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CONTENTS Construction gets fresh impetus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Austria Connect Gulf 2011 is getting deeper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Always one step ahead with telecommunication solutions . . . . . . . . . . House of exceptional products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Salzburg — world cultural heritage in the heart of Europe . . . . . . . . . . Impressive range of products and services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Revolutionising structural steel fabrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pathbreakers in formwork technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Austria cares for YOU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trendsetter in the Spa Industry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Your partner in health care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Providing modern Mayr-medicine and its benefits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Austrian Airlines in the UAE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Significant contributor to energy sector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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AUSTRIAN COMPANIES PAVE THE WAY FOR ROBUST DEVELOPMENTS IN GCC CONSTRUCTION SECTOR For almost a decade the GCC construction sector had been a safe harbour for private investors and government alike to pool their investments. The availability of a steady stream of investments in addition to the ever-growing demand from residential, commercial, retail, infrastructural and hospitality sector, ensured a steady robust growth pattern for this sector. Then came the global economic downturn of 2008 that changed the tenor of the construction industry in the GCC at large. Following a challenging period in 2009 and mid 2010, the last quarter of 2010 has been a turning point for the construction sector across all the countries in the GCC region. The largest construction market, Saudi Arabia, had initiated revolutionary developments for infrastructural, economical, industrial and educational projects to uplift the services and facilities provided in the country thereby encouraging business opportunities and receding public debt. Even the construction market in the UAE is on the brink of bagging few high-profile contract awards in 2011. Bouncing back from the global economic slowdown, Kuwait is all set to make an impressive return in 2011 with several initiatives at both the government and private investor level. Meanwhile, the successful World Cup bid has also sparked an interest in Qatar’s construction sector. Despite the temperamental times and mercurial market behaviour in the region, Austria has managed to maintain a steadfast hold on the region. From innovation to top-notch quality, highly developed research and development departments, high safety norms , compliance to the best industry standards and practices — the reasons behind the country’s success are manifold. Several leading Austrian companies have consolidated their position in the GCC market by bagging prestigious projects and setting up subsidiary offices in the region. The Austrian Trade commission gives a glimpse of some of the top Austrian companies and their projects that have left an indelible mark on the construction sector in the GCC region.

CONSTRUCTION GETSFRESH IMPETUS

The Austrian Trade commission gives a glimpse of some of the top Austrian companies and their projects that have left an indelible mark on the construction sector in the GCC region

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DOKA: THE FORMWORK EXPERTS

UNGER STEEL MIDDLEEAST: STRUCTURAL STEEL CONSTRUCTION GURUS Austria has always been renowned for its superior quality of structural steel works and on-schedule delivery of turn-key constructions — this is where Unger Steel Middle East steps in. Established and developed around Unger Stahlbau Ges.m.b.H., one of Europe’s leading steel construction companies, Unger Steel Middle East represents the Unger Group’s comprehensive service range in the Middle East since the beginning of 2007. The new construction of the plant in Sharjah (UAE) in 2007 was a milestone in the company’s expansion history. Four years on since setting up its Middle East operations, Unger Steel has been involved with some of most prestigious projects, including the ongoing Dubai Airport

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expansion to which the company is supplying 1.3 tonnes of steel. Recently it fabricated TWS and installed 5,200 tonnes of steel over the roofs of all grandstands, entrances and administrative buildings for the Formula 1 race track project on Yas island. In the Mall of the Emirates project, the company was also

involved with the expansion that features a magnificent glass dome. The apex of the new dome is 38 metres above ground floor level — high enough to house the Statue of Liberty from crown to toe. The Unger Steel Group also was singlehandedly behind achieving the elegant shape of the dome including its assembly and fabrication among others. Other prestigious projects that Unger Steel has been a part of include Burj Khalifa pavilions in Dubai and Knauf Industrial Park in Ras Al Khaimah. As for the company’s future plans, Nasar Kandah, COO of Unger Steel Middle East FZE, says: “The GCC governments are in a distinctive position to shape the future of eco-innovation globally. Governments, particularly, in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, have the power to influence their strong positions in the market to use it as an engine for knowledge transfer and economic diversification. It is keeping all this in mind that we are currently focusing on Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Abu Dhabi. It is quite well-known that 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in Qatar, so there would be a lot of significant projects that we need to focus on.”

Doka Gulf FZE, a subsidiary of the Doka Group, one of the world’s leading companies in the field of formwork technology for the construction industry, have been valuable project partners for many companies worldwide in their quest to stay ahead of the continuous evolution of the construction industry. Some iconic projects in the UAE, that Doka Gulf FZE is best known for, include: Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world; completion of the 425-metre Marina 101 high-rise residential tower; the Capital Gate at ADNEC Abu Dhabi which is the furthest leaning manmade tower in the world; and in the earlier years of the Dubai boom its technical formwork solutions on Burj Al Arab, the opulent sail shaped luxury hotel in Dubai. Though Doka is famous in the UAE for its expertise in high-rise and super-high-rise construction, Doka’s roots lie in civil engineering with global expertise in bridges, tunneling and industrial work — all of which have been extended further in the UAE. Increased demand for Doka formwork on petrochemical projects in Habshan and Ruwais, work on governmental industrial zone and port projects, water, power and sewage applications in Abu Dhabi, the first cable-stayed bridge in the UAE, etc. continues. Doka’s phenomenal growth in the Middle East is not restricted to the UAE alone. Due to governmental diversification plans, which include aggressive expansion and growth for the GCC region, Doka has been rapidly consolidating its position in the region. Doka’s defined Middle East region consists of eight countries, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait,

Bahrain, Jordan and Lebanon. Sales and service offices are located within each country, with the logistical support of the 50,000 square metres premises in Jebel Ali Free Zone as a central location for the region’s supply needs. In Qatar, Doka has secured and is supporting two major upcoming landmarks in Doha — the Musheireb Project and the Bridge Towers, which will be completed in 2012. Looking to the major growth in Qatar anticipated due to the 2022 World Cup, Doka Qatar is equipped for and looking to the upcoming challenges of formwork project management on airport, rail, and stadium project announcements. Since the opening of Doka Oman, work is currently progressing in the construction of Wadi Adai —Amerat Road in Muscat. Additionally Doka systems are being deployed at the new $765-million (Dh2.815-billion) Salalah International Airport. Doka has also left an indelible mark on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Numerous

Though Doka is famous in the UAE for its expertise in high-rise and super-high-rise construction, Doka’s roots lie in civil engineering with global expertise in bridges, tunneling and industrial work — all of which have been extended further in the UAE globally renowned projects have been executed such as the unique custom formwork design on the Capital Market Authority Tower located in the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, and also the renowned Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University, one of the largest in the world.

It is also best known for the formwork supply and service on the expansion of the Holy City of Mecca project. On querying Peter Vogel, Regional General Manager, Doka Gulf FZE, about the future of the construction sector and the potential market opportunities in the region, he responds, “Starting in Kuwait, we have maintained a solid Middle East presence since the 1970’s. Our measured success is through the philosophy and understanding that innovation plays a key role in every project solution. Besides the value engineering that we provide from the earliest design phase of a project through to the reconditioning and even the return of the material Doka has the structure in each country to adapt with exact technologically advanced, safe, fast and flexible formwork solutions required for all projects. The whole world, and not just Doka, are looking to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which has announced plans for Kingdom Tower, to be the tallest tower in the world, Qatar preparing for 2022, and of course the UAE which is steadily ploughing ahead with its 2030 plan and Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman and the Levant who are respectively developing infrastructure.” As for the future projects, Peter Vogel said, “Since formwork planning starts from the design stage onwards, Doka is engaged in thousands of projects in the Middle East region. The most interesting are the planned major developments in Dubai, the Cultural District Saadiyat Island, new bridges, airport expansions, and of course the vast number of upcoming sophisticated infrastructure projects. Also noteworthy will be social infrastructure development with plans for schools, hospitals and residential infrastructure in the GCC. In the UAE specifically, Doka would be proud to offer its expertise in plans for the Western Region, Baniyas and Al Ain.

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DOKA: THE FORMWORK EXPERTS

UNGER STEEL MIDDLEEAST: STRUCTURAL STEEL CONSTRUCTION GURUS Austria has always been renowned for its superior quality of structural steel works and on-schedule delivery of turn-key constructions — this is where Unger Steel Middle East steps in. Established and developed around Unger Stahlbau Ges.m.b.H., one of Europe’s leading steel construction companies, Unger Steel Middle East represents the Unger Group’s comprehensive service range in the Middle East since the beginning of 2007. The new construction of the plant in Sharjah (UAE) in 2007 was a milestone in the company’s expansion history. Four years on since setting up its Middle East operations, Unger Steel has been involved with some of most prestigious projects, including the ongoing Dubai Airport

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expansion to which the company is supplying 1.3 tonnes of steel. Recently it fabricated TWS and installed 5,200 tonnes of steel over the roofs of all grandstands, entrances and administrative buildings for the Formula 1 race track project on Yas island. In the Mall of the Emirates project, the company was also

involved with the expansion that features a magnificent glass dome. The apex of the new dome is 38 metres above ground floor level — high enough to house the Statue of Liberty from crown to toe. The Unger Steel Group also was singlehandedly behind achieving the elegant shape of the dome including its assembly and fabrication among others. Other prestigious projects that Unger Steel has been a part of include Burj Khalifa pavilions in Dubai and Knauf Industrial Park in Ras Al Khaimah. As for the company’s future plans, Nasar Kandah, COO of Unger Steel Middle East FZE, says: “The GCC governments are in a distinctive position to shape the future of eco-innovation globally. Governments, particularly, in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, have the power to influence their strong positions in the market to use it as an engine for knowledge transfer and economic diversification. It is keeping all this in mind that we are currently focusing on Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Abu Dhabi. It is quite well-known that 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in Qatar, so there would be a lot of significant projects that we need to focus on.”

