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Huge Haul of 14 Awards and a Grand Stevie Prize for Successful Rebrand and String of Initiatives Focusing on Young People

Doha, Qatar: Ooredoo has won a record-breaking 14 awards at the 2014 International Business Awards, known as "the Stevies," as the company's efforts to enrich people's lives continue to win global recognition.

Over the past year, Ooredoo has supported a range of projects aimed at boosting youth employment opportunities, educational options and entrepreneurial ambitions across its markets in the MENA region and Southeast Asia. A number of these projects were recognised at the Stevie Award ceremony, held in Paris, France last week.

Providing a solid foundation for this work – and the winner of two Gold Stevie Awards at the ceremony – was Ooredoo's pioneering research, 'New Horizons: Young, Arab and Connected', which was launched at the start of 2014. Surveying more than 10,500 young adults in 17 countries across the region, "New Horizons" was one of the most in-depth research projects about youth aspirations in the Arab world, conducted during a period of intense economic, social and political change.

"New Horizons" received the Gold Stevie Award for "Communications Campaign of Year" and a second Gold for its innovative website, which shared the findings online with a global audience.

Ooredoo also won three Silver Stevie Awards for its outreach work, including awards for its global network of mobile health clinics targeting underserved communities in Asia; for supporting motivational videos targeting Myanmar and Indonesia; and for its "Play for Dreams" online campaign, which used its relationship with brand ambassador Leo Messi to inspire young people to get involved in sport and pursue their ambitions.

Dr. Nasser Marafih, Group CEO, Ooredoo, said: "These awards demonstrate the incredible range of initiatives developed and sustained by our company since the launch of the Ooredoo brand last year, which have helped to empower people across our markets. Ooredoo is focused on human growth in all our activities, and to be nominated for so many awards in a global competition demonstrates that we are successfully turning our vision for enriching lives into a reality."

The International Business Awardswere created to honour the positive contributions of organisations worldwide.

In addition to the Gold and Silver Awards, Ooredoo also received a total of nine Bronze Stevie awards, including awards for His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani for "Chairman of the Year", Dr. Nasser Marafih for "Executive of the Year – Telecommunications"; "Telecommunications Company of the Year" for Ooredoo Group and "Best Annual Report."

There were also Bronze Awards for Ooredoo Algeria's tStart and iStart programmes, designed to support start-ups, training, and mobile app development in North Africa.

By receiving the best-ever award total at the Global event, Ooredoo is again demonstrating the incredible impact of its new brand and approach to communications. Ooredoo was also presented with "Best of the International Business Awards" prize. Ranked at number seven, Ooredoo won the "Grand Stevie Award", which is determined by a points system based on the total number of awards won. Ooredoo was the only Middle East-based telecommunication company to receive this recognition.

The company has rolled-out the Ooredoo brand in Qatar, Algeria, Maldives, Tunisia, Kuwait and Myanmar, its newest market, since the global launch in February 2013, and has continued to ensure that there is a positive impact for customers wherever they see the Ooredoo logo.

About Ooredoo:

Ooredoo is a leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and South-East Asia. As a community-focused company, Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people's lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential. Ooredoo has a presence in markets such as Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, the Maldives and Indonesia. The company reported revenues of $9.3 billion U.S. dollars in 2012 and had a consolidated global customer base of more than 92.9 million people as of 31 December 2012. Ooredoo's shares are listed on the Qatar Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.

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Huge Haul of 14 Awards and a Grand Stevie Prize for Successful Rebrand and String of Initiatives Focusing on Young People

Doha, Qatar: Ooredoo has won a record-breaking 14 awards at the 2014 International Business Awards, known as "the Stevies," as the company's efforts to enrich people's lives continue to win global recognition.

Over the past year, Ooredoo has supported a range of projects aimed at boosting youth employment opportunities, educational options and entrepreneurial ambitions across its markets in the MENA region and Southeast Asia. A number of these projects were recognised at the Stevie Award ceremony, held in Paris, France last week.

