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The Health promotion Department announces the launch date for the 7th Sehati Conference

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The Health Promotion Department of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah has announced that the 7th edition of Sehati Conference 2018 will launch during November 26-28, under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs.

During a press conference that was held at its headquarters on Monday, the Health Promotion Department announced that the World Health Organization’s Regional Meeting will take place during the first day of the Sehati Conference, which will be held under the theme of “Talk, Listen, Change.” The 7th edition of the conference will target the youth demographic and will focus on nutrition as a key factor in preventing chronic diseases.

The department also revealed that the conference will be held amidst the participation and attendance of a large number of local and international experts and specialists, as well as hobbyists and enthusiasts from both inside and outside the country. The event will be organized in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ministry of Health and Prevention, the University of Sharjah, and the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA). The department has called on anyone who would like to attend the conference to register by calling the number (80080000).

This year’s event focuses on the theme of obesity, as it is now one of the most prominent diseases of our times. The conference will present various topics that will benefit both individuals and the community, which comes in line with the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda to provide a healthcare system that operates under global standards to reduce the spread of obesity, especially among children.

HE Iman Rashid Saif, Director of the Health Promotion Department and Chairman of the Supreme Committee of the Sehati Conference, stated that due to the wise vision and directives of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, the emirate of Sharjah adopted a plan entitled “Serving the people,” which led to the development of a comprehensive healthcare system that aims to achieve the emirate’s noble humanitarian goals to ensure the happiness of the country’s citizens.

HE Iman Rashid Saif remarked that conference is back for the 7th year in a row with greater momentum and a large international participation, thanks to the patronage and support of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs to this event, which is one of the key reasons that prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to praise Sharjah’s efforts in promoting health awareness. She then expressed her thanks and appreciation to Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi for her unlimited support and her patronage and directives to this event. She also thanked the strategic partners for their cooperation with the Health Promotion Department in organizing this conference and cooperating to achieve its objectives.

HE Dr. Hussein Abdel Rahman Al Rand, Assistant Undersecretary for Health Clinics and Centers Sector at the Ministry of Health and Prevention, stated that the ministry launched a comprehensive framework to combat obesity among children and youth, as part of the ministry’s efforts to achieve the targets of the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda that aim to reduce obesity among children and youth from the ages of 5 to 17.

Dr. Ayoub Al Jawaldeh, Regional Adviser in Nutrition at WHO (EMRO), praised the Emirate of Sharjah’s efforts in preventing noncommunicable diseases. He underscored the importance of the conference’s theme of obesity, which is considered one of the most prominent global challenges, as well as a significant public health problem.

Dr. Amina Mohammed Almarzouqi, Acting Dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Sharjah and Chairman of the Scientific Organising Committee of the Conference, reviewed the expected outcomes of the conference, which includes educating and raising the awareness of around 2000 members from the community, as well as reviewing and developing the national plans of action to prevent obesity, launching new WHO policies on the labelling and marketing of unhealthy foods, and introducing new WHO policies and guidelines for the prevention of obesity, in addition to launching a regional policy for the prevention of obesity in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, and adopting international initiatives and practices showcased at the conference with the aim of preventing obesity.

Dr. Tareq Osaili, Member of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA), clarified that the academy’s role in the conference will focus on raising the health awareness of the members of the community, in order to reduce the spread of diseases related to nutrition, and obesity in particular. He added that statistics show that 13% of the global population suffers from obesity, and that it is considered one of the most prominent causes of diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. He expressed that he expects the event to achieve success in light of the importance of its topics presented and the conference’s ability to attract the participation of a group of well-known regional and international researchers.

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NMC Healthcare wins at this year’s Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Awards, Middle East

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  • UAE’s largest healthcare provider scoops Leveraged Finance Deal of the Year

NMC Healthcare was awarded the prestigious Leveraged Finance Deal of the Year at Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Awards which took place last week.

Organised by GFC Group, Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Awards, Middle East, the region’s largest finance and investment conference recognises excellence and outstanding achievement to issuers, borrowers and market professionals for their work on landmark transactions.

The Leveraged Finance Deal of the Year award was presented to NMC Healthcare CFO, Mr Prashanth Shenoy for the group’s syndicated multi-loan which was signed off in March 2018.

The US$2,000,000,000 syndicated loan was utilised to refinance some existing debts as well as to support the group’s growth strategy in making accretive acquisitions.

