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AUSTRIA

SPECIAL REPORT • NOVEMBER 1, 2010

FACT FILE

Government:

Parliamentary representative democracy since 1945

Administration: Nine federal states Capital City:

Vienna

National Flag: Three equal horizontal bands of red - white - red. The flag is considered to be one of the oldest still in use (about 1230 A.D.) Population Official: Area: Official Languages:

8.3 million (approximately) 84,000 square kilometres (approximately) German (Locally also Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian)

EU accession: January 1, 1995 Currency:

euro

GDP (2007):

270,837 billion euros gross 32.570 euros per capita

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CONTENTS

Strengthening historical ties ...........................5 Austria Connect Gulf 2010 gets bigger...........8 The untold tale of Austrian design.................10 Big 5 list of Austrian companies ....................14 INDEX 2010 list of Austrian companies ........19 An emerging healthcare hub ........................22 Collaborating medical resources..................23 Your partner in healthcare.............................24 Organising companies ..................................25 Real estate dearer .........................................26 Highly efficient fire-fighting solutions ...........27 Glimpses of Austria .......................................30 Pioneers of formwork technology ................30 www.reddoorproductions.net

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Dr Julius Lauritsch, Austria’s Ambassador to the UAE

President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan with the Austrian President Heinz Fischer at the Bateen Palace, Abu Dhabi, March 2006.— KT File photo

Strengthening HISTORICAL TIES Austria’s relations with the UAE are on a sound footing and the country’s exports are bouncing back from the lows experienced in 2009 Jamila K. Qadir

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HE global economic downturn affected Austria’s trade with the UAE in 2009 but the indications for 2010 are more positive. Austrian companies still see Dubai as their most important hub in the Middle East, therefore trade and investment relations are on the increase again, according to Dr Julius Lauritsch, Austria’s Ambassador to the UAE. The historical ties, which bind the UAE and Austria were founded on common aspirations and the desire for peace as well as economic and social welfare, the Ambassador told this correspondent. Austrianpoliticianshavealwaysadmired the UAE for the progress achieved by the country in the political, social and economic spheres, under the wise leadership of the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, he added. This friendship between the two countries is characterised by a vigorous exchange of bilateral visits, he said. “I would like to underline the official visit of the Federal President of the Republic of Austria, Heinz Fischer, to the UAE in March 2006.

“Both countries look back on a long history of cultural importance. The cultural exchange is vast and I would like to mention the various concerts of Austrian orchestras, especially the performances of the ‘Wiener Philharmoniker’ in the UAE,” he added. He said the year 2009 saw a decline of Austrian exports to the UAE by 31 per cent. However, exports from Austria rebounded strongly in the first seven months of 2010, increasing by 9.4 per cent. Imports from the UAE declined by 10 per cent, however, on a small basis, he said. “Trade is back on the upswing and we expect this to continue as the region’s economies are recovering strongly.” Dr Lauritsch said the UAE had substantial investments in Austria’s oil and gas industry as well as in petrochemicals. Austria offers high technology in many industrial fields like machinery, steel, renewable energy, biotechnology and others. These sectors have also benefitted from UAE’s investments, he explained. However, he said, the current state of trade did not reflect the existing potential and that there was still scope for further growth in bilateral trade and cooperation between the two countries.

He said that there was a high level of interest in enhancing cooperation in healthcare, healthcare tourism and medical cooperation and predicted that renewable energy and environmental technologies would assume lot of importance in future. He sees these emerging trends being reflected in the building materials and construction sectors where Austrian companies have traditionally played an important role in the UAE. Austrian projects in the UAE The major projects in the UAE involving Austrian investments are progressing well. These are all large-scale contracts running into many years. “We do not foresee a major change and expect them to run as planned,” Dr Lauritsch said. “I think that the already existing strong and traditional relations between Austria and the United Arab Emirates could be fostered by more interlinked cooperation in the political, economic, social, educational and cultural fields and I encourage all Austrian partners to do so. “To a certain degree Austrian companies had to scale back some market expansion plans and that has also affected their Middle East operations. But as mentioned above, the growth in exports illustrates that the relations are on a sound footing and will continue to prosper,” he concluded. KHALEEJ TIMES SPECIAL REPORT

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Diamond Sponsor

Austria Connect Gulf 2010

GETS BIGGER Dr Wolfgang Penzias

Platinum Sponsor

Fresh from the success of last year, Austria Connect Gulf 2010 is ready for an encore. With a distinguished panel of guests, high-impact issues and enthusiastic participants, this mega meet has all the elements for what it takes to be a winner!

A

ustria Connect Gulf 2010 is back with a bang. The Austrian Trade Commission in Abu Dhabi and the country’s marketing offices in Kuwait, Qatar and Dubai together with the Austrian Trade Commissions in Tehran, Erbil, Riyadh and New Delhi are all set to host Austria Connect Gulf 2010, a trans-regional event at the Raffles Hotel in Dubai on November 20 and 21, 2010. Invitations have already been sent out; registrations are pouring in, the air is alive with expectations and enthusiasm. An eminent panel has been finalised, which will be discussing high-impact issues related to Iran, India as the big boomer, the new ecology standards and its impact on construction and related industries. Other timely issues that will be raised at the conference include relations between Austria, Iraq, Iran, India, Saudi Arabia as well as the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Pakistan, human resources and staff management, outstanding payments and recovery, contract and agency agreements. But before delving deeper into Austria Connect Gulf 2010, it is essential to find out what made Austria Connect 2009 tick last year. Eighty par-

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ticipants from different neighbouring countries, participants travelling all the way from Austria and a distinguished panel of experts were part of the mega meet. Crucial and topical issues such as the regional strategy of Austrian trade, Dubai’s role at the centre of Gulf trade, the development and role of the free zones and of course a look at the situation in neighbouring countries such as Qatar and Kuwait being the new movers in the region

Austria Connect Gulf 2010 is a trans-regional event to be held at the Raffles Hotel in Dubai on November 20 and 21, 2010

were discussed. These factors made this international conference unique and beneficial for Austrian companies, regional agents and importers of European products, affiliated organisations and business units. Fast forwarding to the present, Austria Connect Gulf 2010 will be bigger and better this year, says Austrian Trade Commissioner in Abu Dhabi ,Dr Wolfgang Penzias. “We want to attract more people but in this case it’s really about the quality of people and not just the number. It’s about catching the pulse of the business community, evolving trends and pinpointing problems. 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 educational tool for Austrian companies and to attract local interest to do business with Austria.” Participants need to brace themselves as a distinguished panel of experts discusses high-impact current issues such as the new ecology standards and its impact on the quality standards in the construction industry.

Gold Sponsor

November 20 th & 21 st , 2010 Raffles Hotel —Dubai Organized by the Austrian

Trade Commission Abu Dhabi

A distinguished panel of experts will discuss high impact current issues and business opportunities in relation to Austria with countries such as the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and India.


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Diamond Sponsor

Austria Connect Gulf 2010

GETS BIGGER Dr Wolfgang Penzias

Platinum Sponsor

Fresh from the success of last year, Austria Connect Gulf 2010 is ready for an encore. With a distinguished panel of guests, high-impact issues and enthusiastic participants, this mega meet has all the elements for what it takes to be a winner!

A

ustria Connect Gulf 2010 is back with a bang. The Austrian Trade Commission in Abu Dhabi and the country’s marketing offices in Kuwait, Qatar and Dubai together with the Austrian Trade Commissions in Tehran, Erbil, Riyadh and New Delhi are all set to host Austria Connect Gulf 2010, a trans-regional event at the Raffles Hotel in Dubai on November 20 and 21, 2010. Invitations have already been sent out; registrations are pouring in, the air is alive with expectations and enthusiasm. An eminent panel has been finalised, which will be discussing high-impact issues related to Iran, India as the big boomer, the new ecology standards and its impact on construction and related industries. Other timely issues that will be raised at the conference include relations between Austria, Iraq, Iran, India, Saudi Arabia as well as the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Pakistan, human resources and staff management, outstanding payments and recovery, contract and agency agreements. But before delving deeper into Austria Connect Gulf 2010, it is essential to find out what made Austria Connect 2009 tick last year. Eighty par-

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KHALEEJ TIMES SPECIAL REPORT

ticipants from different neighbouring countries, participants travelling all the way from Austria and a distinguished panel of experts were part of the mega meet. Crucial and topical issues such as the regional strategy of Austrian trade, Dubai’s role at the centre of Gulf trade, the development and role of the free zones and of course a look at the situation in neighbouring countries such as Qatar and Kuwait being the new movers in the region

Austria Connect Gulf 2010 is a trans-regional event to be held at the Raffles Hotel in Dubai on November 20 and 21, 2010

were discussed. These factors made this international conference unique and beneficial for Austrian companies, regional agents and importers of European products, affiliated organisations and business units. Fast forwarding to the present, Austria Connect Gulf 2010 will be bigger and better this year, says Austrian Trade Commissioner in Abu Dhabi ,Dr Wolfgang Penzias. “We want to attract more people but in this case it’s really about the quality of people and not just the number. It’s about catching the pulse of the business community, evolving trends and pinpointing problems. 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 educational tool for Austrian companies and to attract local interest to do business with Austria.” Participants need to brace themselves as a distinguished panel of experts discusses high-impact current issues such as the new ecology standards and its impact on the quality standards in the construction industry.

Gold Sponsor

November 20 th & 21 st , 2010 Raffles Hotel —Dubai Organized by the Austrian

Trade Commission Abu Dhabi

A distinguished panel of experts will discuss high impact current issues and business opportunities in relation to Austria with countries such as the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and India.


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The untold

tale ofAustrian design

> Armchair with adjustable back, 1903 by Josef Hoffmann, Austrian architect and designer

In this era of globalisation and homogenisation, Austrian design refuses to be stymied by the notion of ambiguous and overly reductive national identity. The Austrian Trade Commission puts aside clichés to tell the story of contemporary Austrian design

W

The Austrian Pavilion at the Index, the regional event of the Interior Design Industry in Dubai, to be held from November 8 to 11, 2010 will give a taste of contemporary Austrian design 10

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e live in a time of globalisation, wherein we are constantly reminded that we are no longer citizens of nations but, rather, nodes in overlapping networks. Of course, things are never so straightforward. Globalisation and the homogenisation — its threats have in fact prompted the inverse effect as well. That is to say, we are increasingly consumed by and asked to consume. Local products or what is “local” comes from very far away. Consider the emphasis on locally grown food and locally sourced products, or on reclaiming vernacular idioms and craft traditions. Many fashion customers rigidly insist on a “Made in Italy” label, never mind if Italian law allows everything but the button sewing to be actually done in China. So what does this mean for design in Austria? The short answer is, that it means as much as Austrian designers want it to mean and based on first impressions, they appear to be sceptical. “Does it matter if we’re Austrian?” someone said. “We don’t think of ourselves as Austrian designers, but simply as designers”, another insisted. Such responses are neither unreasonable nor unique to Austria; no one wants to be pigeonholed, and the very notion of national identity can seem ambiguous, anachronistic and overly reductive, not to mention uncool. But from an outsider’s perspective, it seems that “Austrian design” can,

and ought to be, better positioned to compete worldwide. We all know that national design labels can easily lead to a cavalcade of empty clichés. But we would have to agree that such classifications have been successful, if imperfect devices have benefited designers and their home economies and also provided valid frameworks for creativity and even encouraged heterogeneity on an international scale. Then we would have to accept that they are useful and, frankly, legitimate and unavoidable. That being said, a “branded” national design is not about creating a style, but rather a narrative. And a well-articulated narrative seems to be exactly what is missing from contemporary Austrian design, which is surprising, given the richness of the country’s design legacy. In order to comprehend the country’s perforated narrative, we have to delve deeper into its rich, vibrant legacy. The Global Design Watch study published in autumn 2008 by the New Centre of Innovation and Design at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland, reveals Austria as a design country in the truest sense of the word. The study reveals that between 2005 and 2007, Austria climbed the global ranking from tenth to the sixth place in terms of the competitiveness of national design. This makes the country one of the most dynamic movers in recent years. The study bases this finding on figures regarding the econom-

> Gustav Klimt

ic situation, training opportunities and innovation indicators as well as labour market data drawn from the Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum, as well > Friedensreich as on factors of Hundertwasser national design policy, such as the implementation of design programmes and the provision of funding through national authorities like the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ) and other regional supporters. Perhaps Austrians don’t need to be reminded of Wagner, Hoffmann, Loos and the Wiener Werkstätte, nor the splendour of the Habsburgs; the heritage of Lobmeyr and Thonet; the brilliance of Kiesler; the masterfulness of Austrian craftsmanship, both folk and industrial; the less widely known, yet fascinating work of Hermann Czech, Carl Auböck, Victor Papanek and others. Long before design was even mentioned as a factor of competitiveness, Austria had designers in the late 19th century, who made substantial improvements to our lives with their work. Around the turn of the 20th century Austria already had some genu-

> A garbage truck exiting the waste disposal factory designed by late architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser in the Spittelau neighbourhood of Vienna. The facility designed in 1971 was initially supposed to heat a major public hospital. It now provides heat and hot water to 262,000 homes and more than 5,300 offices

ine star designers who pooled their strengths in 1903 under the name of the “Vienna Workshops.” These comprised a series of independent workshops that were mainly involved in the production of furniture, jewellery, textiles, ceramics and other articles for everyday use. In this context, the designers worked with strict geometric forms, but they also liked to elaborate their designs with curved lines. The individual objects were coordinated by the main designers, to achieve a synthesis of the arts. As a rule, the products put on to the market by the Vienna Workshops bore the monogram of the designer and the craftsman who made them. In 1905, the Vienna Workshops had approximately 100 employees and cooperated with some of the most significant artists and architects of the time — Gustav Klimt, Josef Hoffmann, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka. In its heyday, an increasing number of traditional family-run businesses in Vienna displayed an interest in the work of the Vienna Workshops. For example, the glassware specialist Lobmeyr, established in 1823, launched a series of successful partnerships with Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos and Koloman Moser, who, in the first half of the 20th century designed magnificent

works of art for the company. After being established in 1896, furniture manufacturer Wittmann focused on, among other things, the production of Josef Hoffmann furniture. Porcelain manufacturer Augarten worked intensively in 1929 and 1930 with Josef Hoffmann, and still produces his designs today. And Backhausen, a producer of household textiles, furniture, curtain fabrics and carpets, was a founding member and main supplier of the Vienna Workshops. Today, this company has its own Vienna Workshop Textile Museum, a comprehensive archive with more than 3,500 original designs from over 300 artists. Even industrial companies are increasingly recognising the value of design as a unique selling point. Today it is a little-known fact, that the Austrian company Swarovski, which sells its crystal figures, optical precision instruments and jewellery in more than 1,150 of its own stores in over 120 countries, has 26,000 employees and has generated sales revenue in 2008 of 2.52 billion euros, and owes its very existence to a machine developed in 1892 by Daniel Swarovski that could grind crystal on an industrial scale. This family company now has a longstanding tradition of working together successfully with renowned designers KHALEEJ TIMES SPECIAL REPORT

