entourage, the leading live communications agency recognized for creating exceptional bespoke experiences and campaigns using the power of storytelling, has announced the appointment of Jill Jiao as Account Director. In her capacity in entourage, Jill will be leading the Aramco account.Jill brings over 17 years of experience in event management, communications, and client servicing, garnered while working across Asia, USA, Europe, and the Middle East. Her experience has shaped her into an excellent project manager and an even better team leader. In her role at entourage, Jill will be leading on servicing Aramco & its departments including Ithra and working closely with the team of Dammam office to ensure smooth operations internally and externally. “Our foremost priority is to develop and nurture talent, which in turn allows us to serve our clients better. Jill is a force to be reckoned with. Her expertise and tenacity make her an adept leader and a champion in client management. We’re thrilled to welcome her to our team and look forward to creating exceptional work together”, commented Shereen Khoury, People & Culture Manager, entourage. Over her tenure in the Middle East, Jill has consulted on multiple prestige clients including government entities, experiential & sports events, live/virtual exhibitions & conferences, creating high impact and consistently delivering value to her clients. Jill said: “I am always looking for powerful prospects that will contribute to my professional growth. entourage has been growing from strength to strength with an impressive portfolio of clients under its belt and it is a great opportunity to become a part of the growth story of the agency. I am eager to build some exemplary work with this spectacular team.”
Alex Malouf, the Board Director at PRCA MENA and Executive Director of Corporate Communications at the region’s first electric vehicle brand, is a prominent figure in the communication and PR industry in the Middle East. Apart from serving as a Board Director at PRCA MENA, he holds the position of Executive Director of Corporate Communications at the region’s first electric vehicle brand. With two decades of experience in the Middle East, Alex has resided in various countries across the region, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates. In this exclusive interview with Adgully Middle East, Alex Malouf offers insights into his journey, transitioning from a journalist to his current roles. He shares his passions and deep-rooted appreciation for the communications and PR industry. Furthermore, he delves into the Electric Vehicle sector of the Middle East and expresses his enthusiasm for this evolving industry. Excerpts from the interview:Could you share your professional journey and some of your notable achievements with our readers?I’ve been an analyst, a journalist, and I’ve worked in a number of communication agencies (some local, some global), and I then moved client-side. I’ve had the good fortune of working with some incredible people, teams, brands and organisations. I’ve also lived through some remarkable changes, such as the introduction of social media, the growth of influencers, and the rise of key issues such as sustainability. What I'm most proud of is helping organisations better understand and benefit from the potential of communications. I have also been dedicated to advocating for important societal issues, including the environment, gender equality, education, and learning.You've earned various recognitions, such as being named the first communications innovator in the MEA region by the Holmes Report and identified as a Rising Star and potential future Chief Communications & Marketing Officer by Provoke Media. How have you managed and successfully played all these roles in your career?I’ve always taken everything one step at a time, be it in terms of my learnings and education, my career path or my volunteering. I’m guided by a belief that communications can be a force for good when done well and ethically, and that we need to encourage more young talent to enter the industry. If you do good work, the accolades will follow.As a communications leader for the first Saudi Arabian vehicle brand, what can you tell us about your experience working with a new industry?Communication is always exhilarating, regardless of the industry. What's truly thrilling is being part of the initial stages of a once-in-a-lifetime transformation of society. There's a multitude of tasks at hand, including engaging with diverse audiences to generate enthusiasm for electric vehicles, demonstrating how smart mobility can enhance transportation safety, and discussing the pivotal role of technology in concepts like autonomous driving. Sustainability and eco-friendly transportation are also essential aspects to consider. Given the wealth of activities in this realm, we must carefully tailor our messages for various groups.How have you witnessed the evolution of the Public Relations industry over the years, and what positive changes have you observed?I’ve worked in the profession in the region for two decades, and it’s been great to see the maturing of the sector. When I started here, the focus was primarily on media relations. Now, there’s much more thought about a wider variety of stakeholders, including employees, community relations, government affairs and the like. We are also tackling bigger issues, such as sustainability and purpose. We still have much more to do to ensure that communications has a seat at the leadership table in every organisation, but we are getting there.Could you share some recent marketing and communications strategies that you have implemented? What changes can we anticipate in the vehicle industry as a result?With the rise of electric vehicles, we are witnessing the biggest change we have seen in the automotive sector for decades. What we have to do is get consumers excited about these changes, and make them want to be part of this change. There are challenges, such as the higher initial cost of EVs, a lack of charging infrastructure, the lost cost of petrol in the Gulf and the need for incentives and subsidies. I’m a convert, and I love my EV. I want others to feel the same, and that’s why communications is essential to making a convincing case for people to shift to EVs.What is your vision for the future of the vehicle industry in the Middle East?I want to see safer, smarter, more sustainable mobility across the Gulf. I think we can lead the transition to an electric future. Communications will play a major role in making the case for this change, and I’m excited about what we can do to get the region’s public excited about what EVs will mean for them, our cities and countries.
Retail Pioneer Union Coop, through its ‘Digital Mkt.& Advt. Section’ an integral part of the ‘Marketing Dept.’ was recently recognized at the MENA Digital Awards (MDA) 2022-23. The cooperative's digital campaign which was implemented by the ‘Digital Mkt.& Advt. Sec.’ in collaboration with ‘Fusion 5’, has been recognized with the ‘Silver’ award. This remarkable achievement emphasizes Union Coop's commitment to digital innovation and excellence in the competitive MENA market.The MENA Digital Awards (MDA) is a prominent accolade within the MENA region, which includes names like UAE Chambers and Emirates Businesswomen Council as strategic partners. All entries are judged by a jury of renowned digital experts from across the world, ensuring a best practice process that recognizes only the best work.Mr. Niels Groen, Chief Commercial Officer, Union Coop, expressed his gratitude and excitement, saying, “This achievement is a testament to our commitment to delivering excellence in the digital marketing space. Our dedicated team has worked tirelessly to create a seamless and user-friendly ‘Digital campaign’ that enhances the shopping experience for our customers. We would like to thank the MENA Digital Awards for this recognition and our loyal customers for their trust and support." It is worth mentioning that Union Coop's application installs campaign over achieved its objectives by driving (2.5X) installs than planned with (186K) installs from (75K) and achieved No.1 application ranking in Google Play store for Shopping category. The campaign has also achieved total number of place orders of (11K) and (6.3K) order confirmation, with (57%) conversation rate.
e& announced the launch of "I Speak Code&" Bootcamp, a distinctive eight-week coding programme, underscoring its dedication to elevating computer science education in the UAE.The bootcamp is the nation’s inaugural programme in collaboration with Code.org, an organisation focused on expanding computer science education in schools and facilitated with the support of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) Academy, which provided state-of-the-art facilities for the initiative.The “I Speak Code&” Bootcamp teaches children aged 5 to 12 the basics of coding using the Code.org curriculum. Held on Saturdays for four hours, each lesson builds on the previous, culminating in a student-led project showcase at the graduation ceremony on 18th November. Notably, older students, aged 11 and 12, will advance to the cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence curriculum.The bootcamp is being conducted by selected computer science teachers from across the Emirates, who underwent intensive training from Code.org to enhance their skills and ensure they deliver the curriculum effectively to young learners.Dena AlMansoori, e& Group Chief HR Officer said: “As the digital landscape continues to evolve, it's crucial we prepare and empower our youth to define, navigate, and shape it. Coding isn't just a skill; it's the language of tomorrow. Together with Code.org, we aim for every child in the UAE and region to be fluent in it. “Learning how to code taps into multiple key skills such as problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking, creativity, resilience, and self-confidence. It is imperative to nurture these skills in our future leaders irrespective of the career path they choose.”In line with the Ministry of Education’s vision, the bootcamp exemplifies the nation’s ambition to lead in the digital realm. e& is deeply committed to advancing STEM education in the UAE, emphasising that coding is vital for all children.Following the notable success of this year’s pilot, "I Speak Code" Bootcamp being held for the children of e& employees, plans are underway for its broader roll-out next year. The programme is targeting to expand locations, increase student participants, and train more teachers in the coming years.As the anchor partner for Code.org in the region, e& will be actively involved with similar initiatives, beginning with the Hour of Code campaign. The ambitious initiative, supported by the Office of AI and the Ministry of Education, aims to encourage all children in the UAE to take their first step into the world of coding.
The Project Management Institute (PMI) and Public Investment Fund (PIF) singed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the PMI Global Summit 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on 27th October 2023. The MoU aims to further develop the capabilities of PIF’s professionals in project management, as well as strengthen cooperation between the two parties. The MoU was signed in the presence of Areej Naqshbandi, Senior Director and Head of the Project Management Office at PIF, and Pierre Le Manh, President and CEO of Project Management Institute. Le Manh said, "PIF shows great commitment toward building and strengthening the capabilities of their professional community in alignment with the Saudi’s vision for economic diversification and prosperity. As transformation occurs, Project Management Institute is committed to striving for excellence by advancing the project management profession and collaborating with PIF to create a positive impact in the Kingdom.” PMI provides professionals with advanced project management skills in line with international best practice and resources through PMI's portfolio of certifications, along with training and development options to further elevate the project management profession and drive excellence.
MCN, Middle East Communications Network, and McCann Health MENAT proudly marked 'Movember' by hosting their second annual Prostate Cancer awareness ride in collaboration with the local 'Enigmas' Motorcycle Club. A convoy of more than 70 riders, accompanied by friends and family, traversed over 100 miles across Dubai and its surroundings, aiming to shed light on the importance of early prostate cancer screenings for men.Men’s health is frequently overlooked in the UAE, with alarmingly low rates of proactive prostate cancer screenings. MCN and McCann Health have embarked on a mission to amplify awareness, champion early testing, catalyze concrete action, and dismantle the reluctance among men to openly discuss their health concerns.Kicking off the journey from Enigmas MC Petrol Station, the riders swiftly garnered the attention of fellow bikers, Dubai's residents, tourists, pedestrians, and motorists. The city's streets reverberated with enthusiastic cheers, blaring car horns, and a pervasive wave of positivity, highlighting a clear message: it takes balls to get tested. MCN and McCann Health strategically partnered with The Enigmas, celebrated for their no-nonsense attitude and ‘tough-guy’ reputation, to combat the stigma around men’s health. This approach underscores that if these 'tough guys' can take the initiative to get tested, then other men should also be inspired and empowered to do the same.Following the successful ride, the bikers, their friends, and families convened for a group breakfast in Motor City. Over steaming cups of coffee and hearty breakfasts, they engaged in conversations vital to men's health. The discussions centered around the critical significance of regular screenings for early detection, and the pivotal role it plays in enhancing treatment outcomes.
LIGHTBLUE Creative Experience Agency has appointed Andrew Gibbons as Group Account Director.Andrew brings 18 years’ marketing experience from across the UAE and UK, including three years’ experience at LIGHTBLUE as an Account Director between 2014 -2017, and his new appointment marks a welcome comeback to the agency.Bringing a wealth of experience and cross-market perspective, Andrew will lead LIGHTBLUE’s Client Service team, and be responsible for the delivery of Brand Experience projects across accounts including Porsche, Dyson, Boss, Mashreq, Julius Baer, ArtsDao and Cenomi, as well as new business.Andrew began his career in Leeds at Savvy Marketing, where he worked across clients such as Shell, Britvic, and Domino’s Pizza across a number of roles as he was promoted through the agency between 2006 – 2014. He then spent four years as Head of Sponsorship at Sky Gaming & Betting developing sponsorship strategies. He joins LIGHTBLUE from The Jockey Club where he was Head of Bookmaker Partnerships, developing short- and long-term marketing strategy for brand partners.Andrew will lead the team, and report directly to LIGHTBLUE’s Business Director, Lizzie Howitt. In line with this appointment, LIGHTBLUE is proud to highlight the ongoing strengthening of its leadership team, underscoring its commitment to providing first-class services and pioneering solutions to clients. This move reflects the agency's dedication to remaining at the forefront of creativity, further solidifying its position as a trailblazer in the industry.Commenting on his new appointment, Andrew said: “Joining LIGHTBLUE as Group Account Director at a time when the agency is winning inspiring new business and expanding into new markets, is a very exciting step in my career. My new role brings opportunities for bold and innovative work, both with new clients, and those who have trusted LIGHTBLUE for more than 10 years. The team is exceptionally talented, and I am looking forward to together creating memorable and impactful solutions for our clients.”Founded 16 years ago in Dubai, LIGHTBLUE is one of the UAE’s leading creative marketing agencies, delivering strategic consultation, immersive installations, content, and stunts across UAE. The agency has been the trusted partner to deliver unforgettable experiences to some of the world’s best-known brands across a broad spectrum of fashion, fragrance, and luxury, to gaming, banking, and leisure.
