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arabianEye offers expertise to charities

Dubai, September 2, 2009

arabianEye, a leading image portal, is offering its expertise in photography to further the aims of not-for-profit institutions; providing them with high-quality visual content and promoting awareness of their important roles.

“We are very pleased to be able to reach out to help charities who are looking to add value to their content,” said Celia Peterson, managing director of arabianEye.

“We are able to help in a number of ways. Firstly, we have established an accruing fund, whereby we collect a percentage of sales to help such organisations on a regular basis. Secondly, we provide stock images for charities to use for free,” she added.

“Thirdly, we loan photographers for them to use at no charge, which enables them to professionally illustrate their activities. We are delighted to be in a position where we can contribute to worthwhile causes by doing what we are good at.”

Formed in 2005, arabianEye has grown from its initial incarnation as a Middle Eastern image library to become a ‘one stop shop’ visual service which provides images from an extensive archive, as well as arranging tailored photo-shoots.

The online service recently joined forces with the Dubai Autism Centre to help promote the institution’s essential contributions.

“Companies sensitive to their environment help shape the future, as well as improve their own businesses,” said Mohammad AL Emadi, director general of the Dubai Autism Centre.

“Their compassion drives them to innovation and their actions are contagious. arabianEye’s insight of the visual requirements of the special needs sector, coupled with their willingness to fill this need, will have a great impact on creating public awareness and highlighting the children’s needs,” he added.

arabianEye has also assisted Unicef and the World Food Programme to help shoot their events and projects around the Middle East, with proceeds from two photo exhibitions going to support their initiatives.

“arabianEye’s support to Unicef, whether by providing photographers to cover our events or by giving a photography training to our communication staff, is always valuable, as it provides us with the right tools to portrait children’s issues in the world,” said Zeina Habib, communication & partnerships specialist, Unicef.

“We look forward to build on our growing partnership with arabianEye for the benefit of children across the world,” she added.

Despite the current economic climate having an impact on small businesses, arabianEye remains committed to extending its charitable services, Peterson noted.

“We can provide important support in a number of different ways, such as locating images from arabianEye.com for free,” Peterson said.

“We can also help with the location and purchase of stock images from other libraries, assist with visual branding, put together advertisements through our contacts in advertising, undertake design work, produce photo-shoots and supply photographers for events,” she added. – TradeArabia News Service




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