Messe Frankfurt to organize German Pavilion at expo

Updated 06 January 2013
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Messe Frankfurt to organize German Pavilion at expo

Major international trade fair and conference organizer, Messe Frankfurt GmbH, was recently awarded the responsibility for organizing the German Pavilion at the upcoming 2015 World Expo in Milan, Italy.
Messe Frankfurt was awarded the contract by the German Ministry of Economics, beating off stiff competition from numerous other bids.
“Compared to other bidders, Messe Frankfurt’s proposal better met the requirements of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi),” said Dietmar Schmitz, commissioner general for trade fair policies and Expo participation at the BMWi.
“We look forward to a fruitful cooperation,” added Wolfgang Marzin, president and CEO of Messe Frankfurt.
“We are pleased to have won the contract and would like to thank the federal government for their trust in Messe Frankfurt’s expertise,” said Marzin.
The World Expo takes place every five years, and Milan followsprevious editions in Hannover (2000), Nagakute (Japan, 2005) and Shanghai (China, 2010). Dubai is currently in the running to host the Expo in 2020. The theme of the 2015 Expo is “Feeding the planet, energy for life.”
According to the organizers, the national pavilions will focus on issues such as food, energy, life and the globe.
The World Expo is scheduled to be open for six months, from May 1 to Oct. 31, 2015.
Messe Frankfurt is considered the world’s largest trade fair corporation with its own exhibition grounds.
“Messe Frankfurt being chosen as organizer of the German Pavilion is a great honor and acknowledgement of its years of expertise in conducting trade events around the world,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt’s Middle East subsidiary, Epoc Messe Frankfurt.
“Over the years, we have grown to be one of the leaders in the trade fair and conference field in the region by extending Messe Frankfurt’s brand of in-depth market knowledge and expertise to our regional events,” he added.


Shell KSA supports special needs children

The event organized by the Disabled Children’s Association was held on Nov. 12.
Updated 09 December 2018
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Shell KSA supports special needs children

Shell Saudi Arabia has announced the continuation of its sponsorship for the Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) art program for two years (2018-2019). The announcement, made at an event organized by the DCA on Nov. 12, is part of Shell Saudi Arabia’s ongoing support for children with special needs.

Since its establishment in 1981, the Disabled Children’s Association has become one of the largest institutions specialized in the care of children with special needs in the Arab world.

The program held last month promoted the skills and artworks of such children.

To mark the collaboration between the two organizations, Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Suwailim, vice chairman of the Disabled Children’s Association’s executive committee, presented a commemorative shield to Mohammed Al-Zomaia, Shell Saudi Arabia’s general manager for corporate development.

“At Shell, we believe in creating an inclusive culture where everyone can thrive. Today’s talent is more diverse than ever before. An inclusive environment is key to innovating, developing and retaining talent, and it begins with the youngest members of our communities,” said Al-Zomaia.

Shell has been active in the Kingdom for over seven decades and has a wide variety of social investment activities in the country, many of which are centered around youth empowerment, such as Shell Intilaaqah and FutbolNet.

Shell Intilaaqah aims to strengthen young people’s career options by enabling them to switch from being an employee to becoming an employer, or making the transition from seeking employment to creating employment. Shell’s trainees have set up 1,100 businesses, in addition to 500 existing small and medium businesses. Together, they created over 3,000 jobs. Shell Intilaaqah has been training Saudi entrepreneurs since 2010. Over the past years, Shell Intilaaqah trained, supported and mentored 10,000 Saudis — the majority of whom were women. 

Shell and Football Club (FC) Barcelona Foundation work together and use football to teach children the importance of values. The FutbolNet program is a 12-week football training course for children supported by dedicated coaches. Futbolnet aims to infuse values like respect, teamwork and commitment, which are key for the children to develop as happy, healthy and value-adding individuals.