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    The Stats Behind UAE Team Emirates' 2017 UCI World Tour Season

    Dubai, UAE, November 22, 2017:  With the 2017 UCI World Tour complete, UAE Team Emirates has released an infographic detailing some of the statistics behind their season.    The team, who made their UCI World Tour debut, competed in 85 races, picking up a total of 19 wins and made 54 appearances on the podium. Collectively, they covered over 285,000km and spent more than 1,800 days cycling through 28 different countries including; United Kingdom, Argentina, Belgium, France, Australia, Spain, Germany and the UAE. Slovenian, Matej Mohoric who was one of the team’s standout riders of the season, covered the most race kilometres – over 15,500, across 95 days of cycling.

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    Dubai Culture Celebrates International Day for Tolerance 2017

    ‘Share the Culture of Your Country with Us' CSR team initiative reflects the leadership's directives to build the UAE as an international model for tolerance Dubai Public Library initiatives aim to promote tolerance, coexistence, harmony, respect for diversity and acceptance of others, while also reflecting the Authority’s vision and promoting reading Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 22 November 2017:  Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, has launched several initiatives to celebrate International Day for Tolerance 2017 and promote tolerance, coexistence, harmony, respect for diversity and acceptance of others, while also reflecting the Authority’s vision and promoting reading.    To mark the occasion, ......read more

    Let Film Find You at the 14th Edition of the Dubai International Film Festival

    The biggest film premieres of the year, the latest in Arab cinema, the industry’s most creative talent and an exciting programme of events at the Dubai Film Market  The stage is set for another year of cinematic excellence…   Dubai, November 22, 2017:  The 14th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, today unveiled its rich and diverse lineup of films and events. This year the Festival will introduce audiences to the most highly anticipated new films from around the world, alongside a diverse events programme at the Dubai Film Market (DFM) featuring some of the most creative talents working in the industry today.    The Festival, which runs 6 ......read more

    Stellar Line Up of Films Added to DIFF's Diverse Cinema of the World Showcase

    Dubai, 21 November 2017:  The Dubai International Film Festival announces the latest additions to its ‘Cinema of the World’ programme, welcoming films from across the globe to join in what will be an unforgettable celebration of cinematic artistry at the Festival’s 14th edition. The next addition in the vibrant line-up is the critically praised ‘The Death of Stalin’, from acclaimed Scottish-Italian filmmaker Armando Iannucci. Having opened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to rave reviews, ‘The Death of Stalin’ embraces the dark humour expected from Iannucci’s films as it follows a Soviet era satire about one of the world’s most ruthless dictators. A stellar cast of Michael Palin, Simon Russell Beale, Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs, Rupert Friend, Olga Kurylenko ......read more

    Women's Sport Set for Another Boost With Dedicated Spartan Sprint

    Dubai, UAE, November 21, 2017:   Women’s sport in the Middle East is set to receive another boost following the announcement of the region’s first dedicated Spartan race for ladies. The team of Dubai Sports Council, Spartan Arabia, XDubai and Dubai Holding are joining forces again, following the first-ever Spartan Middle East Championship in Hatta earlier in the month, to bring the Middle East’s first Women-Only Spartan Sprint, which will be held at the Jebel Ali Race Course on December 16. The dedicated Spartan Sprint comes close on the heels of the Dubai Women’s Triathlon – the region’s first such event of its kind, held earlier in the month. “There is an increasing focus on the empowerment of women in the country, and we at Dubai Sports Council are following the lead of our ......read more

    UAE Team Emirates Continue 2018 Preparations With Mitsubishi Driving Course

    Dubai, UAE, November 21, 2017:  UAE Team Emirates has continued its preparations for the 2018 season by undertaking a safety driving course with official team car supplier, Mitsubishi Italia. The course, organized for UAE Team Emirates’ Sports Directors, aims to encourage and promote the safe sharing of the road between cars and bikes, as well as making sure the technical team are able to drive in all weather conditions on the 2018 UCI World Tour.    At the Tazio Nuvolari di Cervesina Circuit (Pavia), the technicians from the team got the chance to learn and test some fundamentals of driving safely on four wheels including; emergency braking, how to manage over-steering, swerving, drifting and controlling a vehicle. Each aspect was tested in simulated conditions, similar to those drivers face when driving the ......read more

