BeIN Sports set for scintillating summer of women’s sport

Doha – beIN MEDIA GROUP (‘beIN’), one of the foremost broadcast networks in the world, and its flagship sports channels beIN SPORTS, are set for an exciting summer of elite sports as the world’s best female athletes take centre stage during a host of international competitions, including the 2023 Wimbledon Championships and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023TM, which will be broadcast exclusively across 24 MENA countriesThrough its beINSPIRED initiative, beIN is committed to elevating the profile of under-represented sports globally and recognise the value that all sports, and women’s sport in particular, play in the international sports eco-system. That means as well as football and tennis, this summer will also see beIN broadcasting women’s basketball, cricket, and cycling, among others.Set to serve up a sporting feast from 3 July, beIN SPORTS will start its summer’s coverage from the world’s oldest tennis championship, Wimbledon. The highly anticipated tournament will see Iga Swiatek, the Polish World No1 and four-time Grand Slam winner, continues her hunt for a maiden title at the All-England Club, while Elena Rybakina will defend her crown for the first time. Ons Jabeur, the Arab World’s first Grand Slam finalist, a four-time winner on the WTA Tour, and defeated Wimbledon finalist last year will be hopeful of taking that one last step on a surface that favours her game.Meanwhile, with nearly two million viewers tuning in to watch Barcelona win this year’s UEFA Women’s Champion League, the increase in interest and popularity of the women’s game across the region is clear. Next month will see beIN SPORTS broadcast the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023TM, which kicks off on 20 July and will run for a month.Subscribers can watch all 64 matches live and exclusive across beIN’s various platforms, providing ample opportunities to catch one of the game’s most decorated players in Alex Morgan. The two-time World Cup winner, Olympic gold medallist, and UEFA Women’s Champions League winner, will lead the charge as the United States seek a third successive title, while among those likely to stand in the way are Spain and their two-time Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putella. Meanwhile, Morocco are preparing for the World Cup, in what will be their maiden appearance at the event. They became the first Arab team ever to qualify after their Women’s Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals victory over Botswana.Mohammed Al-Bader, Managing Director of MENA Channels at beIN, said: “As beIN continues its unwavering dedication to champion women's sports worldwide, we are thrilled to illuminate the extraordinary achievements of female athletes across the Middle East, North Africa, and beyond. Through our beINSPIRED initiative, we strive to amplify the recognition of sports and athletes that have long been underrepresented, ultimately emphasising the vital role women play in the global sports industry. Whether it is Wimbledon and the FIFA World Cup or the exhilarating Tour de France Femmes and FIBA Women's basketball tournaments, we are honoured to showcase this unparalleled talent, inspiring dreams and creating new heroes for all to admire. Our expanded coverage will do all these events justice.”beIN SPORTS will broadcast the premier women’s cycling showcase, Tour de France Femmes, between 20 – 30 July, while the FIBA Women’s Americup 2023, FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2023, and FIBA Women’s U19 World Cup 2023 will be showcased on beIN SPORTS across the MENA region. beIN SPORTS will also broadcast ECB women’s cricket as England take on Australia in both the T20 and ODI format throughout July, while the BNL Italy Major Premier Padel and Madrid Premier Padel P1 run from 10-16 and 17-23 July respectively.

Dubai to host GameExpo Summit for gaming industry leaders

Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE) announced the GameExpo Summit, a two-day business conference for professionals from the gaming and esports industry. The event will take place on June 21-22 at the South Halls, Dubai Exhibition Centre, Expo City, Dubai.The summit will feature more than 700 attendees, including over 100 industry thought leaders and government officials. There will be keynote speeches, panel discussions, fringe events, and networking sessions. The summit will cover topics such as AI, Web3, the metaverse, global and MENA trends, esports, publishing, and development.Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals & Retail Establishment (DFRE), commented, "We are thrilled to elevate the gametech sector in the UAE, nurturing this growing community and driving investment by bringing together global games professionals to Dubai. The GameExpo Summit is the region's premium games industry and B2B knowledge platform, with a full agenda, attracting professionals from around the world, making it an excellent opportunity for businesses to connect with potential partners from different regions. We are committed to strengthening Dubai’s leadership in gaming and esports, and the industry Summit will act as a regional hub for the sector.”Chris James, CEO of Steel Media (the parent company of the PG Connects B2B events series which is powering the GameExpo Summit), said, “The Middle East is the most dynamic and fastest growing frontier of the games market right now. Add in the fact that Dubai is a great hub for the region, a hot-bed of technological innovation, and an incredible place to visit in its own right, and the concept of having a games event here is obvious! At Steel Media we feel there's an opportunity to grow a meaningful games event in the city, starting this year - which is why we're bringing the best elements of the market-leading PG Connects conference series ( into the Dubai GameExpo Summit.”Attendees can also participate in the Investor Connector matchmaking activity, a networking session to meet with investors from around the globe, and Publisher SpeedMatch, a curated networking opportunity to connect with publishers.

