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GCC Countries or gulf countries GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council)  also known as The Cooperation Council of the Arab States of the Gulf is a regional organization involving the six Arab Gulf states with many economic and social objectives in mind.

Organization Created on May 25, 1981, the Council is comprised of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It should be noted that not all of countries neighboring the Persian Gulf are members of the council. Specifically, Iran (Persia) and Iraq are not members.

The common term “Persian Gulf” is not used in the name of the organization, as the governments of these Arab countries since the 1960s refer to the Persian Gulf as the “Arabian Gulf”

Gulf countries or GCC Countries

  • Bahrain
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates
Gulf countries or GCC Countries Details
  Bahrain Kuwait Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia UAE
Capital Manama Kuwait City Muscat Doha Riyadh Abu Dhabi
MAP Bahrain_map.png
Title, date King, since Mar 1999 Emir from Jun 2013 King from 23 Jan 2015 President, since Nov 2004
Population 1.3m 2.7m 3.2m 2.1m 27.3m 9.2m
Currency Bahraini Riyal Kuwaiti Dinar Omani Riyal Qatari Riyal Saudi Riyal UAE Dirham
Currency Code BHD KWD OMR QAR SAR AED
Telephone Code +973 +965 +968 +974 +966 +971
Citizens Bahrainis Kuwaitis Omanis Qataris Saudis or Saudi Arabians Emiratis
Citizenship Father, not birthplace Father, not birthplace Father, not birthplace Father, not birthplace Father, not birthplace Father, not birthplace
Percentage expats 55% (UN, 2013) 70% (PACI, 2014) 30% (UN, 2013) 85% (2014, estimate) 30% (UN, 2013) 80-90%
Flag Oman flag Qatar flag Saudi arabia flag
Airlines Gulf Air Kuwait Airways Oman Air Qatar Airways Saudia Emirates and Etihad Airways

 

GCC Countries Official Website

www.gcc-sg.org (The official website for the Cooperation Council of the Arab States of the Gulf)

GCC countries

GCC Countries or Gulf countries Objective
  • Formulating similar regulations in various fields such as economy, finance, trade, customs, tourism, legislations & administration.
  • Fostering scientific and technical progress in industry, mining, agriculture, water & animal resources.
  • Establishing scientific research centers
  • Setting up joint ventures
  • Encouraging cooperation of the private sector
  • Strengthening the ties between their peoples
  • Establishing a common currency

 

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GITEX Dubai United Arab Emirates -GITEX Shoppers Exhibition Dates, Timing, Entrance Fees, Prizes 2016
GITEX 2016 Dubai United Arab Emirates, the biggest and popular event/ Exhibition in Dubai United Arab Emirates. GITEX Shopper is the largest gathering of the GCC’s leading ICT retailers and suppliers. Show attracts a millions of audience that includes IT professionals, technology enthusiasts, students, tourist and consumers as well as regional traders. This is high-energy consumer’s exhibitions. GITEX visitors not just from the Middle East but also from North Africa and the Indian Subcontinent.
Unique launches and special offers across the best technology introduce in this exhibition in various sections like communication and entertainment products. Most of the gulf buyers await this shopping bonanza year after year for exclusive deals and bundled offers which are not available anywhere else.

GITEX 2016 Exhibiting

  • GITEX Shopper is the biggest consumer electronics extravaganza in the region
  • GITEX Shopper attracted approximate150,000 visitors and AED 150 million in sales
  • Past exhibitors include leading brands and power retailers including Acer, Dell, EMAX, HP, Jacky’s, Jumbo, Lenovo, Nokia, One Mobile, Plug Ins, Samsung, Sharaf DG, Toshiba
  • New models that were available at GITEX Shopper in various brand especially in mobile phone, TV, Computers and all other electronics products
 

GITEX Date, Timing and Fees

If you are looking for the latest and coolest gadgets from the biggest brands, GITEX Shopper Spring is the only place to be from 30 March – 2 April. Expect to find the best deals & offers & chances to win stunning prizes!

