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Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, December 18, 2018:   RAK Hospitality Holding (RAKHH), represented by its chairman HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Beit Al Khair Society, represented by HE Abdeen Taher Al Awadhi, General Manager of Beit Al Khair Society.The signing w... Read more
Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  H.E. Majid Hamad Rahmah Al Shamsi, Chairman of Union Coop, the largest consumer cooperative revealed growth forecast for the years 2018-2022, as a part of its growth strategy. Union Coop estimated revenue of AED 5.69 billion, with an increase of AED 2.59 billion, and a growth rate of 84 per cent. As per the grow... Read more
New annual award will honour individuals and institutions for their humanitarian work in the sports sectorDubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:   In line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, the Dubai Sports Council, in collabor... Read more
Mitel & MLB present London Series 2019 will see the Boston Red Sox & New York Yankees play a two-game series at London Stadium on June 29-30, 2019Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  CSM Sport & Entertainment (CSM) has been appointed to support Major League Baseball (MLB) as it takes regular season baseball to Europe for the first time ... Read more
Dubai, UAE; 18 December 2018: The digital era has transformed the field of photography. Many photographers now offer ‘digital photo libraries’ to customers instead of photo albums and prints. And while this may have a positive impact on the bottom line, according to Epson, there is a lot to be said for the printed photograph as a tool t... Read more
40% of entertainment plans to be funded by private sector. 16 entertainment complexes and three additional leisure hubs to be delivered by 2030. Tourism figures expected to reach 26 million inbound visitors by 2023.18 December 2018:   Saudi Arabia’s real estate market is expected to experience exponential growth as the Kingdom... Read more
Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  We end our 25th anniversary year with a collection inspired by our home: New York, New York (a city so nice they named it twice).  Weaving together hints of uptown glamour, dashes of artistic downtown glitz and nods to Brooklyn’s eclectic, relaxed edge, our holiday collection captures the magic, creat... Read more
Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  This festive season indulge in Marks & Spencer’s broad selection of cheese,  desserts and mince pies that will get your taste buds tingling with delight. Create a flawless cheese platter with Marks & Spencer’s delicious selection of cheese that is the go-to appetizer at parties or a... Read more
DP World flagship prepares to handle surge in Expo-related project cargoDubai, United Arab Emirates, 18 December 2018:  The throughput of non-containerised cargo such as breakbulk, bulk and project cargo has experienced a steady upward movement at global trade enabler DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port, underscoring the port’... Read more
Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  Located at one of the world’s busiest airports, Dubai International Hotel is renowned for its service excellence and personalised hospitality to transit passengers and travellers alike. At the recent iteration of the Middle East Hospitality Excellence Awards, the 5-Star Airport Hotel won Gold and Silver re... Read more
Passengers can now purchase tickets directly at Terminals 1, 2 and 3 arrivals at Dubai International AirportDubai, 18 December 2018:   DXB Entertainments, the largest listed leisure and entertainment company in the region, has signed a strategic partnership with Dubai Duty Free to promote Dubai Parks and Resorts to passengers arriving at ... Read more
The first edition of the Global Investment in Aviation Summit (GIAS 2019), slated to take place in Dubai on January 28 & 29, 2019. GIAS 2019 to bring together world’s top industry experts and professionals. GIAS 2019 is held in the light of the expected growth rates and capital inflows into the aviation industry due to the steady and rem... Read more
Fines and medical license suspensions could put some out of business says law firmDubai, UAE, 18 December, 2018:   UAE hospitals and clinics have been warned to do a thorough check-up of the new law which protects consumers from healthcare scams before using social media to stand out in the increasingly competitive market.Sunil Thacker, S... Read more
Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  With the party season just around the corner it’s time to start planning outfits for all celebrations during the most wonderful time of the year. Embrace a contemporary and stylish look with stunning must have pieces from Marks & Spencer, including show stopping dresses through to chic tailoring.Sequin... Read more
 

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Dubai, UAE, December 19, 2018:  December is finally here and Al Ghurair Centre, GCC’s first shopping centre is all geared up to celebrate a month-long Winter Carnival starting from 14 December, 2018 till 12 January 2019. Discover the most magical time of the year through a wide range of festive-themed events and activities that will take place at the central atrium of the shopping centre every day. The shopping centre will be transformed into a magical winter carnival, with seasonal decor, festive entertainment and activities. Children can enjoy virtual skiing, sparkling tattoos, crafts, carousel gifts and much more. Moreover, get grooving at the winter dance floor, step into a ......read more

Dubai; 19 December 2018:   As part of the biggest shopping festival on the retail calendar, Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group (DGJG), the largest trade body for Dubai’s jewellery industry in association with Dubai Festivals & Retail Establishment (DFRE) has announced their novel campaign for the 24th edition of Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF). For the first time since its inception in 1996, the group has designed two separate promotion model for the gold and diamond jewellery buyers this year. The golden retail moment will kick off on December 26, and will run until 2nd February 2019, marking it as the longest run campaign for the group.    With over 300 partic ......read more

By Richard Wilcox, Regional Director, Lenovo Data Centre Group (DCG) Middle East Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 19 December 2018:   A new age is dawning for companies in the Middle East and around the world. This oncoming era will require new skill sets, technologies, alignments and business models and will force them to globally reinvent and restructure entire systems of production, management and governance. This oncoming era  will require intelligent transformation. According to industry analyst IDC, annual spending on digital transformation initiatives in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa (META) region is predicted to surpass $38 billion by 2020 (AED 139,574,0 ......read more

Forearm fractures are responsible for up to 50 percent of all fractures in children United Arab Emirates, Dubai, 19th December 2018:   In an age that is dominated by screens and video games, parents generally encourage children to play outdoors to build upper body strength, balance and resilience. However, engaging in vigorous physical activities may lead to fall which can break a bone. Broken bones or fractures are common in childhood, with up to 40 percent of girls and as many as 50 percent of boys experiencing a fracture. In the UAE, there are several paediatric fractures recorded annually.  “Injuries caused by sports and high-intensity physical play are the com ......read more

The project is in collaboration with private sector insurers and aims to provide free health insurance cover to more than 100 people with financial constraints.  The insurance will cover a maximum sum of AED 150,000 per person insured.  Authority revisits several DHA initiatives undertaken in 2018 to mark the Year of Zayed.  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 19, 2018:   The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) launched the Year of Zayed Insurance Card project. The project is in collaboration with private sector insurers and aims to provide free health insurance cover to more than 100 people with financial constraints.  The Year of Zayed Insurance card ......read more

The brand launches four editions of its famous Golden Bridge, decorated entirely with snow-set diamonds Dubai, UAE, December 19, 2018:  Christmas is in the air: just in time for the festive season, Corum is releasing two new versions of its Golden Bridge with a new “snow” setting. Made exclusively of diamonds, the snow setting involves arranging a random number of diamonds of all sizes in such a way that together, they cover up the entirety of the metal. It is a high-level jewellery practice for two reasons. Firstly, the meticulous choice of the placement of each diamond. Though each one is different, they must still be as close to one another as possible, interlocking ......read more

