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    Abu Dhabi Fund for Development Holds Panel Discussion on Success of UAE-Pacific Partnership Fund

    Session themed ‘Renewables making waves in the Pacific: A new humanitarian model?’  UAE-Pacific Partnership Fund implements 11 projects in 11 island countries   Abu Dhabi-UAE: 17 January, 2018 –   Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the leading national entity for development aid, and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar, held a panel discussion entitled ‘Renewables making waves in the Pacific: A new humanitarian model?’ that highlighted the success of the UAE-Pacific Partnership Fund (UAE-PPF).   Held during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2018, the session offered a fascinating glimpse into the role of aid in modern-day global economy – a role that transcends the traditional investor-donor relationship to build mutually beneficial partnerships in ......read more

    Dubai's Star Business Centre becomes the first commercial centre to accept cryptocurrency as mode of payments

    Dubai, UAE, January 17, 2018:  The Star Business Centre, offering state of the art fully furnished offices for new investors, business people and those international companies seeking suitable ready-made fully furnished plug-and-play workplaces, has announced that it is now ready to accept cryptocurrencies – especially Bitcoin – as a mode of payment for its services.  The company’s commercial tenants are now able to pay rents and service charges by using digital currency along with the traditional payment systems, which saves time and effort.  The digital payment system will allow Star Business Centre customers – who are multinationals and SMEs – from various industries, to focus on their business growth and expansion, without having to go through the time-consuming manual processes. ......read more

    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

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    Al Ansari Exchange & Al Ansari Exchange Services merge to form the largest exchange company in the UAE

    UAE, 15 January, 2018 – Al Ansari Exchange and Al Ansari Exchange Services have recently been merged completely after obtaining the necessary approvals from all official entities. The merged Al Ansari Exchange Company now forms the largest exchange and remittance house in the UAE with an operating capital of AED 1.2 billion. It acquires over 35 per cent market share locally and provides its services through more than 175 branches and executes more than 80,000 transactions per day. Mohammed Ali Al Ansari, Chairman and Managing Director, Al Ansari Exchange, said: “We are ......read more

    Ahmed Bin Saeed inaugurates Richemont's new state-of-the-art operations center in DAFZA

    UAE, January 10 2018 - His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA), today officially inaugurated Swiss luxury goods group Richemont’s new operations centre, the latest and most advanced facility in DAFZA. The inauguration event was attended by His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Director General of DAFZA, the Swiss Ambassador to the UAE Her Excellency Ms. Maya Tissafi and Dr. Christoph Thomet, Chief Operating Officer of Richemont Middle East & India, along with senior officials and executives of Dubai Government, DAFZA, ......read more

    DSI completes UAE debt restructuring with announcement of continued support from Tabarak Investment

    Dubai, UAE; January 08, 2018 – Drake & Scull International PJSC (“DSI” or the “Company”), a regional leader in engineering and construction services announced today, that it has successfully completed the restructuring of its corporate general bank debt in the UAE and has secured new credit lines and working capital facilities for its ongoing and new projects portfolio.  DSI has obtained the support from all its creditors for the restructuring of its corporate general debt in the UAE. The company reached in Q4 2017 a consensual agreement with nine ......read more

    Brazil's fertilizer imports from Arab states up 38 per cent from January to November 2017

    UAE, December 26, 2017 - The Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) has lauded the continuously growing economic ties between Brazil and Arab countries after recent statistics released by the Brazilian Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services showed the vast South American country importing 5.9 million tons of fertilizer from January to November this year. The number accounted for 24.4 per cent of Brazil’s total global fertilizer imports of 24.2 million tons as per the figures released by national industry association Associação Nacional para Difusão de Adubos ......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 ......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 ......read more

    Why you should buy equity from profitable business?

    People all over the world are looking to make their life better. Just by doing the day job it’s not possible for a certain individual to support their family. Every single day our expenses are facing exponential growth whereas our source of income stays the same. For this very reason, many people are always looking for alternative source of income. Many people eventually think to start a new business to support their family. But building a business from the scratch is very hard and not many people can do it within a short period of time. A certain business model should be out there in ......read more

    INTERSEC 2018: France on the spot to support the protection of individuals and strategic infrastructures in the Middle East

    January 21st to 23rd 2018 at Dubai World Trade Center Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 20 December 2017 -   Business France, the national agency in charge of the international development of the French Economy will be hosting a French Pavilion at INTERSEC DUBAI, the international meeting platform for the Security and Safety industry. As a true springboard for companies looking to develop in the Near and Middle East markets, but also the Indian sub-continent and Asia, INTERSEC remains an attractive event gathering 1,300 exhibitors from 54 countries in 2017. French companies will ......read more

    Ministry of Economy and Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development Announcing the launch of TIP platform

