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Emirates Nature-WWF, and its partners, Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, EAD, and the Marine Research Foundation, MRF, successfully managed to tag 36 turtles using satellite transmitters.

This was done to ensure that they belong to no single nation and that all nations have a shared responsibility to protect them and cohesively manage the seas.

Their findings, the first-of-a-kind in the Arabian Sea region, and one of only a handful of similar efforts worldwide were the result of ongoing research on the Gulf Green Turtle Conservation Project, announced to mark World Turtle Day, commemorated annually on 23rd May.

Recently, three of the turtles were tracked from their feeding grounds off Bu Tinah Island, Abu Dhabi, all the way to Oman where they mated, nested, and found their way back home to Bu Tinah Island. One of the tracked turtles left Bu Tinah Island in April 2018 and returned home on 19th December, following a perilous eight-month journey. She travelled upwards in the UAE, through Iran, then down south to the coast of Oman, where she mated and nested in the vicinity of Ras Al Hadd, a well-known green turtle-nesting site, hosting over 80 percent of all green turtles nesting in the region. Following her voyage, she retraced the same route and returned to the shores of Bu Tinah Island within a month, where she has since remained.

Jimena Rodriguez, Manager of the Gulf Green Turtle Conservation Project at Emirates Nature-WWF, said, “By recording a complete migration loop, we were able to better understand the ecological and conservation needs of green turtles, and the importance of the UAE in being a critical feeding site.”

Emirates Nature-WWF, alongside local and international partners, is developing a robust regional baseline of the ecological and conservational needs of green turtles, thereby applying science-based solutions to safeguard their survival.

Dr. Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Acting Secretary-General of EAD, said, “Our past species-monitoring efforts have demonstrated that we have a large population of green turtles foraging in Abu Dhabi’s waters, but we had no record of them nesting here. Following the findings of this project, we will implement conservation initiatives, protecting the turtles’ nest and where they forage.”

Kick-started in May 2016, the Gulf Green Turtle Conservation Project continues to provide insightful data on the population, distribution, and behaviour of marine turtles and their habitats to identify migratory routes and important turtle areas for conservation.

Laila Mostafa Abdullatif, Director-General of Emirates Nature-WWF, said, “Contributing to the wider socio-economic development of the country and showcasing the human, ecological and economic benefits of conserving the marine environment, the Gulf Green Turtle project is a true testament to the vital need for partnerships, which strive to conserve the environment and encourage the community to live in harmony with nature and its many unique and diverse species.”

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Organisers of the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2019 have today announced there are only 10 days remaining to take advantage of the 30 per cent discount period, which runs until 31st May.

Following last week’s announcement that Travis Scott was the first A-List global music artist confirmed to entertain crowds at Friday’s After-Race Concert, popular ticket categories such as the two-day Marina Grandstand package have already sold out.

Other categories are selling fast, with this year’s biggest ever edition proving popular with racing and entertainment fans from around the world.

Running during the month of Ramadan, the 30 per cent early bird discount also offers families a range of special offers to bring everyone together for the #AbuDhabiGP, providing five full days of on and off-track entertainment for both adults and children.

Starting with Super Thursday and the ever-popular Public Pitlane Walk, the action continues across the entire weekend to Monday, with activities and attractions suitable for all ages. The 48th UAE National Day on 2 December will be marked by a whole day of national pride on Abu Dhabi Hill and the F1® Fanzone to keep the family festival mood going after the excitement of Sunday’s race day.

The Family Pass Packages for North Grandstand offers the most family-friendly location next to the popular Yas KartZone, and is close to the three Yas Island theme parks, Yas Mall and du Arena.

For every two adult tickets purchased, the Family Parks Pass offers a 50 per cent discount on tickets for three children 12 years’ old and under across the full five days. To avail the offer, purchase your tickets online and register for the promotion.

With up to 30 per cent discount available on purchases before the end of May, and adding more choice and value on ‘Family Friday’, organisers are offering its ‘Kids Go Free’ package for Grandstand ticket holders. This allows up to four children 12 years’ old and under free Friday entry to that Grandstand, as well as FREE access to the three Yas Island parks, making it a family event to remember.

