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    Energy leads commodities in bullish start to 2018

    Brisk demand for energy leads commodities to bullish start for 2018 Softer USD, attention to inflation and geopolitical risks key drivers for oil and gold Correction in gold after $95 non-stop rally remains elusive We stick to bullish outlook for gold in early 2018 Brent touches $70/b ahead of Trump's decision on Iran sanctions Dubai, UAE, January 14, 2018:  The commodities sector — led by energy — continues to see demand during the first full trading week of 2018. The sector has been benefiting from an increased focus on inflation as the current expansion cycle moves toward its late stage where price pressures tend to build.    As a result, the rally during the past month has pushed the broad-based Bloomberg Commodity index (BCOM) and the energy-heavier S&P GSCI to levels last ......read more

    Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre to Enhance Cooperation in Islamic Economy with Tatarstan-based Group of Strategic Vision ‘Russia – Islamic World'

    His Excellency Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri: “The Centre’s partnership with the Group adds a new dimension to the historic ties between the UAE and Tatarstan” Dubai-UAE: 14 January, 2018 –  The Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Group of Strategic Vision ‘Russia – Islamic World’ (RIW Group) to exchange expertise and best practices in the field of Islamic economy.  His Excellency Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy and Chairman of DIEDC, and Rustam Minnikhanov, President of Tatarstan and Chairman of the RIW Group, attended the signing ceremony at the headquarters of DIEDC. His Excellency Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, Chief Executive Officer of DIEDC, and His Excellency Veniamin ......read more

    Demand Growth Strengthens in November

    Dubai, UAE, January 14, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for November 2017 showing continued robust demand. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 8.0% compared to November 2016, the fastest growth rate in five months and up from a 7.3% year-over-year rise in October. Capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 6.3%, and load factor rose 1.2 percentage points to 80.2%.    “The airline industry is in a good place entering 2018. November’s strong demand gives the industry momentum. The number of unique city-pair connections now tops 20,000. Passengers not only have more travel choices than ever, the cost of travel in real terms has never been cheaper. Along with delivering great value to consumers, airlines are ......read more

    ADFD Approves US$25 Million for IRENA-endorsed Solar Photovoltaic Projects in Mauritius, Rwanda

    Ventures supported by IRENA/ADFD Project Facility to contribute to alleviating poverty through renewable energy Abu Dhabi-UAE: 14 January, 2018 –   Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the leading national entity for development aid, and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the global platform for international cooperation on renewable energy, earmarked  US$25 million in ADFD concessional loans for two solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Mauritius and Rwanda.  Announced at the Eighth Session of the IRENA Assembly, the two projects are being financed through the fifth funding cycle of the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility. Established in 2013, the seven-cycle programme offers US$350 million to assist developing countries in accessing low-cost capital for renewable energy projects. The ......read more

    Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Launches a Venture Capital Fund to Invest Up to $1 Billion Over Five Years

    Alliance Ventures to Prioritize Next-generation Mobility With $200 Million Year-one Funding  New entity to act as main interface for start-ups, investors and the venture capital ecosystem Fund prioritizes open innovation in new mobility, including electrification, autonomous systems, connectivity and artificial intelligence First deal to be a strategic investment in Ionic Materials, a US company developing cobalt-free solid-state battery materials Dubai, UAE, January 10, 2018:  Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the world’s leading automotive alliance, today announced the launch of Alliance Ventures, a new corporate venture capital fund that plans to invest up to $1 billion to support open innovation over the next five years.    In its first year, the fund expects to invest up to $200 million in ......read more

    Mashreq Bank offering credit cards for every passion

    Credit Card holders to also benefit from instantly redeemable rewards  Dubai, UAE—10 January, 2018:  Mashreq Bank, the UAE’s leading financial institution, is offering a range of credit cards that cater to the diverse passions and lifestyle of a broad range of customers. Commenting on the credit cards, Pankaj Kundra, Head of Payments at Mashreq said, “Research has shown that the majority of consumers choose a credit card based on the reward points program or based on the discounts and benefits offered by the card. The UAE is a multicultural market with residents from various walks of life, and Mashreq would like to start the New Year by focusing on the UAE consumers and their passions. Be it dining, travel, shopping, fitness, or golf, Mashreq has a perfect Credit Card for every individual. ......read more

    GROHE is partnering with the German Sustainability Award 2017

    Participation as partner for dialogue on the topics of water management and sustainability strategy of the German federal government Intelligent GROHE technologies such as GROHE EcoJoy and GROHE SilkMove ES play a key role in effective water management Innovative products such as GROHE Blue and GROHE Sense reduce the consumption of CO2 and water Dubai, United Arab Emirates - January 9th, 2018:  GROHE, the world's leading provider of sanitary fittings, partnered with the German Sustainability Day 2017, in Dusseldorf. At this leading two-day convention, experts from companies and administrations as well as from the fields of politics, research, media and society discussed the urgent issues of sustainability. The focus of the anniversary event in its tenth year was on water, climate protection and digitization. ......read more

    Dubai Cares and Dubai Culture invite the entire community to take part in a citywide 'Scavenger Hunt'

    The initiative aims to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed as well as reaffirms principles, values and beliefs that are the country’s foundation In line with UAE’s ‘Year of Zayed 2018’, the Dubai Cares Scavenger Hunt runs from 8 to 29 January Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 8 January 2018:  Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors Office at Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, Dubai Cares and Dubai Culture − the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, announce the launch of an exciting new initiative titled, the ‘Dubai Cares Scavenger Hunt’, which will run from 8 to 29 January 2018 across the city of Dubai. The ‘hunt’ has been specifically ......read more

