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IFS Named a Leader in the Gartner 2020 Magic Quadrant for Field Service Management

IFS achieves the highest overall position for its ability to execute in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Field Service Management Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 12, 2020 – IFS, the global enterprise applications company, sees the most recent placement in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Field Service Management* (FSM) as a testament to its long-term product investment strategy and singular customer focus. Since 2014, IFS has been recognized as a Leader in every Gartner Magic Quadrant published for FSM. IFS looks back on 2019 as yet another transformational year in the FSM space, during which the company completed the acquisition of Astea International while growing its field service management business organically by 51 percent versus 2018.  IFS has also welcomed a large number of new customers to its service ......read more

New York's Favorite Burger is Shakin' it up in Deira Dubai

Shake Shack launches its eighth Shack in Dubai at City Centre Deira Dubai, 12 July 2020 – Shake Shack®, the New York-styled modern day “roadside” burger stand, has opened its newest restaurant at City Centre Deira, marking it the eighth Shack in Dubai. Historically, the commercial center of Dubai, Deira today is a place with a vibrant art and heritage scene for locals and visitors to enjoy. Celebrating Deira’s charm as well as the gradual re-opening of the city’s food and beverage industry, Shake Shack’s eighth Dubai Shack within City Centre Deira is home to a specially commissioned work of art.  Created by Melvin San Miguel, one of Dubai’s favorite homegrown creatives and lead artist at Art Painting Lab, the artwork illustrates this historical neighborhood with an ......read more

Commodity Weekly: Gold Pops, Oil Drops as Covid-19 Maintain Its Grip

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 12, 2020:   An index tracking the performance of leading commodities reached a four-month high this week with the sector being supported by gains among industrial metals and grains, most noticeably wheat and copper. Gold meanwhile made a small but nevertheless very important move higher to the highest level since 2011 above $1800/oz. However, the Bloomberg Commodity Index, which tracks a basket of major commodities in energy, metals and agriculture, weakened ahead of the weekend as the market grew increasingly nervous about the surging coronavirus cases around the world.  In the U.S., where the three biggest fuel-consuming states are all seeing a surge in cases, real-time indicators are suggesting that consumers are changing their behavior again. In Europe, we are beginning to see signs ......read more

Etihad Airways to Resume Special Passenger Services to and From Abu Dhabi to Six Destinations in India

• Special flights to and from Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, and Mumbai     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 12, 2020:  Following the partial lifting of international flight restrictions by UAE and Indian authorities on travel for eligible individuals to and from Abu Dhabi to India, Etihad Airways will resume a limited number of special flights to six Indian gateways. The airline will operate services from Abu Dhabi to Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, and Mumbai.    All eligible passengers travelling from India to Abu Dhabi must possess the relevant UAE entry approvals set by the government of Abu Dhabi. Passengers travelling to India must adhere to guidelines set by the government of India, and are also requested to arrive at Abu Dhabi Airport a minimum ......read more

Travellers Should ‘Wear to Care' in the New Normal says WTTC

Mandatory mask wearing will protect travellers and workers People need to learn to live with COVID-19 until a vaccine is widely available July 11, 2020:  The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has called upon all travellers to don protective face masks to show they ‘wear to care’ in the new normal of travelling. As countries transition from lockdowns to reopening their borders, the wearing of face masks helps signal the return of safer travels, while also providing personal protection for users as well as those around them. The advice from WTTC in favour of mandatory mask wearing comes from evidence that countries which are recovering faster and avoid second COVID-19 spikes are those where the use of face masks have been widely enforced and encouraged.   Following medical guidance from ......read more

Dubai Customs' 2nd Consultative Council discusses challenges and opportunities of post Covid-19 era

Dubai – 11 July 2020:   Director General of Dubai Customs, HE Ahmed Mahboob Musabih said Dubai will play a pivotal role in developing and progressing the e-commerce sector in the coming few years, and that the chances are very good for the UAE to become a central hub for e-commerce, especially for African, Gulf and South American markets.  Musabih, in the second Dubai Customs’ Consultative Council meeting 2020, which he chaired and was held online, said that Dubai has been recently ranked first as the fastest growing e-commerce market in the Middle East and North Africa. This goes down, he said, to a number of factors including the continuous digital development and adoption, the growing number of customers and the world-class infrastructure Dubai has. “Dubai Customs extends full support to help ......read more

