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Cultos Global launches Web3 rewards platform

Dubai: Cultos Global Inc (Est. with HQ in Dubai) has been established to scale up the global operations for its web3 rewards platform, where customers can launch branded tokens to incentivize their customers, fans or followers to drive various actions. Cultos provides custodial wallets, NFT minting and liquidity off-ramps for branded tokens through API or e-commerce integrations.Cultos cuts across segments and works with partners and businesses in Retail, Automotive, and Hospitality segments to support business growth objectives from customer acquisition, engagement and retention, thus enabling the full end to end customer journey. Mr Pavan Govindan - currently an Advisor at Cultos US Inc will take over as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cultos Global Inc. Pavan brings 15+ years of experience and has been a Product Leader in his previous roles working in Bosch, Suzuki Digital and running different successful entrepreneurial ventures. Joining him in the leadership of Cultos Global Inc. is Mr Adib Samara who will assume the role of Chief Business & Marketing Officer (CBO and CMO). Adib has supported the growth of several notable UAE startups such as Swapp, SugarMoo Desserts and Laundrybox. Prior to that, he was the CMO at Sweetheart Kitchen, a subsidiary of Delivery Hero, and the Director of Business Development & Head of Partnerships at Careem, a UAE-based Startup that sold to Uber for 3.1 Billion USD. He has been a mentor at Techstars and is currently a consultant for Alpha Wave Incubation (AWI), a fund under Abu Dhabi’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, ADQ. Completing the leadership team and the Board will be Mr Andrew Yang, the Founder & CEO  of Cultos Inc US, recognized for being one of Forbes 30 under 30
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Arab Advisors Group to host its regional 5G summit

Amman: Gearing up for its upcoming regional summit, Arab Advisors Group, a leading market research and consulting firm in the MENA region, is announcing four main tracks that are designed to guide the participants; from thought leaders to C-level executives and directors, to stakeholders, towards the summit’s foresight.Scheduled to take place on June 6, 2023, Arab Advisors Group has selected for its one-day summit four main tracks that are considered a common vision for the participating stakeholders. The tracks include 5G for a Better Future, 5G Challenges and Opportunities, The Business Case for 5G, and 5G and beyond. These tracks will explore various sub-topics, such as transitioning to 5G, innovation in the 5G era, technology partners, and the creation of a viable 5G ecosystem."We look forward to bring together industry leaders and experts to discuss the future and promised potential of 5G," said Fayez Abu Awad, Arab Advisors Group’s Chief Advisor to the Board. "5G technology is unlocking novel opportunities for industrial applications, particularly in the areas of smart cities and IoT. With the combination of 5G, cloud, AI, and big data, we have a new spectrum of capabilities at our disposal. Cross-sector collaboration will be key to achieving a true digital paradigm shift. However, unprecedented challenges accompany this shift, particularly in the area of cybersecurity. Having said that, it is rather vital to prioritize cybersecurity from the outset and not just deploy first and protect later."The 5G Summit will feature keynote speeches, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with leading experts in the telecommunication industry, share ideas, and network with peers.Arab Advisors Group's 5G Summit is a must-attend event for those looking to stay ahead of the curve in the rapidly evolving world of 5G and digitization. 
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Géant opens 19th UAE supermarket in Jumeirah Golf Estates

Dubai:  A new Géant supermarket, part of GMG, has just opened in the vibrant Jumeirah Golf Estates community solidifying the area as a residential hotspot and marking an impressive spurt for the popular chain.The 2100-square-foot store, located in the heart of the community in Fairway mall, is the first duplex Géant supermarket, spread across two floors promising the widest choice of products and a seamless shopping experience once again reiterating the brand’s promise of convenience and community-centric approach.From the open produce section that greets shoppers as they enter and includes an unrivalled selection of fruits and vegetables including many from local farms to the butchery and fishery department where you can get prime cuts of meat and sustainably sourced seafood, quality is a given at Géant.Discerning residents will appreciate the large selection of organic, plant-based foods and global foods, and a mix of day-to-day and non-essentials that can be found on the mezzanine floor.The store further welcomes shoppers with an inviting in-store seating area where customers can take a relaxing coffee break overlooking the green expanses the community is known for."An exciting residential and leisure destination like Jumeirah Golf Estates deserves a neighbourhood supermarket that ticks all the boxes. From the accent on fresh and sustainable produce to the abundance of choice and quality, our new supermarket is certain to become an integral part of the busy and active lifestyle of families and individuals who live and work in the vicinity," said Marc Laurent, President of Everyday Goods at GMG.Home delivery will also be available via local delivery platforms delivering the promise of a convenient grocery experience at your doorstep.
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Live events agency Identity opens two UAE offices

Dubai: Identity, a global full-service events company with over 20 years of blue-chip experience, announced the expansion of its business to the Middle East with the opening of two new offices in the United Arab Emirates. Building on the successful delivery of some of the largest HMG-led events including the G7 Summit, COP26, and the NATO Summit, Identity is bringing production expertise coupled with innovative broadcast technology to deliver the world’s largest hybrid events to the Middle East.The UAE is a hub for major events, from corporate conferences to world-class sporting events, and this launch will position Identity to continue meeting the growing demand for top-tier event planning and management in the region.Michael Gietzen, CEO, Identity Group, said, “The region is rapidly becoming a global hub for entertainment, business, and sporting events, and the UAE is a natural home for Identity’s offices. The global events industry has witnessed a positive shift, particularly in the region, with the ushering in of COP28 ascending global conversations to new heights from the heart of the UAE. As we continue to drive influential events, the appetite for human experiences beyond the digital realm is needed more than ever to strengthen the fabric of communities and society. The UAE is the perfect hotspot for the Identity team and industry practitioners alike to propel in a fast-paced region like the Middle East.”Ryan Perkins, General Manager, Identity Middle East, said, “We are thrilled to announce Identity’s UAE offices, bringing us closer to our regional partners across the Middle East. This expansion is a testament to our commitment to delivering exceptional experiences for our clients. We look forward to leveraging our expertise in delivering live experiential events and pioneering the human experience, supporting the UAE’s burgeoning position as a safe, secure, and accessible hub for global gatherings and a top choice for international business, entertainment, and cultural events.”Identity is working on significant projects won in the region alongside public sector organisations, with exciting opportunities on the horizon.Following Identity’s success in the UK and Europe, the agency has now expanded into the UAE with offices in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Shaping its organisational structure in the UAE to create new market space, Identity harnesses a unique understanding of both clients and suppliers across the spectrum of the industry continuing to design a positive impact across its UAE business.
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4th SAIA is shaking up UAE’s VC landscape

Dubai: The 4th Edition Sharjah Advanced Industry Accelerator (SAIA) is creating waves in the UAE’s venture capital (VC) landscape. This is reflected in the phenomenal figure of 3,536 applications it received from over 40 countries in just two months.The highest number of applications was from India, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Mexico, United Kingdom and France. Interestingly, there has been a significant increase in interest from women-led startups compared to last year. Another unique aspect is that there has been a rise in applications from sustainable tech startups.Mr. Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTIP, said: “We are thrilled by the unprecedented response to our Accelerator program from startups from different parts of the world. This is a reflection of the growing importance of the MENA region, and high ranking of the UAE when it comes to funding of startups due to progressive economic policies and supportive innovation ecosystems.“At SRTIP we are happy to play the role of providing the right environment and framework for startups to grow and scale. The SAIA program, now in its fourth year, is proud of the pivotal role it is playing in nurturing startups.”The unique Acceleration program will run from September to Nov 2023, closing with an Investor & Demo Day on Nov 27, running up to COP28 in Dubai, where some of the cohort startups will be able to showcase their innovations and leverage the many opportunities that COP presents. The final day for submitting applications is May 23.The strong response to SAIA 2023 comes at a time when the region is witnessing unprecedented flow of venture capital, promising a thriving future for startups.Total financing from venture capital funds in the Middle East surged 132 per cent to almost $2 billion last year, with the total number of deals up 5 per cent to 410, according to Magnitt.Startups in the MENA region raised $3.94 billion in 2022 across 795 deals, a rise of 24 per cent in investment value when compared to 2021. The UAE stood on top, fetching the most investments to the tune of $1.85 billion across 250 deals, a rise of 5 per cent in terms of investment value, the Magnitt report revealed.The UAE aims to become home to 20 unicorns – startups worth above $1 billion each -- by 2031, in its push to become a regional centre for innovation and entrepreneurship. Last year, the country launched the Entrepreneurial Nation initiative, which aims to offer support through a series of public-private partnerships that help entrepreneurs to set up operations in the Emirates, expand their businesses, export products and tap into online sales.Hosted by the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP), SAIA presents startups and innovative companies a gateway to funds, networking, expertise, resources, projects and a thriving ecosystem conducive to innovation.
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Aurora Labs launches Aurora Cloud in the MENA region

Dubai:  Aurora Labs , a leading EVM compatible blockchain on NEAR Protocol, is proud to announce the official launch of its new product, Aurora Cloud in the MENA region.  The platform is designed to integrate blockchain technology to their business without friction or the need for expert teams, significant resources, or large investments in time. With Aurora Cloud, businesses can connect their existing products to their own blockchain, allowing for a seamless end user experience that still looks familiar to what their customers use every day.Aurora Cloud's Crypto Native teams offer expertise in blockchain technology and integration requirements, which helps businesses in the MENA region to operate with greater ease and efficiency. The platform's business model agnostic approach allows companies to expand and grow their revenues seamlessly without the need to implement any commercial changes across their organization.Aurora Cloud provides a number of unique features that are not available on other blockchains. The platform enables businesses to choose to operate on their own private blockchain, known as an Aurora Silo, implementing KYC/KYB access restrictions and dictating which apps and tokens are available to trade and use, allowing for a bespoke and tailored experience. The ability to control whether they or their customers are responsible for gas fees is another game-changing feature that provides total commercial flexibility and a strong incentive to both businesses and their consumers.Whilst Aurora Cloud is largely an industry agnostic solution that can provide blockchain benefits across a wide range of industries, we see significant benefits for Fintech companies, brokers, banks, investment funds, the energy sector, and those operating within the luxury goods and retail spaces."The launch of Aurora Cloud is an exciting moment for Aurora Labs and the wider blockchain industry. With our unique products and innovative approach, we are breaking down the technical barriers and increasing the transition of traditional businesses to the blockchain," said Alex Shevchenko the CEO of Aurora Labs. "We are confident that Aurora Cloud will position us at the forefront of this shift and provide the industry with a much wider pool of potential customers and partners."Aurora Cloud places a strong emphasis on security and privacy for its users. It employs all the security capabilities of the NEAR protocol and boasts a battle-hardened track record of successfully managing billions of dollars in user capital over the past two years.
https://adgully.me/post/1955/employees-preparing-for-a-tech-focused-world-pearson-skills-outlook

Employees preparing for a tech-focused world: Pearson Skills Outlook

Dubai: Globally, workers are focused on developing their human skills, even as they see a future dominated by technology-driven work and automation, according to a new study from Pearson, the world’s leading learning company. For the latest edition of the Pearson Skills Outlook series, Pearson partnered with Google to examine how and why people across different regions are looking to upskill as they face a rapidly changing economy.Pearson Skills Outlook: Employee View, the survey of 4,000 workers, revealed that people are most interested in careers in the tech and business-related fields such as e-commerce, software services, data science, and financial services. However, they believe that they will need to focus on human skills to land these jobs or advance in their current role. They believe human skills – like problem solving, leadership, and teamwork – are the most attractive to employers now and in the future.According to the report, problem solving, decision-making, teamwork, and leadership are the key human skills that workers are actively prioritizing developing and maintaining to advance their careers. Looking to the future, most skills workers want to train for remain focused on human skills such as Leadership; Entrepreneurial skills and Project management [Tie], Problem solving, Language skills, Coding / Programming, Data processing, and Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning [Tie].The report also signals that in non-English speaking countries, learning English is emerging as a key skill for employees to advance in their careers, according to 85 percent of Indians and 77 percent of Brazilians.“This valuable new research shows that job seekers are prioritizing human skills at a time when machine learning and artificial intelligence are having an increasing influence on work,” said Mike Howells, president of Pearson Workforce Skills. “Human skills are proving critical to personal and organizational success, and workers are motivated to sharpen and develop those skills to stay competitive and advance their careers.”The study also found that the majority of workers (73 percent of Americans, 68 percent of British, 89 percent of Indians and 70 percent of Brazilians) also say they prefer to learn via their employer. And an even higher number expect their employer will increase or maintain learning and development opportunities.In a world where people are living and working longer, and having multiple careers, the Skills Outlook series provides guidance to employers, employees, and job seekers on where they should focus their training, education, and learning. While Pearson’s second Skills Outlook report, conducted in September 2022, examined skilling through an employees’ lens, the first study identified the most in-demand skills from an employer’s perspective.
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Multiply Group Reports Net Profit Excluding Fair Value Gains