Providing a solid foundation for this work – and the winner of two Gold Stevie Awards at the ceremony – was Ooredoo's pioneering research, 'New Horizons: Young, Arab and Connected', which was launched at the start of 2014. Surveying more than 10,500 young adults in 17 countries across the region, "New Horizons" was one of the most in-depth research projects about youth aspirations in the Arab world, conducted during a period of intense economic, social and political change.

"New Horizons" received the Gold Stevie Award for "Communications Campaign of Year" and a second Gold for its innovative website, which shared the findings online with a global audience.

Ooredoo also won three Silver Stevie Awards for its outreach work, including awards for its global network of mobile health clinics targeting underserved communities in Asia; for supporting motivational videos targeting Myanmar and Indonesia; and for its "Play for Dreams" online campaign, which used its relationship with brand ambassador Leo Messi to inspire young people to get involved in sport and pursue their ambitions.

Dr. Nasser Marafih, Group CEO, Ooredoo, said: "These awards demonstrate the incredible range of initiatives developed and sustained by our company since the launch of the Ooredoo brand last year, which have helped to empower people across our markets. Ooredoo is focused on human growth in all our activities, and to be nominated for so many awards in a global competition demonstrates that we are successfully turning our vision for enriching lives into a reality."

The International Business Awardswere created to honour the positive contributions of organisations worldwide.

In addition to the Gold and Silver Awards, Ooredoo also received a total of nine Bronze Stevie awards, including awards for His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani for "Chairman of the Year", Dr. Nasser Marafih for "Executive of the Year – Telecommunications"; "Telecommunications Company of the Year" for Ooredoo Group and "Best Annual Report."

There were also Bronze Awards for Ooredoo Algeria's tStart and iStart programmes, designed to support start-ups, training, and mobile app development in North Africa.

By receiving the best-ever award total at the Global event, Ooredoo is again demonstrating the incredible impact of its new brand and approach to communications. Ooredoo was also presented with "Best of the International Business Awards" prize. Ranked at number seven, Ooredoo won the "Grand Stevie Award", which is determined by a points system based on the total number of awards won. Ooredoo was the only Middle East-based telecommunication company to receive this recognition.

The company has rolled-out the Ooredoo brand in Qatar, Algeria, Maldives, Tunisia, Kuwait and Myanmar, its newest market, since the global launch in February 2013, and has continued to ensure that there is a positive impact for customers wherever they see the Ooredoo logo.

About Ooredoo:

Ooredoo is a leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and South-East Asia. As a community-focused company, Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people's lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential. Ooredoo has a presence in markets such as Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, the Maldives and Indonesia. The company reported revenues of $9.3 billion U.S. dollars in 2012 and had a consolidated global customer base of more than 92.9 million people as of 31 December 2012. Ooredoo's shares are listed on the Qatar Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.

(c) 2014 mid-east.info Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc. (Syndigate.info).

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The 202-key Hilton Nay Pyi Taw Opens as the First of Six Properties in Hilton’s Myanmar Pipeline

Owned by Eden Group Company Limited and Managed by Hilton Worldwide

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar and MCLEAN, Va. - OCTOBER 21, 2014 - Hilton Worldwide today made its debut in Myanmar with the opening of Hilton Nay Pyi Taw, in the country's capital city. Set amid lush tropical landscaped gardens, the 202-key Hilton Nay Pyi Taw spans more than 100 acres of land and is situated within the developing Dekhina Thiri Township.

Owned by Eden Group Company Limited and managed by Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Nay Pyi Taw is in a prime location within easy reach of the main government administrative offices and is 24 kilometers (a 30-minute drive) from the Nay Pyi Taw International Airport. The hotel is also located near Ruby Hall, the meetings and conventions venue at which the upcoming Ninth East Asia Summit will be held in November 2014.

