Richard Melson

November 2005

Markaz Kuwait

Kuwait Financial Centre

Press Release

www.markaz.com

"Markaz" sponsors the Kuwait Arab Advertising Creativity Awards

Alhajeri: Creativity should be the driving force for every business

Kuwait -22 November 2005: Kuwait Financial Centre "Markaz" announced that it is sponsoring the Kuwait Arab Advertising Creativity Awards event to be held in Sh. Salwa Sabah Al-Ahmed's theatre in Marina Hotel on Wednesday the 23rd of November 2005 at 6:00pm.

Markaz, General Manager, Manaf A. Alhajeri said: " Markaz is especially happy to be part of the efforts to help enhance the young marketing and advertising scene in Kuwait and will continue to look for ways of supporting important local projects as giving to society is part of our mission and company values."

The Award is rated as highly valuable to the community and it fills a need in the market by being the first of its kind. The ceremony has generated a huge interest and the large numbers of advertising submissions.

Manaf Alhajeri said: "We think the Creativity Award organizers went the extra mile and have done something for the first time in the region, in the same way that Markaz has introduced new investment products to the market, time and time again."

Having the Speaker of the National Assembly of the State of Kuwait, Jasem Al-Khorafi supporting the event clearly marks the importance of the event and his contribution is viewed with all respect and appreciation for his efforts in supporting this highly regarded event and the young Kuwaiti organizers.

"We would like to commend the young Kuwaiti organizers for their hard work and for their creative thinking as we think creativity should be the driving force for all companies just as it is the driving force behind Markaz," he said.

The Kuwait Financial Centre (Markaz) www.markaz.com, established in 1974, is one of the leading investment banking institutions in Kuwait. Markaz offers quality asset management with around $4.2 billion of assets under management, investment advisory services, as well as state-of-the-art investment banking, covering the Middle-East, Europe and the United States.

Markaz is also active in managing real estate funds and transactions, both locally and internationally. Tel: +965 224 8000.

For further information, please contact:

Georges F El-khoury

Manager – Client Relationship

Kuwait Financial Centre "Markaz"

Telephone: +965 224 8000

Kuwait Arab Advertising Creativity Award Press releases for approval

The Kuwait Financial Centre (Markaz)

www.markaz.com

Neena nina@hillandknowlton.com.bh

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005