Dubai: Multiply Group, an Abu Dhabi-based investment holding company, reported a net profit excluding fair value gains (losses) of AED 266 million, a 241% growth compared to the same period last year. The Group generated AED 303 million of dividends from its public market portfolio.Notably, revenue from its operating business reached AED 269 million during Q1, an 11.6% growth year-on-year with over 50% gross margin. This reflects the Group’s continued focus on building its verticals.Fair Value Losses of AED 265 million were incurred in Q1. It is imperative to note that these fair value changes are largely unrealised, and the short-term movements do not impact the Group’s long-term view of these assets. From a total invested amount of AED 12.6 billion, the Group’s current public market portfolio stands at over AED 33 billion, a 166% appreciation. Multiply Group’s investment portfolio is a key part of its asset base, and it has been an important growth driver.Multiply Group sees more value accretive acquisition opportunities emerge globally across its operating verticals and investment arm. The Group has a strong cash flow position with over AED 1.2 billion, very healthy debt to equity and debt to assets parameters, and access to over AED 6 billion in financing capacity. In parallel, across operating businesses several measures including tech infusion, bolt-on acquisitions are being lined-up to enhance organic growth. Multiply Group is well-positioned and focused on generating a more robust and sustainable EPS growth.Q1 2023 highlightsEmirates Driving Company launched the first test of Auve Tech’s autonomous vehicles in the Middle East, which will significantly strengthen and improve Abu Dhabi’s mobility sector. The new partnership symbolises EDC’s growing focus on smart mobility systems and its contribution to making Abu Dhabi a smarter, safer and more sustainable city. EDC also held its second engaging edition of the ‘EDC - Innovation Lab' with a selected group of external experts, partners and the company’s professionals to discuss various topics about the future of mobility under the theme of ‘Future Mobility: Where To’.Omorfia Group, which comprises personal care and beauty companies, expanded its Bedashing Beauty Lounge brand reaching 23 locations with the opening of two new branches, one in Al Taif entering Fujairah market and another one in Al Jada, its second branch in Sharjah. More recently, Omorfia Group opened the 9th branch of Jazz Lounge Spa in Port de la Mer, Dubai.International Energy Holding’s Kalyon Enerji commenced operations of the Kalyon Karap?nar Solar Plant after receiving the certificate of acceptance of the final section of the power plant, issued by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MENR) in Turkey. Kalyon Enerji also received a development impact assessment from J.P. Morgan’s Development Finance Institution for the Kalyon Karap?nar Solar Power Plant and has set a series of development objectives that are expected to advance four of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG #7: Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG #13: Climate Action and SDG #15: Life on Land. The company also started development of 390 MW Solar - ANKA Project, 200 MW Wind - STORM Project, and 1 GW YEKA Wind Project (Kalyon shareholding 40%).Meanwhile, Viola Communications, a fully-integrated marketing and communications solutions provider successfully arranged and managed multiple big scale events, such as ADAA’s International Ethical Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) under the theme "Building the Ethical Foundations for Sustainability”, the launch of Sea La Vie - a luxurious residential project at Yas Bay that will be developed by Nine Yards, and the open-air art gallery, DIFC Sculpture Park, featuring immersive experiences and artworks from over 70 local and international artists at DIFC.Inclusion In IndicesThe quarter saw the Group being upgraded from Mid Cap Index to Large Cap Index in FTSE Global Equity Index Series (FTSE GEIS) in its March 2023 semi-annual review.
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FINTECH XS.com announces Chanelle Tsoka joins as South Africa Country Director

Dubai: Global: XS.com, the rapidly expanding FinTech and financial services provider has today announced it is further expanding its team by putting Chanelle Tsoka in charge of its Africa expansion plans as she joins the international brokerages as the new South Africa Country Director.With over a decade of experience in the online trading and FinTech industry, Chanelle has held a range of positions including Head of Sales and Country Manager. Her diverse background has equipped her with a deep understanding of the industry, as well as the leadership skills required to drive growth and innovation.In her new role, Chanelle will be heading XS.com's regional operations and will be leading a team of business development managers, customer service representatives, and marketing specialists."We are excited about this new chapter for the XS.com Group. I cannot think of anyone more suitable than Chanelle to join us on this next step in our journey to become the leading, global online trading brokerage.” said Mohamad Ibrahim, Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at XS.com about the firm’s new hire.He continued: “Chanelle will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of our operations for this important part of the world, including developing and executing our strategic plan for South Africa - ensuring it is in line with XS Group’s overall objectives. She will be in charge of identifying new business opportunities, building relationships with local partners and stakeholders, as well as ensuring that XS.com’s products and services meet the needs of the local market."Chanelle Tsoka XS.com’s new South Africa Country Director commented on her joining the global FinTech firm:"I am delighted to be joining XS.com as the brokerages new South Africa Country Director. This is an exciting time for the country and the XS Group as South Africa is a large and growing market with the most developed economy on the African continent and a population of over 60 million people. As the new Country Director I will be ensuring that XS.com provides excellent customer service and trading support to our clients in South Africa and across the continent.”She continued: “I’m excited to be leading our local team and monitoring our local metrics to ensure we deliver our services effectively and efficiently to suit our growing regional client base."Chanelle Tsoka holds a degree in Investment Management from the University of Pretoria, Johannesburg and majored in accounting, economics, statistics, and investment management. Since then, she has been working within the FX industry and has specialized in South Africa’s market, refined her business development skillset, has become a sales specialist, and has gathered extensive experience in customer retention and team leadership.Throughout recent months XS.com showed its commitment to expanding its team on a global scale – the last two hires included adding industry veteran Andreea Ilies to the team as their new Global Head of Events and Despina Iapona who joined the marketing department as the new Head of PR and Branding.
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Gensler survey shows new trends in the definition of an effective workplace

Dubai: Gensler, the world’s leading design and architecture firm, has conducted a survey of 2,000 office workers in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait to determine how Middle Eastern employees are adapting to the post-pandemic work environment. The survey reveals a shift in employees' mindsets regarding what constitutes an effective workplace.The Gensler Research Institute has conducted several global surveys in the past 20 months, using the insights to uncover strategic design solutions for our clients. From these surveys, several central themes have emerged. According to the latest data, employees are returning to the office seeking a conducive atmosphere to focus on their work. This marks a significant shift from the pandemic era when office workers cited working in-person with teams and colleagues as the most important reason to come into the office."We are seeing a trend where employees are seeking out the office environment to focus on their work that can be challenging to achieve at home," said Jose Faine, Principal and Design Director – Workplace Design of Gensler. "Employees reported that they need to be in the office significantly more than they currently are to maximize their productivity. This is a significant shift that highlights the importance of the workplace in providing the right conditions for optimal productivity."According to the survey, the office is more conducive for in-person collaboration, learning, and socializing, but less effective for working alone. Compared to pre-pandemic times, employees now spend less time working solo and more time working in-person with others, learning, and socializing. However, despite the significance of individual work to job performance, the effectiveness of spaces for individual and virtual work have declined. On average, workers report that 67% of the time spent working individually requires a high level of concentration.The data also shows that highly effective workplaces that allow for employees to have more choice in where they work within the office results in a more positive workplace experience, positively impacting individual, team, and organizational outcomes, leading to job satisfaction, career advancement, personal wellness, and a sense of community. This is compared to less effective workplaces where employees have limited options and are restricted to working in designated areas.In addition, the survey identified that the most innovative organizations provide a diverse range of work activities and spaces, unlike less innovative companies. These leading companies offer designated areas for focused work, collaboration, learning, socializing, and relaxation. Such a variety of spaces provides employees with greater autonomy and options, allowing them to select the workspace that best suits their current task."The survey highlights the importance of a flexible and diverse workplace environment that caters to the needs of the modern workforce," said Tim Martin, Principal and Managing Director of Gensler Middle East. "Companies need to focus on creating spaces that allow employees to choose where and how they work, and provide a range of spaces for different activities. This approach can lead to better outcomes for individuals, teams, and organizations."The survey's findings offer valuable insights for organizations aiming to establish a productive work environment, emphasizing the significance of a flexible, diverse, and efficient workplace that meets the demands of today's workforce. Through the creation of workspaces that offer employees a range of options and autonomy, organizations can attain improved outcomes for individuals, teams, and the organization as a whole, resulting in job satisfaction, career growth, personal well-being, and a sense of community.
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Multiply group reports net profit excluding fair value gains

Dubai: Multiply Group, an Abu Dhabi-based investment holding company, reported a net profit excluding fair value gains (losses) of AED 266 million, a 241% growth compared to the same period last year. The Group generated AED 303 million of dividends from its public market portfolio.Notably, revenue from its operating business reached AED 269 million during Q1, an 11.6% growth year-on-year with over 50% gross margin. This reflects the Group’s continued focus on building its verticals.Fair Value Losses of AED 265 million were incurred in Q1. It is imperative to note that these fair value changes are largely unrealised, and the short-term movements do not impact the Group’s long-term view of these assets. From a total invested amount of AED 12.6 billion, the Group’s current public market portfolio stands at over AED 33 billion, a 166% appreciation. Multiply Group’s investment portfolio is a key part of its asset base, and it has been an important growth driver.Multiply Group sees more value accretive acquisition opportunities emerge globally across its operating verticals and investment arm. The Group has a strong cash flow position with over AED 1.2 billion, very healthy debt to equity and debt to assets parameters, and access to over AED 6 billion in financing capacity. In parallel, across operating businesses several measures including tech infusion, bolt-on acquisitions are being lined-up to enhance organic growth. Multiply Group is well-positioned and focused on generating a more robust and sustainable EPS growth.Q1 2023 highlightsEmirates Driving Company launched the first test of Auve Tech’s autonomous vehicles in the Middle East, which will significantly strengthen and improve Abu Dhabi’s mobility sector. The new partnership symbolises EDC’s growing focus on smart mobility systems and its contribution to making Abu Dhabi a smarter, safer and more sustainable city. EDC also held its second engaging edition of the ‘EDC - Innovation Lab' with a selected group of external experts, partners and the company’s professionals to discuss various topics about the future of mobility under the theme of ‘Future Mobility: Where To’.Omorfia Group, which comprises personal care and beauty companies, expanded its Bedashing Beauty Lounge brand reaching 23 locations with the opening of two new branches, one in Al Taif entering Fujairah market and another one in Al Jada, its second branch in Sharjah. More recently, Omorfia Group opened the 9th branch of Jazz Lounge Spa in Port de la Mer, Dubai.International Energy Holding’s Kalyon Enerji commenced operations of the Kalyon Karap?nar Solar Plant after receiving the certificate of acceptance of the final section of the power plant, issued by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MENR) in Turkey. Kalyon Enerji also received a development impact assessment from J.P. Morgan’s Development Finance Institution for the Kalyon Karap?nar Solar Power Plant and has set a series of development objectives that are expected to advance four of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG #7: Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG #13: Climate Action and SDG #15: Life on Land. The company also started development of 390 MW Solar - ANKA Project, 200 MW Wind - STORM Project, and 1 GW YEKA Wind Project (Kalyon shareholding 40%).Meanwhile, Viola Communications, a fully-integrated marketing and communications solutions provider successfully arranged and managed multiple big scale events, such as ADAA’s International Ethical Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) under the theme "Building the Ethical Foundations for Sustainability”, the launch of Sea La Vie - a luxurious residential project at Yas Bay that will be developed by Nine Yards, and the open-air art gallery, DIFC Sculpture Park, featuring immersive experiences and artworks from over 70 local and international artists at DIFC.Inclusion In IndicesThe quarter saw the Group being upgraded from Mid Cap Index to Large Cap Index in FTSE Global Equity Index Series (FTSE GEIS) in its March 2023 semi-annual review.
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DC Aviation Al-Futtaim adds two new aircraft to its managed fleet