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The untold

tale ofAustrian design

> Armchair with adjustable back, 1903 by Josef Hoffmann, Austrian architect and designer

In this era of globalisation and homogenisation, Austrian design refuses to be stymied by the notion of ambiguous and overly reductive national identity. The Austrian Trade Commission puts aside clichés to tell the story of contemporary Austrian design

W

The Austrian Pavilion at the Index, the regional event of the Interior Design Industry in Dubai, to be held from November 8 to 11, 2010 will give a taste of contemporary Austrian design 10

KHALEEJ TIMES SPECIAL REPORT

e live in a time of globalisation, wherein we are constantly reminded that we are no longer citizens of nations but, rather, nodes in overlapping networks. Of course, things are never so straightforward. Globalisation and the homogenisation — its threats have in fact prompted the inverse effect as well. That is to say, we are increasingly consumed by and asked to consume. Local products or what is “local” comes from very far away. Consider the emphasis on locally grown food and locally sourced products, or on reclaiming vernacular idioms and craft traditions. Many fashion customers rigidly insist on a “Made in Italy” label, never mind if Italian law allows everything but the button sewing to be actually done in China. So what does this mean for design in Austria? The short answer is, that it means as much as Austrian designers want it to mean and based on first impressions, they appear to be sceptical. “Does it matter if we’re Austrian?” someone said. “We don’t think of ourselves as Austrian designers, but simply as designers”, another insisted. Such responses are neither unreasonable nor unique to Austria; no one wants to be pigeonholed, and the very notion of national identity can seem ambiguous, anachronistic and overly reductive, not to mention uncool. But from an outsider’s perspective, it seems that “Austrian design” can,

and ought to be, better positioned to compete worldwide. We all know that national design labels can easily lead to a cavalcade of empty clichés. But we would have to agree that such classifications have been successful, if imperfect devices have benefited designers and their home economies and also provided valid frameworks for creativity and even encouraged heterogeneity on an international scale. Then we would have to accept that they are useful and, frankly, legitimate and unavoidable. That being said, a “branded” national design is not about creating a style, but rather a narrative. And a well-articulated narrative seems to be exactly what is missing from contemporary Austrian design, which is surprising, given the richness of the country’s design legacy. In order to comprehend the country’s perforated narrative, we have to delve deeper into its rich, vibrant legacy. The Global Design Watch study published in autumn 2008 by the New Centre of Innovation and Design at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland, reveals Austria as a design country in the truest sense of the word. The study reveals that between 2005 and 2007, Austria climbed the global ranking from tenth to the sixth place in terms of the competitiveness of national design. This makes the country one of the most dynamic movers in recent years. The study bases this finding on figures regarding the econom-

> Gustav Klimt

ic situation, training opportunities and innovation indicators as well as labour market data drawn from the Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum, as well > Friedensreich as on factors of Hundertwasser national design policy, such as the implementation of design programmes and the provision of funding through national authorities like the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ) and other regional supporters. Perhaps Austrians don’t need to be reminded of Wagner, Hoffmann, Loos and the Wiener Werkstätte, nor the splendour of the Habsburgs; the heritage of Lobmeyr and Thonet; the brilliance of Kiesler; the masterfulness of Austrian craftsmanship, both folk and industrial; the less widely known, yet fascinating work of Hermann Czech, Carl Auböck, Victor Papanek and others. Long before design was even mentioned as a factor of competitiveness, Austria had designers in the late 19th century, who made substantial improvements to our lives with their work. Around the turn of the 20th century Austria already had some genu-

> A garbage truck exiting the waste disposal factory designed by late architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser in the Spittelau neighbourhood of Vienna. The facility designed in 1971 was initially supposed to heat a major public hospital. It now provides heat and hot water to 262,000 homes and more than 5,300 offices

ine star designers who pooled their strengths in 1903 under the name of the “Vienna Workshops.” These comprised a series of independent workshops that were mainly involved in the production of furniture, jewellery, textiles, ceramics and other articles for everyday use. In this context, the designers worked with strict geometric forms, but they also liked to elaborate their designs with curved lines. The individual objects were coordinated by the main designers, to achieve a synthesis of the arts. As a rule, the products put on to the market by the Vienna Workshops bore the monogram of the designer and the craftsman who made them. In 1905, the Vienna Workshops had approximately 100 employees and cooperated with some of the most significant artists and architects of the time — Gustav Klimt, Josef Hoffmann, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka. In its heyday, an increasing number of traditional family-run businesses in Vienna displayed an interest in the work of the Vienna Workshops. For example, the glassware specialist Lobmeyr, established in 1823, launched a series of successful partnerships with Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos and Koloman Moser, who, in the first half of the 20th century designed magnificent

works of art for the company. After being established in 1896, furniture manufacturer Wittmann focused on, among other things, the production of Josef Hoffmann furniture. Porcelain manufacturer Augarten worked intensively in 1929 and 1930 with Josef Hoffmann, and still produces his designs today. And Backhausen, a producer of household textiles, furniture, curtain fabrics and carpets, was a founding member and main supplier of the Vienna Workshops. Today, this company has its own Vienna Workshop Textile Museum, a comprehensive archive with more than 3,500 original designs from over 300 artists. Even industrial companies are increasingly recognising the value of design as a unique selling point. Today it is a little-known fact, that the Austrian company Swarovski, which sells its crystal figures, optical precision instruments and jewellery in more than 1,150 of its own stores in over 120 countries, has 26,000 employees and has generated sales revenue in 2008 of 2.52 billion euros, and owes its very existence to a machine developed in 1892 by Daniel Swarovski that could grind crystal on an industrial scale. This family company now has a longstanding tradition of working together successfully with renowned designers KHALEEJ TIMES SPECIAL REPORT

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> A historic centre listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria

> Romantic lights illuminate the streets in Vienna in winter

> Nordketten cable car in Innsbruck

> Entry to Nordketten cable car in Innsbruck city centre

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such as Hussein Chalayan, Ron Arad and Karim Rashid. The latest market survey Focus: Design Landscape by designaustria states that 66 per cent of Austrian designers focus not only on the local market but are also active beyond the country’s borders. Contemporary Austrian designers appear to be a feisty and fiercely independent bunch. How else could one explain the Austrian company, Spirit Design’s innovatively new high-speed trains that have scooped up many national and international awards as the winner of the Universal Design Award and the Red Dot Award! At the 2009 Red Dot Awards, a total of 15 Austrian products received a Red Dot, while six others were given a “honourable mention”. At the 2008 “Design Management Europe Award” in Cardiff, Wales, three Austrian companies – KTM, Museums Quartier Vienna and Vöslauer received awards for their exceptional performances in the field of design management. And at the 2009 European Design Awards, 16 Austrian design firms were recognised, including Valentin Vodev, Martin Mostböck, Aws Designteam and Formquadrat. And let us not forget, the invention ranking of the Austrian Patent Office that stated, AKG Accoustics, Fronius Schweißtechnik, KTM-Sportmotorcycle, Rosenbauer Feuerwehrtechnik and AVL List are the most innovative companies in Austria that focus strongly on design when developing products. Nevertheless, one can begin to sense a certain Austrianness within the diversity of their work. The two designers at Polka are considered firm fixtures of the Austrian furniture and consumer goods sector: cook-

ware manufacturer Riess designed a striking set of pots in 2007 named Polka Pots and for Laufen, they developed a range of wash basins in the “living city” range, which received the iF Product Design Award in 2008. Despite the firm’s international emphasis, EOOS’s technological-anthropological approach felt appropriate coming from a land equally rooted in folk tradition and modernity. Vienna Design Week’s Passionswege project, which arranges collaborations between designers and local manufacturers, is a brilliant idea. Meanwhile, other efforts like das möbel, designforum, MuseumsQuartier and, notably, Pure Austrian Design have the right idea; “In the past, Austria was very relevant in design, but now we have to bring people together, present their work worldwide and rebuild an image”, the latter’s co-founder, Andrés Fredes, said. Lobmeyr and Wittmann make attempts at bridging the past and present with reissued Austrian classics alongside new designs. The company dedicated an entire product line to the avant-garde designer Friedrich Kiesler who died in 1965. Still, many in Vienna seemed resigned to seeing the Austrian capital become a regional, rather than a world design centre. Austrian design is mostly being defined in terms ranging from quality and craftsmanship to technology, research and sustainability. All are perfectly laudable attributes, but they don’t do much to differentiate Austria from other countries. Anyone can see that contemporary Austrian design is rooted in a story, and it is a story that gives Austria a pretty good head start. You just have to tell it, and make sure it gets heard.

> Swarovski, Wien, Mezzanin

> Horse carriage in front of Imperial Palace, Vienna KHALEEJ TIMES SPECIAL REPORT

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> A historic centre listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria

> Romantic lights illuminate the streets in Vienna in winter

> Nordketten cable car in Innsbruck

> Entry to Nordketten cable car in Innsbruck city centre

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such as Hussein Chalayan, Ron Arad and Karim Rashid. The latest market survey Focus: Design Landscape by designaustria states that 66 per cent of Austrian designers focus not only on the local market but are also active beyond the country’s borders. Contemporary Austrian designers appear to be a feisty and fiercely independent bunch. How else could one explain the Austrian company, Spirit Design’s innovatively new high-speed trains that have scooped up many national and international awards as the winner of the Universal Design Award and the Red Dot Award! At the 2009 Red Dot Awards, a total of 15 Austrian products received a Red Dot, while six others were given a “honourable mention”. At the 2008 “Design Management Europe Award” in Cardiff, Wales, three Austrian companies – KTM, Museums Quartier Vienna and Vöslauer received awards for their exceptional performances in the field of design management. And at the 2009 European Design Awards, 16 Austrian design firms were recognised, including Valentin Vodev, Martin Mostböck, Aws Designteam and Formquadrat. And let us not forget, the invention ranking of the Austrian Patent Office that stated, AKG Accoustics, Fronius Schweißtechnik, KTM-Sportmotorcycle, Rosenbauer Feuerwehrtechnik and AVL List are the most innovative companies in Austria that focus strongly on design when developing products. Nevertheless, one can begin to sense a certain Austrianness within the diversity of their work. The two designers at Polka are considered firm fixtures of the Austrian furniture and consumer goods sector: cook-

ware manufacturer Riess designed a striking set of pots in 2007 named Polka Pots and for Laufen, they developed a range of wash basins in the “living city” range, which received the iF Product Design Award in 2008. Despite the firm’s international emphasis, EOOS’s technological-anthropological approach felt appropriate coming from a land equally rooted in folk tradition and modernity. Vienna Design Week’s Passionswege project, which arranges collaborations between designers and local manufacturers, is a brilliant idea. Meanwhile, other efforts like das möbel, designforum, MuseumsQuartier and, notably, Pure Austrian Design have the right idea; “In the past, Austria was very relevant in design, but now we have to bring people together, present their work worldwide and rebuild an image”, the latter’s co-founder, Andrés Fredes, said. Lobmeyr and Wittmann make attempts at bridging the past and present with reissued Austrian classics alongside new designs. The company dedicated an entire product line to the avant-garde designer Friedrich Kiesler who died in 1965. Still, many in Vienna seemed resigned to seeing the Austrian capital become a regional, rather than a world design centre. Austrian design is mostly being defined in terms ranging from quality and craftsmanship to technology, research and sustainability. All are perfectly laudable attributes, but they don’t do much to differentiate Austria from other countries. Anyone can see that contemporary Austrian design is rooted in a story, and it is a story that gives Austria a pretty good head start. You just have to tell it, and make sure it gets heard.

> Swarovski, Wien, Mezzanin

> Horse carriage in front of Imperial Palace, Vienna KHALEEJ TIMES SPECIAL REPORT

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> Vienna and the Stephans Dom

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Schererstrasse 16, 1210 Wien, Austria Tel: +43/ 5/ 0220-0, Fax: +43/ 5/ 0220-9 Email: office@alstec.at Website: www.alstec.eu.com

Industriestraße 17-20, 4800 Attnang-Puchheim, Austria Tel: +43/ 7674/ 601-0, Fax: +43/ 7674/ 601-499 Email: office@doubrava.at Website: www.doubrava.at

ALSTEC GmbH specialises in professional industrial installation, complete plant transfers as well as plant maintenance and repairs. The following services are available: • Sale, dismantling, transfer, installation including commissioning of mobile and stationary concrete mixing plant, recycling plant, gravel plant, quarries, industrial plant and building machinery • Fixed contract repairs and repairs as required and adaptation of steel construction plant • Replacement and repair services for concrete works: mixer replacement parts (tiles and shovels made of cast iron and other durable materials) and spare parts (e.g. WAM equipment, pneumatic dampers, filter inserts, cement conveyor screws, rotary feeders, filling level probes, cement deflector receptacles) • Replacement and repair services for rubble and gravel plant: Crusher replacement parts (impact crushers, bar crushers, crusher plates and door plates made of cast iron and durable materials) and spare parts (e.g. conveyor belt parts, conveyor belt rollers, return rollers and drive rollers, belt scrapers, lateral guide rubbers).

