The Embassy of Iraq hosted a press event and reception in 2006 to mark the celebrated repatriation of the diorite statue of Entemena to the Iraqi Government. The statue is a headless statue of the 4th king in the dynasty of Lagash and is the oldest known representation of a king of ancient Iraq. The artifact was stolen from the Iraqi National Museum in 2003, but was recovered in 2006 by the Department of Homeland Security. The recovery of the statue of Entemena was deemed one of Interpol’s most significant recoveries.
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Occasions, Inc. had less than 24 hours to plan and coordinate this very high-level press event, which was attended by international press and high-level U.S. and Iraqi government officials including U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad; U.S. Secretary for Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff; and Iraqi Prime Minister, Noori al-Maliki. The event, though small at about 50 people, still required fast-paced and highly detailed planning, including tight security measures and coordination with the U.S. Secret Service.
Utilizing OI’s vast network of quality vendors, OI personnel were able to pull together the necessary event services, which included menu design and catering, audiovisual services (video recording and media feed), decor and equipment rental, and onsite management. OI successfully executed this critical event within the narrow timeframe and the client’s budget, all while adhering to strict regulations.
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