Dubai:  DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), a leading business aviation services provider, has expanded its fleet under management with the addition of two aircraft – a Bombardier Global 6000 and Global 5000. DCAF will operate the new aircraft on behalf of the private owners. The addition of these aircraft brings DCAF’s total number of managed aircraft to 11, further reinforcing its position as one of the fastest-growing private and business jet operator in the Middle East.The management contracts will see DCAF provide full Flight Operational Aircraft Management services, Continuous Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO), hangar parking and FBO handling at its facility at Al Maktoum International Airport, in addition to providing maintenance services for the two aircraft. Commenting on the new additions to the fleet, Holger Ostheimer, Managing Director of DCAF, said: “We have had a very strong start to the year with the addition of the Global 6000 and Global 5000 aircraft. The addition of these two exceptional business jets in addition to the Global 7500 earlier this year, in our 10th year of operation, reinforces our position as one of the leading operators in the Middle East. Asset owners continue to believe in our commitment to transparency, quality and delivery of service, as well as our unmatched expertise in aircraft management and we look forward to delivering on our promises.” DCAF’s core areas of business include Aircraft Management, Maintenance, FBO and Ground Handling and Business jet charter. For more information on DCAF’s hangar and services, please visit dc-aviation.ae or call +971 4 870 1800. 
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The e-marketing of books provides a host of expanding opportunities

Dubai: During a session titled “Expanding Your Digital Footprint: How UK Booksellers Use Online Platforms to Grow Book Sales,” panellists discussed the importance of creating an online presence and expanding digital footprints to boost book sales. They also highlighted the importance of building a strong community of book lovers and using social media platforms effectively to connect with customers and promote books.The informative session featured Mark Thornton from “Bookshop.org”, Sara Dennis from “Mostly Books” and “Borzoi Bookshop”, and Jo Coldwell from “Red Lion Books,” and was presented during the first day of the International Booksellers Conference, which is having its second edition at Sharjah Expo Centre, after a successful inaugural event last year.Connecting with the world and expanding the bookselling marketMark Thornton is the Bookshop Partnership Manager for Bookshop.org, an ecommerce platform designed to help physical bookshops. With over 550 independent bookshops on the platform, Thornton is responsible for supporting and promoting them, including running online events to enhance booksellers' sales and digital skills.Thornton revealed one of the ways their platform supports the industry saying, “Bookshop.org gives 10% of our sales through non-booksellers to a dedicated ‘shared pool’ which ultimately goes back to independent booksellers, and all sales on the platform are carbon neutral, meeting our sustainable goals.” The platform has won several awards, including Best for the World as a certified B corporation. In the US, the platform has helped independent booksellers earn over $25 million, and in the UK, over £2.8 million.The platform is designed to meet the challenge of the long-term trend in online purchases, with 35% of online purchases starting on Google, 25-35% of sales generated through emails and newsletters, and 49% of purchases produced through social media. Advising businesses entering the online world, Thornton stated, "Be authentic and use original content, be sustainable and offer multiple buying options, and be flexible.”Connecting with your passion through the power of communityJo Coldwell, who manages the day-to-day running of the award-winning Red Lion Books, discussed the importance of book clubs and fostering a love of reading within the community. She believes that booksellers should continually adapt in their practices but not forget the reasons they got into the industry.Expanding on this, Coldwell stated, "As booksellers, we need to make decisions about our businesses and practices on a daily basis to keep ahead of an ever-changing world. Having a strong digital footprint ironically gives me the resources and energy to focus on what I truly love, connecting directly with people and providing them with quality reading material."Create a distinctive customer experience for your customersSara Dennis, the owner of two award-winning independent bookshops "Mostly Books" and "Borzoi Bookshop," stressed the significance of creating a distinctive customer experience and building strong relationships with customers. According to her, "Each individual bookshop has its unique selling points, atmosphere, and communities." She also acknowledged the importance of social media and its benefits in reaching new customers and showcasing the personality of the shop. However, she believes that the best way to connect with customers is still through in-person interactions at the physical store.In response to the pandemic, Sara Dennis emphasised the significance of community support for local bookstores. While online sales have increased, she still observed the strength of the local bookstore community, where customers chose to buy from independent bookstores instead of cheaper online alternatives. She also highlighted their online book club as a means of strengthening their community and providing another interface for customers.The International Booksellers Conference is an impactful initiative by the Sharjah Book Authority and aims to promote and support the book industry in the region by bringing together leading professionals and publishing houses from around the world to share their expertise and knowledge. The conference runs from May 1st to May 2nd at the Expo Centre Sharjah and has already proven to be of great value to all in attendance.
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Mirchi launches world’s first AI presenter

Dubai: Mirchi, the UAE-based radio station, is breaking new ground with what it claims to be the world’s first AI presenter on a commercial radio station. AIRAH (Artificial Intelligence Radio Host), the station's latest addition, is set to revolutionize the way we listen to radio. AIRAH is a text-to-speech AI presenter based on voice cloning technology powered by Deepsync Technologies. The station has already launched a show called "Mirchi on AI," hosted by AIRAH, which covers topics related to technology and social media.The station's content director, Preeti Phalke, spoke about how radio has evolved over the years, providing entertainment in all formats across languages. With the addition of AIRAH, the station is taking another leap forward in the entertainment industry.AIRAH's special programming show will be available for three months, during which the station plans to explore partnerships with brands to "conceptualize something unique." However, the station has made it clear that AI will not be playing or selecting music to play on air, as the station pre-selects the music that is played.Brand manager Trena Doris said that AIRAH is not meant to replace traditional radio hosts, and nothing can replace the live and real-time interactions that radio hosts share with their listeners.The UAE has been at the forefront of many world-first innovations, and Mirchi's AI presenter is just another example of the region's commitment to future-ready technologies. The station's AI presenter is sure to attract attention and interest from radio enthusiasts worldwide, and we can't wait to see what the future holds for AIRAH and Mirchi.
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Dubai witnesses surge in e-commerce market

Dubai: Tradeling, the largest business-to-business (B2B) marketplace in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has witnessed a strong surge in the region’s e-commerce sector as multiple reports have cited an expected consistent growth for the industry in both Dubai and the MENA region.According to a recent interview with Mohammad Ali Rashed Lootah, President and CEO of Dubai Chambers, Dubai has witnessed a recent surge in the e-commerce market due to several factors, including a 97% year-on-year growth for the number of international visitors, which reached 14.36 million in 2022 in comparison with the previous year (2021). This is in large part due to the resilience of the UAE government, who have reacted as well as anyone to the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and was able to re-open the market to everyone under the right safety measures. Another strong reason is the evolution of retail and e-commerce as Dubai has seen an entry into the metaverse, with stores and malls opening in the Web3 space. Retail outlets have been able to adjust very smoothly and effectively in bridging the gap between the digital and actual world with all the advanced technology provided to them, and UAE residents are able to take advantage of the opportunity and incorporate it as part of their daily lives. This trend is continuously becoming the new norm for shoppers in using the internet as their main platform for the majority of their purchases.The sector has also reached a high-growth era for the entire MENA region, with significant progress in sales, logistics, and payments, nearly reaching $37 billion in 2022, according to a report by EZDubai, with the expectation to reach almost $57 billion by 2026 at a compound annual growth rate of 11%. This is in large part due to increasing internet and mobile penetration, rising consumer demand for convenience and value, as well as the emergence of innovative business models.Marius Ciavola, CEO of Tradeling commented on this: “The region’s focus on innovation, while embracing advancements in technology and adopting a digital-first approach has fuelled the growth of the e-commerce sector in the region. This is spearheaded by Dubai which is always looking to maximize all opportunities and unlock its full potential across all industries, with e-commerce being one of the main growth pillars. The UAE has always been a leader in accepting and utilising technology to its full advantage and the first step to this was digitalising its economy in 2013, resulting in a continuous increase in the e-c0mmerce sector, as the majority of the population has adopted the idea of a cashless society with all transactions implemented more efficiently without the requirement of a physical presence. The sector has been able to grow exponentially during and after the pandemic,  and continue to push on this strong momentum with additional support by the rising demand for online shopping and steady investment in the sector’s infrastructure.”As the MENA’s dominant B2B marketplace, Tradeling is playing an instrumental role in the UAE’s e-commerce rise. The company has grown rapidly since its inception three years ago with a wide selection of more than 1.7 million unique products across 14 categories and more than 200,000 registered buyers and sellers from 55 countries. Partnerships with local entities such as Wio Bank and Food Tech Valley, as well as global ones like Mastercard, are further solidifying Tradeling’s presence while simultaneously helping to prop up the country’s economy.
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Cisco unveils new solution to detect advanced cyber threats & automate

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), the leader in enterprise networking and security, unveiled the latest progress towards its vision of the Cisco Security Cloud, a unified, AI-driven, cross-domain security platform. Cisco’s new XDR solution and the release of advanced features for Duo MFA will help organizations better protect the integrity of their entire IT ecosystem.Threat Detection and ResponseCisco’s XDR strategy converges its deep expertise and visibility across the network and endpoints into one ?turnkey, risk-based solution. Now in Beta with General Availability coming in July 2023, Cisco XDR simplifies investigating incidents and enables security operations centers (SOCs) to immediately remediate threats. The cloud-first solution applies analytics to prioritize detections and moves the focus from endless investigations to remediating the highest priority incidents with evidence-backed automation.Fady Younes, Cybersecurity Director, EMEA Service Providers and MEA, Cisco, said: “Across our region and beyond, the threat landscape is becoming more and more complex. To quickly identify and mitigate threats before they cause damage, security teams need to have a unified view of the entire attack surface. Cisco’s new XDR solution is responding exactly to that need. It is designed to help our customers simplify safeguarding IT environments and providing them with increased visibility across the network and endpoint. By leveraging automation, XDR empowers decisionmakers to respond to and remediate threats before any widespread impact.” While traditional Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) technology provides management for log-centric data and measures outcomes in days, Cisco XDR focuses on telemetry-centric data and delivers outcomes in minutes. It natively analyzes and correlates the six telemetry sources that Security Operations Center (SOC) operators say are critical for an XDR solution: endpoint, network, firewall, email, identity, and DNS. On the endpoint specifically, Cisco XDR leverages insight from 200 million endpoints with Cisco Secure Client, formerly AnyConnect, to provide process-level visibility of where the endpoint meets the network.In addition to Cisco’s native telemetry, Cisco XDR integrates with leading third-party vendors to share telemetry, increase interoperability, and deliver consistent outcomes regardless of vendor or technology. The initial set of out-of-the-box integrations at general availability include:Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR): CrowdStrike Falcon Insight XDR, Cybereason Endpoint Detection and Response, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint, Palo Alto Networks Cortex XDR, SentinelOne Singularity, Trend Micro Vision OneEmail Threat Defense: Microsoft Defender for Office, Proofpoint Email ProtectionNext-Generation Firewall (NGFW): Check Point Quantum, Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation FirewallNetwork Detection and Response (NDR): Darktrace DETECT™ and Darktrace RESPOND™, ExtraHop Reveal(x)Security Information and Event Management (SIEM): Microsoft SentinelZero Trust and Access ManagementAs attackers increasingly target gaps in weaker multi-factor authentication (MFA) implementations, Cisco is redefining what is essential for access management. Every business needs three key pillars for their access management strategy: enforcing strong authentication, verifying devices, and reducing the number of passwords in use. This is why, beginning on May 1st, Cisco is adding Trusted Endpoints to all its paid Duo Editions. Previously just available in Duo’s highest tier, Trusted Endpoints allows only registered or managed devices to access resources. By delivering Trusted Endpoints alongside Single Sign On, MFA, Passwordless, and Verified Push within the entry-level Duo Essentials edition, Cisco is delivering the most secure, cost-effective, and user-friendly access management solution on the market.
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Elevatus appoints David Gurle to Board of Directors to drive growth & expansion

