Dubai: GroupM, the leading media investment management group, has announced a major restructuring of its regional leadership in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) market. The company will dissolve its APAC-level management structure and move to a sub-regional model, with four market clusters reporting directly to global leadership. This move will do away with the role of APAC CEO Ashutosh Srivastava, (pictured above), who will be seeking new opportunities within WPP, but will continue with the GroupM business to help with the transition to the new model.Under the new structure, GroupM will be led by the heads of four market clusters in the APAC region, including Greater China and North Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Australia and New Zealand. The decision to move to a sub-regional model is part of GroupM's drive to simplify the business and remove layers, in line with a change earlier this year that saw GroupM EMEA chief Demet Ikiler leaving.GroupM CEO Christian Juhl has emphasized that the restructuring is not a cost-saving move but rather an effort to bring key markets closer to global leadership and fuel growth. The move will enable GroupM to drive media services into agencies on behalf of clients more efficiently.GroupM has a strong history of investment in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, especially in China, over the past several years. One of the key factors behind this success has been the leadership of Srivastava, who has spent over 25 years with WPP in various top positions at Mindshare and GroupM in South Asia and APAC. With the recent restructuring, GroupM is now in a great position to maintain its leadership position in the region and further advance its media agency services to new levels.
Dubai: The Game Company, the revolutionary AI-driven cloud-based gaming platform, has announced the appointment of Nikita Sachdev as its newest board member. Sachdev brings with her a wealth of experience and expertise in the crypto and blockchain space, as well as a track record of success in entrepreneurship and investing.Nikita Sachdev is an Indian-American serial entrepreneur and investor who discovered her passion for the crypto and blockchain space in 2017. Her work for crypto giant Huobi ignited her interest and led her to launch Luna PR in her living room, which has now metamorphosed into an award-winning public relations and marketing agency headquartered in Dubai, with offices in Miami, Singapore, and London."We are thrilled to have Nikita Sachdev join our board of directors," said Osman Masud, CEO of The Game Company. "Her expertise and experience in the crypto and blockchain space will be invaluable as we work to create a revolutionary gaming platform that leverages Web3 technology. We look forward to working with her to bring our vision to life and provide an unmatched gaming experience to gamers worldwide."Luna PR's parent company, Luna Media Corporation, also houses a web3 venture capital, a foundation that aims to educate less-privileged girls in India, and Cointelegraph MENA. Sachdev's proven track record in crypto and blockchain has earned her a reputation as a thought leader in the industry. In 2021, the company won the "Best PR Agency in Fintech" award, and in 2022, Luna PR was recognized as the "Best Web3 Consultancy."Nikita’s appointment as a board member at The Game Company is a testament to her career in the industry. Her expertise in the crypto and blockchain space will be incredibly useful as The Game Company looks to leverage Web3 technology to create a vast interconnected multi-role ecosystem that allows gamers to participate, play, and earn. The Game Company aims to provide the most advanced, flexible, and inclusive cloud gaming platform, breaking down the barriers of connectivity, latency, and market economics, and creating a truly immersive gaming experience.With her extensive experience in the crypto and blockchain industry, as well as her track record of success in the PR and marketing space, Nikita Sachdev will be an invaluable addition to The Game Company's board. As the company prepares to launch its AI-driven cloud-based gaming platform, Nikita's expertise in crafting and executing effective PR and marketing strategies will play a crucial role in creating brand awareness, generating buzz, and driving user adoption. Her knowledge of the industry and her ability to connect with key influencers and media outlets will be an asset in positioning The Game Company as a leader in the Web3 gaming space.Nikita is poised to become a valuable asset to the board and play an instrumental role in shaping the company's trajectory toward a promising future. She believes that the company's patented technology, which optimizes rendering speed, creates an inclusive and competitive gaming environment that provides equal opportunities for everyone. “I am honored to be part of a team committed to providing an immersive and enjoyable gaming experience,” she said.
Dubai: Yas Island Abu Dhabi, the world’s leading leisure and entertainment destination, appoints Jason Momoa to be the destination’s newest Chief Island Officer. American actor Jason Momoa assumes the former role of stand-up comedian Kevin Hart who announced the end of his reign as Chief Island Officer earlier this year, after making Yas Island hart-to-beat.In the new trailer video, Jason is seen making a casual yet epic entrance on a paddle board announcing that his calling has led him to “this ridiculously awesome job”, as the W Hotel façade is lit up to welcome Jason officially, as the new Chief Island Officer of Yas Island Abu Dhabi. In his first statement as Yas Island’s new CIO, Jason Momoa looks forward to showing fans how they can #LiveItUpLikeMomoa.Liam Findlay, CEO of Miral Destinations said, “We are pleased to appoint Hollywood sensation Jason Momoa as the new Chief Island Officer for Yas Island Abu Dhabi. We received resounding feedback following Kevin’s Hart farewell campaign and we are excited to deliver yet another successful storyline for fans to follow. As Yas Island Abu Dhabi continues to entertain guests with best-in-class experiences and with offerings that resonate with visitors from all over the world, we look forward to raising the bar even higher in the days to come with Jason Momoa as the island’s newest officer.”From sliding to splash-tastic adventures at Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi and taking on the world’s fastest rollercoaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, to drifting like a pro on the iconic Yas Marina Circuit, Jason Momoa is undoubtedly bringing his infectious enthusiasm and 110% energy to Yas Island, in what is expected to be the first of many Momoa moments to come.
Dubai: Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival (SEF) has launched its new podcast, SEF Backstage Pass, designed to empower changemakers and provide a source of inspiration, education, and personal growth for those looking to make a positive impact on the world. The podcast is already making waves, trending in the top charts under the Entrepreneurship category on Apple Podcasts just one week after its launch, and it continues to grow in popularity.SEF Backstage Pass offers listeners a behind-the-scenes look into the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival experience, featuring inspiring talks from keynote speakers, thought-provoking conversations, and a glimpse into the magic that makes the festival truly special. The podcast brings together exceptional global and local guests who share their personal journeys, insights, and strategies for success, giving listeners the tools and inspiration they need to pursue their dreams and ambitions.SEF Backstage Pass is part of the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival's mission to inspire, connect, and support entrepreneurs and business enthusiasts in Sharjah and the UAE. The festival provides a platform for entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas, network with like-minded individuals, and gain valuable insights from industry experts. SEF Backstage Pass aims to extend this mission by offering a podcast that provides practical advice, insights, and inspiration to entrepreneurs and changemakers around the world.SEF Backstage Pass is bi-weekly and can be found on Apple, Spotify, and Google. The first three episodes have already been published and cover a range of topics, including embracing uncertainty, dissolving limiting beliefs, and staying relevant as a content creator featuring prominent figures such as Mo Gawdat, April Rinne, Silfath Pinto, and Khalid Al Ameri.The podcast's vision is to create a community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about personal growth and by tuning in, one can learn from the experiences of exceptional guests who have overcome challenges and achieved their dreams.SEF Backstage Pass is the showcase of a supportive community where listeners can exchange ideas, collaborate, and work towards their goals together. Whether you're an entrepreneur unsure of where to start, an artist looking for his authentic voice, or a mother keen to develop the next generation of leaders, SEF Backstage Pass is here to help you realise your full potential.
Dubai: The 33rd Sharjah Ramadan Festival has wrapped up another successful edition on Monday, after revitalizing the retail sector and markets in the Emirate of Sharjah. Throughout the holy month of Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr celebrations, the festival offered residents and visitors exceptional shopping and entertainment experiences in malls and popular destinations. With a plethora of promotions, significant discounts, valuable prizes, and an entertaining atmosphere, the festival achieved tremendous success and left a lasting impact on those who attended.This year's Festival, organized by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), exceeded sales expectations, generating approximately AED 300 million and achieving a growth rate of 20%. This success has further cemented Sharjah's leading position as a global destination for shopping and entertainment.Attracting a diverse range of consumers and shoppers from various backgrounds and nationalities, the festival featured enticing offers and discounts tailored to meet their needs. Additionally, numerous entertaining events were held, enriching the overall experience and contributing to the festival's popularity. The event has also boosted the retail sector's momentum in Sharjah, showcasing the Emirate's ability to provide a vibrant and engaging atmosphere for visitors and residents alike."The remarkable success of the 33rd Sharjah Ramadan Festival, in terms of both sales volume and attracting thousands of shoppers, reaffirms the event's status as one of the region's most significant festivals." "Its crucial role in bolstering the retail sector and providing strong support to Sharjah's economy further solidifies the emirate's standing among the world's premier shopping destinations," said H.E. Mohammad Ahmed Amin Al Awadi, Director-General of SCCI.For his part, Abdulaziz Mohammed Shattaf, Assistant Director-General of the Communication and Business Sector at the Sharjah Chamber, said: "Our surveys indicate that both public turnout and merchant satisfaction during this year's Ramadan Festival season were highly positive across the emirate. The event played a pivotal role in the remarkable recovery of commercial activity, as reflected in the substantial sales volume achieved. The Sharjah Chamber is committed to enhancing the festival's activities in future editions, working closely with sectoral groups to launch innovative initiatives, organize captivating events, and deliver even more enjoyable and novel experiences for all."Meanwhile, Ibrahim Rashid Al Jarwan, Director of Economic Relations and Marketing at SCCI, and General Coordinator of the Festival, said: "The organizers and sponsors of this year's festival have truly outdone themselves, ensuring a diverse and engaging agenda that features a wide array of promotional and heritage events presented by shopping malls. Furthermore, numerous entertainment activities were held throughout Sharjah's cities, along with special offers catered to families and children across the emirate. Their concerted efforts have contributed immensely to the festival's success."
Dubai: based Films by Nomad, a leading and multi-award-winning documentary film production company, has been named in the prestigious Realscreen Global 200 list for 2023; the only GCC-based company to make the list.Compiled by Realscreen, a leading global trade publication for the non-fiction film industry, the hotly anticipated annual list outlines the world’s top 200 production companies working in non-fiction and unscripted screen content. It is compiled with input from broadcast and streaming executives, agents, distributors, production peers and other stakeholders in the industry. Companies included on the list represent the world’s finest documentary film production companies.Founded in 2010 by Phil Griffiths and Zoe Griffiths, Films by Nomad has been trusted to share some of the Middle East’s most compelling and unique stories, including Discovery Network’s COVID-19: Dubai, which detailed the UAE’s handling of the pandemic and the impact of Covid-19 on its residents. To date, Films by Nomad has produced over 14 documentaries and documentary shorts, with eight more currently in development.According to Tim Swain, Group CEO of Block N, the parent company of Films by Nomad, the inclusion on the list highlights not only the professionalism and focus of Films by Nomad’s diverse, world-class team, but also highlights the sophistication of the region’s filmmaking industry as well as the captivating people and rich stories that exist here: “Films by Nomad is deeply focused on storytelling and work that aims to create impact, shape opinions and change hearts and minds. We are honored to play a role in amplifying important stories to a global stage so our inclusion on the Realscreen Global 200 list feels particularly special.”“As one of the Middle East’s longest standing production companies, we have seen a tremendous amount of growth in the region’s documentary filmmaking ecosystem and we are proud to play an instrumental role in that development,” he added.Along with Film by Nomad’s work with Discovery Networks, the production house’s uncompromising focus on quality and their in-house roster of talent has meant that the company regularly works with some of the world’s highest profile broadcasters including National Geographic, Warner Bros, Discovery, ESPN and OSN, and brands such as Disney, Emirates Airline, Image Nation and Porsche.Within 2023, Films by Nomad’s parent company Block N also plans to add two new companies to its portfolio – alongside Films by Nomad and Production by Nomad - with details to be released soon.