Doubrava is one of the leading companies in mobile and stationary concrete mixing plants, dry mortar plants and material handling. Continually one step ahead, Doubrava supports the future growth of its customers through openness to new methods and with targeted innovations. Its actions are characterised by the sense of responsibility and straightforwardness right from the company’s first contact with the customer right up to the planning, construction, production, commissioning and after sales service.

AME MASCHINEN Wirtschaftspark 44, 8530 Deutschlandsberg, Austria Tel: +43/ 3462/ 308 02 -0, Fax: +43/ 3462/ 308 02-249 Email: sales@ame.at Website: www.ame.at AME is one of the European leaders in the field of machines for the production of cement blocks, paving stones and curbstones. Highly developed vibration technology with up to eight servomotors ensures maximum stone compression and quality of the end product. Both mobile and stationary plants for the production of cement blocks are manufactured. With the ECOO 1300 model, AME provides a semi-automatic stationary installation, which guarantees high output at a very competitive price. AME can also supply fully automatic production plant as turnkey projects.

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ECOTHERM AUSTRIA GMBH Karlinger Straße 8, 4081 Hartkirchen, Austria Tel: +43/ 7273/ 60 30, Fax: +43/ 7273/ 60 30-15 Email: office@ecotherm.com Website: www.ecotherm.com ECOTHERM produces high-capacity water heating systems in stainless steel quality AISI316Ti, for hotels, hospitals, apartment houses and high-capacity industrial applications requiring large capacities. ECOTHERM is a reliable partner in planning, design, manufacture, installation site inspection and commissioning. Its many years of satisfied customers and thousands of installations in Europe, Middle East, Asia and Central America offer convincing references for ECOTHERM Turn-Key Hot Water Systems. ECOTHERM’s one-stop full-range project service includes: Computation, development, design and 3D graphic modelling, heat exchanger testing centre for performance analysis, design software, thermal dynamic simulation, material strength calculation, in-house modern manufacturing facility with state-of-the-art production planning systems, robotic laser cutting and welding, tank capacity ranges 200 litres to 10,000 litres as standard, up to 30,000 litres on request, boiler and heat exchanger capacities up to 5,000 kW.

Adi-Dassler-Gasse 6, 9073 Klagenfurt-Viktring, Austria Tel: +43/ 463/ 22 50 0, Fax: +43/ 463/ 225 00 22 Email office@energetica-pv.com Website: www.energetica-pv.com The Energetica Holding and ghb-Holding (e-volution) Group of companies deal in photovoltaic systems and e-mobility products. These are distributed worldwide through local branches and joint ventures.

EUROBOND TECHNOLOGIES FUNK KEG Schwarzviertlerstraße 3, 9470 St. Paul im Lavanttal, Austria Tel: +43 664 375 5338 , Fax: +43/ 4357/ 26 42 Email: info@eurobond.ec Website: www.eurobond.ec EUROBOND industrial adhesives are quality products of the adhesives industry. The superior quality of the new Eurobond superglue was achieved by ascertaining purity through a distillation process, making it suitable for an almost unlimited variety of applications. The superglue meets the highest standards in terms of elasticity, water, temperature and chemical resistance. EUROBOND adhesives are used in industrial production (automobile, construction, boat building and repair, plastics, dental) and in the household/hobby sectors. Single or multi-component adhesives, UV adhesives, screw locks, metal adhesives, foam adhesives and fillers, cleaners, removers, primers for glueing polyethylene and polypropylene materials, accelerators, in-water adhesives, sealing compounds, medical adhesives etc. complete the range.

EVG ENTWICKLUNGS- U. VERWERTUNGS-GMBH Gustinus-Ambrosi-Straße 1-3, 8074 Raaba, Austria Tel: +43/ 316/ 40 05-0, Fax: +43/ 316/ 40 05-500 Email: evg@evg.com, Website: www.evg.com EVG, a leading global manufacturer, has been developing and building machinery and plant since 1949 for the production of welded wire mesh in all standard diameters and for processing concrete reinforcing bars. EVG plants are usually tailored to meet customer-specific requirements. The company has numerous technical solutions for the different requirements that arise in connection with welded mesh production and concrete reinforcing bar processing.

FMLD GMBH Rohrbrunn Berg 53, 7572 Deutsch Kaltenbrunn, Austria Tel: +43/ 3383/ 33095-0, Fax: +43/ 3383/ 33095-39 Email: office@fmld.net Website: www.fmld.net FMLD is the right partner for tasks involving pumping, conveying, mixing, measuring, storing, and bottling/filling or dosing technologies. With its comprehensive range of products fmld is able to provide exact, customer-specific solutions to meet every requirement. Fmld is also the expert partner for low to high viscosity fluids, ointments, pastes, bulk and itemised goods. The company itself undertakes every aspect of planning, implementation, installation, commissioning and servicing of individual units, workstations, small systems and complete process technology systems.

GETZNER WERKSTOFFE GMBH Herrenau 5, 6706 Bürs, Austria Tel: +43/ 5552/ 201-0, Fax: +43/ 5552/ 201-899 Email: info.buers@getzner.com Website: www.getzner.com GETZNER WERKSTOFFE GMBH specialises in the production of polyurethane elastomers. These are technical elastomers marketed worldwide under the tradenames Sylomer® and Sylodyn®. They are intended for use wherever the need arises to prevent jarring, vibration and noise. In cellular and solid form Sylomer® and Sylodyn® find many applications: • in railway track construction: rail pads, base plate pads, ballast mats, sleeper pads, mass-spring-systems etc. •in building construction: building supports, insulation of floor slabs, foot-step sound insulation etc. • in industry: elastic bearings for all machinery (chillers, A/ C, pumps etc.), parts for machines and equipment accurately made to customer’s specifications

HERADESIGN CEILING SYSTEMS Ferndorf 29, 9702 Ferndorf, Austria Tel: +43/ 4245/ 2001-3003, Fax: +43/ 4245/ 2001-3499 Email: office@heradesign.com Website: www.heradesign.com HERADESIGN produces, develops and distributes highquality wood wool-based acoustic systems for ceilings and walls. The company’s systems have a unique, timeless design and offer many creative possibilities. Principal areas of application are the education, sport, office, infrastructure, entertainment and leisure segments. With their excellent sound absorption values and the “warm” character of the wood wool structure Heradesign acoustic solutions make a significant contribution to improving the ambience of interior spaces. Heradesign acoustic solutions are primarily made from wood, magnesite and water. The company’s building materials have no adverse effect on human health — acoustics and design with a clear “green conscience”. Heradesign has its headquarters in Ferndorf, Austria, and has been a business unit of Knauf Insulation GmbH since 2007. The roots of the company extend back to Heraklith AG, which explains its specialist competence and the high regard in which its products are held. KHALEEJ TIMES SPECIAL REPORT

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AUSTRIAN COMPANIES YOU SHOULD KNOW!

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Schererstrasse 16, 1210 Wien, Austria Tel: +43/ 5/ 0220-0, Fax: +43/ 5/ 0220-9 Email: office@alstec.at Website: www.alstec.eu.com

Industriestraße 17-20, 4800 Attnang-Puchheim, Austria Tel: +43/ 7674/ 601-0, Fax: +43/ 7674/ 601-499 Email: office@doubrava.at Website: www.doubrava.at

ALSTEC GmbH specialises in professional industrial installation, complete plant transfers as well as plant maintenance and repairs. The following services are available: • Sale, dismantling, transfer, installation including commissioning of mobile and stationary concrete mixing plant, recycling plant, gravel plant, quarries, industrial plant and building machinery • Fixed contract repairs and repairs as required and adaptation of steel construction plant • Replacement and repair services for concrete works: mixer replacement parts (tiles and shovels made of cast iron and other durable materials) and spare parts (e.g. WAM equipment, pneumatic dampers, filter inserts, cement conveyor screws, rotary feeders, filling level probes, cement deflector receptacles) • Replacement and repair services for rubble and gravel plant: Crusher replacement parts (impact crushers, bar crushers, crusher plates and door plates made of cast iron and durable materials) and spare parts (e.g. conveyor belt parts, conveyor belt rollers, return rollers and drive rollers, belt scrapers, lateral guide rubbers).

Doubrava is one of the leading companies in mobile and stationary concrete mixing plants, dry mortar plants and material handling. Continually one step ahead, Doubrava supports the future growth of its customers through openness to new methods and with targeted innovations. Its actions are characterised by the sense of responsibility and straightforwardness right from the company’s first contact with the customer right up to the planning, construction, production, commissioning and after sales service.

AME MASCHINEN Wirtschaftspark 44, 8530 Deutschlandsberg, Austria Tel: +43/ 3462/ 308 02 -0, Fax: +43/ 3462/ 308 02-249 Email: sales@ame.at Website: www.ame.at AME is one of the European leaders in the field of machines for the production of cement blocks, paving stones and curbstones. Highly developed vibration technology with up to eight servomotors ensures maximum stone compression and quality of the end product. Both mobile and stationary plants for the production of cement blocks are manufactured. With the ECOO 1300 model, AME provides a semi-automatic stationary installation, which guarantees high output at a very competitive price. AME can also supply fully automatic production plant as turnkey projects.

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ECOTHERM AUSTRIA GMBH Karlinger Straße 8, 4081 Hartkirchen, Austria Tel: +43/ 7273/ 60 30, Fax: +43/ 7273/ 60 30-15 Email: office@ecotherm.com Website: www.ecotherm.com ECOTHERM produces high-capacity water heating systems in stainless steel quality AISI316Ti, for hotels, hospitals, apartment houses and high-capacity industrial applications requiring large capacities. ECOTHERM is a reliable partner in planning, design, manufacture, installation site inspection and commissioning. Its many years of satisfied customers and thousands of installations in Europe, Middle East, Asia and Central America offer convincing references for ECOTHERM Turn-Key Hot Water Systems. ECOTHERM’s one-stop full-range project service includes: Computation, development, design and 3D graphic modelling, heat exchanger testing centre for performance analysis, design software, thermal dynamic simulation, material strength calculation, in-house modern manufacturing facility with state-of-the-art production planning systems, robotic laser cutting and welding, tank capacity ranges 200 litres to 10,000 litres as standard, up to 30,000 litres on request, boiler and heat exchanger capacities up to 5,000 kW.

Adi-Dassler-Gasse 6, 9073 Klagenfurt-Viktring, Austria Tel: +43/ 463/ 22 50 0, Fax: +43/ 463/ 225 00 22 Email office@energetica-pv.com Website: www.energetica-pv.com The Energetica Holding and ghb-Holding (e-volution) Group of companies deal in photovoltaic systems and e-mobility products. These are distributed worldwide through local branches and joint ventures.

EUROBOND TECHNOLOGIES FUNK KEG Schwarzviertlerstraße 3, 9470 St. Paul im Lavanttal, Austria Tel: +43 664 375 5338 , Fax: +43/ 4357/ 26 42 Email: info@eurobond.ec Website: www.eurobond.ec EUROBOND industrial adhesives are quality products of the adhesives industry. The superior quality of the new Eurobond superglue was achieved by ascertaining purity through a distillation process, making it suitable for an almost unlimited variety of applications. The superglue meets the highest standards in terms of elasticity, water, temperature and chemical resistance. EUROBOND adhesives are used in industrial production (automobile, construction, boat building and repair, plastics, dental) and in the household/hobby sectors. Single or multi-component adhesives, UV adhesives, screw locks, metal adhesives, foam adhesives and fillers, cleaners, removers, primers for glueing polyethylene and polypropylene materials, accelerators, in-water adhesives, sealing compounds, medical adhesives etc. complete the range.

EVG ENTWICKLUNGS- U. VERWERTUNGS-GMBH Gustinus-Ambrosi-Straße 1-3, 8074 Raaba, Austria Tel: +43/ 316/ 40 05-0, Fax: +43/ 316/ 40 05-500 Email: evg@evg.com, Website: www.evg.com EVG, a leading global manufacturer, has been developing and building machinery and plant since 1949 for the production of welded wire mesh in all standard diameters and for processing concrete reinforcing bars. EVG plants are usually tailored to meet customer-specific requirements. The company has numerous technical solutions for the different requirements that arise in connection with welded mesh production and concrete reinforcing bar processing.

FMLD GMBH Rohrbrunn Berg 53, 7572 Deutsch Kaltenbrunn, Austria Tel: +43/ 3383/ 33095-0, Fax: +43/ 3383/ 33095-39 Email: office@fmld.net Website: www.fmld.net FMLD is the right partner for tasks involving pumping, conveying, mixing, measuring, storing, and bottling/filling or dosing technologies. With its comprehensive range of products fmld is able to provide exact, customer-specific solutions to meet every requirement. Fmld is also the expert partner for low to high viscosity fluids, ointments, pastes, bulk and itemised goods. The company itself undertakes every aspect of planning, implementation, installation, commissioning and servicing of individual units, workstations, small systems and complete process technology systems.