Doka Gulf FZE, a subsidiary of the Doka Group, one of the world’s leading companies in the field of formwork technology for the construction industry, have been valuable project partners for many companies worldwide in their quest to stay ahead of the continuous evolution of the construction industry. Some iconic projects in the UAE, that Doka Gulf FZE is best known for, include: Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world; completion of the 425-metre Marina 101 high-rise residential tower; the Capital Gate at ADNEC Abu Dhabi which is the furthest leaning manmade tower in the world; and in the earlier years of the Dubai boom its technical formwork solutions on Burj Al Arab, the opulent sail shaped luxury hotel in Dubai. Though Doka is famous in the UAE for its expertise in high-rise and super-high-rise construction, Doka’s roots lie in civil engineering with global expertise in bridges, tunneling and industrial work — all of which have been extended further in the UAE. Increased demand for Doka formwork on petrochemical projects in Habshan and Ruwais, work on governmental industrial zone and port projects, water, power and sewage applications in Abu Dhabi, the first cable-stayed bridge in the UAE, etc. continues. Doka’s phenomenal growth in the Middle East is not restricted to the UAE alone. Due to governmental diversification plans, which include aggressive expansion and growth for the GCC region, Doka has been rapidly consolidating its position in the region. Doka’s defined Middle East region consists of eight countries, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait,

Bahrain, Jordan and Lebanon. Sales and service offices are located within each country, with the logistical support of the 50,000 square metres premises in Jebel Ali Free Zone as a central location for the region’s supply needs. In Qatar, Doka has secured and is supporting two major upcoming landmarks in Doha — the Musheireb Project and the Bridge Towers, which will be completed in 2012. Looking to the major growth in Qatar anticipated due to the 2022 World Cup, Doka Qatar is equipped for and looking to the upcoming challenges of formwork project management on airport, rail, and stadium project announcements. Since the opening of Doka Oman, work is currently progressing in the construction of Wadi Adai —Amerat Road in Muscat. Additionally Doka systems are being deployed at the new $765-million (Dh2.815-billion) Salalah International Airport. Doka has also left an indelible mark on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Numerous

Though Doka is famous in the UAE for its expertise in high-rise and super-high-rise construction, Doka’s roots lie in civil engineering with global expertise in bridges, tunneling and industrial work — all of which have been extended further in the UAE globally renowned projects have been executed such as the unique custom formwork design on the Capital Market Authority Tower located in the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, and also the renowned Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University, one of the largest in the world.

It is also best known for the formwork supply and service on the expansion of the Holy City of Mecca project. On querying Peter Vogel, Regional General Manager, Doka Gulf FZE, about the future of the construction sector and the potential market opportunities in the region, he responds, “Starting in Kuwait, we have maintained a solid Middle East presence since the 1970’s. Our measured success is through the philosophy and understanding that innovation plays a key role in every project solution. Besides the value engineering that we provide from the earliest design phase of a project through to the reconditioning and even the return of the material Doka has the structure in each country to adapt with exact technologically advanced, safe, fast and flexible formwork solutions required for all projects. The whole world, and not just Doka, are looking to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which has announced plans for Kingdom Tower, to be the tallest tower in the world, Qatar preparing for 2022, and of course the UAE which is steadily ploughing ahead with its 2030 plan and Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman and the Levant who are respectively developing infrastructure.” As for the future projects, Peter Vogel said, “Since formwork planning starts from the design stage onwards, Doka is engaged in thousands of projects in the Middle East region. The most interesting are the planned major developments in Dubai, the Cultural District Saadiyat Island, new bridges, airport expansions, and of course the vast number of upcoming sophisticated infrastructure projects. Also noteworthy will be social infrastructure development with plans for schools, hospitals and residential infrastructure in the GCC. In the UAE specifically, Doka would be proud to offer its expertise in plans for the Western Region, Baniyas and Al Ain.

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Some of the important projects include the Dubai Festival City, Burj Khalifa — the world’s tallest building standing, ADNEC — one of the largest steel and glass engineering contracts in Abu Dhabi

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WAAGNER-BIRO GULF LLC: THE STEEL AND GLASS ENGINEERING GIANTS Waagner-Biro Gulf LLC has been part of the GCC landscape since the 60s — be it the three steel spikes on the Corniche water tanks in Kuwait or the construction of the first Maqta Bridge in Abu Dhabi in 1967, this Austrian giant has inspired the construction sector in the region with its steel and glass engineering expertise. Some of their important projects include the Dubai Festival City, Burj Khalifa — the world’s tallest building standing, ADNEC — one of the largest steel and glass engineering contracts in Abu Dhabi. However, the current feather in Waagner-Biro’s hat is the installation of the double-glazed glass facade of the iconic 160-metre, 35-storey Capital Gate Tower being built to lean 18 degrees westwards. The $35-million glass is vital to Capital Gate’s design, structure and sustainability. Besides the aesthetic appeal, the double-glazed facade is also used to achieve greater energy efficiency. For Waagner-Biro, it has been a challenging but exciting project. In order to deliver the first of the glazing panels to the site of Abu Dhabi’s iconic Capital Gate tower, the world’s largest flat-bed truck — at 82 feet, half the length of an Olympic swimming pool — was used. In 2007, Waagner-Biro Gulf was also contracted to build the first floating bridge in Dubai connecting the suburbs of Bur Dubai and Deira. Another prominent project in the company’s kitty is the Yas Marina hotel — the façade has been done by Waagner-Biro Steel and Glass, Vienna under the local framework of WB Gulf. As for Waagner-Biro Gulf LLC, all the prestigious projects in the region has set the stage for more of such promising ventures. On querying about future projects, Klaus Eidelpes, Director, Waagner Biro Gulf LLC, said that talks were on for some projects but none have been finalised yet.

STRABAG INTERNATIONAL LLC: BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION LEADERS Strabag, which has a major presence in the construction sector in Germany, Eastern and Central Europe, has also been working in the Gulf since the early ‘70s in the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The company’s international activities in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and India include transportation infrastructure projects such as roads, railways or airports and automotive proving grounds. Strabag’s operations in civil engineering include bridges, dams, as well as tunnels and harbour facilities. Strabag credits the company’s success to the international cooperation within their strong network. The company has several ongoing projects in the UAE, Oman and Qatar. Some of the projects include: major highways such as the Jebel Hafeet Road in Al Ain, runway works at Abu Dhabi International Airport, building projects in Dubai International Airport, a residential project in the Al Barsha area and a multistorey twin-tower project in Dubai Marina. Recently Strabag won a contract worth Dh494.14 million to build parts of the new

Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi. The construction will be done by a Strabag subsidiary, Ed. Zueblin AG, in association with local partner Al Jaber Transport & General Contracting LLC. The new Khalifa Port will be built around 60 kilometres outside Abu Dhabi and will replace the existing Mina Zayed in the capital’s centre. Strabag’s subsidiary will construct 25 buildings in the project, among them a control centre, office building, hospital, fire department, warehouses and the entire infrastructure over 85 square kilometres. However, it is noteworthy that Strabag is also cement-

Reviewing the development of the construction industry in the GCC and Austria’s role in it, Dr Wolfgang Penzias, the Austrian Trade Commissioner for the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Pakistan, says, “The infrastructure projects hold a lot of potential in the GCC region. However, certain sectors like roads, railways, bridges, marine works and ports have shown more promise over a period of time, and this has prompted severable notable Austrian companies to divert their attention ing its presence in the GCC in to these sectors. Several a big way. In Oman, Strabag noteworthy Austrian comparecently received a 75-milnies are part of infrastructurelion euro order to build two related projects planned in airports, one in Sohar and Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Northern the other in Adam City. Other Emirates, Oman etc. Moreprestigious projects in Straover, one of the main reasons bag’s roster include: building behind the sustenance of Ausand expansion of the facilities trian companies during the for Abu Dhabi-based oil refin- downturn was our strategy to ing company Takreer, building be cost-conscious and always parts of the new Sheikh Zayed maintain the high quality and standard that we have always Desert Learning Centre in Al Ain, a massive development believed in. Austrian companies have several noteworthy that comes with a zoo and hundreds of villas, an upcom- projects in their kitty be it ing shopping mall project in Burj Khalifa, Capital Gate and Ras Al Khaimah. The Austrian Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning company is also bidding for a centre, to name a few — these new toll highway project that are some outstanding projects is planned to connect the UAE that we are proud to be aswith Saudi Arabia. sociated with.“

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Some of the important projects include the Dubai Festival City, Burj Khalifa — the world’s tallest building standing, ADNEC — one of the largest steel and glass engineering contracts in Abu Dhabi

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WAAGNER-BIRO GULF LLC: THE STEEL AND GLASS ENGINEERING GIANTS Waagner-Biro Gulf LLC has been part of the GCC landscape since the 60s — be it the three steel spikes on the Corniche water tanks in Kuwait or the construction of the first Maqta Bridge in Abu Dhabi in 1967, this Austrian giant has inspired the construction sector in the region with its steel and glass engineering expertise. Some of their important projects include the Dubai Festival City, Burj Khalifa — the world’s tallest building standing, ADNEC — one of the largest steel and glass engineering contracts in Abu Dhabi. However, the current feather in Waagner-Biro’s hat is the installation of the double-glazed glass facade of the iconic 160-metre, 35-storey Capital Gate Tower being built to lean 18 degrees westwards. The $35-million glass is vital to Capital Gate’s design, structure and sustainability. Besides the aesthetic appeal, the double-glazed facade is also used to achieve greater energy efficiency. For Waagner-Biro, it has been a challenging but exciting project. In order to deliver the first of the glazing panels to the site of Abu Dhabi’s iconic Capital Gate tower, the world’s largest flat-bed truck — at 82 feet, half the length of an Olympic swimming pool — was used. In 2007, Waagner-Biro Gulf was also contracted to build the first floating bridge in Dubai connecting the suburbs of Bur Dubai and Deira. Another prominent project in the company’s kitty is the Yas Marina hotel — the façade has been done by Waagner-Biro Steel and Glass, Vienna under the local framework of WB Gulf. As for Waagner-Biro Gulf LLC, all the prestigious projects in the region has set the stage for more of such promising ventures. On querying about future projects, Klaus Eidelpes, Director, Waagner Biro Gulf LLC, said that talks were on for some projects but none have been finalised yet.