Making a truly Yas Island family experience, the ‘Super Parks Pass’ package allows unlimited access to all three Yas Island Parks – Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi from Wednesday to Sunday. This special five-day ticket package starts from AED1,344 (for Abu Dhabi Hill).

To help celebrate this special weekend and foster some real team spirit among your colleagues, discounts of up to 20 per cent are still available before 31 May to Corporate clients who book the Circuit’s revamped hospitality solutions for race weekend.

For companies looking to host small to medium-size groups of clients without having to book a whole private suite, the ‘Shared Branded Hospitality’ packages are still available.

This allows companies can showcase their brand in an allocated space and have access to a semi-private meeting area within a shared hospitality suite, bringing together all members of the team in an informal and fun environment.

Shared, branded event hospitality is available across Yas Suites & Paddock Club products.

For information on the full range of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix packages, plus family-friendly and team-building corporate packages available during Ramadan, please visit www.yasmarinacircuit.com.

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The Ministry of Community Development and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to launch the Etihad Senior Emiratis Basma Programme, which offers UAE nationals over the age of 60 an exclusive programme of benefits when flying with the airline. Etihad has also signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi Airports to provide Basma members with a range of added benefits from the Capital’s airport.

On the occasion of the launch, Her Excellency Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, emphasised the importance of signing this MoU with Etihad Airways to offer an exclusive programme of benefits and discounts for senior Emiratis. This initiative enhances the quality of future life and enriches social communication for senior Emiratis. The national policy for senior citizens of the UAE is based on partnerships with key entities offering services to this community, and providing them with innovative channels of sustainable collaboration.

Her Excellency said: “The memorandum of understanding with Etihad Airways is a result of continuous efforts, partnership and integration with different public and private sectors in order to disseminate community culture and achieve welfare, happiness and positivity among all categories of the community. The national policy for senior Emiratis aims to raise their quality of life and to provide them with exclusive benefits and discounts.

“The MoU between the Ministry of Community Development and Etihad Airways enhances the Ministry’s vision of supporting senior Emiratis and giving them more facilities to enrich their lives and reward their service and dedication to the nation.”

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Following in the footsteps of our country’s great leadership, Etihad Airways truly values the contribution of the UAE’s senior citizens to our society. It is a great privilege for Etihad to give back to this community with an exclusive and tailored package of benefits. It is with great pride that Etihad is the first airline in the region to offer such benefits, which will be expanded over the coming years.”

Users of the Etihad Senior Emiratis Basma Card will be able to instantly access Silver status with Etihad Guest, the airline’s award-winning loyalty programme. Further benefits include discounts on Etihad Airways flights, when booked through Etihad Airways retail offices.

Members will also receive 25 per cent bonus Guest Miles, discounts on upgrades using miles at the airport, alongside priority check-in at Abu Dhabi International Airport. They will also be entitled to an additional baggage allowance, depending on the class of travel.

Commenting on this collaboration, Bryan Thompson, Chief Executive Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Abu Dhabi Airports is eager to collaborate with our key partner, Etihad Airways, on producing tailored and creative offers that will further enhance our customer experience across our services. Through this programme, the national carrier and the capital’s airport are ensuring we are delivering a product that will create a memorable experience to one of our most cherished and appreciated travellers.”

Guests within the programme will also be offered a 10 per cent discount at Abu Dhabi Duty Free, as well as courtesy three-day airport parking at Abu Dhabi International Airport. In addition, these members can take advantage of an upgraded travel experience including entry to the airport’s Al Reem Lounge, where guests can enjoy complimentary food and beverages and an exclusive space to relax prior to travelling.

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Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has announced that it is participating in IMEX 2019, a global meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) event, as part of its efforts to diversify its portfolio and help consolidate Abu Dhabi’s position as a hub for the MICE industry.

Running from 21 to 23 May in Frankfurt, Germany, IMEX 2019 features more than 3,500 exhibitors, ranging from major hotel groups and venues to the latest event tech providers, showcasing their business tourism-related offerings. ADNEC is promoting its specially designed, spacious halls and world-class infrastructure that ensure a seamless experience for event organisers and the two million visitors it welcomes every year.