    Akamai Identified as a DDoS Mitigation Leader by Independent Research Firm

    Report Cites That 24% of Global Enterprises That Suffered a Data Breach Over the Past 12 Months Were Victims of a DDoS Attack DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – January 8, 2018 –   Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the world’s largest and most trusted cloud delivery platform, today announced that it was among the select companies that Forrester invited to participate in: The Forrester Wave™: DDoS Mitigation Solutions, Q4 2017 evaluation. In this evaluation, Akamai was cited as a Leader in DDoS Mitigation Solutions.  According to the report, the distributed denial of services (DDoS) mitigation solution market is growing because S&R (security and risk) professionals understand that DDoS attacks are a threat to their digital business. Forrester’s research has found that having a DDoS ......read more

    Al Naboodah Group Enterprises launches new facilities management business

    Dubai, UAE, 08 January 2018 –   Al Naboodah Group Enterprises (ANGE), one of the UAE’s oldest and most respected family conglomerates with a diverse portfolio of businesses, is entering the facilities management industry with the launch of Al Naboodah Facilities Management. The new business will sit under Al Naboodah Construction Group (ANCG), a strategic move supporting the Group’s unique ability to self-supply and self-deliver on projects.    Facilities management complements ANCG’s current portfolio of core services, which includes Civil Engineering, Building and MEP, and further strengthens the Group’s positioning as an integrated market services provider. Offering a full suite of property and facilities management solutions, Al Naboodah Facilities Management draws upon decades of ......read more

    Publicis Groupe Wins the Consolidated McDonald's GCC Business

    Publicis Groupe strengthens its collaboration with McDonald’s by designing a future-proof operating model Dubai, UAE, 4 January 2018:  McDonald’s has selected Publicis Groupe to handle its consolidated business portfolio in the GCC region. Publicis Groupe had designed a new operating model to further strengthen its collaboration with the fast food giant that put its entire business portfolio up for pitch in. Publicis Groupe implemented its “Power of One” strategy by bringing together agencies and services from Publicis Communications, Publicis Media and Publicis. Sapient is set to efficiently and effectively provide the best strategic planning, creative, media, communication and digital marketing services. “To realize McDonald’s vision of being a modern, progressive burger company, ......read more

    Myths and misconceptions surrounding VAT

    Al Dhaheri Jones & Clark sheds light on marketing gimmicks Dubai, UAE, January 4 2018:   With the onset of the New Year, a five percent levy on most goods and services was introduced in the UAE in the form of Value-Added Tax (VAT). While marketers took advantage of this opportunity to sell goods and services in abundance, customers had no idea that a product or service purchased in 2017, but delivered in 2018 was yet applicable to tax. “Marketers used VAT as an essential tool to encourage unwanted purchases. The fine print details were not revealed, which have not only outraged the customers, but also shattered the trust of many loyal customers. The introduction of VAT was considered to be phenomenal, and the public was under pressure. Taking advantage of this, marketers tapped their profit margins,” said ......read more

    Trakhees makes it easier for its customers by Integrating with Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB)

    Dubai, UAE, – 3rd January 2018:  Following the government trend in adopting smart technological transformations using advanced technologies to lessen the number of physical applicants and Customer Visits, Department of Planning and Development – Trakhees, the Regulatory arm of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) in Special Development Zones in the Emirate of Dubai signed an agreement with Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) to provide “Direct Payment Options” to its customers. This service will be facilitated through Internet Banking, Mobile Application and Cash Deposit Machines (CDM). As per the agreement, more than 20,000 Trakhees customers can now pay their fees directly using these smart banking channels from the convenience of their places without the need for physical presence to Trakhees ......read more

    UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science to Celebrate Achievements at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2018

    Internationally prominent research Program marks significant progress in its efforts to innovate new water security solutions Dr Abdulla Al Mandous: “Our Program has grown to the extent that it is now truly global in size, scale and substance” Abu Dhabi-UAE: 3 January 2018 –   The UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science (UAEREP) is set to celebrate three years of outstanding achievements that have positioned the Program as a global leader at the forthcoming Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2018.    Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs, the awardees of the Third Cycle of the Program will be announced and honored on 17 January at an exclusive ceremony held as part of ......read more

    Jafza Welcomes First Photovoltaic Solar Panel Plant

    Maysun Solar invests $5 million with plans to produce 5,000 PV tablets each month Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 02 January 2018:  Global trade enabler DP World’s Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) has welcomed Maysun Solar, the first photovoltaic panel producer to set up a manufacturing facility in the region’s leading free zone. Maysun Solar currently manufactures 5,000 solar panels a month with a capacity to generate 40 megawatts of electricity.  The launch follows DP World's on-going solar energy project in Jafza and Mina Rashid Port involving the installation of 88,000 rooftop solar panels as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions.*   Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, said: “The history of the UAE has been shaped by the vision of its leaders. This project ......read more

    Mashreq Bank receives nine awards from Global Finance in London

    These awards recognize Mashreq’s wide-ranging achievements in the digital banking space   Dubai, UAE, 2 January, 2018:   Mashreq Bank, the UAE’s leading financial institution was presented with nine awards at the Digital Bank Conference and Awards dinner hosted by Global Finance magazine in London, England.   The dinner hosted at the RSA House in London saw Mashreq win awards for:  Best Consumer Mobile Banking Global Best in Mobile Banking Middle East Best Mobile Banking App Middle East Best Consumer Digital Bank Middle East Best Consumer Digital Bank UAE Most Innovative Consumer Digital Bank Middle East Product Innovation – Cardless Cash Withdrawal using Internet Banking Best Bill Payment & Presentment Middle East; and Best Corporate / Institutional Digital ......read more

    Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority benchmarks with Dubai Customs on CSR