STRABAG INTERNATIONAL LLC: BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION LEADERS Strabag, which has a major presence in the construction sector in Germany, Eastern and Central Europe, has also been working in the Gulf since the early ‘70s in the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The company’s international activities in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and India include transportation infrastructure projects such as roads, railways or airports and automotive proving grounds. Strabag’s operations in civil engineering include bridges, dams, as well as tunnels and harbour facilities. Strabag credits the company’s success to the international cooperation within their strong network. The company has several ongoing projects in the UAE, Oman and Qatar. Some of the projects include: major highways such as the Jebel Hafeet Road in Al Ain, runway works at Abu Dhabi International Airport, building projects in Dubai International Airport, a residential project in the Al Barsha area and a multistorey twin-tower project in Dubai Marina. Recently Strabag won a contract worth Dh494.14 million to build parts of the new

Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi. The construction will be done by a Strabag subsidiary, Ed. Zueblin AG, in association with local partner Al Jaber Transport & General Contracting LLC. The new Khalifa Port will be built around 60 kilometres outside Abu Dhabi and will replace the existing Mina Zayed in the capital’s centre. Strabag’s subsidiary will construct 25 buildings in the project, among them a control centre, office building, hospital, fire department, warehouses and the entire infrastructure over 85 square kilometres. However, it is noteworthy that Strabag is also cement-

Reviewing the development of the construction industry in the GCC and Austria’s role in it, Dr Wolfgang Penzias, the Austrian Trade Commissioner for the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Pakistan, says, “The infrastructure projects hold a lot of potential in the GCC region. However, certain sectors like roads, railways, bridges, marine works and ports have shown more promise over a period of time, and this has prompted severable notable Austrian companies to divert their attention ing its presence in the GCC in to these sectors. Several a big way. In Oman, Strabag noteworthy Austrian comparecently received a 75-milnies are part of infrastructurelion euro order to build two related projects planned in airports, one in Sohar and Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Northern the other in Adam City. Other Emirates, Oman etc. Moreprestigious projects in Straover, one of the main reasons bag’s roster include: building behind the sustenance of Ausand expansion of the facilities trian companies during the for Abu Dhabi-based oil refin- downturn was our strategy to ing company Takreer, building be cost-conscious and always parts of the new Sheikh Zayed maintain the high quality and standard that we have always Desert Learning Centre in Al Ain, a massive development believed in. Austrian companies have several noteworthy that comes with a zoo and hundreds of villas, an upcom- projects in their kitty be it ing shopping mall project in Burj Khalifa, Capital Gate and Ras Al Khaimah. The Austrian Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning company is also bidding for a centre, to name a few — these new toll highway project that are some outstanding projects is planned to connect the UAE that we are proud to be aswith Saudi Arabia. sociated with.“

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Dr Wolfgang Penzias

Austrian Trade Commissioner in Abu Dhabi

AUSTRIA CONNECT GULF2011 IS GETTING DEEPER

THE CURRENT OUTLOOK OF THE WORLD ECONOMY HAS TURNED MURKIER IN TURN AFFECTING THE FAST GROWING GCC AND GULF COUNTRIES. IN A BID TO UNDERSTAND THE EMERGING AND FRONTIER MARKETS IN THE REGION, AUSTRIA CONNECT GULF 2011 DIGS DEEPER AND TACKLES SEVERAL HIGH IMPACT ISSUES WITH A DISTINGUISHED PANEL OF GUESTS AND ENTHUSIASTIC PARTICIPANTS The Austrian Trade Commission in the UAE together with the Austrian Trade Commissions in Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia are all set to host Austria Connect Gulf 2011, a trans-regional event at the Raffles Hotel in Dubai on November 27, 2011. An eminent panel has been finalised, to discuss the main theme of Austria Connect Gulf 2011: “Should one try to strengthen the presence in the established and wealthy Gulf economies or focus on the more profitable but also riskier frontier markets in the region?” The discussion will go deep into high-impact issues related to emerging/frontier markets and its effect on Austrian entrepreneurs. Other timely topics that will be raised at the conference include advertising and public relations in the GCC, the impact of social media networks for business and an extensive country focus on Iran, Iraq, the UAE and Qatar. Last year, Austria Connect

Gulf 2010 discussed crucial and topical issues related to Austria and the GCC countries including Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The special focus lay on India as the big boomer. In addition, the new ecology standards and its impact on the construction and related industries were analysed with the help of an eminent panel and interested participants. All these factors made this international conference

Austria Connect Gulf 2011, a trans-regional event at the Raffles Hotel in Dubai on November 27, 2011

unique and beneficial for Austrian companies, regional agents and importers of European products, affiliated organisations and business units. In recent times the outlook of the world economy has turned murkier in turn affecting the fast-growing GCC and Gulf countries. In a bid to understand the emerging and frontier markets in the region, Austria Connect Gulf 2011 has decided to dig deeper and confront similar questions related to the region such as focusing on strengthening Austria’s presence in the established and wealthy Gulf economies or on the more profitable but riskier frontier markets in the region. Says Austrian Trade Commissioner in Abu Dhabi, Dr Wolfgang Penzias, “Each year we are trying to cover a variety of subjects impacting the Gulf and its neighbouring countries in connection with Austria. In the long run we want to

promote this event also as an education tool for Austrian companies and to attract local interest to do business with Austria. The construction boom encouraged several Austrian companies to establish themselves in the region. However, the downturn led to the shifting of that business to other GCC and Gulf markets. The resulting change of strategy has impacted Austrian companies’ plans as well as made the entry for upcoming entrepreneurs more complex. We are, therefore, using Austria Connect Gulf 2011 as a platform to discuss the potential of strengthening Austria’s presence in the established and wealthy Gulf economies or focusing on the more profitable but riskier frontier markets in the region. All issues pertaining to this theme will be extensively discussed and presented by industry experts, analysts and by the Austrian Trade Commissioners, their teams and local businessmen.”

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Dr Wolfgang Penzias

Austrian Trade Commissioner in Abu Dhabi

AUSTRIA CONNECT GULF2011 IS GETTING DEEPER

THE CURRENT OUTLOOK OF THE WORLD ECONOMY HAS TURNED MURKIER IN TURN AFFECTING THE FAST GROWING GCC AND GULF COUNTRIES. IN A BID TO UNDERSTAND THE EMERGING AND FRONTIER MARKETS IN THE REGION, AUSTRIA CONNECT GULF 2011 DIGS DEEPER AND TACKLES SEVERAL HIGH IMPACT ISSUES WITH A DISTINGUISHED PANEL OF GUESTS AND ENTHUSIASTIC PARTICIPANTS The Austrian Trade Commission in the UAE together with the Austrian Trade Commissions in Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia are all set to host Austria Connect Gulf 2011, a trans-regional event at the Raffles Hotel in Dubai on November 27, 2011. An eminent panel has been finalised, to discuss the main theme of Austria Connect Gulf 2011: “Should one try to strengthen the presence in the established and wealthy Gulf economies or focus on the more profitable but also riskier frontier markets in the region?” The discussion will go deep into high-impact issues related to emerging/frontier markets and its effect on Austrian entrepreneurs. Other timely topics that will be raised at the conference include advertising and public relations in the GCC, the impact of social media networks for business and an extensive country focus on Iran, Iraq, the UAE and Qatar. Last year, Austria Connect

Gulf 2010 discussed crucial and topical issues related to Austria and the GCC countries including Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The special focus lay on India as the big boomer. In addition, the new ecology standards and its impact on the construction and related industries were analysed with the help of an eminent panel and interested participants. All these factors made this international conference

Austria Connect Gulf 2011, a trans-regional event at the Raffles Hotel in Dubai on November 27, 2011

unique and beneficial for Austrian companies, regional agents and importers of European products, affiliated organisations and business units. In recent times the outlook of the world economy has turned murkier in turn affecting the fast-growing GCC and Gulf countries. In a bid to understand the emerging and frontier markets in the region, Austria Connect Gulf 2011 has decided to dig deeper and confront similar questions related to the region such as focusing on strengthening Austria’s presence in the established and wealthy Gulf economies or on the more profitable but riskier frontier markets in the region. Says Austrian Trade Commissioner in Abu Dhabi, Dr Wolfgang Penzias, “Each year we are trying to cover a variety of subjects impacting the Gulf and its neighbouring countries in connection with Austria. In the long run we want to

promote this event also as an education tool for Austrian companies and to attract local interest to do business with Austria. The construction boom encouraged several Austrian companies to establish themselves in the region. However, the downturn led to the shifting of that business to other GCC and Gulf markets. The resulting change of strategy has impacted Austrian companies’ plans as well as made the entry for upcoming entrepreneurs more complex. We are, therefore, using Austria Connect Gulf 2011 as a platform to discuss the potential of strengthening Austria’s presence in the established and wealthy Gulf economies or focusing on the more profitable but riskier frontier markets in the region. All issues pertaining to this theme will be extensively discussed and presented by industry experts, analysts and by the Austrian Trade Commissioners, their teams and local businessmen.”