Dubai: Cybercriminals around the world are using generative artificial intelligence (AI) to execute malicious attacks that can take down companies and governments. SentinelOne, a global leader in autonomous security and pioneer in deep learning models and neural networks, plans to use the same technologies to defeat them. The company unveiled a revolutionary threat-hunting platform that integrates multiple layers of AI technology to deliver unparalleled security capabilities and real-time, autonomous response to attacks across the entire enterprise. The news was announced during RSA Conference 2023, the premier cybersecurity event being held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.“Today marks a paradigm shift in cybersecurity,” said Tomer Weingarten, CEO, SentinelOne. “AI is among the most disruptive technologies of our time, and with our new capabilities, we can unleash its power to help companies control all aspects of enterprise security - from visibility to response - with unmatched speed and efficiency.”A first-of-its-kind offering, the SentinelOne threat-hunting platform seamlessly fuses real-time, embedded neural networks and a large language model (LLM)-based natural language interface, supercharging users with AI to monitor and operate all security data and boost their productivity and scale their operations. Through the platform, security teams can ask complex threat and adversary-hunting questions and run operational commands to manage their entire enterprise environment using natural language, and within seconds receive deep insights and full, transparent, correlated results to prompt actions across the cybersecurity ecosystem.An Intelligent, Action-Oriented ApproachBuilt on the industry’s most performant security data lake, the SentinelOne threat-hunting platform aggregates and correlates information from device and log telemetry across endpoint, cloud, network and user data, and not only delivers insights, but recommends response actions that can be immediately executed - from mitigation and investigation to endpoint, cloud and user management.“Our cybersecurity AI platform represents a major leap forward in cybersecurity,” said Ric Smith, Chief Product and Technology Officer, SentinelOne. “By allowing users to automate response and take action without the need for coding skills and process and analyze petabytes of data in near-real time, it promises to radically simplify security operations and empower defenders in unprecedented and unforeseen ways.”The Future of CybersecurityThe SentinelOne platform will also allow users to lay a solid foundation for the future and secure tomorrow, today.“Bad actors are increasingly employing AI-based, automated tools to infiltrate all facets of networks with unprecedented speed,” Weingarten said. “With our unmatched experience and capabilities, organizations can quickly scale their cybersecurity operations to stay ahead of these evolving threats and create a strong structural foundation for cybersecurity defenses for years to come.”A Force for GoodAnd they can do it in a responsible, ethical way. “At SentinelOne, our mission is to be a force for good, and our unwavering commitment to ensuring that our cutting-edge technologies are used safely, ethically and responsibly is evident in every aspect of our platform,” Weingarten said. “There is a huge shortage of cybersecurity talent, and in advancing the capabilities of skilled security practitioners, our new capabilities will allow organizations to quickly scale to secure the cloud and avoid the storm of automated and fast-flux attacks that adversaries using generative AI can create. In addition, we allow customers to retain complete control of their data, reinforcing our dedication to keeping sensitive information in the hands of its rightful owners.”The new capabilities will be delivered as part of SentinelOne’s threat-hunting experience and are available in limited preview today.
Dubai: XS.com, the multinational global FinTech and financial services provider has today announced it is further expanding its team by welcoming Despina Iapona as the new Head of PR and Branding. Iapona has a decade of experience in marketing and communication - with a strong background in financial services - which will support her in overseeing XS.com’s global PR and industry presence. "I’d like to offer a sincere and warm welcome to Despina Iapona as she joins the XS.com team as our new Head of PR and Branding.” said Mohamad Ibrahim, Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at XS.com about the firm’s new hire.He continued: “Despina’s extensive experience and expertise in PR and branding will be invaluable as we continue to build our brand, engage with our traders and partners, and accelerate our growth. Effective branding and PR will help us to continue to expand XS.com by attracting new investors, increasing customer loyalty, and building further on the already strong reputation we have developed in the market. I look forward to working together to achieve our goals and take the XS.com Group to the next level."Despina Iapona XS.com’s new Head of PR and Branding commented on her joining the global brokerage:"I am excited to be joining XS.com as the new Head of PR and Branding. This is an exciting time to be part of a growing company with an excellent reputation. I look forward to working with the team to build on an already very strong brand in the market. I am committed to leveraging my experience and expertise to develop and execute a comprehensive PR and branding strategy that will help us attract and retain traders, differentiate ourselves from competitors, and drive growth. I am thrilled to be part of such a dynamic and forward-thinking organization, and I can't wait to get started."XS.com is regularly featured in industry media including CNBC, Bloomberg, Sky News and Reuters the decision to expand the PR department shows the brand’s emphasis on increasing its presence within the sphere of global finance media.Already last month, XS.com showed its commitment to expanding the marketing team by hiring industry veteran Andreea Ilies as their new Global Head of Events. This move has seen them increase their commitment to attend and sponsor more global events and tradeshows including in Jordan, Malaysia, the UAE, the Philippines, and Mexico.
Dubai: Spread Communications, a communications agency based in the UAE, has launched its new "Virtual CTO Service". This service provides aspiring entrepreneurs with unparalleled technological and innovative solutions that are specifically tailored to their business needs, all while upholding global standards and providing convenience and ease through virtual team meetings. This is an extension of Spread's existing portfolio of services that supports the region’s startup scene.Over the years, Spread Communications has built a solid reputation for effectively assisting SMEs by offering timely and effective communications solutions, making it a natural next step to become a one-stop shop for supporting startups, with the introduction of the “Virtual CTO Service”. The new offering will further support startups by eliminating the hassle of hiring a full tech team and instead assists with the creation and maintenance of a business app by offering transparency, affordability, premium quality services, continued maintenance, and delay protection. Spread Communications has partnered with Antonio Roman Fernandez, a seasoned tech professional with over 20 years of experience in managing and leading numerous global startups and tech firms, to bring this to life. Antonio's area of expertise includes cloud computing and mobile services. He is enthusiastic about designing innovative and personalized solutions that enrich people's lives and well-being through exceptional online services and applications.Commenting on the partnership, Momina Chaudhry, Associate Director of Spread Communications, said, “We are thrilled to extend our services and happy to have joined forces with Antonio to offer our clients an innovative service with personalized solutions. Although we are based in the UAE, we believe this virtual service will benefit companies in this region and allow us to operate across MENA, aiding several tech companies and growing startups. We hope to have a successful collaboration whereby we can support organizations on their business journey and future growth.”
Dubai: Optitalia Group, one of the GCC’s leading companies in the distribution of eyewear, is proud to announce VISION INDUSTRY, a revolutionary optical concept-store that is set to make a real splash in the eyewear space. With exceptional service and a personalized experience, the brand-new concept-store delivers on its promise to ensure individuals look good and see well.VISION INDUSTRY, located on the 1st floor of Mall of the Emirates offers a bespoke eyewear service, coupled with optometric care and a fully functioning lens and artisan frame lab.VISION INDUSTRY wants everyone to look good and see well. Offering over 60 brands, ranging from creators to eco-friendly items, and from urban to luxury brands such as Dior, Off-White, Chopard, Carrera and Nike to name a few. There is a solution for everyone including kids and athletes.Guided by specialists, VISION INDUSTRY’s talented Italian artisans can craft in-house handmade frames and sunglasses, delivering bespoke designs to fit the customer as only a tailor-made product can. At VISION INDUSTRY, if you can’t find it, they will create it for you.In addition to their extensive selection of eyewear, VISION INDUSTRY also offers in-store comprehensive eye exams by licensed optometrists. Tapping into their ethos of ‘look good and see well’, VISION INDUSTRY fully understands & promotes the importance of regular check-ups in maintaining optimal eye-health and encourages all their customers to schedule an appointment with one of their experienced eye care professionals prior to purchasing a frame or new contact lenses.“We are thrilled to open our doors in one of the most iconic shopping locations in the world and provide exceptional eye-care and outstanding eyewear to our customers,” said Gian Paolo Biasotto, Co-founder of VISION INDUSTRY. “At VISION INDUSTRY, our goal is to guide the customer in understanding what is behind an eyewear. We feel it is an object that is sometimes taken for granted, and in reality, encompasses many aspects ranging from craftsmanship, technology, healthcare, and fashion. We are on a mission to let people see the beauty of this, in the same way we see it.”Adding to the uniqueness of the concept store, VISION INDUSTRY has on display a one-of-a-kind attraction - a Museum Corner featuring a selection of eyewear that belonged to celebrities from the world of music and high society. On display are flamboyant specs once worn by Elton John, sunglasses personalized for Elvis Presley, a piece worn by Madonna at her 1970 music tour, and sunglasses adorned by the Duchess of Windsor, amongst other iconic pieces.All featured collectibles are part of the Safilo Museum collection for customers to see and enjoy in the central galleria of the store as they walk in.Design the eyewear of your dreams and have it delivered to you. Look good, see well & feel inspired with VISION INDUSTRY!
Dubai: Despite progress in recent years, Arab women remain underrepresented in the tech industry, particularly in leadership positions. This lack of diversity not only limits opportunities for women but also hinders innovation and growth in the industry.According to a report by Wilson Center, only 23% of startup founders in the MENA region are women. These statistics highlight the need for increased support and opportunities for women in tech, especially in leadership roles.In the MENA region, female entrepreneurship is on the rise, with more women starting their own businesses and taking on leadership roles. However, there is still a long way to go to achieve gender parity in the tech industry. A report by the World Economic Forum in 2022 found that it will take 132 years to close the global gender pay gap at the current rate of progress.Anastasia Denisova, the CEO of Realiste MENA, believes that promoting and supporting female leadership is essential for creating a more diverse and inclusive startup ecosystem. She claims that by providing mentorship, training, and networking opportunities for women in tech, we can help break down barriers and create a more level playing field.Realiste is a proptech startup based in Dubai and driven by artificial intelligence to make the real estate market more efficient and transparent for investors. Under Anastasia's leadership, Realiste MENA has integrated with 27 real estate developers in Dubai, attracted more than 50,000 users, and increased monthly revenue in Dubai from zero to $1M by the end of 2022.“Diversity is not just a buzzword – it’s essential for innovation and growth,” said Anastasia Denisova. “We are committed to promoting diversity in all its forms, and we believe that supporting female leadership is a key part of this effort.”In 2022, a report by Citigroup found that increasing female representation in the tech industry could add $2 trillion to global GDP. This data demonstrates that there is a need for more initiatives to encourage and support girls and women in pursuing careers in tech. Together, we can build a more inclusive and innovative startup ecosystem that benefits everyone.
Dubai: Multiply Group (ADX: MULTIPLY), an Abu Dhabi-based investment holding company, has signed a binding commitment to acquire a 55 per cent majority stake in Media 247, one of the leading UAE outdoor advertising companies, for approximately AED 184 million.Media 247 assets include over 45 exclusive outdoor premium hoardings, unipoles and 3D structures spread across Dubai’s most strategic locations. The company offers media management, printing and special projects services and has sustained long-standing relationships with the most reputable advertisers and agencies both locally and internationally. Media 247 also provides transit media solutions such as vehicle wraps across Dubai’s largest taxi fleet, RTA’s red top taxis, and Dubai’s RTA airport taxis.The investment in Media 247 falls under the buy and build vertical strategy of acquiring profitable companies, creating portfolio-wide synergies, investing in bolt-on acquisitions, augmenting scalability and enhancing their margins.Jawad Hassan, Head of Media and Communications vertical at Multiply Group, commented:“Our commitment to invest in Media 247 reflects our focus on the growth of Multiply Group’s Media and Communications vertical and the consolidation of assets in the out-of-home media space. Media 247 is a well-established out-of-home media company that shares our philosophy of growth. Together, we will be focusing on growing the company both organically and inorganically. With its excellent inventory across Dubai, we are confident that we can leverage our combined expertise and resources to identify acquisitions, creating a stronger and more competitive business.”Media 247 has a solid track record with an excellent historical performance in both top-line and profitability and has proven to be resilient in difficult times like the pandemic.“As we have reached the final stages of the agreement and the few points to be finalised, we are confident in the discipline of the management team to get this deal over the finish line” Hassan added. Rafiq Abu Hijleh, Founder and President at Media 247, commented:“We are delighted to join hands with one of the UAE’s largest and fastest growing holding companies. This marks a significant milestone in Media 247’s journey since 2005 to provide only the best exclusive outdoor media solutions. Our company was already on a fast track to achieve our objectives with rapid growth, and this partnership will enable us to further widen our offerings to meet and exceed our clients’ reach expectations and broaden our network in the UAE and beyond.”Multiply Group has been deploying capital across its two distinct arms: Multiply and Multiply+. Multiply operates and invests in four current verticals (Mobility, Energy and Utilities, Media and Communications, and Beauty and Wellness), while Multiply+, its sector-agnostic and opportunistic investment arm, looks to target double-digit returns across several asset classes. Deal completion is subject to regulatory conditions and approvals.
Dubai: Netizency, a social media and digital marketing agency with offices in Dubai, Doha, and Beirut, has bagged the middle east social business for Visa. following a multi-agency pitch that took place in late 2022.The deal was sealed on April 1st, 2023.Netizency's mandate includes handling social media strategy for Visa’s markets across Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA) region. The agency will also undertake community management, analytics, content creation, etc. for the GCC region.Netizency helps B2B and B2C brands achieve their digital marketing objectives through setting strategies, creating content, managing social media presence, buying ads, generating leads, listing businesses on online directories, and analyzing all the data.Netizency Managing Partner Michael Maksoudian said: “When we launched Netizency in 2013, we were open to working with anyone who came knocking. At that time, the thought of snagging a client like Visa felt about as probable as getting a suntan on the moon. But fast forward to a decade, and we’ve rocketed our way to success, with Visa standing tall as a key player in our stellar client portfolio. With more than 10 top global brands under our belt, it’s clear that our team of 50 superstars across 3 offices has truly reached for the stars.”
Dubai: Apparel Group’s TOMS Middle East®, introduces Earthwise™ products that are designed with the planet in mind on World Earth Day.In order for a product to be considered Earthwise™, at least one of its main components must contain more sustainable materials, and at a minimum percentage. TOMS believe sustainability is a journey, not a destination.TOMS aim to source 100% sustainable cotton by 2025. They’ve made significant progress towards this by introducing recycled cotton in their most popular and iconic style shoe – Alpargata.All their Earthwise™ products are 100% plastic free and have switched their samples to use 100% recycled LDPE polybags.Earthwise™ is made with the planet in mind.