The Middle East’s leading maritime event returning for its 27th year in February Show theme “Let’s all live a little” captures the spirit of a new wave of boat buyers New area for sea-toys, and the Dive MENA Expo will be region’s prime diving meet 2019 Dubai International Boat Show takes place February 26 through March 2 Dubai, UAE, December 19, 2018:  The Dubai International Boat Show is readying for 2019, returning to the UAE’s most impressive city with a new look show celebrating all that makes a boating lifestyle so incredible.   Heading into its 27th year, the Boat Show – taking place at the Dubai Canal, February 26 ......read more

2.9 million Chinese tourists will travel to GCC in 2022 Saudi Arabia to experience highest proportionate increase in arrivals from China, with a projected CAGR of 33% between 2018 and 2022 25% of delegates, exhibitors and attendees were interested in doing business with China at Arabian Travel Market 2018 Dubai, UAE, December 19, 2018:  The number of Chinese tourists travelling to the GCC is expected to increase 81% from 1.6 million in 2018 to 2.9 million in 2022, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 28 April – 1 May 2019.   The latest research from Colliers International, i ......read more

Varicoceles can be found in 15 percent of the adult male population  Abu Dhabi, UAE,  19 December 2018:   Infertility has traditionally been linked as a woman’s issue. However, failure to conceive can also be due to fertility issues in male partners. Studies suggest that a male related factors accounts for approximately 40percent of all infertility cases. While there are several reasons that can affect a man’s fertility, varicocele is also a very common condition today. Varicocele is an unusual enlargement of the veins that drain the deoxygenated blood from the testes. It is more common in the left side but also possibly found on both sides of the scrotu ......read more

Grand opening witnesses the delicacies of the Sea Dubai, UAE, December 19, 2018:  Guests will now enjoy culinary delights inside a brand-new Emirati seafood restaurant located in the heart of Dubai. Known for its tasty seafood specialties and authentic local flavors, Al Hadaq celebrated the official grand opening at Al Barsha 3, to be a new addition to Dubai dining experience, bringing something unique to both visitors and residents. The highly anticipated launch was attended by friends, influencers and public figures with notable media coverage.  In a welcoming atmosphere, all guests experienced the remarkable fresh dishes of Al Hadaq. Starting their meals with salads ......read more

The Global Star Rating Program, introduced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, measures the performance of service centres in line with international best practice  Dubai, UAE – 19 December 2018:   Emirates Post has recently achieved a significant milestone in the classification of its Customer Happiness Centres. From the forty-four (44) of its postal offices from across the nation that participated in the third round of the Global Star Rating Program 2017, 91% received a 4-star rating and four of the centres received a 3-star rating.  Speaking on the achievement, Abdulla Mohammad Al Ashram, Acting Group CEO of Emirates Post Group, said: &ld ......read more

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 19th December 2018:   Abu Dhabi is currently gearing up for the Mubadala World Tennis Championship (MWTC), set to be held at the International Tennis Center at Zayed Sports City from 27th – 29th December 2018. With some of the best international players participating in the esteemed tournament, now in its 11th edition, this year’s Championship will also see tennis’ most famous sibling duo, Serena and Venus Williams, join the star-studded lineup. MWTC introduced the women’s side to the tournament for the first time last year, which saw Serena Williams go up against French Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko. Bringing female superstars to ......read more

Lema? continues to go from strength to strength, emphasized programme manager   Abu Dhabi, 19 December 2018:   A record number of 28,885 pupils across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi took part in a series of interactive workshops this autumn as an introduction to the fun side of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.   Between October 7th and November 15th, over 400 sessions were organized in schools across Abu Dhabi, the Al Ain and Al Dhafra regions as part of the latest ‘lema?’ tour, a programme run by the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK).   It is a 19 per cent increase on the previous student participatio ......read more

Limited Edition 2019 Toyota Corolla XLi Exclusive now available in the UAE Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 19, 2018:   The world’s most popular sedan with over 44 million units sold worldwide, the Toyota Corolla, is now available in an exclusive variant in the UAE, loaded with new refined and sophisticated features.  Available in limited quantities, the 2019 Corolla XLi Exclusive marks the newest and most premium addition to the Corolla line-up. It comes with a refined, advanced, and sophisticated styling which sets it apart in its segment. Building on the nameplate's heritage carrying on the legacy as a symbol of quality, durability and reliability in th ......read more

Health insurance really matters to expatriate workers in the UAE In the UAE, 45% of expatriate (expat) workers, and a similar number of their dependents, visit doctors, clinics or hospitals at least four times a year. Some 65% of expat workers in the UAE would be prepared to sacrifice 1-5% of their annual salary for better medical coverage. The remaining 35% would be prepared to make a greater sacrifice. The importance of medical insurance to expat employees is roughly the same as the importance of life insurance, education allowance and housing allowance combined. Dubai, 19 December 2018:    The Willis Towers Watson 2018 Global Medical Trends Pulse Survey Repor ......read more

Indulges guests with unparalleled festive offerings and generous deals Dubai, UAE, December 19, 2018:  TAMANI Marina Hotel & Hotel Apartment in Dubai, located right in the heart of Dubai Marina, delights guests with generous offers during the festive season. Festive Lunch at Café Society – Unwrap the festivity and rejoice with family and friends with a sumptuous festive-themed spread.  A Set Menu of traditional and international mouthwatering dishes and savories awaits you to immerse in including the roasted Turkey with all trimmings and a selection of all-time favourite desserts. Celebrate while the live entertainment adds fervor to the occasion. All that and more ......read more

Building envelope testing and commissioning provides science-based expertise to help design and build energy efficient buildings.  Global safety science firm saw a huge level of interest as it was launched during the Big 5 Dubai International Building and Construction Show Dubai, UAE, December 19, 2018:  As MENA countries continue to drive towards reducing energy consumption, a global independent safety science company has introduced a new testing and commissioning service for the region that helps determine the energy efficiency of buildings. Building envelope testing and commissioning was introduced for the Middle East region by UL at the recently concluded Big 5 Int ......read more

This stylish performer offers 13-megapixel front-facing and rear-facing cameras for better performance and quality   Dubai, UAE, December 19, 2018:  HTC® has announced the newest addition to its HTC Desire series, the HTC Desire 12s, continuing the trend in the series of affordable, high-quality entry-level smartphones. The HTC Desire 12s gives consumers a whole new experience starting with its appearance; its unique striped dual texture design evokes a flagship smartphone feel due to laser engraving, creating a smartphone that is both aesthetically pleasing and comfortable to hold.   The HTC Desire 12s offers considerably better specs and functions than its pr ......read more

Nissan Energy vision connects electric cars with homes, businesses and power grids; develops new ways to reuse batteries   Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  Nissan has created a vision to make electric vehicles even more useful to customers by introducing new convenient ways to utilize their batteries’ ability to store and share energy.   Under the plan, called Nissan Energy, owners of Nissan’s electric vehicles will be able to easily connect their cars with energy systems to charge their batteries, power homes and businesses or feed energy back to power grids. The company will also develop new ways to reuse electric car batteries.   Nissan has ......read more

Navigating the Continued Proliferation of Channels is a Primary Goal for Advertisers Worldwide   Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  Criteo (NASDAQ: CRTO), the advertising platform for the open internet, today released the “State of Ad Tech 2019” report which evaluates how today’s marketers can successfully convert audiences throughout each stage of the purchasing journey. Criteo surveyed 901 direct response marketers in partnership with Euromonitor International, to better understand the challenges of converting customers in today’s complex digital ecosystem.    The report results underscore just how fragmented ad budgets have become as ma ......read more