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KAPSCH CARRIERCOM

Always one step ahead with telecommunication solutions KAPSCH CARRIERCOM DEVELOPS NEXT-GENERATION NETWORKS FOR RAILWAYS AND TELECOMMUNICATION PROVIDERS Kapsch CarrierCom, a dynamic partner for companies operating in the evolving world of telecommunications, is a global manufacturer and independent system integrator of telecommunication solutions for railway operators and providers of access, core and transmission networks. In six R&D centres in Europe and Asia, Kapsch CarrierCom develops applications and services for next generation networks and innovative OSS / BSS solutions. In addition, Kapsch CarrierCom provides an end-to-end service spectrum, which ranges from consulting, designing, installing and integrating, to maintaining, operating and supporting of entire networks.

Around the world, with around 50 per cent market share in terms of track-kilometres covered by GSM-R infrastructure Kapsch CarrierCom is primed to strengthen its position as the GSM-R market leader over the next few years With a strong presence in Europe and Asia, Kapsch CarrierCom came into the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region when SNTF and ANESRIF, the railway operator and the national agency for planning and implementation of railway investments, respectively, of Algeria, chose it in 2005 to provide GSM-R, the railway radio communication system for stretches of its railway network that amounts in total to 12,000 kilometres. GSM-R is an allencompassing system and is

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the only system that allows for applications that are customised to the needs of railway operators. Kapsch CarrierCom supplies the GSM-R network, the GSM-R regulator network and the fibre optic SDH transmission network. The company also conducts feasibility studies, constructs and installs the GSM-R sites and assists in training SNTF and ANESRIF staff members. Today, the railway projects in Algeria are a continuing success story for Kapsch CarrierCom. The company could more than adequately meet challenges ranging from geographic ones constituting a varied landscape of mountains, valleys and deserts in Algeria to technological, operational and legal challenges of long distances, multiple vendors for different systems, and local employment rules. Kapsch CarrierCom along with ANESRIF, SNTF, local partners, and sub-contractors were able to successfully implement the Algerian GSM-R network on several lines. Following the Algerian success story, Kapsch is looking to increase its penetration in the region by opening an office in the United Arab Emirates shortly. Around the world, with around 50 per cent market share in terms of trackkilometres covered by GSM-R infrastructure Kapsch CarrierCom is primed to strengthen its position as the GSM-R market leader over the next few years. — Latha Krishnan


Kapsch CarrierCom

Generating Success for Modern Railways. With more than 30 years of expertise in train radio, Kapsch CarrierCom has always played a key role in driving GSM-R technology forward. Today, we support the largest networks all over the world – thanks to our innovative end-to-end applications and services. As the global market leader, our customers benefit from turnkey-solutions and strong partnerships to create sustainable success. Find out how we can solve your GSM-R needs: www.kapschcarrier.com

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L EA DI N G COMPA N Y OF A US T R I A

are you able to fly? können sie fliegen?

S AF E T Y AT W O R K S a fe t y i s a n e c e s s a r y r e q u i r e m e n t fo r a n y ki nd of w ork. B e c a u s e o f t h e n e w l a w fo r s a fe t y a t w o r k, e s pe c ia lly roof s a fe t y, i t h a s b e c o m e a n i m p o r t a n t a s p e c t for c ompa nie s a nd p r i v a t e e n t i t i e s . I NNOT E C H d e v e l o p e s h o r i z o nta l lif e line s y s t e m s , v e r t i c a l l i fe l i n e s y s t e m s , a n c h o r p o i nts , pe rs ona l p r o t e c t i v e e q u i p m e n t , g u a r d r a i l , d o m e l i g h t p rote c tion, e tc ... A l l p r o d u c t s a r e c o n s i d e r e d t o g u a r a n t e e a sa f e w a y of w orking. On e o f t h e m o s t i m p o r t a n t c h a r a c t e r i s t i c s o f a ll I NNOT E C H p r o d u c t s a r e t h e m a r kp r o v i n g o n diff e re nt fo u n d a t i o n s , s t a t i c a l l y a n d d y n a m i c a l l y. W i t h this te s ting me thod a d d i t i o n a l t o t h e s t a n d a r d E N 7 9 5 , I NNOT E CH s e t a n i n t e r n a t i o n a l p r i o r i t y t o g e t h e r w i t h t h e n a t i o na l te s ting ins titute T Ü V A u s t r i a . w w w.i n n o t e c h .a t P I PE LINES &

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as i n t h e f ield of t emporary manpower leasing.

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L EA DI N G COMPA N Y OF A US T R I A

are you able to fly? können sie fliegen?

S AF E T Y AT W O R K S a fe t y i s a n e c e s s a r y r e q u i r e m e n t fo r a n y ki nd of w ork. B e c a u s e o f t h e n e w l a w fo r s a fe t y a t w o r k, e s pe c ia lly roof s a fe t y, i t h a s b e c o m e a n i m p o r t a n t a s p e c t for c ompa nie s a nd p r i v a t e e n t i t i e s . I NNOT E C H d e v e l o p e s h o r i z o nta l lif e line s y s t e m s , v e r t i c a l l i fe l i n e s y s t e m s , a n c h o r p o i nts , pe rs ona l p r o t e c t i v e e q u i p m e n t , g u a r d r a i l , d o m e l i g h t p rote c tion, e tc ... A l l p r o d u c t s a r e c o n s i d e r e d t o g u a r a n t e e a sa f e w a y of w orking. On e o f t h e m o s t i m p o r t a n t c h a r a c t e r i s t i c s o f a ll I NNOT E C H p r o d u c t s a r e t h e m a r kp r o v i n g o n diff e re nt fo u n d a t i o n s , s t a t i c a l l y a n d d y n a m i c a l l y. W i t h this te s ting me thod a d d i t i o n a l t o t h e s t a n d a r d E N 7 9 5 , I NNOT E CH s e t a n i n t e r n a t i o n a l p r i o r i t y t o g e t h e r w i t h t h e n a t i o na l te s ting ins titute T Ü V A u s t r i a . w w w.i n n o t e c h .a t P I PE LINES &

INDU ST R I A L

PL A N T

R E F I N ER IES

PROJ EC T S

CON S T R UCT I ON

Y O U R ID EAL IND USTRIA L PARTNE R!

So me o f t h e mo s t p r o mi n e n t b u s i n e s s a r e a s i n Mu e h r i n g e r Mo n t a g e G mb H i n cl u d e :

As a n I n d u st rial S erv ice pro v ider, M uehringer Mo n t a g e

- Pa p e r a n d Pu l p i n d u s t r y

G mb H offers b ot h serv ices in the technical area a s we l l

- En e r g y a n d Po we r p l a n t co n s t r u ct i o n

as i n t h e f ield of t emporary manpower leasing.

- Food and Beverage industry

T he com p an y ‘s core co mpetencies lie in Pipeline s ,

- C h e mi ca l a n d Pe t r o ch e mi ca l i n d u s t r y

O SH E X P O ARAB IA

Met al-Works, an d A ssembly/D isassembly o f Plan t s

- L i me a n d C e me n t i n d u s t r y

20- 22 NO V E M B E R

an d M ach in es.

- Wa s t e Ma n a g e me n t a n d En v i r o n me n t a l Te chn o l o g i e s

STAND NR. C 30

pl ease vi si t us at our st and:

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AU STRIA

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Wallack st raße 5, 4 6 2 3 Gunskirchen, Austria

E h r e n d o r f 4 , 4 6 9 4 Oh l s d o r f,

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PRAHER MIDDLE EAST

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PRAHER MIDDLE EAST PROVIDES RELIABLE TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS THAT ARE GREEN TOO

The Praher Group of Austria constituting of three divisions — Peraqua, Praher Valves and Praher Plastics — just celebrated 40 years of existence providing exceptional products serving the industrial and swimming pool sectors. With 300 employees worldwide and 12 subsidiaries including the headquarters in Austria, Praher markets products of the former two divisions around the world and the third exclusively in Europe. “Although our products have been part of various water treatment and swimming pool projects in the UAE and the Middle East for the past 15 years through partners, in 2009 we opened Praher Middle East in Sharjah, SAIF Zone, to be closer to

Roman Sonnberger our customers and serve as the regional office covering the Middle East, North Africa and up to India in the East,” informs Roman Sonnberger, Managing Director of Praher Middle East FZE. Praher pipes, fittings, manual and automatic valves, flow

meters, etc are mainly used by the big and burgeoning water treatment industry including wastewater treatment as well as desalination plants in the region. Peraqua supplies the private and public swimming pool industry with various products for pool cleaning and maintenance including functional, robust and precise PVC piping systems. It also provides innovative white goods solutions, a variety of pool cleaning accessories, pool covers and

solar systems and manual and automatic backwash systems including filters and pumps thereby providing a complete solution made in Austria to pool owners here. The Aquastar — Comfort is the well-proven six-way backwash valve with automatic actuator in different models. It is one such sophisticated technical solution proving to

What a perfect pool really needs

Optimal components for a comprehensive package with warranty period up to 3 years. Best functionality, UV protection and best possible durability “Made in Austria”, full range of products – all from one supplier for leisure time enjoyment.