Cebu Pacific resumes Manila-Dubai route starting July 12

Dubai, UAE, July 11, 2020:   Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag-carrier, will resume its flights from Manila to Dubai (5J 18) every Sunday at 6:55 PM (Philippine Standard Time), and Dubai to Manila (5J 19) every Monday at 3:30 AM (UAE Standard Time), beginning July 12, 2020.   In line with the safety measures implemented by the Dubai government, passengers traveling to the emirate are required to obtain travel and health insurance coverage before arrival, as required by Dubai Civil Aviation Authority. Guests without valid health insurance may be denied check-in or boarding. They must also register on the COVID-19 DXB app beforehand.   UAE residence visa-holders, meanwhile, will also need return approvals from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in order to enter ......read more

Hollywood star Fassbender contests European Le Mans Series with Porsche

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 11, 2020:   Stuttgart. Michael Fassbender contests his maiden season in this year’s European Le Mans Series. The German-Irish actor will race a 2017-spec Porsche 911 RSR fielded by the Proton Competition customer squad. Supported by Porsche,  Fassbender takes the next step on his personal “Road to Le Mans” journey at this year’s endurance series. “Even before I started acting I had a big dream to go racing. It was clear to me at a young age. My father was an avid driver and he taught me a lot,” says Fassbender, describing his motor racing passion. Fassbender took his first steps toward a racing career at the Porsche Driving  Experience. The entry-level programme for racing enthusiasts includes training sessions with a 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 ......read more

American School of Creative Science in Al Barsha will be Shifting to Nad Al-Sheba

 Dubai, UAE, 11 July 2020: Bukhatir Education Advancement and Management International (BEAM), one of the UAE’s leading private educational establishments, is relocating its American School of Creative Science (ASCS) campus located at Al Barsha alongside the International School of Creative Science (ISCS) campus based in Nad Al-Sheba, Dubai. Effective from the start of the new academic year 2020-21, the move will ensure that students of the American School will benefit from an expanded leadership, inclusion and operations team of ISCS Dubai.  ISCS Dubai, which operates a British curriculum since 2016, has the additional benefit of being a larger campus with state-of-the-art facilities. The American curriculum school will continue to be operated in its full comprehensive format with strong academic teaching ......read more

Middle East Airlines (MEA) Receives its First Airbus A321neo

#MiddleEastAirlines #Airbus #A321neo     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 11, 2020:  Lebanon-based Middle East Airlines (MEA) has received its first A321neo aircraft from Airbus’ final assembly line in Hamburg, Germany. The delivery is the first of nine aircraft to be delivered in the coming months.   The highly-fuel-efficient A321neo will help reduce MEA’s operating costs. The airline’s A321neo is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM geared turbofan engines and is configured in a comfortable two-class layout with 28 seats in Business and 132 seats in Economy Class and the latest generation in-flight entertainment system and high-speed connectivity.   The A321neo is the largest member of the A320 Family, seating up to 240 passengers, depending on ......read more

Schneider Electric Global Supply Chain recognized with 2020 Power of the Profession Award

• Schneider Electric’s Smart Logistics initiative awarded Business Win of the Year and captures best in show accolades with Supply Chain Breakthrough of the Year   Dubai, UAE, July 9, 2020 – Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, announced it has been awarded the Business Win of the Year Award and best in show Supply Chain Breakthrough of the Year in Gartner’s 2020 Power of the Profession awards which “identify and recognize the top Supply Chain and Talent initiatives from the past twelve months that help to elevate the Supply Chain profession.” Gartner announced these awards during a live webinar June 17, 2020.   "We are thrilled to have received this recognition of Business Win of the Year and Supply Chain Breakthrough ......read more

Renault of Arabian Automobiles Partners With Adcb, Presents Customers 72 Hours of Exceptional Deals

• Discounted prices; free servicing, insurance, and warranty; and savings of up to AED 10,000   Dubai, UAE, 09July 2020:   Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank customers now have 72 hours to take advantage of an exciting offer being presented by Arabian Automobiles, the flagship company of the AW Rostamani Group and the exclusive dealer for Renault in Dubai, Sharjah, and the Northern Emirates. As part of a partnership with the bank, from Thursday 9th of July to Saturday 11th of July, customers will take advantage of spectacular offers that include discounted prices; free servicing, insurance, and warranty; and savings of up to AED 10,000 on Renault’s lineup (T&C apply). Additionally, bank customers will also receive exclusive loan packages to further sweeten the deal.   Whether customers are looking ......read more

