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Dubai Investments Announces 10% Cash Dividend to Shareholders

Abdulrahman Ghanem Al Mutaiwee is the new Chairman and Khalid Bin Kalban is the new Vice-Chairman   Dubai, UAE, June 4th 2020:  Dubai Investments, the leading Middle East investment and a public joint stock company listed on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM), has announced distribution of 10% cash dividend to the shareholders for the financial year ending December 31, 2019. A proposal to this effect was approved by the shareholders at the company’s virtually held 24th Annual General Meeting [AGM] on June 3rd, 2020. Abdulrahman Ghanem Al Mutaiwee was elected as the company’s new Chairman and Khalid Bin Kalban as its new Vice-Chairman. The other board members comprise of Ali Fardan Ali Al Fardan, Mohamed Saif Darwish Al Ketbi, Khaled Mohammad Ali Al Kamda and two new members, Abudulrahman Mohamed Rashed ......read more

Crude oil's continued recovery challenged by quota-cheating

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 03, 2020:   Brent crude oil’s return to a $40/b handle has so far proved to be short-lived. During the past week the oil market has continued to move higher in the belief that the OPEC+ group of producers would extent a deal to curb production. Thereby continuing their support for the market while demand slowly recover.  Saudi Arabia and Russia, the leaders of the group, have preliminary agreed on a one month extension of existing OPEC+ cuts. The problem however is once again what to do with countries that fail to deliver the promised cuts. Moscow, usually a laggard in previous deals, has almost reached its target of 8.5 million barrels/day. That has left the group in a stronger position to demand compliance from others.  Among the OPEC producers Saudi Arabia and the UAE ......read more

With the Global Crisis being Experienced, France does not lose Sight of Success

Business France announces Record High Investments and Jobs Generated in 2019’s annual Foreign Invest in France Report    o International investment in France last year reached a record high thanks to an annual investment increase of 11 per cent and nearly 40,000 jobs being created or maintained.   o France was the leading European destination for industrial investment projects whereby production and manufacturing activities are the leading contributors to employment.   United Arab Emirates: June 3rd , 2020:   Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, has released its Foreign Investment Report for 2019 highlighting how France, has once again become the country to which international investors turn to for international ......read more

DHL Partners With Tabby to Offer Online Retailers a Simpler Alternative to Cash on Delivery

Tabby offers shoppers the option to ‘buy now and pay later’  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 03, 2020:   DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, has partnered with Tabby, the first Buy Now Pay Later business in the GCC region, to provide DHL’s customers with payment solutions that address the region’s dependence on cash.  DHL’s e-commerce customers can now provide a simpler and viable alternative to cash on delivery (COD) to their customers in the UAE by offering Tabby’s “Pay Later” option on their website.   This will allow shoppers to instantly checkout, without having to provide a credit card when they make a purchase, thereby addressing the main concerns customers consider when choosing COD for online ......read more

REPORT: Consumers See Tech Innovation as Critical for Future Sustainability

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 02, 2020:   The latest Ericsson ConsumerLab report reveals fresh insights on consumer attitudes toward sustainability challenges - and how technology could help them to make a greater positive impact. From governments and businesses, to millions of school children going on strike as part of Fridays for Future - the question of how to lead more sustainable lives has become more prevalent across society. But where do everyday consumers stand in this? Do their habits and actions reflect their perceptions? And do they consider ICT as a tool for helping them address their potential impact? Ericsson’s latest ConsumerLab report: ‘Consumers, sustainability and ICT’ looks deeper into these topics. Based on a quantitative study of 12,000 internet users from across the ......read more

ESG Funds on the Radar for MENA Based Investors

• Companies with better ESG ratings outperformed the broader market during turbulent first quarter • Strong performance could continue as the world aims to ‘build back better’ following Covid-19 pandemic • ESG investments strongly aligned to GCC government visions on sustainability     Dubai, 1 June 2020: The performance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) funds during the Covid-19 pandemic and their alignment with government visions in the GCC make them a compelling choice for investors in the Middle East, according to Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI).     In the first quarter of this year, the Covid-19 pandemic prompted the most severe stock-market crash since the global financial crisis. But for investors who focus on ESG issues, there was some ......read more