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be quite popular with customers. Its sophisticated technology allows the backwash cycle to be activated digital timecontrolled, time and pressurecontrolled and digital time and pressure-controlled. “In Aquastar and all our other products, we have the technical expertise from Austria and local partners who can install them competently since we train them,” explains Sonnberger. “Moreover Praher’s Green Response published in 2009, distinguishes it by showing how its products do not harm the environment or humans right from the raw material used and their long life, to having the best flow rates, short route of transportation and every component of all products being recycled.” Praher products are part of many prestigious projects like the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Sky Diver Resort in Dubai and Abu Dhabi Ladies Club, Khalifa Park in Abu Dhabi, and many more in the region.

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Peraqua Austria Handelsstr. 8, 4300 St.Valentin Tel. +43 7435 584 88-0 info@peraqua.com

Contact Roman Sonnberger roman.sonnberger@praher.com Tel. +971 6 5529864 Fax +971 6 5579707

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PRAHER MIDDLE EAST

Houseofexceptionalproducts

PRAHER MIDDLE EAST PROVIDES RELIABLE TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS THAT ARE GREEN TOO

The Praher Group of Austria constituting of three divisions — Peraqua, Praher Valves and Praher Plastics — just celebrated 40 years of existence providing exceptional products serving the industrial and swimming pool sectors. With 300 employees worldwide and 12 subsidiaries including the headquarters in Austria, Praher markets products of the former two divisions around the world and the third exclusively in Europe. “Although our products have been part of various water treatment and swimming pool projects in the UAE and the Middle East for the past 15 years through partners, in 2009 we opened Praher Middle East in Sharjah, SAIF Zone, to be closer to

Roman Sonnberger our customers and serve as the regional office covering the Middle East, North Africa and up to India in the East,” informs Roman Sonnberger, Managing Director of Praher Middle East FZE. Praher pipes, fittings, manual and automatic valves, flow

meters, etc are mainly used by the big and burgeoning water treatment industry including wastewater treatment as well as desalination plants in the region. Peraqua supplies the private and public swimming pool industry with various products for pool cleaning and maintenance including functional, robust and precise PVC piping systems. It also provides innovative white goods solutions, a variety of pool cleaning accessories, pool covers and

solar systems and manual and automatic backwash systems including filters and pumps thereby providing a complete solution made in Austria to pool owners here. The Aquastar — Comfort is the well-proven six-way backwash valve with automatic actuator in different models. It is one such sophisticated technical solution proving to

What a perfect pool really needs

Optimal components for a comprehensive package with warranty period up to 3 years. Best functionality, UV protection and best possible durability “Made in Austria”, full range of products – all from one supplier for leisure time enjoyment.

0 PE Pool solar Heating systems

PVC pressure pipes and fittings Peraqua Professional Water Products GmbH. All rights reserved

Latha Krishnan

be quite popular with customers. Its sophisticated technology allows the backwash cycle to be activated digital timecontrolled, time and pressurecontrolled and digital time and pressure-controlled. “In Aquastar and all our other products, we have the technical expertise from Austria and local partners who can install them competently since we train them,” explains Sonnberger. “Moreover Praher’s Green Response published in 2009, distinguishes it by showing how its products do not harm the environment or humans right from the raw material used and their long life, to having the best flow rates, short route of transportation and every component of all products being recycled.” Praher products are part of many prestigious projects like the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Sky Diver Resort in Dubai and Abu Dhabi Ladies Club, Khalifa Park in Abu Dhabi, and many more in the region.

Stainless steel ladder

0

0

0

0

0

Automatic back wash valve with OEM filter- and pump components

0

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Cleaning accessories

PVC valves

www.peraqua.com

With consideration for people and nature: www.greenresponse.at

Peraqua Austria Handelsstr. 8, 4300 St.Valentin Tel. +43 7435 584 88-0 info@peraqua.com

Contact Roman Sonnberger roman.sonnberger@praher.com Tel. +971 6 5529864 Fax +971 6 5579707

ABS or V4A Reels for pool cover

ABS White goods with V4A covers

PVC Pool liners, fabric reinforced 1,5 mm


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Salzburg — world cultural heritage inthe heart of Europe THE NEW BUILDING IN THE MESSEZENTRUM SALZBURG PROVIDES THE PERFECT VENUE FOR THE HOSTING OF CONGRESSIONAL FAIRS AND MAJOR CONFERENCES

creates additional competitive advantages for the whole business location.” The project combines a The Messezentrum Salzburg new multifunctional hall, already represents the leading that can be divided into nine trade fair location No. 1 in Aus- parts, measuring 15,163 square tria and illustrates a significant metres net useful space with economic factor for the city a foyer, 2,025 square metres, and province of Salzburg as and from summer 2012 the well as for the EU region and convention area measuring neighbouring Bavaria. Dipl.2,590 square metres, five Kfm. Henrik Häcker, CEO of meeting rooms of 200 square the Messezentrum Salzburg metres, three seminar rooms, underlines: “The new building four conference rooms as

sional fairs with a capacity of up to 6,000 participants, something which was not possible until now in Salzburg. Due to these developments the region Salzburg will grow economically grow in importance as an event location. Furthermore it will satisfy the well as a spacious break area. diverse needs of the internaTotal floor space including 10 tionally oriented congressiohalls, the meeting rooms and nal industry. seminar facilities as well as the International guests love Salzburg arena add up to more the safe and secure City of than 39,900 square metres. Salzburg and the beauty of the Salzburger Land with its idylFuture potential to host lic snowy mountains and lake major conferences and landscapes. Hence Salzburg is congressional fairs the perfect place for maintainConstructional measures ing business contacts in an provide the requirement for enjoyable way. the implementation of major Further information can conferences with accompany- be obtained by visiting www. ing exhibitions and congresmessezentrum-salzburg.at

Impressiverangeof productsandservices OIL AND GAS COMPANIES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE PISTON COMPRESSOR UNIT MANUFACTURER LMF’S MAIN CUSTOMERS

LMF is a well-known Austrian manufacturer of piston compressor units and has a growing business in the countries in the Middle East area. Mainly the oil and gas companies are customers all over the world. Its business ranges from exploration to seismic research, followed by refineries and petrochemical companies to chemical and fertiliser production. Process gas compressor units are manufactured according international rules and specifications like API, ISO and Cenelec. Hydrocarbon gas mixtures or flare gases, carbon

dioxide or carbon monoxide, chemical gases like hydrogen, acetylene or ammonia and many others are gases to be compressed. Mobile compressor units are used for highpressure air, mobile production of nitrogen and gas evacuation from pipelines. LMF has excellent experience of more than 25 years in the field of mobile units on trucks or seismic research vessels for reliable operation in the hardest ambient conditions. If you need a reliable compressor manufacturer for your sophisticated application, their representative can be contacted at: MultiPower International, UAE Office, Tel: +971 6 5260553, Fax: +971 3 7676045; Oman Office: Tel: +968 2 5655561, Fax: +968 2 5650333

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ZEMAN BAUELEMENTE

Revolutionising structural steel fabrication ZEMAN BAUELEMENTE, SET UP IN AUSTRIA AS A STRUCTURAL STEEL FABRICATION COMPANY, HAS DEVELOPED AND PATENTED SEVERAL TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS IN ITS FIELD ENABLING IT TO PROVIDE A WIDE PRODUCT RANGE Latha Krishnan

Zeman has developed and patented several technological innovations in its field, enabling it to provide a wide product range comprising everything from plant and mechanical engineering for heavy industry to sales halls and warehouses, architectural steel construction and sports facilities

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Zeman Bauelemente, set up in Austria in 1965 as a structural steel fabrication company, has undergone continuous growth and improvement. It has now emerged as an international corporate grouping with more than 20 locations and a workforce of over 600. Zeman has developed and patented several technological innovations in its field, enabling it to provide a wide product range comprising everything from plant and mechanical engineering for heavy industry to sales halls and warehouses, architectural steel construction and sports facilities. It also offers comprehensive services including consulting and planning as well as project implementation, fabrication and erection. In 2006, the machinery operation of Zeman successfully entered the UAE market with the supply of highly innovative continuous sandwich panel and roll forming lines to TIGER Profiles. Since then Zeman has been supplying innovative machines, such as ROOFER for fully automated production of standing seam panels (curved, convex, concave, tapered), SIN beam machine for the production of light weight corrugated web profiles, and roll forming part for continuous sandwich production line in addition to service and maintenance of these machines through highly reputed sub-suppliers in the UAE. It also provides design and engineering support for challenging steel

projects especially with a view to Zeman SIN beams. “The Middle East region and the UAE in particular is a very important market for us and we want to introduce potential customers here to our innovative machines and show them how they can revolutionise the present steel construction work (assembling, welding) by implementing our fully automated steel beam assembler. Most of our innovations are triggered and driven by technical inputs from our clients. For this revolutionary machine — Steel Beam Assembler (SBA) — we have been requested by Tiger Steel to invent something completely new. And Zeman has successfully solved this challenge,” informs Dr Andreas Hofer, Managing and Sales Director of Zeman Bauelemente. The SBA performs all the steps involved in fabricating a steel member with computer-

controlled robots executing the CAD engineering drawings 1:1 — with no errors, and in a fraction of the time that would otherwise be needed if the work were done manually. The fully automated production line can be used for practically any type of steel beam that includes add-on parts. The individual components arrive on a conveyor at one end, and emerge a short time later at the other end as a perfectly assembled steel beam that then only needs to be given a protective coating and loaded onto a truck. “We will be presenting the SBA and our SIN beam machine at SteelFab 2012. Our participation is part of our long-term growth strategy here. We will make Zeman a well-known brand for continuous innovations and technical improvements in this rather conventional business of surrounding structural steel fabrication,” says Hofer.