This year’s show offers an ideal platform for ADNEC to connect with other leaders in the field. The company plays an instrumental role in providing Abu Dhabi with a competitive edge and promoting the UAE capital as a regional business tourism centre.

Last year, ADNEC’s impact on the economy of Abu Dhabi registered AED3.41 billion. Since the company’s inception in 2005, this number has reached a whopping AED32 billion. The strong results of 2018 followed a 14 per cent growth in the number of events hosted at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) and Al Ain Convention Centre (AACC). The two venues collectively notched up a record 502 events in 2018, compared to 442 events in 2017.

Since 2005, ADNEC’s venues have welcomed more than 17.5 million visitors. The company marked multiple achievements at the local and international levels, and helped generate around 500,000 guest nights for the emirate’s hospitality sector last year alone.

ADNEC’s uncompromising focus on excellence, passion for innovation and adoption of best international practices resulted in a four-star rating from the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) in 2017. The venue became the first entity in the MENA region to attain the recognition.

Participating in IMEX 2019 is another important step in the company’s endeavours to attract more international exhibitors and visitors to the UAE capital. ADNEC has significantly increased its market share within the region’s fast-growing event industry and continues to support Abu Dhabi’s vision to develop business tourism, one of the key sectors identified in Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 and the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.

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Following the success of the inaugural edition of the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS) in 2018, organisers Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) today announced that UAE-based boat manufacturer Al Suwaidi Marine (ASM), will support the event’s upcoming October 2019 edition as returning Official Gold Sponsor.

At ADIBS 2018, which attracted more than 21,000 visitors from across the world, ASM launched the ASM 29 F boat. The company now plans to exhibit the ASM 29 F, ASM 34 F and ASM 37 C boats, as well as the Limo Sea 46 C and Limo Sea 46 O at the upcoming second edition of the luxury yacht and leisure marine industry event, which will take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 16 to 19 October 2019.

ASM’s efforts to develop strong business relationships in the GCC region have resulted in its signing a dealership agreement with Yamaha Kuwait since the show, and as Official Gold Sponsor of ADIBS 2019, the company will return to reveal its latest launches to the public on-site at the show.

Saeed Al Mansoori, Executive Director, IDEX LLC at ADNEC, said: “We are proud to announce Al Suwaidi Marine as the Official Gold Sponsor for the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show 2019. Last year’s event was a major success, which attracted more than 21,000 visitors from across the world, as well as 270 exhibitors from 25 countries. We are looking forward to creating a bigger and grander show this year, drawing more international visitors and exhibitors with a passion for boating, while benefitting leisure marine businesses in the UAE capital.”

Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Chairman of ASM, said: “ADIBS underscores the very best that the boating industry has to offer. We are pleased to support this event as Official Gold Sponsor and remain confident that the second edition of the event will open doors to a new world of boating and leisure marine in the UAE and bring promising business opportunities to benefit the players in the maritime sector in 2019 and beyond.”

ASM is the first UAE company to have obtained membership status with the US-based National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and is working towards full certification, based on a proud history of serving clients in the Middle East.

Organised by ADNEC, ADIBS 2018 brought together local and international visitors, ranging from leisure marine industry professionals and stakeholders to families seeking an enjoyable day out on the water.

The 2019 edition of the much-anticipated boat show will provide a unique platform for local and international exhibitors to showcase their latest range of products and services to a discerning audience of high net-worth individuals. Visitors can look forward to an impressive display of breath-taking luxury yachts from UAE and international manufacturers, purchase t leisure marine equipment, and shop for the latest in fishing boats and modern fishing equipment plus enjoy watersports, entertainment and other attractions.

Abu Dhabi International Boat Show aims to reinforce Abu Dhabi’s growing marine tourism potential whilst promoting the UAE capital as a global hub for the leisure marine industry.

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With the aim of giving the residents of the capital an opportunity to embrace the community spirt and spend precious time with family and friends, Marina Mall Abu Dhabi is hosting a series of activities.

In line with Ramadan’s values of giving, the mall is partnering with Make A Wish Foundation UAE, to host a traditional bazaar. The bazaar will have abayas, paintings, handicrafts, bokhours, perfumes and other traditional Arabic accessories on sale.