Dubai: Publicis Groupe, a leading global advertising and communications company, has announced the appointment of Tony Wazen as CEO of Publicis Media, effective 1 May 2023. In this newly created role, Tony will lead the media agencies of the Groupe in the Middle East, focusing on innovative approaches to drive growth and ensure client success for the long term.Bassel Kakish, CEO of Publicis Groupe Middle East & Turkey said, "Tony is a true visionary and leader in the media industry, and we are thrilled to have him take on this new role. His extensive experience in strategic thinking and in-depth brand communication will be a valuable asset to our clients, and his focus on innovation and growth will help us stay ahead of future challenges and opportunities."Under his guidance, Tony will be instrumental in propelling Publicis Groupe’s ongoing transformation journey forward. This includes prioritising talent development and driving the continued growth and evolution of its media business and future-proofing its products and services to ensure that they remain competitive and relevant in today’s evolving landscape. “Harnessing the power of Publicis Media to drive personalisation at scale, create value and deliver winning solutions to clients will be the raison d'être,” commented Tony Wazen, CEO of Publicis Media ME. "We are driven by a common purpose, shared behaviours, and a relentless focus on our client’s business to drive growth in a platform-powered world. Through our scaled capabilities across strategic investments, insights, analytics, data, technology, commerce, performance marketing and content, we are dedicated to being the trusted transformative partner, guiding clients on their business transformation journey.”Tony's leadership and strategic thinking have been well demonstrated throughout his over 15+ years of experience with Publicis Groupe, which began when he joined Optimedia in 2008. He grew to lead the agency until 2019 to join Digitas where he played a pivotal role in its rapid growth, making it a key pillar agency for the Groupe in the region. Bringing two decades of expertise in marketing and communication planning, Tony has led successful transformations and effective developments for numerous global, regional, and local clients.With Tony at the helm, Publicis Media is poised for continued growth and success across the Middle East. His focus on driving innovation and achieving client success will ensure that the Groupe retains its leadership position within the industry.
Dubai: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world's largest hotel franchising company with approximately 9,100 hotels spanning more than 95 countries, has announced the promotion of Panos Loupasis to the role of Market Managing Director for Türkiye, the Middle East and Africa. In his newly expanded role, Panos Loupasis will be at the helm of driving brand operations, business development, as well as owner relations and commercial leadership across the region.As an integral part of Wyndham’s leadership and development team for more than ten years, Panos Loupasis has played a key role in driving the Company’s expansion across the Middle East, Eurasia and Africa region. In the Middle East and Africa region alone, Wyndham has reached approximately 70 properties. In his expanded role, Panos Loupasis will also be responsible for Türkiye, a key growth market for Wyndham with a portfolio of approximately 100 hotels across more than 40 cities, supported by Murat Özel, Wyndham’s newly appointed Country Director of Türkiye.Dimitris Manikis, President, Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, said: “Since joining Wyndham in 2011, Panos has played an invaluable role in our successful growth in the region, helping to elevate our presence to new heights through new signings and brand entries. His exceptional leadership skills, strategic vision, and deep understanding of the industry make Panos the ideal person to lead our strategy for the region, and we are confident that, together with his talented team, he will continue to deliver exceptional results.”Panos Loupasis, Market Managing Director Türkiye, Middle East and Africa at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, said: “As destinations that provide a truly unique travel and hospitality experience, Türkiye, the Middle East and Africa markets offer incredible potential for growth with ambitious goals over the coming years. I am excited to step into this new role and continue to expand and promote Wyndham as the preferred brand and partner in these exciting markets.”
Dubai: PROVEN Arabia, announced that Leandra Meintjes has been promoted to Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), taking on a broader scope of responsibilities for its group of companies and brands. Leandra has been a part of the PROVEN Arabia success story for nearly three years and has contributed immeasurably to the marketing department, culminating with the recent launch of a dedicated marketing agency: PROVEN 360. In her new role, she is tasked with acquiring additional clients and uplifting PROVEN 360 by strengthening its reputation in the market.As CMO, Leandra leads a creative global team spread across seven countries that offers distinctive and powerful marketing solutions to PROVEN Arabia’s internal companies, as well as external clients. Since she first joined PROVEN Arabia, the marketing department’s headcount has grown, and it has also taken on significant additional responsibilities. Initially comprising four team members who were responsible for three internal brands, the department now boasts of a global team of 16, who oversee the marketing requirements of 15 brands.Launched in late 2022, PROVEN 360 strives to remain region sensitive whilst yet offering localised content and ideas that are ‘out-of-the-box’ to clients. Benefiting from its global talent base, which is spread across seven countries, PROVEN 360 offers clients localised content with an international flair. Its mission is to become an extension of its clients’ internal marketing teams, with the goal of empowering them to focus on the business of expanding in the region.Speaking on her promotion, Omer Salem, CEO of PROVEN, said, “Leandra's exceptional leadership in spearheading our vision for a wider marketing platform with a client service offering has been nothing short of phenomenal. Her ability to bring the team together with her positive energy and focus on the mission, along with her exceptional stakeholder management skills, made her the ideal candidate for the position. With Leandra at the helm as our new CMO, I am confident that Proven 360 will continue to grow and thrive in the years ahead.”Initially, Leandra joined PROVEN Arabia as Marketing Manager and was responsible for promoting the company’s brands including PROVEN, PROVEN Consult, and more recently PROVEN Solution."PROVEN Solution expanded its offering, with the first of its products being robotics solutions and VR. Now the portfolio boasts a chatbot, intelligent document-processing platform, and AI-driven solutions with more in the making. Being resilient, Leandra took it in her stride and worked on all our brands with a strategic approach they needed for a successful GTM marketing plan. Her customer-centric approach paved the way for exponential growth of our companies, and supporting our internal teams for driving long-term success,” Zaid Mashari, CEO PROVEN Arabia Group of Companies.In her earlier years as a marketing specialist, Leandra worked for an NGO, following which she then joined a hospital that would mark the start of a 15-year career in the healthcare sector. She also has a wealth of experience in the luxury fashion and technology sectors.“The outbreak of the pandemic taught me to adapt and break out of my comfort zone, and I’m grateful that PROVEN Arabia gave me the chance to begin a new journey at that point. Nearly three years on, I’m immensely grateful to the leadership team for the opportunity to expand my sphere of marketing influence as CMO. I look forward to delivering positive results for the group as a whole and to playing a decisive role in the start-up phase of PROVEN 360, with the aim of driving growth and profitability through effective marketing and brand positioning,” stated Leandra Meintjes, CMO, PROVEN Arabia.PROVEN 360 delivers specially curated content fashioned by subject matter experts who were handpicked from relevant sectors. It empowers its diverse team, who are fluent in over eight languages and situated over seven countries, with the best tools to generate the best results for clients.The team is organised and nurtured to develop fully integrated marketing strategies, and can expertly touch on critical elements to suit specific marketing needs, while freeing up time for its clients to focus on their customers. It offers a raft of services including: strategic consulting, content and copywriting, branding and design, event management and digital marketing.
Dubai: The UAE National Jiu-Jitsu Team, sponsored by Mubadala Investment Company, got off to an impressive start on day one of the Grand Prix Paris Open 2023, securing six medals, including two golds, at the event organised by the Jiu-Jitsu International Federation.Khaled Al Shehhi and Omar Al Suwaidi shone for the UAE by winning gold in the 62 kg and 56 kg categories respectively. They were joined by Muhammad Ali Al-Suwaidi and Theyab Al-Nuaimi who won silver medals in the 69 kg and 56 kg categories while Shamma Al Kalbani and Sultan Jabr added to the UAE's medal tally by winning bronze medals in the 63 kg and 69 kg categories.The UAE team’s impressive start puts them in a strong position going into the second day of the event, which features over 250 male and female players from 22 countries.Commenting on the UAE national team’s performance, Mubarak Al Menhali, Director of the Technical Department at the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, praised the team’s excellent performance on Saturday and their ability to execute the plans and tactics developed with the technical staff, reflecting the country's leadership in the sport.“The players of the national team showed great physical and mental presence during the competitions. They were able to outperform a group of experienced international players, reflecting their keenness and responsibility to continue their path of achievements. This path was started this year with their victory in the last Asian Championship held in Bangkok, Thailand in February,” Al Menhali added.According to Al Menhali, all male and female national team players displayed a high performance level and most of them achieved a place on the podium. He noted that there is still an opportunity to increase the team's number of medals, as some champions will compete on the second day.According to Ramon Lemos, the coach of the UAE national jiu-jitsu team, their strategy for international tournaments, such as the Grand Prix Paris Open, involves optimal preparation and engagement with elite players, which is crucial for their participation in upcoming events like the World Championships in Mongolia and the Asian Games in China.“I am very pleased with the performance of the players on the first day of the competition. Although we missed out on two gold medals due to some minor issues, these tournaments are crucial in enhancing our players’ abilities and improving their focus when competing against experienced opponents, enabling us to press and subjugate them effectively.”Omar Al Suwaidi, who achieved the 56 kg gold medal, said: “I am happy to achieve the gold medal and raise the UAE’s flag on the podium. The reason behind this achievement is the continuous work, systematic training and unlimited support from the wise leadership. There is no doubt that this victory will motivate us to provide more and follow the mentality of winning in the upcoming tournaments, and solidify UAE’s global dominance in the sport in this sport.”Khaled Al-Shehhi, who won the 62 kg gold medal, attributed his success to teamwork, team spirit, and the great efforts made by the federation and the technical staff in qualifying, training, and providing camps to enhance the desired levels.He added, “We have many important upcoming events, including the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour, the World Championship, and other significant competitions. Today's achievements will undoubtedly motivate us to perform well, and we are preparing rigorously to compete on multiple levels.”Tariq Al Fahaam
YAAP is a new-age, specialized content and influencer marketing company with a presence across the middle east, India and Singapore. The agency has worked with the likes of Visit Dubai, Sadia, Disney Games, Dell, Apple, Lufthansa, Amex and many more. Recently, YAAP partnered with US-based Tagger Media as part of its expansion into the middle east and India markets. In this interview with Adgully Associate Editor BF Firos, Arshad Zaheer, Senior Partner, YAAP, talks about how the company brings together technology, data, and content to deliver high-quality creative solutions. He explains how the 3D philosophy of design, discovery, and distribution is woven into the company's organisational fabric, and how the company identifies social, economic, and technological trends to create an ecosystem aimed at growth and expansion. He also talks about how YAAP's partnership with Tagger Media is impacting the company's growth and expansion, and how YAAP measures the success of its campaigns. He discusses how YAAP is adapting to changes in the content and influencer marketing industry in the middle east. He reveals that YAAP is gearing up for the launch of a specialized market report on the UAE’s burgeoning influencer marketing ecosystem.Arshad, a luminary of advertising in the GCC region, is the brain behind Crayons Communications, which introduced digital marketing in the UAE, KSA and Bahrain. Following the company’s merger, he assumed the position of a Senior Partner at YAAP, the parent company. In a 25-year-long career at advertising agencies such as Euro RSCG, Young & Rubicam and Intermarkets Inc., he has left his mark on leading brands like Nissan, FitBit, TOMS, Estée Lauder, and Philips while gathering accolades from MENA Digital, Retail ME, and SPA, among others, for pathbreaking campaigns. Arshad is credited for the launch of a large, first-ever chopper-towed flying banner in the GCC region and the maiden corporate cricket league in the UAEExcerpts from the interview:Can you tell us more about how YAAP brings together technology, data, and content to deliver high-quality creative solutions?The 3D philosophy of design, discovery, and distribution is woven into our organisational fabric. This ecosystem strategy involves identifying social, economic, and technological trends that define a contemporary customer. We have also adopted design-research methods such as market studies, surveys, and experiments to shape an ecosystem aimed at growth and expansion. Concurrently, we are course-correcting our value propositions in line with the trajectory of marketing and Web 3.0 technologies. That has enabled us to create a sound interplay between technology, data, and content and offer high-quality solutions. What sets YAAP apart from other content and influencer marketing companies in the industry?Many companies have jumped into the influencer-marketing bandwagon in recent years, creating healthy competition in the industry. So, service/product differentiation is key to success in this industry. YAAP did not merely follow the trend; we built a robust technological foundation and an ecosystem of partners beforehand. For example, YAAP tapped into Web 3.0 platforms such as the metaverse, enabling multiple brands to set up shop. We invested years and plenty of resources into making Web 3.0 and influencer marketing our core competencies. So, when the time was right, it came down to just integrating both. How has YAAP's partnership with Tagger Media impacted the company's growth and expansion?It is too soon to delve into the maximum scope of our partnership with Tagger Media. In the short term, however, the partnership will lead to synergistic value creation due to the combination of YAAP’s local market expertise and Tagger’s best-in-class influencer-marketing platform. Our clients will witness the epitome of data-driven influencer marketing, characterized by nuanced social intelligence and insight-led processes. Such possibilities will certainly translate to the company’s growth and expansion in the long term. What have been some of YAAP's most successful campaigns, and what do you think made them successful?Some of the most notable campaigns by YAAP are by our India team, particularly for the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), an umbrella organisation for all retail payment systems in the country. This campaign was consequential because of its sheer scale and holistic nature — we had a comprehensive mandate, enabling us to fire on all cylinders: Digital media buying, content creation, and, most importantly, influencer marketing. It put our end-to-end competency to the test, prompting us to engage the who’s who of India’s influencer marketing ecosystem.The marketing element aside, the NPCI project enabled us to create a social impact by disseminating educational content on financial literacy and products to the masses. So, it was a profound experience. Similarly, the TOMS NFT project in Dubai — which, too, was geared toward social impact, with proceeds going to a reputable charity — was a resounding success. From conceptualization to development to execution on OpenSea, the TOMS NFT project brought out the best in us.How does YAAP measure the success of its campaigns, and what metrics do you prioritize?“Measurability” is central to our campaigns. So, we have effective KPIs in place. While measuring conventional, engagement-related indicators such as likes, reactions, shares, and comments, we also go deep into nuanced impression data. Our idea of conversion is not limited to sales; it includes referral sources, user engagement with CTAs, total page views, time spent on posts, etc. In essence, we aren’t disregarding any KPIs. Additionally, the integration with leading data-driven platforms such as Tagger Media has complemented our “measurability” importance. How do you see the content and influencer marketing industry in the middle east region evolving in the coming years, and how is YAAP adapting to these changes?More than half the population (about 55%) in MENA is under the age of 30, a demographic dividend that spells economic opportunities. This population sub-set carries high digital dexterity and a liking for Web 3.0 and other disruptive technologies. So, the logical conclusion is that influencer marketing will gain more traction in the region in the coming years. Taking stock of such opportunities and eventualities, we are adopting cutting-edge technologies, striking ecosystem partnerships, and gaining strategic exposure to certain domains and verticals. How does YAAP ensure that it is providing value to its clients, and what steps do you take to maintain strong client relationships? How does YAAP balance the use of technology and data with creativity and storytelling in its campaigns?Value creation doesn’t follow a specific rule. YAAP is in the business of providing customized services that constitute a client’s “perceived value”. That is to say, the value we offer is unique to each client. Accordingly, each client relationship involves bespoke management. At the same time, all relationships are built on a foundation of trust and transparency. Contrary to popular belief, the increased adoption of technology and data does not undermine creativity and storytelling. Meaningful adoption, rooted in sound ethics and ethos, will make the art of storytelling all the more powerful and impactful. So, instead of treating technology adoption and creativity as opposites, we are concentrating on combining the two for higher efficiencies. Can you share any exciting projects or initiatives that YAAP has in the works for the future?We have several initiatives in the pipeline across our operational markets. They are inherently interesting due to the amalgam of influencer marketing and Web 3.0 projects where we are enabling brands to make a foray into the metaverse and mobilizing influencers to boost them. Concurrently, we are gearing up for the launch of a specialized market report on the UAE’s burgeoning influencer marketing ecosystem. The report, shaped by insights from leading CMOs, surveys, and empirical evidence, will be informative, clear the obscurity surrounding influencer marketing, and pave the way for further value creation.How does YAAP approach diversity and inclusivity in its work and team culture?YAAP has embraced diversity and inclusion from the start. We believe change starts at the top and trickles down. So, the board characterizes a balance in gender and ethnicity. The recent appointment of Sadia Akhter and Nandita Saggu as Partners is a testament to that effect.