DOKA GULF FZE

Pathbreakersinformworktechnology DOKA’S SUPERIOR FORMWORK SYSTEMS HAVE PLAYED A VITAL ROLE IN ARCHITECTURALLY CHALLENGING HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS AND COMPLICATED INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

stock purchase and delivery, rentals, material inspection, repair and reconditioning. Doka works as a project partner with its clients from the earliest design stages through each separate project Latha Krishnan to its customers, Doka Gulf phase from development has branch offices in Abu until completion of structural In a world with increasing Dhabi and Sharjah. construction. demands for rapid construc“Our recent expansion According to Vogel, the tion of architecturally chalwithin Jafza at the beginning newest Ready-to-Use service lenging high-rise buildings of this year further strengthis becoming increasingly popand complicated infrastrucened our position as the ular, especially for projects ture projects, Doka’s supeall-encompassing formwork with tight completion timerior formwork systems have leader. The Dubai premises, lines and onsite space limitaplayed a vital part by being at which is close to the port and tions. Currently the Ready-totheir hearts — literally and cargo terminal is ideal as a Use service is available in the figuratively. hub, providing comprehenUAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar The Doka Group, a worldsive services and support and shortly it will be available wide leader in formwork to clients in the UAE plus across the region. “This is an systems for all types of cast in supporting our neighbourunmatched formwork system place concrete construction, is ing Doka country operations. innovation tailored for the headquartered in Austria with In addition to our extremely current construction market a presence in 140 locations proficient added-value service and it is an exclusive Doka across 70 countries. In the offerings, contractors using offering. Custom-designed, Middle East, Doka operates Doka systems gain additional engineered and fitted together with 12 operations in the UAE, advantages in terms of faster and delivered to the customer Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, cycle-times and maximum with the highest European Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan and product lifespan, durability quality standards, the preasLebanon. Solidly positioning and safety,” says Peter Vogel, sembled formwork units save itself early on, Doka opened Regional Manager - Middle time, space and costs,” Vogel its first office in the region in East. emphasises. the 1970s in Kuwait, ahead of Doka’s portfolio includes Doka Gulf has been inmany firms and the construc- premium formwork compovolved in countless iconic and tion boom seen over the past nents, highly efficient wall and cutting-edge projects includdecade. Following spectacular floor-slab formwork, cost-op- ing the world’s top hotels Burj growth across the region timised load-bearing systems, Al Arab and Emirates Palace; and especially in the UAE, high-performing climbing and the furthest-leaning manmade it is now operating from a automatic climbing formwork tower Capital Gate; one of state-of-the-art 50,000-square and comprehensive solutions the world’s tallest residences, metre premises in Jebel Ali for civil engineering such as Marina 101; and the tallest Free Zone, which serves as a bridges, roads, tunnels, power, building in the world Burj central point for the Middle water and petrochemical apKhalifa. Its infrastructure East. The facility includes the plications. footprint includes key projmanagement offices, a fullDoka’s comprehensive ects for the petrochemical / service warehouse and a size- services in the UAE include oil and gas sectors; power and able yard housing the largest engineering, site supervisewerage plants; plus Khalifa Doka formwork stock in the sion, Ready-to-Use formwork Port, Saadiyat and Hodariyat region. To facilitate proximity design and pre-assembly, exBridges, which are part of the

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Abu Dhabi 2030 Plan for the diversification of the UAE’s economy. Doka’s solid reputation in the UAE is derived from a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering safe, fast and efficient solutions. Rigorous quality management and control at its production facilities in Austria combined with environmental and social responsibility are central to corporate policy at Doka. The company is committed to sustainability sourcing its timber with certification to PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) standards, plus it holds the prestigious ISO 9001 quality, and ISO 14001 environment management system certificates. Moreover, Doka has recently published its first sustainability report 2008-2010 with more to follow in a three-year rhythm. Progressing successfully on its high-performing, standardcompliant, top-quality formwork solutions path, Doka Gulf deems its societal role important too. The company was a sponsor of the Austria Connect event in October 2011 where it worked closely with the Austrian Trade Commission and the Austrian Embassy as a corporate member of the Austrian Business Council in the UAE. Locally, Doka Gulf is also a member of the UAE Contractors Association and it also enthusiastically works with Jafza, not only as one of the earliest companies to set up in the free zone but also as a valuable partner.


MEDICAL TOURISM

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Austria has a world-class healthcare system. Austrian companies in the healthcare sector are extraordinarily well-equipped not only to compete on an international scale but also to be world leaders in their field. With the growing population of the GCC, increasing health issues relating to lifestyle and to a rapidly ageing population, the need to send patients abroad for any kind of treatments will remain and grow as long as the healthcare system of the GCC remains on a growth trajectory. This is when Austria, renowned for its medical expertise, steps in. The Austrian Trade Commission explains how this European country with its competitive pricing and qualitative medical care can make a difference to the current GCC healthcare system.

In a recent television documentary Arab tourists were asked what made Austria such an attractive destination for the vast country. The answer was surprising, it is health consciousness that motivates an increasing number of tourists from all over the world to come to Austria to recover from the strain of everyday life, to guard against illness and to access health treatment. Every year Austria receives approximately 30 million visitors who not only come to Austria to enjoy the climate and beautiful landscape but also to seek medical advice and to recuperate. However, it is not just Austria’s celebrated medical history, world-class medical facilities but also the country’s commitment to provide excellent healthcare to citizens around the world that stands out. Take for instance the GCC countries’ need to send patients abroad for any kind of treatments due to growing population, increasing health issues relating to lifestyle and to a rapidly ageing population while dealing with a healthcare system that remains on a growth trajectory. This is when Austria renowned for its global medical expertise steps in. Especially since Austria’s position with

regards to the Gulf countries’ expected quality, pricing, language barriers, cultural understanding and travelling regulation does not differ from the expectation towards its European neighbours. Austria has an excellent track record when it comes to medical discovery and inventions. With no fewer than six Nobel prizes in physiology and medicine, Austria demonstrates the enormous capacity for innovation and strong research capabilities of the universities and business community in this relatively small country. Robert Barany was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1914 for his work in physiology and pathology in vestibular apparatus. Julis WagnerJauregg was honoured in 1927 for his discovery of the therapeutic value of malaria inoculation in the treatment of dementia, closely followed in 1930 by Karl Landsteiner for his discovery of human blood groups. In 1936, Otto Loewi was presented with the prize for discoveries relating to chemical transmission of nerve impulses. Konrad Lorenz, famous for his studies of graylag geese and Karl Von Frisch were jointly honoured in 1973 for discoveries concerning the organisation and elicitation of individual and

social behaviour patterns. The most recent winner is Eric R Kandel who in 2000 was commended for discoveries concerning signal transduction in the nervous system. It should therefore come as no surprise that Austria has a world-class healthcare system. The Austrian social health insurance scheme covers almost the entire population. 10.1 per cent of GDP is spent on the healthcare provision. Austria is home to 115 private nursing homes and rehabilitation centres and as well as over 900 wellness establishments. This means that Austrian companies in this sector are extraordinarily well-equipped not only to compete on an international scale but also to be world leaders in their field. Products and services from Austria enjoy an excellent reputation in regard to quality and ingenuity. Austria is recognised in the medical product and pharmaceutical market. Qatar and Oman for example still hold accounts in their embassies for treatments abroad for Austria. And Austria’s reputation is not only known to the experts in the medical sector, even celebrities are paying attention to Austria’s expertise. For example, the American movie

star John Malkovich and Prince Ernst August von Hannover sought the expertise of Austrian trauma surgeons after the accidents. Lauding and supporting the Austrian healthcare system and its impact on the country’s economy, Dr Wolfgang Penzias, Austrian Trade Commissioner for the GCC, says, “Advances in chemistry and pharmaceuticals as well as in new health and medical technologies are among the major driving forces of Austria’s export growth. But for the Austrian economy, this is more than just exports — in order to reach a new client base and to make most of the opportunities available, Austrian companies have had to demonstrate a firm commitment to internationalisation and global communications. It is this dedication of Austrian companies to provide excellent healthcare system in the GCC that the Austrian Trade Commission would like to support.” For more information on Austria, please do not hesitate to contact the Austrian Trade Commission in Abu Dhabi by Email: abudhabi@advantageaustria.org or call Tel: 02-6433988.

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THERMARIUM

Trendsetterinthe SpaIndustry THERMARIUM OFFER CLIENTS A COMPLETE RANGE OF SPA SERVICES WHICH GENERALLY STARTS WITH A STRATEGIC CONCEPT

Franz Kahr Thermarium is regarded as one of the founders and international trendsetter in the spa industry, as they were one of the first companies specialised in the design and manufacturing of spas. Today, with branches in China, Russia, America and the UAE; and more than 500 projects realised, they are a leading player in the industry. The company was founded nearly 20 years ago in Tyrol, Austria. With a modest beginning, building the first wellness in Tyrol, with the objective of bringing health and wellness to the people as well as adding value to the hospitality business. “We have done the spa at the Armani Hotel at the Burj Khalifa, Zabeel Saray on the Palm Jumeirah and at the Banyan Tree Al Wadi Resort in Ras Al Khaimah and are working on projects like the Ritz Carlton Dubai and the Waldorf Astoria in Ras Al Khaimah. We have also done spas for a lot of cruise liners, one of the most famous ones is the Queen Mary 2 and have clients from the royal families of the region,” says Franz Kahr, Managing Director of the Abu Dhabi branch of Thermarium, looking after the MENA area and who has been in the business for over a decade with the company before moving to the region. Thermarium offer clients a complete range of spa services which generally starts with a strategic concept where they do a market research, conceptualise and prepare a budget for their clients with a detailed

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Thermarium spa products are known for their highest standards in the market. They are all custom made and manufactured at their headquarters in Austria according to the needs and expectations of their clients overview on the investments involved. Based on the investment costs, the architecture and design are worked out. “As spa areas are designed with specific needs of the clients, many technical aspects have to be kept in mind and a lot of knowledge goes into preparing a design. This is what clients expect from us and that’s what we deliver,” informs Kahr. “If the client decides to operate the wellness area on his own, we support him with the menu, pricing, retailing, purchasing, stocking and recruitment of the staff. But we also often take care of the whole operations of the wellness area with our own spa operating department,” adds Kahr. Thermarium spa products are known for their highest standards in the market. They are all custom made and manufactured at their headquarters in Austria according to the needs and expectations of their clients.