The Canada Visa Application Centre reopens in Dubai from 31 May 2020

 Provides limited visa services from Sunday to Thursday between 1000 to 1800 hrs   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 01, 2020:   Under the  directives received from the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), VFS Global, the world's largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, has reopened its Canada Visa Application Centre in Dubai with strict health and safety guidelines in place.    Located at the Wafi Mall, 3rd Floor, 2 Umm Hurair 2, Dubai, the centre restarts operations from 31 May 2020 and will initially limit its visa services to:    1. Accepting biometric collection from customers who have prior appointment and biometric instruction letter (BIL).   2. Return of ......read more

Allocations to Emerging Markets Debt and ESG-Related Bonds on the Rise

• Allocations to EMD have surged, driven by EMEA and APAC investors • ESG adoption rockets in EMEA and APAC; EMEA investors most bullish on ESG performance and future prospects  • Majority concerned about bond market liquidity, even before Covid-19     DUBAI, 31 MAY 2020 – Invesco recently released findings from its third annual Global Fixed Income Study an in-depth report outlining sentiments discerned from interviews with 159 CIOs and fixed income asset owners globally. The study offers insights into asset allocation decisions, strategies, and methods of implementation, as well as future intentions of fixed income investors and reveals how they were positioned in the leadup to the market turmoil arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.   Highlights from the study reveal: 72% of ......read more

Blue Ocean for Islamic Finance Industry

 By Miljan Stamenkovic, Regional Director, Mambu   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 31, 2020:   Islamic finance is going digital. Muslims around the world are looking for alternative Shariah-compliant solutions to manage their daily finances. New fintechs offering Islamic banking products and services are on the rise and there is a blue ocean for established Islamic banks and challengers in the underbanked segments of Islamic countries. Digitisation is helping Islamic banks reach these populations and provide them with products that are more aligned with their ethical codes.   Challenges that drive the adoption of fintech in Islamic banking The fact that millennials make up a large chunk of the customers of Islamic banking means that they will also direct its growth. A recent study conducted by  Alvarez ......read more

Commodity Weekly: Crude Oil Frets Geopolitics, Sluggish Demand Bounce

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 31, 2020:   Commodities trading was mixed during the final week of May. A month that turned out to be the come-back month for many markets following the Covid-19 related collapse seen during Q1. The continued easing of lockdowns around the world have, despite dismal economic data, raised hopes that a V-shaped recovery may occur over the coming months.  This is optimism we unfortunately do not share - with millions of workers unlikely to return to work, together with the risk of the virus re-emerging as some economies attempt to open-up too soon. The Bloomberg Commodity Index traded lower, with the energy sector giving back some of their record gains seen after the April collapse. Industrial metals also traded softer on rising US-China tensions despite the National People’s Congress ......read more

SCCI, SIB Hold Virtual Meeting to Discuss Banking Sector Trends to Face the Current Challenges

Sharjah, May 30, 2020:  The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, SCCI, and Sharjah Islamic Bank (SIB) recently held a virtual joint meeting to discuss the latest developments of the impact of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) on the economy and explore avenues of the mutual cooperation to stimulate businessmen, especially within the most affected sectors, as well as to learn closely about banking sector trends in finding the proper mechanisms for supporting the governmental efforts to face the repercussions of the current stage. The meeting was held in the presence of His Excellency Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman, SCCI, the meeting was attended by His Excellency Mohammed Abdullah, CEO of Sharjah Islamic Bank, His Excellency Waleed Bu Khatir, SCCI Second Vice Chairman, His Excellency Ziad Mahmoud Khairallah Al-Hajji, SCCI ......read more

Danube Group Chairman Files Case With Dubai Police Against Scam Star for Faking Facebook Account to Get Donation

Cybercriminals created a fake Facebook account allegedly to swindle money by raising donations from friends of Mr Rizwan Sajan, Founder and Chairman of Danube Group  Date: Dubai, UAE, May 27, 2020  Rizwan Sajan, Founder and Chairman of Danube Group, has filed a complaint with Dubai Police’s cybercrime unit against impersonating him through a fake Facebook account to allegedly swindle money by seeking donations from his friends.  A cybercriminal last week created a clone Facebook account in Mr Sajan’s name and started seeking donations in his name. One of Mr Sajan’s friends then notified him out of suspicion, when the scam came to his notice that prompted him to take legal action.  “Please note that someone has again created a fake account under my name and is sending random ......read more

Trina Solar Publishes Its Vertex Module Technology White Paper, Unveiling a Brand New Technology Platform