    Dubai Film Connection Supports Innovative Regional Cinema

    13 projects shortlisted for prize pool and a chance to gain access to renowned Cannes Film Festival’s Producers Network and Tribeca Film Institute    Dubai, 21 November 2017:  Thirteen exciting film projects have been selected to take part in this year’s Dubai Film Connection (DFC), the co-production platform of the Dubai Film Market.  The regional filmmakers will attend DFC with their documentary and fiction projects in the hope of securing crucial funding and partnership opportunities to bring their films to production. Running during the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) from 6 – 13 December, DFC has helped to bring more than 300 films from across the Arab world to global audiences, securing them international recognition on the way.    DFC provides a platform for ......read more

    13-Strong Lineup of World Premiere Emirati Films Confirmed for DIFF's 14th Edition

    Muhr Emirati category will feature work from top local talent Dubai, 19 November 2017:  The UAE’s most talented filmmakers have had their work selected to form a 13-strong film lineup, all of which are world premieres, for the Muhr Emirati competition at the 14th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) which runs from 6-13 December. The Muhr Emirati category celebrates rising local talent from the UAE and shares their projects with a global audience. Since its inception in 2010, the competition has witnessed year on year growth as the local film industry continues to flourish.   Award-winning Emirati filmmaker Waleed Al Shehhi, whose script for ‘Dolphins’ won him the IWC Filmmaker Award at DIFF 2013, returns to the Festival with ‘Dimmed Light’ by the Emirati writer Ahmed ......read more

    Dubai Sports Council Championship for Football Academies set for a “bigger and better” season two

    Christian Wilhelmsson: This tournament is about developing local youth and helping them become better football players Dubai, UAE, November 15, 2017:  Bigger and better, the hugely popular Dubai Sports Council Championship for Football Academies is back for season two, promising 12 weeks of action for the 66 participating teams. The tournament, which had seen around 900 players take the pitch in the first season, has attracted more than 1,300 players from more than 100 different nationalities this year, which means there will be 32 matches every weekend at the Dubai Sports City involving teams in six different age categories – Under-8, Under-10, Under-12, Under-14, Under-16 and Under-18. The tournament, which is being organised by Dubai Sports Council (DSC) in association with Royal Emirates Sports Academy (RESA), has ......read more

    Eleven Films Confirmed for Arabian Nights Programme Will Share Regional Perspectives at DIFF

    From Paris and Sweden to Morocco and Palestine, the 2017 Arabian Nights lineup pays homage to the cultural vibrancy of the ever-changing Arab world Dubai, 12 November 2017:  The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced the vibrant lineup of films for its iconic Arabian Nights programme. A favourite of Festival-goers, the 2017 edition will feature nuanced stories from regional and international filmmakers highlighting the multifaceted nature of Arabian culture. Held during the 14th Festival, from 6 – 13 December, audiences will be taken on a whirlwind journey that explores the division of borders and the humanity that can traverse them.  First in the lineup, and making his debut at the Festival, is award-winning French director Gaël Morel with his latest feature, ‘Catch The Wind’. Having ......read more

    Louvre Abu Dhabi welcomes visitors on sold-out opening day

    Manuel Rabaté, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, welcomes museum’s first visitors  Abu Dhabi, 11 November 2017:  At 10am on Saturday 11 November, Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors to the public for the first time. The highly-anticipated museum welcomed thousands of visitors to see the exceptional architecture and the masterpieces displayed throughout the galleries. Manuel Rabaté, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, commented: “Louvre Abu Dhabi presents a collection of exceptional artworks and artefacts that are unparalleled anywhere in the region, housed within one of the 21st century’s architectural masterpieces. After an exciting period of preparation, the opening is a truly special moment. Today, this building becomes a museum.” Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Children’s Museum welcomed young visitors ......read more

