations to the public. Our latest inspirations for our Pure Diamonds, Mosaico, Oystra, and Pure Sparkle brands will highlight striking white and gold jewellery beautifully adorned with rare-cut diamonds, freshwater pearls, and precious stones available in a variety of exquisite colors, carats, and shapes. We are positive that our participation in this show will further reinstate our commitment to deliver the best and only the best to our loyal customers in the region.” Mr. Merchant added
As well as a comprehensive collection of renowned exhibitors, Jewellery Collections Dubai will feature informative seminars regarding the latest trends, the 4 C’s and much more. Leading jewellers displaying their latest collections include Al Masood, Amwaj, Damas, Dhamani, Forever Jovial, Pure Gold, Rosyblue, Samra, Thamina and Mahalatti.

Jewellery Collections Dubai will be held from the 11 -15 of December at Halls 5-8 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre with an exclusive ladies only viewing on the 13 December between 12pm – 4pm. Entry is free and all visitors will be entered into a free prize draw to win air tickets to a select shopping destination. Visitors under the age of 16 will not be permitted entry.

About Dubai International Jewellery Week
Website: www.jewelleryshow.com

Dubai International Jewellery Week presents:

LUXURY Areeq Dubai – 13 – 15 December, (Preview 12 December)
The luxury watch & jewellery boutique

RETAIL Jewellery Collections Dubai, 11 – 15 December

The ultimate jewellery retail event

TRADE Jewellery Trade Dubai, 11-13 December
The Middle East watch & jewellery trade event

These dedicated events for luxury, retail and trade provide the ideal opportunity for international suppliers to come face-to-face with high end buyers in this hugely lucrative region.

About Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)
Website: www.dwtc.com

As the organiser of Dubai International Jewellery Week, Dubai World Trade Centre offers over 27 years’ experience of delivering world-class events in the Middle East, providing local, regional and international exhibitors with unmatched expertise and in-depth market knowledge. Our team organises 15 of the largest and most successful international and regional shows in Middle East, providing an ideal platform for business development in the region.

Our commitment to ongoing innovation within the exhibition industry has supported the rapid growth and development of a wide range of business-to-business and business-to-consumer shows, and delivered consistent satisfaction to exhibitors and visitors. DWTC works with the leading trade bodies and industry associations to ensure that all exhibitions deliver full value and are built upon the real needs of their specific sector.

For more information, please contact:

Shimaa Elsayed
Account Manager
Tamra-C2
P.O. Box 2642
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4 295 1177
Fax: +971 4 295 1188
Email: shimaa@tamra-c2.com

Amanda Slater
Marketing Manager
Dubai World Trade Centre
P.O. Box 9292
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4 308 6661
Fax: +971 4 318 8607
Email: amanda.slater@dwtc.com