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Abu Dhabi University Honors Winners of ‘Art for Autism' Contest

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 25 April, 2018 – The College of Arts and Sciences at the Abu Dhabi University (ADU) honored 10 winners of the fourth Art for Autism competition that was organized in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation to coincide with World Autism Awareness Month.  The awards ceremony was held in the presence of Dr Khawla Al Saadi, Chairman of the Emirates Autism Society, His Excellency Salem Mubarak Al Dhaheri. Executive Director of Community Relations at ADU, Dr Hamdi Sheibani, ADU’s Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as faculty members and students of Abu Dhabi University.  The competition received more than 110 artwork entries in Category A and Category B. Category A was tailored for children from 6 to 11 years, while Category B drew the participation of ......read more

Dubai Ladies Club in partnership with ‘Brides do Good' to open ‘Designs of Hope' exhibition on May 2

Donations have exceeded 100 wedding gowns by international designers and more than 1000 abayas and kaftans created by 26 distinguished UAE fashion labels Iconic designer Rami Al Ali has donated a wedding gown worth AED 100,000 and Emirati Influencer Mthyael Al Ali has contributed her own Oscar de la Renta wedding dress  Proceeds will support girls’ education in developing countries Lamia Abdulaziz Khan: “Providing access to high quality education for girls will have a sustainable impact on the cultural, social, health and economic aspects of societies.”   Chantal Khoueiry: “When girls become agents of change, when we invest in their education and when we provide them with opportunities to reach their full potential, then they can forge their own pathway in life and we can achieve a ......read more

Healthy Hair with HASK

Life may not be perfect, but your hair can be!   Dubai, UAE, April 25, 2018:  Shop counters stacked with numerous products for hair pose a huge dilemma for consumers who are out there in the hope of getting the best product for their hair. Brands will do well if their products could address simple consumer questions such as what's the best shampoo for my hair, how can I prevent my hair from breaking, how can I nourish my hair and avoid it being dry, etc. Successful brands give consumers what they want, and what they want is healthy hair. Most shampoos have detergents in them that instantly strip hair of oil and colour leaving them dry and frizzy which leads to breakage. One’s best bet would be a shampoo that has proteins in it to strengthen and revive hair. However, hair needs more care and attention to keep it ......read more

Equinix to Support Direct Connectivity to New Google Cloud Partner Interconnect Service Globally

Expanded Collaboration Offers Enterprises Extensive Interconnection Opportunities on Google Cloud Platform Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 25, 2018:  Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced support for Google Cloud Partner Interconnect, a new service from Google Cloud that allows customers to connect to Google Cloud Platform from anywhere through its partners. Deepening its collaboration with Google Cloud, Equinix also announced its expansion of private connectivity to Google’s Dedicated Interconnect cloud service to the Stockholm, Sydney and Munich metros, bringing the total number of markets where Google has deployed its Dedicated Interconnect service in Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers to 20, globally. By ......read more

Boehringer Ingelheim Has a Very Successful 2017 Financial Year

Sharp increase in net sales to nearly 18.1 billion euros (+15.7 per cent in currency-adjusted terms; +13.9 per cent in  euro terms) Operating income rises significantly to around 3.5 billion euros Return on net sales of 19.3 per cent Strengthened animal health business successful Boehringer Ingelheim Middle East, Turkey, Africa (META) achieved a sales growth of 10% in 2017 United Arab Emirates, 25 April 2018 – The research-driven pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim can look back on a very successful 2017 financial year. All businesses contributed to net sales growth. R&D expenditure exceeded three billion euros, around 2.7 billion euros of which was in the human pharmaceuticals area alone. “There are still more questions than answers in medicine. We want to continue putting all our efforts ......read more

Dazzle Your Home with Danube Home's Exclusive Design Décor Ramadan Catalogue

25th April 2018/Dubai, UAE:  Ramadan, the most wonderful time of the year knocks our doors again and Danube Home is all set to give your home a festive facelift with the launch of its exclusive Design Décor catalogue on 25th April 2018 at the Sheikh Zayed Road showroom. The new collection is inspired by a festive theme to transform your home into a Ramadan majlis that woos your guests. The 91 page catalogue inspires trends as well as offers affordable products with almost 100 inspirational home makeover styles. In royal shades of purple, white, silver, gold and a number of other bright colours the products will add beauty and elegance to your home.  Commenting on the launch Mr Adel Sajan, Director Danube Group said: “We are pleased to announce our new design décor catalogue across all Danube Home stores. The new ......read more