    Dubai Women's Triathlon a platform for positivity: UAE Minister Noura Al Kaabi

    First ladies-only triathlon in the region is a big success, attracting more than 250 participants Dubai, UAE, November 11, 2017:  Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, the UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, has described the Dubai Women’s Triathlon as a platform for “positivity and happiness” after watching more than 250 women of different nationalities cross the finish line in the first such event of its kind in the Middle East. Organised by the Women’s Sports Committee of the Dubai Sports Council in association with the Dubai Ladies Club, the newest addition to Dubai’s sporting calendar got off to a successful start on Friday, attracting both triathlon regulars and first-time enthusiasts, including more than a 100 Emiratis, who were assured of complete privacy as no men were allowed ......read more

    HUAWEI Celebrates Stunning Final to Round off Outstanding Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup 2017

    HUAWEI and Dubai Sports Council strengthen global reputation for world-class tournaments Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 11, 2017:  Huawei Consumer Business Group, the title sponsor of the 2017 Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup, enjoyed its integral role in the competition’s spectacular display of sporting prowess and precision organisation as the tournament drew to a dramatic close last night (Saturday), with Brazil retaining their title with a 2-0 win over Portugal. During the opening ceremony of the five-day tournament, Huawei unboxed its latest and most powerful intelligent smartphone – the Huawei Mate 10 Pro – reflecting the anticipation and excitement of both the event and the supporters. The launch was made in the presence of His Highness Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, ......read more

    The Dubai Film Markets Production Fund Enjaaz in Partnership with Image Nation Supports Six Short Films

    Enjaaz has supported over 300 projects to date with the mission to showcase new regional talent to audiences around the world   Dubai, 07 November 2017:  Six compelling regional short films have received support from the Dubai Film Market’s Enjaaz programme in partnership with Image Nation Abu Dhabi, one of the leading media and entertainment companies in the Middle East. The fifth year of collaborating sees the two organisations award six talented filmmakers with 250,000 AED to start their short film projects and eventually present them to worldwide audience.  Enjaaz, the renowned production initiative, supports and inspires talented regional filmmakers with the mission of producing and bringing their projects to the big screen. Short films are an important part of cinema, storytelling, and culture and ......read more

    T10 cricket team Bengal Tigers unveiled its Jersey

    7th November, 2017; Dubai, UAE:  The roaring team of the revolutionary T10 cricket league Bengal Tigers unveiled its jersey along with the team anthem on 6th November,2017 at Danube Properties office. Present on the unveiling were the proud owners of the team Mr. Neelesh Bhatnager - Owner of NB venture, Anis Sajan, Managing Director - Danube Group and Rizwan Sajan, Founder and Chairman – Danube Group along with the captain of the team Sarfraz Ahmed, who is also the Pakistan Brand Ambassador for Danube Group.  With a fond passion for the cricket game, Mr. Anis Sajan Managing Director – Danube Group also known as ‘Mr. Cricket’ in UAE said:” I am thrilled to launch our Jersey and team anthem to mark the starting of a new revolutionary - T10 cricket league. The jersey will be worn across the league ......read more

    It's Hero Time! Gear Up for Ten Out of Ten Action With Live Action Ben 10 Challenge

    All-new live-action gameshow hosted by Ahmed Khamis, airs on Tuesday at 17:40 (KSA time) Dubai, UAE, November 6, 2017:  It’s officially “Hero Time” as Cartoon Network brings to you Ben 10 Challenge – a brand-new and exhilarating live-action game show giving children from across the Middle East a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become their favourite boy hero, Ben 10! Ben 10 Challenge airs every Tuesday over a ten week period on Cartoon Network Arabic at 17:40 (KSA). The show was launched to celebrate the 7th anniversary of the channel.  Hosted by the Emirati presenter Ahmed Khamis, the live-action game show features a range of physical and mental challenges – testing participants’ speed, strength and other Ben 10 villain-conquering skills. From collecting aliens and testing knowledge ......read more

    Over 60,000 little Fun Members have flocked to enjoy Fun City's 100 Days of Play Membership