Speaking about the award-win, Prasanth Manghat, CEO and Executive Director NMC said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to receive this award which serves as a testament to the standards of professionalism under which we operate at NMC. This accolade is also proof that, with the right partners and the right structures in place, NMC has the potential to scale new heights through acquisitions and consolidations.”

Mr Manghat, who can be credited with spearheading the successful listing of NMC Healthcare in the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange, added: “Such recognition is a clear sign of how we do things properly at NMC, which will undoubtedly inspire even more confidence in our shareholders.”

Upon accepting the award Mr Shenoy stated: “We are honoured to be recognised for our achievements by a jury of some of the world’s most influential international investors from leading banking and finance institutions. The award serves to highlight the hard work and unfailing commitment of the NMC Healthcare team and our partners.”

Today, private healthcare operator NMC Healthcare offers international services across 17 countries.

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The Dubai Fitness Challenge has sparked a rush for healthy food deliveries – and some truly unusual location requests.

Nando’s outlets across the city are reporting a surge in orders from morning until the early hours as fitness fanatics look for a post-workout boost.

It has seen their delivery drivers head to destinations including desert boot camps, remote cycle paths and gymnasiums from Dubai Marina to the Sharjah border.

George Kunnappally, Nando’s UAE Managing Director, said: “The Dubai Fitness Challenge has been taken up by so many people and a lot of them have switched to meals which are healthy and heavy in protein.

“Nando’s is the perfect solution as our chicken is flame-grilled and with the incredible PERi-PERi spice kick, it is also full of flavour. Usually, we deliver to homes and offices but with the post-workout demand, we are going to beaches, the desert and gymnasium after gymnasium.

“At any given time, we are seeing between a 20 and 30 per cent increase in orders and it has been brilliant to be part of it all.”

Dubai Fitness Challenge 2018 runs until the end of November and there are activities running right across the city.

The mission is to turn the population into the most active in the world with a challenge of taking part in 30 workouts – all in the space of 30 days.

Nando’s has a rich history in Dubai and across the UAE as there are now a total of 22 outlets in the country, the first of which was opened 16 years ago.

They are often the choice of athletes and fitness fanatics with fans ranging from footballers to WWE wrestling superstars.

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Team of specialists at Al Zahra Hospital get together to save the foot of a 42-year old Patient

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  • Saving a patient from ‘amputation’ With Complicated Surgeries Now Facilitated in the Country, Patient’s Choose to Avoid Travel

Recently, a team of doctors at Al Zahra Hospital Sharjah were tasked with treating a 42-year-old patient; Ahmed Mansouri, name changed for confidentiality purpose, who was a long-term diabetic. The patient had developed severe infections in both feet. His left foot in particular had suffered considerably; deteriorating from ongoing complications. In a bid to save his foot, Mr. Mansouri was offered the opportunity to undergo ‘free flap’ surgery, the first of its kind in Al Zahra Hospital Sharjah. The surgery, which would require a team of highly trained specialists. The patient underwent a 12-hour operation with intensive post op follow-up on the Intensive Care Unit and subsequently on the normal wards. He was discharged a few weeks later walking on his feet with the operation a success

Initially under the care of the General Surgical team, Mr. Mansouri was subsequently referred to Dr Harpal Jadeja, a UK trained Consultant in Orthopaedics and Trauma whose specialist interest included the treatment of diabetic feet. Surgery was performed to clean the wound and it was found that the infection had destroyed a significant number of tendons and skin. Dr Harpal requested the input of Dr Nadeem Akhtar, a UK trained Consultant in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Both surgeons were concerned that the amputation could be the only option if they could not control the infective process. To bring infection under control, extensive debridement were carried out over a number of weeks and the wound dressed regularly.  Input was also obtained from Dr Brian, Consultant Endocrinologist and Dr Hussam, a Consultant in Infectious Diseases. This ultimately resulted in a defect of 13 by 10 cm with exposed bones and the loss of one of his toes.

Having experience with such cases in the UK, both Dr. Harpal and Dr. Akhtar discussed the treatment options with the patient. After extensive deliberation, free flap surgery was finalized to treat this condition. Free Flap surgery is an advanced Plastic Surgery technique where tissue is transferred from one part of the body to another by taking the tissue with its blood supply and connecting it to another blood supply in a different area of the body. ‘It was the first surgery of its kind at the hospital, and both the patient, his family and the entire team of medical staff which consisted of an Orthopedician, Endocrinologist, Radiologist, a General Surgeon, Physiotherapist and a Plastic Surgeon, were delighted with the results’, said, Orthopedic Consultant Dr. Jadeja. He also added, ‘Given the decline of the patient’s foot and the onset of complications, we were proud to successfully treat Mr. Mansouri’s foot using the free flap surgery, where a donor of healthy tissue from the patient’s forearm was transferred to the infected area.’