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, December 19, 2018:  Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its scheduled services from Abu Dhabi to Barcelona, effective 22 February 2019, replacing the Airbus A330-200 currently operating the recently launched route.   The deployment of the larger 787 Dreamliner to Barcelona has been timed to coincide with the Mobile World Conference taking place in the city from 25-28 February, during which Etihad Airways will provide daily flights. The airline will increase frequency to a permanent daily operation from 31 March.   The service will feature Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy cabins, con ......read more

Dubai, UAE (December 19, 2018):   Gold’s Gym is taking fitness solutions to another level in the UAE with an ambitious refurbishment of its Reef Mall Club in Dubai which will transform the popular gym into a standard bearer for the fitness industry.   Slated for completion by early 2019, the major re-development project will see the gym facility fitted with the latest state-of-the-art equipment. The gym will also house a separate ladies-only facility.   The wide range of amenities on offer will include an indoor running track, a cycling studio, a group exercise studio, a dedicated space for Yalla Fitness and MCAGE MMA Training with Octagon cage.  ......read more

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates- 19 December, 2018:   Abu Dhabi University, an internationally recognized academic institution for quality education and applied research, has announced the highly anticipated grand opening of its new student fitness center located at its main campus in Abu Dhabi. Costing AED1.5 million, the fully equipped fitness center features state-of-the-art equipment from Technogym and Cybex. The refurbished facility houses dedicated spaces for fitness classes and events and has been designed to meet the needs of ADU’s diverse student body from over 80 nationalities, with separate sections for both male and female students.  Rachel Baldwin, Direct ......read more

Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, December 18, 2018:   RAK Hospitality Holding (RAKHH), represented by its chairman HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Beit Al Khair Society, represented by HE Abdeen Taher Al Awadhi, General Manager of Beit Al Khair Society. The signing was also attended by Mr. Yannis Anagnostakis, CEO of RAKHH, Mr. Saeed Mubarak Al Mazroui, Deputy General Manager of Beit Al Khair Society, and a group of directors from both parties along with a number of RAK’s community and senior officials.  The MoU aims to launch new charitable and social responsibility projects through the coop ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  H.E. Majid Hamad Rahmah Al Shamsi, Chairman of Union Coop, the largest consumer cooperative revealed growth forecast for the years 2018-2022, as a part of its growth strategy. Union Coop estimated revenue of AED 5.69 billion, with an increase of AED 2.59 billion, and a growth rate of 84 per cent. As per the growth plan, Union Coop expects to improve the efficiency of operations by deploying several initiatives aiming to leverage the performance of existing branches, developing new branches, in addition to boosting online shopping as well.  H.E. Majid Hamad Rahmah Al Shamsi affirmed that the estimated growth in total revenue indeed reflects the str ......read more

December 17th, Dubai, UAE- The Emirati Professional Footballer Abdulla Salem is standing beside the General Secretary of the UAE Disabled Sports Federation, Mr. Dhyban Salem El Muheiry to mark the moment he proudly offered his goodwill to advocate the UAE Disabled Sports Federation toward working side by side with a goal to support and grow the disabled sports at all levels. The aim of this visit is to encourage and support disabled heroes who honored and will continue to raise the flag of the country in the horizon and play the UAE national anthem in many tournaments and forums to come. Furthermore, the on-going support looks forward to strengthening and developing sports events and initiat ......read more

The research paper analyzes the banking websites of the top 20 banks in today’s user-centred digital landscape    18th December 2018, Dubai, UAE –   Red Blue Blur Ideas (RBBi), the first human-centered digital solutions consultancy in the Middle East today released its 2018 research study on the local banking and financial industry titled, ‘An Analysis of Banking Websites in the Gulf region.’   RBBi’s 2018 banking research paper featured the top 20 banks in the Gulf with an analysis of the challenges around the different stages of the user journey. The research paper reported 85% of the UAE consumer’s preference to bank ......read more

by Ron Beck Energy Industry Marketing Director, AspenTech Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  Digital transformation continues to be the keynote of the coming year for operators across the oil and gas sectors. Digitalisation is nothing new to the sector, of course. Refineries have, for example, been pursuing it for more than thirty years, with technologies like advanced process control (APC) well-established as part of the operational mix of many operators.   What is different today is how quickly the migration is accelerating. The trend is being led by the Asian refining industry. Organisations in India, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and China are pushing digital transforma ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  National Detergent Company SAOG (NDC), a leading FMCG company in the Sultanate of Oman, appointed industry veteran William Hunt as its new CEO. Prior to joining NDC, William Hunt was the CEO of Soaps and Chemicals Industrial and Trading in Sharjah (UAE) prior to joining NDC.  Hunt comes with exposure in a number of industries including plastics, chemicals, and fast-moving consumer goods industries. He has seen great success in dealing with global retailing giants such as Walmart, Menards, Carrefour, Tesco, and Woolworths.  A well-respected international executive - Hunt has been a key member of several globally renowned companies’ ex ......read more

New annual award will honour individuals and institutions for their humanitarian work in the sports sector Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:   In line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, the Dubai Sports Council, in collaboration with Watani Al Emarat Foundation, have launched the annual Sports Fingerprint (Limitless Abilities) Award which will honour individuals and institutions who spread positive values in society and contribute towards the nation and community through their humanitarian work and initiatives in the sports sector. The winners of the award wil ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  Cinema Akil is pleased to announce the return of Reel Palestine's annual film festival which will run from January 18 - 26 2019. Films will be screened at Cinema Akil’s permanent venue at Alserkal Avenue in Dubai. Reel Palestine will also be screening at Warehouse 421 in Abu Dhabi.  This festival will kick off with it's biggest programme to date, bringing more than two screenings per day, talks, a vibrant market of Palestinian crafts and flavors, and more surprises to be announced soon. The not-for-profit and volunteer-based organization was set up by group of friends in Dubai in 2014 and launched its first pop-up festival in Janu ......read more

Ms. May Al Joudeh, Clinical Dietician, Medeor 24x7 International Hospital, Al Ain   Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  1. What are the best recommendations to maintain your ideal weight after losing the extra pounds?   Maintaining an ideal weight is not easy, yet it is not as hard as it seems. It is important to keep an ideal weight because it reflects an overall healthy body and protects you against diseases on the long term. The easiest way to maintain an ideal weight is to balance the calories we consume with our workout. Balancing calories means following a healthy diet that contains all the food groups, making sure it is colored and varied to avoid losing interes ......read more

Mitel & MLB present London Series 2019 will see the Boston Red Sox & New York Yankees play a two-game series at London Stadium on June 29-30, 2019 Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  CSM Sport & Entertainment (CSM) has been appointed to support Major League Baseball (MLB) as it takes regular season baseball to Europe for the first time in 2019. The Mitel & MLB present London Series 2019, will see one of the most enduring rivalries in sport play out in the nation’s capital, when storied franchises Boston Red Sox face the New York Yankees in a two-game series. CSM won a competitive pitch and are responsible for the strategic planning and production of venue oper ......read more

