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Lighthouse - January, 2012.

CSS Logistics

Recently, CSS Logistics completed an Air Charter operation from Sharjah, UAE and Hamburg, Germany to Kandahar, Afghanistan. The charter operation was carried out on 16 x B747 and 2 x AN124 from Sharjah to Kandahar and 2 x AN124 from Hamburg to Kandahar. The operation included vehicles, 4 wheel drives, buses, vans and included heavy equipment such as a 60 Ton crane and Reach Stackers. The entire job was facilitated under the specialist supervision of Qais Abdulla, Branch Manager CSS Logistics, Jebel Ali and his team of experts. This job was one of the principal air charter operations undertaken by CSS Logistics and it was accomplished within a limited period of time, 26 days with highest level customer satisfaction achieved.

Where The World Comes Together


For the past 15 years, Global Village has been providing cultural entertainment along with an international shopping experience to millions of visitors.  Breathtaking live performances, mouth-watering cuisine, authentic handicrafts and merchandise from different countries are all on display at the many national pavilions in Global Village.

Since the inauguration in 1997, Global Village has become the key entertainment and shopping destination in the region. It includes rich diverse cultures and civilizations and offers a diverse range of restaurants and shops from across the world.

There are many more attractions, including thrilling rides, games and firework displays, to complete your Global Village experience. Global Village runs from 1 November 2011 to 3 March 2012.

The CSS Air Freight and Ocean Freight division of CSS Group has been appointed yet again the exclusive agent to handle all the fresh fruits, garments, accessories and general merchandise from Thailand that will be retailed at the highly successful Thai Pavilion at the Dubai Global Village.

CSS Group will handle over 150 tons of fresh fruits, garments, accessories and general merchandise during the months of November to March 2012. Due to the perishable nature of the fruits, the cargo handler must be able to immediately process the documents required through various authorities during a short period of time, and offer clearance and refrigerated transport to the site at Dubai Global Village.

Mr. Jacob Isaac, General Manager, Air Freight Division, CSS Group commented “The CSS Air Freight team based at CSS Dubai Cargo Village, have an array of expertise and are geared to handle any specific or special need at any time to ensure our clients needs and time frames are met.”  Mr. Ahmed Al Rais, Senior Vice President, Air Freight Division, CSS Group stated, “The cargo for the Thai Pavilion is an exciting opportunity for us and over the years we have met each challenge positively, which was completed successfully during the given time frames. Our professional approach in handling all queries error free has been the cornerstone of our success.”

Mr. Tony, Managing Director Vega Intertrade & Exhibitions,  (The Organizer of Thailand Pavilion at Global Village) commented, “There has been a steady rise in the number of visitors to Global Village over the past 15 years. These guests come from all over the world to join in the festivities and fun featuring different countries. The number of both visitors and pavilions continues to rise. It is a testament to the immense success Global Village has achieved and plans to continue achieving for many more years to come. We are tremendously delighted with the professional service and transparency thus far received from the CSS Group staff and we look forward to continually building upon our business relationship with them.”

Ms. Mayuree (Molly) Phangphun, Managing Director-Molly Thai Tropical Fruit and Molly Spa added, “Global Village, the largest outdoor family entertainment venue in the region and member of Tecom Investments, has received 1.25 million visitors since the opening on 1st November till now. This is a substantial increase from last year’s show. Global Village is always keen on the development and modernization in all facilities. It is also the culmination of the continued success of Global Village to attract millions of visitors every year.  CSS Group is always available to assist us when necessary even during weekends, which are a peak time for us here at the Global Village. The on-call service standards offered are excellent and we look forward to working with them for more projects relating to the success of the remaining months of Global Village.”

Facts And Figures

•    2010    28 country pavilions and 4.5 million visitors

•    2009    28 country pavilions and 4.4 million visitors

•    2008    28 country pavilions and 4.5 million visitors

•    2007    59 days, 39 country pavilions and 4.2 million visitors.

•    2006    129 days, 40 country pavilions and 2.1 million visitors.

•    2005    Global Village reaches its 10-year mark with a new location and      longer operation period. 79 days and 5 million visitors.

•    2004    Global Village shattered records with 5.2 million visitors and 38     participating countries.

•    2003    3.1 million visitors with 31 participating countries.

•    2002    2.33 million visitors with 28 pavilions.

•    2001    1.68 million visitors with an increase of pavilions to 25.

•    2000    The number of visitors and pavilions saw increases to 1.59 million and 22, respectively.

•    1999    1.45 million visitors with a stable pavilion number of 20.

•    1998    1.2 million visitors and 20 pavilions from countries around the world.

•    1997    In it’s second year, Global village had 900,000 visitors. The number of participating countries reached 18.

