Published November 8th, 2005 - 07:52 GMT

Gulf Air is proud to be the official carrier for The Arab Business Council (ABC), an initiative of the World Economic Forum, which will hold its annual meeting in Manama, Bahrain on 9 to 10 November 2005.

The Arab Business Council meeting, to be held at the Diplomat “Radisson SAS’ Hotel, will bring together youth, educators, religious leaders, government officials and businessmen to try to gain fresh insights into the largely unstudied problem of youth and adolescence in the Arab World.

“Gulf Air is proud to establish and maintain close relationship with the forum. We are committed to promoting regional and worldwide economic development,” says Gulf Air Vice President Marketing and Sales Danny Barranger.

The Arab Business Council is composed of 80 top Arab business leaders who are committed to the mission of “enhancing competitiveness in the Arab world.”

In its third year of existence the council has become firmly established as an effective representative of the Arab business community.

The ABC annual meeting is convening an exclusive group of Arab leaders from government, business and civil society to work together with eminent scholars and experts.

Over the two-day meeting, the ABC will formulate and deliver the message of the Arab private sector to the Meeting of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the G-8/BMENA Forum of Future taking place the following day on the priorities that the region is facing today, namely governance, youth and education, and trade.

About Gulf Air
Founded in 1950, Gulf Air is presently owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Sultanate of Oman and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and is the only truly Pan Gulf carrier in the region.

More than half a century later, the regional, geographic and cultural values that the airline has embraced over more than half a century are still central in defining the brand and service ethos within the contemporary and global environment.

Today the airline’s network stretches from Europe to Asia and covers 44 cities in 30 countries. The fleet comprises 34 aircraft.
Under President and Chief Executive James Hogan, the successful implementation of the first phase of a restructuring programme, which commenced in 2003, has resulted in the establishment of a platform for sustained commercial operation.
It has also provided a framework for a succession of innovative products and services including the unique Sky Chefs and Sky Nannies that form part of Gulf Air’s ‘boutique airline’ vision.
The dramatic turnaround in fortunes has won international recognition.  The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) presented the airline with the prestigious Airline Turnaround of the Year Award for 2003. Gulf Air was also the recipient of the 2003 Platinum Award for the Best Airline in the Middle East and North Africa, which recognised the airline’s commitment to service excellence. Other awards include:

Winner - Middle East & North African Platinum Best Airline Travel Award 2004
Winner - Skytrax Most Improved Airline Award 2004
Winner - Skytrax Best First Class Onboard Food Category 2004
Winner - Skytrax Best Business Class Check-in Category 2004

Official Airline and Sponsor of the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2006

About World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Incorporated as a foundation in 1971, and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit.



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