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    Henkel Delivers Overall Robust Performance in Fiscal 2020 Despite Substantial Impact From Covid-19 Pandemic

     Balanced portfolio, strong innovations, financial strength, and dedicated team as key enablers for robust business performance in a global crisis  2020 results at upper end of full-year guidance: - Group sales reach 19.3 billion euros, organic: -0.7 percent - EBIT margin* at 13.4 percent, -260 basis points, corresponding to an operating profit* of 2.6 billion euros - Earnings per preferred share (EPS)*: 4.26 euros, -17.9 percent at constant exchange rates   Very strong free cash flow of 2.3 billion euros, net financial position significantly improved  Proposed dividend on prior-year level: 1.85 euros per preferred share  Implementation of agenda for purposeful growth on track, clear roadmap for further execution in 2021 and beyond   Outlook for more

    SCCI Explores Ways to Enhance Economic Ties with Indonesia

    Sharjah - March 7, 2021:  The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) welcomed a high-profile delegation from the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Dubai and the northern regions, led by HE Kandra Negra, the Indonesian Consul General in Dubai, accompanied by Budi Priantoro, Assistant Consul for Economic Affairs and a number of representatives of the economic sectors at the Indonesian Consulate. The delegation was received by HE Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman, SCCI, in the presence of HE Raghda Tarim, member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, HE Mohammed Ahmed Amin Al Awadi, Director General of the SCCI, and Sarah Al Yahya, International Cooperation Executive, SCCI. The meeting discussed topics of common interest and ways to enhance economic ties and promote trade and investment exchange in more

    China's Investment Appeal for ME Investors is Far from Over

    • China’s market outperformance in 2020 was driven by an astounding V-shaped economic recovery in the second half of the year • Middle East sovereigns and institutional investors look to China’s domestic market to generate alpha  • Growing breadth of opportunities contribute to an increase in China-dedicated allocations • ESG considerations are expected to gain traction, presenting investment opportunities     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 7 March 2021:    While global markets faced a challenging year in 2020, China was the best performing market globally in 2020. The MSCI China A shares and the MSCI China indices returned nearly +43% and +27% respectively . The country’s swift handling of COVID-19 and government actions to contain the virus provided a market more

    Ajman Bank's IT Head Wins CXO Award 2021'

    United Arab Emirates -  March 07, 2021:   Ajman Bank’s Head of Information Technology Ms. Hajar Al Maazmi has been announced as one of the winners of the prestigious CXO 50 Awards 2021. Hosted by CXO Insight Middle East this year’s award was organised to recognise top 50 IT leaders and industry professionals who have taken the reins during the COVID-19 crisis to shape the new normal.    Congratulating Ms Al Maazmi, Mr. Mohamed Amiri, CEO of Ajman Bank, stated, “The CXO Award is designed to honor innovative and forward-thinking IT leaders whose actions have had an impact on their own organisations and the industry they work in. We are extremely proud and honored to have Ms. Al Maazmi as part of the Ajman Bank team and would like to congratulate her on the great achievement. The global more

    Dubai Quality Group Concludes the 15th Ideas Arabia and 9th UAE Ideas Appreciation Ceremony by honoring 23 winners from the UAE & GCC Countries

    • The ‘Idea of the Year’ Category Winner is Dubai Municipality • The Virtual Appreciation Ceremony honored 15 Ideas Arabia winners and  8 UAE Ideas winners                   • Organization leaders and experts shared their best practices towards excellence     Dubai, 04 March 2021, UAE:   Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group, Dubai Quality Group concludes the “15th Ideas Arabia and 9th UAE Ideas Arabia 2020”.   The Annual Appreciation Ceremony for both Awards were merged and held virtually for the first time last 24th February 2021. It more

    Empower Registers 6% Growth in Number of Buildings Connected with a Total of 1,252 Projects by end of 2020