Dubai, UAE; 18 December 2018: The digital era has transformed the field of photography. Many photographers now offer ‘digital photo libraries’ to customers instead of photo albums and prints. And while this may have a positive impact on the bottom line, according to Epson, there is a lot to be said for the printed photograph as a tool to help photographers grow their skills, and turn leads into a loyal customer base.  Printed photographs as an addition to professional photography service will be well received by customers. The Epson EcoTank L7160 printer, for example, is ideal for photographers in need of an affordable, yet effective and reliable printing solution. This p ......read more

40% of entertainment plans to be funded by private sector. 16 entertainment complexes and three additional leisure hubs to be delivered by 2030. Tourism figures expected to reach 26 million inbound visitors by 2023. 18 December 2018:   Saudi Arabia’s real estate market is expected to experience exponential growth as the Kingdom focuses on advancing its entertainment and tourism sectors – according to a new whitepaper released by leading global real estate advisor CBRE.   CBRE, which began operations in Saudi Arabia earlier this year, shared its key insights on the Kingdom’s fledgling entertainment and tourism sectors as part of its whit ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  We end our 25th anniversary year with a collection inspired by our home: New York, New York (a city so nice they named it twice).  Weaving together hints of uptown glamour, dashes of artistic downtown glitz and nods to Brooklyn’s eclectic, relaxed edge, our holiday collection captures the magic, creativity and joy of our favorite city, where anything is possible and there's always something to celebrate. ready-to-wear Romantic mini and midi chiffon dresses come in a palette of pale pinks and night-sky blacks, and an array of prints, from dots and florals to houndstooth and hearts. Chunky knit sweaters with dramatic sleeves are as cozy a ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  This festive season indulge in Marks & Spencer’s broad selection of cheese,  desserts and mince pies that will get your taste buds tingling with delight.  Create a flawless cheese platter with Marks & Spencer’s delicious selection of cheese that is the go-to appetizer at parties or a perfect palette cleanser ideal for winding down a wonderful meal. Spoil your guests with choice with the decadent Tastes of The British Isles Cheese Lover’s Selection. A moreish collection of Cornish Cove Cheddar, Stratford Blue, Burland Bloom, and the creamy farmhouse double Gloucester. Pair with a sweet and tangy chestnut chutney and c ......read more

DP World flagship prepares to handle surge in Expo-related project cargo Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 18 December 2018:  The throughput of non-containerised cargo such as breakbulk, bulk and project cargo has experienced a steady upward movement at global trade enabler DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port, underscoring the port’s diversified capabilities. DP World UAE Region, which operates Jebel Ali Port, said that its teams are well prepared to meet the expected increase in demand for breakbulk and project cargo handling services in the run up to Expo 2020 Dubai. DP World UAE Region, saw a wide range of imports – from the gigantic domed steel trellis ......read more

Dubai, UAE, 18 December 2018 -   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline and South African Airways (SAA), the South African flag carrier, are expanding their strategic cooperation with enhancements to its codeshare agreement, opening up new destinations for both Emirates and SAA customers. Pending governmental approval, SAA and Emirates have signed an enhanced commercial partnership which will see the relationship between the two carriers grow and strengthen their already successful codeshare agreement signed in 1997, across a wide spectrum of commercial and customer touch points. “This agreement marks a significant forward step in the execution of our s ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  Located at one of the world’s busiest airports, Dubai International Hotel is renowned for its service excellence and personalised hospitality to transit passengers and travellers alike. At the recent iteration of the Middle East Hospitality Excellence Awards, the 5-Star Airport Hotel won Gold and Silver recognition for its F&B services, Timeless Spa and Purchasing. Adding to its winning streak in 2018, Dubai International Hotel’s team has yet another reason to celebrate during the festive season. This Airport Hotel is home to nine outstanding restaurants, ranked within the top 10 on Trip Advisor, serving a delicious fare ranging from cu ......read more

Passengers can now purchase tickets directly at Terminals 1, 2 and 3 arrivals at Dubai International Airport Dubai, 18 December 2018:   DXB Entertainments, the largest listed leisure and entertainment company in the region, has signed a strategic partnership with Dubai Duty Free to promote Dubai Parks and Resorts to passengers arriving at all three Dubai International Airport terminals. Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination in the region,  will have a presence at Terminals 1, 2 and 3 arrivals from December 2018 to 31 December 2019, and will promote and sell tickets to the destination’s main theme parks, including MOTIONGATE™ D ......read more

The first edition of the Global Investment in Aviation Summit (GIAS 2019), slated to take place in Dubai on January 28 & 29, 2019. GIAS 2019 to bring together world’s top industry experts and professionals. GIAS 2019 is held in the light of the expected growth rates and capital inflows into the aviation industry due to the steady and remarkable increase in demands for air transport, as the world’s safest mode of transportation, in addition to its reasonable costs. Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  The first edition of the Global Investment in Aviation Summit (GIAS 2019), slated to take place in Dubai on January 28 & 29, 2019, will bring together more than 2 ......read more

Fines and medical license suspensions could put some out of business says law firm Dubai, UAE, 18 December, 2018:   UAE hospitals and clinics have been warned to do a thorough check-up of the new law which protects consumers from healthcare scams before using social media to stand out in the increasingly competitive market. Sunil Thacker, Senior Partner at STA Law Firm, believes some healthcare establishments could be forced out of business through not paying proper attention to the Federal National Council law passed in October. “The healthcare industry has become enormously competitive, as witnessed by the volume of activity on social media, SMS campaigns and other ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  With the party season just around the corner it’s time to start planning outfits for all celebrations during the most wonderful time of the year. Embrace a contemporary and stylish look with stunning must have pieces from Marks & Spencer, including show stopping dresses through to chic tailoring. Sequins simply are the perfect way to make a statement during the party season. Choose from a mini or midi style for a sculpted and slimline flattering silhouette and let the metallic sequins offer some pops of sparkle for a stand-out festive look. Marks & Spencer’s mermaid sequin dress and skirt is the perfect choice to add some subtle col ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2018:  HE Dr. Raja Al Gurg, President of the Dubai Business Women Council, stated that the announcement that 2019 will be the Year of Tolerance is not a new concept for the country, which recalls the values of tolerance and co-existence that the Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan established among the people of the UAE. The experience of the UAE in tolerance and humanitarian work has become a model for other nations to emulate, and the achievement of the country in attracting people from all nationalities and cultures to work and live on its land has distinguished the UAE from all other countries. Al Gurg pointed out that the business ......read more

Dubai World Trade Centre from January 20th to 22nd 2019 +18 French companies  2 national pavilions: Commercial Security / Fire & Rescue  Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2018:  From January 20-22, 2019 Business France will be hosting two national pavilions at INTERSEC DUBAI, the largest international meeting platform for the Security and Safety industry. INTERSEC is indeed a unique platform for companies looking to expand in the Middle East and Africa markets.   Middle Eastern countries are particularly attractive markets for the security sector and are expected to grow by about 10% per year over the period 2018-2022.  A strong, efficient French indust ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2018:  Start this new year with a bang with a whole new look from Tips & Toes – whether it’s treating your tired skin, revamping your tresses or getting lashed-to-the-max, Tips & Toes has you covered with amazing offers for every beauty necessity.  Say goodbye to problematic skin and hello to a fresh new complexion with a refreshing Anesi facial. Target any skincare concern and receive a homecare product worth up to AED200 – plus 50% off your next Anesi facial.  Sashay into 2019 with a bold new hair hue – purchase a Full Head of Highlights or Balayage and receive a free Cut & Blow Dry (worth AED 260). Don&rsquo ......read more