Stay tuned for more details on launches, new brands and more
GITEX Timings:  11am – 11pm
Entrance Fees: AED 25 per person entry – includes entry for Shopper Smart Living
AED 10 per student and for groups of 50 and above
 GITEX 2016 Dubai

GITEX Attraction and Products

Consumer Electronics
Audio & video products , Audio Accessories, Automobile Electronics,  Home Entertainment Systems,  Acoustic equipment & systems
Information Technology & Telecommunications
PC Accessories & Peripherals, Calculators & Memory Banks, Computer Equipment, Computer Furniture, Communications,  Data Storage Media, Desktops, Digital Imaging, Digital Receivers, Digital Technology Products, Education & Training, Electronic Media, Fibre Optics, Global Positioning Systems, Hardware, Keyboards, Laptops, Logistics, Mobile Phones & Accessories, Monitors, Navigation Systems, Notebooks, Online Resources, Palmtops, PDAs, Personal Computers, Pocket PCs, Publishing, Software, Telecommunication Equipment
ifestyle Products
Cameras & Photographic Equipment, Clocks & Watches, Corporate Gifts & Requisites, Dental Care, , Electronic Fashion Accessories, Electrical Grooming Products,  , Health & Beauty Products, Lifestyle Products & Accessories, Special Needs Aids,  Wireless Devices, Wearable Technologies
Gaming & Entertainment
Animation, DVD/VCD/MP3/AV/I-pods, Blue-Ray, Electronic Games & Entertainment. Gaming Consoles, Game Developers & Resellers, Gaming Hardware/Software, High Definition Formats, Game Packages, Media Sound Cards, Mobile Gaming, Movies, Multimedia, Online Gaming, PC Games, Video Games
Office Automation
Conferencing Equipment, CCTV & Surveillance Equipment, Networking, Office Equipment, Photocopy Equipment, Printers, Scanners, Security Equipment,  Teleconferencing, Online Resources, Wireless Technology, Work Stations
Home Appliances
Air conditioners, Home Appliances, Kitchen Appliances, Health products, Home Electrical items, Infant Care Technologies, Kitchen Equipment, Smart Home Technologies, Ventilation systems
 
 
 
 

GITEX 2016 How to Reach

The Dubai Metro’s red line ‘World Trade Centre Station’ serves the exhibition centre.

About 153 Abras (traditional boats made of wood) transport people across the Dubai Creek seating around 20 passengers each, a convenient and fun way to travel. They transport approximately 17.4 million passengers every year. For yet another option of travel, choose the waterbus system, a collection of comfortable and stylish motor-powered boats stopping at all major tourist attractions along the Dubai Creek and with all different new tourist route. Kindly visit the RTA

BUS Services by RTA

The Public Bus Transport system in the Emirate of Dubai is run by the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA). 504 peak bus schedules are run on 62 bus routes cutting over 168,000 kilometers on a specimen working day. Service volumes are adjusted on Fridays and public holidays in relation to the passenger demand. Around 250,000 passengers travel on the system per day. The bus routes span the whole length and breadth of 4,110 square kilometers area of the Emirate of Dubai. 

TAXIS

Taxis are plentiful and affordable in Dubai and operated by RTA through five companies (denoted by different colour roofs). All RTA taxis are metered at the same rate, with the exception of the ‘pink’ ladies-only cabs for which there is a small surcharge.
To book a taxi from any pick up point of your choice call 04 208 0808 (24hrs, operated in Arabic and English).
At the Exhibition Venue, there are 2 taxi drop-offs: opposite Ibis Hotel and in front of Zabeel Hall entrance. Taxi pick-up point is located opposite Ibis Hotel.
Download the venue map. Note that at peak periods there will be queues, and a taxi-sharing system is likely to be in operation.