"The opening of Hilton Nay Pyi Taw today is a very significant milestone for Hilton Worldwide; it marks the entry of the company into the dynamic and emerging market of Myanmar," said Martin Rinck, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide. "Being one of the first international hospitality companies to enter many different countries in Asia Pacific - including Japan 51 years ago, China 26 years ago and Myanmar today - we continue to explore new frontiers, being where the world's business and leisure travelers want to be."

"Hilton Hotels & Resorts is a brand that travelers worldwide have grown to recognize and trust as a preferred hotel brand. Building on the pioneering spirit of our founder, Conrad Hilton, we are thrilled to be one of the first global hospitality companies to fly our flag in Myanmar," said Rob Palleschi, global head, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide. "With more than 550 properties across six continents, our global presence has enabled us to offer culturally-relevant, high quality hospitality experiences wherever our travelers decide to visit, both for business and leisure."

To cater to Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE), Hilton Nay Pyi Taw offers five function spaces including a standing reception area that can accommodate up to 410 people in the 458 square-meter ballroom. A business center is also available for guests to stay connected and productive throughout their stay.

Hilton Nay Pyi Taw offers three restaurant and bar options, as well as in-room dining round the clock. The Elements, an all-day dining restaurant, offers a blend of flavors and cultures featuring local, Asian and international fare. The Axis Lounge, the hotel's lobby lounge provides a cozy setting for people to connect over teas, coffees and food throughout the day. Guests relaxing by the pool under the cabanas can enjoy refreshments from Boardwalk, the hotel's poolside bar.

All 202 rooms and suites are spacious and well-appointed with Wi-Fi capabilities as well as flat-screen televisions offering satellite TV channels. The hotel offers a wide selection of rooms and suites including one-bedroom suites, two-bedroom suites and two Presidential Suites. Guests staying in the suites will enjoy exclusive access to the Executive Lounge which offers complimentary continental breakfast, all-day light refreshments as well as evening cocktails. Hilton Nay Pyi Taw also offers recreational and wellness facilities onsite which include the spa, the outdoor swimming pool, the fitness centre and the tennis court.

"As we expand our footprint in this wonderful country, we are exceptionally thrilled to contribute towards Myanmar's growing travel and tourism sector, as well as its social and economic progress. Guided by our global corporate responsibility strategy Travel with Purpose®, we remain committed to enriching the lives of our guests, team members, partners and local communities alike," added Rinck.

The company's entry into Myanmar marks alignment in two key areas of its Travel with Purpose® strategy - Living Sustainably and Creating Opportunities.

Hilton Nay Pyi Taw has adopted LightStayTM, Hilton Worldwide's global environmental management system, to calculate and analyze its sustainability performance. Hilton Worldwide recently became the first global hospitality company to implement the ISO 50001 energy management system globally, following a comprehensive upgrade to its LightStay system. The hotel is also using energy-efficient light bulbs throughout the property, and will recycle waste water and materials.

Hilton Nay Pyi Taw is also creating exciting opportunities for its team members - almost all of whom are hired locally - through its comprehensive training and development programs. These programs equip team members to offer world-class hospitality experiences in which every guest to the hotel feels cared for, valued and respected.

As part of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio, Hilton Nay Pyi Taw offers guests the opportunity to earn and redeem points for stays through the Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program. Guests staying at the first Hilton hotel in Myanmar, from November 24, 2014, to March 31, 2015, can earn 1,000 Bonus HHonors Points per night, up to a maximum of 5,000 bonus points per stay.

For more information or to make reservations, contact +95 67 810 5001 or visit naypyitaw.hilton.com.

Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 95 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of eleven world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,200 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 690,000 rooms in 93 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide, and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

Contact: Audrey Wong - Hilton Worldwide - Asia Pacific

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Hilton Worldwide enters Myanmar with first Hilton hotel in capital city
 
Hotels This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 20 October 2014, 10:01

Owned by Eden Group Company Limited and managed by Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Nay Pyi Taw is in a prime location within easy reach of the main government administrative offices and is 24 kilometers (a 30-minute drive) from the Nay Pyi Taw International Airport.

