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Fast-growing African automotive aftermarket draws leading international players to Automechanika Dubai 2015

Rapid urbanisation and surging growth in new transport infrastructure is transforming the face of surface transport in Africa, placing the continent on the fast track to becoming one of the world's most significant markets for vehicles and auto parts. Investment of US$30 billion into developing road and rail systems is expected to boost inter-regional trade and travel across Africa, which currently has 21.6 million passenger vehicles, according to global analysts Frost & Sullivan. Additionally, demand for auto parts in the continent (excluding South Africa) is expected to grow 11 per cent annually to reach US$15.3 billion by 2020, making it a high-value prize for global automotive aftermarket leaders. Many of these will be formulating their African outreach strategies ......read more

Serco Extends Contract at Abu Dhabi Global Market Square

Serco Middle East has extended its contract with - Alsowah Square Properties LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company PJSC, to deliver Integrated Property and Facilities Management Services at the prestigious Abu Dhabi Global Market Square development, the international financial center on Al Maryah Island, master planned and developed by Mubadala. David Greer, Serco Middle East Chief Executive Officer welcomed the announcement and the opportunity to build on Serco’s proud relationship with Mubadala that stretches more than five years: “I am delighted with this news. Over the last 5 years we have built a leading position in Integrated Property and Facilities Management Services in the UAE. In winning this rebid for the Abu Dhabi Global Market Square c ......read more

Middle East's largest stationery, paper, and office supplies trade show opens in Dubai with 18 per cent year-on-year gro ...

Record line-up of UAE companies among 299 exhibitors from 40 countries at Paperworld Middle East 2015 Dubai, UAE, March 2, 2015: A record line-up of 35 UAE companies are among 299 exhibitors from 40 countries sharing centre stage as the Middle East’s largest stationery, paper, and office supplies trade show opened in Dubai today (Monday 2 March.)  Taking place until 4th March at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre, Paperworld Middle East 2015 has grown by 18 per cent year-on-year, with new innovations, niche products, and eco-friendly solutions among the key themes emanating from the three-day event.  The largest ever participation of UAE companies – a 21 per cent jump over the previous year – is complemented by six country pavilions from Germany, ......read more

Casio set to unveil innovative Lamp-Free Projector across Middle East

Casio, pioneers of Laser and LED hybrid light sources for projectors, are all set to introduce the unique XJ-V1 Lamp-Free Projector, that will for the first time bring consumers the benefits of path-breaking lamp-free design technology at an affordable price. The next-generation XJ-V1, with a high-brightness quotient of 2700 lumens, is ideal for all those who need a bright projector for both business and educational needs. The innovative projector, which will be on view for the first time in the Middle East, at the upcoming Global Education Supplies and Solutions Exhibition in Dubai later this month, will hit the market in the second quarter of 2015. "With the XJ-V1 becoming available the regional markets, it will bring the benefits of affordable lamp-free design to a whole ......read more

100 divers participate in Citizen-sponsored comprehensive coastal clean-up off Jeddah

CITIZEN partnered with Century Events team to organize a comprehensive clean-up of the coastline and seabed around the Jeddah Corniche recently. The initiative in its second year now was held under the patronage of the Governor of Mecca under the title “Our environment Our Responsibility”. Around 100 divers of different nationalities participated in the initiative. The cleanup initiative saw divers remove remains of abandoned fishing lines, garbage and other debris from the seabed and the coastline off the Corniche, near the Three Bridges Area, in order to clear up the water and allow the sun to reach the coral beds, which were otherwise blocked off by a layer of trash. The cleanup also creates a much more conducive environment for aquatic life of all forms. It also raises a ......read more

The “Tour Eiffel” Timepiece -Steel from the Eiffel Tower for a SAINT HONORE watch

To mark its 130th anniversary, SAINT HONORE has designed a collector's timepiece: the first ever to be made from a piece of metal girder from the world's most famous monument.  SAINT HONORE has used this precious component to make the bezel, its decoration and brown colour an unmistakable reference to the French monument.   The bezel surrounds a raised dial based on the same architecture; at its centre, it reveals the wheel train of the automatic mechanical movement specially personalised by SAINT HONORE. Mounted on an elegant brown “croco design” leather strap, the “Tour Eiffel” Timepiece has been manufactured in a limited series of 1,885 pieces in steel (in homage to the year the watchmaking house was established), offering a unique oppor ......read more

The “Tour Eiffel” Timepiece -Steel from the Eiffel Tower for a SAINT HONORE watch

To mark its 130th anniversary, SAINT HONORE has designed a collector's timepiece: the first ever to be made from a piece of metal girder from the world's most famous monument. SAINT HONORE has used this precious component to make the bezel, its decoration and brown colour an unmistakable reference to the French monument. The bezel surrounds a raised dial based on the same architecture; at its centre, it reveals the wheel train of the automatic mechanical movement specially personalised by SAINT HONORE. Mounted on an elegant brown “croco design” leather strap, the “Tour Eiffel” Timepiece has been manufactured in a limited series of 1,885 pieces in steel (in homage to the year the watchmaking house was established), offering a unique opportunity to we ......read more

Casio announces the GCC-wide launch of world's first Hybrid GPS Radio Control watch

Casio Middle East is proud to announce the launch of the world’s first Hybrid GPS and Radio Control timekeeping watch, the G-SHOCK GPW-1000, across their outlets in the GCC. Precision-engineered to keep perfect time even in the most extreme of circumstances, the G-SHOCK GPW-1000 features the world’s first ever hybrid timekeeping system that utilises both Global Positioning System (GPS) signals as well as radio wave time calibration signals from as many as six stations across the world. By integrating these mutually complementing timekeeping systems, Casio has created an innovative timepiece that harnesses the power of technology to provide more accurate time measurement. “We are very excited to unveil the revolutionary new G-SHOCK GPW-1000 in the Middle East,” ......read more

Roger Dubuis presents stunning collection at Doha event

Roger Dubuis, manufacturer of fine Swiss watches of extreme complication, will be exhibiting a range of their master creations at the upcoming Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition, which will be held in the Qatari capital from February 24th to 28th, 2015. The Roger Dubuis range, which includes some of the brand's headline-grabbing pieces, will be on view at their partner Ali bin Ali's stall, at the premier event for the luxury watch and jewellery industry in the wider Middle East region. The event regularly attracts the cream of the region's luxury afficianados and is a good representation of the trends and new developments that are shaping one of the most significant international luxury markets. "The Middle East forms an increasingly important segment of our marke ......read more

Dunkin Donuts serving up success in the UAE for 18 years

Since opening doors for the first time in the UAE in 1997, Dunkin Donuts has gained a reputation of serving up a range of top class baked goods and coffee to customers around the country through its 73 outlets across the emirates. Over the past 18 years, the quick serve specialists have been renowned for its exceptional standards of service provided to visitors by highly-trained staff. Today Dunkin' Donuts outlets across the UAE serve up over 60 million donuts a year in fifty different flavours, all produced by the brand's state-of-the-art production facility in The UAE. With products and flavours tailored to suit the multi-faceted tastes of the UAE's wide spectrum of nationalities, the brand had today emerged as a hot favourite as people get together for memorable occasi ......read more

Intersec 2015 wraps up with record turnout of 27,455 visitors from more than 120 countries*

Dubai, UAE: The rainy weather that peppered Dubai this week didn’t dampen the spirit of busy networking at Intersec 2015, as 27,455 visitors from more than 120 countries descended upon the world’s largest trade show for the security, safety, and fire protection industries. Intersec 2015, which took place from 18-20 January at the Dubai Convention and Exhibition Centre, witnessed a 10 per cent growth in visitors, reflecting the strong demand in the Middle East security market that is growing at double the 5.5 per cent global growth rate, according to analysts Frost & Sullivan. The record visitor numbers were treated to the latest safety and security solutions of 1,233 exhibitors from 52 countries, with Intersec’s official supporters the Dubai Police and Dubai Civ ......read more

Casio unveils World's First-Ever Standard Scientific Calculator with Arabic Display

Innovative device has potential to benefit over 2 million students across region Dubai, February, 16, 2015 - Casio Middle East announced the launch of the world's first standard scientific calculator with an Arabic display. The first-ever calculator with an Arabic interface is a development of immense significance for the Middle East region and has the potential to benefit over 2 million students across the wider area.  The ClassWiz fx-991AR X calculator offers the benefits of a modern scientific calculator to students from the region enrolled in middle school and upwards, bringing the world of scientific calculations closer to students in their own native language. Casio is the acknowledged global market leader in the calculator segment and this will make their position in ......read more

