Mohammed bin Zayed attends wedding celebration Abu Dhabi, 6 April, 05 (WAM) - General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister attended here this evening a ceremony hosted by Mohammed bin Rashid Musabah Al Rumaithi to celebrate wedding of his son Rashid to the daughter of Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces.
The ceremony was also attended by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Education, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, senior officials and invitees.
Pavarotti bids lyrical adieu to thousands of Dubai fans
By Vinita Bharadwaj, Staff ReporterDubai:
Security of the highest order, an elegantly dressed audience and eminent leaders could only mean that a legend was performing.
Luciano Pavarotti was the legend in Dubai last night.
Pavarotti’s performance comprised seven sets that featured arias from operas by Puccini, Bellini and Tosti. General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Education, and Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of Economy and Planning, joined nearly 4,000 people in enjoying Pavarotti's 90-minute show.
The concert was held under the patronage of Shaikh Mohammad.
The audience also included other celebrity guests such as members of the Ferrari family. Pavarotti's performance comprised seven sets that featured arias from operas by Puccini, Bellini and Tosti.
Shaikh Mohammad in conversation with Luciano Pavarotti. Pavarotti's appeal transcended generations as people of all ages and nationalities arrived to watch the tenor perform.
His concert in Dubai was part of his farewell tour that takes him around the world until next year.
Despite having no interest in opera or western classical music, it was the last chance to see Pavarotti live in Dubai that convinced Hassan Malek, a member of the audience, to go.
"I am sure that's why most people have come to watch a legend. Few have come for the opera ... All have come for Pavarotti."
Roberto and Isabella Totti of Italy were delighted that an icon of their country had such an universal appeal.
"We are so proud of him and wish others could understand the lyrics ... but his voice and personality will make up for it," the couple said moments before the concert began.
Soprano Simona Todaro, who accompanied Pavarotti, was equally brilliant, with a performance that sounded as good as other greats like Joan Sutherland, Jessye Norman or Leontyne Price.
Nearly 4,000 people gathered at the Madinat Jumeirah Arena to enjoy the 90-minute show. The event was brought to Dubai by The Talent Brokers.
Pavarotti had earlier told Gulf News in an interview that he is planning to team u with Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras for two shows as the Three Tenors in Mexico and Germany, the latter concert to coincide with the 2006 World Cup.
Mohammed visits house for the aged in Dubai Dubai, 8 Apr. 05 (WAM)--General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, today visited the rest-house for the aged in Al Mamzar area in Dubai.
He was accompanied during the visit by his wife Princess Haya bint Al Hussein.
The Dubai Crown Prince inspected various utilities of the rest-house and spent over one and a half hours chatting with the old men. He directed those in charge of the house to provide a family and recreational atmosphere to its guests and deal with the aged in a respectable and amicable manner.
Sheikh Mohammed further ordered that work on the new rest-house for the aged in Al Safa area be expedited and that sightseeing picnics be arranged to make them familiar with the achievements of their country in various domains.
Provided with modern conveniences, the Al Mamzar rest-house was built in 1993 with an accommodation capacity of 45 guests.
Only 28 persons are now living in the house where 75 nurses are alternately taking care of them.
Mohammed to honour graduates of leadership development programme
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Mohammed to honour graduates of leadership development programme Dubai, 10 April 05 (WAM) -- General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence will honour the graduates of the Mohammed bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development at the graduation ceremony to be hosted tomorrow Emirates Towers Hotel.
The ceremony will be attended by representatives of the participating organizations, sponsors and the graduates of the programme.
Mohammed Al Gergawi, General Secretary of Mohammed bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development said, "This programme is considered one of the main elements of the UAE strategy to develop the abilities of the national youth as they are the most important treasure of the country and it is essential to increase their participation in the future development process. Also it fosters excellence in the leaders which is an important element in the success of private and Government organisations." "The Mohammed bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development was able to develop the skills of nationals through two years of extensive training courses and seminars. The programme also encouraged communication between individuals and helped nationals build a strong network with various sectors," said Al Gergawi.
