President Obama Congratulates The King Abdullah!

President Obama Congratulates The King Abdullah!

RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah received a congratulatory cable from US President Barack Obama Monday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The U.S President offered congratulations from himself and his wife Michelle to Muslims in the rest of the world and the U.S on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha and especially to the pilgrims who all carried out one of the basic rites of Islam. He said they were proud of the thousands of U.S. pilgrims that united with 3 million Muslims in Haj this year.

This festival of sacrifice is to commemorate Abraham who was going to sacrifice his son in an act of obedience to God, until God intervened and gave him a sheep instead. The President said that he admired the pilgrims offering sacrifices themselves by giving meat to the needy, including the people suffering from droughts in the Horn of Africa.

“While such a huge number of people from various racial and economic backgrounds overcome their differences for a greater cause, in it there is a lesson for the entire mankind that differences of people are a source of strength and is a blessing of God that should be celebrated,” Obama said.

He finished by saying that these days were blessed, and that he spoke for the American people when offering his sincerest greetings to the Muslim people on Eid Al-Adha and all who took part in the Haj.

This year Eid Al-Adha started on the 6th of November and ends on the 9th, many families get together and have long lunches or late breakfasts, treating themselves to sweets, and wearing brand new clothes while children are given gifts or money. The prayer is about sacrificing something to the poor like a sheep, camel or lamb.

The U.S Egypt Business Council Is on A Mission!

The U.S Egypt Business Council Is on A Mission!

Another great reason to learn Arabic, and advance your career prospects!

The mission is to be the main vehicle for both parties to promote the economic, commercial and business relationship between Egypt and the U.S.A. It is located in Washington D.C. and is the main support system on behalf of top U.S companies doing business and working with Egypt.

Top executives from all business sectors that are the main investors in Egypt are on the council board. The Vice Chairmen are Curt Ferguson, the president of Coca-Cola Company in N/W Africa and Tom Walter the chairman of  Exxon Mobil Egypt and the Chairman is Steve Harris the CEO of Apache.

The council is a close affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce and has total access to the legal affairs divisions, congressional office, and other useful institutes that can be used as an advantage towards programs, council policies and other initiatives.

The council organizes a program schedule of publications and events that reaches out to the U.S and Egyptian business leaders, government officials and the council members.

Member companies include:

Apache Corporation, The Boeing Company, British American Tobacco, The Coca-Cola Company, General Motors, Fed Ex, Google, Visa International, General Electric, The Crysler Group, DuPont, PepsiCo, and more.

In the U.S the USEBC works alongside the Egyptian Embassy organizing business events throughout the U.S with top government officials from both parties. The council also does the same in Egypt working alongside the U.S. Embassy promoting commercial links and benefits.

All members of the USEBC have had opportunities to meet the Egyptian Prime Minister and other ministers of investments, electricity, petroleum, finance, trade and industry, communications, IT and more.

There are three major areas that the USEBC focuses on, business expansion, policy formulation and advocacy, and developing the network.

The council looks for projects that can offer business ventures to its member companies, and also brings together facilitators.

It continues to establish strategic links with like-minded organizations in both Egypt and the U.S and strengthens existing relationships.

This is great news! Building solid foundations and business ventures for both parties means a better economy.

Anyone working in these industries will benefit from learning the Arabic language, it can only advance your career, social network and understanding of the Arab nations.

At the Arabic Language Academy we offer specialized corporate programs for your sector or one on one personal tuition.

 

 

 

 

Great News for Travelers in Saudi Arabia!

Great News for Travelers in Saudi Arabia!

ABHA: The airport in Al-Ola started operating yesterday when the very first flight from the Capital Riyadh landed at the Prince Abdul Majeed bin Abdul Aziz Airport.

The first Sixty six passengers were officially welcomed by onlookers and officials. The airport will serve two weekly flights from Riyadh and is part of a new generation of airports GACA have been constructing, refurbishing and modernizing. As well as serving passengers these will also create jobs.

Chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities Prince Sultan bin Salman, General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) President Faisal Al-Sughair, Saudi Arabian Airlines Company (Saudia) Director General Khaled Al-Molhem were among the officials to welcome the first passengers.

Speaking to the press President Faisal stated that already the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Airport in Tabuk started operations in the middle of this year while Najran’s new airport began operations last month.

He also stated to the visitors and press:

“These new airports will ensure the comfort of passengers and will cope with increasing number of travelers between Saudi cities,” he said. Al-Sughair said work on the construction of Prince Abdul Majeed bin Abdul Aziz Airport began in 2008 and was completed in the middle of last year.”

This airport in particular was designed to serve more than 100,000 travelers every year with four daily flights.

The airport is built on an area of more than 13 million square meters and will serve the region within a wide radius of 250km. It is situated quite close to the pre-Islamic archaeological site of Madain Saleh in the south east of the Al Ola region.