Corrado Lopresto: The New Interpreter of The Eberhard & Co. Style

Eberhard & Co.’s adventure in the fascinating world of classic cars is enriched by a new prestigious collaboration thanks to Corrado Lopresto who has joined the universe of the Brand’s ambassadors. The Swiss watchmaker has for a long time been sponsoring some of the most important international competitions and their protagonists, since the Brand identified the old-timers’ world as indeed full of values matching those of luxury watch making: a passion for technique, the importance of tradition, the value of the historical heritage of companies that, like Eberhard & Co., can boast a history well over a century long. Corrado Lopresto, architect and entrepreneur from Milan and a collector of classic cars, is one of this universe’s celebrities, thanks to his ......read more

Turbine Skeleton - The Turbine reveals its inner workings

Perrelet is over 200 years old and lives in step with its time while honoring its rich tradition of high-quality watchmaking. It mingles its technical expertise with a flair for contemporary aesthetics in creating the Turbine Skeleton collection. For the very first time, the Maison combines a skeleton movement with a turbine, thereby completely reinventing its iconic model: the details and dimensions are redesigned and the materials are evolving, as Perrelet takes on a new challenge thanks to a unique horological concept. The very nature of a skeleton timepiece lies in playing with transparency effects. That is precisely what Perrelet achieves by entirely skeletonizing its finely crafted in-house movement, Caliber P-381, featuring cut-out effects revealing its inner workings. The Perrel ......read more

Turbine Skeleton The Turbine reveals its inner workings

Perrelet is over 200 years old and lives in step with its time while honoring its rich tradition of high-quality watchmaking. It mingles its technical expertise with a flair for contemporary aesthetics in creating the Turbine Skeleton collection. For the very first time, the Maison combines a skeleton movement with a turbine, thereby completely reinventing its iconic model: the details and dimensions are redesigned and the materials are evolving, as Perrelet takes on a new challenge thanks to a unique horological concept. The very nature of a skeleton timepiece lies in playing with transparency effects. That is precisely what Perrelet achieves by entirely skeletonizing its finely crafted in-house movement, Caliber P-381, featuring cut-out effects revealing its inner workings. The Perrel ......read more

Winning projects to be presented with awards on final day

An innovative new competition being presented by Paperworld Middle East will highlight the importance of recycling in schools and promote the use of sustainable stationery materials. The competition will involve over 169 schools across the UAE, where Dubai’s schools will be invited by the KHDA to submit their best recycling projects following internal school competitions. Schoolchildren will be asked to design and create usable items from used paper and stationery items, thus highlighting the immense potential of recycling in everyday situations. The winning exhibits from each school will be presented at a dedicated stand at Paperworld Middle East 2015. Trade visitors and guests at the exhibition will be asked to select what they feel are the best projects and the winners will ......read more

Student's competition to highlight importance of recycling at Paperworld ME 2015

An innovative new competition being presented by Paperworld Middle East will highlight the importance of recycling in schools and promote the use of sustainable stationery materials. The competition will involve over 169 schools across the UAE, where Dubai’s schools will be invited by the KHDA to submit their best recycling projects following internal school competitions. Schoolchildren will be asked to design and create usable items from used paper and stationery items, thus highlighting the immense potential of recycling in everyday situations. The winning exhibits from each school will be presented at a dedicated stand at Paperworld Middle East 2015. Trade visitors and guests at the exhibition will be asked to select what they feel are the best projects and the winners will ......read more

Classically elegant Contograph from Eberhard & Co. reflects the glories of the classical timepiece

While the age of mechanial timepieces seems to be past, however masterful they may have been as highly precise and technical creations, there is more behind the relaunch of a pre-quartz watch than the manufacture looking for a stop gap launch. Mechanical timepieces herald the spirit of the glorious 1960's, when the art of mechanical watchmaking had reached its peak. The craft had reached the peak of its development and represented the cutting edge of timekeeping technology. By the end of the decade electronics had rendered it functionally obsolete. You could say that the timepieces of the sixties were the last truly authentic mechanical watches. It was also a decade of stylistic and social revolution that shaped our world today. It built the most beautiful aircraft, the Concorde, ......read more

Dunkin' Donuts serves up heart-shaped surprise this Valentine's Day Season

Quick serve leader launches special donut in line with the spirit of season Set your hearts on special treats at Dunkin' Donuts this year. The coffee and baked goods chain are marking this special day of love by bringing back their much-loved heart-shaped donut. This Valentine’s Day season Dunkin’ Donuts outlets across the UAE will be serving up a fun, affordable and easy way to show your love and keep running with a sweet treat. This year, Dunkin’ Donuts is offering guests heart-shaped donuts, and bringing back the fan-favorite donut.   The donut is a heart-shaped donut topped with chocolate icing and white sprinkles and is packed with Dunkin' Donuts lip-smacking Nutella filling and will be available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts outlets across ......read more

More than 200 leading global players sign up for regional beauty industry's largest trade and networking event

Even as the Middle East market for beauty products continues to grow at an appreciable rate, there is also growing demand for quality packaging materials and machinery from manufacturers and suppliers of beauty and personal care products into the region. The fact that Machinery, Packaging and Raw Materials is among the fastest growing categories at Beautyworld Middle East 2015, underlines the latent potential that exists in this market segment. According to organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the Machinery, Packaging and Raw Materials segmented has grown 57% over the past four years and continues to grow at a rapid pace. It’s projected more than 200 exhibitors will showcase their latest range of products at the upcoming 20th Beautyworld Middle East. Market research by Euromo ......read more

Machinery, Packaging and Raw Materials among the fastest-growing segments at Beautyworld Middle East 2015

More than 200 leading global players sign up for regional beauty industry's largest trade and networking event Even as the Middle East market for beauty products continues to grow at an appreciable rate, there is also growing demand for quality packaging materials and machinery from manufacturers and suppliers of beauty and personal care products into the region. The fact that Machinery, Packaging and Raw Materials is among the fastest growing categories at Beautyworld Middle East 2015, underlines the latent potential that exists in this market segment. According to organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the Machinery, Packaging and Raw Materials segmented has grown 57% over the past four years and continues to grow at a rapid pace. It’s projected more than 200 exhibitors w ......read more

Roger Dubuis Celebrates Art Basel Miami

Roger Dubuis CEO Jean-Marc Pontroué and legendary supermodel Stephanie Seymour recently hosted guests at a private dinner at the brand new Thompson Miami Beach hotel, in partnership with Dom Pérignon and Haute Living. One hundred notable guests convened at the newly opened property to view the Velvet Haute Couture limited edition collection and to toast Ms. Seymour as the Velvet collection’s new muse. The stylish affair featured an intimate crowd of fashionable A-listers such as Russell Simmons, Jonathan Cheban, Geoff Stults and Klaus Biesenbach of MoMA. The 1930’s House and Garden on the Thompson Miami Beach property proved to be the perfect backdrop to the luxurious event, an impactful and stunning setting designed to evoke the spirit of the Roger Dubuis Diva ......read more

Full speed ahead for Automechanika Dubai 2015 as region's mobility needs fuel demand for auto parts and services

Dubai, UAE: Car sales in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are set to reach 3.37 million units in 2020 new research has revealed, as rapid urbanisation, increased industrialisation, and growing middle class populations drive demand for easier mobility across the region. According to global analysts Frost & Sullivan, 2.35 million light vehicles were sold in the MENA re-gion in 2013, with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) the major contributor to new vehicle sales. The GCC also commands a 57.8 per cent share of vehicles already in-use in the MENA region says Frost & Sullivan, while the total number of vehicles in-use is expected to reach 33.9 million in 2020, up from the current 21 million. Meanwhile, the steady 4.6 annual growth rate of new car sales over the next si ......read more

Middle East and North Africa car sales set to reach 3.37 million in 2020 bringing total number of cars-in-use to 33.9 mi ...

Dubai, UAE: Car sales in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are set to reach 3.37 million units in 2020 new research has revealed, as rapid urbanisation, increased industrialisation, and growing middle class populations drive demand for easier mobility across the region. According to global analysts Frost & Sullivan, 2.35 million light vehicles were sold in the MENA region in 2013, with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) the major contributor to new vehicle sales. The GCC also commands a 57.8 per cent share of vehicles already in-use in the MENA region says Frost & Sullivan, while the total number of vehicles in-use is expected to reach 33.9 million in 2020, up from the current 21 million. Meanwhile, the steady 4.6 annual growth rate of new car sales over the next six ......read more

SPEED-FIT set to launch world's largest EMS training facility in Business Bay.

