Monthly Archives: January 2015

Bee’ah Has Received An Award From The Middle East Solar Initiative Association (MESIA) Recognising Its Commitment To Renewable Energy

Bee’ah, the Sharjah Environment Co, the Middle East’s leading and award-winning fully integrated environmental and waste management company has received an award from the Middle East Solar Initiative Association (MESIA) recognising their commitment to renewable energy. Bee’ah has developed a solar power initiative as part of their renewable energy project which is the latest progress in its goal of transforming Sharjah into the environmental capital of the Middle East. The solar power project will generate the required energy to run the Bee’ah facilities at the Waste Management Centre in Saj’ah and will have additional storage capacity to power the facilities during non-daylight hours. MESIA presented the award at a gala event that that took place in conjunction with the World Future Energy Summit 2015 in Abu Dhabi.


Sharjah International Book Fair All Set To Participate In 46th Cairo Book Fair

The Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), an affiliate of the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), is gearing up to participate in the 46th edition of the Cairo International Book Fair, set to kick off on 28th of January; with Saudi Arabia participating as the Guest of Honour.

The Cairo Book Fair Administration has selected Mohammed Abduh, Egyptian Islamic jurist, religious scholar, and liberal reformer, as the key personality of this edition in recognition of his enlightenment role throughout several generations.

The SIBF Management seeks to make the best use of its participation to network with publishers, literary figures and men of thought, and visitors to the Cairo book exhibition in order to familiarise them with the Sharjah International Book Fair and its upcoming edition, which will take place from November 4-14, 2015 and encourage them to contribute to the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, due to be held on 22nd of April.

SIBF will be represented by a delegation led Fadil Hussain, Deputy General-Coordinator of SIBF, Faisal Al Naboodah, Sales Officer – International, and Zaher El Sousi, Sales Executive – Arabia at SIBF.

Speaking on the occasion, Ahmed Bin Rakkad Al Ameri, Chairman of Sharjah Book Authority, said: “Cultural relations between the UAE and Egypt enjoys special attention and direct support from His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, in recognition of Egypt’s high profile and distinguished position in culture, and the need for SIBF to always be present at cultural exhibitions and events held in Egypt, and facilitate the participation of Egyptian publishers in the Sharjah Book Fair.”

Al Ameri added: “Our participation in the Cairo Book Fair is the largest ever in Arab exhibitions, as we seek through it to strengthen ties and connections with Egyptian, Arab and foreign publishers, cultural and intellectual figures, and media personalities participating in the book fair. We will make the best use of this participation to exchange expertise with them and benefit from the best practices in the field of organising book fairs, which will in turn contribute to the development of our activities and programmes, in our quest to strengthen and develop cultural work for the benefit of all professionals in the publishing industry. ”

The SIBF stand in the Cairo Book Fair will help introduce publishers and visitors to the upcoming edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair, and register the participation of Egyptian, Arab, and foreign publishers in its annual Professional Programme as well as the upcoming conference of the American Library Association (ALA), which is set to be hosted by Sharjah every year.

It will promote the Translation Grant offered by SIBF to encourage translation from and into the Arabic language, as well its annual awards dedicated to publishers, authors, and illustrators.

The Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) was established in December 2013 by an Emiri decree by His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

As per the decree, SBA is tasked with encouraging investment in creative industries and offering a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas between peoples from different civilizations and cultures. It is also tasked with emphasising the significant role of writers and their influence in spreading awareness in society in light of technological advancement and the availability of various sources of knowledge.

The authority assumes the responsibility of enhancing the Emirate’s status on the local, regional, and international level to attract relevant bodies and figures operating in the cultural sector in general, and the publishing, printing, translation, documentation, and children’s book sector in particular.

Sharjah Ruler Sets Up Sharjah Centre For Space And Astronomy Sciences

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah, has issued an administrative resolution No. (3) of 2015, on setting up the Sharjah Centre for Space and Astronomy Sciences.