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VAMED

Neurological Therapy Centre Gmundnerberg – one of the most modern rehabilitation clinics planned, built and now operated by VAMED, set amidst the spectacular mountain scenery of Upper Austria

Your partner in health care VAMED IS A LEADING GLOBAL PROVIDER OF A RANGE OF SERVICES FOR HOSPITALS AND HEALTH CARE FACILITIES Founded in 1982, VAMED has become the leading global provider of a full line of services for hospitals and health care facilities. The group has implemented almost 500 projects in 60 countries on four continents. VAMED’s portfolio ranges from turnkey projects to the total operational management of health care facilities that cover the entire spectrum from wellness and preventive medicine to medical and nursing care in acute hospitals and rehabilitation clinics. In 2010, the VAMED Group was responsible for some 13,000 employees worldwide, generating a turnover of approximately 1.3 billion euros (Dh6.69 billion).

lion guests a year. VAMED has been actively involved since 1995. In 2006, VAMED Vitality World was founded and is currently operating eight of the most popular thermal spa and health resorts in Austria including The Tauern SPA Zell am See Kaprun in Austria.

VAMED Vitality World In the preventive medicine and wellness sector VAMED is Austria’s largest operator of thermal spas and health resorts under the umbrella brand VAMED Vitality World, attracting more than two mil-

VAMED Rehabilitation Higher life expectancy and improved access and quality of medical care increases the demand for rehabilitation. The length of stay in acute hospitals where patient days are expensive becomes shorter

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people to gain the strength and confidence they need to recover daily living skills and achieve community re-entry after they have suffered an injury, accident or illness. The rehabilitation programme lasts between three to five weeks and provides medical care, an individual therapy plan established by an interdisciplinary team of rehab experts and additional recreational and therapeutic activities. Depending on the patient’s unique needs and abilities, the interdisciplinary team puts together an individual therapy plan which may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, psychologiand there is a shift from the cal therapy, specialised nurses acute sector to the post-acute and dieticians. At regular care. intervals the patient’s progress Over the past decade is evaluated in order to reach VAMED has built up signifieach patient’s best possible cant expertise in the reharehabilitation outcome. bilitation sector and is now An evidence-based apthe leading private operator proach to rehabilitation mediof rehabilitation clinics in cine, the delivery of top-level Austria. Currently VAMED quality standards and operaoperates eight rehabilitation tional expertise in a friendly clinics each specialised in and professional atmosphere a certain medical field (e.g. have established VAMED as orthopaedics, neurology, the leading provider of rehapsychosomatics and oncolbilitation services. ogy) and three more are due to More information about open in 2012-2013. VAMED can be obtained from Rehabilitation enables www.vamed.com


VIVA MAYR

ProvidingmodernMayr-medicine anditsbenefits VIVA THERAPY AND TRAINING HAS HELPED MANY PATIENTS FROM THE REGION WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES TO EAT THE RIGHT FOOD IN THE RIGHT WAY AND EXERCISE EFFECTIVELY THUS ENABLING THEM TO REDUCE MEDICATION TO ZERO Latha Krishnan Viva Centre for Modern Mayr Medicine in southern Austria on Lake Worth, offers new-generation Mayr medicine, combining both conventional and alternative medicine. The Mayr cure named after Dr Franz Xaver Mayr (1875 to 1965) recognises and emphasises the importance of the digestive system for healthy nutrition. Dr Harald Stossier, Medical Director of the Viva Centre, has expanded the original concepts of the classic Mayr cure to create the Modern Mayr Medicine approach to promoting optimal health. Detoxification is the core element of any treatment programme at Viva Mayr with an emphasis on rest, strict cleansing of the digestive system and re-education of eating habits. It takes time to change from unhealthy lifestyle practices and establish a healthy habit. So Viva recommends staying at the Viva Centre for at least three weeks. When a patient registers at Viva, a medical doctor sees the patient first and according to the result of the examination he/she is put in the kind of care individually tailored for him/her. The therapy plan supports the necessary elimination of metabolic waste deposits, individualised rebalancing of minerals, gentle hyperthermia and other natural therapies. There are 40 rooms to house a maximum of 50 guests with 60 staff members giving

intensive therapy that is also medically orientated. When they leave the clinic, patients from the Middle East and the UAE in particular can receive aftercare at Dubai Herbal Treatment Centre (DHTC), with whom Viva partners to provide its services. Viva began the partnership with DHTC in early 2011 and at present is the only Viva treatment centre in the region. New patients can also enrol at DHTC for examination and diagnosis and go to Austria later. “From this region, we receive many diabetic patients and people wanting detoxification or cleansing of their digestive systems. Viva therapy and training has helped many of them with Type 2 diabetes to eat the right food in the right way and with exercise so effectively that when they continue it as lifestyle they have been able to reduce medication to zero,” informs

Dr Stossier, who has been practising Mayr medicine for more than 20 years and is now periodically visiting Dubai. When he is here, he meets about a dozen patients in a day. “Meeting 12 people in a day may not look very impressive but I am happy that I have these appointments because I get to know about the people here and their lifestyles, which I feel is typical of life in big cities — stressful with no time for rest and rejuvenation. At the same time it is also very encouraging that more and more people are becoming conscious about health issues and the importance of being in good health. We aid them to realise that if they want to be healthy they should practise a good combination of preparing and eating the right food in the right way, and a minimum of physical exercise. At Viva, we give people the kick-off to a new and healthy lifestyle.”

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AUSTRIAN AIRLINES

AustrianAirlinesintheUAE AUSTRIAN AIRLINES IS AUSTRIA’S LARGEST CARRIER AND OFFERS A GLOBAL ROUTE NETWORK OF AROUND 130 DESTINATIONS

In Central and Eastern Europe, the route network is particularly dense: With 46 destinations Austrian Airlines is the market leader throughout the region. Thanks to its favourable geographical location at the heart of Europe, the company’s hub at Vienna International Airport is the ideal gateway between East and West. Austrian Airlines in the UAE celebrated its 15th anniversary of flying to Dubai last April 10, 2011, starting with one flight per week using a Boeing 737 aircraft. Today, Austrian Airlines offers daily flights between Dubai and Vienna operated by a Boeing 767. Austrian Airlines is part of the Lufthansa Group, Europe’s largest airline group, and a member of the Star Alliance, the first global alliance of international airlines. Product: We care for our guest and take pleasure in doing so. Our staff ensures that your journey is a relaxing and pleasurable experience with their warmth, charm and unique service. You can also look forward to soaring to culinary heights while on board, along with outstanding punctuality and reliability, and a host of innovations to make

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travel more enjoyable for you — as well as the highest possible levels of comfort before, during and after your flight. Take off with us Austrian Business Class — a heavenly experience: There are days when you just want to take it easy. No matter whether you’re preparing for a meeting, setting off on holiday, or relaxing after a successful appointment. So come on board — with Austrian Business Class.

Long-haul comfort: Sit back and relax on our lie-flat sleeper seat — around two metres in length and equipped with a massage function, soft pillow and warm blanket, it will ensure you sleep as soundly as if your head were resting on the clouds outside the window. On night flights, we’ll be more than happy to cover your blanket or pillow with crisp, white bed linen. Spend a couple of hours watching a film on the personal screen built into every seat,

Smilo’s young JetFriends receive a little gift. Find out more at www.jetfriends.com. or lose yourself in the music from our audio programme — in Dolby Surround quality — on the unique noise-cancelling headphones we supply. Culinary highlights: Long-haul flights in Austrian Business Class are a very special experience: Our flight attendants pamper you with a multi-course meal created by DO & CO and refined and served on board the aircraft by the Austrian Flying Chef. Your meal begins with a greeting from the kitchen, followed by a choice of soup and starters from the trolley, and three different main courses. A selection of desserts and cheeses then makes your gastronomic experience complete. Our in-flight sommelier will recommend the perfect wine to complement your meal, and to finish, you can watch the clouds flit by in the Coffee House above the Clouds, where we’ll be

happy to serve you a typically Austrian speciality coffee such as mocha with whipped cream or a melange. Lounges: In the lounges, we pamper you with culinary treats and drinks all day long, so you can simply retire to a quiet corner, to work or read in peace and quiet. An Austrian Business Class ticket gives you access to all the Austrian, Lufthansa and SWISS lounges around the world before your departure. HON Circle members, Senators and Star Alliance Gold members can also use all Star Alliance Gold lounges.* * Booked on a Star Alliance flight JetFriends! Is your child fascinated by anything to do with flying? If so, JetFriends has got exactly the right children and young people from ages two to 17. JetFriends are automatically given a Miles & More account, in which any miles earned do not expire until their 18th birthday and to start them off, there’s a welcome gift of 2,000 miles!! Smilo — Austrian mascot — is our younger passengers’ faithful companion throughout their journey and enchants kids and teens again and again at events with little gifts and a welcome surprise. On special occasions such as birthdays and at Christmas,

Boarding Pass: The World’s Most Valuable Boarding Pass gives you unique benefits once your flight with Austrian Airlines is over, including reduced or free entry to museums in Austria and around the world, discounts on shopping, entertainment and restaurants in Vienna and major international cities such as New York, Milan, Venice, Munich, Barcelona and other. Read about the latest offers on www.austrian.com/boardingpass.

from all corners of the world. But there is one thing they all have in common: They sit on flights. The new seats are lighter weighing only 10.73kg for which save a total of 14,304 kilogrammes, needing less fuel thus allow us to fly

environmentally friendly. The new seats are made of highvalue leather and offer up to 10cm more legroom for our customers. The new design creates space for standardised kitchens in the aircraft. This saves time and money in the loading of catering.

