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14 FEATURES 12 SPECIAL REPORT According to leading property consultancy Asteco, rental rates in Dubai have tripled and, on average, have risen to a whopping AED 270/280 per sq. ft. in 2007 from AED 90/100 per sq. ft. in 2005.



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SOFTWARE 14 SAP TOPS IN ERP, CRM & SCM SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) announced that Gartner Research, the renowned independent research firm, has recognized SAP as the worldwide 2006 market share leader for the enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) and supply chain management (SCM) markets.

The Dubai Ethics Resource Center (DERC), an initiative of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, launched the first issue of its new Corporate Social Responsibility (‘CSR’) newsletter, ‘CSR Al Youm’ or ‘CSR Today’. PRODUCT PICK 51 ACER Acer Computer, the Middle East and Africa’s leading supplier of notebook and desktop computers, announced today the Middle East launch of its two distinctive notebook designs based on the latest Intel® Santa Rosa platform - the Aspire Gemstone and TravelMate Profile. CORPORATE SPACE 15 FINE HOMES AND OFFICES Dubai's architectural marvels continue to rise

PROJECTS 40 LANDMARK DEAL FOR DUBAL Dubai Aluminium Company Limited (“DUBAL”) signed a landmark agreement relating to the deployment of the company’s Pot Control System at Iran’s Al-Mahdi aluminium smelter. It marks the first time that this proprietary information technology application will be used outside DUBAL.

PRESENTATIONS 6 PERFORMANCE MGMT Cognos 8 Planning 8.2 provides enhanced integration with third-party certified data sources such as SAP/BW. This seamless integration improves data access and management and reduces total cost of ownership for customers.

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25 EXECUTIVE HEALTH Dubai has been chosen as the host venue

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41 to launch the Global ‘World Osteoporosis Day’ on October 20. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 41 IT NEWS & IT SHOP The latest news and information on products and services from the fast changing world of IT

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61 EXHIBITION The Hotel Show 2008, the Middle East’s leading supplies exhibition to the region’s hospitality sector, will focus on sustainability issues during next year’s, ‘Seven Star Conference’. 27 DSS 2007 Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) 2007 registered another impressive figure in terms of sales in the participating outlets within six weeks as revenues touched a massive Dh76.7 million, with shopping malls and retail outlets recording an increased footfall in the tenth edition of DSS. DEPARTMENTS 02 Editorial 22 Auto Assets 53 FMCE 88 Events Calendar 35 Events & Exhibitions News 61 Exhibitions 62 Advertiser’s Index 63 Travel & Tourism/Hotel Happenings 64 CEO's Choice: Dine & Tell 71 B2B Dining 75 Business News 82 Logistics News 59 B2B Books 96 Reader Survey All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means, electronic, mechanical, photo copying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission of the Publisher. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this publication is accurate, B2B Buyers' Digest accepts no liability for any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies of any kind. B2B Buyers' Digest would be pleased to receive any amendments and other useful, appropriate information for possible inclusion or corrections in future editions of the magazine.

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