Online photo contest helps to boost Dubai's Expo 2020 bid

Online photo contest helps to boost Dubai's Expo 2020 bid


More than 100 photographs of beaming residents have been posted on Instagram and Twitter as part of a contest in support of the Expo 2020 bid

The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority has received more than 160 images of people holding up the bid logo at tourist sites in countries such as Malaysia, Italy, France, Denmark and the UK, as well as in the UAE

The winner of the contest will be announced on July 11 and get a specially engraved iPad Mini.

Among the photos posted was one of a person in a gondola in Venice with a cut-out of the Expo 2020 logo. Another had the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur as its backdrop. Others showed the logo in front of the Burj Khalifa or in the desert.

The photography competition is open to citizens and residents.

Entries can be sent on Twitter and Instagram to @dubaiculture with the #DCDubaiExpo2020 hashtag. Photos can also be emailed to

Many businesses and other organisations back the bid.

"Dubai is a cosmopolitan city that supports an environment that is flexible for entrepreneurs and encourages investment as well as nurtures tolerance and harmony," said Mohammed Abdullah Al Jarman, the general manager of Emirates Transport. – The National

NMC's award-winning film ‘The Turtle’ on Etihad's in-flight entertainment system


The National Media Council's award-winning environmental film, The Turtle, has become the latest addition to Etihad Airway's in-flight entertainment service.

Commissioned by the NMC for Expo 2012, the short movie tells a story of the UAE turtle rehabilitation programme and the campaign to reduce plastic pollution.

A recipient of the Golden Dolphin Award at the Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards in Cannes, France, best HD movie of 2012 and Silver Medal at EXPO 2012 in Yeosu, Korea, the film was inspired by the UAE's initiative to ban plastic bags by 2013.

The film stars young Emirati actor Ahmad Al Dahouri, who is determined to fight the hazards of non-biodegradable plastic bags on marine life after a turtle died having mistakenly devoured a plastic bag. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

Landmark Tower to have best, and highest, new view in Abu Dhabi


Agents for Abu Dhabi's new Landmark Tower are gearing up to start leasing the city's tallest residential building.

The 72-storey property, which stands at 324 metres, was designed by the US-based Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and is about 12 metres higher than the Sky Tower on Reem Island.

It is spread across 158,000 square metres in total and is made up of 35 floors of commercial space with the remainder comprising three and four-bedroom residential apartments. There are also restaurants and a fitness centre, along with an outdoor pool and sky garden.

"We have not priced [the units] yet but we have received a lot of interest and a lot of inquiries," said Mizian El Jammal, one of the leasing managers at Foundation Property.

Landmark Tower is located on the Abu Dhabi Corniche next to the Adia building. The handover is expected to take place in October.

"We have been edging to stability over the past couple of quarters, but rents are still going down," said one local property broker.

"Premium properties have been starting to perform a little better, but the average rates have continued to go down because of the significant supply that has come to market."

CBRE expects 45,000 new residential units to come to the market between this year and 2015. This is likely to push down rental rates even further.

The average three-bedroom apartment in Abu Dhabi costs anywhere between Dh70,000 and Dh150,000 at present, down 10 to 15 per cent since last year and 3 per cent quarter on quarter.

According to Jones Lang LaSalle, 220,000 sq. metres of office space will also be available by the end of this year, which will bring the total office stock in Abu Dhabi from 2.9 million sq. metres to 3.1 million sq metres.

A recent move to require government employees in Abu Dhabi to reside in the emirate has helped to support demand in the property market this year,

"The general demand in Abu Dhabi for residential units is picking up quite heavily," said Mr El Jammal. "A lot of people want to move or upgrade from where they are living now. Everyone is looking for better facilities, better views, better location. The Landmark Tower stands out because of its quality, location, prestige and high-end finishing." – The National


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