Abras Boat Service

About 153 Abras (traditional boats made of wood) transport people across the Dubai Creek seating around 20 passengers each, a convenient and fun way to travel. They transport approximately 17.4 million passengers every year. For yet another option of travel, choose the waterbus system, a collection of comfortable and stylish motor-powered boats stopping at all major tourist attractions along the Dubai Creek and with all different new tourist route. Kindly visit the RTA

Dubai International Airport

Located 5 km southeast from the city, Dubai International Airport is a 15-minute drive from the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Click here for more information on Dubai International Airport

Additional capacity with other airports in the UAE

  • Abu Dhabi International Airport – 110 km from Dubai
  • Sharjah International Airport – 25 km from Dubai

Win Stunning Prizes

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Earth Hour Dubai UAE 2016 – Show commitment to the planet with your friends, family, community or at work by DEWA
Earth Hour Dubai UAE 2016 – Show commitment to the planet with your friends, family, community or at work by Dubai Electricity and water authority. Dubai celebrating earth hour 2016 with the help of Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS-WWF) and Dubai electricity and water authority (DEWA). DEWA Inviting greater support from hoteliers, facility management teams and peoples in United Arab Emirates (UAE) by switching off their lights for one hour and switching on their social power by donating their social feeds to Earth Hour. Earth Hour 2016 will be celebrated on Saturday, 19 March between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.
All emirates in UAE and other GCC countries are also celebrating Earth hour annually and getting great support from millions of people in gulf countries. Dubai Expecting support from people in Dubai more than previous year. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is part of Dubai’s efforts to raise environmental awareness. This supports its vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility.
Date: Saturday 19th March, 2016
Time: Between 8.30pm – 9.30pm
What: Turn your lights out for one hour, and use your social power
Quote: Shine a Light on Climate Action
Take your first step to Earth Hour Dubai UAE 2016
Earth Hour belongs to you. Celebrate your commitment to the planet with your friends, family, community or at work – in your own way. A simple event can be just turning off all non-essential lights from 8.30pm-9:30 pm.
For one hour, focus on your commitment to our planet for the rest of this year. To celebrate, you can have a candle lit dinner, talk to your neighbors, stargaze, go camping, play board games, have a concert, screen an environmental documentary post the hour, create or join a community event – the possibilities are endless. Have an event idea?
Promote your Event Earth Hour Dubai UAE 2016
Want to make you event more exciting? Download and use the free starter-kit assets.
You can also create your own Earth Hour themed social media, banners, videos, blogs, websites or art. Write a song. Stage a play. Get creative!
 Earth Hour Dubai UAE 2016 - Show commitment to the planet with your friends, family, community or at work by DEWA
Since 2007, Earth Hour has focused to Hoteliers, businesses, organizations, governments and hundreds of millions of individuals in over 7,000 cities and more than 170 countries and territories to act for a sustainable future.
Last year was the hottest year on record. It was also the year countries came together to work against climate change at the historic summit in Paris. With the world at a climate crossroads, Earth Hour 2016 is our time to shine a light on climate action and build the foundation for a better future for our planet and future generations.
All 7 Emirates participated in switching off their key landmarks and the Earth Hour campaign reached around 2.3 million people on social media platforms across the UAE from 2015 onwards and was great success in previous years. Hash tags in relation to Earth Hour reached a total of 31.7 views across the emirates.
Share Support for Earth Hour Dubai UAE 2016
 
