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Celebrate UAE Flag Day on Monday 3rd November 2014

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UAE Flag Day will be celebrated tomorrow Monday 3rd November 2014.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, announced the Flag Day campaign, urging the public to express their patriotism. Patriots across the country will raise the United Arab Emirates flag high over homes, businesses and government buildings in honor of Flag Day.
The UAE flag will be raised at 12 :00 pm as a show of national unity. The Flag Day honors the anniversary of the accession of H.H Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed as the UAE President.
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan further explains that all the events organized by the Ministry as part of the Flag campaign aims to emphasize the vision of the ministry, and its mission to promote the national identity and community cohesion with the need to focus on the participation of all segments of society in the campaign, and organizing appropriate activities for all segments of the society.
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan further explains that all the events organized by the Ministry as part of the Flag campaign aims to emphasize the vision of the ministry, and its mission to promote the national identity and community cohesion with the need to focus on the participation of all segments of society in the campaign, and organizing appropriate activities for all segments of the society.
The Flag campaign kicks off on the third of November and continues over seven days in all emirates through the ministry’s in all emirates through cultural centers affiliated to the ministry, schools and shopping centers, in the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, targeting and reaching all segments of the society..
The Ministry is keen this year on the participation of all citizens and residents of the country in the Flag campaign, through the various events, activities and programs the ministry offers.The events of the flag campaign includes workshops, lectures and cultural seminars addressing the value of the flag, its symbolism and history, in addition to events and carnivals for children including coloring, shows and competitions in various shopping centers, as well as radio contests throughout the campaign days.
The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development focuses to reach all citizens and residents of the state, either through media or direct communication with the public or through social networking websites, so as to achieve the greatest possible participation and interaction from different categories and age groups, symbolizing loyalty and belonging to this country and its wise leadership.
The Flag campaign under the slogan “Raise it High… Raise it Proud” is considered an opportunity for citizens and residents to express their feelings towards the UAE Flag, which is an embodiment of the meanings of greatness, pride and sense of belonging to the homeland, establishing the value of the flag and its symbolism as an essential component of the national identity. The UAE flag, moreover, symbolizes our Union, around which we all stand, as an evidence of the continuation of this generation and subsequent generations to follow the footsteps of the founding fathers of this nation who have unified all the seven Emirates..
The Flag campaign kicks off on the third of November and continues over seven days in all emirates through the ministry’s in all emirates through cultural centers affiliated to the ministry, schools and shopping centers, in the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, targeting and reaching all segments of the society..
The Ministry is keen this year on the participation of all citizens and residents of the country in the Flag campaign, through the various events, activities and programs the ministry offers.The events of the flag campaign includes workshops, lectures and cultural seminars addressing the value of the flag, its symbolism and history, in addition to events and carnivals for children including coloring, shows and competitions in various shopping centers, as well as radio contests throughout the campaign days.
The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development focuses to reach all citizens and residents of the state, either through media or direct communication with the public or through social networking websites, so as to achieve the greatest possible participation and interaction from different categories and age groups, symbolizing loyalty and belonging to this country and its wise leadership.

The Flag campaign under the slogan “Raise it High… Raise it Proud” is considered an opportunity for citizens and residents to express their feelings towards the UAE Flag, which is an embodiment of the meanings of greatness, pride and sense of belonging to the homeland, establishing the value of the flag and its symbolism as an essential component of the national identity. The UAE flag, moreover, symbolizes our Union, around which we all stand, as an evidence of the continuation of this generation and subsequent generations to follow the footsteps of the founding fathers of this nation who have unified all the seven Emirates.
To know more, please visit my source for this post: http://www.uaeflag.ae/en/FlagStory.aspx

Total launches global campaign to develop its brand awareness

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Abu Dhabi – Total on Thursday launched its new international multimedia advertising campaign simultaneously in 21 countries to develop the Group’s brand awareness.
The campaign highlights Total’s operations in oil production, refining and marketing, as well as its role as a major player in natural gas (50% of its output) and as the global number two in solar power, through its subsidiary SunPower.
The campaign provides a tangible illustration of the meaning behind the Group’s new baseline, “Committed to Better Energy”, which puts the emphasis on producing “better”, not “more”.
In this way, the Group is sharing its conviction that the path to a responsible energy future lies first and foremost in energy that is safer, cleaner, more efficient, more innovative and accessible to as many people as possible.
To help shoulder this commitment, a large number of Group employees were involved in producing the campaign, and most of the scenes in the commercial were filmed at Total sites.
“Total is a leading global energy company. It needs a powerful brand over the long term to support the growth of its businesses. This large-scale campaign is the first of its kind in Total’s history. It reflects both our size and our ambitions,” said Jacques-Emmanuel Saulnier, Total’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications.
In another comment, Hatem Nuseibeh, President of Total E&P UAE and Group Representative, said:“our vision and our continuous improvement approach – always better – are seen in our work in the front lines, alongside and for our stakeholders.”
He added “This isn’t just a promise for the future, it’s the everyday reality for Total’s 100,000 employees.”
The campaign will be deployed in 21 countries and will run in successive waves over the next three years on television, in the press, on the web and on social networks. It will also be featured in airports.
It will be displays in 15 international airports (Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Dammam, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Lagos, London Heathrow, Luanda, New Delhi, Paris CDG, Paris Orly, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Shanghai.
Total is one of the largest integrated oil and gas companies in the world, with activities in more than 130 countries. Its 100,000 employees put their expertise to work in every part of the industry -exploration and production of oil and natural gas, refining, chemicals, marketing and new energies. Total is working to help satisfy the global demand for energy, both today and tomorrow.
Total has been operating in Abu Dhabi for nearly 75 years and is involved in eight joint ventures. It has also operated Abu Al Bukhoosh field for nearly 40 years.