Oh, It's Gold! Sparkling Elegance And Intoxicating Sensuality

April 25, 2018 - Dubai, UAE: Moschino gold fresh couture is the third surprising edition of the iconic cleaning spray bottle, the ultimate dichotomy of high and low. A luxurious object of desire, of unique, unparalleled contemporary design. The most common container for cleaning products is ready, with an ironic twist, to hold the new vibrant haute couture fragrance for her. Now available at all Paris Gallery stores THE BOTTLE AND THE PACKAGING  An ingenious, ironic and surprising bottle, which burst into all the best selected perfume shops in the world to leave its indelible mark. The ambition of a luxury product, to be indispensable and available to everyone, is shaded gold for Moschino's new extraordinary fragrance. The packaging repeats the elegance of the bottle, in an absolutely sublime shiny gold color. A ......read more

‘Read, Dream, Create' Awards Winners of Creative Writing Competition at SCRF 2018

Continuing to build on the foundation of good writing Sharjah, April 25, 2018 The ‘Read, Dream, Create’ campaign, an initiative of the UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY), has announced the highly anticipated results of its creative writing competition, during its participation at the 10th edition of Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF). Launched during the campaign’s participation in the 9th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) in April, the contest aimed to nurture the talents of children aged 6-12 years and young people aged 12-18 years, encouraging them to express their ideas and thoughts through innovative and unique stories. Maryam Al Ali, aged 17 years, ranked first for ‘The Black Copybook’, and received AED 5,000. She will be given the opportunity to meet ......read more

Bosch Blazing New Trails in Mobility and Environmental Protection

Record business performance in 2017 Successful business year in 2017: sales revenue increases to 78.1 billion euros Record earnings in 2017: EBIT from operations reaches 5.3 billion euros Bosch CEO Denner: “We want to keep people mobile and improve air quality” Breakthrough: diesel NOx emissions far lower than legally prescribed limits Strategy: cross-domain IoT ecosystems April 25, 2018 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Bosch is aiming for further growth in 2018, despite the difficult economic climate. After achieving record results in 2017, and in light of economic and geopolitical risks, the Bosch Group expects its sales revenue to grow by 2 to 3 percent in 2018. In the first three months, the sales revenue generated by the company matched the high level of the same period of the previous year, and ......read more

Emirates Introduces Home Check-in in Dubai

Dubai, UAE, 25 April 2018 - Emirates has introduced Home Check-in, a new service which allows customers to check in for their flights from anywhere in Dubai. The service is available for customers across all classes travelling on Emirates flights. The new service enables Emirates passengers to complete the security check and check-in from the comfort of their home, hotel or office and have their luggage transported to the airport prior to their flight. An Emirates check-in agent will arrive at the preferred location to weigh and tag the bags as well as check-in the customers and issue boarding passes. Customers can then make their own way to the airport and head directly to immigration, bypassing the check-in desks at the airport. The service is available for AED 350 per trip for up to 7 pieces of luggage. AED 35 will be charged ......read more

DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island and DoubleTree by Hilton Ras Al Khaimah launch Zip, Sip, Dip promotion

Thrill-seekers can enjoy an incredible stay with a special package to experience the World’s Longest Zipline  Dubai, 25 April 2018:   Have you experienced the World’s Longest Zipline in Jebel Jais? Thrill-seekers can head to DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island and DoubleTree by Hilton Ras Al Khaimah, to enjoy the Zip, Sip, Dip promotion which includes a package with a zipline adventure per stay starting from 1st May, 2018.  The Zip, Sip, Dip promotion allows you to combine adventure and relaxation with the courageous zipline experience followed by a bite and drinks from a selection of 14 restaurants &  bars while tanning on the white sandy beach and any of the sevens pools. Also, enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast and a late check-out while the little ones have a great time ......read more

Micro-Learning Approach Complements Emirates Post Group's Robust Learning and Development Strategy

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – April 25, 2018 –   Emirates Post Group (EPG) has recently launched a diversified bundle of educational models based on the Micro-Learning Approach. This approach is considered one of the group’s Human Resources pillars, aimed at reinforcing employees’ knowledge, providing them with accurate procedures and behaviors, when dealing with customers and attending to their demands. The training program keep EPG’s values of Customer Happiness, Excellence and Innovation, Transparency, Teamwork, Integrity at the forefront. This very important approach is an effective teaching technique that involves short bursts of highly engaging and interactive information. Delivered to the employee in a form of videos shown to train, strengthen, and provide real-life examples of customer ......read more

Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation Inaugurates Saif Al Ashram Endowment Project