Dubai, UAE - May 23, 2020:  Trina Solar Co., Ltd (“Trina Solar” or the “Company”), the world’s leading PV and smart energy total solution provider, has published a technology white paper on its 500W-plus Vertex ultra-high power modules (the “Vertex”).  According to the white paper, the Vertex has built up a brand new product technology platform by breaking the inherent impression and conclusion of the module, and holds great potential for realizing 600W and higher power output based on its optimized solutions in terms of product design, manufacturing, transportation, system compatibility, etc.  Considering the impact of high current output on the junction box and inverter, module size on the installation, handling, transportation and logistics, Trina Solar has taken the lead ......read more

SALAMA Announces AED 13.65 Million Profit for Q1 2020

Dubai - United Arab Emirates, May 23, 2020:  Islamic Arab Insurance Company (“SALAMA”), the UAE’s largest and oldest Takaful provider, has announced its reviewed financial results for the quarter ending March 31, 2020, reporting a net profit attributable to shareholders of AED 13.65 million compared to AED 14.96 million in Q1 2019. The Gross Written Contribution grew by 26% to reach AED 441 million in Q1 2020 compared to AED 351 million in Q1 2019. SALAMA continues to maintain its leading position in the Takaful segment of the UAE market. Despite global uncertainty due to COVID-19, SALAMA continued on its growth trajectory, achieving a substantial increase in its Gross Written Contribution. All lines of business and subsidiaries performed as per expectations, except SALAMA Algeria, which reported decreased ......read more

Made in Italy, ICSA® Issues a Notification of Counterfeit Products Found in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Counterfeits of door hinges are found in the KSA Concesio, Italy - (EMAILWIRE.COM) - The following is a notification from ICSA Serrature Srl that the door hinge identified below bears a counterfeit UL Certification Mark.  The door hinge has not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if they comply with any safety requirements.   Although the door hinges are marked ICSASRL, the door hinges were not manufactured or labeled by ICSA Serrature Srl.   Name of Product: Ball Bearing Hinge   Remedy: ICSA Serrature Srl recommends that these products be immediately removed from service and be replaced with UL Certified door hinges.   Identification on the Product: The product is marked with a counterfeit UL Listing Mark and the ......read more

VFS Global Joins Nation's Biggest Community Campaign; Donates to the 10 Million Meals Initiative

Dubai, UAE 21 May 2020:  Supporting government’s efforts to strengthen the country during crises, VFS Global, the world's largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, made a conscious decision of donating meals to the less fortunate people in the UAE through the 10 Million Meals initiative. Instead of customary hampers, the donation was company’s way of giving a meaningful gift on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr to its business partners. Described as the “nation’s biggest community campaign”, 10 Million Meals is launched under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative aims at reaching out to vulnerable individuals and families in the UAE by providing them ......read more

UAE Banks Among Top Performing in GCC, KPMG Report Finds

21 May 2020: KPMG recently released its fifth edition of the ‘GCC listed banks’ results’ report, which analyzes the published results of listed commercial banks across the region for the year ended 31 December 2019. The report, titled ‘New Age Banking’, demonstrates that the UAE’s top ten banks reported positive results in 2019, with an average 13.9 percent growth in net profit, the highest among GCC countries, driven by an increase in the overall loan book and inorganic growth.  The local banking sector continues to show strength and resilience as top UAE banks reported the region’s highest growth in their asset base of 19.5 percent. UAE-based Emirates NBD reported the highest net profit across the GCC, at USD 3.94 million, and the highest return on equity at 21.8 ......read more

ENEC Completes Significant Test for Unit 4 at Barakah

- Cold Hydrostatic Testing successfully completed at Unit 4 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant     19 May 2020, Abu Dhabi, UAE:  The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has successfully completed Cold Hydrostatic Testing (CHT) at Unit 4 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, the Arab world’s first nuclear energy plant being built in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi, UAE. The testing incorporated the lessons learned from the previous three units and is a crucial step towards the completion of Unit 4, the final unit of the Barakah plant.   As a part of CHT, the pressure inside Unit 4’s systems was increased to 25% above what will be the normal operating pressure, demonstrating the quality and robust nature of the Unit’s construction. Prior to the commencement of CHT, Unit ......read more

Matrix Public Relations to Support Local Companies with Free PR Services as COVID-19 Continues to Bite

Dubai, UAE, May 18, 2020:  In a move to cushion local businesses in the wake of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic, boutique communication agency, Matrix Public Relations, has signed on three companies on a pro bono basis. The companies were nominated by members of the public following the agency’s nationwide social media campaign held in April in search of local success stories from homegrown businesses that needed to be told. As part of the deal, Matrix Public Relations will offer free strategic communications support to the winning companies for a period of two months. This gesture, according to the agency’s spokesperson, will help the companies to create awareness and generate publicity for their activities during the pandemic and most importantly highlight the impact these actions have had on the ......read more