Continental, a leading innovator in the tire and technology industry, will present a unique installation at Dubai Design Week, running from November 7th to 12th. This installation, named the "Circle of Trust," endeavors to repurpose discarded tires into potent symbols of human trust.As part of their dedication to sustainability and exploration, Continental has collaborated with the renowned artist Moey to craft an artistic exhibition that explores a fundamental question: "Who do you trust?" The project breathes fresh life into discarded tires by infusing them with profound meaning. Over 100 individuals, including members of the public and media representatives, engaged in exclusive interviews conducted by artist Moey, sharing their thoughts on trust. These responses were etched onto each tire, adding a deeply personal touch to the installation.Through innovative upcycling, Continental has demonstrated that used tires can undergo a transformative process, evolving from discarded waste into an inspiring canvas for creativity and environmental purposes.Jose De La Fuente, the Managing Director of Continental Middle East, stated, "We believe in giving discarded tires a second chance, just as we believe in the power of trust. The Circle of Trust symbolizes our commitment to sustainability and trustworthiness in the tire industry."The artist behind this installation, Moey, is a conceptual artist based in the UAE, with 15 years of residency in Dubai. His dedication to his adopted homeland and his desire to contribute through his artistic talent define his creative journey. His work reflects the UAE's rich tradition as a destination for people worldwide in search of a brighter future. Moey's artistic approach celebrates diversity, unity, and community involvement, echoing his belief in inclusivity and shared experiences.
CARMA, the leading global media intelligence company has appointed Amjad Fakhouri as the Commercial Country Director of KSA as it looks to expand its presence in the Kingdom. In his new role, Fakhouri will lead a team of diverse talents based in Saudi Arabia and continue to cement the leading intelligence provider as the key player in this market. A seasoned professional with over 22 years of experience in business management, Fakhouri joins CARMA from his previous role as Business Director at ITP Media Group in KSA. With extensive expertise in media, public relations, media sales and business strategy, along with a proven track record of successfully expanding businesses, this is a key appointment for the business. CARMA's newly established office in Saudi Arabia's capital city, Riyadh, further solidifies its presence in the region. The new office space is strategically positioned to streamline operations, extend their reach and enhance the quality of services and products offered to the local clientele. Commenting on his new role, Amjad Fakhouri said, “As the Kingdom has evolved, so has communications. We have witnessed a significant shift in our clients' approach to media intelligence, with a strong preference for genuine reputation analysis over traditional AVE measurement.” Fakhouri continued, “CARMA is already regarded as a trusted partner for media intelligence, strategic communications, integrated research and business management by numerous international, regional and local clients. In light of this reputation, it is imperative that we actively guide our clients towards our comprehensive services, which surpass those of our competitors in the region. Our expansion plans in the Kingdom include reaching several cities by 2024, supported by a dedicated team committed to serving our clients.” Mazen Nahawi, Global CEO of CARMA, expressed his enthusiasm for the appointment, saying, “Amjad Fakhouri's wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise in leadership makes him a natural fit to lead our efforts in Saudi Arabia and deliver value to the market. This strategic move aligns perfectly with our vision to provide high-level media intelligence services and to continue our growth in the Saudi market.”
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – Touchdown Middle East the GCC region’s first annual conference for the data centre industry, has today announced that Batelco, part of the Beyon Group, has joined the event as its premier Diamond Sponsor.Developed in partnership with the Gulf Data Centre Association (GDCA) and Kickstart Europe, Touchdown Middle East will take place on the 21st and 22nd November 2023, at Al Dana Hall, Gulf Hotel, Kingdom of Bahrain. The event will bring together data centre industry leaders, C-level executives, critical decision-makers, trailblazing operators, industry influencers and more from across the Middle East for two days of industry insights and networking opportunities.“We are delighted to have Batelco join the inaugural Touchdown Middle East as our Diamond Sponsor, bringing its prestige and reputation as one of the GCC’s leading telecoms company to this first of its kind event,” said Henry Sutton, Founder of the GDCA and Touchdown Middle East. “Batelco is a huge proponent for change and innovation in the GCC digital infrastructure space, and with its support, we look forward to attendees of Touchdown being able to share and learn best practice expertise and gain invaluable knowledge as the industry picks up significant traction in the region.”Batelco Chief Operations Officer, Maitham Abdulla said, “We are delighted to be the Diamond Sponsor of the first Touchdown Middle East Conference and we look forward to meeting our industry peers as well as fostering new connections with potential partners and clients at the event.““The need and demand for reliable, world-class Data Centre facilities for the public and private sector has grown enormously in recent years and having this opportunity to gather industry experts under one roof will enable an invaluable exchange of knowledge and discussion on the latest industry trends. Such events are very important as they enable organizations to stay ahead of the latest digital developments, especially within the data management field.“Moreover, senior members of Batelco’s Global Business Team and Enterprise Team will also be joining Touchdown Middle East as expert Speakers.
Dubai, UAE: Virgin Atlantic is delighted to fly between London Heathrow and Dubai, as the airline touched down in Dubai last week. The four times a week service operates seasonally from now through to March and will ramp up to a daily service in winter 2024.The airline expects the new route to be hit with leisure customers and aims to capture the increased demand for premium winter sun getaways. The UAE’s year-round warm weather with just a three-hour time difference is set to appeal to couples and families alike.Liezl Gericke, Head of International at Virgin Atlantic, commented: “We’ve long wanted to return to Dubai when the time was right, and we know our customers will be over the moon with the reintroduction of this popular route. Nothing sets our hearts soaring like a new destination or reintroducing an old favourite. We look forward to welcoming our customers back on board, whether travelling for business or leisure or heading back to the United Kingdom to reconnect with friends and family.”Rob Whitehouse, Vice President of Research at Dubai Airports said, "We’re thrilled to welcome Virgin Atlantic to Dubai International (DXB), the world's busiest and one of the most iconic aviation hubs. Dubai Airports’ partnership with Virgin Atlantic goes back many years and this launch marks an exciting chapter in our joint vision of providing travellers with an exemplary guest experience, on the ground and in the air. This new addition strengthens our connectivity and enhances the global appeal of Dubai as a destination and gateway to other cities.” The route commenced on 30th October operating on the airline’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft boasting 31 Upper Class, 35 Premium and 192 Economy Delight, Classic and Light seats. The new service will offer seamless connections and a consistent long-haul onboard experience for those customers connecting from Dubai via London Heathrow to destinations throughout North America across both the Virgin Atlantic and Delta networks, including New York, Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. As well as flying customers, Virgin Atlantic will offer 20 tonnes of cargo capacity on each flight. This fast cargo service will offer new opportunities for companies looking to export and import goods such as fresh produce and high-tech products between the Middle East and prime markets in the UK and US.
The PHA Group has been appointed by Alif Pay to lead on its PR and communication activities in the Middle East. Launched in the UAE in September 2023 and headed up by Shafique Ibrahim, Alif Pay enables fintech products for UAE residents with a focus on enhanced user experience of its app. The partnership with Alif Pay reflects the evolving partnership The PHA Group has shared with the wider Alif Group. The PHA Group first partnered with Alif in 2021. At the time, Alif was recognised as a leading fintech in Tajikistan and was looking to export its success to new markets. Since then, Alif has successfully launched into three new markets, increased its clients base, and successfully concluded one of the highest funding rounds in Central Asia with Jefferson Capital, led by Chairman Khofiz Shakhidi. Alif has become a leading, global voice in Islamic fintech and continues to champion the talent and potential on offer from Central Asia and the Middle East. Alif Pay joins The PHA Groups’s growing portfolio of payment clients and joins the agency’s growing list of clients in the Middle East. Shafique Ibrahim, CEO at Alif Pay, commented: “We are excited to collaborate with PHA to elevate our communication strategies and strengthen our brand presence in the market. With their wealth of experience and dedication to excellence, we are confident that this partnership will drive our brand narrative to new heights and share the story of Alif Payment's innovative contributions to the fintech industry”.Rhys Merrett, Head of Technology at The PHA Group, commented: “It has been a privilege working with Alif for the last two years. “Our mission is to partner with companies like Alif which are not only transforming society through innovative technologies, but also committed to noble values. Casting a light on a region like Central Asia that is normally overshadowed by established fintech hubs like New York and London has been vital. “Alif Pay’s launch in the UAE is testament to this. We look forward to supporting Alif as it explores new markets, technologies and offerings now and in the future.”
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Armonk, NY: Today, Riyadh Air and IBM announced the signing of a strategic agreement in which IBM Consulting will be the lead systems integrator to support creating, building and orchestrating the technology foundation that can help the digitally native airline to offer exceptional and seamless travel experiences.Together, Riyadh Air and IBM Consulting have already created the airline’s digital and technology strategy. Now, Riyadh Air has selected IBM Consulting to support building the key business and technology capabilities that underpin the strategy. That includes implementing and integrating more than 50 airline industry solutions and core technology capabilities, including security, infrastructure, integration and data platforms, using a hybrid cloud approach. IBM will also orchestrate the work of over 40 partners by providing program and technical governance, project management, quality assurance, change and communications management and training.The collaboration is expected to help position Riyadh Air strategically within the broader ecosystem to offer digital innovations and exceptional experiences for travelers and guests. Riyadh Air aims to create a world class airline with personalized and seamless guest experience powered by AI and state of the art digital technology, taking obsessive care for details that create memorable micro-moments across the traveler journey. It also includes empowering employees with data-driven insights and new ways of working to help Riyadh Air better serve their guests."Our ambition is to launch our first flight in 2025 and put Riyadh Air at the cutting edge of digital technology and innovation within the aviation industry, adopting the best international sustainability and safety practices to deliver an exceptional travel experience, for our guests locally and internationally," said Adam Boukadida, Chief Financial Officer, Riyadh Air. "IBM Consulting will be our principal partner driving us towards our vision with their deep expertise in managing large complex systems and integration programs as well as their expertise in the travel industry.""We're proud to be Riyadh Air's partner and help them bring this new era of the Kingdom's aviation industry to life," said John Granger, Senior Vice President, IBM Consulting. "A technology foundation built with an open, hybrid cloud approach and AI can help them achieve the flexibility and agility needed to support their goal of delivering an exceptional travel experience for their guests."IBM Consulting will also establish and maintain Riyadh Air's hybrid cloud integration platform. With IBM CloudPak for Integration and Red Hat OpenShift, this platform will provide integration tools to connect applications and data within a unified and simple user experience.Riyadh Air's digital and technology strategy supports its mission and is aligned to the Kingdom's Vision 2030 to lead the aviation industry by transforming Saudi Arabia, given its unique strategic location, into a global aviation and trade hub.IBM Consulting helps accelerate business transformation for our clients through hybrid cloud and AI technologies, leveraging our open ecosystem of partners. With deep industry and business expertise spanning strategy, experience design, technology, and operations, we have become a trusted partner to the world's most innovative and valuable companies, helping them modernize and secure their most complex systems. Our 160,000 consultants embrace an open way of working and apply our proven co-creation method, IBM Garage, to scale ideas into outcomes. As the only major global systems integrator inside a technology company, we don't just advise -- we invent and build what's next together with our clients. Find out more at IBM.com/consulting.
Manama, Bahrain: Batelco, part of the Beyon Group, announces its latest service “Mobile Peering” which is available on Manama IX (MN-IX) for members of the platform. Batelco is the first in the MENA region to offer a Mobile Peering service, which is an open interconnecting solution, enabling mobile operators and Internet Packet Exchange (IPX) providers to securely exchange their global mobile roaming data.The many benefits of this service include enhanced network efficiency and reduced latency by establishing direct connections between mobile providers on MN-IX. Exchanging mobile traffic directly with other mobile networks results in a better roaming experience for the mobile operators’ end users. Additionally, the mobile peering service eliminates the need to pay a third party to carry mobile data traffic, hence reducing overall costs, which can be passed on to the end-users, leading to more competitive mobile roaming data plans.Batelco continuously aims to diversify and add services to its portfolio, to offer their customers a suite of services that caters to their evolving needs. Batelco’s vision behind Manama-IX is to be the leading IX in the MENA region and to contribute towards the development of Internet connectivity services across the region.