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Garnering support – Letters to the Editor – Gulf News 27 June 2014

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Garnering support
It is impressive and highly promising to note the increased production forecast for UAE farm produce in the coming season (‘10,000 tonnes more vegetables grown at Abu Dhabi farms,’ Gulf News, June 23). The effort and amount of technology expertise added with financial support is huge and each of the participating farmers should be highly praised to keep the interest in the field of agriculture ongoing.
With the weather conditions not in favour, it is of great importance to encourage more people to come forward and actively participate in agriculture that suits the nation. With regards to garnering additional support, the produce should be allocated to special areas at all the leading supermarkets and be given prominence in terms of pricing and marketing.
From Mr Ramesh Menon
Abu Dhabi

To read it in original, please visit, GULF NEWS online.

UAE culture must be respected – Letters to the editor – The National

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UAE culture must be respected
Visiting Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque the other day, I witnessed something embarrassing. It is good that the authorities show leniency towards visitors, so as to make their stay as comfortable as possible. That includes relaxation of the dress code.
However, such gestures should never be taken for granted, especially while visiting a religious place.
Unfortunately, that’s what happened when a bus full of scantily dressed tourists arrived at the mosque. Of course, they had to cover once they were in the queue to get in. But they definitely raised a few eyebrows.
I believe it’s the duty of everyone to show respect towards the culture of this country. How to convey this message to tourists is a matter of discussion. Should it start from the point of immigration, or is it the responsibility of the host, such as hotels where they stay, and tour operators?

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
To read it in original, please visit The National online.

‘Beware when clicking your camera in UAE’ – Gulf News Dt. 03rd April 2014

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Abu Dhabi: Residents across the UAE are finding themselves on the wrong side of the law because they do not realise that they’ve unwittingly committed a cybercrime, leading judicial experts said in the capital on Wednesday.
A simple act such as taking a picture of a bystander or a friend without their permission and sharing it through social media could be construed as a crime in a court of law, Dr Omar Al Ghoul, a judge at the UAE Federal Courts, told Gulf News.
“These sorts of seemingly simple crimes are a result of the increasing proliferation of smartphone use, and the public’s general lack of awareness on the UAE’s stance on internet use,” he said.
“The use of the internet has grown in the UAE to such an extent that, in some legal cases, it is being treated as an addiction, and ‘patients’ are referred to rehabilitation facilities,” Dr Al Ghoul added.

Continue to read at GULF NEWS online.


Very important information for all those who love to click at random. The rules are not clear so that one is always in two minds whether or where to click. It is always good to take permission in advance before clicking pictures of strangers, especially women and children. A good reminder to all.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Jebel Hafeet Descend

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Al Ain Jebel Hafeet descend on a rainy day. Beautiful, serene and one of the must visit place in the UAE. Video taken using Samsung S4 Zoom mounted on to the car and listening to one of my favorite music station Radio 4 Hum Fm on a Friday afternoon.
A Park, Ride and Click project by Passionate Photographers.

Photography Opportunity – "Our Story of the Date Palms"

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Photography Opportunity – “Our Story of the Date Palms”

Have you ever watched the Palm trees flowering process. If not, watch them from now on. The trees have started flowering.

Normally, the process happen after the 2nd quarter of every year. But the last year, weather and nature was not kind enough and as a result, the palm trees did not flower during that time and now only they are flowering. These two important factors, Weather and Nature, always influence photography.

Now, they are in favour blessing the UAE weather and it’s natural vegetation.

It is time for you to take out your camera, identify a palm tree of your choice, photograph it every week, as it flowers, and the flower grow and become a full fledged date fruit and then it ripes and then it is harvested. You may get almost 12 – 16 weeks to see the process. Enjoy clicking as much as you can, post them here. 