Dubai-UAE: 25 April 2018 –   Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) has officially inaugurated its Saif Al Ashram residential and commercial endowment project in Al Satwa area in Dubai. The returns will be dedicated to AMAF’s general charity mandate.  The inauguration ceremony was attended by His Excellency Ali Al Mutawa, Secretary General of AMAF, Mohannad Saif Abdul Rahman Al Ashram, His Excellency Khaled Al Thani, Deputy Secretary General of AMAF, as well as several officials from the Foundation.  Speaking on the occasion, His Excellency Ali Al Mutawa said: “Projects such as Saif Al Ashram are very significant given their enormous benefits to society. This development is intended to be a mixed-use residential and commercial building and all the residential units are to be leased out. The ......read more

IKEA Has a New Café For Conscious Coffee Lovers

New café location in IKEA Dubai offers shoppers specialty coffee and delicious snacks Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 25 April 2018: IKEA, the much-loved Swedish retailer, has recently opened doors to a brand new café concept at the IKEA store exit in Dubai Festival City Mall.  Serving its famous PÅTÅR coffee and delicious snacks, shoppers can choose from a selection of homemade sandwiches, fresh salads and assorted cakes, making the IKEA Café the perfect stop to unwind and relax.  True to its passion for sustainability, IKEA’s PÅTÅR coffee, which means ‘second cup of coffee’, is both UTZ-certified and organic-certified according to EU standards. The coffee is made from hand-picked 100% Arabica beans, with taste profiles inspired by Scandinavian coffee preferences - a full aroma, with ......read more

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Is Named Best Arts and Cultural Event in the Middle East

Dubai, UAE, April 25, 2018:  The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature has been named the Best Arts and Cultural Event at the 2018 Middle East Special Event Awards (MESE) which were announced on the 23 April at a glittering ceremony at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. The Festival, which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary (1-10 March), is one of the leading international literary festivals and the Arab World’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word. It brings together authors, poets, thinkers and speakers from around the world and the local region in an entertaining programme with wide appeal, making books, reading and ideas accessible to all. Visitors come face to face with best-selling authors and new writers, enjoy thought-provoking panel discussions, and hear the latest views and opinions on a range of ......read more

Ambassador School wins Golden Peacock global award for innovative service

Dubai, UAE, April 25, 2018:    Ambassador School, one of the largest Indian schools in Dubai, has emerged as the only education provider from Dubai to have won the prestigious ‘Golden Peacock’ award in the 'Innovative Product/ Service' category at the Institute of Directors (IOD) India's 28th World Congress on Leadership for Business Excellence and Innovation. This is supported by the Ministry of Economy, the Government of the UAE.  Mr. Kamal Kalwani, Vice-chairperson of Ambassador Schools, received the award from His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Tolerance of the UAE, for the social innovation; helping hand programme in the presence of Rtd. Lt. Gen J.S. Ahluwalia, President of the IOD, India. Ambassador Schools’ commitment to build learning ......read more

flynas, the first airline in Saudi Arabia to offer travel insurance in partnership with Chubb Arabia

April 25, 2018 United Arab Emirates:  flynas, the award winning Saudi national carrier and leading low-cost airline in the Middle East signed an agreement with Chubb Arabia Coorperative Insurance Company to offer flynas customers with travel insurance coverage, making flynas the first airline to offer its passengers travel insurance.  The signing ceremony took place on the sidelines of the Arabian Travel Market that was held from 22nd April to 25th April 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.   This exclusive and beneficial feature of adding travel insurance coverage will be available to travellers who reside in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and book flights via www.flynas.com, and the agreement comes as part of the strategic partnership between flynas and Chubb Arabia. flynas customers will soon be able to benefit ......read more

Skyline University College Students Attended 3-Day Training Program in New York

Dubai, UAE, April 25, 2018:  The MBA and BBA students of Skyline University College (SUC) along with SUC Professor, Dr. Nizar M.F. Sahawneh attended a 3-day training program on “Capital Markets: Products, Risk, and Strategies” at New York Institute of Finance during the Skyline Educational Trip in New York, USA on March 21-31, 2018.  The course surveys the major financial instruments traded in capital markets around the world, which allowed students to understand how stocks are valued, learn how stocks and bonds are brought to market, and understand the basic mechanics and risks characteristic of derivatives. The program was conducted by Mr. Chris Thomas, Managing Director of Massey Quick Simon-Wealth Management Investment Consulting.  Deputy General of the Consulate General of the United Arab ......read more