He added, "The programme, which was launched in 2003 by the directives of Sheikh Mohammed helped direct young nationals to the right path and prepared them to be strong leaders, capable of promoting and sustaining the development of Dubai." A total of 62 participants from 29 organizations from both the private and public sectors have participated in this programme.
Abdullatif Al Sayegh, General Manager of ARN and one of the programme participants said, "I enjoy the challenge of participating in leading a community that is witnessing rapid development and has strong economy and knowledge base." Saeed Al Naboodah, General Coordinator of Dubai Shopping Festival said, "When you look around and sees this tremendous growth, you just wish that you get a chance to be part of this exciting phase." Mona Mohammed Kazim, Deputy Manager Strategy and Development at Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said, "This programme is a great opportunity as it redefines the concept of leadership." A number of leading companies have participated in providing mentorship to the programme's delegates.
Michael G Stevensen, Country Senior Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers said, "Our role is to transfer our expertise to the future leaders of Dubai, hoping that it will be of benefit to the economy of the region." Rick Capoccia, Regional Manager - Business Development of British Petroleum said, "We have benefited a lot from Dubai and so we believe that we should give something back by participate in its development." Ameen Naser Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers said that the participants were fast learners and were also able to implement what they learnt.
Mohammed bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development is designed to develop future leaders of Dubai. The programme provided a wide array of learning channels including seminars, courses, workshops and access of each participant to an experienced mentor from a leading global organisation.
Mohammed bin Rashid chairs DEC meeting, receives Egyptian minister
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Mohammed bin Rashid chairs DEC meeting, receives Egyptian minister Dubai, 10 April, 05 (WAM) - The Dubai Executive Council held a meeting here today which was presided over by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, UAE Defence Minister and Chairman of the Council.
The Council reviewed a number of reports submitted by heads of departments, addressing issues of health, education, housing, operations and other services.
Sheikh Mohammed reviewed a report by the nationals housing committee detailing progress of work on implementing his orders of providing houses to the entitled young citizens.
The council also discussed strategies and future plans of the Dubai Land Department.
Later, sheikh Mohammed met here today with Ahmed Al Maghrabi, Egyptian Minister of Tourism.
The meeting explored avenues of cooperation in tourism sector.
It was attended by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai civil Aviation department and Chairman of Emirates Airlines and Mohammed Al Girgawi, CEO of the Dubai Holding, senior officials and Egyptian consul general Ibrahim Mustafa Hafiz.
Mohammed meets two world economists Dubai, 11 Apr. 05 (WAM)--General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, reviewed in a meeting here today with Barry Sternlicht, CEO of global hotel owner Starwood Hotels & Resorts, tourism resources in Dubai.
Sternlicht described tourism resources of Dubai as "unique and distinctive" and that the emirate possesses potentials for a tourism industry such as the bright sun, sea, desert, hospitality and integrated infrastructure that could pave the way for a broad investment base in tourism sector.
He said his group "seeks to expand its investment in hotel and resort construction in the UAE with particular emphasis in Dubai, which he stressed had become one of the major cities of the world topping the agenda of global tourism officials.
In a separate meeting today, Sheikh Mohammed discussed with Estee Lauder Cosmetics CEO Leonard Lauder promotion and marketing activities launched by the world cosmetic manufacturer from its regional centre in Jebel Ali Free Zone.
M Lauder said Dubai had become not only a world centre for cosmetic products but a cultural, trade, tourism , equestrian and technology hub as well.
"It is a homogeneous blend of cultures where all tastes and ethnic groups live in harmony," he maintained.
Mohammed bin Rashid felicitates MRPLD graduates
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Mohammed bin Rashid felicitates MRPLD graduates Dubai, 11 April, 2005 (WAM)--General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence felicitated today sixty graduates of the Mohammed bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development at a ceremony held at the Emirates Towers Hotel.