    Dubai – 31 December 2017:  Dubai Customs’ CSR section received a delegation from Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority who came to learn about the Department’s CSR efforts and initiatives.   Around 162 initiatives were carried out by Dubai Customs throughout the year and targeted more than a million people. Internal initiatives focused on making employees happier and and their working environment more comfortable and friendly. Other initiatives targeted the local environment and community including blood donation and different types of charity.   The visitors also were briefed on the Department’s sustainable report which aims to enlighten stakeholders, partners, clients and the public in general about procedures in place to help facilitate global trade in a sustainable way and serve clients in ......read more

    Better Life unveils ‘Sicily is my Love' collection from Smeg and Dolce & Gabbana

    The latest line of kitchen appliances deliver contemporary style and innovative technology Dubai, UAE (December 28, 2017) –  Better Life, one of the leading home appliance retailers in the region and a division of Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group LLC, announced the launch of an exciting new range of appliances from Smeg’s latest collaboration with Dolce & Gabbana. The unique collection called, ‘Sicily is my Love’ comprises a selection of beautifully designed small and large kitchen appliances such as toasters, juicers, coffee machines, kettles, blenders and refrigerators, all decorated with a selection of objects and influences inspired by Southern Italy. Motifs include gold lemons, citrus fruits, prickly pears and bright red cherries. Smeg, a forerunner in bringing colour to kitchen appliances combines ......read more

    Chadian President Praises Bilateral Ties with UAE

    Delegation from Abu Dhabi Fund for Development meets Chadian President  Visit reinforces Abu Dhabi’s commitment to supporting Chad’s National Development Plan 2017-2021 His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi: “The Fund is keen to assist the Chadian government in implementing its development goals” Abu Dhabi-UAE: 28 December, 2017 –  A delegation from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the leading national entity for development aid, last week met with the Chadian President His Excellency Idriss Déby in Chad’s capital N'Djamena.   President Déby praised the strong bilateral ties between the UAE and Chad, highlighting ADFD’s role in advancing sustainable development worldwide. His Excellency Mohammed Ali Musabah Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to Chad, ......read more

    Happiness @ Work Award to honor positive workplaces in the UAE

    Applications for the inaugural edition of the region’s first-of-its-kind award will be accepted until January 18, 2018 DUBAI– December 28, 2017:   Sustainable Mindz, a Dubai-headquartered organization for sustainability and corporate responsibility strategies, has launched the first ‘Happiness @ Work’ award in the UAE in partnership with Forbes Middle East. This is in line with the UAE happiness strategy, outlined by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.  The Happiness @ Work Award is all set to recognize the quotient of happiness existing among the corporate entities of the region. The award reiterates His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s vision of making the UAE one of the happiest nations across the world. Ms. ......read more

    Sharjah Chamber discussed the development of joints relations with the Consul-General of South Africa

    Discussed ways to enhance trade and investment Sharjah, 27 December,2017:  HE Khalid bin Butti Al Hajri, Director General of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Magobo David Magabe, Consul-General of South Africa in Dubai, discussed ways of developing joint relations between the Chamber and the consulate to strengthen areas of economic cooperation between both countries. The meeting was also attended by Omar Ali Saleh, Director of the Department of International Relations at the Chamber. He discussed the development of trade relations and mutual investment between Sharjah and South Africa  to further push them towards prosperity and serving the interests of business communities from both sides. HE Khalid bin Butti Al Hajri praised the growing economic relations between the UAE and South Africa, which form ......read more

    Dubai Science Park Registers Successful 2017, Continues to Support Evolving Pharma, Medical Equipment Sector

    Dubai-UAE: 27 December 2017 –  Dubai Science Park (DSP), the region’s leading science-focused business community and home to more than 350 businesses, has closed 2017 on a strong note and continued to deliver its mandate of supporting the growth of the region’s evolving science sector.    Key highlights delivered and achieved by DSP in 2017 included:  The successful collaboration with The Executive Council of Dubai on the advancement of the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030, through identifying, developing and promoting opportunities and enablers in the pharma and medical equipment sector; A series of high-level industry events hosted, such as the Green Leadership Series, a bi-annual event addressing the challenges and opportunities of Dubai’s evolving green ......read more

    Dubai Sports Council honours Municipality workers

    Dubai, UAE, December 27, 2017:  The Dubai Sports Council has honoured 56 employees of the Dubai Municipality’s Cleaning Services and Operations Section in recognition of their services towards the successful organisation of sporting events in 2017, especially the DXB 24 Hour Walkathon in November. The employees, from 16 different branches of the Cleaning Services and Operations Section, were given certificates of appreciation by HE Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council (DSC), in the presence of Nasser Al Rahma, Assistant Secretary General of DSC, and Ali Al Mutawa, Director of DSC’s Corporate Support Department, at a function held on Monday at the DSC office in Dubai Design District. “The Dubai Sports Council has a strategic partnership with Dubai Municipality, where we work together on many ......read more

    REDISHRED CAPITAL CORP. ANNOUNCES NEW MIDDLE EAST LICENSEE

    Dubai United Arab Emirates,19 December 2017: Redishred Capital Corp (“Redishred”), a publicly listed company on the Toronto Stock Exchange has recently transferred its Middle East PROSHRED® License to Shredex Documents Destroying Services LLC (“SHREDEX®”).  SHREDEX® has been in the secure document shredding industry in the Middle East since 2010 and has grown rapidly to become a regional leader earning the trust of hundreds of businesses across the region. Both PROSHRED® and SHREDEX® offer secure, cost efficient and convenient systems that ensure the collection, on-site shredding and eventual recycling of all unwanted paper flow and outdated electronic media in offices and archiving storage thus ensuring their clients abide by local and international information security ......read more

    Lactalis Group recalls all infant and nutritional formula produced and packed in Craon factory

