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International Superyacht Summit 2021 witnesses record number of attendees from global industry

DUBAI,11th December 2021 (WAM) – Held under the patronage of DP World’s subsidiary P&O Marinas and co-organised by Fabulous Yachts, the International Superyacht Summit 2021 was held on the 8th and 9th of December at the iconic Queen Elizabeth 2, at Mina Rashid.

By bringing together industry experts, superyacht builders and management companies, superyacht owners and captains, in discussions involving the future of the leisure yachting industry, the summit aimed to capitalise on Dubai and the UAE’s leading position in the superyacht sector.

In collaboration with key stakeholders like Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism and Dubai Maritime City Authority, the superyacht summit was powered by local and international top players of the industry such as Abu Dhabi Maritime, Abu Dhabi Ports Group, Adriatic 42, MB92, Al Seer Marine, Ferretti Group, Lurssen, Oceanco, Damen, Camper and Nicholsons, Burgess and many others, which clearly showed how the industry is keen to take a collaborative approach to drive growth within the sector.

Top executives and industry elites who participated in the event included Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing; Ali Al Shaiba, Executive Director at Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism; Captain Saif Al Mheiri, Managing Director at Abu Dhabi Maritime and Abeer Alshaali, Deputy Managing Director at Gulf Craft, among others, who enlightened attendees and offered key insights into the industry.

Through a series of speeches and panel discussions, speakers highlighted various subjects including the 2030 superyacht vision, building the perfect superyacht destination, optimal superyacht business landscape in the Gulf, setting a sustainable superyacht agenda for the Gulf and other topics. Martin Redmayne, Chairman of The Superyacht Group, was the moderator of the Summit. Redmayne's continuous endorsement of the event testifies to the international specialist media's interest in the Gulf Region, which is rapidly transforming into a new superyacht destination, superyacht service centre and a winter home port. The summit successfully concluded with an exclusive one-to-one keynote conversation with Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group, one of the world's leaders in the construction and sale of luxury yachts and leisure vessels.

Hamza Mustafa, Chief Operating Officer, P&O Marinas said: "It was an incredible two-day event with some intensive discussions around key topics concerning the superyacht and marine leisure tourism sectors combined. Dubai already holds an exceptional place in the marine leisure tourism industry with large numbers of tourists arriving via cruise tourism, and others availing the extensive amenities offered by the city’s world-class marinas. We hope discussions from the Summit will be strategic and instrumental in boosting yachting tourism, while also transforming the superyacht business landscape, making it modern, competitive and high-quality for both visitors and investors."

Featuring world-class ports and superyacht berths with state-of-the-art facilities, the UAE has an ideal setup for a thriving leisure tourism industry. Dubai especially has attractive and competitive advantages including suitable berth spaces, dedicated support facilities and its strategic location along a beautiful coastline.

Capt. Tony Crabbe, CEO of Fabulous Yachts said: "The UAE and the Middle East have sophisticated infrastructure and the capacity to welcome yachts of all shapes and sizes. People around the world are already acknowledging this. Events such as the International Superyacht Summit will add to the growing global interest in the region’s superyacht industry. We are hoping to see rapid growth in this sector over the next couple of years."

In collaboration with P&O Marinas and The Superyacht Group, the summit also held a strategic workshop ‘Superyachts 2030 – A Superyacht Strategy for the UAE’, a VIP focus group to formulate a real action plan and tangible objectives to create optimal conditions for superyachts to successfully operate & cruise in the Gulf. The primary aim was to ensure that all key local stakeholders will continue to be committed throughout the year to implement the strategy and strengthen Dubai and the UAE's position on the global superyacht map.

During the summit, P&O Marinas announced hosting the exceptional SailGP Season 3, to be held at Mina Rashid Marina in November 2022. A signing ceremony was held at Queen Elizabeth 2, with Julien di Biase, Chief Operating Officer of SailGP and Hamza Mustafa, Chief Operating Officer of P&O Marinas.

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Breaking / Federal Supreme Council elects Mohamed bin Zayed as UAE President

ABU DHABI, 14th May, 2022 (WAM) — The Federal Supreme Council today unanimously elected His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as President of the United Arab Emirates.

The Council held a meeting today at Al Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

The meeting was attended by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah; H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman; H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah; H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain; and H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs said that according to Article 51 of the Constitution, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was unanimously elected as the President of the UAE to succeed the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Their Highnesses, the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates have reaffirmed their keenness to continue implementing the authentic values and principles laid down by the late deceased, Sheikh Khalifa, following on from the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. These have consolidated the UAE’s status at both regional and global levels.

The Federal Supreme Council expressed its full confidence that the people of the UAE will remain, as Sheikh Zayed and the founders believed, “a faithful guardian of the Union and its gains at all levels”.

Their Highnesses wished H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan success in serving his people and country.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed expressed his appreciation for the precious trust placed in him by his brothers, Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, praying to the Almighty to guide and help him to bear the responsibility of this great trust and to fulfil its tasks of serving his country and people.


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wasl properties announces the 12th edition of its annual Ramadan Arts Competition

News of Emirates – wasl properties, one of the largest real estate development and management companies in Dubai, has announced the launch of the 12th edition of its annual Ramadan competition that seeks to reward its creative and artistic tenants with exceptional prizes.

The annual competitions welcome participation from all ages, with a painting challenge for wasl tenants’ children and a photography contest for adults.

wasl’s Ramadan Painting Competition is designed for younger tenants of up to 13 years old, and participants will be required to paint a piece reflecting the true meaning of Ramadan. With an iPad up for grabs every week, artworks must be uploaded to the website for them to be voted on publicly and judged by the wasl committee. At the end of the holy month, one winner out of the four selected over the course of the competition will be awarded the grand prize of a scholarship of up to AED 25,000.

For adults, wasl launched the Ramadan Instagram Photography Competition, which invites anyone over the age of 13, even non-tenants, to capture the true meaning of the holy month by taking a selfie with one of Dubai’s landmarks. Those interested in participating must share their photographs on Instagram using #waslRamadan2022 and mentioning @waslgroup. Each entrant can upload an unlimited number of photos, and the wasl committee will decide which lucky entrants will win one of four Apple Watches every week.

wasl properties launched the ‘Ramadan Competition’ for the first time in 2011, and it has expanded over the years to become an anticipated annual contest.

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Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia, UAE are ‘terrorist actions’: Kosovo PM

PRISTINA, 17th February, 2022 (WAM) — Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Albin Kurti, has condemned the Houthi attacks on civilian targets in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, labelling the militia as a terrorist group.

"We were appalled by these images and all these attacks. Absolute violence against civilians, which has nothing to do with respect for human dignity, human rights, society and community. This is something that we can never tolerate and it is our task to always condemn it," Kurti told Saudi English language newspaper Arab News.

Asked whether he agrees that as a result of targeting civilian targets the Houthi militia should be designated as a terrorist group, Kurti said, "Yes, I think that all these attacks on civilians are terrorist actions."

On 17th January, the Houthi milita attacked a fuel tank storage facility near Abu Dhabi International Airport, killing three and injuring six.

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