Aquariya Expo 2009

United Arabian Emirates – Dubai, 4-6 March 2009

Image Aquariya Expo 2009 – The Exhibitors of the first Ornamental Fish Exhibition on the Arabian Peninsula, in Dubai, have invited Aquapress Publishers to participate, next to over 100 other National and International exhibitors from 22 countries on this unique event also with Lectures & Seminars, where Heiko Bleher has been invited for a presentation. Sponsorships to this very promising event for the Aquarium World had been available. Dubai, probably the most futuristic city on planet earth is just unbelievable. And this amazing clean and perfect planed city with the highest skyscrapers worldwide was the place for the first aquarium exhibition & conference on the Arabian Peninsula, the Aquariya 2009. Visitors came from all over the Middle East, southeast Asia, Japan, Europe and America. Aquapress Publishers, Italy, also participated. Below some photos of Dubai and the Aquariya exhibition.

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The current large-scale construction boom in Dubai has attracted attention through the world and by end of 2009 the Burj Dubai (left), with over 160 stories and about 800 m (750 m already on this photo from last week) will be the highest building in the world, designed by US architect Skidmore Owings and Merrill. (But the next 1,001m tower, a centrepiece of the Madinat al Hareer, or «City of Silk» in Kuwait to house 700,000 people is already scheduled to go up soon for $150bn…)

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The Burj Al Arab (left) is the world’s tallest freestanding hotel – where suites cost up to $15,000 a night. The 202-suite Burj al-Arab – or Tower of the Arabs – stands 321 metres (1,060 feet) high and floats on its own man-made island. Not only does the billowing, sail-shaped structure have its own submarine ride to an underwater restaurant complete with shark-infested aquarium, it is reputed to have the world’s fastest lifts, travelling at a eye-popping seven metres per second. The hotel’s promoters say that more than 9,000 sq. metres of gold leaf, marble, granite and crystal have been used in the interior decor. Nearby is the Dubai Marina, the world’s second largest man-made marina and a exclusive residential district.

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Dubai has not only the highest buildings, but also the unique man-made Palm Islands; the Dubai’s Jebel Ali port, the largest man-made harbour in the world, and is finalizing for its Municipality for Dhs 12.45 billion (= $ 3 billion or € 2.65 billion) Dubai Metro. The airport opened its new Terminal and an associated facility mid of for another A380 specific facility in 2009, tripling its total capacity to 75 million PPA. In addition the new Al Maktoum International is in progress, a project for the world’s largest airport barely 40 kilometres away and will have capacity to cater to 120 million passengers annually and handle 12 million tonnes of cargo at its 16 air cargo terminals. In 2006 the Dubai International airport was already ranked 10 on the list with a passenger. And maybe the most expensive cars can also be found in this futuristic city…

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The Aquariya 2009 took place in the famous Crown Plaza hotel on the main street of Dubai. The large display room had the most expensive carpet…

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The famous Tropical Company from Poland had their own booth and its marketing and export manager Grzegorz Seweryn and Bekir Öder came to this first event in Arabia, here talking to their Malaysian distributor, Chong and Connie

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There were the major manufactures and producers from Europe represented, some from the USA and also several wholesalers and importers from the Middle East and the UAE

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MPEDA (The Marine Products Export Development Authority – Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India), who had organized the very successful INDAQUARIA 2009 in Kolkatta, where Heiko was invited, promoted at Aquariya 2009 the upcoming even bigger exhibition and conference in India’s city of Chenney begin of January 2010 to which all importers, exporters, wholesalers and aquarium trade companies from around the world are invited. The Director Thomas came and his assitant director Anil Kumar. No one should miss Chenney 2010…

 
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The Minister for Fisheries of the Ministry of Environment & Water of the United Arab Emirates in person wanted the books Bleher’s Discus volume I and Indian Ocean from Heiko Bleher, and came also together with Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Janahi from the Marine Resources Department to the Aquapress stand and wanted to know more about

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The Aquapress Publisher stand at Aquariya 2009 and there were also stands promoting the fish-therapy from Garra rufa, from Turkey (left), which is used throughout Asia (see also Exhibiion in Malaysia), and promoted Herbal Fish medicine. The assistant project manager of the organizer www.orangefairs.com, Sangeeta Dhanak, insisted to have a photo taken with Heiko…

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Some nice decorated display aquarium, some crazy (unnatural) wall aquariums, genetic modified and artificial coloured aquarium fishes (prohibited now in many countries), as well black-tip sharks and guppies (displayed correctly) were shown at Aquariya 2009. And…

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…there was a Betta-Championship, organized by the very active Betta Club of Malaysia with amazing Siamese fighting fishes in this great competition. All in all a very first successful middle east fair which will take place even much bigger next year and than bi-annually in this fascinating city of the United Arabian Emirates

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