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    The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi to Launch Three New Cultural Heritage Initiatives

    11 May, 2021 The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) is set to launch a new series of cultural initiatives, including the Abu Dhabi Register of Artisans, the Abu Dhabi Crafts platform, and the recently reopened House of Artisans at Al Hosn, to help safeguard and disseminate the intangible cultural heritage of the Emirate and support local artisans in developing their crafts and skills. “DCT Abu Dhabi remains as committed as ever to the safeguarding of our emirate’s invaluable cultural heritage. We must ensure that our intangible heritage, in particular, is protected […] More

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    Mideast Stocks: Banks, petrochemicals weigh on Saudi; Agility boosts Kuwait

    Saudi Arabian stocks closed lower on Wednesday, hit by losses in banking and petrochemical stocks, while the Kuwaiti index outperformed the Gulf region. Other major Gulf markets were largely muted. Saudi Electricity declined 3.6% after the company said net loss attributable to common shares for first quarter amounted to 200 million riyals ($53.33 million). Saudi Telecom shed 1.1% as it traded ex-dividend.  Kuwait’s premier index rose 1.1% buoyed by shares of Agility Public Warehousing Company, which soared 11.6%, in its third straight day of gains. Agility has reaped more than 40% since Tuesday last week, when it agreed to sell […] More

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    Expo 2020 set to be Dubai’s flagship, global gathering for global tourism, business and events: Report

    DUBAI, 5th May, 2021 (WAM) — The successful face-to-face gathering of more than 370 delegates ahead of Expo 2020’s opening in October shows the next World Expo is set to become one of Dubai’s greatest success stories – a global experience that will demonstrate the emirate’s confidence, safety and openness to all visitors and further boost its thriving leisure and business tourism industries. Speaking after the two-day International Participants Meeting (IPM), which welcomed delegates from 173 of Expo’s 190-plus participating countries, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, Expo 2020 Dubai and Helal Saeed Al Marri, […] More

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    Moody’s affirms UAE’s Aa2 rating; maintains stable outlook

    Moody’s Investors Service has affirmed the Aa2 long-term issuer rating of the UAE Government and maintained outlook at stable. The agency said the rating affirmation is supported by the relatively muted impact of the pandemic on the federal government’s fiscal strength, in part the result of an effective government policy response to the pandemic. While limited transparency and geopolitical risks constrain creditworthiness, the UAE’s rating is supported by Moody’s assumption of unconditional support from Abu Dhabi for the federal government, Moody’s said in a note. The stable outlook reflects broadly balanced risks, consistent with the stable outlook on the Abu […] More

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    6 of Dubai’s coolest world records

    This city is always pushing the boundaries… Dubai is a city that never sleeps and, being one of the major tourism destinations in the world, there are always incredible things going on that push the boundaries. The UAE has over 425 world records, with no sign of slowing down any time soon. Here are six of our favourites…  The world’s tallest building We couldn’t make this list without mentioning, of course, the Burj Khalifa. The iconic building, which stands at 828 metres (or 830 metres to the tip) has become a symbol, around the world, of Dubai. Some of the […] More

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    Dubai to host first in-person travel & tourism event in the world since the onset of the pandemic

    ATM 2021 features 67 conference sessions with over 145 local, regional and international speakers overall. Onsite, there is a Global Stage which will include a hotel industry summit, dedicated buyer forums for Saudi Arabia and China, an International Tourism & Investment Conference (ITIC), as well as an aviation panel and a special session on Gulf-Israeli ties. Other features this year will include Travel Forward at ATM, which has world-class technology experts, providing industry-leading insights about the latest technologies and trends that will undoubtedly shape the future of travel and tourism. A total of 62 countries are being represented on the […] More

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    Three Day Eid Firework Show – Abu Dhabi World Online

    Three Day Eid Firework Show Yas Island Abu Dhabi will be hosting a three-day firework extravaganza in celebration of Eid-Al-Fitr. The three-day event will be held with the support of the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi’s premium leisure and entertainment hub, will host five-minute-long fireworks from the first day of Eid-Al-Fitr. The event will also be live-streamed on the Yas Island Instagram page at 9pm for the three nights. The fireworks will be displayed at the Yas Bay Waterfront for the first time. All precautionary measures will be taken to ensure the safety […] More

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    DCT Abu Dhabi to launch three new cultural heritage initiatives

    The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced it will launch a new series of cultural initiatives, including the Abu Dhabi Register of Artisans, the Abu Dhabi Crafts platform, and the recently reopened House of Artisans at Al Hosn, to help safeguard and disseminate the intangible cultural heritage of the Emirate and support local artisans in developing their crafts and skills. “DCT Abu Dhabi remains as committed as ever to the safeguarding of our emirate’s invaluable cultural heritage. We must ensure that our intangible heritage, in particular, is protected so that the skills and […] More

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    UAE Eid: Yas Island firework extravaganza set to light up Eid al-Fitr

    ABU DHABI – Yas Island, Abu Dhabi’s premier leisure and entertainment hub, in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), will mark the occasion of Eid al-Fitr with a series of spectacular fireworks displays. Taking place over three nights from the first day of Eid, Yas Island will livestream the vibrant fireworks, which will be set off from the Yas Bay waterfront for the first time. The spectacular five-minute events will be broadcast on the Yas Island Instagram channel at 21:00 each night, so everyone can enjoy the show, as gatherings are prohibited […] More

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    UAE witnessed outcomes of successful strategies to address COVID-19 pandemic

    ABU DHABI, 3rd May, 2021 (WAM) — In recent months, the UAE has witnessed the outcomes of its successful strategies to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which were described as balanced in terms of health and economy. Under this framework, the UAE has become a successful model of adapting to the “new reality,” by implementing procedures for ensuring the continuity of education and health systems and the recovery of the economic and commercial sectors, in addition to the partial resumption of tourism and entertainment activities. Moreover, the UAE recently hosted several events and succeeding in resuming the hosting of global […] More

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