Expo 2020-linked project value hits $33bn as 3-year countdown for mega event begins

21/10/2017 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): The combined value of the Expo 2020-related development projects has touched US$33 billion, AED 121 billion, as the UAE begins the three-year countdown for the six-month-long mega global event that will kick-off on October 20th, 2020, according to BNC Network, the largest and most comprehensive project research and intelligence provider in the Middle East and North Africa, MENA, region. These projects include transport infrastructure, such as the expansion of the road networks, several highways, roundabouts, interchanges and Dubai Metro line to connect to the Dubai Expo 2020 site, Al Maktoum International Airport, DWC, to the rest of the main city of Dubai as well as mixed-use projects, residential, commercial, hospitality and golf course…




Sharjah Ruler visits Frankfurt Book Fair

14/10/2017 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, visited the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017 on Wednesday evening, in the presence of Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Founder and President of the Emirates Publishers Association, EPA.  During the visit, H.H. Sheikh Sultan visited Sharjah’s pavilion, set up by the Sharjah Book Authority, SBA. While touring the Sharjah pavilion, Sheikh Sultan went through the participants’ books showcased under the umbrella of the SBA and was briefed on the main exhibits, including the latest versions of the Al Qasimi Publications. Brigadier Saif Al Ziri Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police, briefed H.H. Sheikh Sultan on the most significant publications of the Sharjah Police being exhibited at the pavilion…



GE opens gas analysis monitoring unit in Kuwait

07/10/2017 (GDN – Bahrain): Technology giant GE said it has opened a new dissolved gas analysis monitoring centre in Sabhan Industrial Area of Kuwait in partnership with the country’s Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW). This is another major step in GE’s partnership with MEW to modernise and digitise Kuwait’s electrical network. The company will deploy its advanced digital industrial solutions to help partners achieve unprecedented levels of operational efficiency and productivity, said the company in a statement. The turnkey service solution incorporates the retrofit of ageing transformers with monitoring sensors as well as software installation and support from a GE service expert for customer support and data analysis. This asset performance management solution is an example of GE’s leading digital services and technology, said senior GE officials at the launch…



Under the patronage of Mohammed bin Rashid, the “IAC” will be held in Dubai

30/09/2017 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said that space science and research are key components in the UAE’s drive to achieve its Centennial 2071 goals. They are also key factors in its efforts to be among the world’s leading nations in terms of prosperity and progress and gain leadership in sectors like space that help improve people’s lives and serve humanity, he said. His Highness further said that the UAE is achieving steady progress in realising its aspirations under the leadership of the UAE President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and with the close follow up of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan…



Sheikh Mohammed launches Arab e-platform for innovation tools

23/09/2017 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has affirmed that the UAE adopts an innovative methodology in governance, noting that innovation has become a future necessity for the development of world nations. He made this statement during a visit to the Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation in Dubai, where he witnessed part of the training programme of the 3rd batch of the Public Sector Innovation Diploma participants. During the visit, Sheikh Mohammed launched a website for a package of innovation tools in the Arabic language in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai; Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future; Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director-General of the Protocol and Hospitality Department in Dubai; and Huda Al Hashimi, Assistant to the Director-General for Strategy and Innovation…



15th Istanbul Biennial discovers ‘belonging and neighborhood’

16/09/2017 (Hurriyet – Turkey): The 15th Istanbul Biennial “A Good Neighbor” opens to the public on Sept. 16. This year’s biennial explores the concept of “home” and how it has changed over the years. The theme also aims to discover how people protect and express their identities within their living environments.  Each work in the biennial has a story, and these works also discover how homes function next to each other. The curators Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset (known as Elmgreen&Dragset) have created the term “a good neighbor” to steer the focus away from home as a dwelling and design and toward a focus on people living side-by-side…



King, Norwegian crown prince inaugurate large-scale revegetation project in Aqaba

09/09/2017 (The Jordan Times – Jordan):  AQABA — His Majesty King Abdullah and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway opened the Sahara Forest Project (SFP) Launch Station in Aqaba on Thursday. The 30-dunum facility, which is mainly financed by Norway and the EU, is situated outside the port city of Aqaba.  It will employ “proven technologies, put together in a new system. The project only uses sun, saltwater, desert areas and CO2 to produce food, fresh water and clean energy,” according to the organisation in charge of implementing. In remarks to The Jordan Times, Crown Prince Haakon said: “It’s impressive to see the ability of the Sahara Forest Project to produce food, fresh water and clean energy in an arid area. If public and private sectors can combine efforts to upscale the SFP here in Jordan, it could contribute to [efforts aimed to] combat climate change, create green jobs and solve important challenges for next generations of Jordanians.” …



Walking on water through Turkish artist’s work in Münster

Walking on water through Turkish artist's work in Münster28/08/2017 (Sabah – Turkey): After postponing my visit to Skulptur Projekte Münster two times, last week I finally had the chance to see the current edition of the venue, which is being held in the German city of Münster. The story of the Skulpture Projekte goes back to the 1970s when American artist George Rickey placed his kinetic sculpture, “Drei rotierende Quadrate,” in Münster. At the time, there was a significant protest taking place in response to the placement of the artwork, as I learned from its history. To address this dissatisfaction and in an attempt to forge a bridge of understanding about art across public spaces, Klaus Bussmann, then- director of the Westfalisches Landesmuseum in Münster, provided a series of lectures and presentations at the museum in 1977, in what was the initial step for Skulptur Projekte Münster with the project’s founders Bussmann and Kasper König, the curator at Museum Ludwig in Cologne…




Film forum raises support for Turkish cinema

Film forum raises support for Turkish cinema11/08/2017 (Sabah – Turkey): Directed by Zeynep Atakan, the Antalya Film Forum is held as part of the 54th International Antalya Film Festival that will take place between Oct. 21 and Oct. 27 this year. Nearly 200 leading experts, national and international film professionals will be hosted and support for Turkish productions will increase at the forum, which is being held for the fourth time. The forum is a project development initiative and a co-production platform to support the development of film and to increase the visibility of Turkish productions internationally by encouraging producers and directors. It will get stronger this year and its support for Turkish productions will increase. The Antalya Film Forum, which is also a communication platform in which Turkey and the global film industry can come together, will support many projects…



Algeria: 1st subcontracting fair to be held on September 25th in Annaba

29/07/2017 (DZ Breaking – Algeria): The first subcontracting fair will be held on September from 23 to 25 in Annaba under the theme “Integration into the national economy”, said Wednesday a statement from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The event, which will be organized in cooperation with Badji Mokhtar University in Annaba province, is part of the efforts to develop subcontracting and to encourage the creation of SMEs for industrial integration, according to the same source. The fair will bring together economic operators active in the sectors of manufacturing industrial equipment and semi-finished products, glass and aluminum processing besides industrial subcontractors…