AMMAN: CFI Jordan, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CFI Financial Group, a leading global trading provider, has recently announced an official partnership with the Jordan Football Association (JFA). As per the agreement, CFI Jordan will serve as the association's exclusive and official brokerage partner.The sponsorship extends over the major leagues under the JFA, including the Men's and Women's National Football Teams, Women's Domestic Leagues, the Jordanian Pro League, the Jordan Cup, the JFA Shield, and the Super Cup.As part of the partnership, the Jordan Cup league shall be rebranded as the Jordan Cup CFI, with the Group endeavoring to fortify its backing of the sports activities in the region.President of the JFA, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, commented: "We are proud to welcome CFI as a strategic partner in the Jordanian football family."CFI Financial Group Founder & Managing Director Hisham Mansour said: "We are thrilled to announce this partnership as we look forward to strengthening our presence in Jordan and supporting the most widely followed local sport in Jordan, football. As we did with our basketball sponsorship for Jordan's national team, we are stepping in as a major sponsor for this sport in Jordan in line with our vision to be a supporter and give back to local communities where we operate.""We are proud to be an exclusive brokerage sponsor of the Jordan Football Association and are excited to see the fruits of this partnership as it progresses. This only strengthens our position as the leading provider for online trading services in Jordan CFI has long taken a leading interest in Jordan's sporting activities, and this deal is yet another example of this", CFI Jordan's CEO, Loay Azar commented.The Secretary General of the Jordan Football Association, Samar Nassar, "We are proud of our partnership with CFI and its generous sponsorship of the federation, as it is a leading provider in the financial trading and investment sector. We consider this a new level of partnership that the federation looks forward to concluding with elite regional and international companies."
DOHA: The world's number one cookie has landed at Doha's Hamad International Airport (HIA), with the opening of the first permanent OREO Café outside of the USA and first in an airport.Experience the full interactive Multichannel News The 116sqm café in the new North Node is delighting travelers with a delicious selection of sweet inventions including OREO milkshakes, muffins and cheesecakes and a comprehensive savory food and beverage menu, while chefs create unique treats live at the café's OREO Creations Bar.The bespoke café concept features the OREO brand's electric signature blue, white and black, attracting transiting passengers with giant OREO furniture, digital walls and a retail area.Creating even more excitement, Mondelez and Qatar Duty Free (QDF) ran an integrated marketing campaign, including a Qatar Airways in-flight video during October and high visibility throughout the airport. Mondelez also delivered a high-performing social media campaign featuring playful creative assets and rich culinary imagery.To celebrate OREO Day, the partners ran an airport takeover at HIA on March 6th with an end-to-end screen digital campaign across over 800 screens.Jaya Singh, Managing Director, Mondelez WTR, and Thabet Musleh, Vice President, Qatar Duty Free, commented: "This is a historic moment for Mondelez and QDF. This exceptional partnership has brought a world-first to the world's leading airport, and we have truly delivered on our mission to bring exclusive experiences to travel retail. With Mondelez WTR's first foray into F&B leveraging a powerful global brand, we are confident that OREO Café Doha will cement itself as a flagship outlet."
CAIRO : YoHo, the leading audio social platform in MENA, initiates attention-grabbing campaigns during Ramadan, encouraging people to deliver the power of kindness, unity, respect, and gratitude throughout the month.YoHo Chef, designed to introduce and teach unique Middle Eastern dishes, has been going viral on social media. Since its launch, numerous users have shared delicacies made according to the recipes with the hashtag#YoHoChef, under which they aired views on the food and their understanding of the cultural significance behind every dish."I really enjoyed the YoHo Chef event during Ramadan." said a participant, "It was a great way to learn about different Middle Eastern cuisines and try out new recipes. Looking forward to more events like this in the future!"Apart from YoHo Chef, some other innovative events are launched by YoHo to help build an inclusive environment for its users. Ramadan Voice, for instance, aims to promote unity and understanding between different cultural backgrounds by offering a platform to showcase users' Quran recitation and Tawasheeh (a mix of Quranic verses and classic poetry) skills.According to a spokesperson from YoHo, Ramadan Voice has become an annual tradition event on this platform. "We set up a full competition process, from audition to final, to encourage users' participation. We look to help promote the sense of community among users through this competition."It's noteworthy that charity activities are also what YoHo has focused on during Ramadan. For example, 'A Message to Your Heart', the program designed to encourage users to express inner voices, aims to help people solve problems they encounter during Ramadan.Some other initiatives, such as the 'Help Cancer Children' campaign, have also gained attention from local supporters, donators, and media outlets. "In this campaign, we have partnered with various charities and organizations to provide toys and money and essential items to children in need during Ramadan." added the spokesperson.As an audio social platform featuring group chat and game rooms, YoHo is always committed to creating positive social impacts and uniting its users more tightly through engaging and meaningful events."We fully recognize the significance of Ramadan for our users and supporters in the Middle East, and what we initiated aligns with the spirit of Ramadan, which emphasizes charity and giving back to the community." said the spokesperson, "Additionally, YoHo will continue its efforts to create more social values by taking full advantages of the socialization of platform in the future."The latest data released by data.ai (formerly App Annie) shows that YoHo ranked top 10 App Store & Google Play best-selling social apps in all GCC countries.
Dubai: VADR Media has acquired Szuperchess, which provides AI Gaze tracking anti-cheat technology, for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition aligns with VADR Media's development of Checkmate.live, an esports-first chess tournament and broadcasting platform that uses technology to enable players of all skill levels to compete for cash prizes, credits, and collectibles. Created by chess players for chess players, SzuperChess aims to meet a great need in the online chess sector: to effectively control and detect those players who cheat, so that tournaments can be carried out in a professional and safe way.The technology developed by Szuperchess monitors players in real-time during competitive matches to ensure a level playing field. VADR Media has also secured partnerships with key governance bodies, including the Asian Chess Federation and Arab Esports Federation, and a partnership with Tencent Cloud to promote fair play in chess and beyond. The Esports Integrity Commission has commended VADR's efforts to promote integrity measures in chess and online gaming. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Shakboot Al Nahayan, president of the Asian Chess Federation, has expressed excitement about the opportunities for players that the partnership with Checkmate will bring.“Technology has played an important part in the journey and development of sports over the years, often overlooking chess. In recent years, the onset of online gaming and internet improvements has enabled greater access globally. The lack of effective integrity measures for online chess have also been a concern for the community hindering greater involvement," said Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Shakboot Al Nahayan. Stephen Hanna, director of Global Strategy and Partnerships, Esports Integrity Commission, said: “The VADR team has shown that they are gearing up to be leaders in promoting integrity measures in chess and online, and we are delighted to be working with them to bring fair play and true competitive integrity to casual and tournaments.”The collaboration between Checkmate and the Asian Chess Federation (ACF) will provide exciting prospects for the players, as it opens doors for competitive online tournaments and increased opportunities. The ACF was convinced to associate with Checkmate, mainly due to its dedication to improving the integrity of online chess and its ability to create a solution that aligns with ACF's future vision.
Dubai: Gilead Sciences, a research-based biopharmaceutical company, has appointed Vitor Papao, as the General Manager of its Middle East operations. Moving from Portugal to Dubai, he will be taking over from Sebnem Girgin, General Manager of Turkey, who has been serving as the interim Middle East head over the past few months.Having joined Gilead in 2007 as Sales Director in Portugal, Vitor went on to take on several senior titles such as Business Unit Director for HIV, in 2008, and Commercial Lead, between 2012 and 2015, for various therapy areas, and manage international remits in the United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. In March 2015, Vitor was selected for the position of General Manager of Gilead Portugal and led the affiliate toward success as it launched a full FTAF portfolio. He also managed the team while it supported the Kite colleagues in establishing a clear leadership in Cell Therapy with Yescarta. His excellent leadership skills allowed him to lead the Russian affiliate as an interim General Manager during a difficult time, starting June 2022, ensuring patients’ access to essential, life-saving medicine.Vitor Papao, General Manager, Gilead Sciences, Middle East said “I am delighted to take on this challenge and lead a dynamic region such as the Middle East, a leader in adopting innovations to support patients and a rapidly growing market for us with significant growth potential. I am very proud to learn that the team in the region has been delivering innovative treatments that aim to prevent, treat and cure life-threatening diseases such as HIV, cancer, and viral hepatitis, supporting more than 96000 patients between 2014 and 2022.”As of December 2022, Gilead Sciences has 55 employees supporting 12 markets in the region. In the Middle East, the company has 58 active licenses across its therapeutic areas of HIV, HCV, HBV, Fungal diseases, oncology, and COVID-19.