    Dubai, UAE - 04, March 2021:  Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation “Empower” has announced that the total number of buildings provided with its district cooling services has increased to 1,252 by the end of 2020, marking 6% growth comparing to 2019. This reinforces the company’s position as the world’s largest district cooling services provider. Empower has indicated that its diversified portfolio covers all the major sectors in Dubai, with the residential sector maintaining the top position in the list of company's clients by 64%, followed by the commercial sector with 15%. The hospitality sector has increased its share from 13% to 14% in 2020 and the healthcare sector has a share of 3%. The other major sectors such as educational, industrial, and retail sectors together held the more

    Public Support Innovative Approaches to Reducing Smoking Rates, Reveals New International Survey from Philip Morris International

    United Arab Emirates -  March 03, 2021:   A new international survey commissioned by Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) (NYSE: PM) and conducted by independent research firm Povaddo reveals a public appetite for a better approach to reducing the societal harm caused by cigarettes. Seven in ten respondents (71 percent) believe that encouraging those adults who would otherwise continue to smoke to switch to smoke-free alternatives instead can complement other efforts to reduce harm.   Conducted in December 2020 among 22,500+ adults in 20 countries and territories, the survey explores attitudes regarding the role of smoke-free alternatives in improving public health. The results reveal broad support for novel approaches to accelerating the decline of cigarette smoking. Specifically, the survey found more

    AMAALA Signs MoU With the Saudi Federation for Cyber Security, Programming and Drones

    AMAALA and Saudi Federation for Cyber Security, Programming and Drones to work on joint initiatives related to drones, programming, and artificial intelligence   Chief Executive Officer at AMAALA, John Pagano                        Chief Executive Officer of The Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones, Muteb Alqany   March 01, 2021:   AMAALA, the ultra-luxury development located along Saudi Arabia’s north western coast, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Saudi Federation for Cyber Security, Programming and Drones (SAFCSP). The signing will pave the way for the adoption of innovative and emerging technologies within the fields of drones, programming, and artificial Intelligence at AMAALA and marks a more

    New Report Offers Global Startups and Investors Insights on Dubai's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

    • Developed by Dubai Startup Hub in cooperation with Dtec, report is a go-to guide for doing business in Dubai, answering commonly asked questions and offering practical tips.   • Report provides valuable insights to investors and entrepreneurs on how they could play a greater role in a post-Covid-19 recovery and digital transformation of the key sectors of Dubai’s economy.     United Arab Emirates -  February 28, 2021:   Dubai Startup Hub, an initiative of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus (Dtec), the largest tech co-working space in the Middle East wholly owned by Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), have released the Dubai Startup Report 2021, an informative guide on Dubai’s startup ecosystem for more

    BofA Global Research Podcasts: Central Bank Digital Currencies: Stable and Still Disruptive

    Key takeaways  •        BofA Global Research Podcasts are an ongoing series of discussions covering growth industries and topical market themes. •        T.J. Thornton is joined by Philip Middleton & Alastair Ryan for a discussion of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). •        We discuss differences between CBDC & Crypto, the rise of private sector stablecoins, & impact of CBDC on comm banks.   Central Bank Digital Currencies are not Crypto, but would be a better payment mechanism  While electronic payments today necessitate commercial banks, if Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) were adopted, electronic payments could happen without them. Deposits could be held at Central Banks too. Our European banks team more

    Arab Bank Named the Middle East's Best Trade Finance Provider 2021

    Dubai, UAE - 28 February 2021: Global Finance, the New York-based international publication, has recently granted Arab Bank the “Best Trade Finance Provider 2021 in the Middle East” award. The recognition comes as an acknowledgment of the bank’s leading position in the region and its exceptional capabilities in providing the latest banking solutions and trade finance products that meet its clients’ evolving needs across the different sectors.  Arab Bank was selected for this award based on an evaluation process conducted by a panel of the magazine’s editors with input from international financial analysts, corporate executives and technology experts. Criteria for choosing the winners included transaction volume, scope of global coverage, customer service, competitive pricing and innovative more

    #TogetherForOurPlanet: British Embassy Riyadh Launches Social Media Campaign to Encourage Action Against Climate Change