GETZNER WERKSTOFFE GMBH Herrenau 5, 6706 Bürs, Austria Tel: +43/ 5552/ 201-0, Fax: +43/ 5552/ 201-899 Email: info.buers@getzner.com Website: www.getzner.com GETZNER WERKSTOFFE GMBH specialises in the production of polyurethane elastomers. These are technical elastomers marketed worldwide under the tradenames Sylomer® and Sylodyn®. They are intended for use wherever the need arises to prevent jarring, vibration and noise. In cellular and solid form Sylomer® and Sylodyn® find many applications: • in railway track construction: rail pads, base plate pads, ballast mats, sleeper pads, mass-spring-systems etc. •in building construction: building supports, insulation of floor slabs, foot-step sound insulation etc. • in industry: elastic bearings for all machinery (chillers, A/ C, pumps etc.), parts for machines and equipment accurately made to customer’s specifications

HERADESIGN CEILING SYSTEMS Ferndorf 29, 9702 Ferndorf, Austria Tel: +43/ 4245/ 2001-3003, Fax: +43/ 4245/ 2001-3499 Email: office@heradesign.com Website: www.heradesign.com HERADESIGN produces, develops and distributes highquality wood wool-based acoustic systems for ceilings and walls. The company’s systems have a unique, timeless design and offer many creative possibilities. Principal areas of application are the education, sport, office, infrastructure, entertainment and leisure segments. With their excellent sound absorption values and the “warm” character of the wood wool structure Heradesign acoustic solutions make a significant contribution to improving the ambience of interior spaces. Heradesign acoustic solutions are primarily made from wood, magnesite and water. The company’s building materials have no adverse effect on human health — acoustics and design with a clear “green conscience”. Heradesign has its headquarters in Ferndorf, Austria, and has been a business unit of Knauf Insulation GmbH since 2007. The roots of the company extend back to Heraklith AG, which explains its specialist competence and the high regard in which its products are held. KHALEEJ TIMES SPECIAL REPORT

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JANSER BETEILIGUNGS GMBH

LISEC MASCHINENBAU GMBH

PRAHER BETEILIGUNGS GMBH

Bahnhofstrasse 37, 4860 Lenzing, Austria Tel: +43/ 7672/ 951 54 0, Fax: +43/ 7672/ 967 88 Email: max.janser@janser.com Website: www.janser.com

Peter-Lisec-Straße 1, 3353 Seitenstetten, Austria Tel: +43/ 7477/ 405-0, Fax: +43/ 7477/ 405-80 Email: sales@lisec.com Website: www.lisec.com

Poneggenstrasse 5, 4311 Schwertberg, Austria Tel: +43/ 7262/ 611 79-0, Fax: +43/ 7262/ 612 03 Email: info@praher-valves.com Website: www.praher-valves.com

JANSER is a specialist provider of a comprehensive choice of professional tools, machines and equipment. Whether one is looking to buy or service a product or simply seeking some good advice — JANSER is fully committed to serving its customers’ needs. The company’s philosophy is “products, advice and service provided by professionals for professionals.” Flexibility and reliability are crucial for success. These qualities have driven the company’s customer care for more than 45 years. Satisfying high quality standards has always been a top priority with Janser. Its range includes: • Cutting tools for all types of floor covering • Tools for stretching fitted carpets • Carpet whipping machines • Machines and tools for welding PVC and linoleum floor coverings • Subfloor treatment machines • Parquet sanding machines • Custom carpet presentation systems

Originally a glass processing business establishment, Lisec has expanded over the decades into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-tech production lines for the insulating glass industry. About 50 years of experience in the field of glass, engineering and insulating glass production together with intensive research and development, as well as a global consulting and service network stand for High Tech, know-how and quality made in Austria. The machine programme comprises machines and plants for float/laminated glass cutting, production and applicating systems for conventional or flexible spacer frames, vertical IG fabricating lines with gas filling and sealing robots, vertical water jet cutting and edge-working centres, glass edge arising machines, flat-bed tempering furnaces especially for thin glass, solar glass equipment, laminated glass production lines and business software for the glass industry.

KLAUSNER TRADING INTERNATIONAL GMBH Bahnhofstrasse 13, 6372 Oberndorf bei Kitzbühel, Austria Tel: +43/ 5352/ 602-0, Fax: +43/ 5352/ 602-100 Email: kti@klausner-group.com Website: www.klausner-group.com The KLAUSNER GROUP is one of the biggest, most innovative and best performing companies in the European timber industry. The group was founded in 1918 in St. Johann/Tyrol, Austria. Approximately two million cubic metres of softwood lumber are produced every year at two, state-of-the-art sites. This makes Klausner one of the biggest producers in Europe. It also successfully exports high quality lumber products around the world. The latest machine and plant technology combined with professional and competent employees make the Klausner Group a global leader in the sawmill and planning mill industry.

MAGE ALU SYSTEMS GMBH Max-Planck-Straße 3, 9100 Völkermarkt, Austria Tel: +43/ 4232/ 4180-900, Fax: +43/ 4232/ 4180-905 Email: facadetec@mage.at Website: www.magealusytems.com MAGE Alu Systems GmbH is a complete provider of aluminium sub-structures for curtain-type, back-ventilated facades. From the extrusion and processing of aluminium profiles to assembly plans and full structural calculations – we offer reliable and innovative solutions for a very wide range of curtain-type, back-ventilated facade systems. Our core products: • Extruded aluminium wall brackets • Aluminium profiles in a very wide range of designs • Various accessory profiles such as window connection profiles, corner and joint profiles (powdercoated or anodised) in a variety of dimensions • Stainless steel and aluminium clamps for ceramic, HPL, tile and natural stone facades • Aluminium hangers and hanger profiles (undercut anchor technology) • Blind rivets (RAL coating), universal dowels, drilling screws, wind-proofing films

MAGE SUNFIXINGS GMBH Max-Planck-Straße 3, 9100 Völkermarkt, Austria Tel: +43/ 4232/ 27299-0 Email: office@sunfixings.com Website: www.sunfixings.com

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The MAGE SUNFIXINGS GmbH develops, produces and sells high quality mounting and fastening systems for photovoltaic modules and solar thermal collectors. The range of services includes established system solutions for sloped roofs, flat roofs, open areas, balconies and façades as well as special solutions. The partly patent-protected fastening systems can be mounted simply, quickly and safely. With its quality consciousness, application oriented development and extensive technical know-how, the MAGE SUNFIXINGS GmbH has set Europe-wide standards. From development to manufacture and refinement and professional computer-assisted structural analysis, our experienced teams of technicians can quickly provide cost-efficient solutions.

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MAYR-MELNHOF KAUFMANN Vorderreuthe 57, 6870 Reuthe, Austria Tel: +43/ 5574/ 804, Fax: +43/ 5574/ 804 201 Email: reuthe@mm-kaufmann.com Website: www.mm-kaufmann.com The MAYR-MELNHOF KAUFMANN Group is one of the leading European players in the timber industry. The company has four sites in Austria and Germany that produce high quality structural timber construction materials for the timber engineering industry. The product range comprises glulam beams and special components, Profidecke ceiling elements, cross-laminated timber, KI Multiplan panels and concrete formwork technology. These sites have a combined annual output of approx. 300,000 cubic metres glue laminated timber, 40,000 cubic metres crosslaminated timber, 2 million m2 formwork 3-ply panels and 4 million linear metres of formworks beams. By supplying timber merchants, acting as a partner of the construction industry and working with engineers, architects and commercial clients the group is a one -stop producer and advisor for perfect timber solutions. Mayr-Melnhof Kaufmann is part of the Mayr-Melnhof Timber Group that operates five sawmills in Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Russia. The high quality product range offers fresh cut timber (including drying if required by the customer), KD S4S planed timber, glulam beams, off cut-based products, mouldings, lath wood, scaffolding planks, finger-jointed products, pellets and briquettes.

NEMETSCHEK ENGINEERING GMBH Stadionstrasse 6, 5071 Wals-Siezenheim, Austria Tel: +43/ 662/ 85 41 11 0, Fax: +43/ 662/ 85 41 11 610 Email: info@nemetschek-engineering.at Website: www.nemetschek-engineering.com “Allplan Precast” is the forward-looking software for the planning and production of prefabricated elements for construction or for floor and wall systems. Consistency of data and information is the key to success and an important element in the reduction of costs, improvement of quality and speed of operation. Allplan is the system to achieve this. “Allplan” supports the operational processes in construction planning, as no other CAD system. This represents the best basis for planning, work preparation and production for prefabricated element manufacturers. Nemetschek Engineering is a subsidiary company of Nemetschek AG. who develop and market software for the construction industry.

PRAHER Valves is a leading global player in high quality plastic (PVC, PP and PVDF) industrial valve technology and supplies the best water treatment and chemical plants in the world. Our range of valves meets all major requirements for manual and automatic ball valves (2-way and 3-way), check valves (cone and wafer), butterfly valves, diaphragm valves, aerating and foot valves, sampling valves, line strainers and flow metres. All these items can be adapted with various end connections such as sockets, spigots, threaded ends and flanges; PE sockets and spigots are also available for PE pipes. End connections compliant with ASTM, ANSI, BS, DIN, ISO, JIS standards and BSP and NPT threaded ends are available. Dimensions vary according to the type of valve. A complete pipe and fittings system (PVC, PP and PVDF) rounds off the range.

SBM MINERAL PROCESSING GMBH Arbeiterheimstrasse 46, 4663 Laakirchen, Austria Tel: +43/ 7613/ 2771-0, Fax: +43/ 7613/ 2771-359 Email: office@sbm-mp.at Website: www.sbm-mp.at As a producer of processing and conveyor systems for gravel, sand, rubble and similar materials SBM Mineral Processing achieves a turnover of more than EUR 50 million and has an international presence with exports amounting to 80 per cent of output. SBM is a world market leader in specialist niches. The product range offers individual machines, mobile and stationary plants, mobile concrete mixing plants and service and support. The company has its headquarters in Laakirchen, Upper Austria.

THE COOL TOOL Fabriksgasse 15, 2340 Mödling, Austria Tel: +43/ 2236/ 89 26 66, Fax: +43/ 2236/ 89 26 66-18 Email: info@thecooltool.com Website: www.thecooltool.com TheCoolTool® is a company that specialises in the development, production and distribution of innovative machines that focus on providing solutions in the fields of modelmaking, design, prototyping and education. TheCoolTool® product range comprises: • PLAYMAT - a fully functional model-making machine for the youngest hobby and crafts enthusiast • UNIMAT – a complete modular workshop system, that is functionally comparable to large industrial machines and processes wood, plastic and metal. A multitude of tools can be combined in next to no time. • UNITURN - UNIMILL – combined machines for manual and computer –controlled milling and turning • STEP FOUR - CNC machines for commercial and industrial applications KHALEEJ TIMES SPECIAL REPORT

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JANSER BETEILIGUNGS GMBH

LISEC MASCHINENBAU GMBH

PRAHER BETEILIGUNGS GMBH

Bahnhofstrasse 37, 4860 Lenzing, Austria Tel: +43/ 7672/ 951 54 0, Fax: +43/ 7672/ 967 88 Email: max.janser@janser.com Website: www.janser.com

Peter-Lisec-Straße 1, 3353 Seitenstetten, Austria Tel: +43/ 7477/ 405-0, Fax: +43/ 7477/ 405-80 Email: sales@lisec.com Website: www.lisec.com

Poneggenstrasse 5, 4311 Schwertberg, Austria Tel: +43/ 7262/ 611 79-0, Fax: +43/ 7262/ 612 03 Email: info@praher-valves.com Website: www.praher-valves.com

JANSER is a specialist provider of a comprehensive choice of professional tools, machines and equipment. Whether one is looking to buy or service a product or simply seeking some good advice — JANSER is fully committed to serving its customers’ needs. The company’s philosophy is “products, advice and service provided by professionals for professionals.” Flexibility and reliability are crucial for success. These qualities have driven the company’s customer care for more than 45 years. Satisfying high quality standards has always been a top priority with Janser. Its range includes: • Cutting tools for all types of floor covering • Tools for stretching fitted carpets • Carpet whipping machines • Machines and tools for welding PVC and linoleum floor coverings • Subfloor treatment machines • Parquet sanding machines • Custom carpet presentation systems

Originally a glass processing business establishment, Lisec has expanded over the decades into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-tech production lines for the insulating glass industry. About 50 years of experience in the field of glass, engineering and insulating glass production together with intensive research and development, as well as a global consulting and service network stand for High Tech, know-how and quality made in Austria. The machine programme comprises machines and plants for float/laminated glass cutting, production and applicating systems for conventional or flexible spacer frames, vertical IG fabricating lines with gas filling and sealing robots, vertical water jet cutting and edge-working centres, glass edge arising machines, flat-bed tempering furnaces especially for thin glass, solar glass equipment, laminated glass production lines and business software for the glass industry.

KLAUSNER TRADING INTERNATIONAL GMBH Bahnhofstrasse 13, 6372 Oberndorf bei Kitzbühel, Austria Tel: +43/ 5352/ 602-0, Fax: +43/ 5352/ 602-100 Email: kti@klausner-group.com Website: www.klausner-group.com The KLAUSNER GROUP is one of the biggest, most innovative and best performing companies in the European timber industry. The group was founded in 1918 in St. Johann/Tyrol, Austria. Approximately two million cubic metres of softwood lumber are produced every year at two, state-of-the-art sites. This makes Klausner one of the biggest producers in Europe. It also successfully exports high quality lumber products around the world. The latest machine and plant technology combined with professional and competent employees make the Klausner Group a global leader in the sawmill and planning mill industry.

MAGE ALU SYSTEMS GMBH Max-Planck-Straße 3, 9100 Völkermarkt, Austria Tel: +43/ 4232/ 4180-900, Fax: +43/ 4232/ 4180-905 Email: facadetec@mage.at Website: www.magealusytems.com MAGE Alu Systems GmbH is a complete provider of aluminium sub-structures for curtain-type, back-ventilated facades. From the extrusion and processing of aluminium profiles to assembly plans and full structural calculations – we offer reliable and innovative solutions for a very wide range of curtain-type, back-ventilated facade systems. Our core products: • Extruded aluminium wall brackets • Aluminium profiles in a very wide range of designs • Various accessory profiles such as window connection profiles, corner and joint profiles (powdercoated or anodised) in a variety of dimensions • Stainless steel and aluminium clamps for ceramic, HPL, tile and natural stone facades • Aluminium hangers and hanger profiles (undercut anchor technology) • Blind rivets (RAL coating), universal dowels, drilling screws, wind-proofing films

MAGE SUNFIXINGS GMBH Max-Planck-Straße 3, 9100 Völkermarkt, Austria Tel: +43/ 4232/ 27299-0 Email: office@sunfixings.com Website: www.sunfixings.com

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The MAGE SUNFIXINGS GmbH develops, produces and sells high quality mounting and fastening systems for photovoltaic modules and solar thermal collectors. The range of services includes established system solutions for sloped roofs, flat roofs, open areas, balconies and façades as well as special solutions. The partly patent-protected fastening systems can be mounted simply, quickly and safely. With its quality consciousness, application oriented development and extensive technical know-how, the MAGE SUNFIXINGS GmbH has set Europe-wide standards. From development to manufacture and refinement and professional computer-assisted structural analysis, our experienced teams of technicians can quickly provide cost-efficient solutions.