State-of-the-art facility spread over 4,200 sq. ft. developed at a cost of AED 33 million Dubai, January 24, 2015 - SPEED-FIT, leading lifestyle and fitness leader specializing in innovative electromyostimulation (EMS) therapy is set to open the world's largest EMS workout facility at the One by Omniyat in Dubai's Business Bay district.  The state-of-the-art club spreading across 4,200 sq ft, has been developed at a cost of AED 33 million and will provide customers with high-end workout and relaxation facilities complete with dedicated men's and women's areas.  Fully-equipped with locker rooms, showers, numerous flat screen televisions, separate training areas for men and women, a specialized cellulite treatment room, the club will be open for use at ......read more

CITIZEN introduces unique models with Eco-Drive Technology

24 January 2015: Citizen introduces unique models with Eco-Drive technology. Unperturbed by passing trends, the fine collection is a modern fashion statement for youthful, authentic-seeking individuals who seek a watch that may transcend their generation. Eco-Drive is a revolutionary technology that powers watches using any natural or artificial light, relieving the necessity of replacing batteries. Although the usage of solar power generation is common among automobile, housing and other industries today, Citizen had the foresight to start development of a light-driven watch more than 40 years ago, and launched the world's first light-powered analogue quartz watch in 1976. Citizen's inquisitive mind and determination toward the success of Eco- Drive technology have brough ......read more

Strong German presence spearheads surge in European exhibitors at Paperworld Middle East 2015

UAE’s fast-growing education, SME sectors ramp up demand for paper products, stationery, and office supplies German companies are spearheading a European surge at Paperworld Middle East 2015, as the UAE’s fast-growing education and SME (Small Medium Enterprise) sectors fuel increased demand for paper products, stationery, and office supplies. According to the latest figures from the UAE National Bureau of Statistics, UAE-registered school students grew 11 per cent in 2013, reaching 905,132 pupils, while the number of university students was 118,560 – eight per cent more than the previous year. That combined with the UAE’s estimated 300,000 SMEs according to the Ministry of Economy, means demand for stationery and office supplies is expected to show healthy ......read more

Grand Gifts Exuding the Inimitable ‘Swiss Style' for a Special Woman

Eberhard & Co., famed maker of fine watches with the inimitable ‘Swiss Style’ presents an unforgettable range of masterful creations and stunning timepieces made especially for the special woman in your life. Gilda, the timepiece that exudes feminine charm and provides the complete expression of the watchmaker’s refined and elegant world is presented in a new floral version. Gilda Floral has soft, harmonious lines enveloping a white mother of pearl dial with a delicate floral motif, finished with beautiful sapphires. In this new version the bezel, covered with 66 enchanting blue sapphires, frames the dial with a total of 112 precious stones and an elliptical case in white gold. The result is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and style. Gilda Édition Sp&e ......read more

Perrelet Unveils UAE Exclusive Edition Turbine XL

Luxury Swiss watch manufacturer Perrelet, have launched recently an exclusive UAE Limited Edition Turbine XL, created especially for watch lovers in the country. Admirably reflecting both the horological expertise and the artistic skills cultivated by Perrelet, the Turbine XL is driven by the self-winding P-331 movement entirely developed and produced in-house at the brand’s production sites and can be admired through a transparent sapphire case back. The UAE limited edition Turbine XL from Perrelet is targeted towards collectors and intended for active, passionately enthusiastic personalities who are drawn to a lively, spirited aesthetic based on firm and vigorous lines. Only 43 pieces of the watch are available exclusively through Al-Sayegh Jewellery in Abu Dhabi. The wa ......read more

Saint Honore looks to double number of Middle East POS over the next five years.

Brand celebrates 130 years in style with grand anniversary gala Dubai, January 20,2015 - Celebrating 130 years of global success of their famed 'Paris Style', SAINT HONORE, renowned creators of trend-setting timepieces, glittering accessories and elegant writing instruments, are looking towards strengthening their presence across the Middle East with a targeted expansion plan that will see the brand double the number of POS in the region from 80 to 150 over the next five years. Underlining the role and importance of the Middle East luxury market to the brand at an anniversary gala in Dubai's Sofitel Hotel Downtown attended by VIP guests, elite customers, distributors and friends of the brand, Olivier Birault, CEO of SAINT HONORE stated that the Middle East accounted ......read more

New Porsche Cayenne launched in Abu Dhabi

“Cayenne is a True sports car among SUVs” – Ahmed Al Dhaheri Abu Dhabi, January 20, 2015: The new Porsche Cayenne combining more power and torque with lower fuel consumption, improved styling and body, sharper design and clear lines was launched in Abu Dhabi recently by Porsche Centre Abu Dhabi, Ali & Sons Co LLC at a special event at the Emirates Palace Hotel attended by more than 500 VIP customers. The event also showcased the latest model line-up including the Boxster and Cayman GTS, Macan and 911 Targa which were among the key highlights of the event. Commenting on the new launches, Ahmed bin Ali Al Dhaheri, Chairman of Porsche Centre Abu Dhabi, Ali & Sons Co LLC remarked: “The story of Porsche as a brand in the region is a genuine success story ......read more

New G-Shock, Baby-G, Sheen and Edifice models offers something for everyone

Casio Middle East is serving up a bouquet full of special offerings in time for Valentine's Day, with a raft of various new models slated to suit all tastes and preferences. All the more reason, to get that special someone, a gift to remember. Middle East followers of the brand will be pleased to learn that Casio is rolling out an entire new series of watches across its outlets in the GCC. These include offerings in the G-Shock, Baby-G, Sheen and Edifice ranges for both men and women as the brand pulls out the stops in order to provide regional buyers with a comprehensive range of choices. “It has always been our endeavour to be able to give our customers exactly what they need," said Tsuneo Nagai, Managing Director, Casio Middle East. "We are glad to be able to p ......read more

Casio presents comprehensive range of Valentine's Day specials

Casio Middle East is serving up a bouquet full of special offerings in time for Valentine's Day, with a raft of various new models slated to suit all tastes and preferences. All the more reason, to get that special someone, a gift to remember. Middle East followers of the brand will be pleased to learn that Casio is rolling out an entire new series of watches across its outlets in the GCC. These include offerings in the G-Shock, Baby-G, Sheen and Edifice ranges for both men and women as the brand pulls out the stops in order to provide regional buyers with a comprehensive range of choices. “It has always been our endeavour to be able to give our customers exactly what they need," said Tsuneo Nagai, Managing Director, Casio Middle East. "We are glad to be able to p ......read more

World's largest security, safety, and fire protection trade show gets underway, featuring 1,237 exhibitors from 54 count ...

The focus of the global security and safety industry is firmly on Dubai this week as the 17th edition of Intersec, the world’s largest trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection got underway today (Sunday 18th January). Taking place over three days at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Intersec 2015 was opened by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Larger and more representative than ever before, the three-day event features 1,237 exhibitors from 54 countries, showcasing more than 2,000 brands across 48,000sqm of exhibition space – a 10 per cent increase over the previous edition. With 300 debut exhibitors and the world’s top ten commercial security companies taking part, Intersec 2015 will be the globa ......read more

His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum opens Intersec 2015

The focus of the global security and safety industry is firmly on Dubai this week as the 17th edition of Intersec, the world’s largest trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection got underway today (Sunday 18th January). Taking place over three days at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Intersec 2015 was opened by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Larger and more representative than ever before, the three-day event features 1,237 exhibitors from 54 countries, showcasing more than 2,000 brands across 48,000sqm of exhibition space – a 10 per cent increase over the previous edition. With 300 debut exhibitors and the world’s top ten commercial security companies taking part, Intersec 2015 will be the globa ......read more

Region to grow at double the global rate as demand is driven by surge in infrastructure development and business activit ...

The Middle East physical security market is expected to value US$10.9 billion by 2020, from its 2014 level of US$3 billion, growing at a phenomenal 23.7 per cent, double the global average rate. By 2020 the Middle East will represent 10 per cent of the global security market. These figures from global analysts Frost & Sullivan, were announced today at a press conference for the 17th edition of Intersec, which takes place next week from 18-20 January 2015 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The press conference was attended by Ahmed Pauwels, CEO, of Intersec’s organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East; and representatives of the show’s supporting partners, including Lt. Col. Jamal Ahmed Ibrahim, Director of Preventive Safety Department, Dubai Civil ......read more

Middle East physical security market to be worth US$ 10.9 billion by 2020

The Middle East physical security market is expected to value US$10.9 billion by 2020, from its 2014 level of US$3 billion, growing at a phenomenal 23.7 per cent, double the global average rate. By 2020 the Middle East will represent 10 per cent of the global security market. These figures from global analysts Frost & Sullivan, were announced today at a press conference for the 17th edition of Intersec, which takes place next week from 18-20 January 2015 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The press conference was attended by Ahmed Pauwels, CEO, of Intersec’s organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East; and representatives of the show’s supporting partners, including Lt. Col. Jamal Ahmed Ibrahim, Director of Preventive Safety Department, Dubai Civil ......read more

Emirate's governing body to spotlight new sustainability initiative at Light Middle East Conference 2014

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) has announced a new sustainability initiative aimed at reducing the Emirate’s energy consumption for outdoor lighting by up to 50 per cent by 2030. The Dubai Outdoor Lighting Programme, part of the governing body’s Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 and its Demand Side Management segment, will see the RTA retrofit up to 75 per cent of the Dubai’s existing street lights with LEDs, while at the same time implement a switch-off policy across the Emirate's residential streets. Faisal Rashid, Director of Demand Side Management at the DSCE, said projects are already underway across Dubai, adding that the programme eventually envisions a saving of up to 300 Gigawatt hours (Gwh) of energy consumption by 2030. “The D ......read more

Dubai Supreme Council of Energy announces new Outdoor Lighting Programme, aims to halve energy consumption by 2030

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) has announced a new sustainability initiative aimed at reducing the Emirate’s energy consumption for outdoor lighting by up to 50 per cent by 2030. The Dubai Outdoor Lighting Programme, part of the governing body’s Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 and its Demand Side Management segment, will see the RTA retrofit up to 75 per cent of the Dubai’s existing street lights with LEDs, while at the same time implement a switch-off policy across the Emirate's residential streets. Faisal Rashid, Director of Demand Side Management at the DSCE, said projects are already underway across Dubai, adding that the programme eventually envisions a saving of up to 300 Gigawatt hours (Gwh) of energy consumption by 2030. “The D ......read more

CITIZEN introduces unique models with Eco-Drive Technology.