    Following Saudi Arabia’s G20 Presidency last year, and ahead of COP26, the UN’s Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November, the British Embassy in Riyadh is asking all of society to make a change #TogetherForOurPlanet Saudi Arabia, Riyadh - 27 February 2021:   As we recover from COVID-19, it is critical that we build back greener and more resilient, protecting the environment for future generations. Our world continues to get hotter, and climate change is a challenge for all. It is crucial that all countries and people take action to safeguard our planet. Today, the British Embassy in Riyadh launched the #TogetherForOurPlanet __# campaign, calling on all of society to pledge one climate action to stop climate change.  The campaign drives awareness about the impact of human actions more

    Saxo Bank announces 2020 Results

    United Arab Emirates -  February 24, 2021:    The Saxo Bank Group welcomed a record high number of 238,000 new active clients and saw a continued inflow of clients' assets in 2020. This brings the Group’s total to a record of more than 660,000 active clients. The total client base has grown more than 230% since 2018 with a strong acceleration of organic growth in 2020. Total clients' assets ended at DKK 478 billion in 2020 and today exceeds DKK 500 billion.    The Saxo Bank Group reported a net profit of DKK 750 million for 2020 compared to DKK 40 million for 2019. The net profit for the Group when eliminating one-offs, equivalent to the Group’s normalised net profit, was above DKK 1 billion for 2020. Operating income for the Group amounted to DKK 4,316 million in 2020 compared to DKK more

    Hon. Regional Director, Middle East of Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC) meets Hon'ble Chief Minister of Karnataka

    United Arab Emirates -  February 24, 2021:  On behalf of Regional representation of Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC) Mr Kamal Vachani, Hon. Regional Director of ESC met  Mr B. S. Yediyurappa, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka.   During the interaction, Mr Kamal Vachani, briefed the Minister on the activities of regional representation of Electronics and Computer Software Export Council (ESC), sponsored by the Government of India.  There are more than 2500 companies in ESC from Karnataka  and ESC has more than 250 members from Karnataka. Hon. Chief Minister appreciated the efforts taken by Mr Kamal Vachani in promoting India’s IT exports to the Middle East particularly to the UAE. Mr Kamal Vachani is also Chairman – Dubai & Northern more

    Shaping New Governance to Lead Federal Ministries and Departments Is a National Priority

    Mohammad Al Gergawi: The next phase requires an integrated system that unifies the efforts of public, semi-government and private sectors Mohammad Al Gergawi: The new strategic government trends centers at developing an advanced work plan that boosts the UAE’s status United Arab Emirates -  February 24, 2021:    At the opening session of the 2021 ministerial retreat that started on Tuesday, His Excellency Mohammad Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, announced that a new dynamic governance will lead federal ministries, departments and institutions as part of the national priorities for the country’s next phase.  Al Gergawi stressed that the country’s next 50 years call for a full collaboration among the country’s public, semi-private and private sectors, under an integrated more

    BofA - Global Energy Weekly: Eyes on the Spare Supplies

    OPEC+'s 9mn b/d of spare capacity stands ready to ramp… In the wake of the 2Q20 oil demand collapse, OPEC+ struck an unprecedented deal to remove nearly 10mn b/d of supply from the market. Now, with Brent trading into the $60-65 range, we expect OPEC+ to counter, adding more than 1.3mn b/d of supply in 2Qe and ramping further into year-end to keep prices and balances in check. Over the medium term, we think OPEC+ coordination will likely continue as the group wields its spare capacity in an effort to manage prices. GCC countries will likely have to carry meaningful spare capacity as demand growth slows and modest non-OPEC+ increases fill the gap.  …while US shale takes a back seat over the medium term During 2021-26, non-OPEC is set to add more than 1.5mn b/d of gross capacity (ex-shale), a rate more