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MAYR-MELNHOF KAUFMANN Vorderreuthe 57, 6870 Reuthe, Austria Tel: +43/ 5574/ 804, Fax: +43/ 5574/ 804 201 Email: reuthe@mm-kaufmann.com Website: www.mm-kaufmann.com The MAYR-MELNHOF KAUFMANN Group is one of the leading European players in the timber industry. The company has four sites in Austria and Germany that produce high quality structural timber construction materials for the timber engineering industry. The product range comprises glulam beams and special components, Profidecke ceiling elements, cross-laminated timber, KI Multiplan panels and concrete formwork technology. These sites have a combined annual output of approx. 300,000 cubic metres glue laminated timber, 40,000 cubic metres crosslaminated timber, 2 million m2 formwork 3-ply panels and 4 million linear metres of formworks beams. By supplying timber merchants, acting as a partner of the construction industry and working with engineers, architects and commercial clients the group is a one -stop producer and advisor for perfect timber solutions. Mayr-Melnhof Kaufmann is part of the Mayr-Melnhof Timber Group that operates five sawmills in Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Russia. The high quality product range offers fresh cut timber (including drying if required by the customer), KD S4S planed timber, glulam beams, off cut-based products, mouldings, lath wood, scaffolding planks, finger-jointed products, pellets and briquettes.

NEMETSCHEK ENGINEERING GMBH Stadionstrasse 6, 5071 Wals-Siezenheim, Austria Tel: +43/ 662/ 85 41 11 0, Fax: +43/ 662/ 85 41 11 610 Email: info@nemetschek-engineering.at Website: www.nemetschek-engineering.com “Allplan Precast” is the forward-looking software for the planning and production of prefabricated elements for construction or for floor and wall systems. Consistency of data and information is the key to success and an important element in the reduction of costs, improvement of quality and speed of operation. Allplan is the system to achieve this. “Allplan” supports the operational processes in construction planning, as no other CAD system. This represents the best basis for planning, work preparation and production for prefabricated element manufacturers. Nemetschek Engineering is a subsidiary company of Nemetschek AG. who develop and market software for the construction industry.

PRAHER Valves is a leading global player in high quality plastic (PVC, PP and PVDF) industrial valve technology and supplies the best water treatment and chemical plants in the world. Our range of valves meets all major requirements for manual and automatic ball valves (2-way and 3-way), check valves (cone and wafer), butterfly valves, diaphragm valves, aerating and foot valves, sampling valves, line strainers and flow metres. All these items can be adapted with various end connections such as sockets, spigots, threaded ends and flanges; PE sockets and spigots are also available for PE pipes. End connections compliant with ASTM, ANSI, BS, DIN, ISO, JIS standards and BSP and NPT threaded ends are available. Dimensions vary according to the type of valve. A complete pipe and fittings system (PVC, PP and PVDF) rounds off the range.

SBM MINERAL PROCESSING GMBH Arbeiterheimstrasse 46, 4663 Laakirchen, Austria Tel: +43/ 7613/ 2771-0, Fax: +43/ 7613/ 2771-359 Email: office@sbm-mp.at Website: www.sbm-mp.at As a producer of processing and conveyor systems for gravel, sand, rubble and similar materials SBM Mineral Processing achieves a turnover of more than EUR 50 million and has an international presence with exports amounting to 80 per cent of output. SBM is a world market leader in specialist niches. The product range offers individual machines, mobile and stationary plants, mobile concrete mixing plants and service and support. The company has its headquarters in Laakirchen, Upper Austria.

THE COOL TOOL Fabriksgasse 15, 2340 Mödling, Austria Tel: +43/ 2236/ 89 26 66, Fax: +43/ 2236/ 89 26 66-18 Email: info@thecooltool.com Website: www.thecooltool.com TheCoolTool® is a company that specialises in the development, production and distribution of innovative machines that focus on providing solutions in the fields of modelmaking, design, prototyping and education. TheCoolTool® product range comprises: • PLAYMAT - a fully functional model-making machine for the youngest hobby and crafts enthusiast • UNIMAT – a complete modular workshop system, that is functionally comparable to large industrial machines and processes wood, plastic and metal. A multitude of tools can be combined in next to no time. • UNITURN - UNIMILL – combined machines for manual and computer –controlled milling and turning • STEP FOUR - CNC machines for commercial and industrial applications KHALEEJ TIMES SPECIAL REPORT

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TYROLUX TYRO TY ROLU RO LUX LU X TR TRAD TRADING ADIN AD ING IN G GMBH & CO KG Laend 77, 6233 Kramsach, Austria Tel: +43/ 5337/ 93910, Fax: +43/ 5337/ 93910 60 Email: info@tyrolux.at Website: www.tyrolux.at Tyrolux Trading was established in 1976 and is an international trading firm that exclusively works with Middle Eastern countries and parts of Africa. Tyrolux Trading acts for several Austrian companies as their competence centre for exports to the Middle East. We primarily sell technical products such as machines and tools for the metal machining industry. We also specialise in selling school furniture and school equipment (workshops, school kitchens, electronic boards etc.) and would like to supp ly our ergonomic products to customers in the Arab world.

been produced so far. • Materials: hot rolled strip, cold rolled strip, galvanized steel, stainless steel (mill finished, brushed, grinded and mirror finish), pre-painted materials, aluminium and other non-ferrous metals • Dimensions: strip thickness from 0.3 - 8mm, strip width up to 800mm, profile lengths up to 27,000mm • Processing methods: high frequency and laser welding, laser cutting, sawing, drilling, bending and all jointing techniques The recently developed Welser forming technology sets new standards in producing open and closed special profiles with complex cross-sections. These products go far beyond conventional cold-rolled profiles.

Prochenberg 24, 3341 Ybbsitz, Austria Tel: +43/ 7443/ 800-0, Fax: +43/ 7443/ 800-41 11 Email: at@welser.com Website: www.welser.com Using the latest cold rolling technology Welser produces open profiles, welded profile tubes and profile systems made from steel, stainless steel and non-ferrous metals. Welser products are noted for their strength and reliability and are in use worldwide – for example in formwork and facade systems, interior design (partitioning and ceilings) as well as in the architectural design (e. g. stainless steel handrails). Every year 420,000 tons of steel and non-ferrous metals are processed into 170 million metres of profiles. More than 18,000 tailor-made products have

Dubai World Trade Centre Hall 2, Booth B80

ZEMAN BAUELEMENTE PRODUKTIONSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

ZEMAN was the first company to achieve fully automatic production of SIN BEAM “corrugated web” steel beams. The production process is computer controlled and networked with special software for structural steel engineering. The revolutionary profile of the beam offers particularly economical solutions especially for steel supporting frameworks with larger span widths. The characteristics of the ZEMAN “SIN-BEAM”: • High load-bearing capacity with comparatively low construction weight • Increasingly economical as span widths increase saving in building height compared with lattice beam constructions • Cost savings due to fully automated welding process

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Schönbrunnerstrasse 213 - 215, 1120 Wien, Austria Tel +43/ 1/ 814 14 51 Fax +43/ 1/ 812 27 13 Email: hofer@zeco.at Website: www.zebau.com

WELSER PROFILE AG

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ARTLISKA Untere Hauptstrasse 16, 3650 Pöggstall, Austria Tel: +43/ 2758/ 2228 Email info@artliska.net, Website www.artliska.net Artistic interior designs delight the soul, expand our horizons and provide our interior environment with a sense of individuality. Danny Liska offers many different wall design possibilities — such as decorative and trompEl’oeil paintings or paintings in a genuine Pompeian style. Private residences, hotels, restaurants and wellness centres benefit from an imaginative, positive atmosphere. Personal and professional advice, planning and implementation ensure that individual customer requirements are met. Many years of experience ensure that a wide selection of painting techniques are available and the use of acrylic paints, special mineral paints or oil paints produce the optimum effect in every project.

BAKALOWITS LICHT DESIGN GMBH Gumpendorferstrasse 32, 1060 Wien, Austria Tel: +43/ 1/ 920 26 26 Fax:+43/ 1/ 920 26 76 Email office@bakalowits.com, Website www.bakalowits.com The Bakalowits company has been operating in the lighting sector for five generations and today, under KR. Prof. Friedl Bakalowits, is represented throughout the world.

The company has carried out major commissions for lighting projects in fitting-out state buildings, opera houses, theatres, palaces, residencies, villas, and private dwellings in more than 142 countries. In Vienna, the Hofburg, the State Opera House, the Burgtheater, the parliament building, the Town Hall, and many palaces on the Ringstrasse and hotels have been fitted out with representational lighting, as also have the official state palace in Abu Dhabi, the Grand Hyatt hotel in Saigon, the Kremlin and bank buildings in Tokyo. In addition to the factory, Bakalowits also has its own design office where both trend-setting and traditional lighting installations are designed and chandelier concepts are realised to meet customers’ wishes.

CAD+T-CONSULTING GMBH Gewerbepark 16, 4052 Ansfelden, Austria Tel: +43/ 7229/ 831 00-0 Fax: +43/ 7229/ 831 00-60 Email office@cadt.at Website www.cadt.at For 20 years, CAD+T has been producing CAD software (based on AutoCAD® and AutoDesk Inventor®) for the furniture business sector (cabinet makers, shop fitters, yacht interior fitting out, furniture industry, furniture retail trade). CAD+T provides consultancy services for implementation i.e. the know-how for adaptation to the customer’s requirements and structure, as well as support for installation. CAD+T can speak and operate from experience — today its clientele comprises more than 2,500 customers. CAD+T provides the quickest planning solution, a construction solution for a wide range of users and a mechanical link with the least outlay.

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TYROLUX TYRO TY ROLU RO LUX LU X TR TRAD TRADING ADIN AD ING IN G GMBH & CO KG Laend 77, 6233 Kramsach, Austria Tel: +43/ 5337/ 93910, Fax: +43/ 5337/ 93910 60 Email: info@tyrolux.at Website: www.tyrolux.at Tyrolux Trading was established in 1976 and is an international trading firm that exclusively works with Middle Eastern countries and parts of Africa. Tyrolux Trading acts for several Austrian companies as their competence centre for exports to the Middle East. We primarily sell technical products such as machines and tools for the metal machining industry. We also specialise in selling school furniture and school equipment (workshops, school kitchens, electronic boards etc.) and would like to supp ly our ergonomic products to customers in the Arab world.

been produced so far. • Materials: hot rolled strip, cold rolled strip, galvanized steel, stainless steel (mill finished, brushed, grinded and mirror finish), pre-painted materials, aluminium and other non-ferrous metals • Dimensions: strip thickness from 0.3 - 8mm, strip width up to 800mm, profile lengths up to 27,000mm • Processing methods: high frequency and laser welding, laser cutting, sawing, drilling, bending and all jointing techniques The recently developed Welser forming technology sets new standards in producing open and closed special profiles with complex cross-sections. These products go far beyond conventional cold-rolled profiles.

Prochenberg 24, 3341 Ybbsitz, Austria Tel: +43/ 7443/ 800-0, Fax: +43/ 7443/ 800-41 11 Email: at@welser.com Website: www.welser.com Using the latest cold rolling technology Welser produces open profiles, welded profile tubes and profile systems made from steel, stainless steel and non-ferrous metals. Welser products are noted for their strength and reliability and are in use worldwide – for example in formwork and facade systems, interior design (partitioning and ceilings) as well as in the architectural design (e. g. stainless steel handrails). Every year 420,000 tons of steel and non-ferrous metals are processed into 170 million metres of profiles. More than 18,000 tailor-made products have

Dubai World Trade Centre Hall 2, Booth B80

ZEMAN BAUELEMENTE PRODUKTIONSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

ZEMAN was the first company to achieve fully automatic production of SIN BEAM “corrugated web” steel beams. The production process is computer controlled and networked with special software for structural steel engineering. The revolutionary profile of the beam offers particularly economical solutions especially for steel supporting frameworks with larger span widths. The characteristics of the ZEMAN “SIN-BEAM”: • High load-bearing capacity with comparatively low construction weight • Increasingly economical as span widths increase saving in building height compared with lattice beam constructions • Cost savings due to fully automated welding process

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Schönbrunnerstrasse 213 - 215, 1120 Wien, Austria Tel +43/ 1/ 814 14 51 Fax +43/ 1/ 812 27 13 Email: hofer@zeco.at Website: www.zebau.com

WELSER PROFILE AG

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ARTLISKA Untere Hauptstrasse 16, 3650 Pöggstall, Austria Tel: +43/ 2758/ 2228 Email info@artliska.net, Website www.artliska.net Artistic interior designs delight the soul, expand our horizons and provide our interior environment with a sense of individuality. Danny Liska offers many different wall design possibilities — such as decorative and trompEl’oeil paintings or paintings in a genuine Pompeian style. Private residences, hotels, restaurants and wellness centres benefit from an imaginative, positive atmosphere. Personal and professional advice, planning and implementation ensure that individual customer requirements are met. Many years of experience ensure that a wide selection of painting techniques are available and the use of acrylic paints, special mineral paints or oil paints produce the optimum effect in every project.

BAKALOWITS LICHT DESIGN GMBH Gumpendorferstrasse 32, 1060 Wien, Austria Tel: +43/ 1/ 920 26 26 Fax:+43/ 1/ 920 26 76 Email office@bakalowits.com, Website www.bakalowits.com The Bakalowits company has been operating in the lighting sector for five generations and today, under KR. Prof. Friedl Bakalowits, is represented throughout the world.

The company has carried out major commissions for lighting projects in fitting-out state buildings, opera houses, theatres, palaces, residencies, villas, and private dwellings in more than 142 countries. In Vienna, the Hofburg, the State Opera House, the Burgtheater, the parliament building, the Town Hall, and many palaces on the Ringstrasse and hotels have been fitted out with representational lighting, as also have the official state palace in Abu Dhabi, the Grand Hyatt hotel in Saigon, the Kremlin and bank buildings in Tokyo. In addition to the factory, Bakalowits also has its own design office where both trend-setting and traditional lighting installations are designed and chandelier concepts are realised to meet customers’ wishes.