The Run takes place on December 21 Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17 December 2018:   Dubai residents get your running shoes on for a holiday experience like none other as Dubai Festival City, Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate’s fully integrated mega project, will be hosting the city’s first-ever Santa Run.  Organized by RaceME, the run will take place on December 21st and covers two distances – 2.5km for kids and beginners, the more seasoned runners can register themselves for the 5km distance. Set against the backdrop of the Dubai Creek and the city skyline, the Santa Run will start at the Dubai Festival City Mall Promenade, through the iconic Dubai Festival ......read more

GCC petrochemical companies’ earnings stand at USD 7.57bn compared to full year 2017 earnings of USD 7.45bn, higher by 2 percent  With the industry experiencing a steady growth, $200bn expected to be ploughed into new refining and petrochemicals ventures in the GCC by 2025 Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17 December 2018:   Borouge, Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), National Industrialization Company (Tasnee) and Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) have announced their association with ArabPlast 2019, which is set to take place from 5th to 8th January at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. While Borouge will serv ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2018:  Emirates today announced it will introduce a daily A380 service for a temporary period between Glasgow and Dubai from 16 April 2019.  It will be the first time the popular double decker aircraft will operate on a scheduled basis to Scotland. The larger capacity A380 will replace Emirates’ current twice daily Boeing 777 service between Glasgow and Dubai from 16 April until 31 May 2019, during which time Dubai Airports plan to close Dubai International’s (DXB) southern runway for upgrade works, and the single runway operations require airlines to reduce and adjust their operating schedules. The deployment of the A380 is to minimise the r ......read more

A unique car developed by Lamborghini Squadra Corse in conjunction with the customer Aerodynamics derived from experience in Lamborghini Super Trofeo and GT3 racing Track-oriented use and exclusive racing contents Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2018:  Lamborghini Squadra Corse unveils the SC18, the first one-off in the history of the Sant’ Agata Bolognese motorsport division. The unique example, designed in synergy with the customer and Centro Stile Lamborghini, is road-approved but designed primarily for use on the track. The SC18 paves the way to further personalised development projects for motorsport customers under the Squadra Corse brand.   The car features ......read more

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17 December 2018:   Dubai’s most magical Festive Market, taking place in Festival Bay at Dubai Festival City Mall, welcomed Santa and his elves on December 6th, who arrived in true style as part of a special appearance show. Santa and his elves greeted families and children, kicking-off one of the city’s most lively and unique Festive Markets. From the tree lighting that was visible from Business Bay Bridge, snowfall over Festive Bay to live music, carolling, carnival games and rides, festive-inspired treats and a special IMAGINE show playing in the background, this was truly a memorable festive celebration to be experienced. Dubai’ ......read more

Marafiq, a utility business in Saudi Arabia, is embarking on a journey to enhance its intelligent, digital-utility enterprise using SAP SAP’s intelligent enterprise enables customer centricity, growth agility, holistic visibility, and differentiate innovation to digitize utility businesses in the Kingdom  December 17, 2018:  As the Saudi Arabian utility sector undergoes digital transformation to optimize its operations, modernize its infrastructure, and reshape offerings, all aligned with Saudi Vision 2030, Saudi Arabian utilities provider, Marafiq, has embarked on enhancing its digital intelligence with SAP.   Marafiq provides power and utility infrastructur ......read more

Budget Policies Leave Holidaymakers Short on Cover in an Emergency Expats Have Specific Concerns for Medical Terms and Conditions Take Special Care When Buying ‘Added Extra’ Insurance Online Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2018:  UAE residents are being urged to check the fine print on their travel insurance before flying abroad during the New Year period, with some policies potentially leaving them short on cover in an emergency.   Paul Brierley of Nexus Insurance Brokers says gaps in provision are especially problematic when travel insurance is offered as an ‘extra’, such as when booking a holiday or as part of a credit card contract.   &ldqu ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2018:  SaxoSelect, the digital service that enables Saxo Bank clients to invest in pre-selected investments, saw a 14% increase in total Assets Under Management (AUM) across all its portfolios, with 10% coming from capital inflows and 4% from investment performance.  The increase in AUM in the current market signals a desire from investors to make their money work, take calculated risk and look for a differentiated offering to traditional portfolios. Strong performance was also recorded over the third quarter for the range of Managed Trading Strategies, which experienced a 36% increase in AUM.  The two managed equity portfolios of global stocks, ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2018:  When Persil Power Gel liquid detergent launched in the GCC seven years ago, it initiated a new laundry detergent category and offered consumers an alternative to traditional powder detergents that can cause skin irritations.    It was the first liquid detergent available in the region and since then, it has continually maintained its market-leading position. It’s now a household staple for thousands of families across the GCC and around the world with millions of people using it every day to get the best results out of their laundry.    Persil Power Gel liquid detergent is superior in every way to traditional powder d ......read more

The new, high-tech fulfillment center will create over 600 permanent jobs  within the first year SOUQ has created more than 1,700 jobs in the UAE since opening in 2010 Dubai, 17th December 2018 –   SOUQ.com, an Amazon company, announced today that it has opened a new fulfillment center (FC) in Dubai. The new 23,000 square meter, cutting edge facility, is the latest example of the company’s continued investment in the UAE, focused on meeting the growing customer demand across the Middle East. The new facility is also set to benefit regional sellers, including the thousands of small and medium businesses who sell on SOUQ.com, by ensuring that they are abl ......read more

Dubai, UAE, 17 December 2018: Union Insurance, a leading provider of customer-focused insurance products to individuals and corporations in the Middle East, has partnered with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to offer DEWA Store customers a tailored motor insurance solution. DEWA Store provides exclusive offers and discounts to customers in cooperation with a number of government and private sector companies. This is the first store of its kind for government departments in the UAE and is part of DEWA’s efforts to provide value-added services to make its customers happier. Available for both regular and electric vehicles, Union Insurance’s customised comprehensive ......read more

Incredible opportunity to win 20 Omega watches and a trip for two to the James Bond Museum in London  Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 17 December 2018:   Sahara Centre, Sharjah’s leading retail, dining, entertainment and leisure destination, is offering its customers the never-before opportunity to win a luxurious Aston Martin Vantage as well as 20 Omega watches and a trip for two to the James Bond Museum in London.  The spring promotion titled: ‘Leave the Ordinary Behind You’ by Sahara Centre will be held from December 13, 2018 to February 14, 2019. It is one of the most prestigious campaigns by the shopping and lifestyle destination to offer custo ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2018:  The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) is closely monitoring Invest Bank's financial developments for some time and has been working with the bank and the Government of Sharjah to develop a plan to strengthen its capital base. In this regard, the Government of Sharjah, is firmly committed to support the bank via a direct equity investment and this plan will be presented at the bank's AGM scheduled for the 29th December 2018 for approval.    In the meantime, the CBUAE will support Invest Bank with all the available liquidity facilities, which remain at Invest Bank’s disposal; if, and when, needed.    ...read more

Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2018:  American superstar and Hollywood icon Johnny Depp, is known for setting his own sense of style. And whether it comes to setting trends for the millions of his devoted fans or his performances in front of the camera, the Golden Globe-winning actor is known for pushing the envelope and rewriting all the rules. So when Depp was seen sporting Corum's stunning Bubble 47 Skull, at the world premiere of his movie, 'Richard says Goodbye', at the Zurich Film Festival earlier this month, it certainly turned heads and set style watchers' tongues wagging. The Bubble Skull 47 in stainless steel with black PVD coating is certainly an attention gra ......read more

Inaugural French pavilion 13 French companies Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2018:  Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, will be organizing its first French Pavilion at the ARABPLAST trade fair with 13 companies representing different sectors of the industry. ARABPLAST has established itself as the leading trade fair for the plastics industry in the Middle East. Its privileged geographical position makes it a particularly popular business location and an ideal meeting place for French exhibitors wishing to develop or intensify their growth in local and regional markets.   Given the hydrocarbon reserves availa ......read more

The new Sewage Treatment Plant will manage the municipal waters and treat domestic sewage Abu Dhabi, UAE – 16 December 2018:   The Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), master developer of major tourism, cultural and residential destinations in Abu Dhabi, held an opening ceremony for the launch of the second Sewage Treatment Plant (STP2) on Saadiyat IslandÒ  The project was delivered under the supervision of Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC). It is designed to service the entire Cultural, Marina & Lagoons Districts, using membrane bioreactor technology (MBR). The opening ceremony of the Sewage Treatment Plant attended by His Excellen ......read more

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (December 16, 2018) – Arjaan by Rotana, Dubai’s finest hotel apartments located in Media City invites guests to experience the wonders of the magical festive season throughout the month. The hotel ushers in the festive season with a calendar full of meticulously crafted dining menus, exclusive packages and entertainment for Christmas and New Year celebrations.  In sync with the Christmas cheer Skylight Café welcomes guests for a Christmas Eve dinner from 6.30 pm to 10.30pm and Christmas Day lunch from 12.30 pm to 4.00 pm. The menu features a wide variety of festive delights with unlimited soft beverages all for AED 199 per person. Throughout th ......read more

December 16, 2018:  Marni’s avant-garde spirit is perfectly expressed by Marni Rothko, featuring rectangular frames that play with geometric silhouettes and bold volumes.  Part of the new Fall/Winter 2018 collection, the new Marni Rothko sunglasses feature a 7-layer acetate structure further enriched by a multiple milling process which is applied to the frame-front to emphasize the unique geometric design. The frame has a faceted profile that creates a chromatic play of light, while the thick, transparent temples reveal the unexpected internal core wire detail.  The color palette includes four gorgeous custom-made acetate shades including Grey, Blue, Sage and Wi ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2018:   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline and a main sponsor of Spanish football club, Real Madrid, today unveiled a new decal featuring action images of some of the club’s top players on one of its A380 aircraft. The new decal was created to mark the occasion of Real Madrid’s charter flight on an Emirates A380 from Madrid to Abu Dhabi today, where the team in their capacity as current European champions will compete with football club champions from other continents. The bespoke decal features first team players Marcelo, Luka Modrić, Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, and covers over 200 square ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2018:  Eberhard & Co's ageless classic, the Extra Fort Automatic set the standards for the modern chronograph. With its elegant lines and dynamic persence, this graceful timepiece with a sporting pedigree, grew to typify Eberhard & Co.'s ongoing relationship with the world of motorsport.   The 40mm Extra‐fort Automatic (time and date functions) has an automatic mechanical movement protected by a durable steel case,  which is waterproof to 50 metres. The case back is fixed with six screws, and features a screw‐in crown, while the dial is protected by a domed sapphire glass.   Eberhard introduced a few design ......read more

Consumers expect smart speakers to take part in family arguments, just like other family members Virtual assistant users think devices that understand our moods will be mainstream in three years AR and VR users want hands-on virtual guidance for tasks such as cooking or making repairs Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2018:  Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has today released the eighth edition of its ConsumerLab trend report, 10 Hot Consumer Trends 2019 representing predictions of 34 million early technology adopters.    The latest edition of the annual report evaluates consumer thoughts and predictions on near-future technology including AI, VR, 5G and automation. The report ......read more

Dubai, 16th December 2018:   Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination in the region, has signed an exclusive partnership with Baskin-Robbins to broaden its marketing platform by expanding its offering for customers and spreading awareness about the destination through Baskin-Robbins’ extensive network of over 800 outlets across the GCC. As a strategic partner, Baskin-Robbins will have exclusive rights as the sole ice cream franchise at the Dubai Parks and Resorts’ four exciting theme parks, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, LEGOLAND® Dubai, LEGOLAND® Water Park and Bollywood Parks™ Dubai. Ahmed AlRayyes, Chief Commercial Officer, ......read more

Zoho Analytics features rich third-party integrations, sleek UI, enhanced visualization options.   Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2018:   Zoho today announced the release of Zoho Analytics, its most ad-vanced self-service business intelligence and analytics platform yet. The new release unleashes the power of data blending and artificial intelligence, enabling organizations to analyze massive amounts of data in a much more efficient way and derive cross-functional business insights.   "At Zoho, we know what’s important for Sales, Marketing, Support, HR and Finance functions, as we ourselves offer business applications in each of these categories. Wit ......read more

  Sophos (LSE: SOPH), a global leader in network and endpoint security, today announced that its next-generation Sophos XG Firewall is now available on Sophos Central through an Early Access Program. The most current version of Sophos XG Firewall with lateral movement protection to prevent the spread of targeted, manual cyberattacks was launched in December 2018. Sophos believes that for cybersecurity to be effective it needs to be intuitive to use and simple to manage. To achieve this vision, Sophos provides the ability for remote management and deployment of all Sophos products through a single integrated cloud-based management console. For channel partners, it also means the ab ......read more

Dubai, 16 December 2018:   E-Vision, a fully owned subsidiary of Etisalat, launched ‘Spirit of the Union’ channel 47 on eLife to commemorate the 47th National Day.  ‘Spirit of the Union’ channel aims to highlight the UAE’s glorious past and its rich culture and traditions. The channel’s content is designed to broadcast rare footage and programs that demonstrate the UAE’s remarkable progress since 1971 as well as to pay tribute to the country’s Rulers and their visionary leadership. Humaid Sahoo, CEO, E-Vision, said: “E-vision has created since 2011 a dedicated channel ‘Spirit of the Union’, which is transm ......read more