Emirates Draw supports young cancer fighter, celebrating weekend success

Dubai: Emirates Draw has captured attention since its inception, captivating players with thrilling gaming experiences while also prioritizing sustainability and community outreach. This week, the organization has displayed an act of generosity and solidarity by extending support to Carmen, a courageous 3-year-old Egyptian girl battling cancer and autism at the Sara Centre for Rehabilitation and Speech Therapy in Sharjah.Moreover, the weekend brought an incredible wave of winners across Emirates Draw’s three exhilarating games: EASY6, FAST5, and MEGA7. The outcome surpassed all expectations, with an astonishing total of 11,330 fortunate winners walking away with AED 959,825 in prizes.The Sara Centre is reliant on individuals and companies for financial resources and often faces challenges in the treatment of their patients. In line with its mission, Emirates Draw aims to transform lives through its weekly prizes and give back to the community through its flagship Coral Reef Restoration Programme."Our vision goes beyond the realms of gaming experience. We strive to bring positive change in people's lives and create a more sustainable future for our community and generations to come," said Mohammad Behroozian Alawadhi, Managing Partner at Emirates Draw. "Carmen's determination is inspiring, and we believe that by supporting her, we can inspire others to join in our mission to create a ripple effect of goodwill."Dr. Sara Al Eis, Psychologist and Director of the Sara Rehabilitation and Speech Therapy Center, expressed her deep gratitude for the collaboration between the Center and Emirates Draw. She said, "Emirates Draw's visit to our center was truly inspiring and touched our hearts deeply. The organisation’s genuine interest in our programs and generous support for Carmen, one of our cherished children undergoing treatment for Cancer and Autism, have left a lasting impact. We are excited to nurture this collaboration for a brighter future together."Dr. Sara further emphasized her appreciation for Emirates Draw’s Coral Reef Restoration Programme. She highlighted its significance in preserving marine ecosystems and the valuable medicinal benefits of corals for treating diseases, including cancer.Emirates Draw's Coral Reef Restoration Programme exemplifies a remarkable fusion of compassion and scientific exploration. The organization's efforts to plant Gorgonian coral fragments along the UAE coastline hold the potential to revolutionize cancer treatments. Recent discoveries have uncovered the captivating chemical and biological properties of corals, unveiling their medicinal and therapeutic value. These findings offer an exciting opportunity for combatting various cancers and other diseases.Corals, in their innate defense mechanism, produce chemicals that safeguard their habitat, to protect their territory, preventing invading organisms or diseases from multiplying and gaining ground. By supporting Carmen and engaging in marine conservation efforts, Emirates Draw demonstrates its dedication to its mission.Furthermore, Emirates Draw aligns its sustainability agenda with the World Oceans Day on June 8, recognizing the crucial role oceans play in nurturing life on our planet. Through its flagship programme, the organization not only restores marine life but also contributes to worldwide efforts for sustainable management of our oceans.In addition to gorgonian corals, the eastern region of the UAE serves as a vibrant aquatic sanctuary, hosting an array of other corals, including the stunning acropora, elkhorn and staghorn. Emirates Draw has been instrumental in enriching this marine biodiversity, having successfully implanted more than 9,503 coral fragments using eco-friendly materials. This effort has led to the growth of a significant underwater coral region spanning 6,938 sqm. Through 1,930 scuba dives in locations like Khorfakkan and Dibba, a dedicated team of divers and volunteers from diverse backgrounds have contributed to the program's success and the overall enhancement of marine life in the UAE."World Oceans Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the impact of our actions on the planet's oceans and marine life. Our Coral Reef Restoration Programme is testament in making a difference and encouraging a global movement towards sustainable ocean management," shared Mohammad Behroozian Alawadhi.Emirates Draw's accomplishments in social and environmental domains, achieved through gaming activities and a strong commitment to community support and environmental sustainability, demonstrate a promising vision of a compassionate and sustainable future. Every purchase and participation in their games becomes a meaningful contribution to a greater cause, providing hope to individuals and nurturing our planet for future generations.The upcoming games will be live streamed across Emirates Draw's digital platforms, YouTube, Facebook, and the official website. Be the next lucky winner and book your numbers early!

Phillip Lord joins The Game Company as non-executive director

Dubai: UAE - The Game Company, an AI-driven cloud gaming platform, is pleased to welcome Non-Executive Director,  Phillip Lord. With twenty years of investment banking experience, Phillip has previously worked with Jefferies, Nomura & HSBC, and the Co-Founder of Pimlico Partners.“We believe that his experience will not only drive our success but also leave a profound and lasting impact on the gaming industry as a whole," said Osman Masud, CEO of The Game Company.As Non-Executive Director, Phillip will oversee strategic planning, partnerships, and investor relations, helping The Game Company to achieve its vision of providing the most advanced, flexible, and inclusive platform. With Lord's leadership and expertise, the company is poised for even greater success in the years to come.“I am confident that we can achieve our goals, particularly in leveraging cloud gaming as the optimal solution to welcome the next billion gamers into the market. Together, we will shape the future of gaming, reaching a wider audience than ever deemed possible." expressed Phillip.Phillip possesses expertise that extends across various areas, such as funding capital, managing investor relationships, and navigating exit strategies, all of which have been oned through years of experience in American, European, Asian, and Australian markets. Moreover, he has established solid international ties with significant sovereign wealth funds, private equity firms, venture capitalists, and hedge funds.With his strong grasp of the industry landscape and emerging trends, he plays a pivotal role in identifying and exploring new business opportunities that align with the company's growth objectives. Phillip's ability to foresee and capitalize on market shifts will enable The Game Company to stay at the forefront of the ever-evolving gaming industry.