CAD+T-CONSULTING GMBH Gewerbepark 16, 4052 Ansfelden, Austria Tel: +43/ 7229/ 831 00-0 Fax: +43/ 7229/ 831 00-60 Email office@cadt.at Website www.cadt.at For 20 years, CAD+T has been producing CAD software (based on AutoCAD® and AutoDesk Inventor®) for the furniture business sector (cabinet makers, shop fitters, yacht interior fitting out, furniture industry, furniture retail trade). CAD+T provides consultancy services for implementation i.e. the know-how for adaptation to the customer’s requirements and structure, as well as support for installation. CAD+T can speak and operate from experience — today its clientele comprises more than 2,500 customers. CAD+T provides the quickest planning solution, a construction solution for a wide range of users and a mechanical link with the least outlay.

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EB LIZENZVERWERTUNGS GMBH / INSTANTDAYLITE DIVISION Sieveringer Strasse 207, 1190 Wien, Austria Tel: +43/ 1/ 440 2910 Fax: +43/ 1/ 440 7210 Email tp@instantdaylite.com Website www.instantdaylite.com EB Lizenzverwertungs GmbH / Instantdaylite© Division develops, produces and distributes under exclusive licence a product range of full spectrum Instantdaylite daylight lighting fixtures under the INSTANTDAYLITE© brand name. The lighting fixtures are certified throughout the EU. The light spectrum and UV component of natural daylight are recreated with 98 per cent accuracy. For the first time a degree of light intensity has been attained that can have biological effects on people. These include increased alertness, alleviation of SAD (winter depression), better colour perception and less fatigue. Thanks to constant contact with researchers and doctors via the pharmacological department under the management of Dkfm. Eva Binder the parameters are being continuously refined and adapted to suit different areas of application.

KLAUS BÖSCH, DER SANDMANN SAND DIVISION Sandhofstrasse 2, 6890 Lustenau, Austria Tel: +43/ 5577/ 864 54 Fax: +43/ 5577/ 869 48 Email sandman@sandpicture.com Website www.sandpicture.com The international acting artist Klaus Bösch creates the living sand dunes named Rainbow Vision Sand Pictures. Are you looking for unusual decoration objects? This is the ultimate and interactive device to create random landscapes looking like dunes or mountains. Each sand picture becomes the attraction in your hotel’s lobby, as a room partition or as the calming and soothing tool at the dentist’s office or in a spa area. It is easy to handle, simply turn it to start the flow of the secret blend of sands as you come to realise that looking at it relaxes and stimulates the mind.

KRAUS KG Hainbuchstrasse 33, 4431 Haidershofen, Austria Tel: +43/ 7252/ 371 17-0 Fax: +43/ 7252/ 371 17-10 Email office@kraus-chandelier.cc Website www.kraus-chandelier.cc Over 50 years experience has enabled Kraus KG to become a specialist in the design, manufacture and distribution of high quality crystal chandeliers and lighting. Production is based on the company’s own designs as well as drawings, sketches or ideas provided by customers worldwide or their architects. The products range from classic Empress Maria Theresa-style crystal chandeliers to modern pendant, table, floor and wall lights in a great variety of styles and sizes.

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MAFI NATURHOLZBODEN GMBH Utzweihstrasse 21+25, 5212 Schneegattern, Austria Tel: +43/ 7746/ 27 11 Fax: +43/ 7746/ 37 47 Email office@mafi.at Website www.mafi.at The family firm, mafi, was the first uncompromisingly to decide in favour of lacquer-free, natural oiled floor surfaces whilst not abandoning innovations and trends. Mafi is in the avant-garde of flooring and every year brings numerous, internationally acclaimed, product innovations onto the market. Mafi innovations include: - Vulcano - Tiger Oak - Magic (hand planed) - Coral (hand milled) - Domino - Fresco Mafi natural wood flooring is as unique as nature itself, it even regulates the room climate and imparts harmony and elegance to every room, making every floor and every room as individual as its owner and the living room into an art room.

MÜLEBA GMBH Jörgmayrstraße 12, 4111 Walding, Austria Tel: +43/ 7234/ 82365 Fax: +43/ 7234/ 82365-6 Email office@hellatex.at MÜLEBA is a home textiles company that primarily produces bed linen. The company focuses on fitted sheets and contract bed linen with its specialist Mr. Sandman® brand products. Thanks to many years of experience in the production of home and household textiles and as a specialist producer of fitted sheets the company is one of the top players in this segment. The range of fitted sheets consists of: • Jersey, twisted jersey, interlock (in a variety of fabric weights) • Terry towelling (in a variety of fabric weights) • Elastane: for water beds, mattresses of different heights, box spring mattresses • Piqué for contact applications subject to heavy wear and tear • Microfibre for allergy sufferers • TOP Care (Pu-laminated) mattress protection (dust mite, incontinence and waterproof but still actively breathable) The range, is completed by pillowcases in all sizes and shapes, (wellness pillows, crescent-shaped pillows etc.) and special sizes/designs on request.

THE COOL TOOL GMBH

VOSSEN GMBH & CO KG

Fabriksgasse 15, 2340 Mödling, Austria Tel: +43/ 2236/ 89 26 66 Fax: +43/ 2236/ 89 26 66-18 Email info@thecooltool.com Website www.thecooltool.com

Vossenlände 1, 8380 Jennersdorf, Austria Tel: +43/ 3329/ 400-0 Fax: +43/ 3329/ 400 95 Email info@vossen.com Website www.vossen.com

“THE COOL TOOL” is a company that specialises in the development, production and distribution of innovative machines that focus on providing solutions in the fields of model making, design, prototyping and education.

Vossen is the leading terry towelling manufacturer in Austria and one of the European leaders. Products are distributed to 43 different countries in the world. The principal markets are Germany, Austria, England, Benelux, Denmark and the Middle East. Around 5 million articles are produced annually — bath towels, shower towels, beach towels, bathrobes and bathmats. Vossen processes approximately 60 tonnes of raw yarn each week, for fulled, velour and woven terry towelling. Great importance is attached to quality, ecological acceptability, and outstanding design. A feel for innovation coupled with reliability, customer service, precise knowledge of the markets and specialist know-how are the determining characteristics for success in maintaining in the future the brand leadership for high-grade terry towelling in the global markets of the world.

“THE COOL TOOL” product range comprises: • PLAYMAT — a fully functional model-making machine for the youngest hobby and crafts enthusiast • UNIMAT — a complete modular workshop system, that is functionally comparable to large industrial machines and processes wood, plastic and metal. A multitude of tools can be combined in next to no time. • UNITURN - UNIMILL – combined machines for manual and computer-controlled milling and turning • STEP FOUR - CNC machines for commercial and industrial applications

WOHNKUNST NÖTTLING - LIVING ART Schubertstrasse 11, 4600 Wels, Austria Tel: +43/ 7242/ 20 64 84 Fax: +43/ 7242/ 20 66 86 Email office@wohnkunst.at Website www.wohnkunst.at

Wohnkunst Living Art Nöttling primarily designs and produces unique and exclusive washbasins in granite, wood, metal and glass, embellished with Swarovski crystals. We design glass basins in every shape and colour. Metal and granite accessories with Swarovski crystals create additional stunning highlights. Complete bathroom and interior design concepts are also available. Wohnkunst Living Art Nöttling, your specialist for bathrooms, kitchens and interior decor featuring unique Swarovski crystal designs. KHALEEJ TIMES SPECIAL REPORT

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EB LIZENZVERWERTUNGS GMBH / INSTANTDAYLITE DIVISION Sieveringer Strasse 207, 1190 Wien, Austria Tel: +43/ 1/ 440 2910 Fax: +43/ 1/ 440 7210 Email tp@instantdaylite.com Website www.instantdaylite.com EB Lizenzverwertungs GmbH / Instantdaylite© Division develops, produces and distributes under exclusive licence a product range of full spectrum Instantdaylite daylight lighting fixtures under the INSTANTDAYLITE© brand name. The lighting fixtures are certified throughout the EU. The light spectrum and UV component of natural daylight are recreated with 98 per cent accuracy. For the first time a degree of light intensity has been attained that can have biological effects on people. These include increased alertness, alleviation of SAD (winter depression), better colour perception and less fatigue. Thanks to constant contact with researchers and doctors via the pharmacological department under the management of Dkfm. Eva Binder the parameters are being continuously refined and adapted to suit different areas of application.

KLAUS BÖSCH, DER SANDMANN SAND DIVISION Sandhofstrasse 2, 6890 Lustenau, Austria Tel: +43/ 5577/ 864 54 Fax: +43/ 5577/ 869 48 Email sandman@sandpicture.com Website www.sandpicture.com The international acting artist Klaus Bösch creates the living sand dunes named Rainbow Vision Sand Pictures. Are you looking for unusual decoration objects? This is the ultimate and interactive device to create random landscapes looking like dunes or mountains. Each sand picture becomes the attraction in your hotel’s lobby, as a room partition or as the calming and soothing tool at the dentist’s office or in a spa area. It is easy to handle, simply turn it to start the flow of the secret blend of sands as you come to realise that looking at it relaxes and stimulates the mind.

KRAUS KG Hainbuchstrasse 33, 4431 Haidershofen, Austria Tel: +43/ 7252/ 371 17-0 Fax: +43/ 7252/ 371 17-10 Email office@kraus-chandelier.cc Website www.kraus-chandelier.cc Over 50 years experience has enabled Kraus KG to become a specialist in the design, manufacture and distribution of high quality crystal chandeliers and lighting. Production is based on the company’s own designs as well as drawings, sketches or ideas provided by customers worldwide or their architects. The products range from classic Empress Maria Theresa-style crystal chandeliers to modern pendant, table, floor and wall lights in a great variety of styles and sizes.

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MAFI NATURHOLZBODEN GMBH Utzweihstrasse 21+25, 5212 Schneegattern, Austria Tel: +43/ 7746/ 27 11 Fax: +43/ 7746/ 37 47 Email office@mafi.at Website www.mafi.at The family firm, mafi, was the first uncompromisingly to decide in favour of lacquer-free, natural oiled floor surfaces whilst not abandoning innovations and trends. Mafi is in the avant-garde of flooring and every year brings numerous, internationally acclaimed, product innovations onto the market. Mafi innovations include: - Vulcano - Tiger Oak - Magic (hand planed) - Coral (hand milled) - Domino - Fresco Mafi natural wood flooring is as unique as nature itself, it even regulates the room climate and imparts harmony and elegance to every room, making every floor and every room as individual as its owner and the living room into an art room.

MÜLEBA GMBH Jörgmayrstraße 12, 4111 Walding, Austria Tel: +43/ 7234/ 82365 Fax: +43/ 7234/ 82365-6 Email office@hellatex.at MÜLEBA is a home textiles company that primarily produces bed linen. The company focuses on fitted sheets and contract bed linen with its specialist Mr. Sandman® brand products. Thanks to many years of experience in the production of home and household textiles and as a specialist producer of fitted sheets the company is one of the top players in this segment. The range of fitted sheets consists of: • Jersey, twisted jersey, interlock (in a variety of fabric weights) • Terry towelling (in a variety of fabric weights) • Elastane: for water beds, mattresses of different heights, box spring mattresses • Piqué for contact applications subject to heavy wear and tear • Microfibre for allergy sufferers • TOP Care (Pu-laminated) mattress protection (dust mite, incontinence and waterproof but still actively breathable) The range, is completed by pillowcases in all sizes and shapes, (wellness pillows, crescent-shaped pillows etc.) and special sizes/designs on request.

THE COOL TOOL GMBH

VOSSEN GMBH & CO KG

Fabriksgasse 15, 2340 Mödling, Austria Tel: +43/ 2236/ 89 26 66 Fax: +43/ 2236/ 89 26 66-18 Email info@thecooltool.com Website www.thecooltool.com

Vossenlände 1, 8380 Jennersdorf, Austria Tel: +43/ 3329/ 400-0 Fax: +43/ 3329/ 400 95 Email info@vossen.com Website www.vossen.com

“THE COOL TOOL” is a company that specialises in the development, production and distribution of innovative machines that focus on providing solutions in the fields of model making, design, prototyping and education.

Vossen is the leading terry towelling manufacturer in Austria and one of the European leaders. Products are distributed to 43 different countries in the world. The principal markets are Germany, Austria, England, Benelux, Denmark and the Middle East. Around 5 million articles are produced annually — bath towels, shower towels, beach towels, bathrobes and bathmats. Vossen processes approximately 60 tonnes of raw yarn each week, for fulled, velour and woven terry towelling. Great importance is attached to quality, ecological acceptability, and outstanding design. A feel for innovation coupled with reliability, customer service, precise knowledge of the markets and specialist know-how are the determining characteristics for success in maintaining in the future the brand leadership for high-grade terry towelling in the global markets of the world.