Foot-care for diabetics should be taken seriously, and in the case of any doubt, it’s always best to seek medical advice from a specialist. Whilst there are often alternative procedures, the loss of the best option can be devastating for both patient and medical team. Seeking specialist help as early as possible greatly favours the odds for having such a complex procedure completed at the highest rate of success.

Mr. Mansouri commented, “As my condition was already quite severe, I wanted to remain hopeful, but the possibility of amputation and further infection was still a reality I had to consider. Other than the extreme of amputation, there were prosthetics and plastic surgeries. Amputation in particular would have affected my confidence and mobility moving forward as a father. I had full faith that the team of doctors would do their best to work on my foot via the ‘free flap surgery’, and I appreciated the professionalism, support and honesty with which the doctors and surgeons openly told me that the process didn’t guarantee a 100% success. Since the operation, I’ve been in good health, and have been following a regimen of daily mobility exercises, and more mindful nutritional choices, along with post-operation medication and care to speed up the healing process.”

Both doctors worked in tandem with the medical personnel at Al Zahra hospital to give Mr. Mansouri world class treatment. Following the procedures, they finalized their comments, explaining the potential severity, learning curve and future treatments for patients in similar positions as well as those suffering from major lower limb trauma and who could potentially be saved from amputation if free flap were available. They echoed a desire to let the public be informed of the importance of accurate diagnoses, and the possibility of cases such as Mr. Mansouri’s being treated in the UAE as a team of highly qualified doctors from the Emirates, Gulf and UK are available to work meticulously on future cases.


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Telemedicine Has Potential to Take UAE Healthcare to Next Level, Says Advance Health Expert Panel

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  • Latest edition of Dubai Science Park’s healthcare networking event highlights role of telehealth in enhancing patient experience

Dubai Science Park, a science- and healthcare-focused business community, hosted the third forum as part of its Advance Health networking platform under the theme ‘Telemedicine in the evolving healthcare landscape’. The forum convened leading industry experts to discuss how telemedicine can advance the healthcare sector in Dubai and the wider UAE.

Dubai Science Park organised the event in partnership with Open Health, a medical communication and market access agency, Synapse Medical Services, a healthcare administration company, and Connect Communications, a strategic healthcare communications agency.

Distinguished panellists from the regulatory domain included Dr Mohammad AlRedha, Director of Health Informatics & Smart Health Department & Project Management Office at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), and Andrea Tithecott, Partner in the Regulatory Practice and Head of the Healthcare Group at Al Tamimi & Company. Among the telemedicine specialists on the panel were Reza Kazemipour, Co-chief Executive Officer of inui Health, Charlie Barlow, Founder and CEO of Health at Hand, and Brian de Francesca, Chief Executive Officer of Ver2 Digital Medicine.

Welcoming the delegates to the networking event, Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi, Managing Director of Dubai Science Park and Chairing Member of the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Equipment Taskforce of the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030, said: “Telemedicine has the potential to transform our healthcare system in unimaginable ways. It has given us remote access to primary care doctors and specialists, saving transportation time and expense. In addition to offering patients greater convenience, telemedicine is improving healthcare outcomes, such as early detection, diagnosis and treatment. It truly has revolutionised the UAE’s healthcare landscape.”

Dr Mohammad AlRedha reviewed the findings of a recent DHA research report that suggests that worldwide revenue for telehealth devices and services will reach US$4.5 billion by end-2018. Meanwhile, the number of users is expected to rise to seven million globally, with 60 per cent of millennials expressing an interest in telehealth services.

Providing a legal perspective on the innovative healthcare segment, Andrea Tithecott said: “Dubai’s health regulator is building upon the existing legislative framework and is working on developing and implementing comprehensive regulations to manage technology-led telehealth services that will help traditional brick-n-mortar facilities and telemedicine providers to ensure patient safety, as well as quality of care.

“We expect to see further guidance issued through mandatory standards when providing telemedicine services, such as complying with operational procedures and policies, and fulfilling the patient’s needs through supporting continuous medical care. We also expect to see that insurance payors will be required to include access to telemedicine services as part of insurance benefit packages and by working with the regulator and service-providers, to encourage appropriate utilisation of such services, which will reduce the healthcare cost burden over the long term.”