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NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide made its debut in Myanmar with the opening of Hilton Nay Pyi Taw, in the country’s capital city. Set amid lush tropical landscaped gardens, the 202-key Hilton Nay Pyi Taw spans more than 100 acres of land and is situated within the developing Dekhina Thiri Township.
 

Owned by Eden Group Company Limited and managed by Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Nay Pyi Taw is in a prime location within easy reach of the main government administrative offices and is 24 kilometers (a 30-minute drive) from the Nay Pyi Taw International Airport. The hotel is also located near Ruby Hall, the meetings and conventions venue at which the upcoming Ninth East Asia Summit will be held in November 2014.
 

“The opening of Hilton Nay Pyi Taw today is a very significant milestone for Hilton Worldwide; it marks the entry of the company into the dynamic and emerging market of Myanmar,” said Martin Rinck, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide. “Being one of the first international hospitality companies to enter many different countries in Asia Pacific – including Japan 51 years ago, China 26 years ago and Myanmar today – we continue to explore new frontiers, being where the world’s business and leisure travelers want to be.”
 

“Hilton Hotels & Resorts is a brand that travelers worldwide have grown to recognize and trust as a preferred hotel brand. Building on the pioneering spirit of our founder, Conrad Hilton, we are thrilled to be one of the first global hospitality companies to fly our flag in Myanmar,” said Rob Palleschi, global head, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide. “With more than 550 properties across six continents, our global presence has enabled us to offer culturally-relevant, high quality hospitality experiences wherever our travelers decide to visit, both for business and leisure.”
 

To cater to Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE), Hilton Nay Pyi Taw offers five function spaces including a standing reception area that can accommodate up to 410 people in the 458 square-meter ballroom. A business center is also available for guests to stay connected and productive throughout their stay.
 

Hilton Nay Pyi Taw offers three restaurant and bar options, as well as in-room dining round the clock. The Elements, an all-day dining restaurant, offers a blend of flavors and cultures featuring local, Asian and international fare. The Axis Lounge, the hotel’s lobby lounge provides a cozy setting for people to connect over teas, coffees and food throughout the day. Guests relaxing by the pool under the cabanas can enjoy refreshments from Boardwalk, the hotel’s poolside bar.
 

All 202 rooms and suites are spacious and well-appointed with Wi-Fi capabilities as well as flat-screen televisions offering satellite TV channels. The hotel offers a wide selection of rooms and suites including one-bedroom suites, two-bedroom suites and two Presidential Suites. Guests staying in the suites will enjoy exclusive access to the Executive Lounge which offers complimentary continental breakfast, all-day light refreshments as well as evening cocktails. Hilton Nay Pyi Taw also offers recreational and wellness facilities onsite which include the spa, the outdoor swimming pool, the fitness centre and the tennis court.
 

“As we expand our footprint in this wonderful country, we are exceptionally thrilled to contribute towards Myanmar’s growing travel and tourism sector, as well as its social and economic progress. Guided by our global corporate responsibility strategy Travel with Purpose®, we remain committed to enriching the lives of our guests, team members, partners and local communities alike,” added Rinck.
 

The company’s entry into Myanmar marks alignment in two key areas of its Travel with Purpose strategy – Living Sustainably and Creating Opportunities.

 

Hilton Nay Pyi Taw has adopted LightStay, Hilton Worldwide’s global environmental management system, to calculate and analyze its sustainability performance. Hilton Worldwide recently became the first global hospitality company to implement the ISO 50001 energy management system globally, following a comprehensive upgrade to its LightStay system. The hotel is also using energy-efficient light bulbs throughout the property, and will recycle waste water and materials.

 

Hilton Nay Pyi Taw is also creating exciting opportunities for its team members – almost all of whom are hired locally – through its comprehensive training and development programs. These programs equip team members to offer world-class hospitality experiences in which every guest to the hotel feels cared for, valued and respected. 
 