    Laval, December the 21st, 2017:  As a precautionary measure, Lactalis Group has decided, in agreement with French Authorities, a further product recall, which includes all infant and nutritional products manufactured and packed in Craon factory since 2017/02/15. All other products manufactured in our other factories are safe and are out of the scope of recall. We wish to extend our sincerest apologies to the affected families. We are well aware of the seriousness of the situation and fully understand the anxiety and inconvenience that have been caused. Food safety for all our consumers and all our products is our highest priority, which is why we are taking such rapid and drastic measures in order to deal with this situation. Following the alert transmitted by French authorities on December 1st , 2017 concerning a risk of ......read more

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    Cisco Expands Learning Portfolio with New Business Architecture Training and Certifications

    Expanded Portfolio Accelerates Business Transformation by Addressing Critical Talent Needs Dubai, UAE – December 5, 2017 -  Cisco announced it is expanding its learning portfolio with new business architecture training and certifications designed to accelerate the pace of business transformation, innovation and growth. Providing professionals with the latest skills, tools and best practices enables them to build and strengthen the bridge between technology solutions and business needs. These new offerings mark the second recent addition to Cisco’s business ......read more

    Global Personal Luxury Goods Market Returns To Healthy Growth, Reaching A Fresh High of €262 Billion in 2017

    United Arab Emirates, December 04, 2017 –  Luxury is back in fashion. The overall luxury market – encompassing both goods and luxury experiences – grew by 5 percent to an estimated €1.2 trillion globally in 2017. Sales of luxury cars continued to drive the market, growing at 6 percent to reach €489 billion in total. Luxury experiences remained very attractive to customers, as illustrated by sales of high-end food and wine both growing by 6 percent from last year, and sales from luxury cruises experiencing impressive 14 percent annual growth. The core ......read more

    Sharjah Ruler Attends the First Women's Economic Empowerment Global Summit Inaugural Ceremony

    The Summit is pushing for women’s equal participation in the labour market, which can add USD 28 trillion to the global economy by 2025  HH Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi: The UAE’s track record in advancing women is an exemplary international experience, and one that I am proud of. HE Sheikh Mubarak Al Nahyan: Women’s economic empowerment is an expression of tolerance, happiness and security, and a prerequisite for peace and prosperity of nations around the world. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Support for changing discriminatory social norms and stereotypes that ......read more

    Tristar Group celebrates UAE National Day

    Dubai, UAE; December 04, 2017:  Tristar Group celebrated the 46th UAE National Day as employees dressed in colors of the nation as a way of saying thank you to the UAE leaders and the people of this country where they have felt at home for many years. Sweets were distributed, and employees shared their personal stories of UAE that highlighted how so many people from different cultures and backgrounds have made UAE their home.  Tristar Group’s headquarters in Jebel Ali was decorated with UAE flags a week before the holidays.  According to Group Chief Administrative ......read more

    startAD offers interactive program of startup events during December 2017

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – December 4, 2017:  startAD, an innovation and entrepreneurship platform that supports startups in the UAE, is offering a diverse program of open events throughout the month of December 2017. All of the events listed below are open to the public and free to attend. Al Warsha: Laser Cutting Date: Monday, December 4  Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Location: NYU Abu Dhabi Humanities Building (A6) – Room 016 Participants will learn how a laser cutter works in this open workshop, with demonstrations taking place on how to design and cut intricate ......read more

    Centrify Innovations Embrace Zero Trust Security

    Centrify eases multi-factor authentication through FIDO Alliance and enhances privilege controls for containers Dubai, UAE, December 4, 2017 —   Centrify, the leader in securing hybrid enterprises through the power of identity services, announced its Zero Trust approach to security. Zero Trust assumes that everything—users, endpoints, resources—is untrusted and must always be verified to decrease the chance of a major breach.  Customers are adapting to the reality that older, network centric approaches to security no longer apply and more application ......read more

    AL-Thiqa Islamic Bank Deploys ICS BANKS ISLAMIC System from ICSFS

    Dubai, UAE, December 4, 2017:  Amman, Jordan: ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS), the global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions, announced that AL-Thiqa Islamic Bank has gone live on the multi-awards winning system ICS BANKS ISLAMIC. AL-Thiqa Islamic Bank chose ICS BANKS ISLAMIC to stay in the top of the list in this highly motivated banking market. the project was accomplished in a record break time of two months, the implementation process was smooth, swift and transparent. The Executive Representative of AL-Thiqa Islamic Bank; Mr. Muamer ......read more

    Tally Solutions geared up to help GCC businesses transition to the VAT era

    More than 1.2 million businesses globally use Tally for accounting and tax filing needs Dubai, UAE, 3 December 2017:  In an endeavour to help businesses in the UAE comply with VAT regulations, Tally Solutions, a leading international compliance software provider will offer improved insights, data alignment, efficiencies and transparency to enterprises in the UAE. Tally Solutions is well established in the region and is used by 40,000 satisfied clients across GCC. The company offers a complete business suite, from accounting to inventory management, banking processes and payroll ......read more

    Dubai Investments raises foreign ownership cap to 49%

    Dubai, November 29, 2017:  Dubai Investments PJSC [DFM: DIC], the leading, diversified investments company listed on the Dubai Financial Market, has raised foreign ownership limit in the company from the existing 35% to 49%. A proposal to this effect was approved by shareholders at the General Assembly Meeting held on Wednesday [November 29]. Raising the limit to 49% is part of a wider move by Dubai Investments to open up to international investors. The proposal assumes significance after the recent addition of Dubai Investments’ shares in the MSCI Emerging Market ......read more

    Wishes by Kamal Vachani on the occasion of 46th National Day of the UAE

    Dubai, UAE, November 29, 2017:  On the occasion of the 46 National Day of the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Kamal Vachani, Group Director and Hon. Regional Director of Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC), extended his heartiest congratulations to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates and people of the UAE. Mr. Kamal Vachani said, “The National Day ......read more