Etihad Airways Announces a New Codeshare Agreement With Air Arabia Abu Dhabi

• Etihad will place its ‘EY’ code from its global route network on to Air Arabia Abu Dhabi’s inaugural services to the Egyptian cities of Alexandria and Sohag    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates –  July 09, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced a codeshare agreement with Abu Dhabi’s first low-cost airline, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi. Effective 9 July, Etihad will place its ‘EY’ code on Air Arabia Abu Dhabi’s inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi to the Egyptian city of Alexandria on 14 July, followed by the Nile city of Sohag the next day.    The new agreement enables guests to book Etihad flights in conjunction with Air Arabia Abu Dhabi services, connecting its global route network beyond the UAE capital to ......read more

Post-COVID-19 Green Recovery Must Embrace Sustainable Aviation Fuels

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 09, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) emphasized the aviation industry’s commitment to its emissions reduction goals and called for the International Energy Agency (IEA) to prioritize investment in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to help power aviation’s contribution to the post-COVID-19 recovery.   IATA’s call comes on the eve of the IEA Clean Energy Transitions Summit which will meet virtually to debate moves toward a low-carbon future. The IEA is well placed to promote SAF production with its stakeholders both in government and in the fuel industry. The world must “build back better” from the COVID-19 crisis with attention focused on investment in carbon reduction technologies and in SAF, which will create jobs at this critical ......read more

Discover the Perfect Gift This Eid Al Adha From Rasasi Perfumes

July 09, 2020:  With Eid Al Adha coming closer, choose the perfect perfume blend from Rasasi perfumes to gift loved ones during this joyful occasion. Combine and layer the various scents to create a unique fragrance that is exclusive and personal.   Qasamat is a series of four unisex fragrances - Morhaf, Ebhar, Bareeq and Rasana inspired by the rich perfumery traditions of the Middle East. The opulence and enigmatic mystique of oriental olfactory finds a contemporary expression in four unique scent journeys which are addictive and accentuated by distinctive features. This perfect creation that is crafted from the best quality ingredients sourced from across the globe guarantees to make a lasting impression.    Nebras Al Ishq is a unisex line of three concentrated fragrance oils – Shorouk, Wahaj and Noor. An ......read more

In Partnership with Pure Health, Abu Dhabi Police Conducts Over 43,000 Covid-19 Tests for its Members

Abu Dhabi - July 9, 2020: Abu Dhabi Police, in partnership with with Pure Health, the largest laboratory operator in the GCC, conducted Covid-19 screenings for more than 43000 members of the force since the launch of the screening program in the second week of April 2020 across the emirate. Brigadier Khalifa Mohammed Al Khaili, Director of Financial Services at Abu Dhabi Police, said, “Under the screening project, three teams of healthcare professionals from Abu Dhabi Police and Pure Health are working simultaneously in the frontline on this special campaign to fortify the nation’s fight against the deadly pandemic. The process included registration, PCR Covid19 screening, lab testing and reporting across all areas in the emirate.”  Commenting on the campaign, Lieutenant Colonel Thurya Al Hashemi, Director of ......read more

Dubai Shopping Malls Group to Give Away AED1 Million Worth of Prizes in Digital Raffle During Dubai Summer Surprises 2020

• Giving the retail sector a kick-start, shoppers can win big on a minimum spend of AED200  • 1 season, 3 promotions; Eid Al Adha and Back to School to be part of DSS  • 70 lucky shoppers to win cash totaling AED300,000 and six people to win the grand prize of a brand-new INFINITI Q50 car    Dubai; 09 July 2020:  Dubai Shopping Malls Group (DSMG), with the support of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), has unveiled its citywide shopping promotion for Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) 2020.    With an all new contactless mechanism for a digital raffle draw and high safety measures for residents of Dubai, the popular seven-week summer promotion ‘Shop & Win’ will offer big surprises worth AED1 million.    From 9 July to 29 August, a ......read more

17-Year Old Smashed a Guinness World Records Title in His Bedroom

“I would have never attempted a record if I didn’t move to Dubai,” says the Indian national   9 July 2020 – A total of 101 hops over a stationery ruler brought Soham Mukherjee, a 17-year old from New Delhi, a Guinness World Records title. The Dubai-based Indian national managed to break the previous title of 96 for Most side to side hops in 30 seconds.  In a video taken in his bedroom, Mukherjee completed 110 hops in total with 9 deemed invalid according to the global authority on record breaking, recording the same with two phone cameras. “The record was measured by a close-up slow-motion video, so that the line object and my feet are clearly seen,” he said.  Soham has been involved in many sports including football, badminton, table tennis, and basketball. But what ......read more