Citizen introduces unique models with Eco-Drive technology. Unperturbed by passing trends, the fine collection is a modern fashion statement for youthful, authentic-seeking individuals who seek a watch that may transcend their generation. Eco-Drive is a revolutionary technology that powers watches using any natural or artificial light, relieving the necessity of replacing batteries. Although the usage of solar power generation is common among automobile, housing and other industries today, Citizen had the foresight to start development of a light-driven watch more than 40 years ago, and launched the world's first light-powered analogue quartz watch in 1976. Citizen's inquisitive mind and determination toward the success of Eco- Drive technology have brought about numerous ......read more

Saint Honore looks to double number of Middle East pos over the next five years

Celebrating 130 years of global success of their famed 'Paris Style', SAINT HONORE, renowned creators of trend-setting timepieces, glittering accessories and elegant writing instruments, are looking towards strengthening their presence across the Middle East with a targeted expansion plan that will see the brand double the number of POS in the region from 80 to 150 over the next five years.   Underlining the role and importance of the Middle East luxury market to the brand at an anniversary gala in Dubai's Sofitel Hotel Downtown attended by VIP guests, elite customers, distributors and friends of the brand, Olivier Birault, CEO of SAINT HONORE stated that the Middle East accounted for as much as  35 per cent of the manufacture's total international sales. ......read more

Intersec supported GCC-wide programme designed to heighten awareness of importance of safety design

The increasing need for a sharper focus on safety standards in building design and the booming construction industry in the GCC as a whole was in focus at the Safety Design in Buildings Conference sponsored by Intersec, which was held at the Intercontinental Muscat recently. Turning the focus on vital topics affecting the construction industry in the region the speakers at the conference series discussed: building design, evacuation, fire safety, building codes and the current standards of safety in the regional built-up environment. Organised by Sesam Business Consultants, the conference was sponsored by Intersec - the world’s leading trade fair for security, safety and fire protection. The conference forms part of a GCC-wide initiative to debate and highlight the current stan ......read more

Dubai-based exhibition organiser's six events welcome nearly 100,000 trade buyers, 5,103 ex-hibitors for the year

Dubai-based exhibition and conference organiser Epoc Messe Frankfurt recorded double-digit growth across its event portfolio in 2014, as overseas markets made major contributions to parent company Messe Frankfurt’s record €550 million in global sales for the year. Sales revenue in 2014 for the UAE’s third largest trade fair organiser grew by 22 per cent year-on-year, while exhibitor numbers across its six events in 2014 was 5,103 – 19 per cent up on the previous year. Visitor numbers to Epoc Messe Frankfurt’s Dubai shows also grew significantly; Intersec, Paperworld Middle East, Beautyworld Middle East, Automechanika Dubai, Hardware+Tools Middle East, and Light Middle East, attracted a combined 98,075 visitors from over 130 countries in 2014, 15 per cent ......read more

Epoc Messe Frankfurt records 22 per cent year-on-year sales revenue growth in 2014

Dubai-based exhibition and conference organiser Epoc Messe Frankfurt recorded double-digit growth across its event portfolio in 2014, as overseas markets made major contributions to parent company Messe Frankfurt’s record €550 million in global sales for the year. Sales revenue in 2014 for the UAE’s third largest trade fair organiser grew by 22 per cent year-on-year, while exhibitor numbers across its six events in 2014 was 5,103 – 19 per cent up on the previous year. Visitor numbers to Epoc Messe Frankfurt’s Dubai shows also grew significantly; Intersec, Paperworld Middle East, Beautyworld Middle East, Automechanika Dubai, Hardware+Tools Middle East, and Light Middle East, attracted a combined 98,075 visitors from over 130 countries in 2014, 15 per cent ......read more

CITIZEN introduces unique models with Eco-Drive Technology

Citizen introduces unique models with Eco-Drive technology. Unperturbed by passing trends, the fine collection is a modern fashion statement for youthful, authentic-seeking individuals who seek a watch that may transcend their generation. Eco-Drive is a revolutionary technology that powers watches using any natural or artificial light, relieving the necessity of replacing batteries. Although the usage of solar power generation is common among automobile, housing and other industries today, Citizen had the foresight to start development of a light-driven watch more than 40 years ago, and launched the world's first light-powered analogue quartz watch in 1976. Citizen's inquisitive mind and determination toward the success of Eco- Drive technology have brought about numerous ......read more

Dunkin' Donuts sells 1.8 Billion cups of coffee annually*

Quick serve leader today serves 5 million customers daily across 11,000 outlets in 55 countries   Serving up nearly 1.8 billion cups of fresh and iced coffee and 2.1 billion beverages every year, through its outlets located across the globe, Dunkin' Donuts has grown into one of the world's favourite quick serve master franchises. Starting off as a single outlet operation in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts today dishes up a wide range of fresh baked goods and beverages across 11,000 outlets in 55 countries. Much of the brand's acknowledged success has come from its dedication to freshness and quality across all its outlets. Today the chain sells over 30 cups of coffee a second and serves more than 5 million customers worldwide, a testimony to its s ......read more

Ali & Sons - Audi to open new AED 100 million Audi Workshop in Mussafah in 2015

Continuing their strategic expansion plans across Abu Dhabi, Ali & Sons Audi are set to begin the construction of their new Audi Workshop and Service Centre in Mussafah, early next year. This follows approval of the project by the Abu Dhabi Municipality. Being developed at a cost of AED 100 million, the exclusive Audi workshop will allow customers across the capital easier access to top class vehicle service facilities as part of Ali & Sons' commitment to the highest standards of service and an enhanced customer experience. In addition to the workshop, the new facility will also house the largest Audi-approved used car showroom in the Middle East, with as many as 60 pre-owned cars on display. The sprawling complex will be equipped with the latest diagnostic testing facili ......read more

Italian Minister of Tourism and Trade to visit the UAE

His Excellency Marino Finozzi, Italian Minister of Tourism and Trade for the Veneto Region will be visiting the UAE on a three day visit commencing 7th December to promote bilateral tourism and trade. During his visit, HE Finozzi will be meeting with senior public sector officials from the UAE’s tourism industry as well as addressing a press conference at the Raffles Hotel in Dubai on 8th December. HE Finozzi will also be meeting leading outbound tour operators from the emirates to emphasize Veneto region’s attractions as a tourist destination. “Venice is a popular tourism destination and an important gateway in northern Italy for commerce. I am certain that many Arab travellers will want to explore the Veneto via Dubai,” HE Finozzi remarked. Unque ......read more

Make Time: Bloomingdale's-Dubai and G-Shock introduce a limited edition watch to mark UAE National Day

Dubai, December 4, 2014 - This December, make time to visit Bloomingdale’s-Dubai and G-SHOCK’s first ever pop-up shop in the Middle East created specially for the launch of their limited edition G-SHOCK watch for UAE National Day.  “We are delighted to be able to partner with Bloomingdale's-Dubai to launch this very special limited edition Casio G-SHOCK, in honor of the 43rd UAE National Day,” says Mr. Tsuneo Nagai, Managing Director of Casio Middle East. “The people of the UAE have played a significant role in the growth and development of the Casio brand as a well-recognized name across the Middle East region over the last four decades. Hence it gives us great pleasure to join the residents of this great nation as they celebrate 43 glorious years ......read more

CITIZEN Races Against Time in First Ever Global Brand Campaign: CHASING HORIZONS

Citizen Watch Co., Ltd embarks on a race against time in CHASING HORIZONS, the 84year-old watchmaker’s first-ever global campaign. Citizen announced its 2014 flagship model Eco-Drive SATELLITE WAVE F100 with the latest satellite-synchronized technology at Baselworld 2014. No matter where you are on earth, it adjusts to the current time zone and receives time signal from a navigation satellites in just three seconds *. Demonstrating the watch’s unique ability Citizen undertook an ambitious experiment to “race against time”, to chase the horizon, an endeavor to live in the same hour for as long as humanly possible. Created jointly by Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo and Amsterdam, Citizen’s first global campaign challenged photographer Simon Roberts and ex-NATO pilot ......read more

Gulf region's US$3.9 billion leather trade creates new industry platform in Dubai

Leatherworld Middle East brings new opportunities for manufacturers, suppliers as UAE leather imports and exports value US$2 billion in 2013 Dubai, UAE: The Gulf region’s love of luxury goods and its thriving leather trade will be underlined by a new event in Dubai, paving the way for leather manufacturers, suppliers, and buyers to capitalise on growing opportunities in one of the world’s most business-friendly environments. The launch of the three-day Leatherworld Middle East exhibition, announced today, comes as the billion dollar trade of leather goods and accessories in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) reflects a new landscape of rising opportunity in the global leather industry. According to Euromonitor International, the value of leather imports and exports acr ......read more

Future Zone to shine spotlight on world-leading technologies and concepts shaping the future of regional lighting indust ...