•    1996    Global village was initially a small site along the Dubai Creek with small kiosks representing different countries. In it’s first year, Global village had more than 500,000 visitors.

Green Aviation & Logistics Group Realises Its Vision Towards Protecting The Environment

The 3rd Green Aviation & Logistics Group Networking Event organised by Arabian Reach saw the attendance of both members and prospective ones to see how companies can involve environmental protection in their daily lives and companies.

Green Aviation & Logistics Group is a special interest group under Dubai Economic Development office, being developed solely to promote the importance of green Aviation & logistics in the Middle East. The Group has eventually developed as a collaborative network of green aviation & supply chain experts, with a general or specific expertise in the areas, where aviation & logistics companies can improve their environmental performance of the supply chain.

In the opening words of the Founding Chairman Dr Khaled Almazroui, General Manager Fujairah International Airport, “This is a good arena for everyone to join in promoting the Green initiative in the Middle East’’. Dr Khaled welcomed everyone present encouraging them in their efforts to promote this course. GALG already boasts of eminent personalities from the aviation and logistics industry, who have evinced to be a part of it; thus, a global effort to protect the environment.

The Green Aviation & Logistics Group plans to have a training centre in the near future; where in there will be in-depth transfer of research results. The GALG member companies, authorities, governments and international companies and organizations, will have regular exchanges that will cover technical innovations and other drivers, like eco-design of engines, systems, GTL technology, fuel from algae, waste management, etc.

Eng. Mahmood Al Bastaki, Director of Dubai Trade Department-Dubai World was the first presenter for the evening and his based his presentation on Dubai Trade and how it is Facilitating Trade & Logistics through Dubai as well as the Significance of Trade in UAE which revealed that Trade and Logistics is the sole business hub in UAE and Dubai especially.

Eng. Mahmood Al Bastaki also looked at the Value of Trade in Dubai as the main push to the Commitment of Dubai Government to the Trade & Logistics sector considering the fact that a lot of Evolution has occurred in the Trade sector. In early 2000, the need for efficient, transparent and secured cross border trade mandated the creation of a single window by the Ports, Customs & Free Zones Authority. ‘’This is growth and Development’’ he added

Eng. Mazen Altoukhi, General Manager of Green Car Rental-Dubai, equally gave an elaborate presentation on Green Car Rental as the present and Future way of going Green. He drew examples from the various ways at which this can be done considering the fact that we cannot do without cars ion our world of today and in the business milieu.

Eng. Mazen Altoukhi also looked at the differences between the Electric vehicle and the hybrid car, coming out with the clear distinction that the former will use the Electric motor for propulsion rather than being powered by the gasoline powered motor; while the later refers to an automobile that has both a conventional gas engine and a bank of batteries and shares the demand for power between these two sources.

Why Go Green?

‘’Charging up at home means never going to the gas station and electric cars require almost none of the maintenance, like oil changes emission checks that internal combustion cars require. Electric motors develop their highest torques from zero rpms, meaning fast (and silent) – Zero-60 acceleration times’’ he added.

To drive 36,000km with a gas engine car, compared to Hybrid and electric cars, Eng. Mazen Altoukhi emphasized that the benefits come in terms of Cost and CO2, which is the green move we are heading for.

Special invitees for the evening were Amith Horra, Marketing Manager, CSS Dubai and Deepu S Dev, Marketing Coordinator CSS Dubai.

“Attending such events is crucial in this day and age whereby Go Green initiatives are being commonly carried out by organizations from all industries worldwide. It is vital that we continue to educate ourselves on new trends and developments and share this with our colleagues. As an organization that is active in various Green initiatives across the CSS Group, Go Green is a realisation of CSS Group’s vision. I would like to thank Arabian Reach for hosting an informative and well executed event whereby we were able to network with industry leaders and innovators adopting various Go Green initiatives,” added Amith Horra, Marketing Manager, CSS Dubai.

FPS AGM-Bali Indonesia

FPS Group recently held their annual AGM (Annual General Meeting) at the Intercontinental Bali Resort in Indonesia from October 18-21st, 2011. The FPS AGM is a platform for its members around the world to participate in networking sessions with other freight forwarders from across the globe whilst discussing new trends and opportunities amongst the freight forwarding fraternity.

CSS Group was well represented during the AGM with active participation from its network offices. Dean Landers, General Manager CSS Kuwait, Jairam KR, Director CSS India, Rajesh Arora, Asst. GM Import CSS India, Narayan R T, General Manager CSS Bahrain, Siby C Kurian, General Manager Sales & Marketing, CSS Dubai & Rajagopal, Sr. General Manager Finance, CSS Dubai attended the prestigious FPS AGM 2011.