“Konnichiwa” Komatsu Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2018:  Cathay Pacific is introducing a new scheduled seasonal service to Komatsu next spring, making the beautiful natural landscapes and rich cultural attractions of Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture more easily accessible to UAE travellers via Hong Kong. The new two-times-weekly service* will be operated on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 3 April 2019 and 26 October 2019 using Airbus A330-300 aircraft featuring both Business and Economy Class cabins. Cathay Pacific has operated charter flights to Komatsu, the gateway to Ishikawa, in central Honshu, at peak holiday periods over the past two years, and the introduction ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2018:  This season, discover a range of super stylish coats from Marks & Spencer, that are perfect for every weather condition. Choose from traditional trench coats, to faux fur or wool and stay cosy and chic throughout the season. For a luxurious wear, Marks & Spencer’s Wool Rich Single Breasted Coat with Cashmere offers a fine and softer feel. With its simple yet elegant fastening and sharp collar, this single-breasted coat provides a chic look and works perfectly for both casual and formal looks. Built to last, the buttons have been fused with Buttonsafe™ Technology for extra durability to make sure it stays looking smart all-day long. ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2018:  UL, a global safety science company, has advised shoppers and businesses in the UAE to be proactive to keep online payments safe and secure this festive season.  Across the world identity fraud is on the rise, driven by a growth in scams where the physical debit or credit card is not present – such as online or over the phone transactions. A recent study, by globally renowned firm Norton, found that more than 3 million people in the UAE experienced cybercrime in 2017 in (around a third of the population) *.   With uptake in fraudulent activities on key shopping dates, merchants and consumers need to be mindful of unscrupulous fraudste ......read more

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 16, 2018:   Keeping pace with the growing population and the need to enhance specialised care, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has undertaken major expansion plans in areas of need to provide high-quality medical services to the population and visitors.   His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, Director-General of the DHA recently inspected the progress of some of the under construction projects at the DHA.    Al Qusais Primary Health Centre:  The new Al Qusais Centre will add to the network of 14 DHA primary healthcare centres (PHC’s) in the Emirate. DHA has the largest number of internationally accredited pr ......read more

Dubai, UAE; December 16, 2018:   Pure Gold Jewellers, an award winning jewellery retailer, is celebrating the festive season with ‘cost price’ offer on its range of diamond necklaces including the Eternity collection, at no service charge.  Perfect for any occasion, Eternity necklace is punctuated with fine-cut diamonds and available in white or yellow gold. The sophisticated design is for the passionate and stylish woman. According to Karim Merchant, Group CEO and Managing Director, Pure Gold Group, “As the festive season is in full swing, we want our customers to have an enjoyable time. Those looking for the perfect gift can avail our stunning diamond ......read more

Cold Hydrostatic Testing successfully completed at Unit 3 Significant step towards the completion of Unit 3 of the Barakah plant Abu Dhabi, UAE – 16 December 2018:   The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has successfully completed Cold Hydrostatic Testing (CHT) at Unit 3 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The testing, which is a crucial step towards the completion of Unit 3 of the 4-unit Barakah plant, incorporated the lessons learned from Units 1 and 2 and represents a significant milestone in the development of the UAE Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program.   Prior to the commencement of CHT, Unit 3’s Nuclear Steam Supply Sy ......read more

António Félix da Costa celebrates win in first race of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship. • Pole position and FANBOOST for Félix da Costa in the BMW iFE.18.  • Alexander Sims finishes his Formula E maiden race in 18th place.  Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2018:  Ad Diriyah. Perfect start for BMW i Andretti Motorsport and the BMW iFE.18 in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship: António Félix da Costa (POR) celebrated victory at the BMW works team’s debut in Ad Diriyah (KSA). Félix da Costa claimed pole position to start. In the race, the support of fans via “FANBOOST” voting helped him defend first place in a fiercely contested duel wit ......read more

Hundreds of brands will offer up to 90% off   Dubai, UAE; 16 December 2018:  Get ready for unbeatable money-saving opportunities as Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, Deira, Me’aisem, Al Shindagha and My City Centre Al Barsha kick off Dubai Shopping Festival with an exclusive 12-hour sale, offering shoppers spectacular discounts of up to 90%.  “Majid Al Futtaim’s exclusive 12-hour sale in partnership with Dubai Festival & Retail Establishment is one of the most anticipated promotions of the year and an exciting activity to start the 24th Dubai Shopping Festival in the city. We are expecting to attract a record number of residents as ......read more

By Fidji Simo, Head of Video Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2018:  2018 was a big year for Facebook Watch. Watch launched to every country around the world, we opened the platform to videos from all Pages, and debuted dozens of Facebook Originals. Amazing new content on Watch really got people talking — from Jada Pinkett Smith's breakout talk show Red Table Talk, to the critically acclaimed dramas Sorry For Your Loss starring Elizabeth Olsen and Sacred Lies from showrunner Raelle Tucker, to live LaLiga football matches in the Indian subcontinent. We also kick-started our slate of global shows with our first interactive game show Confetti expanding to six new markets this year, an ......read more

High level of convenience: Passive Start and Entry system (PASE) and power door control support autonomous opening and closing  Greater safety: Intelligent obstacle detection prevents collisions Optimal protection: Intelligent door brake system supports opening and closing operations, while stopping uncontrolled slamming Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2018:  Continental, the premium German tyre and technology company, has been recognised for its intelligent door system as a CES 2019 Innovation Award honouree in the Vehicle Intelligence and Self-Driving Technology category. The CES organiser CTA (Consumer Technology Association) announced the honourees during its annual CES Un ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 15, 2018:   Dubai Customs have recently participated in the 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference: Innovation, Investment, and IP in Dubai, organized by the International Trademark Association (INTA).  Yousef Ozair Mubarak, Director of IPR Department at Dubai Customs submitted a paper to the conference in which he talked about Dubai Customs role in combating counterfeiting. The event saw the attendance of 600 intellectual property experts and trademarks owners.  Ozair pointed out that intellectual property rights are gaining more ground and weight in the UAE, with the national agenda gearing towards more global distinction in innovation.&n ......read more

du’s dedication towards healthy and safe working environments sees the company land highly-coveted workplace wellness award Dubai, UAE, 15 December 2018:   du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC) has been announced as one of the UAE’s leading employers following the telco’s success in winning the Health & Safety Initiative of the Year Award at the 2018 Daman Corporate Health Awards. The accolade reflects du’s relentless commitment towards empowering employees through dedicated health and safety outcomes aimed at delivering a happy, inspired workplace to drive long-term business success. du came out on top for the award after ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 15, 2018:  Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced its passenger and cargo traffic results for November 2018, reached 81.4% Load Factor in that month. On top of the strong base effect of the last year, growth in the number of passengers, revenue per kilometer and load factor, is an important indicator of the continued growing interest in Turkey and Turkish Airlines in the last quarter of the year as well.     According to the November 2018 Traffic Results;  The passenger growth trend continued in November, thus total number of passengers carried went up by 4% -compared to the same month of 2017- reaching 5.5 million passengers, a ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 15, 2018:  It’s nearly that time of the year again where us shopaholics start preparing ourselves to pick up the latest bargains at our favourite stores. While the DSF offers start pouring in and take over, it can be a little overwhelming to shop effectively but the Home and Soul sale is one not be missed. With up to 50% off on a huge selection of beautiful homeware items which can be purchased both online and in store, it’s the perfect opportunity to give your home a little refresh ahead of the new year. The DSF sale starts 16th December until 28th January 2019.  ...read more

