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Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala puts global spotlight on the city attracting over 1 million visitors

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

The iconic New Year’s Eve Gala in Downtown Dubai, the most prestigious square kilometre on earth, set an impressive global milestone as one of the world’s most attended single events, attracting over 1 million people from across the globe, with a 35-minute long spectacular countdown celebration.

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Already ranked among the world’s most-watched events, Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala was telecast live over 1,000 television channels globally, and streamed live on http://www.mydowntowndubai.com and http://www.youtube.com/downtowndubai, reaching over 2 billion viewers. Thousands of tourists flew in to Dubai for the occasion, underlining Downtown Dubai, the 500-acre mega-development of Emaar Properties, as ‘The Centre of Now.’

The Gala featured an unparalleled display of colourful fireworks from Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, set for the first time to live orchestra. The fireworks created airborne shapes of flowers, crescents and stars, in several colour sets and sequences. In a fitting tribute to the UAE, which celebrated its 41st National Day recently, the fireworks enveloped Burj Khalifa in the colours of the national flag. This followed a dazzling water, fire and light show on Burj Lake; and the live performance of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties and Dubai Events Council, said: “The Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala is truly an audio-visual spectacle spread over the most prestigious square kilometre on earth. The event underlines the positive vision that Dubai upholds by serving as a beacon of hope for people across the world and highlighting the happiness, prosperity and robust outlook that the city brings. The event is now an iconic global New Year’s Eve celebration on par with international cities such as New York, London, and Sydney, among others.”

Downtown Dubai will continue the celebrations with the lake show, ‘Water, Fire & Light,’ throughout January. One of the city’s most-visited attractions, Downtown Dubai hosted over 60 million visitors in 2012. The US$ 20 billion development’s attractions include Burj Khalifa, which features the world’s highest observation deck with an outdoor terrace; The Dubai Mall, the largest shopping and entertainment destination; The Dubai Fountain; world-class residences; offices and Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard with retail and F&B attractions. For details, visit: http://www.emaar.com

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January 2, 2013 at 5:10 pm

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DataLend Goes Live with Competitive Securities Finance Market Data Service

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NEW YORK, Jan. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — EquiLend, a leading provider of global securities finance trading and post trade services, announced today the launch of DataLend, a new market data provider for the global securities finance market.

EquiLend has an established position as a partner to the industry with a dataset from the largest players, resulting in high integrity data. By applying proprietary quantitative cleansing methods, the quality of DataLend’s data is excellent. Its screens are fast, easy-to-use, and intuitive. DataLend’s securities finance data is global in reach and covers all asset classes, regions, and markets.

Ben Glicher, CIO of EquiLend, comments, “After an intensive and extended beta phase, it is evident that we are bringing top quality, thoroughly cleansed, unadulterated data to the securities finance market. We believe that our data is more than just competitive and it is our aim to become the industry leader in global securities finance market data.”

About DataLend

DataLend is a new data provider from EquiLend, a leading provider of trading and post trade services for the securities finance industry backed by 10 global financial institutions: BlackRock; Credit Suisse; Goldman Sachs; J.P. Morgan Clearing; J.P. Morgan; Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Morgan Stanley; Northern Trust; State Street; and UBS. DataLend has offices in New York, Toronto, London and Hong Kong.

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January 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm

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Marquee, The Star Brings New Year’s Eve Glamour to Sydney