Ibrahim Nasrallah wins 2018 International Prize for Arabic Fiction

Previously shortlisted and longlisted Jordanian-Palestinian novelist Ibrahim Nasrallah wins 2018 Prize His novel, The Second War of the Dog, is set in a future world Dubai, UAE, April 25, 2018:  The Second War of the Dog by Ibrahim Nasrallah was tonight, Tuesday 24 April 2018, announced as the winner of the 11th International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF).   The novel, published by Arab Scientific Publishers, was named as this year’s winner by the Chair of Judges, Ibrahim Al Saafin, at a ceremony at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi. In addition to winning $50,000, funding will be provided for the English translation of The Second War of the Dog, and Ibrahim Nasrallah can expect an increase in book sales and international recognition.    The Chair of Judges, Ibrahim Al Saafin, ......read more

TBWA\RAAD wins regional Creative mandate for Mai Dubai

Dubai, UAE, 25th April 2018:   Mai Dubai LLC, the Dubai based Bottled Water company, has appointed TBWA\RAAD as its lead Creative Agency of Record after a competitive pitch process that included several leading agencies in the Middle East. The new partnership will come into effect this month and will see TBWA\RAAD and Mai Dubai collaborate on creative development, market strategy development and brand positioning across multiple platforms and disciplines in the UAE and across the wider region.  TBWA\RAAD is tasked with strategic direction and brand positioning across all touchpoints. It will plan, create and implement integrated communications strategies for Mai Dubai in the UAE and beyond, aiming to further reinforce the brands position as a dominant player in the bottled water category, and to fast track its regional ......read more

A brand-new confidence initiative for kids in Dubai.

Dubai, UAE, April 25, 2018:  Parents of school age kids are excited about the new initiative by Runway Dubai and Go Getters to help Kids build their confidence level in this faced paced world that they are born into. The initiative called ‘Petit and Positive’ is a platform with different activities for kids to help them overcome their fear of speaking up and speaking out a hash tag trending on Instagram. Capital School in Al Qusais, Dubai, is collaborating with Runway Dubai to create this awareness in this region. Mr. Adel Al Safar, Chairman of the school, says that technology has taken over our world, and it is important to keep an eye on the kids and create awareness of the slowly creeping epidemic of insecurities in children. The school is collaborating with petit and positive kids by providing an amazing ......read more

A Face Transplant Operation is a Demonstration of Advanced Surgery and High Technology

Dubai, UAE - April 24, 2018 The second face transplant procedure in the history of the Nordic countries was performed earlier this year in the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) in Finland. In the first face transplant, performed in 2016, some parts of the facial tissue were transplanted. The most recent operation was more demanding as it involved transplanting an even bigger part of the facial tissue. Planmeca’s pioneering 3D technology and expert service contributed to this intricate and rare operation. Planmeca and the company’s 3D technology were part of the second face transplant operation in the Nordics performed earlier this year in the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS). The Nordics’ first face transplant operation was performed in 2016 in Finland, and it consisted of ......read more

SLC highlights Dubai's effective legislative practices to visiting high-level Ethiopian delegation

UAE, April 24, 2018 - The General Secretariat of the Supreme Legislation Committee in the Emirate of Dubai (SLC) recently presented its success story to a group of visiting high-level Ethiopian delegates. The delegation was briefed on the best practices adopted by the Emirate of Dubai in developing legislation that is capable of addressing the present needs and looking ahead to future challenges. H.E. Mohammed Jumaa Al Suwaidi, SLC Assistant Secretary General, received the delegation and discussed means of strengthening strategic cooperation in the legislative and legal fields, in line with the SLC objectives relating to legislative and legal knowledge exchange and dissemination at the regional and international level. Al Suwaidi underscored the importance of building fruitful relationships with legislative and legal entities in ......read more

Intersec Saudi Arabia 2018 Opens for Business Featuring 150 Exhibitors from 20 Countries

World’s leading security, fire protection, safety companies target Kingdom’s US$6.02 billion market  Dubai, UAE - April 24, 2018: Intersec Saudi Arabia 2018 opened today (24 April) in Jeddah, with 150 exhibitors from 20 countries looking to network and generate fresh business opportunities in the Kingdom’s US$6.02 billion security, safety and fire protection market.  The 2nd edition of the annual showcase runs until 26th April at the Jeddah Center for Forums & Events, with 500 brands enticing an expected turnout of 5,000-plus Saudi trade visitors across its three-day run.   The 69 percent international representation is underlined by the world’s top security companies on board in 2018, including the show’s official launch partners comprising Hikvision, Dahua Technologies, ......read more