He said, "We care about developing the skills of young leaders as we firmly believe that human resource is one of the most important assets and one that plays a vital role in realizing our ambitions and protecting the well being and stability of the coming generations." He added, "In today's world, the ability to take the initiative, creativity and well qualified human resources are considered the basic factors which many countries and institutions rely on for development. Therefore we want to make sure that qualifying and training human resources is our priority following the vision of late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. We believe that qualified young leaders are the corner stone for the country's progress." He said, "This group of distinguished young men and women symbolize a generation of leaders and we look forward to having them actively participate in the future development of this country.
We firmly believe that our sons and daughters are capable of contributing in the development process and that they will be able to add to our achievements, which will uphold and enhance the status of this country in the regional and international spheres." "Training Human Resources is our priority as young leaders are the corner stone for the country's progress", he added.
Al Gergawi General Secretary of Mohammed bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development added, "The MRPLD which was launched in 2003 has achieved tremendous success. In this programme, we have witnessed the dedication and commitment of the young participating delegates to develop their leadership skills. We will continue to work on improving the programme to match the ambitious strategic goals of UAE." The ceremony was attended by a number of officials and representatives of international companies.
Mohammad promotes professionals WAMDubai: General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, UAE Minister of Defence and Chairman of Dubai Media Inc, has promoted several UAE media professionals at Dubai TV channels.
The elevation is a recognition of the professionals' unstinted efforts in carrying out their responsibility faithfully.
According to a statement, Ali Khalifa was appointed Director of Dubai TV and Maha Gargash as his deputy.
Abdul Lateef Al Gergawi was named Director of Sama Dubai Channel (formerly Business Channel) and Ahmad Al Mansouri as his deputy.
Rashid Al Marushid was appointed Director of One TV and Najla Al Awadi as his deputy, while Rashid Amiri was named Deputy Director of Dubai Sports Channel.
The move gives the opportunity to the second and third line of leadership to inject fresh blood into the institutions.
Dettori rides Dubawi to fresh glory
By Our Sports Reporter
12 April 2005
DUBAI — Dubawi, partnered by Frankie Dettori, pleased his rider, trainer and owner as the impressive son of the legend stallion Dubai Millennium sprinted home spectacularly in closing stages of the 1600-metre trial race at Nad Al Sheba racecourse yesterday afternoon.
The race was attended by His Highness Shaikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, General Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence and a number of Shaikhs and top officials.
Unbeaten in his three European outings last season, the three-year-old colt is heading for the English 2000 Guineas later in the month en route to the Epsom Derby on June 4.
“He is an easy horse to work with,” said a delighted owner Shaikh Mohammed bin Obaid Al Maktoum.
“I think he will also easily stay the distance of the derby. He is already a ‘Group One’ winner and his mother Zomaradah was a mile and a half nice mare,” he said.
“He is a nice horse race gallop,” commented the Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford as colt made his way to the winning enclosure.
Dubawi covered the distance in 1:37:07 to finish four lengths clear ahead of the Seamos O’Gorman mount, Tasdeed.
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor said he was really happy with the performance and style of the colt. “He won in good style,” he said.
Suroor admitted that they have to work harder to get him 100 per cent ready for the European tests.’
“He has been training very well during the winter at Al Quoz. Dubawi has the class to win the Guineas and the Derby and hopefully we will have the right horse this time,” he said.
“The race was very important for Dubawi and Dettori gave him everything to show his class,” he said.
According to Suroor, Dubawi beat the best European horses last season and proved to be the best of Dubai Millennium’s sons.
Mohammed, Mbeki discuss ties Dubai, 16 Apr. 05 (WAM)--General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, today discussed with South African President Thabo Mbeki means of strengthening bilateral ties.
Mr. Mbeki, who arrived here today to attend the opening of a festival on the Cultures and Civilizations of World Deserts, lauded the progress the UAE had made in various sectors and voiced his and his people's appreciation of bonds of friendship and understanding between South Africa and the UAE.
Later in the day, Sheikh Mohammed held a luncheon in honour of the South African leader.