    100 Days of Fun proves to be a huge success across the GCC with 100 days of unlimited play for only AED 99!  Dubai, UAE, November 5, 2017:  Fun City’s unique unlimited play membership is officially the talk of the town, with over 60,000 little ones across the region currently taking most advantage to enjoy never-ending fun at all Fun City, Fun Ville and Fun Works outlets across the GCC.  Perfectly suited for kiddies aged one to 12, the membership has proven to be such a success that tens of thousands of families across the GCC have flocked to pick up their memberships -wherein, for just AED 99 per child – less than AED 1 per day – children become fully fledged Fun Members and enjoy unlimited access to the fun-filled, colourful world of Fun City for 100 days. And the best part is that once the ......read more

    CNN International visits Palestine Museum - a gateway for emerging artists in the region

    Palestinian Museum supports young artists develop their own art and help redefine the cultural landscape On this month’s edition of ‘Inside the Middle East’, CNN explores the Palestinian Museum and discovers how it is redefining a cultural landscape. Mahmoud Hawari, Director, The Palestinian Museum discusses how the museum is much more than just a building and explains to CNN how it will encourage and inspire people both locally and internationally: “It's not just a museum, it is a place where we want to really express our own culture, our own heritage and history… It is a cultural centre that we want to show first of all to our own young generations, but also to the rest of the world that we have a vibrant culture… that is worthy to preserve, to take forward to the next generations. ......read more

    Pink Polo to launch exciting new 2017-2018 season at Abu Dhabi's only Royal Polo Club

    Dubai, UAE, November 2, 2017:  Polo enthusiasts will once again be treated to the very best sporting action that the Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club has to offer when the UAE’s only Royal Polo Club, kicks of what promises to be another exciting season with the popular Pink Polo Day on November 3. Now in its eighth year, the highlight of the Pink Polo event will be an exhibition match between an all women’s Beverly Hills Polo team led by Shaikha Maitha Bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, against the Ghantoot Goes Pink men’s team of Nasser Al Shamsi, Abdullah Ben Dasmal, Fahad Al Qubaisi and Ahmed BuQdain. Other members of the women’s team include HRH Princess Azemah, daughter of HM King of Brueni, Germany’s Sandra Schneider, a Dubai-based PR guru and Marianele Gastagnola, a pro player, instructor and horse ......read more

    Princess Haya a beacon for Arab sportswomen, says IOC Vice President

    Anita DeFrantz calls on Arab women to follow her lead at Dubai International Sports Creativity Symposium   Dubai, UAE, November 2, 2017:  Anita DeFrantz, Vice President of the International Olympic Council, has saluted the UAE Government and Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein for their contribution towards empowerment of women in sports, not just inside the country but across the region. “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Princess Haya and I have a lot of respect for what she has done,” said DeFrantz in the opening session of the 13th Dubai International Sports Creativity Symposium on Wednesday at the Palazzo Versace hotel. HE Mattar Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of Dubai Sports Council (DSC) and Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards, HE Saeed ......read more

    Diverse Storytelling Grows DIFF's Prestigious Cinema of the World Programme

    Eleven of the best and brightest in global cinema join the highly anticipated lineup Audiences will be taken on a dazzling cinematic journey this December  Dubai, 01 November 2017:  The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced the next slate of thrilling cinema from around the globe for its celebrated Cinema of the World category. Held during the 14th Festival, the 11 new titles join a stellar lineup that will take DIFF audiences on a storytelling journey from the idyllic English countryside to the horse lords of Kyrgyzstan and the revolutionary sixties, and beyond.  The first addition in the vibrant lineup is critically appraised film ‘Darkest Hour’, from festival heavyweight Joe Wright. Having premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and already an anticipated entrant ......read more

    Unique Creative Workshops from Sajaya Young Ladies of Sharjah At Sharjah International Children's Film Festival

    Artistic training sessions inspire girls’ imaginations Sharjah, 1 November, 2017:  The Sajaya Young Ladies of Sharjah (Sajaya), a subsidiary of the Rubu’ Qarn (Quarter of a Century) Foundation for Creating Future Leaders and Innovators, held an array of training workshops on the sidelines of Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival (SICCF) in October, aimed at nurturing the talents and creative skills of the girls at the event. The three workshops, which marked the fifth edition of the festival, were tailor-made for girls in the SICFF audiences in general and Sajaya members in particular, and were held at the Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre (JRCC), and the Cultural Centres of Kalba and Khorfakkan. The first workshop, ‘Be Famous’, helped the girls to explore the basics of collage ......read more