Cairo: Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the leading global financial centre in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, has signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Mastercard that aims to drive digital transformation through partnerships with innovative FinTech companies.The partnership between DIFC and Mastercard will provide FinTech start-ups and established companies with access to Mastercard's network and expertise, as well as DIFC's world-class financial ecosystem. The collaboration will focus on creating new payment solutions and digital services, as well as enhancing existing ones.“At Mastercard, we are committed to driving innovation through collaboration between different players in the financial ecosystem. The collaboration between FinTech companies and established players would enable us to drive digital transformation. We are delighted to participate in DIFC’s programmes to accelerate innovation in the financial technology sector with the aim of boosting the country’s digital economy,” said Amnah Ajmal, Executive Vice President, Market Development, EEMEA, Mastercard.Mastercard’s collaboration with DIFC underpins the objective of the financial hub’s first global Venture Studio – DIFC Launchpad – which seeks to fast-track the growth of the UAE’s financial ecosystem and serve as a business enabler for venture studios, allowing them to set up and scale from DIFC. Venture studios build start-ups, taking them from the concept stage to launch while providing capital and guidance through the incubation period. They also help start-ups to grow using internal capabilities and external networks.The DIFC Launchpad programme expects to support the launch of more than 200 new ventures, with over 100 of them being scale-ups that will collectively create over 8,000 new jobs and attract over $544 million in venture capital.Mohammad Alblooshi, Head of Innovation Hub at DIFC, said: "At DIFC, we are committed to fostering innovation and growth in the FinTech sector, and our strategic collaboration with Mastercard is a testament to that. By leveraging Mastercard's expertise and network, we can empower FinTech start-ups and established companies to create new payment solutions and digital services that enhance the region's financial ecosystem. Together, we aim to fast-track the growth of the UAE's financial sector and serve as a business enabler for venture studios, bringing about significant benefits to the FinTech sector in the Middle East.”The collaboration between DIFC and Mastercard is expected to bring about significant benefits to the fintech sector in the Middle East, providing them with the tools and resources needed to drive innovation and growth in the region's digital economy.
Snap Inc.'s highly anticipated fifth annual Snap Partner Summit unveiled an array of new features and advancements that will drive innovation in AR & AI technology, retail as well as the creator ecosystem. Designed to enhance Snapchat’s relationship with friends, family and the world, whilst providing an elevated experience, the entire Snap community gathered in California, eager to get a glimpse of the platform's latest innovations and its vision for the future.Snap took the opportunity to reveal a host of exciting new announcements coupled with demos and activations for attendees to experience, alongside keynote speeches from top executives including founder Evan Spiegel and external voices such as partners, Snap Stars and power users.Highlights included core product updates such as brand new story formats that allow the community to stay better connected, as well as more monetisation options for creators that demonstrate Snap’s enhanced level of investment in the ecosystem. Shopping continued to be a key focus for the platform as it continues to dominate the retail sector both on and offline with the expansion of interactive AR features, whilst key partnership spotlights including Nike, Coca-Cola and the recently announced Microsoft Teams Snapchat Lenses, exemplified how Snap can make experiences and passions better than ever. Finally, the hot topic on everyone’s lips is undoubtedly the platform’s integration of AI alongside its hallmark AR functions, with brand-new AI Generated Lenses and other new capabilities.“Consumers today are no longer looking for a platform that allows them to just communicate visually. Today’s audiences are seeking opportunities to enhance their relationship with friends, family, and the world. Snapchat was built as an antidote to other social media apps. We continue to leverage the power of advanced AI technology to give our users a platform to establish better connections to the world." said Hussein Freijeh, General Manager at Snap Inc. in MENA. "These new products and features are designed to enhance the user experience, unlock new creative opportunities for developers and creators, and drive business results for advertisers. We are certain that our highly engaged community across the MENA region will benefit immensely from the new updates, using the power of AR and AI to elevate their worlds and unlock possibilities in new and exciting ways”.New features to fuel friendshipsOn Snapchat, there are a plethora of ways to stay connected with the people that matter most. Snapchatters can look forward to an abundance of new features, updates, and interactive experiences on the platform, such as new Stories formats like Friendship Flashbacks, After Dark and Communities, all allowing users to document special moments in more enhanced ways. While Snaps and Chats are designed to delete by default, some Snaps are too good not to save. In fact, flashbacks made from Snapchat Memories are viewed over one billion times each day and now, with Friendship Flashbacks, these throwbacks are able to be brought right into conversations with friends. After Dark is a new type of story specifically for evening memories, designed to act as a debrief to the night before, meanwhile Communities is a feature that lets students share their perspective with classmates.The Snap Map will include new location sharing options whilst a highly lifelike and personalized 3D Snap Map will make it easier to discover landmarks and buzzing hotspots. Finally, the most advanced Bitmoji style yet will mean that avatars will not only look like Snapchatters but dress like them, with more shoppable clothes and accessories to choose from.New programs and features for creatorsSnapchat’s camera makes storytelling easier and enables anyone to express themselves and become a content creator. Now, creators with at least 50,000 followers, 25 million monthly Snap views, and who post at least 10 Stories per month, may be eligible to join the Stories revenue share program, which places ads within creators’ Stories. This program helps creators get consistent rewards for their investment in Snapchat, and provides the community with even more engaging content from the creators they love. The program is in addition to increasing the total rewards available to creators for making the top Spotlight Snaps.New Story updates will enable more creators to share their creativity with a wider audience, all while keeping Snapchat the best place for their real friends. Starting today, Snapchatters aged 18 or older will be able to post their own Public Story with a simple tap from the same account. What’s more, creators can get access to content performance insights and Story Replies.Snapchat will also be providing creators more audience growth opportunities through new surfaces such as Snap Map, making it easier to discover creators across Stories and Spotlight. By simply tagging locations in Spotlight Snaps or saving Stories they love, they can expand their reach and give the community the opportunity to discover new Creators.Finally, the platform has and will continue to implement dozens of new tools for Creators to help them build a following. For instance, creators can now add a Linktree, the leading link-in-bio platform, to their new Public Profile, whilst a new tool that recommends Sounds to pair with Lenses will help make Snaps even more expressive.More partners that make connections betterSnap also reaffirmed new partnerships with brands and individuals that will bring more opportunities for creative collaborations and the chance to reach broader audiences. One of these partnerships was with Microsoft Teams, and users can now apply Snap Lenses in their workspaces to allow for more creative and expressive meetings.Transforming Retail with the ARES Shopping SuiteSnap is committed to improving the shopping experience and delivering unique AR experiences, both on and off Snapchat. The new AR Shopping Suite by ARES (AR Enterprise Services) will now allow the world-leading technology to be used in customers’ own apps and websites, bringing together AR and AI features such as Try-On and Fit Finder. The Shopping Suite has already shown success for businesses, improving brand loyalty, decreasing product return rates, and differentiating in a competitive environment.Snap also announced AR Mirrors in retail spaces as a way to bridge the digital and physical worlds. Used already by some of the world’s leading brands such as Nike and the uber cool AR-enabled Coca-Cola vending machine now in its prototype, brands that choose to implement innovative experiences in-store such as virtual try-ons and content sharing, are 82% more likely to be recommended to others.Making Snapchat the most personal cameraUndoubtedly a key highlight of this year’s SPS was the newly developed AI Generated Lenses, which were showcased on stage and are now available to Snapchatters globally, allowing them to transform themselves and the world around them into an animated sci-fi scene through the Cosmic Lens. Marking a new generation of Lenses that are easier to create and with exponential creative potential, AI Generated Lenses are real-time, realistic, and the most optimized AR experiences available today.Snapchat will also begin to recommend Lenses that fit with the context of a photo or video a Snapchatter has captured, in addition to testing ways to make it faster to add AR to Memories and improving the Lens Carousel to recommend Lenses based on Snapchatters’ unique preferences.Bringing MyAI to Snapchatters around the worldThe pioneering MyAI chatbox, which has been piloted by a select number of Snapchat+ subscribers, will become slowly available to Snapchatters across the world without an S+ subscription and with new capabilities including integration with Snap Map, group chats, and more. The AI-powered chatbot has been receiving nearly 2 million chat messages per day from Snapchatters, eager to learn more about movies, sports, pets, and the world around them, making the platform the perfect place to bring the power of conversational and generative AI directly to the community. With the roll-out of MyAI will be a continued focus on safety including age-appropriate responses and restrictions for those who misuse the service.The Snap Partner Summit showcased Snap's commitment to pushing boundaries and setting new standards in many areas. With these exciting new features and advancements, Snap is driving innovation and creativity to the forefront, providing a platform for businesses and consumers to explore new and exciting ways to connect, engage and create.
DUBAI: NWTN Inc. (Nasdaq: NWTN), an eco-conscious mobility technology company bringing passenger-centric green premium mobility solutions to the world ("NWTN"), today announced that it signed a memorandum of understanding with Elfaba Investment and Advisory ("Elfaba") for the sales and purchase of products of NWTN and Rabdan brands across more than seven countries.The MOU stipulates that NWTN will authorize Elfaba as the NWTN and Rabdan brand distributor for a period of five years, enabling the sale of NWTN and Rabdan vehicles, parts, and accessories together with the provision of after sales services. The MOU also stipulates that Elfaba will aim for sales of up to 5,000 vehicles. A definitive agreement is targeted to be signed by the end of April 2023.Rabdan is a NWTN brand of intelligent new energy vehicles and encompasses a full range of intelligent new energy passenger vehicle products from extended range to pure electric technology solutions.Rabdan products will integrate the most advanced technologies and resources in the global new energy vehicle industry as well as surpass traditional fuel vehicle products in many aspects, from driving experience and intelligent comfort to energy saving and emissions reduction. It aims to define a new category of traveling and lifestyle.The MOU between NWTN and Elfaba was signed at the NWTN Suhoor Gathering which was held in celebration of the Holy month of Ramadan. The Suhoor Gathering was held at the NWTN's assembly facility in the Khalifa Economic Zone Abu Dhabi (KEZAD) which was completed at the end of 2022. The facility enables NWTN to address the rapidly growing demand for electric vehicles in the UAE and the Middle East, promote green mobility, and accelerate sustainable energy transformation in the UAE.Guests mingled and enjoyed traditional Suhoor dishes and were offered an exclusive preview of the Rabdan brand's first vehicle – the Rabdan ONE.The Rabdan ONE is a dynamic, intelligent, and comfortable, all-wheel-drive SUV that adopts the world's leading range extension technology. The Rabdan ONE is suitable for a variety of uses from business, family, leisure, adventure, work to pleasure. The Rabdan One is designed to be a powerful intelligent car leading a new fashion lifestyle.
Dubai: SABIC, a global leader in diversified chemicals, formally announced today its title sponsorship of the Berlin E-Prix on 22 and 23 April for Rounds 7 and 8 of the motorsport’s 2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. The title sponsorship is part of SABIC’s larger and ongoing role as a Principal Partner to Formula E, the first all-electric FIA World Championship and the first sport in the world to be certified with a net zero carbon footprint since inception.SABIC’s partnership with Formula E strongly aligns with the company’s overall sustainability strategy to accelerate its journey towards carbon neutrality. It also dovetails perfectly with the company’s BLUEHERO™ electrification initiative, which aims to support the world’s transition to electric power and a lower carbon future. The starting point of SABIC’s efforts under BLUEHERO is providing support to the automotive industry as it strives to make advancements in electric vehicle (EV) battery technologies. SABIC’s contributions include unique flame retardant materials and solution development expertise to help fast track EV innovation.First announced as a Principal Partner in 2022, over the coming years SABIC will continue to collaborate closely with Formula E to develop cutting-edge solutions, and help drive further innovation in sustainable practices across the sport’s ecosystem and operations.Frank Kuijpers, General Manager Corporate Sustainability at SABIC, said: “We are energized and honored to serve as title sponsor of the Berlin E-Prix. Doing so helps us underline the importance that we place on helping the world make the transition to cleaner transportation and a more sustainable future. Our work with Formula E is one additional way that we are pursuing that priority.”Matt Scammell, Chief Commercial Officer, Formula E, said: “We are thrilled that SABIC is extending its partnership with Formula E to become title sponsor of the iconic double-header of races in Berlin. The 2023 SABIC Berlin E-Prix will give fans in Europe their first chance to see the new GEN3 race car in competitive action.”As part of its presence at the 2023 SABIC Berlin E-Prix, SABIC will host a pavilion at the Allianz Fan Village – Formula E’s immersive fan festival with a full day’s worth of entertainment and excitement. Visitors to SABIC’s pavilion can learn more about the company’s efforts to help advance electrification and support carbon neutrality. This includes the opportunity to view innovative, award-winning EV battery parts made from SABIC plastics, which are integrated into production vehicles today.