Win Millions of SHARE Points at Majid Al Futtaim Malls During DSS

• Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Deira will curate a programme of unrivalled experiences for mall customers this summer. • Exclusive 12-hour flash sale will offer discounts of up to 90 per cent at participating outlets and a chance to win 1 million SHARE points. • Seven more SHARE millionaires to be awarded weekly following the flash sale. • Interactive mall activations will offer a creative and competitive play space.  • Exclusive and innovative summer camps with exciting fun activities for kids    Dubai, UAE, 09 July 2020: Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, and City Centre Deira have an exciting summer lined up with a six-week period of unmissable retail deals and an exclusive 12-hour-only flash sale on the horizon. For those itching to get out ......read more

Lincoln Navigator Charts the Course for Full Size Luxury SUVs to Follow

>Lincoln’s exceptional full-size luxury SUV embraces worthy ‘best-in-class’ and ‘segment-exclusive’ descriptors  >Spacious interior, smart technologies, and impressive power figures see Navigator set high benchmarks for luxury SUVs    DUBAI, U.A.E., July 08, 2020 – When the latest Lincoln Navigator announced itself as the benchmark for the luxury full-size SUV segment, it did so with the specs to back it up. Loaded with segment exclusives and best-in-class touches, the marque’s flagship large SUV is still the one to beat. Having saved 90 kg in body weight over the previous model when launched as in 2018 – given the new 100 per cent high-strength aluminium alloy body mounted on a steel frame – the Navigator’s designers reinvested that saving into ......read more

Fernando Alonso Joins Renault Dp World F1 Team

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 09, 2020:   Renault DP World F1 Team today announced that Fernando Alonso will partner Esteban Ocon in its driver line-up for the 2021 season. With 314 Grand Prix starts, 32 wins and 97 podiums, Fernando joins Renault DP World F1 Team for the upcoming seasons. Given the strong historic and emotional bond between the team and Fernando Alonso - Renault and Fernando won their two world championship titles together in 2005 and 2006 - this decision is both bold and meaningful for the future. It is the second major announcement for the team this season after unveiling DP World as its first ever title partner. Both signings are clear indication of Renault’s commitment to competing at the highest level of motorsport and its efforts to win back the title. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP ......read more

Dubai Retail Has the 'Keys' to Summer

Dubai Summer Surprises is offering shoppers spending AED 100 and above at Souk Madinat Jumeirah and The Walk JBR the chance to win a new Cadillac CT5    Dubai, UAE: July 09, 2020:   Dubai Retail, the retail management arm of Dubai Holding, in association with Al Ghandi Auto, is offering residents and shoppers the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime prize with a brand-new Cadillac CT5 as part of a ‘Spend and Win’ promotion running across two of its iconic destinations during this year’s Dubai Summer Surprises festival. The ‘Spend and Win’ promotion at Dubai’s premier beachfront destination, The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), and Souk Madinat Jumeirah, the authentic Arabian bazaar, is part of a Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) partnership with the Department of ......read more

Islamic Calendar watch from Parmigiani Fleurier

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 09, 2020:   Parmigiani Fleurier, specialists in innovative, ingenious and cutting-edge luxury Swiss timepieces, made haute horological history with the launch of their Islamic Perpetual Calendar wristwatch recently. The response to this piece of fine engineering adaptation from fine watchlovers and luxury timepiece aficionados has been tremendous. "At Parmigiani Fleurier we specialize in achieving the impossible and our master craftsmen and fine watch designers have outdone themselves by being able to appropriately re-engineer, re-imagine and reinterpret the intricate movements that powered the very first table clock that featured the Islamic Lunar Calendar into the innovative wristwatch”, said Davide Traxler, CEO of Parmigiani Fleurier. The Islamic Calendar is based on the ......read more

SAIF Zone Reopens Offices, About 50% of Staff Return to Work

Sharjah, July 9, 2020:  The Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF Zone) has recently announced the return of 50% of its employees to offices, in accordance with certain rules and regulations developed to ensure the provision of a safe work environment. The return-to-work procedures have been completed seamlessly and conveniently, where SAIF Zone applied all the precautionary measures in the head office and its affiliated facilities, in addition to implementing physical distancing measures and preparing the offices for receiving a specified number of visitors. The Zone underlined that all the measures taken aim to maintain the health and safety of everyone and to ensure business continuity according to a distinctive work system that paves the way for further achievements. Qualitative services Commending the tremendous ......read more