 
Whether you’re celebrating solo or getting hundreds of people involved, share the details.
Post on social media using #earthhour and #changeclimatechange with your location.
This year’s social media campaign “shine a light on climate action” empowers individuals and companies to exponentially spread the message of taking climate action by using the hashtags#EarthHourUAE and #ChangeClimateChange on their social networks.
By signing up to the campaign on earthhour.org/climateaction, users allow Earth Hour to send 5 automated posts between 16 and 19 March 2016 to their Facebook wall.
 In addition, they will have access to a unique Earth Hour profile picture. In addition, as the UAE’s most iconic landmarks prepare to switch off their lights for Earth Hour, supporters are also invited to take a stand for climate action on their own personal landmarks – their social media accounts. By taking Earth Hour to the digital space, every individual has an opportunity to tell their story on how climate change affects people of all ages, background and cultures and why it is important to act now.
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Dubai International Kite Fest (DIKF) -Attraction, Events and Fees, Features and Contact details
Dubai International Kite Fest 2016 (DIKF) The three-day Dubai International Kite Festival on the beach at jumeirah 3, behind Sunset Mall. In kite fest Dozens of colorful kites of all shapes and sizes floated on the sea breeze and people of all ages took photos and tried their own hands at flying some of the designs.
After the success of 1st Dubai international kite Fest (DIKF) in Jan 2015, Classic Concepts Event Management is showcasing the 2nd Edition of the much-awaited Family Fun Event, DIKF 2016 from March 3rd week. Jumeirah Beach will once again welcome excitement of one-of-its-kind Beach Festival in Dubai that unites the multinational community in a colorful.
Excitement of watching Kites of various Hues, Shapes & Sizes, soaring over the Dubai skyline, matched by the Carnival mood on ground with Kite Making Workshops, Children’s Play area, Food Courts along with Music & Dance performances, which kept the audience spell bound.
Attraction includes Synchronized Kite Flying, Kite Surfing, Kite Boogying, Kite Boarding and Night Kite Flying, that will lit up the beachside with dazzling floating lights!. Approximate 100 expert Kite Enthusiasts from more than 25 countries all over the world. Guinness World Record of 15,000 people flying Kites simultaneously at 15 different locations (schools) across Dubai will attempt during the festival.