Kuwait: Apparel Groups’ famous lifestyle and fashion brand R&B Fashion opened the doors of its milestone 100th store at The Avenues Mall, Kuwait. The grand opening was attended by key influencers and artists across the fashion industry, special guests including famous Kuwaiti actress Elham Alfadalah, officials of Apparel Group and attracted visitors and onlookers. The new retail destination, spread over 12,000 sq.ft, is expertly curated to showcase an extensive range of trendy fashion while incorporating the best from the international runway for children, ladies and men across fashion apparel, footwear, beauty, toys and accessories. R&B Fashion also embraces diversity and body positivity by offering a choice of styles in a broad range of sizes. Shoppers have the freedom to select from a collection that is closest to their personal style.Speaking about the launch of the 100th store in Kuwait, Arun Pagarani, Chief Executive Officer R&B Fashion, said: “Our growing presence in the region is a testament to the trust placed on us by our loyal customer base. We are thrilled to expand our brick-and-mortar presence in Kuwait with the opening of R&B’s flagship store at The Avenues, which marks our fourth store in the country, and celebrates this momentous 100th store in the GCC.”“Our mission has always been to make our brand experience accessible to our customers, and we will continue to strive for it as we expand our presence in the GCC even further. This opening is also an important occasion for us to celebrate, as it gives the fashion-forward shoppers in Kuwait a new choice to shop for the upcoming Eid” concluded Arun Pagarani.The UAE-based lifestyle and fashion brand continues expanding its footprint in the GCC and Indian markets since its operations in Oman in 2012 at the MGM Mall. With 40 stores planned to be opened in the first half of 2023, majorly across The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, The United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and India, R&B Fashion is at a fast expansion growth.A true Omnichannel player, R&B Fashion provides customers with online shopping convenience across all GCC market through its user-friendly e-commerce platform
Dubai: Abu Dhabi is one of the five global cities that will host one of the global technology industry’s most awaited, and Oracle’s annual flagship event, CloudWorld Tour. In a yet another initiative to support the growth of Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s digital economy, Oracle is bringing its new event series, the CloudWorld Tour to the UAE Capital on 3rd May 2023 in association with the Department of Economic Development, and the UAE Cybersecurity Council.Nick Redshaw, Senior Vice President – Technology Cloud, Middle East and Africa, and UAE Country Leader, Oracle said: “Oracle is fully committed to help the UAE achieve its development objectives with latest cloud technologies, and we are delighted to bring the tech industry’s most definitive event to Abu Dhabi. Oracle Cloud World Tour Abu Dhabi will provide an inside look at how organisations are solving their most complex business challenges with latest innovations in cloud infrastructure, databases, and applications across diverse industry sectors.”To be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the Oracle Cloud World Tour Abu Dhabi will showcase the latest innovations in cloud infrastructure, databases, and applications across diverse industries in some of the most popular sessions and labs from the Las Vegas global conference. The event also offers the opportunity to connect with the Oracle partner and customer community and be inspired by leaders from local companies as they share lessons from their latest projects.Oracle CloudWorld Tour Abu Dhabi will be headlined by top UAE Government leaders including His Excellency Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), and the Chairman of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti, Head of Cyber Security for the UAE Government, and Managing Director of the National Data Centre under the Supreme Council for National Security is also a keynote speaker at the event.Top Oracle leadership including Mike Sicilia, Executive Vice President – Oracle Global Industries, and Jae Sook Evans, Global Chief Information Officer, and Executive Vice President – Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Platform Services will also deliver keynotes at the event.His Excellency Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), said: “The launch of Oracle’s cloud region in Abu Dhabi reflects our efforts to ensure that Abu Dhabi’s economy is supported by strong partnerships and clear objectives to fuel the transition to a futuristic digital economy and position the emirate at the forefront among the smartest cities in the world.”“As Abu Dhabi is doubling its efforts in strengthening its knowledge-based and innovation-driven industries, we are developing and incentivising talent to devise solutions for current and future challenges. This move by Oracle will help in accelerating Abu Dhabi’s digital transformation by developing pioneering talents and leveraging innovative solutions to strengthen the emirate’s position as economic and technology powerhouse and a global hub for business, investments, and talent”.His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Hamad Al Kuwaiti, Head of Cybersecurity for the UAE Government said: “The UAE is at the forefront of creating state of the art and secure digital infrastructure that is acting as a major catalyst towards driving the country’s digital economy growth. We are also focused on boosting the ‘cyber resilience’ of the UAE to mitigate cybercrime and increase international collaboration. With its two cloud regions in the UAE, a dedicated innovation hub in Abu Dhabi, and a series of capacity building programs, Oracle has consistently invested in helping build a resilient local cloud infrastructure and help strengthen the country’s talent pipeline of IT professionals. Oracle’s flagship event, Cloud World Tour Abu Dhabi 2023 will act as an excellent platform for all stakeholders in the UAE to learn about the country’s digital future ambitions, while also gain unique insights from global best practices in the realm of digital transformation.”Oracle has established two second generation cloud regions in the UAE; Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Oracle has also established two innovation hubs in the UAE to accelerate the adoption of latest digital technologies. Oracle has also collaborated with the Higher Colleges of Technology, and Zayed University to help prepare the UAE’s next gen workforce for the digital economy.
Dubai: The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced a new $100 million Culinary Investment Fund that will help introduce iconic brands to the UAE capital. In addition, the fund will support building and establishing a Culinary School to aid with recruitment, training, and other staffing resources in the sector. The school will offer an established core curriculum and introduce two new degree programmes that focus on maritime sustainability and food security.The newly launched, Abu Dhabi Culinary Investment Fund (ADCIF), is an incentive for world-class culinary brands to enter the emirate and will further elevate the culinary scene by co-investing with local asset partners and incentivising top chefs, top restaurants, and culinary educational institutions, to enter the market and make Abu Dhabi their new home.H.E. Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, Director General for Tourism, DCT Abu Dhabi said: “The Abu Dhabi Culinary Investment Fund is part of our ongoing commitment to elevate the culinary scene across the emirate and create new dining experiences. There is no better time or place to bring best-in-class chefs, restaurants, and hotel brands to the capital. This fund, in combination with the Culinary School will ensure that Abu Dhabi appeals to even more visitors around the world, who can experience increasingly diverse and high-quality dining in the emirate, centred on our tradition of Emirati hospitality.”The main requisites for successful fund applicants are brands or chefs recognised by leading awards committees and global culinary guides, with a multi-regional presence – operating in more than one country. Applicants should offer a premium casual, lifestyle, or fine dining experience, without yet having an existing presence in the region and would be making their debut in Abu Dhabi – with a one-year period of exclusivity to the emirate.Abu Dhabi’s dining scene has recently been making headlines around the world, welcoming the MICHELIN team to launch the first-ever MICHELIN Guide Abu Dhabi. The guide details 42 restaurants across Abu Dhabi, awarded three establishments with one MICHELIN Star for their high-quality cooking and four with a Bib Gourmand, acknowledging culinary excellence and value. In addition, Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 – the regional food awards ranking – returned Abu Dhabi in 2023 after a hugely successful 2022 event.
Dubai: The Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) is set to host a first-of-its-kind event in the Middle East, the Sharjah Animation Conference, from May 3-5, 2023, at the Sharjah Expo Center, in partnership with Italy's Bergamo Animation Days (BAD) festival. The upcoming three-day conference promises to be an enriching experience for anyone with an interest in animation, with a range of masterclasses designed to provide valuable insights and practical tips for industry professionals, aspiring animators, and anime fans alike.The conference seeks to harmonise the interplay of nostalgia and modernity, inviting both the creators of cherished childhood cartoon characters and contemporary animated personalities to converge in a celebration of this dynamic art form. With an extensive line-up of Oscar, Emmy and Annie winners, the Sharjah Animation Conference is set to give those who attend direct access to experts in the field on a level that has never happened in the region.The conference boasts a truly comprehensive and immersive experience for animation enthusiasts, artists, animators and publishers. With 12 masterclasses on offer, attendees will have the opportunity to glean valuable insights from a roster of experts in various animation fields, making it an unmissable occasion for those seeking to expand their knowledge and hone their craft in the ever-evolving world of animation.“The Sharjah Animation Conference is a truly unique event for the region that aims to provide a comprehensive platform for individuals who are passionate about animation to connect with the industry's best, learn from them, and network with like-minded individuals," said Khoula Al Mujaini, SAC Executive Director. "Our primary goal is to empower participants and help them develop their skills, and gain valuable insights into the latest trends and techniques of the animation industry. By bringing together enthusiasts and professionals from all over the world, we hope to foster new collaborations and partnerships, and promote innovation and creativity in the industry. Through this event, we hope to inspire the next generation of animators and encourage them to pursue their passions and make a difference in the industry.”"Our goal for the inaugural Sharjah Animation Conference is to provide attendees with a 360-degree view of the animation world. We've invited a truly world-class and diverse group of artists and professionals with different approaches to showcase the various styles and techniques used in animation production." said: Pietro Pinetti, SAC Artistic Director.Learn from the best in the business through an extensive range of masterclassesTo kick things off, Oscar winning John Nevarez; a renowned figure in the animation industry with over 25 years of experience at animation giants like Disney, Pixar and Sony Pictures Animation; known for his work on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Astro Boy, and The Emoji Movie, will present the masterclass ‘My Journey In The Animation Industry’. Through this engaging and inspiring presentation, attendees will gain insight into Nevarez's personal experience, tracing his journey from humble beginnings to notable projects, and learn about his work in various areas, including 2D animation, storyboarding, and concept art. Nevarez will also share his creative process and provide tips and tricks for budding animators and artists.Sandro Cleuzo, an Annie Award winning 2D animator and character designer, known for such works as Mary Poppins Returns, The Iron Giant, Fantasia 2000 and Tarzan, will present ‘The Art Of Animation’. In this masterclass, he will share his career journey and work experiences, starting in 1985 at just 15-years-old, working at Walt Disney Feature Animation and going on to work at Sony, Paramount and Netflix Animation. Attendees will learn from Cleuzo's vast knowledge and expertise, including the creative process behind character design, animation techniques, and storytelling.Takahiro Yoshimatsu, widely considered one of the best anime directors in the world, most famously known for Dragon Ball Z, Overlord, Vampire Hunter D, and Hunter X Hunter, will present ‘Exploring The Creative Process Behind Innovative Anime Projects’. Through his engaging presentation, Yoshimatsu will discuss his experiences working on some of the most innovative and captivating anime projects in the industry, inspiring and providing insights to aspiring animators, seasoned professionals, and anime fans alike.‘Behind The Scenes: Creating Award-Winning Tv Series With Blue Zoo’ will be presented by Oli Hyatt, the founder and MD of the BAFTA-winning production house, Blue Zoo. In this masterclass, Hyatt will provide captivating case studies of their latest projects and insights into the creative process behind developing a successful TV series. Oli’s education programs on youtube have been a massive success with over 10 million subscribers and attendees will have the chance to learn first-hand from Blue Zoo's experience and gain valuable knowledge on the importance of creativity, innovation, and collaboration.Emmy award-winner, Mario Brioschi, compositor and VFX supervisor for blockbuster hits such as Avengers: Infinity Wars, Wonder Woman and Star Trek: Beyond, will present ‘House Of The Dragon’, a masterclass focused on the importance of compositing and lighting in creating an immersive viewing experience. Attendees of this masterclass will gain insight into Brioschi's work on the acclaimed TV series House of the Dragon and learn about his techniques for achieving stunning visual effects.‘Mamoru Yokota – My Life’ will feature a world-famous character designer and animation director for Death Note, Naruto Shippuden, One Piece and Macross Frontier to name a few. Through showcasing some of his previous works, including being the animation director for the ‘Blazblue: Continuum Shift II’ arcade game, he will discuss his creative process, techniques, and the challenges he faced during his career, as well as the importance of character design and its impact on storytelling in anime.Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn from Pascal Charrue, CEO of Fortiche, during the masterclass ‘Arcane - League of Legends,’ where he will reveal the creative process behind the popular animated series that has scooped up 4 Emmys and 9 Annies to date. Pascal, who’s company has also been instrumental to gaming giants such as Ubisoft, Carbine Studios and Riot Games, will discuss the unique stylistic choices made, the challenges the team faced, and provide valuable insights for those seeking to enter the animation production industry.For ‘The Invisible Craft of Character Design: Unveiling the Creative Process,’ renowned character designer Wouter Tulp, who started his career as an illustrator for newspapers and children’s books, will share his vast knowledge and experience on the subject of character design. As an expert in the field, working for power-houses like Netflix, Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures, this lecture aims to unveil the creative process behind this invaluable craft, allowing attendees to gain a deeper understanding of what goes into creating successful characters for animation, gaming, and other media.Multiple award-winning author, director and creative director Giorgio Scorza, Co-Founder and CEO of Movimenti Production, will discuss the potential of animation beyond its traditional association with children's entertainment in ‘The power of animation for adult audiences’ Using the example of their latest collaboration with Netflix for the production of the new upcoming Zerocalcare series "This World Can’t Tear Me Down," he will emphasise the importance of using animation to speak to a more adult target audience.For over 25 years, Frank Falcone has been bringing film and television projects to life as an animator, director and executive producer. As the President and Executive Creative Director of the world-famous Guru Studio, famous for hits such as PAW Patrol, Justin Time and Ever After High, Falcone will provide insights into the creative and business aspects of developing successful children's shows that resonate with audiences worldwide during ‘How To Build An IP - Case Histories From Guru!’ This industry stalwart will discuss the strategies used to create compelling characters, build a consistent world, and develop engaging storylines, as well as the business side of building an IP, including securing funding, negotiating distribution deals, and expanding the franchise across multiple platforms.Aaron Gilman, CEO of Steamroller Animation will share his unique personal journey through the Animation Industry during his masterclass “A journey into the career of an animator”. He will explore the timeline of his professional journey, discussing his adventures and the many stories of his inspirational career, from a Junior Animator working on dinosaurs to Animation Supervisor at the famed Weta FX in New Zealand, and currently as the Chief Executive Officer of Steamroller Animation. He has worked for many famous feature films including The Avengers, Iron Man 3, The Hobbit:The Battle of the Five Armies, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip, and Godzilla. He’s also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and has been nominated for a VES and Annie award.Finally, Robin Linn, a respected Artist, Director of Animation, Recruiter and most notably, Artist Manager in the industry, will teach participants how to increase their chances of landing a job in animation and gaming studios during the masterclass ‘How To Increase Your Odds Of Landing A Job In Animation & Gaming.’ The class will cover how to create an online presence that showcases one's skills, experience, and personality, and provide tips on building a personal brand that aligns with career goals. Attendees will also learn how to effectively present their portfolio, craft a resume and cover letter that catches recruiters' attention, and stand out in today's competitive job market.The Sharjah Animation Conference promises to be an exciting and enriching event for animation enthusiasts in the Arab region. Tickets are available for purchase on the newly launched conference website, https://www.sharjahanimation.com/. Those interested in this expanding industry and fans of moving artforms are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity to connect with industry leaders, learn from the best, and engage with like-minded individuals, for this first-of-it-kind conference in the region.