“THE COOL TOOL” product range comprises: • PLAYMAT — a fully functional model-making machine for the youngest hobby and crafts enthusiast • UNIMAT — a complete modular workshop system, that is functionally comparable to large industrial machines and processes wood, plastic and metal. A multitude of tools can be combined in next to no time. • UNITURN - UNIMILL – combined machines for manual and computer-controlled milling and turning • STEP FOUR - CNC machines for commercial and industrial applications

WOHNKUNST NÖTTLING - LIVING ART Schubertstrasse 11, 4600 Wels, Austria Tel: +43/ 7242/ 20 64 84 Fax: +43/ 7242/ 20 66 86 Email office@wohnkunst.at Website www.wohnkunst.at

Wohnkunst Living Art Nöttling primarily designs and produces unique and exclusive washbasins in granite, wood, metal and glass, embellished with Swarovski crystals. We design glass basins in every shape and colour. Metal and granite accessories with Swarovski crystals create additional stunning highlights. Complete bathroom and interior design concepts are also available. Wohnkunst Living Art Nöttling, your specialist for bathrooms, kitchens and interior decor featuring unique Swarovski crystal designs. KHALEEJ TIMES SPECIAL REPORT

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Austria and the UAE are working together to create an outlet for health tourism

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HEALTHCARE HUB With their fast-growing local populations and the rise in demand for quality healthcare, GCC could turn to Austria for its renowned medical expertise

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HE Austrian Trade Commission refers to Austria’s brilliant medical history to drive home the point that the European country, with its competitive pricing, qualitative medical care, could make a difference to the current GCC healthcare system. The famed philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once said that although there are 1,000 illnesses there is only one health. There is no country that takes this saying more seriously than Austria. It has got statistics to prove it! Every year Austria receives approximately 30 million visitors, who come to the country not only to enjoy its climate and beautiful landscape but also to seek medical advice and to recuperate. However, the country stands out not only for its celebrated medical history and world-class medical facilities but also for its commitment to provide excellent healthcare to citizens from around the world. Take for instance, the GCC countries that need to send patients abroad for all kinds of medical treatment because of their growing population, increasing health issues which

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> Ignaz Semmelweis

> Karl Fellinger

are related to lifestyle and a rapidly ageing population. All these factors put pressure on the healthcare system that tries to keep pace with the growth trajectory. This is where Austria, renowned for its global medical expertise, can step in. Especially because Austria meets the expectations of patients from Gulf countries like any of its European neighbours. The quality, pricing, language barriers, cultural understanding and travel regulations are comparable. A brief look at Austria’s long history of medical brilliance will give a clearer picture. After the Revolution in 1848, “Juengere Wiener Medizinische Schule” (Young Vienna Medical School). Carl Freiherr von Rokitansky (Pathologist) and Ferdinand Ritter von Hebra (medical doctor) were established, sparking a new school of thought in the field of medicine. Other developments that followed this were the formation of the earliest institutes for otolaryngology (ears, eyes, throat) in Austria. In the first half of the 20th century, Austrian medical researchers won the Nobel Prize four times. At this point one cannot avoid men-

tioning the achievements of Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis, who discovered the cause of childbed fever or one of the world’s most renowned surgeons, Theodor Billroth. Almost everyone has heard about Karl Fellinger, Doctor of the Kings, who treated Saudi King Abdul Aziz, Shah of Iran, and Afghan King Zahir Shah, King Hassan II of Morocco, Sierra Leone’s President Siaka Stevens and many more. Time has, however, not dented the country’s medical prowess at all. The Austrian medical school of thought is still what its founders believed in, medicine practised with expertise and care, entrepreneurship and a drive to do the unachievable. Today, Austria is known globally for its expertise in transplantation medicine. The first kidney transplant was successfully carried out in Austria in 1965 and just seven years later Austria was again in the news for having carried out the first liver transplant. In 1983, Austrian heart surgeons conducted the first heart transplant in Innsbruck. In 1989, for the first time in the history of medicine a multiple transplantation procedure was done on an adult, replacing the liver, stomach, small intestine and pancreas. Austrian doctors created worldwide sensation when they transplanted two foreign hands on a victim who had lost both his hands in a terrorist letter bomb attack. Products and services from Austria enjoy an excellent reputation for their quality and ingenuity. The country is also a big name in the medical products and pharmaceuticals market. Qatar and Oman, for example, still hold accounts in their embassies for medical treatment in Austria. Medical expertise has to be

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backed by capable research facilities and Austria has a research-friendly climate that has been recognised and also speaks for itself. Medical research is one of the fastest growing industry segments in Austria. Austria’s friendly people, beautiful landscape and climate have made it one of the top service providers. Famed for its rehabilitation and wellness centres, Austria can also deliver knowledge and services. It is not just medical experts but even celebrities are paying attention to Austria’s expertise. For example, the American movie star John Malkovich and Prince Ernst August von

HE Austrian Federal Chamber of Commerce in co-operation with the Austrian Ministry of Economy is financing and organising the annual industry export initiatives. One of the focus areas is the health tourism in the GCC countries and its potential for Austrian health providers. The Austrian Trade Commission compiled a report on the outgoing health tourism in the GCC countries in the first quarter of 2010. The results and the forecast of the potential was staggering. The study was presented on May 5 in Vienna. The work is ongoing. The Austrian Trade Commission will organise a fact-finding mission for the interested Austrian companies by the end of the year. A lot of work will have to be done in Austria and here locally. Austria has an excellent reputation and has been well received in every aspect, but has missed so far, to find its way into the highly competitive market of health tourism here. Austrian medical and facility providers have successfully tendered for the Al Ain hospital building and supplied state-of-the-art Austrian technologies and equipment. Another multi-million Euro project in Manama, Bahrain, was also won by an Austrian company, which supplied the hospital there with medical equipment. The delegation will travel to Abu Dhabi on January 25, 2011 and to Dubai on January 27, 2011.

Hannover sought the services of Austrian trauma surgeons after they had accidents. During a recent survey of the healthcare system in the GCC it was noted that several areas require improvement. However, the GCC healthcare systems are far better today than they were 20 years ago. In particular the study also pointed out the shortcomings experienced by the GCC healthcare system — lack of managerial skills needed to run healthcare facilities, low cash incentives to treat the rising number of people with ailments such as heart disease and cancer. Keeping in mind these

shortcomings, in true Austrian tradition of helping others in time of need, a delegation of Austrian experts, representatives of hospitals and clinics will be visiting the GCC in January 2011 to hold meetings with officials of various governments in the GCC and offer their expertise and services to the people of the GCC. For more information on Austria or the delegation, contact the Austrian Trade Commission in Abu Dhabi via email: abudhabi@advantageaustria.org or Telephone: +971 2 676 6611. KHALEEJ TIMES SPECIAL REPORT

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Austria and the UAE are working together to create an outlet for health tourism

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HEALTHCARE HUB With their fast-growing local populations and the rise in demand for quality healthcare, GCC could turn to Austria for its renowned medical expertise

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HE Austrian Trade Commission refers to Austria’s brilliant medical history to drive home the point that the European country, with its competitive pricing, qualitative medical care, could make a difference to the current GCC healthcare system. The famed philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once said that although there are 1,000 illnesses there is only one health. There is no country that takes this saying more seriously than Austria. It has got statistics to prove it! Every year Austria receives approximately 30 million visitors, who come to the country not only to enjoy its climate and beautiful landscape but also to seek medical advice and to recuperate. However, the country stands out not only for its celebrated medical history and world-class medical facilities but also for its commitment to provide excellent healthcare to citizens from around the world. Take for instance, the GCC countries that need to send patients abroad for all kinds of medical treatment because of their growing population, increasing health issues which

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> Ignaz Semmelweis

> Karl Fellinger

are related to lifestyle and a rapidly ageing population. All these factors put pressure on the healthcare system that tries to keep pace with the growth trajectory. This is where Austria, renowned for its global medical expertise, can step in. Especially because Austria meets the expectations of patients from Gulf countries like any of its European neighbours. The quality, pricing, language barriers, cultural understanding and travel regulations are comparable. A brief look at Austria’s long history of medical brilliance will give a clearer picture. After the Revolution in 1848, “Juengere Wiener Medizinische Schule” (Young Vienna Medical School). Carl Freiherr von Rokitansky (Pathologist) and Ferdinand Ritter von Hebra (medical doctor) were established, sparking a new school of thought in the field of medicine. Other developments that followed this were the formation of the earliest institutes for otolaryngology (ears, eyes, throat) in Austria. In the first half of the 20th century, Austrian medical researchers won the Nobel Prize four times. At this point one cannot avoid men-

tioning the achievements of Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis, who discovered the cause of childbed fever or one of the world’s most renowned surgeons, Theodor Billroth. Almost everyone has heard about Karl Fellinger, Doctor of the Kings, who treated Saudi King Abdul Aziz, Shah of Iran, and Afghan King Zahir Shah, King Hassan II of Morocco, Sierra Leone’s President Siaka Stevens and many more. Time has, however, not dented the country’s medical prowess at all. The Austrian medical school of thought is still what its founders believed in, medicine practised with expertise and care, entrepreneurship and a drive to do the unachievable. Today, Austria is known globally for its expertise in transplantation medicine. The first kidney transplant was successfully carried out in Austria in 1965 and just seven years later Austria was again in the news for having carried out the first liver transplant. In 1983, Austrian heart surgeons conducted the first heart transplant in Innsbruck. In 1989, for the first time in the history of medicine a multiple transplantation procedure was done on an adult, replacing the liver, stomach, small intestine and pancreas. Austrian doctors created worldwide sensation when they transplanted two foreign hands on a victim who had lost both his hands in a terrorist letter bomb attack. Products and services from Austria enjoy an excellent reputation for their quality and ingenuity. The country is also a big name in the medical products and pharmaceuticals market. Qatar and Oman, for example, still hold accounts in their embassies for medical treatment in Austria. Medical expertise has to be

Collaborating

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backed by capable research facilities and Austria has a research-friendly climate that has been recognised and also speaks for itself. Medical research is one of the fastest growing industry segments in Austria. Austria’s friendly people, beautiful landscape and climate have made it one of the top service providers. Famed for its rehabilitation and wellness centres, Austria can also deliver knowledge and services. It is not just medical experts but even celebrities are paying attention to Austria’s expertise. For example, the American movie star John Malkovich and Prince Ernst August von

HE Austrian Federal Chamber of Commerce in co-operation with the Austrian Ministry of Economy is financing and organising the annual industry export initiatives. One of the focus areas is the health tourism in the GCC countries and its potential for Austrian health providers. The Austrian Trade Commission compiled a report on the outgoing health tourism in the GCC countries in the first quarter of 2010. The results and the forecast of the potential was staggering. The study was presented on May 5 in Vienna. The work is ongoing. The Austrian Trade Commission will organise a fact-finding mission for the interested Austrian companies by the end of the year. A lot of work will have to be done in Austria and here locally. Austria has an excellent reputation and has been well received in every aspect, but has missed so far, to find its way into the highly competitive market of health tourism here. Austrian medical and facility providers have successfully tendered for the Al Ain hospital building and supplied state-of-the-art Austrian technologies and equipment. Another multi-million Euro project in Manama, Bahrain, was also won by an Austrian company, which supplied the hospital there with medical equipment. The delegation will travel to Abu Dhabi on January 25, 2011 and to Dubai on January 27, 2011.

Hannover sought the services of Austrian trauma surgeons after they had accidents. During a recent survey of the healthcare system in the GCC it was noted that several areas require improvement. However, the GCC healthcare systems are far better today than they were 20 years ago. In particular the study also pointed out the shortcomings experienced by the GCC healthcare system — lack of managerial skills needed to run healthcare facilities, low cash incentives to treat the rising number of people with ailments such as heart disease and cancer. Keeping in mind these

shortcomings, in true Austrian tradition of helping others in time of need, a delegation of Austrian experts, representatives of hospitals and clinics will be visiting the GCC in January 2011 to hold meetings with officials of various governments in the GCC and offer their expertise and services to the people of the GCC. For more information on Austria or the delegation, contact the Austrian Trade Commission in Abu Dhabi via email: abudhabi@advantageaustria.org or Telephone: +971 2 676 6611. KHALEEJ TIMES SPECIAL REPORT

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VAMED

Organising companies

Your partner in HEALTH CARE The VAMED portfolio ranges from project development, design, engineering, contracting, facility management to total operational management of healthcare facilities FOUNDED in 1982, VAMED has become a leading global provider of an entire range of services offered to hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The group has implemented almost 500 projects in 50 countries. The VAMED portfolio ranges from project development, design, engineering, contracting, facility management to total operational management of healthcare facilities. Its services cover the entire range of healthcare, from wellness and preventive medicine via acute care and nursing to rehabilitation. Through VAMED Vitality World, VAMED is also Austria’s largest operator of thermal spas and health resorts. In the year 2009, the VAMED Group was responsible for some 13,000 staff worldwide, generating a turnover of about 1 billion euros. VAMED has supplied medical equipment and technical management expertise for several hospital projects in the Middle East. This includes hospitals in Jordan, Libya, Syria, Iraq and GCC countries. Recent healthcare projects

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of VAMED in the region include King Hamad General Hospital in Bahrain, Al Ahli Hospital in Doha, Qatar, and Al Ahsa Hospital in Saudi Arabia where VAMED is the provider of medical equipment and Tripoli Medical Centre in Libya, for which VAMED provides technical management. UAE project In the UAE, VAMED has been successfully managing Al Ain Hospital, one of the two major hospitals in Al Ain, which come under the health system of the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA). Vienna Medical University (MUV), one of the most prestigious medical research and teaching institutions in Europe, is another hospital managed by VAMED.