Loving Moments

Jean-Paul van Munster, FPS Managing Director Rotterdam and Hetty Hof with the crystal memorabile, presented by T S Kaladharan, Chairman CSS Group for their engagement during the FPS annual general meet in Bali, Indonesia.

CSS Group wishes you a successful journey together.

Raag Malhar Friends Association

Friends association celebrated its 7th anniversary on November 18th 2011 at Dubai Women’s College Auditorium. As the main sponsor, CSS has been continuously supporting Friends Association over the years as part of the CSR activities and its always a proud moment to be part of the auspicious event.

The event named Raag Malhar – The Musical fusion was inaugurated by the Indian Counselor with the other dignitaries and also the souvenir named SMRITHI was released by The South Indian film director Blessy. The evening comprised of musical fusion and also dance forms from various artists from South India.

Utsavam 2011

THIRANOTTAM, a fraternity of art-lovers of the traditional art forms of Kerala, is a not-for-profit organization formed and functioning for the promotion of these art forms and the artistes. Thiranottam’s purpose and activities are to increase awareness and comprehension of classical performing arts of Kerala by conducting appreciation sessions, organizing stage shows of renowned professional artistes and providing a platform for the young and promising talents.

The curtain has been lifted on the 4-day cultural festival Utsavam’11, the fifth in its series, which has been showcasing the traditional and rich, classical arts of Kerala in UAE from 2007 onwards.  The Indian Consul General, His Excellency Sanjay Verma, and Padma Shree Kalamandalam Gopi, the eminent Kathakali artiste, and Padma Shree Mattannoor Shankarankutty Maraar, the virtuoso chenda player, inaugurated the event on 4th November 2011. It showcased more and more classical art forms from the realms of Natya Sastra (Science of Acting) to the UAE audience. With Koodiyaattom and Kathakali being the flag bearers of this Indian Science, Thiranottam thought it appropriate to coin the term International Koodiyaattam and Kathakali Festival (IKKF). Utsavam ’11 was grander than its predecessors, with greater emphasis on Taalam and Layam. World-renowned Chenda celebrity Padma Shri Mattannoor Sankaran Kutty has kindly consented to set the right tempo for this year’s festival. Apart from Thayampaka, the four-day event showcased various art forms like Koodiyaattam, Keli, Purappadu, Melappadam and Kathakali.

CSS Group was one of the main sponsors for the event.

KPL Twenty 20


CSS Group is pleased to announce its purchase of Team Alleppey Ripples for the next 5 seasons of the Kerala Premier League (KPL). The investment in the team shows the continuous support of CSS towards the sporting fraternity of the United Arab Emirates offering first class facilities for all sporting events.

Dubai will stage the richest domestic Twenty20 cricket tournament in UAE history in the name of the Kerala Premier League (KPL), which is set to begin from January 20th until February 24th, 2012 at the International Cricket Council Global Cricket Academy grounds.

The tournament is organised under the auspices of the Dubai Cricket Council (DCC) and the prize money for the winners of this tournament is Dh60,000 — the highest prize to be offered to a domestic team.
The tournament will be held along the lines of the Indian Premier League and has Indian pacer Shantakumaran Sreesanth as the brand ambassador.

South Indian film superstars Bharat Suresh Gopi, along with actress Bhamaa, are also brand ambassadors.

KPL Dubai is an event in consideration to bring in the regional fire of cricket with huge Asian population in the United Arab Emirates and the game is formed in such a manner that the presence of all cricket playing nationalities involved in the game. A total of 16 teams consisting of 14 districts of Kerala and 2 zonal teams namely Malabar and Travancore with each team consisting of a minimum of 3 players from Kerala in and remaining from the local talents, with one player under the age of 22 and a maximum of 2 international players with prior approval from the Dubai Cricket Council.

For further information, please visit:
www.kpldubai.com &

Ken Wins BTL Desert Challenge


Deriving its name partly from the golfing expression ‘Tiger Line’ BTL now hosts 9 regional tournaments from Dubai to Korea with the main competition being the ‘BTL Masters’ held every September in Singapore, which is well supported by the global shipping industry.

Places at these events are much sought after and what better way to host clients than a round of golf where for 4-5 hours some sunshine, fresh air and conversations can be shared by all.

CSS’s own Ken Dinnadge upon his return to competitive golf tournaments won this Year’s Desert challenge in style after an 18-month absence from the Dubai shipping fraternity’s competitions.

Ken said, “I was thrilled to have been part of this tournament taking into account the international field of players which included some well known shipping CEOs and company owners. To take gold in this event was very special and is now part of history of BTLs event.

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