DUBAI: Check Point Research (CPR), the Threat Intelligence arm of Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP) and a leading provider of cyber security solutions globally, has published its Brand Phishing Report for Q1 2023. The report highlights the brands that were most frequently imitated by cybercriminals in their attempts to steal individuals’ personal information or payment credentials during January, February and March 2023.Multinational retail giant Walmart topped the ranking last quarter, accounting for 16% of all attempts and climbing from 13th place in Q4 2022. This is due to a significant phishing campaign urging victims to click on a malicious survey link, relating to ‘the supply system collapse’. Meanwhile, DHL held onto second place, appearing in 13% of phishing events, closely followed by Microsoft with 12% during the quarter. Overall, the technology sector was the most imitated industry, followed by shipping and retail.The latest report also highlights how threat actors are leveraging organizations in the finance sector to steal account details. Bank Raiffeisen made the list for the first to the 8th places. In the Raiffeisen phishing campaign, which accounted for 3.6% of phishing attacks last quarter, recipients were encouraged to click on a malicious link and to ensure the accounts security against any fraudulent activity. Once submitted, those details would then be stolen by the attacker.“Criminal groups orchestrate phishing campaigns to get as many people to part with their personal data as possible,” said Omer Dembinsky, Data Group Manager at Check Point Software. “In some cases, attacks are designed to obtain account information, as seen with the Raiffeisen campaigns. Others are deployed to steal payment details, which we witnessed with popular streaming service Netflix.”He added: “The best defense against phishing threats, as ever, is knowledge. Employees should be given appropriate training to spot suspicious traits such as misspelled domains, typos, incorrect dates, and other details that can expose a malicious email or link.”In a brand phishing attack, criminals try to imitate the official website of a well-known brand by using a similar domain name or URL and a web-page design that resembles the genuine site. The link to the fake website can be sent to targeted individuals by email or text message, a user can be redirected during web browsing, or it may be triggered from a fraudulent mobile application. The fake website often contains a form intended to steal users’ credentials, payment details or other personal information.Top phishing brands in Q1 2023Below are the top brands ranked by their overall appearance in brand phishing attempts:Walmart (relating to 16% of all phishing attacks globally)DHL (13%)Microsoft (12%)LinkedIn (6%)FedEx (4.9%)Google (4.8%)Netflix (4%)Raiffeisen (3.6%)PayPal (3.5%)Raiffeisen Bank Phishing Email - Account Theft ExampleThis is an example of an attempt to steal a user's Raiffeisen bank account information through a phishing email. The sender's name is "Raiffeisen", but the email address is "support@raiffeisen-info[.]com”. The email's subject is "The new SmartToken service is not active" in Romanian (origin:”Noul serviciu SmartToken nu este acti”), and the content claims that the victim needs to activate the “SmartToken“ service to ensure the account's security against any fraudulent activity. The email contains a malicious link, "https://urlz[.]fr/kxnx" which the attacker tries to lure the victim into clicking so he could steal his account.“The new SmartToken service is not active” (origin: “Noul serviciu SmartToken nu este acti”)Netflix Phishing Scam - Attempts to Steal Payment DetailsDuring the first quarter of 2023, we detected a fraudulent email that utilized Netflix's branding to deceive individuals. The email, which appeared to originate from "Netflix", was sent from the webmail address “support@bryanadamstribute[.]dk”. The subject line of the email was "U?d?t? r?qu?r?d – ????unt ?n h?ld", and the message claimed that the recipient's Netflix account had been suspended, due to a failure to authorize payment for the next billing cycle. The email provided a link to renew the subscription and requested that the victim enter accurate payment details.
Dubai: Tata Steel has announced the appointment of Shuja Haque as Regional General Manager for the Middle East region. A 23-year steel industry veteran, he has helped achieve multi-million tons of business volume since he joined Asia’s first integrated private steel company 18 years ago as a sales executive.He was quickly promoted to sales manager and was an integral part of the team on the ground when Corus and Tata Steel merged in 2007 In 2017, he became Head of Sales followed by another promotion to Head of Business Development in 2021 before being asked to take the reins as Regional GM.During his tenure, he has contributed tangibly to the detailed mapping of several countries including Saudi Arabia, resulting in the current order book being highly skewed to the Kingdom with some key wins including the Makkah Haram expansion and some of the largest malls, hotels, airports and parks in KSA. He also played a crucial role in executing the first ever Blockchain transaction in the steel industry, a testament to his forward-thinking mindset and approach.In his new role he will oversee the Middle East and North Africa business with responsibilities as varied as People's Health & Safety (EHS), P&L growth, and plant operations. Current Tata Steel projects include a few upcoming museums in the UAE, various airport expansion projects across the GCC and unique projects like Sindalah Island at NEOM in Saudi Arabia. “My business acumen has been finely honed thanks to the many cross-functional roles I’ve had at Tata Steel. My talented team has a proven record of delivering differentiated products and solutions resulting in consistent business growth, and this will stand me in good stead as I ease into this new role. I am passionate about leveraging synergies, driving our transformational agenda as we grow in the region by effectively using innovation to create long-term mutual value for all stakeholders,” said Mr. Haque.
Dubai: Dubai Festival City Mall, part of Al-Futtaim Malls, is excited to announce the eagerly anticipated arrival of Joe & The Juice, the widely celebrated Danish café brand. The new addition is now open at the mall’s Festival Square, becoming the chain's seventh establishment in UAE and further expanding the mall's diverse array of F&B offerings.Renowned for its creative blends and exquisite flavors, customers can expect to find all their favorite items at the new outlet, such as “Joe's Green Mile” juice, a mix of broccoli, spinach, apple, avocado and lemon, and the “Pick Me Up” juice with strawberries, bananas and apples. Vegan shakes like “Blue Magic”, blending blue spirulina, avocado, protein, dates, lemon and oat-coconut milk, will also be available alongside the viral hit, the “Tunacado” sandwich.In addition to its enticing F&B menu, the new outlet promises spectacular views of IMAGINE show, the awe-inspiring, multi-sensory laser, light and water extravaganza, making it the perfect spot for a quick meal or a relaxed gathering with family and friends.Commenting on Joe & The Juice's opening at Dubai Festival City Mall, Hayssam Hajjar, General Manager of Al-Futtaim Malls, said: “We wish a warm welcome to Joe & The Juice to the vibrant dining scene at Dubai Festival City Mall. This renowned international brand has a reputation for its innovative offering and trendy vibe, which perfectly aligns with the dynamic and contemporary spirit of our mall. We continue to expand our F&B line-up to cater to all tastes and preferences.”Walid Hajj, CEO of Lavoya Group, the premium restaurant operator brining the venue to the region, said: “A key location for us as it opens doors to a whole new customer base, we are thrilled to partner with the Al-Futtaim Group and bring Joe & The Juice to Dubai Festival City Mall. Marking our seventh store in the UAE, we at the Lavoya Group are committed to expanding our presence and continue providing our customers with the exceptional experiences they have come to love at our outlets. This is another significant step forward in our growth story as we aim to bring Joe & The Juice to more people across the UAE and beyond.”Located on the Ground Floor at Festival Square, Joe & The Juice's new outlet at Dubai Festival City Mall will be open from 8am to 11pm on weekdays and 8am to 12am on weekends.
Dubai: Citi announced the appointment of Shamsa Al-Falasi as Chief Executive Officer of Citibank, N.A. UAE Onshore Branch, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), subject to regulatory approvals. Shamsa will also assume the role of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) UAE across all Citi entities operating onshore & offshore in the country.Al-Falasi is a seasoned banker with almost two decades of experience at Citi. She joined the bank as a graduate in 2004 and has since worked across many geographies including Dublin, London and Sao Paulo, before being appointed as Senior Business and Relationship Manager for the MENA and Turkey region based in the UAE.In 2015, Al-Falasi was appointed as Head of the Global Subsidiaries Group (GSG) for the UAE and Iraq, a role that was expanded in 2018 to include regional responsibilities as Head of GSG in GCC and Iraq based in the UAE. Since the beginning of 2023, Shamsa has served as interim Citi Country Officer (CCO) and interim CEO of Citibank, N.A. UAE Onshore Branch. She will continue to serve as Interim CCO until a permanent appointment is made.Commenting on her new role, Shamsa said: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to be the first Emirati woman to lead Citi’s UAE onshore businesses and operations and contribute to the overall franchise performance. We have a seasoned team in the country, and together we will continue to provide the highest standards of products and services to our clients."Ebru Pakcan, CEO of Citi’s Middle East and Africa Cluster said: "This is a landmark appointment which testifies to Shamsa’s talent and leadership skills. Citi UAE is the bank flagship franchise in the Middle East and Africa region offering a full spectrum of institutional banking and wealth management services, and with Shamsa’s elevation, I am sure the franchise will continue on a trajectory of growth and success.”The UAE serves as the regional hub for Citi’s Middle East & Africa Cluster covering 59 markets. Citi UAE offers a full spectrum of financial services including Corporate & Investment Banking, Capital Markets, Sales & Trading, Transactions Services, Private Banking and Commercial Banking. In addition, it serves as one of Citi’s four global Wealth Management centers and continues to be a major player in local consumer credit services.
Dubai: Ski Dubai in partnership with Dubai Sports Council are excited to announce that the fourth edition of the DXB Snow Run will take place on 21 May. The unique running experience is open to anyone between the ages of 15 and 70 and will see participants navigate the slopes of Ski Dubai in -4?C.DXB Snow Run was launched in 2020 and was one of the first snow sports competitions in the world to take place post-lockdown. Due to popular demand, it has become an annual event and last year a record 500 athletes from various nationalities took part.Mohammad El Etri, Vice President, Global Snow, Majid Al Futtaim Leisure, Entertainment & Cinemas, said, “Ski Dubai is delighted to partner with Dubai Sports Council once again to host this unique event, which enables members of the community to stay fit and active as the weather heats up. We’re also excited to introduce a team’s category this year for added camaraderie. DXB Snow Run is just one of many events we host throughout the year as part of our commitment to improve community wellbeing by promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.”Ali Omar Al Balooshi, Director of Sports Events, Dubai Sports Council, said, “We are always delighted to partner with Ski Dubai on initiatives such as the DXB Snow Run. Our partnership is built on our shared commitment to bring the community together through sport. We are confident that by hosting regular community events and sport initiatives, we can improve the overall health and wellbeing of Dubai residents.”The first race starts at 6.30am and runners can choose from two distances – 3km (3 loops) or 5km (5 loops). A new teams category has been added this year which allows groups of five people to take part in the race where they will be competing against other teams. Each person that crosses the finish line will receive a commemorative medal. Registration is now open (until 18 May) and participants can secure their spot on PremierOnline.Ski Dubai was recently awarded the Best Sport / Adventure-Based Entertainment at the 2023 MENALAC Awards, which are the benchmark of excellence in the leisure, entertainment and attractions industry, in recognition of its commitment to foster a snow sports culture in the MENA region.
Dubai: UAE rice brands, part of the Food and Beverage Manufacturing Group, have generously donated 50 tonnes of rice to the UAE Food Bank to support the Three Million Meals Initiative during the holy month of Ramadan. The initiative, under Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, aims to provide food to people in need within the country and beyond and to strengthen food security and the spirit of giving.As rice is a staple food for the UAE's diverse population and demand for this nutritious energy source continues to grow, the contribution of the country's leading rice brands is particularly noteworthy. Participating brands include Sinnara, Gautam, Tilda, Daawat, Crown, Lal Qilla, and HK Gourmet, which are popular among UAE customers.The donation was handed over to the Food Bank at an event in Dubai and was attended by representatives of the participating brands.Mr. Saleh Abdullah Lootah, Chairman of the Food & Beverage Manufacturing Group, commented: "UAE food companies have always been responsible and aligned with the initiatives of the National Food Security Strategy, which demonstrates their commitment to social responsibility as partners in the country's food sector in ensuring a safe and reliable supply of essential food to the market. Food security is achieved when all businesses in the value chain work together to ensure a consistent food supply. To this end, members of the Food and Beverage Manufacturing Group have worked closely with the government to ensure long-term food security and understand the needs of the market.”Furthermore, Manal Obaid Yaroof, Chairperson of the UAE Food Bank Steering Committee expressed her gratitude for the collaboration with the food companies and stated, "The partnership with the Food and Beverage Manufacturing Group has been fundamental to the success of the Food Bank initiative. We are now effectively channelling corporate responsibility efforts and amplifying their impact. We are grateful to all donors for their invaluable support in supporting Food Bank's mission to effectively manage surplus food and delivering it to beneficiaries locally and globally."Rice is a key item in the shopping basket in the region, as different nationalities in the UAE consume rice as part of their daily diet, and the strong presence of multiple global brands is a result of the country's robust strategy to retain major food companies in the region.