    Edmond Moutran 1944 2021

    United Arab Emirates -  February 22, 2021:    One of the region’s most beloved and influential marketing figures, Edmond Moutran ¬— the founder and chairman of Memac Ogilvy — has passed away aged 77. Known affectionately to his friends and colleagues as “Eddie”, he is survived by his wife Liliane, his four children Ramzi, Nabil, Sami and Natasha, and two stepdaughters, Rafa and Hiba. Moutran enjoyed a life and career of many firsts. Revered as a pioneer of the MENA communications industry, he quickly – and prodigiously – distinguished himself as the first Lebanese advertising professional to work and open shop in the Arabian Gulf. Despite his relative youth, Moutran all but assured his legacy as a proponent of the region’s advertising space by establishing his very own more

    Procter & Gamble Re-affirms Commitment to Gender Equality at the #WeSeeEqual Summit

    P&G’s declaration came as part of the annual event with high-profile global equality advocates Indra Nooyi and Bonang Matheba   Dubai, UAE, 18 February 2021:  Procter & Gamble (P&G) reiterated its commitment around a number of initiatives that will promote gender equality during the annual #WeSeeEqual Summit – part of the company’s citizenship focus on being a Force for Good and Force for Growth. Hosted virtually for the first time, the event saw distinguished advocates and personalities from private and public sectors come together to address the challenges of gender and women’s equality, which have been severely impacted by the pandemic.    Omar Channawi, CEO, P&G Middle East, East and West Africa and General Export Markets said: “P&G places great more

    Ariel Middle East Brings Back Its Pod Swap Shop to Ripe Market at Academy Park

    The sustainable clothing activation is happening on 19th and 20th February 2021   United Arab Emirates -  February 18, 2021:   Ariel Middle East - one of the world’s most recognisable laundry brands – is bringing back their POD Swap Shop to Ripe Market this weekend on 19th and 20th February 2021. The pop-up shops from Ariel aim to raise awareness about the importance of using quality detergents to keep clothes looking fresh and bright for longer. The intention is to discourage the throwaway nature of fast fashion, and to raise awareness about purchasing habits when it comes to buying and wearing clothes.    The Ariel POD Swap Shop invites people to exchange preowned items of clothing for preloved items available at the shop or bring an empty bottle of liquid detergent to swap for a pack more

    Two Fathers Share AED 1,000,000 Mahzooz Prize

    - Both winners matched 5 out of 6 numbers winning AED 500,000 each - The Turkish and Bangladeshi expats are both family men and long time UAE residents    18 February 2021, Dubai, UAE: Two lucky winners split the AED 1,000,000 second prize in the 12th live weekly Mahzooz draw. The Dubai-based expats matched five out of six numbers and took home AED 500,000 each.    49-year old Eyup, from Turkey, and 43-year old Biplop, from Bangladesh, are both family men and longtime UAE residents.  “I was watching the show live on YouTube and I got shocked,” said Eyup, who works as a manager in Dubai. “Then the email came, I checked online and I still couldn’t believe it. I checked at least 5 times that night and even woke up my wife and asked her to check.”   A married more

    Shabab Al-Ahli wins 2021 Arabian Gulf Super Cup, AWR Group Receives Trophy for its Continued Sponsorship

    Dubai, 18 February 2021:  Abdul Wahid Al Rostamani Group, the main sponsor of Shabab Al-Ahli Club for the 2020-2021 season, celebrated the club’s victory in the Arabian Gulf Super Cup. Abdul Wahid Al Rostamani Group is proud of its sponsorship of the Shabab Al-Ahli Club for the 2020-2021 season, which recently managed to achieve its first title this season by winning the Super Cup. Abdul Wahid Al Rostamani Group celebrated the team's first victory in the first championships of the season after winning the title of the Arabian Gulf Super Cup. HE Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, chairman of the Shabab Al-Ahli sports game sector and the Shabab Al-Ahli board of directors, shared the win with Dr. Khalid  al Zahed and Khalid Abdul Wahid Al Rostamani, chairman and CEO of AW Rostamani Group. more