RIYADH: Elevatus, the global leader in AI-powered recruiting solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of David Gurle to its Board of Directors. Gurle's extensive experience in leadership roles at companies such as Microsoft, ThomsonReuters, Skype and Symphony, coupled with his track record of scaling businesses at all growth stages, will be instrumental in guiding Elevatus through its next phase of growth.As a recognized leader in recruitment software, Elevatus has streamlined the hiring process for over 150 enterprise companies worldwide, attracting and hiring top talent more efficiently and cost-effectively. Gurle's appointment to the Board of Directors strengthens Elevatus' commitment to delivering world-class recruitment solutions across different industries. His strategic vision and expertise will be crucial in guiding Elevatus as it continues to revolutionize the recruitment landscape with the latest advancements in AI, science, and technology."Elevatus is thrilled to welcome David Gurle to our team as an advisor and board member," said Yara Burgan, CEO of Elevatus. "With decades of experience in the tech industry and a proven track record of success at some of the biggest names in the business, David brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table. His dedication to innovation and invaluable guidance and insights on strategy, operations, and product development will be crucial as we continue our journey of growth, innovation, and scaling."Gurle expressed his excitement about joining the Elevatus family, stating, "I am honored to contribute to Elevatus' mission of changing the way companies hire top talent. Elevatus has built an impressive platform that is transforming the recruitment industry, and I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting journey. With their passion and dedication to their customers and team members, I am confident that we can take Elevatus to new heights."With recent industry accolades and a successful Series A funding round, Elevatus is well-positioned to build upon its success and continue to expand its reach. Gurle's appointment to the Board of Directors, combined with Elevatus' commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction, highlights the company's dedication to revolutionizing the recruitment industry.
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ME's influencer marketing domain will hit $1.3-billion valuation in 2023

Dubai: YAAP, a new-age specialized content and influencer marketing company, has launched ‘The State of Influencer Marketing in UAE 2023’ report, in conjunction with the leading media and news outlet Khaleej Times. The comprehensive report, a first-of-its-kind deep dive into Middle East’s burgeoning influencer marketing domain, was launched at Khaleej Times’ marketing conclave, TRIBE - The CMO Connect, held on 27th April.Launching the report, Sadia Akhter, Partner at YAAP, said the ‘The State of Influencer Marketing in UAE 2023’ holds a mirror to the status quo of the domain in the region. “Influencer marketing has gained significant ground in the Middle East, particularly the UAE, necessitating marketers cut across sectoral lines to explore its viability for their businesses. At this juncture marked by heightened interest, lingering hesitancies, and a lack of clarity on potential ROI, our detailed report will be of great consequence, providing much-needed answers and little-known statistics,” Akhter opined. The report estimated the Middle East’s Influencer Marketing domain to reach a valuation of $1.3 billion by 2023 while underlining the supporting trends, technologies, and tailwinds. YAAP’s research methodology included attaining sector-wide perspectives of CMOs, marketing heads, and digital marketers from leading brands in the region. A few findings reinforced the UAE’s competitive edge globally in influencer marketing and the absorption of supporting technologies. A resounding 76.9% of marketers said that influencer marketing is a top priority for their brand after social media, revealing the growing traction of “influencing” within the branding and advertising industries. While overall influencer marketing budgets have grown considerably in 2023, about 76.5% of marketers have channelled the investments from TV, print, and outdoor to influencers, in a telling revelation about the domain’s prospects.  Interestingly, a whopping 79.3% of respondents felt mid-tier influencers are most important to deliver their brand message, with a majority also underscoring the prominence of socially conscious influencers. The technological imperative found emphasis as 71.8% of marketers expressed they measure the engagement of their influencer marketing campaigns. Broadly, the research hinted at the increasing role of AI in influencer marketing in 2023, with virtual or CGI influencers primed for an uptake. “Today, influencer marketing is like Facebook was in 2008 — at its nascency compared to its full potential, with early movers gaining a competitive edge and others experiencing a fear of missing out (FOMO). For the marketing industry, it is a tangential moment with influencers beginning to chart a new course. ‘The State of Influencer Marketing in UAE 2023’ report is a reliable guide for those aspiring to venture in that direction with greater clarity and actionable insights,” expressed Arshad Zaheer, Senior Partner at YAAP. YAAP was recently in the news following its strategic partnership with leading US-based influencer marketing agency Tagger Media. That development was preceded by the acquisition of Crayons Communications, a reputable advertising agency in the Middle East, and an impressive top-line growth of 97% and a 5X jump in profitability for FY21-22. YAAP’s portfolio includes esteemed clients such as Coca-Cola, Visit Dubai, Lufthansa, RuPay, American Express, Disney, Amazon, and Square Enix.
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Brill Collective's model connects freelance consultants, traditional agencies

Dubai: Designed to bridge the gap between freelance consultants and traditionally structured agencies within the marketing and communication industries, its unconventional model offers flexibility and scalability to both its clients and consultants.Established by former Head of PR at M&C Saatchi UAE, Amy Brill, The Brill Collective responds to each client request by curating a bespoke team of consultants based on their experience and specialities. From planners to publicists, content creators to copywriters, and everything in between, its army of consultants have been carefully vetted to combine best-in-class knowledge, reach and influence.As a full-service business, The Brill Collective manages clients end-to-end, from interpretation of briefs to delivery of exceptional output. In a similar way to traditionally structured agencies, it takes full responsibility for the work and provides the ease of working with a single entity, offering the best of both worlds.For freelancers within the marketing and communication industries, The Brill Collective provides exposure to a greater number of work opportunities, as well as a network for collaboration, without the bureaucracy they may be familiar with. There is no obligation on the consultants’ part, who each remain in total control of their time, earnings, and choice of projects.     Founder, Amy Brill, said, “This model takes everything I’ve loved and learnt from the agency world and matches it with the increasing number of incredibly talented consultants choosing to freelance. It is a new, agile way of servicing clients that’s balanced with valuing consultants as entrepreneurial business owners and recognising how the working world has, and will continue to, change.”The Brill Collective launches with over 40 consultants and foundation clients including Georgetown University, Dulsco Group and Cove Beach.Image by Stefan Schweihofer from Pixabay
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McLaren Automotive appoints Robert Holtshausen as Market Director for ME & Afric

Dubai: McLaren Automotive, the British creator of pioneering supercars, has announced the appointment of Robert Holtshausen, as Market Director for the Middle East and Africa.With more than a decade of experience at McLaren Automotive and over six years working within the Middle East and Africa (MEAF) region, Robert will be spearheading the company’s local operations from the brand’s Regional Office, based in the Kingdom of Bahrain.Having joined McLaren Automotive in 2012, Robert’s professional background is predominantly automotive sales and marketing, having most recently held the position of Regional Sales Manager - Middle East and Africa. In his new role, Robert will be focusing on consolidating the brand’s leading position in the region and will report directly to Brett Soso, Managing Director – Europe, Middle East and Africa, who is based at the company’s headquarters in Woking, UK.I’m delighted to announce Robert’s new appointment at what promises to be a very exciting time for our brand with McLaren celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year. Robert brings a wealth of brand experience into the role, and I am confident that his expertise and result-focused approach will allow us to maintain the highest standards of professional service and operational excellence for the benefit of our Retail Partners and discerning customers.”Brett Soso, Managing Director – Europe, Middle East & Africa “I am incredibly proud and excited to be taking up the role of Market Director for the Middle East and Africa. The MEAF region provides amazing opportunity and I look forward to contributing to, and driving, our continued success in the region.”Robert Holtshausen, Market Director – Middle East & Africa
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BlueWillow AIBlueWillow AI seeks to attract more users across MENA region

Dubai: The AI generative art platform BlueWillow is taking down barriers to entry and boost inclusion in AI art by offering unlimited free access to all. Unlike other AI art platforms where users get limited features and bandwidth for free, BlueWillow users will now be able to generate any number of AI art pieces without facing a paywall.While BlueWillow’s services are free to use, a community member may choose to pay for any of the four different payment tiers and support the platform’s growth.In only three months since its launch, BlueWillow attracted over 1.4 million users, and it’s now set to attract an even bigger audience. BlueWillow has also announced its support for multiple native languages in a bid to attract members from diverse cultural backgrounds.Beyond that, BlueWillow is extremely focused on user feedback to ensure that the most reasonable feedback gets translated into features either in the upcoming web app or somewhere in the development roadmap. On that front, BlueWillow even set up Focus Groups to better understand user needs and implement those into the BlueWillow platform.With such levels of freedom in AI art, BlueWillow users get a completely new, innovative avenue for brainstorming design and content ideas. The streamlined approach of BlueWillow can help anyone from marketing professionals to artists, designers, and game developers to strengthen their creative workflow without any payment or language barriers.Our platform will be the top choice for anyone enthusiastic about using artificial intelligence to create stunning artwork and imagery that meets their personal and professional requirements," states Hector Ferran, VP of Marketing at BlueWillow. He explains, "As a company, we firmly believe that AI-based image generation is the future of visual content creation, and at BlueWillow, we take great pride in being at the forefront of this field. Our goal is to make AI-based image generation available to everyone, and offering unlimited free access to users is helping us achieve this."BlueWillow is also working on a web app to make the platform easily accessible. The web app is currently in its beta version and comes with the gallery feature only, allowing community members to view all the art they’ve generated. Upon full launch, community members will be able to access BlueWillow through a user-friendly web interface as compared to current Discord server access only. Today, creatives can use BlueWillow to produce high-quality images quickly and easily for various use cases like social media posts, marketing materials, and web designs. It allows them to create high-fidelity visual assets, from anime characters to life-like photographs, effectively reducing the gaps between physical and virtual realities. BlueWillow is thus catalyzing the holistic evolution of generative AI while opening up novel avenues for its positive implementation. 
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JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh appoints Khaled Al Jamal as General Manager

Riyadh, KSA: JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh is pleased to announce the appointment of Khaled Al Jamal as its new General Manager. The highly respected hospitality professional will bring his wealth of experience in the industry having worked within the sector for over 35 years.Khaled graduated with a degree in Finance but found his passion within the hospitality sector, and hence kicked off a long-standing career in many countries from around the world starting with Marriott Amman Hotel in 1987 and held various F&B positions, followed by the USA, Hungary, Russia, Lebanon, Czech Republic, Turkey, UAE, Egypt, Ghana, Jordan and now KSA.During his tenure, he gained extensive experience across the hospitality industry, holding various senior positions in reputable brands such as Marriott, Renaissance, Ritz Carlton, JW Marriott and Fairmont.His General Manager career Journey started pre-opening The Courtyard Moscow in 2003. Subsequently, he went on to hold key General Manager roles worldwide, including the Beirut Marriott, Cluster General Manager at Prague, Czech republic, General Manager for the opening of JW Marriott Ankara Hotel and the Muli-Property General Manager for the opening of Marriott Al Jaddaf & Executive Apartment in Dubai, The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, The iconic Cairo Marriott Hotel, Accra Marriott Hotel in Ghana and Fairmont Amman.  On this occasion, Khaled Al Jamal commented: "I am delighted to join the JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh team which has been recently rebranded and is the first JW Marriott in the Kingdom. It is an exciting time for the property, and I am looking forward to working closely with the team to strengthen the brand’s position in the region and provide exceptional experiences to our guests, and share my experience in the industry to contribute to the hotel's continued success.”With his wealth of experience within the hospitality sector, Khaled will be working on strengthening JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh's position as a flagship brand in the region. His passion for the industry and dedication to excellence will undoubtedly contribute to the continued success of the hotel. The team is thrilled to welcome him onboard and looks forward to the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.The property boasts elegantly designed guest rooms with stunning views of the Riyadh skyline to a diverse range of F&B offerings, state-of-the-art fitness and wellness centre, refreshing outdoor swims, an array of meetings and event facilities that provide a spectacular setting to elevate any corporate or social occasion, and much more, the JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh is the perfect destination for those seeking a refreshing, transformative, and elevated stay in the heart of Riyadh’s new commercial and residential district. 
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Salesforce announces Einstein GPT Einstein GPT for Commerce