ENEC to Focus on Safety Culture at EmiratesSkills Abu Dhabi 2018

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 24 April 2018:  The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) is highlighting the importance of prioritizing health and safety, during its participation in the EmiratesSkills 2018 National Competition, held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 23 to 25 April 2018. ENEC is the official Health and Safety sponsor and exhibitor, emphasizing the importance of establishing a strong culture of safety in everyday life as well as in the workplace. Around 600 UAE Nationals will compete in the 2018 edition of the EmiratesSkills National Competition, which is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and the Head of the General Women’s Union. Participants will demonstrate their skills in 30 different categories in ......read more

Mubadala and MIP reach deal to sell 50% Equity Interest in Abu Dhabi Terminals to Abu Dhabi Ports

April 24, 2018 Abu Dhabi, UAE:  Mubadala Investment Company, the Abu Dhabi-based strategic investment company, and Mubadala Infrastructure Partners (MIP), an emerging markets infrastructure fund manager, have agreed to sell their combined equity interest of 50% in Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) to the remaining shareholder, Abu Dhabi Ports, for an un-disclosed amount. ADT is the first commercial port operator in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Its core business is to operate and manage a 30-year concession at the Khalifa Port Container Terminal, the region’s first semi-automated and most technologically advanced container terminal.  “Our strategic investment in ADT is a demonstration of our continued commitment to growing and developing core industry sectors in Abu Dhabi,” said Khaled Al Qubaisi, ......read more

Splash Ramadan edit collection and Abayas

Dubai, UAE, April 24, 2018:  Splash Ramadan edit collection and Abayas images 

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Ramadan Guides: Light up you Ramadan with Home Centre

Dubai, UAE, April 24, 2018:  The festive season is right around the corner and Home Centre would love to share a collection of their best ethnic lanterns and candle stands from the new Ramadan Catalogue.   Home Centre’s Ramadan Catalogue offers amazing options to lighten up the night party décor and uplift the mood. The key highlights, The Gemma Lantern, sporting intricate golden details will add a traditional touch to your homes. While the Home Centre Baqi Candle Stand, engraved with artistic design and beautiful purple stones will give your home the perfect festive look. To add a splash of colour to your home,  The Home Centre Ethnic India Jar Candle will be the perfect option as it sports an orange glass jar with a rustic gold base.   

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Big Chefs to offer memorable Iftar experiences

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 April 2018:   The Big Chefs restaurants at The Beach and Boxpark will serve up a wide variety of delicacies as part of a sumptuous Turkish set menu during Iftar throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan. Known as the go-to restaurant for families that prefer a multi-cuisine offering, Big Chefs invites Dubai’s food enthusiasts to share memorable gourmet experiences with their loved ones to mark the Holy Month. Guests will be welcomed with dates and a homemade fruit sherbet, a traditional drink used to break the fast. On the table, they will find a warm soup along with a selection of cold dips to enjoy with the restaurant’s homemade focaccia bread. The main course will include a choice of seven different dishes, with one vegetarian option. Delicious desserts will help diners wrap up ......read more

Michael Kors Unveils Ramadan 2018 Capsule Collection

April 24, 2018, Dubai:  Michael Kors’ Ramadan capsule collection launch was an affair to remember. Guests were invited to the luxurious and elegant Penthouse, on the 16th floor of the newly opened FIVE hotel. Located on the Palm Jumeirah Dubai, offering picturesque views of the Arabian Gulf- the city’s key editors and influencers explored the brands’ latest offerings while taking  in spectacular views of the Dubai Skyline.  Media mingled, listened to the smooth tunes of regional DJ and stylestar Tala Samman, and explored a special curation of glamorous clothes and accessories. The capsule collection, which features a total of 19 MICHAEL Michael Kors pieces, includes 6 hand bag styles exclusive to the Middle East during the month of Ramadan and provides those who celebrate a little something extra to ......read more

Sea of Culture Foundation to Host Literary Salon at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2018

Highlights to include session exploring values of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 24 April, 2018:  A host of leading intellectuals, academicians and decision-makers will discuss key issues that dominate today’s cultural landscape at the Sea of Culture Foundation’s Literary Salon set to run on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2018. Organised by the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, the fastest-growing book fair in the MENA region will take place from 25 April to 1 May at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The Book Salon will feature a series of sessions addressing a wide range of topics, such as modern technology in regional and global culture, the future of writing and reading, and the role of culture in shaping the ......read more

More Reasons to Head to the Ikea Store!