    Ajman Bank Reports Net Profit of AED 53.4 Million in 2020

    United Arab Emirates -  February 18, 2021:    Ajman Bank has announced its financial results for the full year ending 31 December 2020. The Bank reported revenue of AED 614.6 million in 2020 compared to AED 636.0 million in the previous year. The net operating profit in 2020 was reported as AED 53.4 million.   Demonstrating its resilience, Ajman Bank made excellent progress in its business objectives despite the unprecedented economic challenges and market conditions due to the impact of the global pandemic on all sectors of the economy. The Bank’s robust performance is reflection of its strong liquidity and capital ratios as well as high level of dedication and commitment to superior service to ensure the continuity of all operations during the crisis. Staff costs and, general and administrative expenses more

    DLD: 3,300 Transactions worth AED 6.74 Billion in January 2021

    ● January 2021 had the highest number of secondary/ready properties transacted in a single month since March 2014. ● Of the sales transactions, 70% were apartments and 30% were villas/townhouses. ● Of the sales transactions, 72% were secondary/ready, and 28% were off-plan. ● In January 2021, the Dubai overall Index reached 1.069, the Dubai apartment Index reached 1.127 and the Dubai villa/townhouse Index reached 0.922.   Dubai, UAE, 17 February 2021:  According to the 11th edition of Mo’asher, Dubai’s official sales price index that was launched by Dubai Land Department (DLD) in cooperation with Property Finder, Dubai’s real estate market recorded 3,300 sales transactions worth AED 6.74 billion in January 2021, a growth of 15.5% in terms of transaction number and 37% in more

    Cisco Reveals Top Cybersecurity Threats of 2020

    Defending Against Critical Threats Report identifies migration to remote working and evolution of ransomware as key contributors towards diverse criminal activity Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17 February 2021 – Cisco has revealed the findings of its Defending Against Critical Threats Report, noting changes in criminal activity during 2020 and new methods of exploitation, arising as a result of the pandemic. During a year in which transitioning to digital infrastructures became essential for all, Cisco explores the ongoing complexity and evolution of cyber threats, to inform organizations and empower stronger decision-making.  Increased Vulnerabilities with Remote Working Cisco Umbrella – a cloud-driven Secure Internet Gateway – examined traffic running through its DNS servers, identifying mid-March 2020 more

    Sharjah Highlights Lucrative Opportunities for Polish Companies in a Wide Range of Emerging Industries

    Invest in Sharjah’s business webinar explores potential in diverse verticals including agri-tech, aqua-tech, IoT and advanced manufacturing Sharjah, February 16, 2021:  Sharjah FDI Office (Invest in Sharjah), operating under the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), sought to bolster trade ties and investment cooperation and explore potential economic partnerships with entrepreneurs and investors from Poland at the virtual webinar titled ‘Investment opportunities for Polish companies in Sharjah’, held on Monday, February 15.  Showcasing compelling opportunities for Polish businesses in Sharjah’s expanding investment ecosystem, Sharjah FDI office introduced the fast-growing business opportunities in the emirate’s knowledge-based, innovation-driven, and key emerging sectors more

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    In the presence of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Ajman Free Zone In line with its efforts to integrate innovation into its digital transformation strategy, to promote the growth of technology sector, and support innovative companies, Ajman Free Zone has organized a series of initiatives and events to celebrate ‘UAE Innovates 2021’. The annual national event seeks to promote the culture of innovation and increase community engagement towards designing and developing plans for the UAE as it enters a new era of excellence and prepares for the next 50 more

    Brazil companies close over USD 33 m busi-ness deals at the recently held Gulfood 2021

    Gulfood ended 2021 with massively positive results for nearly 50 Brazilian participating companies. Dubai – March 2, 2021: The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) has announced that participants from the country closed business deals estimated at a total of USD 33.2 million at the recently concluded Gulfood 2021 in Dubai. Various pavilions of Brazil showcased at the exhibition eye prospects of reaching USD 236.7 million in the following months, according to Apex-Brasil.   Nearly 50 Brazilian companies participated in Gulffood 2021, the more

    Hitachi ABB Power Grids drives digital transformation of the power sector with new Smart Digital Substation