MUMBAI, India--(BUSINESS WIRE/AETOSWire): Venture Catalysts, India’s first and largest early-stage investment firm, today announced the launch of the Super Angels Summit, a power-packed global summit for aspiring and active angel investors. The summit happening under the Patronage of Government of Abu Dhabi and Dubai is scheduled for 15-16 December 2023, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Abu Dhabi.Ravi K Ranjan, a veteran venture capitalist and Chief of Events & Partnership at VCats ++, has curated the summit to foster knowledge sharing, innovation, and cross-border collaboration. The event will feature 60+ global speakers, 300+ ecosystem enablers, 400+ startups, 1000+ investors, 300+ CXOs, and an exciting funding opportunity worth $100 million+ for startups from 100+ countries. The event will also host a Grand Business Expo for businesses to showcase their offerings.Commenting on the upcoming event, Dr. Apoorva Ranjan Sharma, Co-founder and President, Venture Catalysts++, “Bringing SuperAngels Summit 2023 to Abu Dhabi gives us a tremendous opportunity to engage, explore, and further empower the startup ecosystem in the MENA region.”“SuperAngels Summit is a powerful platform for investors who are also visionary catalysts to help fresh entrepreneurs realise their potential. We are really excited to bring this summit to Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital, the fastest-growing startup ecosystem in the MENA,” says Ravi K Ranjan, Founder, SuperAngels Summit.Khalifa Al Qubaisi, Chief Commercial Officer at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Part of ADNEC Group said, “SuperAngels Summit is a revolution in angel investing, setting the stage for investors to connect, collaborate and catalyse groundbreaking opportunities. It is a reflection of the transformational impact that angel investors have on the world of Startups.”“In the SuperAngels Summit, investors become visionaries, startups find their way," said Masaood Al Masaood, Chairman of the Board, Emirates Angels, “This summit will offer a unique opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, gain insights from expert panels and witness the birth of the next big innovations.”The Super Angels Summit also includes a one-day, invite-only offsite and networking event for VVIPs and Super Angels Golden Pass holders on 14 December 2023.
Dubai, UAE: Dubizzle Group, the Middle East technology unicorn and #1 regional classifieds platform, says that there has been a significant uptick in the listing and sales of electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid cars in the UAE. Proprietary market data compiled by the Group’s classifieds platform dubizzle.com shows a sustained increase in the inventory of second-hand low emission vehicles, signalling a clear shift in consumer preferences towards more sustainable transport options, as well as a maturing of the electric and hybrid vehicle category in the UAE.During the first nine months of 2023, dubizzle’s automotive classifieds data shows a 28% increase in EV listings, compared to the first nine months of 2022. Over the same period, hybrid car listings surged by 142%, further underlining the growing popularity of low emission vehicles. By contrast, non-EV car listings went up by just 9% over the same period.Within the EV category, listings for the Tesla Model 3 increased by 9.2% in the first nine months of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022. Tesla appears to be the preferred brand among buyers, with the Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.6 close behind. Listings for the Volkswagen ID.6 increased by 97% during the same period but declined by 73% from a peak in Q4 2023, likely due to measures taken by the UAE in March of this year to regulate the import of EVs through non-approved dealerships and traders.The strong growth in demand for low emission vehicles, according to Dubizzle Group, can be directly correlated to rises in fuel prices, with spikes in demand for low-emission vehicles closely linked to spikes in fuel costs. Moreover, accessibility of EV ownership in the UAE has improved, with prices for low-emission vehicles decreasing since early 2022, making them more affordable for drivers. Used EV prices have also decreased since the mid-2022 supply shortage has corrected.Dubizzle Group believes that the widely available EV charging infrastructure in the UAE has supported stronger demand. The number of EV charging stations in Dubai has seen a more than threefold increase since 2015, with more residential and commercial property developers introducing EV charging stations to their properties. With Dubai targeting a 170% increase in EV charging stations by 2025, ownership of EVs is likely to continue to rise.Haider Ali Khan, CEO of Dubizzle Group MENA, commented: “As the second-hand automotive sales market leader, we are in a unique position to understand changing consumer preferences, and we can clearly see a shift in trends for electric vehicles. With the availability and affordability of electric vehicles improving across the segment, we can expect to see further escalation in the adoption of electric vehicles in the months and years to come, helping the UAE stay on track for its commendable sustainability goals. At dubizzle, we are deeply committed to helping the UAE achieve these milestones and offering our users the best, most holistic experience while buying or selling their vehicles online.”The UAE's EV market is poised for continued growth, with a projected CAGR of 28.5% from 2023 to 2028, according to BMI Research. The UAE currently ranks 8th globally in terms of readiness for electric vehicles, bolstered by ambitious government initiatives for the transport sector, according to Arthur D. Little research.The accelerated progress of the introduction of EVs to the local market is bolstered by the UAE's commitment to increasing the penetration of low emission vehicles, for example through the National Electric Vehicles Policy announced in July 2023. This policy seeks to create an environment conducive to green mobility by establishing infrastructure standards for EV charging stations and promoting the adoption of electric vehicles. The Government’s goal is to increase the share of electric vehicles to 50% of all vehicles on the road by 2050.dubizzle’s growing role in the second-hand EV and hybrid car market is a clear demonstration of the UAE's evolving automotive landscape, as current and future transportation shifts to a cleaner footing. Through its portfolio of leading classifieds brands, Dubizzle Group is actively supporting the UAE's ambitious green mobility agenda, while enabling a circular economy through trusted marketplaces for products and services. Dubizzle Group has played a significant role in building confidence in used cars, introducing innovative features to better facilitate buying and selling, including financing and insurance options. This approach makes the purchase of used EV and hybrid vehicles more accessible and efficient for consumers.Haider Ali Khan concluded: “Benefiting from strong macroeconomic tailwinds, including a significant uptick in long-term residency visas, rapid population growth, and thriving GDP growth, the outlook for the UAE’s EV market is very positive.”Dubizzle Group comprises a leading portfolio of brands, including the UAE’s #1 real estate classifieds platforms Bayut and dubizzle, with 4 million active listings and a monthly regional user base of 27 million people. More than half of the UAE’s population visits one of the Group’s platforms every month.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of The Executive Council, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), has issued directives to organise the Global Prompt Engineering Championship in May 2024. Featuring a total prize of AED1 million, the championship is the largest challenge of its kind to leverage the power of Generative AI. The challenge will be organised through a partnership between DFF and the Dubai Centre for Artificial Intelligence.The global event, to be held at the Museum of the Future, will include three main categories: literature, art and coding. The championship aims to strengthen Dubai and the UAE’s position as a destination for Generative AI talent and entrepreneurs as well as a centre for developing a new generation of innovations associated with prompt engineering.His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum emphasised that Dubai follows a proactive approach inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. This approach aims to accelerate digital transformation and provide support for promising technologies in the digital world. Dubai achieves this through an integrated digital infrastructure that encourages and empowers programmers, entrepreneurs and startups to shape the future and develop solutions for global challenges.“The Global Prompt Engineering Championship is aligned with Dubai’s efforts to become a destination for leading talent and a platform for Generative AI startups. The competition is launched in line with our leadership’s directives to develop Generative AI solutions and unlock the potential of this futuristic sector,” said His Highness."Dubai has solidified its position as a leading global hub for the future, fostering an environment conducive to the growth of AI tools and solutions. By harnessing the capabilities of advanced technology, it has emerged as one of the world's foremost digitally empowered cities," His Highness emphasised.His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum underscored Dubai's commitment to creating a positive impact in sustainable technological advancement and nurturing an exceptional programming community. This commitment encompasses the attraction of top talent and experts to drive innovation, he said.The championship is aligned with the strategic directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to incorporate Generative AI solutions across sectors in the UAE and Dubai. The directive is consistent with the nation's vital objectives, visionary aspirations and the pursuit of global leadership in digital transformation.How to ApplyThose who are interested in taking part in the Global Prompt Engineering Championship can apply to participate through this link: https://challenge.dub.ai/ar/The challenge's objective is to raise the efficiency and positive impact of content creation across various domains, using Generative AI tools like ChatGPT, Midjourney, and other innovative applications. It aspires to reshape the global advanced technology landscape by promoting the development of prompt engineering skills.This international challenge also aims to attract talented individuals from around the world, including AI experts, content creators, researchers, startups and entrepreneurs who are involved in Generative AI and digital solutions. It will enable them to further develop their ideas and innovations, making contributions to various fields such as programming, healthcare, legislation, arts, music and content development.The challenge will span two days. The first day will focus on selecting the top 30 prompt engineering programmers who will participate in the final phase on the second day. Programmers will then be divided into five groups, each competing in three categories: Literature, Art, and Coding. Completed projects will be evaluated by a specialised committee based on speed, quality, and accuracy. Winners in the three categories will receive a total prize of AED1 million.SHARE NOWMost Recent NewsDubai Design Week will kick off today in strategic partnership with d3DXB hosts top aviation decision makers at IATA's 153rd Slot ConferenceMohammed Bin Rashid Arabic Language Award winners honoured
iCubesWire, a leading global Ad Tech Audience Platform with Content Production Studio and Influencer Marketing capabilities, hasWe announced expansion into the Saudi Arabia market with a new office in Riyadh. With 6 offices worldwide, a team of 350+ digital experts, and collaborations with 500+ renowned brands under its umbrella, the company is set to strengthen its global presence across diverse markets. This strategic move strengthens the company’s commitment to creating a strong foothold within the MENA region’s thriving digital advertising sector, which is projected to surpass $9 billion by 2025. With its entry into the Saudi Arabia market, iCubesWire is heavily investing in local talent. The expansion is set to bring in a group of digital experts, aligning with the company’s ethos. The new Riyadh office will serve as a new hub for spearheading dynamic digital strategies, shaping influential partnerships and delivering exceptional customer experiences. Commenting on the expansion, Mr. Sahil Chopra, Founder & CEO, iCubesWire, shared, “With the launch of our Riyadh office, we are poised to make a significant impact on the Saudi Arabia market. There is a wealth of untapped potential in Saudi Arabia, and our team is committed to providing our clients with bespoke, cutting-edge solutions. Our presence in Saudi Arabia is a pivotal step towards leading the global AdTech landscape.” Adding further, Sanjeeda Khan, Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer – MENA Region, iCubesWire, said, “Launching in Riyadh marks a crucial chapter for iCubesWire, as we are expanding geographically and establishing our presence in the very fabric of the region's AdTech sector. Furthermore, we are allocating significant resources to ensure that our team in Riyadh has an edge in the local market, driving growth and setting new benchmarks.” iCubesWire's global trajectory has been marked by a series of strategic office openings, from Dubai to Indonesia, and now Riyadh, each strengthening its global presence. The company's expansion is fuelled by a shared vision of innovation, a passion for digital excellence, and a commitment to delivering results that exceed expectations.
Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) will host the 2023 Spartan World Championship in Al Wathba desert, 30 minutes outside of Abu Dhabi City, from 8-10 December 2023, which will see the introduction of two additional competitive events to the annual tournament. For its third consecutive year held in the emirate, the championship will feature an all-new 3km obstacle course, as well as and a first-of-its-kind night race among its roster of competitions, which is anticipated to attract athletes from around the world in their bid to become a Spartan World Champion.Taking place on 8 December, the Spartan Night Sprint will officially inaugurate the 2023 Spartan World Championship weekend and will feature a fully illuminated 5km Spartan Sprint desert course. Comprising two heats, commencing at 5.30pm and 5.45pm respectively, registration for the race is open to anyone wishing to compete, with participants required to wear headlamps. Following the night race, live music performances, the official Parade of Nations, and an athlete panel discussion will feature on the event’s main stage.The 3km obstacle event to be held on 9-10 December 2023, will feature three race variants, the Elite 3K, the Elite 3K Team Relay, and the Open 3K Team Relay, competing across male and female categories. Athletes will first compete in a qualifying round, featuring a 1km course loop with 10 obstacles, for a place in the semi-final, where participants will repeat the 1km course loop. The top 15 competitors of each race type in both categories will then advance to the final, which will feature three rounds of the 1km course, totalling 3km and 30 obstacles. Hundreds of athletes are expected to participate in the event, with the top three winners in male and female categories to receive a share of the AED312,000+ prize fund.The new 3K and night race courses promise athletic displays of physical prowess, stamina, and resilience. To register for 2023 Spartan World Championship events, visit race.spartan.com/en/race/championships/world.
