Dubai Parks and Resorts celebrates the opening of Bollywood Parks™ Dubai following the successful launch of LEGOLAND® Dubai

Dubai Parks and Resorts celebrates the opening of Bollywood Parks™ Dubai following the successful launch of LEGOLAND® Dubai

⦁    Bollywood Parks™ Dubai officially opens today
⦁    Opening hours on opening day will be from 6:00pm- 1:00am
⦁    Bollywood Parks™ Dubai is the world’s first Bollywood inspired theme park

Dubai, UAE – November 17, 2016:  Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Middle East’s largest integrated theme park destination, today celebrates the opening of Bollywood Parks™ Dubai today, following the opening of LEGOLAND® Dubai and Riverland ™ Dubai two weeks ago.

Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, is a first-of-its-kind theme park that showcases rides and attractions based on some of Bollywood’s biggest blockbusters. The park opened today with a ceremony that included various live entertainment shows performed by the talented Bollywood artists and dancers.


Raed Kajoor Al Nuaimi, CEO of DXB Entertainments PJSC, the owner of Dubai Parks and Resorts said: “Following the successful opening and commencement of operations at LEGOLAND® Dubai and Riverland™ Dubai, we are very excited and eager to witness our guests’ reactions when they experience Bollywood Parks™ Dubai. Today we celebrate the opening of the first Bollywood inspired theme park in the world, and we’re confident that it will appeal to a large segment of fans due to its popularity in the region”.

“We’re extremely proud to see this magnificent entertainment destination revealed to the world after 3 years of hard work and perseverance. Dubai Parks and Resorts is paving the way for future entertainment destinations, and shall forever change the face of family tourism and entertainment in the region” he added.

Bollywood Parks™ Dubai will recreate the Bollywood experience through themed attractions and rides spread across five zones: Bollywood Boulevard, Mumbai Chowk, Rustic Ravine, Royal Plaza and Bollywood Film Studios. Visitors will experience bold action, colourful story-telling and captivating dance sequences inspired by nine popular films: Rock On!!, Don, Lagaan, Sholay, Dabangg, Mughal-e-Azam, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, RA.One and Krrish. Bollywood Parks™ Dubai’s flagship offering is the 850-seater Rajmahal Theatre that will be home to a separately ticketed Broadway-style, Bollywood -themed show. During the day, the park will have up to 20 live shows across five stages: Rock On!!, Crossroads, Mumbai Express, Rangmanch and Stars on Steps.

The park will also offer six themed restaurants that capture India’s mouth-watering culinary offerings and eight retail outlets stocking quintessential filmy fare.

Dubai Parks and Resorts comprises three theme parks: Bollywood Parks™ Dubai a first-of-its-kind theme park that will showcase rides and attraction based on some of Bollywood’s biggest blockbusters. MOTIONGATE™ Dubai – a unique theme park showcasing some of Hollywood’s most beloved characters from DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Studios and Lionsgate as well as the region’s first LEGOLAND® Park and a LEGOLAND® Water Park. The entire destination is connected by Riverland™ Dubai – a retail and dining destination at the heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts that is free for all to enjoy, and guests can stay at the Lapita™ Hotel, a Polynesian themed family hotel part of the Marriott Autograph® Collection. Expected to open in late 2019, Six Flags Dubai will be the destination’s fourth theme park and the region’s first Six Flags theme park.

Notes to Editors:
Dubai Parks and Resorts, owned by DXB Entertainments PJSC, is the Middle East’s largest multi-themed leisure and entertainment destination comprising three separate theme parks: MOTIONGATE™ Dubai the region’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park featuring immersive rides and attractions based on Hollywood hits; LEGOLAND® Dubai, the first LEGOLAND theme park in the Middle East; and Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, a first-of-its-kind theme park that will showcase rides and attraction based on some of Bollywood’s biggest blockbusters. It will also host the LEGOLAND® Water Park, the region’s first water park catering to families with children aged 2-12. Expected to open in late 2019, Six Flags Dubai will be destinations fourth theme park and the regions first Six Flags themed park.
The entire destination is connected by Riverland™ Dubai – a uniquely themed retail and dining destination at the heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts, and guests can stay at the Lapita™ Hotel, a Polynesian themed family hotel part of the Marriott Autograph Collection.
Located on Sheikh Zayed Road opposite the Palm Jebel Ali in Dubai equidistant to Dubai and Abu Dhabi International Airports the destination offers over 100 rides and attractions
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DXB Entertainments PJSC
DXB Entertainments PJSC is a Dubai headquartered leisure and entertainment company traded on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) under the trading symbol DXBE. As of the 30 September 2016 it had a market cap of AED 12.6 billion.