As part of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio, Hilton Nay Pyi Taw offers guests the opportunity to earn and redeem points for stays through the Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program. Guests staying at the first Hilton hotel in Myanmar, from November 24, 2014, to March 31, 2015, can earn 1,000 Bonus HHonors Points per night, up to a maximum of 5,000 bonus points per stay.

 

Photo caption: Hilton Nay Pyi Taw lobby, © Hilton Worldwide
 

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Opportunities abound as investors eye Myanmar border areas
 
A Thai Chamber of Commerce mission to Mae Sot district last week found that Tak province's economy would continue to grow significantly as it was already a base for trading with Myanmar, as well as a gateway for Thai interests to start investment in cross-border areas - and in some of the neighbouring country's cities.

Niyom Waiyawatchapanich, chairman of the TCC s Neighbouring Countries Trade Promotion Committee, described Myanmar's economic outlook as "very promising".

Thai traders and investors should start exploring more opportunities in the country, and trading and investing along border provinces would be a great start for them, due to the low risk involved and the fact that there would be more development in these areas in the coming years.

Mae Sot district is one of the target areas for Thailand in terms of SEZ development. The government is building the second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge in the district, and expanding the highway to four lanes connecting straight to Myawaddy, which is a gateway to reaching other emerging growth cities in Myanmar, such as Kawkareik, Taungyi and Mawlamyine, as well as Yangon.

Niyom said after the infrastructure-development projects are completed in the next two years, the logistics costs for shipments to Myanmar would be half of what they are today. The shipment cost for goods is now Bt2 per kilogram, but after the highway is developed, it will be just Bt1 a kilo.

The new highway and bridge crossing will also save time for shipments. The delivery time for goods from Mae Sot to Kawkareik is currently about three hours, but after the highway is ready, this will be reduced to just 50 minutes.

To facilitate more trade and investment growth on both sides, Niyom called for the two governments to set up similar customs rules and regulations, as well as expand the period that the border checkpoint is open for business and traffic each day.

Thin Thin Myat, chairman of the Myawaddy Border Trade Chamber of Commerce, said she had high expectations that trade would grow between Thailand and Myanmar under the growing relationship between the countries.

She said there was strong demand in Myanmar for many Thai items, particularly consumer goods, foods and beverages, while Myanmar could also support Thai industrial growth by supplying many raw materials, such as agricultural products.

Somsak Kaveerat, chairman of the Tak Chamber of Commerce, pointed out that trade at the Mae Sot checkpoint had soared by about 30 per cent this year, largely due to higher demand for Thai goods.

Trade value at the checkpoint is projected to reach Bt60 billion this year, he said.

Thanawat Weerasomkiat, general manager of Tha Klao Bicycle Warehouse in Tak, said there was high demand in Myanmar for second-hand imports.

Mae Sot is now a transit port for shipping second-hand bicycles to Myanmar, with sales continuing to grow, he said. Tha Klao ships 60-70 containers of bicycles per month across the border, with each container holding about 700 bikes.

Moreover, the market for used bicycles is not only high in neighbouring countries, as the Thai market is also experiencing strong demand, he added.

About 40 per cent of the company's Bt100-million second-hand bicycles business is in the domestic market.

Wason Kanchitsirikul, managing director of Highway Group - an authorised dealer for Siam Cement Group - said sales of construction materials had increased significantly during the past year to serve Myanmar's emerging growth.

Normally, the company shipped about 9,000-10,000 tonnes of cement to Myanmar per month, but recent monthly shipments have risen to 17,000-24,000 tonnes.

He said that since many construction and infrastructure-development projects were taking place in Myanmar, there was now strong demand for construction-material imports.

However, he said, Thai businesses should pay particular attention to the exchange rate when trading with Myanmar.

To ensure stable incomes, he suggested that they trade in baht.

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