Orient's Premium, Profit and Equity Grow in Quarter 1, 2020

Orient announced its first quarter results of 2020.     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 17, 2020:   Despite the challenging times facing businesses across the world, Orient continues its growth trajectory in all areas of insurance operation such as Premium, Technical Profit, Net Profit, Shareholders’ Equity, Assets, Cash and Bank Deposits.   Compared with the same period of last year, the profit has increased from AED 166 million  to AED 171 million,  with the Gross Written Premium going up from AED 1.3 billion to AED 1.5 billion, an increase of 15%.    The Equity has crossed the 3 billion mark, the only company in the country to achieve this feat and reached AED 3.1 billion from AED 2.8 billion, an increase of 11%.   Orient’s assets increased from ......read more

Commodity Weekly: Gold and Silver Pop as Economic Clouds Darken

By Ole S. Hansen | May 17, 2020 With parts of the world beginning to emerge from Covid-19 lockdowns the financial markets have tried to strike an optimistic note, not least supported by a wall of money and rock-bottom interest rates. Just like when a hurricane or natural disasters strike havoc, the longer-term impacts are first seen in the aftermath. During the past few weeks we have started to see the horrendous damage done to the global economy from many weeks of inactivity.  The coming months are likely to see a wave of bankruptcies, major negative corporate earnings revisions and with that, the risk that unemployment will remain stubbornly high. Self-imposed social distancing will keep the whole experience industry from travelling and exhibitions, to restaurants and cinemas under pressure for months to come. The need to keep ......read more

World Finance Names ICS Financial Systems as Best Islamic Banking & Finance Technology Provider at 2020 Islamic Finance Awards May, 2020

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 16, 2020:    The latest edition of World Finance magazine is out now and has confirmed ICS Financial Systems (ICSFS) as Best Islamic Banking & Finance Technology Provider as part of its Islamic Finance Awards. The Islamic banking sector has been growing rapidly in recent times and it is certainly an area of the market that ICSFS has been supporting through its Shari’a compliant solutions.     One of the products that particularly caught the eye of the World Finance judges was ICS BANKS, a fully integrated banking application developed by ICSFS that enables banks to automate and streamline their services. ICS BANKS comes with a bespoke Islamic service that has helped financial institutions to achieve a competitive edge by offering a comprehensive suite of Islamic ......read more

Arab Bank Group Reports First Quarter 2020 Net Profit of $147.6 Million

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 14, 2020:   Arab Bank Group reported net income after tax for the first quarter of 2020 of $147.6 million as compared to $231.8 million for the prior period, recording a decrease of 36%. Total loans amounted to $26.2 billion as of March 31, 2020 compared to $25.8 billion for the same period in the previous year, with a growth rate of 2%, while customer deposits grew by 5% to reach $35.2 billion compared to $ 33.7 billion for the same period in the previous year. The Group maintained its strong capital base with equity of $9.2 billion and a capital adequacy ratio of 16.5%. Mr. Sabih Masri, Chairman of the Board of Directors remarked that the performance of Arab Bank confirms the success of the diversified business model of the Group regionally and globally. He also pointed out that the next ......read more

COVID-19 Triggers Marked Decline in Global Trade: UNCTAD

• Global trade values fell 3% in the first quarter of 2020 • An estimated quarter-on-quarter decline of 27% is expected in the second quarter • Commodity prices fell by a record 20% in March, driven by steep drops in oil prices    13 May 2020:  The coronavirus pandemic cut global trade values by 3% in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest UNCTAD data published in a joint report by 36 international organizations.   The downturn is expected to accelerate in the second quarter, with global trade projected to record a quarter-on-quarter decline of 27%, according to the report by the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA).   The report is a product of cooperation between the international statistics community and national statistical ......read more

Saxo Bank Market update: Copper and Silver Focus

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 13, 2020:    Market update: Copper and silver focus By Ole Hansen, Head of Commodity Strategy, Saxo Bank Industrial metals such as copper started the week on a firm footing, reaching a seven-week high, before retracing lower. Silver meanwhile has followed more or less the same recovery trajectory since hitting a multi-year low in March. We take a closer look at the current drivers impacting both metals and what may lie in store over the coming weeks What is our trading focus? COPPERUSJUL20 - HG Copper SILVERJUL20 - Silver XAUXAG - Spot Gold-silver ratio Industrial metals such as copper started the week on a firm footing, reaching a seven-week high, before retracing lower. Just like crude oil and growth and dependent commodities it has now established an uptrend with rising ......read more