The National Experts Program (NEP) today launched 13 reports written by its 30 participants, focusing on artificial intelligence (AI) and the importance of embracing its technologies to help address challenges and accelerate growth in the UAE’s key national sectors.The in-depth reports focus on how emerging AI technologies could disrupt and propel sectors that are strategically important to the UAE’s development, with NEP 3.0 participants analyzing ways in which their respective sectors can leverage the technologies effectively. The participants gained an understanding of AI as part of NEP’s ‘AI Journey’ through engaging workshops and sessions.Abu Dhabi’s dedicated AI university, Mohamed bin Zayed University for Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) helped equip the participants with crucial AI knowledge including organizing a two-day visit to the institution where they saw the applications and innovations of AI.The reports explore topics aligned with key economic sectors that are of strategic importance to the UAE. These are: Economic Development; Health and Well-Being; Policy and Government Services; Community Development and Social Services; Mobility and Logistics; Education; Tourism and Hospitality; Culture; Food and Water Security; and Advanced Sciences and Research.Among the topics examined in the reports are: the applications of AI in wildlife ecology, including marine research and conservation; the role that AI can play in changing the dynamics of the space sector to tackle national and international challenges; and how AI can empower microgrids and reinvent electricity markets.The reports come at a time in which the UAE is accelerating its efforts in adopting advanced technologies with government entities using AI in vital sectors and keeping in line with digital advancements. It is also projected that AI could contribute $320 billion to the Middle East economy in 2030.His Excellency Ahmed Talib Al Shamsi, Director of the National Experts Program, said: “At a time where AI is already transforming every industry and is developing rapidly, it is imperative to be one step ahead and understand the impact these advanced technologies can have on our future and how they can affect the way we work or live.”“Therefore, the NEP 3.0 curriculum was carefully planned to include AI as part of the learning journey where the country’s future leaders had the opportunity to enhance their understanding and learn from experts throughout the program.“By applying their own learnings to their AI reports, these papers reflect great insight on a wide range of vital areas such as space, transport, and health, exploring the meaningful role that AI can play on these sectors.“As the UAE continues its efforts to build and advance its knowledge-based economy, these AI reports not only give a new perspective from the leaders of tomorrow but their expertise offers a fresh approach of how day-to-day operations can be enhanced in the various sectors.”Since being established in 2019, NEP has helped develop 61 Emirati specialists across 43 sectors enhance their knowledge, enrich their leadership skills, and contribute to strategic projects of national importance.
Arabian Publishing Media has partnered with Beautiful Minds Media GmbH to introduce the iconic MADAME brand to the Middle East. Arabian Publishing Media, known for publications like Villa 88 and UAEinsider, and Beautiful Minds Media have acquired the rights to publish and distribute MADAME-branded content in the region. This collaboration signifies a significant move for both companies.MADAME is a renowned brand known for its fashion and lifestyle content. This partnership may lead to the introduction of MADAME magazine or other MADAME-branded content in the Middle Eastern market. This strategic move aims to expand MADAME's presence and influence in the Middle East while providing Arabian Publishing Media access to an established and popular brand.MADAME Magazine has now found a new home in the heart of the Middle East under the banner of MAISON MADAME. The brand offers a rich heritage encompassing print, digital, social media, events, and e-commerce.Asma Al Fahim, CEO of Arabian Publishing Media, expresses her excitement about this partnership: "Since the inception of Arabian Publishing Media, our mission has always been to create content that resonates with the GCC market. This collaboration with MADAME Magazine is a significant step towards broadening our reach and offering our discerning audience unmatched luxury lifestyle content."Petra Winter, Shareholder of Beautiful Minds Media and Editorial Director of MADAME, values the opportunity to connect with the luxury clientele of the GCC market: "Over 72 years, MADAME has built a strong fanbase of sophisticated women in German-speaking territories. We focus on compelling storytelling and high-end aesthetics for a community of luxury enthusiasts. Now, we are thrilled to enter the GCC market, with its promising opportunities and the visionary lifestyle it offers, which is loved by many Europeans. Asma and I will be the ideal team to bridge your brands with our readers and blend European influences with Arabian culture."This collaboration between Arabian Publishing Media and Beautiful Minds Media GmbH represents a fusion of creativity, passion, and unwavering dedication to delivering top-quality content. Together, they are poised to redefine the luxury media landscape in the Middle East, offering readers a delightful combination of elegance, style, and culture.
In this exclusive interview with Adgully Middle East, Trevor Kuna, Chief of Transformation and Reputation at QNET, delves into the company's innovative direct-selling business model, its response to the evolving e-commerce landscape, commitment to quality and sustainability, and future plans for enhancing well-being and enriching lifestyles. Trevor Kuna provides valuable insights into the strategies that have helped QNET thrive in the dynamic world of e-commerce and the emerging industry trends that shape its future. Excerpts from the interview:QNET is known for its unique direct-selling business model. Can you explain how this model benefits both your customers and your independent representatives and how it aligns with your company's mission?QNET is a prominent lifestyle and wellness company that uses a direct selling business model to offer a wide selection of exclusive products that enable individuals to embrace a healthier, more balanced, more empowered life. Our direct-selling model aligns with the company's mission of empowering individuals, fostering entrepreneurship, and improving lives. It provides a vibrant platform where customers enjoy outstanding service, access exclusive high-quality products, and receive continuous support. Independent representatives can set up their businesses with minimal startup costs, benefiting from flexible schedules and simplified workflows, ultimately achieving financial independence while being part of a supportive community. Over and above that, QNET offers transformational opportunities to IRs (Independent Representatives) through mentoring, thus honing skills in personal development, sales, and leadership, to name a few.In recent years, the e-commerce landscape has evolved significantly. How has QNET adapted to these changes, and what strategies are you implementing to stay at the forefront of the industry in the region?In response to the evolving e-commerce landscape, QNET has implemented several strategies to stay ahead in the industry. Among these, our award-winning QNET mobile app takes center stage, playing a pivotal role in enhancing the overall shopping experience for our valued customers and distributors, anytime, anywhere. We understand that in today's digital age, mobile accessibility is paramount, and the app has been designed with that in mind. It has a user-friendly interface, making it easier for individuals to browse and shop for their favorite products. The mobile app not only simplifies the purchasing process but also offers a range of features, such as personalised recommendations, to make the shopping journey more convenient and enjoyable.Additionally, our transition to a 100% cloud-based computing infrastructure is a transformative step for QNET. The significance of this move lies in the agility and scalability it offers to our operations. Cloud computing allows us to adapt swiftly to changing market conditions, enabling us to scale resources as needed and keep up with the ever-evolving demands of the e-commerce industry. It enhances our efficiency and ensures a more seamless experience for our distributors and customers. With the cloud-based approach, we can also better utilize data and analytics, enabling us to make informed decisions and deliver a more personalized experience to our users. This shift not only streamlines our operations but also future-proofs our IT infrastructure, ensuring that we can continue to innovate and meet the expectations of our target audience in a dynamic digital marketplace.While focusing on customer experience, we place a strong emphasis on security to safeguard the trust and data of our customers.In line with the evolving e-commerce landscape, we've also ventured into social commerce, harnessing the power of social media channels for direct sales. QNET has expanded its online presence to international markets, tailoring its websites to accommodate different languages and currencies.These comprehensive strategies collectively enable QNET to adapt to the changing e-commerce landscape, ensuring adaptability and industry leadership while maintaining the highest standards of security and customer satisfaction.QNET offers a wide range of products and services across various categories. How does the company ensure the quality and authenticity of these offerings, and what steps do you take to maintain customer trust?QNET prioritizes the quality and authenticity of its exclusive products and services through a comprehensive approach that encompasses rigorous certification processes and transparent sourcing. At QNET, we are very particular when it comes to vendors and suppliers we work with, ensuring that our choices align with our ethical business practices and advocacies.Sustainability and ethical business practices are increasingly important to consumers. Can you share how QNET incorporates sustainability into its business operations and product offerings?Sustainability and ethical business practices are core principles at QNET. The company integrates sustainability into its operations and product offerings through various initiatives.QNET offers eco-friendly products utilizing sustainable materials, focusing on minimizing waste and using recyclable or biodegradable materials.For instance, QNET’s luxury brand, Bernhard H. Mayer, QNET’s luxury watch and jewellery brand, released cruelty-free, vegan leather straps in its Lurve collection watches. Very recently, at our V-Convention in Malaysia, we launched the OMNI watch collection, an exclusive line of designer watches made from recycled materials, resulting in unique, eye-catching timepieces that make a bold and sustainable fashion statement. Each stunning watch in the OMNI collection, named for the Latin word meaning “all,” incorporates an industry-leading 85% recycled high-grade stainless steel in its case, dial, buckles, and metal bracelets. Every recycled component is LEED- certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a globally recognised standard of ecologically sound manufacturing and production.QNET also recognizes that responsible consumption goes beyond the product itself—it encompasses every aspect, including packaging. That's why QNET has embraced Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified packaging.QNET is committed to ethical sourcing, ensuring that raw materials come from suppliers adhering to fair labour practices and environmental regulations. Bernhard H. Mayer's "Timeless Tanzanite Collection" features exceptionally rare gems, and all of them have been ethically and sustainably mined, in addition to supporting employees’ livelihood and the local Tanzanian mining industry.Additionally, the company actively engages in green initiatives, such as tree-planting campaigns and waste-reduction efforts. Indeed, QNET's commitment to sustainability is further exemplified through the EcoMatcher programme, a groundbreaking initiative launched in the Philippines, Kenya, and the UAE. Through this programme and other NGO partnerships, QNET has planted over 10,000 trees, contributing to reforestation efforts and creating a positive environmental impact.The company also engages with local communities, supporting initiatives that promote sustainable living and economic growth. Lately, QNET partnered with “VeryNile,” an innovative initiative aiming to clean Egypt's Nile, particularly on Qursaya Island. The project involves removing plastic waste, increasing environmental awareness, and empowering local women. The collected waste is recycled and transformed by the women's island's residents into handmade crafts, offering economic opportunities for them.What are the major challenges and opportunities you see for QNET in the near future, and how is the company planning to address these challenges while capitalizing on the opportunities?Staying relevant in today's dynamic market is the foremost challenge for any company with a 25-year history. At our core, we center our efforts on continuous product innovation, the enhancement of our digital interfaces, and the provision of a world-class customer experience, both for our distributors and customers. We passionately believe that the companies that can capture the hearts and minds of today's consumers are the ones that will shape the future.However, amidst these challenges, we recognize significant opportunities in digital expansion, global market outreach, product diversification, eco-friendly initiatives, and harnessing the power of social media influence. To navigate these challenges and seize these opportunities, QNET is committed to forging strategic partnerships, investing in further development, elevating our customer service standards, ensuring meticulous regulatory compliance through meticulous planning, and prioritizing innovation. This comprehensive approach is designed to fortify our competitive position in the market and pave the way for our continued success.QNET's mission is to enhance the lives of its customers. Can you provide some insights into the company's future plans for product development and expansion, particularly in areas that promote well-being and an enriching lifestyle?QNET is proactively engaged in advancing health and wellness solutions, which includes both the development of new products and the improvement of our existing offerings. This initiative encompasses a focus on eco-friendly items and innovative technologies, all designed to enhance individual well-being.Furthermore, QNET is actively exploring opportunities in the realms of personal development, education, and experiential offerings, all aimed at fostering individual growth and personal fulfillment. Our commitment to these areas reflects our dedication to delivering holistic well-being to our customers.In our ongoing quest to transform the way we conduct business, we envision a future where our distributors can efficiently manage ten times the number of customers they do today with the help of a mobile app. Our goal is to minimize friction in the sales process, allowing our distributors to dedicate more time to nurturing deeper relationships with their customers. This vision aligns with our commitment to providing exceptional customer experiences.In addition, QNET is open to strategic collaborations with industry experts, with the aim of creating specialized products and services that further enhance our customers' overall well-being and lifestyle. These collaborations exemplify our dedication to continually expanding and enhancing our offerings.What are the latest trends in the industry?A range of exciting developments in the e-commerce landscape is on the horizon, and they are set to transform the industry. Augmented reality (AR) technology, for instance, is emerging as a significant trend. It's expected to become more widespread, revolutionizing the e-commerce experience by enabling virtual product trials and elevating customer interactions.Simultaneously, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is making its mark, powering chatbots and personalised recommendations that create tailored shopping journeys. The adoption of both AR and AI holds the potential to not only enhance customer service but also improve operational efficiency, ultimately driving profitability for e-commerce businesses.In addition to technological advancements, environmental concerns are increasingly influencing consumer choices. E-commerce companies that prioritize sustainability, from eco-friendly packaging to reducing carbon emissions, are likely to attract and retain environmentally conscious customers. The emphasis is on transparency and sustainability in product life cycles, with a growing shift towards regenerative practices, aiming to make a positive impact on the environment rather than merely being sustainable.Moreover, the preferences of younger consumers are evolving. They seek products that offer personal benefits, affordability, and the opportunity to make a social impact. The intersection of these factors is reshaping the e-commerce landscape.As industry evolves, trust is emerging as a fundamental currency. This trust extends to how customer data is handled, the integrity of supply chains, and the ability to offer products that genuinely make a difference in customers' lives. E-commerce businesses will need to prioritize and nurture trust as a cornerstone of their operations to succeed in this changing landscape.To simplify our relationship with distributors and reduce friction in the sales process, we aim to use AI to optimize distributors' time management, enabling them to promote products and build their sales teams more effectively. This commitment to streamlining operations aligns with our broader strategy of embracing technological advancements and addressing evolving consumer expectations.
du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), has teamed up with Ookla, a global leader in connectivity intelligence, to provide a superior customer experience. The partnership will see Ookla providing its comprehensive suite of solutions to du.du will leverage Ookla's industry-leading solutions to gain valuable insights into network performance, coverage, and signal measurement data, as well as real-world consumer network experience. By harnessing these advanced tools, du aims to facilitate a differentiated experience for its customers across the UAE and further contribute to UAE’s worldwide leading position.Fahad Al Hassawi, Chief Executive Officer at du said: "We are thrilled to partner with Ookla to augment our network performance and elevate the customer experience in the UAE. We will leverage powerful insights and data-driven solutions to ensure seamless connectivity and deliver superior network performance to our valued customers."Under the terms of the agreement, Ookla will offer du its end-to-end solutions, providing global insights on quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE), thus enabling du to make informed decisions for network improvements. This partnership further solidifies du's dedication to providing a world-class network performance for its customers.Stephen Bye, President and CEO of Ookla, a division of Ziff Davis, said: "Ookla's partnership with du underscores our commitment to working with providers to improve access to broadband services and deliver the best possible customer experience. We appreciate our partnership and work with du to improve its network and maintain the UAE's position as the fastest country for mobile speeds on the Speedtest Global Index."Through this collaboration, du aims to not only ensure seamless connectivity and deliver a superior network performance, but also contribute to the UAE's ranking as the fastest mobile market in the world.