The UAE’s move to ban the sale of inefficient light bulbs by the end of 2014 has led to a big increase of global manufacturers lining up to showcase their most innovative lighting solutions at the Middle East’s top exhibition for lighting design and technology. Over 25 companies from Europe, Asia, North America and the Middle East will showcase eco-friendly lighting systems at Light Middle East’s Future Zone – more than twice as many as compared to the zone’s successful debut in 2013. The Future Zone is a dedicated feature that spotlights the world’s leading trends, technologies and concepts shaping the future of the lighting industry. Light Middle East takes place from 3-5 November at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. In ......read more

New device to provide range of benefits for educators and students

Casio Middle East FZE, announces the GCC launch of their innovative LampFree® Ultra Short Throw projector – the XJ-UT310WN. The world’s brightest available LampFree projector with an ultra-short throw range, the XJ-UT310WN offers a wide range of benefits and flexibility for educators and students across the region. The new projector offers WXGA resolution and required connectivity plus a suite of application tools which easily integrate the advantages of today’s mobile technology into the classroom. Ideal for classroom use, the projector uses a mirror system which allows up to a 5.11-inch throw distance for a 60-inch image and eliminates background reflections and distractions caused by light from the projector’s lamp shining in the viewer’s eyes. This ......read more

Leading International Coffee and baked goods chain operates 74 outlets across the UAE

In just over a decade since opening doors for the first time in the UAE, Dunkin’ Donuts has rapidly risen to become the firm first choice for lovers of quality baked goods and coffee across the country. Well connected with the multi-cultural client base that makes up the UAE, the brand maintains an active presence on social media, with their Facebook page reflecting their popularity in the region with 11 million plus likes. From their small beginnings, today there are 74 Dunkin’ Donuts outlets spanning the length and breadth of the country, another testament to their increasing popularity. The wide range of baked goods and beverages available at Dunkin’ Donuts outlets across the country has proved extremely popular and are well suited to the varied needs of the cliente ......read more

Casio launches world's brightest LampFree Ultra Short Throw projector

Casio Middle East FZE, announces the GCC launch of their innovative LampFree® Ultra Short Throw projector – the XJ-UT310WN. The world’s brightest available LampFree projector with an ultra-short throw range, the XJ-UT310WN offers a wide range of benefits and flexibility for educators and students across the region. The new projector offers WXGA resolution and required connectivity plus a suite of application tools which easily integrate the advantages of today’s mobile technology into the classroom. Ideal for classroom use, the projector uses a mirror system which allows up to a 5.11-inch throw distance for a 60-inch image and eliminates background reflections and distractions caused by light from the projector’s lamp shining in the viewer’s eyes. Thi ......read more

Over 11 Million Facebook Likes Underline Widespread Acclaim for Dunkin' Donuts Across Region

In just over a decade since opening doors for the first time in the UAE, Dunkin’ Donuts has rapidly risen to become the firm first choice for lovers of quality baked goods and coffee across the country. Well connected with the multi-cultural client base that makes up the UAE, the brand maintains an active presence on social media, with their Facebook page reflecting their popularity in the region with 11 million plus likes. From their small beginnings, today there are 74 Dunkin’ Donuts outlets spanning the length and breadth of the country, another testament to their increasing popularity. The wide range of baked goods and beverages available at Dunkin’ Donuts outlets across the country has proved extremely popular and are well suited to the varied needs of the clien ......read more

CITIZEN and USTA to extend comprehensive long-term partnership with the US open

Citizen announces that it has come to an agreement with The United States Tennis Association (USTA) to extend its long-standing partnership.  The new deal, set to commence in 2015, will provide Citizen with expanded brand visibility throughout the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (NTC) grounds and an enhanced presence on US Open digital platforms, while continuing their position as the Exclusive Timekeeper for the tournament.  Citizen will also become the Official Timekeeper of the Emirates Airline US Open Series and will have a presence at all U.S.-based Series’ tournaments. In addition to Citizen’s presence within the US Open and Emirates Airline US Open Series, the brand will be integrated into the USTA’s future “Home of American Tennis&r ......read more

Opéra “Piano Edition”- Sheer Beauty From SAINT HONORE

~~The Opéra "Piano Edition", one of SAINT HONORE’s best sellers, gets a whole new look. The Opéra “Piano Edition” is a unique concept launched in 2012 by SAINT HONORE to celebrate femininity: an exceptional box set containing an Opéra watch with a distinctive dial, accompanied by seven straps that can be changed at will. This special series takes its name - "Piano Edition" – from the world of music and the seven musical notes. And like the rest of the Opéra range, its artfully bevelled dial evokes... an opera stage.   Available in two sizes, 33 and 37 mm, the perfectly round case marries softness and femininity, and is enhanced by the finely worked white mother-of-pearl dial set with six diamonds that dazzle ......read more

Roger Dubuis at Watches & Wonders 2014: A fresh chance to shine on a glittering Asian stage

Manufacture Roger Dubuis is delighted and proud to be taking part in the second edition of Asia’s finest Haute Horlogerie Exhibition to be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from September 30th to October 2nd 2014. Last year was a real success and the Maison is confident that this year will prove even more appealing to visitors, with the presentation of an innovative Hommage concept entirely adapted to the configuration of the new Roger Dubuis booth, along with a sparkling array of glamorous Velvet – Haute Joaillerie creations. Clearly looking forward to Watches&Wonders 2014, CEO Jean-Marc Pontroué enthused: “We have many natural afinities with Asia and our clients in the region are extremely discerning and demanding when it comes to the ......read more

Casio announces launch of new ocean concept G-SHOCK that can predict weather changes

Casio Middle East announced the Middle East launch of their new shock-resistant G-SHOCK watch. Equipped with Triple Sensors for measuring direction, atmospheric pressure/altitude, and temperature, the Gulfmaster GWN-1000 is an ocean concept model inspired by the image of a strong man against rough seas. The new G-SHOCK Gulfmaster boasts features useful for ocean activities - an atmospheric pressure sensor that can help predict changes in the weather, compass bearing to check the direction to a destination, and a tide graph that indicates the tide level. Along with digital display of current atmospheric pressure values, the second hand also indicates the change in pressure compared to the previously measured value. The hand points to a number engraved on the bezel, while the angle of ......read more

CITIZEN to launch its first global brand statement: BETTER STARTS NOW

In 1930 we named our company CITIZEN, a dedication to the new generation of Japan. A generation that wanted to change things for the better. A generation that believed that now was the time to do it.  A lot of time has passed since then but we still see the world as a work in progress, a place to be improved, and that every ‘now’ can set us on the path to something special. With this in mind, and after eighty four years of believing in the power of unending improvement, we proudly announce our first global brand statement: BETTER STARTS NOW Created in collaboration with Wieden+Kennedy, Better Starts Now is the simple belief that, no matter who you are and what you do, it is always possible to make something better – and now is the time to start doing it. We ......read more

Casio Middle East launches Edifice timepieces in the GCC

Casio Middle East FZE announced the debut of two new EDIFICE timepieces, the ERA300B-1AV and ERA300DB-1A2V in stores across the GCC. The EDIFICE duo adds the indispensable combination of bold fashion and functionality into any man's daily life. Engineered with Twin Sensor technology, an auto neon illuminator, and 100-meter water resistance, Casio's ERA300B-1AV and ERA300DB-1A2V provide consumers with both function and fashion. “Casio has delivered stylish yet highly functional timepieces that consumers can take from the office to the outdoors for decades," said Tsuneo Nagai, Managing Director of Casio Middle East. "The latest additions to the EDIFICE collection possess a number of advanced technological features, while still incorporating a sense of style fit for ......read more