    Women to take centre stage at Dubai International Symposium for Sports Creativity

    Dubai, UAE, October 31, 2017:   Empowering Women in Sports will be the theme at the 13th Dubai International Symposium for Sports Creativity this Wednesday as some of the leading ladies from the from the world of sport take the dais at the Palazzo Versace hotel to share their experience with the audience. One of the initiatives of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards, the Dubai International Symposium for Sports Creativity has attracted an impressive list of speakers with Anita DeFrantz, a former Olympian and now Vice President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), taking the podium first. The American will be followed by Majdouline Cherni, the Tunisian Minister of Youth and Sports, while Dr Manahel Thabet, ranked among the 30 smartest people alive and President of the World IQ Foundation, ......read more

    Iran seeking some more glitter in Dubai

    Ahmadzadeh: “We are in a better condition than we were at the World Cup, especially on the physical side”   Dubai, UAE, October 30, 2017:  On a high following their best ever finish at a World Cup earlier in the summer, 2013 champions Iran are hoping to keep the momentum going at the Huawei Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup this week and add some more “glitter” to their trophy cabinet. Team Melli finished third at the 2017 Fifa Beach Soccer World Cup in the Bahamas after losing on penalties to Tahiti in a hard-fought semi-final, but picked up two individual awards at the sport’s showpiece event - Mohammad Ahmadzadeh won the Golden Ball, while the ever-dependent Peyman Hosseini returned home with the Golden Glove title. The Iran goalkeeper also won the award for the Goal of the ......read more

    Four Gulf Talents Shortlisted for 2017 IWC Filmmaker Award

    Nayla Al Khaja’s “Animal”, Mohamed Rashed Buali’s “Kombars”, Haifaa Al Mansour’s “Miss Camel” and Muzna Almusafer’s “The Crown of Olives” contend for the top prize of USD 100,000.  Dubai, 30 October 2017:   The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) and Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen, ‘Supporting’ Sponsor and Official ‘Festival-Time’ Partner of DIFF, have revealed a shortlist of talented Gulf filmmakers for the sixth IWC Filmmaker Award. The award will be presented during the 14th edition of DIFF, which takes place from 6 to 13 December 2017. Four directors from the region will vie for a cash prize of USD 100,000 and the opportunity to bring their vision to life in front of a global audience. With ......read more

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    XPOSURE Announces the 17 Winners of its 2017 Global Photography Competition.

    Seventeen winners picked from more than 10,000 entries received from 98 countries  Sharjah, October 29, 2017:  Xposure, Sharjah’s first international photography festival, has announced the winners of a global photography competition that was held as a prelude to the event’s second edition, which is being organised by Sharjah Government Media Bureau and takes place on November 22 – 25, 2017, at the Expo Centre Sharjah.  A total of 17 winners were chosen across the contest’s eight categories, which over its 90-day period attracted more than 10,000 ......read more

    XPOSURE Announces the 17 Winners of its 2017 Global Photography Competition

    1st place winner of the Photojournalism Category - Leyla Emektar – “Sera” 2nd place winner of the Photojournalism Category - Rony Barua – “Risky Travel” 1st place winner of the Portrait Category - Fatma Fahmy – “Palestinians Live” 2nd place winner of the Portrait Category  - Ly Hoang Long – “Everlasting Love” 1st place winner of the Still Life Category - Antonio Coelho – “4 Elements”   ...read more

    Gilberto wants more from Brazil's ‘Invincibles' at the Huawei Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup Dubai

    Dubai, UAE, October 29, 2017:  Brazil coach Gilberto Costa maintains his side’s incredible winning run, which stretches back over 40 matches, does not add any extra pressure as they prepare to defend their title at the Huawei Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup Dubai. The Verdeamarela head to the seventh edition of the Dubai Sports Council-organised event, to be held at Marasi Business Bay between October 31 and November 4, as the undoubted kings of the sport and with a proud recent record to maintain. Crowned FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup winners in May, Gilberto’s side ......read more