All proceeds from the Bazaar will go towards granting the wishes of children diagnosed with a critical illness. Wishes of sick patients have ranged from having laptops, iPads, and even a bedroom, to visiting places like Disneyland, Emirates Palace and the Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca and aiming to become a doctor, a princess, a policeman and a professional photographer.

The Ramadan Bazaar at Marina Mall will be open daily till the end of Ramadan.

Celebratory decorations will adorn the mall with free dates served at sundown, giving residents a warm and festive Ramadan month. Furthermore, Marina Mall Abu Dhabi will share its wealth with the less fortunate, setting up a Ramadan tent at the premises, distributing more than 200 free meals daily to members of the public.

The ‘Shop to Win’ offer continues at the mall which gives customers the chance to win AED 10,000 in gift cards to spend across stores in the mall. To take part in this shop and win promotion, simply spend AED 300 in Marina Mall in a single transaction between the start of Ramadan and end of Eid and pop your receipt in the raffle box. Stores not included are Carrefour, Mercedes, Home Centre and Centrepoint.

One of Abu Dhabi’s most distinctive landmarks, Marina Mall is located on the tip of the world-renowned Corniche area. Its 122,000sqm of retail space features a unique selection of fashion, leisure and entertainment brands arranged over five levels.

With over 400 retail and services outlets in the mall, including designer and high-street fashion brands, beauty department stores, home furnishings, electronics stores and a large variety of food & beverage choices, Marina Mall has been a firm favorite with Abu Dhabi residents for the last 18 years.

Ramadan operation and workshop timings:

During Ramadan, Marina Mall Abu Dhabi is open from 10am-1am weekdays, and 10am-2am on Weekends.

Follow Marina Mall Abu Dhabi on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the latest Ramadan activity updates or for more information, please visit www.marinamall.ae.

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Shaun Torrente completed a remarkable F1H2O World Championship hat-trick by clinching pole position for tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Portugal as Team Abu Dhabi scored a second successive one-two qualifying success in Portimao.

Torrente produced a stunning fastest lap of 42.58s in the third qualifying session to edge out team-mate Thani Al Qemzi, just as he did 12 months ago, by 0.08s on the Arade River Circuit

It was the reigning world champion’s third successive pole position in Portugal and it gives him the chance to repeat his brilliant qualifying and race double triumph on his Team Abu Dhabi debut in Portugal last year.

“It wasn’t a perfect run because conditions were very difficult and the wind made the boat jump about, but the team did an amazing job to prepare it for me,” he said at the finish, as Marit Stromoy marked Norway National Day with the third quickest time.

With Al Qemzi also saving his best for the third qualifying session, the Team Abu Dhabi duo now have the perfect platform as they look to begin the defence of their world team title with another victory tomorrow.

  1. Shaun Torrente – completed a hat-trick of pole positions in Portugal.
  2. Thani Al Qemzi – also saved his best for last in qualifying.

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Miral, Abu Dhabi’s creator of destinations, has signed two land sales at Yas Bay with Siadah International Real Estate Development LLC, which in its turn plans to develop two residential buildings on the waterfront.

Yas Bay – Yas Island’s vibrant new waterfront community to live, work and play, also includes other available residential and commercial plots for potential investors and partners.

“Today, we are happy to announce that we finalised the sale of the first two plots for residential development at Yas Bay with Siadah International Real Estate Development,” said Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral.

He added, “With the recent changes in the law issued by the Abu Dhabi government, allowing foreigners to acquire freehold lands and develop properties in designated zones, Yas Island’s Yas Bay is now firmly on the global map as a real estate investment destination.”

Chawqui Derradji, CEO at Siadah International Real Estate Development added: “We are delighted to invest in Yas Bay and to bring our projects to such an exciting destination. As the two plots become bustling communities, we aim to mirror Miral’s vision of offering unique and immersive experiences by developing residential units with direct views of Yas Bay waterfront.”