Perrelet Turbine Yacht & Diver: Spirit of glamour

Perrelet celebrates the beauty of the sea and the desire for discovery with two timepieces featuring high technical performance and unique design: Turbine Yacht and Turbine Diver. Perrelet presents the Turbine Yacht collection, a new watch line that will prove an excellent seagoing companion, combining Perrelet’s famous Turbine with a function stemming from the maritime world: the windrose. The Turbine Yacht, an evolved version of the Turbine Diver model, combines within a single watch the aesthetic and ornamental design codes of the most prestigious ships. The 47 mm-diameter steel case of the Turbine Yacht, water-resistant to 300 meters, comes in several colors thanks to a black or bronze-toned PVD coating. The dial is enlivened by a titanium turbine featuring 11 blades remini ......read more

Eberhard & Co. Presents A Special Limited Series Dedicated To The Ambrì Piotta Hockey Club

Eberhard & Co., the historical brand of Swiss watch making, after having renewed sponsorship of the Ambrì Piotta Hockey Club for the 2014/2015 season, one of the most loved Swiss hockey teams, presents a special limited series of its Traversetolo "time-only" model dedicated to the Club: 77 specimens, as many as the HCAP years – founded in 1937 - ready to “personalise" the wrists of sportspeople and supporters. Refined and with an essential look, Traversetolo has a case of large proportions (ø 43 mm) coupled with a mechanical hand-wound movement inspired by a mechanism of the ‘50s and perfected over time. The white dial with black Arabic numerals, luminous points and a small seconds counter at the 6 o’clock position, is personalise ......read more

CITIZEN Eco-Drive Aqualand – a superior diver's watch

CITIZEN announced the launch of the new Eco-Drive*1 AQUALAND models the Middle East, the latest in the renowned PROMASTER MARINE line of dive watches. CITIZEN’s world-renowned PROMASTER brand has long enjoyed the highest regard among dive professionals around the world for its supreme durability and superior functionality. These new PROMASETER diver’s watches offer unmatched toughness and visibility as well as an electronic depth meter that can gauge water depths up to 70 metres. CITIZEN launched AQUALAND (later renamed “PROMASTER AQUALAND”), the world’s first dive watch to incorporate an electronic depth meter in 1985. For more than 30 years, CITIZEN has continued to build on this achievement, developing various dive watches that incorporate sensor technol ......read more

Worldcode GMT Taking On The Challenge Of Time

WORLDCODE is the sporty chic watch in the SAINT HONORE collection. Following the success of its Diving and Chronograph Ceramic versions, the WORLDCODE now comes in a GMT model. GMT, which stands for Greenwich Mean Time, is a complication that is particularly valued by travellers as it allows them to read off the time in more than one time zone: three in the case of the WORLDCODE GMT, including two simultaneously. While the traditional hands (hours and minutes) give the main time, the addition of an extra hours hand means the time can be read simultaneously in a second time zone on a 24-hour scale engraved on the bezel. Thanks to this bezel and its rotating feature, it is also possible to read the time in a third time zone. This new WORLDCODE GMT has been slightly modified compa ......read more

UAE, Saudi Arabia Shine Bright In Resurgent US$ 2.5 Billion GCC Lighting Market

The UAE and Saudi Arabia are at the forefront of a resurgent GCC lighting sector, with both countries accounting for 70 per cent of the US$2.5 billion regional market value in 2013, according to global consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan. Fuelled by increased demand from the fully revived construction sector, the Gulf lighting fixtures market is expected to grow between 8-10 per cent annually between 2014-2018, creating major opportunities for global manufacturers and designers to capitalise on renewed investment across the region. More than 250 top players will look to tap into the lucrative market at Light Middle East 2014, the region’s premier trade event for lighting design and technology, taking place from 3-5 November at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition ......read more

Casio Middle East Opens 125th POS In The UAE

Casio Middle East FZE, announced the opening of their 125th POS and their third G-Factory store at Dubai’s Ibn Battuta Mall recently. The inauguration of the new store is a part of Casio’s strategic retail expansion plan for the region which currently includes scheduled openings of 25 more points of sale by the end of 2014. The G-Factory store at Ibn Battuta Mall will showcase a wide variety of the brand’s innovative watches, including the G-SHOCK and Baby G lines, for the benefit of patrons in the UAE. The outlet will focus the spotlight on some of the most sought after and fashionable Casio timepieces, which are renowned for their use of cutting-edge technology, innovative inventiveness and a sense of style. “Casio Middle East is extremely pleased to be able ......read more

Perrelet Turbine Yacht & Diver

Perrelet celebrates the beauty of the sea and the desire for discovery with two timepieces featuring high technical performance and unique design: Turbine Yacht and Turbine Diver. Perrelet presents the Turbine Yacht collection, a new watch line that will prove an excellent seagoing companion, combining Perrelet’s famous Turbine with a function stemming from the maritime world: the windrose. The Turbine Yacht, an evolved version of the Turbine Diver model, combines within a single watch the aesthetic and ornamental design codes of the most prestigious ships. The 47 mm-diameter steel case of the Turbine Yacht, water-resistant to 300 meters, comes in several colors thanks to a black or bronze-toned PVD coating. The dial is enlivened by a titanium turbine featuring 11 blades remini ......read more

Casio Combines Elegant Luxury With Legendary Toughness In The New MTGS Line Of Watches

Casio Middle East FZE presents the elegant yet tough MTGS 1000D1A - the Metal Twisted G-SHOCK, a chronograph that combines both the elegant lines of a luxury timepiece with the renowned toughness of the G-SHOCK line. The MTGS line represents the ultimate refinement of Casio’s acclaimed G-SHOCK line, which will now be available across the brand’s points of sale in the GCC. The Metal Twisted G-Shock is designed to cater to the tastes of the adventure enthusiast, who desires refinement combined with the hardy ruggedness of the G-SHOCK line. The MT-G collection uses the highest standards of engineering and rigorous testing at its design centre in Japan to ensure that every piece remains true to the original G-SHOCK concept, whilst a combination of the finest materials and opulen ......read more

Celebrate Eid With Special Offerings From Roger Dubuis

In keeping with the joyous spirit of the season, Roger Dubuis would like to join their clients in the Middle East as they celebrate Eid, a season for sharing and caring, of spending family time and gifting to celebrate togetherness. To mark this special occasion, Roger Dubuis would like to present two outstanding timepieces that typify the best qualities of the brand, the Velvet Joaillerie Automatic for her and the Excalibur 42 Chronograph for him, ideal as a gift for that special person at this special time. The spirit of the Geneva-based watchmaker shines through each detail of Velvet Joaillerie Automatic, right from the blackened numerals and appliques to the trompe l’oeil part-circle, part-barrel shaped case. The attachments, set with diamonds, merge into the case and exten ......read more

Epoc Messe Frankfurt On Track For Another Record Year

Leading trade fair and conference organiser Epoc Messe Frankfurt is on course for another standout year, riding on the record-breaking double digit growth of its events over the first six months of 2014. The company’s exhibitions for the first half of the year, including Intersec, Paperworld and Playworld Middle East, Beautyworld Middle East, Automechanika Dubai and Hardware+Tools Middle East featured a combined 4,763 exhibitors – an average 18.5% growth year-on-year.  The six events also together attracted 91,709 trade visitors from across the world, an average growth of 13.5% year-on-year. With sales revenue growing at a Combined Annual Growth Rate of 17% over the last five years, the continued success of Epoc Messe Frankfurt’s shows underlines its growing st ......read more

Dunkin' Donuts Offers Delicious Coffee Coolatta Drink

Dunkin' Donuts, the world’s largest coffee and baked goods chain offers the delicious Coffee Coolatta drink - for consumers in the UAE. “Our Special Iced coffee Coolatta drink offers a delicious special alternative for coffee lovers,” said David Rodgers, Dunkin' Donuts General Manager. “The unique beverage adds to our variety of quality beverages served throughout the 74 outlets all across the UAE.” "For over a decade now, Dunkin' Donuts has been a dominant brand in the region, with exceptional brand loyalty in the UAE, however it is important for us to constantly innovate and offer special products to consumers,” remarked Mr. Rodgers. Dunkin Donuts, the world’s largest chain for high quality coffee and baked goods, is a f ......read more

Perrelet Presents Classic Double Rotor Collection

Through its fascinatingly creative 2014 models, the Classic Double Rotor collection by Perrelet provides a new interpretation of its unique charm. Its exclusive technical nature is highlighted through an original chromatic approach. Perrelet offers a collection exuding a traditional appeal, within which the brand’s inventiveness mingles with the originality and singularity of a double-rotor movement – a patented invention from the House embodying the brand’s very quintessence. The Double Rotor enables its user to admire at all times the delicate oscillating movement that recharges the movement and enhances automatic winding. Perrelet’s Classic Double Rotor collection presents two unusual timepieces of which each and every detail proclaims the brand’s exp ......read more

Casio Prayer Compass Eyes Middle East Market

Casio, makers of innovative timepieces powered by cutting-edge technology, presents the Prayer Compass range of digital-analog watches that are designed specifically to meet the needs of the Islamic traveler. Each of these sleek digital-analogue watches features a built-in Prayer Compass feature and other functions that aid Muslim travellers to meet their prayer requirements throughout the day. The watch can indicate the direction of Qibla at the touch of a button, from wherever in the world the wearer is located. The Casio Prayer Compass also allows the wearer to accurately calculate the five prayer times during the day, through its digital display and the second hand. The watch is also capable of calculating the correct prayer times for other dates and locations as required. &ld ......read more