    Considered the first comprehensive platform for innovation in the region to speed up Emirates Vision 2021, the Economic Vision of Abu Dhabi 2030, and the National Strategy for Innovation. Ministry of Economy and Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development announcing the launch of TIP platform in partnership with public and private sectors in the country and global partners. An Award for Technology and Innovation Pioneers will be initiated soon to honor TIP’s pioneers. Abu Dhabi, UAE,  19th of Dec. 2017:  The Ministry of Economy and the Department of Economic ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council Expands Scope of Beautician Conformity Scheme

    Abu Dhabi-UAE: 19 December, 2017 – Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC), the entity responsible for developing quality infrastructure in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, has expanded the scope of its Beautician Conformity Scheme to cover eight new professions. The professions include general workers, hairdressers, hairstylists, barbers, nail technicians, nail enhancement technicians, masseuses and massage therapists. The move comes as part of QCC’s efforts to guarantee the skills, competency and personal hygiene of beauty salon staff as well as protect the health and safety ......read more

    The Souq Al Haraj Showroom Auction raises Dh3.8 million

    Sharjah, Sunday December 18, 2017:  The Souq Al Haraj Showroom Public Auction, organized by the Emirates Auction, managed to raise Dh3.825 million for Sharjah Asset Management, the Investment arm of the Government of Sharjah, by leasing 12 showrooms. The auction was held at the Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club on Saturday, and was attended by more than 500 traders and investors. Three showrooms in particular attracted the attention of a large segment of traders and investors that participated in the auction, where they were leased for Dh 1.47 million. The auction, which was the first ......read more

    Mashreq Bank recognized for global mobile banking excellence

    UAE’s leading financial institution wins Best Consumer Mobile Banking Global award at Digital Bank Conference in London  Dubai, UAE—18 December, 2017:  Mashreq Bank, the UAE’s leading financial institution was presented with the Best Consumer Mobile Banking Global award at the Digital Bank Conference and Awards dinner hosted by Global Finance magazine in London, England. The award is in recognition of Mashreq bank’s development of its mobile banking app, Snapp and its efforts in enhancing its customers’ experiences through a digital medium in recent ......read more

    Omniyat signs project finance deal of AED 500m with Ajman Bank for development on Dubai Canal

    Islamic financing facility focused on Omniyat’s largest hospitality project to date Dubai, 18 December, 2017:  Dubai-based developer Omniyat has signed a facility agreement with Ajman Bank for AED 500 million ($136m). The financing will be used for the construction of an iconic mixed-use project at Dubai Water Canal in Business Bay.  The project is a cooperative partnership between Omniyat, Saudi Arabia’s Rashed Al Rashed Group and Jenina Real Estate Development Company Ltd. - one of Saud Kanoo’s companies. The total project cost is AED 1.34 ......read more

    UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science to Stage 2nd Edition of International Research Forum at ADSW 2018

    Leading event in scientific field to provide platform for the presentation and discussion of latest global research to help boost water security globally Abu Dhabi-UAE: 17 December 2017 –  The UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science is set to host the Second International Forum on Rain Enhancement Science during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) in January 2018.  Scheduled to be held over three days from January 16 to 18, the forum will provide a platform for discussion on the newly awarded research projects from the Program’s Third Cycle as well ......read more

    Al Ghurair International Exchange unveils PAN Card service

    NRIs can now apply for PAN Cards at UAE’s leading exchange house Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2017:  Al Ghurair International Exchange, part of UAE-based diversified conglomerate Al Ghurair, has announced an important new addition to its expanding portfolio of financial exchange offerings with their PAN Card application service for non-resident Indians in the Emirates. Indian expatriates in the UAE can now apply for their Permanent Account Number (PAN) Cards from any of Al Ghurair International Exchange’s branches across the UAE and pay PAN card issuance fee, which once ......read more

    Sharjah Presents Japan on Outstanding Business Opportunities

    Top level talks bring together leading authorities and private sector investors Al Sarkal: Currently Sharjah is host to 50 Japanese companies, and we forecast this growth to hit a three digit figure at the very earliest. Sharjah, UAE, 16 December, 2017:  As Sharjah continues its extensive drive to build a wider global base of economic allies and investors, government entities, expanding enterprises and private businesses from Japan and Sharjah met recently to discuss latest investment opportunities in the rapidly diversifying economic milieu of Sharjah and the UAE. For the first ......read more

    Alpen Capital's latest report on the GCC Insurance sector highlights its growth potential

    Dubai, 14th December, 2017:  Alpen Capital, an investment banking advisory firm, announced the publication of its report on the GCC Insurance Industry. The report showcases the current state of the insurance industry across the GCC nations while presenting the recent trends, growth drivers and challenges. The report also provides an outlook of the industry until 2021. It profiles some of the prominent insurance providers in the region while evaluating their financial and market valuation metrics. The GCC insurance sector maintains resilient growth, given the significant ......read more

