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MENAFN Press - 19/11/2012

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(MENAFN Press) The 28th Asian International Stamp Exhibition (Sharjah 2012) will be commencing with the official opening ceremony being hosted on 20 November by the Emirates Philatelic Association (EPA).

The premier event on the Asian and Australasian philately calendar, Sharjah 2012 is taking place under the patronage of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP) at Mega Mall Sharjah.

The ceremony will be attended by the President of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP), Surajit Gongvatana, members of the Emirates Philatelic Association (EPA) “ EPA President Mr Abdulla Mohammed Tayyeb Khoory; EPA Vice President Mr Ahmad Bin Eisa Bin Nasser Alserkal; EPA Honorary Secretary Mr Omar Mohammed Ahmed; and EPA Board Member Mr Khalid Ali Al Omaira “ as well as an elite group of international Jurors and Commissioners, and followed by a welcome dinner.

Speaking about the event, EPA President Mr Abdulla Mohammed Tayyeb Khoory said: "With the objective of promoting the science of philately in the Emirates and the region, the EPA has been working tirelessly to prepare for and successfully stage Sharjah 2012.

This event has been eagerly awaited by enthusiasts and we look forward to showcasing the talent and expertise of the EPA in Sharjah this year."

Sharjah 2012 will feature a range of activities including seminars and specialised children's activities as well as some 200 exhibitors and 30 dealers from 24 countries.

Participant can enter 13 separate classes, including 'Traditional Philately', 'Postal History', 'Thematic Philately', and 'Aerophilately', as well as the coveted FIAP Championship Class, which is only open to collections that have been awarded at least three FIP/FIAP large gold medals at exhibitions patronized by FIP/FIAP over the past 10 years.

In addition, there will also be an opportunity for young stamp collectors to make their mark in the 'Youth Philately' class in the age categories 10 to 15 years, 16 “ 18 years, or 19 “ 21 years.

The exhibition will run until 25 November 2012.

About the Emirates Philately Association
Located in the Al-Fahidi Area, Bur Dubai, the EPA works to encourage and develop the promotion of philately as well as to bring together philatelists in the UAE with the objective to exchange ideas and stamps. The EPA also regularly holds symposia and exhibitions on philately in co-operation with various authorized departments and encourages the formation of philatelic groups in schools, institutes, universities and any institutions across the country. Philately House, the EPA's head office, hosts a permanent gallery portraying the history of the post in the UAE. In addition, it shows the development of the postal activities from before the creation of federation of the UAE till now, as well as being home to a distinguished collection of postal stamps and postmarks.About the Federation of Inter-Asian PhilatelyEstablised in 1974 with Indonesia, Iran, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand as the founding member countries, the FIAP is a non-profit and non-political federation of philatelic organisations in Asia and Australia. Prior to the formation of FIAP organized philately was practically unheard of in Asia, with the exception of Japan, India and Iran and through the continuous efforts of its members Asia has taken its place as a highly respected contributor to the science of philately.About Mega MallMega Mall is one of the malls in Sharjah and the Northern Emirates which encompasses the most popular international, regional & local brands primarily targeting the middle and upper income groups and family shoppers. The mall boasts of a wide diversity of outlets with over 190 retail shops & anchor stores, seven screen cinemas, family entertainment center and food court spread across four floors. Mega Mall's Mega More Loyalty Program recently went through an upgrade wherein details of the members are now electronically used for printing their raffle coupons. This is another way of ensuring customer satisfaction in every customer visit. At the same time, Mega Mall continues to enjoy the success of Hotel Guests Shuttle Service Program due to the unique offerings and services extended to the hotel guests. Conceived as a world-class destination, Mega Mall is one of the most pleasurable shopping, leisure and entertainment destinations in the Northern Emirates.


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