The president also explained that the main lounge was built on an area of 37500 sq. m. and the main runway is 3,050 meters long and 60 meters wide. He said the airfield, built on an area of 16,800 sq. m. can accommodate three large aircraft at the same time.

Other facilities on the site include a rescue and fire-fighting building to accommodate the personnel, an area of 564 square meters for security staff, and another building for various other services that will cover around 1,028 square meters.

 

The First Water Hackathon Was Held in Cairo This Month!

The First Water Hackathon Was Held in Cairo This Month!

The First water Hackathon held at the American University in Cairo took place to brainstorm new solutions for water challenges.

The event was organized in a competitive way where 13 expert water and technology teams were asked to create an ICT solution to solve one of the nine major water problems

The aim was for the teams to identify the severe water challenges to deal with flooding, drought, irrigation, sanitation, and water shed management.

Studies have shown that by 2017  Egypt’s water supply will need to increase dramatically due to population growth and the reduced flow of the River Nile that is caused by an increase in evaporation.

There are talks that people from the IT sector could get involved as the iPhone now has an application that allows to measure water purity.

Carlo Rossotto the regional co-ordinator for the MENA in the GICT Policy Division sector of the World Bank said they were trying to develop innovative ways to bring local communities on board with local issues. There are some development issues in the environmental sector, the health sector and educational sector in Egypt. This event brought together water experts together with software developers from the ITC sector in hoping to improve society with technology.

Another problem proposed by the organizers asked for an IT tool that would contribute to a more equitable water distribution in Egypt, especially in areas where the water goes on and off, while a second problem required a tracking tool for a community sewage disposal system in Egypt, for underprivileged neighborhoods with no sewage system.

After two days of brainstorming, the different teams presented on Saturday afternoon their projects in front of a panel of judges.

The winning team’s idea entailed establishing a water distribution project that brings together the Ministry of Agriculture, the farmers, and the telecommunications sector.

“I am neither a software programmer nor a water specialist, I came here by chance and I saw this event,” said Nagham Osman, a member of the winning team.

“My being here shows that anybody can participate in finding a partial solution to the global water problem,” Osman concluded.

A parallel Water Hackathon event was organized simultaneously in Bangalore, Kampala, London, Nairobi and Washington D.C.

The Ambitious Female Community of Dahshour!

The Ambitious Female Community of Dahshour!

If you are starting to learn Arabic then learning about Arab culture is a must, so read here about this wonderful ancient place steeped in Egyptian history, and its very ambitious female community.

Thirty five year old Om Ahmed Anwar Shahin lives in Dahshour and runs her own daycare center where she teaches tourism courses and children with educational activities, oversees an income-generating project and offers hand made jewellery for sale, as well as being a mother of 5. The day care center is a hub for mums who bring their children or are there to work.

Her ambition to help develop the Dahshour community stemmed from the launch of the Dahshour World Heritage Site for Community Development two years ago on 2009. The aim is to assist the community in developing new skills and eventually placing Dahshour among other top travel destinations.

UNESCO declared Dahshour a World Heritage Site because of its culture, archaeology, ecosystems, but most of all because of the spirit and passion of its people wanting to place it high on the world travel map and give it recognition. According to Shahin there is no where quite like it and went on to say that Dahshour has everything to offer the visitor from history to local hand crafted products that are totally unique.

Even though the center is a success Shahin went on to study tourism and gain a certificate through the Ministry of Tourism especially focused on the community of  Dahshour. Her passion for her town and what it can offer lead her to begin teaching tourism and raise awareness to its people. She also went on to study craft work, so when the tourists come they will want to buy the unique items and accessories.

The women of Dahshour no longer spend their days just raising their children as these typical country side Arabic women used to,  Shahin has given them other interests and ambitions to focus on. Surprisingly the husbands of these women are very encouraging and proud of their wives.

The Snofru Bent Pyramid!

Dahshour is located about 40km south from Cairo on the west bank of the Nile and is well known for the ‘Dahshour Pyramids’, there are several but the most famous are the bent one and a lovely smooth red one. The bent one was the first to be built, but due to engineering problems it never got to the lovely smoothness of the red one, and unfortunately is now badly damage. Of the others the famous red Pyramid was the worlds first ever smooth Pyramid. Dahshour’s Pyramids were built during the rein of Pharao Snofru and is now a Royal Necropolis.

Snofru’s Smooth Red Pyramid!

Apart from its interesting history and special people a very special occurrence happens in the winter when the desert changes into a huge lake giving a variety of migrating birds a sanctuary.

While it may be a long time until we see Dahshour becoming a recognized tourist destination you have to admire the passion and determination of these people.

The Royal Opera House In Oman Opens to Rave Reviews.

