Don’t abandon us, we don’t transmit coronavirus, say Cairo’s dogs and cats

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A veterinarian Corolos Majdi treats Dizzy, a three-months-old female Siberian Husky at the Animalia Veterinary Clinic center, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cairo. (Reuters)
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The owner of Bosy, a female cat, gives her a kiss during treatments at the Animalia Veterinary Clinic center, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cairo. (Reuters)
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Jehan Shehatah carries Lola, a French Poodle dog, as they wait for a treatment at the Animalia Veterinary Clinic center, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cairo. (Reuters)
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Updated 27 May 2020

Don’t abandon us, we don’t transmit coronavirus, say Cairo’s dogs and cats

  • Doctors at the clinic decided to let the pets spread the message
  • Pets looked after at home are highly unlikely to spread any disease

CAIRO: The dogs and cats of a Cairo veterinary clinic have an important message, and they are taking it to the Internet.
Don’t abandon us. We don’t spread the coronavirus.
“We started this campaign after noticing that there were many people leaving dogs and cats outside our clinic,” explained veterinarian Corolos Majdi at the Animalia clinic in the Egyptian capital.
Pets looked after at home are highly unlikely to spread any disease, but dogs or cats abandoned on the street can be dangerous, he said.
Doctors at the clinic decided to let the pets spread the message. They began photographing dogs and cats wearing signs explaining that keeping them is safe. The photos are posted on social media sites on the Internet.
“I don’t transmit the coronavirus. Please don’t be frightened of me,” said Loola, a white French Poodle. Or rather that’s what was written on the sign she sported for her photoshoot.
Poosey, a 3-year-old long-haired cat, and Snowy, a white Griffon dog, took turns posing with a sign saying: “I love you. Please don’t throw me out in the street.”
“Please don’t worry, dogs don’t transmit the coronavirus,” said Snowy’s owner, a young girl named Julia Joseph. “God created these animals so we can care for them.”


Ski Dubai crowned world’s best indoor resort in prestigious industry awards

Updated 20 November 2020

Ski Dubai crowned world’s best indoor resort in prestigious industry awards

  • Ski Dubai wins ‘World’s Best Indoor Ski Resort’ award for fifth consecutive year
  • The winner was announced after receiving the highest number of votes from ski industry professionals and consumers

DUBAI: For the fifth year in a row, Ski Dubai has been crowned the world’s best indoor resort of its kind in a prestigious international awards scheme.
Hotels, resorts, and companies from around the globe involved in the ski sector annually compete for a wide range of accolades in the World Ski Awards, considered the skiing tourism industry’s equivalent of the Oscars for celebrating and rewarding excellence.
Ski Dubai, located in Mall of the Emirates, was nominated for the title among indoor ski destinations in Egypt, Germany, China, Spain, Scotland, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.
The winner was announced after obtaining the highest number of votes from ski industry professionals and consumers.

Majid Al-Futtaim Group, which owns Mall of the Emirates and Mall of Egypt, launched the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort in 2005. Since then, Ski Dubai had “cemented its position as one of the region’s most iconic attractions and welcomed more than 11 million tourists, snow sports enthusiasts, and guests from all around the world,” the company said in a statement.
It has introduced new innovations over the years, including a family-friendly snow park and a penguin encounter, which is home to a colony of king and gentoo penguins.

Ski Dubai had cemented its position as one of the region’s most iconic attractions and welcomed more than 11 million tourists, snow sports enthusiasts, and guests from all around the world. (WAM)

Mohammed El-Etri, director of global snow operations and projects at Majid Al-Futtaim, said: “Being in this category among other well-established ski resorts, including our sister brand Ski Egypt, inspires us to keep raising the bar as part of our endless pursuit at Majid Al-Futtaim to create great moments for everyone, every day.”
He noted that Ski Dubai had just celebrated its 15th anniversary, adding that the team was “deeply honored and privileged to have our commitment to excellence recognized by industry peers and guests, who voted for us to receive this prestigious title.

“Winning the title of world’s best indoor ski resort motivates us to achieve even more and we look forward to what the next 15 years will bring for Ski Dubai,” El-Etri added.
Sion Rapson, managing director of World Ski Awards, said: “Despite the unprecedented challenges faced by the global tourism sector this year, Ski Dubai has demonstrated unrivalled resilience, enabling it to continue providing its visitors with a world-class ski experience in a responsible and safe manner.
“I am delighted that it has been acknowledged by both the ski industry and the public by being voted world’s best indoor ski resort.”

Ski Dubai had cemented its position as one of the region’s most iconic attractions and welcomed more than 11 million tourists, snow sports enthusiasts, and guests from all around the world. (WAM)

The award was launched in 2013 and seeks to improve quality standards in the ski sector. It is also the only global initiative dedicated to honoring and celebrating excellence in ski tourism.
This is the latest accolade awarded to Ski Dubai, which recently won best service performance brands (hospitality and entertainment) at the Business Excellence Awards hosted by Dubai Economy, under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE, and ruler of Dubai.