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Connecting communities in support of the Tigris River Flotilla in Iraq

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Connecting communities in support of the Tigris River Flotilla in Iraq

Thuraya helps Nature Iraq conservationists stay connected as they document their journey down the Tigris River

DUBAI, UAE, September 16, 2013 – Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services operator, is supporting Nature Iraq to raise awareness of the conservation of natural resources and cultural heritage of the Tigris and Euphrates River Valley. Thuraya will be sponsoring the team with the Thuraya IP+ broadband terminal as well as airtime to help them stay connected as they embark on their inaugural journey down the river.

Commencing from September 15 to November 8, 2013, Nature Iraq together with the Nature Iraq Foundation, and the Waterkeepers Iraq, will recreate a journey down the Tigris River, starting in Southeastern Turkey, travelling through Iraq to the South. In honour of the River’s cultural heritage, the team will be using traditional boats and vessels, like the tarada, kalak and guffa, to document and generate awareness towards the threats facing the waters of the Tigris as well as the unique cultural heritage of Mesopotamia. The project seeks to showcase the importance of the Tigris River as well as connect conservation issues with daily life and spur more people to take action towards conserving this vital waterway and ecosystem.

T. Sanford Jewett, Vice President of Marketing at Thuraya said: “Thuraya is proud to sponsor the Tigris River Flotilla. Waterways and rivers are often out of reach or unserved by terrestrial communication networks. The project underscores our commitment towards providing innovative communication equipment for people who need to stay connected in remote places. We believe that the Thuraya IP+ will provide the Nature Iraq team with an added layer of security and protection in addition to facilitating their documentation and reporting with internet connectivity. The Thuraya IP+’s portability and “always-on’ mobile broadband internet access will enable them to stay in close contact via VoIP, email and social media updates with their other teams and their family throughout the journey.”

Azzam Alwash, Founder and President of the Board of Directors of Nature Iraq said: “We are excited to be working with Thuraya as they provide the additional layer of communication that we need to raise awareness for this project globally. Our journey will enable us to reach out to the riverside communities in Iraq and Turkey to educate them on the river’s ecology and the importance of developing a sustainable community. We will also be collecting data on water quality in the river to learn more about its ecology and threats to its ecosystem. We will be using the Thuraya IP+ as a communication and collaborative tool to document our findings and educate global audiences as we establish, grow, and maintain this vital riverside community.”

To follow Nature Iraq’s journey and find out how they benefits from the Thuraya IP+ in their conservation efforts work, please follow them on their Facebook page, Twitter account, or website. You can also follow Thuraya on our social media channels.

About Nature Iraq

Nature Iraq is an environmental NGO accredited to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Iraq’s first and only Affiliate to Birdlife International. It works to protect, restore, and preserve Iraq’s natural environment and the rich cultural heritage it nourishes. Visit http://www.natureiraq.org/

About Thuraya Telecommunications Company

Thuraya Telecommunications Company is an industry leading MSS operator and a global telecommunication provider offering innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including energy, broadcast media, maritime, military and humanitarian NGO. Thuraya’s superior network enables clear communications and uninterrupted coverage across two thirds of the globe by satellite and across the whole planet through its unique GSM roaming capabilities. The company’s diverse range of technologically superior and highly reliable mobile satellite handsets and broadband devices provide ease of use, value, quality and efficiency. Thuraya remains committed to serving humanity through delivering the essential tools for optimal connectivity, never leaving anyone out of reach. Visit www.thuraya.com

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