Dubai: Salesforce has announced new Commerce Cloud innovations that will help companies in any industry connect to their customers with personalized experiences powered by real-time data – all on one unified platform.Significance: Eighty-one percent of consumers plan to reassess their budget over the next 12 months, shifting spending toward more personalized experiences. Retailers who don’t focus on increased personalization while also increasing efficiency will find their business at risk.Technology context: Commerce Cloud leverages the full power of the Customer 360 to deliver personalized experiences at scale that are intelligent, automated, and real time, while driving efficiency, productivity, and time to value.Einstein GPT for Commerce will combine Salesforce’s proprietary AI models with generative AI technology from an ecosystem of partners, and real-time data from the Salesforce Data Cloud, which ingests, harmonizes, and unifies all of a company’s customer data, to help customers automate and tailor recommendations in Commerce Cloud.Go deeper: Two new Commerce Cloud innovations will help merchants build seamless, personalized experiences — on any commerce platform.Leveraging customer demographic data and shopping history through Data Cloud, Einstein GPT for Commerce can build personalized product listings or engagement for each individual customer without preloaded product descriptions or information inputted on the back end.For example, a customer in Australia will see a different product description for an umbrella than a customer in the United States, without the retailer having to manually add pre-written versions of the copy for each season into Einstein GPT.Merchants can also design custom-tailored promotional offers, with personalized auto-generated messaging to customers over WhatsApp, SMS, and email.A new, fast and flexible page designer for Composable Storefront helps control the site experience and create rich landing pages with a drag-and-drop editor and reusable components that eliminate the need for a third-party content management system and let merchants build headless commerce experiences with less cost and complexity.Page designer reduces costs and time to value with an out-of-the-box integration and supporting React utilities for a headless page editor that eliminates the need for a third-party CMS.With new Composable Storefront accelerators, integrations, and pricing from Salesforce partners Astound, Capgemini, Deloitte Digital, DEPT, Valtech, IBM, Forward, and Uniform, merchants can build headless commerce experiences with less cost and complexity.Quotes:Thierry Nicault, Area Vice President, MENA, Salesforce, said: “With these new innovations, Commerce Cloud will help retailers adjust to a fast-changing environment and enable them to focus their efforts on where they are needed most – including offering a stellar, hyper-personalized customer experience. This is vital at the current time given that consumer spending  is expected to decline in many parts of the world, putting additional pressure on retailers to innovate and do more with less.”Fast facts:A recent survey of more than 500 senior IT leaders found that a majority believe generative AI is a ‘game changer,’ with 84% saying it will help them better serve their customers.Einstein GPT, the world’s first generative AI CRM technology, delivers AI-created content across every sales, service, marketing, commerce, and IT interaction, at hyperscale.Salesforce is incorporating the technology across its product line, with new applications across every cloud, including Sales, Service, and Marketing, to transform every customer experience with generative AI.Salesforce is building on its Trusted AI Principles with a new set of five guidelines focused on the responsible development and implementation of generative AI.
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StarzPlay partners with Sky News Arabia to bring 24/7 news

Dubai: StarzPlay, the popular video-on-demand platform in the middle-east, has announced a significant partnership with Sky News Arabia, a renowned pan-Arab news network. This new channel carriage deal will bring 24/7 breaking news to StarzPlay's growing roster of entertainment and news programming. Sky News Arabia has been delivering fast and credible news since its inception in 2012, using cutting-edge broadcast technologies including virtual and augmented reality studios.StarzPlay's distribution network will enable Sky News Arabia to expand its reach across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, by making it available to all their subscribers via telecommunication partners. The move will also increase Sky News Arabia's visibility in the marketplace, providing a new customer base and further growing the news content market in MENA.Nart Bouran, CEO of Sky News Arabia and International Media Investments, said: "We recognise the importance of reaching audiences across streaming platforms, and we are pleased to partner with StarzPlay as one of the leaders in that space who will enable us to engage with a wider segment of audiences across the MENA region."Danny Bates, CCO and co-founder of StarzPlay, added: "We consider this partnership very significant as it will unlock the full market potential on channel distribution. We look forward to offering more captivating content on our platform."This partnership highlights the increasing demand for high-quality news programming in the region, and the potential for collaborations between entertainment and news providers. With StarzPlay's established presence in the MENA region and Sky News Arabia's reputation for delivering fast and credible news, this partnership is sure to be a success.
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UAE’s Sharaf Retail opens Cotton On's 11th store in Dubai Mall

Dubai: UAE homegrown retail conglomerate, Sharaf Retail significantly expands its presence in the lifestyle market across Middle East and Far East with addition to the opening of the 11th store of its lifestyle flagship brand, Cotton On at the world-renowned Dubai Mall.The new store is spread across an area of 4,601sq. ft. of shopping space that mirrors the group’s expansion strategy across the region.Cotton On is an Australian-based global fashion and lifestyle brand and the newest location will be offering a wide range of on-trend clothing, accessories, and homeware for men, women, and children.Founded in Geelong, Australia in 1991, Cotton On has quickly become one of the world's most recognized fashion and lifestyle brands. The brand is known for its affordability, diversity, and commitment to empowering people of all backgrounds to express their individual style and make their mark on the world.With the addition of its 11th location in the UAE, Cotton On continues to expand its reach and bring its unique blend of fashion and lifestyle to even more customers. The new store in Dubai Mall offers shoppers an immersive experience, featuring the brand's signature range of clothing, accessories, and homeware."We are thrilled to be opening the 11th store of Cotton On in the UAE, and our newest location in Dubai Mall," said Yasser Sharaf, Vice President Retail, Hospitality, Industry and financial services, Sharaf Group. "Cotton On is all about offering affordable, on-trend fashion and lifestyle products that empower people to express their individuality. We believe that our new store in Dubai Mall will be a fantastic addition to the retail landscape in Dubai, and we can't wait for customers to come and check it out."Sharaf Retail is rapidly expanding in the Middle East and Far East having opened 7 stores in the last 12 months across all brands under Sharaf Retail in Malaysia, Indonesia, UAE, Bahrain, Oman.Sharaf Retail specializes in retail development and brand building, with expertise in design, manufacturing, store operations and e-commerce creating a seamless brand and consumer experience across multiple touchpoints.
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Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council and Flat6Labs sign MoU

Dubai: The Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council (ADBWC), a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Chamber, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Flat6Labs, the leading early stage venture capital firm in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The MoU aims to strengthen cooperation between the two parties to support and enable women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, fulfil their aspirations, and contribute to the growth of Abu Dhabi’s economy.The MoU was signed by Asma Al Fahim, Chairwoman of the Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council, and Ryaan Sharif, General Manager of Flat6Labs, at the Chamber's building, in the presence of representatives from both parties.Under the terms of the MoU, the two parties will organise workshops to introduce the members of the Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council to Flat6Labs’ services and financing programs, and provide them with the required guidance by coaches and experts to advance their business. The MoU also aims to provide women entrepreneurs with a platform to participate in the Flat6Labs Ignite program and have a chance to get financial rewards, as well as organise competitions for entrepreneurs in the technology field, which brings about mutual benefits for both sides.Asma Al Fahim, Chairwoman of the Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council, said: “The MoU with Flat6Labs affirms the Council's unwavering commitment to developing the capabilities of women entrepreneurs and enabling them to take their businesses to the next level, in accordance with the highest international standards. There are many women-led startups with creative ideas and untapped potential, which need our support. Our partnership with Flat6Labs plays a pivotal role in assisting these startups to improve their strategy and drive their business growth.”“The Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council continues to expand its strategic partnerships with different entities to fulfil its objective of supporting entrepreneurs, uncovering promising opportunities for its members, and encouraging them to realise their potential, to propel the growth of business and generate benefits for the society,” Al Fahim added.Highlighting data from Wamda which showed that through 2021, female-founded startups in the MENA received just 1.2% of the region’s venture capital funding, Ryaan Sharif, General Manager at Flat6Labs UAE said, “There is a pressing need to bridge the gender divide. Doing so will benefit the entire startup ecosystem as diversification will enable new ideas to flourish. Of the over 2,000 startups supported by Flat6Labs over the last decade, over a third (36%) have been female led, so we are keenly aware of the passion, persistence, and unique perspective that women entrepreneurs bring to the table. We take pride in partnering with the Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council to level the playing field and offer promising female founders the support and mentorship they need to achieve their full potential.”
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Sharjah Media City (Shams) launches new ‘Discounts Programme

DUBAI: Sharjah Media City (Shams) launched an exclusive ‘Discounts Programme’ for its licensed companies, offering them a range of rewarding discounts and incentives, with the aim of improving their experience and offer them added comfort.Shams offers a wide range of commercial activities for entrepreneurs wishing to embark on their journey from the United Arab Emirates. The free zone constantly seeks to support and inspire entrepreneurial businesses and accelerate their growth, by providing an enabling environment for innovators to live, learn, and work.“Sharjah Media City always strives to improve experiences for its licensed companies and build a build a healthy, sophisticated community that encourages lifelong learning,” said Shihab Al Hammadi, Director of Sharjah Media City (Shams). “And with that in mind, we are delighted to launch the new ‘Privileges Discounts’, which provides our members with a range of incentives for them and their families, and we invite them to take advantage of the programme, which we will be updating periodically with more features.”The list of benefits provided by the new programme includes the ‘Waffer’ programme, an initiative launched by the Government of Sharjah, which offers users discounts and privileges at various suppliers in addition to popular entertainment destinations.Among the new benefits that Shams provides to its entrepreneurs and their families are discounts of up to 50% on tuition fees at Skyline University College in Sharjah, which offers various programmes in business administration and information technology that are fully accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education. The college also offers various bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes.Furthermore, individuals who have a Shams Community membership card can enjoy offers on various lifestyle experiences, including discounts at Al Fayy restaurant, located within Sharjah Media City and renowned for serving a variety of international dishes in a breath-taking atmosphere, as well as discounts on Shams gym membership fees.Shams provides its members with a range of benefits, such as affordable costs for establishing companies, 100% ownership for foreign investors, the ability to allocate up to 12 visas for a joint office space, procedures for registering a company fully online with an easy and simple process. Members can also enjoy the benefits provided by the Shams Business Centre, which include multiple office spaces available for rent, meeting rooms, and a specialised training hall.Within its strategic plan, Sharjah Media City (Shams) is looking forward to providing more features and services and expanding the scope of facilities for its members by concluding more effective partnerships and obtaining other facilities to contribute effectively to supporting entrepreneurship.
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Muhammad Ali Appointed as Executive Creative Director at Leo Burnett Dubai

Dubai: Leo Burnett Dubai has named Muhammad Ali as its new Executive Creative Director. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Ali has previously held positions as Executive Creative Director at Keko Dubai and Senior Creative Director at Momentum Worldwide. In his new role, Ali will be responsible for overseeing the creative output and growth of Leo Burnett Dubai's portfolio, including some of the agency's largest accounts.According to Kalpesh Patankar, Chief Creative Officer of Leo Burnett, Ali's appointment is a crucial one for the agency, given his impressive track record of creating successful campaigns in the region. Ali has worked on campaigns for Al Hilal Bank, Subway, Porsche, and Yas Island, among others, and has received numerous industry accolades throughout his career.Publicis Communications UAE CEO Nathalie Gevresse said Ali's deep empathy for human behavior and ability to translate it into powerful stories make him one of the industry's best talents. Ali expressed his excitement about joining the team at Leo Burnett, saying that he looks forward to building on the agency's successful work.This appointment highlights the agency's commitment to elevating its creative output and furthering its growth in the industry. Ali's vast experience and impressive portfolio make him a valuable addition to the Leo Burnett team. Muhammad Ali Appointed as Executive Creative Director at Leo Burnett Dubai
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Lexar appoints Fissal Oubida to spearhead Middle East, Africa

Dubai: Lexar, a leading global brand in memory and storage solutions, announced the appointment of Fissal Oubida as the new General Manager for Lexar Middle East, Africa, CIS and the Indian Subcontinent with immediate effect.Fissal is a well-known IT industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in business development, sales, and marketing across various industries. He has a proven track record in building synergies to grow businesses across borders while setting up operational dependencies that grow to scale.Commenting on the appointment, Ryan Li, CEO, Lexar, said “Fissal’s appointment is strategic, and the Lexar management has entrusted the baton to “reshape” Lexar’s operational business structure and to further nurture, grow and manage partnerships in these key geographies. He will help us to further strengthen our offerings in key verticals such gaming, photography, videography, and digital content creation.”Commenting on his new role and responsibilities, Fissal Oubida said, “I am glad to accept my new strategic role to continue to further drive Lexar achievements in the Middle East & Africa and carry the same success into the CIS and the India Sub-continent. Our award-winning USB Flash Drives, memory cards, gaming SSDs and DRAMs, are poised for growth and I see significant potential to expand our presence.”Fissal will focus on establishing a strong Lexar presence in various countries and is tasked with taking its growth to the next level. He will oversee, the channel, retail (organized, micro-retail & e-commerce), networkof gaming systems integrators, and the overall sales and marketing of memory cards, USB flash drives, SSDs and DRAM products through leveraged distribution channels that cover major cities across MEA, CIS and the Indian Subcontinent. He will also continue to champion Lexar as the consumer brand of the masses and enhance the sale and marketing infrastructure within each country of operation.
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Over 100 job positions offered by Sheraa startups

