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Donald Trump brings New York real estate to the UAE

On Tuesday, the Trump Organization, one of the world's leading property developers, launches the sales of penthouses in the Trump Soho Hotel Condominium New York exclusively in the UAE.

The Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium project started sales in September last year and this exclusive property is the only luxury hotel condominium in Manhattan's fashionable SoHo neighbourhood. A hotel condominium provides a unique opportunity to own a unit in a hotel which can be rented out to guests when not occupied by the owner. They are an ideal solution for international buyers who live away from New York but want a familiar place to stay when there. The hotel is due to open next summer.

Donald J. Trump, CEO of the Trump Organization, comments:

"Last week I had the honour of globally launching Trump International Hotel & Tower Dubai, currently being built on Palm Jumeirah. With The Trump Organization's continued growth throughout the Middle East, we thought it was only fitting to bring sales of our unique Trump SoHo penthouses to the UAE. Our penthouses are the most desirable places to stay in New York City, and will provide one of the most luxurious hotel experiences available anywhere in the world."

Prodigy International's President, Rodrigo NiEo comments:

"There is a great desire among sophisticated Arabic buyers to invest in Manhattan. As they have already a strong participation in the real estate markets of London and other capitals in Europe, they want to consolidate their presence around the world by incorporating New York to their portfolio."

Of the 400 hotel condominium units, there will be 141 deluxe suites, 253 studio suites, five penthouse suites and one Presidential Suite. Some studios and deluxe suites can be combined to create luxurious two bedroom suites. Units will range in size from approximately 422 to 905 square feet with expansive penthouses and the Presidential Suite on the three highest floors. Owners will be able to choose from a range of panoramic views including the Hudson River, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and the Manhattan skyline.

Leading global real estate firm, Prodigy International, is the exclusive sales and marketing organization for Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium. Prodigy International has an impressive track record of driving sophisticated international buyers to the most exclusive properties in New York, Miami, Dominican Republic, Panama, Mexico and Costa Rica, through a global network of brokers from locations around the world.

Kgia successfully completes its first full year

The Khalil Gibran International Academy completed its inaugural year on Thursday, June 26, 2008. Overcoming numerous challenges, including inadequate physical space and constant media scrutiny, the students did well in their first year and results from city-wide acuity tests show a steady increase in student achievement.

"No one would deny that there have been some challenges to overcome in the first year, but we're looking forward to next year in a new building with better infrastructure, an auditorium and a gymnasium students can utilize more than once a week," said Lena Alhusseini, Executive Director of the Arab-American Family Support Center, the lead community partner of KGIA.

Ms. Alhusseini went on to say: "I'd like to thank all of our community partners for their commitment to KGIA and we look forward to having them more directly involved as the school continues to grow. Thanks to our partners, students have been exposed to drama and theater workshops, Middle Eastern music, creative writing and trips to the Brooklyn Museum."

Highlights from the first year:

During the School Quality Review, KGIA received a "Made Expected Progress" rating on a three-level scale which is a significant accomplishment for a first year school.

Students have access to a library of six different levels of Arabic language books purchased from Scholastic Books.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Salaam Club, KGIA's new location at 50 Navy Street will have a fully-equipped media and technology room.

When the need arose for Arabic language classes, AAFSC staff stepped in, enabling students to reinforce their Arabic language learning.

The school has received more than 100 applications for the 60 seats available in next year's sixth grade class.

The Department of Education has re-iterated that KGIA will remain a 6-12 school.

Young Arab Leaders (YAL) hold the First Elections in 2008 for their Chapters Executive Boards

Young Arab Leaders (YAL), the region's foremost development platform for business, public sector and civil society leaders, held the first elections in the organization's history and today announced the results of the new Chapter Executive Boards. YAL is a regional, not-for-profit organization and is a network of members, who are young Arab men and women, with diverse areas of expertise, and with the aim to be the triggers for positive change for the future generations of the Arab World.

YAL has members from various Arab countries and currently have YAL Chapters in 6 Arab countries. The elections process was announced on Feb 27th 2008 and communicated to all the members of Chapters where elections were being held.

The elections concluded on 23rd May. YAL has announced Election Results for six countries where elections were held. The chapter countries for which results have been announced are Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Palestine, Lebanon and UAE.

Commenting on the first YAL elections, H.E. Dr. Omar Bin Sulaiman, Chairman of the Board of YAL, said, "Our members and our country chapters are the strong foundation for the successful outreach and implementation of all of YAL's goals, programs and initiatives. The YAL membership base is expanding gradually with the number of chapters increasing consistently. We are committed to bringing international best practices, strengthening our governance framework, a systematic implementation of our programs throughout our region and thus need to provide support to our chapters. This First YAL Elections of 2008, mark a new milestone in YAL's progress."