The Elipse Balloon Weight Loss Program from Allurion

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 9 July 2020:  Allurion Technologies, an established leader in the development of innovative, proven, and trusted weight loss experiences, developed the first gastric balloon to lose weight requiring no endoscopy or anesthesia to place or remove it. The balloon is swallowed with a capsule and filled with liquid in a 20 minutes procedure at the doctor's office. The Elipse balloon is designed to help patients always feel full, which helps them to eat less food without the feeling of hunger that accompanies most of the diets. This encourages them to control the amount of food they eat. Mrs. Cynthia Bou Khalil, Nutritional consultant at Allurion Technologies says:”The program includes ongoing support with a dietitian throughout the program to improve eating quality, choose healthy meals ......read more

Contactless Payments Made Easy with Newly Launched HONOR 9A

Limitless user experience with all essential and exclusive apps      Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 08, 2020:  The ability to transfer funds using contactless payments has become increasingly important for smartphone users. As cashless economies are prioritized, mobile payments are becoming an expected part of everyday consumer transactions. The newly launched HONOR 9A has built in NFC technology, the first smartphone in its price point with this support enabled for seamless payments along with premium app essentials.   The smartphone comes with a wealth of intelligent innovations for young consumers, including premium functionality across its smartphone applications. Along with the long-lasting 5000mAh battery and expandable storage to 512 GB, users can enjoy a seamless and limitless user ......read more

An EU Carbon Border Tax Could Impact the GCC Oil Exporters and Be the Next Disruptive Force in Global Trade

A tax on carbon emissions tied to imports would cut profits for foreign suppliers of oil, steel, and other goods with high greenhouse gas footprints but could pose an opportunity for GCC companies to gain a competitive edge, BCG research finds   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 08, 2020:   A plan being considered by the European Commission to tax the carbon emissions attributed to imported goods could create competitive advantages for foreign companies with low greenhouse gas footprints--and “serious near-term challenges” for other exporters, adding to financial strain caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The tax could slash the profits generated by imported materials such as oil, flat-rolled steel, and wood pulp by a range of 10% to 65%, and impact both EU and non-EU producers of goods such as chemicals and ......read more

Etihad Airways Partners With Sitata to Launch Interactive Map With Covid-19 Information

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 08, 2020:    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has partnered with Sitata, a Canadian travel risk management company, to launch an interactive travel map on etihad.com, the airline’s official website. Etihad Airways’ guests now have easy access to a comprehensive overview of the situation relating to COVID-19 at each destination in the airline’s network. The travel map uses advanced computer algorithms to detect new travel information globally, which is swiftly updated on its portal. The system also relies on announcements and updates published on official government websites and reputable media channels. The information is vetted by Sitata’s team of editors and continuously updated as and when new information is made available. This provides ......read more

Traveler Survey Reveals COVID-19 Concerns

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 08, 2020:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released public opinion research showing the willingness to travel being tempered by concerns over the risks of catching COVID-19 during air travel. The industry’s re-start plans address passenger’s main concerns.   Concerns for Travel During COVID-19   Travelers are taking precautions to protect themselves from COVID-19 with 77% saying that they are washing their hands more frequently, 71% avoiding large meetings and 67% having worn a facemask in public. Some 58% of those surveyed said that they have avoided air travel, with 33% suggesting that they will avoid travel in future as a continued measure to reduce the risk of catching COVID-19. Travelers identified their top three concerns as ......read more

ENEC CEO Inspires Next Generation of University Students During Webinar

- H.E. Mohamed Al Hammadi addressed students from AD University, Khalifa University, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, and NYU Abu Dhabi during inspirational online seminar - H.E. Al Hammadi: “We have a responsibility to support the ambitions of those around us. It is a privilege to now be able to pass on my knowledge and experience.”     7 July 2020, Abu Dhabi, UAE:  His Excellency Engineer Mohamed Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), addressed university students from across the UAE as a part of an inspirational webinar. The CEO shared lessons learned during his professional career and encouraged the nation’s next generation of leaders to innovate and address future challenges head on.   The special online seminar took place on ......read more

How the Galaxy S20 Series' Keyboard Features Are Driving Seamless User Experiences

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 08, 2020:   The Samsung Galaxy S20 series has been a revelation since its introduction to the smartphone industry earlier this year, broadening consumers' horizons and elevating their experiences in equal measure. Amongst the significant contributing factors to the individual and collective success of the S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra is the range of enhanced features that have been placed in Samsung enthusiasts' hands. The reputation of these next-generation devices is continuously being propelled to newfound heights to combine style and sophistication, boost user capabilities, and offer more convenience than ever before. Various aspects have been singled out for high praise, including the new keyboard features, which have succeeded in bringing new meaning to the seamless mobile ......read more