    Abu Dhabi National Takaful Co. PSC named ‘Takaful Company of the Year' at 4th Middle East Insurance Industry Awards

    UAE, November 28, 2017- Abu Dhabi National Takaful Co. PSC (ADNTC), the leading takaful operator in the MENA region and one of the most progressive insurance companies in the UAE, was named ‘Takaful Company of the Year’ at the 4th Middle East Insurance Industry Awards (MIIA) organized recently by the Middle East Insurance Review at the Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai. This is the second consecutive year that ADNTC has received this prestigious honor, thus further solidifying its position as a takaful industry leader. MIIA is known for its independent, ......read more

    Pearl Initiative, Red Flag Group Underscore Compliance, Integrity for Sustainable Business Continuity

    Roundtable examines potential long-term business risks posed by lack of integrity practices Abu Dhabi-UAE: 28 November, 2017:  The Pearl Initiative, the leading Gulf business-led not-for-profit organisation promoting a corporate culture of accountability and transparency as a key driver of competitiveness, co-hosted a roundtable with global integrity and compliance risk firm, Red Flag Group, to explore the role integrity plays in the business decision-making process. Senior executives from international, regional and local UAE-based organisations convened to discuss the practical ......read more

    Women's Economic Empowerment Global Summit to Strongly Focus on Furthering Emirati Women's Integration into the Economy

    An exclusive panel session will be held in collaboration with UAE General Women’s Union    Sharjah, 28 November 2017:  Part of the first edition of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit (WEEGS 2017)’s two-day discussion agenda will be an exclusive women-only panel session titled ‘Emirati Women: Potential & Possibilities’, which will be held on the second day of the Summit, 5 December from 10:00 – 11:00 am at Expo Centre Sharjah.  Organised by the NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA) in collaboration with the UAE ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Ship Building Recognized for Excellence in Business Operations and Corporate Social Responsibility

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – 28 November 2017:  Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) recently received two highly prestigious awards reflecting the high quality of its business operations and commitment to corporate social responsibility. At the 14thedition of the Seatrade Maritime Awards covering the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa, ADSB won the “Enterprise Award” for its contributions to the region’s ship repair industry. The company also received the “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award” at the fourth annual Maritime Standard Awards in ......read more

    Sharjah Updates Demographic Data on 210,500 Residents

    Sharjah Department of Statistics and Community Development launches second phase of ‘Tahdeeth’  Sharjah, November 28, 2017:   Sharjah Department of Statistics and Community Development (DSCD) has announced that the data on 210,499 Emiratis has been revised as part of its ‘Tahdeeth’ project; an initiative that aims to update the data and information about Emirati families and individuals who were first surveyed in the Sharjah Census 2015. The first phase of Tahdeeth, which was conducted from October 7 to November 6, updated the details of 127,531 ......read more

    Barclays Named Mena “Wealth Manager of the Year” for the Fourth Consecutive Year

    The accolade was awarded by Global Investor Magazine, which specialises in asset management, asset servicing and securities finance.  November 28, 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  Barclays Private Bank has been named “Wealth Manager of Year” at the 2017 Global Investor/Euromoney awards for the fourth consecutive year.  The award, which was announced during the 2017 Global Investor/ISF MENA Awards ceremony, celebrates Barclays’ long standing position as a leader in the regional and global private banking space.  Barclays was recognised for its ......read more

    Department of Economic Development – Ajman reveals new organizational structure

    UAE, November 27, 2017 - The Department of Economic Development - Ajman (DED-Ajman) has revealed its implementation of a new organizational structure, which has been developed based on the move to achieve the goals and objectives set forth in Ajman Vision 2021 to create a competitive and diversified green economy that is at pace with economic development. The move demonstrates DED-Ajman's keenness towards improving and enhancing government performance while also promoting investment activity and encouraging various economic sectors to contribute to the development process. His ......read more

    Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre Launches State of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2017/18

    Muslim spend on Halal Food and Beverage forecast to reach US$1.93 trillion by 2022 Islamic Finance assets expected to surge to US$3.8 trillion by 2022 UAE ranks third globally across three sectors Dubai-UAE: 27 November, 2017:  The Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) today published the outcomes of the State of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2017-2018 titled ‘Outpacing the Mainstream’. The report is issued annually by DIEDC in collaboration with Thomson Reuters.   The findings were released on the sidelines of the fifth edition of the ......read more

    Mashreq marks National Day with ‘Celebrating #YOUAE' campaign

    Promotions span the retail banking products with multiple offers and prizes.  Dubai, UAE, 27 November 2017:  Mashreq, the oldest privately held bank and leading financial institution in the UAE, has announced the launch of ‘How will #YOUAE celebrate’ campaign to commemorate the country’s 46th National Day. Celebrating #YOUAE will present a wide variety of promotions for the bank’s customers, residents and citizens, running until 10 December.   Mashreq’s Retail Banking Group is celebrating #YOUAE by presenting a wide range of exclusive ......read more

    Union Coop Hires 30 Emirati during Q3

    UAE, Dubai, November 27, 2017:  The Human Resources and Emiratisation Department at Union Coop, the largest cooperative in the UAE, revealed that it has hired around 30 Emirati men and women during the third quarter of 2017. This is part of Union Coop’s commitment to support Emiratisation efforts, and is motivated by its belief that human resources is an essential element in building sustainable societies. Ahmad bin Kenaid, Director of the Human Resources and Emiratisation Department at Union Coop said: “We are committed to the Emiratisation of our human resources ......read more