M2 the new home of crypto investments, has announced a pioneering collaboration with the IPO ready Phoenix Group to offer investors market leading Bitcoin and Ethereum yields, up to 10.5%, backed by one of the world’s largest Bitcoin mining operations. The strategic alliance brings together the innovative UAE based entities and will reduce the level of counter party risk and in turn minimise volatility for investors wanting to gain exposure to cryptocurrency.Stefan Kimmel, M2, CEO, said: “The industry leading collaboration between M2 and Phoenix Group has allowed us to design a product that utilizes Bitcoin mining to offer genuine returns for investors. Most investment platforms that offer yield returns on crypto provide it through one of two routes. The first route is proof of stake, which can result in some modest returns, alternatively the mechanic involves lending it out, and this incurs a considerable amount of counter-party risk. In our case, we are generating our returns predominantly with Bitcoin mining, which underpins the M2 Earn product.”Setting its sights on a decade of innovation and regulatory excellence, M2 has aligned itself with Abu Dhabi’s Economic vision, embracing regulatory standards in the UAE and the markets where the platform is available to investors. M2’s financial protocols are capable of reconciling client and M2 funds in near time, providing the highest levels of transparency to regulators and ensuring liquidity remains in place at all times.The strategic partnership with Phoenix Group empowers M2 to offer investors the assurance of investment yields based on real returns, which are generated via a 725MW Bitcoin mining operation. Founded in 2017 by Bijan Alizadeh and Munaf Ali, Phoenix is set to be the first privately owned crypto and blockchain entity to be listed on a Middle East stock market.Bijan Alizadeh, Phoenix Group : Co – Founder and Group CEOM2 : Founder and Managing Director“Phoenix vision was to set up and build an established UAE Crypto exchange, with full services for both retail and institutional investors and seeing this come to fruition is a very proud moment for us. With this strategic partnership we are in a position to provide unparalleled returns backed by the worlds largest bitcoin mining operations. We are delighted to announce this partnership which further cements the M2 and Phoenix proposition towards a collective vision, building the future of finance on secure and regulated investment products for all investors.”Taking its first steps on the journey to becoming a champion of crypto innovation, the M2 platform is live and offering investors the opportunity to invest in the virtual asset space via a range of high-quality investment products that exceed regulatory requirements, addressing the needs of retail and institutional clients.At its core, M2 provides a secure, trusted and transparent digital asset platform achieved by reporting all virtual asset activities to the regulators along with a robust internal and external audit process. M2 has obtained a Bahamas License issued by the Securities Commission of the Bahamas (SCB), which enables it to offer the M2 Earn product to a global audience. M2 is also actively pursuing licenses in several European countries and navigating the Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) licensing process.With a strong commitment to regulatory compliance and innovative product offerings, M2 is poised to establish itself as leader in the digital asset sector, contributing to Abu Dhabi's emergence as a global crypto innovation hub.
Samsung Gulf Electronics, in collaboration with etisalat by e&, will contribute a portion of profits from the latest Galaxy devices sold on Samsung.com and etisalat by e& channels to Emirates Nature-WWF. The funds will be used to support Emirates Nature-WWF’s local conservation projects in the UAE, aligning with Samsung and Etisalat by e& commitment to sustainability and environmental protection.Samsung’s pledge for sustainability goes beyond the products. A significant part of these devices is made from recycled materials, including plastics sourced from discarded fishing nets, water barrels, and PET bottles. These materials are carefully repurposed to create Galaxy devices that not only deliver outstanding performance but also contribute to environmental preservation.Fadi Abu Shamat, Head of the Mobile eXperience Division at Samsung Gulf Electronics, said: “At Samsung, we believe in the power of small steps. On their own, these steps may seem small, but the collection of them all taken together leads us to where we need to be. That’s exactly how we think of all our different sustainability efforts; they’re all steps towards a better future. Inspired by the values of the Galaxy for Planet vision, our Galaxy devices are known for their cutting-edge technology. Now, we are providing our customers across the UAE with the opportunity to contribute to local conservation efforts while acquiring the latest Galaxy devices. This is particularly important, as it coincides with the run-up to the much-anticipated COP28,” Additionally, Khaled El Khouly, Chief Consumer Office, etisalat by e&, shared: “We are committed to building a sustainable future, and this collaboration is in line with our ambitious goals to combat climate change and protect our planet. With every device sale, we are investing in the planet’s well-being. Customers will also be making a conscious decision to actively participate in the preservation of our environment at the same time embracing innovation.”The campaign includes several Galaxy devices such as the Galaxy Z Fold5, Galaxy Z Flip5, Galaxy Tab S9, Galaxy Watch 6, and Galaxy S23 Series. These devices are not only designed for durability and performance but also with the planet in mind. They incorporate recycled materials, pre-consumer recycled glass and aluminium, and post-consumer recycled plastics, making them a testament to Samsung’s dedication to sustainability.
Amsaan Accessible Tours (AAT), a trailblazer in inclusive tourism for Deaf and hard-of-hearing travellers, has launched its website and mobile app, designed to revolutionise the travel experience for Deaf tourists, offering accessibility, convenience, and inclusivity like never before. AAT aims to be a significant contributor to the UAE’s National Tourism Strategy 2031 that targets a GDP of $122.6 billion by 2031. The Amsaan Accessible Tours website offers a user-friendly interface and is fully adapted for sign language to serve the 1.5 billion individuals globally, who experience varying degrees of hearing impairment. It serves as a platform to book tours and connect with sign language-fluent AAT staff. Sign language videos in British and International Sign Languages are available on the site, allowing Deaf users to access information easily. After booking a tour, tourists can access a deaf-friendly mobile app for on-the-go assistance. Travellers can also initiate direct messages via social media for prompt sign language support, ensuring a seamless experience. The Amsaan Tours mobile app is the ultimate travel companion for Deaf travellers, designed to enhance their journeys and ensure safety and convenience. It offers a range of features that put accessibility and communication at travellers' fingertips, making travel smoother and more enjoyable. These features include access to sign language interpreters via video, ensuring effective communication even during tasks like bargaining with market vendors. The app facilitates easy connection with guides and tour information including itineraries, schedules, and leisure activities, available in sign language and accessible from anywhere. Additionally, the app features an accessibility map, highlighting locations such as restaurants, souvenir shops and more, with sign language interpreter services. Vitalii Potapchuk, Co-founder of Amsaan Project commented: "Accessibility and inclusivity are not mere buzzwords, but the very foundation of Amsaan Accessible Tours. To promote the UAE as one of the top 10 global tourist destinations, we have meticulously designed the Amsaan Tours website and mobile app to ensure that Deaf travellers can plan, book, and savour their journeys without encountering any communication barriers. Our app serves as a reliable companion, enabling travellers to communicate conveniently and securely. We are committed to bridging this gap with our diverse team who is well-versed in eight sign languages and making an inclusive tourism ecosystem for the global Deaf community." Deaf travellers encounter language barriers, limited written communication, and a lack of sign language interpreters at tourist spots. Inaccessible information, communication difficulties, awareness gaps among providers, transport issues, exclusion from tours, and booking problems add to their challenges. Oversight of the accessible tourism market has resulted in a staggering loss of US$150 billion and 70% of respondents to an Expedia survey said that they would opt for a more inclusive travel choice, even at a higher cost. This highlights the importance of companies like AAT, who has established several partnerships including with the Department of Economy and Tourism Dubai to provide diverse and accessible services for Deaf travellers. Majed Al Bloushi, Relationship Manager at AAT said: "Being an Emirati and a Deaf employee at AAT, I am proud to be part of an organisation that is breaking down barriers and making the UAE a truly inclusive travel destination. This collaboration showcases our commitment to making tourism accessible to everyone, including Deaf travellers, and it's a step toward building UAE more diverse and inclusive."
GGTech Entertainment, the international gaming company has announced the launch of eWorlds, the new 3D multiplayer platform game with limitless adventures. Designed and developed by GGTech Studios, it is a meeting point for players, where in a fun way they will be able to explore, compete, socialize and have fun with their friends through tons of personalized experiences that never stop evolving, so they never run out of new content.For free and globally, eWorlds closed playtest has been available on Steam from October 26 for all those users who have included the game in their wish list and have requested access to it on the gaming platform. Game modeseWorlds has thousands of stories to share with its community, with 3 different game modes where boredom has no place:? Adventure Mode. Exploration levels with mysterious caves or bubbling volcanos, each one full of amazing secrets, new environments, powerups, but also, dangerous enemies and cunning traps… beware!? Battle Mode. Players must fight against other players and reach the top of the rankings. Awaken your competitive side!? Race Mode. Levels where being fast is not enough! Players should study their moves, jump platforms and dodge traps to test their skills against the clock.Technical detailseWorlds is a game developed with Unity Engine technology, one of the industry's standard engines that allows any interactive content to be created according to the creator's taste. The platform also offers the possibility of connecting to Twitch to generate engagement between streamers and their viewers, offering them unique rewards.Users can access eWorlds from Steam, where they can find the game's page and install the application at any time.eWorlds is a product of GGTech Studios, an internal division of GGTech Entertainment with a multidisciplinary team of more than 60 people, focused on technology and game development.Juan Castillo, Chief Technical Officer of GGTech Entertainment, said: "Video games are evolving in an extraordinary way, offering gamers more immersive and collaborative experiences every day than ever before. Games like eWorlds, with their focus on social interaction and multiplayer fun, represent the forefront of this revolution. In an increasingly digitized world, these platforms not only entertain, but also connect people around the world, creating virtual communities and enabling a new form of exploration and creativity. Anticipating significant growth, the video games market in the UAE is projected to reach US$392.20 million in revenue by 2023. The future of digital entertainment is exciting and promises to continue to push the boundaries with each passing day."eWorlds will be present at GAMERGY 2023Fans attending the next edition of GAMERGY Spain 2023, which will take place between December 15 and 17 at IFEMA MADRID, will be able to visit a space dedicated to eWorlds, where they will learn firsthand all the details of the game and enjoy all the experiences the game has to offer.
Tanishq, India’s most-loved jewellery brand from the TATA Group, has opened its first boutique in Sharjah at the newest retail and leisure destination in the Emirate, Sharjah Central.The stunning 1800 square-foot store was inaugurated by Paul T Joseph, President of AKCAF, and Adv. Y A Rahim, President, Indian Association at Sharjah. They were joined by Mr. Aditya Singh, Head -Jewellery International Business at Titan Company Limited and other senior members of Titan Company.The store houses an exquisite range of gold and diamond jewellery including some of the brand’s most popular collections, regionally inspired Rifa, Alekhya, an ode to Rajasthani Pichwai art, the vibrant Colour Me Joy, as well as the latest launch Dharohar, coming just in time for Diwali festive season. Dharohar features intricately crafted gold jewellery adorned with colourful meenakari enamelwork and unique uncut diamonds or polki, symbolizing the timeless cultural values that are treasured and passed down as heirlooms through generations.Beautiful jewellery needs a stunning setting to shine, and the Sharjah boutique doesn’t disappoint with the jewellery being showcased in uniquely crafted display cases and complemented by themed accents like Mashrabiya-inspired hand carved mirrors and Arabesque pendant lamps. The stunning detailing in the store is certain to delight Sharjah’s Insta-loving audience. With convenient services such as a multilingual in-store team, video consultations, gold exchange and after sales repair, Tanishq’s continues to set regional standards and best practices.“Having already captured the imagination of the discerning consumer in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Tanishq is excited to be entering another Emirate on the eve of our 3rd anniversary in the UAE. Sharjah affords us an opportunity to get even closer to the diverse customer base who already frequent our Dubai showrooms but can now enjoy our unrivalled offering and service at their doorstep,” said Mr. Aditya Singh, Head – Jewellery International Business, Titan Company Limited.Customers who visit the store this month can look forward to exciting in-store offers to commemorate Diwali including up to 25% off on gold making charges and on diamond bill value not to mention 100% exchange value on old gold, brought from any jeweller.