Dubai international kite fest

Dubai International Kite Fest Features
Dubai International Sports Kite Championship
DIKF 2016 will see the launch of inaugural Dubai International Sport kite Championship which will be held annually along with DIKF.
FORMAT
Competition will be held according to the International Sports Kite Rule Book. Three day Championship consists of competition in Precision and Ballet disciplines which will held end of March
SCORING
Scoring is done by several judges, who stand behind the pilots to gain the best possible view of the performances. Each discipline for the competitor is individually scored, with the points across all disciplines being combined and averaged, to calculate their overall score for that class.+
Dubai International Kite Fest Events
Manja – Kite Fight
Those who last – Come first
For the first time, Dubai will witness the racing excitement of a Manja Kite Competition which is a popular sport across several Asian & Western countries. Manja Kite Flying, tests the skills, dexterity and presence of mind of the flyer. Deriving its name from the string that is used to navigate the kite, the Manja thread is gummed, coloured and coated with abrasives.
Show Kite Flying
Synchronized Kite Flying – Teams of participants will come together for a fantastic Aerial Choreography of Kites swaying in the sea wind.
Night Kite Flying
Where Kite Enthusiasts will come together for an evening of fun as they light up the beachside with illuminated kites – of various shapes & sizes.
Kite Surfing
Surfboarding with Kite and Wind power.
Dubai International Kite Fest Attractions day by day
DAY 1
  • Inauguration Ceremony
  • Show Kite Flying
  • Night Kite Flying
  • Live Entertainment
DAY 2
  • Sports Kite Championship
  • Show Kite Flying
  • Kite Surfing
  • Kite Buggies
  • Public Kite Flying
  • Live Entertainment
DAY 3
  • Sports Kite Championship
  • Show Kite Flying
  • Kite Surfing
  • Kite Buggies
  • Public Kite Flying
Contact Details
Address: Office#105, Zabeel Business Center
City: Dubai,P.O.Box: 111973
Country: United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971 4 288 8131
Email:info@classicconceptsuae.com
Email:classicconceptsdubai@gmail.com
Website: http://www.ikfdubai.com/
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Dubai World Cup -Racing Festival by Dubai Racing club- United Arab Emirates
Dubai World Cup by Dubai racing club and meydan group is one of best attraction in united arab emirates in the month of March. Racing season normally start from November and final world cup match, world biggest horse racing at end of march. World cup event conducting at Meydan Racecourse. The Dubai World Cup is the most valuable horse race in the world, worth US$10 million (Dh36.7m). It is a Group 1 race run over 2,000 metres Overall on Dubai World Cup night there are nine races with prize-money on the day totalling $30 million.The region’s premier equestrian event pays tribute to the Arabian love affair with horses and is also one of the UAE’s biggest social and sporting events. Taking place on the last Saturday of March at the iconic Meydan Racecourse, it is the richest day of racing in the world with a combined prize purse of $30 million USD. Last year’s event featured nine races, highlighted by the $10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline.
 Dubai World Cup -Racing Festival by Dubai Racing club- United Arab Emirates
Day*
Date
Race Meeting
Post Times*
Thursday
November, 1st week
Racing at Meydan
7:00 PM
Thursday
November, last week
Racing at Meydan
7:00 PM
Thursday
December, 1st week
Racing at Meydan
7:00 PM
Thursday
December, last week
Racing at Meydan
7:00 PM
Thursday
January, 1st week
Racing at Meydan
4:00 PM
Thursday
January, 2nd week
Dubai World Cup Carnival
7:00 PM
Thursday
January,3rd week
Dubai World Cup Carnival
7:00 PM
Thursday
January,4th week
Racing at Meydan
4:00 PM
Thursday
January, last week
Dubai World Cup Carnival
7:00 PM
Thursday
January, Last week
Dubai World Cup Carnival
7:00 PM
Thursday
January,  Last week
Racing at Meydan
4:00 PM
Thursday
February,  1st week
Dubai World Cup Carnival
7:00 PM
Thursday
February, 2nd week
Dubai World Cup Carnival
7:00 PM
Thursday
February, 2nd week
Racing at Meydan
4:00 PM
Thursday
February,  3rd week
Dubai World Cup Carnival
7:00 PM
Thursday
February,last week
Dubai World Cup Carnival
7:00 PM
Thursday
March, 1st week
Dubai World Cup Carnival
7:00 PM
Saturday
March,1st week
Super Saturday
4:00 PM
Thursday
March, 2nd week
Racing at Meydan
7:00 PM
Saturday
March, 2016 last week
Dubai World Cup
4:00 PM
*Day may vary either in Thursday or Saturday
*Gates open one and a half hours before all scheduled post times.
  Dubai World Cup Day gates open at NOON
*Official ticketing information can be found at the Dubai World Cup website here
Dubai Horse race Details
Racing at Meydan
In addition to staging the Dubai World Cup sponsored Emirates, the world’s richest race day, Meydan also offers a full season of racing running from the end of October to the end of March.
Dubai World Cup carnival
The Dubai World Cup Carnival, worth around $40m in prize money runs from January to March every year and is a season of high-class international race days contested by the most high-profile, owners, trainers, horses and jockeys in the world.
Dubai World Cup
The biggest sporting and social occasion on the Dubai calendar, the US$30m Dubai World Cup day is held at Meydan Racecourse on the last Saturday in March every year.
Dubai World Cup Races
Gates open on World Cup night at midday, with the first race run at 4.30pm.
4pm – Dubai Kahayla Classic, US$1m (Dh3.67m)
4.40pm – Godolphin Mile, $1m
5.15pm – Dubai Gold Cup, $1m
5.55pm – UAE Derby, $2m
6.30pm – Al Quoz Sprint, $1m
7.05pm – Dubai Golden Shaheen, $2m
7.40pm – Dubai Turf, $6m
8.15pm – Dubai Sheema Classic, $6m
9pm – Dubai World Cup, $10m
Dubai World Cup Ticket Details
General Admission
This free admission area gives access to a limited section within the Meydan Grandstand with a large number of Grandstand seats available boasting excellent views. With sufficient room on the vast apron area between the track and the Grandstand, visitors on the sides of the apron can get a close view of the thoroughbreds in the Parade Ring, before and after the race.
Race season Badge
Welcome to an exclusive offer where you can enjoy the thrilling racing season in style and truly be a part of the racing circle. Race Season Badge holders will gain access to race nights during Racing at Meydan and the Dubai World Cup Carnival.
Ticket Sales office
The Ticket Sales Office is located between Gates B and C, Meydan Racecourse. Purchase and/or collection of tickets for the Dubai World Cup must be done on or before previous day of match. Neither purchase nor collection of tickets is possible on World cup day
For more information, please contact the Ticket Sales Office via phone +971 (0)4 327 2110 email at ticketoffice@dubairacingclub.com
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