Thom Soutter, Business Development Director at Synapse Medical Services, said, “We were delighted by the turnout and feedback for this event. The content was fascinating as the experts in the region covered a broad spectrum of thoughts on Telemedicine from different areas of the sector.  We want Advance Health to be engaging, informative and to connect leaders in their field. This event certainly did that and every delegate left with a better idea of the innovative solutions available in the region and why they are so important. We look forward to our next event.”

Dubai Science Park regularly convenes leading industry events dedicated to the science, healthcare, energy and environment sectors. The next Advance Health networking event is set to take place in December on the topic of ‘Health & Wellness for Disease Prevention’.

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Al Mouj Muscat supports Oman Cancer Association’s Mobile Mammography Unit

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As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Al Mouj Muscat, Oman’s leading Integrated Tourism Complex and lifestyle destination, has announced its commitment to help the Oman Cancer Association in activating its Mobile Mammography Unit to raise further awareness about breast cancer in Oman. The Unit will be used for screenings across the country, making the service more accessible for residents and enabling early detection of breast cancer.

The announcement comes in line with Al Mouj Muscat’s efforts to give back to the community by supporting various NGO’s that play a role in promoting the overall wellbeing of the people of Oman. The award-winning Al Mouj Muscat prioritizes continuously helping all causes that reflect positively on the environment, education and health among others.

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The Breastfeeding Friends Society celebrates the artistic talents of students from the University of Sharjah

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The Breastfeeding Friends Society, one of the health promotion associations at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah, honoured 3 students from the Fine Arts and Design College at the University of Sharjah, who drew paintings that centred around mothers, children, family, and breastfeeding. The 3 students participated in the society’s painting competition, which is part of the activities of the National Breastfeeding Week that took place during November 4-10.

The ceremony, which was held at the University of Sharjah, was attended by Eng. Khawla Al Noman, Head of Breastfeeding Friends Society; Dr. Nadia M. Alhasani, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Sharjah; and members of the college’s administrative and teaching bodies. The ceremony was also attended by a large group of students, in addition to a number of specialists and volunteers from the Breastfeeding Friends Society.

Eng. Khawla Al Noman, Head of Breastfeeding Friends Society, said, “The painting competition was organized in cooperation with the College of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Sharjah, whose academic and administrative faculty members gave us all possible means of support to ensure the success of the competition and to make sure that it achieves the objectives of the Breastfeeding Friends Society through an Innovative way that helps to raise awareness.”

Dr. Nadia M. Alhasani, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Sharjah, stressed that that she was proud to cooperate with the Breastfeeding Friends Society. She then praised this initiative that offered a great opportunity for the college’s students to participate in an activity that was based on the values of social responsibility. She added that this step places that society in the ranks of institutions that support the advancement of universities and their students.

At the end of the ceremony, Eng. Khawla Al Noman and Dr. Nadia M. Alhasani honoured the 3 students, as well as the sponsoring and cooperating bodies that participated in supporting the events and activities organized by the society during the National Breastfeeding Week. The society’s shield was also presented to the faculty of the College of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Sharjah, in recognition of their innovative contribution to these events through the works of art that will be used in future awareness campaigns.

Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, the Breastfeeding Friends Society aims to improve the physical and psychological health of mothers and children by promoting breastfeeding, which helps to maintain the health of the community in the Emirate.

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NMC Royal Medical Centre to Host Walkathon to Combat Diabetes

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  • People from across the UAE will participate in the walkathon

In an effort to raise awareness about diabetes, NMC Royal Medical Centre, Ras Al Khaimah in association with Ras Al Khaimah Police and the Ras Al Khaimah Public Services Department to organise a walkathon on November 9th, 2018 for World Diabetes Day.

NMC Royal Medical Centre, Ras Al Khaimah aim to raise awareness about this serious medical condition. The walkathon will also offer tips to combat and manage diabetes.

People from across the UAE will take part in the walkathon, as will institutes and organisations including the Emirates Clinic RAK, Emirates Home Rehab,  Higher Colleges of Technology, RAK Medical University, the American University of Ras Al Khaimah and RAK Academy.

The walkathon is an effort to ensure that people are informed about the causes, symptoms and prevention of diabetes and to raise awareness about the importance of early diagnosis.