Abu Dhabi: In line with UAE Net Zero 2050 and the UAE’s direction towards sustainable economic development and industrial decarbonization, the Ministry of the Industry and Advanced Technology is hosting high potential technology start-ups with a focus on sustainability and decarbonization to participate in a start-up competition launched ahead of COP28.The Ministry created the Make it in the Emirates Start-up Competition to provide technology start-ups with a platform where they can meet investors and network with policy makers and industry partners.The competition invites transformative start-ups seeking to have a global impact to showcase and pitch new innovations and technologies and provides them with the opportunity to learn from some of the best and brightest minds working in the fields of sustainability, manufacturing and technology. The competition will also provide the startups with the opportunity to further develop and deploy their technologies in the UAE in collaboration with various industry partners. The Make it in the Emirates Startup Competition seeks to enable forward-looking technology startups with pioneering sustainability related innovations that can transform and green existing industries, while also seeding the green industries of the future.Taking place at the Make it in the Emirates Forum from 31 May to 1 June, the competition is open to just 24 start-ups from all over the world. Startups from various sectors with a focus on sustainability, decarbonization-and digitalization are welcomed to apply.Tariq Al Hashimi, Director of Advanced Technology Adoption and Development at the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology said: “We are living in an age in which start-ups have the power to disrupt entire industries and rewrite the playbook. These startups also have promising solutions for some of the world’s most pressing issues including climate change. However, access to funding and other enablers remains a huge challenge for startups all over the world. That is why the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology is leveraging the Make it in the Emirates Forum as platform to provide promising tech-driven, sustainability-focused companies with a stage at one of the region’s largest and most attended industrial investment events to pitch, learn and connect.Al Hashimi added: “Start-ups participating in the competition will be able to access unique investment and collaboration opportunities, as well as get exposed to a suite of incentives offered by the UAE’s Advanced Technology ecosystem. The Ministry is committed to supporting companies of all sizes as part of our mission to create an industrial and technology ecosystem that generates inclusive and sustainable economic growth.”Start-ups can apply here: https://moiat.typeform.com/to/EiBm1pnJ. Applications close on May 5 2023.The 24 start-ups will initially be selected from the pool of submissions based on the innovation they have demonstrated, their disruptive potential, their scalability and sustainability, as well as their marketing potential, competitive advantage, and positive social impact.The judging panel will include representatives from Aspire, EDGE Group, Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, Technology Innovation Institute, Dubai Industrial City, UAE University and Strata.The competition is one of several initiatives launched under the Make it in the Emirates umbrella. Make it in the Emirates aims to attract investors, industrialists and innovators to the UAE to benefit from the country’s competitive advantages.In 2022, MoIAT launched the inaugural Make it in the Emirates Forum, which received the attendance of around 1,800 stakeholders, including investors from around the world. The forum resulted in offtake agreements worth AED 110 billion with national enterprises committing to purchase more than 300 products from local suppliers to support their future growth plans.The second Make it in the Emirates Forum, which takes place at the Abu Dhabi Energy Centre, aims to build on this success and is set to draw significant interest and attendance from across the region and beyond.
Dubai: Salesforce, The Global Leader in Customer Relationship Management (CRM), partners with PwC’s Egypt Technology and Innovation Centre (ETIC) to offer a free, three-week Salesforce training that aims to equip participants with the skills and knowledge needed to lead off a thriving career in the Salesforce ecosystem. This partnership comes to reinforce the strategic alliance between Salesforce and PwC to accelerate the digital transformation across the region.The program is designed to help Salesforce's new learners to grow and sharpen essential technical skills. Additionally, the program offers a valuable opportunity for participants to gain a full scholarship and be considered for subsequent employment at PwC’s ETIC as Salesforce Developers.Kicking off on April 26, the program will be starting with a keynote session and in-person career panels to brief the participants on the program’s activities which will include weekly in-person and pre-recorded sessions, and scheduled emails with recommended modules on Trailhead – Salesforce’s free app for consultants. Over the course of three weeks, participants will be exploring:The growth of customer relationship management tools and related in-demand careersSalesforce Business Skills: Discovering Salesforce in business contexts, from a customer and Salesforce Administrator perspective.Different tools and practical ways to acquire Salesforce skills, and how to connect with employers.Commenting on the program, Thierry Nicault, Area Vice President, MENA, Salesforce, said: “This training program is an ideal opportunity for people who recognise the potential of digital technology to transform organisations and to learn everything they need to know to develop a career as a Salesforce expert. Currently, the economic headwinds are reinforcing the need for organisations to digitise and make their operations smarter, allowing them to transform challenges into opportunities for growth.”From his side, Wael Moustafa, Partner and ETIC CEO & Board Member, commented: “We’re proud to continue our investment in the local talent in Egypt through our strategic partnership with Salesforce to build the next generation of digitally-enabled talent. Throughout Egypt’s resilient, high-quality digital infrastructure, we will continue to build on the Public Sector efforts to accelerate the digital transformation in Egypt. At PwC’s ETIC, we will continue to build a community of solvers who collaborate to evolve technology enabled services that reimagine the future of businesses and leverage leading practices.”With Salesforce’s anticipation of 9.3 million jobs to be created in the global Salesforce ecosystem by 2026, the program will contribute in offering significant opportunities for those with the right knowledge and expertise. Furthermore, the program will be taking place in Egypt where young talent and governmental initiatives (ex. ICT 2030 strategy) are growing to drive economic growth.
Dubai: Emirates will be expanding its schedule this week to offer 38 additional flights across six cities in the GCC and Middle East to meet significant demand for Eid Al Fitr holiday travel. This year, more than 110,000 travellers are expected to board Emirates flights during Eid Al Fitr across the region, with additional flights planned for Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah, Medina, Kuwait and Beirut.In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Emirates will be adding four extra flights between 19-29 April to and from Riyadh to cater to Saudi travelers looking to venture to Dubai and beyond. In Jeddah, the airline will be operating three daily A380s, and will additionally layer on six flights operated by its Boeing 777 to serve the peak travel holiday period from the city between 20-25 April.Emirates will boost its flights to Dammam from 18 to 21 weekly, starting from 20 April until 31 May with additional flights scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays to connect travelers to their favorite holiday getaways. Travelers from Medina will have the choice of an additional 16 flights in the month of April to accommodate those travelling inbound for Umrah, as well as travelers looking to start their holidays earlier.This year, Emirates customers in KSA will be venturing to Dubai for their Eid Al Fitr celebrations, in addition to the Maldives, London, Phuket, Mauritius, Manila and Paris.In Kuwait, Emirates will operate an additional eight flights for Eid with its Boeing 777 from 20-27 April. Popular destinations for Kuwaiti travelers this year include Dubai, Maldives, Phuket, Bangkok, London, Mauritius and Milan.Emirates will offer an additional flight on 23 April on the airline’s existing Beirut schedule to accommodate for more travelers as they head home to visit friends and relatives.Upholding Eid traditions and keeping in with its proud Middle Eastern heritage, the airline will be serving a specially crafted Eid menu for customers between 21-24 April for flights departing from Dubai. Favourites like chicken mandi, mansaf, samka harra, samak matfi, madfoon, and Gulf style braised lamb will be served onboard, among other moreish dishes.All Emirates customers connecting in Dubai and travelling onwards during this time will be treated to delicious sweets and desserts, like warm date pudding in First Class, a fluffy vanilla sponge cake with white chocolate and hibiscus cream in Business and Premium Economy Class, and Batheetha – a saffron date crumble, or a sweet pumpkin Asseda, topped with roasted cashew nuts in Economy Class. All passengers will also receive an additional mini treat of ashta sfouf with their meal wishing them ‘Eid Mubarak’.Customers entering Emirates’ First Class lounges on the first day of Eid will be welcomed with Arabic coffee, traditional jallab and kamarrudin juices, mezze, lamb or Emirati ouzi, followed by regional favourites kunafa and baklava ice-cream. Special Eid mocktails will also be served across both First and Business Class lounges. Business Class lounges will serve special Eid dishes and desserts during this time as well.
Dubai: Samsung Gulf Electronics today announced the launch of its latest pop-up store in Dubai Mall, once again bringing its online offering, Samsung.com, to a physical creative space. As part of its 'Nowhere better than Samsung.com' campaign, the pop-up store allows customers to experience the best of Samsung's cutting-edge products across multiple categories, just in time for Eid Al Fitr.Through the pop-up, the brand has combined physical and digital experiences in the same space. By integrating the two, customers can explore the many benefits of shopping for Samsung's products online while having a hands-on experience of the latest offerings.In March, Samsung launched its first-ever online store pop-up at Mirdif City Centre, showcasing its Ramadan offers. The latest pop-up at Dubai Mall will focus on Eid offers and provide visitors with access to a diverse range of Samsung products, including mobiles, tablets, TVs, gaming monitors, home appliances, and more.Shafi Alam, Head of Direct-to-Consumer Business & Corporate Marketing at Samsung GulfElectronics, said: "As we approach the joyous occasion of Eid Al Fitr, we are excited to bring our latest pop-up store to Dubai Mall, offering our customers the perfect opportunity to invest in gifts for their loved ones. A flawless fusion of physical and digital spaces, the pop-up provides customers with a unique opportunity to explore the innovative world of Samsung products, while enjoying the benefits of online shopping. These experiences represent our efforts to provide consumers with an opportunity to truly personalize not only their products, but their shopping journeys as well. “The interactive pop-up, located at the Star Atrium on the lower ground level of Dubai Mall, will feature experience zones inspired by different lifestyle themes, such as home entertainment, fitness, gaming, and more. Visitors can experience the capabilities of the latest Samsung innovations, such as the Galaxy S23 Ultra, Galaxy Watch 5, Neo QLED or OLED TVs, and Bespoke microwaves, refrigerators, or lifestyle TVs such as The Frame.Samsung is also offering exclusive discounts and deals on a selection of its most sought-after products as part of its Eid campaign. Customers can enjoy up to 40% discounts across mobiles, tablets, TVs, and home appliances when shopping online or at the pop-up store.The Samsung Eid pop-up is open daily from 10 am to 10 pm, from April 21 to April 30.Shopping on Samsung.com is convenient, with 24-month installment payment plans, free shipping and returns, doorstep trade-in evaluation, extended warranty via Samsung Care+, secure payments, trade-in offers, reward points, and access to Samsung experts.
Dubai: Cereal Partners Worldwide, the maker of Nestlé Breakfast Cereals and a leading breakfast cereal business in the world, is taking fans beyond the cereal bowl with an interactive metaverse experience.The Nestlé Cereals Metaclub will host a vast space with 10 unique virtual attractions on Decentraland, bringing together access to sustainability themed online challenges, NFTs with real life rewards, and a digital Anghami lounge featuring specially curated playlists with free Anghami Plus subscriptions.“Living up to our purpose to “Make Breakfast Better”, we are excited to be the first Breakfast Cereal Business to enter the metaverse and aim to create immersive and rewarding experiences for our consumers to enjoy and connect with our brands while raising awareness with our dedicated sustainability attractions”. said Nehmatallah Younes, Business Executive Office, Cereal Partners Worldwide, Middle East & North Africa“Our Nestlé Cereals Metaclub offers a unique channel to engage and connect with younger audiences, educate them on the topics of sustainability, while taking them through an omnichannel brand experience,” said Bahaa Boulmona, Brand Manager, Cereal Partners Worldwide, Middle East & North Africa.Qossay Al Sattari, Distribution Partnerships Lead, Anghami, commented: “At Anghami we strongly believe in innovation and in offering customers unique entertainment experiences that have a positive social impact. This initiative is a great example of innovation meeting sustainability.”With a special focus on regenerative agriculture, the Nestlé Cereals Metaclub features a dedicated Rainforest Corner, in partnership with the Rainforest Alliance, to raise awareness for sustainability projects and encourage donations. A Nestlé Cocoa Plan Zone further spotlights how cocoa is responsibly sourced, and a virtual breakfast cereal factory – modelled after Nestlé’s Karacabey Factory in Turkiye – highlights how renewable energy is efficiently used.To enter the Nestlé Cereals Metaclub, users can simply choose their favorite avatar and start exploring the space.Cereal Partners Worldwide is behind some of the world’s most iconic breakfast cereals brands – NESQUIK®, CHEERIOS®, LION®, and KOKOKRUNCH® to name a few.