APP expands into Jordan
APP Jordan, the official representative of Asia Pulp & Paper Co. (APP) worldwide in Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon announced expansion plans that include paper-converting facilities in Jordan, with additional products catered to the market needs.
“We entered the Jordanian market in 1999 to provide paper products of superior quality and value to consumers, merchants and distributors in Jordan and the region, taking into consideration the consumer’s needs, and the demand of the local market,” said CEO and Managing Director of APP Jordan, Sandeep Raina.
APP is the 5th largest pulp & paper producing company in the world, with manufacturing facilities in Indonesia. The company markets and sells its products in more than 65 countries over the six continents. APP employs more than 250,000 employees worldwide, and specializes in producing bleached hardwood Kraft pulp and a wide range of paper, board and packaging products. The range extends from commodity-grade uncoated paper products, to value added coated paper products that include cast coat paper, tissue, specialty papers, carbonless paper, stationery and office products.
Al Halaby at Crowne Plaza Amman
Crowne Plaza Amman celebrated the opening of its Aleppo cuisine restaurant “Al Halaby”, which opened its doors to the public on January 11. Continually motivated to provide the very best of food and service, Crowne Plaza Amman accommodates the highest Middle Eastern cuisine restaurant in town, offering fine food, exceptional service and a remarkable view.
Its strategic location is set to provide a tantalizing, spectacular and romantic view of the great city of Amman, as it lies at the top of Crowne Plaza Amman. Guests can enjoy an extensive list of Mezzas, Aleppo specialties and delicious desserts at “Al Halaby”, where it is open daily for lunch and dinner. Al Halaby fits around 80 guests, and with its scenic terrace, it can total up to 140 people, Al Halaby also offers special events such as private parties, private lunches and dinners.
Aleppo’s Cuisine is a mixture of different rich specialties: Syrian effects, Armenian with its spices, Turkish with its olive oil ingredient, Chinese, Romanian & Byzantine.
Saadiyat Island to become global cultural hub
Four of the world’s most renowned architects—Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Tadao Ando and Zaha Hadid—have presented designs for iconic museums and a performing arts center that are set to position Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island as a world-class cultural destination.
Back in 2004, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority embarked on a vision of developing Saadiyat Island, that lies just offshore the emirate, into a world-class, environmentally sensitive tourist destination that included as its centerpiece the creation of a new cultural district for Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates. The guiding principles for the Cultural District have been to make it, by definition, a destination everyone in the worlds of art and culture would want to visit.
A special exhibition devoted to the architects’ designs was opened last Wednesday at Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace Hotel by Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Executive Council Chairman, HH Sheikh Muhammad Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.
Frank Gehry is designing the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi—a contemporary art museum, which will be the only one of its kind in the Middle East; the British/Iraqi born architect Zaha Hadid is designing Saadiyat’s Performing Arts Center, which will present the finest in music, theatre and dance; Jean Nouvel of France is designing the Classical Museum; while Japan’s Tadao Ando is designing the Maritime Museum which will reflect the rich maritime history of the UAE and the Arabian Gulf.
Time Center launches SWATCH magic
This year, SWATCH has a very special offer for its fans to celebrate lovers day. A watch and a jewel, both specially created for Valentines Day but holding out the prospect of conquests to come. The watch is the Valentines Day Special 2007 Feel my Love from the SWATCH Jelly in Jelly line and comes with a Voodoo doll and five pins. Heart breaker No. 2 is the SWATCH Valentines Day Jewel 2007 Windlove. A neck ornament with a pendant which changes from a glistening heart into a shimmering butterfly. Swatch Valentine watches and Jewels collections are available at all Time Center Outlets.Time Center launches SWATCH magic
ACT inaugurates region’s 1st Internet Café in Terminal area
The Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) inaugurated the region’s first Internet café in the terminal area to serve vessel crews that go ashore.
Director General of Aqaba Port Corporation, Mr Awwad Al-Ma’aytah, inaugurated the café with the attendance of Mr Patricio Junior, CEO of ACT and a delegation from the Mission to Seafarers as well as a number of concerned persons.
“We want to offer a distinctive service to the seafarers, one that allows them to stay in touch with their friends and families by utilizing the different communication methods available at the relaxed and cozy café,” Junior said.
The café is equipped with a sound isolating system to provide silence and tranquility for its users. It is also provided with two personal computers connected to Internet, two prepaid phones, and a library with valuable books, in addition to a roundtable for reading or meetings. Furthermore, the café is supported with air conditioning system.
Wunderman shines in “Jordan Web Awards 2006”
Leading direct and interactive marketing company Wunderman Jordan shined at the “Jordan Web Awards 2006”, part of the pan-Arab Web Awards, winning eight awards at the glamorous ceremony held last month. Wunderman went home with two gold, two silver, and three bronze trophies in addition to the sought-after Jordan Web Strategy Award 2006. “We consider interactive solutions such as websites as an integral part of our marketing communications services, which we develop for local and international clients. Our integrated approach has helped to distinguish us from others and obviously got us noticed,” Claudia Lemlihi, country manager, Wunderman Jordan said.
Wunderman awards were won on behalf of various clients from different categories, which came from the Corporate, Food & Beverages, Health Services, Media and Press, Sports, Restaurants and Entertainment Outlets categories.
CI launches report on Jordan’s economy
The investment arm of Capital Bank, formerly Export and Finance Bank—announced the launch of its new report on the Jordanian economy.
The report, which examines Jordan’s economic development during the period 2003-2006, was prepared in collaboration with the Jordan Center for Research & Dialogue (JCRD); it covers the various economic sectors and presents its readers with a thorough and objective analysis. Topics covered in the report include inter alia: GDP growth performance (overall and by sector), unemployment, inflation, energy prices, foreign direct investment, the external account, the stock market and reform.
On this occasion Senior Vice President for Research at CI, Ms Abeer Arafat, stated, “This report comes as part of a joint effort and represents our serious interest in providing thorough economic analysis that helps better understand economic development and what affects it in Jordan today.”
Director of Research at JCRD, Mr Marwan Kardoosh, expressed his enthusiasm about the report stating that “JCRD regards this joint effort as a step towards supporting knowledge creation in the Jordanian economy”. “It takes a great deal of dedication and effort to analyze and document all the factors that played a role in shaping the economy to what it is today,” he added.