Dubai: Over 27 startups by the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa) offered more than 100 job positions, including full-time, part-time, freelance, and internship opportunities, catering to a broad range of students during “Startup Career Fair 2023” which was organized by Sheraa and the American University of Sharjah (AUS) in partnership with Crescent Enterprises.The Fair brought together over 500 enthusiastic students seeking internships and job opportunities and was held at Sheraa Hub at AUS, featured interactive booths and fireside chats alongside leading innovators and entrepreneurs in the UAE and beyond.Attendees had the opportunity to network and build connections with 27 Sheraa-supported startups, which advertised 100+ key positions in sales & business development, product strategy, product development, marketing, IT and software, graphic design, finance, engineering, data management, customer relationship management, filming, editing, and content creation.Founders of startups such as OptimizeApp, Zidyia, Made for You Global, Cycled Technologies, Yspot, exhale, AR Engineering, HoloFair, Kyma, Foloosi Technologies Ltd, Savii, jalebi.io, Lune Technologies, EYouth, FortyGuard, Esaal solutions, and Ludus Films shared their experiences and insights at the fair, offering valuable advice to students looking to enter the startup world. With a focus on providing students with firsthand insights into working at a startup, they discussed topics such as the challenges and benefits of working at a startup, company culture, career growth, and more.Najla Al-Midfa, CEO of Sheraa, said: "Nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs is at the heart of what we do at Sheraa. The Startup Career Fair served as a platform for startups and students to connect on a personal level and discover opportunities for collaboration and growth. The fair's success is a testament to the thriving startup ecosystem in Sharjah and the region, and we look forward to continuing to support and encourage students as they consider careers in our homegrown companies or venture off on their own."Rania Morsi, AUS Interim Executive Director of Advancement and Alumni Affairs, said: "We are proud to have partnered with Sheraa and Crescent Enterprises to organize the first-ever Startup Career Fair at AUS. This outstanding event brought together students and startups in a dynamic and interactive environment, fostering connections and facilitating networking. We are committed to providing our students with valuable opportunities that enable them to pursue their aspirations and realize their potential. We also strive to create a platform where startups can tap into a pool of exceptional talent."At the interactive booths, students had the opportunity to engage directly with participating startups to explore potential internship or full-time positions. Startups such as OptimizeApp, which enables SMEs to organize social media campaigns through a single app, and Zidyia, the world's first modern subscription-based learning management system built natively on the cloud, showcased their offerings and connected with talented students.The fair's success was a testament to the strong startup ecosystem in Sharjah, as Sheraa and AUS facilitated connections between students and startups. The event provided students with a platform to discover their passions and interests and paved the way for a bright future in innovative companies.
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Lega Serie A football league appoints Tales & Head for Middle East communication

Dubai: Tales & Heads, the UAE-headquartered marketing and communications agency, has been appointed by Lega Serie A, Italy’s premier professional football league, for its Middle East communications brief following a competitive pitch. The partnership – which coincides with the opening of Serie A’s first office in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in Abu Dhabi – is set to bolster the league's presence in the region, foster closer relationships with fans, and create new opportunities for collaboration with local and regional partners.Tales & Heads, which specialises in strategic consultancy and creative storytelling, will be responsible for managing corporate communications for Lega Serie A Middle East, in addition to consumer, CSR and stakeholder communication campaigns. The agency will work closely with the brand’s global teams to ensure that communications efforts are aligned with the league’s overall strategy and business objectives.Commenting on the appointment, Alfonso De Stefano, Managing Director MENA at Lega Serie A, said: “Partnering with Tales & Heads will help us boost our communications and PR activities in the region. The agency’s campaign-based approach, coupled with its in-depth understanding of the region, make it the ideal partner for our brand. The Middle East is a crucial market for us, with a deep passion for football and a growing interest in the Italian game. As we open our MENA headquarters, this partnership will enable us to strengthen our presence in the region and engage more effectively with fans and stakeholders."Margaret Flanagan, Co-Founder at Tales & Heads, said: “Italian football has a unique appeal in the Middle East, and it’s a rare privilege to be able to work with one of the most prestigious leagues in the world. There is huge potential for Lega Serie A to connect on a deeper level with fans in the region, with a particular focus on Gen Z populations, both male and female. We look forward to working with the Serie A team in to create impactful campaigns that are driven by insight; connecting with audiences across the region in ways that are culturally relevant, human and memorable.”Abu Dhabi Media and Starzplay hold the exclusive streaming rights for Serie A matches in the MENA region, covering more than 20 countries including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Morocco.  
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Etisalat by e& launches new business post paid plans with productivity tools

Dubai:  etisalat by e& today announced the revamp of its business mobile plans to meet customers' evolving needs in the changing business ecosystem with more data and other benefits than ever before at no additional charge. Business First Plus and Business Xtreme are plans designed to meet the growing demand for data businesses where customers enjoy increased data allowances, enabling them to stay connected and productive wherever they go. As the hybrid working environment becomes more prevalent, with more employees working outside the office using collaborative work tools, the new plans will add immense value to small businesses, enterprise and government customers.Esam Mahmoud, Senior Vice President, SMB, etisalat by e& UAE said: “The evolution of business plans is a testament to our commitment to providing our customers with innovative and value driven products and services. At etisalat by e&, we understand that our customers need more data to stay connected and productive in today’s fast-paced world. These plans are designed to provide our customers with the data they need for no additional charge on the most frequently used apps for collaboration like Microsoft Teams, Zoom and emails. With the new plans, customers can enjoy seamless connectivity with non-stop data and stay productive wherever they go.”Business First Plus comprises high-performing, affordable plans designed specifically for business needs, offering huge data allowances, local, international and CUG minutes, Flexi SMS, and the unique Carryforward feature, which enables customers to carry all unused local and international minutes across three months.Business Xtreme is a suite of plans designed to give customers more power with unlimited local and international minutes, huge data allowances, roaming data, and flexi SMS, among many other benefits.etisalat by e&’s existing valued customers will be able to experience these new features on their current plans. They can enjoy the new set of add-ons available with flexible payment options of one, six and 12 months starting as low as AED 15.
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MEA’s largest customer experience conference to be held in Riyadh

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia will host the third edition of the E3 Customer Experience Conference 2023, the largest CX gathering in the region, on 16 and 17 May 2023. The Conference will explore solutions, discuss trends in the dawning AI era, and evaluate advanced technologies shaping customer service and digital workflows to deliver positive experiences.The two-day event, held in strategic partnership with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of Saudi Arabia and organised by Ejtemaat Saudi Arabia and the Saudi CX Association, aims to expand knowledge and build capabilities for businesses in the customer experience space. It is expected to attract over 500 delegates from the Middle East CX community, as well as recognised CX practitioners and thought leaders from around the world.The Conference will showcase practical strategies, tools, methodologies and initiatives that companies can use to accelerate customer-centric growth and innovation in a rapidly evolving experience economy.Recent research has shown that companies focusing on customer experience now generate 4% to 8% more revenue than their competitors. As approaches to excellent customer experience continue to change and AI slowly takes centre stage, customers are demanding fast and seamless services on the first try, leaving businesses today in the search for solutions and expertise to stay ahead of the curve.In line with these developments, the event will feature the CX Saudi Excellence Programme, led by the Saudi CX Association, which recognises excellence, innovative solutions and leaders in customer experience. The awards ceremony, adjudged by a prestigious panel, will highlight the best in the industry and serve as a platform to recognise their achievements."It is evident that the swift rise and fall of trends pose a true challenge for organisations to create an infallible plan for satisfying and retaining customers. With an overarching mission to establish the Kingdom as a CX excellence benchmark in the region, we at the Saudi CX Association look forward to welcoming the global CX community at the Conference as we work to explore and tap into the genuine potential of customer experience in ensuring the triumph of businesses and the formation of long-standing customer relationships across the Kingdom" remarked Eng. Abdullah AlGhamedi, Founder & Chairman of Saudi CX Association.“As advanced technology continues to shape customer service goals by streamlining digital workflows and improving overall experiences, it is essential to monitor customer feedback as the ultimate measure of success for businesses throughout the Kingdom. The upcoming event will provide an opportunity for CX professionals from different industries to explore solutions and gain insights into emerging trends from CX leaders across the globe,” said Abdulaziz Alosime, General Director of Customer Experience Improvement at Riyadh Municipality and the Vice Chairman of Saudi CX Association.The E3 Customer Experience Conference 2023 is a significant event for businesses and professionals interested in enhancing their customer experience capabilities. With a focus on the latest technologies and global best practices, the Conference is set to provide valuable insights and networking opportunities for attendees.
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5 reasons why Dubai is the best city for startup networking in 2023

Dubai, UAE — With the world gradually recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, entrepreneurs and startups are seeking new opportunities and connections to expand their businesses. In this regard, Dubai has emerged as one of the top cities for startup networking, offering an ideal environment for growth and development. As per the report by The Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy and Entrepreneur Middle East, startups located in Dubai raised a remarkable 96% of all funds raised in the UAE since 2017, highlighting Dubai's position as the go-to destination for fundraising for startups in 2022.Here are five reasons why Dubai is the best city for startup networking in 2023:1. Strategic Location: Dubai's location at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa makes it a vital hub for startups looking to expand their reach and connect with potential customers and partners from around the world. It offers a unique advantage to entrepreneurs who want to tap into various markets and grow their businesses globally.2. Business-Friendly Policies: The Dubai government has implemented several business-friendly policies and initiatives that create a conducive environment for startups. These include tax exemptions, streamlined business registration processes, and incentives for startups to thrive. Alongside this, the government permits the creation of businesses owned by foreign entities, allowing people across the globe to operate a company in Dubai. According to Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism, the government is seeking 30 startups that aspire to reach unicorn status by 2030. The D33 economy plan prioritizes the growth of startups, and Dubai is actively identifying and supporting them.3. Access to Capital: Dubai is home to a diverse range of venture capital firms, angel investors, and other sources of funding for startups. This abundance of funding options makes it easier for entrepreneurs to raise capital and launch their businesses. A report by The Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy and Entrepreneur Middle East states that as of the end of October 2022, startups based in Dubai had raised more than $2 billion in funding, which constitutes the majority of the country's total fundraising of $2.5 billion.4. Supportive Ecosystem: the city’s startup ecosystem is thriving, with a plethora of resources and support available to entrepreneurs. The government has established several initiatives and organizations to provide access to funding, mentorship, and networking opportunities for startups.5. Startup Events and Conferences: the emirate hosts several startup events and conferences throughout the year, providing numerous opportunities for entrepreneurs to showcase their businesses, network with other startups and investors, and gain valuable insights and knowledge from industry experts. One of the most popular is STEP Conference, the event that brings together startups, entrepreneurs and investors from the Middle East and North Africa region. It features workshops, panel discussions, and keynote speeches on topics such as fintech, e-commerce, and marketing."Dubai is quickly becoming a hub for startups and entrepreneurs, and we're thrilled to be a part of this exciting community,"said Alex Galtsev, CEO of Realiste, a proptech startup that develops AI-based products for real estate investments. "The city's strategic location, supportive ecosystem, and business-friendly policies make it an ideal place for us to grow our business and connect with other like-minded individuals and organizations."Realiste is committed to driving innovation and growth in the real estate industry and promoting diversity and inclusion in the tech sector. The company's goal is to build the first real estate exchange that can help to identify the most profitable options in the market, allow for online purchases within seconds directly from developers, and manage all purchased assets in one place. In 2022, Realliste was recognized as the leading artificial intelligence startup in the UAE.
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Akhbar Al Aan launches ‘Be Part of the News’ campaign