Messe Frankfurt Begins Work On German Pavilion At Expo Milano 2015

Messe Frankfurt has begun work on the construction of the German Pavilion for the upcoming Expo Milano 2015, following a ground breaking ceremony at the Expo grounds recently. The first of the pavilions to begin work at the World Expo site, the German Pavilion is expected to be one of the largest at the global showpiece event and is being constructed by an Italian-German team from Messe Frankfurt GmbH, who have been appointed as organisers by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs. Speaking at the ground breaking Dietmar Schmitz, Commissioner General for Trade Fair Policies and EXPO Participation at the BMWi said: “It is a great pleasure for me to make the first cut of the spade on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. As of today the German Pavilion will take sh ......read more

Eberhard & Co. presents latest collections at JCK-Las Vegas

The 2014 collection of the Swiss Maison, just back from an amazingly successful presentation at the US - Las Vegas event’s visitors, It was displayed for the first time. First of all the new Contograf chronograph, a re-edition of the homonymous creation from the 1960s. Most of the original features have been maintained in the new 2014 edition but there are as well many innovative details: the new ceramic bezel with unidirectional rotation, the deployment clasp Déclic (Patented) and the new Chassis® steel bracelet. The screwed-in caseback is personalized with the inscription “Tribute to Contograf – 1960s”, expression of a journey through time interpreting the 1960s in a contemporary way. The visitors discovered the new dial versions of the iconic Chrono ......read more

DUNKIN' DONUTS unveils special Ramadan treats

Leading coffee and baked goods chain, Dunkin’ Donuts are serving up specially designed star and crescent-shaped donuts, to mark the holy month of Ramadan. These special donuts are available across all Dunkin’ Donuts outlets in the UAE. “The holy month of Ramadan is a special time for all of us here in the Middle East. With our long history of being associated with the region, we are rolling out our special donut line to mark this blessed month as well as a gesture of esteem to all our customers in the region,” said David Rodgers, General Manager, Dunkin’ Donuts Middle East. Dunkin’ Donuts, the world’s largest chain for high quality coffee and baked goods, has established itself as a favourite among the discerning clientele in the UAE with a dec ......read more

With 28,632 Trade Buyers From Around The World, Beautyworld Middle East 2014 Registers 11 % Growth In Visitor Numbers

Dubai, UAE: The recently concluded Beautyworld Middle East event has set new records in visitor numbers and exhibitor participation, further reinforcing its status as the single most important international trade show for the regional beauty industry. Over three days at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the 19th edition of Beautyworld Middle East welcomed 28,632 trade buyers from more than 120 countries, an 11 per cent increase over that of the previous edition. The increasing global appeal of the leading trade and networking event is reflected in its share of international visitors, which was 45 per cent in 2014, up from 42 per cent in 2013. Beautyworld Middle East 2014 featured a veritable smorgasbord of the latest products and innovations from 1,354 exhi ......read more

CITIZEN unveils latest Eco-Drive Aqualand range of Diver's Watches

CITIZEN is proud to unveil the new Eco-Drive*1 AQUALAND models, the latest in the renowned PROMASTER MARINE line of dive watches. CITIZEN’s world-renowned PROMASTER brand has long enjoyed the highest regard among dive professionals around the world for its supreme durability and superior functionality. These new PROMASETER diver’s watches offer unmatched toughness and visibility as well as an electronic depth meter that can gauge water depths up to 70 metres. CITIZEN launched AQUALAND (later renamed “PROMASTER AQUALAND”), the world’s first dive watch to incorporate an electronic depth meter in 1985. For more than 30 years, CITIZEN has continued to build on this achievement, developing various dive watches that incorporate sensor technologies for professiona ......read more

CORUM Appoints Japanese Subsidiary To Boost Brand Image

In a move designed to build the long-term presence of the Corum watch brand in Japan, Montres CORUM (La Chaux-de-Fonds – Switzerland,) announced the opening of its Japanese subsidiary, Based out of Tokyo’s fashionable Roppongi district, Corum Japan will be headed by Michio Watanabe - a seasoned watch industry professional in the Japanese market – and his team. With this appointment, Montres Corum has reiterated its commitment to a traditionally important market and the brand’s determination to strengthen its foothold as one of the preferred watch brands in the minds of Japanese watch loversd. With more than 20 years experience in developing the business of several high-end brands in Japan, Michio Watanabe brings with him a comprehensive view and authentic expe ......read more

Dunkin' Donuts Serves Up Special Donut Line

Leading coffee and baked goods chain, Dunkin’ Donuts are serving up specially designed star and crescent-shaped donuts, to mark the holy month of Ramadan. These special donuts will be available across all Dunkin’ Donuts outlets in the UAE. “The holy month of Ramadan is a special time for all of us here in the Middle East. With our long history of being associated with the region, we are rolling out our special donut line to mark this blessed month as well as a gesture of esteem to all our customers in the region,” said David Rodgers, General Manager, Dunkin’ Donuts Middle East. Dunkin’ Donuts, the world’s largest chain for high quality coffee and baked goods, has established itself as a favourite among the discerning clientele in the UAE with ......read more

CITIZEN wins multiple awards on debut at Milan Design Week

CITIZEN made a successful debut at the Milan Design Week recently, coming away with two awards at their first appearance at the prestigious international design festival. Participating in this international celebration of design to spread their message about the evolving future in watch design, CITIZEN won prizes in two categories at the exposition's official competition, the Milan Design Award Competition. Citizen was adjudged winner in the "Best Entertaining" and "Best Sound” categories. It was the first time in the Award’s history, that one company has won two categories simultaneously. The theme of the installation CITIZEN revealed at the venue, the Triennale di Milano, was "Light Is Time."  A magical space was created by employing aroun ......read more

Intersec Supports Gcc-Wide Programme Designed To Heighten Awareness Of Importance Of Safety Design

The importance of Safety in building design across is coming into sharp focus across the GCC, which is currently in the midst of a building boom. The Safety Design in Buildings Conference held at the Intercontinental hotel in Manama, Bahrain recently, focused on vital topics affecting the construction industry in the region including: building design, evacuation, fire safety, building codes and the current standards of safety in the regional built-up environment. Organised by Sesam Business Consultants, the conference is sponsored by Intersec - the world’s leading trade fair for security, safety and fire protection. The conference forms part of a GCC-wide initiative to debate and highlight the current standards of safety and security in buildings in the region as well as to promot ......read more

Artcode From Saint Honore –Spirit Of Glamour

This year at Baselworld, the World Watch and Jewellery Show, SAINT HONORE is proud to unveil its magnificent new men’s watch, the ARTCODE. The perfect combination of a classic spirit and a sporty allure, this piece is designed for the stylish, casual, modern man. The ARTCODE owes its particularly seductive brand of relaxed chic to its harmonious architecture and clean lines, as well as its construction that marries polished steel and brushed steel in a pink PVD finish. This is demonstrated by its sleek two-tone link bracelet that sits perfectly on the wrist, and its case topped with a bezel featuring six visible screws, which add a bold contemporary look and a touch of masculinity. Brushed on the top and polished around the side, the bezel is mounted on a 42 mm case bearing cur ......read more

Casio Middle East Announces Launch Of Arabic Website

Casio Middle East FZE, is pleased to announce the launch of their Arabic language website http://www.casio-intl.com/mea/ar/ designed specifically to enable the company to better interact with and serve their regional customer base. With striking visuals and contemporary styling, the site is fast and easy to navigate, presenting a comprehensive snapshot of Casio’s wide range of products and services at a glance. Crisp visuals, bright banners and precise content informs the customer about the latest product lines, upcoming launches, where to find Casio products as well as a channel for feedback. It also provides information about the company’s support services and corporate history. “We are excited about the launch of our new Arabic site because it underlines our comm ......read more

Worldcode Gmt Taking On The Challenge Of Time

WORLDCODE is the sporty chic watch in the SAINT HONORE collection. Following the success of its Diving and Chronograph Ceramic versions, the WORLDCODE now comes in a GMT model. GMT, which stands for Greenwich Mean Time, is a complication that is particularly valued by travellers as it allows them to read off the time in more than one time zone: three in the case of the WORLDCODE GMT, including two simultaneously. While the traditional hands (hours and minutes) give the main time, the addition of an extra hours hand means the time can be read simultaneously in a second time zone on a 24-hour scale engraved on the bezel. Thanks to this bezel and its rotating feature, it is also possible to read the time in a third time zone. This new WORLDCODE GMT has been slightly modified compa ......read more

Building Safety Standards In Focus At Safety Design In Buildings Conference In Bahrain