DXB Entertainments was listed on the DFM in December 2014 originally as Dubai Parks and Resorts PJSC. DXB Entertainments owns the Dubai Parks and Resorts destination which consists of 4 theme parks (Six Flags Dubai opening in 2019) and 1 water park all at the same location. The large-scale AED 13.2 billion development is spread across 30.6 million square feet of land with 6.7 million ticketed visits expected in 2017, the first full year of operation.

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Eleven races to feature on Friday and Saturday

Dubai, UAE, 17 November 2016:  National racing returns to Dubai Autodrome this weekend (18-19 November) for two days of track action and paddock activities for the community.

The National Race Days (NRD) Power Weekend will highlight top regional championships including: the NGK Racing Series, the UAE Sportbike Championship, the Radical Middle East Cup, Formula Gulf Academy and the all new F4 UAE Championship.

Racing will take place on the 3.56 kilometre National Circuit configuration.

The Grandstand and Race Paddock will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday.  In addition to the racing, spectators will be able to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere in the paddock, which will accommodate food and beverage stands, a BMW car display, a kids play area and a host of racing teams with their pit crews and drivers.

Many of last season’s champions will be back to defend their titles.  Dragon Racing returns in full force, led by Leon Price in his Ferrari 488 GT3 to take on the elite contenders for the NGK Racing Series crown.  Bill Martin will contest Class Five in a new Porsche GT4 Clubsport and teammate Tani Hanna will compete in Class Four with a Ferrari 458 Challenge.


Mouhrista Racing also has reigning champions set to race this weekend.  Costas Papantonis will prepare his Seat Leon Super Copa in defence of his Class One title.  His son Alexandros Annivas will hope to return to his winning ways in Class Two and retainin the Clio Cup title.

For the last two seasons Abdulaziz Bin Ladin on a Kawasaki ZX6R has been riding near perfect in the UAE Sportbike Championship, and will certainly be the man to beat for any challenger.  Mahmoud Tannir on his Honda CBR600RR chased close behind Bin Ladin in the previous season and he will now be looking to conquer the top step of the podium.

In the three remaining race series, the championships are wide open.

Veterans Sergey Shalunov and “the Flying Finn” Jani Hjerppe will be the favourites to challenge for the Radical Middle East Cup, but will share the grid with plenty of capable competition, including Ollie Smith and his new teammate Dragos Dumitrascu, as well as the 2014-2015 Top Radical Rookie, Catalin Voicu.

The Formula Gulf Academy will feature young talent in an unpredictable start of the championship.  Making his debut with the series, young Emirati karting star Saeed Al Ali will be one to keep an eye out for.

Considerable attention will be focused on the new F4 UAE Championship powered by Abarth, with the first points scoring round to take place this weekend at Dubai Autodrome.  2016-2017 marks the inaugural season for the series, which makes the championship fair game for all drivers involved.  There will be some distinguished contenders, including Amna Al Qubaisi, Sean Babington and Saif Ben Sulayem, son of the legendary rally champion Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

NRD Power Weekend qualifying will commence on Thursday morning at 10:35.  The first race will flag off on Friday morning at 10:10, and racing will continue throughout the weekend until 14.00 on Saturday.

The general public will have free access to the Grandstand and Race Paddock at Dubai Autodrome.  For more information please visit:

Caption:    National Race Days Power Weekend at Dubai Autodrome.

HRH Prince Michael of Kent officially inaugurates GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail

HRH Prince Michael of Kent officially inaugurates

GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail


·         Royal visit also marks GEMS Wellington schools’ 10 year anniversary




Dubai, UAE: His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent officially inaugurated GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail, in a formal ceremony today with Founding families, students, parents and teachers of the school, as well as (insert other guests) GEMS Education Founder and Group Chairman, Sunny Varkey, and other Senior Leaders from GEMS.

After a ribbon cutting and plaque unveiling Prince Michael toured the school, and visited a class of excited Foundation Stage 2 students.



As Patron of GEMS Wellington International School, Prince Michael has seen the number of GEMS Wellington Schools in the UAE and abroad grow. Today he visited GEMS Wellington Academy- Silicon Oasis and GEMS Wellington School – Al Khail for the first time.

“I am delighted to be able to visit and inaugurate GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail. It is amazing to see that there are now four GEMS Wellington Schools in the UAE and one in Qatar. Each student I have met today is happy and confident, which is a testament to the education they are receiving at these schools, “said Prince Michael.

GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail was established to provide rich and relevant, learning opportunities. The school inspires future leaders by celebrating the diversity of cultures, backgrounds, abilities and skills of students from over 65 nationalities. The curriculum shares the GEMS core values of bringing a breadth of vision to the educational programme and extracurricular activities offered at the school.