According to the article number one, the Centre will be part of the Sharjah Centre for Space Sciences and Astronomy at the University of Sharjah in the academic, technical, administrative and financial fields.

The article No. (2) states that the Centre will promote and spread awareness about the astronomy and space culture in the Arab world in general and Sharjah in particular. According to the article (3), the administrative, scientific, technical and financial staff of the centre will be appointed under the supervision and directives of the Chancellor of University.

Meanwhile, the article 4 of the resolution says AED2 million will be allocated by the Emiri Court to the centre under the supervision and directives of the university.

The resolution will be effective from the date of issuance and shall be published in the Official Gazette.

Nominations Now Open For The C4F Davos Awards – Communications For Future Awards Of The World Communications Forum Davos

Starting January 15, 2015, qualified nominators may submit their respective nominations for this year’s global Communication for Future Davos Award (C4F Davos Award). The C4F Davos is awarded as part of the World Communication Forum Davos (WFC Davos). This prestigious award recognizes outstanding experts with strong influence on the improvement of communications and with truly effective contribution in fostering new trends for the development of the communication industry worldwide.

‘It is the first global award in communications given to personalities rather than agencies or cases. We are proud to have had nominees and winners from Germany, Italy, India, China, USA, Poland and other countries last year and we look forward to welcome this year’s nominees’, comments Irina Zolotarevych, C4F Davos Awards Director, WCFDavos Committee member, CEO of Pleon Talan (Ketchum).

Yanina Dubeykovskaya, Chair of WCFDavos Coordination Committee, adds: ‘Our key mission is to form the guidelines for the communication industry, to support professionals who managed to break-through and foresee the next step in the development of transparency and connectivity. We believe that nowadays communication is the main driver of global changes’.

During the next four weeks, the national associations and awards’ organizing committees will be able to propose candidates. Our partners include the top names in the national communication awards like The Silver Archer (Russia), BAPRA Bright Awards (Bulgaria), and many others. Additionally, members of C4F Davos Awards Board, WCFDavos Board members, as well as former winners of the C4F Davos Awards can nominate candidates.

Nomination form is provided upon request.

The C4F Davos Award 2015 will select the best nominees by evaluating their creative approach and innovative vision of the future of communications. The Jury is composed of winners of C4F Davos Awards and leaders of the communication market.


C4F Davos Award will be granted in seven nominations:
• Titan of the Future (awarded to true global leaders who are creative in every aspect, available 24/7, and committed to maintaining high business and ethical standards)
• Image of the Future (awarded to professionals who develop the future visual communications)
• Media of the Future (awarded to those who foresee the next step in media development)
• Relations of the Future (awarded to professionals in reputation, crisis, and CSR management)
• Idea of the Future (awarded to specialists who communicate innovations that do not exist yet).
• Grand Davos Award (awarded to key figures of the industry for the their outstanding contributions to the development of communications)

Within the four years of its existence, C4F Award has managed to become a contest respected in both the European and worldwide communications community. Over the years, the awards have been granted to many of the industry’s gurus like Paul Holmes, founder of the Holmes Report; Maksim Behar, ICCO vice-president, CEO and chairman of the board at Ì3 Communications Group (Bulgaria); Gianni Catalfamo, CEO at Digital&Social Media Leadership boutique cc:catalfamo (Italy), James Gillies, Head of Communication in CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) (UK), Anne Villemoes (, Head of Corporate Communications at Danish Crown (Denmark).

For more detailed information about the nomination process and selection criteria, please refer to:
C4F Davos Awards Director Irina Zolotarevych (
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Sharjah Ruler Issues Emiri Decree On Electricity, Water And Natural Gas Fees

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has issued an Emiri decree pertaining to fees of electricity, water and natural gas services in the Emirate of Sharjah.

According to the decree No. 1/ A of year 2015, the electricity, water and natural gas fee schedules in the emirate of  Sharjah will be approved. And the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) will collect the fees referred to in the article No. 1.

The decree will be effective from the date of issuance. It annuls all laws that contradict its provisions, and shall be published in the Official Gazette.