The International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization (WHO) created World Diabetes Day in 1991 in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. This year, the theme is ‘Diabetes concerns every family’.

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World Diabetes Day – Food for you and your family!

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  • By experts at India Gate, KRBL

As the world marks Diabetes Day on November 14, this year the focus is The Family and Diabetes.  True to the theme, diabetes is a chronic disease that not only affects the patient but indirectly affects the family members too, genetically and emotionally. Therefore, diabetic or not, it is important that everyone understands the disease and works towards its prevention.

Most cases of diabetes are largely preventable through regular physical activity and a healthy and balanced diet. On the work out front, thirty minutes of walking, jogging or biking daily is an effective way to improve the body’s ability to use insulin and help control blood sugar levels. Food also plays a major role in keeping your glucose levels in check. For most diabetics it is important to understand their food well. While some foods help balance the blood sugar there are others that will trigger it.

The experts at India Gate suggest you foods that will keep your blood sugar level balanced and help you manage diabetes better.

Flax seeds: These tiny seeds are one of the best superfood when it comes to controlling diabetes. It improves insulin sensitivity and keeps the blood glucose stable. Flax seeds contain insoluble fibre, which slows down the release of sugar into the blood thereby reducing blood sugar. Moreover the high Omega-3 fatty acids content in the seed helps prevent diabetes led complications like heart disease and strokes.

Quinoa: The benefits of quinoa are many. Not only is it one of the few forms of vegetarian protein that is considered a “wholesome protein”, but is also very facilitative in the management of sugar. Quinoa has a wholesome dose of complex carbohydrates and amino acids that are important for the body and at the same time it has a low GI (glycemic index), which consequently doesn’t spike the blood sugar level.

Hummus: A favourite in this region, this Middle Eastern delicacy made from chick peas is a great addition to a diabetic’s meal. Chick peas is loaded with fiber and protein which helps regulate the absorption of sugars from starch so that the blood sugar stays balanced. The olive oil drizzled into the hummus is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids which also helps keep blood sugar in check by lowering insulin resistance. Moreover it has healthy fats which will keep you full longer, minimize blood sugar spike and allow the body to absorb key nutrients.

Chia Seeds: Rich in fiber, anti-oxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids, chia seeds help lower blood sugar levels in the body by slowing the glucose passage into the blood. They fill you up and so reduce appetite. Sprinkle chia seeds on your regular meals or add them to your water, juice milk or smoothie.

Sprouted brown rice: Rice is the staple food of more than half the world’s population. While people with diabetes avoid eating white rice, they need not curb their rice cravings altogether. Sprouted brown rice is a great substitute. It is basically brown rice that has been soaked to germinate and therefore is also referred to as Germinated Brown Rice. This germination produces chemicals like acylated steryl glucosides (ASG) that are beneficial to diabetics. This ASG “normalizes” dysfunctional enzymes and helps control blood sugar levels in diabetics. This fibre rich grain also lowers the glycemic index and is therefore digested slowly, thereby causing a lower and gentler change in blood sugar.

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M Hotel Downtown by Millennium Joins the Fight Against Breast Cancer

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M Hotel Downtown by Millennium in collaboration with Call Doctor Home Health Care Center hosted a breast cancer awareness campaign. A total of 15 participants from the hotel were part of the event in honor of the breast cancer awareness month.

The event commenced with a health talk from Dr. Salma Gharouz and Dr. Rageena Abubacker where they highlighted the importance of raising awareness against breast cancer and symptoms one should look out for. With the objective to educate the public on causes, preventive measures, and different self-examination steps people could take, Call Doctor Home Health Care Center also provided guests with a complimentary medical checkup session, including consultation and a thorough physical examination for any early warning signs of cancer.

Commenting on the event, the hotel’s general manager Cornelia Erhardt said: “Our team is thrilled to be part of this initiative and we express our full support in raising awareness and actively promote early detection. Breast cancer, being the second leading cause of death of women in the region, M Hotel Downtown by millenniums aim is to shed light on the importance of self-examination as it leads to early detection.”

Perfectly situated at the heart of Downtown Dubai, close to all the major areas of interest including the iconic Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall, this architectural landmark stands tall amidst the action of the city. M Hotel Downtown by Millennium is also a celebrated destination for dining due to its high quality of food, spectacular views and personalized service. Experience a combination of hospitality par excellence, and distinctive design with modern amenities at M Hotel Downtown by Millennium.

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