The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Dubai has been operating since February 2003. The establishment of the Consulate reflected the increasing of economic ties between two country. Most of Indonesian products in the Middle East market have exported through Dubai and other port of the United Arab Emirtates
The Fourth International Bali Meditators Festival will this year again take place in Ubud, Bali from 20-23 September 2012. The Festival carries the theme, “One Earth, One Sky, One Humankind: Towards Global Peace and Interfaith Harmony through Meditation”.
The annual Bali Meditators Festival has attracted the world’s attention, and this year, registered participants attending are from the United States, France, Brazil, the Netherlands, Japan, Australia, Germany and Malaysia, while from within Indonesia, confirmed participants are from Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Semarang, Lampung and Kalimantan.
Last year’s event was attended by around 1,000 people, and this year organizers expect the numbers to increase significantly.
International speakers from a number of spiritual organizations in the world will share their knowledge and experience, and teach meditation and yoga techniques during the festival.
“IBMF 2012 shall be the place where people meditate and celebrate in love and togetherness. While meditation builds and strengthens human beings inner cores, celebration is the way to share the overwhelming joy. Together, participants are going to re-learn the forgotten language of love, and create a path towards a peaceful world and a united mankind”.
The Festival features music and dance performances, apart from formal sessions such as panel discussions and workshops. Special events will include various programs such as yoga for kids, yoga for youth and many more. There is also a bazaar area with a beautiiful view on Ubud’s green andscape.
In connection with the International Bali Meditators Festival, Deputy Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies in Bali (ASITA Bali), Bagus Sudibya, told the press that Bali was rapidly becoming increasingly popular as a spiritual tourism destination, as evidence from requests made by foreign travel agents for their clients, , said Bagus Sudibya. Most groups are from Australia, the United States, Japan and Europe, and their itineraries include yoga and meditation.
ASITA estimates that already 10 percent of tour programs handled by Bali ASITA member include Spiritual Tour Itineraries. Sudibya estimates that some 5 percent of all incoming foreign tourists to Bali enjoy spiritual tours.
“This shows that Bali has the potential to become a meaningful spiritual tourism destination, and most importantly, spiritual tourism can contribute to providing deeper meaning to Bali’s tourism development.” Today, travel Agents actively offer tour spiritual tour packages to their clients, and the response has been positive since a growing number of people in the world seem to be looking for inner peace and happiness through self-healing amidst problems and turmoils in their lives.
IBMF was initiated by Anand Krishna, a world spiritual leader and founder of the Anan Ashram foundation. While the aim of the Festival is to spread awareness, wisdom and care towards other human beings and the environment in order to create communities that are bright and healthy holistically.
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The address is at:
Jalan Pura Mertasari No. 45, Sunset Road area
Kuta, Bali, 80361
Phone: +62 (361) 8947238
Fax: +62 (361) 8947239
The Republic of Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world comprising 17,504 large and small tropical islands fringed with white sandy beaches, many still uninhabited and a number even still unnamed. Straddling the equator, situated between the continents of Asia and Australia and between the Pacific and the Indian Oceans, it is as wide as the United States from San Francisco to New York, equaling the distance between London and Moscow. Indonesia has a total population of more than 215 million people from more than 200 ethnic groups. The national language is Bahasa Indonesia.
Among the most well known islands are Sumatra, Java, Bali, Kalimantan (formerly Borneo), Sulawesi (formerly Celebes), the Maluku Islands (or better known as Moluccas, the original Spice Islands) and Papua. Then, there is Bali “the world’s best island resort” with its enchanting culture, beaches, dynamic dances and music. But Indonesia still has many unexplored islands with grand mountain views, green rainforests to trek through, rolling waves to surf and deep blue pristine seas to dive in where one can swim with dugongs, dolphins and large mantarays.
Because of her location, and geology, Indonesia is blessed with the most diverse landscape, from fertile ricelands on Java and Bali to the luxuriant rainforests of Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi, to the savannah grasslands of the Nusatenggara islands to snow-capped peaks of West Papua.
Her wildlife ranges from the prehistoric giant Komodo lizard to the Orang Utan and the Java rhino, to the Sulawesi anoa dwarf buffalos, to birds with exquisite plumage like the cockatoo and the bird of paradise. This is also the habitat of the Rafflesia the world’s largest flower, wild orchids, an amazing variety of spices, and aromatic hardwood and a large variety of fruit trees. Underwater, scientists have found in North Sulawesi the prehistoric coelacanth fish, a “living fossil” fish, predating the dinosaurs living some 400 million years ago, while whales migrate yearly through these waters from the South Pole. Here are hundreds of species of colourful coral and tropical fish to admire.
Culturally, Indonesia fascinates with her rich diversity of ancient temples, music, ranging from the traditional to modern pop, dances, rituals and ways of life, changing from island to island, from region to region. Yet everywhere the visitor feels welcomed with that warm, gracious innate friendliness of the Indonesian people that is not easily forgotten.
Facilities-wise Indonesia’s hotels are second to none. In fact, many of our luxurious and unique hotels have constantly been listed as some of the best in the world, located on white sandy beaches, overlooking green river valleys, or situated in the heart of busy capital Jakarta. While Indonesia’s cities like Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, or Makassar are a hive of activities for business and leisure and a paradise for shoppers, offering upscale boutiques selling top brand names, to local goods at road-side stalls. Here gourmets can treat themselves to the many regions’ delectable spicy cuisine or dine sumptuously at international restaurants. And for sheer relaxation, Indonesia Spas are second to none to reinvigorate both body and mind.
Convention centers are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, as many top international conferences and exhibitions are held in Jakarta, Bali to Manado, ranging from the Global Climate Change Conference in Bali to the World Ocean Conference in Manado , to trade and investment exhibitions and tourism trade shows in many provincial capital cities.
Jakarta, Bali, Medan, Padang, Bandung, Solo, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Makassar are connected by direct international flights, and many regular and low cost carriers fly passengers to Indonesia’s towns or remote locations.
Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Indonesia`s Vice President Boediono is scheduled to leave the country on Tuesday for Iran to attend a Non-aligned Movement conference on August 30-31.
“On the sidelines of the conference the vice president will also conduct bilateral meetings with a number of high ranking officials from other countries,” vice presidential spokesman Yopie Hidayat said here on Monday.
Boediono and delegation including his wife, Herawati, will leave at 7am from Halim Perdanakusumah airport aboard air force presidential aircraft Boeing 737-400.
Representatives from 120 member countries, 17 observer countries and 10 international organizations will attend the 16th conference in Iran.
The NAM was established following the Asian-African Conference on April 18, 1955 in Bandung, West Java, which was attended by leaders from 29 former colonial countries in Asia and Africa in the spirit of unity and solidarity to meet the new era of independence.
In 1964 77 members of the NAM set up a G-77 group which later developed a South-South cooperation to prioritize on international economic and development cooperation. The group members have now totaled 131.(*)