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SYDNEY/PRNewswire/ — Last night Marquee – The Star, Sydney was flooded with celebrities who flocked to the harbour city to celebrate the nightclub’s first New Year’s Eve. Owned by the same team behind Marquee Las Vegas and New York, Sydney’s star power was seriously catapulted this New Year’s Eve as the Tao Group’s Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss invited celebrity friends to spend New Year’s Eve in the harbour city, including Chace Crawford and Matthew Morrison.
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After kicking off the evening with dinner at Momofuku Seiobo, celebrity guests continued celebrations at Marquee, taking in the view of the midnight fireworks. Chace Crawford, Matthew Morrison and girlfriend Renee Puente, Colton Haynes, Samantha Ronson, JC Chasez, Kyle Howard, Shawn Pyfrom, Brahman Turner and Lucas Grabeel partied into the night, with champagne flowing. Australia’s former Miss Universe, Jennifer Hawkins, joined the party with fiance Jake Wall.
Over 1,200 guests filled the nightclub as Grammy Award winning international DJ Dirty South performed in the Main Room, while celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson surprised party-goers by jumping on the decks in the Boom Box and partying well into the night.
The visiting celebrities all stayed at The Darling, The Star’s luxury hotel.
About Marquee – The Star, Sydney
Marquee is located on the entire top tier of The Star’s new Pirrama Road harbour side entrance, commanding expansive views of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline. With nearly 20,000 square feet of floor space, and a capacity for 1500 people, the venue is designed to house three distinct spaces within the one venue to cater for different tastes and moods.
The Main Room features a 30 foot projection stage with an LED DJ booth and large dance floors. In contrast, a stylish library-style room offers a private and intimate lounge experience, accentuated by a working fireplace. Club-goers will also come across the Boom Box, with a separate DJ, state-of-the-art sound system and outdoor patio. There is also a chill-out area with unparalleled views of the Sydney skyline and separate VIP entrance for quick entry from street level.
The Star has recently undergone an AU$870 million redevelopment and expansion to become a one-of-a-kind entertainment destination. The Star offers more than 20 restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and cafes, a new five star boutique lifestyle hotel called The Darling, a 16 room day spa, a luxury retail collection, and upscale gaming areas.
Source: Marquee – The Star, Sydney

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January 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm

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Perfect World’s Game Wins Authoritative International Annual Award

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Torchlight II rated as the best PC RPG of the year by IGN

BEIJING, Dec. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Torchlight II, an online game developed by Runic Games, a firm majority owned by Chinese game developer Perfect World, was awarded “Best Role Playing Game (RPG) of 2012” during the recent “Best PC Game of 2012”, a game rating event hosted by authoritative American game media company IGN.

It is the first time that a Chinese company has seen one of its games make the breakthrough and obtain an internationally recognized authoritative game award.

In the last few days of 2012, many leading American game media firms are pushed out their best-of-the-year game lists, highlighting the best of what the year had to produce. These authoritative and unbiased awards are great tributes to game products and developers.

During the “Best RPG of 2012” selection process, IGN commented on its pick of Torchlight II, “Every existing element of Torchlight II is great. It’s just a highly interesting product, with the surprising combination of numerous monsters, excellent skill design and random elements is an almost perfect formula, and the rewards just keep on coming until the final battle is over. Each upgrade, skill upgrade and equipment replacement are, each in of themselves, addictive, and a player has to play for a long time before acquiring any real power. We can say that Torchlight II is one of the best MF ARPGs!”

Massively, another world renowned online game information website, further added: “Torchlight II should win a place in every possible ‘best of’ list, as it is really a remarkable game.”

Commenting on Torchlight II’s many “best of” picks, Runic Games’ parent Perfect World said, “Torchlight II showcases outstanding skill design and comes with an abundance of game content. It is, in every way, an ARPG that can create a perfect experience for the player. Torchlight II was a truly pleasant surprise for us in 2012, and was a major contributor to Perfect World’s good earnings in the third quarter of 2012. We have high hopes for Torchlight II, and plan to beef up promotions for the product in more markets. We hope that Torchlight II can become a real force in Perfect World’s globalization efforts.”

China’s online gaming companies moved into the international arena mainly through product authorization and by setting up their own branches and operating independently in each market it entered. Perfect World, however, created a whole new model based on “global research and development and operation”, which integrates global game resources including industrial design, production, operation and IP through acquiring game companies in each market, and expanding into these markets through globalization of its R&D. The company localizes R&D through its overseas branches, and then promotes products around the world.

Perfect World said that the success of Torchlight II demonstrates the excellence of product that can be created and developed under this model. Torchlight II follows on the success of Torchlight, another popular masterful creation, both researched and developed by Perfect World’s majority-owned American subsidiary.

The English-language version of Torchlight II was formally launched on September 20, 2012, and is available for download on the Steam platform. The version has been well received since its launch, and the pricing of US$19.99 has made Torchlight II an irresistible game worth well more than what one pays for it.

SOURCE Beijing Perfect World Co., Ltd.

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January 2, 2013 at 9:31 am

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