Etihad Airways to Resume Wider Network of Flights as Uae Travel Restrictions Eased

• 58 worldwide destinations to be served subject to lifting of international restrictions  • Stringent Etihad Wellness travel health and sanitisation programme in place so guests can fly with greater peace of mind     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - July 08, 2020:   Etihad Airways is gradually resuming services to more destinations across its global network. This follows the easing of travel restrictions by UAE regulatory authorities on outbound and inbound travel for citizens and residents. All travel remains subject to the entry and health regulations set by the UAE authorities, and those at the end destination.    Throughout July and August, subject to the lifting of international restrictions and the re-opening of individual markets, the airline plans to fly to 58 ......read more

Amp Up Your Beauty Routine With New Products From Missha Cosmetics

 Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 08, 2020:  If you’re a k-beauty enthusiast, chances are you’re currently looking for new products to incorporate in your summer skincare routine. Whether you follow a 10-step skincare routine or prefer a simple cleanse and moisturise kind of regime, beauty experts have always recommended switching up a few products every season in order to maintain healthy and youthful looking skin. Missha is a k-beauty cult favourite brand that has been around for more than 20 years and is well-known for its ever-growing lines of effective, affordable and high-quality skincare products. Thus, here are a few products from Missha that you could add to cart on your next shopping spree and are guaranteed to take your skincare regime to the next level: Missha Amazon Red Clay Pore Pack Foam ......read more

FDA Authorizes Marketing of IQOS as a Modified Risk Tobacco Product

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 08, 2020:  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today authorized the marketing of IQOS, Philip Morris International’s (PMI) electrically heated tobacco system, as a modified risk tobacco product (MRTP). In doing so, the agency found that an IQOS exposure modification order is appropriate to promote the public health. - Today’s decision demonstrates that IQOS is a fundamentally different tobacco product and a better choice for adults who would otherwise continue smoking - IQOS is the first and only electronic nicotine product to be granted marketing orders through the FDA’s MRTP process - The FDA authorized the marketing of IQOS with the following information: - The IQOS System heats tobacco but does not burn it - This significantly reduces the production of harmful ......read more

Meet the #Sephorasquad Middle East Members!

July 08, 2020:   Hey beauty lovers, we have big news for you! THE SEPHORA SQUAD IS HERE! We are proud to announce the official launch of the SEPHORA SQUAD program. The most anticipated moment for everyone who lives for beauty (us included). 18 of the most authentic voices in the region, inspiring beauty content creators and trendsetters, who will share their passion for beauty and give you their favorite tips and tricks in makeup, skincare and fragrances. Meet the SEPHORA SQUAD and get to know their top 3 beauty picks from SEPHORA. We promise you this is just the beginning of an amazing journey of beauty.         Asya Shah - @aaqsha:  Dubai based makeup and hair artist specialized in bridal looks.  Top 3 picks:          Amali – ......read more

Malabar Gold & Diamonds Launches Its First-ever Shubh Aarambham Price Promise Discount Campaign

Offers amazing discounts and attractive prices for jewellery lovers   o 20-50% discount on 18K, 21K, and 22K gold jewellery o Upto 25% discount on diamond jewellery o ‘Special Buy’ products at attractive bargains o Zero deduction on 22K (GCC) gold exchange   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 08, 2020:   Malabar Gold & Diamonds has launched its first-ever discount campaign, titled ‘Shubh Aarambham Price Promise,' offering customers discounts on gold and diamond jewellery.   This exclusive and much-awaited campaign from the brand will showcase the most attractive and unique trends in gold and diamond jewellery, bound to captivate customers and suit their diverse tastes and preferences. The discount is being offered to speed up the sale of products purchased at ......read more

BMW Group Increases Sales of Electrified Vehicles in First Half-Year, Despite COVID-19

Total sales affected by the impact of the worldwide pandemic +++   Initial signs of recovery in individual markets at the end of Q2 +++   962,575 vehicles delivered (-23.0%) in year to date +++   BMW Group sold 218,876 automobiles in June (-9.0%) +++   Pieter Nota: "China sales in second quarter above previous year" +++        Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 07, 2020:    As expected, BMW Group sales figures for the first six months of this year were impacted by the effects of the temporary closure of retail outlets worldwide. The company delivered a total of 962,575 (-23.0%) premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles to customers worldwide in the first half-year.     “We are following the development of global demand ......read more

UAE Ranks in Top 10 on Kpmg's 2020 Global Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index, for Third Consecutive Year