Commenting on this milestone, Dino Varkey, Managing Director and Board Member, GEMS Education said: “We are celebrating the development of GEMS Wellington schools as a leading provider of world-class British curriculum to international students. Over the years, these school have become a trusted environment of excellence where students thrive and succeed. We are proud to say that almost 10,000 students attend GEMS Wellington Schools, and our alumni from these schools have been accepted by the leading Universities and Colleges in the world.”

Prince Michael also visited GEMS Wellington International School, where he planted a tree in celebration of the school’s 10 year anniversary. Having laid one of the first bricks for this school, he welcomes the reputation of distinction that it has. “I am proud of the outstanding achievements that the students and staff of GEMS Wellington International School have obtained. I look forward to hearing of even more success in the coming years,” he said.

The GEMS Wellington cluster of schools is known for its exceptionally high standards of education and dedication towards fostering a passion for excellence in learning and in life. It has four schools in the UAE – GEMS Wellington International School, GEMS Wellington Primary School, GEMS Wellington Academy – Silicon Oasis and GEMS Wellington Academy – Al Khail; and one in Qatar – GEMS Wellington School – Qatar.

The GEMS Wellington International School has secured an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority’s (KHDA) school inspection for the last five years consecutively which is a reflection of the outstanding efforts put in by teachers and staff. All the GEMS Wellington schools offer a uniquely crafted progression from the Early Years Foundation Stage, through an enriched and developed National Curriculum for England into personalised qualification pathways incorporating IGCSE, GCSE, BTEC curriculums.



About GEMS Education

GEMS Education is a pioneering education company. Through our schools, consulting practice and our charitable foundation we are advancing education for all. Every day in our schools around the world, we prepare thousands of children of all ages for real world success. We are a catalyst and delivery partner. We work with governments, donor agencies and private clients to improve education systems, and provide vital training for young people in an increasingly competitive world. Through the Varkey Foundation we campaign for, and support, initiatives that change lives through education.

With an aim to encourage more women entrepreneurial projects in the Arab World

With an aim to encourage more women entrepreneurial projects in the Arab World


Sharjah Tatweer Forum reaffirms support for Arab women empowerment at ‘Young Arab Women Leaders’ forum



UAE, November 16, 2016 – Sharjah Tatweer Forum (STF) has underscored the importance of empowering young Arab women leaders during its participation at the ‘8th Young Arab Women Leaders: The Voice of the Future’ conference in Kuwait. Organized by the Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF), the conference provided STF with an interactive global platform to showcase its full support for Arab businesswomen in line with its mission to help accelerate the socio-economic progress of the UAE and other Gulf and Middle Eastern countries.


Over 200 female leaders and entrepreneurs from more than 15 Arab countries joined the event to tackle both key relevant opportunities and challenges in the 21st century. The participants shared their experiences and success stories in various vital fields and sectors, focusing particularly on pressing concerns and issues. Additionally, they studied emerging trends, best practices, and opportunities for young women leaders across the region to grow and reinforce their entrepreneurial and innovative skills.


Hajir Al Eisa, Founder and CEO of Manar Al Maarifa Training & Management Consultants and member of Sharjah Tatweer Forum, represented STF in the conference. Al Eisa is highly renowned for her continuous efforts to promote the role of women in the field of entrepreneurship and her prominent role in enhancing female contributions to global socio-economic development.


During the sessions, STF actively joined various discussions on ways to strengthen public-private partnership to help young women entrepreneurs achieve business leadership and excellence, as well as enhance their contributions to regional economies.



Al Eisa said: “The recent edition of ‘Young Arab Women Leaders: The Voice of the Future’ successfully brought together women entrepreneurs and leaders from all over the Arab World.  Many participants worked towards bridging communication gap, building direct communication channel, exchanging best experiences, and encouraging young Arab women to achieve their entrepreneurial aspirations. Moreover, they emphasized the central role of women as a true partner in nation building and economic, social and cultural developments. It was a privilege to be part of this conference, which has taken on the noble task of supporting women achieve their goals, assume leadership roles, and unleash their capabilities and high skills across all vital areas and sectors.”


“Arab women have proven their ability to overcome various obstacles in their pursuit of establishing their own careers. They have achieved landmark successes and embarked on various value-added endeavors thanks to their proven outstanding competencies and capabilities.  There is no doubt that the support coming from STF and other institutions and centers is essential to women seeking to reach the highest level of leadership, excellence, and success,” added Al Eisa.


The STF was founded in 2005 through an Emiri decree issued by His Highness (H.H.) Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. The forum aims to introduce the most important global and local trends while reinforcing the role of young leaders and linking ties between the economic sectors in order to improve Sharjah and consolidate its position as a highly competitive emirate. STF’s framework is based on several concepts, which includes innovation, economy knowledge, entrepreneurship, support for innovative projects that serve as key tools towards comprehensive development, stimulating community outreach, volunteer work and CSR. The forum also seeks to promote fruitful cooperation with major consulting firms, research centers and international and local universities in order to ensure the improvement of future generations in the field of leadership and management.