He added "We are witnessing immense economic growth in the region and we have to ensure that this growth is sustainable and benefits the entire region.

We can achieve this only by enabling and empowering the one solid link that we have with our future -- the young people in our region".

Speaking at the announcement of the results of the first YAL elections, Assem O. Kabesh, CEO of YAL, said, "The First YAL elections demonstrate YAL's pledge to the implementation and execution of principles and policies to strengthen the organization from within. The 2008 elections are a step to ensure that all YAL members have a voice in the decision-making, shaping of future strategies and designs of the various programs of our organization.

The introduction of the election process is an affirmation of our commitment to continue to enhance the sustainability of our country chapters and making sure that they are progressing to translate YAL's vision and mandate throughout the region."

The chapters concluded the entire elections process according to the laws set by the YAL Election Committee. The Chapter Executive Boards have been established to achieve and work towards some of the following goals - planning the appointment & succession, and providing advice and direction for Management team of the chapter; monitoring and evaluating the key non-financial and financial commitments of the chapter; monitoring the chapter's progress towards its goals; monitoring, reviewing and approving annual, operational and financial results and statements; approve policies and procedures by which Chapter is operated and monitor compliance, etc.

Our vision for peace in the Middle East

By: Miguel Angel Moratinos

Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

I just returned from accompanying HM the King of Spain on his tour of several Gulf countries, and I was recently in Lebanon for the election of its new president. I also just made a brief visit to Syria. The week before, I had travelled to Egypt and also to Israel, where I spoke with the Israelis and the Palestinians.

In all of these places, I have been able to confirm my impression that in this spring of 2008, the Middle East has entered a new phase, when, for the first time in a long time, our reasons for hope can prevail over the shadows that--let us not forget--still hang over the peoples of this region. Everything seems to indicate that we are witnessing the birth of a new paradigm.

A string of major advances has occurred these days. Lebanon has elected, by consensus, President Michel Suleiman, and I believe that he is a figure capable, with the help of all the other political forces, of bringing the Lebanese people together around a common project. The agreement was reached in Doha, resulting from the successful Arab mediation presided over by Qatar and the Arab League, with a European role, as well, especially on the part of Spain, France, and Italy. Moreover, Syria and Israel have officially confirmed the contacts that they are maintaining through Turkey. Last, but not least, we can see that the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations for establishing a new Palestinian State are going ahead at a good pace. But in addition to these specific events, the Middle East is experiencing a process of in-depth transformation, both internal and external. The international and regional context is totally different from that of the 1990s, when the Madrid Peace Conference was held, and we were all so full of hope as the peace process moved forward. Today, it is the regional actors themselves who are setting their commitments and the pace of their actions. The United States continues to be an indispensable reference, but it is no longer the only one. All of the parties have understood that each of them should assume its own quota of responsibility.

The E.U. is now, thanks to the Treaty of Lisbon, in a very different situation from that of the divided organization which took its seat in

Madrid's Oriente Palace in the autumn of 1991. Then, there was not even an authorized Palestinian delegation, and of course, Iran was neither in the room, nor--more importantly--was it on the minds of the organizers. The Arab world has changed, and its public opinion clamours more than ever for a modernity that has yet to be consolidated. Israel now accepts politically the creation of a Palestinian State, but it is still racked with the fear of not having sufficient guarantees to ensure its security. Intra-Palestinian divisions, and Hamas's presence and control over Gaza, act as hindering factors when trying to make this final leap forward towards a definitive reconciliation.

The new Middle East is not a product of the collective Western imagination, as Edward Said was always reminding us, but is, rather, a Middle East that wants to be the main protagonist of its own future. The international community's role and intervention should be completely revised. The United States and the E.U. should engage in a true strategic dialogue, and design an action plan different from the one deployed until now. It is necessary to stand by the parties in their efforts, encourage them to make decisions, ensure peace and security, and embolden them to be the ones to adopt the last courageous decisions and commitments. Annapolis marked a beginning for this new approach, but there is still quite a ways to go in doing away with old inclinations and practices. The solution is not in Washington, nor in Brussels, nor in Moscow. The solution needs to start with the commitment of Israelis and Arabs to take advantage of the new scenario that lies before them. Both sides know that their geostrategic interests converge, and that the passing of time and unnecessary delays will not help to definitively resolve the longest, most frustrating, and yet the most important ongoing peace process in international relations today....

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Date:Aug 24, 2008
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