    Xpress Money sees 26% Increase in Remittance Transactions from UAE to Uganda

    United Arab Emirates, 27th November 2017:  Xpress Money, one of the most dependable money transfer brands in the world, reported an average growth of 26% in the number of remittance transactions from UAE to Uganda over the last three years. The company has also seen a 28% increase in the volume of money being sent by expats in the UAE to their home country, Uganda. For years, Xpress Money has been a preferred choice for Ugandan expats in UAE to send money back home; offering convenient and cost-effective money transfer options like Cash-to-Cash and Cash-to-Mobile Wallet services to ......read more

    Johnson's Baby Wipes Voted “Baby Wipe Brand of the Year” by Parents in the UAE

    The 2017 best parenting brands in the country decided through more than 114,000 votes from the general public Dubai, UAE, 26 November, 2017:  Johnson’s Baby Wipes were awarded “Baby Wipe Brand of the Year” at the annual Mother, Baby & Child Awards Ceremony. The 2017 edition of the Awards celebrated the 46 best UAE parenting brands in the UAE, as chosen by the general public. This year, the awards gathered more than 114,000 votes over a period of six months, starting from June until November. A total of 440 nominees divided over 46 voting categories were ......read more

    National Bank of Fujairah Featured Banking Partner for Thomson Reuters Accelerate SME

    Dubai, UAE, 26 November 2017:  Thomson Reuters and National Bank of Fujairah (NBF) announced today that they have partnered to offer tailored funding solutions to SMEs in the UAE through the Thomson Reuters Accelerate SME platform (http://acceleratesme.com). Thomson Reuters Accelerate SME serves as the only digital gateway to the SME ecosystem in the MENA region. As the platinum banking partner on the Accelerate SME platform, community members will be able to apply for a range of NBF’s banking offerings including term loans, working capital financing and SME banking account ......read more

    Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce stand to feature major Brazilian companies at The Big 5

    The Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) announced that its stand at the 2017 edition of The Big 5, the Middle East’s leading civil construction industry exhibition, will feature five of its member companies. The Chamber’s stand will span 36 sqm and will feature sanitary ware maker Deca, ceramics manufacturer Angelgress, gates manufacturer PPA, pipes and fittings maker Tigre, and construction equipment manufacturer Scanmetal. The exhibition is set to run from November 26 to 29 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE. Brazil's total exports to the Arab countries’ ......read more

    Jawaher Al Qasimi: True investment in women's potential and capabilities will lay the groundwork for a global economic jump

    Women Economic Empowerment Global Summit to Demand more Active Policies to Empower Women in the Workplace Her Highness calls for everyone to shoulder their humanitarian responsibilities towards the millions of unemployed women living below the poverty line  Inaugural summit will examine private sector’s role in recruiting more women to help revitalise global economic cycle  WEE Global Summit will provide a global platform to forge partnerships with business sector Sharjah, November 25, 2017:  Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His ......read more

    Jafza's steel & building materials sector trade reaches AED 13.5bn

    Dubai, November 25 2017:  Jafza, the Dubai flagship logistics hub of global trade enabler DP World, today announced that trade in steel and building materials reached AED 13.5 billion during 2016 with further increases expected as the free zone continues to develop services for companies in the sector. Announcing Jafza’s participation in the Big 5 exhibition being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from November 26-29, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO DP World, said: “Ongoing construction projects in the UAE and GCC are a strong boost for the metal, ......read more

    Dubai Free Zones Council, Federal Tax Authority Hold Second Informative Workshop on VAT Application

    Dubai, UAE, 25 November, 2017:  The Dubai Free Zones Council and the Federal Tax Authority held the second edition of an informative workshop on value-added tax that will be implemented in the UAE starting from 2018. The event, which took place at the Dubai Police Officers’ Club, drew the participation of more than 1,000 representatives of companies operating across Dubai’s various free zones. With the aim of helping private free zone-registered companies fulfill their tax obligations, the workshop provided a comprehensive overview of VAT and related mechanisms, the ......read more

    Dubai Land Transactions Soar by AED30 Billion Over Five Years

    Business Bay a key area for more land development says fäm Properties chief after company secured AED700 million plot deal Dubai, UAE, 25 November 2017: The value of annual land sales in Dubai has risen by AED30 billion over the last five years, one of the emirate’s biggest real estate brokerages revealed today, identifying Business Bay as a key area for further growth. Firas Al Msaddi, CEO of fäm Properties, said that as of 9th November land sales for this year had reached AED68 billion compared to AED38 billion for the whole of 2012. Underlining a growing ......read more

    Middle East economies are set for transition in 2018

    Middle East’s GDP to grow 3.2% in 2018 and to around 4% in 2019  GCC’s GDP to grow 2.8% in 2018 and to around 4% in 2019  GCC oil GDP to grow 1.7% in 2018 and 2.8%% in 2019 GCC non-oil GDP to grow 3.7% in 2018 and 4.7% in 2019 Saudi Arabia’s GDP to grow 2.3% in 2018 and 3.8% in 2019 UAE’s GDP to grow 3.3% in 2018 and 3.6% in 2019 Dubai, UAE, November 23, 2017:  According to ICAEW’s latest report (Economic Insight: Middle East Q4 2017), several economies in the Middle East, particularly those in the GCC, are transitioning towards a ......read more

    24th World Islamic Banking Conference to highlight how effective leverage of digital technologies is paramount to retaining competitive edge

    The first day of the conference will see a key panel session comprising leading banking technology experts deliberating on the growing need for Islamic banks to re-engineer in order to address evolving customer needs in the digital era. Dubai, UAE, November 22, 2017:   Middle East Global Advisors, a leading financial intelligence platform facilitating the development of knowledge-based economies in the MENASEA markets, will convene the 24th edition of their flagship offering – The World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC), the largest and most prestigious gathering of ......read more

    Technal Middle East and SideRise Group launch building façade solutions compliant with UAE Fire and Life Safety Code 2017:

    TECHNAL®’s new non-fire rated curtain wall assembly with SIDERISE® perimeter fire protection successfully completes EN-1364-4 fire resistance test required in the UAE. Dubai, UAE; November 22, 2017:  Building fires are a major hazard to civilians and a cause of death globally with around six million people being seriously injured in fire accidents per annum resulting in over 500,000 deaths. In the GCC region too, where recent spate of fire incidents in high-rises has put the spotlight on the need to install quality façades that protect valuable life and property. In ......read more

    Step Aside Fintechs. Established Tech Firms Are Now The Banking Sector's Biggest Disruptors, Giving Retail Banks A Run For Their Money

    United Arab Emirates, November 22, 2017 – Until recently, traditional retail banks were betting on nimble fintechs to up-end the industry.  However, established technology firms – Amazon, Apple, Tencent and others – have emerged as the bigger, more immediate threat to retail banking as we know it.   Bain & Company, in its eighth annual retail banking study, partnered with Research Now to survey more than 133,000 consumers in 22 countries.  It found that across most countries at least half of respondents said they are open to buying a financial ......read more

    Al Ansari Exchange & IBMC join forces to offer overseas Indians in UAE the facility to pay National Pension Scheme contributions

    UAE, November 22, 2017 – Al Ansari Exchange, the UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, has signed an agreement with IBMC Financial Professionals Group to provide Indians residing and working in the UAE to settle their monthly contributions to the Indian Government’s National Pension Scheme (NPS) in any of Al Ansari Exchange branches across the UAE. The payment scheme tailored to the NPS members living outside India is the latest addition to Al Ansari Exchange’s increasing array of services offered to its Indian customers, which currently include ......read more

    Premium Beverages Maker Hielo Beverages India Forays into Dubai(UAE)

    Dubai (UAE):Hielo Beverages,the maker of premium and luxury beverages marks its entry into Dubai(UAE) market which under the flagship brand name  PEAUR.The initial roll out will see company promoting their PEAUR Natural Mineral Water sourced at Himalyan Ranges in Northern India,Natural Sparkling Mineral Water and PEAUR Natural nectar Based Fruit Juices. Initially the company has tied up with exclusive retail outlets, but in times to come the products will be available more widely. The products have undergone months of trials and stringent quality controls after an extensive R&D ......read more

    Abu Dhabi National Takaful Co. PSC CFO Farah Arakji among top winners of MENA CFO Awards

    UAE, November 20, 2017 - Abu Dhabi National Takaful Co. PSC (ADNTC), the leading takaful operator in the MENA region and one of the most progressive insurance companies in the UAE, has announced that its CFO, Farah Arakji, placed third across all industries in the ‘Women in Finance’ category under the MENA CFO Awards held as part of the 11th CFO Strategies Forum MENA. Developed in partnership with the UK-based Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Women in Finance award honors senior female finance executives who have shown outstanding leadership skills and have ......read more

    Barclays Named ‘Best Private Bank' in Two Categories at the 2017 GCC Wealthbriefing Awards

    The organisation was named ‘Best UAE Private Bank’ in the international category and ‘Best Private Bank’ in the GCC for its bespoke investment management platform Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 20, 2017:  Barclays has earned two Best Private Bank accolades at the WealthBriefing GCC Awards 2017, emphasizing the bank’s continuous commitment to delivering expert, tailored services across the regional and international private banking sector. Barclays landed the Best UAE Private Bank award in the international category, alongside Best Private Bank in ......read more

    Al Naboodah Group Enterprises leads discussion on supply chain management and sustainability

    Inaugural Supply Chain Conference featured speeches by industry thought leaders on best practices in the supply chain  Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 19 November 2017:   Al Naboodah Group Enterprises (ANGE), one of the UAE’s oldest and most respected family conglomerates with a diverse portfolio of businesses, took a leadership role on supply chain best practices by hosting its first Supply Chain Stakeholder Conference. With a strong theme of sustainability, the event was one in a series of measures that ANGE is undertaking to emphasise its commitment to adopt socially ......read more

    Steel Alliance Against Counterfeiting: “Risks posed by counterfeiting put the whole sector at stake”

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 16, 2017:  The Steel Alliance Against Counterfeiting (SAAC), a non-profit industry initiative of 18 reputable manufacturers of steel tubular products, organized an open conference during ADIPEC gathering notably EPC contractors, distributors, utilities and customs. It was the opportunity to sum up the results of the SAAC members joint efforts and discuss further steps to effectively counter the use of fake steel products in the region. The SAAC members also presented anti-counterfeit measures for the main stakeholders of oil and gas industry, including end-users, ......read more

    Dubai non-oil foreign trade increases by 13% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2017

    Dubai, UAE, November 16, 2017:   The Dubai economy continued to witness strong economic progress despite challenging regional and global economic conditions. The sustained growth supports the UAE Centennial Plan 2071, which seeks to further raise living standards for future generations and create a sustainable society.  Dubai’s non-oil foreign trade increased to AED 344 billion in the third quarter of 2017, an increase of 13% year-on-year from AED 305 billion in the corresponding quarter of last year. Re-exports were the key driver of growth in the quarter, rising 34% ......read more

    UAE Exchange to Give Away AED 450,000 to Customers Over 45 days

    ~Winter Promotion sees one winner each day walk away with AED 10,000~ Dubai, 15 November 2017:  It’s time again to hear the bated breath and pounding hearts of enthusiastic customers at UAE Exchange, the leading global money transfer, foreign exchange and payment solutions brand, as it launches its Winter Promotion 2017 where every day one lucky customer will walk away with AED 10,000.  The promotion that kicks off from 17 November 2017 will conclude on 31 December 2017. A daily draw will be held, and winners will be announced each day on the brand’s various ......read more