    DIFF's ‘cinema of the World' Programme Captures Stories From Across the Globe

    See the world’s best films first this December at the Dubai International Film Festival  Dubai, 24 October 2017:  The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has revealed the first titles that will form part of its ‘Cinema of the World’ programme. Bringing a variety of films and genres from around the world, the programme is set to take audiences on a cinematic journey of unique perspectives this December.     First in the line-up is Italian filmmaker Jonas Carpignano, with his latest film, ‘A Ciambra’, which screened at the Cannes ......read more

    Grand Slam Champions Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka Complete the Mubadala World Tennis Championship 10th Edition Line-up

    Both tennis powerhouses to make come back and springboard into the new season at #MWTC10 Abu Dhabi, UAE – 24 October 2017:  Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC) has announced the final two players to take their places in the 6-star line-up for this year’s event. Twelve-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic (no.7) and three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka (no.9) have been confirmed to join current world number one, Rafael Nadal, Pablo Carreño Busta (no.11), Dominic Thiem (no.6) and Milos Raonic (no.12) in what is set to be a thrilling 10th edition ......read more

    “Tahdeeth' contacts over 13,000 Emirati families and updates data of 6,000

    Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Thani: The data of 23% of Emirati households and 47% of individuals has been collected so far Sharjah , 23rd  October 2017:  The Sharjah Department of Statistics and Community Development (DSCD) announced that the recently launched “Tahdeeth” project has so far contacted more than 13, 000 Emirati families, who were covered by the 2015 population census, in the first 15 days of the implementation of the project, covering the period from October 7-22. The department has managed in a short period of time to make 13, 000 calls from its ......read more

    Hungry UAE out to impress at Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup

    UAE coach Mohammad Al Mazmi: “People will see us play with our heart for the country”   Dubai, UAE, October 23, 2017:   Mohammad Al Mazmi, coach of the UAE national beach soccer team, reckons his side have a point to prove at the upcoming Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup in Dubai after the disappointment of 2016 and the hosts are leaving nothing to chance as they prepare for the mega event. Held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai Government and Dubai ......read more

    Barcelona and Madrid Enjoy Goal Fest

    Dubai, UAE, October 22, 2017:  They might not be the real thing, but two local namesakes of Spanish giants Barcelona and Madrid matched the goal-scoring feats of the originals, launching their campaign in the seven-a-side football tournament of the Positive Soul community sports initiative with big wins. Barcelona were dominant as they defeated Lootah 6-1 at Muhaisnah Park, while Madrid blanked Al Ittihad 4-0 on the opening weekend of the second stage of the Positive Soul initiative, which was launched by Dubai Police in collaboration with Dubai Sports Council in May. Gulf Heroes ......read more

    UAE Team Emirates' Ganna Crowned European Champion

    Dubai, UAE, October 22, 2017:  UAE Team Emirates’ Filippo Ganna has been crowned the Individual Pursuit European Champion. Following his silver medal in the 2017 World Championships, the Italian rider rode to victory on Saturday evening in Berlin, Germany wearing the Italian national team kit and riding on a Colnago bike.   Commenting on his success, Filippo Ganna said; "I'm very happy I succeeded in being very competitive on the track in my first season as a pro. This season I focused on road racing, being part of an important World Tour team with UAE Team ......read more

    Batelco Racing wins round three of the Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Championship

    Corporate victory for CG Racing 1 and ZOOM Racing Team claims Nations Cup Dubai, UAE, 22 October 2017:   Batelco Racing is in firm control of the Dubai Kartdrome Endurance Championship after taking its third consecutive win of the 2017 series on Saturday (21 October), narrowly beating out arch rivals CG Racing Pro.   The Choueiri Group (CG) fared better in the Corporate category, scoring its first class win of the year, while ZOOM Racing Team added another Nations Cup trophy to the one it earned in round two. After 700 kilometres and over twelve hours of endurance ......read more

    SLC's Noon Arts Award Receives 292 Entries from 27 Nationalities

    AED 35,000 awarded in competition that recognises the creative talents of women of all ages  Sharjah, October 21, 2017:  Sharjah Ladies Club (SLC) has announced that it has received a total of 292 entries from 27 nationalities for its ‘Noon Arts’ Award. Its theme translating as ‘Huwiyyati - My Identity,’ the Award supports talented creative artists in the field of painting and photography, with the best designs taking a share of AED 35,000 prize money and being displayed in SLC’s Noon Gallery. Launched to celebrate individual identity and to ......read more