    SIAL Middle East 2017: Food Security Center-Abu Dhabi Shares Insight at Opening Day Roundtable

    His Excellency Khalifa Al Ali: “UAE currently enjoys a food security value chain capable of withstanding years” Expert-led session entitled ‘Regional developments and its impact on food security at the region countries’ Abu Dhabi-UAE: 13 December 2017 –  The Food Security Center - Abu Dhabi (FSCAD) hosted the first of two Food Security Roundtables on the opening day of the eighth edition of SIAL Middle East 2017. Entitled ‘Regional Developments and its Impact on Food Security at the Region Countries’, the roundtable shed light ......read more

    Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Withdraws French-made Infant Milk Due to Salmonella Contamination

    Dubai-UAE: 13 December 2017 –  The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has issued a decision to withdraw the (Lactalis Craon Factory) French-made Infant Milk products from UAE markets due to Salmonella contamination.  Entities responsible for implementing the circular include the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority and the municipalities of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.  The decision is based on the findings of a technical report following the warning issued by the French Directorate General of Health (DGS) ......read more

    GCC Downstream Players Should Brace Several Market Uncertainties in the Coming Years, GDA/BCG Survey Reveals

    The first of its kind survey in the Middle East aims at gauging the ‘market sentiment’ and share the internal challenges faced by the downstream industry in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).   UAE , Dubai, 12 December  2017 —  According to the first Gulf Downstream Industry Survey, conducted in cooperation between the Gulf Downstream Association (GDA) and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the refining market is expected to remain volatile in the medium term, with significant uncertainties on the demand side, mainly linked to the economic growth ......read more

    Noor Bank Bags Critics' Choice Best Islamic Retail Banking Brand Award for Second Consecutive Year

    Dubai-UAE: 12 December, 2017 –  Noor Bank, a leading Shari’a-compliant bank in the UAE, has been named a winner of the Critics’ Choice Best Islamic Retail Banking Brand Award at the Islamic Retail Banking Awards (IRBA) 2017. This is the second year in a row that the Bank has been honoured in this category at the event hosted by UK-based financial think tank Cambridge Analytica. Mufazzal Kajiji, Head of Retail Banking, Noor Bank collected the award on behalf of Noor Bank in the presence of high-profile industry peers at an exclusive ceremony.  The award ......read more

    UAE Financial Markets Association introduces new initiative in line with Vision 2021 to boost Emirati national employment in financial sector

    New Emiratisation program launched to support nationalisation strategies in banking industry Dubai, UAE, 11 December 2017:  The UAE Financial Markets Association has announced a new Emiratisation Optimal Performance Scheme to encourage and support the local banking industry in implementing efficient nationalisation strategies. Launched this week (10 December) at an event in the H Hotel, Dubai in the presence of VIP government authority representatives, UAE bank CEOs and senior finance professionals, the programme’s overarching aim is to help the industry work together to ......read more

    Coca-Cola launches smartwater in the UAE at SoleDXB

    Dubai, UAE, December 10, 2017:  Coca-Cola has launched its latest product innovation in the Middle East, with the launch of smartwater at SoleDXB. Smartwater was made available to consumers in the UAE for the first time at the three day street culture festival at D3.  Murat Ozgel, General Manager of Coca-Cola Middle East said of the launch: “We are very excited about bringing smartwater to the UAE, making it the fourth market globally where this incredibly successful premium water brand is available. It’s clean, crisp taste has made it a great success in the UK and ......read more

    Saxo Bank 2018 Outrageous Predictions: 2018 will be a true roller coaster ride compared to an outrageously placid 2017

    Dubai, UAE, December 7, 2017:  Saxo Bank, the online multi-asset trading and investment specialist, has today released its 10 'Outrageous Predictions' for 2018. The predictions focus on a series of unlikely but underappreciated events which, if they were to occur, could send shockwaves across financial markets.  While these predictions do not constitute Saxo’s official market forecasts for 2018, they represent a warning of a potential misallocation of risk among investors who typically see just a one percent likelihood to these events ......read more

    Abu Dhabi-based sustainability initiatives pledge to make a difference at Women's Economic Empowerment Global Summit

    Masdar, Zayed Future Energy Prize, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and the WiSER initiative discuss the importance of women in sustainable economic growth   Abu Dhabi, UAE, Dec 7, 2017 –  Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP), Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) and the Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) initiative have pledged to support the advancement of women as drivers of sustainable economic growth.    All four Abu Dhabi-based sustainability initiatives were key participants ......read more

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