Manama, Bahrain: The importance of Safety in building design across is coming into sharp focus across the GCC, which is currently in the midst of a building boom. The upcoming Safety Design in Buildings Conference being held at the Intercontinental hotel in Manama, Bahrain on June 19th, will turn the focus on vital topics affecting the construction industry in the region including: building design, evacuation, fire safety, building codes and the current standards of safety in the regional built-up environment. Organised by Sesam Business Consultants, the conference is sponsored by Intersec - the world’s leading trade fair for security, safety and fire protection. The conference forms part of a GCC-wide initiative to debate and highlight the current standards of safety and security ......read more

Casio Welcomes The Holy Month With Prayer Compass Watch

Casio, makers of innovative timepieces powered by cutting-edge technology, presents the Prayer Compass range of digital-analog watches that are designed specifically to meet the needs of the Islamic traveler. Each of these sleek digital-analogue watches features a built-in Prayer Compass feature and other functions that aid Muslim travellers to meet their prayer requirements throughout the day. The watch can indicate the direction of Qibla at the touch of a button, from wherever in the world the wearer is located. The Casio Prayer Compass also allows the wearer to accurately calculate the five prayer times during the day, through its digital display and the second hand. The watch is also capable of calculating the correct prayer times for other dates and locations as required. &ld ......read more

Building Safety Standards In Focus At Safety Design In Buildings Conference In Qatar

Doha, Qatar: The importance of Safety in building design across is coming into sharp focus across the GCC, which is currently in the midst of a building boom.  The upcoming Safety Design in Buildings Conference being held at the Renaissance Doha City Centre hotel in the Qatari capital on June 17th, will turn the focus on vital topics affecting the construction industry in the region including: building design, evacuation, fire safety, building codes and the current standards of safety in the regional built-up environment. Organised by Sesam Business Consultants, the conference is sponsored by Intersec - the world’s leading trade fair for security, safety and fire protection. The conference forms part of a GCC-wide initiative to debate and highlight the current standards of sa ......read more

Roger Dubuis Lights Up The World's Wrists

Colour transforms, conveys and deines a blend of personality, preferences and attitudes. Red for strength, health and vitality; yellow for happiness and imagination; beige for earthy chic; blue for serenity and caring; or simply an explosion of the rich purply pink Radiant Orchid Pantone Colour of the Year 2014… The potential interpretations of this up-to-the-minute theme are as ininitely varied as the countless facets of fashion. As endless as the ever-spinning circle of time expressed by the Manufacture Roger Dubuis through a sizzling on-trend range of straps, dials and gems designed to suit every occasion. From the coldest nights of winter to the hottest summer days, Roger Dubuis is right up there with this year’s best looks and colour trends, from soft and subt ......read more

Eberhard & Co. will present its latest collections at JCK-Las Vegas

Eberhard & Co. will present its latest collections at JCK-Las Vegas, in a US preview of the novelties launched at the recent Baselworld exhibition. The 2014 collection of the Swiss Maison, just back from an amazingly successful presentation at Baselworld, will be displayed for the first time in the US for the Las Vegas event’s visitors. First of all the new Contograf chronograph, a re-edition of the homonymous creation from the 1960s. Most of the original features have been maintained in the new 2014 edition but there are as well many innovative details: the new ceramic bezel with unidirectional rotation, the deployment clasp Déclic (Patented) and the new Chassis® steel bracelet. The screwed-in caseback is personalized with the inscription “Tribute to Contogra ......read more

Perrelet Turbine Chrono- The Strength Of Style

For the first time since its launch in 2009, Perrelet’s iconic Turbine collection welcomes a horological complication; a chronograph, offering a further demonstration of the brand’s technical expertise. Incorporating a chronograph into a Turbine watch represented a challenge to which Perrelet has risen with impressive ingenuity. The additional function is clearly displayed on the dial of the Turbine Chrono automatic model without detracting from the singular identity of the collection. Perrelet has successfully given rise to this original creation featuring a series of cleverly superimposed effects. The chronograph measurements are provided by a central seconds chronograph hand and a particularly innovative 60-minute counter. The former runs over a large inner bezel surro ......read more

Casio Presents The Prayer Compass Digital-Analogue Range Designed For The Needs Of The Islamic Traveler

Casio, makers of innovative timepieces powered by cutting-edge technology, presents the Prayer Compass range of digital-analog watches that are designed specifically to meet the needs of the Islamic traveler. Each of these sleek digital-analogue watches features a built-in Prayer Compass feature Casio, makers of innovative timepieces powered by cutting-edge technology, presents the Prayer Compass range of digital-analog watches that are designed specifically to meet the needs of the Islamic traveler. and other functions that aid Muslim travellers to meet their prayer requirements throughout the day. The watch can indicate the direction of Qibla at the touch of a button, from wherever in the world the wearer is located. The Casio Prayer Compass also allows the wearer to accurately ......read more

Discover The New Artcode, The Art Of Seducing Men

This year at Baselworld, the World Watch and Jewellery Show, SAINT HONORE is proud to unveil its magnificent new men’s watch, the ARTCODE. The perfect combination of a classic spirit and a sporty allure, this piece is designed for the stylish, casual, modern man. The ARTCODE owes its particularly seductive brand of relaxed chic to its harmonious architecture and clean lines, as well as its construction that marries polished steel and brushed steel in a pink PVD finish. This is demonstrated by its sleek two-tone link bracelet that sits perfectly on the wrist, and its case topped with a bezel featuring six visible screws, which add a bold contemporary look and a touch of masculinity. Brushed on the top and polished around the side, the bezel is mounted on a 42 mm case bearing cur ......read more

Hardware+Tools Middle East Presents Perfect Platform For Introduction Of Global Brand's Lesser Known Product Range

Dubai, UAE: Goodyear, one of the world’s most famous brands, has launched its range of power tools, hand tools, car accessories, and LED lights in the Middle East. More widely known globally as a premier tyre manufacturer, the American corporation has teamed up with the UAE-based SE International, which will be its exclusive distributor throughout the region. The move was announced this week at the Hardware+Tools Middle East exhibition, which concludes today (5 June) at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Rajan Sippy, Managing Director of SE International, said that the time is right for the world-class brand to enter the market, which is now witnessing a resurgence in construction and infrastructure development. “There is certainly more demand ......read more

Record Edition Of Automechanika Dubai Signs Off On High Note

The curtains came down on the 12th edition of Automechanika Dubai, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre yesterday, (Thursday, June 5th), with exhibitors, trade visitors and the organiser, all expressing positive sentiments at the outcome. The three days of the Middle East’s largest trade and business networking gathering of the automotive aftermarket, saw a larger than expected turnout of trade buyers from across the region. Exhibitors were upbeat about the large number of trade enquiries and business leads generated, as international players pulled out the stops to interest visitors in their latest innovative product lines. There were brands making their debut appearance in the region, country pavilions packed with a cornucopia of wares vying for attenti ......read more

African Auto Parts Market For Passenger Vehicles Valued At US$ 7.68 Billion In 2013, Ex-pected To Double In Size By 2020 ...

The African auto parts market for passenger vehicles is emerging as one of the UAE’s most important re-export markets, growing more than 11 per cent year-on-year, and estimated to be worth US$7.68 billion* in 2013, an expert has said today. Subhash Joshi, Industry Manager for Automotive Practice at Frost & Sullivan, said that on the back of double-digit growth of demand in key Sub-Saharan countries, the value of the Africa’s auto parts market is likely to double by 2020. “Countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, have witnessed double digit growth in demand of parts in the past five years,” said Joshi, who was speaking about the key trends impacting the future growth the African automotive industry at the Automechanika Academy, a two-day summit runn ......read more

Dunkin' Donuts Unveils Special Treat To Celebrate World Donut Day

Leading coffee and baked goods giant, Dunkin’ Donuts, will be treating their customers across the world with a free donut for every beverage ordered, to celebrate World Donut Day on June 6. In recognition of the joy and happiness donuts bring to people around the world, guests at participating Dunkin’ Donuts outlets will be offered a free donut of their choice with every beverage purchased. This sweet treat will be available to Dunkin’ Donuts guests in 33 different countries across the globe including the UAE as part of the brand’s worldwide celebration of Donut Day. Dunkin' Donuts has been a leading provider of donuts for more than 60 years, selling approximately 2.4 billion donuts and munchkins worldwide last year. Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants around ......read more

His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer Opens Hardware+Tools Middle East

Dubai, UAE: Hardware+Tools Middle East, the region’s foremost trade and networking exhibition for hardware, tools, materials and machinery, got under way today, (Tuesday, June 3rd), at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Opened by H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the three-day event features 224 exhibitors with eyes firmly focused on a regional construction that is well and truly on the rebound. As a region studded with fast-growing economies undertaking some head-turning infrastructure and development projects, as well as making huge strides in the creation of commercial and civilian facilities, the Middle East is figuring increasingly on the radars of leading internationa ......read more



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