    IOC Vice President to attend 13th Dubai International Symposium for Sports Creativity

    Moza Al Marri: Anita DeFrantz is a role model for women in sports and leadership roles Dubai, UAE, October 19, 2017:   Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Awards yesterday announced the participation of Anita DeFrantz, Vice President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as one of the speakers at the 13th Dubai International Symposium for Sports Creativity, which will be held on November 1 at the Palazzo Versace hotel under the theme “Empowerment of Women in Sport”. DeFrantz, who was a member of the United States rowing team at the 1976 Montreal ......read more

    Dubai Desert Warrior to kick-off DXB 30x30 Challenge

    Dubai, UAE, October 19, 2017:  More than 1,000 people are expected to line-up for the fourth running of the Dubai Desert Warrior Challenge this Friday at Dubailand, the event being a part of the #30x30 Dubai Fitness Challenge this year. Supported by Dubai Sports Council, this year’s Dubai Desert Warrior Challenge will be an official qualifying event for the 2018 Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) World Championships as well, but only in the individual 10km category. The first three heats of the day, starting 7.30am, will be reserved solely for ‘pro’ athletes and ......read more

    Afaf Sherif from Palestine Crowned Winner of Arab Reading Challenge

    Al Iman School in Bahrain and Supervisor Houriya Al Thil from Morocco also honoured at Dubai closing ceremony Dubai, UAE: 18 October, 2017:  UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum today crowed Afaf Sherif from Palestine the champion of the Arab Reading Challenge. Al Iman School in Bahrain won the best school title and Houriya Al Thil from Morocco was honoured as the most outstanding supervisor.  At the finale of the second round of the Challenge, His Highness said, “We invite all Arab students across ......read more

    UAE to host the region's first women's only soccer tournament Global Goals World Cup

    DUBAI – October 18, 2017:  Dubai-headquartered Sustainable Mindz and Denmark-based Eir Soccer announced the launch of Global Goals World Cup UAE (GGWCup UAE), the first women’s only global soccer tournament in the Middle East supporting the United Nations’ 17 Global Goals.  The GGWCup UAE will be hosted in Dubai, the UAE on January 19, 2018, under the patronage of the Royal Danish Embassy Abu Dhabi, Save the Children International and the United Nations Development Programme. The tournament will drive awareness around the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals ......read more

    UAE Team Emirates Arrive in China for Season Finale

    Dubai, UAE, October 18, 2017:  UAE Team Emirates will finish their opening UCI World Tour cycling season in China this week, where they will participate in the Tour of Guangxi from Thursday 19 – Tuesday 24 October.     The six-stage race, taking place in the southern region of China bordering Vietnam, will feature seven UAE Team Emirates’ riders including; Matteo Bono (Italy), Valerio Conti (Italy), Kristijan Durasek (Croatia), Andrea Guardini (Italy), Matej Mohoric (Slovenia), Oliviero Troia (Italy) and Federico Zurlo (Italy). The team will be supported ......read more

    Career of Egyptian Writer Wahid Hamed to Be Honoured With Arab Lifetime Achievement Award at DIFF 2017

    Festival to celebrate prolific work of the Egyptian writer of script and screen  Dubai - 18 October 2017:  The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has confirmed that this year’s Arab Lifetime Achievement Award will recognize the illustrious Egyptian writer Wahid Hamed, celebrating his achievements in screenwriting and outstanding contributions to the industry. One of Egypt’s most acclaimed writers with a career that spans four decades, Hamed has an impressive list of credits to his name. Hamed is set to receive the award at the Festival’s 14th edition, ......read more

    ARC Higher Committee Discusses Arab Reading Challenge Momentum

    Finalists narrowed down from 16 to three in semifinals before closing ceremony  Dubai, UAE: 17 October, 2017:  The Arab Reading Challenge (ARC) Higher Committee met today to discuss mechanisms to increase ARC’s reach in the Arab world, and to engage as many schools as possible in the next round, maintaining the remarkable momentum the challenge has established. The committee also focused on how to engrain the habit of reading in more students throughout the Arab world within a comprehensive and sustainable framework.  The final preparations for the closing ......read more