IKEA Yas Island and Dubai bring more fun-filled activities and workshops instore from HAG AL LAILA on May 1st to Dining Week from April 28th to May 5th    United Arab Emirates, 24 April 2018:   IKEA, the region’s favourite Swedish home furnishing retailer, is inviting shoppers to join them in a series of celebrations of both local culture and better living throughout the coming weeks in both their Dubai and Yas Island stores.   1) On Tuesday May 1st, IKEA is hosting an afternoon of sweet celebrations for HAG AL LAILA, an Emirati traditional festivity similar to ‘trick or treating’. With cultural performances, delicious sweets, Emirati games and more, families are encouraged to IKEA to indulge in a fun-filled ......read more

Health & Fitness tips and advice by the experts at Fitness First

HOW TO STAY HEALTHY DURING RAMADAN - Banin Shahine, Resident Nutritionist HOW TO STAY FIT DURING RAMADAN -  Samer Farag, Club General Manager and Personal Trainer Dubai, UAE, April 24, 2018:  HOW TO STAY HEALTHY DURING RAMADAN   With long periods of fasting during Ramadan, it can be easy to make the wrong food choices when breaking fast. Banin Shahine has been the resident nutrition expert at Fitness First for over five years. As someone who has fasted most of her life, she is perfectly placed to provide insightful advice and tips on how best to manage the effects that fasting has on our bodies, and to shine some light on the benefits of this controversial diet revelation.    PREPARATION   As with anything, preparation is key. Fasting may only last for 30-days, however, ......read more

Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre Collaborates with Nasdaq Dubai to Develop New Initiatives

Al Mansouri: Sukuk issuances will increase nominally in the coming years Kazim: International trust in Dubai has boosted uptake of Islamic financing tools  Al Awar: Sukuk is an ideal financing tool to support sustainable development projects   Dubai-UAE: 24 April, 2018 – Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) today announced its collaboration with Nasdaq Dubai to design and implement new initiatives that complement Dubai’s success in emerging as a leading global sukuk-listing hub.   The announcement was made at a session to present updates on the Dubai Gold Sukuk Centre initiative to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. DIEDC outlined plans for developing the sukuk market and increasing sukuk issuances ......read more

Masdar and Costa Rican Electricity Institute to advance renewable energy development

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 24, 2018:  Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) and the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, or ICE) have announced a collaboration to promote renewable energy development.  Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, and Eugenia Gutierrez, Member of the Board and Director of ICE, signed a memorandum of understanding to share technical knowledge and project experience. The agreement aims to promote collaboration in utility-scale and off-grid power generation, floating solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, “smart cities” technology, and battery storage. The two companies also hope to offer advisory services to other Latin American and Caribbean countries on energy diversification.  Mohamed Jameel Al ......read more

Kate Spade New York Reissues the Original Sam Bag In Celebration of 25th Anniversary

The brand’s original handbag from 1993 is introduced in an array of modern iterations!    Dubai, UAE, April 24, 2018:  In celebration of its 25th birthday, kate spade new york will reissue the brand’s original sam handbag…with modern twists. As the first handbag debuted when kate spade new york launched in 1993, sam filled the need for a chic, no-nonsense bag that was both utilitarian and timeless—one that would complement any outfit and didn’t break the bank. sam was simple, boxy and black, made from waterproof nylon.    Prior to debuting the bag to the public in 1993, the design team added one final touch: unstitching the fabric label from the inside and reattaching it to the outside of the bag. sam did all the things dreamed of, and women and industry insiders alike ......read more

Game Changing technologies take centre stage at Middle East Static Equipment Engineering & Maintenance Conference (ME Static)

Featuring 75 per cent international visitors, 80 per cent decision makers and 65 per cent trade visitors, the event witnessed more than 200 visitors and over 150 delegates on the first day of the event The event witnessed participation from Saudi Council of Engineers, Sahara Petrochemicals Company, Orpic, Saudi Aramco, ADNOC Gas Processing and SABIC among many others United Arab Emirates, Dubai, April 24th 2018:   The oil and gas industry has long recognised the importance of understanding and influencing the role of innovation and technological advancements for static equipment.  As the equipment’s performance is key to increased profitability, experts who gathered at the Middle East Static Equipment Engineering & Maintenance Conference held at Waldorf Astoria on 24th April, discussed varied strategies ......read more

Itqan Investments, VPower Group and CITIC Pacific join hands in acquiring Byrne Group in AED1 billion deal

GCC’s major supplier of rental equipment prepares for growth and expansion into Asian markets Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 April 2018:  Itqan Investments LLC (“Itqan”) owned by Sheikh Hamad Al Sulaiman, together with Tamar VPower Energy Fund I LP (the “Fund”),  jointly established and managed by Hong Kong based VPower Group International Holdings Ltd. (1608.HK) (“VPower”) and CITIC Pacific Ltd. (“CITIC Pacific”), has acquired Byrne Equipment Rental LLC (the “Byrne Group”), the most diverse supplier of rental equipment, including power rental solutions, across the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC), in a deal valued at approximately AED1 billion. Byrne Equipment Rental, one of the top 100 rental companies in the world according to International Rental ......read more