    Non-Muslims to secure inheritance distribution through RAK ICC registered Wills

    RAS AL KHAIMAH, 15 NOVEMBER 2017:  Ras Al Khaimah International Corporate Centre (RAK ICC), has officially launched its Wills and Probate Registry (WPR) programme as part of a one-of-a-kind partnership with Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), welcoming non-Muslims to register Wills that guarantee asset distribution and guardianship appointment according to their exact wishes. The enforcement of the Wills occurs through DIFC Courts and Ras Al Khaimah Courts. Ramy Jallad, Acting CEO of RAK ICC and Group CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ), commented: “We live in a ......read more

    Al Rawdah partners with SAP to implement ERP across all operations

    Technology partnership unlocks cost, productivity and speed benefits to cement Al Rawdah’s credentials as an innovation leader Dubai, UAE – November 16, 2017:  Emirates Modern Poultry Co., also known as Al Rawdah, has partnered with SAP to bring cutting edge technology to its UAE-wide operations. The partnership will see Al Rawdah implement SAP’s Enterprise Resource Planning framework to improve confidentiality, integrity, availability and customer support.  “The technology partnership, which first started earlier this year, is now seeing Al Rawdah ......read more

    Thales to establish ‘UAE Defence Service Centre' to strengthen support to customers

    Dubai, UAE, November 15, 2017:  Thales has today announced its plans to establish a dedicated United Arab Emirates Defence Service Centre in Abu Dhabi, with the goal of being closer to its customers and to offer a consolidated suite of services. The Defence Service Centre will bring together and develop the existing UAE based Thales expertise. The Centre will also provide training and transfer of knowledge to enhance Thales’ support to the UAE Armed Forces.   The new Service Centre will serve all divisions of the UAE Armed Forces and will span across the entire Thales ......read more

    Mashreq Bank first in the UAE with Innovative SelfServ 80 Series

    The new breakthrough ATM solution will help the bank redefine banking experience Dubai, UAE, November 15, 2017:  NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions announced today, that Mashreq Bank, one of the leading financial institutions (FIs) in the UAE, has added the innovative NCR SelfServ 82 ATM, which is part of the NCR SelfServ™ 80 Series family that helps financial institutions redefine the banking experience and change the way consumers interact with the ATM forever. The first SelfServ 82 ATM was deployed at the Deira Branch, Head Office of ......read more

    Rockwell Collins part of advancing entrepreneur-led innovation initiative by Airbus in Saudi Arabia

    Partnering on program with Airbus, TAQNIA, Saudi Arabian Airlines and other prominent Saudi companies Winning participants to be announced in 2018 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (Nov. 15, 2017):  Rockwell Collins has joined an initiative with Airbus, TAQNIA Aeronautics, the Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company, Saudi Arabian Airlines and other Saudi companies to support the aviation innovation challenge, Entaliq in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to benefit the aerospace industry. The program is organized in conjunction with King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology ......read more

    Chinese Giant Hisense Acquires Toshiba Television Business for US$ 113 Million

    Hisense will obtain the TV business including production, research & development, and sales functions Acquisition will further develop and grow Hisense international strategy for TV Business Dubai, UAE: 15 November 2017:  Hisense Electric Co., Ltd, a publicly listed subsidiary of Hisense Group announced the agreement to acquire Toshiba TV Productions for a total of US$ 113 Million (12.9 Billion Japanese Yen).   In this transaction, Hisense will purchase 95% stock shares of Toshiba Visual Solutions Corporation (“TVS”), a wholly owned subsidiary of ......read more

    Union Insurance Company Reports Nine-Month Results

    Net profit up to AED6.3 million (Dubai, UAE- November 15, 2017):  Union Insurance Company, a leading provider of innovative customer-focused insurance solutions to individuals and corporations in the region, has reported a net profit of AED6.3 million for the first nine month ended 30 September 2017 compared to a net loss of AED (12.8) million for the same period last year.   Gross insurance premium rose by 21.75% to AED802 million compared to AED659 million for the same period last year. The company’s total assets increased from AED1.47 billion at year-end 2016 to ......read more

    Ali Sajwani Recognised as Future Leader at Business Awards Honouring Region's Top Achievers

    Son of DAMAC Chairman and Founder named “Future Star” for entrepreneurial spirit and potential in industry Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 15 November 2017:  Ali Sajwani, son of DAMAC’s Founder and Chairman, Hussain Sajwani, was recognised as one of Middle East’s “Future Stars” at a red carpet awards ceremony, held last night in Dubai that was attended by VIPs, business leaders from the region, and lifetime achievers from various industries.   Organised by Arabian Business, the Arabian Business Achievement Awards 2017 honoured ......read more

    UNATRAC secures USD 275 million facilities and a $125m accordion option

    Oversubscribed facility focuses on growth opportunities & strategic expansion    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 14, 2017:   Unatrac Holding Limited (“Unatrac”), the exclusive Caterpillar dealer in Ghana, Iraq, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Russia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda, announced today the successful completion of a $275m credit package comprising of a $225 million dollar five year revolving credit facility, with a $125m accordion option, and a $50 million dollar one year short term facility.   The facility, arranged by ......read more

    Noor Bank and Global Village Announce Strategic Partnership

    Dubai-UAE: 13 November, 2017:  Noor Bank, a leading Shari’a-compliant bank in the UAE, today announced that it has partnered with Global Village, the region’s first and largest multi-cultural festival park. Mufazzal Kajiji, Head of Retail Banking at Noor Bank, and Bader Anwahi, Chief Operating Officer of Global Village signed an agreement outlining the terms of the partnership at a ceremony that was attended by key representatives from both entities. As part of the synergy, Noor Bank is the exclusive banking partner for Global Village. Noor Bank credit and debit ......read more

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