Dubai: Akhbar Al Aan has launched a new interactive campaign, ‘Be Part of the News’, aimed at fostering the knowledge and experiences of the next generation of Arab journalists. The campaign intends to help students engage in media work and employ their skills and talents in producing media content that reflects their identities and interests.The campaign targets selected universities in Arab countries, granting students the chance to become a part of Akhbar Al Aan's team and acquire valuable professional journalism experience. The initiative was kicked off in Tunisia with the Institute of Press and Information Science becoming the first institute to be a part of this campaign. Solange El Rassi, Head of PR and Corporate Communications of Al Aan TV., led Akhbar Al Aan's team and conducted an interactive seminar and workshop for the Institute's students, focusing on the global media landscape.As part of the campaign, a competition was launched, inviting students to create a documentary on a topic of their choice. The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to work remotely with Akhbar Al Aan's leading media team, which will enhance their skills and professional experience. The second and third place winners will receive cash prizes.The campaign further introduced Akhbar Al Aan and its specialized coverage and content, which aligns with its belief that every story belongs to everyone, and that audiences have the right to be informed about global events. Additionally, the campaign seeks to inspire hope and optimism in its viewers, particularly among Arab youth, through the telling of stories, one by one.Solange El Rassi, Head of PR and Corporate Communications of Al Aan TV said: “We are thrilled to launch the 'Be Part of the News' campaign at the Institute of Press and Information Sciences in Tunisia, a distinguished academic institution that has made significant contributions in the realm of education and has championed the pursuit of knowledge for upcoming generations. We are eager to interact with students, listen to their views, and showcase the diverse career opportunities available at Akhbar Al Aan, along with its distinct advantages. By participating in the news-making process from any location, students will gain valuable professional experience by working with a leading media institution, in addition to receiving financial compensation. The Institute of Press and Information Sciences presents an excellent opportunity for us to engage with Tunisia's talented youth, who have surpassed the challenges they face and demonstrated their exceptional abilities and skills in all fields.”“This campaign is a continuation of Akhbar Al Aan's ongoing efforts to support and empower Arab youth by providing them with various opportunities to enhance their skills and work. One of our significant accomplishments in this field is the launch of the interactive campaign '3eesh Al Aan Café ', which enables youth to showcase their talents and success stories and apply for full-time jobs. We, at Akhbar Al Aan, are committed to organizing periodic contests that encourage audience participation and continuously creating and sharing meaningful content that resonates with Arab youth and has a significant positive impact,” she added.Akhbar Al Aan has recently announced the launch of training sessions for aspiring media students and individuals passionate about the field. These online classes aim to teach the fundamentals of journalism, writing, publishing, and presenting and will be conducted by seasoned media professionals who will share their expertise. The courses are available at a reasonable fee, and upon completion, participants will receive an accredited certificate of participation from relevant entities. Additionally, Akhbar Al Aan has also introduced another initiative offering training sessions and part-time working opportunities where individuals can hone their skills in journalism, news-making, and reporting under the guidance of media experts at Al Aan TV.Akhbar Al Aan plans to expand the program to other esteemed Arab universities. The campaign seeks to network and engage with the media and journalism students in these universities and develop their experiences and knowledge in media, as well as encouraging them to employ creativity and innovation to achieve success and excellence.
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India TV expands global reach with UAE launch in collaboration with NKN Media

Dubai: India TV, a leading Hindi news channel based in India, has announced its launch in the UAE on April 29th in collaboration with NKN Media, which has been appointed India TV's exclusive ad sales and distribution partner for the UAE region.The launch event witnessed Bollywood megastar Salman Khan and Rajat Sharma, the chairman and editor-in-chief of India TV, come together in Dubai to shoot an episode of the longest-running show in India, 'Aap ki Adalat'. During the shoot at Hilton, Al Habtoor City, Dubai, Salman entertained the crowd with his witty responses to Rajat Sharma’s questions. At the end of the shoot, Rajat Sharma surprised the audience with the announcement that India TV will now be available in the UAE, starting with the airing of Salman Khan's episode.This move is a significant milestone towards India TV's goal to inform and empower global Indians with accurate, in-depth, and fact-based journalism without bias or sensationalism. Ritu Dhawan, Managing Director of India TV, emphasised the channel's goal to inform and empower global Indians with accurate and fact-based journalism, establishing India TV as the most trusted and reliable news source. The expansion of India TV's reach to the UAE marks a significant milestone towards achieving this objective. The channel aims to cater to the needs of the Indian diaspora residing in the UAE and provide them with comprehensive news coverage of India and the rest of the world.
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Merkle appoints Omar Khan as Head of Data & Analytics for the MENA region

Dubai: Merkle, dentsu’s leading technology-enabled, data-driven customer experience management company, today announces the appointment of Omar Khan as Head of Data & Analytics of the MENA business.Khan’s arrival comes as local and regional clients continue to undergo digital transformation on their journey’s to meet ever changing customer expectations. In his new role, Omar will lead analytics product development and innovation efforts, while driving the adoption and use of analytics, cloud and data engineering across both Merkle and dentsu’s media and creative brands.Bringing more than 18 years of experience in the fields of data warehousing, business intelligence, data engineering and analytics, Khan has a proven track record working across a diverse range of global and national brands from healthcare to telecommunications. Prior to joining dentsu, Omar has worked in various leadership positions with NTT Data, Microsoft and the NHS. In his most recent role as Data Director of ZainTech, he was recognised for significantly contributing to an evolutionary leap in doubling data capability and building a delivery excellence framework. He also counts being named the winner of the Data 50 Awards 2017 and Tech Leaders 2017 among his industry accolades.Tarek Daouk, CEO of dentsu MENA said: “I am thrilled to have Omar join the Merkle MENA leadership team. His significant industry expertise, best in class experience and thinking from leading technology companies driving large-scale digital transformation is critical in today’s environment as we expand and optimise our offering. His leadership will be instrumental in ensuring our business is organised to continuously evolve to meet our customers’ expectations.”Omar Khan, said: “It is a really exciting time to be joining Merkle as it continues its expansion across MENA and rapidly builds its reputation as a leader in customer experience transformation. I was drawn to Merkle by my genuine belief in their proposition, and that of the wider dentsu network, as being an agency built for the future and one that is responding to what clients are looking for today. I am looking forward to working with clients to navigate complex data and technology decisions, and with an innovative team of experts to deliver on Merkle’s vision to be at the forefront of analytics and technology-driven performance marketing.”Merkle MENA’s team of 48 people work across some of the most prestigious brands in the region, catering to different service lines and industry verticals. Supporting global, regional and local market clients, Merkle provides leading edge customer experience management through its experts in Analytics, Data & Martech, Experience & Commerce and Strategy & Transformation practice areas.
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MEDIA Tales & Heads appointed by Lega Serie A for Middle East Communications

Dubai: Tales & Heads, the UAE-headquartered marketing and communications agency, has been appointed by Lega Serie A, Italy’s premier professional football league, for its Middle East communications brief following a competitive pitch. The partnership – which coincides with the opening of Serie A’s first office in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in Abu Dhabi – is set to bolster the league's presence in the region, foster closer relationships with fans, and create new opportunities for collaboration with local and regional partners.Tales & Heads, which specialises in strategic consultancy and creative storytelling, will be responsible for managing corporate communications for Lega Serie A Middle East, in addition to consumer, CSR and stakeholder communication campaigns. The agency will work closely with the brand’s global teams to ensure that communications efforts are aligned with the league’s overall strategy and business objectives.Commenting on the appointment, Alfonso De Stefano, Managing Director MENA at Lega Serie A, said: “Partnering with Tales & Heads will help us boost our communications and PR activities in the region. The agency’s campaign-based approach, coupled with its in-depth understanding of the region, make it the ideal partner for our brand. The Middle East is a crucial market for us, with a deep passion for football and a growing interest in the Italian game. As we open our MENA headquarters, this partnership will enable us to strengthen our presence in the region and engage more effectively with fans and stakeholders."Margaret Flanagan, Co-Founder at Tales & Heads, said: “Italian football has a unique appeal in the Middle East, and it’s a rare privilege to be able to work with one of the most prestigious leagues in the world. There is huge potential for Lega Serie A to connect on a deeper level with fans in the region, with a particular focus on Gen Z populations, both male and female. We look forward to working with the Serie A team in to create impactful campaigns that are driven by insight; connecting with audiences across the region in ways that are culturally relevant, human and memorable.”Abu Dhabi Media and Starzplay hold the exclusive streaming rights for Serie A matches in the MENA region, covering more than 20 countries including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Morocco.  
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Xiaomi opens flagship store in the UAE at Dubai Mall

Dubai:  Xiaomi, a leading global technology company, recently opened its biggest flagship store in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Dubai Mall. The much-awaited official store opening took place on April 26th at an exciting event attended by technology enthusiasts and Xiaomi fans across the country, in the presence of Ronnie Wang, General Manager of Xiaomi Middle East and Levant, Arjun Batra, Country Manager of Xiaomi UAE, Tony Qin, Head of Xiaomi Middle East Retail, Ria Yu, C1 General Manager, and Yuchen Han, C1 Retail General Manager.Xiaomi's Dubai Mall store is a testament to the company's commitment to expanding its presence in the Middle East. It is a significant milestone for Xiaomi in bringing its innovative products closer to customers in the region. The store covers 6600 square feet making it Xiaomi’s biggest flagship store in the Middle East and one of Xiaomi’s biggest in the world."Our commitment to making quality technology accessible to everyone is reflected in our Dubai Mall store, the largest Xiaomi store in the world among our 1,400 stores worldwide, excluding China and India. Since the first Xiaomi store opening in 2017, Xiaomi has been bringing the concept of smart homes into daily lives. We are grateful for our consumers and Mi fans' unwavering support and promise to provide better quality products and the best shopping experience possible." said Arjun Batra.The event began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony which was followed by a range of interactive activities for the attendees to participate in. As the event progressed, the crowd was thrilled to see the cyber dog make an appearance on stage, which added to the excitement of the event.The opening was attended by numerous top influencers, including Ajman Khan and Roman Khan, who actively engaged with their fans and followers present at the event.Among the products displayed are smartphones, laptops, smart devices, and home appliances, featuring the latest Redmi Note 12 series, Xiaomi Electric Scooter 4 Ultra, Xiaomi 13, and more. The store's design aligns with Xiaomi's global branding standards, creating an immersive and interactive environment. Customers can test Xiaomi's latest products, explore their features and capabilities, and learn about technology trends.In celebration of the opening of the new store, Xiaomi is offering a 50% discount on all products to the first 350 customers, and a 30% discount to the next 400.Xiaomi's Dubai Mall store is located on the Ground Floor, in China Town. It is open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 12:00 am.
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Binance Academy launches Sensei

Dubai: We’re excited to announce the launch of Binance Sensei, our new AI-powered tool on the Binance Academy platform, which can be used to enhance your Web3 learning experience!Over the course of the last year, we've seen deep-learning systems such as ChatGPT and DALL-E hit the mainstream. These AI tools have quickly become extremely popular — making 2023 a key year for AI integration. This technology holds huge potential to change how we go about routine tasks and make many types of work more efficient. You’re no doubt as eager as we are to discover the new opportunities that AI brings.Our goal here at Binance is to facilitate the worldwide adoption of Web3 by creating an ecosystem that is accessible to all, while continually embracing cutting-edge technology. As part of that vision, we place a special emphasis on education and knowledge-sharing and have established various educational initiatives and resources to help people learn about the world of digital assets.Given our commitment to education and our interest in where artificial intelligence can take us, we’re thrilled to introduce our latest AI-powered tool: Binance Sensei.What Is Binance Sensei?Binance Sensei is an innovative AI-driven learning tool seamlessly integrated into Binance Academy – the ultimate destination for free education on Web3, blockchain, and crypto. Designed to elevate the learning experience, Binance Sensei transforms how users explore and interact with educational content, ensuring a more engaging process.Binance Sensei enables users to access the wealth of knowledge available on Binance Academy in a more intuitive manner. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, all you need to do is enter keywords or questions in the interactive chat window. Binance Sensei will then swiftly provide you with an easy-to-understand response sourced from Binance Academy's comprehensive collection of articles, guides, and glossary entries, or from other reliable open sources. Users can, for example, enter the keywords “Bitcoin price today” into Binance Sensei and the bot will immediately share back a direct link to the BTC Price page.Powered by state-of-the-art ChatGPT technology, Binance Sensei has been instructed to deliver relevant and easily digestible information. This user-friendly approach makes it easier than ever to dive into complex topics or quickly grasp new concepts, catering to a wide range of learning styles and preferences.Binance Sensei's AI-powered capabilities make it the perfect companion for anyone looking to expand their knowledge in the rapidly evolving world of blockchain and cryptocurrency. With this interactive tool at your disposal, you can now explore Binance Academy's vast array of educational resources with ease and confidence.So, whether you're a curious newcomer seeking to understand the basics of blockchain or a seasoned professional looking for more complex information, Binance Sensei has you covered. This cutting-edge tool is here to guide you every step of the way, ensuring an enriching and enjoyable educational journey through the world of Web3 and crypto.What Is Binance Academy?Binance Academy is a comprehensive educational platform that offers a wealth of resources on blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, and the Web3 ecosystem. Launched in 2018, Academy provides a wide range of content including articles, guides, videos, and glossary entries, catering to various skill levels and interests.Binance Academy's mission is to make blockchain and cryptocurrency knowledge accessible to everyone, regardless of their level of expertise. The platform is available in more than 30 languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean, and more, reaching millions of users worldwide. Binance Academy covers diverse topics, from basic concepts to advanced trading strategies, ensuring that users can expand their understanding and stay updated on the latest industry developments.Binance Academy's content is completely free, with no advertisements and no requirement for payment or registration. This allows everyone to learn at their own pace and access information without any restrictions. Furthermore, Binance Academy offers a Learn and Earn program, which allows users to earn crypto while learning about Web3 through interactive quizzes and videos.How To Use Binance Sensei?Are you ready to harness the power of Binance Sensei to enhance your blockchain learning experience? Follow these simple steps to make the most of our new AI chatbot — available exclusively on Binance Academy.Step 1: Visit Binance AcademyTo begin, navigate to the Binance Academy website.Step 2: Locate the Bot IconOn the Academy page, you'll notice a bot icon. Click on this icon to access Binance Sensei.Step 3: Engage with Sensei via the ChatOnce the chat window opens, type in your question or keywords of interest. Binance Sensei will provide you with a concise, approximately 150-word summary (TL;DR) tailored to your needs.Step 4: Explore Recommended ReadingsIn addition to the brief summary, Binance Sensei will also suggest three relevant articles to further expand your knowledge on the topic. Dive into these resources to gain a deeper understanding and satisfy your curiosity.By following these straightforward steps, you'll quickly unlock the full potential of Binance Academy and experience a more efficient and engaging learning process. Get ready to immerse yourself in the vast world of Web3, blockchain, and cryptocurrency with Binance Sensei as your personal AI-powered mentor.
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Warner Music Group joins forces with FIVE Hotels and Resorts