Johannesburg – After an extraordinary display of creativity and economic prowess by a multitude of enterprising women, the unveiling of the triumphant Top 3 powerhouse women has finally arrived. These remarkable winners captivated the judges and left an indelible mark on the competition, each taking away their share of prize money and mentorship worth over R1 million: Winner of the 2023 Womenpreneur – Her Perfect Pitch is:Morongwe Mokone: Mo’s Crib.Morongwe Mokone launched Mo's Crib with a profound dedication to sustainability that permeates every aspect of the brand. Prioritizing fair wages and safe working conditions for local artisans through ethical sourcing practices, they foster a strong sense of community and empowerment. By maintaining a transparent and ethical supply chain, they not only deliver exceptional homeware but also play an integral role in the socioeconomic advancement of African communities. This steadfast commitment to social responsibility has solidified their reputation as a brand that not only offers exceptional products but also actively works towards the upliftment of the communities it serves.Second Place: Faith Mokgalaka: Puno Pioneering.Faith Makgolele's Puno is a pioneering platform that integrates technology and agriculture, providing crowd-investments and insurance to marginalized smallholder farmers across Africa. With 33 million farmers seeking financial aid, Puno's distinctive approach serves as a vital financial ally, fostering food security and transformative change. Leveraging investor resources, Puno offers short-term loans and insurance, nurturing a sustainable agricultural value chain. With a vision for a thriving future, Puno aims to realize the full potential of African agriculture, empowering every farmer and every yield. Drawing from personal experiences in a farming family and a background in Computer Science from Wits University, Faith's vision for Puno emerged as a comprehensive solution to bridge financial gaps and transform the lives of these farmers.Third place: Hlobisile Yende: The Yende and PartnersHlobisile Yende, a third-generation farmer following her family's legacy, was driven into agriculture by its role in financing her education, leading her to pursue a master's degree and formalise her enterprise for future sustainability. She actively engages in the Corteva Women in Agriculture program, emphasising the importance of leaving a lasting legacy. Adapting to water scarcity, she introduced rain fed butternuts, yielding 40 tons from a successful one-hectare trial, demonstrating the potential for sustainable growth. Her business ethos centres on addressing agricultural gaps, prioritising expansion, food security, and empowerment, especially for aspiring female farmers, while recognising her farm's contribution to national food security."The pool of talent and innovation we witnessed during this competition was truly exceptional," exclaimed Minize Haron, Chief Marketing Officer for Access Bank South Africa.Jacaranda FM Managing Director Deirdre King echoed the sentiment, stating, "These women are pioneers, changing the economic landscape whilst uplifting other women and that’s exactly what this competition is about.”This ground-breaking event not only highlighted the brilliance and resilience of South African women in business but also underscored their unwavering commitment to forging opportunities, even in the face of adversity. What started out as a pilot project in 2022, has become a unique competition that has increased entries by 65%.In a joint statement, Jacaranda FM and Access Bank South Africa praised the perseverance and spirit of all participants, encouraging every woman to illuminate her path and continue blazing trails in the business world. "Womenpreneur Her Perfect Pitch has been an eye-opening journey, showcasing remarkable talent and societal impact. It is an honour for us to co-sponsor an event that celebrates remarkable and their business prowess and social value.”With these exceptional women leading the way, the future of South African entrepreneurship appears brighter than ever.Morongwe Mokone will receive the coveted prize package, valued at over R1 million, which includes:R500,000 worth of radio airtime on Jacaranda FM, reaching 1.3 million listeners, with professionally crafted adverts.R100,000 in cash, accompanied by an investment guide from Access Bank to empower your financial decisions.Comprehensive business support in the forthcoming months, along with a 6-week mentorship.Tailor-made business model consultation.Presenter training to amplify your public speaking skills.PR and digital consultation to enhance your brand's visibility.Faith Makgolele will receive:R75,000 in cash, complemented by an Access Bank investment guide. Hlobisile Yende will be awarded:R50,000 in cash and an investment guide.Moreover, the top 10 finalists will each enjoy R100,000 worth of airtime on Jacaranda FM and a R50,000 educational study voucher from Access Bank.
Abu Dhabi : Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court, this year’s Global Media Congress (GMC) will host an innovative and exciting Co-Production Majlis. This highly anticipated feature of the region’s most prominent international media event aims to create a fertile environment for collaboration on creative content throughout the media production ecosystem. With the theme of ‘Shaping the future of the media industry’, the conference and exhibition will be held from 14-16 November 2023 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). Organized by Capital Events, a part of ADNEC Group, in strategic partnership with the Emirates News Agency (WAM), GMC is expected to draw media professionals from around the world to learn about the industry’s latest trends and challenges and contribute to vital knowledge sharing.An invitation-only space for industry leaders and innovators, the Co-Production Majlis will enable participants to network, exchange ideas and insights, discuss case studies, and explore new co-production and partnership opportunities across the media landscape. Designed to complement six well-established feature areas – Workshops, Innovate Stage & NexTech, Create Stage, Educate Stage, Media Roundtables, and Media Future Labs – the new Majlis will feature the active participation of prominent MENA production houses, streaming platforms, and leading broadcasters such as Starzplay, Dubai Media Inc, and ADTV along with many others.Mohammed Jalal Al Raissi, Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee for the Global Media Congress and Director-General of WAM, said: “The inclusion of the co-production Majlis in the Global Media Congress this year is aimed at bringing to the forefront the importance of quality media content and their effective dissemination in a commercially viable fashion. One of the key concerns of content creators across the globe is the best ways in which they could market their work and find suitable consumers. The Majlis will serve as a dynamic platform for content creators and content buyers to interact in a symbiotic manner. This is very much a part of our commitment to helping shape the future of the media industry.”Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and Group CEO of ADNEC Group, said: “Given the rapid changes in the media industry, ADNEC Group is delighted to host the Global Media Congress as an ideal platform for businesses and entrepreneurs to connect with global thought leaders, learn about the latest trends, and collaborate on new ideas. By providing an exclusive new platform for invited attendees, the Co-Production Majlis will facilitate productive connections between potential investors and like-minded professionals. This exciting new feature area shows our commitment to growing the Congress as a leading international media gathering.”With a specific focus on closing investment deals in Arabic entertainment, the Co-Production Majlis will provide both a knowledge sharing hub and a source of inspiration for dynamic new projects designed to shape the future of the industry.
Dubai, UAE: His Excellency Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr, Chairman of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library Foundation, and Dr. Mohammed Salem AlMazrooei, Board Member of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library Foundation, welcomed His Excellency Dr. Ali Bin Tamim, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC), at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library (MBRL). During their meeting, the two parties discussed ways to enhance cooperation in the fields of translation, publishing, training, and promotion of key initiatives.Al Murr said: “This meeting represents a significant step towards building bridges of cooperation between the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library and the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre. It is a new and important chapter in our journey of fruitful cooperation between national cultural institutions. Based on our vision and strategy, we strive to expand knowledge partnerships to create sustainable cultural and knowledge exchange channels by cooperating with international agencies and specialised institutions, and benefiting from the best local and global practices to achieve this.”Bin Tamim said: “Our cooperation with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library - a pioneering educational edifice - supports the achievement of ALC’s objectives of promoting the Arabic language, expanding the scope of its uses culturally, creatively, and educationally, and enriching publishing and creative industries with culturally rich content. This supports the vision of the UAE’s wise leadership which prioritizes Arabic language as a major component of our cultural identity.”The meeting resulted in an agreement to enrich the Arabic content, utilising it scientifically, educationally, culturally and creatively, and contributing to nurturing communication with other cultures.The meeting addressed challenges, such as the availability of proofreaders and linguistic reviewers, intellectual property and copyrights, issuing the type of book, printing, and standards, and the possibility of providing digital resources to researchers and members of the ALC through MBRL’s databases.The meeting also discussed opportunities for mutual benefit, such as holding workshops, training courses, and specialised programs in various domains of Arabic, in addition to highlighting the importance of exchanging publications between the two parties, enhancing cultural exchange, promoting ALC’s publications, reviving the Arabic Language Award, and supporting upcoming projects to strengthen cultural and linguistic identity regionally.The meeting reviewed several projects, including the Al Ain Book Fair, the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, and ALC’s ‘Arabian Days’ event, which will be held on World Arabic Language Day, under the slogan ‘Arabic — the Language of Poetry and Arts’.At the end of the meeting, ALC officials visited the ‘Poems Within Calligraphy exhibition’, which was recently organised by MBRL as part of the inaugural session of the Dubai Calligraphy Biennale. The exhibition included 33 paintings from His Excellency Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr’s personal collection.
Muscat: JW Marriott Hotel Muscat is delighted to announce the appointment of Juliana Salla as its General Manager, responsible for overseeing the brand’s flagship hotel in Oman, which reopened its doors in October 2023.With over 20 years of experience within the international tourism and hospitality sector in South America, North America, Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and China, Salla has worked with Marriott in a variety of positions for the company’s brands, including senior leadership roles at W owned properties in Qatar, Indonesia and China.“I am honored to be taking on this leading role with such a prestigious, meticulously designed property. We aim to foster a serene sanctuary for business and leisure, or a seamless blend of both, for meaningful stays that feature the highest levels of attention to detail every step of the way,” said Juliana Salla, General Manager of JW Marriott Hotel Muscat.“Despite their geographical distance, Oman and Brazil share a common appreciation for rich cultural diversity and natural beauty and Muscat is the perfect destination to experience JW Marriott’s serene sanctuary and make memorable connections. I am extremely happy to be here and excited to extend our extraordinary hospitality to all who join us.”For six years before moving to Muscat, she took up integral positions at two Ritz-Carlton properties, in Bali from 2017 to 2020, then at Fari Islands, Maldives from 2020 to 2023.Prior to those appointments, she honed her inspiring leadership skills for 10 years with the W brand, while playing a key role in the pre-opening of various W properties. Salla kick started her career with Disney Cruise Lines before gravitating to land-based hotel operations.Underpinned by exceptional love of service and hospitality, JW Marriott Hotel Muscat features 304 luxurious, spacious guest rooms and suites featuring dramatic and unique interior design. A short drive from Muscat International Airport in the heart of Madinat Al-Irfan, it also boasts direct connectivity to the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre and offers business and leisure travelers a haven to escape from the hustle and bustle of urban living.The hotel stands as a beacon of environmental sustainability, with its architectural excellence aligning with the stringent standards for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Abu DhabI: The highly anticipated FIM World Supercross Championship Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the penultimate race in the Championship, concluded its Middle East debut today at Etihad Arena, which was transformed into a sandy dirt track battlefield for the occasion.Fans packed into the arena in the UAE’s capital to enjoy a full day of world class racing, freestyle motocross shows, live music, and a show stopping pyrotechnics display. The event is the first ever supercross championship to take place in the region and is the first time an event at Etihad Arena and a supercross track have both run indoors and outdoors. 40 of the world’s best riders battled it out for the prestigious podium spots, with Joey Savatgy emerging as champion in the WSX (450cc) division, and Max Anstie placing first in the SX2 (250cc) race.Joey Savatgy, winner of the 450cc WSX category and the current Championship leader, said “It’s always really exciting to ride a new track, and today surpassed our expectations. The team in Abu Dhabi has done an amazing job transforming this indoor arena into a suitable dirt track for us. Having a two row start gate is a really unique concept and I luckily got out of the gate pretty well in the first two races, which put me in a good spot going into the third. The competition was really tough this weekend, and I’m glad to have come away with the overall win.” Max Anstie, the winner of the SX2 250cc class, said “We have had a great day in Abu Dhabi, and I’m really happy to have come out with a win, especially for the first ever World Supercross Championship event in Abu Dhabi. The atmosphere was electric today in Etihad Arena, thanks to all the fans. We have been blown away by the size of the fan base that our sport already has here, and are excited to see it grow even more.”Closely following in the footsteps of their senior counterparts, the junior category unveiled a new generation of emerging stars from the UAE. 20 young riders, all aged between 7 and 13, showcased remarkable skill and technique in their own race categories, inspiring the next generation of talent in the region at a grassroots level.Saif Rashid Al Noaimi, CEO of Ethara, remarked on the success of the inaugural event, commenting: “We aimed to bring the world's most thrilling supercross action to the heart of Abu Dhabi, and the overwhelming response from fans and the exceptional performances we witnessed have exceeded our expectations. We are also happy to have provided young talent from the UAE a platform to showcase their skills to an international audience.“At Ethara, we are committed to continually adding more variety and diversity for the Abu Dhabi entertainment and sporting calendar, and the addition of the FIM World Supercross Championship to our portfolio is testament to our dedication to setting new standards of excellence for events.”The entire transformation process of Etihad Arena from a clean venue into a finished racing track, took approximately four days, involving 16 different forms of earth moving machinery such as excavators, dozers, and street sweepers. 7,000 tonnes of locally sourced clay-based dirt were brought in to the venue, after being carefully selected to adhere to safety regulation.The track boasted multiple jumps, including the “Triple” - the most significant and challenging jump. The Triple comprised three jumps that riders had to clear in a single leap, covering a distance of around 70 feet. Looping outside of the Etihad Arena, the outside section saw riders take on two tight rhythm sections with corners that posed high risk for errors, and high entertainment for the audience.SX Global CEO, Adam Bailey, said: “The success of the first ever World Supercross event in Abu Dhabi marks a significant milestone in the Championship's history and demonstrates our commitment at SX Global to delivering top-tier sporting entertainment for our fans. We’ve been blown away by the positive response we’ve received from Abu Dhabi and the crowd tonight was sensational - so much energy and enthusiasm.”The event opened with a showstopping pyrotechnics display, which set the scene for the adrenaline-filled and action-packed day. The opening ceremony then concluded with a traditional Ayala performance, before the riders took to the track and battled it out for their chance at a podium spot. The audience was then treated to a nail-biting FM freestyle display, carrying out a series of jumps and stunts that had everyone on the edge of their seats. Abu Dhabi-born rapper Freek closed off the night with a live performance of his hits including “Doos” and “Mush Fathi”. At the end of the month, the riders will head to the home of WSX, Australia, for the Melbourne Grand Prix - the final event of the Championship.The success of the first ever FIM World Supercross Championship Abu Dhabi Grand Prix signifies not only the growing appetite for motorsport in the region, but also showcases the capital’s ability to host world-class sporting spectacles. The event adds to Ethara’s growing portfolio of diverse entertainment offerings and is testament to the company’s dedication to setting new standards of excellence for events.