Web and Mobile Services: From now on, you can sleep 15 minutes longer. You can check in from the comfort of your own home, office or while on the move, select your seat and print out your boarding pass. Leave your baggage quickly and easily at the Baggage Dropoff Desks. Or you can have your mobile boarding pass sent to your mobile phone, anytime from 24 hours to one hour before departure. It’s beautifully simple. Austrian Airlines Baggage Rules: Austrian Airlines has simplified its baggage allowance conditions for tickets bought from June 1, 2011 onwards. The rules governing how much hand luggage may be taken on board are to remain unchanged.

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AUSTRIAN AIRLINES

AustrianAirlinesintheUAE AUSTRIAN AIRLINES IS AUSTRIA’S LARGEST CARRIER AND OFFERS A GLOBAL ROUTE NETWORK OF AROUND 130 DESTINATIONS

In Central and Eastern Europe, the route network is particularly dense: With 46 destinations Austrian Airlines is the market leader throughout the region. Thanks to its favourable geographical location at the heart of Europe, the company’s hub at Vienna International Airport is the ideal gateway between East and West. Austrian Airlines in the UAE celebrated its 15th anniversary of flying to Dubai last April 10, 2011, starting with one flight per week using a Boeing 737 aircraft. Today, Austrian Airlines offers daily flights between Dubai and Vienna operated by a Boeing 767. Austrian Airlines is part of the Lufthansa Group, Europe’s largest airline group, and a member of the Star Alliance, the first global alliance of international airlines. Product: We care for our guest and take pleasure in doing so. Our staff ensures that your journey is a relaxing and pleasurable experience with their warmth, charm and unique service. You can also look forward to soaring to culinary heights while on board, along with outstanding punctuality and reliability, and a host of innovations to make

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travel more enjoyable for you — as well as the highest possible levels of comfort before, during and after your flight. Take off with us Austrian Business Class — a heavenly experience: There are days when you just want to take it easy. No matter whether you’re preparing for a meeting, setting off on holiday, or relaxing after a successful appointment. So come on board — with Austrian Business Class.

Long-haul comfort: Sit back and relax on our lie-flat sleeper seat — around two metres in length and equipped with a massage function, soft pillow and warm blanket, it will ensure you sleep as soundly as if your head were resting on the clouds outside the window. On night flights, we’ll be more than happy to cover your blanket or pillow with crisp, white bed linen. Spend a couple of hours watching a film on the personal screen built into every seat,

Smilo’s young JetFriends receive a little gift. Find out more at www.jetfriends.com. or lose yourself in the music from our audio programme — in Dolby Surround quality — on the unique noise-cancelling headphones we supply. Culinary highlights: Long-haul flights in Austrian Business Class are a very special experience: Our flight attendants pamper you with a multi-course meal created by DO & CO and refined and served on board the aircraft by the Austrian Flying Chef. Your meal begins with a greeting from the kitchen, followed by a choice of soup and starters from the trolley, and three different main courses. A selection of desserts and cheeses then makes your gastronomic experience complete. Our in-flight sommelier will recommend the perfect wine to complement your meal, and to finish, you can watch the clouds flit by in the Coffee House above the Clouds, where we’ll be

happy to serve you a typically Austrian speciality coffee such as mocha with whipped cream or a melange. Lounges: In the lounges, we pamper you with culinary treats and drinks all day long, so you can simply retire to a quiet corner, to work or read in peace and quiet. An Austrian Business Class ticket gives you access to all the Austrian, Lufthansa and SWISS lounges around the world before your departure. HON Circle members, Senators and Star Alliance Gold members can also use all Star Alliance Gold lounges.* * Booked on a Star Alliance flight JetFriends! Is your child fascinated by anything to do with flying? If so, JetFriends has got exactly the right children and young people from ages two to 17. JetFriends are automatically given a Miles & More account, in which any miles earned do not expire until their 18th birthday and to start them off, there’s a welcome gift of 2,000 miles!! Smilo — Austrian mascot — is our younger passengers’ faithful companion throughout their journey and enchants kids and teens again and again at events with little gifts and a welcome surprise. On special occasions such as birthdays and at Christmas,

Boarding Pass: The World’s Most Valuable Boarding Pass gives you unique benefits once your flight with Austrian Airlines is over, including reduced or free entry to museums in Austria and around the world, discounts on shopping, entertainment and restaurants in Vienna and major international cities such as New York, Milan, Venice, Munich, Barcelona and other. Read about the latest offers on www.austrian.com/boardingpass.

from all corners of the world. But there is one thing they all have in common: They sit on flights. The new seats are lighter weighing only 10.73kg for which save a total of 14,304 kilogrammes, needing less fuel thus allow us to fly

environmentally friendly. The new seats are made of highvalue leather and offer up to 10cm more legroom for our customers. The new design creates space for standardised kitchens in the aircraft. This saves time and money in the loading of catering.

Web and Mobile Services: From now on, you can sleep 15 minutes longer. You can check in from the comfort of your own home, office or while on the move, select your seat and print out your boarding pass. Leave your baggage quickly and easily at the Baggage Dropoff Desks. Or you can have your mobile boarding pass sent to your mobile phone, anytime from 24 hours to one hour before departure. It’s beautifully simple. Austrian Airlines Baggage Rules: Austrian Airlines has simplified its baggage allowance conditions for tickets bought from June 1, 2011 onwards. The rules governing how much hand luggage may be taken on board are to remain unchanged.

The New One Onboard: Our guests are diverse: Some of them are tall and some not, some like to cuddle together while others prefer to keep their distance, and they come EXCESS BAGGAGE: CLASS

From 01 June 2011 onwards

SPECIAL OFFER*

Economy Class

1 item of baggage weighing up to 23 kg

1 item of baggage weighing up to 30 kg

Business Class

2 items of baggage weighing up to 32 kg ea

2 items of baggage weighing up to 32 kg ea

Children under two years of age without own seat

1 item of baggage weighing up to 23 kg + 1 foldaway pram weighing up to 10kg

1 item of baggage weighing up to 30 kg + 1 foldaway pram weighing up to 10kg

Ex- Dubai to selected destinations until 31 Dec 2011

* Astana, Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Domodedovo, Graz, Innsbruck, Kiev, Klagenfurt, Linz, Ljubljana, Minsk, Odessa, Prague, Pristina, Riga, Salzburg, Sarajevo, Skopje, Sofia, Split, St. Petersburg, Tirana, Vienna, Vilinus, Warsaw, Zagreb.

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OMV

Significantcontributortoenergysector OMV, AN INTEGRATED OIL AND GAS COMPANY TO INCREASE OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION IN THE MIDDLE EAST Latha Krishnan OMV, an integrated oil and gas company with strong, profitable growth in the exploration and production (E&P) business, was founded in 1956 in Vienna, Austria. With group sales of 23.32 billion euros (Dh119.63 billion) and a workforce of around 31,500 employees in 2010, OMV is one of the largest listed industrial companies in Austria. Based on a strong domestic gas and oil production business, OMV began its international E&P business in 1985, starting exploration in Libya and later in the Middle East and in the Caspian Region. Currently well-positioned in the Middle East region, OMV has developed major operations in Pakistan since 1991, Yemen, since 2004 and in the Kurdistan region of Iraq since 2008. OMV is the operator in all three countries with a total production rate of approximately 14,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) in Pakistan and approximately 6,600 boe/d in Yemen in 2010.

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In Pakistan, OMV is now well on the way to achieve the goal of increasing equity production to around 25,000 boe/d by 2014. In Yemen, OMV has gained a very strong presence and holds five exploration and production licences. In the Kurdistan region of Iraq OMV conducts exploration activities in five blocks out of which three are operated. Whichever part of the world they may be, OMV operations are characterised by the highest safety standards, highly skilled local workforce and application of the latest technology. Tackling the challenges of working in harsh desert environments adeptly OMV is ready to provide integrated solutions relying on its very strong team of local and international experts. With its operational successes in the region OMV is looking to develop its portfolio here and become a partner of choice in other Middle East countries including the UAE. The evidence to that end is that

since 1994, the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi has been a shareholder of OMV and increased its shareholding from 20.4 per cent to 24.9 per cent recently. In 2007, OMV opened an office in Abu Dhabi to execute screening of business opportunities and to co-ordinate its existing activities in the Middle East region. In future, the Abu Dhabi office could also serve as a hub for procurement, drilling and operational support. In line with OMV’s Strategy 2021 the target is to raise equity production in the Middle East.

With its operational successes in the region OMV is looking to develop its portfolio here and become a partner of choice in other Middle East countries including the UAE


Just as the camel finds water, we find oil.

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Why are 9 out of 10 appraisal wells drilled by OMV Exploration & Production GmbH successful? Just as the camel finds water where others see only sand, we find oil where others can’t. Our experts use the most advanced technology, such as fine-tuned 3D seismics, prestack depth migration and CRS processing. Our results speak for themselves thanks to a success rate 20 per cent above the global average.

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