    Regional Storytelling Takes Centre Stage at DIFF With Muhr Feature Category

    From the front lines of Syrian conflict to the lively streets of Casablanca, the first films of the prestigious Muhr Feature category promise captivating cinema  Dubai, 16 October 2017:  The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has revealed the first films that will feature in the highly anticipated Muhr Feature category. Held within the Festival from 6 – 13 December 2017, the Muhr Awards celebrate standout regional talents whose work highlights and explores the traditions and culture of the diverse Arab world.  Since 2006, DIFF has brought together the best in ......read more

    CNN's Marketplace Middle East uncovers the DIFC's central role in Dubai's economic success

    Dubai, UAE, October 15, 2017:  On this month’s episode of ‘Marketplace Middle East’, John Defterios interviews Arif Amiri, CEO of Dubai’s International Financial Centre Authority (DIFC), to discover more about the centre’s innovative growth strategies. As the leading financial hub for the 7.4 trillion dollar MEASA region (the Middle East, Africa and South Asia), the DIFC was recently ranked in the top ten international financial centres by the Financial Times Banker Magazine. The DIFC has truly positioned itself as a global player in the financial ......read more

    Peugeot on the Podium at Rallye Du Maroc: Ready to Tackle Dakar 2018 After a Productive Experience in Morocco!

    Dubai, UAE, October 15, 2017:  The Peugeot 3008DKR drivers enjoyed a clean run to the finish of the Rallye du Maroc in Erfoud today, rounding off a successful event. They finished second and 10th overall, successfully completing their preparations for next year’s Dakar Rally. Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena led the event right up until the penultimate stage yesterday, when they were delayed by a mechanical issue with a damper. The same type of problem also affected Carlos Sainz, highlighting some areas of improvement for the Peugeot Sport engineers to work on before their South ......read more

    Get Closer to the Magic of Cinema With DIFF Volunteers Programme

    Once in a lifetime opportunity for UAE film fans at the region’s leading film festival  Registration is now OPEN for the 14th Festival, December 6-13 Dubai, 15 October 2017:  With less than two months to go until the 14th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), the glittering annual gala is inviting volunteers to join the team that brings cinematic magic to the Emirates each December. Registration is now open for DIFF’s popular volunteer programme calling out to all UAE Nationals and residents over the age of 18.  Running across eight action-packed days, ......read more

    Sharjah Museums Authority and the Institut Français in the United Arab Emirates celebrate 40 years of UAE-French archaeological cooperation

    Sharjah Archaeology Museum and Institut français in the United Arab Emirates / Cultural Department of the French Embassy host a selection of 100 ancient objects discovered by French archaeologists in the UAE. SHARJAH, October 14, 2017:  The fortieth anniversary of a fruitful archaeological partnership between the UAE and France will be celebrated at an upcoming exhibition held at Sharjah Archaeology Museum with the support of UNESCO.   Entitled 40 Years of Archaeological Cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and France, this unique exhibition will feature more than ......read more

    Plentiful Cinema-based Activities Offered by SICFF 2017

    Guessing games, trick photography, virtual reality booths, and more explored by young visitors    Sharjah, 12 October 2017:  Alongside being the first-of-its-kind cinematic extravaganza curated for children and young adults, the fifth Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival (SICFF 2017) has conceptualised and created a vast selection of hands-on activities, which are encouraging young participants to challenge their creative imaginations and experience the media arts and cinema in fun, yet relevant ways.    The “Guess Who” game, for ......read more

    Montegrappa Writing Prize 2018 Now Open to Writers across the Region

    Annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Writing Competition Returns   Dubai, 10 October 2017:  The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is pleased to announce the highly successful Montegrappa Writing Prize is back for 2018, and it is bigger than ever before. For the first time, the competition is broadening its reach and first time novelists from the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia can enter.   The winner of the Prize wins the chance to discuss their manuscript with international literary agent Luigi Bonomi, a two-night stay at the ......read more

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