UAE leads the way in change readiness for technology infrastructure, mobile data speeds and individual readiness Dubai, UAE, 7 July, 2020 - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) ranks among the top 10 countries in the world for the third consecutive year when it comes to readiness to accommodate driverless vehicles, according to KPMG’s 2020 Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index (AVRI). The third edition of the study, which evaluates the preparedness of 30 countries globally, places the UAE in eighth position, up one place from last year’s rankings despite the addition of five jurisdictions. The 2020 KPMG AVRI assesses the level of preparedness and openness of various countries to autonomous vehicle technology, adoption and their progress in making driverless cars a reality. The main indicators of measuring a country’s ......read more

Dubai Startup Hub and Dtec Announce Winners of Emirati Development Programme

• First phase of programme featured a Training and Mentorship Academy organised by Dubai Startup Hub in partnership with Dtec, followed by a pitch competition   • 30 Emirati entrepreneurs took part in the programme, while the top 5 winners received one-on-one mentorship support   Dubai, UAE 07 July 2020: Dubai Startup Hub, an initiative of Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus (Dtec), a wholly owned tech co-working space by Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), today announced the winning candidates of the first phase of the Emirati Development Programme (EDP).   Sultan Alhosani and Fahad Alzarooni of TutorMe, a platform connecting highly qualified tutors to students; Alanoud Mubarak of CoDevelop, a provider of digital services and products; Hassan ......read more

Honeywell Announces Solutions to Help Improve Building Health and Reassure Occupants

• Honeywell’s Healthy Buildings solutions help building owners comply with new hygiene and social distancing policies and enable business continuity • Honeywell’s #HealthyBuildings Score provides owners with real-time insights based on indoor air quality, safety, security, sanitation and compliance metrics • Honeywell solutions can be tailored to the unique needs of commercial buildings, airports, hospitality, healthcare and education sectors, supporting the region’s return to the new normal    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, July 7, 2020 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced an integrated solutions portfolio to help building owners in the Middle East improve the health of their building environments, operate more cleanly and safely, comply with social distancing policies, and ......read more

Genesis Launches Special-Edition “stardust” G90 Model

G90 special-edition “Stardust” model will be available for the first time ever   Dubai, United Arab Emirates July, 07, 2020: Genesis has announced the launch of its flagship G90 luxury sedan as a special-edition “Stardust” model.    The G90 tops the Genesis brand’s luxury car line-up, and is highly regarded for its cutting-edge technology, refinement and luxurious appointments.    The special edition G90 “Stardust” arrives specifically for this year, taking inspiration from a scene with night sky full of stars hanging above a red carpet event where celebrities are showered with flashing camera lights. Only 50 of the G90 Stardust models will be sold for the first time ever primarily in South Korea.     This image directly inspires the special carbon ......read more

IMG Worlds is Back This Friday Park Entry Price at AED 20 Only

Dubai- 07 July, 2020:  IMG Worlds of Adventure one of the largest indoor theme parks announces the reopening of the park from the 10th July 2020 with a limited time offer entry price of AED 20 for UAE residents and pay as you go for all attractions at 25AED per ride. IMG Worlds will reopen with extra safety precautions & the highest safety measures in place according to the safety guidelines of Dubai Department of Economic Development and International best practices.   It is a time to return to your favourite Marvel and CN heroes, as this incredible promotion is set to bring the fun & thrill back to the theme park lovers and thrill-seekers where they can enjoy their favourite rides and attractions, dine at one of our many F&B outlets or shop for unique products from your favourite characters.  IMG ......read more

Dubai Sports World Marks Official Opening at Dubai World Trade Centre

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 07, 2020:   Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) in association with the Dubai Sports Council, mark the official opening of the 10th edition of Dubai Sports World (DSW). The UAE’s most anticipated sporting event will run until 3rd October 2020. DWTC has transformed its halls into playing fields - from basketball, tennis and badminton courts to football and cricket pitches, among others, which are open to welcome all sports enthusiasts to play, practice and compete in a secure, safe and comfortable air-conditioned facility. The annual DSW event features an exciting line-up of activities and sports academies.   This announcement closely follows the Dubai Sports Council’s decision to resume various fitness and sports activities in alignment with the guidelines issued by the Supreme ......read more

Commercial 5G on the Rise to Shape Bahrain's Digital Future

By Ahmed Ben Messaoud, Country Manager of Ericsson Bahrain   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 07, 2020:   There is a unique power in technology that encourages creativity and transforms people’s lives, businesses and the society. As an unprecedented crisis has had a substantial impact on people, consumers see resilient networks as a vital help in coping with everyday life. People today are more connected than ever before which makes us a part of something which is bigger than us – and innovation is the driving force in creating a new normal.  Bahrain, in particular, is driven by aspirations to leverage innovation and shared learning to build a better life for its people. Innovation is a key part of the Bahrain Economic Vision 2030. This strong futuristic vision will be realized through 5G ......read more

