Canon takes initiatives to promote Arabic

Updated 03 January 2018
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Canon takes initiatives to promote Arabic

Canon Middle East (CME) marked the UN World Arabic Language Day in 2017 by organizing a series of activities that support and celebrate the Arabic language across the region.
Those initiatives included sponsoring the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) “Bil Arabi” initiative in its fifth edition as well as launching a social media campaign to emphasize the importance of promoting Arabic in the digital age.
The annual UN Arabic Language Day observed on Dec. 18 aims to celebrate multilingualism, cultural diversity and the equal use of all six of its official working languages. By extension, “Bil Arabi” also seeks to engage all members of society in the UAE and around the world, to bridge cultural differences and gain a deeper understanding of the Arabic language as well as promote its history and significance among native speakers.
Mai Youssef, corporate communications and marketing services director, Middle East and Africa-Canon Middle East said: “The Arabic language is very rich and complex… We all should play a role in preserving it for the generations to come. Encapsulating the vision of our great leaders, the ‘Bil Arabi’ initiative is designed to cement the role and status of the Arabic language among the community and encourage future generations to be proud of their heritage.”


Emaar reopens historic Al-Alamein Hotel

Updated 17 July 2018
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Emaar reopens historic Al-Alamein Hotel

The historic Al-Alamein Hotel has officially reopened after a major facelift by Emaar Hospitality Group that makes it among the finest resorts along the Mediterranean.

The opening event was attended by Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, VIP guests, top media figures, as well as other public figures.

Situated in the picturesque setting of Sidi Abdel Rahman Bay, the hotel’s glamorous design ethos and refurbished retro-modern interiors hark back to the glory days of the 1960s, when the resort first opened.

The remodelled designs blend vintage charm with contemporary style, evoking a sense of nostalgia to the golden age of Egyptian music and cinema. “The refurbishment of Al-Alamein Hotel provides an example of our determination to offer a hotel that is on a par with, or rather superior to, world-class resorts,” said Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar. 

“We strive for nothing less than the highest global standards for our customers and our developments in Egypt including Al-Alamein Hotel, of which renovation costs totaled EGP 1.5 billion ($84 million),” Alabbar added.

While the building stays true to its rich heritage, visitors can expect modern comfort and style everywhere, from the bar and restaurants to the corridors and rooms.

There is something remarkable around every corner of the resort. An impressive assortment of black and white photographs of Egypt’s most celebrated classical actors and singers festooning columns at the lobby offer visitors much to marvel at once they walk into the building.

The hotel is also home to the renowned Umbrellas sculpture by Greek artist George Zongolopoulos, a poetic structure of steel umbrellas that stretches 13 meters into the sky, offering a dramatic reinterpretation of Abdel Halim Hafez’ classic oldie “Dokko Elshamasy” or “Fix the Umbrellas on the Beach.” One of the most photographed modern sculptures worldwide, the piece was first displayed at the Venice Biennale in 1995, where it drew international attention, and will now delight visitors to this Egyptian vacation spot.

The hotel also boasts a magnificent collection of art works and sculptures by a large number of local and global artists, including an iconic mosaic mural of late legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum and another one featuring colorful ancient boats.

Al-Alamein Hotel is part of a thriving residential and tourist community Emaar is developing in Marassi, the company’s flagship Mediterranean landmark in Egypt. These include several hotels already launched such as Vida Marassi Marina, Address Marassi Beach Resort and Address Marassi Golf Resort + Spa. Marassi will be home to seven luxury hotels with up to 3,000 rooms.