Disney has launched a holiday campaign called 'May Your Wishes Come True', which focuses on the power of wishes for its centenary anniversary. The campaign includes the first live-action festive ad, titled 'A Wish For The Holidays', which takes inspiration from the soon-to-be-released Walt Disney Animation Studios' movie Wish and will launch in more than 50 countries.The ad is directed by Grammy Award-winning Nigerian / British director Meji Alabi and was shot entirely in Cape Town, South Africa, and features scenes representing six geographical locations and languages.It tells the stories of families and friends worldwide who are united by a universal wish to be together with their loved ones during the holidays, recognising a range of festive traditions.The ad includes the globally recognisable song A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes from Cinderella, rearranged to enable multiple performers to come together with one united voice. English-language voice of Asha and Academy Award-winning actress and singer Ariana DeBose delivers the opening line in the English version, and voice actresses in markets around the world sing it in other languages.The ad has been globally produced by Ridley Scott Associates across the United States, the United Kingdom and South Africa and developed in collaboration with the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products internal advertising agency Yellow Shoes.Joss Hastings, VP of Global Marketing at Disney consumer products, games and publishing, says: "Holiday traditions may look different around the world; however and wherever you're celebrating, we all share the wish to be with the ones we love during this special time of year."Inspired by Walt Disney Animation Studios' new movie Wish, the advertisement brings voices from around the world together as a global choir for a powerful rendition of the iconic A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes. We hope fans enjoy the new twist on a Disney classic as we celebrate 100 years of storytelling and the integral role that music has played," adds Hastings. According to Disney, the global premiere of the advert comes hot on the heels of the recent unveiling of a co-branded celebratory aircraft livery in collaboration with LIFT airlines to kick off 'May Your Wishes Come True'.<div class="video-container"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xVkxRP8gfOg?si=Kyy4stT3_Cc-NJMZ" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></div>
Sudhakar Adapa, the business powerhouse behind Bia Brands, has made a historic move into media in partnership with the internationally renowned ¡HOLA! Group. With his characteristic bold vision, Mr Adapa is adding luxury lifestyle magazines HELLO! Indo-Arabia and HELLO Arabia! to his portfolio, marking a significant milestone as the first Indian national to enter this publishing arena.A byword for glamour, HELLO! will provide Bia Brands with a strategic advantage in the Middle East. As more and more Indian luxury brands are going global and GCC is one of the key markets for them, HELLO! offers a huge platform to reach out to the Arabian audience.Both HELLO! Indo-Arabia and HELLO! Arabia will be infused with a distinctive Indian flair, featuring an array of national celebrities alongside international names. This alluring mix promises not only to attract audiences but also to proudly highlight India's diverse cultural heritage on the world stage. The prestigious look and feel of HELLO! Indo-Arabia and HELLO! Arabia will showcase the media expertise for which the ¡HOLA! Group is famous.Sudhakar Adapa - Founder & CEO, Bia Brands - says of his latest achievement: "Taking the reins of HELLO! Indo-Arabia and HELLO! Arabia has been a proud moment for me. It is even more special considering the fact that I am the first Indian national to secure such rights. In today's ever-evolving business landscape, it's imperative for us to build strong, global brands. Media plays a pivotal role in this journey. HELLO! Indo-Arabia and HELLO! Arabia, both being globally renowned luxury and celebrity magazines, provide us with a unique leverage to access the vibrant GCC countries."¡HOLA! Group's Chairman, Eduardo Sánchez Pérez, comments: "We're delighted that HELLO! INDO-ARABIA and HELLO! ARABIA join the big ¡HOLA! and HELLO! family, and that readers from the Gulf region will join us to celebrate life's most beautiful moments with the inspiring exclusives, news and human interest stories they will find in these two magazines."To maximise audience engagement, HELLO! Indo-Arabia will appear in English and HELLO! Arabia in Arabic, while each will have both print and digital editions. A series of exclusive events will magnify the impact of the publications and, by association, Bia Brands.A jewel in the ¡HOLA! Group's crown, HELLO! magazine is loved for its positive content and privileged access, spanning the worlds of entertainment, royalty, philanthropy, sports and more. The ¡HOLA! Group includes 20 international editions in ten different languages reaching more than ten million readers each week, along with 15 websites with more than 50 million unique users per month, and a broadcast channel received by more than 22 million households.
Dubai Harbour, Dubai’s extraordinary seafront district, has welcomed the iconic Resilient Lady from Virgin Voyages on its maiden call to the Arabian Gulf. The call is one of a number of international cruise liners set to arrive at Dubai Harbour during this year’s cruise season, with 300,000 passengers and 49 ship calls. Resilient Lady is the newest “Lady Ship” to join the Virgin Voyages fleet that previously included Scarlet Lady and Valiant Lady. Celebrating Virgin’s longstanding British heritage, Resilient Lady launched on 14th May 2023 from her summer homeport in Athens, Greece. Inspired by superyacht design and bringing modern glamour to the seas, the latest ship from Richard Branson’s cruise travel brand arrived in style at Dubai Harbour, rekindling people’s connection to the sea and charting a course for newer ways to explore maritime lifestyles. This past summer, the award-winning brand offered two, seven-night itineraries around the Greek Isles and Adriatic Sea departing out of Athens. These included “Adriatic Sea and Greek Gems” and “Greek Island Glow.” Resilient Lady, along with its sister ships, was designed by world-renowned architects and designers including Tom Dixon and Concrete Amsterdam, with menus curated by Michelin-starred chefs. On-board, Sailors are spoiled with a daily line-up of immersive entertainment and live music performances, paired with incredible food from 20+ eateries and stunning spaces to recharge and relax. From unlimited group fitness classes to a mermaid-inspired spa and thermal suite, Virgin Voyages emphasizes relaxation while on a mission to curate the best week at sea for its Sailors.Michelle Bentubo, Chief Operating Officer of Virgin Voyages said, “As Resilient Lady embarks on her journey from Greece to Australia, we wanted to offer our Sailors the opportunity of a lifetime to explore one of the world’s most captivating cities via Dubai Harbour. We are grateful for the Arabian hospitality and warm welcome into this extraordinary seafront district. The modern, highly efficient terminal network helped us ensure smooth Sailor turnaround, which is imperative given our shorter stay in the city, and we look forward to calling on Dubai in years to come.” Abdulla Binhabtoor, Chief Portfolio Management Officer of Shamal Holding and the owner and curator of Dubai Harbour added, "We are delighted to have Virgin Voyages' Resilient Lady stopover at our seafront destination. Dubai Harbour curates extraordinary experiences that are inspired by our connection to the sea, showcasing a wide range of living, retail and hospitality offerings for all to explore while visiting the city." As a manifestation of Dubai’s wider planning, coastline development and tourism strategies, as well as its status as the region’s leading cruise hub, Dubai Harbour continues to play a major role in rekindling the city’s connection to the sea. Designed to process more than 3,250 passengers per hour, the highly efficient and modern terminals at Dubai Harbour have recorded exponential growth over the past two years.
du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Splunk, the cybersecurity and observability leader, to enhance digital resilience in the UAE. This collaborative endeavour aims to support digital resilience in the country and usher in a new era of data security and operational excellence.As per the MoU, du will embark on an ambitious journey to introduce the first UAE-hosted digital resilience cloud offering, powered by Splunk's cutting-edge technology. The new platform will ensure the robust security and seamless operation of digital systems for du’s clients across the public sector, commercial and enterprise sectors in the UAE. The partnership will extend beyond infrastructure development. Both parties will delve into value-added managed digital resilience services tailored for the UAE market. This strategic alliance will encompass a wide array of activities, including joint marketing efforts, educational events all orchestrated by du and Splunk's dedicated channel teams."We are thrilled to embark on this transformative journey alongside Splunk, as it aligns perfectly with our commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions that empower our customers," said Fahad Al Hassawi, CEO at du. "Through this strategic partnership and the pioneering development of the first-ever UAE-hosted digital resilience cloud offering, we are taking a monumental leap forward in safeguarding our digital landscape through the highest level of data security and operational excellence. We will establish a holistic approach to protect critical data, enhance operational efficiency, and ensure uninterrupted delivery of services in secure and robust digital ecosystems.”“du is a leader in the UAE's telecommunications landscape, and Splunk is thrilled to join hands with them,” said Gary Steele, CEO at Splunk. “Together, we are poised to empower organizations with the trust and security they need to navigate the increasingly complex digital landscape. This collaboration between Splunk and du exemplifies our shared commitment to pioneering innovation and safeguarding the digital future of the UAE.”Furthermore, the partnership will involve developing a comprehensive Go-To-Market (GTM) strategy. This strategy will serve du corporate, business, and social objectives in the UAE market, reinforcing their position as a pioneer in digital resilience. This strategic partnership between Splunk and du signifies a remarkable leap towards achieving digital resilience excellence in the UAE, propelling organizations towards a more secure and resilient digital future.Both du and Splunk aspire to be active contributors to the UAE’s digital agenda and digital transformation journey by serving as providers of unique digital resilience technologies to multiple public sector and leading enterprise tech customers in the UAE. This commitment reflects their dedication to fortifying the UAE's digital infrastructure and advancing its position on the global digital stage.
Dubai is set to roll out a new programme for the gaming sector that will generate tens of thousands of new jobs and add around $1 billion to the economy by 2033.On Thursday, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), approved the launch of ‘Dubai Program for Gaming 2033’.The initiative seeks to position the emirate among the top 10 cities in the global gaming industry and generate 30,000 new jobs in the gaming sector.The programme also seeks to boost the sector’s contribution to the growth of Dubai’s digital economy and increase the GDP by approximately $1 billion by 2033, according to a statement.“Dubai will persist in aligning with global trends as it shapes and builds its digital economy, harnessing advanced technology and evaluating both current and forthcoming disruptions,” Sheikh Hamdan said.“This is in accordance with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, to ensure that Dubai stands among the most future-ready cities globally.”Under the programme, the emirate will establish an “incubating environment” for developers and attract leading technology companies from around the world. Among the targeted businesses are those specialising in digital content and experiences.“The programme will offer support to developers, designers, programmers, as well as entrepreneurs and start-ups in the creative industries,” Sheikh Hamdan said.