The Royal Opera House In Oman Opens to Rave Reviews.

Great news for  Oman as the Royal Opera House opened its doors on October the 12th showing Puccini’s Turandorf to rave reviews from some of the worlds famous artists. The chorus was lead by non other than Placido Domingo and the opera was directed by Franco Zaffirelli.

Artists perform Puccini’s famous Turadot to the delight of the visitors and famous artists!

It promises to to become a place for showing international performances as well as celebrating Omans deep history and culture. The season looks to be a success as the line up is, Andrea Bocelli, Placido Domingo, soprano Renee Fleming, the American Ballet theater, Wynton Marsalis the famous NYC jazz trumpeter and Yo Yo Ma the world famous cellist from London’s Philharmic Orchestra.

Also on the planned schedule is a tribute to honor famous Arab singer Om Koltoum and a live performance from famous Arab diva Ajda Roumi.

The launch of the project was way back in 2001 on the orders of the Sultan Qaboos, and was officially opened by himself who is a huge music enthusiast. He hopes it will bring a great cultural promotion the the Arab peninsula.

The Glamorous building was built on a 80,000 square meter plot that also houses restaurants, luxury boutiques, a smaller theater, and landscaped garden areas, turning it into an actual cultural center. The only other opera house in the Arab countries is in Cairo.

It hopes to bring new prospects to the area by bringing drama, dance, and music concerts from all over the world and locally re-newing the importance of traditional Arab Music and the arts.

This beautiful building will become somewhere for learning and inspiration where people can enjoy their passion for the arts, music and local heritage.

If you are learning the Arabic language then keep up to date with cultural news here!

News! Celebrating Arab Women in the Future of Science!

News! Celebrating Arab Women in the Future of Science!

Great News from the Arabic Press! Learn more than just the Arab language, here you will get to read cultural and interesting news items.

This month in Beirut, The Arab Science and Technology Foundation proudly presented nine Arab women with $20,000 to further their research and development in their chosen path of science. The women are part of a fellowship named L’Oreal-UNESCO Pan-Arab Regional Fellowship for Women in Science managed by the foundation who presented them. The Science Fellowship welcomes women from 17 Arab countries to participate in furthering their research and share the process of  development to eventually invest in the needs of the Arabic societies and economy.

This a great news for Arab women who are usually not offered the same rights to study sciences and technology. So it is a surprise that in Egypt 50% of professors of science are women!

Among the nine women was Egyptian born,  Shahenda Mahmoud al-Nagger who has been praised for her work in helping to prevent brain tumor cancer cells from replicating and spreading to other body parts. Her research has taught her the process of differentiating the brain tumor cancer stem cells. The $20,000 will enable her to continue her work and buy vital equipment for the lab where she works at the ’57’ children’s cancer hospital on Qasr al-Aim Street.

The rest of the women who were honored were involved in the fight against Aids, fatal water born diseases, breast cancer, cancer therapy and genetic diseases. It seems Arab women are finally getting their place in  the field of science and technology while providing inspiration to other Arab women.

The NUSACC Presents Success of Trade and Investment Between USA and Arab States!

The NUSACC Presents Success of Trade and Investment Between USA and Arab States!

Things can only get better between our nations, the future lies in developing solid business partnerships by understanding their culture and learning the Arabic language

The US-Arab Chamber of Commerce presented successful trade and investment results for last year to the Sultinate of  Oman and the State of Qatar. The delegation showcased US companies that have head quarters in 11 different Arab states resulting in a $130 billion turnover.

H.E Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiya (centre) Qatar’s Deputy prime Minister is recognizedby the NUSSACC delegation for his years of service as an honorary board member of the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce!

Obama’s administration clearly stated that the President wanted to double US exports by the year 2015 with the attention on medium to small businesses. This can only be good news for those who work in an international company with Middle Eastern relations or partners.

Qatar’s Priminister with David Hamod the President and CEO of the NUSACC, Jeffrey Johnsson the President of Boeing in the Middle East and Amim Salam, NUSACC’S Director of Business Development.

The President and CEO of NUSACC stated that this proves that close relations between the two nations can only keep growing and create jobs, business and growth in the economy in the private sector.

The key sectors that were represented included, engineering, information communications technology, construction, development and infrastructure, media, education, health care, transport, defense and security,  aerospace and aviation.

The US Ambassador of the state in Qatar said he commended the NUSACC for bringing a delegation of such high importance to Qatar. The ongoing success is guaranteed to move our nations towards a prosperous future and form a solid economic partnership.

One of the participants in the meeting was Boeing, who stated that Qater is a key business market now and will continue to grow over the next 20 years or so. They said that the keys will be Qater airways and the Qatar Emiri Air Force. The spokesman for Boeing continued to say they were serious about securing a future partnership with Qatari clients, general industry and government bodies.

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