Robots In Disguise: PUMA and Hasbro Create Transformers Themed Footwear Dubai, UAE, December 15, 2018:  Global sports brand PUMA has teamed up with play and entertainment group Hasbro Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) to create exciting Transformers themed footwear. First introduced by Hasbro and Japan’s Takara as a toy series in 1984, the adventures of the robots which can transform into motor vehicles also became a popular cartoon series. With the more recent addition of a blockbuster cinema franchise, Transformers has turned into one of the most recognizable brands in entertainment. Millions have watched the epic battles between Autobots and Decepticons, and protagonists such as Optimus Pri ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 15, 2018:   Over 2,000 cyclists took part in the ninth edition of the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge weekend with over 230 cyclists coming from outside of the UAE. Cyclists took part in either the LOOK UCI Gran Fondo, the Spinneys Dubai 92km Cycle Challenge or the Oakley 53km Challenge and over 200 young cyclists took part in the Junior Rides yesterday evening as the cycling culture in the UAE continues to grow.  The annual Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019 and the event has continued to strengthen its offering for all cycling enthusiasts over the years. This morning’s event saw rolling road ......read more

December 15, 2018:  Some media have reported incorrectly that UAE and Saudi Arabia have started using digital currency for cross-border settlements which will be backed by fiat currencies of the 2 nations.  The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) would like to clarify that CBUAE is working with the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) on a joint project which constitutes a Proof-of-Concept (PoC) for experimenting with Blockchain technology to facilitate cross-border payments between the two countries.  The PoC is still at an early stage and will help CBUAE gain a deeper understanding of the feasibility of distributed ledger technology in this field and explore the potenti ......read more

KPMG MESA reports aggregated revenue growth of 17.2 percent during the same period   Dubai, 15 December 2018:  KPMG International has announced record aggregated network revenues of US$29 billion for the fiscal year ending 30 September 2018 (FY18), up from $26.40 billion in FY17.    In the Middle East and South Asia (MESA) region, KPMG member firms reported an aggregated revenue growth of 17.2 percent for the fiscal year ending 30 September 2018 and revenues across the core functions of Audit, Tax and Advisory grew by double digits.    Global member firm progress was driven by investments in quality, technology, innovative services, alliances a ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  The Winter holidays are set to start soon with schools in the UAE breaking for holidays in the coming week, leading to a particularly busy time at Abu Dhabi Airport.   To ensure guests enjoy a convenient travel experience during this busy period, Etihad Airways has a number of travel tips and reminders to save time:   Early Check-in For the convenience of those guests who live downtown, early check-in is available at the Abu Dhabi City Terminal for AED30 per guest. Guests should arrive at Abu Dhabi International Airport at least three hours before take-off, accounting for extra road traffic.     Check-in and B ......read more

A downtown spirit, a modern attitude – both have always been at the heart of DKNY. For Holiday 2018, the brand delivers plenty of each, along with an intriguing blend of understated glamour and elevated ease. December 13, 2018:  In this collection of contrasts, quintessential DKNY signatures – sportiness imbued with femininity, tailoring accented with edge, innovative outerwear and knits – strike the illusive balance between effortless and sleek, with exaggerated peplums nipping the waist, color blocked denims, and free-flowing pleated skirts lending movement to chunky cowlnecks.  True to the season, DKNY launches its Middle East exclusive collection of glam ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:   BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai, the premier Bollywood theme park at Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination in the region, has launched a brand-new line-up of live entertainment, filled with exuberant music, song and dance.   The 11 new live entertainment shows will be held in the park throughout the day, and will include folk dances, cultural performances from across India along with spectacular Bollywood-themed acts. ‘Jashan E Welcome’, a high-energy performance showcasing the diverse music and culture of India Chhau, Kathakali, Bhangra and Garba at Bollywood Boulevard showcases the ......read more

STA Law Firm says legislation will reinforce the country’s position as a preferred shipping destination Dubai, UAE, 13 December, 2018:    Built on traditional pearl diving and dhow building, the UAE’s maritime industry dates back centuries, remaining fundamental to the economy, and legal experts say a new law will significantly benefit the country’s sea trade. The first draft of the UAE’s new maritime law is expected to be ready in early 2019, and will then be passed to stakeholders for feedback, before being submitted to the federal government for approval. STA Law Firm, which has represented many of the UAE maritime industry’s major pla ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts the global airline industry net profit to be $35.5 billion in 2019, slightly ahead of the $32.3 billion expected net profit in 2018 (revised down from $33.8 billion forecast in June). Highlights of expected 2019 performance include: The return on invested capital is expected to be 8.6% (unchanged from 2018) The margin on net post-tax profits is expected be 4.0% (basically unchanged from 3.9% in 2018) Overall industry revenues are expected to reach $885 billion (+7.7% on $821 billion in 2018) Passenger numbers are expected to reach 4.59 billion (up from 4.34 billion in 2018) Cargo t ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched its Turbulence Aware data resource to help airlines avoid turbulence when planning routes tactically in flight. Turbulence Aware augments an airline’s ability to forecast and avoid turbulence by pooling and sharing (in real time) turbulence data generated by participating airlines.     Today airlines rely upon pilot reports and weather advisories to mitigate the impact of turbulence on their operations. These tools—while effective—have limitations due to the fragmentation of the data sources, inconsistencies in the level and quality of information available, ......read more

Weaker rupee boosts Indian realty demand from NRIs 3 day expo at Dubai World Trade Centre from 13-15 December to attract thousands of investors H.E. Sultan Butti Bin Mejren, Director General of Dubai Land Department and Bollywood Actor Arbaaz Khan inaugurate Indian Property Show   December 13th, 2018; Dubai, UAE:   A weaker rupee against the US dollar is making investment in Indian realty cheaper for NRIs and boosting the demand as we also witness increase in enquiries from Indian expatriates in UAE. And to cater to the rising interest and provide home buyers plethora of choices and an opportunity to interact with the real estate developers from across India, the ......read more

Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  We look forward to this time of the year all year long. It’s when we take a look at the past 11 months and remember the people, events, and topics that captured our attention which got us to ask and discover. We gathered the most trending queries in each of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the UAE. The lists had a few things in common, especially between Egypt and Saudi Arabia where the more traditional songs dominated the top songs list. Football was also a common theme between Saudi Arabia and Egypt, who both competed in this year’s World Cup.  Together with millions of people around the world, we searched for the year’s most import ......read more

Enhanced industry nationalisation initiatives encouraging Emiratis to pursue careers in travel and tourism sector Dubai, UAE; 13 December 2018:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced plans to further drive industry Emiratisation efforts to create a strong pool of local talent that will play a key role in helping Dubai achieve its Tourism Vision 2025. As guided by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, nationalisation initiatives launched by Dubai Tourism’s vocational education institution, the Dubai College of Tourism (DCT), continue to r ......read more

A6-EQP is the 190th Boeing 777 aircraft to be delivered to Emirates Emirates’ modern and efficient fleet strategy to continue with future deliveries of Boeing 777-8 and 777-9 aircraft Dubai, UAE, 13 December 2018 - Emirates celebrated an important fleet milestone with the delivery of the final Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its order books. A6-EQP is the 190th Boeing 777 aircraft to be delivered to Emirates, the world’s largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft and also the only airline in the world to have operated all the six variants of the Boeing 777 family. One of out every eight 777 aircraft ever manufactured by Boeing has been delivered to Emirates. Emirates will als ......read more

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