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Jumbo Distribution partners with Swiss brand Laurastar to bring top-of-the range ironing products ...…

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Fatema Alhaddad wins EY Bahrain Corporate Finance Woman of the Year Award…

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Dr. Dhananjay Datar gets Most Stylish Entrepreneur' award.…

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Talabat Celebrates with its Loyal Customers, Welcomes Festive Season During Talaland…

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DFSA to launch Cyber Threat Intelligence Platform…

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VFS Global launches Greece Visa Application Centre in Jeddah…

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GROHE is one of Germany's Top Three Most Sustainable Big Companies…

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DuPont relocates to new office in Jafza One…

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Turkish Airlines' load factor was 82.3% in November 2019.…

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Zoho partners with Mashreq…

The partnership brings banking and accounting together in a single platform for businesses in the UAE   Dubai - December 10, 2019:   Zoho, a global privately held company that offers the most comprehensive suite of business software applications announced its partnership with Mashreq, one of the leading financial institutions in the UAE to bring connected banking solution in ......read more

The UAE Central to take steps to regulate cryptocurrencies and fintech…

The growth of fintech and blockchain technology in UAE, particularly in Dubai, has in the past been viewed by some as a threat to the established banking industry. Traditional banking models are being overtaken by new technologies that can facilitate transactions faster and more cheaply, without the administrative fees banks charge. The UAE’s Central bank is now working in ......read more

DHL Express expands UAE operations with new USD 5.5 million logistics facility at Dubai World ...…

New center will support the rapidly growing e-commerce sector in the UAE and help local businesses go global     Dubai, 9 December 2019:  DHL Express, the world’s leading international express service provider, officially opened its Dubai World Central Facility today. The new import and export gateway and service center will see DHL invest USD 5.5 million over five ......read more

Get Ready for Fun Filled Festivities with Champion Cleaners…

**Champion Cleaners are here to freshen up your home and wardrobe in time for the seasonal celebrations**     It’s that time of the year where you begin to bring out your much-loved winter wardrobe in time for all of your fun filled festivities. Normally, after long periods of time, the items in your wardrobe can start to smell musty - this can be the result of dust mites ......read more

Juniper Networks Expands Enterprise Portfolio with Cloud-Managed SD-LAN and New CPE Devices…

New enhancements bring cloud agility and scale to more parts of the enterprise network, while lowering the cost of deploying and operating SD-Branch environments     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 08, 2019:  - Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), a leader in secure, AI-driven networks, today announced several enhancements to the company’s enterprise portfolio that ......read more

Jebel Ali Port is Gateway to 65% of Polimer Exports From the Gcc…

DP World, UAE Region Showcases Strength in Petrochemical Sector at GPCA 2019   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 08 December 2019:   Global trade enabler DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port handles 65 per cent of the polymer exports from the GCC region and has showcased this industry-leading strength at the 14th Annual GPCA Forum in Dubai, organized by the Gulf Petrochemicals ......read more

GROHE received the “Red Dot: Brand of the Year”…

• GROHE convinces the jury with “a consistent brand profile, known globally as a name for first class industry-leading performance” • The Konzerthaus Berlin was the perfect setting for the awards ceremony of the prestigious Red Dot Gala evening  • GROHE’s booth from this year’s ISH also won a renowned Red Dot award     United ......read more

Arabic version of Zoho Creator launched to help businesses create custom applications…

The new version of Zoho Creator is also available on-premise    Dubai - Nov 30, 2019:   Zoho, the global provider of cloud-based business software with the most extensive portfolio in the industry, launched the Arabic version of its low-code development platform, Zoho Creator, aimed to help businesses create custom applications.  With Creator, business owners ......read more

China Homelife the Largest China Sourcing Platform Set to Showcase a Wide Variety of Products…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 30, 2019:   Scheduled to take place in Dubai, the China Homelife Exhibition returns to the city on December 17-19 at the Dubai Exhibition and Convention Centre. With over 2500 exhibitors and 100,000 products, they represent genuine and verified manufacturers. As the largest China sourcing event in the MENA and South East Asia, it covers a range of ......read more