Algerian President arrives for UAE visit
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Algerian President arrives for UAE visit Dubai, Apr. 16, 2005 (WAM) -- Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, arrived here Saturday evening on a several-day's visit to the UAE during which he will participate in the inaugural ceremony of the 2nd Festival of Cultures and Civilizations of World Deserts, which opens here later this evening.
President Bouteflika was received on arrival by Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Department and President of the Emirates Airline, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Saeed Mohammed Al Kindi, a number of ministers, senior officials, UAE ambassador to Algeria, Ahmed Mahmoud Ghaith Al Hossani and Algerian Ambassador to the UAE, Abdelhamid Bouzaher.
Mohammed endorses Dubai 2005 budget
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Mohammed endorses Dubai 2005 budget Dubai, 16 April 05 (WAM) -- General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister has approved the consolidated budget for the Emirate of Dubai for the fiscal year 2005.
Expenditures were projected at Dh 52 billion against income of Dh 56 billion with a surplus of Dh 4 billion.
Chaired by Sheikh Mohammed, the Dubai Exceutive Council discussed in its recent meeting a report on the current year budget.
Deserts need joint action By Emmanuelle Landais, Staff ReporterDubai: The vulnerability of desert ecosystems to changes caused by human activity is among the core development issues faced by the desert people.
Second Festival of the Cultures and Civilisations of the World Deserts This was said by Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa, at the Second Festival of the Cultures and Civilisations of the World Deserts, which opened in Dubai yesterday.
At a ceremony attended by General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, Abdul Aziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria, and other top officials, Mbeki said desertification in recent times has been accelerated largely by human interventions in the environment.
Lakhdar Brahimi, Special Adviser to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, at the world desert festival in Dubai last night. "As responsible governments we are today called upon to be increasingly aware of such human induced and natural forces when developing our national and global programmes for sustainable development, while, at the same time, ensuring that we limit human influences on sensitive natural systems, he added.
The challenges the desert regions face require a collective response from all, he said, adding that the desert remained extremely vulnerable to global warming and climate changes.
Shaikh Mohammad receives Algerian President Abdul Aziz Bouteflika. At the festival, 40 ministers of environment, culture and tourism endorsed a charter on world deserts to achieve sustainable development without compromising the ecosystem.
The festival was launched with a variety of programmes. A short film illustrating the growth and development of Dubai was screened. About 60 children from the UAE sang a song in memory of Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Penkenna Princess books Guineas ticket with DDF Stakes success Staff ReportNewbury: On a cracking day's racing at Newbury this afternoon, Dubai Duty Free weekend was rounded off with the sponsorship of two Group races including the Dubai Duty Free Stakes, one of the major trials for next month's 1,000 Guineas.
Penkenna Princess, who is trained not far from the course by Ralph Beckett, showed plenty of determination in the closing stages to win the race by a head.
"That is a cause for double celebration as it is not only the first winner I have had at Newbury in five-and-a-half years with a licence, but it is also my first Group winner. This is a special day for me," said Beckett.
Penkenna Princess will now take her chance in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 1.
"She simply has to run there after this and I know that the owners would never forgive me if I said that she was going anywhere else but Newmarket after this. We shall go there and take our chance with the big guns," the trainer added.
Among those big guns is Suez, who won two of her three races last season in the colours of General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence. She is expected to be a big player in the fillies Classic.
Dubai Success, winner of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Stakes in 2004, went for a repeat in this year's race and looked poised to overtake Day Flight but in ground made sticky by yesterday's rain and a dry night, he was unable to get there.
Frankie Dettori usually reserves his flying dismounts for the biggest races in the world's racing calendar, but he delighted the big crowd by celebrating with a dismount from Fine Silver, winner of the Stanjames Spring Cup.
The four-year-old was giving trainer Paul Cole his first winner of the season as he picked up well for Dettori to peg back the front-running New Seeker at the two-furlong marker and win with plenty in hand.
Cole said: "I have always thought he was a nice horse and fancied him a lot today. He was very unlucky in the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot last season and could run in that race again when Ascot goes to York in June."
Penkenna Princess, who showed plenty of determination in the closing stages, will now take her chance in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 1.