RemotePass, the UAE’s leading platform for onboarding, paying, and managing global remote workers, has announced a strategic partnership with the Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy (DCDE), one of the three chambers operating under the umbrella of Dubai Chambers. This collaboration aims to bolster the UAE startup and business ecosystem, by providing a seamless avenue for global businesses to both access the UAE's skilled workforce and relocate global talent, all without the necessity of establishing a local entity. Additionally, the partnership will offer invaluable support to local firms and will enable them to effortlessly hire top talent from around the world, whether as contractors or full-time employees.In pursuit of the DCDE's strategic goal to attract 300 digital startups to Dubai, RemotePass will play a pivotal role in ensuring the HR success of these ventures. With its global infrastructure, RemotePass provides businesses with the essential tools for seamless onboarding, management, and retention of an exceptional pool of both local and international remote talent. RemotePass handles everything from local and international compliance to automated contracts, and global payroll, and facilitates access for workers to top-tier benefits and financial services. This comprehensive support empowers businesses to build remarkable teams and achieve unparalleled success. This initiative is part of DCDE's "Business in Dubai'' programme, which serves as a business-matching service designed to connect companies with suitable partners, investors, and customers. It also offers a wide array of institutional services delivered in collaboration with the chamber's strategic partners. RemotePass joins this prestigious roster that includes Dubai World Trade Center, etisalat, Dubai Islamic Bank, and many more. The Dubai Economic Agenda (D33) aims to double the size of the emirate’s economy over the next decade, and this partnership with RemotePass plays a key role by equipping companies to attract, hire, retain, and motivate the best talent locally and from around the world. Out of 557,000 SMEs in the UAE, RemotePass was selected by the DCDE as one of the innovative partners to support this mission. This partnership cements RemotePass’ position as a pivotal entity in the global workforce management landscape, underscoring its commitment to simplifying remote talent management for businesses while ensuring compliance. The biggest positive impact will be RemotePass's contribution to uplifting the UAE's startup ecosystem, fostering enhanced collaboration, and deploying its expertise in streamlining international and local employment processes, benefiting companies looking to hire globally or locally. Eligible businesses can access RemotePass’ services with an exclusive discount through the incentives offered under the Business in Dubai initiative. Saeed Al Gergawi, Vice President of Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, commented: “We are pleased to welcome RemotePass as the newest service provider on the chamber’s innovative ‘Business in Dubai’ platform, which enables convenient access to a range of integrated services and solutions for digital companies looking to set up or expand their business in Dubai. Our platform plays a key role in attracting leading digital companies and specialised talent to Dubai, as well as providing comprehensive assistance to local startups and established companies. We remain committed to building the world’s best digital infrastructure and consolidating Dubai’s position as the global capital of the digital economy.” Wesley Hattingh, UAE Country Manager, RemotePass commented: "Dubai is the ideal home for entrepreneurs, which is why more than 30,000 new businesses opened in Dubai during the first half of 2023. We’re thrilled about this partnership with the Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, which aligns perfectly with our mission to simplify cross-border workforce management for the city’s thriving startup ecosystem. This partnership demonstrates our commitment to advancing innovation in Dubai — for companies looking to hire locally and internationally."
Ajman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) celebrated the “Flag Day” event as an embodiment of the values of unity and cohesion and a renewal of loyalty and belonging to the homeland and wise leadership. The flag was raised in the Ajman Chamber arena by H.E. Eng Abdullah Al Muwaiji, the Chairman of the ACCI, in the presence of members of the Board of Directors of the ACCI and H. E Salem Al Suwaidi, Director-General of ACCI and ACCI's employees and customers.H.E Abdullah Al Muwaiji said on this national occasion: "Flag Day is a national occasion that we cherish and are proud of. The flag is a symbol of our identity, our pride, our renaissance, our past, our present, and our future. On Flag Day, we remember the efforts of the founding fathers and the journey of our country and its progress in all fields. On Flag Day, we renew our commitment to our country and our loyalty to our wise leadership, and we pledge to continue working diligently and hardly for the sake of the advancement and leadership of our beloved country. "H. E Salem Al Suwaidi, Director-General of ACCI, stated: "Celebrating Flag Day is a national embodiment of the values of unity, pride in national identity, and popular cohesion. Under the flag, loyalty and belonging are renewed. Under the flag, we are proud of the global status the UAE has achieved. Under the flag, enthusiasm is sharpened to continue the journey of work and giving to our nation."
Abu Dhabi: PureHealth has partnered with Dell Technologies to utilise generative artificial intelligence (AI) across healthcare services including in early disease detection, medical data analysis and personalised treatment plans, further enhancing the health ecosystem in Abu Dhabi. The collaboration will harness the collective resources and technologies of both companies to improve health outcomes by ensuring access to leading medical solutions and services and accelerating long-term preparedness and agility.With Dell's innovative solutions, PureHeath aims to positively impact the wellbeing of communities by offering better patient experiences through intelligent healthcare decision-making and advancing health research.GenAI brings with it a multitude of advantages in healthcare, ranging from early disease detection by analysing extensive medical data, to personalised treatment plans based on individual patient profiles. GenAI can also improve medical imaging accuracy, aid in predictive analytics for disease outbreaks and expedite drug discovery, contributing to a more efficient and patient-centred healthcare landscape.The collaboration was signed by Junaid Khan, Chief Technology Officer at PureHealth, and Walid Yehia, the UAE’s General Manager of Dell Technologies. Michael Dell, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Dell Technologies and Farhan Malik, Founder, Managing Director, and CEO of PureHealth, witnessed the signing of the collaboration between both organisations. Junaid Khan, Chief Technology Officer at PureHealth, said: “As we embark on this transformative journey with Dell, we are thrilled to pioneer a new era in healthcare. This collaboration signifies our unwavering commitment to advancing the future of healthcare by harnessing the rapidly increasing computing power and normalising GenAI-based outcomes. By integrating GenAI, we are poised to revolutionise the industry, improve health outcomes, and fortify our healthcare system's readiness for the future. Our efforts align seamlessly with our vision of extending human health span. GenAI is a powerful tool and will be incorporated in our digital transformation where we aim to take healthcare to the cloud.”Walid Yehia, General Manager, UAE at Dell Technologies, said: “GenAI continues to drive meaningful conversations and propel tangible progress across industries. We are using our position as the world’s broadest GenAI infrastructure portfolio provider to help PureHealth deliver critical services to citizens.”The collaboration further solidifies PureHealth's position as a global healthcare provider following the recent milestone acquisitions of Ardent Health Services, the US’s fourth largest private healthcare group and Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest private healthcare group. This growth path underscores Abu Dhabi vision to bolster its position as a leading global destination for healthcare and life sciences.According to Statista, the global AI healthcare market was valued at AED40.4 billion in 2021 and is projected to expand to have a market size of AED686.8 billion market size by 2030. This increase will drive considerable changes in how medical providers, hospitals, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies operate.PureHealth is actively reshaping the future of healthcare through a strategic fusion of technology and data, while also pioneering innovative GenAI-driven solutions. With a robust and expansive network encompassing hospitals, clinics, numerous diagnostic centers, insurance solutions, pharmacies, health tech and procurement services, PureHealth maintains its position as a trailblazer in the pursuit of longevity science and the transformation of healthcare systems.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Microsoft Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella visited the UAE today to experience first-hand how the latest advancements in cloud and AI are supporting UAE organizations across every industry. While speaking at the Microsoft ‘AI, a New Era’ event, Nadella met with local business leaders, government officials and developers and emphasized the role of AI in unlocking new opportunities to accelerate the UAE's digital economy and transforming the lives of its people.“This new age of AI will drive innovation and has the potential to expand opportunity and growth around the world – including in the UAE,” said Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO, Microsoft. “It’s inspiring to see so many developers and businesses in the Emirates already applying AI to address business and societal challenges.”Microsoft has had a presence in the UAE for more than 30 years and chose the country as the location for its first data centres in the Middle East. Microsoft’s cloud regions are considered a key driver behind the country’s digital transformation, serving as foundations for the deployment of modern technologies, including AI. A PwC report has predicted a US$320 billion AI industry in the Middle East by 2030 and singled out the UAE as likely to have the largest percentage share for AI in its economy out of any nation in the region: close to 14% of 2030 GDP.During his keynote, Nadella announced the upcoming availability of Azure OpenAI Service from the company’s UAE cloud datacentres. The service, which will be available later this month, provides access to a suite of powerful AI models, including GPT-4, Codex, and DALL-E 2, which can be used to develop innovative AI applications such as virtual assistants, content generation, code generation, image editing tools, and more.He highlighted some of the ways UAE organizations are leading AI transformation and innovation in key industries: The UAE Ministry of Education is partnering with local start-up ASI, founded by 20-year-old Quddus Pativada, to develop a personalised AI tutor which will act as an Arabic and English study companion for UAE students to help them improve their learning beyond the classroom. The tutor will be rolled out across the UAE’s schools. The partnership aligns with the ministry’s drive to incorporate AI into the educational system, announced during the World Government Summit (WGS) 2023.The Department of Health in Abu Dhabi is developing a unified, digital experience for patients, which will allow them to provide holistic, on demand healthcare services in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. An AI powered patient assistant, running on Azure, will provide instant access to unified medical records and make searching for a doctor and scheduling appointments effortless.G42 released a Large Language Arabic Model, Jais, which will be available through Azure Services and will boost the ability to create original Arabic content for close to 100 million underserviced Arabic language internet users.DeepOpinion, co-founded by Dr. Ahmed Al-Ali, is embedding AI models in existing automation workflows running on Microsoft Azure and integrating with Microsoft Power Platform, allowing organisations to reduce repetitive tasks and reduce workplace accidents caused by human error.
British retailer Marks & Spencer (MKS.L) apologised after posting a picture from its Christmas advert showing red and green paper hats in a burning fireplace that were compared to a Palestinian flag.The company, one of the best-known names in British business, apologised for "any unintentional hurt caused" after sharing the image on Instagram.Marks & Spencer, which started life in 1884 when Jewish immigrant Michael Marks came to the north of England, faced some criticism on social media over claims it was making a political statement.The retailer deleted the Instagram post, posting a statement on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, saying: "Today we shared an outtake image from our Christmas clothing and home advert, which was recorded in August, before the conflict broke out between Israel and Hamas." "It showed traditional, festive coloured red, green and silver Christmas paper party hats in a fire grate.""While the intent was to playfully show that some people just don't enjoy wearing paper Christmas hats over the festive season, we have removed the post following feedback and we apologise for any unintentional hurt caused."Global companies are trying to avoid getting entangled in conflict between Israel and Hamas as the fighting has prompted a rise in religious hate crimes.McDonald's franchises in some Muslim countries distanced themselves from a move by the company's Israeli restaurants last month to give free meals to the Israeli military.
Doritos has introduced 'Doritos Silent,' a groundbreaking 'crunch-cancellation' technology that lets PC gamers enjoy their favorite chips without distracting other players. Though new research shows 85 percent of gamers consistently choose Doritos as their snack of choice, the study also revealed a strong demand across the globe for an innovative solution that eliminates crunching sounds while gaming. In the UK, 46 percent of gamers dislike the sound of other people eating.In Portugal and Spain, 68 and 64 percent of gamers respectively rank crisps or chips first when asked which food items create the worst noise while they're gaming and the other person is eating.In the US, 30 percent say that other people crunching distracts them from playing well or impacts their performance. The crunch is a key reason consumers love Doritos. With this new 'crunch-cancellation technology,' Doritos gives gamers the ability to continue enjoying the crunch without disrupting their fellow players' performance."The connection between Doritos fans and the gaming community is undeniable," said Fernando Kahane, Global Marketing Head at PepsiCo. "Both boldly and unapologetically embrace their individual flavors. 'Doritos Silent' recognizes this bond and demonstrates the brand's continued commitment to innovation and elevating the experience for gamers who choose Doritos."Designed in partnership with Smooth Technology, a leader in electronic and interactive design, the groundbreaking new 'crunch cancellation' technology took six months to develop and involved the technical analysis of more than 5,000 different crunch sounds."Working with Doritos to create this cutting-edge technology has been an incredible journey," said Dylan Fashbaugh, the lead developer at Smooth Technology. "We all know that gamers love Doritos, but that unmistakable crunch can often disrupt those intense gaming moments. With 'Doritos Silent,' we've worked to ensure gamers can enjoy the crunch of Doritos without disturbing their fellow players, making for a better gaming experience."By expanding this new technology to all PC gamers, Doritos hopes its silence can benefit the 80 percent of millennials and Gen Z who classify themselves as gamers1.Doritos teased the idea of "making Doritos silent" with social media and out-of-home advertisements that featured Doritos chips in-place of noise-cancelling headphones in the UK, US, Spain, Poland, Brazil and Portugal promising that "you won't hear it coming."