American Express Sponsors Bahraini Student Academic Visit to France

Published May 8th, 2007 - 01:19 GMT

American Express Middle East presented  Mai Mohamed, a Mass Communication student of the University of Bahrain with a cheque to cover the cost of a visit to cultural locations in France for her academic studies.

Ms. Mohamed is conducting the trip in order to learn more about the ways in which France promotes its cultural highlights.  The visit is part of a study about how to effectively leverage cultural locations.

Mr. Waheed Zainal, Senior Regional Employee Counselor – American Express Middle East and North Africa, said, “American Express is keen to take an active role in encouraging the next generation of professionals.  Travel and tourism is an industry that American Express has always been strongly involved in and supporting cultural enthusiasts such as Mai will support young, educated professionals to promote the industry.”

Tourism is a growing industry in the Middle East region and there is a growing need for educated young professionals to help promote the industry.

Bahrain airport saw a 20 per cent rise in the number of passengers reaching seven million last year, up from 5.7million in 2005.   The country experienced the highest tourism growth in the GCC, with tourist arrivals soaring 30 per cent between 2005 and 2006 , and the occupancy rate of Bahrain’s five-star hotels increased by 20 percent over 2005 .  The government is currently spending BD126 million on an airport expansion programme , and numerous new five-, three- and two-star hotels are due to open in 2008-2009.

American Express Company is a diversified worldwide travel, financial and network Services Company founded in 1850. It is a world leader in charge and credit cards, Travellers Cheques, travel, financial planning, business services, insurance and international banking.

AMEX (Middle East) B.S.C. (c) - AEME established its presence in the Middle East in 1959 and set up its first office in Bahrain in 1979. In 1992, American Express became a joint venture company owned by Mawarid Investment Limited and American Express.

Operating in 18 markets in the Middle East and North Africa region, AEME issues dollar currency Credit and Charge Cards: Personal (Green), Gold, Platinum as well as Company and Corporate Cards. Since 2001, with the introduction of its first local currency Credit Card in the United Arab Emirates, AEME has been introducing a range of local currency Credit Cards across the region.

American Express Cards are accepted at millions of locations in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.



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