Health Promotion Department Launches “Sohbati 2020” Program Remotely

Sharjah, July 7, 2020:   The Health Promotion Department, HPD, at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah (SCFA) has recently launched the “Sohbati 2020” Program in collaboration with the University of Sharjah. This year’s edition is being held remotely through a number of training workshops by health education specialists. The program aims to spread health awareness among adolescents and to encourage them to adopt healthy lifestyles, as well as to qualify them to be ambassadors among their peers in various domains such as health and nutrition. The month-long program consists of 9 nine workshops is targeting male and female adolescents aged from 15 to 25 years. The workshops which will shed light on the widely spread misconceptions among community members, in addition to developing networking ......read more

Dubai Culture Wins Excellence Award From Arab Federation for Libraries and Information

• Distinction in Dubai’s public libraries services and interaction with the public during the COVID-19 pandemic • An integrated work system to support library staff and communicate with them during the closure • Rich programmes to maintain the audience’s interaction with libraries and reading as a daily habit • Supporting local writers and promoting their literary works through the ‘Introducing a Writer’ initiative     Dubai, UAE, July 7, 2020:   Dubai Culture and Arts Authority announced that its public libraries had won the Excellence Award in the ‘I Know” initiative launched by the Arab Federation for Libraries and Information (AFLI), the largest professional and scientific union for libraries and information In the Arab world. The award ......read more

10 Million Plastic Packaging Saved: Grohe Launches Initiative to Reduce Plastic

● LIXIL EMENA has set itself the goal of creating plastic-free product packaging for its GROHE brand by 2021 ● Thanks to the initiative, approx.10 million plastic packaging could already be saved until today ● Cooperation with Pacific Garbage Screening (PGS) supports common vision to reduce the environmental impact of plastic waste   7 July 2020 -  In 2018, GROHE, a leading global brand for complete bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings, launched its initiative to replace plastic in product packaging with more sustainable alternatives. Until today, approximately 10 million items of product packaging made from plastic could be eliminated; by 2021, this figure is to be significantly increased to up to 35 million.  The transition to plastic-free packaging is a process that involves all ......read more

Kia Launches ‘Live Stream Showroom' to Offer Customers an Innovative Digital Experience

• Platform allows customers to discover design and features of Kia vehicles from comfort of their homes • Live video sessions include one-on-one consultations and on-demand demonstrations • Digital experience reinforces Kia’s commitment to customer value-led innovations under its ‘Plan S’ strategy     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 7, 2020 — Kia Motors Corporation has announced the launch of ‘Live Stream Showroom’, a new online platform that offers customers access to personalized virtual viewings in select Kia dealerships. The new platform was introduced initially in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, and is being expanded throughout the Middle East and Africa in countries such as Kuwait, Bahrain and South Africa with the aim of a global implementation in the ......read more

Digital Twins and AI: Transforming Industrial Operations

By Ron Beck, Marketing Strategy Director, Aspen Technology, Inc.   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 07, 2020: “Digital twin” is not a new term, but paired with advancements in AI, it’s increasingly valuable in transforming industrial operations, creating additional business value.  The digital twin, which produces an evolving profile of an asset or process in a plant, captures insights on performance across the plant lifecycle (process design, operations and maintenance). It is also made increasingly more intelligent by AI agents, to the point where it can prescribe actions in the physical world, so that companies can reconfigure, in real-time, with fact-driven choices, alternate processes to mitigate issues like plant downtime or bottlenecking. With the present market uncertainty, ......read more

Ras Al Khaimah Municipality Reports Significant Progress in Energy Efficiency

The second annual report for the implementation of the Ras Al Khaimah Energy Efficiency and Renewables Strategy 2040 was released on the newly launched Reem website.     Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, July 06, 2020:  Ras Al Khaimah Energy Efficiency and Renewables Strategy 2040 has completed its second year of implementation in 2019. Last week Ras Al Khaimah Municipality released the second edition of the annual report for the strategy. The report describes progress of the strategy, including achievements, new initiatives and expected developments in the coming years. Click here to download the report from the Reem website.   The annual report highlights concrete savings of 7 GWh of electricity, 109 MIG of water and 423 GWh thermal of direct fuel savings achieved in 2019. Apart from these energy ......read more