GANTNER specialises in allinclusive systems with maximum security and efficiency In 2009, VAMED Group and SEHA together transformed the hospital facility, that has been serving the local community since 1979, into a modern healthcare establishment by introducing new operating theatres as well as a new Intensive Care Unit, Radiology and Labour and Delivery Departments. At present, Al Ain Hospital is a highly specialised acute care and emergency hospital with 412 beds and 35 medical departments and divisions. Under the management of VAMED and MUV, the hospital has positioned itself as a quality healthcare provider in the region and has achieved accreditation from Joint Commission International (JCI) in June 2010. The hospital has also received the “Best Entity of the Year” Award in September 2010, as part of the SEHA Circle of Excellence Awards. The award for “Best Executive of the Year” was given to the CEO of VAMED at Al Ain Hospital. As VAMED looks to make further inroads into the UAE healthcare market with more projects here, it continues to serve the region and the world with its extensive experience and cutting-edge services that include all aspects of healthcare projects right from design to execution and later maintenance and management. More information about the group is available at www.vamed.com

THE access control and time-keeping systems supplied by one of the European leaders in this technology is already raising safety and comfort standards in numerous companies of the Middle East Damascus Municipality, Department of Transport Abu Dhabi, and Dubai Police are only three of those institutions that have opted for an access control and time-keeping solution supplied by the European corporation GANTNER Electronic, thereby increasing both their security and efficiency in staff administration. GANTNER Electronic GmbH is an Austrian company, and for 27 years has enjoyed success in electronic access control. Since nine years GANTNER has been having a branch in Dubai and in collaboration with excellent partners in the Middle East states has been able to implement numerous projects for governments and prominent companies. GANTNER products are distinguished not only by their high standard of technology, but also by their multi-application capabil-

ity and their universal system concept. This is how a GANTNER system can be expanded as desired: from a simple admission checking arrangement to highly complex solutions involving video monitoring, building management, visitor guidance and alarm systems. GANTNER systems are based on RFID identification in combination with fingerprint verification for highest security standards. Besides the security sector, GANTNER systems have been very successfully deployed in tourism and leisure, and can also be combined with cashless payment, cabinet locking etc. The Columbia Hotel Health Club in Cyprus, was fitted with a GANTNER system as well as the Wild Wadi Water Park of the Burj Al Arab and Ski Dubai in the Mall of the Emirates. Also in Ferrari World Abu Dhabi one comes face-to-face with the devices from Austria, where they add to the visitors’ leisure enjoyment and security at the same time. More information log on to : Website: www.gantner.com, Email: presse@gantner.com


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VAMED

Organising companies

Your partner in HEALTH CARE The VAMED portfolio ranges from project development, design, engineering, contracting, facility management to total operational management of healthcare facilities FOUNDED in 1982, VAMED has become a leading global provider of an entire range of services offered to hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The group has implemented almost 500 projects in 50 countries. The VAMED portfolio ranges from project development, design, engineering, contracting, facility management to total operational management of healthcare facilities. Its services cover the entire range of healthcare, from wellness and preventive medicine via acute care and nursing to rehabilitation. Through VAMED Vitality World, VAMED is also Austria’s largest operator of thermal spas and health resorts. In the year 2009, the VAMED Group was responsible for some 13,000 staff worldwide, generating a turnover of about 1 billion euros. VAMED has supplied medical equipment and technical management expertise for several hospital projects in the Middle East. This includes hospitals in Jordan, Libya, Syria, Iraq and GCC countries. Recent healthcare projects

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of VAMED in the region include King Hamad General Hospital in Bahrain, Al Ahli Hospital in Doha, Qatar, and Al Ahsa Hospital in Saudi Arabia where VAMED is the provider of medical equipment and Tripoli Medical Centre in Libya, for which VAMED provides technical management. UAE project In the UAE, VAMED has been successfully managing Al Ain Hospital, one of the two major hospitals in Al Ain, which come under the health system of the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA). Vienna Medical University (MUV), one of the most prestigious medical research and teaching institutions in Europe, is another hospital managed by VAMED.

GANTNER specialises in allinclusive systems with maximum security and efficiency In 2009, VAMED Group and SEHA together transformed the hospital facility, that has been serving the local community since 1979, into a modern healthcare establishment by introducing new operating theatres as well as a new Intensive Care Unit, Radiology and Labour and Delivery Departments. At present, Al Ain Hospital is a highly specialised acute care and emergency hospital with 412 beds and 35 medical departments and divisions. Under the management of VAMED and MUV, the hospital has positioned itself as a quality healthcare provider in the region and has achieved accreditation from Joint Commission International (JCI) in June 2010. The hospital has also received the “Best Entity of the Year” Award in September 2010, as part of the SEHA Circle of Excellence Awards. The award for “Best Executive of the Year” was given to the CEO of VAMED at Al Ain Hospital. As VAMED looks to make further inroads into the UAE healthcare market with more projects here, it continues to serve the region and the world with its extensive experience and cutting-edge services that include all aspects of healthcare projects right from design to execution and later maintenance and management. More information about the group is available at www.vamed.com

THE access control and time-keeping systems supplied by one of the European leaders in this technology is already raising safety and comfort standards in numerous companies of the Middle East Damascus Municipality, Department of Transport Abu Dhabi, and Dubai Police are only three of those institutions that have opted for an access control and time-keeping solution supplied by the European corporation GANTNER Electronic, thereby increasing both their security and efficiency in staff administration. GANTNER Electronic GmbH is an Austrian company, and for 27 years has enjoyed success in electronic access control. Since nine years GANTNER has been having a branch in Dubai and in collaboration with excellent partners in the Middle East states has been able to implement numerous projects for governments and prominent companies. GANTNER products are distinguished not only by their high standard of technology, but also by their multi-application capabil-

ity and their universal system concept. This is how a GANTNER system can be expanded as desired: from a simple admission checking arrangement to highly complex solutions involving video monitoring, building management, visitor guidance and alarm systems. GANTNER systems are based on RFID identification in combination with fingerprint verification for highest security standards. Besides the security sector, GANTNER systems have been very successfully deployed in tourism and leisure, and can also be combined with cashless payment, cabinet locking etc. The Columbia Hotel Health Club in Cyprus, was fitted with a GANTNER system as well as the Wild Wadi Water Park of the Burj Al Arab and Ski Dubai in the Mall of the Emirates. Also in Ferrari World Abu Dhabi one comes face-to-face with the devices from Austria, where they add to the visitors’ leisure enjoyment and security at the same time. More information log on to : Website: www.gantner.com, Email: presse@gantner.com


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Real estate dearer Real estate prices have continued to increase in Austria with prices increasing up to 18.8 per cent in Vienna and in parts of Lower Austria

Luxury 5 star hotel in the prestigious mountain resort of Austria

PROPERTIES in the Austrian states of Vorarlberg, Tyrol and Salzburg are substantially higher-priced than, for example, the states of Burgenland and Styria. Prices in Vienna, on the other hand, are stagnant although they are on a relatively higher level. Construction costs are nearly universally the same. In the city of Salzburg, it has become extremely challenging to find land, houses or apartments/condominiums for sale. The main reason is that domestic demand exceeds supply. In Graz, capital of Styria, it is hard to find newly-built apartments or renovated apartments in stylish older buildings. In the medium term, this situation will lead to a renovation boom since the need for apartments exists. Burgenland’s infrastructure has been modernised; land is affordable because the number of industrial undertakings in the state is negligible. However, this will not lead to a “run” in the medium term. Real estate prices have continued to increase in Austria. According to “Format” (Ref. Nr. 27/2010), prices have increased up to 18.8 per cent in Vienna and in parts of Lower Austria. According to the report, other incremental gains winners were Salzburg and Linz, partly because of new real estate but

also because of freehold apartments. The peak to this increase was with the Baden district at 18.8 per cent. For centuries Vienna, capitalofAustria,hasshown a flair that has intrigued people into migrating to the city. However, unlimited expansion is being controlled through regulations and demand has outpaced supply. The current trend among Austrians is to live in the suburbs near the capital, while the inner city is in demand among foreigners and those seeking real estate for business purposes. Investment in real estate is growing. This was triggered by the financial crisis and the fear of inflation. During the ongoing financial crisis, the slogan has been: ‘Real estate instead of a savings account’ at least for those who can afford it.

Highly efficient fire-fighting solutions With human safety as priority, Aquasys aims to provide better fire fighting solutions Latha Krishnan AQUASYS, a company of the Hainzl Industry System Group of Austria, has been offering highly efficient fire-fighting solutions that prioritise human safety, since 1993. Having started operations in the UAE through a co-operation in May 2009, one of the projects of Aquasys here is to be the solution provider to Emirates International Bank in Dubai for the protection of its archives. In 2002, Aquasys was the first company in the world to receive an international accreditation for an automatic, fixed-installed fire fighting system for road and railway tunnels. Based on

many years of experience this solution has been continually developed into today’s H2O3 system, which is designed to meet the specific requirements of a tunnel fire. The superior effect of Aquasys H2O3 systems is mainly based on high pressure that drives the water through stainless steel pipes and specially designed nozzles, generating an extremely fine water mist. These little water droplets vaporise in the heat of the fire and thereby multiply their volume. The vaporisation process removes energy from the fire, thereby cooling the source of the fire and the volume increase represses locally the oxygen feeding the fire. Furthermore, the multi-layered sur-

face of fine water droplets shields the heat radiation so that the fire does not spread to the surrounding area. “Our system is unique and ideal for railway applications for protection of engine space and technical equipment for many years. Since 2006 we also have a fire fighting system for passenger area in trains. In addition to its high efficiency this system requires less water and is completely harmless to people and the environment. Seeing that the UAE has many infrastructure tunnels as well as the Dubai Metro, we are looking forward to providing our high-efficiency firefighting solutions in this country,” says Klemens Blasl, Head of Sales at Aquasys Technik GmbH.


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Real estate dearer Real estate prices have continued to increase in Austria with prices increasing up to 18.8 per cent in Vienna and in parts of Lower Austria

Luxury 5 star hotel in the prestigious mountain resort of Austria

PROPERTIES in the Austrian states of Vorarlberg, Tyrol and Salzburg are substantially higher-priced than, for example, the states of Burgenland and Styria. Prices in Vienna, on the other hand, are stagnant although they are on a relatively higher level. Construction costs are nearly universally the same. In the city of Salzburg, it has become extremely challenging to find land, houses or apartments/condominiums for sale. The main reason is that domestic demand exceeds supply. In Graz, capital of Styria, it is hard to find newly-built apartments or renovated apartments in stylish older buildings. In the medium term, this situation will lead to a renovation boom since the need for apartments exists. Burgenland’s infrastructure has been modernised; land is affordable because the number of industrial undertakings in the state is negligible. However, this will not lead to a “run” in the medium term. Real estate prices have continued to increase in Austria. According to “Format” (Ref. Nr. 27/2010), prices have increased up to 18.8 per cent in Vienna and in parts of Lower Austria. According to the report, other incremental gains winners were Salzburg and Linz, partly because of new real estate but

also because of freehold apartments. The peak to this increase was with the Baden district at 18.8 per cent. For centuries Vienna, capitalofAustria,hasshown a flair that has intrigued people into migrating to the city. However, unlimited expansion is being controlled through regulations and demand has outpaced supply. The current trend among Austrians is to live in the suburbs near the capital, while the inner city is in demand among foreigners and those seeking real estate for business purposes. Investment in real estate is growing. This was triggered by the financial crisis and the fear of inflation. During the ongoing financial crisis, the slogan has been: ‘Real estate instead of a savings account’ at least for those who can afford it.

Highly efficient fire-fighting solutions With human safety as priority, Aquasys aims to provide better fire fighting solutions Latha Krishnan AQUASYS, a company of the Hainzl Industry System Group of Austria, has been offering highly efficient fire-fighting solutions that prioritise human safety, since 1993. Having started operations in the UAE through a co-operation in May 2009, one of the projects of Aquasys here is to be the solution provider to Emirates International Bank in Dubai for the protection of its archives. In 2002, Aquasys was the first company in the world to receive an international accreditation for an automatic, fixed-installed fire fighting system for road and railway tunnels. Based on

many years of experience this solution has been continually developed into today’s H2O3 system, which is designed to meet the specific requirements of a tunnel fire. The superior effect of Aquasys H2O3 systems is mainly based on high pressure that drives the water through stainless steel pipes and specially designed nozzles, generating an extremely fine water mist. These little water droplets vaporise in the heat of the fire and thereby multiply their volume. The vaporisation process removes energy from the fire, thereby cooling the source of the fire and the volume increase represses locally the oxygen feeding the fire. Furthermore, the multi-layered sur-

face of fine water droplets shields the heat radiation so that the fire does not spread to the surrounding area. “Our system is unique and ideal for railway applications for protection of engine space and technical equipment for many years. Since 2006 we also have a fire fighting system for passenger area in trains. In addition to its high efficiency this system requires less water and is completely harmless to people and the environment. Seeing that the UAE has many infrastructure tunnels as well as the Dubai Metro, we are looking forward to providing our high-efficiency firefighting solutions in this country,” says Klemens Blasl, Head of Sales at Aquasys Technik GmbH.


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Glimpses

of Austria „„ SCENICView BEAUTY: burg of the Salz the s city evoke ncient a f o rm a ch Europe

„„ ADVENTURELAND: Mountain biking is one of the many sports that can be enjoyed in Austria’s natural paradise

„„ SOUND O F with the Vienna MUSIC: Concert Sangerknabe boys’ choir ‘Wiener n’

Doka is the provider of modern formwork technology, backed by efficient service and has an extensive reach in the UAE PROVIDER of the formwork equipment and services for countless prestigious projects in the UAE including the Burj Al Arab and the Burj Khalifa, Doka, is a brand that enjoys worldwide recognition and is a by-word for quality, innovation and capability in all areas of formwork technology. The Formwork Experts from Austria have branches all over the Arabian Peter Vogel Gulf. Established in 1993, Doka Gulf operates in the UAE from its new 30,000-square-metre facility at Jebel Ali Free Zone, which includes a warehouse, yard and offices. The company also has branches in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. With such a comprehensive presence in the country, Doka is able to provide a wide range of products and services from its huge stock of new materials and rental equipment and cater effectively to its expanding clientele in the construction sector. Doka can supply everything from

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Pioneers of formwork technology individual floor props, through complete formwork systems for walls and slabs, to automatic climbing formwork solutions. And the entire range is available on hire or purchase basis. Recently, Doka UAE has introduced two load-bearing systems that are designed for the utmost versatility, maximum economy and the very highest workplace safety. Doka Staxo 100 is the extra-high capacity shoring system for the civil-engineering field, while Staxo 40 is the perfect solution for the building construction segment, as it is a lightweight framework scaffolding that is easy

to handle and cost-effective. Both systems are equipped with extensive safety accessories and backed by Doka’s exceptional services. Peter Vogel, General Manager of Doka UAE said: “Instead of just supplying high-end formwork, Doka offers its customers everything to optimise construction flow. Due to the present circumstances in the UAE construction market, it has become essential to complete projects at a shorter and tighter schedule. This is where our expertise comes in.” Doka’s wide range of modern formwork systems provides custom-made, easy to use, timesaving and safe solutions. Peter added: “We keep all our support channels, consulting, planning, supply of the right material at the right time, supervision, and follow up — short and fast. Even during the global recession, we were not badly affected, as Doka continued being a reliable partner for clients in all these aspects.” As the construction sector recovers, Doka plans to expand its market share in the region. The company is confident about continuing to establish new relationships with clients who realise the superior advantage of using Doka’s modern formwork technology backed by efficient service and timely deliveries. — LK



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