Zambian President affirms commitment to bolster UAE ties…

• During a visit to Dubai Chamber, HE Edgar Chagwa Lungu calls on UAE companies to explore attractive investment and trade opportunities emerging across Zambia  • HE Majid Saif Al Ghurair: There is plenty of scope to expand Dubai’s non-oil trade with Zambia which has increased steadily in recent years to reach $206 million in 2018 • Agriculture, food processing, ......read more

Formula 1 meets Virgin Hyperloop One: California-based Developer to Showcase Passenger Pod at This ...…

As speed- and thrill seekers flock to Abu Dhabi for the Grand Prix this weekend, visitors will be presented with a rare opportunity to enter the Virgin Hyperloop One passenger pod that promises to move people and cargo at speeds exceeding 1,000km/h. ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 28, 2019 – Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO), the world’s leading hyperloop company, today ......read more

Cisco Advances Solutions to Simplify Cybersecurity Processes in Saudi Arabia…

Riyadh, KSA, 28 November 2019:     Focused on placing cybersecurity at the heart of digitization, Cisco Security has unveiled platform enhancements and services to help CISOs simplify their environments, increasing the speed of threat detection and remediation, while protecting users and their data.  The Kingdom’s National Cybersecurity Authority is striving ......read more

GROHE Goes ZERO – Carbon-Neutral Production by 2020…

• GROHE has been able to increase its energy efficiency by 24% and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40%, far exceeding its sustainability targets  • In July 2019, the global brand converted all of its production plants to run on green electricity  • In the future, GROHE will offset unavoidable CO2 emissions with compensation ......read more

J.D. Power announces 2019 UAE Sales Satisfaction Index…

• 57% of customers rely on digital platforms during the new vehicle purchase journey • 92% of Customers still engage with dealers via physical visits • Sales experience is less smooth for female vehicle buyers • Toyota ranks highest in overall sales satisfaction among mass market brands • Mercedes-Benz ranks highest in overall sales satisfaction among luxury ......read more

Revive Your Haute Couture Collections with Champion Cleaners VIP Couture Cleaning Service…

**The Five Star Dry Cleaning Company has launched their new VIP couture service for customers in the region**   Dubai, UAE - November 27, 2019:  Owning a wardrobe of haute couture pieces can quite often be expensive to maintain. Each item is crafted by hand with extra attention to detail and the best quality materials are used in the skillful making of your rare and exquisite ......read more

Chatbots are revolutionising the Middle East retail industry…

VIAFONE Technologies created Chatbots for Mall of the Emirates, Dubai and 360 Mall in Kuwait  85% of all customer interactions by 2025 will be handled without a human agent Chatbots to provide annual savings for retailers of $439 million globally by 2023   November 26, 2019; Dubai, UAE:   Artificial Intelligence (AI) is growing by leaps and bounds and ......read more

SmartCrowd, MENA's Only Regulated Real Estate Investments Platform Graduates from DFSA's ITL and ...…

Dubai, UAE - November 26, 2019:   SmartCrowd Limited, a Dubai-based company and MENA’s first financially regulated real estate investments platform (REIP) has announced today that the company has fulfilled all regulatory requirements and graduated to a full license from the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA), the independent regulator of financial services based in the ......read more

Sunny Leone unveils the cover page of Filmfare magazine's December issue…

Dubai, UAE - November 26, 2019:  Filmfare ME sets the benchmark for film content in the Middle East and the December issue of the magazine features the bold and beautiful Sunny Leone for the first time on the cover page of Filmfare Middle East magazine. The cover was unveiled by Sunny herself, along with the franchise owner of the magazine Mr Rizwan Sajan at Bollysports Casino Cafe Dubai, ......read more

VFS Global launches Philippines ePassport Renewal Centre in Dubai…

• Contract signed for ePassport Renewal Centres in two locations (Dubai and Abu Dhabi) in the UAE; to be rolled out in phases • This marks the first time The Republic of Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs has outsourced its passport renewal process for its Nationals living abroad • VFS Global operates 87 Passport and Consular Services centres on behalf of 5 Governments ......read more

Organisers announce launch of second Sports Imprint Award…

A joint initiative of DSC and Watani Al Emarat Foundation, the Award honours individuals and institutions for their humanitarian work in the sports sector   Dubai, UAE - November 25, 2019:   The organising committee of the Sports Imprint Award, a joint initiative of Dubai Sports Council and Watani Al Emarat Foundation, have announced the launch of the second edition of the ......read more

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