The latest addition to Miral’s portfolio, Yas Bay, is progressing to schedule. The project recently witnessed the completion of concrete works at its first hotel, due to be operated by Hilton. In addition, the first phase of road infrastructure and landscaping of the public realm, parks and promenade have also been completed. Yas Bay Arena, the first-of-its-kind multi-purpose indoor arena in Abu Dhabi, also marked a major construction milestone in March of this year with the installation of the largest roof truss for the 18,000 seat Arena.

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Yas Island, Abu Dhabi’s premier leisure & entertainment hub, last night launched the first-ever Yas Island Travel Content Awards at an exclusive Iftar event at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. The awards program will celebrate storytelling published by journalists and content creators while conveying Yas Island’s appreciation of their willingness to advocate for its award-winning portfolio of attractions.

The inaugural Yas Island Travel Content Awards will recognize work in five categories including the Best Trade Journalism Award, Best Yas Short Break Feature, Best Yas Family Vacation Feature, Best Yas Single Attraction Feature and Best Yas Digital Content Creator. Writers and content creators will be able to submit their own work or be nominated through destination partners. The winners will be celebrated in April 2020.

Officially announcing the awards at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi last night, Marina Cipriano, General Manager of Experience Hub, Yas Island’s trade and promotion arm, said:

“The Yas Island Travel Content Awards will celebrate the very best in travel writing and content creation by professionals from the UAE and all parts of the world. As such, we’d like to thank our media partners and supporters, for sharing experiences from this great destination in Abu Dhabi with readers from around the globe and inspiring holidaymakers to discover Yas Island through creative and immersive narratives and content.”

The 25 kilometer square leisure & entertainment hub delivers exceptional holiday breaks to UAE residents and tourists alike all year round. The Island’s portfolio of award-winning attractions features thrilling indoor and outdoor theme parks, a world-class motor sports facility, which is also home to the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and Abu Dhabi’s largest shopping destination, as well as a world-class Links golf course, a sprawling pristine beach and more than 160 restaurants. Additionally nestled on the Island are seven hotels ranging from affordable 3-star comfort to sophisticated 5-star luxury stays. All this is complemented by Yas Island’s extensive events calendar that continues to grow and diversify to include entertainment for all ages.

Entries for the awards can be submitted online through www.yasisland.ae/info/travelcontentawards.

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Masdar, the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, has honoured the sponsors and partners of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2019, the largest sustainability gathering in the Middle East.

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, paid tribute to the organisations that  partnered with and sponsored this year’s ADSW, which is held annually in January.

“Each of us shares the same passion to deliver on the sustainability objectives of the United Arab Emirates and to uphold the vision of our nation’s founding father Sheikh Zayed to convert aspirations into concrete decision-making, to transform innovative thinking into progress on the ground and to forge a better and more sustainable way of life for future generations,” Al Ramahi said during his speech at Masdar’s suhoor reception, held at Rixos Saadiyat Island.

“Thanks to the vision of the UAE leadership and with your unwavering support, ADSW has successfully positioned itself at the heart of sustainability and clean energy. It has helped to give others the confidence to announce bold targets, to invest, and to engage the wider community in addressing our shared sustainability challenges, not only business and government decision-makers, but also our future sustainability leaders.”

ADSW brings together policymakers, industry specialists, technology pioneers, future sustainability leaders and members of the local community to shape the global sustainability agenda. Through its initiatives and events, which include the Zayed Sustainability Prize, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) General Assembly, Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum, WFES, Youth 4 Sustainability, CLIX Innovation Exchange, and the Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) forum, ADSW is committed to the sharing of knowledge, implementation of strategies and the delivery of real-world solutions to drive human progress.

During ADSW 2019, business deals worth an estimated US$11 billion were announced, while it attracted 38,000 attendees from 170 countries and 850 exhibiting companies.

Also speaking at Masdar’s suhoor reception, Dr Lamya Nawaf Fawwaz, the Executive Director of Brand and Strategic Initiatives, said: “As part of its growth, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week now goes beyond engaging government and businesses and extends to technology pioneers, young people and all members of the community. It is only by coming together and working towards a shared vision that we can deliver real and positive transformation. It is thanks to our key partners that ADSW is a success – and I am confident that through our partnerships, we will be able to deliver on our shared sustainability goals.”

ADSW 2020 will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from January 11 to 18.

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