New MEFMA report forecasts FM industry revenues in the GCC to continue growing by 10 per cent annually

April 23, 2018: A report from the Middle East Facilities Management Association (MEFMA) confidently forecasts that revenues for the GCC region’s FM industry will continue to grow at 10 per cent annually for the next two years. The bullish outlook complements the region's thriving FM segment with local firms placing key focus towards further growing their core business lines. The statement, which is the result of a survey commissioned by MEFMA, attributes the expected growth to drivers like the increasing demand generated from the region's portfolio of construction projects and an expanded scope of work coming from existing clients. The report entitled ‘Performance Benchmarking in the Facility Management Industry’ will be presented at MEFMA CONFEX Dubai 2018, which will be held from April 29 to April 30, 2018 ......read more

Central Hotels to Go Paperless in Rooms with Crave Interactive

In keeping with its paperless initiative to protect the environment, Central Hotels has entered into an agreement with Crave Interactive to install digital Guest Room Tablet directories across its hotels. Crave Interactive is a world leading developer of cloud-based digital guest service solutions for hotels and was recently named as 2018’s top-rated guest room tablet provider in the Hotel Tech Report Awards. Making the announcement, Mr. Ahmad Al Abdulla, Chairman of Central Hotels, stated, “In the age of smartphones and smart technology, guests increasingly expect their hotel rooms to be smart too. Hence all our upcoming hotels will be made smarter and more environment friendly with Crave Interactive. It is an easy-to-use handheld device that will not only support our green objectives but will also boost operational ......read more

Spring/Summer 18 Collection

Dubai, UAE, April 23, 2018:  Everything begins with the sound of Earl Bostic… True to its jazz references, the studio combines the elegance of the 50s with the spontaneity of the libertarian American youth. Aloysious Parker, the protagonist from Jim Jarmush’s Permanent Vacation, dances throughout the collection. The fashion house plays with proportions and composes freely with references from the past. A white stitched ocher suede zip jacket is paired with a pair of summer houndstooth trousers sharply cut at ankle length. The timeless leather jacket has an undersized fit over a mesh t-shirt. The softness of the tropical printed bowling shirts contrasts with the wide-cut jeans. The style displays a refined casualness. The silhouette is fitted without ever being constrained. For a man whose only label is one of ......read more

SUC Organized 10-Day Free IELTS Workshop for School Teachers and Students

Dubai, UAE, April 23, 2018:  Skyline University College (SUC) in collaboration with Sharjah Education Council has organized a 10-day IELTS Workshop termed as “Insights into IELTS” from March 25-26, 2018 and April 1-5, 2018 for teachers and students respectively. More than 100 participants attended the workshop that included an extensive coaching on all skill categories (Speaking, Writing, Reading, and Listening). SUC Head of English Language Centre, Dr. Victoria Verna gave a thorough orientation about the test format, the techniques of IELTS and conducted classes. The workshop helped the candidates with test format, preparation techniques, and time management skills. On the last day of the workshop, a mock test was administered to give a feel of the real exam and to assess their proficiency in different ......read more

Nexans wins 'Cabling Vendor of the Year' at Network World Middle East 2018

Nexans, the worldwide leader in cables and cabling systems has been named the ‘Cabling Vendor of the Year 2018,’ at the 9th annual Network World Middle East Award 2018 held in Dubai. This award recognized Nexans for its latest generation of cabling solutions portfolio, regional channel deployments, innovation, responsive customer service and support. Speaking on the win, Tarek Helmy, Regional Director Gulf and Middle East, South & East Africa of Nexans Cabling Solutions said, “We are extremely pleased to be awarded the Cabling Vendor of the year award from Network World Middle East for the 5th consecutive year, achieving a total number of 12 awards from different IT Media organizations during the last 5 years. At Nexans, we are committed to bringing the latest and most innovative and intelligent LAN cabling ......read more

DMCA explores the future of Dubai's maritime sector & discusses innovative approaches to enhance UAE's global maritime leadership

Under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, UAE Minister of Infrastructure Development and Chairman of the Federal Transport Authority - Land and Maritime (FTA), the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) recently hosted a workshop themed, ‘The Future of the Maritime Sector in Dubai’ which explored key prospects for bilateral cooperation with the FTA, aimed at further enhancing the maritime sector based on innovation, technology, sustainability and mutual cooperation. H.E. Dr. Al Nuaimi, said: “We are keen to strengthen the joint efforts between federal and local authorities to achieve a common vision to boost the UAE’s leadership in the maritime sector and enable local authorities to meet their needs in providing exceptional services and maintain competitiveness in the maritime sector. The ......read more

