Palestinian journalist elected as vice chair of IPI

IPI Director Barbara Trionfi, Jesper Holberg of IMS, and Daoud Kuttab.
Updated 11 June 2019
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Palestinian journalist elected as vice chair of IPI

The board of the International Press Institute (IPI) unanimously elected Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab as vice chair of the international press monitoring association. Kuttab was chosen at the board meeting held on the sidelines of the International World Congress in Geneva.

Kuttab said that his election is a sign of the importance the world community is giving to the future of independent journalism in the Middle East. “Our region is still very much in turmoil and the people of the region as well as the world have a right to hear correct, balanced and well-researched professional news,” he said.

Kuttab said that he hopes that he can use his new role to shine a light at the profession and to highlight the importance of independent journalism in the Arab world.

Pakistani journalist Cyril Almeida was honored at the conference with the IPI World Press Freedom Hero award. Jesper Hoijberg, executive director of the International Media Support, presented the Free Media Pioneer Award to Lina Atallah of Mada Masr Mada.

The IPI is planning to hold its next congress in the fall of 2020 at Columbia University in New York — the same location where it was established 75 years ago.

Formed in 1950, IPI was created specifically to advance the cause of journalism wherever it is practiced. IPI is the oldest global advocacy organization for the protection of freedom of the press. Based in Vienna, Austria, the institute comprises a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists dedicated to protecting and promoting press freedom, freedom of opinion and expression, the free flow of news and information, and journalistic best practices around the globe. 


Rove At The Park opens in Dubai Parks and Resorts

Updated 17 June 2019
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Rove At The Park opens in Dubai Parks and Resorts

Rove Hotels, a contemporary midscale hotel brand, has opened its sixth hotel in Dubai — Rove At The Park — in Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination in the region. As the opening offer, guests can stay at Rove At The Park for 199 dirhams ($54) per night inclusive of two tickets to Dubai Parks and Resorts.
Rove At The Park has 579 rooms and interconnecting family rooms. Guests at Dubai Parks and Resorts can access more than 100 fun rides and attractions spread across Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park. This is in addition to free access to themed zones, street ambiance and numerous shops and restaurants at Riverland Dubai.
On the opening of the new hotel, Paul Bridger, corporate director of operations, Rove Hotels, said: “Guests love Rove Hotels for their convenient locations, funky interiors, chilled ambience and great service, which have made the brand one of the most popular in the city. We are excited to open Rove At The Park, our sixth and largest property in Dubai. The hotel offers a launchpad to discover Dubai Parks and Resorts and the rest of the city.”
Ahmed Al-Rayyes, chief retail and hospitality officer, DXB Entertainments, the company that owns Dubai Parks and Resorts, said:
“Dubai Parks and Resorts is a dynamic leisure destination with attractions that appeal to families, couples, and theme park enthusiasts from around the globe. With the opening of Rove At The Park, guests will have easy access to a vibrant new hotel that is perfect for residents looking for a quick weekend getaway. Opening a second hotel is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts’ strategy to have more than 1,300 keys at the destination by the second half of 2020. We look forward to welcoming even more tourists who will now be able to enjoy rides and attractions at the park, with the option of a conveniently located hotel in the vicinity.”
Rove At The Park is just over half an hour drive from the Dubai International Airport and the Al-Maktoum International Airport. Additionally, the hotel is just minutes away from the future Expo 2020 location, making it convenient for visitors traveling to the exhibition.
The design of Rove At The Park is inspired by the local area and uses art to tell stories and offer Instagrammable moments throughout the hotel. All 579 rooms house a 48-inch interactive TV screen with a smart media hub and free Wi-Fi. The rooms have designer mattresses, pull-out beds for extra guests, a mini-fridge, a large safe, and a modern bathroom with power rain showers.