DUBAI: In a move that is likely to send ripples through the music industry, trailblazing FIVE Hotels and Resorts has forged a progressive partnership with the iconic Warner Music Group for the future of the disruptive luxury brand's record label, FIVE Music.This new joint venture will not only make use of Warner Music Groups' worldwide network of chart busting talent, but will further bring FIVE's visionary musically-driven events and taste making to the forefront of the international music scene.To kick off the celebrations, FIVE Music – along with Warner Music Central Europe, Dabruck Creative(DC) and FIVE Music's exclusive music publishing partner Warner Chappell Music - will host an exciting Music Writing Camp from 28th April 2023 to 14 May 2023 at FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Dubai with ace artists such as Robin Schulz, Space Motion, Franky Wah and Alle Farben and renowned writers such as KIDDO, Bully Songs, Gez O'Connell (to name just a few) joining the collaborative in creating the 'Sound of FIVE' for a new generation of fans on a global stage.Now, partnering with Warner Music Group, FIVE continues to up the musical ante - even committing to a state-of-the-art FIVE Music Studio at Dubai's famous, FIVE Palm Jumeirah - offering a place where producers, musicians and writers from across the globe can collaborate to make their musical dreams a reality.Fabian Drebes and Doreen Schimk, Co-Presidents Warner Music Central Europe elaborate,"We are excited to work with FIVE Music and to be able to offer our artists and writers an excellent and exciting site to perform, write and produce music. With FIVE Music, Dabruck Creative (DC) and Warner Chappell Music, we are sure to have forged an alliance with a true impact on the international music scene."Aloki Batra, CEO, FIVE Hospitality comments on the new joint venture,"FIVE's ethos revolves around first-in-class entertainment driven destinations with our unique 'Vibe at FIVE' that attracts a global diaspora of music lovers. It made perfect sense for us to align with global musical giant, Warner Music Group when expanding our signature label, FIVE Music.Kabir Mulchandani, Chairman and Founder, FIVE, summarizes,"From beachside to rooftop, there's no doubt that music runs through FIVE's DNA and therefore we can't wait to continue growing this division of our evolving portfolio to flourish alongside such a longstanding and respected musical hit maker."
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New General Manager appointed at Legoland® Dubai resort

Dubai : Tim Harrison-Jones has been recently appointed as the General Manager for LEGOLAND® Dubai Resort part of Dubai Parks™ and Resorts, taking the leadership responsibility for LEGOLAND® Dubai theme park, LEGOLAND® Water Park and the region’s only LEGOLAND® Hotel, Dubai. Following his passion for hospitality at the age of 14, Tim decided as a young entrepreneur to pursue his dream and master the world of hospitality and leisure. After more than 30 years, his passion, extensive leadership and commitment to deliver exceptional guest experiences, have led him to be part of the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator Merlin Entertainments that operates over 140 attractions in 25 countries around the world including LEGOLAND® Parks, SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds and more. Tim assumed various positions throughout his years in the UK, while his most recent role prior to joining LEGOLAND Dubai Resort, was Senior Divisional Director, overseeing Chessington World of Adventures and Thrope Park Resort in the UK.Originally from the UK, Tim has expressed his delight to move to Dubai, recently named one of the safest cities in the world and commented on his appointment: “Moving to Dubai, and joining LEGOLAND Dubai Resort, part of the Dubai Parks™ and Resorts, the largest theme-park destination in Dubai– is an exciting new chapter that I’m eager to start. I’m thrilled to be joining the team – known for its extensive knowledge and experience, as we take LEGOLAND Dubai Resort to the next level as one of the best family-friendly resorts in the region, and continuing the success of the recently opened LEGOLAND Hotel.”Tim has been married for more than 12 years, has two daughters and three grandchildren. During his UAE visit in 2020, he completed the RAK Marathon and has recently started his training plan to participate in Dubai Marathon in January 2024. Back in the UK, during the COVID 19 pandemic, Tim and his wife engaged in volunteering activities at National Health Service (NHS), and as they become UAE residents, they are looking forward to continuing their community service activities in Dubai.
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Emirates Publishers Association holds its AGM

Dubai: The Emirates Publishers Association (EPA) held its annual General Assembly meeting on 26 April, marking the largest gathering of the EPA board and executive office for the year. This year’s event was particularly significant as it involved the voting and election of a new board.The voting for the new board members resulted in the election of Abdullah Al-Kaabi from Dar Al-Ramsa Publishing House, Muhammad bin Dakhin from Dar Al-Takhayal Media, Amira Boukadra from Ghaf Publications for Book Trading, Fatima Al-Khatib from Dar Sidra Publishing Services, and Abdullah Al-Sharhan from Dar Ajyal Publishing.The General Assembly serves as a platform for EPA members to present the new year’s plan and discuss the previous year’s report, most notably the hosting of the sixth edition of the Arab Publishers Conference, which witnessed the participation of more than 400 guests and a group of specialists to shed light on the challenges facing the publishing sector in the Arab world.Distinguished representatives from the Ministry of Community Development attended the meeting and contributed valuable insights to the proceedings. Their expertise was especially vital in addressing critical agenda items, including approving the Board of Directors’ annual report and the current year’s programmes, activities, and budget plan. Furthermore, the EPA’s bylaws were amended to reinforce the association’s role in serving its members and promoting the growth of the publishing industry. The attendees also discussed the EPA’s achievements from the previous year, which included noteworthy workshops, sessions, and participation in local and international exhibitions.Rashid Mohammed Al Kous, Executive Director of the Emirates Publishers Association, said: “The General Assembly is an important annual event for the EPA during which we review our accomplishments, set new goals, and elect a new board; this year’s meeting was particularly significant as we made key changes to our bylaws to bolster the association’s ability to serve its members better.” The Emirates Publishers Association aims to achieve a qualitative leap in its activities, particularly in distributing and marketing books. Moreover, the association remains a key driving force in championing reading and literacy nationwide, firmly dedicated to instilling a passion for books and learning among all members of society. The association continues to play a vital role in promoting reading and literacy throughout the country, as it recognises the importance of fostering a love of books and learning for everyone.
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Ajman Chamber holds seminar on AI and Its Impact on economy

Ajman: H.E. Abdullah Al Muwaiji, Chairman of the Ajman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), confirmed that the interest of the UAE in employing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and accelerating the pace of benefiting from its technologies will be directly reflected in the growth of the economy, the volume of trade, and the enhancement of investment attractiveness by increasing productivity through faster and more accurate data analysis, and saving time and effort in accomplishing tasks in addition to developing government services in general and improving the quality of life.He said that during a seminar entitled "AI and Its Impact on the Economy", in the presence of H.E. Dr. Amna Khalifa Al Ali, Board member of the Ajman Chamber and Chairwoman of the Ajman Business Women Council (AJBWC), H.E. Salem Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the ACCI, the Ajman Chamber's employees.At the beginning of the seminar, Abdullah Al Muwaji welcomed the attendees, explaining that the seminar aims at enhancing awareness among the Ajman Chamber's employees of the importance of technology and its applications in the economic, commercial, and investment fields, in preparation for enhancing their knowledge about benefiting from AI techniques and providing proactive value-added services that serve the business society in Ajman.The Seminar dealt with the AI nature as it is "a revolution in computer science and technology, and it can be used in many fields to improve human life and develop societies," pointing to the diversity of its uses and utilization in various fields, including "industry, e-commerce, banking and insurance services, transportation, logistics services, and other fields.”The Seminar reviewed advanced AI technologies and their contribution to attracting direct investments by analyzing economic and trade data and predicting future trends for economies, as well as improving industrial processes and increasing productivity, in addition to integrating innovation, research, and development and benefiting from them in the economic sector in general, which increases the attractiveness of countries using these technologies as an ideal destination for investment.The attendees were briefed on the AI impact of artificial intelligence on the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (4IR) as the driving force and key driver for future industries, and on the diversity of its uses in growing industrial production, controlling automated processes, reducing costs, and improving quality.The Seminar also discussed the risks of using AI technologies, including increasing unemployment rates, increasing gaps between countries, and security and privacy by collecting and using the data of individuals and institutions.The Seminar recommended the need to take the necessary measures to achieve a balanced and orderly use of AI in a manner that preserves economic, social, and environmental interests, and protects individual and moral rights.
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UAE consumers find chatbots most useful in buying mobile phones

Dubai: With the AI market on track to reach the USD 500 billion mark by 2024, it is no surprise that AI and ML (machine learning) continue to become an integral part of business systems the world over.A YouGov survey conducted across 18 international markets finds that chatbots are proving to be a valuable resource for customers seeking assistance while shopping online for various products and services, but three in ten global consumers do not consider them useful in this regard. In the UAE, less than one in ten (8%) consumers do not find chatbots useful, highlighting the popularity of AI technology in the country. From the various listed options, chatbots appear to be most useful in online shopping for mobiles and electronics, with one in six consumers across the globe saying this (16% each). In the UAE, this number increases to three in ten (30%) for mobiles and one in four (26%) for electronics- making them the top two categories where consumers think using a customer service chatbot can be useful.A quarter also consider chatbots useful when buying air travel and hotel services online (26%)- the highest of all markets across the globe.  While only 12% global consumers think chatbots are helpful in buying groceries online, this number doubles (24%) among UAE consumers. Similarly, buying clothes/ shoes (24% UAE consumers vs 14% global consumers), take-out food(23% vs 12%), and financial products (20% vs 12%) online via chatbots is more useful to UAE adults than global consumers. Around a fifth of UAE consumers think chatbot assistance is useful in buying medicines (19%), streaming subscriptions (19%) and cars/ vehicles (19%) online. An equal but lesser proportion of consumers believe in its usefulness when shopping online for out-of-home entertainment services and cosmetics (17% each).Comparatively, the area where consumers think chatbots are least helpful are when buying video games online, but this is still more useful to residents in UAE than those across the globe (15% vs 10%). Methodology: YouGov Surveys: Serviced provide quick survey results from nationally representative or targeted audiences in multiple markets. The data is based on surveys of adults aged 18+ years in 18 markets with sample sizes varying between 431 and 1,572 for each market. UAE data is based on a nationally representative sample of 18+ adults with a sample size of 1014 respondents. All surveys were conducted online in December 2022. Learn more about YouGov Surveys: Serviced.