Do not finish it there, do write your experiences, as you click the process, the life that happens, during the time, interesting period, as winter give way to summer and all the related events happens. Best wishes, Each one of you can submit as many photos as you can, but per week only one best click of you will be selected and then end of the project, 16 best clicks as a collage.

It will be a good observation cum photography experience if you track it and great team activity with your friends and family.

You may click them from wherever you are in the UAE. Opt to choose the growth sequence in one or two selected trees.

A display of this wonderful natural event and the result of your efforts submitted to Passionate Photographers group on Facebook is planned in mid 2014 when this seasonal cycle gets completed with the dates ripe, mature and fall down announcing the arrival of Christmas and another year end.

For parents with children and schools interested or not interested in Photography, this will be a very good exercise to have them observe the nature, the seasonal changes and to observe and realise how nature announces the arrival of the seasons in its own way. Since it is spread out during a period of four months, it will be also a test to find out how patient you are towards your short term and long term objectives.

Thus, to create an interactive interest among parents/children/teachers, photos of participating children below age 16 will be separately displayed and appreciated.

At the end of the project, those children who are participating in this event are welcome to write a short story – not less than 300 words – on their experience of capturing the season that passed by while photographing for this event.

A maximum of 16 photos, i.e. 1 photo per week for the next 4 months on the subject. 16 photos selected by each member / each month, ie March, April, May, Jun, clicks could be submitted. All photos will be exhibited digitally and best ones will find its way into an exhibition scheduled during a special occasion. 

Photos taken using Mobile Phones also can also be submitted.

Time Frame for clicking : 4th March 2014 – 4th July 2014.

Please post your clicks marked for this event on to the special event created at Passionate Photographers group and also email the soft copy of it to team1dubai@gmail.com with the subject line:
 Photo Competition – “Our Story of the Date Palms” 

Please note to observe the time and date you click along with the GPS location of your object, for jury to identify it before the exhibition.

Original high resolution files will be required to be submitted at a later stage with full information of the photo and photographer.

Files should not be modified or altered with.

Please share it with your friends and family who may be interested.

Please do not hesitate to contact me in case you have any further clarifications.

 To view the event page on Facebook, please visit Passionate Photographers group on Facebook.

For any further queries, please contact – Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi on Phone 050 8122319

Welcome to participate and Best wishes in advance.

Youth power – Gulf Today – Short Take Dt. 22 February 2014

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Youth power
I had an opportunity to attend a forum “Big Achievements. Early Starts” conducted by the Salama Bint Al Nahyan Foundation. The five youth achievers, Abdul Muqeet Abdul Mannan, Adeeb Al Blooshi, Cameron Oliver, Dubai Abulhoul  and Hamda Al Bana were honoured.
They made individual presentations to the audience and followed it up with a one-to-one conversation. They talked about the rationale behind their ideas, how they accomplished them and the difficulties they faced.
All of them were crystal clear about their chosen path and had definite vision for their life ahead.
It also highlighted that these children are definitely an asset to the society and inspire many others as they progressed ahead.
No wonder, the forum opened up the hidden wealth of the nation – that is the “youth.” All those who attended left with confidence that the leaders of the country are rightly investing in local talents with a vision far ahead to make the UAE stand tall and proud among the nations of the world.

Ramesh Menon
Gulf Today, Short Take Dt. 22nd February 2014
To read it in original, please visit Gulf Today online.

Volcano Fountain – a humble call to bring it back

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Any expat or Emirati family who was here before it was demolished in 2004 remembers the 80 foot fountain right by the Gulf. It was common to see families relaxing while the kids ran around the fountain or friends met to catch up. For many years, the Volcano Fountain which got the name from its cone – like shape and the electric lights that looked like lava at night was the place for National Day festivities and other traditional events, a part of the heritage and culture and a prime spot for visitors to the UAE. However, it was removed during the expansion of the Corniche and so far has not found a place in the new scheme of developments in the capital.
Many in Abu Dhabi especially those who grew up seeing the fountain miss it. But one man has decided to take the initiative to bring this beautiful fountain back. Ramesh Menon, an Indian who works in the capital, has sent a petition to the authorities in Abu Dhabi asking them to find the right place to restore this grand monument to the city. “This will make a differenced in Abu Dhabi; it will keep a lot of memories alive and attract various people. There are many who have taken interest and joined in this petition. As lovers of this country, tradition, and historical growth, we all want the Volcano Fountain to be restored, rebuilt anywhere in the new Corniche or any other befitting place in Abu Dhabi, says Menon. “How can we forget that Abu Dhabi was synonymous with this fountain until 2004, and now it’s gone,” Menon reminds us who has been in the city for decades.
A committee is currently looking into the situation, and Menon is working to spread the message and gain more support to ensure that his mission succeeds.