    Dubai, February 28, 2021: Hitachi ABB Power Grids today announced the launch of its Smart Digital Substation offering which brings together the latest in digital substation technology with the unique predictive, prescriptive and prognostic capabilities of Hitachi’s industry-leading Lumada Asset Performance Management (APM) solution. The Smart Digital Substation forms part of a new wave of innovation that began with the recently announced integration of Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ Digital Enterprise software into Hitachi’s Lumada ecosystem. By replacing copper wires with more

    Ajman Free Zone delegation visits Terra The Sustainability Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

    February 18, 2021:  A delegation from the Ajman Free Zone led by H.E. Eng. Ali Abdulla Bin Towaih AlSuwaidi, Director General of AFZ visited Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai site, in line with AFZ’s commitment and vision of achieving sustainability. The pavilion has been built to operate net zero for energy and water consumption as part of its sustainable building design. The delegation explored the pavilion’s features to learn more about how to create a more sustainable future and the many ways people can practice sustainable living, more

    Dubai Chamber Sustainability Network Members Recognised for 2020 Achievements

    - Ceremony, attended by over 100 participants, highlighted the work done by Network member companies in 2020 to promote responsible practices and address Covid-related business challenges.     United Arab Emirates -  February 16, 2021:    Dubai Chamber recently hosted the Sustainability Network Achievements Ceremony to acknowledge the commendable work done by its members in implementing sustainable and responsible practices and solutions in response to new challenges created by Covid-19.   Last year, 18 new companies joined the Network, bringing more

    Dubai Islamic Bank Full Year 2020 Group Financial Results

    Balance sheet up by 25% YoY to AED 289.6 billion Financing & Sukuk investments  up by 26% YoY to AED 232.0 billion Operating revenue up by 2% YoY to AED 9.5 billion Deposits up by 25% to AED 205.9 billion Liquidity remains healthy with financing to deposit ratio of 96% Net Profit of AED 3.2 billion Noor Bank integration completed well ahead of schedule Dividend of 20% subject to shareholder approval     Dubai, February 16, 2021:  Dubai Islamic Bank (DFM: DIB), the largest Islamic bank in the UAE and the second largest Islamic bank in more

    International Halal Accreditation Forum Secretary General to speak at GTR MENA 2021

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 15th February 2021:  Dr. Rehab Al Ameri, Secretary General of International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF) — an independent, non-government network of accreditation bodies that aims to harmonise accreditation practises in halal — will be speaking on the second day of the Global Trade Review (GTR) Middle East and North Africa (MENA) 2021 Virtual, the region’s biggest trade finance conference, on February 16. As one of the event’s keynote speakers, Dr. Al Ameri will underscore how the halal trade’s integrity has strengthened more

    Abu Dhabi Wins Prestigious China MICE Industry Accolade for its Successful Marketing Efforts

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    Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award: inspiring innovation of sustainable technologies to solve global water scarcity

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    Aafaq Islamic Finance introduces Osool' to Empower Emirati SME Owners

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    EWEC Invites Expression of Interest Submissions for the Development of M2 Reverse Osmosis (RO) Independent Water Project

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    Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce to explore economic situation in Brazil and Arab countries in new webinar

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    Mashreq Posts AED 5.1 Billion Revenue for YE 2020

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    HOPE PROBE 09/02/2021 Quote by Mr. Joy Alukkas

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    Mai Dubai achieves net-zero energy consumption in 2020 after solar installations produced more than 30 million kWh of power

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    Zimbabwean Agribusiness Companies Eye Dubai to Boost Trade

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    Discover What's Next: GROHE Launches Digital Experience Hub GROHE X

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    ADX Reduces Transaction Fees on Trading Activities by More Than 22% Starting February 14

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    Long Term Sustainable Growth Strategy Drives Record Results for Second Consecutive Quarter

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    1st Three Winners of Fujairah Social and Cultural Association & KASHKHA Excellence Award Announced

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    Bayara and Total Solar Distributed Generation Celebrate First Year of Solar Rooftop Installation'

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