Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Planning committee unveils Shopping Festival plans

Dubai: The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) organising committee held its first meeting for DSF 2009 last Thursday at Terminal 3 of the Dubai International Airport.

The 14th edition of the festival will begin on January 15 and continue until February 15.

Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, and Jamal Al Hai, Vice President of Strategy, Dubai Airports, welcomed the committee at Terminal 3. The meeting was presided over by Ebrahim Saleh, Coordinator General of the DSF Office, in addition to a host of government dignitaries and officials who comprise the committee.

Three new government departments have joined the committee this year -Community Development Authority, Dubai Sports Council, and Dubai Event Management Corporation - taking the number of departments represented in the DSF Organising Committee to 21.

The gathering was briefed on the outlines of the upcoming DSF edition, and plans to ensure the smooth functioning of DSF 2009 were also discussed. Saleh began by thanking the government representatives for their support for DSF and their continued contribution in promoting Dubai as a leading global city.

"The cooperation between the various government departments is an essential element of every successful DSF edition and the organising committee plays an integral role in ensuring efficient operational levels in all aspects of the festival.

"This coordination is a reflection of our endeavour to highlight and promote Dubai as a world-class tourist and investment destination," said Saleh. He also elaborated some of the key attractions that will be organised during DSF 2009.

Representatives of several government departments including Dubai Municipality and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), and the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation were present.