OPPO unleashes the new Selfie Expert F7 with a 25 MP AI powered selfie camera

With enhanced AI Beauty 2.0 technology, the F7 is like your Personal Beauty Artist;  A beautiful 6.23-inch Super Full Screen with numerous software assistant for better full screen experience. Equipped with 3400 mAh battery and AI battery management for long battery endurance Dubai – United Arab Emirates, 23rd, April 2018 –   OPPO, the Selfie Expert and Leader, today launched the F7. The latest Selfie Expert, powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), takes smartphone technology to new heights. Together with the Super Full Screen and glossy design, the F7 offers consumers a better user experience. Priced at AED1249, the OPPO F7 with 4GB RAM and 64 GB ROM will be available from April 23rd, 2018 on all online and offline stores in Solar Red, Moonlight Silver and Diamond Black. OPPO will also hit the ......read more

ADNEC to host regional leadership education event attended by over 2,500 delegates

Under the patronage of H.H. Shiekh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) will host the BETT MEA Leadership Summit, the region’s leading gathering of senior education leaders and international experts, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from April 23rd to 24th 2018. BETT MEA will continue to address the needs of decision-makers through its Leadership Summit program and multiple exhibition stages. Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Group CEO of ADNEC said: “We look forward to hosting this one-of-a-kind event, in a bigger and better format this year, which will significantly transform the education system in the region. The 4th Industrial Revolution is changing the way businesses operate today, bringing innovative optimization that drive ......read more

Big Time with Graham Chronofighter Grand Vintage

Dubai, UAE, April 23, 2018:  Thinking big is most effective when it’s matched with making it big in an elegant manner. A 47 mm case, with increased aperture, and an iconic stop-start trigger show that the Chronofighter Grand Vintage means business. Military aviation history from the 1940s has reached new heights in this striking quartet of confidently contemporary timepieces.   They are time capsules that connect yesterday to today, with refinement and simplicity born of expertise. Watch out for them on the wrists of stylish connoisseurs with a glass of Grand Vintage malt whisky in their hand, or co-piloting sporty free spirits.   Designed to thrill The trigger on the left-hand side of the case acts as a symbolic bridge between nostalgia and modernity. Originally placed there for easy thumb-activated ......read more

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Displays A Spectacular Tribute to Sheikh Zayed with the “Zayed Wall”, at Arabian Travel Market 2018

To mark the Year of Zayed, interactive art installation merges tradition with innovation  Abu Dhabi, 23 April 2018: In celebration of Year of Zayed, marking the 100-year anniversary of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s birth, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) is featuring an interactive art installation to pay tribute to the nation’s Founding Father at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2018, the largest travel trade show in the region. The unique mix between tradition and state-of-the-art technology is already drawing an influx of visitors to the Abu Dhabi stand located in Hall 2, stand number ME2115 & ME2250 at the World Trade Center in Dubai.  The interactive art installation, entitled “Zayed Wall”, displays imagery provided by the National Archives ......read more

Dubai Real Estate Institute organises exclusive executive course from Harvard University

    The course will be held over two days and target real estate sector employees who wish to develop their skills Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 23rd April 2018:  The Dubai Real Estate Institute (DREI), the educational arm of Dubai Land Department (DLD), is organising an exclusive executive course from Harvard University focusing on strategic management and innovation in the real estate sector. The two-day course will be held at the Institute's headquarters at DLD. Mahmoud El Burai, CEO of DREI, said: “We are pleased to announce the strategic management and innovation programme in the real estate sector in cooperation with Harvard University, which aims to raise efficiency among all personnel employed in the market and disseminate real estate knowledge in line with DREI’s mission and ......read more

FINABLR Launched To Accelerate Customer-Focused Technology Innovations

Dr. B. R. Shetty creates “Finablr”, a holding company that intends to consolidate his global financial services brands. Finablr to accelerate customer-focused innovations in the financial services sector, building on over four decades of industry experience.  Finablr also announced the intent to rebrand the non-UAE operations of UAE Exchange as “Unimoni”  23 April 2018 - Dubai, UAE: Noted UAE-based businessman and philanthropist, Dr. Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty announced the creation of “Finablr”, a new holding company which, subject to regulatory approvals, will consolidate his global portfolio of financial services brands under one single umbrella. Incorporated in the UK, Finablr will provide strategic direction and oversight for the category-leading brands across its ......read more