3rd Annual Medical Insurance Conference

Leading industry experts highlight “innovations in health insurance delivery” at 3rd Annual Health Insurance Conference
Dubai, UAE – November 17, 2016: Dubai has the potential to become one of the most mature healthcare insurance delivery hub with improved access and increasing quality of health insurance systems, according to delegates that gathered at the 3rd Annual Health Insurance Conference.
Hosted by Gulf Medical University (GMU), which is owned and run by Thumbay Group, in association with Aafia Medical Billing Services at the Raffles Hotel, Dubai on Thursday, November 17, 2016, the event was presided by chief guest His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum, Chairman of MBM Groups and attended by respected industry leaders and policy makers representing the government, and healthcare industry-insurance providers and hospitals.
Mr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President and Chairman of the Board of Governors of GMU was the guest of honour of the conference. “Mandatory health insurance has proven to be an effective way of achieving the government’s aim of ensuing healthcare for all. The increased demand for healthcare facilities will necessitate setting up new healthcare centers, as well as improving existing ways of healthcare delivery. This will mean more investments and greater innovation in the healthcare sector,” noted Mr. Moideen.

With healthcare becoming a key contributing sector in the economy, health insurance has fast become a major class in Dubai’s market. Themed innovation and sustainability, the conference addressed the tremendous opportunities as well as challenges that await Dubai ahead of the final systemic implementation of the mandatory health insurance, ensuring the standards of healthcare service and health insurance meet rising expectations of the public and policyholders, the way forward of the medical tourism insurance and how consumer experience can be improved in medical takaful.
Delivering the keynote address on ‘the requirement of innovation in health insurance sector,’ Dr. Haidar Al Yousuf – Director, Health Funding of DHA said, “Today’s National Conference on Health Insurance is an important platform for bringing us all together as stakeholders to chart out the best way to help Dubai meet its healthcare and insurance vision of 2020. Product innovations combining financing strategies and managed care and advice are imperative to meet the present day challenges facing the healthcare insurance sector. To ensure cost-effectiveness and sustainability, health insurance has to engage customers and minimize supply-side shortcomings, in addition to allowing value-based pricing.”
Further, he stressed on the emerging innovations in the delivery of health insurance, “New approaches to the delivery of care are abound. For government initiatives to succeed, it is vital that the authorities, academia, insurance sector and healthcare institutions collaborate effectively, with the customer at the heart of all strategic efforts,” he added.
The third Annual Health Insurance conference brought together some of the most influential leaders in the sector- Dr. Haidar Al Yousuf (Director, Health Funding, DHA), Mr. Fareed Lutfi (Secretary General – Emirates Insurance Association), Dr. Layla Al Marzouqi (Director Health Regulation Department – DHA), Mr. Christian Gregorowicz (CEO, Nextcare), Dr. Abdul Zahra A. Ali (CEO, National General Insurance), Dr. Saif Al Jaibeji (Regional CEO United Insurance), Mr. Wael Al Sharif (CEO, Takaful Emarat), Mr. Rajesh Sethi (CEO, Noor Takaful), Mr. Shaun Brook, CEO Bessie RE Middle East and Mr. Ali Zaidi (General Manager, Aafiya Medical Billing Services LLC).
In a closing ceremony, graduates of the ‘Insurance Billing’ course conducted by the Center for Continuing Education and Community Outreach (CCECO), GMU, also received their certificates from the chief guest.

About Gulf Medical University:
The Gulf Medical University (GMU), owned and operated by Thumbay Group headquartered in DIFC (Dubai), is presently the most sought-after private medical university in the UAE. It is the first private medical university in UAE catering to all nationalities admitting students of both genders, presently having students from over 73 nationalities, and faculty and staff from 22 nations. GMU offers a range of courses including MBBS, BPT, DMD, PharmD and Masters Programs in Clinical Pathology, Public Health, and Toxicology. GMU is first in the region to launch unique programs like Masters in Human Reproductive Biology, Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and Masters in Physical Therapy.
GMU’s campus is the venue of both of its dedicated research centres: Centre for Advanced Biomedical Research and Innovation (CABRI), that forms the hub of the biggest laboratory chain in UAE with four full-fledged laboratories and sample collection centers across the various Emirates and the Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare (CASH), a multidisciplinary educational facility integrating simulation as an educational tool for providing a state-of-the-art, safe learning environment that promotes professional development. Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare is a member of various International Simulation associations and organizations like Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM), Denmark, Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (ASSH), Association of standardized patient education (ASPE), Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), Canadian Network for Simulation in Healthcare (CNSH), and Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) United Kingdom.


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